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Some Mold Facts

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

This article is for information purposes only. We have found a good article with some facts about mold or mildew. I hope that you enjoy the info as we did.

https://www.medicinenet.com/mold_exposure/article.htm

Molds are various types of fungi (singular = fungus) that grow in filaments and reproduce by forming spores that can travel through the air. The term mildew is sometimes used to refer to some kinds of mold, particularly mold in the home with a white or grayish color or mold growing in shower stalls and bathrooms. Mold may grow indoors or outdoors and thrives in damp, warm, and humid environments. Mold can be found in essentially any environment or season.

Molds reproduce by forming tiny spores that are not visible to the naked eye. Mold spores are very hardy and can survive under conditions in which mold cannot grow, such as in dry and harsh environments. These spores travel through outdoor and indoor air. When the mold spores in the air land on a surface where moisture is present, mold can then start to grow.

For our dry area in Reno/Sparks we still can have mold. If you do believe you have mold please don't forget to call SERVPRO of Reno Southwest. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Where can mold be found?

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Here is a little more info of where homeowners can find mold in their home.

Although bathrooms (particularly shower stalls) and basements are typical moist areas prone to mold growth, any moist area in the home can be moldy. Drywall, ceiling tiles, carpets, furniture, ductwork, roofing, paneling, wallpaper, under sinks, and the areas around plumbing pipes are examples of areas in the home that can become infested by mold if the ideal growing conditions are present.

Mold spores from the outdoor air can enter the home through open doors, windows, and vents. It may also become attached to clothing, shoes, and pets and therefore be carried indoors.

Mold can have many different colors (including brown, green, and black) and sometimes appears as spots. Additionally, a musty odor may be present. Mold growth may also be hidden underneath carpeting, on the back side of wallpaper, and behind drywall or wall paneling. Saunas, greenhouses, and construction areas are places where mold is commonly found.

Again if you believe you have mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Reno Southwest so we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Thank you to our Fire fighters

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Yesterday in the area we had windy conditions. Our local fire fighters responded to a small wild fire that could have been disastrous for our community. Thank you Reno Fire for being quick responders. Here is the story from My News 4.

http://mynews4.com/news/local/brush-fire-reported-at-s-virginia-south-meadows-in-reno

Crews are responding to a fire reported in the area of S. Virginia Street and South Meadows Parkway Thursday afternoon.

According to the Reno Fire Department, southbound Virginia is closed for the response. Northbound lanes have reopened.

Reno Fire Chief David Cochran said via Twitter the fire was knocked down after reaching about five acres off Foothill Road. No damage to structures or injuries were reported. Thank you to our local fire fighters. Great job again Reno Fire. we are grateful for the quick response.

Carbon Monoxide: A silent cold weather killer

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Carbon monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. Oftentimes, it is the result of faulty, improperly used, or vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters, and engine powered equipment, such as portable generators. 

However, there are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family, and your employees from deadly CO fumes.

Reduce the chance of CO exposure in your workplace by perfroming regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce CO. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, including outside of all bedrooms.

Consider having all fuel burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional. Use portable generators only in well ventilated areas away from doors, windows, vents, and any other openings to prevent fumes from entering the home.

For additional CO safety information visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov

Here is a story that occurred here locally.

http://www.ktvn.com/story/37293921/carbon-monoxide-poisoning-suspected-in-lcso-crash

Quick Response

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

I want to say thanks to Sparks and Reno Fire for responding so quickly to put out the abandoned gym fire. It could have been worse due to it being so close to cheat grass field and the trees near the river. Here is the story:

Crews with the Reno Fire Department are mopping up an early morning structure fire at a vacant building on E. McCarran Blvd. between Mill and Greg streets. A spokesperson confirms the structure fire partially collapsed the old Bishop Manogue High School gym on Mill Street.

The building was abandoned and no injuries are reported.

Authorities say a fire investigator will remain on scene for several hours to determine the cause of the blaze. 

Thanks again to our local fire departments. Keep up the great work and we will do our side of the clean up when we are needed. 

Mudslides

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Lately our part of the country has experienced some terrible storms. The west coast was first hit with severe wild fires and now California experienced torrential rain storms. This a story from CNN about the mudslides after the rain storms.

The mudslides came in the early morning hours of last Tuesday, destroying an estimated 65 homes and damaging hundreds of others, the California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection said. 

The rain poured down on hillsides charred by recent wildfires, which burned vegetation that otherwise could make the terrain more resistant to mudslides.The Thomas Fire -- the largest wildfire in California's recorded history --burned more than 281,000 acres in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties from early December into this month. It wasn't fully contained until Friday. For days, rescuers searched frantically for the missing after mud and boulders barreled into neighborhoods in and nearMontecito, an affluent seaside community east of Santa Barbara. The mudslides demolished homes and left roads impassable.Now, what had been a search-and-rescue operation authorities is a search-and-recovery undertaking. The crews probably won't be hampered by bad weather most of this week. The first chance of rain will come Thursday night to Friday and it is estimated to amount generally to less than a third of an inch, CNN meteorologists said.  Please keep the families of California in your prayers. 

Martin Luther King Jr Day

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

We would like to wish everybody an amazing Martin Luther King Jr Day. Please remember the struggles that our country has gone through. Just like our team at SERVPRO it only takes one person to start to make changes in a community. Remember what Dr. King started and let's continue to work towards the vision Dr. King had for our country as we work diligently towards a more perfect union.  Here are a few of his quotes:

“The time is always right to do what is right.” 

—from Oberlin College Commencement speech, 1965

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." 

—from Strength to Love, 1963

“If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, 'brethren!' Be careful, teachers!”  

—“The Purpose of Education” from Morehouse College student newspaper, The Maroon Tiger, 1947

Martin Luther King Jr Day

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

We would like to wish everybody an amazing Martin Luther King Jr Day. Please remember the struggles that our country has gone through. Just like our team at SERVPRO it only takes one person to start to make changes in a community. Remember what Dr. King started and let's continue to work towards the vision Dr. King had for our country as we work diligently towards a more perfect union.  Here are a few of his quotes:

“The time is always right to do what is right.” 

—from Oberlin College Commencement speech, 1965

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." 

—from Strength to Love, 1963

“If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, 'brethren!' Be careful, teachers!”  

—“The Purpose of Education” from Morehouse College student newspaper, The Maroon Tiger, 1947

Earthquakes

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Here is a just a friendly reminder that we still live near a fault line.

 Did you feel them!? The University of Nevada, Reno’s Seismological Laboratory reports an ongoing swarm of earthquakes near south Reno, in the area of the Mt. Rose Highway and I-580.

Since Thursday night, more than 90 events have been located. The largest recorded are four magnitude 2 quakes. There have been no reports of damage, and about 38 people have reported feeling the small earthquakes.

 “The activity notably increased late last night and this morning,” Ken Smith, seismic network manager and associate director of the seismological lab, said. “We’re monitoring the swarm closely and updating local emergency management officials in case this sequence evolves to a larger, damaging earthquake.” 

As a public safety reminder local and state agencies urge the public be prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue.

No injuries or damages have been reported at this time.

This story came from MyNews4.

Avoid bursting pipes (and costly repairs) this winter with these simple tips

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Here is a nice article from an insurance provider about some helpful tips for this winter:

According to the insurance company Chubb, homeowners are more likely to experience water damage during the winter than any other time of year.

"In the wintertime, the water in the pipes gets cold; it freezes," Jim Magliaro, Risk Consulting Technical Leader at Chubb, told TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen. "Water goes everywhere."

How can you prevent damages that could potentially run to thousands of dollars?

Insulate your pipes. You can buy simple insulation for about 25 cents a foot.

Replace rubber hoses. Check your washing machine to make sure the hoses aren't rubber. Steel-braided hoses are inexpensive, costing about $10 each.

Know how to shut off the valve under your sink. "Once a week, you look under the sink and you look for any puddles of water and move your hand along the pipes to see if there are any leaks," Magliaro said. If there are, shut off the valve.

Check for puddles behind your refrigerator. Many refrigerator leaks are due to the water line that feeds the refrigerator. Magliaro suggests you pull your refrigerator out once a month and look for puddles behind it.

Know how to shut off your water main. With the holidays approaching, many of us are leaving for vacation or visiting family. Experts say if you're heading out of town, you should shut off your water main. It's an easy way to prevent major leaks or bursts while you're away.

The main water shutoff valve is usually located at the point where the main water line enters the home. In homes with basements, it is usually in the basement. In homes that are on a crawl space or slab, it can be in the garage (if one exists), in a first-floor utility closet, or, in many Southern climates, outside of the home.

There are typically two types of shutoff valves to a water main: a gate valve (shown left above) and a ball valve (right above). Either is still used today, but the ball valve is becoming more popular. A ball valve is easier to use and shuts off water a little more quickly. With the ball valve, if the handle is in line with the pipe, it is in the “on” position; if perpendicular to the pipe, it is off.