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Restoring Carpets and Other Materials after Fire Damage in Your Carson City Home

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Carpets and Other Materials after Fire Damage in Your Carson City Home Fire Damage to Carson City Carpets and Properties? Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Essential Cleanup and Carpet Cleaning Post Fires

Children playing with lighters or matches cause small burns and holes in carpeting and rugs, which can then grow larger. You can protect your carpeting, a substantial investment, in your Carson City home by having a professional skilled in restoration repair the damage. Restoration work can stop most deterioration from progressing.
 
We have local technicians in Carson City who can restore carpets with fire damaged sections. Highly skilled, we can restore any area of your home that suffers from burn in addition to carpeting or other floor types. This salvaging saves many homeowners from having the expense of replacements. We can restore almost anything in your home that suffers from damage due to smoke or flame more easily than we can replace those same materials.
 
SERVPRO employees include Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT), with extensive IICRC training and experience in dealing with the destruction of all types of materials. Cleaning and restoration, when started shortly after the damaging event occurs, can often remedy many smaller fires in a home. We must also eliminate any water that you used to put the fire out, to prevent other types of damage from developing. Mold and mildew often set in after fires take place because of this new addition to their otherwise inert environment.
 
Our employees quickly and professionally restore your home while working around your schedule. Cleaning hard surfaces, laundering soft materials, including stuffed toys, curtains, heavy bedspreads and quilts, and walls and ceilings help reduce the smoky odor fire leaves behind. Our Esporta washing system and ultrasonic cleaning equipment offer exceptional options for cleaning and restoring. Any areas that have charring or blackening that does not wash away may require replacements, but we closely work with homeowners to ensure we only use acceptable matches.
 
For any fire damage inside your home, call SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe. Our local number is (775) 588-2355. Calling us puts you in touch with our 24-hour services, designed to help you protect your investment and make your home safe again.

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Tahoe City Sprinkler System Malfunction Requires Commercial Water Removal

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Tahoe City Sprinkler System Malfunction Requires Commercial Water Removal Sprinkler systems help immensely when they engage during a fire. Should they go off by accident, you'll need to contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians are Always Available to Remediate Your Water Damaged Business Property

Ironically, a system designed to protect your business from catastrophe can damage it in other ways. A common example of this is a sprinkler system installed to protect a commercial building from fire. The waters sprayed to knock down the flames cause their own harm, and a restoration company needs to be skilled in both water and fire damage to offer your company the services you need.
 
Even more disappointing is when your firefighting sprinkler system malfunctions, creating an immediate need for commercial water removal in Tahoe City without the excuse of an actual fire. Regardless of the cause, a sprinkler, once activated, releases up to 24 gallons of water per minute. If more than one sprinkler head engages, the amount of water pouring into your commercial space can be significant. Water damage is serious and can result in a broad range of secondary damage issues if not remedied quickly. Our crews of water removal specialists have the skill and the equipment to remove large quantities of water fast.
 
If you do not have an alarm or security staff to notify you of sprinkler engagement, the water removal situation worsens if the flow happens when your business is closed. SERVPRO does not shy away from large water events, and water removal action can begin immediately after one of our experienced project managers assesses the scene.
 
Powerful submersible pumps and water extractors are carried in every vehicle we send to water damage calls. Often electricity is unavailable due to safety concerns, but our truck-powered equipment does not rely on the customer's power grid to be operational for the water removal to proceed. A benefit of moving the water to containers on our trucks is a straightforward process to contain and then dispose of the water completely outside of your property. This is crucial if the water is assessed to be contaminated, not unusual if it remained within your property and has had several hours to become tainted with household chemicals or the beginnings of microbial growth.
 
SERVPRO moves into structural drying mode after the water is removed. High-efficiency air movers and dehumidifiers help reduce the moisture content of structures and fixtures after the standing water is evacuated. Our technicians train to accurately measure moisture levels in walls, flooring, ceilings, and contents. The education they receive from IICRC coursework supports their determination of drying targets and the techniques used to achieve them.
 
Sprinkler systems protect your property unless they operate unexpectedly and in error. SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe is a trusted water removal partner for your commercial needs. Call (775) 588-2355 to schedule a speedy evaluation and begin the restoration process.

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Dealing with Mold Damage on Clothing for Tahoe City Residents

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Dealing with Mold Damage on Clothing for Tahoe City Residents Most clothing is very susceptible to mold damage because of the natural materials they are made with.

Let SERVPRO Help You Determine Which Mold Damaged Items are Salvageable

Mold in the house is something every homeowner in Tahoe City fears. Mold problems usually mean that you have water or moisture coming from somewhere. Therefore, your first priority should be to address this source, whether it is a hole in the roof or a leaky basement. When correcting the root of the mold problem, it is important to remove any mold that has managed to grow on any of the surfaces. This includes furniture, walls, and sadly, even your clothing.

With many years of experience in the restoration industry, SERVPRO has dealt with different kinds of mold damage in Tahoe City and can help you restore your clothes. Our IICRC-certified technicians are well-versed with effective mold remediation techniques, thereby guaranteeing a smooth restoration process. We are a part of your community and are strategically located to respond instantly to your emergency.

Mold damage on your favorite clothing can be heartbreaking. One of the main ways mold may develop on clothes is if they have been in storage for too long. Perhaps you stored your winter pullovers in boxes in the attic where there is a hidden moisture problem, or you accidentally tossed wet clothes into a storage bag before they had a chance to dry completely.

Clothes made from natural fibers like silk, wool, rayon, jute, ramie, linen, and cotton are more susceptible to mold damage than those made with synthetic fibers. SERVPRO technicians can help you sort out those that are salvageable with mold remediation techniques. When mold develops on clothes, it produces enzymes that break down the protein or cellulose to compounds that the mold uses for food.

Often, the initial sign of mold damage on clothes is a distinct musty smell in the closet. After careful examination, SERVPRO technicians can detect stains with visible mold growth or visible pigmentation. Mold on clothes can appear in the form of spores, which are easy to clean up using simple mold control techniques.

However, you need to consider health effects when dealing with mold growth on your clothing. In case of severe mold damage, it is best to get rid of the item. Even then, such clothes should be handled with caution because certain species of mold may cause health effects.

If you notice signs of mold damage on your clothes, contact SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe immediately. We have a wide range of equipment and industry-standard products that can kill mold growth before it gets out of control. You can reach us anytime at (775) 588-2355.

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Casino Closed Due to Commercial Flood Damage in Tahoe

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Casino Closed Due to Commercial Flood Damage in Tahoe If your Tahoe casino experiences flood damage, call the experts at SERVPRO to remediate.

Effective Commercial Flood Damage Restoration

As a popular destination spot for both Americans and tourists, Tahoe is home to a multitude of casinos. When the weather turns ugly and pours down rain, some of these locations fare poorly and end up partially flooded. Parking areas and entryways, as well as interior sections, can end up drenched and worse.

When a casino in Tahoe needs to close off areas because of commercial flood damage, this can result in lost profits and other problems. SERVPRO has experience in restoring large businesses, schools, and hospitals after flooding events. We know what needs completing and how to carry out the work best to ensure your complete satisfaction. Communication with the customer is an ongoing process, and we are always available to discuss the work as it progresses and answer any questions. As always, if areas of your establishment remain open, we can easily accommodate working around patrons as the job progresses.

Casinos hold many different machines that require specialized care if damaged. We can relocate the units that are at the most risk, making repairs on-site or picking them up for transport easier. We can similarly handle other equipment, if needed, and place these other items wherever you desire.

To remove the water from flooded areas, we use equipment based on saturation level. We have equipment that can swiftly handle any amount of water. Our highly skilled Carpet Repair and Reinstallation Technician (RRT) has experience in leading teams when restoring carpeted areas. Carpet care and restorative work is a large part of the deodorization process.

Floodwater holds many particles that produce odor. Cleaning carpet soon after extraction of the floodwater can save the carpet in many situations, but special care is required to neutralize the odor-causing particles to attain complete success. This is why our Odor Control Technician (OCT) works alongside our RRT.

Other aspects include food service items and foodstuffs. Sanitization of the components used in preparing and serving meals is sufficient for their future use, but all foodstuffs are no longer usable. Drying walls and all other surfaces to a normal state is also imperative toward restoring your casino fully. Doors, entryway walls, glass cases and displays all can show highly visible signs of dirty floodwater until cleaned meticulously.

SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe knows how vital the casino industry is to our area's economic development. For expert and professional mitigation of flood damage and other destructive events, call us at (775) 588-2355. We answer our phone every day of the year, so your wait time is minimized.

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Do Dark Conditions Contribute to Mold Damage in Your Tahoe Home?

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do Dark Conditions Contribute to Mold Damage in Your Tahoe Home? Mold is more likely to appear in warm, damp areas of your home such as bathrooms and laundry rooms.

Common Reasons for Mold Growth in Your Home

Mold damage is a risk for any homeowner. It does not take much for mold to start growing. The fungus is quite resilient and given a food source (unfortunately this includes organic material in a home such as wood or drywall) and some moisture; it can easily sprout a colony in your Tahoe kitchen, bathroom or laundry room.

At SERVPRO we handle a lot of mold damage remediation requests in Tahoe. Our IICRC-certified technicians know all about fungus and how and why it grows indoors. One thing to be aware of is the fact that dark conditions can contribute to mold growth.

Why is light level a factor in fungal colonization? One reason is that ultraviolet light kills mold. That is why you do not see mold growing in sunny gardens and do not often see it in areas of the home that get much natural light (although that is not a strict rule as other factors come into play also.)

Another reason is that mold spores need moisture to settle and grow new colonies. Dark areas are usually damper than light areas. Light, especially sunlight, dries things out and reduces the moisture the mold needs to grow. Sunlight also dries out the mold itself.

If an area is both dark and warm, it provides the ideal growing conditions for mold. That is why mold is more likely to grow in warm, damp, dark areas of your home such as tucked away corners of laundry rooms and bathrooms where there is plenty of dampness and not much natural light.

SERVPRO recommends you check warm damp areas of your home regularly to assess whether there are any signs of mold growth. It is also a good idea to invest in dehumidifiers, as they remove moisture from the air and make it harder for the mold to grow. If you find signs of mold growth, get in touch with us – our trained technicians are waiting to remediate the mold situation and take steps to discourage regrowth.

If you have a problem with mold in your home in Stateline, Minden, Zephyr Cove, Skyland or surrounding areas, give SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe a call at (775) 588-2355 for assistance and remediation.

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Tahoe Snow Resorts Turn to SERVPRO for Help Dealing with Seasonal Water Damage Issues

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Tahoe Snow Resorts Turn to SERVPRO for Help Dealing with Seasonal Water Damage Issues Call SERVPRO to learn how to prevent water damage from frozen pipes.

Burst pipes can be a common cause of water damage in Tahoe

Getting ready for seasonal guests and want to ensure that all services, locations, and attractions on your Tahoe snow resort function properly? You can easily gain access to qualified professionals who remain dedicated to helping your business flourish.

Our technicians specialize in providing a variety of emergency services, not the least of which includes locating frozen pipes on your Tahoe area property. We can repair any resulting water damage and prepare your pipes to combat future issues that often lead to delays or closure of facilities and attractions offered to resort guests. 

At SERVPRO we understand how important it is to meet deadlines and expectations. With of all of the attractions such as lodging, shopping, nightlife, wedding, and dining services offered at your Tahoe snow resort, a single water damage problem can lead to catastrophic issues. You need your property running at peak efficiency, and we are here to make water problems disappear, “Like it never even happened.”

With severe fluctuations in temperature, it is common for piping to experience severe stress, which leads to burst or frozen pipes. The obvious thing to do under these circumstances is to shut the water off to whichever building has the break. However, this also means shutting services off to the building in question. You can work with SERVPRO professionals to help ensure costly repairs associated with frozen pipes on your snow resort are a thing of the past.

Give SERVPRO’s IICRC-industry certified technicians the opportunity to inspect at risk areas of your property including basements, crawl spaces, unheated utility rooms, and outside walls for proper weatherproofing. Our technicians can provide you with unique solutions that keep operations moving forward, should a pipe freeze or burst. 

We have access to all of the personnel, equipment, and resources necessary to tackle any size emergency. Our staff is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to respond and provide you with quality solutions you can count on to keep your snow resort running smoothly.

Contact SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe for access to restoration experts in Douglas County and South Lake Tahoe, today. We are here to help, anytime. (775) 588-2355

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SERVPRO Prevents Mold Damage In South Lake Tahoe By Drying Out Wet Furniture

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Prevents Mold Damage In South Lake Tahoe By Drying Out Wet Furniture South Lake Tahoe Homes Prefer Mold to Remain in Petri Dishes

Mold Growth Needs Remediation Through Drying and Sanitizing

Mold damage is a problem no South Lake Tahoe homeowner wants to face. Mold is a fungus which grows in wet and dark conditions. It smells unpleasant, looks unsightly, and can even cause health effects. Wet sofas and chairs are susceptible to damage by mold. The fungus needs an organic food source, and upholstery and fillings are unfortunately an excellent food supply.
 
There are many ways furniture gets wet in South Lake Tahoe, and wet furniture, as we have seen, is at risk of mold growth. Sometimes extreme weather or a storm is to blame. Other times, the problem is with a damaged pipe or a leaking appliance. The upshot is the same though – wet furniture is a breeding ground for mold. That is why drying furniture is an important part of our mold damage remediation process.
 
SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified experts use hand-held water extraction tools to draw as much water as possible out of wet furniture. The more water we draw out at the beginning, the easier drying becomes. Without dampness, mold proliferation gets stymied.
 
The next stage is encouraging air flow around the damp furnishings. That means removing the mattress from the bed and propping it up, and tenting chair and sofa cushions to create more air flow and encourage drying. SERVPRO staff take great care of your furniture and always use waxed paper to prevent metal buttons spreading rust onto the surrounding material.
 
Reducing humidity is a vital part of preventing mold damage to your furnishings. Lessening the humidity of the room hastens the drying process. Our technicians use a range of dehumidifiers and air movers to lower the humidity of the area and encourage evaporation across the surface of your furniture.
 
It is important that each item is dry inside as well as on the surface. We equip our teams with a range of moisture meters and probes that penetrate soft furnishings and take moisture readings from inside. You can rest assured that complete drying of each item is our primary goal.
 
Do not let wet furniture become a breeding ground for mold. Call SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe for help with mold issues around the Carson City, Minden, and Glenbrook area. (775) 588-2355

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Remediating Commercial Flood Damage in Carson City

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Remediating Commercial Flood Damage in Carson City If you have flooding after a fire sprinkler system was set off in your hotel, call the technicians at SERVPRO to evaluate and remediate damage.

SERVPRO Has the Manpower to Handle Your Commercial Flooding Disaster

Flooding in business is usually the result of damaged plumbing or a sprinkler system going off. This situation is bad enough in a private home but spread the damage across ten floors, and 200 rooms and the restoration costs start to look like the purchase price of a mini-mansion.

Eliminating the effects of commercial flood damage in a Carson City hotel can take several days or weeks, depending on the amount of water on the floor and what is in it. With more than 20 years experience in the restoration business, SERVPRO knows that replacing carpets is one of the most common, and expensive, costs.

In most cases, the room and hallway carpets get soaked, but the water levels are not more than an inch. Our technicians can move in with water extraction wands to draw out the bulk of the water and remove it from the building within a day or two for each floor of the hotel.

With removal accomplished, we begin the process of drying the carpet. This procedure is needed to prevent the fibers from rotting, mold forming, and to stop delamination, which is the process where carpet fibers separate from the carpet backing. We use a combination of air movers and exhaust fans to direct warm, dry air across the carpet surface and force the damp air out of the rooms, down the hallways and into the stairwells where we can vent it outside. Our technicians prop open the fire exits to assist venting the air if weather permits.

Since commercial grade carpets normally do not have a pad underneath, there is rarely need to pull them up. However, if they were underwater for more than a day before we arrive, it may be necessary to carefully pull up both an entry and an exit point to force air underneath. It speeds the drying process and is particularly useful if delamination is a concern.

At SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe, we understand that each day lost to flooding means a loss of thousands of dollars. To help keep your doors open and your guests happy, we keep a response team on 24-hour notice and arm them with the latest restoration equipment. If you need our services, call us today at (775) 588-2355 for more information.

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Water Damage Cleanup Services in an Office in Carson City

7/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Cleanup Services in an Office in Carson City When Your Carson City Office Is Flooded, Call SERVPRO

Commercial Properties in Carson City Rely on SERVPRO for Water Removal and Cleanup

Water or flood disasters can lead to office losses from damage to furniture and office equipment, as well as the destruction of paper records and computer files. These losses can have a significant impact on the finances of the business. The incident can also force office operations to shut down, leading to further loss of income.

To safeguard your property, you need to consult a trustworthy cleanup and restoration company. SERVPRO is a reputable company that offers efficient water damage cleanup services in an office for Carson City residents. Our restoration efforts are aimed at minimizing loss of property and returning your office to working conditions as soon as possible. "Like it never even happened."
 
Once we locate and stop the source of water, we can then proceed with the cleanup process. We start by inspecting the office and its contents and then determine appropriate safety and drying procedures. The inspection involves looking for water damage on the walls, cabinets, baseboards, crawl spaces, hidden areas, insulation, carpets, and other elements.
 
During the water damage cleanup process, office staff and any customers around should vacate the area in case of any hazards. We pay particular emphasis to safety, keeping in mind that this is still a disaster situation. When the office is clear, our technicians use appropriate pumps to extract any standing water that is two or more inches deep. Under more minor effects from water intrusion, our technicians endeavor to be unobtrusive and work around the daily operations of the business.
 
Our specialists then use a moisture meter to determine how far the water has traveled on the floors, ceilings, or carpets. We usually discard any pads that have sustained severe water damage. If there are any stains on the carpet, we use powerful solutions to remove them quickly before they become permanent.

To dry the office, SERVPRO technicians place air movers that facilitate rapid airflow to the wet areas – following IICRC recommendations. We also calculate equipment amperage on individual circuits to prevent overloading and then turn on the drying equipment. Once the office is dry and back to normal, we finish the cleanup by removing any resulting debris, even throughout the entire service.  
 
An unexpected flood or pipe leakage at your office can inhibit business and lead to loss of property. As a locally operated business, SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe is readily available to counter the water damage. Call us anytime at (775) 588-2355.

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Carson City Build Back After Fire Damage

7/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Carson City Build Back After Fire Damage SERVPRO, Rebuilds Fire Damaged Homes in Carson City

SERVPRO Can Cleanup and Reconstruct Your Carson City Property After a Devastating Fire

While most of the property loss and cost after a fire is smoke related, some fires live up to their destructive reputation. A blaze not quickly stopped can put holes in roofs, destroy everything inside and even cause a structural collapse in extreme cases.

To build back your Carson City home after fire damage, you need a company that is licensed, experienced and has access to the equipment necessary to put everything back together. SERVPRO has decades of experience in Nevada when it comes to rebuilding a foundation, installing new appliances, and laying a new roof over everything we do. This is all after the fire damage cleanup.

After we remove the damaged property and perform an inspection, our technicians start at the foundation. Fire can blister and crack concrete surfaces, although deep damage is rare. Crew members are trained to break up and remove the damaged layers of concrete and then pour a new surface. Once completed, our new top for your foundation or driveway may blend seamlessly and is indistinguishable from the original surface.

After repairing the foundation, we move on to the home’s support structure and framing. In most cases, we may recommend complete removal of wall and window frames. Framing is wood that has absorbed some of the smoke odors as well as suffered direct burn damage. It is more cost efficient to replace this cheaper framing than to waste time picking out undamaged sections or cleaning it. However, we always attempt to restore before replacing and rebuilding.

Heat and smoke destroy appliances such as water heaters, washers and dryers, and refrigerators quickly. Our personnel is trained to install most appliances according to the manufacturer’s rules and warranties. It is often more cost-efficient to use our technicians than to schedule a separate installation visit from the manufacturer or distributor. Of course, this is dependent upon your personal needs and wishes.

When it comes to a roof, we can replace every tile or install a new roof to include laying a new main support with the heavy equipment that few restoration companies or other general contractors have immediate access. There may be some types of roof repair or rebuild that we may refer you to a partnering company. Your best interests are also ours.

As a locally owned franchise, repairing and restoring your home is not just a job to SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe. You are our neighbors and family. If you need us, call today at (775) 588-2355.

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