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When Your Floors Are Damaged By A Flood In Colorado Springs, You Need The Experts At SERVPRO To Help!

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Your Floors Are Damaged By A Flood In Colorado Springs, You Need The Experts At SERVPRO To Help! When strong storms are moving through, flood damage in your Colorado Springs home can happen.

Helping Homeowners With Flooring After Flood Damage Strikes Their Colorado Springs Home

The flooring inside your Colorado Springs home receives the most wear and tear during any given day. Walking on it, constant vacuuming, pets, children, and even the dust in the air all impact your flooring. Water from outside that floods into your home can significantly add to the damage your flooring sustains. The damage can become so great that it ruins your floors.

When strong storms are moving through, flood damage in your Colorado Springs home can happen. The technicians at SERVPRO are always ready, day and night, to help mitigate the damage and help homeowners save their belongings and the interiors of their homes. Flooding can significantly affect your family negatively, but the restoration of the home can lessen the impact experienced. Our crew always work as quickly as possible to make things “Like it never even happened.”

To start mitigation of flood damage, we need to extract the water. Afterward, we can begin cleaning and drying everything. Making notes of damages that require replacement items find a place on inventory sheets so you can more easily discuss these issues with your insurance agency.

Flooring often sustains extensive damage during a flood. Many times, this damage is so destructive that the floor falls apart in pieces as we extract the water. This is especially true of wooden tiles and pressed wood components.

Carpeting almost never survives a flood because of its extra porous nature. We remove it in sections to make it easier to bag up and dispose of properly. We repeat the process with the pad, where possible, but many times this part can more easily come up with the use of scrapers.

Hardwood floors, however, survive flooding disasters much more easily if care is taken to treat them correctly. These require specialized drying methods to minimize any cupping or crowning. Once dry, we check again, as these changes can cause tripping hazards. Any slight deviations can often disappear with some slight sanding, saving your floor. Our methods dry the wooden boards from top to bottom, making sure that drying takes place in an even manner.

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes serves those in and around Palmer Lake and Gleneagle when flood damage and other disasters happen. Contact us at (719) 434-4626 so we can help save your floors while we mitigate the rest of your home's damage.

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How Our Team Of Specialists Restore Your Flood Damaged Colorado Springs Home

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Our Team Of Specialists Restore Your Flood Damaged Colorado Springs Home At SERVPRO, we move in quickly to prevent further damage and restore as much of the structural and personal property as possible.

Remediating Flood Damage For Colorado Springs Homeowners

Flooding is an almost year-round threat to Colorado Springs homeowners. Sudden storms in our area can drop huge amounts of rain or snow in just a few hours, overwhelming storm drains and forcing water from creeks, lakes, and rivers into neighborhood homes.

Removing water from a Colorado Springs home does not stop flood damage, it merely prevents additional problems. SERVPRO technicians understand that remediating damage to floors, furniture and building materials like drywall and floor trim, takes the right tools, cleaning agents, and training.

Since floodwater contains dirt and other contaminants, our first action, after removing water, is to spray every exposed surface with an anti-bacterial chemical. It neutralizes the health risk and provides a safer environment for our crews and the homeowner. Next, they remove and dispose of contaminated carpets. They can clean and restore hardwood flooring unless the majority of the floorboards have cracked, splintered, or swelled so much that they pull away from the framing.

As crew members clean the floors, other SERVPRO technicians remove furniture to another location, placing the items on pallets or blocks to allow water to drain. They can clean metal and plastic surfaces with sponges and cloths, along with anti-bacterial agent, and then allow it to dry. For upholstered items, technicians us a special vacuum to help draw out water and a brush or other agitation device to loosen and remove dirt and other solid particulates from the fabric.

For drywall and floor trim, there are two main concerns: water absorbed by the material and water trapped behind it. If the drywall absorbed too much, it quickly begins to degrade and can even crumble in place. For lesser amounts of water, our technicians use a dehumidifier to draw moisture from the affected item and surrounding air. They pair that device with an air mover to direct warm, dry air across the surface, forcing moisture out, but not causing additional damage.

For water trapped behind the drywall panels, our crews remove sections of the floor trim and drill one or more holes in the drywall. Crew members next insert a hose into the wall cavity and connect them to a single manifold that quickly removes water. If needed, technicians connect the hose to an air mover to dry the wall cavity.

Restoring a home after flooding is not a quick or easy task. At SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes, we move in quickly to prevent further damage and restore as much of the structural and personal property as possible. To set up an appointment, call us at (719) 434-4626 today.

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Some Warning Signs of Water Damage in Your Colorado Springs Home

11/25/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Some Warning Signs of Water Damage in Your Colorado Springs Home If pipes freeze and break, water damage can often result. Contact SERVPRO should that be the case in your home for effective remediation services.

Why SERVPRO for Remediating Water Damage in Colorado Springs

Most Colorado Springs homes do not usually have to worry about winter storms. While heavily packed snow can collapse a roof, it rarely happens to a personal residence. Most homeowners concern centers around breaking pipes and other plumbing issues.

Water damage to Colorado Springs homes can still be a Winter related problem though. In many cases, poorly insulated pipes under a home can freeze and split, causing hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage. So, why bring in SERVPRO instead of a plumber? Often, a homeowner needs both. While our restoration teams can take care of loose connections and minor repairs, major breaks need a licensed plumber. The drawback is that a plumber does not replace crumbling drywall, draw out water from soaked carpets, and other tasks needed to return your home to its original condition.

Regardless of the source or the amount of water, our technicians can remove the water and remediate the effects of the damage. Poor insulation is common, especially in homes with basements. Often, a space heater can raise the temperature enough to forestall any problems, but extreme cold over several days can counteract the warmth and burst a pipe.

When this happens, SERVPRO technicians first shut-off the water and draw out any standing water in the basement. Unless the leak went unnoticed over an entire weekend, our restoration teams use a commercial grade pump to remove it, usually in a day or two at most.

With the majority of the water gone, they examine the carpets. To dry them, technicians start with an extraction wand to draw out nearly all of the remaining water. Next, they roll up the carpet, and they use air movers to force warm, dry air across the floors to dry them. Once the floor is dry, our team lays the carpet back in place and uses the same air movers to finish drying the top and bottom layers.

Before tacking the carpet back in place, and if the owner walled in the basement, technicians examine baseboards and drywall for excess moisture. Usually, they can dry both by directing the air movers across the surfaces to force out moisture without causing any secondary damage.

If the drywall has already started crumbling, it is necessary to remove it. Technicians pull the damaged panels off the wall framing, carefully break them up, and bag them if needed to remove them from the house safely.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is to dry your home, remediate any damage, and restore it to you as quickly as we can safely do so. If you have standing water anywhere in your home, call us at (719) 434-4626 today to schedule a visit.

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How Our Crew Quickly Restores Your Flood Damaged Home In Colorado Springs

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Our Crew Quickly Restores Your Flood Damaged Home In Colorado Springs An effect of active precipitation over a few days can be an oversaturation of the ground, causing the likelihood of circumstances like flash floods.

Securing Fast Restoration For Your Flooded Colorado Springs Home

Severe weather conditions threaten Colorado Springs homes throughout the year from crippling heavy snowfall to torrential rains in the warmer seasons. An effect of active precipitation over a few days can be an oversaturation of the ground, causing the likelihood of circumstances like flash floods. These sudden and powerful surges of water can affect many homes and businesses simultaneously, leaving these properties all searching for a way to combat the immediate effects and solutions to restore their homes and businesses to preloss condition.

As much as every homeowner wants to get the flood damages affecting their Colorado Springs residence restored immediately, this becomes less and less a possibility the more widespread the disaster is. Our SERVPRO technicians have a large team of certified water restoration technicians that can utilize our specialized equipment to quickly mitigate loss to your property and work to lessen the impact of the floodwater on structural components and contents within your home, but immediate communication should get encouraged.

While our SERVPRO emergency response team can help many properties simultaneously through the damaging effects of flooding, the faster that you can secure our services the more readily available our technicians become. With a fast reaction time on your end, we can arrive even more expediently to preserve at-risk items in your home and extract pooling water that continues to saturate into materials and ruin the contents of your property.

Additionally, these technicians can assess the full scope of the damage with this initial visit and help you to secure an insurance claim with your provider by speaking with them directly. Our estimator can catalog the damages your property has sustained from the disaster and the appropriate personnel and equipment required to restore it entirely. Providing this information to your insurance adjuster right away can help to expedite the claim approval.

Flooding throughout the area can leave many properties seeking professional and certified restoration technicians to bring their businesses and homes back to their original condition. You can reach out to our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes 24-hour rapid response team anytime by calling (719) 434-4626.

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The Remediation Specialists At SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Mold Infestation In Colorado Springs

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Remediation Specialists At SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Mold Infestation In Colorado Springs Mold is the disaster that sneaks into a Colorado Springs home when no one is looking, and almost no one looks for mold.

Remediating The Effects Of Mold Damage In Colorado Springs Homes

Mold is the disaster that sneaks into a Colorado Springs home when no one is looking, and almost no one looks for mold. A small number of spores can go unnoticed and expand to spread throughout any home in a matter of months. The first sign of mold is the musty odor, but not every mold growth gives it off, so this is not a reliable indication to call in a cleaning service.

That means SERVPRO gets called in when the mold damage to a Colorado Springs home has already started. Our teams use the EPA guidelines for removal as the framework for our cleaning methods.

First, we find the source and extent of the growth. Our inspectors use air content meters to examine basements, behind walls, attics, and crawlspaces. Understanding both factors help us decide which tools and methods to use.

Next, we isolate the affected area from the rest of the home. Team members establish containment by covering all doors and windows with plastic sheets. They also seal off the HVAC vents and make certain the system is turned off to prevent spreading the contamination.

Technicians begin cleaning with wiping down every surface in the area. They start with dry wiping which uses cloths and sponges, which removes most of the mold spores. If they are in a very thick layer, team members may use a vacuum which a special HEPA filter designed to capture the spores.

For wet or damp mold, we use a cleaning agent to break up the growth to remove it from the surface. Then, we allow the surface to dry and spores to settle out of the air and wipe it down with a cloth or dry sponge to make certain we remove any loose spores missed previously.

If we cannot restore some property, we break it down, bag it, and remove it from the contaminated area. We dispose of it according to state and federal regulations.

Returning each home to a clean, mold-free condition is our goal at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes. If you have mold, call us at (719) 434-4626 today. We are here for you.

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Colorado Springs Smelly Fire Residue? Try Calling SERVPRO for Improved Indoor Air Quality

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Colorado Springs Smelly Fire Residue? Try Calling SERVPRO for Improved Indoor Air Quality Smoke Stains and Odors in Colorado Springs Eternal--Until SERVPRO Cleans Up

SERVPRO - Eliminating Fire Damage Odors In Colorado Springs Homes

Colorado Springs residential fires rarely destroy the entire structure, wildfires notwithstanding. Most of the damage happens when smoke and soot particles settle on surfaces, damaging them with residues and leaving odors that can be very difficult to remove.
 
Odors can be the most challenging part of fire damage to eliminate in Colorado Springs homes. SERVPRO technicians receive specific training on the best equipment and methods needed to remove, replace, and neutralize malodors. There are five items in our equipment inventory that our technicians use to eliminate odors and return homes to their clean, pre-fire condition.
 
Ventilation or Exhaust Fans – These are the commercial version of a box fan. Restoration team members set them up at entry and exit points to pull the interior air outside, along with any odors. Since they can generate 3000 to 5000 cubic feet of air per minute, setting several up inside the home also helps to displace wet air and speed up drying.
 
Electric Pressure Sprayers – Team members use these devices to generate a 50 psi spray of deodorizing agents. The high pressure helps force the chemical across and into surfaces with very strong odors, breaking up the residues. These devices also work well to clean heavy stains from carpets and upholstered furniture.
 
Injectors – For smaller, odor-producing stains, SERVPRO technicians use these machines to insert a deodorizing agent directly into them. They also use them on very tough stains that resist other cleaning methods to prevent removing and disposing of upholstered furniture and carpets.
 
Ozone Generators – Some odors can penetrate very deeply into some surfaces, making them almost impossible to remove. For odor particles which go that deep; technicians use ozone generators to create a gas of altered oxygen molecules to pursue them. These molecules can penetrate as deeply as the odor particles, react with them, and eliminate them. Ozone gas also leaves no residue. However, it has limited use because the premises must be vacated during use and for several hours after.

Hydroxyl Generators utilize UV lightwaves to break down water vapor into a free Hydrogen radical which then combines with malodorous molecules to chemically alter them and eliminate the foul odors. This device is safe for use, even during the cleanup stages of the service.
 
The goal for SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is to clean and deodorize every home, returning them to a clean, odor-free condition. If you have any lingering odors in your residence, call us today at (719) 434-4626 to schedule an inspection and get a free estimate. We are here for you.

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For The Best Water Cleanup Services In Colorado Springs, You Need To Contact The Team At SERVPRO

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage For The Best Water Cleanup Services In Colorado Springs, You Need To Contact The Team At SERVPRO The high humidity in the surrounding areas may create conditions that favor mold growth in such areas.

Industry Proven Water Cleanup Services To Restore Your Colorado Springs Property

Water cleanup is part of the work that we perform to return your home to its earlier condition after experiencing a water event. Before the process of cleaning your house starts, we have to prepare the floors, move furniture and remove floor coverings. Failure to act immediately may make the floor to start distorting, and sponge-like items such as carpets may delaminate. When offering such services in Colorado Springs, we uniquely treat each case.

During water cleanup in your Colorado Springs home, we may come across floors which did not come into contact with the water. Even when that is the case, the high humidity in the surrounding areas may create conditions that favor mold growth in such areas. If the building has wooden board floors, our SERVPRO technicians may use a vacuum-sander to sand the floor with the aim of preventing mold spores and dust dispersal. We use disinfectants to clean the subfloor and dry it quickly. Afterward, we perform HEPA vacuuming to collect any settling dust.

Chances of restoring carpets that have been soaked with water for over 24 hours are minimal. We throw out carpets and pads that are contaminated with sewage water. Carpets that have a musty odor may indicate that mold has started to grow and discarding them off is necessary. To reduce fading and shrinking in restorable carpets, our SERVPRO technicians use specialized procedures.

When cleaning your property after the water event, we check whether there is some wetness around the baseboards and moldings. These structures can easily trap water and removing them may be a good solution, and we do this depending on the level of the water line. By using a moisture meter, we can determine how far the water has traveled in the wall. We use a detergent that has antimicrobial properties to clean inside the floor and wall cavities.

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes takes your commercial and residential needs seriously by offering 24 hours emergency services. You can request help online or call us at (719) 434-4626 to get industry proven restoration services.

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The Importance of Disaster Planning for Businesses

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Importance of Disaster Planning for Businesses Lost Business Chart

Generally, when we talk about business disaster preparedness, most of the time we discuss the potential damage future events will have on buildings, equipment, staff, and other business assets and operations. Evaluating what may happen and the impact on future business is an exercise in risk management.  It requires a significant time commitment, but the payback in terms of benefits to the business are clear and valuable.

Perhaps even more important than identifying risks is the planning process that follows which outlines how your organization will respond to possible disruptive events.

SERVPRO offers free disaster planning assistance to business owners, property managers, and facility managers.  Our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) contains critical information such as building plans, documentation of utility shutoffs, key personnel, and insurance information.

If you are interested in this type of planning assistance, please contact our office.

Want a Viable Business in Colorado Springs? Simple--Call SERVPRO for Water-Loss Help

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Want a Viable Business in Colorado Springs? Simple--Call SERVPRO for Water-Loss Help From Bowling Alleys to Boutiques in Colorado Springs, Businesses Rely on SERVPRO for Water Loss Help

How Colorado Businesses can Benefit from Commercial Water Cleanup Services

In the public service industry, minor hiccups can cause significant losses in revenue. Hygiene standards dictate that even relatively benign leaks or water buildup can cause a close of business until the situation is rectified. These short-term closures affect the staff and customers. They need to be resolved quickly, which is when professional restoration services come in handy.

Businesses dealing with commercial water damage in Colorado Springs rely on local services for rapid restoration works. SERVPRO can dispatch a cleanup team to your location as soon as we receive your call. Each unit is built from expertly trained technicians and led by a project manager for large-loss events who can communicate with you directly every step of the way.

Mitigating loss improves revenues in the long run not to mention reducing the likelihood of recurring problems like mold or mildew growth. Using advanced extraction wands our team can clear away moisture from even the tightest spots. For larger-scale issues with water, we can bring in truck-mounted pumps alongside industrial-grade wet/dry vacuums.

Removing water helps SERVPRO to mitigate against permanent damage to your structure and contents. Once visible signs of water are gone we can begin to guard against secondary water damage. We achieve this using a combination of rapid air-movers and dehumidifiers working in tandem. The air-movers evaporate moisture into the air while dehumidifiers remove the evaporated moisture. Doing so is crucial to prevent mold spores from finding the conditions that allow them to thrive.

Our final consideration is your indoor air-quality. After a spill or leak, odors can remain behind creating an unpleasant working environment for your staff and customers. We can employ ozone generators that use 03 gas to eliminate odor and toxins although, we may need you to vacate the property during and after use. Foggers that use non-harmful chemicals to neutralize odor particles are ideal for businesses that serve food or drinks and are readily available to SERVPRO technicians.

We are a localized restoration service that gets the job done, quickly and efficiently. Call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes today at (719) 434-4626 to book a service.

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Mold Damage Technicians Out Of Colorado Springs Talk About Common Places For Contamination

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Technicians Out Of Colorado Springs Talk About Common Places For Contamination A fungus needs elevated moisture levels, an organic food source, and the ideal temperature to form and survive.

Common Places For Mold Damage

If water ever enters your Colorado Springs home, microbes that exist naturally can get activated and lead to fungal growth. If a water leak or spill goes unnoticed for more than a couple of days, it is likely that mold damage will occur. A fungus needs elevated moisture levels, an organic food source, and the ideal temperature to form and survive. Unfortunately, once water gets inside your house, all three of these conditions that promote microbial formations are present. The fourth factor that determines the severity of the mold damage is how much time passes once the fungi develop.

Since water pipes mostly only flow to certain parts of a building, there are some places in your house that are more likely to get contaminated than others. These specific places in your home are locations that most commonly provide the right conditions for mold damage in your Colorado Springs residence to occur. Since September is National Preparedness Month, it is a time when everyone in the nation including our SERVPRO team takes a step aside from their routine to spend some time preparing for disasters of all kinds. Part of being prepared for fungal problems is knowing where to check and periodically inspecting the high-risk areas to make sure no contamination has formed.

One common room that exists in every building is the bathroom. Since there are several items in the room that use water, our SERVPRO technicians often notice fungal problems in the bathroom. One place to check is your bathtub or shower and especially in the bottom corners of the tile. Sinks and toilets can also be a home for a fungus so you should check all around them even where you cannot easily see. Mold also frequently grows on the bottom part of bathroom walls and in the corners of the floor due to materials getting and staying wet. Bathrooms are also susceptible to contamination because there are usually high levels of humidity present. In some cases, it might be wise to set up a dehumidifier in the bathroom to help prevent mold from forming.

If you notice the presence of black mold after completing your routine checks, call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 immediately.

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