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Colorado Springs Bakery Sustains Water Damage

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Colorado Springs Bakery Sustains Water Damage Make sure that your customers don't find a new bakery while your business is closed due to water damage. Call SERVPRO for a rapid response.

Our Certified Technicians Act Fast to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Business

Many commercial spaces are located below residential rental units in Colorado Springs. When something goes wrong with the plumbing upstairs, the business owner may not know of the water and certainly has no control over it. Unexpected damage from water leaking from above is a job for a professional restoration company particularly when the business affected prepares and sells food.
 
An unoccupied residential unit above your business experiences a burst pipe, eventually causing commercial water damage to your Colorado Springs bakery and cafe. Because it went unnoticed until the collected moisture broke through your ceiling, a large amount of water cascaded into your retail and dining space all at once. Services needed include water removal, wall and ceiling repair, and expert drying of an antique hardwood floor. We offer a full menu of water damage restoration options to avoid the need for many contractors.
 
If not done already, we locate and close the water shut off to the pipe if it is still leaking when our SERVPRO team arrives. Then one of our experienced project managers devises a multi-task plan to take your business from ruined to restored. We consult with your insurance carriers and the owner of the building as we take each step, our aim is to limit your out of pocket expenses while delivering the best results.
 
Standing water requires pumping or high-efficiency extraction, and SERVPRO has submersible pumps and wanded commercial wet vacuums ready for work on our service vehicles. Our technicians measure moisture levels and use scanning devices to locate any residual water within walls or other recessed areas. We may choose to remove small sections of wallboard or drill strategically placed holes to release hidden water. Air movers and dehumidifiers then assume the work of drying out surfaces soaked with moisture.
 
Speed is crucial as we assess and begin drying the hardwood floor, its aged patina an important part of your cozy ambiance. Wood absorbs moisture quickly and the consequent swelling causes warping, crowning, cupping, or buckling if not dried quickly. SERVPRO uses a variety of techniques recommended by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the industry’s best practices developing and maintaining organization. Drying mats pull water out of both the hardwood and subfloor layers. Subfloor drying is critical, so we may position air movers under the floor from a basement space or remove and lift some boards to get access to the damp lowest layer and start drying it thoroughly. Moisture monitoring is done at regular intervals throughout the process to ensure that we meet drying goals.
 
Call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes with confidence when water damages your business. Call (719) 434-4626 to schedule an inspection without delay.

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Understanding Flood Damage in Colorado Springs

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Understanding Flood Damage in Colorado Springs SERVPRO's first step in flood damage cleanup is to determine the category of water in your home.

The Three Categories of Water Determine Cleaning Methods and Precautions Needed

Removing flood water from a Colorado Springs home is a simple process when the water is clean. If the flood and stormwater are contaminated, it becomes more complicated to clean up and remediate the effects.

Before we can remediate flood damage in Colorado Springs, SERVPRO technicians determine the category of the water in the home. We have three, which help us decide not just the cleaning methods, but precautions we need to take as well: Clean, Gray, and Black.

Clean – The water is no risk to the health of residents or anyone who goes into the home to remove it. Our technicians do not have to take any special precautions or wear protective gear except the rubber boats to keep their feet dry when they bring in removal equipment. If we do not remove clean water quickly enough, it can cross into the gray category if otherwise harmless; airborne microbes are allowed to expand and grow into a threat.

Gray – This water contains very small amounts of microbes or other contaminants. It includes water from toilets, aquariums, and dishwashers. If not removed quickly enough, the contaminants can become airborne and move to other parts of the home. Before SERVPRO technicians begin the removal process, we spray anti-microbial and anti-fungal agents over the surface of the water to neutralize the contamination.

Black – Most stormwater is in this category. Run-off from overwhelmed sewer systems or crested rivers pulls in large amounts of sewage, feces, and even dead animals into neighborhoods and homes. Before technicians even spray this water, they put on protective gear before entering the home. If we suspect the contamination is airborne, that includes breathing gear. To prevent outside contamination, a technician watches the hoses as we pump the water into a designated tank truck.

Restoring any home after a flood is a long process; to ensure the health and safety of your home and family, you need to use a professional restoration service. SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes has helped our community restore its homes for more than twenty years. Call us today at (719) 434-4626 if you need us.

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Halting Mold Damage in Colorado Springs

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Halting Mold Damage in Colorado Springs SERVPRO recommends replacing mold damaged drywall because it is usually less expensive then cutting and replacing sections.

SERVPRO has the Experience and Knowledge to Properly Remediate Mold Damage

Mold in a Colorado Springs home can grow unnoticed for months. Since it can cause as much damage as a flood, it is fortunate that mold is also the slowest disaster to strike a home in our area.

Because it does grow at such a slow pace, residents think they can stop mold damage in their Colorado Springs home by spraying bleach on the visible mold and then painting over it. Bleach does not kill every mold spore. The chemical forces it into an inert state temporarily, but not only does mold return, but it also grows through the paint. To stop and remove it, SERVPRO uses the experience learned after almost three decades in the restoration business.

The quickest way to halt growth is to remove the source of moisture. Without water, mold exists in an inert condition. Individual spores are harmless in this state and mix in with common household dust. Our inspectors and technicians usually discover the water came from a loose connection or a leaking pipe. In some cases, mold grew from a small puddle created by the condensation from an improperly insulated pipe in exterior walls along areas like laundry rooms.

With the water source eliminated, the next step is to remove infested structural property. Building material makes an excellent food source for mold, but affected panels are usually difficult to clean. Drywall is especially vulnerable to crumbling after coming into contact with water or cleaning liquids.

If we find mold inside wall panels or acoustic ceiling tile, SERVPRO technicians recommend replacing the whole piece. It is cheaper than the labor hours needed to attempt to cut away sections and replace them with clean pieces.

Curtains, drapes, and clothing are easier to clean. Each SERVPRO office maintains a set of commercial grade washers and an inventory of chemical cleaners designed to neutralize and remove spores. The only property we do not clean ourselves are dry-clean only items.

Removing mold damage is not a quick and easy process by any stretch of the imagination. The goal of SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is to put our neighbors back in their home as soon as we can do so safely. For more information about what we can do for your home or to schedule an inspection, call today at (719) 434-4626.

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BQ Gone Wrong -- Fire Damage In Colorado Springs

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage BQ Gone Wrong -- Fire Damage In Colorado Springs Colorado Springs and BBQ Fire Mishaps? Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Restores Smoke & Fire Mishaps

Many homeowners are expanding their home’s footprint with outdoor grills and even complete kitchens. The addition of a roof, arbors, and partial walls make these outdoor areas comfortable and inviting. Unfortunately, their wood construction also adds to the risk of a disastrous ending to a delicious meal. You need professional assistance when a pleasant Colorado Springs evening outdoors results in a fire.
 
Your outdoor cooking area is a relaxing space, conducive to fun meals with friends and family. Just like other food preparation areas, however, the possibility of a blaze is constant, particularly if you get distracted while grilling. The chance of fire damage if your Colorado Springs backyard has a pizza oven or fire pit is heightened even more. The heat generated from these wood or gas burning appliances alone can cause nearby siding or eaves to catch fire, and decor like candles or torches can set areas ablaze.
 
Outdoor fire damage does not necessarily stop at the exterior walls of your home. The fire can spread into interior areas quickly, burning through any portion of your home used as part of the perimeter of the outdoor cooking area. Even if the flames are stopped outside, smoke and soot are likely to move through your home. Doors and windows are open to facilitate the movement of food from the kitchen to the grilling area, but also provide a conduit for smoke and soot, and in extreme situations, flames to enter. SERVPRO assesses the damage done by the fire in all areas of your home, inside and out, and develops a plan to remediate every aspect of it.
 
All SERVPRO crew members attain the designation as Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians through IICRC approved training sessions. Our employees use the industry’s best practices to deliver high-quality restoration services, cleaning up soot on surfaces with appropriate tools and cleaning products developed to match the characteristics of the damage done to your home. A light covering of soot responds well to vacuuming and dry sponging, while sticky, greasy residues may need solvents and abrasive scrubbers. Charred areas may need scraping and sealing, or occasionally removal and replacement, but our focus is always on restoration as much as is possible.
 
A final concern after fire damage restoration is often odor control. SERVPRO deodorization specialists receive comprehensive training in odor elimination. We work hard to eliminate the causation of the odor, addressing each level until the odor disappears. We are certified to operate thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators to attack odor particles at their most minute and persistent.
 
Give us a call at (719) 434-4626 if outdoor cooking becomes an uncontrolled blaze. SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is ready to return your backyard kitchen and any interior damage to preloss condition.

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Typical Solutions to Basement Water Damage in Colorado Springs

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Typical Solutions to Basement Water Damage in Colorado Springs Basement water can damage items that you keep there for storage. Contact the technicians at SERVPRO to remediate water damage after an event.

Quick Response and a Preventative Approach are Effective When Dealing With Water Damage

Homeowners in Colorado Springs have a tough decision to make when dealing with water damage in their basements. Unexpected water in the basement can damage floors, walls, carpeting, furniture, and eventually lead to mold growth. The worst part is that these spaces are often used for storage, so a wet basement can damage irreplaceable items such as family heirlooms, antiques, and photo albums.
 
If you are unfortunate enough to experience a flooded basement, you need to determine the extent of the water damage and assess whether it is likely to occur again. At SERVPRO, we have a team of highly skilled water damage restoration experts stationed at Colorado Springs who can arrive promptly at your request. We follow IICRC recommendations in every emergency, ensuring that our methods are up to scratch with industry standards.
 
The best approach to any building problem is doing the things that are easy and less expensive first, and then proceeding to the next costly method with the most productive result. When it comes to water damage, the best approach is usually to remove the source of the moisture, as opposed to trying to stop it at the last second. The least costly techniques involve removing excessive internal sources of moisture in the basement (cooking, humidifiers) and ventilating other sources (bathroom, clothes dryer).
 
If the water damage is caused by condensation, avoid ventilating the basement directly using warm, humid air. SERVPRO technicians usually recommend ventilation with a desiccant-type of heat exchanger or through an air conditioning system. Dehumidification can come in handy at reducing the signs of odor and humidity in the basement.
 
It is tempting to solve basement water damage with a coating or membrane on the inside. It seems to be effective for some time and is less costly than a drainage system. However, this does not eliminate the water, which can move to another space in the basement or cause the systems to deteriorate. Once we remove interior sources of moisture, we can evaluate the downspouts, gutters, and surface grading around the structure. If the water problem persists, we proceed with an exterior or interior drainage system.
 
If you need emergency water damage restoration services, SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is strategically located to respond quickly to your situation. We have the tools and expertise to meet your restoration needs, whether it is flood water removal from your basement or water damage restoration on your upholstery. Call us anytime at (719) 434-4626.

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How Flood Damage Affects Different Colorado Springs Flooring Types

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Flood Damage Affects Different Colorado Springs Flooring Types Snow Melt Can Cause Flooding in Colorado Springs

SERVPRO Provides Mitigation After Flooding Events in Colorado Springs

Storm floods tend to be sudden, explosive disasters that can strike a home unexpectedly. Even after the flow of water has stopped, a flood-ravaged home still bears the marks of damage. Among the most heavily damaged parts of the home are always floors and foundations, which are often inundated in water for hours or even days. During this time, significant and costly flood damage can occur to your Colorado Springs home's flooring materials by soaking in and causing permanent damage. Here is a quick overview of how several common floor types react to flooding.

Carpet
Carpeting is often the least-protected flooring material in a Colorado Springs home against flood damage. Porous and weak, carpeting can fray, warp, shrink, stain, and develop mold growth when soaked through with water. Depending on the flood's severity, we may have to fully replace the carpet, or institute a rigorous drying and restoration regimen.

Wood
Wood floors can react very differently to a flood depending on their respective species and finishes. Some types of wood may prove highly resilient, requiring little to no work from SERVPRO personnel beyond simple cleaning tasks. Others may warp and bend, requiring intensive care and refinishing. We have special drying mats to extract water from between the joints of the planks to salvage many floors thought lost.

Tile
Tile is typically better off than other types of flooring in the aftermath of a flood, but must still be cared for and cleaned. Tiles can break or chip in the flood, requiring some limited retiling and refinishing. Some types of grout may also be susceptible to floodwater, and we usually must sanitize grout thoroughly to prevent mold growth.

Concrete
Concrete floors are most common in storage spaces and garages, and are usually either a part of the foundation or directly on top of it. While concrete is resistant to most types of damage, thorough soaking can cause water to seep in and start cracking the material. Concrete ranks among the easiest materials for SERVPRO to clean, but without careful attention, can become the costliest effect of the flood. Caution is needed to draw the moisture out of porous concrete pads slowly.

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is a locally-owned franchise with national resources to help you recover from the effects of flood damage. Call us 24/7 at (719) 434-4626.

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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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