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Why SERVPRO Can Dry Your Water Damaged Colorado Springs Home Effectively

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

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We can handle your water damage in your Colorado Springs home properly.

A water leak can happen in your home at any time. For instance, a pipe can blow out of the fitting and cause water damage. To prevent further losses, it is crucial to hire competent professionals to clean up the mess and dry the affected areas. 

Restoring your Colorado Spring home after water damage is an involved process that requires special protective measures, certain engineering controls to protect you and your home and specialized equipment as well as testing capabilities. SERVPRO’s technicians can help you restore your property to preloss condition. Once a water leak begins, many structures and contents in your home are at risk. Some risks include:

    • The flooring might warp, discolor or become dislodged as water penetrates it. 
    • Drywall can act as a wick, and water that reaches the lower part of walls can soon migrate higher.    
    • Damp insulation can become matted and lose its effectiveness. 
    • Electric equipment submerged in water may pose electrocution hazards.
    • Structural sheathing can degrade.

Determining what is damp after a water intrusion incident is a crucial part of the restoration job. Overlooking areas of moisture can cause bacteria and mold to grow. Water can flow down inside wall cavities. With the widespread use of building materials like engineered wood, drywall and vinyl wall coverings in modern homes, moisture can get trapped and provide a conducive environment for mold infestation. The moisture can remain undetected unless stains and odor problems occur. Our SERVPRO technicians can use sophisticated equipment to detect and locate wet materials before the drying process starts. We can use moisture meters and infrared cameras to find hidden moisture in drywall, wood and other structural materials. 

Our technicians hold certifications such as Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD) and Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and can, therefore, perform a sufficient restoration. We use specialized equipment to remove excess water from a home and dry hardwood floors, ceilings, walls, and beneath cabinetry and countertops. This equipment includes:

  • Electric submersible pumps
  • Centrifugal air movers
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers

Our training in psychometrics (the study of air and its properties) enables us to dry damp materials effectively. Our technicians measure the thermodynamic properties of humidity, temperature, dew point, and vapor pressure to evaluate air conditions and determine the conditions are conducive for drying damp materials. If the conditions are not favorable, we can intervene to expedite the drying process and prevent damage to materials. Our crew can manipulate humidity levels and temperature to produce optimal drying conditions without causing secondary damage to affected materials. We also monitor and document the drying process to ensure that optimal drying standards are met. 

If you have a water loss emergency in your home, call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626. We are available around the clock and can handle the damage to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

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What Is Flood Damage Remediation in Colorado Springs and How Does It Work?

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

burst copper pipe with water flowing from it Pipes can certainly burst when the weather gets colder. Contact SERVPRO when you see evidence of flooding in your home. We are available 24/7.

Flood Damage Experts in Colorado Springs Define What 'Clean' Means

The fall season is officially arrived in the Colorado Springs region, which means that before you know it, outdoor temperatures will begin to drop drastically. Every year when temperatures start to drop below freezing, several homeowners suffer from flood damage due to their water pipes freezing. When the water inside the piping that makes up your house's plumbing system freezes, it expands. This liquid expanding can often cause your water pipes to burst.

Once a pipe bursts, it is only a matter of time before your Colorado Springs home suffers flood damage. Even a small break in your plumbing system can cause hundreds of gallons of H2O to flood the interior of your residence. Once things get wet inside any building, the moisture can cause a large number of problems with your structural components and contents. When items such as your drywall and carpets get saturated, they can lose their structural integrity which can force us to have to remove and replace them. If organic substances retain moisture for longer than 48 hours fungi can develop, and if not treated quickly, the contamination can spread to other areas that were originally unaffected.

Whenever our SERVPRO team mitigates moisture-related issues, we strive towards preventing secondary problems such as elevated indoor humidity levels and mold growth. To accomplish this, we implement procedures including extraction and applied structural drying or ASD. Removing all moisture present inside your home can both help prevent secondary damage from occurring as well as reduce the number of items we have to remove and replace.

After moisture levels inside your structure return to what they were before the pipe break through our extraction and ASD procedures, our SERVPRO technicians take further steps to return your home to its preloss state, "Like it never even happened." The final cleaning procedure is normally the last step we take when completing a project, and it often includes carpet cleaning.

When cleaning carpets, there are several definitions that describe the word "clean." For example, once the carpets have been shampooed, they should both look and smell clean. There should be no visible soiling or stains, and the carpets should give off a pleasant aroma.

The carpets should also feel clean and be soft and smooth and not sticky or matted. The carpeting should also stay clean after being shampooed, meaning that the fibers do not easily attract soils.

Any final cleaning process should make your home feel sanitized. For the best overall outcome in your restoration project call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at  (719) 434-4626 24/7.

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Why You Should Call Our Experts After A Flood In Your Colorado Springs Home

9/21/2019 (Permalink)

interior of the house flooded with water Call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Why SERVPRO's Experience is Invaluable after Flood Damage Affects Your Colorado Springs Home

When a flooding incident affects your home in Colorado Springs, you have a lot to worry about including how to clean up, rebuild areas torn down for restoration and sanitize the property to remove contaminants and microbial agents. Calling a professional restorer such as SERVPRO can alleviate all your worries because the experience we have dealing with such incidents helps in many ways.

Preparedness to Deal with Any Loss
Incidents of flood damage in Colorado Springs ruin properties in different ways. Even similar properties affected by the same flooding incident can have different outcomes in terms of the damages. Issues like compromised structural integrity, electrical hazards, and contamination issues such as sewage backup are likely. Our SERVPRO technicians undertake comprehensive training on how to address any outcome of flooding. We also handle several incidents in our line of work, so we have practical skills.

Choosing the Right Tools
Just like the problems, the tools that can be used to solve them are equally many. Although having a variety is good, it can present problems when choosing what to use. In a loss environment like the aftermath of a flood, time is a luxury, so there is no opportunity to try different types of equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians use restoration equipment regularly, so we know which ones suit particular tasks. For example, we can tell when 2500psi cleaning force of a power washer is necessary, and when 50psi of an electric sprayer can suffice.

Handling Logistics
Dealing with flooding incidents requires a coordinated effort. Some issues that can cause delays if not well handled include cluttered contents in affected areas and placing all restoration equipment at the worksite immediately. Through experience, our SERVPRO technicians have gained skills on how best to handle such issues. For example, we move contents to unaffected areas within the house or move them out to external storage. We also bring simple tools such as hand trucks, which ease movement of heavy items.  The pieces of equipment we use for restoration remain in our trucks on site, but we only place what is necessary at the job site to avoid clutter.

With guidance from an experienced hand, dealing with flooding is easier. Call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Discuss The Key Factors For Drying Your Colorado Springs Commercial Property

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

office flooded with floating chair and accessories “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Water Damage Teams In Colorado Springs Discuss The Key Factors For Drying

If one day you happen to start work at your office complex in Colorado Springs and you notice an indoor flooding situation, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Our water restoration technicians or WRTs have experience in dealing with many different types of commercial water damage situations. When our experts first arrive at your property, we find the source of the problems and take steps to stop the leak.

Once the water has stopped entering your building, our WRTs at SERVPRO start the restoration process by extracting all of the liquid H2O as possible. The next step in mitigating commercial water damage in Colorado Springs is the applied structural drying or ASD phase. Whenever implementing ASD, we set up a combination of dehumidifiers and air movers to create an environment that speeds up the natural drying and evaporation process. When drying out a structure, our WRTs use the following key factors for drying.

1. Temperature
Drying occurs best when rooms are heated to a temperature between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The warmer the air means the more moisture it will hold meaning that more water will evaporate from wet surfaces when the temperature is higher. If indoor heating is not an option, we can bring in a portable heater to increase your indoor temperature during the drying process.

2. Amount Of Water To Be Evaporated
Since a liquid is easier to remove than gas, the more water we remove during the extraction phase, the less we will have to remove when drying. We always spend extra time extracting because it reduces the time it takes for things to dry. For example, if we are removing your carpet pad, we can extract it first before we put it into a trash bag and dispose of it.

3. Humidity
Relative humidity (RH) is the amount of moisture the air currently is holding at a given temperature. If the RH inside your home is higher than 60%, the drying process will be significantly slower. Implementing dehumidifiers is the best way to reduce your indoor RH levels.

4. Air Movement
The circulation of air is crucial during the ASD stage. Blowing out damp air and replacing it with dry air will help speed up the natural drying process.

If your office complex in Gleneagle, Monument, or Palmer Lake ever suffers from a pipe break call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 so that we can quickly restore your commercial property to the way it was before “Like it never even happened.”

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Call Our Crew For Flood Damage Cleanup Services In Colorado Springs

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

inches of water flooding a home Call us any time at (719) 434-4626.

Where To Get Flood Damage Cleanup Services In Colorado Springs

Inclement weather is a significant cause of flash flooding in Colorado Springs, and it tends to occur from May through September. Flooding can happen when runoff from the mountains causes the water levels of small creeks to rise to unsafe levels. The waters move fast and can reach heights of ten to twenty feet easily. When floodwaters end up in homes, they can cause severe damage to the structures and contents.

If your Colorado Springs residence has flood damage, you should turn off the utilities until emergency officials say that is it safe to turn them on. Also avoid weakened walls, floors, and roofs. Floodwater may contain chemical toxins, bacteria, mud, and sewage. Therefore, wear rubber boots, masks, and gloves before you begin cleaning up your home. If the floodwater has soaked items like upholstered furniture, carpet and pad, and mattresses, it is advisable to discard them because it is difficult to clean them adequately. You should also discard all the food that came into contact with the floodwater. If you have canned foods, wash the cans thoroughly before opening.

Calling SERVPRO franchise professionals to assist you with the cleanup efforts is also vital. We have competent technicians who can help you get back to your home within a short time. We're available around the clock for emergency call-outs. Whether working with your insurance company or directly with you, our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRTs) can assess the destruction to your property, offer an estimate, and handle the restoration process. We can provide your insurance company with images, videos, measurements, and other pertinent information using insurance-industry approved and preferred methods for resolving claims seamlessly.

We use advanced equipment to extract water from floors, basements, and crawl spaces quickly to expedite drying. We can remove water from many types of flooring using wet vacuuming. Our crew then dries the affected areas using air movers and dehumidifiers. Our professionals also use air scrubbers to filter the air. Using air scrubbers helps control the spread of air-borne mold spores and other harmful microorganisms.

We also use germicides and disinfectants to destroy microorganisms. They destroy up to 99 percent of the organisms they contact on the surfaces where we apply them. These products may or may not affect fungal or bacterial spores, which are typically dormant, reproductive bodies. The common disinfects we use include phenols, quaternaries, chlorines, and alcohols.

Flooding may also leave unpleasant scents in your home. Our SERVPRO crew can apply deodorizers to eliminate bad odors. We can also use deodorizers that remove wet material odors that you may misinterpret as mold. Our team can use an electric sprayer, pump sprayer, or mister to apply the deodorizers directly to the affected materials.

After a flooding incident, contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes for help. We have the expertise to perform proper cleanup of your home to make the water intrusion seem “Like it never even happened.” Call us any time at (719) 434-4626.

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Small Steps You Can Do Before Our Experts Arrive at Your Water Damage Disaster in Colorado Springs

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

kitchen sink filled up to the top with pouring water Life happens. Kitchen sinks overflow every day. Contact SERVPRO to help when the cleanup and remediation is extensive.

Water Damage Colorado Springs – Kitchen Sink Overflows

One of our clients recently allowed her kitchen sink to overflow. She was distracted by a crying baby and needed to comfort her child. She forgot that the tap was still on and water flowed onto the tile floor in the kitchen and quickly spread to the carpeted floor in the family room. Over a third of the carpet was soaked with water before she realized her forgetfulness and turned the tap off.

She quickly called SERVPRO for help, and our water damage experts from our Colorado Springs facility responded immediately. Although our dispatcher suggested blotting some of the water with towels, she was unable to follow these suggestions. She was concerned about her child and needed to focus her efforts on the child.

We were there in less than an hour, and our technicians began mopping up as much water as possible. We moved all the furniture and items on the floor to a dry area. Blocks were placed under the legs of the couch and chairs to avoid any moisture transfer to the furniture. Our team vacuumed water from the tile floor and the carpeting.  Quick action by our team avoided any discoloration of the carpet from items laying on the carpet or from chemicals leached out of the wood floor and underpad.

The carpet was dried using a technique referred to as "floating." This approach minimizes the disruption to the family during water removal and cleanup. Technicians lift one end of the carpet and place air movers to blow air under the carpet as well as over the carpet. Using this approach, we can complete drying of the carpet and underpad with the carpet left in place.

SERVPRO placed dehumidifiers in the kitchen and family room as well. The air conditioning was also turned on to assist in removing additional humidity from inside the home. Complete drying of the carpet immediately after the water event using this approach also eliminates the potential growth of mold.

Call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 for 24/7 serve. We serve Monument, Palmer Lake, Gleneagle, and surrounding areas. Quick action mitigates the damage from all water damage events. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO professionals are trusted leaders in the industry

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Customer satisfaction is our priority.

The professional team at SERVPRO will develop a plan to suit your unique situation no matter what the damage.

When you experience any kind of damage to your home it is unsettling.  Home is considered the safest place for you and your family; when it is damaged there is a sense of urgency to set things right. The professionals at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes will get to work quickly to help you restore your safe place no matter if the damage was caused by water, fire, or mold.

There can be some confusion about when you need to call SERVPRO. The trained professionals at SERVPRO have the right tools, equipment, and knowledge to assess your individual situation and develop a plan of action to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”  When you hire SERVPRO you are not simply hiring a service to deal with a small problem; you are gaining the help of a team of professionals who are working to restore your home to its previous state.

Why trust SERVPRO? Our team members are certified as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, which means they know the best practices for removing mold damage as taught by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. The training doesn’t stop there; our team undergoes extensive testing and training on best practices for water and fire remediation as well—all to ensure that your home is properly cared for.

From the moment you make the first call to our office our team is compassionate and professional, working to get all of the information needed to start the restoration process. SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes works with you to help you navigate the restoration process as well as identifying items that can be restored in your home. This step helps homeowners save the cost of replacing items whenever possible.

SERVPRO technicians are leaders in the restoration industry and we strive to ensure your entire family is comfortable with the steps needed to take care of your unique situation. SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes can be reached 24/7 at (719) 434-4626.

SERVPRO professionals play a vital role in the aftermath of a kitchen fire

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

The professionals at SERVPRO can help you restore your home after a kitchen fire.

It only takes minutes for a small flame to ignite a life threatening fire in your Colorado Springs home. Most home fires start in the kitchen during cooking, and the majority of those are on the stove top not in the oven. The kitchen is a high traffic area of your home that serves the needs of everyone in your household, making even a small fire disruptive to your daily routine. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking equipment was the leading cause of home fires and injuries between 2010 and 2014.  

The effects of a fire vary from incident to incident, but the manner in which they get restored rarely does. The professionals at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes can help you assess the full extent of the damage caused by the fire and the appropriate measures to restore your kitchen “Like it never even happened.”

There are some steps you can take to minimize the risk of a fire starting in the first place. The most important one according to the Red Cross is to remain in the kitchen while cooking, frying, or grilling on your stove top. They also advise checking for curtains, towel racks, or paper towel dispensers sitting too close to burners. Make sure the vents to your microwave are not obstructed and keep a fire extinguisher handy to stop a fire on the stove quickly.

After a fire, the first step is to make sure that it is safe to enter your home.  If you are insured, it is important to contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting your property and taking inventory of your belongings. Never throw away damaged items until they have been properly listed on your inventory. That is also the time to call SERVPRO so we can begin the restoration process.

Soot damage is one of the most significant issues facing homeowners after any size fire. Without the use of specialized equipment and techniques, it is very difficult to remove the carbon burn-off attached to all of the surfaces of your home. Lingering smoke damage will also be a major issue that will require the use of specialized equipment such as air scrubbers and deodorizing tools like a thermal fogger or a hydroxyl generator. This equipment can neutralize foul odors and leave no scent behind.

Smoke and soot may not seem that challenging to remove, especially when structural damage to your home is involved. However, the effects of both are typically widespread throughout your home and covering every surface, from fabric to counter tops and floors. It is best to put your trust in the talented and trained professionals at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes.  Our restoration technicians show up quickly and help you overcome the obstacles left behind. Give us a call anytime at (719) 434-4626.

We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Colorado Springs Office Buildings

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage struck this office building when the sprinkler system activated inadvertently. We had the equipment to handle the job.

Document Drying for Colorado Springs Office Buildings 

Your office building serves countless clients from all backgrounds and walks of life, and your Colorado Springs firm relies on the active data management systems in place to keep the sensitive information and credentials of these customers private and secure. As a failsafe backup, many of these documents have gotten kept in their original hardcopy form in storage areas of the facility, but this leaves them susceptible to both the deterioration of time and the destruction of unexpected incidents like water loss. 

Water damage in Colorado Springs buildings like your office space can spread quickly, affecting far more than just the construction materials and the electronics within range of the threat. Our SERVPRO professionals understand how critical of a timeline that your business is under when water loss incidents occur, and this is even more pressing when data and documents in storage have become compromised by the increased moisture or literal standing water. 

Many business owners do not realize that documents and compromised paperwork can get restored to its original look and feel, or nearly this result, with some immediate efforts with state-of-the-art mobile equipment. Our SERVPRO professionals specialize in document drying using freeze-drying techniques and equipment, and much of this work can occur on-site after water damage. We understand not wanting sensitive information to leave your facility or its immediate vicinity, and we do our best to accommodate this need. 

The equipment itself utilizes a vacuum technology that evaporates moisture in individual documents through sublimation. If started quickly enough, this process can often reduce the bleeding of ink and the deterioration of affected paperwork. Once this process completes, and the affected area has gotten successfully restored, the hard data and documents can get returned to their original positions in your office. 

Freeze drying is not a service you can find with all restoration companies in the area. It is a service we offer to help our customers appreciate the lengths our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes team goes to make disasters “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (719) 434-4626.

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Make sure your business is ready when disaster strikes

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

The professionals at SERVPRO can help your business stay open after a disaster.

As most small business owners in Colorado Springs know, the key to success rests with customer satisfaction. That is why a disaster can lead to catastrophic consequences if not handled quickly and efficiently. It is reassuring to know that the professionals at SERVPRO want you to succeed in your business and can make recovery a quick process.

The negative effects of commercial water damage to your small business can be devastating. It is estimated that as many as 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as a fire or flood, never reopen. Those businesses that survive nearly always have a predetermined plan in place that allows them to save precious time. Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a fire, or a flood. Having a plan in place that is well known to decision makers in the company should be developed prior to an emergency situation taking place.

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes can work with you to develop an Emergency Ready Profile that is suited to your individual business needs. The information can be an ideal supplement to any emergency preparedness or existing contingency program. SERVPRO is a sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating program, which is a free web-based program designed to help organizations become better prepared for emergencies.

SERVPRO can come to your business and five you a no-cost assessment of your facility. From there, a concise profile document is developed, which will contain only critical information that you will need immediately including; facility details, shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information. This also will identify the line of command for authorizing work to begin, which can save time and money.

SERVPRO technicians arrive at our customers’ businesses ready to begin repairs and to prevent any further harm. Technicians use tools to detect hidden, unseen water damage before it can spread. SERVPRO uses the latest technology as we then go to work restoring things “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes also serves the towns of Monument and Palmer Lake, striving to help small business owners remain active in the community. Contact us to set up an ERP or for any commercial water loss, or other disaster. No matter when you call, (719) 434-4626, our number is always answered.