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Contents Restoration-Why SERVPRO to restore your contents

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage inside a Residential home

Your home contains many of your most valuable possessions and houses those you love the most. Your business is your livelihood. The team at SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City understands just how trying, disruptive and traumatic major losses - such as a fire - can be.

As part of our fire restoration service, we don't just pay attention to the structure; we'll also help take care of the contents of your home or business, as well. Our contents services include:

Inventory – One of the first priorities in fire restoration is to complete an accurate inventory to help ensure you can properly account for all your belongings. Your SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City Crew Chiefs can provide a detailed room-by-room inventory of contents, including digital photographs and bar codes for each item, suitable for filing insurance claims forms and relieving you of this often stressful and time-consuming process.

Move Outs – When the structure has suffered extensive damage, the cleanup and restoration process may need to be facilitated by relocating the contents for cleaning, deodorization and storage while structural repairs are being completed. A supervised moving crew can carefully pack and move the entire contents of your home or office, and store the items in our secure climate controlled warehouse.

Contents Cleaning – All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery. SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City Crew Chiefs begin by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate; we provide both wet or dry cleaning methods. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to as near as preloss condition as possible; this includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding and much more.

When a fire takes control of your life, we help you take control back. Call SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City: (702)564-8508

What to do if your Crawl Space floods

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Crawl Space

Even the most well-built homes may still experience crawl space flooding. This is because water in crawl space areas is a fairly common problem. Unfortunately, it can also be a very dangerous one, causing damage to the home and possibly provoking respiratory illnesses in its residents. Thankfully, if your house is prone to crawl space flooding, there are ways to remedy the situation and help prevent it from happening again.

Causes of Crawl Space Flooding

There are a number of factors that make certain homes more prone to crawl space flooding than others. Here are a few of the main ones you should keep in mind.

  1. Cracked Foundation
  2.  Faulty Design
  3.  Opening Crawl Space Designs
  4.  Faulty Sump Pump
  5.  Improper Drainage
  6.  Sewage Problems
  7.  Water Leaks

Effects of Crawl Space Flooding

Because water in the crawl space does not usually cause immediate and obvious damage, many homeowners believe it is not a big deal. As a result, when crawl spaces begin to flood, some procrastinate on fixing the issue, while others might not make any attempt to fix it at all. So, here is what happens when water remains in a crawl space for too long.

  1.  Increased Humidity
  2.  Mold Bacteria Growth
  3.  Structural Property Damage

The longer these issues remain unresolved, the worse they become. And, the worse they become, the more expensive it is to fix it. So, if your house is prone to crawl space flooding for any of the aforementioned reasons, consider the following options to remedy the issue.

  1. Use Wet/Dry Vac
  2. Use a General Purpose Pump
  3. Remove Wet Material
  4. Use a Dehumidifier
  5. Hire a Professional Restoration Company

Here are just a few long-term or permanent solutions to prevent the flooding of crawl spaces.

  • Clean Drains
    Don’t wait until your pipes or drains clog up. Get your pipes tested and cleaned once every two years by professionals. In between professional cleanings, you can use hot water, vinegar, and baking soda to keep your drains clear.
  • Repair Cracks
    Check your home’s foundation regularly for cracks, especially after a natural disaster, and have those cracks repaired immediately by a professional as water can seep in those tiny cracks and cause a whole lot of big damage.
  • Provide Proper Drainage
    Proper drainage helps to keep water away from the house and its foundations. Make sure your downspouts are properly installed and that your drainage system is clear of debris. Invest in extensions and place at the bottom of downspouts to help to direct water away from the foundation.
  • Landscaping
    A little landscaping could go a long way to ensure your lawn slopes away from your home. This steers water away from the foundation and prevents pooling.

Is the crawl space of your home prone to flooding? Call 702-564-8508 We offer 24/7/365 emergency water fire and mold damage services, We are always ready and #HeretoHelp.

Important Tornado Safety Tips | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Tornado Funnel

Spring is a beautiful time of the year, but it can also bring unpredictable weather. So it makes sense to be prepared for the chance of severe thunderstorms that could lead to the perfect conditions for a tornado.

The highest occurrences of tornadoes at 30% and 24% respectively, have historically been in April and May, which means we are currently in the height of tornado season throughout the United States. Included in this blog are some tips and information on tornadoes that can help keep your family prepared for the worst possible scenario.

Conditions That May Cause a Tornado

Severe thunderstorms, especially those known as “supercells,” are responsible for roughly 1,200 tornadoes occurring in the U.S. each year.

The formation of a tornado happens when changes in wind speed and direction create a horizontal spinning effect within a storm cell. This is then tipped vertical by rising air moving up through the thunderclouds.

Tornadoes and their signature funnel cloud are transparent at first, but they become visible when water droplets from the storm’s moist air condense or when dust and debris are picked up.

A typical tornado can grow to be 660 feet wide and will move at 10 to 20 miles per hour, although larger and faster tornadoes have been observed. Hail and intense winds of more than 200 mph can accompany tornadoes.

The time of day tornadoes typically occur is later in the afternoon, but it is prudent to remember that they can occur anytime and anywhere.

Safety Tips

Take the time to learn the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning. A watch is issued when the conditions are favorable for tornadoes, while a warning is issued when a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.

If a tornado warning has been issued for your area, take action immediately to find safe shelter, especially if you are in the path of the tornado.

Shelter options include:

  • Underground options like a basement or storm shelter.
  • The lowest part of your home, in an area that is away from outside walls, doors and windows. Interior closets and bathrooms can be ideal options.
  • If you are outside, try to get to a sturdy building. Mobile homes and trailers are not a safe option.
  • If on the road and no building access is available, do not get under an overpass or bridge. Instead, find a low, flat location and use your arms to protect your head and neck.

It’s a good idea to keep flashlights, a battery-powered weather radio and extra batteries in your tornado shelter at home in case of an power failure. Also, when you are sheltering in your home, make use of furniture items like sofa cushions, mattresses or blankets to protect your head and neck.

NEVER try to outrun a tornado if you get caught on the road during a tornado.

Tornadoes are dangerous and can be devastating. While meteorologists and weather services can provide some advanced warning to potential threats, tornadoes can still occur with little to no warning at all.

If your home or business has been damaged by a tornado, know that SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City is ready and waiting to jump into action and get cleanup and restoration of your property underway. Call us today: 702-564-8508

Preparing for Rough Spring Weather | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Lightening Storm

We’ve made it to spring! Now we can enjoy the weather spring brings with it…and buckle up for whatever Mother Nature may choose to send our way.

Getting Ready for Thunderstorms

With the arrival of spring comes longer days and more sunshine, but unfortunately, spring also brings with it the threat of severe weather throughout the country. It’s dealer’s choice this time of year, which means the weather may change at moment’s notice.

The unstable temperatures that come with spring are the cause of the changing weather that can go from warm to cold even in the same day. That temperature change can result in extreme weather changes as well.

Thunderstorms are more likely to be common throughout the spring and are the main cause of severe weather. A thunderstorm can occur whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, which is most common in the spring and summer.

When looking at natural catastrophe losses in the U.S. for 2017, severe thunderstorms were the most common and produced some of the costliest results. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses.

These spring storms can bring with them the threat of flooding, high winds and even tornadoes if the conditions are right. It has been found that in modern history, 10% of all violent tornadoes have occurred in March, with April, May and June taking the top spots at 30%, 24% and 15% respectively.

How to Be Prepared

We are not yet able to predict the weather with 100% accuracy, but fortunately, forecasters have the tools available to at least give us an idea of severe weather that could be coming. Advanced warnings, along with the right preparation, can greatly improve overall safety for your family.

Here are some things you can do to your home to prepare for the chance of severe weather:

  1. Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
  2. Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
  3. Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.

Having an emergency kit on hand is always advised. These kits should include the following:

  • Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
  • Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
  • Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info
  • A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
  • 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bag

Despite its unpredictability, there is one thing that always remains true of the spring weather season: It always happens. If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast.

Call us today: 702-564-8508

Why choose a IICRC certified company?

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City is a IICRC certified company So why does this matter?

It is important because when your company becomes an IICRC certified company, (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, http://www.IICRC.org/ ), you are saying to your customer that you are dealing with a professional organization. An organization that has gone through the education and hands-on training offered by the most reputable association of its nature throughout North America.

Finding the source of water damage and mold growth can be tricky. Water gets into walls creating trapped pockets of moisture. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials de-laminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.

More than just removing excess water, a IICRC certified company will have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility completely back to preloss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.

All SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.

When you see a IICRC logo, you can be confident that an IICRC-certified experienced, qualified professional is caring for your valuable property. 

Learn more about SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City standards of customer care by calling our offices at 702-564-8508. We are always ready to assist.

We’ll Be There Fast When Disaster Strikes | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

HardWood Flooring removal

Time is one of those commodities you will not have when disaster strikes your home or business. When it comes to your home or livelihood being on the line, you can’t wait—nor do you want to wait—for help because you need it right away.

We are aware that a quick response is important, which is why responding faster to any size disaster is more than just a slogan to us.

Why a Fast Response Matters

When your belongings or business are on the line, it is personal, and time is not a luxury you have when it comes to disaster cleanup. This becomes especially true when water damage is the culprit, which can result from flooding, appliance and/or plumbing failures, storm damage and water from firefighting efforts.

In a matter of minutes, water spreads throughout your property, where it will saturate everything from the walls, the floors and upholstery to any belongings in its path, making them the casualties of water.

The effects of water damage within the first 24 hours include:

  • Drywall beginning to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces beginning to tarnish
  • Furniture beginning to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper items spreading and staining
  • The beginning of a musty odor

The damage continues to worsen as time goes on. Between 48 hours and a week later, you could begin to see:

  • The growth and spreading of mold and mildew
  • Swelling and warping of doors, windows and studs
  • Metal beginning to rust and corrode
  • Paint beginning to blister
  • Wood flooring swelling and warping
  • The possibilities of serious biohazard contamination

If left for over a week, water damage can lead to dramatically increased restoration time and costs and also impacts the structural safety of the building.

We’ll Be There to Help

We pride ourselves on providing an immediate response to any size disaster, which helps to minimize the damage and keep the cleaning and restoration costs manageable.

Our trained cleanup and restoration specialists can be dispatched to your property or business at any time, no matter what day or time it is.

We are a locally owned and operated franchise so we are close by and ready to respond whenever the call comes in. We also offer a major perk of being part of a national network of over 1,700 franchises, which enables us to have access to more resources for the cleanup and restoration projects that may be larger or stem from major storm situations.

Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there—no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Call us today, 702-564-8508