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Avoid Delays When Dealing With Fire Damage in Tucson

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged room Regardless of the room that's facing fire damage, calling team SERVPRO is your best bet for effective remediation services.

Fire Damage Move Out and Cleanup in Tuscon Home

When SERVPRO helps local homeowners with fire damage in their homes, it goes further than cleaning up the charred sheetrock and smoke damage on the interior. One of the many goals of the techs is always to save homeowners the cost of replacement whenever possible through their cleaning methods. 

Working on fire damage in a Tuscon kitchen and dining room, the techs found the kitchen table and chairs, and the dining room set had extensive smoke damage but no charring. Made from solid hardwood rather than composite materials, they had excellent prospects for restoration by cleaning. As the two rooms needed repairs, the techs moved out of the room contents for cleaning at the facility.

In-House Smoke Damage Removal Process

For the furniture, the techs have cleaning agents to release the hold of the smoke residues on surfaces. The techs test items before cleaning to ensure the correct agents get used, and articles do not get harmed from incorrect cleaning methods. Wood soaps work on well on finished wood surfaces as they clean gently without using harsh detergents or strong alkalis. The techs also have equipment such as the Esporta power washing machines for heavy residues. Glass and ceramic keepsakes get restored through the use of ultrasonic baths. Afterward, the items get held in secure storage until the home is ready for the pieces to get brought back into the house and set up.

Organization During Move-Out

When SERVPRO techs move out items during mitigation, they utilize a highly organized system known as the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) inventory protocol to manage the pathway of actions taken during the fire and smoke damage restoration process. It logs items packed out, including their location in the home and items that required disposal along with detailed descriptions and photos. This report also helps expedite the filing of insurance claims.

For fire damage cleanup call SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson and SERVPRO of Oro Valley / Marana East at (520) 760-9352. The certified techs can use the latest technology and cleaning methods to restore your home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

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Your Tucson Laundry Room is for Washing Clothes and ... Water Damage?

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

clothes spinning in washing machine Check your laundry room often for signs of leaks and water damage.

Water Removal for a Tucson Laundry Room 

Arizona homeowners are well aware of the expenses that can be incurred by water damage in their homes, but they may be surprised to know that the average cost of a home water damage claim is $6,965. Many residents do not typically have thousands to spend on home repairs after a disaster, which can add to the stress of the claims filing process. However, there is a team that can aid in lowering damage through emergency-response cleanup.  

If your Tucson home has suffered water damage to a pipe leak or appliance failure in your laundry room, SERVPRO technicians are one phone call away from providing a comprehensive cleanup service that restores your home. It only takes 24 to 48 hours before water damage creates an environment that allows mold, bacteria, and odors to thrive. Fast action is necessary to eliminate the risk these contaminants can bring into your home.  

Why Your Utility Sink Might Be Leaking

  • Clogged plumbing. Pressure from pipe clogs can wear down joints or expand them, which can allow water to come through.
  • Holes in pipes.If you notice a pinhole leak in your pipes, shut off the water supply as soon as possible. A crack even 1/8" in size can release dozens of gallons of water into your home which causes water damage
  • Old or worn parts.Should you live in an older home or one with original components, the use of such plumbing materials may not hold up to strong drain cleaners, which can eat away at pipes and cause leaks. 

SERVPRO Eliminates Water Damage

After technicians evaluate and mitigate water from the affected area in your laundry room with portable extractors, additional cleanup may be necessary for interior walls that may have suffered damage. Technicians can remove baseboards to drill small holes between wall studs to facilitate ventilation in the affected area.  

If the water damage is extensive, parts of the drywall may require removal and replacement. Before trying to clean your walls, however, technicians consult with you and your adjuster. 

SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson serves the community with cleanup that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (520) 760-9352 to receive mitigation services from an IICRC-certified team.  

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How SERVPRO Removes Water From Your Tucson Floors

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

standing water on carpet When water damaged this office, SERVPRO took the call and quickly removed the water. Call us today!

Water Removal Needs in Tucson Affect Different Types of Flooring 

When water damage happens in a home, water follows both gravity and the path of least resistance in its journey downward. The result is that the floor tends to receive the brunt of the loss.  

Finding where the water removal needs to occur in Tucson properties is something SERVPRO techs excel at, due to their use of state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment. Their different types of devices can "see" within walls and underflooring to find areas of water migration that are not readily visible on the surface.  

Why SERVPRO? 

Knowledge and experience make the difference between a good restoration services job and a great one. The technicians have extensive training and certification using the parameters as defined by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), which sets the standard for the inspection, cleanup, and restoration industries.  

Methods of Water Removal

Depending on the amount and type of water loss in the home, the techs choose from various techniques and equipment for extraction. They have portable pumps with weighted extractor heads for pushing as much moisture as possible out of carpet and upholstery, which speeds up the drying process. Squeegees get used on tile and laminate flooring to draw the water off the surface efficiently. In cases of standing water higher than two-inches deep, there are no delays in the cleanup as the submersible pumps work to get the job done.  

Why Extra Passes are Necessary

During the water extraction phase of the restoration services, SERVPRO techs often perform extra passes with their removal equipment, particularly on the carpet. This attention to detail assists in removing as much moisture as possible has the potential to lessen the time needed for drying.  

Drying Goals and Monitoring 

To ensure the water extraction and drying efforts eradicated the water loss, technicians set drying goals and carefully monitor the ambient humidity to ensure they attain the preset aims. Once dry, they commonly scope the room to determine if any residual moisture remains. This action helps to avoid various types of secondary losses. 

SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352 when you need fast water removal. The certified technicians have professional-grade equipment and methods to make the water loss, "Like it never even happened." 

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How SERVPRO Handles Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Tucson

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water in commercial property open room No matter the size or scope of the water damage, SERVPRO is always available to take your call.

Exterior Desiccant Dehumidifiers, Ducting and Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Tucson 

As the owner of an independent retail outlet, you may utilize off-site storage to hold stock as well as manufacture products. These storage spaces may be in industrial parks on the outskirts of the city. Usually, ample storage spaces like this lack essential insulation and can be prone to weaknesses in the overall structure. These weaknesses may allow rainwater to seep into the building and begin affecting the stock. Since storage warehouses are not regularly accessed, you may find that a water issue becomes prominent and requires large equipment to rectify. 

Our services encompass commercial water damage restoration here in Tucson. Using larger equipment requires expertise as well as the resources to mobilize and deploy equipment quickly. Crew chiefs of SERVPRO have qualifications from the Institute of inspection, cleaning, and restoration certifications (IICRC) so you can trust them to manage your restoration needs efficiently and professionally. Restorers can communicate with you from start to finish to ensure that you are kept in the loop throughout. 

When restoring an ample open space like a storage warehouse, there may be a need to create smaller drying zones. Evaporation is typically slower in more substantial areas because creating the requisite heat, airflow, and dehumidification requires more powerful equipment. To combat this, SERVPRO water restoration technicians may create drying tents. These are large sheets of polyethylene that are held to the floor using sandbags. Technicians can then apply air flow inflating the tent while ensuring that they subject wet floors to a concentrated drying. 

Sometimes drying a more substantial space may benefit from using more extensive equipment. Ductwork allows SERVPRO technicians to seal the building and use large exterior desiccant dehumidifiers. Ducting in this way requires an intake duct to circulate dry air into the property and exhaust to remove moist, humid air. There are security security issues to consider when ducting a property, and SERVPRO members can stay on-site throughout the process to ensure there is no unlawful entry.

Restoring large spaces requires first-hand experience as well as industrial drying equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352 now. 

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We Are The Experts You Can Trust In Tuscon After A Flood

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

one of our technicians cleaning the carpet with one of our handheld machines This property suffered significant damage, and our team arrived quickly. Our team used our specialized equipment to restore this property right away.

Flood Damage Can Happen at Any Time in Tucson – Be Prepared!

Flood and storm damage can leave your property devastated, and you are feeling overwhelmed. Instead of taking on the task of trying to clean the mess up yourself, calling trained professionals is the best course of action. Our SERVPRO technicians get there quickly to ensure that the drying and that clean-up happens swiftly to head off the potential for further damage.

The onset of flood damage in Tucson on any level brings about a significant amount of potential contamination to your home. Calling our skilled technicians for the clean-up and restoration helps to ensure your property is back to normal and that everything is “Like it never even happened.”

Once you call us, we come to your residence in a timely fashion. Our IICRC-certified teams work with insurance adjusters and property owners to properly clean your home with the latest technology and proven methods. We focus on preservation and make sure that everything is safe so that we can get to work on restoring your home to the preloss condition.

Extraction

Water extraction is a crucial step when removing water from your flood-damaged home. The more water SERVPRO technicians remove with our high-powered equipment, the faster the drying time. We arrive with truck-mounted and portable water extraction units to amplify the drying process. If there is residual water left on the surface of carpeting in your home, we can use light wand extractors to facilitate removal.

Drying

Air movers help to enhance water evaporation while also reducing dry times. SERVPRO technicians strategically place air movers along with industrial fans and dehumidifiers throughout your home to keep the air moving while also pulling residual moisture from the atmosphere and pushing it outside. If moisture is found lurking within the wall cavities, we employ the use of structural cavity drying equipment to help increase evaporation rates.

Whenever you need help to address flood damage, you can count on our skilled team at SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling (520) 760-9352 and we can send a team out to your location as soon as possible to start an assessment.

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Tucson Property Owners Appreciate SERVPRO's Efforts to Minimize Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration Effects and Disturbances

1/11/2020 (Permalink)

boarded up door passage in a fire damaged kitchen SERVPRO Mitigates Fire Damage to Structures in Tucson with Board-Up Services

Reducing Inconveniences After Fire Damage Incidents in Tucson

A fire incident in Tucson can have different outcomes, including forcing occupants to vacate the premises for cleanup, repairs, and other restoration steps. These movements create inconveniences and introduce additional costs to the original loss. A professional fire damage restorer like SERVPRO can help reduce the costs and nuisances.

Boarding up the premises
After the blaze that leads to fire damage loss in Tucson is put out, many homeowners believe the worst is over. However, deterioration is likely to continue and especially when the property is unoccupied. Some actions such as, heat from the flames that shatters windows or holes punched through the walls by firefighters to access the seat of the fire, leave openings around the property. Through these openings, weather elements can damage the interior of the house. Our SERVPRO technicians can prevent such problems by immediately boarding-up the property after the loss. We prefer more secure options such as bolt with tension board up instead of just covering openings with plywood under extreme weather or damage.

Restoring power
Unless it is a catastrophic fire incident, there is a need to run utilities such as heating in the house. Unfortunately, since fire is likely to damage cable insulations leaving bare wires, restoring power takes more than just flicking a switch. Our SERVPRO technicians can inspect wires for physical damage. We also use circuit checkers to verify normal current flow before reconnecting appliances. Safety always comes first.

Protecting surfaces
Apart from severe damages, minor issues can develop in the aftermath of a fire incident. Residues such as soot can stain some surfaces deeply, causing permanent damage. Stone surfaces such as granite countertops and metal finishes like chrome are susceptible to this type of damage. Our SERVPRO technicians prevent on-going damage by pre-cleaning surfaces and applying a thin film of lubricant. Such steps also help reduce the work needed to restore the property, thus improving the turnaround time.

A fire loss can cause many inconveniences. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352 to help take steps that deal with the damage, "Like it never even happened."

Fast-Track Your Tucson Water Damage Remediation Success With Team SERVPRO

1/5/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking from ceiling in a home The water damage situation in your home can quickly get worse. Contact SERVPRO to find the source and remediate the damage.

Using Air Filtration to Tackle Water Damage Odors Lingering in your Tucson Home

With all types of water containing at least some types of microbe, there is a real risk of unpleasant odors permeating your home after a water incident. Sometimes cleaning and drying the property does not remove the odor that has become air-borne or settles into fabrics and upholstery. As most homeowners do not own specialist deodorizing equipment, these issues can be hard to remedy with the professional assistance of a restorer. 

You may want to take a pro-active approach to water damage in your Tucson home. Allowing maximum airflow into the structure can lower drying times while also helping to ship out unpleasant odors. Household cleaning products like disinfectant or bleach can further ensure that the odor-causing elements are destroyed. However, issues like rising humidity and problems with indoor air-quality can resist the everyday air-fresheners found in your home. 

While specializing in water damage restoration (WRT) many SERVPRO restorers are also qualified odor control technicians (OCT.) Odor control is a multi-faceted skillset covering cleaning, drying as well as deodorizing properties. There are also scientific considerations for restoration. The human nose picks up odors intensely when there is lots of moisture in the air. Since water issues can raise humidity levels, it is not uncommon for odors to become more noticeable in the aftermath of a water incident.

Reducing relative humidity as well as odor-causing particles, is slower than drying or removing water. SERVPRO can tackle this issue efficiently by using air filtration devices (AFD.) AFDs circulate air while filtering out unpleasant elements. Often, SERVPRO AFDs use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to remove odor particles from an indoor space. Equipment which combines air circulation with filtering can be exceptionally efficient in areas of the home that have a restrictive flow like staircases, hallways, or a storage area. By using them, we can restore your home quicker than you might expect. 

Maximum efficiency in restoration is what allows homeowners to get with their everyday lives regardless of the emergency at hand. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352.

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Slow Ceiling Leak Causes Water Damage in Tucson.

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

A hallway with someone holding a piece of equipment showing numbers. Let us help you save your Tucson home from a slow water leak.

A slow leak in your Tucson home can cause more damage than you realize.

It is never a good sign when water spots appear on the ceiling. It is a safe bet there is some level of water damage that has occurred.

In the case of a home in Tucson, water damage caused by a slow leak in the ceiling accumulated over time until it ruined the sheetrock panels and the taped seams. This resulted in the need for controlled demolition in the form of a partial tear-out of the ceiling down to the raw joists and sheathing so the necessary plumbing repairs could occur.

Purpose of Controlled Demolition

When building materials require removal from the home, SERVPRO technicians cut them cleanly away to make the repairs as fast and easy as possible for both the plumbing and the cosmetic renovations necessary to restore the ceiling to its preloss condition.

Drying the Water Loss Area

To be sure all areas of excessive moisture get attention, SERVPRO technicians use their advanced moisture detection equipment to scope the room and make sure there are no other areas that show elevated water vapor levels. After removal of the damaged sheetrock panels, the technicians use air movers aimed upwards to dry the ceiling and also drying mats above to force warm, dry air downward to ensure the affected area dried completely. 

Mold Treatment

SERVPRO technicians found no signs of mold growth, but when a surface has exposure to water over a lengthy period, proactive treatments to avoid mold are a smart course of action. The techs used an antimicrobial sealant on the joists and open area as soon as it was dry to inhibit any mold growth. 

Assisting Homeowners After Completion

A standard part of service is ensuring homeowners are happy with the work done. Once the mitigation completes, a technician walks the homeowner through the process and shows them the necessary actions. They also note any necessary repairs needed to restore the home entirely. 

When water damage happens to your property, call SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352. The certified technicians can clean up and restore the home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

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Some Ways to Avoid Issues with Fire Damage Remediation in Tucson

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

fire damage house and roof Our expert technicians tailor the remediation process to the extent of the damage in your home.  Available 24/7 to take your call.

Cleaning Techniques for Fire Damaged Surfaces in Tucson Homes

Cleaning is a vital element to the recovery of your Tucson home after a fire. As challenging as existing in the residence can feel after even mild structure fires have occurred, effective cleaning and restoration practices can make you homeowners more comfortable. Our SERVPRO professionals have practical techniques and potent products to return damaged surfaces in your home to their preloss condition.

Depending on the severity of threats like smoke and soot residues, various cleaning practices are necessary to restore fire damage in Tucson homes. Abrasive techniques like media blasting can remove set-in soot from surfaces like countertops, and also help to reduce present odors, but agitative cleaning techniques are better suited to the needs of other surfaces and contents throughout the damaged residence.

The choice made in the type of cleaning practice our SERVPRO team uses depends on the thickness of soot residue on the surface. Because this film is acidic, sensitive materials can quickly become marred and stained under direct exposure to soot particles. Addressing these concerns begins with loosening the layer of soot and smoke sediment using agitative cleaning practices.

Preconditioning or pre-cleaning are the terms used for loosening and removing the majority of residues and oils from a designated surface or material. Dry cleaning processes like vacuuming, brushing, and the use of compressed air can have an effective result in removing most of the damaging layer of acidic soot. Abrasive cleaning techniques, including soda blasting, can have a more direct approach on lingering grit, carbon, and smoke particles. Given the specific surface in question and how severe the layer of soot particles is, various techniques might get employed to regain control of a fire-damaged property.

Cleaning is a necessary component to making fire losses “Like it never even happened.” Despite how devastating these disasters can be, our SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson team has the training and the cleaning agents to help. Between our agitative cleaning techniques to break residues loose from surfaces to foam, wiping, and abrasive methods, we can restore the look and feel of many damaged materials after a fire. Give us a call anytime at (520) 760-9352.

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Some Steps to Water Damage Remediation Success in Tucson

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

leaking sink drain pipe Whatever the source of the water damage incident in your home, SERVPRO can help! Call right away for best results.

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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