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Our Professionals Explain The Dangers Of Flash Flooding In Your Fort Collins Home

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Professionals Explain The Dangers Of Flash Flooding In Your Fort Collins Home Give us a call anytime that you need us at (970) 493-6335.

The Risks Of Flash Flooding In Fort Collins

Natural disasters can often have the greatest toll on the structural integrity and the stability of Fort Collins properties. With the rainy seasons settling in with warmer weather, many areas throughout Colorado become susceptible to devastating situations like flash floods. Even with the warning systems in place to inform residents of the risks of these disasters, many do not fully appreciate the power and devastation possible until it is on their doorstep. This high volume of traveling water can quickly penetrate even well-constructed homes to permit widespread saturation and standing water in the property.

Whether you call it flash flooding or you experience flash flood damage in Fort Collins homes, property owners have a finite amount of time to reach out to qualified professionals before some of the saturation and exposed construction materials become permanently damaged. Our SERVPRO professionals have a fast and effective response to storm and flood emergencies, bringing our full measure of recovery equipment including temporary power solutions and mitigation equipment that can quickly address much of these detrimental effects like standing water, moisture, odors, and potential contamination.

Many homeowners affected by flash flooding do not even fully realize how dangerous of a situation could potentially exist. Not only has structural elements within the property become affected by this present standing water, but there are legitimate risks for bacteria, contaminants, and other chemical exposure the floodwater can collect in route to your address. Overcoming these harmful threats often requires advanced cleaning agents and products, but also a team of biohazard cleaning technicians. We have highly-trained SERVPRO cleaners certified through both the American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA) and the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

Flash flooding is a scenario that can quickly get out of control for many homeowners throughout our region under the right circumstances. Trust in the experience and equipment of our SERVPRO of Fort Collins team to address these effects and make flooding “Like it never even happened.” for your residence. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (970) 493-6335.

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We Can Handle Any Size Flood Damage Disaster In Fort Collins

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Can Handle Any Size Flood Damage Disaster In Fort Collins For any water intrusion into your home, call us 24/7 at (970) 493-6335 to begin work.

Professional Water Removal In Fort Collins

Fort Collins is not exactly a flood-prone town. Even the Horsetooth Reservoir is fairly isolated. When water begins spreading across floors or filling basements, it is usually from a failed water heater shut-off valve or a split line on a washing machine.

No matter where it came from, water removal for Fort Collins homes needs to be started, and finished, as soon as possible. It is why SERVPRO maintains a support office 24/7, so our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRTs) can begin work within minutes after receiving a call.

If the water level is over two inches, each team of WRTs starts removal with a commercial grade, submersible pump. All water we remove goes directly in a drain, and not across the backyard to cause a problem for neighbors or the residents one street over. If possible, technicians direct it into sewer access if one is available.

For water levels under two inches, SERVPRO WRTs utilize extraction wands and other, smaller devices. Each one has three components, but technicians start by using only the pump option to draw water off of floors. Once they begin drawing water out of carpets, upholstery, and other items, they use the other two, a heater and vacuum to carefully draw water out of carpets and from between floorboards.

That is particularly important for carpets. After they become soaked, the glue holding the layers together weakens significantly, and delamination, or separation of the layers, can occur. WRTs know to carefully monitor all three components to prevent tearing carpets apart, as well as overheating the already damaged wood floorboards, cracking and splintering them.

After completing water removal, technicians then lift the carpets, remove the carpet pad, and dry the floor using air movers and fans to force warm air over and under the carpet while also drawing out the damp air and sending it outside the nearest window or another exit. Once completed, they insert a new pad and then stretch the carpet back in place.

At SERVPRO of Fort Collins, we want to return each home to its original condition, safe for occupation once more, as quickly as possible. For any water intrusion into your home, call us 24/7 at (970) 493-6335 to begin work. We are here for you.

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SERVPRO, Happy Hotel Guests in Fort Collins, and Delighted Management--No More Fire Odors

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO, Happy Hotel Guests in Fort Collins, and Delighted Management--No More Fire Odors SERVPRO Says--Safety First After a Fort Collins Hotel Fire--We Can Take Care of the Restoration

Commercial Fire Damage in a Fort Collins Hotel May Call for the Removal of Smoke Odors

Fire damage can be devastating for a hotel, and even after the flames are extinguished and cleanup is done, smoke odors can still linger. Smoke odors can make a living space unbearable, which is not something any hotel owner or manager would want since they can drive customers away.
 
Odors caused by commercial fire damage in your Fort Collins hotel can be stubborn to eliminate on your own, and you need the services of a fire restoration company like SERVPRO. We can rid your business premises of the offensive odors that fire or smoke leaves behind. Our technicians do not use a fragrance to cover up the lingering odors in carpets, draperies, and walls, but seek the source and eradicate them.
 
Removing hotel room odors is crucial for keeping your customers happy. If you lose business because of unhappy customers, your hotel’s reputation, and future business can suffer. We can use various deodorization methods depending on which one can work best for your hotel. For instance, our technicians can use ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers to eliminate the smells. These cold fogging machines atomize liquid deodorizing agents and produce a fine mist that penetrates sites where odor-causing residues build up.
 
Our SERVPRO crews may also use hydroxyl generators to remove smoke smells. These generators are safe to use, and the hydroxyl radical is powerful enough to neutralize molecules. A HEPA filter is also fitted into the hydroxyl generators and a charcoal filter that captures odor-causing airborne particulates.
 
If the odors are emanating from the carpets, we can inject deodorizing liquid into the carpet pad to remove them. Fire damage can also create a stench that envelops the walls. In such a situation, our crews can repaint them to seal in the odors. If the draperies have absorbed smoke odors, we can take them to our site and clean them using an Esporta machine. This machine is more effective than typical laundry machines and dry cleaners in removing smoke particles from the fabric. It uses hydraulic pressure to remove the smoke particles.
 
If a fire has damaged your hotel and left unpleasant odors, contact SERVPRO of Fort Collins for odor eradication services. Our 24-hour emergency response number is (970) 493-6335. We can restore your hotel quickly making the odor seem “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Experts Explain The Importance Of Using Hydroxyl Generators During Our Restoration Process In Your Fort Collins Home

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Experts Explain The Importance Of Using Hydroxyl Generators During Our Restoration Process In Your Fort Collins Home SERVPRO of Fort Collins wants to assure our customers that we always use the most efficient methods when mitigating fire damage.

Why SERVPRO Fire Damage Specialists Rely On Hydroxyl Generators When Restoring Homes In Fort Collins

During a house fire, firefighters douse the interior of the home with thousands of gallons of water. This water soaks into walls, floors, and your belongings. After they put the fire out and no signs of hot areas pose additional threats to reignite the fire, the fire department’s personnel return to the station. Their job never includes removing the water or foam soaking into your residence.

The presence of so much water is why SERVPRO uses specific machinery to mitigate fire damage from homes in Fort Collins. One of these choices involves our options regarding deodorizing equipment. Initial efforts to help make the air safer to breathe while we work on your home have the potential to bring about unexpected effects.

Ozone can cause permanent changes in the color of damp carpets, furniture, and other furnishings. Plants can also suffer drastically when ozone generators fill an area. We must wait until after one of our employees turns off the machine and then a bit longer to clear the air of ozone before we can enter the home. However, we do have a safer alternative with very few drawbacks.

We can safely use hydroxyl generators while we work, as well as in damp conditions. If you see us wearing masks or respirators as part of our personal protective equipment (PPE) while we work on mitigating the fire damage in your dwelling, this is because of the soot hanging in the air. Hydroxyl generators push hydrogen peroxide molecules into the air where they can interact with odor-causing particles at the molecular level.

The extra oxygen molecule turning plain water into hydrogen peroxide has a fragile bond with the water molecule, allowing the oxygen to form bonds with other substances. Our desiccant machines pull the water molecules produced by the breakdown of H2O2 as we remove the water hosed in during the fire. Ozone does not give us the flexibility to work as efficiently as hydroxyl generators provide.

SERVPRO of Fort Collins wants to assure our customers that we always use the most efficient methods when mitigating fire damage. Call us at (970) 493-6335, so we can restore your property, “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Experts Discuss Wall Cleaning In Your Fire Damaged Fort Collins Home

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Experts Discuss Wall Cleaning In Your Fire Damaged Fort Collins Home If you ever suffer from a fire at your house, call SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335 any day of the week.

Fire And Odor Damage Technicians In Fort Collins Discuss Wall Cleaning

If something ever burns inside your Fort Collins home, the smoke and flames created can cause you many problems with your building materials and contents. Even minor burns can cause extensive fire and odor damage to your residence. Any time you have a fire ignite inside your home, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. As soon as we arrive at your house, we begin inspecting your entire building to see how many of your structural components and personal items got affected. We bring test cleaning kits with us so we can get a good idea of what techniques will be best for your particular fire and odor damage situation.

During the initial inspection, we figure out how far the problems with smoke traveled through your house, and we determine how bad the issues are. As a result of the first inspection, our SERVPRO team comes up with a preliminary estimate for your fire and odor damage project in Fort Collins. The first estimate lists each affected item and whether or not we think we can clean or restore the item to its preloss condition. In more severe situations, there could be several items we cannot save; therefore, we are forced to remove and replace them. During all restoration projects, we try to clean and refinish as many affected items as we can to reduce the overall cost.

During many situations where there are smoke-related problems, one main thing our fire and smoke damage technicians (FST) at SERVPRO do is clean soot residues off of your walls. Many times, wall cleaning is more complex than just washing the wall with a basic detergent. We use different cleaning techniques depending on whether your walls are painted or not and what time of paint they contain.

For example, if your walls are coated with latex paint, we often use dry methods such as using a dry sponge or dry brushing. However, if your walls contain oil-based or enamel paints, dry methods will not work as well, and wet or damp cleaning methods can get utilized.

Sometimes odors can exist after all burnt items are removed, and soot residues are cleaned. In these situations, our odor control technician (OCT) can use an ultra-low volume fogger or an ozone machine to further deodorize your structure. If you ever suffer from a fire at your house, call SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335 any day of the week.

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If Your Sink Is Leaking In Your Fort Collins Home, Our Experts Can Help!

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage If Your Sink Is Leaking In Your Fort Collins Home, Our Experts Can Help! If you are in need of water removal services, then call SERVPRO because we believe you should not have to suffer because of a small leak.

Sink Leaking In Your Fort Collins? Call SERVPRO For Comprehensive Water Removal!

Even small leaks can spell trouble for your home and can cause extensive damage if water removal services are not contacted. A leaky sink drainage pipe can quietly drip large amounts of water without being noticed until moisture penetrates your floors, walls, and cabinets. If your home experiences water damage, then call SERVPRO for professional assistance.

Our technicians have experience in water removal from households in Fort Collins, and can quickly get to work to make you feel “Like it never even happened.” We can find and seal the leak in your drainage pipe and begin pumping water from your home with the assistance of wet vacs and pumps. Dehumidifiers and air movers can then be deployed to suck excess moisture from your kitchen flooring. Typical kitchen tiling or hardwood can usually return to its normal state after drying. However, kitchen floors made of carpet or vinyl tile may have to be removed and dried before being replaced.

Leaked water can seep upwards into your walls and insulation, potentially causing irreversible damage. To prevent rotting and structural damage, our techs can remove wallpaper and drill holes in your walls to facilitate drying in your wall cavities. Air movers and dehumidifiers can, once again, be used to draw excess moisture from your walls and insulation. Unfortunately, non-fiberglass insulation may have to be removed in replaced after absorbing water as it can lose fire resistance after water exposure.

Cabinets near your sink can experience the worst effects of leaks. Professionals from SERVPRO can wet your cabinets to prevent the formation of water lines as they dry. Cabinets severely affected by water can warp and swell, increasing the risk of cracking, and a furnisher may be needed to discuss repair options for physically damaged cabinets.

If you are in need of water removal services, then call SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335 because we believe you should not have to suffer because of a small leak.

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Why Quick Flood Water Removal is Necessary for Homes in Fort Collins

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Quick Flood Water Removal is Necessary for Homes in Fort Collins If it dried quicky, floodwaters can damage building structures and become a habitat for mold.

What Happens Without Fast Flood Water Removal in Fort Collins?

You should always prioritize finding a fast flood water removal service like SERVPRO to help after flood damage your home. Without immediate attention from professional damage mitigation technicians, costly consequences and complications can start to arise in your home. We respond Faster to Any Size Disaster to make sure that all of our customers receive the most high quality and cost-effective damage mitigation and restoration service possible. Without our 24/7 readiness and ability to get people on the job site within four hours of an initial call, we would have to contend with these problems much more often.

Structural Damage

Without immediate flood water removal, homes in Fort Collins can sometimes see significant structural damage occur to the foundations and building materials of their home. Water naturally degrades most construction materials with long-term exposure, but in the colder months of the year, a much stronger threat may damage your home. As temperatures drop overnight and water starts to freeze, any moisture soaked into the microscopic cracks and crevices of your home can begin to expand, potentially causing significant permanent damage.

Mold Growth

Mold and other fungi can start to proliferate after a flood hits your home. Removing flood waters and any excess moisture from your home cuts off any potential infestations before they can even begin to grow and spread. SERVPRO technicians are also trained to identify and take care of fungal growth early in a colony's life cycle, thereby preventing most potential damages.

Spreading Moisture

The longer flood water remains in your home without professional removal work, the more likely it is that moisture spreads to nearby rooms and areas in the building. We can help to combat these effects by implementing rapid and thorough drying processes and monitoring nearby areas with digital moisture detection tools that help us determine when a problem may be likely to form.

SERVPRO of Fort Collins can help you to recover faster and easier from the effects of flood damage in your home. Call us 24/7 at (970) 493-6335.

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Our Fast Response Can Restore Your Fort Collins Commercial Property To Pre-Damage Condition

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Our Fast Response Can Restore Your Fort Collins Commercial Property To Pre-Damage Condition Our emergency response teams are available 24/7 to mitigate your fire loss and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Fire Damage In Fort Collins Requires Fast Action To Minimize Loss

When you have commercial fire damage in a retail store, the key to lessening the loss is to get professional help for the cleanup as soon as possible after the event. We understand that when your business cannot be open, it causes hardship and our staff works as quickly as possible to get your business back on track.

Commercial fire damage in a Fort Collins retail store often has multiple layers for our technicians to address. First, there is the fire damage, then residue from a fire extinguisher, and finally odor left behind. When a fire is limited to a single area, our technicians quickly contain it upon arrival to stop cross-contamination and the spread of foul odors.

Charred building materials and unrestorable contents are removed. They bring nothing but odors. SERVPRO technicians then carefully remove the fire extinguisher residue with handheld vacuums with HEPA filtration attached. This is a fine powdery substance that can spread odors if it is not picked up quickly.

Our technicians hand clean all surfaces and non-porous contents with our EPA-registered solutions to remove all traces of soot, smoke residue and eliminate odors. Often this is enough to neutralize odors left behind by a fire. Smoke can penetrate porous objects deeply and sometimes more robust odor elimination methods are necessary. We are certified in odor control, and sometimes applications of one or more techniques are required to neutralize lingering odors left behind by a fire entirely.

One go-to method for neutralizing deeply rooted fire odors is thermal fogging. It uses a solvent that is heated and delivered as a fog. It behaves much like smoke and is very useful for the elimination of odors that have penetrated upholstery, window treatments or carpeting. Our goal is to get your store reopened as quickly as possible, looking like new with no reminders of the fire.

If commercial fire damage has happened to your property, contact SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335 immediately. Our emergency response teams are available 24/7 to mitigate your fire loss and make it “Like it never even happened.”

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How Professionals Remove Smoke and Fire Odors in Fort Collins

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Professionals Remove Smoke and Fire Odors in Fort Collins Smoke leaves stains and odors. Trust the SERVPRO Brand to keep your home smelling fresh and odor free.

Controlling Odors from Fire, Smoke, and Cooking in a Fort Collins Residence

Everyday cooking can leave a kitchen in Fort Collins with delicious smells that entice the family with fresh meals and a relaxed evening. More oppressive smells, however, from fish, deep frying, or heavier scents from more acidic meals like sauerkraut can become embedded in the materials in the home. 

SERVPRO technicians can help you control these odors and others, including those from fire and smoke in Fort Collins. We use different techniques that address the diverse ways that odors can become a part of any house. Some odors develop quickly, such as those from a fire, while others take time to become 'stuck' to the interior of a home. 

Your family detects odors in the air because particles break free from the surfaces as they slowly disintegrate and end up in the air. SERVPRO fights odors at the source, as well as in the air. Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers use a cold mist to rid your home of these odors, so your family no longer finds them a nuisance. We use our in-house agents that bond with the substances that cause unwanted odors, leaving your home protected from these scents for extended periods. 

Additional methods implemented by SERVPRO odor control specialists include physical removal of the deposits. Soot comes off surfaces with specially designed sponges. These sponges work efficiently at bringing out the details in wood trim and other architectural details of your home after becoming covered in soot. Fires may seem small, but the amount of soot they release can cover much larger areas in a home, including in rooms that remained untouched by the fire. 

For homeowners who previously smoked cigarettes, breathing fresh air often brings about the revelation of how heavy an odor smoking can cause inside a residence. Nicotine stains can show up because of the contrast between exposed walls and the areas behind wall hangings. We can help remove the scent and the visible dulling caused by this, also. 

No matter the reason for unwanted odors from fire or smoke damage inside your home, SERVPRO of Fort Collins can help freshen up your home and make it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (970) 493-6335 to reach our 24-hour services line, any day of the year.

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We Can Restore Your Fort Collins Commercial Property To Pre-Damage Condition

4/6/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial We Can Restore Your Fort Collins Commercial Property To Pre-Damage Condition Reach out to us by dialing (970) 493-6335 as soon as the fire is out so we can prevent additional damage from occurring.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration for Your Fort Collins Business

There is nothing more devastating to your dry-cleaning business in Fort Collins then a fire going through and destroying all that you have worked so hard to build. Therefore, it is essential that you focus on ways to keep your business and employees protected and safe. There are procedures you can take to help protect your business from fire.

It should be comforting to know that if you do experience a fire and commercial fire damage in your Fort Collins business, SERVPRO can help you restore your structure to the way it was. We are a professionally trained and experienced remediation company, and we do not waste time in restore and cleaning your building after a fire so you can open your doors to the public again.

Our goal in restoring your property is first to secure it to stop any more damage from occurring. Cleaning your structure focuses on removing the smoke residues and deodorizing odors that are given off by those residues. It does no good for SERVPRO techs to repair the damage from the fire and not get rid of the odors left behind from the smoke. Lingering smells are not something you want your customers to be greeted by when bringing their clothes to be cleaned.

The initial step to protecting your business from fire is to ensure you have the right equipment. Fire alarm systems, a fire sprinkler service, and essential contact information are vital things to have. You also need to have fire extinguishers available and a safety plan in place in case of the need for evacuation. You should keep track of your inventory as well. In case of a fire, you need to know everything that you lost for insurance reasons.

Have your building assessed for fire hazards. You can reach out to a fire marshal to come and inspect your location for more peace of mind. Make certain your employees know to call 911 in case of an emergency. Doing monthly drills, so everyone knows how to exit the building in an emergency is a good idea as well. Teach them how to use the fire sprinkler service and fire alarm designs.

SERVPRO of Fort Collins can thoroughly clean and restore your damaged business after a fire. Reach out to us by dialing (970) 493-6335 as soon as the fire is out so we can prevent additional damage from occurring.

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