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Two Floors Down: The Proper Procedure for Flood Remediation

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

When you walk into your business in Prescott, AZ, one morning, you see something that no business owner ever wants to see. There is a new water stain on the ceiling right below where the restroom is located, indicating that you may have a flooded toilet upstairs. Sewer damage is not a problem you want to leave unresolved. To address it, there are a few crucial steps to follow.

1. Call a Sewage Company That Specializes in Flood Remediation. The first step is to call in the experts. They have the knowledge and experience to test damaged areas for contamination, which is likely with an overflowing toilet. They can also assess how extensive the damage is and what it may take to fix it.

2. Remove All Affected Items. Some items with sewer damage can be disinfected and salvaged. Before the cleaning process can begin, however, the items that cannot be saved must be removed. The flooring on which the flooded toilet sits and the ceiling of the floor below must be removed. Damaged walls and wet insulation must also be torn out. If any items, whether part of the building structure or those within it, are damaged beyond repair, technicians can discard them safely.

3. Disinfect and Clean the Entire Area. Sewer remediation specialists clean everything that remains so that it is not a danger to people who enter the building. They can also test the building to ensure that the cleaning process was successful.

4. Replace Parts of the Building Structure That Were Discarded. The remediation process is complete when everything is dry and the floors, ceilings and walls have been replaced. It is then safe to work in the area again.

If your business falls victim to sewer damage that affects two floors, you will likely need help removing all the damaged parts and replacing them. A water damage remediation company can help get you up and running again by following the proper procedure. For more information about commercial restoration, visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com/

Water in the Basement: Removal and Cleaning

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Basements are notorious for flooding. Regardless of how well you take care of your sump pump, chances are that the basement of your home in Prescott, AZ, will flood at some point during the time you live there. When that happens, you want to make sure you hire professionals who use the right equipment to remove the water and dry out the basement to avoid further complications. There are two main tools water remediation specialists use to clear over 2 feet of water from a home’s basement.

Trash Pump

A trash pump is a device that is used to vacuum large volumes of water and the debris that’s in it out of a place it’s not supposed to be. When your basement floods, items other than water may contribute to the mess:

• Mud
• Sludge
• Sand
• Twigs
• Leaves

This piece of equipment is designed to remove water quickly without leaving behind everything that washed in with it when it entered. Water and items are sucked through a hose and diverted to an area where they can be deposited safely.

Truck Mounts

After the standing water has been removed, there will still be water on the floor, particularly if your basement is carpeted. A truck mount can be used to extract the leftover water and clean the floor. Truck mounts can withstand high water temperatures, and they control the temperature of the water to keep it steady and reliable. The use of a truck mount is essentially an intense steam-cleaning service that ensures your basement is sanitized at the end of the water extraction.

When the basement of your home in Prescott, AZ, floods, having the water removed and the area cleaned is not as much of a hassle as you might imagine. As long as the water remediation specialists you hire have the right equipment, your basement should be back to normal in no time. For more information about storm damage restoration, visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com

4 Reasons Mold Is Growing in Your Building

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

If you’ve been struggling with black mold in your building, you may be wondering why it’s so difficult to control. The truth is that mold spores are carried in the air, which means they are everywhere. Because mold can extract nutrition from just about anything, including most building materials, moisture is the number one determining factor for where mold grows. If you have mold, you have a moisture problem.

Hiring a professional mold remediation company in Prescott, AZ, to take care of mold cleanup is a good first step in discovering the source of the moisture. The experts can use infrared light and hydrometers to detect moisture, pinpointing trouble spots. Once you know where to look, here are the most common moisture sources causing black mold in your building.

1. Flooding

If you’ve experienced flooding recently, there’s a chance there is lingering residual moisture in your building. Although materials can seem dry on the surface, if the flooding was severe there can be moisture trapped inside your walls or under your floors.

2. Broken Pipes

A broken pipe is another common cause of moisture. If it’s located inside a wall you may not notice it until it’s seeped through drywall or ceiling tiles and left water stains. Even then, you’ll need a plumber to locate the leak and make repairs.

3. Broken Supply Lines

Supply lines carry water to your fixtures, like sinks, toilets and tubs. If your mold problem is located in the vicinity of these fixtures, a supply line could be the issue. This goes for areas adjacent to rooms containing fixtures, like the ceiling below a bathroom or a closet adjacent to a boiler room.

4. High Humidity

Sometimes high humidity provides enough moisture to support mold growth. If you’re located in Prescott, AZ, where the summers can be hot and humid, the weather could be the culprit. You may not be able to change the weather, but you can change the conditions inside your building. Air conditioning pulls moisture from the air inside your property and keeps it cool and dry, keeping black mold under control. Indoor humidity should be under 50 percent to ensure an unfriendly environment to mold. For more information about mold remediation, visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com/.


3 Materials That Can Encourage Mold Growth

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Materials That Can Encourage Mold Growth This basement had a serious mold problem that stemmed from a moisture problem.

After flooding ravages your Prescott, AZ home, facing cleanup efforts can be daunting. There is much to do, from calling a flood cleanup and restoration company to drain away the water to retrieving items that have been damaged. As you move through this phase, you may discover that mold damage has affected some of your belongings. While mold does not grow on every surface, there are several that can accelerate its growth pattern, especially after a flood.

1. Wood

Wood can display mold and mildew growth as early as 24 hours after a flood occurs. Mold feeds on wood because it is organic and because as a fungus, mold does not require sunlight to grow or spread. Some items that may be affected by mold growth include furniture, wooden floors and decorative moldings around doors and windows.

2. Paper

Because paper is made of wood pulp, it can be quite vulnerable to mold. This means the fungus can affect important documents if they were exposed to moisture or high humidity after a flood. You may want to retrieve these papers as soon as possible and set aside any books or other paper treasures you wish to restore. Your mold remediation experts may be able to offer you additional advice about how to salvage them.

3. Drywall

Finding mold damage on drywall can be common after a flooding mishap, no matter the grade of the water. The fungus may also affect insulation behind any drywall and cause it to rot. Any affected drywall should be cut away and the insulation replaced, as it cannot be dried or salvaged and may smell unpleasant once it starts to mold.

After a flood in your Prescott, AZ home, you may be dealing with a variety of mold damage. While mold can affect many different belongings in your home, taking action right away can help you begin the process of remediation and prevent further damage to your home and treasured items. Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on mold. 

Steps To Take Immediately After a Pipe Burst

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Steps To Take Immediately After a Pipe Burst A leaking pipe caused the mold in this picture to form.

A majority of water damage claims stems from bursting pipes, a problem that can quickly spiral out of control if you don’t act fast. From structural damage to damage to personal property, and from bacterial infection to mold growth, a broken pipe can wreak havoc on both your home’s health and your own health. To minimize damage, there are a few steps you need to take as soon as you discover the broken pipe:

• Shut off your main water valve
• Contact your Prescott, AZ water restoration team
• Call a plumber to fix the broken pipe
• Reach out to your insurance agency

Call Your Water Restoration Team

First and foremost, turn off your home’s main water valve to prevent any more water from seeping into your home. Once you’ve done that, reach out to your local water damage restoration team for cleanup assistance. Not only will your local team have the tools necessary to dry out and clean up areas affected by the bursting pipes, but they can advise you on what needs to be done to prevent mold growth and bacteria buildup. If mold growth is already present, the team can provide mold remediation services in addition to flood damage control.

Bring In a Plumber

Once the area has been cleaned up, refrain from turning your home’s water back on until you’ve had a plumber fix the broken pipe. Turning the water on before repairing the pipe may result in another flood fiasco occurring all over again.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Once you’ve received quotes from your Prescott, AZ flood restoration team and plumber, contact your insurance agency about coverage. If the damage was sudden and unforeseeable, you may be covered under your homeowners’ insurance policy. Unfortunately, however, if you had knowledge of a leak beforehand, the damage may not be covered. This is something you want to know beforehand so that you can plan accordingly.

Bursting pipes can cause significant damage, but if you act fast, you can minimize that damage and keep costs down. Take these measures to start your cleanup and restoration efforts.


Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on water damage. 

Tips for Maintaining a Commercial Roof

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Tips for Maintaining a Commercial Roof Heavy storms that recently impacted our area caused damage to the facility in this picture.

Storms often act as a reminder that roofs are not infallible. When a storm strikes in Prescott, AZ your commercial building could end up with a roof leak due to the damage caused by the weather system. While you can't stop a storm from striking your area, you can maintain your roof to better prepare it for the extremes of weather.

Get Your Roof Inspected

Regular roof inspections can help you avoid major roofing problems. While you want to have your building looked at once a year, you should also have the roofing system inspected after a major storm, even if it's already been looked at for the year. This examination should look for a variety of issues, including the following:

* Signs of a previous roof leak
* Loose roofing materials
* Overhanging branches
* Dirt and debris on the roof surface

By the end of the inspection, your contractor should have a suggested repair plan for any problems that were found.

Clean Your Gutters and Storm Drains

Clogged gutters and storm drains can cause water to pool on your roof. This can increase the chances of a leak because the water has nowhere else to go. You should try to keep your gutters and drains clean to improve the overall health of your roof. While cleaning the gutters, you can also check them over for crack or loose brackets.

Fix Roof Problems as You Find Them

Whether wind damage tore off some shingles or your contractor discovered a minor leak during an inspection, you need to address roofing problems as soon as you can. Fixing the problems quickly can help you ensure you only have to deal with a small problem. The longer you let an issue fester, the bigger the repair can get.

If your roof is damaged by a storm, you need to turn to the storm repair experts in Prescott, AZ. Whether you have a roof leak or hail damage, you don't want to leave the problem alone for too long. Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on commercial storm damage. 

3 Ways the Pros Get Rid of Smoke Smell

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke odor removal typically isn’t one of those things that you can just do on your own with a little elbow grease. Smoke is an extremely pesky substance that can infuse itself into any even slightly porous surface, and it’s difficult to get rid of later on. Fortunately, smoke cleaning professionals in Prescott, Arizona, have a number of ways to combat this issue:

• Air purifiers
• Ozone machines
• Thermal foggers

These machines are designed to not only deodorize a space but to remove the smoke itself to keep the area smelling and looking fresh.

Air Purifiers

These machines can be purchased in almost any hardware store and are already used by homeowners across the world to deodorize. However, when they’re used by professionals, they are often heavy-duty models that work alongside a number of other techniques to remove smoke damage from a space.

Ozone Machines

These machines produce ozone, a gas which can eliminate dangerous or unwanted airborne particles in your home, including smoke. This smoke cleaning device uses ozone itself to push smoke out of its place, replacing it with a clean, aerosol-like scent over time. Of course, this method may not be the best option if you have pets or young children, as ozone is toxic in high doses.

Thermal Foggers

A thermal fogger is designed to condense smoke and soot into a form that’s easier to clean. The machines release a hot mist into a space, which seeps into fabrics, porous counters and more to soak up the smoke particles that have made themselves at home there. Because the smoke particles are contained in this way, they’re simpler to remove or wipe away.

Smoke cleaning can be a tough, lengthy process, but working with professionals can help you get the job done faster and more effectively. In the end, it’s worth it to get your home back to its old self.

For more fire tips go tohttp://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com.

Quick Guide to Commercial Insurance Mold Coverage

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Every commercial policy is slightly different, so you may want to talk with your provider to get the specifics for your coverage. However, in general, mold insurance covers most instances of fungus growth. Here's what you need to know about mold coverage and how it can affect your remediation efforts in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

All Risk

Mold policies normally come in two distinct first-party categories. First, coverage may be all risk. This means insurers cover mold damage unless they can prove the cause of the contamination is specifically excluded in the policy. Typical exclusions may include mold caused by the following:

• Faulty workmanship
• Wear and tear
• Dry or wet rot
• Pollution
• Corrosion

You should read through your policy to better understand the potential circumstances that could stop you from getting reimbursed for mold remediation. This type of coverage is typically easier for you, the policyholder, because the provider has to prove the damage was caused by an excluded event.

Specified Peril

The second first-party policy type is called specified peril. This type of coverage helps pay for the remediation of fungus growth if you can prove it is caused by one of the included perils. In other words, your mold issue has to be caused by a pre-defined event included in the policy and you have to prove it. Both types of coverage have limitations you need to make yourself familiar with.

Third-Party Claims

If you are a landlord for an apartment building or commercial complex, your tenants could try to sue you due to mold contamination. In this type of situation, you may be able to turn to your insurance company for help defend you against the suit. Again, the help you receive may be dictated in the language of your policy.

If you are working with a mold insurance provider to find remediation experts near you, you want to find a company that is used to working with various types of mold coverage. Fungus growth can be hard to deal with, but when you hire professionals the process can be much easier.

For more on Mold visit us at http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com.

Quick Guide to Commercial Insurance Mold Coverage

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Every commercial policy is slightly different, so you may want to talk with your provider to get the specifics for your coverage. However, in general, mold insurance covers most instances of fungus growth. Here's what you need to know about mold coverage and how it can affect your remediation efforts in Prescott, AZ.

All Risk

Mold policies normally come in two distinct first-party categories. First, coverage may be all risk. This means insurers cover mold damage unless they can prove the cause of the contamination is specifically excluded in the policy. Typical exclusions may include mold caused by the following:

• Faulty workmanship
• Wear and tear
• Dry or wet rot
• Pollution
• Corrosion

You should read through your policy to better understand the potential circumstances that could stop you from getting reimbursed for mold remediation. This type of coverage is typically easier for you, the policyholder, because the provider has to prove the damage was caused by an excluded event.

Specified Peril

The second first-party policy type is called specified peril. This type of coverage helps pay for the remediation of fungus growth if you can prove it is caused by one of the included perils. In other words, your mold issue has to be caused by a pre-defined event included in the policy and you have to prove it. Both types of coverage have limitations you need to make yourself familiar with.

Third-Party Claims

If you are a landlord for an apartment building or commercial complex, your tenants could try to sue you due to mold contamination. In this type of situation, you may be able to turn to your insurance company for help defend you against the suit. Again, the help you receive may be dictated in the language of your policy.

If you are working with a mold insurance provider to find remediation experts near you, you want to find a company that is used to working with various types of mold coverage. Fungus growth can be hard to deal with, but when you hire professionals the process can be much easier. Visit  http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on mold. 

3 Ways the Pros Get Rid of Smoke Smell

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke odor removal typically isn’t one of those things that you can just do on your own with a little elbow grease. Smoke is an extremely pesky substance that can infuse itself into any even slightly porous surface, and it’s difficult to get rid of later on. Fortunately, smoke cleaning professionals in Prescott, AZ have a number of ways to combat this issue:

• Air purifiers
• Ozone machines
• Thermal foggers

These machines are designed to not only deodorize a space but to remove the smoke itself to keep the area smelling and looking fresh.

Air Purifiers

These machines can be purchased in almost any hardware store and are already used by homeowners across the world to deodorize. However, when they’re used by professionals, they are often heavy-duty models that work alongside a number of other techniques to remove smoke damage from a space.

Ozone Machines

These machines produce ozone, a gas which can eliminate dangerous or unwanted airborne particles in your home, including smoke. This smoke cleaning device uses ozone itself to push smoke out of its place, replacing it with a clean, aerosol-like scent over time. Of course, this method may not be the best option if you have pets or young children, as ozone is toxic in high doses.

Thermal Foggers

A thermal fogger is designed to condense smoke and soot into a form that’s easier to clean. The machines release a hot mist into a space, which seeps into fabrics, porous counters and more to soak up the smoke particles that have made themselves at home there. Because the smoke particles are contained in this way, they’re simpler to remove or wipe away.

Smoke cleaning can be a tough, lengthy process, but working with professionals can help you get the job done faster and more effectively. In the end, it’s worth it to get your home back to its old self. Visit  http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on fire damage.