Signs You May a Leaky Shower/Bathtub
Damage from a leaky shower/bathtub.
Because you use it so frequently, a shower or bathtub leak can cause big problems in your home. Sometimes, the leak can cause quite a bit of damage before you’ve noticed it. Here are a few signs to look out for that may indicate a leak in your bathroom.
- Damaged Wall or Floor Structure
Over time, an undiscovered bathtub leak can cause severe damage to the structure of your house. If the walls or floors in your bathroom, or even the rooms around it, start to weaken, it might mean that there is a leak you cannot see.
- A Musty Odor
Where there is water damage, there is a chance of mold as well. If the leak is coming from the plumbing inside of the walls, you may be able to smell the growth before you can see it. If your bathroom is giving off a strong, musty odor that persists after cleaning, it is could possibly be caused by a hidden mold growth.
- Water Stains on the Ceiling of a Room Underneath
If you see water stains on the ceiling of a room beneath your bathroom, those stains may be caused by a shower pan or bathtub leak. Older shower pans/bathtubs that have worn out or new ones that have been installed incorrectly can cause damage to the surrounding area.
- An Unexpectedly High-Water Bill
Sometimes, the first sign of a water damage problem is not visual damage. If there is a continuous leak in your home, you might end up paying a lot more for water than you were expecting. If your bill looks too high, then a leak might be to blame.
If you see any of these signs of a shower or bathtub leak, you should have it examined quickly. Water can cause a lot of damage to the structure of your home if it’s not dealt with in a timely manner. Contact SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388, as soon as you notice the problem.
DO You Have Fire/Smoke Alarms In Your Home?
Smoke Alarms Saves Lives
The quantity of smoke/fire alarms required in a home depends on the size and layout of your home. You can ask your friends and neighbors for an opinion, but the answers will all be different; however, the National Fire Protective Association recommends fire alarm placement:
- In every bedroom
- Outside the sleeping areas on all bedroom levels
- On all levels of the home including the basement
- At the bottom of stairways, including the basement stairs
Ionization smoke alarms are best at detecting hot, fast-moving fires. Photoelectric smoke alarms are best at detecting slow-burning smoky fires. If both are available, get some of each and take advantage of both technologies. If a fire alarm with both sensors is available in your area install those throughout your home.
Should My Smoke Detectors Be Connected? Connecting smoke detectors is always a good idea. If there is a fire in your home, you want to know about it right away. Early notification of a fire minimizes fire and smoke damage. You don’t want to wait until a closer detector senses the problem and sounds an alarm.
How Long Does a Smoke Alarm Last? Every smoke alarm has the manufacture date stamped on the back. When ten years from that date has passed, you should replace that unit. If the manufacturer suggests a shorter replacement interval, follow those instructions.
When Should I Replace the Batteries? It’s always good to replace batteries on a regular schedule. A good timeframe is when the time changes in our area, like Daylight Savings Time. However, if you are the type of person that only responds to the low-battery beep, change all of your alarms in your home immediately.
A fire alarm is an essential safety device in your home. It has a long service life, requires little attention and saves lives. It can keep your family safe and minimizes fire damage in your home. Take comfort in the fact that, if you do have a fire, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is the fire remediation experts in our area. We have been trained to bring your lives and your home back to normal quickly.
Practice Safety While Grilling
Don't let this happen to your house this grilling season
Three out of five households own a gas grill, which translates to a lot of tasty meals. But it also means there’s an increased risk of home fires.
Each year an average of 8,800 home fires are caused by grilling, and close to half of all injuries involving grills are due to thermal burns. While nearly half of the people who grill do it year-round, July is the peak month for grill fires followed by May, June and August.
- Grill fires on residential properties result in an estimated 10 deaths, 100 injuries, and $37 million in property loss each year
- Almost half (49%) of grill fires on residential properties occur from 5:00 to 8:00 PM
- Over half (47%) of grill fires on residential properties occur in the four moths of May, June, July, and August.
- Heat from powered equipment is the leading heat source category for grill fires on residential properties (47%). Spark, ember, or flame from operating equipment accounts for 28% of all grill fires on residential properties.
- Leaks or breaks were the factor in 11% of grill structure fires and 23% of outside and unclassified grill fires
- Gas grills contribute to a higher number of home fires overall than their charcoal counterparts
Be Prepared for Severe Weather Season in Colorado
Springtime in the Rockies means we all have to be prepared for severe weather when it strikes. Follow these tips provided by the Colorado Office of Emergency Management:
- Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
- Identify a safe shelter location – a basement is best, followed by interior rooms on the lowest level of the building away from windows. Mobile homes are often unsafe in a tornado – identify a neighbor's house or public shelter where you can go if a tornado warning is issued.
- Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage during a storm.
- Unplug any electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
- Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio (Midland WR120 Noaa Weather...) to receive alerts about impending severe weather.
- Sign up for reverse telephone alerts (Emergency Alert Sign Up) for your county, and don’t forget to include your cell phone.
- Make sure you have sufficient insurance coverage – including flood insurance, which is separate from your homeowners or renter’s policy.
- Photograph or take video footage of the contents in your home in case you need to file a claim after a disaster.
- Store copies of your important documents in another location, such as a bank safe deposit box.
Why You Should Choose SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor
We have the proper equipment to assess your damage and complete the mitigation/remediation process to preloss condition faster.
Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment
Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.
- An infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
- Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation
Water Extraction Equipment
Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.
- Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water.
- Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.
Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the moisture from ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling of walls and furniture and warping/buckling of hardwood floors.
- High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a fast pace and Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.
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
Contact SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388 for your mitigation and remediation services.
Cleaning Products - Why You Should Choose SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor To Take Care of Your Property
A few of our cleaning products.
As your local mitigation, remediation and restoration company, SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor carries a variety of professional cleaning products. We do not use the same cleaners that you can purchase in a store. SERVPRO® Industries have scientists on staff that formulates products that are designed exclusively for our franchise. You can be assured that the most effective products are being used to take care of your loss.
Our products are used to decontaminate, deodorize, clean leather & wood, general cleaning and much more. Each of our products are labeled and specify proper cleaning use. As our customers, for your knowledge and comfort our technicians carry the Safety Data Sheets per product.
We ensure thorough cleaning is maintained throughout each job because we think of your property as our own.
SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor is available 24/7/365. We are a highly trained water, fire, mold and biohazard restoration company with many services not typically covered by other restoration companies.
Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property mitigation, remediation and 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.
Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor today for your cleaning, mitigation, and remediation needs 970-353-1388.
Top Reasons to Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor
Our trucks are always loaded and ready to roll!
- SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor professionals strive to exceed customer expectations and can help lower claim loss expenses with professional and proper restoration.
- SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor Professionals uses pre-testing to carefully identify what can be restored to a pre loss condition verses replacement, which can reduce claims loss expenses.
- Electronic job file documentation offers immediate quality information including detailed estimates and online access to all files and pending jobs.
- SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is committed to continued industry training of our service technicians, maintaining a high level of competency of industry standards.
- Franchise required insurance qualification compliance and professionalism help insure quality insurance.
- SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor professionals understand the importance of communication, serving both the insurance adjuster and the customer.
If you experience a residential or commercial property loss in the Greeley/Windsor surrounding area call 970-353-1388, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year we answer your call to help.
SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor Offers Commercial Services
SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor is Ready To Handle Your Loss
SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is always ready to roll to any size disaster and you can trust the SERVPRO brand to get your company back in business after any loss. We can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering professional and superior service. Most people think of SERVPRO when they have a water damage, but we offer many other services.
Services SERVPRO provides:
- Commercial Water Damage
- Commercial Fire Restoration
- Commercial Mold Remediation
- Commercial Storm and Major Events
- Commercial Duct Cleaning
- Commercial Carpet Cleaning
- Commercial Disaster Recover Team
- Odor Removal
- Bio-Hazard Clean
With over 1,800 franchises nationally, the SERVPRO franchise system has a network of strategically positioned storm and extreme teams on standby should a disaster strike your business. So, no loss is too big or too small. Regardless of your property type or size, we respond quickly to your loss and manage your restoration project to its completion.
Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388 for all your emergency mitigation needs.
Water Damage - Understanding Water Categories
Local Water Loss - Category 2
When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what category of water you are dealing with can be critical to ensuring proper cleanup. There are three categories of water:
Clean water (Category 1) is water from a broken pipe, or other water source.
NOTE: rainwater is also considered clean.
Gray water (Category 2) is used to classify slightly contaminated water.
NOTE: Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous.
Black water (Category 3) is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.
If the Water Damage Is from Clean Water (Category 1)
- Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
- Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
- Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
- Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
If the Water Damage Is from Contaminated Water (Category 2 or Category 3)
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
- Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
- Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
- Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
- Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.
Call SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388 for your emergency mitigation needs.
Water Damage Timeline
Water Loss Causes Downed Drywall
SERVPRO® Greeley/Windsor offers water damage. When you discover that you have an unfortunate water loss, time is of the essence. Following is a general timeline for a water loss.
- Water can rapidly spread and penetrate even the smallest of spaces, saturating everything in its way.
- Water is absorbed into porous materials to include drywall, flooring, sheetrock, upholstery, and personal contents.
- Furniture finishes may bleed causing permanent discoloration on flooring.
- Paper belongings including photographs, books, and hard copy records can become saturated, causing them to expand and become distorted.
1 – 24 Hours:
- Musty odors can appear.
- Drywall and sheetrock can begin crumble and ceiling can fall.
- Furniture can begin to expand and fissure.
- Metal surfaces can begin to discolor and blemish.
- Dyes and inks from textiles and paper goods that are saturated may start to run, staining nearby surfaces.
2 Days and Beyond:
- Wood flooring can swell and buckle.
- Mold and mildew start to spore, thriving in the moist environment.
- Metal can begin to oxidize and crumble.
- Furniture distorts and shows signs of mold growth on surfaces.
- Doors, windows, and structural studs can warp.
- Paint can and will begin to bubble.
- Mold development and structural safety could be a great risk factor to occupants.
- Restoration time may be substantial (including replacement of affected materials and structural restoration), creating monetary expenses to the homeowner due to mold growth beginning and increase drastically every day it is left untreated.
The sooner SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor’s experienced and trained team can get on-site and begin the water mitigation process, the better; not only for you, but for the building and contents as well. Give SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor a call at (970) 353-1388. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”