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Odor Removal Is Crucial After A Fire In Your Fort Collins Home

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Odor Removal Is Crucial After A Fire In Your Fort Collins Home Removing odors relies on having access to the right equipment and the training to understand how smoke travels.

Controlling Odors After Fire Damage In Fort Collins Properties

Different materials burn in different ways. Natural fibers like wood produce a light dust-like soot which can spread quickly but is also relatively easy to remove. On the other hand, synthetic materials which are commonplace in the modern home can produce wet smoke, a sticky substance that has an odor which lingers long after the initial impact of a fire has been controlled and contained. These odors can leave an unpleasant reminder of the fire itself and need to be removed using professional, industrial-grade equipment.

Property owners suffering from fire damage in Fort Collins rely on an educated approach from their restoration service to get the job done. Applying the wrong techniques can spread soot deposits around causing further issues. At SERVPRO we train our technicians to detect different types of smoke and teach them the most effective methods of restoration of each kind. Our experts believe this makes us one of the premier options for private residents and commercial property managers.

When materials burn, the essence of that material is transferred into the smoke which can then travel around a property, moving into air pockets. As the smoke comes into contact with surfaces, it deposits toxins, carbon, and other particles. SERVPRO use technicians that hold IICRC certificates in odor control to ensure that no unpleasant reminders of the fire remain after service.

Removing odors relies on having access to the right equipment and the training to understand how smoke travels. The first port of call is finding sources of odor which can reside in air ducts or floor spaces. Thoroughly removing these pockets ensures odors cannot return. SERVPRO uses industrial grade foggers to deodorize a property. Using water-based or chemical solvents that find and neutralize smoke odor particles, making the damage “Like it never even happened.”

For certified odor control technicians call SERVPRO of Fort Collins on our emergency call line at (970) 493-6335.

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Our Expert's Guide To Removing Mold From Your Fort Collins Home

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Expert's Guide To Removing Mold From Your Fort Collins Home One of the most common sights our technicians see alongside mold growth in our clients' homes is evidence of water damage.

SERVPRO's Well Rounded Solution For Mold Damage In Fort Collins

One of our primary goals when taking care of mold damage in homes here in Fort Collins is to provide a complete and comprehensive treatment process for the homeowner. Just removing the fungus from walls and other materials in the home is not enough to guarantee a safe, clean home that is reasonably well-protected against a repeat of the same issue several months later.

To adequately prepare your home for the future, as well as guarantee its livability, we take care to incorporate several advanced techniques and extra functions into our mold remediation treatments.

Odor Removal
Some companies do an excellent job of eliminating the visual signs of mold damage in a Fort Collins home but fail to remove the foul odors that can be a thorn in the homeowner's side for years after the infestation has run its course. Many species of mold emit foul, musty odors that may be obvious to visitors coming to the residence. We use industrial strength fogging technology to spread odor eliminating particles throughout the entire area and restore your home's smell to the way it was when you first bought it.

Treatment for Water Damages
One of the most common sights our technicians see alongside mold growth in our clients' homes is evidence of water damage. Excess water in the home can be a significant catalyst for fungal growth and may require entirely different treatments to restore. SERVPRO has the resources necessary to handle both mold remediation and water damage restoration tasks simultaneously and get your home fixed up faster.

Health and Safety Expertise
Some types of mold can cause health effects, making advice on health and safety practices difficult to give. Our crews are trained to institute varying levels of quarantines and other safety measures in the home while also causing as few inconveniences as possible for those living and working in the area. Less-experienced companies often neglect appropriate safety precautions or sometimes overdo them. By choosing SERVPRO, you can rest assured that the appropriate level of safety precautions are instituted.

SERVPRO of Fort Collins provides thorough, fast, and safe mold remediation services to homeowners in the area. Call us 24/7 at (970) 493-6335.

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Do You Need New Carpet After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Fort Collins Home? Contact The Experts At SERVPRO!

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Do You Need New Carpet After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Fort Collins Home? Contact The Experts At SERVPRO! To clean your moderately soiled carpet and address its sticky or stiff fibers, you need professional services.

Why Water Cleanup Services Are Vital Before Carpet Reinstallation In Your Fort Collins Home

To clean your moderately soiled carpet and address its sticky or stiff fibers, you need professional water cleanup services. The most common cleaning method we use when attending to such concerns is hot water extraction (HWE), also known as steam cleaning. We are going to look at the steps we follow when using this cleaning method and how we reinstall the carpet and replace the pad in your Fort Collins property. The goal is to return the building to its earlier state.

When we use hot water extraction as a water cleanup method when attending to water events in Fort Collins, a mixture of the cleaning agents and hot water is punt under high pressure and propelled into the carpet. When that happens, the debris, dirt, grime in the carpet gets loosened. With the help of a vacuum system, we can then remove the loosened particles from the surface. When dealing with low pile carpets, we prefer using shampoo as a cleaning product.

Some carpet cleaning procedures may force our SERVPRO technicians to disengage the carpet and detach the pad. Before we can reinstall the carpet, we have to prepare the floor. For instance, we make sure the subfloor is level and thoroughly dry. If necessary, we can vacuum and sweep to remove any debris, as well as move furniture and doors as required. It is our work to check whether the carpet has suffered delamination, has mildew damage, tears, or weak seams.

Our SERVPRO technicians can also reinstall the tackless strip, which should be around 2/3 the carpet's thickness. When installing a new pad, we make sure it is of the same density, thickness, and type as the one that was detached. When stretching the carpet during reinstallation, we use a knee kicker for smaller areas such as in closets and locations that are equal to or less than six feet. Otherwise, we use a power stretcher when the area exceeds six feet.

SERVPRO of Fort Collins offers residential and commercial restoration and cleaning services using advanced cleaning and restoration tools. Call us at (970) 493-6335 when you need to know your options after facing any size disaster.

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Three Factors Determining Restoration Cost in Your Flood Damaged Fort Collins Home

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Three  Factors Determining Restoration Cost in Your Flood Damaged Fort Collins Home SERVPRO technicians removed the water and dried the affected area after a flood.

Understanding the Key Factors Affecting Restoration Costs

Among all the natural disasters that can damage Fort Collins homes, none are as unpredictable as floods-especially when it comes to damage. Unlike water damage where you may salvage several of your belongings, it is the opposite with floods. You may need to dispose of a few or all of your furniture, appliances, and carpeting. Also, the cost of repairing your home can run up to tens of thousands of dollars.

As a homeowner, it is essential to know the key factors affecting storm water restoration costs in Fort Collins. Here are three factors of which you should be aware.

Level of flood water

The level of flood water in your home plays a crucial factor in determining the restoration costs. Simply put, if more water has infiltrated your home, SERVPRO technicians take more time to remove it, which increases the cost of restoration. If the level of flood water in your home is low, it is far less costly.

Relative humidity

Relative humidity is the average amount of moisture in the air at a particular temperature. SERVPRO flood damage experts in Fort Collins know that relative humidity above 60% slows drying time. This has an impact on the time needed to dry your home completely.

Since the required level of RH is less than 40%, flood restoration experts use two methods. The first method is water extraction. Here we use advanced equipment to remove water from your home. Afterward, we use dehumidifiers and air movers to evaporate and dehumidify your home. Thanks to the use of dehumidifiers, we prevent mold growth in your home.

Ventilation

When it comes to flood damage restoration, ventilation is a crucial factor. As said earlier, the relative humidity in a room after floods is above 60%. To lower the level of humidity below 40%, we blow the humid air out. SERVPRO flood restoration technicians position air movers at strategic locations in your home. From time to time, the experts change the location of the air movers, which helps to fast-track drying and removal of humid air.

At SERVPRO of Fort Collins, we understand that you are in a predicament. To prevent further damage and save you thousands of dollars in repairs, call our 24/7 emergency line at (970) 493-6335. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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The Real Truth About Water Damage and the Books in Your Fort Collins Library

10/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Real Truth About Water Damage and the Books in Your Fort Collins Library When your library has encountered water damage, contact SERVPRO for effective remediation to minimize any continual moisture damage to the books.

When Your Fort Collins Library Needs Water Removal

As the overseer of one of the Fort Collins libraries, you have a unique responsibility to the public who seeks to continue their love or need to read the works inside of the building, but also a responsibility to the books themselves. When something threatens both of these simultaneously, such as a substantial water loss incident, you can understand the importance of reaching out to professional restoration like our experienced team for immediate water removal.

As is the case with all water damage incidents, water removal in Fort Collins is critical to preserving both the structure and contents of your library. Even something as simple as a toilet supply line breaking in the restroom can spread water throughout the immediate area and adjoining rooms. Whether this connects to the primary library floor or storerooms with even more delicate works to protect, fast action is essential. That is why our SERVPRO technicians live up to the statement that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

From the moment that our team arrives at the library, we work to determine just how widespread the damage is, and get an idea of what must get done to restore the affected areas entirely. Additionally, our technicians must work to cut off the supply of water to the damaged toilet so that the damage does not continue to get worse. The extraction varies depending on the severity of the incident, and our professionals could opt for portable sump pumps or a larger truck mounted pump from our SERVPRO green fleet.

Mitigation work is also a strong component to this kind of restoration project, and at-risk items and books get removed from affected areas until the restoration is complete. Once the area is thoroughly dry, these items can get returned to their original positions for you to resume your work for the community.

Many people depend on the library and frequent it throughout the week for various reasons. When this building gets threatened by an unexpected water loss situation, trust in our SERVPRO of Fort Collins restoration specialists to help make it right. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (970) 493-6335.

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Our Quick Guide To Stopping And Removing Mold In Your Fort Collins Home

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Our Quick Guide To Stopping And Removing Mold In Your Fort Collins Home For mold in the home, tracing the origin point usually leads to a leaking pipe under a sink or behind an appliance.

Stopping And Removing Mold Damage In Fort Collins

It is beginning to cool as Fall approaches, and Fort Collins residents start preparing for the disasters and risks common to this time of year. What many homeowners and others do not realize is that many threats are year-round, and mold is certainly one of them.

While active spores can have adverse health effects in some people, most Fort Collins mold damage happens to the structural and personal property. SERVPRO restoration teams understand that the cooling outside temperature has limited effect on mold growth. Spores thrive in a range of 68 to 86 degrees, which is where most people keep their residences year-round.

That means attics and garages have less risk for mold, but bathrooms, laundry rooms, and other interior areas of the home are still vulnerable. The most efficient method to stop mold damage, any time of year, is to identify the source of water that allows mold spores to become active, and stop it. For mold in the home, tracing the origin point usually leads to a leaking pipe under a sink or behind an appliance.

If the leak is under a sink or behind a dishwasher, the damage is limited to the cabinet surrounding the item. Most of the structure here is particle board or plywood, so SERVPRO crews can quickly remove the water-soaked sides and back. If the leak went unnoticed for a long time, the glue holding the linoleum in place might have dissolved, and the floor covering is loose, allowing moisture and dirt to collect under it, making the problem worse.

Our technicians lift the linoleum, scrape away the old glue and then clean it and the floor below. They dry both surfaces carefully, then apply new glue and carefully push the linoleum back in place. Once the linoleum dries and does not move, our technicians can build a replacement cabinet or set a new one in place the homeowner already purchased.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Fort Collins is to stop mold growth and remove the damage it caused to every home we have the privilege to enter. If you detect a musty odor, see mold, or suspect there is a problem in residence, call us at (970) 493-6335 today to set up an appointment.

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Professional Options For Fort Collins Residents To Deal With Fire Damage

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

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

Professional Options For Fire Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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Completing Flood Damage Mitigation in Fort Collins with Deodorizing Techniques

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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Blasting Away Hidden Mold Damage in Your Fort Collins Residence

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Technicians are Adept at Locating Mold Damage in Your Home

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

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

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

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

How to Properly Dry Your property After A Water Damage Experience

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

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

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

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

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

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