Why is My Crawl Space Damp?
You probably can’t remember the last time you looked inside your crawl space, but if the air in your living area stinks and feels damp, your hardwood floors are buckling, your carpets are wet, or your allergy symptoms are getting worse, the cause could be a moisture problem in your crawl space
Before you clean up or apply a fix, it’s good to understand why your crawl space is damp. The significant wetness causes are:
When it rains, water from overflowing gutters, leaky basement windows, or grading issues can enter your crawl space.
Soil surrounding your home can get saturated after a heavy downpour. When this happens, water can seep through porous walls and end up in the crawl space.
Exposed dirt in the crawl space adds a lot of moisture to the crawl space air. The ground is damp, and as the damp soil dries, the water evaporates upward into the crawl space. This invisible flow of water vapor is constant.
A burst pipe is another cause of a wet crawl space. Water may collect and sit for days until it evaporates. The standing water and increased moisture can lead to mold problems, rot, and attract pests.
It occurs when moisture-filled air from the outside gets into the crawl space and cools, then condenses at a dew point. When the air cools, humidity can jump up to 90%. And that’s not good.
Remember, SERVPRO of Grand, Routt, and Rio Blanco Counties is ready to assist you if your Winter Park House has a damp crawlspace and help you get back to normal. Getting your home or business back to preloss condition as quickly as possible is our number one priority. We are a 24/7 emergency response. Call us today at 970-949-3235.
Why is SERVPRO the right choice?
Here at SERVPRO of Grand Routt & Rio Blanco counties, we have a highly trained team of professionals prepared to handle any situation. We are a 24/7 emergency response. Our results are proof of our promise to provide the best service to our clients with expedited service that does not compromise on value!
Excellent Resources to Handle Disasters
The franchise connections across the state mean ample resources to tackle any job in any location. The professionals are well-equipped to fix commercial water damage or conduct a complete home restoration.
All SERVPRO teams have access to additional resources for a rapid and reliable response, no matter the size of the disaster.
Always On Call
Whether it is two in the morning or the afternoon, or if it's a holiday, SERVPRO can dispatch a team of professionals to address any issue you may have quickly. Mold? Burst pipes? Fire damage? Reconstruction? Covid Cleaning? We have a team standing by with the best equipment and professionals no matter what you're facing.
Highly Trained Teams
SERVPRO also has specialized training and promotes adherence to IICRC Standards so that you can expect professional cleaning and restoration services across the United States and Canada.
Any size Job
No matter how big your disaster is, we will make sure it looks "Like it never even happened." Did you know that the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team is both prequalified and strategically positioned to handle a natural disaster of any size within the United States? Our SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is uniquely positioned to help in any significant loss with urgency and unmatched mitigation efforts, whether flood or tornado, hurricane or storm. The Disaster Recovery Team is always ready for the unpredictable!
At SERVPRO, we are a trusted franchise that has been the cleanup and restoration industry leader for over 50 years. We're committed to your customers by acting with urgency to restore their property and lives while adhering to IICRC standards, resulting in lower claims costs, a low loss ratio, and satisfied customers for improved policyholder retention.
Experience with Insurance Companies
Dealing with an insurance company after a disaster is part of the process. That's why SERVPRO has developed numerous contacts in the industry to make it feel like a smooth and productive collaboration.
Remember, getting your home or business back to preloss condition as quickly as possible is our number one priority. SERVPRO of Grand, Routt, and Rio Blanco Counties is ready to assist you 24/7. Call us today at 970-949-3235.
Mold vs. Mildew
Mold in the wall
Mold and Mildew are fungi that develop due to excessive, unchecked moisture in confined spaces, especially in damp areas with water damage. Though related, Mold and Mildew are different microorganisms that grow differently and must be treated differently.
Safely eradicating Mold and Mildew is crucial to keeping you safe and your home in good shape.
Mildew can harm the food it grows on, but it doesn’t typically leave lasting damage to other surfaces, such as tile floors or bathroom mirrors. Additionally, anyone who inhales mildew spores may start coughing, get a headache or have trouble breathing, so that this fungus can present some health issues.
However, Mold tends to be more serious. Mold can damage entire structures, including homes and vehicles, and it can cause long-term health problems for people. Mold can cause health effects. In addition, anyone who has a mold allergy may experience congestion, sneezing, and irritation of the eyes, throat, and skin.
Mildew is typically white, gray, or yellow and grows on the surface of moist, warm areas. Its texture is fluffy or powdery.
Mold tends to be green or black, and it usually grows underneath the surface of anything that has gotten wet. Its texture can be fuzzy or slimy.
To treat Mildew, you can use standard household cleaning products and brushwork, which exists on surfaces. Once a fungus has been identified as Mold, however, it’s essential to establish what kind of Mold it is because the procedure for removing it varies depending on the type. Most of them require hiring a mold removal professional to regain the hygienic air quality in your home.
Remember, SERVPRO of Grand Routt & Rio Blanco is ready to assist you with Mold remediation and help you get back to normal. Getting your home or business back to preloss condition as quickly as possible is our number one priority. We are a 24/7 emergency response, call us today at 970-457-1449.
How to Prevent Fires in your Pagoda House
Losing your home to a fire is a scary thought, but there’s plenty you can do to prevent fires from starting. Accidents can happen, but you can learn how to avoid a fire from starting and spreading through your home. Here are some tips
- Install smoke alarms that combine flashing lights on every level of your home. Test them monthly and change the batteries every six months.
- Create an escape plan and practice them with your family.
- Keep grills, cookers, and fryers at least 3 feet away from your house and shrubs or bushes.
- Properly store flammable products. If they are exposed to a significant heat source, they can combust.
- Always turn off heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Service your chimneys, fireplaces, wood stoves, and central furnace once a year.
- Store a fire extinguisher on every level of your home.
- Never smoke in bed
- Keep an eye on your cooking. Cooking is the number one cause of residential fires.
- Never leave burning candles unattended.
- Look for frayed wires and damaged cords. If you see any exposed wires, unplug the electronics and replace them immediately.
Remember, SERVPRO of Grand, Routt, and Rio Blanco Counties is ready to assist you after a fire with fire damage restoration and help you get back to normal. Getting your home or business back to preloss condition as quickly as possible is our number one priority. We are a 24/7 emergency response. Call us today at 970-949-3235.
Fire Safety Tips for Fall
Leaf burning in a metal drum
During the fall and winter months, fire hazards in your home or business stem largely from heating the space. According to the American Red Cross, there was even a drastic increase in US house fires during this time. It's important to keep a few important fall safety tips in mind.
Keep flammable objects at least three feet away from the fireplace and install a mesh metal screen around it. Never leave a burning fire unattended and make sure a fire in a fireplace is completely out before going to bed.
Always allow at least three feet of empty area around space heaters. Never place clothing or any other objects on a space heater to dry. Do not place space heaters near furniture or drapery. Turn space heaters off when you leave the house or go to bed.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, burning leaves produces dangerous and cancer-causing chemicals. Homeowners should avoid disposing of leaves this way. If you decide to burn leaves, wear a protective mask. Burning leaves should only be attempted far away from a house or other structures on a homeowner's property.
According to the National Candle Association, almost 10,000 home fires start with improper candle use. Never leave candles burning if you go out or sleep and keep your candles away from pets and kids.
Change Smoke/Carbon Alarm Batteries
When Daylight Savings Time begins and ends, it’s a good idea to change your smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries. This ensures the alarms don’t fail when you turn the heat on in your home. Make sure to check the alarms with the new batteries installed. Check and replace any home fire extinguishers that have expired.
Create a fire escape plan
Designate an escape route for each area of your home and establish a meeting place outside. Practice escaping your home while staying low to avoid breathing in smoke. Also, practice escaping through windows using emergency ladders.
Here at SERVPRO of Grand Routt & Rio Blanco, we care about the communities we serve. Therefore, we cooked up these helpful tips. While we’d love to have your business, we sincerely hope that a fire will never damage your home.
Contact SERVPRO of Grand Routt & Rio Blanco for Fire Damage Restoration and Repairs if your home has fire damage. We can help; call us today at 970-457-1449. We are a 24/7 emergency response.
WATER DAMAGE FROM SPRINKLER
Sprinker releasing tons of water
Fire sprinkler systems offer reliable and affordable fire protection to your property. Not only do sprinkler systems prevent lives and property losses from fires, but they also leave a wet mess behind.
When a fire sprinkler head accidentally discharges, it soaks walls, floors, furniture, and anyone unlucky enough to be nearby. Regular maintenance can’t guarantee it won’t happen, but you can be ready for unexpected sprinkler breakdowns with these tips.
- Call the experts in Water Damage Restoration
Call SERVPRO of Grand Routt & Rio Blanco; we are the experts in water damage restoration. This is the first step to make sure all water damage is addressed and managed with the skill to eliminate future damage. This service provider will assess the existing water damage and develop a strategy to return your property back to its original, non-damaged state.
- Don’t try cleanup by yourself
When fire sprinkler heads accidentally discharge usually because they are broken or smoke; they release a spray of dirty water contaminated with rust, oil, and sediment. The mixture stains the surface and spreads strong, unpleasant odors throughout the entire building. Don’t try to tackle the mess on your own. Leave clean up to us.
- We do the cleanup and the mitigation, we take care of all interior materials including sheetrock, carpets, and flooring.
- Our certified restoration technicians can often salvage damaged furniture, equipment, and even paper records
- Document everything
Document water damage from a sprinkler system as soon as possible. Record immediately all the damages, that way you can demonstrate the extent of loss to your insurance company.
- Take detailed pictures and videos of all affected interiors including broken sprinklers, wet walls, and soaked floors.
- Leave large items like furniture and equipment in place for the adjuster’s inspection.
- Save the receipts for damage-related expenses.
Remember, SERVPRO of Grand Routt & Rio Blanco is ready to assist you with water damage restoration and help you get back to normal. Getting your home or business back to preloss condition as quickly as possible is our number one priority. We are a 24/7 emergency response, call us today at 970-457-1449.
How to Prevent Mold from Coming Back
Spraying mold on the wall
Once mold remediation has taken place, you may feel relieved, but it’s essential to learn from the mold outbreak. It would help if you took the necessary measures to prevent the mold from returning.
Make sure you keep mold out of your home or building by taking the proper steps. Use the following mold prevention tips as a guide on how to stop mold from coming back.
Eliminate Excess Moisture
Moisture is essential for mold to grow, so if you can eliminate any excess water from your property, you can significantly reduce the potential for mold growth.
Air Circulation and Ventilation
Keeping bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, and basements well ventilated would help prevent mold buildup. As simple as opening windows and doors during dry weather would let fresh air into spaces and maintain air circulation.
Immediately Dry Wet Areas
Managing moisture can help you prevent mold growth easily. If we deprive molds of their feeding material (steam), they cannot grow. You need to dry the wet areas within 24-48 hours. It will help you ensure that molds will not come back again.
Throw Out Moldy Objects
Getting rid of moldy items would save you from continually worrying about new mold growing on them. It would also help prevent decay to further spread to other objects. If a part of your drywall has mold on it, cut it out and replace it.
Use Mold-Resistant Products in Homes
Whether old or new, it is always better to equip your home with mold-resistant products such as mold-resistant drywall, sheetrock, etc. Also, use mold inhibitors for paints. It is recommended to use mold-resistant walls, especially for bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, etc.
Regularly Conduct Maintenance and Repairs
Routinely inspect your home for leaks, damps, flooding, or clogged gutters, especially after a storm or heavy rain. During dry weather, check for cracks or signs of foundation shifting. After finding such problems, have them repaired as soon as possible because where water damage occurs, mold growth often would quickly follow.
Our trained technicians would know where and what to look for to treat the issue properly. Using specialized products and equipment, professionals could also prevent further mold buildups.
Remember, SERVPRO of Grand Routt & Rio Blanco is ready to assist you with Mold restoration and help you get back to normal. Getting your home or business back to preloss condition as quickly as possible is our number one priority. We are a 24/7 emergency response. Call us today at 970-457-1449.
Water Damage in your Mountain Home
Sometimes the source of water is easy to find. However, sometimes the issue is a pipe in the wall or a slow leak under the sink. Some signs of water damage are standing water, discoloration, musty odors, and in some cases, mold. Knowing where the water is will assist you in where to shut off the water. Some homes have a water shut-off valve in the home, and most homes have a main shut-off valve commonly by the street. It is important that whatever the source of the water is repaired or replaced by a professional.
While we cannot plan for when a water loss will happen, we can control what happens after. Water will take the path of least resistance. Shut off the source of water from its source or from the main to your home. Call your insurance company and a water restoration company such as us so that we can inspect the damage and come up with and execute a plan to dry your home. It is always better to have a restoration company come out as soon as possible to start the drying process.
Remember, minimizing the damage will not stop the damage. Materials such as wood and drywall will absorb damage. Additionally, avoiding secondary damages depends on the source of water and the time taken to remove said water from the affected materials. Given that we can get to your home and start work promptly, our goal is to minimize any damage and necessary demolition in your home.