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Understanding Household Mold

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on white background, fungus on white background, bacteria on white surface, mold growth on white surface Black mold is the most common and the easiest to recognize

Moisture, when allowed to remain on structural materials can precipitate mold growth. Likewise, high humidity “wakes up” mold spores that can cause mold damage. You may wonder what types of mold will grow in your home if moisture goes unchecked. The most common type of non-food mold is black mold, although there are others.

Common Household Molds

Several types of mold are found in and around the home, some more prolific than others. It is important to reduce the risk of any of these, which include:

Alternaria – Commonly found in houseplants or outdoor landscaping
Stachybotrys Chartarum – Otherwise known as black mold - grows on almost any damp surface
Aspergillus – Found in decaying outdoor matter and often carried indoors on shoes
Chaetomium – Most often found in damp sheetrock, a damaged roof or near leaky basement pipes
Cladosporium – Can occur in wet cabinets, carpeting, and wooden floors, or any damp areas

How To Recognize Mold

Most of the molds listed have names that are hard to remember, but Stachybotrys Chartarum or black mold is the most common and the easiest to recognize. Black mold growth is black and spotty. You may see only a few small splotches or it may cover a vast area. It also had a damp and musty odor, which is easily recognizable. It thrives in humid areas, such as inside a cabinet, inside wallboard or inside tub surrounds or showers.

Ridding the Home of Mold

In black mold cleanup, it is essential to remove any porous material or any wood that is molded through, as it can spread and weakens the structure. Mediating the problem also includes thorough drying and humidity control. A water damage and mold remediation specialist in Glenwood Springs, CO can perform mold cleanup procedures and take steps to prevent its return.
Black mold growth is fairly aggressive and knows few boundaries. Luckily, it is possible, with proper abatement methods to remove it and put mold prevention measures in place.

Lending a Helping Hand

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

proactive cleaning If your property needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today! (970) 618-1516

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 performs 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.

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Call SERVPRO in Silt When Your Healthcare Facility is Hit with Commercial Flood Damage

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Silt Healthcare Facility Requires Fast Action for Flood Damage Restoration

When you are in charge of a healthcare facility, resuming operations as quickly as possible after a flood loss event is paramount. Flooding impacts businesses of all kinds, including clinics and hospitals. Whether a storm brings in wind rain or a combination of both, you need professionals on your side to address the flooding that may take place. The last thing you want is to close the doors to your facility, so SERVPRO is available to come to the rescue.

Whenever a medical facility like a clinic or hospital suffers from commercial flood damage in Silt, extensive mitigation and restoration work is required. The SERVPRO team works with your administration staff to follow all necessary procedures and guidelines while putting setting up precautions to protect the safety of all workers and occupants. This includes both life safety and building evaluations, paying close attention to microbial activity.

Repairs

We perform a thorough assessment to address the need for repairs to the water supply lines, plumbing, and all electrical systems. We pay close attention to your power system to ensure there is no longer a risk of power surge activity that may harm any essential medical equipment in the building. SERVPRO also puts a well-trained service crew to the task of looking over the HVAC system to make sure that no contaminants become airborne.

Fine Details

Our team works with the staff at your healthcare facility to check over testing kits, medical instruments, and other devices to determine salvageability and safety. We understand that inaccurate test results and soiled medical instruments can be detrimental to the health and safety of your patients. 

Water-damaged items are removed immediately after the flood loss to ensure proper cleaning and sterilization. It is important to note that medical devices do not need to come in contact with contaminated water to become damaged. An increase in humidity throughout the building can lead to malfunctions and also throw off the balance of delicate testing materials.

SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties comes to the rescue when you need help to restore safe, sanitary conditions at your healthcare facility after suffering commercial flood damage. Once you give us a call at (970) 618-1516, we send a team out as quickly as possible to begin an assessment.

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Flooding In Your Silt Home

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Debris removal is an essential step in flood recovery, and our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties team can help.

Debris Removal Services Following Flooding in Silt Homes

Flood losses can introduce debris, mud, sediment, contaminants, and other solids into your Silt home. Much of the recovery work that must occur after natural flooding involves removing these pressing threats and taking exposed materials out of the house until all that remains is undamaged structural elements like framing and subflooring. Before any of the controlled demolition or disinfection processes can occur, however, muck-out services must take place.

The necessary steps to address flood and mud cleanup damage in Silt homes changes from one property to the next. Some homes get more substantial exposure to mud and debris, while outer lying properties might only have light residues and dirt left behind after floodwater recedes or gets extracted by our SERVPRO professionals. As the situation changes from one area home to another, muck-out and debris removal techniques change as well.

Extraction
No debris removal scenario is possible if several inches (or feet) of standing water exists. Extraction must always come before any level of debris removal, as it is impossible to know the extent of cleaning necessary until the surface water has gotten removed with extraction tools.

Shoveling
Debris and solids, along with mud and silt, often get brought into the house along with invading natural flooding. While this also introduces potential contaminants to the property, removing these heaps of debris often falls to shoveling efforts by our SERVPRO team on site.

Wet Vacuuming
Smaller bits of debris, solids, and soils can get pulled from surfaces and flooring with wet vacuums. Because the damaged areas are still damp and compromised, dry vacuuming is not going to work as well to remove the sediment.

Cleaning Lightly Soiled Surfaces
Cleaning is another essential element to the muck-out and debris removal service that our team provides, as it is often a final touch on surfaces that have only gotten lightly impacted by incoming floodwater. Through thorough drying and the application of biocides and antimicrobial agents, we can establish a perimeter on the damaged areas and more efficiently dry and restore them.

Debris removal is an essential step in flood recovery, and our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties team can help. Give us a call today at (970) 618-1516.

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Are You Actually Doing Enough for Fire Damage Remediation in Silt?

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage can affect many of the items in your home. SERVPRO customizes the remediation plan to fit your needs. Call us right away!

My Books Are Covered in Soot!

Taking care of your home is not easy.  There are the general maintenance and landscaping, along with the upkeep of its cleanliness and working order.  Even the most conscientious homeowners find themselves in awkward situations when forces out of their control threaten the home.  For example, a kitchen fire or a burst pipe can leave you seeking help to restore your home and its belongings in short order. Whom you call to help you in this process can make all the difference between a tangle of inconveniences or a fast and effective result.

In Silt, you can refer your fire damage needs to SERVPRO.  Our skilled technicians are available around the clock to arrive at your home and assess the damage.  As we collect information, we draw up a plan that focuses on mitigating your loss of time and money, as well as protecting your most prized possessions.  Our team communicates with you every step of the way so you can make decisions together for the benefit of your home and family.

One of the issues our SERVPRO staff faces often is restoring artwork and books after a fire in the home.  The cleanup process for these items is not straight-forward and requires specialized training and a high level of expertise.  When we consider the restoration of your books, we carefully evaluate their construction, age, exposure to damage, and their intrinsic value.  All this information informs our action plan. When the smoke residue is minimal, we may be able to clean your books and artwork by using dry cleaning techniques such as compressed air and dry sponges.  If the residue is substantial, we may apply cleaning solutions to eliminate the smoke and then carefully sand down the paper to eliminate the residue. Our process is not complete until we apply deodorizing agents, keeping in mind the porous nature of paper.  For pieces of art, we may work in coordination with contractors specialized in art restoration if the piece warrants it. If not, we work with you to dispose of the item with your approval.

SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties is your ally for fire damage and restoration.  Call us at (970) 618-1516 and let our team take care of you. Like you, we want to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Are The Right Choice For Your Silt Water Damage Restoration Services

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

We have the proper techniques to restore your home at a moments notice because we provide 24-hour emergency service, call us right away.

Water Damage Mitigation In Silt Can Require The Use Of Disinfectant Products

Thousands of houses across the country and several in the Silt area, suffer from plumbing failures each day. Once your contents and building materials inside your home get wet, water damage mitigation from a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO could be required. Not every leak occurs in clean water pipes, sometimes a drain line from your sink or tub fails or a sewage line leaks or back up.

When dealing with water damage in Silt that did not come from a clean source, our SERVPRO technicians use different methods. We always take extra measures to prevent your home from being contaminated by harmful bacteria and parasites. For example, any porous materials such as your carpets that come into contact with grey or black water get removed and thrown away in sealed plastic bags.

Once all contaminated items get removed, we can then start decontaminating your structural components using chemical disinfectants. One common product our SERVPRO team utilizes in category two and three damage scenarios is a disinfectant called Vanquish.

Vanquish is an EPA-registered product that has virucidal, bactericidal, and fungicidal properties. This solution has a broad spectrum of killing different types of microorganisms. Vanquish can work both as a cleaning agent and an effective disinfectant. The product works in hard water and can be used to fight HIV-1 or the AIDS virus.

Vanquish is a strong alkaline solution, and it has a pH of 12.4. We mix the solution with two ounces of the chemical to one gallon of water. We then apply it to the affected areas by either using a pump sprayer or a bucket and a towel. Once the product is applied to your contaminated contents and building materials, we allow a contact time of at least ten minutes.

Disinfectants like Vanquish can sanitize water damaged areas by killing the most common types of microorganisms present when a sewage backup occurs. The chemical can also be used to help prevent any mold from spreading to other areas of your house. When using disinfectant products, we always strictly follow the instructions of use provided by the manufacturer.

If you ever have a drain leak or sewage backup, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties at (970) 618-1516. We are available 24/7 and we can help you return your home to the way it was before, "Like it never even happened."

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Why SERVPRO Involvement Improve Flood Damage Outcomes in Silt

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

Take the Appropriate Steps for Flood Cleanup in Silt

Heavy precipitation and snowmelt can expose Silt residences to flooding risk. Although you might consider managing the water that enters your home when the surrounding ground is saturated or frozen yourself, partnering with our trained and well-equipped crews is more efficient and safer. Flood water removal and structural drying must be completed within a short timeframe, why our scalable resources are sought by many in the community.

Unexpected Crisis with Predictable Outcomes

Flood damage in Silt does not make an appointment. It is unlike most other DIY projects you can schedule and complete in increments. A homeowner needs to drop every other task and responsibility to respond to the demands of a flood. Even if you can focus entirely on cleaning up, the sheer quantity of water dwarfs the capacity of most consumer tools. One person working alone is not enough to get the job done on time. During the emergency response phase of flood recovery, we might assign several technicians to perform all the tasks necessary. Our scalable response is why we can assure prompt and proper attention.

Contamination Is the Norm

Floodwaters are, by definition, contaminated with a wide range of hazardous substances. Human blood and fecal-borne pathogens, industrial waste, chemicals, and even dead animals can be swept into your home. A full set of personal protective equipment (PPE), including a respirator, is crucial to prevent exposure to substances that can make you and your family ill or worse. You need time and money to obtain and don the gear. Our inventory of equipment stocked on our service vehicles, including PPE, is why SERVPRO technicians can begin flood mitigation and remediation immediately.

Containment and Lawful Disposal Is Mandatory

Proper workspace containment is a must to prevent the unaffected spaces in your home from airborne hazards and the dangerous substances coating PPE and other clothing and footwear. Best practices strongly recommend the construction of partitions wrapped in 6-mil polystyrene and sealed with the help of negative pressure air scrubbing equipment. The time and expense of erecting necessary containment systems are prohibitive for the homeowner. The health and welfare benefits of appropriate containment are why SERVPRO employs it on nearly every flood remediation project, and we have the technicians and tools to make it happen. The materials and fluids involved need disposal as hazardous waste. We are familiar with those protocols.

Flood damage mitigation and remediation is a complex process, why SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties dispatch multi-member crews with extensive inventories of professional equipment to handle all possibilities. Call us 24/7 at (970) 618-1516.

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We Have Advanced Equipment To Restore Your Silt Home After A Water Damage Disaster

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is ready 24/7 with trucks equipped with water damage restoration equipment, call us right away to prevent further damage.

Flood Damage Silt – Emergency Precautions

Flooding can appear in a matter of minutes. It might not even be raining in your neighborhood, yet floodwaters can rush down gullies, inundating your home or business with little warning. There is not much that can prevent flood damage; however, there is a lot that can be accomplished to mitigate the damage and keep your family safe.

SERVPRO teams have the knowledge and equipment to deal with flood damage events in Silt and surrounding areas. We have fully equipped emergency trucks, ready to roll at a moment's notice on a 24/7 basis. We also are extremely careful to make sure your family stays safe from a variety of hazards, including contamination, electrical, and more.

Emergency Tips to Consider

Most homeowners want to immediately begin recovery of some of their most important and precious items. Before entering the home, always make sure that the electricity is off and avoid potential slip and fall situations. With mud and water in your home, it can be very slippery. Rugs and blankets immersed in water can be very heavy. Avoid unnecessary sprains and back injuries. Wait for help.

Contamination from Flooding

Floodwaters absorb all kinds of contamination as the water traverses its course down a gulley into streets and neighborhoods. There can be hazards from a variety of chemicals as well as biohazards. Evaluate the situation carefully and avoid potential harm to you and your family. Use appropriate protective gear or wait for the experts to arrive.

Once Flood Waters Recede

Assuming it is safe to enter the building, owners can mitigate some of the flood damage. Remove colored area rugs from the flooring. Remove books and magazines from wet floors. Homeowners should also consider removing all items that are still dry to other parts of the home to avoid secondary moisture damage from the high humidity in wet areas.

Once our SERVPRO team arrives, assesses the situation, and develops an action plan, we pitch in to begin the restoration process to restore your home, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties at (970) 618-1516 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve New Castle, Snowmass, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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When Water Invades Your Silt Hair Salon

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage close your hair salon. Call SERVPRO for fast and effective remediation.

Professional Water Removal Services for Your Silt Hair Salon

Finding that your business is in urgent demand for water removal services is not something that anyone wants to face.  Your hair salon must close while addressing water removal and damages, causing you to miss out on valuable foot traffic. The longer your doors are closed, the more likely it is that your clientele might take their business elsewhere. If your business faces a water damage emergency, you need help that can get the job done quickly.

Imagine a scenario where a broken water supply line, which fed to a washing station, left your hair salon in urgent need of local Silt water removal services. Water spilled out from the sink and spread across the floor, pooling and soaking the tile. Furthermore, the water began to soak into the base of the back wall behind the washing station. If this water is left unchecked, it could not only cause water damage, but it could also cause microbial growth.

It is essential to call for help right away when you discover water damage on your property. Here at SERVPRO, we make sure that we're ready for whenever you need us. Night or day, we base our schedule around yours, to ensure that you can reopen your establishment as soon as possible. Our SERVPRO techs can work discreetly and swiftly, so your clientele is less likely to find a new salon.

Our SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians (WRT) could remove the water on your property with extractors and wet/dry vacuums. We can use advanced equipment, such as flood drying mats, dehumidifiers, and heaters, to ensure that the standing water is less likely to leave any excess moisture behind. Once finished, we can return your salon to you, as if the water-loss never happened in the first place.

If your enterprise is in urgent need of restoration services, never hesitate. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties by phoning (970) 618-1516. No matter the time of day or night, we're available.

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We Have The Most Effective Tools To Restore Your Silt Home

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

This leaky drain pipe caused water damage in the closet of this home and our experts arrived right away and began restoration. We are available 24/7.

When Carpet Wands Are Best Used in Water-Damaged Silt Homes

Removing water from carpeting is a process that requires sophisticated, cutting-edge equipment in Silt homes. As with many of the water loss scenarios that our SERVPRO professionals address throughout the year, saturated carpeting and surface water on materials requires extraction before drying efforts can be useful. Despite dozens of tools and machines that can help with water removal, some situations require the use of carpet wands.

The best uses for light wands and carpet wands occur when water removal in Silt homes is vital to recovery. There are many situations, even with light saturation to carpeted areas, where effective drying practices are sufficient, namely direct heating and forced air on damp regions. Standing water or heavier saturations require specific tools of the restoration trade, including wet vacuums and the appropriate attachments.

One of the advantages of using carpet wands is their versatility in a water damaged home. Because of their lighter weight and their direct connections to portable units like wet vacuums, even upstairs carpeted areas can get quickly dried out and restored. Because these wands often discharge into tanks attached to the machines, they get limited by their capacity before requiring emptying. Our professionals begin our extraction efforts in the most saturated areas of the residence and work out from these points.

These attachments are ideal for when padding is getting taken out from underneath carpets and replaced. The wand can do an efficient job with removing most of the trapped moisture in the fibers, and since the backing material gets replaced by our SERVPRO team, it does not require thorough drying. Other attachments that can more thoroughly remove trapped water from the padding and carpet collectively are weighted extractors.

Even a moderate amount of water can find its way to flooring in your home, and this requires the advanced technologies and equipment available to our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties team. No matter how we can help, you can count on the fast response and experience of our professionals to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (970) 618-1516.

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