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How SERVPRO Follows an Extensive Checklist to Make Sure That ALL Traces of a Fire are Removed From Your Boulder Home

10/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How SERVPRO Follows an Extensive Checklist to Make Sure That ALL Traces of a Fire are Removed From Your Boulder Home Fire damage can affect a big part of your home. Call SERVPRO to discuss remediation and restoration efforts.

Removing Fire Damage From Boulder Homes

Remediating the effects fire has on a Boulder home requires training, experience, and the right equipment. Before any action takes place, restoration experts need to know how far the fire spread and the way it went from the point of origin to the rest of the home.
 
Most Boulder fire damage is evident to the eye, but homeowners and even some restoration agencies forget to ask about what they cannot see. SERVPRO inspectors use a checklist developed over decades in the business to ensure we do not miss anything, no matter how small or unimportant it may appear to be to the owner.
 
To begin with, How close were the fire to the heating and air vents and the furnace? The closer the fire was to a vent or the actual furnace, means more smoke and soot went into the vents.
 
Was the A/C or Heat active during the fire? If it was, then the smoke and soot were circulated through the ducts and into other parts of the home. The fire itself can circulate air depending on how fast it burns, but an active system dramatically increases the problem.
 
How long did the fire burn? The longer it went on before being extinguished means, the more smoke and soot residues it generated.
 
The answers to these questions help SERVPRO teams determine what type of cleaning tools and chemicals we need for each room affected by the fire and the residues left behind. Now, technicians can start cleaning, repair, and restoration efforts.
 
The first step is to remove the filters. If the system was active, particulates from the fire are in them, and we can replace them immediately. It may be necessary even if the filters are reusable. Sticky residues take many labor hours to remove them, and it is often cheaper to replace them.
 
Next, we clean the ducts. Team members can clean residues close to the vents by hand, but extensive contamination farther in requires more. They use a fogger to generate a cloud of cleaning agent and a fan to force it through the system carefully. The cloud touches every inch of the ductwork, killing any active bacteria and breaking up the residues, stopping further problems.
 
Team members can also add a chemical agent that neutralizes the odors left behind after a fire if needed. After fully deploying the cleaning and deodorizing agents, technicians increase the fan speed to force any loose residues from the ducts and sending them outside the home.
 
At SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville, we want to restore your home after a fire completely. If you have any damage or even just a lingering odor, contact us at (303) 604-6607 to schedule an inspection. We are here for you.

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Avoid Water Damage From a Fire in Louisville

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Avoid Water Damage From a Fire in Louisville SERVPRO cleans up the post-fire water damage in your home.

After a Fire, Fast Water Cleanup Helps Restore Your Louisville Home

The impact of a house fire can cause many homeowners in Louisville to forget about the relatively minor issues involved with staining, warping, and decay caused by the very thing that firefighters used to save their home. However, for us at SERVPRO to help you by making everything “Like it never even happened.” we must address the presence of water left behind before it can cause damage of its own.


Before we can begin working on mitigating the harm caused by the fire in your Louisville property, we need to finish water cleanup procedures. These methods get your home dry again so that we can safely perform all of the restoration work that your house needs. A damp environment also creates a situation where new materials can suffer damage. While strong and unpleasant odors from smoke can bother you, odors caused by stagnant water can also pose a smelly problem.


With water cleanup, SERVPRO technicians extract moisture from areas that have absorbed water, effectively drying things out. We use several different types of equipment to accomplish this and also to accurately measure the rate that the evaporation and extraction take place.


Water from a fire acts much differently than water from a flood or a broken water line behaves. A large portion of the cold water that hits hot materials in a burning home immediately enters the air because it turns into steam. This steam travels all over your home, affecting belongings and materials in every portion of your residence.


Near-immediate removal of any remaining steam and its condensation can prevent a great deal of damage. When the steam condenses on porous materials, they absorb it. We must also remove this hidden moisture and get the affected materials dry again. The longer we wait to start working, the more damage can occur.


Because we know that one way we can effectively assist our customers is by reducing the amount of damage experienced as much as possible, we are always Faster To Any Size Disaster. A faster response means less damage happens to your home.


SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville wants to restore your home correctly, and we start by using efficient water cleanup methods. Locally owned and operated, we also serve nearby areas, including Valmont, Erie, and Gooding. Call us at (303) 604-6607 for restoration services after a fire or other disaster.

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Reducing and Eliminating Flood Damage Effects in Boulder Homes

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Reducing and Eliminating Flood Damage Effects in Boulder Homes If you find your home flooded with inches or even feet of water, call SERVPRO for effective drying out services and remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Dry Out Your Home After Flooding

As the weather cools, Boulder residents and homeowners have to start considering the effects of rain and flooding. Waneka Reservoir rarely causes a problem, but a sudden storm by itself can drop an incredible amount of water in surrounding neighborhoods and into homes.
 
The best method to limit flood damage to Boulder homes is to remove the water as quickly as possible. SERVPRO restoration teams understand that the longer any material sits under water, the more likely that any damage becomes permanent. Once that happens, the amount of property which requires disposal greatly increases.
 
Technicians start by removing standing water left once the flood recedes. They draw it off the floor and out of carpets using a combination of commercial pumps and extraction wands. Depending on how much is in the home, removal efforts can take anywhere from one to three days. Once it is out of the home, our teams can examine and restore damaged property.
 
Since this is water from outside the home, there are contaminants present. Soil usually makes up the bulk of the problem, but there is also the possibility of animal feces and urine, as well as human waste if the flooding overwhelmed nearby sewers. Technicians spray exposed surfaces with an anti-fungal agent to reduce the health risk to them and the homeowner. In this situation, SERVPRO cannot guarantee that cleaning efforts result in a 100%, safe carpet, so the only reliable option is to remove them for disposal.
 
That means we concentrate our efforts on floors and walls. If our technicians can remove the water quickly and eliminate the health threat, restoring them requires time, labor, and machines such as fans, dehumidifiers, and air movers. Personnel uses the fans and dehumidifiers to circulate damp air and draw water directly from it. That reduces moisture in surrounding property as well without causing further damage.
 
They use the air movers to direct warm, dry air over affected surfaces to speed up the process. Technicians can adjust the rate of speed and temperature as it occurs, to ensure they swiftly return the home to its original condition without cracking or splitting wood flooring or causing wall panels to begin flaking and crumbling in place.
 
Our goal at SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is to return you to your home as quickly as possible. If you need us, call (303) 604-6607 today to start the restoration process. We are here for you.

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Your Commercial Dishwasher Can Malfunction And Leak Water Into Your Louisville Restaurant Kitchen

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Your Commercial Dishwasher Can Malfunction And Leak Water Into Your Louisville Restaurant Kitchen Calling for professional water cleanup services for your Louisville restaurant can help prevent water damage from occurring inside of your kitchen.

Your Commercial Dishwasher Can Malfunction And Leak

Owning a large scale commercial dishwasher is a necessity when running a restaurant, but it can be more trouble than it's worth when the appliance malfunctions and leaves you in urgent need of water cleanup services. A problem with the connection between the plumbing and your appliance caused it to leak water onto the floor of your kitchen throughout the night. In order to operate your business, as usual, it is wise to call for professional help.

Calling for professional water cleanup services for your Louisville restaurant can help prevent water damage from occurring inside of your kitchen. If the standing puddles of water are seen to quickly, it is less likely that they can sink between the cracks in your tile flooring and cause damage to the base underneath. If the water is allowed to do this, it can cause the tiles to crack when the base underneath expands from absorbing the excess moisture.

When you call SERVPRO, we always try to arrive at your business as fast as possible. We understand that your kitchen cannot correctly operate until the water is cleaned up, as it can create a dangerous work environment. We can work around the clock, if it is required, to get your kitchen back to a state where your employees can work uninterrupted.

SERVPRO can use professional and advanced equipment to tackle the excess water around your business. To handle the puddles of stagnant water, our IICRC-certified technicians can use wet/dry vacuums. In extreme cases where the flood is severe, we can also employ the use of submersible pumps to remove the water as swiftly as possible.

SERVPRO can use a combination of moisture meters and thermal imaging technology to check and make sure that no pockets of water have slipped our detection. Once we are sure that your restaurant's moisture levels are acceptable, our job is done.

When unexpected leaks happen on your property, never hesitate. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville by dialing (303) 604-6607. Day or night, we're here to help you.

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Fire Damage to Personal Belongings in Boulder Requires Skilled Cleanup Technicians

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage to Personal Belongings in Boulder Requires Skilled Cleanup Technicians When your home has a fire, the situation can seem particularly overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

Fire and Soot can Cause Different Damages Depending on the Materials

Homes in the Boulder area can suffer fire and other disasters for any reason. Sometimes, these reasons remain undetermined, even by experts. Cleaning things up, though, helps move families forward, and back into their regular routines and habits.
 
If your home ends up with fire damage in Boulder, we can help get things back to normal for you. Knowing what caused the fire can help us determine the best methods to use. Even if we never know for sure, knowing what burned can still help us decide which processes can complete the work needed successfully.
 
Different materials produce different kinds of soot. Soot particles created by the fire's smoke can feel dry and almost flaky or damp and sticky. We can quickly remove soot of the drier variety with brushes and vacuums, leaving no stains or other damage. When damp, moist soot seems to stick to surfaces, we must be more careful in how we remove the residue from surfaces, particularly porous ones like fabrics, paneling, and heavily grained wood.
 
Situations involving stuck-on soot require a solution that dissolves the griminess adhered to your belongings, followed by a quick rinsing. We always test first to ensure the colorfastness of the surfaces we are cleaning. We have other options available to us in cases where colors fade or change.

SERVPRO technicians work in teams to rapidly clean collectibles made of non-porous materials like china or porcelain, hard plastics, wood, or glass. We use tubs to submerge these items so the soak thoroughly in an effective solution. Working with small brushes, any soot or other dirt comes off quickly. After a quick rinsing in a follow-up tub, we place these items spaced apart so they can air dry. We perform this on-site when possible, but if restoration work takes up most of the space in your house, we can carry this out at our site.
 
When we perform any work off-site, we provide you with a detailed and complete inventory list of each box's contents. SERVPRO crews use copies of these inventory lists when unpacking these boxes at our cleaning facility, and when repacking them again before returning them to you.
 
The IICRC-certified technicians and crew members of SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville want to help those in our communities restore their homes and their belongings after a fire damage incident. We serve the residents of Gooding, Valmont, and Niwot for this and other types of disasters all year-round. Always available to answer your call and guide you through the restoration process, our 24-hour emergency line is also always available. Call us at (303) 604-6607 for expert restoration assistance.

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The Right Way to Control Mold Damage When in Boulder

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Right Way to Control Mold Damage When in Boulder Boulder Mold Remediation Needed? Call SERVPRO

Containment and Remediation of Mold Infestations in Boulder Homes Gets Handles Professionally by SERVPRO

Exposure to mold damage can lead to health effects, and there is a need to seek professional remediation services to restore your property and prevent further damage. Usually, mold grows on materials that stay wet for more than 48 hours. It means that the longer the materials feed mold, the harder it is to control the damage and salvage the items. We are looking at some of the procedures we follow when tending to such incidents in Boulder.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians wear protective gear when performing mold damage cleanup in Boulder. The goal is to avoid inhaling the contamination and ensure there is no exposure to the skin. We wear goggles, gloves, and use an N-95 or higher rated respirator. In case we need greater comfort and protection, we can use a full-face respirator or half-face respirator that is fitted with filter cartridges. We follow EPA regulations when choosing the PPE to use. In instances of minor infestations, some of this equipment can be eliminated.
 
The size of the area with the contamination determines the required level of containment. For instance, we can use a 6-mil polyethylene sheeting to secure the moldy area. Turning off air supply vents and introducing negative pressure in the area can also minimize spreading the mold and spores. Once the remediation is complete, we can replace the filters of the air-handling units that serve the contaminated areas. We spray an antifungal product on the exposed, affected areas to help inhibit the growth of mold colonies.
 
The SERVPRO team removes moldy porous materials such as paper products, processed wood products, ceiling tiles, and gypsum wallboard and puts them in plastic bags and discards them as per the state and local regulations. We understand that any wet insulation can remain wet for a long time, so, we remove all the fibrous insulation even when the wallboard appears dry. Items that may hinder drying such as vinyl wallpaper, foil-faced insulation, plastic sheeting, and other need to be removed during the restoration process.
 
SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is a trusted industry leader in commercial and residential cleaning and restoration services. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and you can contact us by calling (303) 604-6607 to benefit from our 24-hour emergency services.

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An Overflowing Sink Means You Need Water Cleanup To Prevent Damages In Lafayette

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage An Overflowing Sink Means You Need Water Cleanup To Prevent Damages In Lafayette SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is always ready to help families in Valmont and Gooding with our water cleanup and removal services.

Water Damage Cleanup In Your Home

It happens to everyone sooner or later. We get distracted and forget about the sink filling up so we can wash a few bowls and some drinking glasses after a quick meal. Before long, the water comes pouring over the edge, all over the floor of your Lafayette kitchen, with puddles soaking your countertop and anything else in the way.

Residents in Lafayette who experience this emergency can rely on SERVPRO to perform fast water cleanup services and get everything back to normal. Soapy water typically does not cause severe damage by soaking into the carpet, as long as we remove it soon after. However, if sauces or a substantial amount of food particles were carried by the water onto the floor or into seams and gaps within your countertop, this can create problems if not quickly resolved.

The organic compounds in food can create very strong and highly unpleasant odors as they decay. Their chemical makeup also makes them perfect for microbes to feast on wherever the water traveled. We have the tools to remove both these substances and the water that deposited them in carpeting, along with the detail of your cabinet doors, and around your countertop. Under the sink can also hold some of this water that overflowed. We use extraction wands to remove as much water as possible, and then use powerful air movers to dry the area out.

We use moisture meters to gain a reading of how saturated materials became in the area around your sink. We use this baseline to determine how much heat and air movement your home needs to protect it from the absorbed water. We compare additional readings to the standard moisture content of similar material types to ensure that your kitchen no longer contains unwanted moisture.

Protecting your home from sinks and tubs that overflowed can keep the damaging effects of mold and water from spreading. Water never goes away on its own, but merely evaporates only to condense on surfaces elsewhere. These locations also tend to contain more spores from microbes because both travel on the same air currents.

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is always ready to help families in Valmont and Gooding with our water cleanup and removal services. Our technicians are IICRC-certified and know how to use the equipment needed to make your home safe and dry again, “Like it never even happened.” Contact us at our emergency services line, (303) 604-6607. We know emergencies happen at all hours, so we are always available, day or night, 365 days a year.

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Remediating Fire Damage in Boulder

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Remediating Fire Damage in Boulder Even when fire damage is major, SERVPRO technicians can remediate the damage and help your home recover.

Team SERVPRO Remediates Fire Damage Regardless of the Severity Level

Every Boulder home is at risk from a fire. Accidents occur each day, and despite the best efforts of homeowners and insurance companies, the worst still happens.
 
Boulder home fire damage is not the end of the world though. Few homes ever suffer complete destruction, and SERVPRO restoration teams are ready to clean and remediate the damage to area homes regardless if it is considered Minor, Medium, or Major.
 
With Minor fire damage, there is little physical damage from heat or flames. The smoke residues left on the property after the fire are only light to moderate. Restoration efforts by our specialists are primarily dry or wet wiping down of walls, floors, ceilings, and personal property inside the home. Perhaps one or two walls and the ceiling might require new paint and only small items like books and magazines need replacing.
 
If a home suffered Medium fire damage, the smoke residue damage is moderate, requiring more wet wiping and cleaning by SERVPRO specialists. Wood floors near the point of origin of the fire may need refinishing and the number of rooms that require repainting increases along with the increase in smoke residues.
 
At this level, there is more heat and flame damage to a structural property like cabinets, ceiling tiles, and drywall panels. The personal and structural property requires intensive cleaning now, but specialists can still accomplish it at home. Odors from smoke residues are strong enough to be noticed and may require further deodorizing efforts after specialists complete cleaning the structure.
 
When the fire damage is considered Major, property near the point of origin burns severely from heat and flames. Finishes on cabinets and floors need replacing, as does a significant portion of the Interior wall framing and the drywall that covers it. Specialists perform extensive cleaning throughout the entire home to remove smoke residues which not only affect every room but penetrated into the cooling and heating ducts as well. Odor removal is much more intensive and expensive as well.
 
There is often enough physical damage which the homeowner may require SERVPRO emergency services as well. Specialists may need to board up windows, doors, and even sections of the roof with plywood.
 
Removing the effects of fire damage and restoring every home to its original condition is the goal SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville each time our teams walk into a residence. If you need us, call (303) 604-6607 today to schedule a visit. We are here for you.

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Consider Drying Procedures When Choosing Water Damage Boulder Experts for a Good Outcome

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Consider Drying Procedures When Choosing Water Damage Boulder Experts for a Good Outcome Water damage remediation has to be done properly or else the results are sub par. Contact SERVPRO to discuss and have us evaluate your damage.

Team SERVPRO is Certified and Follows Appropriate Protocol When Drying Out Your Home After Water Damage

You are probably familiar with cases of water from a burst sewer line or leaking pipe flooding and damaging your home. However, other ways that do not involve large amounts of water can still cause damages. Normally this happens if a little water or excess moisture seeps into the property over an extended period. You might actually be surprised to know that in a flooded home, water damage might occur from the drying process instead of the actual flooding.
 
To prevent water damage in Boulder remediation experts first extract water from the flooded areas before beginning the drying process. Proper balancing of air movers and dehumidifiers is necessary during drying because it is at this stage that unintended damage occurs. As the air movers evaporate moisture, it saturates the airspace then dehumidifiers extract it. If air movers saturate the air faster than the dehumidifiers can dry it, water damage will occur from the excessive moisture. This can happen even in areas not affected by the initial flooding.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians are not only familiar with cases of damage caused by the transfer of moisture during drying, but we have also developed mitigation techniques to prevent such outcomes. We first calculate the number of air movers and dehumidifiers necessary for fast drying without transferring humidity to unaffected areas. We also evaluate proper placement of the air movers based on the materials being dried. For example, when lower sections of several walls are wet, our experts have to place air movers at an angle of 45 degrees to create circular air airflow necessary for proper evaporation.
 
Another important step our SERVPRO experts will take to ensure proper water damage remediation is establishing a drying goal. We first take moisture readings from dry unaffected areas of the structure and use them as the standard which the affected areas have to reach to be declared dry. We take separate readings for wooden and non-wooden materials because they have different moisture retention rates. The readings help determine how intensive, and how long the drying process will be. In case everything is wet, our experts will set a drying goal based on measurements taken from materials in other everyday situations. Setting a specific drying goal is important because it helps evaluate whether the methods being used will work fast enough preventing secondary water damage.
 
Now that you understand the importance of proper drying, and why it's schedule should be completed within an appropriate period, you should take steps to ensure it is done correctly. You should call SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville on (303) 604-6607 since our experts are already familiar with the remediation processes. We are always available 24 hours a day.
 
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Mold Damage in Boulder is Not Always Due to a Typical Water Loss

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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