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Mold Damage in Boulder is Not Always Due to a Typical Water Loss

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in Boulder is Not Always Due to a Typical Water Loss When you find mold in the corner or any place in your home, contact the technicians at SERVPRO to remediate the infestation.

Team SERVPRO Investigates the Cause of the Mold Infestation in Your Home Prior to Beginning the Remediation Process

We counsel homeowners in Boulder about arranging for a fast response to flooding and leaks that can saturate building materials and possessions. One of the primary reasons we recommend immediate action is to avoid the mold growth likely if the water incursion resulted in moisture saturation remaining at excessive levels for more than 24 or 28 hours. Other scenarios can also lead to mold infestation. We offer assistance no matter what contributes to the moisture.
 
If indoor humidity is over 60 percent in your Boulder home mold damage is possible based on that fact alone. Even though we generally maintain a semi-arid climate in the area, circumstances in your home can raise the ambient humidity to higher levels. When we arrive to assess the mold damage we use advanced technology to detect moisture levels in the air and surfaces afflicted with microbial activity. As we plan the remediation project, we also determine the source of the moisture and strategies to eliminate the dampness in the future.
 
A common reason for higher humidity in a home is predictable periodic activities that send large quantities of steam into the air. Examples SERVPRO sees frequently include cooking, showering, bathing, and doing laundry. If the rooms in which these activities do not vent to the outside, the water vapor builds. All of these rooms have the necessary ingredients for mold development. Mold spores are everywhere, the moisture is introduced with daily activities, and plenty of organic materials wait to feed the fungi. Soap scum, food residues, and even the debris left on dirty clothes provide fuel for mold growth.
 
Our mold remediation team approaches all infestations in similar manners. SERVPRO crew members hold IICRC Applied Microbial Remediation certification and follow the EPA’s abatement protocols. We isolate the moldy space with physical barriers and consider the use of negative pressure air scrubbers to further contain the debris during removal and cleanup. In cases where the mold damage is pervasive, we may build a decontamination chamber where our employees can don and remove personal protective equipment while avoiding tracking the fungus into clean areas of your home.
 
SERVPRO recommends the installation and consistent use of exhaust fans in humid areas of your home. If the humidity remains high, you can add dehumidifiers to reduce the water vapor in the air. Maintaining humidity at a level between 30 and 50 percent should prevent mold proliferation. When the humidity remains higher, your home can experience a recurrence of the mold damage.
 
SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville supports our crews and customers by enrolling employees in IICRC courses that train in restoration industry best practices. If you suspect mold damage call (303) 604-6607 24/7 and we pledge to provide fast and efficient remediation.  

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Boulder Homeowners Need Reliable Water Removal Service

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Boulder Homeowners Need Reliable Water Removal Service Getting the water out of your water damaged property is our top priority upon arrival. Contact SERVPRO right away for best results.

Team SERVPRO Has the Technicians and Equipment to Effectively Remove Water From Your Property

When money is tight, it can very be tempting to try to delay Boulder home maintenance projects or manage all issues yourself. Some home emergencies are relatively minor, and a homeowner may be able to identify the problems and solve them. Others present more risk and require professional assistance to resolve. Our mission is to help you at these times.
 
Homes can flood for a variety of reasons, and expert water removal in Boulder is the only way to be sure your house is secure now and in the future. If the water building up in your lower levels possibly contains contaminants, it is especially important to retain the services of our certified technicians. Our IICRC trained employees are qualified to evaluate the characteristics of the water invading your home.
 
SERVPRO employees follow applicable laws and rules when assessing, containing, and disposing of contaminated water. If the water is due to a sewer backup, it is likely that human and animal waste is in your home. The pathogens that may be in this water can harm the inhabitants of your dwelling. If the water came from overland flooding, fertilizers and road chemicals might pose other types of concerns. We take on the responsibility to remove the water quickly whatever the source and handle it as required.
 
Even clean water poses dangers if too much time passes between the event and the removal of the water. SERVPRO has the advantage of a fleet of service vehicles, each loaded with submersible pumps and powerful extractors. A homeowner has household wet vacs, buckets, and mops, hardly a match. We also assign as many technicians as necessary to evacuate the water, reducing the amount of time it takes to remove all the moisture. Working on your own, it could take many days to get all the water out of your home.
 
Finally, water removal includes assessing for moisture content of structural elements and a comprehensive drying plan. SERVPRO has the air moving and dehumidifying equipment needed to dry out your home, including additional heaters if needed to balance the process. If you choose not to seek professional restoration services you risk progressive deterioration of building materials and secondary damage like mold growth.
 
SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville prepares our employees and maintains our equipment to be ready for a water removal emergency like yours. Call us at (303) 604-6607 for a consultation.

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Prompt Mitigation of Commercial Water Damage in Your Boulder Auto Shop Keeps You and Customers Happy

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Prompt Mitigation of Commercial Water Damage in Your Boulder Auto Shop Keeps You and Customers Happy Your customers depend on your auto shop for their car needs. Make sure that your doors stay open after a water damage event by calling SERVPRO.

Team SERVPRO Understands That Quick Arrival on the Scene Means Your Business May Not Have to Close Its Doors

Bringing people's vehicles back from those disturbing noises, ticking sounds, and other odd problems in your Boulder auto shop means having a dry place to store spare parts. Keeping essential parts in stock keeps repair work running smoothly and mostly interruption-free.
 
When your shop ends up with commercial water damage in Boulder, things can start to rust and corrode, even when these items are still in their boxes. Motor parts need to remain in perfect factory condition to please your customers. Removing the moisture that caused the water damage can help immensely. SERVPRO technicians remove water through different types of equipment, depending on the situation. Moisture-laden walls become dry quickly when we use our Injectidry equipment, and overall humidity dramatically plummets with our desiccant machines running.
 
Because water damage often goes hand-in-hand with mold colonization of an area, we also use air scrubbers with our air blowers. We know that spores become airborne whenever disturbances, such as increased air flow, occur, so using these together helps collect spores so they cannot start new populations in new locations.
 
Only when we see no other viable options do we engage in removing damaged materials that show crumbling or other signs of deterioration such as bubbling, warping, or cracking, instead of repairing them. Drywall and wood can sustain exposure to water for short periods without damaging effects occurring, but after a while, the damage becomes permanent. Restoration typically costs considerably less than replacing the same materials costs, and we like to save our customers money while we work on saving their business' building.
 
So we can ensure protection against future events, we always locate the source of the water. We do this through the use of water detection equipment. We can find moisture through the changes in temperature with our infrared imaging devices, even when water or moisture exists in the interior cavities of walls.
 
SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville can help you keep your auto shop in the Erie, Ninemile Corner, of Gunbarrel areas up and running. Just contact us with your concerns about water damage that might affect your business operations or inventory by calling our 24-hour service line number at (303) 604-6607.
 
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The Role That Inspection And Assessment Play During Mold Damage Remediation In Boulder

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Role That Inspection And Assessment Play During Mold Damage Remediation In Boulder Mold can cause major damage to your belongings.

Mold Damage Remediation

Assessing the environment and taking appropriate safety precautions is necessary during mold damage remediation. Remember, mold can lead to health effects, and that is why restoration services providers use the right Personal Proactive Equipment (PPE) while at the site. The degree of mold contamination usually determines the equipment that we use to attend to such situations in Boulder.

After a mold damage inspection and assessment in Boulder, we share a report with our customers. The report usually outlines the scope of the inspection and points out the areas where we did the inspection. It shows the water source and the procedures to follow to stop the moisture intrusion problems. Based on the source of the water, we can also provide information on the possible contaminants on the site.

The goals our SERVPRO technicians during mold remediation are to prevent further exposure and further damage to your property. So, before we build containment and prevent spreading contamination to clean areas, we wear the right PPE. We need protective clothing, a respirator, gloves, and goggles or any suitable eye protection. When we are working, we may need to decontaminate materials and equipment. That is why we establish decontamination rooms and clean rooms. Containment involves sealing HVAC vents, setting up a negative pressure, and installation of containment barriers.

When our SERVPRO technicians are performing mold removal, the material or the surface we are dealing with usually determines the method we use. While it is possible to clean nonporous contents with mold growth, we discard porous materials with the mold contamination. If the nonporous surface is dry and has loose mold fragments, we can use a detergent solution to damp-wipe the area or perform HEPA vacuuming. When the fragments are firmly attached to the surfaces, we might use abrasive techniques such as sanding and wire brushing to remove the mold.

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville uses advanced cleaning and restoration equipment to address mold, storm, fire and water damage incidents. Call us at (303) 604-6607 if you want us to respond immediately with our 24-hour emergency service.

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How Water Extraction Makes the Difference during Flood Damage Restoration in Boulder

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Water Extraction Makes the Difference during Flood Damage Restoration in Boulder SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville will be there to help when seconds count.

SERVPRO Water Restoration Technicians Are Here To Restore Your Boulder Home

Restoring your property to its preloss state after a flood damage incident involves removing the water, decontaminating and drying various areas of your building. For high levels of success, you need to act fast since the presence of moisture creates suitable conditions for mold growth. Also, when materials like carpets and drywall absorb water, they can develop mold and bacteria and replacement may be necessary. If you do not have the right tools and skills, you may make costly mistakes as a resident of Boulder.

Let us start by looking at the standard moisture extraction equipment that our SERVPRO technicians use when attending to flood damage incidents in Boulder. It is important to note that extraction is the first step when it comes to removing water from a structure and there are several tools that we use to carry out this process. If there is water on the floors, we may use extractors - portable or truck-mounted - to do the removal. An extractor has three significant parts that allow it to work efficiently: the vacuum system, pump, and heater.

When our SERVPRO technicians choose the extraction tools for a particular restoration job, there are specific factors we consider. For instance, if we think carpet delamination is likely to take place, we avoid using an aggressive extraction technique. When removing water from the glue-down carpets, we usually use a wand; otherwise, we use bigger devices when squeezing water from carpets with thick pads.

Our SERVPRO technicians also use pumps to remove standing water from structures. When we choose this option, we make sure there are no sediments in the water we are pumping out of the building. If we install space heaters and the moisture escapes into the air and raises the relative humidity, we use Refrigerant Dehumidifiers and Desiccant Dehumidifiers to remove the excess moisture in a process known as dehumidification.

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Louisville's Commercial Water Damage Technicians Discuss Drying Equipment

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Louisville's Commercial Water Damage Technicians Discuss Drying Equipment Water damage in any area of your store could potentially turn into mold if not remediated right away. Contact SERVPRO quickly for service.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Tackle the Water Damage in Your Store

Any time a pipe breaks, water can leak into your Louisville gardening store. Excessive moisture can ruin some of your products or equipment. If structural materials in your shop stay wet for too long, they can lose their structural integrity.
 
If moisture stays inside organic building materials for too long mold growth can occur. During any commercial water damage restoration in Louisville removing moisture within 48 hours is the primary goal. If a fungus develops, it can spread to other areas of the building and cause secondary damage.
 
During the mitigation process, our SERVPRO technicians first extract as much water as they can, then dry out the remainder of the moisture. If there are more than two inches of standing water, it gets pumped into a sewer drain with a submersible pump. Any remaining moisture inside upholstery or carpet inside your store gets extracted using specialized extraction equipment.
 
After extracting, we begin the drying process by setting up air moving and dehumidification systems. The air movers create circulation, and the dehumidifiers remove water vapor from the air reducing the relative humidity. The air movers need to get set up in the correct formation for them to work as best as possible.
 
The purpose of the air movers is for them to push the wet air evaporating from the surfaces and replace it with warm, dry air. The air movers get set up so that they create a counterclockwise airflow within the affected room. The air movers are aligned so that the air coming from them hits wet surfaces at a 45-degree angle so that it pushes the damp air evaporating off of the material away from it. If air movers hit walls directly at a 90-degree angle, then they can drive moisture into the wall cavity possibly creating more issues.
 
During the drying process, the equipment gets set up in ways that do not negatively affect any of your products. Items that can get damaged by increased humidity or airflow get removed from the area. If needed we can complete the drying process when your store is closed or a small section at a time so that your business stays functioning.
 
Specific techniques can help speed up the natural evaporation and drying process so that microbial growth is not an issue. For professional help with problems at your business, call SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville at (303) 604-6607 any time of the day.

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Boulder's Flood Damage Experts Explain Proper Equipment Placement

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Boulder's Flood Damage Experts Explain Proper Equipment Placement Any time a major storm hits your neighborhood in Boulder, property damage can occur.

Flood Damage Experts Explain Proper Equipment Placement

Any time a major storm hits your neighborhood in Boulder, property damage can occur. Severe thunderstorms bring about high-speed winds and excessive rains that often negatively affect your house. Many different scenarios like flooding or broken windows during the storm possibly cause a water damage issue inside your home.

When dealing with any moisture problem, extraction and drying are a necessity. SERVPRO's flood damage technicians in Boulder use all of the industry's best equipment and techniques to resolve the issue. After the extraction process takes place most water is removed, and structural drying occurs.

During the dry-out process, we use various types of equipment depending on the severity of the situation. Sometimes specialty drying equipment gets used to dry out drywall or hardwood floors. When specialty equipment gets used, it is added to the set up of air moving and dehumidification systems that usually get set up during a dry-out.

During most drying procedures air movers and dehumidifiers get set up inside the affected area to speed up evaporation and remove water vapor from the air. The air movers push the air in a circular motion so that the wet air close to damp surfaces gets replaced with warm, dry air. The dehumidifiers add to the equation by pulling water out of the air and dispensing it in liquid form.

The dehumidifiers also exhaust warm, dry air that gets used by the air movers to complete the process over again. For the process to work best, there must be the perfect air mover to dehumidifier ratio. If there are too many dehumidifiers compared to air movers, then the drying process takes longer than it should. If the ratio of air movers to dehumidifiers is too high, then the air movers possibly push wet air to other areas inside the building and cause secondary damage.

The perfect ratio of air movers and dehumidifiers varies depending on how many materials inside the structure get affected. If just the floor is wet, we set up a smaller amount of air movers. When other areas such as walls and ceilings are also wet, more air movers get set up inside the affected region. For help from the professionals after a storm damages your house, call SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville at (303) 604-6607 24 hours a day.

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Fire Damage can Continue Creating Odors in Your Boulder Home after Restoration Work

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  Fire Damage can Continue Creating Odors in Your Boulder Home after Restoration Work SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is a trusted leader in the fire & smoke damage restoration industry.

Our SERVPRO Techs Can Get Rid of Smoke Odor From Your Boulder Home

No matter what causes a fire, nor how big it becomes, smokey plumes spewing out of burning materials spread malodors everywhere in your Boulder home. This smoke can cover anything it comes into contact with in a greasy-feeling layer.

When your Boulder residence contains fire damage, the smoke odor can remain even after restorative work makes everything look "Like it never even happened." Our IICRC certified Odor Control Technician (OCT) can bring your home fully back to its pre-fire condition and make your house smell like home again.

Part of restoring a residence after a fire includes removing the charred materials., Other aspects include cleaning materials and belongings of the soot. Walls, ceilings, windows, carpets, draperies, and so much more can harbor soot particles. As these particles deteriorate, they find their way back into the air your family breathes. When the air becomes more humid, or the temperature rises this happens much more rapidly and creates even stronger odors.

Our SERVPRO technicians use several techniques to control odors in a home after fire damages its interior. Even a small amount of soot can produce noticeable odors. Gel packs can help with lighter but steady odor production coming from the interiors of walls and above ceilings. Placed in these locations, these pose no danger to curious children or pets. If we determine that your carpets still produce odors after cleaning, direct injections of liquid deodorizers can help mitigate any unwanted odors coming from the floor.

Some homes, however, have smaller nooks and crannies that hold onto odors longer. When we encounter this situation, the implementation of thermal fogging equipment can resolve the odors experienced by your family. Quickly carried out, this can help significantly because the fog covers the same pathways that the smoke did during the fire. Once we disperse the mist into your home's rooms and hallways, the chemical agents can bond with any soot particles encountered and render them inert. Unable to cause odors now, we leave your home with a fresh scent.

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SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville can be contacted by calling us at (303) 604-6607. Our 24-hour service line stays open year-round, so families in Niwot, Valmont, and Gooding receive the emergency services needed when they face fire damage in their home. Call us so we can help restore your home.

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Water Damage Restoration For Your Boulder Hardwood Floors

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration For Your Boulder Hardwood Floors Our SERVPRO technicians have a vast amount of experience in restoring hardwood floors back to preloss condition!

SERVPRO Explains Hardwood Floor Water Restoration Process in Boulder Homes

Whether they are an original treasure in a historic Boulder home or a recent installation after remodeling or new construction, hardwood floors are much desired and appreciated. Water incursions from spills, blown in rain, appliance malfunctions, and a host of other disasters can damage wooden floors and subflooring. Our experienced and highly-trained technicians can help.

Hardwood floors can stand a minor exchange with moisture, especially if sealed and maintained. Water damage in Boulder hardwood floors only becomes an issue when the fibers of the wood saturate with water over a period of time. Cellulose fibers comprise the bulk of any hardwood flooring planks. This natural material absorbs excess water and swells. The swelling causes each plank to change shape and pull up and away or crowd others nearby. If caught early much of this damage can be avoided. Proper drying techniques as employed by our structural drying crews can minimize the harm.

SERVPRO crew leads to assess the harm done when a hardwood floor suffers longer periods of exposure to water. As the water on top seeps through the joints in the floor, it puddles below the planks. Sometimes the substrate moisture causes the swelling wood to push against neighboring planks, “cupping” a lower center to each board as the edges squeeze against each other. Other times the planks can “crown,” again squeezing tightly against each other but raising the center. When wood “buckles,” it is so deformed that it pulls away completely from the subfloor.

Many of these issues respond well to restoration practices, but the crucial first step is to lower the moisture content of the hardwood. SERVPRO crews have a range of equipment and methods to extract standing water and water trapped beneath the hardwood planks. Water extractors are professional wet vacuums that pull the water out. A hands-off option involves the use of drying mats that position on top of the hardwood and use air movers to force water to evaporate from the planks.

Another strategy is to drill holes through sealed hardwood to facilitate the release of water. Sometimes SERVPRO crews lift planks and direct the flow from air movers underneath. Throughout all of these methodologies, the crews measure moisture levels and maintain a recommended balance of heat, air movement, and reduced humidity with dehumidifiers to lower the moisture content of the hardwood so that it can be sanded and refinished.

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SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is ready to help if your wood floors took a beating from water damage. Call us at (303) 604-6607 to schedule an assessment.

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Commercial Mold Damage Restoration Work In Boulder

4/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Mold Damage Restoration Work In Boulder Mold damage can spread quickly if the environment is not contained. Contact SERVPRO for mitigation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Efficiently Remediate a Mold Infestation at Your Office Location


If an appliance or water pipe develops a slow leak inside your Boulder office complex, damage to building materials and contents likely occurs. If water stays inside and goes unnoticed for too long of a time, fungi possibly develop. The presence of a fungus sometimes causes health effects with certain people.
 
If fungal growth has already taken place due to a water problem, then it must get mitigated in a way that prevents future problems. SERVPRO's commercial mold damage technicians in Boulder know that time is essential when it comes to mitigation projects. The longer a fungus remains inside a building, the more likely its' spores travel to and affect other areas of your office complex.
 
When dealing with water-related problems, we take all of the possible measures to ensure that mold growth does not take place in the future. However, if a problem goes unattended, then a fungus possibly forms. Once there is already a presence of mold we follow IICRC regulations regarding the removal of fungi.
 
The mold must get removed inside a structure so that restoration work does not cause the fungus to spread and create issues elsewhere. The first step to any mold mitigation process is to contain the affected area. Our SERVPRO restoration technicians use heavy-duty plastic to seal off the affected area so that mold spores inside the dust created by restoration work does not leave the contaminated region.
 
We then attach an air scrubber to a hole on the outside of the containment chamber. The air scrubber creates negative air pressure that sucks up any dust stirred up during the restoration process. The air gets pulled into a HEPA filter, removing any mold spores out of the air before exhausting it back into the environment.
 
All of the work completed gets done in a way that causes as little harm to your company's operations as possible. Before containing the area, we move any contents out and put them in a place inside the office where they do not inhibit business operations. Signs get posted outside the containment area so that all occupants know to avoid the area.
 
If mold exists inside your office building, its removal is vital to ensure the good health of all of your occupants. For help dealing with a fungus inside your office, call SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville at (303) 604-6607 any time of the day.

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