Spring Storm Can Bring Severe Water Damage
Spring storms can bring unwanted water into property owner’s homes and businesses. Ibe if 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:
- 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.”
Clean Gutters in The Spring
With spring approaching and summer storms directly behind it make sure you have done the preventative care outside your home to prevent water intruding in your home. It is so common that most property owners keep up the essential housekeeping for the inside of the home, but often neglect the outside! Spring is a good time to clean those gutters. The fall remnants of leaves have many times filled those gutters so that heavy rains will overflow the gutters filling up those window wells. Remember, water takes the path of least resistance, so water ends up entering you property through the window well, creating water damage in your home.
Summer rains can bring high damaging winds that can dislodge branches from trees. So, it’s essential that after every troublesome storm, an inspection to your rain gutters is performed. It is simple enough - all you will need is a ladder, gloves, protective goggles, water hose and a scoop. L
Cleaning your gutters can be performed in these three easy steps:
Climb the ladder and start scooping! Start from the end closest to the drain outlet and remove any debris with your scoop, working away from the drain outlet. For faster cleanup in the end, toss the offending material into a bucket on the ground.
With your water hose in tow, spray a steady stream of water through the gutters towards the drain outlet. This is much easier using a hose with a pressure gauge for high and low power, but any will work just as well.
Check your drainpipes for any blockages. Hopefully any potential blocks are minimized by scooping out the debris before it makes it into the pipes. However, there are instances where the rain storms forced material into the pipes. If you see a trickle instead of a flow coming from your pipes, use the hose at the top of the gutter and spray directly into the outlet. For harder to reach items, try a plumber’s snake.
Use these quick and easy tips to ensure your rain gutters are ready for any storms Mother Nature wants to throw your way.
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If you do experience water damage, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call 970-353-1388.
Taking Care of Moisture, Preventing Mold
Don't let this grow in your basement!
The key to mold control is moisture control. Most important solve moisture problems before they become mold problems!
Tips to preventing Mold
- Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in your home or commercial property as soon as they are detected.
- Be aware of condensation and wet spots. Find and fix the source of moisture problem, remembering that there may be more than one source.
- Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
- Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.
- Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside when possible.
- Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity (RH), ideally 30 – 50%.
- Have regular inspections on the building and HVAC and perform maintenance as scheduled.
If you have a foundation that always seem damp or wet, provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.
If you suspect mold in your home or office, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388.
Planning for Emergencies
Emergencies usually come when people least expect it. Being prepared with the proper supplies that may be needed during an emergency or disaster can ease a lot of the instant stress. Most people do not have an emergency plan because they think it will never happen to them. The following steps can aide you in the event of a disaster or emergency:
It is important to understand the type of emergencies that may likely hit your area. Natural disasters like tornadoes and floods can cause not only water damage, but also fire and/or smoke damage. Staying informed about the imminent danger may be the difference between staying alive or dying.
During an emergency or disaster, it is important to have a communication device such as a radio, a cell phone, or even a battery operated TV. These devices will allow you to communicate or receive vital information and updates from local authorities in the event of a disaster. For example, if there is a tornado in your area, authorities will likely inform you of the path, areas hit, or about to be hit, and when it is safe to come out if you have taken cover.
After identifying the disasters that are likely to occur in your region, do research and learn mitigation procedures to prevent additional stress. For instance, if your area is likely to experience tornadoes, plan where family members or co-workers should go for safety until the tornado passes. If floods are a possibility, learn water damage tips that can assist with minimizing damage. Have a reputable company’s (SERVPRO of GREELEY/WINDSOR) contact info readily available in an Emergency Kit.
Chaos and unrest are an inevitable in the event of a disaster or emergency. People may get hurt in the commotion, so make sure at least two members of your family/business are familiar with first aid treatment and CPR.
Make a plan with your family, friends and/or co-workers
It is vital that you prepare a plan with your loved ones and/or co-workers in anticipation for disaster. During disaster preparation, the first step is to understand available options. Everyone should have/carry emergency contact information in writing or on their cell phone. If you have children, their school and/or daycare should also have this emergency contact information. We recommend practice runs and drills to assess your preparedness for an emergency and/or disaster.
Have an Emergency Kit
In large part, being prepared means having the right kits and tools to face disaster, having the essential supplies on hand, and ready, will increase your chances of survival. Make sure your emergency kit is easily accessible at home or work to avoid wasting time in the case of an actual emergency. You should pack the following items in the emergency kit:
- Water and food – disaster brings a shortage of food and water. It is, therefore, important to have non-perishable food and adequate water to sustain your family.
- Emergency Contacts – store emergency cards in the emergency kit and if possible in your wallet and/or purse.
- First aid kit and medication – these will come in handy in case someone is hurt during emergencies.
- Personal documentation – always carry identification documents in the event of a disaster to help with the identification process.
- Flashlight and extra batteries – they will help illuminate at night
- Extra cash – it is not possible to be 100% prepared for disaster, therefore, having extra money will help purchase additional personal survival materials you may need.
Spring Storms Are Coming
Local home affected from severe storm
Spring is coming and so is the chance of severe thunder and rain storms. Since most Colorado homes have basements the risk of having flooding issues in your basement is a pretty common issue for many homeowners. Rainstorms, melting snow, cracks in foundation walls, improper grading, broken appliances and plumbing leaks all have an opportunity to cause a variety of problems. If your basement is prone to flooding issues, you should have a plan in place and have a contact for a mitigation company that you trust will help you keep the damage to your home as minimal as possible.
Does your property have landscaping issues or is the proper grading to direct water away from your foundation in place? If you have had previous water damage from the fore mentioned two items, you may want to assess your needs to prevent any future water damage such as would you benefit from the installation of a sump pump with power backups, backflow valves, or additional drainage. Combining efforts with backflow valves and optimized drainage can ensure water problems do not get out of control.
Maintenance issues such as cleaning your gutters or adjusting the position of your downspouts are a big help during heavy thunder or rain storms. If you have water damage from outside water, it is not suggested that you take care of the water loss yourself as the water could contain a variety of hazards that present additional risks you are unaware of, that you could easily spread throughout your home without knowing it, causing harm to you or your family. Not to mention the possibility of fines associated with dumping wastewater or contaminated materials illegally.
SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor certified technicians are waiting to assist you in the event of a storm emergency. For trusted service call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor 970-353-1388. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”
Commercial Property Water Damage Challenges
Commercial Water Loss
Commercial property water damages present their own unique challenges, and can be very stressful. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor certified technicians understand the importance of getting your commercial property up and running as fast as possible.
Our trained technicians work quickly to assess the situation, communicate a cleanup and drying plan, isolate the damaged area, and start work immediately. We have the necessary resources to handle any job, large or small. Time is always of the essence to minimize damage, and to resume operations as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor has access to large loss teams specifically trained and ready to go in event of a large loss.
If your commercial property experiences a water damage event call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388 so we can put our experience and resources to work for you. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, we are readily available to make your property “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
Commercial and Residential Biohazard Cleanup
SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor follows OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first focus is always safety. Crime or accident scenes may involve blood borne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers.
Once our technicians arrive, they will assess the loss, and communicate a cleanup plan. Then they will suit up in personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes face respirators, if necessary, and begin the cleanup process. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor has helped many families and business owners begin the healing process after a biohazard loss. Our professional staff and technicians will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances. Every attempt to clean and restore sentimental items are our #1 priority.
One of the most asked questions is how much biohazard cleaning services cost. Every situation is unique and needs to be assessed and handled as such. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor will always provide an estimate before any works begins.
Below is a list, although, not exclusive, of the commercial or residential cleanup services we provide are:
- Fingerprint Powder And Evidence-Gathering Chemicals
- Fire Extinguisher Residue
- Blood, Bodily Fluids, And Tissue Remnants
- Crime Scene Cleanup
- Drug Houses
- Natural/Unexpected Death
- Odor Removal
- Tear Gas And Pepper Spray Residues
Fire Damaged Caused By Space Heaters
Precautions are necessary when using space heaters in your home.
To stay warm indoors, many homes invest in space heaters. But did you know that space heaters, if not properly used, are the leading cause of residential and commercial fires?
Space heater caused fires can occur without the proper safety precautions. The devastating results of fire damage can make a family homeless and close down a commercial establishment. However, when used correctly, space heaters can be safe to use. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor safety features and tips to stay safe in using electric space heaters are:
Space heater should be placed on a flat, solid exterior
- Always plug the space heater directly into a wall socket
- Use a heater with an automatic shut-off feature.
- Use a three-foot space zone around space heaters.
- Supervise children and pets around space heaters that are on.
- Never leave a space heater on when absent or asleep.
Space heaters help to give warmth during cold, chilly days. Make sure you practice safety and keep an eye on your space heater, don't leave it attended. As comfortable as they are to use in the winter, they can easily destroy a home or an office building.
SERVPRO of Greeley / Windsor is a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and our highly trained technicians provide 24-hour emergency service. We’re dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster with the training, equipment, and experience to respond to your restoration or cleaning needs.
High Humidity and Mold
High Humidity Mold Issue
Mold often leaves behind an unmistakable musty odor. This fungus can develop inside a house when it is too humid, and list of other causes. Although Colorado property owners, for the most part, do not have to deal with the high humidity like other parts of the country, there can be humidity problems due to home humidifiers and other factors. Property owners who have marijuana grow operations have a high risk for mold due to the humidity that is involved with grow operations. We are seeing much more of the problem since marijuana has been legalized in Colorado. Property owners should try to prevent mold growth entirely. However, if mold does develop, then the mold will need to be addressed right away.
Mold is particularly destructive to certain materials, including gypsum board, plaster and wood. Over time, these materials may weaken and change color. You may not even see the damage if the item is painted, as the paint merely hides the mildew. The only way to ensure your home remains structurally sound is to remove all presence of mold.
Mold growth can get out of hand in just 24 hours. It can spread exponentially when exposed to the right conditions. Leaks, condensation and high humidity can accelerate the growth process, causing the mold to overtake entire sections of walls and flooring evident in the attached picture.
If you see mold, then there is a very high likelihood there is even more growing out of your sight. An Industrial Hygienist needs to be contacted to perform an Air Mold Sampling test to ensure your house remains mold-free. Once an Air Mold Sampling has been completed, the Hygienist will write a protocol to remediate the mold, and follow that up with a post Air Sampling after the remediation has taken place to ensure that the mold problem has been eliminated. Visit www.SERVPROgreeleywindsor.com for more information on SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor services.
Commercial Mold Services
Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for employees and customers exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or a loose plumbing fitting. When mold and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor for prompt service.
Whether it’s removing an odor problem or mold remediation, you can rely on SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor to respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation. Our technicians have the specialized training and we have the products to restore your property and get your property back to an healthy environment.
SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry with over 1800 independently owned franchises throughout the US. We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. But do you know SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor provides a wealth of other services to the Commercial sector?
Our services include, but not limited to,:
- Water Mitigation
- Fire Mitigation
- Mold Remediation
- Air Duct Cleaning
- Biohazard and Sewage Cleanup
- Trauma and Crime Scene
- Carpets and Upholstery Cleaning
- Odor Removal and Deodorization
Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388 for all your business restoration needs.