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What SERVPRO Can Do When Disasters Strike Fort Collins

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will always be first in line to help when disaster hits in your Fort Collins town.

Let us be there to show you why when it comes to your Fort Collins Community.

We strive to provide every customer with an unparalleled recovery experience for their Fort Collins property. While we have specialists in every niche of the industry, our primary focus is continuing to be a leading company providing restoration services to Colorado in the common damage areas of fire, water, storm, and mold loss. Our SERVPRO professionals can help steer your home through every phase of its recovery, from the initial damage inspection and mitigation work through reconstruction and cleanup. 

Fire

Because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, many Fort Collins residents have looked to our expertise and training to help restore their properties after fire loss incidents occur. These situations can be devastating for homeowners, so it is vital to work quickly on mitigating loss and reducing the physical hazards that threaten the customer and our SERVPRO team working in the house. 

No fire damage in Fort Collins residences is precisely the same, and because of this, our professionals must continue their education into modern practices, equipment, and products. We have accreditations and endorsements through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT), Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT), Odor Control (OCT), and Carpet Cleaning (CCT.) Many of our fire recovery specialists have more than one of these certifications to make our efforts more efficient and to help complete jobs on time and under budget. 

We know that some structure fires can take a heavy toll on your Fort Collins home, and we have structural engineers and construction experts to help from small repairs through full-scale reconstruction and renovation. We are a one-stop shop for fire recovery, offering effective mitigation services like soot and smoke removal, deodorization, and fire debris cleanup which seamlessly transitions to reconstruction and repair. 

Water 

Especially with larger properties like Colorado State University, water damage in Fort Collins structures can happen from countless sources and become a hazardous situation for many affected individuals. Preparing for all of these potential outcomes could be impossible, but protecting your property and its contents during these emergencies does not have to be. Our SERVPRO staff is the most prepared for water loss incidents, as this is among the most common of callouts that our team must respond to throughout the area. This preparedness for these emergencies has encouraged nearly all of our employees to get IICRC-Certified as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) so that no customer ever has to wait for knowledgeable mitigation and recovery. 

We are structural drying specialists, able to both assess the damage to your Fort Collins home quickly and implement the right machines and tools to overcome saturation and water exposure. Many of our Water Restoration Technicians also have secondary accreditations from the IICRC for Applied Structural Drying to stay attuned to the latest practices, equipment, and products involved in moisture removal. 

With a 24/7 response to water damage emergencies, our SERVPRO team can help your Fort Collins home or business to avoid costly conditions like mold growth and structural degradation. Though we have a full-service contracting division capable of helping in reconstruction efforts and in other areas where repair could be necessary, it is our focus to restore before replacement when possible. 

Storm 

Our SERVPRO team is a part of a much grander Large Loss Recovery Team, helping to quickly and confidently manage storm damage in Fort Collins homes and businesses. With so many powerful storm systems that can compromise many homes and properties simultaneously, having the support and expertise of accredited and well-trained restoration specialists like ours can help. With our focus on a fast response in critical situations, no customer ever has to wait for the effective mitigation, reconstruction, and attention their property needs. 

Considering how frequent flooding is in storm-damaged Fort Collins properties, you need a restoration team that can not only address the water but also the structural concerns for your house as well. Our comprehensive recovery approach can start with temporary construction solutions to prevent further water penetration, even including security measures for your property like installing provisional fences to ward off both intruders and animals to your compromised home. 

Restoring flood effects on the inside of your home includes employing the latest cutting-edge equipment and products. We can quickly manage the extraction and drying of your Fort Collins property, working to prevent unnecessary tear out and replacement whenever possible. 

Mold 

Of all of the restoration services that our SERVPRO team provides, our remediation of mold damage to Fort Collins homes and businesses is among the most intricate and involved. We have extensive training in recovery of these conditions, learning not just about how to get rid of mold colonization in a home but understanding the science of microbial threats and how to protect our customers, their properties, and our service technicians in the field. 

Mold colonization can become a rapidly spreading and hazardous situation for Fort Collins residents. By the time that many homeowners recognize a problem, the conditions have often gotten out of control. Our IICRC-Certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) can first work quickly to address the food source of the organism, reducing relative humidity levels and identifying the source of dampness in the affected areas of the house. 

We do not cut corners when removing colonies from your Fort Collins property. We have multiple strategies for this removal, including media and sandblasting, antimicrobial sprays, and even controlled demolition and replacement with our team of reconstruction contractors. No matter how widespread and severe these conditions might appear, we have trained technicians to handle it safely and swiftly. 

Our advanced restoration specialists can offer credible solutions for every niche of the industry, even including biohazard cleaning and reconstruction. We have continued to work to maintain our position as a leading recovery team in Colorado, and you can count on our expertise and fast response in any emergency. Our SERVPRO of Fort Collins team can make all loss incidents “Like it never even happened” because we have the backing of our Large Loss Recovery Team to ensure that no job is too much for our professionals. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (970) 493-6335.

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Our Water Damage Technicians Discuss Ways To Reduce Moisture-Related Issues In Your Fort Collins Commercial Property

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Any building in Fort Collins that has running water is at risk of suffering from plumbing failure.

Commercial Water Cleanup Experts In Fort Collins Describe Ways To Reduce Moisture-Related Problems

Any building in Fort Collins that has running water is at risk of suffering from plumbing failure. Once a water line cracks inside your charter school, you could have to conduct extensive commercial water cleanup. When problems happen inside a school, it is vital to repair them as quickly as possible so that the children can learn just like they would any other day.

When excessive moisture is present inside your school, it not only creates a good environment for bacteria, but it can cause fungi to develop. Conducting some type of commercial water cleanup in your Fort Collins private school promptly can prevent potential health hazards. The best thing to do after a plumbing failure wreaks havoc, is to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. In the meantime, there are numerous things that you and your janitorial staff can do to help reduce the damage caused by excessive moisture.

Any time your building materials or contents get wet, the main goal in mitigating the problems is to remove all H20 as quickly as possible. Liquid water is much easier to remove, so it is best to start with getting rid of it before it evaporates into the air or soaks into objects in your school's building. For example, if there is visible water on a concrete or tile floor, have your janitorial staff mop up and squeegee the water.

If you notice that carpets inside your classrooms are wet, then using a wet/dry vacuum can help remove water. Wet contents should be removed and put in an area where they can dry out. Once you think you have extracted as much liquid H2O as you can, then it is time to help speed up the natural drying and evaporation process.

When drying out a structure, our SERVPRO technicians create an environment that aids with rapid drying. By increasing the temperature and setting up fans, you can speed up the drying of your contents and building materials.

However, if your school does ever happen to suffer from a plumbing failure, the best idea is to call SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335, and we will restore your building “Like it never even happened.”

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Cleaning Non-washable and Washable Structure after Fire Damage in Fort Collins

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can show you all you need to know about your fire damage clean up in Fort Collins.

Let us take over your Fort Collins Fire damage clean up.

Structural cleaning may become a necessity when a property fire has burned for an extended period causing thick smoke damages to door-frames, pillars, or exterior walls. This type of restoration job is especially prominent in situations where synthetic materials- like plastics- have burned. These materials burn for longer, producing thicker smoke residues which, with prolonged exposure, can wear away finish, paintwork or even char the internal structure.

When a property owner has fire damage in Fort Collins, first responder units control and extinguish the flames. Often, water used in firefighting procedure can instigate further damages by pushing soots deeper into porous structural elements like wood. Being able to recognize the differences between materials, smoke types and salvageable, or non-salvageable, the structure requires expertise from a qualified SERVPRO restorer.

Distinguishing the different types of damages and how best to remedy them, is why SERVPRO conduct a pre-test. A pre-test helps a restorer to decide on the appropriate cleaning measures to take. Measures that do not cause further damage to the structure, spread smoke around, or risk discoloration. One of the ways we do that is by categorizing materials that as washable and non-washable.

Washable materials broadly refer to those that can be wet cleaned without bleeding dye, shrinking fabrics, or removing a finish. Typically, non-porous surfaces like windows and exterior brickwork can benefit from wet-cleaning including, depending on the severity of the damage, pressure washing. Porous surfaces, including some woods where the finish has been worn away, could respond better to dry sponging.

Sometimes the type of smoke residue can be an influential factor in a SERVPRO cleaning strategy. Protein fires typically involve greasy or oily smoke deposits and may require dry solvent cleaning agents to remove effectively without spreading soiling around.

Cleaning structure is the first step in removing malodors as well as restoring a home to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335 today.

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

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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