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7 Tips to Prevent Spring Flooding

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 7 Tips to Prevent Spring Flooding A little preparation goes a long way to help prevent flood damage to your home.

Gutters

Clean your gutters and downspouts annually and inspect them for any leaks. Make sure downspouts are positioned away from the foundation. The goal should be to drain the water at least three feet away, using extension pieces or troughs if necessary.

Landscaping

Inspect the grading around your house. If possible, walk around the house during a heavy rainstorm to ensure that water is not pooling at or near the foundation.

Windows and Doors

Remove debris from window wells, and consider clear acrylic covers that will allow light to enter while keeping debris, water, and pests out.

Septic Tank/Sewer Lines

Spring is a good time to have your septic tank cleaned or your sewer line inspected. Heavy rain can overflow sewers and septic systems, causing a back-up into your house.

Sump Pump

Consider getting a back-up in case of power failure, either a generator or a battery-operated back-up pump. A water alarm will alert you when water is accumulating in your basement.

Foundation

Inspect the exterior foundation, as well as the floors and walls in your basement, for cracks. Depending on the size of the cracks, they may be easily repaired with masonry sealer or caulk. Larger cracks may require professional help. Keep all exterior walls of your home well painted and sealed.

Insurance

Review your property insurance policy and consider additional coverage, especially if you have a finished basement. Usually homeowners’ insurance does not cover flooding or sewer backups unless additional coverage is written into the policy.

SERVPRO of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any flood damage and restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184.

Durango, Colorado 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Durango, Colorado 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service We are here to help 24/7/365

SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan Counties provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service throughout Southwest Colorado.

SERVPRO of ALMS 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 understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. Our team of field technicians 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 Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan Counties

SERVPRO of ALMS 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.

SERVPRO of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any storm damage and restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

How Do Professionals Combat Odors After a Water Damage Incident to Your Durango Area Home?

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Do Professionals Combat Odors After a Water Damage Incident to Your Durango Area Home? If you are facing water damage in your home, contact SERVPRO for remediation and restoration services right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Provide Many Options to Combat Odors After Water Damage in Your Home

An incident of water damage can leave your home with a lingering smell that is quite difficult to eliminate. Thankfully, professional restoration experts have the tools, the technology and the knowledge that enables them to combat these smells with ease.

SERVPRO professionals will use some of the latest, state-of-the-art equipment to eliminate odors after a water damage incident in your home. Our IICRC certified professionals use a multi-faceted approach to eliminate both real and imaginary odors as soon as they can. Here are a few commonly used techniques that professionals use to combat smells after water damage incident.

Injection method
Small amounts of highly potent deodorant are injected directly into carpets and upholstery using a syringe and a needle. This method is especially useful if it is not possible to remove the carpet or upholstery. The method is also ideal to eliminate pet odors as well.

Direct spraying
SERVPRO technicians can use this technique to apply a spray of a deodorant solution directly onto the affected area. It can also be used to spray disinfectants in case of water damage due to backed up sewer lines as well. 

Wet fogging
Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) foggers are instruments that can create tiny particles of a deodorant dissolved in water or a solvent by a process called nebulization. The method generates a very fine deodorant mist that can neutralize even the strongest odors after water damage. The deodorant is in the form of a wet mist, and as a result, the process is often called wet fogging.

Dry fogging
The process of dry fogging is similar to wet fogging with a small difference. Heat is used in dry fogging to generate a fine mist of deodorant particles. As there is no solvent or water involved, the process is often called dry fogging. The method creates microscopic particles of deodorant that can neutralize the odor-causing particles no matter where they are located.

SERVPRO of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any water damage and restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

Why Cleaning your Air Duct System is Important

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Cleaning your Air Duct System is Important Before & After professional air duct cleaning.

Reasons to keep your Air Ducts Clean

The air quality in your building is important. Keeping dust, pollen, pet dander, and other irritants out of the air you breathe involves more than changing the air filter. What about the air ducts? Contaminants collect in the duct system too, and regular cleaning of the air channel is important.

Energy Consumption

Dirty HVAC systems consume more energy than clean ones. Older ductwork starts leaking and not only do irritants enter through cracks, but air escapes too. Dirty ductwork also impedes airflow that drives up energy bills as much as 20 percent. Plus, dirt stresses your system causing frequent breakdowns. Clean ductwork helps lower your utility bill and helps your HVAC unit last longer.

Smelly Air

If someone in your building smokes, that cigarette or cigar odor hangs not only in the air but in the ductwork. Likewise, if you burned something on the restaurant stove top, the smoke must go somewhere. These smells and other commercial/manufacturing odors collect in the ductwork and get circulated five to seven times per day, on average. Odors continue to plague your building long after you remove the offensive item.

More Reasons

Mold and mildew grow in your duct system especially if your building suffered recent water damage from flooding or foundation cracks. Tenant renovations and repair often lead to contaminants settling in your air system, and newly built properties need the air ducts cleaned before occupancy.

Call the Professional

Air duct cleaning is not an easy job. It needs special vacuum hoses and tools to reach throughout the system. This is not a do-it-yourself task.  

Another helpful idea is to buy a high-quality air filter like the ones sold at home improvement stores. Look for pleated filters costing around $15. Not only do these last a longer, these filters also catch more debris, including bacteria and viruses, before you breathe it in.  

SERVPRO of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any air duct cleaning service you may need.

Please call us at 970-259-6184.

Does Your Durango Area Home Have A Mold Problem?

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Durango Area Home Have A Mold Problem? Mold on a floor support beam

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

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

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

SERVPRO of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any mold damage and restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Durango , Pagosa Springs, Cortez or Silverton area home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan counties can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 970-259-6184.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan counties?

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

We’re dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

We can access the resources and personnel of 1,700 Franchises to handle major storms and disasters. We also have access to special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to catastrophic storms and events.

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan counties is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the southwest Colorado community. We are also part of a national network of 1,700 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Durango, CO
  • Cortez, CO
  • Pagosa Springs, CO
  • Silverton, CO
  • Bayfield, CO
  • Mancos, CO
  • Dolores, CO
  • Rico, CO

SERVPRO of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any storm damage and restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

SERVPRO Professionals are the Storm Damage Experts

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Quick Response and High Standards Will Leave you Satisfied after Remediation

When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home is followed by interior devastation from water and winds. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety provoking situation. SERVPRO delivers the help you need swiftly even when a local disaster is widespread as we are able to call upon a network of over 1,650 franchises nationwide to respond if the need is great.
 

Storm damage in Southwest Colorado can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind and flooding repair and restoration needs. Your particular situation is of paramount importance to us, and you need not worry that your repairs and restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues you face. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system, but our local ownership means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, efficiently returning your home back to its pre-storm condition just “like it never even happened.”
 
Placing your trust in SERVPRO for your storm damage needs will reap you benefits that less qualified companies simply cannot deliver. We use state of the art equipment to clean, repair and restore your home and in the process, we also restore your and your family’s peace of mind. Our technicians are highly trained and qualified, current in Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIICRC) for any procedure needed to bring your home back to the comfortable and comforting refuge you deserve. We also work closely with your insurance company, ensuring that all the work necessary is approved and compensated according to the terms of your policy. Our high standards and relentless drive to do the job on time while meeting local specifications means you and your family will quickly return to the quiet enjoyment of your house and neighborhood. We are not satisfied until you are happily back in your restored dwelling.
 
Once you make sure that your family is safe after a major storm, your first call should be to SERVPRO of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 and begin the road to recovery by scheduling an inspection with our storm damage experts.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

Protect your family from the dangers of Hantavirus in Southwest Colorado

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

How to Protect Yourself from Hantavirus

Spring is here and it’s time to start that spring cleaning. But if you come across mouse droppings you could be exposed to hantavirus. Here are some simple cleaning steps you can take if you find mouse droppings in your home.

 At Risk Activities

Certain activities can put people at more risk for hantavirus:

  • Dry sweeping or using air blowers to clean structures that are not often used
  • Working in barns or out-buildings
  • Living in rodent-infested areas
  • Occupying places that have been empty for a long time
  • Using bare hands to handle grain that could be polluted with rodent droppings
  • Hiking or camping in rodent-infested areas

Prevention

There are several ways of preventing hantavirus infections. Personal protection measures listed below will help lower exposure to airborne particles when cleaning up rodent droppings.

  • Do not vacuum, sweep or dust
  • Air out unused rooms or buildings that have been empty for a long period of time for 30 minutes by opening doors and windows 
  • Use a Wet Cleaning Method:
    • Make a disinfectant solution (9 parts water to 1 part bleach) or a store-bought disinfectant and follow the label instructions.
    • Spray the disinfectant solution on polluted areas and let it sit for 15-20 minutes before cleaning.
    • Soak sponges in the disinfectant solution and clean.
    • Place all cleaning materials in a sealed plastic bag and throw them away immediately.
  • Always wear latex or rubber gloves and protective respiratory equipment, such as a face mask
  • Spray dead rodents or droppings with disinfectants before removing
  • Place dead rodents and their nesting material in a sealed plastic bag before throwing them away
  • After cleaning, wash your gloved hands, remove the gloves and dispose of them, and then wash your bare hands as well

Protect Your Home

One of the best ways of preventing exposure to hantavirus is to stop rodents from entering homes or cabins.

  • Seal all holes large enough for mice to get in (dime-size or larger) 
  • Cover or pick up pet food dishes when they are not in use 
  • Store pet food in sealed containers
  • Cover all trash cans with rodent-proof lids
  • Use mouse traps where there is evidence of mouse activity
  • Remove woodpiles, old cars, trash and debris where rodents may live
  • Store hay or firewood at least 100 feet away from buildings
  • Cut grass, weeds and trim bushes within 100 feet of buildings

SERVPRO of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any rodent dropping cleanup issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

Commercial Fire Preparedness

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Preparedness A fire can break at in your commercial building at any time. Are you prepared as possible?

Commercial business owners everywhere know they must keep their fire protection systems up to code, but what happens when they don't?

A fire can break out at any time.  Whether it is faulty equipment or a careless employee, you must be prepared.  Maintaining your fire suppression system, as well as planning ahead, can save your business from extended closure and lost revenue following a fire.

There are many cases every year in which a lack of properly installed fire safety equipment leads to extensive damage from fires.  If your business isn't up to code on all of your sprinklers, suppression systems and alarms, your business could face disastrous consequences.

You also should address the issue that businesses don't always prepare for - employee fire safety training.  An employee who has been trained can avoid the fire hazard, and possibly even fight the fire, using an extinguisher properly. 

Next, it is best to prepare for the aftermath of a fire.  Call your SERVPRO representative and have them perform a FREE Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) and you be well prepared for a fire incident.  This ERP profile will expedite the cleanup and restoration services provided by SERVPRO. 

SERVPRO of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any fire damage preparedness or restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184.

Can we mitigate that mold? Yes we can!

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can we mitigate that mold? Yes we can! Mold can be hiding in places you wouldn't even see if you don't inspect your property thoroughly, but that's why our professionals check for you!

Where there's water, there is mold risk. Mold can not only affect your health, but it can also cause significant damage to your property. It is for the very same reasons that our SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties teams have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle any mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is unique, and requires an equally unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same to meet top industry standards.

Curious how we do it? Here are the basics for a "typical" mold job:

The mold cleanup and restoration process starts when you call us and tell us about the problem affecting your home. One of our fabulous office admins will ask you a series of questions that help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed to get your home back to normal.

Inspection & Damage Assessment

Our team will inspect your home or business for signs of mold using technology designed to detect spores and any hidden water that might be feeding the mold and growing it.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures are followed prevent the mold from spreading and to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to also keep the mold spores from spreading during the rest of the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Special filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores in the air. Our professionals use powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to further prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold & Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on a variety of factors, but mainly the amount of mold, and the types of surfaces the mold appears on. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments are then employed to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new ones from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, is sometimes necessary to remediate heavier mold growth.

Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Our SERVPRO pros thoroughly clean your furniture, miscellaneous items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. Our teams are also trained to remove odors/deodorize using fogging equipment.

Restoration

Depending on the extent of the mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. 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.

SERVPRO of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any mold damage and restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184