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Black Ice: A Storm's Most Dangerous Hazard

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Black Ice: A Storm's Most Dangerous Hazard

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!

WHAT IS BLACK ICE?

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.

IF I HIT IT, WHAT DO I DO?

  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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What to Expect in a Nevada Flood

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Nevada Floods: What to Expect?

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." 

School Clean Up

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT SCHOOLS?

  • 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. 

SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

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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Home Invasion: What's Next?

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Home Invasion: What's Next?

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 Neighborhoodscout.com.

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.” 

After 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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Flooded Crawlspace in Home

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded Crawlspaces!

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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Commercial Cleaning From the People You Trust

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning From the People You Trust

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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Halloween Safety for Careful Parents

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Halloween Safety for Careful Parents Carved pumpkin, lit from inside, with #SERVPRO house logo.

Keeping your children safe...

while they are having fun can be one of the most daunting tasks a parent can face--and what’s more? Halloween is a time where children walk around at night and ask strangers for candy; not the most intuitive parenting scenario to navigate, certainly!

Trick Or Treating:

  • According to Safekids.org: “Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.”
  • Flashlights are an essential for anyone out at night.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.

PEDESTRIAN INJURIES ARE THE MOST COMMON INJURY TO TRICK OR TREATERS, so street-crossing safety should be explained and practiced before any trick or treating occurs.

According to AAP.org: “Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out of driveways.”

Additionally, if you are driving on Halloween, please, drive extra safe, and be aware of pedestrians more than usual; by not contributing to the problem, you are already part of the solution. AAP says to also “eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.”

Making your home safe for trick or treaters is not a hard fix:

Not Going Out?

  • Keep “trip, slip, and fall” hazards to a minimum and have a clear, lighted path to the door. This includes small pumpkins, carved or not; keep them off the path!
  • Check that your outdoor lights are working while you are setting up final touches on your decorations.
  • Use glowsticks instead of candles inside your carved pumpkins; reducing fire hazards is the SERVPRO Way!
  • Use votive candles instead of tealights if you prefer using fire, but make sure there is nothing that can cause fire to spread, or anything flammable nearby.
    • If a fire does occur, call emergency services IMMEDIATELY; no candy is sweeter than still having your home and belongings intact. SERVPRO can save the rest from smoke damage and fire damage, but the less time your things spend in a burning environment, the higher the chance of recovery!

Costumes:

SERVPRO and the National Safety Council says costumes should:

  • Be fire-resistant
  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation

SOURCES:

https://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips

https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Halloween-Safety-Tips.aspx 

https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/autumn/halloween

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Smoke Damage in Nevada: How Bad is it?

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Damage in Nevada: How Bad is it? A layer of soot collects around objects. The bright circles underneath are what the rest of the counter should look like!

Wildfires can threaten your home in many ways:

We have witnessed several wildfires in the Reno area this year. These fires have displaced families, destroyed homes and possessions.

SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks has responded to homes downwind of the fires that the flames never touched.

Why? Because these homes sustained damage without being involved in the fire.

Some homes downwind of these wildfires sustained smoke damage as heavy smoke filtered through the structures depositing a layer of soot on every surface in the house.

Since smoke residue is acidic, over time, it can:

  • etch into metal and glass.
  • It can yellow plastic items and bond to fabrics.

Cleaning these residues takes specialized processes and experienced technicians. SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks has the experience and equipment to make damages like these, “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO - 24/7 Water Damage Response

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Responds 24/7/365

As a 24/7 business SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks is committed to responding to home and business owners' needs, in the case of emergency.

Whether it is water damage from a broken pipe, flooding from a downpour, or any other type of damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks is ready to respond “Faster to any size disaster.”

Why is response time so important when it comes to flooding?

Because, the sooner restoration begins, the less damage occurs. Given time, water damages become more complex as water flows in your structure and contents.

Also, with time, water infiltrating your home or business can give mold the moisture it needs to grow.

Call SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks 24/7 to handle those emergencies.

We will begin making them, “Like it never even happened.”

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CDC Officials Do NOT Support Home Mold Testing

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation CDC Officials Do NOT Support Home Mold Testing A piece of fungus (mushroom). Skip the mold test; the professionals are the safest option!

Home Mold Tests: Should I Get One?

The CDC states that  “generally, it is not necessary to identify the species of mold growing in a residence, and [the] CDC does not recommend routine sampling for molds.”

Testing, to be accurate, should be done by and Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) or an Industrial Hygienist (IH).  These professionals have the ability to test in a manner that gives an accurate representation of the environment inside the structure. Clearance testing after mitigation should also be a part of the protocol to confirm the effectiveness of the mitigation.  

Testing not performed by the mitigation company handling the work adds a level of accountability to the project, avoids a conflict of interest, and ensures the building owner of properly mitigated mold damage.

SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks is committed to properly remediating any mold damage in your home, making it, “Like it never even happened.”

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