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Leaky Pipes Cause Commercial Water Damage to Carson City Office Buildings

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Leaky Pipes Cause Commercial Water Damage to Carson City Office Buildings A Burst Pipe in a Carson City Building Means Significant Water Damage--Contact SERVPRO for Removal

Water Removal and Dehumidification Are Vital to Reduce Water Loss Effects

Your offices in Carson City can suffer slow leaks anywhere there are water pipes. These can split open and release hundreds of gallons of water during the night, or slowly leak water from loosened joints.
 
Property owners in Carson City must maintain a building's safety at a certain level, and commercial water damage can make this extremely difficult. SERVPRO technicians adhere to protocols established by the IICRC and OSHA. These methods effectively restore both commercial and residential properties to their preloss condition and prevent additional damage from occurring. When extensive damage already exists, we can mitigate this as soon as we remove any existing water and future water can no longer gain entry.
 
Water can damage partitions by dry-rotting fibers or allow microbial infestations to thrive. Floor coverings can slowly become damaged by slowly leaking pipes while broken ones can soak them almost instantly. While we can often rescue the carpet itself, the padding's fate depends on several factors. Its age, density, and composition, as well as the amount of time it remained exposed to invasive water, can affect our ability to save it from destruction. We advise our customers on their specific situation as soon as possible. Tiled and industrial-grade vinyl floorings can reduce the immediate effects of water flooding.
 
Sensitive documents can also become tinged with a moldy scent. Conditions of high humidity can change the feel of paper. Ink also becomes affected and become illegible in places when water damage takes place. Other media can become stuck together when their protective coatings fail under situations involving high moisture environments. These problems make mitigation of water damage crucial for your building's occupants' businesses.
 
Office furniture and equipment, depending on their position to the water's source, might also suffer severe damage. We can dry and clean furniture, keeping it functional. Equipment with electronics often fares well after one of our licensed partners or yours examine them and discusses any necessary repairs or special handling. A small group of technicians can place desks, display cases, or other furnishings on blocks, so no stains develop.
 
Getting your office building dry again requires a concerted effort at eliminating the water at its source, removing damaged materials, drying out the environment and contents, and preventing secondary water damage effects. Dehumidification and restoring normal RH levels are crucial to mitigating damages.

SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe wants to help you keep your tenants satisfied by getting things back under control as quickly as possible. Call us at our 24-hour services number, (775) 588-2355, whenever you need our assistance.

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Effective Cleaning Methods When Dealing With Mold Damage in Carson City

8/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Effective Cleaning Methods When Dealing With Mold Damage in Carson City Mold can spread quickly and be quite challenging to clean. Contact SERVPRO for effective methods of remediation and professional service.

SERVPRO Technicians Offer Many Cleaning Methods When Remediating a Home Mold Infestation

Damages caused by mold infestation can cause great inconveniences ranging from unsightly surfaces, musty smells to health issues after prolonged exposure. Whether the problem turns out to be easy or hard to deal with depends on the method used to remove the mold from the affected Carson City home.

Several cleaning methods can be useful in remediation of mold damage in Carson City. Each method has specific benefits over the others. If you are dealing with the problem on your own, lack of equipment or limited skills might restrict you from using some methods. Professionals like us, on the other hand, are not limited in these areas, increasing the chances of a positive outcome from the remediation.

Before starting the remediation process, our SERVPRO team inspects the property establishing which areas are affected. Depending on what we observe, we can opt for dry cleaning methods. We prefer this when there are light mold residues. We can also use it as a precursor to wet cleaning which involves using cleaning solutions and agitation. The two methods are perfect for hard, flat surfaces such as walls.
 
Sometimes the infestation might affect contents such as seats or other upholstery that cannot withstand wetness or vigorous agitation. Our SERVPRO technicians can opt to spray and wipe or use foam to clean the affected areas. We use equipment such as thermal foggers that make it possible to reach all sections of the areas we clean. With the mist they produce, it is possible to kill the spores without introducing too much wetness in the area.

In case we have to immerse the items we clean, we have to ensure they are dry enough to prevent further infestation. Our SERVPRO team relies on high-quality dehumidifiers, drying mats and air movers, which help deny mold the moisture needed for further proliferation.

There are obvious benefits of involving a professional in your fight against mold and especially the chance to inhibit growth over a longer period. You should call SERVPRO of Carson City/Douglas County/South Lake Tahoe at (775) 588-2355, and we can help you find the right solution.

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A Pipe Bursting Above Your Storage Room Can Cause Water Damage In Your Carson City Bakery

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial A Pipe Bursting Above Your Storage Room Can Cause Water Damage In Your Carson City Bakery If the water damage is not addressed as soon as possible, mold could begin to grow.

Water Damage In Your Bakery

The storage room in your bakery is where you keep your stock of ingredients, such as flour and sugar, and one of the worst things that could happen to it is water damage. It is crucial to keep the dry ingredients for your baked goods away from moisture. However, when a pipe bursts upstairs inside the building above your business, there is not much you can do about the water leaking down into your store.

As the water damage makes its way into your Carson City bakery, the dry ingredients that were kept safe inside of your storage room are not so safe anymore. Once the water is inside, it can mix into the flour and dissolve the sugar. Additionally, it can also cause damages to the structure of your store, which is far more worrying and costly to you as a business owner.

If the water damage is not addressed as soon as possible, mold could begin to grow. Mold growing inside of a bakery violates many health and safety regulates. It is best for your business, and your customers, that you hire a professional restoration service company as soon as you can.

SERVPRO knows how valuable your time is and we cater to your schedule. Should your accident happen in the evening, we can work through the night to remediate the damage. SERVPRO always aims to work fast and minimize the loss of foot traffic.

SERVPRO uses advanced tools such as portable pumps, dehumidifiers, air movers, and ventilation box fans to remove any pooled water and remediate the water damage. We can test the moisture levels in your bakery storage room with moisture meters and then determine the best solution to dry out the structure of your building. SERVPRO can set up the dehumidifiers, air movers, and fans in a particular way that can encourage evaporation and help dry out your store as quickly as possible.

When water damage happens inside your store, never hesitate. Contact SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe at (775) 588-2355. We strive to work quickly and return your business to its preloss state.

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Carson City's Mold Damage Experts Talk About Prevention Methods

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Carson City's Mold Damage Experts Talk About Prevention Methods If you ever notice a pungent smell or see signs of a fungus inside your Carson City home, it could be the start to problems in the future.

Mold Damage Experts Talk About Prevention Methods

If you ever notice a pungent smell or see signs of a fungus inside your Carson City home, it could be the start to problems in the future. Once microbes get activated, and fungi have developed, they can ruin contents and building materials in your house. Once spores have what they need to grow, they form structures called hyphae. These structures grow deep into the stuff, across its surface, and out above the item. The hyphae then release microscopic spores into the air. The spores become airborne and float around the building until they find somewhere else to settle. If the place they land is an organic food source with elevated moisture levels, then the spores can form a new contaminated area.

Many times areas in a structure become contaminated due to a water leak. When dealing with any water issues, our SERVPRO technicians know that preventing mold damage in your Carson City home is essential. If a fungus grows inside your house, it can contaminate the air, ruin building materials and contents, and cause foul odors to exist. Mold can also cause health effects for some people.

In most cases, it takes mold 48 to 72 hours to form. Any time water damage takes place it is vital to call our SERVPRO restoration team immediately. We can show up at your residence and begin mitigating the water problem right away. We use specialized extraction and drying equipment to reduce moisture levels. If we can return wet materials to preloss moisture levels within 48 hours, then the chances of microbial growth are significantly reduced.

Once mold forms, our SERVPRO technicians take measures to remove the contamination and prevent future problems. If the fungi have grown deep into the affected materials, then the objects may have to be removed. If the contamination is only on the surface, then it is possible to scrub it or sand it off. Once the contamination gets removed, the area is then dried out so that it is not wet enough to develop more mold in the same spot.

We can also prevent future problems using containment during the work process. Before any remediation work begins, the area gets sealed off with thick plastic so that dust and particles created by the removal process do not float around the building and cause growth in other places. We also attach an air scrubber to the containment chamber so that it sucks up and removes any harmful particles from the air. If you ever notice the presence of black mold, call SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe at (775) 588-2355 right away.

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Cleaning And Removing Carson City Commercial Flood Damage

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning And Removing Carson City Commercial Flood Damage SERVPRO Extracts Stormwater and Gets Office Up and Running Fast in Carson City

SERVPRO Follows Best Practices for Mitigating Damage to Carson City Area Buildings

Carson City business owners are usually more concerned about fires than flooding. When they do start to consider the risk, most think about minor issues like broken plumbing. Major flooding still comes from storms and the rain they drop which raises area creeks and rivers.
 
The type and extent of commercial flood damage in Carson City depend not just on the amount of water, but also the type of business. SERVPRO technicians have the experience to clean and restore commercial facilities from large hotels to small businesses like the corner hair and nail salon.
 
Our teams start with water removal. If the weather permits, they open doors to facilitate drainage and then bring in the equipment. When the water is more than ankle-deep, our restoration team begins with a commercial pump to draw down the majority of the water. Once there is water barely covering the surface of the floors, they switch to extraction wands. These smaller devices remove surface water and also draw it out of carpets. We can salvage the carpets when the standing water is not deemed contaminated.
 
Next, our teams clean the floors, walls, and every other surface covered by the flood. Since this water is from the outside, there is a higher risk that it contains soil or other contaminants. SERVPRO technicians use an anti-bacterial spray or another antimicrobial agent to neutralize any health risk. The increased water and moisture in the facility heighten the risk of mold spores expanding and causing additional damage. Removing water reduces the risk of mold growth, but cleaning kills these spores to help prevent an infestation.
 
Now, our restoration team examines the structure for damage. In flood, building material like floor trim and drywall can absorb a significant amount of water if not removed quickly enough. Technicians can dry the property if it has not already started to warp or crumble. They accomplish the task using a combination of axial fans to increase circulation and draw the damp air out of the facility, and air movers to push warm air over the surface of an affected surface. They force moisture out of the building material and into the surrounding air for the fans to remove. Dehumidifiers work along with the above equipment.
 
Our goal at SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe is to help every business reopen as soon as it is clean and safe to do so. If you are dealing with any water problem, call us today at (775) 588-2355 to schedule a visit.

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Removing Mold Damage In South Lake Tahoe

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Damage In South Lake Tahoe Call SERVPRO for Professional Mold Removal and Remediation in the South Lake Tahoe Area

SERVPRO Often Remediates Mold Infestations with Controlled Demolitions

South Lake Tahoe homeowners are usually concerned with disasters like floods or fires. The effects are apparent, and getting there usually draws much attention. The opposite is true with mold infestations. They tend to hide from attention and usually start in an out-of-the-way place like an attic or behind an appliance or wall.

SERVPRO restoration teams often start remediating South Lake Tahoe mold damage by finding out just how far it extends into the home. They use an air content meter to find the highest concentration of mold inside the home and then perform a visual inspection to find the origin point, if possible.
 
Since mold spores need a source of moisture to expand and grow, the origin point is often at the source of a leak. These are usually minor like a small leak in the roof or a pipe that needs to be tightened down or taped up. SERVPRO technicians can make these minor repairs, but major construction or plumbing issues need a general contractor.
 
Once we stop the leak and dry the moisture source, technicians remove the mold spores. In attics and wall spaces, they often start with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter inserted. These specialized filters are designed to remove and trap even a single spore off a surface like an attic floor or a wall frame. As small as a 0.3 micron can be captured in this system.
 
Attics can present a particular difficulty. If the fungi have grown into the insulation, technicians have to remove and replace it. Rolled insulation can easily be pulled up, but blown-in insulation requires using a larger vacuum to remove it all. In both cases, it is necessary to scrape the area clean, spray an anti-fungal agent, and let it dry before replacing the insulation.
 
For wall spaces, before engaging the vacuum, our specialists carefully remove the drywall panels to avoid spreading the mold. They spray an anti-fungal agent on them to kill the mold and then break up and bag the panels for disposal. If there is insulation in the walls, they follow the same procedure as in the attic before replacing the insulation and hanging new panels.
 
The goal of SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe is to return you to your home as soon as it is safe to do so. If you have mold and need our services, call us at (775) 588-2355 today to schedule a visit.

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When Your Carson City Dealership Is Threatened With Flood Damages

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When Your Carson City Dealership Is Threatened With Flood Damages Carson City Flooding Gets Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Respond Swiftly to Remove Stormwater in Carson City Businesses

Your dealership in Carson City helps drivers of all ages find the appropriate car to fit their respective budget. As a part of your presentation to the area, you have a very clean and modernized showroom and lobby area for those wanting to beat the heat or other elements outside as they wait. With all of the time spent with the upkeep of the facility, natural disasters are one of the last things that your business needs. With close proximities to the Carson River, rising water levels can impact even businesses above the normal floodplains.

The trouble with flooding from rising levels of the streams and rivers nearby is that you often have little time to prepare your dealership for the coming disaster. With so many vehicles to move to safety and contents and records that need to be preserved within the main facility itself, there is no Carson City business like that gets prepared for the flood damages to ensue.

Being at the mercy of rising water is never an easy sight to see, but when you call our SERVPRO professionals, it is nothing that you have to face alone. Our team can move quickly to help remove the contents of your building to a safer location and prevent irreparable damage. Preventative measures can help to limit the actual water that enters the building altogether, making extraction a much more straightforward process.

Once the water gets pulled from the floors throughout the facility, drying is the next phase. Great care is spent ensuring that the entire building is thoroughly dry. Thermal imagery often gets used to locate moisture or dampness in areas that are out of sight or difficult to access. This inspection ensures that all of the moisture gets removed through this phase of restoration.

There is nothing as unnerving to a business owner as a natural disaster can be. With the looming threat drawing closer and closer, or worse yet rushing in all at once, a fast response time can help limit the overall damage and length of time needed for restoration. Trust in our experienced SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe restoration specialists to help you remove the water and clean up the mess. Give us a call anytime at (775) 588-2355.

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Restoring Your Morning Routine After Fire Damage Takes Out Your Tahoe Home's Bathroom

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Your Morning Routine After Fire Damage Takes Out Your Tahoe Home's Bathroom When a fire breaks out in your bathroom, you need fast remediation and restoration. Call SERVPRO right after the fire fighters leave.

Team SERVPRO Quickly Takes Control of Your Bathroom Fire Disaster

Hectic mornings in Tahoe can take their toll on us, and sometimes, the lack of time causes us to forget to do minor but very crucially essential things. Curling irons and other hair styling instruments heat up to do their jobs, but few have safety shut-off switches to protect our homes from those times that we forget and leave the house without turning them off.
 
A curling iron can quickly reach temperatures high enough to ignite nearby towels or other linens, leading to your home sustaining unnecessary fire damage in Tahoe. Not only does the burning of different synthetics in an enclosed area create caustic odors, but any cosmetics can also become a terrible mess. Cans of hairspray, deodorant, and other beauty care products can explode and cause burnt and scorched areas on walls, the ceiling, and any fiberglass components of your bathroom. In short, a small moment of forgetfulness can render your bathroom unusable. Professional mitigation experts from SERVPRO can restore this kind of damage in your home and get your family's morning routines back to normal.
 
After we clear your bathroom of any damaged items and materials, we can clean up the remaining surfaces to make things safe for the restoration stage. This sometimes includes exhaust vents and their ducts. We can wash textiles that suffered only smoke damage with a specialized laundry detergent that removes both the stains and the odor, so your family can safely use them again without worrying about any carcinogenic effects.
 
Odors accompany fire damage, and they can find their way into areas near the bathroom, so we perform deodorizing services wherever we detect smoke or other foreign particles. During showers and hot baths, the steam can make any remnant odors much more noticeable, so please advise us regarding any continuing problems with such odors.
 
Fire damage can affect any area of your home, but when it happens in the bathroom, your home may seem livable, but in reality, many hindrances soon become apparent in your daily activities. SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe wants to help you enjoy every part of your home like you should. Fire damage can prevent this, so we offer our services every day of the year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us at (775) 588-2355 so we can assist you and your family.

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Building Back Carson City Residences After Water Damage

6/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Building Back Carson City Residences After Water Damage Water Damage in Carson City Requiring Rebuilding and Renovations? Contact SERVPRO for a One-Stop Solution

SERVPRO Provides Complete Cleanup and Restoration of Carson City Properties After Damaging Water Events

Those of us in Carson City has the advantage of nearby desert and mountain terrain. It provides for a wide range of activities that not a lot of other Nevada residents get to have year-round. The extremes in geography and temperature also increase the chances of a water problem from cracked pipes leading into a home, and split lines in walls with poor insulation. There are also the usual problems with failed appliances and water heaters that maybe should have been replaced years earlier.

When SERVPRO needs to build back a Carson City home after water damage, our office provides a full-service response. One of our inspectors or reps shuts off the water into the home and carefully examines the structure while restoration crewmembers begin removing any standing water from the residence. Both of these steps are necessary to reduce the amount of damage while also providing an idea of the potential repair needs and costs for homeowners and insurance companies.
 
When specialists finish these procedures, other technicians start the demolition and removal of property too damaged to be cleaned or otherwise restored. That includes structural elements such as tearing out carpets and lifting wood flooring along with removing drywall, and even wall framing if the wood absorbed too much water and already started to crack or splinter. Removal also includes personal property such as furniture, books, and fabrics like curtains, drapes, and clothing. We can provide a move-out to clean, dry, and store personal items until the rebuild is completed.
 
SERVPRO technicians then dry the affected areas so other crewmembers can start replacing the damaged property. Our personnel train and qualify to lay in almost every type of flooring and carpets. When it comes to replacing walls, our crews can build in new framing and hang new drywall, but if the inspector finds any major structural issues, the team leader may recommend bringing in a licensed general contractor for further consultation to ensure the best results.
 
Building back any home after major water damage is not a quick or simple process, but SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe is here to make it as painless a procedure as possible for every homeowner and resident. If you need our services, call today at (775) 588-2355 to get started.

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Tahoe's Water Removal Specialists Explain Moisture Testing

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tahoe's Water Removal Specialists Explain Moisture Testing Facing a water damaged room can be a stress-causing experience. Contact SERVPRO right away and we will help you through the entire process.

SERVPRO Quickly Establishes a Drying Plan Based on the Initial Assessment

Any time water gets inside your Tahoe residence, removing the excessive moisture within 48 hours is essential. If wood or paper materials stay wet for longer, then microbial formation can take place. Water can also saturate contents and building materials inside your home ruining them.
 
After something like a pipe break or an appliance malfunctioning takes place and causes water to flood your house, extraction occurs to pull out any standing water and moisture inside porous materials. The next step in any water removal project in Tahoe is the drying process. Rapid drying of contents and structural components is essential to prevent secondary damage and mold growth.
 
Before drying begins, the area gets tested to determine the extent of damage the moisture has caused. Our SERVPRO technicians check the temperature, relative humidity, and moisture content of wood and drywall. Once we figure out how wet the region got, we can formulate a drying plan.
 
The initial drying plan includes how many air movers and dehumidifiers get set up in the affected area. The plan also indicates drying goals. The drying goals are set by determining what the conditions were before the loss took place.
 
The ending goal is determined by coming up with a dry standard. To establish a dry standard, humidity, temperature, and the moisture content of drywall and wooden materials in unaffected areas of the building get tested. Once the standard is designated as the drying goal, our IICRC certified team uses their knowledge and experience to determine the right pieces of drying equipment to rapidly dry out moisture until it is back to preloss conditions.
 
The air movers and dehumidifiers get set up so that the air movers use the hot, dry air coming out of the dehumidifiers to circulate air in the room in a counterclockwise motion. We return each day and test the moisture levels in the affected area. Once the levels return to the established goals, we remove the equipment and the cleaning and reconstruction phases take place.
 
During the final stage, baseboards get reinstalled, and everything inside your home gets put back where it was before the damage occurred. A final cleaning process takes place to remove any dust or debris created by the restoration work. If you ever need help with moisture damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe at (775) 588-2355 seven days a week.

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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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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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Mold Damage Mitigation And Remediation Services Available For Your Tahoe Property

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Mitigation And Remediation Services Available For Your Tahoe Property Tahoe Residents Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation to Their Summer Homes

SERVPRO Provides Proper Protocols for Successful Mold Remediation


Looking at everywhere mold can choose to grow on your Tahoe property; it is no surprise that it often finds a comfortable spot in your basement. Basement mold is a common occurrence that many homeowners face, especially since mold only needs water, oxygen, and food to grow. Lack of sunlight is also a plus for these fungi to proliferate.

Gravity sends water to the lowest spot in your home. So, it makes sense that your basement or the crawlspace under your Tahoe area home has the highest chance of mold damage. If the problem is severe, you may want to consider locating a professional mold remedremedmold iation company to handle the situation.

Regardless of what some sources might say, the species or amount of mold growing in your home has zero impact on your mold remediation process, and any amount or species may cause health effects. SERVPRO technicians follow specific guidelines designed to focus on controlling mold growth found in your home. We use EPA-registered disinfectants, negative airflow machines, and plastic sheeting to help reduce the spread.

Your team of SERVPRO IICRC-industry certified professionals removes saturated materials and additional debris and pay close attention to detail, cleaning every surface. Each material requires a specific cleaning method or a combination of cleaning methods to achieve favorable results. However, our technicians have years of experience performing mold remediation services and work in a quick, efficient manner to save you time and money.

SERVPRO staff works with your insurance company and keeps you informed throughout the remediation process. We make sound recommendations to help reduce or prevent future growth and offer a variety of solutions that help you control your indoor living environment.

We can do everything from mold remediation services to the installation of a basement or crawlspace encapsulation system, install dehumidification equipment, and thoroughly inspect your ventilation system throughout your home. You have the power to take charge of the air quality in your home.

Contact SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe today for detailed information about any of our services or to begin your home’s mold remediation service, today. (775) 588-2355


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Fire Damage In South Lake Tahoe

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage In South Lake Tahoe After the wildfires, this summer, homeowners are taking the time now to examine their homes and determine repairs or clean-up.

Fire Damage Restoration

After the wildfires, this summer, South Lake Tahoe and many other communities are taking the time now to examine their homes and determine repairs or clean-up. Many people lost their homes, but others have minor damage. Some homeowners may not be aware of it.

Most South Lake Tahoe fire damage is easy to see. Scorched roof tiles and soot-covered walls tell a homeowner it is time to call SERVPRO. Lesser damage from sparks and smoke can cause thousands of dollars in repair costs if not found and dealt with quickly.

Sparks from nearby fires usually do not burst into flames. They ignite leaves and paper easily enough, but roofs are much harder to set ablaze. Sparks do smolder and slowly burn away tiles just a little at a time. It means not just tile damage, but problems with the panels underneath. Exposed and damaged panels lead to more problems.

Our technicians carefully examine roof tiles and then go into a home to examine for panel damage. If there is no panel damage, we remove damaged tile, clean the surface underneath, and then replace with new tile. If there is panel damage, SERVPRO crew members remove all damaged panels and replace them. That means a larger number of tiles to replace as well. Depending on how much of tile we remove and the age of the roof and, our restoration crew chief may recommend replacing the entire roof along with a free estimate.

As the tiles smolder, they generate smoke. If there is tile and panel damage, smoke can find its way under the roof where it leaves smoke and soot residues. These residues can leave strong odors in the home and even cause wood rot if not cleaned off surfaces.

We first apply a commercial cleaner. In most cases, this neutralizes both the residue and the odor. If it only destroys the residue, we spray a deodorizing agent over every affected roof panel and structural support.

Remediating fire damage does not always mean a massive clean-up. At SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe, we understand that getting ahead of minor damage can prevent much larger damage and repair costs later. If you need our services, call us today at (775) 588-2355.

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Helping to Remove Water from Tahoe Casinos

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Helping to Remove Water from Tahoe Casinos Casinos require special cleanup after water damage, SERVPRO has the expertise and experience to properly mitigate the damage.

SERVPRO Has the Knowledge and Experienced Needed to Perform Water Removal Services for Local Casinos

When a Tahoe casino requires water removal, there are often a set of unique and troublesome factors that SERVPRO technicians have to contend with. Casinos have different layouts, construction materials, amenities, and furniture than other businesses in the area, so we have to plan for situations unique to them. We pride ourselves on being ready, flexible, and competent in our water removal work, and can help to rectify all of these issues either in-house or through carefully-chosen and certified contractors.

Carpets

Carpeting in the average Tahoe casino may require special water removal techniques to dry out properly. Casinos tend to use large, comfortable yet durable carpets across broad areas and floor spaces, which while resistant to some types of damage, can be especially tricky to restore when they are damaged. However, we have experience dealing with commercial carpeting prevalent in the local area, and can often save rather than replace your flooring materials.

Machines and Games

Slot machines and digital games have become staples of most casinos in recent years, and when these electronic devices get damaged by water, the effects can be disastrous if not handled appropriately. We first work to remove cash from the machines, which is typically a natural process due to most machines' water resistant cash storage. If any cash has been soaked, we use specialty drying solutions to prevent it from being lost. Once the machines have been dried out, we evaluate them on a case-by-case basis and conduct repairs as necessary.

Hotel Rooms

If your casino has an attached hotel, these rooms may often have their own unique problems related to water damage. We get more calls from apartments and hotel rooms than any other type of business and know how to react to damages in these types of structures.

SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe is available around the clock to help your business in a time of need. Call us at (775) 588-2355.

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Recovering from Flood Damage at Your Tahoe Residence

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Recovering from Flood Damage at Your Tahoe Residence SERVPRO works to restore your home and the furniture and personal belongings inside after flood water invades your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Remove Water and Restore Your Home after Flood Damage

Flooding is one of the worst nightmares any homeowner in Tahoe can experience. Water seeping in under your door can seem unbelievable at first. Garages and sheds, full of stored items, are also at risk of becoming flooded. Damaged carpets in your home, increased humidity, and many other detrimental facets of flooding steadily worsen.

Tahoe homeowners need to begin restoring their properties as soon as possible after flood damage happens. Water continues to recycle itself inside the enclosed area of a home. The experts at SERVPRO know how flooding affects homes and can perform the restorative work that also prevents additional problems. Until we remove the water caused by flooding, it remains inside, continuing to spread throughout your home, creating further damaged areas and increasing the expenses related to restoration. 

As we work in your residence, SERVPRO restores not only your home's structure, but also your personal belongings and household items. Furniture typically suffers horribly from extensive flooding, but a rapid response can often minimize the damage enough that it is possible to save unique items. 

Carpeting and the padding underneath also become damaged beyond the point of reclaiming. Disposal of wet soggy carpet, laden with pathogens and other filth occurs in sections. This aids in the distribution of the weight, as well as easier bagging for removal to the curb. Removing all tacks makes sure that the area remains safe for children and pets who might wander in before new carpet installation.

Because the moisture in a home after flood events remains elevated until we eliminate it all, we immediately begin drying out a flood-damaged home. Large air movers, heaters, dehumidifiers and other pieces of our equipment help achieve our goals. Directing airflow out open windows can also speed things up when the temperature outside is warm, and the air outside is drier than that inside your home. 

While saving carpeting after a flood is next-to-impossible, saving hardwood floors by drying them quickly is achievable when we use heated floor mats that also remove the evaporated moisture before it ever enters your home's indoor environment.

SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe helps homeowners all around our area deal with flood damage and many other types of disasters. Contact us at (775) 588-2355 for our 24-hour service to start your home's recovery off right.

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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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Reconstruction After Water Damage in Carson City

7/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Reconstruction After Water Damage in Carson City SERVPRO Restores and Reconstructs Following Water Damage in Carson City

Cleanup and Rebuild Needed After a Water Problem? Call SERVPRO

Flooding can ruin a home. Homeowners look at the standing water and want to give up before deciding to call a professional service to replace the damage caused by burst pipes or other failed plumbing and appliances.

Regardless of where the damage came from, SERVPRO is the water damage restoration and reconstruction company to use in Carson City. We are fully licensed in Nevada to perform the tasks needed to return a home to its pre-disaster condition. After the water has been pumped out, we continue to carry out an inspection from the foundation to the roof. Here are a few of the more common damages and how we rebuild after a disaster.

First things first, we replace damaged plumbing. Until we stop the source of the water, it is a waste of time to affect any other repairs. Our specialists are fully trained to replace bathroom fixtures, install new dishwashers or lay new intake pipe anywhere in the home. If the problem was a failed septic tank that backed up into the home or across the outside property, we can remove the old tank and set a new one, to include a new concrete cradle, in place.

Next, come the floors. If our inspection finds damage to the sub-floor, our technicians pull out each piece of the damaged frame and replace it. If necessary, we go down to the foundation and relevel the dirt or concrete to put down a surface without rolls or raised points. Our technicians have years of experience in framing and laying new wood floors that increase the value of the home and are appealing to everyone who sees them.

When it comes to walls, hanging new sheetrock is only the surface of what we do. Before putting up the new panels, we replace every bit of wall framing that shows water damage. Although we do not move load-bearing walls, we can expand closets or decrease a formal dining area to increase the living room for a young, growing family.

Finally, there is the roof. Our response team not only replaces damaged or missing tiles but also removes and installs new support beams underneath them. With a nationwide network of equipment at our disposal, we can even lay in a new main support beam if needed.

Rebuilding your home can be a lengthy process, but hiring the right company for the job can make it much less painful. SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe has the experience, training, and equipment need to help you from the ground up. Call us today at (775) 588-2355 to begin.

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From Detecting Mold to Remediating the Damage in Carson City

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation From Detecting Mold to Remediating the Damage in Carson City Discovering where mold is hiding is one of our known talents. To learn more about what SERVPRO can do to remove mold from your property call today.

Professional SERVPRO Technicians Know How to Find Mold Hiding in Your Walls

When mold growth infests a home, the damages can range from low cost (cleaning surfaces of spores) to expensive (demolition and removal of affected material and property). In extreme cases, the growth goes unnoticed or untreated, and the mold has infested every drywall panel and even structural supports.

It takes a professional, licensed company to build back a Carson City home after mold damage has made it uninhabitable. SERVPRO has the employees, skills, and equipment to return your home to its pre-mold condition.

After our technicians complete removal and cleaning, we perform an inspection. If we find compromised structural integrity, we install jacks and other devices as secondary support while we remove the framing for load-bearing walls and support beams. Then, we replace the damaged supports with beams and framing that meets Nevada state and Federal standards.

If wood floors are damaged, we replace the sections removed earlier. Our team members are well-trained in laying new sections and can expertly stain the new pieces to match the existing floor. If a homeowner wants to re-stain the entire floor, we can do that too.

With the new floor and supports in place, it is time to put up the new walls and trim. We can hang new drywall panels for an average sized room in less than a day and begin putting on a coat of primer. After it dries, our team can paint the same room in another day or two. Once the paint dries, it is a simple matter for us to install new wainscoting, floor trim, or crown molding.
Of course, all of this is a waste of time if the sun and the wind or raccoons find a way inside. As a licensed, general contractor, we can replace any roofing as well as the panels and supports underneath. If the material is available, we can even match the new roof to look just like the old one.

Rebuilding your home after a disaster is not a simple process, but it is one that SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe has been doing, successfully, for decades in our area. If you need us, call today at (775) 588-2355.

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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

Flood Damage Complicated By Heavy Snows In Stateline

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

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

Damage in Northern Nevada from Snow Melts Can Cause Floods

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

Commonly Asked Questions About Mold Damage

1/30/2017 (Permalink)

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

Mold Damage and the Concerning Questions that Come with It


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


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

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

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

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

Three Factors Right For Successful Water Extraction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flood Damage Caused by Malfunctioning Garbage Disposal in South Lake Tahoe

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Technicians Have Dealt with Damage From Many Types of Appliances

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Your Insurance Is Important in a Commercial Build Back

12/3/2016 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Provides Emergency Services, Build Backs, and Communication

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

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

Find Out How Electronic Equipment is Restored After Fire Damage in South Lake Tahoe Homes

11/20/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Find Out How Electronic Equipment is Restored After Fire Damage in South Lake Tahoe Homes There is a possibility that your smoke damaged electronics can be restored. Call SERVPRO to discuss!

SERVPRO Can Repair Your Smoke Damaged Electronics

We have reached that time of the year when everybody seems to be out buying new gadgets and electronic devices. In fact, electronics are a huge hit during the festive season. People buy new televisions, media players, speakers, computers, phones, and more, both as gifts for others and treats for themselves.

Unfortunately, this coincides with a sharp increase in domestic fires and it is no accident that the two trends develop at the same time of year. Many instances of fire damage in South Lake Tahoe homes, for example, are a result of overloaded sockets and improperly used electronic equipment.

SERVPRO handles cases like this all the time and works hard to help devastated homeowners breathe life back into their damaged possessions.

Rescuing Electronics Equipment after a House Fire

It is a common misconception to assume that things like televisions, stereos, games consoles, and speakers cannot be saved from fire damage. It does, of course, depend on the extent of the destruction, but if the damage is primarily smoke based, there is a good chance of salvaging them.

For instance, electronic equipment can be sent to a special facility, where it is treated with high strength cleaning chemicals. These chemicals dislodge soot and debris from the inside of the machine, but they do not cause any further damage while doing so. It is then placed in an industrial drying container, where it is slowly warmed, and all of the moisture is eliminated.

How to Give Your Electronics the Best Shot At Survival

Electronic devices and machines have the best chance of survival if they are sent for professional cleaning within 72 hours of the fire. This is just one of the reasons why it is so important to get in touch with SERVPRO, as soon as the immediate danger has passed and everybody has been accounted for.

Our experts will arrive on site and carry out a full inspection. With your consent, they will then identify and remove all items that they believe can be salvaged. You do not have to worry about losing track of anything valuable because we use a comprehensive labeling and index system to monitor everything that leaves the property.

What Homeowners Can Do To Help

Apart from calling our fire damage restoration team, the best thing that you can do is avoid moving any electronic items. This could cause further damage, by stirring soot and sending it into sockets, holes, seams, and cracks. Do not attempt to clean with any commercial or household detergents.

The salvageable items must be gently transported to a clean environment, where they can be assessed and treated. Once they have been restored, they will be returned to your home – but only after the rest of the repair and restoration process is complete. Otherwise, there is a risk of contaminating the devices with soot all over again.

If you need help or advice after a fire, you can get in touch with our experts at any time. SERVPRO of Carson City/Douglas County/South Lake Tahoe is a locally based company, so you can expect a fast response. Call us 24/7 at (775) 588-2355.

Where Stains Are Most Troublesome In Your Stateline Home

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Where Stains Are Most Troublesome In Your Stateline Home Stains and the odors they emit are one of the problems that our crews often spend the most time dealing with in a flood damage scenario.

Where Stains Are Most Troublesome In Your Home

Staining is a part of most floods, especially after a storm. Water easily picks up and mixes with contaminants, many of which can then be coated on your home and belongings. Stains and the odors they emit are one of the problems that our crews often spend the most time dealing with in a flood damage scenario. Some materials are more prone to staining than others and can create significant problems if they have been heavily marred.

Carpets
Of all flooring materials, carpeting often fares the worst in Stateline flood damage. Carpet is highly absorbent, easily picking up much of the water flowing over it, along with any contaminants inside it. Some types of carpeting and especially rugs are also prone to color bleed, spreading their color to other parts of the floor or other carpets. In many cases where water is allowed to pool for an extended period, the carpet will have to be fully replaced.

Wallpaper
Walls, in general, get stained easily from flooding, but wallpaper is particularly vulnerable to the damage. Much like carpeting, wallpaper is much more porous than most other materials and traps water and contaminants alike inside. Wallpaper is also harder to replace than paint, requiring a replacement process rather than a simple repainting.

Fabric Furniture
Furniture made of woven fabric is much more vulnerable to extensive staining than wood, metal, or even leather counterparts. Fabrics in general easily pick up water and even debris, often requiring unique and delicate restoration procedures, some of which may take time. However, SERVPRO does keep many machines and techniques around for the many types of fabrics found in the average home and should be able to find an effective solution for most individual pieces of furniture.

SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe is locally known for excellent service, friendly technicians, and fast work in restoring homes from any damages they may encounter. Give us a call at (775) 588-2355 to learn more about our services or request help.

Does Your Zephyr Cove Property Have Mold?

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Zephyr Cove Property Have Mold? Drying sheetrock is not a perfect process either. The material becomes more fragile the longer it is exposed to water.

Mold Damage And Sheetrock

As fall approaches, increased rain and now snow is beginning to work its way into homes around South Lake Tahoe and elsewhere. Home and business owners need to pay attention now to repairing or replacing drainage systems to prevent mold growth from undiscovered water and moisture. If damage has occurred, then clean-up and restoration need to begin as quickly as possible.

Mold damage in Zephyr Cove can happen in every home and commercial building. Water-soaked building materials must be dried quickly. SERVPRO has the training to help prevent permanent damage from both water and mold when they are discovered.

One of the primary sources of water-soaked material is sheetrock. It is also one where we carefully work with the customer on cleaning versus replacement costs. Drying a single layer of sheetrock takes an average of 5 to 7 days. A two-layer panel takes 10 to 14 days. If the rest of the clean-up process can be completed before that time; especially if the affected panels are two layers, then the customer needs to consider if waiting the extra time is worth the cost.

Drying sheetrock is not a perfect process either. The material becomes more fragile the longer it is exposed to water. If it has been soaked for more than 24 hours, a panel is much more difficult to remove and begins to disintegrate as it is handled. If the number of sheetrock panels becomes excessive, then this is another cost factor that we make sure the customer understands.

Rainfall is swiftly becoming a common occurrence again in our area. Before it becomes a problem for your home or business, please call us here at (775) 588-2355 for help. SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe is ready to assist you with a mold problem or to prevent one.

Renovations Are Possible After a Natural Disaster

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Renovations Are Possible After a Natural Disaster SERVPRO Rebuilds Lake Tahoe Home After a Natural Disaster

Services SERVPRO Provides Before or For a Build Back After Storm Damage

If your home has been severely damaged in a flash flood or other major disaster, you may be worried that the entire property may need to be rebuilt or you may need to move. However, with the tools and technology available today, this often isn't necessary even in the worst of disasters. SERVPRO is trained and equipped to deal with many different types of home emergencies and provides top-quality restoration work to avoid a full build-back. If all else fails, we may be able to work with you for a full reconstruction of your home's interior.

Structural Changes and Renovations
If small to moderate structural repairs are necessary, we can help to complete them on a smaller scale or as part of a larger build back in South Lake Tahoe. Structures we regularly remove, restore, or replace include interior walls, flooring, ceilings, pipes, some staircases, windows, and other parts of the structure. We always aim to restore first to avoid the costs of full replacement, in structural fixtures or otherwise. On extensive renovations, we work with construction partners who are carefully screened by us for professionalism.
 
Furniture Replacement and Restoration
Furniture is often the first to go in a major disaster such as a flood or storm, and SERVPRO can help to prevent further damage and reverse existing damage to furniture in the household. However, should a room and its furniture be damaged beyond repair, we can assist in the replacement of furniture and fixtures across the home. We also offer a pack-out to store and dry your personal belongs off-site.
 
Improvements and Prevention
Many homeowners simply want their home back to the way it was before, but first, you should consider some of the potential improvements that can be made to your home following a disaster. If the home was not up to safety codes or has other issues to be addressed, we can help to find them and work towards preventing future damage. If the home was becoming dated and needed a facelift, now may be the perfect opportunity to reinvigorate the home and bring it to a state better than it has ever been before.
 
SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe has the materials, tools, and personnel to take on heavy-duty restoration and rebuilding work for your home. For a full overview of our services and to find out how we can help, call us 24/7 at (775) 588-2355.

Biohazard Cleanup from Sewage Blockage and Crime Scenes

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard Cleanup from Sewage Blockage and Crime Scenes Biohazardous Material from a Broken Sewer Line in Carson City Is Safely Cleaned up by SERVPRO

Rely on the Trained SERVPRO Experts to Remove Biohazardous Conditions from Your Property

FEMA reports that floods are one of the most extensive water damage problems for a building. Floods cause sewage from sewer lines to back up into homes and businesses through drain pipes. The common signs within your home or business that you have a sewer problem are dirty water backing up out of a drain or the toilet, or a gurgling sound coming from the pipes. Did you know that you are responsible for the maintenance and repair of your building or sewer lines to the exterior? A sewer lateral is a pipeline between the city's main sewer line which is underneath the street of your structure to your interior drainage system.

A sewage biohazard in Carson City can be the result of a crack, age, or blockage from plants and tree roots. Shrubbery and trees with deep roots can grow into sewer lines causing a significant amount of damage. The blockage of an underground sewer line can be the combination of city and private property trees. As a result of this, the costs of its repair is divided between the two entities. If any type of blockage occurs in sanitation lines, it will cause a back-up into your property through the floor drains, most likely in your or first level.
 
What to do when a sewer backup happens in Nevada. Sewer water is defined as contaminant water and any contact with it, even if it is for a short period, is a health hazard. Contact with this type of biohazard liquid can lead to diseases and illnesses, not to mention its destruction of your valuables. Cleaning up sewer water is urgent, and it needs to be done immediately because its secondary damage is mold, mildew, contamination of household items and much more.
 
Steps needed to clean-up a sewage backup in your home or business is best handled by a professional from SERVPRO. Biohazardous materials like feces, blood, chemicals, and bodily fluids must be handled with the personnel suited in HAZMAT gear. A wet vacuum should be used, floors and walls need to be mopped and cleaned, disinfectants must be used, and plumbing fixtures have to be flushed out. Additionally, floor coverings like carpets must be steam cleaned or removed. Repair or remove any wet or damaged wallboards and the ductwork must also be dried and sanitized.
 
When you need emergency help, contact SERVPRO! Our professionals have the training, the protective gear, and specialized equipment needed to clean and remediate biohazard contamination events safely. Concerning crime scene cleanup, call the experienced pros for help. We provide 24-hour emergency services.
 
SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe is locally owned and operated. We are here to help our neighbors, whenever you have an emergency caused by fire, water, mold, or storm damages. When an emergency occurs, don't fret, call us at (775) 588-2355.

Minimizing the Impact of Commercial Water Damage

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Minimizing the Impact of Commercial Water Damage Don't let a small leak turn into a big problem. Let our pros at SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe fix it!

Reducing The Impact of Water Damage in Your Commercial Property 

One of the most disruptive things that can happen to a business is to experience a sudden water emergency. Whether it's a severe storm, burst pipes, or a malfunctioning sprinkler system, the longer your building is out of commission, the more your bottom line will suffer.

No matter how it happens, water damage can wreak havoc on a business. Entrepreneurs dealing with the effects of commercial water damage in South Lake Tahoe are often overwhelmed, but quickly taking steps to minimize the impact is essential. Here are things you can do if your business is affected by commercial water damage.

1. Safeguard your important documents and records. Whether it's stored electronically or in print, if you can access your business's records get it to a safe place. Our team has experience restoring and recovering documents, and it may be possible to salvage materials that you think are a lost cause if we're called to the scene quickly.

2. Alert employees and customers who come into the building. The last thing that you want after facing commercial water damage is for a client or worker to get hurt as a result. If the building is unsafe, it may be best to temporarily close as opposed to being liable for an accident. SERVPRO technicians can get your business ready to open again, and we'll make sure the premises are safe.

3. Prevent future mold problems. Mold infestations are common after commercial water damage has occurred, especially if the water is not cleaned up immediately or all of the excess moisture doesn't get removed from the building. We're experts at repairing water damage and employing strategies to prevent the development of mold and mildew.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Here at SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe, we understand how important it is to get your business up and running again after a water emergency. For a quote or to get more information about our commercial water damage repair services, call us 24/7 at (775) 588-2355.

Laundry Room Tips on Preventing Mold Damage in Area Homes

8/7/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Laundry Room Tips on Preventing Mold Damage in Area Homes Mold Can Develop Behind Walls

Mold Can Grow in Many Parts of the Home

Many homeowners realize that there is more than one way to protect their home. Often, a home is the largest investment a person will make in their life, and protecting it should be a priority. One culprit, however, that many homeowners neglect to keep under control lives in both the outdoors and also inside almost every home in the United States. That culprit is mold.

Mold can live anywhere there is moisture, even in minute amounts. In Gardnerville, mold damage can result rather quickly if mold colonies are present. Mold often hides where it is not easily detected. This is because sunlight is a natural enemy of mold. Mold thrives best in damp or moist environments that receive little or no sunlight, and where natural substances that it can consume are present.

One area that is often found to harbor mold is the laundry area. Damp clothing, either still soiled and waiting to be washed, or clothing that has been removed from the dryer too soon, or left wet in the washing machine can cause mold to grow. These small amounts of mold can rapidly spread to other areas of the home, as well. If there is a ventilation intake in the laundry area, mold can quickly enter when the ventilation system is turned on, and be whisked to all different areas of your home.

One area that should be looked at in the laundry area of any home is the washer and dryer, when searching for mold growth. Dryer ducts need to be vented outdoors. Lots of moisture is released into the air during the drying process. If there is a humidity problem in the laundry area, a dehumidifier might be an excellent option to help control how much humidity is present on an ongoing basis. Families who have front loading washing machines should note that many of these have been found to harbor large colonies of mold. These should be inspected, particularly if a musty odor is present, especially in freshly washed clothing.

If you feel mold is a problem in your home, and it is present in varying amounts in practically all homes, you should call our professional and certified teams to help you have mold damage checked. Repairs are less costly when found earlier, and can help protect your investment in your home, as well as your family's health. We can perform remediation services, followed by repairs and restoration of any mold damage. Call us at SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe, 24/7, at (775) 588-2355 and we will schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to inspect and detect mold growths that may cause your mold damage in your home.

Business Owners: What You Should Know about Commercial Fire Damage

7/21/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Business Owners: What You Should Know about Commercial Fire Damage Firefighters Battling a Commercial Fire

SERVPRO is Ready to Get Your Business Back to Normal After a Fire

Investing in and growing your own business is the dream of many Americans. Along with the financial resources used to start a company, hard work and time are also used to make a business grow. A fire can cause all three of these types of investments to disappear quickly. Eliminating the soot left behind by a fire can help reduce the damages your business suffers, but only if it is done in time.

How Commercial Fire Damage can Affect Your Business

When commercial fire damage happens to your business in Carson City and surrounding areas, many things begin to occur that are out of your control. Business operations are put on hold; employees can't come to work as scheduled, and customers and clients are inconvenienced, to say the least. 

Hidden dangers related to the fire and the damage it caused remain behind. Soot can cause health problems, and the water from the firefighters' hoses can remain, causing perfect conditions for mold and mildew to grow. Structural aspects of your building may have been weakened, and it is now unsafe. Equipment vital to your day-to-day operations may have been damaged. 
 
Getting Back to Business Requires Professional Repairs and Clean-Up

Fire damage in a commercial setting cannot be handled adequately by a janitorial crew. This type of damage requires skilled and experienced, knowledgeable people with training and certification. Our technicians work together as teams to make the best use of their training and certifications. No site is too large for our teams to handle professionally and efficiently. We assess the damage and explain which areas can be safely entered, and can help you obtain necessary items from your business site before clean-up even begins.

We will explain what our processes are for your specific damage, and keep you informed of our progress. From painted concrete floors to plush carpeting, we have your business's floors covered and will work on all levels of your business to eradicate any damage caused by the fire and firefighting efforts

We work on the repairs and renovations of your interior structures, including walls, ceilings, and stairways, equipment used for business operations, and can provide inventory lists to be presented to your insurance company, and cleaning and odor control of your textiles such as curtains and upholstery, as well as other furnishings, such as paintings and their frames.

Because the particles contained in soot are so fine, some as small as .0004 of a micron, these can remain attached to many surfaces throughout your business. These are the source of the heavy smell often experienced after a fire has happened. While we remove the majority of these particles, an additional treatment is often required to completely eliminate this smell. Ozone gas (O3) is useful in this task, and it is extremely safe and effective. Ozone should not be breathed in, as it can be very irritating, but it quickly dissipates, with any remaining becoming regular oxygen molecules (O2), that we need to survive.

Our goal is to make your commercial site look “Like it never even happened” and have you back in business again. Call our professional restoration experts and technicians at SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe at (775) 588-2355 for the professional service your company deserves.

Not All Fire Damage is Fire Related

6/30/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Not All Fire Damage is Fire Related Servicing Your Water Heater Can Prevent Puffback

Regular Maintenance of Gas and Oil Appliances Can Prevent Damage

Fires do not simply burn and destroy things in a building or home. Fire also produces extremely dense smoke and soot. Soot is very corrosive and can contain chemicals and abrasive substances that can permanently etch even porcelain and glass. Electronics are particularly vulnerable to this soot, and it can be just as damaging to them as the heat from a fire.

For apartments, homes, and office buildings without a basement in Stateline, soot damage can happen without fire damage being present. This is true when a furnace is not functioning as it should. “Puffback” happens in furnaces that have not been maintained well. This creates a finer soot, but can still be damaging to the ceiling and nearby walls. Anything nearby can also become coated in the soot, and become etched if the furnace is not repaired and the soot cleaned away.
 
Why Puffback Happens and Related Dangers

Puffback occurs because the ignition in your furnace, and in some cases, your hot water heater or boiler, does not ignite correctly. The oil or gas can build up, and when the ignition does happen, there is too much fuel. Another cause of puffback is leaking fuel. If there are leaks present in the fuel line, these can create a build-up of fuel inside the furnace's chamber or below the water heater or boiler. When the unit is ready to ignite what is supposed to be a normal amount of fuel, the extra, being present, is ignited instead, causing a contained explosion.


Because there are defined areas that the explosion can escape to, at least at the beginning, the explosion does not damage your appliance any further. Explosions can be once, and very large, or smaller and occur much more frequently. Inspection of the furnace or heater should be able to determine exactly why the unit is malfunctioning. Repairs should be completed as soon as possible, and the unit should not be used until then. Puffback shows that oil or gas is leaking, and this alone is a fire hazard.
 
What Should You Do About Puffback

Inspection of the furnace or heater should be able to determine exactly why the unit is malfunctioning. Repairs should be completed as soon as possible, and the unit should not be used until then. Puffback shows that oil or gas is leaking, and this alone is a fire hazard. Puffback and its explosions can start fires if any combustible items are in the line of the soot and smoke on the exterior of the furnace or boiler.

If the furnace is oil-based, the soot will be more difficult to clean-up than gas-based furnaces. In gas-powered furnaces, however, the soot will be more substantial. Both should be cleaned by professionals. At SERVPRO, we are experienced in cleaning up soot damage caused by furnace and boiler puffback.
 
Where You Will Find Evidence of Puffback

Puffback leaves its calling card in several places. Some areas will be more damaged than other areas. If it is allowed to build up over time, it can become hardened. The hardened soot may need to be scraped away before cleaning of the area can commence. Repainting should only be done after the faulty furnace or boiler is repaired or replaced. You will find puffback soot and smoke damage to the ceiling and any walls adjacent to the furnace or boiler with this problem, around any air vents, along and above some baseboard heaters, and on the floor around the unit if it is a hot water heater.

The first few times puffback happens, the soot may be less likely to be detected. If you hear a loud noise when your furnace is starting up, it may be puffback. Remember, this can create a high risk for a house or business fire and should be remedied quickly. If you need help determining if your home is at risk for puffback damage, our SERVPRO technicians are trained in assessing for this type of damage.
 
We Are Ready to Help Protect Your Home and Repair Any Current Damages

We are dedicated to helping families, and business owners remove fire damage, as well as smoke and soot damage, from their homes and businesses. At SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe, we can be reached at (775) 588-2355. We are available 24/7 to answer your call., We can begin the clean-up job and any needed repairs at your earliest convenience.

Why and What Can be Done About Mold Damage

6/26/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why and What Can be Done About Mold Damage Mold Damage Can Spread Quickly If Not Remediated Professionally

Quick Action is Crucial for Remediation Success

Many newer homes will have problems with mold more often than older homes will because of the newer construction guidelines calling for tighter construction of homes. This has occurred over the last two decades and has resulted in not only homes with more problems in air quality but also other buildings, such as universities and libraries. Having less of a seal in a building or home's construction allowed air to circulate more easily, and this alone would help keep mold growth at acceptable levels.

If you own a newer home or recently constructed commercial property in Stateline, mold damage can become problematic for you much more easily than it might have a few decades ago. Mold has not increased in population or strength, but the locations where mold can grow best have increased because of the latest developments in building technology. Better energy efficiency seems to have been gained, while the airing-out effect of looser construction appears to have been lost.

Mold Damage Affects Many Items Found Within Your Home or Business

Mold needs not only moisture to live and grow, but also materials to feed off of. These materials can be anything organic, such as wood or paper, microscopic components in brick, carpeting and upholstery, cotton and linen in clothing and bedding, and many other things found in and around your home or business. A mold infestation can begin with only a slight rise in moisture, and then quickly take over an area in your home. Soon, mold spores will become airborne and create mold colonies wherever they travel and find moisture. A leaky pipe or drain can be the source of moisture, as can a wet cloth used for cleaning furniture that was accidentally forgotten and left behind.

Mold Can Damage Your Home's Interior, Leading to Substantial Damage
 
Because mold can grow so quickly, often as rapidly as 48 to 72 hours, it is important that call our highly trained and experienced professionals to assess the damage right away.  They can not only reduce the moisture that has created the perfect environment for mold growth in the first place but are specially trained to remediate any mold present. Remediation is control of the environment and extraction of mold and its spores, so they are reduced in number substantially enough so that the problem is alleviated. When mold is left to thrive, it will do exactly that. It will begin to eat at the paperboard found in drywall, paneling surfaces, and anything else that seems durable. Rotting of structures in high mold areas can damage a home or business's interior structures quickly.

Call Us for an Appointment to Determine Your Mold Levels
 
If you have encountered discoloration of walls, textiles, such as draperies, carpets, and upholstery, or experienced a musty smell or odor, you should find out more about how mold remediation can help you. We have the equipment to assess quickly and determine mold levels and humidity percentages. Other equipment that we are certified in the use of will remove the mold itself and also remove any excess humidity and moisture that is being utilized by the mold. Make a call today to SERVPRO of Carson City, Douglas County, and South Lake Tahoe at (775) 588-2355 to set up an appointment at your earliest convenience. 

Mold Damage Can Affect Even the Cleanest of Homes

6/26/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Can Affect Even the Cleanest of Homes Mold Infestations Can Strike Clean Homes

Certified Professionals at SERVPRO Will Make Sure That Your Remediation Process is Done Correctly

Mold is present in almost every location, both indoors and outside. Mold has many different varieties, and while some are harmless, others can cause health effects. Mold comes in many different colors, and most will discolor the surfaces that the mold is found growing on. If left alone and not remediated, mold will not only discolor surfaces, but it will also begin to decompose and eat away at the material it is located on.

Mold Could be in Your Home – Here is What You Can Do About It

While mold produces a very strong musty odor that can be very disagreeable, it is not necessarily the sign of a dirty home. Because mold is found almost everywhere, any home can become the victim of a mold infestation. Mold does not need dirt and filth to survive, but rather moisture is required. If you smell a musty odor or find mold itself growing somewhere in your Bijou home causing mold damage, there's no reason to be embarrassed by it. Rather, you should call us to begin the process of restoring your home to lower levels of humidity and to start the remediation process.

When you discover mold, it is important not to disturb it. Do not touch it or blow on it. This is because mold creates spores that are sent out into the air when it is disturbed by the wind, even small gusts. Shut off any water lines that may be leaking into the area. Then you can remove any water or condensation you find present near the mold, taking care to use rubber gloves. These, and any cleaning cloths you use should be disposed of in a plastic bag that you tie closed when you are done. Absorbent cloths are best to use.

SERVPRO Professionals and Technicians Use the Latest in Technology

We use the latest devices to determine where mold is likely to grow in your home's interior, coupled with the latest developments in remediation processes. We assess, extract the mold, and complete the drying process. We then assess again to ensure that drying has been complete in scope.

Part of these assessments will include examining the surfaces the mold was present on for deterioration. Materials in your home that have become deteriorated need to be removed and replaced. These repairs will further reduce the chances of mold recurring. Leaking water lines and other sources of water and moisture will also be repaired.

Mold Damage Remediation is Most Effective with Water Extraction and Drying

Without control of the water that has caused the mold problem, mold can quickly return. Mold does not require large amounts of water to survive. When the water source is discovered and repaired, remaining moisture cannot be left to simply dry up on its own. It must be evaporated so that it will no longer be present. Moisture can deteriorate many materials in your home, even after the mold has been remediated. Damage caused by mold and water should be removed and repaired. This will protect surrounding structures from future damage.
 
For Mold Damage Repair and Mold Remediation, Call Us for Fastest Service

We are available 24/7 to answer your call at SERVPRO of Carson City, Douglas County, and South Lake Tahoe at (775) 588-2355. We will send a professional team to assess your mold damage problem and explain to you what exactly needs to happen in your unique situation.

Preventing Fire Damage: Four Key Points

6/26/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing Fire Damage: Four Key Points Knowing the Location of Your Local Fire House Can Be Helpful

Some Planned Out Steps to Save Lives and Control Damage

Preparation and defense are the key points to preventing fire damage to your home or business. Unless you live on the 2100 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd, you have to do it. Oh, in case you did not know, the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department's address is 2101.

Our Regional Fire Chiefs recently provided four key points to protecting lives and property in the Lake Tahoe Basin. At SERVPRO, we believe they are excellent ideas and need to be followed by every business owner, homeowner, renter or vacationer hoping to prevent fire damage around the Lake Tahoe area.

1) Remove leaves, pine needles and other dead vegetation from next to and around all structures. Included in that is climbing a ladder and getting everything cleaned off of the roof and out of the rain gutters. This creates a defensible space so that embers and sparks cannot find easy fuel to spread the fire.

2) Trim back all branches lower than 10 feet on all surrounding trees. For a spreading fire, this is the 'low-hanging fruit' that feeds it. Take it away so the fire starves and dies.

3) Move and restack your firewood to a point at least 30 feet from your home. Yes, the nights are still cool, but what you have next to your home right now is a pile of wood that is cut and shaped to burn! Get it away from the house.

4) Sit down with your families and employees to develop an evacuation plan. Have a gathering point so you know everyone is safe. This is also critical so you can tell the Fire Department they do not have to risk their lives looking for someone who is not there.

Here at SERVPRO of Carson City/Douglas County/South Lake Tahoe, we have one more: When the alert sounds on your TV or radio, get out! Memories are important, but not even great-grandma's favorite tchotchke she brought from the old country is worth dying for. If you are concerned about potential threats, please contact us at 1-775-588-2355 to have a free assessment performed.

Storm Damage Can Occur in Any Storm

6/26/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Can Occur in Any Storm Storms Can Uproot Trees Causing Large Scale Damage

Whatever Kind of Storm, SERVPRO Can Fix the Damage

Many homeowners expect only the worst storms to do damage to their home. Even short storms can cause damage to a home when trees are victims of disease. Many diseases can create weak trees with dead limbs, and some diseases can affect the roots of the tree instead. A tree that looks healthy may not be in reality, and it can actually be a huge danger to your home or garage without you knowing until it is too late. If your home or garage, or any other outbuildings, have been damaged by tree limbs or trunks, it is good to know that we have the skills and equipment to make it like it never even happened.

Rain is not Always Needed for Storm-Like Conditions to Exist, Nor for Damage to Happen

Dust storms can also create conditions ripe for storm damage to happen. Shingles and siding can come off, ripped away by high winds and debris that is carried by the wind. If sand is carried by winds, this can corrode and pit paint and other surfaces of your home's exterior. With trees, rain often erodes soil away from roots, making it easier for entire trees to topple onto houses and garages. Rain is not always needed for this to happen, however, if erosion has already happened.

When damage happens during a storm or when storm-like conditions happen, repairs should be started and completed as soon as possible. This can substantially reduce the risks posed by the elements to the interior of your home. Repairs will also keep insects and other pests from getting a foothold in further deteriorating your home's exterior. Termites and other pests, some of which may have been the reason behind any diseased trees on your property, won't be able to infiltrate your home's exterior if repairs are made, and completed, in a timely manner.

Storm Damage Repairs to Your Home or Garage First Begin with a Call to Us

At SERVPRO, we want you to know that we have the training, education, and experience to get your home or garage back in pre-damage condition. Call us, SERVPRO of Carson City, Douglas County, and South Lake Tahoe at (775) 588-2355 and we will arrive at your door at your earliest convenience to assess the damages and begin repairs.

Commercial Water Damage: A Major Cause of Secondary Damage

6/26/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage: A Major Cause of Secondary Damage Water Damaged Rental Property In Need of Remediation

We Are Standing By To Dry Out Your Water Damaged Business

When you work for yourself, you realize rather quickly that many things can affect your business. From clients and customers to employees, and then the day-to-day functioning of your business, you can find yourself with little time for emergencies and accidents. However, they often happen when there is absolutely no time for them. This is why we are available 24/7 to assist with your commercial water damage clean up and restoration needs.

SERVPRO technicians and professionals are trained in the latest techniques, and with the latest equipment, to pump out the excess water that is damaging your place of business. After our pumps have drained the excess water, we can begin drying your office or factory. Complete drying is needed so that damage assessments will be accurate. These must be completed prior to any restorative work beginning. In Minden, commercial water damage can halt business, and cause financial woes to both you and your employees.

Secondary Damages to Commercial Water Damage

In addition to the threat of mold developing, the are other secondary damages that increase in risk in the presence of commercial water damage.  These are electronics and their internal components becoming corroded, metal structures becoming rusty or corroded, and weakened by this damage (posing additional risks to employees and clients), weakened floors, and bacterial contamination. These risks are not as high when the water is from an internal source, nor are they as extensive in many situations but the secondary damage may still result if water is left standing for too long a period of time. Slower deterioration of building materials can also take place over time, as well. This can lead to an infestation of silverfish and termites if not repaired promptly.

When You have Flooding in Your Place of Business, We Will Begin with Specialized Commercial Water Damage Repair

To start cleaning out flood waters and begin repairing the damage caused, give us a call at SERVPRO of Carson City, Douglas County, and South Lake Tahoe at (775) 588-2355. We'll make sure the clean-up process, as well as the repairs made, are completed as quickly as possible.

Water Causing Damage Never Follows a Good Time Table

6/2/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Causing Damage Never Follows a Good Time Table SERVPRO Says Inspect Your Washing Machine Water Lines to Prevent Damage to Your Tahoe City House

When You See Wate Damage on Your Property, Call SERVPRO

It seems that water leaks occur at the most inopportune of times, quite often when you happen to be away for the weekend. How often does this happen? More than we would like to think. There is always help, only a phone call away from your local water removal experts from SERVPRO.

Water damage in Tahoe City can strike at the most unexpected moments. We have seen many familiar culprits of water damage. Hopefully, rising floodwaters from the Lake isn't the cause. Several of the most typical household appliances that are prone to water damage include dishwashers, washing machines, and the water line to an ice maker in the refrigerator. These water lines can break or leak causing water damage to your home. We service customers with water damage ranging from a subtle problem to the extreme case of flooding. The severity of the water damage is dependent upon the water pressure in the line and the amount of time spent leaking. When a dishwasher is broken, this can create wet spots on the floor and moisture underneath of the dishwasher. The dark areas under the dishwasher plus accumulated water can lead to mold growth. A more visible dishwasher leak is when the drain is clogged leading to water escaping out the sides of the dishwasher all over the floor. Broken water lines to ice makers of refrigerators may present in a similar fashion resulting in water all over the floor. This creates an obvious slip-and-fall hazard on the floor.
 
Washing machines used for laundry can develop a leak in the water lines. This excess water can accumulate in the drip pan underneath the washing machine. This is a common problem of washing machines located on a second floor or other location upstairs. We, at SERVPRO,  are available for water emergencies for the havoc caused by these leaking appliances. Gravity does not always have to be your friend. Pressurized water can flow leaving a large wake of destructive water damage to your Tahoe City property. If a central drain valve overflows, the water may try to escape leading to a flooding situation. It is always important to know the location of the central water line in the house to turn it off in the event of a flood until our team of IICRC certified technicians can extract the standing water.
 
SERVPRO of Carson City/Douglas County/South Lake Tahoe is readily available to meet your needs when water damage strikes. We are strategically positioned with a rapid response team and can be reached at (775) 588-2355. When water emergencies or floods occur, call on us to meet your needs 24/7.

Water damage can strike at the most unexpected moments. We have seen many common culprits of water damage. Several of the most common household appliances that are prone to water damage include dishwashers, washing machines, and the water line to an ice maker in the refrigerator. These water lines can break or leak causing water damage to your home. We service customers with water damage ranging from a subtle problem to the extreme case of flooding. The severity of the water damage is dependent upon the water pressure in the line and the amount of time spent leaking. When a dishwasher is leaking, this can create wet spots on the floor and moisture underneath of the dishwasher. The dark areas under the dishwasher plus accumulated water can lead to mold growth. A more obvious dishwasher leak is when the drain is clogged leading to water escaping out the sides of the dishwasher all over the floor. Broken water lines to ice makers of refrigerators may present in a similar fashion resulting in water all over the floor. This creates an obvious slip-and-fall hazard on the floor.
 
Washing machines used for laundry can develop a leak in the water lines. This excess water can accumulate in the drip pan underneath the washing machine. This is a common problem of washing machines located on a second floor or other location upstairs. We are available for water emergencies for those upstairs washing machines. If a central drain valve overflows, the water may try to escape leading to a flooding situation. It is always important to know the location of the central water line in the house to turn it off in the event of a flood until our team of specialized experts arrive.
 
SERVPRO of Carson City/Douglas County/South Lake Tahoe is readily available to meet your needs when water damage strikes. We are strategically positioned with a rapid response team and can be reached at (775) 588-2355. When water emergencies or floods occur, call on us to meet your needs.

Kings Beach Water Damage - Water Damage in Kings Beach

5/9/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Kings Beach Water Damage - Water Damage in Kings Beach SERVPRO of Carson City/Douglas County/South Lake Tahoe will respond immediately to your water damage emergency needs!

Kings Beach Water Damage

Water damage in Kings Beach is something that any property owner dreads. When there are heavy rains, the risk of this kind of damage only rises. Water can cause thousands of dollars in damage by affecting household appliances, furniture, electronics, upholstery, and plumbing equipment. Water damage can also raise the risk of the growth of mold, which can be a problem that is very costly to repair. You will want to hire a professional restoration company who specializes in water damage to make the process of cleanup faster and easier to handle since these companies will have workers who have the experience needed and know the right ways to replace or repair damaged items and help with the cleanup. 

Water Damages Causes 

Many possible causes of water damage in Kings Beach can occur. Toilets which are clogged, leaking dishwashers, broken hoses on dishwashers, broken pipes, leaky roofs, washing machines that are overflowing, and cracks in the foundation are a few of the causes that are possible for water damage in businesses and homes. Heavy rains and floods can also cause this kind of damage and can lead to water being in basements. Too much water can cause minor problems, or it can lead to the destruction of businesses and homes. Once a building sustains Kings Beach water damage, it is imperative that you begin water damage cleanup right away. 

Types of Water Damage 

There are three different kinds of water damage, all with varying degrees of severity: 

Clean Water Damage 

This type of water damage involves water which isn’t contaminated at all, and it is safe to work with. An example of something that can cause this is a leaking appliance or broken pipe. Rain water coming from a roof which is leaking can be clean as well. Even though the water is clean, it still has to be removed within twenty-four hours so you can avoid the growth of mold. Contact professionals right away for help with this. 

Gray Water Damage 

The water with this kind of damage is contaminated slightly, and can, therefore, be dangerous to work with. It can cause someone to be uncomfortable or ill as well. Also, if clean water is left too long, it can turn into gray water. Any water which is used is thought of as gray since it is not pure any longer. When cleaning up gray water, take precautions like wearing boots and gloves to protect yourself against microbes. 

Black Water Damage 

This type of water is very contaminated. It can have chemicals, fungi, pesticides or bacteria in it. Black water is a result of sewage damage or a type of natural disaster. The contamination in this kind of water is very dangerous and can cause sickness or even death in some cases. Black water should be handled by a professional at all times. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

When suffering from any water damage, especially black water damage, contact SERVPRO of Carson City/Douglas County/South Lake Tahoe immediately. We can be reached 24/7 at (775) 588-2355. 

Lake Tahoe Fire Damage--More Than Stuff Getting Burned Up

4/6/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Lake Tahoe Fire Damage--More Than Stuff Getting Burned Up Fire Damage to a Lake Tahoe Home Can Use the Help of SERVPRO

SERVPRO's Fire Damage Service Reconditions Your Lake Tahoe Home

Fire damage in Lake Tahoe leads to a confusing time. The fire occurred, and the fire trucks have all gone. What is left is a big mess, and this describes more than the home you have invested in time and money. It is the residence that you and your family have lived in for quite some time. It can take a professional company, working in Lake Tahoe fire and water damage restoration, to get you back home.

There is also all of the water that was used to put that fire out. It, of course, went everywhere because, if it did not the fire would probably still be raging. Because of all of this, the fire department has declared it uninhabitable, so you also have to deal with that.

You need to go ahead and call your insurance company and also ask for a list of preferred companies specializing in fire and water restoration services. Time is of the essence and all the ruin that has already happened and secondary water damage that will still occur, because of the standing water, must be taken care of fast.

The first thing that must be done will be to determine what is damaged, what is OK and what program needs to be set up to handle all of it. SERVPRO, if called upon, will arrive and immediately assess the urgent actions required to limit water and fire damage, and to board up and secure damaged sections of your home's structure.

1. Air movers have to be setup to begin the process of cleaning the air out of the house. The soot, smoke, and odors need specialized attention.
2. Water and moisture need to be eliminated, through the use of powerful pumps, and wet vacuums. The placing of dehumidifiers in the proper locations will assist in the evaporation efforts.
3. Possessions that are beyond restoration must be discarded. Furnishings, clothing, and even photographs can be dried and cleaned on-site or shipped to our cleaning facilities for rehab.
4. Any building materials that are non-salvageable must also be removed and disposed of using local code directives.
5. IICRC standards of cleaning and restoration are followed by the trained SERVPRO technicians.

The final fire damage restoration processes will ensure everything is back to pre-loss condition. SERVPRO can either execute the repair and replacements or subcontract out extensive projects so that you can focus on your personal needs as we help to alleviate stress.

If fire damage to your Lake Tahoe home is widespread, place your trust in SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe to repair and restore your home. Call 24/7 for an immediate response for assistance at (775) 588-2355.

Carson City Water Damage - Carson City Water Damage Can Come In Many And Various Types

4/4/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Carson City Water Damage - Carson City Water Damage Can Come In Many And Various Types It is critical to get a professional Carson City water damage restoration company in to handle any water damage.

Water Damage Carson City - Carson City Water Damage Can Come In Many And Various Types

Water can enter your home from many sources and can be different types. Yes, each and every one of them comes into your house in an uncontrolled way and, because of that, it is a frustrating and, often, confusing time for you and your family.

The particular type of water damage can influence the methods and skill sets needed to get your house back to a clean, safe and healthy home. The water damage to your Carson City home must be undertaken immediately to forestall as much damage as possible, so consideration as to its cause and type is a critical first step.

One of the sources and causes of water damage is from the flooding of a near stream or river. It can also flood because of a naturally occurring disaster. This means the addition of storm damage to the outside of the house can also be a concern.

Another source is from a fire that had to be put out with, you guessed it, water! Much damage can occur from that water, and the fact that it is relatively clean does not mean that it is not dangerous. That is not even mentioning the fire damage which is another issue.

This water does not have to come from outside the house, and this can illustrate another source or cause of water damage. Loose or broken faucets, pipes, and appliances can produce much water in a relatively short amount of time. This type of water damage can come from other plumbing systems in the house on any floor.

As you discover the source of the water, you can then determine the type of damage and what needs to be done to return it to a clean, safe and healthy condition. Water, coming from rivers or streams can carry with it, probably, germs and everything it flowed through getting to your house. This water, however, is still relatively clean, especially if it typically hosts swimming or wading during regular warm seasons.

Water from plumbing fixtures can also be clean, especially if it is the supply line to faucets and sinks. If it is on the other side, such as drains or from a ruptured sewer connection, it can have germs, bacteria as well as the potential of having chemicals in it. This type of water, known as gray water is dangerous in and of itself. That is before it attacks any building materials which is the usual concern whenever water comes into your house.

Black water comes from the sewer connection or sump pumps or washing machines. This category of water can cause medical conditions in many people to be impacted, especially those with compromised immune systems. The chemicals and other substances, often solids, can inevitably affect the health of your home while providing a lot of the fuel for molds to grow.

It is critical to get a professional water damage restoration company in to handle any water damage in your Carson City home or commercial building. If you experience this uncontrolled flooding, call SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe at (775) 588-2355 for the rapid response necessary for any of the different types of water.

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