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Residential Water Removal in Colorado Springs
If there is more than two inches of standing water in a home, SERVPRO uses commercial grade pumps to extract the water.
SERVPRO’s Water Removal Process
Despite the weather, most home flooding in Colorado Springs comes from common sources like rusted connections to a kitchen sink or a thirty-year-old hot water tank that finally gives up.
No matter where it comes from, water removal from a Colorado Springs home should always be accomplished by a licensed restoration company. SERVPRO has developed a process for every home based on our more than twenty years serving our community.
We begin with getting the standing water out of the structure. If it is more than two inches deep, we start with commercial grade pumps. That is important to remember because even two inches means there are hundreds of gallons of water in the home. Two of these machines can clear out even a large home in just a few hours.
Once the water is gone, or if it was already under two inches, we bring in water extraction wands. These devices remove smaller amounts of water from carpets and wood floors without harming either. This point in the process is also where SERVPRO restoration team members remove furniture and other items to prevent accidentally damaging them. If there is a carpet pad, we remove and dispose of it.
Now, we check the subfloors. Depending on how much we find, our technicians use air movers to force warm, dry air into the sub-floor and speed up the evaporation process. If there is a large amount, our IICRC-certified technicians also set up dehumidifiers to draw water from the surrounding air and use the extraction wands if the homeowner allows us to pull up one or two floorboards for access.
We also use the air movers and dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the structural property like drywall, floor and ceiling trim, and the wall frame behind everything. If we do not remove even this small amount of water, the building material can rot or allow mold to begin growing across its surfaces. When used together, these devices can dry out a large room in just a day or two.
Completely drying a home takes time, training, and the right tools. If you have a flooding problem in your home, call our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes office today at (719) 434-4626. We are here to help.
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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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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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Restoring Basements From Water Damage in Colorado Springs
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reducing the Risk of Household Appliances Causing Water Damage in Gleneagle
Any appliances that have water coming into them or going out of them, have the potential to cause water damage. Call SERVPRO quickly to remediate!
Regular Maintenance Can Prevent Potential Damage
It is not just burst pipes, flooding, and storms that can cause water damage to your home; faulty appliances also have the potential to cause significant problems. Dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters and refrigerators are some of the usual culprits in the home. However, there are measures you can take to significantly reduce the risk of them leaking and causing water damage to your property.
Check the Hoses
One of the most common causes of appliances causing water damage in Gleneagle is the failure, damage or blockage of hoses. Both dishwashers and washing machines have hoses connected to them as they are water-drawing appliances. It is important to check the hoses regularly for degrading, cracks or blockages before further problems are caused. Realistically, hoses need replacing every three years.
Identify and Check Water Valves
You should make sure that everyone in the house knows where the main water valve and the water valves for each appliance are located. If a leak does occur, it can be dealt with swiftly by turning off the water. It is also important to check that the valves open and close correctly. SERVPROs are often called out by people who have just returned home to find a flood or leak after a vacation or weekend away. A preventative measure you can take is to turn off the valves before you leave home.
Drains, Pumps, and Filters
Depending on the particular appliance, a piece of equipment may have drains, pumps or filters. Each of these components may become blocked with debris over time, and this will disrupt or prevent the flow of water. In turn, this can result in leakages or the appliance may stop working altogether. Check for blockages and debris at least twice a year to keep these parts clear.
Contacting the Professionals
There are some occasions when you will not be able to rectify a problem, and it is important you know when you need to call a professional rather than attempt to resolve an issue yourself. If your appliance has a warranty, then a qualified engineer will come to identify any problems and either fix or replace the parts as necessary. It is well worth considering an extended warranty, so your appliance is covered for longer. Having faults repaired quickly will minimize the chances of needing to use our services at SERVPRO to tackle water damage.
Although these tips reduce the risk of problems with household appliances, there is still the possibility of a fault or leak occurring that results in water damage to your home. In the event of this happening, contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/ Tri-Lakes as soon as possible on (719) 434-4626. Once you have described your emergency, our team of experts will visit you to assess the damage and begin restorative work as soon as possible.
The Need for Rapid Water Removal is Critical
SERVPRO Tip: Fast Water Removal Limits Damage in Colorado Springs.
SERVPRO Extracts Water Quickly to Mitigate Damage
The common belief is that it is when you are away from your home for days on end, such as during a vacation, that water lines will decide to burst open, flooding your home. It may seem like that, but water lines can break at any time, even when you are home, and not be noticed immediately. You may be sleeping, or watching television, and not hear anything. There are no alarms on your water pipes to sound if something like this should ever happen.
Any pipe can burst open in Colorado Springs, leading to the need for water removal specialists to assist you in drying out your home. In many areas, this problem can also happen in the coldest part of winter where outside temps can affect isolated spots along water lines inside of your basement. There are many reasons, including deteriorating glue, which is quite rare but does happen, and cracks in the pipes themselves. Metal pipes in older homes are not immune to bursting, either, even though many of these are being replaced because of concerns about lead content.
SERVPRO professionals work together as a team, and all have different certifications. ASD, Applied Structural Drying, and WDRT, Water Damage Restoration Technician are just two from the IICRC. This international organization sets the guidelines for water damage restoration protocols. SERVPRO has developed an advanced in-house ECTP--Employee Certification Training Program--that is comprehensive and industry leading. They know how to handle all of your water removal and extraction needs, and can also further assist you in various subsequent problems to mitigate secondary water damage issues. These include document drying and portrait preservation as examples. When water lines break, the water is not going to come gushing out in a neat line. It can splash out in various directions, ruining items that might not seem to be in the way. Preservation of these articles needs to begin as soon as possible for our professionals to achieve the best possible results for you.
The same applies to your home's interior – carpets, flooring, and drywalled areas. These need to be dried as quickly as possible, so they do not warp, discolor, or deteriorate. In the case of non-salvageable building materials, our skilled technicians, along with affiliated companies, can rebuild and restore "Like it never even happened."
When you need professional water removal, give a call to us, SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes, at (719) 434-4626. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
How to Mitigate Water Damage
Damaged and Deteriorated Pipes Can Cause Water Damage
Three Tips to Prevent Water Damage
Water damage is one of the most common and destructive types of damage that can happen to any home, anytime, and in any location. Even when a home is safe from major river floods and disasters like hurricanes, significant water damage may still be incurred through a number of sources. Common damage origins include flash floods, burst or leaking pipes, septic tank or water heater ruptures, or simply unusually heavy weather. Here are some steps you can take to safeguard your home against water damage.
1. Replace Old Pipes
Leaking or ruptured pipes are very commonly caused by old age and deteriorating condition. The simple solution to this is to simply replace old pipes before they have a chance to break. Although many homes in the western United States are relatively new and have quality water fixtures, it may still be worth investigating the age and quality of the pipes running through your home. Detecting problems in advance is well worth it, as even a minor leak can cause serious and expensive damage if it is not quickly repaired.
2. Install Seals on Doors
Installing seals on any doors which lead out of your home is typically an excellent idea, for a number of reasons. For example, in Colorado Springs, water damage can often be avoided by simply sealing the bottoms of doors to prevent rain and light floodwaters from coming inside. This solution can also save money for the home, as well, as it will help to keep the home insulated and in the long term save money on heating. As such, many newer homes come with simple seals pre-installed.
3. Take Out both Home and Flood Insurance Policies
The most important part in mitigating loss from water damage is ensuring that you have the proper insurance to repair and replace any damage to the home. Many homeowners' insurance policies do not cover floods or some types of water damage, so taking out a separate policy is often inexpensive and well worth it. Even homes on high ground should be wary of flood conditions, as waters can pour into basements and low-lying areas.
SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is a locally owned and operated business which has helped to bring countless homeowners through crises large and small. If you need repair and restoration services, or simply advice and a quote on water damage, please don't hesitate to call us at (719) 434-4626 for 24/7 service.
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SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes is always just a quick phone call away. Whether you are dealing with a Water loss or damage from a fire we can help. Emergencies do not work on a set schedule and can happen at any hour of the day or night. That's why we are here 24/7, 365 to assist you should the need arise.
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Colorado Springs Experts in Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water and Fire Cleanup and Restoration.
Spring is officially here. The grass is beginning to change from brown to green, flowers are starting to bloom and spring rains will be here before you know it. The Spring rains are needed and brings about growth. At the same time rain can be unpredictable and can cause water damage to our homes. Basements can be a prime area for water leaks.
Keeping Water Out Of Your Basement
• Downspout extensions should be at least 6 feet long, and the water should be directed away from your house.
• All surfaces surrounding the house should be graded properly to direct water away from the foundation. This includes the lawn and driveway.
• Gutters should be clear of debris.
• Window wells should be sealed tightly to the foundation. The well should be filled with gravel, not dirt, and it should be 6 inches to 18 inches in depth.
• Make sure if your sump pump is working and that it's discharging water away from the house.
Portion taken from: Rick Barrett
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Colorado Springs Experts in Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water and Fire Cleanup and Restoration.
Why Choose Us?
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.
Highly Trained Technicians
Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
The past few decades has seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs Professionals to restore a property back to pre-loss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.
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Faster to any Disaster
In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,650 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.
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Colorado Springs cold weather can wreck havoc on those in its path. When temps drop and winds blow the better the chance of a freeze break. No one can predict when a loss will occur but you can rest assured that we will be available 24/7, 365 days a week should a loss occur. We offer fast response and all our techs are professionals, uniformed, vetted and background checked.
If you should need our services please call us at 719-434-4626.
"To develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness and mutual respect."
- SERVPRO Mission Statement-
SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes lives by the SERVPRO Mission Statement. We want to provide the same excellent service that we'd expect to receive ourselves. We will always serve our clients with excellent service, fairness and mutual respect.
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1-4-8 Service Response
SERVPRO has a 1-4-8 Service Response:
1- Within one hour from the notice of loss, a SERVPRO Professional will contact you to arrange for service.
4- Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services (if necessary).
8- Within eight business hours of on-site arrival a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person.
We will Respond to your emergency needs quickly and Ready for whatever happens.
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Colorado Springs Water Damage Restoration
Freeze break season is here and there are a few things that you can do to minimize the potential for a catastrophic event.
The American Red Cross provides information and suggestions around how to prevent water pipes in the home from freezing.
During Cold Weather, Take Preventative Action
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
- When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
Should a freeze break happen it’s crucial to quickly find a reputable Water Damage Restoration company. If in the unfortunate event you find yourself needing help with a freeze break give SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs a call at 719-434-4626 and don’t forget to tell them the Marketing Team sent you. www.SERVPROnortherncoloradospringstri-lakes.com