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SERVPRO® Named a Top 10 Franchise Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Active Storm Season

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Gallatin, TN, February 18, 2021 –  For the first time since 2016, SERVPRO, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, has been named a Top 10 overall franchise opportunity in the nation by Entrepreneur Magazine, as well as the #1 position in the cleaning and restoration industry for nearly 20 years in a row.

“In 2020, SERVPRO franchises across the U.S. and Canada responded to numerous natural disasters such as hurricanes along the Gulf Coast and East Coast and wildfires in the West. But it was the launch of SERVPRO’s new disinfecting and COVID-19 cleanup service that tested and proved the company’s resolve,” CEO Rick Isaacson said.

“SERVPRO’s #10 overall ranking is a result of the hard work our franchises, their crews, and our dedicated headquarters team put in while many businesses were not so lucky,” Isaacson said. “So many businesses were negatively impacted, slowed, or closed due to the pandemic. When COVID forced much of the world to slow down or step back, our team stepped up and did what it took, whether that was cleaning businesses so they could reopen safely or disinfecting first responders’ vehicles – many of those at no cost – to give back to those working every day to keep us safe.”

The company’s most common revenue lines come from residential and commercial fire and water cleanup and restoration. Franchises respond to natural disasters such as wildfires and hurricanes, including a record-setting 2020 storm season. “We’re basically a first-response company, so we go in when everyone else is running out,” Isaacson added.

The Franchise 500 list uses objective and quantifiable measures of a franchise operation to help would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities. The evaluation process is based on what the magazine calls “The Five Pillars of the Franchise 500©”: Costs and Fees; Size and Growth; Support; Brand Strength; and Financial Strength and Stability.

“SERVPRO was founded in 1967 as a painting company. Today, we are a mature restoration services organization with more than 1,900 individually owned and operated franchises under a single brand,” Isaacson said. “Our franchisees respond to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Maintaining our position for more than two consecutive decades as the best franchise opportunity in our category on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list validates our long-standing strategy for growing our brand: investing in franchisee training and support and doing whatever it takes to help entrepreneurs succeed.”

What is Black Water

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

An Info sheet listing the 3 categories of water damage and the description of each If you have experience storm water damage call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388.

Dealing with water damage isn’t something that your neighbors will envy you for. It can be absolutely devastating for your commercial property, not to mention the possibility of being temporarily displaced, and business put on hold. In preparation for the possibility of a flood in your area, here are a few precautionary steps to ensure you are prepared.

1. Know your flood risk.

It’s important to keep track of your region’s flood risk. There are a number of factors that can determine your flood risk, but keep in mind that nowhere in the United States is free of flood risk. If you live in a coastal city during hurricane season, your flood risk will dramatically increase. Other areas with typically high flood risk include low-lying areas near bodies of water or downstream from a dam or levee.

2. Know your insurance options.

When it comes to natural disaster-type flash floods, typical commercial insurance policies often will not cover the damage. Flood insurance is a separate policy purchased through FEMA, so it’s important to keep that in mind if you do live in an area with high flood risk. It’s also important to familiarize yourself with local disaster restoration companies and choose one you prefer beforehand, since the time to act must be immediately after the flood.

3. Know the signs of water damage.

Some floods are more severe than others, and in those cases, it will be obvious when your business has been affected. In other cases, however, water damage can be more dangerous and it is important to recognize the signs, as well as knowing the difference types of water that can damage your business. Black water, for example, is highly contaminated and will cause severe odor and mold damage to your property if not treated immediately. Flood water is, in every case, considered black water. Grey water can also cause damage but is derived from appliances and pipes in your building.

Stay on top of the flood situation and avoid the worst of the damage caused by black water.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff are highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Preparing for Power Outages

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

Background is a lightning storm with the 10 common causes of power outages listed Planning for power outages relieves a lot of stress and panic when you loss power.

Power outages can range from mildly inconvenient to a crisis depending on the severity of the cause and the amount of time an area goes without power. However, when it comes to preparation, you are anything but powerless.

Invest in flashlights or portable lights that stick on the wall for every major room in the house, and keep them in accessible areas such as:

  • Nightstands
  • Kitchen drawers
  • Bathroom cabinets
  • Entertainment centers

Make sure you have the appropriate back-up batteries for each portable light or flashlight. For rooms where you’ll want to be more hands-free, like the bathroom, choose battery operated portable lights that stick on the wall.  Many people choose to use candles, if that’s your choice, keep a supply of matches in a cool, dry place. Place candles away from flammable materials like curtains and furniture. Keep all candles and matches out of reach of young children and pets.

Once the power comes back on, your home may experience a surge of electricity, which can harm your electrical appliances. If the power goes out, unplug all your valuable electronics—especially TVs, laptops, phones, microwaves, etc.

Important tip:  Check your devices and outlets for scorch marks before turning them on after a power outage.

You’ll need at least two quarts of water stored for each person every day. However, it’s better to have a gallon. Remember to rotate your water storage as needed.

Include a couple of buckets in your emergency supply. You can fill your bathtubs full of water from the tap immediately as the power goes out and use buckets to flush toilets, depending on your type of pump, without using your drinking water supply.

Maintain a supply of non-perishable foods that don’t require a lot of cooking. Try to have at least a three-to-five-day supply of food your family will want to eat. Make sure you have manual can and bottle openers.

Your refrigerator, if full, should stay cool for around 24 hours if you keep it closed. A full freezer may last up to 48 hours.

Keep your pets in mind while gathering supplies. Make sure you have food and water for them as well.

Prepare First Aid Kits and Medicine

If you have any medications you need to keep cool, invest in an ice cooler. Make sure you have ice on hand to keep it cold. You can use coolers to keep some of your perishable food cold as well.

Either buy or put together first aid kits. The Red Cross provides a good guide on what to include. Don’t forget any medications specific to your family’s needs.

Charge Your Communication Devices

Your cell phone can be your connection to valuable information during an outage, but it is useless if it runs out of battery. Invest in a car charger as well as a solar or crank-powered charger. You won’t regret having a few options.

You may also want to invest in a battery-, solar-, or crank-powered radio in case you don’t have cell service during an emergency. Don’t forget to keep extra batteries around.

Keep a list of utility numbers to contact during an emergency.

Power outages can be stressful, but proper preparation can help keep you safer and more comfortable. If your home or property is damaged during a storm or outage, call SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor to make your home “Like it never even happened.”

We are 24/7/365 emergency service.  One of our employees answers our phones which puts our technicians onsite faster.   Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388

Mold in Commercial Buildings

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growing underneath a sink cabinet Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor for your mold remediation needs.

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 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 should be contacted to perform an Air Mold Sampling test to ensure your house/business remains mold-free.  Once an Air Mold Sampling has been completed, the Hygienist will write a protocol to remediate the mold, if mold is present.   If a protocol is written, contacting a local mold remediation company  would be the next step to perform the mold remediation.  Once the remediation is completed the Hygienist will complete a post Air Sampling to ensure that the mold problem has been eliminated. 

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
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388 for your mold remediation services.  We answer our phones 24/7/365.

What Is The Purpose Of A Sump Pump

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

Water running into a sump pump pit in the basement of a building. Sump pumps are a small investment that can save property owners money in repairs.

A question lot of homeowners ask is, what is a sump pump.  A sump pump is a submersible device installed in a sump pit dug at the lowest point of your house, such as the basement or crawl space. This small but important addition to your home helps prevent your basement from flooding.

Here is how it works: Most of the time, the pump is on standby, simply waiting until it is needed. However, when it begins to rain heavily, the soil around your house becomes oversaturated. Excess groundwater funnels toward the sump pit, and it begins to fill with water. This activates the sump pump float switch and turns on the pump.

By removing water from the pit and draining it into a nearby storm drain, dry well, or detention pond, the sump pump prevents the groundwater from rising to the level of your basement floor, which could cause a flood.

Benefits of a sump pump.

A sump pump is a small investment with big advantages. Here is how you can benefit from adding a sump pump to your home:

  • Defend your basement against flooding
  • Protect the paint and other wall coverings from peeling
  • Safeguard basement appliances—such as the washer, dryer, and spare freezer—from corrosion
  • Reduce mold, mildew, and fungus growth
  • Discourage termites and other insect invasions
  • Improve indoor air quality
  • Keep your foundation intact
  • Make the basement drier and more comfortable year-round
  • Enjoy peace of mind, no matter what the weather is doing
  • Meet a requirement for homeowner’s insurance coverage of basement flood damage

Do I need a sump pump?

While the benefits of sump pumps are clear, some properties need these devices more than others. We recommend installing a sump pump if any of the following is true:

  • You live in a climate that receives heavy rain or snow. Here in the west, we usually get our fair share of moisture. Unlike desert climates in the southwest, basements here are very susceptible to flooding.
  • Your home is built on a flood-prone plot. Poorly draining soil, low-lying properties, and homes surrounded by hills are more likely to experience rising groundwater levels during heavy rains, snowstorms, and spring runoff.
  • You have had water problems in the past. If your basement has flooded before, or you regularly struggle with high basement moisture levels, it would be wise to install a sump pump.
  • You have a finished basement. Even if your home isn’t categorized as a high-risk property, consider protecting your underground living space with an affordable sump pump.

If you experience flooding in your basement call SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor 970-353-1388.

Tips to Prevent Smoke & Fire Damage to Your Business

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

Fire fighters arriving at commercial fire and smoke bellowing out the windows Call our professionals SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388, to handle your fire/smoke loss.

Reduce Clutter in Your Office

Do you have a stack of papers lying in the corner of your office that is growing bigger every day? Clutter like papers, magazines, boxes, and other paper products in your office is fuel for a potential fire hazard. Try keeping your desk and office clean and free of clutter to reduce the risks of fire. Use file cabinets and drawers to store papers and documents. Store boxes in closets and storage areas rather in the corner of your office or blocking stairwells.

Safely Store Flammable Liquids and Chemicals

If you are working with flammable liquids, chemicals, and/or solvents, make sure you store them in the proper area. Some flammable materials and chemicals may need to be stored in specialized cabinets according to local rules and regulations. For flammable liquids and materials that do not require specialized storage, you still should ensure that they are stored away from any heat source. You also need to make sure that if the liquids or materials off-gas creating flammable vapors that you have proper ventilation. If you do not have proper ventilation, the vapors can build up and ignite from a small spark like a light switch being flipped on or a plug being inserted into an outlet.

Designate a Smoking Area

If you have employees who smoke, designate an area where smoking is only allowed. It is preferable that the area is located outside to reduce smoke odors in the business and fire risks from cigarettes that weren’t fully extinguished. You also need to make sure that you have a proper receptacle for employees to discard their extinguished cigarette butts. Also, make sure that the designated smoking area is away from flammable liquids and materials, i.e., dried grasses, mulch, and dead leaves.

Report Electrical Problems

It is important to let your employees know to report any electrical problems immediately before they result in a potential fire. This could be exposed wiring, frayed cords, faulty wiring, electrical equipment, and sockets near water sources, etc. If you notice an electrical problem in your business, call an electrician to fix it. Do not try to fix any wiring issues yourself as this can also lead to an increased risk of fire due to inexperience and mistakes. It is important to keep access to electrical boxes clear so you can quickly cut the power to an area if there is a risk of fire.

Do not Overload Electrical Outlets

One of the most common causes of fire in a business is an overloaded electrical outlet. An overloaded outlet can cause an increase of heat to the outlet, plugs, and wires. The heat can melt the insulation around the wires causing them to touch and cause sparks. The best scenario is that the circuit breaker flips before the wires short and cause sparks. If the circuit does not flip off, then the heat and the sparks can quickly lead to an electrical fire. If you are always tripping a circuit or notice your desktop lights dimming, then you might be overloading the outlet. To reduce the load, move some electronics to other outlets.

Be Smart & Be Safe

These are just a few tips that you can follow to reduce the risks of smoke and fire damage to your business. The best advice to keep your business safe from fire is to be smart and be aware. Use common sense when at your business. While you do not want to be known as a mean business owner by prohibiting things like candles and space heaters, you also do not want to increase the risk of fire occurring at your business. I think most workers will understand that safety is more important than convenience and comfort in these situations.

Contact the Fire & Smoke Damage Professionals if a Fire Does Occur

Hopefully, your business will never experience a fire. Not only can a fire cause a lot of property damage, but it can also lead to a lot of downtime and loss of revenue. If you should experience a fire at your Greeley/Windsor business, contact the fire and smoke damage experts . We can quickly clean up and restore any damage that has occurred to your business. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor has the resources and expertise to handle any size disaster. Contact us today at 970-353-1388, we answer our phone 24/7/365 which puts faster onsite.

Reduce Damage After A Burst Pipe with These 4 Steps

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

A piece of copper pipe with water spewing out of a break in the pipe If you experience a water loss from a burst pipe, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor.

Water damage is a problem that bothers many property owners across the United States. You need to know how to respond before you're facing a broken pipe and the resulting flooding. One of the most important things to understand is that most of the burst pipe cleanup and repairs should be handled by professionals.

What Can You Do?

There are some steps you can take to reduce further damage while you are waiting for water damage cleanup and repair professionals.

Reduce Damage After A Burst Pipe with These 4 Steps 

  1. Turn off the water at the building's main water shut off.
  2. Shut off the electricity. Water and electricity are a dangerous combination.
  3. Remove as much water as you can with mops, towels, and a wet/dry vacuum.
  4. Open windows and doors to create airflow that removes humidity from the air.

Quick action is one of the most effective ways to prevent lasting and/or secondary damage. After completing these assignments, the rest of the work should be left to professionals.

What Should Professionals Do?

Why is it so important to let Greeley/Windsor water restoration companies handle pipe burst cleanup and repairs? However, below are reasons to take this route:

  • Floodwater, from a pipe or other source, could carry sewage, chemicals, and other contaminants. A trained water damage cleanup company has the equipment and training to deal with black water.
  • Moisture often makes its way into the walls, under the carpets, and into other unseen areas. Professionals know the signs that indicate potential mold growth and are prepared to prevent it.
  • A burst pipe can quickly shut down your business, and you will have plenty to do trying to get your daily operations up and running again.

Ultimately, trying to clean up flooding could end up causing further damage and increasing the recovery costs.

When Should You Call a Restoration Company?

In addition to burst pipe cleanup services, contact professionals when you see that water has caused wall or floor damage, or mold presence. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.  Our team of professionals are available 24/7/365.

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
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Smoke Alarm 101: Knowing When to Change the Batteries

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

A person changing the battery in their smoke alarm Make sure to change your smoke alarm batteries every Fall when you set your clocks back

Smoke alarms are among the most common ways to prevent home fires. But these potential saviors are only useful if they’re working – and too often they aren’t. The top reason is dead batteries. When should you replace the batteries in your home fire alarms? Here are a couple of pointers to guide you on handling the alarms in your home.

About Fire Alarms

Public awareness efforts have transformed smoke detectors and fire alarms into one of the most common prevention tools in the average home. They’re easy to use and effective against stopping fire damage or worse. But for every one that is functioning, there are others that aren’t. As a result:

  • Home fire deaths happen most often when there are no alarms or non-working
  • Of fires in homes with alarms that failed, about half were due to missing batteries

Know Your Battery

Today’s smoke alarms often are powered by lithium batteries or 9-volt batteries. A lithium-powered alarm won’t need a new battery for a decade. But a 9-volt needs annual replacing. Do it when you set your clocks back and you won’t forget.

Don’t Ignore the Beep

Most homeowners are familiar with the annoyance of a falsely beeping fire alarm. Don’t ignore the sound. A beeping alarm is a sign your alarm is running low on juice. So, heed the beep and replace the battery.

Know Expiration Dates

The average smoke detector will function properly for eight to 10 years. After that, you’ll need to replace it. Keep a log of the age of your device. You should also look at your device manual to determine if your alarm needs more frequent replacement.
Smoke alarms have drastically reduced the impact of house fires. But they must be used properly to protect your home. Change your alarm batteries on time, every time and minimize the risk of damage and expensive fire cleanup in your home.

Tear Gas Biohazard Clean Up

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

A diagram of a house with arrows showing how tear gas spreads in a building Tear gas is dangerous for the crew members involved, the complexity of completely eliminating gas residue makes it unusually challenging to remove.

Many people do not realize that the irritants in tear gas can linger long after the canisters are discharged and the subjects have been cleared from the property. Tear gas residue can seep into furniture, carpet and even hardwood floors. Tear gas also spreads through ventilation systems. It can continue to irritate the mucous membranes of anyone residing in or visiting the property long after the initial incident

When tear gas is used, canisters are shot from launchers that heat the canisters prior to release to help disperse the gas more effectively. The particles are heavy so they settle eventually, but can move from powder to gas state with heat and water, which makes recontamination very likely with an untrained crime scene cleanup crew.

A tear gas intrusion scene often presents with damaged walls and doors as well as broken windows secondary to forced entry by law enforcement officials. Tear gas canisters often are shot into an enclosed space to subdue a subject, which leads to drywall penetration in both ceilings and walls.

Tear gas residue may contain dyes that stain surfaces such as walls, ceilings and carpeting. Tear gas also leaves a thick harmful residue that easily can reconvert back to a toxic gas which irritates mucous membranes and can cause vomiting

Tear gas is a mucous membrane irritant. It typically is used to subdue subjects by law enforcement, or as a deterrent from attack. Tear gas can be defined by several irritants, including:
• Chlorobenzylidene malononitrile (CS)
• Chloroacetophenone (CN)
• Dibenzoxazepine (CR)
• Oleoresin Capsicum (OC or pepper spray)

If your home or business experiences any kind of biohazard damage, our team of professionals are trained to handle it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 weeks a year.  Our technicians are equipped with necessary safety equipment and cleaning products to clean your loss. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor can turn an unsafe environment into clean, safe homes and businesses. 

Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388, we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Learn About Air Scrubbers

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

An Air Scrubber placed in a family room An air scrubber helps prevent these undesirable and potentially harmful particles and gases from remaining in the indoor environment.

Air scrubbers, or negative air machine, is a portable air filtration machine. It draws air from the surrounding environment and passes through a series of filters. These filters efficiently remove particles from the air to help improve indoor air quality.

Why does SERVPRO® use Air Scrubbers?

The goal of every restoration job is to safely and efficiently return the indoor environment to preloss condition for the customer.

Any job that involves cleanup of sewage, mold and or fire damage will generate significant amounts of particulates and smelly gases.  These contaminants are a direct result of the damage itself, as well as the necessary process of treating and cleaning damaged materials. An air scrubber helps prevent these undesirable and potentially harmful particles and gases from remaining in the indoor environment.

Mold Remediation

Mold remediation projects can release large quantities of mold and fungal spores into the air.  These indoor air pollutants can affect the health and comfort of occupants.  Air scrubbers are equipped with multiple pre-filters for removal of visible airborne particles. The final stage filter, HEPA, captures microscopic particles and microbes such as fungal spores. HEPA filters can capture particles as small as 0.3 micros.

If you have odors from sewage, mold, fire or water damage, let one of our professionals remove and remediate odors “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388, we answer our phones 24/7/365.