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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.

Greeley/Windsor Area - Are You Storm Aware?

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

A two lane road washed out by flood water "Be Storm Aware" so you are prepared in the event you are in the path of flood waters.

As we continue to see storms throughout the Greeley/Windsor area, we at SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor want you to be aware of what the different threat levels mean so that you can be prepared for whatever happens. 

  • Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.
  • Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.
  • Flood Watch: Be Prepared:A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.
  • Flood Advisory: Be Aware:A Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.

If your home or commercial building ever suffers flood damage, call our SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor professionals.

Source: https://weather.gov/safety/flood-watch-warning

What Cause Sprinkler System Leaks?

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

A broken sprinkler head spraying water straight up in the air. Sprinklers require regular checks to ensure that heads and nozzles are in good condition and are not broken.

Three Possible Reasons an Irrigation System Could Leak

A leaky irrigation system has the potential to cause major water damage. From damaged lines to sprinkler or system-wide malfunction, here are three of the most common reasons that irrigation could leak and flood landscaping or a commercial building in the Greeley/Windsor area.

Blocked or Damaged Lines
Irrigation lines that have broken during the off-season or worn down and started to leak can cause serious irrigation problems. All the following issues may affect these landscaping water lines:

  • Clogs
  • Ruptures
  • Shifting soil

Irrigation pipes are designed to be impervious to external contaminants. If clogs form in lines, buildup from graywater or interfering elements such as tree roots may be the underlying cause. A service that specializes in solving irrigation problems and doing regular maintenance can clean or replace any watering system parts.

Faulty Sprinkler Components
A variety of components in a sprinkler head can sustain damage that causes this part of an irrigation system to shift off settings that prioritize efficiency. Sprinklers require seasonal upkeep and regular checks to ensure that heads and nozzles are in good condition and are not broken, clogged or improperly positioned.

Problems With System Settings
Sprinkler systems require testing at the start of the season to confirm that all elements are functional. The irrigation needs of a landscape may shift over time, particularly if a property owner makes adjustments to manage runoff and reduce flooding risks. A sprinkler service may need to recalibrate an irrigation and sprinkler system to match changing land use.

Regular maintenance of an irrigation system is the best way to prevent problems. In addition to wasting water, irrigation leaks can moisten the soil and undermine the foundation of a structure or the surrounding landscape. If water damage caused by irrigation has affected a building in Greeley/Windsor, the property owner or manager should schedule irrigation repair and, if necessary, a structural inspection, call a mitigation/restoration company to handle any interior water damage.

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.

Coverage You Will Get From Commercial Storm Insurance

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

Three commercial buildings that sustained tornado damage Storm Damage to commercial property in Windsor, CO

When you own a commercial building, the last thing you want is a disaster to strike and cause damage to the facility. This could lead to costly repairs and restoration. It could also hamper your business and keep the building unoccupied for the long term. Storm damage can wreak havoc, resulting in flooding and structural damage. If you purchase storm insurance, you can get the financial support you need during a difficult time. This coverage can also protect your valuable assets.

What The Insurance Won't Cover

It is first important to understand what your regular policy won't cover. For these issues, you will need to buy supplemental coverage. Such events include the following:

  • Earthquakes
  • Flooding from sewer backups
  • Flooding from a main water line burst

Hail Damage
Your commercial insurance coverage will pay on your claim for damage your building suffers during a hailstorm. This may include broken windows and siding, roof leaks, ruined personal items, or other related problems. If you live in an area in Greeley or Windsor, CO, where hail is common, you may need to rely on this insurance. This coverage applies to damage that occurs to the interior or exterior of the building.

Tornadoes
In certain parts of the country, a tornado can rage across the land, destroying everything in its path. Your commercial building could be a victim of this devastation. Luckily, storm insurance will pay for the damage your building suffers in such an event. This would include rebuilding and restoring the structure and replacing equipment and supplies inside.

Wind Damage
It doesn’t take a tornado to harm your facility. High winds can cause severe problems with your roof or even knock over trees onto the structure. Your storm coverage should take care of any issues resulting from a windstorm.


Along with calling a mitigation/restoration cleanup company, you should notify your storm insurance agent if an unfortunate event occurs in your building. Storm Insurance coverage can give you peace of mind.

Industrial Hygienist Testing Versus DIY Mold Kits

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

Lab technician hold a round test container with mold samples Professional hygienists have the training and qualifications to provide accurate and complete results.

Hygienist Testing Versus DIY Mold Kits

It is easy to recognize a mold problem when there's visible evidence. Unfortunately, mold is often hiding where you can't see it. How can you deal with a problem that you cannot see? If you suspect mold growth, you should contact an industrial hygienist for testing. When you receive the results the hygienist should write a protocol on the cleanup if mold is present.  Once you have the protocol your next step is to set up mold cleaning by a mold mitigation company. It isn't enough to buy a kit at your local home improvement store. Those kits are notorious for providing false results. The only real option is to hire a Greeley/Windsor, CO professional.

What You Need to Know About Air Sampling

You cannot get rid of mold without knowing that it is there. When hygienists arrive at your home to collect air and surface samples, they will determine if the mold carries:

  • Allergens
  • Pathogens
  • Toxins

Sometimes, mold harbors a combination of two or all three of these. After hygienists determine the presence of mold and provide an understanding of the composition of the mold, mold remediation and cleanup professionals determine the type of mold you're dealing with and how widespread the mold growth has become.

Why You Should Not Handle It Yourself

Many homeowners are comfortable handling repairs and minor home disasters on their own. However, attempting to tackle mold cleaning on your own can become an expensive mistake. The handy kits that you can pick up at a store near you do not have the sensitivity to give accurate answers about mold concentrations. If a DIY kit were to give a false negative, you may believe there isn't a mold problem, when mold damage is actually widespread. On the other hand, a false positive could lead to mold remediation costs that were not necessary.

Industrial Hygienists and Mold Cleanup/Remediation Professionals

Professional hygienists have the training and qualifications to provide accurate and complete results. If those professional results show that you do have a problem, mold cleaning/remediation experts can clean the air and surfaces of your home.

Is Hoarding a Fire Hazard

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

A pile of messy papers and books on a table Clutter caused by hoarding can be a fire hazard in a home.

Do you have a person in your life who may be a hoarder?  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) fires are bigger and costlier than typical residential fires https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/NFPA-Journal/2012/January-February-2012/Features/The-Dangers-of-Too-Much-Stuff/Bigger-and-Costlier.  Hoarding is a condition where a person has persistent difficulty discarding personal possessions.  The large amount of possessions fill the home and prevent the normal use of the space.  Living space becomes cluttered making it unusable as the space was designed.  Hoarding can lead to fire hazards in the home.

Why Hoarding Increases Fire Risks:

  • Cooking is unsafe if flammable items are close to the stove or oven.
  • Heating units may be too close to things that can burn. They might also be placed on dangerous, unstable surfaces. If a heater tips over into a pile, it can cause a fire.
  • Open flames from smoking materials or candles in a home with excess clutter are very dangerous.
  • Blocked pathways and exits may hinder escape from a fire.

How Hoarding Impacts First Responders:

  • Hoarding puts first responders in harm’s way.
  • Firefighters cannot move swiftly through a home filled with clutter.
  • Responders can be trapped in a home when exits are blocked. They can be injured by objects falling from piles.
  • The weight of the stored items, especially if water is added to put out a fire, can lead to building collapse.
  • Fighting fires is very risky in a hoarding home. It is hard to enter the home to provide medical care. The clutter impedes the search and rescue of people and pets.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor has experience with cleaning hoarding homes.  If a family member is struggling and you need assistance, please call our office at (970) 353-1388.  We answer our phones 24/7/365, and would be happy to assist you in making your home a safe place.

Severe Storm - Safety Tips For A Portable Generator

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Portable Generator Keep your home running through a storm with the help of a portable generator.

Are you getting ready for the Spring storms to arrive in the Greeley/Windsor area?  Power outages are a common occurrence during a severe storm and a portable generator is a great tool to help through the power outage.  If you have a generator on hand for power outages during severe weather storms, follow the safety tips below from the American Red Cross:

Never use a generator, grill or camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area.

To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.

Opening doors or windows and using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO can’t be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death.

Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately.

Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

Be sure to turn the generator off and let it cool down before refueling.  Gasoline spilled on the hot engine parts could ignite.

IF you experience storm or water damage caused by a power outage in your home, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.  We answer our phones 24/7/365 which puts us faster onsite to your loss.

SERVPRO Cleaned - a Defensive Cleaning Program

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Two table tents sitting on a table with the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Information Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customer ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor today at 970-353-1388 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision-makers on the first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. A study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What to Do When You Smell Mold but Cannot See It

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

An area of a commercial building's ceiling is dropped down and the back side is covered in mold Mold damage to a Greeley commercial building's ceiling

Mold has a very distinctive fungus smell, meaning that often times its odor makes itself known before the mold itself is found. For a business in Greeley, CO the mold smell can be worrisome. Fortunately, there are a few things that can be done.

Where Mold Grows

Most people associate the musty mildew smell with places like basements, attics or crawlspaces. This is in part because environments like these are a good location for mold to settle in. In fact, there are some environments mold is more likely to grow in than others.

  • Locations with water damage
  • Cool damp areas such as a basement or crawlspaces
  • Locations where condensation may collect
  • Areas with regularly high humidity such as a restroom or pool area
  • Areas where there has been recent flooding
  • Materials that can soak in water such as wood, paper, plaster, cardboard, and/or ceiling tiles

Why Mold Smells

As mold grows it releases a secondary metabolite called a mycotoxin. This is the reason for the musty mold smell. Mycotoxins are common to the fungi kingdom and most fungi, including mold, undergo this process.

Ways to Locate Mold

Many mold remediation professionals have a few tools they can use to locate mold when it’s not visible. Mold tests can be used to test air samples or surfaces for potential growth. An infrared camera may also be used to locate cool area where water may have built up. Because mold grows best in cool, damp environments checking these locations may lead to locating the source of the mildew smell. Once the mold has been located it is important to begin the cleaning process as soon as possible.

Finding mold growth based off of a mold smell is possible, especially when you have the right tools and know where to look. 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 the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

When Your Toilet Overflows When Taking A Shower

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Using a auger "snake" to clear a toilet clogged pipe For those DIYers you may be able to use an auger "snake" to clear a clogged pipe.

Having plumbing problems in your home in Greeley and surrounding areas can be a big headache, especially when something like a toilet overflow starts happening unexpectedly when the shower is running causing a sewage cleanup. If one of your toilets is overflowing when you take a shower, it is likely being caused by a clog between the shower and the sewer. As the shower runs, the water is stopped by the clog and pushed into the wastewater lines and comes out the first spot it can, which in this case is your toilet.

Sewage Cleaning

When this type of problem happens, it can create a major mess in your bathroom. It can be even worse if you take a shower upstairs and the overflow is happening in a bathroom you do not use every day, such as in the basement or in a guest bathroom. If you have a toilet overflow that has gone unnoticed for a few days, to the point where water damage and mold has begun to set in call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor to mitigate the loss for you,  Proper sewage cleaning is important to ensure everything is fully decontaminated to prevent disease.


You may be able to clear out the clogged pipe yourself using an auger “snake”:

  • Directly through the floor drain after you remove the toilet (this is often easier for cleaning out the clog);
  • If this does not work, you can also take a snake through your drain clean-out which may be located in your basement or crawlspace. Be aware that sewage could spill out after removing the cap if it is clogged here.

Hiring a professional is often recommended to avoid spending money and time only to realize the problem is bigger than you expected, or unreachable by a common snake.

Fix Your Pipes

A clogged pipe can be an easy, quick fix and may not cause much of a mess or damage if taken care of immediately. But, if the clog has been building up for many years and is far down in the sewage lines, it could require professional tools and the hand of an experienced plumber.

SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a water damage event. Our staff are highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Greeley/Windsor and surrounding areas. We can respond immediately to your emergency, 24/7/365 and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor for all your water, fire, and mold losses.  We answer our phones 24/7/365 – 970-353-1388.

The 3 P's of Fire Safety

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

House up in flames If you experience fire damage, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor

One of the best ways to protect your kids safety from a Greeley area home fire is to teach them about fire prevention. As part of your efforts, cover basics such as these three Ps of safety:

Prepare – This step focuses on reducing the risk of fire damage situations
Prevent – This step includes teaching your children about getting out safely

Practice – This final step covers conducting fire drills and overall fire safety habits

You should also include a fire escape plan in these efforts.

Prepare Your Home

There are several situations that are common to just about any home, and many of these could easily lead to fire damage, such as overloading electrical outlets, leaving lit candles unattended, setting clutter near a hot stove, neglecting old and damaged wiring, and using old appliances. When you involve your children in this first step of fire prevention, the whole family is safer.

Prevent Injuries During Fire

This part of the plan should include discussions about not playing with matches or lighters but telling an adult about them if they find them laying around. Teach your children the Stop, Drop, Roll technique in the event their clothing is on fire. Talk about never going back into a building that is on fire. Teach children that fire damage cleanup is not their responsibility.

There are many resources available for kids safety practices and fire prevention habits. If you talk with fire and smoke damage restoration professionals about fire cleanup, ask them for further advice. Consistently review the three Ps of fire safety to protect your family from harm.

Practice Fire Escape Plans

Establish a fire escape plan and for your kids safety and run drills regularly. These drills should include what to do if the primary escape route is blocked. During these drills, watch out for things such as clutter in the hall. Take time to practice how children should escape if their doorknob is hot, signaling to them that it is not safe to open their bedroom door. Discuss the importance of remaining low to the ground, so they do not inhale smoke while exiting.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is standing by 24/7/365 to help you deal with fire damage and our professionals are ready to help clean and restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

If you do experience fire damage, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call 970-353-1388.

The Risks of Neglected Water Damage

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

A wall behind a sink with rotting drywall due to a water loss that was not mitigated in a timely manner. Don't let a water damage go unmitigated causing secondary damage that is far more costly to mitigate.

Unaddressed water damages can cause much more damage than a person realizes. When water invades an area and it is not addressed in a timely manner, it sits and begins to grow bacteria and becomes contaminated.

When water damage is left unmitigated, water can sink deep into wood surfaces and even make its way into the crawl space. Water can become trapped under non-porous surfaces like linoleum and non-porous tile.

Trapped water cannot be dried from the outside and can lead to dry rot and mold growth. Dry rot and mold growth are far more costly to remediate than water damage. Dry rot can be hazardous given that it compromises the structural integrity of wood. Mold can be dangerous given the health effects it can cause.

Here in Greeley, Colorado, we have water losses that we respond to that have been sitting for weeks…sometimes even months. Usually in this case, insurance will not cover the water damage because the homeowner knew of the damage but did nothing to remediate it, which caused a far more costly situation.

Be proactive in protecting your home or business from secondary water damages, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388 at the first sign of water damage, and we will make it “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. The SERVPRO training program includes, but  not limited to, the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

What to Know About Ceiling Water Stains

2/6/2021 (Permalink)

Ceiling with water staining If you notice ceiling water staining in your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor.

Have you ever glanced up to the ceiling in your home and see a yellow ring? This is a visible mark of water damage in your home, which can lead to the growth of mold or mildew. Water stains should be repaired immediately in order to avoid further damage to ceilings. But before breaking out any tools, determining the cause of your stain can help decide the best course of action.

Several different scenarios can result in ceiling water stains. The first scenario is clogged gutters. Full or clogged gutters are the likely culprit if you have experienced heavy or persistent rain. The second scenario is leaky pipes. Leaky pipes could run from a bathroom, air conditioner, refrigerator, or dishwasher, if one of these are located in the room above the stained ceiling. Another common source is a caulking issue. If the caulking that surrounds your bathtub or shower deteriorates, water can leak down into the ceiling below.

Finding the source of a leak can sometimes involve drilling holes in the ceiling to search for the source, or the use of a FLIR camera can also identify a possible leak. Once the source of water has been found and repaired our service professionals can get the job done in a fast, efficient, and cost-effective manner. 

If you notice a water stain on the ceiling of your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.  

Four Ways for Businesses To Prepare for a Storm

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Main street flooded with water and water going inside businesses To get your business up and running faster after you have experienced storm damage - Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor

Business owners of Greeley, Windsor and surrounding areas may experience fear and anxiety upon becoming aware of an impending storm. Receiving notification beforehand (via radio stations, TV news channels, and smartphone apps) can allow time to get prepared. Here are four precautions to take to keep your commercial property safe during severe conditions.

Prepare Your Office Building

Ensure that your office building is well insulated and that all air leaks are sealed with weather stripping. Water heaters and HVAC systems should be up to date on maintenance and inspection. Have a backup source of energy in the event of a power outage. 

Create a Plan

It is essential that everyone has a hard copy of a disaster and emergency plan. Have an evacuation route with a designated meeting area. List locations of emergency generators, fire extinguishers, and emergency kits.

Have an Inclement Weather Policy in Place

Some companies have a hotline for employees to call to get up-to-date instructions on what to do during inclement weather, which can inform employees to either come in later after the weather clears or to not report to work. Often, employers often allow employees to work from home during a storm.

Know Who To Contact if Damage Occurs

If any cleaning and/or mitigation is needed after the storm, contact your local damage restoration specialists. Bringing in a skilled team with the right equipment and know-how can ensure that the property will be restored to pre condition before the storm.

Weather can temporarily close down a business. Have a storm damage plan in place – and a restoration company on call – to deal with any problems that may arise that you will need to get taken care of to get your business back up and running.

Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.  We always answer our phones 24/7/365, speaking directly with one of our employees puts our technicians onsite faster to your loss.

Top 5 Most Common Causes of House Fires

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Skillet on the top of a cooking range igniting into flames The top 5 most common causes of house fires as identified by the National Fire Protection Association
  1. Candles

From 2007-2011, the NFPA says there were an average of 10,630 fires in the U.S. that were started by candles, causing 115 deaths, 903 injuries and approximately $418 million in property damage. That is an average of 29 candle fires per day.

Safety tips:

  • Never leave a candle burning near flammable items.
  • Never leave a candle burning in a child’s room or an unoccupied room.
  • Make sure candles fit securing into candle holders so they will not tip over.
  • Blow out any candles before leaving a room or going to sleep.
  1. Smoking

While the number of fires caused by smoking is trending downward, the NFPA found that there was still an average of 17,600 related fires per year resulting in 490 deaths and more than $516 million in property damage.

Safety tips:

  • If you smoke, consider smoking outside.
  • Use wide, sturdy ashtrays to catch butts and ashes.
  • Look for cigarette butts under furniture and between seat cushions to make sure no lit butts have fallen someplace where they cannot be seen.
  • Do not smoke in bed, when you are tired or around medical oxygen.
  1. Electrical & Lighting

According to the NFPA, in 2011 approximately 47,700 home structure fires were caused by some sort of electrical failure or malfunction. These resulted in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries and $1.4 billion in property damage.

Safety tips:

  • Do not overload outlets or electrical cords.
  • Make sure you have the right cord for the job – inside cords for inside, heavy duty/outside cords for outdoor use.
  • Do not leave Christmas lights, Christmas trees, or halogen lights on overnight or when not at home.
  • Consider having an electrician perform an annual checkup of your home’s wiring.
  1. Dryers & Washing Machines

Clothes dryer fires happen more often than one might think, accounting for 16,800 home structure fires in 2010 and doing more than $236 million in property damage. 

Safety tips:

  • Clean the lint screen frequently and do not run the dryer without it.
  • For gas and propane dryers, make sure there are not any leaks in the lines.
  • Vent the dryer to the outside of the house and ensure nothing blocks the vent pipe.
  • Clean the vent pipe and the area where the screen is housed.
  • Keep the area around the dryer free of combustible materials.
  1. Lightning

From 2007-2011, NFPA says there were an average of 22,600 fires per year caused by lightning strikes.

Safety tips:

  • Stay away from doors and windows during an electrical storm.
  • Do not use corded phones, computers, TVs or other electrical equipment during storms.
  • Unplug major electronics – TVs, stereo equipment, computers, and microwaves to minimize damage if there is a lightning strike close by.
  • Avoid plumbing such as sinks, baths and faucets during a thunderstorm.

You experience a fire in your home call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388.  No answering service, we answer our phones 24/7/365.

What Is The Purpose Of A Sump Pump

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

A sump pump inserted in a hole in a basement Do you need a Sump Pump in your home?

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.

Preventing Water Damage With Self-Remediation On Gutters

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Homeowner cleaning leaves and debris out of their gutters. Prepare Your Greeley Home for Winter And Prevent Water Damage

While summer weather still keeps us warm in Greeley, it may seem too early to consider the effects of winter weather on our homes. There are several different ways that winter weather might cause problems for homeowners. Taking care that your roof and gutters are in good shape now can help to prevent water damage.

The roof of your Greeley home helps ensure that water damage does not become a problem for you. Keeping it in good shape can mean you never experience the costly problems that can otherwise develop in your home. Your gutters can help keep problems from forming from your roof all the way to the foundation.
 
Insulation and other materials under your shingles also need to function properly and stay in excellent shape to protect your home. A small leak in a roof can cause the insulation to compress and prevent less heat from escaping your home. This added heat in the attic can lead to ice dams forming on your roof's edge during the winter. Stains on walls and ceilings as well as the destruction of drywall can soon happen.
 
When gutters twist or come loose, their capability to direct water away from your home becomes a problem. Gutters that become blocked can create mini waterfalls along the side of your house. Downspouts can cause water to puddle around your foundation, and seepage into the basement can follow.
 
By doing self-remediation on your gutters you can prevent water damage from happening at your home.
  
SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor has the professional team you need to help you clean up and mitigate water damage. Contact SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor at (970) 353-1388.

SERVPRO’s 1-4-8 Response Time

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro water icon, mold icon, and fire icon SERVPRO does Water, Mold and Fire Mitigation/Restoration

Have you heard of SERVPRO's Service Response Guidelines?

Within just 1 hour of loss notification, one of our SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor professionals will contact you to arrange for service. 

Within 4 hours of loss notification, our SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor professionals will be on-site to start mitigation services. 

Within 8 hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to you and your insurance representative, if applicable, by your local SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor professionals. 

What services does SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor provide?

  • Fire smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration
  • Water Removal and De-humidification
  • Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
  • Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning
  • Stain Removal, Stain Resistance Applications
  • Odor Identification and Deodorization

Being timely is important when disaster strikes and it is our priority to be there when you need us!!

Why SERVPRO? Why not!

Call the mitigation professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388.  One of our employees answers our phones 24/7/365.

Biohazard, Vandalism & Crime Scene

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Technician with personal protective equipment on holding yellow crime scene tape Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor for your biohazard remediation.

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor offers fast, reliable biohazard, vandalism, and crime scene cleanup and remediation services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. Failure to properly handle and safely remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor’s professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove hazardous biological substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor can help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and businesses. We can help with:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Methamphetamine Labs
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Sewage Backups
  • Black Water Intrusions
  • Mold Mitigations and Remediation

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 the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

If your commercial building has be exposed to biological and chemical contaminants, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388. Our team is available 24/7/365.

Protecting your Business from Cold Weather and Winter Conditions

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Frost and icicles on a window SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is available 24-7-365 to take care of any winter water damage.

Winter is here and the weather is only going to get worse! The bitter cold and winter storms can have a huge impact on your business. Frigid temperatures, heavy snow and ice can all contribute to property damage. Whether you are ready for it or not, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor wants you and your property to be prepared for the winter weather in Colorado.

While you cannot control the weather, you can make efforts to be prepared and protect your property. To help avoid damages due to inclement winter weather conditions, consider taking the following precautions to protect your Saginaw business before more winter weather hits.

Protect your Property:

  • Check your roof: Both snow and ice can damage your roof and could potentially cause the roof to collapse. Water can also get into cracks and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks on your roof.
  • Ensure your pipes are insulated: Frigid temperate can cause pipes to freeze and break, which can lead to flooding in your business.
  • Protect your people: Clear sidewalks and plow parking lots for the safety of your customers, clients and employees. Avoid injuries and accidents by taking the proper precautions. Removing snow and ice can prevent people from getting hurt.
  • Ice Dams: When snow melts unevenly and freezes at the edge of your roof, an ice dam is created which prevents melted snow from draining off the roof. The water can leak under the shingle and into your business, causing significant water damage.
  • Snow-melt Flooding: Heavy amounts of snowfall and sheets of ice turn into a large amount of water, which all must go somewhere. Beware of snow-melt flooding and call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor if your business has water damage from flooding.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is your local mitigation company that responds quickly to a water or fire, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building in Greeley/Windsor, or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation. Our national network of 1,800 franchises gives us access to personnel and resources so no job is too big.  If your business has been damaged by winter conditions, call 970-353-1388.

Is Your Home Prepared for Winter Weather

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Home covered in snow with snow dams Be prepared for winter weather. Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor if you experience storm damage.

Living in Colorado, you know how winter works. You can be prepared for winter by bundling up in warm clothes and boots. But is your home prepared to face the bitter cold and winter weather for the next 5-6 months?

Here are Some Tips to Prepare your Home for Winter Weather:

  • Insulate walls and attics
  • Install a door sweep
  • Weather-strip doors and windows
  • Clean out gutters
  • Disconnect and drain outside hoses
  • Ensure your furniture isn’t blocking your home’s heating vents
  • Repair roof leaks
  • Remove tree branches that could get weighed down with snow/ice and fall on your house
  • If you have a fireplace, close the damper
  • Set the temperature manually and leave it
  • Seal furnace ducts
  • Insulate hot water pipes and hot water heater
  • Avoid ice dams by ventilating your attic and insulating the attic floor

It is that time of year where Colorado gets hit with winter storms and it is crucial to prepare your home for it. If you suffer storm damage to your home or property, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor can be there to take immediate action. Our professional technicians can help minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms.

Storm Damage? Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388. Never an answering machine or system, our phones are answered by SERVPRO employees, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Microwave Oven Safety

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Microwave with contents on fire Call SERVPRO of Greeley Windsor if you experience fire/smoke damage in your home.

We have all thought about the left-over pizza in our refrigerators and cannot wait to get home to reheat it in a microwave oven. These appliances are great to reheat and enjoy leftovers and other snacks without the hassle of actually cooking them. But, did you know that there are potential hazards to microwaves?

 When not maintained properly, microwaves ovens can become extremely hazardous. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 1 in 6 of microwave ovens cause home fires every year. Once a fire is ignited in the microwave, it can quickly catch the whole appliance on fire. This can lead to the fire spreading to other areas of your kitchen and potentially your whole house. These fires can cause an annual average of 10 deaths, 150 injuries, and around $31 million in property damage.

To prevent potential, follow these tips below:

  • Purchase a microwave oven that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Make sure to complete and return the product registration card. This way the manufacturer can reach you if there is a recall on the product.
  • Make sure children are supervised when using microwaves.
  • Plug the microwave oven directly into the wall outlet – never use an extension cord.
  • Make sure the microwave oven is at a safe height, within easy reach of all users.
  • Open food slowly, away from the face. Hot steam or the food itself can cause burns.
  • Food heats unevenly in microwave ovens. Stir and test before eating or giving to children.
  • Never heat a baby bottle in the microwave.
  • Clean regularly.

If a fire happens to break out, follow these steps:

  • Leave the door to the microwave closed.
  • Turn the microwave off and unplug it from the wall.
  • Call the fire department immediately.

Home fires happen unexpectedly and are can sometimes be out of control. Remember if your home suffers from fire damage, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor will be ready to help and make it “Like it never even happened.”  Our professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor rapidly respond 24/7, and you can reach us at (970) 353-1388.

Document Restoration with SERVPRO

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Spiral Bound notebook that was damaged by a water loss SERVPRO document restoration image

Document Restoration

A water loss in your business can be a huge disruption to your day to day operations. Depending on the severity, you may have to close down for a short amount of time. On top of damage done to carpets, walls, and office equipment, important documents and records could have gotten damaged as well. If you’ve handled water-logged documents before, you may think there is no recourse. That’s where SERVPRO can help!

SERVPRO is Here to Help

As part of a franchise system, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor has access to SERVPRO’s state of the art document restoration systems. While responding to a water loss in your Greeley/Windsor area business, we can collect any damaged documents and transport them to our corporate headquarters where a devoted team can assess the damage and perform restorative duties as needed.

The Process

We use the latest in vacuum freeze drying techniques to preserve your documents, the same process that is used by the Library of Congress to preserve and restore historical documents. As a water loss can stem from a flood, sewage, or other contaminated water sources, we use Gamma irradiation technology to sterilize your documents.

Safe and Secure

At SERVPRO, your documents will be handled by HIPPA master-certified technicians under 24/7 surveillance to protect the security and confidentiality of your documents. After cleaning and restoring your documents, SERVPRO will also digitize your files for you to better help protect you from loss events in the future.

Types of content SERVPRO can restore:

  • paper documents
  • books and magazines
  • manuscripts and files
  • photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
  • x-rays
  • blueprints and maps
  • parchment

If you have a water loss in your Greeley/Windsor area business, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.  Our professional technicians are eagerly waiting to assist you with your loss needs!

Thanksgiving Day Safety Tips

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Turkey deep dryer set up near a house burst into flames. Do not let this happen to you on Thanksgiving Day!

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas, and Christmas Eve? We want you to enjoy these days with your loved ones, so here are a few safety tips for when you are cooking that scrumptious meal.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear and clean so you don’t trip over kids or toys or slip on a slick floor.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
  • Be especially aware when Deep Frying a turkey, people tend to put too much oil in which causes overflow and spreads to the open flame causing a mass fireball. Also putting in a frozen or very wet bird can cause major problems which they call B.L.E.V.E which stands for Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion.
  • Always use fryer outside away from any structure
  • Keep oil under 350 degrees, the hotter the oil the more combustible it is
  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil
  • Thoroughly defrost turkey (24 hours for every 10 pounds the turkey weighs)
  • Turn off flame before putting turkey in
  • Keep grease fire approved extinguisher on hand
  • Lower turkey into pot slowly
  • If by unfortunate event you have an emergency this Holiday Season please know your SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Contact us at 970-353-1388 and our technicians will be onsite with 4 hours of receiving your call.

From our SERVPRO to your family, Happy Thanksgiving!

What You Don't See - Water Intrusion

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

Water causing paint to sag with pockets on water on ceilings Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor if you experience water damage in your home or business.

What you don’t see…

Water intrusions invade floors, ceilings and walls to find the lowest point in your business’ structure. Water from an overflowing bathroom stall or other water incidents will search for pinhole crevices and cracks in your floors and walls looking for a way to travel down in the building. Surfaces such as wood, drywall and carpet pull water away from plain sight and into the interiors of the structure.

Should a water incident occur in your business, remove excess water if possible, remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying and place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs. These tips may help prevent further damage to your business. Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor.

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. 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.

SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Greeley/Windsor and surrounding areas. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Have Questions? Call SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388

Winter Storm Reminders and Tips

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

Winter storm left lots of snow and ice on a roof of a house If you experience damage to your home or business for a winter storm, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor.

All our SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor employees live in our community so we actively watch the weather throughout the year. As we enter the winter storm season, here are some reminders and tips.

Watches, Warnings, and Advisories

  • Winter Storm Watch: Be alert, a storm is likely.
  • Winter Storm Warning: Take action, the storm is in or entering the area.
  • Winter Weather Advisory: Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous, especially to motorists.
  • Frost/Freeze Warning: Below freezing temperatures are expected and may cause damage to plants, crops, or fruit trees.
  • Blizzard Warning: Snow and strong winds combined will produce blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill – seek refuge immediately.

Indoor Precautions

  • Seal drafts from doors and windows.
  • Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.
  • Close off unused rooms
  • Listen to your radio, television, or NOAA Weather Radio for weather reports and emergency information.

Outdoor Safety

  • Find or build a shelter as protection from the wind.
  • Cover all exposed body parts.
  • Build a fire with rocks around it to absorb and reflect heat and to attract attention.
  • Melt snow for drinking water to avoid dehydration.
  • Avoid overexertion.
  • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extremely cold air.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Avoid walking on ice

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 to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388. We are your local mitigation specialists.

Understanding the Categories and Classes of Water Damage

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

Chart explaining the different types of water damage categories. The mitigation process will depend on which category your water damage falls under.

Dealing with water damage in your business in Greeley and Windsor areas can be very time-consuming. Whether it be replacing a water pipe, having issues with a toilet, or outside water coming in you will find it helpful to understand what type of water damage has occurred.

  1. The Source of Water - SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor uses one of the primary ways to classify water damage.
    • If water comes from an appliance and is clean, it is considered category 1. 
    • If water from a broken pipe and has contaminants it is considered category 2.
    • If water contains sewage and has biohazards present it is considered category 3.
  1. How long has the water sat? - Category 1 water can turn into category 2 if not quickly removed. The best rule of thumb is to take care of the water leak as soon as possible!
  1. How clean the water is, is another major contributor that determines the category we classify the water damage into. For instance, category 2 water is water that has some amount of hazardous material.  Even if the water loss started out as clean water and it seeps through the floor or walls it will then count as category 2 due to contaminants.  

Every water damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to make it “Like it never even happened.”  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have questions about water damage? Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388.

Emergency Kits for Natural Disasters

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

First aid kit, with items within pictures First aid kits are an essential item to have in a place of business and your home.

First aid kits, or emergency kits, are important to have.  We shouldn’t wait till the last minute to put them together. Every business and home should have one accessible. Natural disasters can happen suddenly, and you may have to pick up and go at the drop of a hat.  Below are examples of what to include in your emergency kit.

What to Include in a first aid kit for a group of 2 to 3 people

  • Gloves
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Gauze pads: small & large
  • Roll of gauze bandages
  • Equipment for resuscitation
  • Splint
  • Towelettes to clean wounds
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Blanket: minimum of one
  • At least two elastic wraps
  • Adhesive tape

The list above is intended only for small groups of people, for larger families and groups be sure to adjust the number of supplies needed.

To be on the safe side, it is always a good idea to have more than one kit in a place of business or home. Make sure the kits are in a location that are easily accessible, and several people know the location of the kits.  An important note is to always remember to replace any items used as soon as possible after use.

Common Water Damage Sources In Commercial Buildings

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Ceiling showing a fire sprinkler Fire sprinklers are essential in a commercial environment but they can cause water damage if there is a malfunction or break.

While office buildings in the Greeley/Windsor lack many water damage risk factors common to other local businesses, many different disasters can still befall even the most prepared companies. Between restroom overflows and malfunctions, pipe leaks and ruptures, sprinkler malfunctions, and other possible problems, your office may be more likely than you think to incur water damage at some point in the future. Here are a few of the most common and severe problems we see in offices locally and nationwide.

Restroom Overflows

Even if your building is equipped with high-quality restroom fixtures, they can still malfunction and cause substantial commercial water damage to your office in Greeley and surrounding areas. Plumbing issues primarily result from ill-maintained fixtures and water lines but can sometimes occur in perfectly functional and maintained objects as well. If a restroom disaster is too much for your staff to handle, call us quickly to prevent additional damage to the area.

Water Line Ruptures

While water lines rarely rupture without good cause, when they do encounter problems, it can be an enormous problem for your office. Water lines are often highly pressurized, and even a small break can quickly inundate an area in water and cause flooding. If you believe that a water line or main has incurred damage in your office building, contact SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor immediately so that we can handle the issue with expert care.

Sprinkler Problems

While fire safety sprinklers can be an essential defense against fire damage, they also have the potential to cause water damage throughout the structure. Worse still are sprinkler malfunctions, which can trigger when an object comes into contact with the sprinkler or another malfunction occurs. Try to get the sprinklers shut off as quickly as possible if it is a false alarm and be sure to call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor so that we can start removing moisture before additional damage can result.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is ready around the clock, 24/7/365 to respond to your company's call. Contact us at (970) 353-1388 for our experienced and professional technicians to respond to your emergency.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor Your Biohazard Services Cleanup Professionals

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician in a biohazard suit and full face respirator SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is your professional biohazard clean up company.

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor offers fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

If your home or business comes in contact with any kind of biohazard, our team of professionals are trained to handle it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 weeks a year.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations.  Equipped with necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor can turn a unsafe environment into clean, safe home and businesses. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor can help with:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood borne pathogens
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Mold mitigation and remediation

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

Fire Extinguisher Use Techniques

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguisher Proper Use Know the Proper Way To Use A Fire Extingusher

Do your employees know the techniques of fire extinguishers?  A fire extinguisher is one of the most essential pieces of life-saving equipment in your commercial property.  While your fire suppression system is excellent for your overall facility and alarms will ensure the safe evacuation of your employees or tenants, extinguishers provide a direct line of defense and allow for immediate response to manageable fires.  There is a four-step process known as the P.A.S.S. technique.

  1. Pull-The first step is to pull the pin from the extinguisher handle.  The removal of this pin will allow the handle to be fully compressed, releasing the compressed air and chemical mixture to extinguish the flames.
  2. Aim- A fire extinguisher will typically have a short, flexible, rubber hose attached to the nozzle and extending away from the handle.  This will allow you to aim the compressed mixture at the fire.  However, be sure to avoid contact with the discharge opening as the CO2 can damage your skin.
  3. Squeeze- Squeezing the handle will release the extinguishing agent.  Its mixture will come out quickly and somewhat powerfully, so be prepared and keep firm aim on the blaze.
  4. Sweep- While focusing on the extinguishing mixture at the base of the fire, you will want to use a slow sweeping motion.  After the fire is out, watch the area and ensure that there are no remaining embers.  It is possible for a fire to reignite, causing more fire damage.

Keep everyone in your workplace safe with the knowledge of proper procedures of fire extinguishers.  If you have any questions regarding the proper technique, you can contact your local fire department for help.

If you have suffered business or home fire damage, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.

Do You Ever Wonder How A Sewer Loss Can Affect Your Business?

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial business with sewage on the floors. Sewer damage in your commercial business? Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388

If you are a business owner that is a question that should be thought of.  At some point in time your business could experience a sewer back up at your commercial property. In order to not lose a day of business that results in loss of sales, call the water damage restoration professionals SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor.  We can get your business back to "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor has a team of qualified technicians that can handle your loss effectively and quickly to get you back up and running.  We have the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or sewage damage emergencies.  Weather your damage is small or large we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage.

Here are 4 ways that water damage affects your business:

  • Economic loss
  • Health and safety concerns
  • Property damage
  • Emotional hardship

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor employees all live in Greeley and are a part of our community so we want to take care of our community and surrounding areas. We at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor go above and beyond to make it "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388 for your commercial emergency service’s needs.

Fire Smoke Cleanup

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

Professional walking through the smoke-damaged home with homeowner When you have fire, smoke, or soot damage, rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor to assist with the cleanup.

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation 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 fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388

IICRC Certification, What Does That Mean In The Restoration Business

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor's fleet of vehicles Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor with your mitigation/restoration needs!

Restoration Companies are usually the first to your home or business following significant damage to a home from floods and fires, water damage, sewage backup and other major events.  The job of a restoration company is to clean up the mess and to preserve and protect the home and its contents so that further damage will not occur.

An important distinction between restoration companies is certification. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies and technicians.

IICRC Develops the Standards for The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

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. 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.

SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Greeley/Windsor and surrounding areas.  We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Have Questions? Call SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388

Reopening a Business After COVID19

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Corner of an office with mold beginning to Grow Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388, your restoration specialists.

Forced closures due to the coronavirus pandemic have put buildings worldwide at risk for mold growth and other contaminants. Structures that were not properly prepared prior to being closed up will be at higher risk for having developed unsafe levels of contamination.

Below is a list of preventative steps that should have been taken:

  • Cleaning: a thorough cleaning should have been done, including all horizontal surfaces. Care should have been taken to make sure every surface was wiped down as spores live in settled duct, skin cells, and other organic matter.
  • Spoilage: Refrigerators should have cleaned out and the trash removed.
  • Water: Any standing water or wet areas should have been attended to as adequate moisture fosters microbial growth.
  • Ventilation: Someone should have been assigned on good weather days to go back in and open a few windows to allow fresh air inside. Natural sunlight and fresh air are great oxidizers of microbial contaminants like mold, bacteria, and viruses.
  • HVAC: the HVAC system should have been left on. When a building is closed up with the HVAC shut off, the humidity can increase, creating an environment ripe for mold growth.
  • A/C: The air conditioning system should have been left operating and thermostats should have been set at 80 degrees to cause them to run periodically throughout the close-down. This would help the indoor environment keep drier, which helps stave off mold growth as mold does not grow when it is dry.

If your business has reopened or is beginning to open and you notice mold growth or a musty smell call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388 for an inspection for water or mold damage. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration.

Wildfire Prevention Tips For The Rocky Mountains

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Cabin sitting in a mandatory evacuation area with sprinklers setup to save the structure Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor for your fire and smoke Remediation

Taking proactive measures to mitigate wildfire damage is a good idea year around. SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor wants to help the people to prevent wildfires from harming their vacation home, residence and/or commercial property. Here are some of the tips that are offered by the Colorado State Forest Service:

  • Maintain a 3-5 foot, non-combustible “vegetation free” perimeter around all structures
  • Remove all dead vegetation and pine needles from roofs, rain gutters, and yard
  • Relocate scrap and woodpiles to 30 feet away from the home, structures, and neighboring properties
  • Get rid of the branches that overhang the roof and chimney of your home or business
  • Reduce surface fuels under trees
  • Trim tree branches and remove dead limbs based on zone 1 and zone 2 recommendations
  • Remove vegetation from underneath your deck that could ignite
  • Create separation between anything that could catch fire: patio furniture, trees, swing sets, etc.
  • Screen all attic, roof, soffit and foundation vents with 1/8 in. metal screening
  • Post signs at the end of the driveway with your last name and house number that are noncombustible, reflective and easily visible to emergency responders.

More tips wildfire mitigation tips can be found on the link below. Remember to create and practice fire safety and evacuation plans with all family members. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor wants to make sure that everyone is prepared!

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

After A Storm Tips

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Car driving through a flooding street Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388 if you experience storm flooding at your home or business.

Here are some tips in case you encounter flooding: 

  • Photograph The Damage. You can never take too many photos. Your insurance company will thank you and you will have a much easier time with your claim if you have good photos.
  • Contact Your Insurance Provider. As soon as you have gathered preliminary information, you should contact your home insurance provider. In the event that your vehicle has suffered damage, contact your auto insurance provider.
  • Safety First. Be mindful of fallen power lines and take care not to come in contact with electrically charged water.
  • Inspect Plumbing. Turn of your water main if necessary. Contact a trusted plumbing contractor if you discover plumbing damage.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances that have come in contact with water. Turn off main power at the power source. Contact a electrician if you discover damaged electrical wires.
  • Inspect your roof. Heavy rains and wind may have dislodged some of your roofing. If you discover any damage, contact a roofing contractor.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor. If the storm has resulted in flooding, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor immediately to start the water remediation process. Secondary water damage can occur in as little as 24 hours.
  • DO NOT attempt to remove fallen trees yourself. Contact a reputable arborist if the tree is on your property or the appropriate municipality if it has fallen across public lands or roads.
  • Always work with trustworthy local service providers. Unfortunately, there are some companies that attempt to take advantage of storm events. Always obtain a written contract that outlines the service expectations and a breakdown of costs.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a storm event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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. If storm damage strikes your home, trust the damage restoration industry leader SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388.

COVID19

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Technician in PPE fogging for COVID19 at a local business SERVPRO technician fogging COVID19 cleaning job.

During this unprecedented time, our staff at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is taking every precaution to protect both our staff and our customers' health and safety.  

Your local SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor team wants you to know that we are here for you, in the same capacity that we always have been.  In addition to our everyday services, we are also trained in biohazard clean-up, which includes cleaning of your facilities for any issues including COVID-19.

Since the end of January, even before the statewide “Stay-at-Home” orders, our franchise has been set-up to treat quarantine sites in the Greeley-Windsor area.  We were also called to clean several local assisted living facilities in the Greeley area as well as local businesses. Working closely with both the CDC, and the Department of Health and Human Services, we have a lot of first-hand experience that only SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor can say that they have. 

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns, we are just a phone call away.

Stay Healthy!

Commercial Fire Preparedness

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Power control boxes in a local business Wiring in a commercial building should be up-to-code to prevent extensive damage from fires.

Commercial business owners everywhere know they must keep their fire protection systems up to code, but what happens when they don't?

A fire can break out at any time.  Faulty equipment or a careless employee, you must be prepared.  Maintaining your fire suppression system, as well as planning ahead, can save your business from extended closure following a fire.

There are many cases every year in which a lack of properly installed fire safety equipment leads to extensive damage from fires.  If your business isn't up-to-code on all of your sprinklers, suppression systems and alarms, your business could face disastrous consequences.

You also need to address the issue that businesses don't always prepare for - employee fire safety training.  An employee who has been trained can avoid the fire hazard, and possibly even fight the fire, using an extinguisher the right way. 

Next, you must prepare for the aftermath.  By having a FREE Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) conducted by your local SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor team, you are way ahead of the game.  This profile will expedite the cleanup and restoration services provided by SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor.  Contact our local office at 970-353-1388 to schedule yours today.

Water Damage and Insurance Agents

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Residential bedroom with a foot of standing water from a broken pipe. This flooded bedroom was caused by a broken pipe.

When your Policyholders or Property Owners have water damage, they look to you to handle the situation.  You collect information and provide reassurance that everything will be returned to normal.  SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor understands that your priority is helping restore the property and the insured's or owner's peace of mind, while minimizing the loss on a claim.

The first 24 hours following a water incident are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage.  Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor technicians will be on-site to help ensure the water damage is handled properly by completing the following steps:

INSPECTION:  SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor technicians will inspect affected areas of the property to determine the extent of damage.  They will also review the inspection with you, your insured or the property manager and answer any questions before beginning work.

EMERGENCY SERVICES:  Next, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor technicians will take immediate steps to protect the home or property and personal belongings from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing for drying and or demo.  They will explain, in detail, the needed emergency services step-by-step.

MONITORING:  To help ensure your insured's or owners home and personal belongings, or property are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor technician will monitor the drying process.  The results will be consistently communicated to you throughout the monitoring process.  

If your insured's or owners suffer from a water loss, make SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor your first call 970-353-1388.

Steps to Flush Your Hot Water Heater

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

Flushing your hot water heater Take steps to flush your hot water heater to avoid water damage to your home.

A regular part of maintenance on your home is periodic flushing of your water heater. It's a simple process but taking safety precautions and making sure the water and sediment have a place to go are important. Water remediation experts recommend the following steps to avoid flooding your home.

1. Turn off Power Before you begin the water heater flush, make sure all power is off. The pilot light on gas models should go out, and the circuit that supplies an electric model should be switched off.

2. Put on Gloves As you may expect, water from the heater will be hot, so it's important to wear protective gear over your hands. Heavy duty work gloves protect you from getting burned.

3. Set up Drain Hose Connect the hose you are using to the drain valve on your water heater. Place the other end of the hose in the area where you want the water and sediment to deposit.

4. Drain the Heater Opening the drain valve allows water to flow through. You can turn on the hot water faucet in your kitchen to speed up the process. Flush it a couple of times to make sure all the sludge is gone and then close the valves to prepare to refill the heater.

5. Fill the Tank Turn the water back on to fill the tank. You know it is filled when an open faucet goes from a weak to steady stream of water and no more air is coming out of the line.

6. Turn on Power After confirming the tank is full, you can turn the power on without damaging the heater. Turning the power on lets the water inside it begin to heat up.

Your water heater needs regular care just like any other appliance in your home. Flushing the sediment out allows it to continue working efficiently.

If you do have water damage from your water heater call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.

Protect Your Rental Properties Against Mold

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

A corner inside a residential home with mold starting to grow on the drywall. Mold damage in a Greeley, Colorado rental property

Mold, you hope you don’t have it, you can’t always see it, but you shouldn't ignore it. Fortunately, what you can do is take steps to prevent and eliminate mold if mold spores do start appearing.

Make sure your rental property/properties are well ventilated and educate your tenants about mold prevention. Give them advice on how to regularly clean vulnerable areas such as bathrooms, behind refrigerators, washers, etc. and have them alert you as soon as they notice moisture buildup or leaks. If you are notified by a tenant of a problem, get the problem taken care of quickly to prevent mold growth.

The combination of moisture and nutrients provides the perfect environment for mold growth. Different types of mold grow on different materials, such as carpet, water pipes, cardboard boxes or ceiling tiles. Humidity and warmth provide ideal growing conditions for mold organisms. Although not all molds are harmful. The mold on your bathroom tile, for example, is probably not a health concern for MOST people, but it is best to get it remediated.

If you are dealing with a larger mold problem, recurring mold, or a very damp apartment it is best handled by restoration professionals. 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. We answer our phones 24/7/365.

Deep Cleaning For Your Business

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Lady holding a tote with cleaning product, and a recipe for window cleaner. For a thorough cleaning call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor.

A janitor is great for every day tidying up, but after months of winter salt and water making its way across the floors of your business it is time to get on the phone and give SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor a call. Whether it’s deep cleaning carpets or removing an odor problem, you can rely on SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor to make your workspace look its very best.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning carpets to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

  • Air ducts and HVAC
  • Carpet and Upholstery 
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Biohazard and Sewage 

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is locally owned and operated—so we’re a part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,800 Franchises, which enables us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor proudly serves Greeley, Windsor, Johnstown, Milliken, Severance, Eaton, LaSalle, and Evans. Call us for your mitigation needs at (970) 353-1388. We answer our phones 24/7/365.

Hoarding and Fires

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Inside a hoarder's home, with personal possessions stacked so high entry ways are blocked. Fire departments are experiencing serious fires, injuries, and deaths as the result of compulsive hoarding behavior.

Hoarding is a condition where a person has difficulty discarding personal possessions. The large amount of possessions can fill the home and limit the use of space. The excessive accumulation of materials in these homes poses a significant threat to firefighters in the event of a fire and/or responding to other emergencies within these homes. Studies suggest that between three and five percent of the population are compulsive hoarders. Fire departments have had to become familiar with hoarding issues and how to effectively handle emergencies in these homes.

  • Hoarding can be a fire hazard and many times occupants die in fires of these homes.
  • Blocked exits prevent escape from these homes.
  • Many people who are hoarding are injured when they trip over things and/or those personal possessions fall on them. The weight of those personal possessions, especially if water is added to put out a fire, can lead to building collapse.
  • Responding firefighters can be put at risk due to obstructed exits.
  • Hoarding makes fighting fires and searching for occupants far more difficult.
  • Those living adjacent to the occupied structure can be quickly affected when a fire occurs, due to excessive smoke and fire conditions.

If you or a loved one suffers from compulsive hoarding behavior do not hesitate to call SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388, we can help with the cleanup. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Are You Prepared for Snowmelt Flooding?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

Cars driving on a flooded street in a residential area. Snowmelt in Greeley can cause flood damage in your Greeley Home.

As the seasons change in Colorado, melting snow can cause flood damage in your home. This winter’s weather in Colorado has brought us above average snow fall. If your home is positioned at the bottom of a hill or a slope, the chances of flood damage for your home grow significantly, as gravity dictates that the water would flow downward. Most homes in these situations have defenses for this, such as sump pumps laid in their basement to redirect snowmelt-waters away from the house. However, sometimes, defense mechanisms can fail.  

Calling for help as soon as you find the flood damage in your Greeley basement is best. Unfortunately, the flood damage in your home can come from a sump pump failure, causing puddles of water to form around the drain. In severe cases, it can flood the entire floor in your basement. The reason why it is essential to call for help, as soon as you can, is because leaving water-based damage for any length of time can lead to secondary damage, such as mold, developing in your home. Furthermore, allowing more damages to develop only makes the problem more expensive to solve. Dealing with it quickly ensures the least expensive option and avoiding secondary damage.

SERVPRO Franchise professionals understand how stressful finding flood damage can be. As a result, we always strive to be onsite with 4 hours of receiving your call. Once we arrive, our SERVPRO technicians can get to work right away and use advanced technology to solve the issue.  

To remove the standing water, SERVPRO Franchise professionals can use a combination of portable pumps, even submersible if the water is significant in volume, wet/dry vacuums, and extractors. All of these devices are designed to get the water out of your house as soon as possible. Depending on the location and situation, SERVPRO can either redirect the water away from your house or remove it via truck. Once the water is gone, we can focus on using drying equipment to ensure that your home is at the proper moisture level that it should be, relative to the climate of your location.  

If a flood does strike your home or business, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task.

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
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Coronavirus Cleaning

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

A image of a virus cell Need Coronavirus cleaning? Call the crew at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, at 970-353-1388.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents. The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building.

Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. These surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces as well, including:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving and Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets & Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Contact our crew at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor to help you! We are available 24/7/365! Reach us at 970-353-1388.

Are Drain Cleaners Really a Solution for A Clogged Drain?

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

Homeowner using a plunger to clear a clog in the pipe Use precautions when using drain cleaners for a drain clog.

Chemical drain cleaners are found in almost every household. They are widely available in stores, and millions of people use them regularly. Is a drain cleaner really the quick-fix solution for a clogged drain? According to plumbing experts, they should be used as a last resort. Follow these three tips for responsible cleaner use that can help extend the life of your drain and pipe system.

1. Avoid Using Cleaners on a Completely Blocked Drain The truth is that if your drain is suffering from a stubborn block, a chemical cleaner may do more harm than good. Many drain cleaners contain potent chemicals such as:

  • Lye and potash
  • Bleach, peroxides and nitrates
  • Sulfuric acid and muriatic acid

These chemicals work to break down a clog until it can be flushed away. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for the materials of the clog to move down a drain and form a new blockage. Then you may have to resort to professional services for a clogged drain that is deep in your pipe system, which can be expensive.

2. Do Not Use Drain Cleaners on Weak Pipes If you have an older home or live in an old apartment building, be wary of drain cleaners. They’re chemical solvents that produce heat in order to target the material of a clog. The heat can warp and damage soft piping, especially plastic pipes.

3. Try Safer Alternatives First There are safer and more effective alternatives. Try using a plunger or auger to clear a clog first. If that doesn’t work, purchase an eco-friendly biological cleaner that contains natural enzymes or bacteria that eat away at the material in a drain. Follow the above three tips to keep your drain and pipe system in top condition.

If you have a water loss due to a clogged drain, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.

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

Ozone VS Hydroxyl

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

Ozone machine on one-half of picture, Hydroxyl on other half Ozone or Hydroxyl, Which is Your Choice

A common theme between ozone and hydroxyl is "ozone is more effective and efficient, and hydroxyl is effective but takes longer."  The advantages of hydroxyls are: 1) No strong odor, 2) works in high humidity, and 3) the unit can be run while people are still in the building.  Because "time is money" and ozone equipment will do the job more quickly, we find the majority of odor issues are most often done with ozone machines.

The difference may lie in the fact that ozone does "reach out and touch" every part of the room.  The 20-minute lifespan of ozone allows it to stay in place and oxidize odors and contaminants for a longer period, whereas, hydroxyls do not last that long.  The goal of the hydroxyl unit is to use massive air flow to treat as much air as possible with the expectation that the constant introduction of hydroxyls will match ozone's reach.  The inconvenience of ozone is the need to vacate the treated areas and a lingering ozone smell that dissipates in about 24 hours, although you should always air-out the room after the treatment allowing the ability of people to return to the building.

Whether you choose ozone or hydroxyl you will notice a difference in your home, but to what degree and for how long depends on each person, as odor sensitivity is subjective to each person.

If you experience fire/smoke damage, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388.

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

Flooding: #1 Natural Hazard in The United States

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

A basement is flooded with 5-6" water, with furniture floating If you experience flooding call SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor.

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Studies show there is a 26 percent chance of experiencing a flood during the life of a 30-year mortgage, compared to a four percent chance of fire. 

Flash floods result from intense storms dropping large amounts of rain within a brief period and they occur with little or no warning and can reach full peak in a few minutes. They also move at very fast speeds and can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings, and obliterate bridges.  Walls of water can reach heights of 10 to 20 feet. (Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency - www.fema.gov)

 Causes of flooding include:

  • Heavy rains, winter storms, and spring thaws bring flooding to river basins.
  • Overburdened or clogged drainage systems lead to property damage both within and outside floodplains.
  • Construction and new development affect natural drainage and create new flood risks.

 It is important to understand your risk and take appropriate steps to prepare by making an emergency plan for meeting up with loved ones, storing fresh water in the event of water supply contamination, having fresh batteries on hand in case of power outages, and stockpiling non-perishable food.

 If water has entered a structure through outside flooding, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered black water and could be hazardous to your health.

 If you home or business is affected by a flood, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.

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

Do You Have The Power To Choose Your Mitigation/Restoration Contractor

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

An individual looking a legal contract with a magnifying glass and then signing the contract Always read a contract, even the fine print, carefully before signing

It’s perfectly reasonable to be suspicious about a roofer, builder, mitigation or restoration company your HOA or property manager refers you to see after a loss to your home.

 It is entirely true that many HOAs and property managers may have a tight rein on what the contractor can and cannot do.

In Colorado, property owners have the final say in who they hire to work on their homes. Since the claimant owns the property, it is up to him or her how to handle repairs – including who to hire.

 In the rare event that you signed a contract giving the HOA or property manager the “right to repair,” you might have given up your right to choose a different contractor than the one your HOA or property manager recommends. Always check a contract for this language before signing. In these cases, your contract may require you to cooperate with the contractor your HOA or property manager chooses – or else lose your right to benefits. However, if you want to go through your personal insurance and not use the benefits of your HOA or property manager, you do have final say who you hire.

Contact your HOA or property manager and ask about your contract directly. Review your contract to see if you signed an agreement giving the HOA or property manager the right to repair. Otherwise, you still retain the power to choose your contractor. No matter how adamant your HOA or property manager is about going with its contractor of choice, don’t give in to the pressure. Instead, do your research and choose the best company for the job in your area, even if it’s not the same company your HOA or property manager recommends.

In the event of an emergency and you need a trustworthy and dependable mitigation specialist company, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.  You will speak with a representative of SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor, 24/7/365.

Tornado Safety

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a house depicting safety steps in the event of a tornado:  Get In, Get Down, Cover Up In the event of a tornado warning in your area make sure family members know these steps!

With the possibility of crazy weather approaching this spring it is always better to be prepared and know how to stay safe ahead of time. Below are some tips from the American Red Cross on the best ways to stay safe during a tornado.

Top Tips

  • Identify a safe place in your home where household members and pets will gather during a tornado: a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
  • In a high-rise building, pick a hallway in the center of the building. You may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor.
  • In a mobile home, choose a safe place in a nearby sturdy building. If your mobile home park has a designated shelter, make it your safe place. NO mobile home, no matter how it is configured, is safe in a tornado.

Know the Difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning! 

    • A tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible.
    • A tornado WARNING means a tornado is already occurring or will occur soon. GO TO YOUR SAFE PLACE IMMEDIATELY.

If you experience storm damage call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388. We answer our phones 24/7/365.

Actions to Avoid If You Have Water Damage

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Technician extracting water from a tile floor in a house flooded due to a burst pipe. If your Windsor, CO home has a water loss, don't think you have to do everything yourself.

If a broken pipe in your Windsor, CO home has caused water damage to the house, it can be easy to feel flustered and panicked. You might not be thinking clearly in this situation and could make some mistakes when initially reacting. In order to prevent further problems and keep yourself safe, the following are some actions you should avoid.

Attempting to Do Everything Yourself

Water in homes should be removed quickly to prevent further damage. Moisture can cause mold growth and damage to building materials, so it is important that cleanup is done thoroughly by restoration professionals.  After the water is cleaned up it is important to get drying equipment setup to bring your home to preloss condition.

Throwing Away Affected Items

While it is a good idea to start cleaning up before a home before your adjuster arrives to inspect the damage, you should not throw away any damaged belongings. These items will serve as evidence of your loss and will help the adjuster determine how much you should receive on your claim.

Using Electricity

If a damaged pipe has resulted in flooding, then you should be very careful. This can be a dangerous situation, and you should avoid interacting with any of your electronics. Do not try to unplug anything or turn off lights and devices as this can cause a spark. Instead, use the breaker to turn off power to the entire building.

Waiting to Report Damage

The first thing that crosses your mind when you have a broken pipe might not necessarily be to contact your insurance company, but you should do this as soon as you can. The claims process can be lengthy, and you will need the money to help pay for repairs.

If your home has been damaged as the result of a broken pipe, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor can perform mitigation quickly without sacrificing quality work. Our team is here to make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”

What Is The Difference Between Storm Water vs. Water Damage Cleanup

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

A home that is surrounded by flood waters When dealing with Category 3 water damage, the best approach is to contact a flood damage restoration company as soon as possible.

Storms, flooding, and leaks can all damage your home. While water is the source of the damage in all of these situations, the major difference is the category of water involved. Below is listed the three categories of water damage and how cleanup varies between the different categories.

  • Category 1 water is clean and treated. A burst supply pipe is the most common source.
  • Category 2 water is also known as gray water. This water may contain bacteria or chemicals but not sewage or solid waste.
  • Category 3 water is sometimes referred to as black water. Black water is the most common type involved in flooding and is highly contaminated. Sewage loss would also be considered black water loss.

The cleanup procedures for these categories of water damage vary with each category.

Category 1 Cleanup

The water involved in a Category 1 leak is clean and treated. Since bacteria is not a concern, the only cleanup procedures necessary involve eliminating any standing water and thoroughly drying the affected area. You may still want to rely on fans and dehumidifiers to dry the area more quickly and prevent mold from forming.

Category 2 Cleanup

Category 2 cleanup should involve cleaning and disinfection as well as thorough drying. This type of backup or leak is not as severe as damage from a flood or sewer backup.

Category 3 Cleanup

Floods and severe sewage backups involve black water containing solid waste. Cleaning and disinfection are necessary to limit infection risks, and the area must be completely dried to prevent mold.

When dealing with Category 1 damage, the best approach is to quickly eliminate water and moisture that may lead to mold. Most flooding and storm damage cleanup are Category 3 - black water and requires cleaning and disinfection in addition to drying. Resolve any situation as soon as possible by contacting a flood damage restoration company in the Greeley/Windsor area.

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. We answer our phones 24/7/365.

24-Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Technician extracting water from a water soaked carpet. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor provides 24-hour water damage restoration service.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone, 24/7/365, Ready to Help

Call Today – 970-353-1388

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 damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

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

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

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

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property damage 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.

Common Causes for Sump Pump Failure

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Diagram of a sump pump and illustration of how an installed sump pump should look like A sump pump sits in the basement, either beneath or above the floor. It pumps out water that collects in the sump basin, discharging it outdoors.

Power Failure

Your primary sump pump should not be treated any different than any other appliance in your home - without power, it is completely worthless.  As a safeguard, invest in a high-quality battery back-up sump pump.   A battery kept continually charged by the backup system operates a separate pump linked to the discharge pipe, providing you hours of protection until power is restored. Some backup pumps even monitor the condition of the battery and alert you when it needs to be replaced.

Frozen Discharge Pipe

If the discharge pipe pitch is not installed properly, water will collect and eventually freeze, causing a blockage. 

Switch Stuck in Place

There are several different types of sump float switches.  Vertical and tethered floats are the most common.  Vertical floats seem to work the best as tethered floats are known for getting stuck on the side walls of the sump pit (resulting in a flooded basement).

Over-worked / Under-Powered Sump Pump

Not all pumps are created equal.  Make sure you install the correct horsepower pump capable of keeping up with your flow of water.   

Old Age

It is generally recommended that sump pumps should be replaced every five to seven years in order to be reasonably safe. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

If your sump pump fails and you have water damage, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388. We answer our phone 24/7/365

Extension Cord, Safety Tips

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Extension cord plugged into the wall outlet with several individual items plugged into the extension cord Reaching to Safety: Use Extension Cords Properly

Extension cords are one of the most commonly misused items in a home and at the office.  To ensure safety use these following tips when using extension cords to avoid fire damage:

  • Determine the correct wattage required to power the device and be sure to select the correct size of the extension cord.  If connecting two or more devices, add together the wattage rating for all devices to prevent overload.
  • Select the appropriate extension cord for using devices indoors or outdoors.
  • Do not use extension cords that are cut or damaged. Touching the exposed strand of wire can give someone electric shock or burn.
  • Be sure to unplug extension cords when finished using due to the cord will still conduct electricity until it is unplugged.
  • Running a cord under carpet or across a doorway is unsafe.

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.

If you have experience fire damage call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388.

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Preventative Furnace Cleaning

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

A technician inspecting a furnace Preventative furnace cleaning helps avoid a fire.

Preventative cleaning on your home furnace is important to ensure it functions correctly and doesn’t cause fire damage. While many people suggest hiring a maintenance professional to inspect annually, there are some things you can do yourself as well to ensure you system runs efficiently.

Replace Filters Regularly

Dirt can be a big problem for heating and cooling systems, by lowering efficiency and burning extra fuel. Keep the system clean by vacuuming around the unit regularly and changing the filter monthly or whatever time frame is recommended by the manufacturer. Leaving old filters to sit for too long will add stress to the compressor and can eventually result in mechanical failures. Not only that, the dirt and debris will get recirculated through your home which can cause allergies and disease. It’s also important to do additional fire cleaning on heaters, radiators, and warm-air registers, while also ensuring they’re not blocked.

Maintenance Before Cold Weather

Many homeowners call a professional to do a yearly inspection and cleaning on their furnace before the heating season to confirm the system is clean and performing in the most efficient way possible. Here are a few steps you can take yourself to keep your bills low while staying warm:

  • Calibrate the thermostat. The correct calibration can be lost from excess dirt or being moved around. A furnace maintenance professional can check this annually, or you can replace it with a computerized one.
  • Clean and adjust the burners to improve efficiency, and check for any rust accumulation. Reverse ceiling fans to a clockwise rotation to help push warm air down, especially if you have tall ceilings.
  • Seal any air leaks and all air ducts, especially in the attic or crawl spaces. Metal tape and insulation can temporarily save an aging duct system.

It’s good to get into the habit of allowing a professional to service your furnace once per year. Waiting until the end of the heating season (the off-season) may give you faster service at a slight discount.

If you have endured some home damage due to a furnace issue, smoke cleaning and remediation services are available that can usually clean up the mess to almost as good as new, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388. We answer our phones 24/7/365.

Mold in Commercial and School Buildings

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Tile being removed behind the bathroom sink in a school, shows mold growth on the wall. Whether the source of the mold is apparent or hidden, SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor has the tools and experience to find it.

Mold invasions are a common problem in schools and commercial buildings. As these buildings age, their susceptibility to invasion increases due to factors like leaky roofs, tendencies for moisture retention, and the erosion of waterproofing material. However, learning more about mold and building maintenance techniques can help guard against these unwanted infestations.

Mold Remediation in Schools

As reported by the Health Schools Network, children are at a greater risk of exposure to mold than their adult counterparts. This is the case because the organs of small children are still in the developmental stage. A child's lungs are disproportionately large in relation to total body mass. This means that inhaled mycotoxins can have a profound impact on the child's body. Unfortunately, the school setting often creates the right condition for the development of mold. This risk can increase as the school ages. Common areas for mold growth include storage closets, cafeterias, locker rooms, and bathrooms. The mold spores can then circulate throughout the school by way of the air ducts, one of the major factors contributing to "bad air." Clean ambient air quality provides a safer environment for our students. For the prevention of these fungi from spreading in school buildings, it is important for school officials to have regular maintenance work and inspections scheduled and completed. Since malfunctioning HVAC systems and leaky pipes are the most frequently reported causes of mold proliferation, having this equipment and plumbing checked can drastically decrease mold growth in schools, or hopefully, prevent its occurrence.

Mold Remediation in Commercial Buildings

Just as school buildings are susceptible to mold infestations, commercial buildings can become a hotbed for the fungi. One of the common places for mold to grow within the commercial setting is the HVAC system. The systems that are not functioning optimally or are ill-equipped to handle the workload can generate moisture buildup. This can lead to mold growth as the spores within the air ducts will adhere to organic matter and develop into mold colonies. The mold can now spread throughout the office via the A/C network. SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor can clean, sanitize and deodorize the HVAC ducting system as part of a regular maintenance and cleaning program.

When Farm and Livestock Suppliers Endure Commercial Water Damage in Greeley, CO

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Tractor working in a field, with a basket of fresh vegetables brought to the front of the picture SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor offers prompt remediation services to Greeley and Windsor farmers and ranchers.

Many Greeley businesses have been in business for decades, with the community heavily relying on them to provide goods and services. Farm and livestock suppliers help food producers carry out their trade, and without them, the entire nation could feel their loss.

The importance of Greeley's impact becomes increasingly apparent when a business suffers commercial water damage. Without proper and prompt remediation, water can ruin the inventory, resulting in extreme hardship for local farmers and ranchers. A timely response from SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor can prevent this disaster from affecting these hard-working individuals, and also those families who depend on them.

Helping many industries recover from a disaster, SERVPRO knows the importance of your daily operations, your inventory, and your employees' health. Water damage can lead to rusted railings and platforms, brittleness in plastic-covered equipment, and microbial growth. Water's capability to seep into cracks and grooves in surfaces, and to travel extensively, means your inventory faces extreme risk. We at SERVPRO can eliminate these problems before they cause profit loss, increase workers' absence rates, and other problems.

Our training is extensive, and results in certifications by the IICRC. Knowing your business relies on our skills, we maintain our equipment so that we can put it to work for you at a moment's notice. Our tools and machines can complete the work required, regardless of the amount of complexity in the situation.

Available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, we can work alongside your employees, ensuring that any downtime your company experiences remains minimal. We can help move inventory to dry locations while our other crew members set up and supervise desiccation machinery in affected areas. We understand that your customers may have their own concerns and we can discuss with you how you wish to approach such requests for information.

Always ready to assist our local businesses, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor wants to help you remain a vital part of our community. Call us at our local number, (970) 353-1388, to reach our round-the-clock service, 365 days a year.

Visit http://www.greeleychamber.com/community/history for more information about Greeley.

The Hazards of Carbon Monoxide

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Red and white hazardous sign stating DANGER CARBON MONOXIDE Get you and your family outside to fresh air and then call 911.

Using a fossil fuel furnace like oil or gas to heat your home is one of the most popular and energy-efficient methods today. Because furnaces use combustion to produce heat, you need to be aware of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning.

On average, carbon monoxide poisoning kills 400 Americans every year and sends 20,000 to the hospital. Leaking boilers and furnaces are one of the most common causes of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and an extremely deadly byproduct of burning fuel to heat your home. Minor leaks in your boiler or furnace can expose you and your family to a deadly amount of carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is directly related to running your heating system. So, when the temperature drops, it means it is time for you to be informed and take the proper precautions to keep safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Sources of Carbon Monoxide:

  • Gas furnaces
  • Oil furnaces
  • Gas boilers
  • Oil boilers
  • Wood fireplaces
  • Wood pellet stoves

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness
  • Shortness of breath

System defects that release Carbon Monoxide:

  • Incomplete combustion process
  • Leaking seams
  • Cracks in the combustion chamber
  • Cracks in the exhaust piping

Ways to prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning:

  • It is highly recommended to place carbon monoxide detectors around your house. Since carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, detectors are the only way to identify the gas. Place one near your heating system and on every floor of your house. If the detector where to go off, evacuate your house and seek fresh air immediately. Once you seek fresh air, call 911.
  • Have your furnace and fireplace cleaned and checked before each winter.
  • Do not start or leave vehicles running in your garage.
  • Do not use portable heaters while sleeping in enclosed areas.

For more information, contact SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388.

Snow Melt and Flooding, Are You Prepared?

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A local street with water caused by snow melting running down the streets and into residential areas. If your neighborhood looks like this and your have water running into your home, call SERVPRO we can help.

Typically, you don’t think of floods in the middle of winter. But they do exist and happen more than you think. Snowmelt flooding happens when there is a quick change in temperature change. The temperature change can cause snow to melt and could potentially flood your basement. Basements flooding during the winter are mostly caused by melting snow entering the home because of faulty gutters, cracks in foundations and improper runoff.

As an example, ten inches of snow can melt into one inch of water and it is already on soil, unlike rain. Obviously, the heavier snowfall, the more snowmelt. A quick temperature change can cause a significant amount of water on the soil around your home. If the water cannot flow away from your home’s foundation, it can ultimately enter your home.

Snowmelt flooding can damage the floors, walls, furniture and personal items in your basement. It also introduces potential water damage and mold in your basement as well.

Snowmelt Safety Tips:

  • Shovel snow away from your home.
  • Keep snow and ice buildup off drainage areas.
  • Inspect basement walls for cracks
  • Check your roof for ice and snow buildup.
  • Inspect your gutters and downspouts.
  • Clear snow from your roof to prevent buildups.

If you experience damage in your basement from snowmelt, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor can make it “Like it Never Happened”. Our services to help restore a basement after flooding include:

  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
  • Move Outs and Contents Restoration
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Deodorization
  • Carpet and Hard Floors Cleaning

SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor is here to help! Call 970-353-1388 we answer our phones 24/7/365

Is It Mold or Is It Mildew?

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of damaged wall showing mold on one side and mildew on the other side Mold and mildew remediation can difficult to remediate, but not impossible.

When you have a creepy crud taking over your home, it’s hard to care if it’s mold or mildew. You just want it gone. But mold and mildew have very different effects on your home and on you; could you tell the difference between mold and mildew if you found it in your home? Let’s take a look at what makes the two fungal growths so similar – and what makes them completely different.

Mold vs. Mildew:

Mildew, for the most part, is mostly harmless, although there are a few breeds of mildew that can do damage to your home. While mildew is more common than mold, it is more of an eyesore and unpleasant to the touch, with a powdery feeling that many find nauseating

Mold, on the other hand, is much more invasive and can cause significant damage to vulnerable areas of your home. Mold tends to be fuzzy and varied in color than mildew.

Signs that you might have mold include:

• Musty odors coming from secluded places in your home

• Dark stains on walls • Leaks and water damage

• Fuzzy growths on organic matter, including walls, floors, and food

• Unexplained allergic reactions with no other allergen sources present.

So how do you get rid of mold and/or mildew? Mold and mildew remediation can be difficult, but not impossible. While we are constantly inundated with free-floating mold spores, it is possible to take preventative steps to ensure your home isn’t a hospitable environment for either parasitic growth to breed. Mitigate any leaks or water issues in your home and clean up quickly after any floods. Adequately ventilate your home and use a dehumidifier, if needed, to prevent growth in moist, humid areas. If you suspect a mold or mildew infestation, you can call in an industrial hygienist to perform necessary testing and isolate the causes in your home. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROgreeleywindsor.com.

Six Things to Do Immediately After A Fire

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Two technicians boarding up a residential window after a fire loss. Boarding up damaged windows after a fire damage in Greeley, CO.

House fires don’t only happen to Greeley, CO homeowners. If you find yourself dealing with a residential fire, you probably want to start fire restoration as soon as possible.

Six Things You Should Do Immediately After a House Fire

  1. Find a Place to Stay Staying safe after a fire must be your primary concern. If your house has sustained fire damage, look for a long-term solution. Remember, you must find housing that accommodates you, your family and your pets.
  2. Board-Up Damaged Windows and Doors Your post-fire home may not be weather tight. It may also attract criminals. To protect your home until you can begin fire restoration, board up damaged windows and doors.
  3. Contact Your Insurance Company Your insurance adjuster will probably want to inspect fire damage as soon as possible. Once you and your family members are safe, contact a representative of your insurance company.
  4. Work with Law Enforcement Police investigators and/or firefighters will likely prepare an incident report. This report identifies the cause of your house fire. It is also essential for collecting insurance payments.
  5. Prepare a Damage List For both insurance and remediation purposes, you need a list of damaged property. Hopefully, before a fire, you created a list of your personal belongings that
  6. Contact a Restoration Service Even if your house fire is minor, you may have extensive smoke damage. By working with a reputable restoration service for smoke cleaning and fire/water mitigation, you are putting specialized skill and equipment to work for you.

House fires can be devastating. Fortunately, you don’t have to leave your home’s recovery to chance. By taking a few critical steps in the days following a fire, you increase your odds of having a successful fire restoration.

Household Appliances Most Likely to Cause Water Damage

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Hot water heater on wood flooring and leaking water out of the bottom Hot water heaters are one of the most common household appliances that can cause water damage in your home or business.

Certain appliances or systems in your home or business can increase your risk of flooding and/or water damage. Listed below are the top five sources of water damage culprits that you should be aware of.

Hot Water Heater

Among the top five sources leading to water damage is your hot water heater. A small investment in an annual inspection will help prevent the chance of leaks and the expensive repairs that come with it. Be attentive to corrosion and other factors as your heater ages and replace it every 10 years. Keep in mind that after 12 years 75% of water heaters will fail. Flushing the tank every 6 months to remove sediment is a good maintenance practice.

Air Conditioner

Installing a drainpipe will remove the overflowing water and direct it outside or to a household sewer; this is an alternative to using a drain pan, which will only help contain a small amount in the event of a leak. Attic air conditioners typically cause the most damage because water can leak throughout the entire home affecting multiple rooms from top down. Be aware that the average cost of flooding damage from an air conditioning leak is roughly $5,000.

Washing Machine

Leaks around, or clamps on, the water hose are a warning sign of future failure. Do a monthly personal inspection on your hoses to look out for cracking, dryness or rust. Make sure you are leaving space between the machine and the wall for movement as the wash cycle is running. Replace your hoses every five years despite their outward appearance. Don’t forget to follow your washing machine instructions and turn off water supply when you leave home for extended periods. 78 percent of hose failures occur in an appliance that is less than 11 years old.

Refrigerator

The most common cause of a leaky refrigerator is the defrost drain experiencing a freeze or clog. Improper sealing can cause excess condensation. Check the rubber seals along the door to assure a tight close. Inspect you ice maker by checking the hose or waterline to assure they are connected properly and that there are no visible cracks.

Dishwasher

Hoses, valves or switches are all plumbing connections and can all your dishwasher to malfunction causing water damage issues. Refrain from adding too much detergent to each cycle and if your dishwater is more than 9 years old it may be time for a replacement.

If you suffer water damage from any of these common household appliances do not hesitate to call SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388 for emergency services. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Steps To Prevent Frozen Pipes

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Frozen pipes can cause water damage in your home or business. Temperatures can drop fast and take you and your pipes by surprise, leaving you with a, sometimes, dangerous and expensive mess to clean up.

The truth is, living in this area can be rough and even though you take the time and effort to prepare for the worst, bad things can still happen. Temperatures can drop rather fast and take you and your pipes by surprise, leaving you with a rather dangerous and expensive mess to clean up.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor professional technicians want to assist you with preventing frozen pipes from damaging your Greeley/Windsor area home or commercial property. When that isn't enough, we want to be the place you call to assist you with repairing the damage to your property.

There are a few suggestions that our trained SERVPRO technicians would like to recommend for you to avoid frozen pipes this winter. We can't say that these precautions will prevent accidents from happening, but it will improve your chances.

At SERVPRO we recommend taking the time to insulate any piping exposed to outside elements, include adding heat tape or heat cables where frozen pipes are likely to happen, this will assist you in preventing this sort of damage. However, there are a handful of other things that you can do to actively prevent frozen pipes from being your number one concern this winter.

1.) Disconnect and properly store any outside hoses.

2.) Make sure that your outside faucets are in good working order, no leaks or drips, and that they are prepared to resist the coming weather.  

3.) Leave both your hot and cold water dripping overnight to maintain a steady flow through your pipes.

4.) Leave cabinet and storage doors open to allow heat to enter into those areas to assist in heating uninsulated pipes running through them.

5.) Never shut off your indoor heat, maintain at least 65 degrees indoors at all times, even if you aren't going to be home.

Most importantly, if you experience water damage call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor. We have specialized equipment to get mitigation started prohibiting further damage to your property. There's no reason for you to face the situation alone. Our professionally trained staff at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor has several years of experience dealing with water damage, call us today. We're available 24/7/365 - (970) 353-1388.

How To Use Fire Extinguishers

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If you experience a fire a, remember the PASS acronym. If you are not in danger and feel that you can safely attempt to extinguish the fire, remember the acronym PASS to help you activate the extinguisher.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor would like to provide you with some valuable knowledge in the event of a small fire.  If you are not in danger and feel that you can safely attempt to extinguish the fire, remember the acronym PASS to help you activate the extinguisher successfully.  

  • Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher that prevents the handle from being pressed.
  • Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.  
  • Sweep foam from side to side at the base of the fire.

Watch for re-ignition and repeat the steps if necessary.  

It is a good idea to have fire extinguishers conveniently located on each floor of your home or business, as well as areas a fire may break out. Kitchens, Laundry rooms and mechanical rooms are common locations. As always remember safety first and if a fire is too large it is always best to leave the area and call 911 immediately.

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 and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Greeley, Windsor, Eaton, Johnstown, Milliken, LaSalle or Evans, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today, 970-353-1388.

Don't Let Unwanted Water Close Your Business

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial office space drowning from water Don't let unwanted water close your business. Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor.

SERVPRO Can Quickly Restore Your Water Damaged Business

There's nothing quite as difficult for a commercial establishment as dealing with water damage. However, knowing what to do when disaster strikes can prevent you from experiencing unnecessary emotional upsets for yourself, your employees, and your customers and mitigate the economic strain of lost business. There are many steps you'll need to take to get your commercial property back in order following a water damaging event. Contacting a team of skilled water damage restoration professionals from SERVPRO is a good first step.

Quick Water Removal Mitigates Monetary Loss

The longer excess water remains on your commercial property in Greeley/Windsor, the more likely you are to suffer from costly water damage repairs to structural properties like ceiling tiles, insulation, drywall, and flooring. Then there is the concern of water damage to your capital investments: inventory, furniture, carpeting, electronic equipment and paper documents. Having a team of skilled water damage restoration experts like SERVPRO to begin immediately removing standing water can prevent you from spending unnecessary money on repairs.

Quick Remediation Prevents Secondary Water Damage

Another benefit of a quick reaction to the pressing problem of water intrusion is that fast extraction helps prevent secondary water damage. Unfortunately, water damage creates a moist, wet environment within your business. Moisture and high humidity offer mold an opportunity to grow and spread throughout structural materials and wood furniture and fabrics. If your business deals with food distribution, high inventory loss may be a costly negative effect. For this reason, it's critically important to have standing water removed as quickly as possible. SERVPRO can arrive, usually with in one hour, with water removal equipment to begin mitigation.

Fast Restoration Helps You Get Back In Business

If the water intrusion, by way of a storm, flood, leak, or the aftermath of fire extinguishing causes severe water damage to your commercial business, you may have to relocate temporarily while water damage restoration work is being completed. Closed doors affect customer traffic, employee earnings, and your bottom line.  Insurance companies normally work hand-in-hand with SERVPRO to come to a working agreement allowing the water extraction process to commence immediately.

Contact SERVPRO Today

If your commercial property has been subjected to water damage, getting fast, effective water damage restoration services is a must. Here at SERVPRO, we specialize in optimizing and expediting each component of the restoration process to ensure that you can get your business back in business. Moreover, each of our IICRC-Certified technicians will provide you with the personable care and excellent customer service that keeps you in the loop throughout the water damage restoration process. We can quickly reopen your doors “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Building Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is your local mitigation company that responds quickly to a water or fire, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building in Greeley/Windsor, or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation. Our national network of 1,800 franchises gives us access to personnel and resources that no job is too big. Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor for assistance, 970-353-1388.

Prepare Your Business for Winter Storm Damage

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Preparing your business for Winter Storm Damage A winter storm in Greeley, CO can be a stressful event for any business owner.

When a winter storm is threatening your business, your first priority will be preparing the building to withstand any damage the weather will bring. But it’s also important to develop a restoration plan in the event of any effects from snow, and ice.. By keeping a few simple guidelines in mind as you brace for the destruction of a storm, you can ensure your business in the Greeley/Windsor, will be up and running again after bad weather passes.

1. Check your plumbing. A pipe break as the result of frozen water in your plumbing system can cause catastrophic flooding. To avoid this, conduct a thorough check of your business before the storm hits and seal off any drafts or cracks in the walls and roof that can allow cold air to leak in, causing a temperature drop. Be sure to shut off all plumbing during a winter weather event to prevent frozen water from accumulating inside pipes.

2. Develop a snow and ice removal plan. Heavy snow and ice that lingers on the roof of your building can cause a dangerous collapse, and dirty snow piled in front of your business will repel customers and potentially increase the risk of liability claims due to slip and falls. Make sure you’re contracted with a reliable snow removal service before a winter storm hits so you can minimize its effects and reopen your business as soon as possible.

3. Maintain an inventory. If the worst happen and your business sustains storm damage, you’ll need to submit records of all assets to your insurance company for coverage. Keeping detailed inventory will streamline the claims process while you work to repair the building. Our professional storm restoration company can assist you in the cleanup process so you can recover as many assets as possible.

A winter storm can be a stressful event for any business owner. By taking the proper steps both before and after a winter weather event, you can protect and restore your building from damage.

Six Ways To Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Pipe Insulation This is an example of pipe insulation that can be used to protect your pipes.

Winter may mean shorter days and cooler temperatures in Greeley, CO but it doesn't have to mean bursting pipes and water damage to your home or business. Here are six ways to prevent your pipes from freezing this winter.

  1. Let the faucet run overnight

It's true what they say: It's always coldest just before the dawn. If you have pipes that are exposed to the elements, even a tiny trickle of water from a faucet that's connected to those pipes can stop them from freezing if left running overnight.

  1. Shut the garage door

This is especially useful if your garage is home to water supply lines. Keeping the door shut keeps the cold out and the temperature up — at least a little bit.

  1. Open the cabinets under the sink

Leaving the cabinet doors open beneath your kitchen, bathroom, or utility sink allows more of the warm air in your home to reach the pipes and can potentially stop them from freezing.

  1. Keep the temperature in your home consistent

Turning the thermostat down a few degrees before you jump under the covers at night may save you a couple of bucks on your energy bill, but in the winter, that drop in temperature can also lead to freezing and bursting pipes if the thermostat is turned down too low.

  1. Insulate your pipes

Some areas of your home, such as the basement and attic, are naturally colder than the rest of your home. Wrapping the pipes in these areas with insulation can keep them heated enough to avoid freezing over.

  1. Eliminate drafts

Keep your home toasty warm and your pipes thoroughly thawed by making sure the seals around windows and doors are tight. It's also a good idea to inspect your home annually for other cracks and seal them promptly.

 Most people do no have money conveniently tucked away in a "fix broken pipe" fund. Following these six tips can help eliminate the threat of freezing and bursting pipes.

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.

Who Is SERVPRO

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck SERVPRO truck heading out to commercial loss.

SERVPRO began as a painting business in Sacramento, CA in 1967 by Ted and Doris Isaacson.

The first SERVPRO Franchise was sold in 1969.

Bristol-Myers Domesticare Division and its 175 Franchises were acquired in 1979.

SERVPRO relocated the corporate headquarters from Sacramento to Gallatin, TN in 1988 and consisted of 647 Franchises. 

In 1991 the Nashville Business Journal named SERVPRO the Small Business of the Year.

In 2000, SERVPRO sold its 1,000th Franchise. 

SERVPRO moved to a 140,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Gallatin, TN in 2005 to provide more room for expansion.

Now, more than 1,800 Franchises are operating nationwide and in Canada, and SERVPRO continues to grow.

SERVPRO works closely with insurance agents, property managers, and local fire/police departments to assist in any community disaster.

So you ask, What Does SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor do:

We offer a variety of remediation services including:

*Water Damage Restoration and Dehumidification

*Fire Damage Restoration including fire, smoke and soot

*Mold Mitigation and Remediation

*Storm Damage Restoration

*Commercial Cleaning Services including carpets, tiles, upholstery, sewage, biohazard, and deodorization

*Contents Claim Inventory Service

“Like it never even happened.”

Contact us 24 hours a day at 970-353-1388!

Common Commercial Water Damage Problems and Remedies

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

A pipe break at a local business resulted in carpets that needed extracted and drying equipment placed . Commercial Water Damage

Whether your business in Greeley, CO has a broken pipe or another common issue that can lead to water damage, it’s often helpful to know how to react to prevent major damage from occurring. Knowing what problems commonly occur and how to react can help you prevent your business from sustaining water damage.

1. Sewer Backups

Sewer backups are often caused by blockages, and backups can result in costly repairs. However, knowing the signs of a sewer backup can help you prevent your business from flooding. If a sewer is backed up, you may notice that your sinks or toilets aren’t draining as quickly as they should. If you do have a backup, it can be helpful to have a plumber inspect your sewer lines, and regularly having your sewer lines cleaned can help to prevent future backups.

2. Pipe Issues

While a broken pipe can cause a building to flood, a leaky pipe can also cause damage to a business. Often, you can temporarily fix a leaky pipe by sealing it. However, because a leaky pipe could be an indicator of other issues, you may want to have your pipes examined to ensure there aren’t any hidden problems. In the case of a pipe that is broken, turning off the water in your building is often the best solution.

3. Faulty Appliances

In addition to sewer systems and pipes causing water damage, appliances can also be the cause of water damage. Frequently cleaning your appliances can help prevent them from malfunctioning. However, if you do notice that an appliance is leaking, backed up or is simply not working as it should, knowing how to safely and quickly shut off the appliance can be helpful.

Understanding what water damage issues commonly occur in businesses and knowing what to do if you notice these issues can help protect your business.

If you see any of these signs of water damage, you should have it examined quickly. Water can cause a lot of damage to the structure of your business 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.

Health Care Facilities in Greeley And Surrounding Areas

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Containment was setup at a health care facility to aid in keeping containment of air spores. Health Care Facility in Greeley Mold Remediation

We understand that time is crucial for both your operations and your patients. Our employees know how to handle regulated medical waste and undergo special training to work in operating rooms and other restricted areas, always adhering to HIPPA regulations. We also coordinate with environmental and infection control teams to monitor progress and make sure that all necessary health certifications are obtained prior to completing any job. Our number one priority is to quickly and safely take full responsibility of your cleanup needs so that you are free to focus on your number one priority: the patients.

At SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor our professionals are trained in adhering to the highest sanitation standards.

OUR EXPERIENCE

Our experience in the healthcare industry has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following healthcare facilities:

  • Hospitals 
  • Assisted Living Centers
  • Outpatient Surgical Centers 
  • Electronics and Machine Restoration
    Hospice Facilities
  • Senior Living Facilities
  • Medical Office Buildings
  • Document Drying and Restoration

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is locally owned and operated—so we’re a part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,800 Franchises, which enables us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor proudly serves Greeley, Windsor, Johnstown, Milliken, Severance, Eaton, LaSalle, and Evans. Call us for your mitigation needs at (970) 353-1388.

Four Things That May Happen During Restoration

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Storm remediation requires onsite personnel to assess the damage. Because a storm can cause such a wide range of damage to your building, it is hard to know exactly what the storm restoration process will entail.

When your commercial building in Greeley, CO, is affected by a storm, you may have to go through a long process to get back to normal. Understanding the storm remediation process can make this ordeal feel easier to handle because you know what to expect. While each commercial remediation team may have a slightly different approach, it is common for the following to happen. 1. Removal of Water: If standing water fills any part of your commercial building, it has to be removed before the repairs can take place. Professionals may come in and start drying out your property by sucking standing water out with a special vacuum. If this important step is bypassed, it may be hard to address any of the other problems.

  1. Tear Out of Building Materials: Some building materials cannot get dry by normal methods, so they must be removed completely from the building. This often happens with flooring, drywall and other porous materials.
  2. Removal of Moisture: Once the standing water has been taken care of, the excess moisture needs to be addressed. If this is allowed to stay, you may have to deal with mold growth in the future. To address the issue, your restoration team may remove and clean wet belongings, incorporate dehumidifiers and tear out drywall to allow the space between the walls to dry.
  3. Restoration of Building: After the water issues have been addressed, your building has to be returned to normal. Water damage can affect large portions of your property, so the restoration could take a while. You may have to restore company equipment, the roofing system, structural components and business furnishings. Because a storm can cause such a wide range of damage to your building, it is hard to know exactly what the storm restoration process will entail. When flooding is caused, your remediation experts may have to tear out building materials and make your property worse before they can start fixing the underlying issues. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROGreeleyWindsor.com/.

Signs You May a Leaky Shower/Bathtub

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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?

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

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

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

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

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Severe Weather

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

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Drying Equipment

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

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

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

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Our trucks are always loaded and ready to roll!
    1. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor professionals strive to exceed customer expectations and can help lower claim loss expenses with professional and proper restoration.
    2. 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.
    3. Electronic job file documentation offers immediate quality information including detailed estimates and online access to all files and pending jobs.  
    4. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is committed to continued industry training of our service technicians, maintaining a high level of competency of industry standards.
    5. Franchise required insurance qualification compliance and professionalism help insure quality insurance.
    6. 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

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

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

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

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.

In Minutes

  • 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.”

Electric Space Heater Safety Tips

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

It’s winter, we are all turning to heaters to stay warm. They are the ultimate winter must have to keep your house/office nice and toasty. If you are using a space heater do not plug it into an extension cord power strip! Why? Doing so can result in a terrible fire hazard!

According to fire experts, extension cords and power strips are not equippedto handle the extra current flow needed to power a space heater and can overheat, eventually catching on fire. Firefighters state heating elements in a space heater can get up to more than 500 Fahrenheit to 600 Fahrenheit.

If you wish to use a space heater you should only plug it in directly it to the wall and keep an eye on it when it’s in use, meaning, unplug it before you leave the house/office. From 2009 to 2013, heating equipment involved an estimated 56,000 reported U.S. home fires which accounted for 156 percent to the total.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, out of those fires, 470 people died, 1,490 were injured and over $1 million in property damage was reported.

Safety tips for running an electric space heater during cold winter months include:

  • Place the heater in a dry location, moisture can potentially damage its components.
  • Do not plug other devices into the same outlet as the heater since they tend to draw a lot of power.
  • Never run an electric cord underneath a rug or carpet, they could catch on fire and keep at least three feet away from anything that can burn.
  • Unplug the heater after turning it off.
  • When running your heater, don’t leave the room for a long period of time without turning it off.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet and place them on a flat surface. Do not use an extension cord or power strip.

SERVPRO hopes that you never have to handle a electrical fire but if you do call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388, to get a speedy cleanup and get your house looking “Like it never even happened.”

HOLIDAY KITCHEN FIRES

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

As Thanksgiving approaches many of us are getting ready to cook up some of our favorite family recipes. Be sure to take some precautions to make sure that your kitchen doesn't end up in flames!

According to the National Fire Protection Agency Thanksgiving is the top day for home cooking fires (almost 3 times the daily average). 

SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor wants to share some tips to help prevent a fire from ruining your Thanksgiving dinner!

  • Be Present- Fires are often started when items cooking are left unattended. If you need to leave the kitchen for a period of time, turn off the oven or stove!
  • Dress Accordingly- Avoid wearing lose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. Lose clothing can easily catch fire if it comes into contact with a gas flame or electric burner.
  • Keep Kids Out- Enforce a "kid free zone" of three feet around the perimeter of the stove.  If kids are present in the kitchen, use the stove's back burners whenever possible and turn pot handles inward to reduce the risk that pots with hot contents will be knocked over.
  • Clean, Clean, Clean- Be sure your stove top and oven are free of grease, which can easily catch fire. Additionally, keep all combustible cooking accessories, such as pot holders, oven mitts and wooden utensils, away from the stove top.A fire extinguisher should always be at hand to quickly extinguish any fires that may occur on the top of the stove. Of course, in the event of an emergency, never hesitate to call 911.
  • The best defense against a fire is to prevent them from ever happening! If a fire should ignite in kitchen turn off the oven, unplug the appliance and remove any dish towels that may be hanging on the front of the oven door.

Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor for your emergency mitigation needs at 970-353-1388. We make it “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. The SERVPRO training program includes, but not limited to, the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Do You Know How Sprinklers Function During A Fire??

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire sprinklers can assist with limiting the amount of damage your home or business sustains from a fire.

Fire sprinklers significantly reduce the extent of property loss and the risks to occupants of a commercial building. Read on to find out how a fire sprinkler can suppress or extinguish flames in a commercial property.

1. A sprinkler head turns on when it detects high temperatures. Fire sprinklers turn on when high heat triggers the system rather than being activated by smoke. Hot air rises during a fire and spreads across the ceiling until it reaches a sprinkler head and activates the fire suppression system. Many sprinkler head designs feature a glass bulb filled with a glycerin-based liquid that expands when it comes into contact with air between 135 and 165 degrees Fahrenheit. The liquid shatters the glass container when the surrounding air reaches temperatures in this range, activating the sprinkler head.

2. Sprinkler heads dispense pressurized water from the pipe system. Each fire sprinkler head is attached to a pipe that brings in water. When a sprinkler head becomes activated, a valve connected to the head opens and sends water out through the sprinkler head to douse the fire. Water pressure is important, as it causes water to spray out over a larger area.

3. Sprinkler heads function individually to limit water damage. Each sprinkler head in a sprinkler system functions separately. Many small fires can be extinguished with only one or two activated sprinkler heads. Sprinklers pose less of a water damage risk to a property than a fire hose. Some restoration specialists estimate that the average sprinkler system dispenses six times less water than a hose. A fire sprinkler can help to limit the amount of damage a commercial property sustains from either a fire or a fire suppression system. If you need to clean and restore damage caused by a fire or schedule fire sprinkler cleanup, contact a certified commercial restoration company.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor can offer you helpful assistance after a fire. CALL SERVPRO of GREELEY/WINDSOR, 970-353-1388.
 

Hot Water Tank Warning Signs

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Hot Water Heater damaged? Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor for your emergency water mitigation!

Water heaters are essential elements of our home. We use them in daily activities such as taking a bath, using the dishwasher, using the washing machine among many other things. Because we use them frequently, it’s sometimes easy to take them for granted and forget that they need to be maintained. Failing to do so will result in malfunctions, problems and eventually, replacing your water heater. Taking notice of the first signs of a problem can help you repair it before it gets worse or extend the life of your water heater.

You don’t have to be an expert to spot the first signs of trouble. All you need to have is a keen sense of observation so that your water heater can be repaired.

  1. Hot water has an off smell or color. The first instance that you notice your hot water has an off smell or has a rusty color, have your hot water checked. The smell could be the result of a rusty anode rod in the water heater. There is no need to worry since the anode rod can be replaced, and that should eliminate the bad odor. Bacteria growth also causes bad smells. This happens when the hot water has not been used or has been turned off for quite some time or when the thermostat is set at a very low level.
  1. Corroded pipes can also cause an off color in your water. This can be solved by installing a water softener or by replacing the plumbing. If you also see a lot of sediments in the water, it’s time to have the water heater repaired.

Water is not hot enough, too hot, not strong enough or there is no water coming out of the faucet when you turn on the hot water at a faucet.

When there is no water, check first that your water heater has power and is working fine. If it is, have it inspected by a plumber.

If there is not enough water showers, etc. it could be due to an undersized water heater and is a common situation when a lot more people are using the water heater. This could also be caused by the presence of mineral deposits inside the water heater tank.

When water is too hot or not hot enough, you may have to adjust the temperature dial of the water heater. If there is no change in temperature, have the water heater checked and repaired.

  1. Strange noises and leaks. Leaks coming from your water heater could lead to flooding. In the same way, strange noises like pops, bangs, gurgles, and the like are clear indicators that something is wrong with your water heater. This is usually caused by a buildup of sediments inside the tank. A boiling sound, however, could mean the water heater is overheating or that pressure is building up inside the tank. All of the above mentioned items should be addressed immediately to prevent further problems.

It’s important to have your water heater repaired as soon as you see any of these signs. This will help you save on costs, prevent further damage, and avoid an untimely replacement of your unit.

Call SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388 for your emergency mitigation needs

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

Managing Leaks Under Your Sink and 3 Steps for Minimizing Damage To Your Home

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Sink leaks are a common household issue. However, when one happens in your home, it may feel like a major disaster. Flooding, broken pipes and a soaked floor can be costly and time consuming to repair. However, there are a few actions you can take to minimize the damage caused by leaks under your kitchen sink.

1. Shut Off the Water Turning off the water in your home can reduce the flood waters, especially if a broken pipe is causing it to gush out rapidly. Know where the shutoff valves are, this way you will not waste precious time looking for them during a plumbing flood. Turning off the water might also help you see what type of damage you are dealing with.

2. Call Your Insurance Company Calling your insurance company right away after a flood is a wise idea because it can help you file a claim the same day, which may result in a quicker payout for kitchen repair. Go over the details of the flooding with your agent. Let him or her know whether you need to take pictures or if the company plans to send a claims adjuster onsite. Reaching out to your agent quickly may also prevent delays later, when the claim is reviewed.

3. Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor for all your water mitigation needs.  Our Production Techs can offer you helpful assistance after water damage has occurred at your home.

When a leak under the sink happens in your home, it can be a stressful experience. Knowing which immediate steps to take can help you minimize damage to your home and put you on the path to assessing and repairing the damage.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. . We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure. 

About SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor

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.

Three Common Questions We Are Asked, Almost, Daily About Mold

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to mold growth it can be difficult to know what exactly you’re dealing with and how to deal with it. Below are three common questions to ask when you see or suspect mold problems.

  1. What Is Mold?

Simply put, mold is fungus. There are many types of mold, and they exist everywhere. When it comes to the mold that is bad for you, its technical name is stachybotrys chartarum, which is commonly referred to as black mold. The spores of mold are microscopic, so you won’t always have visual evidence of the presence of mold. Mold will generally have a musty smell very similar to the smell of mildew, which can be confusing to know whether you have a mold or a mildew problem.

  1. What Makes Mold Grow?

Generally, mold grows because of moisture and heat. High humidity can exacerbate mold problems, helping it form in as little as 48 hours. Not only does moisture come from high humidity, but it can also come from water damage, such as leaky pipes or roofs or condensation. Mold growth is also encouraged in dark, warm environments.

  1. What Is the Difference between Regular Mold and Problematic Mold?

The presence of most molds is usually visible to the naked eye. Mildew, a type of mold that isn’t as problematic and can be cleaned away, is usually gray or white. However, problematic mold is usually black or green with a “fuzzy” or shiny texture. Even if only one of these types of mold appears to be present, it is possible that the other is present as well, since they can go hand in hand. Even if you have a good understanding of mold growth, it can still be a good idea to contact a professional and let them deal with remedying the problem. Additionally, stay away from the mold area, turn off air conditioners and fans and do not attempt any sort of cleaning.

 Restoring your home or business after a mold infestation is not always a simple process, but it is one that we can take care of for you. Call SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.

Be Prepared For Colorado Spring and Summer Storms

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Be alert of severe weather in your area.

Living in Colorado we have green grass, colorful flowers, relaxing rain showers and distant, whispering rumbles of thunder. Consider the notes below, Coloradoans, and take safe steps when dangerous weather is predicted for the Greeley/Windsor area.

Tornadoes- Spring can be the peak season for tornado activity. Tornadoes occur mostly on warm days between 3:00 and 9:00 p.m. However, tornadoes can occur anywhere, at any time of the year, at any time of the day.

The Red Cross has safety steps people should take now to be ready if a tornado warning is issued for someone’s neighborhood:

  • Download the free Red Cross tornado app for mobile devices. The tornado app puts everything you need to know to stay safe in a tornado at your fingertips. The app can be downloaded from the iTunes or Google Play stores by searching for American Red Cross.
  • Know your community’s warning system.
  • Pick a safe room in your home where family members can gather if a tornado is headed your way. This should be a basement, storm cellar or interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
  • Prepare for strong winds by removing diseased and damaged limbs from trees.
  • Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.
  • Know the tornado danger signs – dark, often greenish clouds, a wall cloud, cloud of debris, large hail, a funnel cloud or a roaring noise.  The Red Cross has steps you can take if a thunderstorm is predicted for your area:
  • Thunderstorms- Thunderstorms are most likely to happen during the afternoons and evenings. However, like tornadoes, they can happen anywhere, at any hour of the day. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people every year that tornadoes or hurricanes.
  • If thunder roars, go indoors. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning.
  • Watch for storm signs like darkening skies, flashes of lightning or increasing winds. Postpone any outdoor activities. Many people who are struck by lightning are not where it is raining.
  • Take shelter in a substantial building or a vehicle with the windows closed. Shutter windows and close outside doors securely. Stay away from windows.
  • Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.Flooding- Spring can be a time of the year for flooding in Colorado. Snow melt and heavy spring rains fill rivers and streams and flooding can occur. Flash floods occur suddenly when water rises rapidly along a stream or low-lying area. People should be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice and head for higher ground when a flood or flash flood warning is issued.
  • Other safety steps include:
  • If you are outside or driving, there are things you should do to remain safe. Information can be found with the following link discussing what to do before, during and after a thunderstorm.
  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

Storm Damage? Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388. Never an answering machine or system, our phones are answered by SERVPRO employees, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Fire Evacuation Plan, Do You Have One?

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Do you have your Fire Evacuation Plan?

Smoke detectors are VERY important in a home/business safety plan, but do not forget a fire evacuation plan.

When was the last time you and your family or co-workers practiced an evacuation drill?  Maybe, it has been awhile. It’s easy to forget about your overall evacuation plan, so it’s a good idea to schedule a drill quarterly to go over a complete Fire Evacuation Plan with your family/co-workers.

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
  • Everyone in the household must understand the escape plan. When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.
  • Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home or business where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
  • Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road. If not, paint it on the curb or install house numbers to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home.
  • Have everyone memorize the emergency phone number of the fire department. That way any member of the household can call from a neighbor's home or a cellular phone once safely outside.
  • If there are infants, older adults, or family members with mobility limitations, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them in the fire drill and in the event of an emergency. Assign a backup person too, in case the designee is not home during the emergency.

If you experience fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388.

Do You Have Mold? What To Do If You Suspect Mold.

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Just the idea of mold can cause panic for a homeowner. It can create structural issues and seriously affect your property value. But how do you even know if you have mold and how should you proceed if you do?

Did you know that mold is a fungus that’s an integral part of the earth’s bio-mass? It consumes and breaks down organic material, like leaves, wood, and plants. A problem can occur when mold colonizes in our buildings, consumes our building materials, and puts spores into our indoor air. This happens when there’s a moisture problem since mold cannot grow without water. When there’s enough moisture or humidity for colonization, that’s when humans begin to have problems.

The unfortunate reality is that problematic mold can really pop up anywhere that isn’t dry. It is most often seen in attics due to roof leaks, poor air circulation, and bathrooms that ventilate into the attic rather than outdoors; crawl spaces because earthen or gravel flooring allows moisture and spores to rise from the soil; basements that have flooding from foundation leaks or plumbing leaks; and interior living spaces with leaks, bad windows, and high humidity.

The following are criteria that you should be aware of:

  1. A musty odor is caused during the colonization of some fungal species, but can come and go depending on moisture levels and air current changes.
  2. If you have water staining or if building materials have discoloration that’s spreading over time… that may be a sign of mold.
  3. Mold spores that were already present will begin to colonize just 48 hours after a water event.

The remediation process (providing a remedy to a known mold issue) involves three things. Those three things are:

  • Killing the fungi,
  • Removing the dead mold, and
  • Protecting against future mold growth/colonization.

There is a multi-step process that should be followed.

  • Contain work area and apply negative air pressure HEPA air purifiers to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Mist EPA registered anti-microbial to suspend and kill mold spores.
  • Remove affected building surfaces.
  • Bag and dispose properly
  • Treat cavities/underlayment and dehumidify.
  • Abrasively remove dead loose mold.
  • Apply EPA registered protective sealer.
  • Perform clearance testing.
  • Remove containment materials.

It is always a good idea to consult with a mold remediation professional. If there’s an issue you can believe you can tackle yourself, they could give you recommendations about how to do so. Usually it is best to let a professional do the remediation to keep your family/employees safe while preventing cross contamination, killing mold, removing it and preventing new mold from growing.

At SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor our technicians are certified professionals in Mold Remediation

Have You Checked Your Smoke Alarms?

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

March marks the beginning of daylight saving time and serves as a good reminder for everyone to test their smoke alarms. Our local Fire Department is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries. Smoke alarm technology has advanced and many now come with 10-year batteries and some are tamper-resistant. Ionization-only smoke alarms that are solely battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery are highly recommended. Because of this technology, the national slogan "Change your clock, Change your battery" may not apply to property owners who have these ionization-only smoke alarms. Other types of alarms are also being sold with either a 10-year battery or a standard-life battery.  So be sure to know what type of smoke alarm you have. Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family's safety from a home fire. As a reminder it is best to replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older To test your alarm properly we recommend you:

  • Push the test button to be sure the battery is working.
  • When replacing batteries, follow the manufacturer's instructions for the correct battery type to use.
  • Always retest alarms after installing new batteries.
  • Replace any alarm that fails to operate after installing a new battery.
  • Inspect your alarms to determine if they are 10 years old or older, and replace any smoke alarm 10 years old or older. Look for a date on the back of the alarm. If there is no date, your alarm is more than 10 years old and should be replaced.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for regularly cleaning your alarms of dust and cobwebs.

Working smoke alarms provide a critical early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, which increase your chances of survival. Additional safety tips:

    • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area (hallway).
    • Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
    • Use the smoke alarm's hush feature to silence nuisance alarms.
    • Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with family members.
    • Practice you home fire escape plan at least two times a year at different times of the day/night.
    • Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Ensure that someone will help them. 

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, but not limited to, the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes
  • For your fire mitigation needs, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388, we make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Category and Classes

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Do you know what is the water category of this loss?

Category 1 originates from a sanitary source and poses no substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure. It is important to note, it may not always remain clean after it comes into contact with other surfaces or materials.

Category 2 contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed. It may contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as other organic or inorganic matter (chemical or biological).

Category 3 is grossly contaminated and may contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Such water sources may carry silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials, or toxic organic substances.

Time and temperature can also affect the quality of water, thereby changing its category. *Refer to the IICRC S500 for complete definitions.

Class 1 is the least amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  It affects only part of a room or area, or larger areas containing materials that have absorbed minimal moisture.  Little or no wet carpet and/or cushion is present.

Class 2 involves a large amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  It affects at least an entire room of carpet and cushion (pad).  Water has wicked up walls less than 24 inches.  There is moisture remaining in structural materials and substructure soil.

Class 3 involves the greatest amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  Water may have come from overhead.  Ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushion and subfloor in virtually all of the entire area are saturated.

Class 4 relates to specialty drying situations.  Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which require very low specific humidity.  These types of losses may require longer drying times and special methods.

*Refer to the IICRC S500 for complete definitions. 

For your water mitigation and restoration needs call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor , 970-353-1388

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, but not limited to, the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

How Storms May Affect Your Home or Business

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

How Storms May Affect Your Home or Business

Are you aware how storms can or may affect your home or business? When hearing about a storm approaching your area, a storm may call for high winds, rain, hail and/or snow. When you look at storms and what they consist of, you may wonder how it will or can affect your home or business. 

Trees near your home can get weakened by age or storms causing branches to bend and possibly break. This can cause damage to your home or roof. If you look at your trees and see branches that may need trimmed or cut out, contact a local company and have them assess your trees.

If you notice or are aware of a leak in your roof or windows, rain, hail or snow can find their way in through these spots and cause water damage to the inside of your home or business. Get these areas taken care of before water damage occurs.  

Your chimney can become packed with debris creating a blockage and they are a great place for animals to build their nest creating a bigger problem. Have your chimney cleaned out before spring rains or hail season in preparation for the stormy season.  

If you experience damage to your home or business due to a storm, or otherwise, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor can help you, call 970-353-1388, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year we are to here to make it “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

Springtime and Floods

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Local flooded trailer park .

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river, or even in the desert – there is always potential for flood damage. Fema.gov reports in the last 5 years, 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods so just because you haven’t experienced a flood in the past does not mean you won’t in the future. In fact, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas, and just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost you up to $27,000.00*

According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. The American Red Cross offers the following flood safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

If a flood does strike your home or business, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task.

 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
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes                                                          *Facts and figures provided by fema.gov

Wireless Emergency Alerts - Stay Informed Of Weather Alerts

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

WWW.National Weather Service.com

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are free notifications delivered to you mobile device as part of a public safety system provided by authorized government-alerting authorities. The alerts are designed to inform you of imminent threats to safety or missing persons alerts in your area (e.g.  AMBER Alerts). 

Government partners include local and state public safety agents, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. A WEA can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without downloading an app or subscribing to a service.  WEAs may be used to share extreme weather warnings, local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.

This is America’s wireless industry helping to build a Weather-Ready Nation through a nationwide text emergency alert system, called Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), which will warn you when weather threatens.

The great piece of this is that there is no signup required, and Alerts are sent automatically to WEA-capable phones during an emergency. With WEA, alerts may be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way.

A WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert.  The message will be no more than 90 characters.  WEA message will include a special tone and vibration, with both repeated twice.

The National Weather Service will send the following types of messages:

    • Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings
    • Hurricane, Typhoon, Dust Storm and Extreme Wind Warnings

Why take a risk, stay safe and follow the warnings. Once the storm has passed assess your damage, and call the mitigation professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388 if your home or business experiences damage from a storm.

Mold, DO NOT DISTURB

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold may be lurking behind home furnishing.

By disturbing mold, you can spread the mold infestation throughout the area where you found it and your entire home. When mold is disturbed, the mold may release microscopic mold spores which can become airborne and circulate inside your home.

Things to do when you see mold:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Do not touch or disturb the mold.
  • Do not blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Do not attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold, this only does a superficial clean, and the mold will return.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor has technicians that specialize in mold cleanup and restoration. We also use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388 for your mold remediation.

Thermal Imaging Technology for Water Damage

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Detecting a temperature difference behind a wall can save big bucks and time by avoiding the need for demolition and an idea where the source of water problem may lie. Temperature differences do not always indicate moisture or water. It could be cool air from outside, so it requires some skill to determine if it’s one thing or another.

Thermal cameras serve to guide the user to the cold spots usually associated with moisture. Moisture spots, where evaporation is happening, tend to be cooler, just like humans sweating. Most commonly, thermal imaging is used to find the source of a roof leak, condensation issues, leaking pipes, or air flow issues.

In areas where moisture problems are abundant, like Seattle, the reasons for moisture can be very, very different, but the end consequence is moisture in the space, which can deteriorate the structure, and trigger mold growth. Often, moisture problems are not in the most visibly noticeable locations, as infrared discovered here in this wood-paneled wall and dark, low-pile, loop carpeting.

At first, the darker blue area on the camera was thought to be a normal pattern seen in many wood-frame buildings, which is quite common on corners. However, the larger light-green area showing was a clue that something more was happening, however.  In fact, this was a result of a water leak in an adjoining upstairs room.

These two infrared images show where water from an unattended bathtub overflow in an upstairs room had entered the space between the floors and pooled on the drywall of the downstairs ceiling. Knowing the location and extent of moisture infiltration is critical in determining the best course of remediation

This infrared image clearly shows the heat from hot water leaking out of a supply pipe down the inside of the plumbing wall cavity behind the shower panel. Pinpointing the approximate location of this leak saved considerable time, effort and money in resolving the issue.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor technicians use FLIR Infared Cameras on job sites to assist in finding where/what the source may be if the customer is unsure.

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

Spring Storm Can Bring Severe Water Damage

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Spring storms can bring unwanted water into property owner’s homes and businesses. One of 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:

Safety:

  • 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

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Thanks to HomeTips.com!

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

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

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:

Staying Informed

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

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

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
  • Hoarding 
  • Homicide/Murder
  • Drug Houses
  • Natural/Unexpected Death
  • Odor Removal
  • Suicide
  • Tear Gas And Pepper Spray Residues

Fire Damaged Caused By Space Heaters

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

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

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

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
  • Vandalism

Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388 for all your business restoration needs.

Fire Damage Risks for Commercial Buildings

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Risks for Commercial Buildings

Fire damage is a risk for any business. No matter what type of business you have, the problem is the same: A fire quickly decimates your building and puts your staff in danger. Flames can damage costly equipment and vital paperwork. Below are four top damage risks for local businesses:

  • Outdated Fire Safety Equipment Up to date fire safety equipment is a must. Having the correct tools on hand means you can act faster in the event of a blaze. Every office needs a fire alarm system and appropriate fire extinguishers on every level. Different extinguishers are suited to different types of fire, so SERVPRO recommends contacting a local fire extinguisher company to come onsite and do an assessment of your facility. Remember to test fire alarms and sprinklers regularly.
  • Electrical Equipment Offices have plenty of electrical equipment including computers, copy machines, phones, fax machines, and servers just to name a few. Electrical equipment is vital to the running of an office, but it is also a severe fire hazard. It does not take much for electronic items to spark and start a fire.
  • Damaged or frayed cords, or worn out devices, are also a common fire source. It is a good system to all keep all electric devices in good working order.
  • 3. Lack Of Training Your employees need to know how to avoid fire damage risks, for example by being careful with flammable liquids and not overloading sockets. Your staff also needs to know what to do in the event of a fire. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor recommends every local business have an Emergency Plan and we can provide you with our Emergency Ready Plan at no cost. Emergency Ready Plan is a free app that helps you plan what to do in the event of an emergency or disaster.
  • 4. Combustible Materials Every office has combustible materials such as paper and cardboard. Paper waste and old boxes seem like harmless junk, but they quickly burn once alight. Put a protocol in place for regular emptying trash receptacles to outdoor trash bins.

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 the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • e-Learnings

Continuing Education Classes

Mold in Commercial Buildings

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Many types of mold exist and all molds have the potential to cause health effects. One of the myths regarding mold is that people believe ALL mold is bad. Mold is used in the making of penicillin. Penicillin is an antibiotic that is commonly used for treating certain infections caused by bacteria such as pneumonia, ear, skin and throat infections. So you see, not all mold is bad. Blue cheese is also made with mold. Now, I know what you are thinking right now, “Yuck,” but there are a lot of people that love Blue Cheese dressing on their salads.

Some forms of mold can certainly cause health problems, but not all kinds of molds cause health problems in all people. Molds produce allergens, but not all people will have the sensitivity to react to the molds. However, those allergens can trigger allergic reactions or asthma attacks in people who are allergic to mold.

For mold to grow it takes moisture and oxygen. Mold can grow on any organic substance such as wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

It is literally impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in an indoor environment; however, mold growth can be controlled simply by controlling the moisture indoors.

If mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Over time molds can gradually destroy the things they grow on if the mold is not remediated.

Today builders are making buildings that are tightly sealed, and can lack adequate ventilation which can potentially lead to moisture buildup. Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to prevent moisture problems in buildings. Building materials, such as drywall, may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems can be a result of roof leaks, landscaping and lack of timely maintenance of moisture problems.

To make sure your mold problem is mitigated correctly call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, (970) 353-1388 for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Water Damage Timeline

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage - Mold on Furniture

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor provides emergency mitigation and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergencies are not time sensitive and neither are we.

Water damage is very invasive. Water spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more very quickly.  SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor provides emergency mitigation and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Emergencies are not time sensitive and neither are we.  Our immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning/restoration costs.

Water Damage Timeline

Within minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything is its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and personal belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell, and may become unsalvageable due to saturation.

With 1-24 Hours:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper good seep and stain floorings.
  • A musty odor begins to appear.

With 48 hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells, warps, and buckles.
  • Biohazard contamination is possible, so persons with compromised immune systems could experience distress.

More than 1 week:

  • Restoration time and cost increases dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants post serious risks to occupants.

Call SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388 for your emergency mitigation needs.

Respecting Your Outlets Can Prevent Fire Damage to Your Home

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Overloading outlets can result in a fire in your home.

Fires happen all the time. When you are the one the fire is happening to, you want to figure out its cause and how to get back to the way things were before. Understanding some of the most common causes of small house fires is an excellent start to keeping yourself safer throughout the year. Overloaded power outlets provide a perfect storm for sparks or electrical arcs to catch nearby materials on fire. Stressed outlets are a primary cause of many household fires.

When your home is damaged from a fire, you need to find out why it happened. Our SERVPRO team can help you to clean up the mess and restore the damage, but also has the experience to help you determine where the fire originated from based on the severity of the damages. As common as overloaded electrical boxes are, it remains one of the leading causes of accidental house fires. You need to know how to operate your power outlets within safe parameters. This information can potentially save your house from damages, but more importantly, save your life.

People ask too much of their power outlets all the time, but this gets even worse around the holidays. When you combine indoor and outdoor lights, the tree, and other decorations in with already stressed power sources, you are brewing a recipe for disaster. To make matters worse, the spark of a fire can occur from this overloaded outlet at any time.

The sooner you respond to restoring your home after fire damages the better. Our experienced SERVPRO professionals can clean up the damages and bring the structure and contents of the room back to preloss conditions. The longer that you wait, the more likely that soot and smoke damages seat themselves into your furniture, flooring, and walls. This spells a higher insurance claim to cover the repair costs, or worse yet, more out-of-pocket expenses if you are underinsured.

If you or someone you know experiences a fire, call as soon as you can. Our professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor rapidly respond 24/7, and you can reach us at (970) 353-1388.

Behavior of Smoke

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of SMOKE.

There are two different types of smoke:
  Wet
  Dry
As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.

Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber)

  • Low heat
  • Smoldering
  • Pungent odor
  • Sticky
  • Smeary

NOTE:   Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood)

  • Fast-burning
  • High temperatures
  • Heat rises, therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire)

  • Virtually invisible
  • Discolors paints and varnishes
  • Extreme pungent odor.

Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs)

  • While “puff backs” can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.

Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue)

  • These special loss situations require special care.

Additional facts you may not know about smoke:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure; and
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor

The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals are trained to handle even the toughest losses. If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why Preventing Water Damage Is So Important

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding, plumbing leaks andwater damage can happen at any time. Internal and external forces can harm valuable items, carpets, furnishings and structural components. Even in a well-maintained building, pipes can break, toilets can overflow and water can seep behind walls and under floors. Waterlines for refrigerators often create concealed leaks that go unnoticed until mold and mildew have accumulated behind the appliance. The same is true for washing machine hoses that have cracked or become clogged. Water damage can also occur after a violent storm, a flood or several days of steady rain. Basements and lower levels are especially prone to this type of damage. Water Damage Statistics Any type of leak can cause property damage and create safety and health concerns. It's easy to think that water damage or storm damage won't happen to you, but statistics say otherwise. Water damage is among the most common causes of property insurance claims. One in every 55 homes will have a water-related property damage claim this year. While you cannot stop a storm, you can follow these steps to prevent water damage.

Kitchens and Bathrooms Kitchens and bathrooms are susceptible to water damage due to the amount of plumbing in these areas. Fix leaking or dripping pipes promptly, and be aware of elevated humidity levels that could indicate an underlying plumbing problem. Maintain caulk around showers and bathtubs. Water that passes through gaps can penetrate walls and subfloors. If this sealant has cracked or separated, have it repaired. This is a task that you can probably complete yourself. Appliances Inspect waterlines for appliances at least once per year. If hoses are brittle, cracked or crimped, replace them before they fail. Turn off the water supply for all appliances before traveling out of town. Pay special attention to hoses for washing machines, refrigerators and ice makers. Since washing machines have inlet hoses and drains, they are especially prone to leaks. Protecting Pipes Protect plumbing from freezing by insulating pipes that travel along exterior walls or through unheated crawlspaces. On cold nights, open cupboard doors, and let faucets drip. Before winter, drain all watering hoses, and turn off valves for exterior faucets. If a pipe does freeze, don't thaw it too quickly. That's how pipes burst. To protect your plumbing, never set the thermostat below 55 degrees. If an emergency does occur, follow these steps. • Turn off the water supply immediately. Call your utility company if necessary. • Use mops and towels to remove as much water as possible. • Turn on fans, dehumidifiers or air conditioners to remove excess moisture. • Use wood blocks or tinfoil to elevate furniture from wet surfaces. • Remove area rugs, table lamps and colored items to prevent staining and to help dry the underlying surface. • Place wet sofa cushions and upholstered items on end for faster drying. • Never use ceiling lights, TVs or appliances in waterlogged areas. • Remove books, magazines and items that may bleed or stain. • Stay out of areas where ceilings are sagging. By taking preventive measures, you can minimize the likelihood of water damage in Edmond Oklahoma affecting your home. You can also lessen the severity of the water damage by following these tips. If you do experience water damage at your home or business, respond quickly, and call a professional to handle the situation.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. . We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure.

Water Damage After Hours

Basement flooding or storm damage doesn't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We respond to your residential or commercial water removal and cleanup needs 24/7. Our fast response time and advanced drying methods help prevent secondary damage and mold. Call the SERVPRO professionals at 970-353-1388 - whether it's 2:00 AM or 2:00 PM, you will speak directly to an employee, never an answering service or machine, which puts us faster onsite.

10 Tips to Avoid Water Damage

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Check the Outside of Your Home

1. Disconnect Hoses Standing water in a hose may freeze back into the pipe and create an ice block that, in a best-case scenario, stops your water flow. In the worst cases, it may bust your pipes and create damage to walls, floor and foundation.

2. Clean gutters and downspouts Clean your gutters at least twice a year to avoid blockage and ice dams. Standing water can cause damage to your gutters and roof, and unmanaged overflow may create puddles that could damage your foundation. Don't forget to clean downspouts to ensure water can flow through, and secure downspouts so that they point away from the home.

3. Maintain trees and vegetation Thriving shrubs can be a beautiful thing — except when their roots wrap around your pipes and break them. That's why it's important to minimize landscaping near utility pipes or, if necessary, remove trees and shrubs that have become too big.

Interior Measure to Prevent Water Damage

4. Know your water main Know the location of your water main, and shut it off if you leave for an extended amount of time. If no water goes in to the house, chances are no faucet drips or toilets can wreak havoc on your home while you're away

5. Check appliances Check and maintain your home appliances regularly for leaks, according to manufacturer's directions. 

6. Investigate leaks right away and fix promptly If you opt to ignore moisture damage or postpone making the necessary repairs, be prepared to experience mold, mildew, dry rot, or even structural damage to your home. Keep in mind that homeowner's insurance provides coverage for damage that is sudden and accidental. Damage that results from lack of maintenance is not covered on a standard homeowners insurance policy.

7. Upgrade washing machine hoses Old, brittle or leaky washing machine hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for homeowners. Replace yours regularly to avoid a mighty mess and expensive damage

8. Install water detection devices A water detector is a small electronic device that sounds an alarm when its sensor comes in contact with moisture. Its main benefit is that it detects low moisture levels or slow leaks that often go unnoticed. Install it near water heaters, sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers and toilets to prevent extensive damage and mold growth.

9. Check your water pressure If the water pressure to your home is set too high, pipes and hoses may fail under the pressure. Buy a water pressure gauge at a local hardware store, attach it to an outside faucet, and turn the faucet to full force. The gauge will give you a reading of the home’s water pressure. Typical residential water systems are designed for water pressure of 40 to 70 psi. If your home’s water pressure exceeds 100 psi, install a pressure regulator (which is available at hardware stores as well.) 

10. Monitor your water bill Sometimes, the only way you know that water is leaking is taking a closer look at your water bill. If your usage jumps significantly from one month to the next without explanation, put your "water detective hat" on. Is there a leak in your crawlspace? Or, is it a pipe in your front yard? Don't leave mystery leaks unattended!

Duct Cleaning

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Sweeping Away Years of Dust and Dirt - Helping Reduce Potential for Damage and Health Risks

?Since the ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the ductwork should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

Keeping the HVAC system and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may save you money.

?Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional uses a Portable Ventilation & Air Duct Cleaning System to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

?In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional can often restore the ductwork to pre-damage condition.

?A powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.

?Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the environment clean.

?As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.

Residential Fire Damage - Don't Wait

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Apart from causing physical harm, fire accidents also lead to damage to your property. Smoke and soot are the major culprits when it comes to property damage. So, what happens when you experience fire damage in your home - do you buy a new home, or do you move out? Well, all these are costly alternatives, but unnecessary. All you need is to have fire damage restoration to make your home as good as new.

What Happens After a Fire Accident?

During fire, a lot of smoke and soot is produced. This is due to the items in your house that burn up. As smoke and soot linger in the air it is deposited on various surfaces in the home. Walls, carpets, appliances, and ceilings begin yellowing, which spoils them. The fire also leaves odor on these items. With prolonged exposure to these elements, it becomes harder to remove them.

Handling the aftermath of fire damage might seem a simple task to you, but it is involving and needs you to hire a professional for quick and efficient restoration.

What Does Fire Damage Restoration Involve?

The focus of the expert is to take your home back to its original state before the fire incident. The specialist undertakes the restoration in a series of steps guaranteed to leave your home free from any smoke damage or soot. Here are the steps:

Post-damage Inspection

The specialist inspects the structure to determine the extent of damage. Your premises are checked for smoke damage and any structural damage. The aim of inspection is to understand the extent of the damage and determine the proper cleaning method.

Protecting Unaffected Areas

Not all items in your home are affected by the fire. There are those that were not touched by the fire or were partially damaged and have to be secured. Before the procedure, the specialist separates the items that can be salvaged and covers them to prevent further losses. Protecting the items prevents any unnecessary expenses.

The Restoration Process

It is up to the specialist to determine the type of restoration to use in your home. The specialist then removes any damaged materials and debris that resulted from the fire. After removal, extensively damaged structural elements are replaced.

During the fire incident, firefighters use a lot of water to put out the fire. The specialist performs water extraction to remove any excess moisture that resulted from putting out the fire. After this, the specialist removes soot, deodorization, and ash. The process culminates in a new paint job.

Final Words

The longer you wait after fire damage, the more costly it becomes for you. You need to use professionals for the process so that you get the best results.

Call the fire mitigations specialists at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388.

What is an "Air Scrubber?"

10/30/2017 (Permalink)

We get this question a lot: "What is an air scrubber?"

We're happy to answer because we think they are phenomenal machines. They are simple, and they do their jobs very well.

An air scrubber is more appropriately referred to by professionals as an "air filtration device," or AFD. Simply put, it filters airborne particles out of the air, giving you cleaner air to breathe. The machines are used on many types of jobs, primarily mold remediation projects and water jobs where the use of fans can stir up dust and send particulate in the air.

"Scrubber" is a bit of a misnomer -- the machines don't really "scrub" anything. More appropriately, they trap airborne particulate in their filters, allowing filtered air to pass through the machine and re-enter the breathing environment. It's really the same concept as a water filter under your kitchen sink. A water filter removes unwanted particulate from your drinking water. An AFD does the same thing to the air we breathe.

The critical component of an air filtration device is a HEPA filter. The machine draws in air though the back side, pulls it through the HEPA filter, and the HEPA filter traps airborne particulate and returns to the breathing and varmints filtered air.

Do they work? Or are they just another way for contractors to run up a bill on a mold job or water job?  AFDs absolutely work.  A simple demonstration will prove it.  All we would need to do is take two readings from a laser particle counter, which is a hand-held device that measures the number of particles per volume of air. We could take one measurement on the "dirty" side of the AFD (e.g. the side of the AFD in which the air is entering) to measure the number of particles in the general environment; then we could take another measurement at the "clean" side (e.g. the side where the newly filtered air is coming out of the machine). The measurements will show drastic differences in particle counts.  The particle counts could be in the tens of thousands on the dirty side, and in the single digits on the clean side.  Seeing this demonstration is believing that AFDs absolutely remove airborne particulate from the air you breathe.

As mentioned above, AFDs are used most frequently on mold remediation projects. The reason is simple -- we want to remove airborne mold spores from the air you are consuming.  AFDs have many other uses as well.  For example, they can be used on deodorization projects.  Particulate in your air can produce odors. Trapping them with the HEPA-filtered AFD will remove them from the breathing environment and thereby remove the odor-producing elements from your environment.

Yes, AFDs can be expensive to employ. This is because HEPA filters are costly. HEPA filters are made of a refined product with tiny holes that are too small for particulate to pass through. These filters are "consumbables," meaning they are used and discarded. Unfortunately they cannot be recycled.  This is the key cost driver to consider when using AFDs.  On some occasions multiple HEPA filters may need to be used for each machine. More commonly, the HEPA filters can be used on a job without having to be changed out. 

If you, or a loved one, or business associate have  breathing or respiratory problems, give us a call at 970-353-1388.  We will be glad to come onsite and setup an AFD -- cleaning your air (or more accurately stated, "removing particulate from your air") could go a long way to improving the way someone feels!

The Truth about 100-year Floods

10/30/2017 (Permalink)

The above image includes a diagram demonstrating the magnitude and frequency of water levels during a flood.

Whenever a strong hurricane or storm causes significant flooding, there is often talk of a 100-year flood.

When people hear this term they think a flood of that magnitude occurs once every hundred years, so they should be safe from harm for the next hundred years. Unfortunately, some base their decision to buy flood insurance on this false belief, putting them at risk of a catastrophic loss.

 The reality is much different. It involves frequency analysis and statistical probability. In order to determine the frequency of floods of a given level, scientists create a history of the area. Generally, scientists start with a minimum of 10 years of information. The longer the record the better and the more accurate predictions are. They look at the frequency of different size floods and the average number of years between them to develop the probability of a given size flood in a particular year.

The accumulation of data allows for a determination of the annual probability that a given stream or river will exceed its banks. This is known as annual exceedance probability or AEP. A 1% AEP flood has a 1 in 100 chance of occurring every year, with an average recurrence every 100 years. This is the 100-year flood. A 500-year flood has an AEP of 0.2% chance, or a one in 500 chance, of occurring in any year. It is entirely possible for there to be 100-year or 500-year floods in consecutive years.

Because of the confusion and misunderstanding, the term 100-year flood generates, the U.S. Geological Survey is encouraging the use of the AEP terminology, preferring the phrase “1% AEP flood” over “a 100-year flood.” During the span of a 30-year mortgage, there is a 26% chance of a home in a 1% AEP, or 100-year flood area, of being flooded.

Information provided by Property Casualty 360

Frozen Water Pipes

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

One of the worst dangers for property owners in the winter is frozen pipes. When water freezes it expands and exerts pressure on pipes that can cause them to burst. If a pipe breaks, it can lead to significant and costly water damage that can ruin property, belongings, and can be a hassle to fix. But luckily there are safety measures you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing.

 Fall Cleanup

As a property owner, the prevention of frozen pipes begins at the end of the Fall season.  Make sure all water from swimming pools and sprinkler supply lines are completely drained.  If these lines are left open in the winter, there is a drastic increase in the possibility of freeze damage and frozen pipes.

Also, make sure to drain and disconnect any outside hoses. For extra protection install a frost-proof spigot or a faucet insulator.

Insulation

Having proper insulation is the best way to prevent frozen pipes in the winter. All exposed pipes in unheated areas need to be properly insulated. Attics and garages are two of the most common problem areas. If these areas aren’t already insulated, call an insulation company for installation as soon as possible.

It may also be worth adding extra insulation to the exterior walls of your home. Pipes in exterior walls are prone to bursting if there is inadequate or improperly installed insulation.

Winter Maintenance

With proper insulation, your pipes should be protected, but if you live in an extremely cold area and your pipes are prone to freezing, there are still little tricks you can try:

- leave cabinets and doors open to keep warm air flowing into areas where pipes are;

-  avoid lowering the thermostat at night to keep the house at a consistent temperature; and

-  let cold water drip from the faucet throughout the day periodically to keep water running through the pipes.

 If a frozen pipe does burst, you will need to take immediate action to avoid significant water damage. Start by turning off the main water in your house and then call in the professionals. SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor has trained specialists to remediate water damage and restore your property back to its original condition.

IICRC Certified Firm

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Greeley Windsor is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor

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 is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. 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.

The SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor Team

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • OSHA - 40-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician

Greeley/Windsor 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 970-353-1388

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 damage restoration in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

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

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

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

About SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor

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 is 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.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Quickly Remediate Mold Damage on Your Home or Business

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let a mold infestation take over your house or business. Call SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor for mold remediation.

Despite the increasing heat, mold is still a threat to many homes. In fact, as long as there is a source of moisture, mold expands in temperatures as high as 85 degrees and grows if it has a food source such as drywall or insulation. Neutralizing mold and restoring a home afterward can be a complicated process.

To meet the requirements for combating mold damage in your home or business, SERVPRO follows the standards of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. There are five principles that we apply to every task, no matter how extensive the mold has grown.

  Provide for Health and Safety – We ensure that our technicians and the residents of the home are protected from exposure to mold as we remove and clean mold contaminated personal and structural property.

  Document Conditions and Processes – Our team members record the extent of the contamination and the moisture levels in the air and structural property. After we complete restoration and cleaning, we test and record the new, lower levels. We recommend engaging an Industrial Hygenist to confirm our results. 

  Control the Contamination at its Source - From the start we work to keep the contamination from spreading. Technicians place negative air machines at the point of demolition to reduce the number of spores in the air and create a containment barrier using heavy plastic sheeting to isolate and contain the mold. 

   Remove Contamination – If the mold has grown too large, we eliminate the bulk before cleaning surfaces. Technicians vacuum the affected area using specially designed HEPA filters which trap even a single spore. We also break down large debris (infected drywall for example) and bag it to make removal more efficient and less likely to spread mold to unaffected areas.

  Correct the Moisture Problem – If the levels are not brought down to normal, then every other action taken merely slows the mold growth, it does not stop it. A new mold growth can begin with a single spore expanding and growing. 

Restoring your home or business after a mold infestation is not a simple process, but it is one that we can take care of for you. Call SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.

Using Thermal Imaging Technology on Water and Fire Losses

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

These two infrared images show where water from an unattended bathtub overflow in an upstairs room had entered the space between the floors and pooled
  • Detecting a temperature difference behind a wall can save big bucks and time by avoiding the need for demo, and an idea where the source of water problem may lie, or if heat spots are detected in the event of a fire loss.
  • Temperature difference does not always indicate moisture or water. It could be cool air from outside, so it requires some skill to determine if it’s one thing or another.
  • Thermal cameras serve to guide the user to the cold spots usually associated with moisture. Moisture spots, where evaporation is happening, tend to be cooler, just like humans sweating.
  • Most commonly, thermal imaging is used to find the source of a roof leak, condensation issues, leaking pipes, or air flow issues.
  • In areas where moisture problems are abundant, like Seattle, the reasons for moisture can be very, very different, but the end consequence is moisture in the space, which can deteriorate the structure, and trigger mold growth.

 

 

Mold Damage - Causes of Mold Growth in Your Home

8/5/2016 (Permalink)

Mold in a Berthoud home.

Mold is a fungus that can be toxic to humans when present in large quantities. Mold forms in nearly any condition where moisture is consistently present. Superficial problems left unaddressed can become virtual petri dishes for mold proliferation. For example, attics are dark environments. Sunlight kills bacteria, and the complete absence of light provides an optimal environment for mold to expand. Attics are warm or even hot during summers in arid climates. These two conditions allow mold to spread rapidly. 24-48 hours is usually sufficient. An air conditioning evaporative coil leak in the attic that is not remedied will lead directly to mold growth.

Common conditions that contribute to mold growth in a home, bathroom or office, such as:

Oxygen (air)

Darkness

Mold spores

Moisture

Warmth

Another source of mold growth can be found in wood and cotton as well as drywall, which is extremely susceptible to long-term moisture retention if not allowed to dry out.

Mold Spores

Mold spores allow for proliferation in any closed environment. Dust is transmissible and can pass between many persons so long as a thorough hand-washing doesn't occur. Dust-borne spores may be more hazardous to humans and pets because they can be breathed in. Spores also land on surfaces prone to constant human touch like desks, tables, cabinets, beds, and bathroom and kitchen counters. Basements used as living or storage areas are also candidates.

Moisture

Moisture is the key element for mold growth. Roughly 50-55% humidity triggers mold propagation like a jump start on a car battery. Indoor humidity and moisture increases in rain season. Consider that a palpable dampness can be sensed on the skin inside a home during a rain. If a person can detect dampness by touch or breath, so can a mold fungus.

Pipe leaks, drywall fissures and wall cracks and gaps all act as channels by which mold spreads.

Mold damage is the specific term for mold proliferation when it has spread to the stage its toxicity is affecting living persons and pets. Mold damage requires immediate attention and can involve structural repairs and replacement of critical areas that cannot be cleaned. Treatment involves drywall and wood replacement, moisture reduction and elimination, bleach and fungicide applications and painting.

Mold Damage Tulsa

Unchecked mold damage is responsible for toxic components called mycotoxins. Mycotoxins can pose serious health risks that contribute to impaired lung function and other breathing problems. An affected immune response, neurological issues and even death can result from infection caused by mold spores and mold damage.

If moisture and mold problems present themselves in your home, they need to be addressed as soon as possible. A Greeley-based professional mold remediation company SERVPROGreeleywindsor.com is fully equipped for business and residential mold abatement.  Get rid of mold and keep your home or office building a clean, healthy environment for adults, children and pets alike.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is locally owned and operated and serves Greeley, Windsor, Loveland, Eaton, Ault, LaSalle, Pierce, Platteville, Gilcrest, Johnstown, Milliken, Berthoud and the surrounding communities. Water comes from everywhere and our certified technicians can clean and dry any flood better than its original state. * 24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service * 24/7 Flood Damage & Water Damage Service * 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service * 24/7 Mold Remediation *24/7 Bio-hazard Suicide Clean *24/7 Fire Window Roof Board-up

Fire and Smoke Damage

5/20/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage

You will need to dry wet items as soon as possible. Your professional will bring large industrial fans and dehumidifiers to dry your carpets and window treatments. If not thoroughly dried, carpets and floors underneath may be quickly damaged beyond repair by mold and mildew. This is an important step. Otherwise they may have to be replaced. If walls and ceilings have water damage, they will need to be repaired or fully replaced. Soot will need to be removed to inspect damage as well.

Soot removal

Soot is oily and easily stains carpets, draperies and other items in your home. For this reason you must remove the soot before you attempt to clean or deodorize items. Your professional will remove window coverings and furniture and work on removing soot with a heavy-duty vacuum. In some cases, your textiles may just be ruined and need to be replaced, so ask if they are worth cleaning before you spend the money to do so. Based on the type of paint and finish you have on your walls and ceiling, your professional will have to use a mixture of chemicals to remove the soot damage.

Furniture and textile deodorizing

Smoke odor may remain in clothing, upholstered furniture, carpets, and draperies unless they are properly deodorized before cleaning. Consult professional fire restorers or dry cleaners about using a counteractant, a chemical or additive that breaks up smoke molecules to eliminate odors. The type used will vary with the type of material burned in the fire. Restorers also may provide them for laundering clothes for an additional fee. Fire restorers and dry cleaners sometimes use an ozone treatment to break up smoke molecules and eliminate odors. If the process is done in the home, items are put under a tent while an ozone generator is operating. Keep in mind that most household deodorizing sprays and disinfectants provide only temporary relief. In addition, deodorizing sprays may interact with smoke odor and create an additional odor.

Walls, surfaces and ducts

During a fire, smoke can permeate walls and drift through household ducts, where it becomes trapped. If not properly removed, smoke odor will rise up again from time to time, especially during warm or damp weather. Consult professional restorers about a process known as thermal fogging. This warm chemical fog penetrates your home and walls just as the fire did, neutralizing the smoke odor as it goes. Also consult restorers about removing smoke from your ducts. They may use a chemical sealer to secure smoke permanently to the sides of your ducts since these areas, with their joints and crevices, may be difficult to clean with conventional vacuum-and-brush methods. You might also consider replacing the insulation in your attic, since insulation retains smoke during a fire and can cause the smell to move through your home during warm weather.

What To Do When A Home Suffers From Water Damage

5/20/2016 (Permalink)

When a major storm passes close to the house, the home may suffer water damage that is difficult to repair. There are many things a family can do to begin repairing any destruction, but a certified professional will likely be needed to get rid of any serious health or structural threats. Contaminated storm surges or floods can carry pathogens and become a breeding ground for mold. If allowed to fester, these mold spores can spread throughout the building and become even more difficult to remove. In many cases,  governmental agencies could condemn the structure if the microbial threat is too great.

The main reason why a home is sensitive to water damage is because moisture is difficult to detect once the floods recede
. Standing liquids can encourage microbial growth within 24 hours and can saturate all kinds of textiles and seep through drywall. Moisture may collect behind the walls, where mold and bacteria may multiply out of sight. If a family reacts quickly enough, clothes and furniture may be saved. However, people must be careful when entering a building that has recently been flooded. Exposure to wildlife and contaminated liquids can result in serious injury.

Before entering a home affected by water damage, make sure the electrical power is shut off
. Exposed wires or plugged in devices can electrocute people, resulting in major injury or even death. Also, it’s best to move slowly through the building when re-entering it for the first time. Snakes, reptiles or rodents may be hiding under debris and could lash out and bite suddenly. To protect against wildlife and airborne contaminants, wear protective clothing from head to toe, including a vapor respirator, rubber gloves and eye protection. Also, wear thick boots that can withstand puncturing and animal bites.

Professional restoration services can quickly identify what items in the home are compromised by water damage. Normally, anything that is porous may need to be discarded if it has come in contact with contaminated fluids. These items, like mattresses, box springs, pillows and particle board, trap more moisture than other materials and foster the growth of microbes. A family can prepare for professional cleaning by getting rid of these items before the technicians arrive, butbe sure to properly record and itemize the items for insurance purposes prior to disposing.

Once professionals arrive at the building, they will be able to track down any pockets of excess moisture and remove them
. Certified technicians can locate these pockets of moisture using equipment that measures the moisture in hidden pockets and behind tile and other materials that may not feel wet on the outside.  When these moisture pockets are found, the technicians will expose them to air by removing any drywall or other materials in the way. Once the location of the moisture has been determined, the professionals will begin the clean-up process that may include pressure washing the area with powerful detergents. These technicians are also able to speed up the drying process to prevent the growth of any molds or other harmful bacteria. If the professional locate mold or bacteria colonies, they will know how to identify and remove the threat using chemical or mechanical methods.

It’s important for a family to hire professionals that are certified through a reputable organization
. Technicians trained in this area know how to find compromised areas and do what it takes to restore them.

Credit:  IICRC

Be prepared for bad weather

5/20/2016 (Permalink)

April showers don’t always bring May flowers. Springtime in the Rockies means we all have to be prepared for any type of weather at any time.

According to NOAA, every year, Americans are forced to cope with: 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods or flash floods, 1,000 tornadoes, and 2 land-falling deadly hurricanes. As a result, there are around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage.

Don’t wait for a severe weather event to prepare. Form plans, build an emergency kit, and keep you, your family, and your home safe during this unpredictable weather season.

Water Damage Guide

4/14/2016 (Permalink)

Heavy Rain Storm

When a flood or other forms of water damage impact your property, it is important to know which steps to take to restore order to your home.  Get a clear, thorough understanding of how to make your home a peaceful, orderly place by reviewing the information found in the short outline that appears below:

Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor

    Once you realize that water damage has impacted your property, you should call the professionals of SERVPRO.  Our skilled professionals will come to your home and get the restoration process underway.  Next, implement the following strategies:

Put Safety First

     Here are some of the common dangers that can surface following flooding and water leaks:

      Gas Leaks; Electrical Hazards; Biological and chemical contaminants; structural weakening of building materials.

Address Water Damage Issues Immediately

     As you wait for the SERVPRO water damage restoration team to arrive, be proactive and implement the following steps:

     Locate the water source and turn it off

     Do NOT attempt to use electrical equipment found in wet areas of the property

     Do NOT run fans if the water damage was caused by a sewage leak or flood

     Open windows and doors to permit air into your home

Don't delay; eliminate all water damage today.  When water damage transpires in your residential or commercial space, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is here to help with skill and speed.  Our IICRC certified technicians would offer you the thorough, high-quality restoration services you need and deserve.  We are ready to assist you immediately, so contact us today at (970) 353-1388. 

Flood Damage Greeley - A check list to follow after flood damage

1/15/2015 (Permalink)

With this flood damage check list you can begin to restore your home

Finding flood damage in your home can create quite a bit of stress; after all, no one likes discovering that their living room has been turned into a water recreation facility. As a result, many homeowners are likely to panic and make poor choices in the hours that follow. You can avoid these mistakes by following the flood damage checklist below:

Ensure your safety

Once you see a flood of water in your basement, it may be tempting to go charging right in, but this is generally a bad idea. First, you need to ensure that you're safe. If the power is still on, you could be electrocuted. Additionally, sewage will make you ill, and the water from flood damage can conceal sharp objects to cut yourself on.

Shut off the water source

Now that you know you’re safe, next you need to ensure that the source of the water has been taken care of. Sometimes, this is as simple as turning off a water supply valve. However, more complex problems, like a flooded sewer line, could actually take a few hours. It's a good idea to call the appropriate professional, like a plumber, right away to give them time to start driving out to your flood damaged property.

Call your insurance

Sure, it's tempting to have your first call be to a flood damage clean-up professional, but there's a chance that your insurance doesn't contract out with them. Instead, it's better to have your insurance's claim number programed into your phone. Call them, report the flood damage, and then call a professional they contract out with.

Call a clean-up crew

Most flood damage clean-up  projects are just too large for you to tackle by yourself. Besides, depending on where you live, you'll likely have mold to clean up afterwards as well. Any money spent on a flood damage clean-up crew will likely be well worth it.

Take pictures and document damage

Your insurance policy will need proof of flood damage if they are going to write you a check. When you're on the phone with your insurance company and the clean-up crew, take photos of the flood damage. Make sure to get detailed photos of valuable items.

If you've planned well, you'll also have pictures of your home in an undamaged state. This lets you prove the state that your house and items were in before the disaster.

Remove what can be saved

Once you've ensured that the area is safe, you have help on the way, and you've thoroughly documented the flood damage, you can begin to remove items out of the area. A word of caution: water is extremely heavy. Any water soaked items will weigh a lot more than you expect. Please, be careful not to injure yourself.

Begin the remediation process

This is where professionals will come in handy. During the remediation process, all excess water will need to be removed, the humidity will need to be brought down to an appropriate level, mold prevention steps will need to be taken, and damaged drywall or flooring will need to be replaced. All of this is a lot of work for one person, so please get professional help.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is locally owned and operated and serves Greeley, Windsor, Loveland, Berthoud, Fort Morgan, and surrounding areas.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor’s fully certified water removal staff can perform a complete flood damage assessment to your home of office, and then recommend and follow the industries standards to get your water removal restoration repaired properly available 24 hours a day.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood damage clean up repair service company, Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every flood damage situation from sewage damage clean up, mold removal, smoke damage repair, fire damage repair, flooded basement, wet carpet, wet walls, carpet water damage, basement water damage, flooded crawl space, sewer backup, sewage removal, mud removal, commercial water damage, restoration, house water damage, building water damage, hotel water damage, flooded building, crawl space water damage, crawl space sewage damage, pump out, dry out, flood water removal, commercial building water removal, building flood damage, hardwood floor water damage, wet hardwood floors, wet carpet drying, sewage restoration, flood cleanup, busted pipe water damage, broken pipe water damage, busted sprinkler water damage, frozen pipe water damage, flood pump out, basement pump out, restoration equipment rental, dehumidifier rental, fan rental, demolition, painting & construction.

Greeley Water Damage - Carpet Water Damage Restoration

1/5/2015 (Permalink)

Windsor water damage is unfortunately a common issue that homeowners must contend with

Greeley Carpet Water Damage Restoration

Water damage is unfortunately a common issue that homeowners must contend with. This type of damage may be due to a plumbing repair issue, a major storm or other similar types of issues. While water can damage may areas of the home, it may be rather problematic for the carpeting that is spread across the floors of the home. Carpet water damage restoration is possible, and this service can turn back the hands of time to improve the quality and condition of the carpeting.

Water damage in Windsor is unfortunately a common issue that homeowners must contend with. This type of damage may be due to a plumbing repair issue, a major storm or other similar types of issues. While water can damage may areas of the home, it may be rather problematic for the carpeting that is spread across the floors of the home. Carpet water damage restoration is possible, and this service can turn back the hands of time to improve the quality and condition of the carpeting.

Preparing the Home for Restoration Services
Before the carpeting can be restored, the home must first be prepared. Initially, it is necessary to determine if the home is safe to enter, and this is because water can impact the structural integrity of the home. Electricity and water supply to the home should be cut off at the source, and the home should be inspected for signs of wildlife or rodents that may have entered the home due to the flooding. Once these basic preparatory steps have been taken, you may safely begin the carpet water damage restoration project.

Restoring the Carpeting
The area should be made as dry as possible, and they may require the carpeting to be physically removed. The carpeting can be laid out on a dry surface, and dehumidifiers and fans may be used to air dry the carpeting. At the same time, dehumidifiers should be used inside the home to prevent mold growth. The carpeting will then need to be professionally cleaned, and this include brushing, shampooing and even bleaching or disinfecting. The sub-flooring, or the area under where the carpet was installed, may need to be vacuumed to remove debris from this area. The sub-flooring should also be disinfected with block salt or bleach to prevent mold growth. During this period of time, the furnishings and other personal belongings that were impacted by water can be removed and professionally cleaned if they are salvageable.


It is typically best to allow a professional team that is trained in carpet water damage restoration services to complete this work for you. A restoration company has the advanced equipment and skilled team that can improve the condition of the home and the carpeting to your satisfaction. Time is of the essence when you are dealing with flooding in the home, so be sure to contact a professional company for assistance with your restoration efforts at the first sign of a flood.  When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor Professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.  SERVPRO of Flagler County is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company, Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every Greeley water damage situation from sewage damage clean up, mold removal, smoke damage repair, fire damage repair, flooded basement, wet carpet, wet walls, carpet water damage, basement water damage, flooded crawl space, sewer backup, sewage removal, mud removal, commercial water damage, restoration, house water damage.  Water comes from everywhere and our certified technicians can truly make it "like it never even happened" * 24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service * 24/7 Flood Damage & Water Damage Service * 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service * 24/7 Mold Remediation *24/7 Bio-hazard Crime/Suicide Clean *24/7 Fire Window Roof Board-up. If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! 

Steps You Can Take To Avoid Winter Property Damage in Greeley

10/17/2014 (Permalink)

Prevent Damage from icicles on gutters

Winter is a season that comes with many hazards. Your home could be damaged in any number of ways because of snow, ice or other issues. You need to take steps to protect your house in Greeley. There are a few things that you should do to avoid winter property damage.

Keep Gutters Clean

 The first step is to make certain that your gutters are clean and attached firmly to the house. Gutters filled with debris can capture water. The water will freeze and create an ice dam. An ice dam can break the gutters apart. It could even punch holes in the fascia or roof of the house in Windsor. Maintaining and cleaning your gutters will prevent an ice jam from forming.

Ventilate the Attic

Your attic needs to be properly ventilated. This could mean installing an attic fan. An unventilated attic will generate a large amount of heat. This heat will melt the snow on the roof and the top sides of the house in Loveland. Melting snow will work down the walls and refreeze in another location. This can lead to an ice dam in the gutters. It could also lead to structural damage to the exterior walls if the melting water gets into holes or cracks. Always ventilate the attic so that it remains cold.

Protect the Pipes

Frozen pipes can cause many problems in the home. You want to make sure that all of the pipes that are outside the home, near exterior walls or in unheated spaces are insulated. You might also want to get a pipe heating system if the temperatures are below freezing on a regular basis. Be certain to keep the heat in the house running so that the pipes do not freeze around sinks. Additionally, if it is exceptionally cold outside in Berthoud, then open up the cabinets under the sinks to let warm air reach the pipes.

Cut Down Dead Branches

Snow and ice are very heavy. Any snow or ice that accumulates on a dead or unstable branch of a tree can cause that branch to break off and fall. A falling branch could pierce the roof, break a window or injure someone on the property. In Fort Morgan you should cut down any dead branches before winter starts. You should also consider pruning back any unstable or diseased branches that might fall.

Seal Exterior Holes

Water from snow or melting ice can sometimes make it into small cracks or gaps on the exterior of the home or the roof in Greeley. The water will freeze inside of these gaps and expand. This can cause serious damage and cracking. You will want to examine the exterior and roof of your home. Seal any gaps or cracks so that water cannot get inside. This will protect your home from damage.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor Professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor proudly serves Greeley, Windsor, Loveland, Berthoud, Fort Morgan, and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:

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