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Some Ways to Simplify Storm Damage Remediation in Colorado Springs

2/16/2020 (Permalink)

melting snow running down the gutters Excessive waters can lead to flooding in your home. Have SERVPRO of speed dial and call right away if flooding occurs.

Snow Melt Flooding Can Damage Lower-Lying Colorado Springs Homes

After heavier snows, warmer temperatures lead to melting that sends snowmelt runoff to creeks, streams, and other bodies of water surrounding Colorado Springs homes. The migration of this runoff water can collect at these points and cause levels to rise above the banks and natural borders. This process can happen days after the snow begins to melt but can ultimately flood homes and businesses within the vicinity of rivers and creeks cresting above the property level.

Whether you are contending with direct damage to your house or snow melt floods in Colorado Springs, the response of qualified professionals can make a significant difference in the overall losses you experience. Natural flooding scenarios can spread quickly throughout the lower levels of a home, exposing walls, flooring, contents, and more to saturation concerns and even potential contamination. Addressing these threats in your property involves focused extraction, drying, cleaning, and possibly controlled demolition.

Drying decisions are a considerable portion of the prepping that is necessary before our SERVPRO professionals fully take over a job site and begin restoration. During this scoping of the job, when the home is at its worst, choices must get made about the salvageability of individual items and construction materials. Because we have an in-house team of licensed residential contractors, we can offer controlled demolition when the restoration is unrealistic, and when it can benefit the drying process.

Natural flooding can leave several inches or feet of standing water throughout the property, meaning that the choice of extractors in the house is an essential one. Because of the likelihood of solids and debris in the standing water penetrating your house, our SERVPRO professionals might likely choose trash pumps or the truck-mount extractors before addressing moisture and saturation with our effective drying strategies.

From the water removal to the thorough cleaning and disinfection of structural elements that did not get removed from the house, our SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs team can help after a flood. We have powerful tools and years of experience to make flood losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (719) 574-2789.

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5 Ways to keep your pipes from freezing

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

frozen water on outdoor water facet don't allow your outdoor facets to freeze!

All over the state of Colorado, we have been seeing much cooler temperatures this winter season than in the past. 

If you're a new homeowner than winterization is something you've most likely heard of but you are probably unfamiliar with the process since in the past your landlord or apartment maintenance team has taking care of winterization or giving you the advice on your specific rental. 

If you now own your home, Congratulations! Homeownership is everyone's dreams and you're wanting to protect it at any cost so we've provided 5 simple steps on preventing water damage from frozen water pipes/lines.

1) Leave faucets dripping

If the temperatures have dropped into a freezing temperature (32? is considered the freezing point) turning on your faucets -- both indoors and out -- this can keep water moving through your systems and slow down the freezing process. There's no need to waste gallons of water aim for about five drips per minute.

2) Open Cabinet Doors

During cold weather, open any cabinet doors covering plumbing in the kitchen, laundry room, & bathrooms where you can visually see the water lines. Also, be sure to check in other typically unheated spaces like an attic, crawl space, and garages. Opening the cabinet doors allows the home's warm air to better circulate, which can help prevent the exposed piping from freezing. While this won't help much with pipes hidden in walls, ceilings, or under the home, it can keep water moving and limit the dangerous effect of freezing weather.

3) Wrap your pipes

If your pipes are already on their way towards freezing or have frozen in the past (tell-tale signs include water damage, mold, and moisture build-up), it's probably because of inadequate or improperly installed insulation. It might well be worth the cost to hire a professional and open up the wall and beef up the insulation. Any exposed pipes in crawl spaces, attics or garages can be covered with an inexpensive foam pipe insulation for moderately cold climates. If you're in a more severe climate, opt for wrapping problem pipes with thermostatically controlled heat tape, which will turn on at certain minimum temps.

4) Leave the heat at 65 or higher

If you plan on leaving your house, even for the day while you're at work and are trying to cut down on your utility bill make sure you're setting your thermostat at 65? or higher - if set any lower for extended periods of time it could result in pipes freezing and possibly bursting to leave you with a mess to come home too.

5) Shut off the water if pipes are frozen

Pipes already have frozen? Turn off the water immediately (hopefully, you know where the master shut-off is, but if not, now's the time to find it!)

also, be sure to shut off power to your house, DO NOT go into a room with standing water if your electricity is still turned on. 

Make sure to then close off any external water sources, like garden hose hookups. This will prevent more water from filling the system, adding more ice to the pile, and eventually bursting your pipes, which is your worst-case scenario. This also will help when the water thaws, the last thing you want after finally fixing your frozen pipes is for water to flood the system and ultimately your home.

After all these tricks if you still end up with a leak or water in your home at any point, day or night, be sure to call your local SERVPRO (open 24/7/365) to come to start the drying process ASAP - even in colder temperatures mold can grow in as little as a few days, based on the environment it is in. SEVRPRO also works with insurance providers to keep your disaster under control and help get your home back on track.

Our Experts Discuss Fundamental Steps For Fire Damage Cleanup In Your Colorado Springs Home

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property Our fire restoration expertise helps us restore homes with remarkable expediency.

Essential Steps for Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Colorado Springs Residence

Putting out a fire usually marks the end of the flames but the beginning of secondary damage like soot staining, rust, and corrosion. After the unfortunate incident, it is essential to act fast by seeking professional help from SERVPRO to prevent further damage. We respond to fire emergencies on a 24-hour, 7-day basis.

Our training and decades of experience help us to handle the fire damage in affected Colorado Springs homes properly. Our technicians can use advanced restoration equipment and techniques to restore your property fast and effectively so that you can get back to your routine.

After a fire, there may be debris in your home, which could get in the way of the restoration process. Removing the waste can help our crew to complete the restoration process efficiently and reduce odors. We can also remove all items that are too damaged to restore. Our team can also remove items that do not appear to be destroyed to prevent them from being contaminated further. We can clean such things and prepare them for re-entry once we restore your home.

During a fire, various burning materials produce different chemical residues that can cause health effects to the property’s occupants. The smoke residues can also cause structural damage if not restored on time or professionally. Before cleaning the affected surfaces in your house, our restorers can test them to determine which cleaning method is suitable. During testing, we categorize materials as non-washable or washable. Our SERVPRO team can use water-based cleaning products to clean washable materials and dry cleaning methods to clean non-washable materials.

Items like curtains, carpets, and other fabrics often require specialized Stanton before a fire can easily ruin them. In some cases, our technicians can wash fabrics and shampoo carpets to restore them to their preloss state. We use different types of cleaning products to clean carpeting and upholstery. For instance, carpet and upholstery shampoos are blends of solvents, detergents, and cleaning agents for brightening all fabrics. When restorers mix them with water, they have a neutral pH and work well on cotton, wool, nylon, and other artificial fibers.

Clean air is another essential factor in fire damage restoration. The carbon, ash, smoke, and other airborne contaminants can cause health issues to the occupants. We can use High-Efficiency Particulate Air vacuums to clean the air. These devices have a type of filtration that removes 99.97 percent of all the particles that are 0.3 microns or larger from the air.

If your home in Security, Widefield, or Cimarron Hills has fire damage, contact SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789. Our fire restoration expertise helps us restore homes with remarkable expediency.

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Commercial Flood Damage In Your Colorado Springs Office

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged commercial property SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs wants to leave your business looking, “Like it never even happened.”

Removing Commercial Flood Damage from a Colorado Springs Office

Colorado business owners may be in low-risk flood zones according to NFIP maps, but every region of the US experiences flooding nonetheless. When these disasters occur, it can be overwhelming and sudden. Even two inches of water can cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair on top of lost revenue for business owners.

If you need a rapid mitigation service for commercial flood damage in your Colorado Springs office space, IICRC-certified SERVPRO professionals are able to begin the cleanup process within hours of your call. These technicians use advanced technologies and scientific principles and equations to calculate accurate drying times, monitor moisture levels, and maximize safety during the cleanup process. This team is dedicated to ensuring that businesses can be restored to their preloss condition and reopen quickly and safely.

NFIP Insurance for Low-Risk Flood Areas
Did you know that the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) offers preferred risk policies to business owners in low-risk flood zones? This type of insurance can offer coverage for both the building and its contents, or a contents-only policy, with a single low-cost premium. Deductibles for both the facility and contents are counted separately, and the premium is usually paid on an annual basis in one lump sum. Claims made through NFIP policies pay for the actual cash value of the damaged building and contents and is typically counted as the replacement value less depreciation.

One of the top priorities in an office with carpeting after a flood is to remove carpet and other unsalvageable porous items that can host contaminants from floodwaters. Once risky materials are extracted, the focus turns to the thorough disinfection of surfaces. This step is necessary to ensure that microbes do not spread through the air during drying.

If you have electronics that have been affected by water, SERVPRO technicians can salvage items and store them in plastic so that a certified electronics restoration specialist can clean and repair them. This service also applies to media like DVDs, tapes, and any other necessary equipment for your business. If you have documents that have been affected by water, SERVPRO can photograph or scan them, so you have access to digital copies.

SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs wants to leave your business looking, “Like it never even happened.” You can call (719) 574-2789 for rapid commercial disaster cleanup.

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Fire Damage In Your Colorado Springs Home

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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How SERVPRO Cleans Fire Damage in Colorado Springs Homes So Efficiently

The clean up of fire damage is more than showing up and taking away charred items and wiping away smoke residue. In fact, improper cleaning methods and using the wrong solutions can make the loss worse and more costly for homeowners.

SERVPRO technicians inspect the fire damage in Colorado Springs homes before the cleanup begins to track the source and extent the smoke traveled within the structure. In this way, residual smoke odors do not get missed during mitigation.

Different Types of Residues
Depending on the heat of the fire and the types of items consumed in the blaze, different types of smoke residues get left behind. SERVPRO techs test residues before cleaning to determine the best kind of cleaning agent to use. For example, things with plastic or rubber as part of their construction tend to leave behind sticky, greasy residues known as "wet smoke." They often require solvents to release their grip on surfaces. The use of incorrect cleaning agents can lead to more damage.

The improper cleaning of dry smoke is one that can destroy items or building materials that had restoration potential. This type of smoke has a dry, powdery look, and the techs use methods that do not use liquids to lift it off surfaces. When dry smoke encounters water or solution, it drives it into the surface made worse by using a scrubbing action, which in some cases, exacerbates the loss rendering the building materials or items unrestorable.

Deodorization Methods
Depending on the scale of the fire loss, in some cases, thorough cleaning is enough to neutralize residual smoke odors. In cases of more severe damage, the techs remove charred items and dispose of items too burned for restoration. Different types of equipment specifically designed to eradicate odor molecules leave the house without any evidence of fire odor.

SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789 handles any size fire damage in properties and using their equipment and restoration methods, makes the loss “Like it never even happened.”

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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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