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The Likelihood of Mold Damage in Your Delta Attic

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Likelihood of Mold Damage in Your Delta Attic Once the integrity of your roof is compromised, moisture can get in feeding existing mold spores. Before the infestation spreads, contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Thoroughly Investigate the Cause of Mold Damage in Your Attic

Most homeowners do not fully understand how mold develops in their homes and therefore, do not know the appropriate means of combatting this damage to their property. While several sources could provide the moisture required for mold to develop in your Delta residence, the only other necessary components are organic materials to seat the colonies and warmer temperatures. These conditions are part of the reason why so many homeowners end up experiencing mold growth in the attics of their houses.
Regardless of the season, your house’s attic is always going to be one of the warmest areas. From the general lack of circulation during the warmer months to the heat rising from forced air systems during the dead of winter, your attic is an ideal climate to facilitate mold growth. Mold damage in Delta is most likely to occur when your home has suffered some form of roof damage, weakening, or merely having a roof that has outlived its effectiveness.
Once mold starts to grow in this area, it is not hard for it to spread quickly around the organic surfaces available in the area. This reality makes it critical to check your attic space on a regular basis for possible fungal growth. If you do see something, trust in the IICRC certified mold remediation specialists of SERVPRO to help you set things right. Attempting to remove this growth on your own can introduce you to the health effects attributed to mold exposure, so it is best to get left to professionals.
Locating the damage to your roof which allowed the moisture to enter this area is a critical component of the remediation process. This discovery allows you to get the appropriate residential contractor and repair the damage before further moisture enters the area following the remediation process. Until the roof can get repaired, it is recommended to continue dehumidification efforts on your own.
Mold damage might be common to attics with weakened or compromised roofs, but that does not mean that it is something you should allow to grow and thrive in your home. Trust in the experience and professionalism of SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride to help you remediate this problem as soon as you can. Give us a call today at (970) 240-6970.

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The Different Kinds of Smoke Residue after Fire Damage to Your Delta Home

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Different Kinds of Smoke Residue after Fire Damage to Your Delta Home SERVPRO professionals have the skills and expertise to tackle the different types of smoke and soot residue left behind after a fire.

SERVPRO Categorizes Smoke and Soot Residue into Four Categories

Smoke and soot residue is one of the toughest challenges for restoration after an incidence of fire damage. The ability to restore your property is determined by the kind of residue left behind. Although some kind of residue is not that difficult to clean, other kinds can take more time and effort.

SERVPRO professionals use a multitude of techniques and equipment to eliminate the different kinds of smoke residue after fire damage to your Delta home. Our IICRC certified technicians classify smoke and soot residue into four different categories: Dry residue, wet residue, protein residue and fuel oil residue.

Dry and Wet Smoke Residue

Every fire generates smoke in both the wet and dry category. While some fires may produce a predominantly dry residue, some others produce predominantly wet soot. If the fire is fast burning, with an abundant oxygen supply, dry residue is deposited. On the other hand, fires that burn slower and have less oxygen supply, produce mostly wet residue. The burning of synthetic material also produces wet smoke. Material such as wood, cork, and paper, generally produce a drier smoke.

It is easier to clean dry residue compared to the wet and greasy residue. SERVPRO technicians can use more extensive cleaning procedures to clean the wet soot. The time required for restoration is greater for wet residues than for dry residues.

Residue Due to the Burning of Protein 

The residue formed due to the combustion of protein is most common in kitchen fires. Burning of protein-rich material such as meat, poultry or fish produces this kind of residue. It can have a color between amber to yellow and can form an oily layer on walls and ceiling. The odor is also one of the most significant problems with such residue. Cleaning of protein residue requires more time and deodorization is a significant part of the restoration process.

Fuel Oil Residue 

Although it is less frequent, furnace puff-backs can produce a thick smoke due to the incomplete burning of the fuel oil. Improper venting can result in the smoke particle deposition in the ducts. The fuel oil soot can be greasy and requires more time and effort to clean.

Call SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970 today to speak with one of our restoration experts.

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How Do Professionals Eliminate Odors After Fire Damage to Your Delta Bakery?

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How Do Professionals Eliminate Odors After Fire Damage to Your Delta Bakery? For Great Aromas in Your Delta Bakery Rely on SERVPRO to Remove Fire-Related Odors

Keep the Fresh-Baked Aromas without the Odors--Call SERVPRO

Fire damage is devastating for any business, but if it occurs in your bakery, the odor alone can be a huge problem. The smell of burnt wood and plastic can linger on in your establishment, and if it is not promptly and efficiently removed, it can cause havoc. Not only do you stand a chance to lose a ton of business during the restoration process, but you also might have to deal with customer dissatisfaction if the odor is not eliminated.

Thankfully, the IICRC certified professionals at SERVPRO can help you combat odors after fire damage to your Delta bakery. We can use some of the latest odor eliminating equipment and a proven strategy to combat odors in the least possible time. Here are a few examples of odor eliminating equipment that we can use.

Pressure sprayer
One of the essentials when it comes to odor management after fire damage, the pressure sprayer is a small hand-held tool used to dispense deodorants. These are used to deodorize the surfaces that are easy to reach. Since direct spraying can wet the surfaces, this instrument is usually not used where discoloration is likely. It is an excellent technique for a bakery where there are a lot of table-tops and counters that need to be deodorized.

Ozone machine
As the name suggests, this machine generates ozone gas, an unstable form of oxygen --O3--that can eliminate the odor-causing molecules. Ozone combines chemically with many odor-causing molecules thereby changing their chemical composition. Once they are ‘oxidized' by ozone, the molecules lose their odor. As ozone is not suitable for breathing, all people, animals, and pets must be evacuated from the premises while doing this treatment. The ozone typically dissipates within an hour of usage.

Air scrubbers
An air scrubber is a piece of equipment that physically eliminates odor-causing particles from the air. It works on the principle of HEPA filtration and can trap odor-causing particles as small as 0.3 microns. There is also a series of activated charcoal and potassium permanganate filters that also eliminate odors.

Call SERVPRO of Montrose/ Telluride at (970) 240-6970 today to learn more about fire damage restoration and odor elimination.

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Learn to Prevent and Mitigate Water Damage in Crested Butte

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Learn to Prevent and Mitigate Water Damage in Crested Butte Water damage in your home can make your space feel uninhabitable. Contact SERVPRO and we'll change that for the better.

SERVPRO Technicians Use the Latest Water Detection Equipment for Water Damage Remediation in Your Home

There are several sources which can lead to water damage in your home or commercial property. They can be weather-related or when your plumbing or appliances are faulty. Despite the source of the moisture, one thing is clear - such an experience can disrupt your life and lead to loss of valuables. We are here to let you know the steps you should take to prevent and address such an in incident as a Crested Butte resident.
While our SERVPRO technicians can visually inspect your property for water damage in Crested Butte, sometimes we use thermal imaging cameras and acoustic leak detectors to make the inspection work more manageable. As a precaution measure, if you notice a significant increase in your water bill, there are chances that a leak exists, and working with an expert can help you eliminate such a cause.
Usually, pipes in basements, attics and any other exposed areas are insulated to prevent them from freezing. However, if it happens that there is a leak, and the insulation is wet, it is time to detach the padding and extract the water. Our SERVPRO team uses portable extractors when removing the water from areas with limited space; otherwise, we use truck-mounted pumps when space is big enough.
Another technique we use to remove the water is dehumidification. Our SERVPRO technicians use this method once the physical extraction process is complete and heaters/air movers have been put in place to evaporate the water. The work of dehumidifiers is to remove the additional moisture that evaporates from surfaces to the air.
Our team performs deodorization to deal with any unpleasant smells in the area. By using thermal foggers, we can dispense agents into the target locations. Sometimes the deodorants we use are flammable, so we turn off any sources of ignition or pilot lights.
At SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is fire, storm, mold or water related. Call us at (970) 240-6970 if you need trusted services from an industry leader.
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Cleaning Flood Damage in Your Crested Butte Home

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Cleaning Flood Damage in Your Crested Butte Home Be Prepared for Flooding in Crested Butte, Then Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Water Removal and Disinfecting Are Two Key Components to Restoration After Flooding

Consistent, heavy, and prolonged rainfall, together with overflowing rivers and other channels, are one of the main reasons for flooding in the Crested Butte area. As rainwater fills the river streams, the water speeds out on the floodplain or the land adjacent to the river, causing flooding. After heavy rainfall, massive flooding is also affected by particular factors like shallow and steep river channels, concrete drainage basins and lack of vegetation.
When the floodwaters reach your home in Crested Butte, you should act fast to get your home restored, or you could sustain further flood damage. Hopefully, you prepared your structure to help prevent water intrusion. As soon as it is safe, you need to call in our professional staff at SERVPRO for help. We are an experienced flood damage remediation company, and we know just how to restore your house as quickly as possible so you can get your home back.
We do a thorough inspection when we arrive at your home, even as we begin water extraction. During this step, we remove as much water as possible with industrial grade equipment such as truck-mounted pumps. We do this as swiftly as possible to minimize additional damage to your property.
After the visible water is removed, SERVPRO staff remove any parts of the building materials which need replacing. Elements that frequently need this partial demolition include drywall, carpeting, and insulation. If they are ruined, getting them out fast allows your home to dry more thoroughly, faster. With air-movers and dehumidifiers, we proceed with the drying process. Moisture meters and infrared cameras are also used to determine if there is any hidden water inside flooring or walls cavities.  
When everything is dry again, which may take several days up to weeks, we clean and disinfect all the affected areas to prevent mold growth. Renovation and remodeling is the last step to restoring your home back to the way it was. We work alongside professional contractors to get this part of the job done when major reconstruction is needed.
SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride understands the need for you to have your home in Paonia, Ouray, or Cedaredge fully restore back to its preloss condition. We work hard to achieve this when you give us a call at (970) 240-6970 after flood damage.

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Basement Mold and Mold Damage in Your Delta Home

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Basement Mold and Mold Damage in Your Delta Home When your basement floods, mold colonies can begin to form and need to be remediated immediately.

Call on the Professionals at SERVPRO to Remediate Mold Damage and Prevent Future Mold Growth

If you have ever dealt with your basement in Delta flooding, you know that pumping the water out is just the beginning. The lingering effects of the moisture can result in mold growth, which can cause health effects for you and your family. Even with just an inch of water, there is enough humidity present to allow mold spores to attach to surfaces and start growing. Mold can grow on just about anything indoors including carpeting and drywall.

A wet basement can quickly spell trouble for your Delta home, even if you can get the water out. Without it being completely dry, or not in enough time, you are going to be dealing with mold and mold damage. Mold growth starts fast – within 24 to 48 hours, so you need to act quickly. If mold still gets a chance to grow, our SERVPRO technicians are the answer to your problem. We can do a thorough job cleaning up the mess and even help dry your basement out again.

Mold starts life as a tiny spore which functions as a seed but is smaller and more straightforward. A mass of mold spores can have thousands at once, but still be smaller than a pinhead. If something disturbs the mass, thousands of spores are set free into the air, where they are carried off. They remain in the air until gravity causes them to settle. All they need to lift off and stay aloft is a very gentle air movement.

At SERVPRO, we understand this, which is why we are careful to contain the area of mold, so it does not spread to areas which were not affected. It is also why we wear protective gear when cleaning mold growth from your home.

Sometimes during mold remediation, we need to remove porous materials such as drywall, insulation, fabrics, or carpeting that have extensive mold growth. Non-porous surfaces may be cleaned by HEPA vacuuming if it is dry, or by damp wiping with a detergent solution if the mold is growing in a layer of soils.

Once the mold has been carefully removed, we ensure to dry the area as well, so the mold growth does not return.

At SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride, we take any mold growth in your home in Gunnison, Ouray, or Paonia seriously. When you reach out to us at (970) 240-6970, you can rest assured that your mold problem is going to be history.

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How Do Professionals Get the Contents Cleaned After Fire Damage to Your Delta Home?

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Do Professionals Get the Contents Cleaned After Fire Damage to Your Delta Home? For Delta Property Cleanup After Fire and Smoke Damage--Call Us at SERVPRO

SERVPRO Uses the Latest Techniques and Products to Mitigate the Damages from Smoke and Fire

The smoke and soot after a fire can leave the contents of your fire-damaged home in a total mess. If the residue after a fire is not promptly cleaned, it can lead to permanent damage to surfaces including the walls, ceilings, and floors as well.

Luckily, here at SERVPRO, our IICRC certified professionals employ some of the most advanced cleaning methods to restore the damage to your Delta home after a fire. Here are some of the techniques that the professionals can use to clean up after a fire incidence.

Dry cleaning
If the residue is dry and non-grease based, dry cleaning is perhaps one of the best methods to clean it up. It is usually the first step in cleaning the damage after a fire incidence. Feather dusters and dusting cloths are often used in this method. The professionals can also use vacuuming to remove any loose debris from surfaces during this procedure. This helps to prevent smearing and staining.

Wet cleaning
It is a more aggressive cleaning technique that involves the use of water with or without detergent. SERVPRO Technicians can use this method to clean moderate to the heavy residue. The method is also useful for grease-based soot as well using proprietary cleaning agents.

Spray and wipe
As the name suggests, this technique involves the spraying of a cleaning agent and wiping it down with a piece of cloth. As the cleaning agent is spayed in the form of missed, the restorer has more control over the amount of the cleaning agent when employing this method. Spray and wipe is an excellent method for services surfaces that cannot be saturated by a cleaning agent.

Foam cleaning
In this method, a cleaning foam is used to clean the surfaces. The technique is most commonly used to clean upholstery and fabric that can be damaged by other cleaning agents. Phone cleaning is best if the residue is light and the material is delicate. This is almost a moisture-free method for cleaning.

Abrasive cleaning
This method involves the use of an abrasive agent to clean the surfaces. It is not suitable for the delicate material. The abrasive pads can cause damage to the surfaces if not correctly used. In the case of charred attics, a soda or ice-blasting can be utilized to minimize time and mess.

Call SERVPRO of Montrose/ Telluride at (970) 240-6970 today to speak to our fire damage restoration experts.

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Understanding the Factors Affecting Drying After Water Damage to Your Delta Property

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Understanding the Factors Affecting Drying After Water Damage to Your Delta Property Whether water damage comes from inside or outside of your home, your best defense is to contact SERVPRO for remediation and restoration services.

SERVPRO Has Drying Your Property After Water Damage Down to a Science

Drying a house and its contents after a water damage incident is crucial to minimize any long-term damage. Professional restoration experts use scientific knowledge of the drying process to create an environment that speeds up the process.

Various factors affect the rate of drying following water damage to your Delta home. Our IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians control these factors by the use of drying equipment to speed up the process. Here are some of the factors that directly affect the rate of drying after water damage.

The temperature
It is perhaps the most critical of factors that affect the rate of drying. As hot air can hold more moisture compared to cold air, increasing temperature can speed up the drying process significantly. A room that is heated to 70 to 80 degrees can dry faster. That said, if the temperature is above 85 degrees, too rapid drying may cause too much moisture in the air, and it can cause secondary damage.

The amount of water to be removed  
The rate and efficiency of drying are directly dependent on the amount of water that needs to be removed. The higher the amount of water that needs to be removed, the longer it takes to dry a surface material. That said, water in the liquid form is quicker to remove with the help of extractors compared to the residual moisture. SERVPRO technicians can use both extractors and dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process.

The relative humidity
The rate of drying also depends on the relative humidity (RH) of the air in contact with the surface to be dried. If the RH is over 60%, the rate of drying slows down significantly. Dehumidifiers can be used to remove the excess moisture from the air and reduce the RH to speed up the drying process.

Air movement  
Another factor that affects the rate of drying is the movement of the moisture-laden air. As the surface dries, the air close to it becomes saturated with moisture, slowing down the rate of drying. Air moving equipment can replace this moisture-laden air with drier air to speed up drying.

Controlling all these factors can create an ideal condition that allows for a faster drying minimizing the effects of water damage.

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Professional Water Removal Services Available For Your Storage Facility In Crested Butte

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Water Removal Services Available For Your Storage Facility In Crested Butte A leaky roof, lousy weather, and even plumbing problems can all have a drastic effect on your Crested Butte storage facility.

Professional Water Removal Services

A leaky roof, lousy weather, and even plumbing problems can all have a drastic effect on your Crested Butte storage facility. Any amount of water left on your property can eventually gain access to untreated building materials, internal walls, framing, flooring, and often makes its way into your storage areas where you keep essential business assets.

If you find yourself facing a water intrusion of any size in Crested Butte, contact us for professional water removal services designed to fit your situation. With access to IICRC-industry certified technicians, 24-hour emergency response teams, and a vast network of resources at our disposal, our experts can help you recover quickly, regardless of the severity of the situation you may face.

Sudden snowstorms may catch you off-guard, frozen or burst pipes are also a regular occurrence in our area, both of which can leave materials and assets in your storage facility exposed to harmful elements. SERVPRO can provide you with expertly trained technicians who can think outside of the box and provide you with solutions that you may not think of yourself to protect company assets and prevent disastrous situations from occurring.

SERVPRO technicians have access to a variety of water extraction, detection, and drying equipment that makes locating and eliminating hidden pockets of moisture easier. We have everything from small hand-held water extractors to sizable truck-mounted extraction units, which give us the ability to handle any size job imaginable. Our air moving equipment, dehumidifiers, hygrometers, and drying procedures help remove water faster, ensuring the security and integrity of your stored goods.

SERVPRO takes pride in answering every call with determination and decisive action. You can count on our crew at SERVPRO to provide you with the services necessary to help you recover quickly and efficiently after disaster strikes. However, we also have years of knowledge and experience available that can help you limit or avoid significant losses altogether and look forward to responding to your call for assistance.

Call our team at SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride to schedule an initial inspection of your storage facility or to obtain professional water removal services, today (970) 240-6970.

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Proven Flood Damage Restoration Services For Delta Residents

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Proven Flood Damage Restoration Services For Delta Residents Flood damage can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO should your property face a flooding disaster. Quick drying action is a key step for remediation.

SERVPRO Professionals Arrive Equipped to Rapidly Dry Out Your Flooded Property

Statistics show that most of the businesses that experience flood damage never regain their glory days after the disaster. There are chances that the owner did not know the right steps to take or there was a problem with the restoration. That is why it is crucial for Delta residents to know reliable options to minimize the damage and control the situation.

If you are an area resident and you happen to experience flood damage in Delta, usually your immediate priority is to dry the contents and mitigate the damage. When you fail to act fast, the presence of moisture may create conditions for growth of mold and possible health effects. However, how are you going to act fast when you do not have the right tools, and you are not an expert in the industry? That is why we advise you to work with an IICRC certified company like SERVPRO.

Immediately when our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your flooded property, one of the first things we do is to secure the area and turn off electrical circuits and other working appliances. We then proceed to identify the level of damage and analyze everything to settle on the most appropriate tools to use during the restoration.

Extracting the water is a critical procedure in the restoration process. Dependent on the flooded area, our team may decide to use truck mounted or portable extractors. We are careful when selecting the tools for water extraction and avoid aggressive extraction when it is likely to cause more damage. For instance, your carpet is considerably weak when wet, and it is likely to experience delamination if we handle it aggressively.

Rotting may occur when water comes into contact with some contents. That causes unpleasant smells that only disappear when neutralized. To tackle such a challenge, our SERVPRO technicians perform deodorization, and the agents may mask or neutralize the odor.

SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride is experienced in handling storm, fire, mold and water damage disasters. Call us at (970) 240-6970 to learn more about our reliable restoration services.

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