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With monsoon season in full swing, we at SERVPRO of Gilbert, Chandler South, Ahwatukee and South Tempe feel that it is important to provide you with information regarding ways to protect your home or business from unnecessary damage.
Rains and Floods
One of the most powerful features of monsoons is water. With the ability to severely damage a home’s foundation as well as belongings should it infiltrate the structure, it is necessary that homeowners take the proper precautions before a storm hits. Here are a couple of tips to minimize or prevent damage in the case of a storm:
- To redirect water away from the structure, place sandbags in front of your door or around your home.
- Check your gutters and downspouts. Makes sure that their placement encourages proper runoff and clean them before rains hit to ensure drainage.
- As you check your gutters, examine the roof for loose shingles or leaks. Should you identify any areas of concern, fix them as soon as possible.
- Check the grading around your house. To properly move water away from your home, there should be a gradual slope downwards from the foundation. If your home shows improper grading, it can prove highly beneficial to invest in a landscaper to add dirt or gravel to improve it.
In the presence of strong winds, damage due to falling trees and cactus as well as flying debris is very likely. Trim branches from lower limbs of trees and remove any that may be rotted or broken in preparation for monsoons. You may also need to add supports or stake down a tree trunk should it be young, new to the soil, weak from prior damage, or if the soil is shallow and poor.
Unfortunately, monsoon season in Arizona often brings dust storms, also known as haboobs, which can cause damage that threatens the health and safety of those residing within the home. Below are some commonly affected areas to be aware of and measures you can take to ensure full functioning of your home:
- If dust enters your smoke detectors, they can malfunction. Therefore, it is important to change your air conditioner filter before and during monsoon season as well as consider turning it off during a storm. This prevents high volumes of dust from entering the home and affecting detectors.
- If you have filter or purification systems inside your house, keep an eye on them as they can quickly become contaminated with dust particles; preventing normal functioning
- Check that ductwork is properly sealed. This prevents dust from blowing into your home as covers can work loose throughout the year.
In consideration of monsoon season, staying on top of regular home maintenance pays for itself. We at SERVPRO of Gilbert, Chandler South, Ahwatukee and South Tempe know firsthand the kind of damage caused by the storms that occur during monsoon season. As a franchise with fire and water cleanup and restoration, mold remediation, and reconstruction services, we are fully equipped to handle any size loss. Whether caused by excessive rain, lightning, wind-propelled objects, or dust, we can return your home to normal – "Like it never even happened."
A Lightning Storm in the Sonoran Desert
Forced to manage thunderstorms, flash floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and dust storms in various regions across the country we, in the U.S., incur billons in damage each year. As homes and businesses fail to hold-up against extreme weather and thousands of lives are affected, it is increasingly important to prepare yourself before a storm affects you; ensuring your safety and taking the necessary steps to protect your property.
Know Your Risk. Take the time to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and where you work in addition to how it could affect you, your business, and your family. Become knowledgeable so that you are prepared before it affects you. Also, check the weather forecast regularly. Severe weather can come in many forms and remaining aware of local hazards can be beneficial to organizing a shelter plan or reacting in an appropriate amount of time.
Take Action. There are three steps most important to taking effective and efficient action. Create a communication plan for your home and business. Put together an emergency kit. And, keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.
Be an Example. After the threat has passed, share your story with your family, friends, and co-workers. Your preparedness story can inspire others to do the same as well as create a dialogue to enable improvement for future situations.
At SERVPRO of Gilbert, Chandler South, Ahwatukee and South Tempe, our professionals can help you be “Ready for Whatever Happens!” Contact us at 480-558-7620 for more readiness tips and tools or if your home or business sustains damage from a storm or hazardous weather.
Preparing You For Haboobs
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Frequently occurring across the Southwestern region of the United States, intense dust storms also referred to as haboobs, bring walls of dust billowing across miles of land during monsoon season. As monsoon season is upon us here in Arizona, it is important to be prepared in the following months and aware of the potential threats facing your home. Specifically, as dust storms can damage the integrity of your home and leave you vulnerable to further damages caused by the aggressive rain and storms that often follow. Here are a few preventative tips to help keep your property safe during a haboob:
- Trim your trees - One of the greatest threats faced by homeowners during a dust storm is from falling trees and branches. Further, because dust storms typically strike with little to no notice, it is particularly critical to maintain your trees throughout the storm season.
- Keep the roof in good shape – High winds from dust storms can be highly damaging to the roof of your home; particularly if you have shingles that are loose or starting to peel.
- Put away umbrellas and other potential hazards – Directly preceding a haboob, putting away umbrellas and other outdoor items is extremely important as they are likely to become wind-blown debris and cause serious damage to your home. As a further precaution, dismantle and safely store umbrellas during storm season when you are not home as they are particularly dangerous; capable of inflicting blunt-force damage from wind as well as serving as a lightning rod alongside other metal items.
- Keep windows and doors shut during the storm – During a haboob, ensure that all windows and doors are tightly shut to prevent strong winds from entering your home and damaging indoor items.
Beginning in June and continuing through September, monsoon season and the dust storms that accompany it are prevalent and highly threatening to residential and commercial property. However, with thorough preparation you can hugely minimize potential damage. In the case that your home or business is affected by a summer haboob or storm, SERVPRO of Gilbert, Chandler South, Ahwatukee and South Tempe is there to help. Call (480) 558-7620 for the high-quality and efficient remediation of your damages.
Monsoon 2020 - Time to Prepare
Monsoon season is quickly approaching us! There are important reminders for everyone. As you know, when the storms come, they come fast and can be relentless. Here are a few tips for residential and commercial properties.
- Have an evacuation plan if you live in a flood area.
- Consider storing plywood, plastic sheeting, and sandbags until the professionals arrive. When you store the materials, make sure you keep them above flood levels.
- Make sure that any outdoor furniture is secured to prevent damage to your property or merely floating or blowing away.
- If there is a flash flood, stay clear! Find high ground and stay safe.
- Stay in touch with your insurance agent and discuss flood coverage insurance, so you are protected.
If your property sustains water damage, call SERVPRO of Gilbert, Chandler South, Ahwatukee and Tempe South (480) 558-7620. We offer 24/7 emergency service, and you will always speak directly to one of our team members.
There Are Many Types Of Storm Damage Your Residence or Commercial Property Can Endure
Let SERVPRO of Gilbert Help With Your Storm Damage
In Gilbert and the surrounding communities, we can experience several kinds of storm damage. Some are wind damage, flood damage, and hail damage. Consider the following tips should your home or business be hit with storm damage.
Wind Damage Restoration
The high winds of the desert often cause severe wind damage placing your roof at risk. Your roof is particularly susceptible. The strong winds may cause flying debris to hit or lift the roof, Roof damage can be challenging homeowners and business owners, mainly because a roof leak may not be evident until the next storm hits.
Many roof leaks and roof damage hard is difficult to detect. Storms can loosen the roof without creating a problem that is not easily visible. Even small roof leaks can produce damp, moldy conditions inside your home or business. It is critical to secure roof inspection and repair immediately after high winds. Doing so can prevent long term interior damage. The professional technicians at SERVPRO of Gilbert can assist homeowners or business owners in receiving a comprehensive roof assessment and roof repair services when wind damage strikes.
Heavy rains and flooding may cause water damage from many miles away. If the land around your home or business cannot absorb the additional water, flooding will happen. Even houses and shops at higher elevations can sustain flood damage.
Hail Damage & Recovery
Hail can damage not just your roof, exterior walls, and any detached buildings. It is a great idea to hire a storm damage restoration professional to inspect your roof, exterior walls, and outbuildings for damage. Dents, nicks, and cracks on the roof are areas where hail has damaged the exterior of your home. These weakened areas can lead to other more extensive problems like water damage
After a storm, if you are not sure if there is damage to your home or business, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Gilbert. They will access your property for any damage that could put your property at risk.
Flood Safety Tips During Severe Weather
Safety First When You See Flood Waters! "Turn Around Don't Drown!"
While Monsoon Season has not hit our communities in full force … yet! We must be reminded of flood safety tips.
Take a look at your surroundings. Make sure that a safe location during a flood emergency has been identified for both your family and coworkers. When you are told to evacuate, do not wait! Leave immediately. Make sure that you are tuned into NOAA weather, EAS or local news stations for up to date information and instructions.
Should you see barricades, do not drive around them. First responders put the barricades up to safely redirect traffic. Never walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters. “Turn-Around. Don’t Drown!” It is essential to stay off bridges. Flood water can wash bridges away without any warning. Should you get caught in your car in rising waters stay inside unless the water starts to come in then move to the roof of your vehicle. Always go to the highest point.
If your home or business sustains, flood damage call SERVPRO of Gilbert (480) 558-7620. We are “Faster to any disaster.” Our team can help you with the mitigation of flood damage and restore your property to “Like it never even happened.”
What The Haboob?
Arizona Desert Haboob! We can help with storm damage!
It is essential to know that whether you are visiting or a resident of Arizona - Haboobs or Dust Storms can pose a real danger! So, what is a Haboob? It is an Arizona dust storm that is caused when cold air from a thunderstorm rushes toward the ground. The mix of desert heat and cold air causes large amounts of dust and sand to create a massive cloud. While most dust storms can be small, there have been very large haboobs in the Valley area.
It is important to know a few Haboob Safety tips!
- If you are caught outside, take a piece of cloth and cover your nose and mouth. If you can dampen the fabric, do so. Keep your sunglasses or glasses on. Shield your head with your arms or any shelter you have available like a backpack, blanket, or pillow. Do not try to outrun the storm; it is easy to get lost.
- Just like a severe rainstorm or monsoon, do not drive. If you find yourself on the road, pull over to the right side. Turn your engine off and close all windows and vents. Cover your face with fabric and put your sunglasses or glasses on to protect your eyes.
- If you are at home and have time, try to secure lawn furniture or items that can be carried off in the wind. Close and lock all windows and doors. Do not go outside until the storm is over.
- You should wait until the storm has subsided before you attempt to leave your place of safety. The impacts of a Haboob or dust storm can last for days after. Your security and the safety of your family and pets are the primary concern. It is normal to want to head outside after a storm but wait until you are sure the danger has passed.
The after-effects of a storm can last for days. Should you suffer storm damage from a dust storm or Haboob, call SERVPRO of Gilbert (480) 558-7620 . We offer board-up services and are available to help 24/7 for all your restoration and storm damage concerns.
SERVPRO of Gilbert is monsoon ready! When rain, wind, hail, and dust hit, we know your home or business can be impacted. Unexpected storm damage can be devastating. Our number one priority is to restore the impact of these hazards as quickly as possible.
We recognize that residential and commercial customers need 24/7 service. We understand that hazardous weather, especially during monsoon season, can appear quickly and often times without notices. When you need immediate assistance, you can count on our team day or night.
After a storm, there may be broken windows and doors, exposed exterior walls, and roof leaks. We provide emergency board up services after you have experienced storm damage to keep out excess water. Tarps are available your roof to prevent additional water leaks if dangerous weather conditions continue.
Your home or business needs to be safe. In addition to the traditional emergency services, the professionals at SERVPRO of Gilbert perform a damage assessment and give you recommendations for all of our recovery services. When disaster large or small strikes call SERVPRO of Gilbert (480) 558-7620, we are here to make it "Like it never even happened.”
Flood Damage Can Be Devastating!
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
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!”
Gilbert Property Owners Know to Call SERVPRO for Rapid Storm Damage Control
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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Wind Can Cause Significant Damage To Your Gilbert Home
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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Southwest Drought Not Expected To End With 2018 Monsoon Season
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.
The Dangers of Flash Flooding During Monsoon Season
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".
Are You Ready When Disaster Strikes?
Are you prepared for the next storm?
When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is primed for whatever happens.” With a network of more than 1,700 Franchises, the SERVPRO system strives to be rapid to assist with any kind of disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is IICRC certified, trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Providing experience, manpower equipment, and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team has responded to hundreds of disaster events. In the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective, to help you make it “Like it never even happened”.
How can I be prepared?
It isn’t possible to be 100% prepared for a disaster, but we suggest building an Emergency Kit for starters so, you can be prepared at your home or business with an Emergency Kit. Ready.gov suggests you have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below are some suggested items to include in y our kit:
- 3-day supply of non-perishable foods
- Water (one + gallon per person per day)
- First-aid kit
- Prescription medication
- Sleeping bag or blankets
- Fire Extinguisher
- Hygiene products
- Extra batteries
- Cell Phone Charger
- Change of clothes
- Matches in waterproof container
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Whistle to signal for help
- Pet supplies
- Infant formula and diapers
- Important documents such as insurance policies, IDs, and bank records in a plastic container
You can also keep a condensed emergency kit in your vehicle as well. For a more extensive list, check out Ready.gov.
Wireless Emergency Alerts: What You Need to Know
The Wireless Emergency Alert system partners with many local and state public safety agencies.
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are free notifications to your mobile device as part of public safety system provided by authorized government-alerting authorities. These alerts are designed to inform the public of imminent threats to safety. It also alerts you of missing persons in your area (e.g., AMBER Alerts). Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. A WEA can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without subscribing to a service or downloading the app. WEAs may be used to share local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate attention, extreme weather warnings, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.
A WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters.
Visit www.ctia.org/wea to learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts.
Monsoon Preparedness Kit
Are you ready for monsoon season?
Common to Arizona, monsoons pose a great threat to homes and business, making it crucial that individuals remain safe and prepared in the event that one strikes. Factors to be considered when handling monsoons include disaster supplies, flash floods, lightening, power outages, and dust storms.
Ensuring useful and ample disaster supplies is extremely important to remaining safe in monsoons. Contents should include essential items such as food, water, and clothing capable of sustaining each individual affected for up to three days. This is necessary as water, electric, and gas services may become interrupted in a storm. Provisions of priority include three gallons of water for each person, a food-stock that requires no cooking or refrigeration, a first aid kit, all necessary medications, and a portable battery operated radio, flashlight, and batteries. It is critical that equipment is kept in working condition and that batteries or other sources of back-up power are provided in the case of extended emergency.
In the unfortunate event your home sustains damage, SERVPRO of Gilbert and Chandler South specialize in water and fire damage restoration. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your home emergency.
For more information regarding monsoon season please go to www.monsoonsafety.org.
Monsoon Season Is Upon Us
Summer in Arizona can bring about a variety of weather related dangers. The time period between June 15th to September 30th is considered "Monsoon Season". Monsoon season is made up of several weather hazards with the onset of the season bringing extreme heat. This period of extreme heat is then followed by an influx of moisture and thunderstorms which can strike suddenly and violently. Each year in the Southwest people are killed or injured and property is damaged from lighting strikes, high winds, wildfires, tornadoes, flash flooding as well as the heat.
It is important to be prepared and alert during this time of year. Stay informed by tuning into the weather reports on television, radio or online. You can even purchase an emergency weather radio that is set up to the NOAA channel frequency and sends out alerts for incoming hazardous weather.
Also make sure you have our number in an easy to find place in case of the unfortunate event you find your home or business damaged during a monsoon. We are open 24hrs a day seven days a week so we can get to your home or business quickly to start mitigating any damage. We have highly trained technicians and the most advanced cleaning and restoration equipment. We are prepared to remedy your water, fire, wind and mold damage expertly.
For more information regarding monsoon season please visit http://www.monsoonsafety.org/index.htm
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.