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3/30/2022 (Permalink)

Molds are part of the natural environment and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold is not usually a problem unless it begins growing indoors. The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture. This website provides guidance about mold and moisture for homes, schools, multifamily, and commercial buildings. Molds can have a big impact on indoor air quality.

Here are some tips if you discover mold in your home or business.

What to Do

  • Contact SERVPRO of Garfield and Pitkin Counties for mold remediation services.
  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Open your windows

What Not to Do

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.  Call us today at 970-618-1516

Authored by: Chafika and James Landers 

Certifications

  • AMRT -Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD -Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT -Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST -Health and safety Technician
  • OCT -Odor Control Technician
  • RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC -Certified Firm

Affiliations

  • ASBO
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification

Awards

  • Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness

SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

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Often times the damage from water is caused when a problem goes without being noticed. It may take weeks or even months before the damage shows up.

After your home or business experiences water damage, your prompt action can minimize further damage. It is important to know the source of the damage at the start of the cleaning process. The safe, timely steps listed below can assist you in your home or businesses’ water damage restoration process so that it can be returned to its pre-crisis state. Incorrect actions can be costly mistakes.

In any situation that you find water damage on your property, follow some of these helpful tips, and call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties to start the restoration process earlier.

  •  Call your insurance company.
  • Try to contain the water in the affected area
  • Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe furniture dry.
  • Place a piece of foil between wet flooring and furniture legs.
  • Protect any furniture or pillows.
  • Open furniture drawers, closet doors, and luggage to enhance drying.
  • Move guns, photos, paintings, and art objects to a safe, dry location
  • Lift the drapes off the floor, looping them through a coat hanger and hanging them on the curtain rod.
  • Remove all area carpets.
  • Turn off any electrical items.

Remember if you do experience water damage in your home or business SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties is one call away at 970-618-1516

Does your Aspen Business have a Mold problem?

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

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In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or a leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. For example, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin techniques guarantees the successful restoration of your property and stabilizing your indoor air quality because we hold the Applied Microbial Remediation certification and the Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC Certified). Call us today at 970-618-1516

Best ways to Keep your Rifle Business Free from Mold

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Mold can be very challenging to deal with. It can sometimes be challenging to spot, it pollutes the air, and it can even threaten the structural integrity of your establishment. Once it starts, it can spread very quickly. Not only can it cause damage, but it can affect people’s health.

Mold is primarily caused by uncontrolled moisture that can grow on various surfaces, cloth, carpets, drywall, and wood. With a large commercial building keeping everyone cool or warm, condensation can form and provide the mold the moisture it needs to spread.

Regular cleanings and maintenance inspections will help keep mold from taking over the building areas that are not often used.

Minimize moisture

Mold thrives on moisture. The more excess dampness you have around your commercial building, the more chances you have of ending up with a mold problem. Condensation can form during the hot months, during the cold months, at any time, and people can cause condensation.

A dehumidifier will help draw moisture out of the air. It can make a big difference in a very populated building, and turning off the heat or air conditioning is not an option.

Please put them in areas when moisture is prevalent. Basements, upper floors, kitchens or cafeterias, shower rooms, laundry rooms, and anywhere that has excessive moisture. Remember to check windows and doors for condensation build-up too. If you see a lot of humidity here, this could signify that you need new windows.

Service your HVAC unit

It’s essential to ensure that the HVAC system remains clean and good condition. If your filters are clogged up with mold spores, then every time you turn the AC on, you’ll be blowing them around the building. The vents, ducts, and the rest all need to be maintained.

When the air is not moving through the vents, dust and mold can sit there, so the room fills with it all when you turn it back on. Any amount of hair, dust, dirt, animal hair and waste, and mold can be in the vents.

Make Repairs fast

Fixing minor problems will help them from becoming big problems. Leaks in the roof or foundation, cracks in the walls, gaps around windows, taps, pipes that drip or leak, and faulty thermostats. Unfortunately, the longer you leave problems unattended, the worse they can become.

These can all allow heat and cold air in or out, making it harder to control the humidity inside the building. Always try to catch water damage and leaks before the added moisture can cause long-term damage.

Stay vigilant

Mold isn’t always noticeable straight away. It’s a great idea to have your maintenance team take care of regular checks and repairs but hiring a professional to inspect the building can help. They can spot areas that may be developing mold that you are not aware of. Dark spots, fuzzy patches, musty smells can all appear anywhere. Carpets, walls, ceilings, floors, and under sinks, behind walls in shower rooms, laundry room, bathrooms, and kitchen areas. They are also great at finding areas of potential mold too, so you can stop it before it gets a chance to start.

Seek professional support

Finally, remember that every commercial building often has its unique issues and requirements to consider.

If you find mold, call a professional team to take care of it right away. You don’t want to try and clean it by yourself. Our SERVPRO team are Professionals who have the right tools, equipment, and products to take care of it. We specialize in mold removal from residential and commercial buildings and can assist with ridding your property of any mold and residual spores. You can trust SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin counties to take care of any mold problems you encounter in your commercial building. We are a 24/7 emergency response. Call us today at 970-618-1516.

The Most Common Causes of Commercial Building Fires

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Even with the best fire prevention training and protocols in place, and the best fire suppression systems, fires can still happen. Preventing fires in commercial buildings is a serious matter because lives and businesses are at stake. To avoid commercial building fires, it’s necessary to understand the most common causes to reduce the risk to your facilities.

Human Error

Commercial buildings are often full of people working and clients coming and going. Due to a large amount of traffic, human error will occur occasionally. Fires may be caused due to cigarettes not being put out properly near the building or the misuse of appliances or equipment. The best you can do to prevent a fire due to human error is to ensure everyone is informed on how fires are caused and how to avoid them.

Cooking Equipment

Due to high cooking temperatures, flammable oils and grease, and the hectic nature of commercial kitchens, this is the single most common cause of commercial fires. These fires tend to account for minor damage but are easily preventable with fire protection systems such as alarms and fire extinguishers. 

Heating Equipment

Heating fires account for 9% of all commercial building fires. Being by nature heating and using electricity, heating equipment is at risk for causing fires. Regular inspection and maintenance of all heating systems and equipment can prevent overheating or other malfunctions in heating systems that can cause fires.

If you have any smoke damage that you need to be cleaned, call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties for Fire Damage Restoration and Repairs, we can help. Call us today at 970-618-1516. We are a 24/7 emergency response.

Windows leaking in your Aspen home?

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Windows leaking is common, making it difficult for homeowners to determine exactly what the problem may be. However, there are many factors to consider when analyzing the cause of a window leak, so before repair can take place, a diagnosis is necessary.

Main reasons that windows leak and what you can do about them.

The window leaking in Around the Top of Your Window

Leaks at the top of the window can signify mistakes made during installation. For instance, the flashing might be improperly installed, or it might be missing altogether. If the house wrap isn't correctly installed, that could cause the window to leak, too.

Water on the Windows When There's No Rain

Water droplets that form on the inside of the glass that doesn't correspond to the outdoor weather are a sign of condensation. It can be easily remedied by adjusting your home's humidity with central air conditioning or a dehumidifier. By lowering the moisture levels in the air, you can reduce the amount of condensation that forms on the window. Excess condensation can lead to mold growth over time.

The window is leaking at the bottom.

If the windows have metal or vinyl frames, they have drain holes near the bottom edge of the frame. These holes are designed to allow the water to escape the frame, but they can become clogged. Clean out the jams.

All windows should have a sill pan that allows water to drain to the house's exterior, and the sill needs to slope away from the window. If either is missing or wrong, you may need to reinstall the window to correct the problem.

Water is leaking between the panes of a double-paned window.

The glass seal has deteriorated, and rain is working between the panes. However, that gas that's supposed to be between the panes to provide an insulating factor is gone. Installing new windows will increase the home's energy efficiency.

 Water is coming in around the window.

Often, these leaks happen because the caulk or sealant around the window has gotten old and cracked, allowing rain to enter the house. The fix for this situation is simple – peel out the old caulking and replace it with new window caulking.

For any water damage in your home or commercial property, SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties' highly trained technicians are ready to help you out 24/7. We'll restore the water damage and make it look "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 970-618-1516.

In need of Board up or tarp in New Castle?

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Roof damage to your home or business can be caused by a storm, fire, or another emergency. The damage needs to be addressed immediately to help avoid further harm by the elements or intruders. If your windows or walls are damaged, you will need professional board-up services to secure your property.

Our highly trained technicians use approved board-up techniques to help minimize further damage and secure your home or business from weather, animals, and illegal entry.

 We secure the correct locations and use the proper materials. Our techs know how to navigate around cracked windows and doors. We can detect areas that appear undamaged to the naked eye but may present leakage and stability issues.

There are several reasons to perform a board-up or tarp over.

  • 24/7 Emergency Service

Our quick response will help to lessen the damage, limit further property damage, and can help reduce costly repairs. Openings in the wall or roof provide access to harmful elements such as wind, water, and debris. Human or animal invaders could cause even more damage, adding to your current issues and increasing your repair bill.

  • Helps your insurance claim:

SERVPRO will help you navigate the insurance claims process and coordinate the necessary paperwork for a quicker, easier experience.

  • Reduces additional property loss and liability 

Thieves may remove essential belongings or cause unnecessary destruction, and their injuries could become your liability. Therefore, it is not recommended to re-enter your home until deemed safe by the fire department or proper authority.

Contact SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties for Board up and tarp if your home has fire or water damage. We can help; call us today at 970-618-1516. We are a 24/7 emergency response.

Preventing a Flooded Basement in your Snowmass Home

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Unexpected water in your basement can damage walls and floors, destroy carpeting, ruin furniture, and lead to mold. As these spaces are often used for storage, a wet basement can ruin irreplaceable items like photo albums, antiques, and family heirlooms. Therefore, it is essential to determine if it is safe to leave things in areas that may flood and take precautions to prevent flooding.

Here are a few home improvements to make water damage less likely:

  • Add or update drainage.

Use gutters and downspouts to ensure water is diverted away from your home and its foundation. The most straightforward solutions to overflowing gutters are either adding another downspout on that gutter run or increasing the downspout size.

  • Install a sump pump.

Try this addition if water damage has been a severe problem of your home's lower level. Choose a cast-iron sump pump, which may last longer, and consider buying a battery-powered backup pump if the power goes out.

  • Seal Your Basement.

This is a logical step, but many homeowners fail to keep up with it year after year. Sealing openings to your basement means keeping weatherstripping around doors in good condition and making sure windows are caulked.

  • Install a water leak detection system.

An automatic water shut-off valve is a water leak detection system that will shut off the water supply to the home when it detects water on the floor or an irregular flow in the pipe.

  • Check Your Landscaping

Although plants absorb water from the soil, they can also cause water intrusion in your basement. If they're too close to the foundation, roots may penetrate, resulting in cracks or bowing walls that allow water in. Overgrown shrubs may also restrict once-proper drainage and allow water to pool too close to your home.

  • Clean the Gutters

Clean the gutters on your roof to ensure that they don't overflow during a rainstorm. The downspouts carry the water away from your home, and if they aren't clear of debris, the water might flow into your home's basement.

  • Check Your Foundation for Cracks

Check your home's foundation from the inside and outside for any cracks. If you notice small cracks, use caulk to seal them. If the cracks are extensive, you will need the help of a professional to fix them before they cause damage to your basement.

 Our SERVPRO team of Garfield & Pitkin Counties are Professionals in water damage restoration, and we are your best option to efficiently and thoroughly inspect your home of standing water and get it cleaned up quickly. Several potential problems could arise from waiting to address standing water in your house.

Give us a call today to help avoid these concerns as much as possible. We are 24/7 Emergency Response at 970-618-1516.

Preventing Water Damage at Your Carbondale Business

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

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All buildings are different, but each is at risk for water damage. From a minor roof leak to violently destructive hurricanes, any unwanted water intrusion can significantly impact the value of a commercial property.

If your business experiences a water-related incident, you’ll need to act quickly to mitigate the damage. Small business insurance can also play a crucial role in lessening the financial impact. However, it’s best to prevent such occurrences from happening in the first place.

Use these tips to protect your business from flooding and freezing damage.

Inspect gutters and drainage

Fallen leaves and other debris in gutters and downspouts can lead to water damage to the exterior and interior walls. Regularly inspect your business’s gutters, downspouts, and drainage system, and remove any debris or buildup.

Conduct Regular Inspections

The components of a commercial building are diverse and complex. Unlike residential property, commercial buildings tend to have major external HVAC components, roofs decorated with an array of pipes and fans, and large utility rooms. The best way to keep the harsh weather outside is to hire a professional to conduct frequent and thorough inspections.

Insulate exposed pipes

Exposed pipes during the winter are vulnerable to freezing. Plummeting temperatures can freeze water inside a poorly insulated pipe, causing the pipe to burst. A broken line can lead to costly flooding or even structural damage. Ensure the pipes are insulated. The more insulation you use, the better protected your lines will be.

Locate your shut-off valve

If a pipe breaks, you’ll need to act quickly. That means you should know the location of the main shut-off valve for your building’s water supply. Shutting off the main valve will temporarily cut the water flow to the building, preventing flooding until you can fix the problem.

Seal cracks and gaps

Seal any cracks, holes, or other gaps in your building’s exterior and foundation to ensure that cold air doesn’t penetrate your structure, and warm air doesn’t escape. Caulk, weather stripping, and other sealants can be used to make your building more energy-efficient and reduce the risk of frozen pipes.

Protect your business with insurance

It’s essential to have adequate insurance if you experience water or freezing damage for small business insurance—the details of your coverage matter. Ask your insurer to add an endorsement, to your policy to extend coverage to hazards that are excluded from your policy to ensure your business is protected.

Rapid response to water damage events

Even the most carefully operated commercial building will likely experience a water damage event sometime in its lifetime. Building staff should have a well-practiced emergency response plan. Often the speed of response to a water damage event is the most vital key to getting back to normal day-to-day operations quickly.

Have a Plan B

Ideally, each commercial building should have options for temporary office space and plans to inform clients of quick changes in the case of severe water damage. Additionally, it’d never be a poor use of time to back up critical paperwork electronically.

Remember, SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties is ready to help you restore water damage and get back to normal. Our number one priority is getting your home or business back to preloss condition as quickly as possible. We are a 24/7 emergency response. Call us today at 970-618-1516.

Difference between Mold & Mildew

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

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What’s the Difference? Mold vs. Mildew

Mold and Mildew are fungi that develop due to excessive, unchecked moisture in confined spaces, especially in damp areas with water damage. Though related, Mold and Mildew are different microorganisms that grow differently and must be treated differently.

Safely eradicating Mold and Mildew is crucial to keeping you safe and your home in good shape.

APPEARANCE

Mildew is typically white, gray, or yellow and grows on the surface of moist, warm areas. Its texture is fluffy or powdery. 

Mold tends to be green or black, and it usually grows underneath the surface of anything that has gotten wet. Its texture can be fuzzy or slimy.

EFFECTS

Mildew can harm the food it grows on, but it doesn’t typically leave lasting damage to other surfaces, such as tile floors or bathroom mirrors. Additionally, anyone who inhales mildew spores may start coughing, get a headache or have trouble breathing so this fungus can present some health issues.

However, Mold tends to be more serious. Mold can damage entire structures, including homes and vehicles, and it can cause long-term health problems for people. The reactions to Mold can include respiratory issues, heart problems, joint pain, migraines, fatigue, and depression. In addition, anyone who has a mold allergy may experience congestion, sneezing, and irritation of the eyes, throat, and skin.

CLEAN UP

To treat Mildew, you can use standard household cleaning products and brushwork on surfaces. Once a fungus has been identified as Mold, however, it’s essential to establish what kind of Mold it is because the procedure for removing it varies depending on the type. For example, most of them require hiring a mold removal professional to regain the hygienic air quality in your home.

Remember, SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin is ready to assist you with Mold remediation and help you get back to normal. Our number one priority is getting your home or business back to preloss condition as quickly as possible. We are a 24/7 emergency response. Call us today at 970-618-1516.

Fire Safety Tips for Your Parachute Home

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

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For many of us, a home is irreplaceable. It's a place that's special to you and your family, and it's the place where you feel safe and well. A fire can total home and cause enormous damage. That damage will have to be repaired. While the emotional damage will take time to heal, SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties has the human resources and the expertise to restore your home and reverse the fire damage.

Although SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin is more than capable of taking care of any damages from a fire, it's always best to prevent house fires in the first place.

Here are some practical tips to help you prevent a house fire.

 Install Smoke Detectors

You should have working smoke detectors installed on every level of your home to help warn you when a fire has started. For example, if something started as a small fire, hearing the alarm from a smoke detector can give you a chance to put the fire out before it grows more significant and more dangerous. Keep your sensors clean and free of cobwebs and dust to prevent false alarms. If the fire is already quite large, your focus should be on safely getting yourself and any pets or loved ones out of the house.

It's good practice to change the batteries during daylight saving time and test smoke detectors monthly to ensure they're working correctly. You should also have an escape plan that you and your loved ones can follow and easily remember should there be a fire.

Install Fire Extinguishers

Install your fire extinguishers high on the wall so they're easily accessible and away from children. It would be best if you also learned how to use your fire extinguishers become familiar with how they operate since you won't have time to learn how to use them when a fire breaks out. Call your local fire department to see if they offer any training for homeowners to use a fire extinguisher.

Check Your Wiring

If you live in an older home, the aging wiring in your electrical system should be thoroughly checked by a trained electrician. If you can't afford to have the wiring completely overhauled, having a trained electrician check the wiring routinely should eliminate any major problems down the road. 

Avoid Candles

To reduce the risk of fire, keep candles a safe distance of 12 inches or more from anything that can burn and never leave an open flame unattended or near children. Extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to sleep. If you love the warm glow candles give your home, use battery-operated flameless candles, which are much safer.

Keep an eye on your cooking

Unattended cooking equipment is a leading cause of home fires, using grills on wooden or combustible decks is also a contributor.

When cooking, you should always:

  • Keep cooking appliances clear of combustible materials such as rags, towels, and packaging materials.
  • Keep children away from all cooking areas.

Plan your Escape

A home fire escape plan is essential because every second counts when a fire breaks out. Before the worst happens, make sure everyone in your family knows how to get out and that there's nothing to stop that from happening. Identify all possible escape routes from your home and establish a meeting place outside, a safe distance from your house, with your family. Then, conduct your fire drills, both during the day and at night, so you're never caught off guard in an emergency.

Here at SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin, we care about the communities we serve. Therefore, we cooked up these helpful tips. While we'd love to have your business, we sincerely hope that a fire will never damage your home.

What you must to know about smoke damage

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Fires can destroy your property and cause irreversible damage. The flames move from item to item burning everything to a crisp char. The heat produced by the fire will radiate and cause surrounding items to melt, crack and even shatter. After the flames have been put out, you are left with smoke damage. Smoke damage left unaddressed can devastate your home and its contents, and the actual fire does not necessarily have to occur in the same room.

In the case of wildfires, homes and businesses have been completely ruined just from smoke while the buildings remain untouched by flames.

Not all smoke damage is the same. Each of these is caused by different circumstances. For example, the temperature of the fire, fueling materials, and location will all play a role. Depending on what type of damage was done will slightly affect the restoration of the impacted area. Exactly what are the types of smoke damage?

There are four different types of smoke damage:

Protein residue: This type is very common in low-temperature kitchen fires. There is minimal smoke, soot, and streaking, but it may permanently discolor any finished surfaces. While hard to see, it’s not hard to smell: if left untreated, the intense, unpleasant odor may permeate the entire home or business.

Dry smoke: This is produced by fires fueled by paper or wood that burn at high temperatures and spread quickly. When the smoke clears, a light powdery substance is left on surfaces. Thankfully, this is easy to clean compared with denser smoke and thick soot. Dry smoke is light and will quickly get into porous surfaces. Even though it might look clean, a smoky smell persists.

Wet smoke: Caused by low heat, smoldering fires that have plastic and rubber actively burning. These fires have a distinct smell, and despite the smaller flames, the smoke is extremely thick and full of black soot. This sticky and dense smoke has no trouble fully covering the surfaces throughout homes and businesses. Special equipment is often needed to clean this smoke damage correctly.

Fuel/Oil Also known as petroleum residues, this smoke damage is not very common within homes and businesses because most of us don’t have a ton of gasoline just chilling in our house. The residue from this smoke is sticky, thick, and especially difficult to clean. With a hefty and non-appealing smell, it is easy to notice and will quickly destroy upholstered pieces of furniture, clothing, curtains, and other materials unless promptly washed and cleaned.

In any situation, avoid touching any of the residues to prevent smearing, and let a certified professional service, like SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties, clean it up to ensure your safety and your home’s.

If you have any smoke damage that you need to be cleaned, call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties for Fire Damage Restoration and Repairs, we can help. Call us today at 970-618-1516. We are a 24/7 emergency response.

The Most Common Types of Water Damage

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

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We know firsthand how disastrous commercial water damage can be and how it can impact your business. Acting quickly to mitigate water damage is crucial, which is why it's essential for all companies to know the common causes of commercial water damage, how to spot them, and what to do if you find signs of water damage in your office building or commercial property.

The top five most common reasons your business can experience water damage and need restoration services are:

Weather

Severe weather can cause flash flooding and water damage to your property. From improper draining of water on the outside of your building to the slope of your lot, water damage can affect your roof and foundation. Check gutters and drain spouts to ensure water can flow easily through the channels and is directed away from your property's foundation.

Faulty Equipment

Many appliances are susceptible to wear over time from the breakroom kitchen, bathrooms, and utility rooms. Any machine that holds water can fail, especially if proper routine maintenance has been neglected. Regular maintenance checks of the dishwasher, sump pump, water heater, and toilets could save you from a surprise and messy leak.

Broken Pipes

The age of the building can indicate the needed maintenance or repair of the property. As water runs through plumbing lines, it will expand and contract as it varies in temperature. Over time, this can cause the lines to crack or burst. For example, you can notice leaky pipes if there is discoloration or staining on the ceiling or walls and the flooring's sagging, bulging or buckling.

Damp Smell

Water damage can contribute to mold and mildew growth. This growth is likely to occur in areas with poor ventilation; dark spots are hidden from plain-view or grow within or behind surfaces such as drywall, subflooring, or carpeting. A damp, musty smell will accompany it. Mold can negatively impact the air quality of your building.

When you need expedited commercial water damage repair, contact SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin at 970-618-1516; our trained, certified technicians are available 24/7 to take your call and perform any needed restoration services on your property; to do the damage, "Like it never even happened."

Authored by: Chafika and James Landers 

Certifications

  • AMRT -Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD  -Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT -Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST -Health and safety Technician
  • OCT -Odor Control Technician
  • RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC -Certified Firm

Affiliations

  • ASBO
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification

Awards

  • Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness

Where To Turn When Storms Hit in Aspen, Colorado

2/6/2022 (Permalink)

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When you mention Aspen, most people instantly think of a haven for winter sports and activities. From world-class ski runs to skating, sleigh rides, and other forms of winter fun, Aspen is the place to be when the cold weather hits. Unfortunately, the winter weather isn’t always very welcoming. So when winter storms strike, they can leave behind a tremendous amount of damage that Aspen home and business owners have to deal with.

You’ll want to know who you can turn to for storm damage restoration here in the Aspen area at times like these. For years, no name has been more trusted for restoration and repair than SERVPRO. We have the training and equipment necessary to handle any kind of damage, and we’re guaranteed to respond faster to any disaster because we understand how important it is to move quickly when disaster strikes.

Ice And Snow Can Cause Serious Damage

Winter storms can include several harsh elements that may cause extensive damage to all types of properties. For example, snow can build up quickly, and the more it does, the heavier it becomes. This can lead to cracks, breaks, and other damage to roofs, which can ultimately affect your home or business both outside and inside.

Ice is another serious issue in the winter. It can also build up on roofs and in gutters, leading to ice dams. These thick buildups of ice can prevent water from draining properly, causing it to seep through the roof and into the ceilings and walls of your home or business. If your roof is not properly insulated, that can allow heat to seep through and melt the ice, causing leaks inside and more buildups outside when it refreezes.

Water damage from ice and snow can affect every building area, from the roof and walls down to support structures and flooring. The longer water is allowed to sit, the worse the damage will be and the greater the threat of possible mold growth and infestation, which can begin within 24-48 hours after water damage occurs. To minimize these effects, you need to address storm damage as quickly as possible.

Trust The Pros Whenever It Snows

While it is essential to remove ice and snow as soon as possible, it can also be a dangerous and challenging prospect. That’s why you need to play it smart and let the pros from SERVPRO handle it for you. It may be tempting to try and do it yourself, but we’ve got the right equipment and proven methods to do it right, do it safely and get the job done fast, so why take any chances?

Our agents are ready to take your call 24 hours a day/7, days a week, and our technicians have the latest training and state-of-the-art equipment to handle all kinds of damage. Because we understand the need to move quickly, we guarantee a technician will be on-site within four hours of your call to provide a thorough inspection and assessment of the damage and formulate a plan of action.

As members of the local community, we go out of our way to treat every property as if it were our own. Our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened,” and we’ll do everything we can to repair the damage and restore your property so you can get back to the business of living.

Don’t Let Winter Weather Give You The Blues.

Winter weather is a fact of life here in the Aspen area, but that doesn’t mean you should have to face the damage caused by winter storms on your own. SERVPRO provides the professional service you need with the personal touch you expect from a neighbor who cares. It’s what we’d want for our property, so we’ll do no less for our customers.

When winter storms hit, you need restoration services you can count on. At SERVPRO, we’re prepared to handle any size job, and we won’t sign off until we know you’re satisfied. So let us take the chill out of winter weather and help get you back on your feet again. 

Authored by: Chafika and James Landers 

Certifications

  • AMRT -Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD  -Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT -Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST -Health and safety Technician
  • OCT -Odor Control Technician
  • RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC -Certified Firm

Affiliations

  • ASBO
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification

Awards

  • Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness

SERVPRO Puts Community First

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

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When disaster strikes it can affect an entire community and that’s when neighbors need to come together to restore and rebuild.  Nobody understands this better than SERVPRO, which is why we have a long tradition of actively helping the communities we serve. Whether it’s storms, wildfires, blizzards, or floods, we will be there to provide the support and professionalism you’ve come to expect. 

Our tradition of community involvement stems from our origins as a family-owned company. From the very beginning, our philosophy was to reach out when people are most in need and do everything we can to help them rebuild. We have put that into practice in a number of recovery efforts across the country, from the California wildfires to record flooding in Wisconsin and Illinois as well as storm cleanup and repair after Hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy, both of which devastated the East Coast.

Right here in the Aspen area we have participated in many local fairs and festivals as well as partnering with the American Red Cross to inspect and install smoke detectors in area homes. We helped the Red Cross expand their reach, going door to door to test detectors and install new batteries, and also provided homeowners with important fire prevention information.

When the pandemic struck, SERVPRO stepped up once again, creating our innovative “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned” program to help communities nationwide reopen safely. The program addresses the presence of viral pathogens while following CDC guidelines for safety and cleanliness to help keep our customers one step ahead of Covid.

These are just some of the ways in which SERVPRO strives to put the community first. Like all of our franchises, SERVPRO of Garfield and Pitkin counties is owned and operated by local residents so we understand all too well how important it is to reach out and give our best. We treat every customer’s property as if it were our own because we would expect nothing else.

As part of the local community, SERVPRO knows the importance of caring for our neighbors, which is why we go the extra mile to provide the service you need when you need it most. It’s also why we take a “restore first” approach designed to do everything we can to make you whole again. We’re always ready to lend a helping hand because putting the community first is the SERVPRO way.

Authored by: Chafika and James Landers

Certifications

  • AMRT -Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD  -Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT -Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST -Health and safety Technician
  • OCT -Odor Control Technician
  • RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC -Certified Firm

Affiliations

  • ASBO
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification

Awards

  • Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness

Storm Damage Clean Up Colorado Can Count On

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

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Colorado has so much to offer for residents and visitors alike. From its world-class ski slopes to wineries and fine restaurants and quaint shops like Pitkin Country Dry Goods, there is something for just about everyone. Unfortunately, the weather doesn’t always cooperate and when storms strike, the damage they cause can take a toll on homes and businesses.

Whether it’s ice and snow or severe thunderstorms, there’s no denying how devastating storm damage can be. That’s why Colorado businesses and homeowners need to have someone to rely on to help so that the damage can be cleaned up as quickly and thoroughly as possible. No name relies on more for quality storm damage clean-up than SERVPRO, the restoration experts guaranteed to respond faster to any disaster. 

Let The Professionals Clean Up For You

It’s not always possible to plan ahead for a storm, but even if you do have an early warning the damage can still take a toll. Not only can it be costly, but it can also often be dangerous to try and handle the clean-up process on your own. That’s why it’s important to have the professionals of SERVPRO to turn to when disaster strikes, so you don’t have to navigate the situation alone.

At SERVPRO we’ve got the training and equipment to handle any kind of storm damage and we’ve got someone ready to take your call 24/7 so the cleanup and restoration process can begin as quickly as possible.  We’ll have someone on-site within four hours of that call to begin assessing the damage and formulating a plan to address it.

As part of the Garfield and Pitkin County community ourselves, we understand the damage storms can do in this area and we’re ready to address it thoroughly. We’re focused on helping you heal and getting your property to look “Like it never even happened”, so we’ll go out of our way to treat you right and we won’t sign off on any job until we know you’re satisfied. 

Treating Your Property As If It’s Our Own

SERVPRO understands the need to get your property restored quickly after a storm hits. We’d want the same for ourselves, so that’s why we’ll always treat your property as if it is our own. From responding immediately to using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, we’ll do whatever it takes to make you whole again.

Our technicians undergo regular training to ensure that they are ready to use the most advanced techniques for cleanup and restoration. We’ll take you through every step of the process, from addressing any immediate threats to removing all standing water and thoroughly drying all surfaces to identifying and remediating any mold infestation. We’ll even help you prepare to file an insurance claim by performing a complete inventory of all items in your home or business.

Our goal is to return your property to its previous condition and that means taking any necessary steps such as painting, replacing flooring, or even rebuilding entire rooms. Living through a storm can be stressful enough; you don’t need extra stress from having to face a difficult and dangerous clean-up.

We get that, and we want what’s best for our community, so we’re ready to stand by you every step of the way. That’s what makes us the name you can count on for storm damage clean up and restoration and we’re proud of that long-standing reputation. So when stormy weather hits, trust SERVPRO to provide the service you can trust with the personal touch you expect. 

Authored by: Chafika and James Landers 

Certifications

  • AMRT -Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD  -Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT -Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST -Health and safety Technician
  • OCT -Odor Control Technician
  • RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC -Certified Firm

Affiliations

  • ASBO
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification

Awards

  • Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness

Standing Out Among The Best Water Damage Removal Companies in Aspen

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

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Water can do a lot of damage in no time at all. Flooding from storms or broken pipes can take a real toll on your home or business and the longer it is allowed to stand, the more serious that damage may be. At times like this, you’ll want to find the right option among the best water damage removal companies in Aspen. For many local residents and business owners, the option they turn to most often is SERVPRO.

SERVPRO is a trusted name in restoration and repair across the country and here in Aspen, we’re prepared to handle water damage whenever it strikes, whether from winter storms, frozen pipes, or firefighting efforts. We’re proud of this community and the many attractions that bring so many people here, from skiing and hiking trails to national parks, wineries, museums, shops, and fine restaurants. That’s why we go out of our way to step in when you need us most to restore your property and keep water damage from becoming even more costly. 

Let The Pros Keep Your Head Above Water

Water damage needs to be handled quickly and thoroughly to ensure that it doesn’t spread any further and cost you even more. The best water damage removal companies understand this and are ready to respond at a moment’s notice to keep the damage to a minimum. Not only can this stop water from seeping into surfaces, but it can also help to prevent the growth and spread of potentially hazardous mold.

At SERVPRO, we understand the need for speed when it comes to handling water damage. That’s why we have agents ready to take your call 24 hours a day/7 days a week and guarantee a response within an hour of placing that call. With your information in hand, we’ll have a technician on-site within four hours to thoroughly assess the damage and develop a plan to address it.

When making our assessment, we’ll take into consideration both the immediate consequences of standing water as well as the potential issues caused by moisture in the air. We employ state-of-the-art equipment such as moisture sensors and Thermo hygrometers to give us a complete picture of the moisture level in your home or business so we know exactly what the job requires.

Once we begin work, we’ll walk you through every step of the process so you know exactly what’s happening and we’ll be sure to consult with you about the treatment of your belongings so that you always have the final say. We treat every property as if it were our own because we know how traumatic experiences like these can be and we want to be sure our customers are treated with the care they deserve.

SERVPRO: The Name You Can Trust

SERVPRO applies the professional touch from start to finish, using the latest techniques and equipment, including extractors, air movers, dehumidifiers, and deodorizers, to ensure that the job is done right. Our dedication to our work begins with training. All of our technicians undergo extensive training and receive IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration) Certification so that they are ready to handle any type of emergency with the professionalism you expect.

That professional approach includes making sure that all signs of moisture are removed and a thorough inspection is completed to detect any signs of mold growth. Mold can develop and spread within 24-48 hours of water damage and it may present a serious health hazard so it is particularly important to ensure that it is properly addressed. We use specialized equipment to detect and eradicate any signs of mold growth so that you can breathe easier.

Since our ultimate goal is to make your property look “Like it never even happened”, we will also perform any necessary repairs including painting, replacing drywall, removing and replacing damaged flooring, and replacing carpeting. We’ll even help you perform a full inventory to expedite filing your insurance claim. Whatever it takes, we’ll be there to get you back on your feet again and we won’t sign off on the job until we know you’re completely satisfied.

Service With A Personal Touch

SERVPRO is about more than just business. We’re also a part of the local Aspen community and we understand how important it is to get the personal touch, especially when disaster strikes. That’s why we’re ready to respond faster to any disaster and provide the support you need when you need it most. 

When water damage strikes your home or business, you want to rely on the best and for the Aspen area, that means trusting SERVPRO. We’ll move fast and make sure your property is handled with care so that you can put the damage behind you and start healing today.  

Authored by: Chafika and James Landers

Certifications

  • AMRT -Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD  -Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT -Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST -Health and safety Technician
  • OCT -Odor Control Technician
  • RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC -Certified Firm

Affiliations

  • ASBO
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification

Awards

  • Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness

Most Common Causes of House Fires

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

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An accidental fire can ignite with frightening unpredictability, spread uncontrollably in seconds, and can decimate a home within minutes. House fires endanger everyone in the home and even small fires that are put out quickly often result in thousands of dollars of damage.

Most common causes of house fires in the U.S

Cooking

Cooking fires are among the most common types of house fires, causing around 49 percent of all residential fires.

Tools and food can catch on fire and spread quickly. If someone is not in the kitchen to extinguish the fire, it spreads rapidly through the house. Portable cooking appliances, such as toasters and electric griddles can also be a source of fires. Never leave these portable appliances unsupervised, and make sure they are cool to the touch before storing them away. Every kitchen should have a fire extinguisher that is rated for kitchen fires.  

Heating Equipment

Space heaters can cause fires when they are placed too close to other items. Anything that is combustible or can catch fire should not be anywhere near a space heater. Space heaters should not be left unattended. Always follow the instructions on any heating device you use, and inspect it regularly to ensure it is in good condition.

Christmas Tree Fires

Christmas tree fires are another leading cause of house fires. Christmas tree fires also caused about $14.8 million in property damage each year. Never leave Christmas tree lights plugged in when you are not at home or when you are sleeping, no matter if the tree is natural or artificial. Also lights left turned on cause the tree to overheat and catch fire.

Smoking Materials

Smoking causes thousands of houses fires each year. House fires can start from a lit cigarette or a lighter. Accidentally fires from cigarette butts dropped on carpeting, furniture, or other flammable materials can quickly spread a fire through the entire house. Smoking outside of the home is the most effective way to reduce the risk of house fires caused by smoking materials.

Candles

Candles should never be left unattended. Keep matches and lighters locked in a secure place if you have kids. You can reduce the risk of fires caused by candles by trimming the wicks each time you use the candle. Electric and battery-operated candles can also help reduce the risk of house fires caused by candles.

Appliances

Leaving appliances unattended and misusing appliances are also common causes of appliance fires in homes. Appliances result in thousands of houses fires each year. Fires started by an appliance can quickly spread to other rooms in the house. Defective appliances can cause a spark, which ignites a fire. 

 If you suffer a disaster from Fire Damage, Smoke Damage, or Soot Damage, call  SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin right away! We are available 24/7, 365 days a year!

Home Electrical Safety Tips

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Home Electrical Safety Tips

Electricity is a cornerstone of modern living. It can be dangerous if not treated with proper respect. Many electrical fires can be prevented by following some simple electricity safety tips.

  • Avoid overloading outlets

Overloading an electrical outlet is a common cause of electrical problems. Check all outlets to ensure they are cool to the touch, have protective faceplates, and properly working. Additionally, only one heat-producing device should be plugged into an outlet at a time (coffee maker, hairdryer, etc.), and refrigerators, ovens, laundry machines, and other major appliances should be plugged straight into the wall and not an adapter or extension cord.

  • Unplug all your unused appliances to reduce potential risks.

Not only will unplugging appliances prevent you from using unnecessary energy, but it could also help protect your appliances from surges and other electrical mishaps.

  • Give your appliances proper space for air circulation to avoid overheating.

Without proper air circulation, electrical equipment can overheat and short out and become an electrical fire hazard. Make sure your appliances have adequate air circulation and avoid running electrical equipment in enclosed cabinets.

  • Never run cords under carpets, rugs, doors, or windows.

Running cords throughout your house can cause tripping hazards as well as inviting electrical accidents when they’re consistently out in the open. And a cord under a rug or carpet is a fire hazard. 

  • Replace or repair damaged electrical cords to keep your home safe.

Damaged power cords are a severe residential electrical safety risk, and they are capable of causing both fires and electrocution. All power and extension cords should be checked regularly for signs of fraying and cracking, and they should then be repaired or replaced as needed.

  • Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

A ground-fault circuit interrupter shuts off if it detects the current is being diverted due to a short circuit or insulation problem. This helps protect people from being shocked, and it prevents fires due to electrical faults. GFCI devices should be installed in bathrooms and kitchens.

When your home or commercial business experiences a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties is here to help. Call us today at 970-241-8181

Water Damage? Call SERVPRO

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Damage? Call SERVPRO

Water damage is a severe hazard and happens far more often than people think.  It can strike a home at any time, resulting from many different problems, leaving the homeowner unsure of where to turn for water extraction and restoration. Whatever the cause of the damage, it’s essential to be aware of the signs and make sure you don’t ignore them, leading to further damage and causing more problems for your home and your family. Here’s why you shouldn’t ignore water damage if you spot it. SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. Here is a water damage timeline that describes the kinds of damage water can do:

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring boasts and warps.
  • Severe biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Water damage can happen at any time and can be caused by various reasons, including cracks in the foundation, leaky basement windows, and sewage backup. Whatever the reason, these problems need to be resolved quickly. Standing water in your home can worsen the situation and pose serious health risks to residents.

Remember, SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin is ready to assist you with water damage restoration and help you get back to normal. Getting your home or business back to preloss condition as quickly as possible is our number one priority. We are a 24/7 emergency response; call us today at 970-618-1516.

How to Prepare your Commercial Property for the Winter

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Cold temperatures and winter storms can severely damage commercial property, resulting in costly repairs and possible disruption of tenant business or decreases in the property’s value. Preventative measures are always a good idea to keep your employees or tenants safe and your business investment secure.

Shut down irrigation systems.

If your commercial property has sprinklers, you’ll need to winterize them to ensure damage doesn’t occur during the winter properly. Drain the irrigation system of water and shut down the control box until spring arrives.

Parking lot

If your commercial property has a parking lot, head off accidents by keeping it clear of snow and sprinkling salt or other material on it to increase vehicle traction and prevent accidents. A clear, safe parking lot is more appealing to customers and potential tenants.

Insulation

Insulation helps keep the heat inside your building, which is what you want during winter. To ensure it’s working optimally, inspect your insulation for holes or jeopardized areas that may lead to heat loss.

Roofing

Make sure you inspect the roof to prevent leaks and other costly problems from developing, especially if you’re in an area likely to receive snowfall. When examining the roof, check all flashing and seals and make sure the structure is sound enough to hold the weight of snow and ice that is sure to come.

Plumbing

Frozen pipes are a common cause of expensive damage in commercial buildings, so looking over your plumbing now can save you time, trouble, and cash come winter. Ensure any freeze protection devices are operational, and test freeze stats and valves to ensure there are no leaks.

HVAC Check-up

Your HVAC system will be working extra hard on the heat setting, so it’s best to check how your system is working before the harsh weather sets in. Be sure to change out any air filters and check that exhaust gases are being appropriately ventilated.

Remember, SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin is ready to assist you with water damage restoration and help you get back to normal. Getting your home or business back to preloss condition as quickly as possible is our number one priority. We are a 24/7 emergency response. Call us today at 970-618-1516.

Hurricane: Evacuate or Stay

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Always listen to authorities regarding whether you should evacuate or stay at home.

If a hurricane is coming, you may hear an order from authorities to evacuate. Never ignore an order to evacuate. Even sturdy, well-built houses may not hold up against a hurricane.

If you hear an order to stay at home because the driving conditions are dangerous, staying at home might be safer than leaving.

If you need to stay home:

Self-evacuating is stressful and can cause more harm than good, it is also expensive. If you live in a structurally sound home and are not located in a mandatory evacuation zone, Shelter-In-Place in your pre-identified, stocked safe room and take the following precautions:

  • Listen to the radio or TV for updates on the hurricane.
  • Grab your emergency supply kit and only take what you really need with you (cell phone, chargers, medicines, identification like a passport or license, and cash).
  • Move vehicles into a garage or next to a building; avoid trees and utility poles.
  • Unplug your appliances. If you have time, turn off the gas, electricity, and water.
  • Place flashlights and batteries throughout the house and keep one with you (DO NOT use candles).
  • Secure all doors and windows.
  • Stay inside. Even if it looks calm, don’t go outside. Wait until you hear or see an official message that the hurricane is over.
  • Be ready to leave. If emergency authorities order you to leave or if your home is damaged,

If you need to evacuate:

Do not travel until told it is safe to do so from officials. Don’t panic. Move at a steady pace and ensure you leave enough time to get to where you will weather the storm. DO NOT take chances with your life by staying at home or waiting until it’s too late!

  • Grab your emergency supply kit and only take what you really need with you (cell phone, chargers, medicines, identification like a passport or license, and cash).
  • Unplug your appliances. If you have time, turn off the gas, electricity, and water.
  • Notify your host home and family members that you are evacuating.
  • Fill up your vehicle and bring extra gas, if possible (gas stations run out of fuel along evacuation routes). Secure patio/yard furniture.
  • Secure all doors and windows. Have a plan for your pets if you are not taking them with you.
  • Follow the roads that emergency workers recommend even if there’s traffic. Other routes might be blocked or flooded.

Contact SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin at 970-618-1516 

for immediate water restoration assistance. We are a 24/7 emergency response.

Fire Restoration Certification

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

man in mask walking through hallway cleaning wall with cloth After a fire, cleaning soot on the walls of the hallway

The community of Garfield County has so much to offer, from its natural beauty to its location close to the wineries, shops and restaurants of Garfield and Pitkin counties.

It’s peaceful, tranquil and majestic so it’s hard to believe that fire can be reality of life here too.

Unfortunately, fire can strike without warning and that’s where the professionals of SERVPRO can make a real difference.

A Certified Professional Response

SERVPRO focuses on training and skill because our name is on the line with every job that we do. To make sure that every one of our technicians is prepared for anything, we have an extensive ongoing training process.

That includes certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) that covers best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning and other cleaning and restoration processes.

We don’t stop there, though. We offer employee certification training on a self-paced basis, so that each employee can keep up to date on every aspect of the business, including fire restoration. We even offer continuing education classes for all of our staff to help improve their knowledge of emergency mitigation.

The Name You Can Trust

SERVPRO has been the name you can trust for all of your damage restoration and cleaning needs since 1967. Today, we have over 1,700 franchises operating nationwide to provide the personal touch you expect from a local company.

That’s a combination you just can’t get anywhere else and it’s what made SERVPRO the company that so many individuals and businesses turn to in their time of need.

If you’re facing the effects of a fire, call SERVPRO and rest easy knowing you’re getting professional help that’s certified to be the very best.

That’s the SERVPRO difference you can rely on.

Fire Damage: Things to do until we arrive!

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Fires can be devastating, and SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin understands that lives, cherished belongings, and memories are beyond priceless. It is natural to want to clean your property and get life back to normal. Quick action can be great, but improper or delayed action can risk restoration and cause even more damage.

Remember, SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin is ready to assist you after a fire with fire damage restoration and help you get back to normal. Getting your home or business back to preloss condition as quickly as possible is our number one priority. We are 24/7 emergency response; call us today at 970-949-3235.

If you experience fire or smoke damage in your home, here are some things that you can do until the SERVPRO team arrives.

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator, and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Remove pets to a clean environment.
  • Wash houseplants thoroughly.
  • Change the HVAC filter but leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system.

Risks Of Standing Water in Pitkin County

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen at any time and can be caused by various reasons, including cracks in the foundation, leaky basement windows, and sewage backup. Whatever the reason, these problems need to be resolved quickly. Standing water in your home can worsen the problem and pose serious health risks to residents.

SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin always chooses the right approach to treat water damage in your homes. Finding the ideal device for specific standing water concerns can make the process more efficient and help our customers to save both time and money throughout the restoration. Appreciating the urgency in the situation is vital to reducing total property loss, so it is critical to know the risks of allowing standing water to persist in your residence longer than necessary.

1. Structural Degradation

The longer water is left standing in your home; the greater damage will occur. One of the most direct paths that standing water can take to cost a homeowner money in restoration is destroying exposed materials. Porous surfaces can absorb moisture and allow the liquid to alter the molecular design to warp and distort the affected material with direct interaction with walls, flooring, and even ceiling material.

2. Water Migration

Water rarely stops moving and is always looking for a new path to get to another location. After a water loss incident in your house, this behavior of water could mean more and more damage to your residence until the situation gets brought to the attention of our capable SERVPRO restoration professionals.

3. Microbial Threats & Health Risks

Mold bacteria are always a concern when elevated moisture levels exist in an environment. Mold can deteriorate hosting materials for the colonies and present direct health effects to those exposed. The longer water stands in your home without being removed, the higher the risk that you and your household could get sick.

4. Attracts Insects & Rodents

Shallow pools of standing water outdoors are a breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying diseases like malaria, West Nile virus, and Zika. Indoors, standing water in crawl spaces, basements, and garages may attract rodents such as rats, mice, possums, and other vermin. 

Our SERVPRO team of Garfield & Pitkin are Professionals in water damage restoration. We are your best option to efficiently and thoroughly inspect your home and get the standing water cleaned up quickly. 

Give our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin a call today to help avoid these concerns as much as possible. We are 24/7 Emergency Response at 970-949-3235.

Snowmass CO Roof Storm Damage (types of damage)

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

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Types of Roof Storm Damage

Storms can hit at any time of year here in Snowmass, CO. 

From the rain and wind of summer to heavy snow and ice in the winter, it can all have a devastating effect on both homes and commercial buildings.

For any property, there is no more vulnerable area than the roof.

You rely on your roof to provide protection but at the same time it is regularly exposed to the elements and can sustain a great deal of damage from storms.

It’s important to understand the potential toll that storms can take on your roof so that you can guard against that damage.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the four most common types of roof storm damage and what you should be looking for so that you can keep your roof in the best possible condition. 

  1. Water

Rain is the biggest threat from most storms and water damage can take a severe toll on your roof.

Not only can water accumulation lead to leaking, but even the smallest damage to roofing shingles can allow that water to seep through into your house.

Trapped moisture can affect ceilings and support structures and it can also provide a rich breeding ground for mold, leading to hazardous infestation that can affect your family’s health.

At the same time, heavy rain can also wear away the protective granules on the surface of shingles, making them less effective at deflecting the sun and cooling your home.

  1. Wind

While hurricanes and tornadoes can cause severe damage, even less powerful storms can still contain heavy winds that may damage shingles and bring tree branches down onto your roof.

An annual roof inspection can help to detect any damaged shingles so that you can replace them and trimming back any trees that overhang your roof can also prevent issues.

  1. Hail

Hail isn’t a common occurrence in every part of the country, but when it does occur it can batter your roof, damaging shingles and leading to potential leaks as well as wearing away those protective granules.

  1. Snow and Ice

Not surprisingly, one of the biggest threats here in Snowmass is roof damage from snow and ice.

Winter storms bring their own hazards, as snow buildup can become quite heavy, leading to cracks and leaks.

Ice can also build up under the flashing, causing a damming effect which traps water and can cause leaking. You can help to prevent these issues by sweeping heavy snow off your roof with a broom and keeping your gutters clean.

When storms take a toll on your roof, you need to call the name you can trust for a quick and thorough response.

SERVPRO are guaranteed storm specialists with the training and equipment to handle all types of damage.

We’re part of this community ourselves so we’ll also go the extra mile to treat your property as if it were our own.

Don’t settle for second best; trust your roof to the experts at SERVPRO.

Redstone CO Know Who To Call When Summer Storms Hit

6/26/2021 (Permalink)

Photo of Lightning Summer storms in Colorado can be beautiful and dangerous

Summer storms can bring a tremendous amount of damage, from flooding to broken trees and downed power lines.

That kind of damage can be devastating to any home but it is particularly costly when it strikes the historical properties that dot the landscape in picturesque Redstone.

This is a community based on history, starting its life as a mining village and continuing to flourish today.

Having served the communities of Garfield & Pitkin Counties for years, SERVPRO is well aware of the historical significance of Redstone and we’re prepared to provide the specialized service that’s necessary to address all kinds of storm damage here.

Whether it’s one of the many Craftsman designed Swiss-style cottage homes or the landmark Osgood Castle, SERVPRO is ready to respond quickly and thoroughly to help preserve the village’s past and secure its future.

The Storm Damage Specialists

At SERVPRO we’re storm damage specialists. We understand the challenges that storms can present and have the training and equipment to address the damage that they can leave behind.

We combine the national resources of the SERVPRO name with the personal touch that you’d expect from a local company since we live and work in this community ourselves.

The result is the best of both worlds, so that you can rest easy knowing your home is in the best possible hands. 

SERVPRO’s Guaranteed Restoration

SERVPRO is dedicated to providing the service you need as quickly as possible because we understand that treating damage quickly can make all the difference.

That’s why we have operators ready 24 hours a day to take your call. With your information in hand, we’ll have a technician at your home within four hours of that initial call to perform a walkthrough and thorough assessment of the damage.

Next we’ll develop a step-by-step plan to address all types of storm damage and ensure that your home is restored to its original condition.

Before we begin, we’ll go over that plan with you so that you know exactly what we’ll be doing at each step along the way. We’ll even be sure to perform a thorough inventory to make it easier for you to file an insurance claim and get the compensation you deserve.

From removing standing water to thoroughly drying all surfaces and performing a complete mold remediation, SERVPRO’s technicians are highly trained in every aspect of storm damage restoration.

Because we’re a local company that cares about our community...

We’ll also stick with every single job until we know that you’re satisfied.

It’s the same approach we’d want for our own homes, so we won’t accept anything less for our customers.

There is so much to love about Redstone and so much history to enjoy and SERVPRO is dedicated to serving this community with care.

When summer storms hit, a quick response can make all the difference.

So don’t take any chances with your home…go to SERVPRO, the company guaranteed to respond faster to any disaster and get you the help you need.

Aspen Co Facing Commercial Water Damage in Aspen

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

Painted water flow with bubbles in bowl Regardless of the situation we can help

Water is more powerful than most people realize and when water damage strikes your business it can have a devastating effect.

From ruined inventory to damaged support structures to potentially hazardous mold infestation, it can all have a serious impact on your bottom line and that’s why you need a name you can rely on for commercial water damage restoration.

In Aspen, businesses have been turning to the professionals of SERVPRO for their restoration needs for years and with good reason...  

We’re a part of this community too, so we understand the kind of toll water damage can take on businesses like the Tyrolean Lodge.

Whether it’s from storm damage, burst pipes or faulty equipment, a sudden buildup of water can bring your entire business to a standstill and the longer it remains that way, the more costly it can be. 

 Restoration Designed Specifically For Commercial Buildings

At SERVPRO we understand the specific challenges involved in addressing water damage in commercial buildings.

While water presents the same general threat to businesses that it does to homes, commercial buildings tend to be much bigger and more complex.

That means they require a particular approach that may involve more expertise and heavier duty equipment.

More importantly, when it comes to your business time is money so the quicker the damage can be addressed and the property restored, the better. 

Rely On The SERVPRO Approach

Your business is valuable so you can’t afford to take chances with it. When it comes to water damage restoration, SERVPRO maintains a carefully designed process that specifically addresses commercial properties.

That process begins with answering your call immediately, 24 hours a day and sending an experienced technician to your property within four hours to begin a full walkthrough and assessment of the damage.

Once we’ve determined the extent of the damage we will work up a thorough plan for addressing it and go over that plan with you so you’ll know exactly what we’ll be doing.

We’ll be sure to cover every part of your property and identify any items that may not be salvageable so that you can determine how to deal with them and have the information you need to file an insurance claim.

We’ll begin our work by boarding up windows and covering damaged roofs with tarps in order to prevent further damage.

Next, we’ll remove standing water and any other hazardous debris and then use our state-of-the-art equipment to thoroughly dry all surfaces, clean and deodorize and perform full mold remediation.

If necessary, we’ll also replace drywall, remove and replace carpeting and replace damaged flooring, whatever it takes to make you whole.

The Aspen business community is important to us because this is our home too.

We are located at 2425 S Grand Ave Suite 2, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

That’s why we treat every property as if it’s our own.

If you’re facing severe water damage in your business, rely on the professionals of SERVPRO.

We are guaranteed to respond faster to any disaster so that you can get back to doing business again.


Water Damage in your Mountian Home

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

  •  Identifying the source

Sometimes the source of water is easy to find. However, sometimes the issue is a pipe in the wall or a slow leak under the sink. Some signs of water damage are standing water, discoloration, musty odors, and in some cases, mold. Knowing where the water is will assist you in where to shut off the water. Some homes have a water shut-off valve in the home, and most homes have a main shut-off valve commonly by the street. It is important that whatever the source of the water is repaired or replaced by a professional.

  • Minimizing the damage

While we cannot plan for when a water loss will happen, we can control what happens after. Water will take the path of least resistance. Shut off the source of water from its source or from the main to your home. Call your insurance company and a water restoration company such as us so that we can inspect the damage and come up with and execute a plan to dry your home. It is always better to have a restoration company come out as soon as possible to start the drying process.

  • Time Frame

Remember, minimizing the damage will not stop the damage. Materials such as wood and drywall will absorb damage. Additionally, avoiding secondary damages depends on the source of water and the time taken to remove said water from the affected materials. Given that we can get to your home and start work promptly, our goal is to minimize any damage and necessary demolition in your home.

Summer Home Maintenance

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Sidewalk with writing on it Summer Home Maintenance

THE TOP 10 OUTDOOR TASKS YOU SHOULD COMPLETE THIS SUMMER.

Now that the sun is shining, home improvement projects are on.

Power-wash the outside of your home.

The heat and humidity can cause mold and mildew to grow faster on your home’s exterior. Use a power washer with a mildew remover compatible with your siding.

Cleaning the Gutters

Gutter-cleaning should be part of your summer and fall checklist, but it’s also wise to clear your gutters out before a heavy summer storm hits to get rid of any clogs that may have built up.

 Sealing the Driveway

Your driveway will last longer if you seal it regularly. When you factor in curing time, this project takes three to four days, so check the forecast before you begin to ensure you'll have a few consecutive days of good weather.

Sealing the Deck

Constant exposure to sun and rain takes a toll on your deck’s appearance. Plan sometime during the summer to spruce up your deck by making any necessary repairs, giving it a good cleaning, and sealing it.

Repaint your Fence

Fence-painting can be tedious and time-consuming, but attending to this outdoor maintenance task will keep your fence looking sharp and make it last longer.

Grease the Garage Door

To keep your automatic garage door running properly, ensure everything is tight and lubricate the hinges, rollers, and other moving parts at least once a year.

Repair your Walkway

Whether your walkway is concrete, pavers, or stepping-stones, take some time to rehab and repair it in summer when you're more likely to have several consecutive days of fair weather.

Schedule a cleaning for your HVAC system

Ensure that the fan is functioning well, the coils are clean, and there isn’t faulty wiring that could cause a fire. Don’t forget to change your filter.

Inspect the roof and your home’s exterior and make repairs

Inspect beneath your eaves for loose debris that might have accumulated there. Whenever you see gunk or leaves, collect, and remove them. Next, inspect your roof’s flashing or metal strips typically found around chimneys, vents, satellite dishes, and skylights. It can loosen during a harsh rainstorm or hailstorm, causing potential water leakage.

Inspect your attic and basement

Check the basement and attic for evidence of pests, insects, water damage, mold, or mildew. Turn off the lights to check for any sign of peeking in daylight.

Source:

Blog: Bob Vila

https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/the-most-important-outdoor-tasks-you-can-complete-this-summer-52937#power-washing-summer-home-maintenance

Carpet Cleaning

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

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How DIRTY are your carpets and floors?  Where your children play with their toys and lie down to watch their favorite cartoon.  Even the highest quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time.  IICRC states that 70% of the soil in carpet is dry soil.  Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include:

- Regular vacuuming

- Spot removal

- Pilating the carpet to prevent matting

- Moving furniture to change traffic patterns

- Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

A good rule of thumb would be to clean your carpets every 12 months professionally.

So, If you need your carpets clean, make sure you call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties at 970-618-1516.  When calling, be sure to have the estimated room sizes so they can calculate a price for you.

Water Damage Insurance Claim Tips (Garfield & Pitkin Counties)

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

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When water damage occurs, most people’s first thought is filing an insurance claim so that they can get compensation for their losses.

This is an important part of the process but it can easily become overwhelming in such stressful circumstances.

At SERVPRO, we understand the importance of filing a claim quickly and accurately and we’re prepared to do everything we can to help you through the process so that you can get your life back to normal again.

The Garfield and Pitkin County areas are a thriving community, with natural attractions that draw tourists and residents alike. That makes it a perfect location for businesses like Aspen Fur & Shearling  and so many others.

As part of the community ourselves, SERVPRO understands how devastating water damage can be and how important it is to get the necessary compensation from your insurance company.

We pride ourselves in treating every customer’s property as if it were our own and we’ll do everything we can to complete every aspect of the restoration process with care.

What Is and Isn’t Covered

There are many different types of water damage and not every insurance policy covers them all. That’s why it’s a good idea to be aware of exactly what your home or business policy covers so that you know where you stand when an emergency occurs. Common types of water damage that are covered in insurance policies include:

  • Water overflow from appliances
  • Sudden or accidental damage caused by a burst pipe
  • Water damage caused by severe weather, i.e. a tree falling on your roof or ice buildup.

Other types of damage are generally not covered by most standard policies, which means you won’t be able to receive compensation in these cases.  These types can include:

  • Damage caused by lack of regular maintenance, including leaky toilets and pipes
  • Sewer or septic backups or sump pump overflow.

Standard insurance policies will almost never include coverage for flood damage. That type of coverage requires a specific flood policy, which can be quite costly.

It’s always a good idea to discuss specifics of coverage with your insurance agent and investigate the cost of carrying a separate flood policy, particularly if you live in a flood prone area.

Tips for Filing Your Insurance Claim

There are several specific things to keep in mind when you are preparing to file an insurance claim for water damage:

  1. Take necessary safety precautions – before filing your claim, you’ll want to take some steps to ensure the safety of your family and belongings. Make sure everyone evacuates the premises and remove any valuables to prevent further damage. Also, as quickly as possible you should stop the immediate source of the water if you can do so safely. This will prevent further water accumulation and help to mitigate damage.
  2. Take photos/videos of the damage – your insurance company will require proof of the damage, so you’ll want to thoroughly document everything before the restoration process begins.
  3. Avoid throwing things away immediately – while your first instinct may be to get rid of damaged or destroyed items, if you get rid of those items before documenting them it may be impossible to get compensation. Wait until after you’ve received the go ahead from your insurance company before you begin throwing things out.
  4. Don’t move too quickly on repairs – you’ll also need to thoroughly document any damage, so again you shouldn’t move too fast to repair things. The better your documentation, the larger your compensation may be, which can help to mitigate the expense of repairing your property.
  5. Don’t necessarily rely on your insurance company for vendor recommendations – often, your insurance company will recommend companies to use for repairs/reconstruction, but their recommendations may not be in your best interest. They’re looking to save themselves money but you need to hire a company that you know you can trust, so be sure to do your homework.

SERVPRO Puts Your Needs First

At SERVPRO, our first priority is always the best interests of our customers. 

We’ll do everything it takes to help return your home or business to its previous condition so that you can get back to normal as quickly as possible. It’s the same kind of treatment we’d want for own property, so we think you shouldn’t settle for anything less.

As part of that restoration process, we’ll take every possible step to make you whole again, including helping you to file an insurance claim so that you can get the compensation you deserve. That means thoroughly documenting everything so that you have a complete inventory and record to provide to your insurance company…but that’s only the beginning of our approach.

We’ll also take steps to help mitigate further damage, including responding to your call 24 hours a day/7 days a week and boarding up windows or covering damaged roofs with tarps. Once we’ve done a complete walkthrough of your property and developed a plan for the restoration process, we’ll begin as quickly as possible.

Our water damage restoration includes quick removal of all standing water, thorough drying of all surfaces and making any necessary repairs.

This can include replacing drywall, removing damaged carpeting and carpet pads, repairing warped flooring and repairing roofs and structural supports that have been compromised by water damage.

The Restoration Company You Can Trust

The professionals at SERVPRO understand how stressful and emotional the aftermath of a water related emergency can be, so we make it our business to help you through the restoration process as much as possible.

We have the training and equipment to handle any size job and we’re part of the community, so you know you can trust us to treat you right. We live and work in the Garfield & Pitkin County area ourselves, so helping our neighbors means a lot to us too.

From immediately answering your initial call to assessing the damage and drawing up a comprehensive plan of action, we’ll put the SERVPRO touch on every part of the restoration process.

We’ll go over the plan for your property with you and give you a detailed explanation of exactly what we’re going to do. We’ll also do our best to determine what can be restored and what is damaged beyond salvaging so that you’re prepared to file an accurate insurance claim.

The Help You Need When You Need It Most

Water related emergencies can strike suddenly and without warning and when they do they can leave you feeling helpless and in over your head. There’s no need to feel that way when help is just a phone call away with the professionals of SERVPRO. We’re ready to respond faster to any disaster and we’ll do everything we can to help you file your insurance claim so that you can breathe easier.

It’s important to know who to count on when you’re faced with water damage and the headache of dealing with your insurance company. We understand that all too well, which is why we’re prepared to provide detailed proof of your damages and an accurate estimate of repair costs so that you can get a claim filed and start the process of receiving financial compensation as quickly as possible.

At SERVPRO we take pride in restoring your property to its previous condition and helping to keep our community healthy and thriving. So when you are most in need of help, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO, the name you know you can count on for professional water damage restoration in the Garfield and surrounding areas.

We look forward to helping you any way we can.
Chafika and James Landers

How Do You Clean Up After A Storm In Aspen Colorado?

4/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Storms can strike at any time without warning and winter storms in particular are a way of life in Aspen.

No matter when a storm hits it can cause a tremendous amount of damage

Obviously, as a homeowner your focus will be on returning your home to normal as quickly as possible after the storm. Unfortunately, some of the damage caused by storms may be more complex than you realized and restoring your home could take time.

It’s important to understand the kinds of damage that storms may cause and what you can do to clean up afterward so that you can keep your home safe and sound and avoid long term damage.

It can be stressful enough dealing with the aftermath of a storm…the last thing you want is to leave your home open to further issues.

What Kind of Damage Can Storms Cause?

Storms can bring a wide range of severe issues, from damaging winds to heavy snowfall to flooding, all of which have the potential to adversely affect your home. If your home already has issues, such as loose roof shingles, cracked foundations or other structural damage, it will be even more vulnerable to the kind of damage caused by storms.

In Aspen, winter activities are a cherished part of life but winter weather can bring its own unique challenges. Heavy snowfall can bring down branches and trees, damage roofs and contribute to flooding when it begins to melt.

Ice dams that build up in and around gutters can lead to leaks, which in turn can result in mold infestations. Once water penetrates your home, it can cause severe damage to interior structures and belongings.

There is no doubt that storms can be severe and as a homeowner it’s up to you to do everything you can to mitigate storm related damage in order to keep your home safe.

Know How To Address Storm Damage

Of course it’s not always possible to avoid winter storms or the damage they can inflict. So what can you do to clean up after the storms come? There may be some steps you can take yourself to begin the cleanup and restoration process.

Clearing snow away from walkways, foundations and roofs is important and may be easier to do immediately after a storm is over while the snow is still lightweight and easy to move.

The longer it sits the more moisture it will absorb, making it much heavier and more hazardous.

Smaller branches that have fallen or are in danger of coming down should be cleared before they can potentially damage your home, but don’t try to move anything that is too large or any trees or branches that may be impacting power lines.

In these cases, you should call your power company or a professional company that will be able to handle the job safely.

It’s important to remember that not all storm damage occurs outside your home. Snow and ice that builds up on your roof can lead to leaks inside your house.

Once water enters your home it can cause a host of issues from rotting out support beams and destroying insulation to providing an ideal environment for mold growth.

Ice buildup on pipes can lead to cracks, bursting and flooding. So it’s important to check inside your house as well for cracks, leaks or any other signs of potential issues.

Don’t Hesitate to Call The Professionals

By far the most important step in cleaning up after a storm in Aspen is knowing what kind of issues you can handle yourself and when it’s necessary to call in the professionals. As devastating as storm damage can be, if it is not handled properly it can be compounded and that may end up costing you even more in the long run.

Fortunately, there is an option for homeowners in Aspen and the surrounding area who want to ensure that their storm damage is properly addressed.

The professionals at SERVPRO are trained and equipped to handle any type of storm cleanup, from clearing snow and ice to removing standing water and repairing damaged floors, ceilings and belongings.

We are also prepared to thoroughly clean air ducts and HVAC systems and help prevent the spread of mold.

Our technicians are on call 24 hours/7 days a week and ready to respond immediately to any emergency. We’ll thoroughly inspect your property and assess any damage that may have occurred, then make a recommendation for how to properly address the damage to prevent it from becoming any worse.

We have specialized equipment designed to remove all water from your home and we’ll begin the removal process right away in order to prevent the spread of mold. We’ll also specifically address air ducts and vents, where mold growth can be particularly hazardous as it can easily spread throughout your entire house.

Once the water is removed, we’ll use air movers and dehumidifiers to thoroughly dry out your home and we’ll also work to clean and restore furniture and other belongings that are salvageable.

Our industrial air scrubbers can help to remove odors and antimicrobial cleaners can disinfect every surface to make sure everything is safe and healthy

Finally, we’ll take steps to help restore your home to its previous condition including replacing damaged drywall or flooring or even rebuilding a room entirely if it can’t be salvaged otherwise. And we’ll help you to document everything and file your insurance claims to ensure that you’re getting all of the compensation you’re entitled to.

Bottom Line

Storms can strike at any time and in Aspen, winter storms are particularly common, so as a responsible homeowner you need to be prepared to deal with the damage they can bring. Acting quickly and knowing what steps to take to clean up after a storm can go a long way toward keeping your home safe.

By calling in the professionals of SERVPRO, you can rest easy knowing that your home is in the best hands possible.  We’ve got the training and equipment to handle even the worst storm related damage.

More importantly, we’re part of the Aspen community ourselves so we understand the challenges that the weather here can bring and we know how important it is to protect our homes and businesses.

That’s why we take pride in our promise to respond faster to any disaster and ensure that we have all of the resources to handle your storm cleanup. We have state-of-the-art equipment and certified training so you know you’re getting the best professional help.

Cleaning up after a storm can be challenging, but at SERVPRO we believe it’s not a challenge you should ever have to face alone. 

Authored by: Chafika and James Landers

Certifications

  • AMRT -Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD  -Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT -Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST -Health and safety Technician
  • OCT -Odor Control Technician
  • RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC -Certified Firm
  • Affiliations

  • ASBO
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification
  • Awards

  • Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness
  • Bringing SERVPRO’s Tradition of Community to Aspen

    3/30/2021 (Permalink)

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    Since its founding in 1967, SERVPRO has had a long and proud tradition of community service and outreach that has spread across the country through its more than 1,700 franchises.

    As a family owned business, we understand the importance of supporting one another and we make it our business to provide both quality service and a personal touch.

    This has been seen in the efforts of our SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, which has mobilized after large scale disasters including Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and the California Wildfires in 2018.

    In these intensive responses, we have provided emergency cleanup and restoration services as well as emotional support for devastated residents and businesses alike

    On a smaller scale, we realize that water or fire damage can occur at any time and we do everything we can to help our neighbors prepare for emergencies.  This was never more evident than in August 2019, when SERVPRO stepped up as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) “National Preparedness Month” to help local business improve their safety standards.

    Here in the Aspen, CO area, that community involvement is stronger than ever.

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties has been proactive in promoting fire safety in an area prone to wildfires. Not only have we performed fire safety outreach in conjunction with the Red Cross but we strive to maintain a visible community presence by participating in events like the Parade of Lights in Grand Junction in 2016.

    SERVPRO is proud of its tradition of quality and care, which we maintain in all of the communities that our franchises serve.

    Whenever you need restoration and cleanup services you can trust, count on SERVPRO to respond faster and help you get back on your feet again.

    Authored by: Chafika and James Landers

    Certifications

  • AMRT -Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD  -Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT -Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST -Health and safety Technician
  • OCT -Odor Control Technician
  • RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC -Certified Firm
  • Affiliations

  • ASBO
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification
  • Awards

  • Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness
  • Flood and Water Damage Repair and Restoration Services in Aspen, CO

    3/26/2021 (Permalink)

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    Water damage can happen without warning and when it does it can have a devastating effect on your home or business.

    Whether it’s from a burst pipe or broken appliance or the after effects of a storm, an accumulation of water needs to be addressed quickly and thoroughly in order to mitigate the damage.

    In order to handle your water emergency, you’ll want to find the best Aspen water damage restoration company to provide the help you need. 

    For water damage restoration you can trust, that company is SERVPRO.

    Aspen is known as a winter wonderland, with skiing, skating, hiking and any number of outdoor activities as well as a thriving downtown chock full of charming boutiques and top notch restaurants like the Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro.

    There are many qualities that attract both tourists and residents alike but unfortunately, the homes and businesses of this area are not immune to the occasional water related problem.

    As part of the Aspen community ourselves, SERVPRO understands how frustrating and costly water damage can be and how important it is to restore your property quickly and thoroughly.

    That’s why we go out of our way to provide the help you need when you find yourself facing unforeseen water damage.

    The Many Effects of Water

    When most people think of water damage they picture a room or building being flooded.

    Obviously excessive amounts of standing water are extremely detrimental to your belongings and to the structure of the building itself, but there is actually much more to water damage than that.

    There are two basic ways that water can damage materials. One is through direct contact with surfaces and materials and the other is through absorption of moisture from the air.

    When a pipe bursts, a dishwasher overflows or a storm causes flooding, most people are so focused on removing the immediate danger of standing water that they tend to overlook the secondary threat of humidity in the air.

    The professionals at SERVPRO (directions to our office in the Aspen area) understand the importance of addressing both types of water damage, which is why our training includes psychrometrics, or the study of the air and its properties.

    Temperature, humidity, vapor pressure and dew point are all measured to determine the exact amount of moisture in the air so that we can create the proper atmosphere for thorough drying.

    If moisture in the air is not addressed, a building cannot be adequately dried and therefore conditions can still exist that will allow for continued rot and decay as well as mold growth. Removing standing water is important, but it’s only the first step in a complete water damage restoration process that will ultimately restore your property to its previous state.

    For Proper Water Damage Restoration Hire The Best

    It doesn’t matter if it’s your home or business that has been affected…you need to know that your property is in the best possible hands.

    That means relying on a professional company that has the training and equipment to handle any kind of water related damage.

    The longer that water is allowed to stay in place, the greater the amount of damage and the more costly the restoration process will be for you.

    The best water damage restoration company will understand that and be ready to respond quickly to prevent the situation from getting any worse than it already is.

    No one understands that need for speed better than SERVPRO, which is why we have agents ready to take your call 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

    We guarantee a response within an hour of placing your emergency call and we’ll have a technician on-site to thoroughly assess the damage and develop a comprehensive plan of action within four hours.

    That assessment will include a complete determination of the amount of damage as well as an evaluation of the moisture content of the air.

    We employ state-of-the-art equipment to help us make that assessment, including moistures sensors and meters as well as thermo-hygrometers, which measure the temperature and relative humidity.

    With the measurements from this equipment we can determine the moisture level in various surfaces such as carpets, baseboards and walls and monitor the drying process as it proceeds.

    Once we’ve determined the exact extent of the problem, we can formulate a plan and begin the restoration process as quickly as possible. We’ll walk you through every step of that plan so that you know exactly what’s going on and we’ll always consult with you about the ultimate treatment of any of your belongings so that you have the final say.

    We understand the importance of feeling whole again, but we also pride ourselves in treating every property as if it were our own because we know that’s important too.

    SERVPRO: The Professional Approach

    As members of this community ourselves, we at SERVPRO understand how devastating water damage can be and we want to do everything we can to protect and preserve your property.

    We have the training and equipment necessary to handle any job and we won’t sign off on it until we’re sure that you’re satisfied with the results

    . We’ll even do what we can to help you file an insurance claim so that you can be sure of getting the compensation you deserve.

    Our professional approach begins with answering your call immediately and continues through the drawing up of a plan and putting that plan into action.

    We’ll make sure that you understand exactly what we’re doing as we go along and are always available to answer any questions you may have.

    Because we believe in treating your property with the utmost care, we’ll also evaluate each of your belongings to determine if it is salvageable or beyond repair. 

    The restoration process itself will be completed using the latest techniques and equipment, including extractors, air movers, dehumidifiers and deodorizers, all of which are designed to thoroughly remove all moisture and completely dry every surface.

    Our technicians undergo extensive training and receive IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration) Certification that ensures they are prepared to handle any water damage situation.

    We also understand the importance of preventing mold infestation, as mold can spread quickly.

    For this reason, we’ll inspect every part of your home thoroughly to determine the presence of mold.

    We pay particular attention to the heating and ventilation system, as mold that takes hold here can spread throughout an entire building. If we detect the presence of mold we’ll use specialized equipment to kill it off and completely disinfect any surface it has come in contact with.

    Because our goal is to restore as much as possible, we’ll perform any necessary repairs including painting, replacing drywall, removing and replacing damaged flooring and replacing carpeting.

    Whatever it takes to get you back to normal, we’re prepared to handle it. 

    Once the work is done we’ll perform a complete walkthrough of the property with you to ensure your satisfaction.

    Caring For Our Community

    At SERVPRO we understand the importance of community, which is a big part of what makes us the best water damage restoration company in Aspen.

    We know how we’d want our own property treated and that’s what we do for our customers too. Acting quickly and doing a thorough job can make all the difference when it comes to handling water damage and that’s our primary goal.

    The technicians of SERVPRO are prepared to respond faster to any disaster and we have the training and expertise to handle any water damage restoration job, no matter how large or small.

    When water damage occurs on your property, don’t settle for anything but the best. Call SERVPRO and rely on our professionals to provide the care you need when you need it most. 

    Authored by Chafika and James Landers

    Certifications

    • AMRT   -Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
    • ASD     -Applied Structural Drying Technician
    • CCT     -Carpet Cleaning Technician
    • ECTP   -Employee Certification Training Program
    • FSRT   -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
    • HST    -Health and safety Technician
    • OCT    -Odor Control Technician
    • RRRP  -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    • WRT   -Water Damage Restoration Technician
    • IICRC -Certified Firm

    Affiliations

    • ASBO
    • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
    • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification

    Awards

    • Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness

    Commercial Restoration Brings Special Challenges in the Aspen CO Area

    3/8/2021 (Permalink)

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    While the business and commercial buildings can face the same kind of threats from water, fire, and mold that private residences do, commercial restoration holds several unique challenges that can make it more difficult.

    To perform a complete restoration of commercial properties, it’s important to recognize these differences:

    1. Commercial buildings are large – generally speaking, commercial properties tend to be much bigger than homes, making performing restoration services more difficult. 

      While home restoration can be accomplished using smaller pumps and vacuums, commercial properties may require larger, industrial-grade equipment.  

      It can also require much more equipment and cleaning supplies and may require a greater amount of personnel to tackle the job properly.

    2. Commercial restoration may require more expertise- because commercial properties are larger and more complex, and performing a full restoration may require more extensive expertise, training, and experience. 

      Your business is your financial lifeline, and you can’t afford to leave it in the hands of a restoration company that isn’t adequately prepared to handle the job.

    3. Commercial projects can have time constraints – when it comes to business, time can literally be money. You can’t afford to have your business shut down any longer than is necessary. 

      The best commercial restoration contractor will understand the need to move as quickly as possible so that your business can get back up and running.

    Put Your Business In The Best Hands

    Because your business is valuable, you can’t afford to trust it to just any restoration company. You need to know that you’ve got a contractor you can trust, and that’s where the professionals of SERVPRO come in.

    We’ve got specific training to help us handle fire, water, and mold damage in any commercial property, from small or large office buildings to restaurants, shops, and hotels to residential high-rises and even government and military properties. 

    We’re ready to respond with precision and effectiveness to any job, no matter how large or small, and provide complete restoration services with the quality your business deserves.

    Just as we do with our residential services, SERVPRO employs a thorough, step-by-step process for all commercial restoration that is geared toward making your property look “Like it never even happened.”

    That starts with having someone ready to answer your call immediately, 24 hours a day. Once we’ve gotten all of the necessary details, we’ll send a technician to your location within four hours to begin a thorough walkthrough so that we can assess the extent of damage and put together an effective plan for addressing it.

    We’ll cover every area on your property to ensure that all damage is identified and determine exactly what type of surfaces we’re dealing with to know how best to proceed.

    If there are any items that we feel cannot be salvaged, we’ll indicate those immediately so that you can make the final determination and use the information to help file an insurance claim.

    In order to mitigate your damages, we’re prepared to board up windows and cover damaged roofs with tarps.

    Once these initial precautions have been taken, we’ll begin removing standing water and any other hazardous debris. 

    Once everything is cleared, we’ll use our state-of-the-art equipment and professional training to thoroughly dry all surfaces, clean, and deodorize.

    We’ll perform full mold remediation to ensure that you don’t experience a mold infestation that can be hazardous to you, your employees, and your customers.

    Of course, we understand the need to get your business functioning again as quickly as possible to help cut your losses, which is why we keep speed in mind through every step of the restoration process.

    We know that you can’t afford to be shut down any longer than necessary, so our goal is to get you back in business as soon as we can

    We know that making you whole again is also critical, which is why we offer a full range of services for all commercial properties, including replacing drywall, removing and replacing carpeting and carpet pads, and replacing damaged flooring. 

    For any services beyond our scope, including roof repair, restoring furniture, electronics, and other items, drying out and preserving important business-related documents, and removing trees, we can make recommendations of other qualified services.

    Commercial Restoration You Can Count On

    SERVPRO is proud to be a part of the thriving Aspen business community, and that’s why we go the extra mile to ensure that your commercial property gets the care that you expect.

    We would want no less for our own property, which is why we keep up our training and employ the best possible techniques geared specifically toward commercial restoration.

    Our technicians are all Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) certified, which means we’re up to date on all of the standards for the best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet, and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration techniques.

    We even offer specialized cleaning services that are particularly important in this day and age when everyone is ultra-sensitive to the spread of pathogens and other contaminants.

    We can specifically address sewage and biohazards' removal, treat fabrics and upholstery, including drapes and carpets, and remove any signs of vandalism on your property. 

    We know how hazardous mold can be, so we are prepared to pay special attention to your HVAC system and air ducts to ensure that mold is not spread throughout your building.

    The “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned” shield, which is affixed to your building after we complete our new defensive cleaning program, will allow customers, visitors, and employees alike to enter your building with confidence knowing that it has met our exacting standards for cleanliness, designed to target viral pathogens and provide the safest possible environment.

    The SERVPRO Difference For Commercial Restoration

    Whenever an emergency strikes your commercial property, you need to know that you’ve got a restoration solution you can count on.

    SERVPRO is the expert when it comes to handling water, fire, and storm damage restoration as well as mold remediation.

    We’re ready to respond faster to any disaster, and we won’t sign off on a job until we know you’re satisfied with the results.

    There are so many challenges involved in commercial restoration, and the professionals of SERVPRO are ready to help you meet them.

    We want what’s best for our neighbors in the Aspen business community, and that’s why we use the latest training and equipment to handle any job, large or small.

    Having the best commercial restoration contractor on your side can make all the difference for your business, so when disaster strikes, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO. We’ll get you back in business in no time. 

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties
    P: (970) 618-1516
    2425 S Grand Avenue Suite 2
    Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

    Authored by Chafika and James Landers 

    Certifications

    • AMRT   -Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
    • ASD     -Applied Structural Drying Technician
    • CCT     -Carpet Cleaning Technician
    • ECTP   -Employee Certification Training Program
    • FSRT   -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
    • HST    -Health and safety Technician
    • OCT    -Odor Control Technician
    • RRRP  -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    • WRT   -Water Damage Restoration Technician
    • IICRC -Certified Firm

    Affiliations

    • ASBO
    • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
    • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification

    Awards

    • Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness

    SERVPRO: Experience When It Counts (Garfield & Pitkin Counties)

    2/9/2021 (Permalink)

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    Whether you’re facing fire or water damage or cleaning up in the aftermath of a storm, it can be traumatic and stressful.

    At times like that, you need to know that there are trained experts you can turn to for all of your restoration needs.

    SERVPRO has been providing water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation and other repair and restoration services for over 50 years

    With franchises across the country, it’s the name that more people turn to in their time of need than any other.

    We pride ourselves in responding faster to any disaster and providing the best quality service for both residential and commercial properties.

    The Garfield & Pitkin County franchise continues this tradition of speed, quality and expertise for all residents in the Aspen area.

    Our owner and general manager each have over 35 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate development, so we understand the restoration and rebuilding process intimately.

    As members of the Aspen community ourselves, we also care about our neighbors and are invested in providing the best possible service.

    We’ll treat your property as if it’s our own and put our years of experience to work to help make it “Like it never even happened.” That’s our promise to you and we stand by it.

    Whether you’re dealing with the aftermath of a flood or a fire, digging out after a snowstorm or facing biohazard cleanup in your workplace, you need a name you can trust.

    SERVPRO has the years of experience that make us the standard in the restoration industry and the one company you can count on when it matters most.

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties
    P: (970) 618-1516
    2425 S Grand Avenue Suite 2
    Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

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    SERVPRO Are Experts In The Industry (Garfield-Pitken Counties)

    2/6/2021 (Permalink)

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    At SERVPRO we take your restoration needs seriously, which is why we strive to be experts in the industry.

    We know that the Aspen weather can bring many challenges and all of our team members receive the latest training in restoration and mitigation techniques.

    We are prepared to tackle any type of damage from storms, fire or other emergencies

    We take our training seriously because our name is on the line with every job we do. 

    Every team member undergoes training and receives Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). 

    The IICRC sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries and their intensive training covers every angle of the business including water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation and carpet and upholstery cleaning.

    SERVPRO also offers a range of in-house training for all employees, from employee certification to a 15-day, hands-on franchise training course at the SERVPRO corporate training facility.

    The company also encourages continuing education with a variety of web-based programs designed to keep our technicians and office staff up to date on the latest innovations in the industry.  

    With extraordinary dedication and training as well as the latest in equipment and techniques, SERVPRO is the name you can trust for all of your restoration needs.

    We’re available 24 hours a day and we’re prepared to respond faster to any disaster so that you can get the help you need when you need it most

    When disaster strikes, don’t feel as if you have to go it alone. Call the industry experts in restoration and mitigation and breathe easier knowing that your home or business is in the best possible hands.

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties
    P: (970) 618-1516
    2425 S Grand Avenue Suite 2
    Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

    Best Commercial Restoration Contractors Aspen CO

    2/3/2021 (Permalink)

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    Emergencies can strike at any time and have a devastating impact on your business.

    Whether you’re faced with fire, water or other storm related damage, every moment that it keeps your business closed can impact your bottom line.

    At SERVPRO we understand how critical that can be, which is why we are the best commercial restoration contractors in the Aspen, CO area.

    The natural beauty of Aspen is a huge draw for residents and tourists alike and it has made this area a perfect location for any number of businesses, from shops and restaurants to unique properties like the lovely Tyrolean Lodge.

    Unfortunately, those same natural surroundings can easily become hazardous, especially during the harsh winter months when snow and ice are a regular part of life.

    As part of this community, SERVPRO understands those challenges and the importance of acting quickly to get your business back on its feet when disaster strikes.

    Commercial Restoration Brings Special Challenges

    While business and commercial buildings can face the same kind of threats from water, fire and mold that private residences do, commercial restoration holds several unique challenges that can make it more difficult.

    In order to perform a complete restoration of commercial properties it’s important to recognize these differences:

    1. Commercial buildings are large – generally speaking, commercial properties tend to be much bigger than homes and that can make performing restoration services more difficult.

      While home restoration can be accomplished using smaller pumps and vacuums, commercial properties may require the use of larger, industrial grade equipment. 

      It can also require much more equipment and cleaning supplies and may require a greater amount of personnel to tackle the job properly.

    2. Commercial restoration may require more expertise- because commercial properties are larger and more complex performing a full restoration may require more extensive expertise and training as well as experience.

      Your business is your financial lifeline and you can’t afford to leave it in the hands of a restoration company that isn’t adequately prepared to handle the job.

    3. Commercial projects can have time constraints when it comes to business, time can quite literally be money. You can’t afford to have your business shut down any longer than is absolutely necessary.

      The best commercial restoration contractor will understand the need to move as quickly as possible so that your business can get back up and running.

    Put Your Business In The Best Hands

    Because your business is valuable, you can’t afford to trust it to just any restoration company. You need to know that you’ve got a contractor you can trust and that’s where the professionals of SERVPRO come in.

    We’ve got specific training to help us handle fire, water and mold damage in any number of commercial properties, from small or large office buildings to restaurants, shops and hotels to residential high-rises and even government and military properties.

    We’re ready to respond with precision and effectiveness to any job, no matter how large or small, and provide complete restoration services with the quality your business deserves.

    Just as we do with our residential services, SERVPRO employs a thorough, step-by-step process for all commercial restoration that is geared toward making your property look “Like it never even happened.”

    That starts with having someone ready to answer your call immediately, 24 hours a day. Once we’ve gotten all of the necessary details, we’ll send a technician to your location within four hours to begin a thorough walkthrough so that we can assess the extent of damage and put together an effective plan for addressing it.

    We’ll cover every area on your property to ensure that all damage is identified and to determine exactly what type of surfaces we’re dealing with so that we know how best to proceed.

    If there are any items that we feel cannot be salvaged, we’ll indicate those immediately so that you can make the final determination and use the information to help file an insurance claim.

    In order to mitigate your damages, we’re prepared to board up windows and cover damaged roofs with tarps

    Once these initial precautions have been taken, we’ll then begin the process of removing standing water and any other hazardous debris. 

    Once everything is cleared, we’ll use our state-of-the-art equipment and professional training to thoroughly dry all surfaces, clean and deodorize.

    We’ll perform full mold remediation to ensure that you don’t experience a mold infestation that can cause health effects to you, your employees and your customers.

    Of course, we understand the need to get your business functioning again as quickly as possible to help cut your losses, which is why we keep speed in mind through every step of the restoration process.

    We know that you can’t afford to be shut down any longer than absolutely necessary so our goal is to get you back in business as soon as we can

    We know that making you whole again is also critical, which is why we offer a full range of services for all commercial properties including replacing drywall, removing and replacing carpeting and carpet pads and replacing damaged flooring. 

    For any services that are beyond our scope, including roof repair, restoring furniture, electronics and other items, drying out and preserving important business related documents and removing trees, we can make recommendations of other qualified services.

    Commercial Restoration You Can Count On

    SERVPRO is proud to be a part of the thriving Aspen business community and that’s why we go the extra mile to ensure that your commercial property gets the care that you expect.

    We would want no less for our own property, which is why we keep up our training and employ the best possible techniques geared specifically toward commercial restoration.

    Our technicians are all Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) certified, which means we’re up to date on all of the standards for the best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning and other cleaning and restoration techniques.

    We even offer specialized cleaning services that are particularly important in this day and age when everyone is ultra-sensitive to the spread of pathogens and other contaminants.

    We can specifically address the removal of sewage and biohazards, treat fabrics and upholstery including drapes and carpets, and remove any signs of vandalism on your property.

    We know how potentially hazardous mold can be, so we are prepared to pay special attention to your HVAC system and air ducts to ensure that mold is not spread throughout your building.

    The “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned” shield, which is affixed to your building after we complete our new defensive cleaning program, will allow customers, visitors and employees alike to enter your building with confidence knowing that it has met our exacting standards for cleanliness, designed to target viral pathogens and provide the safest possible environment.

    The SERVPRO Difference For Commercial Restoration

    Whenever an emergency strikes your commercial property, you need to know that you’ve got a restoration solution you can count on.

    SERVPRO are the experts when it comes to handling water, fire and storm damage restoration as well as mold remediation.

    We’re ready to respond faster to any disaster and we won’t sign off on a job until we know you’re satisfied with the results.

    There are so many challenges involved in commercial restoration and the professionals of SERVPRO are ready to help you meet them.

    We want what’s best for our neighbors in the Aspen business community and that’s why we use the latest training and equipment to handle any job, large or small.

    Having the best commercial restoration contractor on your side can make all the difference for your business, so when disaster strikes don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO. We’ll get you back in business in no time. 

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties
    P: (970) 618-1516
    2425 S Grand Avenue Suite 2
    Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

    Fire Restoration Contractors Near Aspen, Colorado

    1/26/2021 (Permalink)

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    When a fire strikes it can leave you scared, confused and disoriented

    There is nothing more devastating than having to deal with the aftermath of a fire that strikes without warning and can destroy a home or business in the blink of an eye.

    Unfortunately, fires are a common occurrence here in the Aspen Colorado area with all of the natural forest and mountain terrain.

    As beautiful as the ski resorts of the Roaring Fork Valley and the tremendous elevations of the Maroon Peaks may be, they can also lead to danger at times. 

    When it comes to fire damage flames, smoke and soot are only one part of the picture

    Water damage caused by broken pipes, rain or firefighting efforts often causes more harm than the fire itself and you need to know that you can rely on a restoration service to address all of the potential fire related issues.

    Fortunately, for residents and business owners in the Aspen area, there are fire restoration contractors you can consider to help you navigate the stressful process of getting back on your feet after a fire.

    At SERVPRO we have a long history of providing thorough, professional fire restoration for homes and commercial properties and we take pride in responding faster to any disaster.

    The Real Effects Of Fire

    Of course, the destructive power of flames and the extreme heat that they generate are the most obvious effects of fire, but the truth is that this is just where the damage begins.

    Everything from furniture and precious belongings to building structures can be damaged and even completely consumed by flames.

    At the same time, smoke can cause damage by clinging to many surfaces, including wood, plastic, carpets and fabrics, and causing noxious fumes and unhealthy odors.

    Soot can also adhere to a number of surfaces but it can be even more dangerous when it becomes airborne as this can make it a breathing hazard for anyone in the building.

    Just a few moments spent in a fire ravaged room or building can leave you exposed to a range of harmful toxins.

    As devastating as all of this damage can be, it’s actually only a fraction of the overall problems that you may be faced with in the aftermath of a fire.

    One of the biggest hazards is the water used in firefighting efforts, which can not only weaken structures, destroy furniture and rot wood, but also if it is not treated quickly and thoroughly it can lead to a potentially dangerous mold infestation.

    Call The Professionals For Help

    It can seem particularly stressful to deal with this kind of extensive damage and that’s why you should never try to undertake the task of restoration by yourself.

    When it comes to thoroughly restoring a property, whether a family home or a valuable business, doing the job properly can make all the difference and that’s why you should rely on the services of a fire restoration contractor to ensure that the job is done right.

    At SERVPRO we’re ready to take you through the entire process step by step to ensure that your home or property is restored to its pre-fire condition.

    1. Initial Response – The process begins with your initial call. At SERVPRO we understand how important it is to act quickly after you experience fire damage. The sooner the restoration begins, the more you can reduce the overall cost and we know what that can mean to you or your business. SERVPRO’s policy is to respond faster to any disaster, so we’re ready to answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    2. Damage Assessment – We’ll be at your property within four hours of your initial call and we’ll perform a thorough assessment of all damage. After pre-testing any damaged surfaces to determine whether they can be restored, we’ll give you a full explanation of the restoration process so that you’ll know exactly what to expect.

    3. Boarding Up – In some cases it may be necessary to secure openings to your home or business to prevent further damage caused by the elements or to avoid break-ins. We’ll used plywood, tarps and other protective measures to make sure that your property is secure throughout the entire restoration process.

    4. Water Treatment – Since water can bring its own array of specific damage, we’re ready to use our specialized, state-of-the-art equipment and training to remove all standing water and ensure that every surface is thoroughly dried using professional grade dehumidifiers and air movers. We’ll also thoroughly inspect and treat your HVAC system in order to prevent mold infestation.

    5. Soot and Smoke Removal – With our regular training and Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we’re prepared to employ the most effective techniques for removing soot and smoke damage from any surface. We understand how destructive soot can be and will thoroughly clean all surfaces to remove any soot-related toxins.

    6. Cleaning and Sanitizing – Once all of the damage has been addressed and any contaminants eliminated, we’ll use specialized cleaning and sanitizing processes as well as industrial air scrubbers and foggers to ensure that your property is returned to its previous state and that the environment is safe for everyone.

    7. Restoration – At SERVPRO, we understand how devastating fire damage can be and that’s why we make it our policy to restore your property so it’s “Like it never even happened.” With that in mind, our process doesn’t end until every bit of your property that can be restored has been thoroughly addressed. We know that it’s only with restoration that you can really begin to heal. So we’ll do whatever it takes, from replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpet to completely rebuilding rooms, to get you back on your feet again.

    Restoring Your Peace of Mind

    As fire restoration contractors in the Aspen area, we take the health and safety of this community very seriously.

    We understand the emotional toll that a fire can take and that’s why we take a “restore first” approach, because we go out of our way to treat every property as if it were our own.

    When one part of a community is hurting, the whole community is affected, so it’s not something to be taken lightly.

    Unfortunately, trying to completely replace everything lost to a fire can be costly and in some cases it may not even be possible.

    Your insurance company can often help to make you whole again but you’ll need to provide a thorough inventory of all damaged or lost items and we can help with that too.

    We’ll take stock of every individual room we work on and provide a complete inventory so you’ll be able to get that insurance claim filed quickly and easily.

    We’ll also work with you to help restore everything we possibly can, so that your home or business can get back to normal as soon as possible.

    When fire strikes and leaves your property devastated, it’s important to know who to call for help.

    The professionals at SERVPRO are ready to tackle any job in the Aspen area and we have the training and equipment to do the job right.

    We know how important your home or business is to you and we’ll respond at a moment’s notice, 24 hours a day, because it’s important to us too.

    No one ever wants to find themselves dealing with fire damage, but if you do you can find fire restoration contractors who are prepared to treat you with care. 

    SERVPRO is Available Around the Clock to Help you Restore your Colorado Mountain Home After a Fire.

    12/1/2020 (Permalink)

    Fire Loss SERVPRO is Available Around the Clock to Help you Restore your Colorado Mountain Home After a Fire.

    Most homeowners in The Colorado High Rockies know that restoring their home after a fire takes time. The flames, smoke, and extinguishing agents left behind by the fire and first responders can leave your home in disarray. Do not let the mess intimidate you; instead, call a company certified to handle these situations.

    Only a professional group can help mitigate your loss as it helps you salvage, remove, and restore your home and your personal belongings.

    For our Colorado High Rockies neighbors, fire damage restoration is a phone call away. Our SERVPRO team is available around the clock because we recognize that emergencies happen day and night. Our Green Fleet is ready to spring into action, assess the incident's impact, and create an action plan for your home. Our goal is to erase this disruption from your life by doing a conscientious and thorough job of restoring your home.

    How do I decide what to keep and what to toss after a fire?

    Looking at the soot sitting on your furniture, books, and decor may leave a hopeless feeling in your heart, but don't jump to conclusions until you consult our SERVPRO experts. At its fingertips, our team has different options to restore documents, electronics, and flooring, among others. Fires also leave behind an acrid smell, which our team can address as well. At the core of our restoration process, we focus on the following-

    Use of chemical agents to loosen soot and dirt while protecting the surface itself. Once the process of emulsion occurs, removing debris becomes easier.

    Use deodorizing agents to neutralize and kill any smell molecules lingering in your home, including those that traveled through your ventilation system.

    Use of extraction equipment to remove any remaining water used to extinguish the fire.

    Our team at SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties is looking out for you when you need it the most. Call us at (970) 618-1516 when disaster strikes and lets us leave your home, "Like it never even happened." 

    Categories of Water Damage

    12/1/2020 (Permalink)

    Categories of Water Loss Categories of Water Loss

    Not all water is the same when it comes to water damage in the home or office. Water and moisture can significantly affect drywall, plaster, weakening beams and supports, rusting metal surfaces, and more if untreated. SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties is professionally trained to meet IICRC standards to properly assess and devise the best plan to restore any water damage category.

    Category 1 – Clean Water

    As its name states, this category is from a clean source such as faucets, toilet tanks, or drinking fountains. This is the lowest and easiest type to deal with by drying out any affected material if untreated category 1 water can quickly downgrade.

    Category 2 – Gray Water

    Greywater has a level of contaminants that can cause illness or discomfort if ingested. Sources of greywater include a washing machine, flush from sink drains, and toilet overflow with some urine but do not contain feces. Clean up from gray water requires additional steps, including containment of the affected area and removal of materials that present moisture or damage. Category 2 can downgrade to Category 3 if left untreated.

    Category 3 – Black Water

    As the name suggests, black water is the worst classification and is grossly contaminated. This water can cause severe illness or death if ingested. Sources of black water include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth. Blackwater should always be avoided. Never try to clean up black water on your own as it can cause severe illness! Clean up from Category 3 water requires a measure of safety precautions for all those involved. This includes containment of the affected area and hazmat suits to protect the technicians from removing contaminated materials. Blackwater, therefore, is the hardest to deal with and the most costly.

    Commercial Mitigation

    12/1/2020 (Permalink)

    Sprinkler systems can be a common source of water damage in commercial facilities. While their benefits far outweigh their cons, both properly and improperly working sprinkler systems can contribute to a flooded facility. In this case, a fire in an adjacent building caused the sprinkler system in this building to go off over the weekend. The sprinkler shut-off was eventually found, but not until the damage had affected the facility's 36,000 sq ft. If this was your facility, what would you do?

    Choose a Trained Professional

    When your facility is affected, it is important to call a commercial drying specialist such as SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties; we understand that every hour closed leads to an hour lost of productivity and potential revenue. Commercial damage restoration produces unique challenges, so it is imperative to choose a trained professional with a proven track record. 

    At SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle, we will respond immediately to your damage regardless of size or scope. When your facility is affected, no job is too big or too small. 

    Thunderstorm Preparation

    9/15/2020 (Permalink)

    Knowing when a thunderstorm is on its way is very key when protecting your home from any damage.  There are a few things to look out for whether it be from water damage or fire damage, or structural damage.  Most people know to batten down the hatches on your patio or deck when we see windy, stormy weather coming, so here are some tips to check off when going around the house.  

    • Unplug appliances and electronic equipment when not in use.
    • Remove dead or overhanging tree branches that could fall on your house if the tree is struck by lightning.
    • Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose. Metal pipes and plumbing can conduct electricity if struck by lightning.
    • Turn off the air conditioner. Power surges from lightning can overload the compressor, resulting in a costly repair job.
    • Draw blinds and shades over windows. If windows break due to objects blown by the wind or large hail, the shades will help prevent the glass from shattering into your home.
    • Flood proof your home by making the foundation watertight with concrete.  

    Completing these tasks will help save you costly expenses if storm damage hits the Garfield & Pitkin Counties.  Call us at 970-618-1516 if you ever need our services!

    Water Problems You May Find in Your Office Building

    8/11/2020 (Permalink)

    Be Prepared Water Damage Water Damage

    As a business leader, you’ve got enough to worry about with your day-to-day operations that you don’t want to think about problems with your facility. However, it’s not uncommon for Garfield & Pitkin Counties, companies to contend with leaking pipes or other matters that can lead to flooding and water damage. It’s important to identify the causes of these potential disasters and troubling incidents so you can prevent them and more effectively clean them up.

    Potential Hazards

    In some cases, something such as a toilet backup or a slow leak in a pipe will only cause minor concerns in a bathroom or break room. However, if these things go undetected, you could face significant financial consequences or even potential interruptions to your business.

    • Flooding could damage or ruin the carpet, drywall, ceiling tile, furniture, or electronics.
    • Water damage could create an unsafe environment for employees.
    • Water damage may not be covered by your insurance.

    The Gradual Issues

    Leaking pipes could drip water onto floors or into the walls of your office over a long period of time without you even realizing it. Over the course of months or even years, this can rot away the drywall or subfloor. This problem could even encourage the growth of mold or other fungal development.

    A Sudden Rush

    If your building is aging, you may need to take a look at the plumbing system and make sure the pipes are still in good shape. A pipe break could expel large amounts of water into your facility, which could result in significant flooding. Even if you react quickly to this incident, you could still face heavy costs and loss of equipment and supplies.

    Mother Nature

    A weak roof or poor foundation could be vulnerable if heavy rain hit during a thunderstorm. Leaking pipes will put water on your floor slowly, but severe weather could inundate you with too much to handle.

    If any of these events occur in your building, you know where to turn. Contact a commercial water damage specialist immediately.

    Smoke and Soot Damage

    8/11/2020 (Permalink)

    Smoke & Stoot Damage We are the Restoration Experts

    Smoke and soot damage from a fire can almost be as devastating as a fire itself.  Luckily you don’t lose your items like in a fire, but the smoke damage caused to the items in your household can and will linger if not taken care of properly.  SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties has the proper mitigation tools to take care of this for you.  Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties is on-call 24/7 for all your emergency restoration needs if you have a fire on the weekend or at night we are here for you, give us a call at (970) 618-1516

    24/7 Fire Damage Company

    7/9/2020 (Permalink)

    Fire damage does not have a set time that it occurs. It typically happens when you least expect it. When that does happen, you need a 24/7 fire damage company to come to you and your family’s rescue. That’s what the heroes at SERVPRO of Garfield and Pitkin Counties do on a daily basis. We are available 24 hours of the day (including holidays), 7 days a week for your emergency needs. We’re Here to Help and to make that fire damage at your residential or commercial property "Like it never even happened."® 

    Have you ever been on vacation, soaking up the rays, playing in the sand, enjoying that quality family time together on the beach? Then, you receive a phone call from your neighbor notifying you of that fire at your place? Or, perhaps, you’re at work, completing all your to-do items, exceeding all your goals, receiving compliments from your boss about the fantastic job you’re doing, telling you you’re a valuable asset? You’re just having a winning day. Then, you go home for lunch and, surprise, a fire in your kitchen. As you can see, fires can happen at the least unlikely time. 

    When your home or business is hit with a fire, it’s vital you know what to do. Here are some fire damage emergency tips for you: 

    • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
    • Keep hands clean so you don’t further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
    • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator, and prop doors open.
    • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
    • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
    • Change the HVAC filter.
    • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

    Our experienced and qualified heroes are faster to any size disaster and can get your property back to Like it never even happened.® We’re dedicated to responding immediately -- day or night -- to your home or business. A faster response helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce costs.


    If you have a fire at your home or business and need a 24/7 fire damage company, you can rely on SERVPRO of Garfield and Pitkin Counties. We are your local professional fire damage repair and restoration specialists. Will you give us your next restoration job? We’re just a click away and/or phone call away. Call (970) 618-1516.

    FIRELINE Contents Restoration - Our New System!

    6/16/2020 (Permalink)

    The FIRELINE Contents Restoration cleaning system Trust the experts at SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties to professionally clean your contents with precision and care!

    FIRELINE

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties has recently adopted the FIRELINE system, which has become the most widely used contents restoration production system in the industry. We are always looking for the best tools in the industry to satisfy our customer’s needs and provide them with the best results possible.

    What is FIRELINE?

    The FIRELINE Contents Restoration cleaning system is designed to thoroughly clean contents affected by soot damagesmoke damage, and other contaminants. This state-of-the-art, stainless steel construction delivers the ultimate in durability and efficiency while utilizing the latest advancements in ultrasonic technology. FIRELINE provides consistent, high-quality cleaning results and high-volume production. It also comes equipped with specifically crafted contents baskets to cut down on damages caused by manually handling contents.

    The Four Stations

    The FIRELINE production system includes APW 4800 Pre-washer, APC 4800 Ultrasonic Cleaners, and Oversize RDS 4800 Rinse Detail Station. Each of these units can accommodate three contents baskets simultaneously. The system also includes the TD 8000 High Volume Tunnel Dryer. Designed to keep up with FIRELINE’s high flow production rate, the Tunnel Dryer accommodates up to four contents baskets at a time.

    After cleaning the affected contents, each item is carefully wrapped and placed in a specifically labeled box to be delivered back to the customer. Trust the experts at SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties to professionally clean your contents with precision and care! 

    9 Water Damage Prevention Tips Every Homeowners Should Follow

    6/1/2020 (Permalink)

    “Water wears away mountains”, so when it enters your home it can cause extensive structural damages, such as wood rot and mold growth.

    But by regularly checking appliances and doing basic household chores you can avoid expensive water damage problems that can drain your wallet.

    Don’t get flooded with repair bills. Be proactive and follow these easy water damage prevention tips.

    1. Regularly Inspect Your Appliances

    Any appliance or pipe that’s connected to a water supply line has a chance of springing a leak or bursting.

    Since all appliances have a limited lifespan, it’s important to regularly check your fridges, dishwashers, water heaters, ac units, showers, and other related fixtures for signs of failure.

    Other than a puddle of water on the floor, here are some other signs that your appliances might be on the fritz:

    • Sounds of water running even though nothing is turned on
    • Unpleasant odors coming from floors, walls, or drains
    • Reduced water pressure
    • Mold growing around the appliance

    Because many appliances rely on hoses, worn out hoses are a common culprit behind water damage problems. Replace any brittle, rusty, leaking, or damaged hoses as soon as you notice them.

    Hoses are relatively cheap, so this is an easy, proactive repair solution that won’t break the bank. You should use the highest quality hose replacements to increase the lifespan of your appliances.

    2. Don’t Ignore Leaks

    Water doesn’t like to sit in one place. It likes to travel, especially through porous materials like drywall, carpeting, and underneath floorboards.

    If a leak is left untreated it can lead to mold growth, staining, and damage to walls and flooring. The faster you address a leak, the less damage there will be and the more likely it will be that your insurance company will accept your water damage claim.

    If you have a leaking pipe, apply quick repairs following these steps and then call out a trusted plumber to inspect the problem:

    • This is a water supply valve on a toilet. Turn it clockwise to shut off the water supply.
    • Most water-based appliances have a water supply valve connected to it that allows you to shut off the water supply at that fixture without turning off the water to the entire house.
    • Turn the handle clockwise to shut off the water supply valve.
    • Turn on the faucets to release the remaining water that’s left in the pipe.
    • Wipe down the pipe and allow it to dry.
    • Patch up any cracks using epoxy putty. Wrap the putty up around the leaking area. You can purchase epoxy putty at any hardware store.

    A quick fix like this can get you by until you call a plumber to apply permanent repairs, but you shouldn’t rely on it to provide long-term water damage protection.

    3. Watch Your Water Bill

    Many pipes are hidden in walls and underneath subflooring, making it hard to know if there’s a leak or not.

    A 1/8 inch crack in a pipe (for reference, that’s about the size of your pinky nail) can waste up to 250 gallons of water per day!!! 

    If you get an unusually high water bill, you might have a leaking or malfunctioning appliance in your house.

    You can also read your water meter to check for leaks.

    Most meters are located near the curb by your house and are typically located within a concrete box marked “water”.

    You can pry open the lid by using a screwdriver or pliers.

    Before you read it, turn off all the taps in your house. If the dial is still turning then that means you have a leak somewhere.

    4. Consider Purchasing a Water Detection Device

    A water detection alarm is a device that’s designed to go off when it’s sensor comes into contact with water.

    Some of them even come with an auto-shutoff function, that will automatically turn the water supply off if it detects a large amount of water that has escaped.

    Install them near pipes or appliances such as water heaters, washing machines, or fridges.

    These devices can help prevent little leaks from becoming big water damage emergencies.

    5. Know Where Your Water Main Valve Is & Turn It Off Before Leaving Town

    Every homeowner should always know where to locate their water main supply valve is in case of a plumbing emergency, such as a burst pipe.

    Turning off the main valve will cut off your home’s entire water supply.

    The valve location varies on the design of the house. Check out these three places:

    • If you have a basement or crawlspace, the valve will be on an outside wall.
    • If your house is built on a slab, it will be located on a wall in the garage or near a water heater.
    • Your valve might also be located in the water meter box near the curb marked “water”.

    If the valve is located within your house, simply turn the valve clockwise to stop the water.

    If the valve is located outside your house, use a wrench or a screwdriver to pry open the water meter box. Use the wrench to turn the valve clockwise.

    There’s nothing worse than going on a nice vacation only to come home and find your house has been turned into a water park.

    If you’re going out of town, turn off the water main to prevent broken faucets and pipes from wreaking havoc on your house while you’re away.

    6. Winter Is Coming. Are You Prepared?

    Every winter there’s a chance of your pipes freezing, regardless if you live in a colder or warmer region.

    When pipes freeze, the water inside them turns into ice and expands. As the ice expands, it creates pressure which causes the pipe to burst.

    The pipes most susceptible to freezing are in the low insulated areas of your home, such as the attic or crawlspace. Check this area of the home out and see if you’re pipes are vulnerable.

    If you need to add insulation, make sure to follow all directions and wear the necessary protective equipment, especially when dealing with fiberglass insulation.

    If you have exposed pipes, consider installing insulation products, such as a “pipe sleeve” or “heat tape”.

    During the winter, remember to keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to reach pipes and don’t fiddle with the thermostat. You might be tempted to turn the thermostat down during the night to save on heating bills, but this drop in temperature can cause your pipes to freeze.

    7. Roof Maintenance

    The roof is your main line of defense against the elements, so it’s important to maintain it.

    Get up on the roof every 6 months, and especially after a storm, to check for vulnerabilities or damages.

    Here’s what to look for: broken shingles, built-up debris from trees, cracked flashing or roof vents. Roof repair is not a DIY job, especially if the surface is wet or slick. In this instance, it’s best to call a storm damage repair company that has the proper safety equipment and licenses.

    8. Do Your Chores & Clean Out the Gutters.

    Nobody wants to get up and clean the gunk out of the gutters. We get it. But it’s an important chore, especially if you want to prevent water damage problems.

    The gutter’s main purpose is to collect excess water off the roof and direct it away from your property.

    When the gutters get clogged, water overflows down the side of your house or into your basement instead of away from your property.

    This can lead to foundation damage, yard damage, and roof leaks.

    You should clean your gutters once a year or after severe storms.

    Get a ladder and use a scoop or shovel to remove debris from the gutters. Dispose of any debris in a trash bag or plastic tarp.

    After you’ve cleaned out all the gunk, flush your gutters out with a garden hose.

    9. Be Careful When Planting Trees

    Know where major pipelines are located before you plant trees. Trees will grow towards the nearest water source and will easily break pipes apart in order to access the water inside.

    There are companies that will mark the location of your sewer line if you don’t know how to find it.

    Some tree roots grow more aggressively than others and are more likely to damage your sewer lines. Consult with a landscaper to choose a tree that won’t harm your property.

    Need  Water Damage Help?

    Preventing Water Damage is one of the most important investments you can make as a homeowner.

    However, sometimes leaks unexpectedly happen and there’s nothing you can really do about it.

    If you live in Garfield and Pitkin Counties and need water damage help, contact SERVPRO at (970) 618-1516

    Our trained High Rockies crew will respond to your call within immediately to begin the process of drying and repairs.

    Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

    5/14/2020 (Permalink)

     Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

    Let us help you get back to business

    As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

    Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

    Extensive training and specialized products

    As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

    From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

    3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

    When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry-leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

    • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high-frequency touchpoints, foot traffic, and congestion points.
    • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for the cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
    • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

    Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

    We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

    Call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties today at  970-618-1516 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

    * #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision-makers on the first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. A study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

    Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

    Do’s and Don’ts After a Home Flood

    4/27/2020 (Permalink)

    Underwater flooding in a backyard. A flooded home in New Castle, CO

    If your house has taken in significant flood water, your most immediate concern is to keep your family safe. It’s tempting to want to rush back after the storm has subsided and start sorting through your belongings to see what can be salvaged, but there are some key safety concerns you need to be aware of before you head back in.

    Inspect for Hazards Before Entering

    Look around the yard carefully for any downed power lines and avoid them, along with all standing flood water and puddles.
    Check for leaks or cracks in the exterior gas line and other utility lines. Leave the premises and call the fire department if you suspect a gas leak.
    Inspect for any water damage to the foundation and the roof. If you see any structural damage, have a professional inspect the property before you enter.

    Check Appliances and Utilities

    If you smell gas or hear any hissing, you likely have a gas leak. Leave and call the fire department.
    Check the electrical system and make sure it is turned off. Don't turn it back on until a professional can inspect the system. If there is standing water near the box or if you or your clothes are wet, don’t touch the box. Call an electrician for assistance.

    Wear Protective Apparel

    When it is safe to start cleaning the premises, protect yourself by wearing safety gear. Knee-high rubber boots and thick work gloves will provide protection against potential electric shock, contaminated water and sewage. Hard hats and goggles will protect your head and face from debris.
    Mold can grow quickly in a flooded home, so it needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. Calling a specialist to inspect the property for mold is the wisest and safest solution.
    Flood water is devastating for your family. Following safe precautions when re-entering your home in New Castle, CO, will make it easier to get life back to normal.

    Effective Ways to Get Ready for a Disaster

    4/17/2020 (Permalink)

    People escape to exit door Safely evacuate your Silt, CO building

    In all likelihood, you'll never have to contend with a flood or storm damage in the workplace. This doesn't mean you shouldn't be ready just in case. Disaster preparedness can give you peace of mind, and it will help you be ready during the most urgent times of need. If you don't currently have an emergency response plan in place, now is the perfect time to get your business in order. The right preparation will keep you and your employees safe. It will also protect your assets.

    Revisit Your Insurance Coverage

    Your property insurance plan will cover the repair and replacement costs of many types of incidents. You should review your coverage and make sure it meets your needs and accounts for all possible disasters. Do the following as you take a look at your plan:

    • Evaluate your coverage limits.
    • Consider adding flood insurance and earthquake insurance.
    • Be familiar with your plan's exclusions and fine print.

    Assemble Emergency Kits
    You can minimize the effects of storm damage and flooding, but you can't control the severity of these issues. Part of your business preparedness should include putting together first aid kits and emergency kits. Make these available in various locations of your building so many people can access them. A first aid kit should include bandages and gauze pads in different sizes, antiseptic wipes, disposable gloves, and ice packs. You can also have blankets, flashlights and water bottles in your emergency kit. Include the phone numbers of relevant emergency response groups, including professional flood cleanup companies.

    Plan Your Escape
    No disaster preparedness plan is complete without a way to safely evacuate your Silt, CO, building. Make sure everyone in your workplace knows where the nearest exits are and how to get out quickly and in an orderly fashion. Assign roles to responsible employees. Also, establish a gathering place outside of the facility.
    Take the time to think about disaster preparedness. This could save time, stress, and most importantly, lives.

    4 Disaster Preparedness Tips for Your Business

    4/17/2020 (Permalink)

    Word writing text Time To Plan. Business concept for Preparation of things Getting Ready Think other solutions You need a fire preparation plan just in case

    Tips For Your Business In Case Of A Fire

    You invest a lot of money and time in your business in New Castle, CO, so it logically follows that you want to protect it from a catastrophic event. The extent of your fire preparation strategies can mean the difference between recovery and complete loss. These tips can help get you ready, just in case a fire occurs.

    1. Address Risks
    As a business owner, you can't just assume that your building is protected from fire; you have to be sure. During your annual inspection, walk the building with the fire marshal to see what needs to be fixed. Don't just settle for the bare minimum standards required to pass inspection but rather invest the necessary expense to ensure your building is unlikely to be completely destroyed in a fire.

    2. Protect Important Items
    After you have made sure your building is as safe as possible, you must take precautions to protect the items within it from fire damage. Back up every important file on the cloud or in a shared drive in an external location on a regular basis. Elevate electronic equipment off the floor, particularly on lower levels, to help protect it from the flooding that happens when firefighters put out the fire.

    3. Develop a Plan
    There's no such thing as eliminating the possibility that a fire can break out in your building. Therefore, you need a fire preparation plan just in case. According to fire restoration experts, this plan should include not only a clear path for getting out of the building but also who is in charge of everything that needs to happen during an emergency.

    4. Practice the Plan
    Even the best disaster preparation plan doesn't do you any good if no one knows what it is. Have regular fire drills so that everyone in the building can walk through exactly what they would do if the building was actually on fire.
    You may not be able to avoid a fire at your place of business. By taking these precautions, however, you can help minimize the overall damage.

    Understanding Household Mold

    3/24/2020 (Permalink)

    Mold on white background, fungus on white background, bacteria on white surface, mold growth on white surface Black mold is the most common and the easiest to recognize

    Moisture, when allowed to remain on structural materials can precipitate mold growth. Likewise, high humidity “wakes up” mold spores that can cause mold damage. You may wonder what types of mold will grow in your home if moisture goes unchecked. The most common type of non-food mold is black mold, although there are others.

    Common Household Molds

    Several types of mold are found in and around the home, some more prolific than others. It is important to reduce the risk of any of these, which include:

    Alternaria – Commonly found in houseplants or outdoor landscaping
    Stachybotrys Chartarum – Otherwise known as black mold - grows on almost any damp surface
    Aspergillus – Found in decaying outdoor matter and often carried indoors on shoes
    Chaetomium – Most often found in damp sheetrock, a damaged roof or near leaky basement pipes
    Cladosporium – Can occur in wet cabinets, carpeting, and wooden floors, or any damp areas

    How To Recognize Mold

    Most of the molds listed have names that are hard to remember, but Stachybotrys Chartarum or black mold is the most common and the easiest to recognize. Black mold growth is black and spotty. You may see only a few small splotches or it may cover a vast area. It also had a damp and musty odor, which is easily recognizable. It thrives in humid areas, such as inside a cabinet, inside wallboard or inside tub surrounds or showers.

    Ridding the Home of Mold

    In black mold cleanup, it is essential to remove any porous material or any wood that is molded through, as it can spread and weakens the structure. Mediating the problem also includes thorough drying and humidity control. A water damage and mold remediation specialist in Glenwood Springs, CO can perform mold cleanup procedures and take steps to prevent its return.
    Black mold growth is fairly aggressive and knows few boundaries. Luckily, it is possible, with proper abatement methods to remove it and put mold prevention measures in place.

    Lending a Helping Hand

    3/19/2020 (Permalink)

    proactive cleaning If your property needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today! (970) 618-1516

    SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

    During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

    Specialized Training

    We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs on a daily basis.

    The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

    • Kitchen/Food Areas
    • Bathrooms
    • Schools/Classrooms
    • Offices
    • Retail Spaces
    • Water Fountains
    • Shelving/Racks
    • Sales Counters
    • Carpets and Rugs
    • Stair Handrails
    • Elevator Cars
    • Playground Equipment
    • Fitness Equipment

    Specialized Products

    The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

    Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning (970) 618-1516

    Call SERVPRO in Silt When Your Healthcare Facility is Hit with Commercial Flood Damage

    2/24/2020 (Permalink)

    We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

    Silt Healthcare Facility Requires Fast Action for Flood Damage Restoration

    When you are in charge of a healthcare facility, resuming operations as quickly as possible after a flood loss event is paramount. Flooding impacts businesses of all kinds, including clinics and hospitals. Whether a storm brings in wind rain or a combination of both, you need professionals on your side to address the flooding that may take place. The last thing you want is to close the doors to your facility, so SERVPRO is available to come to the rescue.

    Whenever a medical facility like a clinic or hospital suffers from commercial flood damage in Silt, extensive mitigation and restoration work is required. The SERVPRO team works with your administration staff to follow all necessary procedures and guidelines while putting setting up precautions to protect the safety of all workers and occupants. This includes both life safety and building evaluations, paying close attention to microbial activity.

    Repairs

    We perform a thorough assessment to address the need for repairs to the water supply lines, plumbing, and all electrical systems. We pay close attention to your power system to ensure there is no longer a risk of power surge activity that may harm any essential medical equipment in the building. SERVPRO also puts a well-trained service crew to the task of looking over the HVAC system to make sure that no contaminants become airborne.

    Fine Details

    Our team works with the staff at your healthcare facility to check over testing kits, medical instruments, and other devices to determine salvageability and safety. We understand that inaccurate test results and soiled medical instruments can be detrimental to the health and safety of your patients. 

    Water-damaged items are removed immediately after the flood loss to ensure proper cleaning and sterilization. It is important to note that medical devices do not need to come in contact with contaminated water to become damaged. An increase in humidity throughout the building can lead to malfunctions and also throw off the balance of delicate testing materials.

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties comes to the rescue when you need help to restore safe, sanitary conditions at your healthcare facility after suffering commercial flood damage. Once you give us a call at (970) 618-1516, we send a team out as quickly as possible to begin an assessment.

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    Flooding In Your Silt Home

    2/20/2020 (Permalink)

    Debris removal is an essential step in flood recovery, and our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties team can help.

    Debris Removal Services Following Flooding in Silt Homes

    Flood losses can introduce debris, mud, sediment, contaminants, and other solids into your Silt home. Much of the recovery work that must occur after natural flooding involves removing these pressing threats and taking exposed materials out of the house until all that remains is undamaged structural elements like framing and subflooring. Before any of the controlled demolition or disinfection processes can occur, however, muck-out services must take place.

    The necessary steps to address flood and mud cleanup damage in Silt homes changes from one property to the next. Some homes get more substantial exposure to mud and debris, while outer lying properties might only have light residues and dirt left behind after floodwater recedes or gets extracted by our SERVPRO professionals. As the situation changes from one area home to another, muck-out and debris removal techniques change as well.

    Extraction
    No debris removal scenario is possible if several inches (or feet) of standing water exists. Extraction must always come before any level of debris removal, as it is impossible to know the extent of cleaning necessary until the surface water has gotten removed with extraction tools.

    Shoveling
    Debris and solids, along with mud and silt, often get brought into the house along with invading natural flooding. While this also introduces potential contaminants to the property, removing these heaps of debris often falls to shoveling efforts by our SERVPRO team on site.

    Wet Vacuuming
    Smaller bits of debris, solids, and soils can get pulled from surfaces and flooring with wet vacuums. Because the damaged areas are still damp and compromised, dry vacuuming is not going to work as well to remove the sediment.

    Cleaning Lightly Soiled Surfaces
    Cleaning is another essential element to the muck-out and debris removal service that our team provides, as it is often a final touch on surfaces that have only gotten lightly impacted by incoming floodwater. Through thorough drying and the application of biocides and antimicrobial agents, we can establish a perimeter on the damaged areas and more efficiently dry and restore them.

    Debris removal is an essential step in flood recovery, and our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties team can help. Give us a call today at (970) 618-1516.

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    Are You Actually Doing Enough for Fire Damage Remediation in Silt?

    2/17/2020 (Permalink)

    Fire damage can affect many of the items in your home. SERVPRO customizes the remediation plan to fit your needs. Call us right away!

    My Books Are Covered in Soot!

    Taking care of your home is not easy.  There are the general maintenance and landscaping, along with the upkeep of its cleanliness and working order.  Even the most conscientious homeowners find themselves in awkward situations when forces out of their control threaten the home.  For example, a kitchen fire or a burst pipe can leave you seeking help to restore your home and its belongings in short order. Whom you call to help you in this process can make all the difference between a tangle of inconveniences or a fast and effective result.

    In Silt, you can refer your fire damage needs to SERVPRO.  Our skilled technicians are available around the clock to arrive at your home and assess the damage.  As we collect information, we draw up a plan that focuses on mitigating your loss of time and money, as well as protecting your most prized possessions.  Our team communicates with you every step of the way so you can make decisions together for the benefit of your home and family.

    One of the issues our SERVPRO staff faces often is restoring artwork and books after a fire in the home.  The cleanup process for these items is not straight-forward and requires specialized training and a high level of expertise.  When we consider the restoration of your books, we carefully evaluate their construction, age, exposure to damage, and their intrinsic value.  All this information informs our action plan. When the smoke residue is minimal, we may be able to clean your books and artwork by using dry cleaning techniques such as compressed air and dry sponges.  If the residue is substantial, we may apply cleaning solutions to eliminate the smoke and then carefully sand down the paper to eliminate the residue. Our process is not complete until we apply deodorizing agents, keeping in mind the porous nature of paper.  For pieces of art, we may work in coordination with contractors specialized in art restoration if the piece warrants it. If not, we work with you to dispose of the item with your approval.

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties is your ally for fire damage and restoration.  Call us at (970) 618-1516 and let our team take care of you. Like you, we want to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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    We Are The Right Choice For Your Silt Water Damage Restoration Services

    1/30/2020 (Permalink)

    We have the proper techniques to restore your home at a moments notice because we provide 24-hour emergency service, call us right away.

    Water Damage Mitigation In Silt Can Require The Use Of Disinfectant Products

    Thousands of houses across the country and several in the Silt area, suffer from plumbing failures each day. Once your contents and building materials inside your home get wet, water damage mitigation from a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO could be required. Not every leak occurs in clean water pipes, sometimes a drain line from your sink or tub fails or a sewage line leaks or back up.

    When dealing with water damage in Silt that did not come from a clean source, our SERVPRO technicians use different methods. We always take extra measures to prevent your home from being contaminated by harmful bacteria and parasites. For example, any porous materials such as your carpets that come into contact with grey or black water get removed and thrown away in sealed plastic bags.

    Once all contaminated items get removed, we can then start decontaminating your structural components using chemical disinfectants. One common product our SERVPRO team utilizes in category two and three damage scenarios is a disinfectant called Vanquish.

    Vanquish is an EPA-registered product that has virucidal, bactericidal, and fungicidal properties. This solution has a broad spectrum of killing different types of microorganisms. Vanquish can work both as a cleaning agent and an effective disinfectant. The product works in hard water and can be used to fight HIV-1 or the AIDS virus.

    Vanquish is a strong alkaline solution, and it has a pH of 12.4. We mix the solution with two ounces of the chemical to one gallon of water. We then apply it to the affected areas by either using a pump sprayer or a bucket and a towel. Once the product is applied to your contaminated contents and building materials, we allow a contact time of at least ten minutes.

    Disinfectants like Vanquish can sanitize water damaged areas by killing the most common types of microorganisms present when a sewage backup occurs. The chemical can also be used to help prevent any mold from spreading to other areas of your house. When using disinfectant products, we always strictly follow the instructions of use provided by the manufacturer.

    If you ever have a drain leak or sewage backup, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties at (970) 618-1516. We are available 24/7 and we can help you return your home to the way it was before, "Like it never even happened."

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    Why SERVPRO Involvement Improve Flood Damage Outcomes in Silt

    1/24/2020 (Permalink)

    No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

    Take the Appropriate Steps for Flood Cleanup in Silt

    Heavy precipitation and snowmelt can expose Silt residences to flooding risk. Although you might consider managing the water that enters your home when the surrounding ground is saturated or frozen yourself, partnering with our trained and well-equipped crews is more efficient and safer. Flood water removal and structural drying must be completed within a short timeframe, why our scalable resources are sought by many in the community.

    Unexpected Crisis with Predictable Outcomes

    Flood damage in Silt does not make an appointment. It is unlike most other DIY projects you can schedule and complete in increments. A homeowner needs to drop every other task and responsibility to respond to the demands of a flood. Even if you can focus entirely on cleaning up, the sheer quantity of water dwarfs the capacity of most consumer tools. One person working alone is not enough to get the job done on time. During the emergency response phase of flood recovery, we might assign several technicians to perform all the tasks necessary. Our scalable response is why we can assure prompt and proper attention.

    Contamination Is the Norm

    Floodwaters are, by definition, contaminated with a wide range of hazardous substances. Human blood and fecal-borne pathogens, industrial waste, chemicals, and even dead animals can be swept into your home. A full set of personal protective equipment (PPE), including a respirator, is crucial to prevent exposure to substances that can make you and your family ill or worse. You need time and money to obtain and don the gear. Our inventory of equipment stocked on our service vehicles, including PPE, is why SERVPRO technicians can begin flood mitigation and remediation immediately.

    Containment and Lawful Disposal Is Mandatory

    Proper workspace containment is a must to prevent the unaffected spaces in your home from airborne hazards and the dangerous substances coating PPE and other clothing and footwear. Best practices strongly recommend the construction of partitions wrapped in 6-mil polystyrene and sealed with the help of negative pressure air scrubbing equipment. The time and expense of erecting necessary containment systems are prohibitive for the homeowner. The health and welfare benefits of appropriate containment are why SERVPRO employs it on nearly every flood remediation project, and we have the technicians and tools to make it happen. The materials and fluids involved need disposal as hazardous waste. We are familiar with those protocols.

    Flood damage mitigation and remediation is a complex process, why SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties dispatch multi-member crews with extensive inventories of professional equipment to handle all possibilities. Call us 24/7 at (970) 618-1516.

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    We Have Advanced Equipment To Restore Your Silt Home After A Water Damage Disaster

    1/13/2020 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO is ready 24/7 with trucks equipped with water damage restoration equipment, call us right away to prevent further damage.

    Flood Damage Silt – Emergency Precautions

    Flooding can appear in a matter of minutes. It might not even be raining in your neighborhood, yet floodwaters can rush down gullies, inundating your home or business with little warning. There is not much that can prevent flood damage; however, there is a lot that can be accomplished to mitigate the damage and keep your family safe.

    SERVPRO teams have the knowledge and equipment to deal with flood damage events in Silt and surrounding areas. We have fully equipped emergency trucks, ready to roll at a moment's notice on a 24/7 basis. We also are extremely careful to make sure your family stays safe from a variety of hazards, including contamination, electrical, and more.

    Emergency Tips to Consider

    Most homeowners want to immediately begin recovery of some of their most important and precious items. Before entering the home, always make sure that the electricity is off and avoid potential slip and fall situations. With mud and water in your home, it can be very slippery. Rugs and blankets immersed in water can be very heavy. Avoid unnecessary sprains and back injuries. Wait for help.

    Contamination from Flooding

    Floodwaters absorb all kinds of contamination as the water traverses its course down a gulley into streets and neighborhoods. There can be hazards from a variety of chemicals as well as biohazards. Evaluate the situation carefully and avoid potential harm to you and your family. Use appropriate protective gear or wait for the experts to arrive.

    Once Flood Waters Recede

    Assuming it is safe to enter the building, owners can mitigate some of the flood damage. Remove colored area rugs from the flooring. Remove books and magazines from wet floors. Homeowners should also consider removing all items that are still dry to other parts of the home to avoid secondary moisture damage from the high humidity in wet areas.

    Once our SERVPRO team arrives, assesses the situation, and develops an action plan, we pitch in to begin the restoration process to restore your home, "Like it never even happened."

    Call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties at (970) 618-1516 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve New Castle, Snowmass, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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    When Water Invades Your Silt Hair Salon

    12/23/2019 (Permalink)

    Don't let water damage close your hair salon. Call SERVPRO for fast and effective remediation.

    Professional Water Removal Services for Your Silt Hair Salon

    Finding that your business is in urgent demand for water removal services is not something that anyone wants to face.  Your hair salon must close while addressing water removal and damages, causing you to miss out on valuable foot traffic. The longer your doors are closed, the more likely it is that your clientele might take their business elsewhere. If your business faces a water damage emergency, you need help that can get the job done quickly.

    Imagine a scenario where a broken water supply line, which fed to a washing station, left your hair salon in urgent need of local Silt water removal services. Water spilled out from the sink and spread across the floor, pooling and soaking the tile. Furthermore, the water began to soak into the base of the back wall behind the washing station. If this water is left unchecked, it could not only cause water damage, but it could also cause microbial growth.

    It is essential to call for help right away when you discover water damage on your property. Here at SERVPRO, we make sure that we're ready for whenever you need us. Night or day, we base our schedule around yours, to ensure that you can reopen your establishment as soon as possible. Our SERVPRO techs can work discreetly and swiftly, so your clientele is less likely to find a new salon.

    Our SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians (WRT) could remove the water on your property with extractors and wet/dry vacuums. We can use advanced equipment, such as flood drying mats, dehumidifiers, and heaters, to ensure that the standing water is less likely to leave any excess moisture behind. Once finished, we can return your salon to you, as if the water-loss never happened in the first place.

    If your enterprise is in urgent need of restoration services, never hesitate. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties by phoning (970) 618-1516. No matter the time of day or night, we're available.

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    We Have The Most Effective Tools To Restore Your Silt Home

    12/19/2019 (Permalink)

    This leaky drain pipe caused water damage in the closet of this home and our experts arrived right away and began restoration. We are available 24/7.

    When Carpet Wands Are Best Used in Water-Damaged Silt Homes

    Removing water from carpeting is a process that requires sophisticated, cutting-edge equipment in Silt homes. As with many of the water loss scenarios that our SERVPRO professionals address throughout the year, saturated carpeting and surface water on materials requires extraction before drying efforts can be useful. Despite dozens of tools and machines that can help with water removal, some situations require the use of carpet wands.

    The best uses for light wands and carpet wands occur when water removal in Silt homes is vital to recovery. There are many situations, even with light saturation to carpeted areas, where effective drying practices are sufficient, namely direct heating and forced air on damp regions. Standing water or heavier saturations require specific tools of the restoration trade, including wet vacuums and the appropriate attachments.

    One of the advantages of using carpet wands is their versatility in a water damaged home. Because of their lighter weight and their direct connections to portable units like wet vacuums, even upstairs carpeted areas can get quickly dried out and restored. Because these wands often discharge into tanks attached to the machines, they get limited by their capacity before requiring emptying. Our professionals begin our extraction efforts in the most saturated areas of the residence and work out from these points.

    These attachments are ideal for when padding is getting taken out from underneath carpets and replaced. The wand can do an efficient job with removing most of the trapped moisture in the fibers, and since the backing material gets replaced by our SERVPRO team, it does not require thorough drying. Other attachments that can more thoroughly remove trapped water from the padding and carpet collectively are weighted extractors.

    Even a moderate amount of water can find its way to flooring in your home, and this requires the advanced technologies and equipment available to our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties team. No matter how we can help, you can count on the fast response and experience of our professionals to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (970) 618-1516.

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    Managing Soot Residues in New Castle Homes After Fire.

    12/14/2019 (Permalink)

    New Castle we know what fire, smoke, soot and water can do to your home. Let SERVPRO help.

    Fire damage in your New Castle home, let us take over.

    Soot and smoke particles can be a hazardous presence for New Castle properties and their owners after a fire. Soot is especially threatening, as its smaller size can be inhaled deeply into the lungs and become nearly impossible to expel. This risk is what makes the management of this threat a vital element of effective fire damage recovery.

    Our professionals have extensive training and safety coursework to approach soot removal and other fire damage in New Castle homes most efficiently. Residues can also be an equally threatening situation, as inappropriate cleaning tactics can either stain and mar surfaces or aerosolized loose soot particles back into the environment. Careful consideration must occur before actions get taken against present soot damage to determine the affected materials, best cleaning approaches, and containment options.

    Scoping the work to get done in a damaged home is the first step, and we can catalog damaged soot-damaged contents for retrieval by our content management team and determine which surfaces require focused attention. Many materials can be salvaged and cleaned despite the presence of soot if addressed quickly enough by our experienced SERVPRO professionals. Cataloging this damage also serves to provide credible information to your insurance provider to get damage claims approved faster.

    The content management division can work on moving belongings and furniture to our nearby SERVPRO facility for cleaning and restoration while our field technicians begin addressing remaining soot and smoke residues lying on the surface of affected materials. Agitative cleaning practices like vacuuming and brushing can often help to loosen this sediment and allow for practices like wiping with potent cleaning products to be more productive. Soda blasting and other abrasive cleaning techniques can also help to remove the soot without harming the surface of the material beneath it.

    It is critical to work fast when soot is present in a home because health effects and marring of construction materials/contents can result. Trust in the experience and cleaning practices of our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties team to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (970) 618-1516.

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    We Are Faster To Any Size Disaster In Silt

    11/22/2019 (Permalink)

    Our industry certified technicians are armed with the latest in equipment to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.”

    Technicians Always Available to Mitigate Flood Damage in Silt

    As any Colorado homeowner living close to the river knows, flooding and groundswells are always risks that need to be taken into account after rainfall and snow melts. Flooding causes tens of thousands of dollars to damage by bringing contaminants into the home that can affect the safety of structures. 

    If you have flood damage in your Silt property, SERVPRO technicians are always available to clean up the disaster. Availability is 24/7, all year round. If you encounter flooding and water damage on weekends or holidays, you can have technicians at your home within hours of your call. They can coordinate cleanup with you and your insurance adjusters and restore your home to its pre-flood condition. Your local IICRC-certified crew is affiliated with organizations like the American Red Cross, Carbondale Leads, and the Western Colorado Contractors Association. 

    Certified to Do the Job

    SERVPRO employs a team with a diverse range of skills to restore your home. Certified technicians receive education in a variety of disaster mitigation fields, including:

    • Applied structural drying
    • Carpet cleaning and hard flooring care
    • Odor control and water damage restoration
    • Fire and smoke damage restoration
    • OSHA 10-hour general/construction industry training, among other programs

    Both technicians and franchise owners must undergo extensive certification and training to maintain the quality homeowners need to enjoy a safe, clean home once more.

    How SERVPRO Can Save Your Home

    Flooding can be disastrous to a variety of surfaces, particularly porous items like fabrics, carpet, and upholstery. SERVPRO technicians can dispose of contaminated carpet and other items at the discretion of the homeowner. Once cleaning and drying are finished, qualified professionals can repair your structure, eliminate odors, remediate mold, and put the contents of your home back in place. 

    Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) rely on a variety of sources to remove odors from a flood-damaged home. Equipment can include ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers, air scrubbers with HEPA filters, and pumps or sprayers that sanitize odor-affected areas. High-velocity exhaust fans run before and after deodorization to ensure that air is clean and safe for occupants. 

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties serves the community by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (970) 618-1516 today for thorough cleanup after a disaster occurs. 

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    We Can Handle Any Water Damage Issue In Your Garfield Business

    11/11/2019 (Permalink)

    When you have an emergency we can immediately dispatch a team of industry certified technicians to remediate any situation.

    A Garfield Warehouse Benefits from Prompt Commercial Water Removal

    We received a call from the business owner informing us that water had pooled in his warehouse. We arrived quickly after that call and started the water extraction process for the affected areas of the warehouse. Since we were concerned about damage to the stored products, we planned out our scope to protect the owner from losing money and time.

    Prompt commercial water removal in the Garfield warehouse helped prevent heavy loss of merchandise. Water loss incidents in warehouses can disrupt the regular work hours, routines, and availability of staff. People who work in a warehouse can see their schedules curtailed, depending on how long it takes to rectify the destruction. With the help of specialized equipment like electric submersible pumps, our SERVPRO technicians quickly removed the water.

    We also used moisture detection tools to check for hidden moisture in walls and flooring. Moisture often leads to a mold infestation that could become severe enough to warrant demolition of affected structures. Our crew removed stored inventory from the affected areas to keep it from becoming an impediment to the restoration work that was taking place in the facility.

    After extracting water damage from the facility, we dried the affected surfaces to remove all the moisture. Moisture can get absorbed into most finishing materials, leading to their spoilage and formation of unpleasant odor. Our technicians dried and dehumidified the warehouse to reduce the likelihood of negative consequences. For complete drying and dehumidification of the facility, our SERVPRO team used specialized equipment including:

    Axial air movers – They provide high-speed circulation of air masses, activating the process of separation of moisture from affected surfaces. Axial air movers deliver low pressure at higher volume and can, therefore, cover large areas of affected materials.

    Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers – They eliminate moisture from the air and offer the advantage of drying spaces to a lower humidity ratio. These dehumidifiers speed up the drying process as humidity in affected areas lowers, and they are more effective at drying difficult materials.  

    Our team carefully monitored each stage of the drying process and performed the necessary measurements to control the humidity levels in the facility. Soaked objects and materials can emit an unpleasant scent of mustiness and dampness. To prevent such consequences, our team deodorized the affected areas using fogging equipment.

    If you are dealing with a water intrusion problem in your warehouse, call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties at (970) 618-1516 for quick restoration. We can handle the issue to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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    We Have State Of The Art Equipment To Restore Your Silt Home After A Flood

    10/31/2019 (Permalink)

    Our industry certified technicians are armed with the latest in equipment and make it seem “Like it never even happened.”

    Flood Damage Technicians In Silt Point Out How Boroscopes Get Used During Restoration

    The fall season is in its prime, and temperatures across the state of Colorado, including Silt and surrounding areas, have already dipped below the freezing pointing. Once temperatures drop in the fall, flood damage can be caused when the water running through the pipes inside your house freezes and your plumbing breaks and leaks. Once pipes freeze and break, hundreds of gallons of water can spill into the interior of your structure within hours.

    Once the water starts to build up, it can ruin your building materials and contents. If your flood damage problem in Silt does not get mitigated right away, secondary issues such as elevated humidity levels and mold growth can occur. Once you realize that your pipes have frozen and broken, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. We can utilize industrially approved methods to restore your house to the way it was before your plumbing froze, and make it seem "Like it never even happened."

    As soon as we receive your emergency call, our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your residence and assess the flood damage situation. We have several specialized tools of the trade at our disposal. Before we begin any mitigation work, we inspect the job using a combination of moistures meters, thermohygrometers, and other instruments.

    One tool we can use, especially during scenarios when your pipes freeze and break, are inspection cameras or boroscopes. These tools consist of a bendable scope that leads to a screen with a handle on it. The scope can be bent and twisted into tight spots and small crevices so that areas that would not normally be visible to the naked eye can be seen on the instrument's screen.

    Boroscopes can be used during the initial inspection to locate moisture. For example, if a water pipe running under your floor breaks, then we can drill a hole inside your floor board and look to see where the liquid went. We can also use these types of inspection cameras to peer inside wall cavities to search for wet studs or the presence of mold.

    Any time your water pipes freeze and break, it is wise to call in the professionals. You can reach SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties by calling (970) 618-1516. We are available 24/7, and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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    Little Known Ways to Rid Fire Damage from Your New Castle Home

    10/25/2019 (Permalink)

    When fire damage occurs you should act quickly and contact SERVPRO.

    Fire Damage in Your New Castle Residence Necessitates Efficient Soot Cleanup

    The fine particles of tar, carbon, and other materials produced during the incomplete combustion of fire are called soot. Soot particles can coat various surfaces of your house. They can be fine dust or sticky oil depending on the materials involved in the fire. Smoke can travel further than the flames, spreading to rooms that the fire did not impact.

    Soot stains most surfaces in a few hours after a fire, and it may also settle in the ductwork of your HVAC system. Porous materials such as drywall, carpeting, paint, and fabrics can have a significant amount of soot after a fire damages your New Castle home. Soot can also damage non-porous materials such as glass, metal, and stone. When dealing with soot damage, you can trust SERVPRO franchise professionals to clean up your property and restore it to its pre-damaged state.

    Cleaning soot stains largely depends on the amount of fire and soot damage. Soot is acidic, and it can, therefore, stain most surfaces within a short time. Water from firefighting efforts may also cause damage to your possessions and the structure of your home. Cleanup should start immediately to prevent further damage.

    Our soot restoration services start with an initial assessment of the damage and a free estimate. If there is water, we can remove it using portable extractors and dry out the affected areas using air moving and dehumidifying equipment. Our restorers can then test affected materials and categorize them as washable or non-washable. We can wash the walls, ceilings, and floors of all affected rooms. We can also clean furniture and other personal items.

    Our SERVPRO team can also clean synthetic and plastic materials properly and discard the items that heat has ruined. We can also clean your ductwork to ensure that the HVAC system does not blow soot into the house.

    Wood is porous, and it can absorb soot quickly. Our technicians can dry clean unsealed, or unfinished wood. We can use dusting cloths, feather dusters, or dry cleaning sponges to wipe wood surfaces. Dusting clothes may not eliminate all the oily residues. We can use brushes of various sizes with either stiff or soft bristles to remove smoke residues from decorative trim and crevices. If the smoke residues are substantial, we can semi-refinish the hard furniture.

    If you are searching for a remediation company that offers soot cleanup services in Glenwood Springs, Silt, and Rifle, SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties is the company to call. We can deal with the fire loss to make it “Like it never even happened.” You can reach us at (970) 618-1516.

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    If You Have Floods Or Water Intrusions In Your Silt Home Call Us Right Away

    10/10/2019 (Permalink)

    Our experts have training in water damage restoration, upholstery & fabric cleaning, applied microbial remediation and applied structural drying.

    Professional Water Removal In Silt Homes

    With the Colorado River running through the middle of town, Silt residents are not exactly used to floods, but it takes a lot to them blink. Experienced homeowners know that more often, it the water heater that breaks or another broken appliance or plumbing issue that forces them to call a professional removal and restoration service immediately.

    For water removal in Silt homes, SERVPRO has the tools needed to perform every task needed to clear each residence. Usually, these types of disaster are minor compared to a major flood, and since the water comes from an inside source, there is rarely the need to have to clean soil and other contaminants from the floor and other surfaces.

    That means that our technicians do not need to bring out the larger water pumps from our inventory, and can instead use extractions wands and other, smaller devices as their primary tools. These devices are more versatile, and operators can adjust vacuum and speed, as well as the level of applied heat to simultaneously remove water and start the process of drying out carpets and wood flooring.

    As team members draw water off the carpets and floors, other SERVPRO technicians examine nearby walls and property. Even with small amounts of water, the drywall panels that make up the interior walls of a home can quickly absorb enough to cause cracking and splitting. In some cases, they can even dissolve right off the framing, holding them in place.

    To avoid this, team members remove the floor trim and set up air movers. These devices force warm, dry air across the surfaces to carefully force out the moisture. It dries them without causing secondary water damage to the panels. If needed, technicians can drill a hole into each affected panel to drain any trapped water and use a hose attached to an air mover to force the warm air into the wall space to dry it.

    At SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties, our goal is to provide this level of support to every homeowner here, and in Glenwood Springs, New Castle, and Rifle. If you have had water intrusions or floods in your home, call us at (970) 618-1516 today to schedule a service call and let us help get the restoration process started.

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    Some Simple Steps to an Effective Commercial Flood Damage Strategy in Silt

    9/29/2019 (Permalink)

    Flooding can be completely overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO should your office building have excess standing water and flood damage.

    How SERVPRO Turns Around Commercial Flood Damage in Silt Real Estate Office

    Commercial flood damage halts the operation of the business until there is the removal of the water and the property is both dried and disinfected.

    When groundwater breaches into a Silt business causing commercial flood damage, cleanup efforts should begin as fast as possible because as each minute passes, the level of damage to the structure increases. A business where foot traffic from the public is common needs to look and be clean; this is especially true in a real estate office where first impressions and curb appeal are everything.

    Flood Loss Items Need Fast Removal

    Carpet soaked by groundwater is a loss and does not have restoration potential. Water damaged sheetrock undergoes removal and baseboards too as needed. As water extraction efforts continue in the property, technicians go item by item to ascertain, which among them is a loss and what is restorable.

    Pack Out of Important Documents

    Listings, leads, and more are the life's blood of a real estate office. A pack out would commonly occur to ensure the critical documents went to safe storage until the cleanup of the damage from the flood water efforts completed.

    Limiting Disruptions During Cleanup

    SERVPRO technicians know that in the real estate market, any amount of downtime means the potential for a loss of income. They work quickly and dry large furnishings in place raised on blocks when possible. In cases where technicians performed a pack out, they return every item back to the place they removed it from after drying and disinfection of the property.

    Restoration and Rebuilding

    To get a business such as a real estate office reopened, it must have repairs done. Technicians work to get the property ready for any needed construction and give the property owner a list of the required repairs to return the business to its pre-flood condition.

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties is ready to address commercial flood damage of any size. Our technicians work quickly to limit the loss and get your business reopened. We are available 24/7 by calling (970) 618-1516 to make the incident, "Like it never even happened."

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    Did You Know That SERVPRO Can Check Your Silt DIY Flood Restoration Project?

    9/17/2019 (Permalink)

    Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is stocked with equipment to dry your home.

    Double Checking DIY Flood Recovery in Silt Homes 

    There are many situations where we encounter motivated homeowners looking to undertake substantial drying and extraction efforts for their flood-damaged Silt property. As monumental of a task as this might be, many of these same residents have been able to utilize advanced tools and equipment to overcome widespread loss effects in their house. This effort does not come without a share of potential risk, much of which centers on lingering moisture left undetected. 

    While we can expect our SERVPRO team address flood damage in Silt properties, we also focus on ensuring that our customers are not getting wrong information that could leave them battling overwhelming circumstances. We are a resource for flood and water recovery as we are a trusted name to address these issues efficiently and thoroughly when property owners prefer the experienced hands of professionals. 

    The tools that many property owners use have limitations on both power and efficiency and are often smaller or weaker versions of industrial-grade equipment available to our technicians. From an extraction point alone, residents utilize wet-vacs and submersible pumps, but these often lack the strength of the equipment that our SERVPRO team would arrive within the Green Fleet. In addition to our extractor truck, we also have specialized equipment designed to maximize water removal on specific flooring materials.  

    We know that we are not involved in every restoration task following flooding in our communities. We want homeowners to know that with our experience and training in the industry, we can help you to check the drying efforts completed in your house. We have advanced detection equipment like infrared imagery and moisture content meters that can find dampness and wet pockets in your home if they exist. We can even use these tools to assess wall cavities and other inaccessible areas. 

    Whether you need our experienced SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties team to perform a full restoration and recovery on your flood-damaged home, or a second opinion on the work you have done yourself, we are here to help. Contact us 24/7 at (970) 618-1516.

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    We Know The Measures to Take With Your Glenwood Springs Damages, When It Comes to Water, Fire, Mold, or Storm.

    9/13/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO will face the fight no matter the lengths it takes for your Glenwood Springs community.

    No matter the damages you face in Glenwood Springs, we can help your through it.

    There are never convenient or easy times for disasters to strike your Glenwood Springs home, but our SERVPRO professionals can help with a prompt response. We have a 24/7 emergency dispatch system that can mobilize our qualified technicians whenever these events occur, and with ready trailers stocked with useful equipment and products, we can handle even significant loss incidents without delay. Our team has the full support of the other area franchises, providing an infinite roster of certified restoration technicians, an endless inventory of recovery tools, and the efficiency in handling multiple damaging projects simultaneously.

    Water

    Saturation and exposure of construction materials and the contents of your home can present a hazardous situation for property owners. We understand the importance of protecting these belongings and structural elements that become at risk when water loss incidents occur, and that is why we have both Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as well as a full team of content management professionals. When water damage affects Glenwood Springs properties, we are a wise choice to help.

    Our success over the years in the area stems from our commitment to provide quality service to every customer that needs it. By embracing a belief that every job deserves the same level of effort and resolution, we can do more Glenwood Springs homeowners and their properties. We work closely with your insurance provider as well, offering a constant connection and updates with our documentation software DryBook.

    As much as these emergencies can occur at any time, water damage in Glenwood Springs is not a universal threat that compromises properties in the same way every time. The evolution of our water restoration team has embraced changing techniques and strategies, along with the acquisition of the latest and most effective equipment and products available, to exceed your expectations every time.

    Fire

    Fire loss incidents require several unique restorative approaches from our SERVPRO technicians. Because each instance is different than the last, our specialists must thoroughly inspect properties when we first arrive to determine the full extent of the damage. This assessment helps to determine the equipment and products necessary to overcome fire damage in Glenwood Springs homes and businesses, but also the specific personnel and specialized units necessary. These trailered machines can include portable power, portable heating or cooling units, or industrial-grade dehumidification.

    We have become a trusted name in fire recovery in the area because of our fast response. We keep a trailer within our Green Fleet stocked with deodorization tools, soot removal equipment and products, and cleaning units to begin mitigation as soon as we arrive at a fire damaged Glenwood Springs property. While we have an entire division of our company devoted to Fire & Smoke Restoration with IICRC certifications, we also encourage these same professionals to get educated in other areas of fire restoration, including odor control, content management, and advanced cleaning niches.

    We have a full warehouse for the storage and recovery of your belongings and furniture removed from a fire-damaged Glenwood Springs home. We have advanced cleaning techniques to remove soot from your valuables and keepsakes and an on-site ozone chamber to neutralize smoke odors. Once your belongings have gotten restored, they can get restored on-site until it is safe to return them to your property when restoration work completes.

    Mold

    Mold damage in Glenwood Springs can be an underappreciated threat, and without the appropriate steps taken quickly to limit the spread and growth of these colonies, the situation can quickly get out of control. We have a special division of our SERVPRO team with IICRC certifications as both Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) and Water Restoration Technicians (WRT), helping to address the consequence and the cause simultaneously.

    Much of the work that we do to secure homes and businesses from the threat of mold damage begins with practical containment efforts. With physical barriers and the use of filtering tools like negative air chambers and air scrubbers, we can limit the spread of mold spores throughout moist areas of Glenwood Springs homes. In addition to limiting the spread, our remediation specialists can begin work on removing colonies with antimicrobial sprays, sanding, soda blasting, and in extreme cases, material removal.

    Success in remediation for our SERVPRO team is more than just removing the present threat, but ensuring that the same problem does not happen again and again in Glenwood Springs properties. We can help by encouraging the use of permanent dehumidification units, water diversion and pumps, or better waterproofing solutions for affected regions of your household.

    Storm

    Flash flooding and severe weather systems threaten thousands of homes and businesses all around Glenwood Springs. We know that when structural damages occur, that we must act quickly to ensure that your home does not suffer long-term consequences of effects like flooding. With breaches in your roof or other exterior elements of the house, it can be easy for water penetration to occur, and our professionals must work quickly to not only secure these breaches but to also mitigate your loss from standing water.

    As alarming as these situations can become, storm damage in Glenwood Springs homes does not have to be a total loss for your property. With our fast response 24/7, our SERVPRO team can arrive with extraction and drying tools that can help to regain control of a disastrous scenario quickly. The fast reaction to these destructive events can protect installed elements from requiring removal and allow our professionals to protect sullied contents and saturated contents within your house.

    We move quickly to ensure that any rubbish or degraded materials get removed quickly from the Glenwood Springs property, as these moist conditions can encourage insect infestations and mold growth. Our team can work to prevent these situations with debris removal practices and with antimicrobial spray to protect exposed elements during the drying process.

    You have choices when it comes to restoration services, but few have the experience and extensive training that our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties professionals do. No matter what loss incident affects your property, you can count on our specialists to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (970) 618-1516.

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    When a Water Supply Line Unexpectedly Supplies Your Silt Home With Water Damage

    9/3/2019 (Permalink)

    Burst pipe while you were at work? We are always ready to handle your unexpected water loss situations.

    Call SERVPRO When Your Silt Kitchen Needs Water Removal Services

    Many things in our kitchen can cause a need for professional water removal services. A broken faucet, a faulty ice maker, or a busted dishwasher, to name a few. Once an unreliable appliance causes a mess, we can find ourselves in need of external help. However, fortunately for you, there is always help close at hand when you need it.

    In the case of your home, your Silt kitchen needed water removal services because a water supply line, under your sink, burst while you were away at work. It is always wise to check on old piping or supply lines from time to time, as some are not always made to last. If a section of plumbing seems to be straining, call for a professional opinion before the accident happens.

    However, always being preemptive is not very practical. Sometimes, accidents happen very suddenly, and there is nothing that could have been done to change them. For this reason, companies like SERVPRO exist, to help you when an accident happens.

    Here at SERVPRO, we focus on our priorities around being there for you when you need us, as quickly as possible. After receiving your initial call, our team of technicians, certified by the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC,) immediately begin to gather together. Once assembled, they can take one of our signature green vans, filled with advanced equipment, and travel to your home promptly.

    When our team of SERVPRO IICRC-certified techs arrive at your home, they can get to work immediately. We pride ourselves on our work ethic as well as our swift reaction times. The first task is to remove the puddled water from your kitchen and discard it, using devices such as wet/dry vacuums and extractors.

    We can then bring drying equipment into your kitchen to remove the excess moisture from your floor, as well as under the sink. We can use pieces of equipment, such as dehumidifiers and heaters, to encourage the moisture to evaporate. Once finished, we can help you order a new supply line for your sink and then recommend a plumber to install it.

    When your home finds itself in need of water removal services, don't wait to get them. Communicate with SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties by calling (970) 618-1516. Night or day, we're ready to assist you.

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    SERVPRO Is Swift to Mitigate the Fire and Smoke Damage to Your New Castle Property

    8/19/2019 (Permalink)

    Soot Stains and Smoke Odors Are Best Left to SERVPRO to Restore Your New Castle Home, "Like it never even happened."

    What You Can Do About Fire Damage in Your New Castle Home Before Help Arrives

    Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association, estimate around 370,000 house fires occur every year, resulting in nearly $7 billion in overall property damages. Fortunately, the majority of fires happen where only a portion of the home is damaged, which negates the need for complete demolition and rebuild or perhaps none at all but can lead to other issues such as the spread of soot or odors.

    Before SERVPRO arrives at your New Castle home to clean up fire damage, there are things you can do to make the mitigation go even faster and limit loss.
    ?    Turn off the HVAC to limit the spread of soot via ductwork
    ?    Have as little foot traffic in the affected area as possible
    ?    Close the doors to the fire loss area
    ?    If you attempt to clean, remove only light, dry soot with a dry sponge or rag, better yet, with a vacuum
    ?    Do not use wet sponges or cleaners as this can grind soot into surfaces

    Once our technicians are on-site, we contain the fire loss area using a thick-gauge plastic barrier (usually 6-mil) over doorways and vents to stop the spread of soot. The room is ventilated if appropriate, charred debris removed and restorable items removed for cleaning. SERVPRO technicians try to limit loss as much as possible for homeowners through our proprietary restoration methods.

    Odor control is a large part of fire loss cleanup. Odor-causing soot particles exist smaller than the human eye can see and travel throughout the home unless contained and removed. We used equipment such as air scrubbers with HEPA filters to capture airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns and trap them. When our technicians complete fire debris removal and mitigation efforts, the room is ready for any needed repairs or reconstruction.

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties stands ready to assist local property owners with fire damage. Call us anytime at (970) 618-1516, and our emergency response teams arrive within hours to remove the fire loss from your home "Like it never even happened."

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    A Primer on How to Reduce Water Damage in Rifle Homes

    8/8/2019 (Permalink)

    Leaking pipes can cause a lot of water damage quickly. Make sure you know how to turn off your water supply.

    Some Quick Tips to Reduce Water Damage in Rifle Homes

    You might realize early on that you do not have the skillset or the equipment to handle even modest water loss incidents occurring in your Rifle home, but that does not mean that you have no means of helping the situation. You can expect a fast 24/7 response from our SERVPRO professionals. There are initial steps that a property owner can take to reduce the spread of the water damage, the severity of this situation, and the ultimate cost involved in restoring the effects.

    Water damage in Rifle homes varies by the source of the incident and where the symptoms can spread within the residence. It is crucial to contain the situation as promptly as possible, and assuring the success in this venture can start before our professionals even roll out from our facility. We can mobilize quickly to get mitigation and restoration work started in your home. Here are some steps that you can take to make the process more efficient and cost-effective:

    • Identify the Source

    Often this is not challenging to accomplish, but it can help to narrow your immediate actions to cut off water flow to a particular appliance, portion of piping, or the entire plumbing system in the household until our SERVPRO professionals arrive.

    • Contain the Damage as Best as You Can

    Sometimes closing a door and pushing a towel against the bottom can stop water flow to other rooms long enough for our technicians to arrive and get started on extraction.

    • Protect Your Belongings

    We have an entire content management division. There is little we can do for some items that have spent hours directly exposed to standing water. Move at-risk items to safe areas of your home.

    Water damage recovery comes in multiple phases. These approaches can happen more quickly and more thoroughly with a combination of our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties trained professionals and the efforts of our customers before our team arrives. Give us a call anytime disasters strike at (970) 618-1516 to make water loss incidents “Like it never even happened.”

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    Our Experts Will Save Your Silt Business After A Flood!

    7/29/2019 (Permalink)

    When your property in New Castle, Rifle, or Parachute needs mitigation and restoration services, call us at (970) 618-1516.

    Recovery From Commercial Flood Damage – Faster When Silt Businesses Are READY With Skilled Professionals

    Flooding in different parts of Silt affects businesses of all sizes. SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile helps businesses reduce the impact felt by all kinds of disasters. Our READY Profile collects pertinent information about a business and its operations in one easily-accessible location so owners, managers, and our team can work together from the start to achieve the best possible results.

    Businesses with a current Emergency READY Profile ERP in Silt recover from commercial flood damage faster and with less expense than those businesses without such a preparedness plan in place. When a local business sustains damage from flooding, our certified technicians strive to make the restoration process as painless and stress-free as possible. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, giving all our customers an advantage against time and the inevitable enlargement of damaged areas. An up-to-date READY plan makes us even more efficient.

    We want to help you re-establish your store’s normal operations and get your doors open again. The sooner you can recover, “Like it never even happened,” the less likely it becomes for the flood damage to have permanent ill effects on your business. It might seem highly cost-effective to have your employees clean things up after a flood. However, when contaminated water covers large areas or affects numerous pieces of inventory and furnishings, the risks increase significantly to both your employees’ health and to anything not yet damaged.

    Technicians at SERVPRO study and participate in in-house training to earn recognition from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The areas covered during our studies include the wide variety of proper cleaning methods and techniques to cover the diverse materials found in homes and businesses today. Our goal is to help businesses recover after disasters affect their buildings as quickly as possible, restoring functionality and safety, so people do not experience health effects or other issues.

    With flooding, damage includes swelling up of flooring materials, an overload of pathogens and chemicals on everything touched by the water, dramatically increased humidity, odors, debris, and other risk-filled changes. Mitigating the area and eliminating these problems requires that workers stay protected with proper personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as understand both the risks and the techniques necessary to avoid injury. Because every team member at SERVPRO arrives prepared with both mitigation equipment and their own PPE, safely restoring your store or office occurs efficiently and in a safe manner.

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties helps restore office complexes, factories, shops, restaurants, and other commercial buildings after flood damage occurs. When your property in New Castle, Rifle, or Parachute needs mitigation and restoration services, call us at (970) 618-1516. We answer this number day and night, year-round, including weekends and all holidays.

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    We Have The Proper Equipment To Restore Your Silt Home

    7/20/2019 (Permalink)

    We have the necessary equipment to restore any storm damage big or small that causes flooding.

    Extracting Standing Water and Establishing Dry Methods after Flood Damage in Silt

    A flooded property poses several tough questions to a homeowner. There is a myriad of different factors to consider, such as furniture, flooring, carpeting, fittings, and fixtures. Getting the excess water out is crucial, but after standing water is gone, waterlogged contents or structure can cause just as much damage. Our restoration company has the experience to tackle each challenge strategically and can deploy the correct equipment for each stage. An established gameplan to restoring a flooded property is crucial to minimizing both losses and secondary damages.

    Homeowners with flood damage in their Silt property need to understand that time is a contributing factor to the restoration process. Flooring weakens under the increased weight and pressure of standing water. There is also a water migration issue to consider, whereby flooded rooms leak moisture into structural cavities or subfloor. Finally, microbial growth thrives in wet, humid conditions and can grow into colonies in as little as 48 hours, so your structure and contents need proper drying to guard against secondary damages.

    SERVPRO operates a rapid-response unit for emergency flood situations. Depending on the scale of operation, we can send a technician, or several, to your property to mitigate losses. Safety comes first. A water restoration technician (WRT) can scope your property for electrical hazards, restore shut off power, and test floors or ceilings for structural weakness. Once the scoping procedure is complete, we can bring in the required equipment to remove standing water.

    Removing excess quantities of water can be done quickly by using extraction units and gas-powered pumping equipment. SERVPRO technicians can usually remove excess water within a day. The next step is to bring in professional drying equipment like dehumidifiers and rapid air-movers. Depending on the scope of the project, this process can take anywhere from 24 hours to a few weeks. A SERVPRO technician can take relative humidity readings, and moisture content readings to ensure the expected outcomes are being achieved daily until the home is returned to its condition before the flood damage.

    An efficient restoration procedure requires the ability to remove standing water quickly before establishing an informed drying method. Contact SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties at (970) 618-1516 today.

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    Fire Restoration Professionals Talk About Cleaning Methods to Restore Fire Damaged Rifle Homes

    7/9/2019 (Permalink)

    There is not a one size fits all solution to clean fire damaged possession. SERVPRO has several cleaning methods used to restore your home.

    Restoring Fire Damage Property in Rifle Homes

    Despite having the Colorado running through town, Rifle residents know that fire season is just getting underway. Recent rains dry up quickly as the temperature rises and put their homes at risk.  

    Fire damage in Rifle homes can be everything from a burned out roof to the thick smoke residues coating every surface in the kitchen, dining room, and elsewhere after a fire. SERVPRO response crews train their personnel as Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians, or FSRTs to ensure they can clean residues on everything from upholstery fabrics to drywall, and more.  

    Each FSRT trains to become skilled on four primary cleaning actions. Each one is designed to break residues from the surface they adhere to after the fire. Depending on the surface and type of residues, technicians use Suspension and Dispersion, Mechanical, Lubrication, or Chemical Actions.  

    Suspension and Dispersion is the first and most common cleaning action used by SERVPRO. Technicians loosen soils with a cleaning product, which become suspended in the solution, and dispersed. Suspension happens when the soils dissolve in the cleaner or remain intact inside a cleaner they cannot mix with chemically. FSRTs remove them using a sponge or extraction device. It is useful on items like drywall.  

    Mechanical Action is also called Agitation. Technicians use it, sometimes with a cleaning agent, to physically break up residue layers on fabrics, stone, metal, and more. Since some surfaces absorb cleaning products, a scrub brush or mechanical agitator is also a preferred method to remove them along with the residues and other soils.  

    Lubrication Action breaks the link between residues and surfaces by making them slippery. The detergents and other cleaners work their way under the residue or other soil so they ‘slide’ into them for easy removal. It is a particularly useful action on glass and metal surfaces.  

    Chemical Action alters residues by application of a cleaning agent. The alteration allows technicians to more easily remove them using sponges, vacuums, and devices like extraction wands to pull residues and the shampoo cleaner from carpets.  

    At SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties, we understand that a home is far more than four walls and a roof. Memories sometimes link closely to personal property, so our response teams take every action possible to restore the items in Glenwood Springs, New Castle, and Silt homes, as well as the structure, to their pre-fire condition. To schedule a service visit, contact us at (970) 618-1516.

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    Taking Your Initial Call For Water Removal In Silt

    6/25/2019 (Permalink)

    We have various pieces of equipment ready to help with all your water removal needs.

    Count on a quick response from SERVPRO when you need Water Removal

    It probably does not surprise you that water removal in Silt is one of our restoration companies highest requests. Water can be somewhat tricky, quickly working its way into your home from various sources. It can also lead to many situations that you, as a homeowner, are not equipped or experienced enough to handle. 

    The thing that might surprise you is how much emphasis our staff puts on answering and responding to your initial water removal call in Silt, correctly. We have an entire training regiment assigned to teaching us how to make your first contact with our office a pleasant experience. Every member of our staff receives this training before being allowed to answer your calls. 

    The first time we interact is crucial at SERVPRO. We use what we call the First Notice of Loss (FNoL) form to document your call. We ask for any pertinent information, including your name, address, phone number, directions to your property, and any information you have about the problem. Each restoration is different, making it essential for us to learn as much as possible about every situation. 

    When making your initial call to our office, make sure to inform us about anything you think might help. SERVPRO uses the information you provide to ensure that the correct personnel, equipment, and resources make it to your home. Without this information, crucial time gets lost while scrambling to locate resources that should already be on site. 

    At SERVPRO, it is our responsibility to listen to your concerns and inform you of your responsibilities as a homeowner during the restoration process. You might have co-pays or deductibles, and your method of payment is necessary to move forward. Our restoration team works with your insurance company to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible, throughout your restoration process. 

    Make the call to SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties today for water removal services throughout Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, and surrounding areas. We have fully certified emergency response teams available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year, for your convenience. Just call us today at (970) 618-1516. No water removal or restoration job is too large or too small; our services adjust to your needs. 

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    Why We Are The Leader In Glenwood Springs Flood Damage Restoration

    6/21/2019 (Permalink)

    When a portion of your residence has been flooded the need for water damage cleanup and restoration is very real. We are available 24/7 to help you.

    Why SERVPRO has Highly Trained Technicians to Deal with Flood Damage in Glenwood Springs

    The average flooding incident leaves significant amounts of dirty water and silt in the affected home, so restoration only requires extraction and cleanup. However, some incidents cause severe damages presenting considerable challenges for the restorers. As part of our professional flood mitigation services, we help homeowners deal with any situation they might face because our teams are highly trained in different restoration fields.

    When an incident of flood damage in Glenwood Springs involves sewage backup, it can lead to severe contamination. If the affected area has porous materials such as carpets, the only way to deal with the contamination effectively is through teardown and removal of the porous material. Hard surfaces, on the other hand, require thorough cleaning that removes contaminants without causing additional damages. Our SERVPRO FCT, Floor Care Technicians, rely on their advanced training to choose the right cleaning agents that sanitize affected areas without ruining the materials.

    If a significant amount of water flows into a house, it leads to a wide range of problems, particularly if not extracted fast enough. Unoccupied houses such as vacation homes can present extra challenges since the discovery of the flooding incident might take some time. Such delays create a perfect chance for water permeating any exposed materials. Mold also starts developing within 24 hours, followed by other forms of material deterioration. Our SERVPRO technicians take different steps, including controlled teardown to remove mold from the structure. We also use advanced moisture detection equipment to establish hidden moisture or water pockets.

    Strong odors can develop after a flooding incident. Among the sources of such odor include soils such as raw sewage and chemicals dissolved in the water. Cleaning agents used to sanitize contamination caused by flooding can also leave a trace of bad odor. Controlling such smells requires elaborate steps. Our SERVPRO teams have certified OCT, Odor Control Technicians, who use their advanced training to help remove bad odor. We use different approaches like fogging, direct spraying, and injection to deliver deodorizing agents.

    For the stress-free restoration of flood-damaged property, call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties to assist. You can reach our highly trained teams at (970) 618-1516 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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    Call Us If Your Glenwood Springs Fast Food Restaurant Suffers Flood Damage

    6/10/2019 (Permalink)

    Give our experienced SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties team a call at (970) 618-1516 to make flood loss effects “Like it never even happened.”

    Recovery Solutions For Flooded Glenwood Springs Fast Food Spot

    Fast food franchise locations exist throughout Glenwood Springs and are as susceptible to natural disasters and flooding concerns that have damaged many homes and businesses throughout our region in the past. With the high volume of foot traffic and vehicle traffic that your location sees throughout a single day, a flood event could prove costly to the profits your store expects to take in. You need a team of experts that can work tirelessly to get your business back to normal as quickly as possible.

    Flood damage in Glenwood Springs can often be a widespread concern with the right severe weather event. Your fast food restaurant and its open floor plan have little to stop floodwater from moving throughout the building unabated, which can lead to widespread consequences. Our SERVPRO team has extensive experience in water restoration and structural drying, and have accreditations through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.

    We know how to handle all potential concerns in your restaurant after flooding with confidence and efficiency. We stay prepared for these emergencies by keeping our effective extraction tools and drying equipment stocked in ready trailers and service vehicles at our facility. The Green Fleet can roll out shortly after we get a call, as our disaster relief team stays prepared for a fast response to compromised businesses and homes 24/7.

    Our SERVPRO team also appreciates the importance of an effective plan. Flooding can be a traumatic and stressful time for your business, but with the appropriate planning, we can keep your doors open even while we work to mitigate and restore the building. In situations where your doors must close, we work around the clock to get you back in business quickly.

    Your fast food restaurant serves hundreds of people every day, and a single disaster can compromise these profits and your reputation without the right restoration personnel. Give our experienced SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties team a call at (970) 618-1516 to make flood loss effects “Like it never even happened.”

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    Flood Damage Technicians In Glenwood Springs Describe Problems Associated With Snow Melting

    5/30/2019 (Permalink)

    Remember winter weather can be beautiful, but can be very damaging, call SERVPRO for your winter weather issues.

    Many locations deal with winter water damage.

    This year the Glenwood Springs area along with most of the state of Colorado received more snowfall than the last few years. Excessive snow during the winter season led to an increase in flood damage cases during the cold months, and the problems can continue into the late spring and early summer seasons. According to the experts, this year, the snowpack amounts in the high mountains are nearly double what they were last year. Many places in Colorado's high country are noticing that the amount of snow is also higher than the yearly average. All of this means that when the weather starts to warm up and the snow starts to melt that an increased amount of cases of flood damage could be likely for the next month or two.

    For example, when the snow melts from the high mountains in Garfield County, water starts to pour downhill. The increased amount of water running in the rivers and streams can cause flood damage in Glenwood Springs. If the water levels rise high enough, the rivers and streams can overflow which can cause water to pour downhill taking routes it normally would not take. This liquid H2O can flow down the mountains above your house and head in your direction. If this happens, there is a chance that water will get into the interior of your home.

    Once moisture finds a way indoors, several problems can occur. Any time items inside your house get wet it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Our water damage restoration technicians or WRTs know that prompt action is necessary to reduce the issues overall. If organic substances stay wet inside your home, mold growth can occur.

    Our WRTs at SERVPRO know techniques and have equipment that can help dry out your home before fungi can develop. We start the restoration process by extracting water while it is still in liquid form. Then, we implement applied structural drying or ASD.

    If you ever suffer problems associated with snow melting, call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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    Glenwood Springs Fire Mishap? Don't Wait, Call SERVPRO

    5/22/2019 (Permalink)

    Not a Problem for SERVPRO to Cleanup and Restore Your Glenwood Springs Kitchen Fire Damaged Materials

    SERVPRO is Behind You Even For Small Glenwood Springs Kitchen Fires

    Very often, we do not realize just how vulnerable we are to having fire damage in our homes. Something as simple as a stove left on accidentally can ignite flames and threaten your whole kitchen and home before you even realize it. What starts as a regular morning, may quickly turn into a scary day, leaving you in need of specialized services to restore your kitchen.
     
    SERVPRO is poised to be the professional team that restores your Glenwood Springs home after it undergoes fire damage. Even when you are unclear of what the full impact of the accident may be, our crew arrives to begin assessing the damage and establish an action plan to minimize the disruption of your life as well as your material loss. Our staff is trained in fire damage restoration and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), so you can rest assured that we can tackle your situation by applying industry best-practices and methodology.
     
    Even the smallest of fires can leave behind a foul smell that seems to linger even after soot and smoke residue has been wiped off by our SERVPRO crew. To understand how to neutralize it, our IICRC-certified technicians follow the path of the smoke and take into consideration the nature of each material that caught on fire. Materials such as plastic leave a thick residue, while natural materials such as wood leave lighter remains that are typically easier to clean and remove. In your kitchen, you may also encounter food product remains, and those can be sticky and require yet another type of cleaner and disinfectant. Protein residues are tricky to remove along with the pungent odors. Our industry experience helps us protect your belongings by knowing precisely how to treat each surface to minimize collateral damage.
     
    SERVPRO of Garfield and Pitkin Counties is at the ready to help you face your day. Our team is available 24/7 simply by calling (970) 618-1516. Let us into your home so we can leave it "Like it never even happened."

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    Glenwood Springs Homeowners Appreciate that SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage by Responding Swiftly for Extraction and Drying

    5/3/2019 (Permalink)

    Our SERVPRO Vehicle Cut Short a Lunch Break to Help Our Glenwood Springs Customer with Water Mitigation

    Water Removal Techniques Reduce the Amount of Property Damage in Glenwood Springs

    The structure and contents inside your Glenwood Springs home can absorb a great deal of moisture when pipes break, or a tub overflows. The longer this water stands on your floors, the higher the amount of damage that can occur. SERVPRO technicians know highly effective methods that efficiently extract the water wherever it sets inside your residence.

    After a homeowner in Glenwood Springs experiences a water loss in their home, they need a professional water removal team who can locate and eliminate the problem from all locations inside the property. While your home is different from any other, the same basic principles apply when removing unwanted water from any house.

    We use the same equipment and methods to locate and remove dampness. Measuring both the initial amounts of moisture present and the progress we make takes place using the same devices. Consistent application of these measurements helps maintain excellent results and reduces the amount of damage. We want you to know you can rely on us for high-quality work and professionalism throughout the work we do for you.

    Our fast response significantly reduces the amount of damage affecting your property. Mitigation using water removal equipment keeps moisture from spreading into dry portions of your house, and also reduces the time that wet items stay saturated. Our Green Fleet contains the necessary equipment used by SERVPRO technicians to dry out floors, ceilings and walls, behind and below cabinets, and personal belongings.

    Having the right equipment and accurate measuring tools to determine moisture content becomes even more effective because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and can deploy our equipment and reduce the damage to your property. Water continually moves to dry areas, searching for equilibrium within your home's structure. We stop this from happening, which keeps your property safe from experiencing additional damage.

    Call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties at (970) 618-1516, our 24-hour service line, to protect your home in Basalt, Parachute, of Carbondale from lost water. Our water removal and extraction equipment stay ready for us to use day and night, whenever you might have an emergency.

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    Call Us If Water Damage Plagues Your Glenwood Springs Home

    4/25/2019 (Permalink)

    Give our crew a call anytime at (970) 618-1516, and we can help you get your home back to the way it was.

    Why SERVPRO Is The Right Option For Water Removal Services In Your Glenwood Springs Home

    Coming home to a flooded basement from a broken water heater in Glenwood Springs is a very unpleasant surprise. However, do not delay in getting the mess cleaned up, as the longer the water sits, the more damage is done and the costlier it is to fix.

    A flooded basement in your Glenwood Springs home needs water removal services from a professional remediation company right away. SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster, which makes it clear why SERVPRO is the right choice for an emergency like this. We have all the tools and training to help you out and return your home to the safe, dry refuge it once was.

    Upon arriving at your home, SERVPRO technicians first assess the extent of the damage based upon how much standing water there is and how high it was absorbed into the insulation, walls, or other items such as carpeting, flooring, and furniture. We look at the surfaces which need specialized drying procedures including concrete, hardwood, or brick.

    With state-of-the-art equipment, we extract the standing water quickly, usually with truck-mounted pumps if the water is more than a few inches deep. In this way, the water doesn’t come into contact with other surfaces of your property.

    Any materials that cannot be salvaged are removed and disposed of properly. We can cut away part of the drywall if the water has gone up the wall a bit and replace those sections with new material. Anything else affected is cleaned and sanitized.

    High powered fans, air movers and dehumidifiers are placed to remove all the remaining moisture in the area. We may even open windows and doors if possible, to help speed up the drying process. We use sensors to gauge the humidity levels as needed.

    Specialty cleaning products are then used to sanitize, clean, and deodorize your basement thoroughly. If any restoration and renovation are needed, we can then complete these tasks. For any significant projects, we bring in other professionals for help.

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties are the ones to call when your home in Rifle, Aspen, or New Castle has experienced any water damage emergency. Give our crew a call anytime at (970) 618-1516, and we can help you get your home back to the way it was.

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    When Water Damage Becomes a Guest at Your Glenwood Springs Hotel

    4/15/2019 (Permalink)

    Don't let water damage check into your hotel. Call SERVPRO of Garfield and Pitkin Counties.

    Get Prompt Commercial Water Removal for Your Glenwood Springs Hotel to Prevent Expensive Damage

    Water can pool in a hotel due to several reasons, including overflowing bathtubs and sinks, leaky pipes and AC water overflow. No matter how minor a hotel water damage incident is, taking care of it soon is vital. Water may ruin tile, hardwood and carpet flooring, and the wood sub-floor beneath the carpeting. It can also make its way into other surfaces and areas like ceilings. If the floor above gets flooded, the ceiling of the room below can sustain damage. Water can also ruin electrical wiring, furniture, artwork, and antiques.  

    If left unrepaired, even a seemingly insignificant mishap can weaken the building, lower its value, ruin your business reputation and interrupt regular operations. You, therefore, need prompt commercial water removal services for your Glenwood Springs hotel. To deal with water loss in your hotel, call the professional team at SERVPRO. Our technicians respond to calls quickly and have the industrial equipment, and experience to solve water issues.  

    We are ready to deal with any water loss at any time of the day or night. When we arrive at a water-damaged property, we inspect all the aspects of the damaged areas and begin mitigating the loss. SERVPRO technicians can use truck mounted vacuums to extract water from flooring, walls, and ceilings. We also use a moisture meter to determine the amount of water that has penetrated floors, walls, carpets, and ceilings. We move and block furniture as necessary and remove water from carpeting and hard surface flooring. Our technicians also detach carpets and extract water from the floor and pad. We remove the pad from the structure and discard it in most cases.  

    We also use a combination of dehumidifiers, high capacity air movers and dryers to dry out a structure. We use the appropriate number of dehumidifiers and air movers based on IICRC recommendations. Our technicians also offer odor removal services with sophisticated equipment that reaches beyond surfaces and into the building.  

    If water has pooled in your hotel, SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties can assist you to extract it. We can dry the affected areas and eliminate any potentially hazardous contaminants. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Contact us at (970) 618-1516 for water extraction services in Glenwood Springs, Silt and New Castle.

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    SERVPRO Has The Necessary Equipment To Restore Your Silt Home As Soon As Possible

    4/11/2019 (Permalink)

    We can stop further water intrusion and remove the hazardous materials hanging from the walls and ceilings after a flood has traumatized your home.

    Why Flood Damage Cleanup in Silt Should be Handled by Professionals

    Both the Roaring Fork and Colorado River have the potential to cause flooding in this area of Colorado. When water enters your home due to a storm, the faster cleanup begins, the more potential for saving both the house and contents.

    When answering a call to clean up flood damage in Silt, SERVPRO knows time is of the essence, and that is why our emergency response time arrives on site within four hours after your initial call. There are three categories of water. Category one is clean water such as a pipe break. Category two is gray water, which is usually wastewater from sinks, bathtubs and appliances such as washing machines. Flood water is automatically designated a category three or black water because of the possibility of toxins and contaminants it can bring in with it.

    Extraction of any standing water left and elimination of moisture is the foundation of restoration. SERVPRO technicians have many resources such as submersible pumps and truck-mounted extraction pumps that can pull thousands of gallons of water from the home, so the drying process can begin as fast as possible. The more water that is lifted out of the structure and contents, the faster the drying process takes.

    After a thorough drying using air movers and dehumidifiers, our technicians work on disinfecting and cleaning any parts of the structure or contents that came into contact with flood water. The goal is to lower moisture and eliminate vapor barriers behind walls and under flooring that may harbor mold.

    Residual odors are often eliminated by complete drying. When there is a lingering odor from the water, SERVPRO technicians are specially certified in neutralizing odors at the molecular level using tools use a ULV (ultra low volume) fogger. Some odor fighting efforts require the application of multiple methods.

    SERVPRO of Garfield and Pitkin Counties is available 24-hours a day at (970) 618-1516. Flood damage is a situation you should not handle on your own; our emergency response teams are ready to be on site within hours and start the process to restore your home and possessions to their preloss condition.

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    We Have Specialized Techniques To Get Rid Of Fire Damage In Glenwood Springs

    3/28/2019 (Permalink)

    Fires that start in the kitchen can leave horrible odors. Our team is experience and has the right equipment to fully restore your home.

    Small Fire Damage, Big Odor Problem in Glenwood Springs

    According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 50.3% of fires in residential buildings were caused by cooking. This type of fire damage is often referred to in our industry as a protein fire because it comes from burning food which can leave pungent, hard-to-remove odors in the home.

    Mitigating both foul odors and fire damage in Glenwood Springs homes requires the application of several specialized techniques. While protein fires often leave little in the way of residues, the smell is usually stronger than other types of fire odor. Additionally, due to the high heat, the scent tends to permeate furnishings and porous items easily and remains until neutralized.

    After accessing the area affected by the protein fire, SERVPRO technicians determine if containment is necessary and ascertain the area is dry. If needed, technicians perform water extraction, and air movers are deployed to thoroughly dry without spreading odor-causing particles to other areas of the home.

    Technicians work on cleaning residue from affected surfaces using professional-strength cleaning solutions and wet and dry sponges as necessary on surfaces and affected objects to remove any remaining residual smoke and soot residues and eliminate some of the odor caused by the fire damage.

    The Odor Control Technician (OCT) has numerous resources to use for effective odor removal after a protein fire. Due to the nature of fire odors, the removal of the pungent scents can be a multi-layered process. Air scrubbers fitted with activated charcoal filters pull odor-causing motes from the air that cannot be seen with the naked human eye. The air ducts are cleaned, and the HVAC filter changed to eliminate any odors that traveled from the original fire damaged area. Another effective method of odor neutralization is the application of thermal fogging. Our OCT uses a handheld machine to deliver a heated fog of odor-neutralizing solvent. The fog works in the same manner as smoke to penetrate and overtake odors deeply embedded in porous objects removing all traces of the protein fire.

    Fire odors can linger until all traces of the fire damage is removed from the home. SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties has technicians available to assist you 24/7 to get rid of all traces of the fire at your home. Call (970) 618-1516 today to get started.

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    How SERVPRO Removes Water From Homes in Silt

    3/22/2019 (Permalink)

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    SERVPRO has Many Water Removal Techniques for Silt Homes

    Water that enters your home from an appliance failure or plumbing break can be a little or a lot. An inch of water can do substantial primary and secondary water damage the longer it stands. Water that enters via plumbing or home appliance is considered clean water. As the clock ticks on standing water, it degrades quickly first designated gray and then black water which is regarded as contaminated and requires specialized efforts to remediate.

    SERVPRO technicians can be on site with equipment within four hours for water removal from Silt homes. Our technicians are IICRC certified and hold certifications in numerous types of restorative sciences. Based on the unique situation in the house, different resources can be used for water extraction, drying and odor control to fit the individual case.

    Truck mounted pumps are a very effective way to remove thousands of gallons of water from a home quickly. Combined with weighted extractors which push water out of carpet padding meaning often carpeting can be dried in place without the need for removal. When water seeps into building materials and furnishings, our technicians drill small weep holes to allow the wall cavity to drain and dry adequately. In many cases, furniture can be placed on blocks and dried in place with minimal disruption to the home.

    Air movers require planning and are more complex than setting up powerful fans and letting them run. Our technicians survey the home to determine the best angles to direct moist air up and out for the fastest drying. SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art digital moisture detectors to confirm the home has reached optimum levels of dryness, so microbial populations are not an issue after the fact. After drying, surfaces are wiped down with antifungal cleaning solutions and odor control techniques are applied if needed.

    Water removal from your home is never a DIY job and should be handled by professionals as fast as possible. SERVPRO of Garfield and Pitkin Counties has emergency services available to assist you 24/7 at (970) 618-1516.

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    You Can Depend On Our Highly Skilled Crew For Assistance After Water Has Damaged Your New Castle Property!

    3/6/2019 (Permalink)

    Call us at (970) 618-1516 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

    Why The Advanced Training SERVPRO Technicians Undergo Improves Water Cleanup In New Castle

    Water loss incidents happen when least expected causing a lot of inconveniences. However, the most challenging thing is to clean up the mess left after the incident. Water can soil property by leaving debris collected from the source of the leak or by dissolving materials found in the property such as dyes in non-colorfast fabrics. Proper cleanup is possible when you take the right steps. Working with a highly trained team of water restorers is one way to ensure the right outcome.

    Although water damage is physical, it also causes emotional stress. Therefore, the exercise of water cleanup in New Castle should not exacerbate the situation. Our SERVPRO technicians are trained in customer care to ensure they take all the needs of the client into consideration. One thing that creates conflict during such exercises is deciding what needs replacement and what can be saved. Our crew works closely with the property owner and insurance adjuster to make sure all parties agree.

    Removing all traces of standing water from the property is a crucial part of the cleanup. Such removal should also happen fast because microbial growth occurs if the water remains standing for long complicating the cleanup further. WRT, Water Restoration Technicians from SERVPRO, are highly trained on ways to remove water fast from affected properties. We combine the use of advanced equipment such as water extractors and specialized skills such as creating flood cuts and vent holes to expedite removal.

    After property floods, various residues collect on surfaces. The water might also dissolve dyes and resins in contents as well as causing rust in metal items. Removing all these soils is necessary and should be done with care to avoid worsening the situation. Careful choice of a cleaning agent is necessary to prevent further damage to the contents. Our SERVPRO technicians use OSHA approved cleaning agents. Our training also helps us decide where to use each agent. For example, we do not use chlorine-based agents on rust stains because it sets them.

    With help from SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties, you can clean up your property to sanitary levels after water loss incidents. Call us at (970) 618-1516 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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    Flood Damage Destroys Some, But Not All Wood Flooring Types in Rifle Homes

    2/25/2019 (Permalink)

    Our team is here for you and your wood floors if a natural disaster has damaged your home.

    SERVPRO Explains Residential Flood Damage Restoration Process

    There are many variables in the restoration business affecting the methods chosen by SERVPRO technicians when working on a Rifle property. One of these involves the most affected portion of a flooded home, the floor.

    When your home in Rifle sustains flood damage, much of your home can become ruined. The flooring that you and your family walk on every day needs to be sturdy, secure, and not suffer any weaknesses. Homes with slab foundations do not suffer the same damage as houses with crawlspaces sustain. The structural integrity of the support framework can weaken when submerged in water. A flood's forcefulness and turbulence can cause additional weakening to not only the floor's support but also other parts of your home's framework.

    Carpeting, of course, becomes so saturated with Category 3 water during a flood that both it and its pad require removal. Wood flooring often makes homeowners feel their floors can somehow survive a flooding incident, with little or no lingering effects. However, there are different kinds of wood flooring, and they do not fare equally during a disaster.

    Solid wood flooring made of traditional long planks or boards is most likely to survive with relatively little restorative work. We can pull a few boards up and get all of the water removed. Then we can flush it out with an antimicrobial wash which thoroughly eliminates pathogens and keeps your family safe. Drying the area helps keep cupping and crowning of individual boards minimal when done correctly.

    Not all wood floors survive because of the way the manufacturer makes them. Solid wood floors are more natural than laminate floors. These not only have glue holding them in place, much like tiles, but glue also holds their patterned pieces together. This glue disintegrates after being saturated for more than a few hours. The same turbulence that can twist a house's frame creates a mess of such pieced-wood flooring.

    When our SERVPRO technicians pump water out of a house that contains such flooring, we often find a jumble of different pieces, some completely taken apart like a jigsaw puzzle with a few intact tiles here and there. Putting a floor in such condition back together costs more than it would to replace it with new flooring.


    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties wants to get your Parachute, Aspen, or Redstone home restored, so flood damage becomes a thing of the past. Call us at (970) 618-1516, which is our 24-hour emergency services line. We are always ready to help you.

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    New Castle Structures Can Develop Mold Problems--SERVPRO Says Just Call Us for Remediation

    2/24/2019 (Permalink)

    New Castle Business Owners Know SERVPRO Is the Answer for a No Mold Zone

    The Risks of Mold Growth in Your New Castle Chapel

    From weekly services to weddings and special events, your chapel receives many visitors and foot traffic throughout the year. Keeping up with the needs of the building can be challenging without the time to accurately assess wear and tear, or potential vulnerabilities on your own. While our team can help with honest evaluations, often this is a process that is only thought of after disasters and damages have already occurred. Among the most easily missed and highly destructive of these situations is mold growth.

    There are many reasons that mold damage in New Castle must get addressed quickly and professionally. Among the chief of these would be the potential health effects for those exposed to active and growing colonies throughout the property. To keep your congregation and leaders safe from these possible risks, you should reach out to our SERVPRO remediation specialists. We can help you remove these organisms from the property and return things to pre-mold conditions.

    Another potential problem that results from allowing mold growth to continue in your church or commercial structure without resistance is the effect that the organism has on the construction materials and contents used to support the colonies. A colony requires an organic material for hosting, and it becomes a food source for growth and spread of the mold throughout the affected areas and beyond.

    Our SERVPRO team can respond quickly at the discovery of mold to establish containment barriers using plastic sheeting and negative air pressure devices. We then work to treat the affected materials with the mindset of preservation over reconstruction. If we can protect and restore a damaged element, this happens instead of needlessly tearing out materials and replacing them later on. Porous materials like sheetrock and fabrics are more susceptible to becoming non-salvageable.

    Our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties remediation specialists can help to remove the active colonies quickly and return your structure quickly. Give us a call anytime at (970) 618-1516.

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    Why Washing Machines Can Spell Trouble For Your Home In New Castle

    2/16/2019 (Permalink)

    If you ever notice even the smallest water leak, call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties at (970) 618-1516 any day of the week.

    Water Cleanup Technicians In New Castle Talk About Problems With Washing Machines

    Any appliance that uses water inside your New Castle home could fail one day and cause a water leak. Any time moisture gets where it is not supposed to be it is wise to call in a professional water cleanup company such as SERVPRO. A common place for a water leak to take place is inside your laundry room. This room inside your house has many water and sewage lines running in and out of it. If your plumbing system fails or if your washing machine breaks you may be tasked with some extensive water cleanup.

    Once moisture spills into your leaving area, it is wise to get problems mitigated by professional restoration technicians like SERVPRO's team. If water cleanup inside your New Castle home does not get conducted within 48 hours mold can develop on any organic materials inside your home. Once moisture gets inside a building, it raises the indoor relative humidity level which can also cause a different set of issues. Elevated humidity levels can create an environment where microbes that naturally exist inside your house can get activated. When cleaning up water quickly, we first extract the water while it is in its liquid form, then we set up drying equipment to remove the rest of the moisture from your contents, building materials, and airflow system.

     Even if your problem is minor, our SERVPRO technicians can help items inside your house from getting ruined. We know that the quicker we can clean up the water in your laundry room using wet vacuums and mops the easier the rapid structural drying stage will become. Moisture is much easier to clean up when it is still liquid. Therefore, we utilize specialized equipment to clean up as much liquid H2O as possible before we set up air movers and dehumidifiers.

    Once all water is extracted, we use air movers to push air in a counterclockwise direction and dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air. If you ever notice even the smallest water leak, call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties at (970) 618-1516 any day of the week.

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    Is a Fire Cooking in Your Rifle Kitchen?

    2/5/2019 (Permalink)

    Trust the SERBPRO Brand to restore your fire damaged property.

    A Forgotten Electric Griddle a Source of Fire Damage in Rifle, Leaving a Gutted Kitchen

    Electrical appliances in the kitchen often face exposure to water. The habit of leaving several items plugged into the wall through a power strip can also seem fine. Residents in Rifle who do this might not realize the risks until it is too late. A kitchen fire does not always start with oil or grease overheating. 

    SERVPRO Franchise professionals can help you get your kitchen in Rifle back to normal after fire damage makes it unusable. We promise to arrive Faster To Any Size Disaster and work as a team to make things normal again. Electrical overloads and malfunctioning items in kitchens and bathrooms cause many fires each year. 

    When we mitigate fire damage in a kitchen, we keep different goals in mind. We want to ensure that restoration work can safely happen which requires the removal of all safety hazards such as exposed nails and other sharp fasteners, cleaning up of soot deposits, and drying the area of any water used to put the fire out. 

    SERVPRO Franchise professionals remove charred drywall and cabinetry, and this can leave exposed wood with sharp edges. We remove the entirety of affected cabinets, so restoration efforts flow more smoothly. Drywall and other wall materials allow us more leeway, and we only remove those materials damaged by the fire. 

    We can often clean smoke damage away. When deposits are thicker and more heavily adhered to surfaces, we can restore these with scraping and repainting, which is considerably less expensive than replacing the area. Soot often ends up on ceilings, above doorways, and in light fixtures and other highly detailed and grooved furnishings. We can clean these items and make them “Like it never even happened.” 

    Making sure that your kitchen becomes dry again protects it from microbial colonization and also protects those performing restoration work later from possible hazards. We use air movers that pull moisture out of surfaces and thoroughly dry them. 

    Odor control also becomes a crucial part of mitigation and restoration. The odors produced might not seem as pungent as those from a grease fire, but hey can become just as bothersome. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can discuss with you the most effective methods for your particular circumstances. 

    The work we do gets your kitchen area back to normal and functioning again. Call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties at (970) 618-1516 when your home in Parachute, Basalt, or Snowmass sustains fire damage. We offer 24-hour service, from your initial phone call to the complete mitigation of your property.

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    What Few People Know About Water Damage Remediation in Silt

    1/20/2019 (Permalink)

    When water damage occurs behind walls or on top of ceilings, you may not have much warning before it is visible. Contact SERVPRO to investigate.

    Pipe Bursts in Your Silt Home Require Immediate Attention

    Many things can affect the plumbing in your Silt home. From influxes in pressure from the main line supplying water to homes throughout the street you live on to scaling on the inside of the metal pipes that service your home, you cannot predict or account for the possibility of failure, bursting, or complete separation. When this happens, reaching the shut off valve for the supply into your home is one of the most effective routes to take to stop the flow, but often, the damage has already occurred.

    When a pipe bursts in your Silt home, there is no preventing your need for professional water removal services. Choosing among your options for this work focuses mostly on who can arrive quickly and have the advanced equipment that can start to restore your home right away. Our SERVPRO professionals work to exceed the expectations of every customer we serve with efficient and prompt responses with the technology and equipment that can make a difference with our initial arrival.

    Once our team arrives at the address, we can work to determine the source of the damage by isolating the portion of piping and repairing it ourselves if possible. We can understand the importance of having water available for many reasons, so restoring that service is vital for our technicians to perform. We also assess the full scope of the damage to begin setting up our extraction and drying equipment that can protect unaffected materials and lightly damaged areas from requiring demolition and reconstruction.

    We are available 24/7 for any emergency that affects your residence. Our SERVPRO Green Fleet remains stocked with efficient machines like our gas-powered pumps and extraction wands to effectively remove excess water from your property right away. We also have industry-leading tools like air movers, weighted extractors, our injectidry system, LGR and desiccant dehumidifiers and other gear for efficient drying efforts.

    Our focus in a water removal situation is to get your home dried quickly to prevent further damage and loss. You can always count on the fast response of our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties technicians. Give us a call 24/7 at (970) 618-1516.
     
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    Our Professional Water Cleanup Services Will Restore Your Damaged New Castle Store

    1/7/2019 (Permalink)

    Water damage that occurs within your store threatens your ability to be available for your customers.

    Water Damage Cleanup For Your New Castle Store

    As the owner or proprietor of a storefront property in New Castle, you understand more than anyone the investment that you continue to make regularly in the potential successes of your business. By purchasing new stock and items for your store, you continually put your profits back into the business to further its successes. When a situation like water damage threatens that investment that you have made into the wares that you sell in the building, you need professional technicians with the experience and equipment to help.

    While many business owners might think of water cleanup in their New Castle shop as a situation that a custodial crew can handle, and therefore, do not immediately seek the services of trained professionals like ours. By the time that many decide to get our SERVPRO team involved, materials and surfaces have become overly saturated and unable to get preserved or restored. It's important for you to act quickly.

    Water damage is something that requires immediate attention because it can continue to spread to new areas, and affect more of the stock that you have in your store. Our pack-out services can help business owners to protect this investment by providing a safe, clean, and dry location to store the items removed from your store while restoration gets underway.

    In many situations, our SERVPRO team works first to dry up the damaged elements if extraction is not necessary. Many pieces of our industry-leading equipment can help provide this thorough drying process from our high-powered air movers, large dehumidifiers, and even specialized equipment like our Injectidry system that can penetrate the wall cavity to eliminate lingering moisture.

    Water damage that occurs within your store threatens your ability to be available for your customers, but can also ruin items stocked within the store as well. Act quickly to get our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties rapid response team on the scene with the equipment and expertise to dry out your business fast. Give us a call anytime at (970) 618-1516.

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    Is Mold Growing Behind the Walls in Your New Castle Home?

    12/27/2018 (Permalink)

    Leaks in pipes, hidden behind walls, can cause mold. A lot of damage has already occurred when the mold is visible inside the home.

    Different Methods for Combating Mold Damage from Different Areas in New Castle Area Properties

    Daily activities that take place in your New Castle home runs water through the plumbing almost non-stop. Over time, plumbing can become loose at joints and allow water to leak in between walls. Because these pipes reside in hidden areas, your home can develop problems inside these spaces.
     
    SERVPRO carries equipment designed to not only remediate mold damage in New Castle homes, but to also find hidden areas containing undetected mold. Spaces inside walls, within the bases of cabinets, and under floor coverings should come as no surprise after discovering mold growing on the outside of walls or any other easily visible location. SERVPRO can help by getting the destructiveness under control and ensuring a decrease in the likelihood of similar issues in the future.
     
    Within your home, the mold damage encountered requires different approaches to remediation, according to its location and the materials infested by microbes. In open areas, such as a bathroom, a section of your kitchen, living room, or a den, we utilize an enclosed space. In places designed for storage, like attics and crawlspaces, we often use a blasting technique that strips mold and spores away from surfaces. In most areas, we prevent regrowth of microbes with the application of a powerful and long-lasting antimicrobial agent.
     
    Industry standards highly recommend the replacement of any ceilings or walls that contain mold and mildew with new materials. Removing these requires that we cut away the affected sections and double bag them. During this process, spores entering the air increase in number because our work disturbs the mold and triggers this reaction. Our negative air pressure structure pulls clean air in from other parts of your home, and an air scrubber pushes air out your home. A HEPA filter on the air scrubber traps the majority of microbes and spores, and any odors find their way outdoors.
     
    In areas that your family rarely occupies, SERVPRO specialists often use blasting to strip mold from surfaces. Not only does this method remove surface mold effectively, but it also freezes mold and any spores, which kills the majority of microbes involved. We still use vacuums with HEPA filtration systems to remove them from the area,  leaving the space “Like it never even happened.”
     
    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties is ready 24/7/365 to perform mold damage remediation in homes within Aspen, Snowmass, and Rifle, and follow up with effective prevention techniques. As always, we work with you to determine the cause behind the infestation and provide expert guidance on how to further decrease the risk of re-infestation. Call us at (970) 618-1516 when you discover mold or mildew trying to take over your residence.

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    Mud and Silt Can Cause Extensive Storm Damage--SERVPRO Offers Water Removal and Cleanup

    12/18/2018 (Permalink)

    Silt, Mud, Groundwater, Flooding and SERVPRO to the Rescue

    Flood Damage Technicians in Silt Talk About Ground Water Problems

    Whenever a storm makes its way into your Silt neighborhood, flooding as well as, problems with wind can ruin contents and building materials inside your home. When rain pours down for a long time, water can build up outside and enter your home possibly causing extensive flood damage to your property. When it floods outside, water can soak through your doors and walls and begin to build up inside your house. When the ground your building sits on gets saturated, it is also possible that groundwater will build up and rise into your structure from the ground underneath it. Flooding and groundwater issues can cause various types of flood damage to occur. Hydrostatic pressure can exert sufficient force damage foundation and basement structural components.
     
    Any time water gets into your house; it is possible that the water is contaminated. During any flood damage project in Silt, our SERVPRO technicians know that they are dealing with a category two or three situation. Category two water has the possibility of containing harmful bacteria and rainwater is classified as "grey." Category three water is water that most likely does have harmful substances and is treated the same as a sewage backup. This is called Black Water. During both of these scenarios, carpet and other porous materials get removed, and special measures get taken to prevent the spread of dangerous microorganisms.
     
    When groundwater rises, it causes potential contamination issues with any building materials or contents the moisture contacts. In most cases, our SERVPRO technicians remove any porous materials like carpets or fabrics. We can then dry out subflooring and other nonporous components. After the source gets repaired and everything is dry, we can spray the affected area with antimicrobial chemicals that reduce the chances of mold growth. This may take many days to achieve drying goals. Before the reconstruction phase begins, we often use a specialized sealant paint to trap in odors and help prevent fungal formations in the future.
     
    Groundwater problems can cause health issues to exist due to the contaminated muddy water and the chance that mold can grow. If you ever have groundwater get inside your home after a storm, call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties at (970) 618-1516 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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    Some Tips to Help You Understand the Fire Damage Remediation Process in Rifle

    12/6/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire damage can affect many surfaces in your home. Contact SERVPRO to discuss the best plan to remediate the damage.

    Fire Damage Restoration for Your Rifle Home

    If you have experienced a home fire in Rifle, you are probably quite shaken up and possibly at a loss of what to do next. Even a small fire can cause a great deal of damage. The smoke and soot left behind can be even more damaging than the fire itself if it is not taken care of quickly. The longer it is allowed to stay on surfaces, the more it eats away at them.

    Fire damage repair for your Rifle home should only be trusted to a professional. At SERVPRO, all our technicians are adequately trained to handle a disaster like this of any size. We take the time to assess the damages upon arrival to your home so we can determine the best methods to use to restore your home to how it looked before the fire.

    Methods used to clean structural items depends on what surface we are cleaning. SERVPRO staff uses dry cleaning for surfaces which could be damaged or affected by products that are water-based and are therefore non-washable surfaces.

    A dry cleaning sponge is used to remove smoke residues from surfaces. They are rubber sponges which contain no chemical products. Instead, these sponges clean through friction and absorption. As it is pressed, rubbed, and pulled over a soiled surface, the sponge’s porous surface absorbs soils. We use firm pressure to erase the soot from a surface.

    In some situations, a dry cleaning sponge is not sufficient. They can clean flat, nonglossy surfaces better than glossy surfaces, where they tend to smear residues. Here, we need a wet cleaning process to remove residues. Dry cleaning can generally remove light to medium soils and residues which are not greasy but should not be used for residues which are greasy.

    Dry cleaning is the best process when wet cleaning is not an option. Wet cleaning is more useful for getting rid of residues, but some surfaces can be damaged when using this process. Moisture can set smoke residues into a porous surface, creating stains. Dry cleaning is the best method for unfinished wood surfaces, so moisture does not set into the porous wood.

    Once SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties has determined the best methods of cleaning for the various surfaces affected by the fire in your home in Rifle, Redstone, or Basalt, we set to work right away to prevent further problems. Once the fire is safely out, call us right away at (970) 618-1516 so we can get to you quickly to help you restore your structure.

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    Why it is Important to Remove Water From Your Redstone Crawl Space

    11/28/2018 (Permalink)

    Crawl spaces are forgotten spaces in your home. Be sure and inspect them often for signs of moisture and water.

    Water Collection Could Damage Your Redstone Home

    As a homeowner, you might have noticed areas of your Redstone property that become prone to excessive moisture and dampness. With the right conditions, these generally moist areas can allow water collection to occur that poses issues for that area and adjacent areas of the property. Crawl spaces are often notorious for moisture collection, and without the appropriate steps taken to remedy this pooling beneath your home, you could allow for conditions like mold growth to begin.

    There are practical solutions available to Redstone homeowners for water removal on a permanent basis in these moisture-prone areas of the property. With crawl spaces, our SERVPRO professionals can encapsulate the affected areas to prevent water penetrating a thick barrier, allowing this space to dry out and prevent persistently damp conditions that promote microbial growth.

    Dampness beneath your home is often something that homeowners cannot detect on their own unless they regularly check their crawl spaces. Instead, many do not realize there is a pressing concern until damages have started appearing on the first floor of their home, namely in the flooring and the walls. By the time that mold can affect first floor materials, it has most likely spread throughout all of the organic materials in the crawl space such as flooring supports, braces, and other materials.

    Crawlspace encapsulation is a practical solution for water collection underneath your home, as it encases all of the exposed materials in thick plastic sheeting after they get sprayed thoroughly with antimicrobial solution to prevent fungal growth. In some cases, installing sump pumps and other water diversion equipment can help to prevent a buildup around the encapsulated areas.

    Excessive moisture and water collection in the crawlspace beneath your home can pose significant threats to the structural integrity and the wellness of the occupants within the property. Give our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties technicians a call to set up encapsulation and water diversion to preserve your home. You can reach us anytime at (970) 618-1516.

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    Water Damage In Your Silt Home Does Not Stand A Chance Against Our Advanced Equipment

    11/14/2018 (Permalink)

    Water can damage your home, and our team can make it “Like it never even happened.”

    SERVPRO's Use Of The Latest In Technology Means More Efficient Water Removal From Homes In Silt

    When you do all you can to maintain and protect your home in Silt from wear and tear, as well as accidents, the unexpected can leave you wondering what to do. When a water line breaks or a hose slips free, your residence can quickly become a mess of soggy carpeting or worse. Getting it cleaned up fast helps prevent further damage, but in such situations, a mop and bucket fall short of your needs.

    Homeowners in the Silt area can rely on SERVPRO to help in such emergencies by providing water removal services using the latest in technological developments. We do more than extract the water that escaped through the faulty water line. We also get your home dried out again in a precise manner. While many people may want to dry things out as quickly as they can, this can also cause problems with more sensitive materials in the home. Wood can warp and crack when exposed to too large a change in its moisture content, even if that includes the elimination of excess moisture.

    To prevent this kind of damage to wood and other materials, we study the best ways to handle the materials used in the construction of homes and other types of buildings in different situations. Water can damage a large portion of a home, but handling a disaster requires both knowledge and skill, as well as the proper training of the equipment used to eliminate disasters. Proper mitigation helps solve existing damage and eliminate the possibility of additional harm to the property.

    With water, SERVPRO extracts the visible water, either by large and powerful pumps or with hand-held wands, depending on the amount of water. We wipe down surfaces that appear damp and take readings with different types of equipment. Hidden moisture affects the temperature of many materials, so using infrared devices to detect these changes can lead us to such locations. We use other devices to determine the moisture content and then compare these readings to materials sheets detailing the acceptable levels of moisture in similar materials.

    After we begin drying the area and eliminating excess moisture and any present water vapor, we continue to monitor the issue to ensure proper drying rates. Once finished, we confirm this with additional readings. Throughout the process, we document all our work, as well as the readings.

    Because SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties takes the responsibility of assisting property owners in Redstone, Basalt, and Carbondale seriously, we keep updated regarding the latest water removal techniques. Call (970) 618-1516 to ensure your home receives attention from IICRC certified technicians who want to restore your home to its previous condition, “Like it never even happened.”

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    How SERVPRO Helps Restore Your Glenwood Springs Commercial Property After A Flood

    11/6/2018 (Permalink)

    Our initiative is first to provide fast and thorough water restoration, but secondly to discourage other effects such as mold growth from occurring.

    Recovering From Flood Damages At A Glenwood Springs School

    There are several schools in Glenwood Springs and its immediate surrounding areas including Glenwood Springs High School and the Middle School by the same name. As a large loss recovery team, our franchise can help to restore large properties like these institutions whenever they get threatened by substantial loss incidents.

    A common threat to our region is flooding during nearly every season of the year, and flood damages to Glenwood Springs schools can spread quickly. Restoring flooding that affects multiple areas of a large building like these facilities requires a large team of highly-trained water restoration technicians with an abundance of the latest modern equipment designed to make restoration work as efficient as possible. This response is what you can expect from our SERVPRO emergency recovery team.

    We can appreciate that a disaster can leave substantial damage throughout the school, preventing the building from performing up to expectations. While these conditions require you to shut your doors to students and faculty throughout the restoration process, we have time-efficient methods and advanced technology to limit the time away from the classrooms. Fast extraction is one of these methods, and that begins with tools like our truck-mounted pumps from our SERVPRO Green Fleet or gas-powered pumps and portable options for prompt localized removal.

    Moisture detection equipment allows our technicians to identify materials and areas that have retained pockets of moisture after the extraction process has completed. We work to service these spots directly, lowering the overall relative humidity within the building well below acceptable parameters. Our initiative is first to provide fast and thorough water restoration, but secondly to discourage other effects such as mold growth from occurring.

    As the overseer of one of the schools within the district, you should have a plan in place to recover the damages to the facility whenever disaster strikes. Our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties emergency response team is ready and able to respond quickly to every emergency, offering mitigation solutions and prompt restoration efforts. Give us a call anytime at (970) 618-1516.

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    The Best Way to Avoid a Mold Infestation After Glenwood Springs Flooding

    10/30/2018 (Permalink)

    When flood waters overwhelm your home, your best course of action is to contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

    The Importance of a Strong Response to Flood Damage Claims in Glenwood Springs

    Flash flooding can be caused by heavy rainfall, adverse weather conditions or storms, causing unprecedented levels of damage to your personal property. Usually, nearby road drainage systems become overloading and begin to spill out onto the street and into nearby residences. Flood water is at high risk of cross-contamination from raw sewage, animal carcasses, herbicides or other potential pathogens. That is why booking a professional restoration service is essential.

    Properties with flood damage in Glenwood Springs rely on local services for rapid recovery. SERVPRO operates locally but has access to national resources allowing us to bring in truck-mounted extractors and submersible gas pumps to remove standing water fast. When an initial assessment reveals the presence of Blackwater (contaminated water), we can remove and dispose of BioHazard substances by OSHA regulations.

    Standing water of above 2 inches in height can be removed using gas-powered pumps and are extremely quick at removing water and limiting loss. With excess water removed, we can move in using portable extractors. These are accurate vacuum powered dryers with heated wands that help us to reach difficult to access areas around the home. These advanced wands can dry between floorboards as well as crawl spaces.

    When fabrics become wet, they are up to 50% weaker than when dry. For that reason, SERVPRO prefers to use lighter drying equipment several times over the same spot to avoid causing damage during cleanup. We may need to pull up carpets so that we can thoroughly dry both sides and apply anti-microbial treatments to avoid secondary damages from mold growth. We live and work in this community and are happy to share easy to apply preventative techniques to lessen flood damages when they occur.

    The longer standing water is left, the higher the chances are of permanent damage. Mitigate the loss with SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties. Arrange a service by dialing (970) 618-1516 anytime day or night.

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    You Can Count On Our Team To Restore Your Mold Damaged New Castle Home

    10/19/2018 (Permalink)

    Mold spores usually stay unnoticed in New Castle homes until it has spread over a large area.

    Remediating Mold Damage In New Castle Homes

    Mold spores usually stay unnoticed in New Castle homes until it has spread over a large area. Too many people depend on that ‘musty’ odor, but that is too late, and not all mold generates a distinctive smell. By this point, the mold spores have expanded into a large colony.

    Remediating the effects of mold damage to a New Castle requires a professional agency. Every SERVPRO office maintains restoration teams trained to the industry stands as required by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) to safely clean and remove mold from each residence.

    Team members first determine what type of surface the mold has damaged. A quick inspection determines what tools and cleaning methods they need to use and how much time they need to finish each task. Affected surfaces usually divided into three categories: porous, nonporous, and semi-porous.

    Examples of porous surfaces are building materials like ceiling tiles and fabrics such as curtains and upholstery. Our teams can usually clean fabrics with the right chemical and a stiff brush, but if the mold has had time to grow into the surface of the ceiling tiles, it is often cheaper to dispose and replace them than waste labor and supplies attempting to restore them. Technicians can also use vacuums with HEPA filters designed to capture even a single mold spore off surfaces like curtains and upholstered items like sofas.

    Nonporous surfaces are easier to clean. With items like glass and metal tabletops and marble slab kitchen countertops, SERVPRO team members can remove the mold with dry cloths and sponges. They wipe them down from top to bottom to ensure they remove all active spores. For thicker mold layers, technicians may use a cleaning agent to break them up for easier removal.

    Semi-porous surfaces often require methods and tools simply not usable other surfaces. Concrete patios and wood floors may require team members to use abrasive cleaners and wire brushes that would damage glass to get into the cracks and crevices to remove all of the spores. If the mold penetrated the surface of the wood, technicians might have to use hand or power sander to remove the uppermost surface layer to get rid of it.

    Stopping and removing mold from your home is not an easy or quick process. With the right tools and IICRC training, SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties can return your home to a clean, safe condition as quickly as possible. If you need our services, call us at (970) 618-1516 today.

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    How to Restore Your New Castle Home From Minor Fire Damage

    10/8/2018 (Permalink)

    Even a small fire causes a lot of damage. SERVPRO has the training and experience to restore your home to its original condition.

    Any Household Fire Damage In New Castle Needs Professional Remediation.

    The relief you feel when an unexpected fire in your home quickly extinguishes can fade if the cleanup afterward is inadequate. Attempting to manage the tasks needed after what seems only to be a minor fire is never as straightforward as a homeowner wants to believe. One of our core services is fire restoration. Let us return your home to “Like it never even happened.” condition. 

    Fire damage cleanup in New Castle needs a professional touch to be successful. When our crew arrives, be assured you are partnering with a well-qualified and equipped team of experts. Cleaning after a fire is a different sort of challenge than the efforts required for normal soiling or everyday wear and tear. Our professionals can restore fire damage using techniques mastered during IICRC training and products and equipment specially formulated or designed for the task.  

    Fire damage residues are toxic, exposing those who clean and restore to the risk of harm. SERVPRO technicians train to complete soot and odor removal efficiently and safely. We know how disruptive it is even to consider a move-out during restoration procedures. Our crews always strive to contain the smoke and soot damaged areas, permitting you and your family to remain in the home while we do our work. Physical barriers and modern equipment like negative pressure air scrubbers prevent debris from invading the rest of your living space as we do our work. 

    It is crucial that soot removal happens swiftly after a home fire. The residues left by fire are highly acidic and begin to damage all building materials and personal possessions immediately. The SERVPRO crew moves confidently and quickly through your fire-damaged home, understanding how the smoke and soot moved ahead of them. We match cleaning methods to the type of soot soiling we observe in your home. Our training and experience ensure fast and appropriate solutions that halt the progressive damage and prepare the surfaces and items affected for the final restoration. 

    Our technicians have equipment at their disposal that homeowners do not. SERVPRO crews have the skills to recover the function and appearance of items you might believe ruined. We help save memories and avoid replacement costs. 

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties is ready to respond to your request for fire damage restoration round the clock. Call us at (970) 618-1516 to schedule an evaluation regardless of the size or duration of the fire. 

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    What SERVPRO Can Teach You About Gutter Maintenance For Your Glenwood Springs Home

    9/27/2018 (Permalink)

    Water damage in Glenwood Springs is often linked to aging or damaged roofs and gutters.

    Avoid Water Damage In Glenwood Springs With Fall Gutter Maintenance

    As the seasons change homeowners in Glenwood Springs, have the opportunity to limit interior water damage by completing routine home maintenance and making plans for emergency water loss. September is National Preparedness Month, the perfect time to review and inspect the exterior drainage systems of your home for areas of weakness. If water does invade, we can help with remediation and restoration.

    Water damage in Glenwood Springs is often linked to aging or damaged roofs and gutters. A sound and secure roof is your first defense against the rain, sleet, and snow our area experiences at different times of the year. The gutters and downspouts attached at roof edges should direct the precipitation off the roof, down to the ground, angled away from the foundation. If any part of this system does not work as intended, water can enter your home, causing damage to the structure and contents.

    SERVPRO often finds and restores precipitation-related water damage in attics or lower levels, the issues surprising homeowners who did not notice obvious leaks. Gutters that fill with leaves, sticks, and other debris, including granules from asphalt shingles harmed by hail, wind, or heavy rain, can become clogged with these materials. During rainstorms the blocked gutters and downspouts overflow. Some water might push under shingles and make its way into the attic framing and rafters. Water that gushes over the gutters pounds into the soil, saturating the ground next to the foundation of your home, eventually seeping through and into your basement or crawl space.

    Scheduling an inspection and then arranging for the cleaning and repair of poorly draining gutters and downspouts should be an autumn ritual. Waiting or ignoring the issues risks further damage from ice dams when the temperatures fall below freezing. An ice dam forms when the melting snow cannot drain because of clogged gutters. As the trapped water freezes, it pushes up on the edges of shingles, forcing moisture inside. SERVPRO crews know to look for gutter issues when staining makes its way down walls. Foundation moisture problems likewise link to broken, clogged, or inappropriately attached gutters and downspouts.

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties often sees the damage clogged, broken, or loose gutters and downspouts cause. We can restore the issues caused by water damage and help arrange for repairs to the drainage system. Call (970) 618-1516 to set up an appointment for an assessment.

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    The Real Truth About Possible Secondary Mold Damage After Water Damage in a Glenwood Springs Municipal Complex

    9/21/2018 (Permalink)

    If your municipal building has an incident that calls for water cleanup, call team SERVPRO to arrive timely and mitigate the damage.

    Water Cleanup Services for Your Glenwood Springs Municipal Building

    From obtaining construction permits for the immediate area to allowing residents a place to air their grievances to authorities, your Glenwood Springs municipal building stays busy through its operating hours. Unexpected incidents can threaten your ability to provide the full scope of the services and departments available to the public, even with dedicated maintenance and custodial staff available.

    While you might look to situations of water cleanup in Glenwood Springs as tasks that the custodial team at your building could handle, there are several considerations that you must make in this scenario. The first of these is the speed with which this staff can get to the problem at hand and clean it up. The longer the problem persists, the more problems that it could cause and the longer it remains a threat to the safety of those using affected areas of your building. Choosing professional water cleanup services from our SERVPRO team can help to get the situation resolved quickly.

    A persistent, lingering safety hazard of water damages present in your building is a bad situation with the foot traffic you anticipate on a daily basis. Even without the possibility of injury, secondary effects like mold growth can occur in as little as three days. This situation poses an even more immediate risk to the staff and traffic throughout the building exposed to an active, growing colony.

    Another consideration that you need to make is the thorough nature of services like our SERVPRO team can provide. From moisture detection equipment to thermal imagery software in tools, we can ensure that moisture present from the incident gets wholly dried up. This assurance not only eliminates the likelihood of mold growth, but it also can help to preserve the strength and integrity of building materials that became affected by the water.

    While smaller scale water incidents in your building might seem best suited for the custodial staff, water can spread quickly and affect many areas out of the immediate line of sight. Trust in the experience and equipment of our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties restoration specialists to help you ensure that the job gets done correctly. Give us a call 24/7 at (970) 618-1516.

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    Post-Fire Flood Damage Assistance in Glenwood Springs

    9/6/2018 (Permalink)

    Glenwood Springs Flooding? Contact SERVPRO for Water Removal and Restoration

    Flooding Disasters in Glenwood Springs Properties Require Professional Help--Call SERVPRO

    The aftermath of wildfires near Glenwood Springs does not end when the flames extinguish. Severe rain and thunderstorms build in the mountains and threaten the already devastated landscape with flooding. Homeowners who breathed sighs of relief when the fire veered elsewhere now struggle with walls of relentless waters and the harm they do. You need our trained technicians and commercial grade equipment in your corner.

    Flood damage in Glenwood Springs is often better managed if we work with the homeowner to pack out personal possessions, window coverings, documents and memorabilia, and furnishings. Achieving water removal and structural drying moves more quickly if the portable contents of your home are moved to a dry area elsewhere on your property or to our production facility. Rigorous inventory and tracking systems ensure we keep track of your property. Advanced training in cleaning, sanitizing, and drying means we save many articles, regaining both function and appearance.

    The SERVPRO crew members at your home then concentrate on a swift and thorough process of water removal. Flood waters typically contain contaminants ranging from chemicals picked up from the surrounding ground to sewage or animal debris. We offer containment and hazardous waste disposal options for our customers. Once we extract tainted fluids, including hidden pockets of floodwaters that we discovered using advanced scanning equipment and moisture meters, we choose EPA registered disinfectants to destroy any lingering pathogens.

    To avoid progressive water-based deterioration and secondary microbial growth,  SERVPRO crews then thoroughly dry out your home. We base our drying goals on moisture measurement we continuously check. A balance of air movement, heat, and dehumidification is found and maintained eventually bringing the affected building materials back to normal moisture levels.

    If any of the flooded spaces are carpeted, SERVPRO crews might attempt an aggressive extraction approach. Contamination concerns suggest we consider removing the padding, a relatively inexpensive way to hasten the drying while decreasing the chance of residual hazardous substances. New padding and a thoroughly dried and disinfected carpet minimize the expense of replacing an expanse of wall to wall floor covering after flood damage. This above procedure is only possible if the water is not Black Water. Often, we must dispose of the padding and carpets, safety first.

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties prepares for the challenges of flood damage remediation after wildfire. If you survive the flames to be nearly drowned in flood waters, call us at (970) 618-1516 to schedule an assessment.
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    How to Spot Mold Growth in Your Silt Home

    8/31/2018 (Permalink)

    Silt Property Owners Know Their Homes Get Great Mold Remediation from SERVPRO

    Silt Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

    Taking care of your Silt residence means staying aware of even the slightest of changes. Your home can communicate with you to indicate when something is amiss, and these signs can often help you diagnose potential problems that could occur or might already be happening. For example, understanding the conditions and warning signs for mold growth can help to prevent or more readily remediate this occurrence.

    When Silt property owners think of mold damages, they often do not fully understand how this episode even happens, let alone how to prevent it in the first place. One of the first things that you need to know is how mold growth can happen, namely, what conditions must get met to support this colonization. For mold spores to develop, moisture is necessary. This requirement is why our SERVPRO technicians find mold growth in places like your basement.

    Darkness is not a requirement, but a lack of natural light does allow for mold colonies to spread more rapidly between organic materials. One thing that is a requirement is warmer temperatures, which are often readily available in the basement of your home. Some species can flourish at the freezing mark. Most houses have the heating and cooling units in this lower level, offering plenty of constant temperature for mold to seat and spread.

    Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to remediate this occurrence in your home when it gets discovered, but many homeowners do not always know what to hunt. Active colonies tend to give off a musty odor often, and so even if you cannot see a colony, this odor could indicate one growing and thriving out of sight. Another symptom that you can look out for is spotting on surfaces like drywall. These could initially appear very faint, so thorough inspections throughout potential problem areas with a flashlight can help you find these colonies before they spread out of control.

    If you do discover mold growth in your basement, reach out to the professional remediation team we have at SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties. We can help you to preserve the structural integrity of your home from this destructive force, and work efficiently to reduce and ultimately remove the health risks associated with mold colony exposure. Give us a call anytime at (970) 618-1516.

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    Hot, Dry Conditions Increase Risk of Fire Damage in Silt and Other Areas of Garfield County

    8/17/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire damage, regardless of the cause, is destructive. Call SERVPRO for remediation efforts if your home ever experiences a fire.

    Team SERVPRO Understands That Remediating Fire Damage Also Includes Dealing With the Remaining Water Used to Put Out the Fire

    The daily reports of wildfires in many areas of the country concern residents of Silt. Wildfires are a powerful force of nature, capable of taking down entire communities. Even with the controlled prescribed burns authorities attempt before high wildfire season, residents must be vigilant. Wildfires are a reminder of the destruction any fire can do. If a fire from any source affects your home regardless of precautions, our trained and experienced fire damage restoration technicians can help.
     
    When fire damages your Silt home lining up professional remediation services must occur sooner rather than later. Even though the stress and confusion of surviving a fire can interfere with calm and reasonable reactions, the residues left behind after a household fire cause immediate and progressive damage to all types of structural components and contents. Our highly qualified technicians are ready to take action swiftly to clean up, restore, and deodorize your home after any fire.
     
    The first task SERVPRO crews usually take on when called to a fire scene is water and chemical extinguisher removal. Firefighters do not stint on the resources used to put out the fire, but the water and powdered or foam left behind pose their own dangers. Just a film of water and powdered fire deterrent chemicals cause a slip and fall hazard. Inches or feet of water are not unheard of in firefighting circumstances, saturating building materials and exposing restorers to electric shock risks. Evacuating the water and drying the structure avoids the deterioration and secondary damage moisture brings about before the fire damage remediation is even considered.
     
    Once the water damage issues stabilize, SERVPRO crews assess the harm done by the flames and the smoke and soot that spread through your property. Soot can be sorted into three main categories, and each requires a different approach for cleanup to be most effective. Light, ashy soot from fast, hot-burning fires often responds well to vacuuming and dry sponging. Thick, sticky soot from a smoldering electrical or textile fire can need a surfactant or wetting agent application and perhaps some agitation or abrasive action with appropriate tools to loosen up enough to be wiped away. Protein fires deposit thin, challenging to remove coatings that are almost invisible but smell strongly. Abrasives and solvents are the pair of choice, stripping the residue food and grease fires leave.
     
    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties cultivates a team of well-trained experts to attend to your fire damage scenarios. Whether a wildfire jumps a firebreak or your dinner preparation goes horribly wrong with a grease fire call (970) 618-1516 for assistance from IICRC certified technicians backed by innovative products and equipment.

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    Causes and Solutions For Water Damage in Glenwood Springs

    8/3/2018 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO Extracts Water and Checks with Thermal Imaging to Ensure Homes in Glenwood Springs Are Restored, "Like it never even happened."

    Glenwood Springs Property Owns Depend Upon SERVPRO for Fast and Efficient Water Removal

    Flooding from storms and municipal utility emergencies are devastating but are not daily occurrences in Glenwood Springs. Other types of water incursions might be happening right now in your residence, unnoticed but capable of causing severe damage over time. The highly-qualified technicians on our water damage teams are up to any challenge.

    Little leaks that build over time are much more likely to cause water damage in your Glenwood Springs than one catastrophic event. Do not make a mistake and believe that the puddle of water you see on occasion under the sink is an isolated incident or that the peeling on the wall is just evidence of a low-quality paint. Catching water incursions early is crucial to preventing the deterioration of structural components and avoiding secondary damage such as mold growth. Our employees are trained to identify water damage in its many disguises.
     
    SERVPRO pinpoints the source of the water damaging your home so repairs to eliminate the leaks or seepage can be arranged. Then our crew chief assesses the damage and designs a plan to remove any standing water and dry out the affected spaces thoroughly. We search for hidden water under cabinets and between walls, the migration of moisture often the reason that small leak seemed minor. Our truck-mounted pumps and wanded extractors pull the water out, sometimes with the help of holes drilled or sections of drywall removed to release trapped caches in cavities. If a ceiling appears buckled, we punch holes carefully to free any reservoirs captured above a room or hallway.
     
    Our employees are expert at employing moisture sensors and meters as well as thermo-hygrometers to establish baseline moisture and temperature levels in the damaged building materials. The collected data helps establish drying goals, and periodic use of the tools throughout the project informs us when sufficient drying is complete. Air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers are positioned and operated to create a balance that coaxes water saturated inside structural components to move into the drier air where the dehumidifiers condense and contain the moisture for disposal.
     
    Rely on the confident and reliable team at SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties to help with your water damage woes. We are available 24/7 with just a call to (970) 618-1516.

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    READY FOR WHATEVER HAPPENS

    11/15/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO Garfield & Pitkin counties is always ready to help with your needs.

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin counties understands the utilizing the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When it comes to a water damage, time matters. SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin counties will answer your call with fast action, exceptional equipment, and trained, uniformed personnel.  The right tools for the job is vital to timely mitigation. 

     https://www.SERVPRO.com/drying-water-extractionEquipment

    • Air movers/ Dry equipment 
    • Dehumidification Equipment
    • Air scrubber/ Negative air extractors (Extraction equipment)
    • Moisture Sensors/ Moisture meters/ Thermohygrometers
    • Water/ Flood Extractiors
    • HEPA Vacuums
    • Odor Control(Ozone, Hydroxyl)
    • Ultra Low Volume(ULV) Foggers
    • Thermal Foggers
    • Power Distribution
    • Heating Systems
    • Ultrasonic machine 
    • Refrigerant Dehumidifiers
    • Desiccant Dehumidifiers

    Commercial flood

    9/13/2017 (Permalink)

    SPRINKLER FLOOD AFTER COMMERCIAL FIRE

    Sprinkler systems may be your best friend in a fire, or your worst. This is one business of a block of commercial buildings after a next store Restaurant had a small fire in their kitchen.  The smoke went threw the vents and triggered the sprinklers to case a flood.  Thanks to our team at SERVPRO Grand Junction, Garfield & Pitkin counties this company will be back in business as soon as possible.  Our equipment allows us to rapidly extract water from many types of flooring without causing any damage.  Don't let a little accident cause your business a lot of money. We are open 24/7/365 to help make any size disaster seem "Like it never even happened."

    CRAWL SPACE AWARENESS

    5/1/2017 (Permalink)

    Crew Chief Jason Allred handling business

    When warmth and humidity enters the crawl space, and cold winter night air becomes part of the crawl space environment, a vented dirt crawl space can become more trouble than its worth!  To address these problems, call SERVPRO GARFIELD & PITKIN COUNTIES.   We establish ourselves as the leading authority on crawl space moisture problems.

    SERVPRO GARFIELD & PITKIN COUNTIES can come and clean and dry out your crawl space, If you have leaking pipes, or a leak we can help refer you to local companies that we support. We look forward to helping you fix your moldy and wet crawlspace.   

    Approaches to crawlspace remediation are depend on environmental factors such as the presence of moisture, mold, insects, and by esoteric factors such as homeowners’ health, commitment environmental health and capacity.  Two common solutions are:

    1: BASIC CLEANUP

     the basic minimum crawlspace cleanup should include removal of debris and all materials that are conductive to mold growth, especially if there is already mold or fungi on it.  All crawlspaces should have a vapor barrier at the very least.  Sealing all wood with an anti-microbial coating is optional except in cases of moderate to heavy mold growth.

    2: COMPLETE (encapsulation)

    In addition to the basic cleanup, all wood materials can be sealed with an anti-microbial coating.  The foundation vents are closed off.  Heavy duty vapor barrier or liner is installed from the top of the concrete stem walls and over the entire ground surface will all the seams sealed. 

     

    Don't LOSE a SALE over Water and Mold damage

    2/28/2017 (Permalink)

    “Like it never even happened.”

     










    • Loss of sale, Drop of price and a Law Suit are some negative impacts that could affect the home owner or Real-estate Agent /broker.

    • SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties is IICRC certified and trained in Fire, Water, Bio, and Mold Mitigation. (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification)

    • FREE of Charge, we will look at any home or business you represent.  We will give you our professional opinion on whether water or mold mitigation is necessary.  (Free= regular business hours)

    • If mitigation is needed we will provide an estimate FREE of Charge.

    • If mitigation work is performed.  Your clients will receive a 5% discount with net 15.

    • SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin County will provide a one year certificate of guarantee on any mitigation work we perform.


            SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin county


    (970) 618-1516.  Fire & Water- Cleanup & Restoration









     

    DRYING POWER

    2/28/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO GARFIELD & PITKIN COUNTIES ALWAYS MONITORING A WATER LOSS

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    Delmhorst pin and pinless moisture and thermos-hygrometers are a must for restoration pros.  Moisture in building materials is the most effective way to verify structural integrity and know the job is complete.   SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin counties uses a stand-alone and/or combination meters to accomplish these tasks.  Our highly trained staffs continue to monitor all structure until the drying standards of all structures are met.  With the use of proper equipment and trained staff you will not experience any mold spores or other mold issues due to damp wood or other structure.  SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties strive on making sure are job is done right and everything is in proper standards. 

    • Find moisture “hot spots”
    • Define areas affected by moisture
    • Confirm the environment is suitable for drying
    • Determine necessary drying equipment
    • Monitor progress
    • Verify the structure is dry

    SERVPRO OF GARFIELD & PITKIN COUNTIES (970) 6181516

    CALL US IF YOU SUFFER A WATER LOSS!!

     

    Installing smoke detectors 2016

    2/28/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO teaming up with Red Cross

     









    SERVPRO of Grand Junction, Garfield & Pitkin Counties took the day to volunteer with America Red Cross. We broke up in groups and went door to door to test and install smoke detectors in local Grand Junction homes on November 22, 2016. What a great time and so many families opened their homes to welcome us. We gave them valuable information on how to plan if there was a fire in their home how to get out safely. We provided them with a checklist for things to help them prevent fires in their homes. It was amazing how so many fire alarms were not working at all, or were lacking batteries. With the help of Red Cross of Grand Junction and SERVPRO of Grand Junction, Garfield & Pitkin Counties we installed a lot of smoke detectors in the area, with 10-year life long battery’s. It is important to use that lives will be saved if there is a fire in your home.


    Call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin if you need your home restored after a fire. We will give it our heart to make it “Like it never even happened.”


    (970)618-1517  24/7









     

    Even in -20 Degree weather SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin County is there for you!

    2/28/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO Garfield & Pitkin County working on afire job and water job in Meeker Colorado

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    It does not matter what the weather conditions are like here in Colorado, SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties are ready and prepare for any Disaster you have. We specialize in storm damage. Fires still happen unexpectedly even in snow.  Frozen pipes burst in cold weather. Mold is still on the prowl in the cold temperatures of winter. There might be Bio, Bio hazard, or vandalism that need tending to.  SERVPRO of Garfield Pitkin is here for any emergency you might have in your home or business 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Fast response is SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties goal when servicing our area. Trust us to be your restoration company.

    "Like it never even happened"

                                          Call 970-618-1516

     We are only as good as our last job!!!

     

    Parade of Lights

    2/28/2017 (Permalink)

    2016 Christmas Cheer

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    SERVPRO of Grand Junction, Garfield & Pitkin Counties had a wonderful time at the parade of lights this year 2016. The parade took place in down town Grand Junction. There were over 100 different floats of many vendors, small businesses, and schools from the Grand Junction Colorado area. We gave all the kids and families tons of candy. What a joy to Celebrate Christmas and participate in this wonderful event. Just a reminder to be safe this Holiday season.     Some tips for your Christmas tree:

    • Place tree at least 3 feet from heat sources.
    • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
    • Make sure tree is not blocking an exit.
    • Blow out candles before going to bed.

    *Tips and statistics provided by the National Fire Protection Association and the American Christmas tree Association.

    24 hours emergency service, even on Christmas!!! Call SERVPRO of Grand Junction, Garfield & Pitkin counties if you suffer any loss this holiday season.

    (970) 618-1516

     

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin care about you personal items

    2/28/2017 (Permalink)

    A SERVPRO home pack out and restored

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    Fire damage at a Colorado residence required the removal and pack out of damaged contents to provide the space and safety needed for the extensive fire and water damage restoration to be performed.  SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin counties carefully inventory every item and transports them to our facility. Once everything is gathered we go to work cleaning and restoring our customer’s possessions that can be returned to their original condition.  Once the fire damage or water damage cleanup is completed, the homeowner’s prized possessions will be returned to them.  This phase of the project is always very rewarding, as most clients are amazed at the condition of their restored treasures.  If you encounter a fire damage, water damage, vandalism, biohazard, or any other tragic event at your home, call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties  24/7 at (970) 618-1516.  We will be prompt to your call!!

     

    Flood at Parachute High school

    2/28/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin County was able to restore a flooded gym at parachute high school Colorado.

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    SERVPRO CAN REMOVE WATER FROM COMMERICAL PROPERTIES 

    If your Commercial property experiences a flood due to broken pipes, storm related floods or any other type water damage, Call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties. We can restore and get you back in business as quick as possible.  We mitigate mold and mildew that may cause health hazards.  SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin is highly trained and certified to return your commercial property to like-new conditions.  To eliminate residual humidity, we place humidifiers and air movers to capture the moisture from the ambient air.  Water damage must be managed and maintained with special equipment that extracts water and can complete the drying process quickly.

    With our SERVPRO process we are able to keep water damage at a minimum, regain control, rebuild damage structures and return your Commercial building back to like new conditions.  

     

    24 Hour Emergency Service

    2/28/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO on site at a business fire

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    SERVICE RESPONSE GUIDELINES

    1. Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO of Grand Junction professional will contact you to arrange for service.
    2. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of Grand Junction professional will be on-site to start mitigation services (if necessary).
    3. Within eight business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to you by SERVPRO of Grand Junction Professional. 

     SERVPRO SYSTEM SERVICE 

    RESTORATION:

    • Fire, Smoke and Soot
    • Water Damage and Dehumidification  
    • Mold Mitigation
    • Electronics and Equipment
    • Document Drying
    • Contents Claim Inventory Service

    CLEANING:

    • Air Ducts / HVAC
    • Bio hazard, Crime Scene and Vandalism
    • Carpets, Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds
    • Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
    • Deodorization

    SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin County is proud to serve western slope Colorado and the surrounding areas. Our team is ready for any size disaster that you might experience. We are a National Company with over 1600 other franchises  Call (970)618-151

     

    Restaurant fire and smoke restoration

    2/28/2017 (Permalink)

    This fire was at a restaurant in Grand Junction Colorado

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    Every 90 seconds a residential or commercial fire occurs in the US.  Fire and smoke damage in any sort of structure has hidden damage and odors.  A fire loss is very complex because of the unique behavior of smoke.  This fire started in the kitchen of a local restaurant here in Grand Junction.  Our Fire specialists here at SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties have the experience and expertise to take care of any fire damage you may have no matter how big or small it might be.  Special losses require special care, and we understand that caring for them is your first priority.   SERVPRO of Garfield Pitkin counties are always available 24 hours a day 365 days a year for you Fire loss. 

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

    Call us today- (970) 618-1516 

     

    SERVPRO of Garfield, Pitkin County can dry out any construction site

    2/20/2017 (Permalink)

    A Construction site in Grand Junction Colorado

      


    On January 8th 2017 Grand Junction was hit with a severe storm.  SERVPRO of Grand Junction was quick to responded to a big commercial construction site in our valley. This construction site was a huge unfinished building in progress.  The first 3 floors were insulated and sheet rocked.  The last floor was just structure.  SERVPRO arrived at the site and placed all necessary equipment to dry out the structure and prevent any mold.  It took us two days to completely save this site so the company could continue their construction without out any delay.  SERVPRO of Grand Junction saved the construction company thousands of dollars and they were very happy with the results.  If you have construction in process and you suffer flooding before it is complete, no need to start over call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties.  We are quick to respond and strive to make it “Like it never even happened.”


    970-618-1516

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