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Cleaning And Removing Carson City Commercial Flood Damage

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning And Removing Carson City Commercial Flood Damage SERVPRO Extracts Stormwater and Gets Office Up and Running Fast in Carson City

SERVPRO Follows Best Practices for Mitigating Damage to Carson City Area Buildings

Carson City business owners are usually more concerned about fires than flooding. When they do start to consider the risk, most think about minor issues like broken plumbing. Major flooding still comes from storms and the rain they drop which raises area creeks and rivers.
 
The type and extent of commercial flood damage in Carson City depend not just on the amount of water, but also the type of business. SERVPRO technicians have the experience to clean and restore commercial facilities from large hotels to small businesses like the corner hair and nail salon.
 
Our teams start with water removal. If the weather permits, they open doors to facilitate drainage and then bring in the equipment. When the water is more than ankle-deep, our restoration team begins with a commercial pump to draw down the majority of the water. Once there is water barely covering the surface of the floors, they switch to extraction wands. These smaller devices remove surface water and also draw it out of carpets. We can salvage the carpets when the standing water is not deemed contaminated.
 
Next, our teams clean the floors, walls, and every other surface covered by the flood. Since this water is from the outside, there is a higher risk that it contains soil or other contaminants. SERVPRO technicians use an anti-bacterial spray or another antimicrobial agent to neutralize any health risk. The increased water and moisture in the facility heighten the risk of mold spores expanding and causing additional damage. Removing water reduces the risk of mold growth, but cleaning kills these spores to help prevent an infestation.
 
Now, our restoration team examines the structure for damage. In flood, building material like floor trim and drywall can absorb a significant amount of water if not removed quickly enough. Technicians can dry the property if it has not already started to warp or crumble. They accomplish the task using a combination of axial fans to increase circulation and draw the damp air out of the facility, and air movers to push warm air over the surface of an affected surface. They force moisture out of the building material and into the surrounding air for the fans to remove. Dehumidifiers work along with the above equipment.
 
Our goal at SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe is to help every business reopen as soon as it is clean and safe to do so. If you are dealing with any water problem, call us today at (775) 588-2355 to schedule a visit.

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Removing Mold Damage In South Lake Tahoe

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Damage In South Lake Tahoe Call SERVPRO for Professional Mold Removal and Remediation in the South Lake Tahoe Area

SERVPRO Often Remediates Mold Infestations with Controlled Demolitions

South Lake Tahoe homeowners are usually concerned with disasters like floods or fires. The effects are apparent, and getting there usually draws much attention. The opposite is true with mold infestations. They tend to hide from attention and usually start in an out-of-the-way place like an attic or behind an appliance or wall.

SERVPRO restoration teams often start remediating South Lake Tahoe mold damage by finding out just how far it extends into the home. They use an air content meter to find the highest concentration of mold inside the home and then perform a visual inspection to find the origin point, if possible.
 
Since mold spores need a source of moisture to expand and grow, the origin point is often at the source of a leak. These are usually minor like a small leak in the roof or a pipe that needs to be tightened down or taped up. SERVPRO technicians can make these minor repairs, but major construction or plumbing issues need a general contractor.
 
Once we stop the leak and dry the moisture source, technicians remove the mold spores. In attics and wall spaces, they often start with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter inserted. These specialized filters are designed to remove and trap even a single spore off a surface like an attic floor or a wall frame. As small as a 0.3 micron can be captured in this system.
 
Attics can present a particular difficulty. If the fungi have grown into the insulation, technicians have to remove and replace it. Rolled insulation can easily be pulled up, but blown-in insulation requires using a larger vacuum to remove it all. In both cases, it is necessary to scrape the area clean, spray an anti-fungal agent, and let it dry before replacing the insulation.
 
For wall spaces, before engaging the vacuum, our specialists carefully remove the drywall panels to avoid spreading the mold. They spray an anti-fungal agent on them to kill the mold and then break up and bag the panels for disposal. If there is insulation in the walls, they follow the same procedure as in the attic before replacing the insulation and hanging new panels.
 
The goal of SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe is to return you to your home as soon as it is safe to do so. If you have mold and need our services, call us at (775) 588-2355 today to schedule a visit.

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When Your Carson City Dealership Is Threatened With Flood Damages

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When Your Carson City Dealership Is Threatened With Flood Damages Carson City Flooding Gets Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Respond Swiftly to Remove Stormwater in Carson City Businesses

Your dealership in Carson City helps drivers of all ages find the appropriate car to fit their respective budget. As a part of your presentation to the area, you have a very clean and modernized showroom and lobby area for those wanting to beat the heat or other elements outside as they wait. With all of the time spent with the upkeep of the facility, natural disasters are one of the last things that your business needs. With close proximities to the Carson River, rising water levels can impact even businesses above the normal floodplains.

The trouble with flooding from rising levels of the streams and rivers nearby is that you often have little time to prepare your dealership for the coming disaster. With so many vehicles to move to safety and contents and records that need to be preserved within the main facility itself, there is no Carson City business like that gets prepared for the flood damages to ensue.

Being at the mercy of rising water is never an easy sight to see, but when you call our SERVPRO professionals, it is nothing that you have to face alone. Our team can move quickly to help remove the contents of your building to a safer location and prevent irreparable damage. Preventative measures can help to limit the actual water that enters the building altogether, making extraction a much more straightforward process.

Once the water gets pulled from the floors throughout the facility, drying is the next phase. Great care is spent ensuring that the entire building is thoroughly dry. Thermal imagery often gets used to locate moisture or dampness in areas that are out of sight or difficult to access. This inspection ensures that all of the moisture gets removed through this phase of restoration.

There is nothing as unnerving to a business owner as a natural disaster can be. With the looming threat drawing closer and closer, or worse yet rushing in all at once, a fast response time can help limit the overall damage and length of time needed for restoration. Trust in our experienced SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe restoration specialists to help you remove the water and clean up the mess. Give us a call anytime at (775) 588-2355.

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Restoring Your Morning Routine After Fire Damage Takes Out Your Tahoe Home's Bathroom

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Your Morning Routine After Fire Damage Takes Out Your Tahoe Home's Bathroom When a fire breaks out in your bathroom, you need fast remediation and restoration. Call SERVPRO right after the fire fighters leave.

Team SERVPRO Quickly Takes Control of Your Bathroom Fire Disaster

Hectic mornings in Tahoe can take their toll on us, and sometimes, the lack of time causes us to forget to do minor but very crucially essential things. Curling irons and other hair styling instruments heat up to do their jobs, but few have safety shut-off switches to protect our homes from those times that we forget and leave the house without turning them off.
 
A curling iron can quickly reach temperatures high enough to ignite nearby towels or other linens, leading to your home sustaining unnecessary fire damage in Tahoe. Not only does the burning of different synthetics in an enclosed area create caustic odors, but any cosmetics can also become a terrible mess. Cans of hairspray, deodorant, and other beauty care products can explode and cause burnt and scorched areas on walls, the ceiling, and any fiberglass components of your bathroom. In short, a small moment of forgetfulness can render your bathroom unusable. Professional mitigation experts from SERVPRO can restore this kind of damage in your home and get your family's morning routines back to normal.
 
After we clear your bathroom of any damaged items and materials, we can clean up the remaining surfaces to make things safe for the restoration stage. This sometimes includes exhaust vents and their ducts. We can wash textiles that suffered only smoke damage with a specialized laundry detergent that removes both the stains and the odor, so your family can safely use them again without worrying about any carcinogenic effects.
 
Odors accompany fire damage, and they can find their way into areas near the bathroom, so we perform deodorizing services wherever we detect smoke or other foreign particles. During showers and hot baths, the steam can make any remnant odors much more noticeable, so please advise us regarding any continuing problems with such odors.
 
Fire damage can affect any area of your home, but when it happens in the bathroom, your home may seem livable, but in reality, many hindrances soon become apparent in your daily activities. SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe wants to help you enjoy every part of your home like you should. Fire damage can prevent this, so we offer our services every day of the year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us at (775) 588-2355 so we can assist you and your family.

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Building Back Carson City Residences After Water Damage

6/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Building Back Carson City Residences After Water Damage Water Damage in Carson City Requiring Rebuilding and Renovations? Contact SERVPRO for a One-Stop Solution

SERVPRO Provides Complete Cleanup and Restoration of Carson City Properties After Damaging Water Events

Those of us in Carson City has the advantage of nearby desert and mountain terrain. It provides for a wide range of activities that not a lot of other Nevada residents get to have year-round. The extremes in geography and temperature also increase the chances of a water problem from cracked pipes leading into a home, and split lines in walls with poor insulation. There are also the usual problems with failed appliances and water heaters that maybe should have been replaced years earlier.

When SERVPRO needs to build back a Carson City home after water damage, our office provides a full-service response. One of our inspectors or reps shuts off the water into the home and carefully examines the structure while restoration crewmembers begin removing any standing water from the residence. Both of these steps are necessary to reduce the amount of damage while also providing an idea of the potential repair needs and costs for homeowners and insurance companies.
 
When specialists finish these procedures, other technicians start the demolition and removal of property too damaged to be cleaned or otherwise restored. That includes structural elements such as tearing out carpets and lifting wood flooring along with removing drywall, and even wall framing if the wood absorbed too much water and already started to crack or splinter. Removal also includes personal property such as furniture, books, and fabrics like curtains, drapes, and clothing. We can provide a move-out to clean, dry, and store personal items until the rebuild is completed.
 
SERVPRO technicians then dry the affected areas so other crewmembers can start replacing the damaged property. Our personnel train and qualify to lay in almost every type of flooring and carpets. When it comes to replacing walls, our crews can build in new framing and hang new drywall, but if the inspector finds any major structural issues, the team leader may recommend bringing in a licensed general contractor for further consultation to ensure the best results.
 
Building back any home after major water damage is not a quick or simple process, but SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe is here to make it as painless a procedure as possible for every homeowner and resident. If you need our services, call today at (775) 588-2355 to get started.

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Tahoe's Water Removal Specialists Explain Moisture Testing

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tahoe's Water Removal Specialists Explain Moisture Testing Facing a water damaged room can be a stress-causing experience. Contact SERVPRO right away and we will help you through the entire process.

SERVPRO Quickly Establishes a Drying Plan Based on the Initial Assessment

Any time water gets inside your Tahoe residence, removing the excessive moisture within 48 hours is essential. If wood or paper materials stay wet for longer, then microbial formation can take place. Water can also saturate contents and building materials inside your home ruining them.
 
After something like a pipe break or an appliance malfunctioning takes place and causes water to flood your house, extraction occurs to pull out any standing water and moisture inside porous materials. The next step in any water removal project in Tahoe is the drying process. Rapid drying of contents and structural components is essential to prevent secondary damage and mold growth.
 
Before drying begins, the area gets tested to determine the extent of damage the moisture has caused. Our SERVPRO technicians check the temperature, relative humidity, and moisture content of wood and drywall. Once we figure out how wet the region got, we can formulate a drying plan.
 
The initial drying plan includes how many air movers and dehumidifiers get set up in the affected area. The plan also indicates drying goals. The drying goals are set by determining what the conditions were before the loss took place.
 
The ending goal is determined by coming up with a dry standard. To establish a dry standard, humidity, temperature, and the moisture content of drywall and wooden materials in unaffected areas of the building get tested. Once the standard is designated as the drying goal, our IICRC certified team uses their knowledge and experience to determine the right pieces of drying equipment to rapidly dry out moisture until it is back to preloss conditions.
 
The air movers and dehumidifiers get set up so that the air movers use the hot, dry air coming out of the dehumidifiers to circulate air in the room in a counterclockwise motion. We return each day and test the moisture levels in the affected area. Once the levels return to the established goals, we remove the equipment and the cleaning and reconstruction phases take place.
 
During the final stage, baseboards get reinstalled, and everything inside your home gets put back where it was before the damage occurred. A final cleaning process takes place to remove any dust or debris created by the restoration work. If you ever need help with moisture damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe at (775) 588-2355 seven days a week.

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Remediating Mold Damage in Tahoe

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold Damage in Tahoe SERVPRO's first step in mold remediation is to seal off the contaminated areas with plastic sheeting to prevent the spores from spreading elsewhere.

SERVPRO’s Five Step Mold Remediation Process

Mold can grow through a Tahoe home and go unnoticed for months or even a year. An individual spore is smaller than the eye can see, and even a group of thousands is smaller than an eraser head. With enough moisture and a food source, mold can expand and grow in any home.

To stop mold damage in Tahoe homes, SERVPRO uses the industry standards established by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification). It is a five-step process which cleans and removes mold, changes the environment in the home to prevent new growth, and protects our technicians as they return each home to its original condition.

First, they reduce the risk of exposure. Team members contain the infested areas by sealing entrances with plastic sheeting. It prevents accidental transfer of spores to an unaffected area of the home.

Second, our inspectors and team leaders write it down. They record each inspection result to include the type of mold, its location, and test results for air and structural property in every room. We use the results in the unaffected areas of the home as a baseline for finishing the rest of the home.

Third, technicians reduce the level of contamination. Team members set up negative air machines which draw out mold spores, and other particulates from the air and force them outside the home.

Fourth, they remove the mold. SERVPRO technicians use vacuums with HEPA filters to capture spores that settled on walls, floors, furniture, and other surfaces. The filters are designed to capture even a single spore. After this initial cleaning, we wait for mold spores to settle and then repeat using vacuums or dry sponges to wipe down surfaces until test results meet the baseline levels.

Finally, our teams lower the interior moisture levels. They start by setting up dehumidifiers to draw water from the air. Technicians augment this process using air movers to blow warm, dry air over a damp surface to force out the moisture and exhaust fans to pull the cooler, damp air from inside the home.

The goal of SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe is to return a home to its clean, dry, original condition. If you need our help or have any questions, call us at (775) 588-2355. We are here for you.

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Building Back Carson City Homes After Water Damage

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Building Back Carson City Homes After Water Damage SERVPRO Can Rebuild Water Damaged Hardwood Flooring in the Carson City Area

Water Removal and Drying Proceed the Build-Back of Homes In Carson City--Call SERVPRO

Water damage to Carson City homes can run from minor problems like crumbling drywall to major ones such as water trapped under floors. Each issue requires not just clean-up, but a certain amount of restoration, repair, and replacement as well.
 
To build back a Carson City home after water damage, SERVPRO technicians first need to find and stop the source of the water. Since most damage comes from failed appliances and household plumbing issues, we isolate the problem and turn off the water so we can start the clean-up. If necessary, we can turn off the water into the home at the main.
 
Once our restoration teams finish clean-up and dry the interior of the home, they begin rebuilding the home to its pre-damage condition. One of the common tasks our specialists handle is the restoration or replacement of drywall. If the water damage is not severe, they use an air mover to force warm, dry air over an affected panel to push out the moisture trapped inside.
 
If the cavity behind the panel is very damp as well, they drill a set of holes behind the baseboard. They provide ventilation, and our technicians then use a hose to force warm air inside the wall space and dry both the drywall panel and the surrounding air. If the panel is already crumbling from the water damage, we replace it immediately. SERVPRO teams are experienced in hanging new drywall and can quickly replace the lower level of panels in any size home.
 
If the water was able to find its way underneath the floors, it can quickly affect the sub-floor and cost hundreds or even thousands in damage. Our technicians can carefully remove floorboards near the walls and examine the sub-floor for problems. Although our teams do not perform major construction, they can dry out the sub-floor area and replace smaller pieces of the supporting structure if wood rot has already started.
 
The goal of SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe is to return each home to its original, dry condition. If you need our help after a rusted out water heater or a broken dishwasher spilled water across your home, call us today at (775) 588-2355. We are here for you.

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Tahoe's Water Damage Drying Systems Explained

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tahoe's Water Damage Drying Systems Explained Water damage coming from an inside or outside source can quickly produce an unwanted result. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services right away.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Equipped With Tools to Calculate the Most Efficient Drying Process for Your Water Damaged Home

When restoring water problems inside a Tahoe residence, there are two main types of drying systems that get used. During the drying process, wet contents and materials can be dried by using either an open or closed drying method. The most efficient drying system to use when removing moisture depends on several environmental factors.
 
An open system uses air from the outside to speed up evaporation inside your home. Using an open drying system during water damage mitigation in Tahoe is only efficient if the climate outside is hot and dry. Before we begin the drying process, we measure the relative humidity and temperature inside and outside of the structure.
 
If our readings indicate that the air outside has at least 20 grains of water per pound less than the air inside, then open drying is considered. If the outside temperature is significantly higher than inside, open drying may be the most effective way to remove moisture promptly. If all of these conditions are met, our SERVPRO technicians open up all of the windows inside your home and set up air movers and fans to circulate the hot, dry air from the outdoors through your home.
 
However, open drying is not used as much as closed drying because it has a few setbacks. Having windows open creates a security risk and can waste energy. Open drying depends on ideal conditions outside; weather can change thus altering the environment.
 
When open drying is not deemed to be effective due to outside weather conditions, a closed drying system often gets implemented. During closed drying, the affected area gets sealed off from the outside air and the air of unaffected regions inside the house. If one room is affected the doors get closed and air movers and dehumidifiers get set up to create an environment that speeds up evaporation and removes water from the air. If the affected area is only a small portion of a large room, our crew can seal off the affected section with plastic creating a drying chamber.
 
Upon inspections, professional restoration technicians take measurements and moisture readings to decide if an open or closed system is going to be the best solution for structural drying. You can get professional assistance 24 hours a day from SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe by calling (775) 588-2355.

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Smoke and Fire Damage can Affect all Areas of Your Tahoe Home

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Fire Damage can Affect all Areas of Your Tahoe Home Burned plastic can produce bad smelling odors and residues. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand That Fire Damage Remediation Includes Smoke and Odors

Smoke ranges in various types and can affect your Tahoe home in many ways. Heavy smoke, from burning plastics and other synthetic materials, can leave a messy, difficult-to-clean mess behind while smoke from wood or paper leaves much less residue. Homes today contain many furnishings made from plastics and other similar materials. Many of these release poisonous gasses when they become too hot or burn.
 
Homes with fire damage in Tahoe also have smoke damage. Many people decorate and furnish their homes with various items. Glass does not burn, but it can shatter when it becomes too hot, or other household items fall on it during a fire. However, few things react like glass does during a fire. Plastic items can range from photo frames, wall clock housings, tables and chairs designed for children, and utility shelving. Many furnishings that contain synthetics range from carpeting to insulation to lighting fixtures. All of these can produce heavy smoke residue and soot while burning.
 
SERVPRO can help your family by restoring your home, making it livable again. From removing charred materials and cleaning up soot, to removing the firefighters' water and foam to tarping your home's roof, we can help make the nightmare end. We know that the insurance paperwork and taking care of your family's immediate needs can take a toll on you, and we understand the many questions and concerns you want to be answered. While this new experience for you may seem unending, we know from experience that we can help make things "Like it never even happened" for you and your family.
 
Once we have removed the physical effects of the fire and its smoke and restoration work finishes, you may notice a persistent odor. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can help mitigate this. Thermal fogging remains one of the most effective methods for this situation because it forces the deodorizing fog into the same areas that the smoke did during the fire. Quickly done, your home only requires a short period for our crew to complete the process.
 
SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe wants to help families in the Minden and Skyland areas dealing with fire damage and the smoke that follows. Contact us at our local 24-hour service line number at (775) 588-2355 to speak with us.
 
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