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Answered: Your Burning Questions About Water Damage Remediation in Colorado Springs

5/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Answered: Your Burning Questions About Water Damage Remediation in Colorado Springs Water damage accumulates quickly and can be detrimental. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Save Your Data From Water Damage With The Assistance of SERVPRO!

In the digital age, your personal data is more important than ever, however, it is also extremely fragile. Water damage can corrupt the data stored on your precious electronics and electronic media. Your paper files, too, are at risk of being completely destroyed by water. Books and documents can be rendered unreadable if left in water for too long. If you have electronics and documents at risk of being lost, then call the professionals at SERVPRO to get on the path to data preservation.

SERVPRO technicians are your first line of defense against water damage and can minimize further damage to media in your Colorado Springs home. Whether it is paper, electronics, or electronic media, we are experienced in a variety of techniques for saving your property. However, not all types of media were created equal, and some are more difficult than others to save. Paper documents and books are often the most difficult type of media to preserve in the case of water damage. They must be completely frozen and dried through sublimation, where the water affecting the paper is turned from ice into gas.

Electronics can be more easily preserved with simple water removal and dehumidification techniques. We can remove standing water from electronics, seal them in plastic bags, and dehumidify them while monitoring temperatures to ensure that dew does not condense on the electronics. This assists qualified electronics restorers in their jobs, raising the chance of you being able to recover your data. Electronic media can be similarly dealt with and our techs can dehumidify electronic media to help preserve them for specialized electronics cleaning/repair services.

It should be noted that non-SERVPRO specialty electronics cleaning/repairs services will likely be needed in addition to the services SERVPRO can provide in preservation of electronic media.

We know that your data is important. If your personal data is at risk of being ruined by water damage, then call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789.

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Flooding in Your Colorado Springs Home? Yikes!! Call SERVPRO for Fast Help to Save Your Property

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooding in Your Colorado Springs Home? Yikes!! Call SERVPRO for Fast Help to Save Your Property SERVPRO Helps with Storm Damage Cleanup and Mitigation in the Colorado Springs Area, Just Call

Hazards of Contaminated Water for Flooded Colorado Springs Homes

With natural flooding situations that can occur throughout areas of Colorado Springs prone to flash flooding, waves of water can pick up all manner of contaminants and bacteria before penetrating the exterior of houses along its path. With this threat occurring without warning, homeowners do not often have the chance to do much more than removing themselves and the family from the household to keep them safe. Our professionals can respond quickly to flooding scenarios, working to make sure that the effects of the disaster do not get the opportunity to spread to new areas.

From the time that our SERVPRO professionals reach your flooded Colorado Springs home, your entire main floor of the house could need water removal and mitigation services. We have a growing inventory of recovery equipment that begins with an array of extraction tools from our trucks in the Green Fleet to portable options like sump pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands. We have the tool for every affected area of your home to address the threats of standing water quickly.

Even with contaminated water, extraction is one of the first steps to recovering your damaged property. Our SERVPRO professionals can then identify which areas of your home require focused attention and cleaning. In some cases, depending on the proposed contaminant, controlled demolition tactics might be necessary to remove the possibility of spreading bacteria further throughout exposed regions.

Our technicians can also come with a variety of cleaning agents, disinfection products, and antimicrobial sprays to protect structural elements that remain after controlled demolition techniques have taken place. These OSHA approved solutions can remove the possibility of secondary effects like mold growth while also killing off harmful and hazardous bacteria before build back begins.  

We strive to provide every customer with thorough and complete restoration and recovery, and with flash flooding, this often means extraction and controlled demolition tactics. You can count on the fast response and the expertise of our SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs team to ultimately make flood effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (719) 574-2789.

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Colorado Grow Houses, SERVPRO Offers Advice and Information

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard Colorado Grow Houses, SERVPRO Offers Advice and Information The Start of a Grow House in Colorado Springs--For Biohazardous Cleanup and Mold Remediation Contact SERVPRO

What to Do if the House You Rent or Purchase Was a Marijuana Grow House in Colorado Springs?

Current Colorado disclosure laws work in favor of landlords and sellers.
While it is true that if a home was previously used as a meth lab, potential buyers must be given that information unless the home has been successfully remediated; there are no laws on the books concerning disclosure regarding the former use of a property as a marijuana grow house. Because of both potential health and structure issues from use as a grow house, it is vital to find out and have the home professionally cleaned.

How is a Home Used as a Grow House in Colorado Springs?
An eye-opening statistic from the Denver Police stated one in ten homes had been used as a grow house. The State of Colorado maintains that citizens can legally grow up to six plants indoors out of view of the public. While that activity can also lead to minor damage that requires professionally mitigation to clean and repair the property, a grow house operation is more substantial and far more damaging.

In a standard grow house operation, each room in the home contains multiple marijuana plants, and usually, no one resides on the property. The windows are often foiled for increase light reflection or blacked out to stop anyone from peeping in and seeing the plants. Little regard is given to the potential for staining floors from the pots or tubs containing the plants.

SERVPRO Says You Should Care if Your Home Was Used as a Grow House!
Non-disclosure for renters or buyers for a home's previous history as a grow house can be concerning on several levels. First and foremost, unsafe modifications may have occurred to the property such as load-bearing walls removed to expand the size of a grow room. The electrical wiring may have been re-run to hook up grow lights and bypass safety regulations to the point of leaving live wires on insulation in the attic which is both an electrocution and fire hazard. An electrical source may have been Gerry-rigged from a neighboring property placing unintended stress on the electrical panel, circuit breakers, or fuses.

And there is the water. Marijuana plants require copious amounts of water and humidity. In hydroponic grow operations, the plants are grown directly in water with little to no soil. For ease of watering multiple plant stations at once, irrigation systems are created indoors with little thought as to the damage caused to floor, walls, ceilings from leaks and spillage. The high humidity creates a perfect environment for mold colonies to flourish and it spreads quickly both inside and outside the home. Mold colonies have been known to cover walls and ceilings with massive colonies completely.

Landlords should have homes professionally mitigated if a grow operation is discovered after a tenant leaves and prospective homeowners should specifically ask inspectors to look for signs the home was used as a grow house before purchasing. A lower asking price for the home may sometimes be negotiated to account for the professional cleaning needed before the property is at a standard for healthy habitation. A biohazardous condition requires certified IICRC technicians like those employed by SERVPRO for safe and secure removal of all mold residues.

If a Landlord Suspects a Tenant is Running a Grow House, What are the Signs?
It is a good idea to inspect your rental properties periodically before extreme structural modifications have a chance to happen. Landlords should use some of the same indications that law enforcement looks for when identifying a grow house such as the refusal of a tenant to let the landlord into the property with excuses such as they are traveling or otherwise away. Condensation collected on the windows is a tell-tale sign of highly humid conditions inside the home. Moreover, of course, the strong odor of marijuana is often a dead giveaway. During mold remediation large LGR low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers are set in strategic location by the AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians from SERVPRO to restore a normal indoor RH relative humidity.

Why Landlords or Sellers Should Never Self-Clean a Grow House Property
Due to the water damage and probability of mold within the structure, cleaning a grow house is rated as an intense Category Three, Class Four biohazard job and is not a cleanup job for your usual make-ready cleaning crew. Often mold remediation teams must don PPE personal protective equipment when removing mold colonies and spores from a grow house.
The constantly humid conditions can result in structural damage such as buckled sheetrock, crumbling carpet padding from repeated saturation and not being thoroughly dried and staining can occur throughout the home. Every part of the house needs to be inspected for the possibility of mold colonies, including wall cavities, subflooring and even brickwork and eves on the exterior that can harbor mold coming from inside. The ductwork in the home may have been re-routed, cut into and may contain the strong odor of marijuana and mold spores.
The level of cleaning required to return a former grow house to sanitary standards that are safe for habitation needs professional-level remediation techniques. This process can include containment of rooms as they are mitigated for mold and water damage, the use of air scrubbers with HEPA filters to capture mold spores smaller than the human eye can see and disinfection of all surfaces with professional quality solutions designed specifically for biohazard environments. These cleaning, sanitizing, and equipment are in the SERVPRO aresenal. Water can leave a foul odor when it penetrates porous objects in a home, combined with the strong smell of marijuana; the scent can be overwhelming and very difficult to remove. Rather than masking the odor, it requires neutralization at the molecular level.

There are machines such as the hydroxyl generators that neutralize bacteria and odors using the same methods as the sun for breaking down these offenders by emitting UV rays. Ozone machines combine the O3 oxygen molecules with odors and effectively neutralize them. Another technique that is sometimes employed is ULV (ultra-low-volume) fogging. A SERVPRO technician delivers a heated disinfectant solution as a wet penetrating fog that permeates porous items in the home and removes odors while it also disinfects.

While walls and baseboards may require thorough cleaning and sometimes replacement, flooring suffers extreme levels of damage in a grow house. Carpet and padding is often a loss in a former grow house due to deterioration from exposure to water and mold along with contaminated marijuana plant parts. On a case by case basis, hardwood flooring that has buckled or warped from constant exposure to high levels of moisture can be dried using specialized techniques and then sanded and refinished. Composite or other types of wood flooring usually cannot be successfully mitigated and are a loss if saturated with enough water and humidity over time. The demolition technicians from SERVPRO can remove all contaminated materials according to OSHA and local codes.

If you have a property you are renting or want to purchase, and you suspect it was used as a grow house, you should get it professionally cleaned by a company that is certified in the handling biohazards. Remember, at this time potential landlords or sellers in our state have no legal obligation to let you know if the property was used for growing marijuana. A clean bill of health after testing by an Industrial Hygienist following mold remediation provides peace of mind that the structure is once again safe for habitation.

We suggest that you contact SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs for an inspection and assessment of a grow house in your area. We can remediate and prepare your property for a third party inspection. Contact us at (719) 574-2789.

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How Understanding Smoke Behavior During A Blaze Eases Restoration In Colorado Springs

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Understanding Smoke Behavior During A Blaze Eases Restoration In Colorado Springs Our technicians have the expertise, experience and equipment to restore your home 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Proper Understanding of Fire Damage in Colorado Springs Eases Restoration

Separate fire incidents might not seem unique considering it is just flames, heat and smoke from casual observation. However, once the restoration processes start, the uniqueness of each incident becomes apparent. Failure to comprehend the dynamics in each incident can delay restoration or lead to unsatisfactory results. Involving professional FSRT, Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians helps because they have exposure from dealing with many incidents.

Understanding smoke behavior during the blaze helps ease restoration of fire damage in Colorado Springs. Smoke is produced because oxygen, fuel, and heat, which are the three aspects of combustion, are not balanced. The smoke is a combination of solids, gases, and aerosols which can be deposited on surfaces or penetrate materials complicating the restoration process. Our SERVPRO technicians check the pattern of deposits left and the extent they spread through the property to determine the kind of fire and the best restoration approaches.

Hotly burning fires damage most materials within a short while, but such damage is mostly limited to areas the flames reach. Shouldering fires may not cause devastating damage if extinguished quickly. However, the damage is widespread because they produce significant amounts of smoke that spread throughout the property. Restoring most smoke-damaged materials through restorative cleaning is possible. Our SERVPRO technicians start by separating affected contents into groups of unsalvageable, salvageable and questionable items. Such separation allows us to clean salvageable items on site and pack-out questionable items for advanced cleaning in our facilities, saving more items.

Cleaning contents and materials affected by fires helps reduce the cost of restoration. However, cleaning everything might not be practical. Various aspects can determine whether cleaning is a viable solution. Our SERVPRO technicians check the age of affected materials because older surfaces are harder to clean. We also check the material because synthetic fibers tend to attract more residues than natural fibers making them harder to clean. Porous materials also allow deeper penetration of residues or odor particles. Based on the evaluation we do, we can determine whether to abandon cleaning or adjust the turnaround schedule.

For better repair of fire damage incidents in Security, Widefield, and Cimarron Hills, call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs to help. You can reach us at (719) 574-2789 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Will Manage The Processes Of Commercial Water Removal In Security

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial We Will Manage The Processes Of Commercial Water Removal In Security We have the necessary equipment, experience and expertise to restore your business after water damage. We are available 24/ to help you.

Unique Approaches for Commercial Water Removal in Security Law Firms

It is not easy to associate water spills with offices of a law firm, but it can happen if a pipe bursts in the washrooms or fire suppression sprinklers release water unexpectedly. Such incidents can have consequences extending beyond the confines of the firm because most clients that seek services of the law firm cannot afford to wait if the offices remain closed for long. We offer professional water removal services that help restore operations after a spill “Like it never even happened.”

Managing the processes of commercial water removal in Security so that partial operations can continue in the firm can be helpful. Many steps can help guarantee this including extracting water fast before it reaches all areas in the office. Our SERVPRO technicians use high capacity truck-mounted water extractors and submersible pumps to remove standing water quickly. We also use plastic sheets to create exclusion zones allowing operations to continue normally in unaffected areas while we proceed with removal.

Law offices may be a beehive of activity during the day but have very little activity during the night. Capitalizing on the low activity periods to carry out some aspects of removal such as drying can help expedite the process. Our SERVPRO technicians have access to several sets of air movers, dehumidifiers and other drying equipment allowing us to maximize our efforts during the periods with low activity. We are also very flexible to work at any hour ensuring minimal interruptions to your regular activities.

Presence of documents and electronics such as computers in a law firm can complicate the removal process. Moving and drying such items requires care to prevent additional damages after the initial exposure to water. At SERVPRO we IICRC certified WRT, Water Restoration Technicians who can handle wet documents or electronics safely. We freeze wet documents to prevent further damage then use sublimation to dry them. The process changes water from the frozen solid form directly to a gas.

In case of water problems in your Colorado Springs, Widefield or Cimmaron Hills area office, SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs can help craft a solution that helps keep your services accessible. You can reach us at (719) 574-2789 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Are The Crew To Call After A Fire In Your Colorado Springs Home

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Are The Crew To Call After A Fire In Your Colorado Springs Home Just call us at (719) 574-2789 and be reassured that the best team is on your side.

Are All Fires In Colorado Springs The Same?

The chance of a fire damaging your home in Colorado Springs is not as high as it being affected by a small kitchen fire. Even though this is a good thing, it does not mean that a small fire cannot disrupt your life and leave behind a trail of destruction that requires a comprehensive plan to restore your home to mint condition. What fires of all sizes have in common is that they need a professional team to undertake the removal of smoke, soot, and particles left behind.

Recovering from fire damage to your Colorado Springs home is a specialty of our SERVPRO team. We train on the most up-to-date techniques to make the restoration of your home as seamless as possible, all while mitigating your losses. As soon as you call our 24-hour hotline, you begin to receive top service for your clean-up needs.

The effectiveness of our SERVPRO team partially lies on our ability to identify the different types of fire damage present at your home. Depending on the nature of each material, smoke can be different. Synthetic materials leave behind a different kind of residue than do natural materials, and we can identify it quickly based on our training and experience. What this knowledge means to you is that we use a targeted approach to cleaning each surface, instead of a universal method that may result in further damage to your home and its contents.

Whenever possible, we salvage your belongings by separating them from affected areas as soon as we can. At SERVPRO we believe in disrupting your life as little as possible, so we work efficiently to complete the restoration process, including removing the smell of fire and smoke so that you can enjoy the comforts of home. Like you, we want to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is here to help after a fire, be it big or small. Just call us at (719) 574-2789 and be reassured that the best team is on your side.

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Some Warning Signs of Water Damage in Widefield That You Should Avoid

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Some Warning Signs of Water Damage in Widefield That You Should Avoid Water removal is key to mitigating a water damage scenario. Should your home be facing such a situation, contact SERVPRO right away for services.

Immediate Water Removal Can Save Drywall in Your Widefield Home

With the fast spread of water loss incidents that occur in your Widefield home, it can be challenging to understand the full effects to your construction materials and exposed areas of the property. With advanced detection, extraction, and drying equipment available to our technicians, we have a team that can respond quickly to water emergencies and makes a difference.

To protect exposed materials and structural elements in your home in an emergency like this, you need fast water removal services in Widefield to begin immediately. Our 24/7 response to water loss incidents can provide the fast response you need to protect your home and your investment in the property. Drywall is often one of the most susceptible materials to both standing water and moisture damages, making it essential to get drying efforts started as promptly as possible to limit the necessary tear out to restore these areas of your home.

From the time that our professionals first arrive at your property, we address the standing water throughout the affected areas of the house. With effective equipment like our extractor trucks, trash pumps, portable submersible pumps, and even wet-vacs with extraction wands, we have a wide array of equipment to make short work of the pooling water. Once the excess water has gotten removed, we can work to identify the full spread of the damage and how it has affected elements like the drywall.

Wicking is a common effect with drywall in which the material begins to absorb moisture and allows it to spread much higher than its direct exposure line with the pooling water. To address this concern our SERVPRO professionals can mark off the moisture line at the height where the drywall returns to an unaffected state and cut off the damaged material beneath this point. Not only does this provide effective access for drying of wall cavities, but it makes reconstruction efforts to come more efficient and cost-effective than removing entire panels.

Protecting your drywall requires a fast response from skilled professionals like our SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs team. If you want to make water damage “Like it never even happened.” give our rapid response team a call today at (719) 574-2789.

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Cleaning after roof leak

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

When you have roof issues this is one example of what kind of damage can happen when you have a leaking. Be sure to get your roof inspected regularly.

Cleaning after roof leak

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

When you have roof issues this is one example of what kind of damage can happen when you have a leaking. Be sure to get your roof inspected regularly.

Water Removal Process In Your Security Home

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Water Removal Process In Your Security Home Need Security from Water Damage, Call SERVPRO

Surprise Water Damage is Never a Surprise to SERVPRO

There are many causes of water damages to your Security home, and preparing for them all could be nearly impossible. While there are plenty of ways that you can employ preventative maintenance approaches to limit the possibilities of substantial damages later on, there is always the possibility of the unexpected happening. Whenever you are dealing with large volumes of water or even smaller damages that are merely out of your wheelhouse to fix on your own, you can trust our team of qualified professionals to be there to help.

From the moment that we get the call at our SERVPRO office, our professional staff springs into action to get your problem under wraps. The emergency mitigation protocol starts by showing up on site and assessing the extent of the damage, and in some cases, how to quickly stop the process from continuing to get worse. Water removal in your Security home might seem pretty cut and dry, but there are multiple steps to ensure that your home is completely restored to its former conditions. 
As was earlier stated, this water removal process begins with assessing the full extent of the damage and all of the affected areas. The critical first step helps the professionals assigned to your emergency to determine what equipment is necessary to clear out the water entirely and most efficiently. Given the severity of the intrusion, truck mounted pumps are an option. In more confined areas, submersible portable pumps, and wet-vacs, and even mops and buckets are used to reduce the pooling. 
Drying the area is a step that is critical to water removal. Our SERVPRO team knows the lingering dangers of leaving wet areas, such as structural damages and mold growth. Water removal is only part of the solution, and drying via heat fans and blowers becomes the next phase of the restoration project. Thorough drying reduces the likelihood of further damages and helps the professionals we send to determine what needs repaired, cleaned and restored. 
You can rarely anticipate when you need water removal services and restoration. Our SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs staff is ready to respond to any water emergency you have, no matter when you have it. Give us a call anytime at (719) 574-2789.

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