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Slide Fire Cleanup Sedona, Arizona

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Slide Fire Cleanup Sedona, Arizona Highway 89 Closed due to Slide Fire

The Slide Fire, reported just before 4 pm May 20, is burning in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park. 

Highway 89A from Sedona to Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff. Forest Road 535 off Highway 89A. Power has been shut off by APS from Slide Rock, north through the canyon.

An approximate 2 to 3-mile stretch of area from Slide Rock State Park north toward the Sterling Springs Hatchery has been evacuated, as well as the East Pocket Forest Service Lookout Tower. Evacuees are being relocated to Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff. 

By DAILY SUN STAFF

County officials will be having a community meeting at 1 p.m. for residents of Forest Highlands, and Kachina Village with the latest information on the Slide fire.

According to information from the county, the meeting will be at the Forest Highlands Fire Station 23 at 3350 Old Munds Highway.

No additional mandatory evacuations have been issued at this time. But county officials are recommending that residents be prepared to evacuate if the need arises. Residents will be given advance warning before any evacuations.

According to the American Red Cross, 11 people used the shelter at Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff last night. More are registering today. Small animals may be sheltered at no charge at Coconino Humane Association, 3501 E. Butler Ave.

County officials are requesting that residents, if they have not already, register their cellphone number with the county's CodeRED emergency notification system at www.coconino.az.gov/emergency.

Storm Damage, What do I do Next?

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage, What do I do Next? Storm damage in commercial building in Bagdad, AZ

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.

How to Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

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

How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

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

Roof Leaks in Prescott Valley, AZ

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Roof Leaks in Prescott Valley, AZ Weather in Prescott Valley,AZ

SERVPRO of Yavapai County is available 24/7/365 to assist you with any type of water damage clean up. With rain in the forecast, it is important to remember this just in case your roof decides to leak during the coming rain! 

Our certified and fully trained staff will help you every step of the way with your water damage clean up; starting with the initial phone call to our office.  

Our courteous technicians will work directly with your insurance adjuster to make sure the water damage clean-up project is completed as soon as possible.

We service all of Yavapai County including: Prescott, AZ, Prescott Valley, AZ, Cottonwood, AZ,       Sedona, AZ, and more!  We also service parts of Coconino County and more areas in Northern Arizona.

Please call SERVPRO of Yavapai County to schedule services: (928)636-7600

How to Keep Pipes from Freezing When the Temperature Drops

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Keep Pipes from Freezing When the Temperature Drops Frozen pipes in Prescott,AZ

When the temperature drops in Prescott, AZ you probably remember to protect yourself and your loved ones, but have you remembered to protect your home? Unless you’ve taken necessary precautions, cold temperatures can cause pipes to freeze. This is a problem for two primary reasons:

* Frozen pipes prevent the flow of water.
* Pipes that are frozen can eventually burst, making water line repair necessary.

It is important to remember that all types of pipes can freeze, including copper, plastic, and steel. The following tips will help you prevent your pipes from freezing.

Turn on the Heat

Everyone knows that leaving the heat on makes for an expensive heating bill, but that heating bill can be a lot cheaper and less of a pain than frozen pipes that burst and cause flooding. While you might want to tough out the cold with a down comforter and mittens, your pipes need to stay warm, so keep the heat set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Open the Cabinets

Turning on the heat won’t help much if your pipes are hidden away in heavy cabinets. Prevent pipes from freezing by opening cabinet doors where there are pipes to allow heat to circulate around your pipes. It might not look as nice to have everything open, but you’ll be happy when the pipes don’t freeze.

Insulate Pipes in Unheated Areas

If you have pipes in unheated areas of the house, like the garage or crawl spaces, or against uninsulated outside walls, make sure to insulate those pipes. Heat tape can be useful, but make sure to read the directions so you know whether you will need to manually plug and unplug the tape to heat the pipes, or if it will regulate temperature automatically. You can also add extra insulation in the form of foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves.

When freezing temperatures come to Prescott, AZ make sure to protect your home from frozen pipes. If your pipes do freeze and burst, a professional can help with the cleanup to prevent hazards like mold and bacteria growth. 

4 Areas the Culprit of Your Building’s Mold Smell May Be Hiding

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 4 Areas the Culprit of Your Building’s Mold Smell May Be Hiding Severe mold damage on walls in Cottonwood,AZ

Mold Remediation to Your Building

Mold spores are present everywhere in the environment and thrive in moist environments. Because of this, controlling its growth can sometimes be challenging for business owners in Cottonwood, AZ. If you notice a mold smell inside your building, identifying the culprit should be a top priority. To find the mold source, you may need to investigate four common hiding places where the fungus can proliferate and potentially cause significant damage requiring extensive mold remediation.

1. Behind Walls

Because many pipes are hidden from view, a leak may spew water for a significant period before you notice it, providing a damp environment that can become an ideal breeding ground for mold. For this reason, you should promptly investigate and address any damp or stained walls.

2. Under Flooring

The culprit of your building’s odor may also originate from your flooring. If not properly dried, previously saturated carpets can harbor mold and emit a foul mildew smell.

Tile flooring may also be susceptible to contamination. Cement-based grout is porous. If your grout is not properly sealed, water can seep under the tiles, potentially allowing mold to proliferate undetected under your feet.

3. Inside Ducts

You may also find the source of the noxious mold smell living within your building’s HVAC ducts. Because this is a common issue, you should conduct routine inspections and duct cleanings to identify and address any mold issues within your building’s HVAC system.

4. Within Ceiling Tiles

Another item to include in your fungus smell investigation is ceiling tiles. Water leaks or condensation resulting from high humidity levels can collect above the tiles and become a potential mold breeding ground. Ensuring proper ventilation can help reduce the risk of contamination in your property’s ceiling.

Mold can be a challenging problem to manage, particularly if there is a lingering mold smell but no visible evidence of the fungus. Recognizing potential hiding spots within your building may help you quickly identify the source and commence cleanup efforts.

Commercial Property Insurance: Coverage and Other Things to Consider

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Commercial Property Insurance: Coverage and Other Things to Consider Fire damage in a Bagdad,AZ restaurant

Commercial Insurance

While commercial insurance may be a requirement in Bagdad, AZ, it is also a sound investment. Just like home insurance, commercial property coverage provides you with the reassurance that your business is protected from damage and property loss. Most policies will protect your business against four core concerns:

  • Theft
  • Property damage
  • Natural Disaster
  • Fire damage

Understanding the basics of your current or future policy is beneficial, but before purchasing or reconsidering your insurance coverage, you should reassess your inventory and property. There are additional considerations and benefits you should know.

1. Property Considerations and Inventory

Before purchasing insurance, you should take inventory of all things essential to the operation of your business: buildings, equipment, records, documents, inventory on hand, landscaping, signage, etc. Ensuring that all these items are covered protects your business in the event of a disaster.

2. Expenses and Deductions

If you run a business in manufacturing or railways, then commercial insurance can be a significant expense. The expense has to do with increased risk, but there is a bright side. While consumers do not have the benefit of deducting insurance costs, businesses may be able to write off insurance premiums as expenses, which can have a positive effect on your bottom line.

3. Factors Contributing Cost

When considering insurance, you should understand the factors that contribute to overall cost: occupancy, construction, fire and theft protection and location. Mostly, insurance premiums depend heavily on fire ratings and whether you take appropriate security and preventative measures. Ensuring that a proper security system and fire protection system are installed will likely reduce premiums.

4. Disaster Planning and Preparation

Beyond insurance coverage, it is a wise decision to have an emergency plan in place. Many emergency restoration companies provide emergency planning services or access to an Emergency Ready Program. Having an emergency plan in place ensures that your business receives the assistance it needs as quickly as possible.

Commercial insurance is a sound investment, whether required or not. Coverage provides security and protection, ensuring continued operations. But, it is necessary to consider all aspects of your business as well as potential costs and risks before purchasing or renewing your policy.

3 Steps To Take After a Flood

11/18/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 3 Steps To Take After a Flood Flooding from heavy rains in Bagdad,AZ

Steps To Take To Prevent Further Damage

Flooding is a common occurrence in residential homes. Whether it’s because of a storm or a pipe burst, homeowners in Bagdad, AZ, should be aware of challenges that come with water damage. One of the biggest concerns is mold growth. If you have suffered from a flood, here are three steps to take to prevent further damage. 

1. Document Everything

After the initial disaster, it’s important to take pictures of the damage. When you contact your insurance, you can use these photos as evidence of the things you lost and the surfaces that were damaged. This can help you get the most out of insurance. After connecting with your insurance agency, they will send out an adjuster within the next few days to assess and confirm the damage. 

2. Clean Up the Damage

Letting the floodwater sit will only create more damage and allow mold growth to sprout and spread. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when removing the water:

  • Shut off the electricity first
  • Wear protective clothing while in the potentially-contaminated water
  • Store wet documents and books in the freezer to preserve them
  • Throw away food items that were affected by the water

With these tips, you can start to remove the water with a pump or start to air dry the damage rooms. 

3. Call the Professionals 

It’s time to call in the restoration specialists to help you remove any additional water and properly dry the rest. They can help you restore your home and salvage valuables. They can help with the mold removal process as well.

Although floods can be disastrous, you can address the aftermath in a calm and smart way. Water damage often leads to mold growth, but you can do what you can to minimize the damage and prevent future mold problems from arising. 

3 Important Fire Alarm Tips for Your Home

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Important Fire Alarm Tips for Your Home A fire alarm can give you a life saving alert to your Prescott,AZ home

It’s important to keep your home in Prescott, AZ, prepared in case a fire occurs. A fire alarm is one essential tool that can alert you if there’s a fire in your home. That’s why you should know the steps to take to keep your alarms in working order.

1. Be Aware of When to Replace

An outdated alarm won’t be able to serve its purpose of alerting you quickly if there’s a fire in your home. Most people know batteries should be replaced yearly, but many overlook replacing the actual alarms. Make a note of when your alarms were installed so you can replace them at least every 10 years.

2. Protect Your Whole Home

Though many people know to put fire alarms in spots where fires are likely to occur, such as kitchens, alarms should be located throughout your home. If alarms are located on only one floor, you may be unable to hear them from elsewhere in the home. Install alarms on each floor, and make sure every bedroom is also equipped with one.

3. Know the Difference Between Types of Alarms

Advances in technology have resulted in alarms that can detect both slow-moving and quick-moving fires. While photoelectric alarms can alert you of slower fires that create heavy smoke and are likely to cause smoke damage, ionization alarms detect fires that emit less smoke and move more quickly. It’s important to install both types of alarms in your home to ensure you’re protected regardless of what type of fire may occur.

A fire alarm can give you a life-saving alert if your home is ablaze. Keeping both types of alarms up-to-date and in the appropriate locations can help you know immediately if there is a fire. In the event your home sustains fire damage, it may be beneficial to work with damage restoration professionals who have experience assessing, cleaning and restoring homes affected by fires.

Storm Preparedness for Property Managers

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Storm Preparedness for Property Managers The best time to plan your evacuation route is now

As a property manager, you're responsible to oversee many tasks. Simply managing the day-to-day responsibilities can keep you busy. However, as storm season approaches, and the weather threatens to bring heavy, winds, rains, or snow, you want the confidence that comes with knowing you've already taken necessary steps to minimize damages. Storm preparedness begins with planning.

1. Prepare a Handbook Detailing Storm Procedures

Which of your staff will handle each responsibility? How will you get in contact with emergency professionals or key personnel from businesses within your property? Put together a handbook with phone numbers, addresses, specific responsibilities, and an evacuation plan for each business within the building. The book should also include pre- and post-storm procedures, tips for safe evacuation and sheltering, and emergency medical access for any people with special needs. If you're not sure what to include in this information, contact local professionals for guidance.

2. Schedule and Run Practice Scenarios

Everyone in the building must know how to respond during an emergency. The best time to become familiar with escape routes and emergency procedures is before emotions are high. During evacuation drills, every person in the building should participate, from the cleaning staff and the front desk staff to the top executives. Boost storm preparedness by involving everyone in the building.

3. Watch Storm Warnings

When storms show up in the forecast, perform property management maintenance, such as emptying garbage receptacles, securing outdoor furniture, taking exterior furnishings inside the building, and trimming shrubs and trees on the property. It's important to keep an eye on the weather, so you can give building occupants plenty of notice before a storm hits.

4. Keep Documents in a Safe Place

Take time-stamped photographs or video of the exterior of the building, including the property around the building, and store them in an off-site location. This step is vital when the time comes to file insurance claims.

Storm preparedness in Yava,AZ, involves much more than stocking up on supplies. Use these tips to keep your people, buildings, and property safe.