Recent Water Damage Posts
Should I Replace My Carpet After a Pipe Break?
In ideal situations, homeowners can usually clean wet carpets rather than replacing them.
When dealing with a pipe break in Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties, CO, it is likely that your carpeted flooring will be exposed to prolonged water saturation. Consider the following three factors when debating whether to clean or replace carpet flooring after a house flood.
1. Water Contamination Level
Any time flooding occurs in your home, the degree of contamination can be determined on a scale from 1 to 3. 1st degree flood water contamination is often referred to as clean water contamination. When water leaks from a sanitary source such as a sink or tub it is not contaminated yet but can cause structural damage. Rather than ripping up your padded floors and throwing them all away, attempt to salvage the carpeting. Pull back the flooring all the way to the padding and dry it out in the following ways:
Open windows for fresh air
Use fans to circulate air
Use a shop vac to suck-up excess sitting water
2. Amount of Exposure
After determining the source of the flooding, figure out how long has the carpet has been soaking in water. Even when a pipe break leaks sanitary water, the water's contamination level can change drastically with time. If your rug has been exposed to water for more than a couple of days the pollution may be considered "grey water" making it less sanitary. Carpeting that has grey or black water flooding may not be as easily salvaged.
3. Resources for Restoring
It's true, flood restoration may sound like a hassle after experiencing a home pipe break. However, restoring rather than replacing your floors can save you a lot of money in the long run. Evaluate the resources you have at your disposal and consider hiring a home water restoration company. These experienced professionals have the tools and experience needed to help you in your effort to save your existing flooring.
How To Know Materials Need To Be Replaced
Water damage can be costly, but repair can lower the expense.
A flooded home can lead to many problems. If materials in your home get waterlogged, you may see buckling or swelling wood. Water mitigation specialists in Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties, CO, can determine whether the materials can be repaired or must be replaced. Here are some of the questions involved in that decision.
Is It Saturated?
There is a difference between a floor or wall that is merely wet and one that has been completely saturated with water from a supply line leak. Some signs that your hardwood floors have taken on water damage include:
Cupping, evidenced by uneven edges
Bulging, evidenced by bowed shape
Buckling, evidenced by detachment from the floor underneath
Boards or other materials that are significantly damaged will probably have to be replaced.
Can It Be Dried?
Technicians will likely set up industrial fans or other means of increasing air flow to the flooded area. This drying process helps them determine what can be dried and salvaged. Slightly swelling wood that retains its shape after being dried may be able to be affixed or nailed back into place. Other items may dry on the surface but still remain warped or show lasting signs of damage. These materials will probably need to be replaced. If a large portion of the floor or wall is damaged beyond repair, it may be less expensive to replace the whole floor or wall rather than try to make new boards or materials fit.
Can It Be Cleaned?
If you have a leak from a clean water source, such as a pipe or supply line, technicians probably won't have to clean the materials to restore them. They can usually just be dried after water pipe repair has been completed. If the water has become contaminated, however, cleaning is necessary in order to avoid secondary damage. Once mold or other extended damage occurs, the affected materials will probably have to be replaced.
Certified experts can determine whether or not the swelling wood in your floors requires repair or replacement.
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
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.
- Determine if it is safe to stay in the house.
- Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
- Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
- 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:
- 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 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.
SERVPRO of Summit, Park, Eagle , & Lake: 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service
SERVPRO of Summit provides 24 hour water damage restoration service in the higher rockies (Summit, Park, Eagle, and Lake Counties).
SERVPRO of Summit, Park, Eagle, and Lake is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (970)949-3235
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Summit has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
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. 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.