Recent Storm Damage Posts

Practice Safety When It Comes To Flooding On Your Scottsdale Property

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning in sky and clouds Give us a call to handle flooding cleanup and restoration in your home.

Monsoon season is just a few months away and according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix, we are due for a very favorable monsoon season with either near or above-average rainfall chances. With the monsoon season typically beginning in June, SERVPRO of Scottsdale would like to prepare you for what to do when it comes to flood safety, should you ever find yourself in a flooding situation.

Do Not Enter A Moving Flood

If you are on the roadways and you see a flooded road ahead, stop and turn around. It only takes about a foot of water for it to sweep your car away. If you are out and about, never walk or wade into moving waters as it can easily sweep you off your feet. You also never know what chemicals or biohazards could be lurking beneath. You also want to stay out of water during lightning storms as electrical currents traveling in the water can be very dangerous and you run the risk of being shocked.

Obey Emergency Response Crews

Follow the instructions of emergency crews such as first responders and local authorities as they exist to help you and keep you safe. This means following the commands on roadways such as avoiding flooded roadways.

Respond To Water Damage Right Away

If your property is affected by flooding caused by heavy rains, take action right away. Once your property is deemed safe to enter and the risk of electrical shock has been removed, call SERVPRO of Scottsdale. The longer you leave it untreated, the higher the potential you have of mold growth and more extensive damage occurring.

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Contact the professionals right away! SERVPRO of Scottsdale is available 24/7 for flood emergencies to handle the cleanup and restoration.

Be Safe During A Lightning Storm

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning in the desert Lightning can be dangerous and life threatening. Practice these safety tips during a storm.

Arizona's active monsoon season is just a few months away and according to The National Weather Service in Phoenix, it is predicted that Arizona “is going to have a very wet and active monsoon season, with nearly a 70% chance of precipitation expected to reach near or above normal across the Southwest” (AZ Central). Monsoon season typically brings rain, heavy winds, thunder, and lightning. Thunderstorms and lightning are very dangerous and can potentially pose life threatening risks if you are not careful or heed caution.  Here are some safety tips to put into practice so you know what to do when thunder and lightning are nearby.

  • If you hear thunder five seconds or less after you see lightning, you are in the strike zone so seek shelter immediately in a building or vehicle.
  • When indoors, stay away from doors and windows and avoid using the telephone as electrical wiring does attract lightning.
  • Unplug electronic equipment such as televisions and computers that are not in surge protectors to avoid a power surge that could potentially fry your equipment. Surge protectors protect your equipment to avoid this from occurring.
  • If you are unable to seek shelter and are stuck outdoors, do not stand near trees, electric or metal poles. You need to get at least 7 feet away from tall objects.
  • Do not stand on hilltops or any higher elevated, open areas.
  • Do not stand in water. If you are in a pool, get out immediately.

Cold Wintry Weather In Scottsdale

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

hands next to heaters Be safe when using your space heater or fireplace during the colder temps.

Last week, Avondale and the rest of the Phoenix area got to experience it’s first taste of wintry weather. The weather was brought to us by a low pressure system which brought a cold front bringing along strong winds and rain to the Valley as well as snow to other parts of the state. Last Thursday, Valley residents woke up to 37 degree temperatures making that morning commute to work pretty chilly.

Colder temperatures typically mean it’s time to add extra blankets and turn your heaters or space heaters on since many of us here in Avondale and Goodyear aren’t used to the cooler temps we’ve been seeing recently. Here are some safety tips to consider when it comes to your heaters.

  • Test your smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly.
  • Switch out the batteries on your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended. Make sure it is turned off and unplugged before leaving your home.
  • Make sure there is at least a 3 foot safe space around your space heater to prevent anything from catching on fire.
  • If you have a fireplace, make sure your fireplace and chimney are properly cleaned to prevent soot buildup from catching on fire.
  • Do not leave a fire in your fireplace unattended. Have a fireplace screen in front to prevent any sparks from jumping out.

Before Your Insurance Adjustor Arrives

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

Notebook and pen Be proactive to lessen the damage from a flood while your waiting on your insurance to arrive.

Although monsoon season is officially over, there is still the likelihood that Scottsdale and Rio Verde can receive scattered rainstorms during the Fall season. It may not be as constant or as intense as the monsoon storms we receive, but it’s safe to be prepared for the inevitable just in case. It is beneficial to know what to do should a flooding issue from a storm arise.

Call Your Insurance

If your home is experiencing flooding from a storm, your first call should be to your insurance adjustor and alert them of the situation so you can file a claim.


Next, you’ll want to call SERVPRO of Scottsdale. We are available 24/7 when standing water is involved which means no matter what, we will do our best to send a team of technicians out as soon as we can. During this process, SERVPRO will assess the damage and perform water extraction to prevent further damage to your home. We will also complete an itemized list of damages for your insurance claim.

Take Pictures

Make sure to document the damage and take as many pictures as you can. If mold occurs over the next few days, be sure to document that as well for your insurance claim.

By taking immediate action and being proactive when a flood takes place in your home can help lessen the damage and keep it from getting worse in the long run.  

Discovering Storm Damage In Your Home

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water droplets Don't delay when it comes to water damage. Call SERVPRO of Scottsdale right away to take care of the cleanup!

Many Scottsdale residents are still dealing with the aftermath from the monsoon storms that pummeled the area last month. During the ongoing storms, we received a high number of calls from homeowners and business owners who were faced with water damage from the storms. But what about the homeowners and business owners who didn’t deal with the water and storm damage right away?

SERVPRO of Scottsdale has been receiving calls from homeowners who have been relocating back to Arizona to spend the fall and winter months here. Upon arrival to their winter home, they have discovered extensive storm damage from the monsoons.

If you’re dealing with a similar situation and have discovered that your home has damage weeks after the rainstorms, then give SERVPRO of Scottsdale a call!

Monsoon Storms In Scottsdale

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning and dark clouds If you have standing water in your home due to rain storms, give us a call. We are available 24/7 for flooding and standing water emergencies.

Our SERVPRO of Scottsdale technicians have been working nonstop recently due to the number of monsoon storms that have taken place. Many Scottsdale and Rio Verde residents were dealing with roof leak issues that caused water-soaked ceilings and walls as well as causing damage to the flooring and furniture. Other residents were also dealing with standing water issues caused by flooding which required 24/7 immediate attention from our SERVPRO crews.

According to the National Weather Service, Phoenix so far has recorded 3.29 inches of rain since June 15th. That would make this year’s monsoon the third wettest monsoon Phoenix has seen in previous years. In 2014, Phoenix recorded 6.34 inches of rain in 2014, followed by 5.70 inches of rain in 2008.

If you have discovered water damage or mold growth from these rain storms, give SERVPRO of Scottsdale a call now before the damage worsens.

Helping Our Texas Neighbors

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen icicles SERVPRO of Scottsdale helped Texas residents in need for the storm damage that took place.

In February 2021, many Texans across the Lone Star State were met with harsh winter conditions that was caused by three winter storms that swept across the United States. This brought record low temperatures as well as winter conditions which included snow and ice for many living across the state. Because of these freezing temperatures, many homes and business were without electricity due to a failed power grid and were experiencing severe water damage caused by flooding from frozen water pipes.

SERVPRO of Scottsdale was one of the many franchises across the United States that responded to the winter storm damage. Our crews drove for many hours to Austin, Texas to lend a helping hand to residents in need. We worked on many homes and businesses to provide water damage restoration and mold remediation services to help residents get back on track to normalcy.

When a national storm crisis takes place, you can count on SERVPRO to be there to lend a helping hand because we are all in this together.  

Flood Safety Tips

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of checklist Create a flood safety plan.

Monsoon season is just a few months away for residents in Scottsdale. At a time where majority of us will be melting from triple degree temperatures, the monsoon rains bring much needed moisture and cooler temps. Although monsoon storms are welcomed in the southwestern desert, it’s important to follow safety guidelines as monsoon storms bring heavy rains and floods. Here are 4 tips to keep you safe during a flood.

  1. Have a safety plan in place to keep your home and your loved ones as safe as possible. Be sure to include things such as how to safely escape your home in the event of a flood, where to keep your pets, how to create a barrier around your home to prevent water from entering and a list of things to keep in your emergency kit.
  2. Be sure to have batteries just in case you need them for things such as flashlights and radios. It’s also good to have battery power banks on hand to charge your phones.
  3. Move to higher ground as it’s easy to get swept away and knocked off your feet with fast moving floodwaters. If you live in a two story home, move to the second level of your home.
  4. Have a plan in place for storm cleanup if your home is dealing with water damage after a flood. SERVPRO of Scottsdale is ready to help you with the cleanup process. We will assess the situation, clean up the damage and dry out the moisture to prevent mold growth from occurring.

5 Ways to Prepare Your Business for Flood Damage

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Prepare To Face A Flood Before Disaster Strikes

As a business owner, you need to make sure that you're prepared to take on any type of disaster, including flooding. Failure to address or remediate water damage in a timely manner can result in devastating amounts of secondary damage. Protect your business in Scottsdale, AZ, by preparing to face a flood before disaster strikes.

1. Assess Your Location's Risk.
There are multiple ways to assess your building's flood risk. The Federal Emergency Agency can provide you with a map that displays locations that have a higher flood risk.

2. Create and Discuss a Disaster Plan With Your Employees.
It's a good idea to implement a couple of different disaster plans for your business. It is vital that you inform and train your employees on the specifics regarding any type of evacuation plan. This can help ensure everyone's safety in the event of a major black water flood.

3. Install Alternative Energy Sources.
Less severe storms or floods might not warrant a complete evacuation. If business can continue safely, then you should make every attempt to do. Installing backup generators and air conditioning units can help expedite recovery time and reduce the amount of income lost.

4. Protect Important Records.
Your business's most important files should have multiple backups regardless. In case of flooding, you should make steps to waterproof these backup copies. Store physical documents in waterproof containers that are elevated at least one foot above the projected flood level. Electronic documents should have multiple backups stored in the Cloud.

5. Purchase Commercial Flood Insurance.
According to FEMA, almost 40% of small businesses are unable to recover from even the smallest of floods. Insurance coverage can help prevent flood damage from killing your business.
Don't let your business succumb to water damage caused by flooding. Take the time to ensure that your building, employees and personal property are all prepared to face any type of disaster. Make sure to contact storm remediation experts if your business has fallen victim to flood damage.

What Not to Do After a Flood

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded roadway on top of the picture says "Turn around, don't drown" Never enter a flooded roadway

Avoid The Following From Your Home After A Flood

Dangerous flood water can cause problems for anyone, even if you've never experienced a flood before. Knowing the correct, and incorrect, actions to take during and after the incident can, not only save your life, but also help you avoid subsequent property damage. Make sure to avoid the following if your home in Scottsdale, AZ, has recently suffered from a flood.

1. Never Enter a Moving Flood.
There are a number of reasons why wading or swimming in flood water is a terrible idea. The water could likely contain harmful biohazards or other contaminants. Likewise, it's difficult to tell how quickly the current is moving. It only takes about 6 inches of water to sweep you away.

2. Never Disobey Emergency Response Crews.
First responders, local authorities and other types emergency response crews exist to help you. Disobeying or ignoring them can put you in danger, as well as make their jobs significantly more difficult. You're better off listening to what they have to tell you and following their directions.

3. Never Touch Standing Water.
Just because the water in your flooded home isn't moving, doesn't mean it's safe. Much like the flood currents, this standing water could contain harmful biohazards. It's also possible that the water could be electrically charged, especially if it has come into contact with an outlet or electronic device.

4. Never Drive Through a Flood.
It only takes about a foot of water to sweep your car away. Avoid catastrophe by simply keeping out of the flood altogether.

5. Never Ignore Water Damage.
All types of floods can cause damage, not just severe ones. After the authorities give you permission to return home, you need to take immediate action to remediate any water damage. Leaving it untreated can cause mold growth and other types of structural damage.
Flood water should never be taken lightly. Staying alert and listening to your local authorities is the best way to keep yourself and your family safe. If your home has suffered damage following a flood, you need to contact flood remediation experts.

Commercial First Aid Kit Requirements

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Kit supplies An adequately stocked emergency first aid kit is the foundation of any commercial establishment's safety measures

As a commercial business owner, it's your responsibility to implement the proper safety precautions for anyone who enters your building, employees and customers alike. An adequately stocked emergency first aid kit is the foundation of any commercial establishment's safety measures. Continue reading to see whether your building in Rio Verde, AZ, is prepared to handle severe storms, flooding, or other types of emergencies.

Minimum Mandatory Requirements

The United States Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has provided clear guidelines highlighting the minimum required supplies that a first aid kit is required to contain. These minimum mandatory supplies are as follows:

Two sets of different sized gauze pads (4x4 inches and 8x10 inches, respectively)
At least one package of gauze roller bandage, minimum 2 inches wide
A box of band-aids or other approved adhesive bandages, including at least two triangular-shaped bandages
Properly sealed moist towelettes, or other approved wound cleaning agents
One blanket, minimum
At least one pair of latex gloves
At least one roll of adhesive tape
Equipment to revive an unconscious person(s), such as a resuscitation airway, bag or pocket mask
Two elastic wraps, minimum
At least one splint
Thorough instructions that can direct a person(s) to request additional emergency assistance

The items listed above are appropriate for a small workplace environment's emergency kit (i.e. two to three employees). If your workplace hosts more employees, then OSHA requires that you provide additional first aid kits in order to accommodate all additional employees. Alternatively, you could increase the number of supplies in each kit so that the kits can serve more than three employees.
Emergency safety care is incredibly important in commercial places of business. In case of an emergency, personal property or other physical items can always be replaced, while human lives cannot. Providing an adequately stocked first aid kit or kits could mean the difference between life and death in the event of a severe storm, flood, or other types of disaster. Contact your local storm remediation experts if you require more information regarding emergency weather protocol.

Flood Safety Tips

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

Flashlight, portable radio, batteries, water bottles and a first aid kit Start gathering an emergency supplies kit

Each year flooding causes numerous deaths after storms in Rio Verde, AZ. One of the most common causes of death includes driving vehicles into flooded areas. Reading up on flood safety techniques can help you and your family stay safe during a storm. Read on to know some of the most popular safety tips for during and after flooding.

During a Flood Watch or Warning

During a flood watch or warning, you will want to start gathering an emergency supplies kit. This kit should include items such as:

  • A radio or cell phone
  • Immunizations records
  • Food and snacks
  • At least one gallon of water per person

Once you have gathered your kit, listen to the radio or keep close tabs on the weather app on your cell phone. This will allow you to stay updated on the storm and flooding dangers. Then, bring in or thoroughly secure outdoor possessions, such as lawn chairs and grills. If evacuation is recommended, be sure to cut off all utilities including power and water before leaving. As you leave, do not drive through any flooded streets, even if you think it is shallow.

After Flooding Occurs
Even after the storm has passed, it is important to continue thinking about flood safety. In particular, you do not want to drive across any flooded streets, no matter how shallow. Only a few inches of water can cause you to lose control of your car. Furthermore, you should not drink, wash in, or cook with any of the floodwaters as they can carry infectious diseases.
Always think about flood safety for yourself and your family during and after a major storm where rising water levels are possible. However, the initial damage caused by a storm is not the only reason flooding is dangerous. After the storm has passed, you can face issues that require restoration and cleanup professionals to help you remedy.

4 Tips To Keep You Safe During a Flood

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Word writing text Time To Plan. Business concept for Preparation of things Getting Ready Think other solutions Create a flood safety plan

Make Sure You Are Prepared

Battling a flood in your home in Scottsdale,AZ, may seem like a scary situation, but it does not have to be. Make sure you are prepared by following these safety tips.
1. Create a Plan
Before a flood is even imminent, you should have a flood safety plan in place to keep your family, any animals, and your home out of harm's way as much as possible. This plan should include how to escape the house if you need to, where pets should be kept, how to create a barrier around your home, and how to create an emergency kit for all family members.
2. Charge Up
Having batteries on hand is essential. In case there is a power outage due to the flooding, you can use the batteries for flashlights and a radio to stay on top of what is going on in your area. For flood safety, make sure cell phones and tablets are fully charged in case you need to get in touch with emergency personnel. You might also want to consider a portable power bank that will allow you to charge your phone multiple times.
3. Move to a Higher Location
If your place is more than one story, move your family up to another floor. This can be helpful since floodwater could enter the home. It would also be a good idea to move any valuables from the lower level to avoid flood damage.
4. Get Help With Cleaning
Cleaning up after a flood will be a major priority, and you might need help from a professional cleaning company. This type of organization can help with assessment, water damage, cleanup, mold remediation, and odor removal.
You can make sure you are ready for a flood by following safety tips. You can do this by creating a flood safety plan, charging cell phones and having batteries, moving to higher ground, and getting help for flood cleanup.

What To Know About Business Interruption Insurance

4/11/2020 (Permalink)

Causes of business interruption Business interruption insurance can help your company

What To Know About Business Interruption Insurance

As you prepare for an impending storm, you must make sure your fire, wind and flood insurance are up to date. These policies can help you rebuild following a disaster in North Scottsdale, AZ. Yet there is another type of insurance that is just as important.
Business interruption insurance, also called business income insurance, helps support your company financially following an emergency. While regular insurance coverage protects any damaged assets, income insurance protects the business itself. As with traditional insurance, business income insurance covers a variety of perils, including:

  • Wind
  • Theft
  • Fire
  • Lightning
  • Falling objects

Lost Income

Business interruption insurance can help your company in two ways. The insurer will give you the same amount of money you would have earned had the disaster not occurred. It will determine this amount based on your financial records. The insurance will also cover operating expenses such as electricity —even if your office space temporarily closes after the storm.

Extra Expenses

Business income insurance additionally helps pay for any new expenses you incur to avoid shutting down after the storm. For instance, if you have to rent additional office space so your employees can keep working during the rebuild, insurance may cover this cost.

Length and Cost of Coverage

Your business income insurance typically goes into effect two to three days after the emergency. However, the coverage can last for months and may even support your business for a full year. Make sure that your insurance limit is sufficient to last for that extended period of time.
Typically, the cost of this coverage will vary based on the type of business you have. For instance, restaurants may have to pay more for business income insurance since they are at a higher risk of fire.
Business income insurance can make a post-storm rebuild less painful. As emergency restoration professionals clean up the premises, your company can continue to receive needed funds. You thus should not have to worry about a closed business.

3 Ways to Keep Working During a Power Outage

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Generator on outside of building. A portable generator can be a great investment for your business.

While a storm in Scottsdale, AZ might not always mean disaster, it can sometimes put a hold on your workday. Many tasks require electricity as well as a strong connection to the internet. If there is a power outage in your building, you could call it day, but there are some alternatives you may want to consider first.

1. Use a Generator

Smaller models are generally not made to be run for more than a few hours at a time, but it can help you reach a decent stopping point for your work. It can also give you a chance to save your documents and reduce the risk of losing important information.

2. Find an Alternate Location

Many public places have access to free Wi-Fi, so you could easily move over to a coffee shop with your laptop to get some more work done. However, this is best used as a short-term solution. If you need to continue working for longer periods, you may want to have everyone work from home.

3. Do Offline Work

Another option you have is to simply work without power. If there are tasks that you can do without being connected to the internet or a power source, then you can focus on these until the power outage is over. This allows you to remain productive without having to leave the office in search of another suitable place to work. Once the electricity is back, you can return to work as usual.

If the storm is severe enough to cause a power outage, then it could potentially cause some other problems for your building as well. High winds could loosen roof tiles or shutters, and rain could cause leaks or flooding. If this has happened, a cleanup and restoration service can help. They can perform mitigation and repairs to return your building to its previous condition.

How To Handle a Flight Cancelled Due to a Storm

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Flight chart displaying canceled flights What to do if your flight is cancelled?

Air travel is becoming more common than ever for both vacation and business purposes. For the most part flights go smoothly, but every now and again you may experience a canceled due to a disruptive weather system. Sometimes an entire airport is shut down and several flights are canceled or postponed.

What to do if Your Flight is Canceled

If you are already at the airport, call the airline right away and ask for customer assistance, rather than waiting in long lines. Explain your situation and ask for a resolution to your canceled flight.
If you are flying on American, Alaska or United, ask them to honor old rule #240, that requires major airlines must furnish you with a seat on the next flight out, even if it is a competitor.
Keep your cool, especially with airport staff or flight attendants. Many people are likely to have hot tempers, but staff will be more eager to please you if you are kind and appreciative of their efforts and their situation.
Keep abreast of storm tips and look for alternative modes of travel, including leaving from a different airport.

Additional Precautions

You should always carry one change of clothing, extra medications and other immediate necessities in your carry-on bag in case a delayed flight prevents you getting to your luggage right away. Alert those who may be expecting you in Rio Verde, AZ, so they are aware of your situation. It may give you some comfort and help you feel safer if others know where you are, especially if you choose a different route.
If you are still at home when you get the news that a storm serious enough to cause a canceled flight is headed your way, make sure to have the number of a good storm and water restoration company in handy to take care of your home in Rio Verde, AZ in an emergency. You can worry less during serious weather if you are well prepared.

3 Things Business Owners Should Know About Business Interruption Insurance

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Causes of business interruption Learning about business interruption insurance can be a useful way you can prepare your business for a storm

Most business owners in North Scottsdale,AZ, never imagine that their business will have to close its doors, even temporarily. However, storms can cause major damage to businesses, and it's often necessary to restore and rebuild after a disaster. Before damage occurs, it can be useful to learn about the benefits of business interruption insurance.

How Do You Know if You Need Interruption Insurance?

Determining what type of insurance policies will be useful to your business if a disaster occurs can feel overwhelming initially. In many situations, a business must temporarily close after a disaster such as a storm has occurred, and costs can quickly add up without income from the business. If you cannot adequately cover the costs of your business closing for an extended period of time, then it's often wise to purchase interruption insurance for your commercial property.

What Is Interruption Insurance?

There are usually a variety of costs associated with maintaining a business that has been affected by a storm. In order to return a business to its previous state, restoration, or even a rebuild, may be necessary, and business can't continue as usual during these processes. Interruption insurance for businesses ultimately helps a business stay afloat if it's necessary to shut down after a disaster occurs. This insurance will cover lost revenue, employees' wages and operational expenses while your business is closed.

How Does Interruption Insurance Vary From Other Types of Insurance?

When it comes to protecting your business, there are various insurance policies to choose from. Though flood, fire and other types of insurance usually help to cover the cost of emergency restoration services, these policies won't cover the continuing costs of maintaining your business when it is closed. As a result, many business owners without interruption insurance must face the burden of paying for the operation of the closed business.

Learning about business interruption insurance can be a useful way you can prepare your business for a storm. When you know your expenses are covered after a storm, a rebuild and restoration can become your primary focus.

Useful Flood Prevention Strategies for Businesses

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

Take advantage of plant life as using heavy mulch can also be useful

Flood Prevention Strategies

Many properties in North Scottsdale,AZ, are affected by floods each year, but many business owners aren't sure how to prepare their businesses for a flood. However, there are various flood prevention strategies you can use to lessen the risk of flood damage.

1. Choose the Location of Your Business Wisely When Building

Researching your area when choosing a location for your business is often wise. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, it can be useful to avoid floodplains if possible. However, if your business is built on a floodplain, there are measurements you can take to protect your building from water damage, such as installing and maintaining a sump pump. If your business sustains damage after a flood, you may want to consider contacting flood cleaning and restoration services.

2. Use Water-Resistant Materials

When you are in the process of building your business, it can often be helpful to focus on flood prevention by focusing on what materials are being used. Some materials, such as concrete, are able to handle the impact of water better than other materials. If your property is already built, however, then it can be wise to check your building for any cracks or small holes before a flood. If you notice an area where water may come into your building, you can use water-resistant sealants.

3. Take Advantage of Plant Life

In addition to researching your location and using water-resistant materials, you can use plant life to prevent the need for storm cleanup. Certain trees, such as willow trees and maple trees, as well as shrubs and iris flowers, are able to absorb water quickly, which can help to protect your business from flooding. Using heavy mulch can also be useful, as heavy mulch won't easily wash away in a flood.

Instead of focusing on flood cleanup, it can be valuable to focus on flood prevention strategies in order to prevent major damage. Taking note of the location of your business in the building process, using water-resistant materials and using your landscape to your advantage can help you to prevent your property from sustaining flood and storm damage.

How To Clean Up After a Flood

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding after a storm in Scottsdale, AZ

Ways to Minimize Damage After a Flood

Dealing with a flooded home in Scottsdale,AZ, is overwhelming. To make the recovery process a less stressful one, it’s important to do what you can to prevent further damage and keep your home in the best condition possible. The most effective way to minimize damage after a flood is to have your home cleaned up by a restoration professional. In the meantime, you should adhere to the following cleaning requirements until help arrives.

Remove Furniture

Any furniture and other household items that have been affected by flood water should be taken outside as soon as possible. Some of these items may include:

  • Bedding
  • Rugs
  • Clothing
  • Shoes

Bringing these objects outside can provide them with sufficient time and space to dry completely. It is also a good idea to remove moisture from the objects using an air conditioner or dehumidifier. If you are unable to carry an unwieldy object outdoors, open some windows in your house or point a fan towards the wet item.

Disinfect Surfaces

Another one of the main cleaning requirements is to disinfect every surface in your home. First, use a heavy-duty cleaner and hot water to clean each surface thoroughly. Next, use a flood disinfectant product to sterilize the surfaces in your home. Ensuring that each area of your living space is clean and free of germs helps you maintain a protected home in the aftermath of a flood.

Treat Floors Properly

The types of floors you have determine how you should clean them. If you have carpeting that has been submerged in water for more than a day, dispose of it immediately. Otherwise, you can simply hose down the carpet and make sure it has dried completely afterwards. Flooring that is made of vinyl should be removed so that the subfloor can dry, and wood floors require a drying process that is best performed by a restoration specialist.
Improving the state of your home and following cleaning requirements is only a single step in the cleanup process. Consult a storm damage restoration specialist for a professional flood clean as soon as possible.

3 Ways to Protect Your Business From Flood Damage

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Installing a sump pump, can help to stop your property from flooding during a storm

Knowing How to Protect Your Business From Flood Damage

Floods in Scottsdale,AZ, can easily devastate businesses with little warning. Knowing how to protect your business from flood damage can prevent you from having to spend a great deal of time, stress and money on restoration.

1. Install a Sump Pump

When water accumulates quickly in a business, it’s often necessary to employ storm damage restoration experts. However, having the ability to drain water safely and quickly from the interior of your building can help to prevent major damage from occurring. Installing a sump pump, a device that removes water, can help to stop your property from flooding during a storm.

2. Clear Your Property’s Gutters

It’s often important to check that your business’s gutters are clean and cleared out before a storm. With limbs, sticks or leaves blocking the gutters, water can collect in the gutters which can cause damage to the structure of your building. Cleaning your gutters before a storm can decrease the likelihood of a leak occurring. It may also be helpful to position your gutters away from your property so as to keep the water away from your building’s foundation.

3. Use Sealants

Water often can get into your business through small cracks or holes. As floodwater rises, the hole can become larger and can allow more water into your building. Though small cracks may not be immediately apparent, it can be helpful to take the time to inspect your property to see if there are any openings present. If you do notice a crack, applying a sealant or a coating to the area can help to prevent water from entering your business.

As a business owner, protecting your business from flood damage can be incredibly helpful. Installing a sump pump, cleaning your property’s gutters frequently and using sealants to cover holes or cracks can decrease the likelihood of damage from a flood occurring in your business.

What To Do Before Your Adjuster Arrives

4/27/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Scottsdale for your flood restoration

When a storm hits your home in Rio Verde, AZ, it is likely that damage will be widespread throughout the area. Even if you have flood insurance, it is still in your best interest to limit the amount of damage to your home as much as possible. Your insurance adjuster will likely be very busy during this time, so it's important to take a few key steps before he or she arrives.

Call Restoration Professionals

The first call you should make after alerting your insurance company is to flood restoration specialists. There are several benefits to calling them quickly:

  • Assessment of initial damage
  • Faster water extraction to prevent further harm to your home
  • Itemized list of damages to help with insurance claim

Even if they get a lot of calls, they tend to be equipped to mobilize quickly in an emergency situation and can probably get to you faster than your flood insurance adjuster. In fact, with the list of damages they provide, they can actually make adjusters' jobs easier once they arrive by providing an estimate of what the remediation will cost.

Take Lots of Pictures

If the damage is severe, you may have to evacuate your home to keep yourself and your family safe. If you can safely do so, however, it is a good idea to take as many pictures as you can. You may even consider taking a video of all the affected areas of your home. If it has been a few days, and the flood damage has turned into mold damage, make sure you document that as well. The more evidence that you can provide of the repairs your home needs, the better chance you have of getting your claim accepted.

Even if you have great flood insurance, a large storm can overtax local adjusters, delaying their ability to get to you in a timely manner. Taking proactive steps to document the flood damage and keep it from getting worse can help you in the long run.

3 Tips for Finding and Fixing a Roof Leak

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fix your roof as soon as possible.

3 Things To Consider When Fixing A Roof Leak

If your business is facing a roof leak in North Scottsdale,AZ, you may be wondering what to do about it. Fortunately, there are a few tips that many experts recommend keep your roof in top shape. Here are a few things you might want to consider.

1. Inspect the Roof

If you believe there may be a leak an inspection may be desired. Indications of damage could include missing shingles, wind worn areas, or damp areas. Depending on the type of damage you may need to take different repair steps. Many experts recommend looking over the roof biannually. If you’ve been through a particularly bad storm, you may want to check for damage then as well.

2. Fix Problem Areas Quickly

When fixing a roof leak or other parts of a damaged roof, it's important to conduct the repairs as quickly as possible. This can help prevent further damage to the area. In some cases, you may want to board over the space in order to prevent the elements from causing further issues.

3. Thoroughly Check Over the Area

It's also important to thoroughly check over your roof in order to ensure that no other areas have been damaged. A professional restoration team may be able to help if you have a large area to fix or are worried about the interior of your roof suffering from water damage. If you're uncomfortable conducting the repairs yourself, or unsure what type of repairs may be necessary contacting a professional is recommended.

When dealing with a roof leak it's important to fix any damage as quickly as possible. One way to find damaged before it gets worse is to conduct regular inspections of the roof. It's also important to thoroughly check over the area to ensure that there is no damage and any nearby locations. If you have any questions a professional may be able to help.

Lightening in Scottsdale, Arizona

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Be safe during a storm this winter in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Although lightning can strike anytime, the chance for lightning increases in the winter months. Stay safe with these basic tips. SERVPRO of Scottsdale wants you to be safe during storms.

  • Have a lightning safety plan, and cancel or postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are expected in the area.
  • If you do get caught outside, avoid high ground, open spaces, and all metal objects. Stay away from electric wires, fences, etc. Seek shelter in a substantial building or a fully enclosed metal vehicle.
  • If you are indoors, stay away from doors and windows. Do not use the telephone. Consider unplugging computers, power tools, & TV sets. Lightning may strike exterior electric/phone lines, inducing shocks to inside equipment.

SERVPRO of Scottsdale is a locally owned company that is Here to Help. Give us a call if you have storm damage this winter.

Arizona Monsoon Season - Why do we have them?

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded roads in Scottsdale, AZ

The Arizona Monsoon is a well-defined meteorological event (technically called a meteorological 'singularity') that occurs during the summer throughout the southwest portion of North America.

During the winter time, the primary wind flow in Arizona is from the west or northwest—from California and Nevada. As we move into the summer, the winds shift to a southerly or southeasterly direction. Moisture streams northward from the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. This shift produces a radical change in moisture conditions statewide.

Such a change, together with daytime heating, is the key to the Arizona monsoon. This wind shift is the result of two meteorological changes:

    • The movement northward from winter to summer of the huge upper air subtropical high pressure cells, specifically the so-called Bermuda High (H).
    • In addition, the intense heating of the desert creates rising air and surface low pressure (called a thermal low) in the Mohave (L).

These two features combine to create strong southerly flow over Arizona. The southerly winds push moisture north-ward from Mexico. The exact source region for the moisture of the Arizona monsoon is unknown.

Researchers have proposed the Gulf of Mexico and/or the Gulf of California as the source regions but conclusive evidence has so far been elusive.This has lead to the creation of large data-collecting efforts and research programs such as SWAMP, the Southwest Area Monsoon Project .

Storm Shutters: A Guide

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Be prepared for any storm damage in Scottsdale, AZ

If you are a homeowner who often has concerns about high winds from storms in North Scottsdale,AZ, you may be wondering if storm shutters are something that you should consider adding to your house. If you are concerned about your windows’ appearance and safety, it is usually a good idea to consider adding this useful piece of equipment. Read on to learn more about different types and what they cost.

What Are They?

Storm shutters cover your windows in a way that protects them from winds and other storm damage. They will not provide shelter from the most extreme storms, such as Category 5 hurricanes, but they do a fantastic job of securing windows in most high wind situations.

What Kinds Are There?

There are numerous types of shutters to meet the needs of different houses, climates and budgets. Some common offerings include the following:

  • Plywood - meet last-minute needs and cost approximately less than $1 per square foot
  • Colonial - permanent, eye-catching, customizable and usually priced per window at $200-$500
  • Storm Panel - temporary and made of durable materials, with some panels costing only $7 per piece
  • Rolling Shutters - made of sturdy bicarbonate or metal and among the best options for high winds and hurricane-heavy climates, with the low price range being around $20 per square foot
  • Accordion - permanent, operated by homeowners and highly affordable at $15-25 per square foot
  • Bahama –great for hot climates and attractive like Colonials, costing between $200 and $1000 per piece

What Takeaways Should I Remember?

Storm damage can be fixed by North Scottsdale,AZ, cleanup professionals in many cases, but it always pays to be prepared ahead of time for the ultimate defense from high winds. With so many choices and price ranges available, it is a good idea to consider some of these selections to safeguard your valuable investment and your family.

Storm Preparation in Scottsdale, Arizona

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Monsoon season is just about coming to an end here in Scottsdale, AZ. Last month was filled with a number of storms rolling through Scottsdale (and the Greater Phoenix area) which caused a large amount of damages such as: knocked down power lines, fallen trees, damaged roofs, and flooded buildings. Monsoon season in Arizona typically lasts from June to September with peak season being mid-June to mid-August. These storms bring strong winds, blowing dust storms, lightning, and heavy floods. Here are some tips to help homeowners and commercial property owners prepare for incoming storms.

  • Be sure to check your roof drains to make sure they’re free of debris so that rain doesn’t collect on your roof.
  • Tend to trees around your property to make sure they are trimmed and thinned out. You may also want to consider removing large trees close to your home that have the potential of falling and causing damage to your building structure or vehicle.
  • Before a storm approaches, make sure your outdoor furniture, BBQ grills, etc., are tied down and secured. You may also want to store small outdoor items in your garage so they don’t get carried off in heavy wind gusts. The last thing you want to do is fetch your patio furniture from down the street.
  • If your home or business is situated in a lower elevation, you should consider stocking up on sandbags to prevent flooding around your home or office building.
  • Prepare an emergency kit just in case to include items such as: flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, water and non-perishable food items.
  • Avoid traveling at all costs during a storm. If you must drive, do not attempt to enter flooded roadways. Try finding a safe spot away from trees and wait for the storm to pass before you continue on the road.

These are just several storm preparation tips to consider. If you are experiencing any storm damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Scottsdale. We offer residential and commercial restoration and cleaning services. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we’re ready to help 24/7 to quickly make it “Like it never even happened.”

Call us at (480) 998-7989 or visit us at to learn more about Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration.

Monsoon Safety Tips

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Scottsdale, AZ has seen quite a bit of storm activity during this monsoon season, especially within this past month, from dust storms, flooded roadways, downed trees and power lines, and power outages. These monsoon storms can happen at a moments notice and can catch you off guard while you're out and about. Whether it's a dust storm, minor flooding in low lying/flood prone areas or a flash flood, it's important to know what to do while you're away from your home. Here are five helpful tips to help Scottsdale residents avoid getting stuck in what could be a disastrous situation.

1. Keep up-to-date with the weather to know when a storm is expected to hit the area. This allows you to plan your activities wisely. It's also helpful to keep the "Emergency Alerts" notification enabled on your smartphone so that you can be alerted of a Dust Storm or Flash Flood warning.

2. Check your vehicle's windshield wipers to make sure they are in good condition and replace if necessary.

3. If you find yourself on the road during a dust storm, pull over to a safe spot far away from the road, set the parking brake and turn off your lights. You do not want to confuse vehicles driving behind you who may not know you're parked which may lead to them stricking your vehicle from behind.

4. DO NOT enter flooded roadways with your vehicle as you don't know how deep the water is. No matter how big your vehicle is and you think you can make it through, don't. 2 feet of water can cause your car to float so it is best to turn around and find an alternate route. Pay attention to road closure signs and do not drive around them.

5. DO NOT stand or walk in moving or standing water. It only takes 6 inches of water to knock you off your feet.

6. If your vehicle gets stuck in flooded waters and the water is not moving, leave the vehicle and head to higher ground. If the water is moving, stay in your vehicle until help arrives.

These are just several safety tips to consider when you are caught out and about in a storm. If you are experiencing any storm damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Scottsdale. We offer residential and commercial restoration and cleaning services. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we’re ready to help 24/7 to quickly make it “Like it never even happened.”

Call us at (480) 998-7989 or visit us at to learn more about Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration.

Everything You Need To Know About Flood Cuts

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

If you experience a flood at your place of business, a flood cut may be necessary to reduce further contamination.

There isn’t anywhere that’s completely safe from flooding, since it can originate from inside or outside of your Scottsdale, AZ, business. When pipes burst, or roof damage lets a heavy rain pour in, you may find yourself with water rising and climbing the interior walls of your building. If it’s not repaired quickly and correctly, this kind of soaking can lead to certain problems:

• Bacteria growth
• Internal deterioration
• Unpleasant smells and appearance

What Is a Flood Cut?

When drywall comes in contact with water, moisture can accumulate behind the walls, so your cleanup contractor may have to tear out portions of it to complete the restoration. In order to do the most effective job possible, experts often cut away a section that extends 12 to 18 inches above the highest point where the flooding reached. This is called making a flood cut.

When Is a Flood Cut Needed?

When you’re faced with a disaster that keeps you from carrying out your daily tasks in Scottsdale, AZ, you want to get back in business as soon as possible. After all, every day that you can’t safely work in your office or shop is a day that you’re not turning a profit. However, you also want to know that the repairs are made correctly and completely to avoid any further or future contamination. This is an especially serious concern if the water was dirty or contained sewage material. Though it’s not necessary in every case, making a flood cut may be the only way to be sure you won’t see lingering or reoccurring effects from flooding.

One common concern businesses express about flood cuts is the amount of material the contractor plans to remove. Communicate with your renovation company if you are concerned about this. Reliable, trustworthy professionals should be able to show you the area they plan to tear out and explain why they feel it’s necessary.

If you experience a flood at your place of business, a flood cut may be necessary to reduce further contamination. Work with your cleanup crew to determine the best and quickest methods to get your workspace back in order. For more information, visit

5 Things To Consider When Doing Storm Damage Repair

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

5 Things To Consider When Doing Storm Damage Repair

Homes damaged by powerful storms should seek professional assistance to repair damage. Perilous weather conditions causes river flooding, wind damage, ice damming and flood water creating serious property damage. Ice damage and hail damage are some primary factors in hurricane damage and storm damage.

Here is a checklist to evaluate storm damage before home restoration:

-Be Safe Before Storm Restoration: In the case of flooding from a river flooding, check if power lines are down before any storm remediation. Do not to make contact with fallen electrical lines, because flood water can conduct electrical currents. Do not employ a flood pump, until professionals have ensured there are no downed power lines.

-Assess for Roof Damage: Have a professional inspect for roof damage, roof leaks and ice damming. An ice dam is formed at the edges of a roof when a ridge of ice gets molded requiring roof repair. A professional can check for roof damage such as roof leaks, missing shingles and fallen branches. Ice damming causes gutter damage, requiring proper equipment for roof repair. In the case of hail damage or ice damage, look for frozen pipes within the ceiling or massive holes that could be left open.

-Contact the Insurance Company: Insurance companies should be contacted to assess wind damage, roof damage, hurricane damage, hail damage, ice damage, and any other kind of damages. They can find professional companies for roof repair, window repair, etc. requiring a skilled contractor.

-Inspect Personal Belongings: In the case of flooding, flood water can cause damage to computers, televisions and cell phones. Valuable personal items should be assessed for proof of damage, with documents, photos and/or videos sent to the insurance company for damage verification.

-Check for Wind Damage: Wind damage caused by flying debris can be destructive. Storm damage caused by wind cracks windows, creates holes and damages personal property. Wind damage weakens walls and causes wall slant or cracks, resulting in more repairs.

Different storms can cause different damage making home restoration more challenging. Some types of storm damage include:

-Hurricane Damage
-Hail Damage
-Ice Damage
-Damage from river flooding
-Wind Damage

In the case of hurricane damage, flooding, wind, river flooding and large waves damages vehicles and buildings. Professional storm restoration, also known as storm remediation, is necessary. Some insurance companies offer storm restoration and home restoration services, or can refer clients to reliable storm remediation firms. Business owners may invest in flood insurance to pay for hurricane damage repairs, to make the home restoration process easier.

Storm restoration from hail damage leaves cracks and holes in a home’s roof and windows. Hail also causes damage like roof leaks, requiring more roof repair.

Snow storms cause frozen pipes which expands and burst. Because water expands as it freezes, frozen pipes can be a huge headache. If you have a frozen pipe, make sure to turn the water off and call a professional to repair the frozen pipes.

When it comes to ice damage, roofs are mostly damaged by ice dams. Avoid ice damming by using roof rakes to clear the snow. Roof leaks are detected as ice melts, if cracks or holes are present. Ice dams also wreak havoc on gutters and drainage systems. On warm days, use a water hose to help get rid of ice dams.

Flooding is a manageable aspect of storm remediation by using flood pumps, if it safe to do so. If flood water gets into your home, water restoration should be considered. Professionals use water restoration methods like flood pumps, because faster water restoration means less damage due to flooding and mold.

Professionally remove ground water, using special vacuums, reaches ground water in areas not easily accessible. Employ a professional using a flood pump to remove ground water during water restoration, so ground water damage is avoided.

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