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Archived Storm Damage Blog Posts

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

What To Expect When Faced With Flood Damage

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to dealing with water damage, it is essential that home and business owners in Prescott, AZ take immediate action. The longer structures remain submerged, the greater the risk that you may need to tear out and restore significant portions of the building. Here are the six steps to expect during the post-storm restoration process:

1. Contact a professional restoration crew. Many companies have 24-hour call centers that can get you in touch with a local service. Make sure to have the following information on hand:

• Contact information
• Insurance information
• Street address of flooded site
• Time damage occurred
• Cause of flooding

2. Damage assessment. Technicians should perform a comprehensive inspection of the extent and type of damage and take steps to move or block off furniture or other items to prevent further deterioration.

3. Water Removal. Industrial pumps are used to extract as much standing water as possible, minimizing secondary water damage and mold growth. A crew may need to tear out carpeting as well to protect the subfloor.

4. Drying and Dehumidification. Water retained in porous wall and floor materials can cause warping and mold growth. Technicians use specialized industrial air movers and dehumidifiers to dissipate moisture.

5. Disinfection and Odor Removal. Air scrubbers and fogging equipment are used to deodorize and sanitize walls and furniture, using antimicrobial and disinfectant treatments. Professional cleaning services can often help to restore personal items, such as clothing or photographs.

6. Rehabilitation. At this stage, a professional team can help you to identify any repairs needed to return the premises to pre-flooding condition, including whether you need to tear out portions of the structure that may have been compromised.

Storm restoration is a multi-step process that requires promptness and technical expertise. It is a good idea to keep an emergency contact on hand for a professional service in Prescott, AZ that specializes in flooding and water damage. Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on storm damage.

Arizona Wildfires

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

With recent wildfires in California it is important to be prepared if we ever have wildfires in Arizona. Wildfires can quickly destroy homes and commercial buildings. It is important to be prepared and have a plan of where you can evacuate to if you have a fire in your area. 

SERVPRO is always available to help with the smoke and soot cleanup. Even if you home is not in the fire, a big radius around the fire can have damages. We have the equipment and team in place to handle any size fire loss. Most of the time it is just duct cleaning and improving the air quality in your home or business. 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at anytime. 

Prepare for wildfire season

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

PRESCOTT - The U.S. Forest Service and City of Prescott are partnering on improvements to the Forest Service's air tanker base next to its Prescott Fire Center at the city airport that will increase its capacity for heavy air tankers that fight wildfires.

SERVPRO of Yavapai County urges all residents of Prescott, Prescott Valley, Flagstaff, Sedona, and all surrounding areas to please take precaution in the upcoming wildfire season. Call our office today for information of any fire damage or fire cleanup you may have. We are here to help.

It is important to always be prepared for wildfires. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at anytime day or night. You can call us direct at 928-636-7600.

Water cleanup after a storm

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Yavapai County can help assist you in the cleanup of your water damage. Our trained and certified staff will rapidly get the water extracted to prevent secondary damage.

In most cases, storms can cause significant damages to your home or business. It is important to get all of the water our of your facility as quickly as possible. 

Our truck mounted extraction tools along with commercial drying equipment will help restore your property and prevent mold, mildew or rot.

SERVPRO of Yavapai County has been helping local residents overcome the stress of water damage since 1985.

Call our office for immediate help: 928-636-7600. We have teams on call 24/7, 365 days a year ready to help and serve you. Fast response is critical in the restoration industry. 

Water Damage and Roof Repair

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water Damage and Roof Repair Weather map of Yavapai Area.

With all of the rain we will be having this winter there is bound to be water damage in some homes in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey, Chino Valley, Flagstaff, and all of Yavapai County and surrounding areas.

Most damages come when the home is not ready for the winter. Some shingles may have flown off the roof during the summer. Maybe the gutters need to be cleaned. Both problems could cause a water damage.

Check out your weather information by clicking on the link below.

http://www.weather.com/weather/today/l/86314:4:US

If you do have any Storm Damage or Storm Cleanup needs give SERVPRO of Yavapai County a call today. 24 hours a day 7 days a week. 928-636-7600 or email us at sp9820@SERVPROyavapaicounty.com 

How to Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Keep Your Pipes From Freezing A frozen gutter drain.

Frozen pipes are the leading cause of water damage in the colder months of the year! This is because water expands as it freezes, putting huge amounts of pressure on whatever holds that water. 

According to The American Red Cross, "Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets." http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm/preventing-thawing-frozen-pipes

Here are some easy ways to prevent your pipes from freezing:

1. Drain water from swimming pools & supply lines

2. Install pipe sleeves or other insulating materials (even newspaper)

3.  Keep your garage closed to protect supply lines

4.  If you need to leave for an extended period of time, keep your heater set to no lower than 55 degrees & shut your main water supply off

5.  Open cabinet doors near sink to let warm air circulate

6. Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of the home.

Call SERVPRO of Yavapai County to resolve your water damages. 928-636-7600

Storm Damage, What do I do Next?

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage, What do I do Next?

You were lucky before. The major storms missed your home. You helped your community to pick up, thankful you had been spared from nature's wrath. This time you have not been so fortunate. Whether you have been a victim of hurricane damage during the milder seasons or ice damage in the middle of a wintery blast, storm damage can really throw you for a loop. As you look at the need for water restoration or home restoration, it can put a major burden on your shoulders. Wind damage, hail damage, and ice damage are only part of the picture. If river flooding or flooding has ripped through your home, flood water or ground water is sure to rise. As the ground water or flood water invades your home, it will leave a path of destruction in its wake. Before you try to dig in and handle such major problems in your own, know that there are experts who can take care of storm remediation. You will be in good hands when you rely on professionals who know storm damage restoration inside and out.

What is at the Top of Your To-Do List?

When hurricane damage or ice damage has affected your home, the first thing you need to do is wait until the premises are safe. If you have roof damage caused by a roof leak, your roof should be covered with a tarp to avoid additional damages. Roof damage can occur when ice damming has accumulated during a winter storm or a tough winter. If you have an ice dam, you are likely to have a roof leak. Roof damage is also common after wind damage, hail damage, and hurricane damage. Until roof repair work can be underway, keep it covered to hold off an additional roof leak. You also need to be sure that flood water or ground water is removed from your home after flooding or river flooding has rushed your way. A flood pump is a useful device that can take care of ground water or flood water. If you have a flood pump in place already, understand that flooding and river flooding cause such massive amounts of flood water or ground water to rise in your home that you will require a professional-grade flood pump. Your team of professional storm damage restoration technicians will bring a flood pump and anything else necessary to remove flood water or ground water from your home. Flooding and river flooding cause devastating types of storm damage, but home restoration and water restoration is possible when you have experts handling storm remediation.

Getting Rid of Damaged Items and Sanitizing Your Home

As part of the storm restoration process, it will be necessary to get rid of anything that has been damaged beyond repair after storm damage has turned your home upside down. Frozen pipes and ice damming can require the need for water restoration services. When you have frozen pipes or ice damming, you are bound to have a build up of water in your home. Roof damage is going to cause a roof leak from an ice dam. The end result is damage to your belongings. Your storm damage restoration crew will get rid of anything that cannot be salvaged. For those items that can be saved, they will be moved to a safe place and thoroughly cleaned. The same goes for every room in your home that has been affected by wind damage, ice damage, hail damage, hurricane damage, frozen pipes and any other type of damage brought on by nature. In depth sanitization is a must to ensure your home is safe. Once everything is completely dried out through water restoration services, home restoration will take place in your plan for storm remediation.

Fixing Up Your Home

Hail damage, wind damage, ice damage, an ice dam, and ice damming are going to hit your roof the hardest. Storm restoration is possible when roof repair is taken care of properly. Roof repair is typical after an ice dam. Roof repair will take care of any roof leak that you may have. Your storm restoration services will also make up for frozen pipes and anything that has damaged your home after flooding of any type. New flooring can be laid down as part of your storm restoration project. You can expect new carpets if the old carpets were too damaged as part of your home restoration. Drywall can replace walls that were damaged beyond repair for your storm remediation. Anything damaged can be repaired like new.
Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on storm damage.

Weather Update

7/20/2015 (Permalink)

Heavy flooding has resulted in major water damage to homes and businesses in Northern Arizona this past weekend, and more rain may still be on the way. SERVPRO of Yavapai County can help. Please call us today if you would like an estimate of damages or if you have any questions regarding water damage to your home.

“We could see scattered showers this morning with the chance of isolated storms this afternoon.”

Click on the link below to follow the weather in your area.

http://www.abc15.com/weather

Click the link below to follow the storm damage in Wickenburg, AZ.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2015/07/18/phoenix-metro-weather-abrk/30353875/

Give SERVPRO of Yavapai County today at 928-636-7600 to schedule an appointment. 

Flooding in Texas and Oklahoma

5/26/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooding in Texas and Oklahoma Recent flooding in Houston, TX 2015.

Our thoughts are with all affected by the recent flooding in Texas and Oklahome. For more information or what you can do to help please visit the following sights. 

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/26/us/severe-weather/

http://www.click2houston.com/news/phone-bank-for-historic-flooding-victims/33226524

http://abc13.com/weather/photos-storms-hit-houston-with-massive-flooding/741903/

SERVPRO of Yavapai County has seen first hand the devistation a massive flood can cause for homeowners and business owners. We are always here to help with any water cleanup, fire cleanup, or mold cleanup. Give us a call today.

928-636-7600

Weather Alert for Yavapai County

4/24/2015 (Permalink)