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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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What You Should Do When Your Fort Collins Restaurant Suffers Fire Damage

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What You Should Do When Your Fort Collins Restaurant Suffers Fire Damage Fort Collins Restaurants Stay Open for Business After a Fire with the Help of SERVPRO

Commercial Kitchen Fires in Fort Collins Are Fast Food Service for SERVPRO

Unfortunately, the possibility of fire damage inside of your restaurant is a reality. Damage occurring is not necessarily because you are employing unsafe techniques, but because there is just more equipment in a professional kitchen that can cause a fire. A restaurant kitchen is usually filled with several stoves, grills, ovens, deep fryers, many outlets, and even blowtorches. Multiples of these items just existing in one place increases the chances of a fire breaking out. It is essential that you know what your options are if a fire breaks out and what you should do immediately after the blaze is snuffed.
 
Calling a professional restoration company to come to your restaurant in Fort Collins to remediate the fire damage as soon as possible is the best thing you can do for the recovery of your business. Naturally, your kitchen has sprinkler systems to help put out a fire should one start, but these devices often do more damage than the fire itself. In some cases, these emergency systems set up inside of your kitchen use powder to smother the flames since water and grease are not a smart combination. However, this method also generally does more damage to your space than the fire did as the cleanup afterward is nightmarish.
 
SERVPRO strives to be at the scene when you need us, no matter the time. If the fire in your kitchen happens at the end of your nightly service, we can try to send a team to your location to help remediate the damage that same night. At SERVPRO, we understand how important it is to have your business open, and we do our best to remediate as quickly as possible.
 
Our skilled techs can bring a variety of tools to your location to use during the cleanup and restoration. We can use powerful vacuums on the powder or also use them to remove excess water leftover from the firefighting efforts on your property. SERVPRO can use thermal foggers to neutralize the foul odors that fire leaves behind while we focus on cleaning the soot from the surface of your equipment.
 
Do not delay if your restaurant has a small fire inside of it. Dial (970) 493-6335 to get in touch with SERVPRO of Fort Collins. We understand what is important to you and strive to work with your concerns in mind.

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A Blow Dryer Can Cause A Blaze In Your Fort Collins Bathroom

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A Blow Dryer Can Cause A Blaze In Your Fort Collins Bathroom Despite the scramble of panic this situation may cause, it is crucial to call a professional immediately to help remediate the fire damage.

A Blow Dryer Can Cause A Blaze In Your Bathroom

Professionalism can call for you to take extra steps in the morning before work when you get ready; nonetheless, some of the devices used to keep your appearance at top-notch can cause fire damage to your home when left unattended. A blow dryer or curling iron are prime examples of devices powered by electricity that a woman may use in the morning while getting ready. However, if they are left alone and unattended, a faulty outlet or cord can cause a small blaze to break out.

Despite the scramble of panic this situation may cause, it is crucial to call a professional immediately to help remediate the fire damage in your Fort Collins home. Trying to clean up the aftermath of the blaze by yourself can be ineffective, as your cosmetics, towels, and the plastic containers that you keep inside of your bathroom all leave different kinds of soot behind when burned up. Only trained professionals have the expertise required to recognize the various degrees of damage and the tools to remediate it.

SERVPRO understands that this accident in your home has already made it so that you had to take the day off work. As a result, we strive to get to your residence as soon as possible after your call. Additionally, SERVPRO knows that arriving at the site of the fire swiftly improves the quality of the remediation, as a lot of the damage is time sensitive. The longer soot sits on your walls, in your sink, and in contact with different containers, there is a possibility of it causing discoloration.

Here at SERVPRO, we use advanced tools to remediate the damage in your bathroom. We can use thermal foggers to trap odorous particles and reduce the smell left behind by the fire. To clean the soot off of your walls, and other surfaces, we can use a variety of cleaning methods dependant on the damage.

Do not hesitate when a fire damages any room in your home. Dial (970) 493-6335 to call SERVPRO of Fort Collins. We strive to remediate the damage in your home swiftly and leave you feeling “Like it never even happened.”

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Cleanup Methods Can Make a Difference after Mold Damage in Fort Collins

5/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleanup Methods Can Make a Difference after Mold Damage in Fort Collins Mold Problems in Fort Collins? Dial SERVPRO for Cleanup and Remediation

Mold Remediation in Fort Collins Is a Snap for SERVPRO

Mold damage can cause health effects, and that calls for immediate remediation. There are chances of homeowners not having prudent levels of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and skills to do the job; we recommend hiring professionals to reduce the risk of possible exposure. Some of the PPE that we use when addressing such incidents in Fort Collins include foot coverings, N-95 respirator, disposable overalls, and goggles.

There is the possibility of mold damage in Fort Collins spreading from an area with contamination to a clean one; to prevent this, our SERVPRO technicians put in place containment measures. At this stage, we can use polyethylene sheeting for sealing to cover the areas with the contamination, use HEPA-filtered air scrubbers to introduce negative pressure, and block the area's return and supply air vents. Our main aim is to stop the movement of spores and debris during the cleanup.
 
Cleaning is one of the key processes that our SERVPRO technicians perform during mold remediation. After doing an assessment that allows us to identify the materials and surfaces with the contamination, we are in a position to choose appropriate cleaning methods. If there is still water on the carpets, floors and other hard surfaces, we can use wet vacuuming to collect the water. When using this technique, we make sure the system has enough liquid to avoid spreading the spores. We never use this technique when dealing with porous materials.
 
Our SERVPRO team can also use damp wiping when removing mold from a hard surface. In this technique, we use water or detergents to scrub or wipe the area with the contamination. Unfinished wood surfaces like rafters can be cleaned with soda or dry-ice blasting. If we come across porous contents with mold growing, we discard them if the hyphae have penetrated deep within the material. Once we are through with cleaning, we can set up space heaters to dry the area. Upon drying the materials and areas, we may perform HEPA vacuuming to collect any dust which has settled within the remediation area as a final check. After vacuuming, we place the filters in sealable plastic bags ready for disposal.
 
As professionals at SERVPRO of Fort Collins, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is fire, water, mold or storm-related damage. Call us today at (970) 493-6335 and work with an industry leader you can trust.

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Commercial Biohazard Cleanup In Fort Collins -- Rely On SERVPRO’s Specialists

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Biohazard Cleanup In Fort Collins -- Rely On SERVPRO’s Specialists Biohazardous Cleanup in Fort Collins Commercial Settings Gets Handled by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Offers Safe and Clean Biohazardous Removal from Fort Collins Area Enterprises

Even if you employ high-quality in-house or contracted cleaning services, your Fort Collins business needs specialized biohazard cleanup help from a certified firm in some circumstances. When an accident, emergency, crime, or tragedy strikes in your commercial space dangerous substances and residues complicate cleanup. We can help.

A typical example of Fort Collins commercial jobs that require professional biohazard cleanup includes sewage backup or flooding that allows contaminated water to enter one or more areas of your business property. The contaminants contained in sewage are many -- human and animal waste, fertilizer and road chemical runoff, insects and vermin, and rotten food and other waste are just a few. Our crews receive baseline and updated training on how to manage these biohazards safely and effectively.
 
Human or animal fluids and waste deposited through other means such as traumatic injury or violent crime on your premises also needs our expert attention. The viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other pathogens involved in blood and other secretions need to be managed using protocols developed by OSHA, the EPA, and local health authorities. Proper cleaning with registered disinfectants is key to restoring your workplace, and SERVPRO has the experience with biohazards and innovative commercial cleaning products to achieve the goals.
 
Your business may also suffer from a chemical spill or other spread of a biohazard. The often is a complication of a flooding scenario where your own inventory or cleaning and maintenance products are knocked over or soaked through, contributing to the dangers in the waters contained in your building. SERVPRO contains such contaminated water, ensure that it is disposed of properly to keep you, your employees and customers, and the general public safe from harm.
 
During these unique catastrophic events, it is critical that your biohazard cleanup company be not only professional and effective but also completely discreet. Our team can return your business to a safe and healthy condition, “Like it never even happened.” For you to retain the confidence of your employees and customers, the process must be transparent yet ethical and without unnecessary drama or scare tactics.
 
SERVPRO of Fort Collins is a full-service restoration company, poised to assist with your biohazard cleanup needs. Contact us at (970) 493-6335 for fast and confidential help.

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Your Wood Stove Causes A Blaze In Your Fort Collins Home

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your Wood Stove Causes A Blaze In Your Fort Collins Home Sometimes, fire damage can be caused by simple mistakes, such as leaving your oven or your wood stove unattended.

Fire Damage In Your Home

Sometimes, fire damage can be caused by simple mistakes, such as leaving your oven or your wood stove unattended. In particular, leaving a wood stove unattended and failing to latch the door properly can cause a blaze in the room you were trying to heat. While the event of a blaze in your residence is extremely unfortunate, it is lucky that there is professional help close by to help with what comes after the blaze is extinguished.

The first employ to arrive at your Fort Collins home, to assess the fire damage, is usually our estimator. The estimator can begin with an inspection of the impacted area and assess the smoke and fire damaged items. It is also the estimator's job to determine whether a move-out is necessary or not. We believe in communicating with our customers. The estimator can explain the restoration process to you and answer any questions that you may have.

SERVPRO employees an arrive next and begin the restoration and cleaning process as soon as possible. The longer that the fire damage sits, the more damage it can do as soot can discolor items. Our IICRC-certified employees can begin to clean the soot away from your home, only using chemical cleaners as necessary. Abrasive and lubricative cleaners are also an option. Because firefighting can cause water damage, SERVPRO can also see to drying out any areas of your residence that are unacceptably moist.

Once our SERVPRO employees have cleaned the soot out of your home, we can focus on ridding it of the foul smell left behind by fire. We can use tools such as thermal foggers to destroy the smelly particles in the air. We strive to return your residence to its preloss state in all aspects that we can, including scent.

When your residence has a fire, do not linger. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335. We are ready day or night to begin the restoration as soon as possible.

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Mold Damage Cleanup for Your Fort Collins Home

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Cleanup for Your Fort Collins Home Moisture Amplifies Mold Growth--For Remediation and Cleanup in Fort Collins Call SERVPRO

Fort Collins Homeowners Often Rely on Mold Remediation from SERVPRO, "Like it never even happened."

Molds are a part of the natural environment. They can be found everywhere in Fort Collins, indoors and outdoors. Although mold is not usually a problem, it becomes one when it starts growing inside your home. The best deterent for fungal growth is control moisture. Therefore, if you find any leaks or other damp sources in your home, they need to be taken care of right away.
 
Mold growth in your Fort Collins home can create health effects for you and your family. Plus, mold damage can eat away at the surfaces of your home it is growing on. These growths are extremely difficult to clean on your own with regular household cleaners. The EPA recommends professional help for pathes over ten square feet. Our staff at SERVPRO, who are specially trained and certified to handle mold and mildew in your home, is always a wise choice.
 
The first, and most important step, of mold remediation, is setting up containment and ventilation. We contain the area where the mold is so that while we are cleaning the spores they do not spread to clean sections of your home. The use of proper ventilation and air filtration devices like air scrubbers also aid in keeping the loosened mold spores from spreading around.
 
Once containment is set up, SERVPRO staff can begin cleaning and disinfecting the affected area. If the mold is growing on a porous surface such as drywall, we may have to remove it so it can be replaced, as cleaning these types of surfaces of a mold is often not successful. For light infestations it may be possible to use mechanical means to salvage the sheetrock. For surfaces that are non-porous, we can clean them with damp wiping and HEPA filtration vacuuming.
 
Once cleaning is done, we can then apply biocide or fungicide solutions. We make sure that the moisture problem that caused the mold in the first place is taken care of, so the mold growth does not return. This may mean using another contractor to stifle moisture access to your structure.
 
SERVPRO of Fort Collins understands that finding mold damage in your home in Fort Collins and the surrounding areas is not pleasant, and we work quickly to clean it for you. Reach out to us by dialing (970) 493-6335 as soon as you realize you have a colony of mold in your residence.

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