Cleaning Soot Damage In Your Security Home's Carpets
SERVPRO Carpet Cleaning after a Small Fire in Security--"Like it never even happened."
Fire Damage Cleanup of Carpets and Soft Surfaces Is a SERVPRO Specialty
Among the devastation that a fire can cause to your Security residence, soot damage is a common thread between nearly all incidents of any size. Soot can spread out farther than the affected areas of your home, leaving you with a substantial mess to overcome once the blaze has been extinguished. This effect can prove challenging to remove from specific fibers and materials, namely from various types of carpeting.
While you certainly have many different fire damage effects to worry about in your Security residence after the extinguishment, your carpets throughout your home might not necessarily need removal and replacement. Much of the damage that occurs to this flooring, unless directly ignited, can get attributed to the soot and debris floating throughout the environment during the fire. If extensive water damage has also occurred, salvaging the carpets may not be possible.
Finding the right restoration company to help you clean up this mess does not have to be a challenging feat. Our SERVPRO professionals get uniquely trained to handle all manners of fire damages that affect homes and businesses, and therefore have the appropriate skillset to pull soot damage from the flooring materials like carpeting.
Our SERVPRO technicians have several approaches and processes for cleaning carpets, which is often the most suitable choice to restore the damage to this area of your home. Bonnet cleaning can sometimes be sufficient when the affected material is short pile carpet with soot damage that does not deeply penetrate into the subflooring and base of the fibers.
For soot, hot water extractions and our Showcase Premier Cleaning services can remove all of the damaging films from the fibers and restore your carpets to their original vibrancy. These cleaning services can prevent you from having to remove these materials in your house and have them later replaced, requiring possible out of pocket expenses and inconvenience.
There is nothing that can prepare a homeowner for the often widespread damages of a fire in their house. Fortunately, you can always depend on our SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs fire damage specialists to help you clean up the mess and get back to the way things should be, "Like it never even happened." Contact us anytime at (719) 574-2789.
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The Onset of Mold Damage In Your Colorado Springs Restaurant
Moldy Cheese is Okay in a Colorado Springs Restaurant--But Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation
Colorado Springs Businesses Get Much Needed Mold Remediation from SERVPRO
Owning a restaurant in Colorado Springs means both serving food to the hungry customers of the city and adhering to strict codes and regulations as a business owner and food handler. With so many potential issues that could threaten your compliance with these regulations, having the right kind of help for situations that require restoration or remediation can save you much trouble in the long run. A common issue that many restaurants run into is fungal or microbial growths in their buildings, and this requires certified technicians to remove and restore.
Mold damages in your Colorado Springs restaurant could have originated from a number of different situations. Often, the growth occurs in poorly ventilated areas that become overly hot, causing an abundance of moisture. Improperly dried water loss incidents can also provide this same effect. Fortunately, no matter what the cause of this colonization of mold spores in your building, our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians can help you to remove it and restore the damage it has caused.
While identifying the source of the moisture present in the area is critical to helping you prevent this same occurrence in the future, one of the first steps is to isolate the colony and begin work to dry the present dampness as quickly as possible. Isolation of the colony gets achieved with the use of air scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters to trap mold spores in the air and prevent them from seating elsewhere.
Drying the area is often a combination between large air movers and heavy-duty dehumidifiers to overcome the moisture present in both the air and in the floors, walls, ceilings, and more. If the source of the moisture cannot get identified, our SERVPRO professionals might encourage you to continue using dehumidification equipment in the areas most affected by the persistent dampness.
Mold spores can set and begin to grow into their colonies in as little as 72 hours. Taking care of persistent moisture before it encourages mold growth is better business sense than remediating mold damages, but either way, our SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs technicians are ready to help you whenever you need us. Give us a call anytime at (719) 574-2789.
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Water Damage Technicians Out Of Cimarron Hills Discuss Problems With Drywall
Water Damaged Drywall Needs Fast Drying in Cimarron Hills to Prevent Secondary Damage
Drywall Materials Require Skilfull Use of Equipment to Mitigate Water Losses and Salvage the Materials
Any time excessive moisture gets into a structure in Cimarron Hills, it is possible that the drywall material that makes up the walls and ceilings can get damaged. If a pipe breaks inside a wall, it can spray water into the wall cavity negatively affected the drywall components. If water fills into the building from another source it starts accumulating on the floor; then it works its way up the walls, a process called wicking. If humidity levels are escalated once water gets into the house, the moisture in the air can also harm drywall.
Whenever water starts affecting drywall, it can saturate the material making it lose its structural integrity or be a source of microbial growth. Whenever mitigating water damage in Cimarron Hills, evaporating out drywall before its paper backing grows mold is a top priority. If this gypsum board inside your home gets wet, then it is possible that wooden materials inside the wall cavity can get affected as well.
Any time excessive moisture affects a building, our SERVPRO technicians pay special attention to drywall and other structural components. We start by using moisture sensors to test the contents of the walls. The sensors have prongs that get inserted into the drywall or wooden studs and test for moisture. For wooden materials, the readings come out as a percentage, and for drywall, the readings come in parts per million numbers.
Once the affected area has been tested for moisture levels, our SERVPRO restoration team tests materials in unaffected areas to figure out a drying goal level. This baseline helps our team determine how wet the drywall and wooden studs suffered from the loss. Once we know how wet the area is, we can set up the correct drying equipment.
Whenever our SERVPRO crew dries out a structure, we arrange a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. The air movers create circulation that moves wet air away from surfaces while the dehumidifiers pull water out of the air and lower the actual humidity inside the structure. When drying out wall cavities, other specialized techniques get implemented to push air into the cavities. Injectidry tools can be useful devices to inject warm air. See below.
In some cases, we remove the baseboard and drill holes into the wall or cut the drywall a foot above the ground so that air can dry out all of the wall components. In other scenarios, we implement injection drying equipment that pushes air into the wall from tubes that stick into holes drilled into the wall surfaces. If you ever need help drying out wet wall cavities, call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789 24 hours a day.
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Flood Damage Experts In Colorado Springs Discuss Problems Associated With Hail
Many flood damage problems in Colorado Springs are caused by severe hailstorms and other conditions related to them.
Flood Damage Experts Discuss Problems Associated With Hail
In the summertime in Colorado Springs hailstorms are rather common. When severe thunderstorms blow into the region excessive amounts of hail can pour down within short periods of time. Sometimes, hail can get heavy and be as big as a golf ball.
When golf ball size hail hits your property, various types of problems can take place. Many flood damage problems in Colorado Springs are caused by severe hailstorms and other conditions related to them. These storms also come with a combination of high-speed winds, excessive rain, and possible flooding.
The large pieces of frozen rain can hit your house at a high velocity and cause things to break. Large chunks of hail can break windows or ruin roofing materials causing holes for water to leak into your structure. Once the interior of the building is exposed to the outside, problems inside can take place. As soon as the exterior of a structure is punctured, it is wise to seek professional help immediately. Our SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and available for emergencies 24 hours a day. The quicker we can get to your home, the more likely we can save materials and contents from getting ruined by the rainwater.
The first step to an emergency water damage scenario is to fix the source of the problem. Our SERVPRO emergency mitigation team finds where water is entering the building and take measures to prevent further leaking. If the source is a hole in the roof, the area will be temporarily sealed off and reconstructed at a later time. If the problem comes from a broken window, the window gets boarded up so that rain stops coming into the house.
Once moisture does not keep coming inside the structure, mitigation work can begin. After making the work area, secure our SERVPRO restoration team starts extracting water out of materials inside the house. After our specialized extraction system pulls out as much moisture as possible, the drying stage begins. Air movers and dehumidifiers get set up to rapidly dry out building materials and contents so that microbial growth does not take place.
Once the moisture levels inside the affected regions return to preloss conditions, the drying equipment gets taken out. The final stage is the reconstruction and cleaning phases where things are rebuilt, and the affected areas are cleaned. For help with damage due to hailstorms, call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789 seven days a week.
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Smoke and Fire Damage from a Kitchen Fire in Security Create a Horrible Odor
Kitchen fires can happen very quickly and spread. After the firefighters leave, contact SERVPRO for remediation services.
Team SERVPRO Arrives on the Scene Quickly After a Fire in Your Kitchen
Many residents in Security add meat to the family meal to ensure adequate intake of protein by everyone present. This same protein can cause severe problems if the person cooking it forgets it and allows it to burn. Catching fire and spewing flames out of your cookware does not need to happen for smoke production to overwhelm your kitchen, but when it does happen, it only increases the amount of overall damage sustained.
Rainy days during the Spring months can keep grilling endeavors indoors where fire damage in Security becomes more likely due to interruptions, as well. Outdoor activities can easily cause anyone to lose track of time and forget about the steaks left on the kitchen stove. It takes only a few minutes of extra heat from the stove to go from 'perfectly done' to zero visibility conditions developing inside your kitchen area.
Once we arrive, we set up powerful air movers. These machines move a large volume of air in a very short period. Our air scrubbers go one step further in reducing the amount of smokiness in your home. These machines filter out the particles that may have already passed into other parts of your residence and keep them from becoming constant reminders of a burnt meal.
All meat contains significant amounts of protein that begin producing an extremely acrid, bitter odor after reaching a specific temperature. The oil that often accompanies such food while cooking only adds to the problem. SERVPRO technicians can also perform thermal fogging in cases where the odor persists. The heated fog that carries neutralizing agents permeate the same areas the smoke entered, resulting in significant improvements to the indoor air quality.
Manual cleaning of all surfaces inside your kitchen protects them from soot's abrasive nature. We use special cleansers that cut through the greasiness and unique tools that then lift the mess off the area. After we clean everything and eliminate the smoke odor, without any trace of fire damage, everything in your home goes back to looking "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs can help your family after a bout of smoke and fire damage from a kitchen flare up. Contact us at (719) 574-2789 so we can assist you in getting your home back to normal again. We perform our services in and around the Calhan and Widefield areas.
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Home Safety: Rodents are a fire hazard too
We are pleased to share an article written by Greg Geilman, President and CEO of South Bay Residential.
Home Safety: Rodents are a Fire Hazard, Too
Rodents may be labeled as pests, but they actually have the power to be more destructive than some may believe. They chew up wires, create the perfect kindling in the form of their nests, and can be the root cause of a truly terrible fire. The worst part is that homeowners may not realize just how much damage they're causing to the home until it's too late. Learn more about the habits of rodents and why they're not a threat to be taken lightly.
A rodent is going to chew on whatever happens to be around them when their teeth are coming in. If they don't chew then their teeth will actually get too long and they won't be able to eat. And because their teeth are always coming in, they tend to chew on a lot of things. A squirrel, mouse, or rat will even gnaw on hard elements of the home, such as metal pipes. So when a homeowner starts to hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet, they need to be aware that those feet are attached to some very active teeth.
An Electrical Disaster
When a rat cuts through the plastic insulation that protects the electrical wiring, it exposes nearby objects to the heat of the electricity. Fires aren't just destructive because of the evident flame damage, but also because of the smoke damage. The smell of smoke is notoriously difficult to remove, which means that even a fire that's put out quickly may cause more damage than homeowners realize — damage that may not be covered by a home insurance policy.
The Nature of the Fire
The fire is caused when the wire shorts out or when the heat of the electricity causes some else to catch flame. Insulation, nests, or other types of trash inside the walls of the home are the most common culprits behind the origin story of the fire, but there are times when a wire can spark close to a wooden beam and cause the whole home to catch flame. Experts believe that up a quarter of all fires with undetermined causes may have actually been due to a rodent infestation.
Attention and Prevention
While there are plenty of traps and repellents to be found at the store, consulting an expert is usually the best way to go in the case of rodent prevention or elimination. An owner certainly can go through their home to determine where the holes are so they can seal them up, but the chances they'll miss at least a few of the openings are rather high. And of course, homeowners should have plenty of smoke detectors to get the warning they need to exit the home in time.
Rodents may be small, but they can wreak some major havoc on the lives of property owners. To keep them out of the house, call a pro to either exterminate the pests or to prevent them from entering the home entirely.
Greg Geilman is a Los Angeles native of over 40 years and owner of South Bay Residential. Greg believes knowledge is power when it comes to staying safe at home, and that the "little" issues can snowball over time if left unchecked.
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Moisture In Your Colorado Springs Basement Could Support Mold Growth
We Tell Our Colorado Springs Neighbors--"Don't Dispair from Mold Infestations," Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Remediation
Mold Remediation Protects Your Property from Damage--Call SERVPRO
Freezing and thawing of masonry at the foundation of your Colorado Springs home can put considerable strain and stress on this construction. Over many winters, the strain and flex of these materials can degrade mortar joints and allow external water to penetrate into the lower levels of your home. While you likely still have a considerable amount of time before you are at risk of situations like flooding, the added moisture and dampness could provide another kind of disaster to organic materials like wood and drywall in your basement: mold growth.
Mold damage in your Colorado Springs home is something that any homeowner should address as soon as they can. With the possibility of mold causing health effects to you or your family who gets exposed, time is of the essence to get the job done correctly. Our SERVPRO remediation technicians can help you to overcome the mold growth and colonies that are present in this area of your house and to aid in preventing the moisture from persisting as a problem.
The initial inspection can often reveal the source of the moisture, namely, where water can penetrate the blockwork and enter the house. Our SERVPRO professionals can often apply hydraulic cement over these areas to seal them up and prevent further dampness at these places.
One of the seemingly persistent effects of mold colonization in any area of your house is the musty odor that comes along with it. While this might be helpful in identifying the initial problem, deodorization can eliminate this persistent scent. Often the equipment needed for this process is a thermal fogging machine, which releases a dense chemical that neutralizes musty odor molecules on contact and leaves no scent behind.
While deodorization might only be a small piece of the remediation process, it is one of the critical services to help homeowners move on from mold growth in their homes. When you find mold in your residence, give the SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs remediation technicians a call at (719) 574-2789.
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SERVPRO Takes Care of Flood Damaged Movie Theaters in Colorado Springs
Make sure that your patrons don't find another movie theater to make their favorite by contacting SERVPRO after any flooding incident.
Team SERVPRO Shows Up on the Scene Quickly to Dry Out Your Flooded Property
Restoring flood damage in a movie theater in Colorado Springs may be a daunting task but is essential if you hope to reopen the establishment to customers in a safe and non-destructive manner. Allowing water to remain opens up your business to safety issues, negative customer experiences, and poor online reviews, all of which can lead to expensive costs and even permanent closure if the impact on your operations is too severe. SERVPRO conducts fast and thorough water removal to get doors open faster and minimize the impact on your finances.
How We Get Doors Open Faster
Cleaning up commercial flood damage in Colorado Springs to movie theaters can be a difficult process thanks to the layout and structure of both individual theaters and the building as a whole, forcing some restoration professionals to resort to lengtheir and costlier methods to repair the damages. However, SERVPRO stocks an array of high-tech industrial equipment designed to function in any environment and reach as far into the building as needed to get the job done. Our full water extraction and drying capacity is at your disposal to utilize only the most optimal water removal processes and get doors back open as fast as possible.
Keeping Costs in Check
The loss of revenue from customers is only one type of cost you may face in the wake of a disaster. Depending on your insurance provider and policy, you may be on the hook for thousands of dollars in restoration costs. SERVPRO has gained a national reputation for delivering all services at minimal hassle and costs, and for a good reason. Our restorative techniques minimize loss of materials in your theater, utilize minimal human resources, and do not have many additional expenses. If you have any additional questions about how we can help to keep costs to a minimum during the restoration process, feel free to contact our representatives with questions or to request a quote.
SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs provides fast and professional flood damage restoration services to businesses in the local area. Call us at (719) 574-2789 to find out how we can help.
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A disaster plan for your pets?
Most people know they should have a disaster plan in place for their families. But if you are faced with a national disaster, do you have a disaster plan for your pet? Storms, wildfires and floods happen around the world every day and affect thousands of people and their pets. That’s why everyone should have a plan, not only for yourself, but for your pets. To help you plan for the unthinkable, here are our 9 essentials of disaster prepping for your pet.
- Proper ID. The most important thing you can do for your pet before a disaster occursis to make sure they have proper ID. This means having a physical tag containing your current info on their collar which they wear at all times, and having them microchipped and registered in a national registry such as the free Found Animals Microchip Registry.
- Keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date to reduce their risk of sickness and disease. There are so many unknowns in a disaster. If you are evacuated, your pet may not be able to come with you to shelter and may be held in boarding with other animals whose health status is unknown. If your home is destroyed, your pet may be lost and living outside for a time and subjected to the elements, dirty water supply or worse. Be safe, not sorry, and vaccinate.
- Display a Pet Rescue Sticker. Make sure you have a pet rescue window decal in a place visible to rescue workers.
- Identify Pet-Friendly Emergency Shelters. Not all emergency shelters or hotels allow pets. Before a disaster hits, call your local emergency management office or animal shelter to see if there are places planned for people and pets to stay together in the event of an emergency. Research pet-friendly hotels away from typical disaster zones, or arrange to stay with family or friends outside of your area. Prepare a few options in a range of distances from your home in case of either local or region-wide emergencies.
- Assemble a Pet Emergency Kit. You can buy a compact kitthat fits under your seat, a larger bag you can carry on your shoulder, a grab and go bucket with everything your pet could need or and add pet-related items to your family’s existing emergency supplies. Your kit should include the following items:
Plan to have at least five days of food, water and portable bowls. Dry food should be in re-sealable plastic bags. If your pet eats wet food, make sure to buy easy open cans so you don’t need a can opener. Prepare a written feeding schedule.
- Medication and Medical Records
Keep an extra supply of your pet’s regular medication in a waterproof zip lock bag. Also include a copy of your pet’s vaccination record and microchip number.
For cats, include kitty litter and disposable litter boxes. For dogs, pack plastic waste bags and an extra leash and harness. Beds, blankets, toys and clothing are also useful to keep your pet calm and cozy in an emergency situation.
- Store Supplies for a Speedy Exit. Place all of your emergency supplies in a safe, dry, convenient place near your escape route in case you need to leave in a hurry. The safest way to transport a pet in an emergency or disaster is in a carrier or crate, so keep one close to your emergency kit. Frightened pets can be difficult to manage with only a leash and collar.
- When a Disaster Strikes, Don’t Hesitate; Evacuate. Not all disasters come with warning, but if they do, follow emergency response recommendations and evacuate as quickly as possible. Disasters are very stressful on both pets and people, and no one can predict how bad things will get. Don’t wait until the last minute to leave. Use your emergency plan as a tool to supplement first responder instructions.
- Leave with Your Pets. If the area is not safe for you, it’s not safe for your pets. It may not be possible to return for your pets, so take them with you from the start.
- If Your Pet Gets Lost, Check for Found Pet Alerts. If your pets are separated from you, check your cell phone and email for Found Pet Alerts. When a rescue worker finds your lost pet and starts an alert in the Found Animals Registry, you will be contacted via phone calls, text messages, and emails based on your pet’s microchip registrations. These alerts will provide information on your pet’s location. If you cannot access your phone or email, or are unable to retrieve your pets, your emergency contacts and vet will also be notified.
For more information about Pet Disaster Preparedness, please visit the following websites:
- Preparing your Pets for Emergencies, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Make a Disaster Plan for Pets, Humane Society United States(HSUS)
- Disaster Preparedness, ASPCA
- Pets and Disaster Checklist, American Red Cross
- Saving the Whole Family Brochure, American Veterinary Medical Association