Recovery and Cleaning Service
The experienced professionals at ESPO Fire & Water and Response Team 1 provide cleaning and restoration services in accordance with Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) standards.
We provide comprehensive cleaning services:
- air ducts and the HVAC system
- hard surfaces, tile and grout
- carpeting and rugs
- upholstery and furniture
- structural, including vandalism and graffiti
- insulation removal
- crime scene and, including homicide and methamphetamine.
ESPO Fire & Water also offers building deodorization services. We can deliver quick, effective building deodorization services for offices, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, schools, churches and other types of buildings.
ESPO Fire & Water will carefully restore your belongings using our complete restoration process. We will submit repair estimates for approval to you and your insurance company that includes the cost for furniture refinishing, electronics repair and other specialty services before the work begins. Your property and possessions are the top priority with us.
Our experts know what to do in what order and how to follow through to full recovery. After a fire or severe flood displaces you from your home or business, you will discover that you need immediate access to certain items. Identify your high priority items and we will process them within ASAP.
An important part of disaster recovery involves salvaging and itemizing the contents of your business. We pack your personal belongings, and then move them to our secure, climate-controlled contents processing facility where our technicians will handle your belongings with care as they start the restoration process.
Clean and Restore Equipment
Our secure contents processing center provides a climate-controlled setting where the trained experts can thoroughly dry, decontaminate and stabilize your contents to avoid loss, misplacement, and further damage.
The state-of-the-art equipment used by ESPO ensures that your articles are washed and cleaned safely and effectively. After your belongings have been evaluated, cleaned and restored, we’ll secure them in individual storage crates, where they will be well protected.
ESPO offers professional cleaning services for damages from fire, flood, mold, or a crime-scene situation. Our certified cleaning teams are experienced in the most current restoration cleaning techniques and equipment. We do carpet & upholstery cleaning, hard surface cleaning and HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, & Air Conditioning) cleaning.
Our carpet cleaning professionals will discuss your carpet and upholstery cleaning requirements with you. You will receive a written estimate before we begin the work. Our goal is 100% customer satisfaction.
We also offer these related services: Carpet Deodorization, Specialty Carpet Cleaning, Carpet Protection, and Specialty Stain Removal.
Upholstery & Furniture Cleaning
Our experienced upholstery cleaning technicians will use the most effective cleaning method to safely clean your natural or synthetic fiber furniture and upholstery. The upholstered furnishings in commercial property will look better and last longer when given a regular cleaning.
Among the types of upholstered items we will clean are:
- Cotton fabrics
- Boat interiors
- Auto/RV interiors
- Office furniture including cubicle panels, chairs, reception furniture, and more
- Miscellaneous items – call for more information
Hard Surface Cleaning
The trained professionals from ESPO are equipped to perform a thorough cleaning and sanitization of your hard surfaces, including deep-down extraction if needed. We provide superior maintenance, care and protection of your natural stone, ceramic tile, grout, and masonry surfaces.
The sealants and protectors we use include:
- Water Repellent
- Oil Repellent
- Soap Scum & Hard Water Deposit Repellent
- Grout Haze Protector
- Color Enhancer
- Sunlight/ UV resistant
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning System Cleaning
The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and air duct system in your building can be the biggest single contributor to poor indoor air quality. Inspection of your HVAC system should include ductwork, not just the heating and air conditioning components. Cleaning of your ductwork and HVAC system should be part of your regularly scheduled maintenance. Contaminants, odors, and irritating dust can be circulated throughout your building via dirty air ducts.
Call us to inspect and clean your HVAC system to ensure your equipment operates at peak performance for years to come.
Air Duct Cleaning
The air duct cleaning process includes cleaning of the heating and cooling components of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. Usually these components include supply and return air ducts, heating and cooling coils, heat exchangers, grills and diffusers, fan motor housings, condensation drain pans, and air handling unit housings. Our experts use specialized tools on the HVAC system to dislodge any dirt and debris, which they then remove with a high-powered, high-efficiency particle air (HEPA) vacuum.
Cleaning dirty cooling coils and fan and heat exchangers can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system, according to EPA studies. You can reduce the risk of allergic reactions or other adverse health effects by physically removing contaminants such as mold, dust or pollen that may accumulate in air ducts.
Mold Cleanup and Evaluation
If an inspection confirms the presence of active mold growth in your building, ESPO will perform a six-step removal process that guarantees the total elimination of mold from your property. Here’s what we do:
- Full Mold Damage Assessment – First we scour every square inch of your building for mold colonies and its spores, using state-of-the-art equipment and the latest mold detection techniques. This enables us to map the areas that require mold removal and helps us provide you with an accurate estimate of the project’s total cost.
- Water Extraction and Dehumidification – To kill mold and prevent its return, we need to remove every last trace of water and moisture from where it shouldn’t be, because water is a catalyst for mold growth. ESPO uses cutting-edge technology to discover and extract unwanted water in your building, then brings in industrial-grade dehumidifiers to normalize indoor water vapor levels.
- Damage Containment – After your property is completely dried and we have identified the mold-affected areas, we will seal them off with plastic barriers that restrict air and spore movement to prevent the further spread of the fungus and its possible recurrence.
- Content Damage Evaluation – As part of our damage assessment process, our technicians will examine every piece of clothing, furniture and floor covering to determine what can be salvaged and what is too infested to return to your property.
- Disinfection – Our professionals use negative ion technology to kill the mold. Our specialized equipment is used to eliminate the mold fungus on surfaces or in the air. Our professional technique is tough on mold but gentle on your property.
After the mold demolition has been completed, the experts from ESPO thoroughly clean the work area, removing all dust and debris. We use conditioned new air to dilute the air in the containment area during the purging process. A post-remediation evaluation is conducted by the project manager or supervisor to confirm that the remediation process was completed to specifications.
An Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) performs a thorough examination that includes a sensory inspection of the containment area. The IEP must verify that all visible dust and debris, malodors, and contaminated materials have been removed and the project has been successfully completed.
Mold Damage Containment
Our mold damage containment team works to control mold and mildew using multiple containment methods that address your specific circumstances.
Mold and Mildew Remediation:
- Use containment barriers to separate areas with different mold conditions from each other. We can use source, local or full-scale containment methods.
- Consider whether ceilings, walls and/or floors should be covered by a poly barrier or if they can be left uncovered for later cleaning. When left on surfaces, containment barriers may change pressure differentials, cause condensation, or trap moisture.
- To minimize the risk of cross contamination, confirm that the ventilation system is sealed off or isolated from mold-contaminated work areas.
- Create an appropriate entry and exit to the decontamination area as well as to the containment, which can serve as a transitional space between work areas and unaffected areas of the building.
- Set up one or more Air Filtration Devices (AFDs) in a negative-air mode to establish and maintain negative pressure differentials. We may establish the air flow controls before or after containment is installed, depending on the circumstances.
- To provide a neutral pressure zone or to control air passing through the chamber, install containment flaps. Small containments for smaller contaminated areas may not require a decontamination area.
Mold Damage Demolition
It is essential to work with a Certified Mold Remediator to avoid the possible dislodging of mold spores during demolition, especially from dry materials. If that should happen, they may become aerosolized. Our professionals use dust suppression methods that reduce exposure in order to limit the release of airborne mold spores. Here are the steps our team follows to ensure your safety:
- Tools are vacuumed and wiped before being removed from containment areas.
- Bagged materials are sealed inside a second bag (double bagged) before being moved outside the containment area.
- Containment materials and remaining interior surfaces are cleaned using a combination of HEPA vacuuming and damp wiping.
- Stretch wrap or other non-porous materials are wrapped around contaminated units before they are removed from the contained area.
- Before turning off equipment, the intake is sealed to prevent back flushing of filtered contaminants.
Mold often can be discovered in steamy, damp or dark areas, attics and plumbing spaces, cluttered storage areas, recently flooded areas, basements, areas with poor ventilation, and in outdoor areas in humid environments. Water that enters a building through small envelope openings or a hard-to-detect leakage can cause mold build-up. Exposure to mold and mildew can cause major health problems. It is essential to conduct a mold inspection to determine if mold is present and what type of remediation is required.
ESPO can send a certified mold inspector to precisely measure your spore count. This specialist will reveal the actual source of the mold by conducting thorough inspections and tests. Many forms of mold are invisible to the human eye, so the exact type of mold can only be identified by a certified mold inspector using specialized equipment.
Our inspector will suggest the best way to remove the mold based on its type. Our team of professionals will attack the problem once we have determined the scope of the contamination.
Espo Fire and Water is a Response Team 1 company and we are committed to helping people get life back to normal after a disaster. With decades of experience in quickly responding to large commercial and residential losses and community weather events, Response Team 1 serves the continental U.S. from 30 strategic locations. For more information visit www.responseteam1.com.