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Montrose Residents Need Effective, Safe Mold Damage Cleanup

5/12/2022 (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? The list of reasons is long, starting with the potential for health effects that black mold and bacteria bring to any property. To ensure your interior gets thoroughly cleaned safely, 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.

Choosing Safe Montrose Home Mold Remediation Options

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

life cycle of mold SERVPRO AMRT techs understand the life cycle of molds--we remediate mold damage in Montrose, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Mold Remediation Includes Extensive Training for Cleaning Montrose Homes

Properties are vulnerable to mold anywhere and at any time. For example, something as small and sudden as a pinhole-sized pipe leak can introduce enough water for mold to grow inside walls or ceiling cavities. Montrose homeowners are recommended to refrain from dealing with this independently for their safety.

SERVPRO mold remediation professionals reduce Montrose microbial growth concerns to pre-disaster levels. This strategy entails removing the mold, restoring the structures and contents affected by it, and taking measures to remediate the circumstances that caused it.

SERVPRO mold remediation training for techs, staff, and other professionals

Technicians, staff, and franchise owners undergo thorough training and instruction to become certified SERVPRO professionals. This firm’s commitment to education on Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) protocols and best practices also prepares technicians for pursuing additional certifications.

  • SERVPRO technicians and staff each receive initial crew training as well as education on fire cleanup, water restoration, and carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Franchise owners, meanwhile, undertake a 15-day intensive training program that includes fire and water restoration, upholstery cleaning, and mold mitigation practices at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility
  • Staff and professionals in related industries, such as claims adjustment and real estate, can benefit from SERVPRO’s credit and noncredit sources on various topics. These courses cover such subjects as fire and water restoration, drying for loss control, mold in the restoration industry, and a Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar

Education is key to maintaining a high standard of equipment usage and cleaning for homeowners enduring mold damage. These practices also prepare technicians for disasters of all scales. They can then respond with a solution tailored to the situation at hand as accurately as possible.

SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride is available for homeowners 24/7 at (970) 240-6970. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster to restore properties to a pre-damage condition.

Why it is Important to Quickly Mitigate Fire Damage in Montrose

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage to the top of a home. A fire is never fun, it is actually heart-wrenching. Call SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride today and we will help you.

Montrose's Fire Damage Experts Talk About How Prompt Service Is Vital

If a fire engulfs your Montrose home, the first thing to do is make sure everyone inside the house is safe. Next, it is wise to extinguish the fire as quickly as you can so that the fire causes as little damage as possible. The next step you should take is to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Our technicians provide fast 24/7 service to aid you with any problems you find inside your house after a disaster. We have people answering our phones at all times of the day, and we can respond quickly to any fire damage situation you may have. 

If burnt materials stay inside your dwelling, the issues can get much worse over time. Calling in a professional SERVPRO team to mitigate your fire damage in Montrose can prevent secondary problems from occurring. The longer soot residues remain on the surfaces of your contents and building materials, the harder they can be to remove. If burnt materials and soils stay on surfaces, it is possible to spread to other areas. If smoke-related issues go untreated, removing foul odors can be extremely difficult. 

What Can SERVPRO Do for My Montrose Fire Damage?

As soon as you suffer from a structure fire, it is wise to call in our SERVPRO professionals because we are locally located so that we can arrive at your home promptly after your emergency work request. We first inspect the affected rooms for anything that could be hazardous for occupants during the restoration process. Once our highly trained team deems everything safe, we begin examining the severity of the situation so that we can provide you and your insurance agents with an initial scope and estimate. 

Once we determine what we can fix with cleaning, soot/soil removal, and refinishing, and what needs replacing, we use our advanced technology to mitigate all of the problems caused by smoke or burnt materials. We first remove everything that is too charred to fix, then we work on refinishing slightly charred surfaces. Next, we use various techniques to clean and remove smoke-related soot and soils. If you ever need help with damage after a fire occurs, call SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970 any day of the week.

Why is Skilled Mold Remediation Best for Your Business or Home in Telluride?

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy mold growth on wall above baseboard One problem with DIY mold cleanup is that many people fail to get to the root cause of mold growth. SERVPRO will locate and remediate the mold source.

Fast, Efficient Mold Remediation Gets Your Telluride Property Back on Track – Call SERVPRO First!

Many people do not realize that mold spores are everywhere, both indoors and out. There are also many varieties of mold. Mold can cause health effects. When you start to notice things like discoloration on surfaces or musty odors in areas of your Telluride property, it is vital to have a mold inspection to get to the heart of the issue. You can then turn to the IICRC-certified team at SERVPRO to handle the remediation and cleanup process.

Without proper mold remediation in Telluride, mold can break down surfaces by eating away at the materials where it is colonizing. If you become the victim of mold infestation, it is important that you:

  • Do not disturb it by spraying or wiping
  • Remove people and pets from the area where mold is suspected
  • Call in the help of trained remediation experts to begin the cleanup

One major problem with DIY mold cleanup is that many people fail to get to the root cause of mold and mildew growth. Given the right circumstances with excessive moisture, the perfect temperature, and organic materials to feed on, mold spores begin to multiply rapidly. SERVPRO knows best practices for handling mold cleanup safely and efficiently. We arrive wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and make sure to address the source of the issue to keep mold from infiltrating again.

Rather than leaving mold remediation to chance, you can get the results you deserve by calling SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride. You can reach us to have our Green Fleet dispatched to your property by dialing (970) 240-6970.

Why Water Removal in Montrose Has to Be Fast and Efficient

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Water damaged hardwood floor; hardwood cupping and buckling Water damage is no match for SERVPRO. We are equipped to handle any size water damage restoration project.

SERVPRO’s Water Removal Services and Drying Help Restore Your Montrose Property to Pre-Water Event Condition

A lot goes into any water-related cleanup in the home, which is why working with skilled professionals is the best course of action. With SERVPRO, you get experienced technicians on the job with all the experience and equipment necessary to ensure the project gets done promptly. When you call us to your Montrose property, we bring powerful extractors and potent cleaning products to help remove potential contaminants as we work.

Water removal in Montrose involves a variety of the latest techniques and sophisticated tools. Why SERVPRO? We focus on all the essential areas of water-loss events, which includes:

  • Removal of all standing water with powerful pumps and extractors
  • Tackling residues left on surfaces
  • Reducing bacteria and microbes
  • Containment to keep water from migrating into other areas of the home
  • Restoring relative humidity (RH) with the help of dehumidification equipment
  • Controlled demolition of any materials that are saturated and no longer salvageable

Why is Fast Response Critical with In-Home Water Emergencies?

The faster water gets removed and moisture reduced, the better chance of limiting damage and keeping mold and musty odors from developing. The longer water is allowed to sit, it begins saturating everything around it; wood, drywall, and other structural materials start to swell and deteriorate. SERVPRO is available around-the-clock, with crews ready to go and be at your door within hours of your initial call for:

  • Extraction
  • Drying and Dehumidification
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Repairs

We are always happy to work with your insurance provider, address paperwork, and help you to streamline the claims process!

With SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride, we take pride in offering area customers rapid response and excellent results. If you require water removal, give us a call at (970) 240-6970, and we can send out a team as soon as possible. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

My Montrose Kitchen Sink Cabinet Has Mold – What Can Be Done?

10/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO mold picture Mold remediation services by SERVPRO are second to none. We use the latest equipment and techniques for all mold damage restoration.

If Your Montrose Home has Mold Immediate Remediation is Needed and SERVPRO Can Help

Your Montrose kitchen is a place where meals are prepared and enjoyed, family gathers, and memories are made. Love and laughter grow the more you spend time together. Good times are not the only thing that can grow in your kitchen. If you have damp areas, mold can grow as well.

How Can I Be Sure it is Mold?

Mold is a fungus and it reproduces through microscopic spores, developing as a multicellular structure known as hyphae. Mold is easily recognizable, and if you cannot see it, you can usually smell it. Black mold is very noticeable, but there are other mold strains that are different colors. Many of them can cause damage to anything they come in contact with, especially porous material. Our mold remediation specialists in Montrose can help determine if your problem is mold and mildew.

Can My Cabinet be Restored?

Porous materials, such as wood, readily absorb water. Saving the cabinet depends on the surface type and the amount of mold growth. Wood items often need to be discarded. Our technicians may be able to use controlled demolition to remove damaged portions of the cabinet and surrounding area. The kitchen cabinet may need replacing as part of the restoration process. Our mold remediation procedure involves:

  • Containment to prevent the mold from spreading
  • Air filtration using air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums
  • Removing mold-infested material
  • Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting 
  • Restoration techniques 

Antimicrobial and antifungal agents are always applied to impacted surfaces. Sealants may be used to protect against future mold damage and to encapsulate any remaining odors. As Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, our crew knows the correct methods needed for your unique circumstance.

Our techs are available every day of the week to provide mold removal services. We do not take a day off and offer our services 24 hours a day. Contact SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970 for professional, well-trained technicians that can provide the mold removal services you need.

Mold Remediation And Restoration In Montrose

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Mold is very dangerous for everyone living in the home. SERVPRO uses EPA-certified chemicals for all mold remediation services.

Why SERVPRO for Mold Damage Remediation

Inert mold spores are present in the air as a regular part of almost every structure in Montrose. They are no threat to people, property, and pets unless they contact a source of moisture. Then, the spores expand and actively seek out a food source. If left untreated, mold can cause hundreds and even thousands of dollars in remediation and repair costs.

To remediate mold damage in a Montrose home, SERVPRO follows guidelines established by the EPA. We clean and dry moldy materials, discard mold-infested items that we cannot clean, and dry non-infested items within 48 hours after arriving on the job site.

Mold Inspection

At each one, we send in a crew of trained technicians. They perform an initial inspection to determine the extent of the damage, and then the goal is to perform each guideline task in parallel with the others. This way, we can reduce the amount of time needed to complete remediation services, saving the customer money.

SERVPRO personnel clear the room with the most extensive mold growth first. We store non-infested property in an area of the home without active mold. Since mold only grows where there is enough moisture, we examine the property again. If it is damp or otherwise too wet, technicians set up air movers and exhaust fans to circulate warm air in the area. If this is too slow, they install a dehumidifier to draw moisture from the property and the surrounding air.

Moldy property is taken outside if weather permits and cleaned on-site. If the mold is exceptionally thick or the weather is adverse, work crew members bring it to our office warehouse and clean it there. As we did with the non-infested property, SERVPRO technicians dry the property with air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers if needed.

Mold Damage Remediation

As we empty each room, other crew members begin to clean structural property (walls, carpets, and ceilings, for example) or demolish and remove it for disposal. We remove every infested piece from the home and dispose of it according to EPA and state regulations.

Restoring your home after a mold infestation takes a trained team of professionals. If you have or suspect mold in your residence, contact SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride today. Call (970) 240-6970 with any questions or to schedule an inspection. We are here to help.

Montrose Mold Damage Remediation Just A Call Away

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

a mold damaged ceiling with mold growing on it When you find a mold infestation in your home, professional options are best. Contact Team SERVPRO 24/7 for mold remediation services.

Moisture and a Food Source Invite Mold into Montrose Homes

Finding one or more mold colonies can be very concerning to the average homeowner. Plenty of over-the-counter remedies purport to exist, but their success does not stand up to the marketing claims in many instances. SERVPRO follows proven procedures to manage microbial outbreaks, rapid relief for a seemingly relentless problem.

Planning for and completing mold damage remediation for your Montrose home is daunting. You believe your efforts using bleach should work, but the problem keeps coming back. Whether in a bathroom, a crawl space, or another area of your house, mold growth is possible if you skip even one of the needed steps. Our technicians train extensively to understand how mold infestations happen and precisely what needs to happen to avoid recurrence after proper mold removal.

Mold spores are a fact of life, existing outdoors in vast numbers and indoors as well. They are tiny, floating on the breeze and settling on various surfaces undetected. Nothing completely removes spores in a household setting, and attempts to eliminate them are generally unnecessary. Mold damage occurs only when water activates the spores and they have a food source. SERVPRO possesses the knowledge and skills to remediate the situation fast when those conditions exist.

When called to manage microbial colonies, SERVPRO uses Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols, developed for commercial spaces and schools but effective in your home as well. We contain the mold infestation before any other action, using plastic sheeting or negative air pressure machines in severe cases. The surface providing nourishment for the mold undergoes evaluation, and if contaminated under the surface, it and the colonies are removed, bagged, and disposed of under local requirements. Professional and effective antimicrobials sanitize the affected areas.

The final step is to stop water from dampening mold spores again. Any amount of water can encourage mold growth, and SERVPRO crew members are experienced detectives and can find the source. Slow leaks in roofs or plumbing, condensation on windows or around air conditioners, hidden pockets of water after flooding or spills, and a range of other things can be the culprit. Interior humidity levels of 70 percent or higher also provide enough moisture to support mold growth. We locate the water and stop it, limiting the likelihood of subsequent mold problems.

Call the local professional remediation experts at SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride when mold invades your space. We answer and schedule consultations 24 hours a day at (970) 240-6970.

How Do Homeowners Know if They Have Mold?

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on the wall behind a cabinet Musty smell? Could be mold! Contact SERVPRO immediately to figure out the cause and remediate the mold damage.

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.

Emergency Mitigation Saves Time and Money in Montrose Flood Damage Restorations

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. SERVPRO has IICRC certified and trained technicians for any disaster. Call the pros for the job you need done.

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.

Montrose Homeowners Depend on SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO truck in front of snowy mountains. SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride is here for all of your properties needs from disasters.

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.

Who can I call for Water Damage Remediation In Telluride?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

Home with icicles When the melting snow has caused water damage in your home, contact SERVPRO for effective remediation efforts. Call right away.

Water Damage in Telluride- SERVPRO is Here to Help

Homeowners in Telluride need to be vigilant of the weather and how it may impact their homes. We buy the proper equipment to remove snow, we clear our gutters and make sure our homes are properly winterized. In the summer we reverse it all and prepare to enjoy the outdoor beauty our city has to offer. What we rarely consider is that a threat to our home can come from within its walls. A broken pipe can be the culprit behind water damage to your living room or kitchen and just as you would with other disasters, a professional team is the best option to restore your home.

SERVPRO is equipped to answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you need services for water removal in your home in Telluride, our Green Fleet is ready to act upon receiving your call. Because we train in the top industry practices for water removal, we can quickly assess the extent of the damage and make an action plan to mitigate your losses. All you need to do is call as soon as a disaster happens and let us do the rest.

If you are not sure of how much the water saturated the structure of your home, we use specialized equipment to measure the humidity in the air and identify any abnormality. With this information, we apply our extraction and drying equipment to eliminate all traces of water, even those that are not obvious to the naked eye. In some cases, our SERVPRO team may drill tiny holes behind your baseboards to encourage air movement behind your walls and speed up the drying process.

Salvaging your furniture and belongings is also a priority for our SERVPRO crew. During the extraction and drying process, we remove the contents of your home to safer areas, or we prop it, so it is no longer in contact with the wet surfaces. If any item is beyond being salvaged, we remove and dispose of it in agreement with pertinent regulations.

SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride is your unsung hero in your water removal needs. Just call us at (970) 240-6970 and let us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

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What Should I Do For My Montrose Homes Fire Damage?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Lit candle Candles Unattended Lead to Fire Damage in Montrose--SERVPRO Tip.

Contact SERVPRO For Swift Action Mitigation for Damages from Fire & Smoke.

Homeowners rarely prepare for the damage a fire does. Emergency responders often extinguish the flames quickly, but soot and smoke move even more rapidly. The moment authorities permit you to reenter your dwelling the clock starts on successful restoration. SERVPRO understands the need for speed and assigns skilled technicians to your job within hours of your first call.

A lit candle caught a dining room curtain ablaze, causing fire damage to your Montrose house. Brought under control by local firefighters, it seems only the window, its coverings, and the walls and ceiling nearby were charred. Despite your relief and the appearance of minor harm, we know the entire house risks continuous deterioration. Fortunately, we also have the skilled technicians and proper equipment to stop the destruction and return your home to pre loss condition. 

Smoke and soot damage attack every space in your home, including areas far from the actual fire. The residue from the fire floats on the air, coating surfaces. This debris must be removed before it begins etching, distorting, discoloring, and disintegrating wood, fabric, gypsum board, plastic, metal, and glass, among other materials. If your HVAC system operated during the fire, it recontaminates the air, structure, and contents from every vent until cleaned and sealed. SERVPRO uses Institute for Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) approved methods and equipment to clean, treat, and recover all structures, mechanical systems, and contents within your property. 

The restoration must begin as soon as possible because the acidic soot and smoke immediately attack every surface. SERVPRO specialists in fire damage recovery arrive ready to perform all necessary tasks because we train precisely for the opportunity to give your home back to you “Like it never even happened.” Obviously we discard destroyed items like the curtains, but otherwise, our focus is restoration, not tear out and replacement. This approach controls costs and avoids major disruption to your household. 

Our crew assesses the damage in each room and plans proper procedures, using dry or wet cleaning strategies matched to the character of the residue found and the materials affected. Systematically SERVPRO works through your home room by room to assure all harm is reversed and the corrosive soot and smoke permanently eliminated. Deodorization experts among our workers take on odor eradication as a final task, progressing from cleaning to sealing, to airborne spray or thermal fogging as necessary, all intended to neutralize the tiny, smell-carrying particles that linger in your home. 

SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride is ready to restore your fire damaged home immediately after contact. Call our staff at (970) 240-6970 to schedule an inspection and begin work on a recovery blueprint.

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Where Can I Find Local Flood Damage Remediation Services in Montrose?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

flooding kitchen interior If you suspect your home is in urgent need of flood damage remediation, get help now.

SERVPRO of Montrose Can Provide You With Excellent Flood Damage Remediation Services!

Finding local and reliable Montrose flood damage remediation services can be a daunting task for a new homeowner. However, should an intense storm suddenly cause water to rush into your home, you need to get help as soon as possible. Failing to do so could cause even further problems for your home.

Imagine going to work with rainy weather, and then returning to flood damage in your Montrose home. A fallen tree branch broke through your window and allowed rain to spew inside. Throughout the day, water pooled on the hardwood of your living room floor.

What Would Happen If the Floodwater Was Left Alone?

    •    Swollen, bubbling, and split hardwood flooring
    •    the activation of mold spores
    •    Damage to the baseboards, walls, and frame of your house

Leaving water to its own devices can only cause more problems inside your home.

What Can SERVPRO Use to Remove the Floodwater Quickly?

Removing water from your home quickly is what our highly trained technicians specialize in. Once our technicians are at your home, we can:
    •    Use wet/dry vacuums and extractors to remove excess water
    •    Set up infrared cameras to look for hidden water
    •    Make flood cuts and remove baseboards
    •    Use dehumidifiers, heaters, and other drying equipment

Our goal is always to try and return your home to its preloss state as quickly as we can. After we remove the water, we can contact a reputable contractor for you who can fix the broken window and rebuild the removed drywall. Once finished, we can leave you in your home, “Like it never even happened.”

If you suspect your home is in urgent need of flood damage remediation, get help now. Contact SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride by dialing (970) 240-6970. No matter the day or the time, we're here to help you.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Montrose, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride today at (970) 240-6970 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Montrose and Telluride are Not Immune from this Virus

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

blue-green images of cornona viruses Let SERVPRO Clean and Apply Disinfecting agents to your homes and businesses in the Greater Montrose area

We have all become aware that no matter where we live, every community has to practice social distancing, frequent hand washing, and preventative cleaning in our homes and workplaces.

Professional Assistance is Available for Preventative Cleaning

At SERVPRO of Montrose and Telluride, we are used to handling complex cleaning situations, including those where viruses and other pathogens are present. We have experience working with hospital-grade cleaning solutions.  The cleaning agents we use for environmental cleanup are always EPA registered and approved for each specific application. Our fully trained and certified master cleaning technicians perform jobs every day where they are confronted with bacteria, viruses, mold, and other pathogens. We know how to do this while keeping your family, or employees safe. You may wonder how our application techniques or products are different from what is available to the public.

  • Commercial cleaning techniques are based upon years of scientific research to determine best practices. Concentrations of ingredients, the application process, temperature, and dwell times are studied for each situation. SERVPRO technicians know the formulas.
  • Industrial-grade equipment provides a reliable distribution of cleaning agents
  • Specific education establishes service standards and guidelines from the CDC, EPA, and OSHA/safety.

Invest in extra protection.  SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride is a phone call away (970) 240-6970.

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

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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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. 


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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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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SERVPRO Hosting a Class on Safeguarding Fine Art and Antique Collections

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

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


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

This exceptional presentation will take place at three different venues:

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

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

Due to limited space, RSVP required.

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

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

7/28/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Water Damage

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

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

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

Fire Damage

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

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

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

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

Mold Remediation

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

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

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

Storm Damage

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

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

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

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

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Your Best Guide to Telluride Water Damage Remediation Success

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

When the melting snow has caused water damage in your home, contact SERVPRO for effective remediation efforts. Call right away.

Water Damage in Telluride- SERVPRO is Here to Help

Homeowners in Telluride need to be vigilant of the weather and how it may impact their homes. We buy the proper equipment to remove snow, we clear our gutters and make sure our homes are properly winterized. In the summer we reverse it all and prepare to enjoy the outdoor beauty our city has to offer. What we rarely consider is that a threat to our home can come from within its walls. A broken pipe can be the culprit behind water damage to your living room or kitchen and just as you would with other disasters, a professional team is the best option to restore your home.

SERVPRO is equipped to answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you need water removal services for your home in Telluride, our Green Fleet is ready to act upon receiving your call. Because we train in the top industry practices for water removal, we can quickly assess the extent of the damage and make an action plan to mitigate your losses. All you need to do is call as soon as a disaster happens and let us do the rest.

If you are not sure of how much the water saturated the structure of your home, we use specialized equipment to measure the humidity in the air and identify any abnormality. With this information, we apply our extraction and drying equipment to eliminate all traces of water, even those that are not obvious to the naked eye. In some cases, our SERVPRO team may drill tiny holes behind your baseboards to encourage air movement behind your walls and speed up the drying process.

Salvaging your furniture and belongings is also a priority for our SERVPRO crew. During the extraction and drying process, we remove the contents of your home to safer areas, or we prop it, so it is no longer in contact with the wet surfaces. If any item is beyond being salvaged, we remove and dispose of it in agreement with pertinent regulations.

SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride is your unsung hero in your water removal needs. Just call us at (970) 240-6970 and let us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

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Attic and Crawlspace Mold Damage in Delta Homes

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mold in your attic can spread quickly throughout your home. If you have evidence of mold spreading, contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Investigate Mold Infestation Signs in Your Home

Attic and crawlspace mold can be difficult and costly to remove because of space restrictions and the tools and effort it takes to properly complete the cleanup process. Additionally, attics and crawlspaces are highly prone to mold growth because of the ease with which moisture accumulates in these spaces, often unbeknown to the homeowner. 
If you notice signs of mold damage in your attic and crawlspace, you need a reliable restoration company to deal with the problem. SERVPRO has a long history of providing mold damage restoration services to Delta homeowners, and our close proximity allows us to respond quickly to local emergencies. Following IICRC guidelines, we can restore your home to pre loss conditions quickly and efficiently, "Like it never even happened." 
Originally, building code called for ventilation in the crawlspace to use outside air as the primary source of moisture regulation. The idea was to provide an outlet for evaporation of excess moisture. The quandary is that ventilation in some parts of the country can actually worsen a mold problem. This is because of the tendency of the air inside your crawlspace to be significantly cooler than the outside air. This becomes problematic in warmer months because warmer air is constantly moving into the ventilated crawl space. 
When warm moist air meets with cooler air, the former cools and releases moisture as condensation. SERVPRO can assess the source of this condensation and apply appropriate drying techniques. This constant source of moisture, combined with a steady food source (from your building materials), and humid temperatures creates the ideal environment for mold to thrive. Unfortunately, most homeowners are oblivious of the possible home and health hazards of an unfinished crawl space. 
At least 60 percent of the air in your crawl space flows across your home, meaning that a seemingly isolated mold problem can affect your indoor air quality. For early mold detection in the crawlspace, it is important to familiarize yourself with signs of mold damage. These include water stains or pink/green/black spots around the baseboards and deterioration of your home structure. You can also identify mold growth through bubbling wallpaper, warped saggy floors, and a persistent moldy smell. 
If you have a mold damage problem in your home, you can trust SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride to remedy the situation. We are available 24/7, every day of the year to ensure that your property is back to normal within no time. Call us today at (970) 240-6970. 

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Water Removal Dries Out Wet Homes in Crested Butte

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Crested Butte Homeowners Call on SERVPRO for Water Removal

SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage with Fast Extraction and Drying

Water can invade your Crested Butte home from almost any direction. Before it can create damaged areas inside your home, getting dryness restored gets everything back to normal, and keeps damage away. 

Homeowners in Crested Butte should opt for the services of a water removal team when water invades their residence. Even small amounts of water can cause problems, and these problems can spread all throughout a home. Preventing them from happening is always much less expensive than repairing them later. SERVPRO technicians have the training and skills needed to perform the necessary steps involved in drying out a waterlogged home. 

For large areas or enormous amounts of water, our employees use truck-mounted pumps that quickly suction out water from floods and broken water lines. We use smaller-sized equipment for lesser amounts of water, such as isolated spills and overflows that you caught early. 

When your home's surfaces only feel damp, we continue by using heat and directed air currents. Open windows, when weather conditions permit, can increase the speed that your home achieves usual dryness again. 

Saving your flooring, the hardest hit component in your home after a disaster involving water depends on many different variables. We can often rescue wooden flooring from the damaging effects of water, but carpeting is another situation. Tile and linoleum can lose their adhesiveness if left saturated for too long. 

Other areas in the home that suffer from water include drywall. Because drywall is very absorbent, it does not take very long to become saturated. Once saturated, it expands and then begins the process of disintegrating. Because of this, we cut away wet drywall  about six inches above the water line. Removing this also removes some of the water that otherwise may have evaporated into your home's air and spread to other areas. This also opens up wall cavities for more rapid dissipation of moisture. 

The friendly professionals at SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride help keep our locally owned and operated company one that many homeowners rely on in emergencies involving water removal services after flooding, accidents, and fires. Call us at (970) 240-6970 any hour, day or night, 365 days a year.

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Avoid Secondary Damages When Dealing With Flooding in Crested Butte

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

When flooding is causing problems for your area and home, contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Mitigation for Flooding in Your Crested Butte Residence

Water loss incidents that affect your Crested Butte property require the full weight of our response team to help mitigate the potential damage that could befall both the structural elements of your home as well as the contents inside. You need a team of professionals that can respond quickly to the emergency with the right tools and expertise to ensure that the items you treasure most can get salvaged.

With flood damages to your Crested Butte home, the water that rushed into the property can pose a significant threat to the materials exposed as well as a continued threat of secondary damages like mold growth over a short period. Mitigation techniques can work to help extract the excess water from the affected areas and to begin drying efforts to prevent these secondary effects like mold growth from taking hold in the property.

The technicians from our SERVPRO franchise get prepared to face all facets of water restoration following a flood given their extensive training in disaster relief and their IICRC certification in water damage restoration. Likewise, our technicians get encouraged to continue their education in their respective restoration niche through in-house courses and provided training regiments online to improve their techniques and practices to continually make our work in your home faster and more thorough.

From extraction with our gas-powered and truck-mounted pumps to drying with air movers and industrial-strength dehumidifiers, our advanced equipment is invaluable to our efficient restoration and mitigation work. Our equipment helps us to remove the water from your flooded home fast so that we can focus on drying up the damaged elements to preserve them instead of costly and time-consuming reconstruction.

Flooding in your home can happen with little warning and spread quickly. Overcoming the effects from this disaster require a fast response. Our SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride emergency response team is available 24/7 to help you overcome the damaging effects of pooling water and to return your restored home to you as quickly as possible. Give us a call anytime at (970) 240-6970.

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Become Familiar With the Tell-Tale Signs of a Mold Infestation on Your Crested Butte Property

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

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 takes place inside your Crested Butte residence it is possible that a fungus will form. Once building materials get wet, microbes can quickly form 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 that will form new structures when they settle onto a wet organic material. The presence of spores during a 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 that got affected originally. 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 rules and procedures set out by the IICRC and government regulations. Since mold may cause some health effects, the EPA and other government bodies regulate how mold can get removed and mitigated. The main 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 that 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.

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