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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.

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.

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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The Rulebook for Water Damage Remediation in Grand Junction

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can be overwhelming if tackled alone. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Protecting Carpets from Water Damage in Grand Junction Homes 

Carpets are a standard flooring selection in modern construction for Grand Junction properties as it can provide a plush feel and a great aesthetic appeal when properly installed. While these areas have a distinct magnetism for soil and debris buildup at the base of the fibers over even a limited use, this same attraction exists when disasters like water loss incidents occur. To protect this flooring, and consequently the rest of your home, you need to act on the situation immediately. 

While many have chosen to reach out to our experienced SERVPRO team for the water damage in Grand Junction homes, depending on the severity of the situation, this might not always be necessary. More than anything, we want our customers to have a comfortable and safe life in their homes, and so we want to provide some helpful tips that can aid you in recognizing disasters as they happen and working to prevent these situations from getting out of control. 

No matter the cause of the water damage currently threatening your home, our SERVPRO team recommends these actions immediately: 

  • Locate the source of the damage and determine the best solution for stopping a continued flow of water. 
  • The use of water extraction tools can often thwart the quick spread of water damage from one room to the next. 
  • Acquire drying tools like air movers and dehumidifiers from local home improvement chains. The placement of these throughout the affected areas of your home can work to eliminate moisture and saturation in the environment. 
  • Handheld tamping devices can force saturation to the surface for extraction with your wet/dry vac; these tools can also often be available to rent instead of the full cost of purchase. 

The objective should always be to protect the installed original materials of your home when water loss incidents occur. If the situation gets out of your hands, give our SERVPRO of Grand Junction team a call right away at (970) 241-8181. We have the tools and expertise to make loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” 

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Hotels, Commercial Buildings, and Homes All Benefit from the Grand Junction Area SERVPRO Fire Loss Rapid Response

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Safety First after a Grand Junction Hotel or Commercial Building Fire

Suppressant Cleanup after Fire Damage in a Grand Junction Hotel

Cleaning up after a fire loss incident in your Grand Junction hotel might not seem that problematic with full maintenance and custodial division crews, and with how quickly the fire itself was extinguished with suppression equipment nearby. The trouble you face now is cleaning up after the fire extinguisher, and the residue that this unit can leave on surfaces, contents, and other elements within the affected area. Even after you have achieved this, there are likely lingering fire effects that must still get addressed before your hotel can officially return to preloss condition.

As the management of a hotel in Grand Junction with fire damages, there are several necessary preventative and proactive actions that you can take to protect your property. Even shortly after the extinguishment of a fire, here are some essential time and money-saving steps that you should take:

•    Get Eyes on the Damage – Once extinguishment occurs, make sure that both hotel management and your cleaning crew have inspected the affected areas and determined the likelihood of restoration and recovery without professional assistance like our SERVPRO team.

•    Slowing the Spread – With hotels, multiple units and areas are always at risk when disaster strikes anywhere. If you cannot adequately prevent effects like odors, smoke, and soot from reaching your guests, you need to reach out to a professional service that can.

•    Limit Traffic – Even highly used areas that suffer fire damages can get bypassed under the right conditions, and you do not need guests seeing the compromised areas of your facility or spreading damaging effects to other floors and areas of the hotel.

•    Know Your Limitations – Even with anexperienced custodial staff, you might remain ill-prepared to contend with suppression residue and other fire effects. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to emergencies.

Consider possible negative reviews and feedback on social media platforms. By immediately hiring a reputable, professionally staffed team like SERVPRO, you immediately confirm to your guests that they come first.

Fire loss incidents pose a substantial risk to guests, employees, and the hotel’s reputation without the appropriate preventative actions taken quickly. If you feel the situation is out of your control, you can lean on the experience of our SERVPRO of Grand Junction restoration specialists. You can reach us anytime by calling (970) 241-8181.

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Revolutionizing Flood Damage Remediation in Grand Junction 

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Overflowing gutters are just one of the many issues you have to deal with when facing flood damage in Grand Junction. Call SERVPRO today for help.

The First Steps After Flooding in Grand Junction Homes 

Knowing what to do when disaster strikes is often one of the most challenging aspects of getting suitable recovery efforts started in your Grand Junction home. With misinformation and companies working to upsell you on products and services your house does not need, there can be a delay in the response that your property requires. This slower reaction can often lead to more considerable devastation when flood damage occurs, so it can benefit you to know what you should do before these situations arise. 

Flood damage in Grand Junction properties can present itself in multiple ways. Much of these variances depend on the way that flooding occurs to the house, whether through damages to the exterior of the home that water can penetrate or higher volumes of spreading water outside the house that finds a pathway inside. Each of these scenarios comes with their list of potential risks and hazards. With professional recovery, even our SERVPRO team would need to fully assess the origin of the damage to map out a plan of attack for restoring the property completely. 

As a homeowner, there are steps that you can take to limit the severity of these situations. If possible, your efforts should start with a thorough inspection of the property. If conditions have become widespread and out of control, our SERVPRO professionals can help. We have a full-service approach to flood damages and can work to quickly navigate the hurdles to return your property to preloss condition. We can also help with damage assessment, utilizing advanced discovery tools for moisture and dampness content reading. 

Another step that homeowners can take when flooding has occurred is to get the occupants out of the house and to a safe place. Depending on the severity of the situation, structural integrity and other hazards could exist, making it unsafe for your family to remain in the house. Restoration work can continue in the absence from a property to make it safe for the eventual return. 

Flood damages can be a traumatic experience for homeowners in the area, though our SERVPRO of Grand Junction professionals can help. Whenever you want to make these loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” give us a call at (970) 241-8181.

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When Your Grand Junction Home Suffers Fire Damage You Need Help From Our Experts

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Get Professional Help Restoring Fire Damage Throughout The Grand Junction Area

Testing after fire damage occurs in your Grand Junction home helps restoration professionals locate smoke residues, determine if residue remains cleanable, and differentiate between pre-existing or new damages. All technicians with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) use testing as their first action in any professional restoration.

Finding smoke residue caused by fire damage on the inside of your Grand Junction property can be a simple matter of observation. In many cases, we notice a clear difference between affected and unaffected areas. When a clear difference remains visible, your fire & smoke restoration technician (FSRT) moves on to determine how smoke affects specific items.

However, under some circumstances, smoke residue on walls and ceilings may not be evident from afar. Therefore, SERVPRO technicians use a dry, cleaning sponge on a small area to test for the presence of smoke residue. If smoke residue shows on the sponge, or there is a contrast between clean and unclean areas, smoke damage exists. The amount of contrast reveals the degree of damage and usually tells the technician which approach to take to restore the area.

SERVPRO technicians develop a method for testing early in their career, usually starting with surfaces closest to the source of the fire. A cleaning restoration technician (CRT) often tests areas with a heavy concentration of residues first, testing every different type of surface found in the affected area. Each surface type has a specific cleaning method assigned that provides the best possible results.

SERVPRO checks every area of the home, including those closed off during the fire. Smoke can easily penetrate closed areas, so we check behind closed doors, inside closets, drawers, and cabinets. We also test inaccessible areas whenever deemed necessary, as smoke and moisture can easily penetrate wall cavities, or under cabinets.

Get professional assistance restoring fire damage from SERVPRO of Grand Junction, today. We have emergency cleaning and restoration teams standing by 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to answer your call for help. Our team provides emergency services in Fruita, Clifton, Palisade, and surrounding areas. Qualified professionals offering, full-service solutions to homeowners throughout our local community.

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Let the Experts Handle Water Damage Remediation in Grand Junction

6/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can sneak up on you and be a mess to clean up. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

We can Save Your Furniture from Permanent Water Damage in Grand Junction

When your Grand Junction home's roof leaks, we make the mess go away, “Like it never even happened.” Leaks fro overhead can make ceilings unsafe if they trap water. Softened ceilings can sag down and hold more and more water with each rainy shower. Stains may or may not appear during such changes to your home's structure, although they are prevalent with slow leaks that continue for months.

When a leak comes through the light fixture in the center of a room's ceiling in your Grand Junction home, the spread of water damage becomes imminent. Furniture below can become saturated with the rain that passes through your home's upper levels and into your living space. Many times, we find this water creates discoloration and staining of household textiles.

Foam cushions and pillows easily retain water and can exhibit stains wherever water leaks out the lowest areas of these items. We can launder smaller items while tenting larger cushions allows currents from our air movers to dry them on all sides. We use in-house cleansers to remove water stains, which restores them beautifully. Brushes can also remove pet hair and plump up the pile on many fabrics.

When the rain passes through a ceiling but leaves it intact, we need to get the area overhead dry again and as quickly as possible. We can insert an Injectidry hose into the lighting fixture's hole after we shut off the power to the area and force air into the cavity this way. A bucket below holds any water draining off while we work on other aspects of water damage mitigation.

If portions of the ceiling do fall in on your furniture, we remove these pieces and pull out the rest of the affected ceiling. Pieces that fall onto wet furniture also leave dampened dust and pieces of paper and flaked paint. We remove larger debris and gently vacuum the rest. As it dries further, we again brush and vacuum now-dry dust from the surfaces. We give extra attention to recessed areas along seams and where fabric gathers near corners.

Homeowners in Palisade, Redlands, and Mesa can depend on the mitigation professionals at SERVPRO of Grand Junction to protect and restore your furniture after water damage events. A leaking roof can happen in both newly constructed houses, and in those called 'home' by multiple generations of your family. Contact us at (970) 241-8181, so we can make sure your property receives the attention it deserves.

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