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Disasters You Should Leave To The Pros

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Disasters You Should Leave To The Pros IICRC Crew

While most business expect their employees to clean up after themselves to maintain a clean work environment. There are some situations employees should not expect to handle and that should be left to the pros.

  1. Sewage Cleanup - Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination
  2. Mold Remediation -  Because mold can produce allergens and irritants, you will want a professional that has training and experience to properly resolve the mold infestation. If you suspect that your East Las Vegas home or business has a mold problem, Professionals can inspect, assess and remediate your property.
  3. Commercial Water Damage - You can get over your head on a large loss commercial water damage. There lots going on, specialized drying equipment will be needed. You cant delay or you risk secondary damage to your building. This can get costly especially if need your business back up and running fast.
  4. Biohazard - Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments.  Employees should be trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.
  5.  Trauma & Crime Scene - Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. You should have specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.

Why Hire Professionals

Do not treat your staff like a cleaning service.  If you want accurate results, hire a professional restoration company.  Hiring the right company for the right job shows your employees and clientele that you respect the job your staff does, and that intend to handle a special situation the right way.  You have the satisfaction of knowing that the job was done correctly and that you will not be putting your employees in harms way.  +

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Need Mold or Specialized Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (702) 785-0100

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

IICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Mold Abatement in Old Homes

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Abatement in Old Homes Toxic Work Area

Mold Removal in Older Homes in Henderson and Las Vegas

Before engaging with toxic mold lets first get to know a little bit about mold.

Understanding Mold

Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Dealing with Mold

Here are some useful tips and safe practices for removing toxic mold from your home. If you're home is built prior 1978 you need to watch for a couple safety items which a lot of times can be overlooked in your abatement project.We will discuss later below in this blog. 

  1. Safety and health precautions are a must! Anyone involved in the mold remediation process must be protected from exposure through a combination of practices and controls. Hire a certified reputable mold removal firm to perform the designed abatement for you. 
  2. A post-cleanup assessment by an independent environmental expert should follow any abatement. It is highly recommended that appropriate documentation of the abatement process be kept.
  3. Eliminating mold at the source. Once mold spores gets airborne, it will be much more difficult to capture.
  4. Control the moisture in the affected area to limit future contamination. Moisture problems must be identified, located and corrected as soon as possible.

Generally as a rule it is not recommended for home owners to attempt any mold remediation on their own over a 10sq. ft. area. Call in a professional that is certified to handle toxic mold, know the correct procedures, have the specialized equipment and personnel to do the job safely. 

Common Mold Misconceptions

It’s easy to understand why many people struggle to grasp the facts and issues surrounding indoor mold because sensational news stories and advertising cloud and obscure the real issues. Educate yourself with the facts about mold and learn about the mold remediation process.

Ready, set... Test!

So no problem, you've got some basic helpful tips to combat that mold growth on your kitchen wall and you're ready to start your project? Not so fast. If you're home was built prior 1978 there may be some safety issues you should know about. 

Lead and Asbestos. We will touch on how to deal with Lead when removing mold from your older home here in this blog post. We will go over Asbestos in another blog post at a later date. Both however should be tested for prior to disturbing any materials. 

Lead Paint is still a problem

If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning.

The EPA states these facts

  • Lead paint is still present in millions of homes, sometimes under layers of newer paint. If the paint is in good shape, the lead paint is usually not a problem. Deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention.
  • It may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew or that get a lot of wear-and-tear, such as:
    • Windows and window sills;
    • Doors and door frames; and
    • Stairs, railings, banisters, and porches.
  • Be sure to keep all paint in excellent shape and clean up dust frequently. Read about simple steps to protect your family from lead hazards (PDF)
  • Lead in household dust results from indoor sources such as deteriorating lead-based paint.
  • Lead dust can also be tracked into the home from soil outside that is contaminated by deteriorated exterior lead-based paint and other lead sources, such as industrial pollution and past use of leaded gasoline. Read more about lead dust.
  • Renovation, repair or painting activities can create toxic lead dust when painted surfaces are disturbed or demolished. Learn more about hiring lead-safe certified contractors.
  • Pipes and solder - Lead is used in some water service lines and household plumbing materials. Lead can leach, or enter the water, as water flows through the plumbing. Lead pipes and lead solder were commonly used until 1986. Read more about lead in drinking water.

Make sure who ever you choose to renovate your property that your home if built before 1978 that is get tested for lead as well as asbestos. 

Renovation, Repair and Painting Program

Your contractor should be aware of this program by now. If you ask them about this program and they say they never heard of it, politely send them out the door. You do not want them causing health hazards to you or your family. 

For your convenience here is a link of Lead Safe Certified Firms. I would start here. 

Once you find a certified lead safe contractor next see if they perform toxic mold removal.

Here are the next steps in choosing a safe Mold Removal Contractor

Make sure your contractor is IICRC certified and in good standing. 

You also might want to check their google reviews or Yelp reviews or Birds Eye reviws

Lastly make sure they are in good standing with the BBB in Las Vegas and Henderson area.

Regarding mold removal, the industry right now is generally guided by a standard of care rather than strict regulations. Even under the best of circumstances, mold remediation work can be difficult with the presence of Lead and Asbestos in the materials being removed. Call in the professionals that can safely take care your mold removal project in your older homes or buildings. 

To Sum it up

This is a brief article and cannot be construed as comprehensive. Insurance adjusters, general contractors, remediation companies and homeowners must consider lead on their mold removal projects. Do your part to learn the facts. Hope this article will help you the next time you have a mold removal project in an older home or building. 

If you need help with any toxic mold indoor air quality issues or need to speak to someone that can lead you in the right direction give us a call SERVPRO of Northeast Las Vegas anytime (702)785-0100 

Hurricane Season is Here!

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Season is Here! Hurricane

What to Do After a Hurricane Strikes

Lucky in Las Vegas we don't need to worry about hurricanes. But having to respond to disaster when hurricane hits we’ve learned a thing or two. Here are some tips that will be helpful..

Assemble disaster supplies. You’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of one week. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. Many of us have cell phones, and they all run on batteries. You’re going to need a portable, crank or solar powered USB charger. Get some cash! Banks will most likely be down as well as ATM machines.

Photograph and Document Damage: Document the damage thoroughly with photos, as it will make the insurance claims process much easier.

Conduct Emergency Repairs: Do only what's necessary to prevent further damage after a storm, such as covering broken windows with plastic or roofs with tarps to keep rain out. Don't make or commission permanent repairs until an insurance adjuster reviews the damage. While it may be tempting to start cleaning up and throwing out damaged items after the storm, your insurance adjuster needs to see what happened firsthand to make you the best offer to settle your claim.

File a Claim ASAP: Insurance companies sometimes work on a first-come, first-served basis; so it's in your best interest to file an insurance claim as soon as possible. When you contact your provider, let them know the extent of the water damages and that you have an inventory of your possessions. An insurance adjuster will come to your property, assess the damage, and determine the size of your payout.

Secure Safe Lodging: If you home is uninhabitable, you'll need to find your family a safe place to stay while your home is being repaired. The loss of use coverage in a standard homeowner insurance policy typically helps pay for your family's lodging as long as the damage is part of a covered claim. Check your policy or ask your agent to make sure you have this coverage and to determine its monetary value and time limits.

The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins, when you have the time and are not under pressure. If you wait until a hurricane is on your doorstep, the odds are that you will be under duress and will make the wrong decisions. Take the time now to write down your hurricane plan.Being prepared, before a hurricane threatens, makes you resilient to the hurricane impacts of wind and water. It will mean the difference between your being a hurricane victim and a hurricane survivor.

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Thermal Camera for Water Damage Restoration

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Thermal Camera for Water Damage Restoration Thermal Camera

Infrared technology is certainly not new to the inspection industry. However, combined with newer technologies, infrared cameras provide substantial new value.

Thermal imaging is a technology that aids in the detection of hidden moisture

Thermal cameras can be applied for numerous applications. One application for home inspectors is mounting thermal cam on a drone, it can be used to quickly evaluate areas of air infiltration and exfiltration, and provide a report that enables property owners to identify problems and better seal their building envelope. This can be done even on buildings that were previously very difficult to access.

Hidden Moistures Solved Fast

Likewise, the same two technologies can be used to identify water damage or moisture intrusion inside walls, which aids in identifying problems in the building envelope, including the roof, as well as in the aftermath of a storm or other water loss event. A thorough and rapid inspection can prevent the need for costly mold remediation. By mounting the infrared camera on a drone, difficult-to-access areas can be quickly inspected so that only areas affected by moisture require access by a person.

To understand IT as a tool it is necessary to understand how it works. Thermal or infrared energy is light that is not visible to humans because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye. Thermal or infrared energy (IR) is the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Unlike visible light, in the infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared. The higher the object's temperature, the greater the IR radiation emitted. Infrared allows people to see what their eyes normally cannot see.
Inspection imaging combined with all technologies can offer faster, cheaper, better property assessments of all types.

But finding a problem with an infrared camera is not a solution. It is the start of an investigation that will help the property owner or developer stop a problem before it becomes serious.

An infrared camera image alone, without accurate temperature measurements, says very little about the condition of a structure or its susceptibility to mold growth.

If you would like to get a free thermal camera inspection Contact us today to schedule your next inspection.

Emergency Document Restoration

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Document Restoration Emergency Document Drying

Document Restoration

In the aftermath of disaster, some of your most valued contents—documents, photographs, and books—could be lost forever. As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Northeast Las Vegas knows that timely mitigation is the key to recovering damaged possessions. With years of experience and state-of-the-art technology, SERVPRO’s restoration professionals will help you recover your paper goods before it is too late.

Our Document Restoration Facility:

    • Innovative: we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing
    • Secure: managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians, under 24/7 surveillance
    • Digital: we use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents
    • Flexible capacity - we can accommodate large commercial losses or small residential jobs
    • Full Service: we offer a range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization

Need your valuable documents restored? Call Today - 702-785-0100

Our Technology

Then SERVPRO document restoration Las Vegas team uses innovate vacuum freeze-drying techniques; in fact, we use the same freeze-drying methods used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historic documents and books. Our vacuum freeze-drying process is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA).

Types of content:

    • paper documents
    • books and magazines
    • manuscripts and files
    • x-rays
    • blueprints and maps
    • parchment

Document Cleaning and Disinfecting

In many water damage situations, like sewage or flood water, documents will be exposed to bacteria, viruses, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals. Our team uses a gamma irradiation process to safely and effectively sterilize your documents.

Digitizing Services

In the digital age, converting your paper files and photos to digital formats can have an invaluable impact on your business or home. With the help of SERVPRO’s restoration professionals to digitize your documents, you can save storage space and have access to your records at the touch of a button. And perhaps most important of all, you’ll have digital copies of your valuable documents that can’t be lost in a flood or fire.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Northeast Las Vegas? 

SERVPRO will get the job done right. For document restoration backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today. Our Professional staff is here to help and ready to serve you.

Call Today - 702-785-0100

Safe Mold Removal Las Vegas

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Safe Mold Removal Las Vegas Toxic Black Mold SERVPRO

SERVPRO Northeast Las Vegas Can Safely Remove Mold Damage In Your Home

At SERVPRO, we are committed not just to eradicating mold damage, but also to educating homeowners about why it happens. We believe that knowledge is key to preventing new problems from developing in the future, so getting to grips with the basics is important.

You should know that just not in mold damage in Las Vegas homes can be harmful, but also what the physical symptoms are. That way, you can identify sources of trouble quickly and seek the right kind of assistance. We want to stress that, while mold damage can compromise physical health, a calm and measured response is always best.

This guide to some of the potential effects of persistent mold will explain why it needs to be tackled safely, by professional remediation experts.

Why a Speedy Response Is Important

As soon as you suspect that you have mold damage in your home, you need to call the removal experts at SERVPRO. You may not develop any visible symptoms, as a result of contact with an affected area, but it is still important that you steer well clear of it. Mold, particularly in very damp conditions, may cause health effects.

 If there are very young or elderly occupants in the house, you are advised to leave after you have arranged for SERVPRO to carry out an inspection. Infants, the elderly, and those with existing medical conditions are at a significantly greater risk of the potentially negative effects of an infestation.  At the very least, you need to stay away from the affected room or area to help prevent the spores from spreading. Few mold species are a threat to our health, but be safe and avoid exposure when possible.

Some Common Physical Symptoms

Ordinarily, the physical reactions to mold are either nothing or quite mild but still unpleasant. Once again, this is why remediation should be carried out quickly. Symptoms may develop, but are they from the mold or an allergen in the air? SERVPRO technicians have training in best practices of the IICRC to deal with mold issues, primarily to the structure and contents of a home.

SERVPRO of Northeast Las Vegas  is a local company the provides water damage restoration and mold removal. We can arrange a same day inspection according to your schedule. Call us 24/7 at (702) 785-0100.

Commercial Water Damage Las Vegas

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

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Commercial Water Damage

If you are dealing with the aftermath of a pipe burst in a commercial water damage situation, you want the problems solved as quickly as possible. You need to get your business back up and running ASAP!

Water Damage Restoration Service

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an disaster strikes your business you need experienced help fast 

When calling on a contractor at a minimum you want to answer yes to these questions.

  • Are your technicians IICRC Certfied?
  • Are you ASD (Applied Structure Drying) Certified?
  • Are you equipped with large desiccant dehumidifiers? 
  • Can they get their large loss equipment onsite up and running in a few hours? 
  • Do they have the manpower to handle the loss?
  • Have they successfully completed a commercial large loss project?

Having a commercial large has its unique challenges. If your contractor answers "no" to any of the above questions I would think twice about hiring that contractor. Remember, you desperately need them to get you back up and running as quickly as possible. If they have to rent large loss equipment it could take 24 to 48 hours to get the equipment on site. That's valuable time lost when every hour matters. 

No Job Is Too Large

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. You will have the manpower and semi trucks full of drying equipment if you need it, dispatched to reach your project in a few short hours.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Should a large loss or major event strike, call SERVPRO of Northeast Las Vegas (702) 785-0100

Fire Damage Las Vegas

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Las Vegas Fire Damage Kitchen Las Vegas

SERVPRO of Northeast Las Vegas provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your fire | smoke damage emergency and have the expertise to handle your water restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (702)785-0100

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency fire or smoke damage or water damage, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

You can grab our Fire Restoration Service brochure here

Odor Removal and Deodorization

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contact any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

If you would like to DIY your smoke odor, here are some tips that could help. 

  1. Vinegar: White vinegar cuts through odors naturally. Try wiping down furniture, washable walls, floors, etc. with white vinegar. Also, try placing several bowls of vinegar around the room with the smoke damage, leaving them there for several days. If you can’t stand the smell of vinegar either, try mixing a bit of lavender oil into the bowls to help cut the odor of the vinegar.
  2. Baking Soda: Baking soda is another natural odor-absorber. Try sprinkling liberal amounts of baking soda over furniture, floors, etc. Leave a few bowls of baking soda around the room for several days to help absorb the odors.
  3. Febreeze: Febreeze, a popular odor-reducing product sold in many stores, uses a chemical compound called cyclodextrin, a sugar-like substance that absorbs odors. Spraying the area down with Febreze may help to reduce the smoke odor.
  4. Activated Charcoal: This product, often used as a detoxifying agent, is also a natural odor absorbent. Placing bowls of activated charcoal (powdered form) around your room may help to absorb the smoke odors.
  5. Fresh Air: In the warmer weather, leave your windows and doors open as much as possible. Fresh air will eventually dissipate the smell of smoke.
  6. Ozone Generators: There are products on the market known as Ozone Generators which may help in reducing or even eliminating smoke odor from your house. Remember, though, that these expensive products, while effective in reducing the odor, will not eliminate it completely if the odor has permeated the carpets, draperies, furnishings, etc.

If you have severe smoke damage in your home, it may be best to contact a smoke damage professional. We are here if you need us for all your fire and water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO of Northeast Las Vegas

Water Damage Flood in Las Vegas

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Emergency

Sewer line, toilet backups, sump pump and water heater failures, broken pipes, washing machine and dishwasher leaks, ice maker problems and natural disasters.

But it doesn’t take much to cause tremendous damage. It does not take too long to destroy carpets and dry wall, warp wood floors, damage building components, and trash home furnishings and personal items.

Even after the water seems to disappear, excess moisture can hide in your floor coverings, foundation, wood structures and walls—causing major damage to your property and creating the perfect environment for mold and other fungi growth.

But if you catch it in time, you can save money and headaches down the road. It’s important that water is quickly removed and the property dried, ventilated and disinfected to inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew and other microorganisms that are harmful.

Here are some helpful steps that will help you when you have a water damage emergency. 

What you can do until help arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. You can click on any of the steps below to learn more about that process.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call SERVPRO Northeast Las Vegas (702) 785-0100

Home Water Damage Intrusion Problems Revealed

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Home Water Damage Intrusion Problems Revealed Pipe break Las Vegas Home

Tricky Water Damage Issues

We are all familiar with the most common of water leaks in Las Vegas homes like leaky roofs, water heater failure, toilets and pipes.

But there are other sources of water leaks that you may not be aware of. They can be tricky to detect and can cause serious damage if left unattended.

Signs of water intrusion

Before we reveal the sources, it’s first helpful to know signs that your house might have a water leak. In addition to obvious signs such as seeing stagnant water or a water mark on a wall, other signs of water leaks include:

  • Mold or mildew growth.
  • An unusually high water bill.
  • A warm spot on the floor. 
  • The sound of water running when nothing is turned on.
  • Musty odors coming from floors, walls, drains or sewers.

Causes of water leaks

Here are four common causes of water leaks–and how you (or your plumber) can get a handle on them.

  1. Dishwasher - Leaks happen when water pools or the door doesn’t shut right.
  2. HVAC system - Why air conditioners leak? Wrong installation, ice accumulation on the indoor evaporator and poor drainage. 
  3. Your refrigerator - The copper pipe that brings in water to make ice might have an unsecure connection somewhere. We see these fail time and time again. 
  4. Washing machine - hoses break while seals on front-loading machines can wear out over time.

These small little issues that not many pay attention to can cause thousands of dollars in damages. It may be worth looking into getting some added coverage to you insurance policy in case you run into one of these issues. 

Added protection against water intrusion

Consider adding a Sewer and Drain Backup endorsement to your homeowners policy. It provides coverage if water or sewage back up into your house through sewers or drains, or overflows from inside a sump pump or other system designed to remove water that drains from your foundation.

To learn more about what to do if your home has a tricky water damage situation, visit SERVPRO of Northeast Las Vegas