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SERVPRO Can Handle Any Type of Disaster

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

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Disasters come in many shapes and sizes and all can be devastating. Nobody understands this better than the professionals at SERVPRO. From floods to blizzards to hurricanes and major fires, any kind of disaster can take an emotional and financial toll on a community. SERVPRO technicians have the training and equipment to handle all types of damage and restore your home or commercial property so it looks “Like it never even happened”.

Since our founding, SERVPRO has provided quality professional restoration and remediation services across the country. The Disaster Recovery Team has mobilized to support cleanup after major large storm events including Hurricane Irene, the 2009 California wildfires, Super Storm Sandy, and the 2013 Colorado floods.

Aside from flooding, there are other specific challenges that home and commercial property owners in the Summit, Lake, Park, and Eagle county areas may face. These can include snowstorms, ice dams, and wildfires. All of these can bring about water, soot, and smoke damage and may lead to even worse damage if not handled quickly. In particular, untreated water damage can lead to potentially hazardous mold infestation, which can easily affect an entire property.

Winter weather is a particular concern here in Colorado and it brings its own unique issues. Sudden, heavy snowfall is a regular occurrence throughout the winter and it can put a tremendous amount of stress on roofs as it piles up. At the same time, ice can also build up on roofs and gutters, causing ice dams that may trap water and lead to severe leaks.

Of course, storms can occur at any time of the year and serious thunderstorms may lead to everything from backed-up gutters to leaking roofs and in the worst cases, catastrophic flash flooding. Water can be much more damaging than many people realize and even the smallest amount of standing water can lead to major problems if it isn’t treated quickly and thoroughly.

No matter what kind of disaster you’re facing, you need to have a name you can trust to help with your cleanup and restoration needs. With franchises across the country, SERVPRO has been that name for many people. Our technicians have the training and equipment to handle all of your water restoration, fire restoration, and mold remediation needs and we’re always ready to respond 24/7 to get the process started as soon as possible.

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: The Industry Experts

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO has been the most prominent name in restoration for over 20 years and we have achieved that standard by being experts in the industry. Here at SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park, and Eagle counties, we are focused on the needs of our customers in the local community. We understand the challenges that the Colorado weather can present and that’s why our technicians all have the latest training in restoration and mitigation techniques so we can handle any type of damage, from storms, fires, or any other kind of emergency.

We believe there can never be enough training, which is why all of our team members are continually taking classes and receiving instruction and certification in the latest techniques. Training and certification are provided by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The intensive training program of the IICRC sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries, so you can trust that our technicians are truly the industry’s best.

We don’t stop with IICRC training though. SERVPRO also offers a range of in-house training for all employees, with everything from employee certification to a franchise training course. We also offer a variety of unique web-based programs with video presentations and support materials that are designed to keep our technicians and office staff on the cutting edge of the industry.

Because a disaster can strike businesses as well as homes, we also have specific training in the particular techniques necessary to address fire and water damage in commercial properties. This can involve large-scale water removal, restoration, and dehumidifying using industrial-grade equipment to easily cover extensive spaces.

Our training begins before each franchise even opens. All new franchise owners participate in a 15-day hands-on course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility that provides information on the latest techniques in fire restoration, water restoration, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and mold mitigation. This way we can guarantee that every franchise is ready to provide the best quality service from day one.   

With this kind of dedication, it is easy to see why SERVPRO has earned a reputation as the name you can trust for all of your restoration needs. With someone ready to take your call 24 hours a day, we’re guaranteed to respond faster to any disaster because we understand how important it is to get the restoration process started as quickly as possible. 

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

Water Damage: What to do?

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

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After your home or business experiences water damage, your prompt action can minimize further damage. It is essential 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.

  • 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 start the 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.

If you find water damage on your property, follow some of these helpful tips, and call SERVPRO of Summit Lake, Park & Eagle Counties to start the restoration process right away. We are a 24/7 emergency response.

Call SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties provides 24-hour emergency service and is Faster to Any Size Disaster in all the counties.  We respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Residential Services

If your home needs emergency flood damage, you can rely on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and can assist in getting your property to the preloss condition. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Biohazard Cleaning
  • Covid Cleaning
  • Sewage Cleaning
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

If water or fire strikes your commercial property. When the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services.  

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration 
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Biohazard Cleaning
  • Commercial Covid Cleaning
  • Commercial Sewage Cleaning
  • Commercial Storm Damage Restoration

Board up and Tarp your property with SERVPRO

11/10/2021 (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 lessen the damage, limit further property damage, and 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, more accessible experience.

  • Reduces additional property loss and liability: Thieves may remove essential belongings or cause unnecessary destruction, and their injuries could become your liability. It is not recommended to re-enter your home until deemed safe by the fire department or proper authority.

Contact SERVPRO of Summit Lake, Park & Eagle Counties for Board up and tarp if your home has fire or water damage. We can help; call us today at 970-457-1449. We are a 24/7 emergency response.

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.

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 Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle is looking out for you when you need it the most. Call us at (970) 949-3235 when disaster strikes and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened." 

Emergency Sewage Backup? Call SERVPRO

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

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Sewer backups obviously are a situation we all would like to avoid, yet it can hit at any time. When it does hit, you would agree it is a true and definite emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes. Our team of professionals has specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean sewage backups.

Water damage is classified by Category, depending on the level of contamination, and how it is handled is based on the specific classification.

There are three classifications for a water loss:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on the length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

Category 2: "Gray Water"

Category 2 water is contaminated. Examples include washing machine overflow, toilet overflow with some urine but no feces, or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses.
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated, and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Hour Emergency Service

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. Our team of certified SERVPRO heroes is available day or night and ready for any size disaster. 

Is your business protected?

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO ERP Program Protect your business with SERVPRO ERP Program.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40% of businesses DO NOT  REOPEN after a disaster, and another 25% FAIL WITHIN ONE YEAR. The United States Small Business Administration shows similar statistics indicating that over 90% of businesses fail within 2 years after suffering a disaster.

Most business owners focus on protecting their businesses from earthquakes, floods, and fires. However, the smaller incidents can be just as catastrophic such as burglary or water damage. These can result in immense losses due to damage and lost business.

What can you do to survive?

To survive, business owners must prepare for emergencies and take steps to prevent or, at the very least, minimize the effect of disasters. The first step is to be aware of the condition of your building. Document existing problems such as any wall cracks or plumbing issues and when repairs are made. As the owner, this allows you to keep up with necessary repairs and maintenance before it becomes a problem. This will allow your employees to stay calm and productive, knowing that the building is safe and sound.

The second step is to have a Disaster Preparedness Plan. Have copies of your Plan in areas easily accessible to all employees with a list of emergency contacts, shut-off valves for gas and water, as well, like any other important contacts or documents. SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle can help you prepare an Emergency Ready Program (ERP), which will contain the above necessary information at no cost to you. 

Why SERVPRO®? 3 Ways a Disaster Remediation Team Can Improve the Mitigation Procedure

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

3 Ways a Disaster Remediation Team Can Improve the Mitigation Procedure

When your clients have a flood, fire or storm damage their commercial property in Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties, they often turn to you as a knowledgeable source of information on a reliable restoration company. You know that the always open, 24-hour availability of a service team is important in managing the restoration process and saving many of your client’s business items. Here are three ways a disaster remediation team can improve the mitigation procedure with a quick response.

1. Timing Is Essential

When the initial call is made, the disaster team must move quickly because decisions about the scene, water removal, and area restoration often require quick and comprehensive decisions. You want the restoration service to respond to your call as soon as possible so that your clients don’t try to handle the job on their own and make matters worse. When you call a restoration company that offers an immediate on-site response with certified technicians, you know you can receive up-to-date status reports soon after their arrival.

2. Quick Mitigation is Important

A fast response is important, but so is quickly mitigating the standing water at the disaster scene. Experienced restoration and remediation service personnel understand that there is a 24-hour window before mold and mildew often begin growing in the wet environment. Quick mitigation at the scene can help prevent the growth of mold.

3. Restoration is Vital

Once the water has been removed, restoration can begin. Repairing the area can be much less costly than removing and rebuilding, so it is vital to dry the area out quickly and begin the final site assessment to look for any further damage. You know your client depends on you, just as you depend on the quick response of the restoration team.

Employing a knowledgeable team with a 24-hour window of availability can allow you to expect a quick response to any disaster scene. Choose the team that is “Faster to Any Size Disaster.”

Why SERVPRO®? The Professional Packout & Content Restoration Company for Your Home or Business

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO®? The Professional Packout & Content Restoration Company for Your Home or Business Our new FireLine Contents Restoration System

Why SERVPRO®? We’re the professional pack out and content restoration company for your home or business. 

You’ve had a minor fire at your place of residence or establishment. One of the many things that cross your mind is all your sentimental valuables. Everything is affected: your autographed balls, cards, and photos from your favorite sports team, your family heirloom, your framed picture frame that contains all your degrees, and the list goes on. Just ruined. Or so you think. 

When you’re faced with something as overwhelming and stressful as that, you need someone to come in to turn that into a stress-free situation. That’s where our heroes here at SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties come in. Our heroes save the day by making it "Like it never even happened."® 

When you have fire damage at your home or business, our team can properly pack out your belongings and perform the content restoration. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home or business and belongings with care.  

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties can conduct an organized, efficient move-out/pack-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Content Restoration 

If your belongings are affected by fire damage, we can restore them with content restoration. SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties’ expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to the pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

If you ever wonder why SERVPRO®, it’s because we’re the professional pack out and content restoration company for your home or business. We have specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment. We can quickly restore your home to the pre-fire condition. Allow us to take on your next fire damage job. Call our One Team MVPs at 970-949-3235.

Why SERVPRO®? We Make the Damage "Like it never even happened." ®

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

When a bad situation occurs at your home or business, such as water damage, fire damage, storm damage, or mold damage, it can leave you in a bad headspace. It can leave you feeling hopeless. But, there is hope. Your hope can be restored with SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties. So, why SERVPRO®? We make the damage "Like it never even happened." ®  

Water damage? "Like it never even happened." ®

SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties is your local professional water damage repair and restoration company. No matter if your home or business has water damage from an internal or external source, we identify the water source, get to the root of the problem, and solve it. Don’t allow that water damage from flooding or leaks cause you a flood of emotions. Our experienced and qualified heroes can get your property back to "Like it never even happened." ®  

Fire damage? "Like it never even happened." ®

Our heroes here at SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties specialize in fire damage repair and restoration. We are your local professional fire damage repair and restoration company. Our experienced and qualified heroes can get your property back to "Like it never even happened." ® We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Storm damage? "Like it never even happened." ®  

We specialize in storm damage cleanup and restoration here at SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties. When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. 

Mold damage? "Like it never even happened." ®  

SERVPRO® SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties is your local professional mold remediation and restoration company. Mold damage can do a number on your residential or commercial property. Did you know a mold infestation can quickly arise and spread throughout a home in 48-72 hours? Our team of heroes specializes in mold remediation. Because mold can produce allergens and irritants, you will want a professional who has training and experience to properly resolve the mold infestation. If you suspect that your residential or commercial property has a mold problem, our heroes can inspect, assess, and remediate your property. We fit the “mold!”

The point is, no matter what kind of damage you have, there is no job too big or too small for the heroes at SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties. We have the capacity to take on and handle ANY job. If you ever wonder why SERVPRO®? It’s because we can make the damage "Like it never even happened." ® When you’re ready for those kinds of results, just call 970-949-3235.  

5 Places Mold Can Hide

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

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5 Places Mold Can Hide

When it comes to mold growth in, Eagle, CO, finding mold in the home can seem daunting. Fortunately, a mold remediation service can help. Here are the top five places you may see these professionals look when inspecting your home for mold.

1. Around Plumbing

It’s not uncommon for mold to be found in places around plumbing. Most often this is because there has been a leak of some kind which can create a water damaged area where spores may settle.

2. Under the Roof

Professionals may also check for mold on wood in attic spaces, particularly in areas under the room where water damage may have occurred. This is why it’s important to have any roof damage repaired as quickly as possible.

3. In the Basement

It’s also possible for mold growth to be found in basement areas or crawl spaces. These areas are usually dimly lit and cool enough for condensation to collect, creating a humid environment. The installation of a sump pump may help with this issue.

4. Between Walls

The professionals looking over your home may also inspect between the walls for moldy drywall. Spaces like these can be affected by plumbing leaks, and often do not contain light which can create the dark space mold usually grows in.

5. In Flooring

Mold can be found in and under flooring. Water can seep between cracks or through carping and pool along the sub floor creating a damp space where spores can form. The use of mats in the bathroom, and rugs by the entrances of the home can help collect water and reduce these issues.

The professionals inspecting your home for mold growth, may look in several common places. This includes around any plumbing, under possible roof leaks, in basement or crawlspace areas, between walls, and even in the flooring. Once mold is found, these remediation professionals can remove if from the home.

How SERVPRO Can Help With Large Disasters

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Disaster recovery can be a difficult process, especially for small areas that have experienced major storm damage. Frequently, the local restoration services do not have enough technicians and equipment to handle the workload. Fortunately, larger companies, such as SERVPRO, do have the means to help regardless of the size of the affected area.

Skilled Professionals

SERVPRO's Commercial Large Loss Division assists smaller Franchises with storm response after large disasters. This division employs some of the most talented professionals in the industry. They have the skills and equipment to deal with many types of catastrophes, including the following:

  • Hurricanes
  • Floods
  • Wildfires
  • Tornadoes
  • Winter storms

SERVPRO's training school has been approved by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration. This means that SERVPRO technicians are equipped with the proper knowledge of effective, evidence-based techniques to handle any size disaster. Additionally, technicians have access to continuing education so that they are always informed of the industry’s current best practices.

Strategic Organization

Disaster recovery is a complex process, and for larger losses the process becomes even more intricate. There are many people involved, from the local government to individual residents and other restoration services. Therefore, the organization of the Large Loss Division is integral to the overall effectiveness of the teams. A highly-skilled operations manager oversees the process to ensure everything is done correctly and to facilitate communication between all parties. Additionally, the divisions are carefully located throughout the United States to ensure a team is available no matter where disaster strikes. The Large Loss Division frequently works with local Franchises, and the fact that both are part of the larger SERVPRO team ensures smooth interactions.
If a major catastrophe strikes Leadville, CO, a specialized large loss service may be needed to assist with the disaster recovery process. A large company with adequate personnel and resources is often the best approach to large-scale restoration projects.

Tips for Estimating Fire Damage

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

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Tips for Estimating Fire Damage

If your business in Gypsum, CO, has suffered in a fire, you may be overwhelmed. Recovering after a blaze can be daunting, but luckily there are experts available to help you efficiently rebuild your property with minimal interruption to your business. The first step you need to take is to contact your insurance company. Your insurance will connect you with specialists in fire and water damage restoration who focus on getting your property back to its pre-fire condition as soon as possible. Here are some steps they will take to estimate the fire damage:

  • Survey the damage
  • Add up the costs of lost or damaged items
  • Calculate the costs for repairs and restoration services

Survey. An adjuster will need to come out to survey your property. How much of the building was affected, the extent of the damage, and the current market value of the property are some of the variables they will consider. These variables apply to the structure only, so it's important to consider belongings and repair costs as well.

Calculate. You will need to add up the cost of items that are damaged or destroyed within your business. A professional restoration company can assist you with this process, as it can be complex. Experts in fire and water damage restoration have the training and experience to know what to look for and how to create a detailed estimate that covers the full scope of the fire damage.

Restore. Your team of professionals should work hard to quickly clean up and restore your property to its pre-fire condition. Some items they will consider include trash disposal, equipment rental, smoke odor removal, reconstruction costs, emergency services, and water damage restoration costs. Experiencing a commercial fire can be stressful, so you need to find a team of professionals who can get to work immediately and make sure you're fully covered.

Getting back on your feet after a fire is crucial to keep your business running. Find the right professional who can correctly assess all of your losses to get the best estimate and recovery plan.

Colorado Ski Country Mold Remediation

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Man in a crawl space underneath a structure. We specialize in mold remediation in Colorado Ski Country homes and businesses. Call us today for 24/7 emergency service.

At SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties, we know that every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution.

We are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and we will begin the mold cleanup and restoration process as soon as you call us. Our representative who answers your call will ask you a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel that we should bring to your property for the remediation.

We Get There Fast and Begin Remediation Immediately

In general, the mold remediation process will stay the same no matter what type of property we are servicing. Because we are locally owned and operate out of Avon and Frisco, Colorado, we are able to arrive very quickly to your Ski Country property and begin the remediation process almost immediately.

See the steps listed below to learn more about our mold remediation process.

  1. Step 1: Inspection and Damage Assessment – We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.
  2. Step 2: Mold Containment – Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.
  3. Step 3: Air Filtration – Our specialized filtration equipment allows our team to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful air scrubbers with HEPA filters and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of mold spores while remediation is in process.
  4. Step 4: Removing Mold and Infested Materials – Our process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.
  5. Step 5: Cleaning Contents and Belongings – We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We’re also trained to remove odors using fogging equipment.
  6. Step 6: Restoration – Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. This step returns your home or business back to normal.

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What Is IICRC Mold Certification?

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Due to the fact that certified restoration specialists adhere to the strictest industry standards, many insurance companies choose to work only with t

Mold growth in your home can cause serious damage. Fortunately, there are certified mold specialists that can help you with the restoration process.


What Is Mold Certification?


The Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) publishes standards relating to mold remediation. They devise these standards in conjunction with experienced professionals, including:

Public health officials
Microbiologists
Restoration companies
Industrial hygienists

The IICRC standards address everything from removal methods and equipment to legal requirements. These standards are updated every five years, so they are always current with the latest science relating to mold removal. The IICRC assesses mold certification programs on these state-of-the-art standards, so you can be sure a certified mold remediation company has the skills and knowledge to do the job correctly.


What Are the Benefits of Mold Certification?


Certified mold specialists not only know how to remove mold, they will also let you know of any ongoing moisture problems you have that might result in future mold growth. These companies are aware of the best and safest fungicides available and have the knowledge to select the most appropriate one for each unique situation. Additionally, they will address hidden mold. Some companies only clean surface mold, but IICRC standards require elimination of all live mold growth. Because of IICRC's continuing education requirements, you can be sure that these companies are using the most up-to-date methods, regardless of when they received their initial certification. 

Additionally, IICRC certified companies are required to hold liability insurance, so you are ensured another layer of protection against accidents and professional malpractice.


If you experience mold growth, certified mold specialists can help you get your home back to normal quickly and safely. They will also do everything they can to help you prevent future mold infestations.

What To Do About Smelly Mold

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Mold mycotoxins Certain types of mold colonies can release a metabolic by-product called mycotoxins

You may know about mold, but you might not have heard the word mycotoxin before. As a homeowner in Vail, CO, this is probably a phenomenon you should become familiar with.

Why Does Mold Smell?

Mold is a living thing, so it does more than just look gross. Under the right conditions of moisture and temperature, certain types of mold colonies can release a metabolic by-product called mycotoxins, or toxigenic particles, that can be harmful to both humans and animals. You are usually alerted to their presence by a musty odor. Some common types of mycotoxin are:

  • Aflatoxin, usually produced by aspergillus fungi and often found on products from the tropics
  • Ochratoxin, usually produced by aspergillus or penicillum fungi and often contaminates beer, wine and fruit
  • Citrinin, usually produced by penicillum and used to make cheese
  • Fusarium, usually produced by fusarium fungi and often effects wheats and grains

How To Remove the Smell

Removing the smell requires removing the mycotoxin itself, which is in the air. HEPA air filtration devices are good at getting the job done. In order to prevent more being produced, you should also remove the mold itself. If the mold colony is less than 10 square feet, you are okay to clean it yourself. If it is larger, you should seek out professional help.

If the Smell Comes Back

If you have mold coming back in the same place over and over again, you may have a water issue. Mold needs moisture to thrive. Depending on where you find the mold, this could be a plumbing issue. Have your pipes checked for leaks. If the mold is found in the basement or attic, it may be a matter of proper sealing and insulation. Professional mold remediation specialists can identify moisture sources as well as remove your mold for you.
Now that you know what a mycotoxin is, you know what you can do about it. Mold can be a fascinating subject of biology, but for a homeowner, it is also necessary knowledge.

6 Tips and Tricks For When You Find Mold in Your Home

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Moldy wall Very moldy wall.

1. Don’t panic. Mold can happen in everyone’s home, especially in bathrooms or damp basements.

2. Contact your insurance provider to find out if mold removal is covered under your policy. In most cases it will be, but it may depend on the cause of the mold.

3. It is beneficial to have the mold tested to see what kind of mold you are dealing with and to what extend your home has been affected.

4. Make any necessary changes to minimize mold in your home (caulk around water fixtures, fix any roof leaks, clean gutters, etc.).

5. Decide with your mold specialist whether it is safe to remove yourself or whether hiring a professional to provide remediation is a good idea. Once removed, retest your home to measure mold levels.

6. When you need a professional, turn to SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties! Our team specializes in stopping mold at the source, cleaning and decontaminating the affected area, and taking measures to prevent more mold growth. With state-of-the-art equipment and proven techniques, we restore your property to its previous condition. 

Are you a Mold Spore or Contaminant Carrier?

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Mold spores Are you a carrier?

While the cleaning equipment you use is inorganic and unlikely to cause such a scenario, the question remains: Should you regularly clean and decontaminate it, especially after cleaning such areas as healthcare facilities or the residence of a hoarder where pathogens exist? What about areas where there was a serious mold contamination problem?

Although medical buildings may not look dirty, most of their carpets, flooring, and furniture have contaminates that are easily dispersed by air movement caused by vacuum cleaners, dust mops, or even just being brushed against.

For example, it’s very common for families who escape from a mold-polluted residence to cross-contaminate their new place of residence to which they move by carrying the spores on themselves, clothing, and possessions. You can do the same by not decontaminating your equipment.

But, cleaning equipment before leaving a contaminated jobsite is essential. Otherwise, the vehicle you transport it in will itself end up with mold spores. Then, even if the equipment is cleaned back at your shop or warehouse, it can again become contaminated once it’s loaded back into the same truck—and you’ll carry those mold spores on to the next job.

If your equipment has been used where the flu virus is rampant, wash the surfaces with a general household cleaner to remove grime, then rinse with water and apply an EPA-registered disinfectant to kill germs. Be sure to read the label to confirm it’s EPA approved for effectiveness against influenza A virus. If a surface isn’t visibly dirty, clean it with an EPA-registered product that will both clean (remove germs) and disinfect (kills germs) instead.

If there was mold contamination at your last job site, wipe down all surfaces of your equipment with a disinfectant like Benefect or Sporicidin. Be sure to also replace the filters in vacuum cleaners and any portable air filtration devices before using them again. Recovery tanks on portable carpet cleaning extractors should also be flushed out and cleaned to remove any pollutants that were picked up on the worksite.

Granted, contamination may not happen on every job. And while air movement may scatter contaminates, that same air movement also makes it very hard for microbes to grow, including mold. Since every job is different, you’ll have to make a judgment call. But it’s a good habit to go ahead and clean your equipment after all jobs anyway. Doing so not only makes the units more presentable to your next customer—after all, who wants to see dirty equipment being hauled into their home or business?—but also ensures you won’t end up becoming a “carrier.” 

Mold Prevention in New Construction

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

a man in a white suite spraying green paint on white wood Mold prevention is a must when it comes to commercial property management.

In new construction of commercial or residential properties, mold can be a pesky nightmare. While moisture – and the potential for mold – is seemingly inevitable in some situations, there are a number of things that you can do to avoid a major mold problem:


– Utilize a condensate pump and drain, which is used to filter any moisture build up within duct work out so that within that enclosed duct work the moisture does not sit for an extended period of time and begin to grow into mold.

 
– Activate a dehumidifier, which is used to collect the damp, humid conditions within an enclosed area with little to no air movement that has no outside exposure (such as a basement).


– Use a ventilator system, which is used to filter incoming air and recollects heat from used air before exhausting it out of the new building/new home.

And, in the situations of mold growth, do NOT hesitate to reach out to the team at SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties –  we are your go-to for mold remediation!

Contaminated Water Damage: Why You Should Call Us for Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning up contaminated water can be a messy business, but the experts at SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties have got you covered.

When it comes to sewage cleanup and contaminated water restoration, SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties knows exactly how to help – safely and quickly.

Contaminated water should be considered very dangerous. For example, water from a sewer system backup is grossly unsanitary, which means it is extremely unhealthy to come into contact with. Sewer water can harbor multiple different kinds of bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness to people exposed. You’ll need an expert to help take care of this ASAP, and SERVPRO is here to help.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today (24/7 Emergency Service) (970) 949-3235

Keep reading to learn more about contaminated water damage and how we can help.

Categories of Water Contamination

Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean up contaminated water, and we’re the experts you want to call to get your property or home back to its original condition.

We will inspect your water contamination to determine which category of water the contamination falls under, and then we will plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

Our industry identifies three major categories of contaminated water:

Category 1: Clean Water

Clean water comes from a clean source, like a broken clean water supply line or a leaking faucet. Though clean water is not contaminated, if it’s left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or category 3 water.

How fast clean water degrades into category 2 or 3 water will depend on factors like time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

Category 2: Gray Water

Gray water is the next level of contamination up from clean water. Gray water has a significant level of contamination (bacteria and viruses) that could cause discomfort or illness if it’s ingested. Sources for gray water may include a washing machine overflow, a toilet overflow with some urine (but no feces), or a dishwasher overflow.

It’s important to know that gray water can quickly degrade into category 3 water if left untreated.

Category 3: Black Water

Black water is grossly unsanitary and can cause severe illness or death if it is ingested. All contact with this type of water should be avoided. Sources for black water can include flooding from rivers or streams (groundwater flooding), water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

Because black water may contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes, it is very important to avoid all contact with it and call an expert ASAP to help you mitigate the damage.

We Offer 24-Hour Emergency Service

A contaminated water backup like a sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. Here at SERVPRO, we are water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.

We respond immediately to your water damage event and can begin mitigating as soon as we arrive.

Call Us Today For 24/7 Emergency Service – (970) 949-3235

Always There When You Call: Why 24-Hour Emergency Service is Crucial in Water Restoration

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties at 970-949-3235 any time day or night for your water damage emergency.

At SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties, we provide 24-hour emergency water restoration services 7 days a week, 365 days per year – including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response from us anytime you call, day or night.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (970) 949-3235

Why We Take Immediate Action

Many water damage events require immediate action to be taken to find the source of the water and begin mitigating. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage, cleaning and restoration costs. Water is particularly invasive. That’s why SERVPRO arrives quickly and starts working immediately.

Our water damage timeline below will give you a better idea of how water damage affects your home or business – and more importantly – how quickly the damage can spread. 

Water Damage Timeline

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.

Within 1 – 24 hours:

  • 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.

Within 48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious 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.

As you can see, taking into account the information above, it’s best to call a water restoration professional as soon as possible after your water damage event.

Call Us 24/7 for Emergency Service – (970) 949-3235