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The Wrath of a Packrat.

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning The Wrath of a Packrat. Packrats normally live outfoors in natural habitats but they often find a way to dwell inside buildings.

Packrats (also known as woodrats) are a species of rodent we see alot of here in the desert areas of North America. They tend to use rocky caves or the base of prickly pear or cholla cactus as their dwelling space.  Packrats reproduce at the rate of 5 litters a year with an average of 5 offspring per litter!  

What happens when humans develop housing in areas where woodrats have lived for hundreds of thousands of years? Packrats find safety and shelter inside the walls or attics of buildings.  While inside they can do some serious damage on wires and make a complete mess spreading their feces everywhere.  Nesting spots within insulation and stored clothing and other packing material become a save haven for packrats.  

While preventing an invasion of packrats might be more of a pest control issue (ask who we recomend), our technicians can deep clean any filthy situation.  If you find yourself infested with a family of packrats (even just one lonley woodrat can wreak havoc) please give us consideration in cleaning up the mess "Like it never even happened." 

Flooded Homes and Mold Growth

5/20/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Flooded Homes and Mold Growth Extensive flood damage required a majority of this interior to be removed and disposed, a task too large for your typical carpet cleaning company.

There are over 30,000 carpet cleaning companies scattered across the United States. The likelihood of 2-3 competing restoration companies in your hometown is very good. Many times after a flood or water damage it's off to Google to do a quick search on whom to call to service your water damaged home or business.  Just in the zip codes of 85629 & 85614 there are 15 carpet cleaning and restoration companies. I took the time to search reviews on these local companies & the majority of them have no certifications, BBB ratings, or the equipment to properly clean and restore a flood damaged property. They do have the equipment and ability to shampoo a carpet and I am sure, in most cases, they would do a fine, satisfactory job.

Unfortunately, when a home has had a flood, whether it was from a storm, or just a leaking pipe, your home or office will typically need much more extensive work to ensure further damage does not occur. Simply vacuuming up standing water on carpet and hard flooring & giving it a once over with a carpet shampoo machine does nothing for water trapped in the slab or soaked up by drywall.  When water is left within a few days to a week mold growth will begin to occur.  Mold can cause health effects.


This mold growth is typically invisible to your eye for a number of months because the growth occurs in the dark, damp area between your carpet and your structures' slab. Eventually after a couple of weeks to a few months your walls will begin to show this mold growth.  SERVPRO is typically called when this mold growth is finally noticed  which results in a much more extensive job including carpet removal, slab drying, drywall removal & replacement, and extensive testing to ensure the home & it's contents are dry and mold free.

Your best option is to just call your local SERVPRO directly after your home or office has suffered a flood damage. We are a highly trained emergency response restoration company with a staff of professionals prepared to take on any job. A carpet cleaning company is fine when you just have a soiled carpet but, leave the flood for the experts

Swamp Cooler (Air Conditioner) Fire Damage

5/17/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Swamp Cooler (Air Conditioner) Fire Damage Swamp coolers are the air conditioner units of choice in Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Safety is the number one priority with an emergency as serious as a fire.  You can have a peace of mind knowing that SERVPRO of Southeast Tucson / Sahuarita / Green Valley is dedicated to responding immediately which helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce the cost of restoration.

With summer right around the corner many areas of Southeast Tucson, Sahuarita and, Green Valley already reaching temperatures over 100 degrees. It's only natural to want to escape the heat with cooler and comfortable indoor activities.  Open windows are no longer a good source for cool air.  It's time to crank up the air conditioners!

Evaporation coolers, aka swamp coolers are an economical way to beat the dry desert heat. Unfortunately, worn out parts can be a fire waiting to happen. 
Fire damage emergency tips are crucial and valuable information every homeowner or property manager should be aware of. 
Old or improperly installed fan motors can overheat and be the cause to a dangerous house fire.  You should replace the water pump and pads at least once a year and be sure water lines are clear of debris. The feeling of losing property due to fire is already bad enough with the hindsight of knowing it was preventable.  

When your home or business experiences fire or smoke damage, you need professional help quickly. Our highly trained technicians can provide the manpower needed for any size fire damage.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Carpet Cleaning Bring the life back to your workplace!

Our carpet cleaning services are not limited to residential properties only. Your local  SERVPRO Tucson/Sahuarita/Green Valley is fully equipped to handle any carpet cleaning contract.

As you are probably aware, a first impression means a lot. This is especially true when you are in the hotel & motel business. Typically, the foyer, front desk, and waiting area in a hotel are heavy traffic areas and the carpet tends to get dirty very quickly. Not only can this mean a loss of business for some of your more particular clients, but more importantly it can mean a bad review on important websites like Yelp. This is especially important for hotels because families and business people use the internet when researching a place to stay when they are traveling. In many cases these review sites, are found in popular search engines  before  the hotel's contact page.

SERVPRO offers special commercial carpet cleaning rates per square foot. These special rates tend to be about 35%-40% less than  residential carpet cleaning rates. Free estimates are always provided by a trained IICRC professional. So, if you are unhappy with your current carpet cleaner or just looking to get a more reasonable rate, call SERVPRO today! Let us help you get that 5 star review!

SERVPRO - 520-648-7360

Green Valley Emergency Flood Damage Restoration

3/23/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage  Green Valley Emergency Flood Damage Restoration Residential community sprinkler head caused a flood. We had our guys on the scene within 1 hour!

Storm and flood damage can be a devastating thing to happen to any business or family. Although, we hope you never have a water damaged property, if and when it does happen SERVPRO Green Valley is equipped to get your home and the contents of your home restored and back to the way it was before.

SERVPRO Green Valley has a system in place to efficiently dry your home. This system has been perfected over the past 40+ years. Removing the water from a storm damaged home is the easy part. The cleaning and restoration and the smaller more detailed work is what makes the difference between us and a local carpet cleaner.

Our quick 24 hour emergency response time really makes the difference. After you have suffered a loss from a storm damaged property, our crew can be on site in as soon as an hour. This prevents further damage to your home and it's contents from standing water. Our quick response time can also mean the difference between the future need for mold remediation and bad odor removal.

SERVPRO Green Valley Soccer Sponsor

3/3/2015 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO Green Valley Soccer Sponsor SERVPRO Green Valley is the official sponsor of the U5 Soccer team the "Boomers"! We sure are proud of these guys.

SERVPRO Damage Restoration Sponsors U5 Soccer team

Soccer is the fastest growing sport in North America. Youth Soccer recreation leagues and more competitive "club" soccer teams can be found in almost any city or town across America. The Green Valley/Sahuarita area is no exception. Tyler, the owner of SERVPRO Green Valley sponsored the "Boomers" a U5 (Under 5 years old) team in Sahuarita. We think they look awful slick in their sponsored SERVPRO Green Soccer jerseys!

A portion of the funds from carpet cleaning services will be given back to the community

Even though SERVPRO Green Valley is a newer fire & water damage restoration company, the owner, Tyler Morgan, believes in giving back to the community. We understand fire & water damage restoration is something that doesn't happen everyday, occasionally we have slow days in this business. Carpet cleaning services are a large part of what we do while waiting for more involved jobs to happen. You can rest assured a portion of the funds collected from a carpet cleaning job, or perhaps a residential or commercial damage restoration job will be given back to the youth sports in the Sahurita area.

We sure are proud of this little Soccer team and hope to see them stick with the sport for many years to come.

Leaking Refrigerator Line Causes Tucson Water Damage

2/25/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Leaking Refrigerator Line Causes Tucson Water Damage This water damaged kitchen in Tucson, AZ required several commercial grade dryers. The water damaged home was caught quickly & the cabinetry was saved

Yesterday we received a call from a Tucson area homeowner. She woke up to a flooded kitchen and living room and was unsure of what to do. Well, in a case like this, she did know what to do, call SERVPRO Tucson. Our flood restoration truck & trained staff was on-site in about an hour. Our crew chief quickly found the source of the problem, a water line supplying the refrigerator broke, and although the leak wasn't very big it quietly leaked water throughout the night downstairs.

The Tucson kitchen and living room were flooded extensively and work to restore the property was quickly started. In order to minimize the impact of costly repairs down the road, water restoration services should start immediately. Because the Tucson homeowner caught the water damage quickly the impact of the damage was minimized. The standing water was quickly removed and the dryers were brought in. The kitchen cabinetry was saved, the toe kicks removed, and the SERVPRO commercial dryers were turned on.

In order to ensure the surrounding drywall is dried thouroughly our "inject-a-dry" unit was used. Small holes are drilled in the drywall and fast moving air is injected behind the wall to ensure the water is removed from the backside as well as the front side. It has been 24 hours since the flood was discovered. Our fans have been running through the night to ensure the water damaged areas don't show signs of mold growth in the future. Further restoration of the water damaged kitchen will continue and before & after pictures will be posted.

Local Carpet Cleaners vs. SERVPRO Carpet Cleaning

2/20/2015 (Permalink)

Cleaning Local Carpet Cleaners vs. SERVPRO Carpet Cleaning Green Valley SERVPRO carpet cleaners utilize commercial grade hot water extraction units. Removing the most stubborn carpet dirt & grime.

In this day and age it's hard to balance a family budget. Sometimes, at the end of the month, less important things may have to be put off until the old bank account rebuilds. Carpet cleaning may be one of those things that get's put off month after month. Because dirt and grime builds up slowly over week's or even month's, you may not even notice your home needs a good deep carpet cleaning. Perhaps you think the cost of a good carpet cleaning may be too expensive, or maybe you just do not have a good reference to a reputable carpet cleaning company.

Cheap carpet cleaning does not always mean quality carpet cleaning. There are many local carpet cleaning companies that advertise things like, "$59.99 whole house deep carpet cleaning." These are just ploys to get their foot in the door and usually you will have to deal with a salesman giving you a "hard up-sell" in your own living room talking about "high traffic areas cost more" and such. SERVPRO Green Valley - Sahuarita does not employ these tactics. We provide free, competitively priced estimates & utilize only SERVPRO brand safe chemicals on your carpet or flooring. Our state-of-the-art hot water extraction units are used on even the most severely water damaged homes and commercial buildings. These so called "heavy traffic areas" don't stand a chance against these units. This is why we advertise our carpet cleaning services as a "deep carpet cleaning". These units don't just shampoo the top of your carpet, but clean & pull up even the most stubborn dirt and grime. This ensures your carpet won't be shabby looking a week later.

Although our pricing may be a bit more than some of the local carpet cleaners in your area, our work is long lasting. We believe in the old addage, "you get what you pay for."

SERVPRO Green Valley offers carpet cleaning services in the 85629 & 85614 areas.

Polybutylene Plumbing & Water Damage

2/18/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Polybutylene Plumbing & Water Damage Here is a good example of gray Polybutylene. This will leak over time & cause extensive water damage.

Some things just go together, peanut butter & jelly, popcorn & movies, and springtime & baseball. I think we can all agree that these are things that are destined to be together. Another thing to add to the list is Polybutylene plumbing & water damage. Some of you may not be aware of what Polybutylene plumbing is, where it may be in your home, how to identify it, and what it can cause.

What Is Polybutylene Plumbing?

Polybutylene is a polymer or plastic material that was widely used to make piping for plumbing in commercial and residential buildings during the 1970's. When new it is a tough but flexible material and was deemed perfect for all types of plumbing. Traditionally copper was used for piping, but because of the cost of this metal polybutylene became the material of choice for home builders through the mid nineties. Extensive testing was done in the 1970's to test the durability of this new, space-age material and it passed with flying colors. Sometimes, scientific testing fails, especially if a key point is missed. The labs that were carrying out the testing failed to recognize that public water supplies typically contained elements like chlorine. Over time this chemical causes this plastic to become brittle and deteriorate from the inside out. Eventually, (15-20 years) this plumbing will fail and water will begin leaking into your ceiling and walls.

Where Is Polybutylene Plumbing?

This type of plumbing is typically found in areas where housing booms were happening from the early eighties through the mid-nineties. Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah are some of the states where Polybutylene plumbing was widely used. Tucson, AZ in particular was a boom town during this time and water damage issues as well as mold damage are common place. A plumber can tell you for sure if your home or office was plumbed with Polybutylene. This type of plumbing, if used in your home, can be found in basements, entering your hot water heater, under sinks in you bathroom or kitchen, or in your attic. It is commonly used for water distribution within your home and may be hiding behind walls.

How Do I Identify Polybutylene?

If your home or office was constructed in the last 15 years the liklihood of polybutylene plumbing used is very low. If your structure was built from the mid- seventies to the mid-nineties you may want to do some snooping around. This plumbing is typically 1/2" to 1" in diameter and may be blue, grey, or black. If you find piping in these colors, first look for a stamp marked "PB 2110 M". If you see this mark it is a great idea to call a plumber. Blue Polybutylene was usually used for underground water mains, but you may see this entering your home through your foundation or inserted in your water meter. Black distribution piping, although less commonly used than grey, may be 1/2" to 1" in diameter but may not be polybutylene. Polyethelene plumbing is also black and a professional plumber should be called to identify this piping.

Polybutylene Failure Leads To Water Damage & Mold Growth

Over time this plumbing will fail if not addressed in a timely manner. Water damage and eventual mold growth will occur in ceilings and walls leaving you with insurance claims or expensive out of pocket costs. If you have a water leak in your home call a plumber to repair and replace the faulty plumbing. When the plumber is finished with their repair, a water restoration company like SERVPRO will be needed to restore and repair your flood damaged ceiling, flooring, and walls. Our restoration techniques are unrivaled and we will thoroughly dry you home and it's contents with our time tested techniques. SERVPRO Tucson & water damage restoration is kind of like peanut butter & jelly, we just go together.

Carpet Drying Services Tucson

2/17/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Carpet Drying Services Tucson If the carpet pad is not replaced the carpet will wick moisture back into it. An attempt was made to dry the carpet surface but was not a solution.

We recently received a call from a Tucson homeowner who had a flood develop in her bathroom which left a lot of water in her hallway and living room. She called a plumber to fix the source of the leak. The plumber fixed the leak and offered to dry her carpet for an additional fee. She agreed, he brought in a couple of commercial fans and left them on overnight to dry the property. In the morning he came back to retrieve the fans and the carpet was dry to the touch.

After about a week the homeowner began to notice an odd smell in her home and called around to different carpet drying companies. She settled on our SERVPRO to come out and take a look. After one of our trained staff members heard what had happened he knew instantly the carpet pad, and the carpet drying in general had not been done correctly.

Mold growth had begun in the carpet pad which was attributing to the odd, funky smell in the home. The carpet would have to pulled up and the damp carpet pad underneath would have to be disposed of and replaced. Five to six commercial drying fans would be placed in strategic areas around the living room to ensure proper air flow and would be left running for three days before reinstallation of the pad and carpeting could be done. We gave her a free estimate on neccessary repairs and she gave us a call a couple of days later to begin the work.

Although many plumbers are licensed & bonded in the field of plumbing, not all of them are equipped to deal with a severely water damaged property, nor do all of them follow IICRC principles & policies when drying carpets or flood damaged flooring. In the Tucson, Green Valley, and Sahuarita areas SERVPRO is the company to call for carpet drying services.