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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.

Emergency Water & Flood Restoration 85614

2/12/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Emergency Water & Flood Restoration 85614 This home in Green Valley 85614 Had an under sink leak. The water flowed onto the flooring requiring SERVPRO to restore the water damaged property.

When I was in 3rd grade my teacher told the class that it was impossible to draw a perfect circle. I don't like being told I can't do something (who does?) so out came a pencil and a sheet of paper. Tongue sticking out slightly and to the side I set out to make the impossible happen. I realized, after about half an hour that this was impossible, and I was ok with that.

A home is built on the principle of being flat & square. A builder will do everything they can do to make sure your home or office follows these basic building principles. Unfortunately, like drawing a perfect circle, this is impossible to get just right. Our eyes can't see these slight discrepancies, but if you pour a glass of water on your floor or countertop, it will definitely flow from a high spot to a low spot.

Now imagine that glass of water multiplied ten thousand times. This flood like amount of water will flow from high to low as well, even if your flooring is off from being flat by a single degree. Water will always flow from high to low, we can thank gravity for that. In a flooded home, water never just sits on top of flooring, it will find every crack and opening in your floor and find it's way to the slab your home sits on, eventually soaking into the cement further looking for an escape. This can cause many problems if not addressed including cracking, mold growth, and a generally compromised foundation.

When your home has suffered from a flood resulting in water damage, in the Green Valley 85614 area or portions of Tucson, SERVPRO 85614 is the service to use. Our highly trained team is equipped to remove all damaging moisture from your home. Our response time, and philosphies on restoration are time tested and proven techniques utilized by expert technicians. Although none of them can draw a perfect circle we sure have the ability to restore your flood damaged structure "like it never even happened."

What Is Mold? (Do I Need A Mold Inspection?)

2/10/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Is Mold? (Do I Need A Mold Inspection?) Black mold growth, when seen in this concentration, should be addressed immediately by a mold inspector.

Let me start of by saying what mold is not, this may help narrow things down a bit. Mold is not bacteria, animal, or plant. Mold is a fungus, much like a mushroom and requires water and some type of substrate material to grow. A substrate is a nutrition source that fungus needs to grow. Mold will thrive in almost any substrate including carpet glue, gypsum based drywall, and wood. Often, after a home floods, mold growth begins instantly and will eventually become visible as green, black & blue spots. Especially if the structure is not dryed thoroughly. Please note, mold is everywhere and all of us have been exposed to it on a daily basis from the time we were born. Some of us are much more sensitive to the "spores" mold releases which may agitate current medical conditions such as asthma or allergies.

At certain concentrations however, all of us become susceptible to these mold spores in varying degrees. It is difficult to say exactly how much mold is "a lot" or "enough to cause symptoms". But a good rule of thumb is to call a professional mold inspector or water restoration company as soon as a mold colony is noticed with your naked eye.

If you suspect mold growth or have noticed a mold colony on your flooring or walls we guarantee you have a water problem. Wether it is from a recent flood or maybe a small invisible leak, the problem needs to be addressed. As long as there is residual moisture in your home the mold colony will continue to expand and the spore concentration will continue to increase. If small enough and contained in one location one can try to scrub the infected area with soapy water, rinse, and dry. Although this may work for the time being the liklihood of an underlying water damage problem is very good and a professional should be called.

Damage Repair VS. Damage Restoration

2/3/2015 (Permalink)

For many decades the gaslamp was the cutting edge lighting source for all homes across the country. It was a cheap, effective way to light your home and was widely accepted by people across the country. It did have it's downsides however, leaving homes covered in soot, the open flame caused homes to heat up during hot Summer months, not to mention the dangers of a house fire. The electric lightbulb was invented and perfected by Edison to replace gas powered lamps and quickly became the go to product to illuminate homes. It was clean, relatively heat free, and cost effective. What an idea!

For many years emergency & construction companies would deconstruct a damaged home or office and repair the property with all new building materials. Like the gaslamp, this was widely accepted as the way to get families & businesses back to normal after flood damage, storm damage, and fire damage. Although this technique is effective for heavily damaged properties SERVPRO realized, in most cases, restoration is far superior to repair. In other words, "a lightbulb went off."

REPAIR VS. RESTORATION

  1. Repair is much more costly than restoration
  2. Repair takes 2-3 times longer to complete than restoration
  3. Repair is much harsher than restoration to the environment

Although SERVPRO are also experts at complete repair projects to damaged properties, the restoration approach is always taken first. This modern day resoration before repair idea is possible because of the state-of-the-art advances in cleaning supplies, technological advances in machinery, and, most important, the SERVPRO restoration techniques employed, perfected, and utilized by it's highly trained staff in your hometown.

Let you local SERVPRO illuminate your life after a loss. Call today, it's as simple as flipping a switch.

Water Damage & Mold Remediation 85629

2/2/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Water Damage & Mold Remediation 85629 Many homes in the 85629 zip code are seeing under kitchen sink water damage & drywall mold growth due to a faulty O-ring

Sahuarita, AZ 85629 is the sister city and adjoined with Green Valley, AZ 85614. Many of the homes in the older, more established Green Valley are 20-30 years old. The homes in the newer 85629 zip code are 5-7 years old and are beginning to show their weak points.

Many home builders tend to use the same fixtures, piping, and even refrigerator water supply lines from home to home. Especially if your home happens to be in a tract or master planned community. SERVPRO Sahuarita has been receiving many calls from this 85629 zip code. In particular and O-ring is failing on an under kitchen sink pipe and causing water leaks and eventually water damage. If this fault in this universal piping is not addressed mold growth will occur which, of course, results in a much more costly repair.

The professionals at your local SERVPRO 85629 & 85614 are experts in water damage repair and mold remediation and have become quite adept at this particular regional repair. Although most of these homes will just require a replacement pipe and a drying service, some of the homes are showing undersink mold in the drywall and some of the cabinetry. As you are probably aware most mold is harmless and just emits a musty odor, but some types of mold can be harmful to you and your family's health. If you do take a peak under your kitchen sink and happen to notice water damage and mold growth please call an expert to examine and remediate any mold growth thoroughly to prevent it from coming back.

Call your local SERVPRO 85629 today for a free estimate on any water damage or mold remediation service.

520-648-7360

Building Damage & SERVPRO Green Valley Reconstruction Services

6/12/2014 (Permalink)

Building Services Building Damage & SERVPRO Green Valley Reconstruction Services This is a building in Green Valley, AZ that suffered from an automobile crash. Green Valley SERVPRO is beginning the building reconstruction.

Lately we have seen a rash of cars crashing into buildings down here in Green Valley. This is an unfortunate event that does happen. Sometimes a car is thought to be in reverse when it is actually in drive. When this happens and all parties involved are known to be safe, and the appropriate parties are called if need be. The second call that should be made is Green Valley SERVPRO.

Green Valley SERVPRO offers full building and reconstruction services. The most important part of this is to ensure your home or offices contents are safe. After your approval of the estimated costs to repair your building we will secure and protect it until the reconstruction can begin. 

If the damage prevents us from completely securing the structure, we do offer contents storage until your home or office is brought back to pre-loss condition. By having one company handle all aspects of your loss, from initial board up to storage of contents to rebuilding, the overall costs will be much less than hiring several different contractors.

Red Shag Carpet & A Tucson Childhood

6/6/2014 (Permalink)

I grew up in the 1970's when shag carpet was king of the hill! I have very vivid memories of that carpet and I'm sure you, can remember your carpet too. I think it is because we spend so many early years on it. From first getting up from our bellies to crawl, to feeling it under our feet for the first time to walk. I remember sitting on it as a kid and watching my first tonight show with Johnny Carson. My carpet was red shag.

Carpet is an often overlooked, and often used thing in a home. We tend to not give it much care even though it is used so much and tends to be in "the heart of a home" where we spend so much quality time with our families. Today I have made a resolution to have some professional carpet cleaners come in on a regular basis and give our carpet the treatment it deserves!

SERVPRO Green Valley has a showcase treatment for carpet and flooring that has been let go a bit; it's also great for families to take care of those "little spills". We take it the extra mile to ensure your carpet doesn't just look clean, but is clean. Here are just a few of things we do over what your local carpet cleaning companies might do:

  • Thorough carpet vacuuming
  • we use genuine, concentrated, SERVPRO brand pretreat solution
  • We then use a "carpet rake" and go over the entire carpet to ensure it has penetrated the fibers
  • Hot Water extraction methods are used to further agitate the cleaning solution and thoroughly remove the cleaning solution
  • We offer free estimates on all of cleaning & restoration services. Call your local SERVPRO today, we'll make your childhood memories spic & span! 

    Summer Is Clean Carpet Season In Green Valley, AZ

    6/5/2014 (Permalink)

    Community Summer Is Clean Carpet Season In Green Valley, AZ Here our crew chief is doing a hot water extraction on a customers carpet. This is after a vacuum, carpet pre-treatment, and carpet rake.

    'Tis the season for all things carpet cleaning in Tucson! Why should I do my carpet cleaning in the Summer you may be asking yourself. Well, because you live in Tucson! Here in the desert southwest we have what I like to call a "reverse hibernation". When the rest of the country are enjoying 85 degree temperatures and are in and out of their house like busy little bees, tracking the outside inside. down here in Tucson we tend to stay indoors more. In fact, some of the official heat warnings advise us to stay in!

    SERVPRO Green Valley will come on over and have your old stained carpeting "bare-feet ready and smelling like new! Here's more good news, because we are indoors more down here in the Tucson area this time of year you get more value for your dollar! In fact you probably won't need us to come out for a deep carpet cleaning until next spring.

    Green Valley SERVPRO does tile & grout too! We take great pride in every service we offer, our tile & grout cleaning packages are very reasonable priced and above all things very thorough. As always, free estimates

    Call SERVPRO Green Valley today! Let us put a shine on your Summer oasis, your flooring will thank you!

    SERVPRO Carpet Cleaning Services

    6/3/2014 (Permalink)

    Cleaning SERVPRO Carpet Cleaning Services Our arsenal of blowers. These babies will have your carpet dried out after a deep hot water extraction.

    We offer many 24-hour emergency services including smoke and fire restoration & repair as well as flood and water damage cleanup. These two services, especially our flood and water damage service need immediate attention. The longer water is left in a facility after a flood the more likely it will cause further damage to the walls and perhaps even the flooring. This is the very reason we respond 24 hours a day and there when youneed us.

    But, did you know, your local SERVPRO also does carpet cleaning? That's right; the same highly trained staff dealing with extensive flood damage carry all of the newest, highest quality, carpet cleaning equipment! Our hot water extraction units clean down to the microscopic level, and our high capacity blowers will have your flooring dried out much quicker than the local guys. Don't believe us? Take a look at the arsenal of blowers in the picture! Call us today! Free estimates as per usual!

    Smoke Damage & Removing A Burned Structure

    5/27/2014 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Smoke Damage & Removing A Burned Structure This structure will have to be removed by SERVPRO Green Valley before mitigation of the smoke damaged residence.

    SERVPRO Green Valley recently began a job in Willcox, AZ where a structure next to a residence burned down. Fortunately, the neighbooring structure did not burn the residence, but it did cause intensive smoke damage throughout the home. SERVPRO Green Valley are experts in cleaning smoke damaged properties and the thourough cleaning of the residence is underway.

    While on site surveying and estimating the damage, a member of our expert staff noted that the remains of the burned structure would have to be removed from the site before beginning the cleaning, otherwise the odor and burned particulate matter would keep entering the home over and over again.

    Our crew chief called the insurance adjuster assigned to the case and gave him a rundown of the additional need to remove the burned structure. Soon after, the job was approved and the residents will soon be back to their normal life.