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When Cañon City Experienced Severe Storms, We Were There to Restore the Flood Damage

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Cañon City Experienced Severe Storms, We Were There to Restore the Flood Damage This photo of storm damage in a Cañon City, Colorado, home shows water and mud that flooded in and caused damage to the floor and walls.

Flood cleanup and ground water damage restoration can be a messy business, especially when you don’t have the help you need to mitigate the damage and restore your home and belongings back to their original condition.

At SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties, we recently had the opportunity to travel down to Cañon City, Colorado, to help a number of homeowners who experienced flooding due to a severe storm event. The storms caused significant temporary ground water flooding, heavy hail, and very high winds.

We Were There FAST

Even when a storm event takes place outside of our immediate service area – SERVPRO is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for emergency storm damage and flood cleanup in the Central Colorado Mountains.

When we received the first call from a homeowner in Cañon City, we were there within a matter of hours to begin mitigating the storm damage. A fast response to begin mitigating and extracting water is essential to keep damage and restoration costs down for homeowners.  

Severe Weather Means Serious Cleanup

Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

We are storm damage specialists and have extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to get your home back to normal quickly.

From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Qualifications – IICRC Training and Certification

The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certifies and sets the rules for the water restoration industry.

At SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties, our team members study IICRC standards and best practices and are certified in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and more.

This gives us the ability to take your water damaged home from wet and muddy to “Like it never even happened.”

Have Storm or Flood Damage in Colorado?
Call Us Today 
(970) 949-3235

Fire Damage Restoration – Mitigating Fire Damage from Small and Large Fires in the High Rockies

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration – Mitigating Fire Damage from Small and Large Fires in the High Rockies This photo shows significant fire damage that resulted from a large garage fire in Salida, Colorado.

If your home or business in the High Rockies suffers fire damage, it can be especially devastating. Not only does the actual fire and smoke cause damage, but your property may have suffered water damage from firefighting efforts. You’ll need a team of trained and caring experts to guide you through the fire damage restoration process.

SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties has the specialized knowledge, fire damage and water damage equipment to help mitigate the damage and restore your property back to its original condition.

We are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and because we’re locally owned and operated, we respond fast to your fire damage event in the High Rockies, and we will begin helping you as soon as we arrive.

Small & Large Fires Both Cause Big Damage

Small fires are treated no differently than large fires at SERVPRO. The photo above shows the damage from a large garage fire in Salida, Colorado. The fire caused significant damage to the entire garage and the living quarters above it. We were able to arrive quickly and begin mitigating immediately. We cleaned up and restored the garage and upstairs bedrooms, which included reconstruction services.

While that was an example of the damage a large fire can cause, even small fires, like a small bedroom fire, will still smoke out most of the home, causing smoke damage to areas the fire didn’t actually reach.

See our photo gallery for more examples of fire damaged properties that we have cleaned up and restored.

How to Handle Fire Damage in Your Home or Business

We know fires can be very traumatic events. If you suffer a fire damage event, remember 2 things – 1. Call us 24/7 at 970-949-3235 for emergency services, and 2. Follow the fire damage emergency tips below to protect yourself and your property.

Fire Damage Emergency Tips

DO-

  • Limit movement within property to avoid embedding soot particles into upholstery and carpets.
  • 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 light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.

DON’T-

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.

Summit & Eagle County Residents: If You Suspect Mold, Follow These Safety Tips

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Summit & Eagle County Residents: If You Suspect Mold, Follow These Safety Tips This shows a significant mold infestation that was found in an Eagle County crawlspace. We performed a mold remediation and eliminated the infestation

Mold growth can be a big problem for a homeowner, and at SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park, & Eagle Counties, we know exactly how to handle the testing, mold removal, and restoration of a property back to preloss condition. 

The Growing Effects of a Mold Infestation

The mold in the photo shown above infested a local Eagle County crawlspace – thanks to a pin-sized hole in a freshwater pipe that went undetected for almost a month. Thankfully, mold problems like this can be mitigated with the right expertise and equipment – and SERVPRO was there to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Check out the before and after photos to learn more.

Our trained technicians were able to test for and remove the mold growth in the crawlspace, and then restore the space back to its preloss condition. The family who owns this home was very grateful that we were able to recover their home and protect them from any potential health effects. 

What You Should Do If You Find Mold

At SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties, we specialize in mold cleanup and restoration. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If you see visible mold, it is very important to make sure you don’t disturb it. Microscopic mold spores can spread very easily, and you can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home to unaffected areas.

When mold is disturbed, the mold spores can become airborne and circulate inside your home.

Below are some tips on how to handle mold damage should you discover it. Check out our mold damage emergency tips as well to learn more.

Tips on How to Handle Mold Damage

What to Do-

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Call us 24/7 at 970-949-3235 for emergency mold remediation.

What NOT to Do-

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

After the Storm: Flood Restoration & Water Damage Cleanup in the Central Colorado Mountains

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After the Storm: Flood Restoration & Water Damage Cleanup in the Central Colorado Mountains This photo of a home we serviced in Cañon City, Colorado, shows the windows boarded up as a result of hail damage from severe storms.

At SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties, we specialize in flood restoration and water damage restoration services. Though we are based in the High Rockies, we respond to calls in many service areas, including places like Cañon City, Colorado.

Our crew is trained in the most up-to-date cleaning and drying techniques, and we use highly specialized drying equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition, whether it’s a residential property or a commercial business.

Fast Response

Since we are locally owned and operate out of Avon, Colorado, we are able to respond quickly to storm emergencies in Vail Valley, Summit County, and surrounding mountain regions. We are available 24/7 to respond to emergencies with the right resources, which is extremely important in a flood cleanup situation.

We begin to mitigate the water damage as soon as we arrive at your property and gain access to the affected area.

A fast response lessens the damage to your home or property, limits further damage from water and mud, and reduces the restoration cost. The first 48 hours are the most crucial to prevent further damage from the water affecting the property.

Learn more about the timeline of water damage here.

How to Handle Floods and Storms

When intense thunderstorms, strong winds and hail hit the mountain regions of Colorado, we can scale our resources to handle a storm disaster or flood quickly and easily. The most important thing is to contact us as soon as it is reasonably possible after you notice or are notified about flooding and water damage in your home or commercial business.

The faster you contact us, the faster we can get to the property and begin to mitigate.

We have access to equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States, ready to respond to even the most catastrophic and major storm events.

No job is too large for the best of the best in restoration.

Do you have storm or flood damage? Call Us Today at 970-949-3235.

Water Damage Restoration & Asbestos Testing in Colorado – When Do You Need to Test?

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration & Asbestos Testing in Colorado – When Do You Need to Test? This shows the demolition process on drywall in a garage in a Breckenridge home. We had to perform asbestos testing before we removed the drywall.

As water restoration specialists in Colorado, our team at SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties knows the regulations for asbestos testing in this state well. Every state has different regulations that govern the rules for when you are required to test for asbestos. It’s our job to help you navigate the question of when to do an asbestos test, and we will work closely with you to determine whether you need to perform a test during your project.

You probably have questions about why asbestos testing is even necessary. “Isn’t that something older homes need? My home was only built a few years ago!” you might be thinking.

Keep reading to learn more about the laws for asbestos testing.

What You Need to Know as a Colorado Property Owner

Some water damage restoration jobs require demolition in order to restore the property to its preloss condition. If this demolition disturbs enough manmade material, the job will require asbestos testing. As a customer, you can rely on us to tell you exactly when we will need to test for asbestos during your water restoration project.

The amount of manmade building material being removed from the structure will determine whether or not you’ll need to test for asbestos. Regardless of the material’s age, once a certain threshold is reached, asbestos testing is required by law.

The threshold for testing is determined by type of material being removed. So, there are different thresholds for different materials.

Manmade materials are classified into 3 categories:

  • Surfacing materials, like drywall texture or popcorn ceilings
  • Thermal system insulation, which is used to insulate heating systems and water pipes
  • Miscellaneous materials, like wallboard or shingles

Trigger Levels: When to Test in Your Home or Business

It’s important to understand the threshold levels for asbestos testing are different for residential homes and commercial properties. If demolition for the water restoration project exceeds any of the following trigger levels, asbestos testing is required per Colorado state law.

Asbestos Test Trigger Levels

For Residential Areas

  • Surfacing materials (sq. ft.) - 32
  • Thermal system insulation (lineal feet) - 50
  • Miscellaneous materials (gallon drum) - 55

For Commercial Areas

  • Surfacing materials (sq. ft.) - 160
  • Thermal system insulation (lineal feet) - 260
  • Miscellaneous materials (gallon drum) - 55

When We Test at SERVPRO

As a water restoration business with a team of employees, SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties is required to test for asbestos even when the material thresholds listed above may not have been reached.

Any time one of our employees needs to cut any amount of drywall during the demolition process, we are required by law to test for asbestos. 

Do you have questions about a water restoration project in Summit County Colorado? Give us a call at 970-949-3235.

SERVPRO is here to help!

We Get There Faster: 24/7 Emergency Service for Your Colorado Ski Country Water Damage Event

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Get There Faster: 24/7 Emergency Service for Your Colorado Ski Country Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties provides 24-hour emergency water damage restoration in the Central Colorado Mountains.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours, and neither do we. At SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties, we provide emergency water extraction and restoration services 24 hours per day, 7 days per week – 365 days per year.

We Respond Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage are very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and is absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. At SERVPRO, we are locally owned and operated, so we are able to arrive quickly to your Ski Country property and start mitigating the damage through water extraction almost immediately.

This immediate response helps to minimize the damage, cleaning, and the restoration costs.

Tips: What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

When you encounter any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first. To address safety, you can follow the tips below until help arrives.

  1. Determine if it is safe to stay in the house.
  2. Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  3. Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  4. Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Here’s what you should do – and what you should NOT do after flooding or water damage:

DO-

  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

DON’T-

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use the television or other household appliances.

Need Emergency Service? Call us 24-hours per day at 970-949-3235. 

Ice Dam and Snow Removal Service

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

General Ice Dam and Snow Removal Service Ice Dam Removal Service

What is an ice dam?

An ice dam is the ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof which prevents melting snow from draining as it should. The water that backs up behind the ice dam can leak into the home and cause damage to walls, floors, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. Most ice dams occur on the lowest edge of your roof. 

There are 6 warning signs for ice dams:

1.     Your home has had ice dams in the past.

2.     You see roof ice– icicles forming on the edge of the roof, or off the front edge of the gutter.

3.     Ice is coming through the soffit.

4.     Ice is forming behind the gutters (if gutters are present).

5.     You see ice or water on the exterior wall.

6.     You see water coming through the frame of a door or window.

Professional Ice Dam Removal

SERVPRO of Summit offers safe, professional snow and ice dam removal services for your home or business. Our experienced team will be onsite within a matter of hours, saving you time, effort and costly repairs later. Don't wait until it's too late. Call us today and have the job done safely and done right. (970) 949-3235. 

Restoring Your Ski Country Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Ski Country Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events in the High Rockies commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Summit

SERVPRO of Summit specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

 

IICRC Certified Firm

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

General IICRC Certified Firm We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Summit is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Summit

SERVPRO of Summit specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

 

 

When Storms or Floods Hit the High Rockies, SERVPRO is Ready!

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods Hit the High Rockies, SERVPRO is Ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Summit, Eagle, Park, and Lake Counties.

SERVPRO of Summit specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. 

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the high rockies, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (970)949-3235