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Restoring Your Water Damaged Colorado Springs Home

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home Residential properties that use wooden floorboards can significantly benefit from our diverse approach to equipment in restoration.

Using Portable Heaters with Drying Tents to Restore Water Damage from your Colorado Springs Home

Water harms natural materials. Unfortunately, exposure of structural elements like floorboards is very likely when your pipes burst or otherwise malfunction. Sitting water degrades over time, while natural materials tend to absorb moisture and expand. This expansion is visibly noticeable in the form of buckling or cupping. However, with the correct procedure, your home can become dry again, giving the material floorboard damages a chance of restoration.

Encountering water damage in your Colorado Springs home is going to be an unexpected and debilitating experience. Taking decisive action against it can make a significant difference to the expense of your claim. After phoning your insurer and shutting off the water supply, if possible, you can reach out to SERVPRO to arrange a visit. SERVPRO is an expert restorer with a strong reputation in dealing with water-related incidents for residential and commercial buildings. Our technicians train to the highest standards with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC.)

Essential to recovering your home after water issues are to dry the property by encouraging evaporation. Raising the temperature of your property speeds up the drying process but also can risk certain materials. Using aggressive temperatures and airflow can cause permanent harm to natural materials in the home, like floorboards. SERVPRO technicians have the expertise that allows them to think on their feet and tailor each restoration to your unique property.

Portable electric heaters can be useful in drying floorboards. Rather than directing heat throughout a property, these heaters are capable of drying a specific area. Typically, portable heaters use heating coils, which can then transfer onto airflow. To set up a heater, our technician must first create a small drying zone using six mil plastic held down with sandbags. As heated air is passed into the drying zone, it inflates the plastic sheeting to create a drying tent. This process can help to limit the risk of fire as well as damaging other areas of the home.

Residential properties that use wooden floorboards can significantly benefit from our diverse approach to equipment in restoration. Contact SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789.

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Expertly Trained and Local Colorado Water Damage Remediation Services

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

A hallway with the floor torn up, placed with SERVPRO equipment. SERVPRO is trained and ready to help you through your Colorado water damage.

Let us show you the way through your Colorado water damage.

Water damage is an issue that many homeowners face at some point in their lives, and it can come from many sources inside of your house. For example, in your kitchen, a potential leak could spring from more than three sources, ranging from your kitchen sink to appliances such as your dishwasher or your refrigerator. So, what can you do to ensure that you do not have to deal with a water loss? 

There is no way to prevent water damage in your Colorado home since there are various potential causes, many of which are unseen. However, there are things that you can do to make leaks from specific sources less likely, such as checking your dishwasher's water-supply line once a year for signs of needing replacement. But what happens if something inside of your home does spring a leak? 

Here at SERVPRO, we are dedicated to helping you whenever you need us, no matter the time or the day. A team of our expertly trained technicians can assemble after your call and then quickly head to your home in one of our signature green vehicles. Our SERVPRO techs always arrive at your location with advanced equipment specifically created to combat the water damage inside of your home. 

Once our technicians arrive at your home, they could begin the remediation by swiftly removing any standing water with a wet/dry vacuum. Extractors can be used on any rugs or floor-mats to pull water from within while simultaneously drying them. To ensure that no excess moisture lingers, which mold feeds off of, SERVPRO could set up heaters, axial fans, and dehumidifiers. Our ultimate goal is always to leave you feeling, "Like it never even happened." 

If an appliance in your home causes water damage, never hesitate. Reach out to SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs by dialing the number (850) 267-0746. No matter the time, our technicians are ready to help you. 

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Our Water Damage Experts Can Save Delicate Items In Colorado Springs

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

water causing damage in home Quick action can help reduce losses incurred from water loss incidents.

Saving Delicate Items Affected by Water Damage Incidents in Colorado Springs

When there is a water spill, some items in the house are more prone to damage because of their structure and material composition. Some actions can help save the items if taken promptly after discovering water damage.

How Water Damages Carpets
If there is a carpet in the area hit by water damage in your Colorado Springs home, you might end up disposing of it if you do not take any action. Common problems include delaminating, whereby the backing separates from the rest of the material due to water action. Stains can also develop, especially if there are other items such as furniture resting on carpeted areas.

Saving Wet Carpets
Saving the carpet from water damage takes several actions, including removing items that can cause stains immediately after the spill. Our SERVPRO technicians expedite water extraction to reduce the exposure time using sophisticated equipment such as truck-mounted extractors and other high-speed pumps, which minimizes chances of delaminating. Depending on the amount of water spilled, we can do in-place drying. Floating the carpet helps ensure even drying on the bottom surface of the carpet, reducing the chances of mold developing.

Hardwood floor
Water spills on hardwood floors might necessitate replacement of the entire floor, which is quite costly. When wood absorbs significant amounts of water, it swells. Because they are tightly packed, the floorboards buckle at the joints to accommodate the swelling. Apart from reducing the time wood has to absorb water through fast extraction, our SERVPRO technicians also use specialized moisture control methods such as drying, setting up a drying chamber over the floor surface.

Wet Insulation
Wall materials such as drywall and insulation lose structural integrity when they absorb water. Drywall crumbles when wet, while insulation loses R-value. Although it is rarely possible to save these materials after they are wet, stopping the damage from spreading further from affected areas through wicking is necessary. Our water restoration crews from SERVPRO make flood cuts removing all the wet wall materials.

Quick action can help reduce losses incurred from water loss incidents. Call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789 to help save some items affected by the incident, “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Team Is Available 24 Hours A Day, 7 Days A Week For Your Colorado Springs Flood Damage Services

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

One of our power generators outside a property used to power up equipment temporarily We are prepared to offer temporary power and handle your flood damage day or night. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Why Choose SERVPRO To Help With Flood Damage In Colorado Springs?

Flooding incidents can leave immense damaged to your property, which calls for professional renovation to get everything back to normal again. If you have problems in your home after a flood, you can trust that our team at SERVPRO can get to work quickly and provide the results that you need. 

Thorough Cleaning 

Flood damage to your Colorado Springs home leads to wet, soiled materials and surfaces throughout. The proper steps must be taken throughout the renovation process so that your home is left sanitary after detailed cleaning. SERVPRO technicians use a variety of disinfectants, antimicrobial agents, and detergents to eliminate contaminants. We also employ the use of biodegradable cleaning solutions that have been specially formulated to leave minimal scent behind. For stains, we use reducing or oxidizing bleaches and make sure that we start quickly with the stain-removal process to help keep stains from setting into fabrics.

Handling Material Deterioration

Water intrusion from a flood is a problem that leads to the breakdown of materials throughout the home. Deterioration levels often depend on the materials and how long they sit in the floodwater. SERVPRO technicians evaluate the damage and remove any unsalvageable materials like drywall, insulation, and carpeting. 

Odor Control

A home with flood damage often develops unpleasant odors from the deteriorating materials and wastes. Not only will a professional extraction and renovation job leave your home looking and smelling clean, but our SERVPRO technicians also use an elaborate process for deodorization. We can get to work neutralizing malodors by spraying specialized deodorizers directly into the impacted areas. Another technique we can use is wet-fogging, which disperses water-based deodorizers and disinfectants to help penetrate difficult areas. 

If you need help with flood damage, give our team a call at SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency service.

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Before the Water Damage Happens in Security: Signs Your Water Heater is Failing

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Hot water heater with a leak, with tools and copper pipes. Water damage in your Security home due to a hot water heater can get bad, let us help.

SERVPRO will be there every step of the way for you Security water damage.

Water damage from a broken water heater can ruin a home quickly. Fortunately, before they break, these appliances give off warning signs their service life is coming to an end.

Homeowners in Security can avoid water damage from their hot water tank if they pay attention to some of the most common issues that arise before failure, such as:

  • There is only cold water emitted from the tap.
  • The water gets warm but never hot and goes cold quickly.
  • The water heater rumbles or knocks
  • The hot water has a muddy look from the tap.
  • The water from the tank appears to be rusty.
  • You notice a metallic smell or taste, especially when taking a shower or bath.
  • There is noticeable water leaking from the water heater.
  • Your water has a metallic smell or taste.
  • Water is leaking around your water heater.

Expect a Large Amount of Water

A small water tank holds on average around 50 to 60 gallons of water; larger residential sizes run 80-gallons or more. Now, imagine that water on your floor. When the location of the tank is in an upper story in the home, the amount of water on the floor can quickly affect the ceiling and things in lower levels of the house. 

Common Issues to Avoid

Fast extraction is necessary to limit the damage to the home. SERVPRO technicians use their detection equipment to determine if the water is within the floor joists or wall cavities, requiring additional actions such as removal of baseboards or weep holes to assist with drainage. 

After water removal and drying, SERVPRO technicians assess the property for the potential for mold damage. With their Mold Remediation certification #118604, they know the early warning signs of mold infestations and actionable steps to take to avoid through the use of monitoring humidity levels and the application of antimicrobials cleaning agents and sealants as needed.

At the first sign of water damage, contact SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789. The technicians are available 24/7 to restore your home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

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Protect Yourself from a Enteroviruses

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

germs up close Germs are everywhere and can be hard to remove without the right equipment!

With the rising number of cases of enteroviruses in our area, it is important to know what you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your place of business.

Individuals affected with a mild strain typically only need treatment for symptoms. However, some illnesses caused by EV-A71, EV-D68, and Norovirus (GII) can be severe enough to require hospitalization.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been monitoring this situation closely since the spring of this year.

While investigating the outbreaks, the CDC has issued alerts to health care providers on how to test for the viruses and enhance child protection, as children and the elderly are more susceptible.

Here are a few of the symptoms when it comes to enteroviruses:

  • Complications of acute flaccid myelitis.
  • Severe symptoms such as sudden weakness in arms and legs, trouble breathing, unsteady walking, severe headache, stiff neck or seizures.
  • Dizziness, wobbliness, or abnormal, jerking movements that are worse at night.
  •  Fever along with any other concerning symptoms.
  • Parents and/or guardians should contact a health care provider if they or their children have any of these listed symptoms.

To help protect yourself from enteroviruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (Dial Soap is amazing)
  •  Be especially careful to wash your hands after using the bathroom and/or changing diapers.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick, and do not share cups or eat after someone.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth especially if you have not washed your hands.
  • Stay home when you’re sick and keep your child home from school or daycare for 24 hours after fever ends.
  • Pay attention to drooling or if they have mouth sores.

The EPA has specific protocols to treat for various enteroviruses. If you suspect any contaminants are present in your home or business, it is vital to have it professionally disinfected with specialty products and application equipment.

According to the CDC website, Colorado has had previous outbreaks of less-common enteroviruses.

In 2014, enterovirus D68 caused an outbreak of respiratory illness in Colorado children and was associated with 11 cases of acute flaccid myelitis.

In 2003 and 2005, enterovirus A71 caused outbreaks similar to what Colorado is experiencing now, with eight cases of central nervous system infections occurring in each of those years.

if you're seeking more information or think you're having an enterovirus issue in your home/workplace be sure to give us a call!

WOW!! Another Colorado Springs Business Is Back in Business with SERVPRO's Fast Flood Cleanup and Restoration Service

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

Come in we are open sign on door of storefront Floods in Colorado Springs Can Close a Store....Call SERVPRO to Remain OPEN

Addressing Retail Commercial Flood Damage in Colorado Springs

Colorado business owners need to be wary of the damage that storms, flooding, and other water-related hazards can do to their business. Not only do these disasters cause structural damage, but it can turn your facilities into a breeding ground for mold, foul odors, and other damages.

If you need cleanup services for commercial flood damage in your Colorado Springs storefront, there is a team that can help. SERVPRO technicians work with you and insurance adjusters to ensure that all cleanup is done to code and in compliance with your coverage. Flooding can be very costly for many businesses, but SERVPRO's mitigation techniques and technologies focus on restoration and preservation when it is safe to do so. Whether you have some damage to flooring or need extensive cleanup, this is a team that can handle the job.

Protecting Your Business

While flooding frequently carries contaminants that can affect the safety of preserving inventory and other items, here are some preventive measures your business can take to minimize damage in the event of storm damages or standing water in your storefront:

  • If your business has a basement, make sure to seal cracks, extend downspouts, and adjust landscaping so that water flows away from your building.
  • Install a battery-powered pump to mitigate minor flooding.
  • Keep important documents, equipment, and inventory in an off-site location or at a higher elevation to minimize exposure to water.
  • An effective temporary solution: use a waterproof sealant to protect foundation cracks, flooring, and framing joints from damage.
  • Consider installing a waterproof membrane around the foundation perimeter and implementing a drainage system to protect your property more thoroughly.

SERVPRO Can Save the Day

When flooding occurs, it can bring plenty of contaminants with it, so SERVPRO focuses on extraction, disinfection, and then drying. The extraction must be thorough to facilitate clean, swift drying that preserves structures and prevents the proliferation of microbes, mold, and other potential issues. Portable extractors can handle water accumulation in hard-to-reach places, and use a combination of heating, pump, and vacuum systems to eliminate water. If there are more than two inches of standing water in your store, submersible pumps can be used to gather and remove it from the premises. If your facility requires mold cleanup after a disaster, this team possesses a mold remediation license (#118604), so you can enjoy professional-grade cleanup from a reliable team.

SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is Faster to Any Size Disaster, so you can get back to doing great work for the community. Call (719) 574-2789 today to have a team at your home within hours.

Revealed: Water Damage in Colorado Springs Can Quickly Turn into Mold

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

water and mold damaged room with red recliner Very often, water damage and some type of mold go hand in hand, impossible to separate from one another. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Water Damage Colorado Springs – Mold Growth

Often our customers and clients are amazed at how quickly mold can grow after the water has leaked into their homes and businesses. Whether it is a broken or loose pipe, storm damage, or even a leaky roof, mold can form rapidly, especially in dark, damp, and warm conditions. Sometimes clients try to remove the water and dry out their homes or businesses themselves. We may be called several days or weeks later to deal with extensive mold growth in these situations.

Call SERVPRO for all of your water damage in Colorado Springs as soon as it happens. We can deploy equipment and technicians within hours and eliminate mold growth before it even gets a chance to grow. There are mold spores everywhere. Why give mold spores the perfect conditions to multiply?

Water Damage Cleanup

SERVPRO follows time tested processes cleaning up after a water damage event. We aim to limit the damage water causes and return your home or business to its original condition as quickly as possible. We also work with other firms during the reconstruction phases to minimize your disruption.

Our crew chief is usually the first to arrive on the scene. After assessing the situation, our crew chief mobilizes the equipment, and team members needed to begin the restoral process. The step by step process SERVPRO follows includes:

  •     Water source control e.g., tarps to cover a leaky roof, the water turned off for leaky pipes
  •     Water removal e.g., using extractors, pumps, and mops
  •     Drying of the area, e.g., negative air pressure, air movers, dehumidifiers
  •     Testing for challenging to find moisture areas using infrared cameras
  •     Drying of furniture, contents and miscellaneous items
  •     Returning your home or business to its original condition

We work closely with the client every step of the process. Manage your water damage event quickly and avoid the requirement for mold remediation later!

SERVPRO also has Contractor Licenses: Mold Remediation: 118604

We can provide full-service water damage cleanup and restoration services for commercial as well as residential buildings for water, storm, and fire damage events.

Call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Security, Widefield, Cimarron Hills, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How Controlling Moisture Levels in Colorado Springs Prevents Mold Damage

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

Hand peeling back wallpaper showing mold growth underneath Did you know that moisture levels in your home affect mold growth? Inspect your home often for visible signs of mold and mildew.

Why SERVPRO Controls Moisture Levels to Prevent Mold Damage in Houses across Colorado Springs 

The possible health effects residents in Colorado Springs face, as well as the cost of restoring damaged areas, are only two of the reasons why SERVPRO technicians initiate humidity control measures for our customers. Several different sources add to the amount of water vapor inside a home. Our customers can also make changes that decrease the amount of moisture available to microbes like mold.  

If the interior of your home remains damp in Colorado Springs, mold damage can start in 24 to 48 hours. It is essential to clean wet messes like spilled drinks, leaky pipes, and other places where water can get into your living space and out of their enclosed and proper places. Once mold begins growing after a glass of water spills to the floor from a nightstand, that newly-growing mold grabs onto any water in the air.  

Controlling the water vapor in the air can only slow that growth down. SERVPRO technicians remediate such situations to give homeowners a fresh start. We want to explain some of the methods you can put to use to protect your property from mold damage and prevent any of the many spores already in your house from colonizing and causing damage.  

Ventilation that pushes moisture from different activities in your house remains a crucial step in maintaining a healthy indoor environment. Cooking, washing clothes and drying them, as well as showering and bathing all produce moisture that becomes trapped in your home unless ventilation occurs.  

Enclosed duct systems keep such moisture contained until it gets pushed outside. Fans blow air around, which can prevent condensation on hard surfaces. Air currents can also help pull dampness out of softer materials like drywall, stuffed toys, draperies, and furniture. However, because the amount of water vapor increases because of this, we recommend using a dehumidifier.  

During the summer, an air conditioner affects the amount of moisture inside your home. While it can pull moisture outside, it can also lower the amount of water vapor your home's air can contain. Warmer air holds more moisture than cooler air. When this happens, condensation can lead to mold growth and damage to different areas in your residence.  

Our building services team has the skills to help with sealing up leaky HVAC systems and other situations that can lead to mold damage. We can also remediate mold damage and other damage from excessive moisture. Our Mold Remediation Contractor License #118604 assures you of our skill and knowledge in both restoring your property and preventing additional harm in the future.  

Always Faster To Any Size Disaster because SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is near your residence in Security or Widefield. Call us at (719) 574-2789 for remediation and prevention of mold damage, as well as other problems related to excess humidity. 

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Take a look into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum Opening 2020

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

outdoor view of new Olympic Museum Under Construction View of new Olympic Museum under construction

If you've ever visited Colorado Springs, CO you'll see a strong presence of Olympic athletes and training centers, along with various tours to the general public.

Coming in 2020 will be a brand new Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame. The $90 million project is taking shape in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs.
Our Marketing team was invited to a private viewing of the progress on the building now that it has reached a halfway point.

The building has lots of amazing flowing architect that is designed to resemble the flowing movement of an athlete in motion.

This world-class attraction seeks to showcase the entire journey of the Olympics from birth in the ancient era to current Team USA hopefuls living and training in Colorado Springs every day.

Officials broke ground on the project early last June 2017 at the intersection of Sierra Madre Street and Vermijo Avenue, on the west side of downtown.

The Museum will feature interactive displays and exhibits about Olympic and Paralympic athletes and events, according to officials no guest will have the same museum twice.

not only will the museum have an amazing digital experience to showcase all the history but it will also include a theater, gift shop, cafe broadcast studio and a walkway over railroad tracks that would link the museum with America the Beautiful Park.