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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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Mold Damage Experts in Colorado Springs Discuss Microbes and Water Damage

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Experts in Colorado Springs Discuss Microbes and Water Damage Water leaks can go unnoticed for a long time until mold appears on the walls.

SERVPRO Can Help Mitigate Mold Damage in Your Home  

Any time water leaks into a building in Colorado Springs, many issues can arise. Water itself can saturate contents and building materials causing them to be removed and replaced. If moisture stays indoors for too long microbes can form.

Most fungi develop as a result of some type of problem with water. When mitigating mold damage in Colorado Springs, our SERVPRO technicians inspect the area and attempt to find the water source. In some cases, water leaks go unnoticed for a long time, and the leak is not discovered until a fungus is noticed.

During any water damage restoration project, technicians take extra caution to prevent mold growth in the future. The risk of a fungus developing and spreading inside a house increases when the structure gets affected by moisture. Fungi grow best in areas that have high moisture content and high relative humidity. The interior of your home is designed with many different organic materials that serve as a food source.

One of the main things a fungus needs to survive and spread is an organic food source. Materials inside the house that contain wood, drywall, paper, and natural fibers are susceptible to fungal growth. Indoor dirt can also contain organic materials making it possible for mold to form on the soils.

Most people keep the temperature inside their homes at around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This normal room temperature is a perfect environment for microbe growth because they typically survive between temperatures of 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. However, fungi can still develop in places like garages and attics that may have temperatures above or below normal room temperatures.

Typically, the rule is that mold likes areas that have excessive moisture. Usually, regions that receive the heaviest amounts of moisture are the areas that are affected the most by microbe contamination. However, some fungi can survive inside a building that has a relative humidity of only 65%. When mitigating water damage issues, our technicians attempt to bring relative humidity levels down to 60% or lower to inhibit microbe formation and growth.

A fungus is noticeable sometimes by the way it smells or looks. If you ever notice mold, it is wise to call in the professionals because fungi can cause health effects. Any time you see or smell a fungus inside your home, call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 any day of the week.  

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A disaster plan for your pets?

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Most people know they should have a disaster plan in place for their families.  But if you are faced with a national disaster, do you have a disaster plan for your pet?  Storms, wildfires and floods happen around the world every day and affect thousands of people and their pets. That’s why everyone should have a plan, not only for yourself, but for your pets. To help you plan for the unthinkable, here are our 9 essentials of disaster prepping for your pet.

  1. Proper ID.  The most important thing you can do for your pet before a disaster occursis to make sure they have proper ID.  This means having a physical tag containing your current info on their collar which they wear at all times, and having them microchipped and registered in a national registry such as the free Found Animals Microchip Registry.
  2. Keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date to reduce their risk of sickness and disease. There are so many unknowns in a disaster. If you are evacuated, your pet may not be able to come with you to shelter and may be held in boarding with other animals whose health status is unknown. If your home is destroyed, your pet may be lost and living outside for a time and subjected to the elements, dirty water supply or worse. Be safe, not sorry, and vaccinate.
  3. Display aPet Rescue Sticker.  Make sure you have a pet rescue window decal in a place visible to rescue workers.
  4. Identify Pet-Friendly Emergency Shelters.  Not all emergency shelters or hotels allow pets. Before a disaster hits, call your local emergency management office or animal shelter to see if there are places planned for people and pets to stay together in the event of an emergency.  Research pet-friendly hotels away from typical disaster zones, or arrange to stay with family or friends outside of your area. Prepare a few options in a range of distances from your home in case of either local or region-wide emergencies.
  5. Assemble a Pet Emergency Kit. You can buy a compact kitthat fits under your seat, a larger bag you can carry on your shoulder, a grab and go bucket with everything your pet could need or and add pet-related items to your family’s existing emergency supplies.  Your kit should include the following items:
  • ?Food and Water

Plan to have at least five days of food, water and portable bowls.  Dry food should be in re-sealable plastic bags.  If your pet eats wet food, make sure to buy easy open cans so you don’t need a can opener.  Prepare a written feeding schedule.

  • ?Medication and Medical Records

Keep an extra supply of your pet’s regular medication in a waterproof zip lock bag.  Also include a copy of your pet’s vaccination record and microchip number.

  • Supplies

For cats, include kitty litter and disposable litter boxes.  For dogs, pack plastic waste bags and an extra leash and harness.  Beds, blankets, toys and clothing are also useful to keep your pet calm and cozy in an emergency situation.

  1. Store Supplies for a Speedy Exit. Place all of your emergency supplies in a safe, dry, convenient place near your escape route in case you need to leave in a hurry.  The safest way to transport a pet in an emergency or disaster is in a carrier or crate, so keep one close to your emergency kit.  Frightened pets can be difficult to manage with only a leash and collar.
  2. When a Disaster Strikes, Don’t Hesitate; Evacuate. Not all disasters come with warning, but if they do, follow emergency response recommendations and evacuate as quickly as possible.  Disasters are very stressful on both pets and people, and no one can predict how bad things will get.  Don’t wait until the last minute to leave.  Use your emergency plan as a tool to supplement first responder instructions.
  3. Leave with Your Pets. If the area is not safe for you, it’s not safe for your pets.  It may not be possible to return for your pets, so take them with you from the start.
  4. If Your Pet Gets Lost, Check for Found Pet Alerts. If your pets are separated from you, check your cell phone and email for Found Pet Alerts. When a rescue worker finds your lost pet and starts an alert in the Found Animals Registry, you will be contacted via phone calls, text messages, and emails based on your pet’s microchip registrations. These alerts will provide information on your pet’s location.  If you cannot access your phone or email, or are unable to retrieve your pets, your emergency contacts and vet will also be notified.

For more information about Pet Disaster Preparedness, please visit the following websites:

  1. Preparing your Pets for Emergencies, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ‎
  2. Make a Disaster Plan for Pets, Humane Society United States(HSUS)
  3. Disaster Preparedness, ASPCA
  4. Pets and Disaster Checklist, American Red Cross
  5. Saving the Whole Family Brochure, American Veterinary Medical Association

Race into Summer in your Lamborghini

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Community Race into Summer in your Lamborghini Who's faster to any size disaster??

Ever dream of driving a Lamborghini?  SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes has partnered with Overdrive Raceway to give you a chance to personally take their Lamborghini for a spin around the Springs.  We will drive the car to your office where you will get into the driver’s seat for an unforgettable experience!

How can you enter?

Simply like the SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes Facebook page between now and May 31st -- It’s that easy! 

On June 1st we will perform the drawing on FACEBOOK LIVE.  There is no cost or obligation to enter.  When we say faster to any size disaster, we mean it!  

Have fun and good luck,

Dave Kraszewski - Marketing Manager

How to Clean Different Smoke Residues after a Fire Damage Incident in Colorado Springs

4/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Clean Different Smoke Residues after a Fire Damage Incident in Colorado Springs Soot residues can stain the walls in your home. Contact SERVPRO to come out and effectively remediate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Thoroughly Investigates the Type of Fire and Remaining Residues Before Starting an Effective Remediation Plan

The first mistake any property owner can make after a fire damage incident is assuming all smoke residues are the same. We have different kinds of smoke residues, and some can be wet or dry. Though the proportions of the different types of soot can vary, it means we have to employ different cleaning methods when restoring your Colorado Springs property. In most cases, it is harder to remove wet smoke when compared to dry smoke.

Our SERVPRO technicians understand the combustion process, and that helps us when attending to fire damage incidents in Colorado Springs. For instance, we know that when there is sufficient oxygen during a fire, there are higher chances of ending up with dry smoke. It also means that wet smoke usually arises from combustion that is oxygen starved. The type of materials that the fire consumes determine the type of soot particles that we have to address.

It is also important to note that most materials that get exposed to dry soot are restorable since a few deposits and aerosols exist in these kinds of residues. Our SERVPRO technicians use less aggressive cleaning methods when addressing dry smoke since it does not stain the areas. The opposite applies when it comes to wet smoke, and there are cases where refinishing and stripping might not be enough to restore some contents.

Odor challenges also arise after a fire incident, and it is the work of our SERVPRO team to employ deodorization procedures to do the elimination. The first step we perform is to remove the source of the odor. After that, we may decide to use an anti-microbial to clean areas with the odor-causing particles. We also check the level of odor penetration in the building and employ proper cleaning and deodorization procedures.

At SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is fire, mold, storm, or water-related. Call us at (719) 434-4626 if you want to work with a reliable industry leader, and we can "Like it never even happened."

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What can we learn from the Colorado Springs Airport Fire?

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What can we learn from the Colorado Springs Airport Fire? Water and fallen ceiling tiles lay across the COS airport terminal

The first phone call to our company came in around 2AM Tuesday, April 17th.  The caller told us the airport suffered a large fire on the 3rd story of the terminal building.  The fire was put out, but the water from the fire sprinklers and the water the firefighters used left all three levels of the terminal soaked, with several areas flooded with standing water.

By 4AM, we had an inspector on site to meet with airport leadership and come up with an action plan to reopen the airport by the following morning at 4:30AM.  Over 30 flights had to be cancelled on the 17th and airport leadership and the mayor had vowed to open the airport by the next day – quite a tall expectation to meet!

By 8AM our crews started the drying process.  The first step was to extract all the standing water, remove non-salvageable carpeting, and then install drying equipment.  To make the terminal more comfortable for travelers, we installed temporary carpeting in the terminal so passengers did not have to walk over bare (and potentially slippery) concrete.

The airport opened at 2:30AM 4/18, 2 hours ahead of schedule.  The airport director told us he was extremely satisfied with the outcome.

The cause of the fire still remains unknown and repairs will continue for likely many more weeks.  If one of your properties suffers a fire, large or small, you can count on SERVPRO to get you back in business quickly and make the damage “Like it never even happened”.