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The Fall Safety Tips You Need to Know | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

a small campfire burning bright in the dark night Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of Reno Southwest is the trusted leader in the restoration in

As we are seeing, the nighttime is bringing about some crisp weather. That’s right, the fall season is creeping up on us for sure.

This is the perfect weather for having campouts, roasting s’mores or simply enjoying the campfire. Regardless of what your top choice is, settle in and review some of these safety tips.

Campfire Safety

As you camp, hike or roast some warm toasty marshmallows, knowing how or where to build your campfire is probably the best safety tip you can know. As you probably know, you want to keep your fire away from anything flammable.

As you’re prepping items to get ready to burn, it’s best to use dry wood or bigger sticks. When you’re ready to start a campfire, never use an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid.

And when you are ready to call it a night, ensure that your fire has been extinguished completely before going in. All it takes is a small breeze to reignite an ember and have your fire started up again.

Space Heaters

Portable space heaters are some people’s best friends during the chillier months. But it’s important to recognize that space heaters are one of the most frequent causes of home fires in the fall and winter. Make sure you keep your space heater away from anything flammable.

Thanks to technology, most space heaters come with an automatic shut-off capability now, but even still, it’s essential you keep these on a level surface. Also keep these mini heaters away from kids or play areas to help ensure they don’t get knocked over.


As quickly as the year is going, while Halloween is still a good way off, we just want to touch on a few important issues. Remember that Halloween or fall décor and costumes can all be some serious fire hazards. Be sure to stay attentive when setting up your décor.

If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.

Water Where It Shouldn’t Be? Check These Common Culprits | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

a leak in ceiling creating water lines running down an interior wall A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of Reno Southwest team if you are dealing with any water damage.

Dealing with water damage can be a stressful situation. Water in your home makes life easier, except when it goes outside of the areas in which it is designed to be contained. Water is always looking for somewhere to go, and it always seeks the path of least resistance.

Having knowledge of home systems that are designed to contain water can help you determine where a leak is coming from. Let’s look at a few common sources of water damage to keep your eye on:

Toilet seal. The toilet has two seals. One is a flapper that contains water in the tank, and the other is a wax seal that is located at the bottom of the commode where it meets the drain. Both of these seals have the ability to fail over time.

Refrigerator. Refrigerators with automated ice makers will have a supply line, which is a small plastic tube that takes water from the supply line and feeds the ice maker. All of those connections have the ability to leak. Refrigerators also have an evaporator coil that is used to help defrosting ice dissipate. If the coil doesn’t evaporate all of the water, there is a drip pan to catch it. From there, most of the time it evaporates. In certain instances, the drip pan may fill and need to be emptied. If that happens, have a professional check the condensing coil to ensure it is in proper working order.

Clogged gutters. It’s considered a good practice to routinely clean the gutters on your home. Debris can fill the gutters and prevent water from going into the downspouts and away from the house.

Roof damage. Storm damage to roofs can come in many different varieties. Tree limbs can break off trees and penetrate the roof, shingles can be torn or removed by high winds and hail damage can damage shingles. These are all things that can damage your roof. It’s best to inspect your roof after each storm to ensure it hasn’t been compromised.

Field line obstruction. There could be many causes for this, but the primary issue is root intrusion. Grease and other obstructions usually happen in the septic tank, unless you connect directly into a sewer system. In that instance, grease can also clog a sewer line.

Sump pump drain. If you have a sump pump, a device to move water from a low point in your basement or crawlspace out into a drain system, make sure the pump is in good working order and free of obstructions.

All of the items mentioned above are opportunities for water to intrude where it’s not meant to go. Knowledge of these systems will help you mitigate the risk. It’s better to be prepared than to have to deal with a water disaster!

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.

Summer Weather Safety Precautions | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike in a dark stormy sky If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Reno Southwest is on the line, ready to make things right.

Summertime makes us think of hot and sunny days, but we may also need to consider gloomy days, too.

Along with the sun and heat, summer can also bring more thunderstorms than any other time of the year. In most parts of the country, there are atmospheric conditions during summer that create moisture and warm air, which helps create thunderstorms.

Most places in the United States sees a large increase of summer storms during the summer months, and in Reno, it’s no different. We see a major decrease of precipitation during these months.

Staying Aware

Thunderstorms do happen often, but even though they’re common, they should never be taken for granted. You should always pay attention to storm alerts and make other arrangements if you have outdoor events planned.

You may want to invest in a NOAA Weather radio so that you can receive weather alerts even when the power is out.

Flooding is always possible, so if it’s heavily raining, you should plan to stay home and off the roads. Extreme storms can cause major issues like flooding and high winds, which can cause damage to your vehicles or home.

Dozens of people die every year because of storm-related accidents. This is why you can’t take Mother Nature for granted.

Staying Safe

Staying indoors during thunderstorms is important, especially if lightning is present. Make sure you stay indoors until you haven’t heard thunder for at least a half hour.

While indoors, make sure you’re taking extra precautions and staying away from windows. You can also make the kids happy by letting them skip baths or showers for that evening, since both are not recommended during storms.

In case of severe weather, be sure you have an emergency kit prepared, and know the evacuation route for your area.

Flash flooding can occur, well, in a flash! It’s best to stay off the roads during a storm—and never drive through water. Even a few inches of water can carry a car away during a storm.

There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.

Why SERVPRO Is the Ideal Restoration Partner | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

damaged furniture and other home items sitting outside of red brick house When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Reno Southwest is your local restoration expert.

Helping things go smoothly is your main priority as a home or business owner.

While having things run smoothly all the time would be ideal, it’s also not very realistic. As we all know, disasters don’t discriminate, and when they happen, things running smoothly doesn’t really happen. Normal duties take a back seat, and now your primary focus is to get the emergency fixed.

We can take the pressure off of you, because disaster recovery is our job, not yours!

Readily Available

We are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week so that we can be at your service as soon as you need it.

When disaster strikes, as restoration specialists we know that every second counts. If your home or business has standing water in it, the longer you wait, the more mold growth. A fast response is crucial, and with a local office here in Reno, we can react immediately.

Specialized in both Residential & Commercial Restoration

Disasters don’t discriminate—homeowners and business owners alike can fall victim to natural or accidental damage.

That’s why we offer custom solutions for any situation. We get your home or business back to normal so that you can get back to your daily routine.

Expanded Services for Changing Times

Disease prevention is now front of mind, and having a clean and safe business is now essential. That’s why we now offer cleaning services that go beyond the traditional janitorial services.

When you offer a safe working or shopping environment, you are proving to your customers and employees that their well-being is important to you. At SERVPRO, we can offer you a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program that gives you peace of mind at the same time.

Natural or accidental disasters happen. But you shouldn’t fret because your local SERVPRO is ready to step in and help.

Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO has the tools, the technicians and the training to get your situation under control. When you’re ready to get help from the best, get in touch with SERVPRO of Reno Southwest.

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)

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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.