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Hail Can Cause Flood Damage To Your Carson City Home

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hail Can Cause Flood Damage To Your Carson City Home Hail and wind account for the majority of flood damage calls.

Carson City's Flood Damage Restoration Team Talks About Problems With Hail

Whenever a severe thunderstorm strikes the Carson City region, hailstones can form due to water getting pushed back into the clouds and freezing then falling. Hail and wind account for the majority of flood damage calls. Wind and hail are responsible for about 40 percent of all insurance claims. Every year the U.S. sees over 5,000 major hailstorms that cause over $15 billion of damage each year. Hail can ruin your building materials and cause extensive flood damage to your residence.

The largest hailstone ever recorded was eight inches in diameter and weighed almost two pounds. However, even hail that is pea-sized can cause flood damage to your Carson City home. Large hailstones can cause serious problems, and sometimes they can fall with so much force that they shatter skylights on your roof and exterior windows. If windows break during a storm, rainwater can get into your home and ruin your contents and building materials.

If smaller sized hail pours onto your roof for an extended period, it can cause your shingles to weaken and lose their strength. When even the smallest pits get put into shingles by the hail, moisture can get underneath them. If the shingles do not stop moisture from getting to the roof water may leak into your home.

When dealing with problems after a storm, the first thing our SERVPRO crew does is seal off the hole in your roof. In most cases, we board up the holes or seal them off with plastic temporarily so that moisture stops entering your structure. Next, we mitigate any potential safety issues such as a trip, fall, or electrical hazard so that your home is safe for all occupants.

Then, we work on moisture removal starting first with extraction. Once our SERVPRO technicians vacuum up all of the water they can with our specialized extractors, we set up equipment that helps rapidly dry structural components. After moisture levels return to preloss conditions, we then call in a professional contractor to permanently repair your roof. If hail ever causes damage to your home, call SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe at (775) 588-2355 immediately after the storm.

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Tips to Help You Manage Costs When Restoring Flood Damage in Carson City

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips to Help You Manage Costs When Restoring Flood Damage in Carson City Don't Take Chances, Hire SERVPRO for StormWater Removal and Drying in Your Carson City Home

For Your Carson City Property, SERVPRO Aims to Mitigate Storm Losses while Reducing Expenses

The cost of fixing a flood-damaged property varies depending on the affected areas. For example, a roof leak that damages the ceiling in your Carson City property is much cheaper to fix than a flooded basement. The amount of water that flows into the property also affects the level of loss. If the water is less than 4 inches deep, it is likely to cost you less than half what it costs if the floodwater reaches over 9-inches. An inadequate response can also exaggerate the overheads, which is why you should consider working with a professional restoration service.
 
In cases of flood damage in Carson City, you have probably heard that speed is critical. However, safety is also a vital part of the restoration process and not just for your wellbeing. For example, before entering your water-filled house, you must turn off the power. Using any affected appliances is also out of the question to avoid damaging them further. Before our SERVPRO technicians begin restoring your property, we do a thorough inspection to find out whether there are any hazards or items at risk of further damages.
 
Time being money might sound like a tired cliché, but when you have to put up in a different place such as a hotel as you wait for the restoration of your home to end, it is easy to equate every passing day with money lost. Completing the process faster can save some of this money. By combining proper training, the right equipment and experience handling similar situations, our SERVPRO technicians can help make your home habitable within a reasonable period.
 
Sometimes in a bid to reduce expenses, you might be tempted to take shortcuts. Actions like drying wooden floors without removing the floorboards to the reach moisture below them fall under this category. The problem with doing the job halfway is that other problems arise later. In the case of moisture left below wooden planks, problems like warping, rotting, and cupping develop. Unfortunately, the process of correcting these problems is higher than it would cost to get rid of the moisture. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on specialized equipment such as the Injectidry system and drying mats to extract moisture below hardwood floors without removing them.
 
To deal with flooding related damages, call SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe at (775) 588-2355. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.