Mold Remediation

moldOne of the nastiest things you can have in your home is a growth of mold. Not only does mold destroy your home but it can be very hazardous to your health. Learning to prevent mold buildup is essential to ensuring the health of your home and loved ones. However if you ever find yourself in the unpleasant situation of having to remove mold, then do not hesitate to call the professionals at Cook Brothers Restoration. The proper removal of mold is extremely important in preventing further spores and should only be done by qualified experts.

Moisture

In order for mold to grow and survive it must feed off two important things, oxygen and moisture. Once you have noticed a mold buildup you must also identify where the source of moisture is coming from. Cutting off this source is key to making sure that more mold spores do not grow in the future.

Documentation

Once you have located a mold buildup and identified it’s source be sure to document the contaminated area. You can use any form of media to document the area including writing, photo, and video. Documenting your contaminated area will help to plan a course of action. This is especially important if you plan on receiving any kind of benefits from your insurance company.

Determine the Amount of Damage

Depending on where the mold is can effect the damaged area as well as the clean up process. If the mold is located in an isolated area than clean up can be minimal. If the mold is located anywhere near the HVAC system or coinciding duct work then there is a good chance that the mold could be widespread and the cleanup process becomes much more in depth.

Remediation

Mold remediation by definition is the act of removing infected materials that if done properly requires at minimum a two-step process. At, Cook Bros Restoration, we use industrial hygienists to quickly assess your property’s situation and inform you in writing the proper steps that should be taken to successfully remediate your home or office from mold, prior to our IICRC technicians beginning any work.

The most important step, in any remediation project, is setting up proper containment and ventilation equipment within the area(s) that require remediation, allowing us to ensure that as mold spores are disturbed and become airborne that they don’t spread to an uninfected area. Cleaning and disinfecting is the next step that we take, which includes the actual remediation and disposal of infected materials.

After successful completion of the aforementioned steps we apply our specialized biocide solutions to all infected surfaces. The final step, in our full-service remediation process, includes addressing any moisture or humidity concerns you may have before applying a encapsulating solution. When our remediation process is complete, an industrial hygienist will perform a final inspection, ensuring your home’s is free of mold.

Decrease In Violent Crimes In Phoenix

 

From 2012 to 2013, criminal homicide has decreased in Phoenix, which can make many of us hopeful that for 2014 we will continue to see a decreased in criminal homicide. Just this year, the Phoenix Police Department published an illustration showing the areas of low and high levels of a variety of violent crimes. As you can see, not too many areas have many crimes, as displayed in the red and red orange colors in the thumbnail.

Nonetheless, unfavorable situations occur and at a time like this, many do not think of calling a crime scene cleanup service. This thought usually does not occur instantly because there are so many other things to get situated like hospital/funeral expenses, and some things are much harder than others to control, such as your emotions. Everyone copes differently and some are able to move on sooner than others.

Cook Bros Cleaning and Restoration is a compassionate company that understands and sympathizes with each client. We provide perhaps one of the most challenging restoration service after a sudden death or traumatic injury.

Our mission is to restore crime scene area to its original state, as if this unfortunate event never occurred in that location. We are mindful of the pain our clients are experiencing and want you to know that you can depend on us to provide excellent customer service and a thorough cleanup while maintaining your safety and security regardless of the hour.

Water Damaged Carpet Repair Tips

The plus side of owning carpeting is that it can provide added warmth and comfort to your home.  On the down side, however, is that carpeting is a bit harder to clean when compared to tile or hardwood flooring and if it becomes water damaged because of a flood or water leak – well you can forget about it – unless you act quickly.

Tip #1 – Use caution when entering the affected area.  For you safety, make sure to turn-off all electrical power to the room needing to be cleaned and restored.

Tip #2 – It is paramount in order to see the best results, that you act immediately anytime you encounter standing or set-in water on your carpets.  The longer you delay in removing the water, the higher the probability of harmful bacteria and molds growing.

Tip #3 – Remove all of the room’s furniture from the carpeted area as well as limit the pedestrian traffic to the area.  This reduces the risk of damage spreading to unaffected areas within your home.

Tip #4 – One of the best methods for reducing your chances of bacteria growing is to dehumidify the room.  If you have a dehumidifier – use it.  If you don’t have one, then If it’s warm outside, opening all the windows and doors can work until you can get one.

Tip #5 – Open pockets of saturation by removing the tack strips holding the carpeting down.  In more severe cases, you may need to remove the base molding, damaged walls and wet insulation.  This is where our services our invaluable!

Tip #6 – Aggressively tackle cleaning after completion of the aforementioned tips.  This means thoroughly cleaning and applying disinfectants to the affected area.  It is recommended that you utilize a water extracting vacuum in order to absorb all of the water and prevent further damage.

Reliable Carpet Restoration Services

Learn how we can help return your carpets to their former glory by visiting our website www.cookbrosrestoration.com or contacting us directly at (480) 442-0910.  We specialize in repairing water damaged carpet!

Water Damage: A True Problem

In Arizona, hearing about water damage may sound unrealistic, but the fact is that water damage doesn’t always occur from our monsoon seasons. In fact, a more common result of water damage to a home is from an internal leak or break in pipes. If water is left untreated in your home/business, the damages can cost you so much more in the long run.

Water damage can cause many problems to the structure of the home and can even cause health problems. If water is left for a long period of time, fungus begins to grow and bugs begin to take advantage of the sewage water. For homeowners who have wooden floors or walls during a flooding will be prone to damage if problem is left untreated because wood absorbs water. Ultimately, this can weaken the structure of your home greatly, which can lead to a decrease in the value of your home. There are many different ways that water can damage your home, below are a few damages that can result from untreated water in an area and/or a flood.

  • Metal Corrosion
  • Decrease in value of home
  • Damages to belongings
  • Damages to wooden floors and wooden home structures

Whichever culprit, Cook Brothers Restoration has the tools and experience to restore your home and/or business. We have the right equipment to restore your home.

Catastrophes In Your Home

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When the bad things in life occur, are you ready to take the next steps in restoring your life? Many catastrophes occur around us but this does not mean we are aware of the tasks that need to be completed next in order to take care of the damages and problem. Catastrophes such a fire/smoke and water damages can leave many people feeling hopeless and without a clue on what to do next.

Consider the following steps when unfortunate events strike your way:

  • Make sure you are aware of your insurance policy. Get a copy of this and read through it thoroughly. The most important thing is to know your rights and what is covered by your insurance company. With this information, you will be able to make decisions confidently because you are aware of the policy.
  • Compile a list of questions you may have. For example, will your lost personal belongings be replaced? What type of “proof of purchase” is needed when providing information to your insurance company? What damages are covered?
  • Make sure to keep track of every representative you have spoken to in regards to your claim.
  • Speak with your adjuster about temporary living arrangements and monetary advances to cover this for a month or so, as your home is restored.
  • Pick a company, like Cook Bros Restoration, to perform restorations to your home and make sure to ask questions. Can you get a quote? How long will this take? What does the process involve?

There are many steps involved in finding the best way to restore your life after damages caused by a catastrophe that affects your home. These few steps can help you educate yourself with your insurance policy and make the right decisions that are tailored to your situation. Ensuring to ask questions when you are not aware or knowledge in this area will lead you to the right path in restoring your home, and most importantly, your life.

Crime Scene Clean Up…

Many things happen to many people as we live our lives. People graduate from college, get married, and others must have to bury loved ones. For those who have lost loved ones through an unfortunate murder in the home must also dread the moment of clean up.

Did you know that families of victims of these horrible crimes had to clean up the aftermath?

Before companies like, Cook Bros Restoration, existed, these family members had no other options but do the task, themselves.

Could you even imagine the thought?

Nowadays, you do not have to consider this. Cook Bros Restoration provides Crime Scene Clean Up, a service that we are dedicated to helping families when tragedy strikes. Times like these are hard and unbearable and we can ease the dreading of having to clean up the mess, by compassionately, safely, and discreetly restoring a scene to a safe state.
We hope that this relieves loved one, giving peace of mind knowing they will not be responsible for the traumatic task and potentially dangerous chore of “cleaning up” after a homicide, suicide, decomposition and/or accidental death. We are specialists in this field to give the grieving family members the peace of mind that they need.

We are equipped and ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Once summoned to any crime scene, whether commercial, industrial, and residential or auto, our technicians will evaluate the extent of the damage and prepare a written proposal. When our proposal is agreed and accepted, we immediately begin the restoration procedures. We clean, disinfect and deodorize all affected areas along with proper disposal. Of course, we always adhere to O.S.H.A ., EPA and State Health Department guidelines and procedures.

Why Cook Bros. Cleaning & Restoration?

There are many reasons to choose Cook Bros. Cleaning & Restoration.

Since 1978, our mission has been to provide state-of-the-art cleaning and restoration services that contribute to the health and cleanliness of your home or business. At Cook Bros. Cleaning & Restoration, we are licensed, bonded and insured.

We provide exceptional work with water damage, mold remediation, fire and smoke damage, and even crime scene cleanup. We are trained and skilled personnel and even have certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), and from the Interactive Occupational Training (IOT) in the following fields:

IICRC Certifications:

IAQA Certification:

IOT Certification:

  • Mold Remediation Technician (MRT)

 

Rest assured that Cook Bros. Cleaning & Restoration can handle any dirty job.

Do you have an Emergency?! Give us a call on our 24 Hour Emergency Service line – (480) 422.0910.

Visit our Website for more information on the services we provide!!

8 Reasons You Should Call a Water Damage Specialist

Cook Bros. Restoration Is Here To Help!!

1. Mold Problems

If you have a large mold problem, calling a specialist is in your best interest. Leaving a mold problem untreated can result in structural damage to your home and possible thousands in repairs.

2. Mold Detection

If you’re not sure if you have a mold problem or not, a water damage specialist can assess the situation for you. After a very rainy season, it’s smart to get your house checked for leaks, water damage, and mold regardless of suspicion.

3. Water Removal

If you’ve encountered a large leak or a flood, a specialist will have all the equipment needed to take care of the situation quickly and simply. If there is a lot of water but you think you can take care of it yourself, assess whether you think structural damage can occur within the extra time it may take you as opposed to a specialist.

4. Drying

After a major leak or flood, it’s important to dry out the affected area. If you do not have the enmities to do this, most water damage teams own several large, high power drying fans to prevent further damage.

5. Deodorizing

If a strange smell in your home just won’t go away in your home, consider calling a water damage specialist for this as well. Most people don’t know they handle strange odors, but they do have anything you’re going to need to dispel most bad smells.

6. Restoration

If your home was hit by flood, mildew, mold, or leaks, structural or other damage may have occurred. To guarantee your home looks the same way it used to, call a specialist as they specialize in restoring homes after this particular kind of damage.

7. Sanitation Work

Water damage specialists can also handle septic systems, broken dishwashers, or other plumbing or water utility devices. In some cases, a water specialist may offer much lower prices and more accurate work than a regular plumber.

8. Assessing Damage

Whatever your water damage woes, a water damage specialist is the right person to tell you exactly how bad they are. Before hiring anyone to do any work, make sure you have a pretty good idea of just what is damaged and what needs to be done.

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