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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 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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Proven Tips For Responding to a Fire Damage Situation in Colorado Springs

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Proven Tips For Responding to a Fire Damage Situation in Colorado Springs Take comfort after a fire in knowing that our response team is available 24/7 365 days a year to take your call for remediation services.

Fire Debris Removal for Your Colorado Springs Home

While you cannot entirely avoid the possibility of fires in your Colorado Springs home, you do have a direct influence on the professionals selected to restore this damage fully after the incident. One of the key factors that can aid you in this choice is the team that can arrive whenever disaster strikes, with a 24-hour response that features the full measure of skilled professionals and advanced equipment to lessen the loss in your home in this troublesome time.

With fire damages that occur in your Colorado Springs home, the need for debris removal services is immediate. The longer that problem areas persist within your property after a disaster, the more that debilitating effects can continue to spread throughout the property and become harder to clean and restore. Our SERVPRO professionals offer emergency response services 24/7 to be there for you whenever you need us with the equipment and expertise that can make a difference quickly for your damaged house.

Our team has a production truck stocked with the tools we need and personal protective equipment to keep us safe throughout the debris removal and inspection phases of the restoration process. Debris removal is vital to prepare your damaged home for the reconstruction and later restoration efforts that it requires to return to preloss condition. It is a careful process in which our SERVPRO professionals assess materials and areas of your home for their structural integrity.

This process also hinges on the determinations of our estimator dispatched to your address after the incident as well. Our competent inspector works to catalog damages and loss, and can even comprise photographic evidence that your insurance provider requires to approve a damage claim for the disaster. We can work closely with your insurance adjuster through the mitigation portion of our work to help make this process as smooth and seamless as possible for you.

There are many phases to fire restoration for your damaged property, but it begins with the right personnel arriving quickly to protect your home from increasing threats. Give our SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs rapid response team a call anytime at (719) 574-2789.

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How To Recover From Water Damage To Your Colorado Springs Property After A Fire

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Recover From Water Damage To Your Colorado Springs Property After A Fire When it comes to contending with water damages that require extraction, time is of the essence.

Water Removal After Fire Suppression In Your Colorado Springs Home

Disasters occurring in your Colorado Springs home often do not exclusively fall into one category of damage or another. Recovering from an instance like a fire in your house requires specialists in the effects of the fire, but might also require those with certifications to contend with water damages and drying efforts as well.

While the fire damages to your Colorado Springs home might be more than enough to get overwhelmed as a homeowner when you compound that with the need for water removal services, you need trusted technicians that can arrive quickly like our SERVPRO team. Our rapid response unit is available 24/7 to begin mitigation practices and early stages of restoration work to keep the situation from getting worse.

When it comes to contending with water damages that require extraction, time is of the essence. Our SERVPRO technicians have the tools and equipment to rapidly pull high volumes of water from the affected areas, including two truck-mounted pumps in our Green Fleet. Extraction is not the only point of concern about the need for water removal, as this damage can spread and saturate quickly through materials in the affected region of the property.

Oversaturation is a common occurrence in these situations, causing construction materials and surfaces to bloat and distort as the abundance of water warps their composition. If managed at the appropriate times, our professionals can work with air movers and dehumidifiers to pull the moisture from the area entirely, pulling the relative humidity in your home back to acceptable parameters to avoid effects like mold growth.

While a fire in your home might lead to severe effects spread throughout your property, sometimes the methods used to extinguish these fires can also cause effects on their own. Our SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs fire restoration technicians has the equipment and training to handle any facet of fire damage that affects your home, and the commitment to fast service that makes the restoration process as efficient as possible. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (719) 574-2789.

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Our Fire Damage Services Can Eliminate Smoke Odors In Your Cimarron Hills Home

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Fire Damage Services Can Eliminate Smoke Odors In Your Cimarron Hills Home A fire in your home can be a stressful experience.

Fire Damage Services Can Eliminate Smoke Odors

A fire in your home can be a stressful experience. Strong smoke residues can settle on your furniture and can linger inside your house. Also, fires can burn or char materials and contents inside the home as well as parts of the structure, which can cause odors.

Professional SERVPRO fire damage restoration services in Cimarron Hills can restore your home when possible. It is best to call professionals to remove offensive smoke odors from inside your home. Our highly skilled techs can use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean smoke residues from the affected areas effectively. We have the tools and equipment to restore your home, which is why contacting professionals like us right away can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Our techs can remove materials from the home that cause odors like charred furniture, curtains, clothing, and carpeting. Any items that we save are cleaned, and sanitized and stored in a safe place on or off-site. We return the items to your home after the restoration is complete. The crew can also utilize air movers to move large volumes of air quickly. The team may also employ air scrubbers to reduce the level of smoke in your home. These top-grade machines clean particles from the atmosphere that may be causing smoke odors. Our crew can also use thermal foggers if the odor remains in the home. Thermal fogging neutralizes smoke odors, which improves indoor air quality.

SERVPRO technicians are well-trained in fire damage restoration. The team may use cleansers to clean soot and dirt from the floors, walls, and ceilings. They may also use odor removal products to eliminate odors from items and materials affected by the fire. The team can use several methods to remove soot and dirt from surfaces inside the affected areas. We use special cleansers that remove grease and tools that lift and eliminate dirt, soot, and debris from your walls, floors, and ceilings.

SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs fire damage restoration can return your home to its preloss condition when possible. We are available 24/7. Contact us at (719) 574-2789.

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Cleaning Soot Damage In Your Security Home's Carpets

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Soot Damage In Your Security Home's Carpets SERVPRO Carpet Cleaning after a Small Fire in Security--"Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Cleanup of Carpets and Soft Surfaces Is a SERVPRO Specialty

Among the devastation that a fire can cause to your Security residence, soot damage is a common thread between nearly all incidents of any size. Soot can spread out farther than the affected areas of your home, leaving you with a substantial mess to overcome once the blaze has been extinguished. This effect can prove challenging to remove from specific fibers and materials, namely from various types of carpeting.

While you certainly have many different fire damage effects to worry about in your Security residence after the extinguishment, your carpets throughout your home might not necessarily need removal and replacement. Much of the damage that occurs to this flooring, unless directly ignited, can get attributed to the soot and debris floating throughout the environment during the fire. If extensive water damage has also occurred, salvaging the carpets may not be possible.
Finding the right restoration company to help you clean up this mess does not have to be a challenging feat. Our SERVPRO professionals get uniquely trained to handle all manners of fire damages that affect homes and businesses, and therefore have the appropriate skillset to pull soot damage from the flooring materials like carpeting.
Our SERVPRO technicians have several approaches and processes for cleaning carpets, which is often the most suitable choice to restore the damage to this area of your home. Bonnet cleaning can sometimes be sufficient when the affected material is short pile carpet with soot damage that does not deeply penetrate into the subflooring and base of the fibers.
For soot, hot water extractions and our Showcase Premier Cleaning services can remove all of the damaging films from the fibers and restore your carpets to their original vibrancy. These cleaning services can prevent you from having to remove these materials in your house and have them later replaced, requiring possible out of pocket expenses and inconvenience.
There is nothing that can prepare a homeowner for the often widespread damages of a fire in their house. Fortunately, you can always depend on our SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs fire damage specialists to help you clean up the mess and get back to the way things should be, "Like it never even happened." Contact us anytime at (719) 574-2789.

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Smoke and Fire Damage from a Kitchen Fire in Security Create a Horrible Odor

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Fire Damage from a Kitchen Fire in Security Create a Horrible Odor Kitchen fires can happen very quickly and spread. After the firefighters leave, contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Arrives on the Scene Quickly After a Fire in Your Kitchen

Many residents in Security add meat to the family meal to ensure adequate intake of protein by everyone present. This same protein can cause severe problems if the person cooking it forgets it and allows it to burn. Catching fire and spewing flames out of your cookware does not need to happen for smoke production to overwhelm your kitchen, but when it does happen, it only increases the amount of overall damage sustained.
Rainy days during the Spring months can keep grilling endeavors indoors where fire damage in Security becomes more likely due to interruptions, as well. Outdoor activities can easily cause anyone to lose track of time and forget about the steaks left on the kitchen stove. It takes only a few minutes of extra heat from the stove to go from 'perfectly done' to zero visibility conditions developing inside your kitchen area.
Once we arrive, we set up powerful air movers. These machines move a large volume of air in a very short period. Our air scrubbers go one step further in reducing the amount of smokiness in your home. These machines filter out the particles that may have already passed into other parts of your residence and keep them from becoming constant reminders of a burnt meal.
All meat contains significant amounts of protein that begin producing an extremely acrid, bitter odor after reaching a specific temperature. The oil that often accompanies such food while cooking only adds to the problem. SERVPRO technicians can also perform thermal fogging in cases where the odor persists. The heated fog that carries neutralizing agents permeate the same areas the smoke entered, resulting in significant improvements to the indoor air quality.
Manual cleaning of all surfaces inside your kitchen protects them from soot's abrasive nature. We use special cleansers that cut through the greasiness and unique tools that then lift the mess off the area. After we clean everything and eliminate the smoke odor, without any trace of fire damage, everything in your home goes back to looking "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs can help your family after a bout of smoke and fire damage from a kitchen flare up. Contact us at (719) 574-2789 so we can assist you in getting your home back to normal again. We perform our services in and around the Calhan and Widefield areas.

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Home Safety: Rodents are a fire hazard too

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

We are pleased to share an article written by Greg Geilman, President and CEO of South Bay Residential.

Home Safety: Rodents are a Fire Hazard, Too

Rodents may be labeled as pests, but they actually have the power to be more destructive than some may believe. They chew up wires, create the perfect kindling in the form of their nests, and can be the root cause of a truly terrible fire. The worst part is that homeowners may not realize just how much damage they're causing to the home until it's too late. Learn more about the habits of rodents and why they're not a threat to be taken lightly. 

Gnawing Feeling

A rodent is going to chew on whatever happens to be around them when their teeth are coming in. If they don't chew then their teeth will actually get too long and they won't be able to eat. And because their teeth are always coming in, they tend to chew on a lot of things. A squirrel, mouse, or rat will even gnaw on hard elements of the home, such as metal pipes. So when a homeowner starts to hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet, they need to be aware that those feet are attached to some very active teeth. 

An Electrical Disaster 

When a rat cuts through the plastic insulation that protects the electrical wiring, it exposes nearby objects to the heat of the electricity. Fires aren't just destructive because of the evident flame damage, but also because of the smoke damage. The smell of smoke is notoriously difficult to remove, which means that even a fire that's put out quickly may cause more damage than homeowners realize — damage that may not be covered by a home insurance policy. 

The Nature of the Fire 

The fire is caused when the wire shorts out or when the heat of the electricity causes some else to catch flame. Insulation, nests, or other types of trash inside the walls of the home are the most common culprits behind the origin story of the fire, but there are times when a wire can spark close to a wooden beam and cause the whole home to catch flame. Experts believe that up a quarter of all fires with undetermined causes may have actually been due to a rodent infestation. 

Attention and Prevention 

While there are plenty of traps and repellents to be found at the store, consulting an expert is usually the best way to go in the case of rodent prevention or elimination. An owner certainly can go through their home to determine where the holes are so they can seal them up, but the chances they'll miss at least a few of the openings are rather high. And of course, homeowners should have plenty of smoke detectors to get the warning they need to exit the home in time. 

Rodents may be small, but they can wreak some major havoc on the lives of property owners. To keep them out of the house, call a pro to either exterminate the pests or to prevent them from entering the home entirely. 

Greg Geilman is a Los Angeles native of over 40 years and owner of South Bay Residential. Greg believes knowledge is power when it comes to staying safe at home, and that the "little" issues can snowball over time if left unchecked.

Countering Smokey Odors Arising from Fire Damage in a Residence in Colorado Springs

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Countering Smokey Odors Arising from Fire Damage in a Residence in Colorado Springs SERVPRO technicians have IICRC training and know how to thoroughly rid your home of bad odors left behind by a fire.

SERVPRO Can Help Restore Your Home after Fire Damage

Homes in Colorado Springs often contain many safety features, from tempered glass in windows to GFCI outlets throughout the house. These precautions, with the primary goal of protecting residents and their families, help save many lives and reduces the number of accidents experienced each year.

When a home catches fire in Colorado Springs, the fire damage sustained can remain minimized if the fire department arrives quickly. However, these professionals cannot combat the smoke the fire produces. In fact, the presence of smoke often alerts firefighters of additional hotspots that need their immediate attention.

During a fire, smoke ends up everywhere inside a home, even in relatively far away locations. This happens because the heat of the fire pushes the smoke and its particles out, and as it travels, heavier particles drop or cling to obstacles and barriers as it passes through and around them. Lighter particles, because they come in smaller sizes, can remain suspended in the air for more extended lengths of time.

Wherever smoke moves through your home during a fire, your floors end up covered in smokey, greasy soot. Hardwood floors require specialized treatments to keep their sheen from becoming marred. Soot particles can seem fine and unlikely to cause damage, but the physical properties at the microscopic level reveal their actual abrasive qualities. Chemical risks posed by soot include carcinogens, as well as acidic properties that can further destroy your belongings unless we strip it away.

Carpeting can slowly emit a smoke-laden odor after a fire occurred. Removing the embedded smoke particles can help reduce overall odors and make the interior much more pleasant. Carpet cleaning might not provide satisfactory deodorization in every situation, but thermal fogging by our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can produce significantly more powerful results. Fogging in this manner also counteracts smoke residue found wherever smoke initially traveled, providing a more comprehensive and complete deodorization.

SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs can be contacted by calling (719) 574-2789, which is our 24-hour service line. Serving the areas near and around Security, Green Mountain Falls, and Calhan, we can help your family restore your home after fire damage to its preloss condition.

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What can we learn from the Colorado Springs Airport Fire?

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What can we learn from the Colorado Springs Airport Fire? Water and fallen ceiling tiles litter the airport terminal lobby area

The first phone call to our company came in around 2AM Tuesday, April 17th.  The caller told us the airport suffered a large fire on the 3rd story of the terminal building.  The fire was put out, but the water from the fire sprinklers and the water the firefighters used left all three levels of the terminal soaked, with several areas flooded with standing water.

By 4AM, we had an inspector on site to meet with airport leadership and come up with an action plan to reopen the airport by the following morning at 4:30AM.  Over 30 flights had to be cancelled on the 17th and airport leadership and the mayor had vowed to open the airport by the next day – quite a tall expectation to meet!

By 8AM our crews started the drying process.  The first step was to extract all the standing water, remove non-salvageable carpeting, and then install drying equipment.  To make the terminal more comfortable for travelers, we installed temporary carpeting in the terminal so passengers did not have to walk over bare (and potentially slippery) concrete.

The airport opened at 2:30AM 4/18, 2 hours ahead of schedule.  The airport director told us he was extremely satisfied with the outcome.

The cause of the fire still remains unknown and repairs will continue for likely many more weeks.  If one of your properties suffers a fire, large or small, you can count on SERVPRO to get you back in business quickly and make the damage “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage Mitigation in Colorado Springs

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Mitigation in Colorado Springs Smoke can travel into many areas of the home leaving behind an unpleasant odor.

SERVPRO Uses Deodorization Methods to Rid Your Home of Foul Odors

Sometimes after a fire ignites inside your Colorado Springs home, there are more problems that get created than just burnt materials and contents. Smoke created by a blaze often travels to many areas inside the house. Smoke leaves behind soot residues and pungent, burnt odors.

After any severely burnt materials and contents get replaced, all of the soot residues inside the building get cleaned. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Colorado Springs use specialized chemicals when cleaning that help eliminate foul odors. If unpleasant aromas still exist, then a final deodorization stage takes place.

When deodorizing an area, specific chemicals get used for different situations. Various odors exist based on what materials get burned during the blaze. Some deodorization techniques use chemicals that bond and react with the foul odor particles and neutralize them. Other deodorants mask unpleasant smells with more appealing odors.

To start, we apply deodorants to the air and affected surfaces. Many times deodorization gets accomplished by using hand pumps or electric powered sprayers. In more extreme cases, advanced equipment gets used during the deodorization process.

If our SERVPRO restoration experts believe that spraying chemicals does not complete the job efficiently, then other equipment gets used to create the original environment that caused the burnt odors to exist in the first place. During a fire, combustion causes smoke particles to become microscopic and penetrate many different materials. We use specialized equipment to break down chemicals so that they penetrate materials in the same way that foul odor particles did.

One way to mimic smoke behavior is with a Vaportek system. A Vaportek deodorization system consists of a compound of natural oils sealed by a membrane. The compounds then volatilize into the air and pass through the plastic membrane. Then, air currents distribute the chemicals into the air which react with and neutralize odor molecules upon contact.

Other ways to dispense deodorants into the building in the same way smoke entered, is to use fogging methods. When using a fogging system, deodorizing products get dispensed as finely divided particles in a mist. Depending on the situation we use either a wet fogging or dry fogging system to disperse deodorants into the air.

After an advanced deodorization system gets used inside your home, we often use powerful box fans to ventilate the area, so that dense chemicals do not exist in the air. For professional assistance with smoke deodorization call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789 any time of the day.

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How Do Professionals Achieve Cleaning After Fire Damage to Your Colorado Springs Home?

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Do Professionals Achieve Cleaning After Fire Damage to Your Colorado Springs Home? Many methods are used when restoring a home after a fire. Contact SERVPRO right away and let our expertise work for you.

SERVPRO Follows Scientific Principals When Restoring Your Property After Fire Damage

Fire can wreak havoc on your Colorado Springs home. The smoke and soot can cause irreparable damage if it is not taken care of promptly and efficiently. Successful cleanup and restoration after a fire is a job for the professionals. Trying to get the damage repaired or restored by yourself can worsen the already bad situation.

SERVPRO professionals have years of experience in successful restoration and cleanup of hundreds of homes after a fire damage here in Colorado Springs. Our meticulous technicians use tested scientific methods to get rid of the damage due to fire. Our state-of-the-art, multi-step cleaning process restores your home back to the pre-damage condition in no time. Here are the four scientific principles that enable SERVPRO technicians to restore your home after a fire damage.

Modulating the temperature can hasten the cleaning process  
Smoke and soot can build up on the walls and ceilings after an incidence of fire. These residues are notoriously difficult to clean even with some of the best and most active cleaning agents. SERVPRO technicians use their knowledge of chemistry to handle such stains. We use an elevated temperature that speeds up the reaction between cleaning agents and the stain causing residues.

Agitation can speed up cleaning process
SERVPRO technicians use various agitation techniques such as brushing, air, and water pressure and even sound waves at high frequencies to clean difficult to clean stains. Our technicians have a thorough understanding of how the process of agitation works and how it can be successfully implemented depending on the nature of the damage.

Chemical cleaning products can work wonders
Various chemical cleaning products can work wonders cleaning the smoke and soot residue if they are carefully selected depending on the type of the damage. Our expert technicians use their extensive experience and knowledge to choose the best possible chemical cleansing agents that can clean the damage in no time.

Restoring fire damage is a process that involves careful planning and expertise. You can trust us to ensure that your home looks, smells and feels like home again in no time. Call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs today at (719) 574-2789 to speak to one of our experts.

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Widefield Fire Damage Risks Heightened When Children Play With Fire

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Widefield Fire Damage Risks Heightened When Children Play With Fire A lit fireplace and candles set the mood for the season. Enjoy the holidays while staying safe and protecting your family from fire. Contact SERVPRO.

Caution and Watchfulness are Key to Preventing Fires Around the Holidays

We are approaching the season of the year when Widefield families gather, and long-separated cousins enjoy hours of play as adults converse and catch up. As we retreat into our cozy homes and get a roaring fire going on the hearth, a dose of caution is wise. It takes only a brief period of inattention for a cheery fire to turn into a destructive force. We know this well because our technicians train to turn precisely this type of tragedy around fast.
Nearly 50,000 fires a year involve one or a group of individuals playing with fire. Families are not immune to this preventable cause of fire damage in Widefield. Most of the blazes involve children finding firestarters such as matches and lighters. More than 7000 home fires annually have been reported due to children experimenting with fire. Nearly 40 percent of these fires start in the bedroom, likely as the child or children play with a box of matches or a lighter in secret. About 43 percent of the fires were set by children under the age of 6.
SERVPRO urges our community to be aware of the risk of fire held in little hands. We are skilled and experienced in cleaning surfaces and restoring structures after a fire. Fire damage remediation is a core service for our company, but no one wants to live through the terror and potential for serious harm or even death that a home fire brings.
Keep matches and lighters locked up or in an inaccessible place at all times, but be vigilant when you invite guests over as they may bring their own firestarters and negligently leave them within reach of the children also attending the event. Your choice to burn candles or have a fire going in the fireplace requires that you also make sure all safety precautions are taken. A log that rolls out if a curious tyke knocks it with a poker and an upended candle are genuine fire risks as well.
If a fire does break out, get your friends and loved ones out of the home as soon as possible. Once the fire is extinguished and the authorities permit, our SERVPRO crews can arrive with fully equipped vehicles to assess the damage and begin putting your life back together again.
SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is there for members of our community who experience fire damage even at the busiest time of the holiday season. Call (719) 574-2789 immediately after the last firefighter leaves so we can begin to restore your home.

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Smoke, Soot, and Fire Damage Restoration Services in Colorado Springs

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke, Soot, and Fire Damage Restoration Services in Colorado Springs SERVPRO follows IICRC guidelines to properly and efficiently restore your home after fire damage.

Rely on SERVPRO for Immediate Fire Damage Restoration Needs

Fire events are relatively common in Colorado Springs. Fire and smoke go hand in hand. Smoke from any type of fire consists of soot, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide. Depending on what is burning, many other toxic chemicals may also enter the air and make their way into your lungs or stick onto furniture, walls, ductwork, clothing, and other areas. When it comes to your property, you cannot afford to waste time when a fire disaster strikes.

If you act fast, SERVPRO can dispatch a team of highly trained professionals dedicated to fighting fire damage in Colorado Springs. We use IICRC guidelines in every emergency to ensure that the restoration process goes smoothly and seamlessly. Our tools and techniques are designed to effectively restore fire damaged contents to preloss conditions as quickly as possible, “Like it never even happened.”

The first sign of fire damage is items that have been burned until they no longer fit their purpose. This is where SERVPRO technicians begin the restoration process. We offer full renovation services and can also help you redecorate the house. This may include replacing all your fittings, furniture, and upholstery that sustained smoke and fire damage.

When it comes to repairing immediate fire damage, our technicians prioritize damage that can lead to additional losses. For instance, a burned staircase that could collapse anytime should be repaired as soon as possible. Similarly, a hole burned in your wall or roof must be attended to quickly to prevent wind and rain from blowing into your home.

In some cases, the fire damage may be too severe for restoration to work. If your furniture has sustained extensive damage, for instance, SERVPRO restoration experts can advise you whether to dispose of it. Thankfully, we offer this service too and can help you get rid of the irreparably ruined items. Once we are done, we apply effective deodorization methods to get rid of toxic odors that tend to linger behind.

Fire and smoke damage can interfere with your comfort when you least expect it. If it happens to you, SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs can send experienced fire damage technicians to restore your property pronto. For queries and emergency services, call us anytime at (719) 574-2789.  

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Fast, Friendly, Full-Service Solutions To Fire Damage In Your Colorado Springs Home

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fast, Friendly, Full-Service Solutions To Fire Damage In Your Colorado Springs Home Even though the fire may be out, dust, soot, and airborne particles can wreak havoc on your breathing.

Fire Damage In Your Home

There are some things you should understand before attempting to combat secondary damages produced by a fire including how to protect yourself, your family, or anyone else that might enter your home while restoration is underway.

Always think safety first when dealing with fire damage in your Colorado Springs area home. Even though the fire may be out, dust, soot, and airborne particles can wreak havoc on your breathing. Anyone entering your home should wear the appropriate personal protective equipment including masks, gloves, boots, and eye wear.

Before entering your home, understand that hazards may exist that pose severe risks to you and your family. You must be aware of what might occur, in every situation, to help keep everyone safe. If you have even the tiniest doubt, it could cause someone their life. Never take any chances, get a fully licensed professional, like those offered at SERVPRO, to take risks for you.

An expertly trained restoration technician wears the safety equipment and takes any necessary precautions to avoid hazards of different types. SERVPRO technicians understand how to prevent contact with a variety of substances that might cause harm. They also know when and when not to ventilate an area. We have access to a range of industrial-grade equipment that allows us to remove water used to extinguish a fire.

All of the burned debris and materials cause odors that should be withdrawn and disposed of in a certain way. The contents of your home that are restorable require special handling to prevent additional damage. Your SERVPRO team uses a restore versus replace mentality when considering alternatives during your restoration. We do everything we can to prevent losses and restore your home; this means that you can count on us to treat each item accordingly and give you the results you deserve.

Make the most of what is available today. At SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs, our staff is proud to serve as your one-stop solution and show pure dedication in providing you quality, full-service solutions to any emergency situations that occur on your property.

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Hard Lesson Learned When Bacon Unattended in Colorado Springs

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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Never Become Complacent About Fire Damage Near Colorado Springs

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

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

Fire Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Dangers of Smoke From Fire Damage in Colorado Springs

11/19/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Dangers of Smoke From Fire Damage in Colorado Springs Smoke and Indoor Air Quality Problems in Colorado Springs

Odors and Damage Related to Smoke and Fires in Your Home

After a fire emergency, most homeowners are concerned about the damage that the flames have done to their home's structure and contents. While the impact of fire itself is destructive, the damage that it leaves behind can be just as ruinous.
If your home has fire damage in Colorado Springs, you should be aware that smoke resulting from the event will linger in your home if it's not carefully remedied. Here's information about the dangers of smoke and how SERVPRO works to get rid of it.
Unsightly Marks
A telltale sign that you have smoke damage left over from a fire is soot marks. They're most often seen as streaks along tall surfaces, walls, mantles, and shelves, but they can appear anywhere. The problem with soot is that it's nearly impossible to eradicate with the cleaners and tools available on the consumer market. We have industrial grade equipment and cleaners that may get rid of soot marks for good. If the greasy residue is too damaging the best we can do is to carefully wipe it off hard surfaces and apply a prime coat to seal in the staining.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
Smoke hangs in the air after fire damage has affected a home, and it not only smells bad but compounds breathing. When you sense that the indoor air seems thicker or the smell in your house is noticeably affected, trust SERVPRO to thoroughly deodorize and clean so you can truly breathe easier. Rather than masking odors we can place ozone machines and hydroxyl generators to capture the unwanted odor causing particulates or transform them into non-disturbing molecules.
Ruined Possessions and Furniture
Everything from electronics to paper documents and furniture will be adversely affected by soot and smoke if they're allowed to linger after a fire event. This type of fire damage is what leads to homeowners to throw out their possessions. Our skilled technicians can salvage items affected by smoke and fire damage, saving you money in the process.
At SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs, we're prepared to get your home back in top shape after any fire emergency and prevent damage from smoke and soot. To receive a quote or get more information about our fire damage restoration services, call us 24/7 at (719) 574-2789.

Fire Damage Restoration Company Helps

8/4/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Company Helps SERVPRO Takes the Stress Out of Fire Damage to Your Colorado Springs Property

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Structure

For a fire department to successfully battle and control an inferno or a small fire, they are trained to identify the different types of fires. Yes, fires have classifications based on what is fueling them.

Different fires require unique solutions for cleanup and restoration. SERVPRO knows and understands how to work with fire damages. Colorado Springs fire damage can be restored by our professional, IICRC certified technicians. We can handle the aftermath of residential and commercial fires. We specialize in fire and water damage cleanup. With our restoration experience, we can quickly restore your home or business to a pre-fire condition. "Like it never even happened."

Class A: wood, paper or trash, anything that leaves ash. Water can extinguish this fire. Type A fire extinguisher.
Class B: oil, gas or flammable liquids. Smothering solutions extinguish this fire. Type B fire extinguisher.
Class C: electrical. Use carbon dioxide to extinguish this fire. Type E fire extinguisher.
Class D: combustible metal fires. A dry powder agents will extinguish this fire. Type D fire extinguisher.
Class K: kitchen fires. Small kitchen fires should be extinguished with powder or foam type extinguishers to prevent the splashing of hot oils and other materials.

Our initial fire damage restoration process involves a detailed inspection and assessment so that we can develop a plan of action. Our water removal and drying solutions include air movers, dehumidifiers, and a complete drying process. We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke odor and soot from all surfaces, including the HVAC system. We clean, sanitize and disinfect with industry approved air scrubbers and fogging equipment. Our restoration process is available for immediate board-up techniques and/or roof tarping service if needed. Restoration may also involve repairs that may require minor or major reconstruction steps.

A fire and its damages are very devastating for families and business owners. You need SERVPRO. We are caring experts who will guide you through this crisis. We believe in treating your investments, your family, and workers with care because we are locally owned and operated. We are proud to serve our communities during any emergency damages.

SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is strategically located. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our main purpose is to help our residents get back on their feet as quickly as possible, after a fire or any natural disaster. We will provide the personal attention you deserve. We will keep you informed and comfortable throughout the fire damage repair process. Call us today at (719) 574-2789 so that we can help restore your home or business.

The Best Ways To Ensure Fire Damage Security: Why You Should Leave Fire Damage to SERVPRO

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Best Ways To Ensure Fire Damage Security: Why You Should Leave Fire Damage to SERVPRO Has your South Colorado Springs home suffered fire damage? Call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs!

Reasons Why SERVPRO Should Take Care of Your Fire Damage

After fire tears through your home, it's tough to get it back to the way that it was. Not only do you have to deal with fire and smoke; you also have to consider collateral damages from fire-fighters and firehoses, and the loss of your property. This leads to widespread water damage and flooding- both of which cause as much damage as fires do. In these situations, it's always best to call SERVPRO. Without a trained, professional team of cleaners, you'll never be able to return a building to normal after a fire. Professionals know how to remove smoke damage, restore your valuable furnishings, and ensure that ash residue, discoloration, and affected tarnished surfaces are back to normal. 

SERVPRO Gives You Fire Damage Security 

There are several factors of Security fire damage in South Colorado Springs that you might not consider; like ash and smoke. Both of these factors corrode, etch, discolor, and cause unpleasant odors in your home. SERVPRO handles discoloration on many different surfaces, replacing and refinishing whatever needs to be cleaned; even metals that sometimes start corroding immediately. 

Restore Your Property, Don't Just Replace It 

The most important aspects of home restoration are cleaning and restoring your property. It's our goal to ensure that your property is cleaned and restored professionally, saving you money over the long run. Plus, you'll get to keep all of your favorite furniture and upholstery. 

How To Ensure That You Save The Most 

SERVPRO knows how to handle any fire emergency; as long as you call us immediately. The longer you wait, the more severe the fire damage becomes. We start by inspecting your home, boarding up and tarping your roof if necessary, and drying out any water damages. After that, we remove as much soot, ash, and smoke from as many surfaces as possible. Then, we clean, repair, and restore your property back to its original luster. 

Trust SERVPRO to Give You Fire Damage Security 

SERVPRO specializes in making your home livable again. They can perform repairs in virtually any regard; from fire and smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery and fabric cleaning, to water damage restoration to handle damages that might have occurred from a fire. We know how terrible fire damages can be, and how they affect your life. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Without a doubt, without a professional, your home will be unsafe, unlivable, and pose serious health hazards. After our help, you'll be able to go back to your normal life; never disrupting your routine. Let SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs do what they can to solve your fire damage issues, bringing back your home's natural value. Give us a call today at (719) 574-2789. 

The Behavior of Smoke

3/28/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Colorado Springs home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage Questions? 
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SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes – We help to make it Like it never even happened.®

Colorado Springs Experts in Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water and Fire Cleanup and Restoration.

Colorado Springs Fire and Water Damage

2/17/2016 (Permalink)

Why Choose SERVPRO South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes?


We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

When fire and water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, day or night, to your Colorado Springs home or business. A faster response helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce cost.

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We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore your home or business. We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your property back to pre-fire condition.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

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Our Restore vs. Replace Mentality

Our “restore first” mentality helps to lower costs and get you back in your home or business sooner. This focus relies upon our specialized training and equipment to restore your property back to pre-fire condition.

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If you find yourself in need of our services please give us a call at 719-574-2789 

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes – Colorado Springs Experts in Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water and Fire Cleanup and Restoration.

Colorado Springs Fire Damage

2/10/2016 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs, we have the training, experience, and equipment to manage your fire damage emergency. We respond quickly and manage the fire restoration project through to its completion. Call the experts in Colorado Springs fire damage restoration 24/7.

If you find yourself in need of our services please give us a call at 719-574-2789

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes – Colorado Springs Experts in Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water and Fire Cleanup and Restoration.

Black Forest Fire

6/12/2013 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Black Forest Fire A man watches from the road as the Black Forest Fire rages uncontrolled.

A man watches from the road as the Black Forest Fire rages uncontrolled.

Black Forest Fire

6/12/2013 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Black Forest Fire Fire rages through a structure (residential) in Black Forest

Fire rages through a structure (residential) in Black Forest

Black Forest Evac

6/12/2013 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Black Forest Evac El Paso County Sheriffs assisting with the evacuation of livestock from the

El Paso County Sheriffs assisting with the evacuation of livestock from the evac area.

Black Forest Fire

6/12/2013 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Black Forest Fire People watch helplessly as Black Forest burns out of control.

First Waldo Canyon a year ago. Now Black Forest is on fire and completely uncontained.