Recent Storm Damage Posts

Staying safe in Storm damage here in Mesa Arizona.

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

Man with an umbrella watching the storm in the distance. SERVPRO is here to help even when you can see a storm in the distance, and you know it's headed your way.

Personal protective equipment or PPE is essential with our line of work. Disaster sites are naturally a breeding ground of health and safety concerns. Injuries are also prevalent; that’s why we take specific steps to protect ourselves from these dangers. The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that 70 percent of workers who injure their hands were not wearing work glove during an accident. Most of the complaints about wearing gloves are that they are not comfortable and or a lack of skill or mobility. It’s close to 30 percent of workers today, even in disaster workers are wearing gloves not adequate for the type of hazard or just damaged/used gloves, according to the BLS.

SERVPRO of North Central Mesa number concern is Safety. And that goes across the board for SERVPRO Locations in general. Fortunately, with modern day’s technology advances, we have extra protection, durability, and comfortable gloves.

Here are three ways to effectively prevent and avoid hand injuries on a job site.

  1. Evaluate injury risks at the begging of a job. Look for severe possibilities like sharp objects, slip zones, and hazards material. You can always consult with a safety specialist, safety engineer, or product manager to help evaluate the possible risk and risk factors that could very easily lead to hand and finger injuries on a job.
  2. Teaching and Train your employees the proper ways to behave on a job site. You could always do role-playing or simulate a hand injury. Tape up workers dominant hand with gauze and instruct them to perform a couple of simple work tasks and personal task like texting. This type of training shows how to concern they need to be when evaluating their risks while working.
  3. Finally, the best way to prevent hand injuries would be to give workers and technicians the best possible performance gloves. By outfitting our employees with the best equipment, not only do you show your customers you are taking care of your employees, but your employees know that they are being taken care of.

Here at SERVPRO, safety is a top priority for us. If you need any restoration services after a rainstorm, give SERVPRO of North Central Mesa a call and have us safely and effectively take care of your water loss in Mesa Arizona. (480) 553-7103.

2019 Slow start to the Monsoon season

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning striking all around in the Mesa, Arizona area. You can tell by the cactus that it's a local area.

Monsoons are here at the East Valley in Arizona!

 As most of you know Monsoon Season is here. Monsoon storms can be devastating, although as of late here in Mesa it has been quiet.

If you own or rent a house that is vacant right now, it would be wise to check on that property as soon as you can after a storm event or monsoon season. Within just a couple of days, if rainwater goes unchecked, it can lead to mold growth and potential mold damage. Right now, we are working on two mobile homes that were caught in the recent rain storms last month. They weren’t checked on within a couple of weeks and Mold started in the walls and baseboards.

If left unchecked, the damage in your home could go from a couple of hundred dollars to multiple thousands of damages to your property, just within a couple of days. That’s what has now happened to these Mobile homes.

What to do After Flooding?

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if a ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

    If you have any questions or find any water/mold damage issues, call us (SERVPRO of North Central Mesa) immediately at (480) 553-7013. We're available 24 hours a day/7 day a week. Information is free! We're here to help!

Prevent Flood Damage From Storms in Mesa, AZ with a Sand-bag Barrier!

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

San-bag Barrier for Storm Flood Damage Prevention in Mesa, AZ

Monsoon season in Mesa, AZ has taken a little longer this year than most to get into gear. Since there is more time to prepare, you might consider making plans to use sand-bags to create a Sand-Bag Barrier around openings of your home to keep floodwater out of your home where it belongs!

Sandbags can be useful in redirecting stormwater and debris flows away from your home. But be sure that the sandbags are properly filled and maintained. Here's how:

  • Fill sandbags one-half full. Use sand if readily available, otherwise use soil.
  • Fold the top of sandbag down and rest the bag on its folded top. Take care in stacking the sandbags.
  • Limit placement to three layers unless a building is used as a backing or sandbags are placed in a pyramid.
  • Tamp each sandbag into place, completing each layer before you begin a new layer. Clear a path between buildings for debris flow.
  • Lay a plastic sheet in between the building and the bags to control the flow and prevent water from seeping into sliding glass doors. 

What to Expect

  • There are limits to what sandbags can do, so remember: Sandbags will not seal out water. Sandbags deteriorate when exposed to continued wetting and drying for several months.
  • If bags are placed too early, they may not be effective when needed. Sandbags are for small water flow protection -- up to two feet.
  • Protection from larger flow requires a more permanent flood prevention system. Be sure to consult with your local environmental protection department before disposing of used sandbags.
  • Sandbags that are exposed to contaminated floodwaters may pose an environmental hazard and require special

Monsoon season in Arizona. Watch out for those tree!

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Who Do I Call for Storm Damage in Mesa AZ?

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

STORM DAMAGE EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND REPAIR SERVICE IN MESA ARIZONA

Arizona homes face many types of significant structural damage risks thanks to Mother Nature. Although we’re not at risk of hurricanes or even earthquakes like the midwest and back East, you just don’t know when a natural tragedy can strike or what it will consist of. SERVPRO of North Central Mesa has been helping the residents and business owners of Mesa and the East Valley get their properties back to normal following a natural disaster. We respond quickly to determine the damages and begin debris removal, water extraction, cleanup, as well as reconstruction for residential and commercial properties.

Why SERVPRO of North Central Mesa

Our certified technicians provide theemergency services you need when your residential or commercial property is damaged by monsoons, floods or other natural forces. We are ready and on call to help any time of the day or night. Call us 24 hours a day 7 days a week any day of the year. We have a 1 hour contact, 4 hour on site arrival, and 8 hour full update guarantee for every call we get!

NATURAL DISASTERS INCLUDE

  • Monsoon Damage (including wind and water damage)
  • Flash Flooding
  • Haboobs
  • Mud Slides
  • Microbursts
  • Hailstorm damage
  • Rainstorms and
  • Forest Fires
  • Cold fronts that results in Frozen Pipes

MESA AZ HAIL DAMAGE / ARIZONA MICROBURST DAMAGE

Mesa area storms can cause unexpected roof damage to residential and commercial properties. Hail damage to properties can be very costly to repair and can cause future water damage from leaks unless the damage is fixed quickly. It can be tricky to document hail damage, so an immediate inspection is imperative. Insurance companies require very specific information on the extent of the damage, often even looking for a minimum number of hail strikes on a roof before authorizing repairs. SERVPRO of North Central Mesa is available 24/7 to make sure hail damage to your properties in Mesa and the East Valley are inspected and documented quickly and accurately.

CLEANING UP AFTER THE MONSOON

Mesa is affected every year by monsoon rains that leave residential and commercial property owners dealing with the results of flooding, high wind damage, and increased humidity. Immediate response times to emergencies with water damage is needed to reduce the exposure to secondary damages. Property owners dread the possibility of mold and mildew, and the longer these remain undetected and unattended to, the more expensive their damage becomes to correct. SERVPRO of North Central Mesa’s IICRCCertified Technicians have extensive experience with every type of storm or water-related damage and we are available 24/7 to give immediate attention to you and your property.

YOUR HEROES ARE ON THE WAY!

Our motto is to “Make it Like it Never Even Happened.” ™ We can quickly protect your home or business and reduce further damage by securing your property in a variety of ways:

  • Emergency Board Up of doors and windows
  • Proving Short-Term Waterproofing/Tarping
  • Performing Water Removal as needed
  • Demolition and Debris Removal
  • Continuous Monitoring

SERVPRO of North Central Mesa WORKS WITH YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY

SERVPRO of North Central Mesa works closely with your insurance company to get your property safe and clean after hail or storm damage. SERVPRO of North Central Mesa has a solid working relationship with most National and local insurance companies, plus an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. During an inspection, storm damage, including hail, wind, and water damage, are documented carefully with attention given to the specific information that insurance companies’ adjusters need in order to file a claim to get money into your hands quicker.

Microburst Storm Damage Restoration in Mesa AZ: SERVPRO of North Central Mesa

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Central Trucks in front of Gold Pawn Brokers in Mesa AZ after a microburst storm damage restoration.

Storm Damage Restoration for Gold Pawn Brokers in Mesa AZ

It’s not too often that the state of Arizona has natural disasters. Every once in a while we get hit by Microburst storms. This one had actually blown off the roof to Gold Pawn Broker's commercial property. It’s a good thing that Gold pawn was prepared for the worst.   They called SERVPRO of North Central Mesa and we were there for them in a blink of an eye. If you would like to see the Owners comments here is a link to a video of the owner talking about what had happened.

Gold Pawn Broker's SERVPRO Testimonial

Stuck in a bad situation, and don’t know who to turn to. Just give a call at (480) 553-7103 we’ll be happy to take care of you, just like we did for this happy customer. We'll make things “Like it never even happened.”

Using PPE in Storm Damage Situations Can Significantly Reduce Workplace Injuries

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

PPE Example: Impact Resistant Gloves

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is extremely important to our line of work. Disaster sites are naturally a breeding ground for health and safety concerns. Injuries are also very common, that’s why we take certain steps in order to protect ourselves from these dangers. The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that 70 percent of workers who injure their hands were not wearing work glove during an accident. In Jan of 2018 the BLS also stated that hand injuries generally result in an average of 18 to 19 days lost of work in most industries. Most of the complaints about wearing gloves are that they are not comfortable and or a lack of dexterity or mobility. It’s close to 30 percent of workers today, even in disaster workers are wearing gloves not adequate for the type of hazard or just damaged/used gloves, according to the BLS.

SERVPRO of North Central Mesa number concern is Safety. And that goes across the board for SERVPRO Locations in general. Fortunately, with modern day’s technology advances, we have extra protection, durability, and comfortable gloves.

Here are 3 ways to effectively prevent hand injuries on a job site.

  1. Evaluate injury risks at the begging of a job. Look for serious possibilities like sharp objects, slip zones, and hazards material. You can always consult with a safety specialist, safety engineer, or product manager to help evaluate the possible risk and risk factors that could very easily lead to hand and finger injuries on a job.
  2. Teach and Train your employees the proper ways to behave on a job site. You can do role-playing exercises, for example, simulating a hand injury. Tape up workers dominant hand with gauze and instruct them to perform a couple of simple work tasks and personal task like texting. This type of training can show how difficult work can be with injuries and will encourage them to take time to evaluate risks in the work area.
  3. The best way to prevent hand injuries is to give workers and technicians the best possible performance gloves. By outfitting them with the best equipment not only do you show your customers you are taking care of your employees, but your employees know that they are being taken care of as well.

SERVPRO of North Central Mesa is committed to the safety of its employees and encourages other businesses in the Mesa Area to make that same commitment to their employees

Rain storm in Fountain Hills

8/3/2016 (Permalink)

Arizona Storms can be Gorgeous.

Good morning Fountain Hills,

 As most of you know, there was a Storm Event in Fountain Hills Last night. Storms can be devastating. An immediate action might be needed to protect your property.

If you’re any sort of property manager, or own property that is vacant right now. It would be wise to check on that property when you get the chance. Within just a couple of days, if rain water goes unchecked it can lead to growth and potential mold damage.

If left unchecked, the damage in your home could go from a couple hundred dollars to multiple thousands of damage to your property, just within a couple of days.

What to do After Flooding?

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.
  • What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if a ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
  • Micro Burst in Mesa

    4/26/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO arriving on scene

    It’s not too often that the state of Arizona has a natural disasters. Every once in a while we get hit by Micro bursts storms. This one had actually blown off the roof to Gold Pawn commercial property. Although it’s a good thing that Gold pawn was prepared for the worst.   They called SERVPRO of North Central Mesa and we were there for them in a blink of an eye. If you would like to see the Owners comments here is a link to a video of the owner talking about what had happened.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgwryMkPqWU

    Stuck in a bad situation, and don’t know who to turn to. Just give a call at (480) 553-7103 we’ll be happy to take care of you, just like we did for this happy customer. We'll make things “Like it never even happened.”