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Assessing Cleanability After Fire Damage In Your Colorado Springs Kitchen

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Commercial Water Restoration Services Are Available for Hotels 


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

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

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

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

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


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

Keeping Your Smoke Detectors Clean in Your Colorado Springs Home

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

4 Steps To Deal With Mold Damage In Colorado Springs

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

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

Mold Damage


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

How SERVPRO Determines a Drying System in Colorado Springs

3/19/2017 (Permalink)

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

Many Factors Regulate the Drying System Decision

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

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

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Technicians are Certified in Mold Remediation


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

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

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

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

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

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

Tips to Remember when You have Flood Damage in Your Palmer Lake Property

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips to Remember when You have Flood Damage in Your Palmer Lake Property Winter Thaws and Flooding in Palmer Lake Get Tips from SERVPRO

Preparation for Flooding in Palmer Lake Can Mitigate Damage

Floods happen all across America, affecting entire neighborhoods and cities at one time. Individual homes who escape the damage are considered to be incredibly lucky. When a flood hits your home, there are some things that you can do to lessen the damage. Using these tips can help reduce the harm experienced if you act on them before the flood approaches the area where you live.
 
Palmer Lake residents have had their fair share of flood damage in the past. New risks are created each time flooding occurs. These risks happen throughout each home and include the outside areas, also. SERVPRO can help in the restoration of your home and the contents inside, but there are steps you can take to minimize the damage but only when you have sufficient time.
 
Saving Your Food
Floods contain many different types of hazards. These risks include pathogens that can cause disease. Cross-contamination can happen very easily. Using a can opener on a can of food that is cooked and then using the same can opener on a can of food that is uncooked can cause cross-contamination. Food that is not in cans has much more apparent damage than canned goods has. If there is time between finding out there is a flood on the way, and when you need to leave your home, if you could move your food to a higher location, your food could be saved from becoming contaminated.
 
Because floods can create a need for evacuations that last for more than a few days, your refrigerator can not keep the food in it adequately chilled or frozen. Water from the flood can also enter refrigerators and freezers quite quickly and ruin the contents. Bagging up the contents beforehand can save you from needing to handle contaminated food products later. After a flood happens, restoring your home is much more involved than drying things out. SERVPRO always ensures that things are cleaned and sanitized. Any food items, even canned or jarred goods, which become submerged must be disposed of and not used.
 
Reducing the Risk of Electrical Shock
Unplugging your appliances before a flood can help prevent shocks or electrocution when flood waters recede, and you first re-enter your home. Your refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and electric stove should all be unplugged from the wall. The same goes for your washer and dryer. Other items in your home, such as the water softener, gears for the garage door, lamps, television sets, and clocks should not be left plugged in. SERVPRO has partnered with different service providers who can test and repair electronic equipment, including television sets and computers. You may also consider shutting down your main line to the electrical panel.
 
Prevention of Smaller Items being Relocated by the Flood
You can make things a bit safer for re-entering if you move smaller items to areas that are not affected by the flood. Moving chairs, rugs, smaller tables, floor lamps, and shoes and boots left on the floor to a higher area or floor can help. If these items are not in harm's way during the flood, they can not pose a hazard to you or your family when you return.

Your safety is more important than anything in your home. Following any evacuation instructions when given can help save you and your family members from harm.

When it is safe to return to your home, SERVPRO can get everything dried out and cleaned up. Call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 to help restore your home and ensure that your family can live there again safely.

Water Damage in Colorado Spring Gallery Managed Proactively With SERVPRO ERP

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage in Colorado Spring Gallery Managed Proactively With SERVPRO ERP The SERVPRO ERP gives you the peace of mind that your collection will be our priority in case of emergency. Call today to put a plan into place.

Having an Assessment and Plan in Place Gets You to the Front of the Line When Dealing with Water Damage at Your Business Location


As with any insurance, you hope never to have to use your SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan. However, if your gallery suffers water damage, it is crucial that we have worked together previously to craft a plan to limit the disaster. Knowing what you can do to protect your investment and how we will support gives great peace of mind.
 
An art gallery poses special considerations when commercial water damage intrudes into your Colorado Springs property. Although you will be very concerned about the shop itself, your more central worry will be the treasures contained within the space. Because we want to understand your needs and priorities completely, we advise the app and inspection before we become your disaster mitigation and restoration source. Completing an Emergency Ready Profile to inform our Emergency Ready Plan is the single most important task you can undertake to protect your business from potential ruin. Through an on-site assessment, completed by an experienced inspector from our office, combined with a line by line completion of the Field Form on our ERP app, you are in control of a carefully considered blueprint to save your inventory and your business.
 
Your SERVPRO ERP documents precisely the recovery and rescue hierarchy you want to identify for our first responders. Use your tablet or camera to inventory the contents of your gallery, including locations of important individual pieces, so that we can make informed decisions when we enter your site after damage happens. You have curated a one of a kind gallery, so it only makes sense that you employ a one of a kind Emergency Ready Plan to ensure the artwork you have collected has the very best chance of surviving a water damage disaster with little, if any, injury.
 
The Emergency Ready Plan allows you to identify key employees or others to contact us and engage our services even if you are unavailable to react to the water damage personally. This is huge benefit of our plan, allowing you to travel, relax, or search for more pieces to add to your gallery, without the nagging doubt that your should be minding the store.
 
If your gallery business is important to you SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is waiting for you to create an ERP to protect it now and into the future. Call (719) 434-4626 to inquire about the proactive approach to water or other damage you might need to deal with should disaster strike.

Combining Air Movers & Dehumidifiers to Repair Flood Damage in Monument Homes

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Combining Air Movers & Dehumidifiers to Repair Flood Damage in Monument Homes Flooding and SERVPRO Water Extraction Methods Mitigate Damage in Monument

SERVPRO's Training Maximizes Moisture Removal after Flooding

When a property is flooded (either by natural or domestic means), it must be dried out as quickly as possible, preferably by a professional team. The quicker that repairs can be started, the more of the home can be salvaged. If you experience flooding and delay the clean-up process, you could run into further problems with extensive damp and mold.

Fortunately, the drying techniques used by SERVPRO are highly effective. The equipment employed to repair flood damage in Monument homes is set up fast, to ensure the minimum of downtime between the flood and clean-up. With the help of sophisticated water pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers, our technicians can get you dry again in no time.

This handy guide to the basics of flood damage repair will help you understand why these machines are so important.

Why Are Air Movers and Dehumidifiers Different?
Dehumidifiers and air movers can look similar, and they produce the same result (expedient manners of water removal), but they do it in different ways. They are commonly combined by flood damage technicians because they provide a more comprehensive drying process when used together.

Dehumidifiers actually suck moisture out of the air and contain it. On the other hand, air movers direct fresh, clean air around the affected area, in the same way as a fan might. So, the air movers push dry, clean air into the flooded space, where it becomes saturated with moisture. The dehumidifier then captures this air and removes the moisture. It pumps the dry, clean air back out into the room, where it is caught by the air movers and the process begins again. This self-perpetuating cycle enables the SERVPRO team to set the drying machines up and leave them to do their work, while they attend to other areas of the building.

Why Is It Important to Get the Right Balance?
The SERVPRO technicians are trained in the most advanced flood restoration techniques. This includes knowing exactly how to set up air movers and dehumidifiers in a way which guarantees fast, effective drying. They will need to inspect the affected area before starting repairs so that they can determine how many machines are required. Too many placed devices positioned incorrectly can be counterproductive to moisture removal.

Obviously, the bigger the flooded area, the more drying tools will be used. However, it isn’t always so simple. When both dehumidifiers and air movers are brought on site, the number has to be perfect. Too many dehumidifiers and the drying process will be very slow. Too many air movers and the air will stay very humid and potentially cause further damage.

Fortunately, the experts at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes have all of the knowledge and skills needed to dry your home quickly and safely. Call us 24/7 at (719) 434-4626 today.