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Commercial Water Cleanup In Your Colorado Springs Gym

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property A water spill incident can have significant implications.

Resolving Challenges During Commercial Water Cleanup to Restore Colorado Springs Gym

When a Colorado Springs Gym flooded from a malfunction in the washrooms, there was a need to extract the water fast enough to minimize the inconveniences members would have to bear. Apart from water extraction, thorough cleanup was also necessary since flowing water transfers soils, leading to staining and many other problems.

The open layout makes commercial water cleanup in Colorado Springs gyms easier to accomplish, so we were confident we could finish the task within the day. On arrival at the loss site, we discovered a few issues that made the process more challenging than initially assessed. Most of these issues were with the carpeted floors, since gym floor carpets have a unitary backing system, and in most cases, are glued down to the floor surface.

At the gym, we had to perform the extraction fast because the adhesives used on carpets deteriorate when exposed to significant levels of moisture. Also, the rubberized backing is non-porous, limiting the airflow, which inhibits the effectiveness of vacuuming, which requires sufficient airflow. Our crew had brought several units of portable water extractors, so the combined effort of several SERVPRO technicians ensured we could cover more ground and also make the maximum necessary passes in each section.

Another potential problem was damage to the unitary backing by cleaning solvents, yet we needed to clean the area sufficiently. Our SERVPRO technicians have considerable experience dealing with such materials. Using solvent additives boosts their ability to dissolve soils so we can use a minimal amount of solvent and get good results.  We also limited solve use only on the parts of the carpet where there was visible soiling, thus limiting exposure. Thorough rinsing also helped ensure no traces of the solvents would remain on the carpet.  Setting up air movers and dehumidifiers finalized the cleaning process by removing excess moisture.

A water spill incident can have significant implications. Call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 to help address any issue that arises resolving the incident, “Like it never even happened.”

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Why SERVPRO Delivers Reliable Deodorization After Water Damage in Colorado Springs

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

A warehouse with a large amount of SERVPRO equipment. We have the correct deodorizing experience, tools, and training to assist your Colorado Springs water damage.

Colorado Springs water damage brings along so many issues, including odors. Let us help deodorize as well.

When evaluating the outcome of a water loss mitigation and remediation in Colorado Springs, chances are you do not feel the job is complete if odors remain. We realize that a fresh, clean smell is one of the factors our customers consider essential to regain that “Like it never even happened” feeling we pledge to every homeowner we assist. Our proven ability to restore even the elusive smell that means “home” is why we are relied on by members of our beautiful community.

Odor Detection Is an Individualized Perception

No tool exists to evaluate the odor perception you and your family feel after water damage in Colorado Springs. The time we take to explore your odor experience is why we are successful in resolving a tricky issue. Odors rely on airborne chemicals, gases, or tiny particles to be sensed, breathed into and absorbed by the mucous membranes of an individual’s nose and mouth. Receptors send messages about these absorbed substances to the brain. The brain determines, using past exposure as well as the actual odor, how each person perceives the smell.

Strategies for Combating Malodors After Water Damage

Remove the Source 

Some items and substances are malodorous to almost everyone. Remove them, and the smell recedes.

  • Sewage
  • Dirt
  • Moisture
  • Garbage
  • Dead insects or animals
  • Mildew/mold
  • Pet/human waste

Try Various Deodorant Products/Methods

Also known as the multiple methods approach, use a variety of products and techniques until the odor disappears. Repeating efforts are encouraged, often working over time.

Deodorant Options

  • Masking Agents -- Beads or Additives Work by covering a stench with a pleasing smell

  • Filtration and Absorption Agents -- Activated Charcoal Takes odor-bearing dampness and oils out of the picture
  • Pairing Agents -- ULV Wet Foggers Seek out odor-bearing particles and causing them to fall out of the air for clean up

  • Disinfectants and Sanitizers -- Sprayable Liquids Kill or inhibit smelly bacteria or fungi

  • Electrically Generated Deodorizers -- Ozone or Hydroxyl Generators Create molecules that combine with odiferous molecules to neutralize by chemical action

Our familiarity and training in the above innovative deodorizing strategies are why SERVPRO can be relied upon to find a way to eliminate odors. 

We are patient and persistent on the journey to normalize the smell of your home after water damage, why SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes gets high marks from discerning customers. Call us at (719) 434-4626 for relief from the smell of water damage.

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After A Fire In Colorado Springs We Make It "Like It Never Ever Happened."

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

A tv burned by fire and the walls covered in soot A basement fire melted this TV and we were able to remediate the home. We cleaned and repaired the property and the owners were able to return home.

Recovering from Fire Damage in Your Colorado Springs Home

During cold Colorado winters, many people use fireplaces and wood stoves to heat their homes. Burning a fire without proper safety precautions or encountering a creosote buildup in a chimney may cause an unwanted blaze. Even if extinguished quickly, smoke and soot from the fire have a way of traveling throughout the entire home and lingering in the smallest and often unreachable nooks and crannies.

If you have experienced fire damage in your Colorado Springs Home, the certified professionals at SERVPRO can assist you with restoring your home by removing soot and deodorizing your home. Technicians create a customized plan for your specific situation and level of fire damage.

For deodorization to be effective, technicians typically use a combination of deodorization technicians. For safety reasons, residents and pets may need to leave while technicians deodorize the home, especially when fogging. While deodorizing the home with various chemical deodorizing and disinfecting chemicals, technicians wear personal protective equipment, including respirators, gloves, and eye protection.

When smoke odors are the most significant concern, SERVPRO technicians often use a thermal fogger to generate a smoke-like cloud made up of small particles. The droplets are roughly one-half micron, which is about the same size as the odor-causing particles. Thermal foggers replicate the odor-causing smoke, enabling the deodorize to interact efficiently with the smoke. Thermal foggers are pairing agents; they chemically react with the odor-causing residue to eliminate the order rather than just covering up the smell. Masking odor is not a long-term solution since the smoke smell often returns.

Before fogging the home, the environment is checked for sources of fire and pilot lights, since fogging chemical agents are highly flammable. Technicians start the fogger outside of the home to reduce fire hazards and carefully begin fogging. They make sure to create a fog that is just the right consistency, usually stopping when it becomes slightly difficult to see across the room. Too much fog can create an oily residue that lands on furniture and poses a higher fire risk. After fogging, technicians open windows and doors while placing exhaust fans and air movers to ventilate the structure thoroughly.

Contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626. We are available to assist with fire damage 24/7. We want to make your home, "Like it never even happened."

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Our Experts Discuss Preventing Staining With Water Cleanup in Colorado Springs

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

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Preventing Staining with Water Cleanup in Colorado Springs

Even though many of the water loss incidents that can damage Colorado Springs homes happen with clean water from plumbing fixtures, cleaning up after these incidents is just as crucial as with contaminated floodwater. The surfaces and contents exposed to standing water and excessive moisture can often benefit from direct cleaning practices of our SERVPRO team after extraction and drying are nearing their conclusion. A thorough inspection of the damaged materials, contents, and structural elements can indicate where possible staining, residues, or other unpleasant effects might exist.

We have many practices that we can implement immediately following the drying phase to undertake water cleanup in Colorado Springs residences effectively. Depending on the material affected and the severity of the damage, our professionals must choose between any of these following approaches to restore the damaged or compromised areas:

• Wet Cleaning
• Spraying/Wiping
• Foam Cleaning
• Abrasive Cleaning
• Dry Cleaning

Choosing the right method can make the difference between effectively restoring damaged surfaces on-site to requiring removal and replacement or drywall and similar surfaces by our construction team. Spraying and wiping, as well as abrasive cleaning, can be instrumental in reducing residues on surfaces that can lead to permanent staining.

Under the same canopy of cleaning services required after water loss incidents, our SERVPRO technicians must also address lingering odors. Many surfaces and contents in the house can carry an unpleasant odor when saturated with even clean water. After drying out the material, we can utilize potent cleaning and deodorization solutions with our thermal fogger. This portable machine can help to return dried and cleaned contents and construction materials back to an odorless state.

Cleaning up after a water incident is more important than many homeowners realize. With so many potential surfaces that can become permanently damaged without the appropriate cleaning techniques, you can trust in the expertise and training of our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes team to help. Give our technicians a call anytime that you need us at (719) 434-4626.

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We're Faster To Any Size Disaster In Colorado Springs After A Flood

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment inside a property drying the floor after a flood We have the equipment and expertise to dry commercial properties of all sizes. We respond right away and are available 24/7.

Commercial Flood Damage Colorado Springs – Board up and Equipment Deployment

Strong winds can cause extensive damage to the roof of a commercial building, break windows, and even cause windblown objects to penetrate walls. Once there is damage, heavy rain can quickly penetrate a building causing damage to structural elements and the contents inside.

SERVPRO is ready to respond to commercial flood damage events at a moment's notice in Colorado Springs. We can respond within one hour in most cases and are available on a 24 / 7 basis.

Board Up

One of the first tasks our crew chief undertakes is to ensure the safety of the occupants and our team. Electrical hazards and water issues are assessed to avoid any potential accidents. SERVPRO can board up broken windows and doors to protect the interior of the building. We also can cover a flood damaged roof with plastic to prevent further water from entering the building.

Deploying Equipment

Truck-mounted pumps, as well as electric submersible pumps, can be deployed to remove all water that may have entered the building. Desks, benches even office dividers are wiped down and dried before being moved to a holding area while the affected space is dried and returned to normal.

Weighted vacuums are brought in to vacuum up moisture contained in carpeting and under padding. Manual vacuums are used to remove moisture in difficult to reach areas. Flood cuts may be needed to access moisture in wall cavities. Air movers are deployed to blow dry air into cavities and across moisture-laden flooring.

Dehumidifiers are strategically deployed to absorb moisture from the air blown by large fans across wet flooring and walls. SERVPRO may seal a building to prevent moist air from entering from outdoors. We use a variety of moisture sensors to confirm there are no moisture hotspots that could cause problems such as a mold infestation later.

SERVPRO customizes every response to meet local conditions, the amount of damage, and the needs of the client. We work with insurance companies to provide detailed documentation of all activities, damaged contents, and maintain a record of the location of every item held in staging areas.

Call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Monument, Palmer Lake, Gleneagle, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Protect Yourself from a Enteroviruses

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

germs up close Germs are everywhere and can be hard to remove without the right equipment!

With the rising number of cases of enteroviruses in our area, it is important to know what you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your place of business.

Individuals affected with a mild strain typically only need treatment for symptoms. However, some illnesses caused by EV-A71, EV-D68, and Norovirus (GII) can be severe enough to require hospitalization.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been monitoring this situation closely since the Spring of this year.

While investigating the outbreaks, the CDC has issued alerts to health care providers on how to test for the viruses and enhance child protection, as children and the elderly are more susceptible.

Here are a few of the symptoms when it comes to enteroviruses:

  • Complications of acute flaccid myelitis.

  • Severe symptoms such as sudden weakness in arms and legs, trouble breathing, unsteady walking, severe headache, stiff neck or seizures.

  • Dizziness, wobbliness, or abnormal, jerking movements that are worse at night.

  •  Fever along with any other concerning symptoms.

  • Parents and/or guardians should contact a health care provider if they or their children have any of these listed symptoms.

To help protect yourself from enteroviruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (Dial Soap is amazing)

  •  Be especially careful to wash your hands after using the bathroom and/or changing diapers.

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick, and do not share cups or eat after someone.

  • Cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth especially if you have not washed your hands.

  • Stay home when you’re sick and keep your child home from school or daycare for 24 hours after fever ends.

  • Pay attention to drooling or if they have mouth sores.

The EPA has specific protocols to treat for various enteroviruses. If you suspect any contaminants are present in your home or business, it is vital to have it professionally disinfected with specialty products and application equipment.

According to the CDC website, Colorado has had previous outbreaks of less-common enteroviruses.

In 2014, enterovirus D68 caused an outbreak of respiratory illness in Colorado children and was associated with 11 cases of acute flaccid myelitis.

In 2003 and 2005, enterovirus A71 caused outbreaks similar to what Colorado is experiencing now, with eight cases of central nervous system infections occurring in each of those years.

if you're seeking more information or think you're having an enterovirus issue in your home/workplace be sure to give us a call!

Why We Are The Leader In Colorado Springs

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment suctioning out water damage in a kitchen floor Hidden moisture entered through the cracks in the floor and we used our equipment to suction out the water damage.

SERVPRO of Colorado Springs: We are Committed to Water Cleanup and Mountain Fresh Air

The epicenter of the U.S. Olympics has long been Colorado Springs because of our spectacular mountains, fresh air, clean water, and a community that appreciates their surroundings. Most of us live active lifestyles and love spending time outdoors. Outside, we may think about the air we breathe. But what about the air inside our homes? In the Wintertime, we often spend more time indoors. When it gets really cold, and when pipes freeze and break, there is an increase in the chance of contamination to floors, furniture, walls, ceilings, and air in a home. 

Water cleanup in Colorado Springs is not something you plan on happening in the Wintertime. The 30-year average of winter temperature though is 31.5 degrees. It does get colder! Things freeze, things thaw, and in between means the chance for residential plumbing to fail. Indoor water damage and how it can affect the interior of a house is not typically top of mind when pipes burst because you are more concerned about getting things back to how they were before. 

Whether you come home to a puddle in your kitchen or 10 inches of water damage in your basement, you can count on SERVPRO to handle any cleanup and restoration with the utmost care. Once onsite, we take immediate steps to remove the water using detection devices, extraction machines, air movers, and dehumidification equipment. Having the right equipment is part of the process. We also take steps to control the spread of water damage and monitor the air quality and humidity levels of your home. We pay close attention to indoor air properties such as temperature, humidity, vapor pressure, and dew point. 

The presence of water promotes and sustains microbial growth, the primary steps in mitigation are removing moisture by drying the environment and reducing humidity levels and removing contaminated materials. Experts recommend water cleanup companies consider that the occupants of a water-damaged structure can be exposed to health hazards including poor air quality. Within the affected area, an air filtration device is used to blow air outside your home to control all the airflow in the area. Now “clean air” can come into the affected area, but “contaminated air” cannot go into the unaffected air. 

Identifying and restoring damage to your home is something we do best at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes. When the unexpected happens, contact us at (719) 434-4626. We are faster to any disaster getting you back in your home and on your way to a cozy winter day by the fire or an active day on the slopes.

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When Moisture Damages Your Hard Flooring in Colorado Springs

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

water pooling on concrete floor Did you know that water can damage concrete and other flooring materials? Let us handle the water removal and keep your feet on solid footing!

How Moisture Affects Hard Flooring In Your Colorado Springs Home 

It isn’t hard to understand how important it is to get water out of your Colorado Springs home as fast as possible after a flood. However, if you call for help and waters have a chance to recede, you need access to a company that can find our where the water went and understands how to get it out.  

Having access to a qualified restoration company in Colorado Springs to handle water removal in your home can give you a better chance of recovering. We have all of the latest detection, removal, drying, and dehumidification equipment, along with certified technicians who have years of experience performing the services you need. 

SERVPRO technicians can help you determine which way to go, reduce the losses you experience, and make a rather significant difference in the quality of your home after a flood occurs. We understand how water can make painted concrete flake or blister, releasing lead-based paint particles, a hazardous waste. 

Since concrete floors are porous, water can wick-up, leaving chalk-like calcium deposits on the surface. Our removal, restoration, and remediation technicians have the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), which allows us to take specific actions to remove these deposits. However, if a continuous leak exists, the deposits may return. 

With our infrared moisture detectors, we can locate the source of the problem, eliminating issues for good. Dirt or surface films on concrete often support microbial growth. SERVPRO uses HEPA vacuums along with EPA-registered disinfectants to clean the area and regain control over existing microbes. 

Water damage affects resilient tiles such as asphalt differently while it maintains a good bond with concrete after water damage occurs; white or gray areas can occur. The whitening happens due to the separation of the sealer wax or finishes used on the floor itself. However, these areas respond well to cleaning methods used by SERVPRO cleaning technicians. 

Vinyl tile is not as durable, often coming loose after mass flooding. Water movement that makes its way through your concrete forces vinyl tiles to separate. These tiles can cost more to clean than to replace than other tile options, making replacement the better option. Ceramic tile is an entirely different animal. 

Give SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes a call for additional information about water removal in your home, today. (719) 434-4626 

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Take a look into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum Opening 2020

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

outside view of Olympic museum under construction A look at the Olympic Museum from outside.

If you've ever visited Colorado Springs, CO you'll see a strong presence of Olympic athletes and training centers, along with various tours to the general public.

Coming in 2020 will be a brand new Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame. The $90 million project is taking shape in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs.
Our Marketing team was invited to a private viewing of the progress on the building now that it has reached a halfway point.

The building has lots of amazing flowing architect that is designed to resemble the flowing movement of an athlete in motion.

This world-class attraction seeks to showcase the entire journey of the Olympics from birth in the ancient era to current Team USA hopefuls living and training in Colorado Springs every day.

Officials broke ground on the project early last June 2017 at the intersection of Sierra Madre Street and Vermijo Avenue, on the west side of downtown.

The Museum will feature interactive displays and exhibits about Olympic and Paralympic athletes and events, according to officials no guest will have the same museum twice.

not only will the museum have an amazing digital experience to showcase all the history but it will also include a theater, gift shop, cafe broadcast studio and a walkway over railroad tracks that would link the museum with America the Beautiful Park.

We Are Available Day Or Night To Restore Your Colorado Springs Home After A Flood

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

A home with trees down in the front from winds in a storm Wind storms can create havoc on a roof requiring immediate attention. SERVPRO techs can mitigate the damages with our state of the art equipment.

Torrential Storms that cause Flooding Leave Colorado Springs Homes in Need of Flood Removal and Debris Cleanup

The weather can play tricks on us in Colorado Springs. Thunderstorms bringing large amounts of rain to our city can overflow creeks and cause underpasses to fill with water. The same can happen in residential areas and leave homes full of murky water. Along with the water, debris also flows inside, creating a dangerous mess full of risks to the house's residents.

Houses and businesses overtaken by such devastating storms in Colorado Springs need fast flood removal and extraction services. SERVPRO professionals take the time to discuss with you how we remove the water, and what comes next. 

We use submersible pumps attached to our pump truck to steadily extract the water from your home's interior. We recommend not entering your house while it remains flooded because of the high probability of sharp debris, pathogens, and electrical hazards. When we enter, we wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including waders, high boots, full body suits, heavy gloves, and respiratory masks. 

Removing the water leaves us with silt, and buckets-full of it, as well. We use shovels to clear your floors of this sediment, filling bucket after bucket. Other members of our crew pull out larger pieces of debris, either from your home or from outside. Floodwaters indiscriminately push everything with it, and many pieces of garbage and other waste can end up inside.

Our building crew helps with many aspects of helping our customers recover after flood damage. This includes restoring salvageable furniture. While pieces with particle board either require us to dispose of them or extensive repair work, many pieces can survive a flood if we wipe them down and remove any condensation. We almost always recommend replacing some pieces, like mattresses, to keep your family from experiencing unwanted health effects.

Drying things out in your home after we remove contaminated carpets, drywall, and other components happens fairly swiftly because of the reduced moisture in the home. These porous materials can retain large amounts of water. When we remove them, we do so in small amounts at a time because the water makes these materials much heavier than before the flood.

The associated problems caused by flooding in your home do not go unnoticed by our professionals. We can help your family recover in many ways, including giving you information about resources in our local communities.

Residents living in Monument and near Palmer Lake trust SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes to handle the devastation caused by damaging weather like flooding and storms. Our emergency number, (719) 434-4626, is always available, day or night, where someone can take your call and get things started in a positive direction for you and your family.

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