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Check water pressure regulators

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a plumbing set up outside the home with a shut of water valve, house bib, and a water pressure regulator Water pressure regulator located at the bottom of the plumbing.

Elevated water pressure in the plumbing can be caused by a bad water pressure regulator.  High pressure causes a pipe burst or supply line break.  This is a recipe for disaster. 

Be sure to anually have a plumber check you water pressure regulator or there is a tool kit at your local hardware store if you want to check it yourself.  The water pressure regulator is typically located below the water/hose bib outside, next to the foundation of the home.  Water pressure should be between 35 and 65 PSI (pounds per square inch).  The regulator is a control valve that reduces the water pressure in your home or business to a usable and safe level for daily use.  Save your home from an unnecessary water loss by taking the precautions of maintaining the water pressure in your home or business.       

What does renters insurance cover?

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

large water damage in a dining room/living room with water depths close to 1 foot deep.  Couch, dining table, chairs floating Get renters insurance

Renters insurance or tenant insurance helps cover the cost of unexpected damages such as water damage, fire damage, sewage back ups, theft, or visitor/guest gets injured in your home.  Renters insurance is typically utilized after a fire or water damage.  

Some different types of coverage for renters insurance are personal property, liability, and additional living expenses.  The personal property covers, up to policy agreed limits, the cost to repair or replace your personal belongings.  Personal property could be damaged clothing, furniture or electronics.  Liability may cover accidental property damages to a neighbors property.  Additional living expenses covers the expenses incurred, hotel stay and food expenses, if your rental property is not livable after a covered loss such as a large fire or water damage.  All coverage's have policy limits set in place.  Be sure to contact your insurance agent to sign up for the coverage that suits your needs.  Check into your policy to learn how much coverage you have in place for each type of coverage you sign up for.  Renters insurance will save you time and money when those unexpected events happen.    

Precautions of Mold affected areas

1/18/2020 (Permalink)

When you find areas inside your home or business that are affected by mold growth, it's best not to disturb the area.  Touching the mold affected area or trying to dry the area with a fan of any kind, you are causing more harm to the situation by spreading mold spores into unaffected areas or rooms.  Mold could possibly cause health effects to an individual.  Having said that, everyone reacts differently to the irritations mold can cause.  Usually younger children and the elderly have the worst reactions to mold.  Don't take chances, the sooner you identify this hazardous situation, call SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman.

SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman has well trained staff that specialize in cleanup and mold remediation.  We take all the precautions and complete the work in accordance with the IICRC standards of cleaning and restoration services. 

What to do after a fire damage

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

aftermath of a small kitchen fire with visible black smoke damages to the walls and cabinets. We'er here to help

After a fire damage in your home or business, there are a few things you should do and should not do prior to our SERVPRO team arrival.  Smoke damage can also cause a lot of damage in and around the affected areas.  One of the things you should do, is to limit movement in the affected areas of the home or business.  Soot and particles can become embedded into the carpet and upholstery.  This includes touching with your un-gloved hands.  If you absolutely need to enter the affected area, place some old linens on carpet traffic areas.  Also if your electricity is off, completely empty your freezer and refrigerator and leave doors open to prevent bad odor and possible biohazards.  

You should never attempt to dry wet areas with any air movement as this will cause soot and particles to become air born.  You should not attempt to shampoo affected upholstery or carpet without the proper chemicals, this could set in the smoke odor.  

If you need fire cleaning services, call the professionals!  SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman are here to help!

If you live in a pre-1978 home

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Lead-based paint was used in approximately 38 million homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978.  Things you should know about when you live in a home that was built in 1978 or prior.  

Lead-based paints, when damaged or compromised, can have a negative affect on a person causing disabilities and behavioral problems.  Lead in dust is the most common way people are exposed to lead.  However you can also be exposed through soil or paint chips.  In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard. 

If you notice any peeling or chipped paint, Call SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman.  We can have the area tested and remediated if necessary.  

Restore your carpet and tile in your home or business

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

tile cleaning machine restoring old dirty tile Tile cleaning and restoration

SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman is not only experts in fire, water and mold restoration.  We also specialize in carpet and tile cleaning in your home or business.  If you are looking to sell or stage a home or even revive a rental our dedicated crew can restore the flooring to get your property show ready.  Or maybe the home you live in now needs to be restored.  We can remove that stain "Like it never even happened."  

We recommend that commercial business and facilities have the floors professionally cleaned every 3-6 months.  Business and large facilities have a lot more foot traffic each day.  So we are here to help create that attractive clean professional appearance for you and your customers.  Give us a call at SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman. 

Hard Water

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

drying equipment in a affected room with a written slogan "Drying down to a science" Water mitigation

Hard water can create water damages in your home or business.  The calcium buildup in the pluming can cause areas of the pipes to eventually clog up and water pressure increases in the pipes, at which time the pipe can burst, creating water damage throughout your home or business.  

Our tri-state area is known to have hard water.  Most homes and businesses in our area install a water softener to help extend the life of the plumbing and mitigate this hard water issue.  Water softeners help break down the high mineral content that creates calcium and magnesium carbonates buildup. 

If you are affected by water damage, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman.  Our SERVPRO team is more than qualified to mitigate the water damage and complete the proper drying needed to get you back to your everyday life. "Like it never even happened."  

Cleaning contents and soft goods after a fire, water, sewage or mold damage.

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

The iS4000 Esporta washing machine set up in the warehouse iS4000 Esporta

When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back. 

SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman has a dedicated team of content cleaning professionals.  Our technicians on the content team are trained and certified in the industry standards to properly clean and safeguard your personal belongings that have been affected by fire, water or mold.  Our technicians use the latest cleaning technologies to completely restore your valuable items following a fire or water damage, to include green cleaning options for anyone with allergies. 

SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman has teamed up with the Esporta Certified Operators and we have recently added the iS4000 Esporta washing machine to our equipment inventory.  The Esporta wash system is the next generation of washing systems.  A patented restoration technology that's capable of restoring over ninety percent of the different types of soft contents in a house.  Cleaning is completed to a "food grade clean" by removing ninety-nine percent of the organic and inorganic contaminants during the cleaning process. 

The Esporta is self cleansing washing machine with multiple individual compartments inside.  The 4 individual compartments are stationary compartments to prevent damaging the integrity or shape of the contents during the cleaning process.  The Esporta machine is the most effective washing solution available today and arguably the best washing machine of all time in the cleaning industry.   

Prevent your pipes from freezing

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

A yard sign with snow in the back on the ground that reads "freeze warning, let faucets drip, leave heat on" warning winter sign for frozen pipes

When temperatures drop in the rigid winter days, your pipes are at risk of freezing over and causing a water damage in your home or business.  Pipes are at risk once temperatures reach 20 degrees.  Pipes freezing is the most common cause for water damages in the winter months.  Pipes at the greatest risk are the ones in unheated areas of the home or business.  However your exterior pipes in the wall can also freeze.  Take the proper precautions to prevent your pipes from freezing over.  

Pipe insulation is approximately 50 cents per linear foot at any local hardware stores.  Also, as unusual as it may seem, having your faucet running to a slow drip of water is said to prevent frozen pipes in the winter.  This may sound like wasting water or increasing your water bill, however it would be more expensive dealing with the aftermath of a water loss.  Keeping your heater on at consistent temperature during the day and night helps to prevent frozen pipes.  At the very least the temperature in the home should never drop below 55 degrees, even if you decide to leave your home or business for a long duration of time. 

If you suspect your pipes are frozen, be cautious as you attempt to thaw out the pipes as you may already have a pipe break.  Slowly thaw out using an electric heating pad, electric hair dryer, or an electric heater.  Never use a direct flame to any pipe as this could cause damage to the structure of the pipe.     

Protect yourself from harmful materials

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

A technician with a biohazard suit and mask setting up plastic barrier around an air scrubber Biohazard cleanup

If you own rental property or you manage rental property you may encounter a biohazard at some point in time.  A biohazard could be a few different things.  Blood is the most dangerous and harmful biohazard risk that you may come in contact with.  Other risks include any type of material that has come into contact with blood or other bodily fluids.  Animal bodily fluids can also be dangerous, even more if the animal is sickly.  These situations like this needs to be cleaned and sanitized immediately.  Trained technicians are certified in the proper cleaning and sanitizing protocols needed to get rid of the biohazard quickly and efficiently.  SERVPRO will clean to health regulations and use the proper disposal for a safe environment and to prevent health risks.  If you have encountered a biohazard such as a sewage backup, trauma or chemical spill Call SERVPRO of Lake havasu City, Bullhead City, Kingman.