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Emergency Water, Flood & Sewage Damage Services In Tucson
When water flows into a home or building, it can cause a stunning amount of damage. Even minor leaks, like those from an appliance hose or a small broken pipe, can lead to rot and mold growth over time. The water damage restoration services provided by Action 1 Restoration of Tucson can ensure that a leak or spill is contained quickly and efficiently and that damage is repaired quickly and professionally.
Flash floods are a way of life in Tucson. This is because our sun-baked ground is so hard that it can only absorb a limited amount of water when rain does come. Normally rainy locations like Seattle can handle several inches of rain over a day or two without major problems, but an inch of rain in Tucson often causes serious flooding. The massive floods we had in September of 2014 – from only 3.74 inches of rain – would have filled nearly 100,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. That is a tremendous amount of water by anyone’s standards, and it caused a massive amount of damage across the area.
If you suffer flood damage, it is critical that you don’t just wait for the water to fully recede. The severity of water damage to a structure is determined primarily by how long the water is allowed to sit. The longer you wait to take action, more and more water will seep into the wood framing and flooring of a structure. That will cause serious warping, mold infestation and could potentially damage the structural integrity of the building. Hours can make a difference, which is why Action 1 Restoration of Tucson offers 24-hour emergency flood damage service.
While flooding is an obvious issue which can’t be ignored, everyday leaks can actually be more problematic. You will usually notice a large broken pipe quickly (and you should deal with it quickly), but a small leak in a pipe that’s hidden behind a wall can drip for years until the damage finally becomes apparent. Little will horrify you more than when a wall is opened to reveal the field of mold, mildew and rot which also lead to airborne bacteria – the reasons your family has been sick so frequently.
Mold is actually a catch-all phrase for a variety of fungi. Certain fungi found in mold will merely make you sneeze, but other fungi can cause asthma, or even weaken your immune system leading to serious health issues. For those who already have compromised immune systems, exposure to mold can even lead to death. There is scientific conjecture, for instance, that actress Brittany Murphy died from pneumonia caused by exposure to mold growth in her home.
If you or others in your home or building have any of the following symptoms, you may have a water leak which is causing mold to proliferate:
- Frequent runny nose and sinus congestion
- Itchy, watery eyes which feel better when out of the structure
- Coughing and throat irritation
- Frequent sneezing sessions
- Breathing problems with wheezing
Water damage of any type must be dealt with quickly. If water had the ability to carve the Grand Canyon, imagine what it can do to a building. Don’t delay. If you suspect there is a water leak somewhere in your home or building, contact us to arrange for testing.
The key to limiting water damage is simple: extract and remove the water as fast as possible – and we can often do it without having to remove sections of walls or floors. At Action 1 Restoration of Tucson, we are experts at evacuating water from your house or building quickly and efficiently. Depending upon the situation, we use industrial strength, truck-mounted pumps in combination with mobile, submersible water extraction devices. Some of them include:
- Kleenrite Mega 3 Flood Extractor – removes up to 20 gallons a minute.
- Water Claw Sub-Surface Flood Extractors – seals to the carpet for vacuum extraction of water, all the way to the pad.
- Rover HVE – reaches small, oddly shaped areas for extraction.
- Hydro-X Xtreme Xtractor – compresses the floor, then vacuums up the pressed-out water.
Our goal is to remove all standing water using this equipment, but the problem does not end there. Water will remain in fabrics, drywall and hidden niches and crevices. To address this, we use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the area thoroughly, putting a stop to mold growth and rot and restoring your home or business quickly. In many cases, we can even save carpets and carpet pads damaged by major floods.
Sewage Cleanup Services
Sewage cleanup and restoration in Tucson is typically a much larger project than a normal water damage problem and there are extra precautions, equipment and procedures that need to be followed for sewer damage. A broken sewage pipe or backed-up sewer system is the stuff of nightmares; the damage and mess is horrendous, and the smell is even worse. If sewage gets into your home or building, it can cause a number of practical problems as well as severe health risks.
You should never try to clean up sewage on your own. Sewage is a toxic mixture of urine, fecal matter, viruses, bacteria and other materials which are extremely risky to your health. For example, e. coli is commonly found in sewage water and should only be dealt with by trained professionals wearing appropriate safety clothing. This threat is not something to take lightly. Cleaning up sewage when you have a cut on your arm, for instance, is an invitation to a week-long hospital stay while doctors flood your system with antibiotics.
From a practical perspective, sewage cleanup requires an initial investigation into the cause of the problem, followed by full repairs. You certainly do not want to deal with a second sewage spill. Fortunately, a broken sewage pipe is easy for us to identify and fix. If the problem is less obvious, we will employ a variety of techniques and equipment to identify and fix the problem.
Next comes sewage cleanup, which can only be described as a nasty job. Depending on volume, we may use pumps and industrial wet vacuums to start the job, and the remaining bits of sewage will be removed by hand. The area must then be treated with disinfectants to eliminate the residual fungi, bacteria and viruses. It is a lengthy process which must be done by experts in protective gear to avoid infection or contamination.
Commercial & Residential
At Action 1 Restoration of Tucson, we specialize in the restoration of every type of water, flood and sewer damage to commercial and residential properties. When you have a water problem you can’t wait to call in professionals, so we offer 24 hour service, seven days a week. Reach us anytime at 520.867.9890 for immediate, expert assistance.