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Be Prepared for Severe Weather Season in Colorado

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Prepared for Severe Weather Season in Colorado 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.

Be Prepared For Colorado Spring and Summer Storms

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Prepared For Colorado Spring and Summer Storms 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!

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)

Storm Damage Springtime and Floods 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

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.

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)

Storm Damage Spring Storms Are Coming 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.”

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.