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How Quickly Can Water Damage Start to Grow Mold?

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to leaks and water damage, getting the area dried out quickly is critical to avoid Mold growth.

We are frequently asked, how quickly can leaks and water damage start to grow mold?  There is no simple answer.  Mold growth is dependent on how wet the surface is, how hot or cold the area is and what the water flowed through, how dirty the water is and other factors.  We have many Customers that are shocked to find their Tahoe vacation homes had a water leak during winter, when temperatures are very cold and the mold growth just takes off. Yes, there is mold that can grow in lower temperatures.  The bottom line is, to prevent any kind of mold from growing you have to act fast on any damp or wet surface.  Time is the only constant, the longer the surface is damp or wet the more the odds are mold is going to grow.  The key is, when you suffer a water leak and water damages don't delay to get the area effected professionally dried out.  By doing so you will avoid a lot of further damages.  Call SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks, our Team will walk you through exactly what needs to happen to protect your property from further damages.

Warehouse With Rodent Droppings Clean Up

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

With the Hanta Virus Back in Washoe County, It's Advised to be Very Careful With Contact of Rodent Feces

Washoe County has identified two cases of Hanta Virus in the area.  Unfortunately, one death has recently been attributed to the Hanta Virus.  We recently were contacted by a large warehouse with a large rodent issue.  The exterminator had been called out the rodents removed, but they were left with a considerable amount of rodent droppings, etc.   We were able to professionally clean up all of the rodent debris and get the property back to clean and safe.  If you happen to come across an area that is infested, rodent droppings and urine, it's very important to NOT dry vacuum the area, you don't want to stir the air up at all.  There are guidelines put out how to handle this kind of clean up if it's small, you can find the exact recommendations by researching on Google.  If you want a professional that knows how to safely clean up rodent droppings, etc. Call us, we will limit the risk and get it cleaned up fast.  We are professionally trained and have all the proper equipment to do so. 

Fire, Water and Mold Clean Up and Restoration in the Reno, Sparks Area For Over 10 Years

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water and Fire Clean Up and Restoration in the Reno and Sparks areas for over 10 years.

At SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks we truly care about serving and fulfilling all the needs of our Customers.  We understand that when you call us, you have suffered some sort of damages to your property.  Whether it be as serious as fire damage, water damage or finding mold that needs to be cleaned up.  We understand that you are in a very stressful situation and we take pride in helping you work through the challenge and lightening your load as soon as possible.  We are available 24/7 for all of your emergencies.  We work with all insurance agencies, we will represent your needs to your insurance and work with you and your insurance through the entire restoration process.  When it comes to choosing a Fire and Water Restoration Company, or a Mold Remediation company please know that the choice is solely up to the owner of the property. No insurance can dictate what company you are to use.  When you need help, SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks has been serving the Reno and Sparks area for over 10 years, we are here for you, call us at 775 827 9944.

SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks Professionally Trained Clean Up Water Damage

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

When your home or crawl space is flooded, here is what to do first!

So you are surprised by finding water flooding your home or crawl space.  What is the first step to consider?  If the area that is flooded is anywhere close to any part of your electrical system in the house, turn off the electricity.  Are you familiar with how to do this in your home?  Here are some tips:

DETERMINE WHICH BOX YOU HAVE:

Once you open it, if you see…

  • Rows of switches means you have a breaker box.
  • Fuses are round and will twist into sockets like lightbulbs do.

FINDING A CIRCUIT BREAKER OR FUSE BOX:

To find the circuit breaker, check inside the garage (provided it is safe to do so). If there is a mounted, metal, rectangular box with an opening mechanism, check inside. If you are in an apartment, it may be in a hall or closet. Your fuse box and circuit breaker box may, additionally, be mounted to your home outside where the electricity connects.

TURNING OFF THE POWER:

To turn off the power to a wet area of your home…

  • Breaker Box: Inside the breaker box should be a list that tells you which rooms are controlled by each switch. Unplug everything in the affected room.

  • Fuse Box: Inside the fuse box there should be a list that tells you which areas of the house are affected by each fuse--just like the breaker box. Find the correct fuse, make a note of it, and then unplug anything in that area of the house BEFORE attempting at a later time to replace the fuse.

Step 2, Call SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks, we are available 24/7 to extract the water and clean up any water damage and dry it out properly so you can avoid any more damages.

SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks Here For You When You Suffer Fire Damage

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

What to do when you have suffered fire damage.

So you had a fire at your property, it's stressful to say the least.  The Fire Department comes and puts the fire out, you are left with fire damages, water damages and feelings of devastation.  The Fire Department may recommend a fire and water cleanup and restoration company.  Some Fire Departments have relationships with certain companies that drive their recommendations.  Some companies are very aggressive about getting any kind of signature from you. We recommend  BE CAUTIOUS! Do your due diligence, do your research.  Do not sign anything in the moment.  You don't have to sign any service agreement immediately, take the time to do your research on the clean up and restoration company you want to use.  It's a big commitment, you will have to deal with that company for a long time. You want to make sure the company you sign up with will provide a schedule; actual dates of when the clean up and restoration will start and a solid estimate of the time frame it will take.  At SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks, we understand and will work together with you and your insurance company to make sure all are clear on exactly what needs to take place and the realistic time frame it will take to get you back to normal.  We help people that have suffered fire damage all the time.  If you have have suffered a fire, call us, we can help.

SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks We Manage and Store Your Property When You Suffer Fire Damage or Flooding

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

We will clean and manage your property. Our temperature controlled warehouse with close to 100 vaults.

So your home floods, or you have fire damage. What happens to all your property that isn't ruined but you need removed and secured? At SERVPRO Reno NW/Truckee/Tahoe Vista we have a 10,000 square foot temperature controlled warehouse with close to 100 vaults to keep your furniture, valuables, etc. We have a Contents Manager that will have all your items cleaned and stored.  We have a crew that will clean items on site and if necessary professional cleaning, smoke removal are all services we provide.   Our Contents Manager will enter every single item into a program, such that you will know where your property is at all times and you will have access to your property when necessary. Along with restoration, we are a full service Content cleaning and management company.  When your home floods or you suffer fire damage, we are available to service your needs 24/7, 365 days a year, call us.

SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks Professionally Trained In Mold Remediation

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Sometimes Mold is not as obvious as this...when in doubt, call SERVPRO.

Many people contact us and ask how to know if Mold is present? The EPA offers some great questions to ask yourself.

According to the EPA, the following questions will provide insight if Mold might be present:

• Is there existing moisture problems in the building?

• Have building materials been wet more than 48 hours?

• Are there hidden sources of water or is the humidity too high (high enough to cause condensation)?

• Are building occupants reporting musty or moldy odors?

• Are building occupants reporting health problems?

• Are building materials or furnishings visibly damaged?

• Has maintenance been delayed or the maintenance plan been altered?

• Has the building been recently remodeled or has building use changed?

• Is consultation with medical or health professionals indicated?

Mold spores can hide very well. Frequently they are not as visible as this picture, so it's good to ask yourself these basic questions. We work with Industrial Hygienists that can test to find out exactly what may be hiding and we are professionally trained in Mold Remediation.

SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks Your Go To Team for Storm Clean Up and Restoration

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage? SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks can help!

It's that time of year in the Truckee Meadows and Truckee Tahoe area where unexpected thunderstorms can occur so quickly.  Winds pick up considerably fast and rains can dump.  Occasionally roofs get blow off or a tree gets knocked over and causes damages to your property.  When you need a professional to clean up and repair wind and water damages due to storms, call SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks, our team knows just what to do to clean up the mess and damages that storms can leave behind.  We are available 24/7 for your storm damage clean up needs.  Our team is IICRC Certified, what that means to you is you are getting the best knowledge available to get your property back to normal as soon as possible.  Call us at 775 827 9944 any hour of the day and we will get you scheduled and taken care of.  Yes!  We will work with your insurance company too!

SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks the Team to Call When You Need Water Damage Restoration

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks Available 24/7 for Water Damage Restoration

SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks frequently gets calls from homeowners who have been surprised to find water in their crawl spaces.  It can vary from a small amount to a flooded crawl space.  The causes vary immensely. Sometimes a leaking pipe can cause a little water in a crawl space and sometimes a broken pipe can cause a flooded crawl space.  Irrigation systems can sometimes cause water in a crawl space.  No matter the cause the first thing to do is get the water extracted and then confirm the cause of the water in the crawl space, stop the cause of the water and then get the crawl space dried out completely.  If you are ever surprised by water in your crawl space, contact SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks, we are IICRC Certified and are available for all of your emergency services, 24/7, call us at 775 827 9944.

SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks Here For You When You Suffer Storm Damage

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

When you suffer Storm Damage, SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks is here for you.

Early Spring and Summer can bring Storms to the Truckee Meadows that can bring very strong winds and driving rains.  When the thunder clouds move in and the winds start and the rain pours down, crawl spaces can get water in them and sometimes windows can leak, the result can be standing water or dampness.   If this water and dampness is not taking care of in a timely manner, mold can start to grow.   If you suffer storm or water damage call SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks, our IICRC Certified professional team will take care of you in your time of need.  Our caring team will communicate with you and if appropriate your Insurance Company and clean up all storm damage, water damage that you may have suffered.  Once it's cleaned up, then our professional equipment will get it dried out to prevent any further issues, such as mold growth.  Call the professionals at SERVPRO East/Central Sparks at 775 827 9944, we respond 24 hours a day.