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Water Damage Prevention in Albuquerque and Santa Fe

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Prevention in Albuquerque and Santa Fe Broken supply lines can quickly dump large volumes of water on your floor.

You can’t always prevent harm from coming your way

Sometimes disaster strikes and accidents happen. Some things, however, you can control. Giving these potential problem areas in your house some extra attention will help keep you and your home safe and dry!

  1. Your Windows! Regardless of the season, a drafty window can end up costing you a fortune! To check for drafts in your home, use a lit candle against windows. If the flame flickers as you run it along the seams then you may need to reseal your windows.
  2. Your Plants! Plants both in and around your home can be a problem if they are not properly maintained. To avoid the growth of mold or mildew on your property simply make sure that your garden areas have adequate drainage, and that you are trimming plants around the structure.
  3. Your Gutters! As tedious as it may be, keeping your gutters clean is really going to help keep your home safe from costly water or mold damages. Gutters and drainage systems can get clogged up and bogged down by packed debris, potentially causing light to moderate water damage to both the interior and exterior of your home. Gutters can be checked and cleaned with just a ladder and some gloves, but some drains might take specialty equipment and more thorough work to analyze thoroughly. Cleaning out and inspecting your gutters regularly as well as keeping downspouts clear of any blockages will help keep the structure draining properly.
  4. Water Pipes and Lines! One of the most easily preventable sources of water damage in Albuquerque and Santa Fe comes from the water pipes that run through and around your home. These pipes, typically made of copper, steel, or other non-oxidizing metals, can be prone to cracks, leaks, and outright bursts if left without maintenance for too long. Potential triggers include freezing temperatures, physical dents and impacts, or simple degradation over time. Having a trained eye running through and checking in on these systems once every few years can prevent most of the catastrophic failures we deal with regularly. 
  5. Washing Machines and Dishwashers! Large appliances that use high volumes of water such as washing machines, dishwashers, and some refrigerators are also common sources of flooding in homes nationwide. Again, water lines can rip or break, or the machines themselves can malfunction and spill water across the floor. SERVPRO inspectors know where to look for potential signs of failure, and these items usually don't take long at all to service. 

Having a company that can coordinate the whole process from start to finish to make your life easier, and gets you back in your home or business faster. “Like it never even happened.”

If you do find yourself dealing with the troubles of water damage in your home, give SERVPRO of South Albuquerque a call at (505) 345-4700. We’re available 24 hours a day to clean up the damage and restore your property.

Albuquerque and Santa Fe Residential Fire Damage Restoration

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Albuquerque and Santa Fe Residential Fire Damage Restoration It can be tough to tell which objects can be salvaged and which are damaged beyond repair

Residential Fire Damage Restoration in Albuquerque and Santa Fe

In the event of fire damage in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, problems can arise not only from the fire itself but also from smoke, soot, debris and destroyed objects, and also water damage from firefighting efforts. Ultimately, fire repair can be a long and difficult process, and potentially compromised structural integrity can even lead to injury. Because of this, fire damage restoration is typically best left to local professionals and carefully aligned with insurance policies. 

Fire Damage 

Fire damage to your Albuquerque and Santa Fe residence itself can be the most difficult hurdle in many cases. Burned objects, wood, furniture, flooring, or anything else can be especially difficult to remove without specialized tools. Additionally, it can be tough to tell which objects can be salvaged and which are damaged beyond repair thanks to commonly heavy amounts of soot and ash. Depending on the intensity of the fire, this may require a full team of people to clean up. 

Smoke Damage 

In addition to darkening and staining even the hardest to reach corners, smoke can also leave a pervasive smell long after the house is visually clean. This is due to tiny and microscopic particles of smoke, which often work their way into the walls and floors of the house itself. Cleaning up smoke in a Los Angeles home typically requires special equipment and a lengthy cleaning time. 

Water Damage 

Water damage often surprises homeowners as being an even larger problem than the fire damage itself. Whether through firefighters' hoses or burst pipes, heavy water damage is relatively common among fire-damaged Los Angeles homes. Depending on the scale and intensity of the water damage, this may require extensive reconstruction efforts. 

SERVPRO of South Albuquerque truly cares about the communities they serve and will work quickly after a fire to restore your property. Having a company that can coordinate the whole process from start to finish to make your life easier, and gets you back in your home or business faster. “Like it never even happened.”

If you would like more information on hiring a Fire restoration team Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700

Storm Damage Emergency Cleanup in Your Albuquerque or Santa Fe Home

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Emergency Cleanup in Your Albuquerque or Santa Fe Home SERVPRO is ready to deal with any size storm damage. Call today!

After last week’s major storms hit New Mexico with rain, wind, hail and even a small tornado we know your home can fall victim to unexpected storm devastation. As soon as your home is disturbed by wind, water, hail and debris, its effects can be devastating. Our top priority is to improve direct hazards as quickly as possible.

What You Can Expect from Storm Damage

Whatever storms are thrown at you, there is a likelihood that your home will have damage. Damage can be very destructive or not as serious.

Storms throughout the country can cause hazardous damage that will need to be fixed – from tornadoes to severe thunderstorms. With these kinds of storms comes strong wind bursts, torrential rain, and electrical disturbances that affect your property.

Being unable to repair damage inflicted on the outside of your home can be unnerving, which is why rainstorms and high winds are equally as damaging. Heavy rain and intense winds are strong enough to break trees and utility poles, jeopardizing your roof and home exterior.

Emergency Repairs

We at SERVPRO of South Albuquerque offer 24/7 emergency services because we realize that hazardous weather can appear at any moment. When you’re looking for urgent service, we will work with you anytime, day or night.

We can perform any needed emergency board up services after you’ve experienced storm damage. Broken windows, exposed siding and other sections of your property with direct outside access can be boarded up to keep out excess water. Tarps are an option to temporarily protect your roof to prevent additional water leakage if dangerous stormy conditions continue.

Your home needs to be safe again. In addition to these emergency services, the professionals at SERVPRO of South Albuquerque can do a damage assessment and give you recommendations for all of the recovery services that we have available.

Once you make sure that your family is safe after a major storm, your first call should be to SERVPRO of South Albuquerque. Dial (505) 345-4700 24/7 and begin the road to recovery by scheduling an inspection with our storm damage experts.

Having a company that can coordinate the whole process from start to finish to make your life easier, and gets you back in your home or business faster. “Like it never even happened.”

What does Mold Consume in Albuquerque and Santa Fe?

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What does Mold Consume in Albuquerque and Santa Fe? Some types of mold may eat through drywall by consuming the cardboard backing and plaster

SERVPRO Can Remediate Mold Infestations in Your Home or Business

When mold damage gets severe enough, it may cause permanent and noticeable damage to materials in your home. Carpeting, wood, structural components, drywall, paint and more. Frequently they require significant restoration efforts after they have been affected by a mold colony. Mold does not just grow on top of these materials - it feeds off them, literally eating away at their surfaces and compositions. These are some of the most common materials SERVPRO must replace during or after a mold remediation project.

Carpets

Carpets sometimes attract mold damage like a magnet, soaking up water and providing a sheltered place for mold to start growing. Within your carpet's fibers, mold can grow quickly and easily if it has enough water. Mold can then wrap around fibers and attack them from all sides, eating away at the material much faster than flat surfaces like drywall. Due to the speed at which it is destroyed and its ability to harbor deep-rooted mold growth, carpeting is one of the most common replacements SERVPRO must make in a home.   

Drywall and Plaster 

Some types of mold may eat through drywall by consuming the cardboard backing and plaster, creating a challenging and delicate restoration task. Thankfully, we only need to need to remove and replace a limited portion of drywall in most cases, but this still may require some amount of construction work. Other insulating materials and hidden wall constructs may also need replacement or restoration by SERVPRO IICRC Certified technicians.  

Wooden Elements 

Wood takes some of the heaviest damage from long-term mold growth. Although special finishes sometimes protect the wood, it also has high potential to rot and deteriorate if mold grows around it. At risk are everything from support columns to floorboards to building materials, so this mold threat should not be taken lightly. 

SERVPRO of South Albuquerque is an experienced local resource for combating mold and its disastrous effects. If you have found signs of mold damage in your home, call us 24/7 at (505) 345-4700. 

Having a company that can coordinate the whole process from start to finish to make your life easier, and gets you back in your home or business faster. “Like it never even happened.”

Ensuring Water Removal is Thorough and Complete for Watery Homes in Albuquerque and Santa Fe

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ensuring Water Removal is Thorough and Complete for Watery Homes in Albuquerque and Santa Fe Training from IICRC provides SERVPRO technicians with the skills required for successful water removal in any setting

Albuquerque and Santa Fe Homes Receive Thorough and Complete Water Removal Services

When you know you have a water problem in your home from a leak, a flood, or an overflowing appliance or sink, it doesn't matter how much water is present. Such a situation is an emergency and must be taken care of quickly. 
 
In Albuquerque and Santa Fe, water can cause serious damage to the interior of a home if removal efforts aren't started immediately. Water can quickly evaporate if temperatures are high enough, which is often the case in Florida. If the interior is cooler, due to the central air unit running, water that is not removed will soon seep into areas which might not show damage until months later. 
 
SERVPRO equipment includes moisture detectors that can locate concentrated areas of moisture, hidden water, and elevated humidity levels in a home. Technicians will take initial readings of areas within a home to use as a baseline for later readings. These other readings will be taken on a regular basis during the entire water removal process. The initial readings will also be used to calculate how much drier the interior needs to become for it to be considered fully dry. How many dehumidifiers, air movers, and other pieces of equipment will be required is also determined by how wet a home is at the initial reading. 
 
Training from IICRC provides SERVPRO technicians with the skills required for successful water removal in any setting. Basics, such as removing certain items so they can air out in the outdoors and place furniture on blocks to prevent staining of carpeting followed by the use of portable water extraction units are a major part of water removal. 
 
As the home's interior becomes less damp, areas with high levels of humidity are targeted. Dehumidifiers will increase evaporation rates of areas where water has seeped into. Air Movers will help direct this humid air toward the outdoors through open doors and windows. Hygrometer readings taken will be recorded during this process, so homeowners will know that their home is once again safely dry. These readings may need to be shown to insurance companies, and the documentation should be placed with other paperwork regarding the home. 

Having a company that can coordinate the whole process from start to finish to make your life easier, and gets you back in your home or business faster. “Like it never even happened.” 

If you would like more information on hiring a Highly Trained Water Restoration Team Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700

Importance of Exhaust Hood Cleaning in Albuquerque and Santa Fe Commercial Kitchens

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Importance of Exhaust Hood Cleaning in Albuquerque and Santa Fe Commercial Kitchens To ensure the safety of staff and patrons against dangerous building fires, make sure to have all hoods properly cleaned on a regular basis.

Exhaust hood systems play an important role in the restaurant kitchen, pulling heat, smoke, and odor away from cooking surfaces. This is for the protection of both employees and the restaurant facility itself, but over time, the greasy buildup inside hoods and ductwork can become a safety hazard of its own.


Protecting against this hazard requires regular and thorough cleaning of the exhaust hood, exhaust hood filters, and ductwork. Grease buildup inside the hood duct system is among the leading causes of restaurant fires, and proper maintenance and cleaning can drastically reduce this risk.


The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) requires professional exhaust hood cleaning for all commercial kitchens. Failure to meet these requirements not only increases the risk of fire, but also can put a restaurant at risk for hefty fines and mandatory closure.


Exhaust hood cleaning requirements and best practices are outlined in NFPA 96, including the frequency of cleaning for various types of kitchens:


Monthly – Systems serving solid fuel cooking operations


Quarterly – Systems serving high-volume operations, such as 24-hour cooking, charbroiling, wok cooking, etc.


Semi-Annually – Systems serving moderate volume cooking operations


Annually – Systems serving low volume cooking operations, such as day camps, churches, seasonal businesses, etc.


While restaurant employees are expected to clean the exterior surfaces of exhaust hoods as part of their normal hood cleaning procedures, the thorough cleaning outlined in NFPA 96 is to be carried out by trained, certified kitchen exhaust cleaning professionals. SERVPRO of South Albuquerque is Exhaust Hood Cleaning Certified and a member of The National Fire Protection Agency.


Our scope of work will include:



  • Disassembly, cleaning, and degreasing hoods, including hood filter tracts, grease troughs, and removable grease cups

  • Removal of roof and/or wall mounted fans from ductwork to degrease the base, shroud, and blades

  • Inspecting exhaust fans for loose or worn out fan belts

  • Cleaning and degreasing all hood filters, hood parts and accessories, and replacing if necessary

  • Cleaning all accessible parts of ductwork from exhaust fans to each individual hood

  • Applying food-safe polish to stainless steel ductwork

  • Thoroughly cleaning all affected areas (remove plastic, mop, remove any debris, etc.)

  • Providing a complete, detailed written report of all work performed, and deficiencies in the exhaust system, and recommendations for addressing any problems

  • Attaching a certificate showing company name, person performing the work, and date of cleaning to each hood cleaned


Duct access doors will allow professional hood cleaners to perform a thorough “top to bottom” cleaning of the exhaust systems. SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Professional hood cleaning services have a strong understanding of NFPA 96 requirements, and will be able to help restaurant owners and managers make sure their equipment is up to date, functioning properly, and meeting standards for compliance. 


SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Certified professional hood cleaning service is a necessity for any commercial cooking operation, both to reduce the risk of fire and avoid noncompliance. Our reputable hood cleaning services will be happy to walk you through the procedures, provide “before and after” photos, and work with restaurant management to ensure safety and compliance.


To ensure the safety of staff and patrons against dangerous building fires, make sure to have all hoods properly cleaned on a regular basis.


Having a company that can coordinate the whole process from start to finish to make your life easier, and gets you back in your kitchen faster. “Like it never even happened.”


If you would like more information on hiring a Certified Exhaust Hood Cleaning Team Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700

Building Containment to Protect Unaffected Areas

4/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Containment to Protect Unaffected Areas The owner was happy to continue with business during restoration!

Sometimes our crews need to move through unaffected areas of a home or business to get debris from the affected area to a disposal site. When that happens, our crews build containment chambers to prevent sewage from spreading to the unaffected areas. Containment chambers are also built to reduce the amount of air being dried, which can speed up drying times.

When we arrived at this Albuquerque commercial water loss and performed our initial inspection we found sewage in the crawlspace. There was approximately 60 square feet and it was three inches deep. We began by covering all the registers inside and out and set up an Ozone machine and Negative Air Scrubbers. The materials in the crawlspace had to be removed but the access point for the crawlspace was in the back of the business and the shortest path to the dumpster led through the unaffected business. The crews used plastic sheeting to construct containment so that the unaffected areas would not be contaminated.

Having a company that can coordinate the whole process from start to finish to make your life easier, and gets you back in your home or business faster. “Like it never even happened.”

If you would like more information on hiring a water damage restoration team Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700

SERVPRO Professionals are the Storm Damage Experts

4/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Professionals are the Storm Damage Experts SERVPRO is ready to deal with any size storm damage. Call today!

When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home is followed by interior devastation from water and winds. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety provoking situation. SERVPRO of South Albuquerque delivers the help you need swiftly even when a local disaster is widespread as we are able to call upon a network of over 1,650 franchises nationwide to respond if the need is great. 
 
Storm damage in Albuquerque and Santa Fe can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind and flooding repair and restoration needs. Your particular situation is of paramount importance to us, and you need not worry that your repairs and restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues you face. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system, but our local ownership means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, efficiently returning your home back to its pre-storm condition just “Like it never even happened.” 


Once you make sure that your family is safe after a major storm, your first call should be to SERVPRO of South Albuquerque. Dial (505) 345-4700 24/7 and begin the road to recovery by scheduling an inspection with our storm damage experts.

How to Reduce Springtime Allergies

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning How to Reduce Springtime Allergies Reduce Springtime Allergies with a SERVPRO Cleaning

Spring is in the air all around Albuquerque and Santa Fe and if you live there you know that with it comes all the allergens and irritants that cause sneezing, sniffling, dripping noses and stuffy heads. Keep your nose cleaner and your head cleaner by having the allergens removed from your home or office.

What Areas Are Most Important to Clean?

In your home or office, the carpet, ducts and upholstery are the largest collectors of allergy producers. Just by making sure that they are consistently and professionally cleaned you can reduce a lot of the major contributors to your allergies. 

Carpet Cleaning - Even with regular vacuuming your carpet and padding can collect allergens. Having a professional carpet cleaning company clean your carpets can help drastically.

Duct Cleaning - Even with frequently changing your air duct filters dust and other allergens can get caught between your air conditioning unit and your air vents. While you can make sure to change your filters on a regular basis, it is suggested to have your ducts cleaned once a year at a minimum.

Upholstery Cleaning - Think about how long you keep your couch and how often you get it cleaned. Even vacuuming your couch only removes so much. We suggest having your upholstered furniture cleaned at least a couple of times a year to remove excess dirt.

You know SERVPRO of South Albuquerque as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services? Call Us Today – (505) 345-4700

In Albuquerque and Santa Fe Black Mold Remediation is Serious Business

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation In Albuquerque and Santa Fe Black Mold Remediation is Serious Business This Black Mold was found in the walls of this Albuquerque Home

Albuquerque and Santa Fe Black Mold Remediation is no joke. Black mold is a big problem and can cause a number of health problems. If you are living in Albuquerque or Santa Fe, don't think that the hot and arid climate will protect you from black mold, it can still be a serious problem.

What Causes Black Mold?

Black mold grows on cellulose materials and prefers, but is not exclusive to wet and damp locations. It often grows after a flood or a water leak. Black mold is commonly found in basements, attics, behind walls and under flooring.

Why Is Black Mold Harmful?

Black mold can cause a number of different health problems. Some of the most common include, breathing problems, nasal problems, blurred vision, headaches and stomach aches. If left to grow, black mold can cause more serious problems.

How Can Black Mold Be Removed?

Albuquerque and Santa Fe black mold remediation needs to be done by a professional. Don't try to remove or kill black mold on your own, let a professional do it for you.

If you think you may have a black mold problem and are living in Albuquerque or Santa Fe, it may be time to call a professional remediation team. Once the mold is removed from your home, your family will be safe and you won't have to worry about any illnesses or unpleasant symptoms.

Having a company that can coordinate the whole process from start to finish to make your life easier, and gets you back in your home or business faster. “Like it never even happened.”

If you would like more information on hiring a mold damage restoration team Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700