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Your Water Damaged Colorado Springs Shop Can Be Restored By Our Crew Of Professionals

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Your Water Damaged Colorado Springs Shop Can Be Restored By Our Crew Of Professionals You can count on the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes professionals.

Air Movers Can Dry Up Your Damaged Colorado Springs Shop

With water loss incidents being a constant threat to Colorado Springs businesses and homes, especially during the bitterly cold winter seasons, our professionals must remain prepared to handle the damaging effects at any time. With a 24/7 response to these water emergencies, our technicians can arrive with the full measure of our recovery and mitigation equipment to begin extraction and drying efforts immediately to protect your property. With shops throughout the city, water loss incidents can prove especially damaging to both the stock in your store and any neighboring stores and buildings.

Our technicians understand how critical it is to get the doors back open to your business as soon as possible, so we work to quickly address all of the water damage effects impacting your Colorado Springs building from the time that we arrive. We have a growing inventory of recovery tools to help address these concerns, including efficient drying units that can reduce moisture and saturation affecting materials and contents of the shop fast. While many tools work to help in this regard, our most commonly used unit is the high-velocity air mover.

Air movers work to force heated air into saturated materials and general moist areas of your property. These work best by directed them at the highest concentration of moisture and dampness, or to install them and run them to address the saturation of specific construction materials and flooring. As this is one of the most readily available pieces of equipment throughout our facility’s inventory, we can arrive with multiple units to use in a single recovery job.

Air movers can play a critical role in making water loss effects “Like it never even happened.” for your shop. You can count on the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes professionals. We can get reached 24/7 by calling (719) 434-4626.

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Do You Know the Signs of a Marijuana Grow House in Colorado Springs?

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard Do You Know the Signs of a Marijuana Grow House in Colorado Springs? SERVPRO Provides Biohazardous Cleanup and Mold Remediation for Grow Houses in Colorado

Denver Police Estimate One in Ten Homes are Grow Houses in the State of Colorado

Giving a home curb appeal has always been a part of selling a home and improving the value of the property. In Colorado, the use of residential properties as illegal grow houses for marijuana is a problem on the increase that can wreck not only the value but also the physical structure. It is imperative that the property is professionally cleaned to ensure the surroundings are healthy for habitation.

What Exactly is a Grow House?
The most simple definition of a grow house in Colorado Springs is a property where marijuana is grown illegally. Because the price of renting a warehouse or commercial property is out of the reach of many illegal growers or they do not wish to invite prying eyes of nearby businesses or law enforcement, illegal marijuana growers usually rent and what the tenant has been doing often is not discovered until they move on or get busted by law enforcement.

SERVPRO states that some of the indicators that law enforcement frequently look for are large amounts of condensation on windows in one area of the home. Also, little to no activity at the property is commonly reported by neighbors. In the winter, because of the warm temperatures required for growing, the roof is often snow-free and stand out against other snow-covered roofs in the area. Also, last but not least, there is a definite odor that is the tell-tale giveaway.

What Factors Make Grow Houses Dangerous?
In the Denver area alone, an estimate by police placed one in ten homes as grow houses. This eye-opening fact means that one in ten homes purchased has the potential to have not been adequately cleaned and may still harbor serious issues when a new owner moves in. SERVPRO recommends a comprehensive home inspection should include evidence of previous illicit activity at the dwelling.

The method most often used to cultivate marijuana indoors in ample quantities is the use of hydroponics, which is the growing of plants in very little to no soil and using water. Some cultivators use large table-like structures with grow lights that replicate the various types of sunlight the plants would be exposed to outdoors. Other set-ups use bucket systems connected by tubes so they can be watered at the same time. No matter the type of cultivation operation, these plants needs high humidity and copious amounts of water which is only one of the many factors that can wreak havoc on a structure. Excess humidity leads to mold growth and potential biohazardous conditions.

What Kinds of Issues Are Seen in Colorado Homes Used as Grow Houses?
A grow house is a lot more than someone with numerous plants. Many landlords have inspected their properties after the tenant has moved out and found varying different types of damages to their properties.

The business of marijuana cultivation often requires modifications to the structure that the owner would have never approved sometimes even as extreme as the removal of walls and supporting structures. After the fact, there can be stains and foul odors in basements or rooms where growing took place that penetrated carpet, padding and porous surfaces — warped and rotten wood or sheetrock that has to be replaced.  Random cuts in walls, even brickwork for venting for the plants may have occurred. If aluminum foil was stapled to the walls and ceilings as a type of containment and concealment, that is more cleanup that can be done by SERVPRO.

There are often fire hazards from modified wiring used to hook up grow lights and other equipment, and overloaded electrical panels are standard. Also, live wires have been found lying directly on insulation where they were hastily dropped. The ductwork in the home may have been modified to route to where the grow room was housed. This is a fire waiting to happen.

How Intensive is the Clean Up for a Grow House?
To sell or reside in a property that has been used as a grow house, it must be professionally mitigated. This level of cleaning is rated as an intense Category 3, Class 4 biohazard job and should never be undertaken as a DIY project. Special equipment and cleaning solutions should be used for this type of cleanup.

It is not unusual for our SERVPRO technicians to find water damage and extensive mold growth on all surfaces in the vicinity of the grow room spreading outward. There have been cases where the mold growth was so severe; colonies were spreading through cracks in the eves, corners, and cracks on the outside of the home. Significant mold remediation is needed to restore this structure to preloss condition.

Wall cavities and the spaces between floors need to be addressed with professional-level remediation techniques that include containment, air scrubbers with HEPA filters to capture spores and EPA-registered disinfectants to return the property to sanitary conditions that are safe to live in. Strong biocides cover all exposed and voided areas.

Hydroxyl generators are frequently used to assist in the neutralization of bacteria and odors during clean up. In many cases, the ductwork needs to be cleaned entirely, and the HVAC filtration changed. Every porous surface in the home has the potential to harbor mold or odors and needs to be professionally cleaned.

What are the Signs a Property was Used as a Marijuana Grow House?
If you have recently purchased a home and see patched circular holes in floor joists or roof trusses that were previously used for venting or brickwork that has been replaced in chunks. Soffits may be stained a brownish or grayish color from previous use for venting the grow room. Stains on the flooring in rooms or basement in the areas where plant pots sat. Strange modifications to ductwork or plumbing with piping that appears to go nowhere. A lingering musty smell could mean there are mold colonies you cannot see but are actively growing within the walls or flooring.

What Should You Do If Your Property Has Been Used as A Grow House?
When you have a house that you want to rent out or sell, you know the property has to meet particular standards before you can do either. It can be overwhelming to realize the level of cleaning your property needs to return it from a category 3 water loss and biohazard rating. It is highly recommended that you outsource the job to a professional remediation company that has experience handling the particular requirements of returning properties used as grow houses to their preloss condition, so they are safe to rent to new tenants or sell to new owners. SERVPRO suggests that our experienced AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians can secure the structure and then have an Industrial Hygienist inspect and document the findings. The proper steps can prevent expensive lawsuits or other unpleasant outcomes.

When in doubt, call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 for help with remediation and cleanup of a biohazardous situation.

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Our Quick Response Will Save Your Colorado Springs Home After A Fire

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Quick Response Will Save Your Colorado Springs Home After A Fire Contact us at (719) 434-4626 to restore your home to its pre-fire damage condition.

Why Prompt Fire Damage Cleanup For Your Colorado Springs Home Is Critical

House fires can occur due to overuse of home heating systems and appliances. Heating systems, particularly wood stoves and space heaters can ignite the nearby household items. After putting out the fire in your home, using professional fire damage restoration services can help you avoid additional destruction.
 
Following a fire-related accident, soot and smoke can settle on surfaces and damage the structure and contents of your home further. You can hire the professionals at SERVPRO to provide you with fire damage cleanup services for your Colorado Springs home. Our fire restoration experts have training and experience in restoring homes and their contents after fire damage.
 
We begin the restoration process by inspecting the affected areas to determine which processes to use. During the inspection process, we identify and address safety hazards, including electrical issues, debris removal, and air quality. We pretest the cleanability of the affected surfaces to determine which items are restorable. Our technicians also make a detailed inventory and scope of the affected areas and provide a summary of our findings. We then explain the most appropriate steps for restoration.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians review the extent of the smoke damage, but you and your insurance adjuster should decide on the extent of cleaning to perform. We can clean all the restorable structures and contents, and deodorize them. We utilize several methods to clean different types of personal items after a fire loss. Our technicians can use dry cleaning to remove light-to-medium non-grease based soils. We can wipe or brush the surfaces of restorable items lightly using dusting cloths or feather dusters to remove surface dust.
 
We can also use the wet cleaning method to remove average to substantial residues from contents. This method involves using water that may or may not contain a cleaning agent. During wet cleaning, the items being cleaned are thoroughly saturated. Our technicians can also use immersion cleaning, to clean items that can resist being saturated with the cleaning product like Venetian blinds. We dip the items into a bath containing the cleaning product.
 
When a fire has damaged your home, SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes can assist you with the cleanup and restoration efforts. Contact us at (719) 434-4626 to restore your home to its pre-fire damage condition. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Water Damage Technicians Can Restore Your Home In Colorado Springs To Pre-Damage Condition

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Water Damage Technicians Can Restore Your Home In Colorado Springs To Pre-Damage Condition SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes can help get your home back to normal with our water cleanup services.

Our Water Cleanup Services Restores Homes In Colorado Springs To A Healthy And Dry State

Murky water from flooding, backed up toilets, and other situations that bring contaminated water into your living space can leave your Colorado Springs property heavily soiled and unfit for habitation. SERVPRO can solve this predicament for you by using proven methods and special agents that remove pathogens, contaminants, and odors as part of the mitigation process.

Many times, however, residents in Colorado Springs need water cleanup services that address less-contaminated disasters. A broken pipe can leave a home devastated with the intrusive water. Regardless of the situation's contamination level, SERVPRO's professionals know how to scale the mitigation process correctly, making sure that your home's restoration leaves it “Like it never even happened.”

We place different situations into one of four categories, ranging from dirty to sterile. Dirty environments contain pathogens and chemicals that can cause people to suffer unwanted health effects. Daily household cleaning maintains a home at the next level, which we term sanitary. This is the level we typically place as our goal. Some pathogens in a home remain ever-present, and this is quite normal.

However, when contamination from a filthy source of water affects a residence, we change our goal to bring the home closer to the next level by using stronger disinfecting agents than what we use to achieve sanitary conditions. This is because we need to kill or render inert a higher number of pathogens, as well as remove additional soiling from the affected area.

We reserve the last category for environments involved in health care, particularly surgical procedures. The average home not only does not need this high level of decontamination but occupants would find it extremely difficult to maintain while carrying out normal activities. Because we scale our services to meet our customers' needs, we save them money by not providing unnecessary services that do not provide any benefit.

Cleaning up water from any disaster also gets your property dry again and helps prevent microbial infestations in the future. Depending on the materials affected, SERVPRO has the equipment to achieve our drying goals. When we finish, your family can live in a dry and healthy house again.

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes can help get your home back to normal with our water cleanup services. We also cover Monument and the Palmer Lake area. Call us at (719) 434-4626, our 24-hour services line, for information on how we can restore your home with our IICRC-certified mitigation and restoration specialists.

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Call Us When A Flood Has Caused Damage To Your Colorado Springs Home

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call Us When A Flood Has Caused Damage To Your Colorado Springs Home Professional restoration services are just a call away. Contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626.

Expert Drying In Tough To Reach Areas For Flood Damage In Colorado Springs

In the event of a natural flood, one area of the home that can be especially challenging to restore is the crawlspace. These areas are often the first to be hit by excess water due to their proximity to the ground. They also tend to be closed systems, meaning there is minimal air circulation, which can cause excess water to stagnate creating unpleasant odors throughout the home above.

Homeowners who are worried about crawlspace flood damage in Colorado Springs should seek professional assistance. These narrow chambers often house loose electrical wiring as well as weaker structural elements which can make them extremely hazardous when wet. Our technicians are trained to spot these hazards and have the correct PPE equipment to enter a flooded crawlspace safely.

Usually, SERVPRO uses pumps or rapid air movers to remove excess quantities of water from a structure. Unfortunately due to small access points and limited space inside this equipment often do not fit inside the area. To remedy this issue, SERVPRO can set up tents inside to create smaller drying areas. We can also use thermal imaging cameras to find areas where moisture may be residing helping us to target the right zones, increasing efficiency.

If dehumidifiers do not fit into your crawlspace SERVPRO can use alternative measures to dry the area. Flex hoses are commonly associated with watering your garden, but we use them as a vent to funnel hot air into difficult to reach areas. By attaching a flex hose to a rapid air mover, we can dry your crawlspace without placing equipment inside.

Our final step is to assess the humidity levels. High humidity levels in a closed area, one with little air circulation, creates the ideal conditions for microbial growth and bacteria. Using a thermal hygrometer, we can accurately assess the level of humidity and return it to an average level matching other areas of the home. We can also remove or replace any damaged materials during the flood to get your property back to its preloss state.

Professional restoration services are just a call away. Contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626.

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Colorado Springs Homes, Professional Fire Damage Inspections, and Services by SERVPRO

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Colorado Springs Homes, Professional Fire Damage Inspections, and Services by SERVPRO SERVPRO Suggests that Colorado Springs Property Owners Have Adequate Fire Insurance Coverage on Their Policies

Accurate Fire Damage Assessment for Colorado Springs Homes

With fires that threaten homes, understanding the full measure of the damage to contend with might be challenging for homeowners to do on their own. Not only can many homeowners overlook potential hazards and damages that exist after a fire, but there are also possible health risks and indoor air quality concerns that should discourage assessing the damage on your own. Professional restoration services like ours begin with an honest and accurate assessment of the damage to your property, and what must get done to restore it entirely.

Many Colorado Springs homeowners vastly underestimate all of the fire damage effects that can result even after the disaster has gotten extinguished. Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24/7 response to fire emergencies, offering the full measure of our mitigation solutions and industry-leading equipment to address any potential hazards or pressing effects discovered through the initial inspection of your property upon our arrival.

Our competent team goes over all of the affected areas of your house determining the best approaches to restoring visible damage and what affected surfaces and construction materials require replacement and reconstruction. An accurate and honest assessment means that our professionals and IICRC-certified technicians do not try to upsell you on services and restorative approaches that your home does not need. Instead, we work to provide the most efficient and cost-effective restoration to ensure that our treatment meets your high expectations.

The SERVPRO IICRC certified professionals responsible for the assessment can share this information directly with your insurance company as well. Often to approve a damage claim for restoring fire effects in your home, your insurance provider requires a detailed record of the damages and photo evidence and documentation of loss and affected areas. These components are a part of our inspection and assessment process already, so it saves time in getting a damage claim approved to reach out to our team first. Your insurance adjuster's documentation can be complemented with SERVPRO's inspection report and pictures.

To understand what your damaged home needs after a fire, you should trust the honest and accurate assessments of our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes team. We can determine what your home needs and get effective mitigation started to make fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (719) 434-4626.

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If Missing Shingles On Your Colorado Springs Home Have Caused Water Damage, Our Crew Can Help!

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage If Missing Shingles On Your Colorado Springs Home Have Caused Water Damage, Our Crew Can Help! Give our specialists a call today at (719) 434-4626.

Missing Shingles Allow Water Damage In Your Colorado Springs Home

While storm damages can do a number on your Colorado Springs home, the winter season and its steady snowfall and freezing temperatures can often do more damage to your roof than passing torrential weather. While you cannot predict when your shingled roof would suffer the effects of freezing and ice damming that can break portions of this protective covering loose, you can know what you should do whenever these damages occur and begin to allow moisture penetration into your property.

The initial penetration of moisture can affect the roof supports and backing materials first, but water damage in your Colorado Springs home can quickly begin to spread to other areas. Without the expertise and skills, homeowners cannot seal off these penetration points to prevent further exposure to your home’s interior. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to these emergencies, and begin the necessary mitigation in your home with emergency board up and tarping services to eliminate further water penetration as the work begins inside.

We can work quickly to establish the full spread of the damage and what must occur to restore your property completely. If we can get notified of this problem quickly enough, our team can limit the spread of the damage enough to make cleanup and drying all the work that you damaged home requires to get restored. However, many times homeowners do not utilize their attic space enough to see when moisture and dampness are present, so these effects can spread throughout this area and be more challenging to overcome.

Our SERVPRO professionals arrive with advanced drying equipment like our high-velocity air movers, inject-dry system, and dehumidifiers of varying sizes. With a combination of these tools, we can quickly dry out damaged elements to determine if any of these affected construction materials require removal and replacement.

Many steps make up the recovery process when your damaged roof allows moisture penetration into the attic space. Our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes rapid response team can respond quickly to make this situation “Like it never even happened.” Give our specialists a call today at (719) 434-4626.

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Snowmelt Can Cause Water Damage in Your Colorado Springs Warehouse

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Snowmelt Can Cause Water Damage in Your Colorado Springs Warehouse Winter snows bring spring thaws and lots of water being added to the area.

Commercial Water Removal Specialists in Colorado Springs Talk About Common Winter Time Issues

During the winters in the Colorado Springs area, it is common to have weather that fluctuates, and temperatures outside are continually rising and dropping.  Several scenarios could force you to conduct commercial water removal at your construction company's office and warehouse. When the weather changes so drastically during the winter, one day there could be a foot of snow, then the next day it could be 50 degrees outside. When this happens, the snow can melt quickly and force water into your office or warehouse. Once water starts to flow into your business' building from the outside, it is wise to call in a professional commercial water removal company like SERVPRO.  

Even if melted snow is not an issue changing outdoor temperatures can cause your pipes to freeze and break. When pipes freeze due to outdoor temperatures dropping, calling a professional commercial water removal company in Colorado Springs such as SERVPRO can save your business and insurance company money. When the temperature drops overnight, it is possible that hundreds of gallons of water may invade your construction company's office. When an excessive amount of moisture gets into a building, it can cause several of your structural components and contents to retain moisture. If your building materials and contents inside your office and warehouse get saturated, they could get ruined if not dried out promptly.  

Another thing our SERVPRO technicians pay attention to is the temperature inside your office and warehouse. If items get wet, the drying process works more efficiently at higher temperatures. If needed, we can set up heaters that raise your building's interior temperature during the drying process.  

If contents inside your warehouse such as construction materials get wet, then we can take extra steps to dry out the materials individually. For example, we can un-stack materials like plywood and lay them out so that they dry more quickly than they would if they were stacked. We can also add more dehumidifiers to help pull moisture out of wet items. If your company's office or warehouse ever happens to suffer from water damage in the winter time, call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 24/7.

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Water Damage and Frustration

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage and Frustration Don't let your house go down without a fight..

Water damage can be a huge frustration to most. Following the proper water damage removal steps can greatly reduce the stress from the situation.

  • Locate the water shut off ASAP. If you are not able to locate the water shut off call a plumber immediately and try and divert the water as much as possible and remove invaluable items off the floor.
  • Removing the water can sometimes be easier said than done. Sump pumps can come in very handy in times of need. Sometimes a good OL shop VAC can do the trick but is extremely time consuming. Always remember the longer the water sits the more damage it will cause. Always use caution when doing this due to the fact the water could contain hazardous material.
  • After the water is all cleaned up the next step would be to get air flowing over top of the carpet (Pending the severity of the flood) to rapidly recirculate the air.
  • Once all the air is moving it is most likely you will need a dehumidifier to pull the moisture out of the air. In turn this will help with the drying process and help prevent mold growth.

These steps are bare minimal. In turn we always recommend using a certified restoration company to insure proper remediation of any damages.  This can save 10’s of thousands of dollars if not properly done. If you need help please call us at 719-574-2789 I would be glade to walk you through all of these steps and/or we also do free estimates!

Revealed: How Changing Temperatures Can Cause Flooding in Your Colorado Springs Home

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Revealed: How Changing Temperatures Can Cause Flooding in Your Colorado Springs Home When pipes crack and break under stress, water damage and flooding can result. Contact team SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

Main Line Breaks Can Flood Your Colorado Springs Home

With the fluctuating temperatures that Colorado Springs residents can expect from the fall through the late spring months, ground movement below the surface is more common than you might believe. With this movement comes a considerable strain on underground elements, particularly buried utility lines from gas and the public water system. As these shifts continue, the strain on already vulnerable points in these lines can lead to cracks, leaks, and full breaks. When a water main breaks, the high-pressure output can force several hundreds of gallons of water per minute or more.

Water from breaks follows the path of least resistance to the surface, where water then follows the easiest path towards homes, requiring an immediate need for mitigation and flood removal services in Colorado Springs. The problem with these types of flooding situations is that there is no stopping the flow of this water until those responsible for the utility arrive to shut down isolation valves for the line and repair the break. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly to continually mitigate the situation and keep the damage from getting worse until we can successfully restore the damaged areas once the water purveyors have repaired the damage to their line.

Real-time mitigation strategies often involve fast extraction from the industry-leading equipment we bring with us on our SERVPRO Green Fleet. In situations like these with continual water flow, we can offer some of our most powerful machines for the job including gas-powered pumps, commonly known as trash pumps, and our even stronger truck-mounted options.

Drying out the damaged areas can prove ineffective until the flow of the water has gotten successfully stopped by the response of the city personnel. We can install air movers and LGR or desiccant dehumidifiers to begin forcing moisture out of exposed structural elements to protect and preserve them if possible.

There are many steps to flood recovery, especially from something as damaging as a water main bursting near your home. Our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes can respond quickly. Give us a call 24/7 at (719) 434-4626.

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