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Signs of a Rodent Infestation - Professional Cleanup

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Signs of a Rodent Infestation - Professional Cleanup Rodents can cause all manner of havoc and damage to a home.

Unless an infestation is severe, you may never see a mouse or rat.  It is important to look for the signs they leave.  Some evidences to look for are, droppings around food packages in cabinets, drawers, and under the sink.  Another sign to look for is shredded material used for nesting.  Other clues to infestation include signs of chewing on walls, floors, and food packaging.

If you see evidence of a rodent infestation, it is important to take precautions before cleanup.  Before cleaning, trap rodents and close any openings to keep rodents out.  Continue trapping until no rodents are captured.

SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks technician’s can clean and disinfect the areas of your home rodents have taken over and make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Vapor Barriers 101: Everything You Need To Know

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Vapor Barriers 101: Everything You Need To Know A deteriorating vapor barrier can cause serious problems with leaks, mold growth, and pests.

The vast majority of homes in Reno & Sparks area of Nevada are built on crawlspaces. If maintained properly, crawlspaces have advantages over other types of construction. 
• It gets the house above the ground, an important point in damp areas.
• It is less expensive than a basement, and comparable to the price of a slab foundation.
• Duct work, plumbing, and electrical can run in the crawl space, which makes them easier to service, and move if necessary.

Proper crawl space maintenance begins outside your home
• Adequate drainage on your property, keeps water away from your foundation. 
• Building codes typically require a minimum of 6” fall in ground level, over a distance of 10 feet from the perimeter of the building. 
o In addition, inspect for the following:
? Depressions that collect ground water near the house.
? Off-site surface water that flows onto the property. 
? Inadequate building offset from adjacent steep slopes, which generate increased surface water run-off. 
? Malfunctioning downspouts or improper downspout installation.

Crawlspaces can be either ventilated or unventilated 
• Ventilated crawlspaces should have:
o A minimum of 1 square foot of venting for every 150 square feet of crawlspace area.
o Plastic sheeting covering the entire crawlspace, with proper overlap, for effectively controlling ground moisture.
• Unventilated crawlspaces require:
o Seals to prevent air leakage between outdoor air and the crawlspace.
o Damp-proofed and insulated perimeter walls.
o Plastic sheeting covering the entire crawlspace, with proper overlap, for effectively controlling ground moisture.

Periodic inspections of your crawlspace are recommended. 
Items to inspect for are:
• Standing water on top of vapor barrier.
• Condensation or leaks on water pipes or ductwork.
• Muddy soil.
• Staining on walls from water or efflorescence.
• Sagging or missing insulation.
• Plumbing leaks.
• Musty/moldy or foul odors.
• Deteriorated vapor barrier.

If problems are found in your crawlspace, call SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks at 775-827-9944. We have the technology and training to make any damage to your home, “Like it never even happened.”

5 Major Causes of Home Fires

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

You can’t always predict when a home fire is going to happen, but preventing them goes a long way towards making sure your safety and property are assured. Do you have any of these common electrical hazards in your home?

5. Space Heater: Admittedly, this one was obvious. Leaving a space heater on unattended or running for extended periods of time is what makes space heaters the leading cause of home fires caused by heating equipment. They account for over half (53%) of direct property damage in these situations.

4. Fireplaces: Similar to the space heater problem, fireplaces are woefully under-maintained. If you haven’t checked your chimney connector in a while, cleaned the chimney, or cleaned the contained space around the fireplace, now is the time to do it! 31% of fires involving a heating element are caused by fireplaces or chimneys.

3. Having combustibles in your garage (or wherever your water heater is): You read that right! An astonishing 21% of home fires and 26% of property damage that involve a water heater are caused by having flammable materials like paint, bug repellent, turpentine (paint thinner) or gasoline nearby. If that sounds like your garage, you may want to rethink your storage situation for your more volatile household essentials.

2. Faulty Equipment: “Mechanical Failure or Malfunction” is responsible for 14% of fires caused.  According to the National Fire Prevention Association, roughly 50,000 home structure fires reported involved an electrical failure or malfunction. Sometimes it actually is the machine’s fault! That doesn’t mean doing routine checks on electrical equipment like hair irons and dryers, chargers, power strips, computers, and consoles is off the to-do list; it just means you might want to check your user manuals one more time!

1. Failure to clean: Yeah. It’s no ones favorite pass-time (maybe ours, actually!) but cleaning chimneys, blowing dust from space heaters, and ensuring appliances get their routine cleanings and fittings for essential hardware (hoses, bolts, etc) is imperative enough that “failure to clean” equipment was responsible for 28% of all house fires in 2011-2015. Luckily, SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks makes cleaning our business; give us a call to make sure your home is free of fire-hazard-causing debris.


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Nevada Floods: What to Expect?

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

It seems like it happens every year; the Truckee River overflows and all of your friends on Facebook are making jokes about having to swim to work. 

Early in 2017, Nevada saw extremely heavy rains and storms, which led to most of the Sparks industrial section being closed off for safety. The people living and working there were prepared, and when the flood waters receded they left "behind a ghost town of boarded up docks and sandbagged garage doors punctuated by pools of knee-deep water."

But what was the damage done?

According to USA Today: "Drainage ditches, sloughs and floodplains throughout the region caused mayhem for homeowners and businesses in south Reno and outlying areas, too."

Property was one serious concern at the time, enough to get Governor Sandoval involved: the Governor "toured the Southeast Connector and the Arlington Street Bridge on Monday afternoon to assess the damage. He said he was pleased with the preparation by the cities, county and state."

What about personal dangers?

"Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority, or REMSA, and the Reno Fire Department performed several rescues from vehicles throughout the night." 

Black Ice: A Storm's Most Dangerous Hazard

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Black Ice: A Storm's Most Dangerous Hazard Snow and storms can make driving seem impossibly dangerous; being armed with knowledge is the best thing you can do for your safety and others!

Sometimes it can be frightening when the roads are covered in snow, black ice, and--even worse--other drivers. 

Storm season is a hassle at home, already; but you've got SERVPRO for when the winds and rain batter your house. We're here for you on the road, too!


It's just regular, clear ice that blends in with the pavement. Being unable to see it is where the danger lies.

"Black ice forms when it's raining and air is at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit at the surface, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Andrew Mussoline."

Be sure to keep at least a 5-second following distance between yourself and other cars. That way, if you do hit black ice, you will lessen the chance of injuring yourself or others, and it will give other drivers a chance to slow down and react to what is going on in your vehicle.


  1. Don't hit your brakes!
  2. Decelerate by taking your foot off the gas pedal.
  3. Hold onto the steering wheel firmly.
  4. Keep your steering wheel pointed in the direction you want to go.
  5. If you feel your car sliding, don't over correct. The momentum can cause you to hit other cars.
  6. If possible, and if it is safe, head for a path of traction, like snow, grass, dirt, or salt sprinkles (the blue ones meant to melt the snow).

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School Clean Up

11/15/2017 (Permalink)


  • Students are in constant contact with each other, surfaces, and common areas and objects like doorknobs and learning materials.
  • When it's chilly out, its flu season. Not everyone can get a flu shot, and while everyone should wash their hands, it is not nearly as common as we would like. 
  • Regular janitorial staff are often stretched thin as it is, and likely are not professionals when it comes to flu and stomach bug season.

  • It takes special training to use the kinds of methods and materials to clean up after a spill or serious viral event in a school. 


It means your students deserve the best team possible to handle spills, contaminated common surfaces, and all the less-than-pleasant results of being under the weather--and that's SERVPRO.

No one can learn when they're sick, and learning in a mess is even harder. Call SERVPRO so they can get back to learning; we're "Faster to any size disaster"!

Many schools choose SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks as their go-to cleaning service. Give us a call, and join their ranks!

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Commercial Cleaning From the People You Trust

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleaning From the People You Trust Let SERVPRO keep your building clean all year round--not just after a disaster!

The same people you trust after a fire or water disaster, can also keep your business clean year round.

Why is that?

Because the specialists at SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks are trained in every category of clean.

From mold remediation to the cleaning of carpets, upholstery, air ducts to general and routine cleaning - including floors, tiles, partition walls, internal walls, suspended ceilings, lighting, furniture, window cleaning, and deep cleans of washing facilities-- SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks is here to help protect every square foot of your business!

Our comprehensive system takes the task of maintaining a clean work facility out of your hands, allowing you to work more effectively on your business.

We are the bright green cleanup team at SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks.

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Flooded Crawlspaces!

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooded Crawlspaces! A home here in Reno, with a totally flooded crawlspace. Prevent this from being your home by calling SERVPRO!

It can be a real problem here in Reno, especially during heavy rainfall! 

Crawlspaces can flood at any time. Additionally. they are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Reno basement could flood, including:

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Improperly routed rain gutters
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

The flooding in this Reno home was caused by heavy rain runoff.  Reno had received record rainfall that week and it overwhelmed the system.

We were onsite within an hour, to inspect the damage, and to begin the water extraction process.  In less than four days we had the crawlspace dry. We use advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine your home’s structure is actually dry.

If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure, not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

We are Flooded Crawlspace Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a preferred vendor to many national insurance companies
  • Our technicians are highly-trained in water restoration techniques
  • We follow s500 IICRC restoration standards
  • We have advanced inspection and extraction equipment

Have Questions? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help – 775-827-9944

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Home Invasion: What's Next?

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Home Invasion: What's Next? Once the initial panic is over, it's time to take back control of your space.

In Nevada a total of 22,226 burglaries in 2010 occurred, that number jumping up to 22,360 in 2017. This means your chances of being a victim of property crime are 1 in 37, reports

Home or office invasion is messy, it’s a violation of space, your peace of mind, and your safety. If you find that you just need your space back together after home has been broken into, let us help. We specialize in stain cleanup, restoring cloth, upholstery, documents and more.

We also assist with water damage, fire, soot, and storm damage. It can  certainly look like a storm swept through your home or office after a break in or burglary, and fixing damaged parts of your home are essential to making it “Like it never even happened.” 

Ffter the police have done their duty, and After it is safe for you to make the call:

Your next step, once the sirens and panic have died down are to call SERVPRO. Your workplace or home can be a sanctuary again. 

Additionally, security  systems and devices are a step in the right direction in taking back control over your space. If you decide to get a system in place, be sure to let SERVPRO employees know where they are located; part of your safety is making sure no false alarms go off when we are fixing your building or home!

Sometimes you can prevent the need for trauma cleanup; for every other time, there’s SERVPRO. Let us help you get everything back together after a traumatic experience like this.

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The Holidays, Property Damage, and Crime.

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

The holidays are notorious for wine spills, gravy splatters, and moisture from snow being tracked in through the house (how many times have you asked everyone to wipe their feet before coming inside?). Holidays can be a stressful time. Families bicker, household pets cause a little havoc, and property damage doesn't take a dip until February.

Sure; mold, stains, and water damage all come together during the holidays--but so does biohazard damage. And, it is often overlooked during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

According to, the average number of monthly occurrences in the United States for property damage in November is 1,151.8. (If you’re wondering, the month with the highest rate was July, with a count of 1,282.3.)

When Beer Gets Behind The Wheel:

Driving while under the influence also peaks in November according to "The most traveled holiday period of the year is Thanksgiving weekend, and DUI arrests are at their highest between Thanksgiving and the end of New Year’s weekend."

Many impaired drivers crash into homes, destroy yards, or other property, as can be seen just last year at the Sparks Marina, and just this past April in a home in Sparks.

As much as we would love for these kinds of things not to happen, occasionally they do. And when they do, you don’t have to handle it alone.

SERVPRO employees are experts at biohazard remediation; our knowledge and expertise allow us to handle "Any size disaster".

Our cleaning solutions, construction tools, dryers, air movers, and the rest of our professional equipment ensure that when there's a house of chaos, or a home full of smoke, there's also a van full of clean to make it "Like it never even happened."

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