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Become Familiar With Colorado Springs Water Damage Remediation

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

water dripping into bucket Water damage can occur from many potential sources. Contact team SERVPRO today to effectively find the cause and remediate the damage.

Water Damage Scenarios in Colorado Springs

There are few cities and towns that can compare to Colorado Springs. It is a perfect location to see and do everything that our state has to offer when it comes to outdoor activities. Occasionally though, a great day climbing or skiing is marred by coming home to find a broken pipe or a failing appliance, such as a water heater has left water across the floor in multiple rooms and, sometimes, the entire home. 

Eliminating water damage from Colorado Springs homes and restoring them needs to be quickly accomplished. Fortunately, SERVPRO response teams do both very well. Each team arrives on-site with a full equipment set that includes commercial-grade pumps for draining standing water from the home and smaller devices for removing water trapped in carpets and between or underneath floorboards. 

This eliminates the major threat to the home, but there is still the issue of drawing out the moisture left behind. Even a small amount can rot carpets, warp floorboards and tile, and compromise building materials like wood paneling, floor trim, and drywall. Specialists reduce and eliminate the damage here with a combination of air movers, dehumidifiers, and fans to draw our water and lower the interior humidity. 

SERVPRO teams use the air movers to carefully push out moisture. They direct the airflow, speed, and temperature depending on the type of affected material. For example, carpets can handle higher airflow speed, but specialists carefully control the temperature to help avoid separating the carpet layers, also known as delamination

Once moisture is released into the air, the dehumidifiers capture it for disposal. Each device can capture up to 20 gallons of water over 24 hours. When the air is very heavy with moisture, specialists use fans to increase air circulation and direct the heavy air out the nearest door, window, or other exits. Increased circulation also helps dehumidifiers work more efficiently. 

Our goal at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is to remove water and eliminate the damage it can leave behind in local homes and surrounding communities like Gleneagle, Monument, and Palmer Lake. If you need our expertise or have a question on what else our teams can do for you, call us today at (719) 434-4626. We are here for you. 

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Why SERVPRO

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

germs up close Here to help

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes, (719) 434-4626

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

What to Avoid After Fire Damage in Colorado Springs

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged room Make sure that you call SERVPRO after fire damage. Don't tackle this mess alone - team up with SERVPRO.

Save Your Colorado Springs Home from Suffering Further Fire and Odor Damage

In many cases, the odors left behind after a fire become more devastating than the flames themselves. Once you suffer a fire loss in your home, how you act sets the tone for the entire restoration process. Instead of trying to tackle the odors and fire damage on your own, calling the skilled technicians at SERVPRO gets you the tried and true methods as well as the latest technology for the best results.

Even if the blaze is contained into a smaller space, the charring odors and smoke can cause further damage from fire and odor in your Colorado Springs home. It is crucial to address these odors, but it is challenging unless the proper machinery and products are used. This is where the team at SERVPRO comes in very handy. 

Many homeowners have little or no experience when it comes to addressing the fallout of a fire loss event. SERVPRO technicians have advanced techniques that allow us to address all of the secondary effects of smoke and soot residue. These techniques and our specialized equipment help us to reduce or eliminate any lingering odors that may be left throughout your home. 

Fire and Odor Fighting Tools

For helping to battle lingering smoke odors, SERVPRO technicians use thermal fogging technology. The high heat from a fire loss increases the porosity of many exposed materials, thus causing odor molecule penetration throughout the interior of the home. When the fire is extinguished, the materials cool down, and the pores then close, and odors get trapped. Thermal fogging helps reproduce the expansion effect and then exposes the materials to a blast of concentrated neutralizing compounds.

This approach helps to penetrate soft materials like clothing, upholstery, and carpeting with the emission of dense chemical fog. While thermal foggers are unable to address a broader area like the air purifying and deodorizing equipment that we use at SERVPRO, we take into careful consideration the best conditions and situations to use our thermal fogging units. In a much larger area, we use hydroxyl generators or ozone machinery as necessary.

When it comes to fire and odor, deodorization remains a substantial challenge that we are ready to address at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes. If you are faced with fire loss in your home, give us a call at (719) 434-4626, and we will send out a team to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Water Cleanup In Your Colorado Springs Home

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

water damage in home “Like it never even happened.”

Basement Water Cleanup in Colorado Springs

The statistics show the potential for water damage in a basement is likely, with a full 98% expected to have an issue during their service life. Combined with the possibility of failure of a hot water tank, means homeowners with tanks installed in basements should have a plan of action ready when they have a water loss.

SERVPRO knows time is of the essence when it comes to water cleanup in Colorado Springs homes. People use basements as an additional room or for storage. Often the quick action of homeowners for getting boxes and small furnishings out of the way of the water assists in lessening the loss before the technicians arrive on-site.

Getting the Water Out
SERVPRO technicians determine the cause for the water in the basement, and some technicians move items out of the way while others extract any remaining water. Scoping the basement to determine migration paths is a common action to ensure all excessive moisture gets removed.

Drying the Basement
Deploying air movers in large numbers causes embedded moisture to rise, and the dehumidification equipment captures it. As this cycle repeats itself during the drying process, progressively drier air circulates and rapidly brings down the ambient humidity levels in the basement.

Cleaning and Deodorization
One thing no one wants is a musty basement. The technicians have a wide array of cleaning agents for both sanitizing and deodorization purposes. The technicians spend time hand cleaning surfaces affected by water loss to leave them clean and fresh smelling.

Suggested Repairs
On arrival, the technicians determine the cause for the water loss. Once they complete the restoration services, they create a report for the homeowner that details the actions taken and also suggests repairs needed to bring the basement to its preloss condition. In this case, it was a failed copper flex supply line which the techs replaced with a new silver braided line.

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 stands ready to assist local property owners with any size water cleanup needs and restoration services to make the water loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Are The Right Choice In Colorado Springs After A Flood

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Flooring that has suffered flood damage We have the personnel, experience, equipment, and training to restore your property to pre-damage condition. We are available 24/7 to help you.

Repairing Ceiling Materials After Colorado Springs Attic Flooding

Ceiling cavities can allow for the movement of high volumes of water during a storm loss incident to Colorado Springs properties. When roofs suffer substantial damage, they can allow direct rainfall, wind-driven rain, and runoff to enter the attic space unabated. Under different events, snow melt can also be the source of interior flooding. Because of the unfinished and often porous wood flooring standard in unused attics, water can begin saturating through the flooring without delays and reaching the living space below.

Recovering flood damage in Colorado Springs homes often entails both the experience and training of our SERVPRO water restoration technicians (WRT), but also the expertise of our in-house residential contractors. Mitigation after storm damages that lead to flooding involves the direct actions of both of these divisions of our team, as our contractors must seal up breaches and begin controlled demolition while our restorers roll out equipment like extractors and drying machines to begin recovery.

Water migration through structural cavities above the ceiling and below the flooring material in your attic space can be challenging to address directly. In many situations, the restoration of these areas is two-fold. The process begins with removing overly damaged construction materials and structural elements. Saturated insulation, for example, is less costly to replace rather than the time it takes to dry sufficiently. Removing damaged materials can also help trapped water in the cavity drain out to maximize later drying efforts.

Before our contractors can work to rebuild the deconstructed area of the house, our SERVPRO team can deploy our positive pressure systems to force dry air into the open cavity to expedite evaporative drying. We can also utilize air movers for this same purpose once structural fixtures like framing and joists have gotten exposed.

Flood damage can be a devastating force for area home and require the full measure of talent and cutting-edge equipment available to our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes team. No matter how we can help after a loss, you can reach our emergency response team 24/7 by calling (719) 434-4626. With our expertise and training, we can make flood losses “Like it never even happened.”

5 Ways to keep your pipes from freezing

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

frozen faucet outside of home don't allow your pipes to freeze

All over the state of Colorado, we have been seeing much cooler temperatures this winter season than in the past. 

If you're a new homeowner than winterization is something you've most likely heard of but you are probably unfamiliar with the process since in the past your landlord or apartment maintenance team has taking care of winterization or giving you the advice on your specific rental. 

If you now own your home, Congratulations! Homeownership is everyone's dreams and you're wanting to protect it at any cost so we've provided 5 simple steps on preventing water damage from frozen water pipes/lines.

1) Leave faucets dripping

If the temperatures have dropped into a freezing temperature (32? is considered the freezing point) turning on your faucets -- both indoors and out -- this can keep water moving through your systems and slow down the freezing process. There's no need to waste gallons of water aim for about five drips per minute.

2) Open Cabinet Doors

During cold weather, open any cabinet doors covering plumbing in the kitchen, laundry room, & bathrooms where you can visually see the water lines. Also, be sure to check in other typically unheated spaces like an attic, crawl space, and garages. Opening the cabinet doors allows the home's warm air to better circulate, which can help prevent the exposed piping from freezing. While this won't help much with pipes hidden in walls, ceilings, or under the home, it can keep water moving and limit the dangerous effect of freezing weather.

3) Wrap your pipes

If your pipes are already on their way towards freezing or have frozen in the past (tell-tale signs include water damage, mold, and moisture build-up), it's probably because of inadequate or improperly installed insulation. It might well be worth the cost to hire a professional and open up the wall and beef up the insulation. Any exposed pipes in crawl spaces, attics or garages can be covered with an inexpensive foam pipe insulation for moderately cold climates. If you're in a more severe climate, opt for wrapping problem pipes with thermostatically controlled heat tape, which will turn on at certain minimum temps.

4) Leave the heat at 65 or higher

If you plan on leaving your house, even for the day while you're at work and are trying to cut down on your utility bill make sure you're setting your thermostat at 65? or higher - if set any lower for extended periods of time it could result in pipes freezing and possibly bursting to leave you with a mess to come home too.

5) Shut off the water if pipes are frozen

Pipes already have frozen? Turn off the water immediately (hopefully, you know where the master shut-off is, but if not, now's the time to find it!)

also, be sure to shut off power to your house, DO NOT go into a room with standing water if your electricity is still turned on. 

Make sure to then close off any external water sources, like garden hose hookups. This will prevent more water from filling the system, adding more ice to the pile, and eventually bursting your pipes, which is your worst-case scenario. This also will help when the water thaws, the last thing you want after finally fixing your frozen pipes is for water to flood the system and ultimately your home.

After all these tricks if you still end up with a leak or water in your home at any point, day or night, be sure to call your local SERVPRO (open 24/7/365) to come to start the drying process ASAP - even in colder temperatures mold can grow in as little as a few days, based on the environment it is in. SEVRPRO also works with insurance providers to keep your disaster under control and help get your home back on track.

We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Colorado Home After A Fire

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

A mattress laying in the grass outside of a home after a fire Our certified team of technicians came out fast and began to remediate this home after a fire. We arrived quickly to deal with the fire damage.

Things to Watch out for where Performing Fire Damage Restoration in your Colorado Springs Home

Fire Damage Colorado

The prospect of re-entering your home after a fire can be a daunting one for most homeowners. The stress and emotional toll of evacuating the property in the middle of the night are enough to overwhelm most people. However, returning to find your possessions, furniture, and decor blackened with charring can be equally overwhelming. There are several simple steps you can take toward performing the home restoration, which can go toward returning your property to a preloss condition.

One of the first steps toward recovering from fire damage in your Colorado home is containment. Soots and debris can cause significant harm to carpet or other fiber-based materials in your home. When moving between rooms, there is a high risk of moving soots from one place to the next on shoes or clothing. SERVPRO recommends that you isolate as much of the damage as possible by cordoning off the affected area using, where potential, physical barriers. Our technicians opt for polyethylene sheeting to cover materials or seal individual fire-damaged rooms off from the rest of the house.

While scrubbing away at soot or charring on the material may seem a prudent move, disturbing soots can cause more problems than you expect. Dry soots can quickly become airborne and then settle onto other areas. In some cases, the use of water can backfire, causing soots to set into surfaces. SERVPRO smoke and fire damage restoration technicians (FRST) use dry vacuuming in the initial stages of restoration to dislodge and remove dry soots before working on soiling with cleaning solution. In more significant properties or areas, we may also bring in industrial negative air pressure machines to remove large amounts of airborne soot from the structure entirely.

While some soots and soiling occur on walls, others may be confined to upholstery, fabrics, and furnishings. There is a risk when attempting to clean furnishings of causing further damage. Some materials or dyes may respond poorly to certain types of solutions. Even when cleaning solutions work, they can often change the shade of a particular area of upholstery, creating a furnishing with non-uniform color. We conduct pre-tests at SERVPRO of all materials to ensure that color grades continue to match after restoration.

Fire restoration can be a complex and multi-faceted task. Contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 for expert advice and assistance.

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Don't Delay - Call Us After A Water Damage Incident In Your Colorado Springs Property

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home Call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 for 24/7 service.

Don't Procrastinate When Dealing With Water Cleanup In Your Colorado Springs Home

It's only water. What damage can a little bit of water do? Many consumers mop up the visible water after a water leak and assume that moisture that has seeped into floors or under cabinets may dry up over time. Lingering moisture can cause structural damage to building materials, and mold infestations can occur.

SERVPRO provides water cleanup services in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. We can find those hidden high moisture areas for you and help to prevent long term structural damage from lingering water leaks and moisture. Our specialized drying equipment can also dry these areas without dismantling of cupboards and walls, provided that we can get to the moisture before damage has occurred.

How Long Does It Tale Before Mold Begins to Grow?
Mold spores appear naturally almost everywhere in nature, including inside your home or business. Mold spores like temperatures in the range of 68F to86F and humidity levels above 65%. There is lots of food for mold spores to survive, mainly from various natural elements found in your home.

Colonies of mold can begin to develop after 12 hours with the right conditions, and even large colonies can appear after 48 hours. A variety of microbes may also appear. These microbes depend on the source of the water as well as the area of the water leak. Breathing, ingesting and absorbing high concentrations of mold spores and bacteria can cause health issues for many people and especially anyone whose immune system may be compromised, or the young and older seniors.

SERVPRO technicians have the experience and the training to determine the cause and removal of a mold and microbe infestations. We also prepare a report with images, showing the steps taken to remove the mold infestation, and even how to halt further problems. We can outline the repairs that may be required to avoid future infestations.

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

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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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Why SERVPRO Can Dry Your Water Damaged Colorado Springs Home Effectively

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

Men and women in a classroom looking at a projection about water damage. SERVPRO trains for every situation, call us for your Colorado springs water damage.

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.   

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)

a warehouse with green equipment 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 floor coverings 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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Four Technician Certifications Used in Mitigation of Flood Damage

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technichains train on so many levels to be able to assist in your Colorado flood damage.

Let a SERVPRO technician help you with your flooded Colorado home.

The treatment of flood damage in a home needs to happen as soon as possible after a water intrusion in the house. It is far better to engage a professional restoration services company with the training and equipment to locate water that has migrated into sheetrock or within walls to ensure adequate water removal and cleanup occur to limit the chances of mold development.

There are many levels of training in the restoration sciences that SERVPRO team members undergo. Several of those certifications specifically assist in better outcomes for Colorado Springs homes with flood damage

At the beginning of the restoration efforts, our certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians perform tests to discern the category of flood water in the home (clean, gray or black) and deploy the appropriate extraction methods to remove as much moisture as possible. 

Team members certified as Carpet Cleaning Technicians know how clean and use unique configurations to dry and disinfect carpeting affected by rainwater. If groundwater has saturated carpeting or large area rugs, our technicians cut them into strips after water extraction in preparation for removal from the property as a water loss. 

When the drying phase begins, our certified Applied Structural Drying Technicians use the science of psychrometry to dry structures and contents quickly. We try to disrupt the home as little as possible and when feasible, dry home furnishings in place, often raised on blocks to stop the possibility of stain from wood leaching into the carpeting. Next, we deploy our air movers and dehumidifiers in tandem to raise and port away excessive moisture until we reach preset drying goals. 

Since mold spores occur naturally both indoors and outdoors, excessive moisture from flood damage can cause spores to germinate. Our certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians know the signs and conditions necessary to sustain mold colonies. They scope affected areas to determine the mold infestation potential and clean them using antibacterial solutions as well as antimicrobial sealers to inhibit mold growth. 

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes knows how to turn back the clock on flood damage. Call our certified technicians 24/7 at (719) 434-4626, and we can make water loss "Like it never even happened."

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We Can Limit Further Damage To Your Colorado Springs Home After A Fire

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

If a fire has destroyed your home, call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 for help.

Prevent Further Fire Damage To Your Colorado Springs Home By Using Fire Damage Emergency Services

A flame in your home can turn into a major fire within minutes. Even after extinguishing the fire successfully, smoke can cause secondary damage to the house’s structure and furnishings. Timing is crucial when dealing with the aftermath of a fire because the destruction can be worse if you do not act speedily. Fire damage emergency services can prevent further destruction to your property and minimize claims expense.

Several variables can determine the severity of the fire damage in your Colorado Springs residence, including temperatures, type of burned household materials, and building materials. Apart from burnt materials and heat devastation, there could be water damage resulting from fire extinguishing efforts and the need to identify leaks from ruined plumbing or appliances.

A fire can also ruin the roof, walls, windows or doors of your property, leaving it vulnerable to vandalism, break-ins or further damage from weather or lack of structural integrity. SERVPRO franchise professionals offer fire damage emergency services, which include boarding up a building. We can use plywood to board up and seal off any missing windows, doors, or walls, and tarps to cover a ruined roof.

We can also take care of dangerous situations like electrical hazards. If there’s no power in your house, we can use power generators and flashlights to establish emergency lighting. Our technicians can also check for loss of structural integrity in the structural components of your house like roof trusses and floor joists. We can also perform water mitigation to remove the water that fire extinguishing efforts introduced into your home using equipment like:

• Pumps to remove the water.

• Air movers will increase the rate of evaporation.

• Dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from the air.

• Moisture meters to check for moisture content in materials.

Our SERVPRO technicians can also prepare your house for you to remain in it. For instance, if the fire has damaged only a small part of the property, we can seal off the affected area. We can also use equipment like ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers and hydroxyl generators to deodorize your property to eliminate strong odors. Our fire damage emergency services prevent further destruction until the restoration process can start. We can address your immediate concerns and then take steps to restore your house and its contents to their preloss state.

If a fire has destroyed your home, call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 for help. We can arrive at your house within an hour of receiving your call and develop a plan for restoring it. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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When Soot Causes Damage To Your Colorado Springs Coffee Shop You Need The Professionals At SERVPRO

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Give our experts a call anytime you need us at (719) 434-4626.

Restoring Soot Damage In A Colorado Springs Coffee Shop

Smoke residue and soot can be two of the most devastating effects of fire loss incidents in any Colorado Springs property. When even small fire flare-ups occur in your coffee shop, you might think that the few affected areas with soot only require soap and water, and a little elbow grease, to remove. Unfortunately, addressing these situations on your own can lead to irreparable damage and staining of vital components to your business. The ideal solution is to allow these effects to get removed successfully by trained professionals like our fire loss recovery team.

Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive experience with the recovery of fire damage to Colorado Springs businesses, and we can mitigate loss and remove the presence of soot and smoke residues quickly when we arrive at your building. Our professionals understand the importance of getting your facility up and running again as fast as possible, and with an open floor plan common to coffee shops, it can be challenging to restore these effects while allowing the business to function as normal. Instead, our professionals can work around the clock to get mitigation and cleaning phases completed so that your doors can reopen as promptly as possible.

When it comes to removing soot damages from surfaces like the tabletops and counters of the main dining area of the coffee shop, traditional cleaning efforts and scrubbing can lead to staining and marring of these materials that is impossible to reverse or restore. Our SERVPRO team has advanced solutions like chemical sponges and industrial-grade cleansers and products that can safely remove this sediment entirely. This cleaning process can reduce the need for any tear out and reconstruction, reducing the time your business stays closed even more.

Soot and smoke residues can be a hazardous situation for those unprepared to combat these effects. Our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes professionals have advanced products and equipment to effectively remove these damages and get you back to business as usual. Give our experts a call anytime you need us at (719) 434-4626.

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We Are Available 24/7 To Restore Your Colorado Springs Home After A Flooding Disaster

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

After flood damage we began to extract water from this home. We successfully saved the hardwood flooring and restored the home right away.

Water Main Breaks That Flood Colorado Springs Homes

Harsh winters are nothing new to the Colorado Springs area residents, though many can still find themselves on the unfortunate end of a cold snap that can damage plumbing or other elements like it. Even with the water main through your street getting buried beneath the understood frost line, shifting in the ground can still move the main too much and allow it to crack or split. While there is little that a homeowner can do in these situations to help, the thousands of gallons of lost water now on the surface pose a threat to nearby properties.

While these scenarios do not come with the same ramifications and obstacles as black water flood damage for your Colorado Springs home, there are still many ways that this high volume of water can significantly damage to your property. If you have a lower-lying residence in the immediate area, you can be contending with a steady flow of powerful water until utility and municipal employees arrive to shut off this portion of the line with isolation valves.

As you might expect, the best defense is a good offense for combatting these effects of continual flooding. Our SERVPRO team arrives with a powerful truck-mounted pump capable of removing excess water at a rate of 300 psi. While this often does not rival the ferocity of an exposed water line, it can help to keep the situation from spreading flood damage farther throughout the house.

With clean water scenarios like this, the objective for our SERVPRO professionals is to protect what structural elements and construction materials we can. We have advanced drying solutions, and when employed quickly, many of these approaches can preserve original materials which can save you time and money on the restoration work your property requires.

While you cannot predict the compromise of a water main outside of your home, you can trust in the right professionals to help you overcome the effects inside. Give our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes team a call anytime disaster strikes at (719) 434-4626.

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Water Removal Is Required After A Fire In Your Colorado Springs Home

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (719) 434-4626 after the firefighters’ exit for fast, compassionate, and professional fire damage relief.

Why Water Removal Is An Issue After Fire Damage In Colorado Springs

During the aftermath of a blaze in your Colorado Springs home, it is typical to feel extremely overwhelmed by the extent of the damage. Charred building materials, melted plastics, and sooty coatings on all surfaces are concerning but somewhat expected. What you might not anticipate is the large quantity of water and fire extinguisher chemicals that needs clean up before our crew can address the fire residue. Engaging our services ensures that water removal and drying occurs quickly and efficiently, following local regulations and restoration best practices.

Fire damage to your Colorado Springs dwelling requires immediate attention. Our crew of Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)- trained technicians hold multiple certifications, allowing smooth transitions as we move from water damage remediation to the many other tasks needed to make the disaster “Like it never even happened.”

The SERVPRO team concentrates on water removal and structural drying at the beginning of a fire damage project to promote safety and prevent the deterioration water can inflict on most building materials. Mold damage is also a concern as microbial growth is a significant risk if moisture persists beyond 24 to 48 hours. Slip and fall accidents and exposure to hidden debris in the fire-fighting water are common, and electrical shock or gas leakage is a possibility when water remains.

Our signature green SERVPRO service vehicles hold all the water removal equipment, tools, and products needed to complete this essential phase of the remediation. If utilities are unavailable, our crews use gas-powered pumps and truck mounted extractors to move the water out. High-efficiency air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers quickly finish the water evacuation, readying the structure for the soot, smoke, and odor clean up to follow.

Our full-spectrum disaster services are why SERVPRO delivers excellent results. We are proud of earning standing as one of the restoration industry leaders in our community. We both live and work alongside our customers in the region, supporting our commitment to being Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Let SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes help take the stress out of recovering from a residential fire. Call us at (719) 434-4626 after the firefighters’ exit for fast, compassionate, and professional fire damage relief.

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SERVPRO fights hunger with Care and Share

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Bring non-perishable food donations to Overdrive Raceway and dozens of other locations across the community to help SERVPRO fight hunger in Colorado.

As we approach summer in Southern Colorado we recognize that it can be a difficult time for families who lose access to vital school food. The community turns to organizations such as Care and Share to help fill the void and provide reliable access to nutrition for hungry families.

SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes are teaming up with Care and Share to host a Care Drive in the month of June. Starting on June 3rd through June 20th you can drop off any donations of non-perishable food items to either SERVPRO location as well as at several distribution boxes across the community.

To see a list of locations visit the event on Facebook.

We will continue to post updates as more businesses join us in collecting food. According to Care and Share when the school year ends and summer begins as many as 45,000 kids across Southern Colorado may be unsure of where their meals will come from.

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If you would like to help us by allowing your business to serve as a collection site please contact our marketing department.

Chris Rizzuto 719-220-0589 or Crizzuto@SERVPROscs.com

We will bring a collection box to your business and pick it up once the drive ends or it fills up!

You can also bring donations directly to our franchise locations:

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes:  1155 Kelly Johnson Blvd. #111-161

SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs: 5660 Parachute Circle  

Drives like this one help maintain the supply of food for the community but it is not the only way Care and Share reaches families. This summer they will continue to utilize summer mobile food pantries which are weekly or bi-weekly food distributions of fresh food in a farmers market style. They also offer free snacks and meals to kids at designated meal sites throughout the community.

Where There's Water Damage There's A Chance For Mold Growth In Your Colorado Springs Home

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Prevent permanent property harm, contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 today.

How Water Damage Can Promote Microbial Growth In Your Colorado Springs Property

Over time, water can stagnate, causing unpleasant smells as well as damaging the infrastructure of your home. Insulation, carpet pads, and interior fabrics are at high risk of permanent damage because they are porous materials. We offer a professional solution to control microbial growth, clean away stains, and help get your home back to its preloss conditions using local technicians with extensive experience.

By using a local service for water damage in Colorado Springs, you can ensure that call-out times are reduced. Shorter call out times can help to guard against permanent damages, which may require more complex procedures. Use SERVPRO for assessment and remediation by calling us any time day or night on our 24-hour emergency line to arrange a visit. We can send technicians with the appropriate expertise to carry out a professional job.

Controlling microbial growth is a key duty to perform in any home emergency involving water. All types of water contain microbes, but when these damp spots come into contact with pre-existing issues in the home, there is a high chance of permanent damages occurring. In particular, it is vital to understand how we detect moisture pockets and the procedures SERVPRO can carry out to remedy them.

Thermal imaging cameras use infrared light to discover moisture that may be residing behind walls or in crawlspaces. Working from the source of the leak, usually a burst pipe or structural inconsistency, SERVPRO technicians work outwards tracing where water may have migrated. By using moisture meters, we can assess how wet hard floors, fittings, or fabrics may be, and this helps to inform our method throughout the service.

The primary method we use is placing rapid air movers at strategic points throughout the affected area. These equipment blast hot air at high speeds close to the surface level. As moisture evaporates from the surface, the moisture beneath is then pulled out of material. Typically, SERVPRO can place air-movers in combination with dehumidifiers that help to pull evaporated moisture from the air and keep humidity levels below 60%- the ideal conditions for microbial growth.

Prevent permanent property harm, contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 today.

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Take the Headache Out of Water Damage Restoration in Your Colorado Springs Home

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage may seem like a small issue at first but it quickly can create chaos. Contact SERVPRO today for all remediation assistance.

Controlling Microbial Growth during Water Damage Restoration in Colorado Springs

A water emergency can range from an immediate response to a burst pipe or a slow leak that has weakened structure or created unpleasant odors over time. Our water restoration technicians (WRT) are experts at seeking out hidden sources of moisture as well as controlling the outcomes of a potentially expensive emergency. Our experience working in this community has helped us to communicate effectively and keep you in the loop throughout service.

A property with water damage in Colorado Springs can frequently be restored to its preloss condition for careful inspection, targeted cleaning, and proper drying procedure. In today's restoration industry, water emergencies are as much about controlling microbes as they are about removing water. Microbial growth can escalate if it is not controlled from the outset through establishing normal levels of humidity.

A restorer dealing with a clean water emergency can usually deploy various equipment to encourage evaporation. These might include increasing air pressure or raising the surface temperature in targeted areas. Rapid air moves, for example, use a combination of both these elements to encourage evaporation and dry a particular area quickly. One side-effect of this approach is that it raises the humidity levels in the home.

Humidity is measured in grains (of moisture) per pound. The average household should maintain a relative humidity of between 35% and 50%. In some cases, proper drying methods can result in humidity levels increasing above 60GPP creating the perfect conditions for microbes to germinate. SERVPRO technicians use thermal hygrometers to assess humidity at all times and thereby control microbial growth.

Interestingly, a trained technician can also leverage humidity levels to bring moisture to the surface of hard floors or upholstery where it can be evaporated. Using desiccant dehumidifiers, we can lower humidity below 40GPP. Since, water moves from wet to dry, establishing low humidity can draw moisture from materials where it is exchanged with drier air.

A properly dry property is more likely to be free from microbial growth, contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 for expert assistance.

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

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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)

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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)

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)

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)

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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After A Fire Has Destroyed Your Home In Colorado Springs, Call The Professionals At SERVPRO!

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

If you need our services, call (719) 434-4626 today to set up a visit from one of our inspectors.

Professional Fire Damage Restoration For Colorado Springs Homes

In many Colorado Springs house fires, the majority of the restoration costs come from the residues left by smoke and soot when the fire is extinguished and affected items eventually cool. Where fires burn longer and very hot, there is more loss of personal and structural property.

To determine what tools, cleaners, and methods to use for restoring Colorado Springs homes after fire damage, SERVPRO restoration teams breakdown the effects into three categories. They base their decision on fire temperature, speed, and what was consumed or otherwise affected.

Minor cleaning and restoration is needed where the fire burned for only a short time, and smoke or soot residues are limited to only part of the home. Books, magazines, and other paper items are usually the only items that require disposal and replacement. Specialists wipe residues off surfaces with dry sponges and perhaps only water or a mild cleaner for thicker residue layers.

Medium cleaning and restoration is needed when the fire burns for a longer time and at higher temperatures, which physically damage more property and deposit thicker residue layers. Nearly all cleaning requires a stronger agent to break up layers, but SERVPRO team members can clean, restore, and even make minor repairs to most personal and structural property at home. Here, odors in the residues also require special cleaning agents to neutralize them, while other items directly affected by heat and flames require removal.

Major cleaning, restoration, and removal efforts are needed when the fire itself spreads through much of the home. The heat and open flames cause excessive physical damage to the home and personal property which means more requires disposal and replacement. Our offices work with the homeowner and his insurance agent to ensure everything is properly notated to ensure full payment.

In this category, many personal items may require cleaning and deodorizing methods like immersion. Accomplishing these tasks means transporting the property to our office or another location. If there is structural damage to the doors, windows, or roof, our specialists secure them with plywood sheets or tarps to prevent weather damage, animal intrusion, and trespassing after removing damaged property like furniture and wall panels.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is to return residents to their homes as quickly as they are safe for occupation. If you need our services, call (719) 434-4626 today to set up a visit from one of our inspectors.

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All Your Mold Damage Issues Will Be Taken Care Of By Our Team Of Experts In Colorado Springs

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Just give us a call at (719) 434-4626 when you find an issue so we can have your property back to pre-damage.

Mold Damage Remediation For Your Colorado Springs Basement

If your basement in Colorado Springs smells musty, you do not need an air quality test to tell you there is mold growing somewhere in your moist and dark cellar. It is helpful to understand why mold grows in the first place to be able to help prevent it the next time. It is not something that you want in your home on a regular basis, as it can cause health effects.

When you do find mold and mold damage in your Colorado Springs home, you want help getting it cleaned up right away. SERVPRO is a professional remediation company who has the experience and training you want when you need assistance cleaning mold from your home. Do not try to clean the infestation yourself, as household cleaners are not strong enough for mold.

Our goal is to clean the mold from your basement and to stop the moisture issue that caused the mold infestation in the first place. Before the mold can be removed, we must contain it so that while we are cleaning, we do not spread the mold to other parts of your home. Then we begin removing the mold with different methods depending on the surface the mold is on. Non-porous materials can generally be HEPA vacuumed, and damp wiped, while some non-porous materials will have to be replaced altogether.

In your basement, one cause of mold can be poor drainage. A functioning downspout and gutter system are needed to move rainwater away from the foundation of your home. You should have a minimum of a six-foot downspout extension to get the water far enough away from your home. A slope or grade close to the foundation of your home is also essential. Any water, such as from a lawn sprinkler or rainwater, or even water used to wash your car, can accumulate close to your home’s foundation and make its way down into your basement.

Leaky pipes can also cause mold. A slow drip that is feeding the growth of mold and releasing moisture into the air can make your basement an unhealthy place to be. Warmth is also a significant cause of mold. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do about this. Most homes have their water heater and furnace in the cellar or basement. These items put out heat, which can provide one of the three elements that mold needs to grow.

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes can help you clean your home in Monument, Gleneagle, or Palmer Lake of mold anytime you need. Just give us a call at (719) 434-4626 when you find an issue so we can have your property back to pre-damage.

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Don't Panic! We Can Restore Your Colorado Springs Retail Store Back To Pre-Damage Condition After A Water Damage Disaster!

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

When your retail store requires professional remediation, contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626.

Putting Colorado Springs Retail Stores Back In Business After Commercial Water Damage

Excess water can become a health and safety concern for a retail store manager prompting temporary closure and with it a loss of revenue. Damages can be widespread especially where fabrics, upholstery or carpeting is concerned. A fast, efficient service can pay dividends in the long run and be more thorough than your in-house janitorial staff. Choosing a local company with a national reputation can help get your retail store back to business.

The primary concern when dealing with commercial water damage in Colorado Springs' retail stores is mitigating loss. Water often contains bacteria that can produce unpleasant odors or even increase the risk of mold damage. As a retail store manager, your needs are likely to be thorough cleaning, drying and odor control after a water spill.

SERVPRO uses IICRC certificate holders with training in both odor control and water cleanup. For smaller stores, we can bring in portable extraction units that can dry difficult to reach areas. In some cases, water may seep into wall cavities underneath fittings or damage your subfloor. By using the latest injectidry systems, we can ensure that residual moisture is thoroughly dried preventing unpleasant odors or mold from remaining after the service is complete.

Usually, once a property is dry, odors that come with water dissipate but not in all cases. Our odor control technicians are trained to both find the source of odor as well as decide the best way to remediate it. SERVPRO can use water or chemical-based foggers to neutralize odor particles. Where there are severe odors, we can lay pellets to help remove the smell and make the damage “Like it never even happened.” For large commercial retail stores Ozone generators can be deployed although, due to their harmful nature, we use this equipment sparingly.

SERVPRO respects your business and promises to send a highly-trained team of technicians to your property immediately upon notification of loss. If you have special requirements due to the nature of the building you can communicate them directly with a project manager at any time during the service. We operate our call-lines 24-hours a day because we know that damages do not happen in business hours.

When your retail store requires professional remediation, contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626.

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Why it is Important to Remediate Water Damage Quickly in Colorado Springs

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the equipment necessary to quickly remove water from your home.

Why SERVPRO Reacts So Quickly to Calls Requesting Help with Water Damage in Colorado Springs

Our motto, Faster To Any Size Disaster, means we not only arrive more quickly but that we also start working faster on any homes in Colorado Springs that need restoration work. Our assessments remain thorough because our teamwork means the information-gathering period concludes earlier.  

Why else do SERVPRO teams start sooner when a house in Colorado Springs suffers from signs of water damage? Because we want to prevent the spread and worsening of water damage. Protecting otherwise undamaged areas of your home that might succumb to invasive or lost water means a lot to us. We want to help save our customers from spending for repairs that preventative work can eliminate.  

The quicker we respond to your home's emergency, the less damage can happen, because water spreads from one material to another and travels from one area of your house to other areas unhindered. Once water damaged areas show signs, it becomes more difficult to restore these areas. Visible damage often calls for more extensive restoration efforts or complete replacement of the area involved. Some damage can appear as newly created risks in the home.

 When your ceiling sags down for seemingly no reason, we check to ensure that hidden water, trapped in the area above the ceiling, does not exist. Because water weighs so much, it only takes a small amount from a leaky roof or a dripping pipe in an upstairs bathroom to collect water in a ceiling downstairs. While this water might eventually evaporate and end up elsewhere, the situation can also take a turn for the worse. Our team understands that such situations need mitigation to make the area safe again.  

Water damage can take other forms, of course, and affect almost any material inside your home which includes your personal belongings, keepsakes and mementos, furniture, and anything else under your roof. SERVPRO specialists use their skills to put a stop to water damage and make things whole again. Moving forward is an incredible necessity of life, and we help you and your family do this.  

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is ready every minute of every hour, year-round, to help get you through the crisis of both old and new water damage. Serving Gleneagle, Monument, and the Palmer Lake area, we are located nearby, ensuring a fast response when you need us the most. Your first step involves a quick call to us at (719) 434-4626, and we can do the rest.

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Use Our Certified SERVPRO Colorado Springs Technicians to Remediate a Water Damage Situation on Your Property

1/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in your basement needs to be addressed immediately before you are facing a mold infestation. Contact SERVPRO for services.

Water Removal Services for Your Colorado Springs Home

If water has collected in the basement of your Colorado Springs home, you need to fix the issue right away. The longer the water is allowed to sit, the more damage it does to flooring, furnishings, any stored items, and the structure itself. The best solution is to seek professional help right away.
 
When you need water removal services in Colorado Springs for your home, turning to SERVPRO and our trained staff is the right choice to make. We have the knowledge and the equipment to dry your home back out as quickly as possible to avoid further damage being done.
 
One of the most destructive forces on the earth, water can create plenty of damage when it is flooding into your home. However, the real destruction occurs when the water collects and then sits for any length of time. Drywall and paint get gummy and start to dissolve. Flooring materials can warp and weather. Wood begins rotting, and mold growth can break out anywhere around or in the site of the flood. Getting the water removed right away is the first and most urgent concern of our SERVPRO techs.
 
Before beginning, all gas and electricity are turned off. Even if you do not have damaged utilities, it is a good idea to do this for precaution. Working in an area that is free of gas and electricity prevents any accidental injuries. Opening the windows in the basement and throughout your home helps to reduce the moisture levels and any odors that may occur.
 
Once all the standing water is removed with special, truck-mounted pumps, we need to start drying the area back out. If it is not thoroughly dried, you risk mold growth and damage from the extra humidity. We may also need to remove any materials and possessions which were too severely damaged to be restored. Industrial fans and dehumidifiers are used to speed up the process of drying and monitored daily to ensure the optimal drying time.
 
SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes works fast to dry your home in Monument, Gleneagle, or Palmer Lake back out after your basement floods for any reason. Call us at (719) 434-4626 so we can come to your rescue and stop additional damage from occurring.

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SERVPRO Says--Hey Colorado Springs Homeowners, Make Sure Your Plumbing is Protected from Freezing

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Protect Your Colorado Springs Home from Frozen Pipes

Ensuring Pipes Are Insulated in Your Colorado Springs Home

As the winter surrounds the Colorado Springs homes and properties, appreciating the effectiveness of insulation is more critical than ever. While this plays a significant role in keeping water moving throughout indoor plumbing, many homeowners fail to visually inspect exposed pipes throughout their property for wear, missing portions, or degradation. Without the full measure of insulation, steep temperature drops can wreak havoc on the internal plumbing of your property.

So how bad are frozen pipes for your Colorado Springs residence? The answer depends both on the severity of the frozen area and the age or construction of the plumbing network. The older that the system is, the more likely it is that the pipes would break or split as a result of frozen portions of line and the building up of pressure behind the dammed section.

When pipes burst as a result of freezing, you want to know that you have trained and certified professional restorers available to help you clean up the mess and return your home to its original condition, which includes reconstruction and plumbing repair. Our SERVPRO team is available 24/7 to help every customer with whatever emergency threatens their property with the full measure of our resources and a crew of highly trained specialists.

We can also help the situation by limiting the demolition of certain areas in your home to locate the line break and problem areas through the use of our advanced technology like thermal imagery cameras and leak detection audio equipment. These devices can help to identify where our SERVPRO professionals should install the drying equipment like our LGR dehumidifiers and high-powered air movers, but also identify where the rupture is in the line so that we can remove smaller portions of drywall material to access the point requiring repair.

Frozen pipes can present a serious concern for area residents as winter worsens. The best thing that you can do is to visually inspect the pipes that you can throughout your home to ensure that they have gotten wrapped with insulation material at every point. If a pipe breaks or springs a leak, you can always reach our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes trained professionals 24/7 at (719) 434-4626.

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Why SERVPRO is the Top Choice for Mold Remediation in Colorado Springs

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold infestation.

SERVPRO Stays On the Cutting Edge of Technology To Fight Mold Damage in Colorado Springs

With the aid of cutting-edge technology, SERVPRO can help homeowners in Colorado Springs deal with mold damage better than ever before. Thanks to ongoing research conducted on a national level across hundreds of our franchises in the United States, our fungal treatments are faster and more effective now than they were even a few short years ago. When you call us to your home for help treating a mold issue, you can expect these recently developed tools to be a part of the job.

Moisture Detection Technology

In years past, our initial inspectors would approach mold damage in Colorado City homes without any idea of where moisture levels might be elevated and how far the damage could extend. They would take samples all around the home, analyze them, and often still come up with an imperfect estimation of how far the fungus has spread. With recent advances in moisture technology, we can now equip them with thermohygrometers and infrared scanning devices to identify pockets of moisture through walls and behind objects. Thanks to these handheld devices, we can get an idea of the work ahead of us faster and more accurately than ever before.

Sanitization

We always take safety precautions when working around mold spores because they can cause health effects without the correct personal protective equipment. To make the entire process safer, we have developed several treatments explicitly designed to kill off mold spores that grow in American homes. These may include large UV ray projectors that bake away any living spores, special anti-fungal cleaning agents, and smaller solutions for isolated patches and personal hygiene.

Mold-Resistant Finishes

We now offer mold-resistant paints and finishes for many materials in your home. To help prevent the problem from coming back and keep your home protected against future incidents, ask one of our representatives about incorporating one of these finishes into the damage restoration process.

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes brings advanced mold remediation solutions to your home when you need them most. Call us 24/7 at (719) 434-4626.

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If You Discover Mold Growing On Any Wood Surface In Your Colorado Springs Home Call Our Team!

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

When there is mold damage in your home, our professionals must react quickly to preserve these materials before the colony does irreparable damage.

How We Remove Mold From Wood In Your Colorado Springs Home

With some materials in your Colorado Springs home, it is easier to remove them when they become damaged and replace them with new materials rather than work to restore them. With instances like mold growth throughout your property, certain materials are worth working to preserve as replacing them could be costlier in the long run. Wood flooring and framework are often within these categories.

When there is mold damage in your Colorado Springs home, our professionals must react quickly to preserve these materials before the colony does irreparable damage. There are undoubtedly instances in which these materials become too badly damaged to preserve, but our SERVPRO mentality is to preserve structural elements before we tear out excessively without the need to do so.

With wood flooring, it becomes essential for our technicians to locate the source of the moisture affecting the floor and eliminate the continual exposure. While this situation gets resolved, our SERVPRO team can bring in our specialized equipment like our drying mats to begin pulling moisture out of the affected materials in a slow draw. We inspect the wood for any signs of warping or distortion, as these would indicate a need for the material to get removed and replaced.

Gentle sanding along with the introduction of antimicrobial solution can help to penetrate the entire hyphae seated into the flooring material. If it gets determined that the mold has eroded the material beyond restoration through these steps, it gets removed and replaced entirely throughout the affected areas. This scenario is common for water damage incidents that did not get cleaned and dried sufficiently, and moisture and dampness could continue to affect the flooring for a long time.

Restoring your wood floor is possible when you reach out to our dedicated professionals as quickly as possible when you encounter mold growth. Give our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes rapid response team a call, and we can get to work on drying out the damaged elements and removing the mold colony affecting your home. Reach out to us today at (719) 434-4626.

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

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

When strong storms are moving through, flood damage in your Colorado Springs home can happen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we move in quickly to prevent further damage and restore as much of the structural and personal property as possible.

Remediating Flood Damage For Colorado Springs Homeowners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Some Warning Signs of Water Damage in Your Colorado Springs Home

11/25/2018 (Permalink)

If pipes freeze and break, water damage can often result. Contact SERVPRO should that be the case in your home for effective remediation services.

Why SERVPRO for Remediating Water Damage in Colorado Springs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

An effect of active precipitation over a few days can be an oversaturation of the ground, causing the likelihood of circumstances like flash floods.

Securing Fast Restoration For Your Flooded Colorado Springs Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is the disaster that sneaks into a Colorado Springs home when no one is looking, and almost no one looks for mold.

Remediating The Effects Of Mold Damage In Colorado Springs Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke Stains and Odors in Colorado Springs Eternal--Until SERVPRO Cleans Up

SERVPRO - Eliminating Fire Damage Odors In Colorado Springs Homes

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

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

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

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

The high humidity in the surrounding areas may create conditions that favor mold growth in such areas.

Industry Proven Water Cleanup Services To Restore Your Colorado Springs Property

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

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

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

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

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

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The Importance of Disaster Planning for Businesses

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Lost Business Chart

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

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

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

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

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

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

From Bowling Alleys to Boutiques in Colorado Springs, Businesses Rely on SERVPRO for Water Loss Help

How Colorado Businesses can Benefit from Commercial Water Cleanup Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

A fungus needs elevated moisture levels, an organic food source, and the ideal temperature to form and survive.

Common Places For Mold Damage

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

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

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

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

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Your Colorado Springs Roof Can Allow Flood Damages in Your Home

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Stormwater Through the Roof Often Ruins Ceilings in Colorado Springs Homes--Call SERVPRO for Help

SERVPRO Works Hard to Mitigate Storm Damages to Your Colorado Springs House

Severe weather is something that Colorado Springs residents are more than familiar with, especially during the winter months. With the heavy snowfall and hard winds whipping around your home throughout this time of the year, it can take months for the effects from these weather incidents to showcase the damage that has happened to your roof. Throughout the spring and summer months, your home’s roof can eventually weaken to the point of collapse or partial failure, leading to unabated water flow and runoff into your house.

When you experience flood damages like these in your Colorado Springs home, it is critical moving as quickly as possible to secure professional restoration services like our SERVPRO team. Our rapid response can help you to preserve your home from the worst of this damage, but also, our team can work to seal over the point of entry so that restoration work can begin.

From the moment that our technicians arrive at your home, it is critical to narrow down the point of entry and to seal this vulnerable spot off if possible. Sometimes with more substantial structural failures, residential contractors must repair this damage before our restoration work can begin. If the damage is smaller scale, we can board it up or tarp over this vulnerable area to prevent more damages from occurring.

The mitigation process usually involves assessing what areas of your home are the most at risk for worsening conditions as the water damage continues to spread. Drying the contents to ensure that they do not suffer more harm is crucial, and the service may mean removing them and then returning them to their original positions once the restoration work completes.

Our restoration process is thorough, which is what your home demands when you experience flood damages originating from the roof. This flood water can spread quickly throughout the upper levels and weaken structural components. Verticle migration of rainwater causes significant issues. Trust in our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes emergency response team to help you restore your home entirely in the wake of a flood. Give us a call anytime you need us at (719) 434-4626.

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Addressing the Effects of a Kitchen Fire in Your Colorado Springs Home

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen fires need rapid and efficient remediation because that is where you make food for your family. Contact SERVPRO immediately after fire damage.

Team SERVPRO Offers Effective Fire Damage Remediation Including Odor Removal

The kitchen of your Colorado Springs home is often a high traffic area that serves the needs of nearly every occupant of your house. While you work to keep this area in top form, there are some unexpected instances which can cause acute damages. These effects vary from incident to incident, but the manner in which they get restored rarely does.

One of the most significant threats to your kitchen is fire damage in Colorado Springs. These can prove widespread and challenging to overcome, especially if you are trying to handle the situation on your own. A professional outfit like our SERVPRO team of professionals can help you to know the full extent of the damage that the fire caused before it got extinguished and the appropriate measures that must get taken to restore it entirely.

Even without widespread structural concerns, soot damage is one of the most significant factors that homeowners have to overcome after the fire gets put out. This carbon burn-off attaches to surfaces, materials, and fabrics throughout the affected area and can prove difficult to remove without specialized equipment and the appropriate techniques.

The same could get said for the lingering smoke damage in the area. While our SERVPRO technicians can work partially on this effect through the use of air scrubbers to catch debris and dirt still floating around throughout the house, the finalization of this process includes the use of one of our deodorizing tools like a thermal fogger or a hydroxyl generator. These pieces of equipment can neutralize foul odors and leave no discernable scent behind.

While smoke and soot damages might seem easy enough to overcome on your own without professional assistance, these effects are often widespread and challenging to remove entirely. The best choice that you have is to trust our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes fire restoration technicians to show up quickly and help you to overcome the obstacles the recent fire left behind. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (719) 434-4626.

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Commercial Water Loss Can Affect Customer Satisfaction in Colorado Springs

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Colorado Springs Enterprises Rely on SERVPRO for Help after a Water Loss

SERVPRO Reduces Retail Shops Downtime After Water Damaging Events with Rapid Removal and Cleanup

Ownership of a small business in Colorado Springs comes with many responsibilities as well as plenty of benefits. That same independence many desire can turn into a liability when disaster strikes. It helps to know that professionals like those at SERVPRO want you to succeed in your business and can help you quickly recover after a crisis.

When a small business in Colorado Springs sustains commercial water damage, it can affect almost anything related to the business negatively. Food service establishments might begin experiencing problems with local regulations pertaining to food safety. Hair salon clients might comment on the musty smell that slowly becomes more and more pronounced when they visit.
 
SERVPRO workers can resolve these problems and others like them efficiently while keeping necessary closure of your small business minimal. We are experts in providing all sizes and types of businesses with the services needed to keep them safely functioning. Water damage can surface visibly as stains or mold and mildew on walls and ceilings, or as curled and warped structures in your flooring and stairwells. Other signs of water damage can include a feeling of stickiness in the air from elevated humidity, which often goes hand-in-hand with a musty or dank odor.
 
Our technicians arrive at our customers' businesses ready to begin repairing the damage already sustained and to prevent any further harm from occurring. We use tools to detect hidden, unseen water damage before it can spread. Using the latest technology, we then go to work restoring things “Like it never even happened.” This includes both your business's structural components, any inventory, and the tools of your trade. We know each is a crucial part of your success and want to do everything possible to help you succeed. A small disaster often precedes the failing of many businesses, and we want to help prevent this fate for you. We work hard to protect your capital investments in your enterprise.
 
SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes also serves those in and near Monument and Palmer Lake, helping small business owners remain active, vital parts of our local economic success. Contact us for commercial water loss or other disasters. Our number, (719) 434-4626, is always answered, no matter when you call.

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Flood Damage Technicians Out Of Colorado Springs Talk About Hail

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

The storms that come off the mountains and hit the foothills sometimes bring about hail.

Flood Damage Technicians Talk About Hail

During these summer months, severe thunderstorms often riddle the Colorado Springs region. The storms that come off the mountains and hit the foothills sometimes bring about hail. Hail forms when water circulates inside a storm system and gets pushed up above the freezing level. When this happens, large frozen chunks of water fall from the sky and likely ruin your day. Recently, hailstorms have been rampant and producing baseball to softball size chunks. When pieces of ice get that big in size, they can be destructive once they land. Everyone has seen the problems caused to vehicles when they are left out of the garage. Dents on the hoods and roofs of cars bigger than a silver dollar have been showing up on many people's brand new rides. Experienced paintless dent removal experts have been called out from all over the country to cater to the excessive amount of automobile insurance claims.

Unfortunately, your car is not the only one of your investments that is at risk. SERVPRO's flood damage experts in Colorado Springs have been inundated with calls related to issues with houses and properties as well. Hail can cause numerous problems at your residence. Especially when they get very large, these chunks of ice have been known to hit homes so hard that they can ruin a structure.

The local news stations have been filling their nightly broadcasts with images of the devastation hail can cause. Local residents have all seen the photos of giant chunks of hail shattering windows and destroying roofs. When they get to be the size of softballs and crash into a building nothing good can result.

Our SERVPRO technicians have recently been getting a lot of calls related to the recent hailstorms. As soon as we show up at your house, we inspect your property and give you the scope of work involved. The first step we take is to temporarily seal up the hole in your structure caused by the ferocious storm so that no more moisture can enter. Then, the restoration process begins.

During mitigation procedures, our SERVPRO experts first extract all of the moisture they can. Then rapid structural drying commences to reduce damage and prevent mold growth. If you ever receive hail damage, call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 as soon as it happens.

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Why DIY Mold Removal Is Ineffective In Your Colorado Springs Home

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

No mold can grow inside of your Colorado Springs home that goes away on its own without some form of intervention.

Why DIY Mold Removal Is Ineffective

No mold can grow inside of your Colorado Springs home that goes away on its own without some form of intervention. While often this work entails the hiring of professional remediators to come into your home and remove the mold colony entirely, many damages could result from allowing this kind of problem to persist.

Some people believe that any homeowner can take care of mold growth in their home with some bleach and elbow grease, but in truth, this might cause many health concerns for you and your family. The more you understand mold damages in your Colorado Springs home, the better understanding you have to get the situation resolved quickly.

Among the first things that should get addressed are the websites that insist that mold can get removed by a homeowner with some scrubbing on the surface with cleaners and bleach. While bleach-based products have had effectiveness against certain kinds of mold, it can also harshly react with other varieties, posing more potential health concerns that already exist with the mold colony growing in your house.

The next concern that you should be mindful of is the nature of a mold colony itself. These organisms delve deeply into the organic materials they seat on, making it difficult for someone using conventional cleaning methods to remove the entire hyphae. Typically, scrubbing on the surface only removes the top layer of mold damage that you can see, allowing the organism to continue to grow and eat the material out of sight. Our SERVPRO remediators have methods and equipment that penetrate well beyond the surface mold to affect the entire organism.

Finally, mold removal is a process that is often unsafe in general for those who do not have the appropriate personal protective equipment. Our SERVPRO professionals wear respirators, coveralls, and gloves to handle materials and tools during the mold removal, as not to breath in the spores that can cause health concerns during this remediation effort.

There is no mold that you can find in your home that goes away without concentrated efforts. While you might have believed that this is something you can handle on your own, now you can see the advantages of professional remediation. Our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes applied microbial remediation technicians are standing by 24/7 at (719) 434-4626.

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Pack Out Services For Damaged Items In Your Fire Damaged Colorado Springs Residence

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fires are often widespread and destructive events that are challenging to contain.

Pack Out Services

Fires are often widespread and destructive events that are challenging to contain. With a household full of your possessions and belongings, a fire in your Colorado Springs home can do more damage than to the structure of your house alone. Fortunately, in many cases of even large-scale fires, the contents of your home might not be lost.

When you begin to consider all of the ways that fire damages affect your Colorado Springs residence, the items that you have in the concentrated areas can often be worse for the wear. What you need in a situation like this, since you have likely already conceded your need for professional restoration services, is a group of qualified restorers that can care for these damaged items as well.

Our SERVPRO professionals offer a service known as pack-outs in which we remove at-risk or damaged items from your home to allow for adequate space for restoration to occur. This process also allows for a better inspection to occur on each of the removed items, detailing soot and smoke damage and determining if concentrated cleaning and restoring efforts can bring them back to original condition.

The items removed from your home do not travel far. However, with storage in a nearby facility or unscathed area of your property, our SERVPRO technicians can work on cleaning individual items, deodorizing them, and more. Fabrics like drapes, clothes, and tablecloths can often benefit from dry cleaning, so this gets arranged with the professionals assigned to restore the contents of your home. Once the restoration completes, these items get returned to their original positions in your home, "Like it never even happened."

While you may not ever get prepared for a fire in your home, knowing that professional restorers like ours take care of the contents of your home as well can help you through this traumatic experience. No matter what time of the day disaster strikes, you can count on our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes technicians to respond quickly. Give us a call 24/7 at (719) 434-4626.

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Cleaning Water Damage To Carpeted Areas Of Your Colorado Springs Residence

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water incidents in your Colorado Springs home rarely seem to happen in the areas that can get easily dried and cleaned up.

Cleaning Water Damage

Water incidents in your Colorado Springs home rarely seem to happen in the areas that can get easily dried and cleaned up. In many situations, areas like the carpeted floors of your home get saturated, penetrating into the subflooring and proving difficult to remove with conventional cleaning and drying efforts you might typically use.

It might not be easy to discern, but understanding when water damages exceed your capabilities is essential for the quality of living and structural integrity of your Colorado Springs residence. While there are many scenarios in which mopping and moderate drying efforts can remedy the issue, saturated carpeting requires both water restoration and often carpet cleaning services as well.

Depending on how quickly our SERVPRO restoration specialists are made aware of the problem that you face, the kind of damage that this dampness can do varies accordingly. If our team of technicians can get to work quickly on the problem, you run much less of a chance of requiring involved cleaning techniques for the carpet or deodorization efforts as well.

Inadequate drying and cleaning of the affected areas with carpet can appear normal to the touch, but also house saturated fibers beneath the surface. These fibers can allow mold spores to seat on them and colonize, or at the very least compromise the quality and durability of the subflooring and base fibers.

Our SERVPRO technicians utilize equipment like weighted extractors to pull water up and out. Air movers and dehumidification equipment follow suit after this process to dry out the area.

When cleaning up messes from the water incident that has become embedded in the carpet, cleaning services might be necessary. From non-aggressive bonnet cleaning through our Showcase Premier option, our technicians can help you to remove any dirt, debris and possible staining left behind after a water emergency.

Our carpet cleaning services are a standalone component of the works that we offer to residences and commercial properties throughout the area. If you are dealing with a water incident in your home, trust our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes restoration technicians to help you remove the water and return your home to original condition. Give us a call anytime at (719) 434-4626.

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Why You May Need Urgent Water Removal Services After Firefighters Leave Your Colorado Springs Home

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Air Movers to Help Mitigate Water Damage in Colorado Springs Properties

Many Colorado Springs Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Rapid Water Removal

If your home has recently had a fire, it is highly likely that you are in urgent need of water removal services. Firefighters are essential to removing the threat of a fire. However, they can pump hundreds of gallons of water into your home in seconds while fighting the blaze. If the fire damage is not that bad and they managed to extinguish it quickly, the water can leave your home sopping wet.
 
Water removal services are essential for your Colorado Springs home when these kinds of situations arise. Calling for help as quickly as possible can allow a restoration service company to get to your home so they can extract the water before it does severe damage. If excessive moisture is left unabated, it can cause problems further down the line, like microbial growth.
 
When you call SERVPRO, we strive to live up to our standard of time management. We make it a priority to arrive at your home as quickly as we can because getting the water out fast leads to higher chances of successful remediation. Not only can we handle the water removal from your property, but we can also remediate the damage that the fire left behind as well. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
 
To start the water removal process, our IICRC-certified SERVPRO techs can bring advanced trade tools, such as portable pumps and extractors, to get the job done. These tools help our technicians get the water out fast so we can focus on drying out your home afterward. Extractors are particularly helpful because they have a heating element that makes it easy and convenient to draw water out of carpets, curtains, and some furniture. Once SERVPRO removes the excess water from your home, we can move onto drying it out to prevent further damage.
 
Do not dawdle after firefighters leave your home soaked with water. Reach out to contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes by calling (719) 434-4626. We strive to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

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The First Steps Of Mold Remediation In Your Colorado Springs Residence

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

The discovery of mold in your Colorado Springs home can be alarming to most homeowners.

The First Steps Of Mold Remediation

The discovery of mold in your Colorado Springs home can be alarming to most homeowners. It's astounding how little people know about the conditions necessary for mold and fungal growth, and immediately attribute this occurrence to uncleanliness or some other factor. In all actuality, the process for spores to colonize in your home is fundamental. All this colonization requires is moisture, warmth, and organic material for the spores to thrive.

While there should be a question as to what is causing the moisture present in this area of your house, this is a question that can get answered by the applied microbial remediation technicians we employ at SERVPRO. Our team can respond quickly to the mold damage in your Colorado Springs home and help you to eliminate this presence and get back to your regular life.

From the moment that our crew arrives at your house, we get to work first on isolating the colony from the rest of your residence. This process gets accomplished with the use of air scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters. These filters trap airborne spores and prevent them from reaching new areas of your house while the removal is underway.

Another critical first step for our SERVPRO technicians to take is to isolate the source of the moisture and work to repair this damage. While dehumidifiers and air movers can dry out the area, this does little good if the dampness returns a short time later. For sources that cannot get identified or are not able to get fixed, our professionals might encourage you to continue using a personal dehumidifier indefinitely to avoid moisture buildup.

Mold is nothing that any homeowner wants to find in their house but is an unfortunate reality for many properties. With the attributed potential health effects to mold exposure, it is a pressing concern to remove these colonies as soon as they get discovered. Our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes team of applied microbial remediation technicians can respond quickly to your call at any time of the day to start assessing the damage and working to remove the growth. Give us a call anytime at (719) 434-4626.

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Commercial Water Removal Experts Of Colorado Springs Discuss Moisture Mitigation

6/9/2018 (Permalink)

Timing Is Everything for Rapid Water Removal to Protect Commercial Properties in Colorado Springs--SERVPRO Tip

Rapid Response, Water Extraction, and Moisture Control Are Core Aspects of SERVPRO Services for Offices and Warehouses in the Colorado Springs Area

As time goes on, items inside your Colorado Springs building such as water lines and appliances get old and malfunction. If a pipe breaks inside your company's warehouse, water can leak into the building. Excessive moisture can cause many different problems that your business must now have to handle.

Moisture can ruin the structural integrity of building materials as well as cause mildew-like odors to exist. When completing commercial water removal in Colorado Springs, measures get taken to reduce the moisture content of items within 48 hours. After the two day period, spores that naturally exist inside a building can turn into mold.
 
Before any restoration work begins, our SERVPRO technicians take steps to secure the work area. We inspect the damaged areas and figure out if there are any potential safety hazards present. Water can cause drywall in the ceiling to partially fall or cause electrical wiring to short out creating safety issues. Any such hazards are fixed so that your warehouse is safe for all occupants during the restoration process, including our technicians.
 
Once the work area is safe, our SERVPRO technicians develop a project scope that outlines how the process gets completed. When working with businesses, affecting your company's bottom line as little as possible is our number one priority. We often change how and when we complete the different procedures so that your business can stay functioning as usual throughout all of the phases of restoration, whenever possible.
 
The first step to reducing moisture levels inside the building is to extract as much water as possible from the structure. After any standing water and saturated materials are vacuumed with our specialized extraction equipment, rapid drying takes place. During the drying process, our SERVPRO technicians set up a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers in the affected region to speed up the natural evaporation process.
 
Air movers create a counterclockwise air flow that moves moisture from the surface of wet materials allowing them to continue releasing water into the air. Dehumidifiers pull water from the air and dispense it out in liquid form lowering the relative humidity inside the structure. Our goal is to achieve a maximum of 60% RH within the treated warehouse. Dehumidifiers also exhaust hot, dry air that gets used by the air movers.
 
Salvaging inventory and building materials inside your warehouse from replacement can save your business time and money. If you ever need help with moisture problems in your company's warehouse, call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 any time of the day.

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Home Safety: Rodent are a fire hazard too

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

We are pleased to share an article written by Greg Geilman, President and CEO of South Bay Residential.

Home Safety: Rodents are a Fire Hazard, Too

Rodents may be labeled as pests, but they actually have the power to be more destructive than some may believe. They chew up wires, create the perfect kindling in the form of their nests, and can be the root cause of a truly terrible fire. The worst part is that homeowners may not realize just how much damage they're causing to the home until it's too late. Learn more about the habits of rodents and why they're not a threat to be taken lightly. 

Gnawing Feeling

A rodent is going to chew on whatever happens to be around them when their teeth are coming in. If they don't chew then their teeth will actually get too long and they won't be able to eat. And because their teeth are always coming in, they tend to chew on a lot of things. A squirrel, mouse, or rat will even gnaw on hard elements of the home, such as metal pipes. So when a homeowner starts to hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet, they need to be aware that those feet are attached to some very active teeth. 

An Electrical Disaster 

When a rat cuts through the plastic insulation that protects the electrical wiring, it exposes nearby objects to the heat of the electricity. Fires aren't just destructive because of the evident flame damage, but also because of the smoke damage. The smell of smoke is notoriously difficult to remove, which means that even a fire that's put out quickly may cause more damage than homeowners realize — damage that may not be covered by a home insurance policy. 

The Nature of the Fire 

The fire is caused when the wire shorts out or when the heat of the electricity causes some else to catch flame. Insulation, nests, or other types of trash inside the walls of the home are the most common culprits behind the origin story of the fire, but there are times when a wire can spark close to a wooden beam and cause the whole home to catch flame. Experts believe that up a quarter of all fires with undetermined causes may have actually been due to a rodent infestation. 

Attention and Prevention 

While there are plenty of traps and repellents to be found at the store, consulting an expert is usually the best way to go in the case of rodent prevention or elimination. An owner certainly can go through their home to determine where the holes are so they can seal them up, but the chances they'll miss at least a few of the openings are rather high. And of course, homeowners should have plenty of smoke detectors to get the warning they need to exit the home in time. 

Rodents may be small, but they can wreak some major havoc on the lives of property owners. To keep them out of the house, call a pro to either exterminate the pests or to prevent them from entering the home entirely. 

Greg Geilman is a Los Angeles native of over 40 years and owner of South Bay Residential. Greg believes knowledge is power when it comes to staying safe at home, and that the "little" issues can snowball over time if left unchecked.

The Right Steps To Restore Water Damage To Your Colorado Springs Home

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

One of the best ways to overcome whatever water damages affect your Colorado Springs home is to reach out to our experienced professionals at SERVPRO.

The Right Steps To Restore Water Damage

Water incidents in your Colorado Springs home might not always be the traumatic events that you hear about, or maybe even have experienced in the past. Often, these are fairly isolated incidents that are significant enough to warrant professional restoration efforts. Having the right company in mind for these kinds of tasks can save your home from worsening damages while you file through reviews and ratings.

One of the best ways to overcome whatever water damages affect your Colorado Springs home is to reach out to our experienced professionals at SERVPRO. Our team gets uniquely trained to combat all forms of water damage and has the equipment and expertise to restore your home efficiently.

From the moment that our experienced professionals arrive at your home, our project manager and technicians undergo a thorough inspection of all of the affected areas making a note of the damage that your home has experienced and the appropriate steps to restore that damage. Once a plan is in place, our SERVPRO technicians can get to work on the most pressing of these concerns.

For homes that experience water pooling, or saturated carpeting, extraction is often the first step in the process to restore your property. While customarily the job falls to wet-vacs with extraction wands and portable pumps, weighted extractors can also get used to force water out of carpets and remove it from the area.

Drying the area thoroughly after a water incident is critical to our process because dampness and moisture lingering behind can weaken structural components and provide conditions suitable for mold growth. Air movers and dehumidifiers take point on the open areas to begin the drying process, but drying mats and other specialized equipment might also be a requirement if water has penetrated beyond the reach of traditional efforts.

While you may never get fully prepared to deal with even a moderate water incident in your home, our professionals can help you make the effects a little simpler to bear. You can always trust our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes technicians to respond quickly and help you restore your property to pre-damage condition. Give us a call today at (719) 434-4626.

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SERVPRO Offers All-Season Flood Damage Mitigation in Colorado Springs

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Melting Snow Often Causes Flooding in Colorado Springs--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Flooding in Colorado Springs Can Happen Any Time of the Year

Flood damage can happen in Colorado Springs at any time of year, but how homes encounter this damage and deal with its effects can vary dramatically as the climate changes. Winter issues such as freezing, melting, and snow accumulation can be safely ignored in the summer, while the devastating effects of high relative humidity may be less likely to manifest in the colder months of the year. No matter what season or weather conditions your home takes damage in, SERVPRO stands ready to respond.

Winter Disasters
Flood damage during the winter in Colorado Springs may be more common than you think. While snow and ice rarely accumulate high enough around a home to create flood-like situations on their own, sudden rises in temperature can create dangerous melting conditions in and around the community that sometimes translate to residential flooding. Furthermore, when the weather permits, rainstorms are not an unusual sight for local homeowners, creating a more direct threat from storms and precipitation. SERVPRO technicians are trained to keep the climate under control to prevent extra damage from happening as water repeatedly freezes and melts in the home. Then there is always the issue of ice damming which is another topic for another day.

Summertime Calamities
While the summer season may be clear of winter's vices, it usually brings its own set of unique problems and variables that we must control for in most flood damage restorations. Higher relative humidity forces us to monitor the RH relative humidity in entirely different ways and make use of extra dehumidifying technology. The warmer weather may also facilitate mold growth and other fungal problems in the home.
 
Spring and Fall Situations
With weather conditions that vary from year to year, the fall and spring seasons can be somewhat unpredictable in Colorado Springs. We take care to prepare for both warm-weather and cold-weather flood situations, sometimes in the same week. Our flexible approach and a full-featured array of damage mitigation tools allow us to adapt to changing weather conditions quickly and without incurring any additional damage to the home.

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes provides flood damage mitigation and restoration services to homeowners in need of any conditions or season. Call us at (719) 434-4626 to find out how we can help.

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Mold Damage Experts in Colorado Springs Discuss Microbes and Water Damage

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water leaks can go unnoticed for a long time until mold appears on the walls.

SERVPRO Can Help Mitigate Mold Damage in Your Home  

Any time water leaks into a building in Colorado Springs, many issues can arise. Water itself can saturate contents and building materials causing them to be removed and replaced. If moisture stays indoors for too long microbes can form.

Most fungi develop as a result of some type of problem with water. When mitigating mold damage in Colorado Springs, our SERVPRO technicians inspect the area and attempt to find the water source. In some cases, water leaks go unnoticed for a long time, and the leak is not discovered until a fungus is noticed.

During any water damage restoration project, technicians take extra caution to prevent mold growth in the future. The risk of a fungus developing and spreading inside a house increases when the structure gets affected by moisture. Fungi grow best in areas that have high moisture content and high relative humidity. The interior of your home is designed with many different organic materials that serve as a food source.

One of the main things a fungus needs to survive and spread is an organic food source. Materials inside the house that contain wood, drywall, paper, and natural fibers are susceptible to fungal growth. Indoor dirt can also contain organic materials making it possible for mold to form on the soils.

Most people keep the temperature inside their homes at around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This normal room temperature is a perfect environment for microbe growth because they typically survive between temperatures of 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. However, fungi can still develop in places like garages and attics that may have temperatures above or below normal room temperatures.

Typically, the rule is that mold likes areas that have excessive moisture. Usually, regions that receive the heaviest amounts of moisture are the areas that are affected the most by microbe contamination. However, some fungi can survive inside a building that has a relative humidity of only 65%. When mitigating water damage issues, our technicians attempt to bring relative humidity levels down to 60% or lower to inhibit microbe formation and growth.

A fungus is noticeable sometimes by the way it smells or looks. If you ever notice mold, it is wise to call in the professionals because fungi can cause health effects. Any time you see or smell a fungus inside your home, call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 any day of the week.  

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A disaster plan for your pets?

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Most people know they should have a disaster plan in place for their families.  But if you are faced with a national disaster, do you have a disaster plan for your pet?  Storms, wildfires and floods happen around the world every day and affect thousands of people and their pets. That’s why everyone should have a plan, not only for yourself, but for your pets. To help you plan for the unthinkable, here are our 9 essentials of disaster prepping for your pet.

  1. Proper ID.  The most important thing you can do for your pet before a disaster occursis to make sure they have proper ID.  This means having a physical tag containing your current info on their collar which they wear at all times, and having them microchipped and registered in a national registry such as the free Found Animals Microchip Registry.
  2. Keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date to reduce their risk of sickness and disease. There are so many unknowns in a disaster. If you are evacuated, your pet may not be able to come with you to shelter and may be held in boarding with other animals whose health status is unknown. If your home is destroyed, your pet may be lost and living outside for a time and subjected to the elements, dirty water supply or worse. Be safe, not sorry, and vaccinate.
  3. Display aPet Rescue Sticker.  Make sure you have a pet rescue window decal in a place visible to rescue workers.
  4. Identify Pet-Friendly Emergency Shelters.  Not all emergency shelters or hotels allow pets. Before a disaster hits, call your local emergency management office or animal shelter to see if there are places planned for people and pets to stay together in the event of an emergency.  Research pet-friendly hotels away from typical disaster zones, or arrange to stay with family or friends outside of your area. Prepare a few options in a range of distances from your home in case of either local or region-wide emergencies.
  5. Assemble a Pet Emergency Kit. You can buy a compact kitthat fits under your seat, a larger bag you can carry on your shoulder, a grab and go bucket with everything your pet could need or and add pet-related items to your family’s existing emergency supplies.  Your kit should include the following items:
  • ?Food and Water

Plan to have at least five days of food, water and portable bowls.  Dry food should be in re-sealable plastic bags.  If your pet eats wet food, make sure to buy easy open cans so you don’t need a can opener.  Prepare a written feeding schedule.

  • ?Medication and Medical Records

Keep an extra supply of your pet’s regular medication in a waterproof zip lock bag.  Also include a copy of your pet’s vaccination record and microchip number.

  • Supplies

For cats, include kitty litter and disposable litter boxes.  For dogs, pack plastic waste bags and an extra leash and harness.  Beds, blankets, toys and clothing are also useful to keep your pet calm and cozy in an emergency situation.

  1. Store Supplies for a Speedy Exit. Place all of your emergency supplies in a safe, dry, convenient place near your escape route in case you need to leave in a hurry.  The safest way to transport a pet in an emergency or disaster is in a carrier or crate, so keep one close to your emergency kit.  Frightened pets can be difficult to manage with only a leash and collar.
  2. When a Disaster Strikes, Don’t Hesitate; Evacuate. Not all disasters come with warning, but if they do, follow emergency response recommendations and evacuate as quickly as possible.  Disasters are very stressful on both pets and people, and no one can predict how bad things will get.  Don’t wait until the last minute to leave.  Use your emergency plan as a tool to supplement first responder instructions.
  3. Leave with Your Pets. If the area is not safe for you, it’s not safe for your pets.  It may not be possible to return for your pets, so take them with you from the start.
  4. If Your Pet Gets Lost, Check for Found Pet Alerts. If your pets are separated from you, check your cell phone and email for Found Pet Alerts. When a rescue worker finds your lost pet and starts an alert in the Found Animals Registry, you will be contacted via phone calls, text messages, and emails based on your pet’s microchip registrations. These alerts will provide information on your pet’s location.  If you cannot access your phone or email, or are unable to retrieve your pets, your emergency contacts and vet will also be notified.

For more information about Pet Disaster Preparedness, please visit the following websites:

  1. Preparing your Pets for Emergencies, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ‎
  2. Make a Disaster Plan for Pets, Humane Society United States(HSUS)
  3. Disaster Preparedness, ASPCA
  4. Pets and Disaster Checklist, American Red Cross
  5. Saving the Whole Family Brochure, American Veterinary Medical Association

Race into Summer in your Lamborghini

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Who's faster to any size disaster??

Ever dream of driving a Lamborghini?  SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes has partnered with Overdrive Raceway to give you a chance to personally take their Lamborghini for a spin around the Springs.  We will drive the car to your office where you will get into the driver’s seat for an unforgettable experience!

How can you enter?

Simply like the SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes Facebook page between now and May 31st -- It’s that easy! 

On June 1st we will perform the drawing on FACEBOOK LIVE.  There is no cost or obligation to enter.  When we say faster to any size disaster, we mean it!  

Have fun and good luck,

Dave Kraszewski - Marketing Manager

How to Clean Different Smoke Residues after a Fire Damage Incident in Colorado Springs

4/29/2018 (Permalink)

Soot residues can stain the walls in your home. Contact SERVPRO to come out and effectively remediate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Thoroughly Investigates the Type of Fire and Remaining Residues Before Starting an Effective Remediation Plan

The first mistake any property owner can make after a fire damage incident is assuming all smoke residues are the same. We have different kinds of smoke residues, and some can be wet or dry. Though the proportions of the different types of soot can vary, it means we have to employ different cleaning methods when restoring your Colorado Springs property. In most cases, it is harder to remove wet smoke when compared to dry smoke.

Our SERVPRO technicians understand the combustion process, and that helps us when attending to fire damage incidents in Colorado Springs. For instance, we know that when there is sufficient oxygen during a fire, there are higher chances of ending up with dry smoke. It also means that wet smoke usually arises from combustion that is oxygen starved. The type of materials that the fire consumes determine the type of soot particles that we have to address.

It is also important to note that most materials that get exposed to dry soot are restorable since a few deposits and aerosols exist in these kinds of residues. Our SERVPRO technicians use less aggressive cleaning methods when addressing dry smoke since it does not stain the areas. The opposite applies when it comes to wet smoke, and there are cases where refinishing and stripping might not be enough to restore some contents.

Odor challenges also arise after a fire incident, and it is the work of our SERVPRO team to employ deodorization procedures to do the elimination. The first step we perform is to remove the source of the odor. After that, we may decide to use an anti-microbial to clean areas with the odor-causing particles. We also check the level of odor penetration in the building and employ proper cleaning and deodorization procedures.

At SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is fire, mold, storm, or water-related. Call us at (719) 434-4626 if you want to work with a reliable industry leader, and we can "Like it never even happened."

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What can we learn from the Colorado Springs Airport Fire?

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water and fallen ceiling tiles lay across the COS airport terminal

The first phone call to our company came in around 2AM Tuesday, April 17th.  The caller told us the airport suffered a large fire on the 3rd story of the terminal building.  The fire was put out, but the water from the fire sprinklers and the water the firefighters used left all three levels of the terminal soaked, with several areas flooded with standing water.

By 4AM, we had an inspector on site to meet with airport leadership and come up with an action plan to reopen the airport by the following morning at 4:30AM.  Over 30 flights had to be cancelled on the 17th and airport leadership and the mayor had vowed to open the airport by the next day – quite a tall expectation to meet!

By 8AM our crews started the drying process.  The first step was to extract all the standing water, remove non-salvageable carpeting, and then install drying equipment.  To make the terminal more comfortable for travelers, we installed temporary carpeting in the terminal so passengers did not have to walk over bare (and potentially slippery) concrete.

The airport opened at 2:30AM 4/18, 2 hours ahead of schedule.  The airport director told us he was extremely satisfied with the outcome.

The cause of the fire still remains unknown and repairs will continue for likely many more weeks.  If one of your properties suffers a fire, large or small, you can count on SERVPRO to get you back in business quickly and make the damage “Like it never even happened”.

Some Damage Cannot Be Avoided After Water Removal in Colorado Springs

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can leave behind discoloration to surfaces, damage to fragile belongings, and damage to carpet and fabrics.

SERVPRO Can Help Restore Your Home and Belongings after Water Damage

Removing water from a Colorado Springs home immediately after a flood or similar disaster is vital to prevent as much damage as possible and push down costs of cleanup and repairs. However, avoiding damage entirely is often impossible under such circumstances. Materials can tear apart, expand to alarming proportions, become discolored, and experience a myriad of other complications even with an ideal initial response. Here are a few of the most common types of damage that can occur even if we do everything right.

Discoloration

Discoloration around the home can be common after water removal in Colorado Springs for different reasons. Floodwaters can pick up contaminants, dyes, and other materials that leave behind permanent marks on any surface they touch. Some materials react chemically with water, while others merely change their appearance slightly when exposed to substantial moisture levels. Furthermore, dyed materials can bleed their colors onto other surfaces, losing their coloration and harming other materials in the process. SERVPRO can eliminate these visual signs of damage with ease during the restoration process thanks to our access to a wide variety of paints, finishes, and materials used in local homes.

Damage to Belongings

Electronics, valuables, and other fragile objects can break quickly when exposed to water. Floodwaters can crash into and topple over many belongings, but some items can be hurt irreparably from as little as an elevated exposure to humidity. Our IICRC certified technicians carefully evaluate everything damaged in the disaster to determine whether or not each item can be salvaged.

Damage to Carpet and Fabrics

Many types of carpeting and fabrics deteriorate too rapidly when exposed to water to save. As with belongings, we carefully evaluate the extent of damage to carpets and upholstery to determine if individual parts can be restored and reused while only replacing select parts and areas of the material.

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is available on a 24/7 basis to help your home recover from water and flood damage of any severity. Contact us at (719) 434-4626.

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Winner Announcement - MARCH MADNESS 2018

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Villanova celebrates a well-earned victory

Hello SERVPRO March Madness players!  Villanova rolled through the tournament winning all 6 games by at least 12 points.  The Michigan Wolverines, who went from unranked to a second consecutive Big 10 title, deserve quite a bit of credit themselves by stacking up 14 straight victories before falling to Villanova in the national championship 69-62.

We've finished tallying the scores and are proud to congratulate our winners:

1.  Jancarlos Del Valle - Ross Silva American Family Insurance  (RCA Galileo Pro 2 11.5" tablet)

2.  Diane Barker - FBG Service Corporation (2 tickets to Brunch at the Broadmoor)

3.  Dean Skaret - Dean Skaret American Family Insurance  ($25 Starbucks gift card)

All players placing 4th and up receive a $5 Starbucks gift card - your reps Chris and Jeff will be delivering these to your offices over the next month.

Complete standings are below.  Stay tuned for our next contest coming in the Fall.  Thanks for playing and we'll see you next time!

--  Dave Kraszewski, Jeff Christensen, and Chris Rizzuto

Rank    Name    Total Score     Champion

1   Jancarlos Del Valle  265      Penn

2   Diane Barker  254  Villanova

3   Dean Skaret   251  Villanova

4   Doris Wall  244  Villanova

5   Leslie Haren-Friesz   241  Michigan St.

6   Chris Rizzuto   238   Xavier

7   Yolanda Garcia   236    Villanova

8   Nancy Penaloza   235   Villanova

9   Will Wise    231    Villanova

10  Heather Smith   231    Duke

11  Jeremy Bergeron    230   Villanova

12  SHEBA MOBLEY    230   Villanova

13  Suzan Parra   230    Villanova

14  Mark Gerstenberg   230   Villanova

15  Erin Oroszi   230   Villanova

16  Whitney Johnson  225  Villanova

17  James Martinez    222   Villanova

18  bill camp   221   Virginia

19  Mary Kirks    217   Villanova

20  Andrew Walter   216   Villanova

20  Michael Rupp    216  Arizona

22  Dan Brandt    216    Villanova

23  Jeff Christensen   214   Xavier

24  Jessica Lastinger   213  Clemson

25  Marla Wilson   208   Kansas

26  April Allen   201  Kansas

27  Cory Town    199   Arizona

28  David Molchan   198   Michigan St.

29  Robyn Kilanowski   195   Michigan

30  Richard Beall    194    Houston

31  Zanda Raklinska   193   Virginia

32  Jeremiah Nease    191   Tennessee

33  Grant Burlingame   191   Duke

34  Kristin Chelin    186   Xavier

35  Lisa Kirwan    185   Villanova

36  Darrell Wilson   185   Kansas

37  Ross Silva    184   Virginia

38  Rob Schorzman    184    Michigan

39  Jared May    183    Virginia

40  Dave Mensing   182   Virginia

41  Sherri Stoltzfus    182   Kansas

42  Napoya Jones   181    Virginia

43  Martin Burlingame    181   Kansas

44  Judith Sedwick   180   Virginia

45  Lou Vitti   179     Duke

46  Jaime Klungtvedt    177    Cincinnati

47  Rita Dugan   177    Virginia

48  Laurel Fentanes   174   Virginia

48  tim kealy    174   Gonzaga

50  John Anderson     174     Xavier

51  James Rickman    174    Virginia

52  Mandy Campbell     174    Virginia

53  Cheryl Branch    172   Miami (Fla.)

54  Richard Kiedinger  168    Villanova

55  Natalie Martinez    162   Virginia

56  Dave Kraszewski   161   Alabama

57  Holly Koenig      160    Kansas

58  Corey Nakai    160      Virginia

59  Nelson De La Cruz   158   Virginia

60  Qiesha Lewis    157    Kansas

61  Denise Price     155    Kansas

62  Ashley Dodge    153   Kentucky

63  Patrick Loeber    153   Kentucky

64  L Malossi     151    Duke

65  Brittaney Grace    149    Gonzaga

66  Frank Gundy     149    Kansas

67  Sean Reeder     145    Kansas

68  Rod Smith     145     Duke

69  RUTH SCHLICHENMEYER    142  Duke

70  Adam Zeilder   139   Duke

71  Larry Zeidler   137   Duke

72  Dave Hammond  133   Kansas

73  Caitlin Gilkey   131   N. Carolina

74  clint christianson   130   W. Virginia

75  Chad Atherton   126   Arizona

76  Clara Loper    125     Xavier

77  Michael Schuneman    116    Xavier

78  Erica bazzy    114    Xavier

79  Tamara Bannister   100   Wichita St.

A Quick Response Can Save Your Colorado Springs Business

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Call on SERVPRO to get your doors open sooner and prevent further damage to your business.

Call SERVPRO as Soon as Possible after a Water Emergency

Of all of the pit stops that people can make as they pass through Colorado Springs, you strive to offer the kind of atmosphere and feel that makes motorists and locals choose your gas station above the other options they might have. When a water emergency strikes out of nowhere, it can have some effects on the business itself, so it is best to understand the importance of choosing professional restoration to get you back in the game more expediently.

As critical as automotive traffic and foot traffic is to your gas station, you should better understand the importance of solving any disasters that occur and fully restoring the water damage caused to your Colorado Springs business. The first consideration that you have to make is sectioning off areas of your shop area to keep people away from the water damage, or having to close your doors entirely while the restoration process is underway.

Attempting to clean substantial water emergencies up on your own, instead of choosing professional restoration like SERVPRO provides, can often lead to you waiting much longer to successfully re-open your businesses to travelers and locals that wish to use it. The primary drawback to waiting longer for your gas station to reopen is obviously the loss of profits, but it also allows for a loss of reputation and loyal customers. The longer that your establishment is not available to formerly loyal patrons, the more likely they are to start going to another similar business permanently.

Another consideration that you should make would be the employees that rely on their paychecks to support themselves or their families. The longer that you are not able to serve the public, the longer they are going without a regular paycheck.

Finally, the longer that you wait to contact SERVPRO, the more likely further damage can result. This damage could show itself in the weakening of structural components, forcing remodeling or reconstruction or could also appear as mold damage on top of the other issues you face.

You should not wait to contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes if your business is threatened by a water emergency. The quicker that our experienced team can get to work, the faster your business can begin making money again. Give us a call today at (719) 434-4626.

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Fire Damage Restoration in Colorado Springs

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage can leave behind foul odors that require professional restoration services.

Rely on SERVPRO to Rid Your Home of Foul Odors after Fire Damage

After a fire ignites inside your Colorado Springs townhome, there are different types of damage that possibly take place. Near the source of the fire, heat and flames often burn and char building materials and contents. In other parts of the building, smoke damage likely occurs.

Items that get burnt severely, usually get replaced or possibly resurfaced. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Colorado Springs use various cleaning methods to get rid of soot left behind by smoke. After all of the soot and burnt materials get cleaned and removed sometimes foul odors still exist inside the structure.

If the cleaning process does not do the job of odor elimination, then we take steps to deodorize the area. When deodorizing a structure, various chemicals, and application methods get used. Most chemicals deodorize areas by either causing a reaction and neutralizing the smell particles or by masking foul odors with more pleasant ones.

Sometimes our SERVPRO experts determine that the building's HVAC system is what causes foul odors to exist. In this case, HVAC duct cleaning systems get used. The system includes a vacuum system and filter that pulls all odor-causing particles into the HEPA filter. The system also comes with brushes and tools used to agitate the inside surfaces of the vents.

In other scenarios, air scrubbers get used to pull any foul odor particles out of the air. The system creates negative air pressure that sucks particles into a HEPA filter. The filter consists of activated carbon and potassium permanganate that attract odor particles to the filter through absorption.

If we determine that the source of foul odors is a piece of furniture or carpet inside your home, then we treat the fabric or upholstery with deodorant chemicals. Sometimes chemicals get sprayed onto the porous materials, other times we inject deodorants into the fabric. The injection method often gets used in small sections of furniture or when the carpet or pad cannot get pulled up to access the backing.

Deodorization is a vital part of completing any smoke restoration project. To get professional help with smoke and odor related problems call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 any time of the day, every day of the week.

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Update -- SERVPRO March Madness Contest 2018

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Greetings SERVPRO March Madness players!  Kansas is going back to the Final Four.  But it’s hard to argue Duke shouldn’t be headed there after what some are calling the most riveting show of the NCAA tournament.  Yesterday Kansas knocked off second-seeded Duke 85-81 in overtime; it will be Kansas’ first return to the Final Four since 2012.

We had some shakeups in the standings with surely more to come with the Final Four this weekend and the National Championship on April 2nd.  Here are our top ten contestants so far:

RANK  NAME  CORRECT   BEST   CHAMPION

1  Jancarlos Del Valle 249  282  65  Penn

2  Leslie Haren-Friesz 241  42 241 Michigan St.

3  Chris Rizzuto  222  238   Xavier

4. Bill camp   221  221  Virginia

5  Heather Smith 215  231    Duke

6  Jeff Christensen   214  214    Xavier

7  Jessica Lastinger  213  213   Clemson 

8  Marla Wilson   208    256   Kansas

9  Diane Barker  206  254   Villanova

10   Dean Skaret  203  251Villanova

11  April Allen  201    249   Kansas

12  Michael Rupp  200  216  Arizona

13  Cory Town  199  199  Arizona

14  David Molchan  198  198   Michigan St.

15  Doris Wall  196  244  Villanova

16  Richard Beall  194  194   Houston

17  Grant Burlingame  191  191   Duke

17  Jeremiah Nease  191  207  Tennessee

19  YOlanda Garcia  188  236  Villanova

20  Nancy Penaloza  187  235  Villanova

21  Kristin Chelin  186  186   Xavier

22  Darrell Wilson  185  233  Kansas

23  Ross Silva   184  184  Virginia

24  Will wise  183  231   Villanova

25  Erin Oroszi  182  230   Villanova

25  Jeremy Bergeron  182  230   

25  Mark Gerstenberg  182  230  Villanova

25  SHEBA MOBLEY  182  230   Villanova

25   Sherri Stoltzfus  182    230   Kansas

25  Suzan Parra  182  230    Villanova

31  Martin Burlingame  181  229  Kansas

32  Judith Sedwick  180  196   Virginia

33  Lou Vitti   179  179   Duke

33  Robyn Kilanowski  179  227   Michigan

35  Jaime Klungtvedt  177  177   Cincinnati

35  Rita Dugan  177  193   Virginia

35  Whitney Johnson  177  225    Villanova

35  Zanda Raklinska  177  193     Virginia

39  James Martinez  174  222    Villanova

39  Laurel Fentanes  174  174   Virginia

39  tim kealy  174  174    Gonzaga

42  Cheryl Branch  172  188   Miami (Fla.)

43  Mary Kirks  169  217    Villanova

44  Andrew Walter  168  216   Villanova

44  Dan Brandt  168  216   Villanova

46  Jared May   167   183    Virginia

47  Dave Mensing  166  182   Virginia

48  Napoya Jones  165  181   Virginia

49  Natalie Martinez  162  178   Virginia

50  Dave Kraszewski  161  161   Alabama

51  Holly Koenig  160  208  Kansas

52  James Rickman  158  174   Virginia

52  John Anderson  158  174    Xavier 

52  Mandy Campbell   158   174    Virginia

55  Qiesha Lewis  157  205   Kansas

56  Denise Price   155   203    Kansas

57  Ashley Dodge  153  153    Kentucky

57  Patrick Loeber  153  153   Kentucky

59  Rob Schorzman  152  216   Michigan

60  L Malossi  151  151   Duke

61  Brittaney Grace  149  165   Gonzaga

61  Frank Gundy  149  197   Kansas

63  Rod Smith  145  145  Duke

63  Sean Reeder  145  193   Kansas

65  Corey Nakai  144  160   Virginia

66  Nelson De La Cruz  142  158   Virginia

66  RUTH SCHLICHENMEYER  142  142 Duke

68  Adam Zeilder  139  139   Duke

69  Larry Zeidler  137  137   Duke

69  Lisa Kirwan  137  185   Villanova

71  Dave Hammond  133  181    Kansas

72  Caitlin Gilkey   131  131   N. Carolina

73  clint christianson  130  130    W. Virginia

74  Chad Atherton  126  126   Arizona

75  Clara Loper  125  125   Xavier

76  Richard Kiedinger  120  168   Villanova

77  Michael Schuneman  116  116   Xavier

78  Erica bazzy  114  114    Xavier

79  Tamara Bannister  100  100  Wichita St. 

Just a reminder, your SERVPRO reps Jeff Christensen and Chris Rizzuto are listed but not eligible to win.  To view all of the standings, click here.  Stay tuned for your final update and tournament winners list after the National Championship!

Dave Kraszewski

Marketing Manager 

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Attic Mold is More Common to Colorado Springs Homes Than You Might Think

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

If you see or smell mold in your home, contact SERVPRO to investigate the source and to remediate the damage. Mold could be hiding in your attic.

SERVPRO Technicians Know That Mold can Reside in Many Parts of Your Home Including the Attic

Even with the seasons changing to what could arguably more favorable weather in the spring and summer months, your Colorado Springs home might still feel the effects of a long winter in places like your attic. With heavier snowfalls on aging roofs, the irregular wear can leave spots that are improperly insulated and weakened, allowing moisture to penetrate more easily. This stream of moisture into one of the warmest places in your house (regardless of the season) meets the requirements for mold growth.  
 
Since most homeowners do not regularly check their attic for mold damage in Colorado Springs, this problem could potentially persist for quite some time before it comes to someone’s attention. While the advisable thing would be to make it a point to check on the condition of your attic on a regular basis, this is often easier said than done. If mold has already started to grow and thrive in this region of your home, professional remediation services are what you require.  
 
Mold is well known to potentially cause health effects to those that encounter it, which makes it something that you should handle quickly. Our SERVPRO remediation specialists get uniquely trained in the latest restoration and removal techniques for all varieties of mold, as well as using the proper protective equipment and methods of preventing the spread of active spores to new areas of your home.  
 
When our experienced team of IICRC-certified technicians arrives at your home, our priority is sectioning off this area of your home to prevent the spread of spores to new regions. With so many air circulation equipment getting run through or centered in the attic area, this equipment must get turned off through the entire remediation process. Negative air chambers and air scrubbers get used to contain active spores while the affected surfaces are deeply cleaned to remove the colonies.  
 
While this is just a small piece of the greater remediation project, it goes to show that when you choose SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes, you are making the right choice. Our specialists can handle any mold damage situation you might have, and get your home back to the way it used to be. Give us a call today at (719) 434-4626.  
 
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SERVPRO March Madness 2018 Contest Update

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

What a kick-off to the tournament!  UMBC made history by becoming the first 16th seed to beat #1 seed Virginia.  Reigning national champion North Carolina fell to Texas A&M yesterday night, it's the second straight year the titleholder has been bounced prior to the Sweet 16.  More action to come!

Here are our current standings.  Stay tuned your next update after the Sweet 16!

RANK   NAME    SCORE    CHAMPION

1  Leslie Haren-Friesz  208  Michigan St.

2  Jessica Lastinger  200  Clemson

3  Chris Rizzuto    194    Xavier

4.  Jeff Christensen   193   Xavier

5   Jancarlos Del Valle   184   Penn

6.  Bill camp     181     Virginia

7   Heather Smith   172    Duke

8   Diane Barker    171    Villanova

9   Marla Wilson     170Kansas

9   Ross Silva     170     Virginia (

11 Dean Skaret   168   Villanova

12 Cory Town     167    Arizona

12 Michael Rupp   167    Arizona

14 Grant Burlingame   166   Duke

15 Doris Wall    164     Villanova

16 Jaime Klungtvedt  163   Cincinnati

16 Rita Dugan    163    Virginia

18 Nancy Penaloza    162    Villanova

19 David Molchan      161    Michigan St.

19 Kristin Chelin     161     Xavier

21 April Allen        160    Kansas 

22 Erin Oroszi    156     Villanova

22 Jeremy Bergeron    156    Villanova

22 Mark Gerstenberg    156    Villanova

22 SHEBA MOBLEY    156    Villanova

22 Suzan Parra   156   Villanova

27 Richard Beall      155     Houston

28 Lou Vitti      154        Duke

29 Jeremiah Nease   150   Tennessee

29 Whitney Johnson  150   Villanova

31 Zanda Raklinska   149   Virginia

32 Dave Mensing      147    Virginia

32 Martin Burlingame   147    Kansas

32 Yolanda Garcia    147     Villanova

35 Judith Sedwick     145   Virginia

36 Cheryl Branch   144    Miami (Fla.) 

36 Darrell Wilson    144    Kansas

38 Andrew Walter     142     Villanova

38 Dan Brandt    142    Villanova

38 Jared May    142    Virginia

38 Laurel Fentanes   142     Virginia 

38 Mary Kirks         142     Villanova

38 Robyn Kilanowski    142    Michigan

44 tim kealy     141     Gonzaga

45 James Martinez       140        Villanova

45 Sherri Stoltzfus     140    Kansas

45 will wise     140       Villanova 

48 Patrick Loeber     139      Kentucky

49 Qiesha Lewis     138    Kansas

50 Dave Kraszewski  136   Alabama

50 Denise Price   136     Kansas

52 Ashley Dodge     133       Kentucky

53Caitlin Gilkey     131     N. Carolina

53 Napoya Jones       131      Virginia

53 RUTH SCHLICHENMEYER   131   Duke

56 Brittaney Grace   129      Gonzaga

56 Rod Smith       129      Duke

58 L Malossi    126    Duke

59 Clara Loper    125     Xavier

59 clint christianson    125     W. Virginia

59 Holly Koenig      125     Kansas (115)

62 James Rickman     124   Virginia

62 John Anderson     124     Xavier

62 Mandy Campbell   124     Virginia

65 Larry Zeidler     121     Duke

66 Lisa Kirwan    116    Villanova

66 Natalie Martinez   116    Virginia

68 Frank Gundy    115     Kansas   

68 Rob Schorzman  115     Michigan

70 Adam Zeilder    114     Duke

71 Sean Reeder     113     Kansas

72 Chad Atherton     110    Arizona (127)

72 Corey Nakai     110     Virginia

72 Michael Schuneman    110    Xavier

75 Nelson De La Cruz     107    Virginia

76 Richard Kiedinger     106     Villanova

77 Tamara Bannister     100      Wichita St.

78 Dave Hammond    98     Kansas

The Reality of Water Damage In Your Colorado Springs Business

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Be Prepared with SERVPRO's ERP Plan for Colorado Springs Commercial Water Damage Help

SERVPRO Can Cleanup and Restore Plus Offer Our ERP Program to Better Protect and Preserve Your Business

For those with a Colorado Springs business, you can attest that you typically pour everything that you have into the keeping it afloat and moving towards grander successes. Something as fundamental as a water emergency has the stopping power that could affect profits for this company, but that is hardly the full extent of the damage that a disaster inside of your storefront or facility could do.

So, how do you keep your Colorado Springs business from falling victim to water damage that threatens your bottom line and affects so many other areas of your achievements? While there might be levels of preventative maintenance that could occur to help limit the stress placed on aging pipes of your plumbing and eroding fixtures, there are times that water damage happens in very unexpected and unpredictable ways. This fact makes planning for (or completely preventing) these occurrences impossible. A SERVPRO sales rep can come by for a free consultation regarding our mobile app the ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan for businesses just like yours. We have found this program to prevent and also mitigate the unwanted effects of damaging events to your workplace.
 
Our SERVPRO team of restoration specialists can appreciate the gravity of profit loss and subsequent negative consequences of having your doors closed to customers and clientele. While to say you are not conducting "business as usual" might be an understatement, you have a list of other concerns that follow suit with the closure of your storefront or business. The first of these would be a negative response from the customer base that you serve day-in and day-out. With the immediate means of spreading your opinions over the internet these days, the longer a business has to stay closed for restoration and cleaning, the more likely internet negativity attaches itself to the situation.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians work as quickly as possible to restore the water damage to your business because it affects not only you but your entire staff as well. The more time that your doors have to remain closed to customers are days where your employees are not accruing worked hours and losing money they use to support themselves and their families.
 
You cannot ever be truly ready for a water emergency that threatens your business, but you can trust that SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes can help you to get it all back on track. Our emergency response team can be reached 24/7 by calling (719) 434-4626.

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Why is Fast Water Removal Crucial in Colorado Springs?

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Standing water in your home needs to be removed as soon as possible, call SERVPRO 24/7 for expert water removal services.

SERVPRO Acts Fast to Remove Water in Your Home and Reduce the Damage Done

When a water disaster strikes your Colorado Springs property, it is essential to arrange for its speedy removal. Regardless of how it entered your home, evacuating standing water and then drying out residual moisture must occur within hours if following best restoration industry practices. We offer 24/7 response to water emergencies, with fully-equipped vehicles and experienced technicians on their way as soon as practical.

Even relatively clean water can destroy home’s structural components and put your belongings at risk of ruin. Colorado Springs residents rely on our experience with water removal to halt the destruction. State of the art equipment matched with the IICRC training mastered by our work crews results in positive outcomes for our customers’ properties. Thorough removal of visible water and strategies to find and eliminate hidden pockets of moisture are core services around which our business focuses.

Upon arrival, our SERVPRO crew chiefs assess your situation, including evaluating the characteristics of the water invading your home. Determining whether the water is contaminated is an initial step, as our workers use different procedures and protective measures if the water contains hazardous substances. Gray water, such as flooding from appliances or aquariums, signals the need for extra care and sanitation. Black water, such as sewer backups and widespread neighborhood flooding from overflowing streams or heavy rains, can require the donning of personal protective equipment for our team and the following of federal, state, and local protocols for containing and disposing of the water removed.

Once we identify the appropriate safeguards, SERVPRO crews begin pumping out and otherwise extracting the water. Our service vehicles feature truck-mounted pumps and vacuums that get the job done even if your power has been interrupted. Throughout the project, we measure air and building materials for moisture content to set and monitor drying goals. Scanning devices allow us to locate water pooled behind walls or in recesses. We may drill through mortar joints or pull out sections of wallboard or paneling to access and remove this hidden water.

As the water exits via our professional-grade removal equipment, attention shifts to setting up air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to dry out the walls, ceilings, and flooring affected. SERVPRO crews employ a wide range of water removal and drying efforts proven effective in our experience and based on the most up to date industry standards. Failure to remove all the moisture risks ongoing damage, including disintegration of many common building materials and mold damage if wetness continues more than 24 to 48 hours.

When your home experiences water intrusion, getting the team from SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes on duty fast ensures a successful restoration. Call (719) 434-4626 all hours of the day or night to schedule an inspection.

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NCAA March Madness 2018 is here!

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

It’s that time of year again… time for March Madness!

First Prize: RCA Galileo Pro 2 in 1 – 11.5” HD Touchscreen Flagship High Performance Tablet | Quad-Core | 1GB RAM | 32GB HDD | Detachable Keyboard

Second Prize: 2 Brunch Tickets at The Lake Terrace Dining Room for the BROADMOOR SUNDAY BRUNCH

Third Prize: $25 Gift Card for Starbucks

Consolation Prize: All players placing 4th and up receive a $5 Starbucks gift card -- you can’t lose!

If you would like to get in on the action, just follow the instructions below. No sports knowledge required. If you are unsure who to pick or don’t have time to fill in a bracket, use the easy “auto-fill” button and let the computer pick for you.

Eligibility: Must be a SERVPRO business partner; i.e. (customer, business owner, agent, agent staff, insurance adjuster, property manager, realtor, broker, or staff)

To play simply visit : http://SERVPRO-southcs.mayhem.cbssports.com/e/41b1b27b2b83b…

Log in with an existing CBS Sports account or click on the blue “Register” button to create a new account.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Brackets can be filled in starting Selection Sunday, 3/11. PLAYERS MUST FILL IN THEIR BRACKETS BY 11:59PM WEDNESDAY, 3/14.

If you have any questions or trouble registering please don’t hesitate to contact me. THERE IS NO COST OR OBLIGATION TO PLAY, if there are any additional team members in your office who you think may enjoy playing, please feel free to forward this email to them.

Have fun and good luck!

The Root of Flood Damage To Your Colorado Springs Residence

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Colorado Springs Property Owners Look to SERVPRO for Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Call SERVPRO for Water and Flood Restoration to Your Property

When the seasons are beginning to change, it is not uncommon to see weather fluctuate from heavy snowfall to heavy rainfall with little warning. When substantial snow has fallen around your Colorado Springs home, then is immediately followed by significant rainfall in the days after that, the ground that usually can soak up the water does not have a chance to dry up enough to keep up with its job.

With no place for surface water to go around your Colorado Springs house, you have all the makings of flood damage. Water is going to find a way to move if it can, and the process is not always majestic and breathtaking like a waterfall or the ocean's tide. Sometimes, it is a forceful penetration of vulnerable spots in the foundation of your home, breaking out loose mortar joints and forcing a substantial path for high volumes to get inside and wreak havoc.
 
When you discover this flood damage in the lower levels of your home connected to the foundation, it might be a little overwhelming at first. The faster that you can react to this, however, the better chance you have of restoring the damage without risking lasting or costly damages. Our SERVPRO restoration specialists get trained to handle all manner of water damage and flood scenarios, making us uniquely qualified to handle your current circumstance.
 
Our team arrives at your home and begins the restoration process by determining the cause of the flood damage your house has experienced. With a thorough assessment, our professionals can prevent this kind of flooding from reoccurring by sealing up vulnerable areas of your foundation with high-strength hydraulic cement. This compound can handle highly pressures without weakening, offering a lasting solution to the problem you face.
 
Extraction is a critical component to the restoration of flood damage, and this typically gets accomplished with the use of a pump truck from our extensive fleet of vehicles. Once the water has gotten pulled from the floors, drying can occur with the use of air movers and dehumidifiers. Another assessment occurs at this point to determine if repairs are necessary to complete the restoration.
 
You might not adequately prepare your home for the possibility of flooding, but there is an experienced team that you can call to help you to fix the problems that result from it. Contact our professional SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes team to help you overcome every water disaster. You can reach us anytime by calling (719) 434-4626.

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Commercial Water Removal Professionals Of Colorado Springs

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

It's never a great situation when you arrive to work in the morning, and your office gets flooded due to a pipe break.

Professional Commercial Water Removal

Homes are not the only places where things can go wrong sometimes problems take place at your Colorado Springs office building as well. It's never a great situation when you arrive to work in the morning, and your office gets flooded due to a pipe break. Many times your business needs to keep operating despite the tragedy that takes place.

Commercial properties are different than residential properties. SERVPRO's commercial water removal experts in Colorado Springs have experience working with commercial properties. When we deal with problems at your place of business, we make sure our work does not get in your way.

When fixing the water damage problem at your office building, we consider two main things. First, we conduct all proper procedures to fix the problem correctly. Also, our SERVPRO crew changes the way they do things to minimize the impact on your business' operations.

The entire restoration process always gets completed with keeping your business' best interests in mind. From the very beginning when we come in to secure the structure to the final cleaning process our crew changes things to keep your business functioning the same. Initially, we come in and make sure anything done to mitigate the problem does not cause more problems for your business.

Our technicians first make sure that any potential dangers to your employees or customers such as deteriorating sub-floors, weak ceilings or electrical hazards get eliminated. We then start the extraction process carefully making sure that our team does not disrupt the operations of your business. Next, we begin the drying process strategically making sure your business can operate while your office's structure dries. Sometimes, we even come in and set up more drying equipment after hours when business is not operating.

Seeking professional help is essential anytime a pipe breaks inside your office building. We at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 are here to help you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

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Burst ceiling sprinkler line floods tech building

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Source of loss - burst sprinkler pipe in ceiling

Many building codes require fire sprinklers to be installed in new construction - this makes sense because for the most part, fire sprinklers can greatly reduce the likelihood of a severe fire.  However, as a local technology firm found out, fire sprinklers can also be the SOURCE of a catastrophe.

Overnight while no one was in the building, a connector to a fire sprinkler in the 2nd floor ceiling of a conference room burst.  A single fire sprinkler can spray up to 24 gallons of water per minute and the leak was not discovered until the next morning!

They lost their drop ceiling in nearly 100% of the office space and when it collapsed it damaged items underneath.  With our help they were able to clean up and dry out the building in just a few days.

Damage From Flash Floods Common In Colorado Springs

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Flood damage can occur fast even if our area does not experience thunderstorms or other precipitation directly.

Damage From Flash Floods

Colorado Springs sits at an elevation of 6,035 feet, located at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains. When precipitation falls among the higher peaks, the water flows downstream, eventually entering the area covered by the city. Small streams and dry creek beds fill with water, the excess threatening to enter properties. Our trained crews and cutting-edge equipment help restore the harm flooding brings.

Staying alert and on top of warnings that local television, radio, and online sources provide is crucial for Colorado Springs property owners. Flood damage can occur fast even if our area does not experience thunderstorms or other precipitation directly. Our core services include helping homeowners recover from the shock and harm of flooding, and we bring decades of experience and successful results to your disaster.

Each request for help from SERVPRO commences a clearly communicated and well-planned recovery effort from our trained crews. We arrive ready for any mitigation tasks necessary. Water removal, cleanup of silt and contamination, and applied drying techniques occur in due course. Our vehicles carry high-power pumps and water extractors, truck mounted and powered usable even if local electricity is knocked out due to the flooding. The extensive coursework our technicians master include criteria for identifying and managing contaminated water in a flooding situation, including containment and lawful disposal.

Safety considerations can require you to evacuate during and immediately after the flood. When SERVPRO takes on the project, we can pack out your possessions, inventorying them and staging them for your review at a secure and dry site. Even though you are temporarily staying elsewhere, your valuables are available for you to review your options. If water-logged and soiled with silt or other contaminants, we have resources to dry and clean possessions, even documents and pictures, away from our recovery work progressing in your home.

After the water and contaminants are removed from your property, SERVPRO technicians move on to drying strategies. Structures must be dried so that moisture levels are normalized, removing excess dampness to prevent secondary damage like mold growth or progressive disintegration of building materials like drywall or insulation. Our crews are skilled in measuring moisture levels and monitoring them throughout the recovery process.

You can count on SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes to deliver exemplary flood damage recovery services. Call us at (719) 434-4626 to ensure a highly-qualified team of flood remediation specialists is at your home within hours of a flash flood.

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Winter Storms - Are you prepared?

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Ice Dam Diagram

Frozen pipes, ice dams, and the flu.  What do they all have in common?  The winter.  

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage.  A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.  

Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season.  They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice.  When the trapped water cannot safely flow into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof's shingles into the structure's interior areas.  

This year's flu has been particularly strong with the flu vaccine averaging only 10% effectiveness.  Homes and businesses can depend on SERVPRO to clean and sanitize building materials following restoration cleaning standards using professional cleaning products and EPA registered cleaners and disinfectants.

Your Colorado Springs' Attic Might Be Ideal For Mold Growth

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Insulation Helps Prevent Mold Remediation for Colorado Springs Attic-- SERVPRO TIp--Keep the Moisture Out

Moisture Invites Mold Growth in Colorado Springs Area Homes

Colorado Springs is known for some of the harshest of winter conditions resulting in heavy snowfall throughout certain times of the year. While many homeowners in the area have remained focused on preventing significant incidents to the structure of their home following severe weather, many people do not realize how dense snow can affect their home in other ways.
 
Improper insulation of your roof can lead to mold damage in the attic of your Colorado Springs home. The production of this mold is not difficult once the moisture and temperature requirements reach appropriate levels. With the attic being the hottest place in your house throughout the year and improper roof insulation warming snow on the roof in spots, moisture and heat have the opportunity to connect with spores present to form fungal colonies on the wood and drywall of this area.
 
There are numerous sites online that might convince you to attempt to remove mold that you find via DIY cleaning solutions and methods, but these are rarely as effective as they might seem. SERVPRO remediation specialists undergo extensive training via standards from the IICRC to become well versed in all varieties of mold and the proper method of destroying colonies and limiting further growth.
 
As you might notice once our SERVPRO certified technicians arrive at your home, we get dressed entirely in protective gear to prevent exposure to spores in the air. Mold can cause health effects, and as such, should be dealt with quickly by specialists who know what they are doing.
 
Our team utilizes scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters in combination with negative air chambers to contain mold spores as thorough removal of the fungal hyphae of each present colony is underway. Using thermal imagery, our experienced remediation specialists can identify the weak points in your roof insulation to prevent future moisture in the area needed to create new colonies.
 
Finding mold in your attic should be a clear indication that something is amiss with the moisture levels in your house, and could indicate issues with the construction of your roof. Trust the certified specialists of SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes to help you take back your attic. Our team can be reached 24/7 at (719) 434-4626.

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Fire Damage to Monument HVAC Systems

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Attending to your HVAC system after a fire is crucial to stopping the spread of damage throughout your home. Contact SERVPRO to remediate.

Team SERVPRO Inspects Your Property Thoroughly For Damage After a Fire

Any Monument fire is a bone-chilling experience. For most homeowners though, it is one that does not mean the loss of their residence. The right restoration service can return almost any home to its pre-fire condition.
 
One of the problems with fire damage to Monument homes is that people forget that much of it is hidden. Many victims never look past the scorch marks or the soot residue to make certain their home is completely clean. At SERVPRO, our inspectors and technicians are trained to find every possible area of concern.
 
That includes odors that get into walls and ceilings as well as soot and smoke that contaminates the home heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, or HVAC. To determine the possible extent of the damage, we put a series of questions to the homeowner and residents.
 
Was the HVAC in operation when the fire began or at any point before it was put out?

How long did the fire burn?

How close to the fire point of origin is the furnace or any of the vents?

Did smoke enter either the return of supply sides of the HVAC?
 
The answers to these four questions help our inspectors determine how extensively the smoke and soot penetrated the HVAC system and the probable types of residue. Regardless if the system was turned off, smoke travels quickly, and there is some contamination, even if it barely gets past the vents. Our next step is a physical inspection. We look for the following:
 
Is the ductwork flex duct, duct board, or sheet metal? Flex duct is fairly cheap, so it is usually more cost-effective to remove and replace each contaminated section than to spend the labor hours cleaning them. Duct board is more expensive to replace, so it is cheaper to remove and clean if the layers of soot are not too thick.
 
Sheet metal is the easiest to the clean. SERVPRO technicians can often use a fogger to force an anti-bacterial cleaner throughout the ducts and then use exhaust fans to remove the soot. If there is any minor damage, we repair that after completing cleaning.
 
If the filters are contaminated, we remove and replace them. Although some filters are reusable, the presence of soot residue makes cleaning them very difficult.
 
There is also the possibility that the motor or other mechanical parts of the HVAC system were damaged. SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is trained to service most HVAC systems and perform whatever else is needed to return your home to its original condition. If you need our help, call us today at (719) 434-4626.

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Residential Water Removal in Colorado Springs

1/6/2018 (Permalink)

If there is more than two inches of standing water in a home, SERVPRO uses commercial grade pumps to extract the water.

SERVPRO’s Water Removal Process

Despite the weather, most home flooding in Colorado Springs comes from common sources like rusted connections to a kitchen sink or a thirty-year-old hot water tank that finally gives up.

No matter where it comes from, water removal from a Colorado Springs home should always be accomplished by a licensed restoration company. SERVPRO has developed a process for every home based on our more than twenty years serving our community.

We begin with getting the standing water out of the structure. If it is more than two inches deep, we start with commercial grade pumps. That is important to remember because even two inches means there are hundreds of gallons of water in the home. Two of these machines can clear out even a large home in just a few hours.

Once the water is gone, or if it was already under two inches, we bring in water extraction wands. These devices remove smaller amounts of water from carpets and wood floors without harming either. This point in the process is also where SERVPRO restoration team members remove furniture and other items to prevent accidentally damaging them. If there is a carpet pad, we remove and dispose of it.

Now, we check the subfloors. Depending on how much we find, our technicians use air movers to force warm, dry air into the sub-floor and speed up the evaporation process. If there is a large amount, our IICRC-certified technicians also set up dehumidifiers to draw water from the surrounding air and use the extraction wands if the homeowner allows us to pull up one or two floorboards for access.

We also use the air movers and dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the structural property like drywall, floor and ceiling trim, and the wall frame behind everything. If we do not remove even this small amount of water, the building material can rot or allow mold to begin growing across its surfaces. When used together, these devices can dry out a large room in just a day or two.

Completely drying a home takes time, training, and the right tools. If you have a flooding problem in your home, call our SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes office today at (719) 434-4626. We are here to help.

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Is your home at risk for radon gas contamination?

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Diagram of how radon can enter a home

Did you know that January National Radon Action Month? You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon.

Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family.

Radon test kits can be found online or in home improvement stores. Follow the directions on the packaging for the proper placement of the device and where to send the device after the test to find out your radon level.

If your level comes back high, a radon mitigation company can install a system to mitigate radon gas. The State of Colorado provides resources to help you select a company that is right for you, check out their radon page at https://www.colorado.gov/…/services-and-i…/environment/radon

Water Damage to Sporting Facilities in Colorado Springs is a Challenge, but SERVPRO Can Overcome

12/24/2017 (Permalink)

Should you have a flooding or water damage event at your sporting facility, a call to SERVPRO gets you a quick response and remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Promptly to Remediate Water Damage at Your Commercial Location

All kinds of sporting facilities in Colorado Springs may need water removal once in a while after a major storm or other flooding events. Most sports are played in stadiums, courts, and other flat-bottomed facilities with wide open spaces. When these facilities are mixed with flooding, the effects can be devastating. Such large volumes of water require a concerted, industrial-strength effort to remove: an effort that SERVPRO is proud to be capable of.
 
Commercial water removal from Colorado Springs sporting facilities is so tricky because of how massive the operation often is. A gym, stadium, or court may be thousands of square feet even disregarding offices and other nearby facilities. When water makes its way into a space of this size, our crews are challenged to handle removal procedures quickly and efficiently without causing any further damage. Even when standing water is absent, and the volume of water remains low in an area, we must still account for a more extensive removal job due to how many materials are soaked with moisture.
 
However, SERVPRO is ready to handle jobs of this size, 24/7 and 365 days per year. When standing water is present in a large area, we can bring in heavy truck-mounted extractors to pump liquid and smaller debris out at an incredible pace. If a large indoor area is soaked with water, we can employ our large stock of industrial-grade air movers to set up powerful indoor currents and pick up water from all exposed and affected surfaces in the area. Finally, to combat humidity in the building, we have access to multiple forms of dehumidifiers that remove water from the air and prevent further damage to oxidation and mold growth from occurring. Through our combined machines and team efforts, we effectively combat any water damage we find in athletic buildings.
 
SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is a local provider of industrial strength water removal, damage mitigation, and restoration solutions. Give us a call at (719) 434-4626.
 
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Untreated sump pump failure leads to mold

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Contents Packout

One of the realities in the restoration industry is we come across cases of hoarding on a regular basis.  When hoarding is combined with water damage it creates a nasty mess.

In the case of this customer, she suffered a sump pump failure that caused her basement to partially flood with water.  When we arrived it was not even possible to get our technicians into the basement because of the high amount of contents.

The water had been allowed to dwell for a few days before she called us so the basement was already smelling of mold.  Mold can grow in as little time as 72 hours.

In this photo, you can see our technicians starting a contents pack-out before we can address the wet structure.

Restoring Flood Damage Effects in Colorado Springs

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding can be devastating. But our SERVPRO technicians follow a proven method to dry out your property after an event and help prevent mold.

Team SERVPRO is Standing By to Remove Floodwaters From Your Property

Removing floodwater from a Colorado Springs home requires a quick response. Within hours or even minutes, the more delicate property can be rendered worthless. In just a day, damage to carpets might be permanent.
 
To remove Colorado Springs flood damage promptly, SERVPRO keeps a 24-hour response team on-call seven days a week, including all major holidays. To ensure our technicians arrive ready to work, we created a set of procedures designed to reduce the amount of damage while still keeping the restoration costs to our customers reasonable.
 
With every task, safety for our customers and employees comes first. If there is any concern that the floodwater got into any outlets, we turn off power and post warnings to prevent anyone from turning it back on until we inspect the home.
 
Now, our restoration crew removes any property that could leave a stain on floors or carpets. That includes furniture and kitchen appliances, as well as area rugs and drapes. They also remove any items that could be damaged as we perform other restoration tasks.
 
Next, technicians remove standing water. If the level is over two inches in depth, we start with commercial grade pumps. For water just covering the surface and a little more, we go directly to water extractions wands. If the power is interrupted, we also bring one of the generators we keep on-hand for continuous electrical support.
 
Our focus now is on the carpets. We reduce the power on the extractors to draw out the water without damaging the nape. With the weight of the water removed, SERVPRO technicians lift the carpet to remove and dispose of the pad underneath. Carpet pads disintegrate quickly and are cheaper to replace than to attempt to dry them out.
 
With the carpet out of the way, we use squeegees to remove any remaining water. Once the floor is dry, we lay down a new pad and check the carpet for dampness. If there is still moisture, we set up an air mover at one end of the room to blow warm, dry air under the carpet as a fan at the other end draws out the damp cooler air before we stretch it back in place.
 
Returning any home to a safe, dry condition takes time, training, and the right tools for the job. At SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes, our office has restored homes for almost thirty years. If you are dealing with current or past flood issues, call us today at (719) 434-4626. We are here for you.

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Help Protecting Your Colorado Springs Property From Fire Damage

11/26/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO handles everything from small kitchen fires to large structural fires that require additional resources.

Protecting Your Property From Fire Damage

Protecting your Colorado Springs property is your main priority. You invested in and maintained a residence to give your family a safe, secure place to call home. Just like many of us, you want to provide your family with the best possible experiences and eagerly take the proper steps to ensure success.

You can protect your investment by securing the assistance of highly-trained restoration specialists available throughout the Colorado Springs area. We specialize in fire damage as well as a variety of emergency services that help homeowners just like you recover after tragedy strikes.

SERVPRO handles everything from small kitchen fires to large structural fires that require additional resources. We train in every aspect of home restoration, providing you with unique solutions to your specific situation so that you never have to call or schedule anyone else. You can count on us to be there for you, 24/7, day or night.

SERVPRO provides you with access to all of the latest fire damage restoration methods and techniques. Our technicians take the time necessary to address smoke, soot, and ash residue on every surface, cleaning furniture, cabinets, countertops, and other personal belongings, limiting any losses you experience wherever we can. Our services adapt to your specific situation, providing you with precise, detailed work that you can count on to restore your property.

SERVPRO technicians enjoy providing members of our local community with solutions that meet or even exceed your expectations. We provide you with a variety of repair, restoration, and rebuilding options that help return your home to a quality condition as fast and efficient as possible. Our IICRC-industry certified technicians work hard to restore your home after an emergency occurs, making sure to provide our customers with exceptional service.

Contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes to begin your home’s restoration as soon as possible. Remember, we can also inspect your home to look for possible hazards, helping you take a proactive approach to preventing emergency situations, today (719) 434-4626.

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Colorado Springs Bakery Sustains Water Damage

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Make sure that your customers don't find a new bakery while your business is closed due to water damage. Call SERVPRO for a rapid response.

Our Certified Technicians Act Fast to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Business

Many commercial spaces are located below residential rental units in Colorado Springs. When something goes wrong with the plumbing upstairs, the business owner may not know of the water and certainly has no control over it. Unexpected damage from water leaking from above is a job for a professional restoration company particularly when the business affected prepares and sells food.
 
An unoccupied residential unit above your business experiences a burst pipe, eventually causing commercial water damage to your Colorado Springs bakery and cafe. Because it went unnoticed until the collected moisture broke through your ceiling, a large amount of water cascaded into your retail and dining space all at once. Services needed include water removal, wall and ceiling repair, and expert drying of an antique hardwood floor. We offer a full menu of water damage restoration options to avoid the need for many contractors.
 
If not done already, we locate and close the water shut off to the pipe if it is still leaking when our SERVPRO team arrives. Then one of our experienced project managers devises a multi-task plan to take your business from ruined to restored. We consult with your insurance carriers and the owner of the building as we take each step, our aim is to limit your out of pocket expenses while delivering the best results.
 
Standing water requires pumping or high-efficiency extraction, and SERVPRO has submersible pumps and wanded commercial wet vacuums ready for work on our service vehicles. Our technicians measure moisture levels and use scanning devices to locate any residual water within walls or other recessed areas. We may choose to remove small sections of wallboard or drill strategically placed holes to release hidden water. Air movers and dehumidifiers then assume the work of drying out surfaces soaked with moisture.
 
Speed is crucial as we assess and begin drying the hardwood floor, its aged patina an important part of your cozy ambiance. Wood absorbs moisture quickly and the consequent swelling causes warping, crowning, cupping, or buckling if not dried quickly. SERVPRO uses a variety of techniques recommended by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the industry’s best practices developing and maintaining organization. Drying mats pull water out of both the hardwood and subfloor layers. Subfloor drying is critical, so we may position air movers under the floor from a basement space or remove and lift some boards to get access to the damp lowest layer and start drying it thoroughly. Moisture monitoring is done at regular intervals throughout the process to ensure that we meet drying goals.
 
Call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes with confidence when water damages your business. Call (719) 434-4626 to schedule an inspection without delay.

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Understanding Flood Damage in Colorado Springs

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's first step in flood damage cleanup is to determine the category of water in your home.

The Three Categories of Water Determine Cleaning Methods and Precautions Needed

Removing flood water from a Colorado Springs home is a simple process when the water is clean. If the flood and stormwater are contaminated, it becomes more complicated to clean up and remediate the effects.

Before we can remediate flood damage in Colorado Springs, SERVPRO technicians determine the category of the water in the home. We have three, which help us decide not just the cleaning methods, but precautions we need to take as well: Clean, Gray, and Black.

Clean – The water is no risk to the health of residents or anyone who goes into the home to remove it. Our technicians do not have to take any special precautions or wear protective gear except the rubber boats to keep their feet dry when they bring in removal equipment. If we do not remove clean water quickly enough, it can cross into the gray category if otherwise harmless; airborne microbes are allowed to expand and grow into a threat.

Gray – This water contains very small amounts of microbes or other contaminants. It includes water from toilets, aquariums, and dishwashers. If not removed quickly enough, the contaminants can become airborne and move to other parts of the home. Before SERVPRO technicians begin the removal process, we spray anti-microbial and anti-fungal agents over the surface of the water to neutralize the contamination.

Black – Most stormwater is in this category. Run-off from overwhelmed sewer systems or crested rivers pulls in large amounts of sewage, feces, and even dead animals into neighborhoods and homes. Before technicians even spray this water, they put on protective gear before entering the home. If we suspect the contamination is airborne, that includes breathing gear. To prevent outside contamination, a technician watches the hoses as we pump the water into a designated tank truck.

Restoring any home after a flood is a long process; to ensure the health and safety of your home and family, you need to use a professional restoration service. SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes has helped our community restore its homes for more than twenty years. Call us today at (719) 434-4626 if you need us.

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Halting Mold Damage in Colorado Springs

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO recommends replacing mold damaged drywall because it is usually less expensive then cutting and replacing sections.

SERVPRO has the Experience and Knowledge to Properly Remediate Mold Damage

Mold in a Colorado Springs home can grow unnoticed for months. Since it can cause as much damage as a flood, it is fortunate that mold is also the slowest disaster to strike a home in our area.

Because it does grow at such a slow pace, residents think they can stop mold damage in their Colorado Springs home by spraying bleach on the visible mold and then painting over it. Bleach does not kill every mold spore. The chemical forces it into an inert state temporarily, but not only does mold return, but it also grows through the paint. To stop and remove it, SERVPRO uses the experience learned after almost three decades in the restoration business.

The quickest way to halt growth is to remove the source of moisture. Without water, mold exists in an inert condition. Individual spores are harmless in this state and mix in with common household dust. Our inspectors and technicians usually discover the water came from a loose connection or a leaking pipe. In some cases, mold grew from a small puddle created by the condensation from an improperly insulated pipe in exterior walls along areas like laundry rooms.

With the water source eliminated, the next step is to remove infested structural property. Building material makes an excellent food source for mold, but affected panels are usually difficult to clean. Drywall is especially vulnerable to crumbling after coming into contact with water or cleaning liquids.

If we find mold inside wall panels or acoustic ceiling tile, SERVPRO technicians recommend replacing the whole piece. It is cheaper than the labor hours needed to attempt to cut away sections and replace them with clean pieces.

Curtains, drapes, and clothing are easier to clean. Each SERVPRO office maintains a set of commercial grade washers and an inventory of chemical cleaners designed to neutralize and remove spores. The only property we do not clean ourselves are dry-clean only items.

Removing mold damage is not a quick and easy process by any stretch of the imagination. The goal of SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is to put our neighbors back in their home as soon as we can do so safely. For more information about what we can do for your home or to schedule an inspection, call today at (719) 434-4626.

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BQ Gone Wrong -- Fire Damage In Colorado Springs

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Colorado Springs and BBQ Fire Mishaps? Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Restores Smoke & Fire Mishaps

Many homeowners are expanding their home’s footprint with outdoor grills and even complete kitchens. The addition of a roof, arbors, and partial walls make these outdoor areas comfortable and inviting. Unfortunately, their wood construction also adds to the risk of a disastrous ending to a delicious meal. You need professional assistance when a pleasant Colorado Springs evening outdoors results in a fire.
 
Your outdoor cooking area is a relaxing space, conducive to fun meals with friends and family. Just like other food preparation areas, however, the possibility of a blaze is constant, particularly if you get distracted while grilling. The chance of fire damage if your Colorado Springs backyard has a pizza oven or fire pit is heightened even more. The heat generated from these wood or gas burning appliances alone can cause nearby siding or eaves to catch fire, and decor like candles or torches can set areas ablaze.
 
Outdoor fire damage does not necessarily stop at the exterior walls of your home. The fire can spread into interior areas quickly, burning through any portion of your home used as part of the perimeter of the outdoor cooking area. Even if the flames are stopped outside, smoke and soot are likely to move through your home. Doors and windows are open to facilitate the movement of food from the kitchen to the grilling area, but also provide a conduit for smoke and soot, and in extreme situations, flames to enter. SERVPRO assesses the damage done by the fire in all areas of your home, inside and out, and develops a plan to remediate every aspect of it.
 
All SERVPRO crew members attain the designation as Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians through IICRC approved training sessions. Our employees use the industry’s best practices to deliver high-quality restoration services, cleaning up soot on surfaces with appropriate tools and cleaning products developed to match the characteristics of the damage done to your home. A light covering of soot responds well to vacuuming and dry sponging, while sticky, greasy residues may need solvents and abrasive scrubbers. Charred areas may need scraping and sealing, or occasionally removal and replacement, but our focus is always on restoration as much as is possible.
 
A final concern after fire damage restoration is often odor control. SERVPRO deodorization specialists receive comprehensive training in odor elimination. We work hard to eliminate the causation of the odor, addressing each level until the odor disappears. We are certified to operate thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators to attack odor particles at their most minute and persistent.
 
Give us a call at (719) 434-4626 if outdoor cooking becomes an uncontrolled blaze. SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is ready to return your backyard kitchen and any interior damage to preloss condition.

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Typical Solutions to Basement Water Damage in Colorado Springs

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Basement water can damage items that you keep there for storage. Contact the technicians at SERVPRO to remediate water damage after an event.

Quick Response and a Preventative Approach are Effective When Dealing With Water Damage

Homeowners in Colorado Springs have a tough decision to make when dealing with water damage in their basements. Unexpected water in the basement can damage floors, walls, carpeting, furniture, and eventually lead to mold growth. The worst part is that these spaces are often used for storage, so a wet basement can damage irreplaceable items such as family heirlooms, antiques, and photo albums.
 
If you are unfortunate enough to experience a flooded basement, you need to determine the extent of the water damage and assess whether it is likely to occur again. At SERVPRO, we have a team of highly skilled water damage restoration experts stationed at Colorado Springs who can arrive promptly at your request. We follow IICRC recommendations in every emergency, ensuring that our methods are up to scratch with industry standards.
 
The best approach to any building problem is doing the things that are easy and less expensive first, and then proceeding to the next costly method with the most productive result. When it comes to water damage, the best approach is usually to remove the source of the moisture, as opposed to trying to stop it at the last second. The least costly techniques involve removing excessive internal sources of moisture in the basement (cooking, humidifiers) and ventilating other sources (bathroom, clothes dryer).
 
If the water damage is caused by condensation, avoid ventilating the basement directly using warm, humid air. SERVPRO technicians usually recommend ventilation with a desiccant-type of heat exchanger or through an air conditioning system. Dehumidification can come in handy at reducing the signs of odor and humidity in the basement.
 
It is tempting to solve basement water damage with a coating or membrane on the inside. It seems to be effective for some time and is less costly than a drainage system. However, this does not eliminate the water, which can move to another space in the basement or cause the systems to deteriorate. Once we remove interior sources of moisture, we can evaluate the downspouts, gutters, and surface grading around the structure. If the water problem persists, we proceed with an exterior or interior drainage system.
 
If you need emergency water damage restoration services, SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is strategically located to respond quickly to your situation. We have the tools and expertise to meet your restoration needs, whether it is flood water removal from your basement or water damage restoration on your upholstery. Call us anytime at (719) 434-4626.

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How Flood Damage Affects Different Colorado Springs Flooring Types

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Snow Melt Can Cause Flooding in Colorado Springs

SERVPRO Provides Mitigation After Flooding Events in Colorado Springs

Storm floods tend to be sudden, explosive disasters that can strike a home unexpectedly. Even after the flow of water has stopped, a flood-ravaged home still bears the marks of damage. Among the most heavily damaged parts of the home are always floors and foundations, which are often inundated in water for hours or even days. During this time, significant and costly flood damage can occur to your Colorado Springs home's flooring materials by soaking in and causing permanent damage. Here is a quick overview of how several common floor types react to flooding.

Carpet
Carpeting is often the least-protected flooring material in a Colorado Springs home against flood damage. Porous and weak, carpeting can fray, warp, shrink, stain, and develop mold growth when soaked through with water. Depending on the flood's severity, we may have to fully replace the carpet, or institute a rigorous drying and restoration regimen.

Wood
Wood floors can react very differently to a flood depending on their respective species and finishes. Some types of wood may prove highly resilient, requiring little to no work from SERVPRO personnel beyond simple cleaning tasks. Others may warp and bend, requiring intensive care and refinishing. We have special drying mats to extract water from between the joints of the planks to salvage many floors thought lost.

Tile
Tile is typically better off than other types of flooring in the aftermath of a flood, but must still be cared for and cleaned. Tiles can break or chip in the flood, requiring some limited retiling and refinishing. Some types of grout may also be susceptible to floodwater, and we usually must sanitize grout thoroughly to prevent mold growth.

Concrete
Concrete floors are most common in storage spaces and garages, and are usually either a part of the foundation or directly on top of it. While concrete is resistant to most types of damage, thorough soaking can cause water to seep in and start cracking the material. Concrete ranks among the easiest materials for SERVPRO to clean, but without careful attention, can become the costliest effect of the flood. Caution is needed to draw the moisture out of porous concrete pads slowly.

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is a locally-owned franchise with national resources to help you recover from the effects of flood damage. Call us 24/7 at (719) 434-4626.

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Secrets to Successful Smoke Damage and Fire Damage Cleanup in Colorado Springs

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke can leave behind an unpleasant odor, SERVPRO uses a combination of odor removal equipment and cleaning products to get rid of the smell for good

Professional Services for Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration

Every homeowner in Colorado Springs has the right to quality restoration services after a fire incident. Cleaning up the remains of a fire event (particularly smoke damage) is one of the most daunting tasks. Successful restoration depends on numerous things, and to ensure a seamless cleanup process, it is useful to understand the ins and outs of the procedure.

For quick and efficient fire damage restoration services after a fire disaster in Colorado Springs, SERVPRO has got you covered. We have a wide range of IICRC-approved equipment that can reverse most types of smoke damage in no time, leaving your property "Like it never even happened." Our technicians are highly trained and experienced to deal with any fire damage situation, so you can rest assured of a proper restoration process.

Timing is critical in smoke damage cleanup. Smoke and soot residue can continue wreaking havoc on your property even after the fire has been subdued. Immediate attention is essential to improve the chances of reversing the damage. Discoloration occurs within minutes, and the damage can extend to appliances, furniture, and even tile grout. Signs of staining begin to appear on your fabrics after a few days, sometimes permanently. At this point, our technicians may have to refinish or replace any wood or vinyl with extensive smoke damage.

Keep in mind that smoke damage cleanup is both an art and a science. Anyone who has dealt with the consequences of a fire is familiar with the complicated nature of smoke cleanup. Apart from the tools and cleaning products, a proper restoration process requires having the right knowledge, technique, and experience to deal with different types of smoke.

Smoke odor removal makes up a good part of smoke damage cleanup. The smell originating from burnt materials can make the house unpleasant to live in, which is why smoke odor deodorization is one of the biggest secrets to successful restoration. To do this, SERVPRO technicians rely on a combination of odor removal equipment and cleaning products. Ultimately, we use ozone generation and air filtration to get rid of the smell completely.

Fire damage and smoke damage restoration after a fire is a complicated and labor-intensive job. With those secrets in mind, you can bet on SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes to conduct a seamless restoration process. For any assistance, we are available 24/7 at (719) 434-4626.

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Extinguishing even a Small Fire can Create the Need for Water Removal Services in Colorado Springs

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage after a fire can be extensive. Contact the certified technicians at SERVPRO after a fire for both fire and water damage remediation.

Our Technicians Arrive with Moisture and Water Detection Equipment to Help Dry Out Your Home

When a small fire breaks out inside a Colorado Springs home, many residents quickly put it out by throwing water at the base of the blaze. Other times, firefighters use hoses with the same principle, but on a larger scale, to accomplish the same goal. With the fire out, homeowners feel they can breathe easy. However, the water, having been useful, once, for a short time, now poses risks to the home's interior.
 
Restoring a home to a dry state after a fire occurs is best with water removal services in Colorado Springs. SERVPRO technicians expertly handle the equipment necessary, for all sizes of jobs, to bring a home's moisture levels back to normal again.
 
When water is used to put a fire out, it sprays and spreads out in a wider area than the fire covered. Because water easily seeps into nearby cracks and crevices, it can continue moving out in a broader area until we eliminate its presence. Because water is so fluid and even a small amount can create thousands of dollars in damages to their residence whenever homeowners wait to begin mitigation, starting early can provide the best results.
 
For larger fires, a pump truck can suction up standing water, but handheld units that our technicians can easily carry around are usually the best option. Once the area feels dry, meters detect how much moisture remains. Then our heaters, fans, and dehumidifiers go to work to remove the rest of the water. Wherever the moisture has gone, we can locate it and then eliminate it with the proper equipment.
 
Resolving catastrophes before they can worsen while simultaneously protecting your home from future damage is what SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes does best. Reachable by phone at (719) 434-4626 at all times, we remain committed to helping the members of our community in any way possible. Call us, and we can put our water removal equipment and skills to work for you and your family.

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Cleaning and Removing Mold Damage in Colorado Springs

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

Whether the mold damage is readily apparent or hidden, SERVPRO technicians are ready to remediate the infestation in your home. Call today.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Follow Standards Set by the IICRC

Unlike the after effects of a fire, mold damage is often difficult to find. It makes cleaning and removal even more challenging. Ensuring that your home is safe and structurally sound takes a professional restoration service.

To put a residence back together after mold damage in Colorado Springs, SERVPRO bases its processes on the standards of the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification). We use this process to protect our customers and technicians while still providing the quickest method to remove mold and prevent recurrence.

One, we isolate the mold and reduce exposure. It eliminates casual traffic through the affected area and reduces the possibility of technicians contaminating clean areas of the home while cleaning and removing mold.

Two, we record the initial findings. Once our restoration crew sets foot on your property, we document everything. This record includes photographs and a written description of the mold and where we found it. Our inspectors also include air content testing of each room in your Colorado Springs home. These descriptions and test results in the unaffected areas form the baseline that we need to meet after we complete cleaning and removal.

Three, we control and reduce the level of mold at the source. After isolating the contamination, we use negative air machines to lessen the number of loose spores in the air and force them out of your home. Setting up these devices also pulls mold spores out of the air as we begin the mold and property removal.

Four, we physically remove mold and contaminated property. Actions include cleaning surfaces of the loose mold with sponges and cloths or using commercial vacuums for thicker, concentrated amounts. If the mold has grown into building material, we remove and dispose of it. If there are items (sofas and chairs) that we cannot clean on site, we cover them and remove them for cleaning at our facility.

Five, we change the environment. Since mold cannot expand and grow without enough moisture, we lower the humidity in the affected area to levels that cause any tiny amounts of spores to return to their dormant state.

After completing these steps, we test the affected areas to ensure they are at safe levels determined by the state and the EPA. At SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes, we take every action needed to return you to your home. As a locally owned franchise, Palmer Lake, Gleneagle, and Monument are our neighbors and not just a list of customers. If you suspect there is mold damage in your home, call us today at (719) 434-4626 for an inspection and a free estimate.

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Restoring Basements From Water Damage in Colorado Springs

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Drain Tile and Rock Help Prevent Water Damage to Colorado Springs Basements

Extraction of Water is Crucial to Damage Mitigation in Basements

Storms come with heavy rains and ultimately, severe floods. The excess water can flood the house, destroying floors, carpeting, and other items in the basement. In fact, since these spaces are often used for storage, the water can ruin cherished items like art, antiques, photo albums, and family heirlooms.

In such a situation, it may not be safe leaving your property in that mess. SERVPRO can reverse the water damage on your Colorado Springs basement. However, we need to act fast to minimize the effect of moisture on the contents.
 
The two primary concerns when dealing with wood flooring are warping and buckling. Wood contains a certain amount of moisture naturally but tends to expand when it absorbs excess water. Expanded boards can push against each other until they buckle at the joints. The type of wood and amount of excess moisture involved determine the level of buckling.
 
When the wood absorbs water from the bottom and sides, SERVPRO technicians can reverse the cupping. Cupping is characterized by raised or "cupped" edges. When there is more moisture at the top than the sides, it is called crowning. Once the planks are thoroughly dry, sanding, leveling, and varnishing often can produce the desired results.
 
Wetness in carpets and pads should be extracted immediately. Our technicians use a broad range of equipment to treat water damage on pads and carpets. We can deploy truck mounted pumps, portable wet-vacs, rovers (riding extractors) and more for this purpose.

Applying professional products can help control microbial growth in the basement. Our restorers use EPA-registered disinfectants to fight the microbes, which can be hazardous to the occupants. We also use various deodorization methods to get rid of odors that may occur after water contamination. Odor can occur from dirt, moisture, dead animals, and sewage carried in by a flood, or simply by standing water that has picked up particles from the surrounding interior.

Storms, along with your garden variety of a leaking pipe or broken appliance are no laughing matter. If your basement has sustained water damage, you can count on SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes to restore your property. Call us anytime at (719) 434-4626.

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The Flood Damage Remediation Process in Colorado Springs

7/30/2017 (Permalink)

Your dishwasher can flood your home with soapy, dirty water in an instant. Keep SERVPRO's number on hand should that ever happen.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Experience of Knowing How to Time the Drying Out Process for Best Restoration Results After Water Damage in the Home

Most flooding in a home comes from domestic sources. A leaky pipe can ruin a bathroom carpet over time, but it is the appliances in a home that can cover 1500 square feet in just a few hours. It can be a cracked water heater or a split hose on a washing machine just off the kitchen. If it happens to a family on vacation, this can mean an expensive loss by the time they return.

Pumping out water from a broken dishwasher or a rusted-out pipe is only the start of restoring a Colorado Springs home from the effects of flood damage. We also need to draw moisture from floors and walls; sometimes even ceilings when the flooding comes from a cracked pipe in the basement that sprayed over the entire room. SERVPRO knows that if we can remove standing water quickly enough using pumps and extraction wands, it can save hundreds of dollars.

Technicians use air movers to create what is known as a floating carpet. We carefully pull up opposite corners or edges, making sure these points are at the entrances and exits to the outside or other rooms of the house. Technicians lift just enough carpet to insert the air mover and provide an exit vent. If they lift too much, the carpet stretches as it dries and then it does not tack back down correctly, leaving visible waves in the now dry carpet.

We pair air movers with dehumidifiers for walls and ceilings that have absorbed a significant amount of water. Normally an air mover does the job by itself, but this combination of tools allows us to restore items like drywall that would crumble in our hands if we tried to remove it. Technicians set up the dehumidifier to blow warm air directly into the intake of the air mover. It increases the temperature of the air that blows across an affected surface, drying it faster. To prevent over-drying, we use moisture content meters to measure the air and material levels and stop at a normal level.

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is committed to restoring your home to its pre-flood condition. If you have a plumbing issue and need our help, call us today at (719) 434-4626.

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Commercial Water Damage can Damage Interiors and Inventory in Garden Shops in Colorado Springs

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage in your garden center can often lead to mold forming. Contact SERVPRO before it gets out of hand.

Getting a Quick Response is Key When Dealing with Water Damage on Your Business Property

Even a small, short-lived snafu with a sprinkler system can cause extensive problems inside a garden shop. There is a reason that sprinkler heads are positionable, and when they are misdirected, water spraying out can seriously miss the mark. If water is not soaked up by thirsty plants, it has to go somewhere. Other problems can stem from undetected leaks that allow water to drip into locations that were never meant to get wet.
 
Businesses in Colorado Springs that discover commercial water damage in their interior structures can benefit from restorative work. Such work might include tearing out of water-stained ceiling tiles and side panels. Some building materials are much more porous than others. Display panels and pegboard shelving can become warped and unsightly, and also become breeding areas for bacteria and various molds.
 
During exposure to excess water, metal hooks and pegs can rust, creating safety hazards for both your customers and your employees. While this situation might seem minor, the possibility that there are many more metal fixtures than previously realized, increasing the risks when rusted, exists and should be considered. If metal that has rusted is becoming increasingly more prominent in your garden shop, you should inspect for other types of water damage. Rust is often one of the first tell-tale signs of water damage in a business or warehouse setting.
 
SERVPRO technicians have the skills and training that they need to find the leaks and other sources of water that is damaging your business. Finding these locations and rectifying the situation so additional water is not introduced to the area is the first step in repairing your business so it is “Like it never even happened.”
 
From replacing metal fixtures on doors, windows, shelving units, racks, displays, counters, and anything else, to removing and replacing stained or expanded ceiling tiles, to restoring walls and ceilings, as well as removing inventory that has been ruined by exposure to water, we can help. No job is ever too large, nor too small for us. We also contract with other service providers to make sure that all of your business's needs are met fully so that the end result is as perfect as possible.
 
Whenever your business has problems with water damage, call us, SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626. We answer calls 24/7 and can provide you with the answers and services your company needs.

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Five Principles of Handling Mold Damage in Colorado Springs

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let a mold infestation take over your house. Call SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Remediate Mold Damage on Your Property

Despite the increasing heat, mold is still a threat to many homes. In fact, as long as there is a source of moisture, mold expands in temperatures as high as 85 degrees and grows if it has a food source such as drywall or insulation. Neutralizing mold and restoring a home afterward can be a complicated process.

To meet the requirements for combating mold damage in Colorado Springs homes, SERVPRO follows the standards of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. There are five principles that we apply to every task, no matter how extensive the mold has grown.

Provide for Health and Safety – We ensure that our technicians and the residents of the home are protected from exposure to mold as we remove and clean mold contaminated personal and structural property.

Document Conditions and Processes – Our team members record the extent of the contamination and the moisture levels in the air and structural property. After we complete restoration and cleaning, we test and record the new, lower levels. We recommend engaging a third party to confirm our results.

Control the Contamination at its Source - From the start, we work to keep the contamination from spreading. Technicians place negative air machines at the point of demolition to reduce the number of spores in the air and establish containment using heavy plastic sheeting to isolate and contain the mold.

Remove Contamination – If the mold has grown too large, we eliminate the bulk before cleaning surfaces. Technicians vacuum the affected area using specially designed HEPA filters which trap even a single spore. We also break down large debris (infected drywall for example) and bag it to make removal more efficient and less likely to spread mold to unaffected areas.

Correct the Moisture Problem – If we do not bring the levels down to normal, then every other action taken merely slows the mold growth, it does not stop it. A new mold growth can begin with a single spore expanding and growing.

Restoring your home after a mold infestation is not a simple process, but it is one that we can walk you through at every step. If you our help, call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes today at (719) 434-4626.

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The Four Drying Factors We Take Into Account When Dealing With Water Damage To Your Colorado Springs

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water and Moisture Extraction Mitigate Water Damage in a Colorado Springs Property

SERVPRO Utilizes Best Practices for Water Removal

Your family dining room is a place to get together for meals (and sometimes it doubles as an office or place for toys too). Just like any other room in your house, the dining room can be affected by water from a ruptured pipe, a broken appliance, a plumbing leak or a storm.
 
It is understandable that you want to get your dining room dried out as quickly as possible after water damage to your Colorado Springs home. That is why we recommend you call SERVPRO as soon as possible. Our technicians are on hand to dry your home and make it “Like it never even happened.”
 
Our IICRC-certified technicians take account of four factors when dealing with water damage in your dining room. Each factor impacts the drying process and the better we can control each one, the better the results.
 
1. Temperature
Drying is faster when the affected area is heated to between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature goes above 85 degrees, it can negatively impact the drying process because there might be too much moisture in the air. Our experts monitor air temperature and have portable heaters on hand if needed.
 
2. Amount of Water
It makes sense that the less water there is to be removed, the faster the drying process is. SERVPRO takes care of this by extracting as much water as possible before the drying process begins. Did you know that one of our truck mounted pumps can remove thousands of gallons of water per day, while a dehumidifier can only remove 30 gallons per day? That is why we spend plenty of time extracting liquid at the start of every drying job. We pay particular attention to your dining room carpet and pad, where much water can gather and where protection of the flooring fibers is paramount.
 
3. Humidity
Relative humidity means the amount of water air is holding at a given temperature. Most people feel comfortable at around 30% - 50% relative humidity. A level of over 60% hampers drying time. Under 40% humidity level is ideal and our technicians achieve this by careful placement of dehumidifiers.
 
4. Air Movement
Air movement assists the drying process. The air in your dining room is likely to be wet and humid after water damage. Our team uses a range of air movers to blow out this moist air and replace it with warm, dry air to encourage evaporation and speed up drying.
 
We carefully balance all four aspects of drying and monitor the situation as it progresses to ensure your dining room is properly dried and fit for use once more.
 
Do not let water ruin your enjoyment of your family home. Call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 for help.

Assessing Cleanability After Fire Damage In Your Colorado Springs Kitchen

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Has an Arsenal of Cleaning Equipment and Supplies Post Smoke & Fire Damage for Restoration

A kitchen fire can start so easily from cooking oil in an unattended pan, or a faulty oven or other kitchen appliance can quickly become a blaze. After a fire in your kitchen, it is natural to be worried about all the contents of the room and whether or not they can be cleaned or saved. That is why we recommend you call SERVPRO as quickly as possible. Our trained experts assess cleanability and decide on the best course of action. Our aim is to restore and clean as much as we can, leaving your kitchen “Like it never even happened.”

Many factors affect cleanability after fire damage to your Colorado Springs kitchen:
 
The type of material burned. Natural materials such as wood are often easier to clean than synthetics such as plastic. Synthetic materials frequently produce a smeary residue that is challenging to clean--soot. That means that your wooden kitchen table or chairs can often be cleaned up and restored using a mix of mechanical actions (scrubbing and rubbing) and application of cleaning fluids.
 
Age of the surface burned. Older materials are harder to clean because the more aged a material is, the more porous it is, and the more soot can penetrate it. If the material is too delicate to withstand scrubbing or soaking, SERVPRO has cleaning foam and absorbent powders on hand to help remove soot.
 
How hot the fire was. The hotter the fire, the more difficult the cleanup. A blaze that burns at a higher temperature causes surfaces to become more porous which means particles can penetrate them more deeply.
 
How much moisture was present. If the blaze triggered a sprinkler system or there was heavy use of water hoses in battling the fire, then residues are more likely to be sealed to surfaces and be harder to remove. Water extraction from the affected area is a topic on its on merit.
 
SERVPRO has a range of cleaning techniques available to combat even tough soot stains. Simple scrubbing and wiping with cleaning agents is enough for some residues. However, for tougher residues, we have a range of tools. For example, we can use an upholstery cleaning machine, which is suitable for cleaning drapes or other soft furnishings and pushes powerful detergents into the material. The upholstery cleaning machine can also be used to apply cleaning solvents to materials that cannot withstand wet cleaning. The use of the Esporta Washing Systems effectively separates soil and smoke particles from soft fabrics even stuffed toy animals.
 
Smaller items can be placed in ultrasonic cleaning tanks, where the action of millions of bubbles forming and popping gives a thorough deep cleanse.
 
SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is on hand to assist with fire cleanup. Call us at (719) 434-4626 for help.

Commercial Water Damage is a Common Problem for Hotels in Colorado Springs

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes repair and restore buildings of any size, and which have any degree of water damage.

SERVPRO Commercial Water Restoration Services Are Available for Hotels 


Traveling for business or pleasure is a common activity in America, and often necessitates the use of overnight lodging. Hotels fill this need for countless people, from business executives to large families.

In hotels in the Colorado Springs area, there are many ways that commercial water damage can start. One of these is simple carelessness by guests. Towels that are still damp from showering or visiting the pool and left in spots that are porous can create smelly carpets, weak spots in floors, spotting and staining on nearby walls, and warp furniture.

Ice buckets that are mishandled can develop holes and cracks that can allow melted ice to leak onto whatever surface the bucket is placed on. Bathrooms can also be where water damage is concentrated when guests allow children to take unattended bubble baths. It might be an enjoyable time for the kids to play pirates and splash water all around, but the floor might have another reaction.

These are not the only types of incidents that can bring about water damage in your hotel. Emergency incidents can happen at any time, and at any place in your hotel, including a guest's room, the kitchen, or lobby bathrooms. Other ways can stem from structural damage that allows water from the outdoors to enter, either through non-sealing windows or cracks in exteriors walls or roof structures.

We at SERVPRO repair and restore buildings of any size, and which have any degree of water damage. Damage might be heavily concentrated in one or two areas, or spread out and affect the entire building. One situation that is very commonly dealt with is when sprinklers malfunction. The intention is to protect against fire, but mishaps can be very damaging themselves.


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SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes can work in guest rooms and other areas affected by commercial water damage while other areas remain available for use, allowing your hotel to remain as operational as possible. We work as quickly as possible while remaining diligent and thorough. Call us at (719) 434-4626 to solve your hotel's problem with the bad effects of water.

Keeping Your Smoke Detectors Clean in Your Colorado Springs Home

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Protect Against Fire & Smoke Damage in Colorado Springs with Installed Smoke Detectors

Colorado Springs Property Are Better Protected Against Fire & Smoke Damage with Installed Smoke Detectors

You should be changing out your smoke detector batteries at least once per year. However, did you know you also need to clean out your smoke detectors about every six months? Pollen, dust, and smoke all can make the sensor in your detectors dirty and keep them from working correctly in case of a fire.
 
There are two basic kinds of smoke detectors to help you avoid fires and fire damage in your Colorado Springs home – Ionization and photoelectric. An ionization alarm takes a small amount of radioactive material to ionize air inside the sensing chamber. In comparison, a photoelectric alarm is made up of a light emitting diode and a sensor sensitive to light. These alarms are engineered for detecting smoke but not necessarily flames. They are the most used type of detectors. Ionization detectors are best for rapidly spreading fires, with lots of flames but not much smoke. They are commonly used in kitchens because they are not as likely to be triggered falsely by cooking fumes.
 
When a fire does happen, be sure to contact SERVPRO as soon as possible so they can assist you in cleaning up and repairing any damage from the fire and firefighting efforts. You need the help of professionals, and our technicians are specially trained, and IICRC and UCTP certified to handle these types of emergencies.
 
So how do you clean your smoke detector? It should be done every six months and involves two main activities – vacuuming the unit out and wiping down the exterior vents. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for regularly vacuuming out the detectors. Typically, this involves taking the face of it off and then using a soft brush attachment to brush the unit gently with the device. Then, take a clean wipe with a mild detergent to get rid of the build-up from the outside of the alarm. You particularly want to clean the vent openings to make sure air flow is not obstructed to the sensor inside.
 
Fires can completely disrupt your life, and at SERVPRO, we understand that. If you need our services, we take the time to go over our processes with you and take care of as much as possible so you can just worry about you and your family. We work efficiently, with you in mind so that you can get back to life as normal as quickly as possible. "Like it never even happened."
 
Proper maintenance of your smoke detectors is needed, but when an emergency does arise, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes for help cleaning up the mess left behind. A phone call to (719) 434-4626 is all it takes.

4 Steps To Deal With Mold Damage In Colorado Springs

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Damage to your home from a mold is tougher to find, treat, and remove.

Mold Damage


Spring may be here, but the rains have not stopped quite yet. Water damage is easy to spot from the inch or two covering your front lawn all the way into your garage and living room. Damage to your home from a mold is tougher to find, treat, and remove.

SERVPRO has developed four major steps to deal with mold damage in Colorado Springs homes. Our decades of experience, coupled with a nationwide network of equipment, trained personnel and an extensive catalog of cleaning agents ensure we can isolate the damage, treat it, and remove it faster than almost anyone else in the business.

First, our response team establishes containment. This step ensures the mold does not spread to unaffected parts of the home. Physical containment begins with hanging plastic sheeting to act as barriers across doorways, windows, and other openings to the affected area. Team members also seal the HVAC vents to prevent contamination of the ducts and set up fans and air movers to establish negative air pressure which forces loose spores out of your home.

Second, technicians remove the contamination. How they remove it depends on the material. Porous materials such as drywall, carpets, and fabrics are difficult to clean and often require disposal when the cost is more than replacement. Nonporous surfaces (glass, metal and most plastics) are cleaned by wiping a surface down with a dry or wet cloth. If the mold growth is very thick or growing in a layer of dirt or other soil, then team members use an anti-fungal or a cleaning agent to loosen it from the surface. All loose mold fragments are vacuumed using HEPA filters which are designed to capture even a single mold spore. If any growth remains, it is mechanically agitated to loosen and then cleaned and vacuumed again. Agitation is also used on semi-porous surfaces (wood and concrete) to loosen mold growth for vacuuming.

Third, team members allow any dust and spores disturbed by cleaning to settle. Once enough time has elapsed, surfaces are wiped down from top to bottom; usually with dry cloths. All wiping down is done in the direction of the negative air machines to remove them from home.

Finally, the previously contaminated material is dried to prevent new growth. Technicians accomplish this using dehumidifiers to dry the surrounding air and specialized heaters to raise the temperature of the affected area. Both are also effective in drying porous and nonporous surfaces.

Removing mold from your home is multi-step, complicated process. SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is here to help you through every part of the process and return you to your home as soon as we can. Call us at (719) 434-4626 today for a free inspection.

Minimizing The Effect Fire Damage Restoration Has On Your Colorado Springs Attraction

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Your Emergency Ready Profile works with the mobile Emergency Ready Plan app, putting the power of our resources into the palm of your hand.

Your Colorado Springs Commercial Property Is in Good Hands with SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration 


Visitors to our area arrive year round, and you and your staff are ready to welcome them with your brand of fun and adventure. Closing down for even a few days ifIf your premises suffer fire damage is detrimental to your bottom line. Partnering with SERVPRO allows restoration to happen while also keeping unaffected areas of your business open.

Fire damage to your Colorado Springs living history destination site concerns you on many levels. First, you fear for the historic buildings and their contents. Second, you worry that groups and individuals that reserved times or tours at your venue are about to miss out on all your attraction has to offer. Third, the revenue lost when you turn visitors away cannot be regained, a terrible situation for an enterprise already existing on a strict budget.

Our team arrives ready to assess your fire damage and begin the process of restoration. The professionals at SERVPRO answer many of these concerns with the training and experience to restore your business while also devising ways for much of your property to remain open to the public. We isolate areas that need work with temporary barricades and sheathing, leaving other parts available to be enjoyed by the public. When dealing with a “one of a kind” historic site, we understand that returning the structures, fixtures, and contents to their preloss condition is far preferable to a tear out and replace effort. Our staff is up to date on both fire and water damage restoration methods that meet or exceed industry standards. Since water damage almost always accompanies fire damage, our multi-certified technicians are qualified for both types of challenges.

We urge all local attraction to work with us to develop a Ready Plan Profile so yo, as owner, and we, as your restoration partner, move swiftly and surely when a disaster of any kind strikes. You educate us as to your priorities and layout while we offer professional advice on how to minimize the impact of fire damage should it occur. Your Emergency Ready Profile works with the mobile Emergency Ready Plan app, putting the power of our resources into the palm of your hand. Identify the chain of command, so we know who has the authorization to give us the go-ahead. Map out crucial utilities and spaces where the most precious artifacts reside and we secure those places first.


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"Ready for whatever happens” is the promise of SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes. Contact us with complete confidence at (719) 434-4626 to get the fire damage handled professionally.

How SERVPRO Determines a Drying System in Colorado Springs

3/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians will determine the most effective drying method for your water damage event.

Many Factors Regulate the Drying System Decision

Fast drying is one of the most important parts of a water mitigation and restoration project, and SERVPRO aims to maximize efficiency in every job to reduce costs and efforts taken toward later repairs and restorations. We may use either a "closed" or "open" system when drying your home. An open drying system leaves doors, windows, and other openings open to the outside air and sunlight to provide a natural drying process for the home. In tandem with our tools, this can make drying a fast and efficient process. However, in some cases, we have to use a closed system, where doors are closed and we remove all moisture manually. Which system we use depends on a few variables.
 
Outside Weather
 
The most important determining factor in how we start the drying process for water damage in Colorado Springs is the current weather. Warmer temperatures are conducive to faster drying, so we rarely implement an open system in the colder months of the year. If there is any chance of rain, we probably can't use an open system then, either, as rain falling through windows and doors can reverse the drying process and cause further damage. Finally, high relative humidity can be detrimental to the drying process, and so we only use open systems when the surrounding air is dry.
 
Extent of Damage
 
Aside from weather conditions, the extent and location of damage is another factor we consider. If a SERVPRO inspector deems the damage minimal or in a place where an open system would be ineffective, we may instead close up doors and windows and go with our standard array of dehumidifiers and air movers for the drying process. In some cases, a homeowner may also explicitly request a closed drying system, and in most such cases we abide by their wishes.
 
SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is a professional, certified, and experienced provider of local water damage restoration services. Give us a call 24/7 at (719) 434-4626.

Bleach is Not the Best Option to Fix Mold Damage in Colorado Springs

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Call the professionals at SERVPRO to remove mold from your home correctly.

SERVPRO Technicians are Certified in Mold Remediation


In many households, bleach is the go-to option to clean up almost any spill or mess that has a germ-factor involved. There are certain situations in which bleach should not be used. Cleaning up mold on semi-porous surfaces in your home is one of these situations.

Spring cleaning is around the corner in Colorado Springs, a common activity that often results in the discovery of mold damage. This microbe not only makes things look dirty and filthy, but the same conditions that allow it to grow can often allow bacteria to flourish. Your first reaction to finding a closet with now-speckled walls may be to start using a bleach solution to get everything clean again, but this is not what you should do.

Using bleach to clean areas of mold found on drywall and other semi-porous materials can make matter worse. Household bleach contains much less chlorine than it does water. Chlorine is unable to penetrate past the outer surface of semi-porous materials such as drywall or wood. When surfaces show wetness, it is only the water that has penetrated, with the chlorine remaining on the surface. Adding moisture to the environment is counter-productive because doing so provides one of the mold's basic needs. While water is soaking into the material you saturated with the bleach, the chlorine is producing carcinogenic gasses. This production of gas has been known to last for several weeks.

Instead, upon finding mold damage, you should call SERVPRO and have an inspection to determine what allowed the mold to grow in your home in the first place. Mold cannot grow unless a water source is available. Both mold and cellulose, mold's primary food source, are always present in homes and other buildings, so it is the presence of moisture that can determine if mold can grow or not in any given location. Because it is impossible to eradicate mold completely, SERVPRO works to remove the water, instead.
 
Even in darkened areas, if water is absent, mold cannot grow. Our technicians are trained to replace the materials that have mold damage with new ones and ensure that water is no longer present. Mold growth on the inside of a closet quite often indicates that there is a water leak in the home above, or on the opposite side of, the area in which the mold is found.

In other situations, it is simply a case of someone in the family putting items away for storage when they were slightly damp or possibly even wet. Boots and other outdoor equipment are common items that are stored this way. Doing so can provide enough moisture to cause a problem with mold. Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) can ensure that mold is less likely to return by determining the cause and informing you of all pertinent details. Communication is important to us and our ability to help you protect your home from future damage.

SERVPRO can help you whenever you need us. Call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 any time of the day or night, any day of the year. We can help you with any surprises you find while cleaning your home or garage.

Tips to Remember when You have Flood Damage in Your Palmer Lake Property

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

Winter Thaws and Flooding in Palmer Lake Get Tips from SERVPRO

Preparation for Flooding in Palmer Lake Can Mitigate Damage

Floods happen all across America, affecting entire neighborhoods and cities at one time. Individual homes who escape the damage are considered to be incredibly lucky. When a flood hits your home, there are some things that you can do to lessen the damage. Using these tips can help reduce the harm experienced if you act on them before the flood approaches the area where you live.
 
Palmer Lake residents have had their fair share of flood damage in the past. New risks are created each time flooding occurs. These risks happen throughout each home and include the outside areas, also. SERVPRO can help in the restoration of your home and the contents inside, but there are steps you can take to minimize the damage but only when you have sufficient time.
 
Saving Your Food
Floods contain many different types of hazards. These risks include pathogens that can cause disease. Cross-contamination can happen very easily. Using a can opener on a can of food that is cooked and then using the same can opener on a can of food that is uncooked can cause cross-contamination. Food that is not in cans has much more apparent damage than canned goods has. If there is time between finding out there is a flood on the way, and when you need to leave your home, if you could move your food to a higher location, your food could be saved from becoming contaminated.
 
Because floods can create a need for evacuations that last for more than a few days, your refrigerator can not keep the food in it adequately chilled or frozen. Water from the flood can also enter refrigerators and freezers quite quickly and ruin the contents. Bagging up the contents beforehand can save you from needing to handle contaminated food products later. After a flood happens, restoring your home is much more involved than drying things out. SERVPRO always ensures that things are cleaned and sanitized. Any food items, even canned or jarred goods, which become submerged must be disposed of and not used.
 
Reducing the Risk of Electrical Shock
Unplugging your appliances before a flood can help prevent shocks or electrocution when flood waters recede, and you first re-enter your home. Your refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and electric stove should all be unplugged from the wall. The same goes for your washer and dryer. Other items in your home, such as the water softener, gears for the garage door, lamps, television sets, and clocks should not be left plugged in. SERVPRO has partnered with different service providers who can test and repair electronic equipment, including television sets and computers. You may also consider shutting down your main line to the electrical panel.
 
Prevention of Smaller Items being Relocated by the Flood
You can make things a bit safer for re-entering if you move smaller items to areas that are not affected by the flood. Moving chairs, rugs, smaller tables, floor lamps, and shoes and boots left on the floor to a higher area or floor can help. If these items are not in harm's way during the flood, they can not pose a hazard to you or your family when you return.

Your safety is more important than anything in your home. Following any evacuation instructions when given can help save you and your family members from harm.

When it is safe to return to your home, SERVPRO can get everything dried out and cleaned up. Call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 to help restore your home and ensure that your family can live there again safely.

Water Damage in Colorado Spring Gallery Managed Proactively With SERVPRO ERP

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO ERP gives you the peace of mind that your collection will be our priority in case of emergency. Call today to put a plan into place.

Having an Assessment and Plan in Place Gets You to the Front of the Line When Dealing with Water Damage at Your Business Location


As with any insurance, you hope never to have to use your SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan. However, if your gallery suffers water damage, it is crucial that we have worked together previously to craft a plan to limit the disaster. Knowing what you can do to protect your investment and how we will support gives great peace of mind.
 
An art gallery poses special considerations when commercial water damage intrudes into your Colorado Springs property. Although you will be very concerned about the shop itself, your more central worry will be the treasures contained within the space. Because we want to understand your needs and priorities completely, we advise the app and inspection before we become your disaster mitigation and restoration source. Completing an Emergency Ready Profile to inform our Emergency Ready Plan is the single most important task you can undertake to protect your business from potential ruin. Through an on-site assessment, completed by an experienced inspector from our office, combined with a line by line completion of the Field Form on our ERP app, you are in control of a carefully considered blueprint to save your inventory and your business.
 
Your SERVPRO ERP documents precisely the recovery and rescue hierarchy you want to identify for our first responders. Use your tablet or camera to inventory the contents of your gallery, including locations of important individual pieces, so that we can make informed decisions when we enter your site after damage happens. You have curated a one of a kind gallery, so it only makes sense that you employ a one of a kind Emergency Ready Plan to ensure the artwork you have collected has the very best chance of surviving a water damage disaster with little, if any, injury.
 
The Emergency Ready Plan allows you to identify key employees or others to contact us and engage our services even if you are unavailable to react to the water damage personally. This is huge benefit of our plan, allowing you to travel, relax, or search for more pieces to add to your gallery, without the nagging doubt that your should be minding the store.
 
If your gallery business is important to you SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is waiting for you to create an ERP to protect it now and into the future. Call (719) 434-4626 to inquire about the proactive approach to water or other damage you might need to deal with should disaster strike.

Combining Air Movers & Dehumidifiers to Repair Flood Damage in Monument Homes

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and SERVPRO Water Extraction Methods Mitigate Damage in Monument

SERVPRO's Training Maximizes Moisture Removal after Flooding

When a property is flooded (either by natural or domestic means), it must be dried out as quickly as possible, preferably by a professional team. The quicker that repairs can be started, the more of the home can be salvaged. If you experience flooding and delay the clean-up process, you could run into further problems with extensive damp and mold.

Fortunately, the drying techniques used by SERVPRO are highly effective. The equipment employed to repair flood damage in Monument homes is set up fast, to ensure the minimum of downtime between the flood and clean-up. With the help of sophisticated water pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers, our technicians can get you dry again in no time.

This handy guide to the basics of flood damage repair will help you understand why these machines are so important.

Why Are Air Movers and Dehumidifiers Different?
Dehumidifiers and air movers can look similar, and they produce the same result (expedient manners of water removal), but they do it in different ways. They are commonly combined by flood damage technicians because they provide a more comprehensive drying process when used together.

Dehumidifiers actually suck moisture out of the air and contain it. On the other hand, air movers direct fresh, clean air around the affected area, in the same way as a fan might. So, the air movers push dry, clean air into the flooded space, where it becomes saturated with moisture. The dehumidifier then captures this air and removes the moisture. It pumps the dry, clean air back out into the room, where it is caught by the air movers and the process begins again. This self-perpetuating cycle enables the SERVPRO team to set the drying machines up and leave them to do their work, while they attend to other areas of the building.

Why Is It Important to Get the Right Balance?
The SERVPRO technicians are trained in the most advanced flood restoration techniques. This includes knowing exactly how to set up air movers and dehumidifiers in a way which guarantees fast, effective drying. They will need to inspect the affected area before starting repairs so that they can determine how many machines are required. Too many placed devices positioned incorrectly can be counterproductive to moisture removal.

Obviously, the bigger the flooded area, the more drying tools will be used. However, it isn’t always so simple. When both dehumidifiers and air movers are brought on site, the number has to be perfect. Too many dehumidifiers and the drying process will be very slow. Too many air movers and the air will stay very humid and potentially cause further damage.

Fortunately, the experts at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes have all of the knowledge and skills needed to dry your home quickly and safely. Call us 24/7 at (719) 434-4626 today.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Gleneagle

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

If the home has windows or doors broken, our team will secure plywood over the openings.

Glendale Fire Damage

Many homeowners and renters will face the results of a house fire in the coming year. While it is one of the worst possible things to face, it doesn't have to be the frightening process you face alone.

Once we arrive at you home, our SERVPRO response team has several actions that they will first take to ensure we can restore your Gleneagle home from fire damage.

Inspect for Smoke Residue - Technicians draw a dry sponge across a section of building material with smoke damage to test how much soot can be removed. This is also accomplished with wet sponges and those soaked with a cleaning agent. This same inspection is also an opportunity for our technicians to check if there is any exposed asbestos from the fire.

Deodorizing the Structure - Regardless if it is a townhouse or a duplex, our SERVPRO technicians will bring in large air movers once the home is determined to safe from asbestos. These machines are capable of moving over 2500 Cubic Feet per Minute, which quickly removes the acrid odors and provides a cleaner environment for our team and for you to come in and examine your home with one of our inspectors.

Boarding Up A Structure - If the home has windows or doors broken from the fire damage, our team will secure plywood over the openings. If there is damage to the roof that has left it open to the weather, they will secure tarps over those exposed areas.

Packing out Property - As long as there is no asbestos found on the personal property (furniture, tools, clothes, etc.), team members will pack up and move items that you have determined you wish to keep. If there is a property that we cannot safely or legally handle, that will be your responsibility to move. Anything that cannot be safely removed, we highly encourage you to allow us to properly dispose of for you.

 

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Once these initial steps are taken, our response team will work out a complete cleaning schedule and implement it with your approval. SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes' only goal at this point is to help you put your life and home back together. Call us today at (719) 434-4626 to get started. 

Fulfilling Commercial Water Removal Needs in Colorado Springs Keeps Businesses and Factories Running

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Do Not Let a Burst Water Hose Disrupt Your Business in Colorado Springs

SERVPRO's Fast Action Can Save Your Business Both Time and Money

Even the tiniest of leaks can cause problems in a factory setting, but these can often go for long lengths of time undetected. When you have got a water main that is burst open, and you are losing many gallons of water, you know immediately of the problem. Keeping things from becoming worse and developing into significant water damage and increased loss of inventory should be addressed as soon as the water is shut off at the main valve.
 
In Colorado Springs, preventing further problems starts with commercial water removal services. Getting the water extracted as quickly as we can, we help protect your as-of-yet undamaged equipment and inventory from unnecessary contact with water. We can assess your situation with an experienced eye as soon as we arrive and then consult with you. SERVPRO Professionals can always work together as a team to help ensure that your needs are always addressed promptly, guaranteeing the mitigation of problems and loss of inventory and revenue to a minimum.
 
We understand that in a commercial setting, the safety of your employees is also a top priority. Because all SERVPRO employees are trained through both corporate and IICRC venues and certified, we will never have to ask one of your employees for assistance in completing a job, ensuring they will never be placed in a dangerous or compromising situation. After pumping all standing water out, we will then use hand-held and portable units to reduce the amount of moisture in your building further. Then we will begin with dehumidifiers, heaters, air blowers, and possibly air scrubbers to regain a normal humidity level reading. The RH level is crucial to preventing secondary water damage to previously unaffected areas and items.
 
We can clean your commercial site if needed, and also provide deodorizing techniques, as water can bring out odors that were previously nonexistent, even after the water has been completely removed. We want to make it ”Like it never even happened” so you and your company can return to your normal business operations quickly again.
 
When your business has had severe water problems, and you need commercial water removal, call the experts at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes, (719) 434-4626, any day of the week, and any hour of the day or night. We are always ready to respond when you need us.

Flood Damage in Colorado Springs

11/19/2016 (Permalink)

Melting Snow Can Flood Your Home in Colorado Springs

SERVPRO's Fast Response Mitigates Flood Damage to Your Property

The weather has certainly improved lately, and fall is almost winter. Although we're only expecting rain one day in the next ten locally, the threat of flooding is still present for Colorado. It doesn't take long for something to roll out of the mountains and surprise us.

The only way to avoid flood damage in Colorado Springs would be to build on top of Almagre or Cheyenne Mountain. Since we all know that's not going to happen, the smartest thing you can do next is to call us here at SERVPRO. As a locally owned franchise with a nationwide support network, we are uniquely qualified to help our community through floods and other disasters with some of the best equipment and training in the restoration business.

When a flood does happen, calling us is the safest thing for you to do. Don't try to turn off the power or anything else. It is too easy for a fatal accident to happen around electricity and standing water. Our inspectors can do that and identify everything else the technicians on our response team need to accomplish.

The first step is to isolate and remove the water. This task may involve sandbagging if needed or it could be as simple as blocking pipes. The response team will then bring out commercial grade portable pumps, sump pumps, and vacuums to start water removal. We tailor each piece of equipment we bring to each task. From a living room with three or four inches of water to a completely flooded basement, we have the right machines for the job.

Next, our technicians use specially designed water extractors that pull moisture trapped inside of carpets and wood flooring. When the last ounce we can get has been removed, then it's time for the dehumidifiers. These commercial machines are designed to draw water molecules from the surrounding air, returning moisture levels in the affected rooms to normal. If needed, we will also use heaters in each room to speed up the drying process. The sooner we get this accomplished, the sooner you can return to your home.

From Cheyenne Mountain State Park to Pike's Peak and the Air Force Academy, this is a great place to live. SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is proud to call this our home and willingly assist our neighbors in dealing with flooding and returning them to their homes. Call our offices today 24/7 at (719) 434-4626 for emergency help.

Mold Damage And Restoration In Palmer Lake

11/10/2016 (Permalink)

Mold is an almost hidden threat compared to water and fire. It can quickly spread throughout a structure before it is ever seen.

Mold Damage

Mold is an almost hidden threat compared to water and fire. It can quickly spread throughout a structure before it is ever seen. Palmer Lake is as vulnerable to mold damage as any other city and town in Colorado. Between our city's namesake and North Monument Creek, maybe even a little more vulnerable due to the multiple threat sources of excess moisture. SERVPRO has the needed experience, training, and equipment to remove this menace and put you back into your home once more.

The first sign you may have a problem is the smell. The musty odor that indicates an excess of mold is a good point for our inspectors to come in with testing equipment. They will determine how far it has spread and where the source of the contamination is located. The first step in cleaning and removing is to deploy an anti-fungal cleaning solution. These are particularly effective on mold spores. Once it is killed, our technicians will set up a series of dehumidifiers and fans to reduce the moisture level of the affected area. Once the level is returned to normal, the chance of new mold growth is reduced to a negligible point. Any mold on the surfaces will be cleaned and removed.

If the contamination has grown behind a wall, then an anti-fungal fogger may be needed to make sure every inch of the contaminated surface is cleaned. If damage has already begun in building material such as drywall, that will have to be removed. It is very fragile once compromised and cannot be cleaned without further damage. Once completed, specialized vacuums with HEPA filters will be used to ensure every mold spore that can be reached is removed from your home.

Removing mold contamination is not a simple process, but it can be accomplished quickly if handled by a professional restoration service. As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is ready to help our neighbors deal with the problem and return to their homes as soon as we can make it safe again. Call us today at (719) 434-4626 to get started.

Reducing the Risk of Household Appliances Causing Water Damage in Gleneagle

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Any appliances that have water coming into them or going out of them, have the potential to cause water damage. Call SERVPRO quickly to remediate!

Regular Maintenance Can Prevent Potential Damage

It is not just burst pipes, flooding, and storms that can cause water damage to your home; faulty appliances also have the potential to cause significant problems. Dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters and refrigerators are some of the usual culprits in the home. However, there are measures you can take to significantly reduce the risk of them leaking and causing water damage to your property.

Check the Hoses
One of the most common causes of appliances causing water damage in Gleneagle is the failure, damage or blockage of hoses. Both dishwashers and washing machines have hoses connected to them as they are water-drawing appliances. It is important to check the hoses regularly for degrading, cracks or blockages before further problems are caused. Realistically, hoses need replacing every three years.

Identify and Check Water Valves
You should make sure that everyone in the house knows where the main water valve and the water valves for each appliance are located. If a leak does occur, it can be dealt with swiftly by turning off the water. It is also important to check that the valves open and close correctly. SERVPROs are often called out by people who have just returned home to find a flood or leak after a vacation or weekend away. A preventative measure you can take is to turn off the valves before you leave home.

Drains, Pumps, and Filters
Depending on the particular appliance, a piece of equipment may have drains, pumps or filters. Each of these components may become blocked with debris over time, and this will disrupt or prevent the flow of water. In turn, this can result in leakages or the appliance may stop working altogether. Check for blockages and debris at least twice a year to keep these parts clear.

Contacting the Professionals
There are some occasions when you will not be able to rectify a problem, and it is important you know when you need to call a professional rather than attempt to resolve an issue yourself. If your appliance has a warranty, then a qualified engineer will come to identify any problems and either fix or replace the parts as necessary. It is well worth considering an extended warranty, so your appliance is covered for longer. Having faults repaired quickly will minimize the chances of needing to use our services at SERVPRO to tackle water damage.

Although these tips reduce the risk of problems with household appliances, there is still the possibility of a fault or leak occurring that results in water damage to your home. In the event of this happening, contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/ Tri-Lakes as soon as possible on (719) 434-4626. Once you have described your emergency, our team of experts will visit you to assess the damage and begin restorative work as soon as possible.

The Level of Fire Damage Determines Restoration Type

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Fire can damage your home. After the firefighters leave, call SERVPRO to remediate!

SERVPPRO Technicians are Prepared to Restore Any Level of Fire Damage

Fires are the fear of every homeowner. Different types of damage can happen when the contents of your home and your home itself burn. Many materials are of course destroyed in a fire, being either entirely or partially consumed in the process of combustion. Besides this, additional damage occurs when smoke residues and heat impact the materials. On top of all this, more damage is done from the attempts of firefighters to extinguish the fire. Water and other agents of extinguishing that are used to put the fire out can cause more damage to the building. Fire damage, in reality, consists of many different types of damage. Materials can suffer from heat damage, burning, charring, and smoke and water damage.

Fire Damage Levels
Each fire results in different levels of damage, and not all fire damage in Colorado Springs needs the same kind of restoration procedures. Any specific losses may involve different damage from small to large, and our technicians at SERVPRO have the knowledge to know what restoration services are needed for each loss.

Minor Damages – There is smoke residue in only certain areas or rooms. Smoke residue is light to moderate, and restoration could include wet and/or dry cleaning of walls, ceilings, contents, and floors. A few areas will need to be repainted, and some minor items will need replacement.

Medium Damages - Here, there is moderate smoke damage, and there are more materials that need wet cleaning to get rid of residues. Some areas that need repainting and items which need replacement increase in this situation. Floors might need refinishing, and heat damage to cabinets, drywall and contents will mean more materials need replacing. Contents might be able to be cleaned right in your home. Smoke odors will be noticeable as well and may need more deodorizing procedures once cleaning is completed.
 
Major Damages – Heat and fire damage is severe close to the fire’s source. Finishes and structural framing could be charred, meaning structural repairs are needed. Smoke residues are found throughout a large portion of your home, and smoke odors will be strong. You will need emergency services that SERVPRO can provide, such as boarding up your home, winterizing your home in cold weather, establishing an electricity source, and getting rid of charred and smoke-filled debris. Restoration will require extensive cleaning of your home and probably the need to pack and move anything that is salvageable for cleaning off-site. Several methods of deodorization will be needed to get rid of smoke odors.

Any kind of fire damage can be tough to deal with on an emotional level, but if it does happen to you, contact us at SERVPRO of North Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes so that we can quickly figure out a plan of restoration before more damage sets in. Call us any day of the week, at any hour by dialing (719) 434-4626, and we will be out to your home as soon as possible to help.

Reliable Flood Damage Response

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

Regardless of the size of the damage SERVPRO is available 24/7 to help!

SERVPRO Remediates Small and Large Scale Damage

When you and your family are faced with flood damage from torrential rains, you need a company that has significant experience dealing with this type of life-changing natural disaster. SERVPRO has helped countless individuals just like you sort out the overwhelming process of recovering from major homestead flooding. Not just a handyman service, we are equipped with the latest in water extraction and drying equipment to handle any size water disaster, staffed by highly trained professionals who chose to make restoring your home and your peace of mind their career. Fast response times and compassion at a time when you feel hopeless set us apart from other restoration companies.
 
No one plans for the kind of storm that fills your basement or garage with water, threatening to destroy your heating and electrical systems and ruining your appliances and personal belonging. Flood damage in Colorado Springs can happen in a matter of minutes when rainfall totals of two to three inches fall in record time, especially if the ground is already soggy with previous showers. Low lying areas, basements and walkouts, and garages quickly catch the rainwater, mounting to several feet in a flash. This is not the kind of damage a homeowner can mop up; a professional team is essential to ensure your family’s safety and to restore the integrity of your home’s structure and to recover as much of your personal property as possible.
 
Flood damage from severe weather affects many households in your community at precisely the same time. Contracting with SERVPRO to set your household to rights is crucial because we are able to assist with both our local professionals and a network of over 1,650 franchises nationwide ready to spring into action. Our Catastrophic Storm Teams mobilize with the strength of our many members making sure your personal crisis is handled with all deliberate speed rather than competing with other homeowners who are scrambling to restore their water damage. The training our staff receives confers Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying, essential to return your home to pre-storm condition, just “Like it never even happened.”
 
When the unthinkable happens and you find parts of your home under water, call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes (719) 434-4626. Let our immediate response to your tragedy get you and your family back to normal faster than you thought possible after the flood.

The Need for Rapid Water Removal is Critical

8/5/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip: Fast Water Removal Limits Damage in Colorado Springs.

SERVPRO Extracts Water Quickly to Mitigate Damage

The common belief is that it is when you are away from your home for days on end, such as during a vacation, that water lines will decide to burst open, flooding your home. It may seem like that, but water lines can break at any time, even when you are home, and not be noticed immediately. You may be sleeping, or watching television, and not hear anything. There are no alarms on your water pipes to sound if something like this should ever happen.

Any pipe can burst open in Colorado Springs, leading to the need for water removal specialists to assist you in drying out your home. In many areas, this problem can also happen in the coldest part of winter where outside temps can affect isolated spots along water lines inside of your basement. There are many reasons, including deteriorating glue, which is quite rare but does happen, and cracks in the pipes themselves. Metal pipes in older homes are not immune to bursting, either, even though many of these are being replaced because of concerns about lead content.

SERVPRO professionals work together as a team, and all have different certifications. ASD, Applied Structural Drying, and WDRT, Water Damage Restoration Technician are just two from the IICRC. This international organization sets the guidelines for water damage restoration protocols. SERVPRO has developed an advanced in-house ECTP--Employee Certification Training Program--that is comprehensive and industry leading. They know how to handle all of your water removal and extraction needs, and can also further assist you in various subsequent problems to mitigate secondary water damage issues. These include document drying and portrait preservation as examples. When water lines break, the water is not going to come gushing out in a neat line. It can splash out in various directions, ruining items that might not seem to be in the way. Preservation of these articles needs to begin as soon as possible for our professionals to achieve the best possible results for you.

The same applies to your home's interior – carpets, flooring, and drywalled areas. These need to be dried as quickly as possible, so they do not warp, discolor, or deteriorate. In the case of non-salvageable building materials, our skilled technicians, along with affiliated companies, can rebuild and restore "Like it never even happened."

When you need professional water removal, give a call to us, SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes, at (719) 434-4626. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Preventing and Spotting Mold: When it's Time to Call the Professionals at SERVPRO

8/2/2016 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO to Remediate Mold Problems in Your Colorado Springs Property

Rely on the Pros for Mold Detection and Remediation

Mold and water are serious issues. They amount to an enormous amount of the damages that our seasoned professionals see every single day. The problems mostly occur when people fail to take adequate care of the problem before it becomes a serious issue. In fact, the biggest distinction is discovering when mold and other byproducts are the health aspects that mold and other contaminants pose to the health of your family. On top of that, mold discolors walls, ruins wallpaper and sheetrock, and buckles flooring. Furthermore, as pipes burst and situations become worse, repairs become inevitable. When it comes down to it, fungi growth in your property is a hazard to be remediated.
 
How SERVPRO Can Help You Assess and Control Mold Growth
As a homeowner dealing with mold damage in Colorado Springs, it's essential that you do your homework and understand where and how mold grows:
First, be aware of musty odors. In many situations, this is the first indicator of mold growth.
Second, look for spots where color contrast is evident. On wallpaper and sheetrock, often this damage is very apparent and easy to recognize.
Third, always look behind shelving, dressers, paintings and other coverings to ensure that mold isn't growing or that air is cold, not ventilated, and dehumidified. Moisture is a problem. Always check rugs and pillows with a spatula or other utensil to check for dust and contaminants. Look for slimy or slippery feels on coverings, walls, or upholstery. Often these are the first signs of issues.
 
The problem is that many sources of mold are multifaceted. In most situations, mold can grow from roof leaks, indoor plumbing leaks, drainage issues, damp basements. HVAC units and duct work, or crawl areas, humidifiers, flooding, ventilation issues, wet clothes, condensation, steam, or even condensation on cool surfaces. SERVPR0 technicians have the IICRC certifications to detect and eliminate these conducive conditions for mold proliferation.
 
When Homeowners Know That Mold Is A Problem
You need to understand that owners can mitigate mold damage and other issues associated with the growth of fungi and other substances. Mold first appears as a discolored patch, primarily growing into fuzzy patches, warped surfaces, and other disfiguration of cabinets, walls, and other surfaces.
 
Instead of testing for mold, treat the symptoms now. Homeowners can hire licensed specialists to access damages, and even renters can expect landlords to deal with the problem as soon as possible. Our SERVPRO professionals are strategically located and are very capable of dealing with mold issues. Give SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs and the Tri-Lakes a call when you have mold damage at (719) 434-4626 when you have issues with mold.

SERVPRO Fire Damage

7/21/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Brings Smoke and Soot to Your Property

Tips on Dealing with Fire Damage Aftermath

When it comes to fire damage, the primary source of damage isn't the actual flame or heat. Most restoration and replacement costs come from smoke and soot damage left from the fire. In areas like ours, smoke and soot damage does not even require the facility to be on fire.

Many miles surrounding the Monument area are covered in forest, and the potential is there for a fire (especially this time of year) so expansive that it will cover the community in smoke and soot. Also, structures nearby can also cover your home or business in smoke and soot as well as the chemical smell and particles from man-made building materials. SERVPRO has extensive experience in dealing with these hazards and the clean-up required to deal with them.


Regardless of the source, do not attempt to remove anything until you have been given the go-ahead from the fire department or a building safety inspector. If you do decide to remove items before calling in a professional service, remember to wear gloves and other protective gear. Your health should always be a higher priority than office furniture and soot can ruin clothing almost immediately, even if you get it to a dry cleaners the same day. Also, do not forget that if an item was soaked by the fire suppression system, it is much heavier than normal.

Whatever else you may do or not, do not activate your air conditioner or any HVAC system until it has been inspected and cleaned if necessary. Once fire damage has occurred, at the very minimum, all HVAC filters must be replaced, and registers should be blocked. Dense cloth such as cheesecloth should be taped securely over them to prevent air traveling through the system and spreading soot into areas that escaped the initial damage from the fire.

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is a locally owned and operated franchise. Our management and employees are part of this community and have a personal interest in keeping it safe and sound. If you need our restoration services or want to set-up a free inspection to determine the best plan to prevent fire damage, call us today at 719-434-4626.

How to Mitigate Water Damage

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

Damaged and Deteriorated Pipes Can Cause Water Damage

Three Tips to Prevent Water Damage

Water damage is one of the most common and destructive types of damage that can happen to any home, anytime, and in any location. Even when a home is safe from major river floods and disasters like hurricanes, significant water damage may still be incurred through a number of sources. Common damage origins include flash floods, burst or leaking pipes, septic tank or water heater ruptures, or simply unusually heavy weather. Here are some steps you can take to safeguard your home against water damage.
 
1. Replace Old Pipes
 
Leaking or ruptured pipes are very commonly caused by old age and deteriorating condition. The simple solution to this is to simply replace old pipes before they have a chance to break. Although many homes in the western United States are relatively new and have quality water fixtures, it may still be worth investigating the age and quality of the pipes running through your home. Detecting problems in advance is well worth it, as even a minor leak can cause serious and expensive damage if it is not quickly repaired.
 
2. Install Seals on Doors
 
Installing seals on any doors which lead out of your home is typically an excellent idea, for a number of reasons. For example, in Colorado Springs, water damage can often be avoided by simply sealing the bottoms of doors to prevent rain and light floodwaters from coming inside. This solution can also save money for the home, as well, as it will help to keep the home insulated and in the long term save money on heating. As such, many newer homes come with simple seals pre-installed.
 
3. Take Out both Home and Flood Insurance Policies
 
The most important part in mitigating loss from water damage is ensuring that you have the proper insurance to repair and replace any damage to the home. Many homeowners' insurance policies do not cover floods or some types of water damage, so taking out a separate policy is often inexpensive and well worth it. Even homes on high ground should be wary of flood conditions, as waters can pour into basements and low-lying areas.
 
 
SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is a locally owned and operated business which has helped to bring countless homeowners through crises large and small. If you need repair and restoration services, or simply advice and a quote on water damage, please don't hesitate to call us at (719) 434-4626 for 24/7 service.

Dishwasher Safe

4/7/2016 (Permalink)

Dishwashers have been making kitchen life a bit easier since it became popularized as a must-have in the 1950's. There are certain risks while rare that could pose a problem for younger children.

Steps to take to minimize the risks:

  • Knives and Forks: Keep little ones safe from sharp points by pointing knives and forks downward in the utensil basket.
  • Detergent: Never fill the soap dispenser until you’re ready to start a load and check your dishwasher for leftover residue after each cycle.
  • Steam and Hot Water: Make sure your dishwasher is securely latched at all times and can’t be opened by curious fingers, particularly at the end of a cycle when burns from steam are most likely to occur.

If you find yourself in need of our services please reach out to us at 719-574-2789 or 719-434-4626 and tell them the Marketing Team sent you.

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes – We help to make it Like it never even happened.®

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes is always just a quick phone call away. Whether you are dealing with a Water loss or damage from a fire we can help. Emergencies do not work on a set schedule and can happen at any hour of the day or night. That’s why we are here 24/7, 365 to assist you should the need arise.

Colorado Springs Experts in Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water and Fire Cleanup and Restoration.

Carpet Cleaning - Before and After

4/5/2016 (Permalink)

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning?
Call Today – (719) 574-2789 or (719) 434-4626

We also offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes – We help to make it Like it never even happened.®

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes is always just a quick phone call away. Whether you are dealing with a Water loss or damage from a fire we can help. Emergencies do not work on a set schedule and can happen at any hour of the day or night. That’s why we are here 24/7, 365 to assist you should the need arise.

Colorado Springs Experts in Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water and Fire Cleanup and Restoration.

Stop the Squeak

4/4/2016 (Permalink)

Squeaky Door Hinges

Spray a little WD-40 onto the hinges, moving the door back and forth to work in the lubricant. Or try rubbing the hinges with petroleum jelly. If these tricks don’t work, lift the hinge pins about halfway and lubricate them with three-in-one oil, using a rag to catch drips.

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If you find yourself in need of our services please reach out to us at 719-574-2789 or 719-434-4626 and tell them the Marketing Team sent you.

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes – We help to make it Like it never even happened.®

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes is always just a quick phone call away. Whether you are dealing with a Water loss or damage from a fire we can help. Emergencies do not work on a set schedule and can happen at any hour of the day or night. That’s why we are here 24/7, 365 to assist you should the need arise.

Colorado Springs Experts in Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water and Fire Cleanup and Restoration.

The Power of Water

3/31/2016 (Permalink)

It doesn’t take much water to carry you away, whether you’re on foot or in a vehicle. NEVER drive or walk into floodwaters. Turn Around Don’t Drown! #FloodSafety

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes is always just a quick phone call away. Whether you are dealing with a Water loss or damage from a fire we can help. Emergencies do not work on a set schedule and can happen at any hour of the day or night. That’s why we are here 24/7, 365 to assist you should the need arise.

If you find yourself in need of our services please reach out to us at 719-574-2789 or 719-434-4626 and tell them the Marketing Team sent you.

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes – We help to make it Like it never even happened.®

Colorado Springs Experts in Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water and Fire Cleanup and Restoration.

Just a Call Away

3/30/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes is always just a quick phone call away. Whether you are dealing with a Water loss or damage from a fire we can help. Emergencies do not work on a set schedule and can happen at any hour of the day or night. That's why we are here 24/7, 365 to assist you should the need arise.

If you find yourself in need of our services please reach out to us at 719-574-2789 or 719-434-4626 and tell them the Marketing Team sent you.

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes – We help to make it Like it never even happened.®

Colorado Springs Experts in Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water and Fire Cleanup and Restoration.

Clean a Microwave with a Lemon

3/29/2016 (Permalink)

Since microwaves made their debut in the 1980's they have become a kitchen appliance that is used often and at times overused. The more use of the microwave the more dirty they become, from lids flying off of Tupperware and leaving behind liquid explosions of mass destruction to flying food debris that plasters itself on every imaginable surface of the microwave. Although microwaves are fast and efficient they can become disgustingly dirty and a chore clean up.

Here is a simple tip that I came across recently....

You need a cheap and easy way to clean your overused greasy microwave oven? Then the answer to all your prayers is in a simple lemon. The days of struggle with removing grease and splatter are coming to an end. Grab a lemon and you’ll solve this issue fast. First, mix a half squeezed lemon juice with a dish of water, approximately 300ml. Mix it well. Then, place the solution in the oven, and turn to the maximum setting and heat for 5-10 minutes. By doing so, the steam will melt some of the grease on the walls and roof of the microwave. Finally, wipe the freshly lemon-scented oven with a soft dishcloth. Your job is done and your microwave is clean.

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SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes – We help to make it Like it never even happened.®

Colorado Springs Experts in Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water and Fire Cleanup and Restoration.

Red Wine Spills

3/24/2016 (Permalink)

Red wine spills can leave a nasty stain, but if you know how to handle them, they don't have to be so bad. Follow these easy steps from our friends at Real Simple.

Should you ever find yourself in need of our Emergency Restoration Services please call us at 719-574-2789 or 719-434-4626

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes – We help to make it "Like it never even happened."

Colorado Springs Experts in Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water and Fire Cleanup and Restoration.

Spring Rains

3/21/2016 (Permalink)

Spring is officially here. The grass is beginning to change from brown to green, flowers are starting to bloom and spring rains will be here before you know it. The Spring rains are needed and brings about growth. At the same time rain can be unpredictable and can cause water damage to our homes. Basements can be a prime area for water leaks.

Keeping Water Out Of Your Basement

•  Downspout extensions should be at least 6 feet long, and the water should be directed away from your house.

•  All surfaces surrounding the house should be graded properly to direct water away from the foundation. This includes the lawn and driveway.

•  Gutters should be clear of debris.

•  Window wells should be sealed tightly to the foundation. The well should be filled with gravel, not dirt, and it should be 6 inches to 18 inches in depth.

•  Make sure if your sump pump is working and that it's discharging water away from the house.

Portion taken from: Rick Barrett

Should you ever find yourself in need of our Emergency Restoration Services please call us at 719-574-2789 or 719-434-4626

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes – We help to make it "Like it never even happened."

Colorado Springs Experts in Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water and Fire Cleanup and Restoration.

Marketing Event

3/18/2016 (Permalink)

Our marketing guys (Tony Veneris and Tom Hilfers) networking and getting to know others in the community. This turned out to be a great event and the guys saw some new faces along with many current customers.

Great work team!!

Should you ever find yourself in need of our Emergency Restoration Services please call us at 719-574-2789 or 719-434-4626

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes – We help to make it "Like it never even happened."

Colorado Springs Experts in Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water and Fire Cleanup and Restoration.

Panic Day

3/10/2016 (Permalink)

We know it's #PanicDay and all, but if you've got SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes, there's really no need to stress. Trust our team to restore the peace and the clean.

Garbage Disposal Cleaning Cubes

3/9/2016 (Permalink)

Homemade garbage disposal cleaning cubes

Here’s a super simple recipe for homemade garbage disposal cleaning cubes.  You can whip up a batch in five minutes or less and store in your freezer for anytime your garbage disposal needs a little pick-me-up.

White distilled vinegar is cheap, environmentally-friendly, and can be used to kill bacteria, mold, and germs.  It’s also all-natural, non-toxic, and frequently used in the kitchen for cooking.

Lemons are edible, environmentally-friendly fruits that are also natural disinfectants.  Plus they smell freaking great.

Vinegar + lemon = one sweet-smelling cleaning machine.

I’ve been using lemon peels to clean and deodorize my garbage disposal for years, but lemon peels PLUS vinegar?!  GENIUS.

Why didn’t I think of this sooner?!

You are going to love this recipe for homemade garbage disposal cleaning cubes.

I didn’t put much effort into cleaning my garbage disposal before now, but now I find myself looking for excuses to grind some frozen cubes.  (Cooking with onions and garlic?  Welp, better add a couple of cleaning cubes to the garbage disposal too!)

I love that these homemade garbage disposal cleaning cubes are frozen because they force the garbage disposal blades to slice and dice and get covered in vinegar.  Seems much more effective than simply pouring liquid vinegar down the drain.  Plus, I just love the smell of lemon coming from my sink.

Here’s how you can quickly whip up a batch of your own.

Homemade Garbage Disposal Cleaning Cubes

Ingredients

  • The peels from 3 lemons
  • 1.5 cups of distilled white vinegar

Directions

  1. Chop peels into small pieces and add to one ice cube tray.
  2. Pour vinegar evenly into the ice cube tray.
  3. Place ice cube tray in freezer, and freeze.
  4. Remove cubes from tray and store in a gallon-sized plastic freezer bag. (You’ll want to do this soon after they’re frozen so your whole freezer doesn’t smell like vinegar.

To Use

  • Add two cubes to garbage disposal.  Turn on water and run disposal until ice is chopped.  (About 30 seconds.)

Source:  By  September 12, 2013 DIY  http://newleafwellness.biz/category/diy/

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes "Like it never even happened"

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Commercial Cleaning

3/2/2016 (Permalink)

When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Have Questions? Call Today – (719) 434-4626

What is Black Mold?

3/1/2016 (Permalink)

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can cause reactions, you should contact us regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold may exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes immediately. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (719) 434-4626

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Choose SERVPRO

2/29/2016 (Permalink)

Why Choose Us?

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Highly Trained Technicians

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.  

Advanced Technology

The past few decades has seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs Professionals to restore a property back to pre-loss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

CALL US AT: 719-434-4626  

Faster to any Disaster

2/25/2016 (Permalink)

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,650 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (719) 434-4626

Storm Damage

2/22/2016 (Permalink)

Restoring storm and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Colorado Springs property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

Should you need our services or have questions please call us at 719-434-4626

Colorado Springs Fire and Water Damage

2/17/2016 (Permalink)

Why Choose SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes?

 

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

When fire and water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, day or night, to your Colorado Springs home or business. A faster response helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce cost.

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We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore your home or business. We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your property back to pre-fire condition.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

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Our Restore vs. Replace Mentality

Our “restore first” mentality helps to lower costs and get you back in your home or business sooner. This focus relies upon our specialized training and equipment to restore your property back to pre-fire condition.

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If you find yourself in need of our services please give us a call at 719-434-4626

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes – Colorado Springs Experts in Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water and Fire Cleanup and Restoration.

Mold Infestation

2/12/2016 (Permalink)

Any home can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause health effects.

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, give us a call at 719-434-4626

Colorado Springs Fire Damage

2/10/2016 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs, we have the training, experience, and equipment to manage your fire damage emergency. We respond quickly and manage the fire restoration project through to its completion. Call the experts in Colorado Springs fire damage restoration 24/7.

If you find yourself in need of our services please give us a call at 719-434-4626

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes – Colorado Springs Experts in Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water and Fire Cleanup and Restoration.

Help at your fingertips

2/9/2016 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Ready Plan mobile application provides managers and business owners with a quick and convenient way to call us when disaster strikes. The Ready Plan app is a free emergency preparedness tool offered by, and can be downloaded on your Android, iPhone or Blackberry.
The application allows both commercial property owners and managers to create an Emergency READY Profile containing critical facility information that can help speed up response time after a fire or water damage occurs. In addition to property details, the application tracks prior loss history, utility shut off locations, and key contacts; store photos of the damage; and integrates local weather forecasts and more, including our contact information. The SERVPRO Ready Plan App places a convenient preparedness tool right at your finger tips! Download the FREE App today!

If interested or would like more details please call us at: 719-434-4626

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes – Colorado Springs Experts in Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water and Fire Cleanup and Restoration.

Cold Weather and Lil' Best Friends

2/3/2016 (Permalink)

"Sweetie" my little buddy.

My little dog, a Carin terrier mix loves to hang outdoors with me but sometimes the weather is just too harsh for her to hang outside for too long.

The cold weather can cause problems for us humans as well as our pets. Our pets just like humans can experience the harsh consequences of cold weather. Hypothermia and frostbite can be seen in animals who have been exposed to the elements for an extended amount of time.

Recognize problems: If your pet is whining, shivering, seems anxious, slows down or stops moving, seems weak, or starts looking for warm places to burrow, get them back inside quickly because they are showing signs of hypothermia. Frostbite is harder to detect, and may not be fully recognized until a few days after the damage is done. If you suspect your pet has hypothermia or frostbite, consult your veterinarian immediately.

– Copyright © 2016 American Veterinary Medical Association

Stay Warm This Winter!!

Should you need our Emergency Restoration Services give us a call at 719-434-4626 and tell them the Marketing Team sent you.

Colorado Weather

2/2/2016 (Permalink)

Colorado Springs cold weather can wreck havoc on those in its path. When temps drop and winds blow the better the chance of a freeze break. No one can predict when a loss will occur but you can rest assured that we will be available 24/7, 365 days a week should a loss occur. We offer fast response and all our techs are professionals, uniformed, vetted and background checked.

If you should need our services please call us at 719-434-4626.

 

30 Years Since Shuttle Disaster

1/28/2016 (Permalink)

Published January 28, 2016

Associated Press   CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  As families of the lost Challenger astronauts gather with NASA to mark the space shuttle accident's 30th anniversary, there's a new voice to address the crowd.

June Scobee Rodgers -- widow of Challenger commander Dick Scobee and longtime spokeswoman for the group -- is passing the torch to daughter Kathie Scobee Fulgham.

Fulgham -- not Rodgers -- will be on the stage for Thursday morning's ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

And making a rare appearance in the audience will be schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe's son, Scott, with his own family.

"It's going to be wonderful to watch the pages turn," Rodgers said earlier this week. The second generation "can now speak for our family and speak for the nation," she said, adding that she's looking forward to these grown astronauts' children "sharing their stories, their beliefs and their leadership."

For the seven astronauts' loved ones, Jan. 28, 1986, remains fresh in their minds.

Steven McAuliffe, a federal judge in Concord, New Hampshire, still declines interviews about his late wife Christa, who was poised to become the first schoolteacher in space. But he noted in a statement that although 30 years have passed, "Challenger will always be an event that occurred just recently. Our thoughts and memories of Christa will always be fresh and comforting."

McAuliffe said he's pleased "Christa's goals have been largely accomplished in that she has inspired generations of classroom teachers and students." She would be proud, he noted, of the Challenger Learning Centers.

McAuliffe is presiding over a trial this week in Concord, and so son Scott will represent the family, part of the next-generation shift. Scott and his sister are now in their 30s. The McAuliffes normally do not take part in these NASA memorials, so Scott's presence is especially noteworthy.

Along with the other Challenger families, Rodgers established the Challenger Center for Space Science Education just three months after the shuttle disintegrated in the Florida sky. Unusually cold weather that morning left Challenger's booster rockets with stiff O-ring seals; a leak in the right booster doomed the ship.

Today, there are more than 40 Challenger Learning Centers focusing on science, technology, engineering and math, mostly in the U.S. More are being built.

"They're not just a field trip for kids. They're actually lessons learned," said Rodgers, an educator who lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. "That's why they've lasted."

McAuliffe's backup, Barbara Morgan, a schoolteacher from Idaho, rocketed into orbit in 2007 aboard Endeavour as a fully trained astronaut. Morgan was invited to speak Thursday at Rodgers' request.

Besides Dick Scobee and Christa McAuliffe, the Challenger dead include pilot Michael Smith, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka and Gregory Jarvis.

Seven more shuttle astronauts died Feb. 1, 2003, aboard Columbia; that commander's widow, Evelyn Husband Thompson, will attend Thursday's ceremony.

The event will honor the Columbia Seven as well, along with the three Apollo 1 astronauts killed during a launch pad test on Jan. 27, 1967. NASA also plans observances at Arlington National cemetery, Johnson Space Center in Houston and elsewhere.

At Kennedy, the Scobee contingent will number 12, including June's son Richard, a major general in the Air Force, and a 16-year-old granddaughter.

Dick Scobee was 46 years old when he died aboard Challenger barely a minute into the flight. Both his children are now in their 50s.

"For so many people, 30 years, it's definitely history. It's in the history books," Rodgers said. For the family, "it's like it's just happened, which in a way keeps Dick Scobee young in our hearts, and the joy and excitement he had for flying."

Red Cross Helps the East Coast

1/27/2016 (Permalink)

We proudly sponsor the Red Cross and their efforts.

Here is a recent article that shows the Humanitarian efforts of the Red Cross….

Life is slowly returning to normal on the East Coast as people dig out from the weekend’s historic snow storm, but some still need help and the American Red Cross is hard at work across multiple states, lending a hand.

The Red Cross still has shelters open in several states to help people affected by the storm. In New Jersey, Red Cross workers are helping assess the damage after the flooding in the southern end of the state.

PLEASE GIVE BLOOD The extreme weather has created an emergency need for blood donations and platelet donors, as many donation centers had to be closed during the blizzard.All eligible blood and platelet donors of all types are urged to make an appointment to give as soon as possible. See full details here about how you can help.

WINTER DRIVING Many highways and streets are still snow-covered. The Red Cross urges people to avoid driving if possible. If someone has to drive, they should have a window scraper, kitty litter or sand, extra clothes and a Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk in case they get stuck. Pack high-protein snacks, water, first aid kit, flashlight, small battery-operated radio, an emergency contact card with names and phone numbers, extra prescription medications, blankets and important documents or information you may need.

  • Fill the vehicle’s gas tank and clean the lights and windows to help you see.
  • If you have to drive, make sure everyone has their seat belts on and give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
  • Don’t follow other vehicles too closely. Sudden stops are difficult on snowy roadways.
  • Don’t use cruise control when driving in winter weather.
  • Don’t pass snow plows.
  • Know that ramps, bridges and overpasses will freeze before roadways.
  • If you do get stuck, make sure your tailpipe is not buried in the snow. Dangerous carbon monoxide can get in the car if it is. Don’t run your engine and heater constantly to help avoid running out of gas. Don’t use things like lights or the radio without the engine running so the battery doesn’t conk out.
  • If you can, move your vehicle off the roadway. Stay with it – don’t abandon it. If you have to get out of your vehicle, use the side away from traffic.

POWER OUTAGE If you are without power during the cold, you should go to a designated public shelter. If you are going to use a generator, never use it indoors, even in a garage, carport, basement or crawlspace, as fumes from the generator can be deadly. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.

Other safety tips include:

  • Use flashlights for light, not candles.
  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Check refrigerated food for spoilage and if in doubt, throw it out. Your refrigerator will keep cold for about 4 hours. If the freezer is full, it will keep its temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Have coolers on hand and surround your food with ice in the cooler or refrigerator to keep food cold for a longer period of time.
  • Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment and any appliances, equipment or electronics to avoid damaging them when the power is restored.
  • Leave one light turned on so you’ll know when the power comes back on.
  • Watch animals and keep them under your direct control.
  • Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic lights will be out and roads will be congested.
  • If using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
  • Place space heaters on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.

AFTER THE STORM As people begin to dig out from the snow in the coming days, the Red Cross cautions them to be very careful. Shoveling snow is very strenuous work and people should consider their physical condition before taking it on. Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated. Other safety steps include:

  • Watch for hypothermia and frostbite. Hypothermia symptoms include confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Frostbite symptoms include numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, or waxy feeling skin.
  • Check on those who might need special help, such as elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children.
  • Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm.

DOWNLOAD RED CROSS EMERGENCY APP Download the free Red Cross Emergency App for winter weather alerts and warnings and location of shelters. The app’s Winter Storm section contains expert advice for what to do before, during and after winter storms.

HOW TO HELP You can help people affected by disasters like winter storms or countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Donate by visiting: www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Taken from: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Red-Cross-Helps-as-East-Coast-Digs-Out-After-the-Storm

BRONCOS AFC CHAMPS!!

1/25/2016 (Permalink)

Denver Broncos did it!! The AFC Champs and Super Bowl Bound!! Get ready for a great Super Bowl Match up.

Broncos might not have always dominated each game but the true test of a team is one that bands together and finds a way to win. It wasn’t always pretty but at the end of the day they made it happen!!

GO BRONCOS!! You Can Do It!!

From the Team at SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes!!

SERVPRO Story

1/21/2016 (Permalink)

Ted and Doris Isaacson launched SERVPRO in 1967 as a painting business in Sacramento, Calif. With a background in cleaning and restoration, however, Ted and Doris soon transformed the company into a franchisor of cleanup and restoration specialists.

After selling its first Franchise in 1969, SERVPRO continued to grow, acquiring the Bristol-Myers Domesticare Division and its 175 Franchises in 1979.

SERVPRO relocated the corporate headquarters from Sacramento to Gallatin, TN, in 1988 in a strategic move to place itself within 600 miles of 50% of the U.S. population. At the time of the relocation, the SERVPRO System consisted of 647 Franchises

Today, SERVPRO has more than 1,650 Franchises operating nationwide, and SERVPRO will continue to grow.

SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs and Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes has been locally owned and operated for 20 years. We value our customers and we often have repeat customers.

If you find yourself in need of our services or have questions please reach out to us at 719-434-4626

Deodorization

1/19/2016 (Permalink)

Are you a property manager, landlord, or real estate company faced with a stink problem? Did the last tenants smoke up the residence in which the entire premises emits a ghastly smell? Dealing with wet dog smell, rotten food, or just an odor that want go away even after spraying with an over the counter room freshener? We can help take away those pesky, stinky, stubborn odors with our proven deodorization methods. We will not take the odor away by merely masking it with a cheap smelling perfume spray. We will deodorize and neutralize odor-causing particles making the air clean and breathable.

If you are in need of deodorization or in need of other services give us a call at 719-434-4626

Mission Statement

1/11/2016 (Permalink)

"To develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness and mutual respect."

- SERVPRO Mission Statement

SERVPRO of Northern  Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes lives by the SERVPRO Mission Statement. We want to provide the same excellent service that we'd expect to receive ourselves. We will always serve our clients with excellent service, fairness and mutual respect. 

Should you have any questions or in need of our services please call Northern  Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes at 719-434-4626 and tell them the Marketing Team sent you.

1-4-8 Service Response

1/7/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has a 1-4-8 Service Response:

1- Within one hour from the notice of loss, a SERVPRO Professional will contact you to arrange for service.
4- Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services (if necessary).
8- Within eight business hours of on-site arrival a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person.
We will Respond to your emergency needs quickly and Ready for whatever happens.

Should you have any questions or in need of our services please call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at 719-574-2789 and tell them the Marketing Team sent you.

New Year's Resolutions

1/6/2016 (Permalink)

This past year has just closed out and into a new year we journey. Each new year brings with it a new hope,  an anticipation that this year will be better than the last, and possibly see to completion a couple of New Years Resolutions. For several years I have made or at least attempted to create a list of New Years Resolutions. But, could never seem to take it from pencil to paper to applying to my everyday life. I often failed before putting the first few words into writing since it seemed a bit hopeless in that I had not seen any type of success in the years previous. Well….last night I was reading an article that gave me a bit of hope and it might possibly stir something up in you.

Snapshot of the article….

“It is important to view one’s self and strengths to feel stronger and get personal reinforcement from small successes,” Rich Feller, a Thought Leader with Life-Reimagined (AARP), said.

What’s important to you in your 30’s may differ at a later age. The ability to reflect on your lived experiences can trigger a desire to change an attitude or behavior.

Here are resolutions to consider:

In your 30’s
1) Turn off technology and tune in to each other. Engage in more face-to-face time. Good relationships can contribute to a ‘good life’.

2) De-stress. Identify one source of stress for you. Know how your body feels when stressed and how it impacts your thoughts. List three healthy coping mechanisms and choose one to use daily.
In your 40’s
1) Do a relationship check-up. Sit down with your partner and ask three questions. Do we understand each other when we communicate? Is our relationship where we want it to be? What is one thing that each of us can do to improve our relationship. If you are single, ask the same questions of yourself. How is your communication with others? Think about an outside relationship with a family member or co-worker, and identify an action that you can do to improve a desired outcome.

2) De-clutter. Clearing out a physical space helps you relax and process with more clarity. Begin with one drawer, closet or area. Mindfully throw things away by only keeping what brings you joy or is essential to your life purpose.
In your 50’s
1) Eat this, not that! Inform yourself about your eating patterns. Keep a food journal for one week by writing down everything that you eat and drink. Reflect on it and find one thing that you can do to make your meals and eating patterns healthier.

2) Just do it! Say YES to something or someone every day for a month. Notice how it feels and the freedom of being fearless.
If you are 60+
1) Make a doable bucket list.  Don’t hold back. Choose one item from your list. Write down a date and go for it.

2) Talk to your health care provider yearly about recommended health screens. Make a commitment to schedule and complete them. Remind your loved ones to do the same.

As you make your New Year’s resolutions change your mindset from “I want” to “I am and will” because of a renewed sense of your own purpose and values. Reflect on your life and understand “the why” behind your goals.

– Janet Taylor, MD, MPH is a New York City psychiatrist and Life Reimagined Thought Leader.

Maybe I’ve been going at it all-wrong!

DC 

Happy New Year!!

1/1/2016 (Permalink)

Happy New Year!!

From all of us at SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs and Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes 

Thank you Colorado Springs

12/30/2015 (Permalink)

We would like to thank you, our customers for choosing us to take care of your "Cleanup & Restoration" needs in 2015. We would like to wish you all a blessed 2016!! - From The SERVPRO Team of South COS/Northern COS/Tri-Lakes

Colorado Springs Water Damage Restoration

12/28/2015 (Permalink)

Freeze break season is here and there are a few things that you can do to minimize the potential for a catastrophic event.

The American Red Cross provides information and suggestions around how to prevent water pipes in the home from freezing.

During Cold Weather, Take Preventative Action 

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

Should a freeze break happen it’s crucial to quickly find a reputable Water Damage Restoration company. If in the unfortunate event you find yourself needing help with a freeze break give SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs a call at 719-434-4626 and don’t forget to tell them the Marketing Team sent you. www.SERVPROnortherncoloradospringstri-lakes.com

Commercial Cleaning

12/21/2015 (Permalink)

Did You Know....? 

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs and Tri-Lakes offers our customers Commercial Cleaning?

SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs and Tri-Lakes  has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” From carpet cleaning to odor removal we can help you with your commercial cleaning needs.

Services Offered:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism
  • Trained, Professional, Uniformed Staff

    Our Professional Technicians are fully vetted and have passed background checks. You can have peace of mind knowing that your project is being handled by well-trained professionals.

    Please Call for a Free Estimate

    (719) 434-4626

    SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes partners with non-profit to help PTSD program

    10/7/2015 (Permalink)

    "Duece" ready to ride to help local veterans.

    SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes partners with non-profit to benefit PTSD dog training organization.

    SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes was proud to sponsor the Annual "Get the Buck Off the Road" motorcycle ride to benefit a local charity, Wings and Warriors, who rescue doomed dogs from shelters and train them to be service dogs to those suffering from PTSD and SBT.  Raising $1,155.00 in 2015, SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes has been a sponsor of this event since 2014 and has been instrumental in helping to donate $2,655.00 back to our local community through the ride, "Get the Buck Off The Road".

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