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Flood Damage Technicians Out Of Colorado Springs Talk About Hail

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Technicians Out Of Colorado Springs Talk About Hail The storms that come off the mountains and hit the foothills sometimes bring about hail.

Flood Damage Technicians Talk About Hail

During these summer months, severe thunderstorms often riddle the Colorado Springs region. The storms that come off the mountains and hit the foothills sometimes bring about hail. Hail forms when water circulates inside a storm system and gets pushed up above the freezing level. When this happens, large frozen chunks of water fall from the sky and likely ruin your day. Recently, hailstorms have been rampant and producing baseball to softball size chunks. When pieces of ice get that big in size, they can be destructive once they land. Everyone has seen the problems caused to vehicles when they are left out of the garage. Dents on the hoods and roofs of cars bigger than a silver dollar have been showing up on many people's brand new rides. Experienced paintless dent removal experts have been called out from all over the country to cater to the excessive amount of automobile insurance claims.

Unfortunately, your car is not the only one of your investments that is at risk. SERVPRO's flood damage experts in Colorado Springs have been inundated with calls related to issues with houses and properties as well. Hail can cause numerous problems at your residence. Especially when they get very large, these chunks of ice have been known to hit homes so hard that they can ruin a structure.

The local news stations have been filling their nightly broadcasts with images of the devastation hail can cause. Local residents have all seen the photos of giant chunks of hail shattering windows and destroying roofs. When they get to be the size of softballs and crash into a building nothing good can result.

Our SERVPRO technicians have recently been getting a lot of calls related to the recent hailstorms. As soon as we show up at your house, we inspect your property and give you the scope of work involved. The first step we take is to temporarily seal up the hole in your structure caused by the ferocious storm so that no more moisture can enter. Then, the restoration process begins.

During mitigation procedures, our SERVPRO experts first extract all of the moisture they can. Then rapid structural drying commences to reduce damage and prevent mold growth. If you ever receive hail damage, call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 as soon as it happens.

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Why DIY Mold Removal Is Ineffective In Your Colorado Springs Home

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why DIY Mold Removal Is Ineffective In Your Colorado Springs Home No mold can grow inside of your Colorado Springs home that goes away on its own without some form of intervention.

Why DIY Mold Removal Is Ineffective

No mold can grow inside of your Colorado Springs home that goes away on its own without some form of intervention. While often this work entails the hiring of professional remediators to come into your home and remove the mold colony entirely, many damages could result from allowing this kind of problem to persist.

Some people believe that any homeowner can take care of mold growth in their home with some bleach and elbow grease, but in truth, this might cause many health concerns for you and your family. The more you understand mold damages in your Colorado Springs home, the better understanding you have to get the situation resolved quickly.

Among the first things that should get addressed are the websites that insist that mold can get removed by a homeowner with some scrubbing on the surface with cleaners and bleach. While bleach-based products have had effectiveness against certain kinds of mold, it can also harshly react with other varieties, posing more potential health concerns that already exist with the mold colony growing in your house.

The next concern that you should be mindful of is the nature of a mold colony itself. These organisms delve deeply into the organic materials they seat on, making it difficult for someone using conventional cleaning methods to remove the entire hyphae. Typically, scrubbing on the surface only removes the top layer of mold damage that you can see, allowing the organism to continue to grow and eat the material out of sight. Our SERVPRO remediators have methods and equipment that penetrate well beyond the surface mold to affect the entire organism.

Finally, mold removal is a process that is often unsafe in general for those who do not have the appropriate personal protective equipment. Our SERVPRO professionals wear respirators, coveralls, and gloves to handle materials and tools during the mold removal, as not to breath in the spores that can cause health concerns during this remediation effort.

There is no mold that you can find in your home that goes away without concentrated efforts. While you might have believed that this is something you can handle on your own, now you can see the advantages of professional remediation. Our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes applied microbial remediation technicians are standing by 24/7 at (719) 434-4626.

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Pack Out Services For Damaged Items In Your Fire Damaged Colorado Springs Residence

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Pack Out Services For Damaged Items In Your Fire Damaged Colorado Springs Residence Fires are often widespread and destructive events that are challenging to contain.

Pack Out Services

Fires are often widespread and destructive events that are challenging to contain. With a household full of your possessions and belongings, a fire in your Colorado Springs home can do more damage than to the structure of your house alone. Fortunately, in many cases of even large-scale fires, the contents of your home might not be lost.

When you begin to consider all of the ways that fire damages affect your Colorado Springs residence, the items that you have in the concentrated areas can often be worse for the wear. What you need in a situation like this, since you have likely already conceded your need for professional restoration services, is a group of qualified restorers that can care for these damaged items as well.

Our SERVPRO professionals offer a service known as pack-outs in which we remove at-risk or damaged items from your home to allow for adequate space for restoration to occur. This process also allows for a better inspection to occur on each of the removed items, detailing soot and smoke damage and determining if concentrated cleaning and restoring efforts can bring them back to original condition.

The items removed from your home do not travel far. However, with storage in a nearby facility or unscathed area of your property, our SERVPRO technicians can work on cleaning individual items, deodorizing them, and more. Fabrics like drapes, clothes, and tablecloths can often benefit from dry cleaning, so this gets arranged with the professionals assigned to restore the contents of your home. Once the restoration completes, these items get returned to their original positions in your home, "Like it never even happened."

While you may not ever get prepared for a fire in your home, knowing that professional restorers like ours take care of the contents of your home as well can help you through this traumatic experience. No matter what time of the day disaster strikes, you can count on our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes technicians to respond quickly. Give us a call 24/7 at (719) 434-4626.

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Cleaning Water Damage To Carpeted Areas Of Your Colorado Springs Residence

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cleaning Water Damage To Carpeted Areas Of Your Colorado Springs Residence Water incidents in your Colorado Springs home rarely seem to happen in the areas that can get easily dried and cleaned up.

Cleaning Water Damage

Water incidents in your Colorado Springs home rarely seem to happen in the areas that can get easily dried and cleaned up. In many situations, areas like the carpeted floors of your home get saturated, penetrating into the subflooring and proving difficult to remove with conventional cleaning and drying efforts you might typically use.

It might not be easy to discern, but understanding when water damages exceed your capabilities is essential for the quality of living and structural integrity of your Colorado Springs residence. While there are many scenarios in which mopping and moderate drying efforts can remedy the issue, saturated carpeting requires both water restoration and often carpet cleaning services as well.

Depending on how quickly our SERVPRO restoration specialists are made aware of the problem that you face, the kind of damage that this dampness can do varies accordingly. If our team of technicians can get to work quickly on the problem, you run much less of a chance of requiring involved cleaning techniques for the carpet or deodorization efforts as well.

Inadequate drying and cleaning of the affected areas with carpet can appear normal to the touch, but also house saturated fibers beneath the surface. These fibers can allow mold spores to seat on them and colonize, or at the very least compromise the quality and durability of the subflooring and base fibers.

Our SERVPRO technicians utilize equipment like weighted extractors to pull water up and out. Air movers and dehumidification equipment follow suit after this process to dry out the area.

When cleaning up messes from the water incident that has become embedded in the carpet, cleaning services might be necessary. From non-aggressive bonnet cleaning through our Showcase Premier option, our technicians can help you to remove any dirt, debris and possible staining left behind after a water emergency.

Our carpet cleaning services are a standalone component of the works that we offer to residences and commercial properties throughout the area. If you are dealing with a water incident in your home, trust our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes restoration technicians to help you remove the water and return your home to original condition. Give us a call anytime at (719) 434-4626.

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Why You May Need Urgent Water Removal Services After Firefighters Leave Your Colorado Springs Home

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why You May Need Urgent Water Removal Services After Firefighters Leave Your Colorado Springs Home SERVPRO Provides Air Movers to Help Mitigate Water Damage in Colorado Springs Properties

Many Colorado Springs Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Rapid Water Removal

If your home has recently had a fire, it is highly likely that you are in urgent need of water removal services. Firefighters are essential to removing the threat of a fire. However, they can pump hundreds of gallons of water into your home in seconds while fighting the blaze. If the fire damage is not that bad and they managed to extinguish it quickly, the water can leave your home sopping wet.
 
Water removal services are essential for your Colorado Springs home when these kinds of situations arise. Calling for help as quickly as possible can allow a restoration service company to get to your home so they can extract the water before it does severe damage. If excessive moisture is left unabated, it can cause problems further down the line, like microbial growth.
 
When you call SERVPRO, we strive to live up to our standard of time management. We make it a priority to arrive at your home as quickly as we can because getting the water out fast leads to higher chances of successful remediation. Not only can we handle the water removal from your property, but we can also remediate the damage that the fire left behind as well. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
 
To start the water removal process, our IICRC-certified SERVPRO techs can bring advanced trade tools, such as portable pumps and extractors, to get the job done. These tools help our technicians get the water out fast so we can focus on drying out your home afterward. Extractors are particularly helpful because they have a heating element that makes it easy and convenient to draw water out of carpets, curtains, and some furniture. Once SERVPRO removes the excess water from your home, we can move onto drying it out to prevent further damage.
 
Do not dawdle after firefighters leave your home soaked with water. Reach out to contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes by calling (719) 434-4626. We strive to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

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The First Steps Of Mold Remediation In Your Colorado Springs Residence

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The First Steps Of Mold Remediation In Your Colorado Springs Residence The discovery of mold in your Colorado Springs home can be alarming to most homeowners.

The First Steps Of Mold Remediation

The discovery of mold in your Colorado Springs home can be alarming to most homeowners. It's astounding how little people know about the conditions necessary for mold and fungal growth, and immediately attribute this occurrence to uncleanliness or some other factor. In all actuality, the process for spores to colonize in your home is fundamental. All this colonization requires is moisture, warmth, and organic material for the spores to thrive.

While there should be a question as to what is causing the moisture present in this area of your house, this is a question that can get answered by the applied microbial remediation technicians we employ at SERVPRO. Our team can respond quickly to the mold damage in your Colorado Springs home and help you to eliminate this presence and get back to your regular life.

From the moment that our crew arrives at your house, we get to work first on isolating the colony from the rest of your residence. This process gets accomplished with the use of air scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters. These filters trap airborne spores and prevent them from reaching new areas of your house while the removal is underway.

Another critical first step for our SERVPRO technicians to take is to isolate the source of the moisture and work to repair this damage. While dehumidifiers and air movers can dry out the area, this does little good if the dampness returns a short time later. For sources that cannot get identified or are not able to get fixed, our professionals might encourage you to continue using a personal dehumidifier indefinitely to avoid moisture buildup.

Mold is nothing that any homeowner wants to find in their house but is an unfortunate reality for many properties. With the attributed potential health effects to mold exposure, it is a pressing concern to remove these colonies as soon as they get discovered. Our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes team of applied microbial remediation technicians can respond quickly to your call at any time of the day to start assessing the damage and working to remove the growth. Give us a call anytime at (719) 434-4626.

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Commercial Water Removal Experts Of Colorado Springs Discuss Moisture Mitigation

6/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal Experts Of Colorado Springs Discuss Moisture Mitigation Timing Is Everything for Rapid Water Removal to Protect Commercial Properties in Colorado Springs--SERVPRO Tip

Rapid Response, Water Extraction, and Moisture Control Are Core Aspects of SERVPRO Services for Offices and Warehouses in the Colorado Springs Area

As time goes on, items inside your Colorado Springs building such as water lines and appliances get old and malfunction. If a pipe breaks inside your company's warehouse, water can leak into the building. Excessive moisture can cause many different problems that your business must now have to handle.

Moisture can ruin the structural integrity of building materials as well as cause mildew-like odors to exist. When completing commercial water removal in Colorado Springs, measures get taken to reduce the moisture content of items within 48 hours. After the two day period, spores that naturally exist inside a building can turn into mold.
 
Before any restoration work begins, our SERVPRO technicians take steps to secure the work area. We inspect the damaged areas and figure out if there are any potential safety hazards present. Water can cause drywall in the ceiling to partially fall or cause electrical wiring to short out creating safety issues. Any such hazards are fixed so that your warehouse is safe for all occupants during the restoration process, including our technicians.
 
Once the work area is safe, our SERVPRO technicians develop a project scope that outlines how the process gets completed. When working with businesses, affecting your company's bottom line as little as possible is our number one priority. We often change how and when we complete the different procedures so that your business can stay functioning as usual throughout all of the phases of restoration, whenever possible.
 
The first step to reducing moisture levels inside the building is to extract as much water as possible from the structure. After any standing water and saturated materials are vacuumed with our specialized extraction equipment, rapid drying takes place. During the drying process, our SERVPRO technicians set up a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers in the affected region to speed up the natural evaporation process.
 
Air movers create a counterclockwise air flow that moves moisture from the surface of wet materials allowing them to continue releasing water into the air. Dehumidifiers pull water from the air and dispense it out in liquid form lowering the relative humidity inside the structure. Our goal is to achieve a maximum of 60% RH within the treated warehouse. Dehumidifiers also exhaust hot, dry air that gets used by the air movers.
 
Salvaging inventory and building materials inside your warehouse from replacement can save your business time and money. If you ever need help with moisture problems in your company's warehouse, call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 any time of the day.

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Home Safety: Rodent are a fire hazard too

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

We are pleased to share an article written by Greg Geilman, President and CEO of South Bay Residential.

Home Safety: Rodents are a Fire Hazard, Too

Rodents may be labeled as pests, but they actually have the power to be more destructive than some may believe. They chew up wires, create the perfect kindling in the form of their nests, and can be the root cause of a truly terrible fire. The worst part is that homeowners may not realize just how much damage they're causing to the home until it's too late. Learn more about the habits of rodents and why they're not a threat to be taken lightly. 

Gnawing Feeling

A rodent is going to chew on whatever happens to be around them when their teeth are coming in. If they don't chew then their teeth will actually get too long and they won't be able to eat. And because their teeth are always coming in, they tend to chew on a lot of things. A squirrel, mouse, or rat will even gnaw on hard elements of the home, such as metal pipes. So when a homeowner starts to hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet, they need to be aware that those feet are attached to some very active teeth. 

An Electrical Disaster 

When a rat cuts through the plastic insulation that protects the electrical wiring, it exposes nearby objects to the heat of the electricity. Fires aren't just destructive because of the evident flame damage, but also because of the smoke damage. The smell of smoke is notoriously difficult to remove, which means that even a fire that's put out quickly may cause more damage than homeowners realize — damage that may not be covered by a home insurance policy. 

The Nature of the Fire 

The fire is caused when the wire shorts out or when the heat of the electricity causes some else to catch flame. Insulation, nests, or other types of trash inside the walls of the home are the most common culprits behind the origin story of the fire, but there are times when a wire can spark close to a wooden beam and cause the whole home to catch flame. Experts believe that up a quarter of all fires with undetermined causes may have actually been due to a rodent infestation. 

Attention and Prevention 

While there are plenty of traps and repellents to be found at the store, consulting an expert is usually the best way to go in the case of rodent prevention or elimination. An owner certainly can go through their home to determine where the holes are so they can seal them up, but the chances they'll miss at least a few of the openings are rather high. And of course, homeowners should have plenty of smoke detectors to get the warning they need to exit the home in time. 

Rodents may be small, but they can wreak some major havoc on the lives of property owners. To keep them out of the house, call a pro to either exterminate the pests or to prevent them from entering the home entirely. 

Greg Geilman is a Los Angeles native of over 40 years and owner of South Bay Residential. Greg believes knowledge is power when it comes to staying safe at home, and that the "little" issues can snowball over time if left unchecked.

The Right Steps To Restore Water Damage To Your Colorado Springs Home

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Right Steps To Restore Water Damage To Your Colorado Springs Home One of the best ways to overcome whatever water damages affect your Colorado Springs home is to reach out to our experienced professionals at SERVPRO.

The Right Steps To Restore Water Damage

Water incidents in your Colorado Springs home might not always be the traumatic events that you hear about, or maybe even have experienced in the past. Often, these are fairly isolated incidents that are significant enough to warrant professional restoration efforts. Having the right company in mind for these kinds of tasks can save your home from worsening damages while you file through reviews and ratings.

One of the best ways to overcome whatever water damages affect your Colorado Springs home is to reach out to our experienced professionals at SERVPRO. Our team gets uniquely trained to combat all forms of water damage and has the equipment and expertise to restore your home efficiently.

From the moment that our experienced professionals arrive at your home, our project manager and technicians undergo a thorough inspection of all of the affected areas making a note of the damage that your home has experienced and the appropriate steps to restore that damage. Once a plan is in place, our SERVPRO technicians can get to work on the most pressing of these concerns.

For homes that experience water pooling, or saturated carpeting, extraction is often the first step in the process to restore your property. While customarily the job falls to wet-vacs with extraction wands and portable pumps, weighted extractors can also get used to force water out of carpets and remove it from the area.

Drying the area thoroughly after a water incident is critical to our process because dampness and moisture lingering behind can weaken structural components and provide conditions suitable for mold growth. Air movers and dehumidifiers take point on the open areas to begin the drying process, but drying mats and other specialized equipment might also be a requirement if water has penetrated beyond the reach of traditional efforts.

While you may never get fully prepared to deal with even a moderate water incident in your home, our professionals can help you make the effects a little simpler to bear. You can always trust our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes technicians to respond quickly and help you restore your property to pre-damage condition. Give us a call today at (719) 434-4626.

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SERVPRO Offers All-Season Flood Damage Mitigation in Colorado Springs

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Offers All-Season Flood Damage Mitigation in Colorado Springs Melting Snow Often Causes Flooding in Colorado Springs--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Flooding in Colorado Springs Can Happen Any Time of the Year

Flood damage can happen in Colorado Springs at any time of year, but how homes encounter this damage and deal with its effects can vary dramatically as the climate changes. Winter issues such as freezing, melting, and snow accumulation can be safely ignored in the summer, while the devastating effects of high relative humidity may be less likely to manifest in the colder months of the year. No matter what season or weather conditions your home takes damage in, SERVPRO stands ready to respond.

Winter Disasters
Flood damage during the winter in Colorado Springs may be more common than you think. While snow and ice rarely accumulate high enough around a home to create flood-like situations on their own, sudden rises in temperature can create dangerous melting conditions in and around the community that sometimes translate to residential flooding. Furthermore, when the weather permits, rainstorms are not an unusual sight for local homeowners, creating a more direct threat from storms and precipitation. SERVPRO technicians are trained to keep the climate under control to prevent extra damage from happening as water repeatedly freezes and melts in the home. Then there is always the issue of ice damming which is another topic for another day.

Summertime Calamities
While the summer season may be clear of winter's vices, it usually brings its own set of unique problems and variables that we must control for in most flood damage restorations. Higher relative humidity forces us to monitor the RH relative humidity in entirely different ways and make use of extra dehumidifying technology. The warmer weather may also facilitate mold growth and other fungal problems in the home.
 
Spring and Fall Situations
With weather conditions that vary from year to year, the fall and spring seasons can be somewhat unpredictable in Colorado Springs. We take care to prepare for both warm-weather and cold-weather flood situations, sometimes in the same week. Our flexible approach and a full-featured array of damage mitigation tools allow us to adapt to changing weather conditions quickly and without incurring any additional damage to the home.

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes provides flood damage mitigation and restoration services to homeowners in need of any conditions or season. Call us at (719) 434-4626 to find out how we can help.

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