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Commercial Flood Damage Professionals In Montrose Explain How Contents Get Moved Back

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee running a commercial shop vacuum on carpet flooring. Let us walk you through the process for your flood damage in your Montrose business.

SERVPRO knows every step to take for your flood damage in Montrose.

Many parts of Colorado this year, including the Montrose area, have received a good amount of rainfall. The wet season has not yet ended, and it is possible a rainstorm will strike in your neighborhood and cause your local gift store excessive commercial flood damage. Any time water enters your gift shop's building, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO.

Our highly trained team at SERVPRO can show up to your business' location shortly after you notice commercial flood damage in Montrose. Once your building starts to fill up with water coming in from the outdoors, your structural components and valuable contents or merchandise are at risk of being ruined. Depending on how wet items in your store got, it is possible that they can be saved with drying, cleaning, and deodorization procedures.

If several of your contents got wet, then it could be wise to remove all of your damaged contents so that they can be dried and cleaned in a separate, unaffected location. Moving contents can help speed up the drying process when drying both your contents and building materials. In some cases, items also need to be deodorized, which can be done more efficiently off-site.

After your contents get moved to our drying and cleaning location, we then begin the move back procedure with caution to make sure everything in your gift shop ends up in its correct place. To start, we can conduct a pre-delivery inventory and make sure that all of the items we removed are cleaned and ready to get put back. Next, we can strategically pre-stage your contents so that it is easier to put them back in the same place.

Next, we can then communicate with you and your employees before we start moving contents back into your store. During this meeting, we then can schedule a time that is good for you so that we do not interrupt any of your company's operations. Once a suitable time gets picked, we can then schedule the transportation and reset of your gift store's items.

When you need any type of restoration services at your gift shop in Delta, Gunnison, Paonia, or Cedaredge contact SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride. We are located nearby, and our technicians are available 24/7 to help you and your business. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. (970) 240-6970

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Your Delta Home Can Be Restored By Our Flood Damage Professionals

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

flooded kitchen with debris floating “Like it never even happened.”

How SERVPRO Helps Different Delta Wall Types With Flood Damage

After flood damage in a home, the prospect of salvaging anything may appear hopeless. When groundwater enters a home, porous items receive the brunt of the loss. The majority of items saturated by this type of water generally have no restoration potential.

When SERVPRO technicians work on flood damage in a Delta home, the structure receives focused attention. Reconstruction and resurfacing are expensive propositions, and the goal of the technicians is always to restore both building materials and contents whenever possible. Different types of walls need different kinds of treatment for the best outcome.

Sheetrock Does Not Fare Well Against Water
When groundwater penetrates sheetrock, it swells and buckles. SERVPRO technicians save as much of it as possible during cleanup efforts by using controlled demolition techniques that involve cutting away the damaged building materials above the highest water line. This action inhibits any further wicking into the sheetrock.

Some Plaster Walls Have Restoration Potential
Many older homes in this area of the state have walls constructed from plaster over metal, wood or gypsum lathe. If flood water affects metal or wood, it has a reasonable probability of recovery through cleaning and disinfection. Gypsum lathe, however, often requires removal.

Framing May Also Have Damage
The wood frame that supports the lathing and sheetrock swell in response to water and on a case by case basis may handle drying or may require replacement. The outcome is dependent on both the amount of water as well as the length of exposure.

The Wallpaper is Probably a Loss
Wallpaper, whether it is paper, vinyl or made from other materials, generally is a loss after exposure to groundwater. Vinyl wallpaper is particularly damaging once wet as it creates a vapor barrier that inhibits drying and requires removal.

Flood damage cannot wait for the next business day. Contact SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970, the technicians are available 24/7 to handle any amount of water loss in a home and quickly arrive after you call because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Specialists Discuss the Dangers of Improper Water Cleanup After Flood Damage in Telluride

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

A rusted pipe that finally starts leaking can cause flood damage to any business. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Commercial Water Cleanup And Restoration For Telluride Businesses

Restoring Telluride businesses after a water intrusion can be a simple water removal from a customer service area to a massive cleaning and drying operation in a stockroom or basement storage area. Despite some of the severe storms that can strike our state, most flood problems in a commercial facility are the result of a faulty sprinkler system or a rusted out pipe.

When it comes to Telluride commercial water cleanup, SERVPRO response teams understand that the structure needs immediate water removal and drying. Every technician and specialist trains extensively to return every business to an operable, dry state to serve customers and ensure employees get paid. That is especially important for a small business like a hair salon.

Unless the owner runs the business as a franchise operation, she does not have the benefit of access to a major company’s network for disaster benefits and insurance. Because of that, she may still be able to pay the rent, but not pay her employees while our restoration team dries out her facility and restores the structure and property to a usable condition, safe for customers.

Before arriving at her salon, the SERVPRO team leader provides the owner with a shortlist of items. This To-Do list assists with initial efforts and keeps the owner involved in the process. Efforts include:

  • Turning off the water
  • Limiting access to the structure
  • Have the insurance policy and contact information ready

These simple steps perform some key actions. They eliminate additional water from entering the hair salon, which keeps the level down and reduces the amount of damage to walls and property. Reduced access stops splashing around, which further reduces property damage and lowers the risk of employees slipping on the wet floors and injuring themselves. Finally, every insurance company has a thorough list of what items they pay to replace or restore. Immediately getting this information allows team members to dispose of all property not considered restorable, so cleaning and repair efforts can begin as quickly as possible.

If you are dealing with a water intrusion in your business here, or in Montrose, Telluride, or Delta, call SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970 today. We are here to help you reopen your doors as quickly as it is safe for your customers and employees.  

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Our Advanced Equipment Can Save Your Water Damaged Delta Residence

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Contact us at (970) 240-6970 for help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Efficient Water Cleanup In Your Delta Residence Involves The Use Of Advanced Equipment

Uncontrollable leaks, whether from malfunctioning appliances, plumbing defects or burst water mains can cause severe damage in your Delta home. The water can affect several rooms or ingress into small gaps, making it challenging to dry out naturally. Water that remains in your property can increase the chance of mold infestation and rot.

Even though the water in your property can appear clean, it can contain microbes. Performing water cleanup in your Delta home speedily is essential. Clean water can turn into gray or even black water if it remains in the affected areas for over 24 four hours. You can take the following steps to clean up your home:

    •    If the leak occurred close to any electrical appliance, shut off the power before you start to clean.
    •    Remove soaked furniture, area rugs, and other removable items from the flooded areas.
    •    Use a shop-vac to extract water from the floor.
    •    Ventilate your house by opening doors and windows to let in air.
    •    Place desiccant products such as sachets of silica gel near floors or walls that have absorbed moisture.

If you find out that the water has seeped into the drywall, subflooring, or other hard-to-access areas, the safest step is to contact SERVPRO franchise professionals. We have moisture detection tools like thermal imaging cameras, moisture meters, and moisture sensors that help us find hidden sources of moisture. We can be on-site within one hour of receiving your call to extract the water, dry, and return your home to its preloss state.

We have state-of-the-art water cleanup and drying equipment to handle water cleanup jobs of any size. Our WRT, water damage restoration technicians use extractors with a pump, a heater, and a vacuum function to extract the standing water. Extractors are useful for cleaning upholstery, carpets, and removing water from the flooring. We can easily access restricted areas using portable extractors.

Our SERVPRO crew also uses air movers to create airflow across all the wet surfaces. These devices reduce the time it takes to dry out the water-damaged floors, carpets, and wall cavities behind drywall. They also dry paint and concrete effectively. We have centrifugal air movers, which are designed for spot treatments. They draw air from several sources and direct it to particular areas. Our technicians use them to dry hard-to-reach areas like inside closets, under cabinets and in crawl spaces. We adjust them to provide airflow at several angles.

Our technicians also use desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifiers to extract moisture from the air. We maintain a balance between the air moving and dehumidifying equipment. Using professional-grade water removal, drying, and moisture detection equipment helps prevent secondary damage, therefore protecting the structural integrity of your home.

SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride has the equipment and expertise to clean up your Montrose, Telluride or Crested Butte home after a water loss incident. Contact us at (970) 240-6970 for help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Hosting a Class on Safeguarding Fine Art and Antique Collections

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

Safeguarding Fine Art, Antiques, & Furniture from Flood or Fire Damage


SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride is pleased to announce a Class on safeguarding fine art and antique collections. The guest speaker will be Ms. April Hann Lanford, a renowned fine arts recovery expert and President and Founder of Allied Art Services, from Chicago. Forbes Magazine declared her a “Monuments Woman,” for her exceptional successes in fine art recovery from many parts of the world. She is a member of the Domestic Estate Management Association (DEMA) and has managed the restoration and preserving of antiques and many pieces of art after natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, Harvey, and Sandy. She is passionate about saving artwork and will offer many tips and stories for an entertaining and informative session.

This exceptional presentation will take place at three different venues:

  • TELLURIDE – September 19th, 2019, 10:30AM – 12:30PM, Wilkerson Public Library Room #5, 100 W. Pacific Ave.
  • CRESTED BUTTE—September 20th, 2019, 10:30AM – 12:30PM, The Nordic Inn, 14 Treasury Rd.
  • MONTROSE – September 21st, 2019, 6PM – 8PM, at Canyon Creek Bed & Breakfast, 820 E Main St.

SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride invites any persons or organizations that have a vested interest in the preservation or restoration of such high value items to attend this no-cost presentation.  Lunch provided for the two mid-day classes; and adult refreshments and light eats offered for the evening presentation in Montrose.

Due to limited space, RSVP required.

RSVP: or call (970) 240-6970 and ask for Sara or Tyler

The Fire is Over, but are Smoke Odors Lingering in Your Delta Home?

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Even if a fire is confined to one room, smoke and soot damage travel. Call SERVPRO to remove the odors fires leave behind.

How to Eliminate Smoke Odors After Fire Damage in Your Delta Residence

A fire can cause extensive damage to a home like charring or burning down some building materials and contents. It can also leave many problems you need to address like ash, soot, and a foul odor. The other issue is the water that remains in a house after snuffing out the fire.  

To deal with the smoke odors associated with fire damage in your Delta residence, you can begin with opening the windows and doors to let in the fresh air. Place fans in the doorways or windows to pull in clean air and circulate it around your home. You can also sprinkle baking soda on dry carpets and allow it to sit overnight. Vacuum the carpeting thoroughly the following day to remove all the baking soda.  

You should also launder curtains, blankets, sheets, drapes, and other washable items using regular laundry detergent. When the rinse cycle starts, add a cup of vinegar to the wash load to eliminate smoke smells.  

To remove smoke and fire odors from floors and walls, wash them with a solution of water and ammonia. Mix a quarter cup of household ammonia into a bucket of water and then use a sponge to clean the walls and floors. To clean countertops, appliances, cabinets, and other nonporous surfaces, you can mix a half cup of baking soda in one bucket of warm water. Dip a sponge in the solution and use it to wash the surfaces.  

Seeking professional odor removal services from SERVPRO is also essential because we have the expertise to provide complete property restoration. We can remove any water or moisture using extraction and drying equipment like wet/dry vacuums, air movers, and dehumidifiers. To neutralize the many kinds of malodors, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can use several deodorants. One of them is enzyme digesters, which work effectively on protein or organic materials. Enzymes break down organic molecules into odorless substances like water, carbon dioxide, and water-soluble by-products. The substances dissipate fast into the air, removing and the odor. Enzymes also break down insoluble protein molecules into soluble, simple substances that bacteria can absorb and digest. 

Our SERVPRO technicians can also remove odors from indoor air by purifying it. We can use electronic filters with an electrically charged grid to kill microorganisms in the air as they pass through the filter. The other devices we use to purify the air are air scrubbers. They pull air through charcoal filters and capture smells onto a filter. These devices then recirculate the filtered air into a house. To deal with imaginary odors, we can use masking agents, which work by covering foul odors with more pleasant smells.  

After a fire ruins your home, you need a complete solution that can restore it to its pre-incident state, which is precisely what SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride can provide. Contact us today at (970) 240-6970. We can eliminate the fire and smoke damage to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Why SERVPRO? Our Multidisciplinary Approach Is the Answer to Your Montrose Disaster

7/28/2019 (Permalink)

We work hard to help our Montrose customers with all of their unforeseen circumstances.

SERVPRO wants to help you through any and all losses in your Montrose area.

Streamlined disaster mitigation and remediation services for our Montrose residential customers is part of our overarching mission. Recognizing that changing leadership and crews in mid-recovery is counterproductive, we support our crew chiefs as they obtain certification from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in multiple specialties. A disaster rarely confines its effects to just one of our cornerstones. Expect our crews to respond to water, fire, mold, and storm damage losses with equal confidence and skill.

Water Damage

Homeowners can be caught by surprise by the incredibly destructive effects of water when it saturates the building materials and contents of their houses. Monstrose water damage is also a significant player in fire, mold, and storm restoration projects. Rest assured that our professional crews are fully prepared to mitigate and remediate water losses using industry best practices. We are prepared both by IICRC training and many years of combined experience on water restoration projects.

When our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) and crew lead arrive, a thorough assessment of the damage precedes a comprehensive project plan. Our employees implement the plan immediately as all the equipment needed for water removal and structural drying accompanies the crew in our SERVPRO signature green vehicles. Pumps and truck-mounted extractors can remove fluids even if your home’s electricity is temporarily unavailable. We use gas or onboard generators for power if necessary.

Removing as much liquid as possible shortens and makes more efficient both the drying equipment and procedures we employ to complete your water damage restoration job. Initially and periodically, our crew takes moisture measurements of structural components to determine drying goals. We meet the goals by designing an effective drying perimeter of air movers and heaters, driving absorbed water out of structures into the air as vapor. Commercial-grade dehumidifiers capture that vapor for disposal outside of your now dry home.

Fire Damage

Our community features many expansive homes and hideaways, full of one of a kind furnishings, artwork, and other items vulnerable to the effects of fire damage in Montrose. If you fear the mitigation and remediation process almost more than the fire itself, rest assured we have substantial experience in removing the contents of a home to a secure space for further evaluation and restoration.

The SERVPRO Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) provides a precise and secure method for cataloging and packing up articles from paintings, artifacts, household goods, and furniture, and personal items of all kinds. We document the pack-out with lists, digital photography, and barcoding. We work with your insurance carrier to determine whether items should go to our production facility or be transferred to the custody of restoration specialists who can offer the unique services needed.

Items stored at our production facility are in a climate-controlled and protected area. Our technicians assess the condition of each article and develop a plan for cleaning, drying, disinfecting, and restoring them to preloss condition. Deodorization is a priority, as all the other restoration techniques we complete pale in importance and effect if your belongings still smell like smoke.

Once your house is soot and smoky smell free, cleaned, and sanitized, we reverse the pack-out, returning your possessions. Throughout the project, we are completely transparent in our communications, committed to making it “Like it never even happened.”

Mold Remediation

The semiarid climate of our area might seem inhospitable to mold damage in Montrose. The fact is, only a small amount of water, and a short time is required to start a mold spore growing. Spores are always in the air or on surfaces, outdoors and indoors. Just a few drops of water from an unnoticed leak or even the high humidity of an unvented bathroom can support mold growth.

Mold emits a distinctive, musty odor, often the only signal you have that it is growing behind a wall or under a cabinet. Although it is unconfirmed that fungi cause illness in humans, mold and its mycotoxins can be irritating to individuals with a sensitivity or allergy. Mold needs an organic source of nourishment, easily found in your home. Wood, some insulation, drywall, ceiling tiles, and many other structural components and fixtures offer mold a food source.

If you even suspect mold invite our mold remediation team to evaluate the situation. Mold can weaken building materials and downgrade air quality. We use the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol to contain and remove the mold, following up with an EPA-registered antimicrobial treatment to inhibit future growth. Then we consult with you for ongoing moisture control so that spores fail to absorb water and grow. Our efforts do not eliminate mold spores but address the conditions that allow then to multiply. 

Storm Damage

Extreme and unexpected weather patterns like those that recently resulted in a June avalanche can cause headaches for Montrose residents. Severe storms are on the uptick all over the country, and the High Plains of Colorado are no exception. Although it is impossible to predict when high winds, precipitation, or lightning could damage your home, it is feasible to plan how you can recover quickly from a loss.

The team at SERVPRO is your reliable partner if a storm brings destruction. Our managers and technicians are trained and experienced in responding to the unfortunate surprises you can experience because of severe weather. Exterior structural components like roofs and siding lose their ability to protect your home when wind pulls them off, or lightning set them on fire. We have experience in a wide range of strategies to halt the damage storms bring.

We can help with everything from securing exterior damage to mitigating water damage to cleaning up fire residues and more. Have confidence in the outstanding workforce and state of the art equipment we assembled for the benefit of our customers. Our response is fast, and our skills are sure, and reaching out to help members of our community is our guiding principle.

SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride is always prepared to help our customers thrive after we help them overcome disasters that damage hearth and home. Do not delay your call  (970) 240-6970 to and we promise to respond as soon as possible.

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We Can Save Your Water Damaged Montrose Vacation Home!

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Call our team today at (970) 240-6970 for and we can have a team out to you within hours.

How To Salvage Wood Floors Affected By Water Damage In A Montrose Vacation Home

The truth about water damage is that it can happen at any time, including while you are on vacation. If damage from a leaky or burst pipe is allowed to proliferate for several days, it can lead to soggy floors and potentially costly repairs. However, a phone call from a watchful neighbor can be the difference between an utterly unsalvageable floor and one that can be restored.

If water damage in a Montrose vacation home leaves you with soaking wet wood flooring, the team at SERVPRO is ready to help. We have the tools and experience to prevent further damage to your flooring or subflooring and restore your home to its preloss condition.

In many cases, wood floors can be salvaged, but they must be solid hardwood. If you have an engineered hardwood or laminate floors glued or floated, several days of water damage requires the planks to be safely removed to prevent further damage to the subfloor. If left unchecked, damages can include:

Mold growth
• Warping
• Cupping
• Wood rot

When our SERVPRO team comes to you, we can quickly and carefully remove planks and use floor scrapers to smooth out the flooring underneath and get to work drying your floors with air movers and dehumidifiers, which are designed to pull moisture out of surfaces and eliminate it so it can be replaced with warm, dry air.

Due to the frequency of natural disasters in the region, we do more than just salvage homes. We donate reusable canvas bags and other items for charity raffles, particularly for charities that aid local residents displaced by extreme weather. We can also hold your physical possessions in our external cleaning facility while your property is being restored, and our ultrasonic and mechanical cleaning methods can keep your valuables intact and spotless.

When you need an emergency response to a water-related disaster in your home, SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride can ensure that your property looks “Like it never even happened.” Call our team today at (970) 240-6970 for and we can have a team out to you within hours.

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Do You Have a Plan in Place for Potential Fire Damage to Your Telluride Warehouse?

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride to create an Emergency Response Plan for your business.

How an Emergency Ready Profile Keeps a Telluride Warehouse Going 

Many business owners and property management teams have little understanding of the work and the effort that goes into bringing a Telluride warehouse back to preloss condition after a fire. As much as the focus might be on ensuring that the work performed in the building does not miss a performance step amid a disaster, the only way to do that is with having professional restoration technicians that can arrive quickly to the structure to get mitigation and relocation efforts started immediately. The faster that this response and initial effort happens, the less costly fire damage becomes, and the sooner that your facility can get back to business as usual. 

With the higher volume of businesses that our SERVPRO team assists throughout the area, Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP) can help to provide a tailored restoration response for fire damage in Telluride properties. Understanding what this system is and how it can benefit all of your managed properties during a crisis can help you to appreciate its importance as part of a recovery plan for your business after a disaster takes place. 

Your ERP is a collection of information directly designed to address pertinent information about your property so that these details do not need to get collected in the critical time frame where our restorers could be saving you time and money with mitigation efforts. Preparedness ahead of time can have turn by turn directions to get our Green Fleet to particular buildings on your property, so we respond to the right place immediately. 

Also, this ERP system helps to designate potential hazards that our SERVPRO team could encounter when restoring fire damages to the building. If chemicals get stored in the facility, for example, this could be a dangerous situation for our recovery team. 

Fire loss incidents can present several damaging effects to your warehouse and the inventory stored inside of it. Give our SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride a call to help better protect your investments with a tailored response plan designed to address threats more swiftly. We are available 24/7 at (970) 240-6970. 

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Don't Let a Flood Ruin Your Family Heirlooms in Montrose

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride understands the importance of family heirlooms. Call us today to restore your flood damaged family treasures.

Save Your Personal Items After Flood Damage in Montrose Through Contents Cleaning Services 

Flooding caused by a hurricane, swelled creeks, snowmelt, or excessive rains can disrupt your usual way of life, and they all need immediate attention. If your home and its contents remain underwater or damp for an extended period, the extent of the damage can be more significant.  

In the aftermath of a flood, homeowners are usually more concerned about the structural elements of their homes, but the destruction often extends to their personal possessions. After a flood damages your Montrose home, having your contents restored is just as crucial as having your home restored. Items like wood furnishings can swell and fall apart if you do not take quick action to restore them. Electronics and appliances can malfunction, and wood musical instruments can swell and warp. Here at SERVPRO, we offer contents cleaning and pack out services that can help you salvage such belongings.  

Our restoration experts possess certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) - the organization which sets the standards for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries. Some items damaged after a flood can be decontaminated and restored while others cannot. The decision to replace or restore usually depends on the porosity of the material, the type of contamination, and pretest results. Typically, porous items cannot be disinfected and need replacing.  

We can clean some items on site, but individual cases may necessitate packing out your contents for cleaning and storage off-site. We determine which items to clean in your home and which ones to transport to our facilities for a more effective restoration. Pack-outs can speed up the restoration process of your home and protect your possessions from additional harm.  

Our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) use specialized cleaning methods to clean items that floodwater has damaged. One of them is immersion, which involves dipping items into specially formulated cleaning products. Our SERVPRO technicians can also use the wipe and spray technique to clean items that cannot stand up to heavy cleaning. We can also use abrasive cleaning, which involves washing the surface of an item using agitation.  

When flooding occurs in your home, call SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970 for contents cleanup services. You can trust us to be thorough and reliable as we work to restore your contents. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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