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Carson City Fire & Water Combination Exacerbates Cleanup

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Carson City Fire & Water Combination Exacerbates Cleanup Water, Flooding, and Fire Damages Get Cleaned Up by SERVPRO in Carson CIty

SERVPRO Uses a Multi-Faceted Approach to Major Water Damage Plus

Fire and flood damage each have their set of problems and requirements for cleaning. Every homeowner needs a restoration company that deals with both. In some circumstances, this means at the same time.

SERVPRO knows that a fire and water combination is devastating to a Carson City home. Heat and smoke damage is bad enough, but sprinklers continue until they are turned off, and a firefighter’s first concern is stopping visible flames from spreading. The combination means standing water in every low spot, carpets, and floors under water, as well as personal and structural property covered in soot and smoke residues.

It also means we start with conflicting priorities. When there is a fire, our first concern is to remove soot residue before it causes permanent harm to property and structure. If there is standing water, the soot must wait until technicians pump out the water to work in a safe environment.

After removing the water, each room is inspected to determine the soot and smoke levels. We clean the rooms with the heaviest coating first. We start the process to extract water from carpets and wood floors in the rooms with a lighter residue layer. By using this method, we can service both types of restoration as quickly as possible.

With both fire and water damage, saving certain building materials is almost impossible. Every charred drywall panel must be removed to examine the frame wood behind it. Excess water further weakens panel integrity to the point where some crumble and come apart as technicians attempt to remove them.

There is one process we have that supports both restoration priorities. After removing smoke and soot residues, we use air movers and fans to remove lingering smoke odors. These same machines also help us lower the moisture levels in affected areas of the home to prevent wood floors from warping and carpets from rotting or growing mold. Our goal is to restore and not discard and replace. Circumstances, you and your insurance company have the final say on how we move forward for the service.

Restoring your home after any disaster takes a professional service with decades of experience. When the clean-up involves two, separate, types of damage, speed and training are twice as important. SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe keeps a 24-hour response team on call to support you in every step and task. Call today at (775) 588-2355.

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Combating Fire Damage In South Lake Tahoe

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Combating Fire Damage In South Lake Tahoe Severe Fire Damage in South Lake Tahoe Needs Professional Cleanup--Call SERVPRO

South Lake Tahoe Homeowners Count on SERVPRO for Comprehensive Fire Damage Restoration

Having a fire occur on your property can cause significant damages that make you doubt whether you can recover. Sometimes the harm appears so severe that you want to give up before you even think about contacting a restoration company. However, that would be the wrong response.

A qualified fire damage restoration company in South Lake Tahoe can provide you with the services you need to recover many of your belongings and save your home. Some even help you find temporary housing, assist with insurance paperwork, and manage the entire restoration process for you. Of course, this is in the case of extreme fire damage where extensive cleanup and reconstruction is needed.
 
SERVPRO offers these services and much, much more. Contacting us gives you access to IICRC industry certified technicians with years of experience that appreciate the opportunity to assist you with restoring your property to a quality condition. We treat your home and belongings as if they were our own and put every method at our disposal to use to limit any losses you might experience.
 
SERVPRO technicians maintain a safe, secure working environment, we utilize personal protection equipment and eliminate obvious hazards before entering your property. Safety comes before anything else; we would never want one of our workers or any person involved to become injured on one of our job sites. If the area is not safe for you or your family, we ask you to relocate to a safe location and communicate with you remotely, providing you with regular updates until completely done with your restoration. We can secure the property before the cleanup even begins.
 
You never have to guess if SERVPRO has your best interests in mind. We work with insurance companies throughout the claims process to provide you with the best results possible while maintaining a manageable budget. Our work often exceeds homeowner expectations and may even improve upon what you had installed before.  
 
Contact SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe to receive a quick response to your call for help; we can give you the best possible services and provide you with a full-service solution to emergencies that occur on your property. Call now to get started with your restoration as soon as possible. (775) 588-2355 To learn more about this city click here.

Tankless Water Heater Malfunction Causes Water Damage in South Lake Tahoe

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tankless Water Heater Malfunction Causes Water Damage in South Lake Tahoe Tankless water heaters can still cause water damage. Call SERVPRO to start the water removal process and drying out of the property.

SERVPRO Quickly Remediates Water Damage in Your Home

Water heaters are often the villains in appliance-based water damage stories. Over the years they collect sediment and develop cracks and then spill water all over. Today many homeowners swap out the conventional tank heater with a tankless, on-demand system. If that choice still results in water damage, SERVPRO stands ready to help.
 
A remodel of your kitchen includes a tankless, hot water on demand heater. You breathe a sigh of relief as you believe it needs to be replaced less frequently and is leak-proof. Unfortunately, you return home from work to find a wet kitchen floor and completely waterlogged cabinets under your sink. The newest technology failed, causing significant water damage to your South Lake Tahoe home.
 
SERVPRO staff arrives quickly and first ensures that the water supply is shut off to the defective tankless heater. Then we remove the water from the floor with our powerful professional water extractors. Because the cabinets cannot be moved, but likely water hides behind or beneath them, our technicians use a couple of strategies to dry out those areas.
 
The kickplate at the bottom of the cabinet pops out with careful effort, and we use this access to complete the removal of the standing water. We also descend to your lower story to see if water drained through. If so, we punch holes to release water or remove a ceiling tile or two, depending on the construction.
 
Our talented technicians then position air movers to speed the drying process -- some in the kitchen and one or more aimed at the ceiling in the lower level. Throughout the process, SERVPRO staff monitors moisture levels, determines drying targets, and adds ancillary strategies like dehumidifiers and heat if necessary.
 
A speedy response from SERVPRO is essential when dealing with water damage. The longer the water remains pooled up or seeping into structures, the more likely more severe issues such as mold damage occur. Water incursions in the kitchen are common because of the plumbing, but also have the possibility of unfortunate complications because of the presence of food debris and many hidden areas below and behind appliances and cabinets.
 
When unexpected water damage greets you at the end of a busy work day, call SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe at (775) 588-2355. Our experience, equipment, and training set us apart in the water damage restoration industry.

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Carson City Severe Storm Flooding

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Carson City Severe Storm Flooding Post Flooding Odors in Your Carson City Home? Call SERVPRO

Odors from Floods May Require SERVPRO's Expertise and Equipment for Removing

Physical damage from a storm is simple to spot. The clean-up processes are labor intensive and require heavy equipment for parts of them. Trying to remove other damage such as the odors left behind from flood waters are often just as difficult.

When it comes to flooding from severe storms in Carson City, time compounds the problem. If a house or apartment has suffered structural damage, then it may be several days before the owners or an SERVPRO restoration team can even enter.
Once we do enter and ensure a safe work environment, team members track down the source as best as possible. Since there are multiple, potential sources throughout the structure, the likelihood is that there are many odors as well. To combat them all, we use the multiple methods approach, which pairs different types of deodorants depending what is needed.
Masking agents are time release beads which cover unpleasant odors with a pleasant smell while other agents absorb or otherwise neutralize them.

Absorption and filtration agents use activated charcoal to absorb the sources of the odor; specifically, the humidity, moisture, and oils.

Pairing agents are dispersed using an ULV fogger to combine with odor particles in the air. This combination then falls to a surface where a team member cleans and removes it.
Disinfectants and sanitizers serve a double purpose. They are sprayed onto bacteria and fungi to stop further growth while also neutralizing the odor.

An electrically generated deodorizer is ozone gas. The gas is used to chemically pair with odor particles that have had time to penetrate deeply into furniture, other property and the structure itself.

Each method is effective individually, but none of them work on every odor source. By applying multiple methods, our restoration team recovers almost any property that is otherwise undamaged.

It is dry now, but there is more rain expected this weekend. If you have damage from the previous storm or want to get a jump on the next one; contact us here at SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe. We are here to help, so call today at (775) 588-2355 to get started.

The Many Uses of Air Movers in South Lake Tahoe

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Many Uses of Air Movers in South Lake Tahoe Finding water damage in any part of your home can seem overwhelming. Call SERVPRO and we'll be your ally during the remediation process.

SERVPRO Technicians Figure Out the Most Effective Way to Remediate Water Damage at Your Home

While our approach to water removal can vary greatly depending on size, intensity, and duration of water damage, you will almost always see us using our signature air movers - powerful, directed fans that create fast and carefully planned streams of air through an area. These are employed in a wide variety of situations, from tight corners and places to vast, open warehouses. A lot of science and planning goes into our application of these industrial-grade machines, and every SERVPRO technician is well-taught in how to arrange and operate them.
 
Air movers are critical in South Lake Tahoe water removal jobs because they accomplish a tough task: drying up water already soaked into materials. Whether it is carpet, wood, grout, or even concrete, air movers apply a consistent and heavy stream of air to the surface to pick up individual water droplets and put them into the air. These services are needed in almost every water removal job SERVPRO gets called in for since we specialize in some of the heaviest and most thorough cleanup jobs on the market.
 
Many different protocols and planning situations can affect how our technicians arrange air movers in your home. Some types of carpeting, when soaked, can only be dried when an air mover blows underneath it. So, a common treatment (especially in residences) is to lift up one end of the carpet to create a long air tube underneath it. Alternatively, for irregularly shaped rooms or situations requiring drying of high walls and ceilings, we may position the air movers at a vertical angle to direct air currents upwards. In most cases, air movers are kept in a room with closed doors to make air currents most efficient, but we may also strategically position some machines to push moisture from one room into another. This setup is most common when rooms are too small to dehumidify on their own and must be linked with a larger area.
 
Regardless of the size or severity of your damage, SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe is ready 24/7 to respond to your home's time of crisis. Just call us at (775) 588-2355.

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