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Tips For Keeping Your Countertops Looking New

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services Tips For Keeping Your Countertops Looking New 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)

Community Safety Tips for A Happy Easter 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)

Water Damage Damage From Water Should Be Cleaned By Certified Professionals SERVPRO of Gilbert will apply antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal agents which will inhibit bacterial and viral growth.

The amount of damage water can cause is amazing, and often underestimated by homeowners. Excess moisture is bad enough, but when a home is flooded or hit with a plumbing disaster (like a burst pipe), the situation can quickly get out of hand. There’s a reason why these incidents are among the most expensive problems a homeowner can face. Contaminated water not only creates immediate structural problems, it can leave serious biological threats behind after it has been removed.

Floods, sewage backflows, and other sources of contaminated fluid usually cause the worst damage. Dirty water is filled with all kinds of deadly substances, ranging from chemical residues to animal feces to parasites. Bacteria, viruses and fungi grow explosively in contaminated fluid, and severe health risks, like salmonella and hepatitis, are common in flood waters.

This problem is compounded by the composition of most homes, which are filled with organic materials. Drywall, wood and the matter that is trapped in carpet fibers are just a few examples, and they can give pathogens room to grow. Within 48 hours, mold may begin creeping behind the walls and releasing spores, and any organic materials that have been soaked through by contaminated fluid will usually have to be destroyed.

SERVPRO of Gilbert will dry the home quickly and apply antibacterial, antiviral, and anti fungal agents to all surfaces that had contact with the water. This ensures the family can return to a safe home, and not one harboring a collection of deadly pathogens.

Are You Ready When Disaster Strikes?

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are You Ready When Disaster Strikes? Are you prepared for the next storm?

When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is primed for whatever happens.”  With a network of more than 1,700 Franchises, the SERVPRO system strives to be rapid to assist with any kind of disaster.  Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is IICRC certified, trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters.  Providing experience, manpower equipment, and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team has responded to hundreds of disaster events.  In the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective, to help you make it “Like it never even happened”.

How can I be prepared? 

It isn’t possible to be 100% prepared for a disaster, but we suggest building an Emergency Kit for starters so, you can be prepared at your home or business with an Emergency Kit.  Ready.gov suggests you have enough supplies to last for at least three days.  Below are some suggested items to include in y our kit:

  • 3-day supply of non-perishable foods
  • Water (one + gallon per person per day)
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medication
  • Sleeping bag or blankets
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Hygiene products
  • 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)

Storm Damage Wireless Emergency Alerts: What You Need to Know The Wireless Emergency Alert system partners with many local and state public safety agencies.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are free notifications to your mobile device as part of public safety system provided by authorized government-alerting authorities. These alerts are designed to inform the public of imminent threats to safety. It also alerts you of missing persons in your area (e.g., AMBER Alerts).  Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. A WEA can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without subscribing to a service or downloading the app. WEAs may be used to share local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate attention, extreme weather warnings, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.

  A WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters.

Visit www.ctia.org/wea to learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts.

Commercial Water Loss

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Loss Technique of drilling holes into the wall to speed up drying time.

When water losses occur in commercial businesses the objective is to get the business up and running as soon as possible so as to avoid loss of income and production for that business. SERVPRO of Gilbert has the latest technology in cleaning and drying equipment as well as highly trained technicians to service commercial properties fast.

This photo is an example of how in select situations we are able to remove the vinyl molding at the base of the wall and drill several 1/2" holes every foot along the base of the wall. Air movers are then placed along the wall blowing drying air. This helps increase circulation within the wall and speeds up the drying process while avoiding cutting into the drywall.  When the area is completely dry it is easy to repair the holes and replace the vinyl molding. 

At SERVPRO of Gilbert we understand how a water or fire loss can cause chaos to a business. We are here to help. 

Fireworks And Fun With A Pinch Of Caution

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Community Fireworks And Fun With A Pinch Of Caution An easy guide to permissible fireworks in Arizona.

With the Fourth of July weekend arriving soon it’s good to be aware that not all fireworks are created equal.  Unlike some areas in the country, Arizona has strict limitations as to what type of permissible fireworks are legal and safe for consumers to use as well as what days of the calendar year these “permissible” fireworks can be used.

Some of the allowed permissible fireworks are:

  • Ground and handheld sparkling devices
  • Cylindrical fountains
  • Cone fountains
  • Illuminating torches
  • 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)

Storm Damage Monsoon Preparedness Kit Are you ready for monsoon season?

Common to Arizona, monsoons pose a great threat to homes and business, making it crucial that individuals remain safe and prepared in the event that one strikes. Factors to be considered when handling monsoons include disaster supplies, flash floods, lightening, power outages, and dust storms.

Ensuring useful and ample disaster supplies is extremely important to remaining safe in monsoons. Contents should include essential items such as food, water, and clothing capable of sustaining each individual affected for up to three days. This is necessary as water, electric, and gas services may become interrupted in a storm. Provisions of priority include three gallons of water for each person, a food-stock that requires no cooking or refrigeration, a first aid kit, all necessary medications, and a portable battery operated radio, flashlight, and batteries. It is critical that equipment is kept in working condition and that batteries or other sources of back-up power are provided in the case of extended emergency. 

In the unfortunate event your home sustains damage, SERVPRO of Gilbert and Chandler South specialize in water and fire damage restoration. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your home emergency. 

For more information regarding monsoon season please go to www.monsoonsafety.org.

Monsoon Season Is Upon Us

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)

Cleaning Deodorization Destroys Odors Call SERVPRO of Gilbert for deodorization of tough odors

    Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

    As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

   SERVPRO of Gilbert can provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. We do not cover up lingering odors with fragrance: we seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Once found, SERVPRO's own proprietary line of professional cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable item in the affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.

Contact SERVPRO of Gilbert if you have fire, water, mold or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we'll help make it "Like it never even happened."

  

Understanding Water Types

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Understanding Water Types Take special precautions when dealing with water damage. Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Gilbert Make it "Like it Never Even Happened"

    It is critical to know what type of water you are dealing with when your home or business suffers from water damage. This ensured that your property will be properly cleaned.

There are types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source: rainwater is also considered clean. The term Gray water is used for slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes grey water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to grow. making the water hazardous.  Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

Damage from clean water:

  • Shut off the water if possible
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if safe from potential shock. Do no enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may occur.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe water from wood furniture after removing lamps and table top items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow even drying.
  • Move paintings and art objects, computers, documents and other items that may be sensitive to moisture.
  • Do not leave books, magazines and newspapers on wet floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use household vacuum cleaners to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or cause damage to the vacuum.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water

 

Damage from Contaminated Water:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items. 
  • Do not walk through contaminate areas, as you could  spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

When you have a water damage, don't leave property to chance.

Call SERVPRO of Gilbert  at (480) 558-7620

 

 

The SERVPRO Story

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

General The SERVPRO Story 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)

Community March is RED CROSS MONTH 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)

Community Sad News about our SERVPRO Founder, Ted Isaacson 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)

General For Immediate Service in Gilbert 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)

General September is National Preparedness Month 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)

General  A Happy and Safe 4th of July! 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)

Fire Damage Wildfire Season: Be Prepared 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)

Fire Damage Wildfire Season: Be Prepared 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)

Water Damage Floods-The Most Common Natural Disaster 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)

Water Damage SERVPRO, We Are Faster to Any Size Disaster. 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)

Water Damage Water Damage tips 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)

Mold Remediation Mold Cleanup 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)

Fire Damage Fire Cleanup Gilbert, AZ 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)

Building Services Winco Foods 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)

Water Damage Wood Floor seperation 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)

Storm Damage Ripped Roof 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)

General Wind Damage 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.

Quote

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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