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Fire Damage Cleanup From a Candle Fire in Your Boulder Home

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Cleanup From a Candle Fire in Your Boulder Home Candles need to be attended while burning to prevent a fire from starting. Should you have a fire damage event, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

SERVPRO Understands Soot Residues and How to Clean Them After a Fire

Candles are a cheap and practical way to provide light, especially during power outages, and they can also set the mood for a romantic night in Boulder. For some reason, however, people usually forget that candles are open flames and they should not be left unattended. The best thing to do is to make a habit of blowing any candles out right away after you are done using them.
When an accident happens, and a fire is caused by an unattended candle in your home, the fire damage in Boulder left behind needs to be taken care of as quickly as possible. The longer it sits, the more damage can be done by acidic smoke and soot left behind. Plus, if the fire was extinguished with water, the water can continue to do additional damage as well.
After a fire, the cleaning process for ceilings and walls has to consider whether the cleaned surface requires painting afterward or not. When smoke residues are light, we use dry sponge cleaning or wet cleaning, which should be sufficient enough to get rid of all the residues.
Cleaning by itself might not be successful for all ceilings and walls which were impacted by moderate-to-heavy smoke residues when cleaning cannot get rid of all residues, SERVPRO techs seal and repaint the affected surfaces. Smoke residues have to be still cleaned to prep the surface before we apply sealants, paints, or primers. We call this clean for paint, or prep for paint.
Cleaning for paint does not mean cleaning surfaces to be clean visually. Any loose residues are removed, and the acids in smoke deposits are neutralized. We deodorize smoke odors as much as possible. While the surface does not seem clean, the soils have been set, and the surface is now ready for painting or sealing and painting. A pigmented alcohol shellac is an effective sealer for preparing a surface for repainting that is stained by smoke.
At SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville, we understand the importance of cleaning up all smoke and soot residues after a fire in your home in Erie, Niwot, or Valmont. You can be sure that when you contact us at (303) 604-6607, you get professionals who take the time to restore your home after a fire thoroughly.

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What To Do When A Small Kitchen Fire Leaves Damage and Odors Behind in Louisville

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do When A Small Kitchen Fire Leaves Damage and Odors Behind in Louisville Smoke Odors Get Eliminated in Louisville with Expert SERVPRO Service

Trust the Pros from SERVPRO to Mitigate Smoke & Fire Damage to Your Home

Your home has had a small kitchen fire, but the damage that is left behind is anything but small. Your Louisville home has an area that used to be a kitchen and instead now all that remains is a space filled with soot, bad odors, and ashes. The situation can seem hopeless but cast your worries aside; help is available locally and 24/7.

SERVPRO is a leader in cleaning and restoration services; our certified technicians can swiftly remedy the damage left behind by a fire in your Louisville residence. Upon arriving at the scene of where the blaze took place, we can use poly sheeting to section off the kitchen from the rest of your home. By doing this, we can address the mess that was left behind without it spreading, like preventing soot circulating. The action described can be the first step in the restoration and cleaning process of your residence, but each fire is unique and our skilled IICRC certified technicians follow specific protocols.
To combat the odor left behind by the fire we use hydroxyl generators to neutralize odors in the kitchen space. We can seal off HVAC vents during the cleanup and can eventually clean the air ducts. Inspecting and cleaning the ducts can ensure that any greasy soot left behind by traveling smoke cannot release unpleasant smells. Here at SERVPRO, it is essential to us that when we finish our cleaning and fire damage restoration, you feel like nothing has changed from the way your home was in its preloss state. We want to make sure that no scent is left behind by the damage that can remind you of the fire that took place in your home. With our final inspection of your structure, if stubborn odors persist, we apply a thermal fogging to complete the job.
When a fire causes intense damage in your home, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of the Lafayette/Louisville at (303) 604-6607. Whenever you contact us, we can get on the scene as soon as possible and begin immediately working so you can feel "Like it never even happened."

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Mold Damage Remediation Services Available For Boulder Area Residents

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation Services Available For Boulder Area Residents When mold damage strikes, our SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville team strikes back.

Our SERVPRO Team Is Here For you When Mold Damage Strikes 

It can be hard to tell whether you have a mold problem on your Boulder property. Some growth hides in hard to reach areas, growing large colonies inside of your walls, attic, or crawlspaces that you never tend to visit. However, when you understand what to look for, you can still identify if your home has a mold problem.

Remember, contacting a company with IICRC-industry certified specialists provide you with the best opportunity to control mold damage in your Boulder area home. Many homeowners that attempt remediation on their property end up calling for help after discovering additional problems or running into something they are not equipped to handle themselves.

Discovering a strong, musty odor anywhere in your home may serve as a signal of hidden mold growth. Even if you remain uncertain, contact SERVPRO for help. We can help you locate mold hidden behind wallpaper, in your carpeting, under your cabinets and many other areas of your home. Never hesitate to call us, the longer you wait, the worse the problem gets.

Some areas of your home with high levels of humidity can produce clearly-visible signs of mold growth. Your bathroom, basement, and attic all produce mold patterns easily distinguishable from other problems. You may notice black, gray, brown, green, or even while textured patterns around your shower stall, windows, vents, or openly growing on your walls and ceiling.

Any amount or species of mold can cause health effects, which makes it even more important to seek professional services to correct the problem as soon as possible. Protect your family by controlling mold found in your home the right way. SERVPRO helps you discover at-risk areas, where high humidity or an abundance of condensation causes problems you should have repaired.

SERVPRO technicians respond 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, providing local community members with fast, efficient solutions to mold problems found in your home. If you have recently had a significant water problem or found mold anywhere on your property, we can help.

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Flood Damage Professionals in Louisville

2/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Professionals in Louisville Heavy rainfall that enters your home can leave behind foul odors that require professional restoration.

SERVPRO Combats Bad Odors from Flood Damage

Whenever a storm hits town, it is possible that rainwater damages your Louisville home. If it rains so hard that flooding occurs, then water may enter your home from faulty door seals. Sometimes wind causes damage that creates water leaks.

Whatever the case, anytime water enters your structure it is very likely that damage occurs. In water damage situations hiring SERVPRO's flood damage experts in Louisville gets you the best results. Our team is IICRC certified and experienced in mitigating various types of weather-related water damage scenarios.

In some cases, water coming in from the outside is not clean water. Water with high contamination levels can cause unwanted odors to develop within your dwelling. Whenever SERVPRO's restoration team mitigates a problem, combatting odors is one of their top priorities.

The first step to eliminating bad smells inside any house is to remove the source. All offensive odors have a source, and the smell does not go away until the source is found and eliminated. In water damage cases, bad odors usually come from materials that did not dry out entirely.

In many cases, the smells come from multiple sources. When this is the case, it is easier to use multiple deodorization methods to remove the smell. When deodorizing an area, many different methods get used to eliminating foul odors.

Some deodorants are masking agents that cover up the bad smell with a pleasant one. Other chemicals used are absorption agents that absorb moisture and oils that cause unpleasant odors. One type of deodorant works as a pairing agent. This type of chemical combines with odor particles and drops them to a surface to get cleaned.

In some cases, disinfectants and sanitizers get used to help deodorize areas. Sanitizers prevent bacteria and fungal growth and get sprayed onto an area to prevent future offensive odors. In other scenarios, electrically generated deodorizers get used. An example is an ozone generator that creates ozone gas to combat bad smells.

No matter what water damage situation you run into, fighting bad odors is an essential part of the job. Anytime you are afraid of an offensive odor developing inside your house, call SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville at (303) 604-6607 for help 24/7.

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What is Involved in Professional Water Removal from Your Boulder Property?

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What is Involved in Professional Water Removal from Your Boulder Property? SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville can restore your water damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Takes You Step By Step in The Boulder Water Removal Process

A water-logged home after a flood, a leak or a busted pipe can spell disaster for a homeowner. If the water is not removed promptly and efficiently, it can lead to permanent damage and can even cause secondary damage as well.

Thankfully, there is professional help for water removal from your Boulder property after a water damage incidence. The IICRC certified SERVPRO professionals could use multiple methods to remove the standing water as well as the residual moisture in no time. Here are some of the equipment that professionals use in the water removal process.

An extractor is used to remove the water from floors and upholstery after a water damage incident. Extractors come in various sizes and capacities. If only a small amount of water needs to be removed, portable extractors are used. On the other hand, if there is much water needs to be removed, bigger extractors that are truck-mounted are often used.

While extractors can handle the standing water, the dehumidifiers can get rid of the hidden moisture. A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air, which in turn, increases the rate of evaporation. The rate of drying is increased with dehumidifiers.

There are two types of dehumidifiers that SERVPRO professionals can use. The first type is called a refrigerant dehumidifier that works very similar to an air conditioner unit. It extracts the moisture from the air and makes it drier to speed up the evaporation process. The other type is called a desiccant dehumidifier that uses special chemicals called desiccants that absorb moisture from the air making it dry.

Air moving equipment
Air movers move the damp and moisture-laden air and replace it with drier air that is ready to pick up more moisture. These are high-efficiency fans that move the air close to the surface that needs to be dried. As the air flow across the surface increases, the rate of drying also increases. Air movers are strategically placed along with the dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process.

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Drying Flood Damaged Furniture in Boulder

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Drying Flood Damaged Furniture in Boulder When floodwaters enter your Boulder home, rely on SERVPRO to restore your home and its contents.

SERVPRO Can Reduce the Costs of Flood Damage by Restoring Damaged Furniture

When Boulder homes become flooded, the structure itself usually remains in good shape after removing the standing water. Carpets and floors are at a higher risk due to water that might be trapped inside, but it is the contents of the home, particularly furniture, that make up most of the cost when it comes to property loss.

Boulder flood damage can mean thousands of dollars and more in furniture replacement costs unless you hire a professional service that has the skills to restore it. Our SERVPRO response team is trained to dry, preserve and repair items to include cabinets, dining room sets, dressers, and more.

Furniture like these items is constructed primarily of natural wood or a composite like plywood. Each category has its uses, but also special requirements to restore them after being exposed to water.

Items like chairs and tables use natural wood. When exposed to floodwater, it cracks and swells. That weakens the furniture at the joints, causing the pieces to separate or split even worse. SERVPRO specialists can reduce cracking and swelling in wood by carefully removing moisture trapped inside it. We start by setting up dehumidifiers next to the furniture to draw out moisture, heaters to slowly raise the temperature of the immediate area, and air movers to push warm, dry air over and under the surfaces.

A secondary problem with real wood is spotting, which happens when water damages the varnish and other finishes used on wood furniture but does not penetrate the wood itself. In most cases, we can eliminate the damage with a special, chemical agent. If we cannot, it is necessary to bring in a professional refinisher.

Bathroom and kitchen cabinets use composites. For these items, only one side is usually laminated or has a finish. The application works like a vapor barrier which traps moisture inside. Our technicians can reduce trapped moisture faster than in natural wood with dehumidifiers, but if there is visible warping, we usually recommend replacement since composites are cheaper to replace than restore.

Restoring furniture after a storm floods your home is not an easy process, but SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville has the training and over twenty years of experience to return as much of your property as possible to its original condition. For more information, call today at (303) 604-6607. We are here for you.

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SERVPRO Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Boulder

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Boulder Your unique boutique would be missed by your customers in the event of water damage. Contact SERVPRO right away for remediation services.

SERVPRO's Quick Response is the KEY to Your Business' Success After Water Damage

For a business in Boulder, the losses due to a broken pipe or other failed plumbing are often double than a private home or even more. Each day the doors are closed is a loss of income. For a small business, a closure of several days may impact the ability of the owner to meet his payroll that next week.
That is why Boulder commercial water damage has to be quickly removed and remediated. As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO knows what it means to make payroll each week and take care of our employees as they do their best to take care of our customers. That is why we work to help our fellow business owners keep the costs reasonable and reopen their doors as soon as possible.
A clothing boutique is particularly vulnerable to damage like spotting and colors running on certain types of fabrics. Although we usually try to remove any standing water first, a situation like this makes it extremely important to dry the inventory first or at least as quickly as we clear the floor and dry any part of the structure.
Part of our equipment inventory is large storage racks. We use these more often for curtains, but they are also excellent to hang clothing. SERVPRO restoration specialists hang everything and then proceed to dry the items. We set up dehumidifiers next to and between the racks to draw moisture from the clothing. This method is especially useful for delicate fabrics.
For other clothing, we also set up a combination of air movers and fans. The air movers generate warm air that our technicians carefully direct to blow across the items. We can adjust both the speed and temperature to ensure the process is accomplished quickly without accidentally causing further damage.
If there is a risk that the water is contaminated, SERVPRO keeps an extensive shelf of cleaners for every type of fabric. Technicians bring the clothing to our office where we maintain commercial grade washers and dryers to clean and disinfect every sock, blouse, or a pair of slacks that need attention.
Keeping the doors open for any business is vital. Cash flow and customer loyalty can both disappear in as short a time as a week. SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville understands this and does everything we can to assist our community merchants and other business owners. If you need our services, call us today at (303) 604-6607. We are here for you.

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Severe Mold Damage In Boulder May Lead To A Move-Out. Why?

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Severe Mold Damage In Boulder May Lead To A Move-Out. Why? More severe cases of mold damage in Boulder can sometimes require a move-out for the affected family.

Severe Mold Damage

More severe cases of mold damage in Boulder can sometimes require a move-out for the affected family. In a move-out, SERVPRO helps you to coordinate transportation of you, your family, and belongings that do not require restorative treatments. While this represents a heavy burden for many families, it also allows us to do our jobs with maximum efficacy and speed.

Why A Move-Out?
There are multiple reasons why we may recommend a move-out for your case of mold damage in Boulder. One of the most common may be simple accessibility: with no belongings or residents in the area, we can use the most effective treatment techniques possible and eradicate mold quickly. Without a move-out, we may have to work much slower and take more time and expenses to deal with the fungus. Also, we may recommend a move-out for health reasons. Some types of mold, including infamous varieties of black mold, can cause health effects with prolonged exposure. To avoid these effects, we may recommend a move-out.

What Does SERVPRO Do?
We help to carefully and safely move belongings out of the affected area or building while ensuring that none of them exhibit signs of mold growth. Then, once we are nearing completion of the remediation project, we can similarly help with a move-in and get your family settled back into the home. We accomplish these tasks through our friendly and capable technicians who have helped to coordinate dozens of such move-outs in the past.

How Does A Move-Out Save Money?
While a move-out may seem to complicate things on the surface, it actually makes the work of SERVPRO technicians much simpler. They can work quickly on a large scale after a move-out to rid your home of mold in the fastest possible way, reducing labor and materials costs associated with our work.

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville provides careful, professional mold remediation services for the local area. Give us a call at (303) 604-6607.

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EasyDECON -- A Powerful Decontamination Option In Our SERVPRO Toolbox

12/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial EasyDECON -- A Powerful Decontamination Option In Our SERVPRO Toolbox SERVPRO Technicians applying the EasyDECON decontaminant with the Macaw Backpack rapid dispensing system

Commercial and Biohazardous Cleanup Teams up SERVPRO with EasyDECON

Customers in the Lafayette and Louisville area facing the devastation of chemical or biological property contamination have struggled to access a solution that augments environmental cleanup with an effective decontamination system. We researched extensively to find a state of the art methodology that quickly and thoroughly treats spaces and objects compromised with a wide array of chemical, bacterial, viral, and other agents. Our search led to EasyDECON by Intelagard, a full-spectrum answer for these catastrophic circumstances.
SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is proud to be an authorized applicator of this leading-edge decontamination system. We are confident this exciting enhancement to our biohazard remediation service is the key to returning afflicted properties to their healthy preloss condition entirely and quickly. Regardless of the scale of the contamination, EasyDECON offers a straightforward and highly efficient process that speedily and efficiently restores the most tainted areas.
Crews from SERVPRO used the product with great success in healthcare centers such as nursing homes and hospitals when we assisted in response to the devastation done in Texas by Hurricane Harvey. The positive outcomes our technicians observed despite overwhelming odds convinced us that this system is essential to a comprehensive response to biohazard cleanup and disinfection.
The clear benefits of the EasyDECON system recently supported the work of our SERVPRO biohazard crew in Boulder when responding to a hoarding scenario complicated with the presence of considerable quantities of animal feces and other debris. We assisted the local family after this situation turned tragic with the unattended death of the homeowner. These events are always distressing, and our ability to offer a new and superior approach to the decontamination process was a transformative service for the client and also for our technicians.
Because of our employees’ training in biohazard abatement, augmented by the acquisition of the EasyDECON technology and products, we remediated the damage much faster than other firms’ timelines. The property was ready for a market listing at least a month sooner than it would have been using conventional cleaning and disinfection approaches, swiftly restoring the customer’s peace of mind and saving both time and money.
If a contamination cataclysm strikes your property call SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville, knowing we respond with the most up to date technology available today. Our phones are answered at (303) 604-6607 24/7, every day of the year.

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Watch Out for Signs of Mold Damage in Boulder

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Watch Out for Signs of Mold Damage in Boulder Mold Growth Is Sometimes Not Visible in Boulder Properties, Need Help? Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Tips and Remediation When Mold Invades Your Property

There are many ways you might be able to tell if your home has suffered at the hands of mold damage in Boulder. While mold grows silently and in dark places, it also gives away its presence to many homeowners through several key indicators of growth. A wise and wary resident may be able to recognize these symptoms as signs of mold growth and react accordingly by contacting a company like SERVPRO to safely and effectively eliminate the mold growth at its source. Here are a few signs that could indicate the presence of mold in your home.
A Strong, Musty Odor
Perhaps the single most crucial factor in identifying mold damage in Boulder is your sense of smell. Many of the most common types of mold emit strong, musty odors that can leak through materials and indicate a substantial mold colony in an area. If you at any point identify a strange and musty smell emanating from walls, ceilings, or floors, this could be a critical sign of mold damage to your home. Wall cavities offer dark, non-circulating environments for dormant mold spores to proliferate when moisture buildup occurs.
Blocked HVAC Systems
While many factors can block up your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, one of the most common inhibitors can be mold growth. Mold takes easily to ventilation systems because they present a dark, temperature-regulated environment free from disturbances aside from patterned, predictable winds. If you go to replace an air filter and find it covered in mold, this could indicate a much more extensive colony somewhere in your HVAC system. SERVPRO can clean out the ductwork and spray antifungal agents within the conduits.
Deteriorated Materials
If you find patches or areas of deterioration in the home that are inconsistent with natural age and weathering factors, these could indicate the presence of mold in the home. While live mold colonies should still be visible on the surface, dead colonies may leave behind only ruined materials as any evidence of their presence. SERVPRO technicians are always careful to scan the property for signs of additional damage in these cases, to ensure that the mold did not just relocate to another part of the home. Discovery of moisture sources is crucial to the prevention of future fungal attacks.
SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is a local provider of home damage mitigation and restoration solutions that can help you to overcome any damage mold may cause to your property. Call us at (303) 604-6607.

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