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Flooring Replacement: SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

General Flooring Replacement: SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Flooring Replacement: SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque

One of the most common casualties of any property disaster is the floor. Flooring replacements are one of the expertises your locally owned GB-98 certified SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque does. Whether you have a tile, laminate, marble, wood, bamboo, pergo, carpet, etc., we can help restore anything back to “Like it never even happened.” ®

When one thinks of a leaky roof, the most common thing to think is that they will need a new roof. Thanks to our friend gravity, water tends to find the lowest point to accumulate. This tends to be the floor and before your know it, that beautiful new pergo flooring is warped and not only does your roof need to be repaired but you will also need a flooring replacement done.

                With over 20 years of remediation experience and being a licensed GB-98 contractor, SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque is uniquely qualified to be a one-stop-shop for all your restoration needs. We can not only help repair the roof, but the flooring replacement with all the other remediations are what we are here for.

Flooring replacements are not limited to water damage. They can also be caused by death and crime scenes, fire and smoke damage, and any number of other disasters. So whether you have a tile, marble, wood, laminate, bamboo, pergo, or carpet; your locally owned GB-98 SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque is here day or night 24/7.

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Summer 2018 Restoration Clean Up

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

General Summer 2018 Restoration Clean Up Summer 2018 Restoration Clean Up

Restoration clean up can rear its ugly head in the many forms of water, fire, mold, and biohazard remediation. Within each one of these, there are many sub sequential forms of restoration cleanup such as a basement flooding vs a roof leak. Each of these requires a different set of skills and approach to the restoration cleanup.

Fortunately, the experts at SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque are a licensed GB-98 and are fully equipped and experienced in the complete restoration of any disaster. This means, that we are a one-stop-shop and eliminate the needs for scheduling and coordinating multiple contractors. In addition, we work with both insured and out-of-pocket customers. Here is a list of some of the most common restoration cleanup jobs that come up.

Water Damage:

                Water damage can be a major restoration clean up job. This can range from a roof leak, to a damaged water pipe, etc. If the water damage isn’t addressed in a timely manner, this can lead to our next restoration clean up job.

Mold Restoration:

Mold requires ideal conditions for it to thrive and take hold. These are a food source, water and the right temperature. Once established, mold can quickly spread and cause a tremendous amount of damage to a property.

Fire Loss:

                Fire can cause some of the worst restoration clean up jobs. Damage can not only be inflicted from the fire itself but the smoke can cause serious harm. The fire may not even be on your property but collateral damage is a common occurrence.

Biohazard:

                Restoration clean up can come in the form of various biohazard incidents. Examples of these are suicide/homicide clean up, drug lab disposal, sewage backup, hoarding, chemical spill, and tear gas cleanup.

                Overall, there is no job that is too large for the experts at SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque are capable of. With over 20 years of experience, we’ll get thing back to “Like it never even happened.” ®

Call us at: (505) 828-3567

www.SERVPRONEAlbuquerque.com

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Spring Flood Tips

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

General Spring Flood Tips Act fast to mitigate your flood loss.

Spring snowmelt often leads to flooding conditions in New Mexico. These tips will help reduce the impact spring floods have on you and your property.

Advance Preparation

Prepare in advance with a SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Restoration Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP). Our convenient mobile app stores all your utility and emergency response information in one place, so you can access this information from your smartphone or computer.

Watch for Pooling Water 

Look for places around your property where water pools, and channel it away from buildings. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and they are directing water as intended.

Maintain Sump Pump 

If you have a sump pump, check to be sure it is operational before water starts rising. Consider a back-up generator to ensure your pump works when you need it most. Contact your insurance agent to add coverage in case your sump pump fails. 

Raise Storage Goods 

Use shelving and/or pallets to keep storage items off the floor to reduce the impact of small floods. In many situations, raising boxes just a few inches will be enough to keep storage goods above the water line. 

Cut Power if Necessary 

As rising water approaches the level of electrical outlets, you risk having a live current flow through all the water. Cut the power if you can safely do so without standing in water. Otherwise, evacuate and contact an electrician to cut the power before you go back in for recovery.

Keep Storm Drains Clear

If you see water pooling around a storm drain, the drain may be clogged with debris. Clearing the debris will help keep the water flowing away from your neighborhood.

Consider Flood Insurance 

Homeowners insurance will not cover floods; you must purchase a separate policy for flood protection. When all else fails, flood insurance will provide you the means to respond to a catastrophic flooding event.

Be Aware on the Road 

Be careful when driving during spring storms, especially when you hear flash flood warnings. Never drive into fully submerged roadway. The water surface will be at the same level as the pavement you can see. This view can deceive you into thinking the water is shallow because you cannot see how the road dips under the surface. 

Act Fast 

When a flood happens, you need to act fast to dry out any wet items, particularly structural materials like walls and flooring. Call SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Restoration at 505-828-3567 to extract water and mitigate any mold growth. Our franchise professionals have the training and experience to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” 

Content Restoration Costs

11/10/2016 (Permalink)

Factors Affecting Content Restoration Costs

The cost of content restoration is determined by the number and type of items as well as the type of damage.  Specific procedures are used to restore wood furniture, books, and other types of items.  The procedures used will affect your final cost.

Optional Services

Some content restoration services include delivery with their service while others charge extra.  The reviews on RestorationMasterFinder.com can tell you about different content restoration services’ delivery policies.  You can always ask if you aren’t sure if delivery is included in your content restoration quote.

Some sensitive items like antiques, fine art, or other specialty items will cost more to be cleaned because of the delicate nature of the process.

 

12 Home Repairs That Are Way Too Risky to Put Off

10/19/2016 (Permalink)

Nobody ever cheers at the thought of tackling home repairs. They’re annoying, costly, time-sucking endeavors. So often we put them off, over and over, justifying to ourselves that they can wait. Light switch doesn’t work? Whatever—you never go in that room anyway. Squeaky floors? You’re already used to them!

But there are some home improvement projects that simply can’t wait, lest you risk much bigger problems (and costly expenses) down the line. Here are 12 home repairs experts say you should never put off:

1. A leaking roof

If you see water stains on your ceiling or down your walls, get moving on the repair stat—there are a host of problems that can arise and get progressively worse with a leaking roof.

“Not repairing a leak as soon as you notice it can lead to mold, damage to the structure of your home, water damage, and even fire if water comes in contact with electrical wiring,” says Carlos de León, vice president of the León Group, an estate management company on Long Island, NY. Scared yet? Good.

2. Damaged or missing shingles

This one seems obvious, but Derek Perzylo, owner of Big 5 Exteriors in Calgary, Canada, says he regularly encounters homeowners who have never had their roof inspected.

“After a big storm, especially if there’s a lot of gusting wind and hail, it’s always a good idea to visually inspect your roof,” he says. “If you see shingles out of place, or if you see shingles on the ground, you might have some damage that could cause potential problems, like leaks, down the road.”

3. Sagging roof

Roof sagging can be caused by moisture in the attic space, says Joe Todaro, director of operations at Gold Medal Service in East Brunswick, NJ. If left untreated, the structure of the wood will weaken and settle, causing cracks in the exterior walls. Proper ventilation is essential for an attic.

4. Cracks in the foundation

Your home’s foundation may develop small cracks over time, and it’s best to address them to prevent spreading. Otherwise you might have to replace the foundation, which can cost as much as $100,000. Large cracks that go unaddressed can lead to everything from leaking to parts of the concrete collapsing.

“The damage could be life-threatening if your home is not supported properly,” León says.

5. Gas leaks

Silent but deadly

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Since natural gas and propane are heavier than air, they “pool” in the low points of your home. The second you smell gas (a telltale rotten egg–like smell), call your gas company and vacate the premises until a company worker arrives.

“You risk having an explosion or fire by not doing something about a gas leak immediately,” León says.

6. Plumbing leaks

Leaking water can lead to mold, structural problems, and health issues. Homeowners should check under sinks at least once a year to ensure no water is leaking into the cabinets. If you see any, call a plumber right away.

7. Mold

Is there good mold and bad mold? Not really. When you see it, deal with it. And simply having a “mold remediation” company come in to assess things is not the entire answer, says Jeff Wilson, HGTV host and author of “The Greened House Effect.”

“The reason the mold formed in the first place needs to be sussed out and the problem fixed by a building science professional trained by an organization like Building Performance Institute,” he says.

So just to be clear: While not all molds are life-threatening, all of them—even the ubiquitous shower mold—can potentially make you sick. So it’s best to be aggressive no matter what kind you see.

8. Overtaxed or poor electrical systems

More than 40,000 electrical fires occur each year in the United States. And most of them could have been easily avoided. Some warning signs of faulty electrical work include circuit breakers blowing unexpectedly, lights flickering, and outlets and/or switches being warm or hot to the touch. Not calling an electrician can result in your home catching fire. Got it? Call the electrician.

9. Clogged gutters

Clogged gutters are easy to ignore, but they can cause substantial damage to your home if you don’t make it your business to keep them clean.

The role of gutters and drainpipes is to draw rainfall away from the home. If they’re stopped up, water begins to pool in vulnerable areas. You’ll face a higher risk for wood rot around the fascia and for foundation damage in low, sloped areas around the perimeter of your home.

Homeowners should clean out their gutters twice a year and water test them with a garden hose afterward. Make sure the water travels easily through the gutter system, into the drainpipe, and away from the home’s foundation.

10. Cracked driveways

Most driveways are pitched to direct water away from your foundation. If there are cracks and settling in your driveway, not only are they a tripping hazard, they could also lead to possible water damage in your home.

11. Damaged decks

The No. 1 danger spot with decks is when there’s worn or missing flashing, the thin layer of material that keeps water from getting into places it doesn’t belong. Without flashing, water can get into the ledger board (which connects the deck to the house) and weaken the wood and metal fasteners that hold the deck together. And if a weakened deck is overloaded, it can have expensive—if not deadly—consequences.

12. Clogged dryer vents

Removing the lint from your dryer vent isn’t just one of those things your mama nagged you to do. It could mean the difference between life and death.

So you have your work cut out for you. The good news is that you don’t have to do many of these repairs frequently. But when you see warning signs, get going pronto—or risk bigger problems down the road.