Are you Breathing Dirty Indoor Air?
SERVPRO of Yuma HVAC equipment being used to clean HVAC ducting in a hospital.
HVAC and PTAC Cleaning for Healtheir Indoor Air
SERVPRO of Yuma East Foothills provides HVAC cleaning, drier vent cleaning, and cleaning of PTAC (packaged thermal air-conditioners).
Are you breathing dirty air in your home or office? According to the EPA, indoor air can be two to five times dirtier than outdoor air. Household dust can contain animal dander, mites, mold, pollen, and other contaminants. All of this gets cycled through your heating and cooling system.
There are circumstances when ducting can be unusually dirty. Such as after a fire, water damage event, or pest infestation. By naming these issues, we’re not intending to be gross or use scare tactics. We simply want to assure you we have the skills and equipment to provide solutions to resolve these unhealthy problems.
We effectively clean your air duct system using the negative-air cleaning method which is ideal for both residential and commercial locations. The negative-air method involves blocking all the air return and vent openings and cutting a hole into the ductwork near the air handling unit. Brushes are also inserted into the ducting to loosen the dust and dirt from the ducting walls. A large vacuum hose is then inserted into the ductwork to extract and capture the dust and dirt. We have ideal cleaning systems for homes, and our commercial duct cleaning equipment can tackle any size job. Our commercial grade equipment delivers extraordinary results for:
- Senior living facilities
- Medical/dental facilities
- Other locations
Dryer Vent Cleaning:
It’s so easy to forget about the dust and debris buildup in a dryer vent. We can help by providing a scheduled routine of dryer vent cleaning for hotels, commercial laundries, apartments, vacation homes, and others. Yes, we perform dryer vent cleaning for our residential clients too.
Packaged Thermal Air Conditioners.
SERVPRO of Yuma East Foothills has technicians trained in cleaning PTAC units used in hotels and other locations. We offer attractive rates for regularly scheduled cleaning. Estimates are always free. Please, call us at 928-247-1180.
Storms Happen. Are You Prepared?
Be prepared...better safe than sorry.
Do You Have an Emergency To-Go-Bag?
SERVPRO of Yuma East/Foothills encourages every homeowner and family to have an emergency to-go-bag. Natural or man-caused disasters can strike with little or no warning. An emergency to-go bag should be part of everyone's disaster preparedness planning checklist. It would help if you had a one-stop grab-and-go bag or suitcase for all the essentials.
Most people expect the to-go bag (s) to be placed in an automobile, which is fine. However, remember that the bags will probably also be carried. Thus, size and weight are always a consideration.
Essential items for a to-go-bag include:
- Portable/pocket radio
- First aid kit
- Portable cell phone battery pack
- Refillable water bottle
- Water purification tablets/LifeStraw
Other items to include:
- 2-4 extra batteries (most radios require 2 AA)
- An external hard drive with backups of important files/photos
- A set of keys for your house/car
- Spare glasses/contact lenses
- A copy of your ID
- A list of emergency contacts
- Meal replacement bars
- One change of clothes for each person
- Thermal blankets
- Plastic rain gear
Last-minute additions to your to-go-bag:
- Your medicine
- Cell phone / Laptop /I-pad and chargers
- Hard drive backups
Pre-packed emergency go-bags are available for purchase from hardware stores, camping supply companies, and online sources, including the Red Cross website.
When you're building or buying your to-go bag, think about your and your family's needs and even your pets. A small package of dried pet food doesn't take up too much space. So, customize your bag to fit your needs.
The employees at SERVPRO of Yuma East/Foothills are always concerned for the safety of our neighbors. That's the main reason we're in the property disaster restoration industry. If you ever require assistance with property damage problems caused by storms, fires, flooding, and others, we are here to provide cleanup 24/7. You can reach SERVPRO of Yuma at 928-247-1100.
Ready, Set, Grill!
The joy of outdoor cooking.
SERVPRO of Yuma fire remediation specialists advises Yuma-area grill masters to think about safety during the cooking season.
Firing up the BBQ and Grilling all Year Long is Part of the Joy of Living in Yuma. But, every homeowner should practice safety when cooking outdoors. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns families that grilling season also marks a rise in home fires started by outdoor grilling activities. According to the NFPA, on average, 10,600 home fires are started by grills each year. These fires caused an average of 10 deaths, 160 serious injuries, and $149 million in direct property damage.
"Sixty-one percent of U.S. households own a gas grill," says Rick Isaacson, CEO of SERVPRO Industries, LLC. "A total of sixty-four percent own at least one outdoor BBQ, grill, or smoker. The popularity of this outdoor cooking equipment combined with longer, warmer days creates a unique fire hazard that should be taken seriously."
The NFPA offers these basic tips for fire-safe grilling for gas/propane grills:
- Check the gas tank for leaks before using
- Open the lid on all gas grills before lighting the grill
For Charcoal Grills:
- Use only charcoal starter fluid to start the fire but never add it or any flammable liquids to a fire that is burning
- Cool coals completely before you dispose of them in a metal container
For All Grills:
- Place the grill well away from house and deck railings. Don't place it under eaves or branches
- Remove grease and fat buildup from grills and trays after each use
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill
- Never leave the grill unattended when in use
For Deep Fryers:
U.S. fire departments respond to more than 1,000 fires involving deep fryers each year. There are, on average five deaths and 60 injuries every year. More than 900 homes and $15 million in property damage are blamed on the careless use of deep fryers, according to the NFPA.
- Keep deep fryers more than 10 feet from the house or structure
- Stay away from any flammable materials like tall grass or trees
- Never leave your deep fryer unattended
- Protect the chef by wearing oven mitts
- When working with hot grease and flammable material keep children or animals at a safe distance
- Have pots to smother flames and a fire extinguisher handy. NEVER use WATER on a grease fire.
NEVER GRILL INDOORS:
Charcoal and gas grills produce large amounts of carbon monoxide which can be deadly. Even small amounts of carbon monoxide can kill you. This might seem obvious. However, every year at least a dozen people die from using outdoor grills inside homes and structures
At SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills we encourage you to be safe when you cook outdoors. Over the years, our company has responded to several fire cleanup jobs caused by outdoor grilling. That’s why we hope you will be safe and not have to employ our fire and smoke cleanup services.
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To reach SERVPRO of Yuma East/Foothills call 928-247-1180
It’s Just a Little Water Spill.
SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills uses digital meters and thermal image cameras to detect hidden moisture in building materials..
There’s Often More Water Than You Think
When a property owner experiences a flooding event, they can see the water on the surface but do not necessarily understand how far the moisture can spread under the surface and into the structural materials. The amount of visible moisture and the hidden moisture present during a flooding event can be compared to an iceberg in the ocean; there is more ice below the surface than above. In other words, during a structural flooding event, there is usually more moisture below the surface.
If your structure experiences a flooding event, even a small spill, be aware that carpets, wood, sheetrock will absorb moisture. Moisture will also seep through cracks and seams and flow downward by way of gravity. As time goes by, the wicking action of sheetrock can draw moisture upward from water on the floor at the rate of one inch per-hour. Up to two feet of sheetrock can get wetted. To prevent this from happening, as soon as water damage technicians arrive, they often make a “flood cut.” A flood cut is defined as removing the baseboard and then neatly cutting and removing a horizontal portion of sheetrock to stop the wicking action.
SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills water damage technicians are trained and experienced in detecting how far moisture can spread. Our technicians also use moisture meters and thermal image cameras to assist them in detecting hidden moisture so they can focus restoration drying equipment to where it is needed. You may be asking how a thermal image cameras can find trapped moisture? Thermal image cameras detect temperature variations in structural materials. Damp materials will give a different temperature reading than dry materials.
What Happens When Hidden Moisture is Not Thoroughly Removed?
Structural materials that remain damp for extended time can contribute to microbial growth such as mold and dry rot. Over time, dry rot destroys wood and can damage the structural integrity of a building. Prolonged dampness in carpets and underlayment’s will produce stale damp odors. Indoor air quality will suffer when a building remains damp making it uncomfortable for the occupants. That’s why water damage drying professionals set their goal to completely dry a structure within three to five days, whenever possible. That’s also why the EPA recommends having drying procedures under way within 48-hours or less. In some cases, serious flooding events require longer than five days to dry. Fortunately, there are professional restorative drying techniques to reduce or prevent the risk of residual long-term damage. Controlled demolition and the use of anti-microbial treatment may be required in these circumstances.
Should your property experience a water damage event be aware the water may have spread further than you imagine, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills for assistance. 928-247-1180.
The Yuma Area Can Be Impacted by Multiple Types of Disasters.
Many SERVPRO storm team members have large trailer mounted drying equipment that can be used during storm damage cleanup.
Remember, Mother Nature is in Control
We have all heard or read the news headlines about climate change and the daily impact it has on our lives here in Yuma and our surrounding area. There are also major natural disasters that could impact our part of the world. Let’s look at these.
We all know that we live in an earthquake prone area. That’s why we should be prepared and have emergency supplies like water, food, and a first aid kit on hand. For businesses, SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills offers a free emergency ready plan to help business owners be ready for whatever happens. Check it out, call us today at 928-247-1180.
We experience an annual monsoon season. Some years it’s more intense than other years. If your home or business is in or near a flood zone, be sure to have a supply of sandbags at the ready. Monitor weather and storm reports and be prepared to evacuate. SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills provides flood damage cleanup services. However, unless you have special flood coverage, flooding is not usually covered by insurance policies
Wind damage is usually covered by insurance policies which is a good thing because winds can rip shingles from roofs, topple trees and power poles, and blow debris around causing a great amount of property damage. We don’t have to experience a tornado to suffer wind damage. SERVPRO of Yuma East provides cleanup and reconstruction repairs.
Dust storms are something that happens to people that live in a desert. SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills can clean residential and commercial HVAC systems and other damage caused by dust storms.
We tend to think of wildfires as a problem for forested locations. Wildfires can spread through desert and grassland environments, and they will burn agricultural crops and structures that are in their path. Wildfires also produce smoke pollution. SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills is well equipped to provide cleanup the damage caused by wildfires. We have travelled as a SERVPRO Storm Team member to California to participate in wildfire cleanup.
Hail & Freeze Events
As drastic weather events take place all around the globe it is not unrealistic to imagine our desert area suffering from a hail damage or a heavy freeze. This very thing happened in Texas in 2021. It could happen here. The problem is our buildings and infrastructure is not designed to handle a prolonged freeze event. When there is a freeze warning cover outdoor plants, cover outdoor plumbing fixtures, and be prepared for a loss of electricity and water.
As a proud member of the SERVPRO Storm Team, we’re prepared to travel to other regions that need help with storm damage cleanup. However, we are also prepared to help here, in our own communities, any time we are needed. SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills, 928-247-1180.
Professional Fire and Smoke Cleanup Equipment
Ultrasonic cleaning machine are the ultimate tool for cleaning and deodorizing soot contaminated contents.
Advanced Technology for Fire and Smoke Remediation
Cleaning up soot and smoke residue after a fire often requires special cleaning chemicals and advanced technology. That because the composition of the soot may contain oils, acids, and other harsh particulates that bond to surfaces. SERVPRO of Yuma has invested in the technology required to cleanup a soot and smoke contaminated environment. The following is a list of the many of the types of equipment we own. This may be a rather technical article for residential consumers however, our insurance adjusters and facilities engineer clients appreciate this information. We are presenting this material to demonstrate our commitment to provide excellent service.
These are special vacuums that remove 99.9% of fine airborne particulates and are designed not to exhaust particles back into the air during vacuuming.
- HEPA Air Purification (air-scrubbers)
The portable filtration machine suck air into primary and secondary filters and through HEPA filters and then exhaust clean air back into the room. Our machines exchange 500 cubic feet of air or more per minute.
The use of ozone has proven to be an effective deodorization tool for cleaning up fire/smoke, cooking odors, and trauma scenes. How does ozone destroy odors? Ozone reacts with odor molecules by transferring the “extra” oxygen atom of the ozone molecule in gas form to the odor molecule, and that changes its composition, so it no longer has the same chemical makeup. This chemical reaction is called oxidation and is used in various cleaning applications to kill odor.
This is an adaptation of an Ozone machine that can be safely used in rooms where people are working, or present. This air cleaning technology is used on the International Space Station and in Submarines.
The Esporta industrial grade laundry machine was invented in Canada to clean hockey uniforms and firefighter’s jackets. The Esporta system can handle the toughest cleaning assignment such as soot, yet it’s designed not to abrade and wear fibers which makes ideal for more delicate fabrics too.
- Ultrasonic Content Cleaning Machines (Pictured)
When a fire happens and spreads smoke throughout an interior environment the contents often become covered and saturated with a dark black film of soot. An ultrasonic washing system cleans away the smokey film far more thoroughly than can cleaning by hand. For objects that can be immersed in a wet solution, there is no better or faster way to clean.
SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills is dedicated to using the best technology so we can produce quality results that meets our customer’s needs.
How Come the Mold Came Back?
A common place for mold colonies to form on a wall is below a window.
Fix the Moisture Source to Prevent Mold from Returning
Many homeowners tell us that they removed the mold from their bathroom walls, but it returned several days later. They ask why? Our response is based upon the science of drying and years of experience concerning working in damp or wet structures to perform mold remediation. Here’s our answer, “Mold requires moisture to grow. There are always mold spores in the air in both the outdoors and within our indoor environments. When a surface becomes damp and when the relative humidity of the indoor air reaches 60% or higher, mold will grow.”
Why Does Mold Return to the Same Location?
This is another common question and there is a logical reason why mold first grew on a certain location and why it returns to that location even after being removed. It’s because the conditions were ideal for mold growth in the first place. The air-movement in the room carried mold spores to a certain location where the texture, temperature, and moisture conditions were perfect for a mold colony to develop, These locations are often found on outside facing walls and usually above or below windows. Bathrooms and kitchens produce steam and are the usual rooms in which mold can become a problem.
It’s easy to remove mold patches, but if the moisture conditions are not corrected, new airborne mold spores will settle in the exact locations. There are ways to prevent this cycle from repeating:
- Ventilate kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms so moisture doesn’t exceed 60% RH.
- Use dehumidifiers and HVAC system as necessary
- Install and use powerful exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms
- Be sure that exterior walls are properly insulated
- Inspect for exterior leaks, including pipe leaks that could dampen a wall
- Maintain indoor temperature so condensation doesn’t collect on exterior walls
SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills has observed that most interior mold is caused by lack of ventilation. That means opening doors, and window to ventilate and operating exhaust fans in damp rooms to prevent mold growth. Anytime you need advice about a mold problem or require mold remediation, we are here to help. Our experienced team can be reached at: 928-247-1180
Helping a Large Commercial Facility Recover from a Disaster is Never Simple
SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills has access to the equipment to dry and restore large commercial projects.
Commercial Property Damage Recovery Services are Specialized and Complex
When a factory, airport, or other large building is struck by a disaster the mitigation and restoration is a huge project involving dozens of overlapping moving parts. This highly swirling activity may seem like a whirl-wind but it is not. It is synchronized in a logical order where one step often leads to another and ends on time (when all goes according to the scope and plan).
An Overview of the Services that Might Be Utilized During a Large Commercial Disaster:
- Security, Board-up, and Fencing
- Project Scope and Recovery Plan/Cost and Timeline Projections
- Industrial Hygienist’s & Engineering Reports
- Job Safety Management
- Building Permits and Scheduled Inspections
- Daily Indoor Environmental Testing and Reports
- Daily Progress Documentation / Photos & Diaries
- Daily Progress Briefings
- Publicity Management
- Employee Labor-force Supervision and Hourly Documentation
- Background Checks of All Laborers
- Management of Sub-contractors and Suppliers
- Temporary Power / Generators
- Temporary Lighting
- Data and Communication Systems Recovery
- Temporary Office Pods
- Portable Toilets
- Storage Pods
- Containment Chambers
- Structural Drying / Desiccants / Dehumidifiers
- Structural Cleaning
- Air Filtration and Purification Systems
- HVAC Repair and Cleaning
- Document Drying and Recovery
- Electronic Equipment Recovery & Restoration
- Heavy Equipment Recovery & Restoration
- Controlled Demolition
- Debris Removal
- Final Cleanup
- Inventory of Supplies and Materials
- Invoicing and Accounting Documentation
SERVPRO OF Yuma East, Foothills is a trained and approved in commercial cleaning and restoration projects. We also work along other Large Loss Certified SERVPRO Contractors when a major disaster impacts a facility.
We, and our other SERVPRO partners are here for you 24/7. One call to 928-247-1190 and help will be on the way, no matter the size of the disaster.
Biohazard Events Are Common
Sewage is perhaps the most common bio-hazard that SERVPRO technicians cleanup.
Everyday Cleaning Chemicals Can Become a Biohazard Scene When Misused
A biohazard is defined as a chemical or any substance that is hazardous to life when it contacts human or animal life. Examples of common sources for biohazards are an industrial chemical spills, toxic smoke, sewage spills, and trauma scene cleanup where bodily fluids have been spilled. There are many others. Even cleaning agents such as bleach are biohazards when they are spilled or used incorrectly. All biohazard events, from small to large, must be treated and cleaned up with caution.
The US EPA and OSHA provide cleanup guidelines for many bio-hazardous situations. The manufacturers of numerous chemicals also provide safety sheets that instruct cleaning companies on how best to remediate contamination involving their products. The labels on the containers alert consumers about how to use these products properly and what to do when “accidents” happen.
SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills remediates sewage spills and trauma scenes frequently in Yuma county. Our technicians are trained and equipped to work safely in these conditions to contain the pollution and not contaminate themselves or spread the problem beyond the cleanup area.
Toilet overflows can be nasty. Sometimes the water and waste is from wastewater pipes, and it flows into one or two homes or businesses. Or, in multi-story buildings the ground floor units can be contaminated from above. Sewage water always contains bacteria and is nothing for the amateur to deal with on a do-it-yourself basis. Before you attempt to clean up any hazardous scene make a call tom or office. We are pleased to provide advice and if need be, we can quickly be onsite to resolve the problem in the right and safest way. SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills: 928-247-1180
Our SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills Company Mission
SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills has the equipment to serve our community.
We Want to be a Yuma Based Business That Makes a Difference
“We are strongly based in the region, I’m first generation American, the first in my family to be born here in Yuma” says, Andy Alverez.” He added, I’m proud to be connected to the Hispanic and Anglo communities.” His family owns SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills, and his original SERVPRO franchise, located in El Centro. In early 2022, Andy purchased a Yuma building to be used as his cleaning facility that will house industrial grade laundry and content cleaning equipment. The building will serve as the base of operation for his crew to service his Yuma territory.
The goal for SERVPRO of Yuma East is to focus on hiring local talent whenever possible and train and educate every employee to be among the best in the restoration industry anywhere. Andy invests in technical and customer service training for his employees and in advanced training and consulting/coaching for himself and key managers. The reason? He explains, “The mitigation and restoration industry is constantly changing and so are sales and marketing methods. Sure, our SERVPRO Franchise Corporate office provides outstanding training to the 1,700 operators in our system, but I want more personalized assistance and attention that only a freelance consultant can provide.”
SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills serves a unique population. We are aware that 60% of the people in Yuma are Hispanic (57.8k+ people). We respond by having a majority bi-lingual workforce. Yuma County has a year-round population of approximately 200,000+ residents. During the winter, our population increases by about 90,000 due to the sun-seeking Winter Visitors that we affectionately known as "Snowbirds". We have become expert at drying and cleaning wet or moldy RV homes and manufactured housing. We also know how to remove smoke and odor contamination from the surfaces and the finish materials used in these living environments. Every property damage repair we produce is important to us, it’s not about the size or cost of the project, it’s about helping our year-round and wintertime residents. Our mission is simple… to make a difference.