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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”.

Some Damage Cannot Be Avoided After Water Removal in Colorado Springs

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Some Damage Cannot Be Avoided After Water Removal in Colorado Springs Water damage can leave behind discoloration to surfaces, damage to fragile belongings, and damage to carpet and fabrics.

SERVPRO Can Help Restore Your Home and Belongings after Water Damage

Removing water from a Colorado Springs home immediately after a flood or similar disaster is vital to prevent as much damage as possible and push down costs of cleanup and repairs. However, avoiding damage entirely is often impossible under such circumstances. Materials can tear apart, expand to alarming proportions, become discolored, and experience a myriad of other complications even with an ideal initial response. Here are a few of the most common types of damage that can occur even if we do everything right.

Discoloration

Discoloration around the home can be common after water removal in Colorado Springs for different reasons. Floodwaters can pick up contaminants, dyes, and other materials that leave behind permanent marks on any surface they touch. Some materials react chemically with water, while others merely change their appearance slightly when exposed to substantial moisture levels. Furthermore, dyed materials can bleed their colors onto other surfaces, losing their coloration and harming other materials in the process. SERVPRO can eliminate these visual signs of damage with ease during the restoration process thanks to our access to a wide variety of paints, finishes, and materials used in local homes.

Damage to Belongings

Electronics, valuables, and other fragile objects can break quickly when exposed to water. Floodwaters can crash into and topple over many belongings, but some items can be hurt irreparably from as little as an elevated exposure to humidity. Our IICRC certified technicians carefully evaluate everything damaged in the disaster to determine whether or not each item can be salvaged.

Damage to Carpet and Fabrics

Many types of carpeting and fabrics deteriorate too rapidly when exposed to water to save. As with belongings, we carefully evaluate the extent of damage to carpets and upholstery to determine if individual parts can be restored and reused while only replacing select parts and areas of the material.

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is available on a 24/7 basis to help your home recover from water and flood damage of any severity. Contact us at (719) 434-4626.

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Winner Announcement - MARCH MADNESS 2018

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Community Winner Announcement - MARCH MADNESS 2018 Villanova celebrates a well-earned victory

Hello SERVPRO March Madness players!  Villanova rolled through the tournament winning all 6 games by at least 12 points.  The Michigan Wolverines, who went from unranked to a second consecutive Big 10 title, deserve quite a bit of credit themselves by stacking up 14 straight victories before falling to Villanova in the national championship 69-62.

We've finished tallying the scores and are proud to congratulate our winners:

1.  Jancarlos Del Valle - Ross Silva American Family Insurance  (RCA Galileo Pro 2 11.5" tablet)

2.  Diane Barker - FBG Service Corporation (2 tickets to Brunch at the Broadmoor)

3.  Dean Skaret - Dean Skaret American Family Insurance  ($25 Starbucks gift card)

All players placing 4th and up receive a $5 Starbucks gift card - your reps Chris and Jeff will be delivering these to your offices over the next month.

Complete standings are below.  Stay tuned for our next contest coming in the Fall.  Thanks for playing and we'll see you next time!

--  Dave Kraszewski, Jeff Christensen, and Chris Rizzuto

Rank    Name    Total Score     Champion

1   Jancarlos Del Valle  265      Penn

2   Diane Barker  254  Villanova

3   Dean Skaret   251  Villanova

4   Doris Wall  244  Villanova

5   Leslie Haren-Friesz   241  Michigan St.

6   Chris Rizzuto   238   Xavier

7   Yolanda Garcia   236    Villanova

8   Nancy Penaloza   235   Villanova

9   Will Wise    231    Villanova

10  Heather Smith   231    Duke

11  Jeremy Bergeron    230   Villanova

12  SHEBA MOBLEY    230   Villanova

13  Suzan Parra   230    Villanova

14  Mark Gerstenberg   230   Villanova

15  Erin Oroszi   230   Villanova

16  Whitney Johnson  225  Villanova

17  James Martinez    222   Villanova

18  bill camp   221   Virginia

19  Mary Kirks    217   Villanova

20  Andrew Walter   216   Villanova

20  Michael Rupp    216  Arizona

22  Dan Brandt    216    Villanova

23  Jeff Christensen   214   Xavier

24  Jessica Lastinger   213  Clemson

25  Marla Wilson   208   Kansas

26  April Allen   201  Kansas

27  Cory Town    199   Arizona

28  David Molchan   198   Michigan St.

29  Robyn Kilanowski   195   Michigan

30  Richard Beall    194    Houston

31  Zanda Raklinska   193   Virginia

32  Jeremiah Nease    191   Tennessee

33  Grant Burlingame   191   Duke

34  Kristin Chelin    186   Xavier

35  Lisa Kirwan    185   Villanova

36  Darrell Wilson   185   Kansas

37  Ross Silva    184   Virginia

38  Rob Schorzman    184    Michigan

39  Jared May    183    Virginia

40  Dave Mensing   182   Virginia

41  Sherri Stoltzfus    182   Kansas

42  Napoya Jones   181    Virginia

43  Martin Burlingame    181   Kansas

44  Judith Sedwick   180   Virginia

45  Lou Vitti   179     Duke

46  Jaime Klungtvedt    177    Cincinnati

47  Rita Dugan   177    Virginia

48  Laurel Fentanes   174   Virginia

48  tim kealy    174   Gonzaga

50  John Anderson     174     Xavier

51  James Rickman    174    Virginia

52  Mandy Campbell     174    Virginia

53  Cheryl Branch    172   Miami (Fla.)

54  Richard Kiedinger  168    Villanova

55  Natalie Martinez    162   Virginia

56  Dave Kraszewski   161   Alabama

57  Holly Koenig      160    Kansas

58  Corey Nakai    160      Virginia

59  Nelson De La Cruz   158   Virginia

60  Qiesha Lewis    157    Kansas

61  Denise Price     155    Kansas

62  Ashley Dodge    153   Kentucky

63  Patrick Loeber    153   Kentucky

64  L Malossi     151    Duke

65  Brittaney Grace    149    Gonzaga

66  Frank Gundy     149    Kansas

67  Sean Reeder     145    Kansas

68  Rod Smith     145     Duke

69  RUTH SCHLICHENMEYER    142  Duke

70  Adam Zeilder   139   Duke

71  Larry Zeidler   137   Duke

72  Dave Hammond  133   Kansas

73  Caitlin Gilkey   131   N. Carolina

74  clint christianson   130   W. Virginia

75  Chad Atherton   126   Arizona

76  Clara Loper    125     Xavier

77  Michael Schuneman    116    Xavier

78  Erica bazzy    114    Xavier

79  Tamara Bannister   100   Wichita St.

A Quick Response Can Save Your Colorado Springs Business

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial A Quick Response Can Save Your Colorado Springs Business Call on SERVPRO to get your doors open sooner and prevent further damage to your business.

Call SERVPRO as Soon as Possible after a Water Emergency

Of all of the pit stops that people can make as they pass through Colorado Springs, you strive to offer the kind of atmosphere and feel that makes motorists and locals choose your gas station above the other options they might have. When a water emergency strikes out of nowhere, it can have some effects on the business itself, so it is best to understand the importance of choosing professional restoration to get you back in the game more expediently.

As critical as automotive traffic and foot traffic is to your gas station, you should better understand the importance of solving any disasters that occur and fully restoring the water damage caused to your Colorado Springs business. The first consideration that you have to make is sectioning off areas of your shop area to keep people away from the water damage, or having to close your doors entirely while the restoration process is underway.

Attempting to clean substantial water emergencies up on your own, instead of choosing professional restoration like SERVPRO provides, can often lead to you waiting much longer to successfully re-open your businesses to travelers and locals that wish to use it. The primary drawback to waiting longer for your gas station to reopen is obviously the loss of profits, but it also allows for a loss of reputation and loyal customers. The longer that your establishment is not available to formerly loyal patrons, the more likely they are to start going to another similar business permanently.

Another consideration that you should make would be the employees that rely on their paychecks to support themselves or their families. The longer that you are not able to serve the public, the longer they are going without a regular paycheck.

Finally, the longer that you wait to contact SERVPRO, the more likely further damage can result. This damage could show itself in the weakening of structural components, forcing remodeling or reconstruction or could also appear as mold damage on top of the other issues you face.

You should not wait to contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes if your business is threatened by a water emergency. The quicker that our experienced team can get to work, the faster your business can begin making money again. Give us a call today at (719) 434-4626.

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Fire Damage Restoration in Colorado Springs

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration in Colorado Springs Fire damage can leave behind foul odors that require professional restoration services.

Rely on SERVPRO to Rid Your Home of Foul Odors after Fire Damage

After a fire ignites inside your Colorado Springs townhome, there are different types of damage that possibly take place. Near the source of the fire, heat and flames often burn and char building materials and contents. In other parts of the building, smoke damage likely occurs.

Items that get burnt severely, usually get replaced or possibly resurfaced. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Colorado Springs use various cleaning methods to get rid of soot left behind by smoke. After all of the soot and burnt materials get cleaned and removed sometimes foul odors still exist inside the structure.

If the cleaning process does not do the job of odor elimination, then we take steps to deodorize the area. When deodorizing a structure, various chemicals, and application methods get used. Most chemicals deodorize areas by either causing a reaction and neutralizing the smell particles or by masking foul odors with more pleasant ones.

Sometimes our SERVPRO experts determine that the building's HVAC system is what causes foul odors to exist. In this case, HVAC duct cleaning systems get used. The system includes a vacuum system and filter that pulls all odor-causing particles into the HEPA filter. The system also comes with brushes and tools used to agitate the inside surfaces of the vents.

In other scenarios, air scrubbers get used to pull any foul odor particles out of the air. The system creates negative air pressure that sucks particles into a HEPA filter. The filter consists of activated carbon and potassium permanganate that attract odor particles to the filter through absorption.

If we determine that the source of foul odors is a piece of furniture or carpet inside your home, then we treat the fabric or upholstery with deodorant chemicals. Sometimes chemicals get sprayed onto the porous materials, other times we inject deodorants into the fabric. The injection method often gets used in small sections of furniture or when the carpet or pad cannot get pulled up to access the backing.

Deodorization is a vital part of completing any smoke restoration project. To get professional help with smoke and odor related problems call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 any time of the day, every day of the week.

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