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3 Ways Flood Cuts Help With Storm Damage Restoration

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Flood cut Flooding can cause a variety of damages to your Lafayette, CO, home

3 Ways Flood Cuts Help With Storm Damage Restoration

When violent storms impact your Lafayette, CO, home, knowing where to begin when it comes to cleanup and repair efforts can be difficult. Flooding ruins drywall, wood and other building materials; your home’s walls and floors may also absorb floodwater, which can cause damage for months afterward. Calling in a professional storm damage restoration service to perform flood cuts, which are made in walls 12 inches above the flood line, can minimize the effects of long-term water damage and help you understand what kinds of repairs your home will need in the aftermath of a large flood.

1. They Can Expose Hidden Damage

Strong storms can cause local creeks and rivers to overflow, and the resulting floodwaters may contain contamination from sewers and other unsanitary sources. When this dirty water invades your home, it can be absorbed by insulation and other building materials located inside interior walls. A flood cut can expose this type of damage and allow repair experts to gauge whether entire walls or merely a section of one will need replacing.

2. Flood Cuts Can Minimize Future Odor Problems

Outdoor flooding can cause a number of issues when it invades your home, and one of the most difficult to eradicate is the foul odor it carries. Sewer runoff and animal feces in the water can increase unpleasant odors, and runoff that clings to insulation and other materials inside your home’s walls may cause this smell to linger for months afterward. A flood cut and tear out can eliminate this potential problem before it grows into a costly and frustrating issue.

3. Mold Prevention

Moisture that collects inside your home’s walls after a flood can encourage mold growth. Once fungus takes hold and grows undetected, it causes a musty, damp odor and may damage insulation and wiring. A flood cut can expose mold growth to storm damage and flood repair specialists, allowing them to eliminate any mold a flood might have encouraged.
Flooding can cause a variety of damages to your Lafayette, CO, home. Flood cuts may help you and your repair service minimize it and prevent future problems.

What Are the Key Steps in the Process of Residential Mold Remediation?

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

A wall covered with mold Mold infestation in a Louisville, CO home

Mold Remediation Steps

Do you know what would happen if your home in Louisville, CO, was affected by black mold? Many homeowners associate mold growth with widespread damage, but few people know what happens during remediation. Here are common steps that occur during remediation.

1. Assessment and Mitigation

When you notice that mold is present in your home, it's often useful to contact mold remediation specialists. These specialists will first assess the damage present in your home. Remediation experts will also mitigate the water and mold damage in your home. Mitigation is especially important early in the remediation process, as failure to mitigate damage can result in a long and costly restoration.

2. Containment

Preventing the spread of black mold in the home is often a priority for homeowners and remediation experts. After assessing and mitigating the damage, specialists usually attempt to contain the problem to one area of your home. During the process of containment, experts often use negative air chambers and physical barriers to keep mold from spreading throughout your home.

3. Air Filtration

Air filtration is often an important step during mold removal. Though some people believe every mold spore must be removed for a home to be safe, this isn't the case. HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters are frequently used to reduce the level of mold spores in a home. The use of air scrubbers can also help to decrease the overall number of spores in a home.

4. Cleanup, Restoration or Replacement

After mold levels are safe, cleanup begins. Professionals often use specialized tools and equipment during mold cleanup. After cleanup, restoration can start. Certain building materials that have only been affected by water damage may just need to dry out in order to be used again. However, any belongings that have mold growth or items that are fragile may be taken to restoration experts. If some items can't be restored, replacement is the next best option.

There are various important steps involved in the mold remediation process. As a homeowner, understanding the purpose of every step in remediation can help you to feel more at ease and informed as black mold is removed from your home.

What to Do When Your Ice Maker Keeps Leaking Water Onto Your Louisville Kitchen Floor

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

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During the summer, many homes crave having ready-made ice available at any time, but those machines can leave your home in need of water cleanup services if they malfunction. Because it is a small spill, cleaning it up yourself doesn't seem like a difficult job. After all, not every emergency seems like it would need professional help.

However, when it comes to your kitchen, the repeat accidents have left your home in need of local Louisville water cleanup services. The more your ice maker leaks, and the longer the excess water remains unnoticed, the higher chance it has to do long-lasting water damage to your home. Furthermore, excess moisture can allow omnipresent mold spores to feed and grow, turning them into a mold colony.

Indeed, you could continue to clean up spills when they happen instead of calling for a professional cleanup and damage restoration company, like SERVPRO. However, due to the ice maker being built into the fridge, it is possible for you to miss spots of water beneath the large shape. While you may be able to handle the job yourself and clean up all of the water, it is always wise to reach out for professional help. It is better to be safe than to be sorry, as water damage always has the chance of birthing mold damage.

When you call SERVPRO, we always arrive swiftly and bring a team of highly qualified water restoration technicians. Our team always comes equipped with advanced technological equipment designed to remove standing water promptly and to address any water damage left behind just as quickly. Our Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration-certified (IICRC) technicians can use equipment such as portable pumps, wet/dry vacuums, and extractors. Should there be any remaining water damage underneath the fridge, our SERVPRO techs can use flood drying mats on your hardwood floor, which uses suction to remove excess moisture. Our goal is always to return your home to its preloss state.

If you find your home needing water removed quickly, never wait to get help. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville by dialing (303) 604-6607. Whatever the time, we'll come to help you.

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Lafayette Meet SERVPRO--Your Solution Provider for Property Damage Cleanup and Restoration

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Mitigates the Water Damage that Caused this Mold Growth in a Lafayette Home.

How SERVPRO Tackles Different Restoration Services Needs in Lafayette Homes

It is never a good day when a home disaster strikes in your Lafayette home. When it does happen, you should expect to be treated with compassion and professionalism by the restoration services company you choose to deal with for help with water damage, fire loss, storm cleanup, or mold remediation. We try to lessen stress for homeowners whenever possible during the restoration process. During the initial phone call, the SERVPRO technician takes information regarding the situation in the home, so we bring all the equipment necessary to mitigate the damage from start to finish.  

Water damage in Lafayette homes happens in many ways from supply line breaks to appliance leaks, but the result is the same: the need for fast and complete water cleanup. Once outside of a pressurized environment, water freely follows the path of least resistance and quickly winds up within wall cavities, under subflooring and other hard-to-reach areas.

Our SERVPRO team members are certified as Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT)  with training for methods of extraction and handling specialized situations such as saturated carpets or wet fiberglass insulation in attics. Our goal is always to restore rather than replace, and we use weighted extraction wands to suction the water out of carpet and padding for faster drying. We have vacuums to pull up wet fiberglass insulation for cleaning and disinfection before reinstallation. In both cases, these methods save homeowners the cost of buying new carpeting and insulation.

When homeowners in Lafayette need assistance with fire damage cleanup and restoration services, we answer the call with quick efficiency. When smoke damage affects a portion of a residence, one of the first things we do is containment. Soot spreads quickly, and compounding the issue, odor-causing particles exist smaller than the human eye can see. We usually use either negative air chambers or thick plastic barriers over doorways and vents to keep the residues and odors in the area in which they occurred.

After containing the work site, we work on removing fire debris, including the items too ruined for restoration and charred building materials that are not salvageable through our proprietary methods. If water was used to extinguish the fire, we extract it to prepare the room for drying.

During the drying phase, we often deploy machines known as air scrubbers. They effectively filter the air circulating in the room and capture airborne soot particles with its honeycomb of filters with added HEPA filtration.

Smoke damage should not be a DIY project even for small-scale fires. Different types of residues require different cleaning techniques, or the problem can be made worse. For example, high heat fires tend to leave fine powdery residues that are not difficult to remove but tend to create more structural damage due to the intense temperatures. Lower temperature fires, especially if plastic or rubber items burned, leave greasy, smeary residues that may be difficult to remove without professional-quality solutions and the use of dry cleaning and wet sponges.

The final stage of fire loss mitigation involves odor control. Smoke residue and soot cause odors. Thorough cleaning goes a long way towards diminishing foul odors left behind by fire damage; however, when porous objects absorb smoke and soot particles penetrate them, lingering odors remain.

One effective way to remove smoke odors is to use the same method as the smoke during the fire. Thermal foggers are a go-to piece of equipment that heats a solution to the point it is a fog, and SERVPRO technicians deliver it throughout the property to smoke-affected areas. It penetrates the porous object exactly like smoke and overtakes embedded odors. Another frequently-used machine for odor control is the hydroxyl generator. It is safe for use around people, pets, and plants as it emits UV rays much like the sun. The UV rays contain molecules known as hydroxyls which attach to odor-causing particles neutralizing them at the molecular level.

The thing about needing mold remediation in Lafayette homes is that homeowners usually notice an odor that will not dissipate before they find the mold colonies. Once found, mold damage needs to be remediated as quickly as possible to stop any further spread of spores.

We frequently encounter homeowners who state they treated the colonies with bleach and they reappeared in a short time. This is because bleach does appear to remove mold, but actual mold remediation is a multi-layered process.

SERVPRO technicians identify the reason conditions in the home are favorable for sustaining colonies and consult with the homeowner the proper measures that need to be taken to stop the excessive moisture or high indoor humidity from feeding the situation.

Containment, much like in fire damage mitigation, is critical when dealing with mold colonies to stop the spread of spores, and we take similar measures. Thorough drying with both dehumidifiers and air scrubbers assist with drying visible colonies and capturing airborne spores. We then remove dried colonies by hand or using soda blasting and following up using hand vacuums with HEPA filtration. We disinfect and apply antimicrobial sealers as needed to inhibit the return of colonies to the affected areas.

Lafayette residents know storm damage happens quickly and often with little warning in this area of Colorado. When SERVPRO receives a call for flood water cleanup, we know water removal should happen as fast as possible.

We use different types of equipment depending on the level of water loss in the home, such as:
?    Portable pumps that allow the technicians to move quickly around the property
?    Rovers are another useful resource; these ride-on units use the weight of the technicians to push out water from carpeting and rugs
?    Submersible pumps allow technicians to remove water even in deep water situations
?    Truck-mounted units are useful in extreme cases as they move out thousands of gallons of water quickly

Upon arrival, we ascertain if any temporary measures need to be taken such as tarping over a damaged roof or window due to situations such as hail damage or a tree limb, so no further water enters the home during restoration. After as much flood water removal as possible and any needed controlled demolition efforts such as flood cuts to remove damaged sheetrock, we thoroughly dry and disinfect the premises to return it to sanitary conditions for the residents.

Why SERVPRO? We commit to serving our local Lafayette community with the highest quality restoration services. We have access to the most advanced equipment for nearly any damage situation to save homeowners the cost of replacing items. We also try to disrupt the home as little as possible during mitigation efforts and assist homeowners with dealing with insurance claims with our unique Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS) which gives homeowners a detailed report including before and after photographs of both the structure and home contents.

The emergency response team of SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is ready to assist local property owners with any restoration services they need 24/7. Just call (303) 604-6607 and our technicians can make your home disaster, "Like it never even happened."

Lafayette Commercial Enterprises Rely on SERVPRO for a Safe Restoration after a Biohazardous Incident

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazards Contaminating Your Lafayette Commercial Property? Call SERVPRO for Abatement

Addressing Sewage Backup in Your Lafayette Office Building

Bio-threats can present unique dangers to employees and management of your Lafayette office building. Situations like sewage backup can happen without warning when the system becomes compromised, and in extreme cases can siphon volumes of raw sewage from the main lines into the building. With many facilities like yours open 24 hours a day to offer a stable response and dedicated customer service to your patrons and clients, a biohazardous threat can quickly compromise your availability.

As much as your custodial and management staff can do, biohazard cleanup in Lafayette office buildings should proceed with trained and qualified professionals like our SERVPRO team. We have extensive experience in all facets of bio-threats and can address the situation safely and efficiently. We know how important it is to get the facility running at full capacity again, and so our technicians can work around the clock and isolate the affected area so that your business can continue to function when possible.

Sewage immediately puts those exposed at risk for substantial health conditions, and bacteria exist everywhere in an exposed environment. Our professionals have full body personal protective equipment (PPE) that can keep them safe throughout the mitigation portions of this process. We can begin with extraction and drying before we assess all of the exposed materials and contents that must get removed and replaced.

We have environmentally friendly cleaning and disinfection agents that can work to make remaining elements and fixtures safe to use again. Odors are another primary concern of our biohazard team, including the bacterial content that could still exist in this environment. We utilize advanced filtering machines like our air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators to contend with both the odors and particulates circulating in the air.

We know that your business can lose money and even customers being unavailable for too long, so our SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville team works to establish physical barriers between the affected areas and work zones to allow your business to continue operating despite the restoration happening. Give our professionals a call at (303) 604-6607 to make any biohazard “Like it never even happened.”

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Call Us If Your Boulder Attic Experiences A Flood Damage Incident

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

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Drying Flood-Damaged Attic Spaces In Boulder Homes

After the often harsh winters that Boulder residents can expect, including substantial snowfall that weighs heavily on the limitations of roofs, it is often not until springtime where the worst of these conditions become apparent. When the structural integrity of a roof becomes compromised, vulnerabilities can exist where water penetration can occur. While this might start as small leaks that persist over months, this constant moisture and dampness can eventually allow for full structural failure without the appropriate corrective measures taken.

The real concern of attic flood damage in Boulder homes begins with how uninformed many homeowners are about the status of this space. Considering that many properties do not have these regions finished with drywall and other conventional materials to make it a livable area, the attic can go unnoticed and uninspected for months on end. This disregard can allow problems to worsen continually.

When vulnerabilities become full-on structural breaches, severe weather systems can allow for both runoff and direct rainfall to penetrate easily into the property until the right temporary repairs get installed. With much of these situations exceeding the expertise of the average homeowner, it is vital to secure the services of reputable and certified professional restorers like our SERVPRO team right away.

There are ways that homeowners can help before our SERVPRO professionals arrive with our mitigation and recovery equipment, however. While it can be challenging to access the damaged attic space to remove any stored items you might have up there, you can work to remove the contents of other areas in the path of this floodwater. By getting furniture and your personal belongings to a safe space in the house, you can help to reduce overall restoration and recovery costs when our team arrives a short time later.

Modestly skilled DIY enthusiasts easily overcome many circumstances after a disaster, but overcoming widespread flood effects often requires the expertise and equipment of our SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville certified water restoration specialists. Give our experts a call anytime at (303) 604-6607.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Louisville After A Fire Damage Disaster

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

The fire started in the kitchen and quickly damaged structural materials. When allowed to enter the home, we initiated a demolition.

How Your Kitchen Can Be The Source Of Fire Damage In Your Louisville Home

Louisville kitchens are often the location of many household fires. They are stuffed with electronics, heating equipment, and flammable substances, creating a recipe for disaster. All it takes to start a fire is for you to forget to fully turn off a stove when heading out for the night, and you may return to find your kitchen engulfed in flames. However, the difficulty of dealing with fire does not end after the fires have been extinguished.

Fire normally scorches and destroys both furniture and structural components in your home, and it can leave behind residues that can be difficult to scrub out. Attempting to mitigate fire damage to your Louisville property on your own can be both frustrating and counterproductive, so it is recommended that you get in touch with professional from SERVPRO to do the job for you. Our fire and smoke damage technicians (FST) can arrive at your home within hours of you reporting your emergency, and we can get to work removing fire debris from your kitchen.

Kitchen stove gas fires often burn short and hot, and the resulting residues on your cooking surfaces tend to be powdery as a result. Fortunately, the more powder-like that fire residue is, the easier it is to remove. Typically, SERVPRO tech crews can clean up these types of residue with just some scrubbing and the application of a cleaning agent.

However, if you have experienced a slow burning fire, then the resulting fire damage can become stickier. To remove these sticky residues, our techs must use more aggressive scrubbing and stronger cleaning agents. To avoid unintentional damages as a result of the more intense cleaning, we can evaluate each surface before the cleaning process begins.

There are still plenty of things to worry about after the flames in your kitchen are extinguished. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville has the tools and the qualified professionals to deal with the aftermath of a fire, so give us a call at (303) 604-6607.

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Louisville Homes, Water Loss, Clean Up and Drying, What to Do? SERVPRO Has the Answers--Just Call Us for Help

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Removes Water, Dries Out Your Louisville Home, "Like it never even happened."

What Takes Up Our Time for Louisville Water Cleanup Projects

Most large-scale water cleanup projects take days or possibly even weeks to completely dry out and restore the effects of damage. When water poses enough of a problem to bring in a professional damage mitigation company like SERVPRO, it has likely already led to several consequences that may extend the amount of time we need to restore your home to the way it was before the disaster, "Like it never even happened."

Thorough Drying
When we provide professional water cleanup services for homes in Louisville, we take extra care to make sure that the environment gets dried out thoroughly, including in hard-to-reach places and deeper layers of home materials. To achieve complete dryness of the area, we need to use several high-tech industrial solutions such as powerful air movers and dehumidifiers that pick up water droplets around the home and collect them into portable storage containers. These machines can dry an area of your home out down to the deepest layers of its walls and floors, but may, depending on the severity of the damage, take several days or longer to complete their work.

Professional sanitization may not be required for all water cleanup projects we conduct, but some circumstances may call for widespread use of sanitizing machines and chemicals before fungal or bacterial colonies can pose a health hazard. We use high-powered sanitizing chemical agents as well as waterless UV ray projectors to leave the affected parts of your home safe and free from potentially harmful microbes.

Again, not all water damages produce significant odors in a home, but some situations may require the use of SERVPRO's specialized deodorizing fogging devices. These tools create thick fogs of odor-eliminating chemicals that leave your home with a completely neutral smell. These treatments can also eliminate other types of household odors, such as smoke smells and the scent of mold.

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville stays ready on a 24/7 basis to respond to your call for help with water damages and flooding in your home. Contact us at (303) 604-6607.

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Water Damage Remediation Can Go Smoothly in Your Louisville Residence

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Environment Mitigation after Water Damage in Louisville Homes

Assessing the full damage to your Louisville, CO home after a water loss incident occurs is critical to fully understand the depth of the situation. Our team has sophisticated moisture readers and detection tools capable of helping to determine all damaged areas of your property, how damaged these areas are, and what has caused these effects if the source of the loss incident is not immediately clear. Environmental mitigation practices can help to keep effects within affected areas of your house from getting too overly damaged and help the restoration work to come to be less costly and time-consuming.

Addressing all of the potential effects of water damage in your Louisville, CO property begins with a full and accurate assessment of these damages. Without these inspections of the house, saturation can go unnoticed, resulting in secondary effects like mold growth occurring or structural degradation. More specifically, moisture and dampness throughout this affected environment must get dried up to prevent worsening conditions for your home.

Among the first things that our SERVPRO professionals must do when we arrive at your property is to assess the spread of moisture and dampness fully. Often homeowners are not fully aware of the cause of the water damage, which makes this inspection and assessment with our sophisticated moisture readers and thermal cameras ideal for identifying the cause of damage. We can utilize controlled demolition techniques to avoid excessive drywall removal once the source of the water loss incident gets discovered.

To mitigate effects to the environment, drying techniques are necessary, including our high-velocity air movers, dehumidifiers, and other specialized equipment. We can also work to reduce the presence of mold spores in the area by running purification units like air scrubbers or hydroxyl generators with HEPA filters.

We understand the value of a fast response when water loss incidents occur, especially when homeowners are not entirely sure of the cause. With environmental mitigation practices, we can help to reduce the spread of damaging effects and potential mold growth. You can count on our SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville team to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (303) 604-6607.

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Our Experts Can Remove Foul Odors From Your Louisville Home After A Fire

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

We can make the damage appear “Like it never even happened.”

Get Effective Odor Removal After Fire Damage To Your Louisville Home

One of the most complex aspects of cleaning up smoke damage after a fire in a home is removing the odors. Few products can eliminate odors completely. Most products just mask the scent for brief periods, and it can remain in the walls, upholstery, and fabric.

The odors can reoccur, especially during damp periods. To get effective odor removal after your Louisville home has sustained fire damage, it is advisable to call the professionals at SERVPRO. Our fire damage restoration experts have the experience and equipment to remove smoke odors effectively. We can assess your home and create a restoration plan based on the type of fire. Cooking-related fires can cause odors which are problematic to deal with, but we have access to specialized cleaning supplies that can eliminate the scents.

When deodorizing a structure, we consider if the odors are light, moderate or heavy. If the odor is light, our technicians begin by removing sources of the scent followed by ventilating the area. We can then use deodorant or detergent solutions to clean the surfaces that have smoke residues. Our technicians then re-ventilate the area and determine if the scents are still present. If so, we distribute the deodorizers in several phases of odor control. We thermal fog the affected areas and check for pockets of odor in wall cavities, crawl spaces and places above ceilings.

If the odors are moderate, our SERVPRO technicians can remove most of the charred debris. If it is impossible to remove the odor-causing materials, we wrap them with polythene to prevent scents from escaping into the air. We can then use a ULV fogger to saturate the remaining charred materials with odor control, water-based cinnamon to contain the odor particles. We can also clean and seal the HVAC system to remove odors. We also use these procedures to deal with severe smoke odors, but longer periods of deodorizing activity and extra steps are often necessary. We use industry-leading technology to guarantee a hundred percent odor removal.

After a fire has damaged your home, dealing with smoke odor can be challenging. Contact SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville at (303) 604-6607 to help you eliminate the odors. We can make the damage appear “Like it never even happened.”

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