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How Appliance Failures Cause Water Damage in Louisville

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Appliance Failures Cause Water Damage in Louisville SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville has the equipment to dry your floors. We are available 24/7 for all of your water loss incident needs.

After Appliance Failures, Dampened Homes Need Water Removal in Louisville

The washing machine, dishwasher, or water line to your refrigerator's ice maker can all drench your home in Louisville CO. Calling an appliance repair technician only solves the issues related to the appliance's situation, either through repair or disposal and possible replacement. The water lost into your dwelling area stays left behind, as technicians only work on the cause and not the effects such appliances create.  

When SERVPRO receives a call from a customer about a lost water incident in their Louisville home, we can arrive quickly and begin within only a few hours after the initial call. Because we are Always Faster To Any Size Disaster, this makes us more efficient while significantly decreasing the amount of damage your family's house sustains and keeping unpleasant experiences to a minimum.  

We look at many different variables that help us choose the best route to restoring your home. Depending on your flooring where the accident took place, we might need to pull up carpeting to dry it thoroughly. The underlay can also become saturated and lead to microbial problems later, as well as begin deteriorating or producing foul, unwanted odors. Other types of flooring can trap moisture under them, preventing us from getting things as dry as required.  

For minor spills or small-sized areas that received substantial amounts of water, we can use a weighted extraction unit. This piece of equipment uses pressure (from the weight of the unit) to help squeeze water out of wet carpeting and padding. It works quickly and can provide excellent results. On tile or other types of less-porous flooring, the same amount of water may still exist, requiring the use of small, hand-operated extraction wands that we attach to our pump truck's smaller extraction connections. SERVPRO technicians know how to use the many different types of equipment, and which ones to use for your specific needs.  

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville also covers services to residences in Valmont, Boulder, and Gooding when they need water removal technicians and other specialists who know how to protect their property. Whenever you have an emergency affecting your home, call us at (303) 604-6607. We are always here and ready to help by answering questions, providing information, and eliminating the problem for you.

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After A Water Damage Incident In Your Louisville Home, Call The Professionals At SERVPRO For Help!

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage After A Water Damage Incident In Your Louisville Home, Call The Professionals At SERVPRO For Help! If you ever notice excessive moisture inside your home, call SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville at (303) 604-6607 24/7.

Water Cleanup In Louisville Varies Depending Upon The Source

Every building in Louisville has very many water and sewage pipes running in and out of it for your various appliance. If your plumbing or one of your appliances fails, then you could have to call in a professional water cleanup company such as SERVPRO. A small leak in parts of your plumbing system like pipes or valves can expose your building materials to excessive moisture. If a valve running to or from one of your appliances fails, then a slow leak that goes unnoticed could develop. Whenever moisture comes into contact with the interior of your home, it is wise to conduct water cleanup promptly before other issues arise.

Whenever moisture leaks into your living area, the methods taken to mitigate the problems vary depending on the source. Every scenario dealing with water cleanup in Louisville is different. Our SERVPRO technicians know that the first thing to do when assessing a situation where moisture caused damage is to figure out where the water leaked from or the source. Once we figure out where the moisture is coming from we can figure out if the source is contaminated or not, and determine how to stop the leak. First, we take steps to prevent more of your building materials from getting wet then we design a mitigation plan based on what category the leak's source is, meaning whether or not there is a chance of contamination.

Every type of water damage scenario is classified as either category one, two, or three. The levels start at the cleanest of the three or fresh water which is considered category one or white water. Category one issues include a pipe breaking running to your kitchen sink or the lines running to an outdoor hose.

Category two damage is called grey water, and it includes moisture coming from sources that could be contaminated with harmful bacteria or parasites. Grey water includes moisture coming from your washing machine export hose or your shower drain.

The worst type of water damage to suffer from is category three or black water damage. Blackwater affects your house when ground water rises, or your sewage drains back up. If you ever notice excessive moisture inside your home, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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 

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

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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 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 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.