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Apartment Building Owners in Boulder Survive Fire Damage With the Right Kind of Help

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Apartment Building Owners in Boulder Survive Fire Damage With the Right Kind of Help Call SERVPRO when your property has fire damage. We will investigate and put together a plan of action to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Handle the Entire Fire Damage Restoration Process Including Dealing With Your Property's Insurance Carrier

Far too many people dismiss what an apartment owner goes through on a daily basis. They have to keep a manager in place or run the establishment themselves, keep occupancy at maximum, handle everyday needs of each tenant, specialty problems, and deal with maintenance, collections, or unexpected move outs.
 
With everything involved in your normal routine for your apartment building in Boulder, dealing with commercial fire damage is the furthest thing from your mind. You may have onsite maintenance crews that deal with installing new sinks, toilets, flooring, doors, or other general issues. However, when a fire occurs, restoration and repairs go beyond available resources.
 
SERVPRO can give you access to all of the equipment, personnel, and resources necessary to return any size problem to normal. We have water extractors with connectors of all shapes and sizes to help remove every drop of water left behind by firefighters while also having air movers, air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, and hygrometers to provide you with a fast drying process.
 
A tenant fire can easily reach surrounding units within minutes. Even with a fast response, you might face multiple units being damaged all at once. Your days, already filled with a variety of issues, make it necessary to locate a qualified restoration company, like SERVPRO to get things headed in the right direction.  
 
SERPVRO technicians move each tenant's property to a safe, dry location, ensuring documentation and proper handling. Then, concentrating on the larger job at hand, we tackle direct property damage, removing any unrestorable objects or material. Our cleaning technicians use advanced cleaning methods to provide you with fantastic results.  
 
You never need to contact several companies to perform work on specific projects again. We manage the entire restoration process, performing any installs, repairs, or finishing touches necessary to return apartments to a quality pre-fire damage condition.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville to begin your road to recovery, today. Our IICRC certified technicians stand ready 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.  

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Mold Damage Ruins Clothing, Carpets, and More when Mold Grows in Boulder Properties

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Ruins Clothing, Carpets, and More when Mold Grows in Boulder Properties Mold grows very quickly when there is moisture added to the equation. Contact SERVPRO to start the remediation process at the first sign of mold.

SERVPRO Technicians First Contain the Possible Spread of Mold and then Remediate any Damage

There is a diversity of life all across the planet, and some of these organisms are not always beneficial where we find them. Mold, for instance, is fine in small numbers but can create havoc when a mold colony grows too large, in a location occupied by people, or both.
 
Boulder is situated in a relatively dry location, but this is not always true inside a home, and when conditions are right, mold damage can become a serious problem. Mold often consumes what it is on, except for when that surface is non-porous and not made of plant matter. Drywall, wallpaper, clothing, books, and so on are targeted by mold because these materials provide needed nourishment to the growing mold. Because they are porous, the materials can easily retain the moisture mold also needs to grow.
 
However, when mold grows, it actually invades the material, eating away at it at the same time it is causing the materials to disintegrate. Moldy clothing shows holes and infested walls crumble at your touch. At SERVPRO, we have trained our technicians to handle mold growth and damage effectively.
 
Containing mold so that it cannot spread is crucial for a complete remediation job to be successful. Ensuring that all mold growths are removed is also a vital component of our work. Preventing future mold activity can be accomplished by the application of mold inhibitors, the use of air scrubbers, and also the installation of a low-maintenance dehumidifier.
 
One of the worst instances of mold growth is when a carpet is damaged by mold. Because mold is so small, it is quite capable of infiltrating into the tiniest places, including into carpet padding and foam. This can cause floors to become weak and at risk of collapse. Floors like this must be rebuilt prior to having new carpeting installed.
 
One important thing to note is that no matter where mold is found growing inside your home, without the presence of moisture, mold would not flourish. We know that without locating this extra moisture's source, mold can easily return. Our technicians use hygrometers that measure how humid any selected area is to determine from where the additional, and unwanted, moisture is coming. After finding this location, we then stop it from continuing.
 
Call our office at (303) 604-6607 any time of the day and any day of the year. We are SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville, and we want to make your home clean and safe again.

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Water Damage in Your Boulder Attic From Failing Chimney

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water Damage in Your Boulder Attic From Failing Chimney Our technicians at SERVPRO can help you when your attic is water damaged, no matter how bad it is.

Failing Chimneys Can Cause Water Damage To Your Attic

When you have a fireplace, chimney leaks are common. There is no greater enemy to this part of your home than moisture. A chimney and its connection to your home are ideally sealed and watertight. However, there are several situations which unfortunately cause moisture to enter the chimney system and cause damage not only to your chimney and fireplace but other areas of your home, such as your attic.

Many people do not tend to think about water damage to their chimney when thinking about all the possible water damage possibilities in their Boulder home. The exterior of chimneys many times go unmaintained for a long period, which means they have plenty of opportunities to spring a leak and become a major problem.

When you experience water damage in your attic because of a failing chimney, SERVPRO is the company to call. We are a professionally trained and experienced water damage remediation company and have the proper tools to mitigate the damage in a timely fashion before more occurs.

When the chimney itself is damaged, you have other problems to worry about, like the border of the construction of the chimney where it becomes part of the roof. If it is sealed improperly, it allows access to water, rain, ice, and sleet to get inside your home. After the damage has happened, it can be quite expensive to repair. Water can get inside to your home and damage your attic, HVAC system, and electrical systems. Water can run for some distance as well before deciding to leak down into your home, which means other than your attic, the interior of your home can be damaged, too.

Annual maintenance and inspections are recommended for your chimney, so you can hopefully catch potential problems before they have the chance to grow into something much bigger. You can also get waterproofing done.

Our technicians at SERVPRO can help you when your attic is water damaged, no matter how bad it is. We first get all the water out with special pumps, plus industrial dehumidifiers and fans, and then repair any damage the water did. We check for hidden moisture and mold with moisture meters to ensure that we have taken care of everything.

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SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville is always ready to assist you when your attic suffers water damage because of your chimney. The quicker you contact us at (303) 604-6607, the better, so additional damage can be prevented.

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Smoke Sets Off Sprinklers Causing Significant Damage to Boulder Restaurant

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Smoke Sets Off Sprinklers Causing Significant Damage to Boulder Restaurant Sprinkler systems are effective if fire is involved. But if they are accidentally set off, the water damage can overwhelm your business. Call SERVPRO.

Water Damage can Quickly Affect Your Business After an Event

Smoke alarms and sprinkler systems without a doubt save commercial businesses from fire damage. Smoke without fire trips the sprinklers in some cases, resulting in water damage unrelated to an actual fire. This unintended water damage causes a range of problems SERVPRO is ready to help the business owner solve.
 
An overly sensitive sensor triggers your restaurant's sprinkler system due to smoke or steam, but not because of flames. Commercial sprinklers discharge at least 300 gallons per minute, quickly inundating kitchen and dining areas with a considerable amount of water. Commercial water damage spreads throughout your Boulder bistro, and simply turning off the spray resolves few issues. We offer the professional response needed to remove the water and ensure no secondary damage occurs.
 
Our team arrives ready to extract the water fast. If the power is off or gas line involvement is a concern SERVPRO uses truck mounted pumps and extractors, so we get to work immediately. We search for water infiltration in unexpected spaces under and behind ovens, grills, and stovetops, as well as drywall, insulation, and subflooring. Your staff does not have the training our technicians receive, so deciding to do the cleanup with an in-house team risks failure to contain and remove all pockets of water. Missing any hidden water is a huge error, and allowing that concealed moisture to damage structures, rust or rot fixtures, and contribute to mold growth causes greater expenses and possible temporary or permanent closure of your restaurant down the line.
 
After extraction of the majority of the water, visible and concealed, SERVPRO staff assesses the moisture content of building materials and sets drying goals. Our crew positions air movers to hasten the reduction of moisture in the structure and structural components. Meanwhile, a general cleanup of the premises is completed, allowing a speedy reopening. We understand that a restaurant loses both money and its reputation as a reliable eating destination if it must close for a period, so our mission is to restore your premises as soon as it is safe and possible.
 
When sprinkler systems malfunction and fill your restaurant with water, call SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville for a rapid and efficient response. A call to our dispatchers at (303) 604-6607 schedules the crew and equipment needed to minimize this disaster.

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Elements That Play A Severe Role In Cleanability After Fire Damage Occurs In Your Louisville Home

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Elements That Play A Severe Role In Cleanability After Fire Damage Occurs In Your Louisville Home The type of material, the amount of heat, oxygen and moisture present, along with indoor airflow patterns all play a severe role in cleanability.

After Fire Damage

Elements collide throughout the progress of a fire creating many different reactions that impact the way professional restoration technicians address damages found in your home. The type of material, the amount of heat, oxygen and moisture present, along with indoor airflow patterns all play a severe role in cleanability.

Fire damage that occurs on your Louisville property presents restoration technicians with a variety of difficult challenges. Without the proper training, equipment, and experience, the results provided by the restoration company you choose to use can vary quite a bit. Making it necessary for you to choose your restoration provider wisely.

A fire that breaks out in your kitchen causes heat and smoke to damage some surfaces and does nothing to others, making the surface present critical for your restoration company to consider. SERVPRO technicians understand that more porous surfaces allow smoke and odors to penetrate further, making natural fabrics harder to clean than synthetic fibers. The amount of heat involved in a fire can cause surfaces to expand and become more porous, allowing residues and odors to penetrate otherwise resistant materials. When this happens, your expertly trained SERVPRO representative recommends refinishing contents more than cleaning alone, providing you with higher quality results.

A majority of fires also include damages caused by moisture, where suppression systems, firefighters, or weather conditions saturate residues staining surfaces permanently. Combining water and heat with smoke residues leaves surfaces yellowed that require special handling from your SERVPRO cleaning technician to restore properly. Burned synthetic materials, such as rubber or plastics, create wet, smeary residues that are much harder to remove than those left by wood or other natural materials that leave behind dried residues. Hot air expands during the event, causing increases in temperature and the volume of air involved, driving soot and ash into cracks and crevices that make cleaning tough.

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville has expertly trained fire damage restoration technicians with years of experience providing customers just like you with quality solutions to fire and smoke related issues after an emergency occurs on your property. Call us today to gain access to the services you deserve after disaster strikes (303) 604-6607.

To learn more about the city of Louisville, Colorado visit http://www.louisvilleco.gov/.

Division Of Duties After The Flood

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Division Of Duties After The Flood Flooding in your home is devastating

Steps To Take After A Flood

Flooding in your home is devastating, and it is no surprise you are anxious to wade in and begin the recovery process even before help arrives. It is difficult to sort out the tasks appropriate for homeowners to complete, but there are some things SERVPRO suggests you do that are both safe and helpful for the overall recovery as you wait for the restoration team to arrive.

Your family returned from a weekend trip to find flood damage in your garden level Louisville family room after heavy rains forced water in through below-ground-level window wells. Fully carpeted and connected to your home office, this leisure room packed full of personal items, books, electronics, and exercise equipment appears beyond repair. Our team is on its way to assess the situation. What can you do to jump-start the recovery?

First, make sure power is off as water is a conductor of electricity. Keep pets and your children out of the area and be extremely careful to avoid slip and fall situations. Collect scattered items from furniture and the floor, such as cushions, books, games, and toys. Remove them to a dry staging area such as the garage or back yard. Move knick-knacks and artwork out so our technicians need not worry about damaging them as they get to work. Throw rugs, afghans, and other colored items may stain upholstery and carpeting and should be hung up outdoors or in another room to begin drying.

Use a mop or towels on water that is not too deep. Our technicians take over the extraction tasks when they arrive, but placing dry towels on walkways throughout the room help limit soiling on wet carpeting. Wipe down solid parts of furnishings. Turn on the central air conditioning or dehumidifier as soon as it is safe to run electrical appliances.

The SERVPRO project manager works with you when on site to indicate which tasks are appropriate for the homeowner to complete. Expect our crew to operate the pumps and extractors and monitor humidity levels as air movers, and portable dehumidifiers increase the speed of drying. We craft a plan to dry out floor coverings, walls, and furnishings based on our training and professional experience while you manage belongings that you move to drying areas. Together we return your home to preloss condition.

Your flood recovery ally is SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville. A call to (303) 604-6607 sends the qualified team you need to augment your efforts within hours.

For further information concerning the City of Louisville visit: http://www.louisvilleco.gov/

SERVPRO Takes A Multi-Faceted Approach To Remediating Water Damage In Your Boulder Home Office

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Takes A Multi-Faceted Approach To Remediating Water Damage In Your Boulder Home Office We dry office furniture by careful placement of air movers and dehumidifiers.

Water Damage In Your Boulder Home Office? SERVPRO Professionals Can Help!


If you work from home, your home office is critical. It is your business premises and is most likely where you keep all your electronic equipment and also files, books, and documents. Unfortunately, a home office is just as susceptible to water damage as any other room. All it takes is a burst pipe, a broken appliance, or some extreme weather, and your office can quickly become waterlogged.

Water damage to your Boulder home office slows down business and can even lessen profits. That is why we recommend putting in a call to SERVPRO at the first sign of a problem – We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We understand that drying out your workspace needs a multi-faceted approach. That process begins with water extraction. Our teams come equipped with free standing and truck mounted pumps to get the water out of your room. Did you know that carpet is 50% weaker when wet? Thankfully we have access to a range of attachments and choose the right one for your flooring to help prevent further damage and stop the spread of water.

After we have extracted water from your working space, we turn our attention to drying. This requires a multifaceted approach:

We maintain heat and humidity at the ideal levels to prevent further damage to your electronics such as your laptop or printer. We carefully wipe down electronic items and liaise with skilled electronics vendors restoration on your behalf.


Waterlogged books and documents can be removed and freeze dried at our specialist facilities. Freezing documents halts the spread of water damage and gives us an opportunity to determine the best way forward.


Carpets and rugs are carefully treated using a range of air movers. We use three kinds of air movers to dry out wet floor coverings. Centrifugal movers blast air over the surface and encourage evaporation, downdraft equipment draws down warmer air and spreads it across the carpet to dry large areas, and low profile movers direct air at specific wet spots.


We dry office furniture by careful placement of air movers and dehumidifiers. Our IICRC-certified technicians take steps to protect rust stains or water stains and dry furniture evenly, so it looks as good as new.


We set up dehumidifiers throughout your office to bring down the humidity levels and decrease drying times. Our experts are trained to place just the right combination of air movers and dehumidifiers for optimum results.


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Do not let water slow down your home business. Call SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville at (303) 604-6607 today for help.


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Get Your Paint Store Open For Business Again After Flood Damage in Boulder

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Get Your Paint Store Open For Business Again After Flood Damage in Boulder Boulder Flooded Paint Store Calls on SERVPRO to Extract the Water

For Boulder Businesses, SERVPRO Expedites Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup

Many residents of Boulder remember the 2013 floods. This area is not immune to flooding, and store owners know the importance of being careful where floods are concerned. A burst river or torrential rain can cause a flood, and there is also a risk from a burst pipe, a broken appliance, or seepage from outside.
 
Paint store owners have a lot to worry about in the event of flood damage in Boulder. Paint cans and tools that get wet quickly become susceptible to rust, and that means facing the cost of replacing your inventory. The store itself may become unfit for business purposes, raising concerns about business survival and effects on profits.
 
The key to saving as much inventory as possible and getting your store back up and running is getting professional help swiftly. We recommend putting in a call to our SERVPRO experts at once - We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
 
Upon arrival, our IICRC-certified experts start by extracting as much water as possible from your paint store. Extraction works in conjunction with dehumidification when it comes to drying out a flood damaged premises. We use powerful truck mounted pumps and also have access to free-standing pumps and wet-vacs for hard to reach areas.
 
In some cases, extraction and drying can be done with your inventory more or less in situ. In other situations, a full pack out is the better option. We carefully remove your tools, paints, office furniture and other items to a secure location. Our teams can work on drying and restoring your store belongings while other team members continue to extract and dry out at your premises.
 
After thorough water extraction, the next stage is to dry out your paint store. Our technicians accomplish this through careful use of dehumidifiers and air movers to lower the humidity and dry out everything from the walls to the carpets. We carefully monitor drying at every stage. Our monitoring equipment includes thermo-hygrometers that accurately measure the humidity in your store. We also use moisture meters to test out the moisture content of every kind of material and structure, from drywall to carpet. Our expertly calibrated meters let us know when drying is completed to standard levels.
 
Our aim is to get your store back to its pre-flood condition so you can resume business and life can get back to normal as quickly as possible.
 
If your commercial enterprise suffers flood damage, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville at (303) 604-6607 at once.

Getting Rid of Soot Stains and Odors after Fire Damage in Your Superior Kitchen

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Getting Rid of Soot Stains and Odors after Fire Damage in Your Superior Kitchen Soot from Your Superior Kitchen Fire Leaves a Smelly, Messy Cleanup

SERVPRO's Expertise and Equipment Restore Fire Damaged Properties

Search online for images of ‘kitchen fires, ’ and there are thousands of similar results. Mild to moderate incidents (with no damage to the roof) tend to be dominated by one thing. Soot. It is what causes rooms to turn black and take on that dusty, chalky, or oily appearance.

Cooking oil fires are particularly tricky because they burn hot and fast. They produce a distinct type of soot. It is oily, greasy, and hard to remove from surfaces. This is why, when dealing with fire damage in Superior homes, SERVPRO uses a variety of cleaning techniques to ensure that all soot stains get cleaned and restored.

Keep reading to find out more about these sooty deposits and what to do when they appear after a kitchen fire.

Understanding the Basics
Soot and smoke develop when a fuel (like wood) becomes partially combusted. It is a by-product of this process and, specifically, the interaction between the fuel and the oxygen in the air. It has a fine texture. Even when it is oily, it can look like a powder.

It is one of the reasons why many homeowners try dry wiping and end up smearing the deposits further. In some cases, it does work, but not after cooking oil fires. The soot is too greasy, and it clings to surfaces. It usually smells very unpleasant too.

Cleaning Soot Deposits
Fortunately, the experts at SERVPRO are trained to deal with this kind of damage. Our exact approach depends on the circumstances of the fire, but we have access to cutting edge cleaning tools and equipment. For oily soot, we use high alkali detergents to cut through the grease and break down the particles before making contact. SERVPRO carries a large inventory of cleaning products to combat all types of staining.

In the case of serious fires – with large amounts of damage and stains – we may decide to use pressure washing tools to clean the walls. Crucially, however, this is only an appropriate strategy if the water is not going to cause damage to otherwise untouched items. Soft surfaces (curtains, drapes, and rugs), require cleaning off site in specialized washers typically from the Esporta Line of products.

Getting Rid of Odors
Soot leaves an acrid odor, and it is often one of the hardest things to remove after a kitchen fire. When grease and cooking oils burn, they generate harsh chemicals and the space requires ventilation. Technicians can isolate and contain the smoke and soot damaged areas and then, when feasible, open up doors and windows to let in clean air. Any HVAC systems must be inactive to prevent circulation of particulates throughout the structure.

Ventilation is not effective enough on its own, however, so they also set up deodorizing machines. These remarkable devices produce a range of odor busting substances. Some kill the odor particles outright. Others create a sweet smelling substance which binds to the odor particle and neutralizes it until it becomes caught (and contained) in an air filter.

At SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville, fire damage is a serious business. We deal with many kitchen fires every year, so our technicians know just what to do. If you live in the Superior region and need fast, effective repairs, call us 24/7 at (303) 604-6607.

Flood Damage Management For Your Boulder Colorado Area Home

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Management For Your Boulder Colorado Area Home Flooding is a horrible experience for any homeowner.

Flood Damage Management


Flooding is a horrible experience for any homeowner. If the water intrusion becomes severe enough, you may experience damage to your flooring, carpeting, subfloor, foundation, walls, ceilings, crawlspaces, and much more. A flood often makes your house unlivable and requires professional assistance to recover from correctly.

Every home is susceptible to flood damage; Boulder is no different. Everything from flooding in your basement, crawlspaces, or roofing to a variety of cases involving broken appliances, fixtures and pipes. Each instance can create many problems that require your quick attention to remedy before they get out of control.

Making contact with a quality restoration company can help. SERVPRO, for example, gives you access to IICRC certified technicians with years of experience managing complete restorations. This company takes control of the situation and works with your insurance company to ensure that the repairs you need meet or exceed your expectations, they are truly on your side.

SERVPRO supplies you with an online readiness app to help communicate and document incidents that occur on your property, which also gives you direct access to the help you need during an emergency. They respond quickly and explain the entire restoration process, updating you as they make progress and address any concerns you may have. SERVPRO technicians take the time to address each damaged area and every affected item found within your home individually, giving them the opportunity to provide higher quality results for you, the customer. Often saving many items, you thought lost forever.

Infrared moisture detectors make finding hidden pockets of moisture possible, while hand-held to truck mounted water extractors and humidity removal techniques protect your home from potential mold growth. Ensuring a healthy safe environment for your entire family, once completed. Drying equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers make it possible to quickly and efficiently dry large areas with ease, while cleaning and deodorization methods eliminate all odors created by the event. Providing you with a one-stop solution to problems that develop in your home due to flooding, keeping safety in mind and protecting one of the biggest investments of your life, your home.

Our technicians enjoy having the opportunity to provide you with solutions to your unique situation. SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville presents you with crisis management you can count on, give us a call today (303) 604-6607.