Mohave County's Hard Water
WHAT IS HARD WATER:
Hard Water is water that has a high mineral content. Hard Water is formed when water moves through deposits of limestone and chalk which are largely made up of calcium and magnesium carbonates and trace metals.
WHAT ARE THE AFFECTS OF HARD WATER ON YOUR HOUSE AND BUSINESS:
In time hard water can damage water pipes by scale buildup, from long term movement of hard water. Which gradually results in less water moving through the pipe and a lowering of water pressure. When hard water is heated, like in the heat of the day, or your water heater, solid deposits of calcium carbonate can form. This can reduce the life of your plumbing. It can also raise the costs of heating the water, lower the efficiency of electric water heaters, and clog pipes. Water pipes can run all through your house and business. Clogged pipes from hard water can eventually result in water damage, from the pipes bursting.
There are many types of ways water can cause damage.
Water has a way of getting places you never thought , and causing damage in ways you weren't expecting. When pipes burst and a home is flooded, or hit with a plumbing disaster (like a burst pipe), the situation can quickly get out of hand. There’s a reason why these incidents are among the most expensive problems a homeowner can face. Contaminated water not only creates immediate structural problems, it can leave serious biological threats behind after it has been removed.
Category three water is water that is grossly contaminated. It can cause severe illness or death if ingested. It's sources include sewer backup, flooding, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth.
Dirty water is filled with all kinds of deadly substances, ranging from chemical residues to animal feces to parasites. Bacteria, viruses and fungi grow explosively in contaminated fluid, and severe health risks, like salmonella and hepatitis, are common in flood waters.
This problem is compounded by the composition of most homes, which are filled with organic materials. Drywall, wood and the matter that is trapped in carpet fibers are just a few examples, and they can give pathogens room to grow. Within 48 hours, mold may begin creeping behind the walls and releasing spores, and any organic materials that have been soaked through by contaminated fluid will usually have to be destroyed.
Fentanyl- It's In Your Community
Fentanyl is now being produced in illegal drug laboratories, and is 100 times more potent than morphine.
Fentanyl is the latest prescription drug abuse threat in our communities.
Fentanyl, when used legitimately, is a schedule II prescription drug and is typically used to manage pain after surgery. It is similar to morphine, but attaches much more tightly to the opiate receptors in the body, so you need less of the drug to ease the same amount of pain. This makes it much easier for a user to overdose on fentanyl.
Drug cartels have began producing fentanyl in illegal laboratories to sell pure or to mix with heroin. Street names include Apache, China Girl, Dance Fever, Jackpot and Murder 8.
Illegal fentanyl producers are often using rental properties, hotel rooms, extended stay suites, and empty buildings to manufacture the lethal substance.
If you own or manage any of these properties, be aware of the signs of a potential fentanyl drug lab operation, including an unusual amount of white or colored powder on walls, floors; unusual thumping sounds that could indicate a pill press machine; odors - often a strong vinegar smell; reluctance to let landlords inspect the property.
If you suspect that there is a clandestine fentanyl laboratory, leave the area immediately and notify the police.
Stay Focused On Pool Safety This Summer
If you are considering adding a pool addition to your property this year, then be a good neighbor and observe the Lake Havasu City Codes on Pool/Spa enclosures.
Any pool or spa which is at least 18 inches in depth shall
1) Be enclosed by at least a five (5) foot wall, fence, or wire fencing.
2) Have no openings in the wall or fence through which a spherical object inches in diameter can pass.
3) Gates will be self closing and self latching with the latch located at least 54 inches above the underlying surface.
4) The wall or fence shall be at least twenty inches from the water's edge.
For more information see Lake Havasu City Code, Chapter 14
Summer Duct Cleaning
Air Duct Cleaning in Lake Havasu City
As the weather heats up here in the Mohave Desert, we will all begin to utilize our air conditioners more often. Before the summer heat arrives, call a service professional from SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman to inspect your air conditioner's duct work.
Keeping your duct work clean can extend the life of your heating and cooling equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.
However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. SERVPRO Professionals will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system and your family.
For more information on duct cleaning contact SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman at (928) 855-9111.
Arizona School Tax Credits
If you live and work in Mohave County, the state of Arizona offers some unique tax benefits for supporting our public schools. There are five different tax credits that an eligible individual may claim. For this blog, we will concentrate on the most common individual tax credit.
An individual may claim a credit for making contributions or paying fees to a public school for support of qualified activities or programs. In 2016, single taxpayers can contribute up to $200. For married taxpayers, the credit cannot exceed $400.
Your contribution reduces your state tax liability dollar for dollar, and goes directly to support qualifying programs and activities Qualifying activities include sports, standardized testing fees for college credit, vocational education, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training.
The wonderful aspect of this program is that your contribution is used locally. Every dollar contributed supports the schools and activities in the community where you live.
This tax season, please remember your local schools and the children who attend them.
Holiday Carpet Cleaning
Call SERVPRO for a professional carpet cleaning today
We are moving into a wonderful time of the year. As family and friends get together to celebrate this holiday season, your life can become very busy and hectic. Let SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman help you relax by providing a top quality carpet cleaning in your home or office.
Call SERVPRO at (928) 855-9111 and a SERVPRO Franchise professional will listen to your needs and recommend the right care and cleaning solution for you and your budget. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained in the latest IICRC (Institution of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration) carpet cleaning techniques to help restore carpets by removing entrapped soils.
Call SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman today and immediately begin to experience the benefits of regular professional carpet cleaning: improved indoor air quality, soil removal, and longer carpet life.
Call SERVPRO today so that you can spend this holiday season enjoying your family and friends.
Faster to your Mohave County Water Damage Event
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 - (928) 855-9111
Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
About SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman
SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Prevent a Water Damage During Labor Day Weekend.\
Boaters enjoying a vacation on beautiful Lake Havasu.
Labor Day weekend is generally considered the end of the Summer. It's one last long weekend to enjoy the sun and the water before Autumn arrives. If you plan on taking a trip away from home this Labor Day Weekend, there are several actions you can take to reduce your chance of having a serious water damage affect your home.
1) Check all supply lines to major appliances for kinks or leaks, including washing machine hoses, ice maker lines, and the reverse osmosis system.
2) Inspect the supply lines for serviceability at the toilets.
3) Hire a plumber to inspect your pressure regulator before leaving town. The peace of mind will be worth the cost.
3) Turn the water off at the main
The roads, lakes and rivers are going to be busy this coming weekend. Please be careful out there.
The Arizona Monsoon
Approaching Arizona Monsoon.
Monsoon season has arrived in Arizona. Known variously as the Mexican monsoon, the Arizona monsoon or the Southwest monsoon, the season lasts in Arizona from June until the end of September. During the monsoon season, the Arizona desert experiences high winds, dust storms, and severe downpours that often result in flash flooding. Below are several safety tips to weather our summer storms.
Do not attempt to cross flooded washes or roadways. Even if the water looks shallow, there is often a layer of mud beneath the water's surface that can disable your vehicle.
If driving while it’s raining, slow down. The roads are very hazardous at the beginning of a downpour as oils and automotive fluids are washed off of the asphalt. This creates unusually slippery conditions.
Keep a safe distance from windows as high winds can blow heavy debris.
Flood water is often highly contaminated. If flood water intrudes into your home or business, call SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman to safeguard your health and home from the contaminants found in flood waters.