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3 Items You Need to Throw Away After a House Fire

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

After a house fire, it can be hard to determine what items are salvageable. This is tricky because soot and smoke can be harmful if inhaled or consumed. It’s good to know which of your belongings you can thoroughly clean and which you should throw away. Here are three items that should be tossed if they are exposed to high heat during a house fire:

1. Singed Clothing that has been burned should be thrown away immediately;

It’s not worth the risk of health issues. Smoke and soot can be very dangerous because they are composed of various toxic chemicals. When inhaled or directly contacting the skin, soot can cause health issues later on. Throw away clothing that has been exposed to flames and dry-clean any clothing that isn’t burnt but contains soot.

2. Potentially Contaminated Food

It doesn’t matter if the food is nonperishable or not, if it was exposed to high heat, it needs to go straight into the trash. High temperatures can spoil, warp, or activate bacteria within the sealed food, causing it to become dangerous to eat. Toxic fumes from the flames can also contaminate food. Cans that are bulging or covered in soot should not be consumed. 

3. Cosmetics Makeup can become unsafe to wear if it is exposed to soot or hot flames.

Because the minerals directly touch the face, using contaminated cosmetics can harm your skin and lead to future health issues. Check to make sure that your makeup isn’t warped or covered in soot. Being aware of items that are no longer salvageable can save you time as well as protect you from potential harm. Fire damage can affect your possessions, and so it’s important to stay safe even after the fire has occurred. As you work to restore your home, be sure to throw away anything that is no longer reliable to have around.

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 team experienced in Fire Restoration Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700

Prepare for Water Damage Before It Happens in your Albuquerque Home

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

It may feel like you only hear about bursting pipes in passing, kind of like losing 20 pounds in two months or forgetting to eat breakfast. There are just some things that feel like they could never happen to you—until they do. Water damage isn’t something you want to be unprepared for; in order to get your home restored to its previous condition, preparation is key.

What To Expect When You Aren’t Expecting

So that thing you didn’t anticipate happening to you did, and now you have to fix a broken pipe. What do you do next? The most critical action is to contact a water damage professional in Albuquerque as soon as possible. Most cleanup takes three to five days, but if there are special circumstances, such as wood floors, it can take anywhere from seven to 10 days. Cleanup will generally involve these steps: 

• An assessment of the damage
• High-powered vacuums and pumps working to reduce as much water as possible
• Specialized equipment used for drying hard-to-reach areas
• Odor removal and sanitization of items with antimicrobial solutions
• Potential minor or major restoration 

As you can see, the process for getting your home back on track after a bout of bursting pipes isn’t the most convenient. That’s why it’s a good idea to reach out to professionals who value restoration of your belongings and keepsakes ahead of time.

Make Use of Time While You Wait

Instead of twiddling your thumbs waiting for the company to arrive, get a jump start in combating destruction with some below tips:

• Mop or blot to remove extra water
• Eliminate water from wood surfaces
• Move art to a safe, dry place

After you secure a trusted cleanup and restoration service, the possibility of bursting pipes won’t be so daunting. There is something to be said about preparing for the worst even when you typically hope for the best. 

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 team experienced in Fire Restoration Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700

How Light Rain Leads to Flood Damage in Albuquerque

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Light Rain Leads to Flood Damage in Albuquerque Storm water Damage Often Results from Runoff

Various Factors in Albuquerque Can Lead to Flooding after a Storm—SERVPRO Has the Solutions

Contrary to popular belief, colossal rainfall does not need to occur for homes in Albuquerque to face the prospect of flood damage. Rain in any amount can lead to flooding as soil saturation, sewer overflow, terrain abnormalities, and other factors allow a relatively small amount of water to snowball into a much bigger problem. SERVPRO prepares after every major storm to respond to widespread flooding in the area, but we also maintain readiness year-round to make sure we can help whenever and wherever disasters happen in the local area. 

Soil Saturation 
A major contributing factor to many cases of flood damage in Albuquerque is the amount of water in the soil before rainfall. While water use restrictions have helped to reduce average soil saturation in recent years, the area can remain wet for extended periods of time for a variety of reasons. In some situations, even a relatively mild bout of rain may not be able to find any space in the soil and can directly convert to a flowing sheet of floodwater. Water percolation to eventually reach the aquifer may be too slow to avoid flooding.

Road and Drainage System Damage 
Drainage systems along roadways are essential in cities worldwide because all types of pavement can absorb little to no water before developing flood-like conditions. When roadways become damaged or undergo heavy maintenance, their drainage systems may sometimes be temporarily compromised, creating isolated problems when the weather turns out unfavorable. These cases are rare but can happen almost anywhere along a paved street. 

Open Windows and Doors 
Leaving a window open during a storm can subject the immediate room or area to enough water to soak materials and cause long-term damage without proper attention. In these situations, SERVPRO technicians make sure not to over-extend their operations and keep a low profile to prevent a relatively minor flood incident from becoming a major inconvenience. 

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 team experienced in Storm Restoration Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700

Commercial Water Damage In Albuquerque

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage In Albuquerque Everyone knows that the sprinkler system is there to stop fire damage, but no one understands the damage that happens when it engages.

Commercial Water Damage

Albuquerque business owners had to deal with flooding earlier this year. The rain was needed, but it surprised many of them. Fortunately, weather-related floods are rare in this part of New Mexico. What is not so rare for area businesses is when the water comes in from damaged plumbing.

Commercial water damage surprises Albuquerque business owners every time it happens. Everyone knows that the sprinkler system is there to stop fire damage, but no one understands the damage that happens when it engages. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the experience, training, and equipment to restore an office or a kitchen back to their original state.

Sprinklers soak everything, that is what they are supposed to do to prevent the spread of fire. Paper products, like documents, cardboard storage boxes, and books quickly turn to a pulpy mush and must be thrown out. If the final condition is not an issue and the business owner needs to keep original contracts, we can preserve the legibility of our technicians can get them spread out on a dry surface. We use air movers to blow warm, dry air over the paper gently and while we cannot return the items to their original condition or look, we can preserve the image in many cases.

The item that usually catches the most damage next is the carpet. SERVPRO technicians use extraction wands to draw out water without damaging the nape of the carpet. If there is a carpet pad, we remove and dispose of it. Pads quickly deteriorate when they become wet, and they are cheaper to replace rather than attempt to restore. Once we remove the water, crew members use the air movers again to force warm, dry air across the surface to dry it out while preventing further damage.

In a commercial kitchen, sprinklers do not usually cause much damage to the equipment. Here, our technicians concentrate on removing water from inside equipment like fryers to safely use them again. They also dry out behind and under everything to prevent mold growth and to make the room safe to walk in again.

To accomplish this, we set up fans at exits to blow the damp air out of the kitchen as we use long-handled squeegees to push water across the floor and out of the building. Once we have the majority of the water out, we set up air movers to finish drying the floors so we can return the kitchen to the owner as soon and safely as possible.

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 team experienced in Commercial Restoration Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700

A Burst Pipe Inside of Your Albuquerque Crawl Space May Leave You in Need of Water Removal Services

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage A Burst Pipe Inside of Your Albuquerque Crawl Space May Leave You in Need of Water Removal Services Water damage in your crawlspace can cause structural damage, as well as help proliferate a mold infestation. Contact SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Dry Out Your Property to Help Prevent Any Secondary Damages

When a pipe that runs through your crawl space bursts and creates a need for professional water removal services, the situation can be challenging. Crawl Spaces are small and can be difficult to maneuver inside of, which can make it hard to remove the still water from within it. However, settling to try and take the water out yourself with an everyday wet/dry vacuum might not be very practical, and the equipment to dry the space thoroughly is very pricey. Hiring professional services can save you money on this cost and makes sure that the job is thoroughly done.   

Removing the water from your Albuquerque crawl space may not be easy, but it is essential to get it out of your home. Leaving the water for prolonged amounts of time can cause the potential for mold growth to rise. If the floor of your crawl space is a dirt floor, the mixture can cause mud to form, making it even harder to operate inside. Excessive water can rust any metal that is inside of the space, especially around the piping. To avoid complications caused by the initial problem it is best to get the water out as soon as possible.   

SERVPRO can arrive at your home to begin the removal very soon after your initial call. Our team of IICRC-certified techs can investigate the damage and devise the best plan for the unique size and placement of your crawl space. SERVPRO uses advanced equipment like extractors and portable pumps to remove the water. If there is a low enough spot in your crawl space, we can even use a submersible pump to drain water from the area. Our goal is to get the water out as quickly as possible, and these tools allow us to do so.   

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 team experienced in Water Restoration Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700

Professionals Trained To Treat Mold Damage In Your Albuquerque Area Home

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Professionals Trained To Treat Mold Damage In Your Albuquerque Area Home Moisture Causes Mold in Albuquerque Homes--Contact SERVPRO for Remediation and Cleanup

Find out How SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage in Your Home

After having water problems in your Albuquerque home, mold can become a very severe problem. Whether you believe the mold itself is particularly dangerous or not, it is always safer to have mold contamination treated by a professional mold remediation company. Homeowners that try to treat contaminated areas can lead to additional problems, more damage, and a larger area to contend with later.

All that mold needs to survive is oxygen, a food source, and moisture. Since many materials used to build your home contain organic materials and oxygen exists almost everywhere, the final ingredient in most cases is water. Ignoring mold damage that develops in your Albuquerque home can wreak havoc on your living environment, cause safety problems, and even affect property values.

Mold tends to hide in your walls, ceiling, attic, and basement as well as other hard to reach areas that provide it with the perfect living environment to thrive. Contacting professional mold remediation and mitigation technicians, like those offered at SERVPRO, gives you an opportunity to get ahead of the problem and find a reliable solution.

SERVPRO provides you with highly-trained IICRC certified restoration specialists who specialize in mold remediation. Our local team responds to your call for assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week starting with locating moisture problems in your home and cutting them off at the source. The use of hygrometers, infrared moisture detectors, and other advanced equipment gives us an advantage when approaching mold issues found in your home.

SERVPRO technicians understand how to locate possible mold-prone areas such as closets with high humidity, improperly vented restrooms, laundry rooms, and cooking areas. Our entire restoration team works hard to provide you with solutions specific to your circumstances and helps you regain control of your living environment as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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 team experienced in Mold Remediation Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700

Water Damage and Fire Damage Go Hand in Hand

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

When you’re recovering from a fire on your commercial properties in Albuquerque, it's natural to wonder why you incurred both fire damage and water damage at the same time. While you might have a basic understanding of the role of water in fighting a destructive fire, it's helpful to comprehend what happens when a fire starts to burn. The mechanics of fire suppression rely on such an understanding, and this knowledge also gives you greater insight into the restoration and cleanup process.

Why Does a Fire Burn?

While most people learn principles that make fire work in high school science classes, this knowledge also forms the foundation for both basic and advanced firefighting techniques. Fires need four crucial components to start and keep burning:

• Fuel (sometimes called a “reducing agent”)
• Energy, in the form of heat
• An oxidizing agent (commonly oxygen)
• A chemical reaction

What accounts for a blaze’s destructive nature that leads to massive fire damage is its dependence on these four elements. So long as there are plentiful supplies of fuel, heat and oxygen, a fire's chemical reaction will continue, permitting it to burn, grow and spread. 

How Is a Fire Extinguished?

Fire suppression focuses on robbing the flames of one or more of these elements. When delivered in huge quantities through a fire hose, water both significantly reduces a fire’s heat and takes away oxygen as it transmutes from liquid to vapor form at extremely high temperatures. Unfortunately, this enormous amount of water also floods buildings and wreaks havoc on its own. 

Even with groundbreaking modern methods for quenching a blaze, the most expedient way to kill a fire is with a huge amount of water. That’s why flooding and excess water occurs with most fire damage on your commercial properties. This combination is why a restoration professional’s job includes extracting water, soot, odors and smoke from your property along with completing essential repairs.

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 team experienced in Water and Fire Restoration Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700

Don't Let Last Night's Storm Damage Keep You Up at Night

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Don't Let Last Night's Storm Damage Keep You Up at Night The professionals at SERVPRO can get things repaired quickly.

Is Your Albuquerque Home's Storm Damage Keeping You Up at Night?

When you have spent the night lulled into a restful sleep by the rain on your roof and windows only to wake up to a ceiling dripping water on your bed, you know you have storm damage. The professionals at SERVPRO can get things repaired quickly. 

Only a few aspects of a house are designed to be only decorative. The roof may have design elements that seem to be only for looks, but the majority of every roof is for protection from all types of weather. Heat from the sun, cold from winter weather, snow, rain, and even insects, birds, and wild animals are kept out by your roof. When the roof is damaged, anything can get into your attic, and this can affect the rest of your home.

Albuquerque receives its fair share of all types of weather, including the occasional storm which can be powerful enough to damage even the best-constructed roof around. When the roof is damaged, it will not take long for things to become increasingly worse as time passes. SERVPRO knows that there is more than just the initial damage to the roof after a storm causes damage to it that matters. Water can enter the attic and end up as far down as the basement, damaging every area of your home in a very short period.

Rainwater and snow that soon melts, wetting down your stored belongings, isn't the only problem. That same water can render your attic's insulation worthless. Many times, insulation can be re-used when you have repair work done, but this is not true if the insulation has been compressed or otherwise damaged. When water infiltrates insulation, it weighs it down and compression results. Other problems include rust developing on metal ducts, warping of the floor boards in the attic, and peeling wallpaper and disintegrating plaster, especially on exterior walls.

SERVPRO professionals will make sure that all possible efforts are made to prevent additional damage like that from happening. After making an assessment of the damage, we will cover your roof with an adequately sized tarp. After roofing repairs are finished, we can begin working on restoring the damaged areas and restoring your home. There is a multitude of issues that can arise when you have a damaged roof. We use different types of equipment to not only dry and clean the interior of your home, but to also measure our progress as we work. When we finish, you will be surprised to find that it is “Like it never even happened.”

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 team experienced in Water Damage Restoration Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700

The Advantages of Duct Cleaning For Your Restaurant

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Advantages of Duct Cleaning For Your Restaurant SERVPRO Provides Commercial Duct Cleaning

SERVPRO Provides Exceptional Commercial Cleaning and Sanitizing of Ductwork in Both Large and Small Enterprises

Running an efficient restaurant is something that most business owners in the culinary field strive to do. You do your best to keep the costs and outgoing expenses down so in turn your overall profit margin is more considerable. One of the ways that you can do this, as well as improve the quality of the experience that customers have in your establishment, is to ensure that all facets of your facility are running at optimal levels. 

One of the overlooked aspects in this regard is the ductwork attached to your heating and air conditioning system. Over time, these pathways become partially blocked and clogged with debris, dust, dirt and even germs or bacteria. Duct cleaning Albuquerque is a service that our SERVPRO professionals can walk you through and perform for your business, which can lead to reducing your outgoing costs and providing a better eating experience for your loyal patrons. 

Every time that your air kicks on throughout the building, moving through these ducts with built-up debris and dust, you are circulating these particles around through the dining areas and kitchen of your restaurant. While much of this cannot be seen by even the most perceptive of observers, most business owners do not consider this possibility to be acceptable in their food preparation or serving areas. Indoor air quality-IAQ-is a significant attribute that adds to the ambiance of a restaurant. 

Moreover, cleaning the ducts of your business can allow the air conditioner and heating units not to have to work harder to get air through the system. For many business owners, this lesser user of electricity can reduce their utility costs every month. 

It is essential to note that while our SERVPRO professionals can work around your schedule, often your restaurant does not need to close or reduce operating hours to complete this service. With fitted vacuums and specialty heavier equipment that seal tightly over vents, dust, mold spores, pollen, and debris pulled from the ducts do not get spread throughout the building. The additional benefits of protecting against mold growth and circulating pleasant scents conducive to the overall eating experience cannot be lightly discounted.

If you can see the benefits of choosing duct cleaning for your restaurant, our team of professionals is ready to help you breathe a little easier.

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 team experienced in Duct Cleaning Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700

Fire Damage Comes in Many Forms and From Many Causes

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Comes in Many Forms and From Many Causes The kitchen and bathroom are the most common fires

The Many Forms and Types of Fire Damage

If your property in Albuquerque or Santa Fe suffers from fire damage, you should talk to someone on our team. We are experts at minimizing current damage and keeping damage from increasing in severity. Even after a fire has been extinguished, its effects can continue to grow. We can stop that with state-of-the-art equipment.

Damage can be found even after small fires. These can happen anywhere in the home. They remain small when someone is present and can extinguish the fire before it can spread. The kitchen and bathroom are the most common, with the laundry room and garage coming in second. Bedrooms, living and dining rooms, and hallways can also have fires take place, but these areas are the least common. Patios are also prone to having fires, especially if outdoors cooking is done, or children experiment with a range of items from fireworks to magnifying lenses

Fire damage can range from discolored concrete and natural rock outside to charred walls and scorched carpets inside. Drywall can suffer additional damage if water is heavily applied when there is a fire, although drywall should resist small, low-temperature fires. Paneling and wallpaper will burn, however, no matter what it is applied to as a covering. Our team members are creative in matching or updating, your pre-fire décor.

Kitchens can experience scorched countertops and cabinets, which need either repairing or replacing. If the cabinet doors are warped from the heat and then the cold from putting the fire out with either water or a fire extinguisher, they are typically replaced as needed. Then the remaining ones are cleaned and re-stained if needed. If floors have been soaked with water in the effort to extinguish the fire, we at SERVPRO are equipped, and experienced, in getting it dry quickly so that underlay and any support beams are not damaged

For fires in the garage and patio areas, we can quickly clean-up scorched concrete so that residues are not tracked into your home, as these can contain harmful substances that were once inert. Vinyl siding that has been damaged can also be repaired. Scorched and burned areas of grass can also be reseeded and started back on track. We can also create and provide an inventory list of damaged items, particularly, but not exclusively, for the garage area. We can list which items are damaged beyond repair, salvageable, or undetermined for insurance purposes.

We'll help you get your home's beauty back on center stage and put the fire behind you.

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 team experienced in Fire Damage Restoration Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700