What Happens When Drywall Gets Wet
Wet walls and insulation will hold moisture for a long time. This means that mold can form inside the wall. If your drywall has started to mold, you will need to replace all or part of it. It may lose its structural integrity, becoming soft and weak. mold begins to grow in 24 to 48 hours. The key to not having your wet drywall mold, is speedy drying. While drywall is pretty sturdy, when it’s exposed to water for too long it can get damaged and will require replacement.
If you have experienced water damage to your home, SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/SE Surprise is here to make it "Like it never even happened" Give us a call at 623-546-1930 for all your restoration needs.
Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips
It's that time of year again that we all gather together and enjoy great food, and family time. SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/SE Surprise, along with some safety tips from The American Red Cross, would like to help keep you safe this Thanksgiving.
*Never leave cooking food unattended.
*Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
*If you are simmering, baking, boiling, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on.
*Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
* Keep kids away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of three feet around the stove.
* Keep anything that can catch on fire—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove top and oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
* Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
* Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.
* Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
* Smoke alarms save lives. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen.
A new trend for cooking your Thanksgiving turkey is to fry them. Please remember safety first! The link below is a video shows what can happen if you do not follow a few simple safety-first rules.
SERVPRO Turkey Fryer Safety
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving from all the staff at SERVPRO Sun City/Sun City West/SE Surprise.
Why Cleaning Your Commercial HVAC System Is Important
According to the NACDA—The HVAC Inspection, Maintenance, and Restoration Association, “if your ducts look dirty, they probably are.” By conducting routine air duct cleanings, you will be able to fully inspect your air ducts for leaks, HVAC effectiveness, and overall indoor air quality.
Air Duct Cleaning Improves the Quality of Indoor Air
By routinely having your air ducts cleaned you can significantly decrease the number of airborne molecules in your office, all while avoiding weighty fees for other air purifying solutions. Air ducts, like everything else in our office, collect dirt and debris. While filters may catch a lot of streaming debris, there is still a considerable amount of dust that settles within the ducts.
Air Duct Cleaning Conserves Energy
Air duct cleaning provides a beginning in optimizing your duct function while providing the opportunity for other issues to be assessed. A properly and thoroughly cleaned HVAC system, not just the air ducts, can reduce the costs associated with running your HVAC system and increase the useful life of your air conditioner and furnace. EPA research suggests that cleaning dirty cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers can improve the efficiency of cooling and heating systems and lower the energy costs of running your heating and cooling system. In administering frequent commercial air duct cleanings, all parts of your HVAC system will be refreshed. This will allow your systems to work better, faster, and more efficiently, all while using less energy!
Air Duct Cleaning Will Save You Money
Having your air ducts regularly serviced lower your energy bill, but it will also prolong the life of your HVAC system. Energy Star estimates indicate that you can improve the efficiency of your HVAC system by 20 percent or more simply by cleaning your ducts.
If you are looking for commercial duct cleaning, please give SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/SE Surprise a call at 623-546-1930, and let us help save your company money.
Hail Damage Facts
First of all, what is hail? "Hail is large, layered ice particles, often spherical in shape, which are produced by thunderstorms having strong, tilted updrafts. Hailstorms form within an unusually unstable air mass, that is, an air mass in which the temperature falloff with height is much greater than normal." (The Weather Channel)
How can hail damage your roof? "Basically, hailstones one inch in diameter begin causing damage to some of the older, thinner roof products. Therefore, from a roof damage perspective, we believe the hail size threshold for issuing a severe thunderstorm warning can be increased from ¾ of an inch to one inch in diameter." (Travelers Insurance) Hail larger than 0.75 inches is considered large enough to cause serious damage in the United States. Per NOAA, hailstones can fall at speeds up to 120 mph. The largest hailstone ever recorded in the United States was 8 inches in diameter, weighing nearly 2 pounds.
How do you know if you have roof damage from hail? Set up a ladder to your roof to examine the top of the roof. Check the ridge cap of the roof for dents. This area of the roof will receive the most damage from hail since it is flat and will take a direct hit in a storm. Look at the shingles. Check the whole shingle, as well as the edges, for signs of damage.
If climbing up a ladder is not your thing, call SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/SE Surprise at 623-546-1930, and we will take a look at your roof for hail and other roof damage for you.
Mold Safety Tips
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/SE Surprise for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/SE Surprise specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 623-546-1930.
Preparing Your Home For Local Storms
Taking a few preventative steps now, can save you from dealing with substantial damage to your home later. With the cooler temperatures, cleaning projects are an ideal time to start, but it is also an ideal time to start thinking on how to improve your property to prevent storm damage.
Here are some tips from Access Home Insurance to help you spark improvement projects this spring in your home.
- Identify any existing roof or siding problems: A licensed contractor can inspect your roof for missing shingles and possible leaks and do any repair work if necessary. It’s also a good idea to inspect and reinforce any loose siding, which can quickly rip off during high winds.
- Use shredded bark mulch as landscaping material: If you have rock or gravel landscaping, it’s a good idea to replace it with bark, which won’t cause damage if blown around in high winds.
- Maintain trees and shrubbery in your yard: Now is the perfect time to remove dead or weak branches or remove trees that could fall on your home during a storm. Check trees and shrubs regularly to identify potential problems.
- Ensure gutters aren’t loose or clogged: Clear your gutters of debris and make sure they are tightly attached to your house. Strong winds can quickly tear loose gutters from your home and cause damage. Also, it’s important to make sure downspouts are positioned away from your home’s foundation to help prevent basement flooding.
- Secure top-heavy furniture: Don’t forget about the inside of your home too. Walk around your house and secure large, top-heavy pieces, such as bookcases, to the wall.
If you have questions about projects around your home that need to be taken care of before the storms begin, give SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/SE Surprise a call at 623-546-1930. We are always here to help.
Claims Tips for Water Damage
SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/SE Surprise understands the insurance companies and how to help guide you through your claim. Here are some claim tips to assist you with your claims process for water damage.
Contact Your Insurance Company ASAP
Keep your policy number at hand and be prepared to provide them with detailed information of damages.
Take Note Of Everything
Keep detailed records of everything during the initial call. This includes the name of the agent you’re speaking to, the date of the call, the time, and what was discussed.
Keeping this information handy will help you if you experience a problem with your claim.
Document the Damage
DON’T throw anything out or try to make permanent repairs before the adjuster is able to estimate the damages. Doing this may void coverage. Take photographic evidence of damages, make a detailed list of damaged items, and provide receipts if you have them available.
You’ll want to (and your insurance company expects you to) do as much as you can to prevent further damages. These are considered emergency repairs and will not affect your coverage.
If your house is flooding or if you’re suffering from storm damage, soak up as much of the water as possible, dry out waterlogged items, and board up broken windows.
Keep receipts for the cost of these emergency repairs, and if you’ve had to relocate, keep receipts for any travel or lodging expenses.
Dealing with water damage is stressful enough, so we try to make the insurance process as stress-free possible. As a courtesy to our customers, we’ll guide them through the insurance process and help them with their insurance claim.
SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/SE Surprise is always here to help. Give us a call at 623-546-1930 for all your residential or commercial water damage needs.
Not Cleaning Your Ducts Can Lead to Mold Growth
Many sections of your heating and cooling system may not be accessible for a visible inspection, and mold can easily exist in your ducts. You should be aware that although a substance may look like mold, a positive determination of whether it is mold or not can be made only by an expert and may require laboratory analysis for final confirmation. If you have insulated air ducts and the insulation gets wet or moldy it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed and replaced.
You should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if:
- There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system.
- Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects).
- Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers.
If you do decide to have your air ducts cleaned, give SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/SE Surprise a call at 623-546-1930, and we will be happy to come to your home or business to clean out the ducts for you.
Candle Fire Safety
According to National Fire Safety Association, “Roughly one-third (36%) of home candle fires started in bedrooms. These fires caused 32% of the associated deaths and 47% of the associated injuries. Falling asleep was a factor in 11% percent of the home candle fires and 30% of the associated deaths. On average, 25 home candle fires were reported per day.”
Some safety tips to remember when burning a candle:
- Always keep a burning candle within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Be sure the wick ember is no longer glowing.
- Use a battery powered candle in your holiday decorations.
- Be sure the candle-holder is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface. This can help prevent heat damage to underlying surfaces and prevent glass containers from breaking.
- Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Don’t burn too many candles in a small room or in a “tight” home where air exchange is limited.
- Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. This helps ensure they don’t melt one another, or create their own drafts to cause improper burning.
- Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting. Drafts can also blow nearby lightweight items into the flame where they could catch fire.
- Use a snuffer to extinguish a candle. It’s the safest way to prevent hot wax splatters.
When putting out a candle fire, never extinguish candles with water. The water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might cause a glass container to break. Make sure that you have a fire extinguisher within reach. Never use water, as it will spread the fire. If you don't have a proper fire extinguisher nearby, use baking soda, sand or flour to extinguish the flames.
If you experience a fire in your home or business, give SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/SE Surprise a call at 623-546-1930. We are always here to help.
Commercial Property Fall Prep
t’s official, fall is here. Take the hint and start your own preparations to make sure your commercial property is ready for the changing seasons.
Check Your Gutters – The season is known as “Fall” for a reason, leaves are going to change color and fall from the trees in bulk, and that means a lot more than increased sweeping and vacuuming inside as they are tracked in on shoes. The biggest threat that comes from all of those falling leaves and debris is to your gutter system. Make sure it’s clear so that water will flow freely away from your building when it rains and pours. This simple step will go a long way towards preventing roof leaks and flooding.
Check Your Heaters – Avoid surprises by checking to make sure your heater works before the first cold snap. This means checking on the pilot light, oil levels (if applicable) and furnace filters, as well as having an HVAC expert come in for a seasonal checkup. Not only will your employees and customers thank you, but these steps can help ensure your heating unit will work better and last longer.
Check Your Water Pipes – Exposed water pipes should regularly be checked for leaks, but fall is also a good time to examine the insulation and make sure it’s prepared for colder weather. Prevent frozen and burst pipes in the winter by conducting a quick check in the fall and fixing any inadequacies.
Prevent Electrical and Fire Problems – Have an electrician come in and perform a maintenance check on your electrical system to ensure it’s prepared for the increased usage that fall demands. Shorter and colder days mean more lighting and the possible addition of space heaters, and you don’t want to blow a fuse when clients are around! While you’re at it check your smoke detectors and their batteries ideally once a month, but in the spring and fall at the least, and any emergency generators which should be started once a week so they don’t remain idle too long, transfer load tested every month and full load tested once a year.
SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/SE Surprise is here to help. Give us a call at 623-546-1930 for all your emergency preparedness needs, as well as emergency water or fire needs. We will make it "Like it never even happened."