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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.

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

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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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Prepare Your Business for Any Disaster In 2018

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Prepare Your Business for Any Disaster In 2018 Take advantage of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan and Profile and be prepared for a disaster.

SERVPRO is Here to Help Your Business Recover from a Disaster

Ring in the new year with the resolution to prepare your business for disasters small or large. An Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) developed together with SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride assures you have an informed and committed partner to help your company respond immediately and recover quickly from a water, fire, mold or biohazard emergency.

Statistics show that 50 percent of businesses fail to overcome the challenges of a disaster. Your community and employees rely on the services and products your company supplies, yet all your enterprise accomplished up to the date of the disaster can vanish without preparation for the unexpected. Creating a SERVPRO ERP provides an immediate plan of action. Through sharing your priorities and expectations with our restoration professionals, you guide efforts to make any emergency situation “Like it never even happened.”

Foresight reaps other dividends, including the potential for reduced insurance premiums from insurance carriers when an emergency plan is in place. Knowing you are ready for the unimaginable reduces stress, freeing you to take your business to the next level.

The key to an effective disaster preparedness plan is communication. SERVPRO’s ERP uses on-site assessment by one of our trained crew members as an opportunity to familiarize ourselves with your physical layout and the nature of your business. This no-cost evaluation begins the dialogue. Conversations during the assessment open the door to professional recommendations helping you and your staff avoid situations that can result in an emergency, and minimize the damage should a problem arise.

Enhance the information shared when completing your Emergency Ready Profile. Our mobile app walks you step by step through a series of questions providing the structure of the concise document we instantly access and use if disaster strikes your business.

The Profile features:

  • Guidelines that get you back into your building fast after a disaster, minimizing the time your business is inactive.
  • Confirmation by you as the owner that SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride is your chosen restoration provider.
  • Designation of a line of command for work authorization if you are unavailable at the time of the emergency.
  • Details that help us halt damage and get on with the recovery, such as shut-off valve and other critical operational locations.
  • Identification of vendors or other contractors possessing information helpful to the restoration efforts of our crews.

Benefit from over 40 years of experience in the disaster restoration industry by taking advantage of a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan and Profile in collaboration with SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride. Welcome 2018 with the knowledge you are “Ready for whatever happens” in 2018 by scheduling your ERP assessment by calling (970) 240-6970.

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Finding Mold Damage Experts In Gunnison

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Finding Mold Damage Experts In Gunnison Filters Help Trap Mold Spores Limiting Potential Damage in Gunnison

SERVPRO, the Team to Call for Mold Remediation

Everyone knows the pungent smell of mold. If you get fungi growing in your Gunnison home, you may also be able to see it. If mold is present in your house, it is due to some type of water damage situation. Fungi can grow in an area where there is a slow water leak or a previous leak that didn't get dry quick enough.
 
If at any time you suspect you may have had water sitting somewhere in your house, it is a good idea to call in Gunnison's mold damage specialists at SERVPRO. Often, the presence of a fungus can create a foul odor that may be difficult to remove out of some surfaces. Any water damage can cause structural damage to your house if it gets to the point where it starts rotting away your house's wooden studs. Mold can also cause health effects for some people.
 
All forms of mold originate from spores which are lightweight, microscopic seeds that travel via air circulation, clothes, pets, and many other means. Three conditions are required for the proliferation of these fungi. There must be an organic food source such as wood or paper; typically mold grows best under temperatures ranging from 68 to 85 degrees, and moisture. Lack of sunlight can also encourage mold patches to appear and expand as in basements and wall cavities.
 
When you call in a company like SERVPRO to mitigate your mold problems, there is a specific procedure their technicians must follow to mitigate the damage the right way. First, the restoration specialists must determine the source of the damage and isolate the area. Then a containment chamber must be set up around the affected area to prevent spores from spreading to other parts of the house. The contained area must then have a negative pressure fan or air scrubber to suck air into a HEPA filter. Of course, less strident protocols may be in force for small, isolated areas of mold infestations.
 
After the containment chamber is set up, the next step is to remove the contaminated objects. At times the surface of a wall or other item can be the affected area. The mold then must be sanded or scrubbed off and sucked up into a HEPA vacuum. Then the spores must be removed by damp wiping or HEPA vacuuming. After the visible mold is removed, our AMRT (applied microbial remediation technicians) treat the exposed area with an antifungal product. Lastly, the moisture content needs to be restored back to a safe level to prevent future mold growth.
 
It is essential that when anyone deals with mold, they leave it to the professionals. To find out how we can help you with your mold situation, contact SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride at (970) 240-6970 for help 24/7

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What Happens in the Hours After Your Water Damage Call for Your Crested Butte Property

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Happens in the Hours After Your Water Damage Call for Your Crested Butte Property For Water Extraction and Damage Mitigation in Crested Butte Give SERVPRO a Call

Crested Butte Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Rapid Water Extraction and Recovery

When you call SERVPRO with a report of water damage to your Crested Butte home, we typically respond within four hours of your first call to begin our work. These hours pass quickly for many callers, and some can be overwhelmed when our technicians set to work and immediately begin working against the clock to protect your home from further damage. If you would like to be prepared for our service in advance, here is a brief overview of what you can expect in those crucial hours.
 
Damage Mitigation
One of the reasons why SERVPRO consistently ranks among the nation's top restoration companies is our ability to mitigate as much cost as possible when your Crested Butte home suffers water damage. Our technicians are available 24/7 to respond to local calls for help, and when they arrive, they immediately search for any active sources of water and shut them off. Once we stop further damage from happening, we immediately begin to prepare for other steps in the restoration process.
     
Site Evaluation
Every call and situation is different, even if we have dealt with dozens of similar scenarios. SERVPRO inspectors move fast to inspect your home carefully and thoroughly for signs of further damage and begin to create a plan for restorations. They can help us to understand the situation better, recommend treatments, and identify hidden sources of the problem.
 
Water Removal
Whether it is a large flood or a small leak affecting your home, one of our first concerns is to get the water out as soon as possible. If we need to extract volumes of standing water, we use a combination of portable and truck-mounted extractors to pump it out fast. When the area is soaked and wet but not flooded, we can skip the extractors and move on straight to our air mover systems that create powerful wind currents in your home to remove any excess moisture from surfaces and materials. Dehumidifiers work in conjunction with the air movers to capture and remove the humidity from the interior air space.
 
SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride is a trusted local source of water damage restorations and repairs. Give us a call at (970) 240-6970.

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How Your Montrose Walls and Ceilings are Cleaned after Fire Damage

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Your Montrose Walls and Ceilings are Cleaned after Fire Damage The experts at SERVPRO have specific cleaning methods for the different types of smoke and soot damage to your ceiling and walls.

SERVPRO’s Three Cleaning Methods for Fire Damage

Smoke and soot can wreak havoc on the walls and ceilings of your Montrose property. If the damage is not addressed promptly and efficiently, it can be permanent. What’s more; cleaning walls and ceilings after a fire damage is not a DIY job. In fact, trying to clean the damage on your own can make it worse.

Thankfully, here at SERVPRO, we understand the science behind smoke and soot damage and use the latest equipment to get your Montrose property back to pre-damage condition. Our IICRC-certified technicians identify the material used for wall and ceiling surfaces and develop a plan that ensures the highest cleanability and least damage.

Our technicians use three methods for cleaning ceilings and walls. 

Dry Cleaning

If the smoke residue is not oily, dry cleaning yields the best results. A dry-clean sponge is also used to pre-clean the non-greasy surfaces before more extensive cleaning commences. 

Wet Cleaning

Wet cleaning is a method of choice for removing smoke residues from metal, wooden or painted surfaces of walls and ceilings. This technique is also suitable for removing light to heavy, oily residues. 

Peroxide Active Cleaning

This method is developed by SERVPRO especially to clean acoustical ceilings and other porous surfaces. The method of cleaning preserves sound-deadening qualities as well as the appearance of acoustic tiles. It is especially suitable for oily residues that are difficult to get off by simple wet cleaning. Peroxide active cleaning also spares coatings on textured and blown tiles on your ceilings.

Walls and ceilings can be cleaned for ‘paint' or ‘no paint.' When dry or wet cleaning procedures are used, there is no need to repaint the walls and ceilings, and the cleaning is referred to as ‘clean for no paint.' However, if the damage is extensive, sealing and prepping of the surfaces is necessary. Once the smoke residue is cleaned, sealants, primers or paints can be applied. This technique is called ‘clean for paint.' We make sure that you understand the cleaning process. You can always talk to our technicians to know more.

Call SERVPRO at Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970 today to talk to one of our expert fire damage restorers to know your options.

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Inspect Appliances To Prevent Water Damage In Delta Restaurants

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Inspect Appliances To Prevent Water Damage In Delta Restaurants SERVPRO Advises to Keep Drains Free-Flowing to Prevent Water Damage to Delta Restaurants

SERVPRO Advice for Delta Area Eateries to Stop Water Issues from Happening

Every restaurant owner knows how expensive and inconvenient it is when water damage occurs. Sodden carpets, soaking upholstery, puddles on the floor and an unpleasant musty smell are all risks associated with leaks or pooling water. One of the worst things about water problems is that owners frequently need to shut down their establishment for cleanup and remediation. A closed restaurant in Delta is one that is not bringing in customers or turning a profit, and that is not good for business.
 
SERVPRO is here to raise awareness of a common cause of water damage to Delta businesses: Damaged or leaking appliances. Fridges, dishwashers, and freezers all have the potential to leak water and damage the surrounding area. That is why we suggest all business owners inspect their appliances regularly for signs of wear and tear.
 
Check fridge seals at least once a month. A broken seal leads to refrigerator leaks. It is also vital to examine outlets, drains and water supply lines. Leaks, kinks or blocks in water supply lines and clogged up internal drains both cause water to pool, and otherwise make a mess. Deal with any clogged up lines or drains immediately, and replace damaged components or seals.
 
Check freezer seals, too. SERVPRO also suggests defrosting the freezer regularly, as a build-up of ice might lead to leaks, prevent the door from closing properly, or stop the machine from running at maximum efficiency. Be careful when defrosting the freezer. Move food to another unit, so it does not spoil, and be sure to protect the surrounding area with towels to soak up pooling water.
 
A leaking dishwasher might cause extensive damage. Check seals regularly, and do not forget to check, clean, and empty out any areas where debris collects. It is not a pleasant job – but it prevents the need for a more complex cleanup operation in the event of a leak.
 
Plan to check all appliances in the same way you schedule other cleaning tasks in your business. Maintain a checklist and make sure someone takes care of them. SERPVRO is on hand to assist with any leaks, but of course, prevention is better than cure.
 
For help with water damage in Crested Butte, Hotchkiss, Delta, Ridgway and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970 today.

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Water Removal Dries Out Wet Homes in Crested Butte

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Dries Out Wet Homes in Crested Butte Crested Butte Homeowners Call on SERVPRO for Water Removal

SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage with Fast Extraction and Drying

Water can invade your Crested Butte home from almost any direction. Before it can create damaged areas inside your home, getting dryness restored gets everything back to normal, and keeps damage away.

Homeowners in Crested Butte should opt for the services of a water removal team when water invades their residence. Even small amounts of water can cause problems, and these problems can spread all throughout a home. Preventing them from happening is always much less expensive than repairing them later. SERVPRO technicians have the training and skills needed to perform the necessary steps involved in drying out a waterlogged home.

For large areas or enormous amounts of water, our employees use truck-mounted pumps that quickly suction out water from floods and broken water lines. We use smaller-sized equipment for lesser amounts of water, such as isolated spills and overflows that you caught early.

When your home's surfaces only feel damp, we continue by using heat and directed air currents. Open windows, when weather conditions permit, can increase the speed that your home achieves usual dryness again.

Saving your flooring, the hardest hit component in your home after a disaster involving water depends on many different variables. We can often rescue wooden flooring from the damaging effects of water, but carpeting is another situation. Tile and linoleum can lose their adhesiveness if left saturated for too long.

Other areas in the home that suffer from water include drywall. Because drywall is very absorbent, it does not take very long to become saturated. Once saturated, it expands and then begins the process of disintegrating. Because of this, we cut away wet drywall  about six inches above the water line. Removing this also removes some of the water that otherwise may have evaporated into your home's air and spread to other areas. This also opens up wall cavities for more rapid dissipation of moisture.

The friendly professionals at SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride help keep our locally owned and operated company one that many homeowners rely on in emergencies involving water removal services after flooding, accidents, and fires. Call us at (970) 240-6970 any hour, day or night, 365 days a year.

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