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June 16, 2017 · 4:14 pm

The Mitigation approach


The mitigation approach to water damage restoration prevents secondary damage, less intrusive with quick turnaround time and cost-effective.

SteamMaster is the local expert providing superior service in all four main areas of our services. We are a 24/7 emergency response mitigation company. With our 9-bedroom employee housing, SteamMaster crew can respond immediately to any emergency situation whether it is a water damage, fire damage, smoke damage or sewer backup.

We provide several specialty cleaning services from carpet cleaning, hard surface cleaning, and restoration, oriental and area rug cleaning, fine fabric cleaning, leather cleaning and drapery cleaning.

Mold remediation and crawl space repairs are services we are experts at. With almost 40 years as a provider serving the mountain resort communities, you can trust and depend on SteamMaster – We are the Local Experts, with World-Class Solutions. Call us at 970.827.5555 or visit us at SteamMaster.com Please visit our YouTube Channel for numerous work videos

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Effective Water Damage Extraction

This video is about Effective Water Damage Extraction in Vail, Breckenridge, Aspen and surrounding mountain communities. SteamMaster has almost 40 years of experience in the Restoration and Cleaning Industry. You can visit our website at http://www.SteamMaster.com or go to the Restoration pages of the website at https://steammaster.com/water-damage-… The immediate response of a Water Damage situation is critical when you can mitigate the situation preventing a larger and more expensive cost with proper water extraction or water removal. Using the proper tools and equipment to extract all or as much water you can.

The immediate response of a Water Damage situation is critical when you can mitigate the situation preventing a larger and more expensive cost. With proper water extraction or water removal and using the right tools and equipment to extract all or as much water you can, helps the drying process better and prevent saturation as well as the need to remove drywall and then face to replace it all.

Mitigating a water damage with proper extraction will also reduce the business or residential disruption. SteamMaster’s approach is to prevent these inconveniences and always seek to better our services by doing it right the first time. Water removal in a flooding or broken pipe situation is critical.

We have a live person answering our phones all the time. Our staff is on a rotation based on-call system. Call us at 970.827.5555 24/7/365

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Identifying Hidden Water Leak in Your Home

Have you ever wondered how much water is wasted in most homes? The statistics will actually shock you. The average family wastes more than 11 gallons of clean water every year and this is through leaks alone. Yes, 11,000 gallons wasted through leaks and not laundry, shower, flushing or cleaning of utensils in the kitchen.

As a homeowner, you probably are very busy working in an office and looking for new business opportunities in order to increase your income. This is not bad at the end of the day, you need to buy stuff – electronics, clothes, vacation, a home, and investments. This is not an excuse to assume that everything is ok. It is important to try and find out if there are any hidden leaks and water damage in the crawl space, mechanical room, behind the sink, in the bathroom and under the sink.

Here is how to identify hidden water leaks in your home.

img_1069Improper insulation and poor construction cause ice dam in homes that subsequently is the silent cause of water intrusion in homes causing mold behind walls and structures. SteamMaster uses Infrared Thermal Imaging Cameras to detect these leaks.


In the Bathroom

Bathrooms are very important rooms as they provide the much-needed space and privacy to take a shower each morning and probably in the evening too. Have you ever encountered a musty smell when you step in the bathroom? This is actually a sign that you have a leak. Damaged walls, stains or warping are clear signs of leaking in the bathroom. The smell of old accumulated water and stains on the ceiling especially for the lower floor are clear signs of leaks in your bathroom.

According to experts, bathroom leaks occur as a result of damage to pipes passing through the walls. They may also occur due to a crack in the bathroom faucet or the bathtub itself.


In the crawl space

A damp crawl space has been found to support the growth of mold. It also causes dry rot in posts, beams, sills and floor joists. When wood begins to rot, it loses its strength which means it will compromise the floors, walls and ceilings. If you want to identify leaks in the crawl space, use a screwdriver. Probe the framing especially discolored areas.

Other signs of hidden water leaks in the crawl space include condensation, rust on metal, insect infestation especially termites, white chalky substance and flooding.

Behind and under the sink

fe42ed3e-288f-47db-9b0d-fa4298c0aab2Just like the bathroom, water leaks under and behind the sink can be detected by the growth of mold and mildew. While it is acceptable for a few to appear, if the growth is dense, then you have a hidden water leak. Old, accumulated water and stained walls beneath the sink is another clear sign of hidden water leak.

To eliminate the consequences brought about by hidden water leaks, it is important to hire a home restoration and flood mitigation expert. They are experienced and qualified to deal with water damage and leaks.

Just be sure to select the best!

SteamMaster provides 24-hour emergency service for water, sewer, fire mitigation services. Please call us at 970.827.5555 for immediate response.

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Three Major Causes of Structural Damage

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Water is a very powerful force that can cause serious damage to the structure of your home or business. Today we are going to take a deeper look at different types of water damage that can affect your foundation.


Three Major Causes of Structure Damage


If your building or home has had foundation damage, 9 times out of 10 it has been caused through some form of water damage. When water creeps up and gets in and around the foundation of a building, bad things can happen. Water can cause costly damage and can even make your building unsafe to dwell in. Foundation restoration is a long and difficult process but needs to be done in order to insure that your building is safe. Below are three situations where water damage can cause structural damage.


  1. Soil erosion– Water is one force of nature that you really don’t want to ignore. The soil around your foundation was put there for a good reason. This soil helps support the foundation and when it is removed due to water damage, the foundation becomes weaker. This can cause your foundation to sink. Signs of soil erosion include drywall cracks, tilting chimneys and doors that will not properly close.


  1. Standing water– Standing water if not removed by a sump pump can cause major foundation damage. The longer the water sits the more saturated the ground can be. This can cause your foundation to shift, which will put your building at risk. Proper drainage can also help keep water from standing around the outside of your foundation.


  1. Hydro-static pressure– This is probably the number one cause of foundation damage, due to water. If you have a leaking basement most of the times this is the cause. When the soil around the foundation becomes infiltrated with water the pressure builds. This pressure can do more than just cause a leak. If hydro-static pressure becomes too much, it can cause foundation failure.


If you believe you are experiencing any of these you can call us for a free evaluation of your situation. Once we complete the evaluation process we are able to provide an estimate typically within 24 hours.

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Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration


The aftermath of a fire can be a devastating time for everyone involved. In some instances, people may lose all of their possessions and they will have to start all over again by buying new things to replace their old items. On the other hand, if the fire is contained by the fireman in time, the owners of the home and their families will be left with clean up that will not only take time, but also quite a bit of effort and money. Even though some people may be tempted to take on this job and complete it themselves, they may soon discover that there are numerous financial advantages to hiring the right type of fire damage restoration professionals to complete these tasks.

The professionals that the family may consider contacting first is the smoke and fire damage restoration crew at SteamMaster. When our emergency team comes into the home, they will focus on getting things taken care of quickly in order to minimize the financial loss. One of the most important steps is getting rid of all of the water and other types of debris that’s left from the fire and firefighting efforts. This can be accomplished in numerous ways, including using commercial equipment to vacuum up all of the water out of each room that has been affected.

The main step is to ensure that we document, assess and evaluate all damage. Since some items are completely destroyed because of the fire and smoke, they will have to be bagged and discarded. However, there are other items that have been affected that can be salvaged. With a professional team involved, they have the best tools and equipment available to complete these jobs effectively. For example, a professional fire restoration remediation company will have various types of wet cleaning tools, rotary scrubbers, chemical sponges and hot fogging machines that expand into wall cavities. This means we can use these tools to remove all of the smoke that lingers within.

Reporting in the news recently discussing various plant life, shows that they can become highly flammable at certain times of the year. With forest fires being a real threat to our homes and community, it helps to be aware of our experienced professionals. We will come out any season any time of the day or night.


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Restoring Your Terrazo Flooring

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Common terrazzo flooring appearance

Terrazzo is a stone that is man-made and created via the use of small pieces of natural stone. In a nutshell, it is a hard surface using stone chips set in epoxy or cement. The name comes from “Terrazza”, which is an Italian word that means, “terrace”. It began back in the 15th century when Venetian mosaic artists utilized leftover bits of marble for surfacing their own terraces at home. The fact that it is steeped in tradition and history makes terrazzo all the more attractive to many people for their homes or businesses.

Terrazzo floors are really quite resilient, but older terrazzo floors may need general restoration for the purpose of restoring them to their original beauty. Pits and holes in places where chips of stone could have come loose and could require filling. A lackluster surface could require the help of a professional to make it shine again.

Terrazzo’s attractive appearance and high level of durability make it an excellent natural stone hard surface for restoration. Generally it contains marble or some other type of natural stone that tends to be capable of maintaining a high shine once polished. Terrazzo can then be maintained by using a penetrative sealer to protect it from discoloration and stains.

Once it has been restored by a professional, maintaining terrazzo in all of its beauty is as simple as regular dry and wet mopping. It is, however, quite susceptible to etching, therefore it’s necessary to prevent any acidic spills or, if any occur, to wipe them up immediately. And, often it is difficult to tell whether a stain is actually a stain or a natural part of the floor itself. The best way to find that out is to ask a professional to look at it and make a recommendation.

If you’re a business or homeowner in Eagle County who has a terrazzo floor in your home or office, and it’s starting to look dull or damaged, then your best bet is to contact certified technicians to re-seal your floor and ensure years of beauty and enjoyment. Don’t make the mistake of trying Do-It-Yourself methods on your floor when you need to remove stains or etching. Trust the professionals to extract those stains and preserve the beauty of your terrazzo floor.

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