Recent Water Damage Posts

How Do I Waterproof My House?

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Do I Waterproof My House? Waterproofing your home is essential to keeping everything important inside dry!

Waterproofing your home is essential to keeping everything important inside dry!

Fighting water damage starts before the first of our air movers ever even get to your home. Preventing water damage from water sources (pipes, hookups, etc) inside is an entirely different set of challenges, so we’ll focus on preventing water from outside getting inside in this article.

Making sure water doesn’t come in starts with the construction of your house. Check with your builder that a waterproof wrap is (or was!) used in the building of your new home. Popular brands include names like “Tyvek”. Additionally, when cold weather rolls in, icicles tend to form. We tend to leave them there because they are pretty, festive, and (let’s be honest) a bit of a hassle to go around and knock down. Those festive little spikes are one way moisture stays on the eaves of your home, soaking through the paint, wood, and potentially inside to your insulation and drywall.

This is especially common with attics. One of our pictures actually shows the process one homeowner had to go through with their house because of icicles being left on their roof.

If you want to avoid having to go through the same process, be sure to knock off icicles when you start to notice them. When it rains, one way we get moisture into our house is by leaving windows, sliding doors, or even (yes, really!) entryways open.

Even if you think your windows are shut and locked, there is probably a thin gap between your window and the frame, or your door and its jamb. To combat moisture getting in, consider properly weather stripping around these common areas.

Relatedly, going around the wall-edge of these areas with some thick caulk is a good way to reduce the amount of warmth lost when you use your heater.

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Atmospheric Rivers in Reno and the Sierras

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Atmospheric Rivers in Reno

An atmospheric river is something we have to deal with on a fairly regular basis in Nevada.

An atmospheric river is a massive storm that dumps a large amount of water over an area, and according to News 4, they "get their name because when looking at them on satellite imagery, they look like large rivers in the sky. One storm can contain 15 times the amount of moisture as the mouth of the Mississippi River."

In the early months of 2017, and again back in 2013, the Reno and Sparks area saw significant flooding due to an atmospheric river, enough to require businesses and education facilities nearby to board up and use sandbags to prevent water and flooding damage. 

Remember that just 12 inches of water can carry away an entire moving vehicle! 

According to the National Weather Service: "flooding may even occur well away from where heavy rain initially fell. This is especially common in the western United States where low lying areas may be very dry one minute, and filled with rushing water from upstream the next."

Usually we are all pretty savvy when it comes to the weather around these parts, but more information is always better, and always helps you prepare and stay safer!

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24/7/365 Water Damage Experts

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Flooding Restoration

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. Sometimes its a small amount of water damage, sometimes its a torrential flood. In any case, SERVPRO is "Faster to any size disaster".

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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What To Do In A Flood

10/19/2018 (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 ensure safety.

If you're like most people, your first thought during water damage is probably, "SHUT THE WATER OFF!" 

Let's analyze this:
If you have to wade through water to shut it off, what hazards do you face?

  • Is the water contaminated?  
  • Is there furniture or debris that could make you slip and fall?
  • Are there electrical shock hazards?
  • Is there more than 6 inches of water? (If there is, is it moving? If so, it is enough to knock a fully grown adult off their feet.)
  • Could there be water-dwelling wildlife just under the surface?

SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista's Water Damage Emergency Tips can help get you through those crucial steps in getting your home back, and making the flooding look "like it never even happened." Your safety in a flood is paramount!

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Hidden Water Damage: What It Does

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hidden Water Damage: What It Does House Smells After a Leak? Hidden Water Might Be to Blame. When water is hiding in the walls, let SERVPRO dry it out! Water and mold don't stand a cha
Hazards of Hidden Water After Water Damage
  • Imagine this: a pipe breaks, water jets out, filling your crawlspace. Now, imagine your irrigation malfunctions and begins to 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."

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Pet Odor Prevention (A.K.A: How to Dog-Proof Your Home)

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

It’s all about getting the tools you need. It is not always easy to plan around a new dog, even if you have one already. For me, having just moved into my new house and finally--finally--setting up the decor the way I wanted, structuring and incorporating dog-friendly items seemed a little daunting.

As a go-getter and avid do-it-yourself-er, I decided to do something about being overwhelmed and make this list:

First, we have a rabbit who loves her space and play areas. Getting her ready for our new family member is one of the most important steps; don’t forget about the animals you ALREADY made a commitment to while shopping for your newest addition!

For her we got this fabulous hutch with two stories so she can have her own private space and feel safe. [It’s bad animal ownership to have your prey and predator animals in the same living areas, as it stresses the more delicate of the two and can distract your dog away from their training.]

Alright, so that one wasn’t REALLY for our new dog, but this panel is. This little gate (smaller size) is supposed to section off your home’s less-than-pet-friendly areas. To discourage begging for scraps, we placed these at the entrances to our kitchen. If we had stairs, these would be an awesome addition at the landings!

If yours is a messy eater or drinker, get serious about correcting it with one of these neat feeders. I get calls at SERVPRO all the time about how there “wasn’t a leak but there’s mold growing next to my cabinets on the floor”. Standing water (yes, even from a pet-dish) that dries on wood cabinets, drywall, wallpaper--any porous surface--will provide the necessary moisture to grow mold. If you’re already there, call the professionals at SERVPRO so your pet can eat in peace.

While you’re at it, one of these silicone mats would keep the water and food off your floors too, and they wipe clean with a rag and some cleaner.

Tripping hazards abound any dog-having home, but I swore mine would be different. These collapsable boxes make cleaning up after playtime a cinch; I put all of her chew toys in one, her shoes, extra collar and her three leashes in the other. They’re also a more aesthetic replacement for the boxes housebreaking-pads come in, if yours is a fashion-forward-Fido.

Breakfast time doesn’t have to look gourmet, but it should be stored well in something like these airtight containers. There are a lot of field mice and other pests in the Reno area (the entire valley region really), and no one wants mice or ants in their pantry. Prevention is better than the cure on this one, trust me; SERVPRO has been called out to numerous pest-droppings related jobs and one way to secure your living space is to secure the food inside it.

The thing I was most nervous about when getting a dog was going to be the carpets. Luckily, ours is an older dog and can hold her bladder really well--but that doesn’t mean I want her inside all the time. This dog-door is the perfect solution for those long hours at work, waiting to come back to your fluffy friend.

These dog-training potty pads are great for those of you who are a little less confident in your pet’s bladder than I am. On the off-chance your pet doesn’t make it to the pad or out the door in time, SERVPRO remediates pet odor professionally and can help if pet odor is becoming a problem.

The next thing on our list was this precious dog house for the backyard on warm afternoons. We keep our pooch inside most of the time, so if you’re an outdoor-pets kind of person you might want something more substantial to keep your pet safe from the elements--especially coyotes!

I cannot stress this enough; I like walking my dog, and I hate tracking other dogs’ feces anywhere. If you take nothing else from this whole article, make it these earth-friendly rolls of doggy-doo bags and gift some to your neighbors with pets. There’s 720 bags in there, and no excuses left.

Walking is awesome but if your pet is jumping around on the concrete that means their feet are either hot or too cold. Dogs’ feet are sensitive, and these little booties can extend quality exercise time. Added bonus: If you can’t wash your dog’s feet after a walk, that’s fine! Just take the shoes off and wipe those down instead.

Just in case a wet-nosed someone does roll around in something unsavory, this 6-in-1 grooming kit and soap work wonders on our dog. I figured I wouldn’t need anything too high end for grooming supplies, but as time goes on I’ll find out for sure. Pet nails are a nightmare for hardwood floors, don’t let them get crazy. If you have to, think about these nail caps for dogs.

At the end of our walk, it’s time to settle in. In the master bedroom our fluffy anklebiter gets to hunker down in this memory foam pet bed. We know. We treat her good.

What are some of your own routine-changing items for your dog? What do you recommend for a newbie dog-owner? What do you use from your first time owning a dog that is still your go-to? Let us know on our social media:

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Humidifiers: The Downside

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Winters are so dry in the Silver State, and in Northern California! Many of us turn to humidifiers to deal with dry sinuses, cold and flu season, or to avoid dry skin and related problems. Unfortunately, any time we write about water at SERVPRO, it means there’s about to be damage involved.

Too much humidity can cause mold to grow near a humidifier, or in a particularly humid room. That’s why we suggest turning on the bathroom fan when you take a shower, and using the fans over the stove (if you have a hood in your kitchen) while cooking.

Too little, and furniture, wood, and flooring can crack as they become robbed of moisture. You also get robbed of moisture, as dry air makes your body feel colder-- meaning you probably think of reaching for the thermostat or a space heater to keep warm. Not only are space heaters and turning up the thermostat expensive, but space heaters are one of the leading reasons for house fires, especially if you’re leaving them running for extended periods of time.

Managing the humidity in your home can save you from having to remediate mold, fire damage, and property destruction.

When it is ten to twenty degrees (Fahrenheit) outside, your home’s humidity should not exceed 35%. For every ten degree drop in temperature, subtract 5%; so, if it is zero to 10 degrees outside, 30% humidity is the highest you should have in your home.

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