Preparing You For Haboobs
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Frequently occurring across the Southwestern region of the United States, intense dust storms also referred to as haboobs, bring walls of dust billowing across miles of land during monsoon season. As monsoon season is upon us here in Arizona, it is important to be prepared in the following months and aware of the potential threats facing your home. Specifically, as dust storms can damage the integrity of your home and leave you vulnerable to further damages caused by the aggressive rain and storms that often follow. Here are a few preventative tips to help keep your property safe during a haboob:
- Trim your trees - One of the greatest threats faced by homeowners during a dust storm is from falling trees and branches. Further, because dust storms typically strike with little to no notice, it is particularly critical to maintain your trees throughout the storm season.
- Keep the roof in good shape – High winds from dust storms can be highly damaging to the roof of your home; particularly if you have shingles that are loose or starting to peel.
- Put away umbrellas and other potential hazards – Directly preceding a haboob, putting away umbrellas and other outdoor items is extremely important as they are likely to become wind-blown debris and cause serious damage to your home. As a further precaution, dismantle and safely store umbrellas during storm season when you are not home as they are particularly dangerous; capable of inflicting blunt-force damage from wind as well as serving as a lightning rod alongside other metal items.
- Keep windows and doors shut during the storm – During a haboob, ensure that all windows and doors are tightly shut to prevent strong winds from entering your home and damaging indoor items.
Beginning in June and continuing through September, monsoon season and the dust storms that accompany it are prevalent and highly threatening to residential and commercial property. However, with thorough preparation you can hugely minimize potential damage. In the case that your home or business is affected by a summer haboob or storm, SERVPRO of Gilbert, Chandler South, Ahwatukee and South Tempe is there to help. Call (480) 558-7620 for the high-quality and efficient remediation of your damages.
Furniture in a Flood?
When a flood damages your home, it’s not easy to recover. Then, when furniture gets damaged, the impact can seem that much greater. At SERVPRO, we understand the strain a loss of belongings causes and have expert tools and resources to salvage all that is possible; however, we understand the importance of providing you with the knowledge to do it yourself should the need arise. Here are some tools and tips to help you salvage your flooded furniture:
- Salvage upholstered furniture – Unfortunately, although fabric cushions can sometimes be salvaged, they are often a total loss. If only slight and short flooding occurred, separate upholstery fabrics and other colored items to prevent color bleeding. Then, dry completely as soon as possible to prevent mold and mildew. Please note that this is typical if more than 20% of the fabric is wet as it is easy for upholstered furniture to absorb contaminants from floodwaters. Due to the nature of upholstered furniture, it is advantageous to get an estimate to evaluate if it is worth saving before investing too much money. Additionally, if you do decide to keep your furniture, investing in a professional to clean it can be highly beneficial.
- Salvage mattresses – The process of salvaging mattresses is very similar to that of furniture as it too, easily absorbs water and fosters the growth of bacteria and mildew. Unlike it, however, it is more likely salvageable. Clean the surface and put the mattress in the sun to dry; keeping the wet side up. Further, rest it on blocks and place fans around it to facilitate drying. Should you notice a musty odor, it is an indication of mildew and requires either professional sanitation or disposal. Additionally, if your mattress or box spring has been submerged or has been sitting in water for an extended period, replacement is necessary.
- Salvage lightly damaged wood furniture – Clean and dry furniture first to avoid fungus and mold growth. Should white mildew spots appear, clean them with turpentine or a mixture of equal parts household ammonia and water. Finally, wipe dry immediately and apply cream wood restorers with lanolin to help restore the wood’s finish if necessary.
- Salvage heavily damaged wood furniture – Remove all parts to expedite drying (back panels, drawers, and doors) but do not force parts apart if they are sticking, wait until the furniture has partially dried and the wood has begun to shrink. Then, hose off mud and dirt while storing furniture in a ventilated area away from direct sunlight.
Salvaging wet furniture is a big undertaking, but it is achievable and can help you feel less stressed in your home after a flood. However, if you need help or feel most comfortable with expert technicians tackling the task, SERVPRO of Gilbert, Chandler South, Ahwatukee and South Tempe is happy to help. Call (480) 558-7620 and we will respond with immediate assistance to ensure your belongings are best restored, “Like it never even happened.”
COVID-19 Disinfection Event
Last week, we at SERVPRO of Gilbert, Chandler South, Ahwatukee and South Tempe partnered with our friends at Lowe’s to disinfect the vehicles of our Arizona first responders in appreciation for all they do to uphold our health and safety throughout the pandemic we currently face. During the 3 hour event, we disinfected more than 40 squad cars for our Tempe police officers. First, misting the interior with a disinfecting spray meant to affect the entirety of the vehicle, then following with sanitizing towels to localize the product and further disinfect high-touch surfaces.
All of us here at SERVPRO are extremely thankful for all that police, firefighters, nurses, and doctors have done for our community during this global crisis and hope to give back in any way we can. It is this appreciation that inspired us to provide complementary disinfections for first responder’s vehicles and further pushes us to remain readily available to them in the future as we provide discounted prices for the disinfection of their homes and businesses.
To our first responders, thank you for all the efforts you have made to uphold our health and safety, even at the threat of your own. We at SERVPRO, are extremely grateful to you.
Because Water Doesn’t Wait
We at SERVPRO know that flooding and water emergencies do not cater to your schedule. They do not wait for regular business hours or halt for holidays so, neither do we. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, you can always expect an immediate response and instant action from our team.
Within minutes of excessive water exposure, water spreads throughout the property and soaks everything in its path. For as long as it remains, the affected areas continue to decline; permanently damaging furniture, floors, and walls as belongings are equally compromised. The damage that a home could sustain is extensive and increases in severity for every minute it remains. A part of SERVPRO’s overall goal is to minimize the initial damage to your home with constant availability and immediate response times; thus, decreasing the cost of remediation and easing you of stress.
Furthermore, alongside our commitment to ensuring speedy remediation of the damage sustained to your home or business, we are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and techniques; certifying a thorough and high-quality resolution to your water emergency.
When your home or business is affected by water damage or a flood, trust SERVPRO of Gilbert, Chandler South, Ahwatukee and South Tempe to prioritize your needs and provide the immediate help you and your property deserve – 24/7/365.
Why Commercial Property Owners Choose Us!
When commercial property owners experience water damage, often times the commercial, the issue can be complicated with numerous problems. This requires a team of professionals that are knowledgeable and flexible response time. If the water damage is small or a large event, we will work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damage.
Our professionally trained technicians strive to restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, call SERVPRO of Gilbert, Chandler South, Ahwatukee, and South Tempe. Our team will arrive quickly to give you the help you need.
SERVPRO of Gilbert, Chandler South, Ahwatukee, and South Tempe specializes in commercial and residential restoration after a water or fire event. Should you ever find yourself in need of a professional restoration company, give us a call (480) 558-7620
Monsoon 2020 - Time to Prepare
Monsoon season is quickly approaching us! There are important reminders for everyone. As you know, when the storms come, they come fast and can be relentless. Here are a few tips for residential and commercial properties.
- Have an evacuation plan if you live in a flood area.
- Consider storing plywood, plastic sheeting, and sandbags until the professionals arrive. When you store the materials, make sure you keep them above flood levels.
- Make sure that any outdoor furniture is secured to prevent damage to your property or merely floating or blowing away.
- If there is a flash flood, stay clear! Find high ground and stay safe.
- Stay in touch with your insurance agent and discuss flood coverage insurance, so you are protected.
If your property sustains water damage, call SERVPRO of Gilbert, Chandler South, Ahwatukee and Tempe South (480) 558-7620. We offer 24/7 emergency service, and you will always speak directly to one of our team members.
Protect Your Commercial Property From Fire
Save your commercial property from fire by employing these safety tips
It is vital to maintain the fire safety protocols in your commercial building. Proper fire safety gives an added level of protection for your records, merchandise, tools, equipment, and the building, not to mention the protection of your employees and customers. Take time to maintain the following:
Fire Alarms are critical to the safety of your commercial building, employees, and customers against fire. Inspect your fire alarm at least once a year. Make sure it is in proper working condition.
Emergency Lights and Exit Signs
If there is a fire, many times, it can cause panic. Smoke will make it difficult to see or breathe even if you are familiar with the building. Emergency lights are essential because they come on when the main power supply is unavailable. Make sure exit signs are over the doors. These lights should be tested regularly.
Commercial properties are required for commercial properties. They should be mounted on the walls and accessed easily. Make sure that your employees understand how to use a fire extinguisher. It is important to have them inspected regularly.
Fire Sprinkler/Standpipe Systems
Many commercial properties have sprinkler systems. They work when the building is hot. They turn on to extinguish larger fires. These systems should be maintained by licensed inspectors and be tested monthly.
In the event of a commercial fire, SERVPRO of Gilbert, Chandler South, Ahwatukee, and Tempe South is available 24/7 to help restore your property. Call us (480) 558-7620
The Categories of Water
Call Us First When You Have Water Damage!
Water from sewer system backups can be dangerous. The water can be unsanitary and contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment are necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.
There are three major types of contaminated water.
Category 1: "Clean Water"
Water from a clean source like a broken water line
Should be addressed quickly. It may impact flooring, cabinets, and walls.
Category 2: "Gray Water"
May contain bacteria and viruses which may have an impact on humans and animals
Category 3: "Black Water"
May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
Water from flooding or sewer backup
Sewage backup should be considered an emergency! It should be addressed right away.
When you have a water emergency, SERVPRO of Gilbert, Chandler South, Ahwatukee, and Tempe South will inspect the water in your property and determine the source and type of water. We will then carefully develop a plan to restore your home or business safely.
Call us (480) 558-7620. We are available for your water emergency 24/7!
When your tiles have with water damage - call us!
Day-to-day maintenance of commercial properties is essential not only for the impression of your property but also ensures that you have pride in it. Ceiling tiles can give you an indication of issues with the roof or equipment. So, look up! If your tiles are warped, cracked, discolored, have damp or mold spots, contact SERVPRO of Gilbert for mold remediation and restoration.
Moldy tiles and large holes in tiles cannot be repaired by simple cleaning. Our restoration team is here to help. We will visit your site first to investigate any potential water damage. After finding the source of the problem, we will mitigate and repair the issue quickly and professionally. We will replace any affected times and reduce mold and water. Your commercial property will be restored to “Like it never even happened.”
Call SERVPRO of Gilbert 480-588-7620
Planning A Summer Migration?
As you are leaving your desert home...
In time the migration back to summer homes will begin. Over the next several weeks, you can prep your Arizona abode for your departure.
Here is a list of things to do leading up to the time you leave.
• Go to your local post office. Make arrangements for your mail or any regular deliveries to be forwarded to your new location. The post office does recommend that giving them notice least ten days to the effective date.
• Contact your newspaper. Let them know when to stop and resume your service.
• Contact telephone, Internet service provider, and cable or satellite TV provider to put your service on hold until you return.
• If you have an HOA in your community, notify them when you will be leaving and returning . Likewise, let friends and neighbors in the community know, as well. Enlist the help of a neighbor if you do not have a home service provider to check on your property from time to time. It is one more set of eyes on your property. Leave a list of your preferred list of contractors with contact information.
• Consider storing any valuables and important documents that you are leaving in a safe deposit box.
• Coordinate emptying of the refrigerator with trash and recycling pickup. Begin cleaning out the fridge and cabinets of items that will expire or are not stored in airtight containers.
• Landscape maintenance –Desert plants love the heat and will grow quickly and out of control. Make sure that all of the yard debris is cleaned and transported away. When possible, contract a landscaper that you know and trust that will maintain your summer landscaping and sprinkler system.
• Summer in Arizona can be the perfect storm of wildfires and monsoons. If a wash is close to your property, make sure that the desert plants are maintained, so there is not a direct path to your home in the event of a fire.
• Pool and hot tub maintenance. Enlist the help of a reputable pool service. Set expectations for pool and hot tub maintenance. Making sure the heat is off, but the pumps are good working conditions.
• Check the exterior of your home and the roof. The summer monsoons are a real event in Arizona. The amount of rain and intensity of the storm can vary. They can be very intense, leaving your home a target for high winds, hard rain, flooding, and the potential for debris to impact your home. Make sure that your contractor checks the exterior of your home and roof before you leave. Call your roofer to assess the roof’s ability to survive the strong storm activity.
• Whether you live in a single-family home or a condo, owners should have the main water valve shut off. This can prevent flooding in your home. Contact a local plumber to make sure that this action will not impact your sprinkler system and ensure it will not lead standing water in or around your home. Ask about your water softener if you have one. Find out any steps you need to take to ensure it is in proper working order when you return.
• Check all appliances to make sure that all maintenance has been done. Empty your refrigerator and garbage to prevent mold, bugs, and rodents from being attracted to your home.
• Contact your local pest control company. Make sure that they keep your maintenance inside and outside up to date before you leave.
• Do not forget to make sure that all lights, fans, televisions, appliances, entertainment systems, etc. are unplugged. Open the doors to the washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher – this can prevent mold and mildew.
• Have your HVAC professional check your air conditioner before you leave. Ask them for a recommended temperature while you are away. Most will recommend between 85 and 90 degrees.
• Make sure that you replace the batteries of any backup systems you may have. Some may include, security systems, thermostats, fire and carbon monoxide detectors
• Remove and combustible or flammable materials from the garage. This can help in preventing a fire.
• As you are walking out the door, turn off your water heater off to prevent potential water damage.
In the event of a water or fire mitigation or restoration emergency, SERVPRO Gilbert is ready to help.
We offer our customers:
• 24-Hour Emergency Service
• Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
• A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
• Locally Owned and Operated
• Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
Call SERVPRO of Gilbert (480) 558-7620