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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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Experts Discuss Commercial Water Cleanup in Fort Collins

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Experts Discuss Commercial Water Cleanup in Fort Collins If water damage ever affects your nightclub, quick remediation efforts are vital to making sure that your doors stay open. Call SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Prioritize Drying Out Your Business After a Water Damage Event

It is a possibility one day that you will come in to open your Fort Collins nightclub and notice that water has flooded the building. Nightclubs are prone to moisture-related issues due to the number of water pipes and appliances that use water. Sprinkler systems can malfunction and go off or get set off by accident in your kitchen. Things like your dishwashers and sinks can develop leaks and cause water to spill into your club. Water pipes running to the different serving areas also pose the risk of breaking and creating problems with excessive moisture. Sometimes, the leak takes place when your bar is not open, and water floods into the structure for hours before you arrive to open your business and notice the issue.
 
When a disaster occurs at your place of business, our SERVPRO technicians know that reducing your loss of revenue is vital. We know that it is essential to keep your company operating during commercial water cleanup in Fort Collins. Our top priority is to keep the building safe for all occupants. Typical mitigation projects include extraction and rapid structural drying procedures. During the work process, we often change the way we conduct remediation operations so that we do not negatively affect your nightclub's sales.
 
If the initial extraction phase must occur during operating hours, then our SERVPRO restoration crew uses their advanced extraction equipment to remove moisture a section at a time. We block off one part of your nightclub until we extract all of the water from the region as possible. We then reopen the area that has been extracted and block off another area that was affected.
 
During the drying process, we also keep your employees and customers in mind. If structural drying must occur immediately, then we place our air movers and dehumidifiers in places that will be out of the way of foot traffic. In some situations, we can complete most of the structural drying during hours when your nightclub is closed.
 
Any time a water leak takes place at your club we know that it can be a stressful process. Our team works hard to make the remediation project go as smoothly as possible. If you ever notice water at your place of business where it is not supposed to be, call SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335 seven days a week.

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Crime Scene Cleanup Support When You Need It in Fort Collins

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Crime Scene Cleanup Support When You Need It in Fort Collins If your home suffers from a crime scene and has damage, contact SERVPRO to help with the clean up.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Experience With Many Different Types of Cleaning Including Hazardous

Homeowners in Fort Collins rarely plan a response to criminal activity on their property. Coping with all the aspects of your home becoming a crime scene is an emotional process, exacerbated by the need to arrange for cleanup after the legal authorities release the property. Our technicians have the training, the equipment, and the appropriate products to smooth this challenging process out for you.
 
The frightening or sad circumstances underlying the need for crime scene cleanup in Fort Collins are varied. A home invasion, the aftermath of a suicide, a domestic that turns deadly, activities like drug manufacture or dealing, and many other horrific scenarios can affect any of us given the stressors no one can predict. Innocent victims are left to sort out the debris and residues remaining, many of them hazardous and requiring professional handling. We specialize in an efficient and compassionate response to these life-altering events.
 
SERVPRO technicians master techniques that meet the ANSI/IICRC Standard for trauma and crime scene cleanup. We arrive prepared to assess and plan for the particular situation, ready to begin the remediation immediately. The crew members know and carry out all federal, state, and local requirements as they complete each task in the plan, essential for your and your family’s return to safe and comfortable living conditions.
 
Depending on the type of criminal activity the SERVPRO team cleans up substances and materials like the following:
 
Blood, bloodborne pathogens, tissue, and fluids.
 
Law enforcement and evidence collection residues including fire extinguisher residues, tear gas, pepper spray, and fingerprint dust.
 
Chemical residues used in drug making, cutting, and distribution.
 
The SERVPRO crew members then clean and disinfect the surfaces affected using EPA registered antimicrobials. All hazardous materials are bagged and disposed of according to the applicable laws for the appropriate jurisdiction.
 
We assess the physical damage done to structural components, fixtures, and furnishings. SERVPRO can offer pack out services for portable items contaminated with residues, working on restoration at our production facility. SERVPRO consults with your insurance or governmental entities to arrange for the repairs and restoration needed to return your home back to its pre-crime condition.
 
You are not alone in coping with the aftermath of criminal activity in your home when you work with the specialized cleanup crews from SERVPRO of Fort Collins. Call (970) 493-6335 day or night to schedule a crime scene restoration consultation with one of our compassionate and competent project managers.

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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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