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Identifying Causes of Residential Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Identifying Causes of Residential Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

In thinking about water damage, severe weather is usually one of the first things that will come to mind for many. Storms and flooding can cause catastrophic water damage, but they are often not the main causes.

Instead, there are various items in and around your home that may be responsible for many situations that result in water damage.

<h4101-on-water-damage:a8f8131ffaa5739239be8686687cc835">The 101 on Water Damage

With water damage being the third most common reason for a homeowners insurance claim between 2011 and 2015, it is something that many homeowners will face, with an average payout per claim of $8,861.

There is a difference between water damage and gradual water damage, which can impact the payout of homeowner’s insurance claims. Examples of gradual damage would be something that has been happening over time, such as cracks in a home’s foundation or unknown plumbing issues in the walls that will cause damage to walls, ceilings or floors. Unfortunately, unlike storm-related water damage, which is covered by homeowners insurance, many cases of gradual water damage are not covered.

<h4issues-and-water-damage:a8f8131ffaa5739239be8686687cc835">Plumbing Issues and Water Damage

According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the leading causes of water damage are:

  • Plumbing supply system failures. This can involve frozen pipes that can burst due to the buildup in water pressure caused by freezing water or when the supply system material fails and results in a leaking or burst pipe. Per IBHS, plumbing supply system failures are the leading source of residential water losses and cost an average of $5,092 per incident after the deductible. It was also found that homes 16 to 40 years of age made up a larger group of supply system material failure claims.

  • Plumbing drain system failures. These occur when a sewer drain backs up and overflows into a home or from material performance issues. In their study, IBHS found that 52% of drain system failures were caused by sewer backups and 37% were related to material performance issues. They also noted that the average drain system failure was more expensive in southern states than in northern states.

  • Toilet failures. Toilets are the second largest cause of residential water damage loss after plumbing supply system failures and can happen due to faulty fill valves or clogged drain lines. Toilet failures that occur on the first floor of a home resulted in higher claims than those that occurred in upper floors or basements, according to IBHS.

  • Water heater failures. As a water heater reaches its life expectancy, it’s normal that the tank will eventually begin to rust and corrode, causing leaking or bursting issues. According to IBHS, 69% of all water heater failures resulted from a slow leak or a sudden bursting of water lines and, on average, cost $4,444 per incident following the deductible.

  • Washing machine failures. Typically caused by supply hose failures, machine overflows and drain line failures, washing machine failures are one of the top 10 sources of residential water losses. Per IBHS, supply hose failures accounted for over half of all washing machine-related losses.

If your home has experienced any water damage, rest assured that the team of professionals at SERVPRO® of Pueblo is available to help with cleanup and restoration and make it “like it never even happened.”

Carpet Cleaning

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

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Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

The SERVPRO carpet and upholstery cleaning service will not only get out the dirt you see, but will also remove the unwanted dust you don’t. A professionally cleaned carpet and furniture may make all the difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home.

A SERVPRO Franchise Professional will listen to your needs and use their experience to recommend the right care and cleaning solution for you and your budget.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use state-of-the-art professional equipment to remove soils from deep within your carpet's pile and backings. 

  1. They will show you what cleaning option would be the best for your carpet's level of soiling.
  2. Give you an estimate of time and cost of the carpet cleaning.
  3. Explain the benefits of soil protection.
  4. Explain the advantages of a clean carpet for good indoor air quality.
  5. Explain how you can help prolong your carpet's appearance with frequent vacuuming.

Odor Removal

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Odor Removal Remove odors and keep your home fresh!

Ask yourself these questions:
1. Do you smoke in your home?
2. Do your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room have adequate ventilation and exhaust fans?
3. Is you gas fireplace and/or gas stove checked yearly for emissions?

If the answers are yes to any of these questions - As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional has the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contacts any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace.

Clean ducts helps reduce the potential for mold growth

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

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Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business. In most cases the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention.  Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

SERVPRO Franchise Professional uses a Portable Ventilation & Air Duct Cleaning System to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime. 

The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins

Crew Member

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

General Crew Member Travis Olguin - SERVPRO of Pueblo's Crew Chief

Name:  Travis Olguin

Details:

Travis has worked for SERVPRO of Pueblo for twelve years.  He is a dedicated and valuable employee. He is always ready to help, teach, and praise other employees for their work.  Travis has exception interaction and communication skills, not only with employees but customers, adjusters and people in the community.  Travis is a positive representative of the SERVPRO Brand!

Travis is a Crew Chief and has completed our rigorous SERVPRO Employee Certification Training Program. This program teaches advanced cleaning and restoration techniques and how to properly use our state-of-the-art equipment. This training program also focuses on listening skills and customer service. Travis has a strong work ethic and is known around our office for his attention to detail. 

  • His certifications include:
    IICRC
    Crew Training
    Water Certification
    Fire Certification
    Carpet and Upholstery Certification

Rain gutters and downspouts

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

As the weather becomes warmer in the Pueblo area, now would be a good time to clean your gutters and downspouts. We all know how spring showers can be or hope to be! Now would be a good time to do the maintenance on the exterior of your home.

Gutters are an integral piece of your home’s well-being. They serve to control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, foundation and landscape.

But when neglected, experts say, gutters can turn from a necessity to a nightmare. A gutter clogged with leaves, sticks and other debris can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. Contractors say gunked-up gutters also make nice homes for pests, rodents, mold and honeycombs from bee infestations.

Importance of Air Duct Cleaning: Ask Professional Company's Help for Best Results

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

We all want to provide a healthy environment for our families and employees. One way to help in doing this is to make sure the air quality inside the residence or business is free of polluting debris in the air ducts. Often when a home or business complex is constructed, everything including the kitchen sink is cleaned before residency, except, yes, you’ve guessed it, the air ducts.

Professional air duct services can make sure that the debris that has collected inside the ducts is dislodged and sucked right into a vacuum system that they use to clean the ducts thoroughly. This should be done about every three to five years on a regular basis to keep your heating and cooling systems running smoothly. Contact a professional air duct service representative and discuss the questions you may have. Find out about the service you will receive and the cost. You are going to be surprised how little it really costs to keep the indoor air quality up to par when you talk to a representative.

Los Angeles and areas that are surrounded by highways, manufacturing plants, and commercial buildings are exposed to bacteria, smog, molds, hazardous petroleum fumes and chemical fumes as well as air borne debris. All of these pollutants are hazardous to our health. Inside buildings in these areas or even on the outskirts of these areas, like the suburbs of Los Angeles, are experiencing polluted indoor air quality.

One way to ensure the quality of air indoors is to keep the air ducts clean. Most people do not realize their ducts can be the breeding ground for all sorts of contaminants such as mold, mildew, rodent droppings and dust mites. This is why it is so important to have a professional duct cleaning service and protect the indoor air quality in your home or business.

The professional air duct service company that you are searching for in Los Angeles are not always the first ones listed in the telephone directories. Doing some research will help you determine the company that will give you the quality service you need at an affordable price. There are many shyster companies out there, so it is a very good idea to really check these companies out.

Restoring Your Pueblo Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Pueblo commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Pueblo

SERVPRO of Pueblo specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Pueblo Smoke and Soot Cleanup

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Pueblo will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 719.544.7165

For Immediate Service in Pueblo, Call SERVPRO

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pueblo provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Pueblo. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 719.544.7165

Residential Services

Whether your Pueblo home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Pueblo commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: click here.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration