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Mitigating Mold

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Having a broken water heater in your home can present a danger to your home. Water damage is an obvious threat to your home when you have a leaking water heater. It is crucial to consider the additional cost the water can do. If the issue is not detected quickly, it may come into contact with the power outlets that surround the area which only adds fire and electrical hazards to your home or business.

Some the steps follow when your water heater so awry are:

  1. Turn off the water source immediately. The leak will only continue to flow as you are trying to remove the liquid. Also, not turning it off increases the likelihood that it will impact electrical equipment
  2. Use a mop and old towels to remove the water.
  3. If you have had the issue for a while, mold or bacteria may be present. Both like to grow in warm damp places. Also, this environment is target rich for drywall, wood structure, and other personal and business property. 

Call SERVPRO of Gilbert is there to help mitigate the mold in your home or place of business. We use specialized mold remediation equipment and products. Our highly trained mold remediation technicians are here to support you in your time of need.

If you see signs of mold, call us (480) 558-7620, call us today! We are happy to help!

Commercial Fire Safety

5/11/2019 (Permalink)

A fire can pose difficult challenges for a large commercial or small business. It not only does it halt business operations and customer relationships but could have adverse impact to equipment, materials and structures which can be disastrous. It is critical as a business owner to not only focus on the health of your business but also on fire prevention, risk and staff education to help reduce the chance of fire damage.

Here are some suggestions to lessen the risk of fire hazards in the workplace.

Have your Fire Marshall or local Fire Department inspect equipment and chemical areas routinely. Make certain that the fire alarm and sprinkler systems are in excellent working order.

Consider purchasing a sprinkler system if you do not have one. According to NFPA, “Sprinkler systems were effective at controlling 96% of fires in which they operated.

If there are old appliances on site, it is time to think about replacing them.

Unplug small appliances over the weekend – coffee makers and microwaves.

Make sure that the appliances are given plenty of room to breathe. This includes mechanical rooms. This area should always be neat and free from clutter.

Make sure that your employees know where the fire extinguishers are located in the building. And know how to use them.

Have an evacuation plan.

Do not allow smoking in or around the building.

Make sure to keep all doors closed during business hours. This is not only for security but the fire safety.

Just like at home make sure that the garbage is taken out daily.

At SERVPRO of Gilbert, we know how devastating a fire can be to your business. Our team of professional technicians have helped several businesses recover small to extensive fire clean up damage. We will remove the debris, cleanup the area, help improve air quality, remove odor, clean water damage as well as store and clean your property. Our goal is to return your site to the pre-fire condition.

Call SERVPRO of Gilbert for all your commercial fire and water restoration needs. (480) 558-7620

Why Choose SERVPRO of Gilbert

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

Disasters can be catastrophic for homes and businesses. Whether caused by water, fire, or storms, they can turn your world upside down. Even the strongest of us can feel helpless, not knowing where to turn after a catastrophe. But fortunately for you, SERVPRO of Gilbert ready to help you.

Why choose SERVPRO of Gilbert when all the other companies make the same claims? Your property is probably the biggest investment that you will ever make, it is important to choose a company with the knowledge, equipment experience and reputation you can trust to return your property to its preloss condition or even better. We make your disaster "Like it never even happened."

Three of the Reasons to Use SERVPRO of Gilbert

1. Training –We’re trained to IICRC’s high standards in fire and water cleanup and restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses. Our industry professionals regularly attend SERVPRO continuing education classes locally and at the corporate offices.

2. Equipment – Our equipment is up to the standards set by IICRC. We use moisture detection, measurement, water extraction, drying, odor removal and deodorization equipment. This equipment can completely clean and remove the effects of water, mold, soot, smoke, odor and more. The technological advancements have allowed SERVPRO of Gilbert to restore property quickly back to its preloss condition.

3. Experience – SERVPRO has been in business for over 50 years. We have a team of over 1,700 franchises nationwide. The team at SERVPRO of Gilbert provides years of restoration and insurance experience. This knowledge will only increase your experience with us!

When you need to call a disaster restoration company, call SERVPRO of Gilbert (480) 558-7620!

Flood Damage Can Be Devastating!

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage especially from flooding can be devastating. After the flood waters recede, the task of cleaning up begins. It can be challenging because most everyone wants to return to quickly to begin rebuilding.

It is critical that if the flood was serious enough to require evacuation, stay safe upon your return.

Follow these three quick tips before you re-enter the structure:

  • Contact your utility companies to make sure that electric and gas a turned off and sewer lines are intact.
  • Check for any visible structural damage like loosened or cracked foundation, other cracks or holes in the home in the exterior or interior.
  • Check for warping of ceilings or drywall

SERVPRO of Gilbert can help you with this seemingly monumental task. It may not always be as quick as cleaning your belongings and removing the water. Depending on the amount of damage, water can impact wood and drywall that has been either been submerged for a long time or a short period. Left professionally untreated continuing problems like the deterioration of wood and walls as well as the concern for the development of mold.

As one of the largest restoration companies in the valley, we have the extensive inventory of recovery equipment and large skilled and qualified team of professionals that will respond to emergencies and disasters of any size or severity.

We have 24/7 response service, our team offers effective mitigation. Our fast response to water loss emergencies can prevent structural concerns and the formation of hazardous mold colonies.

No matter the emergency or when it occurs, our team can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Gilbert (480) 558-7620 for water damage mitigation and restoration needs.

Dust Storms Can Cause Severe Damage

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

With storms, a more frequent occurrence over the next several months. One result can be a dust storm also known as a Haboob. These storms are unexpected, unpredictable rushes of air called micro-bursts. They spread out along the ground and sweep along the desert landscape. They are usually a quick burst of high, very powerful winds lasting a few minutes up to an hour. The obvious dangers are loss of visibly, poor breathing conditions, unsafe driving conditions, lack of warning and flying debris. This type of storm can place your home or business at risk for flood damage, fire damage and air quality risk.

There are some safety precautions that can be taken to lessen the effect:

  • Close all windows, doors, vents, or any airflow into or out of your home or business.
  • If it is safe, remove any items on the property that could become flying debris.
  • Listen and follow the directions that the National Weather Service communicates.

SERVPRO of Gilbert places customer satisfaction as our top priority. Local Gilbert area residential and business customers have chosen the professional water damage or fire damage restoration, remediation, mitigation, abatement, reconstruction, and cleanup services that our technicians provide.

Our team is professionally trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications. You can feel confident that our team is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call SERVPRO of Gilbert (480) 558-7620 for 24/7 service.

“We Are Faster To Any Disaster!”

 

 

 

Water Damage Professionals

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can range from minor to absolutely disastrous. When faced with residential or commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Gilbert is your professional water restoration expert. We are recognized as a trusted leader in the water restoration industry and are a locally owned and operated franchise. Our team has years of experience in both the insurance and water restoration industries.

We offer our customers 24/7 emergency service. Customers will speak directly to a trained SERVPRO professional. We are highly skilled, trained and certified water damage technicians. Customer Service is our top priority.

As a professional water restoration company, we are able to work closely with your insurance agent to ensure that all of the necessary paperwork is provided to them. This allows the restoration process to keep moving forward. Our team will stay in touch with our customers throughout the process so they understand timelines and expectations.

We have a six step water restoration process using advanced technology. Our process is:

  1. Emergency Contact with our Customer Care Representative
  2. Inspection and Water Damage Assessment
  3. Water Removal and Water Extraction
  4. Drying and Dehumidification
  5. Cleaning and Sanitizing
  6. Restoration

We understand that every water disaster is different. SERVPRO of Gilbert is here to provide unique solutions. Call us (480) 558-7620 to help you recover from your next water damage emergency.

Make Sure Smoke Alarms Are In Good Working Order

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

The first responders in Gilbert, Arizona along with SERVPRO Gilbert are committed to keeping our community a very safe place to live, work and play. It is important to remember that smoke alarms save lives. If they are maintained and in good working order they can play an integral role in saving the lives of your family members. Smoke alarms afford you the opportunity to leave your home quickly.

Understanding simple facts about fires can help save lives.

  • Have a fire evacuation plan for your family
  • Keep doors closed. This can prevent smoke and fire from spreading quickly.
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly. If they are older, replace them especially if they are 10 years or older. There have been so many advances that can help save lives.
  • The alarms should be interconnected. If one alarm sounds, they all sound – alerting your family to potential dangers.
  • When an alarm sounds, move quickly and safely outside your home. Treat every alarm as a serious matter.
  • In the event of a fire emergency call 911, immediately and stay outside. 
  • Should there be an unfortunately disaster, call us at SERVPRO of Gilbert. “We are faster to any disaster!” Call us (480) 558-7620

Wildfire Safety Tips

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Brush or wildfire fire season begins in April and continues through September. It is important that home and business owners create a well maintained live vegetation zone to prevent damage to homes and businesses. This creates a defensible space. Planted in this area should only be small plants and ground cover. This prevents a continuous path of flammable materials to your home or business.

A few quick tips for wildfire prevention: 

  • Maintain all landscaping continuously for maximum fire prevention. Removing all dead materials especially grasses and weeds which can spread quickly.
  • Make sure that trees are neatly trimmed making sure that there are no dead branches.
  • Keep roofs free of any debris
  • Do not stack wood or other flammable materials within 30 feet of your home or business.
  • Attach a garden hose to your outdoor faucets. This will allow you to have water available should the need arise.
  • Make sure that all cigarettes or similar materials in proper receptacles. Do not through cigarettes, etc. on the ground. 

When in doubt call your local fire department for a safety inspection.

SERVPRO of Gilbert is ready to help with any fire or water emergency. We are a large loss recovery team able to assist with emergencies small or large. We will remove and debris, offer clean up services for water and fire, air quality improvement, odor removal and other restoration services to help restore your property.

“We’re Faster to Any Disaster”

Call us at (480) 558-7620

Tips for Monsoon Season

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Monsoon season will be on us soon. It will begin in June and move through September. Monsoons can cause a whole host of problems for desert dwellers. First and foremost, it is important to remember that some have a tendency to underestimate the force and power of water that can fall quickly and in great amounts. Keeping safe during this season is important for not only your family but your property as well.

Some tips to consider for this monsoon season might be:

  • Find out if you live or work in a flood prone area. If you do, have an evacuation plan in place that brings everyone to safety.
  • Flood prevention is key. Make sure that you have sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber on hand for a water emergency. Store these items in a dry area that is way from water. This way will be able to make quick repairs.
  • Secure any outdoor items that could potentially float away.
  • Know where the high ground is in your area so you can move to this place of safety quickly should the need arise.
  • Make sure to reach out your local insurance agent. Make sure that you have the proper insurance in the event of this type of disaster.
  • Call SERVPRO of Gilbert which is locally owned and operated should a flood disaster impact your home or business. Our dedicated team of technicians have many years of experience in the insurance and disaster recovery industry. We will respond to your emergency 24/7 to meet your needs.

“We’re faster to any disaster.”

Call Us Today for your professional disaster recovery needs. (480) 558-7620

Need Restoration Help With Your Commercial Property?

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Imagine the panic that you feel as a business owner when you walk into your establishment on Monday morning to find the floor of your business is covered with water. This is what happened to one of our local commercial customers. 

If this happens to your commercial business always remember safety first. Turn off all the power in the rooms that are impacted. Never walk through the building with the electricity on or operate any electrical appliance while standing on wet floors. Plus, you do not know if the free standing water is a bio-hazard (sewage) or not.

 If you know where your water value key is take it and locate your main water shut off value for value most commercial properties is located outside the building. Using your value key, turn the water to prevent any additional water flow.

Contact your building manager, SERVPRO of Gilbert or plumber.

Water damage can strike commercial property at any time. This damage can keep your business sidelined impacting your customers and business. From major storm events to broken water lines, our professional highly trained water damage restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Gilbert are available 24/7 to help quickly mitigate the damage, preserve valuables and manage any of your restoration needs.

Call us for large or small commercial water damage concerns. (480) 558-7620

We are here when you need us!

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Be aware of unsafe areas!

Bio-hazards, crime scene and vandalism cleanup are all issues that SERVPRO of Gilbert can help with quickly. As a recognized leader in fire and water restoration, we also provide fast and reliable bio-hazard, crime scene and vandalism clean-up for both residential and commercial properties.

Exposure to chemical and biological substances can be a very serious health threat to the occupants of a residence or commercial building. Failure to handle and remove bio-hazard materials can lead to an unhealthy and dangerous living or working environment.

At SERVPRO of Gilbert, our professionally trained technicians are able to effectively and safely remove bio-hazardous substances and prepare them for disposal for according to OSHA, EPA, state and local health agencies.

We are equipped to help with

  • Blood-borne Pathogens
  • Methamphetamine Labs
  • Crime Scene
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Sewage Back Up
  • Black Water
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation.

Contact us today. We offer 24 hour emergency service. (480) 558-7620

Don't Let Your Dreams Wash Away

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Monsoon Clouds in Arizona

Monsoon season will be on us soon. One of the best ways to keep yourself safe during monsoon season is to remember that some have a tendency to underestimate the force and power of water. Keeping safe during this season is important for not only your family but your property as well.

There are some important ideas to consider.

  • Find out if you live or work in a flood prone area. If you do, make sure to have an evacuation plan in place that will bring everyone to safety.
  • Flood prevention is key. Make sure that you have sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber on hand for a water emergency. Make sure to store these items in a place that is way from water so you are able to make quick repairs.
  • Make sure that any outdoor items are secured so they cannot float away.
  • Know where the high ground is in your area so you can move to this place of safety quickly should the need arise.
  • Contact your local insurance agent and make sure that you have the proper insurance in the event of this type of disaster. 

Should a flood disaster strike. Call locally owned and operated SERVPRO of Gilbert. Our team has decades of experience in the insurance and disaster recovery industry. Our disaster recovery teams responding immediately when you contact us. “We’re faster to any disaster.”

Call Us Today for Prompt and Professional Response- (480) 558-7620

Before You Leave For The Summer

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Many of our winter visitors will begin their migration back to their northern homes over the next several weeks. To make the transition easier for your families, it is important to begin to ready your home over the next few weeks before you leave.

Consider some of the following items to be added to your list of things to do weeks to days before you leave.

· Go to your local post office. Make arrangements for your mail or any regular deliveries to be forwarded or stopped 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 refrigerator with trash and recycling pickup. Begin cleaning out the refrigerator and cabinets of items that will expire or are not stored in air tight 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 the perfect storm of wild fires 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 you 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 condition.

· 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 value 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 of Gilbert is ready to help with:

· Water Damage Restoration

· Fire Damage Restoration

· Mold Remediation

· Storm Damage Restoration

· Cleaning Services

· Building Services

Between restoration and the insurance industries, our team has nearly a century of combined experience and expertise. With a 24/7 response from Gateway to downtown Gilbert, our professionals can offer effective mitigation service designed to save our customers time and money on the restoration work that their home or business requires. No matter the emergency or when it occurs, our team can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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

And, we are Faster to Any Disaster!

Gilbert Bars, Pubs, Restaurants, Fire Odors and Help from SERVPRO

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Enjoy the Drinks, Not the Smoke Odors in Your Local Gilbert Bar--Call SERVPRO for Improved Indoor Air Quality

Store-Bought Cleaning Chemicals Do Not Reverse Fire Damage to a Bar in Gilbert

Fire damage to a bar can prove devastating to the business if the damage is not dealt with swiftly. Even fires that leave minimal visual damage or smoke residues can still prove detrimental in the long run, as smoke odors typically cannot be masked through store-bought air fresheners and deodorizing tools.

Calling in a company like SERVPRO to handle fire and smoke damage cleanup and restoration in Gilbert ensures that the job is done quickly and your customers do not stop coming due to the presence of smoke odors.

We specialize in providing high-quality fire damage treatments for hospitality centers and gathering places across Gilbert. With specific cleaning and deodorizing agent mixtures designed to target individual types of smoke and fire damage, we can provide the most thorough odor elimination job possible. Our careful treatments with advanced cleaning chemicals, many specially formulated to SERVPRO specifications, are imperative to prevent additional damage to the building and eliminate the many different types of smoke residues that may still linger in your business.

SERVPRO of Gilbert provides high-quality specialist fire damage restoration treatments to help your business be rid of smoke odors as fast as possible. Contact us at (480) 558-7620 for our services or a quote.

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Gilbert Property Owners Know to Call SERVPRO for Rapid Storm Damage Control

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Gilbert Home Flooded? Be Smart and Call SERVPRO for Water Removal, Cleanup, and Restoration--A Great Company to Help-We're Not Just a Flash-in-the-Pan

SERVPRO Handles Flood Damage in Gilbert When Conditions Get Rough

Flood damage can come to your home when you least expect it. Thanks to Arizona's unique weather patterns, many homes in our area are ultimately put at even higher risk of storm damages, especially during Monsoon Season.

As soon as you call us to report flood damage to your Gilbert home, we act fast to bring technicians to your property as quickly as possible so that they can immediately implement damage-mitigating measures. By stopping any continuing sources of water if on-going, and then pumping out any existing standing water, we can then set up drying equipment. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster simply stated-- we prevent as much additional damage as possible from happening in your home.

The most important steps in keeping your home safe and secure in inclement weather, duly noted during Monsoon Season, involve maintaining structural integrity and eliminating leaks, but even the most prepared homes can still be subject to the effects of nature. When the worst situations arise, SERVPRO is here to help.
In the following hours and days, we prioritize damage mitigation efforts over other work so that we keep costs low and have fewer restorations to do later.

SERVPRO of Gilbert is a fully-equipped damage mitigation service that can help lessen the impact of flood damage to your home. Call us at (480) 558-7620.

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Gilbert Monsoon Season--Get Ready for Help from SERVPRO, and Fast!

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gilbert Is Here to Help During Monsoon Season

Why SERVPRO Provides Emergency Support to Gilbert Residents during Monsoon Season

Between June and September, Arizona is subject to the monsoon season. These periods can be particularly arduous for homeowners as heavy rainfall alongside storms can expose any structural weaknesses. We operate an emergency response unit during this time of year to help the community with flash flooding, storm damages or other personal property harm.

Our technicians are capable of performing necessary mitigation to limit the loss and employ advanced equipment to help residents with the Monsoon Season in Gilbert. As a restorer, one of our primary duties is to enter a property after damages and perform timely remediation task that can significantly limit losses. Straight line winds can shear off roofs requiring fast service to cover them with blue tarps and plywood temporarily. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster; this means we can mitigate water and wind damage from punctured roofs.

A flash flood, from a monsoon, for example, can result in power lines being shut-off at the source. We are capable of restoring the power to property or bringing in a temporary generator to allow contractors to perform remodeling or rebuilding works. SERVPRO can also conduct a thorough risk assessment, noting potential hazards, checking the strength of floors and staircases to make sure there is a safe workspace for anyone entering the property.

It is also during this initial inspection that we carry out some of our most important tasks designed to mitigate loss. Standing water causes more damage the longer it is allowed to sit. We can perform timely water removal services using gas-pumps, extraction units, and advanced drying methods to ensure the prevention of permanent losses.

In the right conditions, microbes present in water can quickly result in the proliferation of mold colonies. Our job is to ensure that does not happen by controlling humidity levels, drying the property and then treating it with anti-microbial chemicals, biocides or sanitizers. SERVPRO act quickly to carry out these tasks because they can lead to a significant reduction in property damages during the monsoon season.

Our emergency response units are available round the clock for emergency services during June and September. Contact SERVPRO of Gilbert at (480) 558-7620 anytime, twenty-four hours a day.
 

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Gilbert Retail Shops Love the Fast Water Loss Cleanup Services from SERVPRO

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Team Members Play and Support Our Local Businesses in Gilbert--Even During Water Loss Mitigation!

Do Not Drive Customers Away From Your Clothing Store in Gilbert Due to Water Damage

Water damage to your clothing store in Gilbert can be a cause for significant concern. Damages do not just go away once the water dries up, and in some cases, the drying process may cause even more problems for the business. Hiring a professional damage mitigation company like SERVPRO helps you avoid some of the issues associated with improper drying situations.

Many effects of water damage to a clothing store in Gilbert are visual and can be readily seen by customers in the store. Most people do not want to shop and spend money somewhere with wet or loose carpeting, blended or washed out colors, and potential signs of mold damage. The soft fabrics of clothes can be especially affected by excessive moisture and dampness.

We work fast to dry out the area with powerful air movers and dehumidifiers while ensuring that any damages are noted and restored once the area is dry. We also take steps to prevent mold growth, which can cause health effects and result in safety code violations if allowed to grow unchecked in your business.

SERVPRO of Gilbert provides expert damage mitigation and restoration services for businesses across the local area. Call us 24/7 at (480) 558-7620.

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Gilbert Water Damage Problems? Every Second Counts--Call SERVPRO Right Now!

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Eliminate Large Water Loss Jobs by Calling Us for Fast Service in the Gilbert Area

Fast Responses to Water Loss Lead to Less Trouble in Gilbert

One of the main reasons people across the country trust SERVPRO to provide superior water damage mitigation in towns like Gilbert is thanks to our 24/7 capability to respond quickly to your call for help.

For many water damage disasters or mishaps in Gilbert, just a few hours added on to an initial response time can make thousands of dollars' difference in the final bill for restorations and repairs. Our response strategy leaves as little room as possible for water to soak in and cause damage before we arrive. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Water damage to a home cannot be prevented completely by a fast-acting mitigation service, but we can significantly lessen the effects of it. If you call us as soon as the damage occurs, you guarantee that professionals arrive within four hours to begin drying the area and implementing preventative measures against further damage. Even if the accident happens late at night, do not wait until morning to call us - those few hours could make all the difference.

SERVPRO of Gilbert is a local professional damage restoration company dedicated to helping you overcome damage to your home with as little fuss as possible. Call us at (480) 558-7620.

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Our IICRC Trained Professionals Are Ready To Restore Your San Tan Valley Home After Fire Damage

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Our professionals will make your home safe to live in again after a fire. We are available 24/7 so don't hesitate to call us right away.

Quick Restoration of Fire Damage in San Tan Valley

Fire starts quickly and spreads throughout the affected property if you do not take immediate measures to contain it. Even a small blaze from a grease fire in the kitchen can leave widespread damages because as the flames leap into the air, they scotch fixtures within reach, such as shelves or cabinets. Smoke is also likely to spread deposits such as soot all over the premises complicating the restoration process or lengthen the time taken. We offer professional restoration services in San Tan Valley expediting the process.

Immediately after an incident of fire damage in San Tan Valley, it is essential to establish what the blaze affects. Fires may change the structure, contents or both. The level of damage also varies in each case. Proper evaluation of the affected areas helps establish salvageable and unsalvageable items fast. At SERVPRO we have IICRC certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians who separate the altered items into groups of salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable items thus streamlining the restoration process.

Restoration processes such as cleaning contents take time because residues like soot and aerosols penetrate deep into the affected materials. The combination of heat from the flames and convection currents exacerbate the penetration by opening up pores in materials and driving the particles respectively. Our SERVPRO technicians use advanced equipment such as ultrasonic machines to clean contents efficiently. We also use soda blasting equipment which blows sodium bicarbonate particles over scotched surfaces restoring them without ruining the affected materials further. The process also helps deodorize the areas treated thus shortening the restoration process.

Soot and other residues from the fire have acidic properties which stain chrome and similar metallic finishes. They also affect stone surfaces such as marble. Our SERVPRO technicians pre-clean such materials and apply a thin oil film preventing stains which would lengthen the restoration process.

For fast restoration of fire damaged properties in Higley, Gateway, and South Mountain, call SERVPRO of Gilbert to help. You can reach us at (480) 558-7680 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Rushes to Your Gilbert Home to Mitigate Fire Damage and Odors

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Gilbert Homeowners Rest Easy During Fire Damage Restoration When Our Green SERVPRO Truck Is on the Scene

Acting Fast on Fire Damage in Gilbert Is the Key to Minimizing Loss

We know when someone contacts our emergency response team to come to their Gilbert property after a fire, it is a stressful situation, and you need help when you call, not wishing to wait for regular business hours. Usually, within four hours of your initial call, our technicians arrive on site to begin the process of cleaning up and restoring your residential or commercial property.

Why Fast Action is Necessary Against Fire Damage

The more time that passes between fire and cleanup efforts, the more the soot and odors have the opportunity to embed deeper and spread. During your initial phone call to SERVPRO, the emergency response technician gives tips if you are remaining in the home to lessen the spread of soot and smoke residue to unaffected areas of the property.

Once SERVPRO of Gilbert technicians are at the property, they immediately determine the scope and scale of the fire, to where it spread and the amount of damage. For localized fires in a portion of a home or business, our technicians contain the area by putting up barriers to limit the spread of soot and concentrate environmental cleaning efforts. Water is frequently a part of fire damage. Any standing water left from firefighting efforts is extracted immediately, and the area set up with air movers and dehumidifiers to dry quickly.

Specialized Cleaning Methods are Needed for Fire Damage

Mitigation of fire loss does not have a single solution. There are different types of smoke and knowing which type or types our technicians are dealing with is vital to choosing the proper cleaning methods, that is why we never guess, we test. The types we encounter most often are:

Wet smoke - can be thick, smears when rubbed. Most often associated with burning plastics and synthetic materials.

Dry smoke-produces a dry, powder-like residue, most often associated with burned paper or wood.

Protein-generally does not produce a visible smoke residue, however, can stain paints or varnish and often leaves a calling card of a very pungent odor.

Fuel or Oil Soot-most often occurs with furnace puff back events. Soot tags, resembling spider webs, can be challenging for a smear-free removal.

Cleaning Methods for Soot and Ash

Once the type of residue is determined, our local Gilbert area technicians get to work using the proper type for wet or dry cleaning as appropriate. Multiple kinds of residues can be found in a single area depending on the types of items that were burned in the fire. Ash is acidic and the longer it remains on walls, floors, and objects, the more they can deteriorate.

The structure is wiped down and depending on the type of wall covering, that may be enough to remove the residue. In cases where the soot has penetrated too deeply, or the surfaces are marred, SERVPRO cleans to "prepare for painting." This action deodorizes, limits VOC volatile organic compounds, and readies the surface to accept a new coat of paint with proper adherence.

Our technicians are trained in the remediation of fire damaged contents. Our goal is always to restore instead of replacing whenever possible. Nothing is thrown away without the permission of the property owner. Our technicians use their training to deep clean porous items such as upholstered furnishings, draperies and rugs. Other items such as electronics, wood furnishings, and kitchen items may be cleaned in place or removed and sent to our facility for cleaning. A full list of things removed for cleaning is provided to the adjuster and owner to ensure everyone is informed of each step of the cleanup.

Removing Reminders: Odor Control

Deodorization of a property after a fire requires more than spraying the area with a coverup scent. That is a short term solution that does nothing to neutralize the cause of the odor. SERVPRO technicians are certified in odor control methods and have various techniques to control and neutralize residual smoke odors spending on the level of treatment needed.

Air scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters can capture odor-causing soot particles as small as 0.3 microns, the average human eye can see down to around 40 microns. When the residues, soot, and ash are removed through cleaning the structure, contents, and air, in many cases the odor is diminished enough no further mitigation is necessary.

In cases where more robust odor control efforts are needed such as with protein fires, thermal fogging is another method our technicians use frequently. Using an odor-busting solvent heated and delivered as a fog, a technician spreads it over the same pathways as the smoke when the fire occurred. The solvent penetrates and overtakes smokey odors effectively neutralizing them in porous objects.

The HVAC can spread soot, and our technicians do a thorough inspection and cleaning if needed of the ductwork to ensure there are no lingering reminders of the fire whenever the heat or cooling is turned on.

Restoration and Building Services

Once your property has been cleaned and odors neutralized, there are often areas of the home or business that require repair or even rebuilding as they were not restorable through cleaning efforts. Charred drywall or damaged paint on walls from fire fighting efforts may need replacing or repainting to return to their preloss condition. Instead of having the headache of coordinating with a general contractor, SERVPRO offers these services to you.

If it is something as small as boarding up windows or placing a tarp on a damaged roof to completely rebuilding a fire damaged room from the ground up, our owner has over 20-years experience as a general contractor, and under his guidance, our technicians have the expertise and equipment to rebuild your loss.

SERVPRO of Gilbert knows that fire damage never takes a day off and when you need us, our emergency response team arrives on site within hours after your initial call. Our goal is to use our equipment and training to make your fire loss "Like it never even happened."

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Attention Gilbert Homeowners--SERVPRO Is Primed to Mitigate Your Water Damaged Home--Real Fast

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Rosie from SERVPRO Says We're Faster To Any Size Disaster in Gilbert--Water Mitigation Is What We Do!

Water Damage Primer for Gilbert Property Owners

The dry, desert climate enjoyed by home and business owners in the Gilbert area does not preclude the possibility of water loss events inside local homes and commercial buildings. A broad range of causes contributes to destructive water events in our region. Connecting with a reliable water damage restoration company to assess and manage the consequences after an event is crucial to preserving the integrity of the building materials inside a property as well as its contents. Here are some of the many considerations to keep in mind when coping with a water emergency.

Common Causes of Water Loss

Plumbing supply or waste pipe breaks or appliance malfunction are often the reason Gilbert residential and commercial buildings suffer water damage. Slow leaks might start as minor issues, but if they are hidden or ignored over time, the ramifications become significant. Harm to walls, cabinets, floors, and ceilings progresses as long as the water continues to seep. Pipes, connections, pumps, or hoses that burst open can send larger quantities of water that spread quickly. Clogged drains in air conditioners, sewer backups, and toilet and tub or sink overflows add to the list.

Evaluation of Water Category

The source of the water damage is relevant as SERVPRO of Gilbert  crews evaluate the contamination risk. Supply lines break usually start as fresh or Category 1 water, rarely posing a health risk. Appliances like washing machines, garbage disposals, and dishwashers discharge grey or Category 2 water, containing some bacteria or harsh cleaning agents. Sewer backups and overland flooding after a monsoon send black or Category 3 water into your property. This type of water can contain pathogens including viruses, bacteria, and fungi and toxic chemicals. Severe health problems can follow if professional water mitigation experts do not remove, contain, and dispose of the tainted water appropriately, following safety and health rules and regulations.

Pack-Out Opportunities

When water damage extends to the contents of a property, high-quality restoration companies like SERVPRO offer a move-out service to residential and commercial customers. Furnishings, documents, window coverings, rugs, clothing, toys, books, electronics, and many other items absorb moisture. Our production facility is climate controlled and features specialized cleaning and drying systems, including vacuum freeze drying for papers and pictures. We use a Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) that inventories all items transported and tracks their status through the process. Removing portable property for storage also allows a more efficient work environment in your home or business.

Hidden Hazards

If more than an inch of water fills a space, it is likely that moisture is wicking up the wallboard and seeping into unseen cavities. When water flows in on upper levels, ceilings can look deceptively untouched while they might be holding gallons of liquid. SERVPRO’s IICRC-trained technicians are familiar with the spread of water damage into hidden spaces. They receive advanced training in thermal scanning techniques to locate pockets of water and moisture. We can establish baseline levels to determined drying goals.

State of the Art Equipment

SERVPRO delivers successful water damage remediation because our talented crews operate top-notch equipment specifically designed to move water and lingering moisture out fast. Our service vehicles arrive packed with commercial quality pumps, wanded extractors, air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. Possessing the appropriate equipment allows rapid removal of water and the ability to establish the balance among air movement, temperature, and humidity needed for effective drying.

Proven Strategies

One of the most frequent challenges SERVPRO faces in a water damage scenario is extracting moisture from tight or interior spaces. We must remove water that migrated behind walls or between the planks of hardwood floors. Fortunately, innovations like the Injectidry system allow us to use negative pressure to suction the moisture out using a series of hoses and floor mats connected to powerful extractors. These devices can also inject warm streams of air to facilitate the evaporation of water to a gaseous state captured by our dehumidifiers. Flood cuts extending above the waterline permit us to force dry, warm air behind walls to accelerate drying. Cinder block walls release water held in their internal cells when we drill holes through mortar joints or angle extractor extensions from above. 

Faster To Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of Gilbert professionals exceed industry norms and strive to live up to our commitment to complete water damage restoration fast. Speed is not just a slogan to our team; it is vital to positive outcomes for our customers. Standing water and moisture remaining more than 24 to 48 hours after the loss expose the structural components and contents of your home or business to microbial growth. Although we offer mold remediation, we prefer to avoid the growth of fungal colonies in the first place. Moisture management is the key to inhibiting a mold infestation.

Final Touches

SERVPRO’s goal is to abate water damage and its effects, making it “Like it never even happened.” Expect our crews to be thorough, discrete, respectful, and compassionate as we complete the necessary tasks. We know how devastating a water loss can be, and your confidence in our company honors our owners, managers, and technicians during this disaster. Our mission is to help the residents and business partners in our community during this stressful and disruptive time. We take special care to return items back in place once the job completes and to take responsibility to remove our equipment, tools, products, and any mess we created during the project.

Insurance Claim Support

Approximately 30 percent of homeowner insurance claims in a year relate to water damage. Residents and business owners need a full-service remediation company that helps provide the documentation needed to support claims made according to property insurance contracts. Our team commits to working with your insurance company throughout the remediation process, coordinating communication both for tasks performed at your property and for cleaning, drying, and restoration, or disposal, of any items packed-out and treated at our production facility.

When water damage becomes a crisis at your home or business SERVPRO of Gilbert stands ready to be your partner throughout the restoration of your property. Call us round the clock at (480) 558-7620 to schedule an assessment.

For information on flood emergencies, visit the Chandler Emergency Management site. https://www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/emergency-management

Is Drying Enough to Restore Water Damage in San Tan Valley?

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gilbert has the equipment, training, and experience to restore water damage.

Water Cleanup in San Tan Valley is more than Just Drying Your Home

Thankfully most homeowners never need to enlist the services of a professional for water cleanup, but those who need it do well in doing some research. Even though water cleanup may seem like a straightforward process, in reality, it goes well beyond extracting water from your home, and it is precisely that next step where homeowners fail to protect themselves against more extensive damage to their home. Contracting with an established and reputable company to help you in the restoration process is very important in making it a successful one.

When your home in San Tan Valley requires water cleanup services, SERVPRO is here to help. We make your family's safety our priority.  We also mitigate your loss as much as possible, which is why we focus on the visible damage and in anticipating any further deterioration of your home. Our team is IIRC certified to address any water damage and is knowledgeable about its possible ramifications.  In addition to water removal, we also concentrate on understanding your home’s needs regarding the removal of odors and any other bacteria that may be lingering.

If not promptly resolved, water damage can lead to more complicated issues. Standing water can become a breeding ground for microbes and bacteria, which can bring other problems such as mold into your home. In our cleanup process, we address these hazards by continually testing the environment, removing any materials that cannot be salvaged and effectively treating those that can be cleaned and disinfected. We always try our best to save your home’s contents and finishes, such as hardwood and furniture, but porous materials like carpets and upholstery are usually beyond salvageable. Due to the rigorous training, our SERVPRO technicians have gone through, we can determine what the best course of action is for each surface and apply industry best practices to protect you.

As a homeowner, relying on a staff that has been highly trained to deal with water cleanup is comforting, and at SERVPRO of Gilbert, we offer that knowledge along with our own experience on the field. Just reach out to us at (480) 558-7620 and allow us to help you restore your home "Like it never even happened."

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How Can You Prepare for Monsoons in San Tan Valley?

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

You can trust the SERVPRO Brand to restore your monsoon damaged home.

Preparing for San Tan Valley Monsoon Flood Damage Risk is Why SERVPRO Should Be On Your Speed Dial

It usually is impossible to predict just how severe the San Tan Valley monsoon season will be each year. Usually, homes maintain their integrity, shedding any rain and avoiding the damage high winds can bring. Some summers bring more intense weather systems, with higher rainfall and stronger winds. Not knowing this year’s outcome is why we prepare for the worst to help our customers.

If your home is in the path of a particularly fierce or protracted monsoon system, the flood damage to your dwelling in San Tan Valley can be significant. Our mission is to be ready to respond to any disaster suffered by our customers. We commit to seeking out and supporting the best training for our crews. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration, and Certification courses completed by our team explains why we deliver industry-leading restoration results.

Homeowners can take steps to prepare for the harm swift waters and high winds can bring to their abodes. Keeping roofs and gutter drainage systems in good repair are proactive efforts that pay dividends, directing rain off the shell of your home and away from your foundation. Readying for the worse is why SERVPRO recommends evaluating your storage decisions with an eye to a potentially catastrophic monsoon season. Move contents away from lower levels of your home and install appliances and HVAC systems on strong supports raising them above flood stage.

Be aware of the destructive potential of monsoon season. Research where in your neighborhood gullies and dry washes have filled with flash flooding before, and be sure to stay away from those areas during a monsoon. Realize that you might not be able to prevent flooding in your home during the season, but you can control how you respond. Consider partnering with SERVPRO if circumstances require professional assistance.

When asked why SERVPRO is your go-to for flood water mitigation emphasize you want a thoroughly professional resource that offers water removal and drying service fast. Equally important is finding a restoration company that works for you with the compassion and sensitivity that balances how stressful recovering from monsoon damage can feel. 

Professional pride and a desire to help others in need are why SERVPRO of Gilbert focuses on preparing well for monsoon season. Call us at (480) 558-7620 if your home suffers flood damage because of these seasonal storms.

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When Your San Tan Valley Home Requires Water Removal Services, Our Crew Is Here To Help!

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

After a sudden rain or a plumbing issue, water cleanup can be an issue for San Tan Valley homeowners.

Water Cleanup Actions For San Tan Valley Homes

San Tan Valley is the idea many people have in mind when they think about a quiet little town in southern Arizona. Our wonderful community is far enough away from the larger cities to have its identity, but close enough to take advantage of their proximity.

That's not saying a disaster cannot cause problems. After a sudden rain or a plumbing issue, water cleanup can be an issue for San Tan Valley homeowners. SERVPRO restoration service teams can quickly respond to any disaster in your home to remediate the damage, so it is safe once more for occupation.

Quick removal of all the water is our first cleanup action. It prevents the growth of mold and the odors that many mold spores can generate as they expand and grow. Since water drains quickly in our area, our technicians can go directly to smaller water extractions wands, skipping over pumps, to draw water out of carpets and off wood floors.

If the water covering the carpet is from a plumbing failure other than a toilet, it is considered clean. SERVPRO technicians can lift the carpet after extraction and roll it out of the way. They remove and dispose of the pad if there is one, scrap the floor underneath clean, and then set up air movers and fans to dry the floor.

Next, they unroll the carpet and use the same air movers and fans to dry the carpet completely. Finally, they set in place a new pad and then stretch the carpet back in place. None of this is feasible though if the water contains contaminants from storm water or a backed up toilet. Since there is no way for our experts to guarantee the cleanliness of the carpet for further use, the only safe option is disposal.

So, while the weather is drying out, a broken pipe can still spread water through any residence. When that happens, call SERVPRO of Gilbert to clean up your home from the after-effects. To schedule a visit, call (480) 558-7620 today.

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Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Fire Damage Restoration In Gilbert

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Our certified technicians are ready to restore your home 24/7 after a fire. We have the equipment and experience to make your house like new.

What to Expect from Professional Fire Cleanup in Gilbert

The aftermath of a fire in your Gilbert home can be frightening and chaotic. It is likely you and your family have not experienced anything close to the debris, soiling, and odors left when the firefighters leave. A complex set of tasks must be completed using special tools, products, and methods to bring your home back to preloss condition. Hire our professional team for the most successful outcome.

When controlling a blaze in your Gilbert home, the response is no holds barred, fire cleanup is assessed and planned.  This is based not only on what the flames consumed and the smoke damaged but also according to the impact made by the methods used to extinguish and limit the fire.

Everything necessary is done to knock down a fire. This often includes spraying large quantities of water and chemicals on the structural components and content of your home. Wet floors pose a slip and fall hazard, and can also expose SERVPRO workers and your family to the risk of electrical shock. Unremediated water is also incredibly destructive to building materials. Because of these reasons, SERVPRO crews attend to water removal and structural drying prior to smoke and soot cleanup.

Once the water evacuates our IICRC-trained technicians attack the sooty coatings throughout your home. SERVPRO has different tools and products to match with the characteristics of different soots. Dry, ashy soot from paper or wood fire brush off or vacuum up. Thick, sticky soot from fabric or electrical fires require a cleaning product with surfactants to loosen the debris. Kitchen fires produce a thin, highly adhesive protein-based soot that might need agitation or abrasive tools or cleaners to clear.

Lingering smells from the fire need elimination. SERVPRO works through an odor management protocol starting with the removal of burned items and thorough cleaning. If smells remain we try thermal fogging, where we recreate the conditions of the fire, combusting deodorizers in a heat chamber to cause particles to bond together and neutralize the smell. Hydroxyl generators are also an option, creating tiny particles that change the odor-bearing bits at a molecular level.

SERVPRO of Gilbert has trained employees, products, and equipment to restore a fire-damaged home fast. Call us at (480) 558-7620 as soon as the fire truck departs.

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Wind Can Cause Significant Damage To Your Gilbert Home

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage might seem small, but it almost always spreads farther than its initial area.

Wind And Open Windows Bring Flood Damage To Gilbert Homes' Interiors

Rain showers during Spring get lawns in Gilbert ready for the summertime heat. Leaving a window open to bring in fresh air can cause problems if the wind becomes too strong and pushes water into your home.

Gilbert homeowners can end up with flood damage when wind forces rainwater in through screens. This water might seem inconsequential and minor, but our moisture meters often reveal that a much larger affected area exists. Because water seeps both sideways and down, padding can become wet even when the carpet above seems dry.

SERVPRO specialists can dry the area out and protect your home from the effects of flood damage. When homeowners allow such situations to continue and do not get these areas dried, mold and other kinds of damage can happen. We help residents by acting quickly, even when damage seems minimal.

An air mover that forces moisture out of the flooring components can prevent damage from becoming permanent. We float carpets when damage like this occurs, as this method does not require the removal of the entire carpet and can save the padding. When large-scale flooding exists that carries contaminants, however, we remove the padding and carpet so we can clean and sanitize the flooring underneath. Such high-levels of contamination ruin carpets and require their replacement.

When non-carpeted areas under windows become soaked, our specialists typically dry the area under the floor to ensure that water seeping down evaporates so our desiccant machines can remove the moisture from your property. Rapid drying can mean that otherwise ruined flooring sustains little long-term damage. This includes curling and cupping of wood floors.

To protect your home from additional damage that happens when you allow them to remain, call us, SERVPRO of Gilbert at our 24-hour service line, (480) 558-7620. Flood damage might seem small, but it almost always spreads farther than its initial area. Serving areas nearby, including Gateway and Higley, we work with homeowners with this and other types of damage.

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Must-Have Resources for Assessing the Water Damage Extent in San Tan Valley

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Our technicians arrive on the scene with advanced equipment to help pinpoint pockets of water that can cause secondary damages. Call SERVPRO today.

Water Cleanup From Tile in Your San Tan Valley Home

Tile flooring is a common staple throughout specific areas of your San Tan Valley home. From the kitchen to the bathroom, tile gets installed for both aesthetics and to help prevent water penetration to subflooring materials. However, this does not mean that your tilework can withstand pooling water for very long, and it could quickly become considerably damaged without the appropriate intervention by trained professionals like our SERVPRO team.

Not all tiles get created equally, meaning that their ability to withstand damage through water cleanup efforts in your San Tan Valley home varies from type to type. Often these get rated into categories relative to their ability to avoid absorption of moisture from non-vitreous which can absorb up to 7% of its weight in water through impervious tiles that can absorb as little as .001%. However, regardless of the tile choice that you have made, proper installation, grouting materials, and adhesives all play a role as well in preventing water penetration.

Pooling water can begin to deteriorate grouting material quickly, especially in DIY tilework that is not as solid or professionally finished as it could be. The trouble with penetration through certain points of your tilework is that only a select few tiles may display water damages, yet, the entire backing material could be saturated and require removal. Getting our SERVPRO professionals on the scene quickly can help to protect this subflooring if possible.

One of the first steps that our professionals can take is to assess the damage with thermal imagery cameras. This technology can help to determine the spread of moisture beneath the tile and determine where drying equipment like our air movers and drying mats should get placed to maximize their results.

In some situations, water cleanup can be efficient and quick for the tile flooring in your home. In other situations, you need the expertise and advanced equipment of our SERVPRO of Gilbert rapid response team to dry out your tiles and subflooring. Give our certified technicians a call anytime that you need us at (480) 558-7620.

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Contact Our Crew When You Discover A Mold Infestation In Your San Tan Valley Business

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gilbert is ready to plan effective mold remediation for your commercial space.

Reliable Mold Damage Remediation Services For Your San Tan Valley Business

San Tan Valley businesses might believe mold issues are rare in our arid climate. Although we only average 10 inches of rain a year, outdoor humidity is not the only cause of mold growth. Retailers, event centers, health clubs, schools, restaurants, or hotels, among other commercial properties, risk constant exposure to water incursions. Even a small leak or a spill left unabated can fuel the growth of mold colonies in as little as one day to 48 hours.

Commercial mold damage in San Tan Valley needs fast and expert remediation. Mold spores are everywhere. It is unrealistic for a restoration company to promise to get rid of mold spores. The spores alone are little trouble if moisture is controlled. If water is available, even in small amounts, a spore can grow and multiply into a significant colony. We help assess the source of the moisture and help arrange for that wetness to be eliminated. Then we remediate your mold damage using protocols developed for schools and commercial buildings by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The SERVPRO remediation team arrives and inspects your site. Once the mold colonies are located, including hidden mold growth we seek hiding in, behind, and under building materials, we contain the area. Containment keeps the mold debris from drifting into unaffected areas. It also can permit you to continue business in the non-moldy spaces. We use heavy plastic sheeting and technology such as negative pressure air scrubbers that seal the area and vent contaminated air through HEPA filters to the outdoors.

Our technicians achieve removal via mechanical measures, using brushes and other tools to scrape mold from non-porous surfaces. Porous building materials such as insulation might be bagged with the mold and discarded, but other mold infiltrations into components like drywall and wood framing often respond well to soda blasting. The controlled abrasive action, along with the inhibiting effect of sodium bicarbonate on mold, removes the residues. SERVPRO technicians employ HEPA-filtered vacuums to suction up any residual moldy debris.

A final treatment with an EPA-registered disinfectant, wiped or sprayed, limits the possibility of rebound mold growth. SERVPRO employees wear personal protective gear throughout to limit tracking of mold spores into other areas of your business.

SERVPRO of Gilbert is ready to plan effective mold remediation for your commercial space. Call (480) 558-7620 for evaluation at your earliest suspicion that mold is active in your property.

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How To Expect The Unexpected In Your Gilbert Business

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Our experts are ready to prepare you for any disaster large or small.

Smart Business Move -- Prepare For The Possibility Of Commercial Water Damage In Gilbert

Whether your Gilbert business manages condo or townhouse complexes, is a retail outlet or restaurant, or provides other goods or services, damage from a water crisis can bring misery and financial ruin. Modern water mitigation techniques are up to the task of restoring the harm, but timing is everything. Consider working with us to develop a plan that anticipates the problems and puts in place solutions designed for your business’s particular situation.

Commercial water damage in Gilbert is costly in both money and reputation. A business that experiences water incursion must not only respond to the damage done to structures and contents, but also assure tenants, customers, and clients that the issue is only a setback, not an event that makes your services and products permanently unavailable. Preparing for our capable services should they be needed gives your business contacts the confidence that you will be back and ready to meet their needs swiftly.

SERVPRO offers a unique opportunity to our commercial customers through the implementation of our Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP). One of our experienced project managers travels to your site or sites to evaluate your vulnerabilities if water damages should intrude. We also take pictures and make diagrams so that the spaces inside are familiar in the event we need to respond.

Expect recommendations that we intend to limit the consequences of water damage. Suggestions to adapt storage decisions, protect vital equipment, or make repairs or replacement to systems we note need maintenance go a long way to reduce the risk of water damage or make it less devastating if it occurs. SERVPRO codifies the assessment into an easily accessible digital document to which we can refer if necessary.

You have a chance to add pertinent details to the ERP through the use of our mobile app. A personalized Profile allows you to rank your priorities, share information about vendors and contractors who can assist SERVPRO technicians responding to the water crisis, and designate trusted employees or others who can direct the mitigation and restoration effort if you are unavailable. Using the ERP system also clarifies you determined to use our services to respond to the water damage.

SERVPRO of Gilbert awaits your call to start designing a unique Emergency Ready Plan for your business. Contact us at (480) 558-7620 to schedule an assessment with one of our seasoned managers.

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Are You Making These Kinds of Water Damage Mistakes in Your Gilbert Home?

1/20/2019 (Permalink)

When a pipe breaks, the water damage can happen very quickly. React fast by calling SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Leaking Fixtures Could Allow Water Damage to Gilbert Homes

Indoor plumbing has revolutionized the world and is a staple for every Gilbert home constructed over nearly the past century. Surprisingly enough, many of the older homes still feature the same fixtures, connections, and piping used in the original construction. While this might provide a vintage feel and attest to the craftsmanship of plumbing in days gone by, it also presents an ever-present threat for adverse conditions or pressure differences to strain elbows and joints until leaks form. A steady leak unseen can cause widespread damages to your home.

While you might not be able to identify the full measure of water damage to your Gilbert home from a steady leak from your plumbing or its fixtures, once you recognize an issue, it is likely that an even greater area has gotten affected in wall cavities where the bulk of the piping is hidden. When you encounter water damage like this, you need effective mitigation and restoration solutions that can happen as soon as you need them. That is why our SERVPRO rapid response team remains available 24/7 to address emergencies as they happen to any property within our service area.

We have advanced technology to help us identify leaks and moisture pockets in areas difficult to assess without demolition or controlled tear out. With thermal imagery cameras, we can determine where damp areas are inside of wall cavities and into other materials to designate the best locations for drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers. Severe moisture pockets could require the use of injectidry systems that feed hot air directly into these cavities to expedite the drying process.

Aging pipes in your home can ultimately cause problems when the wear and tear catch up to the weakest connection points. No matter how long pipes have been in service, our SERVPRO of Gilbert water restoration technicians can help you to restore the damage they can cause when things do go wrong. Give our experienced professionals a call anytime that you notice water damage by calling (480) 558-7620.
 
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How Our Team At SERVPRO Can Remove Smoke Odors And Residues From Your Home In Gilbert

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and fire damage in your Gilbert home can appear in multiple ways once the first responders have left.

Smoke Residue And Odor Removal In Gilbert Homes After A Fire

Once a fire has occurred in your Gilbert residence, homeowners struggle with the steps necessary to return their property to preloss condition as quickly as possible. While many homeowners could attest that restoring their house on their own is beyond their capability or skill set, they also do not know when the best time to call in professional restoration is. Our team can arrive quickly at the extinguishment of a fire to offer practical solutions for the widespread effects from the fire in your home such as smoke and soot damage.

Smoke and fire damage in your Gilbert home can appear in multiple ways once the first responders have left. Many variables also determine the severity of the situation, including the type of smoke that occurred during the fire. Dry smoke is from a hotter fire that often leaves a powdery layer on surfaces and contents that is much easier for our SERVPRO technicians to clean. Wet smoke is more of a smoldering fire, and leaves a thick residue on surfaces in affected areas that are much more challenging to remove.

The determination about what your home needs gets decided by our SERVPRO estimator and other professionals initially dispatched to your address for assessment and preliminary mitigation work. Through this thorough inspection, our technicians can catalog the full scope of the damage and determine the best equipment and personnel required to remove these effects.

With smoke residue, our team has advanced equipment like high-powered vacuums, powered bristle brushes, and conventional cleaning approaches to remove residue and soot from surfaces and contents that have stayed in the home beyond the pack-out process. Deodorization of the foul odor that smoke often leaves behind gets taken care of throughout the open areas and affected materials with industry-leading equipment like our thermal foggers. These machines can permanently eliminate noxious odors throughout the house.

Fires can leave many damaging effects throughout your home. Our SERVPRO of Gilbert rapid response team can help you to understand the severity of the situation and work quickly to return your home to its original condition. Give us a call anytime at (480) 558-7620.

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Southwest Drought Not Expected To End With 2018 Monsoon Season

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Unfortunately the monsoon season will not be enough to get us out of our drought.

This year’s monsoon season in the Southwest is expected to be wetter than normal. Unfortunately, weather experts believe that an exceptionally damp season is still unlikely to raise the annual rainfall to average levels.

Many states in the Southern Plains like Colorado, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico have had sparse rainfall since autumn causing drought conditions to worsen.

Experts have stated that winter snowmelt and spring showers generally are able to replenish water supplies, but due to our lack of rainfall through May, it’s unlikely to improve the drought conditions. This year, monsoon moisture is not expected until mid-July, which is later than normal. Although experts believe a developing El Nino weather pattern will increase the monsoon rainfall, it won’t be enough to overcome the deficit of this region. 

As far as residents of the Phoenix Metro area, one of the easiest places to save water is in our yards.  Its best to focus on landscaping with native plants that do not require allot of water.  Also, place mulch around flowers and plants to retain moisture.  Finally, use a drip system for your irrigation needs and run it at night to avoid evaporation.

These small changes made by Phoenix area residence, can result in hundreds of thousands of gallons of water saved.

Summer Safety from Heat

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Stay safe in the heat.

Summer is here and it’s time to take extra safety precautions for the coming months. Heat affects all people, but especially the young, elderly, and sick.

If you must go out outside in the heat, wear loose fitting, light colored clothing, and apply sunscreen.

Avoid leaving children or animals in parked cars.  Temperatures can become deadly in a matter of minutes.

Be aware of heat exhaustion signs such as heavy sweating; weakness; cold pale and clammy skin; nausea or vomiting; and fainting are all signs according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which is life threatening. Signs of heat stroke are a high body temperature (103°+), rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone may have heatstroke, call 911 and move them somewhere cooler. Try to reduce the body temperatures with cool, wet cloths or bath. Extreme heat is a serious danger.

For more information on preparedness and prevention, visit www.cdc.gov or www.ready.gov

The Dangers of Flash Flooding During Monsoon Season

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

A vehicle can be swept away in as little as 12"-18" of water.

Weather experts predict a wetter than normal monsoon season for this summer for the phoenix metro area.  Considering we had little to no rain last summer and a very dry fall and winter, this makes the rain a welcoming site for our dry parched land which is extremely susceptible to wildfires currently.

With these potential large downfalls though, we could see the danger of flash flooding.  If you find yourself in heavy rain keep a few safety precautions in mind.

  • Never drive into flood waters. Most flash flood deaths occur in vehicles when people feel they might be able outrun the floodwaters.
  • A vehicle can be swept away in as little as  12”-18” of flood waters.
  • Be alert for rising water.
  • Get to high ground immediately.
  • Don’t camp in streambeds or washes.

If you find that flooding has affected your home and you have water damage, call us immediately in order to avoid further loss.  SERVPRO of Gilbert can help protect your home and get you back to “Like it never even happened".

4 Items To Never Store In The Garage

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

The garage can be the catch all of our homes.

When it comes to finding space in our homes to store items we often turn to the garage as our catch-all.  Often this is a fine option for sporting equipment or tools but there are some items that are best stored somewhere else. 

For example paint is one of these items.  When paint is stored in a hot garage, especially in warmer temperatures like we have here in Arizona, it can separate and spoil. This can even happen to unopened cans. It’s best to store your paint in a temperature controlled area in the home such as a basement or utility closet.

Another no- no item for storage in the garage is firewood.  It can make for quick and convenient retrieval to place your wood in the garage but wood can attract pest that can eventually migrate to your home.  Your best option is to stack your firewood on an elevated rack away from the home with a tarp cover.

Canned food can also be tempting to store in the garage when space becomes tight in your home. The USDA recommends storing canned foods in a dry, cool location.  If a garage is damp it can cause tin cans to rust.  If a garage is too hot, exceeding 85 degrees, you can increase the risk of spoiled food.

Finally, one of the most common item found in the garage is a spare refrigerator.  If you are trying to conserve energy this is an awful location to place that fridge.  In a non-climate controlled garage where temps can exceed over 100 degrees, a fridge is forced to work overtime to keep cool, causing your utility bills to run high. 

Even though the garage can turn into a catch all for all our home items, especially when we are short on space, it’s best to be selective with what items you decide to store in it.

Keeping You Safe From MRSA

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

MRSA the super bug.

In recent years, super bugs such as MRSA have been making headlines throughout the US and Canada. MRSA, also known as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that has been found in the environment. The CDC estimates there have been roughly 94,000 MRSA infections which resulted in 19,000 deaths. The number of MRSA related deaths out numbers the amount of HIV/AIDS related deaths. Knowing how to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting sick from MRSA is extremely important.

If you come into contact with MRSA you need to contact your doctor immediately. Signs of MRSA include an area of skin that's red, painful, swollen, and/or filled with pus; also if you have inflamed skin that is also feverish or you feel sick, contact your doctor immediately.

For more information on MRSA prevention or if there is MRSA at a location you visit, call a professional Emergency Biohazard Removal Company such as SERVPRO of Gilbert at0480-558-7620.

A Little Bit of Caution Can Go A Long Way

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Always use caution when working with ladders.

Often when there is a job to do in our homes we try to tackle it ourselves instead of calling a professional.  This can sometimes lead to unexpected injuries.  According to the National Safety Council, in 2016, 23.8 million preventable injuries occurred in the home.  Minimize your risk of injury, by avoiding some common mistakes.

Avoid falls – Any job that requires a ladder such as gutter cleaning, tree trimming, roof repair, or changing a light bulb, should be attempted with extra caution.  To minimize the risk of a fall, always position ladders to firm and level ground.  If using an A-frame ladder make sure that it is fully extended before stepping onto it and use a harness or spotter whenever possible.  Finally make sure you are using the correct size ladder.

Cuts – Always make sure your tools are properly sharpened and all fasteners are tight before starting a job that will require cutting.  Dull saws, pruning scissors, or knives can lead to pressing down harder than normal, which makes it more likely to slip and cut yourself.  Consider wearing heavy-duty work gloves as well which can provide additional protection.

Eye Injuries - Our eyes can be extremely vulnerable to debris, dust, and fumes that can be kicked up during a DIY project.  You should always wear protection when working with power saws, lawn mowers, sanders, and other mechanical equipment.

Slipping – Minimize your risk of injury from slipping by exercising caution when near ice or puddles.  To prevent water from collecting around spas, pools, or irrigation systems, identity any low spots on your property where excess water is pooling and fill with a cement patch, soil, or nonskid mats.

When “DIYing” around the home it is always best to tackle items with extreme caution to avoid injury.  If it is a larger job or unfamiliar it is often best to call a professional.  When experiencing water damage from faulty pipes or toilet overflow it is best to call a professional restoration and water mitigation company.  We here at SERVPRO of Gilbert are highly trained, with state of the art equipment to expertly and safely deal with your water issues. 

Tips For Keeping Your Countertops Looking New

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

The work horse of the kitchen. A little care can make your counter tops beautiful and functional for years to come.

Here at SERVPRO of Gilbert our reconstruction department is no stranger to rebuilding kitchens previously damaged from water, mold or fire.  One of the common replacement items we come across in the kitchen are counter tops.  With our expertise and multiple vendor options we can get your countertops, weather they are laminate, granite or marble, looking beautiful and functional.

Here are a few tips to keep these workhorses of the kitchen in tip top shape.

  1. Be aware of excessive weight placed on your counter tops. Placing heavy objects near unsupported edges or joints can cause cracks, ruptures and fractures that are expensive and difficult to repair. It might not be worth standing on your countertops versus grabbing a ladder when wanting to reach a tall shelf.
  2. Be careful of the cleaning supplies you use. Products that contain bleach or ammonia can cause stone and granite to lose their luster.
  3. Use a trivet or cutting board under toaster ovens, slow cookers and other heat-generating appliances. Temperature changes can cause some materials to crack.
  4. Use caution when using acidic foods on marble countertops. Marble countertops are made of calcium carbonate, and are extremely sensitive to acidity. If you spill vinegar, wine, lemon juice or tomato sauce clean immediately with water and then neutralize the stain by sprinkling baking soda on it.
  5. Watch pooled water, especially mineral-rich hard tap water. If left it can cause a crusty buildup. Always wipe water completely and then dry with a towel.
  6. Opt for a cutting board instead of cutting directly on the countertop. Fine scratches can disrupt the waterproof sealant on most countertops, making them more susceptible to damage down the road.

If you find yourself needing your kitchen or any other room of your home repaired, our reconstruction experts at SERVPRO of Gilbert can guide you through the process and make it “Like it never even happened."

Safety Tips for A Happy Easter

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Happy Easter from SERVPRO of Gilbert

With Easter celebrations around the corner, ensure family and friends have a safe holiday. This requires just a bit of awareness and planning.  According to National Safety, Inc. there are several things to consider you might have never thought of before, that can ensure a safe holiday celebration.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Possibly forgo a gift of a live animal. While animals such as bunnies, chicks and ducks may be cute and cuddly, they don’t make good gifts.  These animals carry bacteria that can make your child sick as they can carry salmonella and other illnesses.  Children are more likely to get sick due to their non-fully developed immune systems.  Make it a general rule that when your children touch any type of pet, they wash their hands immediately.

Symptoms of Salmonella can show up one to three days after playing with an infected animal, your child may have fever, diarrhea or stomach pain.  Nausea, chills, & headaches are also possible.  This usually lasts about a week.  Children. Elderly and people with weakened immune systems usually have worst symptoms.

In addition not only is the safety of your child a concern but so is the safety of the pet.  If a child doesn’t hold an animal properly, they can potentially hurt the fragile animal by breaking their back or kill the baby animal by mishandling it. 

Practice a bit of caution when hiding easter eggs.

  • Do not hide the eggs near an electrical outlet or plugs
  • Do not hide the eggs in, on, under or around glass
  • Keeps eggs at or below eye level of children
  • Keep count and track the eggs you hid.

If outside:

  • Do not hide eggs in pre-existing holes in the ground.
  • Do not hide eggs in any foliage that has thorns or look potentially dangerous and poisonous.
  • Do not hide eggs in any animal’s home, food bowl or play area.
  • Do not place eggs where pesticides or poisons have been placed.
  • Throw away eggs that have cracks or damage.

Be aware of the possible bacteria and eggs. Eggs are potentially hazardous food as they are in the same category as meat, poultry, fish and milk.  In other words, they are capable of supporting rapid growth of disease causing bacteria like salmonella.

  • Before boiling eggs for Easter decorating/ painting, they must be kept refrigerated until time to boil. Never leave eggs in any form at room temperature for more than 2 hours.  Don’t eat or cook with cracked eggs or eggs that have been un-refrigerated for more than two hours.
  • For eggs used as decoration and table center pieces should be discarded and not eaten.
  • When you boil eggs, use only clean, unbroken and cracked eggs. Set the water to boil at (185-190 degrees F) and boil for at least 12 minutes.  Add a tablespoon of salt to make egg peeling a breeze!
  • Cool you eggs in cold water or just in the air.
  • Cleanliness of hands, workspace and utensils is important between cooking, cooling and dyeing.
  • Wash hands regularly, along with utensils and counter tops that have been in contact with any raw food before handling

Adhere to proper cooking temps when cooking Easter dinner. Fully cooked hams may be heated to 140 degrees Fahrenheit at an oven temperature of 325 degrees Fahrenheit before serving.  It also may be served cold.  Fresh (raw) hams should be cooked to internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lamb and beef should be cooked at least 145 degrees F, in an oven set no lower than 325 degrees F. Ground meats, on the other hand, should cook to 160 degrees F; steaks and chops to 145 degrees F.

 Keep your furry friends safe!

  • Keep Easter basket grass and foil candy wrappers away from pets.
  • Did you know that all parts of the Lilly flower family are toxic to felines? Yep, keep those Lilly’s away!
  • Chocolate is not good either. They cause accelerated heart rate, constriction of arteries, increased heart rate and central nervous system/ cardiac muscle stimulation.  These effects can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, hyperactivity.  Cardiac failure, seizures, coma and death can result if chocolate ingestion is not found within four to six hours and treated appropriately.

From our SERVPRO family to yours, have a Happy Easter!

Damage From Water Should Be Cleaned By Certified Professionals

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

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?

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

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
  • Flashlights
  • 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

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

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

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

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

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

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
  • Wheels
  • 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

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

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

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

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

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

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

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

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

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

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

 

 

The SERVPRO Story

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

An image from SERVPRO's first official ad campaign.

Ted and Doris Isaacson launched SERVPRO in 1967 as a painting business in Sacramento, Calif. With a background in cleaning and restoration, however, Ted and Doris soon transformed the company into a franchisor of cleanup and restoration specialists.





SERVPRO relocated the corporate headquarters from Sacramento to Gallatin, TN, in 1988 in a strategic move to place itself within 600 miles of 50% of the U.S. population.


At the time of the relocation, the SERVPRO System consisted of 647 Franchises.


SERVPRO Corporate quickly became a key contributor in its community, and in 1991 the Nashville Business Journal named SERVPRO the Small Business of the Year. In the meantime the company continued its impressive growth, selling the 1,000th Franchise in 2000. 


In 2005, SERVPRO moved to a 140,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Gallatin to provide more room for expansion.


More than 1,700 Franchises are operating nationwide, and SERVPRO continues to grow. The need for experienced, trained and professional cleanup and restoration experts is recession resistant, and the growth potential inside of a proven system presents an opportunity for prospective Franchisees.


With a proud history, a successful presence and a bright future, SERVPRO will press on toward becoming the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world.

March is RED CROSS MONTH

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross is part of the Red Cross worldwide network.

       The American Red Cross, a charitable organization that relies on donations and volunteers to carry out their mission was founded in 1881. Whether it is a disaster relief, blood donations, military family support, lifeguarding, training and certification in CPR, first aid and more, the Red Cross is part committed to helping those who need it the most. The American Red Cross is part of the Global Red Cross Network, the world's largest volunteer network founded in 187 countries, according to redcross.com


        Every year, the President of the United States declares March as Red Cross Month. They celebrate by honoring the "everyday heroes" who carry out and support the mission of the Red Cross by donating, giving blood, taking a class or volunteering.


   SERVPRO began a partnership with American Red Cross in 2013 and we became an official Disaster Responder partner in 2016. The Disaster Responder program provides families and individuals support, comfort and assistance when a disaster strikes such as a house fire, happens to them. 


BY THE NUMBERS


Volunteers constitute about 90% of the American Red Cross workforce, making it possible to respond to nearly 70,000 disasters every year, most of them home and apartment fires.


Around 3.1 million people donate blood through the American Red Cross.


The American Red Cross collects and processes about 40% of the nation's blood supply to approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.  


Source: The American Red Cross


 

Sad News about our SERVPRO Founder, Ted Isaacson

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

Ted Isaacson

Announcement from SERVPRO Corporate:


It is with great sadness we announce the loss of SERVPRO’s founder, Ted Isaacson. After a sudden and brief illness, Ted passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017, surrounded by wife, Doris, and his family. May God Bless Ted and the entire SERVPRO® Family during this time.


Ted was deeply loved by his family and friends and words cannot express our gratitude for his lifelong love and leadership. We offer our condolences to the entire SERVPRO® Family, and want each of you to remember Ted’s passion and leadership was always focused on helping his legacy prosper in each and every one of you. You truly are a living legacy of Ted’s 84 blessed years.


Thank you Ted, you will be missed

For Immediate Service in Gilbert

11/4/2016 (Permalink)

Gilbert Residents: We provide immediate service for any size loss, day or night!

SERVPRO of Gilbert provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Gilbert. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 

480 558-7620

Residential Services

Whether your Gilbert home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Gilbert commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

September is National Preparedness Month

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

These are a few emergency supply items you should include in your preparedness kit.

September is National Preparedness Month. Many types of disasters have affected the United States in recent years. Floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and wildfires are disasters that threaten our homes, businesses and community. During National Preparedness month, SERVPRO of Gilbert wants you and your customers to be aware of the steps to take to help prepare for Mother Nature’s worst.

If disaster strikes, will you be ready? Being prepared before a disaster occurs is most important. The following steps can help you prepare for an emergency situation.

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
  • Assemble or update emergency supplies.
  • Develop and test emergency communication plans.
  • Conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions
  • Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class.
  • Collect and safeguard critical documents.
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
  • Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
  • Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property.

A Happy and Safe 4th of July!

7/1/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gilbert wishes you a happy and safe 4th of July!

The Fourth of July is time for celebrations. Friends and families across the country enjoy the holiday with camping trips, barbecues, or cooling off in a pool or lake. In order to enjoy such occasions, it is important to keep safety top of mind to ensure you have fun. Each year many Americans are injured with fireworks or grilling accidents. Here are some safety tips everyone can follow.

FIREWORKS SAFETY The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away from the show. Many states outlaw most fireworks. If someone is setting fireworks off at home, they should follow these safety steps:

· Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.

· Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.

· Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.

· Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."

· Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.

· Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.

GRILLING SAFETY Every year people in this country are injured while using backyard charcoal or gas grills. Follow these steps to safely cook up treats for the backyard barbecue:

· Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.

· Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.

· Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.

· Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.

· Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.

· Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

· Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.

Wildfire Season: Be Prepared

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

Wildfires are devastating to our landscape, property and wildlife and especially dangerous to residents and firefighters.

 Wildfires can strike almost anywhere.  Whether started by lightning strikes or by human negligence, wildfires can be one of the most destructive and powerful forces of nature. 

The threat of wildfires, though generally thought to be a problem for rural areas, can spread to suburbs and other populated areas.  Every year, wildfires burn across the U.S. and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk.  Residents need to work together to make their neighborhoods and much safer from wildfires. Maintaining the landscaping, keeping your lawn hydrated and keeping your property clear of debris are easy and effective ways to prevent fuel for wildfires. Move flammable materials like propane tanks and wood piles at least 30 feet from your home foundation.

Make an Emergency Supply Kit which includes items like non-perishable food, water, flashlights and batteries and a battery powered radio. This kit can be made portable and be kept in your car.

If fire damages your property, it can throw your life into chaos. Even if your property doesn’t suffer fire damage, there may be smoke and soot residues left to clean up. If cleaned improperly, the effects and odors can linger long after the fire is put out. From the structure to the contents, SERVPRO used the latest training and technology to leave your property smelling fresh and clean.

Click onthe link below to read more about current wildfires in Arizona. 

http://www.cbs5az.com/story/32084729/several-wildland-fires-burning-in-arizona?autostart=true

Wildfire Season: Be Prepared

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

Wildfires are devastating to our landscape, property and wildlife and especially dangerous to residents and firefighters.

 Wildfires can strike almost anywhere.  Whether started by lightning strikes or by human negligence, wildfires can be one of the most destructive and powerful forces of nature. 

The threat of wildfires, though generally thought to be a problem for rural areas, can spread to suburbs and other populated areas.  Every year, wildfires burn across the U.S. and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk.  Residents need to work together to make their neighborhoods and much safer from wildfires. Maintaining the landscaping, keeping your lawn hydrated and keeping your property clear of debris are easy and effective ways to prevent fuel for wildfires. Move flammable materials like propane tanks and wood piles at least 30 feet from your home foundation.

Make an Emergency Supply Kit which includes items like non-perishable food, water, flashlights and batteries and a battery powered radio. This kit can be made portable and be kept in your car.

If fire damages your property, it can throw your life into chaos. Even if your property doesn’t suffer fire damage, there may be smoke and soot residues left to clean up. If cleaned improperly, the effects and odors can linger long after the fire is put out. From the structure to the contents, SERVPRO used the latest training and technology to leave your property smelling fresh and clean.

Click onthe link below to read more about current wildfires in Arizona. 

http://www.cbs5az.com/story/32084729/several-wildland-fires-burning-in-arizona?autostart=true

Floods-The Most Common Natural Disaster

4/29/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding in Texas- April 2016

Floods are one of the most common natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. Unlike any other natural disasters such as hurricanes that have typical peak season, flooding can occur anywhere and anytime. Floods cause billions of dollars a year in property damage.  Approximately 90 percent of all presidentially declared natural disasters involve flooding. 

These are some of the flood terms used to identify a flood hazard: 

-A flood watch indicates that conditions are favorable for flooding to develop. Be prepared to move to higher ground. 


-A flood warning means that flooding is occurring or will occur soon.  If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

-A flash flood warning means that flash flooding is occurring or imminent. Move to higher ground immediately.  

If a flood does strike your home or business, give SERVPRO of Gilbert a call. We are prepared to handle any size disaster. The sooner we get to work on your home or business means a better chance of restoring your property. It also reduces the chance of mold caused by standing water. 

For more flood information visit the FEMA site at: www.FEMA.org 

Take action to prepare. April 30, 2016 is America’s PrepArathon! FEMA has free, easy-to-use guides, checklists, and resources to help you get prepared.https://community.fema.gov/  

SERVPRO, We Are Faster to Any Size Disaster.

3/25/2016 (Permalink)

This Master bathroom had several inches of standing water when we arrived.

When a water heater leaks, a bathtub overflows or a pipe burts. Whether it's water from floods or sprinkler system malfunctions, water damage can happen in any number of ways. But if your home or business is under a few inches of water, everything else can wait. Only one thing matters when your business can't function or to a flooded resident: A solution.

SERVPRO of Gilbert and Chandler South is here to help. We are equipped with the knowledge, the experience, and the training to make your water damage "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO will help the moment you call. We will put your worries at ease, because we understand the science of drying.

When water damage strikes, give SERVPRO of Gilbert and Chandler South a call; we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage tips

10/8/2015 (Permalink)

These homeowners came home from vacation to this devastating affect of their toilet supply line malfunction. SERVPRO of Gilbert was there to help!

Water damage to your home is a devastating experience. Click on the link below for tips on what you can do to help if water damage happens to your home.

http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/water-damage/

With any water clean-up, it is better for a professional company that is IICRC certified to take care of the water damage properly in order to prevent any further damage. SERVPRO of Gilbert and Chandler S. is always here to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We work directly with your insurance to get the job done. Give us a call today 480-558-7620.

Mold Cleanup

8/26/2015 (Permalink)

This is a recent mold job SERVPRO of Gilbert & Chandler South cleaned up. Time is of the essence with any water damage.

A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home

Mold Cleanup Guidelines

Click on the links below to view these guidelines.

http://www.epa.gov/mold/cleanupguidelines.html

http://www.epa.gov/mold/mold_remediation.html

Water damage can cause mold to grow in as little as 72 hours. The best way to decrease chances of mold growth is to act quickly and have professionals dry out your home.

SERVPRO of Gilbert & Chandler South will be there for any water cleanup or mold remediation you may need, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give us a call today for an estimate or to start restoring your home. We will work directly with your insurance company to help get you back to normal as quickly as possible.

480-558-7620

Fire Cleanup Gilbert, AZ

8/25/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gilbert & Chandler S. was there when it counted. We fully restored this home after fire damage in Glendale Arizona earlier this year.

The fire trucks may be gone but without proper immediate response, the real damage and the costs are just beginning. To return your residential or commercial property to its pre-loss condition requires professional restoration. This is not the job for a do-it-yourself property owner. Click on the link below for more information.

http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/fire-smoke-restoration/

Having a fire in your home is devistating. Most people are not educated or prepared for the fire cleanup process. SERVPRO of Gilbert & Chandler South is here to help.

We will make it "Like it never even happened".

Call us today! 480-558-7620

QUOTE

6/2/2014 (Permalink)

Everyone you meet knows something you don't know. Be willing to learn from them.

Winco Foods

6/2/2014 (Permalink)

Winco Foods a new food chain that has moved into the Valley.

We have just been added on to Winco foods Preferred Vendor list.

Quote 2

8/26/2013 (Permalink)

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the childeren of your soul: the blue prints of your ultimate achievements.

Wood Floor seperation

8/26/2013 (Permalink)

Close up of wood floor separated and swelled from water damage.

When wood floor becomes wet in a water damage It will swell and buckle. Wood floors could rarely be matched. Therefore if serveral peices are damaged and there is not enough extra pieces to replace them it will need to be replaced everywhere the wood floor flows. In the photo it showes a job we completed recently in Phoenix Arizona that is a good example of this damage.

Ripped Roof

8/20/2013 (Permalink)

Wind damaged shingles. After wind storm check your roof for damage.

In July's wind storm. Roofing was lifted. exposing roof to elements and rain damage.

Wind Damage

8/20/2013 (Permalink)

Back patio after wind storm blew large tree into home

In Mesa Arizona and Tempe there was a major wind storm causing millians of dollars in damage. Following are some photos of one of our jobs of a Tree that came down onto the back of a home in Mesa.

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8/20/2013 (Permalink)

The most important ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.

Rosie On The House

4/30/2013 (Permalink)

We are pleased to announce that we have been exepted as a Rosie on the house approved contractor. This is a Stringent approval process. To be connected to our link visit Rosieonthehouse.com.

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4/30/2013 (Permalink)

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"Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none." --William Shakespeare

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