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How Do Homeowners Know if They Have Mold?

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO can help you determine if you need mold removal services in Montrose

Your home and the content in it are valuable to you. Mold can damage walls, furniture, and treasured belongings. It requires immediate mitigation, and SERVPRO is here to help.

Signs You Have a Mold Problem

You can have hidden mold, but it is relatively easy to detect. If you think you need mold removal in Montrose, there are signs you can look for:

  • Darker Grout – If the grout in your bathroom or other tiled areas seems darker than normal, there is a chance it is mold.
  • Visible Mold – Mold can be green, black, or other colors. It spreads rapidly to adjacent areas.
  • Musty Smell – Mold has a unique musty smell. If you cannot see it, but you can smell it, you have a problem.
  • Damp Areas- If you have damp spots in your home, it is a feeding ground for mold.

Calling SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride is the first step in mold removal in your home. Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) know how to deal with mold growth properly. Contact us today at (970) 240-6970 for a mold inspection if you are unsure whether or not you have a problem.

What Pumps Are Used to Remove Floodwaters in Montrose Home?

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

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If your home has flood damage SERVPRO has the equipment to mitigate the damage

Heavy rains, snow, and severe storms can cause flash flooding. That can result in floodwaters surging into homes. Floodwaters need to get extracted as quickly as possible, and SERVPR has the technicians and equipment required to clean up flood damaged homes.

Are Flood Waters Dangerous?

Flood damage in Montrose brings in contaminated water that is considered Category III, or black water. It is not safe to enter without the proper PPE. Due to the sewage and debris in the liquid, it is considered a biohazard. Our technicians understand the risks and know how to mitigate flood damage.

How Do You Remove Flood Water?

Our technicians use several types of pumps for different flooding situations. Debris and silt usually accompany storm flooding, so the standard pumps cannot always be used. Factors such as water depth, amount of debris, and how far the water needs to travel to the pump determine which pump system is best. We typically use the following with flooding:

  • Trash pumps – extracts water that contains debris and solid material. They can be classified as semi-trash, full trash, or slurry
  • Submersible pumps – pulls up water and pushes it to the top for removal. This pump is used in water that is more than 2” deep.

Contact SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970 for professional flood damage service in Montrose. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

What Goes into Properly Drying Water Damaged Homes in Telluride?

2/14/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO water restoration companies employ professional drying techniques when remediating water damage

“There’s gold in them thar hills!” Those were the words that spurred the gold rush in Pikes Peak in 1858. In 1875, placer gold was discovered in the San Miguel River along with The Smuggler gold vein. The vein ran above what would become Telluride.

A Slow Beginning

Telluride was initially known as Columbia but was often confused with Columbia, CA, so the name was changed in 1887. The settlement of the town began when John Fallon made a claim in 1875 in Marshal Basin. The chemical element tellurium, a metalloid element that produces natural tellurides such as silver and gold, is what the town is named after. The Telluride mountains never produced those gold minerals but were rich in:

  •   Zinc
  •   Lead
  •   Copper
  •   Silver
  •   Gold (in other forms)

In 1881, Otto Mears opened a toll road, which meant wagons could now get to the location. Before this, only pack mules were used to travel to the mining areas.

A Bank Robber Gets His Start in Telluride

Before Butch Cassidy had a gang, he worked alone. He got his official start by robbing the San Miguel Valley Bank in June of 1889. He took $24,580 of Telluride money with him and thus began his road to “fame.”

The Railroad Comes to Town

Otto Mears expanded transportation in the city when he started the Rio Grande Southern railroad in 1891. It had:

  •   A two-stall engine house
  •   Water facilities
  •   Section house
  •   Bunkhouse
  •   Sidings
  •   A depot

It was quite an undertaking for the time. It went up the valley and ended its branch at Pandora. The railroad would serve the town and the mines until 1952, when it shut down. It was a boon to the area, unlike anything seen before or after. Miners and goods could travel consistently to the town, and the ore was removed to mills and foundries safely. Telluride has several famous mines, including:

  •   Tomboy
  •   Pandora
  •   Smuggler-Union
  •   Nellie 
  •   Sheridan

From Mining to Skiing

Until 1972 Telluride’s only industry was mining. Then Joseph T. Zoline and the Telluride Ski Corporation installed the first ski lift. Mining families drifted to other locations, and slowly the area changed to one of a casual lifestyle, emphasizing outdoor attractions such as mountain climbing, kayaking, and hang gliding. In the ‘80s, it became known as “Colorado’s best-kept secret.” Skiing and sightseeing became huge attractions. Sadly, it also became infamous for being a drop point for drug smuggling.

Today Telluride has moved on from its bad reputation with drugs and its past as a mining town. It is a beautiful tourist town with plenty of outdoor excitement for everyone to enjoy.

SERVPRO Water Restoration Companies Provide Water Damage Clean Up

When water overflows into your home and spreads onto the flooring, under cabinets, and down walls it is time to call in the experts. Water extraction is crucial, along with efficient drying. Our technicians use a variety of tools to extract water, such as submersible pumps and light wands. Certain criteria are critical to drying and include:

  •   Using the banking technique with air moving equipment. This ensures airflow streams are consistent and walls are not damaged during the drying process.
  •   Placing dehumidifiers correctly to pull moist air from the environment
  •   Ensuring there is adequate space for air to circulate
  •   Using controlled demolition to create openings for cavity drying

Drying a home correctly requires the proper expertise, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO water restoration companies have what it takes to dry out your home. Contact SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970 if your home is water damaged.

Telluride Ski Resort Hosts Advanced Women’s Camp

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Skilled Female Skiers in Telluride Need to Check Out this Weekend Event

Many residents of Telluride think they have mastered the sport of skiing. While it is true that proximity to world-class slopes leads to a tremendous amount of skill, the reality is that all of us have something more to learn. With this in mind, the Telluride Ski Resort is setting up a three-day weekend to teach advanced ski strategies in an all-female environment.

Beginners beware! These classes progress quickly, and less-skilled participants may be left behind. For those who can keep up, there may be no better way to hone your skills. The camp has a Friday through Sunday session on the final weekend of both January and February and costs $825, or $675 without a lift ticket (if you have a season pass).

One of the Most Well-Known Water Restoration Companies in Telluride

SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride has a reputation for being one of the most reliable and professional water restoration companies in the Telluride area. Call us 24/7 at (970) 240-6970 for our services or a quote.

A Special Portrayal of Beethoven Comes to Montrose

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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A Dramatic and Musical Show for Montrose Families

As part of its efforts to enrich Montrose and other communities nearby, the Western Slope Concert Series brings unique musical acts to our town whenever possible. On January 24, one of those special opportunities is set to arrive. A talented duo consisting of pianist Kathryn Mientka Farruggia and her husband, Charles Farruggia will introduce Montrose to one of their most carefully made acts: Beethoven's life and music.

While Kathryn performs some of Beethoven's finest piano pieces, Charles takes the stage to show the audience the composer's struggles throughout his life. The entire show is family-friendly, and parents are encouraged to bring their kids to learn the history and beauty of Beethoven's works. Admission costs $15 per person, and the performance starts at 3 PM on the 24th.

 Fast Fire Restorations in Montrose

SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride knows that in the aftermath of a disaster, speed is of utmost importance to decrease costs and inconveniences to our clients. We keep our phone lines open 24/7 for that reason. Call us at (970) 240-6970.

Emergency Mitigation Saves Time and Money in Montrose Flood Damage Restorations

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Jobs and Recreation Mix in Montrose's New Outdoor Business District

From the founding of Montrose onwards, our town has existed as one of the most well-regarded outdoor recreation spots in the country. With famously accessible trails, ski slopes, and river fishing spots, our population has climbed steadily throughout the 20th Century, bringing businesses with them to our mountain home. Today, that process is accelerating, thanks to the Colorado Outdoors Recreation Business Park.

Initially conceived in 2011, the business project became a reality in 2016 when Mayfly Outdoors finalized its investment. Mayfly, which sells fly fishing rods and reels in stores nationwide, wants Montrose to become the commercial hub for sporting goods manufacturing in Colorado. So far, their efforts have gone well.

The first significant construction in this area came from Mayfly. Their brand-new headquarters building is a modern and gorgeous landmark on the riverbank. This construction proved crucial for the district's future: with brand new water, power, and internet lines servicing the area, it became far easier for other companies to move in. Soon after the headquarters finished construction in 2019, another company announced plans to build a massive logistics center to service existing and future manufacturers and retail stores selling outdoor sporting goods.

Of course, some roads and power lines alone could not attract many people or businesses to the area. To seal the deal, Mayfly is going a step further and investing millions of dollars into the area's recreational development. Paved and unpaved trails have been carved into the landscape, and various riverside features such as boat launch and fishing points have also been created. The ultimate goal is to restore the river to its natural populations of aquatic life, provide easy access for lovers of the outdoors, and bring in businesses that will help to make the changes permanent.

Once the business park fills in, planners estimate that almost 2,000 full-time jobs will be added to the city – more than enough to employ families affected by the nearby Russel Stover plant's closure. With more companies finalizing the details of their new locations and investments, we can expect the new district to expand rapidly in the coming years.

Montrose Tourism Bump will Only Grow in 2021

Over the past year, businesses in Montrose have, like in other towns nationwide, been tested like never before. More recently, traffic has not only returned to normal levels but even exceeded expectations. Thanks to the closure of urbanized recreation activities, our area's forests and streams have earned a fresh tourist spotlight. Now, analysts are predicting that the bump in tourism may be here to stay.

Natural features have been mostly unaffected by recent events and government edicts, prompting a renewed interest among city dwellers across the country. Montrose represents one of the best road trip destinations for those looking to get away from it all. Some of the top cities sending tourists our way include:

  • Salt Lake City
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • Albuquerque

With so many people starting to dip their toes into Colorado's cold mountain waters, it was inevitable that many of them would want to dive in. Those who enjoyed their 2020 expeditions are already preparing to set out again. Many families may have started new yearly traditions in the past few months. Get ready, Montrose, because the tourists are coming.

Montrose Residents Should Take Advantage of Uncompahgre National Forest

When the spring thaw comes for Montrose county, out-of-state sightseers will flood in and fill our campsites. San Juan and White River National Forests are the typical destinations for these travelers, and popular spots tend to fill up fast. Even the lesser-known places in these forests have started to see more traffic from tourists. Wise local enthusiasts, however, might want to look westward for their fun.

Uncompahgre National Forest is smaller and more remote than other forests in our state but still meticulously cared for by the Forest Service. Fewer people traveling to the Forest means less competition for camping and fishing spaces. Locals with ATVs can have an even better time, as many of the roads reaching into the deepest parts of the Forest are entirely inaccessible to larger vehicles.

As you travel out this spring, be mindful of your impact on the local ecosystems. Fewer rangers patrol these areas, making litter and destructive activities even more damaging than elsewhere. Please keep the grounds and streams clear so that your neighbors can enjoy them, too.

The First Hours of Flood Damage Mitigation in a Montrose Home

SERVPRO takes many steps to stay ready 24/7 for flood damage calls in Montrose and surrounding communities. Some may wonder why we focus so much on responding quickly – the answer lies in the procedures we begin in the first hours of the event.

The first step in many of our flood mitigation projects is water extraction. Often, standing water remains somewhere in the home when we first arrive on the scene. Standing water can destroy flooring materials, baseboards, and even the foundation of the house. We use state-of-the-art pumping devices to remove standing water before it has the chance to cause further damage to your home. With standing water present, a few hours' delay can lead to thousands of dollars in extra damages. As a result, these situations are the ones we prioritize the most.

Even without standing water present, the significant amounts of water present on floors, walls, and furniture can still create time-sensitive problems for your home. Once SERVPRO professionals verify that all standing water is gone, we set up heavy air moving devices to create powerful air currents in the affected areas. Coupled with industrial-strength dehumidifiers, we can avoid most damages that happen over time, such as oxidation and mold growth.

The first step in restoring your home is to call SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride as soon as possible after a disaster. Our trained and certified technicians stay ready around the clock to implement these critical mitigation strategies. Contact us at (970) 240-6970 for our emergency services.

Camp Christmas Awaits Telluride Families

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

A family doing crafts. Camp Christmas is a fun way your family can enjoy activities in the safety of your own home.

Earn Badges, Make Crafts, and Enjoy an Interactive Experience in Telluride

This virtual event is a magical trip into all things Christmas. The whole family can explore virtual campgrounds and take part in:

  • Earning badges
  • Holiday activities
  • Daily camp events
  • DIY crafts

Treats are even shipped directly to you. Your camp director is Lonnie, and you start out at the Base Camp. You can sign up for the starter kit ($12.00), and you get a welcome package sent right to your door. You can then add on to your Base Camp kit. You can choose from:

  • Light Adventure Bundle
  • Decorations Adventure Bundle
  • Gifts Adventure Bundle
  • Sweets Adventure Bundle
  • Celebration Adventure Bundle
  • Full Set of Camp Adventures

Just head over to the Camp Christmas website and order your kits for a season of fun. You can participate through the entire month of December. These are not just for kids but adults as well. 

SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride provides flood removal restoration for Telluride and surrounding communities. When flooding impacts your home, contact SERVPRO at (970) 240-6970 for immediate mitigation.

Reading Rocks! Virtual Stories & Learning Delta Kids Will Love

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

A child and man sitting on a couch watching a tablet. Looking for a fun activity for your children? Reading Rocks! Virtual Stories & Learning your kids will love.

Your Kids Don’t Need to Leave Their Delta Home to Explore Nature

Each week the Garden of the Gods website offers online programs. Reading Rocks explores the world of nature from children’s books. A storyteller reads a book and also leads in a craft or activity that goes along with the book. Kids can then share their completed projects on Facebook or Instagram. There are three different stories to choose from so far. They include:

  • How to Catch a Dinosaur – Dino Tracks Craft
  • Imagination Vacation Colorado – Rock Layer Exploration
  • Who Pooped on the Colorado Plateau? – Animal Matching Activity

If your kids love books and love nature, it is a perfect match. It is a fun way to throw some science into their day as well. Use these books and activities as a springboard for your own adventures. While you are on the Garden of the Gods website, check out their other online events as well. Their Rock On! Geology of the Garden of Gods is very interesting.

SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride provides water cleanup to Delta and the surrounding areas. If you need water damage remediation, contact us at (970) 240-6970.

Montrose Homeowners Depend on SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

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When Fire Strikes Montrose Homes We Provide Mitigation Fast

Today there are over 19,000 residents in the beautiful city of Montrose. It is a small city but an essential location in Colorado. Montrose serves as a transportation and economic hub for visitors and sightseers.

The Rock Art of the Shavano Valley

The earliest residents lived in the area between 1000 BC and AD 1881. They left behind rock art panels that depicted their way of life. The Shavano Rock Art Site is a magnificent look into the past. The valley itself is a gorge in western Colorado in the Uncompahgre Plateau. It is about 5 ½ miles outside of Montrose and roughly 7 miles long. As you travel the valley, you eventually come to a trail that takes you up to the rim. This is where rock art can be found.

Rock Art Through the Ages

The native inhabitants of the valley were at work for centuries carving works of art into the hillside. The oldest rock art is believed to be at least 1,000 years old. This is determined by the weapon, the atlatl, used in hunting long before the bow and arrow. The most recent petroglyphs are thought to be from approximately 300 years ago.

Telling a Story

These petroglyphs provide a fascinating look into the lives of the inhabitants. Many need no interpretation. Bears, people working or carrying bundles, and other everyday life events. Some of the drawings depict maps of the Uncompahgre Valley with trails marked. Then there are some that the meaning is lost as no one is left to tell their story. But thankfully, the 37 rock art panels are still there for everyone to enjoy. 

The Uncompahgre Ute (Tabeguache)

Located in Colorado and Utah, the Uncompahgre Ute were a Native American band from the Ute tribe. They were initially known as the Tabeguache. Ten nomadic bands made up the Ute tribe. The “People of the Sun,” or Tabeguache band, was the largest of the ten. They moved with the seasons and mainly resided in the river valleys between the Uncompahgre and Gunnison Rivers. 

Following the Animals

As the Tabeguache moved around, they would follow the trail of elk, deer, and buffalo. When they set up a new camp, which was approximately every month, they would construct a medicine wheel in the center of the camp. This was their link to Mother Earth and kept them grounded. 

Pikes Peak & Sacred Ground

The Tabeguache called Pikes Peak Tavakiev, which means “sun mountain.” They considered that mountain area their home and would spend their summers in the region. Other Indian tribes who traveled through the region considered it the domain of the Utes. It was also a place of sacred ceremonial events by the Tabeguache, which made it sacred ground for them. Their Sundance rituals were held there, and culturally scarred Ponderosa Pines were used in their rituals. These pines, some of which are 800 years old, were used for:

  •   Prayer
  •   Burial
  •   Peeled-bark medicine
  •   Arborglyphs
  •   Message trees

Breath of the Great Spirit Manitou

When the cooler weather of fall hit, the band would travel through the Ute Pass to the Manitou springs. Home to ten mineral springs believed to be on sacred ground; the Indians would use the bubbly water to restore their health and spirits. They would drink it and soak in it, considering it a gift from the Great Spirit, who they believed caused the effervescence. Other Ute bands and tribes would join them there for the winter, where they dwelled in peace. 

Garden of the Gods

Not far from the springs is the Garden of the Gods. It is a major tourist attraction and yielded a large number of artifacts, such as grinding stones. It is believed the various tribes gathered there and shared communal tasks such as tanning hides.  These mountain valleys protected them during the winter and provided an abundance of game.

Ouray – A Ute Leader

Ouray was the chief of the Tabeguache in the 1800s. He was so well known for his strong leadership that the U.S. government recognized him publicly as their chief. In his concern for his people, the Utes, he went to Washington. D.C. to negotiate on their behalf. He was a brilliant man who could speak several languages and made negotiating much easier. Sadly, during the process, his small son was abducted by the Sioux. He was known as the man of peace because he tried to work with the settlers and the U.S. government. In his lifetime, he met several presidents – Lincoln, Grant, and Hayes.

Life on the Reservation

Ouray attempted to bring about a treaty for the Uncompahgre Utes that would allow those that wanted to stay in Colorado to do so. It was not to be. The Meeker massacre had taken place, and people were worried. The year after his trip to Washington, D.C., the government forced them, and the White River Ute, to reservations in the west in Utah.

SERVPRO Proudly Serving the Montrose Area

There is nothing worse than a fire in the home. Even a small one can cause panic as you do not know what it will turn into. What seems like only a few flames can spread smoke residue throughout the entire home, especially if your HVAC system is operating. SERVPRO can ensure your home is professionally cleaned and restored when fire strikes.

Odor Removal

Removing the foul odors left after a fire is one of the main concerns of our technicians. Soot attaches itself to the surface areas in your home and causes the smells to linger. We use the following techniques to take of the problem:

  •   Abrasive cleaning – this includes soda blasting, scraping, and wire brushing
  •   Peroxide active cleaning – used on delicate surfaces
  •   Dry-cleaning sponges – used on non-greasy sponges
  •   TSP – trisodium phosphate is used for greasy residues
  •   Deodorize – air scrubbers, ozone materials, and HEPA filters are used
  •   HVAC cleaning – this is a must to prevent the spread

Thermal foggers, time-released agents, and desiccants are also used in the process. If you need fire damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970.

Try a Scenic Gondola Ride from Telluride to Mountain Village (and Back Again) for Extra Window Shopping

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck posed in front of snow covered mountains Don’t let water damage interfere with your holiday shopping. SERVPRO can dry your home while you enjoy the holidays.

Window Shopping Includes Exercise and Fresh Air in Telluride and Beyond

The Winter Season starts right after Thanksgiving, making it easy to take a short trip. Fifteen minutes of beautiful vistas from the Gondola lets you do some last-minute gift-list checking. While Telluride’s stores offer nearby parking so you can easily stash presents in your vehicle, grabbing a few more ensures you find goodies for everyone on your list. 

Here are some other things you can do outside for fresh air, sunshine, and recharging yourself: 

  • Hiking trails, from easy to advanced levels. Always dress in layers and bring a bottle of water, goggles, and gloves,
  • Fat bike riding, perfect for snow-covered trails,
  • Cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. 

Telluride flourishes in part because of our thriving restaurants. When your establishment’s kitchen sustains a plumbing emergency, call SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970 for emergency water extraction, drying, and restoration services.