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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.   

Hail storms are costly for Colorado Springs residents

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes if you experience hail damage at your home.

Hail storms are proving to be a costly issue for Colorado residents. In 2018, the Colorado Springs area has had 334 reports of on the ground hail according to the website Interactive Hail Maps. The site uses trained spotters to compile data across the state. Colorado has been under severe weather warnings 108 times during the past 12 months; Doppler radar has detected hail at or near Colorado Springs on 126 occasions, including 18 in the past year.

During the late spring and summer months hail typically forms in the storms that come off the mountains and into the foothills. Hail forms when water circulating in that system gets pushed to the freezing level. The large frozen chunks of water can range from pea size to baseball size and cause serious damage to your yard, car, and home.

Hail can damage windows and allow water to enter your home from outside. It can also cause roof damage which can lead to leaks along ceilings. SERVPRO’s flood damage experts are typically inundated with calls related to homes and properties during and immediately following a storm.  State Farm insurance reportedly paid a total of 598 million dollars in hail damage claims in Colorado alone during 2018 on home and auto claims. The insurance company rated Colorado at the top of its top 10 states for hail damage for 2018.

As soon as a SERVPRO crew arrives at your home, we inspect your property and give you information about the scope of the work involved.  We work to temporarily seal any holes in the home caused by the storm so that no more moisture can get in and the restoration process begins. During the mitigation process, SERVPRO team members first extract all of the water possible from your home. Next we will start the process of rapid drying, to remove the water from walls and other surfaces. This process can reduce damage and prevent mold from growing.

If you experience hail damage and flooding call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 as soon as it happens. Our trained team will work to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Hoarding disorder creates dangerous situations for homeowners

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Hoarding disorder creates dangerous situations for homeowners

SERVPRO team members can do more than help Colorado Springs homeowners after fire or flooding. The trained professionals can also help with clean up in hoarding situations. Hoarding disorder can lead to a wide range of serious problems for those who live in the home as well as those who may need to come in contact with the home, including first responders.

The Mayo Clinic describes hoarding disorder as a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need on the part of the person to save them. Reasons to save items also vary widely and are not based on the actual value of any of the items.  The disorder creates a very dangerous living environment that begins with cramped conditions; many homes are found to be filled to capacity with only very narrow passageways to navigate around stacks of clutter.

This can lead to problems such as:

  • Tripping and falling
  • Injuries from falling items
  • Health problems from mold or pets living in the clutter
  • Delays in medical care or emergency treatment
  • Risks to firefighters and occupants if a fire breaks out and they are unable to get inside or outside of the home
  • Living without vital services to include plumbing, electricity, and heating
  • Lease violations that lead to eviction
  • Having the home condemned

Simply attempting to clean or clear the home without the help of a trained professional is not advised due to the hidden dangers in the home. Mold can grow and develop in areas that are unable to be seen. There is also the persistent issue of bug and rodent infestations, both of which can carry dangerous bacteria, diseases, and viruses.

There is also the risk that mold or water damage has weakened the structure of the home and the cleaned area could collapse. If there is not enough ventilation in the home using cleaners can be hazardous because there is not enough air flow to carry the fumes away. Carbon dioxide levels can hit dangerous highs if clutter is blocking vents or other airways in the home.  

The professionals at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes are trained to recognize these dangers and to form a detailed plan before any further steps are taken.  Call our certified technicians 24/7 at (719) 434-4626 to start the process.   

Problems with Water, Mold, Storms or Fire in Your Colorado Springs Home? Help Is on the Way by Calling SERVPRO

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Colorado Springs Serious Warehouse Is Ready for Serious Structural Cleanup and Restoration

Why Colorado Springs Residents Turn to SERVPRO for Restoration Services

When the unexpected happens in a Colorado Springs home, you need restoration services on-site fast. Soot is caustic, and fire damage in a home requires clean up as quickly as possible. Failure to bring in water removal for a plumbing break or from storm damage has the potential to cause further issues from excessive moisture such as mold growth or warped and buckled building materials.

Mold remediation in Colorado Springs homes happens for various reasons. Common issues such as leaks or poor ventilation, particularly in attics, are frequently the cause of mold infestations. It is vital to engage a professional restoration services company for the removal of mold as well as neutralizing the favorable conditions conducive to growth.

It is impossible for 100% of spore removal to happen as mold spores exist naturally both indoors and outdoors. However, the spores do not germinate unless optimum conditions exist. Once established, the colonies spread quickly, and a musty odor often accompanies these infestations.

SERVPRO team members receive certification as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, so they know the best practices for addressing mold damage as taught by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. We know how to remove the existing colonies and diagnose the reason the mold has occurred in the home. After the completion of mold remediation, our technicians give homeowners a helpful report that details with photos the actions used during mitigation of the infestation as well as the reasons and necessary repairs to halt any further mold growth.

Why SERVPRO? When you experience a home disaster, it is crucial to use professional restoration services to increase the chances of more possessions from being counted as a loss. We answer every call with compassion and professionalism as we know any type of fire, water, or mold loss brings stress. Our state-of-the-art technology lets our technicians communicate and receive approvals from the adjuster, so we always work within the service limits instead of risking incurring uncovered costs.

When water damage happens in a Colorado Springs property, SERVPRO technicians know time is of the essence for cleanup. The longer the excessive moisture remains on-site without removal, the more contaminated it becomes. After 48-hours, even clean water requires handling as a category three biohazard. Some of the equipment our certified Water Restoration Technicians use includes:

? Submersible Pumps and Industrial Wet/Dry Vacuums
? Moisture detectors and hygrometers to measure the amount of saturation
? Infrared cameras used to identify excessive moisture behind walls and within ceilings
? Submersible pumps for when water is greater than two inches in depth
? Gas-powered pumps pump copious amounts of water with excellent efficiency

When a pipe breaks in your home or other water disasters happen, your carpeting and area rugs are not automatically a loss. Our technicians work hard to find restorability potential in all possessions and using our proprietary methods and equipment, and we often have success. This step during mitigation saves homeowners the cost of replacement.

To save carpeting, we utilize special drying configurations, such as "floating." This method is where technicians loosen one side and set up air movers to direct air under the carpet as well as over it for complete drying in place. Drying floorcoverings in this way limits disruptions in the home during water cleanup.

On a case-by-case basis, we can take on restoration for hardwood floors, depending on how much exposure to excess moisture the wood has had. We have unique drying mats that lay flat on the boards and deliver warm, dry air as the injectidry system draws water and moisture from the materials. After drying, our technicians thoroughly clean and disinfect the water-loss affected surfaces and perform any needed odor control.

Storm damage in Colorado Springs homes from wind, rain or flood damage gets handled in a similar matter as water damage caused by an internal source. One difference is that there are potentially two main types of water in the home after damage from a storm. The first is rainwater, which is considered a category one or clean water spill if it enters directly into the structure. The second is groundwater, most often associated with flash flooding. This type of water intrusion has the potential to contain debris, toxins, and sometimes sewage. For that reason, property owners should avoid contact with the groundwater or wet items until our team arrives.

SERVPRO technicians test the water before cleanup begins to determine what types of contaminants are resident in the water. We also tarp over areas such as roofs or windows where damage from storms has the potential to allow rain into the home before the completion of necessary repairs.

Our technicians scope the home for the paths of migration of the water. Our sensitive detection equipment alerts us to excessive moisture within walls, floor joists, and under flooring, so we thoroughly extract and dry affected areas. We can mark areas of dampness with blue painters tape and continually monitor our progress.

After a flood in the home, much like damage to carpeting, tile often delaminates and requires removal as neither have the potential for restoration and reuse after contact with groundwater. We also remove water-damaged sheetrock using a technique known as "flood cuts." This action cleanly removes only damaged portions to prepare the property for drying and reconstruction.

Once SERVPRO techs complete drying and sanitization of the property, we ensure musty water odors do not remain. Our certified Odor Control Technicians have training and experience removing all types of scents from properties. Ultra-low-volume fogging is an efficient method for neutralizing odors and removing all reminders of the flood damage.

Fire damage in Colorado Springs homes creates many challenges for SERVPRO technicians. Along with fire debris and the removal of charred building materials and items, we also look piece by piece for objects that have restoration potential. Our fire restoration technicians work closely with both homeowners and adjusters to ensure we always work within budget limitations during fire cleanup and mitigation.

We address both the cleanliness of the property as well as the air quality. Fire odors remain behind after the cleanup of the residence. We have many different methods to apply against unpleasant, pungent scents. Air scrubbers are a stout first line of defense. They can remove copious amounts of airborne particulate matter, followed up by thermal fogging or hydroxyl generators to eradicate odor-causing soot particles and molecules.

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 stands ready to assist the local community with restoration services 24/7 for cleanup help with damage from fire, water, storm and mold returning your home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

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