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Holy Smokes!! Get the Stink Out of Vail Buildings with SERVPRO's Help

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holy Smokes!! Get the Stink Out of Vail Buildings with SERVPRO's Help Smoke Damage, After Demolition and Cleanup By SERVPRO Gets a Vail Home Smelling Good Again

Overcoming Smoke Damage After a Fire in Your Vail Home

Certain disasters leave behind unmanageable effects for your Vail residence. While some situations require the intervention and expertise of trained professionals, it might not make it any easier to contend with the present adverse effects in your home until the restoration process completes. With the right choice of assistance, like our certified restoration specialists, you can overcome the widespread consequences of disasters like a fire in your home quickly and efficiently.

One of the most widespread and challenging fire losses to manage in your Vail residence is smoke. These partially combusted particulates mixed with gases and aerosols can infiltrate areas far beyond the reach of the primary damages from the fire, and require specialized equipment and advanced restoration techniques to overcome. Our SERVPRO professionals have the training to handle all facets of fire damage that affect your home, including the industry-leading equipment to handle smoke damages that spread into open areas, fabrics, carpets, and more.

While smoke damage is one of the final things that our SERVPRO team of professionals seeks to overcome in a full restoration, there is an important reason for this. Other symptoms from the fire, such as soot damage and a possible need for demolition can release debris and stir up this foul odor again and again unless it gets addressed immediately. By waiting until the end of the restoration process, the deodorization can affect all areas that it must and be the most effective. However, we can set up hydroxyl generators to neutralize some of the odor-causing molecules during the service to increase the quality of the indoor air.

You do not need to understand the specifics of how smoke damage gets overcome in your home to appreciate your need for it. However, the process is quite intricate. A thermal fogging machine releases an odorless chemical compound that breaks apart harsh smells on a molecular level. These molecules get neutralized on contact, leaving no discernable odor behind at all. The products used in this fogger can limit its use for fear of degrading rubber seals, plastics, and vinyl components.

While smoke damage might not top the list of your primary concerns when you contend with a fire in your home, it is something that is a requirement for our professionals to overcome on any fire restoration project. You can depend on our SERVPRO of Southeast Tucson / Sahuarita / Green Valley technicians to do whatever it takes to bring your home back to the way it used to be after a fire, "Like it never even happened." Give our emergency response team a call today at (520) 648-7360.

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Controlling Odor Changes in Vail during Fire Damage Restoration

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Controlling Odor Changes in Vail during Fire Damage Restoration Fire damage can engulf a small area in your home. Contact SERVPRO right away for mitigation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Effectively Remediate Foul Odors After a Fire

We cannot run away from the stress that fire damage incidences bring along whenever they happen. Taking the right actions is the only sure way of restoring contents to their preloss condition and preventing possible additional damage. Controlling the smoke odors is one of the challenges you have to overcome when you undergo such an experience in Vail. It is essential to understand the permeation of odor molecules in a structure for successful odor removal.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians understand that residents can perceive odors differently during fire damage restoration in Vail. It means that the mind of an individual determines whether the smell of a scent is good or bad. For instance, paint or gasoline odors may smell pleasant to some individuals while it can be the other way round to other people. Our team has to analyze the situation at hand to come up with the most appropriate method of neutralizing the unpleasant smells.
 
No instrument in the market detects the presence of smell, and we have to depend on our noses. Odors may result when the soot particles mix with fire extinguishing agents or water and rot. The first step that our SERVPRO technicians perform when attending to such situation is to locate and remove the sources of the smells. Though it sounds so straightforward, that is not always the case. There are instances when the odors are coming from crevices and areas that are hard to access.
 
When the temperature and the humidity are so high, the odor molecules tend to vaporize so quickly and become stronger. That is why our SERVPRO team informs our customer about the possibility of the smells reoccurring during warm or humid weather. To address the odors, we perform deodorization with a goal of neutralizing the odor molecules. Usually, we use thermal foggers and Ultra Low Volume Foggers to dispense the deodorizing agents.
 
At SERVPRO of Southeast Tucson / Sahuarita / Green Valley, we respond immediately to any commercial or residential emergency. To work with a leader in the restoration industry, call us at (520) 648-7360.

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What To Expect When SERVPRO Restores Fire Damage Suffered By Your Vail Home

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Expect When SERVPRO Restores Fire Damage Suffered By Your Vail Home When a fire strikes your property, you can lean on our SERVPRO technicians to help you get back in your home quickly.

Take A Look At Our Fire Damage Restoration Process in Vail Residential Homes

When your Vail home experiences the devastation of a fire, you should not be surprised to feel stressed and overwhelmed. Although it is clear you cannot manage the fire damage remediation tasks on your own, you and your family have front-row seats as we work on restoring your home back to its original look and function -- “Like it never even happened.” Here is what you have to anticipate as we complete each step.

Within hours of your call, we arrive at your Vail home ready to assess the fire damage. Our crew lead inspects all areas of your home, even spaces far from the blaze. Smoke and soot can spread throughout a building, especially if the HVAC system was in operation at the time of the fire and continued to work afterward. We evaluate the characteristics of soot residues, which can be different from space to space. The level of charring and involvement of fixtures and personal belongings is essential to confirm as we develop a plan to restore the premises.

If water extinguished the flames, SERVPRO begins with water removal and structural drying. Ridding the house of water is a safety requirement, limiting slip and fall risks, avoiding the threat of electrocution, and halting the deterioration of building materials. Mold growth is possible if water remains more than 24 to 48 hours after the event, making speed water damage mitigation critical.

As members of the team operate pumps and extractors, and position air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers, other SERVPRO employees begin cleaning up the sooty residues. Hot, high-temperature fires leave an ashy trail, removable with vacuums and dry sponges. Slow burning, low-temperature combustion allows thick, sticky soot to accumulate. We need cleaners with wetting agents and surfactants to loosen the coating. Spray and wipe, or immersion cleaning techniques have their place with this type of fire damage.

Kitchen fires leave an almost invisible coating that adheres like varnish or lacquer. SERVPRO employees employ abrasive techniques and possibly solvents to remove this film. As our crew moves through your home, we attend to surfaces and fixtures like carpeting, utilizing steam extractors and dedicated cleaners to pull residues out of carpet or upholstery fibers. We also consider inventorying portable articles for pack out and transport to our production facility. Our fire damage production staff uses advanced strategies to restore items you might have felt were beyond repair.

Deodorization methods are far more efficient than the common cover-ups available over the counter get results. Slow and grease-based fires produce odors that are hard to eliminate, but SERVPRO offers access to a range of cutting-edge solutions including thermal fogging and hydroxyl generation that change the chemistry of odor-bearing particles, rendering them neutralized.

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SERVPRO of Southeast Tucson / Sahuarita / Green Valley has trained technicians, effective products, and the latest equipment to assist with fire damage in your residence. Call us at (520) 648-7360 immediately when fire officials permit. The sooner we evaluate and plan, the more likely our expert interventions result in success.

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Deodorization For Your Fire Damaged Green Valley Home

5/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Deodorization For Your Fire Damaged Green Valley Home Smoke Odors Get Eliminated in Green Valley--Just Call SERVPRO

Green Valley Fire & Smoke Odors Handled by SERVPRO

A fire is something that no Green Valley homeowner wants to have happened to their residence, but this, unfortunately, is sometimes the case. With the kind of widespread damages that even smaller sized fires can produce, contending with the effects after the flames get extinguished can feel overwhelming and stressful. Fortunately, you have a team of restoration experts at your hand to help you through every facet of cleaning and restoring your home.

The truth is, fire damages to your Green Valley home can present themselves in several different ways. You might find yourself less bothered by some effects more than others, but still, want to seek out the kind of professional restoration that can handle all of the damage and bring your home back to preloss conditions as quickly as possible. "Like it never even happened." That is where SERVPRO comes in.

Our team gets to work quickly in determining the full extent of the damage and seals up small holes in your home's exterior that could allow elemental damages to your house during the restoration process. More significant gaps and severe destruction requires a residential construction contractor to rebuild these areas before our restoration work can begin.

While soot damage is a common thread to most of the fires that occur in homes, this is often not the effect that most homeowners get bothered by the most. The lingering scent of the smoke and charring of materials can remain in a home for an extended period after the fire has gotten extinguished, which can make living comfortably in your home a challenge. Then there is the added psychological issue of "imagined smoke odor." SERVPRO techs can place slow-release fragrance producing beads to grapple with this mindset.

Deodorization is one of the last processes that our SERVPRO technicians implement in a restoration plan. This process typically involves the use of a thermal fogger to break up noxious odor molecules and neutralize them to leave no traceable odor behind. During the cleanup efforts, hydroxyl generators or an ozone machine can also be used under the right circumstances.

Contending with the multiple adverse effects of a fire in your home is nothing that you should have to face alone. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Tucson / Sahuarita / Green Valley fire restoration technicians are available to help you through every step of this process to restore your home to preloss condition. Give us a call anytime at (520) 648-7360.

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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.

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.