Washer Leak Causes Mold Behind Cabinets.
Mold Behind Cabinets
We got this call when a home inspector was inspecting a house on the market and noticed a good amount of moisture behind the washer.
We came out with our moisture detecting equipment and performed an inspection. We concluded there was drywall but no visible leak.
When we opened the wall to find the source of the water, we noticed a considerable amount of growth on the adjoining wall (the wall from the photo). The homeowner was unable to notice the moisture because the cabinets and washer were in the way.
If you may think you have a small leak or are unsure you can always give SERVPRO of Henderson and Boulder City a call for a moisture inspection. We have the tools to tell if and where you have wet building material.
Simple Tips to Avoid Water Damage
Be careful with planting trees
Planting trees may not be that popular in the desert but if you are looking to add some shade to help your home cool down in those summer months, Be careful of trees with invasive roots. Trees with invasive roots can cause problems with irrigation problems, pipes and even septic tanks.
Keep an eye on your water bill
It is always a good idea to monitor your water bill regularly. That can be the best indication of a leak that you might not know about.
Chemicals may not be the best thing when unclogging your sink
Clogs happen. Everyone experiences them and those unclogging chemicals are extremely handy but they can eat away at pipes causing future problems. If you can avoid those chemicals and try using a drain snake instead.
Never pour grease down your sink
Grease can be harmful to pipes if it hardens inside the trap and cause back ups. Even if you think diluting grease with water would help, it doesn't. The best thing for grease is to put it in a disposable container and let it harden before you throw it away.
Summer Fire Safety
Summer is here and that means cookouts and the big event, the 4th of July. Setting off fire works is a tradition that started as early as 1777. Here are some tips to keep you summer safe and fun.
- Only use grills outdoors and way from the home, deck and out from under overhanging branches.
- Always keep children at least 3 feet away from grilling area.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Always clean grease or fat build up.
- Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
Did you know that according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that sparklers burn AT 1200 degrees? To put that in prospective, Water boils at 212 degrees and glass melts at 900. If you choose to use consumer fireworks please be safe and always watch children.
Hotel and Motel Fire Safety
Living in Las Vegas we have a lot of hotel, motels and extended stay commercial buildings. With having so many of these commercial buildings, we at SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder thought it would be a good idea to share some fire safety tips.
- Always choose a hotel or motel with both smoke alarms and fire sprinklers.
- When you enter your room, check the fire safety plan. Usually posted behind the door.
- Take the time to find the exits and count the number of doors between your room and the exit.
- Keep a room key by you bed and take it with you if there is a fire.
- Never use the elevators during a fire. Always take the stairs.
- Always if you ever are in a fire stay low to the ground and go under the smoke.
Grilling Safety Tips
Summer is coming up and for many that means pool parties and grilling. Did you know July is the peak month for grill fires. These tips are here to keep everyone's summer a fun and safe one.
- Remember only to use propane and charcoal grills outdoors.
- The grill should be placed away from the home and clear of any railings, eaves, or over hanging branches.
- Always keep children a minimum of 3 feet away from the grilling area.
- Never leave the grill unattended.
- Always on any gas grill, make sure the lid is open before lighting it.
- Always, on propane grills, check the gas line for leaks. You can do this by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose. A hose with cracks will release bubbles.
Also if you smell gas at any time, back away from the grill and call the fire department.
Henderson Vacation Home Covered In Mold
Mold growing up to 4 feet high in some locations at the Henderson home.
In Las Vegas we have great winter weather. As a result of that we have a lot of people with vacation homes in the valley. We recently got a call from a customer who was shocked when they arrived and found they had a running sink for what seemed to be a few months.
We walked in and found the home had up to 4 feet high covered in mold. We had to remove most of the drywall, carpet and all the cabinetry in the kitchen. Contents were ruined, and the vacation home that was supposed to serve the purpose of a vacation left our customers with a major headache.
When you aren't going to be in your home for an extended period of time, it is always a good idea to have someone come and check in on it, or ever turning off the water to the home could prevent something like this from happening.
Explaining the Water Damage Process
Water damage can be unfamiliar for a lot of people who haven't experienced it first hand. Many jobs are different bases on the kind of loss and time. This is a brief overview of what you may be able to expect if you have a water loss.
Identifying the Source and Water Type
The type of water is important in determine how to handle a loss. If the water is clean water or a category 1, to sewage water or category 3. There are different safety and clean up protocols we need to follow.
Once we know where the loss occurred we can start to identify the damage and come up with a plan of action. We moisture map the house and look at all affected materials.
Furniture and Water Removal
Next, we need to remove or block up any furniture that may be damaged due to standing water. Once furniture has been safely set aside, we can begin to extract and standing water, if there is any
Drying and Odor Treatments
This is when we bring in those big fans you may have seen or heard about. Also, adding de-humidification to the process is extremely important. The fans will pull the water out of affected materials and the dehumidifiers will remove that moisture from the air.
Material Removal and Final Cleaning
There may be some material that may be very difficult to remove water from. When this happens it may be easier to remove that material all together and get it ready to be replaced. After everything is dry or affected materials have been removed everything is cleaned and prepped for the reconstruction process.
SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City employs certified and well-trained technicians who are experienced with all kinds of water damage restoration and cleanup jobs. If you need our services for any type or volume of water damage to your home, call us at (702) 564-8508 for 24/7 emergency service.
Causes of Commercial Water Damage
Most people have a business they work at and would be impacted if that business was affected by a water loss. When a company suffers a water loss and everyone is impacted. So here is a list of common water damage culprits for commercial buildings.
- Malfunctioning Sprinkler Systems - Fire sprinklers are great and can keep a building safe during a fire, if one accidentally goes off or breaks it can cause substantial water damage to the building, and assets in that building. It is recommended to get your sprinklers tested every few years. It is also beneficial to learn where the shut off is. If you or your building manager do not know where the shut off is, contact us about getting your building prepared with an Emergency Ready Profile.
- Appliances - Just like in a home, most commercial buildings have appliances like hot water heaters, refrigerators, and toilets. All of those things has the potential to cause a water loss. Have a plumber check fittings and pipes regularly.
- Backed up sewer lines - Sewer damages are extremely messy and no one wants to deal with that. It is recommended to get your sewer lines jetted or cleaned every 18 months.
Not all water damages can be fully prevented but there are way to help reduce damage. Call us to schedule your free Emergency Ready Profile. You will be shown all the shut offs to your building. As well as given a list of contacts in case something does happen.
Las Vegas Commercial Building Suffers Sewage Loss
Sewage loss causes damage at Las Vegas commercial building
We recently got called out to a large commercial facility that had a sewage loss in one of their bathrooms that caused damage along the whole first floor.
The photo is of the cause of loss room. The women's bathroom had vinyl flooring that was got under, so that had to be removed and disposed of. The walls had a marlite plastic covering that had to be removed to get to the affected drywall. To get to the affected dry wall 100% of that marlite had to be removed.
To get access to the drywall the sinks, toilets, and lockers in the locker room all had to be detached. You can see even though the water damage only affected materials 1 foot high, a lot more work was required to safely secure the structure.
For experienced restoration professionals call SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City. (702) 564-8508
Are You Prepared For Spring Storms
April showers bring May flowers is a popular saying, it is also a reminder to make sure your home is safe from unpredictable rain and wind storms.
It's always a good idea to perform inspections on your home before a storm hits. Some good questions to ask yourself may be, do all of your windows and doors fit to create a tight seal? When was the last time you had someone take a look at your roof? Trees are also something that could cause damage during high winds.
In the event of a bad storm do you have a plan in place or even a ready bag in case you need to leave your home. A meeting spot or emergency for of communication may be a good idea as well.
SERVPRO of Henderson and Boulder City. Is here to help for any of your storm damage needs. We do board ups, roof tarpings, water damages, as well as fire damages that may result from storm damage.