Fire Damage and Water Damage Go Hand in Hand
The first 24 to 48 hours after a fire are the most important. Firefighters use high-powered water hoses to contain the fire. So you end up dealing with fire, smoke and water damage. Before re-entering your commercial building check to make sure it is safe. Sometimes fires can actually flare up from embers days after a fire seems dormant.
Aftermath of a Fire
There are a few things you need to do immediately after a fire.
• Call your insurance
• Assess the damages
• Use boards and tarps to secure the premises
• Start the water cleanup
• Start the smoke cleanup and fire cleanup
• Start repair damages
After gaining entrance and calling the insurance company, you need to start drying your building out. If you don’t deal with water damage immediately, it can lead to mold and other problems.
Start by removing all of the debris and items you can’t salvage. Move salvageable items to a storage unit, so they don’t become more damaged. If furniture and other items are wet, move them outside so they can dry out.
You may need to bring in industrial size fans. Circulation not only helps with the water cleanup but it helps push stagnant and possibly hazardous air outside. Remove and wash all draperies. Most fabrics will need dry-cleaning due to smoke and soot damage.
Remove all the water from floors and carpets with a water-extracting machine. Fire restoration companies in Glendale, Arizona, should have all this equipment available with their services. It might be necessary to remove the carpet if it has been more than 48 hours. Mold might already be setting in.
Everything in the building that can be washed needs to be washed. This includes dishes, appliances and any inventory. A mixture of vinegar and water makes a great cleaning solution.
Fire, smoke and water cleanup are daunting tasks, but Fire restoration specialists can help you determine what is salvageable and what is not. They can help you get your business back up and running in the shortest time possible.
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Your Building Could Have a Mold Problem, Even If You Don’t See It
Have you noticed that distinctive and disgusting mold smell lingering around your business? You have looked at every nook and cranny in your building, but you just can’t find the source of that fungus smell. You’re not alone. Mold can be tricky.
To understand what to do about your mildew smell in Weedville, Arizona you need to grasp these main concepts:
• What causes mold’s odor
• Where mold hides
• How to detect it
What Causes the Odor
As moisture builds up in a room, mold multiplies and becomes big enough to detect. As the fungus continues to grow, it emits Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds. These MVOCs are the source of the mold smell, not the fungus itself. The more stagnant the air is, the stronger the mildew smell may become.
Where Mold Hides
Mold is tricky and can hide in places you can’t see. For example, it can seep into upholstery, under carpets, and behind walls. Just because you cannot see the mold doesn’t mean the smell is just in your imagination. If you detect that fungus smell, you may need to call in a professional to find and take care of the problem.
How to Detect It
If you have smelled the mold, you have already taken the first step. However, if you can see the mold, you may need to call someone in to use other methods of detection. Some professionals in Weedville, Arizona, use infrared devices to find the source of the odor. These cameras can help a restoration crew see mold that hides under surfaces and in the smallest spaces.
Once the team members know where the mold is, they can recommend actions. If the mold has caused a noticeable odor in your business, it’s likely there’s a big enough problem to require professional interference. They can help you stop the damage and get rid of that mold smell once and for all.
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How to Take Care of Your Furnace This Winter
Stay safe and warm this winter in Peoria, Arizona by putting some care into maintaining your furnace. Furnaces that don’t work properly may cause fires, which can be a big safety risk and give you the added burden of having to deal with fire and smoke cleaning. You can avoid this by keeping your furnace in great shape.
Prepare for the Cold
One of the best things you can do for your furnace is have maintenance done before the cold season hits. This can help ensure that you will have a working furnace when you need it, which can save you a lot of hassle in the long run. It can sometimes take time to get furnace repairs done, and it’s great to try and catch problems before winter.
Check the Filters
Filters can be vital to overall furnace operation. Filters can become clogged with dust or other debris in the air, causing the furnace to be unreliable or even dangerous. Checking the filter often and possibly replacing it before winter begins can be a good idea. Fire cleaning can be the least of your worries if you find yourself caught in a fire emergency.
Uncover Heating Vents
Blocked vents can defeat the purpose of having a heater, since no warm air reaching the space means the room won’t be heated. Before you use your furnace, make sure to check that all the vents in your house are uncovered. Vents that are covered by furniture or other objects can create a fire hazard, as they can cause the furnace to overheat.
By keeping your furnace in good working condition, you can protect yourself from fire danger while staying comfortably warm. In the event of a fire, your first priority should always be evacuating. Once the emergency has passed, it can be best to get help with fire cleaning from a professional restoration service.
Visit us at http://www.SERVPROpeoriawestglendale.com for your fire restoration information.
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4 Steps To Deal With Flood Mold
Whether it’s from a storm or a broken pipe, flooding can be stressful to deal with. Mold growth is one of the most common side effects of a flood. If you’re struggling with the problems of overflowing water and the resultant mildew, here is how you can deal with it.
1. Disconnect Power
As soon as you notice that there’s standing water in your Peoria, AZ home, it’s important to turn off all of the power. Even if the water isn’t close to an electrical outlet, this is a safety precaution that you don’t want to ignore. If for any reason the water travels, you don’t want to run the risk of electric shock.
2. Drain Water
The next step is to call for an extraction specialist to get rid of the water. Since standing water can lead to bacteria and mold growth and can be dangerous to remove, you need someone who has experience dealing with flooding. Additionally, you want to guarantee that all of the moisture has been removed. Professional companies can provide experts with the right gear for the job.
You should not hesitate before taking any of these steps. Keep in mind that mold growth can occur in as little as 24 hours. Disinfecting your belongings and home should come once the building is dried out. Use vinegar, water and detergent to clean walls and furniture of mold.
The best way to prevent mold growth is to not allow standing water to remain in your home for long. Mold growth thrives in warm, moist environments. Utilizing air flow and keeping everything dry can help you avoid dealing with mold in the future.
Floods can be devastating, and the mold growth that comes from a flood can be difficult to clean up. Fortunately, remembering these steps can help you handle the problems that occur once you’ve discovered the standing water.
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Don’t Panic Over Burst Pipes
As winter comes in full force, burst pipes will become a reality for some homeowners. To wake up in the morning to a flood of water is a nightmare, to say the least. No matter how big or small the flood is, keep in mind that a little water can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time. If you’re unlucky enough to be hit with water damage from a broken pipe, don’t fret, these three tips will help you through it.
1. Calmly Assess Damages
As with any emergency situation, the key is to stay calm. Stress can make it difficult to make informed decisions or recognize the reality of the damages caused by the flood. First, look for the most visible signs of water damage on walls, rugs and furniture. If anything is saturated, bring in a restoration specialist to ease your mind and start damage control.
2. Utilize Fresh Air
To dry out your home and protect against further water damage, you should air out your residence entirely. Open the windows and run a fan to get the air flowing through your residence. Additionally, you may use a dehumidifier to push the process forward.
3. Clean Mold and Mildew
After the water cleanup, mold and mildew have to be eradicated. Detergents and bleach may be appropriate for the cleanup. You can scrub nonporous furniture and objects free of mold. However, for nonporous contents, they may need to be tossed out.
Water damage due to broken pipes is common. When it happens, however, you don’t have to go into a panic over what to do next. It’s important to stay calm to be able to appropriately assess all the damage done to your Peoria, AZ home. Once the damage has been fully gauged, you can begin the process to dry everything and address mold and mildew. Visit http://www.SERVPROpeoriawestglendale.com for more information on water damage.
Category 1 Water Does Not Mean Category 1 Water Damage
Any broken pipe or supply line in commercial buildings in Peoria, AZ can lead to severe water damage. Experts in commercial restoration know that no two water damages are alike; a lot depends on the category of water involved. If you’re dealing with water damage due to category 1 water, you are exposed to sanitary water. Clean water does not pose substantial risk to your health. What is category 1 water exactly, and what damage can it cause?
1. What Is Category 1 Water?
Category 1 water starts from a sanitary source. Examples for sanitary sources are faucets, toilet tanks, and drinking fountains. Water that falls into this category poses minimal risk of exposure through inhalation, skin, or oral consumption. Nevertheless, be advised that this water can turn into unsanitary water based on time and temperature. Just because it’s category 1 water doesn’t mean that it cannot cause extensive damage. Clean water can cause four types of water damage.
2. What Are the Main Types of Water Damage?
Class 1 is the easiest to deal with as only small amounts of water are involved. Absorption and evaporation are minimal issues. The damage is limited to one room or one specific area. Carpet is only slightly or not affected at all, and only materials with low porosity have absorbed water.
Class 2 damage is characterized by larger amounts of water and a higher evaporation rate. At least all the carpet in a room is affected and walls are soaked in water up to 24 inches. The structure and substructure have absorbed moisture.
Class 3 water damage means that enough water has filled the area to be evaporated into or absorbed by everything in the room. It’s not uncommon that the water comes from overhead. Walls, insulation, ceilings, carpets, and sub-floors are saturated.
Specialty drying situations fall into class 4. Enough time has passed for water to affect materials with low porosity, including brick and concrete.
Clean water might be sanitary but it can be responsible for extensive damage. As soon as you notice a broken pipe or supply line, it’s important to take action.
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Flash Flooding in Peoria, AZ
Flash Flood Damages Homes
If you experience flash flooding and water rises above the main level of your home, you need to be aware of the quality of the water soaking through your drywall and damaging your floors.
This water is called a “Cat 3” or Category 3, the worst quality of water measured. Cat 3 water can contain chemicals, carcinogens, sewage, and dead animals. It is important you do not come in direct contact to Cat 3 water.
Professional Restoration Services
As a professional restoration company, SERVPRO of Peoria/West Glendale, is experienced at extracting the water and removing all materials affected by this type of water. We also use EPA registered antimicrobial solutions to kill bacteria and make the structure safe for human habitation. Our technicians are trained to take care of your possessions and we will be with you every step of the way.
Give us a call at 623-376-9779.
Burst Pipes in Glendale, AZ
What should I do if there is water in my home?
It seems obvious, but the absolute first thing you do when encountering a pipe burst and water pouring through your home is to turn off the water. You need to have at your disposal a water meter wrench (you can get one for less than $20.00 from your local hardware or Big Box store).
Some houses and most commercial properties have a main water shut off valve inside the house, but most do not, and it is important to train everyone from teenagers to seniors how to use the wrench to cut off your water meter.
The difference between a 500 gallon water loss and a 5,000 gallon water loss is just a few hours. Shutting off the water quickly can save you hundreds of dollars.
Plumbing Problems in Your Home
When to call a plumber?
After a water damage call SERVPRO of Peoria/West Glendale at 623-376-9779 and your insurance agent. We can refer a competent plumber to repair any damage to water pipes. If you call a plumber first, beware of those who offer to have “someone they trust” come to remove the water and dry the house.
In Arizona it is not unusual for an independent water restoration company to pay referral fees up to $1,000 to the plumber who gets them the job. This fee is added to the cost of the job, which will ultimately drive up insurance rates. Our goal is to return your house to preloss condition as affordably as possible, which is why we are the preferred vendor of choice for the top brand insurance companies.