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Water Damage Technicians in Delta Talk About Electrical Hazards

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Technicians in Delta Talk About Electrical Hazards Electricity and Water Can Be A Lethal Combination--Call SERVPRO for Water Removal in Delta

SERVPRO Proceeds with Caution When Electricity May Be a Factor in Water Removal at Your Delta Property

Whenever water leaks from an appliance or water pipe and gets into the living area of your Delta residence, possible safety hazards can exist. Water can saturate items and force them to lose their structural integrity and fall apart. For example, if your ceiling gets saturated the tiles or drywall can lose strength and fall creating risks to the safety of the building's occupants. Excessive moisture can also create electrical hazards that can make the work area dangerous.
 
Everyone knows that water and electricity is not a safe combination. This why during any water damage in Delta our SERVPRO technicians inspect the damaged area and see if anywhere that has electrical wires got affected. If the leak happened on the second-floor water may get into the first floor's ceiling where wiring runs. If water got into your house's attic, then wires could also get wet.
 
When water meets electrical wires or appliances, it can be disastrous because water conducts electricity. Having current running through water inside a building can create hazards for both our SERVPRO crew and you and your family. Our IICRC certified crew is trained to look for these hazards during the initial inspection. If we find any problems that propose a potential risk, we figure out how to mitigate the issue before any work begins.
 
The first step to any restoration project is to make your home safe for everyone throughout the work process. For example, say we walk into your house and see a light fixture filled with water and the light bulb is still working. If a light fixture is full, it could short out and run current through the water and be dangerous for people walking into the room. Electrocution is also the number one cause of fatalities for firefighters.
 
During this scenario, we first go to the power distribution box inside your home and make sure it did not get wet as well. If it is safe to touch, we shut the power off to the whole house. Once we figure out which areas were affected, we can then turn power on to unaffected parts of the home and shut off the breakers to the areas of your house that got wet.
 
If we are confident that we fixed the electrical issue, then we can begin work and warn you not to turn the power on in affected rooms. If the problem with wet electrical wiring is severe or complicated, then we can call in a certified electrician to fix the problem. If you ever notice water near electricity in your home, call SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970 24/7.

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We Provide Smoke and Residue Fire Damage Removal Services in Delta

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Provide Smoke and Residue Fire Damage Removal Services in Delta Fire damage can be devastating to experience. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage during this difficult time.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Many Cleaning Methods to Effectively Clean Soot After a Fire

The fire in your home is an unsettling occurrence for you and your family. Fortunately, you and your loved ones are okay. Unfortunately, there is smoke and soot damage in the den. A lit candle is the cause of the fire. You forgot to blow it out when you left the room and minutes later the flame engulfed the curtains. We suggest calling trained professionals, like us, to clean your home correctly. If not, the smoke and soot residues may cause permanent damage to the walls, floors, and ceilings in your home.
 
Our skilled and IICRC certified SERVPRO fire damage team in Delta utilizes advanced cleaning techniques to restore your home. One of the methods they may use is dry cleaning if the residues are dry and non-grease based. Typically, this is the initial step we take when removing soot and grime after a fire. Our professional team cleans surfaces with cloths or sponges. In some incidences, the crew may utilize vacuums to remove fire residues.
 
Wet cleaning is another method we can use to remove soot from surfaces in your home. With this method, SERVPRO techs use water with or without a cleaning agent. Generally, our crew uses this method to remove moderate to heavy residues from the walls and ceilings. Foam cleaning is a method our team may implement when cleaning fire damage surfaces such as upholstered couches or chairs and fabrics like curtains or drapes.
 
Another SERVPRO cleaning technique we may apply is called spray and wipe. Our technicians spray a cleaning agent on the surface and wipe it with a clean cloth. The cleaning agent is spayed in the form of mist and is ideal for surfaces that cannot tolerate saturation by soaps or detergents. Abrasive cleaning is also a method we sometimes employ. It involves the use of abrasive cleaning agents and pads to remove soot from walls and other surfaces. This method is not appropriate for delicate materials, which is why our techs most often use this technique to clean charred surfaces.
 
If you experience a fire in your home, call SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970. When possible, we can restore your home to its preloss condition and make it look “Like it never even happened.”

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Pathogens Make Flood Damage Dangerous In Delta

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Pathogens Make Flood Damage Dangerous In Delta After your home floods, you and your family must find somewhere else to live until someone repairs the damages.

Pathogens Make Flood Damage Dangerous

After your home in Delta floods, you and your family must find somewhere else to live until someone repairs the damages. Your family cannot safely live in a flooded home, even after the water leaves and drains away. It can take days for the water to drain out of a home without a water extraction team to help speed things up and get the job done faster.

Residences in Delta that sustain flood damage and other problems during storms need extensive and skillful restoration work to get them back into the same condition they were in before the flooding happened. SERVPRO crews are always ready to help homeowners achieve this and have the required training and equipment.

Our crews attain certification with the IICRC after training in various hands-on environments that teach the application of restoration science. Our team members and technicians know exactly what your home needs to make everything “Like it never even happened.”

Flooded homes need experienced technicians to drain away the water, clean out debris, remove damaged materials, air everything out, and help the homeowners and their family in many other ways. Our understanding of the stresses and hardships experienced because of a flood's occurrence can help keep things in perspective while letting you know that you are not alone in the reclaiming of your home and life.

SERVPRO removes any and all debris after draining the remaining water out but before we begin airing your residence's interior out. Debris includes the finest silt to the garbage and plant matter that the floodwaters may have pushed into your home. These and other kinds of debris can retain pathogens that, until we eliminate them, can continually multiply and eventually make your family sick. After a flood, the air inside your home becomes much more humid than it was previously.

One of our goals at SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride is to help homeowners protect their property and their families. Flood damage can cause damage to both. Call us at (970) 240-6970 if you live in the Paonia, Cedaredge, or Crested Butte areas and we can help your family quickly recover from one of the most destructive forces of nature.

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A Small Kitchen Fire in Your Telluride Diner is Not as Disastrous as You May Think

6/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial A Small Kitchen Fire in Your Telluride Diner is Not as Disastrous as You May Think Foodies Love SERVPRO's Fast Fire Damage Cleanup at Their Favorite Telluride Eatery

Prompt Response Time Can Mitigate Fire Damage in Commercial Kitchens 

An issue that no one running a business in the food service industry wants to deal with is fire damage. Closing your doors temporarily to fix the problem is a loss of valuable business. Without foot traffic, restaurants suffer and can even be forced to go out of business if they are unable to open quick enough. Fortunately, there is help nearby for when these sorts of situations arise.

The longer that the fire damage in your Telluride diner sits unaddressed, the more potential it has to have long-lasting effects. The soot and smoke that is left behind often attach themselves to whatever surfaces that they can reach. In a commercial kitchen, equipment like your stove, grill, dining dishes, prep area countertop, and shelving can all become covered in greasy soot after a small fire. The longer that this soot is left alone to its own devices, the more it has a chance to discolor your property. For example, any plastic cutting boards can become yellow over time; the longer the soot remains in place, the more prominent this color becomes.
 
It is essential to call for help as soon as the fire has been extinguished. The quicker a remediation team can arrive, the more likely it is that a successful remediation can occur. Here at SERVPRO, we make it a priority to get to you fast, no matter the time of day or night. If the fire happens in your kitchen during dinner service, SERVPRO can swiftly get to your property and work through the night to try and ensure that you can open again as soon as possible.
 
SERVPRO can bring advanced trade tools to your eatery to deal with the problems that fire damage causes. Working overnight allows us to bring tools like thermal foggers or even Ozone machines to deal with the malodor left behind. To clean the soot, we can use one of three methods to detach it from the various surfaces of your kitchen: lubricative, abrasive, or chemical cleaning techniques.
 
When a fire happens in your diner, do not delay. Reach out to SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride by calling (970) 240-6970. No matter the time, we can help.

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Better Understanding of Restoration for Flood Damages to Your Delta Home

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Better Understanding of Restoration for Flood Damages to Your Delta Home Flooding can happen very quickly during a storm. Have SERVPRO on speed dial to call afterward for great results.

SERVPRO Knows That Drying Out Your Property After Flooding is Key to a Successful Remediation

Among the plethora of risks and threats that your Delta home faces, flooding is not one that many area homeowners spend much time considering. Flash flooding is happening more readily than you might think, and preparing your home for this possibility can save you damages and expenses down the road. Additionally, many homes in the area weaken after harsh winters which compromise blockwork as the footer supporting your foundation flexes.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding to your home, the flood damages in Delta that ensue are familiar to any of these causes. Fortunately, as overwhelming as these effects might be, you are not going to have to face them alone. Our experienced professionals at SERVPRO get trained to deal with all manner of damage resulting from floods or pooling water in your residence and have the expertise and equipment to make short work of this considerable issue.

From the moment that our team arrives at your home, we get to work quickly on extracting the water. This process typically consists of a combination of equipment including (but not limited to) wet-vacs with extraction wands, portable pumps, and even truck-mounted pumps from our SERVPRO fleet when there is an excessive amount of water present in the affected areas.

One of the essential parts of our restoration process is ensuring that the area is thoroughly dry. For the most part, this step gets accomplished with the use of air movers and dehumidification equipment for open areas. Constricted areas and spaces unable to get dried successfully with air movers, specialized equipment gets used instead. For example, with the floor damages common to flooding, drying mats allow for penetration below the subflooring to ensure a completely dry area.

There is nothing quite as overwhelming as experiencing flood damages in your home. While they might be hard for the average homeowner to contend with, our SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride restoration specialists can help you to overcome any obstacle you might face in returning your home to preloss conditions. Give us a call anytime you need us at (970) 240-6970.

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Why Mold Damage Happens to Gunnison Homes with Older Builds More Often

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Mold Damage Happens to Gunnison Homes with Older Builds More Often If you find mold damage in your home for any reason count on SERVPRO for remediation

Find out what could be causing mold damage in your home

Mold damage in Gunnison happens to older homes more often than to new builds, causing maintenance and upkeep costs to rise with time for local homeowners. Multiple factors contribute to this phenomenon, ranging from the materials that make up the structure to building layouts and amenities that may be at a disadvantage compared to modern standards. While we do take care of fungal colonies in all types of homes in the area, here are a few reasons why old construction makes up a significant portion of our work.

Better Materials
Most types of mold damage in Gunnison homes thrive on older materials. Fresh wood and other building materials are often better able to fight off fungal spores than are older, more well-worn materials. Decayed cells and microstructures within the wood, wallpaper, and other materials present easy targets for opportunistic spores, giving them a reliable food source to grow off of should water be present. Age is not the only factor, however: better-quality materials are less likely to experience these effects with age. Modern homes may have more rigorous quality standards than those that are decades old.

Excellent Growing Environments
Older homes often incorporate many more crawlspaces, thin surfaces, hollow regions, and other structural amenities that provide safe, secluded places for mold colonies to grow. When water finds its way into these areas for any reason, it can be easy for an upstart colony to form without the homeowner ever knowing there is a problem until it becomes too prominent to ignore. New homes are often better-lit and less naturally supportive of mold growth than older constructions.

Poor Maintenance
Many old homes are not maintained as well as newer ones. This may be due to the residents' inability to conduct routine checks and touch-ups, or even merely because problems may be harder to recognize. SERVPRO can help to evaluate your home for any maintenance issues or damages and start you down the path toward getting them fixed.

SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride provides mold damage restoration and remediation services to local homeowners in need. Contact us 24/7 at (970) 240-6970.

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Accidents Can Cause Water Damage To Your Delta Home

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Accidents Can Cause Water Damage To Your Delta Home There are many ways that water can cause you trouble within your Delta home.

Accidents Can Cause Water Damage

There are many ways that water can cause you trouble within your Delta home. While aging appliances seem to top the list with causing the most significant water damages, user error has also been a substantial contributor to the likelihood of water damage as well. From a forgetful filling of a bathtub to the improper installation of a new washing machine, user error can cause many instances of damage where professional restorers are necessary to clean up the mess.

Regardless of the circumstances, water damage in your Delta home is something that you want to take care of immediately. While there are plenty of homeowners that believe that a little bit of drying is sufficient for cleanup, this is not always the case. In fact, improperly cleaning up after water damage and getting the area completely dry could cause worsening troubles for your home in the immediate future.

Our SERVPRO team has the experience and equipment to make short work of any water damage that you have in your home. Regardless of the severity of the problem that you face, our professionals can assess the extent of the damage and what needs to happen to successfully restore it. For many cases, spot extraction and drying are the primary components to the cleanup process.

With lesser volumes of water, extraction often only requires wet-vacs. Drying the area is a combined effort using both air movers and dehumidification equipment. Infrared imagery gets used to determine if the surface drying efforts took care of moisture and dampness entirely, or if further, (more invasive) equipment is necessary to complete the job.

Overcoming water damage in your home is often a job for a professional restoration team. Inadequate cleaning and drying of the damage could result in worsening structural concerns, weakening of materials used to support your home, or even compounding damages like mold and microbial growth. Give SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride a call today and let our technicians help you clean up the mess you face. You can reach us anytime at (970) 240-6970.

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Crested Butte's Fire Damage Experts Discuss Soot Cleaning Methods

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Crested Butte's Fire Damage Experts Discuss Soot Cleaning Methods Fire damage in your home requires quick steps to remediate. Contact SERVPRO right after the firefighters leave.

Team SERVPRO Understands That Each Type of Material Requires an Appropriate Cleaning Method

If a fire starts inside a building in Crested Butte, heat is not the only thing that causes damage. Flames can torch building materials and contents entirely or partially. Smoke coming from the different burnt materials can spread throughout the entire structure.
 
Smoke created by the blaze can travel throughout your house and leave behind soot residues. When mitigating fire damage in Crested Butte, there are a variety of methods used to remove soot and soils left behind by smoke. The types of cleaning chemicals and methods that work best vary depending on what type of materials got burned and what types of surfaces are present inside the home.
 
Smoke moves upward as the heat from the fire rises and pushes it up. Smoke then attaches to colder surfaces first which are usually the ceiling. Soot residues can get concentrated on the ceiling then move down the walls starting from the top.
 
Cleaning soot and soils off of walls can be easy or extremely difficult depending on the wall surface. Some walls have coverings on them and cleaning the cover material is easier if the material is non-porous and harder if it is porous. The best way to clean a wall covering also depends on how well the material resists heat and smoke. Some cleaning methods work better on certain types of surfaces than others do.
 
If the walls contain wallpaper then cleaning with wet chemicals is not a good solution since paper is porous. Wet chemicals can soak the soot further into the wallpaper sometimes forcing it to get removed. Dry sponges that attract soils work best when cleaning soot residues from paper surfaces.
 
Some wall coverings are coated with a non-porous layer of vinyl. Vinyl wall coverings can be cleaned with wet chemicals because the vinyl resists the moisture. When cleaning vinyl surfaces, our SERVPRO technicians use a specialized chemical to clean the surface, then another gets applied to rinse the walls.
 
When using wet chemicals, the ceiling gets cleaned first then the walls are wiped from the top down. Extra care gets taken to ensure that more damage than necessary gets caused due to the chemicals streaking down the walls. If you ever need help removing soot residues, call SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970, 24 hours a day.
 
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A Damaged Roof Could Allow Flood Damages to Your Montrose Home

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage A Damaged Roof Could Allow Flood Damages to Your Montrose Home Damage to your roof can allow water access to your attic and cause flooding in your home. Contact SERVPRO for drying out and remediation services.

SERVPRO Remediates Flooding Whether it Comes in From the Roof or the Basement

With the winters seemingly getting worse with each passing season, Montrose homeowners often have little idea how much they are asking of their roofs. With more substantial snowfall mounting upon these areas of your home, the weight can warp and distort supports and weaken exterior protection to produce vulnerable areas.
 
With spring setting in around your home, rain showers take the place of the substantial snowfall you saw. It is this type of precipitation that is going to show you every compromised part of your roof after the winter, as it is going to allow this rainfall into your home. If the damage was enough, your home could be looking at flood damages in Montrose with some of the severe weather systems rolling through the area.
 
When your attic experiences flooding, you might not even realize it unless this is a finished part of your home. You start to see signs of the damage when it makes its way through the ceiling of the floors directly below the affected area. By this point, the damage is likely widespread, and your home is in serious need of professional restoration services like what our SERVPRO team can provide.
 
While our team works quickly to help prevent further damages, the best way that we know to do this is to block off the vulnerable areas of your roof that allowed exposure in the first place. Then we can set our sights on tasks like extraction, which can remove any pooled water from the area to help our SERVPRO professionals inspect structural components for damages.
 
In the cases where flooding has occurred without your immediate knowledge, you are often looking at the need for reconstruction of individual components like flooring and drywall. These areas require controlled demolition from our experienced technicians, which removes only the areas that are too damaged to get salvaged. This process prepares the area for reconstruction from a residential construction contractor to follow our restoration process.
 
You might not always be aware of an issue with your roof until it has turned into a traumatic situation. You can always trust SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride to be there when you need us to help you clean up the mess and set things back to the way they used to be. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (970) 240-6970.

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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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