Recent Water Damage Posts

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!