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An Informed Approach To Providing Colorado Springs Homeowners With Mold Remediation Services

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation An Informed Approach To Providing Colorado Springs Homeowners With Mold Remediation Services Colorado Springs Area Grapples with Mold Infestations--Call SERVPRO for a Safe Remediation

SERVPRO Offers the Facts and Remediation for Mold Infestations

Being completely honest, whether you have Alternaria or Botrytis mold in your home makes no difference at all in the way you treat it. These mold self-test kits they sell in your local supermarket or a company that claims the discovery of which type of mold you have is necessary, are plain useless.

When facing mold damage in your Colorado Springs area home, locate a trusted professional for help. A quality company can control mold growth in your home, without providing unnecessary services, and get things back to normal within days.

Getting mold under control takes locating the water source causing the problem, repairing any damages to prevent additional water intrusion, removal and proper disposal of all saturated materials, cleaning and disinfecting all materials left behind, as well as performing finishing touches. All of these steps help return your home to a quality condition, making SERVPRO your best friend.

With such a simple remediation process you would think SERVPRO might be more tight lipped about what they do, it would help keep a mystery about us and keep customers returning. However, we believe that the information we give you and the quality of our services are what keep you coming back. With that said, we feel it is more important to have an informed customer base than one that relies on us 100% of the time.

If you receive mold remediation services from SERVPRO, rest assured that you understand more about mold growth and how to prevent it than you might have obtained elsewhere. Our technicians take the time to fully explain each step of our remediation process, answer any questions you might have, and help you prevent future growth.

We want you and your family to remain safe, healthy, and informed. It is important each of our employees that you understand how we feel about working in your home. Your problems become ours, and our staff shows it in how they address each item.

Contact SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs for access to expertly trained, kind, courteous technicians and quality services that help turn tragic situations around on a daily basis. (719) 574-2789

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Dry Climate Does Not Deter Mold Damage in Colorado Springs

7/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Dry Climate Does Not Deter Mold Damage in Colorado Springs Removing mold and keeping it away is tricky in a damp place like a bathroom. Contact SERVPRO when you suspect mold is present.

SERVPRO Technicians Look to Figure Out the Source of the Mold in Addition to the Remediation Process

The myth that mold cannot grow in a dry or cold climate is easy to debunk. With a list of 100,000 plus different strains of mold possibly causing problems, each has its own requirements to flourish, even in relatively arid or chilly conditions. SERVPRO mold remediation crews train in proven ways to abate any mold problem regardless of the conditions where the infestation happens.
 
You recently bought a multi-unit property near the University and hope to rent to students next semester. When painters started working on the upper floors, they reported mold damage and ceased painting until the Colorado Springs building receives treatment. We are mold remediation specialists and use proven methods developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to abate the outbreak and limit further infestation, well positioned to help you with this issue.
 
The triplex has antiquated bathrooms and no exhaust fans. A previous owner rigged up showers without further remodeling, and the spray and steam left enough moisture to encourage mold growth on tile and painted surfaces. Attempts to eradicate the mold with bleach only lightened the staining, with the high water content of the bleach actually increasing the outbreak.
 
SERVPRO technicians contain the affected areas above the bathtub, with sheeting and remove the mold from the tile and wall. The roots of the mold extend through the grout and gypsum board, so a portion of the wall is removed as a precaution, and the moldy material is disposed of according to local regulations. We then use appropriate antimicrobials that deactivate any mold spores remaining. Repair to the wall and tile follows.
 
Commercial mold remediation is incomplete until the SERVPRO locates the water source and arranges for its disappearance. This is tough to do in bathrooms, but until an exhaust fan is installed, we suggest the window must remain open during use of the bath. We recommend a more complete remodel before showers recommence in your rental units. Mold spores are everywhere, indoors and out, and another significant outbreak is possible if the moisture continues to be present.
 
Find competent and trustworthy mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs. Staff answers your requests to schedule an inspection at (719) 574-2789. Start planning for solutions to your mold issues today.

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Hard Lesson Learned When Bacon Unattended in Colorado Springs

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Hard Lesson Learned When Bacon Unattended in Colorado Springs Cooking food on the stove, especially with grease, should never be left unattended. Call SERVPRO to remediate after an accident.

SERVPRO's Quick Response to Your Emergency Gets Your Family Back into Their Morning Routine

Weekend mornings are busy times for families. Preparing for sports, outings, and work around the home requires a hearty breakfast. Unexpected events during the cooking of the morning meal sometimes draw the home chef away, with catastrophic results. If a grease fire brings your day to a halt, SERVPRO is ready to take charge of a seamless restoration.
 
You know bacon should not be left to fry on its own, but a bang and a scream in the family room pulls you away to settle the bickering between a couple of your children. The meat sputters, and grease ignites. As you rush back, you are greeted with a stovetop in flames. A chemical fire extinguisher snuffs the blaze, but the greasy smoke and soot already coats every surface in the kitchen and floats throughout the house. Call us before you exacerbate the situation because grease fire damage in your Colorado Springs home requires a professional cleanup.
 
Our SERVPRO crews arrive at your grease fire with years of experience and training in abating this type of disaster. We have the equipment, tools, and know-how to restore your home “Like it never even happened.” The crew member in charge assesses the damage, and the team gets to work. Burned cooking vessels and their contents go in a disposal bag. We evaluate the soot coating the surfaces to determine if it wipes away with one of our spray cleaners or if abrasive techniques must be used carefully. Then the work begins.
 
We know how smoke and soot move during a fire, and how chemicals used to extinguish it impact the cleanup. Expect us to inspect for hidden damage in cabinets, on window coverings, and in areas far from the fire, as ash and soot float freely. Window blinds receive an immersion cleaning; curtains bundle up for a trip to the laundry or dry cleaners. Hard, nonporous surfaces scrub clean, upholstery and carpeting undergo deep vacuuming unless the soot is too sticky. Walls and ceilings need cleaning following the proper protocol our techs learned in industry approved certification courses.
 
Odors may linger, and our team works with you and your perception of smoky smells to eliminate this final evidence that a grease fire occurred. Professional deodorizing sprays can take care of the problem, but we also offer thermal fogging in persistent cases, the deodorizing compound combusting in a heated chamber that recreates the fire conditions, the better to neutralize the smell.
 
SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is familiar with efficient grease fire damage restoration, ready to transform a sooty mess back to your kitchen fast. Call (719) 574-2789 to have a crew of recovery experts scheduled to abate smoke, soot, charring and other harm at your home.

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The Effects of Water Damage on Your Colorado Springs Home's Walls

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Effects of Water Damage on Your Colorado Springs Home's Walls Water damage in your home needs to be dealt with quickly by a professional water damage restoration company certified in providing that service.

SERVPRO's Quick Response to Water Damage in Your Home can Often PREVENT Any Secondary Damage

If water damage of any kind has occurred in your home, it is important to take action as soon as possible. When it comes to plaster and drywall becoming wet, some problems arise. Mold growth can begin, framing wood splits and swells, and the structural integrity of your home weakens. Even if you see just minor bubbling, spots, or peeling, you want to move fast, so the problem does not become much larger.
 
When you need water removal in your Colorado Springs home, no wall is safe from damages that can occur if they got wet during the disaster. In particular, drywall is at risk to weaken and even collapse. It also many times needs to be replaced, as it is not always repairable. The structure around drywall can also be affected in cases where the damage is severe.
 
SERVPRO, a professional water removal and restoration company, is always standing by to help when you need. In a situation that involves water, we understand that time is of the essence and arrive at your home quickly so we can assess the damages and begin cleanup right away.
 
Water ruins plaster as well. It is not resistant to dampness and therefore is easily affected. It is fortunately easy to remove and replace when needed. In areas of your home such as the bathroom, tile walls should be used whenever possible.
 
At SERVPRO, we also check any brickwork in your home for signs of water damage. If it has not been correctly sealed, the porous cement used can absorb excess water and start crumbling. If it has been compromised, we extract the water before we repair it.
 
To extract the water from the various surfaces and walls, we bring in industrial strength equipment including truck-mounted pumps, dehumidifiers, moisture meters to find hidden water in your walls, and fans. We take care after the standing water is out to place the equipment around the affected areas to ensure optimal drying time.
 
SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is experienced in finding hidden water damage inside walls. If your home has suffered from a water disaster, contact us right away at (719) 574-2789 so we can extract the water and thoroughly dry and repair your home.

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How Mold Damage can Enter Your Home from Outside Your Property in Colorado Springs

6/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Mold Damage can Enter Your Home from Outside Your Property in Colorado Springs Excess water and flooding can lead to mold damage both inside and outside of your home. Call SERVPRO for remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage Inside or Outside of Your Home

Mold creates a significant amount of damage wherever it thrives because of the way it uses its food source as a platform. Anchored by its hyphae on whatever surface it is using to supply its nutrients, mold causes that same surface to slowly disintegrate.  As it disintegrates, the mold reaches deeper down. This activity applies to any material that is even slightly porous, including concrete or brick.
 
In Colorado Springs, homes are made of some of the best building materials in the country, but mold damage can still happen. This is true even though our state is one of the driest, as well. We still receive enough rainfall every year to allow mold to grow. Mold occurs everywhere, and this means mold damage can happen inside your home, and outside, in areas that you might not have considered.
 
Decorative brick on the exterior areas of your home, including those in walkways and patios, can become infused with mold. When wet, these bricks can become extremely slippery, causing people to fall and possibly injure themselves. Care must be taken to clean these areas well so that mold spores are not spread. Even though they are located outside, it is important to contain as much of the mold and spores as possible.
 
It is crucial that this is cleaned up outside as mold is easily carried indoors by both people and pets. Once inside, mold can find itself deposited into pet beds and tucked away under beds and inside closets. All of these locations are perfect breeding grounds for mold. A small amount of moisture is all that is needed to finish off their new abode, and safely (for mold, until discovered) inside your own.
 
SERVPRO can help you rid your home of mold and the damage it can create. When mold becomes a problem, the only real choice is to remediate and protect your home. Mold damage affects your home, and while it is doing this, it can also be the cause of adverse health effects in your family members. Call us, SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789, any day and at any hour if you have found mold damage in your home or believe it might be a problem where you live.

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It is All About the Equipment in Colorado Springs

5/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage It is All About the Equipment in Colorado Springs Water heaters can flood the room that they are in with many gallons of water. Call SERVPRO to remediate the damage and help you with the disaster.

SERVPRO Technicians Bring Equipment as Well as the Generators Necessary to Remediate Your Property

Your day takes a whole different focus when your water heater splits its bottom, spilling water throughout your utility room. As much as you want to try to take care of the problem on your own, the sheer magnitude of 50 or more gallons of water in a confined space, with more flowing if you fail to turn off the water main, makes you dial for help. The team at SERVPRO is always ready for this type of challenge.
 
Not all water removal issues in Colorado Springs are dramatic. Sometimes it is the most mundane equipment failure that gets your attention. Your hard-working water heater provided its last hot showers, laundry, and dishwashing yesterday. Today it needs our team to dig down deep and give you back your basement using our skills and powerful water removal equipment.
 
SERVPRO has one mission -- to put the pieces back together after you experience an unexpected disaster. The first task after a water heater leaks is to remove all that water. We have powerful, truck mounted pumps and extractors that make water removal manageable. When we arrive, we assess the situation, turn off the water if it is still flowing, and then work with you and your insurer to take charge of returning your dwelling to preloss condition.
 
If the electricity cut out during the flood, we rely on our truck for the power to pump and vacuum out the water. We make certain there is no danger of shocking you or our staff during this stage. After the majority of the water is gone, our certified technicians set up air movers to continue the drying process. The condition of flooring and walls is evaluated to help make the choice between restoration or tear out and replacement.
 
Restoration is always preferred by us as it limits your costs and returns the affected areas back to your use faster. The key often is whether you called us in time. If the water only stood for a few hours before we removed it, chances are better that professional drying completes the job. On the other hand, if water remained for more than a day or two before we arrived, you risk secondary damage of structures and belongings. The original flood of water from the heater was clean. Every hour it waits for removal gives microbial growth a chance to complicate matters for the SERVPRO staff.
 
Keep things simple when you need water removal by contacting SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs immediately. Our truck rolls out as soon as possible after your call to (719) 574-2789.

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The Impact Of Regulated Airflow On Flood Damage In Colorado Springs

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Impact Of Regulated Airflow On Flood Damage In Colorado Springs Airflow is very important when it comes to flood damage.

The Impact Of Regulated Airflow On Flood Damage


Flood damage restorers often talk about the ‘drying pie.’ What they are referring to is the interplay of three key variables and their impact on repairs. These variables are humidity, temperature, and airflow. Each one exerts a direct influence on the physical state of water.

The overarching goal for restoration companies like SERVPRO is to repair flood damage in Colorado Springs by removing excess moisture. We achieve this by forcing the liquid to evaporate into vapor form. Then, it gets collected from the atmosphere. For this reason, the variables in the drying pie are crucial considerations. Airflow, for example, is very important and the next section explains why.

Understanding Airflow
In simple terms, when fresh, clean air is moving over a wet surface, it forces the liquid to evaporate into the atmosphere at a faster rate. The concentration of liquid in the air increases, because the boundary layer at the evaporation surface actually reduces with flow velocity. The result is that the diffusion distance of the stagnant layer decreases too.

The Role Of Air Movers
SERVPRO uses motorized machines called air movers to maintain this consistent and controlled flow of clean air. They lift the boundary layer of wet air from the affected surface. Then, they direct air across the surface at speed in order to minimize vapor pressure. Generally, the greater the moisture contained in a material, the quicker the water evaporates.

However, we do not usually employ air movers on their own. There is a good reason for this. When combined with dehumidifiers, it becomes easier to achieve optimal evaporation speeds. Dehumidification equipment gives technicians greater control over vapor pressure. Without them, there is a need for huge amounts of air movement.

When multiple air movers get utilized, there is the added issue of heat energy to consider. Theoretically, excess heat produced by the machines should further the drying process, because the heat energy moves into the liquid particles. The energy is used to push the liquid into transitioning into vapor form.

To find out more about the importance of airflow and air movers for structural drying, get in touch with SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs. We deal with cases of flood damage all the time, and we know what it takes to bring a home back to life. Call us 24/7 at (719) 574-2789.

Never Become Complacent About Fire Damage Near Colorado Springs

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Never Become Complacent About Fire Damage Near Colorado Springs Resist the temptation to exacerbate the problem by taking on the cleanup as a do-it-yourself project.

Fire Damage


Even during a year where officials predict a low incidence of wildfire, significant fires in the recent past make homeowners aware of the devastation that is always just around the corner. Dry and windy weather combines with carelessness in your backyard, and fire quickly threatens your home. SERVPRO is by your side should the unthinkable happen.

The first time you grilled out this spring you allowed yourself to become distracted. Bad move. Your metal chimney ignited not only its load of hard, lump charcoal but also the dried grass around the grill. The blaze took off much faster than you thought possible, causing serious fire damage to your Colorado Springs home. An overhanging eave caught fire, and by the time the fire department arrived your porch was engulfed in flames.

Now extinguished, the fire damaged the walls and ceilings of your porch, and smoke and soot spread throughout the remainder of your house. A moment's worth of inattention resulted in a shocking amount of harm. Resist the temptation to exacerbate the problem by taking on the cleanup as a do-it-yourself project. The fire damage restoration technicians at SERVPRO stand ready to transform your odiferous and blackened sunroom back to the family friendly space you enjoyed previously.

Fire does more than send ash and black soot throughout your home. Your house's structure risks serious damage, water or chemicals used to extinguish the flames harm surfaces and soak into textiles and furnishings, and an acrid smell pervades every inch of the dwelling. SERVPRO staff trains extensively to clean, repair, restore, and deodorize your fire damaged home. All of these skills work together to return your happy home back to you and your family.

Our crew arrives, assesses the situation, and a plan quickly develops, concentrating on restoring as many original components of your home as possible. A precise methodology determines whether we use dry sponges or dusters, a spray and wipe technique, immersion or sonic waves to clean various items and surfaces. An orderly progression, based upon the fire restoration industry's best practices, results in the best outcome.

Our cleaning protocol brings your home back to life, but the smell of burning items and smoke lingers. Our restoration is incomplete until we use the deodorization techniques taught by industry experts to sweep away even the memory of the odor. We rely upon scientific removal of the particles that carry the smell rather than a coverup to eradicate the aromas to your satisfaction.

SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs honors your trust with a step by step fire damage restoration. Get the process going by calling our dispatchers at (719) 574-2789.

Mold Cleanup in Colorado Springs

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Cleanup in Colorado Springs Mold Remediation in Colorado Springs Needs Serious Help from SERVPRO

Call SERVPRO to Remediate Mold Infestations in Your Home or Business


If your home has experienced water damage due to roof or plumbing leaks, flooding, sewage back-up, overflows from bathtub or sinks, or high humidity, mold, and mildew can develop within just twenty-four to forty-eight hours of water exposure. Worse, it continues to grow and spread until steps are taken to eliminate the source of the moisture, and the mold is properly cleaned up by professionals such as SERVPRO.
 
Mold colonies or growths can begin growing on a damp surface in your Colorado Springs home quickly and create mold damage. They reproduce by spores, which are microscopic, seed-like substances which travel through the air. Molds eat organic materials, eventually destroying whatever they are growing on, then spreading to destroy organic materials nearby. Besides the damage molds can cause inside your home, they can create health effects as well.
 
When facing water damage, first turn off the main power in your home. If any wiring is moldy or wet, you should have an electrician check the electrical system before turning the power on again. You should not open the house to fresh air when the humidity outside is lower than inside while you wait for SERVPRO technicians to arrive. This mistake can allow mold spores to circulate to many other areas of your home. When we arrive, industrial tools and cleaners are used to find and clean the mold, plus dry the area. For fast drying, dehumidifiers and fans are utilized for the excess moisture unless the mold is growing already, as the fans can spread the existing mold.
 
All wet items are removed, such as bedding, furniture, rugs, carpeting, and toys. Moldy and wet carpeting may need to be discarded. We clean and disinfect other items, and all food products that are possibly contaminated must be tossed. Any wet or contaminated porous materials such as drywall, ceiling tiles, and wood by-products are also removed. We drain walls by removing the baseboard, and drilling holes close to the floor and paneling is dried by pulling up the edge at the bottom out from the studs. We then check the interior of the wall for hidden mold.
 
Before our technicians even get started, we ensure the area is well ventilated, and we wear protective gear including masks, gloves, and protective gear for the eyes. If mold is present, we clean a small test patch first. The entire area affected is disinfected after the cleanup is complete.
 
SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is experienced and professionally trained to take care of your mold damage in a timely and thorough fashion. Mold cleanup cannot be done with bleach, so be sure to contact us at (719) 574-2789 for mold remediation.

Failing Gutters Can Create Water Damage in Your Colorado Springs Home

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Failing Gutters Can Create Water Damage in Your Colorado Springs Home When water damage strikes your home, our SERVPRO technicians will help fix the problem "Like it never even happened."

Your Colorado Springs Home Can Suffer Water Damage Caused by Failing Gutters 


Failing gutters on your home are a serious problem that can create water damage. Do not ignore the warning signs – look for shingles which curl up at the ends, missing shingles, excessive mold or staining on your home, gutters which are pulling away from your home and other warning signs. You need to stop the problem as soon as possible before it becomes a very expensive one. Any water damage that your failing gutters are creating can be fixed by the professionals at SERVPRO.

There are several things you can check for to help you decide if water damage in your Colorado Springs home is being created by faulty gutters. If you suspect any of these, have a professional come in right away to fix your gutters.

Signs of Faulty Gutters

If you see any visible cracks on the surface of the gutters, be aware that cracks lead to water leakage, which in turn creates water damage to your home. If you do not deal with the small cracks, they lead to larger cracks and worse damage. Paint peeling or flaking prematurely in areas close to the base of your home or on the gutters themselves is a major indicator that your gutters are leaking, as this causes the paint to peel.

Watermarks found directly below the gutters is also a problem because as water pours over the surface of your home, it is absorbed. As the sun dries the water, visible watermarks are left behind. Clogged gutters can also pose a problem. There could be certain areas of your gutters where debris and leaves are continually getting caught, which can be caused by debris collecting in a crack in the gutter. A gutter specialist can fix this issue.

Lastly, gutters pulling away from your home or downspouts which are disconnected from the gutter or your home means it is the likely time for new gutters.

When water damage happens from one of these issues involving your gutters, SERVPRO technicians have the right training and tools to fix the problem and clean up the water. Depending upon where the water damage in your home is, they use different drying methods and tools. They can dry behind and under cabinets if needed, and even behind wallpaper. However, the wallpaper itself may need to be taken down since vinyl wallpaper can create a barrier, preventing moisture transfer and not allowing the dehumidifier to do its job.


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Having properly functioning gutters on your home is critical, so if you notice any problems with them, you should have them repaired right away. When water damage comes from malfunctioning gutters, SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is standing by to help. Reach out to us anytime when you give us a call at (719) 574-2789, and we are out to your home as soon as possible to prevent any further damage.