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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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The Importance of Having A Professional During A Water Emergency

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When a water intrusion occurs in a home through flooding or leaking, it is important for home and business owners to avoid damage by calling for prompt water removal or pump out services. Unfortunately, water is one of the most destructive forces a home can face, especially if the water comes in the form of a flood. If water removal is carried out promptly, home and business owners can avoid a host of issues that can damage their home and even put their health in danger.

Standing water not only causes massive water damage to the porous structures of a home, it can also contribute to the growth of mold and mildew. Since certain types of mold are toxic, it is crucial the mold growth is inhibited as much as possible. If the water stands in a home for over twenty-four hours, it can begin to cause mold and mildew growth on all of the moist surfaces and even in the air.

Flood remediation teams use water extraction processes to remove large amounts of water at an exponential rate. The sooner the water is removed, the sooner the damage can be assessed and repaired. Using various extraction processes, the team will work to remove any standing water, including water that has made its way into the walls. After the water removal has taken place, the team will work to bring the humidity levels down as soon as possible so the growth of mold and mildew is mitigated effectively.

SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning LLC. Provides water extraction services and will not only work to help home and business owners dry out, but they also ensure the home is restore ready after every Water Damage. Through thorough cleaning measures, the removal of damaged materials, and the replacement of drywall and other building materials, a home can be fully restored to the way it was before the waters entered and caused damage. Also known as a “pre-loss” condition.

Home and business owners who are in need of water removal services can count on SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning. We come out 24/7/365 for water emergencies so a home can be protected from the onslaught of damage that occurs after a water intrusion. With a prompt response, home and business owners alike can rely on these services when an emergency occurs.

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Reacting Quickly to Minimize Washing Machine Overflow Flooding Damages

IMG_8562Let’s face it, flooding emergencies are relatively common events that can occur at anytime in a home. Being prepared can make the difference between cleaning up a little mess and paying a significant amount of money out on an expensive laundry room flood problem. Regardless to the situation, it is essential that the homeowner and their families know what to do so that they can recover quickly.

#1 – Concentrate on Safety First
When an individual is dealing with a washing machine that is overflowing, one of the first things that they will need to concentrate on is the family’s safety. Because the water from a washing machine overflow can flood dangerous areas electrical places in the home, the owner or a family will need to cut off the electrical power. To prevent electrical shock, the person should cut it off at the fuse box or circuit breaker. Additionally, because this water is normally slippery from all of the suds, people should make sure that they are taking the necessary precautions to keep from slip and falling. No one wants to add to this problem by having to make a trip to the hospital.
#2 – Check Washer Hoses for Leaks
Sometimes this kind of problem may be relatively simple to resolve. This is normally in cases where the hose on the machine is too loose. Therefore, all the person has to do is tighten the hoses up prior to turning the machine back on.

#3 – Best Practices for Hard to Spot Problems
If the problem that the owner is experiencing is not easy to identify, there are some best practices that can be used to stop the flooding. For instance, the owner should avoid cramming too many clothes in the machine because unbalanced loads can present significant problems. In some cases, the owner may not know why the problem has occurred, so they will need to contact an appliance repairman to do the job.

#4. Clean up and water damage from washing machine
In some situations, the owner of the home may not discover the problem until it is too late to prevent damage to other floors in the home. When this happens, the family will need to react quickly to avoid unnecessary water damage from the flooding. For instance, if there is a lot of water, the owner may need to contact an outside agency that specializes in water damage services.

In any water damage situation call a restoration company immediately. SteamMaster is a 24-hour emergency restoration company serving 9 counties. A live person will answer the phone at 970-827-5555 when you call.

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SteamMaster is a Lead-Safe Certified Firm

Matt Monica, VP of SteamMaster and Jeff Sandoval attended a refresher class to be re-certified as a Renovator for Lead Safety for Renovation, Repair and Painting in Boulder today. SteamMaster is a Lead-Safe Certified Firm. In dealing with a water damage restoration or fire damage restoration job this certification is needed. We have all of the training and equipment necessary to safely and legally perform work on homes and businesses where lead has been determined to be present in prior coatings.

We highly recommend reading the EPA’s Renovate Right Brochure: http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovaterightbrochure.pdf to learn about safely renovating if lead is determined to be present.

Matt is Lead Certified

SteamMaster is EPA_LeadSafeCertFirm

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Keeping your home and property secured in Winter

winterKeeping your home and property secured and safe is a necessity all year round. However, prior to winter the need to place additional safety measures is crucial. If left unchecked or neglected, the consequences can be dangerous and costly.

We are sure you are very used to the winter drill and have attended to many of the tips below. Cross-reference the checklist and attend to the necessary.

• Wash spray equipment, such as sprinkler or hose and store it away.

• Clean out gutters. Remove leaves and other debris from drainpipe and gutters.

• Check the furnace and flue in good working condition.

• Ensure your heating system has proper ventilation

• Dust vents and change furnace filters, if there is a blower, have it cleaned and oiled.

• Have the fireplace inspected for loose mortar.

• Ensure the fireplace screen is property secured.

• Check for drafts. Inspect windows and doors for cracks and seal them.

• Use outside lighting that is designed for outdoor use only such as weatherproof cords, plugs, sockets and connections

• Provide ample light outdoors to the entrance and exterior of home to illuminate snow and ice patches

• Keep all sidewalks and entrances to home free from ice and snow.

• Remove dead tree branches. Heavy snow or ice can cause them to break and damage your property or injure someone.

• Ensure the home is kept at least 68F while at home or 63F degrees while away to prevent pipes freezing and subsequent water damage.

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Your right to choose a Restoration Contractor when filing an Insurance Claim!

GAHeaderIn Colorado you have the right to choose your restoration company! Your carrier cannot steer you to choose a particular company just because they have a corporate agreement to use a franchise or a network. Your carrier cannot steer you to choose but may offer you choices as well as notify you of your right to choose your own Restoration Contractor.

On May 17, 2007, Colorado passed a bill allowing YOU the RIGHT TO CHOOSE your Restoration contractor when filing an insurance claim.
When deciding which restoration company will suit your needs best, look for a qualified and reputable company, that will stand behind work performed and warranty their services.

SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning, LLC is independently owned and not a franchise. Since 1978 SteamMaster has been serving nine counties including Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, Garfield, Lake, Park, Routt, Grand and Chaffee as well as surrounding areas for the last 34 years. SteamMaster’s world corporate office is locate in 1901 South Main Street in Minturn, Colorado.

There are several great water damage restoration companies in California,and Indiana we would recommend. Please visit their respective websites.

See HOUSE BILL 07-1104 [Digest]

Session Laws of Colorado 2007
First Regular Session, 66th General Assembly




HOUSE BILL 07-1104 [Digest]

BY REPRESENTATIVE(S) Butcher, Carroll M., Green, Jahn, Marshall, Merrifield, and Solano;
also SENATOR(S) Tapia.


Concerning referral by an insurance company of an insured to a property repair business, and making an appropriation therefor.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado:

SECTION 1. Part 1 of article 4 of title 10, Colorado Revised Statutes, is amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION to read:

10-4-120. Unfair or discriminating trade practices – legislative declaration. (1) (a) The general assembly determines that competition is fundamental to the free market system and that the unrestrained interaction of competitive forces will yield the best allocation of our economic resources, the lowest prices, the highest-quality commodities and services, and the best environment for democratic and social institutions. Therefore, the right of the individual to choose a repair business is a matter of statewide concern.

(b) The general assembly declares that the purposes of this section are to:

(I) Safeguard the public against monopolies, trusts, and market barriers;

(II) Foster and encourage competition by prohibiting unfair and discriminatory insurance practices that impede fair and honest competition;

(III) Ensure that all consumers benefit from competition and the expansion of choices in the marketplace; and

(IV) Enhance Colorado’s economic development.

(c) This section shall be liberally construed so that its beneficial purposes may be served.

(2) An insurer or its agent that issues or renews a policy that insures real or personal property shall not:

(a) Directly or indirectly require that appraisals or repairs to the property be made or not be made by a specified repair business;

(b) Represent to a beneficiary or claimant who is making a claim under a policy that the use of, or the failure to use, a particular repair business may result in the nonpayment or delayed payment of a claim;

(c) Intimidate, coerce, threaten, or induce by incentive a beneficiary or claimant to use a particular repair business for repairs; except that an inducement by incentive does not include warranty or guaranty repairs;

(d) Contract with a person to manage, handle, or arrange insurance repair work or to act as an agent for the insurer if:

(I) The contract requires a particular repair business to do claims work for the insurer at a price established by the insurer; and

(II) The person retains a percentage of any compensation paid by the insurer;

(e) Use disincentives to discourage a beneficiary or claimant from using a particular repair business; except that a disincentive does not include warranty or guaranty repairs;

(f) Solicit or accept a referral fee or compensation in exchange for referring the beneficiary or claimant to a repair facility;

(g) Require the beneficiary or claimant to travel an unreasonable distance to choose a repair facility;

(h) Misinform a beneficiary or claimant to induce the use of a particular repair business; or

(i) In the settlement of a liability claim by a third party against a beneficiary or claimant for property damage claimed by the third party, require a third-party claimant to have repairs done by a particular repair business.

(3) An insurer or its agent that issues or renews a policy that insures real or personal property shall:

(a) Supply the beneficiary or claimant with a copy of the estimate upon which the settlement is based, when partial losses are settled on the basis of an estimate prepared by or for the insurer;

(b) Require that any estimate prepared by or for the insurer covering damages that are visible or evident at the time of inspection is adequate to restore the property within a reasonable time to its condition before the loss, in accordance with applicable policy provisions;

(c) Pay for repair services and products based on a prevailing competitive price, as established by competitive bids, generally accepted insurer-based methodology, or market surveys that determine a fair and reasonable market price for similar services;

(d) Orally or in writing disclose to a beneficiary or claimant that the beneficiary or claimant may freely choose any repair business;

(e) Assume all reasonable costs sufficient to pay for the beneficiary’s or claimant’s repairs including materials or parts, less any applicable deductible or reduction for comparative negligence;

(f) Promptly pay the cost of property repair services and products from any repair facility location that is within a reasonable distance, less any applicable deductible amount payable by the beneficiary or claimant according to the terms of the insurance policy, at no less than the prevailing competitive market price in the same geographic area; and

(g) Disclose to the beneficiary or claimant any ownership interest in, or ownership by or through an affiliation with, a repair business recommended by the insurer when the recommendation is made.

(4) An insurer is not required to furnish the notices required by this section more than once to each beneficiary or claimant for each claim.

(5) A beneficiary, claimant, or repair business may submit a written, documented complaint to the commissioner alleging a violation of this section.

(6) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, an insurer or its agent shall inform the beneficiary or claimant that he or she may select any repair business of his or her choosing, and if the insurer chooses, the insurer may also inform the beneficiary or claimant that the insurer can provide a list of repair businesses for the beneficiary or claimant to consider.

SECTION 2. Repeal. 10-4-618, Colorado Revised Statutes, is repealed.

SECTION 3. Repeal. 10-4-601 (1) and (12), Colorado Revised Statutes, are repealed as follows:

10-4-601. Definitions. As used in this part 6, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) “Beneficiary or claimant” includes an insured person and a third-party claimant.

(12) “Repair business” means a business that repairs motor vehicles.

SECTION 4. Appropriation. In addition to any other appropriation, there is hereby appropriated, out of any moneys in the division of insurance cash fund created in section 10-1-103 (3), Colorado Revised Statutes, not otherwise appropriated, to the department of regulatory agencies, for allocation to the insurance division, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2007, the sum of ten thousand two hundred one dollars ($10,201), or so much thereof as may be necessary, for the implementation of this act.

SECTION 5. Applicability. This act shall apply to claims made on or after the effective date of this act.

SECTION 6. Safety clause. The general assembly hereby finds, determines, and declares that this act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety.

Approved: May 18, 2007

Capital letters indicate new material added to existing statutes; dashes through words indicate deletions from existing statutes and such material not part of act.

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The Science of Drying – using moisture meters

The science of drying involves removing moisture from wet materials and is most effectively performed after collecting atmospheric moisture reading, structural materials temperature readings, and moisture content from both affected and unaffected materials.

Descriptions of moisture meters can be found in ANSI/IICRC S500 2006. The standard defines Moisture Meters as: “An electronic sensing device used to measure the internal moisture percentage of various construction materials, such as wood, gypsum board, masonry, etc.”

Penetrating meters work when pins or probes are inserted into materials and work by detecting measurable moisture levels.

Non-penetrating meters work by detecting moisture levels without penetrating the surface.

Some meters operate beyond detecting moisture, the measure surface and air temperatures; relative humidity including grains per pound, vapor pressure, calculate dew point and condensation risks.

Humidity probes on some devices can also be used in structural materials such as concrete, masonry and other building materials.

Some devices allows wireless on-site monitoring and moisture recording and then data can be downloaded to a computer.

With Infrared thermal imaging cameras can quickly scan and identify the full extent of water and moisture damage at a job site. It allows targeted dry-out efforts and monitor drying progress.

Moisture meters provide a reasonably accurate picture of how wet materials are and can be used to established drying trends. This is very important when drying is accelerated with the addition of heat.

Restoration & Remediation, Dan Bernazzani, Extech, Tramex, Lignomat & Flir

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When you can’t bring everyone to the trainer, you bring the trainer to everyone!


Raj Manickam
(970) 827-5555

SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning host IICRC® Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) for its entire Management and Staff in-house on August 29, 30 and 31st.

Minturn, CO – August 29, 2011 – SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning, LLC announced the upcoming Continues Education (CE) 3-day course for all its Management, Administration and Production staff on the subject of Water Damage Restoration (WRT)
The IICRC® certified courses is designed to teach restoration personnel that perform remediation work to give them a better concept of water damage, it’s effects and techniques for drying of structures. This course will give better understanding of the procedures necessary to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold.

According to Gary Gilman, President of SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning, the course will be taught Richard Ruch is a IICRC® approved trainer. “Instead of going to the trainer, we brought Rick to our facility so that we could train our production staff as well as all the management and administration staff. Our team members achieve excellent results through their training, commitment, and by serving each other,” added Mr. Gilman.

SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning specializes in emergency mitigation services including board-ups, water, sewer, fire response, and mold removal. Services are available 24 hours a day serving the Central Colorado Rockies surrounding the mountain communities in Vail, Breckenridge and Aspen.

The business is located at 1901 South Main Street in Minturn, Colorado. SteamMaster, established in 1978, also provides specialty-cleaning services. The firm is certified from The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

For information about SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning, LLC, call 970-827-555 or email raj@steammaster.com Visit the website at http://www.steammaster.com


SteamMaster is the leading emergency service and mitigation in the Central Colorado Rockies since 1978. SteamMaster is a pioneer in the industry in the Vail Valley, building a reputation for quality work, professionalism, and commitment to providing superior customer service in the industry. Its sister company, Colorado Basement Systems, provides repair for musty, wet and flooded crawl spaces.

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Raging Colorado River

Rivers are raging everywhere in Colorado. This is a video taken at the Glenwood Canyon today. We have never seen it this high. Flooding is immanent. Snowpack on mountains are still visible and snowmelt is still happening.

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Lead Renovator Certification for SteamMaster team members

Another two SteamMaster team members obtained the National Center for Healthy Housing – Certificate of Attendance and Successful Completion of the Lead Renovator Certification.

Ivan Pinon - SteamMaster's Senior Technician

Brian Eisner - SteamMaster's Production Manager

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