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How and Why Mold Grows on Bread

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on bread Bread mold is common and nothing to be alarmed over

Four Reasons Why Mold Loves Bread

Not every fungal occurrence needs a mold remediation expert in Grand Junction, CO. Food mold, especially bread mold, is a common phenomenon, and it only requires a garbage bag. Although, the constant and rapid molding of food can be a sign of a more significant issue. However, there are four typical reasons mold loves bread.

  • Ingredients
  • Porous Surface
  • Temperature
  • Light

Ingredients

While many people like to avoid bread because of the carbs and gluten, it is still food. Mold is a type of fungus growth, but it is also a living organism that requires nutrients to survive. Bread is a good source of nutrients because of the yeast and other common ingredients.

Porous Surface

Bread mold starts as a spore, and that spore cannot just set up a home anywhere. Mold spores need to root into a surface, which means the surface must be porous. If you have ever looked at a piece of bread, then you know that its surface is full of pours.

Temperature

Beyond nutrition and a place to take root, mold needs a cool space to grow. Many people believe that putting bread in their fridge will prevent mold, but fridge mold is very real. Placing bread in the refrigerator might actually reduce its lifespan and make it more susceptible to fungal growth.

Light

Mold is sensitive to light, which is why it prefers dark spaces. However, that does not mean you should put your bread on the counter or in the window. Drawers and bread boxes are preferred because they help limit the exposure to mold spores, which are everywhere. Although, you should also keep your bread in a sealed bag or container to further reduce exposure.
Bread mold is common and nothing to be alarmed over. Although, if you are experiencing rapid fungal growth on multiple food items, then you might want to call a specialist to inspect your home for signs of a fungal infestation.

Call in the Experts

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Preventative measures If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today- (970) 241-8181

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. SERVPRO may be known for its wide range of restoration services, but are also experts in cleaning/sanitation.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Areas with food
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

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Excessive Flood Damage In Grand Junction

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

“Like it never even happened.”

Excessive Flood Damage In Grand Junction Can Get Caused By Ice Dams

During the winter and spring seasons in Grand Junction, snowfall can become a weekly or bi-weekly occurrence. When the snow starts to get deep, several conditions can take place that can cause flood damage to your property. For instance, the snow can get so deep to where your roof cannot take the weight and cave in. Or, snow can build up on the outside of your house and leak in from your doors during melting.

Another incident that our SERVPRO technicians know that can cause excessive flood damage in Grand Junction is an ice dam forming. Ice dams occur when there is a variation of temperatures on your roof after it snows. If it stays cold outside after a snowstorm, ice can start to form at the edge of your roof. The heat from your house can then cause the roof in the center of your structure to warm up and cause the snow sitting on that portion of your roof to melt. The liquid H2O melting off of the warmer part of your roof will then get stuck on the ice block instead of draining off the side of the top of your building or going into your gutters.

Once the ice dam on the edge of your roof forms, it can completely prevent any water from draining off your roof. Therefore, the more snow that melts from, the warmer sections of your roof, the bigger the ice dam can grow. These large ice dams can then cause liquid H2O to build upon your roof and start to saturate your building materials.

Luckily, when excessive moisture builds on your rooftop, our team of experts at SERVPRO can handle the various problems associated with ice dams. We know that water leaking from your roof can cause you to suffer from your roof decking and rafters rotting. Ice dams can also cause huge icicles to form, which can cause you problems with your siding, shingles, and gutters.

If the ideal conditions for the formation of an ice dam ever exist on your property and you see one forming, call SERVPRO of Grand Junction at (970) 241-8181. We can help you restore your house to its preloss state, “Like it never even happened.”

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Fire Damage Restorers In Grand Junction Often Have To Work Towards Cleaning Oily Residues

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

Leave the dirty work to the experts. Call SERVPRO at (970) 241-8181.

Clean up can be Tricky after Fire Damage, Our SERVPRO Crews know Exactly what to do

You might not even realize it, but the majority of blazes that occur inside houses in Grand Junction get started by mishaps that take place while you are cooking food to feed you and your family. Out of the billions of dollars each year that goes towards restoring fire damage in residential properties in the United States, the majority of the causes are due to mistakes made by the typical home chef.

Most fire damage cases in Grand Junction are the result of residents leaving food cooking in their kitchen unattended. It does not take long for meat or vegetables to burn and ignite if you are not continually watching what you are heating. The problem with blazes that ignite inside your kitchen is that protein-based fuels can create a different set of issues than when other types of flammable substances get torched. Kitchens also create an added risk of an inferno lighting up because several hazards exist inside the room, such as the combination of heat, electricity, water, and grease.

When proteins you are cooking and the grease you are using to heat them burn, the smoke released can create different types of soot residues that can coat the surfaces of your contents and building materials. Professional restoration companies such as SERVPRO have crews that know that grease and food can create unique types of soot residues that adhere to all of the surfaces of your possessions and structural components very well.

When cleaning light oily residues, our SERVPRO technicians can clean them with water-based cleaners because the detergents can emulsify the soot and soils. Other oily residues can prove to adhere to surfaces too well to use water-based chemical cleansers, and oil-based products can become essential. The general rule is that like dissolves like, which means that the main ingredient of the chemical the restorer is using to clean must match the primary chemical component of the soot the detergent is being used to eliminate.

After you notice issues caused by a fire that started due to a cooking accident, it is wise to call in the professionals. Calling SERVPRO of Grand Junction at (970) 241-8181 is a good first step towards restoring your house to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

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Water Loss In Your Grand Junction Home

2/23/2020 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Grand Junction team a call anytime that you need us at (970) 241-8181.

Using Carpet Wands for Water Losses in Grand Junction Homes

Removing water and moisture from a damaged Grand Junction home after a water loss incident can involve many different tools and approaches. With carpeted floors being so highly absorbent of migrating water in these situations, how our SERVPRO technicians intend to remove this saturation is a critical element of the recovery process. During the scoping process and initial mitigation steps, our team can decide what extraction and drying equipment is necessary to restore and recover any property after a loss entirely.

With carpeted floors, removing the moisture is not a one-size-fits-all approach, much like every other facet of water damage to Grand Junction homes. With many variances and variables playing a role in the recovery of any property, it is essential to continually assess the effectiveness of both extraction and drying until the restoration has moved beyond these phases. For carpeted floors, there are many specialty moisture removal tools like weighted extractors, though one of the most effective machines for gaining control of saturated carpets is the light wand.

Carpet wands are a traditional tool for both water recovery and floor cleaning. However, in this application, the attachment gets connected to a powerful extractor either in the house – such as a trash pump or wet vacuum – or an exterior system like the truck-mount extractors. The powerful suction can help to remove large amounts of moisture from both the carpet fibers and the padding immediately underneath the top layer of flooring.

The use of light wands is not the only equipment needed to remove moisture and dampness from these layers of flooring thoroughly, but it can slow the migration of water damage. Also, the use of light wands could adequately prepare carpets for drying efforts with air movers when the padding is getting removed.

Water damage is a common situation for area homes, and having the right tools for the restoration of these properties is vital to save our customers time and money. When you have carpeted floors to recover, we can use light wands to help. Give our SERVPRO of Grand Junction team a call anytime that you need us at (970) 241-8181.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Grand Junction After A Fire

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

We have the equipment, training, and experience to restore your home to pre-damage condition after fire. We are available 24/7 so call us right away.

Packing out Contents and Performing Reconstruction of a Grand Junction Home with Fire Damage

Fire Damage Grand Junction

Sometimes a fire can burn hot enough and long enough to cause structural damage to your home. Electrical fires in living rooms often find an abundant supply of dry materials that can exponentially increase the intensity of the combusting materials. In these situations, it may be unsafe for you to re-enter the home, and temporary relocation is a necessity. Our restoration services are comprehensive and compassionate for homeowners who are temporarily displaced as a result of the fire.

We provide fire damage restoration to Grand Junction residents for any size disaster. Our pack-out services are available to residents who are unfortunate enough to experience a severe property damage incident. During pack out, our team of SERVPRO technicians can store information on your content using a digital inventory. These inventories help us to record the condition of possessions as well as their location in the home. Our team can enlist professional removers on your behalf to ensure that the pack out procedure runs smoothly.

Content fire damage removal during pack out is taken to a climate-controlled warehouse. Certains items like clothing and fabrics can be given special cleaning when at the warehouse. Esporta washing machines are particularly effective at restoring damaged fabrics because they suspend the fabric while mechanical washers provide water and cleaning solution. SERVPRO can incorporate deodorization of your contents during storage to ensure they return to the home in a preloss condition.

The advantage of a pack out for restorers is that we gain unrestricted access to the structure of your home. The roster of SERVPRO technicians includes those who complete a 10 hours general and construction training program. This training allows us to conduct reconstruction of the structure in your home without having to rely on a third-party. During service removal and replacement of materials is conducted entirely by SERVPRO. We dispose of any non-salvageable materials in designated waste facilities.

Experiencing severe fire is stressful. We can help ensure that the restoration process is calm and efficient. Contact SERVPRO of Grand Junction at (970) 241-8181.

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We Act Fast In Grand Junction When There Is A Fire

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

We have the professional cleaning products necessary for all our jobs and applications. We respond 24/7 to prevent further damage, so don't hesitate.

Commercial Fire Damage Crews Describe How To Clean Ceilings With A Dry Sponge

If an inferno ever ignites inside your Grand Junction ice cream shop, the problems could become excessive. Since heat rises, the flames and smoke coming from the blaze head straight up and can cause commercial fire damage to exist on your building's upper walls and ceiling. Once smoke rises and comes into contact with cooler surfaces like your ceilings, it can solidify and coat the surfaces of your contents and building materials with soils.

When working with you during your commercial fire damage project in Grand Junction, our SERVPRO technicians know that keeping your business running is essential. We also know that keeping a sanitary and clean looking atmosphere is vital to operating your ice cream store. If necessary, we can change the way we conduct our fire damage restoration procedures so that your company can continue its day to day operations. For example, if it is possible we can do the work processes overnight when your ice cream shop is closed so that our restoration procedures do not cause you a loss of revenue or affect your bottom line.

When dealing with soot residues caused by smoke, our SERVPRO technicians start with the ceiling and then we work our way down. Using a dry cleaning sponge works best when attempting to remove light to medium, non-greasy soot residues. We usually utilize dry sponge cleaning methods when we are working with porous surfaces that can get damaged if water-based solutions get used. We also sometimes dry sponge clean walls and ceilings before we wet clean them to get the majority of the soils off first.

Before we start cleaning your ceiling inside your ice cream shop with a dry sponge, we cover all of the contents inside your place of business with a canvas or plastic. Next, we use a vacuum equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air or HEPA filter or a brush to get the loose surface soot off of the affected building materials and contents inside your ice cream store. Then, we use a dry sponge with a pole attached to clean the soils from your building's ceiling.

If your ice cream shop ever suffers from a fire, call SERVPRO of Grand Junction at (970) 241-8181 24/7. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Certified Experts Are Committed To Restoring Your Grand Junction Home After A Flood

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

This garage experienced a flood and we brought in our dehumidifiers to dry out this space after taking out any wet dry wall.

Flood Damage Plus Sludge Needs Cleanup in Grand Junction

One of the biggest problems with sudden flood damage is all the things that arrive with it. A mere half-an-inch of the water has the potential to leave behind substantial loss in a home.

Technicians approach flood damage in Grand Junction properties with care. The water gets tested to determine any contaminants, including sewage, that may be present. This action allows the techs to choose cleaning agents with antimicrobial properties as needed.

Sludge is Not Uncommon

Flood damage water often does not arrive cleanly in a home. It picks up everything along the way, including dirt, debris, chemicals, and more. SERVPRO techs have experience dealing with the thick, wet sludge that coats everything it lands on. The techs remove the water using portable pumps or, in cases where a large amount of floodwater requires extraction, trash pumps make quick work of the removal.

Disposal of Contaminated Items

Unfortunately, many things floodwater saturates has no restoration potential. Items such as carpet and padding need disposal. Non-porous items often respond well to both abrasive and immersion cleaning methods with SERVPRO's exclusive professional-grade formulas.

Common Issues with Flooring

When large amounts of sludge-bearing flood water saturate a floor, it is common for tile and glue-down carpet to delaminate. They generally do not have restoration possibilities and require disposal. In some cases, hardwood flooring may have recovery potential if the cleanup efforts began quickly enough after the initial water loss event.

Common Issues with Walls

Sheetrock wicks moisture quickly, and to halt the damage, the techs measure above the water line and cut away the wet building materials. The removal of the insulation also occurs to open up the wall cavity fully for drying.

Prepping the Property

After drying the loss area, SERVPRO techs ready the property for any reports. Everyday actions include cleaning with sanitizing solutions and the application of antimicrobial products.

Flood damage cannot wait for cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Grand Junction at (970) 241-8181; the techs are available 24/7 to remove the water loss and restore the home to its pre-flood condition "Like it never even happened."

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Fire Damage Restoration In Grand Junction

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Fire Damage Restoration In Grand Junction Requires Controlling The Application Of Cleaning Products

Everyone knows that if an inferno ever breaks out on your Grand Junction property, the results can be quite devastating. Not only can fire damage take place very quickly once a spark inside your house ignites, but the problems created by a blaze can also take various forms. Anything the flames use as fuels can get entirely or partially consumed by the blaze. Sometimes, partially charred items can get refinished instead of being removed.

Smoke coming from burnt items can also cause you a different set of issues. During many fire damage projects in Grand Junction, our SERVPRO technicians spend much of their time removing soils and soot residues created by partially combusted particles or smoke. Once smoke contacts the cooler surfaces inside your structure, the particles harden and adhere to surfaces. Once these soils and soot residues are present on the surfaces of your contents and building materials, we can remove and clean them by utilizing a variety of techniques and chemical products.

However, sometimes certain cleaning techniques or chemicals could ruin the surfaces of items inside your house. For example, mechanical actions like agitation could strip paint from your walls. Or the chemical compositions of products used during the cleaning process could cause shiny surfaces to deteriorate. Therefore, our SERVPRO team always takes measures to control the application of cleaning products.

For instance, sometimes, materials are too fragile for methods that involve agitation. During these scenarios, our SERVPRO crew can use products that utilize absorption. Products like absorption powders remove soils and soot residues by absorbing them and pulling them off of the surface. Absorption products are often used with other cleaning agents that help break the soils away from the affected surfaces.

Surface cleaning techniques can also help keep the materials from getting ruined due to saturation. Products can get sprayed and then wiped to clean soot residues and prevent the chemical from deteriorating the item's surface. Foam cleaning can also be effective because less moisture is involved.

When restoring smoke-related issues, knowing how to control the application of the products so that the cleaning process does not ruin the item is essential. For help with cleaning soot residues, call SERVPRO of Grand Junction at (970) 241-8181 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Water Damage In Grand Junction

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Grand Junction at (970) 241-8181 for 24/7 service.

Washing Machine Hose Leak In Grand Junction

Many consumers never give a seconds thought to the hoses that connect their washing machines to the main water supply. These hoses can deteriorate over time with needle-sized holes allowing water to leak all over the floor. In many other situations, cracks in the rubber may appear and lead to a complete break down in the hose allowing water to spread over the room at full pressure.

At SERVPRO, we have encountered these water damage situations in many Grand Junction homes over the years. Often water spreads over the linoleum or tile floor to adjacent rooms saturating carpets, hardwood flooring, and even wicking into the drywall of walls in the rooms. Water sometimes leaks through the floor to rooms below, saturating the ceiling below.

What Should Homeowners do in These Situations
Verify that it is safe to enter the area and that there are no live electrical circuits that are compromised and could cause electrocution. Either shut off the main water supply or the tap controlling the water to the washing machine feeder hose.

Call for help
Removing water and moisture can limit the damage from a water leak to walls, subfloors, and furniture. Drying the home as soon as possible can also reduce the potential for mold infestations.

Water Damage Mitigation
SERVPRO can respond in less than four hours on a 24 / 7 basis. We equip our trucks with equipment to remove surface water and moisture as fast as possible to limit the damage water can cause. Drywall can swell and may need to be replaced. Subfloors made of particle board may absorb water, swell and lose structural integrity.

Never hesitate to expedite the drying of carpets and underpads. SERVPRO uses water extraction equipment to remove excess water from the carpet and underpad. Reduce moisture by deploying air mover and dehumidifiers strategically in your home to bring humidity levels back to normal levels.

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

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