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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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Fire Damage to a Child's Club or Tree House in South Lake Tahoe Can Cause Extensive Damage

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage to a Child's Club or Tree House in South Lake Tahoe Can Cause Extensive Damage If your child's tree house or playhouse catches fire, call on SERVPRO to restore it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Restores Fire Damaged Structures of Any Size

Children have many benefits living in South Lake Tahoe, and the great outdoors is one of those wonderful things life has to offer. While it may seem of little consequence to many, a child's private hide-away plays an essential role in the lives of many children. However, some children enjoy experimenting with fire, and this can sometimes lead to disastrous consequences.

When such an incident happens in South Lake Tahoe, contacting a professional fire damage restoration company can help. At SERVPRO, we perform whatever helps to make everything "Like it never even happened." Many outdoor play items require extensive and complicated construction diagrams for their small sizes, relative to the family home. The cost of these smaller 'buildings,' however, means a significant financial investment that often plays a role in real estate listings and property tax amounts. We understand that the emotional factor can severely impact your children, as well.

When fire damages such small structures, a considerable amount of smoke escapes to the outside and never poses a problem again. Some materials, such as plastics used or rubber toys, can produce much heavier smoke than a house fire typically makes. Being heavier, this smoke may not travel as far and affect other structures on your property. As we clean the area involved in the fire, we thoroughly inspect all materials that seem undamaged.

If something needs repairing to salvage it for rebuilding, we perform these small tasks. Broken down materials exhibiting shards or splinters, however, can put your children at risk of injury. We can discuss with you any issues about any questionable materials, however, just as we do with any other special requests or concerns.

Depending on the size and elaborateness of your children's playhouse, restoring it and including previous materials might not work well. When total destruction occurs, we can help by cleaning the area, ensuring the removal of all debris from both the area and your property, and preparing the ground for either the seeding of a new lawn section or for the rebuilding of a new structure that your children can enjoy. We understand that you might prefer other options and we can work with you to make these a reality.

SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe helps homeowners with both large and small events of fire damage. A fire of any size can become a traumatic event, especially for children. We would like to help families recover from such disasters when they occur in our area. Call us at (775) 588-2355, our local number, anytime, day or night, 365 days a year for understanding professionals.

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How Do Professionals Get Rid of the Residual Moisture after Flood Damage to Your Tahoe Home?

1/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Do Professionals Get Rid of the Residual Moisture after Flood Damage to Your Tahoe Home? Flooding from Melting Snow in Tahoe Means a Call to SERVPRO for Water Removal and Restoration

SERVPRO's Expertise, Experience, and Equipment Handle Stormwater and Moisture Removal

A Flood can ruin your home if the floodwater is not promptly and efficiently removed from your property. However, removing the standing floodwater is not enough, the residual moisture remaining in your Tahoe home can cause secondary water damage.

Professional flood damage restoration experts have the necessary equipment and expertise to get rid of this residual moisture from your Tahoe home after flooding. SERVPRO experts use some of the best equipment to detect and remove the residual moisture. Here is how the residual dampness is eliminated after flood damage.

Detection of the moisture level
The first step is to determine the level of the moisture. We can use state-of-the-art moisture sensing equipment to establish the base level of moisture before we begin the mitigation process.
Moisture sensors are the equipment that can detect moisture in carpets, walls as well as in baseboards. The level of the moisture is usually measured by instruments called moisture meters. We can also use infrared camera equipment to discover hidden pockets of water and wetness inside wall voids and other recesses. SERVPRO technicians can use the information from these devices to chalk out a plan that ensures a prompt and efficient drying.

Technicians can also use a Thermohygrometer- an instrument that determines both the humidity and the temperature. The data from this equipment allows the technicians to create ideal conditions for rapid drying.

Eliminating the residual moisture  
Dehumidifiers extract water vapor from the air making the air dry. The drier air is ready to pick up more moisture from the wet material, and the drying process is sped up. Air movers, on the other hand, are large blowers that increase the airflow close to the wet surface. These devices often work in tandem to expedite the return to standard RH levels inside a property.

Call SERVPRO of Carson City/ Douglas County/ South Lake Tahoe at (775)588-2355 today to schedule an appointment. We can make you feel "Like it never even happened."

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Removing Mold Damage In Tahoe City Homes

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Damage In Tahoe City Homes Mold Remediation in Tahoe City Is No Problem for the AMRT Technicians from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Understands the Mold Life Cycle and Can Remediate Problems

Mold spores are everywhere in Tahoe City. The only exceptions are hospital surgery rooms and maybe so-called ‘clean rooms’ needed for assembling some types of electronics. As inert spores, they are no more dangerous to homes or people than common house dust.

For homes in Tahoe City, mold damage is only a concern when three factors achieve the right levels of moisture, food, and temperature. To halt mold growth and deal with the damage, SERVPRO technicians know to interrupt one or more of these factors.

The temperature range most mold thrive in is 68 to 86 degrees. That encompasses the comfort range for nearly every home in Nevada. Raising the temperature is fairly simple, all we have to do is turn off the air conditioning for about an hour. Since homeowners cannot live like that and it is too expensive to keep a home under 68 degrees, we can only alter the temperature in a commercial building like a warehouse.

Spores feed and grow on common building materials like ceiling tiles, drywall, and wood. Even the insulation in walls and attics can serve as food. As the mold colony grows, spores extend growths called hyphae to dig into the materials and feed. If they penetrate deeply, the only way to remove the mold is to remove the infested drywall or other material. Since it is impossible to remove all building materials from the home to prevent mold growth, SERVPRO technicians concentrate on interrupting the moisture.

The source for most moisture in a home is a leak or drip from a poorly connected or damaged pipe. The simplest way to find the source is to trace the mold growth and follow it to its origin. We do this with visual inspections and an air content meter which measures the number of spores in the air. Once we find it, technicians tighten the connection, repair the pipe or another leak source, or simply replace the damaged section. For complicated repairs, we recommend for the homeowner to hire a plumber.

Next, we dry up any pools of water. Usually, this is a small amount, and technicians use sponges to soak it up and remove it. After removal, we spray the location with an anti-fungal agent to kill any possible remaining spores. We do this to reduce and hopefully eliminate the chance of future growth.

To learn more about what SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe can do to protect your home or to schedule an inspection, call us at (775) 588-2355 today. We are here to help.

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How We Rescue Flooded Homes with Water Removal in South Lake Tahoe

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How We Rescue Flooded Homes with Water Removal in South Lake Tahoe An overflowing toilet requires professional water removal services to properly restore your home and prevent further damage.

SERVPRO’s Water Removal Process for Flood Damaged Homes

When a home in South Lake Tahoe becomes flooded from an outside source, such as incorrectly aligned gutters or an interior one, like an overflowing toilet, water immediately begins damaging everything it comes into contact.

In a flooded home in South Lake Tahoe, the restoration process only begins with water removal services. The other services help prepare your home for your return by removing materials damaged by the water and replacing them with all new materials. We do what it takes to make your home “Like it never even happened.”

After the pump trucks extract all signs of standing water from your floors, we move onto saturated materials. The drying out of your home continues with the use of smaller extraction units, both portable and easily maneuverable by hand as well as stationary units. Then we bring in powerful air movers that increase the circulation rate of the air inside your home.

As air moves rapidly through your home's interior, we take meter readings of the surfaces of your dwelling so we can assess our progress. Sometimes we need to dry the interior of walls, so we make small openings, which we close upon completion of the drying process. Carpeting can sometimes take a terrible toll during a flood, so we often replace the entire carpet and the pad below.

Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) is ready to help make the odors left behind by flooding, due to the high organic content flooding brings into homes, not only less obvious but eliminated. We do not merely cover up odors. We eliminate them at their source by removing the compounds that cause them.

SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe wants to help your family recover from horrific events such as flooding that can keep you out of your home until they no longer pose a problem for your family's occupancy. Call us at (775) 588-2355 as soon as you know there is a problem with an impending flood, and we can give you helpful tips on lessening flood damage. We Are Faster To Any Size Disaster, including floods.

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Flood Damaged Homes in Tahoe Need Prompt Mitigation Services

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damaged Homes in Tahoe Need Prompt Mitigation Services SERVPRO restores your home after flood damage leaving it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO is Prepared and Ready to Tackle Flood Damage Fast

Protecting and maintaining your home in Tahoe can keep you busy year-round. Flooding can happen at any time, even in the winter months. Freezing temperatures can cause undrained outside water lines to freeze, causing indoor pipes to burst. Rainfall mixed with snow flooded homes in the recent past, and a similar event could happen again. 

If the Tahoe community suffers from flood damage in the future, SERVPRO is ready. Our Green Fleet of truck-mounted pumps and vans of specialized equipment make us Faster To Any Disaster. A quick response is crucial as it can save homeowners from unnecessary damages. We can prevent additional expenses from accruing by arriving quickly and starting to undo the damage and prevent more damage from occurring.

Pumping out water while removing any dangers such as broken lumber and boards, garbage and debris, and carrying undamaged household furnishings to higher levels of your home can keep damages in check. After the flood recedes, we continue to work on your home. Removing additional water, cleaning items, so they do not suffer additional harm and removing damaged materials.

Using powerful air movers, we can dry out walls, including their interiors. Flooring always suffers badly during a flood, and we apply heated mats that suck the moisture out of them. Carpeting holds substantial amounts of water, silt, mud, and the potential for pathogens, as well.

Disposing of damaged materials keeps your home free of these microbes, including those that cause mold growth. SERVPRO technicians monitor how dry your home becomes, making sure that it happens quickly. Allowing it to dry slowly can allow water damage to develop. Curled floorboards and peeling paint can keep memories of the flooding event alive, and we would like to ensure that your home, once restored, is “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe can assist homeowners with flood damage and other disaster events by restoring the home's interior and exterior. No job is too small, nor too messy for us to tackle. Contact us at (775) 588-2355 for all your disaster recovery needs, year-round.

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Get the Ball Rolling Again with Commercial Water Removal in Tahoe

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Get the Ball Rolling Again with Commercial Water Removal in Tahoe SERVPRO offers quick and efficient water removal services so that your bowling alley suffers as little damage as possible.

Fast and Effective Water Removal Services

Entertainment venues often contain a bar or restaurant or both in Tahoe. With food and drink comes many ways for water to intrude unexpectedly into your business’s areas. A leak, a break, or a malfunction can send large quantities of water surging through the spaces normally reserved for your customers to relax, eat, dine, or play. We provide a fast and effective solution for your water removal needs.

The ice maker in the bar and grill of your Tahoe bowling alley overflowed, requiring quick water removal. Melted ice and a clogged and now burst water pipe contribute to large quantities of water saturating your bar and kitchen areas, as well as a portion of the dining room. At this busy time of the year, the last thing you need is a “Closed” sign on your door. We have the trained technicians and the specialized tools to get your destination dried out and up and running again.

If it is unsafe to operate electrical equipment until the moisture is eliminated, SERVPRO uses sources on our service vehicles to generate the power needed to pump and extract the icy water. The carpeting in your dining area responds well to a weighted wanding with a commercial grade extractor. Our technicians receive IICRC training intended to prepare them for comprehensive in-place water removal of floor coverings. The carpet, padding, and subfloor must all be dried to industry standards to minimize secondary damage.

After the extraction, SERVPRO employees place air movers and dehumidifiers in strategic spots to complete the drying of the floors and other areas. We use advanced monitoring probes to measure the moisture levels and to isolate any pockets of water that may be lurking behind equipment, in walls, or below the floor. If residual pooling of water is a problem, we take steps to release the water and either pump or extract it out of the spaces.

We move quickly to remove the water and dry out spaces as we realize any downtime is disadvantageous to your business. If it all possible we work with you to isolate our work areas from your customer service areas so that your patrons can enjoy a few lanes of bowling while we clean up and dry the affected areas. SERVPRO has a restoration mentality and strives hard to transform a water loss “Like it never even happened.” with as little muss and fuss as possible.

Call on SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe if your business experiences a water disaster. Contact us at (775) 588-2355, so we can schedule a fast assessment and get our water removal team on the job right away.

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