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Fire Evacuation Plan, Do You Have One?

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Evacuation Plan, Do You Have One? Do you have your Fire Evacuation Plan?

Smoke detectors are VERY important in a home/business safety plan, but do not forget a fire evacuation plan.

When was the last time you and your family or co-workers practiced an evacuation drill?  Maybe, it has been awhile. It’s easy to forget about your overall evacuation plan, so it’s a good idea to schedule a drill quarterly to go over a complete Fire Evacuation Plan with your family/co-workers.

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
  • Everyone in the household must understand the escape plan. When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.
  • Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home or business where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
  • Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road. If not, paint it on the curb or install house numbers to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home.
  • Have everyone memorize the emergency phone number of the fire department. That way any member of the household can call from a neighbor's home or a cellular phone once safely outside.
  • If there are infants, older adults, or family members with mobility limitations, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them in the fire drill and in the event of an emergency. Assign a backup person too, in case the designee is not home during the emergency.

If you experience fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388.

Do You Have Mold? What To Do If You Suspect Mold.

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Just the idea of mold can cause panic for a homeowner. It can create structural issues and seriously affect your property value. But how do you even know if you have mold and how should you proceed if you do?

Did you know that mold is a fungus that’s an integral part of the earth’s bio-mass? It consumes and breaks down organic material, like leaves, wood, and plants. A problem can occur when mold colonizes in our buildings, consumes our building materials, and puts spores into our indoor air. This happens when there’s a moisture problem since mold cannot grow without water. When there’s enough moisture or humidity for colonization, that’s when humans begin to have problems.

The unfortunate reality is that problematic mold can really pop up anywhere that isn’t dry. It is most often seen in attics due to roof leaks, poor air circulation, and bathrooms that ventilate into the attic rather than outdoors; crawl spaces because earthen or gravel flooring allows moisture and spores to rise from the soil; basements that have flooding from foundation leaks or plumbing leaks; and interior living spaces with leaks, bad windows, and high humidity.

The following are criteria that you should be aware of:

  1. A musty odor is caused during the colonization of some fungal species, but can come and go depending on moisture levels and air current changes.
  2. If you have water staining or if building materials have discoloration that’s spreading over time… that may be a sign of mold.
  3. Mold spores that were already present will begin to colonize just 48 hours after a water event.

The remediation process (providing a remedy to a known mold issue) involves three things. Those three things are:

  • Killing the fungi,
  • Removing the dead mold, and
  • Protecting against future mold growth/colonization.

There is a multi-step process that should be followed.

  • Contain work area and apply negative air pressure HEPA air purifiers to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Mist EPA registered anti-microbial to suspend and kill mold spores.
  • Remove affected building surfaces.
  • Bag and dispose properly
  • Treat cavities/underlayment and dehumidify.
  • Abrasively remove dead loose mold.
  • Apply EPA registered protective sealer.
  • Perform clearance testing.
  • Remove containment materials.

It is always a good idea to consult with a mold remediation professional. If there’s an issue you can believe you can tackle yourself, they could give you recommendations about how to do so. Usually it is best to let a professional do the remediation to keep your family/employees safe while preventing cross contamination, killing mold, removing it and preventing new mold from growing.

At SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor our technicians are certified professionals in Mold Remediation

Have You Checked Your Smoke Alarms?

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

March marks the beginning of daylight saving time and serves as a good reminder for everyone to test their smoke alarms. Our local Fire Department is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries. Smoke alarm technology has advanced and many now come with 10-year batteries and some are tamper-resistant. Ionization-only smoke alarms that are solely battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery are highly recommended. Because of this technology, the national slogan "Change your clock, Change your battery" may not apply to property owners who have these ionization-only smoke alarms. Other types of alarms are also being sold with either a 10-year battery or a standard-life battery.  So be sure to know what type of smoke alarm you have. Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family's safety from a home fire. As a reminder it is best to replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older To test your alarm properly we recommend you:

  • Push the test button to be sure the battery is working.
  • When replacing batteries, follow the manufacturer's instructions for the correct battery type to use.
  • Always retest alarms after installing new batteries.
  • Replace any alarm that fails to operate after installing a new battery.
  • Inspect your alarms to determine if they are 10 years old or older, and replace any smoke alarm 10 years old or older. Look for a date on the back of the alarm. If there is no date, your alarm is more than 10 years old and should be replaced.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for regularly cleaning your alarms of dust and cobwebs.

Working smoke alarms provide a critical early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, which increase your chances of survival. Additional safety tips:

    • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area (hallway).
    • Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
    • Use the smoke alarm's hush feature to silence nuisance alarms.
    • Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with family members.
    • Practice you home fire escape plan at least two times a year at different times of the day/night.
    • Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Ensure that someone will help them. 

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our SERVPRO training program includes, but not limited to, the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes
  • For your fire mitigation needs, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388, we make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Category and Classes

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Category and Classes Do you know what is the water category of this loss?

Category 1 originates from a sanitary source and poses no substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure. It is important to note, it may not always remain clean after it comes into contact with other surfaces or materials.

Category 2 contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed. It may contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as other organic or inorganic matter (chemical or biological).

Category 3 is grossly contaminated and may contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Such water sources may carry silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials, or toxic organic substances.

Time and temperature can also affect the quality of water, thereby changing its category. *Refer to the IICRC S500 for complete definitions.

Class 1 is the least amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  It affects only part of a room or area, or larger areas containing materials that have absorbed minimal moisture.  Little or no wet carpet and/or cushion is present.

Class 2 involves a large amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  It affects at least an entire room of carpet and cushion (pad).  Water has wicked up walls less than 24 inches.  There is moisture remaining in structural materials and substructure soil.

Class 3 involves the greatest amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  Water may have come from overhead.  Ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushion and subfloor in virtually all of the entire area are saturated.

Class 4 relates to specialty drying situations.  Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which require very low specific humidity.  These types of losses may require longer drying times and special methods.

*Refer to the IICRC S500 for complete definitions. 

For your water mitigation and restoration needs call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor , 970-353-1388

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our SERVPRO training program includes, but not limited to, the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

How Storms May Affect Your Home or Business

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

How Storms May Affect Your Home or Business

Are you aware how storms can or may affect your home or business? When hearing about a storm approaching your area, a storm may call for high winds, rain, hail and/or snow. When you look at storms and what they consist of, you may wonder how it will or can affect your home or business. 

Trees near your home can get weakened by age or storms causing branches to bend and possibly break. This can cause damage to your home or roof. If you look at your trees and see branches that may need trimmed or cut out, contact a local company and have them assess your trees.

If you notice or are aware of a leak in your roof or windows, rain, hail or snow can find their way in through these spots and cause water damage to the inside of your home or business. Get these areas taken care of before water damage occurs.  

Your chimney can become packed with debris creating a blockage and they are a great place for animals to build their nest creating a bigger problem. Have your chimney cleaned out before spring rains or hail season in preparation for the stormy season.  

If you experience damage to your home or business due to a storm, or otherwise, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor can help you, call 970-353-1388, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year we are to here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our SERVPRO training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training

Springtime and Floods

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Springtime and Floods Local flooded trailer park .

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river, or even in the desert – there is always potential for flood damage. Fema.gov reports in the last 5 years, 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods so just because you haven’t experienced a flood in the past does not mean you won’t in the future. In fact, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas, and just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost you up to $27,000.00*

According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. The American Red Cross offers the following flood safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

If a flood does strike your home or business, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task.

 Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes, but not limited to, the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes                                                          *Facts and figures provided by fema.gov

Wireless Emergency Alerts - Stay Informed Of Weather Alerts

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Wireless Emergency Alerts - Stay Informed Of Weather Alerts WWW.National Weather Service.com

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are free notifications delivered to you mobile device as part of a public safety system provided by authorized government-alerting authorities. The alerts are designed to inform you of imminent threats to safety or missing persons alerts in your area (e.g.  AMBER Alerts). 

Government partners include local and state public safety agents, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. A WEA can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without downloading an app or subscribing to a service.  WEAs may be used to share extreme weather warnings, local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.

This is America’s wireless industry helping to build a Weather-Ready Nation through a nationwide text emergency alert system, called Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), which will warn you when weather threatens.

The great piece of this is that there is no signup required, and Alerts are sent automatically to WEA-capable phones during an emergency. With WEA, alerts may be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way.

A WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert.  The message will be no more than 90 characters.  WEA message will include a special tone and vibration, with both repeated twice.

The National Weather Service will send the following types of messages:

    • Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings
    • Hurricane, Typhoon, Dust Storm and Extreme Wind Warnings

Why take a risk, stay safe and follow the warnings. Once the storm has passed assess your damage, and call the mitigation professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388 if your home or business experiences damage from a storm.

Mold, DO NOT DISTURB

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold, DO NOT DISTURB Mold may be lurking behind home furnishing.

By disturbing mold, you can spread the mold infestation throughout the area where you found it and your entire home. When mold is disturbed, the mold may release microscopic mold spores which can become airborne and circulate inside your home.

Things to do when you see mold:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Do not touch or disturb the mold.
  • Do not blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Do not attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold, this only does a superficial clean, and the mold will return.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor has technicians that specialize in mold cleanup and restoration. We also use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388 for your mold remediation.

Thermal Imaging Technology for Water Damage

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Detecting a temperature difference behind a wall can save big bucks and time by avoiding the need for demolition and an idea where the source of water problem may lie. Temperature differences do not always indicate moisture or water. It could be cool air from outside, so it requires some skill to determine if it’s one thing or another.

Thermal cameras serve to guide the user to the cold spots usually associated with moisture. Moisture spots, where evaporation is happening, tend to be cooler, just like humans sweating. Most commonly, thermal imaging is used to find the source of a roof leak, condensation issues, leaking pipes, or air flow issues.

In areas where moisture problems are abundant, like Seattle, the reasons for moisture can be very, very different, but the end consequence is moisture in the space, which can deteriorate the structure, and trigger mold growth. Often, moisture problems are not in the most visibly noticeable locations, as infrared discovered here in this wood-paneled wall and dark, low-pile, loop carpeting.

At first, the darker blue area on the camera was thought to be a normal pattern seen in many wood-frame buildings, which is quite common on corners. However, the larger light-green area showing was a clue that something more was happening, however.  In fact, this was a result of a water leak in an adjoining upstairs room.

These two infrared images show where water from an unattended bathtub overflow in an upstairs room had entered the space between the floors and pooled on the drywall of the downstairs ceiling. Knowing the location and extent of moisture infiltration is critical in determining the best course of remediation

This infrared image clearly shows the heat from hot water leaking out of a supply pipe down the inside of the plumbing wall cavity behind the shower panel. Pinpointing the approximate location of this leak saved considerable time, effort and money in resolving the issue.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor technicians use FLIR Infared Cameras on job sites to assist in finding where/what the source may be if the customer is unsure.

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our SERVPRO training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training

Spring Storm Can Bring Severe Water Damage

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Spring storms can bring unwanted water into property owner’s homes and businesses. One of the most damaging things a homeowner or business owner can ever experience is a flood. Flooding can be a serious matter, and can carry a number of risks not only to your property but also to one’s personal health.

Here are a few tips of what you should do if your house or business floods:

Safety:

  • Shut off the power. Water and electricity do not mix.
  • Wear protective clothing, rubber boots and gloves, if you enter the home
  • NEVER eat food that has been contaminated by flood waters or has sat in a refrigerator or cabinets for an extended period of time.
  • Thoroughly wash any dishes before using; as these items may have come into contact with the flood waters that could contain harmful chemicals.

First, and foremost, try to stop or contain the source of water coming in. Once, that has been done, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor professionals who are certified in water damage restoration. You can start to remove the water to minimize the damage until SERVPRO professionals arrive onsite. Items you can utilize to remove water is a Wet-Dry Vacuum, and if it’s deep enough you may need to use a bucket and bucket water out. If the loss is not big enough for the above mention methods, you are lucky and you can simply mop up the standing water while waiting for SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor to arrive.

The next step, once the water has been removed, is to begin the drying process. It is important to know that the drying process is a scientific process that ensures your structure is dried down correctly. That process usually includes using a dehumidifiers and air movers. Dehumidifiers work by removing excess moisture from the air and air movers work by circulating the air.

Once SERVPRO technicians have arrived on site, they will assess the damage, communicate a plan for cleanup and drying out your property and upon approval they will immediately begin the process. Be aware that flooring and drywall may need to be removed, therefore the next call you make should be to your insurance agent. Your agent is the best person to speak with regarding insurance coverage of your loss.

Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388 for all your water restoration needs. Our technicians make it, “Like it never even happened.”