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Some Steps to Water Damage Remediation Success in Tucson

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Extraction is Vital to Water Recovery for Tucson Homes

Water loss incidents vary from one Tucson home to the next, but substantial losses require immediate responses from qualified professionals. Situations like plumbing breaks or appliance failures can leave hundreds, or even thousands, of gallons of water on the floor of your house. Extraction is a vital element to restoring the property after this incident, and failure to do this efficiently can become a costly situation for area homeowners.

Removing any excess water from a structure is essential to reducing the time the drying of water damage in Tucson homes ultimately takes. When a need for water removal exists, we can rely on our extraction and evaporation approaches. Extraction is a favored option because of its versatility in application and equipment. Evaporation is still a standard element to drying and restoration of water loss incidents but rarely applied when standing water still exists. Our SERVPRO team must assess the situation to determine the best approach for water removal.

Pumping is one of the first approaches that can begin extraction work, as this is ideal when standing water conditions exceed two inches in depth. Above this level, the submersible point of the pump can pull in water and discharge it through the drain hose to a designated place. At two inches and below, the air becomes a factor with the performance of these pumps, and prime cannot stay engaged to pull new water from the damaged area.

Wet-vacuuming is a popular option for removing excess water as well, and one that follows pumping. This practice is ideal for depths below two inches, as you do not need a primed pumping machine. Instead, you have stationary and portable units that work like a vacuum’s suction to remove standing water from any flooring type. We have specialty tools and accessories for vacuums that can work to make moisture removal from carpets more efficient, as well. 

Our professionals must work quickly when faced with substantial loss incidents that deposit excessive water throughout your home. Through facets of extraction, we can quickly reach a point where drying options are possible. Give our SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson team a call anytime that you need us at (520) 760-9352.

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Commercial Water Damage in a Tucson Hospital Calls or Effective Restoration

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Restoration With SERVPRO

Hospitals work with accreditation organizations, professional groups, and quality experts to provide a safe environment for patients and their families. They ensure that their patients are safe by investing in the latest technology, hiring competent staff, and keeping floors and other surfaces clean. If a water loss issue occurs, the hospital's facilities management needs to look for an experienced restoration company to help restore the facilities to normal and safe operations as quickly as possible.

Several factors can cause commercial water damage in a Tucson hospital, such as equipment defects and corroded pipes. A hospital should hire a certified restoration firm that has experience with hospital procedures and guidelines to complete the water restoration project. Restoring a hospital after a water loss problem is more stringent and involved than other commercial projects. Our SERVPRO crew can help you restore your hospital after a minor water loss.

It is crucial to handle water damage within the first 24 hours to prevent mold growth that can affect the health of patients. Our crew can use equipment like electric submersible pumps to remove the water.  These pumps eradicate the suction lift limitations and offer continuous, quiet operation, which is welcome in a healthcare facility. We can also clean, sanitize, and disinfect the water-damaged areas because clean water can turn into gray or black water, leading to health risks.

Our team can also dry the affected areas properly to avoid structural damage and mold growth. We have the technical know-how to dry affected surfaces using air moving and dehumidifying equipment. We can complete the water remediation task efficiently to ensure that the hospital is clean, safe, and protected throughout the entire process. We can keep the hospital's heads of departments and infectious control updated about the restoration process.

SERVPRO remediation experts understand that certain areas need to meet high standards of restoration for surface cleanliness and air quality authorization to return the ruined areas of the health facility to full operation. When completing restoration work in a hospital, it is necessary to call in an industrial hygienist to determine if any health and safety concerns are present and design solutions to prevent them. The hygienist can examine the areas we have worked on for legal reasons and to ensure the safety of patients.

We can work with your insurance firm and bill it directly. We know the detailed documentation and remediation procedures insurers expect to see to ensure hassle-free contents and property claims processing.

After a water intrusion incident in Catalina Foothills, Redington, or Mt Lemmon, you need professional help. SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson can assist you to remove the water, dry and sanitize your hospital, making the damage seem "Like it never even happened." Contact us at (520) 760-9352.

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Why SERVPRO is the Choice for Water Damaged Floors in Tucson

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floors Water damages hardwood floors fast, but not all is always lost. SERVPRO has the equipment to dry your floors and restore your home.

Specialty Drying Tools for Cost-Effective Restoration in Tucson 

Many homeowners have a rudimentary understanding of our drying and restoration process after water losses in Tucson residences. We do not deviate significantly from a winning formula that has allowed us to help hundreds of households over our time serving the area. Also, we have many lesser-known recovery tools for specific situations to maximize our progress even more.  

The bulk of recovering water damage in Tucson homes hinges on the use of our high-velocity air movers. We also use a combination of dehumidification units. Desiccants and low grain refrigerant machines can help to pull moisture out of damaged areas and even replace this moist air with drier, warmer exhaust. The fast turnaround of this combination of machines and tools has made this approach the standard response of our SERVPRO team for much of the water restoration tasks that we face. When certain materials get affected, or unique situations arise, we must utilize a selection of our specialty drying tools to help.  

Large Drying Mats 

Drying mats are an ideal choice for the hardwood that becomes saturated by standing water and underlying leaks. Because this damage can penetrate more deeply than the planks itself, Drying mats get placed perpendicular to the seams of the flooring planks to maximize the draw of moisture from the wood and the support beneath it. 

Injecti-Dry System

Structural cavities can often contend with the brunt of water loss effects, especially if the origin of these damages began with plumbing breaches in this same wall space. To reduce the need for tear-out and reconstruction, we can remove baseboards and insert hoses into drilled holes to force heated air into these cavities to aid in drying efforts. 

Weighted Extractor Ride-Ons

These devices are essential when carpeted flooring has become saturated by standing water. Because there are several layers even beyond the surface carpet, weighted extractors force water and moisture to the surface from subflooring, padding, and the carpet itself. An onboard vacuum can remove this moisture and speed up further drying efforts.  

Water loss incidents can be a challenge, but our SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson team is up to the task. Let us show you how we can make this emergency “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (520) 760-9352. 

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Our Certified Experts Respond Quickly To Tuscon Water Removal Needs

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Can We Protect Saturated Carpets in Your Tucson Home?

Severe water loss incidents can be challenging to sufficiently address, especially for Tucson homeowners that wait prolonged periods before reaching out to professional restoration teams like ours. With standing water quickly becoming a widespread concern throughout the property, our team must find the best solutions to address these conditions without wasting more time. When removing water and moisture from the carpets, we have a specific approach that has proven effective.

Water removal for Tucson homes can be especially difficult when attempting to reduce moisture levels and saturation in flooring materials like carpet. Even with short pile options, the fibers, subflooring, and padding can all absorb more substantial amounts of water damage. Reducing this damage comes down to the specific equipment and techniques used by our qualified SERVPRO professionals. Between our Carpet Cleaning Technicians (CCT) and our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) endorsed through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we have the right personnel that can protect the integrity and appearance of a wet, soiled carpet.

Carpets might not always show the severity of their damages, especially when they can absorb considerable water before standing water begins on the surface. We have numerous extraction options that can help with damaged carpeting like this, beginning with our ride-on weighted extractors. These remote-controlled options can carry a technician in continual motion across the damaged areas of the carpet. The objective of this heavy unit is to force moisture and water up from the subflooring level to the surface. Our extractors have an onboard vacuum system to pull the uprooted water away from the area.

These efforts do not always ensure that we can protect your carpeting in the house, however. In truth, there are many situations in which the damage is too severe to protect the flooring, and the only acceptable solution for our SERVPRO professionals is to remove it and set the area up for reinstallation of new materials after drying has completed.

With carpeting being such an everyday staple in modern construction, homes that experience substantial water loss must often contend with its effects on this flooring. No matter how severe, our SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson team can make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (520) 760-9352.

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Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Water Removal Restoration In Tucson

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

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What to Do Before Help With Water Removal Arrives at Your Tucson Home

It can be hard to think straight when you suddenly have gallons of water gushing in your home. Whether it is a pipe break, water heater tank failure or other cause, there are ways to minimize loss before help arrives.

SERVPRO arrives quickly after the call for water removal at a Tucson home, but during the time in between, homeowners can take action to assist with the cleanup. If it is safe to do so, moving furnishings or items on the floor to another area unaffected by water helps in limiting loss.

Why SERVPRO?

The equipment makes the difference in an “okay” cleanup job and a thorough one. If any moisture remains, it has the potential to create problems ranging from unpleasant odors to mold infestations. The technicians scope the property before, during, and after to confirm complete water extraction occurred.

Specialized Water Extraction Equipment

Cleaning up a water loss involves more than mopping up water and setting up fans. The removal of water requires different kinds of equipment, such as weighted extractor heads for carpeting and squeegees for tile. Attachments for use on upholstery help remove the bulk of water enabling restoration of furnishings that may otherwise have been a loss.

Ceilings and Floor Joists with Water

When water damage comes through a ceiling to the story below, it is a good bet there is water in the floor joists or space between floors. SERVPRO technicians use techniques such as drilling weep holes to allow drainage and cut away damaged sheetrock for greater airflow during drying. Targeted drying equipment such as drying mats assist with forcing air into spaces such as wall cavities and floor joists to ensure they dry completely.

Drying the Home Thoroughly

Centrifugal air movers deliver air at speeds that cause a reaction making embedded moisture rise. Any water left within floors, walls, or ceilings after extraction gets removed in this manner. The result is an arid area ready for hand cleaning and disinfection.

When you need fast water removal from your property, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352. The technicians are ready 24/7 to handle any size water spill in your home and make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Hazards Your Tucson Home Faces After Flood Damage

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

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Post Flooding Threats Your Tucson Home Might Face 

Many Tucson homeowners believe that the bulk of the issues that their home faces during an emergency happens when exposure initially occurs. Instances like flooding can continually affect your home long after the disaster, and without the appropriate professional intervention, can reach a point where contamination and degradation are too severe to overcome with our initial recovery efforts. Understanding the ongoing threats that your property faces can help homeowners to appreciate the expertise and experience of our professionals during this crisis. 

Flood damage to Tucson homes can come in a variety of severities, and many of even the most threatened of these properties reached this point without pursuing adequate extraction and cleaning for the house. Regardless if you have insurance coverage that helps with flooding and the restoration of this disaster, professional recovery teams like our SERVPRO water restoration crew can help to keep the costs to a minimum but still offer effective extraction and drying for compromised structural elements. 

Some homeowners have insurance coverage for flooding or storm damage, but this is a situation that you must discuss directly with your provider. An agent can take you through the process so that you are aware of what can get covered by your plan and the role of professional restorers in helping to meet the standards of this insurance provider. 

Contamination is also a threat that many homes and houses might have to contend with, especially in the monsoon season, when flooding can occur from the rise of water bodies surrounding a home in the area. We have a full-service division of licensed contractors that can help with cutting and removing trees, emergency construction solutions, and complete build back once mitigation completes. 

As much as standing water and potential contamination might seem overwhelming and hazardous, our SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson team can help. You can count on our fast response with skilled personnel that can help to reduce these pressing threats and get your home back to preloss conditions as promptly as possible. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we show you if you give us a call at (520) 760-9352. 

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Our Certified Professionals Have A Rapid Response Time In Tucson

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Elevated Flood Risks During Tucson’s Monsoon Season

The summertime is an ideal portion of the year to experience the worst weather that Arizona has to offer, and many Tucson homes and businesses suffer the consequences of these hazardous conditions. Of the average twelve inches of rain expected annually around this region, much of this occurs during the monsoon season stretching from June through September.

Monsoon season brings about a higher humidity, which can open the door for thunderstorms, torrential rains, dust storms, and even flash flood damage to Tucson properties. As much as many residents work to safeguard their properties as much as possible from this potentially dangerous situation, others still get caught by surprise when their property becomes flooded. Because of the increased risks of situations like flash flooding, it is imperative to have a plan in place to recover your house and keep your family safe.

Develop a Plan 

You should always have the best interest of your family in mind when emergencies occur. Even if you do not readily prepare for the possibility of flooding, a conversation about what you expect your family to do and where you intend to meet up can work to protect them in this crisis.

Call the Professionals 

Our SERVPRO professionals have a rapid response and remain prepared throughout monsoon season to mobilize and help any residence or business affected by extreme weather conditions. We have premier equipment and products that can help us to overcome standing water, such as our wet-vac wands and ROVER weighted extractors. Our licensed in-house contractors can also help with areas of emergency construction and full-scale reconstruction when necessary.

Keep Your Distance 

It can be tempting to rush back into a flood damage house to begin collecting the treasured belongings you left behind. With the likelihood of damaged utilities, this could be a fatal mistake under the right circumstances. Only re-enter a home when certified professionals like our SERVPRO team or any first responders deem it safe to do so.

You cannot prepare for the destructive storms and weather events that can develop during the monsoon season, as many have the power and unpredictability to cause flash flooding or structural damages that lead to flooding as well. No matter how this damage develops, our SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson water restoration specialists can help. Give us a call anytime at (520) 760-9352.

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SERVPRO's Knowledge and Training Help Preserve Your Water Damaged Home and Possessions

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Understanding Materials Helps SERVPRO Handle Water Removal Better in Tucson Homes

Water spills are not only disruptive but can also cause significant losses through the deterioration of materials. Luckily, taking corrective steps early enough can help reduce the impact such an incident has on your Tucson property. Water removal professional's knowledge base also helps s them approach the problem from a better perspective than just placing extraction equipment at the loss site.

Exploiting Permeance

The rate of vapor flow through a material can affect the process of water removal in your Tucson home.  Materials with high levels of permeance like carpets absorb water quickly but also release it fast. Using methods such as extraction can help remove water fast from such materials. Wooden floors have lower permeance and therefore take longer to absorb water. However, given sufficient time, they do absorb water, which can cause a wide range of issues, including swelling, buckling, and other physical changes. Our SERVPRO technicians use specialized techniques such as utilizing drying chambers to improve moisture removal in such cases.

Dealing with Vapor Barriers

Barriers can hamper the efficiency of water removal. For water, seepage into wall cavities or subfloors can create such barriers. For the moisture that penetrates materials, various other barriers hamper removal. The common ones our SERVPRO technicians encounter include:

  • Masonry brick
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Semi-gloss or gloss paint
  • Paper-faced insulation

Hygroscopic Materials

Although most materials become wet through direct water spills, others can absorb moisture from the air. If several materials have such properties, it can hinder progress during water removal processes. In your house, several items might have hygroscopic properties. The most common ones include unfaced insulation, gypsum wall, particleboard, and upholstery items. Our SERVPRO technicians counter such problems in different ways.  We use pack-out services to protect contents and venting dehumidifiers to prevent the recirculation of moisture.

Water removal can be tedious. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson to assist. You can reach us at (520) 760-9352 any time to help make it, "Like it never even happened."

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Tuscon Home After A Flood

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

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What to Expect During Home Flood Damage Cleanup in Tucson

While Arizona has a reputation for being a dry, desert state, it also has heavy Monsoon-like rains, particularly in the late summer and early fall. When large amounts of rain descend upon the hardened ground, there is little absorption, and flash floods bring flood damage to properties in their path. 

Handling flood damage in a Tucson home requires fast action. SERVPRO technicians work quickly to determine the scope of the water loss in the house and try to identify contents with restoration potential. 

Relocation is Best During Mitigation

Because of the potential contaminants present in groundwater, SERVPRO frequently advises homeowners to relocate during mitigation to avoid exposure to the water and also to limit the potential for cross-contamination to unaffected areas of the home. 

Thorough Documentation of Each Item Handled

A common frustration among homeowners during flood damage mitigation is the feeling of a lack of control. Although SERVPRO technicians examine and make recommendations as to the restorability of building materials and contents, they discard nothing without the approval of either the homeowner or adjuster. A detailed record that includes descriptions as well as before and after photos of each item assists with transparency during cleanup efforts as well as expediting the insurance claims process. 

Safety During Mitigation

To limit the possibility of cross-contamination during cleanup of the home, containment around the work area and vents to inhibit the spread of aerosolized contaminants. Between the work area and the rest of the property, a decontamination chamber is often set up to allow for a space to clean off equipment and change into or out of protective gear to avoid the spread of any substances resident in the water.

Protection of Home Contents

Each worksite has individual qualities. In some cases, due to high humidity indoors that has the potential for damage, a pack out of the home contents to another area of the home away from the work area or in SERVPRO's secure storage during restoration services. 

SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352 is prepared 24/7 to assist homeowners with flood damage in their homes. The technicians are extensively trained and have both the experience and equipment to make the water loss in your home "Like it never even happened."

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We Have The Extensive Training Necessary To Restore Your Tuscon Home

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Heater Malfunctions Damage Tucson Homes

Even with the more modern installations of tankless water heaters, both traditional tanked options and the tankless versions can allow damage to your Tucson home under the right conditions. Often breaches in this system can result from backpressure building a considerable distance from your house in the main utility line supplying your lane with water. A forceful pressure in this mainline can force water back through your service with more force than fixtures can withstand, and can rupture supply lines to your water heater, or damage the tank itself.

Preventing this type of water damage in Tucson homes might be easier said than done. Because of the susceptibility of these appliances to breaches and leaks, newer construction codes dictate the installation of a drip pan and drain system beneath the unit, but this does little to stop the spray of pressurized water. Regardless of how the appliance has become damaged, the contents of a tank or the endless flow of your service line can quickly flood the area around the water heater.

Our SERVPRO professionals might not have the expertise to repair the water damage caused to your water heater, but we do have the extensive training and experience to handle all degrees of water damage your property might face. With our deep inventory of extraction and drying equipment, we can address standing water before absorption becomes too severe, and saturation leads to distortion and degradation of the affected materials.

We have multiple extraction tools available with the arrival of our SERVPRO Green Fleet. From highly portable options like our electric sump pumps and wet-vacs to more powerful trash pumps and extractor trucks, we have a tool to suit every need that your home has. We can work to get drying started as quickly as possible. Our efficient response in these crises can protect your property from unnecessary tear-out and reconstruction. While we have a team of general contractors able to help with controlled demolition techniques to reduce the time build back takes, preventing this need in the first place is the best solution for your home.

Water heater malfunctions might seem like a far-fetched occurrence, but these emergencies happen more often than you might think. Our SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson professionals can respond quickly with the personnel and equipment to help. We can make water loss “Like it never even happened” when you call (520) 760-9352.

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