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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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Restoring A Home With Flood Damage In Tahoe

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring A Home With Flood Damage In Tahoe Flooding within a home in Tahoe can bring about a sense of loss and utter helplessness.

Restoring A Home After A Flood

Flooding within a home in Tahoe can bring about a sense of loss and utter helplessness. Not only did the impending waters cause a sense of dread, but the devastation caused, both inside and outside, ruin so much of what made up a home.

Property owners in Tahoe can rely on professional restoration companies to undo the problems caused by flood damage. SERVPRO's employees include technicians and specialists, certified by the IICRC, who know how to mitigate existing damage and prevent further additional problems quickly.

Flooding brings in more than water. Debris includes microscopic particles that can include pathogens capable of causing life-threatening diseases.These particles can end up in minute spaces within your floorboards, and anything else where the water travels. On the other end of the spectrum, debris of much more substantial dimensions can pose health risks, including punctures and scrapes. Some debris may even come from your home's interior, where slightly buoyant items remain partially submerged.

We remove the debris that can harm your family and leave your home an eyesore. Elimination of these things and extensive cleaning only does part of the work required. Your home needs to have its original dryness restored, also. We use specialized equipment that can complete this aspect quickly. We use tubing attached to air movers that force dry air into small areas of your home that can harbor large amounts of water. Unless we eliminate this water, it can slowly invade otherwise dry areas of your home. The Injectidry system carries out this task almost effortlessly.

Other equipment, such as moisture meters, helps us measure how dry your home becomes during our work. We know that the air must hold only average amounts of moisture. Until these readings detect normal amounts, we know that pockets of moisture still exist within your residence.

SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe assists people living in the area, including Berryville, Lowell, and Bella Vista whenever flood damage affects their homes. This kind of damage brings about many drastic changes to both the interior and exterior of a home, but we have experience in both large and small disasters of this type. Contact us at our 24-hour service line, (775) 588-2355, any day of the year.

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Ensuring Water Damage does not Return to Your Carson City Residence

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ensuring Water Damage does not Return to Your Carson City Residence Carson City Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Inspects for and Discovers Sources of Water Penetrations to Prevent Future Damage

Seepage and Leakage can lead to damaging water effects in homes. Finding the source of unwanted water is a key element in eliminating recurring incidents from the same origin.
 
SERVPRO helps homeowners in Carson City with both the mitigation and prevention of water damage. We train dedicated individuals in the science of home restoration and damage prevention, which helps them earn certificates from the IICRC. Our professional attitude and understanding of the stress a damaged home can cause the occupants help us provide excellent service when homeowners need it most.
 
Our tools and equipment do more than mitigate any damage, but also help us determine the cause or causes of such damage. The possibility of more than one source for damaging elements such as water always exists. Unless we detect all sources affecting your residence, we cannot achieve our goal of making everything "Like it never even happened" and keep it that way.
 
Using moisture detectors helps us determine where undesired moisture enters your home. These can include internal locations, such as water lines that either leak or form condensation on their surfaces, improperly connected hoses, or leaky toilet bases. Moisture from external sources can stem from breaks in the siding that allows rainfall and other precipitation to enter, torn shingles that act in a similar manner, flooding, or forgotten windows left open during a thunderstorm.
 
Finding these locations precedes repairing them, or using other methods to stop the flow of moisture and water into your home. Because this step takes place before the removal of damaged materials and subsequent restoration work, we help ensure that water cannot damage any new materials before or after installation.
 
To dry out your home, we address the absorbency of both existing materials and the air inside your home. Raising the temperature of affected materials helps cause moisture to evaporate, leaving the material affected drier, and powerful air movers help direct the more humid air outdoors. Desiccant machines can help dry out problematic areas, as well. No matter what issues your home faces, SERVPRO employees know which pieces of equipment can solve the problem quickly and efficiently.
 
SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe is here to help families and businesses around Stateline save their properties from water damage. Preventing such circumstances can often save homeowners from both the damage and the expense that misplaced water so easily causes. Call us at (775) 588-2355 when water threatens your home.

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South Lake Tahoe's Fire Damage Technicians

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage South Lake Tahoe's Fire Damage Technicians Whether your home is a single family, townhome or condo, facing the aftermath of a fire can be daunting. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Speaks the Language of Soot and Smoke Removal After a Fire in Your Home

Even if the smallest fire starts, it is likely that smoke damages your South Lake Tahoe home. Smoke often leaves behind soot residues that cause damage to contents and building materials if not cleaned. Soot also causes pungent odors inside a structure.
 
After any charred debris gets removed, the next step is the cleaning process. SERVPRO's fire damage experts of South Lake Tahoe are IICRC certified and trained in all of the principles of cleaning soot left behind by smoke. When remediating a building that contains soot residue, the IICRC sets out some principles that our professionals always follow.
 
First off, our restoration crew finds and identifies smoke residues that are present inside the house. Our SERVPRO specialists have experience with fire theory and know how smoke behaves indoors. Often, we test which methods of cleaning work the best removing the soot during the initial inspection.
 
Next, we capture and remove soot particles. Sometimes soot gets removed by a vacuum. Other times, chemicals get sprayed onto soot so that it dissolves the residue and gets wiped away.
 
Most smoke residues consist of tiny, solid Carbon particles. Once moisture gets applied to the residues, vacuuming becomes impossible. We always attempt to vacuum soot particles before chemicals get applied.
 
If residues and soils present are not loose particles, dissolving the soot is the only method that works. We use chemicals that dissolve smoke particles when they get applied. After they get applied, our experts rinse the area with water. Then, we dry out the affected region as the final cleaning step.
 
The last thing we do before we end a project is the disposing of anything that got covered in soot. If items do not get cleaned, they get put in sealed bags and discarded of correctly according to local regulations. Any cleaning supplies that get covered in soot get disposed of in the same fashion.
 
We always follow all local regulations and standards when disposing of hazardous materials. For professional help remediating smoke problems, call SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Helping SERVPRO Out With Tahoe Flood Damage Mitigation

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Helping SERVPRO Out With Tahoe Flood Damage Mitigation SERVPRO knows that even when you do your best, some disasters are too big to be overcome alone.

Flood Damage Mitigation

In the aftermath of Tahoe flood damage, assuming standing water is gone, and the area is relatively safe, there are many things you can do to start the process of recovery early and make our job easier. You can set out upholstery and cushions to dry, elevate furniture off the ground, start mopping up stray water, organize the area, and conduct many more small tasks that can make a big difference for SERVPRO later on.

When Should I Leave Things Alone?
While we appreciate any help we can get, there are some circumstances in which the best thing you can do to help us treat flood damage to your Tahoe home is to stand by and cooperate with our technicians. Most of the time, our concerns have to do with safety, as some floods can create especially dangerous conditions within the home. If any water with measurable depth remains on the floor, do not enter the area. If you've reason to believe that the structure may be unstable or electronics and electrical systems may pose an electrocution threat, steer clear of the area. In general, if there is any question on whether or not the area is safe to re-enter, wait for a SERVPRO technician to arrive and advise before heading in.

What Can I Do If All Seems Clear?
If you have been given the go-ahead by SERVPRO employees or otherwise feel that there is minimal risk of danger, you can start with common-sense cleanup measures and tasks. Separate objects so they can dry out faster and do not get a chance to bleed into one another. Mop hard surfaces to remove excess moisture. If you feel that you're capable of additional work, ask our technicians what else you can do to assist. Simple considerations like these can end up saving a great deal of time for us and lead to hundreds or thousands of dollars saved for you.

SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe knows that even when you do your best, some disasters are too big to be overcome alone. We are there to help when you need us most. Give us a call at (775) 588-2355.

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Flood Damage Restoration Services Stateline Residents Can Trust

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration Services Stateline Residents Can Trust Make sure that you are safely entering your home after flooding as many dangers can be hidden below the waters. Contact SERVPRO for remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Are Trained to Safely Dry Out and Remediate Your Home After Flooding

We all understand how floods, in general, are dangerous. Regardless of whether you have a basement flood or extreme weather flood, an obvious risk is drowning. However, smaller home floods in Stateline can also result in electrical hazards and contamination risks that concern everyone.  

Remember to seek professional help returning to your home after flood damage in Stateline occurs. You want to remain safe, avoid hazards, and prevent losses, so avoid adding to them by entering your home without someone who understands what to walk on, touch, or evade.  

Flash-floods are arguably the most dangerous, catching homeowners off-guard, where a mere 6-inches of water can knock over a full grown adult or 12 to 24-inches can carry your car away. Drowning, electrocution, injury, and contamination are all ever-present risks associated with the aftermath of a flood on your property.  

Flooding can put you at risk of electrocution if you make contact with floodwaters where a connection to your electrical grid still exists. Always have a professional disconnect your power, even after the loss of electricity during a storm, you never know when power might come back on.  

SERVPRO can respond to your request for help day or night, helping you assess damages on your property after a flood. We put IICRC certified technicians, advanced restoration methods, and our vast resources to work to work for you, limiting your losses as much as possible while providing you with excellent services you can trust.  

SERVPRO works with your insurance company, keeping both of you informed of any changes throughout your restoration process. Our technicians maintain a clean, safe, working environment, performing cleaning and restoration services as quickly and efficiently as possible while maintaining a quality level you expect.

SERVPRO technicians can handle any size problem that exists on your property, with experience in Clean, Grey, or Blackwater situations we begin your restoration right away. We use personal protective equipment, containment, and exposure prevention methods that fit local, state, and federal guidelines.  

Contact SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe for full-service solutions to flood damage on your property, today. (775) 588-2355

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Tahoe's Flood Damage Specialists

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tahoe's Flood Damage Specialists When big storms come into your neighborhood, it is always a possibility that your Tahoe townhome gets damaged.

Flood Damage Specialists

When big storms come into your neighborhood, it is always a possibility that your Tahoe townhome gets damaged. Excessive rain sometimes causes flooding. Any time there is enough water to flood an area, it is likely that water makes its way into your structure.

When mitigating any water damage situation, there are many steps involved. It is a wise call to make to SERVPRO's flood damage crew in Tahoe to mitigate your problem. One of the most important steps to completing the job is the last cleaning and deodorization stage.

After all of the water is extracted from the flood damage and the area is dry, deodorization occurs. Having a clean smell is one of the most critical pieces of having an overall decent job. SERVPRO often pleases their customers by completing the project and leaving the area with a pleasant smell. When water is inside a building humidity goes up, and foul odors are more prevalent.

The deodorization step gets carried out via a variety of methods. One way odors get removed is an injection method. Some deodorants get injected into carpet and upholstery. Other deodorants get sprayed directly onto a surface with powered or pump sprayers. This technique gets used when applying disinfectants and anti-microbial chemicals.

Sometimes deodorizers get applied with wet foggers. These ultra-low volume foggers generate tiny deodorant particles that make their way into materials that hold foul smells. In some cases, dry thermal foggers that heat up and vaporize the deodorant get used but mostly only in cases of smoke damage.

When deodorizing your structure ventilation is essential. Large venting box fans often get used before and after the deodorization process. In some cases, air scrubbers with HEPA filters get used to fighting unpleasant odors. Air scrubbers use negative air pressure to suck air into a screen that catches particles causing awful smells.

If you ever have weather-related water damage, it is vital to call in the professionals to ensure the deodorization process gets completed correctly. Whenever you notice rainwater entering your home, call SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe at (775) 588-2355, for 24/7 assistance.

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