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Know Who To Call When Lightning and Hail Strike

9/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties are a beautiful community, with so much to do both indoors and out.

With so much to offer, it’s hard to believe that Mother Nature can carry many threats for residents and businesses here in the area but unfortunately, it’s true.

One of the biggest dangers is lightning and hail damage caused by severe thunderstorms. When these storms strike they can cause a tremendous amount of damage to any kind of building, leaving home or business owners reeling.

At times like this, you need to know you’re not alone and that’s why you should call the professionals at SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties.

SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry with over 1,700 franchises nationwide.

We have the training and expertise to handle lightning and hail damage restoration quickly, thoroughly and safely so that your home or business can be returned to its previous condition.

Since lightning damage can result in particularly dangerous conditions, it’s especially important to have professional help to handle it properly.

What Kind of Damage Can Lightning and Hail Do?

There are several kinds of potential damage that thunderstorms may cause, two of the most severe being lightning and hail damage. Lightning can strike any part of a building, but is most likely to strike the roof.

A direct hit can result in fire, either to the building itself or to the grass or trees surrounding it which can then quickly spread to the building.

Since lightning is actually a buildup of static electricity, when it strikes it can be conducted through various surfaces and pass into the wiring of your home or business.

This can cause both direct fire and smaller fires that smolder under the surface of walls and ceilings. It can also severely damage electrical appliances and even water pipes, resulting in water damage as well.

Hail damage can be quite severe. In fact, according to NOAA hail results in as much as $1 billion dollars of damage annually.  Thunderstorms can produce hail of various sizes, which can take a huge toll on roof shingles, gutters, vents, window and door frames and even windows themselves.

If you experience any of this type of damage, it’s important to act quickly to address it so that it doesn’t get any worse. At the same time, especially with lightning damage which can remain dangerous long after the initial strike, it’s important to get professional help rather than trying to handle it yourself.

Call SERVPRO When Storms Hit

SERVPRO is the name you can trust to help with any lightning and hail damage restoration. We have staff ready to take your call 24/7 and we’ve got the training and equipment necessary to quickly and safely handle all of your restoration needs.

When storms hit SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties will get you back on your feet again.

Fire Damage Cleanup And Restoration

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire can strike a home or business suddenly, with no warning, and that can leave you feeling disoriented, emotional and overwhelmed.

It can really catch you off guard and that’s perfectly understandable. Fortunately, in times like this residents of the Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties area don’t have to go it alone.

The professionals of SERVPRO are trained to handle fire damage cleanup and restoration so we’re ready for any situation.

As part of the community ourselves, we take pride in helping our neighbors so that this area can continue to be the vibrant, thriving locale that draws so many visitors.

With everything from gourmet restaurants to nature trails to attractions like The Museum of The West, there is so much to enjoy in the area and we don’t want the aftermath of a fire to take away from any of it.

Quick Response Makes All The Difference

When fire strikes it can leave behind two distinct types of damage: damage caused by the fire itself and damage caused by the fire-fighting efforts. Together, this can all take a terrible toll on any residence or commercial property.

The key to mitigating this damage is acting as quickly as possible and that’s why SERVPRO has staff ready to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’ll get all of your information and send a trained technician to your property within four hours of that call to get the restoration process underway.

Once on site, our technicians will perform a complete walkthrough of your property, identifying and assessing all damage and then writing up a comprehensive plan to address it.

We’ll go over that plan with you before we do anything, so that you know exactly what to expect. We’ll even perform a thorough inventory of all damaged belongings as we work in order to help you file your insurance claim.

The Professional Approach To Cleanup And Restoration

Our professional cleanup and restoration services begin with boarding up windows and covering holes in the roof with tarp to prevent any further damage from the elements.

Then we employ submersible pumps and industrial strength wet/dry vacuums to remove any standing water. 

Next, professional grade air movers and dehumidifiers ensure that all surfaces are thoroughly dried and all excess moisture is removed from the air.

Finally, we’ll perform any necessary repairs including removing and replacing drywall and removing and replacing damaged carpet and flooring.

When we’re through, we’ll give you a complete walkthrough to make sure that you’re satisfied with what we’ve done.

A Name You Can Rely On

If you’re dealing with the aftermath of a fire don’t try to tackle it yourself.

Call SERVPRO, we service the entire Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties area. We are the name you can rely on for top quality fire damage cleanup and restoration with the personal touch. 

We’re guaranteed to respond faster to any disaster and we treat every property as if it were our own. There’s no need to feel overwhelmed when you’ve got SERVPRO on your side.

Training of our SERVPRO Technicians

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we take pride in sending highly trained technicians to service our Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle locations. Each of our technicians is IICRC Certified and is required to maintain that certification. Our technicians are trained to look for damages that may not be visible to the naked eye and utilize state-of-the-art equipment to locate damages.

SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle requires our employees to undergo initial and ongoing continuing education. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

IICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Employee Certification Training

The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after the successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Initial Franchise Training

A 15-day hands-on course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility is the foundation of the SERVPRO training program. This course is primarily for new Franchise owners and covers many restoration topics:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • Mold Mitigation

e-Learnings

Ongoing education and e-learnings are provided through web-based training. This voluntary program is designed to keep our office staff and technicians up-to-speed on industry standards. It allows us to provide high-quality service and support that our residential and commercial business customers expect.

Water Damage Restoration Tips in Gypsum CO

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Named for the nearby gypsum deposits, the town of Gypsum is one of the nation’s biggest suppliers of wallboard products including drywall.

There’s more to find here than the gypsum mines, however.

There’s plenty to draw outdoor enthusiasts, from the Gypsum Creek Golf Course to nearby Sylvan Lake State Park and the Gypsum Shooting Sports Park.

Life can be idyllic here but unfortunately, that doesn’t stop disaster from occasionally striking.

Burst pipes, broken appliances and storms can all bring significant water damage and knowing what to do at times like this can make a huge difference.

Of course, the first thing you should do is call the professionals at SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties. 

We’re prepared to respond faster to any disaster and equipped to handle any size job.

Even before we arrive, there are some tips you can follow to help get the restoration job started off the right way:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting or using a shop vac if you have one. Do NOT try to use a regular household vacuum to remove water.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps or other table top items. This can help to mitigate damage to the wood.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery and cushions in order to begin the drying process as quickly as possible.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • In the summer, turn on AC to maximize drying.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather any loose items from the floor.

Know What NOT To Do

While the tips above are simple things you can do to help the drying and restoration process, there are also a few things that you shouldn’t do:

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines or other wet colored items on wet carpets or floors as this can cause staining.
  • Don’t use your television or any other electrical appliances in affected rooms.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet and stay out of any room where the ceiling is visibly sagging.

Call The Name You Can Trust

When any water damage occurs, make sure to call the name you can trust for professional quality restoration service.

SERVPRO has someone ready to take your call 24/7 and we will have technicians on site within four hours to get the process started as quickly as possible.

We’ll use powerful pumps and vacuums to remove all standing water and air movers to ensure that everything is thoroughly dried.

Next, we’ll make sure that all surfaces are carefully cleaned and sanitized and we’ll perform a complete mold remediation so that you know your home is safe.

We won’t finish the job until we know you’re satisfied because we treat each customer’s home as if it were our own.

That’s the SERVPRO difference and we stand by it so that you can rest easy.

Water Damage Restoration Services In Summit County, CO

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

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Beautiful Summit County, there’s no wonder why so many people are drawn to the peaceful, serene area.

Unfortunately, though, even the idyllic surroundings aren’t immune from natural disasters

Water damage can occur at any time, whether from storms or from everyday accidents such as burst pipes.

No matter what the cause, when water damage strikes it’s important to move quickly to address the problem so that it doesn’t get any worse.

Faster To Any Disaster

No one understands the need for speed more than SERVPRO, which is why we’re guaranteed to respond faster to any disaster.

We have someone ready to take your call 24/7 and we’ll have our highly trained technicians on site within four hours to assess the damage and formulate a plan of action.

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Our focus is on restoring your home to its previous condition and we’ll do whatever it takes to achieve that end.

After we assess the damage, we’ll develop a step-by-step plan to address it and we’ll go over that plan with you so that you are completely informed at every step of the process.

In order to help make you whole again, we’ll even be sure to perform a full inventory so that it’s easier for you to file an insurance claim.

We’ll begin the restoration process by removing any standing water and then we’ll employ our state of the art equipment to thoroughly dry all surfaces and remove all excess moisture from the air.

Next, we will perform a complete mold remediation, paying particular attention to your HVAC system, to help prevent potentially hazardous mold infestation.

The Name You Can Trust

With highly trained and certified technicians, SERVPRO is the name you can trust to handle all of your water damage restoration services.

As a local company, you can also rest assured that we’ll approach each job with the utmost care and we’ll stick with it until we know that you’re satisfied.

It’s what we would want for our own homes and that’s what we want for our customers as well.

We don’t want anything to take away from the scenic splendor of Heeney, CO.

That’s why SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park and Eagle Counties is dedicated to serving this community.

We know the kind of damage water can do and we’re ready to tackle whatever challenges it may present.

When water damage strikes, a quick response can make a big difference and nobody understands that more than SERVPRO.

We’re ready to respond at a moment’s notice and to provide the professional quality water damage restoration service that you expect.

We’ll help you get back on your feet again so that you and your family can rest easy.

Signs of Storm Damage To Your Roof in Summit County CO

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Storm damage can happen in winter or summer.

Unfortunately, nature can also have its destructive side and has its share of both winter and summer storms

In the summer, storms can bring driving rain, heavy winds and even hail, all of which can take a toll on your roof.

When a storm does strike, it’s important to know the signs to look for to determine whether your roof has sustained any damage.

  1. Shingles

The shingles on your roof adhere to each other in order to form one solid, water tight roof deck. Heavy wind and rain can cause dented, torn, curled or missing shingles, which are the most visible sign of storm damage.

The wind and rain can also wear away the protective granules on the surface of shingles, making them less effective at protecting your home from the heat of the sun.

Look for a large pile of granules at the end of your downspout to determine if serious damage occurred. 

A small amount of worn off granules is normal and not necessarily a cause for concern.

  1. Gutters, Vents and Windows

Aside from the roofing material itself, gutters, vents and windows can all sustain damage from storms and it may be easier to visually detect this damage than damage to the shingles.

Check for dents to gutters, gable vents and other overhangs and carefully inspect windows for cracks, broken glass, loose weather stripping and torn screens.

  1. Attic and Ceilings

Leaks and water spots in your attic or on ceilings may be a sign that the roof has sustained storm related damage.

Even if your roof looks fine from the outside, there could still be unseen damage that may lead to leaks.

  1. Outside Areas

Check the exterior of your home after a storm for such things as downed tree limbs, missing or damaged fencing, and damage to lawn decorations, mailboxes and other exterior furnishings. 

If there is damage to these areas, it’s likely that your roof may have been damaged as well.

If you do suspect storm damage to your roof, the most important thing you can do is call the professionals of SERVPRO rather than trying to handle it yourself.

Our technicians are trained to handle all types of storm damage restoration and guaranteed to respond faster to any disaster.

We understand how important your home is to you and we’ll treat it as if it were our own.  Don’t put yourself or your home at further risk after a storm, let SERVPRO fix the damage and give you the peace of mind you deserve.

Your Source For Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

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With all of the commercial properties in the town, the need for specialized commercial fire damage restoration services is particularly important.

Fortunately, SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties is prepared to offer the kind of attention that you expect for your commercial property for water, fire and storm damage restoration as well as mold remediation.

We’re part of the local business community ourselves so we understand how critical it is to have the restoration service you need when you need it most.

The Challenges of Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Any time a fire strikes it can be devastating, but that’s particularly true when your business is affected. Every minute that you have to remain closed can cost you thousands of dollars, so in times like these speed is absolutely crucial.

That’s why SERVPRO makes it our business to respond faster to any disaster. We have someone prepared to take your call 24/7 and can have our highly trained fire and water damage restoration specialists on site within four hours of that call.

We have the training, experience and equipment to handle fire damage restoration in any kind of business, from hotels to restaurants to office buildings.

Our technicians are trained in fire and smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery and fabric cleaning and water damage restoration, so you know that whatever comes up we’ll be able to handle it quickly and thoroughly. 

We also have Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, which is updated regularly to ensure that we’re always on the cutting edge.

SERVPRO’s Guarantee Gives You Peace of Mind

Because SERVPRO understands the need to move quickly when businesses are involved, we guarantee that we will respond faster to any disaster.

That means you can breathe easy knowing that your business will be back up and running as soon as possible. We also understand the particular complexities involved in providing restoration for commercial properties.

That’s why we use industrial strength, professional quality equipment to remove standing water, clean all surfaces and ensure that everything is thoroughly dried.

With the resources of a national network of over 1,700 franchises combined with the personalized touch of a locally owned and operated business, we are the name you can trust for all of your commercial fire damage restoration needs. We take pride in treating every property as if it were our own, so you can rest assured that your business will be restored to its pre-fire condition.

If fire strikes your commercial property it doesn’t have to mean that you’re out of business

With the professionals of SERVPRO in your corner, you can get your business back on its feet and be opening your doors to customers again in no time.

We do storm damage too.

Any questions or need help? 

Fire Damage Restoration Tips

7/3/2021 (Permalink)

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Vail is one of the most beautiful locations in all of Colorado. 

The village of Vail has so much to offer for outdoor enthusiasts, from skiing at the world class Vail Ski Resort to some of the best fishing you’ll find in the country in Gore Creek.

It’s no wonder that this area regularly draws thousands of tourists each year with attractions such as the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.

Unfortunately, all of the natural beauty of Vail doesn’t prevent it from experiencing its share of fires. When fire strikes, the residents and businesses of Vail need a professional restoration service they can count on and that’s where SERVPRO comes in.

We’re ready to respond 24/7 and provide the best quality restoration with our exceptional training and state of the art equipment.

Facing the prospect of restoring your property after a fire can be daunting.

Here are some handy tips that can help you through the restoration process:

  • Limit movement in your home to prevent the spread and deeper embedding of soot particles.
  • Keep your hands clean when working to prevent the further soiling of all surfaces.
  • Place clean towels or old linens over rugs, upholstery and high traffic carpet areas to prevent further damage.
  • If your electricity is off, remove all food from the refrigerator and freezer and prop the doors open to air it out.
  • Clean and protect any chrome surfaces with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash all houseplants carefully, being sure to wipe both sides of leaves.
  • Change your HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to prevent the spread of soot particles.

All of these steps can help to mitigate the damage and prevent soot from spreading even more, giving you a head start in the restoration process. 

Of course, the best possible thing you can do in these situations is to call SERVPRO and let our professionals handle the work. We have the necessary training to ensure that your property is thoroughly cleaned and returned to its previous condition and we’re guaranteed to respond faster to any disaster.

There are some things you should avoid doing, including washing walls, painted surfaces or carpeting yourself or cleaning electrical appliances and turning on ceiling fixtures in water damaged ceilings.

Safety is always first when it comes to fire restoration.

You should determine whether it is safe to remain in the house, taking particular account of any electrical or slip and fall hazards.

Only undertake restoration activities that are safe for you to handle and remember that wet material can be very heavy, so be careful when handling it.

Don’t assume you have to do everything yourself.

Call SERVPRO and let us handle the restoration process for you. We’re ready to take your call and send our trained technicians out to your property right away to begin the restoration.

With SERVPRO on your side, you’ll know your home is in the best possible hands.

Water Damage in your Mountain 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.

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 Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties at 970-949-3235.  When calling, be sure to have the estimated room sizes so they can calculate a price for you.