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Mold Damage Remediation Services Available For Boulder Area Residents

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

Our SERVPRO Team Is Here For you When Mold Damage Strikes


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reversing Fire Damage Caused By Grease Fires In Boulder Homes

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Reversing Fire Damage Caused By Grease Fires In Boulder Homes Accidents are unavoidable and can lead to a huge fire incident with tremendous consequences.

Fire Damage Caused By Grease


If you are a homeowner in Boulder, safety is an important thing to keep in mind when working with the grill. Over the years, there has been an advancement to improve the grilling experience. Proper maintenance can go a long way towards keeping your grill in top-notch working condition. However, accidents are unavoidable and can lead to a huge fire incident with tremendous consequences.

When it happens, you need to contact the fire department and a fire damage restoration company in Boulder to remedy the situation. As soon as the firefighters leave, SERVPRO fire damage technicians can come in and begin the cleanup process. We use IICRC guidelines in every restoration job, meaning that our techniques are up to par with industry standards.

Damages escalate, and restoration costs increase when you delay the cleanup process. By hastening the hiring process, SERVPRO technicians can arrive promptly and stop the damage to pave the way for repairs. Immediately after a fire, smoke and soot residue settles onto various surfaces and items. Porous materials become permanently discolored, but it is possible to remove the discoloration from other surfaces. After some time, acidic soot starts staining other surfaces if not attended to quickly.

Most cases of grease fire damage involve a quick and very intense flash of heat. Putting out the fire quickly improves the chances of repairing most of the kitchen. At SERVPRO, we emphasize quick cleanup of the grease and soot to prevent contamination on other parts of the house and to ensure complete deodorization.

Smoke particles travel through air ducts and can make their way onto anything fibrous, including clothes, bedding, and furniture. Our main priority is to replace the air filter in the furnace and then thoroughly clean up every inch of the house as quickly as possible. We wipe down the inside and outside of every cabinet in the kitchen, and then use special deodorization products to get rid of the smoke odor. In some cases, we may have to remove the cabinets to access the back, where the soot residue may have penetrated.

Our technicians can also help you reverse any fire damage sustained on your fridge. The gasket seal on the doors is the primary concern. If these are damaged, we may need to replace the seals or even the entire refrigerator. If not, we can clean the fans, filters, and the back of the fridge, which may likely be covered in soot and risk infecting the food inside.

If a grease fire interrupts your activities, SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is here to help. Our technicians are highly skilled and highly experienced in fire damage restoration, and we can restore your property in no time. Call us anytime at (303) 604-6607.

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Water Damage in Your Boulder Attic From Failing Chimney

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Water Damage in Your Boulder Attic From Failing Chimney Our technicians at SERVPRO can help you when your attic is water damaged, no matter how bad it is.

Failing Chimneys Can Cause Water Damage To Your Attic


When you have a fireplace, chimney leaks are common. There is no greater enemy to this part of your home than moisture. A chimney and its connection to your home are ideally sealed and watertight. However, there are several situations which unfortunately cause moisture to enter the chimney system and cause damage not only to your chimney and fireplace but other areas of your home, such as your attic.

Many people do not tend to think about water damage to their chimney when thinking about all the possible water damage possibilities in their Boulder home. The exterior of chimneys many times go unmaintained for a long period, which means they have plenty of opportunities to spring a leak and become a major problem.

When you experience water damage in your attic because of a failing chimney, SERVPRO is the company to call. We are a professionally trained and experienced water damage remediation company and have the proper tools to mitigate the damage in a timely fashion before more occurs.

When the chimney itself is damaged, you have other problems to worry about, like the border of the construction of the chimney where it becomes part of the roof. If it is sealed improperly, it allows access to water, rain, ice, and sleet to get inside your home. After the damage has happened, it can be quite expensive to repair. Water can get inside to your home and damage your attic, HVAC system, and electrical systems. Water can run for some distance as well before deciding to leak down into your home, which means other than your attic, the interior of your home can be damaged, too.

Annual maintenance and inspections are recommended for your chimney, so you can hopefully catch potential problems before they have the chance to grow into something much bigger. You can also get waterproofing done.

Our technicians at SERVPRO can help you when your attic is water damaged, no matter how bad it is. We first get all the water out with special pumps, plus industrial dehumidifiers and fans, and then repair any damage the water did. We check for hidden moisture and mold with moisture meters to ensure that we have taken care of everything.

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SERVPRO of Lafayette/Louisville is always ready to assist you when your attic suffers water damage because of your chimney. The quicker you contact us at (303) 604-6607, the better, so additional damage can be prevented.

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How SERVPRO Removes Water From Your Louisville Home

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How SERVPRO Removes Water From Your Louisville Home When your pipes break, call SERVPRO to remove the water quickly.

Why SERVPRO is the Restoration Company to Trust for Water Damage Prevention in Louisville, Colorado

When pipes break in your Louisville, Colorado home, your first thoughts should include shutting the water off at the main valve. Always ensure no electrical outlets or appliances nearby pose a risk, though, as a combination of water and electricity creates a highly dangerous situation. If needed, shut off the electricity before going near any lost water.  

Sometimes pipes break when a homeowner is away from their home, which is why SERVPRO's Faster To Any Size Disaster becomes even more critical in preventing extensive water damage to your Louisville home. Our IICRC-certified and highly experienced teams are ready round-the-clock, all year long to assist property owners in restoration work after a disaster.

We continue our rapid response to your emergency with quick and efficient work in repairing current damaged areas and preventing other sections of your home from succumbing to the same. The longer water remains present inside your house, the more damage it can cause.  

Water does not stay in one spot, nor does it remain as a liquid. Evaporating slowly but steadily, H2O can harm portraits on your walls, activate previously dormant microbes, and create odors within your residence. SERVPRO technicians know how to alleviate each problem and make everything “Like it never even happened.” again for you.  

When we arrive, our specialists take readings of your house's interior, so we know which materials it absorbed. Hollow cavities like inside walls can also retain water, but we can remove it and get the inside of the wall dry again. We choose our equipment based on how well it performs, and speed is one of the most critical factors.  

SERVPRO understands that you want your family's surroundings to be safe, welcoming, and comfortable. We help you provide this to your loved ones by working as a team to rapidly get the areas affected dried out, cleaned up, and restored to normal again as quickly as possible.  

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville wants to help Boulder, Erie, and Niwot residents when water damage seems imminent. We can help prevent things from worsening in your residence and get things tidied up for you so you can relax. Let us do the hard work for you. Call us at (303) 604-6607, any hour of the day or night – we're here and ready to take your call.

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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 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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