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Spring Floods

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Street flooding near homes and businesses SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is ready to assist 24/7/365 with emergency mitigation.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Winsor is available 24/7/365 for storm, fire, and water emergencies, large or small.  When you are dealing with damage to your home, immediate action is crucial.  If it is flooding or burst pipe, a delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We are Here to Help

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable.  You need an expert to guide you through this crisis.  SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time.  We specialize in water and storm damage restoration - in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your emergency.  These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO technicians may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions, which includes:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What is the source of the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

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

We are ready to help, so call us, 970-353-1388, today if you experience damage to your home or business. 

Choosing The Right Smoke Detector for Your Home

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

Chart showing the difference between Ionization and Photoelectric Smoke Detectors Do your research when choosing the right smoke detector for your home or business.

Take The Following Considerations When Purchasing a Smoke Detector

We hope everyone knows the importance of smoke alarms. A working smoke detector increases the odds of you and your family escaping your, home during a fire. Alarms can also notify you of a small flame on the other side of your house. This may allow you to extinguish the blaze before it causes extensive harm that necessitates fire cleanup and restoration services.

However, choosing the right smoke alarm can sometimes be a challenge. You need reliable detectors that also fit your family's specific needs. Below are some factors to consider when picking your alarms.

  1. Type
    There are two main types of smoke detectors.
  • Ionization alarms detect quick-moving fires, such as those caused by paper or grease.
  • Photoelectric alarms, meanwhile, are best at detecting slow fires from clothes or electricity.

Ideally, you should purchase both photoelectric and ionization alarms for your house. Since ionization detectors are more sensitive, you may want to keep them away from the kitchen. Otherwise, they could get triggered by smoke from cooking.

You can also install a system that connects all the detectors. This way, if one smoke alarm goes off, all of them will beep.

  1. Convenience
    With your busy lifestyle, you do not want to spend excess time working on a smoke detector. Choose a model that is easy to maintain. If you opt for a battery-powered detector, pick one with drawers that make it easy to change the batteries. You may also want to find an alarm with a removable cover that simplifies the cleaning process.
  2. Certification
    Finally, pick a detector that has been testified and certified by a respected agency. Alarms that have an "FM " or "UL" label must meet certain standards.

You should take all the above considerations into account when picking each smoke alarm for your home. By choosing the right detectors and following basic fire safety rules, you can protect both your house and your loved ones.

If you do experience fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388. Our technicians and ready to respond to calls 24/7/365.

Preparing for Spring Storms in Colorado

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Tree blown over onto the roof of two different homes during a Spring storm. Be prepared for the unexpected during Colorado Spring storms

Being prepared for severe weather can help minimize damage to your home and property.

Knowing your risk is important.  Understanding what types of weather affect your area is important; do you live where, tornadoes, lightning, thunder, and flash floods all present different issues for homeowners?  As we all know in Colorado severe weather can happen any time of the year, but our risk for storms is even greater in the spring. Ways to be prepared; you can sign up for the Emergency Alert System (EAS) or you can purchase a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Weather Alert Radio.

Create a plan for your family so you know what and where to go during severe weather. Identify a safe sturdy shelter for your family.  Prepare your home in advance for severe weather by cutting down limbs that might fall on your home. Consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods or a lightning system to protect your home, appliances, and electronic devices.

Be prepared for the unexpected!

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

If you experience storm damage call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor Your Local Resource for Water Mitigation

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

Do you know how quickly water damage can spread through your home and begin to damage your valuable personal property, furniture, and family heirlooms?

The answer is faster than you think.

Within just a few minutes, water contamination can begin to spread throughout your home. It will start soaking into wood and furniture, causing it to warp and making upholstered pieces begin to fade or stain. Additionally, it can begin to impact personal papers and photographs just as quickly.

It barely takes a day to notice wood warping and wet drywall. Mold can start to grow just as quickly, with a musty odor becoming noticeable, in some cases, within a few hours.

Water damage from storms, leaks and burst pipes is a common problem for homeowners. But knowing how quickly it can spread or worsen means that you know it’s time to get professionals onsite as soon as you notice it.

Your 24/7/365 Restoration Team

If you have an emergency, you can count on us. We know how important it is for you to move fast if your home starts to show signs of water damage. 

Our technicians are highly trained and IICRC certified experts. You can trust that the team you work with will know how to restore your home best.

If your home is damaged due to fire or water, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor. We have teams who are available 24/7/365 and we answer our phones which puts our technicians onsite faster.  Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.

Controlling Odors Fire Damage Leaves Behind

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

Fireman standing in a smoke filled area. Experienced a fire/smoke loss? Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor.

Odor-causing particles from the fire's smoke quickly end up in locations far from the fire's location. Because these areas do not contain fire damage, we do not need to remove anything from your home. However, hidden particles continue producing the smoky scent of the fire. SERVPRO the equipment to rid your home of this odor permanently.
If your home sustains fire damage, we can help you with your fire and smoke restoration needs, including odor elimination. Sprays and air fresheners only mask the smell without eliminating its cause. No matter where smoke particles hide, they disintegrate and break down, ending up in the air again. When you breathe them in, you smell them as smoke and burnt materials. Smoke is full of partially burned minuscule pieces of the things from within your home, and some of these may have carcinogenic properties. Smelling a smoky odor can become more than a minor inconvenience.
SERVPRO employees become certified by the IICRC in several different areas of restoration technology. Using this knowledge, our technicians use odor-neutralizing methods to remove these particles' ability to enter back into your home's air currents. Keeping them out of the air your family breathes keeps them from noticing these malodorous particles.
To remove hidden odor-producing smoke particles, we can implement thermal fogging. This method causes the physical bonding between chemical agents and unwanted particles from the fire. The powerful jets of steam penetrate the same locations the hot smoke went during the blaze. Bonding occurs quickly, providing our customers with the permanent elimination of problematic odors. This technique must be used cautiously to prevent the deterioration of vinyl, plastics, and rubber materials.
If used immediately after a fire, air scrubbers can make the air healthier for your family by significantly reducing the amount of soot in the air before it ends up deposited on surfaces or inhaled. While this does not eliminate all the soot, it can make things safer for more sensitive individuals, especially if they need to retrieve belongings. HEPA filters work well in conjunction with odor-eating activated charcoal filters. We work hard to improve the IAQ indoor air quality for our customers.
SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor can help you control odors caused by fire damage and other disasters. We ensure that the families in our communities live in homes that pose no risk to the health of the occupants.

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/smoke emergency. Call us today at 970-353-1388.

How to Choose the Right Restoration Company for Your Home or Business

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

Three SERVPRO trucks onsite at a local loss, and parked outside the residence. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, we are here to make it "Like it never even happened."

Disasters are devastating. Whether caused by water, fire, or storms, they can turn your world upside down in a matter of moments. Even the strongest of us can feel helpless, not knowing where to turn after a catastrophe. But fortunately for you, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is nearby and stands ready to help you.

But why SERVPRO? After all, there are other companies who make the same claims. Why not just pick one out of a hat? Consider this: if you have to undergo surgery due to a dangerous and life-threatening condition, wouldn’t you insist on having a surgeon with extensive training, years of experience, and a sterling reputation to get you back to good health? Well, your property is probably the biggest investment you’ll make in your lifetime, so it’s also very important to have a company with the knowledge, experience, and reputation you can trust to return your property to its preloss condition or better.

Three of the Best Reasons to Use SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor

  1. Training – We never stop learning and honing our skills. Our staff (including our office personnel) are trained to IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) high standards in fire and water cleanup and restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses. Additionally, our industry professionals regularly attend SERVPRO continuing education classes.
  2. Equipment – We use the professional equipment needed to completely clean and remove the effects of water, mold, soot, smoke, odor and more. During the past few years, there’s been a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of Greeley/Winsor to restore your property quickly, reliably, and more effectively.
  3. Experience – SERVPRO is not some fly-by-night type of company. They started over 50 years ago and currently have over 1,900 franchises across the U.S. and Canada. Your very own SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is proud to have been in business itself for 27 years! The extensive knowledge we’ve gained during that time makes us the go-to disaster restoration company to call.

We sincerely hope that you’ll never be in a situation where you need to call a disaster restoration company. But if you do, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor., 970-353-1388  We answer our phones 24/7/365 which puts our technicians onsite faster.

In-Home Water Sensors - Which One Should You Buy?

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

If you are looking for an affordable whole-home leak detection system below we list three different choices:

Battery-powered leak alarms, which you can find at most hardware stores and home centers are a good inexpensive choice. They are easy to use – you simply place the sensors on the ground near any pipes and plumbing fixtures, such as drains, heaters and, of course, washing machines, and leave them there to monitor the situation. As soon as even a small amount of water is detected, the water leak alarms will begin to admit an extremely loud and piercing sound that will undoubtedly attract your attention.

Internet connection alarms - The next level up from the plain battery-operated leak alarms is the leak detector that can connect to the internet. These alarms can wirelessly send information to you via your home internet modem so that even if you are not home, you can be instantly alerted to any leaks and quickly act to get home and turn the water off before disaster strikes.

One step better than even internet-enabled leak detection systems are single-point shutoff systems. These kinds of systems are ideal for those of you who spend a lot of time away from home, and who may not be able to get back quickly when a leak happens. These leak detectors are plugged into the main electrical system, rather than running on batteries, so you never have to worry about them stopping working because they are out of juice. Single-point shutoff systems use a sensor that is placed on the floor, but which is held inside an appliance pan, to detect water. When a leak is detected, a shutoff valve turns the supply off so that your appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines, cannot keep pumping out water. This kind of system is especially good for using large household appliances that are kept above the basement level, because things like washing machines can leak a large volume of water and if that water is seeping through a ceiling or floor, it can cause a lot of water damage quickly.

If you suffer any water damage; please call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.

Practicing Safety While Using Your Home's Fireplace

2/9/2022 (Permalink)

Fireplace with wood logs burning Fireplaces can be an added heat source for your home. Be sure you practice safety while using yours.

If your family enjoys spending an evening by the fire, you’re not alone. For many people, a wood-burning fireplace is an attractive feature for a family living room. They’re especially popular during the winter months when long nights at home make a warm fire especially appealing.

Wood-burning fireplaces can be very safe if they’re used the right way. Before you start a roaring fire at your home, take steps to be certain your fireplace and chimney are ready to warm your family safely.

Fireplace Safety Basics

Before you light your fire, ensure your chimney is capped and doesn’t have any cracks. You can get your home inspected and your chimney checked to be certain that it’s ready to be used.

Here are a few more things to do before you start your fire:

Consider cracking a window. Even though it’s probably cold outside, this step is to ensure your family is getting adequate clean air.

Add a screen. Fireplace screens are important to help protect your family and pets from the dangers that an open fire can represent.

Clean your fireplace. Don’t let ashes and debris gather. These can cause a fire hazard, if you light fire after fire on top of them.

Keep your fireplace clear. Not only is what is inside the fireplace important, what is around it matters, too. Keep your fireplace area clear from rugs, wood, paper, and other flammables.

Be prepared for the unexpected. Have a fire extinguisher handy. Also, be certain you have smoke alarms and a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home.

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

For your fire/smoke restoration needs call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388.

Winter Weather Advisories for The Greeley/Windsor Area

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

Snow storm outside with a car sliding and trees covered with snow Snow scenes can be beautiful, but heavy snow and wind can cause damage to your home.

Winter has arrived and with it comes Winter Weather Advisories. The individual advisories outline what emergency officials are recommending, depending on the weather event. For example, if a few inches of snow are being forecasted overnight, the advisory might ask you to slow down on your morning commute. The Winter Weather Advisories also warn about specific conditions like, "plan on slippery road conditions."

Winter weather can also mean storm damage. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  If your home or business is damaged by winter storms call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.

Trained to Restore Your Home or Business  

Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its preloss condition. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor’s technicians are IICRC certified. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. We believe in continuous training, 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.

It's not just about our training and experience; it is also about being able to respond to your damage quickly. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is available 24/7/365.  We answer our phones which puts on technicians onsite quicker.

Helpful Tips to Prevent Pipes from Bursting

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

A pipe in a local home that has burst. If you experience a water loss due to a burst pipe call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor.

A common cause of water damage  is a burst pipe. When pipes deteriorate or freeze, they are susceptible to bursting. For this reason, it's important to have your pipes regularly inspected. Also, be sure that you check the areas that could start corroding. One of the factors that contribute to bursting pipes is high pressure. To reduce pressure, have a valve installed or simply replace the plumbing.

The following tips will help prevent your pipes from bursting this winter: 

Outdoor Tips:

  1.  Wrap outside faucets
  2.  Caulk around pipes where they enter the house.
  3.  Disconnect garden hoses.
  4.  Drain in-ground sprinkler systems.

Indoor Tips:

  1.  Let a stream of water run if the temperature dips below freezing.
  2.  Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  3.  Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving home for multiple days.

Although recognizing common causes of water damage can help prevent it from transpiring on your property, there is still a chance that it could occur. If it does, you can trust the water mitigation experts of SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor to fix the problem quickly and correctly. Our IICRC-certified technicians use contemporary methodologies and cutting-edge equipment to expedite each component of the remediation process. Our entire staff offer the personalized care that will keep you calm and comfortable throughout the process. 

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 water and/or flood emergency. Call us today at 970-353-1388.