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Water Damage Happens in Albuquerque Government Buildings

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

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There are a large number of structures everywhere throughout the country that is claimed by the United States government. A large number of these structures, some in Albuquerque, are to some degree older structures that need servicing. One service frequently required is water damage cleanup and restoration. Framework substitution of fundamentally critical parts, for example, rooftops and old cast press plumbing turn out to be progressively more pertinent as a building ages. This requirement for substitution can concentrate on the pipes that are exceptionally old and not all around kept up. These channels will probably blast then more up to date pipes. To have a water harm restortion organization like SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque as a reasonable alternative as a quick reaction group is critical.

Likewise, there are numerous administration structures that are situated in spots that experience noteworthy changes in the atmosphere that can go anyplace from to a great degree chilly to a great degree hot amid the yearly regular cycles. These temperature changes can make for a lot of strain on any channeling that is in the building, which can yield blast pipes inside structures.

Despite the fact that many individuals jump at the chance to think about the Unified States government as resistant to ordinary issues, for example, this one, truly their structures are simply structures like any others. They can simply be influenced by issues, for example, water damage as can some other business working in the United States.

Which sorts of offices that are possessed by the Assembled States government can be affected by the blasting of channels?

Military offices encounter impacts because of climate changes that can come without notice. Considering that these offices are disseminated everywhere throughout the country, it is critical to guarantee that the ones that are in calm atmospheres have sufficient protection. On the off chance that they don't, the results will be that the funnels will keep up an inclination to blast, regardless of whether they are situated in the workplaces, plane shelters, or sleeping shelter. In the event that a pipe bursts in one of these offices, the episode could really prompt the formation of mold. This is sufficiently awful in a home, yet when an issue like this affects the military, it is pivotal to ensure that the issue is settled. Shape could antagonistically influence the wellbeing of individuals from the military.

Government court structures could likewise be truly affected by water harm. These structures can be unfavorably influenced by form. There are numerous stories of poor air quality making sickness the representatives, law specialists and bolster individuals.

Government workplaces should be shielded from water harm too.

On the off chance that there are water harm issues in a noteworthy focus of government action, it is conceivable that the organization inside the administration could be unfavorably influenced or even back off to the point of insufficiency. Thus, it is vital for any water damage issues that emerge in these structures, in Albuquerque or different areas, to be settled quickly and in the most expert way that could be available. SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Restoration is known for being faster to any disaster.

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SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Restoration can react promptly to your business water harm crisis paying little respect to the degree or size of the harm. We are a piece of a national system of more than 1,600 Establishments with extraordinary Calamity Recuperation Groups put deliberately all through the nation to react to huge scale occasions and debacles.

Regardless of whether your water crisis happens in a major box store or a little office building, we will react rapidly to alleviate the harm and deal with the reclamation extend through to its finishing. (505)-828-3567

Why You Have To Hire Cleaning Services

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

It’s appropriate for a working person or a mother with small children to employ a cleaning company. It is just a case of valuing a person’s time.

First of all, the cleaning agency is going to do a much better job than you would, because their cleaners are properly trained to clean and they have become professionals. Second of all, your house is going to be much cleaner than if you had done the cleaning yourself and it will be healthier, as you would have probably missed some areas which are vital for the maintenance of excellent health. That is why it’s always better to hire specialists, as opposed to doing the work on your own.

For instance, the typical carpet in many houses is actually full of dust, microbes, insects, contaminants, insects, mold and grime. You need to remember that most of these cannot be removed with simple vacuuming. That is why you should use cleaners who have efficient equipment and they would be able to protect you and your family from any future problems.

You can use individual cleaners if you want, but it is the specialist services that will give you the best results for the money spent. Specialist cleaners come in your property as a group and their cleaning job is going to be more structured and pre-planned.

If you have a full-time job, you could give the cleaner a house key so that they could complete the job while you’re working. It can be difficult to let someone in your property but don’t worry, because they are covered with insurance and if something happens throughout the service, you will be refunded by the cleaning company.

Even if you don’t work full time, why do you have to spend your time cleaning when you could be doing something with your family and friends? Simply book a cleaning service and spend your time in the park or somewhere else.

Top-quality cleaning services will give you the ability to forget worrying about having a spotlessly clean property. Vacuuming the carpet a couple of times per week will not keep it clean and healthy. Eliminating all the filth, sand, dust mites, debris, microbes and other pathogenic things that are harmful to our overall health calls for the use of professional carpet cleaning services. Carpet cleaning services can be booked on a regular basis to ensure that the carpet is kept in fantastic condition.

Only the smell of a clean property is enough to inspire you to more energetic pursuits. Having a clean property will help to ensure that over 90 percent of all the microbes are removed and you stay in great physical shape. When you sum up all of these aspects, the cost of a fantastic cleaning service pales in comparison to the overall improvement in health and hygiene.

Fire Damage Clean Up Costs

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Factors Affecting Fire Damage Cleanup Cost

Damage from a small, fairly contained stove fire will be less expensive to repair than a damage from a more extensive kitchen fire. The size of the burned area and the type of the materials that burned will determine the final cost of cleaning and repairing the fire damage. Fires that consume natural materials, such as dry grass, produce less soot than those that consume synthetic materials found in many homes. Since cleaning soot is expensive, damage these natural fires cause will cost less to repair.

Price Range For Cleaning Fire Damage

Damage from a simple stove fire may cost around $2,000 to $5,000 to repair, but it may cost $10,000 to $30,000 to rebuild a typical kitchen after a larger fire. If a fire spreads beyond a single room, you may need to rebuild your home, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Optional Fire Damage Cleanup Services

  • Depending on the extent of the fire damage, many types of services may be necessary for complete fire damage cleanup. If smoke or ash penetrated the vents and the HVAC system, they will need to be thoroughly cleaned and deodorized to prevent smoke particles from being blown back into the house.
  • There may also be water damage to repair from putting out the fire.
  • Furniture and other possessions damaged by smoke, soot, or water may need to be removed to an off-site cleaning facility.

Fire Damage Clean Up

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Assess The Damage

Never enter a fire damaged building until the fire marshal has inspected the building and determined that it is safe to enter. Contact your insurance agent and your landlord if you rent the property. They will tell you to stay out of the building until they arrive to document the damage.  If a few square feet are affected and the damage is minor, you may be able to clean it yourself using household cleaning products. If the damage is more extensive, you should hire a professional fire damage cleanup service. They will prevent further damage to your home and possessions, and fully restore and repair your property. A fire damage repair team will also tell you which possessions can be restored and which must be replaced.

Prevent Further Damage

In many cases, water damage is more widespread than the actual burned area. Open windows and doors, and set up fans to ventilate the area as quickly as possible. Remove wet carpets, rugs, and other textiles to a dry area to prevent mold and mildew growth.

Place foil, plastic or wooden casters under furniture legs to avoid staining the carpet. Remove any brass or copper items and clean them immediately with a specialized cleaner to avoid smoke etching. Do not attempt to clean fire damaged carpets or other textiles with a regular vacuum.The rotating brush will grind soot further into the fibers, damaging them beyond repair.

Be Prepared for Any Emergency

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

emergency supply checklist with black words and orange boxes Be Prepared for Any Emergency

When disaster threatens a community, it is often too late to take the necessary steps to prepare homes, businesses and family members for the situation. Whether it's a blizzard, flood, hurricane or wildfire, disasters of all types often give little to no warning before they strike. The time to prepare for a storm is not as it approaches-the time to prepare is now. Inside this newsletter, you will find tips and information to help you be better prepared when severe weather strikes, including a list of items needed to create an emergency supply kit. No matter what part of the country you call home, we want to ensure you are prepared for any type of disaster. Whether you have damage caused by a hurricane, tornado, flash flood, or any other reason, your local SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Franchise Professionals have the resources, experience and training to help get your home back in order or your doors reopened for business as soon as possible. 

In 2013, there were more than 440 weather-related fatalities and nearly 2,800 injuries. Deadly weather caused more
than $8 billion in property damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few
steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.  

Know Your Risk. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where

you live and how the weather could impact you and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

  • A weather radio is the most reliable source for weather alerts. It is designed to alert you to dangerous weather situations such as an approaching tornado, allowing you to be warned ahead of approaching storms providing time to seek shelter. In 2012, a new nationwide text emergency alert system was launched, called Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). The WEA system is a huge step toward keeping our nation informed in crisis situations, however it does not alleviate the need to own weather radios. The new WEA system relies on cell towers to send alerts-if cell towers are knocked out during bad weather or are no longer sending a signal, you will not receive alerts. Television and radio broadcasts can also go down during a destructive event. Having a back-up such as a weather radio is critical to ensure you still receive information in the event media outlets can no longer broadcast or you are unable to receive the broadcast.
  • When selecting a weather radio, ensure it includes SAME alert programming-sounds an alert only when specific counties are threatened (allowing you to only receive alerts for your county) and review-able alerts (allowing you to turn off alerts you do not want to hear).
  • Contact your local National Weather Service Office for assistance programming your weather radio, or for additional information, including county codes for your state, visit the NOAA Weather Radio website at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr

Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home or business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an Example. Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster and having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your home or business is inactive and get you back in the structure faster following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes. Call your local SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Franchise Professional to establish an Emergency READY Profile® for your home or business and be "Ready for whatever happens."

Wildfire Safety Tips

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. Remove dead vegetation from under your deck and within 10 feet of the house. This prevents embers from igniting your home.
  • Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches. Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris from accumulating.
  • Ensure flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks, dry vegetation) are more than 30 feet from your home or business's foundation and outbuildings.
  • Wildfire can spread to treetops. If you have trees on your property, prune so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.

Tips and information provided by the National Fire Protection Association's Firewise® program. 

Protecting Your Home from Storm Damage

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Rain isn’t the only thing leaving its mark on our homes. Springtime may have just passed, but storms are still whipping through cities causing power outages and home damage. According to the National Storm Damage Center (NSDC), damage caused by trees during severe weather account for over $1 billion in property damage. Broken limbs or trees can cause mass amounts of damage to your property if they make contact. Such damage can be done to roofing, siding, windows and even structure to the home, causing lots of expensive repairs. Unfortunately there is no way to stop the unpredictable weather, but there are ways to prevent damage from happening to your home.

Assessing your tree

The National Storm Damage Center insists on trying to keep trees healthy and surviving as long as they’re not posing an immediate threat, but how do we know if the tree is ready to be taken down or not? There are different ways that a tree can be assessed to give you a better answer to that question.

Broken limbs – the larger amount of large limbs that are broken on a tree, the less likely it is to survive or recover from storm damage. This tree is unfortunately probably ready to be taken down.

Amount of limbs broken – A tree showing more than 50% of its limbs broken or damaged means that it will most likely have a difficult time producing leaves in the upcoming season, therefor making it harder for it to survive.

Leader branch – Is the upward-trending branch at the top of the tree broken? Without this branch being intact, it is likely that the tree’s growth will be stunted, making it less likely to survive.

Location – Last, but not least is location. Saving trees is important for our environment, but keeping lives safe is obviously more important to us. The biggest decision on whether to keep a tree in your yard or not is purely the location of the tree. Is it in a location that could cause damage or injury to your home, car or family if it were to break? If so, it is better to be safe than sorry and get it removed before a storm comes through.

If the unthinkable happens and you have a tree or storm damage, call SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque today!

Water Damage | How Much is too Much?

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) sets national standards for how to properly handle water damage in 7 steps:

  1. Turn the water off first. It is no use to start cleaning up the mess until you have fixed the problem.  So fix the leak, call the plumber, call the city, wait for the seepage to stop; whatever you need to do to stop the problem is your first step.
  2. Determine the path that the water traveled. Find out where the water started and where it went.  This isn’t always easy.  Water can travel through walls, behind cabinets, through building materials of all kinds.  Only when you know where it traveled can you dry out all the areas affected.  Missing some areas means problems later.  Your trusted restoration company has several types of moisture meters (costing from $600 into the thousands) that will determine where the water traveled.
  3. Protect the contents. Many times, furniture is also affected by the water.  For example, wet legs from chairs or furniture can release stain into carpet and other flooring and cause permanent damage.  Get everything up and out of the water right away.
  4. Remove the surface water. It seems that it is always more than you think.  A simple toilet supply line can leak between 700 to 1,400 gallons of water in 24 hours!  Be prepared with enough staff and equipment to vacuum it up in a reasonable time.
  5. Dealing with carpet pad. In most cases, remove and discard the pad from the affected areas.  It is inexpensive to replace and very hard to dry.  Take it out, dry what is left and replace it.
  6. Prevent mold growth. Treat the wet area with an antimicrobial solution once the surface water has been removed (staff must have the proper certification).  Spray this on hard surfaces and under carpet and then draw it through the carpet with a vacuum.  Then be sure to dry the area within 3 days or less.  Mold takes time to grow so time is on your side, but if the area isn’t dried quickly it will grow and cause further problems.
  7. Balance the moisture evaporation. This part can be tricky without the proper test equipment owned by a restoration company.  In a nutshell, when you start a fan on an area to dry it, you put moisture in the air.  This requires a dehumidifier(s) to wring the moisture out of the air at the same rate that you are putting it in with the fan.  Without the proper balance you can cause secondary damage to walls and other building materials. Qualified restoration companies are experts in this process and should be hired if you feel the amount of water is too large to dry in a single day. Waiting too long to call them results in a host of other problems you don’t need in the future.

A simple evaluation of your ability to respond to water damage today will provide you with an appropriate response when it happens.  Do you have enough equipment to vacuum water readily available to all buildings?  Do you have large fans available too?  Can this affected area be cleaned and dried in one day?  If not, call in help.

Secondary damage and mold growth caused by not drying water damaged building materials has resulted in thousands of lawsuits across the county.  Your best defense is to plan ahead of time and be prepared to call in help from a qualified restoration company if conditions warrant.  It will save a host of problems in the future.  Water damage happens in every facility.  Be ready.

4 Things you can do to Prevent Water Damage

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Here are 4 steps you can take today to prevent water damage to your home, courtesy of State Farm:

  1. Replace deteriorated caulk around sinks, and check the pipes under the sink for leaks. A slow-draining pipe may indicate a partially blocked drain that needs cleaning.
  2. Check hoses regularly for bulging, cracking, fraying, and leaks around hose ends. Replace the hose if a problem is found or every 3 to 5 years as part of a proactive maintenance program. To help make sure the hose doesn’t kink, leave at least 4 inches (or 11 centimeters) between the water connection and the back of the washing machine.
  3. Make sure everyone in your household knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it. Check it frequently for problems, and shut off the water if you are away from your home for several days or longer.
  4. Keep the roof free from leaves, twigs, and other litter to allow proper drainage. Clogged gutters can easily lead to poor drainage, which in turn can lead to leaks in both the walls and at the foundation. Also, replace missing, curling, cupping, broken, or cracked shingles.

Understanding Weather Adversaries

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

New Mexico and other areas across the Southwest U.S. are affected by the North American Monsoon System (NAMS) every summer, and the “Monsoon Season” is designated as the period lasting from June 15th through September 30th. With the onset of the Monsoon, New Mexico is typically impacted by a variety of weather hazards that can often put the population at risk for serious injury or death. Thunderstorm frequency increases during this period, while exceptionally hot days are common as well.  These pages were prepared to help promote awareness of the life-threatening weather hazards that affect New Mexico during the Summer Monsoon.

 

Despite the desert environment of the Land of Enchantment, statistics indicate that significant weather events associated with the Monsoon are responsible for property damage, injuries and fatalities across the state every single year. In 2010, monsoon related events were responsible for two fatalities in New Mexico.

As a result, we urge all residents and visitors to become familiar with the hazards associated with the Summer Monsoon. Please take the time to review safety rules that could save your life or help prevent serious injury. Community governments and businesses should review their emergency action preparedness plans and are urged to conduct drills to train staff and employees in flash flood procedures.


The best way to avoid lightning, flash floods, and other dangerous weather events during the monsoon season is by staying alert of the weather conditions and avoiding the threat before it occurs. Many opportunities are available to gain weather information including:

  • Monitoring current weather forecasts on TV or the internet.
  • Listening to weather reports on the radio or a NOAA weather radio.
  • Subscribing to lightning and severe weather notification services.
  • Scanning the skies 360 degrees around and overhead before leaving a safe location.


Understanding Watches, Warnings, and Advisories:

Watches (Severe Thunderstorm, Flash Flood, and Tornado, for example) mean that widespread severe weather or flash flooding is possible. A watch means that severe weather or flash flooding has not yet occurred, but weather conditions are becoming highly volatile. Pay close attention to the weather, and tune into TV, radio, or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts regularly.

Warnings (Severe Thunderstorm, Flash Flood, Tornado, Dust Storm, Excessive Heat) mean that life-threatening weather is about to occur, or has been reported. Take action immediately.

Areal Flood Advisories mean heavy rains will cause minor flooding of washes, streams, and typical flood-prone areas. Flooding in this situation is usually not serious. If the flooding does become life threatening, then the flood advisory is upgraded to a Flood Warning.

Warnings are not issued for lightning, mainly because thunderstorms, no matter how weak, can produce deadly cloud-to-ground lightning. Any time thunderstorms are in the area, lightning is a serious threat. This is supported by the fact lightning is the number one killer in New Mexico, with 84 deaths since 1959.

Soot and Smoke Removal Best Practice

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

For people who’ve experienced a fire in their home, the initial cleanup of soot and water can be only the beginning. On top of the devastation of possibly losing irreplaceable personal items and memorabilia, the process of getting the home back in living order can be filled with difficulties.

Restoring the home requires professionals who are experienced in dealing with fires and restoration of the property. The national association that certifies companies’ expertise in fire cleanup is the IICRC, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. IICRC-certified companies must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise.

IICRC, working with the manufacturers of carpet, upholstery and fabric, works to establish the standards on how these items can be restored, whether from fire or water damage. When it comes to cleaning, restoring and inspecting that items are safe to be replaced in the home, the IICRC writes the books, so their certification of a local company offers homeowners the reassurance that the fire restoration work will be done correctly.

SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque is IICRC-certified, and our technicians receive ongoing training in the IICRC best practices. We also understand the need for immediate response, working with your insurance agent to document the loss and items that are able to be restored versus those that are a total loss.

If you ever experience a fire and need a restoration company, look for these factors in your chosen company:

  • Proof of proper insurances and licenses
  • Their level of experience in fire-related restoration
  • Formal and recent training in specialized fire restoration work
  • IICRC Certification

For restoration of your home and its contents after a fire, New Mexicans turn to SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque, LLC. We take pride in keeping our customers informed about their restoration work, and in upholding the standards of our IICRC certification.