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SERVPRO NE Albuquerque Restoration Satisfied Water Damage Clients

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

We strive every day to ensure that our quality of work is up to the highest standard and we are always so happy to get positive feedback from our customers.

Here are some recent quotes from real customers:

"MANY THANKS FOR A JOB WELL DONE AT OUR COMMERCIAL BUILDING. YOUR STAFF ARRIVED IN THE EVENING AND EVALUATED THE NEEDS AND STARTED TO WORK THE NEXT DAY. WE APPRECIATE THE FAST AND QUALITY WORK THAT SERVPRO DID FOR US. I AM GLAD TO RECOMMEND YOUR SERVICES TO OTHERS" -David, New Mexico

"You made our emergency a priority and the service provided was outstanding.  As this was my first exposure with SERVPRO, I am impressed with both your office and field staffs, which were always helpful.  It was a pleasure doing business with you." -Rick, Santa Fe

"While we were devastated by our water leak and home getting ruined, your crew stepped up and saved our home.  In the process, they calmed us and made us feel like all was going to be OK.  We can never express how wonderful your crew was and how much they did to make it all OK.  Thank you!." -Evelyn, Albuquerque

If water damage, from the smallest overflow from a toilet to full house flood from a pipe burst, threatens your home or office call us at (505)-828-3567 We are here to help and care for not only your home or office, but for you as an individual.

Ciggerette Smoke Odor Removal by using proper Carpet Cleaners

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Not only are cigarettes bad for you they also affect the air quality around you and the smoke can get trapped in your home carpets for a very long time.

Carpet cleaning is not always an easy task. You not only need to clean the surface from stains, spills, and dirt but you also need to make sure that the carpet is free from unpleasant odors that may have attached themselves to it. One type of odor that some carpet owners have to deal with is cigarette smoke.

Here are the steps that you need to take to deodorize cigarette smoke odors from your carpet.

· To remove cigarette smoke odors from your carpet you are going to need a lot of baking soda. Baking soda is a great product for removing odors from many things such as shoes and rugs. The beauty of baking soda is that it is also very affordable. And that’s a good thing because you’re going to need a good amount of it.

· Next, find an empty baby powder or talcum powder container, or any type of container with several small holes at the top for openings. You will be using this to sprinkle the baking soda over the carpet. You can always just open the top of the baking soda box and sprinkle it from there also.

· Once you have your materials ready, walk around the area and sprinkle the baking soda all over your carpet. Spread an ample, even layer all over, making sure to pay close attention to the areas where most of the odor is emanating.

· Once you have sprinkled a generous layer of baking soda over your carpet, use a straw broom to spread the baking soda evenly. This will help to work the baking soda into the carpet. Once you have done this, leave the baking soda overnight. This will allow it time to absorb and neutralize the smoke odor from the carpet.

Carpet and furniture deodorizing: Another surface that readily absorbs cigarette smoke are your carpets and rugs as well as upholstered furniture. Use a carpet cleaner or baking soda to help these surfaces – sprinkle it on and leave for several hours or overnight, then vacuum it up again.

Carpet shampooing: When deodorizers don’t work, a deep carpet shampoo treatment may be more effective using a natural carpet detergent. Hiring an eco-friendly carpet care professional is likely a good idea for a truly thorough carpet clean. Learn more by reading our natural carpet cleaning article.

· The next day, simply use a vacuum cleaner to extract all of the baking soda from your carpet. The odor should disappear with the baking soda.

Dealing with cigarette smoke does not have to be a frustrating experience. Just follow these simple tips and you should have a fresh smelling carpet in no time.

A Few Critical Factors To Consider For Fire Damage Restoration

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Fire can be one of the most devastating things for a family. Unexpected fires damage property and cause harm to your belongings. However, such accidents do happen and you should be well prepared to face those unfortunate events. Even though all necessary safety measures are followed, accidental fires cannot be prevented. But, steps can be taken for immediate fire damage restorations so that the amount of damages caused and losses suffered can be minimized. Professional restoration services will instantly respond to your emergency calls and experienced staffs will help you to get back to normal life as soon as possible.

In addition to cleaning the premises and assembling leftover articles after fire damage, a service provider will also do the following:

  1. Remove acidic smoke and soot from the interiors of the building.
  1. Take steps for immediate odor control.
  1. Clean and deodorize clothing, upholstery, and other items of the house.
  1. Secure possible pedestrian hazards.
  1. Test and evaluate the extent of damage to structures and contents, and estimating the restoration costs.

Contacting the insurance companies

Getting in touch with the homeowners insurance companies is one of the critical factors that you should consider during an accidental fire. Fire damage restoration experts will talk with the insurance providers about the extent of damage caused and help you to claim the maximum compensation. Moreover, it is also important for the insurance companies to make an inspection of the damage themselves, and it is better if they do it before the restoration work starts.

Do not try fire damage cleanup yourself!

When it comes to fire damage rehabilitation, you should remember that it involves various risks and should not be tried unprofessionally. During a fire, there are various chemical reactions, which may cause irreparable damages to your health. Moreover, oftentimes, sparks remain underneath the rubbles. Such fires are hard to detect by untrained eyes but, can cause great harm if not treated properly. In addition to this there are possibilities of accidents due to weak structures, which might collapse and cause harms. Moreover, using inappropriate cleaning agents in such burnt structures can cause further damages.

You should remember that it is always better to search for a reputed restoration service provider well before such accidents strike. Being prepared will always help to restore maximum damages caused. If you are seeking for a professional service provider for fire damage, Albany, NY has a few of the renowned companies. You must compare and select the best company. Keep the contact details handy, you never know when you’ll need it.

Tips for Keeping Insects and Rodents Away

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Do you have a pest infestation? When insect and rodents invade your home it's time to fight back.

   ANTS 

Repel:
Clean with white vinegar. Not only does vinegar make a great all-purpose cleaner but ants can't stand the smell and it will mask their scent trails so they will lose their direction. Follow the ants to locate the food source (usually something sticky that has been spilled on the counter or floor). Removing the source and cleaning the area with a solution of one part vinegar and one part water a couple of times a day will usually eliminate the ants. 


Exterminate:
If you still find ants try this simple bait recipe. Mix one part powdered sugar to one part baking soda*. Place this mixture in small shallow dishes (I found that Gatorade or juice lids work perfectly for this) and leave around the home in places where you often find ants. 

*Please note large amounts of baking soda can be harmful to pets. For this recipe, you should only be using a small amount but to be on the safe side I would place the mixture in areas where your pets can't get to it.

   COCKROACHES


Repel:
Place mint & bay leaves around the home. Cockroaches hate the smell and will stay away. I like to place the leaves in small mesh or muslin bags and place in dark areas such as closets and cabinets where cockroaches like to hang out. 

Exterminate:
The same recipe we used above for ants will also kill cockroaches. Place equal parts of powdered sugar and baking soda into shallow containers and leave around the home where you notice cockroaches.



MOSQUITOES


Repel: 
Grow marigolds, basil, & mint. Mosquitoes are repelled by the strong scent of these plants. Place live plants around your home or place dry mint leaves in muslin bags to keep in your home. Also cleaning with mint or citrus scented cleaner will do wonders at keeping mosquitoes away. 

Exterminate:
Make a mosquito trap. Mix 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1 cup hot water. Cut the top off of a bottle. In the bottom half of the bottle add the cooled down brown sugar mixture and 1 gram of yeast. Place the top half of the bottle upside-down inside the bottle. Wrap a sheet of black construction paper around the bottle and tape it in place. Place the bottle in an area of your home where you find the most mosquitoes. Placing these bottles in your front and back yard a few feet away from your home will also attract the mosquitoes and trap them before they have a chance to enter the home. 

Mosquitoes larvae live in water. Removing any standing water around your home can greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes in and around your home. 

   MICE


Repel: 
Mice hate peppermint. Place a few drops of peppermint essential oil and a drop of dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray this around your home especially any entry points or holes that mice use to come into the home. 

Exterminate:
The best way I've found to kill mice is a simple mousetrap. I've tried other traps and even tried poison with little or no luck. Place a small amount of peanut butter or cheese on the traps before you set them and leave them in several areas around your home where mice have been seen making sure they are out of reach of children and pets. Be sure to check the traps often. You don't want a dead mouse stinking up your home. If you would like to catch mice without killing them try out this handmade 5-gallon bucket trap and leave out the water. 

   SPIDERS
Repel: 
Peppermint repels spiders. The same recipe used above to repel mice also repels spiders. You can replace the water with white vinegar and it makes a great cleaner. Use this solution to wipe down counters, appliances and even the floors. Your home will be spider free in no time. 

Exterminate:
Fill a spray bottle with one part white vinegar and one part water. Spray this directly on spiders. The acid in the vinegar will kill spiders on contact.



FLIES


Repel: 
Lemons & cloves. Cut a lemon in half and stick several cloves in the pulp. Leave the lemon halves on your kitchen table or wherever flies gather. The scent of the lemon and cloves will drive the flies away. 

Exterminate:
Cut a plastic bottle in half. In the bottom, half pour in a small amount of wine and fruit scraps. (I usually use strawberries or some kind of melon.) Place the top half of the bottle upside down inside the bottom half. Place the trap in your kitchen and replace every couple days until flies are gone. Another option would be to use rotten meat in place of fruit and place the trap outside, away from the home. The rotten meat smell will attract the flies and keep them away from your house.

OTHER


On top of following these methods of controlling insects, you should also find a cleaning schedule that works for you and stick to it. Insects and rodents tend to like messy/dirty homes a lot more than they like a clean home. It seems that every time I find pests in my home it's always after a busy week or after I haven't been feeling well. That's usually when I tend to slack on my cleaning schedule and it doesn't take long for the bugs to set up camp and move on in. Sticking to a cleaning schedule won't guarantee that you will not find bugs in your home but it does help a lot to minimize them. 

Another great way to keep bugs out of your home is to make sure they can't get in in the first place. Go over your entire house and look for areas where insects may be entering the home. Replace any caulking around windows and doors, check the weather stripping to make sure it's in good shape, and fix or replace broken window screens. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Air Duct Cleaning Methods

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Maintaining the house is a motivating factor for everyone, now days. In order to make that happen, one need to keep it looking neat, make sure that the environment around the house is healthy for the other family members, preserving the value of the home and preventing costly repairs and replacements. Out of all of these reasons, health of the family is undoubtedly the most significant. So air duct cleaning is considered one of the most important steps to include in the maintenance routine of your home.

Regular servicing of your air duct system is considered one of the most prevalent home maintenance routines in every household today. This also saves a lot of money, 
in cases where the air condition breaks down and it is very uncomfortable for everyone in the household. Servicing the heating and air conditioning systems is the key to keep them operating efficiently. This also includes cleaning the cooling coils; drain pans, fans and heat exchangers. This method of cleaning may result in dust, debris, mold or allergens getting into your air ducts. As a result of this, your home can also get affected. The dusts and debris from the air duct can also spread in to your home. So one should be very careful about this, they should clean their air ducts while cleaning the heating and cooling system.

One of the biggest advantages of air duct cleaning methods is a very obvious one. It is energy savings. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of U.S. estimates, that removing even four-tenths of an inch of dust from cooling system coils reduces energy usage up to a staggering 21%. This cleaning method can easily save a considerable amount of your electricity bill. If there is an odor prevailing in your house, proper air duct cleaning will eliminate the smell almost completely

By just cleaning your air ducts, using a powerful vacuum, one can save a lot of money.  It has been estimated that nine out of ten central heating and air conditioning systems fail or breakdown because proper maintenance routine was not performed on a regular basis. Improper maintenance can lead to replacement of parts and labor for cooling or heating systems, which can be very expensive, ranging to about a thousand dollars.

Air duct cleaning is also considered very essential, in order to maintain healthy indoor air. Different sources can bring in allergies, toxins and dust in to your air ducts. If not cleaned properly then the air duct may release these particles into your house. These particles may not cause allergies, but they might be the key reason why your family members suffer from severe illness.

In order to clean the air ducts properly, one needs to use a good vacuum system. A system capable of sucking in all the dust and debris stored in the air duct. Although, using a vacuum system with a small hose may cause improper cleaning and the internal dust and debris to scatter and spread through out the whole air duct, eventually causing the dust to enter the household. To ensure proper cleaning, one must use a vacuum system with a hose, bigger in radius. Even if an air duct cleaning company comes to do the job, make sure they have an efficient vacuum system.

Life after suicide: Group helps mourners through cleanup, funerals and grieving

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Katie Hardy knows the pain of the suicide well.

Her mom took her own life in 2003, and since then, seven of her friends have committed suicide.

As part of the healing process, she started raising money for suicide prevention.

But after the 2012 suicide of Jason Lockwood, a fixture in Southeast Michigan's local music scene, Hardy saw her friends struggling to navigate their grief, and felt she needed to expand her efforts.

That's when Six Feet Over, a non-profit dedicated to helping the bereaved cope in the wake of a loved one's suicide, started taking shape.

The Hamtramck-based group guides people through the grieving process, helps fund funerals, and pays for the cleanup of suicide scenes.

And it raises money to do so with an annual comedy showcase, scheduled Saturday in Hamtramck

"I realized that there was a conversation that needed to be had, and we really needed to be there for each other," Hardy said about the aftermath of Lockwood's death. "People I loved didn't know how to talk about it and are now more at risk."

She said her concerns also grew because those who lose someone to suicide are more likely to commit suicide, even if they don't suffer from mental illness.

"[Lockwood's suicide] opened up a thousand people to a really crappy statistic, so these people are at a higher risk," Hardy said. "I wanted to make sure that this didn't become a horrible cycle of loss."

That goal is at the center of Six Feet Over's mission, and it's one of the few non-profits in the nation that pursues it by providing financial assistance to those who can't afford cleanup and funeral costs.

Six Feet Over and Suck It Suicide, which raises money for Six Feet Over, also offer financial assistance to make up for unpaid time off work taken to arrange funerals and deal with the loss.

"These are things that could effect the rest of people's lives in a lot of ways, so to help them heal and do it without worry is important," Hardy said.

An inexpensive funeral runs around $2,000, and clean up costs range between $500 and $2,000.

Six Feet Over contracts with a crime scene cleanup company that scrubs "every last millimeter," Hardy said. The company is sympathetic to Six Feet Over's cause and offers a small price break, but suicide can still be a huge financial burden.

"People were asking us for help paying for the funeral. They were cleaning up messes left behind, and we said 'That's got to be distressing,' so we added that onto our mission statement," she said.

"Those are things that no one thinks about, but they're important."

Hardy said she didn't know she was considered a "survivor" of suicide until several years ago, and there are specific support groups, networks and others who help those around a suicide.

"When you're in crisis you aren't thinking 'What would be the best search terms to help me look for help?' You're thinking 'Someone help me, please,'" Hardy said. "We help find resources and connect people to them. Once people know what's available, then they can open up and start a dialogue with themselves and others."

The group has also started providing support to high school kids who lose a friend, by setting up an off-campus safe space where kids can go to grieve. Hardy said that's a sensitive situation that schools typically aren't equipped to handle.

"This gives kids the time and the opportunity to grieve and get a better understanding of where they're at," Hardy said.

Six Feet Over raises money through donations and at fundraising events like this Saturday's comedy night at Small's in Hamtramck. Hardy also has shirts available on the non-profit's website and sets up at music festivals and events where the group raises awareness and funds.

Hardy's work with Six Feet Over caught the attention of others in the mental health field, and she was recently asked to join the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Consumer/Survivor Subcommittee, which advises a steering committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

The subcommittee's objective, Hardy explained, is to make the Lifeline more inclusive to those who might need it.

While many of those in the field are doctors and clinical-types, Hardy represents and provides a voice for the crowd that "likes to swear, drink and listen to loud music."

That's a valuable voice on a board filled with people who can't always connect on a certain level with that crowd, she said.

"I'm what they call the 'lived experience,'" Hardy said.

More at sixftover.org.

Springtime Commercial Cleaning Availability in Albuquerque and Its Neighboring Communities

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration is pleased to announce their availability for commercial cleaning jobs in Albuquerque and its surrounding areas this spring. The company, headquartered in Albuquerque, NM, specializes in cleaning and maintaining buildings like schools, banks, apartment complexes, office buildings and other commercial properties.


With a complete line of available services that includes carpet cleaning, floor buffing, power washing and window cleaning, SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration is prepared to take on the janitorial duties for virtually any commercial building.

SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration sets itself apart from similar cleaning and janitorial companies in the area in several ways; perhaps the most significant of these is the company's green cleaning policy. SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration uses only environmentally-friendly cleaning products and solutions on the properties it services. 

For over 18 years, SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration has been providing exceptional cleaning and building maintenance. 

Pros and Cons of Flat Roofs

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Home and business owners throughout New Mexico considering upgrading their roofing may want to consider the advantages as well as disadvantages of installing a flat roof rather than one featuring sloped construction. SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque understands that flat roofs are becoming increasingly popular because of their affordability, but they must be properly sealed in order to maintain their structural integrity as well as properly maintained in order to prevent roof leaks.

There are several important advantages of selecting a flat roof over one that is sloped. Flat roofs are easier to access and stand on for the purposes of roof inspection. Their horizontal surface offers more stability than a sloped roof. They are much more affordable to install as well as re-coat than other styles of roofing. A flat roof is also viewed as more aesthetically appealing for use in warmer climates.

One major disadvantage that flat roofing has over a sloped roof is that its stability decreases as its size increases. A very large flat roof usually cannot avoid flooding after a period of heavy rains, and there is an increased risk of collapse from the weight of this water. In order to avoid flooding problems, the synthetic rubber coating that has been applied to the surface of the roof must be checked on a regular basis. Proper maintenance is also essential to avoiding roof leaks.

Home and business owners whose buildings currently have a flat roof that has not been checked or undergone regular maintenance should contact a licensed roofer for an inspection. If you do have a leak-- contact SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque immediately 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our professional team will ensure that water damage is repaired and get you back into your home or business in no time!

Suicide Cleanup And Insurance Coverage

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

The weather is starting to warm up and springtime is around the corner. Spring may be known mainly as a joyful season, but it's not all sunshine and flowers. Unfortunately there is a correlation between spring and an increase in suicide rates. It is a depressing matter to discuss but it is one that must be addressed. SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration is available to help, and many homeowners' policies are aiding as well.

Although the exact reason for suicide rates peaking during the spring season is unknown, there are various speculations, from an increase in energy and motivation to inflammation aggravating depression. Whatever the case may be, people are choosing to go through with tragic ends. If a family loses a member due to suicide, there are many difficulties that accompany this appalling situation. One concern that piles on top of the emotions is that of financial matters. Dealing with a death of a loved one is difficult enough without considering the financial aspects. The costs can vary for biohazard cleanup, depending on the situation, but in some cases, insurance is helping to alleviate the financial stresses. Many homeowners' insurance policies offer coverage for crime scene and trauma cleaning, so it is crucial to check with the insurance policy adjuster to determine if coverage is offered.

SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration is seeking to alleviate the difficulties that accompany a suicide. The situation is troubling as is and finding a qualified, compassionate company to handle the aftermath should not be a distressing task. SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration crews are able to attend the scene and handle the cleanup of any present biohazard. If blood stains or bodily fluids are present, SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration will safely and effectively remove the dangers to ensure no one is exposed to hazardous bloodborne pathogens and other potential dangers. SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration is working with cooperative homeowners' insurance policies to handle the cleanup, eliminating the emotional burden of having to clean up the traumatic scene without assistance while simultaneously coping with grief.

SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration's main concern is the well-being of the family. The compassionate crews care about the customers they serve and want to complete the cleanup to ensure the physical and emotional safety of the family members. It is important to consult the insurance adjuster to determine whether or not a suicide cleanup will be covered. If an insurance company is paying for cleanup services, SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration will work side-by-side with the insurance company and the loved ones involved in order to provide considerate, proficient services.

Why Does My Carpet Smell?

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Does your home have a mysterious bad smell? If you've already checked the fridge and your trash bins and can't find the source, it could be that you're in need of a carpet cleaning or carpet deodorizer.

Just like stains, carpet fibers can trap odors, making them linger in your home indefinitely. If you think your carpet could be the problem, consider the possible sources of the odor.

Moisture or dampness

Sometimes, moisture can get underneath the carpet and carpet pad, leading to musty odors.

This moisture can come from humidity, spills or potted plants that drip onto the carpeting.

A flood can also cause carpet odor, such as when a finished basement floods during a rainstorm.

If not addressed properly, continued moisture exposure can cause mold and mildew to grow under the carpet padding. Not only will it increase the smell, it also creates a health risk.

Pet odor

When pets use the carpet as a bathroom, the smell can really linger.

Even after a carpet cleaning, the smell of pet urine may return. This is due to the gases released by the bacteria that are digesting the urine. If any of the urine remains in the rug fibers, it will continue to smell.

The same is true for vomit, another common problem associated with pets and carpeting.

These bacteria are activated by water, which is why the smell may intensify after a thorough cleaning.

Dry carpet cleaning treatments or treatments that use enzymatic odor removal products are the best solution for eliminating pet smells. Enzymes are particularly effective because they attack the bacteria, thus eliminating the source of the smell.

Cigarette smoke

If a smoker lives in the home, the carpet can collect the cigarette smoke odor.

While the homeowners may not notice the stench because they live with it, visitors or someone who purchases the home will definitely notice the smoke smell.

A professional carpet cleaner may be able to remove the smell, but if the smoking was excessive, a carpet deodorizer may not be enough, and the carpeting may need to be replaced.

Old age

Carpeting is made from fibers. Over time, those fibers break down. When the carpet begins to smell old, there is little that can be done.

Carpet cleaning cannot take the old, musty smell from carpet. This is when it simply needs to be replaced.

In addition to the smell, old carpet starts to release dust, which can contribute to indoor allergies.

Food and drink spills

Food and drinks that spill onto carpet can lead to odors.

Like pet smells, these organic products attract bacteria. As the bacteria break down, they release smelly gasses. Again, professional carpet cleaning is the best solution to remove the smell.

Once you find the source of your carpet odor, you can decide on the best treatment. For organic smells like pet odors or food spills, consider two professional cleanings to thoroughly remove the bacteria.

For other problems, like old age or mold, you may need to replace the carpet. Knowing where the odor is coming from will help you make the right decision for treatment.

Source: http://www.pantagraph.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/why-does-my-carpet-smell/article_bfdfccde-9a9f-5f9c-8938-c1ff71734c5b.html