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Delayed Mold Remediation Request to SERVPRO by Louisville Homeowners Only Compounds the Service and Cost

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Delayed Mold Remediation Request to SERVPRO by Louisville Homeowners Only Compounds the Service and Cost You Might Have Mold in Your Louisville Residence--DON'T WAIT!! Call SERVPRO

Leaving Water Damage Can Lead to Mold Damage in Your Louisville Residence  

Sometimes finances can be tight, and that situation can make you second guess calling out for professional help during a time of trouble, but it is never a good thing when this negligence leads to mold damage forming in your home. If water damage occurs in your home, it takes less than seventy-two hours for microbial growth to begin. Even leaving the water loss for your next paycheck may cause even more damage than trying to fix it as soon as possible.

 It is always wise to address problems inside of your Louisville home that could cause mold damage, if left unchecked, as soon as they arise. When your kitchen sink began to leak, and you merely put a tower onto the floor as a temporary solution, the cabinet holding the basin of your sink also began to absorb the water dripping onto it. Over a short time, this water damage turned into a mold damage problem, and the musty smell was the first sign. Now that a more severe problem has arisen, because mold causes health effects, it is wise to seek professional help as soon as possible.
 
When you contact SERVPRO, we are always ready to assemble a team of our IICRC-certified technicians swiftly. From there, we can travel to your home as quickly as possible and arrive within hours of your initial call. Our IICRC certified technicians are always equipped with advanced technology designed for tackling the specific type of damage inside your home.
 
After investigating the mold damage in your home, our SERVPRO technicians can set up a barrier of plastic sheeting around the mold damage, to contain it once we begin to remove it. Our techs can cover any vents inside the plastic barrier and then set up an air scrubber with a HEPA filter to catch any airborne mold spores. From there, our technicians can begin to spray down the mold damage with a disinfectant and scrub it away from the wooden cupboard it has adhered itself to.
 
As long as the mold colony has not set down roots that burrow too deeply into the wooden surface of the cupboard, scrubbing away the mold and disinfecting the area with an antifungal agent should do the trick of removing the problem.
 
If you find mold damage hiding inside of your residence, never delay in finding assistance. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville by dialing (303) 604-6607. We're always open and ready to help.

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Let Our Specialists Help When Snow And Ice Damage Your Boulder Home

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Let Our Specialists Help When Snow And Ice Damage Your Boulder Home Ice dams can cause water damage from the roof all down through the interior.

Snow And Ice Can Lead To Damaged Homes In Boulder, Including Flooded Interiors

Over the winter season in Boulder, many people take the time to have fun with winter sports near frozen lakes or other forms of ice and snow. At home, though, packed snow or ice can cause damage to your residence, but SERVPRO is ready with IICRC-certified specialists who can take the sting out of these kinds of problems.

There are many ways that your property in Boulder might suffer storm damage this winter. Icy conditions and accumulated snow can lead directly to water damage, including flooding, inside your living area. It's possible to prevent both of these, but many times, homeowners do not realize that a problem exists and therefore, does nothing to protect their home.

Ice dams can cause water damage from the roof all down through the interior. This kind of damage might not become visible until much later when walls and ceilings show stained areas.

Property owners can prevent ice dams by ensuring their property contains adequate insulation. The condition of the roof also plays a role in that water backed up by an ice dam must enter through loosened shingles, torn tar paper, and the underlay before it can enter the home. However, the presence of adequate insulation in the uppermost part of the structure can keep ice dams from forming at all on the roof, keeping water from ever accumulating.

A problem related to the condition of the roof but more dependent on the condition of a home's gutters can also cause water damage to the interior of a home. Incorrect alignment from previous storms, improper cleaning techniques, and normal wear and tear of older gutter systems can cause problems forcing water up against the home. Clogged drains and horizontal gutter sections can let water run over in areas. Some of this lost water can end up saturating the ground around the perimeter of the home's foundation and lead to minor flooding inside.

Prevention of problems with gutters can help protect your home. Realigning these correctly to prevent water damage might only require new brackets or the complete installation of a new system. Removing clogged areas might require a hose-down of the roof, showing where problem areas exist.

When water damage occurs because of winter weather, SERVPRO specialists can help make your home “Like it never even happened.” We work year-round, rain or shine, to make our customers' homes safe and damage-free again.

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is here to help undo the effects of water, snow and ice damage in Niwot, Valmont, and Gooding through effective mitigation efforts. Contact our 24-hour service line by calling (303) 604-6607, 24/7. We are always here to help you.

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How Professionals Use Negative Pressure to Remove Mold From Your Louisville Residence

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Professionals Use Negative Pressure to Remove Mold From Your Louisville Residence Mold Has Taken Root on This Ceiling. Call SERVPRO to Remediate Mold.

Mold Damage Technicians in Louisville, CO Discuss The Use Of Personal Protective Equipment

Once a fungus develops inside your Lousiville, CO home it starts producing microscopic spores in attempts to spread the contamination to other areas in your house. However, if you call in a professional mold damage restoration company like SERVPRO, we can help you reduce the chances of the contamination growing, spreading, and getting much worse. As soon as fungi develop they form structures called hyphae that grow in size and put off seed-like spores. These spores become airborne and can travel throughout your structure and possibly cause your residence indoor air quality issues. One primary goal of any mold damage mitigation project is to keep spores from getting into your building's central air supply and ventilation system.

When attempting to remove fungal contamination, our SERVPRO technicians first contain the area before any work begins. We know that during any mold damage restoration in Louisville, CO that we can create dust and send particles into the air. We set up a plastic barrier so that any harmful particles stirred up during the work process get trapped within the affected area. We then attach an air scrubber to the chamber which creates negative air pressure inside the containment chamber that sucks in spores and other harmful microscopic particles and traps them inside a HEPA filter.

Since mold can cause health effects, when our SERVPRO technicians are in the contaminated areas, we take extra safety measures. Whenever our IICRC certified team enters a home that is possibly contaminated we use personal protective equipment. The attire includes a respirator that keeps our technicians from breathing in dangerous particles. We also wear gloves and full-body suits so that harmful particles do not get attached to our skin.

When mitigating issues at your residence, we also take extra measures to make sure you and your family stay safe. If we think it is necessary, we can set up an air scrubber inside your home to help rid your airflow system of harmful particles. If you ever suffer from damage caused by a fungus, call SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville at (303) 604-6607 24/7.

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Lack Of Insulation Can Lead To Water Damage In Your Louisville Home

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Lack Of Insulation Can Lead To Water Damage In Your Louisville Home With water damage in your Louisville attic, you run the risk of allowing secondary effects to occur such as mold growth.

Inadequate Insulation Can Cause Water-Damaged Louisville Attics

With the winter season now fully upon the Louisville area, the homeowners work to prepare their homes for icy conditions and snowfall expected throughout the coming months. While a lack of home insulation might cause you to have a higher heating bill than you might like, you might also get surprised to learn about how it can also lead to conditions like water damage for your residence. Your attic is particularly susceptible to failing insulation that leads to water penetration and moisture damages.


With water damage in your Louisville attic, you run the risk of allowing secondary effects to occur such as mold growth beyond the persistent threat of structural degradation. Our professionals can help you to overcome any of the obstacles that you face in recovering your home from attic moisture and water penetration, but it begins with the homeowner recognizing the problem from its symptoms.

Since most homeowners do not regularly enter their attic space to assess risks and potential damages, it often falls to that same homeowner to notice changes in the ceiling material, walls, and other structural elements that could indicate the presence of water in the space above that floor of your home. Often by the time that occupants have noticed a change in construction materials, the problem has become widespread in the space above the ceiling. Our SERVPRO team can assess the situation and provide emergency board up services to prevent further penetration from the vulnerable points in the roof until they can get appropriately reconstructed in the immediate future.

Our technicians can then set up our high-powered air movers and industrial-strength dehumidifiers to begin pulling moisture out of the area as quickly as possible. If mold damage has already begun, we have tactics and equipment designed to remove mold colonies and work to prevent the spread of active mold spores until the restoration process completes.

Inadequate insulation in your attic space could allow moisture to penetrate through your ceiling when hot spots present themselves. Whenever you notice moisture and water damage from your attic space, give our SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville rapid response team a call at (303) 604-6607.

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Crime Scene Circumstances in Louisville Vary Greatly--Call SERVPRO for a Caring and Professional Service

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Crime Scene Circumstances in Louisville Vary Greatly--Call SERVPRO for a Caring and Professional Service Beyond Dirty Dishes in a Louisville Sink Crime Scene-- Why Not Call SERVPRO?

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO For Crime Scene Cleanup in Louisville

More than natural disasters can cause problems for Louisville homeowners. There are times when a domestic issue goes too far, or breaking and entering turns violent for the residents. In these instances, families need the service restoring their home to be as unobtrusive as possible.
 
That is why law enforcement agencies and Louisville families choose SERVPRO for crime scene cleanup. Once released by the police, our restoration teams understand that the homeowner requires a quick response, done with any necessary empathy,  and thorough cleaning. We start with disposal.
 
We can quickly remove broken furniture and damaged drywall panels. While a furniture restorer might be able to rebuild a chair or sofa, the building material is usually cheaper for the homeowner to replace than attempt to patch.
 
While disposal is often the most physically demanding part of the job, SERVPRO technicians spend more time and resources on removing blood spills. Any amount of blood is a biohazard since it can contain infectious diseases like Hepatitis A, B, or C, and HIV not found in other biohazard spills. We maintain cleaning agents in our inventory with an anti-bacterial chemical that specifically target these and other infectious diseases. Our technicians don PPE personal protection equipment in these instances.
 
Blood and other bodily fluids also react differently with many standard cleaning agents. Even if they remove the visible spill, there is often a ring left around the edge of the stain to indicate where it happened. That does not meet our standards, and the owner certainly does not want a permanent reminder of the incident. Our cleaning agents eliminate the ring in most cases, but when there is a visible trace of the spill, we recommend the owner lets us repaint the affected surface immediately.
 
As our cleanup teams remove the blood and damaged property, they maintain a respectful manner at all times. They do not ask questions of the owner or his neighbors or even address the issue except to ensure they remove everything the owner wants out of the home. At no time are any of our personnel allowed to speak to the press about one of our customers.
 
We are trained for cleaning up residues like fingerprinting powders, meth lab residual films, graffiti removing, and most other unwanted impacts on a home or business.

At SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville, our goal is to restore the home, so the owners can get on with restoring their lives. If you need our services, please consider calling our offices today at (303) 604-6607. We are here for you.

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When A Flood Brings In Dangerous Contaminants Into Your Boulder Home Our Team Is Your Best Option!

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When A Flood Brings In Dangerous Contaminants Into Your Boulder Home Our Team Is Your Best Option! If you experience a flood inside your property, it is never wise to wait to get help.

Flood Damage Can Bring Dangerous Contaminants Into Your Boulder Home

When seasonal storms hit, they can bring high-speed winds and intense rains, which can cause flood damage to your property. These severe winds can tear shingles off the roof of your home, knock over trees, and even carry debris if they're strong enough. The rain can cause rushing flood waters to run throughout the streets and, as they cover increasing amounts of ground, they can pick up materials that are not sanitary. Petroleum gas, sewage, littered garbage, and animal remains are just a few examples.

If this contaminated black water gets inside, it can cause flood damage in your Boulder home as well as risk the health of you and any other residents. Blackwater is not safe to interact with, and it is essential for you to call for professional help as soon as possible. Fortunately, there is help close to your home that is always willing and able to help.

When SERVPRO receives your call, we make an effort to travel to your property as soon as possible. We understand how much black water can impact your home, and the sooner we arrive, the more likely we are to save belongings. As it is, all carpets that have been contaminated must be thrown away, as there is no way to guarantee their cleanliness.

Our SERVPRO technicians can begin the remediation while wearing special protective suits so that we can handle the black water without worry. We can use tools such as extractors, portable submersible pumps, and wet/dry vacuums to remove excess water from the first floor of your home. Once the majority of the water is gone, our techs can begin cleaning up any debris and sanitizing the area, cleaning your floors, walls, and any wooden furniture.

From there, SERVPRO can use moisture meters to check if the levels are higher than they should be. If they are, we can use more equipment to dry the area, such as axial fans and dehumidifiers. Once we're sure your home has been returned to its pre-flooded state, SERVPRO can leave your home.

If you experience a flood inside your property, it is never wise to wait to get help. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville by using the number (303) 604-6607. We are available 24/7 to send our technicians to your home.

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Why SERVPRO Should be in Your Recipe Box for Water Removal From Your Louisville Restaurant

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Why SERVPRO Should be in Your Recipe Box for Water Removal From Your Louisville Restaurant Keep your restaurant cooking by calling SERVPRO to remove water.

Fast Water Cleanup for Your Louisville Restaurant

Your Louisville restaurant is in constant competition with other eateries throughout the area. When a water loss incident occurs on the property, getting the situation resolved immediately should be a top priority. The longer that damage persists in your business, the more of an impact it can have on your ability to serve your customers or to provide a quality experience for their dining. Even incidents that do not close your doors still require attention from professional restoration technicians like ours to adequately clean up the mess.

The chief concern for water cleanup situations at your Louisville restaurant is the customer. With so many situations that could affect your reputation for the worse, including the atmosphere and environment of the dining experience for your customers, water damages require an immediate response. Our SERVPRO team can help you to assess the full scope of the damage and work quickly to remove the excess water from the affected area with our effective extraction tools like gas-powered pumps or portable electric pumps.

Removing the water and drying the area thoroughly not only preserves flooring material throughout your dining area and kitchen, but it can also help to prevent secondary effects like mold growth from taking hold. While our SERVPRO professionals have the industry-leading equipment to overcome moisture present throughout materials and the environment, we also strive to provide a complete and effective result for every customer we serve.

We double check the efforts of our air movers and dehumidifiers with thermal imagery cameras. This technology can show our team moisture pockets that signal more drying attention is necessary for some regions of the affected building. This mobile device can easily navigate throughout the entirety of the damaged portions of the business to verify moisture levels are below acceptable parameters.

Water cleanup for your restaurant from trained professionals like ours ensures that the job gets done quickly and that all of the moisture threats get resolved so secondary effects like mold growth cannot occur. Give our SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville emergency response team a call 24/7 at (303) 604-6607.

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When a Pipe Bursts in Your Louisville Home

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO When a Pipe Bursts in Your Louisville Home Broken pipes create headaches for homeowners. Call SERVPRO to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Water Cleanup in Louisville is Easier with Professional Assistance

Cleaning up a property damaged by water might not seem like a significant task especially when the water involved originates from a clean source. In practice, most Louisville homeowners establish many aspects that make the process harder to accomplish. Should a pipe burst in the ceiling or wall cavities, the water released collects dust and other debris which it transfers to other sections of the property. The water also soaks into fabrics such as draperies, area rugs, and upholstery among other things. Dyes in these fabrics can dissolve leading to stains.  

Help from a certified WRT, water restoration technician, like SERVPRO makes water cleanup in Louisville easier. We send a team of highly trained technicians who tackle different aspects of the cleanup process simultaneously. As we extract the water pooling around the property, we also handle stains in carpets because it is easier to remove them when wet. The water extractors that we use have both vacuuming and heating capabilities which helps further because heat quickens dissipation of some soils.  

The items in the affected areas complicate most clean up jobs. Apart from limiting movement, items such as furniture can also cause more problems if they have metallic stands that can rust or finishes that can dissolve in water. Our SERVPRO crew overcomes this obstacle easily by moving items away from the affected areas before starting the cleanup process. We can even move-out items to external storage facilities if the entire property is affected.  

Foul odors are common after water spills into a property, and several issues can cause them. The most common is microbial growth which only takes 24-48 hours to develop. Another cause is water pushing debris such as pet waste into hidden corners. Our SERVPRO crew takes measures to dry the property thoroughly after finishing the cleanup process. We also use phenolics and other antimicrobial cleaning agents during the cleaning process inhibiting mold growth from the start.  

Every water spill has unique challenges, but with an experienced team from SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville helping you, it is easy to deal with the challenges.

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Some Warning Signs of Commercial Water Damage at Your Louisville Facility

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Some Warning Signs of Commercial Water Damage at Your Louisville Facility Water damage at your factory can negatively impact production. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Efficient Water Cleanup for Your Louisville Factory

The city of Louisville is home to many industrial parks and factories manufacturing products that reach a global market. The production of each of these facilities meets certain quota regulations and expectations, which makes it challenging to perform as expected when disasters impact the facility. For even smaller scale cleanup needs, your maintenance department might not have the skills and expertise to handle the situation as efficiently as your production deadlines require.

For water cleanup requirements in your Louisville factory, you need fast and professional restorers to extract the excess and dry the affected area as promptly as possible. Cleanup situations like this pose injury risks to the high volume of foot traffic throughout the facility from the employees and management. With slips, falls, and other hazards that could result from inadequately cleaned damages, insurance rates, and worker’s compensation claims could strike your profit margin directly.

Our SERVPRO technicians can respond quickly to the cleaning and restoration needs of local businesses to ensure that they can continue to serve their customers without delays. With isolated incidents in low trafficked areas of your facility, our team can even offer cleaning services and restoration practices after hours for a lessened impact on the work that you do throughout the day.

The technicians that arrive at your facility appreciate that you need the job done efficiently and correctly. We rely on industry-leading equipment to extract excess water quickly from the affected area and can get to work right away on drying out the damaged elements with the use of specialized equipment like air movers. We have premier cleaning options to make the situation “Like it never even happened.”

Your factory has expectations and quotas to reach. A water loss incident, regardless of its size, can affect your staff and these anticipated numbers directly. You can count on the rapid response and professional efficiency of our SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville water restoration technicians. You can reach our team anytime by calling (303) 604-6607.
 
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Some Companies Excel at Mold Damage Remediation in a Boulder Home and Some Don't - Which One Will You Pick?

10/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Some Companies Excel at Mold Damage Remediation in a Boulder Home and Some Don't - Which One Will You Pick? Whether mold is lurking behind your dining room buffet or appears around the windows, contact SERVPRO to determine the cause and mitigate the damage.

Mold Damage Remediation Procedures to Make Your Boulder Home to Feel Like Home Again

Assessing the mold damage problem goes past checking whether there is some growth in a corner or on the walls of your home. Molds have a tendency of growing behind surfaces, which means it can be challenging to discover the problem during its initial stages. So, any time you notice musty odors and colored spots on the walls, you need to act immediately. We can inspect your Boulder home to determine the moisture source and do the necessary repair. Without stopping the moisture source, the mold problem is likely to reappear.
 
Most mold damage incidents in Boulder that we attend to have many similarities; though it does not mean similar remediation processes can address the problem. For instance, the problem can only affect a small section of the building such as a storage room with a leaking roof. We have to be careful when correcting the problem to avoid spreading the spores to other areas within the building. As an example, if airflow is introduced to uncontained mold spores, there is a danger of dispersing them to other locations – which underscores the importance of containment.
 
Since the spores are so light, a slight disturbance may force them to move from one area to the other. By using a 6 mil polypropylene, we can cover the door and windows and the spaces that are around them. Putting the contaminated room under negative air pressure relative to the surrounding areas can also limit the movement of spores. Our SERVPRO technicians understand that molds can cause health effect and put on the correct Personal Protective Equipment.
 
While it is possible to clean hard or nonporous surfaces with the mold contamination, we have to remove and discard porous materials such as drywall, insulation, and fabrics. As we agitate surfaces to remove the mold, some of it can settle on surfaces, and we have to perform HEPA vacuuming to remove the settling dust that has mold spores. Some of the methods we use to clean surfaces include wire brushing, damp wiping, and sanding. We wipe areas using disinfectants to deactivate the mold and prevent future reoccurrences.
 
At SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville, we have the equipment and skills to remove the mold contamination and offer cleaning services that meet commercial and residential needs. Call us at (303) 604-6607 to allow our highly trained technicians to return your property to its preloss state.

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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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Boulder Homeowners Need Reliable Water Removal Service

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Boulder Homeowners Need Reliable Water Removal Service Getting the water out of your water damaged property is our top priority upon arrival. Contact SERVPRO right away for best results.

Team SERVPRO Has the Technicians and Equipment to Effectively Remove Water From Your Property

When money is tight, it can very be tempting to try to delay Boulder home maintenance projects or manage all issues yourself. Some home emergencies are relatively minor, and a homeowner may be able to identify the problems and solve them. Others present more risk and require professional assistance to resolve. Our mission is to help you at these times.
 
Homes can flood for a variety of reasons, and expert water removal in Boulder is the only way to be sure your house is secure now and in the future. If the water building up in your lower levels possibly contains contaminants, it is especially important to retain the services of our certified technicians. Our IICRC trained employees are qualified to evaluate the characteristics of the water invading your home.
 
SERVPRO employees follow applicable laws and rules when assessing, containing, and disposing of contaminated water. If the water is due to a sewer backup, it is likely that human and animal waste is in your home. The pathogens that may be in this water can harm the inhabitants of your dwelling. If the water came from overland flooding, fertilizers and road chemicals might pose other types of concerns. We take on the responsibility to remove the water quickly whatever the source and handle it as required.
 
Even clean water poses dangers if too much time passes between the event and the removal of the water. SERVPRO has the advantage of a fleet of service vehicles, each loaded with submersible pumps and powerful extractors. A homeowner has household wet vacs, buckets, and mops, hardly a match. We also assign as many technicians as necessary to evacuate the water, reducing the amount of time it takes to remove all the moisture. Working on your own, it could take many days to get all the water out of your home.
 
Finally, water removal includes assessing for moisture content of structural elements and a comprehensive drying plan. SERVPRO has the air moving and dehumidifying equipment needed to dry out your home, including additional heaters if needed to balance the process. If you choose not to seek professional restoration services you risk progressive deterioration of building materials and secondary damage like mold growth.
 
SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville prepares our employees and maintains our equipment to be ready for a water removal emergency like yours. Call us at (303) 604-6607 for a consultation.

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Prompt Mitigation of Commercial Water Damage in Your Boulder Auto Shop Keeps You and Customers Happy

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Prompt Mitigation of Commercial Water Damage in Your Boulder Auto Shop Keeps You and Customers Happy Your customers depend on your auto shop for their car needs. Make sure that your doors stay open after a water damage event by calling SERVPRO.

Team SERVPRO Understands That Quick Arrival on the Scene Means Your Business May Not Have to Close Its Doors

Bringing people's vehicles back from those disturbing noises, ticking sounds, and other odd problems in your Boulder auto shop means having a dry place to store spare parts. Keeping essential parts in stock keeps repair work running smoothly and mostly interruption-free.
 
When your shop ends up with commercial water damage in Boulder, things can start to rust and corrode, even when these items are still in their boxes. Motor parts need to remain in perfect factory condition to please your customers. Removing the moisture that caused the water damage can help immensely. SERVPRO technicians remove water through different types of equipment, depending on the situation. Moisture-laden walls become dry quickly when we use our Injectidry equipment, and overall humidity dramatically plummets with our desiccant machines running.
 
Because water damage often goes hand-in-hand with mold colonization of an area, we also use air scrubbers with our air blowers. We know that spores become airborne whenever disturbances, such as increased air flow, occur, so using these together helps collect spores so they cannot start new populations in new locations.
 
Only when we see no other viable options do we engage in removing damaged materials that show crumbling or other signs of deterioration such as bubbling, warping, or cracking, instead of repairing them. Drywall and wood can sustain exposure to water for short periods without damaging effects occurring, but after a while, the damage becomes permanent. Restoration typically costs considerably less than replacing the same materials costs, and we like to save our customers money while we work on saving their business' building.
 
So we can ensure protection against future events, we always locate the source of the water. We do this through the use of water detection equipment. We can find moisture through the changes in temperature with our infrared imaging devices, even when water or moisture exists in the interior cavities of walls.
 
SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville can help you keep your auto shop in the Erie, Ninemile Corner, of Gunbarrel areas up and running. Just contact us with your concerns about water damage that might affect your business operations or inventory by calling our 24-hour service line number at (303) 604-6607.
 
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The Role That Inspection And Assessment Play During Mold Damage Remediation In Boulder

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Role That Inspection And Assessment Play During Mold Damage Remediation In Boulder Mold can cause major damage to your belongings.

Mold Damage Remediation

Assessing the environment and taking appropriate safety precautions is necessary during mold damage remediation. Remember, mold can lead to health effects, and that is why restoration services providers use the right Personal Proactive Equipment (PPE) while at the site. The degree of mold contamination usually determines the equipment that we use to attend to such situations in Boulder.

After a mold damage inspection and assessment in Boulder, we share a report with our customers. The report usually outlines the scope of the inspection and points out the areas where we did the inspection. It shows the water source and the procedures to follow to stop the moisture intrusion problems. Based on the source of the water, we can also provide information on the possible contaminants on the site.

The goals our SERVPRO technicians during mold remediation are to prevent further exposure and further damage to your property. So, before we build containment and prevent spreading contamination to clean areas, we wear the right PPE. We need protective clothing, a respirator, gloves, and goggles or any suitable eye protection. When we are working, we may need to decontaminate materials and equipment. That is why we establish decontamination rooms and clean rooms. Containment involves sealing HVAC vents, setting up a negative pressure, and installation of containment barriers.

When our SERVPRO technicians are performing mold removal, the material or the surface we are dealing with usually determines the method we use. While it is possible to clean nonporous contents with mold growth, we discard porous materials with the mold contamination. If the nonporous surface is dry and has loose mold fragments, we can use a detergent solution to damp-wipe the area or perform HEPA vacuuming. When the fragments are firmly attached to the surfaces, we might use abrasive techniques such as sanding and wire brushing to remove the mold.

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville uses advanced cleaning and restoration equipment to address mold, storm, fire and water damage incidents. Call us at (303) 604-6607 if you want us to respond immediately with our 24-hour emergency service.

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How Water Extraction Makes the Difference during Flood Damage Restoration in Boulder

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Water Extraction Makes the Difference during Flood Damage Restoration in Boulder SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville will be there to help when seconds count.

SERVPRO Water Restoration Technicians Are Here To Restore Your Boulder Home

Restoring your property to its preloss state after a flood damage incident involves removing the water, decontaminating and drying various areas of your building. For high levels of success, you need to act fast since the presence of moisture creates suitable conditions for mold growth. Also, when materials like carpets and drywall absorb water, they can develop mold and bacteria and replacement may be necessary. If you do not have the right tools and skills, you may make costly mistakes as a resident of Boulder.

Let us start by looking at the standard moisture extraction equipment that our SERVPRO technicians use when attending to flood damage incidents in Boulder. It is important to note that extraction is the first step when it comes to removing water from a structure and there are several tools that we use to carry out this process. If there is water on the floors, we may use extractors - portable or truck-mounted - to do the removal. An extractor has three significant parts that allow it to work efficiently: the vacuum system, pump, and heater.

When our SERVPRO technicians choose the extraction tools for a particular restoration job, there are specific factors we consider. For instance, if we think carpet delamination is likely to take place, we avoid using an aggressive extraction technique. When removing water from the glue-down carpets, we usually use a wand; otherwise, we use bigger devices when squeezing water from carpets with thick pads.

Our SERVPRO technicians also use pumps to remove standing water from structures. When we choose this option, we make sure there are no sediments in the water we are pumping out of the building. If we install space heaters and the moisture escapes into the air and raises the relative humidity, we use Refrigerant Dehumidifiers and Desiccant Dehumidifiers to remove the excess moisture in a process known as dehumidification.

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Louisville's Commercial Water Damage Technicians Discuss Drying Equipment

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Louisville's Commercial Water Damage Technicians Discuss Drying Equipment Water damage in any area of your store could potentially turn into mold if not remediated right away. Contact SERVPRO quickly for service.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Tackle the Water Damage in Your Store

Any time a pipe breaks, water can leak into your Louisville gardening store. Excessive moisture can ruin some of your products or equipment. If structural materials in your shop stay wet for too long, they can lose their structural integrity.
 
If moisture stays inside organic building materials for too long mold growth can occur. During any commercial water damage restoration in Louisville removing moisture within 48 hours is the primary goal. If a fungus develops, it can spread to other areas of the building and cause secondary damage.
 
During the mitigation process, our SERVPRO technicians first extract as much water as they can, then dry out the remainder of the moisture. If there are more than two inches of standing water, it gets pumped into a sewer drain with a submersible pump. Any remaining moisture inside upholstery or carpet inside your store gets extracted using specialized extraction equipment.
 
After extracting, we begin the drying process by setting up air moving and dehumidification systems. The air movers create circulation, and the dehumidifiers remove water vapor from the air reducing the relative humidity. The air movers need to get set up in the correct formation for them to work as best as possible.
 
The purpose of the air movers is for them to push the wet air evaporating from the surfaces and replace it with warm, dry air. The air movers get set up so that they create a counterclockwise airflow within the affected room. The air movers are aligned so that the air coming from them hits wet surfaces at a 45-degree angle so that it pushes the damp air evaporating off of the material away from it. If air movers hit walls directly at a 90-degree angle, then they can drive moisture into the wall cavity possibly creating more issues.
 
During the drying process, the equipment gets set up in ways that do not negatively affect any of your products. Items that can get damaged by increased humidity or airflow get removed from the area. If needed we can complete the drying process when your store is closed or a small section at a time so that your business stays functioning.
 
Specific techniques can help speed up the natural evaporation and drying process so that microbial growth is not an issue. For professional help with problems at your business, call SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville at (303) 604-6607 any time of the day.

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Boulder's Flood Damage Experts Explain Proper Equipment Placement

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Boulder's Flood Damage Experts Explain Proper Equipment Placement Any time a major storm hits your neighborhood in Boulder, property damage can occur.

Flood Damage Experts Explain Proper Equipment Placement

Any time a major storm hits your neighborhood in Boulder, property damage can occur. Severe thunderstorms bring about high-speed winds and excessive rains that often negatively affect your house. Many different scenarios like flooding or broken windows during the storm possibly cause a water damage issue inside your home.

When dealing with any moisture problem, extraction and drying are a necessity. SERVPRO's flood damage technicians in Boulder use all of the industry's best equipment and techniques to resolve the issue. After the extraction process takes place most water is removed, and structural drying occurs.

During the dry-out process, we use various types of equipment depending on the severity of the situation. Sometimes specialty drying equipment gets used to dry out drywall or hardwood floors. When specialty equipment gets used, it is added to the set up of air moving and dehumidification systems that usually get set up during a dry-out.

During most drying procedures air movers and dehumidifiers get set up inside the affected area to speed up evaporation and remove water vapor from the air. The air movers push the air in a circular motion so that the wet air close to damp surfaces gets replaced with warm, dry air. The dehumidifiers add to the equation by pulling water out of the air and dispensing it in liquid form.

The dehumidifiers also exhaust warm, dry air that gets used by the air movers to complete the process over again. For the process to work best, there must be the perfect air mover to dehumidifier ratio. If there are too many dehumidifiers compared to air movers, then the drying process takes longer than it should. If the ratio of air movers to dehumidifiers is too high, then the air movers possibly push wet air to other areas inside the building and cause secondary damage.

The perfect ratio of air movers and dehumidifiers varies depending on how many materials inside the structure get affected. If just the floor is wet, we set up a smaller amount of air movers. When other areas such as walls and ceilings are also wet, more air movers get set up inside the affected region. For help from the professionals after a storm damages your house, call SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville at (303) 604-6607 24 hours a day.

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Fire Damage can Continue Creating Odors in Your Boulder Home after Restoration Work

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  Fire Damage can Continue Creating Odors in Your Boulder Home after Restoration Work SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is a trusted leader in the fire & smoke damage restoration industry.

Our SERVPRO Techs Can Get Rid of Smoke Odor From Your Boulder Home

No matter what causes a fire, nor how big it becomes, smokey plumes spewing out of burning materials spread malodors everywhere in your Boulder home. This smoke can cover anything it comes into contact with in a greasy-feeling layer.

When your Boulder residence contains fire damage, the smoke odor can remain even after restorative work makes everything look "Like it never even happened." Our IICRC certified Odor Control Technician (OCT) can bring your home fully back to its pre-fire condition and make your house smell like home again.

Part of restoring a residence after a fire includes removing the charred materials., Other aspects include cleaning materials and belongings of the soot. Walls, ceilings, windows, carpets, draperies, and so much more can harbor soot particles. As these particles deteriorate, they find their way back into the air your family breathes. When the air becomes more humid, or the temperature rises this happens much more rapidly and creates even stronger odors.

Our SERVPRO technicians use several techniques to control odors in a home after fire damages its interior. Even a small amount of soot can produce noticeable odors. Gel packs can help with lighter but steady odor production coming from the interiors of walls and above ceilings. Placed in these locations, these pose no danger to curious children or pets. If we determine that your carpets still produce odors after cleaning, direct injections of liquid deodorizers can help mitigate any unwanted odors coming from the floor.

Some homes, however, have smaller nooks and crannies that hold onto odors longer. When we encounter this situation, the implementation of thermal fogging equipment can resolve the odors experienced by your family. Quickly carried out, this can help significantly because the fog covers the same pathways that the smoke did during the fire. Once we disperse the mist into your home's rooms and hallways, the chemical agents can bond with any soot particles encountered and render them inert. Unable to cause odors now, we leave your home with a fresh scent.

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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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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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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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Severe Mold Damage In Boulder May Lead To A Move-Out. Why?

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Severe Mold Damage In Boulder May Lead To A Move-Out. Why? More severe cases of mold damage in Boulder can sometimes require a move-out for the affected family.

Severe Mold Damage

More severe cases of mold damage in Boulder can sometimes require a move-out for the affected family. In a move-out, SERVPRO helps you to coordinate transportation of you, your family, and belongings that do not require restorative treatments. While this represents a heavy burden for many families, it also allows us to do our jobs with maximum efficacy and speed.

Why A Move-Out?
There are multiple reasons why we may recommend a move-out for your case of mold damage in Boulder. One of the most common may be simple accessibility: with no belongings or residents in the area, we can use the most effective treatment techniques possible and eradicate mold quickly. Without a move-out, we may have to work much slower and take more time and expenses to deal with the fungus. Also, we may recommend a move-out for health reasons. Some types of mold, including infamous varieties of black mold, can cause health effects with prolonged exposure. To avoid these effects, we may recommend a move-out.

What Does SERVPRO Do?
We help to carefully and safely move belongings out of the affected area or building while ensuring that none of them exhibit signs of mold growth. Then, once we are nearing completion of the remediation project, we can similarly help with a move-in and get your family settled back into the home. We accomplish these tasks through our friendly and capable technicians who have helped to coordinate dozens of such move-outs in the past.

How Does A Move-Out Save Money?
While a move-out may seem to complicate things on the surface, it actually makes the work of SERVPRO technicians much simpler. They can work quickly on a large scale after a move-out to rid your home of mold in the fastest possible way, reducing labor and materials costs associated with our work.

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville provides careful, professional mold remediation services for the local area. Give us a call at (303) 604-6607.

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EasyDECON -- A Powerful Decontamination Option In Our SERVPRO Toolbox

12/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial EasyDECON -- A Powerful Decontamination Option In Our SERVPRO Toolbox SERVPRO Technicians applying the EasyDECON decontaminant with the Macaw Backpack rapid dispensing system

Commercial and Biohazardous Cleanup Teams up SERVPRO with EasyDECON

Customers in the Lafayette and Louisville area facing the devastation of chemical or biological property contamination have struggled to access a solution that augments environmental cleanup with an effective decontamination system. We researched extensively to find a state of the art methodology that quickly and thoroughly treats spaces and objects compromised with a wide array of chemical, bacterial, viral, and other agents. Our search led to EasyDECON by Intelagard, a full-spectrum answer for these catastrophic circumstances.
 
SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is proud to be an authorized applicator of this leading-edge decontamination system. We are confident this exciting enhancement to our biohazard remediation service is the key to returning afflicted properties to their healthy preloss condition entirely and quickly. Regardless of the scale of the contamination, EasyDECON offers a straightforward and highly efficient process that speedily and efficiently restores the most tainted areas.
 
Crews from SERVPRO used the product with great success in healthcare centers such as nursing homes and hospitals when we assisted in response to the devastation done in Texas by Hurricane Harvey. The positive outcomes our technicians observed despite overwhelming odds convinced us that this system is essential to a comprehensive response to biohazard cleanup and disinfection.
 
The clear benefits of the EasyDECON system recently supported the work of our SERVPRO biohazard crew in Boulder when responding to a hoarding scenario complicated with the presence of considerable quantities of animal feces and other debris. We assisted the local family after this situation turned tragic with the unattended death of the homeowner. These events are always distressing, and our ability to offer a new and superior approach to the decontamination process was a transformative service for the client and also for our technicians.
 
Because of our employees’ training in biohazard abatement, augmented by the acquisition of the EasyDECON technology and products, we remediated the damage much faster than other firms’ timelines. The property was ready for a market listing at least a month sooner than it would have been using conventional cleaning and disinfection approaches, swiftly restoring the customer’s peace of mind and saving both time and money.
 
If a contamination cataclysm strikes your property call SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville, knowing we respond with the most up to date technology available today. Our phones are answered at (303) 604-6607 24/7, every day of the year.

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Watch Out for Signs of Mold Damage in Boulder

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Watch Out for Signs of Mold Damage in Boulder Mold Growth Is Sometimes Not Visible in Boulder Properties, Need Help? Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Tips and Remediation When Mold Invades Your Property

There are many ways you might be able to tell if your home has suffered at the hands of mold damage in Boulder. While mold grows silently and in dark places, it also gives away its presence to many homeowners through several key indicators of growth. A wise and wary resident may be able to recognize these symptoms as signs of mold growth and react accordingly by contacting a company like SERVPRO to safely and effectively eliminate the mold growth at its source. Here are a few signs that could indicate the presence of mold in your home.
 
A Strong, Musty Odor
Perhaps the single most crucial factor in identifying mold damage in Boulder is your sense of smell. Many of the most common types of mold emit strong, musty odors that can leak through materials and indicate a substantial mold colony in an area. If you at any point identify a strange and musty smell emanating from walls, ceilings, or floors, this could be a critical sign of mold damage to your home. Wall cavities offer dark, non-circulating environments for dormant mold spores to proliferate when moisture buildup occurs.
 
Blocked HVAC Systems
While many factors can block up your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, one of the most common inhibitors can be mold growth. Mold takes easily to ventilation systems because they present a dark, temperature-regulated environment free from disturbances aside from patterned, predictable winds. If you go to replace an air filter and find it covered in mold, this could indicate a much more extensive colony somewhere in your HVAC system. SERVPRO can clean out the ductwork and spray antifungal agents within the conduits.
 
Deteriorated Materials
If you find patches or areas of deterioration in the home that are inconsistent with natural age and weathering factors, these could indicate the presence of mold in the home. While live mold colonies should still be visible on the surface, dead colonies may leave behind only ruined materials as any evidence of their presence. SERVPRO technicians are always careful to scan the property for signs of additional damage in these cases, to ensure that the mold did not just relocate to another part of the home. Discovery of moisture sources is crucial to the prevention of future fungal attacks.
 
SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is a local provider of home damage mitigation and restoration solutions that can help you to overcome any damage mold may cause to your property. Call us at (303) 604-6607.

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When Demolition Is The Best Solution Following Fire Damage To Your Boulder Residence

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When Demolition Is The Best Solution Following Fire Damage To Your Boulder Residence Fire damage comes in all sizes and magnitudes.

Fire Damage To Your Residence

Fire damage comes in all sizes and magnitudes. If your Boulder home was recently a victim of this destructive force, understanding how to move forward could often be complicated. Within a short time of the fire suppression, you can return to determine the extent of the damage for yourself. This assessment can lead to the realization that there are some structural components of your home that cannot return from the irreparable harm caused by the recent blaze.

There are undoubtedly just as many cases of significant structural fire damages to Boulder homes as there are small fires that only mildly impact a room by comparison. With substantial damages to walls, ceilings, roofs, and flooring, sometimes demolition is the only course of action that is left to take. While this could seem like heading in the wrong direction regarding restoring your home to preloss conditions, SERVPRO professionals are well versed in extensive and controlled demolition efforts.

Breaking down broken parts of your home and removing them is a way to prepare for new construction. While SERVPRO professionals like ours might not be general residential contractors, we have worked closely with such companies to prepare the area for replacement structures. Doing this demolition in conjunction with other restoration efforts in salvageable portions of the fire-damaged areas allows the contracting firm following our work to quickly begin the process of replacing the former structural components immediately.

Typically, the demolition process is a controlled and precise procedure. Controlled in this regard means that concentrated efforts are made to ensure that the portions of your house to be removed are all that actually get removed from your home. Uncontrolled demolition can lead to damages extending further into salvageable structures, which in turn can cost you more money and requires the rebuilding efforts to take longer than they would have.

While it can be nearly impossible to prepare for the destruction and damage that an intense fire can cause, our SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville specialists can work quickly to prevent further losses. Call us 24/7 at (303) 604-6607.

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Water Damage Restoration and Cleaning Services For Residents Of Boulder

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration and Cleaning Services For Residents Of Boulder SERVPRO Provides Home and Carpet Restoration after Water Damage in Boulder

Count on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home After Water Incidents

After a water damage disaster, cleaning up the resulting mess is not the only thing that residents of Boulder should do on their own. They need to contact a trained restoration service provider to limit additional damage. That is why it is so vital to understanding how restorers work to guarantee the safety of your home or business after a storm, failure of plumbing fixtures, and related issues.

The water that accumulates in your property as a result of a water intrusion may destroy your carpet, ceiling, walls, flooring and other personal property. As a resident of Boulder, you need immediate restoration help, and that is where certified organizations like SERVPRO come in handy. Our IICRC certified trained technicians use specialized tools and techniques to offer the necessary assistance.

Let us begin by looking at some of the areas that moisture may affect. Exposure of your insulation to moisture might lessen its insulating power. Trained restorers inspect the insulation, and if they find it to be too matted, they remove it. Even fiberglass insulation may not be salvageable due to excess wetting or contaminated water. Generally, it is more economical to replace the soaked insulation.

Delamination takes place when the secondary and primary backing that holds the carpet deteriorates. Given that latex holds the two backings together, it is easy to understand why latex deterioration takes place. When technicians from SERVPRO are working for you, they inspect any backing separation and recommend a carpet replacement when they notice it. Remember, it is not possible to fix a carpet that has experienced delamination.

After carrying out water removal, trained SERVPRO professionals apply deodorizing and disinfecting agents to prevent mold and rot growth. The restoration process is dependent on the affected area together with the damaged property.

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is your trusted industry leader in fire, water, storm and mold damage restoration. Call us at (303) 604-6607 to learn more about your options when faced with disasters, an inconvenience, or help with general cleaning.

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SERVPRO - Restoring Flood Damaged Furniture in Louisville

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO - Restoring Flood Damaged Furniture in Louisville We are available 24/7/365 to restore your furniture from flood damage "Like it never even happened."

Your Home's Furniture Can Be Restored From Flood Damage

Once flood waters get through doors or windows of a Louisville home, a large percentage of the damage is to the contents inside, rather than the structure itself. Repairs and restoration for furniture alone can become expensive, but it is often more cost-effective than replacement.

Louisville flood damage can cause thousands in repair costs, but SERVPRO has decades of experience in helping homeowners recover as much of their furniture and other personal property as possible. Our technicians are trained to deal with the effects flood water has on furniture and recover all but the worst of the damage. Most furniture is wood or a composite such as a particle board. Each type has its advantages, but also their problems when exposed to water.

Wood swells and cracks after exposure, which weakens the joints where pieces fit together. The second, less damaging problem is spotting. It damages the finish on a piece of furniture but does not affect the wood directly. We eliminate most spotting with one of the chemical agents in our inventory. If they are not effective, we recommend sending the item to a professional refinisher.

SERVPRO reduces and eliminates swelling and cracking by removing the excess moisture trapped inside the wood. Removal takes caution since removing the moisture too quickly or too slowly causes further permanent water damage. We start by placing dehumidifiers next to the affected items to draw out moisture. To increase the process, we use air movers to force warm, dry air across the surface.

Wood composites warp in a manner that wood does not. Cabinets use particle board, so only one side has a finish or laminate applied. This single side application works as a vapor barrier and does not allow moisture to pass through. Technicians can quickly reduce the moisture content as long as there is no visible warping. Since composites are cheap, we recommend replacing them rather than attempting to restore them.

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Furniture restoration is not a quick process, but it is useful in preserving items that have much more than just monetary value. As a locally owned operation, SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville understands the importance of these items and is proud to help our neighbors recover not just their property but their lives before the flood as well. Call today at (303) 604-6607 to schedule a visit.

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Drying Documents After Commercial Water Damage in a Boulder Store

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Drying Documents After Commercial Water Damage in a Boulder Store There are some options to consider when dealing with wet paperwork or books. Contact SERVPRO to come out and assess the situation after damage.

Our Technicians Offer Choices for Drying Damaged Items in Your Store

Drying documents after commercial water damage in Boulder is a tricky process. Proper document storage is essential to the success of a business, but such events as flooding can compromise the authenticity of these papers. These types of losses can cause you to lose important clients and even risk closing down your store. The best way to deal with this situation is to contact a reputable water damage restoration expert.
 
At SERVPRO, we have a team of highly trained, highly experienced commercial water damage restoration experts providing 24/7 emergency services for Boulder business owners. We follow IICRC guidelines in every project to ensure a smooth and seamless cleanup process, and our tools and products are up to par with industry standards.
 
Finding the best method for saving water damaged documents and electronics takes some consideration. It is essential to communicate with the owner in order to make quick decisions and minimize the severity of the damage. SERVPRO technicians can prevent additional damage, which may go a long way towards saving important business documents.
 
Commercial water damage restoration for books and electronics is designed to return the items to preloss conditions as best as possible. From this end, SERVPRO technicians use five methods: vacuum thermal drying, vacuum freeze drying, freezer drying, dehumidification, and air drying. In the event that the water damage on the books is the result of clean water, we proceed to freeze or dry them within 48 hours after damage.
 
Our water damage restoration experts often rely on the process of sublimation (changing a solid into vapor directly) when drying documents. This process involves several considerations, including the type of water involved (gray, black, or clean), the value of the documents, time of exposure to moisture, the extent of the damage, and funds available for restoration. Given how expensive this step can be, we make a point to discuss the cost of every drying method with you before making any further advances.
 
If you have a commercial water damage situation, you can count on SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville to restore your documents and other items. We are available 24/7, every day of the week. Call us today at (303) 604-6607.

For more information about the City of Boulder, Colorado visit: https://bouldercolorado.gov/

Kitchen and Basement Flood Damage Restoration in Louisville

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Kitchen and Basement Flood Damage Restoration in Louisville Our technicians see all kinds of water damage issues on a daily basis. When it happens in your home, don't panic and call the technicians at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Safely Remove Water From Your Property

When you arrive home, the last thing you want to see is three inches of water flooding your kitchen from a broken dishwasher. The resultant damage could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. Unsurprisingly, dishwashers are a common cause of floods in Louisville homes. If this happens, the first thing you need to do is switch off the circuit breaker to your dishwasher to prevent any possible shock. Check if there are any broken dishes and then call a locally-based restoration company to deal with the flood damage.
 
With many years of experience, SERVPRO is one of the most reputable flood damage restoration companies. We have a wide range of equipment that can reverse any type of water damage in Louisville swiftly and efficiently, leaving your home as clean as before. Following IICRC guidelines, we can restore your items one by one to pre-damage conditions, "Like it never even happened."
 
If the dishwasher leakage occurred while you were asleep or away, the water may penetrate through the floor and find its way to the basement. Here, it can wet the ceiling and ruin any carpet, fabric, or furniture in the basement. Needless to say, getting the water out is a challenging task.
 
To get the work done, SERVPRO flood damage technicians use professional water extraction machines to remove all the excess water from the kitchen and basement. Once we get rid of the standing water, we sort out all items that made contact with the water and begin the drying process. Air movers and dehumidifiers are extremely useful in drying the floors and ceiling.
 
Replacing flood-damaged drywall is essential to prevent mold growth (and mold damage) from the inside. To make sure that there is no mold in the building, we carry out a full inspection of the house and handle all possible sources of mold growth properly. Mold is a notorious fungus that can cause serious property losses and certain health effects.
 
If your dishwasher or other house appliance breaks down and causes unexpected flood damage in the house, you can count on SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville to restore your property. Upon receiving your call, we can dispatch an emergency technician to your home immediately to begin the restoration process. We are available 24/7, every day of the year at your service. Call us today at (303) 604-6607.

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Conquering Mold Damage in Boulder Then and Now: How the Process Modernized

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Conquering Mold Damage in Boulder Then and Now: How the Process Modernized We have the equipment and experience to remediate mold found in your home.

Targeted Solutions for the Specific Mold in Your Home

Property owners worldwide have fought against mold damage for all of recorded history. From humanity's earliest days, farming and living relatively isolated lives, mold has preyed upon our homes and belongings. With modern technology, we can now prevent and fight against many effects of mold, but others continue to plague homeowners in the present day. Victims of mold damage in Boulder and surrounding areas likely see a very different set of problems than their ancestors would have.

One key difference is how densely packed people are now, as relatively dense communities like Boulder can get some mold damage varieties with much greater ease than rural and isolated families. Some types of mold thrive in suburban and urban environments, going from house to house and settling into familiar conditions. Others, however, prefer isolated spots in the wilderness and on rural properties. Different species of mold are more common in different places, making modern mold problems different on a fundamental, biological level.

Perhaps the single most significant difference between modern mold damage and more archaic issues is the approach taken. Nowadays, companies like SERVPRO can offer customized, targeted solutions to eradicate the mold without causing excess damage to the home. Without our technology, however, many property owners were once forced to cause damage to their homes to root out mold, bathing infestations in toxic chemicals or physically removing the mold-covered surface. Not only can such hasty approaches hurt your home, but they could also lead to adverse health effects for you.

However, for untreated mold damage, the problems often end up being surprisingly similar. Unbridled mold colonies can spread across the home, covering surfaces far and wide with a foul-smelling, offensive material. In time, the mold may eat away at anything underneath it, causing expensive structural damage. These results urged property owners to take drastic measures in times past, but now, with SERVPRO's assistance, the process is much more comfortable.

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville puts the latest and greatest technology to good use for every mold damage call we receive. Contact us 24/7 at (303) 604-6607.  

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Preventing Fire Damage In Your Boulder Home From Your Wood Stove

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing Fire Damage In Your Boulder Home From Your Wood Stove If the stove is not installed correctly or up to the right standards, the result could be severe smoke and fire damage to your home.

Preventing Fire Damage In Your Home

With the colder weather approaching quickly in Boulder, you may soon be enjoying a relaxing night at home. However, it can instantly turn into a nightmare if your wood burning stove has not been adequately maintained. If it is not installed correctly or up to the right standards, the result could be severe smoke and fire damage to your home. Costs of an event like this can add up quickly due to access exterior and interior damage.

When your wood stove has caused a fire in your Boulder home resulting in fire damage to your structure, contact our technicians at SERVPRO as soon as the fire is out. By quickly bringing in hydroxyl radical generators and air scrubbing machines, we help to clean the air in your home, reducing how many particulates attach themselves to the furniture and walls of your residence.

When you are considering purchasing a wood stove, or if you have one installed already, it is imperative that you ensure it meets the recommended EPA requirements. You need to you have the contractor pull a permit to make sure they install the stove correctly.

Wood burning stoves require the proper maintenance and fuel. Hardwoods such as hickory, maple, ash, oak, or beech are the best fuel for a wood stove. It should be cut, split, and dried for a year at least before you burn it.

Clean your wood stove using a wire brush for the stovepipe and chimney once per year at least. High-temperature, controlled fires can occasionally be used to help keep it clean as well. You also need to avoid the buildup of creosote, a very combustible fuel which burns intensely.

In the case of a fire, our staff at SERVPRO take all the necessary measures to restore your home as much as possible. We analyze how much and what kind of smoke damage has been done since some smoke and fire types are stronger than other ones. After we do this, we figure out which of your possessions are treatable and which ones must be replaced before we remove items left behind from smoke and fire.

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville has the experience and tools to restore your home after a wood stove fire properly. Residents in the areas of Louisville, Boulder, and Lafayette should give us a call at (303) 604-6607 so we can assist you in getting your life back on track.

Visit https://bouldercolorado.gov/ for more about Boulder.

Knowing What To Look For In Your Water Heater To Prevent Flood Damage In Louisville

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Knowing What To Look For In Your Water Heater To Prevent Flood Damage In Louisville Your home can be damaged by water in many ways.

Prevent Flood Damage

Your home can be damaged by water in many ways. Most of the time the threat is external, however, sometimes a leak can be from inside your home and cause just as much, or even more, damage. Even smaller water heaters found in residences in Louisville can unleash two thousand gallons of water if they fail.

You may not discover water rushing out all at once when a leak develops in your water heater. Many times, it is a slow leak which can go unnoticed in your Louisville home for several days, creating a situation with severe flood damage. If your water heater is situated on an upstairs level, extensive damage is seen since water always goes downward. Both walls and flooring can be affected as the water seeks the lowest part of your home.

When this happens, you want help from the professionals at SERVPRO. We are a specially trained and experienced flood damage remediation company who do not waste any time getting to your home, assessing the damage, and fixing the problem. We understand that time is of the essence when water is involved, so there is no hesitation from us once we get your call.

To help prevent such an accident, it is a good idea to flush your water heater tank twice each year to stop the buildup of sediment. Placing an inexpensive drip pan under the water heater which drains to the outside can in many cases help prevents water damage which would cost you thousands of dollars.

Age is a big issue as well. Many manufacturers of water heaters estimate the lifespan of these appliances to be eight to twelve years, so replacing your unit when it is near this age can be a good idea to avoid unwanted catastrophes.

There are markers to look for that indicate your water heater is not working properly and could cause a larger problem. If your water does not heat up like usual or there is rust in the water coming out of your faucets or your clothes, get your water heater checked out. Other indicators include rust forming on the outside bottom of the appliance, a puddle under it, a metallic taste in your hot water, the water heater makes sounds like cracking or popping while it is heating, or the burner units have gotten rusty or clogged.

Our SERVPRO technicians are equipped with the right skills and equipment to help you when your water heater does fail and create a flood in your home. SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville are the ones to contact when you have a problem with a failing water heater. If you reside in Boulder, Lafayette, or Louisville, you can reach us by dialing (303) 604-6607.

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Mold Damage in a Boulder Home Requires Professional Remediation to Prevent Spreading

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in a Boulder Home Requires Professional Remediation to Prevent Spreading Mold damage can spread everywhere, but SERVPRO can remediate it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Technicians Can Remediate Your Boulder Home Mold "Like It Never Even Happened."

Microbial life exists in almost every corner of the planet, including properties in the Boulder area. Mold and mildew are two of the most common forms encountered. Colonies can grow to immense sizes inside walls before making an appearance in visible areas.

Once a home in Boulder shows signs of mold damage, professional remediation needs to begin as quickly as possible. Mold multiplies rapidly, spreads easily, and in addition to damaging materials inside your home, mold can cause health effects in sensitive individuals.

SERVPRO employees receive both classroom training and hands-on experience. Other training includes earning the Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) certificate, as well as several other certificates from the IICRC. Knowing how to remove moldy materials safely and without risk of contaminating clean areas of your home but also what allowed fungal growth to proliferate helps us completely protect your home.

With the use of hygrometers and other moisture sensors, we detect leaks that permit mold to grow. Other sources of water cannot hide and are also easily found and located. Stopping water from seeping in through cracks or up from crawl spaces is next to impossible when the source remains unknown. As we work, we regularly monitor the number of mold spores in the air, and also the level of humidity. Both must return to normal levels. Slowly dropping levels can indicate other sources that remain.

Our other equipment aids the mold remediation process. Air scrubbers come equipped with HEPA filters capable of stripping mold and spores from the air. Dehumidifiers reduce the humidity and may require installation for areas that refuse to respond to efforts to desiccate them.

Such areas can be treated with microbial inhibitors so that regrowth remains unlikely. However, raised humidity levels can become problematic for other parts of your home simply because mold exists everywhere and only requires a scant amount of moisture to begin growing rampantly.

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No matter where mold is found growing inside your home, you can call SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville by dialing (303) 604-6607, every day of the year, and at any hour, day or night. We are always here to resolve problems that can threaten the safety and integrity of your home.

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When Appliances Cause Flood Damage in Your Louisville Area Home Contact a Professional

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Appliances Cause Flood Damage in Your Louisville Area Home Contact a Professional SERVPRO has the tools and expertise to save your personal items after flood damage.

Trust SERVPRO to restore your home after a failed appliance causes flood damage

Modern-day homes come equipped with a variety of appliances and fixtures that connect to constant water sources. More and more homeowners use these amenities making them almost essential for living in today’s world.

With all of the water connections in your home, it is not unlikely to experience flood damage in your Louisville area home. Appliances make our coffee or ice, wash our dishes or clothes, and some even dispense soap and varying degrees of water into our home on a daily basis. Each of these devices has connectors, washers, o-rings, feed lines, or drain hoses that require constant maintenance.

While most water heaters were made to last quite a while, homeowners just like you often experience flooding. Normal wear and tear can cause leaks, breaks, and overflows, often doing small amounts of damage over time that lead to bigger problems. Something as simple as a slow water leak can cause damage to your floor, subfloor, carpeting, walls, ceiling, structural integrity, and even your health. SERVPRO inspects every area, providing you with solutions to any problems that exist.

For many homeowner issues, the right amount of moisture generates significant problems. Mold can develop, rot and corrosion can set in, pests migrate into your home, and building materials begin to degrade. Luckily there are many advances in emergency services that make recovering from flood damage easier. A professional company, like SERVPRO, can help you understand more about what is happening and make quality recommendations to correct the problem.

Coming home to a flooded kitchen, basement, or bathroom after an appliance failure can be overwhelming. You want to save as many of your belongings as possible and attempt to do so yourself before making a call for help. However, you should always consider that an expertly trained restoration technician from SERVPRO understands how to handle your items correctly, saving more exposed items. You should always give a professional an opportunity to inspect each item of your home before considering something as a loss.

Put SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville to the test. Make the call to begin your restoration, today. (303) 604-6607 

For more information about Louisville, visit http://www.louisvilleco.gov/.

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

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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Smoke Sets Off Sprinklers Causing Significant Damage to Boulder Restaurant

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage can Quickly Affect Your Business After an Event

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

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

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

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

After Fire Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

Division Of Duties After The Flood

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

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

Steps To Take After A Flood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


For more information about the city of Boulder, click here: https://bouldercolorado.gov

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.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


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

Mold Damage Can Ruin Children's Belongings in the Superior Area

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Can Ruin Children's Belongings in the Superior Area Mold Dolls Get Cleaned Up by SERVPRO in Superior

Toys, Clothing, and Furnishings Often Harbor Mold Patches

Raising children is a very significant, and expensive, part of many people's lives. Parenting brings many decisions that need to be made, and some decisions involve choosing the furnishings and toys a child possesses. Each small investment adds up, and while some of these purchases will not be used for more than a year or two, at any point between birth and adulthood, the cost to replace what is currently being used by a child can be quite expensive.
 
Parents in Superior know that toys break, clothing is outgrown, but mold can damage both. Because of recent issues with lead-based paint being found on many toys, labels and stickers, and sometimes decals, are now used where painted areas once were. These labels can retain moisture not only inside of them but also underneath them. Children who are allowed to have snacks while they are playing with their toys also often leave food residue on their toys. Moisture, coupled with the cellulose in paper labels, as well as even the tiniest food particles, can promote the growth of mold.
 
When children change their clothing because it is wet from playing or a potty accident, or soiled with juice or other drinks, these items should be laundered as soon as possible. Loaded squirt guns, hidden for later use, can be forgotten and then leak. Moisture can always set dormant mold spores into a growth pattern.
 
Plastic toys, especially those with the newer labels, can stain easily when mold begins growing on them. When toys are found with signs of mold, they can be cleaned and safely played with again. They should not be played with until the mold has been cleaned off and removed. SERVPRO suggests a professional service to safely and effectively restore a safe environment.
 
When toys are found in this condition, the room they are in should be examined closely for other signs of mold. Check for carpeting that is coming loose from its padding or backing, smells that should not be present, stains on clothing or bedding, and for visible mold growth on walls and ceilings. In closet spaces, and under the bed, inside of toy boxes and playhouses are also prime locations for mold patches. Your children may not be familiar with mold, or the way it can smell, and might not tell you about the 'new dirt' they have found on their toys.
 
SERVPRO can help remove the mold, preserving your investment in your child's toys, and protecting the rest of your home. Our mold remediation specialists can bring the levels of mold found in your home back to acceptable levels quickly. We can also ensure that mold has been removed from toys, clothing, and other furnishings while ensuring that mold colonies are removed from walls, furniture, and carpets and rugs.
 
Call SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville at (303) 604-6607 to ensure that mold damage is unable to affect your home further. We are ready 24/7 to take your call.

Businesses Affected By Water Damage In Erie

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Businesses Affected By Water Damage In Erie SERVPRO's ERP Mobile App Can Reduce the Damage to Your Business in Erie

Let SERVPRO Work for Your Business to Keep the Doors Open

The stock rooms, office areas, and the entire checkout area were all doused with several gallons of water as the fire suppressant system malfunctioned over the holiday break. Our local grocery store experienced a faulty suppressant system failure that caused disastrous damage to inventory, really starting the owners year off poorly. Closing the doors until clean up procedures could commence, the proprietor first thought was that he might lose his store. Replacing the inventory isn't that hard, but the costs related to cleaning up and restocking the shelves were going to set him back, luckily he was insured.

Prepare your business to respond to water damage in Erie. Anything can happen, and we'd be proud to be your choice when things do. We can provide you with 24-hour emergency service, fast, professional technicians and assistance in handling the paperwork involved in a claim for your insurance company. Call us today to gain access to the services you deserve. We are the preferred vendor of over 315 insurance agencies, management companies, and Federal and Municipal entities.
 
SERVPRO provides you with access to technicians that are expertly trained with the latest IICRC and Corporate techniques and protocols. They are fully qualified to perform any repairs necessary to restore your business to a quality pre-damage condition. Our restoration process begins when you contact our offices. Using the information you provide, we'll send enough personnel and equipment to handle your job properly and provide you with the services that match your unique situation. If you are a client with our ERP Mobile App, water damages have already been mitigated.
 
As soon as our SERVPRO technicians arrive, we begin addressing the situation. We preinspect each of the damaged areas for any possible hazards that may exist. Once it's safe to enter, we start off with eliminating the source of water, if it is still a problem. We'll then pump out any standing water using the appropriate pumps and check every area for moisture, including floors, walls and crawl spaces that may be hard to see.
 
SERVPRO's service continues with using moisture meters to determine the extent of water penetration into the surrounding areas. We'll also move all of your belongings to a safe, dry location so that they can dry properly and reduce the possibility of secondary damage. We detach (float) your carpet and remove any water from the pad or flooring underneath; thoroughly inspecting the carpeting to assess damages. Depending on your type of enterprise, we expediently remove inventory from contaminated areas or those that may become an issue.
 
Bad seams or visible mold will cause us to determine that your carpeting is no longer viable and we'll recommend replacement. We treat the floor and back of your carpet with a deodorizer or antimicrobial and position air movers, and other drying equipment to ensure that the area properly dries. We always discuss our services with you throughout the entire process and only provide you with the services you approve.
 
Give SERVPRO of Lafayette - Louisville a call today. (303) 604-6607

SERVPRO's Fire Damage Preparedness App Provided in Boulder

12/26/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO's Fire Damage Preparedness App Provided in Boulder Being prepared for fire damage is crucial. Call SERVPRO to discuss getting prepared.

Getting Prepared for Any Potential Damage Can be Really Helpful

As hard as it may be to believe, your property is just as susceptible to fire damage as anyone else's is. Thinking otherwise will leave you open to unfortunate circumstances that you simply aren't prepared to handle. We have a unique online application that was designed to assist you with preparing for these types of situations. This app gives you the opportunity to put together an optimized plan of attack so that you are ready for anything that happens in your home.

Working together with our expertly trained staff can assist you in preventing and responding to fire damage in your Boulder home. We are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays and work hard to make sure that you and your family is taken care of during emotional and financial disaster that would otherwise leave you devastated.

SERVPRO maintains a quality preparedness application online that helps you receive the proper assistance when you need it. All you have to do is visit our Emergency Readiness website. Begin the process of protecting your home better by filling out an Emergency Ready Profile. It provides us with property location information, property details, building access, utility, and emergency contact information. All of which helps us in responding to and providing you with the services that may be useful during such an event.

Having this sort of information on file with us before a situation arises on your property gives us an opportunity to prepare the equipment and personnel you need to perform the quality services that you deserve. It will also provide us with up to date quality instructions during a disaster that you want us to follow when responding to your call to SERVPRO.

Our Readiness App gives you a way to report damage claims online, with direct access to our national call center which contacts your local SERVPRO franchise professional who responds to your request immediately. We also have a Damage Log section to help you with documenting any information pertinent to your claims process with your insurance company, helping you keep track of the damages to your home.

Work together with our expertly trained staff at SERVPRO of Lafayette - Louisville today. (303) 604-6607

Office in Superior Has Obstacles to Water Extraction

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Office in Superior Has Obstacles to Water Extraction SERVPRO Safely Removes Hidden Water Hazards from Your Superior Office Building

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Office After a Water Damaging Episode  

Water removal is a vital task when dealing with flood damage, as fast removal of water helps to avoid mold growth, structural weakening, microbe reproduction, and many other potential disasters in your office. However, the typical office environment can contain many obstacles or risk factors that must be dealt with before we can begin water extraction; some for the sake of safety, some to avoid the loss of our equipment.

Large Objects and Debris
Before we can start with any commercial water removal in Superior, we have to remove any large pieces of debris or objects still caught in the water. Depending on the extractors used, the size tolerances for these pieces of debris can vary greatly and may be determined on a case-by-case basis. Our technicians can manually remove these heavy and bulky pieces of wreckage, but caution must be taken, as some may have hidden or exposed sharp edges which can puncture clothing and skin, leading to dangerous infection.
 
Electrical Hazards
Most modern offices contain a wide array of electronic devices, including computers, televisions, refrigerators, countertop appliances, and more. Any of these, plus some types of wall outlets, can create an electrocution hazard if it has fallen into the water, requiring non-conducive and sealed clothing to be handled safely. For this reason, never attempt to enter a flooded area in an office on your own and without the express approval of our on-site technicians or local officials. These hazards may delay our SERVPRO technicians as they work to contain them before bringing in water extractors.
 
Continued Flooding
If our technicians arrive and the flooding is ongoing, they will first need to shut off the source before extraction can begin. If the flood is caused by natural or outside means, our crews will need to wait for the water to abate. Calling us early on can help to contain further flood waters and reduce the amount of water extracted, as we prioritize fast response times for these pressing scenarios. By rapidly extracting the standing water OUR SERVPRO trained crews can mitigate losses to documents, furnishings, and electronic components that are part of every modern office.
 
SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville responds quickly to commercial flood damage calls, ready to extract water and begin restorations quickly to help save both time and money in the process. Contact us at the first sign of damage at (303) 604-6607.

Flood Damage in Your Gunbarrel Home can Make it Uninhabitable

11/13/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in Your Gunbarrel Home can Make it Uninhabitable Let the experts at SERVPRO help with any storm or flood damage you might receive in your Gunbarrel home or business.

When you're at home, you expect to be safe, and don't give the security of your belongings much thought. When it comes to theft, you most likely don't think that burglars will break in when you are away and steal your carpeting or furniture. But a flood can create so much damage in your home, it can make you feel robbed.

Gunbarrel homeowners dealing with flood damage in their home should be extremely careful. There are many risks in addition to the financial loss that comes with flood waters. Until these are eliminated, you should keep any time spent inside your home to a minimum. The majority of these risks don't simply disappear when the water is gone, though. Contaminants such as oils, chemicals, and other non-organic contaminants remain behind until they are manually cleaned out. Biological ones will often remain behind, thriving in small communities around your home. Some, such as mold, will spread from their original location.

Cleaning these from your home can be difficult for those who don't have experience doing so, and who also do not have the equipment required. SERVPRO has both covered, with our certified technicians and our high-tech meters and sensors. We can also start the job of extracting the water, speeding up the process. Basements aren't a problem, either, and we'd be happy to get that part of your home dry, also.

Because flood damage can leave behind silt, debris from outside your home, and even sewage, we know it's important to your health to not only clean your home, but also to sanitize it and everything that has been affected by the flood water. Because water carries odors along w ith many other things, we are also experts in deodorizing techniques. We want to leave you happy with a home that doesn't only look clean and sanitary but also smells that way.

To get things back to normal after you've had a dose of flood damage, call us, SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville at (303) 604-6607. We're available whenever you need us. We'll start work at your convenience so your family can remain safe and healthy while living at home again.

Expert Water Removal Technicians Available In Gunbarrel

11/6/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Expert Water Removal Technicians Available In Gunbarrel Don't let water damage keep you from your home or business, Call SERVPRO to help you get back to business as normal!

We have access to a top of the line arsenal of professional equipment and a full range of quality, expertly trained technicians that have years of experience in completing assignments just like the situation you are dealing with now. We're willing to put our talents to the test and assist you with getting through any situation that you may be facing. Take the opportunity to use our resources and abilities; there is absolutely no reason for you to face your situation alone.

The offices of Gunbarrel stand ready to assist you with all of your water removal needs. Take the time to make the call and put our professional services to work for you. We're a part of this community too; it may very well be a neighbor that answers your call for assistance.

Our SERVPRO staff is ready to provide you with professional water removal services as fast as possible, giving you the support that is needed when you need it. We'll help prevent further damage to your home or commercial property by going right to work, trying to save as many of your belongings as possible.

We can even serve as a front line against any potential contaminants that may be present in the water that has invaded your property. Preventing the possibility of any exposure to materials or substances that may cause a variety of health risks to the occupants of your property.

Our services at SERVPRO include using powerful submersible pumps to extract any standing water above two inches thick. While also deploying powerful industrial wet-dry vacuums that do a fantastic job of removing any excess water stored within of your carpet or padding.

Following up our water removal and extraction services with dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from the air and monitoring equipment that is used to detect and extract any moisture lingering within your walls or flooring. The technicians at SERVPRO are extremely thorough in their investigation and removal tactics to ensure that the job is done right.

It is time to make the call, bring the professionals at SERVPRO of Lafayette - Louisville to the table and discuss the options that are available to provide you with a quality solution to your problem. We're always available 24/7, don't hesitate to contact us today. - (303) 604-6607

SERVPRO Mold Damage - Mold and How to Remove It

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Mold Damage - Mold and How to Remove It Mold in a Boulder HVAC Element Requires Professional Remediation from SERVPRO

Remediation of Mold Has Several Strategies

After flooding or other water damage, the biggest health issue isn't standing water or a smelly carpet. The largest health risk comes from mold which can grow rapidly from even a small amount of water.

Mold damage in Boulder homes is damaging and critical to belongings and building materials because it is so easily spread. Growth, even a small patch, if disturbed, can spread thousands of spores throughout rooms, hallways and even worse, HVAC systems. SERVPRO understands exactly how it spreads and how to stop it.

Excessive moisture swells existing spores which then begin to grow. These spores feed on building materials such as drywall, wood floors, and natural carpet fibers such as jute, wool, and cotton. Cellulose is the primary food source of these fungi. Once they feed, they begin to grow larger colonies. These colonies may cause health effects due to substances created by the mold called mycotoxins.

To remove it, the first step we will do is determine just how much there is. Our inspectors will determine the source of the mold and find out where it has spread if it has. Next, our technicians will begin the removal and remediation process by replacing your HVAC filters and scrubbing the system if the mold has entered it. If not, our techs will block all vents and seal off your HVAC until cleaning has been finished. This is called containment; we stop the spores from circulating to unaffected areas of the structure.

We start the cleaning by removing any material and property that has become infested with mold. Once everything is out, we place exhaust fans at strategic points in the building. This is a technique called negative pressure. By doing this, any mold spores that are released in the cleanup will be blown outside the building.
If carpets and other property can be cleaned of mold, that occurs in concert with the building cleaning. We use commercial vacuums and water extractors to pull moisture from furniture and proprietary chemical cleaners.

As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is proud to serve our fellow Coloradans. If you suspect you may have a mold problem or other issue that requires our remediation services, call us today at (303) 604-6607.

Restore Water Damage From Ice And Snow

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restore Water Damage From Ice And Snow Water damage can be a very unpleasant side effect of the seemingly innocent blanket of snow covering your roof and filling your gutters.

Water Damage From Snow And Ice

Significant snowfalls are not uncommon in this area of Colorado increasing the possibility that homeowners may experience the water damage challenges posed by ice dams. When roofs and gutters are covered with a wintry coating of snow and ice, no matter how beautiful and glittering on the outside, severe devastation may be occurring to the interior of your home as moisture makes its way inside at the roofline. SERVPRO technicians are trained in the thermodynamics behind the ice dam phenomenon that can wreak havoc on your home, offering solutions to eliminate the seepage and to restore and repair the resulting water damage.
 
Water damage in Longmont can be a very unpleasant side effect of the seemingly innocent blanket of snow covering your roof and filling your gutters. Whether a result of months of accumulation or a crisis after a heavy blizzard that dumps a foot or more of snow, the ice that backs up under flashings, shingles and along gutters is a real problem. The ice trapped then melts as the heat of your attic or top story rises to meet the frozen precipitation, allowing the water to damage ceilings, walls and the structural supports in the interior of your home.
 
The water damage experienced when ice dams build on your roof can be stealthy, often occurring in hidden areas not often viewed by the homeowner. Rather than a steady drip or gush, you may notice a damp or musty smell in the upper reaches of your home. Eventually, walls may bulge or ceilings bow leaving you puzzled and concerned as to how this destruction happened. Moist wallboard or wall coverings may feed mold in the dead of winter, unexpected yet very much in need of the water damage remediation expertise of SERVPRO. Our certified employees are well versed in the ways of water damage regardless of whether the wetness is due to rain, snow, sleet or slush. Count on our staff to find the source of your water trouble and to develop a comprehensive plan to eliminate the leaks for good and clean up and repair the damage left by an ice dam or dams.
 
Effective response to the climate challenges in our community is one of many reasons to contact SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville. Call our dispatchers at (303) 604-6607 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to schedule an inspection of your ice dam water damage problem.

Have You Downloaded Your Emergency SERVPRO Ready Plan Profile Yet?

8/10/2016 (Permalink)

General Have You Downloaded Your Emergency SERVPRO Ready Plan Profile Yet? Put help in the palm of your hands!
The Advantages of a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile  

What would you do if your business was located where a natural disaster was about to occur? Would your property withstand the damage? Fortunately, having an emergency preparedness plan can serve as an insurance policy and give you peace of mind. By being equipped and prepared, your employees and clients trust you that no matter what, they are taken care of.

Why is it beneficial to have a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile?

By creating a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business or commercial facility, you decrease interruption and secondary damage to your property. Knowing what to do and what actions to take puts you ahead of the game. Some features of an Emergency READY Profile includes:

·         Generate a link with your local SERVPRO professional and inform our team who will be able to approve mitigation efforts, which will help us to assist you quicker.

·         Get a free inspection of your facility and create an emergency profile that contains valuable information you'll need in the event of a catastrophe.

·         Receive an informational guide that suggests tips for getting back in your building faster after a natural disaster.

·         Selects your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as a provider for your disaster mitigation and restoration.

Creating a Profile

Creating a profile is easy. Visit our website, SERVPRO.com/ready, to sign up and register for an account. Select your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional and you will be set to generate a profile. The last easy step is to download our Ready Plan app, and you can start adding the information.

Once all the necessary information is added, you will be able to control and manage your profile from a tablet, computer, or smart phone. Employees and decision-makers will also be able to have access to the profile if given permission. As a matter of fact, you’ll want to share your profile with our SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville team. This will guarantee that we will respond quick and efficiently in the event of an emergency.

Getting the Assistance You Need

Now that you have an emergency profile, it will be easier than ever to respond quickly to an emergency. You can use the Ready Plan app from your smart phone, computer, or even your tablet! The details in you profile will create a form, which will speed up the reporting process so that you can get help right away!

At SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville, we understand that every minute counts in an emergency situation. Let our team help you be ready for whatever happens! Contact us today to learn more information about our SERVPRO Ready Plan app or visit SERVPRO.com/ready to create your profile today.

Is Mold Covered By My Insurance Company? Ask SERVPRO

8/4/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Mold Covered By My Insurance Company? Ask SERVPRO SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville can take care of your mold damage issues !

Ask SERVPRO if Mold is Covered by Your Insurance Company

We're not insurance gurus by any means, but we often see a lot of the same concerns and questions when we're dealing with homes. Over time, this advice becomes priceless, because many homeowners have no idea what to do when situations with mold get serious. That being said, mold is a severe problem because it causes serious illness, damages to your home, and is often invisible until it's too late. As a homeowner, you have to act quickly and minimize the problem (besides "throwing a little bleach on it"). Our professional staff recommends never to touch mold or address it; because our staff is affordable in trained in the art of taking care of mold. That being said, something must be done quickly to minimize damages. 

Understanding When Mold Damage Is Covered By Homeowner's Insurance 

Mold damage in Erie is a very common problem. All it takes is excessive moisture (from leaky pipes or leaving the windows open), and mold can grow unabated. That being said, past cases of mold damage caused by extreme peril, like broken windows, fire damages, storms or other disasters are covered by insurance companies. If you have a sudden, unpredicted plumbing leak or another equipment disaster, these situations can be covered as well. 

However, insurance carriers these days have been removing these sort of policies for homeowners, especially if the damages are exacerbated by previous neglect (for example, not insulating pipes to prevent their bursting). In these situations, you can purchase additional coverage to cover more than limited coverage situations that leave you less covered than you might prefer in a mold damage emergency. SERVPRO suggests staying attuned to your plan to check for loopholes and other issues that keep you safe when a mold infestation strikes. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Our SERVPRO Professionals are trained when it comes to dealing with issues that arise from mold and mold damages. If you have mold damage, call our staff today. SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville is locally owned and operated to ensure that any issues that you have with your home are taken care of immediately because we'll be on site within 24 hours. Give us a call today at (303)604-6607 to get an estimate and take care of hazardous mold today. 

Unexpected Fire Damage Happens

6/26/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Unexpected Fire Damage Happens Smoke Detectors Can Help Limit Fire Damage to a House in Longmont.

Be Prepared and Prevent Residential Fire Damage

In many cases, fires can start in a home unexpectedly, even if a homeowner takes all precautions against one. Fires are by nature unpredictable, and due to their many causes, it can be just impossible to prepare for all eventualities. Fires can start from mechanical failures, electrical malfunctions, chemical reactions, or kinetic disasters like a falling tree. Here are some ways a fire can start unexpectedly in your home, and some potential safeguards for each.
 
Electrical Failures
Electronic devices, especially of older makes and models, can be prone to failure for some reasons. Perhaps they have taken on water or have started overheating, or simply been knocked around and blown a fuse. Whatever the cause, an electrical fire can be particularly dangerous as water and water-based fire extinguishers can not be used to eliminate them. The best way to safeguard against electrical fire damage in Longmont is to make certain electrical devices and components are away from potential hazards and to keep a foam or chemical fire extinguisher nearby.
 
Falling Objects and Physical Damage
Many fires are started by accidental physical damage, such as a falling tree or a roof collapse. Often, these disasters occur as a result of heavy storms, earthquakes, and tornadoes, and so may happen when emergency services are already tied up elsewhere.  There is little to be done about this kind of disaster except for notifying emergency response teams as quickly as possible.
 
Chemical Reactions
Many households keep a number of chemicals and potential toxins for various purposes, and often in the same place. These, if leaking or otherwise removed from their containers and mixed, often have a potential to create combustible or explosive compounds. Although fires resulting from household chemicals are rare, you should always make sure that chemicals are sealed in their containers and that they do not outlive their shelf life.
 
Cooking and Heating Appliances
Many fires start from the kitchen, the number one room in the house for fires, as appliances such as ovens or burners are left unsupervised or used improperly. Grease fires can be dangerous in their extinguishing because if you react by tossing water on the flames, you will be spreading the fire. The most important step in avoiding these fires is the installation of a nearby smoke detector, and easy access to a fire extinguisher. Additionally, do your best to use all cooking appliances at manufacturer recommendations and do not leave food unattended.
 
Known nationwide as a reliable and trusted disaster cleanup and restoration company, SERPVRO has built its reputation on quality service and timely operations. SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville is a locally owned and operated franchise and is ready to help with any fire cleanup project in the local area. Give us a call at (303) 604-6607 for 24/7 advice and service.

Water Damage 101

6/3/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage 101 Water damage can cause serious havoc to your home in Frederick. SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville can clean and restore your home quickly!

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Water Damaged Home

The process of lowering or preventing how much water damage which occurs after a permeating leak or flood, water mitigation prevents additional damage by taking the right actions, and taking them fast.


After plumbing failures or when a storm causes water to flood your home or business, water mitigation is needed. Damaged walls, soaked rugs, warped flooring, and ruined furniture are just the beginning if mitigation is not started quickly.

There are specific steps which need to be taken to lower the destruction to your property and prevent more water damage, plus restore your property to its full value.

When You Should Call for Water Mitigation

Water damage in Frederick that is seeping is pervasive, progressive and can mean that valuable objects get damaged permanently, especially if you do not have professionals come out within the first forty-eight hours.

Many times, water damage is due to a failure in plumbing. There are steps that can be taken immediately if moisture seeps into anything valuable to lower how much long-term damage will result.

Steps to take as soon as you realize there is flood damage: 

    Keep calm so you can remain thinking clearly.
    Get in touch with our technicians at SERVPRO.
    Stop flooding by shutting off any water source or closing the water main.
    Before unplugging or taking out any electrical devices from submerged areas, or wet carpeting, you need to shut down the electrical breaker. Put aluminum foil under feet or legs of any furniture that is in contact with water or wet carpeting to stop staining which can be permanent.
    Lift any draperies or curtains out of the water or away from the wet carpet.

List and tack any skirts on upholstered furniture 

    Take out papers, books, shoes, fabrics, potted plants or other items which can stain wet carpeting.

Do not do these things: 

    Use your vacuum, as electrical shock can result, plus you could damage the equipment.
    Put newspaper talk walk on in traffic areas. Newspaper ink will easily transfer to wet carpet fibers, resulting in staining which can be permanent.
    Walk on carpeting more than you need to, as this will keep damage spreading to areas that are unaffected.

Don’t Delay Calling Us

Companies with just equipment for drying carpeting or shop vacuums can’t stop water from wicking under molding and baseboards, up walls, or into sill plates. Water will soak through your coverings of your floor into subflooring, which eventually will cause damage to rooms underneath.

If the humidity inside the building is not controlled, objects which are undamaged from the original flood could be ruined from a result of absorbing moisture that is in the air. Structures which aren’t dried out fast enough or correctly will become a growth spot for mold, making it necessary for even more professional mold removal services.
 
Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Immediately after experiencing any water damage, get ahold of the technicians at SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville by dialing (303) 604-6607 anytime. We can come out, assess your damage, and begin drying out your property to prevent further damages and get you back up and running in no time.

Flood Damage Problems

4/27/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Problems Call SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville if you are suffering flood or water damage!

Dealing with Residential Flood Damage

When disaster strikes in your home, and you find yourself dealing with flood damage, you may feel stressed and anxious about the unfortunate condition of your home. Floodwaters can rise quickly with little warning, and you may have been caught off-guard by a recent storm or another event that caused the flooding. Your primary thoughts may turn to how you can get the water out of your home and deal with the damage left behind.

How Water Impacts Your Home

When water is not properly contained in the home and floodwaters rise, significant flood damage in Boulder can occur. Water may be several inches or even feet deep in the home. Everything from cabinetry and drywall to carpeting, doors, trim and more can be affected. Furnishings may be stained, and they can even take on an unpleasant odor as a result of the water. The longer the water is in place, the more damage may be done to the property and the personal contents in the home, so fast service is important.

The Potential for Mold Growth

While fast service for flood damage may be necessary to help you avoid unnecessary water stains, unpleasant odors and other issues that may result from the rising waters in the home, there is also a concern for mold growth. Mold can grow on a wide range of surfaces in the home and is most commonly found in areas that are moist and dark. This means many areas of your home, from upholstered furnishings to drywall and carpeting, are susceptible to mold growth.

What Water Remediation Services Entail

The viable solution for dealing with flood damage is to set up water remediation service. This multi-pronged service begins with water extraction. The standing water will be carefully and efficiently suctioned up and out of the home so that it can more quickly dry out, and this process is completed using powerful extraction machines. After the standing water is removed, attention will turn to the humidity in the air. The humidity levels will be lowered to a normal range using special fans that are designed for this purpose. When the moisture is fully removed from the home, the work of repairing the home can begin. This involves salvaging some items and repairing or tossing away others.
 
Locally Owned Company with National Resources

When you discover flood damage in your home, rest assured that help will soon be on the way. You simply need to reach out to the professionals at SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville for the fast resolution you need. We are a locally owned company that provides water remediation services to our valued customers as quickly as possible. To learn more about our flood services, call us today at (303) 604-6607.

Water Damage-Seeing Behind the Walls

3/18/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage-Seeing Behind the Walls A Snow-Capped Mountain Gives Off Heat, A Thermogram Can Detect Water Damage in Your Home

SERVPRO Utilizing an Infra-Red Camera Detects Possible Water Damage in Your Home

Not all water damage is readily visible to the naked eye. Many times water seeps behind walls and other materials and the only way you would know that moisture has intruded are by the effects it has on your home. Hidden water damage can eventually cause degradation to the structure of your home and has the potential to generate the growth of damaging mold that can cause unwanted health effects. When trying to detect water damage behind walls and in hidden areas of your home, using an infrared camera can help water damage professional gage where concealed water or moisture may be.
 
How does an infrared camera work with water damage restoration in Longmont?
Infrared cameras don’t show an actual image of water damage nor do they detect moisture or measure a level of moisture. These cameras help detect water damage is by producing a thermal image (thermogram) to show colder and warmer zones in different materials. Typically, materials that are showing up in cooler regions on the IR are the result of an evaporative cooling effect that is happening on the surface of that particular material, many times wood beams or drywall. Also, it could be cooler temperatures inside the walls being directed to the surface, or what is known as thermal bridging, which means heat or cold are transferred from one area to another by way of an object or material. Cooler zones could also indicate there is a reflection of heat or cold from another source.
 
Are infrared cameras a reliable test for moisture?
An IR camera is an excellent tool to do a quick and overall check for moisture in homes or commercial buildings, where there is a concern for hidden water damage or even opportunist mold growth.  Detecting cooler temperatures on materials might not necessarily mean it is related to moisture or water evaporation. In certain situations, the difference in temperature the IR camera is picking up could be related to something as simple as cooler air from an air conditioning supply making contact with an object. Technicians may also get cool temperature readings when there is a lack of insulation in the wall where they are testing. Another scenario for detecting cooler temperatures in a particular area could be the result of a cold water line that runs within the wall void, and the IR camera has picked that up.
 
Technicians from SERVPRO, who are properly trained to use IR cameras for detecting, know that non-porous materials can give misinformation or data because they do not allow for evaporation. Reflective materials can also give off misinterpreted data, so technicians need to take this into account.
 
What do water damage and mold remediation professionals do if moisture is suspected?
Once a technician has thoroughly tested for moisture problems with the IR camera, and there is enough data to suggest there is moisture, a moisture meter will be used to substantiate further a water or moisture problem. These two tools used together are an excellent way to determine if water and moisture are a threat to your home. They can take an IICRC certified SERVPRO technician behind the walls of your home to see what you can’t. Isolated areas can then be dried and materials replaced if necessary to return your home to a safe, healthy, stable environment. "Like it never even happened."
We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques

Using specialized equipment and products, SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville technicians extract standing water and dry your property quickly and efficiently. Call us for 24/7 service at (303) 604-6607

The Importance of Commercial Water Damage Cleanup

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Importance of Commercial Water Damage Cleanup The longer water is left idle in your Louisville business, the more damage it can do.

Call SERVPRO Commercial Water Damage Cleanup When You Need A Pro.

There are numerous critical factors to consider when you need commercial water damage cleanup services. This type of cleanup needs to be done as soon as you notice that you have an issue. The longer water is left idle in your business, the more damage it can do.

There are many ways that water can be detected. The most obvious are finding standing water, but it’s not always that easy to find water damage. From small leaks that cause minor stains and wall damage to structural and air quality issues, water can cause significant damage if left unnoticed, so it is important to make sure that there’s no hidden water in your business. Moisture sensors can be used to make sure that there is no water hiding in your carpets or inside of your walls. Moisture meters can help determine how much water is in different materials.

If your business in Louisville has flooded due to a storm, a pipe burst, a toilet overflow, or for any other reason, many actions can be taken to clean up the mess as well. The first step is to make sure that all of the water in your building is removed safely and efficiently. Then, checking for hidden water is necessary as well. Contacting a professional will make the process easier and ensure that further problems do not occur.

SERVPRO of Lafayette and Louisville is a locally owned business that handles water damage concerns of all sizes. If a flood occurs or you notice any signs of water damage, we have the appropriate tools and equipment needed to quickly help you get back to your normal routine. Give us a call today at (303) 604-6607.

Hire Professionals For Sewage and Water Damage Restoration

1/4/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hire Professionals For Sewage and Water Damage Restoration SERVPRO Says Water and Electricity Can Be a Deadly Combo--Call Us for Help

When water damage resulting from sewage issues or some other problem affects your property, you need to take effective action immediately. Although the water issue may seem minor, it can cause substantive damage to your house if it is not eliminated quickly and correctly. And while you may be inclined to start the water removal process on your own, it is important always to have this work completed by a team of professionals from SERVPRO  Here are several reasons why:

Water Damage Is Progressive
Water damage can worsen with each passing moment. The longer you postpone calling water damage restoration experts to fix the problems, the greater the damages will be. Apart from obvious damage to contents and building materials, you may also be victimized by a mold infestation if the water is not removed promptly. Exposure to fungi may cause health effects as well as increase restoration costs.

Sewage Water is Dangerous
If the excessive water on your property contains sewage, it is very dangerous. In fact, sewage water contains pathogens, pesticides, and waste matter. Black water causes health implications if you come in contact with this type of water. Contact professionals who can remove the sewage water quickly and safely. Don't attempt to do it yourself. Training, specialized equipment, and hazmat clothing are required for a return of safety to your property.

Electrical Hazards
Water, being a conductor of electricity, can send shocks powerful enough to cause electrocution under some circumstances. Whether you're dealing with black, gray or clean water, the extraction process brings with it electrical hazards. Don't subject yourself to the risk of electrocution. Instead, allow the experienced professionals from SERVPRO to complete the process for you. These individuals possess the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to complete the process in a safe manner that precludes you and them from experiencing illness or injury.

Call SERVPRO Now
Although water damage in Longmont can disrupt your well-being and cause inconveniences within your daily life, it doesn't have to drain all your energy and assets. To restore your property and resume your way of life, contact the water damage restoration experts of SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians will clean and dry your property with remarkable speed, and we'll also provide you with complete customer service that keeps you calm throughout the remediation process. We will document, invite you for a final walk-through,  and guarantee that your home is dry and safe. "Like it never even happened."
Highly-Trained Water Restoration Specialists

As water damage specialists, SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville has the experience, expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. Learn about our water damage training and certificates. Call us 24/7 for help. (303) 604-6607

Why You Should Hire Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services

11/13/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why You Should Hire Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services Let SERVPRO Offer You Stress Free Fire Damage Restoration in Boulder.

SERVPRO Will Restore Your Fire Damaged Home

Many homeowners believe fire damage could never transpire on their residential property, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, every home is susceptible to fire. Colorado is a region that generates a large number of wildfires in any given year. The best way to limit fire damage restoration costs and remain calm in the face of a fire is knowing what actions to take to optimize and expedite the restoration process. You should call a team of professional fire damage restoration specialists like SERVPRO to start and complete the remediation work. There are several reasons that doing so is an important and effective course of action. Here are three of them:

Water Removal and Water Damage Repair. When firefighters extinguish the flames, the result is typically excessive water in your house. This accumulated water can do extensive secondary damage to your home, which is why securing water removal and water damage repair services is so important. Our water and fire damage restoration experts can remove the standing water from your structure with speed. Truck mounted powerful water pumps, portable and ride-on water vacuums begin the extraction to minimize wicking and absorption of water into walls, ceilings, furniture, and carpeting. Typically, they will make use of specialized equipment like dehumidifiers and industrial air movers to accelerate evaporation and the removal of moisture from the air. 

Soot And Smoke Removal?. The soot and smoke residue resulting from the incomplete combustion of the fuel source (your house) requires professional care. Do not attempt to clean or wipe off soot from surfaces, staining will occur that increases overall restoration efforts and costs. Our IICRC certified trained technicians have special equipment, cleaning agents, and chemicals for this task. Smoke can travel throughout the structure (that is why HVAC must be off) causing smoke and odor problems in unaffected areas of your house. Several types of specialized foggers capture the odors and then also eliminate the sources of these odors. Masking poor air quality is not a viable remediation.

Property Restoration. Unfortunately, the smoke, soot, heat, water, and flames can cause severe fire damage to your belongings and house structure. SERVPRO will work with you and your insurance agent to develop an appropriate action plan to restore your possessions and property as quickly as possible. We offer full-service fire damage restoration and will even work with any contractors of your choosing.

Once your property has been impacted by water and fire damage, it's important to secure the professional fire damage restoration services of SERVPRO. Doing so will limit further damages and save you money on repairs. Our aim is to make this difficult time stress free, keep you informed of procedures and results, and have a final walk-through with you to ensure your total satisfaction. We will, whenever possible, restore your Boulder property to pre-fire loss condition--"Like it never even happened."

Locally Owned, with National Resources

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville is locally owned and operated. When you have a fire or water emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. Call us 24/7 for assistance. (303) 604-6607

Coping with Commercial Fire Damage

10/15/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Coping with Commercial Fire Damage Your Colorado FD to the Rescue

Commercial Fire Relies on SERVPRO for Restoration

Once a commercial property has incurred fire damage, it can be challenging for a full recovery. A natural disaster typically forces the business owner to shut temporarily down or work from an alternate office. This will impact production or retail, depending on the business.

Immediately contact your insurance agent to determine how much coverage can be allowed for the restoration and repair processes. However, business owners who learn more about fires and fire damage restoration services and hire SERVPRO, can limit the emotional upheavals and structural property issues that these natural disasters or accidents tend to cause. SERVPRO coordinates with hundreds of insurance companies and adjusters the assessment and technical plans for fire damage restoration in Lafayette. Please refer to the brief yet informative overview provided below to obtain the knowledge necessary to grapple effectively with the commercial fire aftermath.


Fire Damage: A Brief Overview

Fire damage can result from numerous sources. One prevalent example is a natural disaster such as a wildfire. Additionally, electrical fires, lightning strikes, and careless working conditions triggered at a nearby business property could all result in substantive commercial fire damage at your site. If this happens, the consequences can be devastating. In some cases, the structural damage created by fire and water damage (from firefighting) result in losses from which the business may not fully recover. In most cases, fires can be extinguished before massive destruction occurs.

The Importance of Business Recovery Insurance

Business interruption insurance can aid in overcoming the difficulties that the commercial fire presented. Although companies that have the insurance will experience significant challenges throughout the restoration process, it is easier for them to recover. In general, business interruption insurance costs around 10% to 20% more than the owner's current premium. Because no company is completely immune to fire damage, it is prudent for every commercial property owner to consider the value of purchasing this insurance.

Preventing Commercial Fire Damage

Business owners can implement numerous prevention strategies that decrease the property's susceptibility to commercial fire damage. By being diligent, the commercial fire damage can also be greatly mitigated, thereby limiting downtime. Some of these strategies include:

• Avoiding the storage of flammable materials
• Checking smoke alarms and fire extinguishers to ensure that they work properly
• Devising and implementing a fire evacuation plan
• Ensuring that your appliances are off when no one is present
• Verifying that your machinery is in working order
• Ensuring that all backup drives are stored in a fireproof safe

Trust The Trained Technicians Of SERVPRO

No property is immune from the impact and consequences of a commercial fire. Since this is so, knowing which commercial fire damage restoration company to call in the event of a fire is important. The team to call is SERVPRO. Our skilled technicians are IICRC certified in drying and cleaning office furniture and equipment and document drying. We offer comprehensive services, with thorough follow-up strategies, to ensure we get you back to work.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters. Call us for help. (303) 604-6607

How Water Extraction Limits Water Damage

9/30/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Water Extraction Limits Water Damage Keep the Water in the Sink--SERVPRO Tip

SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage by Quick Water Extraction from Your Home

One of the worst types of damage a residential property owner can encounter is water damage. In addition to adversely impacting the structural integrity of your property, water damage can result in the growth and proliferation of mold and mildew throughout your home. And in many cases, water damage is substantive enough to make personally valuable possessions unsalvageable. The best way to handle water damage is to call a professional team of extraction specialists. Learn more about how a water extraction company like SERVPRO can assist you by reading the following outline:

Preventing Mold Growth

Unfortunately, the wet, moist environments created by unwanted water intrusion into your home provide the ideal setting for mold growth. Mold spores are naturally occurring in a home setting and are just awaiting the conducive condition of moisture to grow. This mold blooming can start in just 48-72 hours after the initial water damage event. Whether the excess interior water was the result of a flood, leak, or from a fire extinguishing effort, it's immaterial. Mold exposure may cause health effects.

The water extraction specialists from SERVPRO are highly skilled in using specialized equipment like large water pumps, and portable wet-vacs to quickly remove standing water. Air-moving machines and dehumidifiers will then bring the moisture in the walls, furniture, and flooring down to normal levels. This rapid effort minimizes the water damage in Boulder and expediently returns your home interior setting into a healthier condition. This company will provide you with documented progress and validation that your home has been properly dried.

Repairing Structural Damage

Another beneficial service that our SERVPRO water damage company offers is the cleanup and repair of structural damage that has impacted your property. Unfortunately, water can do substantive damage to a property's structure.  A careful assessment and inspection will be followed by an estimate of costs. We believe that repair and restore get you home sooner and at less cost. SERVPRO, if you have insurance coverage, will communicate with your company's adjuster to arrive at proper treatment specs.

SERVPRO: The Smart, Sophisticated Solution

Procuring professional assistance from a water extraction company like SERVPRO guarantees that you will receive the finest service this industry has to offer. Our goal is to place you back in your home as quickly and as safely as possible. We have more than 55 years of industry experience and employ a team of IICRC-certified technicians who are known for completing restoration projects with skill and speed. We can help.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. Call us. (303) 604-6607

How Fire and Water Damage Can Destroy Your Property

9/3/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Fire and Water Damage Can Destroy Your Property Put Out the Fire and Repair and Restore

Why Fire Damage in a House Needs Quick Restoration

When it comes to house fires, both the water and fire damage that results from it can be dangerous to your home. While fire can destroy the structural integrity of your home, water damage can generate the growth of mold and mildew. To minimize the effects of this two-pronged attact to your home, it is important that you attain professional assistance. Structural problems and health issues are at the top of the remediation priority list. Water and fire damage specialists can handle the cleanup and restoration processes to help minimize health risks, increase safety, and preserve the structural integrity of your home. To learn more about the dangers posed by fire damage and how professionals like SERVPRO can assist you, refer to the following outline: 

How Fire Damage Affects Your Lafayette Property

Although many people think of fire damage in terms of the fire itself, the smoke produced by the fire can be equally deadly. Smoke contains toxic materials, and this toxicity can be an irritant to humans who inhale it. Most fire related deaths are attributed to smoke inhalation and super heated air and not the actual flames. Additionally, the fire itself can engulf your property in its flames within a matter of moments. If this happens, your valuable possessions could be destroyed, and you could be left dealing with smoky odors that are difficult to eliminate. House fires can also send smoke and soot through your plumbing fixtures, walls, electrical conduits, and duct work. Smoke and soot can migrate through each layer of your property in just a few minutes. 

How Water Damage Destroys Your Property

Like fire damage, water damage possesses the ability to destroy the structure of your home. However, the biggest problem with water damage is that it can precipitate the growth of mold and mildew and, create damage to your furnishings, clothing, art, appliances and electronic components. But mold can make you susceptible to a wide range of unwanted health problems such as cancer and immune disorders. Additionally, mold can cause substantive lung damage. Typically mold thrives in humid, damp conditions. For this reason, property damaged by water is an opportunistic breeding ground for the fungi. It only takes 48-72 hours for mold to begin proliferating in damp or wet conditions, and this is why immediately addressing excess moisture in your home is so important. 

Conclusion

Both water and fire damage degrade your home.  A professional fire restoration company like SERVPRO can expediently get your home back to its previous condition. For many years, the company's trained technicians have been providing homeowners with the detail-oriented care necessary to get their homes back to like it never happened. We're ready to start the restoration process today, so call us now and let's schedule your consultation.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville is locally owned and operated.

As fire and water damage sprecialists, our business is built upon fire and water restoration expertise. Please call us. (303) 604-6607

Protect your Commercial Building from Water Damage

8/7/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Protect your Commercial Building from Water Damage The garage is closed for the day. But SERVPRO Is Always Open!

Water Damage and Your Business

Every day, thousands of commercial buildings experience water damage. In some cases, the damage is from storms or flash floods.  In others, it is simply from a leak.  Quite often the damage is from a fire being extinguished -- in fact, counter-intuitively, most fires result in more water damage than fire damage. Water is the most common type of damage that commercialbuildings experience. When it is not dealt with promptly and effectively, the problem can rapidly grow from a minor issue to something costing thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. SERVPRO can help.

Here are a few suggestions for how to best protect your business from water damage and minimize the fall-out when something does happen:

Prepare An Emergency Plan

Given how integral water is to all life and most industries, it is almost guaranteed that a commercial building will have to deal with water damage at some point. Thus, one of the best things a business owner can do is prepare for that inevitability ahead of time to keep losses to a minimum. Because water damage in Louisville can grow exponentially if not addressed immediately, time is of the essence.  Be prepared by having a company like SERVPRO on your speed dial.

Your emergency plan should include:

A blueprint is showing where the shut-off points are for water, electricity and gas plus a set of instructions on how to shut them down fast.
 A conveniently located toolbox.
 A list of emergency phone numbers, such as the fire department, plumbers, SERVPRO, emergency personnel, and police.

After you have an emergency plan in place for your commercial building, you should focus on prevention. Inspecting vulnerable areas is a good practice.

Inspect Your Roof Regularly

Check all rooftop penetrations, both interior and exterior.
Look for water stains.
Check all flashing, drains and seals.

Inspect Your Walls Regularly

Check wall joints around doors and windows.
Check flashing and sealant integrity.

Inspect Your Windows Regularly

Check for air seal integrity.
Test all locks and other mechanical parts.
Check flashing and joints.
Look for water stains or mold growth on window sills and interior walls.

Emergency plans and inspections are both measures to lessen any disruption to your commercial building.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Louisville community.  We're Faster to Any Disaster.

We are just a phone call away to help.

(303) 604-6607

How to Select a Mold Remediation Company

8/7/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Select a Mold Remediation Company Severe mold damage in Erie can still be eliminated.

A Mold Remediation Contractor Takes Careful Thought

If there is mold in your home, it can be scary when you think about trying to eliminate it. However, it is crucial for comfort and safety. Mold is capable of causing all sorts of health issues.  It is crucial to hire an experienced mold remediation contractor--SERVPRO-- in this situation. You should not try to eliminate the mold on your own, because you may not have the knowledge of what you are up against or have the proper equipment.

One very important part of looking for a mold damage company is making sure of proper credentials. SERVPRO is fully insured and licensed for mold remediation in Erie. You will not want to hire someone who is uninsured and take the chance that he or she will become ill from the job and attempt to sue you.

It is very important to note that our mold damage company has the appropriate licenses, as well as a good amount of experience cleaning and otherwise handling mold in the Louisville area. It would additionally be a good idea to inquire about our past project log and request referrals.  If you would like, you can contact these clients to see what they thought of  SERVPRO and our work.

Protect your family by hiring the right kind of mold damage professional.  For this reason, hiring the appropriate contractor would be your smartest choice, and you should do as much research as you can to find someone with the appropriate licensing and qualifications to perform the job well. The ideal contractor would be SERVPRO who is licensed, insured, and experienced, so that you can be confident in the safe removal of mold.  It is definitely the best choice to take the time to find the right professional who can take care of mold problems and other water damage after a disaster has occurred in your home.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville is locally owned and operated—so we work and live here, too.

Allow us to make your house safe again.  We are just a call away.  (303) 604-6607

Fire Damage Can Be Devastating

8/7/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Can Be Devastating Fire in a house can be very trying and heart-breaking.

Fire Damage Results in Many Problems

Fire damage can occur in any home. There are two types of destructive fires that can occur at a residential or commercial property. One variety is a small centralized fire in a kitchen or living room that damages only a few items while the other type is a large fire that destroys numerous important materials such as drywall in a building. Not only is a fire destructive due to hot flames, but there are additional problems from poisonous smoke and greasy soot that make it difficult to restore a property.

The Role of Fire Restoration Technicians

Professional SERVPRO fire restoration technicians are trained to restore a property as quickly as possible to prevent additional damage from soot and smoke. One of the first things that require repair are roofs and walls to prevent exposure to rain, snow and cold air. These repairs permit workers to enter a building to complete essential restoration to other fire damaged materials. At the same time, SERVPRO technicians begin the process of removing water from sprinklers and hoses to prevent moisture damage.

Improving Air Circulation

After a fire occurs, buildings often become humid from the water used to douse flames. Unfortunately, power in the building is frequently turned off, leading to poor air circulation. Lack of air circulation causes secondary problems from smoke odor and humidity. Our Bolder based fire damage technicians install fan systems to circulate air and reduce humidity levels. With an improvement in air quality and removal of moisture, it is possible to restore power to a building to complete other restorations.

Cleaning and Sanitizing Surfaces Affected by Fire

After major repairs are completed, our trained experts begin cleaning and sanitizing surfaces damaged by smoke and soot. Removing filthy soot is a specialized process to avoid contaminating other items. Industrial-strength equipment scrubs the surface while vacuuming debris that is isolated for disposal. Our technicians use sump pumps and extraction machines to remove moisture from water-soaked areas.

How to a Hire Fire Damage Remediation Expert

After a fire, a professional fire remediation company--SERVPRO-- is required immediately to begin a cleanup. Hiring our technicians means a quick response to your home for a commencement of the cleanup process. Our technicians must know how to turn off power in a building and make sure that water is not leaking from pipes before assessing damages. SERVPRO offers fire restoration to your home.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville is locally owned and operated—so we are part of the community too.

We are here to help you quickly and safely. Call us at (303) 604-6607

Water Damage Clean Up

8/7/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Clean Up Water Damage in This Louisville House Needs a Quick Call for Action

Why is a Fast Response So Important to Water Damage Restoration?

The Key to Successfully Restore Water Damaged Areas in a home is a quick response from SERVPRO.

Water damage is not to be treated lightly. Our experts recommend that professional treatment should begin within the first 48 hours after the damage has been discovered.  Treatment is critical to minimize the growth of toxic molds and bacteria that can damage the integrity of the structure and also put at risk the health of its occupants. Studies have found that molds and bacteria will start to grow on untreated wet drywall in less than 48 hours. In addition to inhibiting toxic microbial growth, the treatment also limits permanent water damage to the structure itself.

It is essential to secure a professional who specializes in water damage in the Louisville area, such as SERVPRO, to begin the cleanup process as early as possible. Allowing our trained service professionals to assess the extent of the damage and begin treatment early will reduce the amount of permanent water damage sustained to the structure and personal effects. Remediation begins by removing the water as soon as possible. Extraction pumps will be used to remove visible water. The removal of wet materials, such as carpets, drywall, and insulation, will also be part of the necessary actions performed by the SERVPRO expert. Drying out the affected area is critical to minimize the growth of bacteria and mold. Commercial dryers and high-efficiency dehumidifiers will be used to complete the water removal process.

Ensuring that the level of moisture is at an acceptable level, the SERVPRO restoration team will monitor the area with a hygrometer. This moisture level reading is especially important for small closed in spaces, behind cabinetry or in recessed areas of the structure. Beginning the reconstruction prior to moisture level reduction increases the probability that mold and mildew will become an issue in the future.

The successful completion of the restoration of your Louisville home greatly depends on how soon our trained professionals can start the process. The best service offers 24-hour availability, and SERVPRO is ready to begin the water removal process immediately--Faster to Any Size Disaster. Water damage is disheartening, but letting our trained team of professionals handle the cleanup and restoration of your home provides peace of mind.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work here too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency.

We are here to help you.  Call us for a quick response to restore your home.(303) 604-6607

Dealing with Water Damage

3/14/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Dealing with Water Damage The first time you see the damage is a shock; you may not know where to start in repairing

Dealing with Water Damage

Water damage is traumatic, often to homeowners as much as their house. The first time you see the damage is a shock; you may not know where to start in repairing it. However, there are steps you can take in the immediate time after a flood, burst pipe, or other damage that will make it easier to repair your home and move on with your life.

1. Stop the influx of water. You cannot repair water damage in Longmont while water is still entering your home. If there is a pipe leak or other repair issue, turn off the water supply and have the problem repaired. If the damage is from a storm or flood, use sand bags or other ways of reducing the water. In some cases, people have to wait out the deluge when water damage is caused by a natural disaster.

2. Call your insurance company. It is important to know from the beginning what types of water damage your insurance company covers, as well as whether they will cover water removal and other services. Even if this is not an incident covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy, your insurance agent can often refer you to good repairmen and contractors in your area. 

3. Dry out your home. Standing water and wet upholstery can breed dangerous microbes in just 24 hours, so fast water removal is crucial to your future health. Mop or use a wet vac, bag up clothing and textiles, and throw away things like mattresses that hold moisture and cannot easily be cleaned. Open all windows and turn on fans. This will limit the growth of mold and bacteria while also limiting your exposure to whatever microbes are already present.

4. Call in the experts from SERVPRO. Call professional mold inspectors who can look for remaining water in areas where it hides and immediately dry it out. 

Water damage can be successfully dealt with if you immediately remove water where you can see it and have an expert deal with it where you can’t. Soon you will be once again enjoying a safe and dry home. 

Water Damage Restoration

Basement flooding or storm damage doesn't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We respond to your residential or commercial water removal and cleanup needs. Our fast response time and advanced drying methods help prevent secondary damage and mold. Common causes of water damage are:

  • Flooding caused by severe weather
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Sink, bathtub or toilet overflow
  • Sewage backup

Fire Damage - What to Do After Experiencing Fire & Smoke Damage

1/15/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage - What to Do After Experiencing Fire & Smoke Damage Fire damage to your home can be devastating, but SERVPRO can help restore your home or business.

Smoke and Fire Can Cause a Lot of Damage

After your home has dealt with a fire or severe smoke damage, it is very tempting to just jump into the mess and try to fix it all yourself. After all, you want to get your home back to its former glory, and one of the best ways to accomplish this is to get rid of fire damage that has happened within the house. There are many things you should and shouldn't do in terms of cleaning and dealing with fire damage, so be sure to take these recommendations into consideration before you attempt to do any cleaning yourself.

For one, it might be beneficial for you to hire an expert fire damage company to clean the mess for you, especially if you have a large home or have dealt with a severe smoke and fire problem. The expert company is trained and experienced with dealing with this particular problem, so they can do an amazing job at taking care of it for you so that your home is as good as new. Expert fire damage companies in Superior will often come to your home first to evaluate the overall damage and its significance. Once they have performed this evaluation, they will get to cleaning the home and getting rid of any fire and smoke problems that are in there.

As a general rule, there are many things you should definitely not do after your home has experienced a fire or dealt with some type of major smoke damage. You should not use furniture that has been involved in the fire because the upholstery holds onto the smoke and fumes that were once present. You may find that using the furniture that was involved in the fire releases more smoke and contaminants into the air, making the air even more dangerous to breathe in. You also need to make sure that a professional company has evaluated the air for carbon monoxide levels. This is a major problem for homeowners who have recently dealt with a fire.

Also, try to avoid wiping down walls, ceiling and the like all by yourself. You may find that you either make the smoke damage worse because it's not being cleaned properly, or you might even notice that you're not getting rid of all of the smoke damage that is present. Professional companies are trained to get rid of smoke damage that is found all throughout the home, including your walls and ceilings.

You also do not want to use any electronic gadgets that were in the fire because they could easily malfunction. These electronics should be checked thoroughly by a professional technology or computer service company to make sure that they are still functioning and working well. Try not to eat any foods or canned goods that were involved in the fire because they could have smoke damage on them or the insides of the can could have cooked through. Getting rid of fire damage may seem difficult, but a professional company can deal with this for you.

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville’s fully certified water removal staff can perform a complete damage assessment to your home of office, and then recommend and follow the industries standards to get your water removal restoration repaired properly available 24 hours a day

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company, Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every water damage situation.

Identifying White Mold Growth

1/7/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Identifying White Mold Growth A wide variety of molds can cause people to experience allergic reactions

Mold Remediation Depends on the Circumstances

Although white molds are an issue in many homes, they don't carry the same reputation as the black variety. This is mainly because concerns of Stachybotrys, commonly known as black mold, have been so overblown. While color can be used to narrow down mold species, it does not serve as a completely accurate identifier. Whereas Stachybotrys is invariably black in color, other molds, like Penicillum, Aspergillus and Cladosporium can come in a number of colors. Furthermore, there are numerous other varieties of mold that can be black.

White molds can be far more difficult to identify. These are frequently mistaken for crystalline mineral deposits on stone called efflorescence. This happens due to water passing through the porous material and moving salts to the surface. Once the moisture evaporates, it leaves behind a white, often feathery substance that can look strikingly similar to white mold.

Where Does White Mold Typically Appear in Homes?
White molds will grow anywhere in a home that has the ideal conditions for other mold growth. Generally, this involves any place that is dark, moist and cool. White mold can be found growing in attics, crawlspaces, basements and bathrooms and tends to favor wood, carpet, drywall and other moisture-retaining materials, causing mold damage in Boulder. It can even grow on furniture.

Distinguishing Between Efflorescence and White Mold
Having your mold problem analyzed by a qualified inspector will help you discover whether the growth is efflorescence or white mold. However, you can do some testing on your own. When misted with water, efflorescence will usually dissolve. This does not occur with white mold growth. The material you find the growth on can also help. Whereas efflorescence only develops on stone, brick and cement, mold prefers wood and sheetrock. Smell can also be an indicator of mold damage, but this is somewhat less reliable. White mold will smell musty, like a wet basement, but efflorescence will not have a smell.

Can White Mold Be Harmful?
A wide variety of molds can cause people to experience allergic reactions. If there is considerable mold growth in your home, none of it should be viewed as safe. It's essential to pinpoint the reason for the mold growth, then follow through with the proper remediation and mold damage repair process, no matter what color the mold is.

Can Testing Help Identify White Mold?
By taking a sample of the mold, the species can be correctly identified. Taking samples usually consist of swabbing, bulk sampling and tape lifts. The sampling process is performed by a trained technician and analyzed in a lab. Once at the lab, it will be determined whether the substance is truly mold, and if it is, which species it fits into.

What Special Considerations Are There When Cleaning Up White Mold?

No matter what color the mold is, it's recommended to treat them all the same. It's important to be aware that several varieties of mold, even those that are not toxic, can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive people. In light of this, the mold's color has no bearing on how mold damage remediation should be approached. The issue becomes even more complicated when you consider that experts are still not certain of the allergy-causing properties of most mold species. Therefore, experts strongly recommend treating them all as potential health hazards.

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville Professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:

  • Water Damage
  • Fire Damage
  • Flood damage
  • Mold Damage

SERVPRO Support's National Preparedness Month

9/28/2014 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Support's National Preparedness Month If you are in need of a water damage and general disaster plan you're in luck. September is National Preparedness Month.

National Preparedness Month and SERVPRO:
Insight from a Rocky Mountain Firefighter
By: Andrea Stutesman
9/12/14

Introduced in September of 2004, National Preparedness Month promotes Americans to develop A plan for emergencies in their businesses, schools, and homes. It is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and promoted online via www.Ready.gov. There are also, many community involvement initiatives including volunteer and leadership opportunities, Seminars and training sessions.

All aspects of the ready campaign center on three fundamental steps:

1. Build an emergency supply kit.
2. Make a family emergency-plan.
3. Be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their
appropriate responses.

Things www.Ready.gov suggest to consider when putting together an emergency supply kit include:

> different ages of family members
> responsibilities for assisting others
> locations frequented
> dietary needs
> medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
> disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
> languages
> cultural and religious considerations
> pets or service animals

The ultimate goal of the campaign is to create public awareness and to increase the level of emergency preparedness, nationwide. Implementing these fundamental steps and Considerations will aid the public in being better prepared for emergencies.

SERVPRO Industries, Inc. is a proud member of the National Preparedness Coalition, which is dedicated to promoting preparedness planning.

Locally, SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville partnered with Rocky Mountain Fire to understand a first responder’s views on preparedness.The Rocky Mountain Fire district is responsible for much of Boulder and Jefferson Counties. In addition to firefighting, the district specializes in wildland firefighting, emergency medical services, hazardous material disposal, and community involvement activities. Jessey Zerfoss, a firefighter who works at the Superior station was interviewed at the firehouse.

Here is what Jessey had to say:

How does Rocky Mountain Fire promote National Preparedness Month?

We are very active in the community to promote National Preparedness Month. We often do in home calls to educate people on where they can and should go to be prepared. We help them find their water and gas shutoff valves, let them know where to go to replace their fire or carbon monoxide alarms, and demonstrate how to replace them. We also stress the importance of being prepared for any type of emergency.

What advice do you have for residents of the Boulder area to be prepared? It is important to plan for at least 48-72 hours of self sufficiency as it typically takes that long for emergency personnel to arrive and assist in the event of an emåergency. That means having food, water, and heating available for that duration.

How would you rate the level of preparedness for families, schools, businesses, etc. in this area?

Boulder and America as a whole have a lot of resources available to assist after or in case of an emergency situation. Very few resources are available to plan and prepare for emergencies.

People prepare after the fact i.e.: building homes higher after a flood rather than before, or building homes in the thick of a forest without first considering the possibility of a fire. There needs to be more awareness surrounding emergency preparedness and being proactive rather than reacting to emergencies after, they happen.

The insight Jessey has provided signals the importance of being ready for all emergencysituations. As a first responder, he and other firefighters see firsthand the level of preparedness people in the community are taking in case of emergencies. It is up to important partners and advocates to educate others on the vital steps to becoming better prepared. The greater the level of preparedness the public takes, the less a disaster will impact communities, nationwide.

This September, do not forget to educate yourself, coworkers, family and friends on being prepared for disasters. SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville and other key partners are doing what it takes to help the community be “Ready for whatever happens.”

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company, Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every water damage situation from sewage damage to clean up.

Does Homeowner's Insurance Cover Floods Resulting In Water Damage?

8/30/2014 (Permalink)

Water Damage Does Homeowner's Insurance Cover Floods Resulting In Water Damage? Call the Experts from SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration.

Home insurance is most useful in times of an emergency. Insurance allows you to not have to pay out-of-pocket for expenses that are related to damage to your home. However, it is important know that filing a water damage insurance claim has its good points and bad points.


The Good Points
Insurance companies will only cover certain types of water damage in Boulder, CO. If you experience a malfunctioning dishwashing, insurance will cover the costs of the damage. Unless, the damage caused by the dishwasher is the result of negligence and lack of maintenance. Another event covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy involves bursting pipes caused by below freezing temperatures.


The Bad Points

Insurance companies will not cover damage that is the result of improper maintenance. These types of water issues occur gradually and can be avoided with home maintenance. Homeowners are often shocked to find that issues that they believe are covered under their policy are not covered. For example, if you were not properly heating your home and a pipe burst, insurance would not cover the costs of damage.
  Flood damage is another problem that most home insurance policies will not cover. You will need to purchase a separate insurance policy to cover flooding. This type of insurance is advised for anyone living in an area prone to flooding.

Water damage is covered by homeowner’s insurance. Unfortunately, there are some limitations to this coverage. An accident that occurs suddenly will likely get covered. However, flood damage and issues that arise from poor maintenance will not. You should also know that tt is also not uncommon for insurance companies to argue against covering incidents that you believe are covered by your policy. 

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisvilleis your local franchise for all your home emergencies: fire and smoke damage, water damage and mold remediation. Contact us 24/7 for help at (303) 604-6607.

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