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Professional Options For Fort Collins Residents To Deal With Fire Damage

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional Options For Fort Collins Residents To Deal With Fire Damage The property suffers through burning, charring, smoke damage, heat damage, and water damage.

Professional Options For Fire Damage

Fire damage is not about the fire consuming your items; there are several kinds of damage that result from such incidents. Fire, heat, and smoke residues impact materials and surfaces in different ways and more damage occurs when firefighters attempt to extinguish the fire. The property suffers through burning, charring, smoke damage, heat damage, and water damage. Fort Collins is one of the areas affected by fires, and it is critical for homeowners to understand how to deal with the problem.

Fire damage events in Fort Collins occur at three different levels; minor, medium and major. The restoration procedures are different for each of the above cases. Minor fire damages only affect specific areas of your home, and the amount of smoke residue is light to moderate. The SERVPRO restoration process at this stage involves dry cleaning and wet cleaning of walls, ceilings, floors, and contents. Structures that are wet due to firefighting procedures undergo emergency drying to prevent secondary water damage.

Medium fire damage requires wet cleaning methods to remove smoke residues that are considerably higher. Most areas require repainting, and more items need replacement. Our SERVPRO technicians secure the structures to prevent further damage by boarding up openings and winterizing the plumbing. Additional deodorization procedures are carried out to combat smoke odors.

Major property fire damage is characterized by strong smoke odors, charred structural framing, and sizable smoke residues. Our SERVPRO team needs to establish a source of electricity, board up the structure, and remove smoke-filled debris. The restoration process entails extensive cleaning of the building and off-site cleaning of salvageable contents. Reconstruction services are provided by licensed general contractors who work alongside our professionals to ensure your home is restored properly. Multiple deodorization procedures are used to remove the strong smoke odors, which is essential.

SERVPRO of Fort Collins is locally-owned and provides 24-hour emergency services to help you combat fire damages. Call us at (970) 493-6335 to work with qualified technicians with the right expertise and equipment needed for fire restoration and cleaning.

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Completing Flood Damage Mitigation in Fort Collins with Deodorizing Techniques

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Completing Flood Damage Mitigation in Fort Collins with Deodorizing Techniques Fort Collins Business and Residential Customers Benefit from Fast SERVPRO Services for Flooding and Odor Contol Restoration

Indoor Air Quality Factors into Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration Provided by SERVPRO

Many disasters leave behind a distinct scent in a Fort Collins home, but some can severely impact a family's comfort levels. Dirty water often leaves overpowering and unpleasant odors behind.

When homes in Fort Collins sustain flood damage, their interiors become saturated in difficult-to-reach areas that then retain odor-causing substances. These materials can range from bacteria and one-celled organisms to chemicals from lawn care products, sewage, and motor oils. When these substances sit, they produce odor.
 
SERVPRO's IICRC-certified technicians remove much of what produces odors during the mitigation and restoration stages. However, cracks in your foundation and other tiny, even microscopic, spaces can keep hiding other particles that continually stink up your home. The majority of homes with flood damage require additional mitigation aimed directly at odor-causing particles throughout the entire home. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can discuss the options that best suit your residence's unique needs.
 
Using these methods helps ensure that your home loses the foul odors you might have begun dreading coming home to and make it smell “Like it never even happened,” instead. Our methods are much more long-lasting than what you get by using room deodorizing sprays purchased at the grocery store.
 
When the chemical agents in our thermal fogging units bond with substances that cause odor, they become inert and unable to remain troublesome. Hydroxyl and ozone gases work in much the same way but without being forced into areas as is the case with thermal fogging. These devices neutralize and remove odors leaving an improved indoor air quality IAQ. Thermal fogging can leave your home smelling neutral or with a scent you choose.
 
Because carpeting affected by flood damage no longer remains post-mitigation, we cannot use injectable deodorizing agents. We can use similar methods in undamaged areas of the home, though, to provide these rooms with a boost that can also lift moods and please the senses.
 
SERVPRO of Fort Collins's 24-hour emergency number, (970) 493-6335, puts you in contact with professionals who can help you save your home from the detrimental effects of flood damage that continue to create unwanted odors.

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Blasting Away Hidden Mold Damage in Your Fort Collins Residence

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Blasting Away Hidden Mold Damage in Your Fort Collins Residence Mold spreads quickly and can start at multiple points in your home. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the damage and remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians are Adept at Locating Mold Damage in Your Home

Many of the dark, hidden spaces within your home in Fort Collins can harbor unwanted microbial pests. Even though you may never see them, they can cause extensive damage to the interior of your residence. We can help you preserve the integrity of your home and protect it from the deterioration that accompanies microbial activity.
 
IICRC-certified technicians can help homeowners find hidden mold damage in Fort Collins through several methods. These highly accurate techniques can save your home from more extensive damage because they show us where microbes remain hidden and able to disperse spores that reach other areas of your house. One method SERVPRO technicians use helps find these locations by searching for materials containing elevated levels of moisture. Because microbes, including mold, exist everywhere and can only leave its dormant state in environments with available water, using moisture detectors regularly uncover mold infestations.
 
SERVPRO can perform mold damage remediation anywhere we locate it inside your property. In enclosed spaces such as wall cavities, dead spaces between one level and the next, or crawlspaces under the house, we can use a method similar to sandblasting. However, we do not use sand to remediate mold infestations and damage. Using sand would create more damage because of its harshness. Instead, we use either baking soda or dry ice pellets. Both have different advantages and each situation helps determine which one we use.
 
When mold comes from moisture left behind after a fire, soot often covers the same or adjoining materials where the microbial activity occurs, Baking soda can clean as well as deodorize, so this becomes the better option. We must vacuum not only the loosened mold particles and spores that fall to the floor, as well as the soot, so removing the spent baking soda along with it creates no additional labor cost for our customers.
 
Dry ice pellets evaporate into the air and never leave a trace of their existence. The only requirement with this method is to provide a way for air exchange to take place. Blasting with dry ice can successfully, and without creating any further damage, remove mold growth from wood and other surfaces. The freezing temperature of the dry ice also instantly kills mold.
 
SERVPRO of Fort Collins is always available to help you with the latest methods in fighting mold damage. Your home can harbor these microbes in any location but we can help find and eliminate them. Call us at our 24-hour emergency number, (970) 493-6335, and we can discuss how these methods can protect your home.

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How to Properly Dry Your Fort Collins property After A Water Damage Experience

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Properly Dry Your Fort Collins property After A Water Damage Experience  While it is essential to physically extract the water during water damage restoration, drying your contents and the building is equally crucial.

How to Properly Dry Your property After A Water Damage Experience

While it is essential to physically extract the water during water damage restoration, drying your contents and the building is equally crucial. Failure to do so as soon as you can, there are chances of mold growing and causing additional damage. For successful drying, there are 4 key factors that professional restorers consider: air circulation, humidity, temperature, and the amount of water in your Fort Collins property.

To salvage your Fort Collins property after a water damage incident, our SERVPRO technicians create conditions that make the moisture to move from wet surfaces to drier areas. By raising the temperature, the drying speed also increases. To do this, we put in place portable heaters and heat the site to about 70° - 80°. At the start, we are careful not to go past 80° to avoid ending up with moisture in the surrounding air - which may lead to secondary damage.

If there is a substantial amount of water in the structure, our SERVPRO team can use submersible pumps as well as portable or truck-mounted extractors to do the removal physically. Once through, we can cut and discard any damaged pads. Through evaporation and dehumidification, we can remove the moisture that remains after using physical water extraction methods.

If the relative humidity (RH) is over 60%, it means the air is about to reach its saturation point and cannot hold much water vapor. If that's the case, it means the drying time slows, and we have to lower it to around 30% - 50%. We lower the RH by setting up dehumidifiers - devices that absorb moisture from the air. We also have to move the humid and damp air that exists in the building by correctly positioning air movers. By moving the damp air, we replace it with dry air and speed up the drying process.

At SERVPRO of Fort Collins, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is mold, storm, fire, or water damage. You can call us at (970) 493-6335 at any time of the day and learn more about the services that we offer.

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Experts Discuss Commercial Water Cleanup in Fort Collins

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Experts Discuss Commercial Water Cleanup in Fort Collins If water damage ever affects your nightclub, quick remediation efforts are vital to making sure that your doors stay open. Call SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Prioritize Drying Out Your Business After a Water Damage Event

It is a possibility one day that you will come in to open your Fort Collins nightclub and notice that water has flooded the building. Nightclubs are prone to moisture-related issues due to the number of water pipes and appliances that use water. Sprinkler systems can malfunction and go off or get set off by accident in your kitchen. Things like your dishwashers and sinks can develop leaks and cause water to spill into your club. Water pipes running to the different serving areas also pose the risk of breaking and creating problems with excessive moisture. Sometimes, the leak takes place when your bar is not open, and water floods into the structure for hours before you arrive to open your business and notice the issue.
 
When a disaster occurs at your place of business, our SERVPRO technicians know that reducing your loss of revenue is vital. We know that it is essential to keep your company operating during commercial water cleanup in Fort Collins. Our top priority is to keep the building safe for all occupants. Typical mitigation projects include extraction and rapid structural drying procedures. During the work process, we often change the way we conduct remediation operations so that we do not negatively affect your nightclub's sales.
 
If the initial extraction phase must occur during operating hours, then our SERVPRO restoration crew uses their advanced extraction equipment to remove moisture a section at a time. We block off one part of your nightclub until we extract all of the water from the region as possible. We then reopen the area that has been extracted and block off another area that was affected.
 
During the drying process, we also keep your employees and customers in mind. If structural drying must occur immediately, then we place our air movers and dehumidifiers in places that will be out of the way of foot traffic. In some situations, we can complete most of the structural drying during hours when your nightclub is closed.
 
Any time a water leak takes place at your club we know that it can be a stressful process. Our team works hard to make the remediation project go as smoothly as possible. If you ever notice water at your place of business where it is not supposed to be, call SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335 seven days a week.

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Crime Scene Cleanup Support When You Need It in Fort Collins

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Crime Scene Cleanup Support When You Need It in Fort Collins If your home suffers from a crime scene and has damage, contact SERVPRO to help with the clean up.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Experience With Many Different Types of Cleaning Including Hazardous

Homeowners in Fort Collins rarely plan a response to criminal activity on their property. Coping with all the aspects of your home becoming a crime scene is an emotional process, exacerbated by the need to arrange for cleanup after the legal authorities release the property. Our technicians have the training, the equipment, and the appropriate products to smooth this challenging process out for you.
 
The frightening or sad circumstances underlying the need for crime scene cleanup in Fort Collins are varied. A home invasion, the aftermath of a suicide, a domestic that turns deadly, activities like drug manufacture or dealing, and many other horrific scenarios can affect any of us given the stressors no one can predict. Innocent victims are left to sort out the debris and residues remaining, many of them hazardous and requiring professional handling. We specialize in an efficient and compassionate response to these life-altering events.
 
SERVPRO technicians master techniques that meet the ANSI/IICRC Standard for trauma and crime scene cleanup. We arrive prepared to assess and plan for the particular situation, ready to begin the remediation immediately. The crew members know and carry out all federal, state, and local requirements as they complete each task in the plan, essential for your and your family’s return to safe and comfortable living conditions.
 
Depending on the type of criminal activity the SERVPRO team cleans up substances and materials like the following:
 
Blood, bloodborne pathogens, tissue, and fluids.
 
Law enforcement and evidence collection residues including fire extinguisher residues, tear gas, pepper spray, and fingerprint dust.
 
Chemical residues used in drug making, cutting, and distribution.
 
The SERVPRO crew members then clean and disinfect the surfaces affected using EPA registered antimicrobials. All hazardous materials are bagged and disposed of according to the applicable laws for the appropriate jurisdiction.
 
We assess the physical damage done to structural components, fixtures, and furnishings. SERVPRO can offer pack out services for portable items contaminated with residues, working on restoration at our production facility. SERVPRO consults with your insurance or governmental entities to arrange for the repairs and restoration needed to return your home back to its pre-crime condition.
 
You are not alone in coping with the aftermath of criminal activity in your home when you work with the specialized cleanup crews from SERVPRO of Fort Collins. Call (970) 493-6335 day or night to schedule a crime scene restoration consultation with one of our compassionate and competent project managers.

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Fort Collins' Fire Damage Experts Discuss Problems Caused By Wildfires

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fort Collins' Fire Damage Experts Discuss Problems Caused By Wildfires If a wildfire burns near Fort Collins, it is possible that your property gets affected.

Fire Damage Experts Discuss Wildfires

If a wildfire burns near Fort Collins, it is possible that your property gets affected. In many cases, a blaze burns through a neighborhood and leaves behind excessive devastation. Every year forest and grass burns completely demolish houses and destroy property. Even if your house gets saved and is not considered a complete loss, problems from the burn can arise. Fires can burn down trees in your yard and cause branches or entire trees to crash into your house. Fires can also sometimes come up to the house and burn only parts of it not ruining the entire structure. Other times the smoke coming from outside can cause soot residue or odor problems to exist inside your home.

Any time this type of natural disaster takes place near your residence, it is important to have our SERVPRO professionals complete an inspection. When mitigating fire damage in Fort Collins, the initial inspection helps determine what is involved in the project. Depending on the situation we take measurements and figure out what we need to do to return your home back to what it was before the blaze affected your neighborhood. In even the most severe cases, we can clean and repair some building materials and structural components saving the cost of replacing them.

If part of your home got burned, our IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians check and see how badly structural items got charred. If the items have completely combusted, then they must be removed and replaced. If the charring only exists on the surface of the materials, then sometimes we can sand and refinish the items to avoid the cost of replacing them.

In some situations, your fire does not get burned in the wildfire, but building materials still get negatively affected by excessive smoke exposure. Smoke can penetrate walls and get inside your home causing problems that must be handled. Smoke can leave behind soot residues that can deteriorate finished surfaces. The presence of smoke inside a building can also cause foul odors to exist and linger long after the fire is put out.

This year much of the nation has been affected by unexpected giant wildfires. If one comes near you, your home could get affected in many different ways. If you live near where a fire was started, call SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335 any day of the week.

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What to Expect During Professional Mold Damage Remediation in Fort Collins

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What to Expect During Professional Mold Damage Remediation in Fort Collins Contact SERVPRO upon finding mold in your home. Our team will search out the cause and remediate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Makes Sure that BOTH Your Home and Our Technicians are Safe While Remediating a Mold Infestation in Your Home

By failing to dry water-soaked contents in your property, you risk experiencing mold damage. Mold usually grows in moist conditions and can decompose organic materials and lead to permanent damage. Getting the water out of the structure is a crucial process during remediation, and we advise you to work with professionals who possess the right tools and skills to do the job. Once we are at the site, we perform initial evaluations and tests and come up procedures to follow to return your Fort Collins property to its preloss state.
 
Our SERVPRO team is aware that exposure to mold damage in Fort Collins can cause health effects and as a result, we provide for our health and safety. We do this by wearing the right PPE such as goggles, gloves, and in some instances, we use full-face respirators that have filter cartridges. It is also important to note that we undergo training on how to use the PPE.
 
Since there are chances of disturbing the mold and making it airborne when we are working, we put in place containment measures. By using HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters together with air filtration devices (AFD), we can ensure that the contaminated area is under negative pressure. We can also use polyethylene sheeting to serve as barriers separating the site from the uncontaminated areas. Our SERVPRO team makes sure all air handling systems in the work area are turned off to avoid spreading the spores.
 
At this point, we are ready to remove the contamination. Our SERVPRO technicians remove materials that have the contamination and put them in polyethylene bags and later dispose of them as per the local and state regulations. After cleaning and allowing a dust settlement period, we can perform damp wiping and HEPA vacuuming to remove the settling spores. We use an anti-microbial detergent when wiping the surfaces.
 
At SERVPRO of Fort Collins, we use advanced cleaning and restoration equipment to offer our clients industry proven services. Call us at (970) 493-6335 if you want to know more about our 24-hour emergency services.

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Water Removal Experts In Fort Collins Talk About Cinder Block Buildings

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Experts In Fort Collins Talk About Cinder Block Buildings If a water leak ever happens inside your block building, special techniques are required to remove moisture from the cinder block walls.

Water Removal Experts

If a water leak ever happens inside your block building in Fort Collins, special techniques are required to remove moisture from the cinder block walls. If cinder blocks get saturated, they may lose their structural integrity and eventually crumble and fall apart which needs extensive reconstruction work to remedy. The holes inside cinder blocks can hold in water causing elevated humidity inside the structure. Water that stays inside the walls can create microbial growth on organic materials near the block walls.

Elevated relative humidity numbers can also cause microbes to form into a mold in various parts of the building. When working on a water removal project in Fort Collins, draining out and drying cinder block walls is essential to prevent fungal development. Depending on how wet the walls got and whether they are painted or not affects how difficult removing moisture can be.

When inspecting cinder block walls, our SERVPRO technicians pay special attention to the open cells inside the block walls. As time goes by, the cells equalize with the environment meaning that water moves from the cinder clocks into the open cells inside them. If the blocks are not painted, it is possible that air can pass through the pores in the cinder block and speed up drying.

If the walls are painted with a gloss or semi-gloss paint, removing moisture from the walls can be more difficult. The paint works as a vapor barrier and limits transfer of moisture from the inside to the outside of the block wall. When block walls are painted holes must be drilled into the wall to allow the moisture to transfer out of the inside of the wall.

Any time block walls hold moisture, our SERVPRO restoration crew drills holes into the mortar joints at the bottom of the wall. This allows the water to completely drain out of the open cells inside the cinder blocks and outside of the walls. If there's an excessive amount of moisture, larger holes can be drilled to allow the water to drain out quicker. The holes into the mortar joints can then be easily patched up after the moisture gets removed.

After the water is completely drained out of the walls, drying equipment gets set up to dry out the materials. If moisture ever affects your block walls, call SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335 any time of the day.

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Flood Damage Technicians in Fort Collins Discuss Issues With Drywall

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Technicians in Fort Collins Discuss Issues With Drywall Flood damage can affect your walls and the studs behind them. Contact SERVPRO for drying out and remediation services that get the job done.

SERVPRO Technicians Efficiently Dry Out Your Home After Flooding

When a severe thunderstorm hits Fort Collins, the possibility of flooding exists. When water builds up outside and starts flooding streets, it is likely that it will find its way into your home. Moisture can leak into your houses from the bottom door seals.
 
Severe storms can also cause other problems like leaks in roofs and broken windows that can be sources for water to enter your house. During a flood damage project in Fort Collins, removing water in a timely manner is essential. If moisture is left inside your house for too long, mold can develop. Since mold can cause health effects in some people, lowering moisture levels of building materials in less than 48 hours is vital.
 
Water resulting from a flood usually affects the floor first, then moisture can work its way up the walls. Excessive moisture brings about high indoor relative humidity percentages that can also cause damage to drywall inside the building. If drywall gets saturated, it can lose its structural integrity and fall apart. The paper backing on drywall can also serve as a food source for microbial growth.
 
Any time drywall gets wet, there is also the possibility that the wooden studs inside the wall cavity got affected as well. To figure out how wet the drywall and wooden studs got during the flood, our SERVPRO technicians use moisture sensors. These sensors have probes on them that get hammered into the wood and drywall to give a moisture reading of the material. Readings get taken in both affected and unaffected areas so that we know how dry the materials were before the storm.
 
In some cases, the bottom part of the drywall gets saturated to the point where it needs to be replaced. In these situations, our SERVPRO restoration crew cuts the drywall a foot or two above the floor. Making these "flood cuts" opens up the wall cavity and allows air flow from the drying equipment to force air into the wall cavity and dry out the wet materials.
 
In some situations, an injection drying system can be implemented to prevent drywall from being removed. When using injection dryers, we drill holes into the wall and insert hoses from the machine that pumps air into the wall cavity. For help with drying out wet drywall, call SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335 24/7.

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