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Flooded Home? Call SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Black and White photos of cars parked with snowmelt and rain If you suffer a flooded house or commercial property, call SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks

If you have lived in the Reno and Sparks area for very long, you are aware that especially in low lying areas close to the Truckee River, flooding from snowmelt and rain occurs frequently.

It's that time of year, the mountains are getting snow and some rain, the result is fast-melting snow and runoff and the creeks and the Truckee river will start rising.

If you ever find the water rising around your property, and you think you may experience flooding in your home or commercial property, call SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks.  We are available 365/24/7.  We have the best water extraction equipment available and we will do our best to remove any water and keep your flooding and or water damage to as minimal as possible.  The key is don't wait!  The sooner you get someone on your property to extract the water, the fewer damages and costs you will incur.  

We work with all insurance companies and will work through the process for you, so you are taken care of and back to normal, ASAP

Turkeys the Cause of House Fires...Really!

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Cooked Turkey on platter with vegetables From all of us at SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks, have a safe and fun Turkey Day!

Woo hoo!  It's turkey time!  But did you know that turkeys, and how they are cooked are a common reason for home fires and kitchen fires?

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments responded to about 1,570 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving in 2016, the peak day for such fires. The No. 1 reason? Unattended cooking.

Many people also use Turkey Fryers, which can be incredibly dangerous.  Too often the fryer gets knocked over, the extremely hot oil dumps out and if they are on a combustible service, fire can start.  

Enjoy your turkey time, but remember to do it safely and be attentive to all your cooking.   Be fire-wise.  No one wants their family get-together to end with a house fire.  

Our team at SERVPRO Reno East/Central Sparks wishes you all the best this holiday weekend.

Flooded Basement or Flooded Crawl Space in Reno or Sparks, #1 Stay Out of the Water

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement covered with water and items floating in the water Flooded Basements or Flooded Crawl Space in Reno or Sparks, Call SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks, We are available 365, 24/7

The rain and snow have started to fall in the Reno and Sparks and surrounding areas.  It's the time of year to make sure all of your drainages are flowing away from the house.  Too often in the Reno, Sparks, Truckee Meadows and Tahoe areas, rain causes snow to melt rapidly and water will flow into basements, overwhelming sump pumps, drains, etc. and you can end up with a flooded crawl space or a flooded basement.

If your crawl space floods and or basement floods, do you best to stay out of the water as much as possible.  Recently we had a customer that had a flooded basement and they were in the water and tracked what they thought was rainwater into other areas of the home.  When our technicians arrived the first thing they determined was the water was contaminated with sewage.  Yes, it was flooded from the stormwater, but there was also a sewage back up and sewage had flowed into the flooded basement.

Due to the tracking of the water in other areas of the house, the entire house was determined to be contaminated.  What could have remained an isolated flooded basement turned into a fully contaminated home and took considerable treatment and cleaning to resolve.

When you experience a flooded home, basement or crawl space, stay out of the water and call our professional team at SERVPRO Reno East/Central Sparks to clean up the water and get it dried out professionally.  We will get you back to "Like never even happened", ASAP!

SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks Cleans Up Bio Hazards

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Black and White Bio Hazard Sign Call SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks for all your Bio Hazard Clean Up needs.

When you have a Bio Hazard clean up, (bodily fluids or blood clean up), in the Reno or Sparks area our team at SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks, will clean it up ASAP and get you back to "Like it never even happened." 

Whatever the challenge your property has suffered, our team is IICRC trained and has all the equipment and cleaning supplies needed to clean up any Bio Hazard challenge.  We are available 24/7 for all of your emergency and non-emergency needs, call us at 775 827 9944. 

We are locally owned and operated. We have been servicing the Reno, Sparks and outlying areas for over 10 years.

Avoid a Flooded House by Taking Steps to Keep Pipes From Freezing

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Pipe Frozen and coated ice and icicles Are your pipes leaking or burst? Need water clean up? Call SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks.

One of the most common causes of a flooded house is frozen pipes bursting.  If you want to avoid frozen pipes and water damages, you should take the following steps:

Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during day and night. Again, during a cold snap is not the time to set back the thermostat at night to save a few bucks on your heating bill.

If you plan to be away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

For the long term, add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in those areas. And to prevent drafts, seal cracks and openings around windows, doors, and at sill plates, where the house rests on its foundation.

Let the cold water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent pipes from freezing.

Keep garage doors closed, especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.

Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate the plumbing, especially if your sinks are on an exterior wall. (If you have small children, be sure to remove any harmful cleaners and household chemicals.)

If you do suffer a flooded home, know that our team at SERVPRO Reno East/Central Sparks is here for you 24/7 for all of your water clean up emergencies.

Do You Need a New Vapor Barrier Installed?

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

White plastic vapor barrier covering a large crawl space SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks is your go-to Team for new vapor barrier installations.

We get many calls and questions about Vapor Barriers in crawl spaces and what they are and why they are needed?

The actual vapor barrier is usually comprised of a plastic material that prevents moisture from penetrating the crawl space air, from where it then enters into the structure of the home. Installing a vapor barrier in your crawl space prevents problems caused by excess moisture like mold, odors, insects, wood rot and other structural and environmental concerns.  

The ideal vapor barrier is a single layer of plastic material that is sealed to the foundation or studs such that it is leak proof.

When vapor barriers get old the plastic can start to disintegrate and the seams can come apart. These are the top causes of a vapor barrier to need replacement. 

If you ever find yourself needing a new vapor barrier, call SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks, we have over 10 years of experience in vapor barrier installations, 775-827-9944.

No Commercial Large Loss is Too Big for SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians suited up in white suits all in line in a parking lot of a commercial large loss, ready to get to work No Commercial Large Loss is Too Big for SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks

No commercial large loss it too big for SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks.   How can they handle any size of loss?  Because we are supported by SERVPRO's commercial large loss, disaster recovery team.  When the loss is so big that it takes a team of hundreds to get it cleaned up, SERVPRO has the specialized management resources that will come to the commercial large loss and organize all the labor and equipment needed to clean up and restore any size commercial building and or business large loss.  When you suffer a fire or flood in your warehouse or business, know that SERVPRO can handle any size loss.  Our professionally IICRC trained team is the team to call for all your commercial large losses.  We are available 24/7 and truly no job is too big.  Call us at 775-827-9944 and our specialize commercial large loss team will be on the scene to get it back to "Like it never even happened."  ASAP!

If You Suffer Fire Damage and Need Clean Up Call SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Yard Fire with Equipment Burned Up When you suffer fire damages and need clean up call SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks

If you ever suffer fire damage, whether to your home or in your yard, such that items have burned, hire the professionals at SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks to clean up all your fire damaged items and property.  

It's important to remember, fire damage includes smoke damage, ash, and soot, all of which need to be professionally cleaned up.  Many times we come across where a property owner has tried to clean up soot and ash themselves, only to make the damage worse.   We know you have well intentions, but please first and foremost know that smoke damage, ash, soot all can have toxic particles that you need to protect yourself from breathing.  If you stir up the ash, soot and fire damaged items, you risk exposing yourself to toxins.

When you suffer fire damage, call us and let the pros at SERVPRO take care of you and your family.  We will work with you and your insurance company to get you back to normal ASAP.

How Do You Benefit From Hiring an IICRC Certified Company for Your Fire or Water Damages?

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

IICRC Certified Firm Logo When you need Fire and Water Clean Up and Restoration you will benefit from hiring an IICRC Certified Company like SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks

Why should you care about hiring an IICRC Certified team like SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks?

What does IICRC stand for?

It stands for,  Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.

In an article written by Mili Washington, the IICRC's standards director she explains the advantages of hiring an IICRC Certified team for your Fire Clean Up, Water Damages and all other Restoration services.

"IICRC is recognized as the premier standards-writing organization of the cleaning, inspection, restoration, and hard surface industries.  IICRC standards are accredited as American National Standards, which have been developed using a rigorous process of compliance and procedural oversight by the American National Standards Institute, (ANSI)."

The result is a credible and collaborative standard of care document and training to describe concepts and procedures needed when providing inspection, cleaning, restoration, and hard surface services.

When you have someone working on your property don't you want them to have the BEST training and procedures available to clean up your property?

Our team at SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks is IICRC Certified, we are the premier clean up and restoration team to hire in the Reno and Sparks area.  We are locally owned and operated, serving the Reno and Sparks area for over 10 years.

Call us for all your fire and water damage emergencies, we are available 24/7.

The Top Cause of Water Damage in Reno and Sparks - Storms

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Drying out floor after water damage with SERVPRO Green Equipment If you ever suffer storm damage or water damage, SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks is available 24/7, call us 775 827 9944.

Some of the most common causes of Water Damage are:

-Rain and storms
-Plumbing leaks
-Pipe Bursts and Pipe Leaks
-Appliance Leaks
-Shower Leaks
-Toilet Leaks
-Sewer

In Reno and Sparks, our weather and the winter storms are a top cause of water damage.  We are entering that time of year when the storms will start rolling over the mountains, bringing rain and snow to the mountains and the valleys of the Truckee Meadows.  Is your property ready for the water the storms will bring this winter?  It's time to make sure your property's drainage system is ready to move the water away from any buildings.

If you suffer water damage, don't delay in getting it dried out properly. Water removal is a very complex process that needs to be done precisely to avoid any number of complications. For instance, if water and water-damaged parts of your home are not properly removed, it could lead to extensive mold issues, which could pose a health risk.  We see it all the time when water damage is not managed properly.  

If you ever suffer storm damage or water damage, SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks is available to you 24/7, call us. We have been professionally servicing the Reno and Sparks area for over 10 years, we know how to get you back to normal, ASAP.