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Some Tips to Help You Understand the Fire Damage Remediation Process in Rifle

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Some Tips to Help You Understand the Fire Damage Remediation Process in Rifle Fire damage can affect many surfaces in your home. Contact SERVPRO to discuss the best plan to remediate the damage.

Fire Damage Restoration for Your Rifle Home

If you have experienced a home fire in Rifle, you are probably quite shaken up and possibly at a loss of what to do next. Even a small fire can cause a great deal of damage. The smoke and soot left behind can be even more damaging than the fire itself if it is not taken care of quickly. The longer it is allowed to stay on surfaces, the more it eats away at them.

Fire damage repair for your Rifle home should only be trusted to a professional. At SERVPRO, all our technicians are adequately trained to handle a disaster like this of any size. We take the time to assess the damages upon arrival to your home so we can determine the best methods to use to restore your home to how it looked before the fire.

Methods used to clean structural items depends on what surface we are cleaning. SERVPRO staff uses dry cleaning for surfaces which could be damaged or affected by products that are water-based and are therefore non-washable surfaces.

A dry cleaning sponge is used to remove smoke residues from surfaces. They are rubber sponges which contain no chemical products. Instead, these sponges clean through friction and absorption. As it is pressed, rubbed, and pulled over a soiled surface, the sponge’s porous surface absorbs soils. We use firm pressure to erase the soot from a surface.

In some situations, a dry cleaning sponge is not sufficient. They can clean flat, nonglossy surfaces better than glossy surfaces, where they tend to smear residues. Here, we need a wet cleaning process to remove residues. Dry cleaning can generally remove light to medium soils and residues which are not greasy but should not be used for residues which are greasy.

Dry cleaning is the best process when wet cleaning is not an option. Wet cleaning is more useful for getting rid of residues, but some surfaces can be damaged when using this process. Moisture can set smoke residues into a porous surface, creating stains. Dry cleaning is the best method for unfinished wood surfaces, so moisture does not set into the porous wood.

Once SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties has determined the best methods of cleaning for the various surfaces affected by the fire in your home in Rifle, Redstone, or Basalt, we set to work right away to prevent further problems. Once the fire is safely out, call us right away at (970) 618-1516 so we can get to you quickly to help you restore your structure.

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Why it is Important to Remove Water From Your Redstone Crawl Space

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why it is Important to Remove Water From Your Redstone Crawl Space Crawl spaces are forgotten spaces in your home. Be sure and inspect them often for signs of moisture and water.

Water Collection Could Damage Your Redstone Home

As a homeowner, you might have noticed areas of your Redstone property that become prone to excessive moisture and dampness. With the right conditions, these generally moist areas can allow water collection to occur that poses issues for that area and adjacent areas of the property. Crawl spaces are often notorious for moisture collection, and without the appropriate steps taken to remedy this pooling beneath your home, you could allow for conditions like mold growth to begin.

There are practical solutions available to Redstone homeowners for water removal on a permanent basis in these moisture-prone areas of the property. With crawl spaces, our SERVPRO professionals can encapsulate the affected areas to prevent water penetrating a thick barrier, allowing this space to dry out and prevent persistently damp conditions that promote microbial growth.

Dampness beneath your home is often something that homeowners cannot detect on their own unless they regularly check their crawl spaces. Instead, many do not realize there is a pressing concern until damages have started appearing on the first floor of their home, namely in the flooring and the walls. By the time that mold can affect first floor materials, it has most likely spread throughout all of the organic materials in the crawl space such as flooring supports, braces, and other materials.

Crawlspace encapsulation is a practical solution for water collection underneath your home, as it encases all of the exposed materials in thick plastic sheeting after they get sprayed thoroughly with antimicrobial solution to prevent fungal growth. In some cases, installing sump pumps and other water diversion equipment can help to prevent a buildup around the encapsulated areas.

Excessive moisture and water collection in the crawlspace beneath your home can pose significant threats to the structural integrity and the wellness of the occupants within the property. Give our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties technicians a call to set up encapsulation and water diversion to preserve your home. You can reach us anytime at (970) 618-1516.

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Water Damage In Your Silt Home Does Not Stand A Chance Against Our Advanced Equipment

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Water Damage In Your Silt Home Does Not Stand A Chance Against Our Advanced Equipment Water can damage your home, and our team can make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO's Use Of The Latest In Technology Means More Efficient Water Removal From Homes In Silt

When you do all you can to maintain and protect your home in Silt from wear and tear, as well as accidents, the unexpected can leave you wondering what to do. When a water line breaks or a hose slips free, your residence can quickly become a mess of soggy carpeting or worse. Getting it cleaned up fast helps prevent further damage, but in such situations, a mop and bucket fall short of your needs.

Homeowners in the Silt area can rely on SERVPRO to help in such emergencies by providing water removal services using the latest in technological developments. We do more than extract the water that escaped through the faulty water line. We also get your home dried out again in a precise manner. While many people may want to dry things out as quickly as they can, this can also cause problems with more sensitive materials in the home. Wood can warp and crack when exposed to too large a change in its moisture content, even if that includes the elimination of excess moisture.

To prevent this kind of damage to wood and other materials, we study the best ways to handle the materials used in the construction of homes and other types of buildings in different situations. Water can damage a large portion of a home, but handling a disaster requires both knowledge and skill, as well as the proper training of the equipment used to eliminate disasters. Proper mitigation helps solve existing damage and eliminate the possibility of additional harm to the property.

With water, SERVPRO extracts the visible water, either by large and powerful pumps or with hand-held wands, depending on the amount of water. We wipe down surfaces that appear damp and take readings with different types of equipment. Hidden moisture affects the temperature of many materials, so using infrared devices to detect these changes can lead us to such locations. We use other devices to determine the moisture content and then compare these readings to materials sheets detailing the acceptable levels of moisture in similar materials.

After we begin drying the area and eliminating excess moisture and any present water vapor, we continue to monitor the issue to ensure proper drying rates. Once finished, we confirm this with additional readings. Throughout the process, we document all our work, as well as the readings.

Because SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties takes the responsibility of assisting property owners in Redstone, Basalt, and Carbondale seriously, we keep updated regarding the latest water removal techniques. Call (970) 618-1516 to ensure your home receives attention from IICRC certified technicians who want to restore your home to its previous condition, “Like it never even happened.”

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How SERVPRO Helps Restore Your Glenwood Springs Commercial Property After A Flood

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How SERVPRO Helps Restore Your Glenwood Springs Commercial Property After A Flood Our initiative is first to provide fast and thorough water restoration, but secondly to discourage other effects such as mold growth from occurring.

Recovering From Flood Damages At A Glenwood Springs School

There are several schools in Glenwood Springs and its immediate surrounding areas including Glenwood Springs High School and the Middle School by the same name. As a large loss recovery team, our franchise can help to restore large properties like these institutions whenever they get threatened by substantial loss incidents.

A common threat to our region is flooding during nearly every season of the year, and flood damages to Glenwood Springs schools can spread quickly. Restoring flooding that affects multiple areas of a large building like these facilities requires a large team of highly-trained water restoration technicians with an abundance of the latest modern equipment designed to make restoration work as efficient as possible. This response is what you can expect from our SERVPRO emergency recovery team.

We can appreciate that a disaster can leave substantial damage throughout the school, preventing the building from performing up to expectations. While these conditions require you to shut your doors to students and faculty throughout the restoration process, we have time-efficient methods and advanced technology to limit the time away from the classrooms. Fast extraction is one of these methods, and that begins with tools like our truck-mounted pumps from our SERVPRO Green Fleet or gas-powered pumps and portable options for prompt localized removal.

Moisture detection equipment allows our technicians to identify materials and areas that have retained pockets of moisture after the extraction process has completed. We work to service these spots directly, lowering the overall relative humidity within the building well below acceptable parameters. Our initiative is first to provide fast and thorough water restoration, but secondly to discourage other effects such as mold growth from occurring.

As the overseer of one of the schools within the district, you should have a plan in place to recover the damages to the facility whenever disaster strikes. Our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties emergency response team is ready and able to respond quickly to every emergency, offering mitigation solutions and prompt restoration efforts. Give us a call anytime at (970) 618-1516.

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The Best Way to Avoid a Mold Infestation After Glenwood Springs Flooding

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Best Way to Avoid a Mold Infestation After Glenwood Springs Flooding When flood waters overwhelm your home, your best course of action is to contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

The Importance of a Strong Response to Flood Damage Claims in Glenwood Springs

Flash flooding can be caused by heavy rainfall, adverse weather conditions or storms, causing unprecedented levels of damage to your personal property. Usually, nearby road drainage systems become overloading and begin to spill out onto the street and into nearby residences. Flood water is at high risk of cross-contamination from raw sewage, animal carcasses, herbicides or other potential pathogens. That is why booking a professional restoration service is essential.

Properties with flood damage in Glenwood Springs rely on local services for rapid recovery. SERVPRO operates locally but has access to national resources allowing us to bring in truck-mounted extractors and submersible gas pumps to remove standing water fast. When an initial assessment reveals the presence of Blackwater (contaminated water), we can remove and dispose of BioHazard substances by OSHA regulations.

Standing water of above 2 inches in height can be removed using gas-powered pumps and are extremely quick at removing water and limiting loss. With excess water removed, we can move in using portable extractors. These are accurate vacuum powered dryers with heated wands that help us to reach difficult to access areas around the home. These advanced wands can dry between floorboards as well as crawl spaces.

When fabrics become wet, they are up to 50% weaker than when dry. For that reason, SERVPRO prefers to use lighter drying equipment several times over the same spot to avoid causing damage during cleanup. We may need to pull up carpets so that we can thoroughly dry both sides and apply anti-microbial treatments to avoid secondary damages from mold growth. We live and work in this community and are happy to share easy to apply preventative techniques to lessen flood damages when they occur.

The longer standing water is left, the higher the chances are of permanent damage. Mitigate the loss with SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties. Arrange a service by dialing (970) 618-1516 anytime day or night.

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You Can Count On Our Team To Restore Your Mold Damaged New Castle Home

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO You Can Count On Our Team To Restore Your Mold Damaged New Castle Home Mold spores usually stay unnoticed in New Castle homes until it has spread over a large area.

Remediating Mold Damage In New Castle Homes

Mold spores usually stay unnoticed in New Castle homes until it has spread over a large area. Too many people depend on that ‘musty’ odor, but that is too late, and not all mold generates a distinctive smell. By this point, the mold spores have expanded into a large colony.

Remediating the effects of mold damage to a New Castle requires a professional agency. Every SERVPRO office maintains restoration teams trained to the industry stands as required by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) to safely clean and remove mold from each residence.

Team members first determine what type of surface the mold has damaged. A quick inspection determines what tools and cleaning methods they need to use and how much time they need to finish each task. Affected surfaces usually divided into three categories: porous, nonporous, and semi-porous.

Examples of porous surfaces are building materials like ceiling tiles and fabrics such as curtains and upholstery. Our teams can usually clean fabrics with the right chemical and a stiff brush, but if the mold has had time to grow into the surface of the ceiling tiles, it is often cheaper to dispose and replace them than waste labor and supplies attempting to restore them. Technicians can also use vacuums with HEPA filters designed to capture even a single mold spore off surfaces like curtains and upholstered items like sofas.

Nonporous surfaces are easier to clean. With items like glass and metal tabletops and marble slab kitchen countertops, SERVPRO team members can remove the mold with dry cloths and sponges. They wipe them down from top to bottom to ensure they remove all active spores. For thicker mold layers, technicians may use a cleaning agent to break them up for easier removal.

Semi-porous surfaces often require methods and tools simply not usable other surfaces. Concrete patios and wood floors may require team members to use abrasive cleaners and wire brushes that would damage glass to get into the cracks and crevices to remove all of the spores. If the mold penetrated the surface of the wood, technicians might have to use hand or power sander to remove the uppermost surface layer to get rid of it.

Stopping and removing mold from your home is not an easy or quick process. With the right tools and IICRC training, SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties can return your home to a clean, safe condition as quickly as possible. If you need our services, call us at (970) 618-1516 today.

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How to Restore Your New Castle Home From Minor Fire Damage

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Restore Your New Castle Home From Minor Fire Damage Even a small fire causes a lot of damage. SERVPRO has the training and experience to restore your home to its original condition.

Any Household Fire Damage In New Castle Needs Professional Remediation.

The relief you feel when an unexpected fire in your home quickly extinguishes can fade if the cleanup afterward is inadequate. Attempting to manage the tasks needed after what seems only to be a minor fire is never as straightforward as a homeowner wants to believe. One of our core services is fire restoration. Let us return your home to “Like it never even happened.” condition. 

Fire damage cleanup in New Castle needs a professional touch to be successful. When our crew arrives, be assured you are partnering with a well-qualified and equipped team of experts. Cleaning after a fire is a different sort of challenge than the efforts required for normal soiling or everyday wear and tear. Our professionals can restore fire damage using techniques mastered during IICRC training and products and equipment specially formulated or designed for the task.  

Fire damage residues are toxic, exposing those who clean and restore to the risk of harm. SERVPRO technicians train to complete soot and odor removal efficiently and safely. We know how disruptive it is even to consider a move-out during restoration procedures. Our crews always strive to contain the smoke and soot damaged areas, permitting you and your family to remain in the home while we do our work. Physical barriers and modern equipment like negative pressure air scrubbers prevent debris from invading the rest of your living space as we do our work. 

It is crucial that soot removal happens swiftly after a home fire. The residues left by fire are highly acidic and begin to damage all building materials and personal possessions immediately. The SERVPRO crew moves confidently and quickly through your fire-damaged home, understanding how the smoke and soot moved ahead of them. We match cleaning methods to the type of soot soiling we observe in your home. Our training and experience ensure fast and appropriate solutions that halt the progressive damage and prepare the surfaces and items affected for the final restoration. 

Our technicians have equipment at their disposal that homeowners do not. SERVPRO crews have the skills to recover the function and appearance of items you might believe ruined. We help save memories and avoid replacement costs. 

SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties is ready to respond to your request for fire damage restoration round the clock. Call us at (970) 618-1516 to schedule an evaluation regardless of the size or duration of the fire. 

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What SERVPRO Can Teach You About Gutter Maintenance For Your Glenwood Springs Home

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What SERVPRO Can Teach You About Gutter Maintenance For Your Glenwood Springs Home Water damage in Glenwood Springs is often linked to aging or damaged roofs and gutters.

Avoid Water Damage In Glenwood Springs With Fall Gutter Maintenance

As the seasons change homeowners in Glenwood Springs, have the opportunity to limit interior water damage by completing routine home maintenance and making plans for emergency water loss. September is National Preparedness Month, the perfect time to review and inspect the exterior drainage systems of your home for areas of weakness. If water does invade, we can help with remediation and restoration.

Water damage in Glenwood Springs is often linked to aging or damaged roofs and gutters. A sound and secure roof is your first defense against the rain, sleet, and snow our area experiences at different times of the year. The gutters and downspouts attached at roof edges should direct the precipitation off the roof, down to the ground, angled away from the foundation. If any part of this system does not work as intended, water can enter your home, causing damage to the structure and contents.

SERVPRO often finds and restores precipitation-related water damage in attics or lower levels, the issues surprising homeowners who did not notice obvious leaks. Gutters that fill with leaves, sticks, and other debris, including granules from asphalt shingles harmed by hail, wind, or heavy rain, can become clogged with these materials. During rainstorms the blocked gutters and downspouts overflow. Some water might push under shingles and make its way into the attic framing and rafters. Water that gushes over the gutters pounds into the soil, saturating the ground next to the foundation of your home, eventually seeping through and into your basement or crawl space.

Scheduling an inspection and then arranging for the cleaning and repair of poorly draining gutters and downspouts should be an autumn ritual. Waiting or ignoring the issues risks further damage from ice dams when the temperatures fall below freezing. An ice dam forms when the melting snow cannot drain because of clogged gutters. As the trapped water freezes, it pushes up on the edges of shingles, forcing moisture inside. SERVPRO crews know to look for gutter issues when staining makes its way down walls. Foundation moisture problems likewise link to broken, clogged, or inappropriately attached gutters and downspouts.

SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties often sees the damage clogged, broken, or loose gutters and downspouts cause. We can restore the issues caused by water damage and help arrange for repairs to the drainage system. Call (970) 618-1516 to set up an appointment for an assessment.

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The Real Truth About Possible Secondary Mold Damage After Water Damage in a Glenwood Springs Municipal Complex

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Real Truth About Possible Secondary Mold Damage After Water Damage in a Glenwood Springs Municipal Complex If your municipal building has an incident that calls for water cleanup, call team SERVPRO to arrive timely and mitigate the damage.

Water Cleanup Services for Your Glenwood Springs Municipal Building

From obtaining construction permits for the immediate area to allowing residents a place to air their grievances to authorities, your Glenwood Springs municipal building stays busy through its operating hours. Unexpected incidents can threaten your ability to provide the full scope of the services and departments available to the public, even with dedicated maintenance and custodial staff available.

While you might look to situations of water cleanup in Glenwood Springs as tasks that the custodial team at your building could handle, there are several considerations that you must make in this scenario. The first of these is the speed with which this staff can get to the problem at hand and clean it up. The longer the problem persists, the more problems that it could cause and the longer it remains a threat to the safety of those using affected areas of your building. Choosing professional water cleanup services from our SERVPRO team can help to get the situation resolved quickly.

A persistent, lingering safety hazard of water damages present in your building is a bad situation with the foot traffic you anticipate on a daily basis. Even without the possibility of injury, secondary effects like mold growth can occur in as little as three days. This situation poses an even more immediate risk to the staff and traffic throughout the building exposed to an active, growing colony.

Another consideration that you need to make is the thorough nature of services like our SERVPRO team can provide. From moisture detection equipment to thermal imagery software in tools, we can ensure that moisture present from the incident gets wholly dried up. This assurance not only eliminates the likelihood of mold growth, but it also can help to preserve the strength and integrity of building materials that became affected by the water.

While smaller scale water incidents in your building might seem best suited for the custodial staff, water can spread quickly and affect many areas out of the immediate line of sight. Trust in the experience and equipment of our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties restoration specialists to help you ensure that the job gets done correctly. Give us a call 24/7 at (970) 618-1516.

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Post-Fire Flood Damage Assistance in Glenwood Springs

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Post-Fire Flood Damage Assistance in Glenwood Springs Glenwood Springs Flooding? Contact SERVPRO for Water Removal and Restoration

Flooding Disasters in Glenwood Springs Properties Require Professional Help--Call SERVPRO

The aftermath of wildfires near Glenwood Springs does not end when the flames extinguish. Severe rain and thunderstorms build in the mountains and threaten the already devastated landscape with flooding. Homeowners who breathed sighs of relief when the fire veered elsewhere now struggle with walls of relentless waters and the harm they do. You need our trained technicians and commercial grade equipment in your corner.

Flood damage in Glenwood Springs is often better managed if we work with the homeowner to pack out personal possessions, window coverings, documents and memorabilia, and furnishings. Achieving water removal and structural drying moves more quickly if the portable contents of your home are moved to a dry area elsewhere on your property or to our production facility. Rigorous inventory and tracking systems ensure we keep track of your property. Advanced training in cleaning, sanitizing, and drying means we save many articles, regaining both function and appearance.

The SERVPRO crew members at your home then concentrate on a swift and thorough process of water removal. Flood waters typically contain contaminants ranging from chemicals picked up from the surrounding ground to sewage or animal debris. We offer containment and hazardous waste disposal options for our customers. Once we extract tainted fluids, including hidden pockets of floodwaters that we discovered using advanced scanning equipment and moisture meters, we choose EPA registered disinfectants to destroy any lingering pathogens.

To avoid progressive water-based deterioration and secondary microbial growth,  SERVPRO crews then thoroughly dry out your home. We base our drying goals on moisture measurement we continuously check. A balance of air movement, heat, and dehumidification is found and maintained eventually bringing the affected building materials back to normal moisture levels.

If any of the flooded spaces are carpeted, SERVPRO crews might attempt an aggressive extraction approach. Contamination concerns suggest we consider removing the padding, a relatively inexpensive way to hasten the drying while decreasing the chance of residual hazardous substances. New padding and a thoroughly dried and disinfected carpet minimize the expense of replacing an expanse of wall to wall floor covering after flood damage. This above procedure is only possible if the water is not Black Water. Often, we must dispose of the padding and carpets, safety first.

SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties prepares for the challenges of flood damage remediation after wildfire. If you survive the flames to be nearly drowned in flood waters, call us at (970) 618-1516 to schedule an assessment.
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