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Don’t Let Water Damage Overtake Your Montrose Property

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee with a water extraction machine After water damage, you can trust that your Montrose home is in good hands with our experienced technicians at SERVPRO.

Call SERVPRO 24/7 in Montrose for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

When it comes to water spills, flooding, ceiling leaks, and other emergencies, Montrose residents and business owners can trust the services SERVPRO offers. We are locally owned and operated, having pride in our work for clients in the area. It is essential to us that you get prompt, reliable water removal services and restoration to bring your property back to preloss condition. We do this with our entire spectrum of industrial-grade equipment, proven methods, and IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT).

Once you notice water damage in Montrose, we recommend calling to speak to our customer care team. They gather the necessary information about your emergency so the crew can mobilize and get to your door with the Green Fleet and start inspection and cleanup as soon as possible. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster – arriving on-site within just hours of your initial contact.

Did you know? Prompt water mitigation efforts help to lessen the impact of your water emergency. The faster we get in to keep water from migrating, the easier it is to eliminate moisture, thwart secondary damage, and get the results you deserve.

Our crew has the experience, training, and skill to handle any water-related emergency – big or small. Depending on the level of damage, we also work with area contractors highly regarded in their field. This allows us to ensure your reconstruction goes as smoothly as possible with results that make it look “Like it never even happened.”

24/7 Emergency Response for Added Peace of Mind

Unfortunately, emergencies never wait – which is why we have crews on standby to handle your water and fire restoration needs. We field all kinds of calls to help residential and commercial clients get back on track after water emergencies, such as:

  • Hidden pipe leaks
  • Appliance malfunction
  • Water heater leaks
  • Burst pipes
  • Storm and basement flooding
  • Sink, tub, and toilet overflow

What Happens Once Water Removal Technicians Arrive?

SERVPRO has perfected the assessment and planning process for all cleanup and restoration projects. Once on-site, the crew chief inspects the property to determine the project scope, the type of water present, and possible damage. We formulate a working plan for extraction, drying, and dehumidification to begin immediately.

Our Green Fleet of vehicles is always stocked with the latest water removal equipment, specialized drying tools, and a full selection of EPA-registered cleaning agents and deodorizers. We have plenty of equipment stored in our warehouse for large-scale emergencies and commercial projects. This allows us to scale each project as needed with all the necessary gear.

Handling Relative Humidity is Crucial with All Water Restorations

After standing water gets pulled up with gas-powered pumps, submersible pumps, or truck-mounted extractors, special attention gets paid to moisture levels throughout the impacted areas. Our drying dehumidification equipment works to pull moisture from the air so that we can keep damage from settling into your building materials and other contents.

  • Desiccant dehumidifiers and centrifugal air movers remove residual moisture in tight spaces and building materials.
  • Our crew constantly monitors progress using moisture detection tools like sensors, meters, and thermal imaging.
  • We may also increase airflow across walls, around furnishings, and over the flooring to speed up the evaporation process.

SERVPRO is customer-focused, taking the time to explain each step along the way throughout your water damage cleanup and restoration project. We are informative, but we also go the extra mile to work with your insurance agent to help facilitate your claim!

Contact us 24/7 at SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride if you require assistance with water damage. You can reach us by dialing (970) 240-6970 or requesting help online at your convenience.

Skilled Fire Damage Assistance Is Best in Montrose

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck in the forest Contact SERVPRO today for assistance with fire damages in your Montrose property.

SERVPRO Is Fast with Fire Damage Cleanup for Montrose Residents

House fire cleanup is never anything any homeowner wants to face. However, fire emergencies can strike without warning, leaving your Montrose home with charred debris, unsalvageable contents, and smoke damage. The good news is that you never have to go through it alone when you have SERVPRO at the ready. We offer 24/7 response for all emergencies so that we can help you get back on track after a fire in your home or business. Let us help you give your property the detailed cleaning and reconstruction it needs!

Whether a small blaze or significant fire damage in Montrose, it calls for skilled restoration technicians. SERVPRO thrives when cleaning up fire damaged homes, making it all "Like it never even happened." Even if you feel as though items may be lost, there is a chance we can restore them using our proven methods and experience.

After a fire, there are several essential things to keep in mind, including:

  • Do not turn on ceiling fans or other fixtures where the wiring could have been compromised during the fire.
  • Do not try to clean appliances or electrical components that have been exposed to water, flames, or heat.
  • Do not wash walls or other painted surfaces or shampoo carpeting or upholstery.
  • Do not consume foods and beverages kept near water, flames, or heat – they must get discarded.

Most Fire Cleanup Jobs Involve Some Level of Water Restoration

Removing all standing water and dealing with moisture control is commonplace with fire-related events. First responders used water and possibly chemicals to douse the flames during the fire. Not taking care of any water or moisture leaves your interior susceptible to further damage, including issues with crucial structural components.

  • SERVPRO carefully inspects your interior, even tight spaces, to determine where moisture may be located with any fire incident.
  • We have water restoration technicians (WRT) on our crew that will pull up any standing water, including charred debris, with the help of powerful truck-mounted extractors and pumps.

We Bring the Necessary Tools to Each Project

When called for fire and smoke restoration projects, we have a wide selection of equipment and tools that help us reach our goals. Professional equipment makes all the difference in terms of results and time with any restoration. We bring powerful air scrubbers with HEPA filtration, thermal fogging equipment, hydroxyl generators, and other tools that help us achieve our goals as quickly as possible.

Whenever a significant fire takes place, there could be a lot of reconstruction involved to bring your building back to pre-fire condition. We have a local selection of skilled contractors that we trust to handle every aspect of the rebuild, including drywall replacement, new flooring, structural work, electrical, and more.

Contents Cleaning and Restoration You Can Count On

We know that your home is filled with personal belongings, furnishings you love, and cherished mementos. Because of this, we always take the time to carefully inspect and pre-test items before cleaning to ensure the best process gets selected. Our crew's fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) know how to handle soiling, whether protein-based smoke, wet smoke, dry smoke, and other harsh residues.

Rather than leaving your fire damage to chance with DIY methods alone, have the pros handle your project instead! Call us at SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970, and we can send out a crew as soon as possible.

Montrose Residents Need Effective, Safe Mold Damage Cleanup

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team with their pets in front of a van If you find mold damage in your Montrose home, you and your pets can count on SERVPRO for remediation.

Calling SERVPRO for Mold Damage Restores Your Montrose Property

Why call SERVPRO when you suspect mold growth inside your Montrose business or residence? To ensure your interior gets thoroughly cleaned safely and efficiently, you need to have a skilled crew on the job. SERVPRO is available for all mold cleanup, restorations, and sanitizing of your property to make everything Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Why not handle mold damage in Montrose on your own? Many people are unaware of the best way to approach it when it comes to any mold. It can sometimes become challenging to determine the cause of the mold infestation. Once mold begins to colonize, it can take as little as 48 hours to spread.

Important Things to Know About Mold

You may hear of mold removal companies or products on the market that claims to help you rid your property of mold. These claims are false because there is no such thing as total mold removal. However, SERVPRO is there for skilled mold remediation and cleanup to help you get your property back on track. 

  • There are countless types of mold
  • Mold is microscopic and often remains invisible to the naked eye
  • You will find mold indoors and outdoors
  • Tiny mold spores can travel in through your windows, on your clothing, and attached to your pets

When you have a professional mold inspection followed by remediation, it is possible to limit the spore count to bring it back to ‘baseline’ levels. With any mold project, you also need to know that the source of the problem gets addressed, or mold will keep coming back. Our team looks to see where moisture is coming from, such as a hidden piping leak, excessive moisture due to lack of ventilation, etc. We fix the problem to move onward to address the mold cleanup with care and precision.

Just because you do not spot mold does not mean it is not there. If you begin to notice strong, musty odors, the chances are good that mold is lurking somewhere. If you have higher humidity levels in your home or business above 45%, you could have mold hidden under cabinetry, carpeting, and other tight spaces.

Once we arrive at your property, we begin containment measures to keep mold from traveling into unaffected areas, including physical barriers/sheeting and negative air pressure. We also set up specialized air scrubbers with onboard filtration to pull microscopic spores from the air.

Mold Cleanup Jobs Often Call for Careful Contents Handling

It impacts more than your building materials and structural elements when you have moisture problems and mold growth. You may also find mold infiltrating your belongings. SERVPRO’s technicians understand best practices for handling mold on all surfaces and items, using specialized methods on things like:

  • Keepsakes
  • Artwork
  • Furniture
  • Clothing
  • Toys
  • Books

Did you know? SERVPRO has Odor Control Technicians (OCT) on the team to battle musty mold odors. Rather than masking odors with sprays and chemicals, we attack the source and finish up deodorizing with the help of industrial-grade products and EPA-registered antimicrobials, deodorants, and sanitizing products.

Why not gain the peace of mind you deserve by calling SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride for your mold damage needs? Call us whenever you require restoration and cleanup assistance by dialing (970) 240-6970.

Sprinkler Errors Cause Water Damages in Your Ridgway Store

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

looking up at fire suppression sprinkler in ceiling Many different things can cause your sprinkler/fire suppression system to engage, causing water damage throughout your store.

Sprinkler Errors Can Cause Water Damage

Your retail store in Ridgway has a fire suppressant system designed to extinguish a fire well before first responders can even arrive. While these sprinkler systems offer security to the business you run in the event of an emergency, they are also not foolproof. They can fail or make errors in operation, causing you to contend with a water incident that is as widespread as the system is throughout your facility.

Many different things can cause your sprinkler/fire suppression system to engage, causing water damage throughout your Ridgway store. You should better understand how this can happen and appreciate the best course of action when you contend with widespread water damage like this in your business.

One of the first ways our SERVPRO professionals have seen these systems fail is by degrading and eroding on their own. Since many of these older suppressant systems are comprised of iron or lead pipes, aging and moisture can degrade the integrity of the material, causing them to fail and eventually spill its contents.

Another possibility is a small fire occurs in a broad area of your store and gets quickly extinguished. This small blaze triggers the sprinkler system to engage, causing a widespread area to contend with water damages and cleanup needs.

There have even been incidents in which sprinkler systems engage a fire that does not exist. While many systems do not instantly turn on with the pulling of a fire alarm, it is this kind of situation where fire suppression networks have engaged erroneously to combat a fire that does not exist. Then our SERVPRO technicians have to respond and begin drying and cleaning the affected areas to mitigate potential lingering damages.

Keeping your store from experiencing water damage might not be a simple task, but having the proper professional assistance to clean up the mess and get your business back on track is beneficial. Trust in our SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride water restoration specialists to rapidly respond and help mitigate any damages you face. Give SERVPRO a call today at (970) 240-6970.

Become Familiar with The Tell-Tale Signs of a Mold Infestation on Your Crested Butte Property

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

mold growth shown in corner of wall Mold can spread very quickly in your home if the conditions are right. Call SERVPRO immediately to investigate the cause and remediate any damage.

Mold Damage Experts in Crested Butte Tell Why Containment Chambers Get Used

Any time a water leak occurs inside your Crested Butte residence, a fungus may form. Once building materials get wet, microbes can quickly develop, causing mold damage to your home. Once the microbes activate, the contamination grows structures called hyphae that spread up out of the material's surface, across it, and deep into the substance. These structures then release reproductive spores into the air, forming new structures when they settle onto a wet organic material. The presence of spores during mold damage makes restoration more involved than fixing other types of problems. 

A fungus only needs an organic food source, elevated moisture levels, the right temperature, and time to develop and grow. Once a section of a building gets contaminated, the mold damage inside your Crested Butte home can get worse and spread to other areas besides the area initially affected. Once the hyphae form and start releasing spores into the air, the microscopic reproductive particles float around in the air until they decide to settle and find another spot to contaminate. 

Whenever our SERVPRO crew mitigates problems associated with a fungus, we follow the rules and procedures set out by the IICRC and government regulations. The EPA and other government bodies regulate how mold can get removed and mitigated. The primary purpose of these regulations is to prevent air quality issues due to mitigation work processes. Different strains of mold can be more harmful than others, so laws are put in place to keep particles from contaminating public air. 

This is why before any mitigation work gets started, our SERVPRO technicians build a containment chamber. The chamber gets put up with heavy-duty plastic and metal poles. The purpose of the containment area is to prevent spores and contaminated dust particles from spreading into the air outside and inside. If you ever need mold mitigation inside your house, call SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970 any time of the day. 

Handling Flood Damage with Precision in Montrose

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

heavy rain hitting roof Storm damage can happen at any time.Don't DIY! Call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Helps Montrose Storm Flood Damaged Properties

Homeowners may have a lot to deal with once a significant storm front comes through the Montrose area. Heavy wind and rain can bring storm debris, a leaky roof from storms, and interior flooding loaded with unknown contaminants. SERVPRO gets calls from area residents looking for answers to storm flood questions and concerns. We are here 24/7 to field your calls so we can get a crew mobilized to your door to begin cleanup and restoration as soon as possible. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Who can I call after experiencing storm flood damage in Montrose? SERVPRO offers a broad range of services to help you get your property back to normal after the fallout of a weather event. Our disaster response team is here for:

  • Emergency board-up services and tarping to protect your interior from additional damage.
  • Detailed assessment to begin work as soon as possible on water removal services and drying.
  • Flawless restoration and reconstruction by trusted area contractors and vendors to make it “Like it never even happened.”

How long will SERVPRO take to finish my flood damage project?

Once we get in to inspect your property and note the amount of damage, we can provide you with a timeline for cleanup and restoration. No two projects are alike, so we formulate a customized plan to help us achieve our goals. We work on recovery in the safest, most efficient manner possible.

Will my homeowner’s insurance cover my storm damage?

You can contact your insurance agent to see if you have storm flood coverage. During your project, SERVPRO ensures all aspects of the job get adequately documented so that you have accurate paperwork for your claim to go as smoothly as possible.

Never let flood damage from a recent storm turn into a more significant issue by trying the DIY cleanup route. SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride is here 24/7 by calling (970) 240-6970.

Create a Clean Air Environment in Your Home or Office During Wildfire Season

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

A Pug dog sitting on a rug in a bedroom next to a HEPA Air Purifier Keeping our families and pets safe and healthy during wildfire season can be a challenge.

Protect Your Indoor Air Quality with HEPA Filtration

We receive many calls during wildfire season from people whose families and pets are suffering from the effects of the smoke and particulates that permeate nearly everything. High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration is the solution we recommend. HEPA filters remove microscopic airborne particles down to .3 microns. However, it must be a true HEPA filtration system. There are many air filters and vacuum cleaners on the market that claim to have HEPA filters, but they are not 'true' HEPA purifiers or scrubbers. The powerful, commercial-grade air scrubbers SERVPRO uses to remove soot, and smoke odors are true HEPA filters. They move a large volume of air, and the exhaust air is extremely clean.

Options for Your Clean Room

For Normal Sensitivity to Smoke

You can create a clean air environment in any indoor space by closing off a portion of it and employing true HEPA filtration. However, before you get started, make sure the enclosure you design is not closing off your ability to exit the area safely. Here is a simple solution when you are not extremely sensitive to smoke:

  1. Select a room in your house or office area where you and your pets can spend most of your time, such as a master bedroom with a bathroom or a portion of your office. Close all doors and windows, and limit the number of times you enter and exit the space as much as you can.
  2. Your HEPA purifier or scrubber must be large and powerful enough to effectively clean the room's air. According to the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), your device should achieve a minimum of 6 complete air changes each hour (ACH). To determine the amount of air in your space, multiply its length x width x height in feet. So a room 20' l x 14 'w x 8' h will contain 2,240 cubic feet of air. At 6 ACH, your device must be able to clean at least 13,440 cubic feet in an hour or (divide by 60) at least 224 cubic feet per minute (CFM).  
  3. Place your HEPA purifier or scrubber device within the enclosed area chamber and allow it to run continuously.

For Extreme Sensitivity to Smoke

Birds are highly susceptible to contaminated air. If you or your pets are highly sensitive to smoke, you may want to consider a fully enclosed chamber:

  1. To achieve an extremely clean indoor air environment, you must seal off areas where air can readily seep into the space. You can close-off the area using sheet plastic and blue painter's tape around entry ways, HVAC vents, and windows.
  2. Place your HEPA purifier or scrubber in an entry or window and seal around it. Direct the air intake to draw air from outside the enclosed area, then exhaust the highly filtered air into your sealed environment. This will create positive, clean air pressure within the environment, pushing out unpurified air that might enter from other sources. You can draw the air from other inside areas where it has been heated or cooled by your HVAC system.
  3. Again, remember to limit the number of times you enter and exit the space, and leave yourself a way to enter and exit the space safely.

Benefit From Our Experience

SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride is experienced and skilled at installing containment shelters for much of the work we do. Please feel free to call us for advice or assistance in how to construct your clean air room or chamber. If you wish we can install the chamber for you and we can also rent you the equipment, including HEPA scrubbers in a variety of sizes and capacities.

Restoring Commercial Water Damage for Washrooms in Montrose

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

Inside of water damaged warehouse; water on floor SERVPRO can mitigate commercial water damage of any scope.

SERVPRO Water Mitigation Can Minimize Business Disruption

Washrooms in commercial properties are often subjected to more use than residential properties. Over time, this increased stress on the plumbing system can malfunction, especially if the property in question is not designed to cater to this usage. A burst pipe can make your workplace unsanitary and require immediate restoration to ensure that your business can continue without a hiccup.

Bathrooms with commercial water damage in Montrose often require a careful inspection to find the correct response. Small details such as whether the washroom has fitted cabinets and the level of water contamination involved can significantly influence the choice of procedure. SERVPRO technicians have extensive training working with business owners and property managers. Our approach is designed to cause the minimum disruption to your business and can often be completed on-site without a temporary closure. If we can work on-site without disrupting the company, our technicians can set up physical signage and barriers to ensure your staff or customers remain safe during the restoration. We can help with:

The most effective tool for mitigating losses is drying. Drying theory relies on heat and ventilation to get rid of moisture, reduce odor and prevent mold growth. In washrooms with cabinets, technicians may have to cut holes to allow circulation into wall cavities or behind fittings. We can use drill saws on interior walls to create openings fitted to venting equipment. Standard venting equipment includes rapid air-movers adapted with flex hose or injectidry systems. This equipment rapidly circulates air into the cavity to dry the interior and surface of the wall. Exterior walls can often be saved by drilling holes into the top of the wall to allow further circulation. Using upper drill holes can often help to salvage insulation.

  • Holes are drilled to the exact requirements of the desired drying equipment.
  • Often wall ventilation is drilled beneath the baseboard to minimize cosmetic damage.
  • We repatch holes using similar material and repaint once the interior cavity is dry.

If your business suffers from water intrusion, contact SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride for water damage restoration (970) 240-6970.

Crested Butte's Fire Damage Experts Discuss Soot Cleaning Methods

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damaged home; soot and charred belongings 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 various methods used to remove soot and soils left behind by smoke. The cleaning chemicals and techniques that work best vary depending on what type of materials got burned and what 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 concentrate on the ceiling and then move down the walls starting from the top. 

Depending on the wall surface, cleaning soot and soil off walls can be easy or extremely difficult. Some walls have coverings on them, and cleaning the cover material is easier if the material is non-porous and more challenging if it is porous. The best way to clean a wall covering 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, cleaning with wet chemicals is not a good solution since the 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 is taken to ensure that more damage is 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. 

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

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

Broom sweeping standing water on floor For Water Extraction and Damage Mitigation in Crested Butte Give SERVPRO a Call!

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

When you call SERVPRO with a water damage report to your Crested Butte home, we typically respond within four hours of your first call to begin our work. These hours pass quickly for many callers, and some can be overwhelmed when our technicians set to work and immediately start working against the clock to protect your home from further damage. If you would like to be prepared for our service in advance, here is a brief overview of what you can expect during those crucial hours. 

Damage Mitigation 

SERVPRO consistently ranks among the nation's top restoration companies because of our ability to mitigate as much cost as possible when your Crested Butte home suffers water damage. Our technicians are available 24/7 to respond to local calls for help, and when they arrive, they immediately search for any active sources of water and shut them off. Once we stop further damage from happening, we immediately begin to prepare for other steps in the restoration process.    

Site Evaluation 

Every call and situation is different, even if we have dealt with dozens of similar scenarios. SERVPRO inspectors move fast to inspect your home carefully and thoroughly for signs of further damage and begin to create a plan for restorations. They can help us understand the situation better, recommend treatments, and identify hidden sources of the problem. 

Water Removal 

Whether it is a large flood or a small leak affecting your home, one of our first concerns is to get the water out as soon as possible. If we need to extract volumes of standing water, we use a combination of portable and truck-mounted extractors to pump it out fast. When the area is soaked and wet but not flooded, we can skip the extractors and move on straight to our air mover systems that create powerful wind currents in your home to remove any excess moisture from surfaces and materials. Dehumidifiers work with the air movers to capture and remove the humidity from the interior air space.

SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride is a trusted local source of water damage restorations and repairs. Give us a call at (970) 240-6970.