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An Emergency Ready Plan Can Help You Prepare for a Flood

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Minimize Flood Damage with an ERP

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.  Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes might seem like the most dangerous natural hazards you could ever face. Growing up in California and Florida I was consistently doing earthquake or hurricane drills in school. I haven’t heard much about those now that I am living in Arizona. Most people do not realize that floods and droughts cause more fatalities to Americans over time.  If you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river, or even in the desert, there is always great potential for flood damage from a storm.  Natural disasters usually cause a great deal of damage and/or loss of life. The most destructive natural disaster in economic terms in the United States was a storm on August 29, 2005.  In more recent history, Hurricane Harvey unleashed an insane amount of damage in the Gulf of Mexico. While the actual winds and initial rainfall did cause a lot of damage, most of the lasting damage was caused by the flooding that remained long after the hurricane events were over. Katrina was the deadliest Hurricane on record and Harvey was the most costly. 

Flood damage can affect your home or business in a variety of ways and can go from affecting a single room to having entire floors being fully submerged.  Understanding how to prepare for and deal with potential flooding events in advance can affect how much of your property gets damaged during an event and how much of your property has to be replaced.  Remember, Faster to Any Size Disaster is not merely our slogan. It is a reality you have to deal with in a flooding situation. And It is an honest description of SERVPRO of North Central Mesa’s ability to receive your call and respond quickly when you need us, regardless of property size or type.  You can learn how to be prepared BEFORE a storm affects your business and your life.

The SERVPRO READY Profile Advantage

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster.  Of the businesses that survive, most of them had a plan in place ahead of time. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at giving you peace of mind during a disaster. knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that when your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

SERVPRO of North Central Mesa can help you prepare ahead of time with the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan, or ERP. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan Profile for your business, you could minimize interruption for your business by having an immediate plan of action available at your fingertips! Knowing what to do and what to expect, before something happens, is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how storm and flood damage can affect your business. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan is both FREE and Digital. It will cost you nothing to set up and can be available to anyone in your business via the free Android or IOS app. There really is no reason not to have one set up!

Emergency Ready Plan Benefits

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
    Since it is free,  there is no need to allocate funds for it, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • It is a  concise digital Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete, and will save you a lot of time when you need it.
  • It serves as a guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help decrease the amount of time your business is not active by having an immediate plan of action that is easy to access and easy to follow..
  • Establishes SERVPRO of North Central Mesa as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by who already has all of your information as well. This means we can respond faster and begin the mitigation process with little direction. This leaves you free to handle other issues you need to deal with.
  • It identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    Again, This saves time because it sets us up so we can begin the work of mitigating your damaged property which can save you time and money.
  • It provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    When helping businesses set up their emergency ready plan, one of the most common things that happen is no one knows where the shutoff valves are. They have to call someone to find out where they are located. Not having access to this information readily available will usually cause significantly more damage to a property. This is vital information for on premises staff to have available during an emergency event.

Having a quick reference for what to do, how to do it, and who to call gives you and your employees solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

SERVPRO of North Central Mesa has restoration experts available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to get your business back up and running. Our emergency response expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, and disinfectant cleaning services for confirmed COVID-19 cases and preventative measures. Most people don’t know that we are also quite prolific with our document drying services. We are also your business’s best resource for mold mitigation and removal.  We are ready to serve our community because we are "Faster to Any Size Disaster".

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today, SERVPRO of North Central Mesa: (480) 553-7103

5 Pre-Monsoon Building Inspection Tips

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Prepare for Monsoon Season Ahead of Time

Exterior building maintenance makes your property more likely to withstand severe weather with less damage. Here are five steps for residential or commercial property owners and managers to take that can have a huge pay off when monsoon season strikes Mesa, Arizona.

  1. Take a Closer Look at the Exterior of the Building

The facade of your building will usually wear down over time. Cracks or gaps develop in the mortar of a brick facade and can expose the building to water damage. An exterior structural inspection is useful to identify vulnerable points in the facade.

  1. Check Seals Around Your Doors and Windows

When doors blow open or flying debris breaks a window, the interior of a structure can be affected by storm and water damage within minutes. Window Storm shutters can protect windows from damage and should be installed prior to the next monsoon season!

  1. Have Your Roof Inspected

Checking the condition of your roof before and after a monsoon is the best way to detect and prevent severe roof leaks. While your facility maintenance staff generally perform basic building inspections that include checking the condition of roofing, roofing specialists should be called in to maintain this important part of a commercial structure if you don’t have an experienced roofer on staff. 

  1. Check FYour Foundation for Leak Prone Areas

Softer points in the ground around a building's foundation can accumulate moisture and cause leaks into your building. The lowest point of the building plays a critical role in reducing the likelihood of serious structural damage. You should make sure there is a drainage system in place to direct water away from the lowest point of your building to deter water buildup in that area.

  1. Test the Backup Prevention System For Your Sewer

The backwater prevention valve or sump pump should be tested routinely and especially before a storm or monsoon that could cause municipal lines or a septic system to overflow. Sewer damage generally requires cleaning and disinfection and may necessitate tearing out and replacing building materials that are porous.

After a storm or monsoon passes through Mesa, Arizona, as a commercial property owner, you should arrange for a follow-up inspection and any necessary exterior maintenance. Keeping your building maintained increases the likelihood that a structure will withstand most storms during a monsoon season.

Commericial Disinfectant Cleaning in Mesa Arizona - SERVPRO is here to help!

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Central Mesa is Here to Help

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty and disruption both around the world and here in our community. We’re here to remind our customers that we’re cleaning experts who adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. Although the coronavirus outbreak presents a challenge, our team at SERVPRO of North Central Mesa has over a decade of training and experience.

The last few months have been difficult and unprecedented for many of us. The COVID19 outbreak has slowed or halted most local businesses. This has been a strain on everyone—us included. In addition to serving local homes, we are committed to continuing to serve Mesa Arizona businesses. We have taken several precautions to keep our employees and our customers protected!

We Perform Commercial Cleaning, Fogging, and Disinfecting Services

We have always offered cleaning and disinfecting services to local businesses. The COVID-19 pandemic has stressed the importance of maintaining a clean and safe business. Dozens of businesses in the Mesa East Valley have already contacted us to either schedule proactive cleanings or to prepare for the potential of a confirmed case.

Our technicians follow CDC guidelines for COVID19 Cleaning to target hotspots and high traffic/touch areas that tend to spread pathogens. Although there is no product that has been tested against this particular strain of coronavirus, the CDC has recommended the use of labeled hospital-grade disinfectants with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. We have several proprietary EPA-approved products that meet those standards.

We Have Implemented Safety Policies

Safety is top of mind at SERVPRO of North Central Mesa. We believe it is our responsibility to protect our employees and the customers we serve. We have implemented several policies designed to prevent the spread and exposure of the virus within our scope of work. Some of those policies detail the type of PPE we wear on the job and while we are in close contact with our customers. Social distancing isn’t always possible, however, we try to maintain a safe area for our technicians to work in with the safety of our customers and employees in mind.

Local Cleaning Experts

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your business in adherence to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our staff has more than 30 years of combined experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will provide disinfectant fogging and wipe-down cleaning services that go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

We also consider the health and safety of you and our employees. Our team will wear full PPE, when appropriate, to reduce the risk of contamination.

We Clean High-Risk Areas

We work carefully to follow the CDC’s recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting. They stress the constant cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

There is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, but we are following all guidelines as approved by the CDC and local authorities. The CDC recommends using a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant product with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products SERVPRO’s product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. As additional guidelines are released, we will continue to adapt our cleaning process so that we adhere to the highest standards.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your place of business needs deep cleaning services, call our experts today—SERVPRO of North Central Mesa, (480) 553-7103!

How SERVPRO of North Cenral Mesa Can Help Your Business with Commercial Restoration

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

How SERVPRO of North Central Mesa can help your Mesa AZ Business

For a decade, we’ve helped Mesa Arizona commercial and residential property owners clean-up and restore their homes and businesses after they’ve had water, fire, or storm disasters. While many people in the community know we can clean up fire and water damage to their properties, there are many who don’t know we can do much more. If you have a business in the Mesa, Arizona area, here are some things our team can do for you.

Mold Remediation

Mold can be unsightly and potentially cause some health issues, additionally, mold can damage your building’s structure. If you have a business in the Mesa area, this is even more reason to address your mold problems as soon as possible. The health and wellbeing of your employees and structure could be at risk. The older the building your business is working out of, the higher the chance that mold could be lurking. Most people in the Mesa, AZ area assume that because of the constant heat that mold doesn’t really have a chance to get out of control. The opposite is true, mainly because it is so often overlooked. 

Our team is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to remediate mold growth in your business. We set up a containment zone and remove the affected materials so you have one less thing to worry about. We can come out to assess your property to see if it may be appropriate to have a hygienist come out to test the property for toxic mold.

Water Damage Restoration

Leaks, flooding, and other types of water damage are generally not welcome in your businesses. That's why SERVPRO of North Central Mesa is your local water damage cleanup and restoration company for the Mesa Arizona area. Our teams of water damage specialists are led by trained and certified technicians who have years of experience making any disaster "Like it never even happened." 

At SERVPRO of North Central Mesa, we use state-of-the-art technology to thoroughly and efficiently extract and dry excess water in your business. We also visit the property daily to monitor moisture levels and offer status updates so you can have peace of mind. No matter the extent of the damage, our team will respond to any size disaster!

We respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can be sure that we are ready to take care of your water damage emergency any time of the day or night!

Business and Legal Document Restoration Services

When your business has a water damage issue, the property structure sometimes is the thing you are most concerned about. If you are a business that deals with a lot of valuable or sensitive documents, their integrity may be more important to tend to than any other part of your business. In the aftermath of disaster, some of your most valued contents—documents, photographs, and books—could be lost forever. As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of North Central Mesa knows that timely action is the key to recovering damaged legal, medical, architectural, or personal documents. With years of experience and state-of-the-art technology, SERVPRO of North Central Mesa’s restoration professionals will help you recover your paper goods before it is too late.

Our Document Restoration Services & Technology:

  • Innovative: we use the most up to date vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing
  • Secure: managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians, with 24/7 surveillance
  • Digital: we use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your business’ documents
  • Flexible capacity - we can accommodate any size document restoration issue from large commercial losses to small residential jobs
  • Full Service: we offer a range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization

Fire Damage Restoration

Fire and smoke damage to your business is often more than just destructive—it can be very stressful and emotionally draining. Making matters worse, your business will likely also endure water damage from Mesa’s local firefighters' efforts to put out the fire. For those who haven’t dealt with a fire damage issue, the entire process can seem confusing, scary, and just extremely overwhelming. Fortunately, since 2011, our team here at SERVPRO of North Central Mesa has been trusted Business owners in the Mesa Arizona area recover from fire, water, and smoke damage. 

SERVPRO of North Central Mesa is locally owned and family oriented. Our technicians and office staff will treat you and your work family as members of our own. We'll walk you through the fire damage mitigation and restoration process and ensure you're up-to-date on the progress and understand everything along the way as we restore your business back to its pre-fire condition.

Emergency Preparation Planning and Training

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

Did you know that as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that are able to recover, the large majority of them had a preparedness plan in place so they were able to react and recover quickly. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy that can provide you with peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that if your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By creating a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you can minimize business interruption by having a direct plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. Here are some important things to know about the SERVPRO Ready Plan and how it relates to your business:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • It’s a guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes  SERVPRO of North Central Mesa as your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    This allows us to react quickly to your emergency to reduce the amount of damage done to your property. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for remediation work authorization.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

Commercial Covid Fogging & Disinfecting

Since the COVID-19 breakout in 2020, there has been a lot of discussion about keeping businesses safe for their customers and their employees. To help provide a safe environment, we have rolled out our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program.

Businesses that participate in this initiative can display special signs and decals that show their property has been professionally cleaned and disinfected. This keeps your employees safe and gives your customers peace of mind!

Commercial Cleaning and Restoration Experts

With dozens of employees and more than a decade of experience serving the Mesa Arizona community, our team is capable of handling any size commercial job. From biohazard cleanup to document restoration, there are a wide range of services we can offer for your business. If you need help or would like to see how else we can serve your business, SERVPRO of North Central Mesa is available 24/7 to respond to your emergencies!

The Basic Fire Damage Restoration Process

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Fire Damage Restoration involves more than a new coat of paint.

After a fire occurs, you may want to sweep, paint, and move on with your life. In reality, recovering from fire and smoke damage properly is a much more involved process. SERVPRO of North Central Mesa technicians have been trained by the IICRC and have the most cutting edge tools to clean, repair, and restore your property after a fire. We will come in as soon as the dust settles and do a thorough inspection of the damage, giving you our professional assessment of what your property needs, from ozone deodorization to structural reconstruction. This may include any and/or all of the following processes.

  • Clean all traces of soot or smoke on your floor, walls and surfaces. Most of which are not generally visible to the naked eye.
  • Remove the unpleasant smoke odors lingering from smoke and fire damage
  • Use cutting edge technology and equipment to repair all surfaces and protect your residential or commercial from further damage by remnants of smoke, soot and ash
  • Orchestrate any necessary pack outs, content claim inventory and content restoration.We will work directly with your insurance company when possible on your behalf. There are some issues you will have to deal with directly with your insurance. But we can assist you in those issues through consultation.
  • Repair your property back to pre-existing loss condition, including repainting or reconstructing any damaged areas.

Choosing the Right Fire Damage Repair Company

Fire damage restoration has three integral elements: 

  1. clearing out the damaged and ruined materials
  2. Assessing the smoke and soot damage, and putting in place replacement
  3. Reinforcing repairs. 

With over a decade of industry experience, the experts at SERVPRO of North Central Mesa have the ability to perform even the most complex fire restoration project. For this reason, homeowners and businesses in the Mesa Arizona area have put their trust in our skill and expertise.

Leaving a fire-damaged property for even an hour puts your property at risk for increased damage. You should get someone out to start working on the property as quickly as possible. Obviously, we would suggest that you call us. We may be a little biased though… But seriously, if you don’t call us for some reason, call someone you feel comfortable with quickly to reduce the amount of damage done to your residential or commercial property.  The effects of a fire weaken the building’s structural materials, and can lead to an eventual structural collapse. 

Additionally, the soot and smoke that infiltrates the walls and floors can pose a significant health risk. After a fire occurs, the resulting smoke and soot remains suspended in the air in the form of particles that are generally invisible to the naked eye. This presents an odor issue and a respiratory hazard. These soot particles, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) even have the potential to cause cancer with prolonged inhalation or exposure. Because of this, we deploy specialized, top-of-the-line equipment to mitigate and remove these hazards so your property is fit for living or working in again.

SERVPRO of North Central Mesa Water Damage Restoration Equipment

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SERVPRO Has an Extensive Line of Equipment to Mitigate Household Flooding in Mesa Arizona

What Inspection Devices are Used?

Before any restoration can take place, a scope gets done on the premises. This tells the technicians which areas of the structure are impacted by the water. It also helps them define to what extent structural elements and the content have absorbed the moisture. Our technicians use several inspection devices to find and track moisture and assist with water removal for your home or business in Mesa, Arizona. These include:

  •   Moisture Sensors – Equipped with short probes, the moisture sensors are used to detect moisture levels in carpets and padding. They determine whether or not water has infiltrated the subflooring. It only detects the presence of moisture; it does not measure the moisture levels. 
  •   Thermal Imaging Cameras – Used to inspect and monitor moisture readings in building materials. They help technicians in evaluating the extent of moisture/damage. Infrared cameras assist technicians in finding water that has traveled behind structural elements. 
  •   Moisture Meters – These are used to inspect the moisture content in different types of materials. They are often used for detecting the moisture level of wood. There are two types of moisture meters:
  • Penetrating – This type penetrates the material and assesses the moisture content using the principle of electrical conductivity. Multiple layers of material can be tested with the probes.
  • Non-penetrating – Cause no surface damage and are used to find high levels of water in material such as drywall and some wood surfaces. 
  •   Thermal Hygrometers – This measures the relative humidity and temperature of air in a general area. There are standard levels of humidity that allow technicians to determine what moisture needs to be removed from structural elements.
  •   Manometer – Manometers measure gas or vapor pressure. It helps maintain proper air quality.
  •   Inspection Cameras & Borescopes – They are used to help technicians look into cavities that are not easily accessible. It can help technicians determine if contamination is present in those areas. 

What Pumps Are Used to Extract Water?

SERVPRO of North Central Mesa has several types of pumps used for water removal in residential and commercial properties in Mesa Arizona. The pumps we use are primarily centrifugal pumps. We have truck mounted and portable pumps. There are three main types of pumps our technicians employ. 

  1. Self-priming trash pumps are used when there are solids in the liquid. They are classified as slurry, full trash, trash, or semi-trash pumps, depending on the amount and size of the debris. 
  2. High-pressure pumps are utilized in areas such as basements and garages. They are quite powerful. 
  3. Submersible pumps are the types of pumps we use most often. They are electric and come in smaller portable units and larger industrial units. They can operate quietly in the background.

Our technicians are trained on how to assess just what pumps need to be used in the current site they are working on. Water extraction is the first step to the restoration of a property. Standing water not only deteriorates building material but can cause secondary damage such as mold.

What Do You Use to Dry the Home?

The Drying phase begins after as much water is removed as is possible. When you hire SERVPRO of North Central Mesa, you are getting a team that knows how to use the right equipment in the right ratio for the best drying results. We focus on drying as much of the structure in place as possible to decrease reconstruction time and costs. Our drying equipment consists of:

  •   Centrifugal Air Movers – These units focus on replacing the damp, moist air with fresh airflow. They should be positioned to work in conjunction with our other drying equipment. Attachments such as a carpet clamp can “float” carpets. This allows them to dry from underneath and from the top to get a better and quicker drying result.
  •   Axial Air Movers – These types of air movers drive larger volumes of air and can cover more area than the centrifugal units.
  •   Structural Drying Equipment – We use various tools that allow technicians to direct warm, dry air into cavities not easily reached.
  •   Dehumidifiers – There are several types of dehumidifiers we use. Their basic function is to heat  

Other equipment that can be utilized includes portable electric heaters and air conditioning units. With this arsenal of tools available for water damage restoration, it is no wonder SERVPRO is top in their field. 

 Contact SERVPRO of North Central Mesa at (480) 553-7103 for quality water removal condo service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster

Don't Ignore Water Damage in your Attic in Mesa Arizona

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Don't Ignore Water Damage In Your Attic

Attic spaces are an area where moisture and mold can build up undetected. Attics in the Mesa Arizona area are generally not used for storage because it gets so hot up there during the summer. Because of this, most people never go up into their attic unless they have to. Unpleasant odors, discoloration, and texture changes on your ceiling are all signs of leaking or burst pipes.

Damage like this can occur from plumbing issues, a faulty HVAC, wind damage, haboob/monsoon damage or extreme weather conditions (Such as the heat wave we had this summer.). One thing that's for sure is that you should have a professional investigated to see what remediation services your property may need.

Monsoon Increases in the summer make water damage in the Mesa Arizona area a common issue. When leaks occur in your attic space insulation can act like a sponge. The insulation soaks up moisture and encourages mold growth. The difficulty in treating these areas lies in accessibility of your attic which limits the use of standard procedures and equipment.

Specialized Service for Attic Water Damage

At SERVPRO of North Central Mesa, we use specialized service procedures for attics and crawl spaces. A visual inspection can be carried out onsite by our trained technicians. We are looking to locate the source of water. Be that from damage to the roofing materials, leaking appliances, plumbing or structural damage.

If there is lingering water damage, the next step in the procedure is to dry the structure. This can mean removing sheetrock as well as insulation. Sheet-rock that shows signs of saturation, such as warping, has to be replaced and can be removed by SERVPRO of North Central Mesa technicians. Fiberglass insulation can be removed, dried and returned.

The equipment we can use includes rapid air-movers and dehumidifiers. Your technician will use moisture meters to determine the relative amount of humidity of an affected area to determine if structures in that area have an abnormally higher level of moisture. Especially right after a storm, levels of moisture in an attic can be higher than usual. Getting this information helps us to determine if the surrounding structure’s moisture levels are similar to the surrounding area, or higher. Negative air pressure can be used in the affected area to limit the spreading of contaminated air or unpleasant odors into other areas of your home.

Where there is severe structural damage, it may be necessary to call in reconstruction contractors. SERVPRO of North Central Mesa also provides reconstruction services. So we are able to serve as a one stop shop for your needs in this arena.

We can also perform emergency board ups if there are apparent gaps in your roofing. These are temporary fixes designed to prevent further damage until the area is fully repaired by an external contractor. We can help you locate a local reputable roofing company that specializes in repairing your property’s roof. 

Mold and Moisture Questions?

If you suspect there may be mold or moisture building up in your attic space, do not hesitate. Call SERVPRO of North Central Mesa at (480) 553-7103 or request help online at

How Fast can a Fire Destroy Your Home in Mesa Arizona?

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How Fast Can a Fire Destroy Your Home?

Have you driven past a burnt down building and thought to yourself, “I hope that never happens to me.” Fire Damage can happen in the blink of an eye. You can see how quickly a fire can consume a home in the following video titled “How Fast Does a Fire Spread”. In the video, the Department of Commerce created a scenario in which a dried out pine tree is set on fire to examine the length of time it takes for the fire to grow throughout the home. Since the holidays are one of the most likely times a fire will start in your home, the pine tree (Christmas Tree) was a good choice for this demonstration.

Statistics show that around 40 years ago you would have around 17 minutes to get out of a house once it started burning. Now, you would have around 3 to 4 minutes to escape a house fire once it starts. That is a huge difference and it is essential that you have a plan set out ahead of time to react to a house fire quickly.

In the demonstration in the video, within 20 seconds, the sofa next to the tree is set on fire. Within 35 seconds, the room becomes so full of smoke that it becomes almost impossible to see the damage being caused. When seeing the damage from this perspective, it is clear that an entire home can be destroyed within minutes. As a result, here are a few helpful hints to consider to keep your home and family safe to prevent the need for fire damage restoration.

Fire Safety Tips

  • Smoke alarms should be installed in every room on every floor of your home. Bedrooms and other sleeping areas should be prioritized..
  • You should test your smoke alarms on a monthly basis and new batteries should be installed yearly.
  • Establish a fire escape plan and rehearse it with your family. Or consider creating an ERP for your business (more info on our blog )
  • Be prepared to evacuate in the event of an emergency.

SERVPRO of North Central Mesa is Uniquely Prepared and Ready to Restore Your Fire Damaged Property

Our technicians have over a decade of fire damage restoration experience. We have a volunteer firefighter on staff as well who has been trained specifically to deal with all aspects of fire losses from priority response to supporting families and business owners in dealing with the aftermath of a fire.

You can check out our fire damage tips here (fire damage tips) to see more tips you can use to prepare for and deal with a house fire. Our crews work hard to perform fire restoration after a building fire, however, The Mesa Arizona Fire Department works harder to keep our community safe 24/7, 365. Thank you to our local firefighters for all that they do!

If you are dealing with a home or business property fire call us immediately so we can help you the way we have helped several other families and businesses in the Mesa Arizona area. We are here for you! Even if you just have questions, please reach out to us. You can call our 24/7 office line at (480) 553-7103. You will talk with someone on staff directly, we don’t use an answering service.

SERVPRO of North Central Mesa Handles All Types of Fire Damage in Mesa Arizona

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SERVPRO of North Central Mesa Handles All Types of Property fire Damage

Any fire loss is devastating to the family or business involved. We have been helping Families and Businesses recover from fire damage losses in Mesa Arizona for a decade. Getting your family or business back to normal as quickly as possible is the primary goal of our team when we are working with you. Different types of fire damage losses require different approaches.

What are the three levels of fire damage?

If you need fire damage restoration in Mesa Arizona, SERVPRO of North Central Mesa's fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) provide some of the quickes emergency mitigation services in the Mesa/Phoenix area.. The level of damage done dictates the type of cleaning and restoration that will be utilized in your home to leave it "Like it never even happened."

  • Minor Fire Damage – Smoke residue is contained in smaller areas leaving a light to moderate residue. Walls and ceilings need to be repainted, but only minor items need to be replaced.
  • Medium Fire Damage – More extensive smoke damage throughout the property. The residue is worse. furniture may need to be replaced if it is porous. Generally non-porous furniture is able to be cleaned and deodorized. Wood surfaces require refinishing or sometimes have to be non-salvaged. Odors linger and are more potent.
  • Major Fire Damage- Property damage is extensive. Interior walls, support beams, and ceilings generally need to be replaced. Smoke residue is widespread through the property, and odors are overwhelming. The home will most likely need to be boarded up, and contents removed to our cleaning facilities for cleaning or non-salvage classification. 

Giving You Back Your Property

With our expertise in fire damage restoration methods, we return your home or business to you to preloss (and sometimes better than preloss) conditions. Our technicians apply the cleaning methods that will work best for your property’s specific loss. Below are some of the tools and procedures we use to restore your home or business after a fire loss.

  • Wet & Dry Cleaning – all levels of fire damage and includes cleaning personal belongings, furniture, and structure. Dry cleaning gets used for porous, non-washable surfaces. It's the primary method for minor damage.
  • Airborne Air Scrubbers– used to remove air particulates.
  • Immersion Cleaning – cleans smoked damaged non-porous items by dipping them into a bath of cleaning product 
  • Thermal Foggers – neutralizes odors and works on porous items
  • Unique Item Restoration – includes documentation restoration, electronic repair, and other types of unique situations.
  • Water Extraction – water damage is a problem when there is a fire, so steps to remove are implemented.

Contact SERVPRO of North Central Mesa at (213) 628-2000 for fire and smoke restoration. We're Faster To Any Size Disaste

Commercial Covid Cleaning in Mesa Arizona

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

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With businesses being open and shut down repeatedly we have gotten a lot of calls from businesses in the Mesa AZ area asking us for our advice on best practices for maintaining an environment that is safe for their employees and customers/clients. So, we thought we would create a blog post to use as a tool for other businesses in the area who had similar questions.

The CDC recommends the following general steps to provide a safe environment for your employees and customers/clients.

  1. Develop Your Plan
  2. Implement You Plan
  3. Maintain and Revise Your Plan

These ideas may seem a little elementary, but, it’s always a good idea to start with the basics for a good foundation. 

Developing Your COVID-19 Cleaning Plan

The first thing you need to do is to determine what areas need to be cleaned and how often they need to be cleaned. Areas that are not occupied for 7 days or more only need occasional routine cleaning. Areas of high traffic, especially high touch traffic, should be cleaned daily, often multiple times a day. You will also want to consider how often outside areas are used and how you will clean them.

Next you need to determine how you are going to clean those areas you have identified. Are you going to do a wipe down cleaning or a fog cleaning. There are advantages to both. Wipedown cleaning takes a little more time but you will get more chemical contact on those areas. Fogging takes less time and energy and also has the effect of disinfecting the air around the area being fogged. Also, will you have someone on your staff specifically tasked to make sure the cleaning is done or will you have an outside company like SERVPRO of North Central Mesa do the disinfectant cleaning for you? Ideally it should be a mix of both. For example, the staff cleaning high touch and traffic areas daily/multiple times a day, and have us come out once a week to do a thorough deep cleaning.

After identifying the areas being cleaned and how you are going to clean them, you need to determine what equipment and resources you are going to use for the cleaning. If your staff is going to be doing the cleaning you will want to make sure they have proper cleaning equipment (gloves, rags, disinfectant cleaning products.The Cleaning products you use should be EPA-Approved cleaners.) available to do the work. Rags and gloves are easy enough to source. For disinfectant cleaner, you can buy SERVPRO proprietary products on Amazon, or you can buy them directly from us and not pay shipping. If you are also going to have your employees do fogging, you will want to get an electrostatic sprayer as well. These can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand. Remember, you get what you pay for. You want to get one that will be reliable and last a good amount of time.

Your Cleaning Plan Implementation

As normal you will want to do routine cleaning of areas that get dirty in general. That part obviously hasn’t changed. You will want to consider how you will integrate your disinfectant cleaning for COVID into that schedule. You should consider whether your employees touch similar areas as other employees and how often. You will also want to consider how often your employees and clients/customers touch the same areas. That will help you determine which areas need to be cleaned most and least often. What areas of your business do you have the most traffic in? Those areas should receive the most attention and if there are not high touch surfaces in those areas, maybe you should just consider doing an occasional fogging of those areas.

You will want to make sure that there is a clear expectation as to who is responsible for making sure the cleaning is done as well as who will be doing the cleaning. Having roles specifically defined, as with any other part of your business, will help the process run more smoothly and will help to make sure that your plan is completed correctly and efficiently.

Make sure that employees are properly trained and understand the safety instructions on the cleaning labels. Also, make sure that employees are trained to use any fogging equipment properly to make sure areas are properly cleaned and to make sure that cleaning products are not being wasted. One of our technicians from SERVPRO of North Central Mesa can come by to do an initial training for your employees if requested.

Maintain and Revise

You will want to make sure you monitor cleaning efforts and evaluate them for effectiveness. Make sure to include employees in charge of overseeing the cleaning and performing the cleaning to get their feedback. You may also want to reach out to customers to ask their opinions. This has the added benefits of letting them know that you are doing the cleaning, that you value their opinion, and could help to identify areas of opportunity to improve your cleaning processes from an outside third party.

Here are some other suggestions to make sure your cleaning plan is properly maintained

  1. Make sure new gloves are available for each new cleaning
  2. Make sure clean rags are available to use for wipedown cleaning
  3. Make sure the cleaning disinfectant product is properly stocked and available
  4. Make sure that your electrostatic fogging machine is properly maintained on a regular basis
  5. Post the cleaning protocols in an easily accessible place for all employees to see
  6. Let clients/customers know about your cleaning protocols.

The last point may seem odd. But there are a couple of good reasons to do this. First, it lets your clients/customers know that the cleaning is happening. Your clients and customers want to know that they are going to be safe in your business. They will be more likely to work with you if they know that their health interests, and the health interests of your employees, are important to you. It could also make sure that the cleaning is being done. You know you have those clients or customers who will make a stink if they see something not being done that should be.

The question we get most often when talking to businesses about the cleaning protocols is how much it will cost the business to implement them. Well, my first question to them is, how much will it cost you not to implement them. Look, I get it. When you are running your business you are doing it to make a profit, hopefully a good profit. I have run several businesses in the past, so I totally get that. So, I would like to pose a few ideas to think of. 

  1. How much would it cost the business if employees get sick because the protocols are not in place.
  2. How much would it cost the business if clients and customers go elsewhere because they aren’t sure if they feel safe at your business.
  3. If it costs you an extra $200 to $300 per week to implement the cleaning protocols, but as a result you either didn’t lose profit from the traffic you have from current clients and customers, or if you were to make an additional $500 per week from new clients and customers who feel safer at your business than your competitors. Would that be worth it to you?

Assessing those questions are all part of maintaining and revising your cleaning plan. I mentioned reaching out to your clients and customers. Creating an active cleaning protocol will also give you marketing material to work with on social media, in house, and don’t discount the effectiveness of snail mail marketing. Let customers know what you are doing. It gives you an opportunity to reach out to current and past customers without trying to sell them something while delivering a message that will make them more likely to want to work with you. 

Your current and prospective clients want to know information about the businesses they use taking this issue seriously. They will be happy to see marketing of this type come across their social feed on in the mailbox. Throw in a coupon to give them an opportunity to stop by and see the results of your cleaning efforts.

If you have questions or would like to know how much a one time or ongoing cleaning would cost on our side for your business, feel free to reach out to us. Call our Covid Cleaning line at (480) 568-4220 to talk with one of our experts. 

We look forward to working with you to help you keep your business clean and growing!