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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.

Fire Damage Restoration Available In Boulder

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Available In Boulder Let the Experts at SERVPRO Help with any Fire Damage that may occur in you Boulder Home or Business.

Having a fire event on your property can produce some pretty destructive and violent results. Regardless of how large or small the damage is, you never hear a property owner say that they are glad it happened to them.
 
What you need is a team that can respond quickly to your request and starts taking care of the fire damage to your Boulder property immediately. Our technicians arrive on site within four hours and give you the benefit of having a company with IICRC certified technicians working for you.
 
Due to the extensive damage received throughout the duration of a fire, professional restoration services are your best bet to returning your home to a quality pre-damage condition in the quickest most efficient way possible.
 
Heat alone does a significant amount of damage to your structure; it can warp your flooring and cause extensive damage. The contents of your home may be affected in various ways, requiring specialized item restoration services only available at SERVPRO.
 
Smoke can reach into cracks and crevices throughout your home, leaving soot residues behind, staining surfaces and cause odors to penetrate various materials, SERVPRO can help. With a variety of deodorization and cleaning methods designed to return things to normal quickly.
 
SERVPRO gives you access to technicians with the experience and training required to present you with the quality services you need to make your fire damage disappear, "Like it never even happened."
 
We help you manage your insurance paperwork and communicate with your insurance company. Taking care of you and your family along the way to ensure a smooth restoration process.
 
SERVPRO technicians also answer any questions you have about our services and only present you with those that you need. We have certified technicians to handle every aspect of your restoration, from water removal to finishing touches.
 
Remember, we are a locally owned and operated company. We live, work, and play in the same places you do. Giving us a unique perspective towards your restoration needs.
 
Give us the opportunity to provide you with a unique solution to your problem by calling SERVPRO of Lafayette - Louisville today. (303) 604-6607

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. 


 


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


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