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The Importance of Mold Remediation for your Home in Albuquerque and Santa Fe

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Importance of Mold Remediation for your Home in Albuquerque and Santa Fe SERVPRO professionals are experts in Applied Microbial Remediation

Once you become aware that mold is growing in your Albuquerque or Santa Fe home, removing the fungus should be your biggest priority. Mold remediation specialists state that mold could compromise the structural integrity of your property. Mold removal is not a DIY project. Rule of thumb is if there is about 10 square feet or more of mold growth, don't attempt mold remediation on your own. Play it safe and hire a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO.

Mold is a fungus that grows throughout nature. In the event that your house becomes moist and wet, conducive conditions are now in place for mold proliferation. The airborne spores that are naturally in your home will develop into strings of colonies that bloom into large areas of mold patches. Mold can show up in the form of black spots, blue, green, white or even red staining on porous surfaces. Discoloration on your walls and ceilings also present other problems.

Mold can leave an unpleasant odor as it permeates through walls, flooring and HVAC ductwork throughout your home. This musty odor is endemic to outbursts of mold growth. Masking the odor does not solve the underlying problem. Identifying and eliminating odors are for the technically trained experts.

The Importance of Hiring a Professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO

Although some homeowners are inclined to attempt the mold removal process on their own, this strategy is not advisable. Once you go beyond fungi on the bathroom tiles or a small patch under the kitchen sink, it is time to consider seriously professional assistance. Professional mold remediation experts will use specialized equipment that demands expert handling for mold containment, air filtration, and cleaning. They will also identify and eliminate most present mold to ensure that your home is restored to its original safe, sanitary condition.

As an IICRC-certified company, the SERVPRO professionals are experts in Applied Microbial Remediation. Additionally, we are highly skilled in working directly with industrial hygienists, insurance adjusters, and residential property owners in Rio Rancho to offer full-service mold remediation assistance.

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 the mold remediation process Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700

Storm Damage in Albuquerque and Santa Fe

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage in Albuquerque and Santa Fe Thunderstorms, torrential downpours, flash floods and tornadoes wreak havoc across the Albuquerque area

Thunderstorms, torrential downpours, flash floods and tornadoes wreak havoc across the Albuquerque area.

While you can’t prevent all storm damage in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, you can proactively protect your property in the event of a significant storm. If not properly and promptly repaired, wind and water damage can cause further structural damage, and mold infestations. If your home is affected by floods or is damaged by the wind, trust your local SERVPRO to clean up the damage, and restore it to its original state.

Here are 4 things you can do well in advance of a storm to protect your property and keepsakes against water and flood damage.

  1. Visually Inspect Your Roof.  Every 3-4 months, walk around your home and look for any damaged roof tiles or the flashing around chimneys, vents, and at roof joints. If you notice any curling edges or cracks, or if you notice any leaks in the home, call a licensed roofing company immediately. Don’t wait until storm season; do it as soon as possible to prevent water damage to your home.
  2. Clean Your Gutters. Gutters that are filled with leaves, pine needles, or other debris can cause storm water to flow into your home, and around your foundation. This can lead to significant flood damage in your home. Even if you have shields on your gutters, it is wise to check them prior to storm season to make sure they are performing optimally and draining the water away from your house. It may be wise to consider downspout extenders to help move rainwater effectively from around your home.
  3. Ensure Landscaping Encourages Proper Drainage. To keep your home dry, it is imperative that water drains away from the foundation. Often, water will seep through the foundation, causing damp and musty basements, which can be a harbinger for mold growth requiring mold remediation in your home. With heavy rain, water can fill window wells quickly, leading to a flooded basement. Check window well covers often to make sure they are free from cracks and splits. For foliage around the home, consider raised beds or containers so the excess water is directed to lower areas of your property.
  4. Prepare for The Worst. In the event that National Weather Service or local weather professionals issue a warning for severe weather, prepare immediately. Your preparation should include a quick visual inspection of the exterior of your home, including roof, windows, window wells, and other features. If you have a sump pump, set it up, and have it at the ready in the event flooding occurs. Indoors, make sure that you have food and water for 3 days in the event disaster strikes.

Water damage in your home whether due to a storm, a leaky roof, a broken water heater, or a sewage backup, can cause significant structural damage, and damage to precious personal items. Your local SERVPRO has the expertise and the tools necessary for storm damage restoration.

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 the mold remediation process Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700

Common Types of Leaks in Albuquerque Water Damaged Homes

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Common Types of Leaks in Albuquerque Water Damaged Homes SERVPRO can help with any size water damage claim.

SERVPRO Technicians Deal with All Types of Water Leaks in Albuquerque

Leaks are one of the most expensive types of damage that can happen to a home, but also one of the least detected. It often takes months or even years for leaks to cause visual damage, but by that point, it's too late to take preventative measures. Leaks can weaken structures, waste water, dissolve building materials, create dangerous compounds and foster mold growth. These are some of the most common leaks we encounter on typical residential calls and how they start.

Pipe Leaks 

Pipe leaks, in cabinets, behind walls, or anywhere else, are one of the most common sources of water damage in Albuquerque. Pipes are often deliberately placed out of view of occupants, so when one develops a leak, it can be a very long time before anyone notices. These leaks often occur close to normally dry wood and fabric and once these are consistently soaked by leaking water, they can lose structural integrity or even develop patches of mold growth. In extreme cases, residents sometimes only learn of these leaks when part of their ceiling crashes down into the living room.

Sink, Shower, and Tub Leaks 

These leaks are often much more violent and much more noticeable than a pipe leak because they are usually caused by a resident in some way. As such, they have less potential for long-term water damage, but can be a big problem and cause a bigger mess.

Water Tanks and Heaters 

When water heaters or tanks leak, the damage is fortunately usually contained mostly to the container itself rather than immediate surroundings. However, large volumes of water are contained in them regardless and if the entire contents leak out in an area they may cause severe damage to surrounding objects and materials.

Basement, Crawl Space, and Attic Concerns

Particular sections of your home, such as basements, crawl spaces and attics are more prone to water damage. Crawl spaces are what builders add under homes to let them put in electrical wires and pipe. A damp, dark crawl space lets mold flourish, causing damage to the structure. Moisture that drips through the concrete foundation of your home will cause leaks in the basement. Leakage of air into the section between the home and the attic can make moisture on the under part of your roof, leading to rotting and mold. Periodically check your home for any of these problems.

Household Appliances that are Malfunctioning

As they get older, the pipes of household appliances can crack and rust, and their hoses weaken. Washing machines, refrigerators and dishwashers are all susceptible to this deterioration, so keep an eye on your machines when they are older. The main two appliances which cause water damage the most often in homes are hot water tanks and washing machines.

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

Securing Your Albuquerque Property After a Fire

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Securing Your Albuquerque Property After a Fire Fire damage can be devastating. Call SERVPRO to remediate!

There are Many Reasons to Call a Professional Company After Suffering Fire Damage to your Home

When you experience a fire on your property, you may have to leave quickly, leaving your property open and vulnerable. It is important to make sure that your home or business is secured because it protects you, your neighbors and aids in your insurance claims. When you call SERVPRO, they inspect your property and when needed, make it secure.

There are several key areas that must be secured from a fire damage event in Albuquerque. These include the perimeter, doors, windows and other damaged areas, like the roof. Doors and windows should be boarded up; roofs may need to be covered with a tarp to keep out inclement weather, insects, and animals. Walls and floors are inspected for their stability. They too may need to be covered with a temporary shoring. The perimeter requires temporary fencing around your property.

There are a couple of reasons why securing your property after a fire is necessary. One reason is to keep others protected. Children and pets become curious and wander onto the unsecured property and become injured. If your property is left unsecured and someone gets hurt, you are held financially liable.

The second reason to protect your property after a disaster is to keep thieves from stealing what remaining valuables you have and possibly causing additional damage. Also, securing your property helps to prevent inclement weather from causing more damage and to keep animals or insects from chewing on electrical wires and other belongings.

SERVPRO uses a variety of materials and methods to prop up weakened walls and floors. This allows their professional technicians to work safely on damaged areas. In some cases, family members and employees can continue to live or work in the property during their restoration process. As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO offers a broad range of services, including fire damage restoration, temporary fencing, board-up services, and more.

As experts in disaster remediation, SERVPRO of South Albuquerque is armed with the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. We are locally owned and operated, plus we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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

A Company You Can Trust for Help with Fire Damage Restoration in Your Albuquerque Business

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial A Company You Can Trust for Help with Fire Damage Restoration in Your Albuquerque Business Our technicians have the experience and staffing to handle any scale disaster.

Certified Commercial Restoration Technicians with Effective Tools Can Quickly Restore Your Damaged Property

When dealing with fire damage that affects your business, you want access to a restoration company that makes restoring your property a priority. A company that can provide you with fast, efficient services and get your doors open again as soon as possible.   

The company you hire needs to be someone you can trust, a company on your side that understands how important it is to deal with the aftermath of commercial fire damage on your Albuquerque property with a little finesse. While also giving you access to technicians who are not only IICRC certified, but also take great pride in using their experience to combat each situation that they face. We truly enjoy producing quality results for you, the customer.   

SERVPRO has had the pleasure of helping many, property and business owners overcome adversity regarding restorations after disaster strikes. Our technicians put their skills to work saving time and reducing costs while limiting any disruptions to the services you provide. Often allowing us to help you keep your doors open, while repairs are underway. We work on a schedule that produces the best results for you, day or night; we are there for you.   

SERVPRO technicians use their extensive training to take control of your complete restoration, making us a one-stop solution for all of your fire damage restoration needs. We respond quickly and use cutting-edge techniques, to deal with any fire, smoke, or water damage issues found during our initial inspection and even put cleaning and odor control methods into motion to ensure that we meet or often exceed any expectations you might have.   

SERVPRO would like to be a partner that helps get you back on your feet. We can assist with restoring any service areas caught up in the fire including kitchens, bathrooms, guest rooms and staff areas. While using special cleaning methods on woodwork, walls, ceilings, carpeting, and furniture caught within the affected area to remove acidic smoke residues that develop during a fire. Paying particular attention to each surface material to produce the best results. 

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

What Can Happen During Storm Damage In Albuquerque and Santa Fe

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Can Happen During Storm Damage In Albuquerque and Santa Fe Storm damage team is ready for any size disaster.

Storm Damage Gets Help from SERVPRO

Storms are violent, unpredictable phenomena. When a storm begins, even the most experienced of meteorologists with the best computers can't say for sure what will happen. As such, you should be prepared for the worst of a storm whenever one begins to form. Although some types of storm damage are more prevalent in specific regions of the country, the unlikeliest disasters are often the most damaging as people are not prepared for them. These types of damage can happen during a variety of storms, and you should be extremely cautious around them.

Lightning 

Lightning strikes just about everywhere on Earth, and can cause significant bodily or structural harm where it hits. Victims of lightning storm damage in Albuquerque and Santa Fe are often seriously injured or even killed if directly hit, and their homes may easily catch fire if struck. Installing a quality lightning rod or two on your home is sure to provide protection against some strikes, but you should remain aware that lightning remains a leading cause of house fires in the United States.

Flooding

Floods often accompany storms with heavy rains, as they cause rivers and water fixtures to overflow and lead a torrent of water into a home. Flooding may also occur if your home has an open window or broken window well or leak near a basement, where water will collect and pool up into a minor or major flood. Flood waters are contaminated and dangerous to residents, so you should always let an experienced company like SERVPRO deal with them.

Wind and Kinetic Damage 

Heavy winds during storms, especially hurricanes and tornadoes, often can severely damage a structure directly. Roofing and siding can be torn off, and objects may be blown into the side of the home. Should a tree or telephone pole fall on the house, it may cause extensive damage and require tarps. If an electrical pole or wire falls on a house, this may also cause fires. We can provide a tarp service to mitigate the intrusion of rainwater and to keep out vandals and vermin.

Water Damage 

Small amounts of water damage are often caused by storms, and by unfortunate mistakes on the part of homeowners. Securing doors and closing windows are essential for keeping water out and your interior dry. Water damage can also lead to mold growth, which is costly to remove and may cause health effects.

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

Mold Remediation for a Home in Albuquerque

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation for a Home in Albuquerque Limit the Damage and Eliminate the Dangers of Mold--call SERVPRO

Mold Remediation by SERVPRO

While residential property owners in Albuquerque should be aware of conditions that could impact their home, learning about a mold infestation is particularly important. By getting a clear understanding of what mold is and how to prevent it, you can preclude your property from being subjected to structural damage and health hazards with mold remediation from SERVPRO. Learn more about mold and how to keep your property safe by reviewing this short outline:

Mold: A Brief Overview

Mold is a fungus. Positive factors for mold growth are moist, wet environments, a food source of cellulose or other organics and poor ventilation. Homeowners who suffer water damage often find that mold starts to proliferate in their residential property. If mold growth is not identified and treated, it can cause health effects. Additionally, mold can adversely impact your indoor air quality giving off a musty odor and cause discoloration of walls, ceilings and furniture.

Why You Should Hire A Professional Mold Remediation Specialist

Often, homeowners are interested in completing the mold removal process on their own. However, completing a do-it-yourself project in this instance is not very advisable.  A small patch or a bit of mold on tile grout can be cleaned and controlled by a homeowner. Most homeowners do not possess the specialized equipment and safety gear and clothing required to execute the mold remediation process. Additionally, hiring a team of professional remediation specialists from SERVPRO can shorten significantly the unhealthy home air quality. Finally, most homeowners do not possess the knowledge and experience necessary to complete the mold removal process safely. When done incorrectly, DIY projects can cause you to spread the mold infestation in previously uncontaminated living areas thereby increasing susceptibility to health risks, structural damage, and costs.

Benefits Of Securing a Professional Mold Remediation Service

• Assessing the dangers of the existing mold

• Locating the source of the problem

•Containing affected regions of the home to prevent mold spore proliferation, including HVAC ductwork

• Eliminating the mold colonies, reducing mold spores to normal levels

•Cleaning, drying and disinfecting all surfaces affected by mold. Deodorizing the musty odor with ULV foggers

As an IICRC-certified company, the SERVPRO professionals are experts in Applied Microbial Remediation. Additionally, we are highly skilled in working directly with industrial hygienists, insurance adjusters, and residential property owners in Albuquerque to offer full-service mold remediation assistance.

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 the mold remediation process Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700

Water Removal When Albuquerque or Santa Fe Garbage Disposal Pipe Breaks

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal When Albuquerque or Santa Fe Garbage Disposal Pipe Breaks Leaks Lead to Water Damage in Your Albuquerque or Santa Fe Property

SERVPRO Cleans up the Kitchen After Water Damage

Water puddling on the floor near your kitchen sink demands quick action. An online check for “water removal near me” reveals that SERVPRO can be at your home fast, finding the source and offering a plan to get rid of the water and restore your kitchen fixtures to their pre-leak condition.

The tangle of pipes under your kitchen sink seemed to be doing their jobs until you stepped into that puddle. Reaching out to our team allows professional water damage experts to isolate the problem. Our staff checks for leaks and evaluates the pipes for cracks and unstable connections. Any evidence of blow-back of food debris from the garbage disposal into the cabinet is cause for treating the water removal in your Albuquerque home as gray or black water contamination. The presence of rotting food increases the chance of mold or other microbial growth. Tainted water may be trapped under the cabinet, soaking the subflooring. Deterioration of the floor and any ceilings or walls below the kitchen is possible. Our staff investigates for evident and hidden damage, offering you proven restoration options to return the structure to preloss condition.   

Water removal proceeds swiftly with SERVPRO’s state of the art equipment. Powerful extractors vacuum water from the kitchen floor and the inside of the cabinet. The trim below the base of the enclosure is removable in most cases, and checking there for water accumulation allows for thorough moisture abatement and an inspection for mold or rotting wood. We follow EPA protocol to contain and remove mold colonies safely. Once standing water and any hazardous waste is gone our technicians arrange air movers to continue the drying process. Measurements of humidity levels guide our staff, indicating when the under-sink area and flooring are ready for additional restorative treatments.   

Final steps for our crew include cleaning and disinfecting the space under the sink after the plumbing repairs and the water removal. Our staff fixes areas weakened by the water damage with new materials. Flooring damaged is reset or sanded and refinished, depending on type. Wet walls or ceilings under the sink are cleaned, dried, disinfected, and touched up to match surrounding unaffected areas. We strive to leave your home looking as though it has experienced no water damage. 

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

Fire Damage Restoration Services That Help Make Your Albuquerque and Santa Fe House A Home

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Services That Help Make Your Albuquerque and Santa Fe House A Home Did you know that smoke and soot causes far more damage than the actual fire?

SERVPRO Restores Furnishings and Structural Elements After a Fire

Did you know that smoke and soot causes far more damage than the actual fire? By penetrating additional rooms smoke and soot residues cause significant damage to paint, carpeting, upholstery, fabrics, clothing, and many other contents found in your home.    

It takes a professional touch to get fire damage under control in your Albuquerque home. Putting out the flames is only the beginning, a thorough cleaning, deodorization, and redecoration can turn your house back into a home. However, there are more than a few simple steps before this goal becomes attainable.    

A team of qualified fire damage restoration technicians from SERVPRO can help protect you and your family from general hazards that exist after a blaze occurs on your property. Using different types of advanced cleaning techniques, our technicians provide solutions to a variety of problems that happen during a fire.     

It is important to keep in mind that not all furniture restorations are possible, the extent of damage may be permanent. Furniture directly affected by flames or heat can melt and turn items into a hot mess on your floor. However, often enough, the burns are not that severe, which gives technicians a chance to sand and refinish your furniture, allowing you to keep many items you may have otherwise discarded as trash.    

We start with properly ventilating the area, or moving items to a clean, safe area beyond the range of exposure. We use multiple cleaning, and deodorization techniques to stop damage causing residues in their tracks. Everything from chemical treatments, solvents, wet, and dry procedures help produce different results on a variety of items. SERVPRO technicians treat each item individually, to produce the best results possible.

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment. We slowly but surely produce quality results that often exceed any expectations you might have had.    

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

Commercial Water Damage in Albuquerque Due to Sewage Leaks

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage in Albuquerque Due to Sewage Leaks SERVPRO of South Albuquerque is ready to respond immediately and work quickly to clean or restore your business.

Water Damage Remediation Can Prevent Employee Health Issues

One of the more dangerous types of water damage which can occur in your commercial property is the leakage of sewage. Sewage contains bacteria, fungi, and viruses, many which can cause a lot of health concerns, including mold. Many people sadly do not realize the hazards that sewage can bring into your building, especially for those who are very old or young, and for anyone who already has an immune system which has been compromised or who have respiratory problems.

As a business owner, there are some fundamental principles you should know about sewer backups and water damage:

Sewage hosts several different pathogenic and disease-causing bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. Anyone who is working on losses of sewage must have vaccinations which are up to date, including their Hepatitis B.

Exposure to sewage is dangerous, especially for anyone under the age of two or over the age of sixty, for people with weakened immune systems, anyone who is recovering from surgery, for women who are pregnant, anyone who has AIDS, or anyone on chemotherapy or prescription drugs.

It is unsafe to stay in an Albuquerque building which has been flooded by sewage unless the area that is contaminated can be totally sealed off and put under a controlled air flow, so there is not a danger of cross contamination to sectors that are not affected.

Materials that are highly absorbent and saturated with sewage material such as carpeting, carpet padding, upholstery, insulation, and drywall that cannot be laundered for at least ten minutes in hot water will need to be trashed.  It is too big of a health risk to only clean and dry these materials.

Only professionals who are highly trained should be performing your sewage and water damage remediation work. Afterward, a third party environmental professional can do post-remediation verification to make sure your building is safe to re-occupy.

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of South Albuquerque has the training, equipment, and experience to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. 

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