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Checking in on Fire Safety Measures in Carson City

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Checking in on Fire Safety Measures in Carson City Check that the fire extinguisher in your home is up to date. Having one in the house that is in usable condition can help stop the spread of fire.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Provide Fire Prevention Tips for Your Home


Preventing fire damage is far easier than cleaning up after it, so your primary concern should always be to secure your home against future disasters. Ultimately, the biggest mistake most people make is in maintenance. It can be difficult to make sure that every fire safety measure in your home is working at full capacity, but the effort is worth it to avoid disaster. Many of SERVPRO's recent calls could have been avoided if the homeowner put in place the appropriate preventative measures, and resultingly, we hope that these reminders might help local residents to prevent fires in the future.
 
Smoke Detectors
 
Inadequate smoke detectors are one of the most costly contributors to fire damage in Carson City. Many people are content just to replace smoke detector batteries every year or two when the devices start beeping. However, this is not enough to make sure that they are up-to-date and working as intended. If the devices stop working entirely, you may forget they even exist as they fail to beep on their irregular schedule. At least once a year, go through your home and make sure all your smoke detectors are working and free of damage.
 
Fire Extinguishers
 
Not all fire extinguishers are created equal. Some are based on ineffective and dangerous water solutions that are weak against big fires and inflammatory for some electrical fires. Others have short lifespans and require replacement by dates long enough in the future that most people forget entirely. Make sure your fire extinguishers are modern, undamaged, and well-constructed to keep small fires from growing into much larger ones.
 
Fire Audits
 
Having a certified company like SERVPRO come to inspect your home for fire safety irregularities can be one of the best ways to identify obscure problems or unseen risks. Our training and equipment help us to identify problems you might not even know you have. Contact one of our representatives to learn more about what we can do to help in this regard.
 
SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe is ready around the clock to get to your home and begin fire damage restorations after a disaster. Call us for expert service at (775) 588-2355.

Build Back a Carson City House After a Storm

3/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Build Back a Carson City House After a Storm SERVPRO Rebuilds Flood and Storm Damaged Homes in Carson City

SERVPRO Provides One-Stop Shopping for Restoring and Reconstructing Your Carson City Property


Home repairs after a disaster range from replacing roofing tiles to stripping out walls and ceilings. This process can be time-consuming and expensive; it is not something that can be done by a homeowner over a week or two.

To build your storm damaged Carson City home back to its original state, you need a professional restoration company. SERVPRO keeps a response team on-call to secure your home immediately and to rebuild structural property; regardless if the cause was a fire, flood or another disaster.

Our first actions prevent further damage and loss due to the weather, trespassers, or vandals. The SERVPRO restoration team accomplishes this by using plywood to close up broken doors and windows. Technicians seal up roof damage using primarily plastic sheeting and tarps; they use plywood if entire sections have been pulled away or damaged by tree limbs or strong winds.

Next, team members cleanup the damaged property. We remove all burned, soaked, or otherwise ruined elements and, of course, we check with you before throwing out a single item.

Following is a common scenario for rebuilding a storm damaged structure. With that accomplished, we begin the rebuild. Team members start with the walls. First, they install new, interior framing to hang drywall panels. We carefully follow the original floor plan to ensure your home has the same room dimensions as it did previously. Perhaps, our project manager and you set up a new design for the reconstruction. Renovation also includes painting and replacing floor trim to make sure that the finished look is as close as possible to its pre-disaster appearance.

Now, technicians construct a new ceiling frame. Depending on the type of tiles you want to use (in some cases drywall panels are a good choice) or just based on your personal preference, this new frame can be wood or aluminum. Once completed, technicians paint if necessary and install crown molding to ensure a professional, finished look.

Next, we repair the outside to match the inside. The restoration team strips out the door and window framing and replaces it to match the original dimensions. Once the frames are in place, installing new windows and doors takes only a short time. As technicians complete this, other team members replace roofing panels and tiles. Our technicians also replace framing that was damaged as well. If we discover that the roof is not safe to continue work, we stop and recommend a professional carpenter or construction crew come in. At no time will we put your home at risk.

Once you call us, every action we take is to return you to your home as quickly as we can. If your home has damage from a previous disaster, call us today at (775) 588-2355 to get started. SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe is here to help.

Flood Damage Issues in Carson City

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Issues in Carson City Exercise safety precautions and prevent electric shock by staying out of your house and away from your electrical panel after flooding.

SERVPRO Response Teams are Standing By to Tackle Your Flood Damage


It is not an everyday statement to say there is a flooding problem in Nevada. It does happen, though, and when it does, the effects stay around for a long time if not quickly removed.

There is no real safe place to build in Carson City to avoid flood damage. The Nevada State Railroad Museum severely suffered when it flooded from storms about eight weeks ago. It was over a month before removal of the last of the mud, and standing water. Fortunately, when it comes to restoring local homes, SERVPRO has a much faster track record.

Calling us is also the safest action you can take. Unless your breaker box is outside the home and completely dry, don't even try to touch it. It only takes a slight amount of water to turn a switch into a shock that can give you a scare or even kill you. Our inspectors are trained to examine your electrical system to ensure the environment is secure for our response team and you to safely enter your home and get started.

Our first step is to isolate and remove the flood water. If your home is in a position where there is still water coming in from a creek or another source, we block the access using sandbags. Next, technicians deploy industrial pumps. If the power is out for any reason, they also set up a generator from our equipment inventory to ensure uninterrupted service. In nearly every situation, we remove all standing water in less than 24 hours.

The second step is water extraction. Technicians use specialized wands and vacuums to draw moisture trapped in carpets and flooring. If not done quickly, carpets and carpet pads begin to rot and disintegrate; wood floors warp and twist in a day or two if not accomplished. In some cases, space heaters may also be used to raise the temperature to help prevent warping.

Once accomplished, the response team also uses heaters to draw down the moisture level of surrounding property and the air. They also deploy dehumidifiers which dry the air by removing up to 20 gallons of water depending on the size of the devices and how high the humidity may be.

With all of this safely accomplished, we can put you back into your home. The process takes a bit longer than what you read here, but SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas Count / South Lake Tahoe restores your home to its pre-flood state as quickly as possible. Call us at (775) 588-2355 to begin.

Build Back Services Available In South Lake Tahoe

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Build Back Services Available In South Lake Tahoe SERVPRO Restores and Rebuilds Water Damaged Homes in South Lake Tahoe

Call SERVPRO to Restore Disaster Damage and to Reconstruct Damaged Buildings and Infrastructure

Throughout the years we have watched as our communities and citizens are struck by disaster after disaster, rushing to assist when possible and quickly returning homes and businesses to quality pre-disaster conditions. It is time for us to demand more as a community.
 
If your family's home receives damage from a disaster, take advantage of our South Lake Tahoe build back services available to help you improve your home's ability to recover quicker and to fight future events.

 Using qualified technicians to do more than simply rebuild after tragedy strikes.
SERVPRO provides you with expertly trained technicians, well versed in the restoration and reconstruction methods necessary for sustainable development. We can help you plan, implement, and perform integration of disaster risk reduction methods during the restoration services we perform on your property.
 
Use the experience and training of SERVPRO technicians to install improvements such as raising electrical sockets, light switches, wiring, and circuit boxes at least a 1ft above the estimated flood plane of your area. We can place your home's heating unit, water heater, and any other indoor equipment so that it remains safely above your properties flood plane as well.
 
We can also adjust any fuel tanks, air conditioners, and generators found on your property. Helping prevent these items from breaking free and severing supply lines, further contaminating the area during an emergency. By installing backflow valves, SERVPRO technicians can assist in avoiding sewage backups and the problems that accompany them.
 
A variety of additional services such as grading, or performing major retrofits in your home can help maintain its integrity and limit any damages experienced during a disaster. Grading or sloping your yard directs rainwater away from your home, to a specific drain system to prevent flooding, while raising your home on piers or columns to keep it above the flood plane of your area may be necessary as well. Of course, this last action is left for only the most extreme of circumstances.
 
You can also further 'wet-proof' your home by having foundation vents installed that allow water to flow through the building, rather than rising inside and causing additional damage. Waterproofing the exterior and interior of basement or crawl spaces also can be positive build back action. All of these services and much more can serve as a way to speed up your recovery after a disaster. Thinking ahead, or adapting after a disaster makes your choices clear.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Carson City - Douglas County - South Lake Tahoe today for access to expertly trained technicians with years of experience, bent on customer satisfaction. (775) 588-2355

Fire Damage Affecting Homeowners In Carson City

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Affecting Homeowners In Carson City Flames in Carson City Can Cause Damage

Carson City Damage from Fires is Remedied by SERVPRO

Fire damage affecting your home can be a devastating event. In some cases, you and your family are required to relocate and seek assistance in dealing with the aftermath of the situation. You want access to a company that can make reclaiming your home a stress-free, successful event.
 
When it comes to choosing between recovery or replacement when dealing with fire damage in your Carson City area home, our team maintains a restoration first mentality. Providing you with highly trained, IICRC certified technicians who take pride in providing you with the fire, smoke, water, and cleaning restoration services you deserve.
 
SERVPRO technicians train in procedures to limit interruptions and minimize losses that you experience during a disaster. While each situation is unique, we work hard to get your life back to normal and save as many of your possessions as quickly as possible.
 
Our entire restoration process begins as soon as you contact us. We use the information you provide during your initial call to deliver the right team, with the right equipment to tackle the damages you are experiencing on your property.
 
When a fire strikes your home, SERVPRO technicians perform an onsite inspection of the structure and its surrounding areas to help identify potential hazards and determine the extent of damages you are experiencing, while helping us develop a safe, effective restoration plan that suits your situation.
 
If necessary, we can perform board-up and tarping services to cover compromised areas and limit additional damages from forming. While not needed during every restoration, these services become necessary when firefighting efforts or storm damage causes areas of your roof to get exposed to outdoor elements, or regularly secured entry ways are no longer secure.
 
SERVPRO technicians utilize water removal and drying services that include the use of a variety of hand-held and truck mounted water extractors, thermal sensors, air movers, and dehumidifiers to help get control of the entire damaged areas. While using water pressure, air pressure, rotating brushes, scrubbing, wiping, and sandblasting in some instances to clean a variety of surfaces affected by the fire.
 
As with any quality restoration company, time is the most important factor regarding our ability to provide you with quick, efficient services. The longer it takes for you to contact our office, the harder it is to dissolve soils, chemicals and other residues impacting the contents of your home.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Carson City - Douglas County - South Lake Tahoe today for the quality services you deserve. (775) 588-2355

Flood Damage Complicated By Heavy Snows In Stateline

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Complicated By Heavy Snows In Stateline Snow Capped Mountains Can Flood Your Stateline Home, Call SERVPRO

Damage in Northern Nevada from Snow Melts Can Cause Floods

Sometimes Mother Nature gives an area a pounding, recently seen near the California/Nevada border. Torrential rains followed by blizzard conditions create flooding conditions in your home made more problematic due to freezing temperatures and feet of snow. SERVPRO flood damage technicians are up to the challenge of this merry-go-round of different kinds of precipitation.
 
Flood damage in Stateline complicated by sleet and snow puts your home at risk of significant and permanent damage. Choose your restoration company carefully, searching for flood damage specialists “near me” that have a solid reputation and nationwide resources. The dangerous combination of weather patterns this winter, flooding your home and then banking it with snow, affected your neighbors as well. Be certain we meet your flood damage needs quickly when we call upon our fellow franchisees to ramp up the scale of our efforts in the northern Nevada area.
 
The lower levels of your home contain mechanical heating and cooling systems as well as water heaters and laundry facilities. Flooding imperils these expensive and critical components to your comfort and maintenance of the integrity of your dwelling. A speedy response from SERVPRO puts these appliances back online. We have professional grade pumps and wet vacuums to remove standing water, the equipment truck mounted to ensure the water does not re-enter your home. Saturated carpeting and flood damaged furniture dried in place save you money and time over buying and installing new items. We emphasize restoration over tear out and replacement. We also supply emergency generators when electricity is not available onsite.
 
Once the pumps and vacuums finish their job, we add air movers and dehumidifiers to the mix to dry floor coverings and walls. As the temperature dipped when the snows began, heaters join the list of specialized equipment we use to restore your flood damaged home. Our project manager develops a drying plan early and revisits it as moisture levels fall. Certified technicians measure temperature, humidity, and residual water retention to keep the restoration on track. Your home is a priority, the flood damage remediation protocol followed without regard to other projects the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, assembled from neighboring franchises, committed to complete.
 
Feel confident when you reach out to SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe for flood damage control and restoration. A call to our dispatch staff at (775) 588-2355 sends an experienced project manager to your home within hours, ready to plan for the remediation of your flooded home.

Commonly Asked Questions About Mold Damage

1/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Commonly Asked Questions About Mold Damage Mold damage is most common in the spring and autumn months when rainfall is still common, but temperatures are most desirable for the mold.

Mold Damage and the Concerning Questions that Come with It


Mold is a difficult substance to detect, and most homeowners don't even know it's growing until significant damage has already resulted. To complicate matters, once the mold has been remediated and is effectively gone from a home, there is little stopping it from taking root again and renewing its growth. Some homeowners have come to our local SERVPRO franchise on three or even four occasions with separate mold damage cases, and many find themselves at a loss on where and how to protect their homes from mold. Answers to these questions might help to prevent mold from growing in your home in the future.
 
When Does Mold Grow Most Commonly?
 
Mold damage in Minden is most common in the spring and autumn months when rainfall is still common, but temperatures are more desirable for the mold. Mold grows when it's warmest and wettest, meaning that winter months here are often too cold for most mold but summer months are too dry. Note, however, that mold can grow at any time of year: these are just the times when we see an uptick or downturn in calls.
 
Can Mold Grow Without Water Damage?
 
Although much of the mold we deal with comes as a side effect of water damage, standing water is far from a required precursor. Mold can find sufficient amounts of water from mild spills, heightened levels of humidity, or even just the regular moisture in your home.
 
What Can I Do to Prevent Future Mold Damage?
 
Making sure that your water systems are secure and leaks are sealed is the most important step in stopping future mold damage. Past that, talk to a SERVPRO representative to learn about mold-resistant paints and finishes that we can apply to help ward off mold even if conditions do go awry.
 
Why Do I Need a Professional Remediation Service?
 
Some homeowners may assume that mold cleanup is a simple job, and choose to forgo hiring professionals for it. However, if you don't hire a certified company, you may end up doing more harm than good, spreading mold damage to other surfaces and perhaps giving it a fresh food and water source to feed on. Also, mold may be hazardous to your health and necessitates some advanced safety measures.
 


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe has fought and won many battles against mold, with the aid of professional training and top-of-the-line equipment. Call us so we can handle your mold colony at (775) 588-2355.

Get These 3 Factors Right For Successful Water Removal In Lake Tahoe Homes

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Get These 3 Factors Right For Successful Water Removal In Lake Tahoe Homes If water is allowed to stand for too long, you run the risk of losing your furnishings and possessions to moisture based rot and deterioration.

Three Factors Right For Successful Water Extraction

There are lots of reasons why a home might sustain water damage and need to be repaired and restored by a team of experts. Whether your property is the victim of natural floods or you are dealing with the aftermath of a broken appliance, the water must be removed quickly.

If it is allowed to stand for too long, you run the risk of losing your furnishings and possessions to moisture based rot and deterioration. This is why the restoration experts at SERVPRO do not waste any time starting water removal in Lake Tahoe homes. The success of the process, however, depends on the careful consideration of three key factors.

Keep reading to find out what these factors are and how SERVPRO uses them to maximize the impact of water removal techniques.

Temperature
Water removal requires a lot more precision than you might think. For instance, the optimal drying conditions are at a temperature between 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit. However, during the first few days, it is better for the air in the room to be below 80 degrees. So, water damage restoration experts have to monitor conditions very carefully if they want the affected area to dry fast.

Amount Of Standing Water
This is the amount of water which can be physically removed (pumped or vacuumed), as opposed to being dehumidified. It is much easier to pump than it is to interact with gas, so the SERVPRO team will try to remove as much liquid as possible. The amount of standing water will determine how long the process lasts.

Relative Humidity
The term ‘relative humidity; refers to the amount of moisture that the air is holding. It can be accurately measured and used to formulate a drying plan. Anywhere between 30-50% is considered to be a comfortable level of humidity for most homeowners. Once it passes 60%, the air is almost entirely saturated, and it is likely to feel clammy and may be unpleasant. Dehumidifiers are used to eliminate excess moisture from the air and bring the conditions back to a comfortable, healthy level for the homeowner.

SERVPRO of Carson City/Douglas County/South Lake Tahoe has the equipment, knowledge, and expertise that you need to bring your home back to life after flooding. We are a locally based service, so we respond quickly to all homeowners. Call us 24/7 on (775) 588-2355.

Flood Damage Caused by Malfunctioning Garbage Disposal in South Lake Tahoe

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Caused by Malfunctioning Garbage Disposal in South Lake Tahoe Improperly used garbage disposal units can clog and flood your kitchen. Call SERVPRO after this occurs to help prevent any subsequent mold!

SERVPRO Technicians Have Dealt with Damage From Many Types of Appliances

Almost everyone has done it – crammed things into that obnoxious garbage disposal. Some people tend to think that garbage disposals can gobble up anything you can throw in them, when in reality, they can only handle light food residue. Garbage disposals are not built for large chunks of food like many homeowners hope. Heavy food buildup can exhaust the disposal blades or even send whole pieces of food into your drainage system, which clogs it down the pipelines and could create flood damage in your home. If this happens to you, you will need professional help right away, like our team at SERVPRO.

If you know how to properly take care of your garbage disposal in your South Lake Tahoe home, you can avoid flood damage from clogging up your disposal and pipelines. Below, you will find tips for keeping your garbage disposal healthy.

Grease – Never drain grease, even with hot water, down your drains, especially one which is connected to your garbage disposal. This is the most common misconception of homeowners when it comes to drains. Hot water will only cause the grease to run and clog further down your pipes.

Potatoes – Peel your potatoes over a garbage can instead of your garbage disposal. You will otherwise be making mashed potatoes in your drain.

Grains – Not every food group can go down the drain, especially grains. Bread will expand when it gets wet, which in turn will cause clogs to form.

Large or Foreign Objects – Things like plastic forks, bones, leaves and most other like things should not go down the drain of your disposal.

Cold Water and Dish Soap – Run the cold water and use dish soap while running your disposal for a few minutes every week. This will clean the blades, stop rust, and allow your disposal to last longer.

When catastrophe does strike, and your garbage disposal causes flooding in your home, it is essential that you get in touch with our technicians at SERVPRO right away. The longer the damage is allowed to sit, the more damage you will have to deal with and pay for. Plus, hazardous mold can begin to grow after just a day or two.

SERVPRO of Carson City/Douglas County/South Lake Tahoe has someone ready to take your call whenever you need us, day or night. Therefore, don’t hesitate to call us at (775) 588-2355 right away when your garbage disposal causes flooding in your home.

How Your Insurance Is Important in a Commercial Build Back

12/3/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial How Your Insurance Is Important in a Commercial Build Back SERVPRO Can Restore and Rebuild Your Business in Carson City

SERVPRO Provides Emergency Services, Build Backs, and Communication

When severe damage strikes a business, it can be difficult for owners to cover the costs of repairs. In addition to material losses, expenses of new materials, safety and preventative fixtures, labor, and many other factors must be considered, quickly adding up before the business ever gets a chance to reopen. Insurance companies are critical in these scenarios, as their prompt delivery of payment and quick processing may mean life or death for a business trying to overcome its damages. SERVPRO works in close cooperation with insurance companies, providing them with regular updates on the situation by any means necessary, and in many cases acting as a go-between with the agency and the claimant.
 
Commercial build back in Carson City can vary widely on time and resources spent before the business can reopen, depending on what reconstruction efforts are needed. Removal or rebuilding of walls, pillars, and other structural elements can take lots of time, as can full replacement of aesthetic elements such as flooring materials and wallpaper. These types of repairs not only add days or weeks to restoration times but rack up thousands in material costs. SERVPRO works to make sure that the insurer understands both forms of financial loss, helping to keep your business open during the crisis, if at all possible.
 
If your business has been recently hit by damages, by far the most important step in reducing costs and headaches related to your insurance is in calling us early for a fast response. By contacting us immediately, we can respond to the damages and begin mitigation within hours, reducing any co-payments or demands the insurer might make. This fast initial action is contingent upon the signing of our SERVPRO Service Authorization Form. You must also contact your insurance provider as soon as possible. We do emphasize that we are not an insurance company and will always follow the suggestions or demands of the client and the insurer.
 
We have staff, project managers, and an established protocol to rebuild many damaged facilities. We can also partner with other companies whom we have a working relationship with or other companies of your choosing.

  SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe has a strong reputation and relationship with all local insurance companies, helping businesses to build back as quickly and with as little cost as possible. Call us as soon as trouble strikes at (775) 588-2355.