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Fire Damage caused by Appliances in Delta can Cause Long-Term Damage to Belongings

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage caused by Appliances in Delta can Cause Long-Term Damage to Belongings Regular dryer maintenance can prevent fires from starting. If you are facing the aftermath of a fire, contact SERVPRO for remediation and prevention.

Professional Remediation Experts Need to be Involved After Any Fire, Regardless of the Size

Out-of-control forest fires remain one of the worst ways a home can catch on fire, but it is not the only way. Homes in Delta can catch on fire through a multitude of ways, including malfunctioning appliances, such as dryers with a buildup of lint and debris in the duct. Clogged dryers can become heated hot enough that they ignite.
Delta homes risk fire damage when dryer maintenance happens on less than a regular basis. Cleaning out the lint catcher each time clothing is removed from the dryer helps, but often it is not enough. Fine lint can still escape and find its way to the exhaust vent cover. Also, because lint is often still damp when it escapes the lint trap, adhering to the inside of the duct happens all too easily. Any lint, fibers, threads, and paper bits that end up lost accumulate in a snowball effect, rapidly increasing in size.
Synthetic fibers in clothing often melt at high temperatures before it ignites. Dryer-related fires can leave your laundry area a horrible mess, with jumbles of melted, hard articles of clothing mixed with others, now singed and charred black. Your folding area and the inside of your dryer can sustain ugly damage from your once fashionable clothing. The smoke produced by clothing as it burns is often black and easily adheres to the surfaces it touches.
Our highly experienced technicians can help eliminate the damage caused by dryer fires. Even when plastic-based materials strongly bond to hard surfaces such as table tops and the interior of dryers after melting, we can remove this melted-on material. Using your dryer without removing all of the melted-on plastics can ruin future loads of clothing. One of the goals at SERVPRO, in addition to making your home “Like it never even happened,” is to prevent any other damage from harming your home or the contents inside. A dryer-related fire might seem small, but the ramifications for you and your family's appearance can be long-lasting and costly if mismanaged.
We at SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride can be contacted at (970) 240-6970 every day of the week, and at any hour. Whenever you have fire damage, of any kind, call us for friendly, professional service. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Guarding Against Flooding Damage From Heavy Rains in Telluride

9/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Guarding Against Flooding Damage From Heavy Rains in Telluride Avert Telluride Home Flooding, Keep Drains and Gutters Open--SERVPRO tip

SERVPRO Tips to Protect and Mitigate Damages Caused by Floods and Storms

Disasters are a part of life, and no matter where you live, everyone can be at risk of flooding from heavy rains. Changing weather patterns have been sending surprises to many who thought they were safe, so even if you live on high ground, it is in your best interests to take precautions to prevent flood damage while living in Telluride. Consider flood insurance if it is available and affordable.

Preventative measures against flooding and flood damage from rain in Telluride run from very expensive, to affordable, common sense precautions. If you reside in a flood prone area, you may consider raising the level of your home. It can be pricey to raise a home that is pre-existing. However, it does get it above flood level. Typically, this is not a practicle solution is utilized for specific structures like historic homes. If that is not in your budget, think about covering the exterior walls with a sealant which is waterproof. They apply like paint and are very commonly used on cinder block basement walls. It is an affordable and surprisingly effective project for most homeowners.
For times when the rains hit, and your home does become overwhelmed by flood waters, you need professionals, such as SERVPRO, to properly extract the water and restore your home back to order. Our technicians are trained exactly how to handle these situations in a timely fashion to avoid further damage.
Even more affordable and simpler, make sure you have appropriate rain gutters installed, and just as important, keep them clean. If you do not want to climb the ladder yourself, you can hire someone to do the job once or twice a year. It is a good investment to keep your gutters clear of debris which clogs them up, keeping rain water out of your house. Splash pads and downspouts increase the efficiency of gutters by channeling the flow of water even further away from the foundation.
Other precautions to take include grading your lot to keep water flowing away from your home, placing sandbags to divert the flow of water, and investing in a sump pump. Installing a backflow protection device is also a good idea, as it protects a potable water system from potential hazards.
Our SERVPRO technicians work fast in an emergency, so you do not have to worry. Our professional grade equipment helps us to get your home thoroughly dry again, and we salvage everything possible for you.
SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride is available to assist you anytime you have a flooding emergency. Residents of Telluride, Montrose, and Delta can reach us easily by dialing (970) 240-6970.

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Restoration after Commercial Fire Damage in a Crested Butte Gift Shop

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoration after Commercial Fire Damage in a Crested Butte Gift Shop Contact SERVPRO immediately after fire damage in your gift shop. Our quick response will give you the best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Tackle BOTH the Visible and Olfactory Signs of Damage

Fires happen all the time with many extinguished when discovered soon after they begin. Damage increases, of course, when a fire burns longer and spreads out in a widening area. Knowing what substances and materials burned is also critical to any restoration task.
Gift shops in Crested Butte that experience commercial fire damage often have difficult-to-replace seasonal stock. Our technicians are IICRC-certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and understand the complexities involved in every aspect of restoring fire-damaged structures, interior furnishings, and inventory. From our initial assessment, we answer questions and inform our customers about the processes and equipment needed to complete the job.
Cleaning inventory items so they are restored to a saleable condition, removing grime and soot from all surfaces, replacing charred and blackened materials, and eliminating errant soot particles from the air happens during many jobs involving businesses impacted by a fire. Soot can be visible in large amounts, but it slowly disintegrates over time. As it does this, odors become more pronounced. Just like visible fire damage requires elimination for a building to look “Like it never even happened,” elimination of foul odors must occur, also.
However, because fire damage normally leaves that distinct and offensive odor behind, customers might wonder what is causing the burned penetrating smell. Professionals with experience in mitigating fire damage know that odors from burned items are gauged differently by each person.
While this might seem to make the task of complete restoration after any size fire next to impossible, for the qualified professional, odor elimination is part of fire damage restoration. We have the ability to measure how concentrated soot particles are in an area and work to reduce these to almost zero. In some locations in your shop, these may be isolated pockets that hold onto soot particles. We have other methods that can control these problem spots adequately.
Every business in our area is of particular significance to our community – both socially and economically. Restoring each one after a disaster such as fire damage is a task to which we are highly committed. Call us, SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride, at (970) 240-6970, for all of your restoration needs, 24/7, 365 days a year.

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Types of Flooding to be Aware of in Telluride

8/6/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Types of Flooding to be Aware of in Telluride In Telluride, Don't Get Trapped in Your Car During Flood Conditions--SERVPRO Public Message

Storms and Flash Floods Can Be Treacherous to Personal Safety

When it comes to property damage and lives lost, floods are second to tornadoes as the top natural disaster. Floods can influence any area in some way, and flooding can occur anywhere rain falls. As water hits the ground, it seeps into the ground. If the ground is impervious, such as concrete or asphalt, it is frozen, or the soil is already saturated to capacity, problems arise. Land surfaces that do not allow for percolation of storm water often result in flooding; some can also be flash floodings.
General perception when hearing the words flood and flood damage is over the bank flooding. When filled to its capacity, the water in a river overflows its bank and goes over land nearby, posing a storm induced threat to your Telluride home if it is in the area. The water spreads and is slow-moving in flat areas, and can take days to dissipate. In more mountainous areas, the floodwater flows through steep valleys, moving faster and lingering for a short time. These kinds of water movement can be dangerous and destructive.
With this type of flooding or any other, SERVPRO technicians are the ones to call when water has affected your home. As experts in flood damage remediation, we move fast to get to your home and create a plan for remediation. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Flash floods, on the other hand, can build up within six hours of the events which started them. Extremely dangerous, this fast-moving water can move heavy rocks and debris. Quite often, especially in hilly or mountainous areas,  cars can be swept along with the strong currents.
In colder weather, ice jam flooding occurs when heavy precipitation causes chunks of ice to push together and make a dam. Behind this water piles up and spills over the plains close to it. The wall of ice eventually breaks, leaving fast-moving water rushing downstream a lot like a conventional flash flood. The ice chunks in the water can increase damage to structures.
Any flooding can create much damage in your home. Depending on how high the water levels rise, not only is flooring damaged, but furniture, electronics, and other items can be affected as well.
Our technicians have the heavy-duty truck-mounted pumps to get the standing water out of your home, and the industrial fans and dehumidifiers to dry it out. We salvage any items which can be and remove the things which are beyond repair. If needed, we have other professionals help us dry out electronics.
SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride can assist you in any flooding situation. As soon as the floodwaters recede, get in touch with us at (970) 240-6970.

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Montrose Mold Damage Remediation Just A Call Away

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Montrose Mold Damage Remediation Just A Call Away Sealants Reduce Condensation and Moisture in Montrose Homes & Help Reduce Mold Growth--SERVPRO Tip

Moisture and a Food Source Invite Mold into Montrose Homes

Finding one or more mold colonies can be very concerning to the average homeowner. Plenty of over the counter remedies purport to exist, but the success of them does not stand up to the marketing claims in many instances. SERVPRO follows proven procedures to manage microbial outbreaks, rapid relief for a seemingly relentless problem.
Planning for and completing mold damage abatement for your Montrose home is daunting. You believe your efforts using bleach should work, but the problem just keeps coming back. Whether in a bathroom, a crawl space, or another area of your house, mold growth is possible if you skip even one of the needed steps. Our technicians train extensively to understand how mold infestations happen and precisely what needs to happen to avoid recurrence after proper removal.
Mold spores are a fact of life, existing outdoors in vast numbers and indoors as well. They are tiny, floating on the breeze and settling on various surfaces undetected. Nothing completely removes spores in a household setting and attempts to eliminate them are generally unnecessary. Mold damage occurs only when water activates the spores, and they have a food source. SERVPRO possesses the knowledge and skills to remediate the situation fast when those conditions exist.
When called to manage microbial colonies SERVPRO uses Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols, developed for commercial spaces and schools but effective in your home as well. We contain the mold infestation before any other action, using plastic sheeting, or negative air pressure machines in severe cases. The surface providing nourishment for the mold undergoes evaluation, and if contaminated under the surface, it and the colonies both are removed, bagged, and disposed of under local requirements. Professional and effective antimicrobials sanitize the affected areas.
The final step is to stop water from dampening mold spores again. Any amount of water is capable of encouraging mold growth, and SERVPRO crew members are experienced detectives and can find the source. Slow leaks in roofs or plumbing, condensation on windows or around air conditioners, hidden pockets of water after flooding or spills, and a range of other things can be the culprit. Interior humidity levels of 70 percent or higher also provide enough moisture to support mold growth. We locate the water and stop it, limiting the likelihood of subsequent mold problems.
Call the local professional remediation experts at SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride when mold invades your space. We answer and schedule consultations 24 hours a day at (970) 240-6970.

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Water Damage Restoration In Montrose

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration In Montrose Save Money After a Bathroom Leak and Call SERVPRO to Mitigate Water Damage

Montrose Bathrooms Require a Stringent Post Water Leak Inspection and Cleanup

Water is a most destructive force, more damaging to homes than any other. It does not matter how the water got inside your house or how extensive the problem appears at first glance. The quicker the water damage abatement, the more successful the restoration. SERVPRO responds fast and prepared to do the tasks necessary to return your home to preloss condition.
The extent of water damage to your Montrose home after a toilet leak surprises you. Replacing the seal stops the water seeping around the base and on your bathroom floor, but the plumber suggests a call to a restoration company is the next step. We take the time to evaluate the bathroom itself and all areas where water migrated, ensuring no lingering water issues continue to threaten your house. We apply antimicrobial agents as a precaution against gray or black contaminated water or remaining debris.
When the SERVPRO team arrives, we take moisture readings in all areas around the initial leak. The water often pools up in hard to access areas between walls and under the subfloor. Water follows pipes and electrical lines, causing the damage to surface many feet or yards away from where the homeowner expects. Without a plan to find and remove that hidden water and dry out the wooden framing, drywall, and ceilings secondary water damage is probable. This can include deterioration of building materials, with crumbling of sheetrock, bubbling and peeling of paint, and dry rot.
Water that remains unabated for more than 24 to 48 hours puts your home at risk of mold growth. Avoiding mold is preferable to remediating it, so we work hard to start drying all affected areas. We extract any hidden water, using flexible tubing after cutting access holes or carefully punching through a bowed ceiling to release moisture. Then our crew positions air movers to dry out the structure. Dehumidifiers add to the effort, and all the while our trained technicians monitor moisture levels using state of the art probes and scanning techniques.
In the bathroom the crew extracts any water remaining around the toilet and examines the flooring, possibly pulling up a few tiles to verify the subfloor is drying out. We use air movers and dehumidifiers in the bathroom as well. When moisture falls to acceptable levels we make repairs to any areas we disturbed in our water search, ensuring everything looks “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride is your partner to restore water damage after the plumber leaves. Call (970) 240-6970 immediately after you know water is the culprit in any damage you notice in your home.

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A Fast Response To Fire Damage In Montrose

7/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A Fast Response To Fire Damage In Montrose Candles Unattended Lead to Fire Damage in Montrose--SERVPRO Tip

Swift SERVPRO Action Mitigates the Damages from Fire & Smoke

Homeowners rarely prepare for the damage a fire does. Emergency responders often extinguish the flames quickly, but soot and smoke move even more rapidly. The moment authorities permit you to reenter your dwelling the clock starts on successful restoration. SERVPRO understands the need for speed and assigns skilled technicians to your job within hours of your first call.

A lit candle caught a dining room curtain ablaze, causing fire damage to your Montrose house. Brought under control by local firefighters, it seems only the window, its coverings, and the walls and ceiling nearby were charred. Despite your relief and the appearance of minor harm, we know the entire house risks continuous deterioration. Fortunately, we also have the skilled technicians and proper equipment to stop the destruction and return your home to preloss condition.
Smoke and soot damage attack every space in your home, including areas far from the actual fire. The residue from the fire floats on the air, coating surfaces. This debris must be removed before it begins etching, distorting, discoloring, and disintegrating wood, fabric, gypsum board, plastic, metal, and glass, among other materials. If your HVAC system operated during the fire, it recontaminates the air, structure, and contents from every vent until cleaned and sealed. SERVPRO uses Institute for Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) approved methods and equipment to clean, treat, and recover all structures, mechanical systems, and contents within your property.
The restoration must begin as soon as possible because the acidic soot and smoke immediately attack every surface. SERVPRO specialists in fire damage recovery arrive ready to perform all necessary tasks because we train precisely for the opportunity to give your home back to you “Like it never even happened.” Obviously we discard destroyed items like the curtains, but otherwise, our focus is restoration, not tear out and replacement. This approach controls costs and avoids major disruption to your household.
Our crew assesses the damage in each room and plans proper procedures, using dry or wet cleaning strategies matched to the character of the residue found and the materials affected. Systematically SERVPRO works through your home room by room to assure all harm is reversed and the corrosive soot and smoke permanently eliminated. Deodorization experts among our workers take on odor eradication as a final task, progressing from cleaning to sealing, to airborne spray or thermal fogging as necessary, all intended to neutralize the tiny, smell-carrying particles that linger in your home.
SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride is ready to restore your fire damaged home immediately after contact. Call our staff at (970) 240-6970 to schedule an inspection and begin work on a recovery blueprint.

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Kitchen Fire

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kitchen Fire Unfortunate kitchen fire in Delta, CO

While hurrying to get to church on Sunday, a resident of Delta, CO left a pan on the stove.  It took literally two hours for this to happen.  The damage was so extensive that there are smoke lines extending to all adjacent rooms.  SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride remediate all of the kitchen and cleaned out all rooms that where affected.  The owner was overwhelmed with all that had happened.  She stated "this is an extensive unfortunate event, thank you for putting me in order".

Vapor Barrier Lining

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Vapor Barrier Lining Vapor Barrier Lining for Crawlspace

A homeowner in Montrose called about her crawlspace being moldy and musty after spending $10,000 to have it mediated.  She then called SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride to remediate the crawlspace stating that it was still musty and dank with mold.  It took about 11 days for SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride to get all the job of testing and laying vapor barrier that was right for her specific crawlspace, but the job was done right and will last her a lifetime.

Whitey's Home and Garden Expo 2017

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Community Whitey's Home and Garden Expo 2017 SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride at the Whitey's Home and Garden Expo 2017

Thank you to all that came to see the SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride booth at the Whitey's Home and Garden Expo in Friendship Hall.  We would like to congratulate all the winners of our raffle drawings.  We can't wait to see everyone at next year's expo.