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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

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

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

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

Fire Damage SERVPRO Rushes to Your Gilbert Home to Mitigate Fire Damage and Odors 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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Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Fire Damage Restoration In Gilbert

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Fire Damage Restoration In Gilbert 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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How Our Team At SERVPRO Can Remove Smoke Odors And Residues From Your Home In Gilbert

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Our Team At SERVPRO Can Remove Smoke Odors And Residues From Your Home In Gilbert 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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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

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