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IICRC Certification, What Does That Mean In The Restoration Business

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

IICRC Develops the Standards for The Restoration Industry

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

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

SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff are highly trained in property damage restoration. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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

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

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

COVID19

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Stay Healthy!

Protect Your Rental Properties Against Mold

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

If you are dealing with a larger mold problem, recurring mold, or a very damp apartment it is best handled by restoration professionals. Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Contact SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388 for your mitigation and remediation services. We answer our phones 24/7/365.

Coronavirus Cleaning

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning

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

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

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

Are Drain Cleaners Really a Solution for A Clogged Drain?

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our SERVPRO training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training

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

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Hazards of Carbon Monoxide

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Sources of Carbon Monoxide:

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

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

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

System defects that release Carbon Monoxide:

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

Ways to prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning:

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

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

Is It Mold or Is It Mildew?

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

Mold vs. Mildew:

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

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

Signs that you might have mold include:

• Musty odors coming from secluded places in your home

• Dark stains on walls • Leaks and water damage

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

• Unexplained allergic reactions with no other allergen sources present.

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

Who Is SERVPRO

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck SERVPRO truck heading out to commercial loss.

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

The first SERVPRO Franchise was sold in 1969.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We offer a variety of remediation services including:

*Water Damage Restoration and Dehumidification

*Fire Damage Restoration including fire, smoke and soot

*Mold Mitigation and Remediation

*Storm Damage Restoration

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

*Contents Claim Inventory Service

“Like it never even happened.”

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

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

We have the proper equipment to assess your damage and complete the mitigation/remediation process to preloss condition faster.

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment

Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.

  • An infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
  • Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation

Water Extraction Equipment

Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water.
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Drying Equipment

Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the moisture from ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling of walls and furniture and warping/buckling of hardwood floors.

  • High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a fast pace and Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

Contact SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388 for your mitigation and remediation services.

Cleaning Products - Why You Should Choose SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor To Take Care of Your Property

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

A few of our cleaning products.

As your local mitigation, remediation and restoration company, SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor carries a variety of professional cleaning products. We do not use the same cleaners that you can purchase in a store. SERVPRO® Industries have scientists on staff that formulates products that are designed exclusively for our franchise. You can be assured that the most effective products are being used to take care of your loss.

Our products are used to decontaminate, deodorize, clean leather & wood, general cleaning and much more. Each of our products are labeled and specify proper cleaning use. As our customers, for your knowledge and comfort our technicians carry the Safety Data Sheets per product.

We ensure thorough cleaning is maintained throughout each job because we think of your property as our own.

SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor is available 24/7/365. We are a highly trained water, fire, mold and biohazard restoration company with many services not typically covered by other restoration companies.

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property mitigation, remediation and restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor today for your cleaning, mitigation, and remediation needs   970-353-1388.

Top Reasons to Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Our trucks are always loaded and ready to roll!
    1. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor professionals strive to exceed customer expectations and can help lower claim loss expenses with professional and proper restoration.
    2. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor Professionals uses pre-testing to carefully identify what can be restored to a pre loss condition verses replacement, which can reduce claims loss expenses.
    3. Electronic job file documentation offers immediate quality information including detailed estimates and online access to all files and pending jobs.  
    4. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is committed to continued industry training of our service technicians, maintaining a high level of competency of industry standards.
    5. Franchise required insurance qualification compliance and professionalism help insure quality insurance.
    6. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor professionals understand the importance of communication, serving both the insurance adjuster and the customer.

If you experience a residential or commercial property loss in the Greeley/Windsor surrounding area call 970-353-1388, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year we answer your call to help.