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Don’t Just Sit There! Start the Remediation Process For Your South Colorado Springs Home Today

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

flooded kitchen with floating life preserver When you need any type of restoration services, think of SERVPRO right away. Contact us 24/7 for any emergency.

Offering South Colorado Residents Award Winning Restoration Services after Property Damages

Our restoration services here in South Colorado Springs is renowned for its award-winning work in this community having opened over two decades ago. We have continuously adapted our approach to the changing building materials and property damages suffered from fire, water, mold, or storm incidents in modern homes and businesses alike. By combining industry-leading training with our own hands-on experience we have established ourselves as a premier restoration company with an all-local workforce. 

Water

When disaster strikes, one of the most common issues homeowners face is the rising cost of water damage in their Colorado Springs property. A unique challenge facing water restoration services like ours is to minimize the level of loss sustained in the home. That means drying the structure as quickly as possible and aiming to restore contents rather than replace them. For a homeowner, that means sentimental items or furniture that has been accumulated over several years are given the best chance of returning to their preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

As a company, SERVPRO takes extra care when it comes to your belongings. Our specialty drying services can include mitigating the damage to electronic devices as well as remediating important personal documentation. Furnishings are treated with the utmost care and tested to see their response to different methods. Some fabrics, for example, may shrink or lose their color using run of the mill cleaning techniques. SERVPRO technicians can clean stains while wet or use foam cleaning to prevent shrinkage and dye bleeding. 

Structural drying is crucial in providing long-lasting restoration services. We often find in mold remediation duties, that the source of mold was the result of a previous water damage situation or flooding scenario that had not been treated correctly. SERVPRO Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians are trained to detect moisture as well as use structural cavity equipment to restore your home correctly and prevent unwanted microbial growth issues further down the line. It is all part of restoration services that are geared toward returning your home to preloss condition.

Fire

Property fires do happen, but usually, the permanent damage sustained is contained by firefighting procedure. What remains behind, in most situations, is extensive smoke residues that can go beyond the scene of the fire and cause soiling on upper walls, ceilings, chandeliers as well as drapery rods. As hot smoke cools, soots can drop to the floor below settling on furnishings or carpets, causing unpleasant odors and soiling issues. The wide-variety in soiling means you should look to involve professional restoration services to repair fire damage in your Colorado Springs home correctly.

SERVPRO offers comprehensive cleaning services as well as certified fire restoration technicians for South Colorado and the surrounding area. We can safely remove and dispose of charred materials or debris in-line with federal or state laws. During the initial phase of your restoration, our technicians conduct a pre-test of materials and the level of soiling in each area. By doing so, we can avoid the common problem of spreading smoke damages around that is so frustrating for many homeowners who attempt to deal with smoke residues or soot deposits themselves.

Once the careful removal of soiling is complete, you may find that odors from the fire remain behind. Our restoration services in South Colorado include the deodorization of the affected area or throughout the home using Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers. The fogs emitted by this equipment are capable of reaching areas with restricted access and contain pairing agents that bond with, and neutralize odors. Once your home is thoroughly deodorized, we exchange the deodorant air using industrial fans to create a balanced home air-quality. 

Mold

Modern construction has led to many homes here in South Colorado being built with synthetic, porous materials. Unfortunately, when these materials get wet, they often provide the ideal environment for mold spores to propagate, causing a musty odor as well as unpleasant visible signs of mold growth. A homeowner with mold damage in South Colorado does not need to invest in a time-consuming laboratory testing procedure, but should immediately enlist the help of professional restoration service to contain and remediate the issue. 

SERVPRO technicians undergo length training procedures in the correct assessment and remediation of mold that appears in your South Colorado home. We may need to temporarily remove particular furnishings as well as detach carpets in the property to accurately assess the extent of damages. Sometimes, what may appear to be a relatively benign issue, can spread through wall cavities or underneath floorboards creating a much broader issue than apparent at first. 

Generally speaking, porous materials that are removed must be disposed of, then replaced with non-contaminated material. Non-porous materials can often be sanded, cleaned, or refinished to a like-new condition. During restoration services for mold, SERVPRO can set up a containment zone as well as a decontamination room to prevent the spread of mold spores to unaffected areas of the home. Once the issue is effectively remediated, we need to discover and dry the source of the mold to prevent problems recurring in your South Colorado home. 

Storm

Most properties have structural components that are not built to withstand extreme weather conditions. Windows, doors, as well as crawlspaces, are not designed to contain rushing floodwaters or repel debris in high winds. Extreme weather events often lead to millions of dollars worth of damage to residential communities across South Colorado. SERVPRO is an experienced provider with a large loss team that can help you keep losses to a minimum after storm damage in your South Colorado home. 

In a storm scenario, one of the critical duties of a restorer is to protect the house from sustaining further losses. Damage to roof tiles, doors, windows, or the presence of floodwater can significantly harm contents and structure with prolonged exposure. SERVPRO restorers are available out of hours to perform vital restoration services like emergency board-ups to maintain the security of the home or rapid drying procedures that can help prevent waterlogging or microbial growth before they become an issue. 

As a resident of South Colorado, you can reach out to SERVPRO on our twenty four hour emergency line. Our out of hours team can mobilize water pumping and extraction equipment to reduce standing water levels in the home or control the spread of contamination- road overflows, for example, contain raw sewage that poses a severe risk to human health and must be dealt with as quickly as possible. After removing standing water, we can employ rapid drying procedure by placing dehumidifiers or rapid air-mover to control microbial growth while reconstruction work is underway. 

SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is proud for our two decades of award-winning restoration services to this community. Contact us today for small or large losses at (719) 574-2789.

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Some of the Biggest Problems With Flood Damage Remediation in Colorado Springs

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

office flood scenario When your office faces flood damage issues, contact our experienced team at SERVPRO. We are available 24/7 to take your emergency call.

The Many Layers of Commercial Flood Damage Cleanup in Colorado Springs

Like other types of water damage, commercial flood damage brings its own unique challenges. Water is heavy, and the more exposure formerly dry structural materials have to it, the more weakened they become. Factor in the potential toxins or even sewage groundwater has the potential to contain, and the need for expedited mitigation for the property becomes even more crucial.

When SERVPRO technicians handle commercial flood damage in a Colorado Springs business, they usually close the property and put up barriers with a two-fold purpose of preventing cross-contamination as well as limit foot-traffic for safety from issues such as slip-and-fall accidents on wet floors.

Locating Water Damaged Structural Components

During restoration services, the technicians scope the water loss affected areas of the property to determine all areas with elevated moisture. When needed, controlled demolition tactics such as removal of sheetrock through flood cuts and disposal of wet insulation are necessary for thorough drying. Water-affected building materials such as baseboards, carpet, and flooring that do not have the potential for sanitization require disposal.

Packout When Necessary

After scoping the property, SERVPRO technicians make a fast decision regarding currently unaffected items and often a pack-out to either a secure on-site storage pod or usage of off-site storage is the best choice to save stock, office furnishings, equipment, and other items from prolonged exposure to elevated indoor humidity and risk of contamination.

Vent Inspection and Cleaning

If the HVAC system was running after flood damage, the potential for the ventilation system to contain airborne contaminants is a concern, and thorough cleaning and disinfection of the ductwork is standard.

Return to Sanitary Standards for Reopening

SERVPRO technicians have the equipment and proprietary solutions to bring properties to disinfected levels that are less rigorous than hospital operating rooms. In most cases, this level of disinfection is not necessary for most commercial operations and the techs clean water-affected surfaces eradicating 99.9% of bacteria and microbes to ensure the property is safe for employees and the public once again. 

SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789 knows commercial flood damage requires expedited action to limit downtime and destruction to a business or residential complex. The certified technicians work until the property is returned to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."

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Our Flood Damage Professionals Can Restore Your Café In Security

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

restaurant filled with tables and chairs inside during the day “Like it never even happened.”

Restoring Normal Operations Faster After Commercial Flood Damage In Your Security Café

The people who patronize your café may do it for several reasons, not just to enjoy the food you serve them. Apart from those who choose it as a place to hang out with friends, others prefer to use it as their work from home location. A flooding incident can easily disrupt all these activities leading to significant financial loss. Also, extended downtime can push your loyal customers to find other hangouts. Seeking professional help to restore the flood damage can help in many ways.

Minimize the downtime experienced
Since restoring full services instantly might not be possible after commercial flood damage ravages your Security café, you should look for solutions that minimize the downtime. In simpler terms, you need to find the different resources needed to perform various restoration tasks at once. These might include cleaning up residues, tearing down damaged materials, rebuilding among other steps. Our SERVPRO restoration team provides these resources, including advanced equipment, portable generators for the supply of emergency power and the people to manage the situation.

Furniture can slow you down
Saving furniture items after the flooding incident is one crucial step. Some materials such as wicker help make your café stand out, but in a flooding incident, their porous nature makes the task more difficult and also adds an aspect of urgency. When the material comes into direct contact with water, saturation causes the material to soften losing structural integrity. Stains, odor, and mold are other problems likely to develop. Our SERVPRO crews can help by moving the furniture immediately from waterlogged areas. We can also help clean and dry them in a controlled environment.

Dealing with tedious sludge removal
Cleaning the sludge and other forms of soiling in the aftermath of a flooding incident is essential to restore sanitary conditions. The process can be tedious because the sludge is not easy to scoop out. In some cases, it might also find its way into concealed sections such as wall cavities. Our SERVPRO technicians tackle the process faster using power washers and other specialized equipment. We also open up wall spaces for better cleaning access.

To minimize losses and retain customers, you need to react fast to flooding incidents. Call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789 to help. We have sufficient resources to address the incident “Like it never even happened.”

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Trust The Professionals When You Have Damage In Your Home

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

The professionals at SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs are ready 24/7 to help you recover from an emergency.

The professionals at SERVPRO work quickly and diligently to restore your home.

Unexpected damage to your home is something that requires immediate attention. The professional team at SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs understands the urgency that you feel and will work quickly to restore your home in a variety of situations. SERVPRO crews are trained to handle water, fire, mold, and storm damage. A small plumbing leak can turn into a costly mess for a homeowner if it is not dealt with quickly and efficiently.

SERVPRO professionals undergo extensive training to ensure they are properly equipped when they enter your home. This training includes certification as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, which means they know and understand best practices for remediating mold as taught by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration. They must also undergo strict training through SERVPRO to ensure each team member is well versed in the science of restoration as well as operation of our state of the art equipment.

Mold remediation is needed for a variety of reasons; common issues that lead to mold include leaks or poor ventilation.  It is vital to engage a professional restoration services company for the removal of mold as well as neutralizing the favorable conditions conducive to growth. It is important to understand that it is impossible to remove 100% of mold spores as they exist naturally both inside and outside. The spores do not germinate unless optimum conditions exist. Once that happens you will often notice a musty odor in your home and the colonies spread quickly.

When water causes issues in your home time is of the essence. The longer the water and excessive moisture remains in your home the more damage it can cause and the more complicated it is to remove. The water becomes more contaminated after just 48 hours even clean water requires handling as a category three biohazard. Carpet, walls, and other flooring that was damaged by the water will be assessed. Our SERVPRO technicians work to restore as much as possible in an effort to save homeowners the cost of replacement whenever possible.

Fire damage is both physical and airborne. Fire odors linger after the cleanup of the property if not properly treated. SERVPRO uses a combination of methods to get rid of unpleasant scents left in the aftermath of a fire. Removing debris and charred building materials is important, SERVPRO professionals will also look for belongings that have restoration potential. We work closely with homeowners and insurance adjusters to make sure we stay within a budget during fire cleanup and mitigation.

SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is always ready to help; you can call us 24/7 at (719) 574-2789. Our professional staff is always ready to respond no matter what the emergency.     

We Help You Err On The Side Of Caution When There Is A Fire In Colorado Springs

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

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Food and Personal Product Safety After a Colorado Springs Fire

A Colorado Springs household fire recovery has many moving parts. You moved your family and pets to a place of safety before the firefighters moved in with extinguishers and hoses. Once our team arrives, we may recommend moving items out and removing the water used to knock down the flames before other tasks. Our highly-trained technicians move from room to room, evaluating soot deposits and smoke drift, planning for removal of soiling and odors. 

Often a homeowner wants to make a move to help with fire damage tasks in Colorado Springs. One of the jobs that seems straightforward is packing up foodstuffs and cleaning the shelves in the showers and bathrooms of soaps, moisturizers, and shampoos. Organizing these items in anticipation of returning them to your professionally cleaned and deodorized home feels like a good fit.

SERVPRO experts warn against assuming that food that appears to have survived the fire is safe to consume. Likewise, those expensive facial creams, medicines, and body washes might not be appropriate to save. 

Even if the fire damage's origin site was rooms away, the fine yet jagged-edged soot quite probably drifted into the kitchen or pantry and sifted invisibly into and onto food. Boxed items like pasta and anything left out on countertops during a fire should be discarded. In your bath, the soap in the dish or cotton balls in a basket might now contain abrasive particles. The proof of this is the care SERVPRO technicians use when removing soot from a porcelain surface like a sink or tub. If done improperly scratching occurs.

Canned or jarred foods can become toxic because heat can spoil the contents even if tightly sealed. Seals themselves are suspect, as fine soot can “climb” the threads on a jar of food or bottle of shampoo and infiltrate the contents. The gaskets on a refrigerator or freezer might fail, allowing fire residues to invade the appliances even if they made it through the fire without long term loss of power or a significant rise in temperature. 

Err on the side of caution. Resist returning foods and personal care items to your fire-damaged house unless the experts at SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs are confident the move is safe. Call us for fire damage mitigation, remediation, and advice on the dozens of decisions needed during recovery at (719) 574-2789.

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Trust SERVPRO professionals to remove odors from your home after a fire

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

The professionals at SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs can help you restore your home after a fire.

A fire in your home leaves behind a mess that in most cases can’t be easily remedied without help. The strong smells left behind from smoke, as well as residue that settles on furniture can linger inside for an extended period of time. In addition, fires can burn or char materials and contents inside of your home as well as parts of the structure, which can also cause odors.

The professionals at SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs are specially trained in fire damage restoration services and can restore your home when possible whether you live in Colorado Springs, Cimarron Hills, Security-Widefield, or Fountain. While it may seem tempting to try and tackle as much as the clean up as possible without help, it is best to call professionals to remove smoke odors. SERVPRO team members have the tools and equipment along with training in a variety of cleaning techniques to clean smoke residues from your home effectively.

It is also important to remember safety information when you return to your home for the first time. If the size and scope of the fire required a large response or for areas of your home to be taped off make sure it is safe to enter before you go inside. The Red Cross has several tips to keep in mind when you return home including:

  • Check for signs of damage outside of the home that can be an indication of damage inside
  • Don’t force open the front door or other doors that may be providing structural support
  • Beware of animals or other invaders that may have entered the home
  • Sagging sections of the floor are at risk of collapsing under your weight
  • Never use an open flame to inspect for damage if the power is out

Once our SERVPRO team arrives on the scene our techs can remove materials from the home that cause odors, such as charred furniture, curtains, clothing, and carpeting. Any items that can be saved are cleaned, sanitized, and stored in a safe place until the restoration process is completed and they can be returned to your home. The crew can also use air scrubbers, machines that clean particles from the atmosphere, to reduce the level of smoke in your home. SERVPRO can also use thermal foggers that neutralize smoke odors if it is persistent in the home.

SERVPRO technicians are well trained in fire damage restoration. The team may use cleansers to remove soot and dirt from the floors, walls, and ceilings. There are several methods that the team may use to remove soot and dirt from surfaces inside of your home and can also use odor removal products to get the smell out of materials affected by the fire. SERVPRO technicians have special cleansers at their disposal as well as an extensive knowledge base to ensure they are using the correct products on your home.

SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is available 24/7 to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Contact us at (719) 574-2789.

Flood damage is no match for the professionals at SERVPRO

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

The professionals at SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs can make flood damage "Like it never even happened."

Flood season is in full swing in Colorado and the state has several tools available online to help map areas at risk of floods of landslides. The Colorado Water Conservation Board provides several tools for assessing hazard risk.

Outside water can leave your home in a state of disarray, with debris causing more problems. All of this will likely leave you in need of professional restoration services. Debris that gets into your home through stormy flood waters might include large items; such as branches, leaves, and mud. It can also contain sand and chemicals contaminants. Fluid from vehicles on the street and herbicides from lawn and gardens mix with the rising waters and can end up as a residue on your floors and lower walls. Muddy waters can also introduce pathogens into your home, creating a situation with serious health risks.

SERVPRO technicians arrive at your home as soon as possible after receiving your initial call. Our team comes ready to work upon arrival with the tools and equipment needed to mitigate the damage and dry out your home’s interior.  It is important to keep in mind that every home and situation is unique and the more information you can provide during your initial phone call the more prepared our crews can be when they arrive.

Upon arrival, we take measurements at your home to determine the amount of trapped moisture. As we clean your home we continue to monitor the progress made by our drying equipment. Monitoring the moisture level in your home gives us insight into the progress of your home’s mitigation and restoration process. Extracting water and pumping it out of your home makes a dramatic difference in the amount capable of evaporating in the air. We work to undo the damage and to make it “Like it never even happened.”

For homeowners in Security, it is important to take note that the floodplain map has been updated and as of 2019 several dozen homes and businesses have been removed from floodplain designation. The areas affected are primarily along U.S. Highway 85/87 from Main Street to Fontaine Boulevard and a neighborhood southeast of Widefield High School along Security Creek. This new designation means they will now have the option to alter their insurance policies. The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department will have the most accurate information about homes and businesses affected by this change.   

SERVPRO Of South Colorado Springs wants homeowners to know our technicians are skilled, highly trained, and reliable—all of which are traits that are essential when dealing with the mitigation of flood damage. Contact SERVPRO any time, day or night, by calling (719) 574-2789. Our emergency services are always available.  

Colorado Springs Office Building Fire Damage Requires Professional Remediation.

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can handle your Colorado Springs commercial fire content damage.

We can always take on your fire damage issues in Colorado Springs.

When you plan for routine and periodic deep cleaning at your Colorado Springs office building the complications of fire residues are not typically on your checklist. If even a minor fire occurs inside your office suites reach out to our professional mitigation and remediation experts. We are trained in the fire restoration standards developed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and can clean up residues, charring, and odors efficiently and safely.

Client files, carpeting, furnishings, walls, ceilings, and floors are just some of the contents and structural components fire damages in your Colorado Springs offices. The residues and soiling are not like the day to day dirt, dust, and grime with which your cleaning staff typically contends. 

Local codes nearly always mandate businesses to install sprinkler systems which save lives as they extinguish fires, but also flood the affected areas. Fire damage scenarios require the containment and removal of significant quantities of this often filthy water. SERVPRO crews arrive with water removal and drying equipment already stocked on our service vehicles. No delay is necessary as our technicians get immediately to work on wet floors and soaked carpeting. We have the training and skill to determine whether floor coverings can be cleaned and dried in place, or if they are too compromised to save.

Fire residues are highly toxic, particularly where synthetic materials are present. Most building materials and contents burn incompletely, creating the smoke and soot that coats every surface. SERVPRO technicians expertly match the types of soot with the products, tools, and techniques needed to remove the soot entirely. They wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and contain the area to prevent drift of the hazardous substances to unaffected areas of your office.

SERVPRO accomplishes containment with heavy-duty plastic sheeting and the use of negative pressure air scrubbers. The equipment seals the perimeter of the fire damage removal space and sends contaminated air through HEPA filters before exhausting it outside.

After water and residues are cleaned up, our deodorization specialists use a multistep protocol to rid your business of malodors. If debris removal and deep cleaning leave lingering smells, we use advanced technology like thermal foggers, hydroxyl generators, or ozone machines to complete the job.

Keep your staff safe and plan a quick return to business as usual when SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs handles your office fire damage restoration. Call us at (719) 574-2789. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why It Is Important To Have An Emergency Flood Plan For Your Home In Colorado Springs

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

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Having An Emergency Flood Plan For Your Colorado Springs Home

Natural disasters can strike through the heart of Colorado Springs with little warning. In an area prone to flash flooding combined with hailstorms, a single drawn-out storm system can be devastating to entire neighborhoods, streets, and the lower-lying regions around the city. Knowing how you intend to react to these emergencies as they happen, or how others that you care about should as well, is the difference in safe operation and practices amid a crisis.

In some cases, there is little that can get done to stop the flood damage to Colorado Springs homes and businesses once flash flooding conditions have begun. Monitoring the conditions is your best option to keep your family safe during a flood. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to recover after a flood loss incident in your home, even through build back and reconstruction. Don't risk your life or someone else’s to protect your home from rising waters.

Developing a plan that your whole family can recognize in the event of an emergency is critical to ensuring that you can manage the crisis as much as possible. Choosing a place that is easy to navigate for each family member can ensure that everyone gets together quickly and gets to high ground away from the roaring flood.

Once the storm and floodwaters have settled, our SERVPRO professionals can help you to navigate the recovery of your property safely. No matter how severe the conditions are in the house, we have the advanced extraction, drying, and cleaning approaches and equipment to overcome it.

Protecting your family and your pets in flood situations is sometimes the only positive thing you can do until the emergency becomes less life-threatening. Whenever disaster strikes, you can count on the fast response and the expertise of our SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs team to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give our experts a call anytime at (719) 574-2789.

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The Water Damage Remediation Plan in Colorado Springs That Wins Over Customers

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Overflowing appliances can cause serious water damage if left unattended. Contact the remediation specialists at SERVPRO today.

Water Damage Colorado Springs – Overflowing Toilet

When toilets leak, the leak may not be noticed until there is water everywhere. The first step is to always shut the water valve off located to the side or just behind the toilet. Once the water is turned off, the damage can at least be contained. Use towels or whatever you have to block the water from seeping behind the walls or out the doorway to other rooms. 

Call SERVPRO for water damage in Colorado Springs for help. We can respond quickly and contain the damage from your leaking toilet. Water leaks should be considered an emergency due to the potential of extensive damage to flooring and walls. Our technicians initially inspect the area to assess the type of water and the extent of the damage. A planned response includes:  

  • Mopping up any standing water that may have leaked onto the floor.
  • Verify the location of the leak and make necessary repairs before turning the valve on again
  • SERVPRO technicians can sanitize the area if needed
  • Remove excess water from carpeting and other porous surfaces
  • Evaluate whether content such as carpeting can be dried and restored. If not, it must be removed and replaced. The decision depends on the porosity of the material and whether the material can be dried in place. For example, it may be difficult to dry porous materials sufficiently to avoid warping of hardwood or the growth of mold

Since this situation involves clean water, affected non porous flooring can be dried and surface cleaned. It is important to act quickly. Even clean water can degrade and become a source of bacteria and viruses if left untreated. 

Our technicians can also restore your home to its original condition by replacing carpeting and flooring as needed. We also work closely with your insurance company to provide all of the appropriate information needed to administer your insurance claim. 

We are strategically located to respond quickly to your flood damaging event. Call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789 for 24/7 service. We also serve Widefield, Cimarron Hills and several more local communities in the area. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster in your area. 

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