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Preserve your Property by Inspecting your Crawlspace

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preserve your Property by Inspecting your Crawlspace Over time crawlspaces need maintenance.

Crawl Spaces in the Truckee / Tahoe Area

The vast majority of homes in the Sierra Nevada are built on crawlspaces.  The unique topography of these mountains can create issues for our homes.  Snow load, water runoff, and rising water tables need to be dealt with to maintain your property.

If maintained properly, crawlspaces have advantages over other types of construction.

  • It gets the house above the ground, an important point in damp areas.
  • It is less expensive than a basement, and comparable to the price of a slab foundation.
  • Duct work, plumbing, and electrical can run in the crawl space, which makes them easier to service, and move if necessary.

Proper crawl space maintenance begins outside your home

  • Adequate drainage on your property, keeps water away from your foundation.
    • Re-evaluate your landscaping to keep heavy snows from forcing water under your home
    • Rising water tables could necessitate a sump pump system to divert water from your crawlspace.
  • Building codes typically require a minimum of 6” fall in ground level; over a distance of 10 feet from the perimeter of the building. Depending on the topography of your property in this area, this may not be adequate.
    • In addition, inspect for the following:
      • Depressions that collect ground water near the house.
      • Off-site surface water that flows onto the property.
      • Inadequate building offset from adjacent steep slopes, which generate increased surface water run-off.
      • Malfunctioning downspouts or improper downspout installation.

Crawlspaces can be either ventilated or unventilated

  • Ventilated crawlspaces should have:
    • A minimum of 1 square foot of venting for every 150 square feet of crawlspace area.
    • Plastic sheeting covering the entire crawlspace, with proper overlap, for effectively controlling ground moisture.
  • Unventilated crawlspaces require:
    • Seals to prevent air leakage between outdoor air and the crawlspace.
    • Damp-proofed and insulated perimeter walls.
    • Plastic sheeting covering the entire crawlspace, with proper overlap, for effectively controlling ground moisture.

Periodic inspections of your crawlspace are recommended. 

Items to inspect for are:

  • Standing water on top of vapor barrier.
  • Condensation or leaks on water pipes or ductwork.
  • Muddy soil.
  • Staining on walls from water or efflorescence.
  • Sagging or missing insulation.
  • Plumbing leaks.
  • Musty/moldy or foul odors.
  • Deteriorated vapor barrier.

If problems are found in your crawlspace, call SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista at 775-827-9944.  We have the technology and training to make any damage to your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Restoring Your Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista is "Faster to Any Size Disaster."

 

Flooding and water damage events at Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista

SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista Smoke and Soot Cleanup

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista Smoke and Soot Cleanup While not visible on the walls, this sample shows smoke residue collects on horizontal surfaces like this door frame.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 775-287-7040

Finding your home damaged by a bear is a traumatic experience.

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard Finding your home damaged by a bear is a traumatic experience. Pardon me, can you help me with my flooded den?

Bear break-ins are a serious matter.  Local bears have a motivation for calories that can lead them to view your dwelling as a prime opportunity to locate food.   Most homes are no match for a bears incredible strength and intelligence.  They are accomplished at gaining access to home by whatever means necessary.  The amount of destruction they can cause while in your home is astonishing.  Cabinets, refrigerators, microwaves and any other place a bear thinks may contain food are easily dispatched, causing extensive damage to your home and furnishings.  Customers have remarked that it looks as if rooms have exploded.  Finding your home damaged by a bear is a traumatic experience.  SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista has the skill, equipment and experience to deal with the damage left behind by a bear's rampage.  Boarding up the exterior damage where the bear gained access, deep cleaning of the debris left behind and rebuilding the damaged areas are all services SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista can perform to make your home "Like it never even happened."  

First Annual SERVPRO Classic Golf Tournament

9/1/2016 (Permalink)

Community First Annual SERVPRO Classic Golf Tournament Getting ready for a great round of golf

SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista in conjunction with SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks held the First Annual SERVPRO Classic Golf Tournament at the Grizzly Ranch Golf Club in Portola, California on August 26th. This first annual event was used to gain the support and sponsors needed to warrant making this a charitable event in the future. The Grizzly Ranch Golf Club is the top ranked public accessible course in the Sierra Nevada. That, combined with the beautiful weather, made for a near perfect day of golf. Due to the great turn out for our first annual tournament, a search currently is underway to for a charity to support for the Second Annual SERVPRO Classic Golf Tournament next year. We thank those whose attendance and sponsorship made this year's tournament a resounding success. SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista looks forward to the opportunity to serve the needs of our community and surrounding areas.

Understanding Mold

8/10/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold Moisture in crawlspace allows mold to colonize.

Mold in your home or business can be a dangerous problem.  Mold is part of the environment, and plays an important part of our ecosystem.  Without it, we would not have penicillin.  Certain types of cheese rely on mold for their flavor.  Mold breaks down dead plant and animal material, returning useful nutrients to the soil.  The problem occurs when water damage supplies mold with the moisture it needs to colonize inside structures.  Elevated mold spore counts can cause adverse health effects on otherwise healthy people.  People with allergies, asthma, or immune-compromised people, may have more serious reactions.  Call SERVPRO of Reno NW/Truckee/Tahoe Vista if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.  http://bit.ly/2bjJyWQ

The first thing you should do during a water damage is...

8/9/2016 (Permalink)

When water is damaging your home, does your fight or flight instinct kick in?  No matter what the source of the water is, action in the initial moments can have a huge impact on the damage you sustain.  Of all the priorities in those first seconds, none have the potential for irreversible harm, than those that effect safety.  Your first thought during water damage is, "SHUT THE WATER OFF!"  If you have to wade through water to shut it off, what hazards do you face?  Is the water contaminated?  Could you slip and fall?  Are there electrical shock hazards?  SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista's Water Damage Emergency Tips can help get you through those crucial steps in getting your home "Like it never even happened."

The Hazards of Hidden Water from Water Damage

8/8/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Hazards of Hidden Water from Water Damage Water hiding in walls must be dried to prevent mold growth.

Water can damage your home in ways you may not imagine.  Pipe breaks, irrigation malfunctions and other issues can deposit gallons of water in your home.  This water, assisted by gravity and capillary action can quickly spread throughout your structure giving mold the moisture it needs to get a foothold and grow.  Gravity, of course, pulls the water down through your house affecting everything in its path.  Capillary action, on the other hand, pulls water up behind cabinets, into the drywall and wall cavities.  Both of these actions work together to create one of the biggest hazards in water damages: water you cannot see.  This unseen water left untreated is a main factor in microbial and mold growth.  SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista has the tools and experience to not only find this dangerous hidden moisture, but also remove it, making your water damage, "Like it never even happened."

Ken Dalton Memorial Golf Tournament

8/5/2016 (Permalink)

Community Ken Dalton Memorial Golf Tournament Bill Lopez with SERVPRO manning the information tent.

SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista participated in the Ken Dalton Memorial Golf Tournament at the Somersett Golf and Country Club in Northwest Reno.  Ken Dalton, one of the most respected high school coaches in Nevada, lost his battle with cancer in early 2013.  The proceeds from the tournament were given to the Ken Dalton Memorial Scholarship, a fund created by the coaches family that is awarded to a male and female student athlete at the Robert McQueen High School where Dalton coached the Lancers to six state titles.  SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista is happy to support Ken Dalton Memorial Scholarship to help local student athletes and further the legacy of Coach Ken Dalton.  For more information on the scholarship visit: http://bit.ly/2b01HeV 

SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista Biohazard Cleanup

8/3/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista Biohazard Cleanup When things are at their worse, call SERVPRO

Biohazard cleanup is also known as crime scene cleanup or trauma scene cleanup.  SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista biohazard professionals provides this supportive service for victim’s families. During an emotional period for the customer, SERVPRO biohazard professionals have developed a keen sense of how to interact with the customer.  Providing a level of service victim's families need in a difficult situation.  While the police and other responders may spend limited time with the family members, SERVPRO cleaning professionals work around the family longer, by performing the cleaning and restoration of the scene.  By performing the cleaning and restoration, SERVPRO helps the family make a step beyond the tragedy, to hopefully carry on with their lives.   Our staff is trained in all facets of property damage restoration, from training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.