Recent Storm Damage Posts
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.
- 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.
What Is The Difference Between Storm Water vs. Water Damage Cleanup
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.
Snow Melt and Flooding, Are You Prepared?
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
- Carpet and Hard Floors Cleaning
SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor is here to help! Call 970-353-1388 we answer our phones 24/7/365
Steps To Prevent Frozen Pipes
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.
Prepare 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.
Four Things That May Happen During Restoration
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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/.
Be Prepared for Severe Weather Season in Colorado
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
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
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
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
- Continuing Education Classes *Facts and figures provided by fema.gov
Spring Storm Can Bring Severe Water Damage
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:
- 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
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.
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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
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:
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
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
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.