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Insurance Woes After a House Fire in Tucson? Just Call SERVPRO to Help with the Recovery

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Insurance Woes After a House Fire in Tucson? Just Call SERVPRO to Help with the Recovery Tucson Homeowners Know that SERVPRO Has No Match for Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Restoration

The Claims Process Following a Fire in Your Tucson Residence

One of the first concerns that many Tucson homeowners consider when they face a disaster in their residence is how to pay for the recovery. While some situations might require you to dip into your own pockets, incidents like fire are often covered by the insurance provider for your home. The essential point about this coverage is understanding what they expect you to do and how to move the process along, so the restoration work does not stall out.

Fire damages can often be one of the most difficult things to see in your Tucson home. Even apart from the immediate traumatic sight of structural compromise, there are effects from the fire that spread far beyond the acute results of the flames. With so much work to be done, you can appreciate that the situation does not get easier to manage as time goes on. You do not want the claims process slow, and so you need to take an active stance in ensuring that the appropriate people get notified, and the steps get taken to approve the claim.

Once the first responders have left your home, notify your insurance agent about the situation. They likely can give you a detailed list of what they need to verify that the damage occurred and how to get the claim process started on their end. If they do not offer to send out their adjuster, they might ask you to contact one. Our SERVPRO estimator can catalog and photograph the damage your home sustained, as well as possibly provide a very ballpark figure as to what the insurance company can expect to pay to restore your home. The final budget when once given by your agent, assures you that SERVPRO can work within that number. We deal with many insurance providers and typically come highly recommended as a restorer.

While our SERVPRO team gets contacted directly by insurance companies on a regular basis, it is also sometimes left to the homeowner to determine the professional outfit they want to restore their home. Our team can work directly with your insurance adjuster to help expedite the claims process and get our technicians working on bringing your home back. This point bears repeating; we are here to help you.

Fires can be traumatic to live through, but with our professional restoration service, we can make this disaster disappear, “Like it never even happened.” Trust our SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson emergency response team to show up quickly and help you restore your home to preloss conditions. Give us a call anytime you need us at (520) 760-9352.

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How Professionals Remove Water From Your Tucson Home

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Professionals Remove Water From Your Tucson Home Burst water pipes can lead to a lot of water in your home. SERVPRO can safely remove the water and restore your home to its previous condition.

Monsoon season is coming to an end for Tucson and the rest of Arizona, but it is too early to empty the sandbags and put away the water-vacs and push brooms. Sudden rainfalls still happen, not to mention the year-round sources of flooding like broken dishwashers cracked pipes and rusted out water heaters.  

Thorough Tucson water removal requires more than just pumping out the kitchen and living room, however. SERVPRO restoration teams can pull water off floors, out of carpets, and draw it out of the personal and structural property.  

Depending on the amount of standing water, technicians use pumps or extraction wands. For significant flooding, they use the pumps to remove the majority of the water out of most homes in only a day or two. If the water came from outside the home, they treat it as contaminated and pump it directly into the nearest, active sewer opening. If the sewer system is blocked or otherwise unavailable, they pump the water into a tank truck for delivery to a water treatment plant where it is cleaned and recycled.  

Water from inside the home, unless it comes from a backed-up toilet, is considered clean. Technicians can pump it out of the home and drain it outside into the street. For water that only covers surfaces, they perform the same tasks using extraction wands. These smaller devices are adjustable for speed, and SERVPRO team members use them effectively to draw water out of carpets and off wood floors without accidentally causing secondary damage.  

Preventing secondary damage is also essential for removing water from furniture. At the start of cleanup operations, technicians pull everything out of the water to stop absorption and start the drying process. As team members pull water off the floors, others examine wooden and upholstered furniture for how much water was absorbed. Split wood and deteriorating cushions indicate considerable damage and most of these items require disposal.  

If there is no cracking and the cushions underneath are not water-logged, team members begin drying the furniture using a combination of air movers and fans to force warm, dry air across surfaces to force out moisture and remove it from the home as it evaporates into the air. If needed, they can also install a dehumidifier to draw water from the air and nearby furniture.  

At SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson, we want to return your home to what it was before the flooding. That means having and implementing a plan to dry your personal property as well as remove standing water. To set up a visit or for more information, call us at (520) 760-9352 today.

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The Real Truth About Flooding in Your Tucson Home

9/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Real Truth About Flooding in Your Tucson Home If an overflow of some sort, internal or external, has flooded your home, contact SERVPRO for effective water cleanup and remediation.

How to Deal Effectively with Flood Damage in Tucson

Floods deal both physical, and psychological damages. If suddenly you do not know what to do after seeing water rising in your Tucson property, know you are not the only one. Unless adequately prepared, other people caught in similar situations also suffer the same fate. Having the emergency contacts of a professional restorer is vital because once you call them, you can receive useful advice on what to do next.
 
Apart from the structure, flood damage in Tucson also affects contents of a house, but can also extend to the occupants if care is not exercised. The water contains several contaminants collected from sewage lines and other waste removal channels. It is therefore essential to wear the right protective gear when wading through such water. Our SERVPRO technicians usually have rubber gloves, protective body suits and boots allowing them to wade through any water depths without exposing themselves to unnecessary dangers.
 
Flood waters transfer contaminants to porous materials in the affected areas. Cleaning and disinfecting the materials cannot eliminate all the contaminants. Removal is the only guaranteed way to deal with the contamination. Our SERVPRO technicians remove the carpet and pad as well as any other affected items such as upholstered furniture. We also pressure wash structural components and use an EPA-registered disinfectant to deal with contaminants.
 
After a case of flooding, much debris might be left in the affected area. These might include damaged components from your house, mud, silt, and even sewage waste. To comply with city regulation, all these require proper disposal. Our SERVPRO team helps remove all the waste from your property for proper disposal.
 
Any flooded property requires proper drying as part of the restoration process. If excess moisture remains in the affected areas, you might end up dealing with microbial growth. Parts of the structure might also rot. After extracting all the standing water, the process should end with the removal of excess moisture. Our SERVPRO technicians dry your property to preloss levels using different equipment like air movers, dehumidifiers and drying mats among others.
 
In cases of flooding call SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Firefighting Efforts Can Leave Your Tucson Pizzeria in Urgent Need of Water Removal Services

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Firefighting Efforts Can Leave Your Tucson Pizzeria in Urgent Need of Water Removal Services SERVPRO Keeps the Pizza Slices Coming After a Water Loss in Tucson

SERVPRO Strives to Minimize Water Loss in Tucson Stores and Get the Doors Re-Opened 

When a fire occurs on your property, the primary tool that firefighters use to extinguish it is water, and unfortunately, that can leave your pizzeria in desperate need of water removal services. Putting out a fire inside your pizzeria's kitchen can require hundreds of gallons of water that is pumped into your restaurant under high pressure. Firefighting efforts can leave water in places that you wouldn't have even considered to look; every nook and cranny of your kitchen is likely to be soaked.

Should you delay in calling for the help of professional water removal services to aid your Tucson pizzeria, the excess moisture could lead to further problems inside of your restaurant, such as mold or continuing degradation of fixtures. Additionally, the emergency fire-extinguishing system inside of your restaurant also uses a solution of powders designed to deny oxygen to the flames. In the aftermath, not only is there water to remove inside your kitchen, but also the remaining powder that may have turned into a muddy mess during firefighting efforts.
 
Here at SERVPRO, we understand how valuable your time is to you and, as a result, we work around your schedule. If the extinguishing should happen in the morning, we can come within hours of your call and work through the day until the remediation is finished so you can reopen your restaurant for business. Of course, the severity of the fire and water losses dictate the closure time. Should it happen during the evening, we can work through the night. Whenever you need the services of SERVPRO, we can be there.
 
Once our SERVPRO technicians report on the scene, they can clean up the initial debris left over by the fire and the extinguishing efforts. By removing the water at the scene, we can more easily access peripheral equipment such as wet/dry vacuums and extractors to remove the remaining water and moisture from your pizzeria.
 
Should you find your business in urgent need of water removal services, never hesitate. Reach out and contact SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson by dialing (520) 760-9352.

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Mold Damage in Tucson Often Takes Place in Laundry Rooms

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in Tucson Often Takes Place in Laundry Rooms If your laundry room experiences an increase in moisture and you smell that musty mold smell, contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate.

Our Technicians Assess and Then Remediate the Mold Infestation in Your Home

A fungus needs three conditions to be present to form inside your Tucson home which are moisture, the correct temperature, and an organic food source. Houses already have plenty of organic substances because they get built with a lot of wooden and paper materials that can develop mold damage. Fungi like temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit and most homes are kept at around 70 degrees. Once moisture gets added to this scenario, you have a prime location for microbial growth. Once microbes that already exist everywhere get activated by excessive moisture, building materials inside your home can receive mold damage.
 
If water ever leaks into your home, it must be removed within 48 hours or the microbes can start to grow. Therefore, most mold damage cases in Tucson are the result of water leaks going unnoticed. Sometimes appliances can malfunction and leak out moisture without you noticing it. Water pipes can develop slow leaks that pour small amounts of moisture into your building's structure.
 
One common place in every house that receives leaks you may not see right away is the laundry room. Many laundry rooms are small, confined, and close to the size of a closet making it difficult to easily see every corner of the room. Washers and dryers are heavy, so they do not get moved out of their places very often. Since laundry rooms are the home to your washer and dryer, there are water pipes and connections in the small area. The amount of water-related connections involved in a laundry room increases the chances of a leak taking place.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and have experience in dealing with moisture-related problems inside these rooms that are the home to your washer and dryer. When we first arrive at a problem in a laundry room, we immediately move everything out of the tight area so we can inspect the situation. Once we figure out the source of the problem, we repair the moisture source if needed.
 
Next, if microbial growth is present our SERVPRO restoration team analyzes the situation and tries to figure out how severe the contamination is. Once we determine the overall scope of the project and get work authorization from you, we contain the contaminated room. This means that we use heavy-duty plastic to seal off the room so that no harmful dust particles or mold spores can spread outside of the affected region during our restoration process.
 
If you ever see black mold inside your laundry room, call SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352 any time of the day.
 
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Restoring Your Furniture And Upholstery After A Water Damage Event In Tucson

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring Your Furniture And Upholstery After A Water Damage Event In Tucson There are different ways in water damage can affect your property.

Restoring Your Furniture And Upholstery After A Water Damage Event

There are different ways in water damage can affect your property. For instance, you should expect some problems after the water comes into contact with your upholstery. The moisture may weaken the framing joints, cause a breakdown of the glues, lead to cracking and swelling. You can also notice some water spotting on the fabrics. To avoid water lines, we may wet the entire furniture when we are restoring your Tucson property.

The water damage experience in your Tucson property can also lead to color bleeding. If that happens and the cover of the upholstery sags, there are chances of staining the floors and carpets. Some carpeting stains can also result from the wet wooden legs. If drying the carpets takes place before removing them, then it can be challenging to deal with stains. Our SERVPRO technicians start by stopping the source of moisture and in the process reduce chances of mildew growth.

When wooden materials get exposed to water, spots may occur on their finish. The wood can also crack, weaken and swell. Our SERVPRO technicians can use specialized wood care products to remove the spots, and by using a furniture refinisher, we can attend to wooden furniture frames. Although the laminate that covers some furniture can act as a moisture barrier, the non-laminated side can absorb the water and lead to warping.

During the restoration process, our SERVPRO technicians use appropriate extractors to extract water from the furniture and other wet surfaces. By running putting in place dehumidifiers and air movers, we can reduce the time that your upholstered furniture takes to dry. We can also dry the zippers and metallic button on the upholstery to avoid rust. To prevent rust transfer, we can place waxed paper between the zipper and the cushion. Covering the metal buttons with furniture pads can also prevent the transfer of rust.

SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson is a trusted and experienced leader in the restoration industry. Call us at (520) 760-9352 when you face mold, storm, fire, and water damage, and we can return your property to its former state.

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How Professional Restoration Works for Flood Damage in Your Tucson Home

8/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Professional Restoration Works for Flood Damage in Your Tucson Home Flooding from a broken pipe or other type of emergency can leave your home under water. Contact SERVPRO to come out and mitigate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Dries Out Your Property After Flooding Regardless of the Source of the Water

Overcoming any level of water loss in your Tucson home can be too great a challenge for a homeowner to take on by themselves. Professional restoration services can help, even when the worst of the damage is still occurring via penetration points in your home. Working quickly to resolve these issues and mitigate the loss you experience should be at the top of your list, so make sure that you reach out quickly to secure the certified and reputable professional experience you require.  
 
As much as you might not want to have to consider it, flood damages throughout the Tucson area are seemingly more common than ever. Apart from the natural ways that flooding can occur to your home, implements like standpipes and water mains also offer unnatural means of flooding your home and those throughout the community in a matter of a few minutes. As with any high volume of water, the potential for catastrophic damage to your home and its contents is extreme, so do not hesitate to reach out to the qualified technicians we employ at SERVPRO.  
 
While inspections are always an initial step for our team of professionals to get a better idea of the nature of the damage that you face, we also strive to do what has to occur to keep the situation from getting any worse than it is when we first arrive. Mitigation is a word that you might hear, and it is a term used in the industry to signify stopping the spread of damage from getting worse.  
 
Our SERVPRO professionals offer state of the art equipment and expertise from unique training to tackle any concern or effect from the flooding your home has experienced. From extraction via pump trucks in our Green Fleet to advanced drying techniques to preserve structural elements of your home, you are in good hands.  
 
As a homeowner, it is always wise to have a plan in place for how to contend with emergencies that threaten your residence. In the event of a widespread emergency affecting multiple homes, time is of the essence to secure the right assistance to ensure work occurs expediently on your property. Give our SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson restoration rapid response team a call today at (520) 760-9352.

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Get The Water Out Of Your Tucson Entertainment Venue

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Get The Water Out Of Your Tucson Entertainment Venue At SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson, we strive on restoring your property quickly and efficiently.

Trust The Pros at SERVPRO to Restore Your Tucson Commercial Property

Residents and the many visitors to the Tucson area enjoy a little fun and relaxation at one of our many theaters, gaming centers, climbing walls, and many other entertainment businesses. If a major incursion of water occurs, many planned and spur of the moment trips to your business might need postponement or even cancellation. The crew we send to your water saturated space can clean and dry out your property fast.

Water removal in your Tucson property cannot wait if your business relies on individuals, families, and groups to gather on your premises to enjoy the activities you developed. Regardless of the source of the water, immediate removal and speedy and thorough drying is the only answer. Our team arrives as soon as possible with the high-efficiency equipment needed to dispatch the water rapidly.

The SERVPRO crew lead evaluates the damage, making sure first to shut off the water or otherwise limit additional water from entering. Safety considerations can necessitate the disabling the electricity until the water no longer poses an electrocution threat. Even with the electricity temporarily shut down we operate our pumps and water extractors with power generated from equipment on our trucks. Infrared scanners locate water trapped in cavities between walls, in cinderblock cells, above ceilings, and more. We remove all the water, hidden in cavities or out in the open. Failure to do so can lead to mold growth and progressive deterioration to structural components.

SERVPRO crew members then use sensitive moisture meters to establish baselines for drying targets for the range of materials damage and monitor the decrease over the course of the project. Carpeting frequently can be dried in place when our certified staff use weighted extractors and float carpets with air movers getting above and below the materials.

In all spaces affected by the water, SERVPRO positions the air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers that create the drier air which attracts the water saturating structures and fixtures. As the water moves into the air as vapor, the dehumidifiers capture and absorb (desiccant type) or condense (refrigerant type) the vapor. The liquid water contained can be discarded. Every step in the process takes you that much closer to the goal of reopening to welcome your customers.

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SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson is ready 24/7 to assist our local business partners with a water loss. Call (520) 760-9352 immediately to arrange for water removal and structural drying at your entertainment venue.

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Cleaning Your Fire Damaged Items in Tucson after the Disaster

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Your Fire Damaged Items in Tucson after the Disaster SERVPRO Can Wipe Down and Clean the Soot & Smoke After a Fire Damaging Event in a Tucson Home

On-Site Fire Recovery of Possessions and Structures in Tucson Is a Cornerstone of SERVPRO Services

Fire damage events usually bring along a feeling of helplessness and confusion, and sometimes you might not know the right actions to take to mitigate the incident. All does not end when the fire has been put off by the fire department, and the smoke has cleared. Even the fire extinguishing agents pose some additional risk to your property, and you may need professional skills, knowledge, and resources to return your items to their preloss state. We are going to present to you some of the options that Tucson residents have when such disasters occur.

When attending to fire damage incidents in Tucson, our SERVPRO technicians look at the type of damage and the materials to clean and choose the most suitable cleaning technique. For instance, we may use surface cleaning techniques when we do not want to saturate your contents with the cleaning product. Foam cleaning and spray and wipe are examples of surface cleaning techniques. Under the spray and wipe technique, we slightly spray the cleaning product onto a surface and then use a dry cleaning towel to wipe. Often, numerous passes are needed to reach a satisfactory result. Soot and smoke stains can be very stubborn to remove.
 
Our SERVPRO team uses foam cleaning in cases where the application of excessive moisture is likely to cause additional damage to your contents. We first generate the foam from the cleaning product and then use a natural sponge to do the cleaning. The use of a pump-up sprayer can help us to generate the foam.
 
When there is a need to apply large quantities of the cleaning agent to the surface to allow enough time for dissolving action, then we use saturation techniques such as hand washing and rinsing. The use of an upholstery cleaning machine also falls under this category. These techniques are useful when we are cleaning fabrics with heavy soils, and more agitation is necessary.
 
SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson has a proven record in storm, mold, fire, and water damage restoration. Call us at (520) 760-9352, and we can make your property “Like it never even happened.”

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Does Tucson Mold Damage Remediation Always Mean Demolition And Replacement?

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Tucson Mold Damage Remediation Always Mean Demolition And Replacement? Although the mold damage you see in your Tucson home needs attention, panicking is unnecessary.

Mold Damage Remediation

The media seems full of scary information about mold growth even in drier areas of the country like Tucson. Often the stories concentrate on health concerns and the urgency to get rid of microbial activity immediately. Homeowners fear the expense and sometimes panic, trying to manage the mold themselves. Make a better decision by giving the professionals a chance.

Although the mold damage you see in your Tucson home needs attention, panicking is unnecessary. Some individuals do experience allergic reactions or other sensitivity to excessive amounts of mold spores or by-products of mold growth, but healthcare practitioners are best suited to answer those worries. On the other hand, mold growth damages structural components and the contents of your home and sends unpleasant odors throughout all spaces. Mold remediation needs to occur, but take the time to line up our skilled crew to ensure the job is done appropriately and safely.

SERVPRO mold remediation technicians assess the damage in your home and develop a plan that focuses the dual goals of active mold colony removal and restoration of your home to pre-infestation condition. The equipment and tools we employ often permit us to accomplish these outcomes without demolishing, removing, and replacing the materials that provide structure for your dwelling.

We follow EPA protocols learned in IICRC training to contain the mold colonies, keeping unaffected portions of your home clear of the spread of moldy debris. SERVPRO invests in equipment that makes containment effective, including heavy plastic sheeting to create physical barriers and technology like negative pressure air scrubbers to filter spores and other moldy particles, exhausting the contaminants outside of your living space.

Inside the containment area, SERVPRO technicians rely on a range of techniques and instruments to clear surfaces of the mold. No matter how unappealing the mold looks, nonporous surfaces release the colonies when we scrape, scrub, and brush. Even porous materials restore if methods like soda blasting loosen the hold hyphae, the “roots” of mold, have. EPA registered antimicrobials applied evenly to all affected surfaces with foggers or sprayers to inhibit the return of the mold growth.

Odors that linger make the remediation feel incomplete. SERVPRO recommends a course of treatments, employing different odor elimination strategies until the smell is gone. We do not cover up with short-term air fresheners or distractors like candles or diffusers. Thermal fogging or hydroxyl generators create tiny odor-busting particles that seek out the molecules emitting the smells. Bonding with odiferous airborne and settled bits causes the chemical composition of the particles to change, rendering them neutral in odor.

SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson has many options short of knocking down walls when we remediate your mold damage scenario. Call us at (520) 760-9352 to set up a consultation and check out what we offer for up-to-date mold abatement.

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