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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

Storm Damage in Albuquerque and Santa Fe Happens Year-Round

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage in Albuquerque and Santa Fe Happens Year-Round Storms can cause major damage in Albuquerque and Santa Fe

Make Storm Damage Cleanup Easy With SERVPRO

Storms can happen in any season, and can bring with them not only heavy rainfall but also hail and high winds. These elements of nature can be very damaging to a home's exterior. The damage can be so extensive that the interior of the home becomes damaged, as well. 
 
Winds and Rains Brought by the Storms Can Create Damaging Effects
 
High winds, particularly those with even faster and stronger gusts, can rip off siding from your home's exterior walls and tear off shingles from the roof. This stripping away of your home's protective layers can create openings for rainwater to enter. Debris from the storm can also be carried into these openings. In Albuquerque and Santa Fe, storm damage often involves trees downed from the high winds. This added weight, which is often sudden, is typically too heavy for a home's roof to bear, and causes it to collapse inwards. 

Breaking glass found in windows and sliding glass doors is often not able to withstand flying debris when a home is situated on a wooded lot or area. What was once a cozy spot for you and your home is now a pile of downed tree limbs and wreckage. Because of the high possibility of power lines being nearby, cleaning up storm damage is not recommended except by trained and experienced professionals. At SERVPRO, we have the training and the experience to quickly and professionally bring your home and property back into a safe state of being. 
 
Skilled Removal of Debris and Clean Up of Damaged Areas of Your Home 

We have the equipment to cover all aspects of storm damage, from the removal of brush, tree limbs, and ripped away shingles and siding, to mold prevention through water removal and desiccation of your carpets and upholstered furniture, to repairing damaged structures and aspects of your home. We put our training, education, and experience to work for you as a team, using the latest in technology and techniques, ensuring that your home will return to its previous welcoming state quickly. 

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.”

Storms Happen Any Time of the Day, and We are Available 24/7 to Serve You

Do You Have Flood or Storm Damage?

Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700.

Mold Damage Can Affect Your Albuquerque Home in Hidden Areas

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Can Affect Your Albuquerque Home in Hidden Areas Remediation is an excellent way to protect your home from increased mold damage.

Mold May be Hiding in Your Albuquerque House 

There are several different areas in your home that are inaccessible to you and others without dismantling part of your home's structure. Being inaccessible to you, a lack of strong air currents and no sunlight work together to make these great places for mold to grow. These concealed places can become infested very quickly once mold has started to grow within them.

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of South Albuquerque has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business

When your home in Albuquerque has mold damage in one of these hidden places, you might still get a whiff of mold's distinctive smell occasionally. Some molds never produce a scent at all, so a lack of one does not necessarily mean your home does not have a mold problem. As much as you search your home for signs of mold, if it has grown inside one of these areas, you may never find it.

SERVPRO technicians can help locate mold in hidden and inaccessible areas in your home. Trained according to IICRC standards, we are also experienced with the equipment needed to track down higher-than-normal levels of moisture in your home. Common areas where mold can hide are under vanities, toilets, tubs, shower stalls, inside walls, behind or below plumbing lines, and in the floor near exterior doors and windows.

Using hygrometers to detect increased levels of moisture and humidity in the air, we can locate areas that are more prone to allow mold to grow. Moisture meters can show us exactly which hard surfaces in those areas contain elevated amounts of moisture. Borescopes are used to view the interiors of spaces which could not be seen otherwise.

While mold in these hidden locations may seem out of the way and only a nuisance, mold can travel to other sites in your home when new mold spores are released into the air. Remediation is an excellent way to protect your home from increased mold damage. Having excess mold removed from hidden locations can also protect your family from the many possible health effects mold might cause.

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.” 

To find hidden mold and protect your family and home Call SERVPRO of South Albuquerque Today at (505) 345-4700

Water Damage Tips for Albuquerque and Santa Fe Property Managers

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Tips for Albuquerque and Santa Fe Property Managers Water damage can be incredibly damaging to properties of all kinds and sizes.

Water Damage Tips for Property Managers

Water damage can be incredibly damaging to properties of all kinds and sizes. As a property manager, you want to try your best to ensure that any properties you are in charge of managing are kept as pristine as possible. You cannot do this when dealing with water problems and water-related damage. The fact of the matter is that Albuquerque and Santa Fe Property damage can be a lot more disastrous than you might think. For one, it can promote the growth of mold that you may not even be able to see. It can also damage things on the property to the roof, foundation and general building materials like beams and sheetrock on the walls.

As a property manager, it is essential that you establish a preparedness plan that will help to prevent Albuquerque and Santa Fe Property damage altogether. This might include regular inspections of the property you're managing as well as routine repairs to anything that might be working in a less desirable manner. Such as downspouts on gutters or roofing that tends to leak at times. One thing to keep in mind is that your tenants may not always alert you that there is a problem for a variety of reasons. One reason may be because they don't think the issue is a problem, or they may not even notice that there is a problem altogether. Because of this, it might be beneficial for you to conduct routine maintenance inspections to make sure that everything is in working order.

Because water damage can be incredibly problematic for property managers, it is especially important to prevent and fix issues as soon as you notice them. This can help to prevent problems from getting much worse, such as mold growth that has been caused by a flood or leak in some area of the property. Having a good maintenance team who can conduct routine inspections is also a vital part of any property manager's job.

If you are already experiencing Albuquerque and Santa Fe water damage or any of the issues that come from water damage, it is a good idea to contact SERVPRO so that they can come in and provide the clean-up that you need. From water damage restoration to mold remediation, SERVPRO is there to assist any property manager or company when it comes to their property running to its full efficiency. Water damage can be a problem, but this doesn't mean that the problem cannot be fixed.

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

When Storm Damage Destroys A Roof, Albuquerque and Santa Fe Residents Must Repair Quickly To Protect Their Home

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storm Damage Destroys A Roof, Albuquerque and Santa Fe Residents Must Repair Quickly To Protect Their Home When the roof is damaged, it will not take long for things to become increasingly worse as time passes.

Repairing A Roof After Storm Damage

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 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 and Santa Fe receive their 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 assessing the damage, we will cover your roof with an adequately sized tarp. We can then have our roofing professionals repair your roof. When 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.

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

Cleaning And Sanitizing Furniture After Fire Damage In Your Albuquerque and Santa Fe Home

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning And Sanitizing Furniture After Fire Damage In Your Albuquerque and Santa Fe Home No matter the size or severity of a fire, it is important to get repairs started quickly.

Cleaning And Sanitizing Furniture After Fire Damage

No matter the size or severity of a fire, it is important to get repairs started quickly. Soot is very acidic and, if left long enough, it starts to eat away at different materials in the home. Fabrics are particularly vulnerable, and furniture requires cleaning as soon as possible. 

At SERVPRO, we use the finest tools and techniques to repair fire damage inside Albuquerque and Santa Fe properties. We are very cautious when handling furniture because movement can cause soot residues to penetrate deeper into porous fabrics. 

Why Is Smoke A Big Problem? 
Smoke poses a challenge for fire damage restorers because it is a very resilient substance. It is made up of tiny particles of less than ten microns in diameter. It means that the only way to completely remove it from fabrics is to formulate smoke neutralizing chemicals with these same dimensions and consistency. Contact with human skin intensifies the acidic film it deposits on surfaces. For this reason, the SERVPRO technicians use nitrile gloves to prevent further damage. 

Is It Possible To Clean Furniture? 
The primary challenge, when it comes to cleaning smoke damaged furniture, is the presence of soot. This substance can be extremely stubborn and causes stains if the right cleaning chemicals do not get applied. Dry cleaning sponges are suitable for clearing loose residues and any powdery films on surfaces. 

Once the dry soot is gone, the furniture gets sanitized with powerful cleaning agents. They help to prevent further discoloration and deterioration. The final stage is to apply a HEPA vacuum for collecting leftover soft particles. It is likely that the chair pads and any removable pieces of fabric require separate cleaning. 

Does This Fix The Smoky Odors Too? 
SERVPRO uses a potent oxidizing chemical (like ozone) to get rid of the smoky odors which develop after a fire. If we do not perform a deodorization procedure, the smells can become permanently trapped in the fabric. Ozone is a gas which hooks itself to the odor emitting particles and actively transforms them into particles which are incapable of producing odor. 

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 work with SERVPRO of South Albuquerque, you get to benefit from our links to a wide variety of furniture restorers and upholsterers. 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

Personal Protective Equipment for the Mold Remediation Process

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Personal Protective Equipment for the Mold Remediation Process This SERVPRO of South Albuquerque technician is ready to take care of mold in this Albuquerque Home

A Mold remediation process is often necessary after water damages that sit undiscovered for a length of time. In Albuquerque and Santa Fe Mold can grow quickly on damp or wet building materials provided the right conditions are met. There are hundreds of different species of mold and each species requires different conditions to thrive. While most mold species prefer warm, humid environments with little to no air movement; certain mold species can grow in cooler and drier environments. Some molds produce toxins which are harmful if breathed in or ingested. Our crews wear special personal protective equipment while remediating mold to reduce their exposure.

In the photo to the right, you can see one of our crew members dressed to do mold remediation. He is wearing a Tyvek suit and gloves which are puncture resistant and can be disposed of after he finishes working. He is also wearing a full-face respirator which will filter the air and prevent him from breathing in mold spores while he works. At SERVPRO of South Albuquerque we take mold and safety seriously. We always recommend that our customers stay out of the work area during the Mold Remediation Process.

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

We Clean Up Commercial Water Damage in Albuquerque and Santa Fe

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial We Clean Up Commercial Water Damage in Albuquerque and Santa Fe We have the best technicians and equipment to remove water from your business in case a flood happens.

Businesses Stay Afloat with SERVPRO' Water Damage Restoration

Finding commercial water damage in your business can be hard to swallow, and when it's significant damage to not only your building, or to your inventory, but to both, it can be particularly challenging to grapple with. Business operations can be difficult enough to manage under normal conditions without adding unforeseen problems.

Business owners should know that we are experts in finding solutions to cleaning up and preventing commercial water damage in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, as well as restoring buildings from top to bottom. Your inventory is important to you, and your business, so we also understand that special care must be taken to prevent any extra losses from occurring. Our experience and training can help prevent this from happening, and we will also work with you while we restore your business and your inventory.   

Water extraction, drying, cleaning, and restorative work are our strengths. We work as a team, so that our work is completed as quickly, but also as thoroughly, as possible. Communication with you during the entire process is highly important to us, and we will always keep you updated on any developments that affect your business. We're here to answer your questions, so please don't ever hesitate to ask us when you need more information.   

When completing work that commercial water damage requires, we often encounter problems that have remained hidden. Problems can include electrical hazards, a discovery of pest problems, mold or bacterial growths, and many other situations that we commonly find. These are often unknown to business owners when water damage has been a slowly but steadily developing problems in a building. Your safety and that of your employees and customers are important and restoring things to an acceptable condition are paramount. Defects in building materials, such as gaps in insulation (sometimes discovered when a wall is opened so that damaged paneling or drywall can be replaced) can be filled before installing the new wall, preventing heat loss.   

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 business, 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.