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How Can I Reduce the Damage From a Burst Pipe? SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

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How Can I Reduce the Damage From a Burst Pipe? | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City - SERVPRO OF HENDERSON/BOULDER CITY Blog

Water damage is something that we all hope we will never have to be faced with in our homes, but if a pipe bursts, that is an extremely unpredictable event that can catch you off guard. Pipes can pump high volumes of water into a room, causing serious damage in an instant.

While many people assume water damage will never happen to them, it is more common than most realize. In the United States every year, around one of every 50 households will have damage at some point—though for those that plan ahead, the damage tends to be much less.

How to Plan for a Burst Pipe to Reduce Damage

Shut off your water main. If there is a burst pipe, it is important to shut off the water as quickly as possible to prevent water from continuing to soak the area. Finding your home’s water main and shutting it off quickly is a must if it is safe to do so.

Shut off your electricity. Water and electrical elements are better to not mix, so if it is safe to do so, cut off your home’s electricity so you do not have to worry about water coming into contact with any electrical elements.

Contact your restoration company. Picking the restoration company you plan to use in advance is a must, as you will be able to quickly call them as soon as you discover damage. Acting quickly is a must when it comes to water damages, so calling them immediately is key.

Take a record of the damages. Being able to document the damages will be helpful for you as you work to recover, and it will come in handy if you are able to file an insurance claim, too. Taking photos and making lists of what is damaged will ensure nothing is forgotten.

Contact your insurance company. Because each insurance policy is different, contacting your provider as soon as you can will help you determine if you are eligible to file a claim and how to go about it if you are.

Open windows and doors if possible. As you wait for your restoration company, wiping up water and opening windows and doors can aid the drying process and lessen the overall damage that the burst pipe caused.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Examining the Risks Associated With Flash Floods SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

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Examining the Risks Associated With Flash Floods | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City - SERVPRO OF HENDERSON/BOULDER CITY Blog

Any scenario involving severe weather is one to be taken seriously, but in the event of flash floods, there are additional concerns on the table. In the United States, flood deaths are second only to heat incident deaths for weather-related fatalities, and flash floods are the most dangerous type of flood of all.

Flash floods get their name because they come about suddenly, and those in their path are rarely given an advanced notice period to react. Anything that carries water can also turn deadly in a flash flood, leading to neighborhood drainage ditches or storm runoff areas overflowing. To stay safe, it is wise to know the facts surrounding flash floods.

How Is a Flash Flood Differentiated From Other Types?

There are several different types of floods, but what makes a flash flood so dangerous is how quickly it can come about. When heavy rainfall occurs, flash floods will happen in less than six hours after they begin, often happening closer to three. These conditions create a scenario where people are not given enough notice and have very little time to evacuate or get to higher ground.

How Are People Alerted to Their Risk of a Flash Flood?

Anytime there is severe weather, it is vital to pay attention to your local weather station for the most updated alerts possible. Flash floods happen suddenly, so while a flash flood watch indicates that there may be conditions present for a flash flood, when a flash flood warning is declared, you will only have moments to react in many cases.

If there is a flash flood emergency issued, move to higher ground immediately.

How Can I Protect My Family From a Flash Flood Risk?

For a severe weather event that comes about as suddenly as a flash flood, it is so important to know the safety facts beforehand so you can think quickly under pressure. Here are some of the most important tips to memorize:

  • Always tune into local weather updates if severe weather is a possibility.
  • Have a household evacuation plan that everyone has practiced.
  • Never cross floodwater, even if you are in a car.
  • Avoid touching floodwater in any capacity, as it is often contaminated.
  • Have several evacuation routes in mind in case some become blocked by water.

If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.

Possible Mold Growing in your Home? Some Simple Precautions to Take.

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Mold can be good if you are making brie or penicillin. But in case you are not making cheese or medicine, mold in the home is NOT a good thing. Mold can grow anywhere; Carpet, Clothes, and places you cannot see, such as behind dry wall or under the tiles in your shower. 

The problems with mold are that it spreads easily and cannot be completely erased. Along with being expensive to fix, it can cause allergens and irritants. 

The first place to start is to identify problem areas. Do you have water stains on your roof? How is the tile in your bathroom? A major problem we see is grout failure in showers. Flooding in the basement is also a major problem area.

Secondly is to dry wet areas immediately. Mold cannot grow without moisture. Damp Carpets? Toilet Overflow? Dry them right away. 

Keep moisture away with proper ventilation. The bathroom, laundry room, and kitchen are all high moisture areas. Keep a window cracked a little when you shower or run the exhaust fan if you do not have a window.

Improve air flow in the house. When the air gets cooler, it holds less moisture and excess moisture may appear on your walls, floors, and windows. To help this, open doors to increase air flow between and especially doors to closets that may be cooler than other rooms.

Lastly call your local professionals at SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City to come take a look and give an assessment. 702-564-8508.

Practicing Fire Safety During Winter Activities | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

“multicolor strand of lights on wood floor” Make sure your fire risk is low during the holidays. If you experience any damage, SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City will be here to help.

Practicing Fire Safety During Winter Activities | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City - SERVPRO OF HENDERSON/BOULDER CITY Blog

Any time of year presents the possibilities for a house fire to start, but in the winter it is wise to be extra vigilant about your safety efforts. The majority of house fires begin in the winter season according to the Red Cross’s research, and that is likely due to the fact that many winter activities provide a prime opportunity for fires to occur.

An increase in cooking and baking, as well as the use of heating devices and decorations, can all present fire safety issues. While these things should still be enjoyed, it is important to do so with fire safety in mind to avoid making a house fire part of your winter memories.

Holiday Fire Safety Tips to Keep in Mind

Keep safe when cooking. Cooking is consistently the catalyst for the highest number of house fires during any part of the year, and winter is no different. Winter often brings about large holiday meals and extra baking projects, giving fires more of an opportunity to begin. Avoid keeping flammable objects near the stove and always be sure you have a fire extinguisher handy in case there are any incidents that occur.

Heat the house with proper precautions. If you have a fireplace or a space heater, using it to knock the chill off is likely a regular occurrence—but it should be done with caution. Space heaters have become much safer to use in recent years, so be sure that yours has features such as an automatic shutoff to avoid overheating or tipping. Fireplaces should be inspected each year for issues, and never left burning unattended or while you are sleeping.

Decorate with care. Decorating for the winter holidays is a fun activity, but with the introduction of new electrical wiring brings new concerns. Around 25% of Christmas tree fires start due to wiring, which can be prevented with proper precautions. Never use wiring that is frayed and avoid leaving lights plugged in if you are away or going to sleep. It is also wise to not plug too many things into a single outlet or power strip, as this can lead to sparks.

If you have damage due to a house fire, you can depend on us to help. Contact us 24 hours a day to report damage and receive a quick response from our certified restoration technicians. Get in touch today.

Planning Out the Recovery Steps if Your Business Is Hit By a Disaster | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

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Planning Out the Recovery Steps if Your Business Is Hit By a Disaster | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City - SERVPRO OF HENDERSON/BOULDER CITY Blog

Building a successful business is something to be proud of. As any business owner knows, the hard work and sacrifices involved are not negligible, but the results are more than worth it. However, having all of that hard work derailed by a disaster is a reality that many businesses face at some point—but fortunately, through careful planning, you can mitigate your risk levels and work your way toward a smooth recovery.

There is nothing more important to disaster preparations than staying safe, so we always advise business owners to plan around their employees’ safety first and foremost. However, once your safety measures are in place, you can begin thinking through the recovery process to make sure you are ready to spring into action and begin the work of restoration.

Beginning the Work of Restoration After a Disaster Hits Your Business

Determine your insurance company and restoration professionals. In the aftermath of a disaster, it is likely that some damages are covered by your commercial insurance policy, but you will need to check with your provider to know for sure. Get in touch with them quickly so you know the details, and then contact your commercial restoration company so they can begin assembling a response team to begin handling the damage as quickly as possible.

Keep in touch with customers as you recover. Keeping your customers looped in is important after a disaster so they know what is happening and when they will be able to support your business again. Sending out messaging on social media is a great way to update everyone on frequently changing conditions. Additionally, it is worth considering offering gift cards or another way that they can support your business during the closure that can still provide you with revenue as you work to reopen.

See what disaster assistance you qualify for. After an event has been declared a disaster, many resources open up to business owners to apply for. The Small Business Administration offers commercial loans for this very reason, which can be used to cover multiple costs and are provided with flexible terms and repayment options to provide the maximum value.

If your business has been damaged due to a disaster, we’re here to help. Contact us at any hour to report your damage or to learn more about our commercial restoration services.

Our Unique Fire Cleanup Process | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Our Unique Fire Cleanup Process | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City - SERVPRO OF HENDERSON/BOULDER CITY Blog

While most homeowners understand the importance of fire preparedness, many do not realize that it is something they should be extra vigilant about in the winter. The Red Cross reports that the majority of house fires occur in colder months, especially around December and January.

To prepare for the moment you are alerted to a house fire, create a home fire escape plan to rehearse with every family member. In considering how you will recover from a home fire, choosing a restoration company in advance can help you have your home restored quickly because you will be able to call and get the process started right away.

The Fire Cleanup Process You Can Expect From Us

Recovering quickly from a fire is about getting your life back to normal by having your home and belongings restored. This will not only lead to your physical recovery from the incident but can help the emotional recovery as well. That is why we have a thorough cleanup process for the post-fire restoration, involving your structure, belongings and air quality:

Structural Cleaning

Because of how important proper structural cleaning and restoration is, we begin the process with tests to ensure we can determine the extent of the damage and do not overlook anything in the process. From there, our technicians will begin to clean and reconstruct the area, removing soot and charring from surfaces and even preparing areas for paint if need be.

Content Cleaning

Replacing all of the contents affected by a home fire is often far more expensive than restoring them, which is why we make sure we have the equipment to be able to clean, sanitize and deodorize most household items. Utilizing wet and dry cleaning methods, we can make sure kitchenwares, electronics and other items are safe and do not have remnants of the fire’s effect.

Deodorization Services

Smoke odors and soot can persist even after other fire restoration has been completed, leading to extreme consequences for your family’s health. By bringing in air foggers and scrubbers, we can remove all of these harmful particles—not only getting rid of the odor but making sure your home is safe as well.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, we are here 247 to help you recover. 702-564-8508

Do All You Can to Prevent Storm Damage | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Do All You Can to Prevent Storm Damage | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City - SERVPRO OF HENDERSON/BOULDER CITY Blog

The threat from thunderstorms and other severe weather events can be deceiving, as many pass through without ever causing damage. However, all it takes is one severe storm to cause extreme disruption in an area, often doing significant harm to homes and upending people’s lives.

Because it is impossible to tell when this will happen, we always recommend preparation as the primary method to prevent damage. Here are some tips for doing so:

Preparing for a Storm to Prevent Damage and Disruption

Prepare your home as much as possible. The types of damage that occur to homes from a storm generally involve high winds and projectiles. While you can’t control external sources of these things, you can mitigate risks from your own yard by trimming your trees often and securing any objects that could be picked up by wind. Installing a whole-house generator is an option for aftermath preparation, also.

Create a family communications plan. In an ideal scenario, your entire family will be safe at home when a storm begins, so everyone can shelter in place together until it passes. However, if you or another family member is away from home, having a plan for getting in touch and reconvening is important so that everyone is accounted for and can check in as needed.

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked. Having a household emergency kit is always recommended as the first step for any disaster preparations. Not only will they come in handy while you shelter from a storm at home, but in case the power goes out, having access to food and water will be extremely valuable. Make sure you take the needs of each family member into account as you pack yours so that nothing is forgotten.

Consider getting a weather radio. Cell phones have totally changed the way we get information, but it is still wise to keep the less digital information sources around in case of emergency. We recommend having at least a weather radio in the home, so that way you can still receive any local alerts even if your cell phone battery has died and the power is out.

If your home is damaged by a storm, you can depend on us to take care of any damages. Contact us at any hour to report damage and receive a rapid response.

Evaluating the Preparedness Levels of Your Business | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Evaluating the Preparedness Levels of Your Business | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City - SERVPRO OF HENDERSON/BOULDER CITY Blog

Being aware of the risks your business faces is an essential part of being an owner, especially when those risks involve natural disasters. When it comes to disasters, preparing in advance can make all the difference regarding overall safety as well as recovery time for your operations.

By evaluating the preparedness levels of your business, you can understand exactly where you can improve your efforts to maximize your overall preparedness.

Though it might seem intimidating to do all of this planning in advance, by sorting your tasks into the following three categories, you can make sure you have everything squared away for the worst-case scenarios without spending an excessive amount of time or money in the process.

Your Commercial Insurance Coverage

The coverage of commercial policies is often far less encompassing than most business owners realize. The damages caused in a disaster scenario are often outside the scope of what a general policy will cover, which is why many business owners choose to add on policies for flood damages, pauses in operation and excessively expensive damages to make sure they are completely covered regardless of what comes their way.

Your Emergency Plan and Supply Kit

When severe weather or another emergency occurs, every second matters during your reaction. Putting a plan in place in advance for how to react will allow you to maximize your time and keep yourself and your employees safer. Be sure to plan for situations where you will need to evacuate, as well as situations where you need to remain in the office and stock your emergency supplies accordingly.

Your Plan for Restoration and Recovery

If a disaster forces you to pause operations for commercial restoration, it is wise to make sure that time is as short as possible to minimize the impact on your business. Look into the disaster loans from the Small Business Administration, which can help provide you with the liquid capital you need to cover short-term costs. Additionally, it is worth researching commercial restoration companies in advance—that way you can place the call as soon as you are ready to move forward with the restoration and get the process started right away.

If your business has been impacted by a disaster, you can contact us 247 for guidance on how to begin the commercial restoration process.

Conditions In Henderson/Boulder City, Nevada Might Be Right For Mold

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

Residential Moldy Walls A surprise pipe leak is what caused this moldy mess to greet vacationing homeowners when they got home

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 702-564-8508.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City mold remediation services.

Tips to Increase Your Safety in Advance of Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Tips to Increase Your Safety in Advance of Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City - SERVPRO OF HENDERSON/BOULDER CITY Blog

Any storm has the potential to cause serious destruction and should be taken seriously, and when severe weather is on the way, those in its path will often only have moments to react and seek shelter from the storm. The best thing to do is to work to increase your safety in advance of a severe weather event so that when one is possible, you are already certain you are prepared.

Having an awareness of what watches and warnings mean, stocking up on disaster supplies for your home and having a backup method to get weather alerts are all ways that you can be certain you are adequately prepared for severe weather.

Be Aware of What Watches and Warnings Mean

When severe weather is on the way, local officials will generally issue watches and warnings to keep the public informed about the current conditions, so it is important to know what they mean. A storm watch is issued if conditions are particularly favorable for a storm to develop, but one has yet to occur in the area. A storm warning is more serious, as it means storms have been spotted on the ground and are a threat to the area. During a storm watch, you can simply stay alert, but during a storm warning, you should take cover immediately

Stock Up on Disaster Supplies for the Home

The advice when severe weather is on the way is to almost always stay where you are until it moves through the area, which is where the recommendation for stocking up on disaster supplies at home stems from. Power will often go out during storms, so having flashlights (with batteries), food and water for every person in your family will help keep everyone comfortable until the threat is gone. Additionally, have a first-aid kit and a designated area to wait out the worst of the storm that is protected within the home.

Have a Backup Method for Weather Alerts

Though our primary form of communication has now become cell phones, they are not always the most reliable method of receiving weather alerts. Storms can knock out cell phone reception and electricity to charge them, so having a secondary method to receive alerts is wise. A NOAA Weather Radio is commonly recommended by experts as the most reliable.

If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.