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Water Removal from Your Attic in Fort Collins

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal from Your Attic in Fort Collins Wet fiberglass insulation can be saved, but wet sheetrock and plaster under insulation most likely will need to be replaced.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Skills and Equipment to Thoroughly Remove Water and Restore Your Attic

The attic in your Fort Collins home can, like your basement, be primarily ignored for extended periods of time. Unfortunately, this means that any issues which may arise can also go unnoticed until the problem is rather significant. Located between your roof and the ceiling, your attic is a target for water damage from any small holes or roof damage.

When you have a water leak in your attic, it may be bad enough for you to require water removal services from our professionals at SERVPRO. If the problem has continued for a while without you realizing it, you could have a vast amount of damage to clean up and repair in your Fort Collins home.

Water damage to your attic can come from a variety of places. The most commonly seen include ruptured water heaters or broken humidifiers, clogged condensation pains in your HVAC system, or ruptured or damaged sprinkler lines or plumbing. Fallen branches or trees can also create leaks, as well as wind damage to roofing materials, ice dams on roof eaves, extreme weather conditions with driving rain, or hail damage to your roof.

When we are inspecting your attic space, we look at all parts of the roof construction. We check to see if the roofing material has been damaged, and if needed use a temporary patch to stop the leak. We check for any structural damage as well and scope out the general damage present, so we know what needs to be done.

The amount of equipment SERVPRO techs can bring into your attic may be limited. Sheetrock can complicate the drying process as well. Once damaged sheetrock is demolished, the structural components of the attic are relatively easy to dry. Plus, we might have to remove sheetrock to access areas inside the attic.

Attic restoration usually involves working with insulation. Wet fiberglass insulation can be de dried and saved. However, wet sheetrock or plaster under the insulation might not be restorable. In just about every case where sheetrock or plaster begins to sag, we have to move the insulation to an area that is undamaged so that we can reach the sagging sheetrock. Large insulation vacuums can be used to remove it and possibly save it for reuse.

SERVPRO of Fort Collins understands the difficulties of drying out an attic space and how to deal with them correctly. When you are in need of water removal in your attic, reach out to us right away at (970) 493-6335 if your home is in Fort Collins or the surrounding areas.

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Tree Damage To Your Fort Collins Property Can Cause Flood Damage

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tree Damage To Your Fort Collins Property Can Cause Flood Damage Tree limbs might not seem like they could cause much damage to your house, but in truth, they could ultimately collapse a roof.

Tree Damage Can Cause Flood Damage

Severe weather can happen at a moment’s notice. While not all storms passing through Fort Collins usually have the potential to leave homes at risk of flooding, high winds and heavy rainfall are often the perfect combinations for bringing down trees or their limbs. Tree limbs might not seem like they could cause much damage to your house, but in truth, they could ultimately collapse a roof or puncture holes through the shingles or siding of your home to allow water to penetrate easily. An entire tree falling over can be vastly more problematic.

The pertinent trouble with these kinds of openings in your house is that they allow untold volumes of water to get into your home. Worse still, the more that these holes become exposed to water running through them, the more prominent they can quickly get. If the same storm mentioned earlier also comes with rainfall substantial enough to warrant flash flood warnings, then the vast amounts of water that might typically roll off your roof and into the gutters are now pouring into your home. Flood damages to your Fort Collins home can be costly, and get exponentially more expensive as the affected area increases.

At SERVPRO, we have seen many reasons that houses in the area have experienced flood damages. Though the source might change, the approach to solving this problem remains the same: get all of the water gone. All of the water means both the supply of your flooding as well as the damage that has already been done by the pooling water on the floor. Typically, the source of the problem at hand is going to be the priority. Stoppage in flow prevents the problem from getting worse, such as continually adding more water to the equation.

The next step for our SERVPRO team is the removal of the water. This step is less efficient if the source of the flooding has yet to get resolved, so that is why removal is secondary. Once the standing water is gone by use of submersible pumps, wet vacs, and pumper trucks, the drying process immediately follows. The idea here is never to let water soak into the framework of your home or any of your house’s contents and be left to generate moisture in the air. Dampness allows for the production of mold.

Judging the damage to the outside of your home from the fallen tree (or its limb), we at SERVPRO works closely with whatever contracting firm you desire. Communication with this company ensures that the area has gets prepped for repair by our team of professionals, and qualified tradespeople are there promptly to restore the exterior of your home for renewed water protection.

Give us a call at SERVPRO of Fort Collins anytime at (970) 493-6335. Our fast emergency response team can help you mitigate your restoration costs by beginning the process right away.

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Water Removal Plan in a Fort Collins Health Provider Clinic

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Removal Plan in a Fort Collins Health Provider Clinic Patients depend on the great care that your office regularly provides. When water damage threatens them receiving the care, you need to call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Damage in Your Office After a Water Damage Event and Also Put Together a Plan of Action If You Are Away During a Disaster Incident

Tight schedules and stringent health regulations make it extremely challenging for healthcare professionals in Fort Collins to respond to the destruction caused by water leaks, spills, or other incursions. Accidents happen, appliances fail, and pipes age, so it is expected at some point in a career to deal with a water loss in a clinical setting. Lining up a reliable restoration company to help respond to the inevitable is the key.
Your orthodontic patients rely on you to provide timely and professional services. Rescheduling a day or two of appointments because of commercial water damage to your Fort Collins dental practice creates an unreasonable wait for the individuals on your caseload and threatens your bottom line. On the other hand, water damage cannot wait, and it is particularly troublesome in a dental/medical setting because of the fear of microbial growth if not mitigated fast. We suggest collaborating with us in advance of a disaster through our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP).
Crafting a solid disaster response plan for water damage is as easy as contacting our office and requesting a no-obligation assessment. An experienced loss assessment manager from your local SERVPRO inspects your offices, labs, and treatment rooms, viewing the layout and making suggestions to minimize the damage water may cause to your equipment, furnishings, and filing systems. Tips offered by our restoration experts can go a long way to avoid irreparable damage to many aspects of your practice.
Designate key staff in your office to act on your behalf should disaster strike, and note their names and contact information in the Emergency Ready Profile you complete step by step with our mobile app. SERVPRO can then proceed without delay if you are unavailable, and we are confident in the decisions we make to abate water damage in your dental office as we understand your priorities.
We know how vital the dental records you house are to you and your patients, so we focus on finding ways for you to protect the paper records and x-rays should a pipe burst, or hidden water from a malfunctioning sink seep into your office area. If water does soak dental documentation, SERVPRO has resources to recover the critical information for your patients using a freeze-drying or lyophilization process that halts the deterioration and removes water without passing again through a liquid state.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins has your business’s best interests at heart and encourages you to work with us to develop an Emergency Ready Plan to respond to water or other damage. Call (970) 493-6335 to schedule a professional assessment of your risk and a blueprint for recovery if the worst happens.

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Mold Damage Traced to Neighbor’s Water Damage in Fort Collins

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Traced to Neighbor’s Water Damage in Fort Collins Finding mold seeping in to your home through a shared wall with your neighbor can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to investigate.

SERVPRO Technicians Identify the Source of the Mold Infestation Before Starting the Remediation Protocol

Multiple unit dwellings are an excellent choice in Fort Collins if you prefer to spend less time on home and yard maintenance. One downside to owning a townhouse or condominium, however, is the potential other residents have to damage your home with their accidents or choices. Water incursions from a neighboring unit can spell a moldy disaster, remediable by our experienced and trained mold abatement experts.
Your vigilance with regard to spills and leaks in your condo eliminates the risk of mold damage in Fort Collins, or so you believe. Despite your care and diligence, you notice a musty smell in your bedroom, and then the tell-tale streaks of dark mold become visible on your ceiling and down a wall. Fast action on your part has a specially prepared team from our site investigating within hours of your first call.
Mold damage compromises building materials, using conventional structural components as food. Wood framing, drywall, ceiling tiles, hardwood floors and furnishings, and fabrics are just some of the items growing mold colonies find attractive. The primary way to avoid mold growth in your home is by eliminating the moisture necessary to activate the mold spores that coexist with us indoors and out. When your neighbors through negligence or accident allow water to invade your home, even in small and unobtrusive amounts, mold will grow.
SERVPRO technicians see the mold growth in your unit and begin immediately to plan a remediation strategy. We always follow the processes developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to abate a current mold outbreak in your home. First, we contain the colony. Heavy plastic sheeting helps keep the materials in place as we work on the issue. Often we add a negative pressure air scrubber to filter and vent the moldy particulates away from the rest of your living area.
The SERVPRO mold remediation team then examines the surfaces supporting the mold growth. If the material is porous, any areas infested by the mold are removed along with the fungal growth. Our workers bag the moldy materials and dispose of them properly, according to local hazardous waste rules.
To prevent another infestation, SERVPRO evaluates the way water intruded into your home. With our documentation, you can work with the management of your townhouse or condo to identify where the water arose. Migration from a neighbor’s overflowing tub, poorly caulked shower, leaky toilet, or whatever can now be eliminated as the problem outside of your home is spotted and handled.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins is your partner in mold remediation. Any time you suspect mold growth, call us at (970) 493-6335 to schedule an assessment.

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Proper Cleaning in Your Fort Collins Home After a Garage Fire

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Proper Cleaning in Your Fort Collins Home After a Garage Fire A fire in your garage can quickly and easily spread to the rest of your home through the attic or an attached door.

The Four Elements Which Affect Cleaning Fire Damage

Many flammable materials such as cleaners, fluids, and fuels are stored in your Fort Collins garage, so they must be done so appropriately. Garages are a common place for home fires to start, so keeping the clutter cleaned up, and anything flammable adequately sealed away is essential to keeping you safe. Keeping a fire extinguisher accessible is also a good safety measure.

A fire starting in your garage can quickly spread to the rest of your Fort Collins home by way of an attic or attached door to the rest of the home. The fire damage can be quite extensive if it is not caught immediately. Even with minimal damage, professionals from SERVPRO should be called in to take a look and help you clean up and make any necessary repairs.

There are four elements which can affect our ability to clean your home after a fire and how soils and residues are suspended in a cleaning product – Temperature, Agitation, Chemical Action, and Time. All of these are effective in cleaning. If we decrease one element, we have to increase the others.


Heat causes molecules to move faster. The faster they move, the faster the speed of the chemical reaction between cleaning solutions and soils. Each cleaning product has its own temperature which is appropriate. We have the training and understanding to use the correct process steps for each method of cleaning to get the best results and not damage anything further.


Agitation involves moving the surface being cleaned, moving the cleaning solution, or both. SERVPRO techs use agitation to dislodge or free soils. After the bond is broken between them, the soils can be washed away. Various methods are used to agitate during our cleaning process including air pressure, water pressure, scrubbing, rotating brushes, wiping and sand-blasting.

Chemical Action

Cleaning solutions bridge the gap between the water and soil, making the process of cleaning easier. Several kinds of chemical actions are used to achieve results in getting rid of smoke residues in your home.


Dwell time is the time needed for soils to dissolve and the chemical action to work. It varies for different processes and professional products. Specific time requirements are based on some factors like the kind of soil or material, the method of agitation, and the temperature of the cleaning solution. We always let our products have enough time to work correctly.

SERVPRO of Fort Collins are experts at cleaning up after a fire and fire damage. We understand the processes needed and how various chemical reactions work so that we can thoroughly clean your home in Fort Collins and the surrounding areas, so do not hesitate to contact us at (970) 493-6335 when you need help cleaning up after a fire.  

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Even If You Do Everything Right, Flood Damage Still Affects your Fort Collins Home

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Even If You Do Everything Right, Flood Damage Still Affects your Fort Collins Home When facing flooding from inside or outside sources, it is time to call the trained and certified SERVPRO technicians to mitigate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Flooding Problems Quickly to Help Prevent Secondary Damages

Even if you do everything right - institute preparatory measures, ensure that your insurance is up-to-date and comprehensive, and call SERVPRO at the first sign of flood damage in Fort Collins - your home is still likely to take significant damage if flooded. It is almost impossible to entirely avoid the effects of a flood if it reaches your property, but you can avoid some of the more damaging consequences. Here are a few types of flood damage that are likely to come up even in the most well-managed situations.

Color Staining and Bleed
Colors in fabrics and carpeting can bleed quickly in Fort Collins flood damage. Some types of dye and coloring come loose when they meet standing or flowing water, permanently embedding themselves in nearby materials before SERVPRO ever has a chance to arrive at your home. This is one of the most common and visible changes we deal with in most flood restorations.

Furniture and Wood Swells and Cracks
Wooden furniture and sensitive structural elements can swell, crack, and break easily when inundated by flood waters, even if our technicians arrive and put forth their best mitigation efforts. The speed and intensity of this process vary greatly depending on temperature, type of wood, finishes, and a host of other factors, but is often too fast and too insurmountable to stop.
Odors Develop
While the worst odors come after days without treatment, some odors can still develop within hours of the initial flood damage. These can be caused by a range of different things, from early mold growth to materials destruction and rot. An early response is critical to containing these odors, however, as added time can make them much more widespread and pungent.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins is available 24/7 to respond to local calls for distress. We provide flood damage mitigation and restoration services with the added benefits of excellent customer services, quality care, and national resources. Call us at (970) 493-6335.
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PPE Is Important When Fighting Mold Damage in Fort Collins

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation PPE Is Important When Fighting Mold Damage in Fort Collins Don't let mold infest your Fort Collins home. Call our SERVPRO team today!

When Tackling Mold Damage in Fort Collins, PPE is Crucial 

Personal Protective Equipment is an important part of every mold remediation job in Fort Collins. Mold removal can be extremely dirty, tedious, and even dangerous, especially if you are not wearing the right PPE. To be on the safe side, it is advisable to hire an experienced mold remediation company to treat mold damage in your home.

At SERVPRO, we have a long history dealing with mold damage in Fort Collins and can dispatch our technicians anytime you have an emergency. Our techniques and equipment are up to date with IICRC guidelines, ensuring that every restoration process goes smoothly and efficiently.

Mold is everywhere -- outside on rotting plants, wood, and soil, and inside on wallpaper, drywall, carpet, and insulation. Personal protective equipment for mold damage restoration is necessary because the process of cleaning up the fungus exposes you to potentially dangerous mold spores. These spores are very light and can easily become airborne, making it easy to inhale them. Inhaling mold spores can lead to mold-related health effects.

SERVPRO technicians use gloves and protective clothing to minimize exposure to the skin. In areas with severe mold damage (particularly in the attic, crawlspace, or basement where humidity could be high and ventilation poor) or any situation where there is a toxic black mold, we use advanced protective equipment. These include full body coveralls and a full face P100 respirator.

The biggest problem with any type of mold damage is that they all involve spores that reproduce and spread easily to other areas. It is important to contain the mold growth to the source as best as possible, thus preventing it from spreading. As a general rule of thumb, SERVPRO employees wear new protective clothing before each day of work and discard used material after leaving the contaminated area. We also make a point of thoroughly washing or wiping off any tools used in the mold remediation before removing them from the area.

Keeping your home properly-ventilated is one of the most important steps in preventing mold growth and mold damage. Apart from controlling mold spores, it can help keep other indoor air pollutants (such as dust, pollen, carbon monoxide, asbestos, and radon) from accumulating and causing damage. Most houses today are more airtight than before, making it hard for outdoor air to penetrate inside. Ventilation can also help reduce indoor moisture, which is essential because moisture is an important factor in mold growth.

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If you have a mold damage situation, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Fort Collins. We are a locally based and operated business, making us uniquely positioned to respond quickly to your emergency. You can reach us anytime at (970) 493-6335.

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SERVPRO's High Power Solution to Fort Collins Water Removal Cases

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO's High Power Solution to Fort Collins Water Removal Cases Get standing water removed fast with SERVPRO. We respond quickly so the restoration process can begin after the property is dried out.

Our Technicians Have BOTH the Experience and the Equipment to Remediate Water Damage on Your Property

SERVPRO is among the leading providers of water removal services in both Fort Collins and around the country. Thousands of homeowners rely on us every year for a range of services and trust us to handle their homes with care. Individuals, corporate clients, and major insurance companies alike deal with us for our speed, reliability, and efficacy in removing excess water from a building. But how do we manage to get large volumes of water dried and removed so quickly?

The most important factor is our equipment. SERVPRO technicians are armed with a diverse array of tools and machines for water removal, all of which are designed for speed and strength even in an industrial setting.
If standing water needs removal from your Fort Collins home, water extraction machines are there to help. These high-powered pumps pull enormous volumes of water out of your home, stopping the devastating effects of standing water in their tracks. For most residential jobs, we use portable extractors, although we also have access to larger truck-mounted variants for when the going gets tough.

After this, we move to a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers to pick up any excess moisture. Air movers create powerful air currents in your home, whisking up water droplets from floors, walls, ceilings, and furniture with ease. But that water cannot be allowed to remain airborne. Dehumidifiers solve this problem by using thermal or chemical solutions to pull water out of the air and into storage tanks. The result is a room that is clear of standing water, has no soaked surfaces or materials remaining, and is at optimal levels of humidity. Once the process is done, we can begin restoration work, repairing any damage caused by the water and getting your home back to the way it was before.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins is a local branch of a national company that provides professional, affordable, and skillful property damage restoration services. Call us 24/7 at (970) 493-6335.

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Fort Collins Commercial Water Damage - Mattress Store

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fort Collins Commercial Water Damage - Mattress Store SERVPRO Helps Keep Mattresses Dry and Stores Open in Fort Collins

SERVPRO Responds Immediately to Mitigate Damages Caused by Water to Businesses in the Fort Collins Area

Most water damage in business comes from failed plumbing, triggered sprinklers, and the water used by firefighters to extinguish a fire. Despite this being clean water (as opposed to the gray or black water from storm flooding), it should be removed as soon as the owner finds and can call a professional restoration service.
Mitigating and restoring the effects of water damage in a commercial building in Fort Collins depends on the type of business it houses. If the structure with one or two large display areas, like a mattress store, a SERVPRO restoration team may spend as much or more time drying out the property as we do on the structure itself. Not all mattress materials can be salvaged.
If there is no more water from coming into the structure, we lift items out of the standing water. It allows water to drain and moisture to begin evaporating out of the property. We use every rack and shelf available at the site but have an extensive inventory of our drying racks to use as well.
It is important our technicians start this quickly because the metal buttons and coils in a mattress or box spring can begin to rust in just a day or two. If they can do so safely, technicians also set up fans and air movers to speed up the drying process. Typically, these items are encased in plastic protective sheeting again moisture and debris, thus mitigating the effects of water exposure.
As we lift property out of the way, our restoration team also deploys pumps to remove the water inside the structure. These commercial grade machines can clear out most buildings in one or two days depending on the amount of water and the square footage to clear. If the building electricity is not accessible, we bring in our generators to provide continuous power until we are finished.
Once we remove the majority of the water, we set up dehumidifiers throughout the facility. These devices lower the humidity level to normal, which speeds up the drying process and lowers the chance of mold starting to expand and grow into another problem. Negative air pressure devices also hasten the moisture removal from large volume areas.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins understands that reopening a business is vital to the owners and their employees. They also need their inventory available as quickly as possible to keep those doors open. We are trained and equipped to help you every step of the way. For more info, call us today at (970) 493-6335.

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Five Service Categories That Guide SERVPRO From Start To Finish In Fort Collins

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Five Service Categories That Guide SERVPRO From Start To Finish In Fort Collins Loss from a fire means multiple challenges when it comes to cleaning and repair.

Five Service Categories

Loss from a fire means multiple challenges when it comes to cleaning and repair. The typical problems are odors and residues, but there is also the damage caused by the heat of the fire and the efforts of the fire department in outing it out (excess water and extinguishing chemicals).

To make sure we cover every fire damage challenge in a Fort Collins home, SERVPRO has developed five service categories that guide us from our initial arrival on a job site to when we drive that final nail into a wall or roof.

This first category directs our efforts to prevent further damage after the fire has been put out. We close off every entrance and exit to prevent animal or human trespassing and vandalism. If areas of the home are still wet from extinguishing the fire, we begin immediate drying procedures to prevent secondary damage from water.

This is where our technicians work to deodorize the building and remove residues left by the smoke. After a careful inspection, we determine what is cleanable, and if the amount of time and supplies needed to do exceeds replacement cost, we recommend that. It includes items such as drywall, framing, doors, and even windows. Insurance companies determine replacement costs, and we work closely with them to ensure the homeowner receives the most benefits possible.

In places where the home is not restorable, we have to repair and reconstruct. If the damage is beyond what our license allows us to fix, we may need to bring in a licensed general contractor at the OK of the homeowner.

Contents (Personal Property)
After many fires, we try to clean contents at home. Doing so lowers the cost of restoration and reduces the time needed. If the home is too damaged or cannot be secured, we pack-out everything that could be stolen or further damaged. We clean it at our facility and then place it in temporary storage until we complete Structural and Reconstruction.

This category covers electronics, dry-clean-only clothing, and high-value artwork. Property like these items requires special skills and tools that we do not maintain as part of our training or equipment inventories. To fully support the homeowner, we recommend a sub-contractor specialist.

By following these categories and our training guidelines, SERVPRO of Fort Collins can put you back into your home as soon as possible without compromising the safety of the structure or your family. Call today at (970) 493-6335 if you have a question or want to schedule a visit.

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