Damage From Water Should Be Cleaned By Certified Professionals
SERVPRO of Gilbert will apply antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal agents which will inhibit bacterial and viral growth.
The amount of damage water can cause is amazing, and often underestimated by homeowners. Excess moisture is bad enough, but when a home is flooded or hit with a plumbing disaster (like a burst pipe), the situation can quickly get out of hand. There’s a reason why these incidents are among the most expensive problems a homeowner can face. Contaminated water not only creates immediate structural problems, it can leave serious biological threats behind after it has been removed.
Floods, sewage backflows, and other sources of contaminated fluid usually cause the worst damage. Dirty water is filled with all kinds of deadly substances, ranging from chemical residues to animal feces to parasites. Bacteria, viruses and fungi grow explosively in contaminated fluid, and severe health risks, like salmonella and hepatitis, are common in flood waters.
This problem is compounded by the composition of most homes, which are filled with organic materials. Drywall, wood and the matter that is trapped in carpet fibers are just a few examples, and they can give pathogens room to grow. Within 48 hours, mold may begin creeping behind the walls and releasing spores, and any organic materials that have been soaked through by contaminated fluid will usually have to be destroyed.
SERVPRO of Gilbert will dry the home quickly and apply antibacterial, antiviral, and anti fungal agents to all surfaces that had contact with the water. This ensures the family can return to a safe home, and not one harboring a collection of deadly pathogens.
Are You Ready When Disaster Strikes?
Are you prepared for the next storm?
When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is primed for whatever happens.” With a network of more than 1,700 Franchises, the SERVPRO system strives to be rapid to assist with any kind of disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is IICRC certified, trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Providing experience, manpower equipment, and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team has responded to hundreds of disaster events. In the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective, to help you make it “Like it never even happened”.
How can I be prepared?
It isn’t possible to be 100% prepared for a disaster, but we suggest building an Emergency Kit for starters so, you can be prepared at your home or business with an Emergency Kit. Ready.gov suggests you have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below are some suggested items to include in y our kit:
- 3-day supply of non-perishable foods
- Water (one + gallon per person per day)
- First-aid kit
- Prescription medication
- Sleeping bag or blankets
- Fire Extinguisher
- Hygiene products
- Extra batteries
- Cell Phone Charger
- Change of clothes
- Matches in waterproof container
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Whistle to signal for help
- Pet supplies
- Infant formula and diapers
- Important documents such as insurance policies, IDs, and bank records in a plastic container
You can also keep a condensed emergency kit in your vehicle as well. For a more extensive list, check out Ready.gov.
Wireless Emergency Alerts: What You Need to Know
The Wireless Emergency Alert system partners with many local and state public safety agencies.
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are free notifications to your mobile device as part of public safety system provided by authorized government-alerting authorities. These alerts are designed to inform the public of imminent threats to safety. It also alerts you of missing persons in your area (e.g., AMBER Alerts). Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. A WEA can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without subscribing to a service or downloading the app. WEAs may be used to share local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate attention, extreme weather warnings, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.
A WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters.
Visit www.ctia.org/wea to learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts.
Commercial Water Loss
Technique of drilling holes into the wall to speed up drying time.
When water losses occur in commercial businesses the objective is to get the business up and running as soon as possible so as to avoid loss of income and production for that business. SERVPRO of Gilbert has the latest technology in cleaning and drying equipment as well as highly trained technicians to service commercial properties fast.
This photo is an example of how in select situations we are able to remove the vinyl molding at the base of the wall and drill several 1/2" holes every foot along the base of the wall. Air movers are then placed along the wall blowing drying air. This helps increase circulation within the wall and speeds up the drying process while avoiding cutting into the drywall. When the area is completely dry it is easy to repair the holes and replace the vinyl molding.
At SERVPRO of Gilbert we understand how a water or fire loss can cause chaos to a business. We are here to help.
Fireworks And Fun With A Pinch Of Caution
An easy guide to permissible fireworks in Arizona.
With the Fourth of July weekend arriving soon it’s good to be aware that not all fireworks are created equal. Unlike some areas in the country, Arizona has strict limitations as to what type of permissible fireworks are legal and safe for consumers to use as well as what days of the calendar year these “permissible” fireworks can be used.
Some of the allowed permissible fireworks are:
- Ground and handheld sparkling devices
- Cylindrical fountains
- Cone fountains
- Illuminating torches
- Ground spinners
- Toy smoke devices
- Wire sparklers or dipped sticks
- Multiple tube ground and ground and handheld sparkling devices, cylindrical fountains, cone fountains and illuminating torches.
Be aware that anything that is designed to rise into the air and explode or detonate or designed to fly above the ground such as bottle rockets, sky rockets, missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, torpedoes and roman candles are considered illegal. The fine for using these types of firecrackers can be up to $1000.
The timeline to use permissible fireworks runs from June 24 through July 6 and December 24 through January 3 on private property.
At SERVPRO of Gilbert we want to wish all of you a happy a safe Fourth of July. For more information regarding city firework’ guidelines for Gilbert and Chandler Arizona click on the links. https://www.chandlerpd.com/fireworks-laws-in-arizona/ , https://www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/fire-and-rescue/fire-prevention-safety/consumer-fireworks.
Monsoon Preparedness Kit
Are you ready for monsoon season?
Common to Arizona, monsoons pose a great threat to homes and business, making it crucial that individuals remain safe and prepared in the event that one strikes. Factors to be considered when handling monsoons include disaster supplies, flash floods, lightening, power outages, and dust storms.
Ensuring useful and ample disaster supplies is extremely important to remaining safe in monsoons. Contents should include essential items such as food, water, and clothing capable of sustaining each individual affected for up to three days. This is necessary as water, electric, and gas services may become interrupted in a storm. Provisions of priority include three gallons of water for each person, a food-stock that requires no cooking or refrigeration, a first aid kit, all necessary medications, and a portable battery operated radio, flashlight, and batteries. It is critical that equipment is kept in working condition and that batteries or other sources of back-up power are provided in the case of extended emergency.
In the unfortunate event your home sustains damage, SERVPRO of Gilbert and Chandler South specialize in water and fire damage restoration. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your home emergency.
For more information regarding monsoon season please go to www.monsoonsafety.org.
Monsoon Season Is Upon Us
Summer in Arizona can bring about a variety of weather related dangers. The time period between June 15th to September 30th is considered "Monsoon Season". Monsoon season is made up of several weather hazards with the onset of the season bringing extreme heat. This period of extreme heat is then followed by an influx of moisture and thunderstorms which can strike suddenly and violently. Each year in the Southwest people are killed or injured and property is damaged from lighting strikes, high winds, wildfires, tornadoes, flash flooding as well as the heat.
It is important to be prepared and alert during this time of year. Stay informed by tuning into the weather reports on television, radio or online. You can even purchase an emergency weather radio that is set up to the NOAA channel frequency and sends out alerts for incoming hazardous weather.
Also make sure you have our number in an easy to find place in case of the unfortunate event you find your home or business damaged during a monsoon. We are open 24hrs a day seven days a week so we can get to your home or business quickly to start mitigating any damage. We have highly trained technicians and the most advanced cleaning and restoration equipment. We are prepared to remedy your water, fire, wind and mold damage expertly.
For more information regarding monsoon season please visit http://www.monsoonsafety.org/index.htm
SERVPRO of Gilbert and Chandler South Are Under New Ownership
Our franchise is excited to announce that we are under new ownership. Tom Curran and Jim Tax are the new owners of SERVPRO of Gilbert and Chandler South. Both Tom and Jim have come from successful business backgrounds and combined, have over 43 years of leadership and sales experience at such companies as Allstate Insurance Company, Horace Mann Insurance Company, Countrywide Insurance Company, USAA and Bank of America. Throughout their careers they have focused on creating an exceptional customer experience and plan to continue providing this high level of service as the owners of SERVPRO of Gilbert and Chandler South.
Our franchise offers both residential and commercial emergency restoration and cleaning services to help you or your business get back on your feet quickly if disaster strikes.
Deodorization Destroys Odors
Call SERVPRO of Gilbert for deodorization of tough odors
Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.
As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.
SERVPRO of Gilbert can provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. We do not cover up lingering odors with fragrance: we seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Once found, SERVPRO's own proprietary line of professional cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable item in the affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.
Contact SERVPRO of Gilbert if you have fire, water, mold or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we'll help make it "Like it never even happened."
Understanding Water Types
Take special precautions when dealing with water damage. Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Gilbert Make it "Like it Never Even Happened"
It is critical to know what type of water you are dealing with when your home or business suffers from water damage. This ensured that your property will be properly cleaned.
There are types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source: rainwater is also considered clean. The term Gray water is used for slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes grey water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to grow. making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.
Damage from clean water:
- Shut off the water if possible
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if safe from potential shock. Do no enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may occur.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe water from wood furniture after removing lamps and table top items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow even drying.
- Move paintings and art objects, computers, documents and other items that may be sensitive to moisture.
- Do not leave books, magazines and newspapers on wet floors as they may cause staining.
- Do not use household vacuum cleaners to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or cause damage to the vacuum.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water
Damage from Contaminated Water:
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
- Do not walk through contaminate areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
- Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
- Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
- Discard any food and/or products for personal for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.
When you have a water damage, don't leave property to chance.
Call SERVPRO of Gilbert at (480) 558-7620