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Shocking Facts About Lightning

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities

Here Are a Few Lightning Safety Tips

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000, some factors can put you at greater risk of being struck. 


Be Aware
Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstroms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.


Go Indoors
Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.


Avoid Windows, Doors, Porches and Concrete
Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.


Avoid Water
Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorms because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.


Avoid Electronic Equipment
Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, and radio and television reception systems. Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances

What Wet Drywall Looks Like

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

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/Southeast 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 

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

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

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

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  

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

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 

11/3/2018 (Permalink)

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 

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

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.  

  1. 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. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

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. 

Damage Control 

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  

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

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  

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

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

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

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." 

Smoke Alarms could save your life!

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms saves lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In homes smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state for requirements or contact your local fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replacement batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten tears. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replace every ten years, If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the batteries or unit. Never disable or remove the batteries from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing batteries or disconnected.

If you need help installing, or changing batteries in your smoke alarms contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. for more in formation on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise @ 623-546-1930

Understanding Smoke and Its Behavior

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke - wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. SERVPRO  of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise Professional are thoroughly trained in the fire clean up and restoration and know the different type of smoke and there behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun city West/S.E. Surprise Professional will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat and moisture on the building material and contents. 

Different types of Smoke 

Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky , smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean. 

Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood 

Fast burning, high temperature, heat rises therefore smoke rises. 

Protein Fire Residue ( Produced by evaporation of materials rather than from fire)

Virturally invisible, dis colors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent order. 

Fuel Oil Soot (Furnance Puff Back)

while puff backs can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly. 

SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ S.E. Surprise are trained to handle even the toughest loss.  If your home or business suffers fire, smoke damage contact us at 623-546-1930. We are always here to help.

Faster to any size Disaster

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Benefits of Mitigation 

1-4-8 Service Responce Guidlines. SERVPRO's 1-4-8 Service Responce Guildlines help ensure timely communication and Responce. Quick and accurate Responce can minimize loss expenses from secondary damages. 

  • 1. With in one hour of loss SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise Proffessinals will contact you to arrange service. 
  • 4. With in four hours of notice of loss notification, SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ S.E. Surprise Proffessinals will be on-site to start mitigation services.
  • 8. Within eight business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope of work will be communicated to the your insurance adjuster, property manager or point of contact by SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise Professional.
  • Fire and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise provides fire and water restoration services 24 hours a day 7 days a week- including holidays.

Faster To any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration cost.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 -  623-546-1930

Identifying Mold in your Home

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in your home? Double check an give the Professionals a call.

Part of owning a home is maintaining it and keeping a safe place to live.  We often talk about being prepared for water damage, fire and maintaining the necessary measures when a loss occurs. But preventing and checking mold is just as important, mold can continue to spread and become a serious health problem if not taken care of.

What happens if you find mold? Here are our remediation steps to help you.

Its important to do what you can to prevent mold. Try applying a sealant that is designed to protect and preserve the surface it's applied to such as a structure guard. This prevents mold and mildew growth. However, no matter what prevention measures you take it is still necessary to keep aware and test for mold continuously.

If you find what appears to be mold in your home or work place try out an at home mold test. If you don't want to conduct a test yourself, you can always contact a mold specialist to preform a professional test. Once finalized,, it's the results that are important.

1. Call SERVPRO of Sun city/Sun City west/S.E. Surprise @ 623-546-1930

2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment.

3. Mold Containment.

4. Air Filtration.

5. Removing Mold and Mold Infested Materials.

6. Cleaning Contents And Belongings.

7. Restoration.

8. Reconstruction if needed.

Mold Damage

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?

Mold Damage

In Sun City/ Sun City West/Southeast Surprise, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold,Call Us Today –623-546-1930

Protecting Families from the Dangers of Flood Damage in Sun City

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Make Sure That Safety Standards are Followed When Remediating Flooding

SE Surprise homes generally provide a high level of safety and protection from the elements and unwanted entities to those living in them. Once damaging conditions arise, previously safe conditions can change drastically and swing toward riskier ones developing inside the house. 
 
Homeowners can prevent many types of problems with regular maintenance of their homes and its contents, but flood damage in Surprise can create a crisis no matter how much care a home receives. SERVPRO employees receive extensive training in restoration methods so we can effectively mitigate any amount of damage your home sustains from a flooding event. This includes eliminating the risks created by the filthy water that invaded your home. 
 
Soils carried into homes during a flood often contain chemicals, organic matter, pathogens, and other problem-causing elements. After we pump out any standing water remaining in your home, we can manually extract the debris. Along with the process of drying out your home until it reaches its usual level of humidity again, cleaning surfaces and disposing of damaged materials and other items, we eliminate much of the risk related to pathogens and trace chemicals. 
 
Other risks come from the water itself. Secondary water damage can affect your home in different manners. Microbial colonization can happen quite quickly, and often does, immediately after a flood. SERVPRO technicians use hygrometers to locate elevated moisture pockets within a home, which we then eliminate. Flooding almost always ruins carpeting beyond repair, and we remove this as soon as we can extract it and the padding. Their absence makes it easier to dry out your home. Flooring underneath dries out much more rapidly, meaning flooring suffers less as we can better control any warping, cracking, and other significant changes caused by swelling. 
 
Electrical hazards can seem less important after the water no longer covers your home's floors, but the risk remains. Corrosion of wires can make them unable to safely function. Risk of fire from electrical system deficits greatly increases after saturation by moisture. We partner with specialists such as licensed electricians who work with us on a regular basis, helping us fully complete the restoration work needed to get your family back home after such a disaster. 
 
SERVPRO of Sun City/ Sun City West/ SE Surprise can help your family return home and live in a safe and secure environment, "Like it never even happened." Professional mitigation of flood damage makes this possible in a fast and efficient manner. Contact our emergency hotline, (623) 546-1930, at any hour of the day or night, 365 days a year. 

Commercial Services

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your customer/clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Sun City/ Sun City West/ SE Surprise has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

When in Need turn to SERVPRO of Sun City/ Sun City West/ SE Surprise for all the necessary services for your commercial property. We guarantee you will not be disappointed. For additional questions please call us today. We look forward to assisting you. 

Have Questions? Call Today – (623) 546-1930

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Sun City/ Sun City West/ SE Surprise can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (623) 546-1930

Why Choose SERVPRO of Sun City/ Sun City West/ SE Surprise?

 

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

When a storm hits your Sun City home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

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We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

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We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

We can scale our resources to handle any size storm or disaster. We can access resources from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

Getting Back to Work: Commercial Water Damage Restoration

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage restoration not only restores a building. It restores jobs and income to the people employed there, products or services to customers, and a healthy environment for everyone who utilizes the structure. If it’s not done right, or on time, the ultimate result can be the closing of a facility, relocation elsewhere, and severe impact to a private business or public organization’s bottom line. Because the scope of water damage in commercial settings is frequently wider and more extreme than in a residential scenario, water damage remediation specialists with experience specific to commercial buildings are positioned to provide effective emergency service when the need arises.

Here’s a typical protocol utilized in commercial water damage restoration:

  • All areas contacted with water are inventoried, including affected building materials and furniture. Any wet carpet must be located and identified.
  • Wet ceiling tiles may be removed and discarded after the event. Ceiling tiles usually are not salvageable.
  • A moisture meter should be utilized to check for water-damaged drywall. Disinfection and mold control techniques may need to be initiated.
  • Wet electrical components are assumed to be hazardous. A qualified maintenance technician or electrician should cut off power to affected areas. Inspection by a building inspector or electrician is required to determine the need to replace wet wiring, circuit breakers, outlets and light fixtures.
  • Upholstered furniture wet by flood water, roof leaks, or sewage should be discarded. Furniture contacted by drinking water can be air-dried if done within 24 hours. Laminate or hardwood furniture can be cleaned with a disinfectant solution and reused; particle board furniture may be discarded.
  • Carpet contaminated by sewage must be disposed. Carpet wet by drinking water or rain water through roof leaks may have water extracted and then be sterilized.

For experienced commercial water damage restoration, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Sun City/ Sun City West, SE Surprise at (623)546-1930

Preparing Your Business for Bad Weather: Helpful tips

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Protecting you assets

When bad weather comes, protecting your business from the elements can reduce the risk of costly accidents and damage. From a raging heavy storm to freezing rain and frigid winds, bad storms can be powerful enough to freeze your building’s pipes, damage your roof and cut off your power lines. However, there are a few actions you can take to shield your building and employees from harm once temperatures start to plummet. 

1. Allow Employees to Work From Home 

Shutting down your business due to bad weather can negatively impact your business’ finances. However, you can keep operations humming by allowing your employees to work remotely. Data wranglers, researchers and website designers can all work from the comfort of their homes and do not have to put themselves in danger in the event of a bad storm. You may want to have a remote contingency plan in place beforehand, so work can continue smoothly upon notice of a work from home day. 

2. Be Aware of Weather Warnings 

Using weather apps and streaming news services can keep you abreast of any possible bad storms and allow you to take action when it comes to protecting your business. For example, if temperatures are projected to drop into the single digits, a pipe burst in your building’s basement or bathrooms could cause a serious flood. Being aware of upcoming weather conditions can give you time to install additional insulation or contact a storm damage and flood cleanup service to retain their services as a precaution. 

3. Inspect Your Roof 

Knowing whether your building’s roof could withstand a powerful wind storm can help you avoid a costly repair bill in its aftermath. Heavy rains can cause weak sections of the roof to collapse, and missing shingles may cause moisture to seep into the attic. It is wise to have the roof inspected before bad weather arrives. 

Bad weather and frigid wind can affect your business in a variety of ways. However, being prepared in the face of an ice or snow storm may help you protect your property and employees.

3 Types of Damage Your Business Can Suffer During a Fire

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Air Scrubber placed in building after a fire.

When you think of fire damage, you may picture flames, charred wood and warped furniture. While all of these are possible, a fire can cause other types of problems as well, especially those that occur at your Sun City/ Sun City West/ SE Surprise, business. If you are facing the aftermath of a fire at your commercial building, there are several issues you might want to watch out for after the flames are doused.

1. Electrical

Your building’s electrical system, including the fuse box and wireless components, can be badly damaged during a fire. Intense heat can warp or melt fuse relays, and the protective coating on wires and cables can melt away, leaving the insides exposed. Since these conditions can cause a secondary fire, it is wise to have an electrician inspect the building so repairs can be made. 

2. Flooding 

You may not think of flooding in connection with a fire, but the water that comes from a fire hose is under pressure and sprays out in great amounts as firefighters battle the blaze. Afterward, damaged areas may be flooded with this water. Consider calling in a fire damage and restoration service to have any water drained away before it causes other problems, such as mold growth. 

3. Smoke

After a fire, smoke smells and soot usually permeate the walls and furniture inside your building. This can be especially problematic for any inventory you had stored in an area affected by the fire. Rooms suffering from both water damage and smoke odors may smell especially strong because of high humidity levels. You can ask your cleanup and restoration technicians about different cleaning techniques they have available and if any structures will have to be replaced. 

Assessing fire damage at your Sun City/ Sun City West/ SE Surprise, AZ business after a blaze can be difficult. However, when you know what to look for, you may feel more confident about the restoration process and the eventual recovery of your company. 

How The Pros Will Clean Up After Your Water Damage

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

To take care of water damage after a flood, call the professionals.

Sometimes, no matter what measures you put in place water can find its way into your home. It can happen after a large rainstorm, or it can happen due to broken pipes or other plumbing issues. Water can affect flooring, drywall and many of your personal items. Though water damage can be costly, it doesn’t have to be permanent. When you choose an experienced professional to help with the cleanup, you can have peace of mind.

Inspect the Area

The first step the pros will take will be thoroughly assessing the affected area in your Sun City/ Sun City West/ Surprise, AZ, home. The tech will do the following:

• Identify how water got into your home.
• Identify the type of water that caused the damage.
• Evaluate how extensive the damage was. 
• Get any furniture out of harm’s way.

Extract the Water

Once the technician takes care of the inspection and evaluation, it’s time for water cleanup. A trained technician will bring heavy-duty equipment and will use powerful chemicals and methods to ensure you won’t have to worry about residual water in your Sun City/ Sun City West, AZ, home. The tech will remove excess water using pumps and a wet vac or high-powered extraction machine. This highly trained professional may also use cameras in walls to identify hidden water in those difficult-to-see places. 

Drying

Removing the water isn’t enough to take care of all water damage. It’s essential that the professional completely dry the area to inhibit the growth of mold or other bacteria. The technician will use industrial-strength dryers and humidifiers to dry the flooring, walls or other wet areas. 

Sanitize

The final step in this comprehensive process is cleaning the affected area. This will help ensure your space is once again livable. To do this, the professional company will use both dry cleaning and wet cleaning of carpet, pads, hardwood, walls and anywhere else where water has caused damage. To mitigate bad smells, the cleanup company will use scrubbers and deodorizers. 

To take care of water damage after a flood, call the professionals (623) 546-1930. They’ll use a reliable process to get your home looking great again.

4 Reasons You Shouldn't Trust a Home Testing Kit

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

If you suspect there's a fungus growth in your home, you may want to have mold testing done.

4 Reasons You Shouldn't Trust a Home Testing Kit

There's been a musty smell lingering in your Sun City/ Sun City West/ SE Surprise, AZ, home, so you decide to do some investigation. After a preliminary search of the house, you can't find any mold. You decide to get a DIY mold test kit to get to the bottom of your dilemma. You follow all of the steps and your results are in. There's mold in your house! While this may be true, a home mold testing kit actually isn't that accurate. Here are four reasons you should work with a mold remediation team and a certified environmental hygienist instead.

1. Mold spores exist everywhere. They float around indoors and outdoors. When a mold kit comes back positive, it could mean there's growth in your house, but the kit could also be picking up the naturally occurring spores from the air.


2. You don't know how old the tests are. Most mold testing kits don't use a dating system. This means your kit could have been sitting on warehouse and store shelves for years. The longer a product like this lies around unused the greater chance it has been contaminated. The positive results could be from mold spores that found their way into the box years ago.


3. The findings aren't explained. When you work with a professional team, you can get all of your questions answered. The experts can go over the meaning of the results and help you understand what your next move should be. A mold kit, however, simply comes back as positive or negative without much explanation.


4. It won't tell you where the mold is. Even if the test results are accurate, you still don't know where to look to find the growth. Sure, it might help you find out there's mold growth, but it doesn't help you get any closer to a solution.

If you suspect there's a fungus growth in your home, you may want to have mold testing done. It's best to work with a certified environmental hygienist rather than do a DIY mold test.

For more information, please call us at (623) 546-1930

Sun City West, A/C Line in the Attic

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today - 623-546-1930

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/Southeast Surprise has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/Southeast Surprise

SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/Southeast Surprise specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

 

Grill Safety Tips

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Before firing up your grill. 

  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from any structure 5 feet away.
  • Clean your grill regularly
  • check for gas leaks
  • keep decorations away from your grill
  • keep a spray bottle of water handy
  • keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill and know how to use it.
  •  DON'T 
  • Never turn on the gas while the grill lid is closed it causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can exploded in your face. 
  • Never leave the grill unattended. Fires double in size in minutes. Plan a head so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling. 
  • Don't load your grill with food. This applies especially to fatty foods. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up ythat could light nearby things on fire 
  • Never use a grill indoors.  People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. in addition to the fire hazards, GRILLS RELEASE CARBON MOMOXIDE, the deadly colorless, order less gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, and your family and pets. 
  • For more safety tips contact your local fire department. 

Arizona's Light Shows, Lightning Facts

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Lightning can be beautiful to see, but very dangerous. According to the US Federal Emergency Management Acgency (FEMA), an average of 60 people every year are killed by lightning, and hundreds more are severely injured. Many times this injuries are due to misinformation.

Here are a few most common myths about lightning:

Myth: If it's not raining there is no danger from lightning.

Fact: Lightning can occur up to 10 miles outside of a rainstorm.

Myth: If you are inside, you are 100% safe from lightning.

Fact: A home or business is a safe place to seek shelter from a thunderstorm, as long as you avoid conduits of electricity, including phones with cords, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors, and windows.

Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.

Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly. For example the Empire State Building gets hit at least 100 times per year.

Myth: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you'll be electrocuted

Fact: The human body does not store electricity.

Being Prepared in Case of an Emergency

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Everyone needs to be prepared, no matter what state you live in. Luckily we here at SERVPRO are always ready. 

There are many different kinds of disasters,  depending on where  you  live. Here in Arizona we don't have tornadoes touching down or hurricanes  but we do have weather that consist of high temps and Monsoon season. Its important to be ready for anything. 

It's as easy as 1-2-3

Getting prepared may sound difficult or time consuming.

1. Get a kit

learn the essential supply's to put in your family's first aid survival kits

2. Make a plan 

plan effectively for you and your family in case of a emergency  

3. Be informed 

Understand which disasters are likely in your area and what you must know to stay safe.  

Sun City Toilet Water Line

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage

SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ South east Surprise provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in 

SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today -623-546-1930

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise

SERVPRO of  Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Emergency ready

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency Kit

Everyone needs to be prepared, no matter what state you live  in. Luckily you have friends like SERVPRO who is are always ready.

There are many different kinds of disasters,  depending on where  you  live. Here in Arizona we don't have tornadoes touching down or hurricanes  but we do have very high temps. Its important to be ready for anything. 

It's as easy as 1-2-3

Getting prepared may sound difficult or time consuming.

1. Get a kit

learn the essential supply's to put in your family's first aid survival kits

2. Make a plan 

plan effectively for you and your family in case of a emergency  

3. Be informed 

Understand which disasters are likely in your area and what you mu

Leaking pipe

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Leaking Pipe

SERVPRO of Sun city/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise is a 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

Water Damage

SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ South east Surprise provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in 

SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise
 is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today -623-546-1930

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise
 has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise

SERVPRO of  Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Do you have mold

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold on carpet

SERVPRO of Sun city/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise is a 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

Water Damage

SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ South east Surprise provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in 

SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise
 is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today -623-546-1930

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise
 has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise

SERVPRO of  Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO is always here to help

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sun city/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise is a 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

Water Damage

SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ South east Surprise provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in 

SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise
 is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today -623-546-1930

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise
 has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise

SERVPRO of  Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Kitchen Fire in Sun City AZ

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

After math of a stove fire

SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/Southeast Surprise a Smoke and Soot Cleanup

Fire Damage

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Sun City/Sun City West/Southeast Surprise Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke– Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke– Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue– Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today –
623-546-1930

EXTREME HEAT

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

Helpful tips on how to stay safe from the heat

Extreme Heat

     As the summer approaches, its time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat in the coming months. Heat affects all people, but especially the young, elderly, sick and over weight. Urban area residents also have a greater chance of being affected than those live in rural areas.

     According to the EPA, "the sun can heat dry, exposed urban surfaces such as roofs and pavements, to temperatures 50-90 degrees F hotter than air, while shaded or moist surfaces -often in more rural surroundings remain close to air temperatures."

    Weather you are in rural or urban there are several things you can do to prepare for and prevent extreme heat from affecting you. If possible stay in doors with air conditioning. Be sure to check on your pets that may be outside or bring them inside. Stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine intake..

     If you must go outside, wear loose fitting, light colored clothing, and be sure to apply sunscreen often. Pay attention to sighs of heat exhaustion, which are heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale and clammy skin; nausea or vomiting; and fainting, according to the center of Disease Control and Prevention  CDC). Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke which is life-threating. Signs of heat stroke are high body temperature (103 degree F), rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone has had a heat stroke call 911 immediately and move the person somewhere cool, wet clothes or a bath.  Do not give a person with a heat stroke fluids, and treat the situation as a serious medical emergency (CDC).

    Extreme heat is a serious danger. For more information on preparation and prevention visit ready.gov or cdc.gov

Smoke and its behavior

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

Wet & Dry Smoke

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke - wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. SERVPRO  of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise Professional are thoroughly trained in the fire clean up and restoration and know the different type of smoke and there behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun city West/S.E. Surprise Professional will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat and moisture on the building material and contents. 

Different types of Smoke 

Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky , smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean. 

Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood 

Fast burning, high temperature, heat rises therefore smoke rises. 

Protein Fire Residue ( Produced by evaporation of materials rather than from fire)

Virturally invisible, dis colors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent order. 

Fuel Oil Soot (Furnance Puff Back)

while puff backs can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly. 

SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ S.E. Surprise are trained to handle even the toughest loss.  If your home or business suffers fire, smoke damage contact us at 623-546-1930. We are always here to help. 

Safety tips for safe grilling

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

What your grill at all times

Before firing up your grill. 

  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from any structure 5 feet away.
  • Clean your grill regularly
  • check for gas leaks
  • keep decorations away from your grill
  • keep a spray bottle of water handy
  • keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill and know how to use it.
  •  DON'T 
  • Never turn on the gas while the grill lid is closed it causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can exploded in your face. 
  • Never leave the grill unattended. Fires double in size in minutes. Plan a head so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling. 
  • Don't load your grill with food. This applies especially to fatty foods. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up ythat could light nearby things on fire 
  • Never use a grill indoors.  People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. in addition to the fire hazards, GRILLS RELEASE CARBON MOMOXIDE, the deadly colorless, order less gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, and your family and pets. 
  • For more safety tips contact your local fire department. 

Air Duct Cleaning

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Before and after picture's of a air duct cleaning

A routine part of SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise proffessinal service is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC) The air duct system is an important system of the house because it is responsible for circulating and distributing the heating and cooling throughout the home. Like most household systems, air ducts need to be cleaned and maintained every now and them to insure that it continues to function properly and efficiently. Air ducts do not need to be cleaned as often as other areas of the home but it is beneficial for the homeowner to be aware of when they need to be cleaned.

For more information and to schedule an appointment call SERVPRO of Sun City//Sun City West/S..E. Surprise @ 623-546-1930

Smoke Alarms

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms saves lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In homes smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state for requirements or contact your local fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replacement batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten tears. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replace every ten years, If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the batteries or unit. Never disable or remove the batteries from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing batteries or disconnected.

If you need help installing, or changing batteries in your smoke alarms contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. for more in formation on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise @ 623-546-1930

Emergency Ready Profile

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Sun city/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise @ 623-546-1930 To schedule your Emergency READY Profile today

No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency READY profile (ERP) will help ensure you are "Ready for what ever happens" in 2017.

In the event of an emergency, The ERP can help minimize business interruption by having a plan off action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut of valve location and priority areas. The ERP also establishes your local SERVPRO Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. The ERP is a non-cost assessment,, all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO READY app, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting help at your fingertips. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether is it a small water leak, large fire or a area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes. Call SERVPRO of Sun city/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise @ 623-546-1930.

Benefits of calling SERVPRO

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service

Benefits of Mitigation 

1-4-8 Service Responce Guidlines. SERVPRO's 1-4-8 Service Responce Guildlines help ensure timely communication and Responce. Quick and accurate Responce can minimize loss expenses from secondary damages. 

  • 1. With in one hour of loss SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise Proffessinals will contact you to arrange service. 
  • 4. With in four hours of notice of loss notification, SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ S.E. Surprise Proffessinals will be on-site to start mitigation services.
  • 8. Within eight business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope of work will be communicated to the your insurance adjuster, property manager or point of contact by SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise Professional.
  • Fire and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise provides fire and water restoration services 24 hours a day 7 days a week- including holidays.

Faster To any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration cost.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 -  623-546-1930

Do you have mold in your home?

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold on Carpet and walls

Mold in your home? Double check an give the Professionals a call.

Part of owning a home is maintaining it and keeping a safe place to live.  We often talk about being prepared for water damage, fire and maintaining the necessary measures when a loss occurs. But preventing and checking mold is just as important, mold can continue to spread and become a serious health problem if not taken care of.

What happens if you find mold? Here are our remediation steps to help you.

Its important to do what you can to prevent mold. Try applying a sealant that is designed to protect and preserve the surface it's applied to such as a structure guard. This prevents mold and mildew growth. However, no matter what prevention measures you take it is still necessary to keep aware and test for mold continuously.

If you find what appears to be mold in your home or work place try out an at home mold test. If you don't want to conduct a test yourself, you can always contact a mold specialist to preform a professional test. Once finalized,, it's the results that are important.

1. Call SERVPRO of Sun city/Sun City west/S.E. Surprise @ 623-546-1930

2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment.

3. Mold Containment.

4. Air Filtration.

5. Removing Mold and Mold Infested Materials.

6. Cleaning Contents And Belongings.

7. Restoration.

8. Reconstruction if needed.

Are you ready in case of a emergency

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Be emergency ready

Everyone needs to be prepared, no matter what state you live  in. Luckily you have friends like SERVPRO who is are always ready.

There are many different kinds of disasters,  depending on where  you  live. Here in Arizona we don't have tornadoes touching down or hurricanes  but we do have very high temps. Its important to be ready for anything. 

It's as easy as 1-2-3

Getting prepared may sound difficult or time consuming.

1. Get a kit

learn the essential supply's to put in your family's first aid survival kits

2. Make a plan 

plan effectively for you and your family in case of a emergency  

3. Be informed 

Understand which disasters are likely in your area and what you must know to stay safe.  

Leaking water heater Surprise, AZ

4/19/2017 (Permalink)

Leaking water heater

Unnoticed leak.  When a leak develops, the water might not come rushing out. Most of the time it is a slow leak that may go unnoticed for a few days even weeks. If the water heater is located on the second floor the damage will be more extensive since the water always flows downhill. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of a water heater causing damage to your home or business. 

Regular inspect. It is a good idea to flush your water heater twice a year to eliminate sediment build up. Putting in a inexpensive drip pan below the water heater that drains to the outside of the property can prevent thousands of dollars in water damages in many cases. Age is a big factor. Many water heater manufactures estimate the life span of a water heater to be 8-12 years. What to look for.

Water doesn't get as hot as usual

hot water heater makes cracklings and popping noises when it's heating

There is a metallic taste in your hot water.

Rust is forming on the outside bottom of your water heater.

A puddle is forming under your water heater.

The burner units have become clogged or rusty.

The picture below is of a water heater that had been leaking in Surprise,AZ causing the drywall to swell and some mold growth. SERVPROof Sun City/Sun City/West and S.E. Surprise was called in to clean up the aftermath!

Leaking pipes

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

Leaking Pipe

SERVPRO of Sun city/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise is a 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

Water Damage

SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ South east Surprise provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in 

SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise
 is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today -623-546-1930

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise
 has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise

SERVPRO of  Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Mold

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

What mold looks like

Does home Have A Mold Problem?

Mold Damage

In Sun City/ Sun City West/Southeast Surprise, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold,Call Us Today –623-546-1930

Kitchen fire

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

After math of a kitchen fire

Fire Damage

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Sun City/Sun City West/Southeast Surprise Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPROof Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke– Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke– Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue– Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today –
623-546-1930

A/C line in the attic

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

A/C Condensation Line

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today - 623-546-1930

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/Southeast Surprise has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/Southeast Surprise

SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/Southeast Surprise specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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