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Fabric Objects with Mold Damage

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Fabric Objects with Mold Damage Between our in-house cleaning techniques and equipment and our list of certified contractors, we can provide adequate mold treatment for anything.

Mold Damage on Objects with Fabric


In many of the worst mold damage cases SERVPRO comes across in the field, mold contamination spreads from its spot in the home to personal belongings and objects elsewhere in the building. These objects can range in size and function from clothing to furniture to cloth items such as tablecloths and curtains, but almost always contain some amount of wood or fabric on which the mold feeds. Between our in-house cleaning techniques and equipment and our vetted list of certified contractors, we can provide adequate mold treatment for anything in your home that may have been contaminated by mold.

Clothing

For most clothing items, we apply bulk treatments to be able to focus our attention on more time-intensive aspects of mold damage in Boulder. Clothing is typically first dried out and sanitized to kill any mold growing on it, then put through one of our high-powered industrial washing machines to thoroughly clean and further sanitize the material. More delicate clothing such as expensive dresses and suits may instead by hand-washed and treated by our technicians or sent off to a contractor for processing.

Curtains, Drapes, and Table Cloths

These large fabric items are often quick to develop mold and may sometimes be the origin of a mold problem in the home. Depending on their size, material, and value, these may receive similar treatment to clothing, being sent through a bulk wash and sanitization routine. However, these are more often gone through by hand as they may require more intensive treatments or greater care than other fabrics.

Furniture

Furniture and upholstery can grow mold both inside and out, and especially in between cushions. SERVPRO inspectors pay careful attention to the spaces in between cushions and undersides of furniture as these are highly liable to develop mold growth. Furniture is harder to clean than other objects, usually requiring hand-applied washing or dry cleaning and sanitization unless it can be fully separated and collapsed into a washable form.


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SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is ready around the clock to respond to your mold damage call. Get in contact with us at the first sign of mold growth at (303) 604-6607.

Repairing Water Damage in Superior: Masonry and Cavity Walls

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Repairing Water Damage in Superior: Masonry and Cavity Walls In the case of extensive water damage, we may need to remove sections of the wall.

Masonry and Cavity Wall Water Damage Restoration


One of the toughest parts of restoring a water damaged building is making sure that the walls and foundations are thoroughly dry. They can be almost impossible to access in places, so the experts have to use sophisticated tools to get the job done.


Nevertheless, repairing water damage in Superior properties requires a full and comprehensive approach. The type of drying techniques used depends on the materials targeted. Masonry and cavity walls warrant, for example, warrant slightly different strategies.


Keep reading to find out how SERVPRO restores water damage and brings structural components back from the brink.


Masonry Walls


The tricky thing about masonry walls is that they are dried most easily from the outside, via accelerated evaporation. So, external weather conditions can play a big part in how long this takes. The width of the walls is a major factor too, with double wide masonry taking up to four times longer to dry.
However, this may be a little different, if the masonry contains ventilated cavities. These air channels direct oxygen into the wall and speed up the process. When drawing out water from indoors, portable heaters are used to increase the rate of evaporation. We may recommend removing any low permeability finishes.


Cavity Walls


Time is of the essence when it comes to cavity walls, as brick, stone, and concrete become more vulnerable over time. They cannot remain wet for long periods. Concrete and brick, especially are prone to shrinking and cracking in response to accelerated drying. It means that the SERVPRO team has to be measured and gradual in its approach.


In the case of extensive water damage, we may need to remove sections of the wall. It is easier to restore composite materials if they can be targeted directly with the use of fans and dehumidifiers. It also allows the team to remove and debris from the wall cavity. Anything which can hold moisture is a risk factor for rising damp.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville is a local water damage repair service. We have access to state of the art drying equipment and can restore your home to its original condition. Call us 24/7 at (303) 604-6607 today for a rapid solution.

Taking the Right Actions to Repair Storm Damage in Superior Homes

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Taking the Right Actions to Repair Storm Damage in Superior Homes Superior Area Storm Damage Properities Call on SERVPRO for Help

Flooding Restoration in Superior Properties Depends on Many Factors

If you are currently dealing with the aftermath of a destructive storm, there may be many parts of your home which need urgent attention. Fortunately, the experts at SERVPRO are on hand to help residents in the Superior area.

Whether falling debris has created a leak in the roof or the ground floor has flooded, as long as the water contains no toxins, the restoration can begin right away. Most storm damage in Superior is categorized as ‘gray,’ typically not highly contaminated water, so we combine thorough drying with fast cleaning.

The First 48 Hours
The first two days following water intrusion is crucial for restoration experts. It is why, if your home does sustain storm damage, you need to be quick with your response. After the 48 hour window, the chance of repairing certain materials is much smaller. Also, moisture in carpets and other soft furnishings may start to develop odors and mold growth.

Documents, Books, and Photos
Paper-based materials are some of the hardest to rescue because they degrade on contact with water. At SERVPRO, we recommend in salvaging elements before deferring to replacing anything which does not have sentimental value. For vital records, books, and photographs, a freeze-drying process may be used to solidify the water, increase the evaporation rate in a near vacuum environment, and mitigate on-going water damage.

Carpet and Subflooring
If the carpet has been wet for longer than 48 hours, it may be safer to replace it with a new one. However, within this timeframe, drying, and cleaning of the original carpet can occur if the contamination is minimal with no fecal or chemical presence. The SERVPRO technicians use a water extraction vacuum to remove as much liquid as possible. Then, they lower ambient humidity levels with dehumidification equipment.

Wallboard (Drywall/Gypsum)
If there is no visible swelling or warping, the drywall can remain in place for drying. Otherwise, sections require careful removal. Warping wallboard means that the area behind the drywall or gypsum is very wet. It needs to be dried and ventilated. We can use high powered fans to achieve this at an accelerated rate. We can also drill holes to increase the circulation and use plastic tubing to usher out the moisture.

Roofing Materials
Typically, damaged ceiling tiles require removal and replacement, because they crumble. It is quicker and easier to replace the compromised sections. If the material is especially valuable or rare, there may be a possibility of removing damaged tiles and placing them in drying ‘zones’ throughout the building.

Curtains, Rugs, Soft Toys, etc.
Smaller, loose items are very easy to clean. For instance, drapes and curtains are taken down and sent to our specialist facility for laundering. We can dry clean delicate fabrics and ensure that soft toys and clothes get thoroughly washed and are free of dirt and germs when brought back to the house.

At SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville, we handle every storm damage restoration with care and precision. Each job requires a tailored approach, and our technicians do not leave until you are satisfied. Call us 24/7 at (303) 604-6607.

What to Do When Flood Damage in Boulder Damages Your Carpets

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to Do When Flood Damage in Boulder Damages Your Carpets When you're dealing with a flood damage emergency in your Boulder home, you can always count on SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville!

Who Do You Call When Your Carpets Are Damaged By Floodwater 


When a home becomes flooded, due to a domestic leak or break, time is of the essence. The faster a restoration team can respond to the emergency, the better the chance of rescuing furnishings and possessions. It is particularly true for carpets, which are vulnerable to moisture and degrade quickly.


At SERVPRO, we have much experience restoring flood damage in Boulder homes. While many affected items are easier to remove and replace, carpeting can be expensive. Often, it is not financially viable for a homeowner to replace all of the water damaged carpets in the property, so it is our job to dry and clean them.


Keep reading to find out how our technicians approach the restoration of water-damaged carpets and subflooring.


Identifying the Type of Water Damage


The first question to ask is ‘What kind of water has intruded into the carpets?’ There are three possible categories. The first, Category One, includes clean water from a non-contaminated source. For example, a burst mains pipe is a clean source, because it is where you’d usually get your drinking water. Category Two describes water which is likely to contain chemicals, toxins, or bacteria.


This type of liquid is harder to remove from carpets because it has the potential to leave these nasty substances behind. Whereas it is possible to extract Category One water and consider the carpet restored, contaminated fabrics require further cleaning. Category Three water (sewage or water from an industrial source) is considered too contaminated for safe restoration. Removal and disposal are the only viable options.


Cleaning Damp Carpets


The SERVPRO technicians use hot water extractors to clean contaminated fabrics and subflooring. The heat creates steam, which raises the temperature of the carpet fibers and kills many of the germs. Biocides and detergents are also helpful in cases where contamination is moderate to heavy. However, in the most severe cases, the technicians are tasked with making a judgment as to whether it is safe to keep the carpet.


It is possible to clean washable throw rugs and other items in a high powered machine. We recommend you allow your soft items (pillows, stuffed animals, drapes, clothing, etc.) to move to our treatment facility. Once there, the sophisticated Esporta Washer appliance offers the most thorough and efficient cleaning method. It can rid your items of stains, debris, and any residual bacteria or toxins from the flood damage. 


 


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If you are looking for help and support after a domestic flood, you can turn to the experts at SERVPRO of South Lafayette/Louisville. We provide a locally based service so that the needs of customers in the Boulder area get handled quickly. Call us 24/7 on (303) 604-6607.

Why Should You Hire an EPA Lead Safe Certified Restoration Company in Boulder

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Should You Hire an EPA Lead Safe Certified Restoration Company in Boulder SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm

Trust SERVPRO for a Safe Lead-Based Restoration Service

When water, fire or mold restoration must be performed in a home, apartment, school, or daycare facility built after 1978, you should not have to worry about exposure to lead paint because it was banned in '78.  However, prior to 1978, chances are lead can be present, and the EPA has a rule in place for any restoration company you hire. The company has to be EPA Lead-Safe Certified and follow some specific steps to keep you and your family safe.

So when SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville removes lead painted materials from older homes, such as drywall or plaster that is damaged beyond repair, they take precautions to protect not only the occupants but also their crew.

The problem is that the lead dust that can be produced during jobs that require saw-cutting, sanding, and scraping can trigger serious health issues; this is especially true for children, who can develop high blood lead levels and suffer permanent harm. The lead particles are so small that you cannot see them, and they can get trapped in your HVAC system and circulated throughout the entire structure.  

Exposure to lead dust can be prevented with some very simple steps. That is why the EPA established the Renovation, Repair and Painting rule for Lead-based Paint. All restoration contractors that disturb paint inside a home, apartment, school, or daycare facility built before 1978, are required to have supervisors certified by the EPA, by taking an EPA-approved training course on the proper ways to contain lead dust in the work area.  The RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation program stresses mitigation of lead dust generated during the restoration, and a thorough post-treatment clean-up. 

There are substantial fines for non-certified restoration companies working on homes with exposure to lead paint. If your older home suffers fire, water or mold damage, make sure you hire a restoration company that is EPA Lead Certified, like SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville. SERVPRO can and will provide you with our EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm number (see below the EPA logo at right).

What are the proper procedures for restoring homes built before 1978?  First, determine if the lead is present. For that, your restoration company needs to be EPA Lead Certified. Only certified companies are allowed to perform the test for lead. Alternatively, you could just assume that lead is present and follow Lead Safe Work Practices. Even if we do not discover lead present with pre-1978 structures, we follow the lead-safe work practices. We inspect for lead on painted surfaces: the walls, the ceiling, painted brick, and particularly painted wood surfaces. Interior wood trim and exterior walls (when affected) are also checked. If we find lead, we have to sit down with the building owner and have a discussion. We go through a series of documents that explain what the potential risks are to them and any other occupants of the building, especially children. We explain the procedures we are going to follow to manage the lead during the restoration process. Once we go over the information and the process, answer any questions, and the owner signs the lead disclosure documents, we are ready to begin work.

Our SERVPRO supervisor and technicians construct a work area containment system, which includes sealing off the HVAC system and maintaining negative air pressure with HEPA filtration. All materials that are demolished must be bagged and sealed before exiting the containment area. When the demolition has been completed all surfaces in the containment area are thoroughly HEPA- vacuumed and wet-wiped from the top down to remove any potential residue from the treatment. We document our RRRP service with the EPA cleaning verification procedure using an EPA verification card.  

Play it safe, contact the EPA for information and then call SERVPRO of Layafette/Louisville to restore your home to a safe environment professionally. (303) 604-6607

Mold Damage Can Ruin Children's Belongings in the Superior Area

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Can Ruin Children's Belongings in the Superior Area Mold Dolls Get Cleaned Up by SERVPRO in Superior

Toys, Clothing, and Furnishings Often Harbor Mold Patches

Raising children is a very significant, and expensive, part of many people's lives. Parenting brings many decisions that need to be made, and some decisions involve choosing the furnishings and toys a child possesses. Each small investment adds up, and while some of these purchases will not be used for more than a year or two, at any point between birth and adulthood, the cost to replace what is currently being used by a child can be quite expensive.
 
Parents in Superior know that toys break, clothing is outgrown, but mold can damage both. Because of recent issues with lead-based paint being found on many toys, labels and stickers, and sometimes decals, are now used where painted areas once were. These labels can retain moisture not only inside of them but also underneath them. Children who are allowed to have snacks while they are playing with their toys also often leave food residue on their toys. Moisture, coupled with the cellulose in paper labels, as well as even the tiniest food particles, can promote the growth of mold.
 
When children change their clothing because it is wet from playing or a potty accident, or soiled with juice or other drinks, these items should be laundered as soon as possible. Loaded squirt guns, hidden for later use, can be forgotten and then leak. Moisture can always set dormant mold spores into a growth pattern.
 
Plastic toys, especially those with the newer labels, can stain easily when mold begins growing on them. When toys are found with signs of mold, they can be cleaned and safely played with again. They should not be played with until the mold has been cleaned off and removed. SERVPRO suggests a professional service to safely and effectively restore a safe environment.
 
When toys are found in this condition, the room they are in should be examined closely for other signs of mold. Check for carpeting that is coming loose from its padding or backing, smells that should not be present, stains on clothing or bedding, and for visible mold growth on walls and ceilings. In closet spaces, and under the bed, inside of toy boxes and playhouses are also prime locations for mold patches. Your children may not be familiar with mold, or the way it can smell, and might not tell you about the 'new dirt' they have found on their toys.
 
SERVPRO can help remove the mold, preserving your investment in your child's toys, and protecting the rest of your home. Our mold remediation specialists can bring the levels of mold found in your home back to acceptable levels quickly. We can also ensure that mold has been removed from toys, clothing, and other furnishings while ensuring that mold colonies are removed from walls, furniture, and carpets and rugs.
 
Call SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville at (303) 604-6607 to ensure that mold damage is unable to affect your home further. We are ready 24/7 to take your call.

Businesses Affected By Water Damage In Erie

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Businesses Affected By Water Damage In Erie SERVPRO's ERP Mobile App Can Reduce the Damage to Your Business in Erie

Let SERVPRO Work for Your Business to Keep the Doors Open

The stock rooms, office areas, and the entire checkout area were all doused with several gallons of water as the fire suppressant system malfunctioned over the holiday break. Our local grocery store experienced a faulty suppressant system failure that caused disastrous damage to inventory, really starting the owners year off poorly. Closing the doors until clean up procedures could commence, the proprietor first thought was that he might lose his store. Replacing the inventory isn't that hard, but the costs related to cleaning up and restocking the shelves were going to set him back, luckily he was insured.

Prepare your business to respond to water damage in Erie. Anything can happen, and we'd be proud to be your choice when things do. We can provide you with 24-hour emergency service, fast, professional technicians and assistance in handling the paperwork involved in a claim for your insurance company. Call us today to gain access to the services you deserve. We are the preferred vendor of over 315 insurance agencies, management companies, and Federal and Municipal entities.
 
SERVPRO provides you with access to technicians that are expertly trained with the latest IICRC and Corporate techniques and protocols. They are fully qualified to perform any repairs necessary to restore your business to a quality pre-damage condition. Our restoration process begins when you contact our offices. Using the information you provide, we'll send enough personnel and equipment to handle your job properly and provide you with the services that match your unique situation. If you are a client with our ERP Mobile App, water damages have already been mitigated.
 
As soon as our SERVPRO technicians arrive, we begin addressing the situation. We preinspect each of the damaged areas for any possible hazards that may exist. Once it's safe to enter, we start off with eliminating the source of water, if it is still a problem. We'll then pump out any standing water using the appropriate pumps and check every area for moisture, including floors, walls and crawl spaces that may be hard to see.
 
SERVPRO's service continues with using moisture meters to determine the extent of water penetration into the surrounding areas. We'll also move all of your belongings to a safe, dry location so that they can dry properly and reduce the possibility of secondary damage. We detach (float) your carpet and remove any water from the pad or flooring underneath; thoroughly inspecting the carpeting to assess damages. Depending on your type of enterprise, we expediently remove inventory from contaminated areas or those that may become an issue.
 
Bad seams or visible mold will cause us to determine that your carpeting is no longer viable and we'll recommend replacement. We treat the floor and back of your carpet with a deodorizer or antimicrobial and position air movers, and other drying equipment to ensure that the area properly dries. We always discuss our services with you throughout the entire process and only provide you with the services you approve.
 
Give SERVPRO of Lafayette - Louisville a call today. (303) 604-6607

SERVPRO's Fire Damage Preparedness App Provided in Boulder

12/26/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO's Fire Damage Preparedness App Provided in Boulder Being prepared for fire damage is crucial. Call SERVPRO to discuss getting prepared.

Getting Prepared for Any Potential Damage Can be Really Helpful

As hard as it may be to believe, your property is just as susceptible to fire damage as anyone else's is. Thinking otherwise will leave you open to unfortunate circumstances that you simply aren't prepared to handle. We have a unique online application that was designed to assist you with preparing for these types of situations. This app gives you the opportunity to put together an optimized plan of attack so that you are ready for anything that happens in your home.

Working together with our expertly trained staff can assist you in preventing and responding to fire damage in your Boulder home. We are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays and work hard to make sure that you and your family is taken care of during emotional and financial disaster that would otherwise leave you devastated.

SERVPRO maintains a quality preparedness application online that helps you receive the proper assistance when you need it. All you have to do is visit our Emergency Readiness website. Begin the process of protecting your home better by filling out an Emergency Ready Profile. It provides us with property location information, property details, building access, utility, and emergency contact information. All of which helps us in responding to and providing you with the services that may be useful during such an event.

Having this sort of information on file with us before a situation arises on your property gives us an opportunity to prepare the equipment and personnel you need to perform the quality services that you deserve. It will also provide us with up to date quality instructions during a disaster that you want us to follow when responding to your call to SERVPRO.

Our Readiness App gives you a way to report damage claims online, with direct access to our national call center which contacts your local SERVPRO franchise professional who responds to your request immediately. We also have a Damage Log section to help you with documenting any information pertinent to your claims process with your insurance company, helping you keep track of the damages to your home.

Work together with our expertly trained staff at SERVPRO of Lafayette - Louisville today. (303) 604-6607

Office in Superior Has Obstacles to Water Extraction

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Office in Superior Has Obstacles to Water Extraction SERVPRO Safely Removes Hidden Water Hazards from Your Superior Office Building

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Office After a Water Damaging Episode  

Water removal is a vital task when dealing with flood damage, as fast removal of water helps to avoid mold growth, structural weakening, microbe reproduction, and many other potential disasters in your office. However, the typical office environment can contain many obstacles or risk factors that must be dealt with before we can begin water extraction; some for the sake of safety, some to avoid the loss of our equipment.

Large Objects and Debris
Before we can start with any commercial water removal in Superior, we have to remove any large pieces of debris or objects still caught in the water. Depending on the extractors used, the size tolerances for these pieces of debris can vary greatly and may be determined on a case-by-case basis. Our technicians can manually remove these heavy and bulky pieces of wreckage, but caution must be taken, as some may have hidden or exposed sharp edges which can puncture clothing and skin, leading to dangerous infection.
 
Electrical Hazards
Most modern offices contain a wide array of electronic devices, including computers, televisions, refrigerators, countertop appliances, and more. Any of these, plus some types of wall outlets, can create an electrocution hazard if it has fallen into the water, requiring non-conducive and sealed clothing to be handled safely. For this reason, never attempt to enter a flooded area in an office on your own and without the express approval of our on-site technicians or local officials. These hazards may delay our SERVPRO technicians as they work to contain them before bringing in water extractors.
 
Continued Flooding
If our technicians arrive and the flooding is ongoing, they will first need to shut off the source before extraction can begin. If the flood is caused by natural or outside means, our crews will need to wait for the water to abate. Calling us early on can help to contain further flood waters and reduce the amount of water extracted, as we prioritize fast response times for these pressing scenarios. By rapidly extracting the standing water OUR SERVPRO trained crews can mitigate losses to documents, furnishings, and electronic components that are part of every modern office.
 
SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville responds quickly to commercial flood damage calls, ready to extract water and begin restorations quickly to help save both time and money in the process. Contact us at the first sign of damage at (303) 604-6607.

Flood Damage in Your Gunbarrel Home can Make it Uninhabitable

11/13/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in Your Gunbarrel Home can Make it Uninhabitable Let the experts at SERVPRO help with any storm or flood damage you might receive in your Gunbarrel home or business.

When you're at home, you expect to be safe, and don't give the security of your belongings much thought. When it comes to theft, you most likely don't think that burglars will break in when you are away and steal your carpeting or furniture. But a flood can create so much damage in your home, it can make you feel robbed.

Gunbarrel homeowners dealing with flood damage in their home should be extremely careful. There are many risks in addition to the financial loss that comes with flood waters. Until these are eliminated, you should keep any time spent inside your home to a minimum. The majority of these risks don't simply disappear when the water is gone, though. Contaminants such as oils, chemicals, and other non-organic contaminants remain behind until they are manually cleaned out. Biological ones will often remain behind, thriving in small communities around your home. Some, such as mold, will spread from their original location.

Cleaning these from your home can be difficult for those who don't have experience doing so, and who also do not have the equipment required. SERVPRO has both covered, with our certified technicians and our high-tech meters and sensors. We can also start the job of extracting the water, speeding up the process. Basements aren't a problem, either, and we'd be happy to get that part of your home dry, also.

Because flood damage can leave behind silt, debris from outside your home, and even sewage, we know it's important to your health to not only clean your home, but also to sanitize it and everything that has been affected by the flood water. Because water carries odors along w ith many other things, we are also experts in deodorizing techniques. We want to leave you happy with a home that doesn't only look clean and sanitary but also smells that way.

To get things back to normal after you've had a dose of flood damage, call us, SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville at (303) 604-6607. We're available whenever you need us. We'll start work at your convenience so your family can remain safe and healthy while living at home again.