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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.

Staying Safe From Thunderstorms on the Go | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Enjoying the weather on beautiful days probably leaves thunderstorms as the last thing on your mind—but because they can feed off of humidity, they can pop up suddenly and disrupt an otherwise peaceful day.

Any thunderstorm has the potential to be dangerous, mainly due to lightning strikes, so we have assembled some easy tips to remember when sudden storms start up.

Easy Tips to Remember When Sudden Storms Start Up

Know your options for shelter. The best case scenario for a thunderstorm is to find out about it safely at home and be able to stay put until the threat passes—but when you are running errands or on a trip, this is not always a viable option. You can take shelter in your car during a thunderstorm as long as you follow recommended guidelines like turning off the engine and avoiding contact with metal.

Practice electrical safety. When lightning strikes a structure, it is looking for the easiest route to get to the ground—which is oftentimes the electrical system. As the current travels through these wires, the charge can transfer to any electronic that is plugged in, potentially ruining it. If you are in a building and a storm is on the way, you can unplug everything to be as safe as possible, and in general, it is best to use surge protectors on every outlet.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. Concrete buildings are extremely resilient, but this is due in part to the metal that is used within the structure to reinforce it—which presents a lightning risk. If a concrete building is struck by lightning, the metal can disperse a charge through the walls. If you do end up sheltering in a concrete space, be sure to avoid directly touching the walls or the floor to reduce your risk of shock.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. When your day is derailed by a sudden storm, you will want to resume your activities as quickly as possible. However, be sure it is safe before you do so. Lightning strikes have been reported as much as 25 miles from the center of a storm, which is why experts recommend giving yourself a 30-minute buffer after the thunder subsides until going back outside.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Planning Your Business’ Fire Drills | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Being honest with yourself about the places where your business could plan better can make you a more well-rounded business owner overall, and planning for a commercial fire is an area where many leaders find they fall short.

Commercial fires impact many businesses every year, and can derail even the most well-considered business plan if they are not prepared for. While you should plan for all aspects of a fire, from escape to recovery, we always recommend starting with having regular fire drills in your place of business so that you and your staff are as prepared as possible.

Having Regular Fire Drills in Your Place of Business

Consult with your local fire officials. A preliminary search online will reveal many websites you can use to do your research and boost your fire safety plans, but you should also make use of the resources in your community. You can generally have local fire officials come right to your business and evaluate your safety efforts, as well as advise you on the best routes for escape.

Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. After you have determined the best routes for escape throughout your business, you should mark them clearly and give staff a briefing on the upcoming drill. Having everyone ready in advance will make sure everyone knows it is just a drill and does not panic or cause a dangerous situation due to uncertainty.

Have fire drills frequently. While fire drills can be a dull thing if they happen regularly, they should occur often enough that they are familiar to everyone who works in your building. Typically, scheduling them at the beginning of every quarter will be frequent enough to ensure everyone has the protocols down.

Run different fire scenarios. There are many ways that fires can start and spread through a commercial space, so fire drills that take this into account are more well-rounded. Have the origin of the fire “begin” in different places with each drill so your staff is familiar with how to find the other fire exits in the building and can escape using several different ways.

If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—contact us today.

Navigating the Aftermath of a House Fire | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

The moment a house fire begins is a frightening thing, and it is important that you work with your household to put an action and evacuation plan in place so everyone can react in a calm, safe manner.

Once you do this, the next step is planning for the aftermath of a house fire—re-entering your home, working with your insurance and having your home restored are all important components that will help you recover as efficiently as possible.

Planning for the Aftermath of a House Fire

Prepare yourself for what to expect. Though you will never be able to be certain of what state your home will be in before you re-enter, preparing yourself for what to expect is important to reduce the overall shock. Fires can cause widespread damage due to the ease with which smoke and soot travel, so there may be unexpected areas that will still be in need of restoration.

Wait to enter your home. While it is a common reaction to want to get started toward recovery as quickly as possible, you should plan to wait and work with emergency officials before re-entering the home. Fires can compromise the structure of a building, making it extremely hazardous to enter if officials have not yet deemed it safe.

Contact your insurance company. Filing a fire damage claim will vary based on your policy provider, so getting in touch with them early on is a great way to make sure you are taking the right steps to get the most out of your claim.

Document the damages. It may feel tedious to document every piece of the home that has been damaged, but it will come in handy for you and for your insurance claims process as well. Keep a detailed list organized by room and take many accompanying photos to be certain nothing slips through the cracks.

Contact your restoration company. Experiencing a house fire is a traumatic life event for your family. Having your home restored by a company you can trust can make the healing process much easier, however. When you can count on the company you are working with, you can worry much less throughout the process and trust that your home is in good hands.

If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick response.

Increase Your Severe Weather Preparations Before Storms Strike | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms are quite a common occurrence during periods of warmer weather, but it is not possible to know exactly how much devastation they can cause. Because their ability to cause damage is quite high, it is best to assume that every storm has the ability to cause damage and prepare your household accordingly—this way you will know exactly what to do when severe weather strikes.

Knowing the meaning behind weather alerts, stocking your disaster supplies and having reliable access to weather updates will go a long way in keeping you and your family safe during storms.

Know the Meaning Behind Weather Alerts

Understanding the meaning that weather alerts carry is a useful skill so you know exactly how to respond when they are issued by local weather officials. When a thunderstorm watch is announced, storms are a possibility and everyone in the area should stay alert for updates. When a thunderstorm warning is issued, that means there is an active storm in the area and everyone should seek shelter right away.

Stock Your Disaster Supplies

A well-stocked disaster supply kit will make sure that you can wait out the storm and stay comfortable while you do so. Electricity will often be knocked out during storms, so having fresh water, non-perishable foods and battery-operated flashlights are all helpful tools to keep you comfortable. A first-aid kit is also a smart thing to pack in case someone is injured. You should keep your disaster supplies in a well-protected area of your house, such as a basement or hallway, so you and your household can stay in a protected area for the duration of the storm.

Have Reliable Access to Weather Updates

Though our cell phones have revolutionized the way we receive news and important updates about the world, they are not as useful in the event of severe weather. Because cell reception can be faulty during severe weather and electrical outages can render phones without a full charge useless, it is best to have another way to access weather updates. A NOAA Weather Radio is a smart solution for this that you can keep in your disaster kit at all times.

If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.