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Rain and Storm damage
Rain in the forecast
When rainy weather inconviences your life, SERVPRO is here to help!
The rain is back in the forecast for next week. Last storm in November caused multiple roof damages in the tri-state area. High winds can damage roof shingles and rain can seep in causing interior water damage to your home or business. Damages like this can bring an incredible amount of inconveniences to a home owner and or business owner trying to complete day to day operations.
So don't let the weather get you down. Take all the possible precautions to protect your property. Have your roof inspected, clear out the debris in your rain gutters, sweep and clean your flat roofs so water doesn't puddle and check any areas for excess dirt or debris where water is designed to flow away form your property.
But if all else fails, call the restoration company that people know and trust can do the job fast and efficiently. Call SERVPRO! SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman is here to help mitigate and restore your damaged property. We are the solution to your problem.
Steps After You Notice Water Damage
: Steps To Take After You Notice Water Damage In Your Home The First Thing you want to do when you notice water damage in your house, is to find the source of the water and shut it off as soon as possible. You might have to shut the water off at the house completely to be sure. The most common source of water damage is at your water supply lines. The next thing your gonna want to do is to contact your local professionals at SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, and Kingman (928)855-9111 to handle the damage that may have been caused by the water. With any household leak, it’s the water you don’t see that can actually cause mold, and can possibly, cause damage to your home. We highly recommend not trying to clean it up yourself and let our trained, certified technicians, thoroughly investigate the water loss.
There Are Important key concepts, which you will need, for fast action and thorough drying of your home. Water mitigation needs and requires quick action, which means the faster that we arrive on-site to perform cleanup and restoration, the better the results, including a lower claim.
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Water Pressure Regulators
: Water Pressure Regulators
A water pressure regulator is a control valve that reduces the water pressure in your home and business, to a usable and safe level, for daily use.
A household water pressure regulator reduces the water pressure from the water main to a pressure that is usable for your home and business. Low pressure from one of the faucets in your home may be due to mineral deposits from hard water. Hard water can clog the aerators on faucets and it also prevents pressure surges from the household plumbing from the public main. High water pressure can result in dripping faucets and water pipes, and it can damage appliances. Water pressure is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI). Normal water pressure is typically between 30 and 80 PSI.
What If You Suspect Mold
What If You Suspect Mold
When you think there is MOLD at your home or business, please do not disturb it. The sooner you identify and remediate, the lesser the impact. By touching the mold you can actually spread the spores throughout your home. Some varieties of mold are infectious. These can cause skin rashes, irritation, and fungal infections on open wounds. When mold is disturbed, it releases microscopic mold spores which become airborne and will circulate throughout your residence or business.
SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City and Kingman specialize in mold cleanup and restoration. Our technicians are extremely well trained, and are restoration professionals. We use cutting edge specialized equipment and techniques to properly eliminate your mold problem safely and quickly. If you do suspect mold, please do not hesitate to call us at (928)855-9111
What to Do:
- Stay out of the affected areas
- Turn off fans and HVAC systems
- Contact SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, and Kingman
Now that winter has retired, spring is here in Mohave County. Tons of desert flora have bloomed, from cacti to desert trees. Most of our winter visitors have left and our spring and summer visitors are starting to arrive. Our summer activities are just getting started. We have tons of events from April through October. Here's a list of some of the events.
Allergies In The Southwest
The Change In Seasons In The Southwest And How it Affects Allergies.
With beautiful spring weather comes flowering trees and desert plants. The Southwest features a semi-arid to arid climate, depending on the location. Much of the Southwest is an arid desert climate, with some higher elevations. You may wonder why it's so windy during the months of March, April, and May. This time of year allergies seem to increase a lot. The weather is caught in a tug-of-war with a atmospheric instability caused by the increasing strong sunshine. Wind pollinated plants produce comparatively huge quantities of pollen that become airborne easily, and can travel 20 miles or more on a windy day. Therefore most of the pollen found in air samples is derived from plants pollinated by wind. In the southwest there are many species that are native to the region and many introduced species.
Carpet And Tile Cleaning
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Carpet & Tile cleaning
SERVPRO is widely known for being experts at water damage & mold remediation.
SERVPRO has a specialized crew that will come in Model Homes, Rentals, Residential & Businesses to clean the carpets, grout & tile floors.
If your looking to sell or stage a home or rental, one of the first things you will want to have done, is a good deep cleaning on all the floors. Tile, Grout & Carpet cleaning, should be a priority, in preparing your home for showing. Small & simple details will set you apart from others.
We recommend that commercial business facilities get the floors professionally cleaned every 3-6 months. This helps create a attractive appearance, which is healthy & more appealing to customers.
SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City & Kingman will guide you in the best decision to care for your tile & carpet.
WATER DAMAGE AT RENTALS AND VACATION HOMES
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Mohave County is full of vacation homes, second homes, rentals, and summer or winter visitors. Because so many people are coming and going, there is a myriad of homes that are unattended, from days to months at a time. SERVPRO strongly recommends that you have somebody that you can trust, that will check on your house weekly, or once a month. Because you can't see most of the water plumbing in your home, chances are, you may not always know you have a leak until it is to late. Some of the water damaged homes have been running for days, to weeks before the leak is detected. One of the best ways to protect your home is to have somebody that is familiar with the areas of the home where most leaks come from. Excessive water pressure, extreme temperature changes, and clogging of pipes caused from hard water damage, are some of the reasons for water damages to homes. We suggest that you have a plumber change out your pressure regulators every two years and conduct an inspection inside the property regularly.
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.
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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.
SERVPRO SPOTLIGHT: Content Cleaning Department
Production Manager: Kerry Tilaro posing, while SERVPRO Technician, Cody Ortiz prepares contents to return to a valuable customer.
SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman has a dedicated team of content cleaning professionals. Trained and certified in industry standards, our technicians are responsible for cleaning and safeguarding your personal belongings that have been affected by fire or water.
Our technicians use the latest cleaning technologies to completely restore your valuable items following a fire or water event. We also offer an array of green cleaning options.
In addition to cleaning your valuable contents, the Content Cleaning Department is also fully equipped to move your personal items into fully insured storage following a water or fire emergency. This valuable service ensures that your belongings are not further impacted by remaining in a house that has suffered a fire or water damage. Once your property is fully restored, our Content Cleaning Team will happily unpack and reposition all of your personal belongings like it never even happened.