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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
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
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
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
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
Contact SERVPRO upon finding mold in your home. Our team will search out the cause and remediate the damage.
Team SERVPRO Makes Sure that BOTH Your Home and Our Technicians are Safe While Remediating a Mold Infestation in Your Home
By failing to dry water-soaked contents in your property, you risk experiencing mold damage. Mold usually grows in moist conditions and can decompose organic materials and lead to permanent damage. Getting the water out of the structure is a crucial process during remediation, and we advise you to work with professionals who possess the right tools and skills to do the job. Once we are at the site, we perform initial evaluations and tests and come up procedures to follow to return your Fort Collins property to its preloss state.
Our SERVPRO team is aware that exposure to mold damage in Fort Collins can cause health effects and as a result, we provide for our health and safety. We do this by wearing the right PPE such as goggles, gloves, and in some instances, we use full-face respirators that have filter cartridges. It is also important to note that we undergo training on how to use the PPE.
Since there are chances of disturbing the mold and making it airborne when we are working, we put in place containment measures. By using HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters together with air filtration devices (AFD), we can ensure that the contaminated area is under negative pressure. We can also use polyethylene sheeting to serve as barriers separating the site from the uncontaminated areas. Our SERVPRO team makes sure all air handling systems in the work area are turned off to avoid spreading the spores.
At this point, we are ready to remove the contamination. Our SERVPRO technicians remove materials that have the contamination and put them in polyethylene bags and later dispose of them as per the local and state regulations. After cleaning and allowing a dust settlement period, we can perform damp wiping and HEPA vacuuming to remove the settling spores. We use an anti-microbial detergent when wiping the surfaces.
At SERVPRO of Fort Collins, we use advanced cleaning and restoration equipment to offer our clients industry proven services. Call us at (970) 493-6335 if you want to know more about our 24-hour emergency services.
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Water Removal Experts In Fort Collins Talk About Cinder Block Buildings
If a water leak ever happens inside your block building, special techniques are required to remove moisture from the cinder block walls.
Water Removal Experts
If a water leak ever happens inside your block building in Fort Collins, special techniques are required to remove moisture from the cinder block walls. If cinder blocks get saturated, they may lose their structural integrity and eventually crumble and fall apart which needs extensive reconstruction work to remedy. The holes inside cinder blocks can hold in water causing elevated humidity inside the structure. Water that stays inside the walls can create microbial growth on organic materials near the block walls.
Elevated relative humidity numbers can also cause microbes to form into a mold in various parts of the building. When working on a water removal project in Fort Collins, draining out and drying cinder block walls is essential to prevent fungal development. Depending on how wet the walls got and whether they are painted or not affects how difficult removing moisture can be.
When inspecting cinder block walls, our SERVPRO technicians pay special attention to the open cells inside the block walls. As time goes by, the cells equalize with the environment meaning that water moves from the cinder clocks into the open cells inside them. If the blocks are not painted, it is possible that air can pass through the pores in the cinder block and speed up drying.
If the walls are painted with a gloss or semi-gloss paint, removing moisture from the walls can be more difficult. The paint works as a vapor barrier and limits transfer of moisture from the inside to the outside of the block wall. When block walls are painted holes must be drilled into the wall to allow the moisture to transfer out of the inside of the wall.
Any time block walls hold moisture, our SERVPRO restoration crew drills holes into the mortar joints at the bottom of the wall. This allows the water to completely drain out of the open cells inside the cinder blocks and outside of the walls. If there's an excessive amount of moisture, larger holes can be drilled to allow the water to drain out quicker. The holes into the mortar joints can then be easily patched up after the moisture gets removed.
After the water is completely drained out of the walls, drying equipment gets set up to dry out the materials. If moisture ever affects your block walls, call SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335 any time of the day.
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Flood Damage Technicians in Fort Collins Discuss Issues With Drywall
Flood damage can affect your walls and the studs behind them. Contact SERVPRO for drying out and remediation services that get the job done.
SERVPRO Technicians Efficiently Dry Out Your Home After Flooding
When a severe thunderstorm hits Fort Collins, the possibility of flooding exists. When water builds up outside and starts flooding streets, it is likely that it will find its way into your home. Moisture can leak into your houses from the bottom door seals.
Severe storms can also cause other problems like leaks in roofs and broken windows that can be sources for water to enter your house. During a flood damage project in Fort Collins, removing water in a timely manner is essential. If moisture is left inside your house for too long, mold can develop. Since mold can cause health effects in some people, lowering moisture levels of building materials in less than 48 hours is vital.
Water resulting from a flood usually affects the floor first, then moisture can work its way up the walls. Excessive moisture brings about high indoor relative humidity percentages that can also cause damage to drywall inside the building. If drywall gets saturated, it can lose its structural integrity and fall apart. The paper backing on drywall can also serve as a food source for microbial growth.
Any time drywall gets wet, there is also the possibility that the wooden studs inside the wall cavity got affected as well. To figure out how wet the drywall and wooden studs got during the flood, our SERVPRO technicians use moisture sensors. These sensors have probes on them that get hammered into the wood and drywall to give a moisture reading of the material. Readings get taken in both affected and unaffected areas so that we know how dry the materials were before the storm.
In some cases, the bottom part of the drywall gets saturated to the point where it needs to be replaced. In these situations, our SERVPRO restoration crew cuts the drywall a foot or two above the floor. Making these "flood cuts" opens up the wall cavity and allows air flow from the drying equipment to force air into the wall cavity and dry out the wet materials.
In some situations, an injection drying system can be implemented to prevent drywall from being removed. When using injection dryers, we drill holes into the wall and insert hoses from the machine that pumps air into the wall cavity. For help with drying out wet drywall, call SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335 24/7.
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What You Should Do When Your Fort Collins Restaurant Suffers Fire Damage
Fort Collins Restaurants Stay Open for Business After a Fire with the Help of SERVPRO
Commercial Kitchen Fires in Fort Collins Are Fast Food Service for SERVPRO
Unfortunately, the possibility of fire damage inside of your restaurant is a reality. Damage occurring is not necessarily because you are employing unsafe techniques, but because there is just more equipment in a professional kitchen that can cause a fire. A restaurant kitchen is usually filled with several stoves, grills, ovens, deep fryers, many outlets, and even blowtorches. Multiples of these items just existing in one place increases the chances of a fire breaking out. It is essential that you know what your options are if a fire breaks out and what you should do immediately after the blaze is snuffed.
Calling a professional restoration company to come to your restaurant in Fort Collins to remediate the fire damage as soon as possible is the best thing you can do for the recovery of your business. Naturally, your kitchen has sprinkler systems to help put out a fire should one start, but these devices often do more damage than the fire itself. In some cases, these emergency systems set up inside of your kitchen use powder to smother the flames since water and grease are not a smart combination. However, this method also generally does more damage to your space than the fire did as the cleanup afterward is nightmarish.
SERVPRO strives to be at the scene when you need us, no matter the time. If the fire in your kitchen happens at the end of your nightly service, we can try to send a team to your location to help remediate the damage that same night. At SERVPRO, we understand how important it is to have your business open, and we do our best to remediate as quickly as possible.
Our skilled techs can bring a variety of tools to your location to use during the cleanup and restoration. We can use powerful vacuums on the powder or also use them to remove excess water leftover from the firefighting efforts on your property. SERVPRO can use thermal foggers to neutralize the foul odors that fire leaves behind while we focus on cleaning the soot from the surface of your equipment.
Do not delay if your restaurant has a small fire inside of it. Dial (970) 493-6335 to get in touch with SERVPRO of Fort Collins. We understand what is important to you and strive to work with your concerns in mind.
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A Blow Dryer Can Cause A Blaze In Your Fort Collins Bathroom
Despite the scramble of panic this situation may cause, it is crucial to call a professional immediately to help remediate the fire damage.
A Blow Dryer Can Cause A Blaze In Your Bathroom
Professionalism can call for you to take extra steps in the morning before work when you get ready; nonetheless, some of the devices used to keep your appearance at top-notch can cause fire damage to your home when left unattended. A blow dryer or curling iron are prime examples of devices powered by electricity that a woman may use in the morning while getting ready. However, if they are left alone and unattended, a faulty outlet or cord can cause a small blaze to break out.
Despite the scramble of panic this situation may cause, it is crucial to call a professional immediately to help remediate the fire damage in your Fort Collins home. Trying to clean up the aftermath of the blaze by yourself can be ineffective, as your cosmetics, towels, and the plastic containers that you keep inside of your bathroom all leave different kinds of soot behind when burned up. Only trained professionals have the expertise required to recognize the various degrees of damage and the tools to remediate it.
SERVPRO understands that this accident in your home has already made it so that you had to take the day off work. As a result, we strive to get to your residence as soon as possible after your call. Additionally, SERVPRO knows that arriving at the site of the fire swiftly improves the quality of the remediation, as a lot of the damage is time sensitive. The longer soot sits on your walls, in your sink, and in contact with different containers, there is a possibility of it causing discoloration.
Here at SERVPRO, we use advanced tools to remediate the damage in your bathroom. We can use thermal foggers to trap odorous particles and reduce the smell left behind by the fire. To clean the soot off of your walls, and other surfaces, we can use a variety of cleaning methods dependant on the damage.
Do not hesitate when a fire damages any room in your home. Dial (970) 493-6335 to call SERVPRO of Fort Collins. We strive to remediate the damage in your home swiftly and leave you feeling “Like it never even happened.”
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Cleanup Methods Can Make a Difference after Mold Damage in Fort Collins
Mold Problems in Fort Collins? Dial SERVPRO for Cleanup and Remediation
Mold Remediation in Fort Collins Is a Snap for SERVPRO
Mold damage can cause health effects, and that calls for immediate remediation. There are chances of homeowners not having prudent levels of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and skills to do the job; we recommend hiring professionals to reduce the risk of possible exposure. Some of the PPE that we use when addressing such incidents in Fort Collins include foot coverings, N-95 respirator, disposable overalls, and goggles.
There is the possibility of mold damage in Fort Collins spreading from an area with contamination to a clean one; to prevent this, our SERVPRO technicians put in place containment measures. At this stage, we can use polyethylene sheeting for sealing to cover the areas with the contamination, use HEPA-filtered air scrubbers to introduce negative pressure, and block the area's return and supply air vents. Our main aim is to stop the movement of spores and debris during the cleanup.
Cleaning is one of the key processes that our SERVPRO technicians perform during mold remediation. After doing an assessment that allows us to identify the materials and surfaces with the contamination, we are in a position to choose appropriate cleaning methods. If there is still water on the carpets, floors and other hard surfaces, we can use wet vacuuming to collect the water. When using this technique, we make sure the system has enough liquid to avoid spreading the spores. We never use this technique when dealing with porous materials.
Our SERVPRO team can also use damp wiping when removing mold from a hard surface. In this technique, we use water or detergents to scrub or wipe the area with the contamination. Unfinished wood surfaces like rafters can be cleaned with soda or dry-ice blasting. If we come across porous contents with mold growing, we discard them if the hyphae have penetrated deep within the material. Once we are through with cleaning, we can set up space heaters to dry the area. Upon drying the materials and areas, we may perform HEPA vacuuming to collect any dust which has settled within the remediation area as a final check. After vacuuming, we place the filters in sealable plastic bags ready for disposal.
As professionals at SERVPRO of Fort Collins, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is fire, water, mold or storm-related damage. Call us today at (970) 493-6335 and work with an industry leader you can trust.
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Commercial Biohazard Cleanup In Fort Collins -- Rely On SERVPRO’s Specialists
Biohazardous Cleanup in Fort Collins Commercial Settings Gets Handled by SERVPRO
SERVPRO Offers Safe and Clean Biohazardous Removal from Fort Collins Area Enterprises
Even if you employ high-quality in-house or contracted cleaning services, your Fort Collins business needs specialized biohazard cleanup help from a certified firm in some circumstances. When an accident, emergency, crime, or tragedy strikes in your commercial space dangerous substances and residues complicate cleanup. We can help.
A typical example of Fort Collins commercial jobs that require professional biohazard cleanup includes sewage backup or flooding that allows contaminated water to enter one or more areas of your business property. The contaminants contained in sewage are many -- human and animal waste, fertilizer and road chemical runoff, insects and vermin, and rotten food and other waste are just a few. Our crews receive baseline and updated training on how to manage these biohazards safely and effectively.
Human or animal fluids and waste deposited through other means such as traumatic injury or violent crime on your premises also needs our expert attention. The viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other pathogens involved in blood and other secretions need to be managed using protocols developed by OSHA, the EPA, and local health authorities. Proper cleaning with registered disinfectants is key to restoring your workplace, and SERVPRO has the experience with biohazards and innovative commercial cleaning products to achieve the goals.
Your business may also suffer from a chemical spill or other spread of a biohazard. The often is a complication of a flooding scenario where your own inventory or cleaning and maintenance products are knocked over or soaked through, contributing to the dangers in the waters contained in your building. SERVPRO contains such contaminated water, ensure that it is disposed of properly to keep you, your employees and customers, and the general public safe from harm.
During these unique catastrophic events, it is critical that your biohazard cleanup company be not only professional and effective but also completely discreet. Our team can return your business to a safe and healthy condition, “Like it never even happened.” For you to retain the confidence of your employees and customers, the process must be transparent yet ethical and without unnecessary drama or scare tactics.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins is a full-service restoration company, poised to assist with your biohazard cleanup needs. Contact us at (970) 493-6335 for fast and confidential help.
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Your Wood Stove Causes A Blaze In Your Fort Collins Home
Sometimes, fire damage can be caused by simple mistakes, such as leaving your oven or your wood stove unattended.
Fire Damage In Your Home
Sometimes, fire damage can be caused by simple mistakes, such as leaving your oven or your wood stove unattended. In particular, leaving a wood stove unattended and failing to latch the door properly can cause a blaze in the room you were trying to heat. While the event of a blaze in your residence is extremely unfortunate, it is lucky that there is professional help close by to help with what comes after the blaze is extinguished.
The first employ to arrive at your Fort Collins home, to assess the fire damage, is usually our estimator. The estimator can begin with an inspection of the impacted area and assess the smoke and fire damaged items. It is also the estimator's job to determine whether a move-out is necessary or not. We believe in communicating with our customers. The estimator can explain the restoration process to you and answer any questions that you may have.
SERVPRO employees an arrive next and begin the restoration and cleaning process as soon as possible. The longer that the fire damage sits, the more damage it can do as soot can discolor items. Our IICRC-certified employees can begin to clean the soot away from your home, only using chemical cleaners as necessary. Abrasive and lubricative cleaners are also an option. Because firefighting can cause water damage, SERVPRO can also see to drying out any areas of your residence that are unacceptably moist.
Once our SERVPRO employees have cleaned the soot out of your home, we can focus on ridding it of the foul smell left behind by fire. We can use tools such as thermal foggers to destroy the smelly particles in the air. We strive to return your residence to its preloss state in all aspects that we can, including scent.
When your residence has a fire, do not linger. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335. We are ready day or night to begin the restoration as soon as possible.
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Mold Damage Cleanup for Your Fort Collins Home
Moisture Amplifies Mold Growth--For Remediation and Cleanup in Fort Collins Call SERVPRO
Fort Collins Homeowners Often Rely on Mold Remediation from SERVPRO, "Like it never even happened."
Molds are a part of the natural environment. They can be found everywhere in Fort Collins, indoors and outdoors. Although mold is not usually a problem, it becomes one when it starts growing inside your home. The best deterent for fungal growth is control moisture. Therefore, if you find any leaks or other damp sources in your home, they need to be taken care of right away.
Mold growth in your Fort Collins home can create health effects for you and your family. Plus, mold damage can eat away at the surfaces of your home it is growing on. These growths are extremely difficult to clean on your own with regular household cleaners. The EPA recommends professional help for pathes over ten square feet. Our staff at SERVPRO, who are specially trained and certified to handle mold and mildew in your home, is always a wise choice.
The first, and most important step, of mold remediation, is setting up containment and ventilation. We contain the area where the mold is so that while we are cleaning the spores they do not spread to clean sections of your home. The use of proper ventilation and air filtration devices like air scrubbers also aid in keeping the loosened mold spores from spreading around.
Once containment is set up, SERVPRO staff can begin cleaning and disinfecting the affected area. If the mold is growing on a porous surface such as drywall, we may have to remove it so it can be replaced, as cleaning these types of surfaces of a mold is often not successful. For light infestations it may be possible to use mechanical means to salvage the sheetrock. For surfaces that are non-porous, we can clean them with damp wiping and HEPA filtration vacuuming.
Once cleaning is done, we can then apply biocide or fungicide solutions. We make sure that the moisture problem that caused the mold in the first place is taken care of, so the mold growth does not return. This may mean using another contractor to stifle moisture access to your structure.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins understands that finding mold damage in your home in Fort Collins and the surrounding areas is not pleasant, and we work quickly to clean it for you. Reach out to us by dialing (970) 493-6335 as soon as you realize you have a colony of mold in your residence.
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Water Removal Service For Fort Collins Homes
Whether you have small or large scale water damage in your home, calling SERVPRO is a great decision for drying out your property and mitigation.
Team SERVPRO Quickly Assesses the Water Damage and Formulates a Custom Plan Based on the Damage in the Home
Water in a Fort Collins home can be everything from an irritation to a disaster that requires major remodeling and replacement of carpets, furniture, and building material. What causes homeowners further problems is when they try to treat high water in the basement like a half-inch across the kitchen floor.
SERVPRO starts water removal from Fort Collins homes using pumps and extraction wands. With them, we can remove water both on the surface and trapped in carpets and between floorboards or the seams of tile and linoleum.
When there is a carpet, we carefully lift it in affected rooms to finish drying it. Carpet pads hold a massive amount of water and quickly deteriorate once they become wet, so we dispose of them immediately. To completely dry the floor and the underside of the carpet, we set-up air movers to generate warm, dry air at an entry point while an exhaust fan pulls damp air out.
If there is a wood floor, we have to look at the sub-floor as well. SERVPRO technicians can remove floorboards next to a wall or from spots that are normally under a bookcase or another piece of furniture. If we discover there is pooled water, or a layer of moisture covering every surface, we can use a commercial grade version of a water-vac to draw it out and then place an air mover with a hose to direct warm air and dry out the area.
After the carpets and floors, the part of the home most affected by flooding is often the walls. While drywall is an excellent material for interior walls and ceilings, it is very fragile after it becomes wet. If panels soak up too much water, they can begin to dissolve right off of the wall framing after we remove the flood water.
To prevent demolishing and replacing them, we attempt to dry each one in place. If there is no visible damage, but we can manipulate it, we place dehumidifiers next to the most affected spots and begin drawing water out of the panels and from the surrounding air. To augment this action, we set-up air movers and use dry air to help force out the moisture. Technicians control the warmth of the air to prevent over drying the panels and causing them to crumble.
Water removal is much more than bringing in a pump and waiting for it to finish. If any part of your home is underwater, call SERVPRO of Fort Collins today at (970) 493-6335. We are here to help.
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Commercial Water Removal Equipment In Fort Collins
There are many instances where water possibly floods your Fort Collins nightclub.
Commercial Water Removal
There are many instances where water possibly floods your Fort Collins nightclub. Sometimes a pipe breaks or sprinkler systems default and go off overnight causing water to spill into the building all night long. In other scenarios, severe weather possibly causes unwanted, indoor moisture.
The extraction process is a vital step in mitigating moisture damage. SERVPRO's commercial water removal technicians in Fort Collins always use the industry's best equipment during extraction. We implement the best procedures to complete the job in a way that does not negatively affect your nightclub.
When first arriving at an emergency water situation, our team ensures the work area is safe for our technicians, your employees, and customers. We fix as many hazards in the area possible. Areas that are not safe to access are blocked off, and danger signs get posted.
Then the source of the problem gets repaired so that water is no longer pouring into the building. If the issue results from faulty sprinklers or a pipe break, a plumber gets calls and fixes the problem. If rainwater enters due to a broken or exterior wall, we board up the hole in the structure so that no more moisture enters.
Next, we begin the extraction process with either a portable or truck-mounted extractor. Portable extractors get used for places that are awkward to get into or if parking a van at your business is not possible. Portable extractors weigh 40 to 90 lbs., hold 5 to 12 gallons of wastewater, and it vacuum power has 140 inches of water lift.
Truck-mounted extractors get used for severe projects that contain much water. The van that has the extractor gets parked close to an entrance to your bar, and the vacuum hose gets pulled in for extraction. Truck-mounted extractors weigh 500 to 1,100 pounds and have storage tanks that hold from 60 to over 100 gallons of waste. The vacuum lift capabilities for these extractors are more powerful and have between 185.71 to 198.98 inches of water lift.
Sometimes we complete our extraction work during hours when your nightclub is not open so that extraction does not hinder your business operations. We sometimes extract the water one small section at a time, so part of your bar stays open. For professional help removing moisture from your place of business call SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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The Flood Damage Specialists of Fort Collins
Heavy rains and other types of storms can bring floodwaters inside your home. Contact SERVPRO to remediate and help prevent mold growth.
Certified SERVPRO Technicians Follow the Path That Flooding Took Into Your Home to Investigate the Extent of the Damage
During springtime, excessive rains and flooding tend to happen more often than in other seasons. Sometimes during a storm, the awful weather happens to damage your Fort Collins home. Not all rainstorms create flooding conditions but still possibly cause other mishaps to take place.
In some cases, high-speed winds blow tree branches, rocks or other objects into the exterior structure of your house. SERVPRO's flood damage technicians in Fort Collins have experience in mitigating various types of weather-related problems. If the wind blows something unexpected into a window or other weak part of your structure, it is possible that a hole gets created. Any hole in the exterior of a home that gets opened up during excessive rain possibly causes a water damage situation.
Water entering your building many times causes some issues for the house's structural and building materials. Sometimes rainwater from the outside has a high contamination level and materials the water came in contact with get discarded and replaced. Other times excessive amounts of water ruin the structural integrity of contents or materials causing them to get removed.
In some cases, these scenarios get mitigated without removing and replacing contents or building materials. Often our drying process fixes the moisture problem. When attempting to dry a structure, we set up air movers and dehumidifiers to create the best environment for water evaporation.
If a building's structure does not get dried promptly, mold growth possibly occurs, and structural materials such as insulation get ruined. Fiberglass insulation easily gets dried out if exposed to the correct environment. Other types of insulation mat up when they get wet. Cellulose and Rockwool insulations lose their "R" value and their fire resistance when wet and usually get discarded.
The best way to dry insulation inside a wall cavity is to pump warm, dry air inside it. Many times we remove your wall's baseboard and drill holes behind it. The holes allow air from the air movers to get pumped into the wall cavities increasing evaporation of the insulation. After the drying gets finished, the holes get sealed, and the baseboard gets re-installed onto the walls.
Reducing high moisture levels inside a structure is a tedious task. If you ever need professional help with a moisture problem call SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335 for assistance 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
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Mold Damage Remediation And Restoration From Experts In Fort Collins
If you find mold on your property, you need to remember that it is not the end of the world.
Mold Damage Remediation And Restoration
If you find mold on your property, you need to remember that it is not the end of the world. There are professionals that train to handle these types of events, making getting your house back to a quality pre-mold condition easier than you might think. Stay calm and take immediate actions to stop mold in its tracks.
A quality mold remediation company provides you with a complete inspection of your Fort Collins home, tracking mold damage back to its source to remediate the cause of the problem, immediately. It is entirely possible to have a mold problem without even knowing, so it helps to understand that mold can affect anyone at any time.
SERVPRO can work with both you and your insurance company to determine the best direction to take concerning your specific situation. We can provide you with an immediate, efficient plan of action that helps control mold growth found on your property. Since mold growth can cause health effects, we get to work as soon as possible, helping you avoid exposure and any possible hazards that may develop over time.
SERVPRO technicians can put quality containment, cleaning, and disposal methods to work for you. Our entire remediation service was designed to prevent loss. Each member of our team uses a repair versus replacement attitude when approaching any items found in your home, putting every tool at our disposal to work to restore personal property, furniture, appliances, and more.
SERVPRO mold remediation technicians use air-movers, negative airflow machines, HEPA vacuums and a variety of cleaning services that involve cleaning and disinfecting every surface within the affected area. The results you receive effectively control, mold, viruses, and other bacteria using EPA-registered disinfectants.
We use safe, efficient methods to help you control moisture in your home, limiting the possibility of future growth. Our restoration technicians proudly serve the entire area, providing members of our local communities with quality solutions they can count on that often meet or exceed any expectations they might have.
Contact SERVPRO of Fort Collins for full-service, mold remediation, cleanup and restoration services from local experts who want to do everything possible to get your property back to normal. We are close and ready to respond 24/7, give us a call, today (970) 493-6335.
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Clogged Dryer Vents a Possible cause of Fire Damage in Fort Collins Residences
Cleaning out the lint compartment often in your clothes dryer can both make the drying process more efficient and help prevent fires. Contact SERVPRO.
SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Damage After Fires as Well as Offer Preventative Tips
Dryers come equipped with a lint trap to catch and collect the lint and tiny threads that come off of clothing when residents in Fort Collins do their laundry. Over time, larger items, such as broken zippers, can wear tiny holes into the trap. These holes can permit lint to pass through the trap and into the duct. When clogs develop in the interior of the duct, heat can build up and result in a fire.
When a home suffers fire damage in Fort Collins because of a clogged duct or exterior vent, fire damage can occur. This is not the only way that a fire can occur, though, and clothing that ignites while in the dryer causes almost as many fires. SERVPRO technicians can help you undo the damage and restore your home.
Just like we remove charred materials like burnt drywall sections, wooden trim, and destroyed personal belongings, we also remove and replace ducts and vents. SERVPRO helps homeowners prevent such fires by cleaning out ductwork and all related vents. A fire can start in other ducts, unrelated to the dryer, and we can reduce the risk in these areas, also.
Cleaning up and removing any destroyed materials makes it much easier for repair work to happen. Doing so also removes any dangers present that could harm you or your children. Pets can also end up injured when they wander into areas that contain fire damage. A fire, no matter how small, causes a family to experience enough stress without the added crisis of an injury.
Sorting through the laundry, both unwashed and already laundered, reveals which items suffer from fire-related defects. We can often remove smoke damage on unique or one-of-a-kind clothing items. The fire's heat can also cause other problems to items in the immediate area. Drying racks and shelves can become unsightly messes, but the small endeavor of installing new ones can help make everything "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Fort Collins serves the residents of our beautiful city and the surrounding areas when any fire damage adversely affects a home. We are always available and can be reached at our local number, (970) 493-6335, at any time, year-round.
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Understanding the Need for Professional Water Removal Services in Your Fort Collins Residence
Once SERVPRO has identified the source of the water, we then use a variety of extraction equipment to remove the water.
Call on SERVPRO When You Experience Water Damage in Your Home
As a homeowner, there are many liberties that you cannot obtain by merely renting a property from someone else. The other side of this coin, however, is the understanding that when you are facing a disaster to your Fort Collins home, there is no one else deemed responsible for taking care of it. That is why professional restoration services exist, to help you to recover from a damaging event without lingering effects like losing structural integrity or ruining valuable items.
Not all restoration projects are the same, however. There might be circumstances that you feel you can resolve on your own, yet more extreme events, such as the need for water removal for your Fort Collins house, which are too labor intensive and technical to take on for yourself. That is where our SERVPRO team can help you reclaim your damaged home and restore the damages quickly and efficiently.
When it comes to water removal services, our IICRC certified team is first going to assess the cause of the problem that you are experiencing. Some sources might be easy to find, like water pouring out of an appliance that you have. Others take thorough inspection to completely root out, such as multiple cracks and missing mortar joints in the foundation of your home allowing for water penetration into the basement area. Once the source of the damage has gotten identified, our experienced professionals can localize water shut down or repair damages to your foundation.
Water extraction is the heart of this entire process, and depending on the severity of your issue, can get accomplished in several ways. For smaller volumes needing removal, a combination of portable pumps and wet-vacs get used to pull the water from the floors. For larger projects, especially those that stand to risk the structural integrity of your home considerably, our SERVPRO technicians might opt to use a pump truck from our vehicle fleet.
Ultimately, our focus is to remove the water quickly and thoroughly, but we cannot revert the damages you never asked us to restore. When you are facing any disaster in your home that warrants professional services, trust our experienced restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Fort Collins. You can reach us anytime by calling (970) 493-6335.
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How do Professionals Remove Water from Your Flood Damaged Fort Collins Home?
Flooding in any part of your home needs quick drying out services to prevent further damage and possible mold. Contact SERVPRO immediately.
SERVPRO Storm Damage Remediation Can Help Prevent Any Secondary Damages
Whether it is due to a storm, heavy rains or any other natural disaster, a flood can cause extensive damage to your home. The key to a successful restoration after flood damage is quick water removal and preventing secondary damage.
Thankfully, professional restoration experts can take care of your flood damaged Fort Collins home. SERVPRO technicians can start the mitigation process as soon as we hear from you. The process of flood damage restoration is a multi-step process that can take time and needs expertise. Here are some of the steps that professionals use to remove water after a flood.
Removal of the standing water
The first step is to get the floodwater out of your home. Various equipment can be used to get this job done depending on the amount of water that needs to be removed. If the water is not quickly removed, it can continue to cause corrosion and damage with each passing hour.
The equipment that is used to pump out the standing water is called an extractor. It is used to remove the excess water from the floors, carpets, and upholstery after flood damage. Extractors can be of varying sizes and capacities. While the technicians can use portable extractors for small amounts of water, larger volumes often require truck mounted versions.
Removal of the residual moisture
Even after the standing water is removed, the residual moisture can continue to inflict damage. It is essential to get rid of this residual moisture by drying the contents of the flood-damaged home with proper equipment. The process of eliminating the excess moisture begins with the assessment of the amount of residual moisture remaining. SERVPRO technicians use various moisture testing equipment such as moisture meters and thermohygrometers to ascertain the level of the residual water.
The next step is to eliminate this excess moisture with the help of equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers. The goal is to create a condition that allows rapid and efficient drying. The technicians establish a drying goal and work toward achieving it as soon as possible.
Call SERVPRO of Fort Collins today at (970) 493-6335 and schedule an appointment.
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Water Removal Services Available For Your Fort Collins Area Business
Operating a shipping warehouse, retail establishment, or high-rise office building in Fort Collins comes with a hefty responsibility.
Water Removal Services
You may operate a Fort Collins area business that recently experienced water intrusions varying in size and exposure. If you do, you know first-hand that these incidents can wreak havoc on productivity, cause extensive damage to equipment, and directly affect your companies bottom line.
Operating a shipping warehouse, retail establishment, or high-rise office building in Fort Collins comes with a hefty responsibility. Having water removal problems is something you just cannot afford to deal with, which makes finding a trusted professional that much more crucial.
Being unable to remove water from your warehouse as soon as possible means that your stored goods, equipment, and business assets become exposed to elements longer. Often leading to irreversible damages that have a severe impact on your company. SERVPRO’s expertly trained staff can help locate profoundly affected areas and take steps to limit any losses you might experience.
Standing water in a retail space can severely damage products, cause you to close your doors, and cost vast amounts of revenue loss. The sooner you get water out and the entire space dried, cleaned, and restored, the sooner you can get back to business. SERVPRO has access to a variety of water extractors, air-movers, hygrometers, moisture detectors and additional drying equipment that quickly and efficiently removes water, making any water removal on your property take less time than you might imagine.
Our vast network of resources puts needed supplies, personnel, and equipment at our disposal. SERVPRO can handle any job, regardless of size or scope, even those in hard to reach high-rise offices, or those affecting many floors at once. Our entire team of IICRC-industry certified technicians makes short work of even the most demanding jobs and provide you with quality services that often exceed any expectations you might have.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins has qualified professionals available 24/7, 365, and offer unique solutions to water removal situations that may occur on your property. Get the help you need to get your business back on track by calling our offices, today (970) 493-6335.
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What You Should Do When You Find Flood Damage in Your Fort Collins Residence
Time can affect the construction of your home, allowing flood waters to seep into the lower levels causing significant damage.
SERVPRO Works to Remediate Flood Damage and Prevent Future Damage
As unpredictable as it seems severe weather can be these days, it is difficult for people to adequately prepare for what might happen at a moment’s notice. With just a few days of rainfall, the ground can become too saturated to be able to keep up with a massive storm that might be on the horizon. Your Fort Collins home might have been prepared for flooding threats when it got constructed decades ago, but even the most diligent of construction efforts can give way over time to allow for potential problems for your lower levels.
Flood damage to your Fort Collins home can be catastrophic. With water all over the lower levels of your home and often several inches deep, it can be almost impossible to make sense of where to even begin cleaning up the mess. Fortunately, our water restoration specialists at SERVPRO can make this process much easier for you, and even communicate directly with your insurance company to help make the process less stressful and ultimately faster for you and your family.
From the moment that our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your home, our goal is to get the damage restored as quickly as possible. Our slogan, “Like it never even happened.” is not just a catchy tagline for our services, but a commitment to every home and business in our region that we can adequately restore your property to the condition it was before the emergency occurred.
Locating the source of the flooding is a critical first step in our assessment and restoration processes. We can successfully seal up cracks and holes in your foundation with hydraulic cement, which is a useful solution to preventing future water penetration. Our efforts then become focused on extracting the pooled water in the affected areas of your home. With a high volume, pump trucks from our fleet are brought to your home to quickly pull all of the visible water up and away from the area. Then, spot extraction of remaining water gets accomplished using wet vacs and finished with drying equipment like our air movers and dehumidifiers.
Flood damage can be devastating to see in your home, but it does not have to get seen for very long. Trust the skilled technicians we have at SERVPRO of Fort Collins. You can reach us 24/7 by calling (970) 493-6335.
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How Can Professional Water Removal Services Help You After Flooding in Your Fort Collins Home?
SERVPRO technicians extract water, lower the humidity, and set up special fans to thoroughly restore your home after water damage.
SERVPRO’s Water Removal Equipment for Thorough Remediation
Water can cause permanent damage to your home if it is not removed efficiently from your flooded property. Both standing water and the excess of moisture in the air can damage your home. As a result, it is essential to get not only rid of the standing water after a flood, but also the residual moisture.
When professional water removal experts arrive at your flooded Fort Collins home, they come with equipment that is specifically designed to remove the floodwater. They can remove both the pooled water as well as the residual moisture from the air. Here are some of the equipment that SERVPRO professionals use to get the job done.
Extractors are at the center of the water removal services. These machines are used to remove water from carpet, upholstery, and floors following a flood damage incidence. SERVPRO technicians use either truck mounted or portable extractors depending on the extent and severity of water damage.
While the extractors can remove the pooled water, special dehumidification equipment is needed to eliminate the residual moisture from the air. Dehumidifiers extract water vapor from the air and lower the relative humidity and speed up the evaporation process for faster drying. These machines draw in the moist air and replace it with warmer and drier air.
There are two types of dehumidifiers that SERVPRO technicians use- Refrigerant dehumidifiers and Desiccant dehumidifiers. While the former work similarly to an air conditioner, the desiccant dehumidifiers use chemicals called desiccants to absorb the excess moisture from the air.
Air Moving Equipment
Air movers are used to speed up the drying process after water removal. These are like special fans that move air near the drying surface. As the moisture-laden air is replaced with drier air, the evaporation process is accelerated.
IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians use a combination of these three water removal equipment to ensure a speedy and efficient water removal and drying following a flooding incidence.
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Dryer Vent Clog Leads to Fire Damage in Fort Collins
It is important to regularly clean out the dryer lint trap because lint is extremely flammable and can easily cause a house fire.
You Can Trust SERVPRO to Thoroughly Remediate after Fire Damage in Your Home
Overnight guests and students home for the holidays tax a washer and dryer more than usual, adding to the risk of an obstruction in the exhaust vent. Routine maintenance of dryer lint traps and vents is a challenge any time of the year, but the social whirl of the holiday season delays it further. If a fire sparks, we can help resolve the cause as well as the effect.
Fort Collins fire damage linked to a poorly maintained dryer vent sadly is not an uncommon occurrence. Thousands of fires a year trace their source to dryer lint either left inside the dryer lint trap or packed into the dryer exhaust venting. Lint is highly flammable, and the heat and blockage combine to create the perfect fire starter. We have the skills, tools, and experience to remediate the damage done by the fire. Expect us to address the clogged vent as well.
If the fire smoldered in the duct for a time, the smoke and soot damage might be thick and sticky, and more widespread than just the laundry room. SERVPRO technicians learn about the different kinds of smoke residues during IICRC training and match cleaning tools and techniques to the type of damage. A spray and wipe method with the addition of abrasive cleaners and sponges for tough areas usually suffices. Our crew evaluates all areas of your home to make sure we remediate areas where soot drifted or was carried by an operational HVAC system.
Dealing with the lingering odor of a smoldering fire is also on our list of tasks. SERVPRO technicians employ a range of deodorization strategies to clear the air permanently. If removal of the burned materials and clean up of the soot inadequately decreases the smell, we explore options like sealing surfaces or thermal fogging and hydroxyl generation to neutralize the odiferous particles in the air and settled.
If the charring at the vent site was minor, we help clear out the dryer venting as a final step. Regardless of its condition, white or silver vinyl duct hose should be replaced immediately. Those materials risk a house fire even without lint acceleration. National and local building codes require metal ducting and an external vent for clothes dryers.
Recover quickly from an unsettling situation if a lint fire damages your home. SERVPRO of Fort Collins is quick to respond and confident in its ability to provide the restoration services needed. Call (970) 493-6335 for a professional consultation.
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Water Removal from Your Attic in Fort Collins
Wet fiberglass insulation can be saved, but wet sheetrock and plaster under insulation most likely will need to be replaced.
SERVPRO Technicians Have the Skills and Equipment to Thoroughly Remove Water and Restore Your Attic
The attic in your Fort Collins home can, like your basement, be primarily ignored for extended periods of time. Unfortunately, this means that any issues which may arise can also go unnoticed until the problem is rather significant. Located between your roof and the ceiling, your attic is a target for water damage from any small holes or roof damage.
When you have a water leak in your attic, it may be bad enough for you to require water removal services from our professionals at SERVPRO. If the problem has continued for a while without you realizing it, you could have a vast amount of damage to clean up and repair in your Fort Collins home.
Water damage to your attic can come from a variety of places. The most commonly seen include ruptured water heaters or broken humidifiers, clogged condensation pains in your HVAC system, or ruptured or damaged sprinkler lines or plumbing. Fallen branches or trees can also create leaks, as well as wind damage to roofing materials, ice dams on roof eaves, extreme weather conditions with driving rain, or hail damage to your roof.
When we are inspecting your attic space, we look at all parts of the roof construction. We check to see if the roofing material has been damaged, and if needed use a temporary patch to stop the leak. We check for any structural damage as well and scope out the general damage present, so we know what needs to be done.
The amount of equipment SERVPRO techs can bring into your attic may be limited. Sheetrock can complicate the drying process as well. Once damaged sheetrock is demolished, the structural components of the attic are relatively easy to dry. Plus, we might have to remove sheetrock to access areas inside the attic.
Attic restoration usually involves working with insulation. Wet fiberglass insulation can be de dried and saved. However, wet sheetrock or plaster under the insulation might not be restorable. In just about every case where sheetrock or plaster begins to sag, we have to move the insulation to an area that is undamaged so that we can reach the sagging sheetrock. Large insulation vacuums can be used to remove it and possibly save it for reuse.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins understands the difficulties of drying out an attic space and how to deal with them correctly. When you are in need of water removal in your attic, reach out to us right away at (970) 493-6335 if your home is in Fort Collins or the surrounding areas.
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Tree Damage To Your Fort Collins Property Can Cause Flood Damage
Tree limbs might not seem like they could cause much damage to your house, but in truth, they could ultimately collapse a roof.
Tree Damage Can Cause Flood Damage
Severe weather can happen at a moment’s notice. While not all storms passing through Fort Collins usually have the potential to leave homes at risk of flooding, high winds and heavy rainfall are often the perfect combinations for bringing down trees or their limbs. Tree limbs might not seem like they could cause much damage to your house, but in truth, they could ultimately collapse a roof or puncture holes through the shingles or siding of your home to allow water to penetrate easily. An entire tree falling over can be vastly more problematic.
The pertinent trouble with these kinds of openings in your house is that they allow untold volumes of water to get into your home. Worse still, the more that these holes become exposed to water running through them, the more prominent they can quickly get. If the same storm mentioned earlier also comes with rainfall substantial enough to warrant flash flood warnings, then the vast amounts of water that might typically roll off your roof and into the gutters are now pouring into your home. Flood damages to your Fort Collins home can be costly, and get exponentially more expensive as the affected area increases.
At SERVPRO, we have seen many reasons that houses in the area have experienced flood damages. Though the source might change, the approach to solving this problem remains the same: get all of the water gone. All of the water means both the supply of your flooding as well as the damage that has already been done by the pooling water on the floor. Typically, the source of the problem at hand is going to be the priority. Stoppage in flow prevents the problem from getting worse, such as continually adding more water to the equation.
The next step for our SERVPRO team is the removal of the water. This step is less efficient if the source of the flooding has yet to get resolved, so that is why removal is secondary. Once the standing water is gone by use of submersible pumps, wet vacs, and pumper trucks, the drying process immediately follows. The idea here is never to let water soak into the framework of your home or any of your house’s contents and be left to generate moisture in the air. Dampness allows for the production of mold.
Judging the damage to the outside of your home from the fallen tree (or its limb), we at SERVPRO works closely with whatever contracting firm you desire. Communication with this company ensures that the area has gets prepped for repair by our team of professionals, and qualified tradespeople are there promptly to restore the exterior of your home for renewed water protection.
Give us a call at SERVPRO of Fort Collins anytime at (970) 493-6335. Our fast emergency response team can help you mitigate your restoration costs by beginning the process right away.
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Water Removal Plan in a Fort Collins Health Provider Clinic
Patients depend on the great care that your office regularly provides. When water damage threatens them receiving the care, you need to call SERVPRO.
SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Damage in Your Office After a Water Damage Event and Also Put Together a Plan of Action If You Are Away During a Disaster Incident
Tight schedules and stringent health regulations make it extremely challenging for healthcare professionals in Fort Collins to respond to the destruction caused by water leaks, spills, or other incursions. Accidents happen, appliances fail, and pipes age, so it is expected at some point in a career to deal with a water loss in a clinical setting. Lining up a reliable restoration company to help respond to the inevitable is the key.
Your orthodontic patients rely on you to provide timely and professional services. Rescheduling a day or two of appointments because of commercial water damage to your Fort Collins dental practice creates an unreasonable wait for the individuals on your caseload and threatens your bottom line. On the other hand, water damage cannot wait, and it is particularly troublesome in a dental/medical setting because of the fear of microbial growth if not mitigated fast. We suggest collaborating with us in advance of a disaster through our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP).
Crafting a solid disaster response plan for water damage is as easy as contacting our office and requesting a no-obligation assessment. An experienced loss assessment manager from your local SERVPRO inspects your offices, labs, and treatment rooms, viewing the layout and making suggestions to minimize the damage water may cause to your equipment, furnishings, and filing systems. Tips offered by our restoration experts can go a long way to avoid irreparable damage to many aspects of your practice.
Designate key staff in your office to act on your behalf should disaster strike, and note their names and contact information in the Emergency Ready Profile you complete step by step with our mobile app. SERVPRO can then proceed without delay if you are unavailable, and we are confident in the decisions we make to abate water damage in your dental office as we understand your priorities.
We know how vital the dental records you house are to you and your patients, so we focus on finding ways for you to protect the paper records and x-rays should a pipe burst, or hidden water from a malfunctioning sink seep into your office area. If water does soak dental documentation, SERVPRO has resources to recover the critical information for your patients using a freeze-drying or lyophilization process that halts the deterioration and removes water without passing again through a liquid state.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins has your business’s best interests at heart and encourages you to work with us to develop an Emergency Ready Plan to respond to water or other damage. Call (970) 493-6335 to schedule a professional assessment of your risk and a blueprint for recovery if the worst happens.
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Mold Damage Traced to Neighbor’s Water Damage in Fort Collins
Finding mold seeping in to your home through a shared wall with your neighbor can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to investigate.
SERVPRO Technicians Identify the Source of the Mold Infestation Before Starting the Remediation Protocol
Multiple unit dwellings are an excellent choice in Fort Collins if you prefer to spend less time on home and yard maintenance. One downside to owning a townhouse or condominium, however, is the potential other residents have to damage your home with their accidents or choices. Water incursions from a neighboring unit can spell a moldy disaster, remediable by our experienced and trained mold abatement experts.
Your vigilance with regard to spills and leaks in your condo eliminates the risk of mold damage in Fort Collins, or so you believe. Despite your care and diligence, you notice a musty smell in your bedroom, and then the tell-tale streaks of dark mold become visible on your ceiling and down a wall. Fast action on your part has a specially prepared team from our site investigating within hours of your first call.
Mold damage compromises building materials, using conventional structural components as food. Wood framing, drywall, ceiling tiles, hardwood floors and furnishings, and fabrics are just some of the items growing mold colonies find attractive. The primary way to avoid mold growth in your home is by eliminating the moisture necessary to activate the mold spores that coexist with us indoors and out. When your neighbors through negligence or accident allow water to invade your home, even in small and unobtrusive amounts, mold will grow.
SERVPRO technicians see the mold growth in your unit and begin immediately to plan a remediation strategy. We always follow the processes developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to abate a current mold outbreak in your home. First, we contain the colony. Heavy plastic sheeting helps keep the materials in place as we work on the issue. Often we add a negative pressure air scrubber to filter and vent the moldy particulates away from the rest of your living area.
The SERVPRO mold remediation team then examines the surfaces supporting the mold growth. If the material is porous, any areas infested by the mold are removed along with the fungal growth. Our workers bag the moldy materials and dispose of them properly, according to local hazardous waste rules.
To prevent another infestation, SERVPRO evaluates the way water intruded into your home. With our documentation, you can work with the management of your townhouse or condo to identify where the water arose. Migration from a neighbor’s overflowing tub, poorly caulked shower, leaky toilet, or whatever can now be eliminated as the problem outside of your home is spotted and handled.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins is your partner in mold remediation. Any time you suspect mold growth, call us at (970) 493-6335 to schedule an assessment.
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Proper Cleaning in Your Fort Collins Home After a Garage Fire
A fire in your garage can quickly and easily spread to the rest of your home through the attic or an attached door.
The Four Elements Which Affect Cleaning Fire Damage
Many flammable materials such as cleaners, fluids, and fuels are stored in your Fort Collins garage, so they must be done so appropriately. Garages are a common place for home fires to start, so keeping the clutter cleaned up, and anything flammable adequately sealed away is essential to keeping you safe. Keeping a fire extinguisher accessible is also a good safety measure.
A fire starting in your garage can quickly spread to the rest of your Fort Collins home by way of an attic or attached door to the rest of the home. The fire damage can be quite extensive if it is not caught immediately. Even with minimal damage, professionals from SERVPRO should be called in to take a look and help you clean up and make any necessary repairs.
There are four elements which can affect our ability to clean your home after a fire and how soils and residues are suspended in a cleaning product – Temperature, Agitation, Chemical Action, and Time. All of these are effective in cleaning. If we decrease one element, we have to increase the others.
Heat causes molecules to move faster. The faster they move, the faster the speed of the chemical reaction between cleaning solutions and soils. Each cleaning product has its own temperature which is appropriate. We have the training and understanding to use the correct process steps for each method of cleaning to get the best results and not damage anything further.
Agitation involves moving the surface being cleaned, moving the cleaning solution, or both. SERVPRO techs use agitation to dislodge or free soils. After the bond is broken between them, the soils can be washed away. Various methods are used to agitate during our cleaning process including air pressure, water pressure, scrubbing, rotating brushes, wiping and sand-blasting.
Cleaning solutions bridge the gap between the water and soil, making the process of cleaning easier. Several kinds of chemical actions are used to achieve results in getting rid of smoke residues in your home.
Dwell time is the time needed for soils to dissolve and the chemical action to work. It varies for different processes and professional products. Specific time requirements are based on some factors like the kind of soil or material, the method of agitation, and the temperature of the cleaning solution. We always let our products have enough time to work correctly.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins are experts at cleaning up after a fire and fire damage. We understand the processes needed and how various chemical reactions work so that we can thoroughly clean your home in Fort Collins and the surrounding areas, so do not hesitate to contact us at (970) 493-6335 when you need help cleaning up after a fire.
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Even If You Do Everything Right, Flood Damage Still Affects your Fort Collins Home
When facing flooding from inside or outside sources, it is time to call the trained and certified SERVPRO technicians to mitigate the damage.
SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Flooding Problems Quickly to Help Prevent Secondary Damages
Even if you do everything right - institute preparatory measures, ensure that your insurance is up-to-date and comprehensive, and call SERVPRO at the first sign of flood damage in Fort Collins - your home is still likely to take significant damage if flooded. It is almost impossible to entirely avoid the effects of a flood if it reaches your property, but you can avoid some of the more damaging consequences. Here are a few types of flood damage that are likely to come up even in the most well-managed situations.
Color Staining and Bleed
Colors in fabrics and carpeting can bleed quickly in Fort Collins flood damage. Some types of dye and coloring come loose when they meet standing or flowing water, permanently embedding themselves in nearby materials before SERVPRO ever has a chance to arrive at your home. This is one of the most common and visible changes we deal with in most flood restorations.
Furniture and Wood Swells and Cracks
Wooden furniture and sensitive structural elements can swell, crack, and break easily when inundated by flood waters, even if our technicians arrive and put forth their best mitigation efforts. The speed and intensity of this process vary greatly depending on temperature, type of wood, finishes, and a host of other factors, but is often too fast and too insurmountable to stop.
While the worst odors come after days without treatment, some odors can still develop within hours of the initial flood damage. These can be caused by a range of different things, from early mold growth to materials destruction and rot. An early response is critical to containing these odors, however, as added time can make them much more widespread and pungent.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins is available 24/7 to respond to local calls for distress. We provide flood damage mitigation and restoration services with the added benefits of excellent customer services, quality care, and national resources. Call us at (970) 493-6335.
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PPE Is Important When Fighting Mold Damage in Fort Collins
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When Tackling Mold Damage in Fort Collins, PPE is Crucial
Personal Protective Equipment is an important part of every mold remediation job in Fort Collins. Mold removal can be extremely dirty, tedious, and even dangerous, especially if you are not wearing the right PPE. To be on the safe side, it is advisable to hire an experienced mold remediation company to treat mold damage in your home.
At SERVPRO, we have a long history dealing with mold damage in Fort Collins and can dispatch our technicians anytime you have an emergency. Our techniques and equipment are up to date with IICRC guidelines, ensuring that every restoration process goes smoothly and efficiently.
Mold is everywhere -- outside on rotting plants, wood, and soil, and inside on wallpaper, drywall, carpet, and insulation. Personal protective equipment for mold damage restoration is necessary because the process of cleaning up the fungus exposes you to potentially dangerous mold spores. These spores are very light and can easily become airborne, making it easy to inhale them. Inhaling mold spores can lead to mold-related health effects.
SERVPRO technicians use gloves and protective clothing to minimize exposure to the skin. In areas with severe mold damage (particularly in the attic, crawlspace, or basement where humidity could be high and ventilation poor) or any situation where there is a toxic black mold, we use advanced protective equipment. These include full body coveralls and a full face P100 respirator.
The biggest problem with any type of mold damage is that they all involve spores that reproduce and spread easily to other areas. It is important to contain the mold growth to the source as best as possible, thus preventing it from spreading. As a general rule of thumb, SERVPRO employees wear new protective clothing before each day of work and discard used material after leaving the contaminated area. We also make a point of thoroughly washing or wiping off any tools used in the mold remediation before removing them from the area.
Keeping your home properly-ventilated is one of the most important steps in preventing mold growth and mold damage. Apart from controlling mold spores, it can help keep other indoor air pollutants (such as dust, pollen, carbon monoxide, asbestos, and radon) from accumulating and causing damage. Most houses today are more airtight than before, making it hard for outdoor air to penetrate inside. Ventilation can also help reduce indoor moisture, which is essential because moisture is an important factor in mold growth.
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If you have a mold damage situation, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Fort Collins. We are a locally based and operated business, making us uniquely positioned to respond quickly to your emergency. You can reach us anytime at (970) 493-6335.
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SERVPRO's High Power Solution to Fort Collins Water Removal Cases
Get standing water removed fast with SERVPRO. We respond quickly so the restoration process can begin after the property is dried out.
Our Technicians Have BOTH the Experience and the Equipment to Remediate Water Damage on Your Property
SERVPRO is among the leading providers of water removal services in both Fort Collins and around the country. Thousands of homeowners rely on us every year for a range of services and trust us to handle their homes with care. Individuals, corporate clients, and major insurance companies alike deal with us for our speed, reliability, and efficacy in removing excess water from a building. But how do we manage to get large volumes of water dried and removed so quickly?
The most important factor is our equipment. SERVPRO technicians are armed with a diverse array of tools and machines for water removal, all of which are designed for speed and strength even in an industrial setting.
If standing water needs removal from your Fort Collins home, water extraction machines are there to help. These high-powered pumps pull enormous volumes of water out of your home, stopping the devastating effects of standing water in their tracks. For most residential jobs, we use portable extractors, although we also have access to larger truck-mounted variants for when the going gets tough.
After this, we move to a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers to pick up any excess moisture. Air movers create powerful air currents in your home, whisking up water droplets from floors, walls, ceilings, and furniture with ease. But that water cannot be allowed to remain airborne. Dehumidifiers solve this problem by using thermal or chemical solutions to pull water out of the air and into storage tanks. The result is a room that is clear of standing water, has no soaked surfaces or materials remaining, and is at optimal levels of humidity. Once the process is done, we can begin restoration work, repairing any damage caused by the water and getting your home back to the way it was before.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins is a local branch of a national company that provides professional, affordable, and skillful property damage restoration services. Call us 24/7 at (970) 493-6335.
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Fort Collins Commercial Water Damage - Mattress Store
SERVPRO Helps Keep Mattresses Dry and Stores Open in Fort Collins
SERVPRO Responds Immediately to Mitigate Damages Caused by Water to Businesses in the Fort Collins Area
Most water damage in business comes from failed plumbing, triggered sprinklers, and the water used by firefighters to extinguish a fire. Despite this being clean water (as opposed to the gray or black water from storm flooding), it should be removed as soon as the owner finds and can call a professional restoration service.
Mitigating and restoring the effects of water damage in a commercial building in Fort Collins depends on the type of business it houses. If the structure with one or two large display areas, like a mattress store, a SERVPRO restoration team may spend as much or more time drying out the property as we do on the structure itself. Not all mattress materials can be salvaged.
If there is no more water from coming into the structure, we lift items out of the standing water. It allows water to drain and moisture to begin evaporating out of the property. We use every rack and shelf available at the site but have an extensive inventory of our drying racks to use as well.
It is important our technicians start this quickly because the metal buttons and coils in a mattress or box spring can begin to rust in just a day or two. If they can do so safely, technicians also set up fans and air movers to speed up the drying process. Typically, these items are encased in plastic protective sheeting again moisture and debris, thus mitigating the effects of water exposure.
As we lift property out of the way, our restoration team also deploys pumps to remove the water inside the structure. These commercial grade machines can clear out most buildings in one or two days depending on the amount of water and the square footage to clear. If the building electricity is not accessible, we bring in our generators to provide continuous power until we are finished.
Once we remove the majority of the water, we set up dehumidifiers throughout the facility. These devices lower the humidity level to normal, which speeds up the drying process and lowers the chance of mold starting to expand and grow into another problem. Negative air pressure devices also hasten the moisture removal from large volume areas.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins understands that reopening a business is vital to the owners and their employees. They also need their inventory available as quickly as possible to keep those doors open. We are trained and equipped to help you every step of the way. For more info, call us today at (970) 493-6335.
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Five Service Categories That Guide SERVPRO From Start To Finish In Fort Collins
Loss from a fire means multiple challenges when it comes to cleaning and repair.
Five Service Categories
Loss from a fire means multiple challenges when it comes to cleaning and repair. The typical problems are odors and residues, but there is also the damage caused by the heat of the fire and the efforts of the fire department in outing it out (excess water and extinguishing chemicals).
To make sure we cover every fire damage challenge in a Fort Collins home, SERVPRO has developed five service categories that guide us from our initial arrival on a job site to when we drive that final nail into a wall or roof.
This first category directs our efforts to prevent further damage after the fire has been put out. We close off every entrance and exit to prevent animal or human trespassing and vandalism. If areas of the home are still wet from extinguishing the fire, we begin immediate drying procedures to prevent secondary damage from water.
This is where our technicians work to deodorize the building and remove residues left by the smoke. After a careful inspection, we determine what is cleanable, and if the amount of time and supplies needed to do exceeds replacement cost, we recommend that. It includes items such as drywall, framing, doors, and even windows. Insurance companies determine replacement costs, and we work closely with them to ensure the homeowner receives the most benefits possible.
In places where the home is not restorable, we have to repair and reconstruct. If the damage is beyond what our license allows us to fix, we may need to bring in a licensed general contractor at the OK of the homeowner.
Contents (Personal Property)
After many fires, we try to clean contents at home. Doing so lowers the cost of restoration and reduces the time needed. If the home is too damaged or cannot be secured, we pack-out everything that could be stolen or further damaged. We clean it at our facility and then place it in temporary storage until we complete Structural and Reconstruction.
This category covers electronics, dry-clean-only clothing, and high-value artwork. Property like these items requires special skills and tools that we do not maintain as part of our training or equipment inventories. To fully support the homeowner, we recommend a sub-contractor specialist.
By following these categories and our training guidelines, SERVPRO of Fort Collins can put you back into your home as soon as possible without compromising the safety of the structure or your family. Call today at (970) 493-6335 if you have a question or want to schedule a visit.
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Professional Mold Damage Remediation Services Available in Fort Collins
Let the IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO remediate your mold damage properly and thoroughly.
Mold damage remediation requires experienced technicians and professional equipment
Having mold damage in your Fort Collins home is bad enough, the unsightly appearance and smell that go along with it make your happy home look like more of a dump. We understand that you want to get things back to normal quickly and are here to help you do just that.
Once mold damage establishes itself in your Fort Collins area home, it can spread rapidly, taking as little as 24-hours to become a major problem that no one wants to deal with alone. Sure, it is entirely possible for you to tackle small amounts of mold growth, but do you know enough to handle things safely?
Some people spend their money testing mold to figure out which species invaded their home, when in fact any amount or type of mold can prove harmful if exposed for too long. So, avoid getting caught up in the hoopla revolving around testing mold found in your home, they hold no more than small entertainment value and are a waste of your money otherwise.
What you need to concentrate on, is that if you live in a contaminated environment for extended periods, a variety of health effects can develop. You want to get qualified help at the first signs of mold in your home, waiting just makes the problem worse. The professionals from SERVPRO are just a phone call away, making it possible to get quality results, quickly.
In most cases, mold problems are impossible for homeowners to take care of on their own. The harder you try, the more your home becomes exposed. It requires professional mold remediation services from a company like SERVPRO to get a handle on things and return your home to normal. We have the experienced personnel, equipment, and resources available to take control of your problem fast.
SERVPRO technicians care about your environment and provide you with a full-service solution to mold problems you experience on your property. You can benefit from the advances in the methodology used to control mold found in your home; quality professionals are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
Call SERVPRO of Fort Collins for access to IICRC-industry certified technicians, today. (970) 493-6335
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Biohazard Removal Services Available Throughout The Fort Collins Area
For Bio Hazardous Cleanup in Fort Collins Trust SERVPRO
Trust the SERVPRO Technicians to Safely Abate Biohazardous Conditions
Biohazards can cause you a world of hurt, exposing you or the ones you love to a variety of airborne pathogens. When dealing with this type of incident in the Fort Collins area, you are not alone. You can find the help you need by locating a qualified bio-remedial specialist to handle the problem for you.
Never take unnecessary risks when performing bio hazard removal services on your Fort Collins area property. Serious consequences often follow exposure to a variety of biological and chemical contaminants while failure to remove dangerous substances can cause severe changes in your living environment.
It takes a trained professional to safely clean and handle the removal of biohazardous substances from your property. Professionals from SERVPRO have technicians who understand how to dispose of these substances by OSHA standards, while also following local, state, and federal health regulations.
SERVPRO technicians have access to the appropriate personal safety equipment, safety apparatus, and cleaning products necessary to transform any unsafe area back into a clean, safe, environment. Whether your home or office becomes contaminated, you should take the proper steps to protect everyone involved from exposure.
A variety of incidents may occur that expose you to dangerous bio hazards including sewage backups, animal waste, animal deaths, and even hoarding scenes. Other events include suicide or unaccompanied death, homicide, and crime scene cleanup. Regardless of your situation, contacting a professional, like those offered by us at SERVPRO, provide you with the highest quality results while allowing you to refrain from putting yourself in harm's way.
We have experience in providing homeowners just like you with biohazard removal services of all kinds. We can help ensure that your structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized removing harmful contaminants from the entire area. Our services are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, including holidays. We provide you with qualified IICRC-industry certified professionals promptly, day or night.
Make the most of what is available to you and contact SERVPRO of Fort Collins immediately following exposure to bio hazard events on your property. We have the personnel, equipment, and resources to provide you with excellent services, anytime. Call today. (970) 493-6335
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The Right Way To Recovery From Water Damage In Your Fort Collins Area Home
Having small patches of water damage in your ceiling can be a serious problem.
Recovery From Water Damage
Having small patches of water damage in your ceiling can be a serious problem. Regardless of the source, water is capable of causing severe damage, leading to potential health risks due to exposure, as well as the physical harm it may cause.
If you are currently experiencing water damage on your Fort Collins area property, find someone you trust to perform restoration services. The right company pays close attention to detail, provides hassle-free scheduling, and gives you access to an honest, hardworking restoration team.
Ceiling water damage may occur due to a leaky roof, poor installation of roofing materials, a broken appliance in your attic, or even plumbing issues. SERVPRO provides you with expertly trained technicians and industrial-grade equipment necessary to locate and repair potential problems surrounding water damage in your home. We have access to valuable resources, IICRC certified technicians, infrared moisture detectors, hygrometers, dehumidifiers, air movers, and water extractors of all shapes and sizes that help locate hidden pockets of water. Our team of professionals can help you eliminate water problems in any area of your home.
SERVPRO inspects your entire roof for damage, looking for broken or missing shingles, cracked or missing flashing, loose bricks on your chimney, the bent metal around skylights, or even damaged venting. We even check your entire ventilation system including your A/C unit, condensation coil, drain lines, filter, and drain pan.
Some homes have water heaters installed in the attic, even though the most obvious place for installation is the lowest part of your home. Older homes require homeowners to maintain regular maintenance to watch for rust, leaks, and normal wear and tear on their water heater more diligently.
You may have problems with an overflowing upstairs toilet, leaky pipes, or broken appliances. SERVPRO can provide you with solutions to limit risks involved in ceiling water damage, prevention tips that make things easier. We perform regular home inspections, preventative maintenance, and restoration services for those experiencing disastrous events.
Contact SERVPRO of Fort Collins for fast, effective solutions to water damage issues found in your home, today. We are here to help, providing services that matter (970) 493-6335.
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Hoarding Help Fort Collins: Complete Cleanup In A Challenging Situation
Our full-service restoration company has the strategies and technicians to sort through even the most overwhelming stockpile.
It is hard to know when or why it starts with the individual, but it is certain that dealing with the aftermath of years of hoarding is a battle with which friends and family really need help. Recovering a sense of order and baseline cleanliness in these extreme circumstances requires professional assistance, and SERVPRO offers comprehensive hoarding cleanup and biohazard management.
What may have started as an understandable set of collections has transformed over time into hoarding for a childless aunt and uncle. Cleanup of their Fort Collins home is clearly long past due, and their declining health is now pushing the issue. The work involved is beyond your expertise, and you have little time for such an overwhelming task. Now that they are on a list for assisted living you sought professional clean-out assistance. Our full-service restoration company has the strategies and technicians to sort through even the most overwhelming stockpile.
SERVPRO can inventory, sort, and pack items of value. Our cleaning technicians also gather articles that need disposal and arrange for proper disposition. As we work through the affected areas, you can count on our crew members to be respectful and compassionate. No judgments are forthcoming because our employees receive information on hoarding as a syndrome, understanding that it is a condition over which the hoarder has little or no control. If the individuals suffering from hoarding behaviors decide to remain at their home during the cleanup, have no fear. Our workers master sensitivity training before their first job, ensuring as much comfort as is possible for all.
The SERVPRO work crews prepare for the mitigation of hoarding scenarios through intensive education, including learning to identify hazardous contamination situations. Vermin, chemicals, spoiled food, and many more concerns arise, and our crew knows how to react to even the most severe biohazard contaminants uncovered during the job. Have confidence we are ready to handle anything presented during the job.
Concentrate on supporting your relative or friend at this difficult time and let SERVPRO of Fort Collins take care of the cleanup of a hoarding situation. Call (970) 493-6335 to arrange a compassionate yet constructive consultation.
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Answers To Storm Damage Throughout The Fort Collins Area
Never enter your Fort Collins home after storm damage occurs without the proper assistance.
Living through a powerful storm can leave your family rattled, nervous, and cautiously optimistic about what they might expect to see upon returning home. While everyone may be anxious to see what they have left, their health is more important.
Never enter your Fort Collins home after storm damage occurs without the proper assistance. Keep your safety and the safety of your family foremost in your mind. Downed power lines, electrical, fire, water, and slip, trip, or fall hazards can make returning to your home risky. The possible dangers are limitless, making a qualified restoration specialist extremely valuable.
SERVPRO technicians assess your entire property, exposing hazards and pointing out areas most susceptible to costly damage. Your roof may have holes, split seams, missing shingles, cracked tiles, slate. Granules can collect in gutters and downspouts while dents in air vents, gutters, and flashing, often lead to leaks in your roof and ceiling.
Throughout the event, windows, and doors take damage from the wind and flying debris. SERVPRO checks for cracks, holes, broken panes and damage to frames. We board up broken entry points to eliminate possible intrusion, theft, or additional loss due to exposure. All of our technicians utilize a restore versus replace attitude when working on your property, mitigating losses, and providing our customers with the best possible results.
SERVPRO technicians inspect your entire home. We look for damage to siding, paint, bricks, and masonry surfaces while also reporting any damage found to everyone involved. Our staff helps you complete claim paperwork to help you get the most for your losses, offering improvements when possible and continually updating you on the progress of your restoration.
Most homeowners carry adequate insurance, covering the costs of your restoration entirely. There is absolutely no reason to attempt DIY repairs, in fact, you may make things worse and cause technicians to have a harder time if you take things on alone.
Contact SERVPRO of Fort Collins for access to IICRC certified technicians with several years of experience, industrial-grade equipment, and vast resources at their command, call today (970) 493-6335.
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Biohazard Cleanup Services For Your Shipping Warehouse In The Fort Collins Area
SERVPRO Helps Fort Collins Enterprises with Biohazardous Cleanups
SERVPRO Is Always Ready 24/7 for Biohazardous Cleanups
You may run a secure shipping facility that provides your workers with quality conditions and a safe working environment. However, accidents happen all of the time posing serious threats to warehouse operations and those that work for you.
Exposure to bloodborne pathogens, viruses, toxins, and a variety of chemicals can lead to health risks that make professional biohazard cleanup services in Fort Collins necessary. We can help keep your business safe and healthy, avoiding dangerous situations that lead to hidden problems.
When evaluating a bio-remediation provider, like SERVPRO, it can be hard to determine whether the company has the proper qualifications to address your immediate situation. With that in mind, we find it necessary to express some standard guidelines that any company you choose to use should follow.
OSHA provides remediation companies with regulations that were designed to protect everyone involved from injury and potential liability. The EPA, along with state and federal regulations specify how companies should transport and store medical waste, which makes it necessary for any business performing these services to comply.
Many of SERVPRO’s field technicians and supervisors obtain training concerning Asbestos Awareness, Bloodborne Pathogens, Fall Protection, Hazard Communication, Heat Illness, Lift Safety, Lock Out – Tag Out, Personal Protective Equipment, and Power Tool Safety before performing any services on your property. We also follow all state and federal regulations concerning cleaning agents and the disposal of contaminated materials.
A reputable company can explain their cleanup process in detail, including photos, and take the time to communicate findings to your insurance adjuster that help warrant costs associated with your claim. Using the correct bio-remediation equipment allows technicians to locate and contain volatile non-visible contaminants, disinfecting the entire affected area, safely.
SERVPRO goes above and beyond, showing compassion and understanding during extremely traumatic events. Our onsite supervisors handle communications, eliminating confusion or conflicting updates, and always attempt to make your bio-remediation process as painless as possible.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins provides you with professional technicians who follow strict safety standards and cleanup procedures. Never hesitate to give us a call, get the services you deserve, today. (970) 493-6335
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The Answer To Fire Damage In The Fort Collins Area
SERVPRO TIP--Keep Fire Extinguishers Handy at Your Fort Collins Property
Call SERVPRO for Advice and Cleanup After a Fire
Even though you cannot control when or where a fire happens, you can have the right tools in place to limit your losses and escape many of the dangers that often accompany fires on your property.
Experiencing fire damage in your Fort Collins home can be devastating, or you can make the proper preparations and planning to see your family through tough times, should something like this occur. It is far better to prepare than to be caught off-guard.
By installing smoke detectors on every floor, in every room, you ensure your safety. These small, inexpensive devices provide you with a very effective early warning system that helps both you and your family prevent major losses during an emergency.
You can follow up by checking electrical systems in your home, ensuring that the coffee maker, computer, radio, television and other devices receive the proper attention to avoid overloading circuits or problems concerning faulting wiring in older equipment.
Always keep a fire extinguisher or two on hand. In case you experience a manageable fire, you want to have the proper tools available to handle the situation correctly. You should also check your storage habits, keeping flammable materials away from fuels or other accelerants that can cause severe problems.
Do you understand what to do if a major fire breaks out in your home? After? It never hurts to put together an escape plan, having one ready ensures that everyone in your family understands what to do, and where to go during an emergency, you can never prepare too much.
Before a fire occurs on your property, take the time to develop a relationship with your local SERVPRO. We can inspect your home, locate hidden dangers, and give you recommendations to protect your home that you might not even think of on your own.
SERVPRO offers access to expertly trained technicians with years of experience performing fire damage restoration for customers just like you. We have IICRC certification, industrial-grade equipment, and 24-hour emergency services available throughout the area.
SERVPRO technicians treat each customer with the respect and courtesy they deserve, provide you with results that often exceed your expectations, and help return your home to a quality pre-damage condition making damage appear, “Like it never even happened.”
Contact SERVPRO of Fort Collins for additional information or to begin your fire damage restoration today. (970) 493-6335
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Services Designed To Protect Your Fort Collins Home From Mold Damage
Mold Spore Suppression is a Key Factor in Remediation in Fort Collins
Remediation and Mold Suppression Are Elements of a SERVPRO Service
When you notice mold growing in your home, you should seek help as soon as possible. Any mold can trigger health effects or cause significant damage to your property. It only takes 24 to 48-hours for mold to take hold, latching onto wood and other organic materials, growing out of control until handled properly by professional remediation specialists.
If you have experienced situations involving spills or leaks on your Fort Collins property, mold damage may exist without you even realizing it. Any wet or damp materials must receive the proper attention and the water source causing the problem requires immediate repairs to reduce any risks involving mold contamination in your home.
SERVPRO technicians can help water issues causing the problem including broken or leaky pipes, even those hidden in your walls. We assist with reducing the chances mold has to take hold and spread to other areas. If this type of situation occurs, you need to make the call for help at the first sign of water intrusion. Never take a chance with you, or your loved one's health, reduce the possibility of additional problems developing on your property.
SERVPRO’s IICRC certified mold remediation specialists can provide you with an initial inspection designed to check every area of your home, including the outside where drainage issues pose a severe threat. Improper grading on the outside of your home can lead to water runoff or rainwater entering your basement or crawl spaces under your home, causing serious damage to your foundation. We also check drainage and downspouts for proper operation and make recommendations based on what we discover.
Regardless of where the event begins, all of the surfaces involved in the event require your attention immediately. The professionals at SERVPRO can help discover areas of intense humidity, condensation, or improper ventilation. Often reducing many risks associated with mold growth found on your property and limiting losses related to this kind of event.
Consider using SERVPRO of Fort Collins to address mold remediation issues found in your home. Our expert technicians can provide you with the restoration, mitigation, and extraction services necessary to restore damaged areas of your structure in a quick, efficient manner that makes it seem “Like it never even happened.” Call today. (970) 493-6335 And more information: http://www.visitftcollins.com
Blood Cleanup Services In Fort Collins
Blood and other bodily fluids require special cleaning agents.
Any biohazard requires special care; but an accident, criminal act or other mishaps requires immediate professional attention. Task training such as the use of chemical agents and clean-up equipment is simply not enough.
SERVPRO provides blood cleanup services in Fort Collins and across Colorado. Our technicians are highly trained to restore your home to its original state. Each of them is also trained to perform their task as respectfully as possible and to preserve your privacy.
Despite what appears on television, this is not a task where we spray down a chalk outline and then get out a mop and bucket. Blood and other bodily fluids require special cleaning agents. Normal cleaning chemicals are often ineffective, and while they may clean the surface, they do not serve as an anti-bacteria agent. Most of them also leave behind a stain or ring on floors and walls after the chemical dries.
The presence of blood requires special disposal procedures as well. There is the risk of Hepatitis A, B, and C, HIV and other infectious diseases that are not present in other biohazard spills. Federal and state laws determine the type of trash bags and clean-up materials we use. Blood-soaked cleaning cloths are not considered safe to clean and re-use, so pads and other cleaning materials are removed and incinerated just like hospital waste.
Regardless of what may have happened in your home, our personnel understands this is a special issue. They do not ask for any details beyond what they need to accomplish the task; it is none of our business. It may seem cold and detached, but it also precludes our technicians from accidentally saying something inappropriate to the media, neighbors or anyone else that tries to pry into your business.
An incident like this is possibly the worst thing that can happen in your home. Blood cleanup requires a professional service that not only has the training, but the empathy as well to help you try to return your home to its original state. SERVPRO of Fort Collins is here to help you do just that. Call us at (970) 493-6335 to begin.
Why Commercial Water Damage Can Increase When Left Unresolved In Fort Collins Shoe Stores
Water can cause untold amounts of damage when it comes into contact with paper, leather, metals, and even some plastics.
Commercial Water Damage
Water can cause untold amounts of damage when it comes into contact with paper, leather, metals, and even some plastics. Dyes can run and bleed where they should not be, on both paper and merchandise items.
Shoe stores in Fort Collins that have existing commercial water damage can find that stock is often rejected by customers because of flaws caused by the increased humidity. Increases in humidity can cause several problems in new merchandise. Water in a liquid state never needs to be in contact for many problems to arise.
These defects can include foul smelling odors, bleeding of a box's ink onto the products inside, adhering of labels to plastic sleeves, and rusting of grommets, along with many other problems. However, because the merchandise was damaged in-store, manufacturers are under no obligation to replace anything. At SERVPRO, we have the training and equipment to bring your merchandise back to a salable state, protecting your investment and helping you remain in business. While we might not be able to solve every situation, those are the exception.
In addition to merchandise, the building itself can sustain costly damage from water. We have technicians skilled in restoring the details that made your store unique. The basics, such as walls and ceilings, when damaged, can be repaired a and finished, making restoration complete, quickly, so your downtime is minimized.
Carpeting that has been laid directly on the underlay of the floor and has no padding can often be salvaged with little damage. After cleaning and drying, checking for problem areas in the fibers can make it easier to preserve the entire carpet. Restretching, when needed, is done by our certified carpet repair & reinstallation technician (RRT).
Shoes are a clothing item that is rarely purchased without being tried on. When customers do this, we know that the surface they walk on can affect their decision regarding making a purchase. We want the customers shopping experience to be a great one, and we are aware you feel the same way. That makes the carpeting a vital part of your store, even if few people take it into consideration.
For top to bottom, and everything else, restoration of commercial water damage, call your local experts, SERVPRO of Fort Collins. We can offer all of the services required to return your water-logged store back to normal again. We are always available to receive your call at (970) 493-6335.
A Local Restoration Company Helps Prevent Fire Damage In Kitchens Throughout Fort Collins
A massive 48% of all home fires begin in the kitchen.
Prevent Fire Damage In Kitchens
There were over 360,000 fires last year, for every five of those fires, three ended in death. A large percentage of fires that occur in homes lead to catastrophic damage to your home or injury to family members. A massive 48% of all home fires begin in the kitchen.
Does that surprise you? The truth is that the more comfortable you become with your surroundings, the more likely accidents happen. A majority of fire damage reported in the Fort Collins area directly relates to the age and attention given to maintenance or preparations made to protect your home against fire damage correctly.
Properly maintaining the cooking equipment, that you use in your home can help prevent structural fires, injuries, and death. Often enough, we clean the stove top or oven with cleaning supplies purchased at a local grocery store. However, over time, a variety of residues build up in areas under, behind, or between cabinets, countertops, and even hood vents that are extremely flammable. A single situation that involves flames reaching one of these areas can produce a fire that rages out of control, damaging your entire property. Think about how much damage a single fire can do. If the flames themselves fail to reach a large area, the smoke and soot residues definitely will.
When you talk to others about a restoration company, you discuss services that help return things to normal after a disastrous event happens in your home. However, a company, like SERVPRO can give you helpful hints about how to protect your home and often make suggestions that prevent damages from occurring at all. You may be surprised by the level of detail put into the services provided by SERVPRO technicians. We have more than a few years of experience helping customers prepare their homes for fire. Giving homeowners access to all of the equipment and personnel necessary to battle emergencies that occur and genuinely care about your safety.
The staff at SERVPRO of Fort Collins makes every effort to provide you with the services you need to protect your home against fire and smoke damage while giving you the comfort and caring atmosphere for a successful restoration. Give us a call today (970) 493-6335.
SERVPRO Has the Equipment to Assess Mold Damage in Your Fort Collins Home
Call SERVPRO today to investigate your mold damage.
Proper Mold Assessment Leads to Thorough Remediation
Mold is a serious concern for any homeowner. Mold damages both your belongings and the structure of your home and can also cause health issues. In addition, mold looks unsightly and frequently has a musty and unpleasant smell. That is why SERVPRO recommends treating mold early and quickly for the best chance of remediation.
There are many causes of mold damage in your Fort Collins home. Mold sometimes grows in the aftermath of a flood or leak that caused your home and possessions to become damp. Humidity and condensation in your house also cause mold, which means that damp or humid rooms such as the bathroom or laundry room are especially susceptible.
The first step in mold remediation is assessing the extent of the problem. Our IICRC-certified teams come equipped to test your home for moisture using professional, reliable equipment. For example, our teams often use thermal hygrometers. The hygrometer measures the resistance or capacitance of the air and uses the reading to calculate how much moisture is present in the air. More moisture equals more humidity and more of a breeding ground for mold spores.
SERVPRO teams are equipped with infrared cameras. Damp patches are not always visible to the naked eye, but infrared cameras make them visible. The camera detects the heat signature of each area. Damp material is usually cooler than surrounding material. Infrared pictures show these differences in temperature, so our technicians know which areas are most affected. Using infrared technology gives our teams a thorough overview of which areas are the dampest. Damper areas have a greater risk of mold issues.
Our professional teams use the initial assessment information to determine the extent of the mold damage in your house. Then, we put together a mold remediation plan to suit your particular home and circumstances. This typically includes disposing of any damaged items that cannot be cleaned and sealing off mold damaged areas to prevent the spread of airborne spores.
Once the mold is contained as much as possible, our teams set to work thoroughly cleaning the mold from your home. We train our technicians to choose the methods and products that are best suited to your unique situation.
If you have mold damage in your Fort Collins home, SERVPRO of Fort Collins is here to help. Call today at (970) 493-6335 for assistance.
Commercial Fire Damage, A Devastating Event For Pool And Patio Businesses In Fort Collins
Even a small fire can significantly impact the items held in inventory, even if the fire never directly impacts the items.
Commercial Fire Damage
Most pool and patio businesses retain a large number of stock items in anticipation of the summer season. Even a small fire can significantly impact the items held in inventory, even if the fire never directly impacts the items. Because most pool and patio merchandise are made mostly of plastic, heat alone can be sufficient enough to destroy a business's inventory.
Fort Collins businesses that hold inventory in a warehouse can sustain significant losses when commercial fire damage is the cause at any degree. Plastics are used in not only the products themselves but also in protective packaging. Dust covers, label enclosures and envelopes, and cable ties are all adversely affected by the heat generated by fires. Pool liners, patio chairs, beach toys, and much more are made from various plastics or rubber components.
When plastics melt, they give off poisonous fumes. Melted plastic can also adhere to anything it drips onto, often destroying other plastics below it. However, many of these items can be salvaged. SERVPRO professionals can help recover as much as possible in situations such as fire damage. For metal items that have melted plastic adhered to them, we can remove the offending material carefully, so as to not damage any finishes, labels, or decals.
When recovery efforts are not completely successful and result in damaged products, or is only partially successful, we can make a note of this on our inventory sheets. These can be helpful in recovering financially from the devastation a fire can impose on any business. Inventory that is only partially damaged can often be sold at a reduced price, further reducing profit loss. We can salvage as much inventory as possible when melted plastics are involved.
Cleanup of your building can be carried out at the same time, reducing the time your business is closed. Floors often have the majority of ash, soot, and melted remains of products, with walls and ceilings also showing the effects of the fire and smoke. Cleaning these areas of your building, as well as display units, shelving, and other items you need to get back to business is what we are here to do.
Whenever fire damage affects your pool and patio business, let SERVPRO of Fort Collins help. Contact us at (970) 493-6335 day or night so we can help you recover quickly and reopen your business.
How to Deal with Wet Carpets after Water Damage in Ft. Collins
SERVPRO Helps Ft. Collins Wet Carpets
Ft. Collins Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damaged Carpets
When a kitchen appliance breaks down and floods the ground floor or a pipe cracks and leaks water, a fast response is needed. Residential water damage is very common, but it can escalate quickly, so speed is of the essence.
It applies in particular to fabrics and soft items. Furniture and carpets are often the most damaged objects after a flood because they soak up water so easily. The good news is that we can rescue these materials, as long as the water damage in your Ft. Collins home is ‘clean.’
Clean water is a liquid that is from an uncompromised source; a drinking supply, a household appliance (when not used with chemicals), or rainwater. If it gets into carpets, the IICRC certified experts at SERVPRO know just how to fix it.
The Drying Method
There are three ways to dry a water damaged carpet – in place, partially lifted, or fully lifted. The technique used in your home depends on the degree of water intrusion. In the case of mild flooding, only the top fibers are wet, and the carpet remains in place.
Lifting equipment gets used when there is a high chance of water damage to the under flooring as well. The top fibers can be dried out with dehumidifiers (which extract water vapor from the material), but the subfloor is closer to the ground and less accessible.
At SERVPRO, we normally lift (float)the carpet a few inches off the ground and suspend there. It allows the technicians to place portable fans and air movers underneath. They direct the clean, dry air from the dehumidifiers beneath the carpet and speed up the drying process.
The Repair Process
In some cases, the water causes the backing of the carpet to come loose. It is something that we may be able to fix if the problem is limited to small sections of the floor. If the structure of the carpet is in an extremely unsuitable condition, we would advise a full replacement.
Natural fibers usually respond very well to drying, as long as dehumidifiers get set up quickly. However, if the water intrusion originated from a ‘black’ source (containing sewage or chemicals), there is no chance of repair. It is not safe to retain the flooring, and it requires removal, but this is a relatively uncommon situation.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins is a local water damage cleanup and repair service. We help homeowners in the Ft. Collins region to restore their properties after flooding and residential leaks. Our repairs are fast, effective, and leave homes spotless. Call us 24/7 at (970) 493-6335.
Responding To Flood Damage In Fort Collins With Fast, Effective Solutions
Flooding and water intrusion requires gradual treatment.
Responding To Flood Damage
At SERVPRO, we are keen to remind our customers that flood damage repair is a unique process. There is no ‘one fits all’ approach because every situation is different. Every home has strengths and weaknesses, and these are what we consider when deciding on the best way to carry out repairs.
However, there are some steps which are common to all cases of flood damage in Fort Collins. These are the rigorous checks and inspections; the quality controls which we put in place to ensure a successful result. So, there are some stages of the restoration which you can expect to see if you call SERVPRO for help. Keep reading to find out why we use these measures and what they mean for your home.
After determining the severity of the water intrusion, the first thing that our technicians do is identify items which need immediate protection. They focus on objects which may still be undamaged (electronics, toys, furniture, appliances, etc.), rather than materials which are already wet. Sometimes, they cover these items with protective plastic to safeguard against contact with moisture. If possible, they may remove them from the building and take them to a specialist holding facility. The aim is to identify the potential for damage quickly and prevent it from occurring.
Activation Of Site Assets
The next stage is working out what kind of drying assets you already have in your home. Undamaged exhaust vents, HVAC ducts, and ceiling fans can all be used to bring humidity levels back under control. If you do not have any of these things or they have become compromised due to water intrusion, we may consider bringing in a larger number of drying machines.
Establishing Drying Goals
The best way to ensure that a restoration is successful is to create a comprehensive drying plan. Flooding and water intrusion requires gradual treatment. The technicians must create optimal atmospheric conditions, and if they work too fast or slow, their ability to do this may be impaired. It is why consistent monitoring is such a big part of flood damage restoration. The SERVPRO team needs unhindered access to the affected area so that they can regularly check conditions. If the levels of humidity and surplus moisture do not present as predicted after the first 48 hours, the arrangement of dehumidifiers and air movers requires adjustment.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins approaches every restoration job with the same commitment and precision. We want you to understand the flood damage repair process and what it means for the future of your home. If there are items that we cannot salvage, our technicians always take the time to explain why this is the case. Call us 24/7 on (970) 493-6335 for fast, local repairs.
Storm Damage Can Create Chaos For Outside Structures In Ft. Collins
In Fort Collins, the typical storm can damage your home in a matter of minutes.
Comforting your children and assuring them that everything is going to be okay when a storm hits the area you live in is part of most parents' job. Finding out when the storm has passed that there is lots of damage to the exterior of your home is one of any homeowner's worst discoveries. When you find that your old tree is lying across your carport, garage, or your home's roof, you need to act fast so that everything is fine again.
In Fort Collins, the typical storm can damage your home in a matter of minutes. When storms are not so severe, they can still cause damage. SERVPRO can help you with the repairs needed for both kinds of storm. Smaller storms are also capable of creating problems for outbuildings, gazebos, and even children's clubhouses, both on the ground and in your backyard tree. Most of this type of damage is wind-related.
Cleaning up the debris carried in by strong storms, including those storms that are more wind than rain, is also part of our services. We work hard to ensure that your home not only looks clean and beautiful again but that it is also a safe place, inside and out in the yard. Our experts will inspect your outdoor structures for damage, repair what we find and restore your outdoor living space.
We know that every part of your home is important to you and that all work must be done to reflect how you, the customer, wants it to be. It is your home and your castle. It is more than a house to you. It is the basis of your family's security. Calling SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335 can help you continue providing that sense of safety to your family again. We can respond within an hour after your call, which can be made whenever you have an emergency, even on weekends and the middle of the night.
Water Removal After a Flood or Mishap to Reduce Damage to Your Fort Collins Property
Fort Collins Water Damage from Moisture Can Be On-Going without Dehumidifying
SERVPRO Provides a Professional Approach toWater Extraction from Your Home
No matter if you live in a house, a ground-floor apartment or condo, the threat of a flood affects everyone. The excellent way to reduce the damaging effects of flooding is to get rid of the water as soon as possible.
When it comes to water removal in your Fort Collins home, you need a professional restoration company. SERVPRO understands that time is against you, which is why we maintain a 24-hour response team. Once you call us, we quickly arrive to assess the situation and begin to work within minutes.
Our technicians start by pumping out all standing water. This extraction means the water that is covering surfaces, whether furnishings or floorings. The size of the home dictates our methods of removal; we use a variety of commercial grade pumps that can empty out even a 5 bedroom home in just a few hours. If the electrical system has been knocked out by the flood, we also have generators and generator trucks to provide uninterrupted power until the job is done.
Next, the response team removes your belongings and then the water you cannot see. There are gallons of water trapped in carpets and wood flooring that has to be removed; it will not air dry before mold starts to grow. We use water extraction wands that are designed to draw it out without causing damage. The type of carpet, its nap, and composition, determine the techniques. We may be able to dry the pad underneath, but it may be necessary to pull it up to dry it completely.
After the bulk of the water is removed, technicians can use moisture meters to check the humidity level. A level higher than about 10 to 12 percent is too much after a flooding or exposure to large quantities of standing water. Air movers also set, greatly enhance the circulation of the moist air. The technicians can place dehumidifiers to draw water from the surrounding air then lowering the moisture level to under 12 percent. This action not only finishes removing excess water, but it also prevents mold spores from expanding and growing into a colony.
Upon completion, we remove our equipment and perform a walk-through with you. A technician can explain every step and show you all test results. If you are satisfied, then we can help you move your belongings back into your home.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins is here to help you through what could be one of the worst days of your life. If you need our assistance with flooding or another disaster, call us today at (970) 493-6335.
What to Do If Smoke Damage in Your Fort Collins Home Damages the Attic or Rafters
Adding a new layer of clean insulation in your attic is recommended as part of the cleaning process and can also add value to your home.
Restoring an Attic After Fire Damage is a Multi-step Process
When dealing with a case of fire or smoke damage, the technicians at SERVPRO start by removing all of the charred materials that they can see. This is an obvious first step, because burnt furniture, toys, wood, and soft fabrics carry acrid, lingering odors.
Once they are removed and disposed of (or professionally cleaned), the house will smell less unpleasant. This is not the end of the story, however, because smoke damage in Fort Collins properties can present a number of challenges. Odor is one of the biggest problems and eliminating it, after a domestic fire, often requires specialist equipment.
It can be particularly difficult to remove smoke odors from confined spaces like the attic. This guide to fire repair and remediation at SERVPRO will tell you a little about how we do it.
Restoring the Attic
Ultimately, your attic has the same chance of being salvaged, after a fire, as any other part of your house. Whether or not we can save it depends entirely on the severity of the crisis. If it originally broke out on a downstairs level and was put out quickly, there’s unlikely to be any structural damage. So, we can focus on cleaning the air and getting rid of unpleasant smells.
The first step is still to remove the contents of the attic. This is an important process because it allows the SERVPRO technicians to determine whether smoke odors are coming from the rafters and insulation. Once the space is empty, we can inspect the insulation to see how far the smoke has penetrated. Some sections may need to be replaced.
Deodorizing the Insulation
If the level of smoke penetration is modest, we can clean and ventilate the insulation by spraying a water based counteractant. This is a chemical which reacts with the smoke particles in the atmosphere and neutralizes lingering odors. Usually, in the case of fire, it is applied as a mist or fog. This enables the neutralizing particles to penetrate the insulation.
We may recommend that a new, clean layer of insulation be placed over the old one. It is a quick and easy job, but it effectively hides black spots and soot patches. It will lock away any last vestiges of bad odor and actually add to the value of your home. Insulation is a sought after feature in domestic properties, so this is one repair which promises to give back.
At SERVPRO of Fort Collins, no fire is too challenging. If you are dealing with the aftermath of fire and smoke damage, you can get in touch with our team. We will arrive on site quickly and carry out fast, efficient repairs. Call us 24/7 on (970) 493-6335.
Winter Water Damage from Snow in Fort Collins
Avoid Ice Dams and Avoid Water Damage to Your Fort Collins Roof
Do Not Allow Ice and Snow to Damage Your Roof and Structure, Be Prepared
With winter well underway across Larimer County and most of Colorado, most homeowners have once again grown accustomed to the familiar sight of snowfall. Snow can be a pesky intrusion on our daily lives, blocking roads, sidewalks, and bunching up on rooftops, but one of its most unexpected consequences is often its most costly one: serious water damage. Snow can cause significant damage even to homes that are used to its qualities, as melting and packing create unexpected issues seemingly out of the blue.
When the snow melts quickly, it can cause a lot of water damage to Fort Collins homes. Although most homes have gabled roofs designed to prevent significant damage from melting snow, no building can truly be safe from it, and there is always a chance of a roof leak or unnoticed entryway through which water can drip down and begin to cause problems. Melting snow can also create mild flood-like conditions in some cases, potentially creating standing water in or outside a structure. SERVPRO stays updated on weather forecasts to be aware of upcoming temperature swings, as these often preclude a number of snowmelt-related issues.
Ice Damage and Ice Damming
On the opposite end of the spectrum, snow and water freezing into solid ice can also cause a range of problems. Ice is a safety hazard, and many injuries are sustained every year from slips and falls on it. In places such as a garage or front porch, the icy ground can create a serious hazard. Ice can also severely injure your home, as water works its way into cracks and small spaces and then freezes solid, expanding outwards. When water freezes, its expansion carries enough force to break apart bricks, stone, and even boulders, and every year some homeowners awake to find massive cracks in their driveways and stone walls due to ice. When the snow melts and refreezes quickly on the roof due to inadequate attic insulation, the blockage of water flow can cause havoc with the gutters, fascias, attic lumber and house siding. Of course, another time for how to prevent frozen pipes and the ensuing chaos.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins is a local resource, well-versed in the techniques and specifics of wintertime water damage. Call us at (970) 493-6335 for our restoration services.
SERVPRO Mold Damage Remediation for Your Fort Collins Property
Mold Remediation in Fort Collins Is Essential
Structures Get Safe Treatment with Professional Remediation for Mold
When it comes to finding and eliminating mold you, the homeowner, are our best, initial source of information. Before we set up a single fan or other pieces of restoration equipment, we have to run a checklist with you.
Preventing mold damage means we need to know when it was first noticed and where it was seen (or smelled) in your Fort Collins home is very important. It provides our SERVPRO inspectors with a starting point to determine just how far mold may have grown and help us trace it to the source of infestation. These are the questions we need to ask you after setting foot in your home.
1. Have you seen any mold contamination in your home? Basements and laundry rooms are common places to find it.
2. Have you smelled a strong musty odor anywhere in your home?
3. Have you had a previous problem with mold? Let us know, regardless how minor you think it may have been.
4. Have you had any recent water damage? How long ago was it and where?
5. Have you seen mold in your HVAC system? Is the smell of mold stronger near one of the vents or registers?
If you said yes to even one of those questions, our inspector would get started immediately. We have special meters designed to measure mold levels in the surrounding air; they allow us to pinpoint the source of the mold better and accurately measure how far the infestation may have spread.
With that information, our restoration and repair crews move to isolate the room or area affected. If your HVAC has been determined to have safe levels of mold, the first step they will take is to seal it off. This not only protects the system, but also prevents mold spreading to other rooms in your home if it is accidentally turned on.
To further protect your home, we will deploy a set of exhaust fans in the affected area. This allows us to blow mold spores out of the area while technicians clean and remove the infestation using commercial cleaners and anti-fungal agents to kill every spore they can reach.
This area of Colorado is an amazing place to live. There's no reason for mold to affect that. While an infestation can cause a problem, SERVPRO of Fort Collins can help you stop it before it can damage your home. If you suspect or smell a problem brewing, call us today at (970) 493-6335.
How To Use IICRC Classifications To Assess Flood Damage In Fort Collins
If your house was impacted by a storm, the damage is almost going to have advanced beyond small pools of water.
It has barely been a month since Hurricane Matthew swept onto the southeast coast of America. Many families are still displaced, and their homes still boarded up, waiting for restoration. The recovery is in full effect now, but lots of properties need emergency repairs before their occupants can return.
If you have endured flood damage to your Fort Collins home – SERVPRO can help you. We are an experienced flood damage restoration and repair team, with access to sophisticated tools and the finest equipment. If your property needs saving, we are the right choice. The first that thing we do, once we arrive on site, is to conduct a full inspection. This is designed to help us determine the extent and nature of the damage. The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) categories flood damage according to four key classifications. The SERVPRO technicians will use this guide to shape their plan of action and decide which repairs are required.
Here is some more information on the IICRC classifications and what they might mean for your property.
Class One: Limited Intrusion
This is the least severe type of flood damage. A small amount of water has entered the home. There is minimal damage to walls and soft furnishings. Depending on the size, shape, and location of the affected space, large fans can likely be used to dry it out.
Class Two: Intrusion With Some Spread
Here, flood water has started to spread. If your house was impacted by a storm, the damage is almost going to have advanced beyond small pools of water. It may have risen into the walls and started to soak into timber, concrete, and insulation materials. The water has reached the subflooring beneath carpets. Industrial drying machines (and carpet lifters) will be brought in to absorb the excess moisture.
Class Three: Invasive Liquid
The walls, ceilings, soft furnishings, and floors are all damp and need to be dried quickly. Most are fully saturated with water. Water lines on the walls extend more than two feet above the floor. This tends to occur when ceilings leak (during heavy rainfall), and water seeps through the walls. Dehumidifiers and dryers can be used to restore the home, but some materials may be unsalvageable.
Class Four: Severe Invasion
In the most severe cases, objects not usually affected by flooding have been compromised. For instance, paintings high up on walls, attics (if the danger is from natural flooding), and crawlspaces. At SERVPRO, we’re committed to saving as many of your possessions as possible, but extensive damage can render some items irreparable. We will, however, inform you of the fact before disposing of any materials. Serious flood damage may require you to move out of the property while we secure its structural safety and install heavy duty drying machines.
Whether your home has been damaged by a storm or by something more familiar, like a burst pipe, assessing the damage is an important part of formulating a response. SERVPRO of Fort Collins is a locally based service, which means that our response is always fast. Call us 24/7 at (970) 493-6335.
Fort Collins Commercial Water Damage Removal
Protect Your Fort Collins Business By Preventing Leaks and Water Damage
Inspect to Prevent Water Damage to Your Commercial Interest
A water leak or flood is any business owner’s worst nightmare. Many owners of commercial properties often forget that they are responsible for the maintenance and repairs of water pipes. This often contributes to a lack of detection of leaks and other precursors to flooding and major leaks.
Commercial water removal in Fort Collins can be stressful for any commercial property owner, but you’re not in it alone. Our highly trained water removal specialists at SERVPRO know that the most important thing is to make your structure dry and safe again, as soon as possible. Time, after all, is money.
Detecting Frequent Causes of Commercial Water Damage
Since most businesses, offices, and other commercial structures remain unoccupied during night hours and weekends, the potential for water damage can be quite high. Since business properties are one’s place of work, regular inspections of plumbing, the HVAC system, and water heaters can be neglected during hours of operation.
Unfortunately, accumulated neglect often leads to a catastrophic water event that can put your business at risk. If your structure contains merchandise, currency, precious goods, sensitive paperwork, electronics (such as computer systems), chemicals (such as pool services or hardware stores), a water event in your business can cause serious problems that are beyond the damage to your structure alone. Luckily, the most frequent causes of commercial water damage are some of the easiest to avoid with consistent maintenance checks and upkeep.
“Gradual” leaks, for example, often start out small due to wear and tear, rust spots, and simple aging of piping. When doing your checks, listen for the sound of running or trickling water. Check for any wet areas in or around your property and take the time to head into a bathroom and see if there is an unusual drop in water pressure. These can all be signs of a small leak -- identifying the location of a small leak and repairing is the best preventative measure you can take and can save you tens of thousands of dollars in the long run.
Contact Us Today!
Contact SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335 day or night for all of your commercial water restoration needs. Our technicians are standing by to take your call.
Fire Damage Caused By Space Heaters
Fires can occur by space heaters without the proper safety features.
Space Heaters And Fire Damage
Most of the U.S. will be entering a winter solstice season very soon. In Colorado, we are gearing up for outdoor winter activities, like ice skating, skiing, sledding and snow-filled carriage rides. To stay snuggly warm indoors, many homes will be investing in space heaters. Did you know that space heaters, if not properly used, is the leading cause of residential and commercial fires? The National Fire Protection Association reports that one-third of all house fires happen during the cold months between December and February.
Fires can occur by space heaters without the proper safety features. The devastating results of a fire damage in Fort Collins can make a family homeless and close down a commercial establishment. However, when used correctly, space heaters can be safe to use. The safety features and tips to stay safe in using electric space heaters, are:
• Space heater should be placed on a flat, solid surface
• Use a heater with an automatic shut-off features.
• Use a three-foot space zone around space heaters.
• Supervise children and pets around space heaters that are on.
• Never leave a space heater on when absent or asleep.
Space heaters help to give warmth during those cold, chilly days. Just play it safe and keep an eye on them, don't leave them alone. As comfortable as they are to use in the winter, they can easily destroy a home or an office building. If a fire breaks out, dial 911 first, then call SERVPRO for complete restoration treatments. Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water, fire and mold damage. We’re dedicated to responding quickly when you need help. A fast response helps lessen damages and quick action also limits any secondary damage, and reduces cost.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins does not apply blame to how a fire starts; we just do all we can to make you whole again. We specialize in fire and water restoration. Our advanced training, experience, and specialized equipment in restoration techniques, can quickly restore your property. Call us when you need the best in fire damage recovery, we are available 24-hours a day - (970) 493-6335.
What Seasons Cause the Most Mold Damage?
Mold is hardy and adaptable, but also tends to favor certain key conditions when it grows most profusely.
What Causes Mold Damage?
While mold damage can happen at any time of the year, certain months and seasons are more likely than others to produce cases of mold growth in Colorado. Mold is hardy and adaptable, but also tends to favor certain key conditions when it grows most profusely. In some states, these conditions exist year-round, and they consequently experience more overall mold damage cases than our local area. In Colorado, however, weather and conditions are highly seasonal, and you may be more likely to develop mold damage in your home in the spring or summer for a few reasons.
Wetness is a key factor in how at-risk an area is for mold damage, and Fort Collins is at its wettest in the late spring and through summer. In the spring, snowmelt produces a lot of runoff and even some amount of flooding. This tends to get into homes and properties, and moisture in generally dry areas is one of the most important causative factors in mold growth. Also, relative humidity increases once the days grow longer, and the land gets warmer, which can sharply increase the rate at which mold matures and reproduces.
The second key factor in accelerated mold growth is temperature, and in Colorado, warm temperatures suitable for mold growth are a seasonal occurrence. Typically, it is too cold in autumn through mid-spring for mold to grow rapidly, and only the summer months provide warmth desirable for the mold. When combined with the wetness of that period, late spring and early summer end up being the times when we receive the most mold damage calls.
Whether your mold damage has happened in spring, summer, autumn, or winter, SERVPRO of Fort Collins is a local and accessible restoration and remediation company available 24/7 to help you deal with any mold damage on your property. Call us at (970) 493-6335 for our services or a quote.
How To Restore Your Water Damage Property
A Leaking Pipe or a Flood Can Cause Water Damage in Fort Collins, Call SERVPRO for Help
Your Home and Water Damage, Why SERVPRO Is the Answer
Water damage is an immediate loss of materials and property, caused by its intrusion via a destructive process. Water deluge eats away anything it comes into contact with. Its destructive process involves the rotting of wood, rusting of steel and the destruction of plywood and much, much more. Sometimes this damage may take place slowly and others times it can be instantaneous and catastrophic, i.e., flooding. Eventually, standing water is damaging to a great loss in property value.
For any Fort Collins water damage events, your homeowner's insurance policy may or may not cover the costs associated with its damaging effects or restoration. Larimer County lies in a floodplain zone due to intense thunderstorms at any time, or as a result of snowmelt in the spring. However, their Stormwater Masterplan has saved many homes and businesses. While flooding is a common cause of residential and business damages, other factors involve a failed sump pump and other indoor equipment failures.
Many insurance polices don't cover the associated costs without an addendum, but which adds to your monthly premium. Many residents are taking part in the city's federal National Flood Insurance Program for further protection and relief. Recently, the city was awarded a FEMA Community Rating System Class 2 rating which resulted in a Utilities' Stormwater program. This program is among the top 1% of programs across the nation. This allows residents to qualify to receive a 40% discount on flood insurance.
Damage from water of any kind or any size, requires specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When uncontrollable, high levels of water occurs in your home or business, you need people with emergency damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO is locally owned and operated. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster. We can respond immediately to monumental water flooding conditions. When unexpected high levels of water strikes your home or business, you need help immediately. Our fast response will help stop any secondary problems and help lessen restoration costs.
We are a trusted name in the restoration and remediation industry. We are known for our advanced training, expertise and a great deal of hands-on experience. We use these skills to quickly dry your home and business in order to restore it back to a pre-water condition. SERVPRO is proud to be a part of the Colorado community and we only want the best for our residents. We treat your property as if it was ours, with respect and compassion. We remain with you from the beginning of your emergency until you are restored again.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins is your go to company when the stressful condition of water damage has engulfed your property. Call us today at (970) 493-6335 and let us introduce you to our services and to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. Let us give you peace of mind!
Storm Damage Can Cause Additional Problems in Other Areas of Your Home
Storm Damage Can Be Devastating, call SERVPRO ASAP
Certified Technicians Can Prevent Further Damage From a Storm
While storm damage may have happened on only one side or corner of your home, storm damage can quickly spread. Water that has been able to enter during the storm through any openings created by falling trees or broken glass can evaporate and find its way into other rooms, and even onto other levels of your home.
Removing Storm Damage and the Mess it Makes Should be Done Carefully and Professionally
Storm damage can cause unexpected hazards. If your Fort Collins home or small business has experienced storm damage, you should not attempt to clean the debris up yourself. We have professional technicians who are trained in clearing away the debris. We have experience in extracting standing water, cleaning water damaged items and structures, and can help prevent mold growth.
Cleaning alone is often not enough, as storm damage and subsequent rainfall will damage interior structures. We can prevent much of the damage, and repair what has already taken place. We prevent damage by extracting additional moisture and applying heating systems that speed up the drying process. Repairs and restoration work can be done so that the new materials match the original ones. Painted walls, trim, wallpaper borders, and carpeting can be saved while only the damaged areas that are not able to be cleaned to like-new condition can be replaced. We have training and certification in restorative work that makes this possible.
From removing the debris to final restorative touches, we can quickly make things look just “Like they never even happened,” ensuring you and your family can return to your home safely. The same goes for your small business or office. Don't let storm damage ruin your home or your business. We know that your family deserves to be in their own home. We also know that small businesses need to have access to their office equipment and that every day counts.
For storm damage clean up and repairs, call us 24/7 at SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335. We will respond to your emergency at your earliest convenience to start cleaning up the debris and repairing the damage.
Fire Damage Restoration Company
Have fire damage in your Loveland home? SERVPRO of Fort Collins can and will restore your home back to pre-fire condition!
Professional Restoration Company That Specializes in Fire Damage
If you have experienced any fire damage to your home, then you know it's critical that you begin a fire damage restoration process quickly, so that things don't become any worse. We offer a quick response team that can be at your home, consulting with you in how we can help with restoration, repairs, and renovations.
After a house fire, restoration requires dealing with the damage that the fire caused, including the smoke, water, and other related issues. As an expert fire damage restoration company, SERVPRO can take care of all your home's restoration problems. Not only do we tackle structural problems, but smoky odors that can seep into walls, insulation, floors, and the ceiling. This must be removed quickly.
We understand that every fire and smoke situation is different. Each one requires a specialized solution. The soot and ash residue left behind requires special cleaning methods. Our Loveland fire damage and water damage team are well trained in handling the aftermath damages to restore your home quickly to a healthy pre-fire condition.
Our SERVPRO process for a “typical” fire damage restoration solution, involves a thorough inspection and damage assessment. We also remove all water and provide a drying process. Our smoke and soot removal system will sanitize your property. If a board-up solution and roof tarp service are needed, we can handle that, as well as cleaning and repair techniques. The result of our work is restoration.
We hope that our fire damage residents never need to use our fire damage service. But if and when you do, you need a company that knows what they are doing to help restore you and your family's back to a normal state. We use effective cleaning and equipment systems that will help eliminate costly replacement of your valuable items. We are available in your community 24/7.
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SERVPRO of Fort Collins is your smoke and fire damage restoration providers. We have the knowledge, equipment and experience to facilitate the entire clean up process, from start to finish. Contact us today at (970) 493-6335 to find out more about our fire damage repair services. We are locally owned and operated. We also have locations in Estes Park, Livermore, and Johnstown.
Why Use Commercial Water Removal Services?
Don't Allow Flooding Water To Damage Your Business in Fort Collins
SERVPRO Promptly Removes Water from Retail Properties
If commercial water damage in Fort Collins has devastated your property, it's an excellent idea to consult with a commercial water removal service that is local. Regardless if the water has originated from an internal leak, overflowing nearby rivers or streams, or torrential rains, clean-up must begin immediately to protect your property, and your investment, from further damage. Water can cause damage to many types of buildings, retail spaces, and lots.
Merchandise, inventory, and even office and business supplies that might not have come in contact with water and been previously safe, now face the risk of being ruined by mold, mildew, and even simple humidity. Mold and mildew are not only health hazards to humans, but both can also damage inventory, interior structures, and even furnishings.
In addition to the risk of mold and mildew affecting non-metal items, metal structures, from staircases to bookcases, can suffer from rust when exposed to water or high humidity. Metal structures that have rusted can pose their own health risks, from cuts on fingers and hands to weakened structures that create accidents when they topple over from their weakened state.
Water removal must also be complete, to ensure that water damage will be kept to a minimum. Humidity can also continue to create problems in drywall, carpets, crawlspaces, and even wooden support structures if it is above normal. Eliminating water from flooding must be carried out by experts in the field like SERVPRO. To eliminate residual humidity, we place dehumidifiers to capture the moisture from the ambient air. Water damage must be managed with specialized equipment that not only extracts the water but then completes the drying process more quickly.
We at SERVPRO include professionals who understand the different types of carpet, upholstery fabrics, and draperies, among the many other textiles used as furnishings in businesses today. Because of our training and experience, we can be invaluable to you in preserving the interior of a building. Our team members work hand-in-hand with each other to mitigate the damage suffered by the building itself and the contents inside. Not only does this preserve non-structural items, but it also eliminates the locations that mold, mildew, and other pathogens need to grow and breed.
If you've suffered water damage, you need to contact professionals who are experts in reducing the extent of water damage in Fort Collins and are highly trained at returning your commercial property to like-new conditions. We at SERVPRO of Fort Collins are highly experienced in the clean-up processes of both large and small commercial properties. We have expert teams ready to resolve water affected goods and furnishings. We can help you regain control of your commercial property that has suffered from flood damage or other water issues with our services in commercial water removal. We then help you further by rebuilding damaged structures to pre-flood and pre-damage conditions. "Like it never even happened." If your commercial property has suffered from water damage, please don't hesitate to call us for assistance at (970) 493-6335. SERVPRO of Fort Collins is ready to help you with your commercial water damage needs and get your business back to normal.
Longmont Mold Damage - How Ceiling Fans Can Protect Against Mold Damage
Mold damage in Longmont can be very destructive. Trust the pros at SERVPRO of Fort Collins to get rid of the damage!
Learn How Ceiling Fans Can Help Against Longmont Mold Damage
If you own a home or business in Longmont, mold damage might not be first on your list of priorities, but it should be. We tend to focus all of our attention on safeguarding against things like extreme weather, fires, and flooding, but we often forget about mold.
This can lead to costly and damaging situations because while mold can be associated with flooding and heavy rain, the cause is not always obvious. There doesn’t have to be flooding for mold problems to occur. More often than not, there is an unidentified leak somewhere on the property. It must be found, repaired, and restored by a professional team.
Once the damage has been repaired, one of the most effective ways to safeguard against further damage is to install and use ceiling fans.
Why Do Ceiling Fans Protect Against Mold?
The buildings most susceptible to mold damage in Longmont are the ones with poor ventilation and air circulation. This is why ceiling fans can be an affordable and effective way to tackle the problem. Vent fans are particularly useful in bathrooms and kitchens because they actively remove moisture from areas which tend to collect it.
Just think about all of the things that you do in your kitchen that produce heat and steam. The moisture in the air hangs around, until it makes contact with cool surfaces, and condenses. It then sits on walls and ceilings, weakening their integrity and giving mold spores a perfect place to multiply. This is why bathrooms, especially ones without windows, must contain a fan.
How Can I Use Ceiling Fans to Prevent Mold?
The first step is remembering to turn them on. It is no good installing ceiling fans if you don’t use them. This happens more frequently than you might expect so don’t be that homeowner who wastes valuable time and effort on unused purchases. Turn your ceiling fans on every time that you have a shower or cook in the kitchen.
Also, take care to keep your ceiling fans clean. They will naturally collect dirt, dust, and grime over time, but regular cleaning will remove this. If vents are not properly maintained, the fan can’t function at full capacity. You may start to develop mold even if you use the ceiling fans, precisely because they are not working at full power. Check the vents regularly for obstructions and blockages.
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For more help and advice on the best ways to prevent mold damage, talk to the experts at SERVPRO of Fort Collins on (970) 493-6335 today.
Dowtown Denver Commercial Fire Damage - Tips for Cleanup of Commercial Fire Damage in Downtown Denver
Smoke and fire damage are especially destructive. In many instances, your property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts.
Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup Tips in Downtown Denver
If you are facing commercial fire damage in Downtown Denver, you may be feeling overwhelmed. The fire trucks are gone, the smoke has cleared, and the dust is settling. The emergency is over; however, it is the beginning of a new journey for you; one that needs to be handled correctly to mitigate damages. If your commercial property has just suffered fire damage, you are likely wondering what to do next. Taking the right steps after a commercial fire in Downtown Denver will help ensure the best results for you and your business. Here are some tips to consider when you are facing commercial fire damage cleanup.
The cleanup process after a commercial fire in Downtown Denver should begin as soon as possible to aid in preventing permanent damage or discoloration that soot can cause. Make health and safety your priority. You should use gloves while working and a dust mask like the ones worn by professional painters. Be sure you have proper ventilation in the area by opening doors and windows when possible and using a fan to help remove dust and air to the outside.
It is important to begin cleaning from the top and working your way to the bottom. Ceilings, walls, and light fixtures should be cleaned first, followed by other contents of the room, and finally the flooring and baseboards. Use a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency filter on floors and any upholstery. Using a vacuum without this type of filter will cause soot to be blown back into the open air and mess up any prior cleaning efforts.
In some cases, you can launder clothing, machine-washable items, and clothing. You will want to use a mild alkaline detergent to help neutralize the acid within the soot. In the case of delicate clothing or textiles, you will want to take them to be dry cleaned by a professional. Be sure to let the professional know that the items were involved in a fire so that they can go about cleaning them the best way possible.
Exterior walls made of siding, paint, stone, wood, and brick can be cleaned with an agitating brush and a mild detergent. Pressure washing is best, working from the bottom to the top and then rinsing the opposite way. If the structure is distorted or warped in any way, you will want to consult with a licensed general contractor. In this case, your building may not be structurally sound and can be dangerous.
If your commercial fire damage and residue are severe, it is usually best to hire a professional to take care of the job. A professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Fort Collins has the tools, knowledge, and experience to restore your space and all that is within it. They can even help you handle insurance claims.
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At SERVPRO of Fort Collins, we can help with cleaning up any commercial fire damage in Longmont, Loveland, and surrounding areas. We are a locally owned and operated business available to help with all of your fire damage cleanup and restoration needs. Call us at 970-493-6335 today to help mitigate your fire damage.
Water Damage Remediation Specialists Restore Your Property in Loveland
SERVPRO Says Don't Allow a Frozen Pipe to Flood Your Home
Water Damage to a Loveland Home is Treated by SERVPRO
When Loveland water damage has impacted your home because of flood, leak, frozen pipe, fire or natural disaster, it is often difficult to grapple with the impending efforts for restoration. In addition to destroying the structure of your property and personal possessions, water damage can make your home unsafe to re-enter. Additionally, water damage can lead to the growth of unwanted mold within 48-72 hours of the water intrusion. Securing water damage remediation services from a company like SERVPRO can help limit water damages and restore your property quickly and safely. Learn more about how obtaining professional restoration services can get your property back in pre-loss condition by reviewing this short outline:
Preventing Structural Damage
Unfortunately, water damage can cause substantive structural damage to your Loveland property. Severe water intrusion can compromise electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and appliances within a matter of minutes. Water can stain furniture and carpeting, ruin documents and clothing, and cause moisture-sensitive items to disfigure and swell. And in just a few hours, water can cause your wooden furniture to discolor and expand permanently while also making your drywall soften and then warp. The damages don't stop there. To prevent this extensive water damage from adversely impacting the structure of your home, SERVPRO recommends swift reaction by hiring a water damage restoration company. We will send multiple technicians to your home to tackle simultaneously many areas of water removal and restoration. We will inventory all impacted items and attempt first to dry and restore rather than to discard and replace. Our aim is to soften the shock of the cost and inconvenience.
In addition to limiting structural damage by having multiple technicians complete the restoration project simultaneously, SERVPRO plays an integral role in preventing mold from impacting your property. Specialized equipment is utilized to remove standing water from your residential living space. By eliminating the moist environment that fungi require for expansion, we can quickly return your ambient air and interior furnishings to safe levels. This mold remediation is quite significant because ongoing exposure to mold can lead to unwanted health effects.
Call The Professionals Of SERVPRO
Water damage in Loveland can be reversed by hiring an experienced, well equipped and trained organization. Attempting to restore water damaged property on your own can eventually be more expensive and time-consuming. All of our technicians are IICRC-certified, and we're pleased to offer 24/7 emergency services to ensure that your water damage complications can be addressed and resolved immediately. Allow us to return your home to being a safe place "like it never even happened."
We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques
Properly restoring your home after a water damage event requires specialized equipment and products. This advanced equipment allows SERVPRO of Fort Collins to remove the water, even hidden moisture, quickly and efficiently from Loveland, Denver and Fort Collins homes. We proudly serve these communities. Call us for help. (970) 493-6335
How To Limit Fort Collins Fire Damage In Your Office
It's important for property owners to know how they can prevent commercial fire damage from adversely impacting their office space.
How To Limit Fire Damage In Your Fort Collins Office
Although many business owners use the utmost care when ensuring the safety of their residential space, some overlook the fact that doing so is equally important in the commercial setting. In fact, your office can be even more susceptible to disasters like fire accidents than your home. For this reason, it's important for property owners to know how they can prevent Fort Collins commercial fire damage from adversely impacting their office space. Get the tips and tricks you require to realize this objective by reviewing the short outline that appears below:
Don’t Overload Your Outlet
Electrical overload is a factor that can contribute to the development of a fire in your office. For this reason, it's important that you refrain from plugging more than one adapter into an outlet. Also, be sure to consult with your electrician to determine how many plugs your outlet can accommodate. You should also be knowledgeable that you can use surge protectors or power strips in place of an adapter. These devices will turn off before a problem becomes profound enough to create an electrical overload.
Keep Your Extension Cords In A Safe Place
Another strategy you should employ to prevent Fort Collins commercial fire damage is keeping your extension cords stored in a safe place. If the cords are left out, make sure that they are not placed in high traffic regions of the office such as doorways and hallways.
Unplug Your Electrical Devices Correctly
People have a tendency to become lazy when it's time to unplug electrical devices. Don't commit this error. Instead, make sure that you are thorough and precise when unplugging the machines. The three steps to follow include:
1. Turning off the machine
2. Unplugging the machine
3. If you're using a surge protector or adapter, unplug each machine from the device. Then unplug the surge protector or adapter from the outlet.
Call SERVPRO For Commercial Fire Damage Remediation Services
The prevention tips and tricks outlined above can prove effective in keeping your office safe from unwanted fire. However, there is still a possibility that a Fort Collins commercial fire could strike. If it does, there's only one company to call for cutting-edge, comprehensive commercial fire damage restoration services: SERVPRO of Fort Collins. Our IICRC-certified technicians offer 24/7 emergency services and work with diligence to ensure that the job is completed quickly and correctly. We're ready to assist you immediately, so contact us now at (970) 493-6335.
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As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Fort Collins is strategically located to respond quickly to your commercial fire emergency event. When commercial fire damage occurs we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (970) 493-6335
Water Damage: Causes, Preventions and Viable Solutions for Longmont
Water Damage to Drywall in a Longmont Home
SERVPRO Inspects to Prevent and Restores to Fix Water Damage in Your Longmont Home
When you find that your residential property in Longmont has incurred water damage, addressing the issue immediately is important. However, many homeowners find that they lack the knowledge and experience necessary to recognize, prevent, and effectively respond to the situation. SERVPRO offers some helpful information and instructions found in this quick reference guide:
Sources and Areas Of Water Damage Incidents
There are several common sources of water damage. One of them is the basement. Front, side, and back yards that were not graded correctly, or have suffered soil erosion, allow pooling water to gravitate and settle into building materials. This water accumuilation can be from lawn irrigation water, rainwater runoff, or ice dams. Plumbing problems such as leaking or bursting pipes, from mechanical failure or frozen water expansion, can also result in water damage--drip by drip or gushers. Have SERPRO inspect your property for preventative measures against water intrusion. The installation of new pipes, ground drainage, and proper grading of your lawn can help prevent water damage and the need for repairs.
Other Causes Of Water Damage. Other causes of water damage may include high humidity and leaky roofs. Water that accumulates in your home in Longmont because of these causes can result in warped window frames, ceilings, furniture, floors, and walls. In many cases, the water can damage your personal possessions and renders some of them non-salvageable. The water can also create the ideal breeding ground for mold. SERVPRO can extract unwanted water and humidity and also offer mold remediation services
Another source of water damage that you should be aware of includes broken hoses causing leaking appliances. These issues can lead to harmful water damage from leaking or overflowing toilets, ice makers, dishwashers, and washing machines. If a small leak goes unnoticed for an extended period, the gray water can degrade into black water, rated as Category 3 quality. This can be sewage water, chemically dangerous elements dissolved or suspended in the water, or microorganisms like E. Coli. The results can be hazardous living conditions, mold proliferation, expensive damage to personal possessions and clean up, and the erosion of your property's foundation.
The Ideal Water Damage Solution
When you realize that your residential property in Longmont has suffered water damage, retaining the professional assistance of a water damage restoration franchise like SERVPRO can mitigate costs and restoration time. Our friendly professionals possess the extensive industry experience, training, knowledge, and equipment to return your home to its pre-loss condition.
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We are proud to be an active member of Longmont. SERVPRO of Fort Collins is locally owned and operated ready to help with any-sized flood and water damage emergencies. Call for 24/7 immediate help. (970) 493-6335
Water Damage Happens in Fort Collins Government Buildings
This Water Damaged Business Needs SERVPRO
In Fort Collins, Water Damage in Government Buildings
There are thousands of buildings all over the nation that are owned and managed by the United States government. Many of these buildings, some in Fort Collins, are somewhat older structures that are in need of commercial services. One service often required is water damage cleanup and restoration. Infrastructure replacement of critically important parts such as roofs and old cast iron plumbing become increasingly more relevant as a building ages. This need for replacement can focus on the pipes that are very old and not well maintained. These pipes are more likely to burst then newer pipes. To have a water damage restortion company like SERVPRO as a viable option as an immediate response team is critical. Also, there are many government buildings that are located in places that undergo significant changes in climate that can range anywhere from extremely cold to extremely hot during the yearly seasonal cycles. These temperature changes can make for a significant amount of strain on any piping that is in the building, which can yield burst pipes within buildings. Even though many people like to think of the United States government as immune to commonplace problems such as this one, the truth is that their buildings are just buildings like any others. They can just as easily be affected by problems such as water damage as can any other commercial building in the United States.
Which types of facilities that are owned by the United States government can be impacted by the bursting of pipes?
Military facilities experience effects due to weather changes that can come without notice. Considering that these facilities are distributed all over the nation, it is very important to ensure that the ones that are in temperate climates have adequate insulation. If they do not, the consequences will be that the pipes will maintain a tendency to burst, whether they are located in the offices, airplane hangars, or barracks. If a pipe does burst in one of these facilities, the incident could actually lead to the formation of mold. This is bad enough in a home, but when an issue like this has an impact on the armed forces, it is crucial to make sure that the problem is resolved. Mold could adversely affect the health of members of the armed forces.
Federal court buildings could also be seriously impacted by water damage. These buildings can be very adversely affected by mold. There are many stories of poor air quality causing illness to the employees, jurists and support people.
Government offices need to be protected from water damage as well.
If there are water damage issues in a major center of government activity, it is possible that the bureaucracy within the government could be adversely affected or even slow down to the point of ineffectiveness. For this reason, it is crucial for any water damage problems that arise in these buildings, in Fort Collins or other locations, to be resolved immediately and in the most professional way possible. SERVPRO is known for being faster to any disaster.
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SERVPRO of Fort Collins can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the scope or size of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,600 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.
Whether your water emergency occurs in a big-box store or a small office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. (970) 493-6355
How a Water Damage Restoration Company Can Help Your Denver Home
Water Removal is a Top Priority for This House
A Denver Water Damaged Home and Help
Once a flood or fire has damaged your Denver home, it's important for you to obtain water damage restoration services. Restoration services are multi-faceted in so much as they involve both cleaning, removing excess water from your home and repairing regions of the house that have been subjected to substantive water damage. As the water damage specialists know from SERVPRO, it is important to start the cleanup and repair process right after the flood or fire to ensure that the water damage is minimized and that mold and mildew do not begin to accumulate on the property. Learn more about the helpful services that this water damage restoration company can offer by reading the following short reference guide:
A Water Damage Restoration Company Remediates Your Property Quickly
One of the benefits that results from employing a water damage restoration company is that they complete the cleanup, repair, and restoration processes quickly. A water damage restoration company like SERVPRO employs a large staff who can work with expedience and excellence. This group effort ensures that they can tackle a large number of problems that have resulted in the accumulated water damage in your Denver home. The end result is the rapid restoration of your home, a reality which can greatly reduce the onset of secondary water damage and offer you peace of mind.
A Water Damage Restoration Company Limits Mold and Mildew Proliferation
Another great service provided by this water damage restoration company is the treatment of mold and mildew growth in your private living space. Restoration specialists accomplish this objective by removing excess water quickly so that the fungi do not have an opportunity to form and proliferate. If mold has already begun to grow in your home, this will commence in 48-72 hours after the initial water intrusion, the restoration specialists can eliminate it through the use of cleaners and industrial-grade disinfectants. These cleaners will not put you and your family at risk. It's important to let a team of trained professionals handle your water damage issues rather than attempting to solve the problem on your own. In recognizing that a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO can restore your home to its original condition, you may wish to ask your insurance agent for recommendation and advice.
Let's Get Started Now
Homes that have been subjected to water damage are in need of high quality remediation services. Once you start looking for a professional water damage company to assist you in restoring your home, you should look no further than SERVPRO. Our company is committed to consistently offering cutting edge, expedient restoration services that get your home back in great condition with lightning speed. For water damage restoration services that work, contact us today and let's get started.
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We live and work in Denver too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Fort Collins is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Denver community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.
We are proud to serve our local communities:
The Restoration Process Begins When You Call Us. Here is the number for an immediate response. (970) 493-6335
Why Denver Professionals Should Clean Smoke Damage From A Fire
Denver fire restoration process is not complex but does require experience and adequate manpower.
Why Professionals Should Clean Smoke Damage From A Fire
Following a Denver fire, many people assume that once the firefighters leave, the danger has passed, and the building will not sustain further damage. However, smoke and ash remain and the building will never return to its original state until professionals have thoroughly cleaned it. Denver fire restoration process is not complex but does require experience and adequate manpower. For this reason, homeowners should not attempt to clean a home on their own following a fire.
The debris and residue that is left behind by a fire continues to affect the building. For example, ash and smoke will cause extensive corrosion, etching, discoloration and lingering odors. Items that are made of plastic, or that were close to the fire will start discoloring within minutes. Within hours, fiberglass and finishes on appliances will begin to yellow as well. Metals may also tarnish and will corrode after several days. Wood and vinyl will also need to be refinished or replaced.
Because of the ongoing discoloration and corrosion process, the cost for fire restoration will skyrocket if professionals are not hired until after a few weeks have lapsed. When professional cleaning is delayed, many items will not be salvageable and will require replacement. Additionally, ash can build up in layers over time and develop into a hard, lacquer-like substance. However, if homeowners contact SERVPRO immediately following a fire, they can stop these detrimental processes before they damage additional portions of the building.
The first step performed by professionally trained fire restoration professionals is identifying all affected materials and odor sources. The experts will identify items that can be salvaged and those that cannot. They will also remove built-up ash residue from surfaces. This is an extremely labor-intensive process, because ash is easily disturbed and can spread to other parts of the building. When treating smoke odors, restorers will locate the source of the odor and treat it with specialized detergents that are formulated to neutralizing odors. Once materials are treated, the area may be sealed off to prevent further odor absorption during the remainder of the restoration process. The entire restoration process is very detailed, and hiring SERVPRO to do the job correctly is imperative.
Many companies advertise that they restore fire damaged buildings, but homeowners should only hire those that are properly trained and certified. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the main oversight agency and requires registrants to take extensive coursework before earning a certification. SERVPRO is IICRC certified, which is a symbol of excellence. Companies that meet the organization’s strict standards can be contacted through the IICRC.
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We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Fort Collins is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Fort Collins community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.
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The Different Causes of Mold Growth in Your Loveland Home
The main problem with mold is that it doesn't need that much for it to both grow and thrive in your household.
The Different Causes of Mold Growth in Your Home
Loveland mold is a condition that a lot of homeowners deal with on a regular basis. The main problem with mold is that it doesn't need that much for it to both grow and thrive in your household. Things such as darkness, warmth, humidity and a food source for drywall or wood can all help the mold spores to both thrive and expand throughout the home. In some cases, the mold is very visible like on a bathroom ceiling just above the shower stall. In other cases, you may not even know that you have it because it is in a crawlspace or attic.
If your home has a moisture problem or is prone to floods and leaks, you are living in an environment that is more vulnerable to Loveland mold problems. This is because you are attracting the mold to your home even if you are not aware of it. Moist environments with excess warmth and food sources for the mold to grow is attractive to the fungus and can help it to grow continually until it becomes out of control and needs professional remediation. In this case, only an expert mold remediation service company, like SERVPRO, will be able to assist you in getting rid of the mold problem.
Mold spores can be found in the air at times, especially in homes that have other factors such as moisture, dampness, and high humidity levels. The mold spores can thrive in this condition and continue to multiply until they become a huge problem for you.
Mold spores cannot grow unless the area in which they are present is moisture and humidity. In fact and to be precise, a humidity level of about 55 percent is needed for mold actually to develop and begin to multiply. Many homes that are in humid climates or deal with lots of rain can have more moisture problems present within their homes than others. Also, leaking plumbing pipes or floods can create humidity in the air. Taking care of plumbing leaks and roof leaks can help to prevent these problems.
Another thing to keep in mind is that mold likes humid and dark environments, which makes your basement, crawl space, and attic all primary locations for mold to grow and thrive over time. It is vital that you continually look around the home to check for mold and to contact SERVPRO at the first sign of a mold problem.
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We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Fort Collins is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Fort Collins community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.
When a major storm or event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.
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What To Know About Cheyenne Water Damage Repairs
If a flood or leak infiltrates a home, then it can immediately start to cause problems.
What To Know About Water Damage Repairs
What Type Of Cheyenne Water Damage Repairs Can Homeowners Perform?
If a flood or leak infiltrates a home, then it can immediately start to cause problems. Not only do leaks cause frustration, but they can also foster microbial and mold growth. They can also cause unpleasant odors. If the problem is small, then people may be tempted to take care of it themselves.
When Should A Person Hire A Professional To Take Care Of Cheyenne Water Damage Repairs?
Storms, floods and sewage backups can leave behind black water. Black water is fluid that has been contaminated with dangerous materials. The fluid likely flowed from a lake or river. It can also refer to fertilizer, oil, or another type of contaminated chemical runoff. A homeowner should not try to restore a home that has been affected by this type of fluid. It can result in serious problems if the person who is handling it is not certified.
Professionals, like SERVPRO, should be called if the problem is widespread. The longer the water remains, the worse the problem will get. That is why it is necessary to start the restoration process immediately. Most people will be overwhelmed by the damage that a storm or flood can cause.
Where Can A Professional Get Certified To Repair Water Damage Repairs?
The Institute Of Inspection Cleaning And Restoration Certification is the leading agency in the world for restoration professionals. Before a person is able to receive certification from the IICRC, they will have to take a three-day water damage restoration course. This course lasts three days, and people receive 19 hours of instruction. After a professional takes this course, they will be able to handle many restoration challenges. SERVPRO is IICRC-certified.
How Do Professionals Perform Restoration?
Certified technicians use a pump or vacuum to remove the water from the home. After this is performed, the furniture will be removed and the debris will be cleaned. Commercial dehumidifiers and special air moving devices will be used to keep air circulating throughout the home. It may not be safe to live in the home until it has dried out completely. A certified technician will also monitor the moisture level in the home.
If the insulation, drywall, baseboards and casings have been damaged, then they will likely need to be replaced. Mold begins to grow within 24 hours, so it is important to remove the damaged materials quickly.
After the home has dried out, the carpeting and other damaged materials will be replaced.
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As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Fort Collins is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major flooding event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.
We are proud to serve our local communities:
Recovering From Longmont Commercial Fire Damage
After a fire is put out, there is much work to be done.
Recovering From Commercial Fire Damage
Longmont commercial fire damage such as burnt furniture, burst pipes, fried electronics, smoke stains and unpleasant odors can be devastating to any business. SERVPRO knows how to help businesses quickly recover from this type of commercial damage.
A Fire - The Aftermath
After a fire is put out, there is much work to be done. The longer the fire damage is not addressed, the more the damage will spread. Therefore, once the fire department puts out the fire, the first step a business owner should take is to call your insurance company and a restoration company that specializes in Longmont commercial fire damage restoration, like SERVPRO.
When a fire restoration company comes to assess the commercial damage to a business, the company will reinforce the building's structure, seal gaps, and holes and prevent leaks. SERVPRO will use sensing equipment to determine the degree and extent of the damage to create an effective action plan.
The Restoration Process
Removing and disposing of non-salvageable items is the first step of the commercial fire damage restoration process. Items that must be thrown away include those that are soaked in contaminated water, completely burnt or covered in smoke stains. After the company removed ruined items, it will:
Clean smoke and soot off surfaces with scrubbers.
Clean the carpet with a professional wet vacuum.
Dry the air and surfaces with a dehumidifier.
Install new cabinetry and fixtures.
Remove water from the floor with a pump.
Repaint the walls.
Repair damaged items.
Sanitize items touched by contaminated water.
It is important to deal with fire damage quickly and efficiently, but it is also crucial to take preventive measures against a fire. After SERVPRO is finished, the business owner should thoroughly analyze what factors contributed to the fire in order to prevent a future fire from occurring. The most essential fire prevention tool every business should have is a smoke detector. The premises should have an adequate number of detectors placed in key areas around the property, including the top of a stairwell and in the kitchen. Each smoke detector should be tested on a regular basis to ensure it functions properly.
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We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Fort Collins is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Fort Collins community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.
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All About Fort Collins Tornados
Tornadoes are a destructive weather occurrence that is measured by the Enhanced Fujita Scale.
All About Tornados
Tornadoes are a destructive weather occurrence that is measured by the Enhanced Fujita Scale. While they vary in strength, tornadoes can destroy buildings, lift railroad cars and create other Fort Collins storm damage. Tornadoes are columns of air that begin to rotate slowly and pick up speed until they are violently spinning funnels though it may not be visible until it reaches the ground and picks up debris.
No one knows exactly how tornadoes form, but a supercell thunderstorm is required. Supercell thunderstorms differ from traditional thunderstorms in that they have strong updrafts of rotating air. Other necessary factors for tornado formation may include strong wind changes, moisture in the air or temperature differences between downdrafts and the surrounding air.
Funnel Cloud or Tornado?
Many people confuse funnel clouds with tornadoes, but they are different. Tornadoes start as funnel-shaped clouds that extend down from a thunderstorm’s cloud base. A funnel cloud is comprised of tiny moisture droplets that are visible as it rotates. However, some funnel clouds lack moisture and are invisible. Once funnel clouds reach the ground, they become tornadoes.
The path of destruction created by tornadoes ranges from 100 yards to more than 2.6 miles. They typically travel from southwest to northeast with speeds between 30 and 70 mph. Tornadoes can last for a few seconds or more than an hour, but typically don’t last more than 10 minutes.
Tornadoes can form anywhere in the U.S. but are most common in the deep south and between the Appalachian and the Rocky Mountains. They occur most in April, May, and June, but can occur at any time of the year.
Tornado formation requires the convergence of three air layers. The ground layer consists of warm, moist air with strong winds from the South. Another layer is in the upper atmosphere and consists of cold air with winds coming from the west or southwest. The third layer is in the middle and consists of hot, dry air, which allows the lower layer to heat up. This creates instability that is exacerbated when the upper layer begins to move east. The result is that all the layers begin to lift, which creates thunderstorms and strong updrafts. The interaction between the updrafts and surrounding winds can cause the rotation to develop, which is a tornado.
The professionals at SERVPRO have experience cleaning up Fort Collins storm damage of all varieties, especially flooding caused by storms and extreme weather occurrences.
Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources
As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Fort Collins is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major storm or flood event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.
We are proud to serve our local communities: