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Preparing for a Storm-What you should know!

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Be Prepared when Spring Storms Become Severe

Each year a startling 10,000 thunderstorms and 1,000 tornadoes impact the United States. Potentially deadly severe weather impacts everyone. Here's what you can do to prepare yourself and your family.

Before Severe Weather Strikes

  • Keep an eye on the sky. Look for darkening skies, flashes of light or increasing wind. Listen for the sound of thunder.
  • Go to a safe shelter immediately!
  • Listen to Local/National Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for the latest weather forecasts.
  • Unplug appliances. Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances.
  • Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose.
  • Turn off the air conditioner. Power surges from lightning can overload the compressor.
  • Draw blinds and shades over windows. If windows break due to objects blown by the wind, the shades will prevent glass from shattering into your home.

Protecting Yourself Outside

  • If you are in the woods, go to a safe building. Make sure it is fully enclosed with a roof and four walls. Tents, shelters, pavilions, or dugouts will not keep you safe.
  • If you are unable to find a shelter, find a low-lying, open place away from trees, telephone poles, or metal objects.
  • Get low to the ground, on the balls of your feet in a crouching position. The goal is to get as low as possible, while minimizing your contact with the ground. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them.

After the Storm Passes

  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas.
  • Listen to the radio for information and instructions.

If Someone is Struck by Lightning

  • People struck by lightning carry no electrical charge and can be handled safely.
  • Call or have someone dial 911.

For more information on severe weather, please call SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City at:  702-564-8508

A Statistical Look at the Massive Amount of Water Damage in the U.S. | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

the underside of a sink showing water damage from leaking pipes If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City

A Statistical Look at the Massive Amount of Water Damage in the U.S. | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City - SERVPRO OF HENDERSON/BOULDER CITY Blog

Numbers have a way of putting things into perspective that might otherwise be a little hard to grasp. For instance, we could tell you that Americans really love ice cream, but it might help you more if we tell you that the average American eats almost 13 pounds of it per year, which is actually less than it used to be.

That being said, today we want to present you with some numbers to help you grasp exactly how widespread and damaging water emergencies are in U.S. homes. These numbers will hopefully help you remember the importance of keeping your roof and gutters in good shape, and your plumbing and drainage systems well-equipped and maintained.

Prepare for a shock.

24. This is the percentage of all U.S. home insurance claims that originate due to water damage each year. Yes, if a homeowner has an insurance claim to file, there’s a one in four chance it’s from water damage. It happens to one in every 50 homes across the country every single year.

48. When you have a water damage incident, this is the number of hours you have after that before mold starts growing. When water invades, it’s imperative to get help quickly and to ensure that water and remaining moisture are completely removed.

98. This is the incredible percentage of basements that will incur water damage at some point during the life of the house. There are many factors at play that make it difficult for basement owners to avoid this stat.

10,234. You might have guessed that this non-round number is the average cost of repair for a water damage claim—water can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time.

14,000. For something to happen 14,000 times a day, that means it’s happening around 10 times every minute; that’s the unfortunate frequency with which homes are being damaged by water in the U.S.

13,000,000,000. Here’s the number your insurance agent really hates the most—this is the annual total estimated cost of repairs for water damage done to homes across the United States—13 billion dollars.

Did these give you a better idea of the seriousness of water damage? A passive approach to property ownership will have you lumped in with these statistics, but if you’re attentive to maintenance and preventive measures with your plumbing and hoses, you may be able to stay ahead of the curve.

If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO to see how we can quickly and fully restore water damage to your home or business.

How to Identify a Black Mold Problem

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

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How to Identify a Black Mold Problem

You need to perform a black mold inspection of your home if you think you may have a mold problem. Identifying black mold once you find it is not that difficult,  but finding it can be tricky.

Conducting Your Mold Inspection

Look for mold in all of the following areas:

  • Areas that have a lot of moisture or dampness, like bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements and crawl spaces.
  • The grout between your bathroom tiles.
  • Above any ceiling tiles that have water stains, or in the attic above any spots in the ceiling that have water stains.
  • Above any ceiling tiles or in the attic above any areas where the roof leaks.
  • Around any leaky pipes or behind and around any leaky toilets.
  • In any areas that have a musty smell or smell of mildew.
  • Any areas that have been subjected to flooding.
  • Under carpets that have gotten wet and stayed wet for even a short while.
  • Any cardboard boxes or stacks of papers that have gotten wet and stayed wet for a while.

You may possibly need to remove drywall to look behind it if walls have water stains or paint is cracked and peeling.

If you find yourself identifying black mold in any of the above areas, or anywhere else in your home, you’ll then need to check the entire house because mold spores spread easily, once they become airborne.

If you are concerned that you may have a black mold problem in your home, and need assistance in locating the source of the problem, you can call in a professional to assist you. CALL SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City trained Professionals at 702-564-8508.

5 Ways Fires Start at Home | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

a firefighter battling a fire with a water hose in hand Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City is here for you if your home is affected by fire

5 Ways Fires Start at Home | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City - SERVPRO OF HENDERSON/BOULDER CITY Blog

Fire safety is an important part of everyday life. Think about how often you cook, turn on a heat source for comfort or use electrical appliances. Opportunities for fire are all around, which is what makes great caution so necessary.

And yet, a quarter of all reported fires across the country still start at home, despite all we know and practice regarding fire safety and prevention.

Let’s look at the most likely places fires may start in the house.

Cooking. Flip a coin and call it in the air—the odds that you’re right or wrong are essentially the exact same odds that a fire that starts in your home will start in the kitchen. The main reason? Unattended cooking. Leaving the heat source alone with food, grease or near flammable materials is a recipe for disaster. Always pay attention, and never leave your food to cook itself without supervision.

Heating equipment. Heaters of various kinds can cause issues, and any heat source can start a fire if it’s too close to something that can ignite (always keep at least a three-foot radius), but small space heaters in particular are known to be troublesome. If yours is older, upgrade it to a new model that will shut off automatically if it tips over or overheats.

Electrical fires. Think about all the electricity currently (pun way intended) being used in your home. It only takes one unmanaged short-circuit to send your house into a fiery frenzy. Always keep your wiring updated, and allow a professional to conduct routine checkups and maintenance annually.

Intentional fires. It’s hard to swallow, but 28,000 home fires per year—more than 75 every day, are started on purpose by people who intentionally misuse heating sources or materials to set fire to property.

Smoking materials. Your home is more likely to experience an intentional fire than a fire begun by smoking paraphernalia, but sadly, smoking fires cause more deaths than any other type of fire on this list. If you smoke, always do it carefully, and never smoke while impaired or drowsy.

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO is here for you if your home is affected by fire. Contact your local team today to see how we can help.

Commercial Cleaning Services That Make a Difference | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee in PPE prepping an area for cleaning Are you ready to have the cleanest business in town? Contact SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City for all your cleaning needs.

Commercial Cleaning Services That Make a Difference | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City - SERVPRO OF HENDERSON/BOULDER CITY Blog

SERVPRO is hailed nationwide as the name to trust for homeowners in need of recovery. Through fire, water damage, mold and more, we tackle the tough job of cleanup and restoration and enable a fast, full transition to get homeowners’ lives back to normal.

But we also serve business owners in the same ways—and even more. Yes, we can see you through recovery from any of the events listed above (and then some), but we can also do something every business needs on the regular: spectacular, efficient cleaning.

The look and cleanliness of your facilities says a lot to your customers about how you run your business, and we can help you put your best foot forward by making your space shine.

Commercial Services for Businesses of Any Size

The kind of sparkling clean you wish for is only a call or click away. We can make businesses of all kinds look amazing and maintain high health standards, including:

Small and large retail spaces. Whether you’re a corner store or an international chain, we can level up your sanitation game.

Schools, colleges and stadiums. Sanitation needs at school have never been more in the forefront, but studies revealed that half the bacteria on desks is still being left behind after daily cleaning by students and faculty. We can provide a truly thorough and safe environment for students and athletes.

Medical facilities and nursing homes. Areas where vulnerable patients and seniors are bedded down require special cleaning, and we can provide it so that nurses, doctors and caretakers can focus on patient care.

Casinos, resorts and convention centers. We can give you the fresh feeling that makes every player feel like a high roller and every convention attendee feel like the guest of honor.

Restaurants and food manufacturers. Whether you’re cooking, serving or processing, we can provide the serious deep-clean necessary to keep pathogens out of your vittles.

High rises, commercial complexes and manages properties. Anywhere people live or work, we provide a safe environment for every breath, touch and footstep.

Sick days waste $260 billion per year for business owners like yourself. Keep your teams healthy and give your customers peace of mind by raising your standard of clean.

When you’re ready to have the cleanest business in town, we’re ready to help. Contact your local SERVPRO to get the pros working on the cleaning so you can work on the work.

How to Prepare for Summer Storms | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City is on the line, ready to make things right.

How to Prepare for Summer Storms | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City - SERVPRO OF HENDERSON/BOULDER CITY Blog

Summer is the time of year we make plans most often. We plan trips and vacations, sporting events and long weekends.

Sometimes we even plan to have no plans and enjoy a day outside doing absolutely nothing. It’s the warmest time of the year, so we anticipate all the days will be filled with sun and we can soak up as many rays as we want.

But have you ever noticed how often summer plans get derailed by thunderstorms?

If you’ve ever thought that storms are more likely to cause cancellations in summer, it’s not just you. July and August are the rainiest months of the last three quarters of the year, and the warmth of the summer air combines with the atmospheric moisture to turn regular rains into potential thunderstorms.

Be Storm-Alert

We often don’t give storms the credit they’re due because they’re the most common weather danger—but the threat they present should never be ignored. Tune into local forecasts or use weather apps for timely forecasts and alerts. An NOAA Weather radio can also be helpful, because it focuses on weather and stays on even if power and cell service goes out.

If flooding is predicted, you should rethink your travel plans and stay home, or get home quickly if you’re out on the road. If forecasters warn about heavy winds, check around your yard and store items that may get blown away or carried off by running water.

Yes, getting ready for a storm is a chore, and not the kind of task anyone wants to do, but we mustn’t ignore it. Storm-related deaths reach into the dozens every year, and a little prevention could save many of those lives.

Be Storm-Safe

During a storm, your greatest protection from danger is indoors. Stay inside until you haven’t heard any thunder for at least a half hour—that’s your signal that the storm has moved on and you’re outside the range of a lightning strike, which can occur up to 10 miles away from the storm.

Wait until after the storm to bathe or shower, as metal and water are hyper-conductors of electricity. And avoid windows as much as possible, as there’s always a danger of them being shattered by lightning, or even debris.

Keep an emergency kit stocked with food, water, medication and other supplies you may need if you’re forced to evacuate or go several days without power.

Stay away from flood waters, whether you’re on foot or in a vehicle. Rushing water can easily carry away full-size SUVs, and even touching floodwater is dangerous because it may be contaminated.

There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.

Put Returning Customers at Ease With a Health-Safe Business | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

If you’re business has sanitation and cleaning needs, get in touch with the SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City team

Put Returning Customers at Ease With a Health-Safe Business | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City - SERVPRO OF HENDERSON/BOULDER CITY Blog

As recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic continues across the greater Denver area, families and communities are hoping that what we once called “normal” life is on its way again, and business owners are hopeful for a full return to economic recovery as well.

But a new challenge for business owners has emerged in a post-pandemic landscape: Not only is it crucial going forward that you maintain a clean, sanitary environment in your business, but you also need a way for customers returning to in-person shopping habits and employees returning to on-site work to know and be assured of that safe environment.

Fortunately, we’ve got just the solution you need to have the cleanest business in town, and for your customers, employees and clients to know before they even walk in that you’re creating a safe space for them.

Get Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned gives you a building sanitized with a custom solution that’s proven effective against everything from MRSA to anthrax,, and equips you with methods to reach out to your customers and potential customers with the assurance they’re seeking.

It’s all possible because of the three C’s:

Consult. There’s not a one-size-fits-all situation for cleaning businesses, stores and offices. We’ll work with you to find the set of solutions your business needs, and sculpt a custom plan to fit your needs. It helps that SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City is locally owned and operated, so we are already acquainted with many of the intricacies of the greater Denver area.

Clean. Once we settle on a sanitation plan, we’ll be hard at work giving your building a cleaning that goes far beyond traditional janitorial services. We’ll disinfect with hospital-grade cleaning methods not available from any other provider, and you’ll end up with an extreme level of cleanliness that meets or exceeds strict CDC standards,. And a Certified: SERVPRO Clean goes well past COVID-19 protection, also providing barriers against germs and contagions that cause gastrointestinal disease and viruses, flu and even the common cold.

Certify. You’ve got the cleanest place in town; now let everybody know. We’ll supply you with physical and digital signage you can display in your store windows and on your website to let even casual passers-by know that a safe environment awaits them within your walls.

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

Defending Your Home From Wildfire | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

If your home is damaged by fire or any other reason, SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City is ready and able to repair any damage.

Defending Your Home From Wildfire | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City - SERVPRO OF HENDERSON/BOULDER CITY Blog

Wildfires are a devastating thought for Nevada homeowners, and more of a potentially reality here than we’d like to think about. Property damage due to wildfire happens more often than most people may realize.

And with their intensity and rate of acceleration, it’s a wonder firefighters are ever able to get them under containment.

But there are things you as a homeowner can do to prevent and slow the spread of wildfires, aside from simply being more careful, which is the best method of prevention.

We’re talking today about “defensible space.”

What Is Defensible Space?

It’s not a NASA protection initiative. “Defensible space” is a buffer zone (technically it’s three) with which you can surround your home to protect it from an oncoming fire. You can slow the spread with the right combination of planting and pruning practices, use of concrete or gravel, and removal of easy fuel sources like brush and decayed trees.

Think of it as an obstacle of protection (aka defense), designed to starve a fire as it approaches your home. It also gives firefighters their best chance of stopping a wildfire before it gets to your structure.

Defensible space isn’t required by law in Clark County like it is in some parts of Nevada, but around 80% of homes and businesses already employ the method here, which is one of the factors that has led to our area being considered a lower hazard risk.

Why Defensible Space Matters

Wildfires can and do happen everywhere in the United States. There were over 59,000 wildfires across the country in 2020.

Even without California’s 10,000+ fires, the average number of wildfires per state in 2020 was still almost 1,000. Moreover, the first half of 2021 saw a 25% increase in wildfire occurrence compared to the previous year.

Here in Nevada, we suffered 770 wildfires in 2020, which burned nearly 260,000 acres of land.

Anything you can do to protect your home against wildfires, you should do; defensible space is one more way you can make damage from fire less likely.

If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today to get the pros on your team.

MOLD-Taking Important Precautions

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City Technicians can assist with your mold problem. call today 702-564-8508

SERVPRO Franchises Professionals handle water damages every day, and KNOW prompt action is required to prevent MOLD growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage , it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

The presence of visible mold.

Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present. 

Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.

Excessive humidity

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problem.

Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professionals evaluate the quality of the air inside a structure. Some specialize and are skilled in testing buildings for the presence of mold(s). Using various testing devices, these pros collect air and surface samples to compare the indoor mold spore count to outdoor environment. 

SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City can assist in locating a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional.

Contact us today to learn more at 702-564-8508

Floods Strike Everywhere-SERVPRO Disaster Recovery is #HeretoHelp

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in a desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. The following are a few more little-known flood facts:

Floods kill an average of 140 people per year in the U.S., making flooding the most deadly natural disaster.

More than half of all fatalities during floods are auto-related, often the result of drivers misjudging the depth of water on a road and being swept away in a swiftly moving current.

The principle causes of floods in the eastern U.S. are hurricanes and storms.

The principles causes of floods in the western United States are snowmelt and rainstorms.

Underpasses can be some of the most dangerous places during a flash floods-especially at night, when it is difficult to see.

Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. 

SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City is prepared to handle any size disaster and help make it "Like it never even happened."