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Grand Junction Problems with Water Losses --Many Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Do You Need Water Removal from Your Grand Junction Home?

A leak requiring water removal is an unexpected homeowner issue. A water supply line breaking in your bathroom is not catastrophic but needs to be dealt with right away. Trying to dry the carpet in a nearby room with old towels does not suffice in this situation.

For any situation requiring water removal in Grand Junction, the specialists at SERVPRO can help you right away. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Stopping the flow of water is essential. Depending on how much leaked, removing the water is a crucial step, especially if the carpet in your living room is soaked.

Safe and complete water extraction is essential for maintaining your carpet. Water saturated padding and carpet may present specific issues if not handled properly. In cases of clear water, such as from the bathroom supply line, the main concern is that the carpet backing may separate (delamination) or latex deterioration between the layers. In cases of gray and black contaminated water, it is necessary to remove the padding. In cases of black water, replacement of the carpet is also a requirement. The category of the water is tested by SERVPRO technicians when required to establish the nature of the liquid.

The team at SERVPRO utilizes extracting equipment to remove excess water. Large amounts of deep water require a truck-mounted extractor with a large tank capacity. However, for a saturated carpet, a portable extractor with a smaller tank is more effective in targeted removal. The technicians conduct multiple passes to remove as much water as possible and to preserve the carpet and padding. For the spillage in the bathroom, a mop and bucket may suffice. The key factor is not to allow hidden moisture to cause secondary water damage to the cabinets, toe kicks, and contents.

After removal of as much water as possible, air movement equipment is brought in to enhance evaporation of the moisture from the carpet and bring the RH below 50%. Dehumidification equipment such as LGR and desiccant units then finish the drying process to ensure the carpet is free of moisture. Our SERVPRO technicians measure the moisture content of the carpet with a flat-faced moisture meter to validate that it is properly dried. We typically clean and deodorize the carpet, restoring it to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Grand Junction is happy to assist you with water removal. We are here to help 24-hours a day, every day of the year. Call us at (970) 241-8181.

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What You Can Do About Water Damage in Grand Junction Right Now!

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

bucket collecting water from leaking ceiling tiles Clients with water damage should call SERVPRO to remediate the damages.

Water Damage Grand Junction – Call the Experts

Consumers and business owners are often overwhelmed after experiencing a catastrophic event. Many take several days to react sufficiently to the event. People need time to process what has happened and take action to begin the recovery process. While this is a perfectly natural human reaction, it is much better to call in the experts to help you deal with everything and get started immediately with recovery and restoration.

SERVPRO in Grand Junction has a great deal of experience with water damage recovery and restoration. Our crew chiefs are trained to respond immediately, assess the situation, and mobilize the equipment and people needed to mitigate your situation and reduce the amount of damage. Our technicians are trained and accredited by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, as well as the American Bio Recovery Association for bio-hazardous cleanup and recovery.

Working Closely With Clients

Our SERVPRO teams work closely with clients to explain the process and recovery steps needed. We utilize staging areas either at our location or preferably at the client's site to improve work efficiency. All of your items are cleaned and dried in place where possible, inventoried, and held in the staging area.

We are prepared to mobilize quickly. From long experience, we have learned that the implementation of water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers as promptly as possible reduces the amount of residual damage from moisture. Water weeps into flooring and walls if mitigation steps are not implemented quickly. Even document recovery is improved, although documents cannot returned to their original condition.

Many clients are amazed at how quickly our team can be onsite dealing with water damage in your home or office premises. Business owners especially understand that time lost while recovering from these events can affect the amount of lost revenue and customers.

Fast action can significantly reduce the amount and extent of the damage from water, floods, and fire in your home. We aim to return your home to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Grand Junction at (970) 241-8181 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Fruita, Clifton, Palisade, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Keeps Grand Junction Enterprises Afloat after a Water Loss with Rapid Removal and Restoration

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Flash flooding yellow sign--Go to higher ground When Your Business in Grand Junction is a Flash Is Flooded, Call SERVPRO for Black Water Removal and Drying

What to Expect from Professional Flood Damage Recovery at Your Grand Junction Business

Even though you know you need to call in the experts, it can be hard to give up control after your Grand Junction business suffers from flooding. After heavy rains, the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers can run high. Overland flash flooding is also a risk when torrents of precipitation fall. If your property is in the path of floodwaters, you need a cleanup team that has the training and the equipment to manage a massive influx of water in a commercial setting. We can help.

Swift and Sure Assessment
A project manager arrives as soon as possible after your call reporting flood damage in Grand Junction. We draw upon our training and experience in significant water losses to assess your particular circumstances and plan for swift and thorough flood water removal and structural drying. Our management team thoroughly understands how important it is to manage the mitigation and remediation of the flood damage with the least disruption to your day to day operations. We develop a detailed plan with containment in mind, doing everything in our power to permit at least baseline customer service activities to continue. Maintaining a presence during the disasters assures your clientele that you can soon be back at full capacity.

Fully-Stocked Service Vehicles
We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, arriving on the scene quickly and ready to work. SERVPRO’s signature green vehicles hold all the water extraction and structural drying equipment needed to get a job rolling. The response from our team can be scaled to the size of your crisis, with additional crews and equipment added if needed. Our technicians use strategies mastered in the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to begin floodwater mitigation as soon as the crew chief gives the word.

Flood Water Containment and Disposal
Because floodwaters contain significant quantities of contaminants, including pathogens like viruses and bacteria that can spread illness, the fluid must be treated as hazardous waste. Our team is certified and familiar with liquid waste contaminants and pledges to follow local regulations concerning its disposal. SERVPRO also uses EPA-registered disinfectants to treat the surfaces affected, ensuring your employees, customers, and the public are shielded from waste-borne pathogens.

SERVPRO of Grand Junction is ready for any size flood damage scenario and mindful that you, as a business owner, need minimal disruption during mitigation and remediation. Contact us at (970) 241-8181 to put a personalized plan in place.

What is the Best Way to Restore Your Flood Damaged Grand Junction Home?

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

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Mistakes to Avoid After a Flood Damages Your Grand Junction Residence  

Flooding can occur in Grand Junction because of heavy rains that cause surrounding rivers to rise unexpectedly. Floodwaters usually contain microbes, debris, and sewer water. Therefore, restoring your home after flooding is a little different from restoring it after clean water damage.  

The way you act in the hours and days following flood damage in your Grand Junction home can make a difference in preventing personal injuries and minimizing restoration costs. The following are the things you should avoid doing after a flooding incident: 

Waiting too long   

Floodwater inflicts the most significant amount of damage on a home within the first 48 hours. The longer you allow water to sit in your property, the more potential destruction is likely to occur to systems like your plumbing, wiring, and HVAC. The floodwater can also ruin your flooring, carpets, walls, and possessions. Hiring a flood damage restoration company like SERVPRO can help you avoid extensive repairs and save many of your items.  

Using improper cleanup techniques and tools   

You can clean up a small leak with household items like shop vacs, mops, and buckets. However, if there is standing water all over your property, cleaning it up is challenging. It can take you too long to clean up your home, and by that time, moisture and mold could have begun to set into your walls, flooring, and belongings. In contrast, our professional teams can extract the water, clean, and disinfect the affected areas within a short time. We have advanced extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers that can get the job done with the least amount of stress possible. Our technicians can also prevent contaminants from spreading to the uncontaminated areas of your home. Contamination can happen because of equipment movement, foot traffic, air movement, and debris removal. We reduce this contamination by using proper engineering controls like sealing off the openings or doorways of affected areas with 6-mil polyethylene plastic.  

Disregarding the small things   

When a house floods, the water seeps into everything it touches. Water damage may not be evident until weeks after the flood. Our SERVPRO restorers use moisture detection equipment like thermal imaging cameras to check for hidden water damage. We can open walls, flooring, voids, wall base areas, or built-ins to access pockets of saturation and eradicate unsalvageable and contaminated components or materials. Our technicians can dispose of hard flooring materials like tile, laminated woos, vinyl, or stone if contaminated water has migrated underneath the flooring to contaminate the subfloor.

Flooding can lead to severe destruction to your home. To avoid this, call SERVPRO of Grand Junction at (970) 241-8181 to get prompt cleanup services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Grand Junction Property, Prepping for Sanitizing and Rebuilding after a Flood, Now What? Call SERVPRO to Streamline the Process

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Road Flood Sign with Cars Driving thru making large Splashes and waves Groundwater from flooding in the Grand Junction area contains contaminants that SERVPRO can neutralize during storm damage cleanup and restoration.

Decontamination of Grand Junction Homes Before Reconstruction

Flood incidents vary in degree of contamination, but it is one of the first aspects that our team must identify about a disaster when we arrive at a Grand Junction home. The family and our team members could be at risk ifcontamination is too widespread and underappreciated, so cleaning and disinfection are vital roles of the work that we must do. Flooding can produce multiple consequences for your home, many of which can be hazardous to your health or the property without the appropriate intervention.

 Knowing whom to call to handle the flood damage in your Grand Junction home is a step towards protecting it during this stressful time. Our SERVPRO team can respond quickly to these emergencies, even in the middle of the night. We have the experience and a line of potent cleaning and disinfection products that can help to protect your property from the contamination threat that flooding can present.
 
Even in situations where much of the exposed materials are getting removed and replaced, the use of disinfection agents can still help to protect structural elements. Removing bacterial threats can reduce the need for controlled demolition and later reconstruction. We have many chlorine-based cleansers that have a strong effectiveness against contaminants and microorganisms, but for areas where the harsh cleaner smell can become overwhelming, we have potent botanical-based options as well. Often we can spray an antimicrobial product into standing water to initiate the extermination of unwanted organisms.
 
Having qualified and licensed contractors on staff can help to reduce the transition between mitigation and complete reconstruction. Controlled demolition techniques can often follow much of the extraction and drying efforts, which can give our SERVPRO team access to affected materials and structural elements.
 
Disinfection is a common element to flooding scenarios, as many of these circumstances stem from natural flooding disasters that can introduce contaminants and microorganisms to the house. Our SERVPRO of Grand Junction team has a renowned line of cleaning products and disinfectants to protect structural elements and reduce health hazards to the occupants of the house. Whenever you need us, you can call us at (970) 241-8181.

Our Certified Experts Use The Basic Principles Of Cleaning To Restore Your Grand Junction Home

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

A living room covered in smoke and soot damage from a fire Removal of burnt materials, smoke imbued content, and water removal is needed after a fire has devastated a room.

Fire Damage Professionals In Grand Junction Describe The Elements Of Cleaning

If a fire ever starts inside your apartment complex in Grand Junction, your building materials and contents could be at risk. Even something burning inside a unit close to yours can cause you fire damage inside your home. Once the smoke has entered your apartment unit, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Our team of professionals knows how to handle many different types of smoke and soot-related issues.

When first setting up a game plan to mitigate your fire damage in Grand Junction, our SERVPRO technicians use the basic principles of cleaning to figure out the best method to use. During this first process, we carefully inspect your entire building to figure out exactly where the smoke went in your unit. We then figure out what type of soot is present by assessing what the fire burned and other conditions that took place as a result of the blaze.

Next, we identify the type of surfaces that need to be cleaned. The kind of surface will negate what type of methods we decide to use. Then, we use the proper chemicals and cleaning methods to remove and capture the soot residues. Lastly, we properly dispose of the soot residues making sure that they do not spread to unaffected areas.

As a part of the cleaning process, we utilize the following four elements of cleaning when working with soot and soils created by smoke from fire damage.

1. Temperature

Heat increases the speed of chemical reactions in cleaning products. Our SERVPRO technicians select an appropriate temperature depending on the cleaning solution and the material being cleaned.

2. Agitation

Agitation dislodges residues from surfaces and distributes cleaning products across surfaces. We agitate surfaces by using towels, brushes, air and water pressure, and sonic vibrations in ultrasonic machines.

3. Chemical Action

Professional cleaning products work through several chemical reactions with residues and surfaces. We select the proper cleaning product depending on the action desired, such as dissolving, emulsifying, bleaching, oxidizing, changing pH, or digesting.

4. Time

The amount of dwell time needed for professional cleaning and deodorization products to work varies depending on the product and the type of residues.

If your apartment complex in Clifton, Loma, Whitewater, or Fruita ever suffers from a fire, call SERVPRO of Grand Junction at (970) 241-8181. We are available 24/7, and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Follows Proven Protocols to Restore Your Water Damaged Grand Junction Home

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Steps for Restoring Your Grand Junction Home After Water Damage

Water damage can make your life miserable. It wreaks havoc in a home within no time if not attended to. The first hours of a water loss incident are critical. If you experience this disaster, it is vital to act fast because water and moisture create a suitable environment for mold growth.

After you discover water damage in your Grand Junction home, it is essential to hire water restoration experts from SERVPRO to remove the water and start the restoration process. The sooner we arrive, the better so that the drying process can start. Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRTs) can help you avoid excessive destruction of your home. Our water damage restoration process involves the following steps.

Inspection
We assess the extent of the destruction and then use moisture meters and infrared cameras to detect hidden water in floors, ceilings, and walls. Infrared cameras provide a big picture of where the hidden moisture is, while moisture meters measure moisture levels. Our technicians use moisture meters to inspect the problem areas that the cameras display. We then come up with a detailed drying plan to remove the moisture quickly and effectively. If necessary, we can inventory the affected items and determine if it is possible to restore them or not. We can pack out inventoried items for storage and cleaning.

Industrial grade drying
We extract water from a building using powerful pumps. Our crew then uses specialized drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process. Drying is vital as it prevents mold growth that can cause additional damage. Our team carefully monitors the progress of the drying process and records moisture levels until Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC) is attained. Our technicians know the appropriate equipment to dry your home. For instance, we know that desiccant dehumidifiers are ideal for drying low evaporation materials such as hardwood flooring. We also grasp how to operate the equipment properly to dry structures and contents thoroughly. Drying time depends on factors like, the time that has elapsed since the disaster and severity of the damage.

Sanitization and deodorization
Once we complete drying, we determine if further deodorization or sanitization is necessary. We can eliminate odors using specialized equipment and processes. Our SERVPRO crew can use germicides and disinfectants to sanitize your home. These antimicrobial products destroy 99 percent of the organisms they contact on the surfaces where we apply them.

Repairs
After a house is dry, we inspect it to determine if additional structural damage occurred. We can then subcontract the repair work if necessary. Of course, the homeowner can select a preferred contractor.

When dealing with a water damage incident, SERVPRO of Grand Junction is ready to assist you in drying your home. Call us 24/7 at (970) 241-8181 for prompt restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

The Worst Part of Commercial Flood Damage in Grand Junction Biz Is Not the Water

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

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We can stop the water loss issues as soon as they start in Grand Junction.

We know when flood damage hits a commercial property, the situation is stressful on many levels. The loss of revenue for the time the business is closed for cleanup and restoration as well as any damaged stock counted as a water loss begins to add up for property owners.

SERVPRO helped a local real estate office in Grand Junction with commercial flood damage in over half their facility with a strong water odor which was unusual when we arrive on-site so soon after a water loss occurs. Our technicians inspected the damaged area and found the core of the issue was due to repair work done on the parking lot in front of the building directing rainwater towards the building rather than away from it.

While the property owner made arrangements for an immediate solution with the contractor working on the parking lot. To avoid further damage SERVPRO:

  • Set up absorbent barriers 
  • Sealed off the entry with a heavy tarp to stop any additional water from entering the premises

Our technicians removed the rubber backed slip-resistant carpeting and runners for drying and disinfection outside the work area. Water extraction went quickly as the property owner began cleanup efforts so soon after the initial water loss event. Upon scoping the property, we found very little water migration into sheetrock or within wall cavities, which did not explain the smell. 

When we work on a commercial property, we try to schedule as little downtime as possible for the business during restoration. In this case, rather than packing out the affected offices, we raised the desks on blocks and dried them in place. Once dry, there was still a noticeable, musty odor left behind. 

The property owner commented before the floods the conference room had a pungent odor, and both employees and clients commented on it. They had been unable to locate the source, and we used our thermal imaging to scope the walls and floor in the area unrelated to the initial water loss event. 

We were able to pinpoint the smell to a damaged exterior wall allowing water in over an extended period and showed the property owner the repairs that the area would require and gave him a written report covering restoration services completed and repairs needed to return the property to its preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Grand Junction is available when you need us 24/7 to clean up commercial flood damage. Call us at (970) 241-8181, and our emergency response team arrives within an hour because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How We Deal With Contamination After A Flood In Your Fruita Home

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

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Dealing With The Contamination In Your Property After Flooding Damages Neighborhoods In Fruita

Once flooding recedes from a house in Fruita, we can begin decontamination, a crucial part of the restoration process. Without decontaminating surfaces and absorbent, washable materials, your family could experience unwanted health effects. Microbes can infest your home because of temporary dampness and large amounts of available nourishment.

Contamination in a Fruita house with flood damage can also spread to the air. At SERVPRO, we do more than spray disinfectants on surfaces to kill germs. We also use machines to generate hydroxyl, which can kill microbes in the air. Hydroxyl is so useful but also safe enough for our employees to steadily work that, unlike with ozone, we can continue the restoration process.

For hard surfaces like the concrete floor in your garage, we spray an initial treatment on, and after a short dwell time, we remove any garbage, plant materials and other objects washed in on the flood. Then we hose it down to rinse it free of smaller-sized debris. After cleaning with mops, sponges, or towels, we apply another application of a disinfectant.

Outside, we also clean up your property to ensure no dangerous debris remains hidden that might harm your children, pets, guests, or others. This debris might come from your own home or neighbor's houses. Mud can cover some of this up, so we might choose to spray walkways and driveways down with a hose to clear the area.

Our building services crew might step in during our restoration work to board up windows that rising floodwaters broke. We do this also to increase your home's security and make things safer for authorized individuals. Microbes and pathogens are not the only threat to your house after a flooding event.

When non-porous items show contamination from flooding, we do not need to wash each piece separately. We can use our ultrasonic water-bath equipment to remove soils, oily residues, and microbial deposits. The process works rather quickly, and often removes stains, also.

After flooding of your Clifton, Palisade, Loma, or Mesa house, call SERVPRO of Grand Junction for professional mitigation, drying, restoration, and elimination of unwanted microbial populations. Our 24-hour services number, (970) 241-8181, is available every day of the year.

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Quick and Easy Fix to Fire Damage in Fruita 

8/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage remediation in Fruita can be a lot to deal with. Don't tackle it alone call the professionals at SERVPRO today.

Fire Damage Fruita – Entire Home May Need to be Cleaned

From a home owner’s perspective, all fires appear to be the same. There is much damage from the fire and also from the materials used to put the fire out. Smother grease fires. Combustion fires can be controlled with fire extinguishers if the fire is not too large. Sometimes the damage from controlling the fire is worse than the damage caused by the actual fire. Different fires produce various kinds of smoke residue which require specific cleaning techniques. 

SERVPRO technicians have experience in dealing with all types of fire damage in Fruita and surrounding areas. The different types of fires and residue are as follows: 

  • Fast-burning hot fires often produce dry smoke residue. The residue from these types of fires are easier to clean; however, there can be more fire damage since this is a fast-moving fire.
  • Smoldering fires usually produce a wet smoke residue.  Often the residue is contained to the fire area since it burns slowly. It can be difficult to clean materials if the hot oily residue comes in contact with them. Restoral of many items can be difficult, especially plastics, which can become discolored.
  • Kitchen fires that burn meat produce protein smoke residue. Although only slight discoloration may occur, the odor can be quite strong. Usually, everything in the house must be cleaned to remove the odor
  • A malfunctioning fuel oil furnace, cracks in the heat exchanger or inadequate ventilation can spread fuel oil smoke residue throughout the house. The forced air furnace system often spreads the residue throughout the house. The gray or black greasy residue can usually be removed; however, technicians are conscientious about avoiding scratching surfaces if the residue is crusty.

The SERVPRO team assesses every fire damage situation before beginning the cleaning and restoration of your home. We take the type of fire into account and the amount of damage caused by the fire control activities of the fire department. We discuss the options for cleaning your home. Specifically, those items that can be recovered/restored vs. those that cannot. We are here to help and return your home to its original condition as quickly as possible. 

Call SERVPRO of Grand Junction at (970) 241-8181 for 24/7 service. We serve Clifton, Palisade, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster in your area. 

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