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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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Revealed: SERVPRO Has Repeated Success with Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Montrose

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water leaking under door Water damage to your Montrose business is no joke. Call the remediation professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Achieve Fast Results With Montrose Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Several types of disasters could take place in a commercial environment, including water damage. You could have an issue with water intrusion from a leak in a bathroom, or you may have appliances within the building that use water that fails and caused flooding on some level. No matter what the cause might be, working quickly to restore your commercial space to normal is crucial.

Water and excessive moisture can ruin not only the contents of your building, but there is also the risk of a slip and fall accident when the floors are wet and slippery. Professional restoration services to remedy commercial water damage in Montrose helps to prevent health hazards, safety concerns, and costly renovations. The faster you act, the quicker you can prevent secondary damage from taking hold, including oxidization, mold growth, and rotting. This is when you can count on our team of trained technicians at SERVPRO to spring into action with the latest methods for restoration.

Before We Arrive

Should you suffer water damage in your commercial space, calling SERVPRO gets the ball rolling to put the proper steps in place. In the meantime, your facility manager can work to locate the source of the water intrusion, stop it, and determine if there are any risks to worry about, such as injury, slip and fall dangers, and electrical hazards.

Once We Arrive

Our team can get to work using our vast expertise and advanced equipment. Technicians inspect the building, taking the time to document the damage. Documentation includes primary damages, any pre-existing damage, and whatever potential secondary damage is present. Some of the pre-existing damage could be paint that is peeling or flooring that is rotting.

SERVPRO technicians work to determine what materials are salvageable and all protective measures to take. We work quickly using moisture detection tools to pinpoint the various locations of saturation. Complete cleanup and drying commence using vacuums, air movers, and dehumidifiers to prevent the onset of secondary damage. To finish up, we employ the use of disinfectants like chlorines, phenols, and alcohols to sufficiently kill microbes on floors, walls, and other surfaces.

Whenever you have a commercial water loss incident, you can count on our trained technicians at SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride. Call us today at (970) 240-6970, and we can send a team out as quickly as possible.

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Become Familiar with Flood Damage Remediation Standards in Telluride

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

flooded living room Even if the floodwaters invaded your living space, Team SERVPRO can make it "Like it never even happened." Call right away for best results.

Why SERVPRO Disposes of Certain Items Damaged by Flooding in Telluride

The odor of water that overflowed a river or crossed significant sections of land and flooded different neighborhoods in Telluride is very distinctive. Far from clean, but not quite like sewage, this water ruins a significant portion of a family's possessions. Others, though, become usable after we implement specific cleaning methods and disinfectants.

The composition of the items determines why SERVPRO technicians decide to restore or dispose of items from a home in Telluride after flood damage affects that specific property. We understand that our customers want to save as much as possible, and more often than not, this is the most cost-effective approach. However, when it is not the safest option, certain items can continue to harbor pathogens no matter how much we clean something.

Furniture comes in several styles and materials. Some, like tubular frames, does not absorb any floodwater. When the ends are sealed, the inside can remain damp. Prying off the caps lets us drain the dirty water. Then flushing it out with clean water and allowing it to air dry can salvage such furniture. Solid wood pieces, like an oak dining set, can survive a flood, but requires our teams to start as soon as possible to prevent splitting of the wood and blistering of any durable finishes.

Upholstered furniture containing foam sheeting that pads the front panels or other slightly padded areas might come clean enough for your family to continue using after returning home. Heavier padding (cushions and overstuffed pieces) almost never become safe enough to occupy a place in the home again. This is because there are just too many cells in the foam padding that give microbes a place to hide.

Bedding produces a quandary of sorts. The uppermost part, the mattress, might sustain less damage than the lower piece, the foundation of the bed. However, the mattress almost always requires disposal and SERVPRO technicians can often salvage the foundation. Hosing it down with clean water and then applying a disinfectant can render it usable again. This option only works in a cost-effective manner when the homeowner can locate a solo mattress for sale. This can become difficult because many vendors only sell mattresses with a matching box spring.

Furniture pieces made of plywood and particle board might already have fallen apart by the time flood levels drop enough to permit any mitigation efforts to begin. Other pieces might need examination individually, but the majority of such items soon fall apart. These are also quite inexpensive to replace, making it the better option in almost every situation.

Odors from microbes, many of which can cause unwanted health effects, cannot safely suffice as the only indicator of the presence of microbes. Other sources can also produce strong odors, and microbes can exist without producing any distinctive smells.

SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride is always ready to help your family recover after flood damage and other disasters. When your home in Delta, Gunnison, or Ouray needs restoration experts, call (970) 240-6970.

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What You May Not Know About Montrose Mold Removal

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team members on location Our certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to tackle the mold situation in your home. Call right away.

Safe Mold Colony Removal Practices for Montrose Homes

Safety is a top priority in every division of restoration and remediation that we perform for Montrose homes. With circumstances like mold growth, the spread of this organism can be alarming, and that is why we prioritize stopping the migration of the colony and containing the damaged area for more effective and efficient recovery. Doing things safely might require extra steps, but it is a necessary part of how our team functions.

Terms like mold removal for Montrose homes can be misleading, as practices can remove colonies but not entirely remove mold spores in a given area of your house. Neither of these practices can have success without containment. Using 6 mil plastic lay-flat poly sheeting sealing the perimeter of a work area, we can regulate the humidity, temperature, and mold spore concentration in the environment.

Cross-contamination of the damaged area to the rest of your home is a considerable concern with our SERVPRO technicians working on the job. Keeping our professionals working exclusively in the containment zone is not enough to prevent the spread of the organism. We have layers of personal protective equipment designed to prevent a transfer of active spores to the clothing, boots, or other materials on the bodies of our qualified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT.)

As mold exposure can cause health effects, protecting our SERVPRO team as they work to remediate colonization in your home is vital. We offer full-coverage disposable jumpsuits with hoods that can keep a barrier between skin and spore. Gloves serve multiple purposes, from preventing cross-contamination to protecting our team when using stronger antimicrobial agents on lightly damaged surfaces.

Finally, full-face cartridge respirators complete the sealed appearance, leaving no skin exposed. The respirator can protect our team from inhaling damaging spores and volatile organic compounds that can lead to health effects.

No matter how widespread or devastating mold growth might appear once it gets discovered in your home, you can always count on the fast response and extensive education of our SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride team. We have a safe and effective approach to protect your property and our team. Give us a call today at (970) 240-6970.
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Call Us If Your Montrose Residence Experiences Fire and Odor Damage

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

furniture in room after burned by fire “Like it never even happened.”

Fire and Odor Damage in Your Montrose Residence Calls for Thorough Restoration

If your home has fire damage, then it may be smelling of smoke, and several rooms may be covered with soot. Soot can stain the walls, ceilings, and floors of your home. Smoke particles can travel to multiple rooms in your property, leaving bad odors that can linger for an extended period. It is essential to take care of this damage immediately.

To deal with fire and odor damage in your Montrose residence, you can work with a remediation company like SERVPRO. Smoke scents are stubborn and depending on how strong they are; you may need to use several cleaning methods to remove them. Keep in mind that if the smoke has permeated into draperies, carpets, and upholstered furniture, among other items, it may be necessary to replace them. Some products you may use to deal with the odors include:

White vinegar
It cuts through scents naturally. You can wipe down washable walls, floors, and furniture with white vinegar. Alternatively, place several bowls of vinegar around the rooms with smoke damage and leave them there for a few days.

Febreze
This is a popular odor-reducing product that uses a chemical known as cyclodextrin to absorb odors. Spray the affected areas with Febreze can help minimize the smoke scent.

Activated charcoal
It is a well-known detoxifying agent, and also a natural odor absorbent. Place bowls of activated charcoal in powder form around affected rooms to absorb the odors.

To remove the odor permanently, you must deal with the source of the problem. This means washing all affected surfaces in your property. Soot settles in the tiniest of crevices. Our team has specialized tools that can get rid of all the soot particles.

To prevent permanent stains, our crew can wet clean washable materials or dry clean nonwashable materials. We clean the furniture and upholstery to get rid of soot. Our professionals can also clean your ductwork to remove the soot so that the HVAC system does not blow it back into the house.

Our SERVPRO crew can remove the odor using solvent-based thermal fog deodorizers. These are a blend of odor counteractants, fragrances, and aromatic phenolics in a solvent base. We apply them using thermal fogging equipment.  We can also apply sealers on surfaces where odors remain after we have used other deodorization procedures. We apply sealers to the affected surfaces to encapsulate remaining odor residues.

After a fire, SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride can help you handle the fire and odor damage. Calls us at (970) 240-6970 for a quick and efficient remediation process that can deal with the loss to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Call Us So Our Trained Professionals Can Restore Your Delta Home

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

A truck-mounted water extraction unit outside a home Shown in the picture is a truck-mounted water extraction unit which is one of the methods employed by SERVPRO to clean up water damage in your home.

Fight Water Damage in Your Delta Home

Between sinks, dishwashers, and refrigerators, water damage often occurs in kitchens. The cooking area also has some of the most expensive appliances and hardware in many homes. Protecting your kitchen, your home investment, and mitigating loss after a water line leak is essential.

If you discover your kitchen with water damage in Delta, the specialists at SERVPRO are available 24/7 to help you with everything you need to restore your home. A broken water line running from the sink to the refrigerator may damage your cabinets, baseboard, and even the tile flooring. Taking quick action to ensure no further damage is necessary. Don't worry. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

First, we remove any excess water using our portable water extractor. It holds anywhere between five and twelve gallons of water. Typically, a kitchen leak does not require a large quantity of water removed, but several passes of the impacted area are often required to get out as much moisture as possible. The more water the technicians extract, the quicker your flooring and cabinets dry. We can also use squeegees, mops and buckets, or whatever it takes to remove the spillage.

After the SERVPRO technicians extract the water damage, they utilize air movers. Air movers facilitate quicker water evaporation and the water vapor can be condensed with our advanced dehumidifiers. The wall cavity ventilating system tackles the moisture remaining in the baseboards and cabinets. These systems target moisture with a blower and attached hoses to ensure no lingering issues such as foul odors or potential mold growth. We clean and deodorize any damaged items by using our specialized cleaners like our orange cleaner. We disinfect and deodorize to bring your kitchen back to preloss status.

The SERVPRO team uses moisture meters to determine the moisture content of your kitchen materials throughout the restoration process. The penetrating probes or flat probes test wall cavities between cabinets and underneath the flooring. The impacted items in the kitchen may seem dry but could have high moisture content. The objective is to restore your items to preloss moisture. Anything above 19% moisture content is too high in most homes.

SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride is here to help you with your water damage needs. Call us at (970) 240-6970, so our trained technicians make it "Like it never even happened. "

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Drying Wall Cavities Is Vital After A Water Damage Event In Your Delta Home

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged kitchen in home after a leak With our experience and advanced tools, you can count on our SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride team to help.

How We Dry Wall Cavities After Damage in Delta Homes

Among the most hazardous results of DIY drying and restoration of Delta homes following a water loss is inadequate moisture removal and cleaning. Structural cavities are often the most consistently overlooked and under kept areas of the house, and lingering moisture in these areas can often lead to hazardous secondary effects like mold growth. We have sophisticated tools to not only identify these potential moisture pockets in the cavities but the appropriate tools to address these threats as they get discovered.

The space between walls is ideal for hiding electrical conduit, plumbing, and insulation, but they can also be the origin of water damage in Delta residences. Many homeowners seeking to recover these damages themselves might only address the dampness and water they can see outside of these wall spaces to avoid cutting out portions of drywall. Without correcting the problem that caused the water damage or ensuring that the structural cavity is dry, you can continue to battle water losses in the immediate future.

Moisture content meters with probes are a reliable tool to identify the spread and migration of saturation through the drywall. As water losses tend to collect along the flooring level of a room, the same occurs in wall cavities and moisture-wicking results starting at the base of drywall up. Our moisture content probes can pinpoint how far this moisture has moved within the sheetrock to establish a dryline in case flood cuts must get made.

Insulation vacuums can help to remove the damp material from the cavity and help to better dry out the rest of the space by providing better access with our desiccant dehumidifiers and fans. Low profile air movers can help to force heated air into these structural cavities and force moisture out of drywall and framing.

Many homeowners struggle to thoroughly dry out damaged areas of their home after a water loss incident. With our experience and advanced tools, you can count on our SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride team to help. Give us a call whenever a water emergency occurs at (970) 240-6970.

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Have Changes in Landscape Caused Flooding to Your Telluride Home?

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO trucks and drying equipment in front of house Should the Cornet Creek overflow its banks into your home, call SERVPRO. We are equipped to handle flood damage and always on call.

Changes in the Landscape can cause Unprecedented Flooding in Your Telluride Neighborhood 

Current floodplain maps often do not take all construction and other changes in the topography affecting Telluride into consideration. Homeowners who never experienced flooding might, especially if more recent construction causes additional changes in the ground, rainwater, and melting snow can overtake yards, and in some places, enter houses.

Because SERVPRO knows disasters happen without warning in Telluride, including flood damage, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. A swift response by skilled professionals means your house and other property receives the mitigation work needed to restore things for your family.

An unseen threat due to the size of each one comes from the microbial population that washes in on floodwaters. Because these pathogens can cause different health effects, we disinfect all surfaces. This initial spraying also prevents possible cross-contamination caused by our initial cleaning efforts.

Many of the things inside your home respond sufficiently to our general cleaning and drying methods. SERVPRO works as quickly as possible to make things safely usable again, as well as to reveal any permanent damage. Different components in your home react differently and require different techniques to return your home to its preloss state. Our Green Fleet stays stocked with all the equipment and supplies we need to get the work done quickly.

Some tools are small, like our cutting instruments. We use these to remove damaged materials like drywall and carpet. We cut these away from their installation site and package them for easy removal. We only precisely remove what we need to, and never more than necessary. Before installing new materials, we use air movers to create powerful air currents that move the moisture inside damp but undamaged materials toward their surfaces and eventually into the air.

We also bring two other machines that dry the air and also remove microscopic particles from it. Dehumidifiers pull air inside and then release it after stripping water vapor away while air scrubbers do a similar task – extract microbes, dust, pollen, and anything else that dirties up the air.

SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride is always ready to help residents in Delta and Gunnison recover rapidly after a disaster. Call our 24-hour line, (970) 240-6970, so we can help you and your family restore safe conditions in your home.

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