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Why SERVPRO Has the Restoration Experts You Can Trust | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van SERVPRO of Reno Southwest is your local restoration expert. We are the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration.

Mere hours can make a huge difference in the damage that can happen to your property. SERVPRO of Reno Southwest is your best call because we understand that when you call us, you may be under stress, confused or in a crisis.

Our goal is to be the best professional restoration company, here to help you through every step of the process.

The first step to restoring your home is simply picking up the phone and calling SERVPRO of Reno Southwest. Our experts are available around the clock, waiting for your call!

We can help you address home or business damage in any of the following areas:

<h2damage">Water Damage

Now, it’s not often you think about flooding in such a dry state as Nevada. However, you never know when unexpected rainfall could lead to flooding. In 1997, northern Nevada experienced historic flooding, which tore through the region, causing more than $500 million in damages.

The best part about choosing SERVPRO is you can rest assured that every team member has extensive water damage restoration training that helps you get back to normal more quickly. Their dedication to responding immediately to water emergencies lessens the damage, limits further damage and reduces your costs. Make sure to call SERVPRO of Reno Southwest if you’re in need of water damage restoration following a flood.

<h2damage">Fire Damage

When you look into fire damage in the United States, you’ll find that fires caused roughly $8.1 billion in direct property damage and losses in 2020 and that a fire department responds to a fire every 23 seconds.

SERVPRO has a seven-step restoration process to get your home back on track. We’ll start out by doing a full inspection and damage assessment so that we can properly repair and reconstruct your Reno home.

<h2damage">Storm Damage

When storm damage hits, it’s best to know who to turn to for reliable, effective restoration. That’s why when you’re looking for the best storm damage restoration company Reno can provide, you should turn to SERVPRO.

We specialize in content restoration, with the mindset of restoring rather than replacing. Our restoration process can include all kinds of cleaning, from dry, wet, foam or abrasive.

We also offer the construction services you need to bring your home back to preloss condition.

<h2sets-SERVPRO-apart">What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

Every company is only as good as its team, and we’re proud of ours! We’ve been providing services like roofing, siding and construction work for years while maintaining excellent customer service.

We also put a lot of thought into hiring. In fact, we make sure we hire people who care about what they do and believe in our mission.

You can reach out to a SERVPRO expert via our 247 Emergency Line day or night to receive immediate assistance from the No. 1 cleanup and restoration team in the nation with more than 50 years experience. In no time, we will get your home or business back to its preloss condition.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

When You Need Cleanup or Recovery of Any Kind, Call SERVPRO | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

A green SERVPRO van parked in a warehouse full of equipment When you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO of Reno Southwest to get the job done.

Home and business owners have a lot going on. You have schedules and people to manage, whether they’re spouses and kids or employees and clients. You have expenses and credits to balance, activities to attend and social functions to squeeze in.

You need any way you can to simplify, and one of those ways is to know that SERVPRO of Reno Southwest is your one-call solution for anything—really, anything—that needs cleanup or recovery for home and business owners.

Want some examples? Here’s a mere smattering of what we can help you manage.

Water damage recovery. If your carpet is soaked from a burst pipe, or if a massive flood has invaded your home and ruined an entire level, we have the solution. No matter the type or scale of your water damage, we can get rid of it and get your home restored.

Fire damage recovery. Home fires are happening constantly across the United States—more than twice a minute, to be more specific. If one of those fires ends up happening in your space, one call to SERVPRO can fix it all, from recovery and replacement to rebuilding.

Mold removal. Mold from leftover water damage or extended periods of excess moisture can weaken your home. Action must be taken, and by professionals. Your local experts at SERVPRO will have it safely handled in no time.

Storm recovery. Surprise weather events can catch even the most prepared people off-guard with the damage they cause. Fortunately, SERVPRO is ready 24 hours a day to be on the other end of your emergency call.

Commercial needs. We can help business owners with all this and then some, including specialized cleaning that will have your teams taking fewer sick days and your customers thanking you for your level of care.

General cleaning. Hey, we get it—sometimes you simply need some stuff cleaned or cleaned up! It doesn’t take a storm or emergency; we can help you handle any cleaning need, for any reason you choose.

Specialty cleaning. From graffiti and vandalism cleanup to estate management after a death in the family, we can move, clean or restore just about anything in any location.

Construction. Ready to remodel? Check. Home damaged in a storm and needs rebuilding? Check. From the first 2x4 to the last coat of chartreuse, we’ve got it handled so you can rest easy.

Add 24-hour service and an easy insurance process to all this, and the picture becomes clear—when you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO to get the job done.

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)

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.

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.

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.

Weatherproofing Tips That Homeowners Should Know | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

There is no way to determine how much damage a severe storm will cause, but taking precautions to increase the resilience of your home can be helpful in preventing potential damage. Weatherproofing your home is a simple and cost-effective process that can come in handy should a storm roll through—and considering that half of all insurance claims are weather-related, it is better to be safe than sorry for certain.

The majority of the weatherproofing tips we have assembled do not take very much time or money but can significantly help your house stand up to storms. Read on to discover what we recommend to prevent damage to your home.

Top Weatherproofing Tips to Note

Keep Your Shingles in Shape
Roofs of any age can begin leaking, so keeping an eye out for the various warning signs of roof leaks is always wise. Your shingles are often the best indicator of your roof’s overall condition, so if you notice any are loose or missing, it might be time to call in a professional for repairs.

Beat the Weather With Weatherstripping
The benefits of installing weatherstripping around your home are twofold. Not only can it reduce your chances of heavy rains leading to water damage by saturating miniature cracks in your exterior, but it is also advised by the Department of Energy as a cost-saving method for energy bills.

Gut Debris From Your Gutters
Clogged gutters can quickly lead to water damage, so cleaning your gutters out each spring and fall is a smart choice. In between these regular cleanings, check in to make sure that there are no signs of an issue when it rains. Downspouts that are not draining, pooling water or leaks in the gutters might indicate the need for repairs.

Pick the Right Paint
If you are considering a paint job for the outside of your home, it is about more than just picking a color due to all the weatherproofing technology available. Many paints have built-in water defenses and UV protection to actually reduce the way your home is aged by weather over time by reducing water damage and general wear and tear.

If you have issues with storm damage to your home, we are always here to help. Contact us 24 hours a day for a rapid response.

Lessening the Risk of Disaster at Your Small Business

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

While natural disasters are often unprecedented and unpredictable, that does not mean that planning for them is a waste of time. In fact, planning ahead for natural disasters is one of the smartest moves that small business owners can make.

When you own a business, any interruption in operations can be critical, and by putting a disaster recovery plan in place in advance, you can minimize this interruption as much as possible.

Natural disasters continue to occur with more frequency around the U.S., so knowing how to handle the moment a disaster strikes as well as planning how you will help your business recover are key things to consider. Read on to discover our top tips for small business preparedness.

1. Double-Check Your Insurance
Though many assume their general business policy is all they need, if you are preparing for natural disaster-related issues, you may need to discuss the option of supplemental commercial insurance with your agent. There are many scenarios that a general business policy will not cover, so it is important to be aware of what those are and how you can avoid encountering a costly repair bill.

2. Create Your Action Plan
Obeying evacuation orders quickly and safely is one of the most important things you can do in a natural disaster, and having an emergency action plan makes this much easier. Knowing what evacuation route to take, where to seek safety and medical attention if necessary and how to take provisions for your business in the moment before you leave will make all the difference in your personal and commercial safety during this stressful time.

3. Rehearse Drills and Prepare Staff
Create a safer workplace for all by preparing any on-site staff for a disaster as well. Train everyone on the emergency protocols and make time for regular workplace emergency drills in order to ensure everyone understands how to handle any kind of emergency or disaster scenario.

4. Choose a Restoration Company to Work With
Because a loss in operational hours can be devastating for businesses, choosing a restoration company to work with in advance of the disaster is key. This way you can do your research and vetting in a low-stress time, ensuring you are finding the best commercial restoration company in the industry. Look for professionals who have a 24-hour response time and extensive expertise in commercial restoration.

If you need to pick a commercial restoration company that’s right for you, call us today! We can tell you all about what sets our process apart.

Winter Weather - Tips On How To Survive Freezing Temperatures!!!

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

  • Stay indoors during the storm.
  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule and your route; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. Use caution, take breaks, push the snow instead of lifting it when possible, and lift lighter loads.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
  • Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
  • Wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to reduce heat loss.

Happy New Year

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

It has been an amazing year for our business!! We would like to say thank you to every one of our employee's who have continued to provide excellent service to our clients. We would also like to thank our clients for trusting our franchise and allowing us to enter into your personal home or business. Thank you to our amazing office staff who provide empathy to every phone call that comes into the office. We would like to thank our production staff who are not only the front line of our staff but also the faces that our clients see day in and day out at their home. We have been blessed in this amazing life. Thank you to Reno/Sparks, Tahoe area and any other surrounding areas for giving us the opportunity to earn your trust. Help us bring in 2018 with an amazing and SAFE bang!!!

Happy New Year 2018

Merry Christmas 2017

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

We would like to send everybody this season a Merry Christmas from our family at SERVPRO of Reno Southwest. We would also like to remind our community to please drive carefully in the snow. We are having some smaller storms and are expecting more, so please be mindful of other drivers. They may not have as much experience driving in the snowy conditions. If you are leaving town for Christmas,for any length of time, please make sure to leave your heat above 60 degrees. We do not want you to come back to a nice wet mess in your home that you have worked so hard to repair, pay for and your spouse has decorated. Please for your own personal sake take care of your home, vehicle and especially your self and have a Merry Christmas!!!!

Merry Christmas,

SERVPRO of Reno Southwest

Happy Thanksgiving

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

From our family at SERVPRO we would like to wish your family an amazing and Happy Thanksgiving!!! This is an amazing time to remember all of the blessings that have come our way this year. As a community we have been blessed with getting more rain than usual to help with our drought. We have had a great ski season from 2016 thru 2017 which helped our tourism and our local economies. We are grateful for the members of our family, new spouses, new children and new co workers. Without them we would not be a complete home and work family. Please remember all of those blessings. For all of the people who are planning to prepare and cook food in their own personal home, please keep safety in mind and prevent any home fires. If you  do need us please remember to call  SERVPRO of Reno Southwest. 

Happy Thanksgiving

2017 World Series

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

In celebrating America's pastime between the Houston Astros and the LA Dodgers, Taco Bell, has promised to give FREE Tacos to everybody if a player has a stolen base. In last nights game, Cameron Maybin, had the series' first stolen base. We have attached a link to Taco Bells twitter feed about their giveaway!!!! Enjoy!!

Congratulations to the Houston Astros. This is their first World Series title in franchise history. This was a great series that played all the way to the 7th game. Hats off to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a well played series. It could have gone either way. Fortunately for the Astros more went their way. The last 2 years we have enjoyed baseball a its finest where the series goes to the 7th game. I'm looking forward to 2018.