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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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When Demolition Is The Best Solution Following Fire Damage To Your Boulder Residence

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When Demolition Is The Best Solution Following Fire Damage To Your Boulder Residence Fire damage comes in all sizes and magnitudes.

Fire Damage To Your Residence

Fire damage comes in all sizes and magnitudes. If your Boulder home was recently a victim of this destructive force, understanding how to move forward could often be complicated. Within a short time of the fire suppression, you can return to determine the extent of the damage for yourself. This assessment can lead to the realization that there are some structural components of your home that cannot return from the irreparable harm caused by the recent blaze.

There are undoubtedly just as many cases of significant structural fire damages to Boulder homes as there are small fires that only mildly impact a room by comparison. With substantial damages to walls, ceilings, roofs, and flooring, sometimes demolition is the only course of action that is left to take. While this could seem like heading in the wrong direction regarding restoring your home to preloss conditions, SERVPRO professionals are well versed in extensive and controlled demolition efforts.

Breaking down broken parts of your home and removing them is a way to prepare for new construction. While SERVPRO professionals like ours might not be general residential contractors, we have worked closely with such companies to prepare the area for replacement structures. Doing this demolition in conjunction with other restoration efforts in salvageable portions of the fire-damaged areas allows the contracting firm following our work to quickly begin the process of replacing the former structural components immediately.

Typically, the demolition process is a controlled and precise procedure. Controlled in this regard means that concentrated efforts are made to ensure that the portions of your house to be removed are all that actually get removed from your home. Uncontrolled demolition can lead to damages extending further into salvageable structures, which in turn can cost you more money and requires the rebuilding efforts to take longer than they would have.

While it can be nearly impossible to prepare for the destruction and damage that an intense fire can cause, our SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville specialists can work quickly to prevent further losses. Call us 24/7 at (303) 604-6607.

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Water Damage Restoration and Cleaning Services For Residents Of Boulder

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration and Cleaning Services For Residents Of Boulder SERVPRO Provides Home and Carpet Restoration after Water Damage in Boulder

Count on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home After Water Incidents

After a water damage disaster, cleaning up the resulting mess is not the only thing that residents of Boulder should do on their own. They need to contact a trained restoration service provider to limit additional damage. That is why it is so vital to understanding how restorers work to guarantee the safety of your home or business after a storm, failure of plumbing fixtures, and related issues.

The water that accumulates in your property as a result of a water intrusion may destroy your carpet, ceiling, walls, flooring and other personal property. As a resident of Boulder, you need immediate restoration help, and that is where certified organizations like SERVPRO come in handy. Our IICRC certified trained technicians use specialized tools and techniques to offer the necessary assistance.

Let us begin by looking at some of the areas that moisture may affect. Exposure of your insulation to moisture might lessen its insulating power. Trained restorers inspect the insulation, and if they find it to be too matted, they remove it. Even fiberglass insulation may not be salvageable due to excess wetting or contaminated water. Generally, it is more economical to replace the soaked insulation.

Delamination takes place when the secondary and primary backing that holds the carpet deteriorates. Given that latex holds the two backings together, it is easy to understand why latex deterioration takes place. When technicians from SERVPRO are working for you, they inspect any backing separation and recommend a carpet replacement when they notice it. Remember, it is not possible to fix a carpet that has experienced delamination.

After carrying out water removal, trained SERVPRO professionals apply deodorizing and disinfecting agents to prevent mold and rot growth. The restoration process is dependent on the affected area together with the damaged property.

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is your trusted industry leader in fire, water, storm and mold damage restoration. Call us at (303) 604-6607 to learn more about your options when faced with disasters, an inconvenience, or help with general cleaning.

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SERVPRO - Restoring Flood Damaged Furniture in Louisville

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO - Restoring Flood Damaged Furniture in Louisville We are available 24/7/365 to restore your furniture from flood damage "Like it never even happened."

Your Home's Furniture Can Be Restored From Flood Damage

Once flood waters get through doors or windows of a Louisville home, a large percentage of the damage is to the contents inside, rather than the structure itself. Repairs and restoration for furniture alone can become expensive, but it is often more cost-effective than replacement.

Louisville flood damage can cause thousands in repair costs, but SERVPRO has decades of experience in helping homeowners recover as much of their furniture and other personal property as possible. Our technicians are trained to deal with the effects flood water has on furniture and recover all but the worst of the damage. Most furniture is wood or a composite such as a particle board. Each type has its advantages, but also their problems when exposed to water.

Wood swells and cracks after exposure, which weakens the joints where pieces fit together. The second, less damaging problem is spotting. It damages the finish on a piece of furniture but does not affect the wood directly. We eliminate most spotting with one of the chemical agents in our inventory. If they are not effective, we recommend sending the item to a professional refinisher.

SERVPRO reduces and eliminates swelling and cracking by removing the excess moisture trapped inside the wood. Removal takes caution since removing the moisture too quickly or too slowly causes further permanent water damage. We start by placing dehumidifiers next to the affected items to draw out moisture. To increase the process, we use air movers to force warm, dry air across the surface.

Wood composites warp in a manner that wood does not. Cabinets use particle board, so only one side has a finish or laminate applied. This single side application works as a vapor barrier and does not allow moisture to pass through. Technicians can quickly reduce the moisture content as long as there is no visible warping. Since composites are cheap, we recommend replacing them rather than attempting to restore them.

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Furniture restoration is not a quick process, but it is useful in preserving items that have much more than just monetary value. As a locally owned operation, SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville understands the importance of these items and is proud to help our neighbors recover not just their property but their lives before the flood as well. Call today at (303) 604-6607 to schedule a visit.

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Drying Documents After Commercial Water Damage in a Boulder Store

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Drying Documents After Commercial Water Damage in a Boulder Store There are some options to consider when dealing with wet paperwork or books. Contact SERVPRO to come out and assess the situation after damage.

Our Technicians Offer Choices for Drying Damaged Items in Your Store

Drying documents after commercial water damage in Boulder is a tricky process. Proper document storage is essential to the success of a business, but such events as flooding can compromise the authenticity of these papers. These types of losses can cause you to lose important clients and even risk closing down your store. The best way to deal with this situation is to contact a reputable water damage restoration expert.
 
At SERVPRO, we have a team of highly trained, highly experienced commercial water damage restoration experts providing 24/7 emergency services for Boulder business owners. We follow IICRC guidelines in every project to ensure a smooth and seamless cleanup process, and our tools and products are up to par with industry standards.
 
Finding the best method for saving water damaged documents and electronics takes some consideration. It is essential to communicate with the owner in order to make quick decisions and minimize the severity of the damage. SERVPRO technicians can prevent additional damage, which may go a long way towards saving important business documents.
 
Commercial water damage restoration for books and electronics is designed to return the items to preloss conditions as best as possible. From this end, SERVPRO technicians use five methods: vacuum thermal drying, vacuum freeze drying, freezer drying, dehumidification, and air drying. In the event that the water damage on the books is the result of clean water, we proceed to freeze or dry them within 48 hours after damage.
 
Our water damage restoration experts often rely on the process of sublimation (changing a solid into vapor directly) when drying documents. This process involves several considerations, including the type of water involved (gray, black, or clean), the value of the documents, time of exposure to moisture, the extent of the damage, and funds available for restoration. Given how expensive this step can be, we make a point to discuss the cost of every drying method with you before making any further advances.
 
If you have a commercial water damage situation, you can count on SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville to restore your documents and other items. We are available 24/7, every day of the week. Call us today at (303) 604-6607.

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Reversing Fire Damage Caused By Grease Fires In Boulder Homes

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Reversing Fire Damage Caused By Grease Fires In Boulder Homes Accidents are unavoidable and can lead to a huge fire incident with tremendous consequences.

Fire Damage Caused By Grease

If you are a homeowner in Boulder, safety is an important thing to keep in mind when working with the grill. Over the years, there has been an advancement to improve the grilling experience. Proper maintenance can go a long way towards keeping your grill in top-notch working condition. However, accidents are unavoidable and can lead to a huge fire incident with tremendous consequences.

When it happens, you need to contact the fire department and a fire damage restoration company in Boulder to remedy the situation. As soon as the firefighters leave, SERVPRO fire damage technicians can come in and begin the cleanup process. We use IICRC guidelines in every restoration job, meaning that our techniques are up to par with industry standards.

Damages escalate, and restoration costs increase when you delay the cleanup process. By hastening the hiring process, SERVPRO technicians can arrive promptly and stop the damage to pave the way for repairs. Immediately after a fire, smoke and soot residue settles onto various surfaces and items. Porous materials become permanently discolored, but it is possible to remove the discoloration from other surfaces. After some time, acidic soot starts staining other surfaces if not attended to quickly.

Most cases of grease fire damage involve a quick and very intense flash of heat. Putting out the fire quickly improves the chances of repairing most of the kitchen. At SERVPRO, we emphasize quick cleanup of the grease and soot to prevent contamination on other parts of the house and to ensure complete deodorization.

Smoke particles travel through air ducts and can make their way onto anything fibrous, including clothes, bedding, and furniture. Our main priority is to replace the air filter in the furnace and then thoroughly clean up every inch of the house as quickly as possible. We wipe down the inside and outside of every cabinet in the kitchen, and then use special deodorization products to get rid of the smoke odor. In some cases, we may have to remove the cabinets to access the back, where the soot residue may have penetrated.

Our technicians can also help you reverse any fire damage sustained on your fridge. The gasket seal on the doors is the primary concern. If these are damaged, we may need to replace the seals or even the entire refrigerator. If not, we can clean the fans, filters, and the back of the fridge, which may likely be covered in soot and risk infecting the food inside.

If a grease fire interrupts your activities, SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is here to help. Our technicians are highly skilled and highly experienced in fire damage restoration, and we can restore your property in no time. Call us anytime at (303) 604-6607.

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Kitchen and Basement Flood Damage Restoration in Louisville

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Kitchen and Basement Flood Damage Restoration in Louisville Our technicians see all kinds of water damage issues on a daily basis. When it happens in your home, don't panic and call the technicians at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Safely Remove Water From Your Property

When you arrive home, the last thing you want to see is three inches of water flooding your kitchen from a broken dishwasher. The resultant damage could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. Unsurprisingly, dishwashers are a common cause of floods in Louisville homes. If this happens, the first thing you need to do is switch off the circuit breaker to your dishwasher to prevent any possible shock. Check if there are any broken dishes and then call a locally-based restoration company to deal with the flood damage.
 
With many years of experience, SERVPRO is one of the most reputable flood damage restoration companies. We have a wide range of equipment that can reverse any type of water damage in Louisville swiftly and efficiently, leaving your home as clean as before. Following IICRC guidelines, we can restore your items one by one to pre-damage conditions, "Like it never even happened."
 
If the dishwasher leakage occurred while you were asleep or away, the water may penetrate through the floor and find its way to the basement. Here, it can wet the ceiling and ruin any carpet, fabric, or furniture in the basement. Needless to say, getting the water out is a challenging task.
 
To get the work done, SERVPRO flood damage technicians use professional water extraction machines to remove all the excess water from the kitchen and basement. Once we get rid of the standing water, we sort out all items that made contact with the water and begin the drying process. Air movers and dehumidifiers are extremely useful in drying the floors and ceiling.
 
Replacing flood-damaged drywall is essential to prevent mold growth (and mold damage) from the inside. To make sure that there is no mold in the building, we carry out a full inspection of the house and handle all possible sources of mold growth properly. Mold is a notorious fungus that can cause serious property losses and certain health effects.
 
If your dishwasher or other house appliance breaks down and causes unexpected flood damage in the house, you can count on SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville to restore your property. Upon receiving your call, we can dispatch an emergency technician to your home immediately to begin the restoration process. We are available 24/7, every day of the year at your service. Call us today at (303) 604-6607.

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Conquering Mold Damage in Boulder Then and Now: How the Process Modernized

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Conquering Mold Damage in Boulder Then and Now: How the Process Modernized We have the equipment and experience to remediate mold found in your home.

Targeted Solutions for the Specific Mold in Your Home

Property owners worldwide have fought against mold damage for all of recorded history. From humanity's earliest days, farming and living relatively isolated lives, mold has preyed upon our homes and belongings. With modern technology, we can now prevent and fight against many effects of mold, but others continue to plague homeowners in the present day. Victims of mold damage in Boulder and surrounding areas likely see a very different set of problems than their ancestors would have.

One key difference is how densely packed people are now, as relatively dense communities like Boulder can get some mold damage varieties with much greater ease than rural and isolated families. Some types of mold thrive in suburban and urban environments, going from house to house and settling into familiar conditions. Others, however, prefer isolated spots in the wilderness and on rural properties. Different species of mold are more common in different places, making modern mold problems different on a fundamental, biological level.

Perhaps the single most significant difference between modern mold damage and more archaic issues is the approach taken. Nowadays, companies like SERVPRO can offer customized, targeted solutions to eradicate the mold without causing excess damage to the home. Without our technology, however, many property owners were once forced to cause damage to their homes to root out mold, bathing infestations in toxic chemicals or physically removing the mold-covered surface. Not only can such hasty approaches hurt your home, but they could also lead to adverse health effects for you.

However, for untreated mold damage, the problems often end up being surprisingly similar. Unbridled mold colonies can spread across the home, covering surfaces far and wide with a foul-smelling, offensive material. In time, the mold may eat away at anything underneath it, causing expensive structural damage. These results urged property owners to take drastic measures in times past, but now, with SERVPRO's assistance, the process is much more comfortable.

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville puts the latest and greatest technology to good use for every mold damage call we receive. Contact us 24/7 at (303) 604-6607.  

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Preventing Fire Damage In Your Boulder Home From Your Wood Stove

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing Fire Damage In Your Boulder Home From Your Wood Stove If the stove is not installed correctly or up to the right standards, the result could be severe smoke and fire damage to your home.

Preventing Fire Damage In Your Home

With the colder weather approaching quickly in Boulder, you may soon be enjoying a relaxing night at home. However, it can instantly turn into a nightmare if your wood burning stove has not been adequately maintained. If it is not installed correctly or up to the right standards, the result could be severe smoke and fire damage to your home. Costs of an event like this can add up quickly due to access exterior and interior damage.

When your wood stove has caused a fire in your Boulder home resulting in fire damage to your structure, contact our technicians at SERVPRO as soon as the fire is out. By quickly bringing in hydroxyl radical generators and air scrubbing machines, we help to clean the air in your home, reducing how many particulates attach themselves to the furniture and walls of your residence.

When you are considering purchasing a wood stove, or if you have one installed already, it is imperative that you ensure it meets the recommended EPA requirements. You need to you have the contractor pull a permit to make sure they install the stove correctly.

Wood burning stoves require the proper maintenance and fuel. Hardwoods such as hickory, maple, ash, oak, or beech are the best fuel for a wood stove. It should be cut, split, and dried for a year at least before you burn it.

Clean your wood stove using a wire brush for the stovepipe and chimney once per year at least. High-temperature, controlled fires can occasionally be used to help keep it clean as well. You also need to avoid the buildup of creosote, a very combustible fuel which burns intensely.

In the case of a fire, our staff at SERVPRO take all the necessary measures to restore your home as much as possible. We analyze how much and what kind of smoke damage has been done since some smoke and fire types are stronger than other ones. After we do this, we figure out which of your possessions are treatable and which ones must be replaced before we remove items left behind from smoke and fire.

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville has the experience and tools to restore your home after a wood stove fire properly. Residents in the areas of Louisville, Boulder, and Lafayette should give us a call at (303) 604-6607 so we can assist you in getting your life back on track.

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Knowing What To Look For In Your Water Heater To Prevent Flood Damage In Louisville

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Knowing What To Look For In Your Water Heater To Prevent Flood Damage In Louisville Your home can be damaged by water in many ways.

Prevent Flood Damage

Your home can be damaged by water in many ways. Most of the time the threat is external, however, sometimes a leak can be from inside your home and cause just as much, or even more, damage. Even smaller water heaters found in residences in Louisville can unleash two thousand gallons of water if they fail.

You may not discover water rushing out all at once when a leak develops in your water heater. Many times, it is a slow leak which can go unnoticed in your Louisville home for several days, creating a situation with severe flood damage. If your water heater is situated on an upstairs level, extensive damage is seen since water always goes downward. Both walls and flooring can be affected as the water seeks the lowest part of your home.

When this happens, you want help from the professionals at SERVPRO. We are a specially trained and experienced flood damage remediation company who do not waste any time getting to your home, assessing the damage, and fixing the problem. We understand that time is of the essence when water is involved, so there is no hesitation from us once we get your call.

To help prevent such an accident, it is a good idea to flush your water heater tank twice each year to stop the buildup of sediment. Placing an inexpensive drip pan under the water heater which drains to the outside can in many cases help prevents water damage which would cost you thousands of dollars.

Age is a big issue as well. Many manufacturers of water heaters estimate the lifespan of these appliances to be eight to twelve years, so replacing your unit when it is near this age can be a good idea to avoid unwanted catastrophes.

There are markers to look for that indicate your water heater is not working properly and could cause a larger problem. If your water does not heat up like usual or there is rust in the water coming out of your faucets or your clothes, get your water heater checked out. Other indicators include rust forming on the outside bottom of the appliance, a puddle under it, a metallic taste in your hot water, the water heater makes sounds like cracking or popping while it is heating, or the burner units have gotten rusty or clogged.

Our SERVPRO technicians are equipped with the right skills and equipment to help you when your water heater does fail and create a flood in your home. SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville are the ones to contact when you have a problem with a failing water heater. If you reside in Boulder, Lafayette, or Louisville, you can reach us by dialing (303) 604-6607.

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