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Don't Let Ice Dams Get You Down This Winter Call Us If Your Colorado Springs Home Experiences Water Damage!

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Don't Let Ice Dams Get You Down This Winter Call Us If Your Colorado Springs Home Experiences Water Damage! Ice damming can happen to any home, even on some that have preventative measures in place to avoid it.

Ice Damming Can Allow Water Damage To Colorado Springs Homes

The winter is upon the area, and Colorado Springs homeowners prepare for another season with significant snowfall. While many properties are virtually unaffected by the predicted snow to come, other homes are less fortunate regarding the damage that heavy snow staying on the roof of their house can do. Ice damming is among the most significant of the potential hazards that threaten the structural integrity of your roof, and this phenomenon is more common than you might think.

While the smaller side of the concerns for ice damming on your roof is the weakening of the structure, water damage restoration in Colorado Springs maybe required when runoff and melting snow cannot find a means to leave the roof area. Ice damming occurs when melting snow beneath a fresh snowpack reaches the eaves of the roof and freezes at this point. To make matters worse, the condition continues to worsen without physically breaking them loose or having several warmer days to melt the ice.

Our SERVPRO professionals have helped many of our customers that have dealt with ice damming and the water damages that can result from the incident. As melting snow and runoff have no means of escape from the area, and the weight of the snowpack providing immense pressure on the roof itself, vulnerabilities become exposed and exploited by the present water.

With efficient equipment designed to reduce overall humidity fast like our industrial-strength dehumidification machines, we can effectively bring moisture levels down to acceptable parameters in the attic space to prevent the growth of mold and fungus. With a licensed contracting division, our SERVPRO franchise can assist immediately with emergency board up services and include our professional reconstruction services as part of our comprehensive restoration package that saves our customers time and money.  

Ice damming can happen to any home, even on some that have preventative measures in place to avoid it. If your home suffers water damage, let our experts help you to restore the damaged areas fast. You can reach our SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs emergency response team 24/7 by calling (719) 574-2789.

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Water Cleanup In Colorado Springs

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Cleanup In Colorado Springs Our SERVPRO technicians have numerous ways of cleaning up after a water incident.

Water Damage Cleanup

Cleaning up your Colorado Springs home is likely something that you and the other occupants of your house keep up with regularly. When a more significant incident or something far more destructive occurs within your residence, however, it might require a more experienced hand to set things right again. Water incidents are an excellent example of this, as the damage spreads quickly, and homeowners struggle with entirely removing the moisture from their homes.

You may be curious as to what something like water cleanup for your Colorado Springs home even means. While there are still some instances where the best approach is mopping and drying up the affected area with conventional means, the cleanup process is more often an intricate and involved process. Our goal at SERVPRO is to provide a thorough and quality result, which ensures the job is done the first time correctly.

From the moment that our water damage experts arrive at your home, we set up an inspection to determine the full scope of the area that requires attention. This assessment details not only the nature of the work that has to get done to adequately clean and dry the damage but the personnel and equipment required to accomplish these tasks as well. The faster we can get to this assessment and get the information, the faster the restorative tasks can ultimately begin.

Our SERVPRO technicians have numerous ways of cleaning up after a water incident, and many of these approaches depend on the severity of the damage and the source of the water. For example, pooling water from a broken pipe required both the repair of this pipe, as well as extractions with a portable pump and focused drying efforts with air movers and industrial strength dehumidification equipment.

As a homeowner, it is common to want to take care of most problems that your home experiences on your own. While this might seemingly save you money, failure to properly clean up water damage incidents can often lead to even costlier repairs and restoration work than you would have initially gotten charged. Trust in the experience and expertise of our SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs water restoration technicians. We can arrive quickly and are standing by right now at (719) 574-2789.

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Water Damage Technicians Out Of Cimarron Hills Discuss Problems With Drywall

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Technicians Out Of Cimarron Hills Discuss Problems With Drywall Water Damaged Drywall Needs Fast Drying in Cimarron Hills to Prevent Secondary Damage

Drywall Materials Require Skilfull Use of Equipment to Mitigate Water Losses and Salvage the Materials

Any time excessive moisture gets into a structure in Cimarron Hills, it is possible that the drywall material that makes up the walls and ceilings can get damaged. If a pipe breaks inside a wall, it can spray water into the wall cavity negatively affected the drywall components. If water fills into the building from another source it starts accumulating on the floor; then it works its way up the walls, a process called wicking. If humidity levels are escalated once water gets into the house, the moisture in the air can also harm drywall.
 
Whenever water starts affecting drywall, it can saturate the material making it lose its structural integrity or be a source of microbial growth. Whenever mitigating water damage in Cimarron Hills, evaporating out drywall before its paper backing grows mold is a top priority. If this gypsum board inside your home gets wet, then it is possible that wooden materials inside the wall cavity can get affected as well.
 
Any time excessive moisture affects a building, our SERVPRO technicians pay special attention to drywall and other structural components. We start by using moisture sensors to test the contents of the walls. The sensors have prongs that get inserted into the drywall or wooden studs and test for moisture. For wooden materials, the readings come out as a percentage, and for drywall, the readings come in parts per million numbers.
 
Once the affected area has been tested for moisture levels, our SERVPRO restoration team tests materials in unaffected areas to figure out a drying goal level. This baseline helps our team determine how wet the drywall and wooden studs suffered from the loss. Once we know how wet the area is, we can set up the correct drying equipment.
 
Whenever our SERVPRO crew dries out a structure, we arrange a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. The air movers create circulation that moves wet air away from surfaces while the dehumidifiers pull water out of the air and lower the actual humidity inside the structure. When drying out wall cavities, other specialized techniques get implemented to push air into the cavities. Injectidry tools can be useful devices to inject warm air. See below.
 
In some cases, we remove the baseboard and drill holes into the wall or cut the drywall a foot above the ground so that air can dry out all of the wall components. In other scenarios, we implement injection drying equipment that pushes air into the wall from tubes that stick into holes drilled into the wall surfaces. If you ever need help drying out wet wall cavities, call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789 24 hours a day.

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Appliance Degradation Could Allow Flooding to Your Colorado Springs Residence

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Appliance Degradation Could Allow Flooding to Your Colorado Springs Residence If your appliance fails and dumps water on your kitchen floor, it is time to contact SERVPRO. Call right away for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Ready to Dry Out Your Home After a Flooding Situation

The appliances in your Colorado Springs home have gotten purchased to make your life a little bit easier. While for the most part, this is the case, there are instances in which these machines can make your life considerably more stressful and costly, namely when they malfunction and cause flooding to their immediate surroundings.

While there are likely very few people in the area that do not have appliances in their homes, those that do always run the possible risk of allowing flood damages into their Colorado Springs residence. Typically this is a result of aging and degradation, which can allow individual components to behave sluggishly or stop altogether. This failure allows for washing machines to fill indefinitely, for dishwashers to leak out onto the floor and so on.  

Fortunately, you have SERVPRO to help you through any of the disasters that your appliances might cause within your home. We can quickly assess the damage that you face and formulate a strategy to help restore these concerns. With appliance failure, one of the first steps that we take is to ensure that the supply to the machine has gotten shut down to prevent further damages while restoration gets underway.

Once the source of the water has been found and stopped, our team can then get to work on extracting the water from the affected area. The process usually involves portable pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands. This process allows for drying efforts to begin, which is a critical part of the process.

Once the area has gotten successfully dried, our SERVPRO professionals can inspect the construction materials of your home and structural components for severe damages that could require removal and replacement to complete the restoration process.

Flood damages might not be something that most homeowners in the area consider to be much of a threat, but appliances can always be a wild card.

If you are dealing with accidental flood damage to your home, our SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs team of restoration specialists can help. Give us a call today at (719) 574-2789.

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Water Damage Monitoring Equipment in Colorado Springs

4/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Monitoring Equipment in Colorado Springs Moisture needs to be dried out of your home within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

SERVPRO Offers Thorough Structural Drying after Water Damage to Your Home

If a pipe breaks inside your Colorado Springs home, water possibly leaks all over and causes many problems. Sometimes water saturates building materials which can cause structural integrity issues. If water gets left inside your house for too long, it often causes foul odors to exist. If moisture does not get dried out within 48 hours, it is likely that mold develops.

Water leaking into a building also possibly causes electrical hazards. SERVPRO's water damage technicians in Colorado Springs always start a project by securing the work area. Any potential hazards such as drywall falling from the ceiling or electrical issues get repaired, or the area gets blocked off, and "danger" signs get posted.

After the work area is made safe for all workers and occupants, the extraction process begins. If there is two inches or more of standing water, a submersible pump gets used to vacuum up the water and pump it into a sewer drain. Next, we use our specialized extraction tools to pull moisture out of carpet and upholstery. In most cases, we use light extraction wands to pull water out of furniture. When extracting moisture out of the carpet, we sometimes use a weighted, heavy-duty extraction tool to compress the carpet and reduce damage to the fabric caused by agitation.

After our IICRC certified technicians are satisfied with the amount of water we vacuumed up, we begin the drying phase. Before we set up air movers and dehumidifiers in your home, we use monitoring equipment to test moisture levels in the affected areas. We use different equipment based on what type of materials we want to test for moisture.

When we test soft, porous materials such as upholstery and carpet we use a moisture sensor. A moisture sensor has two sharp prongs on the bottom that stick into the material and test for the presence of moisture. If the carpet in the testing area is wet, the sensor beeps and flashes a light.

To test moisture levels in other harder materials such as wood or drywall, we often use a penetrating moisture meter. The moisture meters have two longs prongs that we stick or hammer into the materials that we are testing. For non-wood items, the relative scale is used, and the moisture reading comes out as points. For wooden materials, the meters give a moisture percentage number. Readings get taken in both affected and unaffected areas to determine how wet the materials got.

Moisture readings help us come up with a goal to reach. Once moisture levels reach the goal, they are back to normal conditions. For professional help with structural drying, call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789 any time of the day.

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Water Damage From Ice Dams: A Springtime Problem In Colorado Springs

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage From Ice Dams:  A Springtime Problem In Colorado Springs Water Damage from Ice Dams Means SERVPRO is the Answer in Colorado Springs

SERVPRO Is Available in All Seasons for Cleanup and Restoration After Unwanted Water Enters Your Home

Snow can fall from November through April in Colorado Springs, and it poses more than just a driving or shoveling issue for some area homeowners. If your home sports spectacular icicles or you notice your gutters sagging from the weight of the snow, you may want to inspect your attic or upper levels for water damage. We can help if frozen precipitation worked its way inside your dwelling this winter.
 
During the winter heating systems circulate warm air throughout your Colorado Springs home. Water damage ensues when heated air meets the ice and snow along the eaves. Inadequate insulation and the lack of a complete seal between the edges of the framing and the roof decking allows air to rise and leak out of the house. Then the ice and snow collecting in the gutter melts and leaks into the house. Our professionals are familiar with this phenomenon and have the skills and equipment to solve the water damage issues it causes.
 
The SERVPRO crew views the exterior of your home but knows that water does not always appear where expected. We inspect the attic or upper floor living areas for signs of water incursion. This inspection can include visual review, looking for bubbling pain, bulging ceiling tiles, and staining on walls. We also use state-of-the-art moisture meters, and infrared scanners as water can collect between studs, soak insulation, and pool on ceilings and subflooring. Temperature differential often gives away lurking water.
 
Because water does tend to run down, we also travel to other levels of the home to look for more damage. It is not uncommon for water to move a story or more down and soak into woodwork around windows, baseboards, or hardwood flooring. The SERVPRO crew assigned to your job have trained in strategies to resolve all of these water damage scenarios. This team has the equipment available remove the water and dry out the building structure and fixtures.
 
SERVPRO extracts any standing water and then determines how to reach water behind baseboards or in walls. Special equipment comes into play to reduce the moisture. We use innovations like the injectidry system, also known as "the octopus," where warm, dry air introduced via a series of tubes inserted in holes drilled into the base of a wall rids a wall cavity of lingering water. Floor mats pull water from hardwood, and dehumidifiers and air movers create a balance to reduce both humidity and residual moisture in building materials.
 
SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs has many options available to manage water damage from ice buildup during the winter months. Call (719) 574-2789 to schedule an assessment if ice dams direct water into your home.

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Skilled Water Damage Crews In Colorado Springs

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Skilled Water Damage Crews In Colorado Springs Whenever water damage results from a pipe break, the good thing is that the water ruining your home is clean.

Water Damage Restoration

Sometimes when it gets cold outside, your pipes inside your Colorado Springs house freeze and break causing water to spill into your structure. Whenever water damage results from a pipe break, the good thing is that the water ruining your home is clean.

If the water that gets into your dwelling is clean, then it is possible that the situation gets mitigated without removing any building materials. A professional crew such as SERVPRO's water damage experts in Colorado Springs are always available to mitigate your problem. In some cases involving clean water, nothing requires removal, and the problem gets fixed with extraction and drying.

In water damage scenarios, SERVPRO's IICRC certified team starts the process by securing the area and making certain there are no potential safety hazards in the damaged region. Any standing water that is two inches or deeper gets pumped out using water pumps. Next, our crew uses moisture testing equipment to test the carpet, floors, walls, and ceilings.

Our team then removes and blocks all furniture in the damaged area. Next, we extract water from carpet and hard surface flooring. Then the carpet gets pulled up, and water gets extracted from the pad and sub-floor. In many cases, the carpet padding gets removed.

Next, our specialists disinfect and spray surfaces with an anti-microbial and deodorization chemical. After that, the drying process begins. First, air movers get set up and positioned to deliver rapid airflow to all wet surfaces. Then dehumidifiers get set up to fill the room up with warm and dry air. Our experts use IICRC recommendations to determine how many air movers and dehumidifiers to set up in a given damaged area.

We then turn on the drying equipment and leave it set up until moisture levels are back to normal conditions. Once dry, we come back to your place and remove all of the drying equipment. The last step is to clean and deodorize the area before we officially finish the project.

A number of steps must be carried out correctly for proper water damage mitigation to occur. To make sure your problem is mitigated the right way call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789 for help twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

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Water Removal Process In Your Security Home

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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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Minor is Major When it Comes to Water Damage in Colorado Springs

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Minor is Major When it Comes to Water Damage in Colorado Springs Leaking or damaged pipes can do significant damage to your home structure. If you suspect a leak or notice damage, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Prevention and Maintenance Help Impede Significant Damage Due to Leaks 

Homeowners frequently make the mistake of thinking slight leaks cause no problems for their homes. Allowing a slow leak to continue depositing water inside a wall, on the floor, or under a cabinet are examples of things that cause significant damage to the structure of a building without the owner noticing. Eventually, you need our help to restore the harm and prevent collateral damage.
 
A small but steady leak in the waste pipe connecting your kitchen sink to the main drain below contributes to a gradual spread of water damage in your Colorado Springs home. Because the pipe damaged by the leak runs behind some cabinets and then down the basement stairs, you rarely take any note of it. Your neglect now results in a massive bulging of the wall near your water heater and furnace, and dirty water has begun to puddle on the floor and run in a ragged stream to a floor drain. There is a musty smell with a note of decaying food.
 
One of our SERVPRO water damage teams arrives and assesses the area. We identify problems and devise a plan. Water is extracted from inside the wall with our specialized equipment. If we find mold, we employ EPA approved procedures to contain the area, remove the moldy material, and then sanitize. Our team coordinates with your plumber to replace the drain pipe, essential to make sure the mold remediation is successful.
 
We then take moisture measurements and use our high-efficiency air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the lower level area. SERVPRO’s mission is to restore, but because of the mold growth, we likely replace a portion of the wallboard that was soaked by the leaking over time. Porous materials are difficult to sanitize, and drywall is relatively inexpensive to install new.
 
The cabinets in the kitchen also need inspection, and our team tests for moisture as the leaks may have extended closer to the sink. We take off the kick plates to scan for current or old water damage. If standing water reveals itself, SERVPRO team members extract it and aim air movers into the recesses and position a dehumidifier nearby. Again we evaluate for mold involvement and remediate if necessary.
 
Although this type of water incursion is hardly dramatic, it is prevalent and causes serious water damage. Our team recommends you remain vigilant for this kind of leaking as it destroys structure from the inside out.
 
No job is too insignificant for SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs. If you suspect that a tiny leak has become a major problem, give us a call at (719) 574-2789 to schedule a consultation.

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The Effects of Water Damage on Your Colorado Springs Home's Walls

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Effects of Water Damage on Your Colorado Springs Home's Walls Water damage in your home needs to be dealt with quickly by a professional water damage restoration company certified in providing that service.

SERVPRO's Quick Response to Water Damage in Your Home can Often PREVENT Any Secondary Damage

If water damage of any kind has occurred in your home, it is important to take action as soon as possible. When it comes to plaster and drywall becoming wet, some problems arise. Mold growth can begin, framing wood splits and swells, and the structural integrity of your home weakens. Even if you see just minor bubbling, spots, or peeling, you want to move fast, so the problem does not become much larger.
 
When you need water removal in your Colorado Springs home, no wall is safe from damages that can occur if they got wet during the disaster. In particular, drywall is at risk to weaken and even collapse. It also many times needs to be replaced, as it is not always repairable. The structure around drywall can also be affected in cases where the damage is severe.
 
SERVPRO, a professional water removal and restoration company, is always standing by to help when you need. In a situation that involves water, we understand that time is of the essence and arrive at your home quickly so we can assess the damages and begin cleanup right away.
 
Water ruins plaster as well. It is not resistant to dampness and therefore is easily affected. It is fortunately easy to remove and replace when needed. In areas of your home such as the bathroom, tile walls should be used whenever possible.
 
At SERVPRO, we also check any brickwork in your home for signs of water damage. If it has not been correctly sealed, the porous cement used can absorb excess water and start crumbling. If it has been compromised, we extract the water before we repair it.
 
To extract the water from the various surfaces and walls, we bring in industrial strength equipment including truck-mounted pumps, dehumidifiers, moisture meters to find hidden water in your walls, and fans. We take care after the standing water is out to place the equipment around the affected areas to ensure optimal drying time.
 
SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is experienced in finding hidden water damage inside walls. If your home has suffered from a water disaster, contact us right away at (719) 574-2789 so we can extract the water and thoroughly dry and repair your home.

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It is All About the Equipment in Colorado Springs

5/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage It is All About the Equipment in Colorado Springs Water heaters can flood the room that they are in with many gallons of water. Call SERVPRO to remediate the damage and help you with the disaster.

SERVPRO Technicians Bring Equipment as Well as the Generators Necessary to Remediate Your Property

Your day takes a whole different focus when your water heater splits its bottom, spilling water throughout your utility room. As much as you want to try to take care of the problem on your own, the sheer magnitude of 50 or more gallons of water in a confined space, with more flowing if you fail to turn off the water main, makes you dial for help. The team at SERVPRO is always ready for this type of challenge.
 
Not all water removal issues in Colorado Springs are dramatic. Sometimes it is the most mundane equipment failure that gets your attention. Your hard-working water heater provided its last hot showers, laundry, and dishwashing yesterday. Today it needs our team to dig down deep and give you back your basement using our skills and powerful water removal equipment.
 
SERVPRO has one mission -- to put the pieces back together after you experience an unexpected disaster. The first task after a water heater leaks is to remove all that water. We have powerful, truck mounted pumps and extractors that make water removal manageable. When we arrive, we assess the situation, turn off the water if it is still flowing, and then work with you and your insurer to take charge of returning your dwelling to preloss condition.
 
If the electricity cut out during the flood, we rely on our truck for the power to pump and vacuum out the water. We make certain there is no danger of shocking you or our staff during this stage. After the majority of the water is gone, our certified technicians set up air movers to continue the drying process. The condition of flooring and walls is evaluated to help make the choice between restoration or tear out and replacement.
 
Restoration is always preferred by us as it limits your costs and returns the affected areas back to your use faster. The key often is whether you called us in time. If the water only stood for a few hours before we removed it, chances are better that professional drying completes the job. On the other hand, if water remained for more than a day or two before we arrived, you risk secondary damage of structures and belongings. The original flood of water from the heater was clean. Every hour it waits for removal gives microbial growth a chance to complicate matters for the SERVPRO staff.
 
Keep things simple when you need water removal by contacting SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs immediately. Our truck rolls out as soon as possible after your call to (719) 574-2789.

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Failing Gutters Can Create Water Damage in Your Colorado Springs Home

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Failing Gutters Can Create Water Damage in Your Colorado Springs Home When water damage strikes your home, our SERVPRO technicians will help fix the problem "Like it never even happened."

Your Colorado Springs Home Can Suffer Water Damage Caused by Failing Gutters 


Failing gutters on your home are a serious problem that can create water damage. Do not ignore the warning signs – look for shingles which curl up at the ends, missing shingles, excessive mold or staining on your home, gutters which are pulling away from your home and other warning signs. You need to stop the problem as soon as possible before it becomes a very expensive one. Any water damage that your failing gutters are creating can be fixed by the professionals at SERVPRO.

There are several things you can check for to help you decide if water damage in your Colorado Springs home is being created by faulty gutters. If you suspect any of these, have a professional come in right away to fix your gutters.

Signs of Faulty Gutters

If you see any visible cracks on the surface of the gutters, be aware that cracks lead to water leakage, which in turn creates water damage to your home. If you do not deal with the small cracks, they lead to larger cracks and worse damage. Paint peeling or flaking prematurely in areas close to the base of your home or on the gutters themselves is a major indicator that your gutters are leaking, as this causes the paint to peel.

Watermarks found directly below the gutters is also a problem because as water pours over the surface of your home, it is absorbed. As the sun dries the water, visible watermarks are left behind. Clogged gutters can also pose a problem. There could be certain areas of your gutters where debris and leaves are continually getting caught, which can be caused by debris collecting in a crack in the gutter. A gutter specialist can fix this issue.

Lastly, gutters pulling away from your home or downspouts which are disconnected from the gutter or your home means it is the likely time for new gutters.

When water damage happens from one of these issues involving your gutters, SERVPRO technicians have the right training and tools to fix the problem and clean up the water. Depending upon where the water damage in your home is, they use different drying methods and tools. They can dry behind and under cabinets if needed, and even behind wallpaper. However, the wallpaper itself may need to be taken down since vinyl wallpaper can create a barrier, preventing moisture transfer and not allowing the dehumidifier to do its job.


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Having properly functioning gutters on your home is critical, so if you notice any problems with them, you should have them repaired right away. When water damage comes from malfunctioning gutters, SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is standing by to help. Reach out to us anytime when you give us a call at (719) 574-2789, and we are out to your home as soon as possible to prevent any further damage. 

Which Tools are Used to Assess and Evaluate Water Damage in Colorado Springs Homes?

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Which Tools are Used to Assess and Evaluate Water Damage in Colorado Springs Homes? Water damage can severely affect your home. Take the time to call SERVPRO to mitigate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Use the Latest Tools in the Field of Water Detection


Water damage restoration involves more than just extracting and drying the wet areas. To do this successfully, technicians must first carry out rigorous assessments. They need to understand the extent of the leak or flooding and the specific requirements of the space.

No two homes are the same, and all cases of water damage in Colorado Springs are different. SERVPRO uses a range of moisture monitoring and evaluation equipment to determine the scale of the problem and keep track of the restoration. Consistent supervision is essential, as drying equipment requires regular checks and adjustments for optimal results.

Keep reading to find out more about the moisture testing and evaluation tools used by SERVPRO.

Moisture Metres

Moisture meters represent some of the simplest evaluation instruments. However, they are excellent at detecting hidden leaks and areas of concealed moisture. For example, if a pipe bursts inside a wall, the leak itself might not be visible.

To figure out what is causing the surface of the wall to feel cold and wet, the SERVPRO technicians have to take measurements. They may insert a pinhole reader a short distance into the plaster or drywall. The end of the instrument is very sensitive and detects water.

Infrared Cameras

While thermal cameras are costly and less likely to make an appearance than pinhole readers, they do make valuable tools in certain circumstances. In most cases, the source of the moisture is evident. It comes from a cracked pipe, a blocked drain, an overflowing toilet, or some other residential emergency. In cases where it is not clear, infrared cameras are good at detecting tell-tale changes in surface temperature.

Borescopes

The borescope has a lot in common with the pinhole reader, but it is a little more sophisticated. The shape is much the same. However, instead of there being a sensitive component at one end, there is an eyepiece. It gets inserted inside a surface, where a leak is suspected. The area under scrutiny could be inside a duct, an HVAC system, a plaster wall, or behind a cabinet.

If your home is a victim of residential flooding or you need repairs for a recent leak, we can help. At SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs, we are committed to helping Colorado Springs residents reverse the effects of water damage. Call us 24/7 on (719) 574-2789.

Prevention of Water Damage

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Prevention of Water Damage Installing a sump pump can help with water in the basement. Call SERVPRO if you have water damage!

An Option for Water in Your Basement

Living in geographic areas where there are basements means always acknowledging the possibility that you may be prone to a wet basement. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, more than 60% of homes have issues with water in their basement. Suffice it to say; you are not alone.
 
Water removal in Colorado Springs can be stressful when a water event strikes. However, with SERVPRO at your disposal, our water removal specialists can help you get back into your home anytime you have a water event. However, rather than focusing on response, let’s talk a little about prevention.
 
Sump Pumps: How They Are Used
Sump pumps can be an extremely effective option for preventing water damage and negating the need for water removal. If you are one of the 60% of homes who have water issues in your basement, this is a great investment to make into your home.
 
The installation of sump pumps occurs in the basement of a home. Installed inside of a pit in your basement, these units can sense the rise of water in the pit. Once it senses that water is approaching floor level, the incoming water is siphoned off and pumped outside of your home before it can leak inside and damage your structure, furniture, and flooring. The pump does all of the work so that you do not have to.
 
Maintenance
The great thing about sump pumps is that they are pretty low maintenance devices. To keep yours in great shape, take three or four times a year to check the inlet screen to make sure that it is not clogged with debris. Check the pit as well and make sure mud and small pebbles or stones are removed too. Outdoors, you should check to see what water is being pumped away from your home and where it is flowing (ideally, well away from your home).
 
The float component is a crucial part of the sump pump. The sump pump float component detects the water level, and when it rises, it begins the process of pumping water away from your basement and home. This part must work correctly. Lastly, check the discharge line itself to ensure that it has not stopped up.
 
The best thing you can do to maintain your sump pump is once a year, disconnect the pump from its power source (safely), and remove the unit itself. Flush the unit with water in order to get rid of debris, contaminants, and anything else that it has kept away from your home that year. Clean the pit as well, once you have removed the pump. Reinstall the pump, reconnect the power source, and make sure the unit starts up by pouring a bucket of water into the pit.
 
That is it! This will make sure your sump pump is in excellent condition to take on the new year. Having a sump pump in your basement is a long-term precaution against flooding that can make it unnecessary to have to resort to clean up after every heavy thunderstorm.
 
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Preventative measures can cost you less headache, heartache, and money in the long run. However, if you have experienced an emergency and are in need of water removal, call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789. Our Emergency Service lines are available to take your call 24/7.

Just a Call Away

3/30/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs and SERVPRO® of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes is always just a quick phone call away. Whether you are dealing with a Water loss or damage from a fire we can help. Emergencies do not work on a set schedule and can happen at any hour of the day or night. That's why we are here 24/7, 365 to assist you should the need arise.

If you find yourself in need of our services please reach out to us at 719-574-2789 or 719-434-4626 and tell them the Marketing Team sent you.

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.

Spring Rains

3/21/2016 (Permalink)

Spring is officially here. The grass is beginning to change from brown to green, flowers are starting to bloom and spring rains will be here before you know it. The Spring rains are needed and brings about growth. At the same time rain can be unpredictable and can cause water damage to our homes. Basements can be a prime area for water leaks.

Keeping Water Out Of Your Basement

•  Downspout extensions should be at least 6 feet long, and the water should be directed away from your house.

•  All surfaces surrounding the house should be graded properly to direct water away from the foundation. This includes the lawn and driveway.

•  Gutters should be clear of debris.

•  Window wells should be sealed tightly to the foundation. The well should be filled with gravel, not dirt, and it should be 6 inches to 18 inches in depth.

•  Make sure if your sump pump is working and that it's discharging water away from the house.

Portion taken from: Rick Barrett

Should you ever find yourself in need of our Emergency Restoration Services please call us at 719-574-2789 or 719-434-4626

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.

Choose SERVPRO

2/29/2016 (Permalink)

Why Choose Us?

  • Faster To Any Size Disaster
  • Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

  • Highly Trained Technicians
  • Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.  

  • Advanced Technology
  • The past few decades has seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs Professionals to restore a property back to pre-loss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

    Call Us 24/7 – (719) 574-2789  SERVPRO® of South Colorado Springs 

    Colorado Springs Water Damage

    2/15/2016 (Permalink)

    When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. We respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. We help make it like it never even happened.

    If you find yourself in need of our services or have questions please call us 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 Weather

    2/2/2016 (Permalink)

    Colorado Springs cold weather can wreck havoc on those in its path. When temps drop and winds blow the better the chance of a freeze break. No one can predict when a loss will occur but you can rest assured that we will be available 24/7, 365 days a week should a loss occur. We offer fast response and all our techs are professionals, uniformed, vetted and background checked.

    If you should need our services please call us at 719-574-2789

     

    Mission Statement

    1/11/2016 (Permalink)

    “To develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness and mutual respect.”

    – SERVPRO Mission Statement

    SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs lives by the SERVPRO Mission Statement. We want to provide the same excellent service that we’d expect to receive ourselves. We will always serve our clients with excellent service, fairness and mutual respect.

    Should you have any questions or in need of our services please call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at 719-574-2789 and tell them the Marketing Team sent you.

    1-4-8 Service Response

    1/7/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO has a 1-4-8 Service Response:

    1- Within one hour from the notice of loss, a SERVPRO Professional will contact you to arrange for service.
    4- Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services (if necessary).
    8- Within eight business hours of on-site arrival a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person.
    We will Respond to your emergency needs quickly and Ready for whatever happens.

    Should you have any questions or in need of our services please call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at 719-574-2789 and tell them the Marketing Team sent you.

    Colorado Springs Water Damage Restoration

    12/28/2015 (Permalink)

    Freeze break season is here and there are a few things that you can do to minimize the potential for a catastrophic event.

    The American Red Cross provides information and suggestions around how to prevent water pipes in the home from freezing. 

    During Cold Weather, Take Preventative Action 

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold-water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
  • Should a freeze break happen it’s crucial to quickly find a reputable Water Damage Restoration company. If in the unfortunate event you find yourself needing help with a freeze break give SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs a call at 719-574-2789 and don’t forget to tell them the Marketing Team sent you. www.SERVPROsouthcoloradosprings.com 

    Manitou Springs

    8/28/2013 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Manitou Springs After 53,000 gallons of water and mud were pumped out of this basement.

    After 53,000 gallons of water were pumped out of this basement. 

    Manitou Springs

    8/28/2013 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Manitou Springs Debris from a wall of water

    Debris left from a 3-foot wide creek that turned into a 30 feet across raging torrent.

    Manitou Springs

    8/28/2013 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Manitou Springs Commercial building with 8 1/2 feet of flood water in the basement. This water heater was buried under 53,000 gallons of mud and water.

    Epic flooding in Manitou Springs from torrential downpour on the Waldo Canyon burn scar. Vehicles tossed around like toys from the wall of water.