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How Our Team Of Experts Deal With Water Damage In Your Carson City Home

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Our Team Of Experts Deal With Water Damage In Your Carson City Home When water pools in areas it was not intended to, it can cause many damages.

Effective Ways Of Dealing With Water Damage In Carson City

When water pools in areas it was not intended to, it can cause many damages. Such incidents can happen quickly because the causes are also widespread. Common causes include leaking or burst pipes, malfunctioning household appliances, build up in areas that collect water easily, and issues with ventilation systems. Whatever cause leads to damage in your Carson property, it is necessary to take the correct remedial action.

Some cases of water damage in Carson City might seem overwhelming, but they are easy to deal with when a WRT, water restoration technician, is involved. If a pipe bursts, flooding a vast section of the property with clean water, fast extraction and drying help restore the property within a short while. This outcome is unlike the case of a slow leak that may go unnoticed long enough to allow the formation of mold, or rotting in the structure. These additional problems are harder to address. Our SERVPRO crew brings different types of water extractors and pumps to your property to ensure we remove all standing water. Our truck mounted extractors have a vacuum lift capacity of up to 198 inches while portable ones have a 140-inch lift capacity.

Water problems such as leaks in pipes sealed behind wall cavities might be hard to detect early. However, some signs like changes in air quality can alert you that there is a problem. Since you might not know the actual point of the leak, it is essential to do a thorough inspection. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you locate the source of the moisture problem using thermal cameras. We also use moisture sensors with probes that penetrate soft materials such as carpets, and pad to establish the level of water migration.

Whenever there is water damage, it is necessary to clean up and dry the structure and the contents properly. Cleanup is necessary because water carries debris from one area to another and if unaddressed, such debris can cause problems such as bad odor. The water might also lead to the formation of stains when dyes dissolve and transfer from one item to another. Our SERVPRO technicians use various approaches and professional cleaning products to clean the property thoroughly.

When water spills into your property, it can cause severe damages. Call SERVPRO of Carson City / Douglas County / South Lake Tahoe to help. You can reach us at (775) 588-2355 any time.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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

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.

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. 

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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. 

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.