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Mold in Commercial and School Buildings
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
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.
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Don't Let Unwanted Water Close Your Business
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.
Common Commercial Water Damage Problems and Remedies
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
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 in the healthcare industry has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following healthcare facilities:
- Assisted Living Centers
- Outpatient Surgical Centers
- Electronics and Machine Restoration
- 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.
SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor Offers Commercial Services
SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor is Ready To Handle Your Loss
SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is always ready to roll to any size disaster and you can trust the SERVPRO brand to get your company back in business after any loss. We can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering professional and superior service. Most people think of SERVPRO when they have a water damage, but we offer many other services.
Services SERVPRO provides:
- Commercial Water Damage
- Commercial Fire Restoration
- Commercial Mold Remediation
- Commercial Storm and Major Events
- Commercial Duct Cleaning
- Commercial Carpet Cleaning
- Commercial Disaster Recover Team
- Odor Removal
- Bio-Hazard Clean
With over 1,800 franchises nationally, the SERVPRO franchise system has a network of strategically positioned storm and extreme teams on standby should a disaster strike your business. So, no loss is too big or too small. Regardless of your property type or size, we respond quickly to your loss and manage your restoration project to its completion.
Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388 for all your emergency mitigation needs.
Water Damage Category and Classes
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
- Continuing Education Classes
Wireless Emergency Alerts - Stay Informed Of Weather Alerts
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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.
Commercial Property Water Damage Challenges
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
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
- Drug Houses
- Natural/Unexpected Death
- Odor Removal
- Tear Gas And Pepper Spray Residues
Fire Damage Risks for Commercial Buildings
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
Continuing Education Classes
Mold in Commercial Buildings
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.