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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

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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.

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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."

How Thunderstorms Can Cause Serious Damage | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms can pop up at any moment. Contact SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City if you experience any damage

How Thunderstorms Can Cause Serious Damage | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City - SERVPRO OF HENDERSON/BOULDER CITY Blog

Warmer weather is a clear sign that summer is on its way, but it can also mean that thunderstorms are becoming a serious threat once again. Every thunderstorm has the potential to cause serious damages—even if it is not a severe thunderstorm, heavy rains and lightning strikes can be quite dangerous.

While thunderstorms may feel like a routine occurrence, it is wise to always take them seriously.

Whenever there is a thunderstorm, lightning is always present as well even if you can’t see it. Additionally, many thunderstorms contain high winds and hail, and a severe thunderstorm is declared when winds reach 58 miles per hour or more and hail is an inch or more in diameter. For thunderstorms of any severity, it is important to be sure you are heeding them with caution.

Why Thunderstorms Are Such a Dangerous Event

Damage and injury from lightning strikes. Lightning strikes are always a possibility, even with fairly minor thunderstorm incidents. Most lightning strikes between clouds, but it will often strike toward the ground as well—and this is responsible for over 300 bodily injuries each year. Lightning can also be dangerous due to property damages, as it can catch homes on fire and fell trees or power poles.

Property damage due to hail. Though every thunderstorm does not contain hail, it is always possible that it can form. Thunder clouds are quite cold inside, which can freeze precipitation, and hail can fall at alarmingly fast speeds which make it dangerous. Not only can hail lead to dents in unprotected cars, but it can also damage the roof and siding of a home, which will lead to water damage over time.

Harm from flash flooding. When a flash flood watch or warning is issued, it is vital to take it seriously as they can be so dangerous. Flash floods come about suddenly and can happen nearly anywhere, as heavy rains that overwhelm storm drains are a common culprit. Just a few inches of water can carry away a vehicle or knock a person off of his or her feet, so it is important to stay as far away from flood water as possible.

Thunderstorms are dangerous and can cause significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. If you have damage due to a thunderstorm, you can count on us to help. Contact us 247 for more information about our storm restoration practices.

Scheduling Regular Workplace Fire Safety Drills | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

If your business experiences any fire damage, you can count on us. SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City specializes in commercial fire restoration.

Scheduling Regular Workplace Fire Safety Drills | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City - SERVPRO OF HENDERSON/BOULDER CITY Blog

Planning for potential roadblocks and setbacks is an important component of building your business, but have you considered how a fire could impact your plans? Commercial fires occur often, and if a business is not prepared, they can be a devastating event to experience.

Though there are many things you will want to consider as you implement fire safety plans, the safety of you and your employees is of the utmost concern and the first thing to plan for. That is why we always recommend that businesses start by planning and hosting regular fire drills so everyone can be better prepared for the moment a fire breaks out.

Preparing Your Business Through Regular Fire Drills

Consult with your local fire officials. Thanks to the number of online articles, there are many resources available to business owners for fire drill planning, but the most valuable resource will be your own local fire officials. They can come look at your building in person to determine your best fire evacuation routes and any improvements you can implement in your fire safety efforts.

Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. After you have determined the safest and most effective routes for escape, communicate with your staff on how to find them and what to expect from the first drill.

Have fire drills frequently. While having drills too frequently can lessen their impact, make sure to schedule them regularly enough that the procedures always remain fresh in everyone’s mind. Many businesses find that quarterly or every six months works well, but your needs will vary based on multiple factors such as the size of your staff, the size of your building and the complexity of your plans.

Run different fire scenarios. Though fires are statistically most likely to start near cooking equipment such as toaster ovens or microwaves, this is not the only situation that may arise in the workplace. Make sure your drills reflect all the possibilities by being different each time so you and your employees are ready for any scenario.

If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—contact us today.

Nevada Flooding and Basement Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City is a full restoration company. Our team is on call and ready to help you determine the best course of action.

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Nevada is no stranger to flash flooding. Because the terrain is mountainous and the ground is dry for most of the year, a flash flooding situation can happen very quickly.

While many homes in the Las Vegas area don’t have basements because of the rocky caliche that makes up a hard sediment layer under most of the city that is difficult to dig through, some homes do. This can present a challenge as this water from floods can make its way into the underground part of a home.

Below, we’ll look at some of the ways that you can identify water damage in your basement, or other parts of your home.

3 Signs There Could Be Water Damage Present

Musky, unpleasant odors. Water that gets into a basement could be clean, like rain water, but over time, if it becomes stagnant, the scent that it can leave behind after it evaporates is quite pungent. There is a common misconception that all basements have a musty smell, but this shouldn’t be the case for all basements. The smell often associated with basements is only possible when mold and mildew are present .

Flaky paint. Walls and masonry are often the first place people notice water damage. Many homeowners and landlords, in an effort to proactively head this off, will apply waterproof paint to interior walls. However, if water gets behind the paint, it will begin to work away at this paint over time and can lead to peeling, cracking or bubbling on the surface, despite its intended design to mask the issue.

Foundation cracks. Certainly, homes shift over time, but cracks in the foundation can indicate a larger problem, particularly water damage. These cracks can show up anywhere from the floor to the ceiling or the walls and can be a sign that there is water putting undue stress on the home that is liable to cause cracking. While hairline cracks are not an immediate cause for concern, if they grow, they should be treated immediately.

If any of these signs appear in your home, let us take a look and determine the cause of the issues and how we can help you treat it properly. Contact us today to see how we can help.

Brushing Up on Your Grill Safety Skills | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

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During the summer months, grilling is likely one of the main cooking methods you use to create delicious family meals while enjoying the great outdoors. While we are big fans of grilling, we encourage everyone to refresh their knowledge on fire safety to make sure every cookout can remain a pleasant one.

Grill fires happen more than people typically realize. Annually, around 5,700 fires are due to grilling mistakes according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Doing your part to reduce the chances of a grill fire is an important aspect of continuing to enjoy this fun activity.

Refresh Your Knowledge on Grill Fire Safety

Create a safe zone around your grill. When deciding where your grill should go, convenience might be the top thing you prioritize—but be sure to prioritize your safety, as well. Three feet of space is the general rule for what you should have around your grill, and this includes structures, people and even pets that could be harmed if there is a flare-up.

Clean your grill grates often. Having food caked onto your grill grates is not just bad for your cooking experience—it is also a common cause of grill fires. Leaving grease and crumbs to accumulate on the grates can lead to a sudden fire if they become too hot, so cleaning your grill after each use is a good habit to get into.

Never leave the grill unattended. When a sudden fire happens, being there to immediately douse the flames with a fire extinguisher can be the difference between a close call and a disaster. If you have to take a break from watching the grill carefully, be sure you have someone else take over so there are always eyes on the open flame.

Inspect the grill regularly. Even before you start grilling, there can be potential hazards present. Gas lines that run between the tank and your grill can wear down with time, leading to a disastrous situation if they are not replaced and a flame is nearby. A visual inspection is recommended before you introduce any open flames.

If you have a grill fire that does damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us any time, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.

SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City-Commercial Cleaning Services

5/15/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning Services

There's never a convenient time for Fire or Water damage to strike your Henderson/Boulder City commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. 

Did you know that SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City is trained to provide the highest quality and level of cleaning services to make your business shine from top to bottom. From tile and hardwood floors, to HVAC Duct cleaning, we can assist you in keeping your business clean and ready for business

Call us today to find out more about our commercial cleaning services. 702-564-8508