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How To Know If You Have a Shower Pan Leak

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in a bath with bathtub A bathtub leak is a costly expense that can cause a lot of water damage quickly or slowly over time

A bathtub leak is a costly expense that can cause a lot of water damage quickly or slowly over time. When caught early, residual damage to floors, subfloors, and lower levels can be minimized. While your best course of action may be to have your bathroom examined by a professional, there are some things you can do to determine whether you might have water seepage. Here are a few tips on how to recognize water that is leaking from your bathroom.

Likely Places Water Comes From

Water always follows the path of least resistance and unfortunately, it may not always go in the direction you would like. There are several common areas that water damage comes from:

  • Shower pan leak
  • Cracked tile
  • Cracked grout
  • Faulty seals around shower doors
  • Caulking that is peeling

Water can easily seep through the tiniest crack. Once it does, mold can begin to build up in unexpected or unseen places. If you suspect a bathtub leak, you need to call a remediation expert in Cottonwood, AZ.

How To Find the Source

A water stain on the floor below an upstairs bathroom is an obvious sign you have a leak. The first step is to visually inspect your bathroom for cracked or missing tile, grout, caulking, or faulty sealing. You can check to see if water is coming from the tub or shower pan by sealing off the drain with duct tape and filling the basin using a bucket of water. This will ensure any moisture you find around the shower is not coming from a leaking pipe. Fill it to about an inch from the top, measure the water level, and wait an hour to see if the water decreased at all.
If you discover that you have a bathtub leak, you will need to call a professional as quickly as possible to have the source of the leak stopped. A remediation expert will quickly repair any water damage to the structure of your home and return your bathroom to proper working order.

Chemical Drain Cleaners: Help or Hindrance?

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Avoid using drain cleaners

In family life, you learn to expect the unexpected. Not everything goes exactly as planned and accidents can happen, including a clogged drain. This can come from running the wrong thing down the kitchen garbage disposal, flushing a toy down the toilet, or even a sewer backup.

Avoid Using Drain Cleaners

Your first impulse may be to grab the drain cleaner and pour it down the offending drain, but in truth this could be the worst method of busting up the clog. Most commercial drain cleaners contain caustic, acidic or oxidizing ingredients including lye or sulfuric acid which can cause damage, especially to aging metal pipes or when used improperly with plastic pipes.
Such chemicals also carry the potential for personal harm if they splash or backup. They can also cause harm to wildlife and the environment.

Safer Ways to Clean Out a Drain

Use an auger, or snake as they are also known, since they ‘snake’ down the drain until they hit a clog and then drill through the clog or nudge it loose
Try a quality plunger and air pressure to free the clogged drain
Enzymatic cleaners may be a solution, as well but require some time to work – generally up to 24 hours
Plumber – If all else fails, a qualified plumber can likely free the clog

Use Proper Cleanup Methods

In the event that the clog is caused by a backed-up toilet or sewer and it leaves you with a smelly mess, you are better off to call the water and sewage cleaning professionals in Prescott Valley, AZ, to take care of the cleanup. Things need to be dried completely and thoroughly disinfected in order to prevent bacteria or black mold growth from complicating the situation.

The chemicals used in a drain cleaner can be powerful and highly affective, but can have many adverse consequences that may not be worth dealing with. Try the other methods to free up a clogged drain and get the help you need to restore a clean and healthy home.

What Can I Do After Flooding?

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding causes mold in a Cottonwood, AZ home

Tips in How to Remove Water in Your Home

Whether from storms or broken pipes, excess water can be a problem. It can cause immediate troubles, such as water damage to your belongings, but can also lead to issues such as mold. It’s key to clean up all water and moisture immediately and properly. Here are tips for removing excess water in your Cottonwood, AZ, home.

Water Poses Threats

The most immediate threat posed by household flooding is waterlogged belongings. Even an inch of water can have a devastating impact on floors, furniture, electronics and more. But there can be other issues long term, including:

  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Insect infestation
  • Odors

These things can be expensive to fix after the fact, so it’s best to take the steps to avoid their occurrence in the first place. Fortunately, that can be relatively easy.

Get Rid of Excess Water

You may need a professional cleaner to completely get rid of all of the water, but you can set yourself up for success by removing what you can immediately. Use mops and highly absorbent towels to blot out as much as possible and minimize water damage.

Remove Valuables

Unplug and remove electronics. Next, remove furniture and other portable items like lamps, artwork and even books. There are professionals that specialize in restoring these types of items, and the faster you remove them from the water, the higher the odds they can be restored.

Dry What You Can

Take cushions and upholstery items somewhere to dry. Hang wet fabrics such as rugs outside. If it’s summertime, turn on the air conditioning to help the room dry out as much as possible.
Even an inch of flooding in your home can cause major water damage. While contacting water removal pros is the best way to restore your home, you can take immediate steps to minimize damage. Use these water cleanup tips, and you’ll keep the worst flood damage at bay.

The Visible and Not-So-Visible Signs You've Had a Flood

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

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If a water supply line breaks in your house in Prescott, AZ, many items can be damaged. When water spreads, it can devastate objects like appliances and HVAC systems by rusting metal and corroding wires. It also harms furniture and the interior of your home by swelling wood and soaking drywall. Some of the damaged items are quite visible, but others can be hidden until you begin repairs.

Obvious Signs of Water Damage

When you walk into your house and see pools of water in the basement, puddles on the floors and saturated carpets, you know immediately a pipe has burst. Damage is easily seen in dripping and swelling wood, including the following symptoms:

• Wet and puckered cabinets, closet doors, pantry doors, and wood floors
• Water beading and dripping from structural beams in walls and ceilings
• Discolored furniture such as dressers, bed frames, TV stands, and china cabinets
• Soaked legs on upholstered furniture such as armchairs, recliners, sofas, and loveseats
• Waterlogged mirror frames, photo frames, clocks, and framed art

Less Obvious Signs of Water Damage

Mold and mildew can grow in dark areas under carpets and in soft surfaces like drapes and rugs. Inside the pantry, where it is cool and dark, is a perfect place for water to be missed. The undersides of shelves can retain water because they go largely unchecked. Windows and doors that don't close properly are a good indicator that water is still there.

When you need a company to repair and restore your water-damaged home in Prescott, AZ, make sure they address both the visible and the less visible damage. Items made from real wood can be dried out rather than thrown out, saving you time and money after the water pipe repair is completed. Once the water has receded, swelling wood can be restored and damaged upholstery can be cleaned so you can get back on your feet quickly.

Your Business Can Benefit by Having a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has created an Emergency Ready Profile to help you generate a program to mitigate disaster scenarios that can negatively impact your business.

When you find yourself in the middle of a flood, hurricane, or another disaster, it is often too late to spend the time vetting an emergency repair team to help you minimize business interruption. The time to find a trusted remediation company and let them know your emergency profile strategy is long before the disaster strikes. SERVPRO has created an Emergency Ready Profile to help you generate a program to mitigate disaster scenarios that can negatively impact your business. Not only can the plan help you solidify your expectations, the ERP can also do the following:

1. Create an emergency response plan to limit business disruption. The plan can help you minimize your business’ down time by developing a plan of action. Simply contact an agent and let them know how you want them to handle disaster events.

2. Develop a comprehensive list of essential and critical information. This Profile Document can include information you may lose during a disaster event, such as contact data, locations of building utility shutoff valves, and priority areas in the building for quick mitigation.

3. Include a critical information emergency profile for your entire company. Essential information can be difficult to locate after a disaster. With the ERP app, you can access emergency management agencies, locate employees, and keep contact with onsite emergency personnel.

4. Let SERVPRO respond as your disaster response team. When you select a disaster mitigation and restoration organization before the problem arises, your plan of action can easily be implemented, and damages can be limited.

By contacting a certified SERVPRO representative and creating an emergency profile for your business in Yava, AZ you can make sure the mitigation process fits the needs of your business. Planning for potential emergencies can ensure your company has a disaster team at your disposal to help speed the mitigation process and get your building open quickly.

The Truth About Chemical Drain Cleaners and Your Plumbing

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Drain cleaner unclogging pipe sink The chemical reactions from the cleaners can also result in a cleaning method that may be dangerous for your pipes.

The Truth About Chemical Drain Cleaners And Your Plumbing

Chemical drain cleaners come in gel, liquid, and powder. Most of them tell you to pour a certain amount down the drain and then add water. What they don’t tell you is how the chemicals work and what the result could be as the chemicals work in your clogged drain or plumbing lines.

Your Plumbing Pipes

There are two types of chemical cleaners for drains sold at most hardware or big-box stores in Chino Valley, AZ. One is an oxidizing type that contains bleach in the form of hydochlorite and peroxide that breaks down the hair and household clogs if they are organic materials. The other chemical cleaner is a caustic drainer cleaner containing lye and sodium hydroxide that breaks grease clogs into tiny bubbles. Both types use:

  • Gas
  • Chemical explosions
  • Heat

The chemical reactions from the cleaners can also result in a cleaning method that may be dangerous for your pipes. As the heat, gas, and chemicals expand, they can weaken, deteriorate, and corrode the lines. Also, you may wonder if fighting a clogged drain with chemicals is worth it, considering what it can do to the environment.

Your Septic Tank

If you have a septic tank, beware of using a chemical drain cleaner because most of the bacteria used to break down the contents of the septic tank may be destroyed by the harsh chemicals in the cleaners. Also, heat and gas caused by the chemicals can cause a dangerous mixture of fumes that can back up into your home.

Take care of your plumbing pipes and septic tank. When you have a clog that won’t be moved by a plunger or snake, consider calling a water and plumbing technician. He or she can remove the clog without using any harmful chemicals. A clogged drain may be a nuisance, but your technician can usually deal with the sewage cleaning quickly and efficiently.

7 Steps To Take After a Pipe Breaks

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Broken pipe under sink caused water damage in Chino Valley, AZ

7 Steps to Slow the Impact of The Pooling Water

Whether water freezes and breaks a pipe, or the pipe gets old and ruptures, bursting pipes are one of most homeowner’s worst nightmares in Chino Valley, AZ. Not only can the water quickly destroy the items inside the house, but it can also lead to other problems such as mold, mildew and pests. To slow the impact of the pooling water, take these seven steps.

1. Close the water valve.

Prevent further water from entering your home by turning off the water valve. If you can’t find a valve, turn off the water main at the street.

2. Call in the pros.

Contacting a water mitigation specialty team can speed your home’s recovery process. Not only are they knowledgeable, but they have the tools to fix a broken pipe and quickly renew your home.

3. Open a water faucet.

By opening a faucet on the same line as the leaking pipe after the water is off, any residual pressure can be alleviated.

4. Remove standing water.

Getting the water off the floor as quickly as possible can keep it from soaking down into flooring and up into walls. Stopping the water damage can save you not only money but also weeks of home repairs.

5. Sort through items.

Damaged items should be sorted as soon as possible into discard and salvageable piles. All wet items should then be removed from the area, with discarded items going to into the trash.

6. Ventilate the area.

Bursting pipes can leave the damaged area wet and muggy. To remove the humidity and help dry the area more thoroughly, ventilate the room. Open windows and set up fans to aid in the humidity transfer.

7. Call your insurance company.

Not all water problems need to be reviewed by an insurance adjuster, but if your damage is severe, call your insurance company and request they open a file.

Bursting pipes do not need to be a life changer when you take these seven steps. You can be in control of keeping the water damage to a minimum, and that feels good.

Signs It's Time To Change Your Bathroom Supply Lines

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage in a Prescott Valley, AZ bathroom

Signs It's Time To Change Your Bathroom Supply Lines

If you've recently noticed a bathroom leak, it may be due to supply line damage. Unfortunately, this is not an easy or affordable problem to correct, but correcting it is necessary if you want to avoid costly secondary damage. However, if you were just thinking about your supply lines and want to know when you need to replace them, you may be in luck. Many newer piping materials are made to last—newer meaning they've been around for several decades. That said, for your peace of mind, consider the following four instances in which swapping out old pipelines with new ones would be beneficial:

  • Your pipes are old.
  • You've noticed irregularities.
  • Outside forces are at play.
  • You're remodeling.

If any of the above apply to your pipes, it wouldn't be a bad idea to have them inspected for supply line damage.


"Age is but a number," they say, which is true for humans but not so true for homes and the materials of which they're made. If your pipes are made of PVC, they'll only last 25 to 40 years. However, if they're made of galvanized steel, you can expect to get up to 80 to 100 years of use out of them without so much as a supply line leak.


A person can be young and still have health issues, and so too can your supply lines. If you notice irregularities, such as a bathroom leak, stains or discoloration, your pipes may be in trouble.


If a giant tree sits close to your house, you need watch the roots. If the roots reach beneath your home, there's a good chance that your supply lines, and your home's structure, will be compromised.


You may not need to replace your supply lines now, but if you're remodeling your home and have the funds to do so, it wouldn't hurt to invest in new pipes. Remember, newer supply lines are made to last up to 100 years and often come with lifetime warranties.

Whether or not you suspect supply line damage, it's a good idea to have your pipes inspected periodically. If you don't, you may become well acquainted with your Prescott Valley, AZ, water damage remediation team.

Roof Leaks in Prescott Valley, AZ

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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. 

6 Tips for Saving Belongings Damaged by Water

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

As you get rid of standing water in a home, you'll need to address structural issues and damage to your belongings.

If you have water in home in Prescott, AZ, chances are you'll have to deal with damage to the house itself as well as some of your belongings. Some furnishings, electronics and valuables may be salvageable if you follow the right steps.

1. Rinse: A broken pipe can release dirty water into your house. If your belongings are covered in silt, dirt and other debris, you need to rinse them off with clean water before you can start the cleanup process.

2. Clean: How you clean belongings depends on the materials they're made from. Electronics, for example, should not be submerged in water. You may need to use dry cleaning to start repairing delicate objects. Other items can be put through a washing machine.

3. Dry: Once the initial cleaning has been taken care of, you need to make sure your possessions are properly dried out. If you return a wet item back into your home, you may be reintroducing excess moisture.

4. Disinfect: Some objects may need to be cleaned again after they have been dried out. Water in home can lead to mold growth, but you can combat this by disinfecting any affected belongings.

5. Repair: Water can cause some objects to start to degrade or break. If this is the case for your piece of art or electronic device, you may need to have a professional water remediation team help you with the repair. Most items should not be fixed until they have been cleaned and dried.

6. Replace: In some situations, your furnishings may be too far gone to repair. In this case, it may be best for you to replace the items that have sustained too much damage.

As you get rid of standing water in a home, you'll need to address structural issues and damage to your belongings. Cleaning and repairing any items you can may help save you money on your water repair project. For more information, visit

The Dirty Details of Contaminated Water

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

It doesn't matter if you rent or own your living space in Prescott, AZ at some point in your life, you are going to tango with some unwanted water in your domicile. Well, actually, a tango is not a good idea when it comes to some types of water, so trade those dance shoes for some gloves. It is time to learn about the three categories of contaminated water.

• Category 1: "Clean water." Water is categorized by its source as well as by its exposure to materials, temperature and time. The cleanest contaminated water usually comes from a supply line, like a sink faucet or broken pipe, and has not come into contact with any hazardous materials. Clearly, water is damaging to your household and personal goods and so should be cleaned fairly quickly to prevent complications.

• Category 2: "Gray water." The color designation commonly used here has nothing to do with the color of the water. The term refers to water that has been in contact with some contaminates that may make people sick or uncomfortable. In your home, leaks from dishwashers, washing machines and toilet water (without feces) are examples of "gray water." Clean water floods that have sat too long or under warm temperatures may also move into this category.

• Category 3: "Black water." Don't let the name fool you as it may look quite clear, but this water has been exposed to hazards such as chemicals, feces, bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. This includes floods that have originated from or been in contact with lakes, rivers, streams or the ocean. Black water sources from your home include the toilet and sewer system, as well as water from other categories that has been exposed to additional contaminates.

Effectively cleaning water damage requires some knowledge of these three categories. Now that you know the dirty details, you will be able to tango while knowledgeable restoration experts use specialized equipment to return your home to a clean and safe place to live.

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Steps To Take Immediately After a Pipe Burst

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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Free Moisture Inspections

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Had a water damage?

Sometimes it isn't necessary to make a claim on your insurance. If your deductible is $1000 and the cleanup is $1200 then why make a claim. Too many claims in your file will get you dropped from your insurance. It may be more beneficial in the long run to pay the extra 200 than to save it if it means being dropped by your insurance.

Let SERVPRO of Yavapai County give you a free moisture investigation at your property!

Our technicians use state of the art equipment to find water in unsuspecting places. One of our quailifed technicians will determine if you have wet building materials that could cause further damage.

Call our office now to schedule: (928)-636-7600

Water Damages Cleanup Services Prescott, AZ

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

An angle stop that is broken and spraying water.

SERVPRO of Yavapai County understands the stress when you have a water damage in your business or home. That is why we are available 24/7 to help. 

Our water and mold remediation technicians will mitigate the damage to prevent mold, mildew or bacteria. We are certified in both Water Restoration and Mold Cleanup. Using EPA disinfectants, we will make your business or home safe to reenter and occupy. 

SERVPRO of Yavapai County has been trusted by local business's and insurance companies to assit with their water damage projects. Our office is on vendor program with most big brand insurance agencies.

If you have emergency water damage or fire damage needs, please call us now. We will work with your insurance agent and adjuster to have your home or business restored.


You don't have to worry about water damage.

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Wooden floors covered in water.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level.

There are a number of reasons why your Prescott basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe

  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home

  • Storm sewer backup because of debris

  • Sanitary sewer backup due to a tree root or clog

  • Foundation drainage failure

  • Water supply-line break from the ice maker

  • hot-water tank failure after the warranty is voided

  • There are a lot of ways to have a water damage.

    If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At  - 928-636-7600

The Process Of Repairing Flood Damage

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

The Process Of Repairing Flood Damage

Never attempt to repair water damage yourself. Hire water cleanup professionals to get rid of water in home or water in business. These are the steps that water cleanup professionals from a restoration company will follow:

Prevention Of Further Damage And Assessment:

1. Ensure That More Water Doesn't Enter Your Home:

In many cases of flood damage, water cleanup professionals from a restoration company initially concentrate their efforts on keeping more floodwater from getting in. If a pipe break occurs, the first order of business is to close the pipe break.

Sometimes, the water supply to the house will have to be turned off to repair a pipe break. Whether or not the water will have to be turned off depends on the type of pipe break. If it was a supply line break, a valve within the plumbing system will be closed to ensure that water doesn't reach the supply line break while it's being repaired.

2. Determine The Extent And Type Of The Water Damage:

Some causes of water damage are easy to determine. An example of such a cause would be a supply line break. Other causes are far more difficult to determine, such as water in home or water in business coming in from outside over a long period of time from an unidentified location.

The severity of water damage on surfaces is measured with a hydrometer. Infrared cameras are used to determine if there is water in home or water in business trapped behind walls. In addition, water cleanup professionals will look for mold growth.

The Mitigation Of Water Damage:

3. Remove Water That Is Trapped In The House:

The restoration of a flooded home requires the use of specialized pumps for water cleanup. Sometimes, the water in a flooded home is so deep that submersible pumps are needed. In other cases, the water in a flooded home isn't as deep and a wet dry vacuum can be used. The water in home or water in business is always pumped out as quickly as possible.

4. Drying:

During the drying process, hydrometers are used to determine the amount of water left on surfaces. The indoor air conditions are monitored closely to ensure optimal conditions for drying. Dehumidifiers are used to make air conditions more suitable for drying. In addition, air movers are utilized to create air currents. This helps to increase the rate of evaporation.

5. Removal Of Contaminants:

Flood damage often causes the contamination of surfaces. Even after supply line breaks and other causes of flooding that result in clean water entering a home, contaminants can multiply quickly on saturated surfaces. Specialized cleaners are used to sanitize a flooded home, and they often have antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Sometimes, the restoration company may need to remove materials due to mold growth. This could include materials that are located above the water line. Materials that are porous are more likely to have to be removed by the restoration company. In many cases of mold growth, specialized cleaning equipment for the mitigation of mold is necessary.

6. The Restoration Of Personal Belongings:

Personal belongings are likely to be cleaned during the restoration process. However, the restoration process is much more difficult for certain items, such as the following:

Certain Types Of Fabrics
Items With Large Amounts Of Mold

7. Replacement:

Often times, materials that are crucial for the structure of a home have to be removed as a result of flood damage. After the damage mitigation process, these materials are replaced by flood damage mitigation professionals.
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Steps to Take When You Have Flood Damage

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Steps to Take When You Have Flood Damage

Few things are more devastating than flood damage. Water is powerful. It can take over your home or business, causing thousands of dollars in damage, leaving behind a powerful smell and potentially causing structural damage. There is a reason why hurricanes tend to cause millions of dollars in damage. With that being said, you are not alone if you suffer from water damage. There are companies that specialize in restoration and can help you mitigation, as well. When you have water in your home or water in a business, it's important not to handle water cleanup on your own. A flooded home deserves a restoration company that can help. Here are the steps to take when you suffer flood damage in your commercial or residential property.

Salvage important property
When your home or business suffers water damage, you should begin by salvaging property that is critical for your life. If you've been planning ahead, then you probably have your critical business documents and personal documentation in a waterproof bag. There may be other things you want to take with you, as well. Your first step in dealing with flood damage is to get everything you need and vacate the home. Water cleanup should be done by a professional restoration expert. This can only be done if you get what you need and vacate the flooded home or business.

Contact a great company
After dealing with your insurance provider, you'll need to enlist the help of a skilled restoration company. Whether the water in your home came from a supply line break, a pipe break or some other issue, a professional restoration company can help with water cleanup so your home can start the drying process. This restoration effort may take weeks, so you should settle in for the long haul when you have water in your business or water in your home.

Pumping water out of your home
After you experience that supply line break or pipe break, a good company will begin the process of restoration and mitigation. Their goal will be to get your home back into fighting shape as soon as possible while also ensuring that you suffer the smallest amount of damage. This process starts with pumping standing water from your home. The longer water is allowed to stand, the more likely it will cause long-term harm to your property. Once standing water is removed, the restoration experts will deal with your flooded home to ensure that other problems don't ruin you.

Using professional tools to dry your home
One of the most important reasons why you shouldn't undertake water cleanup on your own has to do with equipment. Flood damage from a supply line break or pipe break can bring massive amounts of water into your property. Drying that property will take more than a few towels. Water damage should be dealt with by a restoration company that has the tools to dry the home quickly.

The quicker the company complete the drying process, the easier it will be to prevent the long-term effects of water damage. Every day that water in your business or home remains, mildew and mold can grow. This can cause an awful smell and potentially rot your home. Proper mitigation efforts are needed when you have water in your business. This is only possible with professional equipment.

Checking the structural integrity of your home
A flooded home is nothing to fool with from a structural integrity standpoint. When you have water in your home or water in a business, proper mitigation demands more than just drying. It also demands a check to ensure that your home hasn't suffered from rot. A good company will take note of your home's foundation, walls and the like whenever a supply line break or pipe break threatens to destroy that which you've worked so hard to build. This process will make it easy for you to step back into your home or business without worry.
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Restoring Water Damage The Professional Way

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Restoring Water Damage The Professional Way

When a pipe breaks or a supply line breaks in a home, it is time to call in the professionals. Even in small amounts, water damage can be potentially catastrophic to a property. Water damage, when left to sit for anything longer than 24 hours, begins to rot drywall, subflooring and structural members of the building. It is often difficult to know the extent that water damage has permeated the structure, without having a professional restoration company carry out an on-site inspection. Even if it appears that all of the water in a home or water in a business has been removed, if any water damage remains undetected, after approximately one week it is likely to cause permanent damage to the property. This will likely involve the necessary replacement of joists, beams and drywall. In severe cases, it could lead to the condemning of the property.

The good news is that timely action will almost always result in total restoration of the property to its prior state. Over the last hundred-plus years, restoration professionals have developed a specific protocol for the mitigation of water damage. While each restoration company will differ slightly in its procedures, the following mitigation process will be more or less followed by every restoration company.

Flood damage mitigation and restoration of a flooded home is a difficult task that can only be carried out by professionals. It is absolutely imperative that, upon flood damage taking place, whether from a pipe break, a supply line break or other source, a call is placed, as soon as possible, to a local flood damage mitigation company.

If a water cleanup crew can arrive at the flooded home within five hours, the chance of successful mitigation of the flood damage is nearly 100 percent. However, after more than 24 hours, the chance of the flooded home sustaining permanent, severe damage begins to quickly rise.

The water cleanup team should arrive on site quickly. They will then assess the extent of water in the home or water in the business. Using sophisticated instruments, such as infrared water detection equipment and hygrometers, they will be able to see if the water in the home or water in the business has seeped into any hard-to-detect places. If the supply line break or pipe break has taken place on an upper floor, they will be able to see if water has seeped into subflooring and strucutral elements, such as joists and studs. If there is active water seepage or high-pressure spray coming from a pipe break or supply line break, it will be identified and remediated.

The water in the business or home will be extracted using highly powerful pumps and vacuum systems, which are specially designed for mass water extraction. The specialized equipment can remove thousands of gallons per hour. Within one hour, the property will no longer have standing water.

Even though the home will likely appear dry after the water extraction has been completed, it is still absolutely imperative for a professional drying process to be undertaken. This drying process uses industrial-strength drying equipment, similar to what you'd see at a car wash, to ensure that no areas of the home contain any moisture. This process can take as little as a half hour or as long as a full day, depending on the severity and extent of the flooding.

At this point, the home will appear to be completely restored. But it is still imperative to cleanse and sanitize all materials and items. This protects against incipient mold growth and eliminates lingering smells.
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5 Easy Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Yavapai County

1/26/2016 (Permalink)

Most Homeowners insurance policies cover basic water damage claims up to the purchased limit.

But you know what’s a lot easier than going through the claims process? Preventing the water damage in the first place!

Check out these 5 suggestions for preventing water damage:

1. Be careful where you plant

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

2. Clean out roof gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

3.  Keep an eye on your water bill

With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.

4. Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.

5. Never pour grease down your sink

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?

The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done.

Monsoon Season is here!

6/15/2015 (Permalink)

Flooding in Paulden 2014

Today marks the first day of Monsoon Season in Arizona. Last year's rainfall during monsoon season was record breaking. The effects of the flood damage to homeowners were both emotionally and financially devastating. SERVPRO of Yavapai County would like to help educate and prepare all homeowner and commercial property owners to better prepare for this monsoon season’s upcoming storms. 

Click on the links provided to know the steps to use to help keep your home and your family safe from water damage and flood damage.

How you can prepare your home and business for flood damage.

SERVPRO of Yavapai County is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any disaster restoration needs. If your home or business has water damage and is in need of water cleanup we are here to help. Give us a call today! 928-636-7600

Water Damage Restoration Yavapai County

3/25/2015 (Permalink)

Servpro of Yavapai County is ready to help in any situation. Give us a call any day, anytime and we will be there for all of your restoration needs.

What can you do if you have water damage in your home? SERVPRO of Yavapai County will be at your home within 4 hours to help extract and mitigate all flood situations.  Whether it is a leaky faucet or a monsoon flood, SERVPRO of Yavapai County is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help with any water damage you may come across.

Don’t forget, SERVPRO of Yavapai County can also help you with any fire damage, mold damage, duct cleaning, carpet cleaning, bio cleanup, and so much more.

Click on the link below for steps you should take if you have water damage in your home.

Give SERVPRO of Yavapai County a call today and let us make it “like it never even happened.”


Water Damage Restoration Prescott, AZ

1/9/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage to bedroom Prescott, AZ

SERVPRO of Yavapai County can help you with your water damage emergency. Our trained and certified technicians will be able to explain the mitigation process to you and walk you through the insurance claim process.

Our onsite professional will work directly with your insurance adjuster and help communicate the scope of work so the project can be completed in a timely manner.

SERVPRO of Yavapai County is certified with IICRC and our onsite techinicans will also be certified to handle your water mitigation process.

Call our 24 hour emergency line to schedule services: 928-636-7600.

Frozen Pipes Cause Water Damage Prescott, AZ

11/25/2014 (Permalink)

Thermal Imaging Photo of Water Damage Prescott, AZ

Here are a few tips to help with preventing frozen pipes and extensive water damage in the upcoming winter months:

1. Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets.

2. Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you're leaving the house for an extended period of time.

3.Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate.

4. Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. (Learning the location of these valves may come in handy during an emergency.)

5. Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.

6. Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.

7. Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows.

8. Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.

Call SERVPRO of Yavapai County in Prescott to help with all of your water, fire and mold damage projects. 

Water Damage Cleanup Prescott, AZ

5/8/2014 (Permalink)

Sewer backup in Prescott, AZ

Sewage Backups

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO of Yavapai County Professionals remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

SERVPRO of Yavapai County also works hand and hand with your adjuster to make sure that all work preformed is clear communicated to verify coverage is allowed. While some policies limit the coverage allowed for a sewage backup. SERVPRO of Yavapai County will be able to give an accurate scope to your insurance adjuster so there are not hidden cost when the project is complete.

SERVPRO of Yavapai County will address all safety concerns that are associated with a sewer backup in a building. We are partnered with highly trained indoor environmental professionals that can confirm that all the pathogens have been properly removed to insure occupant safety when the project is complete.

Call SERVPRO of Yavapai County today for more information

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Water Damage Cleanup Tips Prescott, AZ

4/23/2014 (Permalink)

Call our office today for emergency water damage service in Prescott, AZ!! (928)-636-7600

Contact SERVPRO of Yavapai County Regarding Your Water Damage Emergency - (928) 636-7600

SERVPRO of Yavapai County proudly serves Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Cottonwood, Flagstaff, and surrounding areas.

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.
  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Water Damage Extraction Prescott, AZ

4/23/2014 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cleanup Prescott, AZ

Contact SERVPRO of Yavapai County Regarding Your Water Damage Emergency - (928) 636-7600
SERVPRO of Yavapai County proudly serves Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Cottonwood, Flagstaff, and surrounding areas.

Water Removal Equipment

  • Moisture detectors, hygrometers and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.
  • Infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water.
  • Truck mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, & Anti-Microbial Treatments

  • Deodorization products control odors from excessive moisture.
  • Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.

Hi-Tech Drying Equipment

  • Drying equipment helps prevent property water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls and furniture.
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers minimize secondary water damage.
  • High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads and furniture, evaporating moisture.
  • Some situations call for special drying techniques that require state of the art equipment and training.