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Calling all little artists! Our 2017 Winter Coloring Contest is up! It's free to enter and you may win a FREE upholstery cleaning for your car and a toy for the little one. Doesn't hurt to try!
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Calling all little artists! Our 2017 Winter Coloring Contest is up! It's free to enter and you may win a FREE upholstery cleaning for your car and a toy for the little one. Doesn't hurt to try!
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They guys hard at work at a recent sewage flood!
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When we think about living in the Southwest, we think of a very dry, hot climate. It's not exactly a place where people think mold or other microbial growth will thrive. Surprisingly to most, mold is everywhere and is typically in a dormant state. If it finds the right home, however, it will grow rapidly.

Everything in nature has its purpose. Mold's purpose is to decompose vegetation, such as dead trees and other decaying organic material, into soil. Most homes in the Southwest are made out of wood and other organic materials, which provides a great food source for mold.

Mold cannot grow without water and a temperature range of 40-120 degrees. Once water is in the mix, mold can become a very big job to handle on your own.

Here are some prevention tips to prevent mold from becoming an issue in your home:

•Mildew is something that is generally easy to remove because it stays on the surface of the objects it grows on, mold on the other hand is able to penetrate and spread completely through a porous material and continue to spread to neighboring objects.
*To test the difference between mold and mildew, place a few drops of bleach on the affected area and wait 5 minutes.
If the spot becomes lighter you have mildew
If it remains dark then you have mold*

•Check for any leaks within your home. This could be in your roof, dripping faucets, down your wall in the form of bubbles, water heater, refrigerator and other water piping

•Eliminate clutter within your home. Clutter blocks airflow and if furniture covers HVAC vents, moisture can be trapped and microbial growth will thrive

•On hot & humid days, always keep a fan running to promote air circulation

•Check your crawlspace and look for groundwater seeping in. If you see moisture, you should consider installing a vapor barrier to prevent the moisture from rising into the home

• Always use exhaust fans when taking a shower or cooking in the kitchen

•Make sure that the vent for your dryer leads to outside of your home

•Change your shower curtain if you see mold-it doesn't always look black. It can be other shades of pink, red or dark green

•If you leave for an extended period of time, make sure that the cabinets beneath faucets are left open to promote air flow

• If you have a swamp cooler, make sure that the padding is changed regularly

• Have your Furnace/HVAC system inspected before seasonal use-coils attract moisture and can be a great home for mold

•If you find moisture or puddles, mold or other microbial growth may have already made its home and you may need one of our techs to come by and do an inspection

•If you attempt to dry out the mold, it will put the mold into a dormant state, but it will not die. If you kill the mold with chemicals, spores may be released and spread if it's not done properly

•Mold that has already spread to drywall, studs or other building material may need to be professionally removed. This is especially true for growth spanning over large areas.

Mold spores are 2-20 microns (1/1,000,000 of a meter) on average. These allergens are small enough to bypass your body's filtration and can cause severe respiratory infections in some people. Just 1-2 days of moisture can be enough time for mold growth to begin. If you suspect that you have a mold problem that can be potentially dangerous to your health, please do not hesitate to call our experienced team of technicians at BEST for removal and growth prevention!

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As much as we at BEST love working with each of our customers, the reasons that people call us are less than ideal. The most frequent jobs that we receive have to do with some sort of water damage. With winter quickly approaching, the freezing temperatures, and snow melt can heighten the probability of your home being damaged. Preparations can significantly reduce the chances of water damage happening in your home and we would love to help!

We have put together a list of tips to prevent your home from damage:

Freezing Pipes
Water within pipes can freeze when temperatures drop below 20°. The pressure from the ice expanding within the pipe may cause a break in the pipe. This frequently causes floods of water cascading into the structure.

•Keep the indoor temperature above 55°F.
When heating your home, promote airflow by keeping all doors/cabinets open

•Keep water flowing within the pipes-only a trickle is needed.

•Keep your garage door closed if there is a water supply in it.

•If you plan on leaving your home for an extended period of time, then consider shutting off your water. Once water is shut off, be sure to drain the pipes by flushing the toilet and opening the faucets.

Ice Dams
As pretty as they may look, ice dams can cause a real mess within your home. The icicles prevent the melting water from the snow on the roof from draining off of the roof. The water that builds up on the roof often finds its way through damaged parts of your roof.

•Look for damaged/loose shingles and replace them.

•If the roof is flat, remove the pine needles that hold in moisture.

•Clean the gutters of all debris.

•Fix all air leaks to prevent warm, moist air from entering the attic space.

•Insulation should be added if you have less than 6 inches and have had ice dams in the past.

•Blown in fiberglass or cellulose insulation is better than hand-placed batts.

Although colds and the flu are common during the winter months, that shopping cart handle may not be the reason for your perpetual cold. If you experience a prolonged respiratory illness, and you suspect that water may have entered your home in places it shouldn't, please do not hesitate to contact us for a mold inspection!
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As winter approaches, we begin to prepare for the temperatures to drop. We spend more time indoors, which means our home's sources of heat will be used more frequently and all of those pleasant, seasonal aromas will fill the house.

We at BEST want to help you enjoy all of the great things that fire can give you, and keep the fire where it belongs.

Here are some tips we put together to keep you and your family safe:
•Be sure to clean your fireplace annually
•Use of a creosote burning log reduces carbon buildup
•Don't burn any other material other than seasoned hardwood.
soft wood can be used, but keep in mind that it builds up carbon in your chimney
•Throwing wrapping paper into the fire can cause an explosion
•Place logs toward the back of your grate
•Don't use flammable liquids in your fireplace
•Always dispose of ash at least 3 feet from hazardous materials

Christmas Trees
•Make sure that the tree you choose has been freshly cut
The trunk will be sticky, the needles will be hard, green and needles will be secure
•It's best to not have a tree for longer than 2 weeks
•Don't place you tree next to heat sources
•Keep water above the base of the trunk
•LED lights are safest to place on your tree, plus they save on energy!

•Always check your lights for signs of damage such as fraying, gaps in the insulation, bare spots or brown sockets
•Don't overload your outlets
•Wires should never be warm to touch
•Make sure that all light bulbs are tightened, otherwise they may cause sparks
•Check the wattage of bulbs and make sure that they do not exceed the maximum wattage allowed on fixtures
•Do not staple or nail cords

Unfortunately, fires happen to even the most prepared homeowners. In the event that a fire does occur in your home, please don't hesitate to call BEST-we will gladly assist you through the process of getting your life back to normal.
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Keeping ducts clean are sometimes the last thing that homeowners think about when considering household maintenance. We have compiled a list of things that you can do to reduce dust and other particles from contaminating your system in between duct/furnace cleanings.

•Replace your filters with the highest efficiency filter that your HVAC manufacturer recommends. This will not only keep your home cleaner, but reduce the cost on your energy bill and will help your system last longer
•Vacuum your home regularly-preferably one with a HEPA filter
•Make sure to seal off all ducts during construction or any time where large quantities of dust and other particles can enter the system
•Have an inspection of your ducts prior to heating season
Dirty ducts make you more susceptible to carbon monoxide poisioning!
•The cooling coils are what removes moisture from the air- check for wet spots in the insulation that surrounds the cooling coils
(If mold growth has formed, do not hesitate to call for a professional removal of the mold & spores)
•If you are frequently experiencing problems with your system, it might be a good idea to check that the system that is installed in the building is properly sized
•Standing water & debris in the condensate pans may indicate a problem

Professional duct cleaning is highly recommended if:
•You see rodents/nests in your ducts or you know they have entered the system
•You see visible molding or the insulation is wet
•Insect infestations occur
•You notice a clogging of the system due to dust/debris
•You, or someone in your home is experiencing an unexplained sickness that seems to last forever- this could be a sign of respiratory infection due to dirty ducting or molding

Don't hesitate to call the BEST if you believe that you will need a professional to handle the cleaning of your ducts/furnace!
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GO Denver Broncos!!! A fun way to celebrate with our team this morning. All smiles preparing to take on another busy week with full bellies thanks to the wonderful people at +Carver Brewing Co and +81301 Coffee House and Roasters  —  at Best Cleaning & Disaster Restoration Services, Inc.
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Congratulations to this great bunch of individuals for placing again in this year's Durango Herald Reader's Choice Awards. And thank you to the Durango Community for trusting us with your carpet cleanings, water damage restoration, smoke, fire and mold damage clean ups for over 20 years! We are proud to say our team is the very BEST! 
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#AniMoose  We know, it's been a few days, but we just can't get over this beautiful moose sighting in our local Animas River! We are so lucky to serve a community as wonderful as Durango. 22 years and counting. Happy Fall!!!

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