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Unexpected Fire Hazards in Your Home

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

Charred Dryer in Laundry Room If you experience a fire, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388

Some of the most dangerous fire hazards in your home are completely unexpected and are things you might not think about every day. Not all fire hazards are so predictable like leaving a candle unattended or smoking inside your house. The lesser-known fire hazards are just as troubling than most common ones because you do not see them coming until it is too late.

Here are some unexpected fire hazards in your home that you should pay attention to:

  • Dryer lint – Excessive heat and lint buildup is just asking for trouble. It is important to clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct regularly.
  • Dust – Dust can be a fire hazard if it collects near floor heaters, electronics and sockets. If sparks fly, dust piles can ignite and start a house fire. Be sure to look under appliances and remove dust buildup.
  • Gas water heater – Clothes piled too close to a gas water heater can ignite when the water heater comes on.
  • Laptops – Laptops running for long periods of time tend to get fairly-hot. A hot laptop that is left on a bed, couch, blanket or other soft surfaces can prevent air flow in and out of the cooling vents. This can produce enough heat to ignite and start a fire.
  • Crumbs in the toaster – Have you checked your toaster crumbs recently? As crumbs pile up on the bottom, a spark can easily catch fire and start a flame that catches on to items surrounding the toaster.
  • Leaves in gutters – Allowing leaves to gather up in your gutters or bushes to over grow can cause a major fire risk. Be sure to clean your gutters and your lawn regularly to reduce the risk of a fire.

An unexpected fire is devastating and can destroy your home along with your personal belongs. Be proactive in protecting your home from a fire hazard. Be alert and check your house routinely. If the unimaginable ever does happen, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor will make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 970-353-1388, we answer our phones 24/7/365 which puts our professional technicians onsite quicker.

Viruses Spreading Like Wildfire?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

A ServprOXIDE product label Worried about viruses? SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor offers Cleaning & Disinfecting Services.

Did you know that SERVPRO offers detailed cleaning and disinfecting services?  And that our corporate office has an in-house chemist that works hard to create products for these specialized services? 

Take SERVPROXIDE for example.  SERVPROXIDE was created by SERVPRO and is designed to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and mold on hard surfaces.  Plus, it is an effective sanitizer for soft surfaces.  Below is a list of Bacteria, Viruses, and Fungi that SERVPROXIDE is used for:

BACTERIA

  • Enterobacter aerogenes
  • Escherichia Coli (E-Coli) 
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae 
  • Legionella pneumophila 
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus) 
  • Mycobacterium bovis- BCG (surrogate for tuberculosis) 
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa 
  • Salmonella enterica 
  • Staphylococcus aureus 


VIRUSES

  • Acinetobacter baumannii 
  • Adenovirus 1 
  • Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C 
  • Human Immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) 
  • Influenza A (H1N1) (Swine Flu) 
  • Influenza B Virus 
  • Norovirus (Feline Calicivirus as surrogate) 
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) 
  • Rotavirus 


VIRUSES - ANIMAL

  • Bordetella bronchiseptica 
  • Canine Distemper Virus 
  • Canine Parvovirus (PARVO) 
  • Feline Calicivirus 
  • Hantavirus (Prospect Hill Virus)


FUNGI

  • Aspergillus niger 
  • Trichophyton mentagrophytes
  • Trichophyton rubrum 

SERVPROXIDE is…

  • an EPA Hospital Grade disinfectant and sanitizer.
  • Carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating.
  • Requires no PPE.
  • Safe for everyday use/ general purpose cleaning.

Common areas of use:

  • Federally Inspected Meat and Poultry Processing Plants
  • Gyms, Locker Rooms, Sports Gear
  • Homes, Daycares, Schools, Laboratories
  • Hospitals, Nursing Homes
  • HVAC - Internal and External
  • Poultry Houses, Egg Processing Premises, Hatcheries
  • Restaurants, Refrigerated Storage Units
  • Swine Sanitation Premises
  • Vehicles, Ambulances, Buses, Airplanes, Trains, Boats, Cruise Ships
  • Veterinary Clinics, Animal Pens, Farms

While it is not possible to completely prevent the spread of viruses and germs, there are ways to keep them at bay and we are here to help!  Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388

For Smoke Damage Expertise, Go To The Pros

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Technician going over scope of work in a bedroom with customer Choosing the right restoration company that will explain the entire mitigation process to the customer is very important!

Fire and smoke damage are devastating to a home. That is why choosing the right restoration company is so important. Homeowners need to understand a broad range of issues in order to make the right choice for smoke restoration. It's necessary to understand what type of smoke has damaged the property as well as the chemicals necessary to remove the damage.


SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor professionals understand that the smoke odor from plastic can react differently to specific cleaning products than the odor resulting from wood. Remediation specialists know all of the specific components of the smoke restoration process, and this is why obtaining professional services is so critical.


Although dealing with the aftermath of a fire can be challenging, attaining excellent smoke damage restoration services can help you. Professional fire remediation specialists are your best option when you want to attain fast, effective cleaning and repairing services. When you start looking for the excellent smoke damage restoration company to assist you, set your sights on SERVPRO®.

We possess extensive industry experience and can get your residential property back in pristine condition with lightning speed. Call now to learn more about the amazing services we offer!
Since each removal and restoration is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your home.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor is strategically located to respond quickly to your fire emergency event. When smoke damage occurs we have the resources and personnel to help.


When fire damages a home in Greeley or nearby surrounding areas, we can scale our resources to handle the damage. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,800 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.


From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies.


SERVPRO® Greeley/Windsor
can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.  Call us at, 970-353-1388!

Prevent and Mitigate Greeley Water Losses with SERVPRO's ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Screen shot showing the ERP IPad screen and cell phone screen of the Emergency Profile Plan SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP) Has Commercial Properties in Greeley Ready for Water/Fire Damaging Occurrences

Be Proactive Before Commercial Water Damage in Greeley

Business owners in Greeley, Windsor and surrounding areas plan for many contingencies. Employees call in sick or quit, equipment breaks, income ebbs and flows, suppliers fail to meet deadlines, seasonal demand disappoints, or surprises. One crucial concern under the radar until it demands attention is an unexpected water loss. Whether leaky plumbing, storm activity, or appliance malfunction drives the disaster, the future of your business depends on minimizing harm and a fast remediation.

How to Prepare for Water Emergencies

The perfect solution for commercial water damage in Greeley, Windsor and surrounding areas is to avoid it. Unfortunately, plumbing lines and appliances age and exteriors cannot withstand every severe storm. There are common-sense steps a business owner can take to limit the harm to structural components, contents, and operations. Here are a few ideas you and your staff can implement:

  • Locate important documents off-site in secure storage or digitize
  • Encase records in waterproof bins and store away from plumbing and spaces prone to flooding
  • Dedicate space for inventory above flood lines and far from plumbing, windows, and doors that could admit water
  • Raise equipment off the floor
  • Ensure all staff know the location of the main water shutoff
  • Invest in regular inspection and maintenance of water risks such as plumbing, roofs, gutters, and appliances

Partner with Us -- the Emergency READY Plan (ERP)

SERVPRO offers a unique safeguard for our commercial customers. Contact us far in advance of any water event and schedule a no-obligation assessment of your physical layout and a discussion of how you conduct business. We use this information in a couple of ways to ensure a water disaster does not destroy your life's work:

We make recommendations for adaptations you put in place now to reduce the effect of any water damage on your day-to-day routines and money-making opportunities

We outline a plan of attack in case water damage occurs, personalized for your needs and space. The plan permits our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)--trained managers and technicians to begin responding immediately if the worst happens.

We allow you to share additional details through the use of our mobile app, creating your Emergency READY Profile. The two documents together are a concise digital document accessible 24/7 for our crews.
 

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, exemplify the "READY" in your ERP. Develop a collaborative answer to water or other disasters for your business with one call to 970-353-1388.

Greeley, Windsor and Surrounding Areas Flood Damage Restoration Needs

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Basement with walls with 2' flood cuts. When a burst water line floods the floor, and the liquid is soaked into the lower level of the sheetrock, SERVPRO techs can do a "flood cut."

After a substantial storm or series of storms, the damage done to your home can be demoralizing. High winds can tear off shingles and detach flashings, permitting vast quantities of water to pour inside. Meanwhile, rainwater saturates the ground around your foundation, seeping through the cinder block, stone, brick, or concrete construction. Flash flooding results from heavy downpours, adding inches to the waters collecting at your lowest level. We manage it all, why our number should be your first call.

Water Quantities Beyond Consumer Grade Equipment

With rain soaking several levels of your house, flood damage in Greeley/Windsor needs a coordinated and well-trained crew to achieve successful results. Because wet always seeks dry, the fluids can spread extensively throughout your home. The flow trends downward into your lowest levels, whether it is a basement, crawlspace, or walkout living space. Along the way, however, porous materials absorb the water. Moisture also wicks through cracks and crevices into building cavities throughout your home. Extracting and drying enormous quantities of water requires commercial-grade equipment, why our team is uniquely qualified to help.

Flood Water Contamination

By definition, flood damage is contaminated. It can contain human and animal waste from backed-up sewers. Chemicals and industrial residues also are in the mix. Storm surge adds saltwater and debris. Our employees are trained and certified in appropriate containment strategies and are up to date on lawful disposal sites and protocols. Professionalism in flood damage follow-through is why SERVPRO is a disaster restoration industry leader.

Fast, Scalable, and Reliable Response

We live and work in our service area, here for you today and available to answer concerns later. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and have multiple crews and quantities of equipment available to handle your crisis. Our responsiveness and deep roots in the community is why SERVPRO immediately comes to mind when you cope with a flooding emergency. You can rely on us to assess and plan for all aspects of your flood damage scenario. Our implementation is second to none.

Trustworthiness and a proven track record are why SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor delivers the flood damage remediation industry’s best practices and results. Call us day or night at (970) 353-1388 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Have a plan for winter storms

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Cars stuck in a blowing blizzard on a major highway Cars stuck in blizzard

It’s that time of the year. Freezing temps, biting winds, and shoveling snow. Winter storms can wreak havoc in many ways. Some of the biggest risks for homeowners in the winter months stem from burst pipes causing water damage or the hazards that come with extended loss of power. 

How to be prepared:

  • Have an emergency plan in place with members of your household. 
  • Keep a stock of non-perishable food available should a power outage occur. 
  • Know where flashlights and extra batteries are located. 
  • Prepare an emergency road kid for your vehicle with items like a flashlight, blankets, bottle of water, non-perishable food. 

How SERVPRO can help

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is standing by 24/7/365 to help you deal with damage from winter storms. Whether it be a burst frozen pipe or an ice dam forming on your roof causing leakage, SERVPRO is ready to help clean and restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

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.

Structure Fire Smoke and Wildfire Smoke – What Is The Difference?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Fire flames burning with "Structure Fire vs. Wildfire Smoke Damage written over the flames Structure Fire vs. Wildfire Smoke Damage

No debate needing, inhaling smoke from any type of fire can be hazardous to your health. 

As restoration contractors, we usually aren’t faced with that immediate, thick smoke, but dangers still remain after the fire is out – whether it’s dealing with structural damage from a large house fire, or smoke odor removal following a wildfire.

House Fire Smoke

There are more than one million house fires in the U.S. each year, meaning there are a lot of fire jobs out there for restoration companies. The biggest dangers post-fire come from VOCs (volatile organic compounds) found in the air that have been released from contents within the structure. For example, when some materials burn – like synthetic rubber, plastic, or foam – they can release cyanide into the air. Those substances are commonly found in furniture, clothing, Tupperware, and so much more within any structure.

Research published by the National Institutes of Health back in 2002 said, “During the past 50 years, synthetic polymers have been introduced in buildings in very large quantities. Many contain nitrogen or halogens, resulting in the release of hydrogen cyanide and inorganic acids in fire smoke as additional threats.”

Exposure to these VOCs is why proper PPE is critical during fire jobs, especially during the initially scoping, estimating, and demo phase if the fire was severe.

Wildfire Smoke

Wildfire smoke also carries fine particles that can be dangerous. These particles tend to come from more organic sources, versus the synthetic sources we talked about above from house fires. When thinking about wildfire smoke, think about burning trees and other plant materials, and just how dense the air can get when the fire is nearby. Add to that litter, synthetic compounds from local structures that have burned, and ash, and it’s a recipe for disaster  – even after the fire.

When remediating a structure affected by wildfire smoke, it is important to remember to clean air ducts as well because it’s likely even the most inner parts of the structure have been touched by the smoke and soot.

Protection during Fire Damage Remediation

Here are some quick tips to keep your team safe during fire jobs, no matter the cause or source of the fire.

  1. Wear proper PPE. This includes respirators (make sure a proper fit test has been completed).  A dust mask is not enough.
  2. Avoid direct contact with anything directly affected by the fire. This is why PPE is critical. If you handle affected items with bare hands, it is easy for contaminants to transfer into your body.
  3. Use equipment, like HEPA vacs, that filter out small particles.
  4. Ventilate the area where you are working if possible. If the smoke damage has not affected the HVAC system, turning that system on before remediating the smoke damage and odor could cause the odor and soot to be circulated throughout an entire building instead of contained to a certain area.
  5. Consider having IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) testing done to determine VOCs in the air and establish a scope of work and remediation protocol.

We Clean and Disinfect Daycares

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Room with children's table and chairs, and decorations for children on the walls Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.

As we continue opening businesses, we all want to make sure that buildings are cleaned and sanitized, especially those with our little ones in it.

When returning to work, no parent should have to stress about their children being safe while at a childcare program such as daycare. It is imperative to ensure that all high-touch surfaces and areas are cleaned and disinfected before children come in.

Areas that should be cleaned include:

-Offices

-Playrooms

-Cribs

-Bedding

-Bathrooms

-Common play areas

High-touch surfaces include:

-Doorknobs

-Counters

-Changing tables

-Toys

-Light switches

-Faucet handles

-Toilets

-Tablets

-Keyboards

-Crib railings

Remember to always clean from the least contaminated areas (light switches, doorknobs) to the most contaminated areas (faucet, toilet, handle).

Daycare Health Strategies:

Daycare staff and parents can promote a healthy environment for children to follow. These healthy learning and play measures include:

-Encourage hand washing with real soap for at least 20 seconds.

-Put hand sanitizer in numerous stations around the facility for daycare workers and older children.

-Provide disinfectant wipes for workers to wipe down items and surfaces such as toys, tables, chairs, learning stations, inside recreational areas, outside playground equipment, and other frequently touched items or surfaces.

-Workers may wear disposable gloves when needed and appropriate.

-Remind parents and workers of daycare sickness policy.

-Coordinate with the facility cleaning team regarding special measures to be taken during flu and cold season or during periods of a significant increase in sickness.

These measures are very simple and can help keep childcare programs happy and healthy.  Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.  We answer our phones 24/7/365 which puts our professional technicians onsite quicker.

4 Steps for Using a Fire Extinguisher Correctly

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

Chart showing a step that should be done for each letter in PASS For use of a fire extinguisher memorize the P.A.S.S. method.

P.A.S.S. Method

Your commercial building in Greeley, CO must be equipped with enough fire extinguishers that anyone who needs to do so can reach one quickly in an emergency. It does not do a lot of good to have a fire extinguisher nearby, however, if your employees don't know how to use it properly. Every person in your building needs to understand the four basic steps of the P.A.S.S. method.

  1. Pull

Every canister is equipped with a safety feature that keeps it from releasing its contents spontaneously. There is a seal and a pin that holds it in place. Before you can use the extinguisher, you must pull the pin out and break the seal.

  1. Aim

You may notice that your extinguisher comes equipped with a hose. If you aim the hose at the top of the flames, however, you will not get the coverage you need. To prevent extensive fire damage that requires professional restoration services, you must aim the hose at the base of the fire.

  1. Squeeze

The fire extinguisher has a handle that allows you to release the contents of the canister. To do so, you must squeeze the handle so that the extinguishing agent comes out the end of the hose, allowing you to direct it at the base of the fire.

  1. Sweep

If you have a small kitchen fire in your break room, you can probably put it out with the contents of the extinguisher. To do so, you need to make sure the entire base of the fire is covered in the agent that is released. Make a sweeping motion back and forth until the fire goes out or you run out of agent.


If the contents of a fire extinguisher do not put the fire out, do not grab another extinguisher. Call the fire department so that the professionals can take over. In many cases, however, using an extinguisher correctly will put out the fire and prevent a larger problem.

The sooner SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor’s experienced and trained team can get on-site and begin the fire 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.”

The Basics of Smoke Odor Removal

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of an Ozone Machine Ozone Machine - Air filtration equipment eliminates the fine particles and chemicals introduced by smoke.

After a fire has blazed through your property, you have several aftereffects to deal with besides destruction from the flames themselves. Smoke damage also remains, leaving its telltale smell along with chemical pollution and possible structural issues. For these reasons, smoke cleaning in the Greeley/Windsor area becomes an essential component of a restoration company’s techniques when they work to bring your property back to normal after a fire.


The Right Equipment for the Job


Restoration professionals have many tools at their disposal to permanently eradicate smoke odor from your property. In their arsenals, you will typically find three types of smoke cleaning equipment:

• Air filtration devices
• Thermal foggers
• Ozone machines

Air filtration equipment eliminates the fine particles and chemicals introduced by smoke. Moreover, thermal foggers put out millions of ultra-fine droplets that are each roughly the same size as the smoke particles still residing inside your building, delivering odor counteractants to wipe out the smoke’s chemical composition and dissipate the smell.


A Word About Ozone Machines


You have probably seen ozone machines available on the consumer market during the last couple of decades, but restoration companies use professional-grade devices instead. The O3 that they produce consists of molecules bearing three oxygen atoms instead of the standard paired oxygen atoms that exist in standard breathable Earth air. This deployed ozone works by bonding itself to chemicals at the molecular level, changing their composition and nullifying both their odors and harmful effects. However, commercial-grade equipment is meant to achieve immediate results in the hands of experts, and you should not attempt to use ozone devices on your own due to the potential hazards involved.


Leave Smoke Odor Remediation to the Experts


Fire restoration is a dedicated methodology using complex techniques and innovative technology. When utilized properly by odor removal technicians, each type of equipment eliminates the harmful chemicals and noxious odors left behind by smoke. In the hands of experts, these devices working together achieve high-quality smoke cleaning for your premises.

For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROgreeleywindsor.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration or call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.