Recent Water Damage Posts

Household Appliances That Can Cause Water Damage

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage caused by heavy rain is one thing, but the damage caused by your household appliances is often preventable. To ensure that your appliances are in good working condition, SERVPRO of Grand Junction highly recommends you get all your appliances checked a minimum of once a year, as well as inspect the hoses and connections for your appliances.

 The most common sources of flooding in your home include the following:

Washing Machines

If you find your washing machine leaking, don’t take it lightly. If you see leaks around the clamps in the water hose, stay alert because it’s a warning sign for future failures. We have experienced small pinhole leaks in a water supply line that have broken out into an all-out basement flood. It is recommended to inspect your water hoses twice a year and search for any cracking, leaking, or rusting on the washing machine. It is advised to replace hoses every five years, no matter how exceptional they look from the outside.

Refrigerators

Our SERVPRO crews have had to clean water damages caused by the water line that supplies an ice maker. When the water lines get damaged, they can leak or, worse yet, become completely unattached. For the defrosted drain, thaw the ice and then flush it with hot water. For improper sealing, examine the rubber seal that runs along with the door.

If you don’t take enough precautions, the ice maker can become a mess maker in no time. It is also advised to check the hose and water line to ensure they are connected properly every time.

Dishwashers

This household appliance has a supply line, just like refrigerators and washing machines. If a dishwasher water supply line was to burst, you could guarantee that your kitchen will be filled with water after a wash and rinse cycle. We have seen a dishwasher back up some of our more severe water damages caused by dishwashers. Backup typically occurs when debris has clogged the drain, and the water has nowhere to go but inside your home. Never forget that a dishwasher is designed to work for only 10 years. So, if your dishwasher is nearing this threshold, it may be time to consider replacing it.

Hot Water Heater

Conventional water heaters that have storage tanks are prone to corrosion, age-related wear, and mineral buildup. This can lead to a tank burst or leakage, and then gallons of water could be flooding onto your floor. It is recommended to inspect the water heater annually to minimize the chances of excessive water damage. It is advised to flush the tank every six months to remove the sediments. Be attentive and replace your water heater every 10 years.

 If your home falls victim to a water emergency, time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO of Grand Junction at 970-949-3235 for immediate water restoration assistance. We are a 24/7 emergency response.

Water Damage in your Mountain Home

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

  •  Identifying the source

Sometimes the source of water is easy to find. However, sometimes the issue is a pipe in the wall or a slow leak under the sink. Some signs of water damage are standing water, discoloration, musty odors, and in some cases, mold. Knowing where the water is will assist you in where to shut off the water. Some homes have a water shut-off valve in the home, and most homes have a main shut-off valve commonly by the street. It is important that whatever the source of the water is repaired or replaced by a professional.

  • Minimizing the damage

While we cannot plan for when a water loss will happen, we can control what happens after. Water will take the path of least resistance. Shut off the source of water from its source or from the main to your home. Call your insurance company and a water restoration company such as us so that we can inspect the damage and come up with and execute a plan to dry your home. It is always better to have a restoration company come out as soon as possible to start the drying process.

  • Time Frame

Remember, minimizing the damage will not stop the damage. Materials such as wood and drywall will absorb damage. Additionally, avoiding secondary damages depends on the source of water and the time taken to remove said water from the affected materials. Given that we can get to your home and start work promptly, our goal is to minimize any damage and necessary demolition in your home.

What To Do When You Discover A Water Heater

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Cartoon Man looking at a Water Heater Water Heater Discovery

If you have a leaking water heater, it can lead to much larger issues within your home. Even a small amount of water can harm your floor or surrounding walls. If you have a large leak, you may see quite extensive damage to your home. Here is what you need to do when you discover a failed water heater with a puddle surrounding it.

Examine the Unit
Puddles in the basement of your Vail, Beavercreek, Summit County, home can form for a variety of reasons, so be sure to take a close look at your unit to be sure that a leaking water heater is the source of the problem. Be sure to check:

  • Pipes above and around the puddle
  • Nearby floor drains
  • Cracks in walls or floors

Disconnect Power
With a leaking or broken water heater, you need to get the power source turned off. An electric water heater can be turned off easily by flipping its designated circuit breaker switch to the off position. A gas version will have an on/off switch on its exterior.

Turn Off the Water Source
If you have a significant amount of water leaking, it is important to get the water supply turned off as quickly as possible. Most water heaters will have a valve located above them. Be careful not to come into contact with the water as you turn it off. If you cannot access the valve safely, you may need to turn off your home's main water supply instead.

Clean Up
Any water leak in your home must be properly cleaned up to avoid substantial damage, mold, and mildew. Clean up water as soon as you can with towels, especially if it is in contact with drywall, carpet, or flooring. For a large leak or a long-term leak that has just been discovered, be sure to contact specialists trained in water damage repair to ensure a thorough cleanup.
Proper care needs to be taken when any water incident happens within your home. Keep a leaking water heater from causing immense harm to your home by following these tips.

Flood and Water Damage Repair and Restoration Services in Grand Junction, CO

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

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The destructive power of water is unlike that of any other natural element, yet so many people tend to underestimate it.

If you’ve ever been faced with a sudden surge of water, whether from a burst pipe or raging storm, then you know just how overwhelming it can be.

The residents and businesses in Grand Junction and the surrounding area are not immune to that kind of damage and that’s why they need a name they can trust for water damage repair and restoration.

For many in Grand Junction there is no one better to turn to than the professionals at SERVPRO.

When you consider the beautiful natural surroundings of the Grand Junction area, complete with picturesque mountains, ski trails and resorts, it can be difficult to imagine the threat of water related emergencies.

There are many thriving businesses here like the Aspen Science Center and the many outdoor activities draw in thousands of tourists every year.

Unfortunately, the winter weather also brings with it the danger of storms and flooding. As part of this vibrant community, SERVPRO understands the challenges presented by winter storms as well as other unforeseen water related emergencies and we’re ready to respond 24/7 to help get the restoration process started as quickly as possible.

We have cutting edge training and use the latest techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to tackle every water damage restoration job so that the customer can breathe easier.

Our restoration and repair process is thorough and we make sure to keep you informed at every step along the way so that you always feel a part of it.

That’s important to us since we go out of our way to treat every property as if it were our own.

With that in mind, while every individual situation presents its own unique challenges, we employ the same basic restoration process for each job:

  1. Initial Contact – The process always begins with your initial call. We have operators ready to take your call 24/7 because we know that disaster can strike at any time and speed is essential. We also understand that that initial call can be traumatic and stressful and we’ll do everything we can to make it easier on you. We’ll ask specific questions that will help us to determine the equipment and resources we’ll need to handle your job so we won’t have to waste any time in responding and getting the restoration underway.

  2. Inspection and Water Damage Assessment – We’ll have a technician on site within four hours of your call and they’ll begin by performing a thorough inspection of your property. We’ll need to determine the source of the problem and ensure that it has been stopped, then we’ll examine the water to identify the type and the extent of the damage. It’s important to understand that not all water is the same and the level of contamination can determine the exact steps that will be needed to complete the restoration. We’ll also check for any safety concerns that may need to be addressed before work can begin and we’ll move any furniture or other items to prevent rust or stains on carpeting and flooring.

  3. Removal/Extraction – Once the amount of damage has been determined, the process of removing or extracting the water can begin. If the restoration process will be extensive, SERVPRO can help you to perform an organized and efficient moving process in order to protect your belongings from any further damage. With the area cleared, we can then remove any standing water using submersible pumps and industrial grade wet/dry vacuums. Other equipment, including moisture detectors and hygrometers, can be used to measure the extent of moisture both on surfaces and in the air while infrared cameras are used to detect any “hidden” water behind walls or in ceilings. It is extremely important that every bit of moisture be detected and removed in order to mitigate damage.

  4. Drying/Dehumidification – Removing the water is only the first step. Once it is gone, we’ll use industrial grade air movers and dehumidifiers to ensure that all moisture is completely removed from the affected area and surrounding rooms. This part of the process is also important to help avoid warping of floors, walls and furniture. Using moisture meters, we’ll carefully monitor the progress until we are satisfied that the humidity and moisture levels have returned to a safe level.

  5. Cleaning/Sanitizing – Water can leave behind a dirty mess, especially if it is determined to be heavily contaminated. Once everything has been thoroughly dried, we’ll clean the entire structure as well as any furniture, upholstery, clothing or restorable belongings that have been damaged by the water. Our cleaning services are part of our “restore” vs. “replace” mentality, geared toward saving you money in the long run. Of course, water damage can also result in unpleasant and sometimes hazardous odors, so we’ll also use air scrubbers and fogging equipment to help remove any lingering odors while simultaneously applying antimicrobial, antibacterial and disinfectant treatments to sanitize all surfaces. We’ll also help to dispose of any items that you or your insurance adjuster deem to be unsalvageable.

  6. Restoration – Some repair and reconstruction may be necessary to complete the process of returning your property to its previous state. This may include drywall removal and installation, hardwood or tile floor repair, painting or carpet repair and installation. At SERVPRO, we understand that having one company perform the entire process can be both time and cost saving and that’s why we’re prepared to take you through every step with the quality services you expect.

Don’t Settle For Second Best

No matter what the cause, water damage to your property can be traumatic and if you find yourself dealing with this type of situation you want to be sure you’re getting the best help possible.

You might think you can handle bailing out and drying off on your own, but it’s always a good idea to trust the professionals, especially when you consider all of the potential dangers that water can contain.

The professionals of SERVPRO understand those dangers and we’re prepared to deal with them in an efficient and timely manner.

Our thorough, step-by-step process is designed to ensure that your property is fully restored to its previous condition and handled with the utmost care so that you can rest easier knowing you’re in good hands. 

We’ll even go the extra mile to help you prepare to file your insurance claim so that you can get the compensation you deserve.

We know that the immediate aftermath of an emergency can be stressful and that the healing can only begin once the restoration process is over, so we’ll be there with you every step of the way to make it as easy as possible for you.

 Ready To Make You Whole Again

SERVPRO always takes a “restore first” approach because we understand how important it is for you to feel whole again after disaster strikes.

But it’s about more than just restoring your property.

We’re part of this local community ourselves so helping our neighbors means everything to us. Restoring one part of the community helps to make us all stronger and that’s the most important thing we can do.

We also know how far reaching that water damage can actually be and trying to replace everything you lost in a flood or other water emergency can be an extremely costly prospect. In order to maximize your compensation, you’ll need to provide a thorough inventory to your insurance company, which can be an overwhelming job.

SERVPRO can help you there too by taking a thorough inventory as we go along, so that you have the basis you need to file your claim.

When water starts flowing it can be impossible to stop the surge, but you don’t have to be in over your head if you know who to call for help.

The professionals at SERVPRO are trained to handle any type of water damage restoration and make your property look "Like it never even happened."

So don’t feel that you have to battle the flood or its aftermath by yourself.

Call SERVPRO today and we’ll get you on the road to healing.

Authored by Chafika and James Landers

Certifications

  • AMRT   -Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD     -Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT     -Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP   -Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT   -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST    -Health and safety Technician
  • OCT    -Odor Control Technician
  • RRRP  -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT   -Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC -Certified Firm

Affiliations

  • ASBO
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification

Awards

  • Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness

Categories of Water Damage

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Types of Water Loss Categories of Water Damage

Not all water is the same when it comes to water damage in the home or office. Water and moisture can significantly affect drywall, plaster, weakening beams and supports, rusting metal surfaces, and more if untreated. SERVPRO of Grand Junction is professionally trained to meet IICRC standards to properly assess and devise the best plan for restoration of any water damage category.

Category 1 – Clean Water

As its name states, this category is from a clean source such as faucets, toilet tanks, or drinking fountains. This is the lowest and easiest type to deal with by drying out any affected material if untreated category 1 water can quickly downgrade.

Category 2 – Gray Water

Greywater has a level of contaminants that can cause illness or discomfort if ingested. Sources of greywater include a washing machine, flush from sink drains, and toilet overflow with some urine but do not contain feces. Clean up from gray water requires additional steps, including containment of the affected area and removal of materials that present moisture or damage. Category 2 can downgrade to Category 3 if left untreated.

Category 3 – Black Water

As the name suggests, black water is the worst classification and is grossly contaminated. This water can cause severe illness or death if ingested. Sources of black water include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth. Blackwater should always be avoided. Never try to clean up black water on your own as it can cause severe illness! Clean up from Category 3 water requires a measure of safety precautions for all those involved. This includes containment of the affected area and hazmat suits to protect the technicians from removing contaminated materials. Blackwater, therefore, is the hardest to deal with and the most costly.

9 Water Damage Prevention Tips Every Homeowners Should Follow

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

“Water wears away mountains”, so when it enters your home it can cause extensive structural damages, such as wood rot and mold growth.

But by regularly checking appliances and doing basic household chores you can avoid expensive water damage problems that can drain your wallet.

Don’t get flooded with repair bills. Be proactive and follow these easy water damage prevention tips.

1. Regularly Inspect Your Appliances

Any appliance or pipe that’s connected to a water supply line has a chance of springing a leak or bursting.

Since all appliances have a limited lifespan, it’s important to regularly check your fridges, dishwashers, water heaters, ac units, showers, and other related fixtures for signs of failure.

Other than a puddle of water on the floor, here are some other signs that your appliances might be on the fritz:

  • Sounds of water running even though nothing is turned on
  • Unpleasant odors coming from floors, walls, or drains
  • Reduced water pressure
  • Mold growing around the appliance

Because many appliances rely on hoses, worn out hoses are a common culprit behind water damage problems. Replace any brittle, rusty, leaking, or damaged hoses as soon as you notice them.

Hoses are relatively cheap, so this is an easy, proactive repair solution that won’t break the bank. You should use the highest quality hose replacements to increase the lifespan of your appliances.

2. Don’t Ignore Leaks

Water doesn’t like to sit in one place. It likes to travel, especially through porous materials like drywall, carpeting, and underneath floorboards.

If a leak is left untreated it can lead to mold growth, staining, and damage to walls and flooring. The faster you address a leak, the less damage there will be and the more likely it will be that your insurance company will accept your water damage claim.

If you have a leaking pipe, apply quick repairs following these steps and then call out a trusted plumber to inspect the problem:

  • This is a water supply valve on a toilet. Turn it clockwise to shut off the water supply.
  • Most water-based appliances have a water supply valve connected to it that allows you to shut off the water supply at that fixture without turning off the water to the entire house.
  • Turn the handle clockwise to shut off the water supply valve.
  • Turn on the faucets to release the remaining water that’s left in the pipe.
  • Wipe down the pipe and allow it to dry.
  • Patch up any cracks using epoxy putty. Wrap the putty up around the leaking area. You can purchase epoxy putty at any hardware store.

A quick fix like this can get you by until you call a plumber to apply permanent repairs, but you shouldn’t rely on it to provide long-term water damage protection.

3. Watch Your Water Bill

Many pipes are hidden in walls and underneath subflooring, making it hard to know if there’s a leak or not.

A 1/8 inch crack in a pipe (for reference, that’s about the size of your pinky nail) can waste up to 250 gallons of water per day!!! 

If you get an unusually high water bill, you might have a leaking or malfunctioning appliance in your house.

You can also read your water meter to check for leaks.

Most meters are located near the curb by your house and are typically located within a concrete box marked “water”.

You can pry open the lid by using a screwdriver or pliers.

Before you read it, turn off all the taps in your house. If the dial is still turning then that means you have a leak somewhere.

4. Consider Purchasing a Water Detection Device

A water detection alarm is a device that’s designed to go off when it’s sensor comes into contact with water.

Some of them even come with an auto-shutoff function, that will automatically turn the water supply off if it detects a large amount of water that has escaped.

Install them near pipes or appliances such as water heaters, washing machines, or fridges.

These devices can help prevent little leaks from becoming big water damage emergencies.

5. Know Where Your Water Main Valve Is & Turn It Off Before Leaving Town

Every homeowner should always know where to locate their water main supply valve is in case of a plumbing emergency, such as a burst pipe.

Turning off the main valve will cut off your home’s entire water supply.

The valve location varies on the design of the house. Check out these three places:

  • If you have a basement or crawlspace, the valve will be on an outside wall.
  • If your house is built on a slab, it will be located on a wall in the garage or near a water heater.
  • Your valve might also be located in the water meter box near the curb marked “water”.

If the valve is located within your house, simply turn the valve clockwise to stop the water.

If the valve is located outside your house, use a wrench or a screwdriver to pry open the water meter box. Use the wrench to turn the valve clockwise.

There’s nothing worse than going on a nice vacation only to come home and find your house has been turned into a water park.

If you’re going out of town, turn off the water main to prevent broken faucets and pipes from wreaking havoc on your house while you’re away.

6. Winter Is Coming. Are You Prepared?

Every winter there’s a chance of your pipes freezing, regardless if you live in a colder or warmer region.

When pipes freeze, the water inside them turns into ice and expands. As the ice expands, it creates pressure which causes the pipe to burst.

The pipes most susceptible to freezing are in the low insulated areas of your home, such as the attic or crawlspace. Check this area of the home out and see if you’re pipes are vulnerable.

If you need to add insulation, make sure to follow all directions and wear the necessary protective equipment, especially when dealing with fiberglass insulation.

If you have exposed pipes, consider installing insulation products, such as a “pipe sleeve” or “heat tape”.

During the winter, remember to keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to reach pipes and don’t fiddle with the thermostat. You might be tempted to turn the thermostat down during the night to save on heating bills, but this drop in temperature can cause your pipes to freeze.

7. Roof Maintenance

The roof is your main line of defense against the elements, so it’s important to maintain it.

Get up on the roof every 6 months, and especially after a storm, to check for vulnerabilities or damages.

Here’s what to look for: broken shingles, built-up debris from trees, cracked flashing or roof vents. Roof repair is not a DIY job, especially if the surface is wet or slick. In this instance, it’s best to call a storm damage repair company that has the proper safety equipment and licenses.

8. Do Your Chores & Clean Out the Gutters.

Nobody wants to get up and clean the gunk out of the gutters. We get it. But it’s an important chore, especially if you want to prevent water damage problems.

The gutter’s main purpose is to collect excess water off the roof and direct it away from your property.

When the gutters get clogged, water overflows down the side of your house or into your basement instead of away from your property.

This can lead to foundation damage, yard damage, and roof leaks.

You should clean your gutters once a year or after severe storms.

Get a ladder and use a scoop or shovel to remove debris from the gutters. Dispose of any debris in a trash bag or plastic tarp.

After you’ve cleaned out all the gunk, flush your gutters out with a garden hose.

9. Be Careful When Planting Trees

Know where major pipelines are located before you plant trees. Trees will grow towards the nearest water source and will easily break pipes apart in order to access the water inside.

There are companies that will mark the location of your sewer line if you don’t know how to find it.

Some tree roots grow more aggressively than others and are more likely to damage your sewer lines. Consult with a landscaper to choose a tree that won’t harm your property.

Need  Water Damage Help?

Preventing Water Damage is one of the most important investments you can make as a homeowner.

However, sometimes leaks unexpectedly happen and there’s nothing you can really do about it.

If you live in Grand Junction and need water damage help, contact SERVPRO at 970-241-8181.

Our trained Grand Junction crew will respond to your call within immediately to begin the process of drying and repairs.

What To Know About Covering Interruptions to Business

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

Air movers placed in a commercial building. Drying equipment in a commercial building Facility flood in Clifton, CO

Most people purchase various types of insurance to cover their losses due to a particular event. For example, homeowner’s insurance can cover losses or damages to your home in the event of a fire or other natural disasters. Flood insurance can cover your home or business due to damages from flooding, but as a business owner, what protections do you have to cover the interruption in your business in the same situation? If your operations in Clifton, CO, were halted after experiencing large water damage, how can you cover the lost income as you repair and recover? It is strongly recommended that you purchase interruption insurance coverage.

What Does Business Interruption Insurance Cover?

As part of a property insurance policy, business interruption coverage helps you cover loss of income as you repair and recover from damages due to flooding or a broken pipe. This coverage usually includes:

  • Lost profits that would’ve been made, usually calculated based on past financial statements
  • Expenses still being incurred, such as certain utility bills
  • Costs associated with temporary relocation (If you can relocate for the time being, your policy would cover expenses associated with moving and working in the interim location, such as rent.)
  • Costs to provide training and commission, including costs to train for use of replacement equipment
  • Reimbursement for miscellaneous operations costs above any fixed expenses during restoration
  • Losses associated with government-enforced closures, including curfews and location closures that impact how you do business during this recovery period

How Can I Lower My Interruption Insurance Claim?
You can shorten the time it takes to recover from flooding or other major water damage by reaching out to a team of professionals who can respond immediately with the right equipment and proven techniques. The sooner the water cleanup operations is complete, the sooner your organization can get back to work, lowering your overall business income insurance claims.

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

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Grand Junction Water Removal Is a Reason to Call SERVPRO for Help

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

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Grand Junction? Thumbs Up for SERVPRO Restoration Services

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 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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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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Call Our Water Damage Specialists To Restore Your Grand Junction Home To Pre-Damage Condition

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

For an immediate and preventative restoration service contact SERVPRO of Grand Junction at (970) 241-8181.

Avoiding Staining And Secondary Damages With Water Damage In Grand Junction

Water migrates rapidly, moving from wet to dry in the process. For homeowners, this process can be a nightmare as water migrates beneath fittings, underneath carpets or even inside wall cavities and crawlspaces. Often, the most harmful aspect of this process only comes to light several weeks after the initial water issue in the form of mold or mildew growth which requires professional remediation and a lengthy service process.

Our company has a leading reputation for remediating water damage in Grand Junction. One of the reasons SERVPRO is a go-to provider is that we understand that removing moisture goes hand in hand with preventing unwanted microbial growth. Our technicians are mindful of secondary damages, working to both remediate and prevent simultaneously.

Most permanent staining of paintwork and possessions occurs when the affected area dries naturally. It is vital to act quickly in this circumstance by calling in a professional. The chances of preventing permanent staining are far higher when possessions are still wet, which is why SERVPRO promise to arrive on site within four hours of notification of loss.

Our cleaning methods employ a range of chemical agents to ensure we are kind to different types of materials while still being effective against stains. Using agitative cleaning methods, we can tackle staining before engaging the drying process to guard your home against secondary damages caused by moisture pockets or damp spots.

To dry a property effectively, we may need to access wall cavities as well as the gaps beneath fittings and carpets. Our team employs injectidry systems to establish an airflow inside cabinets and walls. Your SERVPRO technician can access these areas by drilling small holes and placing injector nozzles into the wall cavity. We can then blast hot air into the cavity thoroughly drying it from the inside out. Doing so prevents damp spots from residing and significantly reduces the chances of secondary damages.
 
For an immediate and preventative restoration service contact SERVPRO of Grand Junction at (970) 241-8181.

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Is Your Refrigerator Causing You Water Damage Problems? SERVPRO Has A Solution

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let broken appliances be the reason your home suffers water damage.

Water Removal for a Leaky Refrigerator in Your Clifton Home

Any leak in your Clifton home can be a scary thing, especially since many times we do not even know there is water present until long after it begins. A broken refrigerator can go undetected since the fridge itself blocks your view of the floor and wall behind the unit. Unless there is a visible puddle, it can go unseen for a long time.

When this happens in your Clifton home, you could need water removal services from a professionally trained restoration company such as SERVPRO. If there is enough water to damage flooring and even leak down to a basement, you need help cleaning up the mess. Our staff has the experience and tools required to restore your home for you in an efficient and timely fashion.

SERVPRO techs can get rid of any standing water which is deep enough with a truck-mounted pump. Fans and dehumidifiers help us to dry the rest of the affected areas out so we can prevent further damage such as mold. If any drywall or flooring are damaged beyond repair, we remove these so they can be replaced with new materials.

If you find water leaking out from under your fridge, check the drain pan at the bottom of the unit to see if it is cracked or malfunctioning. It is normal for a bit of water to be present, but a significant amount with pooling underneath can mean the drain pan is not functioning as it should.

When that is not the issue, pull the fridge out from the wall and check the water supply line. It is one of the most common reasons for finding a significant amount of water on your kitchen floor. The water line is sometimes not leaking, but the connection of the line to the fridge is. Shut the water line off right away if you find it leaking. Other common causes of refrigerator water damage are ice maker condensation and leaks.

SERVPRO of Grand Junction is always available to help you clean up a refrigerator water leak in your kitchen in Palisade, Fruita, or Loma. Just make sure to reach out to us right away by dialing (970) 241-8181 so we can dry everything back out for you.

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When Odors Plague Your Water Damaged Home In Grand Junction You Need Help From Our Team

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Grand Junction understands that even after the water damage cleanup, your home may still have lingering odors

Water Damage Remediation And Deodorization For Your Grand Junction Home

A leaky kitchen sink in your Grand Junction home can create some big problems for you to deal with it. If the sink has been leaking underneath and hidden for some time, you have damage to the structure of the cabinet that it sits in, besides the cleanup of the water and moisture. There can also be mold growth and odor.

Water damage remediation for your Grand Junction residence needs to be done promptly. You can prevent additional damage if you call us at SERVPRO as soon as you discover the problem, as we arrive quickly once you alert us to your situation.

Once we have cleaned up the water mess and restored any damage, we address any odors that may be present due to the water leak. Sometimes, SERVPRO technicians need to use multiple deodorization methods to get rid of all the odors.

One method that could be used underneath your sink cabinet is direct spraying. Powered or hand pump sprayers are used to pump products onto the area affected. With water damage, direct spraying is usually used to apply disinfectants. Since this method wets the surface being treated, we use this method where discoloration is not likely, or it does not matter.

With wet fogging, solvent and water-based deodorizers can be dispensed by ULV, or ultra-low volume foggers, which generate little deodorant or particles. The particles penetrate most areas where odor particles hide.

A high-velocity exhaust fan can also be used so we can ventilate your structure both before and after deodorization. These high-velocity fans quickly ventilate buildings and shorten the length of time needed before allowing you to return to your home as usual after the deodorization.

Air scrubbers remove airborne particles, plus chemicals and odors from the air. The device draws the dirty air through several filters, capturing odors and particles, and then puts out clean air back into your home.

SERVPRO of Grand Junction understands that even after the water damage cleanup, your home in Fruita, Loma, or Mesa may still have lingering odors. So, when you call us at (970) 241-8181, you can be sure that deodorization is part of our usual process so that your home is restored to its previous state.

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SERVPRO Tables Water Loss Problems in Mesa with Rapid Extraction and Drying

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO, the Facility is Ready for 24/7 Water Removal Services for Our Mesa Neighbors

The Techniques and Equipment Used During Water Removal in a Mesa Home

When your home in Mesa takes on water from a flood or other source of water, getting the water out of your residence becomes an immediate priority. To make sure that a thorough and complete job takes place, SERVPRO technicians use different tools.
 
We use many tools and equipment in the water removal process for Mesa properties. They help us measure the amount of moisture in different materials and also in the air.- SH and RH-specific and relative humidity. When high standing water is a problem, we use our large truck-mounted pumps to extract the water from your floors. Wet carpets, rugs, and wood floors that have much less water only need hand-held water removal extraction units to get a good start.
 
Carpeting is highly porous while stone and concrete are not able to absorb as much. However, carpeting, like other porous items, dries faster than non-porous things. Drywall, rugs, draperies, and many types of wood readily release the water molecules when conditions outside become drier.
 
Because harder, less porous materials retain moisture, we use heated air movers to increase the movement of the molecules in the area. This rapid circulation helps the water to evaporate back into the air as it is swept from the wet item. Once there, we direct the moister air out of your home or into individual chambers, depending on the material we are drying, with the use of air movers.
 
These air movers also work to remove water vapor that permeates the entire area of your home from the primary intrusion. When water first enters a home, it begins evaporating. This moisture remains, mingling with additional water vapor and also condensing in cooler places inside your house. Wicking and absorption can lead to the activation of existing microbes and eventually lead to infestations of mold and mildew. Of course, damp materials can also simply degrade as their characteristics change. SERVPRO technicians know it is crucial we restore dry conditions quickly to prevent this type of damage. Excess moisture can also cause wall coverings to begin peeling, wooden trim to lose its finish and also warp or crack, and many other situations.
 
SERVPRO of Grand Junction helps families in Palisade, Lorna, and Clifton through the performance of water removal techniques. Our equipment is always ready to go, making our response time Faster To Any Size Disaster. Contact our 24-hour service line by calling (970) 241-8181 when you have water invading your home.

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Water Damage Technicians In Fruita Explain Different Types Of Equipment Used

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

As your house in Fruita gets older, appliances are likely to break, and pipes can develop leaks over time.

Water Damage Equipment

As your house in Fruita gets older, appliances are likely to break, and pipes can develop leaks over time. When a water pipe or appliance malfunctions, water damage can occur to your home. The longer the water pours into a building, the worse problems can get. If building materials or structural components get saturated, they can lose their strength and fall apart. If items inside your house stay wet for too long, the water damage project can quickly turn into a situation where mold remediation is required.

Whenever our SERVPRO technicians get called to an emergency situation, we take steps to prevent microbial growth. We know that removing moisture from your building materials and contents within 48 hours after water damage occurs in Fruita is essential to prevent secondary issues from taking place such as mold. To accomplish complete moisture removal in such a short period, we utilize several different techniques and types of specialized equipment depending on each situation.

In the beginning, our SERVPRO technicians use moisture sensors and other measuring instruments. To test whether the carpet is wet or not we use a moisture sensor that consists of a metal rod with a handle on it with two probes on the bottom. When the probes sense moisture, a light lights up, and a sound is made. We also use other types of meters to test moisture content inside your wooden studs and drywall. These meters give us results in the form of a percentage or grains per square inch numbers.

Once we determine what materials were affected, we start extracting water using industrial extractors. Some of these extractors are portable that we can use to get into tight spots, others are large and mounted to a vehicle. We attach different types of tools to the extractor based on what kind of materials were affected. Small extraction tools are used to pull out moisture from furniture. If thick carpets get saturated, we can use a heavy duty extractor that uses the weight of its operator to compress the fabric.

If an appliance ever breaks at your place of residence, call SERVPRO of Grand Junction at (970) 241-8181 any time of the day.

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When the Carpets of Your Grand Junction Home Suffer Water Damages

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians, Not Robots, Restore Your Water Damaged Property in Grand Junction

SERVPRO Provides Water Removal and Carpet Cleaning for Our Customers

Many Grand Junction homeowners take much time improving the look of the inside of their homes. With various decor options and additions, none add the kind of homey feel that carpeting does. Throughout many higher traffic areas, your home's carpet offers a plush feel under your feet. When water incidents occur in your home, these same carpeted areas absorb much of the damage and require specific processes to dry out.
 
You might know that the carpets in your home are magnets for dirt and debris, collecting it at the base of the fibers well out of your normal field of vision. Carpets have this same supposed magnetism for water damages in Grand Junction homes. Restoring the damage to this area of your home takes skilled professional restoration work, much like the services that our SERVPRO technicians provide.
 
Even with smaller scale water incidents, pulling the water from the base of your carpeting can be a challenging process. Often our SERVPRO professionals may opt to use weighted extractors to press into the fibers and padding beneath to force the water to the surface to get removed with vacuums and drying efforts. We strive to prevent delamination to the carpet nap and backing. The size of the machine requires space to use, which requires our technicians to move the contents of this affected area to a lower-traffic area of your home. We can also use smaller, portable wet vacs with wands for water extraction.
 
Along with drying efforts for your house in this situation, our experienced professionals often have to clean the carpets as well. This fact is especially true when the water damage carries dirt, debris or some contaminant along with it. There are many levels to this cleaning service, which can get determined on site by the competent technicians working on the restoration. We use specially formulated cleaning products from our broad arsenal of cleansers.
 
Drying the affected area and materials requires specialized equipment such as high-powered air movers and large dehumidifiers, both refrigerant LGR's and desiccant models to gradually eliminate the moisture in your home before it can cause secondary water damage like mold growth.
 
Unwanted water in your home does not have to be a lingering and threatening presence. You can trust that our SERVPRO of Grand Junction restoration specialists can remove the water from the affected areas and completely dry out the damage quickly. Our rapid response team is standing by 24/7 at (970) 241-8181.

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Commersial water loss in Grand Junction

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Grand Junction -  Sprinkler systems may be your best friend or worst enemy when a fire arises. This is a local business that's located in a  commercial block of buildings in down town Grand Junction. A Restaurant in the next store block had a small fire in their kitchen. The smoke went threw the vents and triggered the sprinklers to case a flood in other local businesses. We had to act fast!  Thank you to our team at SERVPRO Grand Junction! This company will be back in business as soon as possible.  Our equipment allows us to rapidly extract water from many types of flooring without causing any damage.  Don't let a little accident cause your business a lot of money. CALL SERVPRO! 970-241-8181

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Sprinklers flood after commercial fire

8/29/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial water loss Grand Junction

Grand Junction-  Sprinkler systems may be your best or worst friend in a fire.  This is a local business of a block of commercial buildings after  Restaurant in the next store building had a small fire in their kitchen.  The smoke went threw the vents and triggered the sprinklers to case a flood.  Thank you to our team at SERVPRO Grand Junction, Garfield & Pitkin counties, This company will be back in business as soon as possible.  Our equipment allows us to rapidly extract water from many types of flooring without causing any damage.  Don't let a little accident cause your business a lot of money. CALL SERVPRO!

We are open 24/7/365 to help make any size disaster seem "Like it never even happened."

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DRYING POWER

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO OF GRAND JUNCTION ALWAYS MONITERING A WATER LOSS

Delmhorst pin and pinless moisture and thermos-hygrometers are a must for restoration pros.  Moisture in building materials is the most effective way to verify structural integrity and know the job is complete.   SERVPRO of Grand Junction uses a stand-alone and/or combination meters to accomplish these tasks.  Our highly trained staffs continue to monitor all structure until the drying standards of all structures are met.  With the use of proper equipment and trained staff you will not experience any mold spores or other mold issues due to damp wood or other structure.  SERVPRO of Grand Junction strives on making sure are job is done right and everything is in proper standards. 

  • Find moisture “hot spots”
  • Define areas affected by moisture
  • Confirm the environment is suitable for drying
  • Determine necessary drying equipment
  • Monitor progress
  • Verify the structure is dry

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Flooded Crawl Space, What Do I Do?

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

Do not let flooded Crawl spaces in your home be a burden. There are many reasons a crawl space may flood including broken pipes, ground water and outside water coming into the crawl space.  Our trained professional team is able to get into any crawl space big or small to mitigate the damage you may encounter from water damage in your crawl space.

SERVPRO of Grand Junction Colorado was quick to respond when a customer’s plumber recommended us to take care of their water damage that was found in their crawl space.

At this home we were able to remove the damaged vapor barrier, extract the standing water, and set up dehumidifiers to decrease the high amounts of humidity in the air.  Because of our quick response time we were able to stop any secondary damages including any microbial growth. We then replaced the vapor barrier to help decrease any future humidity issues.  

When the job was complete the customer was very happy that she used SERVPRO of Grand Junction to take care of her crawl space.

Why do people choose to continually use the same business over and over and refer their friends and family to it? It's simple, the quality of service that you receive and the time that business takes to make sure YOU the client are taken care of and that they don't just meet but exceed your expectations.

With SERVPRO of Grand Junction there is no job too big or too small!!! Call us today 24/7 (970)241-8181