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Tucson Monsoon Time Is Here, Are You Ready? SERVPRO Is!

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Monsoon Flooding a Problems in Tucson? We Can Help--Just Call SERVPRO

Flash Flooding Threats During Tucson’s Monsoon Season

Beginning in the middle of June, Tucson and the rest of Arizona enter one of the most destructive seasons of the year. With the heavy rainfall and severe storms expected regularly throughout these few months, the monsoon season can expose many homes and businesses to flash flooding and property damage. While residents of the area are familiar with the severity of the storms that could impact the area, many still fall victim to flooding impacts that require professional assistance to overcome.

During monsoon season, the threat of flood damage in Tucson residences is much higher than any other point of the year. It is also the time of year that our SERVPRO professionals remain most diligently prepared for emergencies and disasters that could occur, having fully stocked production trailers with capable mitigation equipment for extraction and drying, but also additional machines for air quality improvement, cleaning, and deodorization.

With these severe weather systems, we also must dispatch our team of general contractors that can help to provide temporary construction solutions like boarding and tarping services. These immediate responses to the situation can help to reduce the presence of floodwater in a home and keep areas of the property unaffected by the raging storms outside.

With monsoon flash flooding, the entire main level of a house can become affected by several inches of standing water that could potentially become contaminated by exposure to specific substances, locations, and other threats in route to your residence. Extraction is the priority, but our contractors must also work to remove all exposed construction materials and structural elements. Our SERVPRO team can clean and disinfect what materials remain after the assessment.

There are multiple concerns for every home exposed to indirect flooding from storm damages or flash flooding that can sweep through a property all at once. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Tucson / Sahuarita / Green Valley technicians have a fast and effective approach that can work to protect as much of your property as possible. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (520) 648-7360.

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When A Flood Strikes Your Tucson Home, You Need To Contact The Professionals At SERVPRO!

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

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Rely On SERVPRO For Flood Damage Remediation During Tucson’s Unpredictable Monsoon Season

Tucson residents keep a wary eye on the weather from June 15 to September 30, also known as the Monsoon Season. Our typically arid climate experiences an average of about 6.1 inches of precipitation over roughly 107 days. Locations across the Tucson metropolitan area report a wide range of rainfall totals over the summer and early fall, and no homeowner knows if this season might present a significant water loss event.

The flood damage the Tucson community suffers during monsoons varies greatly. A couple of inches might pound one neighborhood while only a trace measures in the rain gauges a few miles away. If your number is up this year, be sure to have ours on speed dial. Torrential showers can flood through your home and damage roofs, windows, and siding.

Because the fallout from quickly building storms can include such a wide range of damage, you need a full-service disaster recovery team like SERVPRO. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification-trained crews hold many certifications among our workers, with individual technicians often earning multiple specialties.

Our crews arrive as soon as possible after your call, ready to secure exterior damage with boards and tarps if needed. Commercial-quality gas-powered pumps and truck-mounted wanded extractors get right to work. SERVPRO trucks bring onboard power generators in case the storm knocked out the electricity, avoiding delays in containing and disposing of the flood waters.

Our management team evaluates the category of water filling the lower levels of your dwelling. Flood waters are by definition black or Category 3 water. SERVPRO is familiar with the regulations applying to hazardous waste disposal and pledges to handle the water removed appropriately.

The pathogens flood water contains poses health risks and also can support fungal growth that damages building materials. Once the flood waters evacuate your home, SERVPRO employees transition to cleaning and disinfecting with EPA-registered products. The final step in flood remediation is structural drying. Our skilled crew positions air movers and heaters to move moisture absorbed by porous structural components into the air as vapor, ready for capture by our high-efficiency dehumidifiers.

SERVPRO of Southeast Tucson / Sahuarita / Green Valley is ready to help with all aspects of monsoon-related flood damage in your abode. Call us 24/7 at (520) 648-7360 to schedule an assessment, planning session, and implementation by our talented team.

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How Fast Action Against Flood Damage can Save Your Tucson Home

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding is a danger in Tucson. Contact SERVPRO to restore your water damaged home.

Fast Action by SERVPRO Against Flood Damage in Tucson Saves Attic Guest Room

This area of Arizona is under no danger for flood damage from threats such as storm surge; however, we do experience intense storms, and flash floods are a real danger to properties in the area. When water enters a home, it is vital that it is cleaned up professionally to avoid secondary damages such as mold or foul odors.

After a late night heavy rains, SERVO technicians responded to a call regarding flood damage in a Tucson home. Clogged gutters on the house had caused the fascia boards to rot over time and allowed water to enter an attic converted to a guest room. There was almost no standing water, but several wet items. We immediately tarped over the area to stop any further water from entering the property.

Our technicians immediately removed the wet area rug and other damp items for drying and disinfection in our facility. The drywall and flooring were inspected to see the extent of moisture penetration using our soft probes and thermal imaging. It is critical to determine if and how much water has wicked into drywall and if flood cuts are necessary for drying before we set up air movers. Once our technicians have identified every place in the room with raised moisture levels, the drying phase began.

During the drying process, the air movers are explicitly angled to cause water vapor to rise, and when it does, it is captured by the desiccant dehumidifier that collects and expels water vapor as droplets of water. After drying, the area was thoroughly wiped down and disinfected by hand. Our location offers building services, and we were able to suggest and offer the necessary repairs to the fascia board to stop this issue from reoccurring the next time it rained.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Tucson / Sahuarita / Green Valley at (520) 648-7360 at the first sign of flood damage. The faster remediation begins on a water loss; the more favorable the outcome can be.

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Homeowners in Green Valley Trust the Storm Mitigation Treatments of SERVPRO

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Green Valley, Flash Flooding, and Yeah for SERVPRO!

Efficient Extraction for Flooded Green Valley Homes

Natural disasters can strike with little warning to Green Valley homes and can be especially problematic to those in the lowest lying areas throughout this region. Flooding can occur from many sources from torrential rainfall causing flash flooding through prolonged weather events that cause creeks and streams to rise and pour into neighboring properties. Our team has a fast response to these situations to help mitigate your loss and work to offer a quick turnaround on restoration to get you back in your home.

One of the ways that our team can assure efficiency and effectiveness when restoring flood damage to Green Valley homes is through the use of industry-leading equipment. It has always been the policy of our SERVPRO team to provide the best tools for production to ensure that our customers have a minimal interruption to their lives as we work to restore damage to their properties. With floods, many areas of your home can become affected simultaneously, so having advanced tools and equipment can be critical to preventing further damage. We even help you with your flood insurance claim, if you have one.

When our team first arrives at your home, we set up our equipment to immediately begin extracting pooling water throughout exposed regions of your property. We have many levels of extraction equipment from our extractor trucks that can arrive with our Green Fleet of service vehicles to portable sump pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands for smaller and less accessible areas of your damaged home.

The choice for what your home needs depends on the severity of the water damage and what can clear the area most efficiently to allow for the debris removal and drying efforts that have to follow. In many cases with heavier damages, our truck-mounted and gas-powered extraction machines can offer fast removal at a rate of up to 300 psi. Special consideration is given to Black Water circumstances to ensure that professional grade disinfecting is carried out during the water removal and as an end step once the structure is dried. Customer safety is our number one concern and goal.

Effective cleaning and restoration of flood damages to your home begin with fast and efficient extraction tools. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Tucson / Sahuarita / Green Valley rapid response team can showcase the full measure of our industry-leading equipment by calling (520) 648-7360. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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What Few People Know About Flood Damage Remediation in Tucson

1/13/2019 (Permalink)

Anytime that flooding affects a home, water removal services are urgently required. Contact our SERVPRO team to assess the situation and remediate.

What to Do After a Flash Flood Strikes Your Tucson Home

Unexpected disasters are impossible to prepare for, but returning your Tucson home to its original condition does not have to be as overwhelming as it might initially seem. Flooding is a common threat to Tucson homes, especially through the rainier months of the year. When the ground is already overly saturated by the regular rainfall, conditions like flash flooding can occur with little warning or time to prepare.

Flash flooding damage in Tucson can affect your home in several ways, and homeowners do not often have the expertise or professional equipment necessary to restore their property to the extent that it requires. Our SERVPRO technicians go far beyond flood damage cleanup and can successfully restore properties affected by flash flooding by offering efficient extraction and effective drying solutions designed to protect the structural base elements of your home.

One of the common concerns with flooding is the effect that the water has on the construction materials it comes into contact with, but our team can help. Often with the threat of contamination, dirt, and unknown debris, controlled demolition is the best solution to overcome the threats of saturated materials. While our team often seeks to preserve original materials over reconstruction efforts, flooding situations are often the exception to this rule because of the unknown variables that exist.

Our mitigation work begins as soon as our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your address following an emergency. Our Green Fleet gets equipped with truck-mounted and gas-powered pumps to extract excess water from the affected areas quickly. Once this water gets removed, our professionals can quickly get to work on setting up our industry-leading drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers for moisture and saturation removal.

While you cannot always monitor the conditions to know when a flash flood is possible, knowing what to do once one occurs can help protect your home from costlier repairs and restorations. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Tucson / Sahuarita / Green Valley rapid response team is available 24/7 to help at (520) 648-7360.

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After the Flood. Water Damage Vapor in Your Vail Home

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

After the water recedes, water vapor remains and spreads through your home.

Reducing Humidity to Normal Levels after Flood Damage in Vail

Every aspect of your home's interior becomes altered after an event involving water. Flooding in Vail creates a drastic change in the environment. The materials inside your residence also suffer tremendously and can become so unsafe that entering becomes highly risky.  

Having an expert to guide you through the process of reclaiming your flood-damaged Vail property can prove invaluable in the reduction of expenses while saving you from wasting unnecessary time and having increased aggravation. SERVPRO technicians hold certificates from the IICRC, assuring you of their expertise, thoroughness, and dedication.  

Our teams work hard to make sure that your home is brought back to satisfactory condition, “Like it never even happened.” The effects of a significant portion of the work we do are never seen but rather felt. The increased amount of water vapor left in the air after flooding permeates an entire home. Traveling on air currents already present in your house allows water molecules to end up everywhere.  

Once in other areas of your home, these misplaced molecules of water can begin to do damage that the initial flooding was unable to do. They do this by settling on cooler surfaces and congregating together. This condensation of moisture can lead to problems with microbial populations spiking, destruction of finishes on photographs, and a sticky feeling everywhere, including your skin.  

We use air movers to dry out the air, directing it outdoors. Other areas that we find more challenging to do this in receive extra help from one of our dehumidifiers or desiccant machines. We also use air scrubbers to trap any particles or microbes present in the air. When exposed to moisture, microorganisms become activated, even while still suspended in the air, leaving them completely ready to set up a colony as soon as they settle on a surface. Bringing the humidity level back down to normal and acceptable levels prevents all of this from happening.  

SERVPRO of Southeast Tucson / Sahuarita / Green Valley remediates physical flood damage and also prevents additional problems by eliminating excessive water vapor from Green Valley, Littleton, and Continental properties. Our number, (520) 648-7360, is always available to residents needing help with this disaster type and many others that cause damage to homes. Call us when you need expert help in getting your home back to livable condition.

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Eliminating Flood Damage From Green Valley Homes

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding is not something new residents in Green Valley consider.

Eliminating Flood Damage

Flooding is not something new residents in Green Valley consider. Anyone who has been here for more than several years can attest that a sudden storm drops thousands of gallons of water on top of area homes overnight. These storm bursts happen quickly and can flood a home just like a cresting river in the Midwest.

Restoring Green Valley homes after flood damage requires more than just removing water in the home. SERVPRO technicians train to find and restore damage to both the home and the property inside it. After eliminating standing water as a threat, they dry everything quickly, but without causing any secondary damage.

For example, structural property like drywall and wood framing can absorb much water. If the items remain intact, technicians can remove the water and dry each piece before it causes them to crumble, rot, or begin growing mold.

To stop rot and mold growth, and dry structural property, technicians, use dehumidifiers, air movers, and fans. They first install a dehumidifier to draw moisture from a nearby property item like drywall and the surrounding air. Depending on the amount of moisture in each, the machine can remove up to 25 gallons of water every 24 hours and causes no physical damage.

To augment the dehumidifiers, SERVPRO technicians install fans at key exit points. The devices draw the cooler, damp air from inside the home, lowering the inside humidity, and blow it outside. Fans also support the use of air movers.

Technicians use this last device on property that has absorbed water but has not started to fall apart or rot. They can adjust the speed and temperature to match the water present and remove it quickly without over drying the items. That reduces the risk of drywall panels crumbling or wood framing warping, splitting, or cracking.

At SERVPRO of Southeast Tucson / Sahuarita / Green Valley, our only goal is to return every home after a flood to its original, dry state. If you need us, call our office at (520) 648-7360 today to schedule a visit.

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Mitigating Flood Damage To Your Green Valley Home with Roof Tarping Services

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Respons Swiftly to Protect a Damaged Roof in Green Valley after a Monsoon Wind Passed

SERVPRO Helps Keep the Water Out While Removing the Water from Within Your Property after a Monsoon

As many who live in the Green Valley area are already familiar, the summertime is when some of the most torrential rainfall and severe weather conditions affect the area. Between July and August, the monsoon season ravages homes and businesses throughout the region and tests their abilities to withstand the palpable strength and ferocity of the storms.

The unfortunate truth to this scenario is that many homes within the Green Valley area cannot avoid the flood damages that result when their roofs give way and fail under the intensity of the severe weather system. Our SERVPRO professionals can not only assist you with the immediate concerns of flood damages but also in your need for short-term roof tarping until the appropriate repairs can get made.

During these severe weather events, many different styles of roofs find themselves in danger of failing. For example, a straight line wind from a microburst has the strength to tear off roofs altogether. Heavy rain can wreak havoc on flat roofs as well, posing similar avenues for flood damage to penetrate through the upper level of your home and affect a wide area inside of your house.

Amid a flooding event, you need a team of restoration professionals that can respond quickly and limit this exposure and avenue for floodwaters to penetrate. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you to mitigate the damage you experience by working to tarp over the damage your roof has experienced from a monsoon to stop the flow of water into your home so that extraction efforts can begin. We can use a "shrink-wrap" process to secure the storm-damaged opening from the elements quickly. Substantial roof repairs, especially on a larger scale later get handed off to accredited residential contractors that can replace the damaged areas entirely.

Sometimes you have to have a quick solution to keep your home from experiencing irreparable damages amid severe weather or monsoon passing through the area. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Tucson / Sahuarita / Green Valley water damage restoration specialists can help you to limit the damage your home experiences with roof tarping and water removal services and get to work on fully restoring your home. Give us a call 24/7 at (520) 648-7360.

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Roof Tarping To Reduce Flood Damage In Green Valley Homes

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Green Valley Homes and Cactus Stand Up to Monsoon Season Well with SERVPRO's Help

SERVPRO Quickly Responds in Green Valley to Minimize Roof Damage from Monsoon Effects

Green Valley homeowners and residents can suffer a wide variety of damages after a micro-burst or monsoon cut through our community. The sudden and severe winds can cause as many problems as the water does to each home.

One of the methods SERVPRO uses to reduce flood damage in Green Valley home is roof tarping. It covers a roof to prevent secondary problems in the same way when our teams board up windows and doors. The process is more detailed, since roofs, particularly the flat roofs common to so many houses in our area, are more vulnerable to further wind and water damage than other entry points.
First, our SERVPRO technicians identify and measure the size of the damaged section of the roof. It is not enough to look at it and measure since winds can get under the tiles and damage the structure below it. Monsoon rain can be a significant source of water penetration into a structure. Depending on the roof structure and its components, a "shrink-wrap" process may be used to keep out the elements along with birds and vermin.
Next, team members unfold a tarp to cover the damaged section. Although most of these commercial tarps are blue, the color does not matter, as long as it is waterproof and is tough enough to drive a washered nail through or set a screw into it. Our technicians ensure there is enough material at the top and bottom of the tarp to help secure it, usually about four feet of material at the top and the bottom. They also measure so there is at least a foot of material on either side the damage as well.
Securing the tarp starts by wrapping the bottom of it around a 2x4 and nailing it down. SERVPRO technicians ensure it is secured at the edge of the eave to the roof framing and not just through the tile and panel. They do the same at the top and then drive another 2x4 on top of those make sure it stays in place. To secure the sides, team members use more 2x4s, securing them with enough material on the outside, so it does not pull away from the nails under high winds. They also make certain to nail them in place no more than about 6 to 10 inches apart.
The goal of SERVPRO of Southeast Tucson / Sahuarita / Green Valley is to secure your home against further damage and to provide a safe environment while moving property and performing any needed restoration. Call (520) 648-7360 today to schedule a visit. We are here for you.

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