Issue 2   No. 6
 June 2010       
ServiceMaster All Care RestorationPhoenix Location

Welcome to Monsoon Season


You probably already know that June 15 begins the area's monsoon season which continues until September 30 every year. 

Monsoon storms range from minor dust storms to violent thunderstorms. They can even spawn tornadoes, though that is very rare. Typically, Arizona monsoon storms start with heavy winds sometimes resulting in a visible wall of dust hundreds of feet high moving across the Valley. These dust storms are normally accompanied by frequent thunder and lightning often leading to heavy downpours. Monsoon rains average about 2-1/2", about 1/3 of our yearly rainfall.

Serious damage can occur from high winds, or from debris being tossed by those high winds. It is not unusual for trees to be downed, power lines to be damaged, and roof damage to occur.  Homes that are not as sturdy, like some manufactured homes, are more susceptible to wind damage. Power outages for short periods of time are not uncommon.

If you're home during the Arizona monsoon storms, there are some things you can do to stay safe and enjoy the natural light and sound show:

Turn off all unnecessary electrical equipment during storms to decrease the draw on power companies. This is a prime time for power outages in the area.

Because of the risk of power failure, keep batteries, a working batter-powered radio or television, flashlights, and candles handy. If the power goes out, remember to keep lit candles out of direct drafts.

Stay off the phone. Even cordless phones can cause a shock in cases of nearby lightning strikes. Use cellular phones for emergencies only.

Stay away from plumbing fixtures including showers, baths, and sinks. Lightning can travel through metal pipes.

Keep your distance from windows as high winds can blow heavy debris.

And if your property is damaged by water, wind or fire call ServiceMaster All Care Restoration as soon as possible for emergency response to your loss.

Employee Spotlight


This month's Employee Spotlight shines on Isabel Zapata, who is our Fire and Packout Coordinator.  Isabel has held this position for three years and three months.  She has completed certification for Fire and Smoke Restoration, as well as Odor Control Certification.

Originally from Derring, New Mexico, Isabel and her husband have three boys, ages 3, 8, and 13
In her spare time she likes to watch movies with her family, go out to dinner (especially barbeque), and spend time by the pool.

We appreciate Isabel and everything she brings to our team!

ServiceMaster All Care Restoration
Featured Service:  Odor Control Services
odor control services with servicemaster
Removal and control of unwanted odors requires a variety of professional products, systems and specialty equipment.

ServiceMaster All Care Restoration of Phoenix has developed several effective methods of eliminating unwanted and unpleasant odors.  Our process begins with identifying the odor, removing it and then cleaning and disinfecting any affected surfaces, leaving behind only particles in the air.

In This Issue
Monsoon Season
Employee Spotlight
ServiceMaster's News
Protecting Your Business
Insurance Professionals
Protect Your Business Equipment


Protecting your business equipment is an important part in protecting your business.  There are helpful guidelines to not only help you prevent loss, but to help you get up-and-running as quickly as possible.

Ensure you have adequate insurance coverage for business equipment
This will help to repair or replace your damaged or destroyed equipment after a covered loss.

Keep an up-to-date inventory of your business equipment
Remember to include leased equipment that is not specifically insured by the leasing company.

Take security precautions
If possible, avoid having a concentration of valuable items located in one area, as it can provide a would-be thief a quick and easy target.

When you buy equipment, record the serial numbers of each item and store them in a safe place.

You may want to install a security alarm, and visibly display the alarm company's shield.

Install an electrical service meter surge protection devices (SPDs)  in conjunction with individual plug-in SPDs.

Consider installing a lightning protection system by a qualified contractor.

Insurance Professionals


When your customers are dealing with flooding or water damage they need to know that qualified help is on the way, and that their business will get back to normal as fast as possible.

Some of the pre-approved mitigation services provided through insurance company vendor programs for water damage:

Inspection and evaluation of loss site;

Water damage mitigation including extraction services;

Begin the drying process;

Lift and remove wet or damaged carpet;

Dispose of wet carpet padding;

Use of air movers and dehumidifiers;

Move and inspect furniture to help begin drying of carpet and structure;

Identify and remove mold in areas of up to 10 square feet.

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ServiceMaster All Care Restoration offers free estimates on any residential or commercial services.

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