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The Steps of the Sewer Damage Cleanup Process

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

A flooded toilet or a sewer backup can cause damage to your commercial property, and when that happens, you must make a plan to have the affected area dried and cleaned. When you call remediation specialists in Prescott, AZ to help you with sewer cleanup, it is good to know what to expect when they arrive. Here are the steps they are likely to take.

1. Utility Shut-Off

To stop the flow of water and minimize risk of electrical shock during the cleanup process, the company is likely to shut off all utilities to the affected area. If the area is large, they may ask the utility company to shut off all power and water to the building.

2. Water Extraction

Through a combination of draining and pumping, the technicians must remove as much of the water as possible. If there is a lot of debris in the water, they may have to use a machine that also suctions out particles as well. During sewer cleanup, it is important to remove as much moisture as possible to slow the growth of bacteria and prevent the growth of mold or mildew.

3. Item Removal

All items that the contaminated water has touched must be removed and cleaned. If they cannot be cleaned, they are discarded safely so that the germs do not spread. The process for items is the same as for the building, only on a smaller scale. They have to be dried and cleaned before they can be used again.

4. Building Disinfection

Hopefully, the technicians will be able to disinfect most of your building's structure. Walls that cannot be salvaged must be removed and replaced, and all wet insulation behind them must be discarded. Technicians make a flood cut to ensure that the whole area affected is removed. This protects your property against secondary damage.

At the end of the process, your property in Prescott, AZ should be dry and disinfected and all unsalvageable items should have been thrown away. Restoration experts can install new flooring or walls so that your building is functional again. Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on commercial water damage. 

What To Do After a Fire at Your Business

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What To Do After a Fire at Your Business Give SERVPRO a call if you experience fire damage in your business.

The aftermath of a fire can be chaotic and emotionally devastating. You may be concerned with the damage done to your property and the business you’re likely to lose as a result of it. Although it can be difficult, it’s important to keep calm during this hectic time. Your fire insurance is likely to cover the costs of fire restoration services in Prescott, AZ but you need to follow these steps to ensure your claim is accepted.

1. Contact Your Insurance Provider

It’s important to contact your insurance provider first so that you can begin the process of filing a claim. Your provider will want to send a claims adjuster to assess the damage and the sooner this can be scheduled the sooner you will receive payment to pay for restoration services.

2. Secure Your Property

Fire can leave your building with large holes in the walls and ceilings, leaving the contents exposed to further damage. Your insurance will cover damages from the fire but it won’t cover damage from rain and snow entering the building after the fire or theft resulting from the building being easily accessible. A fire restoration company should also offer boarding up services to protect your assets from looting and the elements.

3. Document the Damage

Your insurance company will require evidence of your losses. Take photographs or videos of as much damage as you can without putting yourself in danger. It’s also good to compile a list of everything lost in the fire. If you have receipts or other documentation, start pulling these together.

4. Resist the Temptation To Clean Up

Although you may feel tempted to begin throwing things away or making repairs, don’t. It’s important that the claims adjuster has a chance to assess the original damage. It’s also better to let a fire restoration specialist in Prescott, AZ assess your property before throwing it out. Items you believe to be destroyed by smoke damage may actually be salvageable through smoke cleaning. Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on commercial fire damage

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/

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 Methods To Get Rid of Smoke Odor

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke odor lingers long after a fire. Even though this smell may be less severe than visible evidence of fire damage, smoke damage also poses risks to a commercial property. In addition to potentially exacerbating allergies and other breathing conditions, acidic smoke can also discolor walls and damage surfaces and carpet fibers. Smoke cleaning is the best way to eliminate this undesirable smell and reduce the potentially damaging effects of smoke and soot.

As well as completely cleaning all items on a commercial property, restoration specialists in Prescott, AZ rely on three methods to get rid of smoke and its smell:

1. Air filtration devices: An air filtration device or industrial air scrubber circulates air while removing particulates. These devices reduce the amount of smoke particles in the air.

2. Ozone machines: Ozone machines neutralize the odor of smoke particles in the air and adhering to soft or porous materials through oxidation. The ozone follows the same path as the smoke.

3. Thermal foggers: Thermal foggers are the most thorough method of smoke cleaning. Fogging involves filling a space with similarly sized particles that counteract odors. Be sure to open cabinets, closets, and drawers to completely eliminate the smell of smoke.

In addition to these highly effective methods, you can also rely on experts to take additional steps to prevent the smell of smoke from lingering in a commercial property. Any items that cannot be salvaged should be disposed of, as this debris can sustain or even reintroduce the unwanted smell. All other contents and surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned using a suitable method to remove soot and smoke residue.

It is not difficult to eliminate every trace of smoke damage and smoke odor with the right tools and a plan of action. Restoration experts in Prescott, AZ will be able to determine which smoke cleaning methods are right for your property.

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

3 Methods To Get Rid of Smoke Odor

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke odor lingers long after a fire. Even though this smell may be less severe than visible evidence of fire damage, smoke damage also poses risks to a commercial property. In addition to potentially exacerbating allergies and other breathing conditions, acidic smoke can also discolor walls and damage surfaces and carpet fibers. Smoke cleaning is the best way to eliminate this undesirable smell and reduce the potentially damaging effects of smoke and soot.

As well as completely cleaning all items on a commercial property, restoration specialists in Bagdad, Arizona, rely on three methods to get rid of smoke and its smell:

1. Air filtration devices: An air filtration device or industrial air scrubber circulates air while removing particulates. These devices reduce the amount of smoke particles in the air.

2. Ozone machines: Ozone machines neutralize the odor of smoke particles in the air and adhering to soft or porous materials through oxidation. The ozone follows the same path as the smoke.

3. Thermal foggers: Thermal foggers are the most thorough method of smoke cleaning. Fogging involves filling a space with similarly sized particles that counteract odors. Be sure to open cabinets, closets, and drawers to completely eliminate the smell of smoke.

In addition to these highly effective methods, you can also rely on experts to take additional steps to prevent the smell of smoke from lingering in a commercial property. Any items that cannot be salvaged should be disposed of, as this debris can sustain or even reintroduce the unwanted smell. All other contents and surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned using a suitable method to remove soot and smoke residue.

It is not difficult to eliminate every trace of smoke damage and smoke odor with the right tools and a plan of action. Restoration experts in Bagdad, Arizona, will be able to determine which smoke cleaning methods are right for your property.

For more information on commercial smoke or fire visit us at http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com.

Jumping a Water Damage Category

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

If your business in Prescott, AZ has ever needed water pipe repair, then you might be familiar with the industry's categorization of water damage types:

1. Clean water: Category one
2. Contaminated water: Category two
3. Filthy water: Category three

These are oversimplified descriptions: A water damage recovery company should have a more detailed description available. One of the problems with category one issues, such as a broken pipe, is that water can easily move up from the first category, becoming more and more contaminated. Here are a few examples of that process in the real world.

Multiple Floor Buildings

Buildings with more than one floor easily contaminate water, even if it's a simple loft or second story. Any flooded areas on the higher floors have the potential to leak down to the lower levels, picking up contaminants along the way.

Violent Water

If the initial flood event is extreme enough, it might have enough force to knock items off of shelves. Even contamination with everyday chemicals, such as soaps or disinfectants, increases the category level of water damage. While cleaning products might not seem dirty, their presence raises the difficulty of the cleanup process and the extent of the damage.

Time

Procrastinating water pipe repair or flood damage mitigation is likely to lead to contaminated water. Standing water is the worst offender: Algae, mold and even insects spawn in these indoor pools. However, even moisture left over from improper cleanup could fester, likely leading to category increases on subsequent floods.

Businesses in Prescott, AZ don't make money by paying for water pipe repair, but water damage almost ends up costing more if you let it be. The increase in costs is two-pronged: You have a harder initial cleanup job and your chance of secondary damage is greater, requiring more extensive mitigation. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that the water could be placed in the most dangerous category. Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on commercial water damage.

Commercial Fire and Smoke Damage in Prescott Arizona

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire and Smoke Damage in Prescott Arizona Fire damaged

Fire & Smoke damage can be especially devastating to your business.  Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.  If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Yavapai County, and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.

According to the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification), when the fire trucks are gone, without proper immediate response, the real damage and costs are just beginning.  Returning your home or business to preloss condition requires professional restoration. 

Don’t let your business suffer and lose revenue; call SERVPRO of Yavapai County to take control and put your business back to working order! 928-636-7600

Commercial Water Damage Cleanup Tips

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Cleanup Tips Wet carpet in commercial building

When you have water damage to your office it can be a confusing and stressful experience. At SERVPRO of Yavapai County, our technicians will educate you on how the water cleanup process works and help put your anxiety to rest. Our warehouse has all of the proper water cleanup equipment to get the job done “Like it never even happened.”

Click on the links below to learn more about the water restoration and what SERVPRO of Yavapai County can do for you!

www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com

http://www.IICRC.org/consumers/care/water-damage/

SERVPRO of Yavapai County now services all of northern Arizona including: Prescott, Prescott Valley, Mayer, Camp Verde, Rimrock, Cottonwood, Chino Valley, Dewey, Paulden, Flagstaff, Yarnell, Peeples Valley, and all surrounding areas.

Call us today! 928-636-7600

Home and Commercial Carpet Cleaning

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Home and Commercial Carpet Cleaning Clean Carpets

SERVPRO of Yavapai County can do so much more than water mitigation and fire restoration. We are here to help with any carpet cleaning, duct cleaning, and furniture cleaning. Have questions on specialty items you need professionally cleaned, give SERVPRO of Yavapai County a call today for a quote over the phone. There is no job too big or small.

Does your business have wear lines in the carpet? Are there coffee stains in the offices? We clean commercial buildings too. Don't think of us only for carpets. We can fridges, walls, air ducts, and hardwoods.

Call SERVPRO of Yavapai County today! Our technicians are ready to answer any questions you may have.

Serving Prescott, Prescott Valley, and all surrounding areas.

928-636-7600

Prepare Your Company for a Flood

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Prepare Your Company for a Flood

When there is a storm warning in Prescott, AZ it is important to pay attention to it. Flood water can cause a potentially life-threatening situation, so it should never be taken lightly. This is true whether water is rising in homes or businesses. If you are responsible for or involved in your company’s flood emergency response plan, it is important to keep the following four things in mind.

Be Informed. Learn as much as you can. The lives of your employees and co-workers could depend upon your knowledge. Make sure you can tell people where to go for safety in a flooded building. If there is a flood watch, make sure you are monitoring the television or the radio to know if there is an evacuation order, or where it is better to remain in place.

Plan Ahead. Know the likelihood of your company building being surrounded by flood water. Are you in a flood plain? You should also have a number of emergency contacts at hand to call if you have questions or need assistance. In the case of extensive water damage, be ready to turn to a company that you trust to come in for a quick restoration.

Protect Valuable Electronics. With all of the important information that is on company computers, make sure you have all of your data backed up. Water can cause so much damage to a computer system that its company files might be unrecoverable. A system to back up data will protect priceless information.

Maintain an Emergency Kit. A company emergency kit should contain the following items:

First-aid kit
Food
Water
Flashlights
Batteries

This information is only part of the beginning stages to protecting your company from flood water damage. There are many other things you can do as well, but having a plan in place is a great first step. Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on flood damage.

Is Your Business Covered for Mold Damage?

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Is Your Business Covered for Mold Damage?

It is always important to review your insurance policies with your insurance provider every now and again. Mold is an all too frequent problem that property owners face. Fungus growth is often found after water damage. Whether or not your property owner's insurance will cover remediation depends on your policy and the cause of the mold.

Mold Coverage

If the water damage that caused the mold was due to what is term by the insurance industry “a common peril,” it should typically be covered. Common perils include a burst water pipe or a malfunctioning AC unit. If the mold is considered an extension of water damage covered by your policy, then most or all the costs associated with removing the fungus growth will be covered.

If the growth is linked to a lack of maintenance or neglect on your part, you might have to pay out of pocket. For instance, if you fail to fix a leaky pipe for an unreasonable amount of time, and mold results because of it, you may be accused of neglect. You will be responsible for the remedying the problem on your own.

Preventing Mold

You can be proactive in preventing growth by keeping your property dry, cleaning up spills and mending leaks. Vents and fans are a wonderful way to help reduce moisture and humidity near appliances that create a damp environment. Periodically check your basement and crawl spaces for pooling water and subsequent fungus growth.

If you do suffer water damage that your insurance covers, take pictures of the area in case mold does develop in the area. The photos can act as proof of your claim.

If you have questions as to whether you have mold insurance, contact your insurance agent or consult a mold specialist in Prescott, AZ before you have work done. Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on mold.

How Can I Find Out if I Have Mold in My Business?

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

How Can I Find Out if I Have Mold in My Business?

Discovering that your business has a mold problem can be disruptive and sometimes frightening. That’s because mold often grows unseen for a long time before it emerges into living spaces where it can easily be detected, allowing for a large-scale problem to develop. If you are seeing mold growth in your main production areas, chances are good that there are problems in crawl spaces and between the walls that need your attention. Here’s a list of ways you can detect that mold problem early, as well as explanations about how an indoor environmental specialist in Prescott, AZ can help with a mold test.

Finding Mold Growth Through Visual Inspection

If you are concerned about mold growth in your property and you want to keep an eye on the places that it might develop without being noticed, you will want to make sure you inspect your property regularly. Here are the important but often overlooked places you might find mold problems:

In crawl spaces, especially under the roof or under a home that is built on a slab
In basements, especially semi-finished basements and those with natural earth walls or floors
In gaps in the siding where water can affect the wood infrastructure of the house
Under sinks and in other areas where drainage and water pipes pass
In bathrooms, behind toilet fixtures where moisture might accumulate

Consulting an Indoor Environmental Specialist

It’s entirely possible that your inspection will not turn up any problems, even if there is mold growth. That’s because mold can still grow in areas where you are unable to inspect for it, and the spores can still wind up released into the wider environment in your home. Working with a specialist who can offer an indoor mold test is the best way to make sure you know if you are dealing with mold growth. Most specialists also work with the companies that clean up mold problems, so they can easily refer you to the next step in the process if your test is positive.? Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on mold.