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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)

woman using water extracttion equipment We removed all of the water and thoroughly dried this home. We have the equipment and training to handle the job.

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)

A technician using a cleaning device on the floor after a flood Our team used our specialized equipment to restore this property to pre-damage condition. We are available 24/7 so call us right away.

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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The Advantage of SERVPRO Restoration for Tucson Homes

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can and will show you the advantage to restoration in Tucson.

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As the second largest city in the state, Tucson is home to more than half a million residents before the neighboring regions and areas become part of the statistic. Our SERVPRO team has continued to grow and build, year after year, to become the capable and efficient company it is today. We know that disasters strike at all hours, and with such a large service area, new problems arise every day. We have sought out the best restoration technicians, acquired the best equipment, and sought out the best certification programs and training through organizations like the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to be one of the best choices homeowners can make when disaster strikes. 

Water

With substantial properties that we service like the University of Arizona, a single water loss incident could affect hundreds of people simultaneously. As such, water recovery and restoration practices need to be well understood and implemented to shave time and reduce costs for mitigation and restoration processes. Water damage in Tucson homes and businesses can quickly get out of control without these practical strategies, so we encourage regular in-house education for our technicians to keep them sharp with the latest equipment, methods, and products available. 

Our successes as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) stems from the union of this continued training and our inventory of cutting-edge and high-capacity equipment. With levels of every recovery tool we use from the extraction options to rapid drying solutions, we can tailor the equipment needed precisely to the severity of water damage in your Tucson property. 

A vital component of this recovery process beyond the extraction and drying efforts is protecting property against secondary damages that could result from improper or inadequate cleaning and drying. A typical response from our professionals in a water loss incident is to spray exposed surfaces and materials with antimicrobial sprays and cleaning products to make them uninhabitable to developing mold organisms that can further threaten Tucson homes. 

Mold 

If our SERVPRO professionals cannot adequately address this lingering moisture in a Tucson home with the antimicrobial sprays and rapid drying efforts, mold damage can ensue. It is vital for our IICRC-Certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians to work immediately to get this situation under control because mold effects can spread quickly from one organic material to another. 

Hosting materials can suffer degradation and deterioration over a brief period, ultimately requiring controlled demolition and later replacement by competent construction professionals. Allowing the organism to spread also presents health concerns for those exposed to the colonies in our Tucson home or business. Our professionals have a well-orchestrated response based on years of experience to efficiently get the area contained and work to safely remove the thriving organism while actively seeking to protect installed construction materials. 

No remediation task is complete unless we can address not only the mold damage in Tucson properties but also the threat of recurrence. From the installation of permanent dehumidification equipment to repairs that your home might need to reduce dampness in poorly ventilated areas, we want our customers to be free of this damaging condition for good. 

Storm

While many circumstances can quickly and severely threaten the structural integrity and defenses of your Tucson property, few times of the year are quite as damaging and fierce as monsoon season. Through the summer months, powerful and highly-damaging storm systems can develop with little warning to level structures, damage roofs and siding, and even drop trees. As much as many homeowners attempt to implement precautionary measures like reinforcement, property owners are more encouraged to look out for themselves and the safety of their families during these dangerous weather events. 

Especially during this monsoon season, flood and storm damage in Tucson is worse than any other point throughout the year. Some storms have the power and longevity for several inches of rain, which could present risks like flash flooding as well. Our SERVPRO professionals have tailored restoration services based on the severity of this standing water and the effect on your house from wet-vacs with extraction wands to our 300 psi extractor truck. 

We can provide emergency board up and roof tarping in a crisis as well, which can reduce immediate flooding and other elemental damages. This solution also opens the doors for mitigation to begin, which can get followed closely by full-scale repairs and reconstruction efforts for your Tucson home involving our experienced IICRC-Certified professionals and contracting specialists. 

Fire 

While the area has been fortunate compared to neighboring states like California, the possibility for wildfires and similar natural disasters exist almost invariably in the long dry heat spells common to the Tucson region. It is because of these same high-heat conditions that many of the houses and commercial structure fires burn at a higher temperature and produce a dry smoke. 

Though dry smoke residue is easier to clean from surfaces and contents than its wet smoke counterpart, dry smoke fires burn faster and more furiously, ultimately creating more substantial fire damage conditions in Tucson residences. We have state of the art products and equipment that can help to begin cleaning affected surfaces and contents that can remain in the house after extinguishment. It is our intention, whether through controlled demolition or on-site recovery to get you back into the damaged property quickly. 

Whether you must contend with a structure fire that develops exclusively in your Tucson residence or combat the smoke and soot effects that are common after wildfires, you need experienced professionals to help. Because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, we can protect your property with immediate repair solutions and comprehensive mitigation approaches that can improve multiple damaging conditions simultaneously.

We know that serving Tucson means that we have many homes and businesses always depending on us to provide the high-caliber work we advertise by our slogan, “Like it never even happened.” No matter when disasters strike and what structures become affected, you can count on our SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson professionals to work quickly to get things back to normal for you. Give us a call today at (520) 760-9352.

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Emergency Mitigation Is Essential To Restoring Your Tucson Home After A Fire

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

You can contact SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson 24 hours a day at (520) 760-9352.

The Essential Role Of Emergency Mitigation Services For Fire Damage In Your Tucson Home

There is a distinguishable difference between emergency services and restoration services. In medium-scale fire-related incidents, emergency services can be provided in the immediate aftermath of the event to minimize disruption to the homeowner, reduce the claim expense, and reduce potential damages to property. Some of these can be as simple as a homeowner placing old linen or colorfast towel onto carpets to prevent cooling soot from falling directly onto it and causing further losses.

A property requiring emergency services for fire damage in Tucson may show signs of structural weakness or need a major reconstruction effort to get back to its preloss condition. During this period, a restorer needs to perform several duties to ensure the safety of anyone entering the property as well as to reduce the potential claims expense by performing small, but vital, mitigation tasks.

Among these vital mitigation procedures, is the securing of the immediate structure. SERVPRO can conduct a thorough safety inspection then board up areas of the home that may have become exposed to avoid intrusions into the home overnight. Water used in firefighting procedure must be urgently dried to prevent soots from settling or microbial growth issues. We may need to deodorize the affected area and restore power to the property.

Initial cleaning may be beneficial to structural contents like carpets as well as salvageable possessions. Some smoke residues may be acidic, which can cause permanent damages to surfaces throughout prolonged exposure. Cleaning methods SERVPRO can employ may include pre-cleaning carpets or clearing away soots from areas that are most heavily affected during this procedure we can also dispose of charred materials that may cause you distress.

Emergency restoration procedures involve stopping further damages as well as preparing the structure for the remodeling, repair, or reconstruction tasks required to get it back to a preloss condition. You can contact SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson 24 hours a day at (520) 760-9352.

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What is the Best Equipment to Dry Water Damaged Tucson Homes?

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Sometimes seemingly small water damage is really a big restoration job. SERVPRO is available 24/7 to dry your home.

The Equipment You Need to Dry Your Tucson Home 

DIY restoration is becoming more and more of a standard response to unexpected emergencies that threaten Tucson homes. With the unpredictable and widespread effects that can result from situations like water loss incidents, homeowners must work to address these concerns immediately to prevent further structural deterioration or secondary damage like mold and microbial growth. Our SERVPRO professionals have a ready team prepared to help at a moment’s notice. We also want those in our area to understand the best approaches to recovering their property without our guiding hand. 

As detrimental as water damage in Tucson homes can become, this situation can become exponentially worse without the appropriate mitigation and recovery solutions starting immediately. Much of the restoration of damaged homes and houses begins with choosing the right equipment and deploying it in the proper places in your property. Here are some of the tools that our SERVPRO team uses, and that you too can find to rent or purchase: 

  • Wet/Dry Vacs 

Often drying out your home is an overwhelming challenge if you have not first addressed any standing water and saturation present in the house. Wet-vacs are a useful extraction tool for smaller loss situations, but there are more powerful and more efficient machines available as well should they be necessary. 

  • Air Circulation Fans 

Our professionals utilize air movers on every single water damage recovery project, as they circulate air and work to quickly and effectively dry out a damaged home. The placement of these tools can even effectively dry saturated materials, flooring, ceilings, and other surfaces or contents in the property. 

  • Large-Capacity Dehumidifiers 

Our professional restorers have a broad inventory of dehumidification units. These are very helpful in drying your home. You can find large-capacity units for rent in home improvement locations. 

These are a few of the essential tools that can help you to recover your saturated and water-exposed property after a loss incident. If you get overwhelmed or need a professional approach to complete the task quickly, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson team at (520) 760-9352.  We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Tuscon Home

7/20/2019 (Permalink)

Our team uses our specialized equipment to restore your property to pre-damage condition.

Differences Between DIY and Professional Flood Damage Cleanup in Tucson

Did you know unexpected flash flood damage is more likely to happen in areas with less annual rainfall? The reason is when the ground becomes very dry, and it hardens; it has less capacity to absorb rainwater. This surface condition causes rain to run over rather than into the soil. In heavy rainstorms or microbursts, this can quickly turn into a flash flood situation.

When flood damage occurs in Tucson homes, some property owners choose to clean up the water and damage themselves. When it is only a little rainwater, and there are no indications the water has migrated more in-depth into the flooring or walls, in most cases the cleanup efforts are adequate.

The seriousness of a groundwater flood within the property requires professional assistance for cleanup due to the possibility of contaminants, and until tested, humans and pets should not come into contact with it.

Other differences between DIY cleanup and professional restoration services include:

DIY uses mops and household wet/dry vacs to remove water. SERVPRO technicians have specialized equipment to perform thorough water extraction from every part of your home.

DIY uses household fans to dry water-affected areas; this action only addresses moisture at the surface. Our certified Applied Structural Drying Technicians use industrial air movers that are so powerful, the high-velocity airflow causes embedded moisture to rise, where it is ported away by our dehumidification equipment.

There is no way to know if water migrated behind walls or in ceilings and floors without scoping it with moisture detection equipment. If left, excessive moisture can create mold issues or foul odors in the home leading to potentially costly remediation.

Post drying, it is vital to disinfect all water-affected surfaces with antimicrobial cleaners to ensure the residence returns to sanitary conditions for habitation.

SERVPRO technicians are committed to assisting homeowners in saving as much of the structure and possessions as possible from flood damage. We perform controlled demolitions as needed to cut away damaged sheetrock and get the room ready for restorative efforts.

After the completion of restoration services, we give the homeowner a comprehensive report including before and after photos to expedite the insurance claims process.

SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson stands ready at (520) 760-9352 to help local property owners with flood damage in their homes. We are available 24/7 and arrive soon after your initial call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Your Commercial Property In Tucson Can Be Returned To Pre-Damage Condition After A Fire

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Even if you have suffered only minor fire damage to your commercial property, call us today for a professional inspection and estimate.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration In Tucson

Tucson business owners may occasionally dislike the weather this time of year, but once the sun goes down, the crowds do come out, especially for restaurants and other eateries.

For commercial fire damage in Tucson, time is often more of a factor than it is with residential properties. Every day a restaurant is closed means a loss of income for every employee as well as the business owner. Suppliers stop making deliveries, which impacts their financial health as well. SERVPRO response teams understand that even a small cafe can affect dozens of people and other businesses if it is closed for too long. That doesn’t include the customers who have to find another place to eat and may not return if the doors do not reopen soon.

Much of the effort for Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) is cleaning equipment and structural property after disposing of wall panels, tables, seating, and ceiling tiles. Team members use cleaners with a deodorizing agent that not only break up layers of smoke residues but also neutralizes the particles which generate the malodors.

Wiping down metal surfaces after cleaning is a simple task, and FSRTs accomplish it quickly for ovens, refrigerators, and serving racks. For residues covering the ceiling, they use cleaners and long-handled mops and squeegees to break up and remove them. In the kitchens, after cleaning, team members use a sterilizer to ensure everything is clean enough for food preparation again. Floors also require a strong cleaner and a sterilizer. All SERVPRO work is designed to meet the standards and requirements for local and state health agencies.

In the customer serving areas, team members quickly dispose of any items physically damaged by the heat and flames. Each team leader is trained to work closely with owners and insurance representatives to ensure they expend time and effort only on items allowed for repair or restoration and dispose of everything else.

For our business, the goal of SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson is to help other businesses here, Catalina Foothills, Mt Lemmon, and Redington provide a clean, safe environment for customers and employees. Even if you have suffered only minor fire damage to your commercial property, call us today at (520) 760-9352 for a professional inspection and estimate. We are here for you.

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