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Top 3 Fire hazards during the summer.

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Top 3 Fire hazards during the summer. Someone missing a roof after a Home fire. Don't get too caught up in the summer fun and leave things burning.

Top 3 fire hazardous equipment in Mesa Arizona’s

No one wants to have to deal with a house fire, especially when it hot enough outside during the summer months. Personally, my family has the unfortunate experience of a kitchen fire here in Arizona. Having a burnout and dealing with several house fires SERVPRO is here to help when you suffer a total loss from fire. SERVPRO of North Central Mesa has noticed a few things people should look at when trying to prevent the possibility of a house fire.

Some of the most common causes of house fires are:

  1. Cooking Equipment
  2. Smoking
  3. Heating Equipment. 

Cooking equipment such as microwaves, cooking oil and turkey fryers (Or a slow cooker if you are a This is Us Fan) are the leading cause of house fires at 47%. They also cause 20% of home fire deaths and 45% of fire injuries. Always watch the food that is cooking and make sure that flammable items are kept away from heating elements. Also, avoid cooking while sleeping or intoxicated with alcohol or medication.

While smoking materials only account for 5% of house fires, it causes 21% of home fire deaths, which causes it to be the deadliest cause of house fires. Faulty lighters and cigar/cigarette butts that have not been extinguished are the leading culprits. Of course, the best way to avoid a fire from smoking materials is not to smoke. But if you do smoke, make sure lighters are put in areas where they are less likely to ignite (i.e.: extreme heat) and make sure all butts are extinguished after use. Also, with the rise of vaping, make sure batteries are removed from vaping devices while not in use. 

Space heaters and uncleaned chimneys are the leading causes of house fires from heating sources. To avoid this, make sure that vents are cleaned out regularly (click here to find a chimney sweep near you in Mesa, AZ) and don't leave space heaters unattended. According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2011-2015 fires from home heating sources caused about "$1.1 Billion in direct property damage."

*blog information from 2011-2015 statistics from the National Fire Prevention Association.

Water Damage, from Mesa to Fountain Hills

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage, from Mesa to Fountain Hills Water damage on the floor causes SERVPRO's team of professionals to remove baseboards and the flooring.

During the weekend SERVPRO of North Central Mesa got a call that a homeowners house had water coming out of the garage door and they needed some professional help. SERVPRO was able to show up to our friendly customer's house in Rio Verde. Yes, late at night, SERVPRO traveled an hour to head north of Fountain Hill within the first couple of hours of the initial call.

It was around 7 pm that night SERVPRO just started the Mitigation process of this disaster, and our technicians had to meet the Neighbors to gain access to the property because the homeowner was out of town.  Once they were given access to the home, our team assessed the damaged areas, which included the garage, the Master bedroom, Master closet, and about half of the family room.

Once assessed, the next step is extracting the carpet and pad. After extraction, they cut out all the damaged carpet and Padding to get it all out of the way. Because there was Delamination on the rug, the insurance company approved to rip out all the broken carpet as well as the pad.  After extracting, cutting, and a lot of pulling carpet and padding. The technicians set all the necessary equipment that is required to dry the home properly. Just some of the equipment they used that day were our generic high-quality Air movers, Power distribution box, and some extension cords to dry the hard to get areas. Now that was just the first night.

Since there are so many moving parts to the mitigation side of a flood or a water loss, a technician has to go back to the building every single day to check on the drying process of the building. After four days of extracting, cutting, drying, and monitoring, our team had confirmed that the equipment had effectively dried the home completely.  That concluded the mitigation part of the water damage restoration. Now the homeowner must work on the Reconstruction of the house to get it restored to preloss conditions.

Monsoon season in Arizona. Watch out for those tree!

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Monsoon season in Arizona.  Watch out for those tree! Don't let those tree's get you down during the Arizona monsoon season. Call SERVPRO, the people who are there for you, even with the lights are off.

It’s 2019 and monsoon season has started in Arizona!

A massive storm hit the Phoenix and Mesa areas last year, and one of the significant issues that come with the monsoon storms are microbursts that can cause a ton of damage to homes in their paths and happen at any second. While SERVPRO performs a moving out and pack out a job for a home in East Mesa, this was a little different than most situations. This family had a massive tree from a neighboring school fall right through the roof!

What may be unnerving to their neighbors is that the school has two more trees about the same size Which is taller than a 3-story building right along the same wall. After talking with the contractor who was working for the school to remove the actual tree, he stated that while they were working to haul away the tree that fell. The wind kicked up again, and the other trees started swaying at that same moment. Afterward, he said they hightailed it out of there until the wind died down again.

The same storm sent a 70-year-old lady to the hospital after a huge tree fell on her home

Make sure that if you have trees in your yard that you are prepaid for monsoon season. Make sure your trees are kept up and appropriately trimmed before a storm. A lot of the calls we get during monsoons either deal with water damages or trees falling. The local roofing companies love it, insurance companies... not so much!

Tornado's in Arizona? Here's what to do?

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Since 1950 there have been over 225 tornadoes recorded in Arizona. Nine of those happened here locally in Mesa, AZ area from 1967 to 2014. Since they rarely occur in these parts, people are generally not prepared for them and don't know what to do when they do hit. I grew up in Florida, where hurricanes and tornadoes were a common occurrence. I was happy to learn they weren't too common out here after moving here. I had my share of them.

So, here are some things to think about if you find yourself in the rare path of a tornado here in Arizona.

  • Don't run outside and stay away from any window.
  • Don't open any windows. It will not decrease air pressure.
  • Winds increase in narrow spaces such as under bridges and underpasses. Don’t seek shelter under them.
  • Don’t try to outrun a tornado in your vehicle
  • Don’t stay in mobile units.
  • Find the nearest shelter or low lying area
  • Try to find a room with exterior walls
  • Cover yourself with bedding
  • Seek shelter in a permanent structure.

Here is a link to a Google map that lists all of the tornadoes that were able to be tracked in Arizona since 1950: Arizona Tornado Map

If you have damage to your property from a small little water storm or a massive tornado just blew your roof right off, give us a call. We can help you deal with your insurance and answer any questions you have! (480) 553-7103 - SERVPRO of North Central Mesa

Never fear SERVPRO of North Central Mesa is here. We are “faster to any size disaster” and “Like it never even happened” only happens here.

2019 Hydration Campaign for Mesa Arizona

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage 2019 Hydration Campaign for Mesa Arizona That's a lot of water!

The 13th Annual Hydration Campaign starts today. It runs through June 3rd through September 27 and is all about getting supplies of water to people in need. The goal this year is close to 400,000 bottles of water to help with the heat this summer is bringing.

The reason for this campaign is for the less fortunate during the hot summer months. Jen Duff has partnered through the United Food Bank to numerous agencies in the east valley. With the hydration stations are located all over the place.

A News Conference launched the program at the United Food Bank, which distributes donated water to numerous nonprofit organizations in Mesa and Throughout the Valley. Last year, a record of 836,154 bottles were given to the campaign. That crushed the previous goal of 500,000 bottles of water.

This Campaign makes it simple to help the vulnerable amongst our community. For just a couple of bucks, you can buy a case of water and have it donated. All across the city, there are places for drop off, or you can call me, and I’ll personally drive by and pick it up from you if you can’t drop it off yourself.

Drop off locations are located all over the valley, let us know if you need help finding them.

Here are some of the Drop off locations.

Red Mountain Multigenerational Center
7550 E. Adobe Road
5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday
480-644-4800

United Food Bank
245 S. Nina Drive (north of Broadway between Extension and Alma School)
6 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
480-398-4464

*Paz de Cristo
424 W. Broadway Road
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday
480-464-2370

*A New Leaf-East Valley Men’s Center
2345 N. Country Club Drive
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Daily
480-610-6722

*The Salvation Army
Mesa Citadel
241 E. 6th St.
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday 
480-962-9103

Mesa Chamber of Commerce

165 N. Centennial Way #208
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
480-969-1307

Superstition Springs Center – Management office (upper level near the food court)
6555 E. Southern Ave.
8:30 a.m. – Noon and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
Or call security at any time (480) 641-1052

Mesa Main Library
64 E. First St.
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday – Saturday 
480-644-3100

Red Mountain Library
635 N. Power Road
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday – Saturday


Dobson Ranch Library

2425 S. Dobson Road
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday - Saturday

Rhodes Aquatic Complex
1860 S. Longmore Road
1 p.m. – 8 p.m. Monday
1 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday – Friday 
1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday


Pool open daily through August 4, weekends through Labor Day Sept. 2
480-644-2550
SPECIAL: 2 for one admission Monday - Friday with the donation of a case of water (FlowRider excluded)

Mesa Community College – Southern & Dobson
1833 W. Southern Ave.
24-hour drop-off at MCC College Police – Building SC 14
480-461-7763

Mesa Community College – Red Mountain
7110 E. McKellips Road
24-hour drop-off at MCC College Police – Ironwood Building
480-461-7763

Dobson Ranch Homeowners Association 
La Casita Recreation Center 
2719 S. Reyes
8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday
9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday
480-831-8314 

Southern Pavilion Self Storage
7110 E. Southern Ave.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday
480-830-1425

Keller Williams Integrity First Realty
2500 S. Power Road, Suite 121
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
480-854-2400

The Kenny Klaus Team
Keller Williams Integrity First Realty
2919 S. Ellsworth Rd #133
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
480-354-7344

Athoria Games
6134 E. Main St. C103
480-300-9957
11 am - 9 pm Monday - Saturday
11 am - 5 pm Sunday

Apartment Fire Damage in Mesa, AZ. Are You Covered?

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage to your property can be devastating! At the beginning of March an apartment complex had in Mesa, AZ buildings light up in flames and almost burnt down the whole side of the building. 10 of the 12 apartments in that building were affected and 7 had to be totally vacated by the renters. SERVPRO of North Central Mesa is the vendor the apartment complex uses for mitigating fire damage issues on their properties. This next week we will begin the demolition of those apartments which have to be torn down to studs. As costly as this will be to the Apartment complex to fix, it has been overwhelming for the renters who had to vacate their apartments. One of the main issues for the renters was having to leave property behind that in some cases are not salvageable. 3 of the apartments in question had 70 to 100% of the contents of the apartments damaged to the point of not being salvageable.

Generally apartment leases require renters to have liability insurance to cover damage to the structure of the apartments, but don’t necessarily require you to have coverage for your personal contents. However, in the leasing agreement, there is generally wording that absolves the apartment complex of liability if you don’t have coverage for your contents. 2 of the renters we are working with did not have their personal property covered in their insurance policy and are going to have to personally replace everything they lost. Now, they are still investigating the cause of the fire. If it is found to have been caused by the negligence of another renter, they can possibly go after the insurance policy of the renters at fault. But generally the apartment complex has first priority to claims per the rental agreement. The cost to restore the building will be well over $500K and will most likely exhaust the claim coverage.

So insurance policies are sometimes complicated to understand. But there are some basics PolicyGenius.com suggests for renters insurance.

  • $25,000 personal property damage coverage: Covers the cost of replacing or repairing your belongings if they’re damaged or stolen.
  • $300,000 personal liability coverage: Covers legal costs from damage or injury that occurs in your apartment.
  • $2,000 medical payment coverage: Covers medical expenses for anyone injured in your apartment.
  • $10,000 loss of use coverage: Covers the cost of lodging, food, and more if your apartment becomes unlivable due to damage.

They also suggest having a deductible of around $500. Yes, you can get your insurance cheaper with a higher deductible, but remember, if something happens you have to make sure you are able to cover that deductible.

Commercial Cleaning and Restoration Services in Mesa AZ

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleaning and Restoration Services in Mesa AZ SERVPRO of North Central Mesa at IKEA Restoration in Chandler, AZ

Water, fire, mold, or biohazard damage to your property can halt your business? Commercial property restoration issues can be quickly addressed help from the professionals at SERVPRO of North Central Mesa. We will get you back to business as usual fast, with minimal disruption. We’ll make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Emergency Commercial Restoration

We provide 24/7 emergency response. For water & fire damage restoration and biohazard services, call (480) 553-7103 now.

SERVPRO of North Central Mesa Technicians know how important it is to quickly return your business to its pre-damaged state. Our technicians are certified by the industry-leading IICRC and can meet your specialized commercial restoration needs.

  • Commercial Property Restoration
  • Hotel & Motel Restoration Services
  • Restaurant Restoration Services
  • Hospital & Healthcare Restoration - Biohazard, Water, & Fire
  • Education & School Restoration Services
  • Industrial & Manufacturing Restoration Services
  • We can help with ANY size disaster for any business!

Commercial Building Restoration Services

Trust SERVPRO of North Central Mesa with your business’s commercial reconstruction and restoration needs. We employ a variety of services from the board-up and tarp-over of buildings to content restoration. Review our full list of commercial reconstruction and building restoration services and let us help your business recover.

  • Fire Damage Restoration
    If you’ve just experienced a fire or smoke event at your business, then you need professional assistance. That’s why we’re here to help you get back to making money 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Contact your local SERVPRO of North Central Mesa for more information about fire and smoke damage restoration.
  • Water Damage Restoration
    As certified water damage restoration experts, local SERVPRO of North Central Mesa teams use the most advanced tools and equipment and supply systematic best practices to mitigate the extent of damage and repair your business. We pride ourselves on getting businesses back to full operation in as little time as possible.
  • Rapid Structural Drying
    After a water damage event, SERVPRO of North Central Mesa’s rapid structural drying service saves time and money, reduces stress and creates a safer environment for customers and employees.
  • Mold Removal
    SERVPRO’s proprietary mold removal protects the health of your customers and employees, preserves the structural integrity of your property and improves the musty, damp smell that comes with mold. Let SERVPRO of North Central Mesa professionals help remediate the mold in your building.
  • Biohazard Cleanup
    SERVPRO of North Central Mesa provides professional biohazard cleanup services for crime scenes, nursing home incidents, bum cleanups, suicides, and the occasional accident involving biological components. SERVPRO of North Central Mesa is certified by the School of Forensic Restoration to specifically handle your biohazard cleanups.
  • Full-Service Reconstruction
    When your business has experienced the unthinkable, you need a full-spectrum, start-to-finish disaster reconstruction and restoration service you can trust. SERVPRO of North Central Mesa has you covered with expert and efficient debris removal and cleanup, water removal, and drying, and home reconstruction services.
  • Board-Up & Tarp-Over Services
    No matter if windows are broken by storms, accidents or acts of vandalism, your business needs fast, temporary protection from the elements. Board up service from SERVPRO of North Central Mesa gives you fast and complete protection from the weather, safety from broken glass and security from illegal entry.
  • Content Pack-Out, Cleaning, Restoration and Return
    If your business suffers water, fire, smoke or mold damage, the cleanup and restoration experts at SERVPRO of North Central Mesa are the premier choice for content restoration and pack-out. Contact your local SERVPRO of North Central Mesa for more information about content pack out, cleaning, restoration and return.

Commercial Cleaning & Deodorizing Services

Keeping up with your business’s cleaning and deodorizing needs is a full-time job that requires a great deal of knowledge and attention to detail. SERVPRO of North Central Mesa can quickly take care of any of the following cleaning services:

  • Air Duct Cleaning Services
  • Carpet Cleaning & Deodorizing
  • Odor Removal
  • Trauma Scene Cleanup
  • Upholstery Cleaning
  • Tile & Grout Cleaning
  • Spot & Stain Removal
  • Overhead range, Drain, Air Duct Degreasing

Smoke Alarm Safety Mesa, AZ

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

May 4th is Wildfire Community Preparedness day! Wildfires have devastating effects on the local environment, but did you know that from 2012 to 2016 11,670 were injured and 2560 civilians died from house fires! Additionally $6.5 billion in damage was caused by the same house fires.

Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.

Smoke Alarm Facts and Stats

  • In 2009-2013, smoke alarms sounded in over half (53%) of the house fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
  • Three of every five house fire deaths resulted from fires in homes without smoke alarms (38%) or non-working smoke alarms (21%).
  • The death rate for every 100 reported home fires was over twice as high in homes that didn’t have any working smoke alarms compared with the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (1.18 deaths vs. 0.53 deaths for every 100 fires).
  • In fires in which the smoke alarms were there but did not operate, almost 50% of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.
  • Dead batteries caused just under 25% of the smoke alarm failures.

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

  • A closed door could slow the spread of smoke, heat & fire. You should install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside every separate sleeping area. Install alarms on each level of the home.
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. So, when one sounds, they will all sound.
  • Large homes might need additional smoke alarms.
  • Homeowners should test smoke alarms at least once a month. Make sure the alarm is working by pressing the test button.
  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms react more quickly to flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms respond more quickly to smoldering fires. A best practice is to use both types of alarms in the home.
  • When your smoke alarm(s) sound, go outside and stay outside.
  • Practice escape routes from your home with your family or roommates.
  • Replace every smoke alarm in your home every 10 years.
  • Smoke alarms are inexpensive and are worth the lives they help save.
  • Smoke alarms with dead or missing batteries are the same as having no smokes alarm at all. Smoke alarms only work when they are properly installed and regularly tested. Take care of your smoke alarms according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Create a Fire Escape Plan for Your Home!

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

House fires created over $264 Million in direct property damage from 2012 to 2016. As bad as that is, property damage can be restored or replaced. In the same amount of time, an average of 80 deaths was caused annually by those fires. A life cannot be replaced. The best way to prevent a death from a house fire is to have a plan. When a fire does take place in your home, saving a few seconds of reaction time could make a big difference in helping to get your family or friends out of danger quickly and safely.

Here are some tips you can use to create an effective fire evacuation plan!

  • Plan for everyone. Account for the special needs of everyone in your household, especially young children and elderly household members who may not be as mobile. Children don’t always wake up when a smoke alarm sounds. Make sure someone is assigned as an escape buddy for small children, then choose a backup person in case the assigned person is not present at the time of the fire.
  • Identify two ways out of the structure. This could include windows and doors. Make sure each escape route open easily so everyone can get outside. and install emergency release mechanisms on all security bars on doors or windows.
  • Involve the children in planning. Have your children help create the fire evacuation plan. Draw a map of the home, then have the children mark two exit routes and the locations of smoke detectors.
  • Choose a meeting spot outside of the structure. Decide on a meeting place outside. It can be a neighbor’s house, mailbox or stop sign. It should be in front of the house so first responders are able to see you when they arrive. Make sure everyone knows not to go back into the house after you leave.
  • Check smoke alarms. Check that smoke detectors are properly placed and working. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends installing one in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping room and on each level of the home.
  • Be visible. Make sure that your house number can be seen quickly from the street by first responders. You can put house numbers above the garage door, on a pillar next to the front door, or on the street curb directly in front of your house, for example.
  • Respond immediately. Make sure everyone knows that if the smoke alarm sounds, they need to get out as quickly as possible.
  • Always have a backup plan. If the planned exit routes are blocked by fire or fallen debris and it’s not possible to leave the house, close all doors between you and the fire. Place a towel, pillow, or something similar under the door and go to an exterior-facing window. Call the fire department to report your location.
  • Share with everyone. Make sure the escape plan is readily accessible to guests as well. Go over the plan with everyone who lives in the house along with guests and overnight visitors.
  • Practice your escape plan regularly. Practice and review the plan at least once per year.

With a well-thought-out plan in place, you can be one step ahead of the unexpected. You may not have the time or ability to think things through.

Who Can You Call For Commercial Water Damage in Mesa, AZ?

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

You Can Call SERVPRO of North Central Mesa for Commercial Water Damage in Mesa, AZ!

We can be to your commercial property anywhere in the Mesa/East Valley Arizona within 120 minutes to start the process of getting your property back to preloss condition.

No matter how bad the water damage issue is, SERVPRO of North Central Mesa can handle it effectively and efficiently with our highly trained (IICRC) team of emergency response techs and our water hi-tech and industry-leading extraction and drying equipment.

Call us as soon as possible so we can work with you to lower the risk of additional damages and help prevent your water loss from developing into more serious health risks such as mold-related illnesses. Studies show that mold growth can become an issue in as little as 48 to 72 hours from the start of a water damage issue.

If your commercial property has moderate to severe water or flood damage, you need a reputable company available on call 24 hours a day in case of an emergency. SERVPRO of North Central Mesa is IICRC Certified and has comprehensive training in restoring your commercial property to preloss conditions!

WE HANDLE COMMERCIAL WATER-RELATED JOBS OF ANY SIZE, TO INCLUDE BROKEN PIPES:

  • Flooded Basements
  • Sewer backups
  • Heavy rain damage
  • Leaky Roofs
  • Hidden leaks
  • Defective rain gutters
  • Water heater leaks
  • Air conditioner leaks
  • Soft water system leaks
  • RO system leaks
  • Slab Leaks
  • Water main breaks

Time of the essence when responding to a water emergency. The faster you respond, the better the chances you will not give mold and mildew the opportunity to grow. Call 480-553-7103 now for water damage assistance. Our emergency response techs will show up quickly and ready to work.

WATER EXTRACTION

Time is a critical factor in limiting the effects of water damage. When water damage occurs, regardless of the source, it should be kept to a minimum if responded to within 24-48 Hours. SERVPRO of North Central Mesa has industry leading cutting edge equipment used to remove excess and/or standing water.

STRUCTURAL DRYING

After the excess water has been completely removed from your commercial structure the drying begins. A properly planned building dry-out and dehumidification plan ensures cost reduction, decreases the dry out time, and decreases the potential of mold growth. Our job is to get you back to your normal business routine as quickly as possible and make things "like it Never Even Happened."™

We are ready and experienced to respond quickly to any type of water loss – clean, gray or black (Category 1, 2, or 3). A timely response to a water claim can reduce costs and property damage.

  • Industry Leading Response Times
  • 24 Hours a Day, 365 Days a Year
  • Complete Water Extraction
  • Structural Drying in Place if Possible
  • Fair, Professional, Competetive Pricing