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Is it Safe to Enter my Fire Damaged Home in Montrose?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

"Safety first" Contact SERVPRO today for assistance with fire damages in your Montrose property.

Safety is Priority After Fire Damage Occurs in Your Montrose Home

After a fire, there are several hazards that homeowners should consider. Many people want to rush in to recover family mementos, valuables, and important papers that are needed for insurance claims. There is a desire to recover as much as possible. There may even be a concern that members of the public may remove a variety of items.

SERVPRO has been providing fire damage recovery services to Montrose and surrounding communities for many years. We have a 4.8 /5.0 rating after receiving over 200 reviews. Every fire is different. The burn time, the burn source, and the temperature of the fire determine the overall damage. We assess every situation to provide the best service we can, given the circumstances.

We analyze many hazards before entering a home after a fire. For example, the following are reviewed before our professionals begin work restoring your residence:

Is the power still on, are there electrical hazards?

Firefighters use water, foam, and other chemicals to quell a fire creating slip and fall situations.

Waterlogged materials are heavy, avoid sprains and strains.

Some odors may trigger health issues for people who suffer from asthma and bronchitis.

Call SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride and the surrounding area at (970) 240-6970 for assistance with fire damage restoration. We are available 24/7/365. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Act Fast In Delta After A Water Loss

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

Two of our green drying equipment machines working to dry this room We have the state of the art equipment to restore this home after a flood. We are available 24/7 to help prevent further damage.

Water Cleanup In Delta Can Require The Demolition Of Unsalvageable Materials

If a plumbing system fails in a unit above your Delta condo, it could cause excessive moisture to enter your dwelling from your ceiling. Whenever the source of a leak is above your unit, the H2O that enters can cause you to have to conduct extensive water cleanup because the moisture will follow gravity down and possibly negatively affect several of your contents and building materials on the way down.

Whenever a professional company such as SERVPRO conducts water cleanup in your Delta condominium, we start by doing a thorough inspection of your structure. We can use specialized moisture sensors and other equipment like infrared cameras to find where all the moisture went. In some cases, we can save many of your contents and building materials with our extraction and structural drying procedures. In other situations, when items get saturated and ruined, we must remove and replace them.

When deciding to remove your affected contents or building materials, our SERVPRO technicians take into account the porosity of the material and whether not the moisture was contaminated. For example, if your flooring gets affected by water damage that comes from a category two or three sources, all of your wet carpets and pad must be removed. In category two situations where water from the outside or sources like sink or bath drains, the pad must be removed, but it is possible to salvage the carpets. In category three cases where the source is a backed-up toilet or sewage drain, both the carpet and pad must get removed and disposed of due to the possibility of contamination.

If the moisture coming into your condo from above has saturated your walls and ceiling, the drywall or other material may have to be cut down and removed. Whenever our SERVPRO crew removes ceiling or your sheetrock, we follow the moisture and cut just the section that got ruined. To make hanging the replacement drywall easier, we can cut the drywall to a stud that did not get wet.

If you ever notice H2O pouring into your condo from the ceiling, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970 24/7. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Fire Damage Restoration In Delta

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Fire Damage Restoration In Delta Requires Using The Five Principles Of Cleaning

Structural burns take place across the country every day, which means that your Delta home could be at risk. Out of all the cases of fire damage across the United States, around 16% of them are caused unintentionally. Besides the unintentional or careless act causes, electrical systems malfunctioning also accounts for over 7% of the country's structural blazes.

Once flames ignite, they can quickly cause different types of fire damage inside your Delta residence. The smoke coming from the blaze can travel throughout your building and leave behind soils and soot residues. When mitigating smoke-related issues, some problems may require our SERVPRO technicians to remove and replace your affected contents or building materials. In minor situations, we can clean and restore many of the affected items in your home using the following five principles of cleaning.

1. Locate Smoke Residues
As soon as we arrive at your house, our SERVPRO crew attempts to locate all smoke residues present by thoroughly inspecting your structure. We start our inspection process at the source of the burn and then follow the smoke out to see how far it went.

2. Identify The Type Of Residues
By figuring out what fuels were burnt during the blaze, we can determine what types of smoke was created and what kinds of residues exist. Once we know if we are dealing with oily or water-based soot residues, we can then figure out the best cleaning method to implement.

3. Identify The Types Of Surfaces Affected
The surface of the affected contents or building materials will dictate which cleaning methods are safe to be used on the various types of surfaces.

4. Capture And Remove All Soot Residues
Since smoke residues adhere to the surfaces it contacts, cleaning can involve releasing the soots from the surface using chemical or physical actions. Once the soot particles get released, they are then removed from the affected surfaces and captured.

5. Dispose Of The Soot Residues
After all of the debris and soiled cleaning supplies are collected, our SERVPRO team disposes of them in a sealed plastic bag so that the waste does not contaminate other areas during the disposal and trash removal process.

If you ever need a professional restoration company to clean soot residues that remain after a structural fire, call SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970 24 hours a day. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Flood Damage Recovery for Montrose Residents in an Emergency

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded living room Don't let flood water wreak havoc in your home. We can help, Give us a call at (970) 240-6970.

You Can Count on SERVPRO Teams in the Event of a Flood Emergency in Your Montrose Home

Flood Damage Montrose

Residential properties in this community can differ significantly in their architecture, the type of building materials they use as well as their size. We believe that effective restoration relies on tailoring our services to the specific needs of each home. That is why when flooding strikes your home residents can depend on us to perform an efficient removal, drying, and restoration service. Our local technicians can be onsite and performing emergency restoration within just four hours of your notification of loss. 

Among the toughest restoration jobs can be flood damage in your Montrose home. These situations can be traumatic as well as time-consuming to get your property back to normal. Flooded properties are at a high risk of structural collapse, making water removal one of the critical tasks that SERVPRO endorse. Our technicians can use a combination of pumping and extraction equipment to remove hundreds of gallons of water from your home in just a few hours. 

When we assist residents with flooding issues, we take care to conduct a full property inspection. Water creates pressure, which in turn can lead to migration and water intrusion in areas of the home beyond the initial damage site. Our technicians may inspect your crawl spaces, subterranean levels, or remove building materials during inspection to discover the level of water migration in the home. If necessary, SERVPRO can call upon applied structural drying (ASD) technicians to work on cavities, crawlspaces, or lofts.

The number of vapor barriers installed in your home can dictate the length and size of flood recovery operations. Vapor barrier installation behind drywall, in crawl spaces, or certain building materials like vinyl wallpaper can help to prevent water migration, and SERVPRO recommends you consider installing them before the winter period. Porous materials in the home may need removal and replacement or significant drying exposure to get your home back to how it was before the flood. 

In an emergency flooding situation, you need a service that boasts both expertise and experience. Contact SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970 now.

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Flooding In Your Montrose Hair Salon

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

hair salon Give our SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride team a call today at (970) 240-6970.

Cleaning and Drying Flooding in Your Montrose Hair Salon

Penetrating water in your Montrose hair salon can prevent you from being able to serve your clients until the intruding water gets removed, and the area gets cleaned sufficiently. Because of the materials used to create the look of the inside of your business, along with some of the expensive products and tools you have for sale, efficient water removal and drying efforts are vital to get your doors back open again quickly.

Water removal plays a big part in recovering flood damage to your Montrose business. Because of the non-porous materials like ceramic tiling used in the styling areas of the salon, surface water can migrate quickly throughout the building. The faster that our SERVPRO professionals can remove this standing water from the affected areas, the less structural elements and fixtures that can absorb migrating floodwater.

Shelving and the mounted chairs on the floors can both become adversely affected when directly exposed to standing water. While this water is unlikely to penetrate the tile flooring, It can begin to absorb into shelves and counters once water gets beyond the laminate veneer. Delamination of wood structural elements often requires the removal of these materials to save on the cost of attempting to try and restore them.

Protecting the products exposed during a flood incident is also an essential service that our SERVPRO professionals can offer your salon. With the substantial investment that you have made in hair care products, dyes, and styling items, removing these contents from the path of the destructive flooding can prevent unnecessary losses. For products already exposed, it is possible to clean and return these items to you if they have not suffered irreparable damage or were exposed directly to contamination.

It is our business to get you back in business, and after flooding, your property needs much more than water removal and drying. We have experience and premier products to clean and restore your business to get you back in action as soon as possible. Give our SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride team a call today at (970) 240-6970.

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Floods Follow Snow Damage in Montrose

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Icicles on house SERVPRO has the equipment and skill to assist with water damage repairs in your home.

SERVPRO Teams Take On Any Kind Of Water Damage Mother Nature Has To Offer

Although skiers and other winter sports enthusiasts near Montrose appreciate higher than normal snowpacks, accumulations of heavy snow can cause severe flooding in our area. During general spring melt and at any time that higher temperatures cause ice to loosen from edges and banks of waterways and streams like the Uncompahgre River, homes can suffer from flooding with slushy, snowy water at a very inconvenient time. Our technicians have strategies and equipment to help you get through the difficulties of cold weather flooding.

Overland Flooding

When an ice jam occurs in a waterway near your Montrose house, flood and snow damage combine to challenge even the professionals. As the ice piles up in the river, freezing water, pieces of ice, and slush spreads across the landscape, often pushing into your foundation. The grinding ice can cause a washout of your foundation, bringing silt, snow, and water along to flood your basement. 

Roof-Down Flooding

At the intersection of your gutter and downspout system with the eaves and roof edge of your home, SERVPRO looks for icicles. Formation of beautiful but dangerous knives of ice signals the backup of water from snow, ice, slush, and rain might be at risk of moving into your attic or upper living areas. Warm air from your house leaks up and out, melting the packed down precipitation along the roofline. Water seeps into your home, sometimes in large quantities. It moves down walls and into the main portion of your dwelling, collecting in cavities and getting carpeting and rugs wet. Because the flooding from the ice and snow is often hidden, significant damage can occur before you notice the loss.

Fast Water Removal 

When the SERVPRO team arrives, we secure the structure, using boards and tarps if needed. Emergency services then proceed as our project managers assess the extent of the snow and flood damage. The solid shards of ice and any mud and silt dragged into your lower levels need removal with shovels and hoes. Because the dirt associated with and the ice itself can be contaminated, containment and appropriate disposal of the ice and silt as hazardous waste is required. Then we use pumps and extractors to rid the space of excess water. 

Cleaning of the Attic Is a Speciality Situation

SERVPRO workers use portable extractors to reach the water in the upper levels of your home. Moisture that runs down the walls needs detection with probes and meters so we can outline the extent of the problem. We look for bulging walls and ceilings, carefully punching hold to release liquid. On the bottom floor, we pull off baseboards and drill holes to access the water.

Structural Drying Is the Key

As we wind up water removal, we strike a balance of air movement, temperature adjustments, and dehumidification to dry out the space, equalizing the moisture levels with moisture samples obtained from unaffected places in your home. SERVPRO’s highly qualified technicians and cutting edge equipment supports our goal of fast and thorough water mitigation and remediation.

Line up the team at SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride if your home experiences winter or snowmelt flooding. Call us at (970) 240-6970 to schedule an assessment at your earliest convenience.

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Debris Removal and Cleaning Montrose Homes After Flooding

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Buckled wood flooring with SERVPRO equipment on the floor. Let SERVPRO help with the debris in your Montrose home after a flood.

Flood damage to your Montrose home can leave everything from damage to debris. 

Natural flooding can leave heaps of debris, mud, and sediment throughout your Montrose residence. As overwhelming as these sights might be for a homeowner, part of the mitigation and restoration process that our SERVPRO professionals provide includes a thorough cleaning and debris removal. Understanding how this process works and how it can benefit the recovery of your house is vital.

Flood damage to Montrose homes can appear in many different ways, which requires an array of techniques and products to overcome. From the need for emergency services like roof tarping and board-up to handling the red tape and hoops of insurance coverage to pay as little as possible out of pocket, our team knows how to help. We have an in-house team of general contractors licensed by the state to help with emergency construction solutions and cleaning technicians trained by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to make flood losses “Like it never even happened.”

Debris removal is an integral part of the restoration process because potential contaminants can exist in the house after natural flooding. Bacterial microbes and other harmful substances can be a real threat throughout the damaged areas where mud, debris, and other solids brought in by the flooding collect. Shoveling out the bulk of this presence is the first line of defense, and can better showcase the materials and contents directly exposed to contaminants.

Our SERVPRO team has a powerful and potent line of cleaning products. Between biocides and disinfectants, we can eliminate existing microbes and microorganisms on underlying surfaces like wood framing once drywall and trim have gotten removed by our contractors. Disinfecting framework can prevent the spread of bacterial threats and inhibits the colonization of mold.

There are many existing threats and concerns in any home following flooding, but our SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride team can help. With years of experience and potent cleaning and disinfecting agents in our inventory, we can help to dry up the damage and eliminate harmful microbes and contaminants in your home after a flood. You can reach us 24/7 at (970) 240-6970.

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We Have The Experience And Equipment Necessary To Handle Fire Damage In Montrose

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

A damaged electrical panel in a home after a fire Our IICRC certified technicians are ready 24/7 to handle your fire damage restoration services. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Experience and Equipment Make the Difference Against Fire Damage in Montrose Homes

Fire damage may look overwhelming and seem impossible to come back from. If you outsource the job to a professional restoration company, your odds of lessening the loss are much higher.

One of the main differences between professional DIY fire damage cleanup in Montrose homes narrows down to two main points: experience and equipment. The technicians at SERVPRO undergo extensive training before working on any job site and have a full working knowledge of the tools used and methods needed.

Cleaning Smoke Residues

Using wet cleaners on dry smoke residue can drive it into surfaces and ruin items and surfaces that had restoration potential. SERVPRO techs advise homeowners to avoid doing any cleaning until we arrive on-site to test the residues and determine the best cleaning agents and methods to use. Dry smoke, for example, requires lifting off without the use of any wetting agents. While wet smoke residues often need the application of a solvent-based cleaner to release their grip on surfaces.

Air Quality

Ventilation and reduction of particulate matter in the air are vital to returning the home to a safe environment for habitation. Containment around the work area with plastic barriers or the use of negative air chambers are typical. The techs use air scrubbers throughout the mitigation process to capture soot smaller than the eye can see.

Odor Control

After cleaning away smoke residues and removal of charred items, the techs work on eliminating any remaining smoke odors. The equipment the techs use has the potential to eradicate odors from even porous items like upholstered furnishings through the use of heated solvents that behave like smoke and overtake and eliminate pungent scents.

Post-Cleanup Duct Inspection

The techs can inspect and clean the ductwork as needed; this action ensures that soot does not spread throughout the home when the HVAC is running,

SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970 for assistance with fire damage cleanup in your home. The technicians have the training and equipment to make the fire loss to your home "Like it never even happened."

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Is Your Montrose Home Experiencing Ice Dams?

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck with snow covered mountain in background Winter in Colorado is beautiful, but snow can cause water damaged homes. SERVPRO is always on call for your remediation needs.

Why Call SERVPRO to Address Water Damage from Ice Dams on Your Montrose Roof 

Winter weather is always a significant concern for any homeowner in the Montrose area. Once the temperatures dip down below freezing, you could be in for significant issues stemming from ice dam formation, which is where the expertise of trained professionals at SERVPRO comes in very handy. 

Water damage in Montrose from ice dams forming on your roof can set a chain of devastation in motion. The good news is that hiring experts to come out to your property gives you the results you need quickly and efficiently. Failing to address ice dam formation can lead to potential hazards and costly damage that otherwise avoided. 

What Are Ice Dams? 

An ice dam tends to form whenever the snow melts and then begins to refreeze at the edge of your roof. These dams can develop with as little as a couple of inches of snow accumulation, especially if the roof is not insulated correctly. If several days of freezing temperatures follow a recent snowfall, the chances are good for ice dam formation. What this does is keep the snow from melting and adequately draining off the roof. Any standing water can start to back up under the shingles, get into the home, and bring about significant water damage to your walls, ceilings, and other areas. In some instances, ice dam formation can damage your shingles and cause the gutters to fall off the home. 

Why SERVPRO? 

If you notice the signs of water damage due to ice dam formation on your roof, we can send a team out quickly to assess the issue. Our trained team of SERVPRO technicians knows what to look for when it comes to leaks and moisture infiltration due to freezing temperatures and the formation of icicles and ice dams. If water damage is suspected, we can get to work right away using moisture detection devices so that a plan of action can be put into place immediately for restoration services. 

Do you have questions about ice dam formation and how it can impact your home? Contact SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride at (970) 240-6970, and we can deploy a team as soon as possible. 

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Flood Damage In Your Delta Home

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

flooding caused by a storm SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970 arrives quickly on-site to clean up and restore your property from flood damage.

Flood Damage and Flooring in Delta Homes

When flood damage occurs, how much loss there is to the property and contents demands mainly on two main points. The first is the type of water affecting the home. It matters whether the water is rain, snowmelt, or groundwater, which carries the potential for more significant loss. The second is how much time passed between the event and the cleanup.

Floors often get the worst of flood damage in Delta homes. If the water is from rain or snowmelt, it is not hazardous in most situations for homeowners to move items in the way of the water to another area. When flooding is from groundwater, it is best to wait until the techs arrive on-site to test the water to determine what contaminants or bacteria are present.

Tile Flooring
Vinyl and laminate flooring attached with adhesive often delaminate, which also usually means the subflooring requires drying. When this happens, the SERVPRO techs gather the tiles and determine if they have the potential for reuse through cleaning and disinfection. This attention to detail during mitigation helps save homeowners the cost of replacement.

Carpet
When a carpet receives saturation from floodwater, the outcome can vary. If the water is from rain or snowmelt and the cleanup started within 24 hours, the prognosis to save the carpet and padding from loss is favorable. However, if the carpet soaked up groundwater, which is a category three biohazard, both the carpet and padding require disposal.

Concrete Slab
This type of foundation has one of the positive outcomes, no matter what kind of water is on-site. The techs have equipment for the extraction of any depth of water and drying the flooring quickly. Concrete may effloresce, with a white powdery residue after drying, but SERVPRO techs wipe it away with their proprietary cleaning agents, so there are no residues left behind.

SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970 arrives quickly on-site to clean up and restore your property from flood damage. With their training and professional equipment, they make the flood loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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