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The Basics About Defensible Space | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

a gated long brown pebble driveway tucked next to a large brick home If your home is damaged by fire or any other reason, SERVPRO of Reno Southwest is ready and able to repair any damage.

Imagine you see your home in flames! Sadly, for some this is a serious threat.

Wildfires happen and create or cause property damage for many people all over the United States. Your home is the safest place you can be, so it’s important to take safety measures in protecting it.

Because our world is made up of so many combustible materials, wildfires are becoming quite common. But we can take steps to lower the risk of harm to our properties. One key way is by simply being more careful.

But defensible space is another important strategy that can be effective.

What Defensible Space Means

“Defensible space” is a barrier that you can create around your home. While we often don’t realize it, there are many things around our homes that can help fuel wildfires. So it’s important to use responsible planting and pruning practices and to incorporate things such as flame-resistant gravel to help lower your chances.

This space is needed to help stop or slow the spread of wildfire as it lurches toward your property. By creating a defensible space, you give firefighters their best chance of stopping a wildfire before it reaches your home.

Defensible space is so effective that many areas, like here in Reno, encourage or even require it as a way of preventing wildfires.

The Rising Numbers of Wildfire

We often think of wildfires as being a “California” problem, but they can happen anywhere and everywhere. There were over 59,000 wildfires across the United States in 2020.

And while California did account for 10,000+ of that number, the average number of wildfires per state in 2020 was right under 1,000. Here in Nevada, we experienced 770 wildfires last year, burning 259,275 acres of land.

Any precautions that we can take to help prevent or quell the spread of wildfire, we must do so. Defensible space is one more way that we can do our part.

If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today to get the pros on your team.

Severe Storms Can Cause Severe Damage | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

a large yellow warning sign stating that there is stormy weather ahead When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO of Reno Southwest to start the restoration process.

After a year like 2020, we looked forward to 2021! 2020 brought us drama and so much more, but on the weather spectrum, 2020 was a record-setting year for weather and climate disasters. Of all the years in history for which we have data, 2020 was the most financially destructive.

During 2020, we saw 22 official weather disasters, which are defined as events that cause at least a billion dollar in damages. There were also many other damaging storms that aren’t included in that statistic.

After the NWS used up all of the 26 letters from the alphabet, they had to turn to the Greek alphabet to successfully name all of the storms.

Damages Caused by Severe Storms

Hurricanes can cause traumatic experiences by bringing immense damage and large amounts of monetary damage, but we are starting to see that it’s not all from hurricanes. In fact, the most expensive disasters of 2020 in the contiguous United States were thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Severe thunderstorms, which sometimes unleashed tornadoes, accounted for 14 of the official weather disasters in 2020. Thunderstorms on average last around 30 minutes, and they can happen anywhere at any time.

Eastern Nebraska saw what seemed to be a typical thunderstorm turn into a catastrophic event called a derecho. A derecho is something like a tornado, but with straight-line winds instead of swirling ones, combined with a heavy thunderstorm.

When this happened in August 2020, it impacted more than 10 million acres of corn fields, which is almost half the state’s corn crops—that’s over 11% of the entire country’s corn fields.

In Nevada, we see everything from severe thunderstorms to heavy winters with snow and even wildfires. All of which can cause major damages and costly repairs.

Fast and Intense Severe Storms

2020 was the 10th consecutive year with at least eight billion-dollar disasters.

In 2018 and 2019 combined, we saw a total of $136 billion in damages, and 2017 had a total of over $300 billion, which was the highest total on record!

Thunderstorms are showing that they are every bit as dangerous and severe as any other natural disaster. Noting this, it’s never too early to take whatever precautions are possible. in order to minimize the damage to your property.

While nothing is guaranteed, you can certainly guarantee that you have friends in the restoration industry whose goal is to recover your valued items and restore your property "Like it never even happened."

When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO today to see how we can help.

The Warm Months and Fire Safety | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

flames and smoke from a bonfire Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of Reno Southwest to learn more.

Those winter months are gone, and warmer weather is finally here! Thinking about warmer weather can be exciting, planning family vacations or parties, but do your plans include some fire maintenance?

Did you know that spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year? It’s true, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself.

Here are some common fire threats and ways to protect yourself:

The grill. There are almost 9,000 fires a year related to grilling accidents. Grills create the perfect combination of flames, heat, grease and gas, which can cause flames to arise quickly. Make sure you are taking care of the essentials to help prevent a fire. Verify that the grill is in good working condition, have it placed at least three feet away from everything and clean it before each use. Cleaning the grill before each use is especially important because almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.

Fire pits. Whether you’re gathering around the fire pit in the backyard or a campfire out in the woods, take safety precautions. Even if you think kids are careful, you should never leave them unattended around a fire. It’s also a good idea to keep a bucket of water or drag a water hose close to the pit. You should keep your fire pit three feet away from anything that can catch fire, and finally, put the fire out slowly to avoid scattering embers.

Chimneys and dryer vents. The warmer months are the perfect time to do your annual spring-cleaning around the house. Have your chimney inspected and dryer vents cleaned. If you do it right after the winter months while it’s fresh on your mind, you can save lots of time and money.

At SERVPRO, we have technicians on hand 247! These technicians are ready and waiting, no matter the cause of fire, to help you have it cleaned up. Contact SERVPRO of Reno Southwest today to talk with a specialist.

Getting Your Business as Clean As Your Customers Expect | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee placing a CSC sticker on building glass If you’re business has sanitation and cleaning needs, reach out to the SERVPRO of Reno Southwest team.

There’s a lot of really positive news out there these days! Areas of our country that were previously COVID-19 hotspots are now experiencing major turnarounds.. While we are all excited for our “normal” routines to return, businesses are starting to feel the expectations that “physical shopping” can bring.

As more customers begin to return to in-person shopping, they bring with them new expectations. We all now have a greater understanding of our fragile our health can be, and that knowledge means we’re looking for businesses that keep our safety and wellness front and center.

Want to meet those customer expectations? Start with a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program.

What Is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program gives you, your employees and your customers the peace of mind by taking worries over sanitation out of the equation.

Think about the time your business was the cleanest it’s ever been. It’s such a nice and serene feeling. Now take that vision up a few notches—the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program uses advanced biohazard techniques and technologies that go beyond your traditional cleaning and janitorial services.

What makes Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned a better program than the others? Let’s take a look at the process:

1. Consult. Every business is unique in its own way, which means that your cleaning needs to be specific to your business. Since SERVPRO Reno Southwest is locally owned and operated, we have a good understanding of the unique needs of our area. We’ll also meet with you to discuss your business’ specific needs, including the work you do and who uses your space.

2. Clean. As soon as you are ready, our technicians show up on site with proprietary, hospital-grade cleaning solutions you won’t find anywhere else. This gives your building the clean of a lifetime while adhering (or exceeding) the CDC standards. A bonus? This cleaning technology doesn’t simply protect against COVID-19; it also helps guard your business against other common illnesses, including the flu.

3. Certify. Once your business has been thoroughly cleaned, you can proudly display the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield in your business window. This shield proves to everyone that you have gone to great lengths to protect everyone inside. You’ll also have a digital emblem to place on your website and social media, letting people know about your safety standards before they ever even walk through your doors.

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

These Simple Projects Can Help Stop Rain Damage | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

bright blue rain splashing into a pool of water If you need help dealing with any damage caused by water, contact SERVPRO of Reno Southwest today.

If you had to guess, how likely would you say it is that you’ll have to deal with water damage to your home this year?

The answer is probably more likely than you think. After all, one in about every 50 homeowners will file a water damage claim in 2021. So, mathematically, that means millions of American families will need to have their homes repaired.

Depending on your social circle’s size, it might mean more than one person you know will need water damage repair work!

How Water Damage Happens

If asked how water damage can happen, homeowners are clear on many of the common causes. They include flash floods, tornadoes and other violent storms or in-home accidents involving plumbing, washing machines or a dishwasher.

Most homeowners are aware of these risks and look for ways to prevent these things from happening.

But you may want to think about the damage that can be caused by heavy rains, too. This is especially true if you’ve deferred any home maintenance issues.

Stop This Homeowner Headache

These guidelines can help you move forward with home maintenance.

Think about sealing your roof. Experts estimate that almost 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles, which can be prevented with this step. It’s definitely worth considering.

Shop for native plants when it’s time to landscape. If you do a little homework, the flowers and shrubs you use to help you landscape your home and add curb appeal can also become an added layer of protection. Native plants can help. Talk to a local expert about native plants or visit a native plant sale.

Examine the way your yard drains. Knowing how your yard drains is key to protecting your home. If the water in your yard drains toward your home, then you may want to connect with a landscaping expert. They can help you find ways to protect your yard.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

Reno Businesses Can Count on a Certified Clean Space | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

a crew of SERVPRO employees in PPE gear walking inside commercial building If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. Contact SERVPRO of Reno Southwest to learn more.

If you own a business here in Reno, we want to ask you an important question. And it’s one you can probably answer pretty quickly.

Have you changed the way you operate your business during the pandemic?

You probably answered yes to that question. Most business owners have spent the last months of the pandemic searching for ways to stay relevant and continue to provide services.

Given everything that’s happened over the past 12 months, that’s understandable.

Most of us can agree that navigating the pandemic has been incredibly stressful, especially for people seeking to keep their local business operating. That’s understandable, too. We’ve never been asked to rethink how we live, interact and do business in such a short time before now.

Regardless of if you’ve decided that home offices and digital services are the way to go or if you want to open your doors to your business again for in-person connections, our technicians are here for you.

Tools for Businesses Facing Challenging Times

You can connect with powerful resources, including business loans and tips, advice and more from sources you can trust.

You’ll also want to find ways to keep your business clean and safe. That’s where our team comes in.

We’re here to ensure your business is “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” What does that mean? Here’s what to know:

The process begins when we consult with you about your business’ needs and organize an individualized cleaning plan.

Then, we’ll get to work and clean your space. Our technicians use a high-level system to ensure you’re ready for customers. We use proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.

Finally, we’ll certify your space. That means you can rest assured that you’re ready to be open for business.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.

New Washoe City Businesses Can Come Back After a Disaster | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee wearing black shirt reviewing restoration plans on tablet SERVPRO of Reno Southwest knows the commercial restoration process inside and out. Here are some of our best tips in choosing the right company.

Moving your business from a disaster to reopening can be stressful and taxing (physically and emotionally).

We have a wealth of experience helping businesses in New Washoe City and the surrounding areas know that it’s possible to open again. It’s also possible to thrive and be more successful than before the disaster.

Our team has put together some of our best advice for dealing with the restoration process that comes after a natural disaster hits your business.

Coming Back Strong After a Disaster

These tips can help you thrive after a natural disaster:

Build a solid plan before you need one. This step is key, and it’s something you need to do before you need a disaster plan. Think about how you can keep serving your customers if your business is damaged. You can even think about moving your business to a backup location. Some businesses can keep operating from a new location without serious disruption.

Take special care to provide thorough documentation. Take pictures of the damage to your business before you begin the cleanup process so your insurer can see the full extent of the damage. If your insurance company asks for documents, provide them.

Don’t forget to reach out to the people you rely on. Stay in touch with your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your wider community. You can consider a variety of options to do this, including social media posts and email lists.

Help your employees to connect with the available resources. Resources are available to small business owners and their employees through organizations like the Small Business Administration (SBA). You may be surprised at the amount of help there is out there for business owners.

Carefully choose your restoration partners. The restoration process is easier if you’re working with highly qualified people who use advanced technology to restore your business. Read reviews, talk with other business owners and check certifications to help you make a choice.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damages your business, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

We’re Here for Reno Residents When Minutes Matter Most | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

The reasons people in our community will seek help with restoration services are as different as the homeowners themselves. But there are a few common reasons that homeowners often cite for their water and fire damage woes.

People reach out to us for help for reasons that include severe weather issues, such as wind, hail and rainAccidents and appliance malfunctions are also common reasons people need help from home restoration professionals.

If you need restoration services this year, it’s vital to choose a team to work with ready to start the process quickly. Why does that matter? Because when it comes to restoration work, all projects have one thing in common—timing is everything.

Damage only gets worse if left unattended. The longer it’s left to continue its process, the worse the damage will grow.

How SERVPRO Will Assist You

We know that water damage can creep into the wood within hours or days, so we’re here to help you stop the process in its tracks. That means you can call on our team 247, and we’ll be here to answer you. We are always prepared for emergencies.

There are other good reasons to choose SERVPRO, too. Here’s what makes us different:

Our highly skilled technicians are using the best available technology. Our team members have high-level training and advanced certifications, as well as the market’s leading restoration technology. They use it to give homeowners like you powerful results and restore your home to its original state.

Our business is local. All SERVPRO locations are locally owned and operated by people in your community. That means when you call us, you’re connecting with friends and neighbors.

If your home is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

What Can You Do to Protect Your Home From Fires This Winter? | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

large image of red, yellow and orange flames House fires trend to peak during the winter. SERVPRO of Reno Southwest are available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

Experts estimate that about 890 Americans die in winter house fires every year. And that number has been constant for several years now.

It’s not possible to prevent every house fire. Natural disasters like wildfires and lightning storms can’t be predicted. But you can take steps to control the risk factors for fires that are within your control.

Lowering Your Risk for House Fires

Our team is here to help you lower your risk for a house fire and provide you with helpful tips that you can implement into your family’s routine today.

Make sure you have working smoke detectors. Keep your smoke detectors in good, working order by changing your batteries regularly (twice a year), testing them monthly and changing the detectors completely every 10 years. It’s important to note that how often your detector should be replaced is dependent on the brand, so check the packaging for the most accurate information.

Don’t leave your candles where they will fall over. This is easy, and it’s important because many house fires each year are the result of candles. Keep these decorations away from spots in your home where kids or pets can impact them. Also, consider switching to a battery-operated candle for a similar effect.

Make maintaining your home’s natural gas furnace a priority. A yearly checkup is important because sometimes natural gas furnaces may seem like they’re working well but have issues that you can’t see. Clogged vents and rusted blades can result in a fire.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Do you have any water damage to your walls or ceiling? Contact SERVPRO of Reno Southwest, we will help guide you through the restoration process.

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Quick quiz to test your homeowners insurance knowledge: Do you think more homeowners file water damage claims or fire damage claims every year?

If you guessed water damage claims, then you picked the right answer.

Fire damage claims have been falling steadily, but experts estimate that one in 50 American homeowners will file a water damage claim in 2021. That makes them one of the most common claims filed on homeowners insurance policies.

Help Managing Water Leaks and Damage

Sometimes leaks that are caught early can be cleaned up with a few towels. But in other cases, you may need professional help to prevent damage to your property.

Your first step toward restoration is knowing the signs of damage and what to do if you spot them.

Here’s what you might notice when you’re dealing with water damage that merits professional cleaning and remediation:

Your home has a distinctive, musty smell. Does your home have a musty odor? That can be among the first signs of mold damage, meaning if you notice that scent, it’s time to call in a professional to help you deal with remediation issues.

Your floorboards or furniture are warped. Wet wood will start to warp within just a few days. If that happens in your home, it’s best to start seeking help from professionals who can help you restore your home.

You notice your windows or walls are stained and damaged. Like your floors, your window panes and walls can start to warp if the water damage is severe enough. That means it’s vital if you notice these signs to get remediation help.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.