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Secrets to Successful Smoke Damage and Fire Damage Cleanup in Colorado Springs

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Secrets to Successful Smoke Damage and Fire Damage Cleanup in Colorado Springs Smoke can leave behind an unpleasant odor, SERVPRO uses a combination of odor removal equipment and cleaning products to get rid of the smell for good

Professional Services for Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration

Every homeowner in Colorado Springs has the right to quality restoration services after a fire incident. Cleaning up the remains of a fire event (particularly smoke damage) is one of the most daunting tasks. Successful restoration depends on numerous things, and to ensure a seamless cleanup process, it is useful to understand the ins and outs of the procedure.

For quick and efficient fire damage restoration services after a fire disaster in Colorado Springs, SERVPRO has got you covered. We have a wide range of IICRC-approved equipment that can reverse most types of smoke damage in no time, leaving your property "Like it never even happened." Our technicians are highly trained and experienced to deal with any fire damage situation, so you can rest assured of a proper restoration process.

Timing is critical in smoke damage cleanup. Smoke and soot residue can continue wreaking havoc on your property even after the fire has been subdued. Immediate attention is essential to improve the chances of reversing the damage. Discoloration occurs within minutes, and the damage can extend to appliances, furniture, and even tile grout. Signs of staining begin to appear on your fabrics after a few days, sometimes permanently. At this point, our technicians may have to refinish or replace any wood or vinyl with extensive smoke damage.

Keep in mind that smoke damage cleanup is both an art and a science. Anyone who has dealt with the consequences of a fire is familiar with the complicated nature of smoke cleanup. Apart from the tools and cleaning products, a proper restoration process requires having the right knowledge, technique, and experience to deal with different types of smoke.

Smoke odor removal makes up a good part of smoke damage cleanup. The smell originating from burnt materials can make the house unpleasant to live in, which is why smoke odor deodorization is one of the biggest secrets to successful restoration. To do this, SERVPRO technicians rely on a combination of odor removal equipment and cleaning products. Ultimately, we use ozone generation and air filtration to get rid of the smell completely.

Fire damage and smoke damage restoration after a fire is a complicated and labor-intensive job. With those secrets in mind, you can bet on SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes to conduct a seamless restoration process. For any assistance, we are available 24/7 at (719) 434-4626.

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Extinguishing even a Small Fire can Create the Need for Water Removal Services in Colorado Springs

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Extinguishing even a Small Fire can Create the Need for Water Removal Services in Colorado Springs Water damage after a fire can be extensive. Contact the certified technicians at SERVPRO after a fire for both fire and water damage remediation.

Our Technicians Arrive with Moisture and Water Detection Equipment to Help Dry Out Your Home

When a small fire breaks out inside a Colorado Springs home, many residents quickly put it out by throwing water at the base of the blaze. Other times, firefighters use hoses with the same principle, but on a larger scale, to accomplish the same goal. With the fire out, homeowners feel they can breathe easy. However, the water, having been useful, once, for a short time, now poses risks to the home's interior.
Restoring a home to a dry state after a fire occurs is best with water removal services in Colorado Springs. SERVPRO technicians expertly handle the equipment necessary, for all sizes of jobs, to bring a home's moisture levels back to normal again.
When water is used to put a fire out, it sprays and spreads out in a wider area than the fire covered. Because water easily seeps into nearby cracks and crevices, it can continue moving out in a broader area until we eliminate its presence. Because water is so fluid and even a small amount can create thousands of dollars in damages to their residence whenever homeowners wait to begin mitigation, starting early can provide the best results.
For larger fires, a pump truck can suction up standing water, but handheld units that our technicians can easily carry around are usually the best option. Once the area feels dry, meters detect how much moisture remains. Then our heaters, fans, and dehumidifiers go to work to remove the rest of the water. Wherever the moisture has gone, we can locate it and then eliminate it with the proper equipment.
Resolving catastrophes before they can worsen while simultaneously protecting your home from future damage is what SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes does best. Reachable by phone at (719) 434-4626 at all times, we remain committed to helping the members of our community in any way possible. Call us, and we can put our water removal equipment and skills to work for you and your family.

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Cleaning and Removing Mold Damage in Colorado Springs

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning and Removing Mold Damage in Colorado Springs Whether the mold damage is readily apparent or hidden, SERVPRO technicians are ready to remediate the infestation in your home. Call today.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Follow Standards Set by the IICRC

Unlike the after effects of a fire, mold damage is often difficult to find. It makes cleaning and removal even more challenging. Ensuring that your home is safe and structurally sound takes a professional restoration service.

To put a residence back together after mold damage in Colorado Springs, SERVPRO bases its processes on the standards of the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification). We use this process to protect our customers and technicians while still providing the quickest method to remove mold and prevent recurrence.

One, we isolate the mold and reduce exposure. It eliminates casual traffic through the affected area and reduces the possibility of technicians contaminating clean areas of the home while cleaning and removing mold.

Two, we record the initial findings. Once our restoration crew sets foot on your property, we document everything. This record includes photographs and a written description of the mold and where we found it. Our inspectors also include air content testing of each room in your Colorado Springs home. These descriptions and test results in the unaffected areas form the baseline that we need to meet after we complete cleaning and removal.

Three, we control and reduce the level of mold at the source. After isolating the contamination, we use negative air machines to lessen the number of loose spores in the air and force them out of your home. Setting up these devices also pulls mold spores out of the air as we begin the mold and property removal.

Four, we physically remove mold and contaminated property. Actions include cleaning surfaces of the loose mold with sponges and cloths or using commercial vacuums for thicker, concentrated amounts. If the mold has grown into building material, we remove and dispose of it. If there are items (sofas and chairs) that we cannot clean on site, we cover them and remove them for cleaning at our facility.

Five, we change the environment. Since mold cannot expand and grow without enough moisture, we lower the humidity in the affected area to levels that cause any tiny amounts of spores to return to their dormant state.

After completing these steps, we test the affected areas to ensure they are at safe levels determined by the state and the EPA. At SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes, we take every action needed to return you to your home. As a locally owned franchise, Palmer Lake, Gleneagle, and Monument are our neighbors and not just a list of customers. If you suspect there is mold damage in your home, call us today at (719) 434-4626 for an inspection and a free estimate.

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Restoring Basements From Water Damage in Colorado Springs

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring Basements From Water Damage in Colorado Springs Drain Tile and Rock Help Prevent Water Damage to Colorado Springs Basements

Extraction of Water is Crucial to Damage Mitigation in Basements

Storms come with heavy rains and ultimately, severe floods. The excess water can flood the house, destroying floors, carpeting, and other items in the basement. In fact, since these spaces are often used for storage, the water can ruin cherished items like art, antiques, photo albums, and family heirlooms.

In such a situation, it may not be safe leaving your property in that mess. SERVPRO can reverse the water damage on your Colorado Springs basement. However, we need to act fast to minimize the effect of moisture on the contents.
The two primary concerns when dealing with wood flooring are warping and buckling. Wood contains a certain amount of moisture naturally but tends to expand when it absorbs excess water. Expanded boards can push against each other until they buckle at the joints. The type of wood and amount of excess moisture involved determine the level of buckling.
When the wood absorbs water from the bottom and sides, SERVPRO technicians can reverse the cupping. Cupping is characterized by raised or "cupped" edges. When there is more moisture at the top than the sides, it is called crowning. Once the planks are thoroughly dry, sanding, leveling, and varnishing often can produce the desired results.
Wetness in carpets and pads should be extracted immediately. Our technicians use a broad range of equipment to treat water damage on pads and carpets. We can deploy truck mounted pumps, portable wet-vacs, rovers (riding extractors) and more for this purpose.

Applying professional products can help control microbial growth in the basement. Our restorers use EPA-registered disinfectants to fight the microbes, which can be hazardous to the occupants. We also use various deodorization methods to get rid of odors that may occur after water contamination. Odor can occur from dirt, moisture, dead animals, and sewage carried in by a flood, or simply by standing water that has picked up particles from the surrounding interior.

Storms, along with your garden variety of a leaking pipe or broken appliance are no laughing matter. If your basement has sustained water damage, you can count on SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes to restore your property. Call us anytime at (719) 434-4626.

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The Flood Damage Remediation Process in Colorado Springs

7/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Flood Damage Remediation Process in Colorado Springs Your dishwasher can flood your home with soapy, dirty water in an instant. Keep SERVPRO's number on hand should that ever happen.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Experience of Knowing How to Time the Drying Out Process for Best Restoration Results After Water Damage in the Home

Most flooding in a home comes from domestic sources. A leaky pipe can ruin a bathroom carpet over time, but it is the appliances in a home that can cover 1500 square feet in just a few hours. It can be a cracked water heater or a split hose on a washing machine just off the kitchen. If it happens to a family on vacation, this can mean an expensive loss by the time they return.

Pumping out water from a broken dishwasher or a rusted-out pipe is only the start of restoring a Colorado Springs home from the effects of flood damage. We also need to draw moisture from floors and walls; sometimes even ceilings when the flooding comes from a cracked pipe in the basement that sprayed over the entire room. SERVPRO knows that if we can remove standing water quickly enough using pumps and extraction wands, it can save hundreds of dollars.

Technicians use air movers to create what is known as a floating carpet. We carefully pull up opposite corners or edges, making sure these points are at the entrances and exits to the outside or other rooms of the house. Technicians lift just enough carpet to insert the air mover and provide an exit vent. If they lift too much, the carpet stretches as it dries and then it does not tack back down correctly, leaving visible waves in the now dry carpet.

We pair air movers with dehumidifiers for walls and ceilings that have absorbed a significant amount of water. Normally an air mover does the job by itself, but this combination of tools allows us to restore items like drywall that would crumble in our hands if we tried to remove it. Technicians set up the dehumidifier to blow warm air directly into the intake of the air mover. It increases the temperature of the air that blows across an affected surface, drying it faster. To prevent over-drying, we use moisture content meters to measure the air and material levels and stop at a normal level.

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is committed to restoring your home to its pre-flood condition. If you have a plumbing issue and need our help, call us today at (719) 434-4626.

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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.