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Rescuing the Unsalvageable

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Rescuing the Unsalvageable The true hero from the recent fire in Pagosa being restored to its' loveable state!

In our busy lives, we easily become consumed in our daily routine, often losing sight of what is truly important. It can sometimes take a significant event to bring us back into focus. That is why SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co’s appreciate the moments that make us pause, allowing us to recognize how we can truly make a difference.

Recently, the town of Pagosa Springs suffered a major fire loss. This commercial structure housed a number of businesses, all of which were displaced—some temporarily closing, and some fortunately relocating other facilities. SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co’s were contacted to help with the clean-up. Initially, we were focused on the processes involved with the mitigation: from the numerous levels of asbestos testing, the required state approval before ANY movement of debris, to the coordination of the machinery and drivers needed to transport debris to the disposal site.

In the midst of this process, a man, Lee, approached the Owner of SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co’s saying that on that particular day, we were moving the debris where his office used to be. Lee explained that he was a counselor who worked mainly with children, and had an item of significance that he was hoping had survived the fire—a big stuffed bear that offered comfort and security as he guided these children through their troubles. Always more than willing to help, Owner, Keith Harlan, guided Lee through the debris field, digging in search of this much needed object. Eventually, the bear surfaced—covered in soot, black, dirty and far from the soft, white, fluffy bear it once was. Lee’s disappointment was evident, thinking it unsalvageable and soon to be discarded. 

However, SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co’s always accepts a challenge and offered to bring the bear to our shop for some much needed TLC. Keith delivered the bear to our Content Specialist, Jennifer Nix, who went straight to work after hearing the story, excited to use some of her magic for such a special purpose. After some scrubbing with specialty SERVPRO cleaning products and a cycle through our commercial grade Esporta Wash System, the results were amazing!! We were honored to help restore this bear—contributing to the vital purpose of providing much needed love, support, and comfort in difficult times.

Thank you, Lee, for reminding us of what is truly important—it was our privilege to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Call us today for whatever disaster that may happen – (970) 259-6184 – We are here to help!!

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service for Durango and Surrounding Areas

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service for Durango and Surrounding Areas Drying equipment in place after water loss. Water came from above and flooring had to be removed.

SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co's 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) 259-6184


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 Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co's 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 Co's


SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co's 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.



  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician

  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

  • CDS - Commercial Drying Specialist

  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician

  • OCT - Odor Control Technician

  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

  • IICRC Certified Firm

  • CBI - Certified Colorado Asbestos Building Inspector

  • ACF - Asbestos Consulting Firm

Professional Carpet Cleaning for Houseboats at Lake Navajo!

10/6/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Professional Carpet Cleaning for Houseboats at Lake Navajo! Our "floating" carpet cleaning machine!

Identifying a Need –

SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co.’s is always looking for ways to provide much needed services for residents in the Four Corners area.  As you may know, Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico is home to the beautiful 25-mile long Lake Navajo.  And what is a common fixture on a lake of this size?  BOATS, of course!!

It occurred to us here at SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co.’s that many of these boats would have carpets, and well…carpets DO benefit from regular cleaning.  Smaller boats can be trailered and taken out of the water to a Qualified Carpet Cleaner, but how often is a HOUSEBOAT able to have the advantage of a professional grade cleaning?

Setting Sail on New Adventures –

After contacting several houseboat owners and hearing a resounding “YES!!” when asked if they would be interested in not only the ability to have their carpets professionally cleaned, but also any upholstery, we set our sights on how we would be able to make this happen.  The owner of SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan Co.’s procured the use of a barge from one of the marinas.  We brought down our trailer containing our Truck Mount Extraction unit used to deliver our quality carpet cleaning.  The marina helped us with the use of their fork lift and we placed our trailer onto the barge, making it a floatable carpet cleaning machine!!  We cleaned a multitude of boats over the next several days, and all of our customers were pleased with the results.  Definitely a worthwhile experience for all involved.

SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co.’s was able to not only provide a much needed service for our Four Corners residents, we had a fun time doing it!!  Check out our Facebook page for more photos.  We love to face challenges head on, and figure out a solution.  This was definitely one of a kind, and we look forward to next year when we can do it again….

Call us today for ANY Carpet Cleaning Needs – (970) 259-6184

Smoke Alarms DO Save Lives in Southwest Colorado

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Alarms DO Save Lives in Southwest Colorado Make sure YOUR smoke alarm is effectively operating on a regular basis!

Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives and, when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.*

The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees, or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.

Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance. For more on emergency preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co's.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement
  •  Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps," the battery is low and should be replaced right away
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old

JUST THE FACTS: 

  • Three out of five fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or when the alarms are not working
  •  Smoke alarm failures usually result from missing, disconnected, or dead batteries
  • More than one-third (37 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present
  • The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms

Even if a fire should occur in your Southwest Colorado home, call SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co's for any assistance you may need - (970) 259-6184

*Statistics and tips provided by National Fire Prevention Association

Popcorn Ceiling Texture and Asbestos

8/25/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard Popcorn Ceiling Texture and Asbestos Close up of the texture in a popcorn ceiling

Removing popcorn ceiling texture seems to be one of the first projects new home buyers want to take on after purchasing their new home these days. There is plenty of information out on the web (from YoutTube to Pinterest) on how to remove popcorn textures but little information about the asbestos associated with it. 

Asbestos was used prevalently in popcorn ceiling texturing in homes built before the 1980's and is found often during inspections. Because popcorn texturing is highly friable (can be turned to dust via hand pressure), it is very important to obtain an asbestos inspection before working with this material.  SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co's is a certified Asbestos Consulting Firm able to help with these inspection needs.

A minimum of three or more samples will be taken to properly inspect the ceiling textures for asbestos.  Samples can than be scraped directly into a sealable polyethylene bag and sent to a laboratory for sampling. With two state certified Colorado Asbestos Building Inspectors as part of our staff, SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co's will handle the sampling process for you.

Asbestos containing popcorn texturing should be removed by a state certified asbestos abatement contractor according to all state and federal regulations.  SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co's can also help coordinate these services for you.

Call today with any of your questions or concerns regarding asbestos - (970) 259-6184

Concerns with Mold in your Four Corners Area home?

6/23/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Concerns with Mold in your Four Corners Area home? Intrusion of water into your home can result in mold growth

From The Ordinary....

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment.  In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified.  

Fungi produce some very useful results.  Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages.  The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold.  An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold.

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful.  Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

To The Unhealthy...

Intrusion of water into your Four Corners Area home can result in mold growth.  Water intrusions can be a result of storm damage, plumbing failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control.  When these intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.  Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments.  If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.  Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.  Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

Take Precautions

The Professionals at SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co’s handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.  Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time.  If your Four Corners Area property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly.  If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

·          The presence of visible mold.

·          Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.

·          Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.

·          Excessive humidity.

Help is Here!! 

If you think you might have a mold problem, the Professionals at SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co’s are here to make it “Like it never even happened."

Call us today at (970) 259-6184 for any Mold concerns 

Need help with Asbestos?

6/9/2016 (Permalink)

General Need help with Asbestos? Owner, Keith Harlan, and Production Manager, Zac Fosco - Certified Colorado Building Inspectors

Did you know.....

The state of Colorado adheres to strict guidelines due to CO Reg 8 when it comes to the handling of ANY asbestos containing materials (ACM). In the state of Colorado, anything over 32 square feet of material MUST be sampled prior to demolition. 

SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co's is a certified Asbestos Consulting Firm. Our owner, Keith Harlan, and Production Manager, Zac Fosco, recently attended an annual certification class to maintain their status as certified Colorado Building Inspectors which allows them to assess and collect any potential ACM.

These certifications are maintained by SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co's in order to protect the health and safety of all residents in Southwest Colorado.

Call us today for any Asbestos needs - (970) 259-6184

For Immediate Service in the Four Corners, Call SERVPRO

6/2/2016 (Permalink)

General For Immediate Service in the Four Corners, Call SERVPRO Four Corners Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co's provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in the Four Corners area. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

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

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (970) 259-6184

Residential Services

Whether your Four Corners area home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

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

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So 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

Faster to your Four Corners Water Damage Event

5/26/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage  Faster to your Four Corners Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co's provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in the Four Corners area

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co's provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co's arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (970) 259-6184

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.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • 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.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • 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.

About SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co's 

SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co's 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.

Durango Area Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/20/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Durango Area Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your La Plata County Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, & San Juan Co's will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (970) 259-6184