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Commercial Water Damage can Damage Interiors and Inventory in Garden Shops in Colorado Springs

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage can Damage Interiors and Inventory in Garden Shops in Colorado Springs Water damage in your garden center can often lead to mold forming. Contact SERVPRO before it gets out of hand.

Getting a Quick Response is Key When Dealing with Water Damage on Your Business Property

Even a small, short-lived snafu with a sprinkler system can cause extensive problems inside a garden shop. There is a reason that sprinkler heads are positionable, and when they are misdirected, water spraying out can seriously miss the mark. If water is not soaked up by thirsty plants, it has to go somewhere. Other problems can stem from undetected leaks that allow water to drip into locations that were never meant to get wet.
 
Businesses in Colorado Springs that discover commercial water damage in their interior structures can benefit from restorative work. Such work might include tearing out of water-stained ceiling tiles and side panels. Some building materials are much more porous than others. Display panels and pegboard shelving can become warped and unsightly, and also become breeding areas for bacteria and various molds.
 
During exposure to excess water, metal hooks and pegs can rust, creating safety hazards for both your customers and your employees. While this situation might seem minor, the possibility that there are many more metal fixtures than previously realized, increasing the risks when rusted, exists and should be considered. If metal that has rusted is becoming increasingly more prominent in your garden shop, you should inspect for other types of water damage. Rust is often one of the first tell-tale signs of water damage in a business or warehouse setting.
 
SERVPRO technicians have the skills and training that they need to find the leaks and other sources of water that is damaging your business. Finding these locations and rectifying the situation so additional water is not introduced to the area is the first step in repairing your business so it is “Like it never even happened.”
 
From replacing metal fixtures on doors, windows, shelving units, racks, displays, counters, and anything else, to removing and replacing stained or expanded ceiling tiles, to restoring walls and ceilings, as well as removing inventory that has been ruined by exposure to water, we can help. No job is ever too large, nor too small for us. We also contract with other service providers to make sure that all of your business's needs are met fully so that the end result is as perfect as possible.
 
Whenever your business has problems with water damage, call us, SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626. We answer calls 24/7 and can provide you with the answers and services your company needs.

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Five Principles of Handling Mold Damage in Colorado Springs

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Five Principles of Handling Mold Damage in Colorado Springs Don't let a mold infestation take over your house. Call SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Remediate Mold Damage on Your Property

Despite the increasing heat, mold is still a threat to many homes. In fact, as long as there is a source of moisture, mold expands in temperatures as high as 85 degrees and grows if it has a food source such as drywall or insulation. Neutralizing mold and restoring a home afterward can be a complicated process.

To meet the requirements for combating mold damage in Colorado Springs homes, SERVPRO follows the standards of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. There are five principles that we apply to every task, no matter how extensive the mold has grown.

Provide for Health and Safety – We ensure that our technicians and the residents of the home are protected from exposure to mold as we remove and clean mold contaminated personal and structural property.

Document Conditions and Processes – Our team members record the extent of the contamination and the moisture levels in the air and structural property. After we complete restoration and cleaning, we test and record the new, lower levels. We recommend engaging a third party to confirm our results.

Control the Contamination at its Source - From the start, we work to keep the contamination from spreading. Technicians place negative air machines at the point of demolition to reduce the number of spores in the air and establish containment using heavy plastic sheeting to isolate and contain the mold.

Remove Contamination – If the mold has grown too large, we eliminate the bulk before cleaning surfaces. Technicians vacuum the affected area using specially designed HEPA filters which trap even a single spore. We also break down large debris (infected drywall for example) and bag it to make removal more efficient and less likely to spread mold to unaffected areas.

Correct the Moisture Problem – If we do not bring the levels down to normal, then every other action taken merely slows the mold growth, it does not stop it. A new mold growth can begin with a single spore expanding and growing.

Restoring your home after a mold infestation is not a simple process, but it is one that we can walk you through at every step. If you our help, call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes today at (719) 434-4626.

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The Four Drying Factors We Take Into Account When Dealing With Water Damage To Your Colorado Springs

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Four Drying Factors We Take Into Account When Dealing With Water Damage To Your Colorado Springs Water and Moisture Extraction Mitigate Water Damage in a Colorado Springs Property

SERVPRO Utilizes Best Practices for Water Removal

Your family dining room is a place to get together for meals (and sometimes it doubles as an office or place for toys too). Just like any other room in your house, the dining room can be affected by water from a ruptured pipe, a broken appliance, a plumbing leak or a storm.
 
It is understandable that you want to get your dining room dried out as quickly as possible after water damage to your Colorado Springs home. That is why we recommend you call SERVPRO as soon as possible. Our technicians are on hand to dry your home and make it “Like it never even happened.”
 
Our IICRC-certified technicians take account of four factors when dealing with water damage in your dining room. Each factor impacts the drying process and the better we can control each one, the better the results.
 
1. Temperature
Drying is faster when the affected area is heated to between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature goes above 85 degrees, it can negatively impact the drying process because there might be too much moisture in the air. Our experts monitor air temperature and have portable heaters on hand if needed.
 
2. Amount of Water
It makes sense that the less water there is to be removed, the faster the drying process is. SERVPRO takes care of this by extracting as much water as possible before the drying process begins. Did you know that one of our truck mounted pumps can remove thousands of gallons of water per day, while a dehumidifier can only remove 30 gallons per day? That is why we spend plenty of time extracting liquid at the start of every drying job. We pay particular attention to your dining room carpet and pad, where much water can gather and where protection of the flooring fibers is paramount.
 
3. Humidity
Relative humidity means the amount of water air is holding at a given temperature. Most people feel comfortable at around 30% - 50% relative humidity. A level of over 60% hampers drying time. Under 40% humidity level is ideal and our technicians achieve this by careful placement of dehumidifiers.
 
4. Air Movement
Air movement assists the drying process. The air in your dining room is likely to be wet and humid after water damage. Our team uses a range of air movers to blow out this moist air and replace it with warm, dry air to encourage evaporation and speed up drying.
 
We carefully balance all four aspects of drying and monitor the situation as it progresses to ensure your dining room is properly dried and fit for use once more.
 
Do not let water ruin your enjoyment of your family home. Call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 for help.

Assessing Cleanability After Fire Damage In Your Colorado Springs Kitchen

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Has an Arsenal of Cleaning Equipment and Supplies Post Smoke & Fire Damage for Restoration

A kitchen fire can start so easily from cooking oil in an unattended pan, or a faulty oven or other kitchen appliance can quickly become a blaze. After a fire in your kitchen, it is natural to be worried about all the contents of the room and whether or not they can be cleaned or saved. That is why we recommend you call SERVPRO as quickly as possible. Our trained experts assess cleanability and decide on the best course of action. Our aim is to restore and clean as much as we can, leaving your kitchen “Like it never even happened.”

Many factors affect cleanability after fire damage to your Colorado Springs kitchen:
 
The type of material burned. Natural materials such as wood are often easier to clean than synthetics such as plastic. Synthetic materials frequently produce a smeary residue that is challenging to clean--soot. That means that your wooden kitchen table or chairs can often be cleaned up and restored using a mix of mechanical actions (scrubbing and rubbing) and application of cleaning fluids.
 
Age of the surface burned. Older materials are harder to clean because the more aged a material is, the more porous it is, and the more soot can penetrate it. If the material is too delicate to withstand scrubbing or soaking, SERVPRO has cleaning foam and absorbent powders on hand to help remove soot.
 
How hot the fire was. The hotter the fire, the more difficult the cleanup. A blaze that burns at a higher temperature causes surfaces to become more porous which means particles can penetrate them more deeply.
 
How much moisture was present. If the blaze triggered a sprinkler system or there was heavy use of water hoses in battling the fire, then residues are more likely to be sealed to surfaces and be harder to remove. Water extraction from the affected area is a topic on its on merit.
 
SERVPRO has a range of cleaning techniques available to combat even tough soot stains. Simple scrubbing and wiping with cleaning agents is enough for some residues. However, for tougher residues, we have a range of tools. For example, we can use an upholstery cleaning machine, which is suitable for cleaning drapes or other soft furnishings and pushes powerful detergents into the material. The upholstery cleaning machine can also be used to apply cleaning solvents to materials that cannot withstand wet cleaning. The use of the Esporta Washing Systems effectively separates soil and smoke particles from soft fabrics even stuffed toy animals.
 
Smaller items can be placed in ultrasonic cleaning tanks, where the action of millions of bubbles forming and popping gives a thorough deep cleanse.
 
SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is on hand to assist with fire cleanup. Call us at (719) 434-4626 for help.

Commercial Water Damage is a Common Problem for Hotels in Colorado Springs

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage is a Common Problem for Hotels in Colorado Springs We at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes repair and restore buildings of any size, and which have any degree of water damage.

SERVPRO Commercial Water Restoration Services Are Available for Hotels 


Traveling for business or pleasure is a common activity in America, and often necessitates the use of overnight lodging. Hotels fill this need for countless people, from business executives to large families.

In hotels in the Colorado Springs area, there are many ways that commercial water damage can start. One of these is simple carelessness by guests. Towels that are still damp from showering or visiting the pool and left in spots that are porous can create smelly carpets, weak spots in floors, spotting and staining on nearby walls, and warp furniture.

Ice buckets that are mishandled can develop holes and cracks that can allow melted ice to leak onto whatever surface the bucket is placed on. Bathrooms can also be where water damage is concentrated when guests allow children to take unattended bubble baths. It might be an enjoyable time for the kids to play pirates and splash water all around, but the floor might have another reaction.

These are not the only types of incidents that can bring about water damage in your hotel. Emergency incidents can happen at any time, and at any place in your hotel, including a guest's room, the kitchen, or lobby bathrooms. Other ways can stem from structural damage that allows water from the outdoors to enter, either through non-sealing windows or cracks in exteriors walls or roof structures.

We at SERVPRO repair and restore buildings of any size, and which have any degree of water damage. Damage might be heavily concentrated in one or two areas, or spread out and affect the entire building. One situation that is very commonly dealt with is when sprinklers malfunction. The intention is to protect against fire, but mishaps can be very damaging themselves.


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SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes can work in guest rooms and other areas affected by commercial water damage while other areas remain available for use, allowing your hotel to remain as operational as possible. We work as quickly as possible while remaining diligent and thorough. Call us at (719) 434-4626 to solve your hotel's problem with the bad effects of water.

Keeping Your Smoke Detectors Clean in Your Colorado Springs Home

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keeping Your Smoke Detectors Clean in Your Colorado Springs Home Protect Against Fire & Smoke Damage in Colorado Springs with Installed Smoke Detectors

Colorado Springs Property Are Better Protected Against Fire & Smoke Damage with Installed Smoke Detectors

You should be changing out your smoke detector batteries at least once per year. However, did you know you also need to clean out your smoke detectors about every six months? Pollen, dust, and smoke all can make the sensor in your detectors dirty and keep them from working correctly in case of a fire.
 
There are two basic kinds of smoke detectors to help you avoid fires and fire damage in your Colorado Springs home – Ionization and photoelectric. An ionization alarm takes a small amount of radioactive material to ionize air inside the sensing chamber. In comparison, a photoelectric alarm is made up of a light emitting diode and a sensor sensitive to light. These alarms are engineered for detecting smoke but not necessarily flames. They are the most used type of detectors. Ionization detectors are best for rapidly spreading fires, with lots of flames but not much smoke. They are commonly used in kitchens because they are not as likely to be triggered falsely by cooking fumes.
 
When a fire does happen, be sure to contact SERVPRO as soon as possible so they can assist you in cleaning up and repairing any damage from the fire and firefighting efforts. You need the help of professionals, and our technicians are specially trained, and IICRC and UCTP certified to handle these types of emergencies.
 
So how do you clean your smoke detector? It should be done every six months and involves two main activities – vacuuming the unit out and wiping down the exterior vents. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for regularly vacuuming out the detectors. Typically, this involves taking the face of it off and then using a soft brush attachment to brush the unit gently with the device. Then, take a clean wipe with a mild detergent to get rid of the build-up from the outside of the alarm. You particularly want to clean the vent openings to make sure air flow is not obstructed to the sensor inside.
 
Fires can completely disrupt your life, and at SERVPRO, we understand that. If you need our services, we take the time to go over our processes with you and take care of as much as possible so you can just worry about you and your family. We work efficiently, with you in mind so that you can get back to life as normal as quickly as possible. "Like it never even happened."
 
Proper maintenance of your smoke detectors is needed, but when an emergency does arise, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes for help cleaning up the mess left behind. A phone call to (719) 434-4626 is all it takes.

4 Steps To Deal With Mold Damage In Colorado Springs

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 4 Steps To Deal With Mold Damage In Colorado Springs Damage to your home from a mold is tougher to find, treat, and remove.

Mold Damage


Spring may be here, but the rains have not stopped quite yet. Water damage is easy to spot from the inch or two covering your front lawn all the way into your garage and living room. Damage to your home from a mold is tougher to find, treat, and remove.

SERVPRO has developed four major steps to deal with mold damage in Colorado Springs homes. Our decades of experience, coupled with a nationwide network of equipment, trained personnel and an extensive catalog of cleaning agents ensure we can isolate the damage, treat it, and remove it faster than almost anyone else in the business.

First, our response team establishes containment. This step ensures the mold does not spread to unaffected parts of the home. Physical containment begins with hanging plastic sheeting to act as barriers across doorways, windows, and other openings to the affected area. Team members also seal the HVAC vents to prevent contamination of the ducts and set up fans and air movers to establish negative air pressure which forces loose spores out of your home.

Second, technicians remove the contamination. How they remove it depends on the material. Porous materials such as drywall, carpets, and fabrics are difficult to clean and often require disposal when the cost is more than replacement. Nonporous surfaces (glass, metal and most plastics) are cleaned by wiping a surface down with a dry or wet cloth. If the mold growth is very thick or growing in a layer of dirt or other soil, then team members use an anti-fungal or a cleaning agent to loosen it from the surface. All loose mold fragments are vacuumed using HEPA filters which are designed to capture even a single mold spore. If any growth remains, it is mechanically agitated to loosen and then cleaned and vacuumed again. Agitation is also used on semi-porous surfaces (wood and concrete) to loosen mold growth for vacuuming.

Third, team members allow any dust and spores disturbed by cleaning to settle. Once enough time has elapsed, surfaces are wiped down from top to bottom; usually with dry cloths. All wiping down is done in the direction of the negative air machines to remove them from home.

Finally, the previously contaminated material is dried to prevent new growth. Technicians accomplish this using dehumidifiers to dry the surrounding air and specialized heaters to raise the temperature of the affected area. Both are also effective in drying porous and nonporous surfaces.

Removing mold from your home is multi-step, complicated process. SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is here to help you through every part of the process and return you to your home as soon as we can. Call us at (719) 434-4626 today for a free inspection.

Minimizing The Effect Fire Damage Restoration Has On Your Colorado Springs Attraction

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Minimizing The Effect Fire Damage Restoration Has On Your Colorado Springs Attraction Your Emergency Ready Profile works with the mobile Emergency Ready Plan app, putting the power of our resources into the palm of your hand.

Your Colorado Springs Commercial Property Is in Good Hands with SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration 


Visitors to our area arrive year round, and you and your staff are ready to welcome them with your brand of fun and adventure. Closing down for even a few days ifIf your premises suffer fire damage is detrimental to your bottom line. Partnering with SERVPRO allows restoration to happen while also keeping unaffected areas of your business open.

Fire damage to your Colorado Springs living history destination site concerns you on many levels. First, you fear for the historic buildings and their contents. Second, you worry that groups and individuals that reserved times or tours at your venue are about to miss out on all your attraction has to offer. Third, the revenue lost when you turn visitors away cannot be regained, a terrible situation for an enterprise already existing on a strict budget.

Our team arrives ready to assess your fire damage and begin the process of restoration. The professionals at SERVPRO answer many of these concerns with the training and experience to restore your business while also devising ways for much of your property to remain open to the public. We isolate areas that need work with temporary barricades and sheathing, leaving other parts available to be enjoyed by the public. When dealing with a “one of a kind” historic site, we understand that returning the structures, fixtures, and contents to their preloss condition is far preferable to a tear out and replace effort. Our staff is up to date on both fire and water damage restoration methods that meet or exceed industry standards. Since water damage almost always accompanies fire damage, our multi-certified technicians are qualified for both types of challenges.

We urge all local attraction to work with us to develop a Ready Plan Profile so yo, as owner, and we, as your restoration partner, move swiftly and surely when a disaster of any kind strikes. You educate us as to your priorities and layout while we offer professional advice on how to minimize the impact of fire damage should it occur. Your Emergency Ready Profile works with the mobile Emergency Ready Plan app, putting the power of our resources into the palm of your hand. Identify the chain of command, so we know who has the authorization to give us the go-ahead. Map out crucial utilities and spaces where the most precious artifacts reside and we secure those places first.


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"Ready for whatever happens” is the promise of SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes. Contact us with complete confidence at (719) 434-4626 to get the fire damage handled professionally.

How SERVPRO Determines a Drying System in Colorado Springs

3/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How SERVPRO Determines a Drying System in Colorado Springs SERVPRO technicians will determine the most effective drying method for your water damage event.

Many Factors Regulate the Drying System Decision

Fast drying is one of the most important parts of a water mitigation and restoration project, and SERVPRO aims to maximize efficiency in every job to reduce costs and efforts taken toward later repairs and restorations. We may use either a "closed" or "open" system when drying your home. An open drying system leaves doors, windows, and other openings open to the outside air and sunlight to provide a natural drying process for the home. In tandem with our tools, this can make drying a fast and efficient process. However, in some cases, we have to use a closed system, where doors are closed and we remove all moisture manually. Which system we use depends on a few variables.
 
Outside Weather
 
The most important determining factor in how we start the drying process for water damage in Colorado Springs is the current weather. Warmer temperatures are conducive to faster drying, so we rarely implement an open system in the colder months of the year. If there is any chance of rain, we probably can't use an open system then, either, as rain falling through windows and doors can reverse the drying process and cause further damage. Finally, high relative humidity can be detrimental to the drying process, and so we only use open systems when the surrounding air is dry.
 
Extent of Damage
 
Aside from weather conditions, the extent and location of damage is another factor we consider. If a SERVPRO inspector deems the damage minimal or in a place where an open system would be ineffective, we may instead close up doors and windows and go with our standard array of dehumidifiers and air movers for the drying process. In some cases, a homeowner may also explicitly request a closed drying system, and in most such cases we abide by their wishes.
 
SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is a professional, certified, and experienced provider of local water damage restoration services. Give us a call 24/7 at (719) 434-4626.

Bleach is Not the Best Option to Fix Mold Damage in Colorado Springs

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Bleach is Not the Best Option to Fix Mold Damage in Colorado Springs Call the professionals at SERVPRO to remove mold from your home correctly.

SERVPRO Technicians are Certified in Mold Remediation


In many households, bleach is the go-to option to clean up almost any spill or mess that has a germ-factor involved. There are certain situations in which bleach should not be used. Cleaning up mold on semi-porous surfaces in your home is one of these situations.

Spring cleaning is around the corner in Colorado Springs, a common activity that often results in the discovery of mold damage. This microbe not only makes things look dirty and filthy, but the same conditions that allow it to grow can often allow bacteria to flourish. Your first reaction to finding a closet with now-speckled walls may be to start using a bleach solution to get everything clean again, but this is not what you should do.

Using bleach to clean areas of mold found on drywall and other semi-porous materials can make matter worse. Household bleach contains much less chlorine than it does water. Chlorine is unable to penetrate past the outer surface of semi-porous materials such as drywall or wood. When surfaces show wetness, it is only the water that has penetrated, with the chlorine remaining on the surface. Adding moisture to the environment is counter-productive because doing so provides one of the mold's basic needs. While water is soaking into the material you saturated with the bleach, the chlorine is producing carcinogenic gasses. This production of gas has been known to last for several weeks.

Instead, upon finding mold damage, you should call SERVPRO and have an inspection to determine what allowed the mold to grow in your home in the first place. Mold cannot grow unless a water source is available. Both mold and cellulose, mold's primary food source, are always present in homes and other buildings, so it is the presence of moisture that can determine if mold can grow or not in any given location. Because it is impossible to eradicate mold completely, SERVPRO works to remove the water, instead.
 
Even in darkened areas, if water is absent, mold cannot grow. Our technicians are trained to replace the materials that have mold damage with new ones and ensure that water is no longer present. Mold growth on the inside of a closet quite often indicates that there is a water leak in the home above, or on the opposite side of, the area in which the mold is found.

In other situations, it is simply a case of someone in the family putting items away for storage when they were slightly damp or possibly even wet. Boots and other outdoor equipment are common items that are stored this way. Doing so can provide enough moisture to cause a problem with mold. Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) can ensure that mold is less likely to return by determining the cause and informing you of all pertinent details. Communication is important to us and our ability to help you protect your home from future damage.

SERVPRO can help you whenever you need us. Call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 any time of the day or night, any day of the year. We can help you with any surprises you find while cleaning your home or garage.