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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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Post-Storm Water Removal in Lafayette

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Post-Storm Water Removal in Lafayette Water that enters your home can contain contaminants and should be removed quickly by a professional restoration team to avoid more damage.

Rely on SERVPRO’s Trained Professionals for Water Removal Services after a Flood

Weather patterns vary season to season, but the Lafayette Colorado area has experienced flooding in recent years. Although rainfall totals are lower than the national average, snowmelt and the accumulation of rains falling higher in the mountains can put your home at risk. If your home suffers from standing water after a storm, we can help with removal.

When heavy rains saturate the ground and waterways in the Lafayette area, your need for water removal is a real possibility. Water that seeps in through foundation or backs up from overwhelmed storm sewers can contain contaminants, making it even more important for a homeowner to engage the services of a professional restoration company. We master the protocols that protect the inhabitants of a home filled with possibly tainted water, operating safely for our crew, our customer, and the community.

It is crucial to call SERVPRO immediately after you realize you have a water removal scenario on your hands. Even an inch or two of water in your lower level translates into hundreds or even thousands of gallons, depending on your square footage. As the inches mount, so do the gallons. The household extraction tools most homeowners possess are not up to the task, and if water is collecting any sump pump system you might have is not keeping up with the totals. There is also the concern of how to power extraction equipment when quantities of water may expose all to a risk of electrocution.

SERVPRO service vehicles are stocked with trucked mounted and powered pumps and extractors, or gas-powered models. Our water removal crews are IICRC trained and certified, well-qualified to assess the quality of the water and to operate the high-efficiency equipment. If the water appears gray or black, we contain it and dispose of it according to local hazardous waste rules. We scan and measure moisture levels to find hidden recesses of water and set baselines for drying goals.

The SERVPRO team then positions air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to complete the drying process. We aim for the drying goal determined by our production manager or crew chief based on advanced IICRC coursework in Psychrometry, also known as the science of drying. A balance of temperature, air movement, and humidity is struck to achieve the goal safely. To inhibit microbial activity, we also apply professional grade antimicrobials.

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville offers the trained crews and equipment to resolve your post-storm water removal problem. Call (303) 604-6607 to set up an assessment.

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Fire Damage Cleanup From a Candle Fire in Your Boulder Home

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Cleanup From a Candle Fire in Your Boulder Home Candles need to be attended while burning to prevent a fire from starting. Should you have a fire damage event, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

SERVPRO Understands Soot Residues and How to Clean Them After a Fire

Candles are a cheap and practical way to provide light, especially during power outages, and they can also set the mood for a romantic night in Boulder. For some reason, however, people usually forget that candles are open flames and they should not be left unattended. The best thing to do is to make a habit of blowing any candles out right away after you are done using them.
 
When an accident happens, and a fire is caused by an unattended candle in your home, the fire damage in Boulder left behind needs to be taken care of as quickly as possible. The longer it sits, the more damage can be done by acidic smoke and soot left behind. Plus, if the fire was extinguished with water, the water can continue to do additional damage as well.
 
After a fire, the cleaning process for ceilings and walls has to consider whether the cleaned surface requires painting afterward or not. When smoke residues are light, we use dry sponge cleaning or wet cleaning, which should be sufficient enough to get rid of all the residues.
 
Cleaning by itself might not be successful for all ceilings and walls which were impacted by moderate-to-heavy smoke residues when cleaning cannot get rid of all residues, SERVPRO techs seal and repaint the affected surfaces. Smoke residues have to be still cleaned to prep the surface before we apply sealants, paints, or primers. We call this clean for paint, or prep for paint.
 
Cleaning for paint does not mean cleaning surfaces to be clean visually. Any loose residues are removed, and the acids in smoke deposits are neutralized. We deodorize smoke odors as much as possible. While the surface does not seem clean, the soils have been set, and the surface is now ready for painting or sealing and painting. A pigmented alcohol shellac is an effective sealer for preparing a surface for repainting that is stained by smoke.
 
At SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville, we understand the importance of cleaning up all smoke and soot residues after a fire in your home in Erie, Niwot, or Valmont. You can be sure that when you contact us at (303) 604-6607, you get professionals who take the time to restore your home after a fire thoroughly.

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What To Do When A Small Kitchen Fire Leaves Damage and Odors Behind in Louisville

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do When A Small Kitchen Fire Leaves Damage and Odors Behind in Louisville Smoke Odors Get Eliminated in Louisville with Expert SERVPRO Service

Trust the Pros from SERVPRO to Mitigate Smoke & Fire Damage to Your Home

Your home has had a small kitchen fire, but the damage that is left behind is anything but small. Your Louisville home has an area that used to be a kitchen and instead now all that remains is a space filled with soot, bad odors, and ashes. The situation can seem hopeless but cast your worries aside; help is available locally and 24/7.

SERVPRO is a leader in cleaning and restoration services; our certified technicians can swiftly remedy the damage left behind by a fire in your Louisville residence. Upon arriving at the scene of where the blaze took place, we can use poly sheeting to section off the kitchen from the rest of your home. By doing this, we can address the mess that was left behind without it spreading, like preventing soot circulating. The action described can be the first step in the restoration and cleaning process of your residence, but each fire is unique and our skilled IICRC certified technicians follow specific protocols.
 
To combat the odor left behind by the fire we use hydroxyl generators to neutralize odors in the kitchen space. We can seal off HVAC vents during the cleanup and can eventually clean the air ducts. Inspecting and cleaning the ducts can ensure that any greasy soot left behind by traveling smoke cannot release unpleasant smells. Here at SERVPRO, it is essential to us that when we finish our cleaning and fire damage restoration, you feel like nothing has changed from the way your home was in its preloss state. We want to make sure that no scent is left behind by the damage that can remind you of the fire that took place in your home. With our final inspection of your structure, if stubborn odors persist, we apply a thermal fogging to complete the job.
 
When a fire causes intense damage in your home, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of the Lafayette/Louisville at (303) 604-6607. Whenever you contact us, we can get on the scene as soon as possible and begin immediately working so you can feel "Like it never even happened."

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Mold Damage Remediation Services Available For Boulder Area Residents

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation Services Available For Boulder Area Residents When mold damage strikes, our SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville team strikes back.

Our SERVPRO Team Is Here For you When Mold Damage Strikes 

It can be hard to tell whether you have a mold problem on your Boulder property. Some growth hides in hard to reach areas, growing large colonies inside of your walls, attic, or crawlspaces that you never tend to visit. However, when you understand what to look for, you can still identify if your home has a mold problem.

Remember, contacting a company with IICRC-industry certified specialists provide you with the best opportunity to control mold damage in your Boulder area home. Many homeowners that attempt remediation on their property end up calling for help after discovering additional problems or running into something they are not equipped to handle themselves.

Discovering a strong, musty odor anywhere in your home may serve as a signal of hidden mold growth. Even if you remain uncertain, contact SERVPRO for help. We can help you locate mold hidden behind wallpaper, in your carpeting, under your cabinets and many other areas of your home. Never hesitate to call us, the longer you wait, the worse the problem gets.

Some areas of your home with high levels of humidity can produce clearly-visible signs of mold growth. Your bathroom, basement, and attic all produce mold patterns easily distinguishable from other problems. You may notice black, gray, brown, green, or even while textured patterns around your shower stall, windows, vents, or openly growing on your walls and ceiling.

Any amount or species of mold can cause health effects, which makes it even more important to seek professional services to correct the problem as soon as possible. Protect your family by controlling mold found in your home the right way. SERVPRO helps you discover at-risk areas, where high humidity or an abundance of condensation causes problems you should have repaired.

SERVPRO technicians respond 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, providing local community members with fast, efficient solutions to mold problems found in your home. If you have recently had a significant water problem or found mold anywhere on your property, we can help.

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SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville services the entire Erie, Gooding, Superior area with remediation teams ready to answer your call for help, immediately. (303) 604-6607

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Flood Damage Professionals in Louisville

2/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Professionals in Louisville Heavy rainfall that enters your home can leave behind foul odors that require professional restoration.

SERVPRO Combats Bad Odors from Flood Damage

Whenever a storm hits town, it is possible that rainwater damages your Louisville home. If it rains so hard that flooding occurs, then water may enter your home from faulty door seals. Sometimes wind causes damage that creates water leaks.

Whatever the case, anytime water enters your structure it is very likely that damage occurs. In water damage situations hiring SERVPRO's flood damage experts in Louisville gets you the best results. Our team is IICRC certified and experienced in mitigating various types of weather-related water damage scenarios.

In some cases, water coming in from the outside is not clean water. Water with high contamination levels can cause unwanted odors to develop within your dwelling. Whenever SERVPRO's restoration team mitigates a problem, combatting odors is one of their top priorities.

The first step to eliminating bad smells inside any house is to remove the source. All offensive odors have a source, and the smell does not go away until the source is found and eliminated. In water damage cases, bad odors usually come from materials that did not dry out entirely.

In many cases, the smells come from multiple sources. When this is the case, it is easier to use multiple deodorization methods to remove the smell. When deodorizing an area, many different methods get used to eliminating foul odors.

Some deodorants are masking agents that cover up the bad smell with a pleasant one. Other chemicals used are absorption agents that absorb moisture and oils that cause unpleasant odors. One type of deodorant works as a pairing agent. This type of chemical combines with odor particles and drops them to a surface to get cleaned.

In some cases, disinfectants and sanitizers get used to help deodorize areas. Sanitizers prevent bacteria and fungal growth and get sprayed onto an area to prevent future offensive odors. In other scenarios, electrically generated deodorizers get used. An example is an ozone generator that creates ozone gas to combat bad smells.

No matter what water damage situation you run into, fighting bad odors is an essential part of the job. Anytime you are afraid of an offensive odor developing inside your house, call SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville at (303) 604-6607 for help 24/7.

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What is Involved in Professional Water Removal from Your Boulder Property?

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What is Involved in Professional Water Removal from Your Boulder Property? SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville can restore your water damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Takes You Step By Step in The Boulder Water Removal Process


A water-logged home after a flood, a leak or a busted pipe can spell disaster for a homeowner. If the water is not removed promptly and efficiently, it can lead to permanent damage and can even cause secondary damage as well.

Thankfully, there is professional help for water removal from your Boulder property after a water damage incidence. The IICRC certified SERVPRO professionals could use multiple methods to remove the standing water as well as the residual moisture in no time. Here are some of the equipment that professionals use in the water removal process.

Extractors
An extractor is used to remove the water from floors and upholstery after a water damage incident. Extractors come in various sizes and capacities. If only a small amount of water needs to be removed, portable extractors are used. On the other hand, if there is much water needs to be removed, bigger extractors that are truck-mounted are often used.

Dehumidifiers
While extractors can handle the standing water, the dehumidifiers can get rid of the hidden moisture. A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air, which in turn, increases the rate of evaporation. The rate of drying is increased with dehumidifiers.

There are two types of dehumidifiers that SERVPRO professionals can use. The first type is called a refrigerant dehumidifier that works very similar to an air conditioner unit. It extracts the moisture from the air and makes it drier to speed up the evaporation process. The other type is called a desiccant dehumidifier that uses special chemicals called desiccants that absorb moisture from the air making it dry.

Air moving equipment
Air movers move the damp and moisture-laden air and replace it with drier air that is ready to pick up more moisture. These are high-efficiency fans that move the air close to the surface that needs to be dried. As the air flow across the surface increases, the rate of drying also increases. Air movers are strategically placed along with the dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process.

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Call SERVPRO of Lafayette/ Louisville at (303) 604-6607 today to talk to one of our experts regarding your water restoration needs. Remember, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

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Drying Flood Damaged Furniture in Boulder

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Drying Flood Damaged Furniture in Boulder When floodwaters enter your Boulder home, rely on SERVPRO to restore your home and its contents.

SERVPRO Can Reduce the Costs of Flood Damage by Restoring Damaged Furniture

When Boulder homes become flooded, the structure itself usually remains in good shape after removing the standing water. Carpets and floors are at a higher risk due to water that might be trapped inside, but it is the contents of the home, particularly furniture, that make up most of the cost when it comes to property loss.

Boulder flood damage can mean thousands of dollars and more in furniture replacement costs unless you hire a professional service that has the skills to restore it. Our SERVPRO response team is trained to dry, preserve and repair items to include cabinets, dining room sets, dressers, and more.

Furniture like these items is constructed primarily of natural wood or a composite like plywood. Each category has its uses, but also special requirements to restore them after being exposed to water.

Items like chairs and tables use natural wood. When exposed to floodwater, it cracks and swells. That weakens the furniture at the joints, causing the pieces to separate or split even worse. SERVPRO specialists can reduce cracking and swelling in wood by carefully removing moisture trapped inside it. We start by setting up dehumidifiers next to the furniture to draw out moisture, heaters to slowly raise the temperature of the immediate area, and air movers to push warm, dry air over and under the surfaces.

A secondary problem with real wood is spotting, which happens when water damages the varnish and other finishes used on wood furniture but does not penetrate the wood itself. In most cases, we can eliminate the damage with a special, chemical agent. If we cannot, it is necessary to bring in a professional refinisher.

Bathroom and kitchen cabinets use composites. For these items, only one side is usually laminated or has a finish. The application works like a vapor barrier which traps moisture inside. Our technicians can reduce trapped moisture faster than in natural wood with dehumidifiers, but if there is visible warping, we usually recommend replacement since composites are cheaper to replace than restore.

Restoring furniture after a storm floods your home is not an easy process, but SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville has the training and over twenty years of experience to return as much of your property as possible to its original condition. For more information, call today at (303) 604-6607. We are here for you.

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SERVPRO Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Boulder

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Boulder Your unique boutique would be missed by your customers in the event of water damage. Contact SERVPRO right away for remediation services.

SERVPRO's Quick Response is the KEY to Your Business' Success After Water Damage

For a business in Boulder, the losses due to a broken pipe or other failed plumbing are often double than a private home or even more. Each day the doors are closed is a loss of income. For a small business, a closure of several days may impact the ability of the owner to meet his payroll that next week.
 
That is why Boulder commercial water damage has to be quickly removed and remediated. As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO knows what it means to make payroll each week and take care of our employees as they do their best to take care of our customers. That is why we work to help our fellow business owners keep the costs reasonable and reopen their doors as soon as possible.
 
A clothing boutique is particularly vulnerable to damage like spotting and colors running on certain types of fabrics. Although we usually try to remove any standing water first, a situation like this makes it extremely important to dry the inventory first or at least as quickly as we clear the floor and dry any part of the structure.
 
Part of our equipment inventory is large storage racks. We use these more often for curtains, but they are also excellent to hang clothing. SERVPRO restoration specialists hang everything and then proceed to dry the items. We set up dehumidifiers next to and between the racks to draw moisture from the clothing. This method is especially useful for delicate fabrics.
 
For other clothing, we also set up a combination of air movers and fans. The air movers generate warm air that our technicians carefully direct to blow across the items. We can adjust both the speed and temperature to ensure the process is accomplished quickly without accidentally causing further damage.
 
If there is a risk that the water is contaminated, SERVPRO keeps an extensive shelf of cleaners for every type of fabric. Technicians bring the clothing to our office where we maintain commercial grade washers and dryers to clean and disinfect every sock, blouse, or a pair of slacks that need attention.
 
Keeping the doors open for any business is vital. Cash flow and customer loyalty can both disappear in as short a time as a week. SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville understands this and does everything we can to assist our community merchants and other business owners. If you need our services, call us today at (303) 604-6607. We are here for you.

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