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Reduce Damage After A Burst Pipe with These 4 Steps

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

A piece of copper pipe with water spewing out of a break in the pipe If you experience a water loss from a burst pipe, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor.

Water damage is a problem that bothers many property owners across the United States. You need to know how to respond before you're facing a broken pipe and the resulting flooding. One of the most important things to understand is that most of the burst pipe cleanup and repairs should be handled by professionals.

What Can You Do?

There are some steps you can take to reduce further damage while you are waiting for water damage cleanup and repair professionals.

Reduce Damage After A Burst Pipe with These 4 Steps 

  1. Turn off the water at the building's main water shut off.
  2. Shut off the electricity. Water and electricity are a dangerous combination.
  3. Remove as much water as you can with mops, towels, and a wet/dry vacuum.
  4. Open windows and doors to create airflow that removes humidity from the air.


Quick action is one of the most effective ways to prevent lasting and/or secondary damage. After completing these assignments, the rest of the work should be left to professionals.

What Should Professionals Do?

Why is it so important to let Greeley/Windsor water restoration companies handle pipe burst cleanup and repairs? However, below are reasons to take this route:

  • Floodwater, from a pipe or other source, could carry sewage, chemicals, and other contaminants. A trained water damage cleanup company has the equipment and training to deal with black water.
  • Moisture often makes its way into the walls, under the carpets, and into other unseen areas. Professionals know the signs that indicate potential mold growth and are prepared to prevent it.
  • A burst pipe can quickly shut down your business, and you will have plenty to do trying to get your daily operations up and running again.

Ultimately, trying to clean up flooding could end up causing further damage and increasing the recovery costs.

When Should You Call a Restoration Company?

In addition to burst pipe cleanup services, contact professionals when you see that water has caused wall or floor damage, or mold presence. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.  Our team of professionals are available 24/7/365.

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
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Viruses Spreading Like Wildfire?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

A ServprOXIDE product label Worried about viruses? SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor offers Cleaning & Disinfecting Services.

Did you know that SERVPRO offers detailed cleaning and disinfecting services?  And that our corporate office has an in-house chemist that works hard to create products for these specialized services? 

Take SERVPROXIDE for example.  SERVPROXIDE was created by SERVPRO and is designed to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and mold on hard surfaces.  Plus, it is an effective sanitizer for soft surfaces.  Below is a list of Bacteria, Viruses, and Fungi that SERVPROXIDE is used for:

BACTERIA

  • Enterobacter aerogenes
  • Escherichia Coli (E-Coli) 
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae 
  • Legionella pneumophila 
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus) 
  • Mycobacterium bovis- BCG (surrogate for tuberculosis) 
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa 
  • Salmonella enterica 
  • Staphylococcus aureus 


VIRUSES

  • Acinetobacter baumannii 
  • Adenovirus 1 
  • Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C 
  • Human Immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) 
  • Influenza A (H1N1) (Swine Flu) 
  • Influenza B Virus 
  • Norovirus (Feline Calicivirus as surrogate) 
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) 
  • Rotavirus 


VIRUSES - ANIMAL

  • Bordetella bronchiseptica 
  • Canine Distemper Virus 
  • Canine Parvovirus (PARVO) 
  • Feline Calicivirus 
  • Hantavirus (Prospect Hill Virus)


FUNGI

  • Aspergillus niger 
  • Trichophyton mentagrophytes
  • Trichophyton rubrum 

SERVPROXIDE is…

  • an EPA Hospital Grade disinfectant and sanitizer.
  • Carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating.
  • Requires no PPE.
  • Safe for everyday use/ general purpose cleaning.

Common areas of use:

  • Federally Inspected Meat and Poultry Processing Plants
  • Gyms, Locker Rooms, Sports Gear
  • Homes, Daycares, Schools, Laboratories
  • Hospitals, Nursing Homes
  • HVAC - Internal and External
  • Poultry Houses, Egg Processing Premises, Hatcheries
  • Restaurants, Refrigerated Storage Units
  • Swine Sanitation Premises
  • Vehicles, Ambulances, Buses, Airplanes, Trains, Boats, Cruise Ships
  • Veterinary Clinics, Animal Pens, Farms

While it is not possible to completely prevent the spread of viruses and germs, there are ways to keep them at bay and we are here to help!  Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388

For Smoke Damage Expertise, Go To The Pros

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Technician going over scope of work in a bedroom with customer Choosing the right restoration company that will explain the entire mitigation process to the customer is very important!

Fire and smoke damage are devastating to a home. That is why choosing the right restoration company is so important. Homeowners need to understand a broad range of issues in order to make the right choice for smoke restoration. It's necessary to understand what type of smoke has damaged the property as well as the chemicals necessary to remove the damage.


SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor professionals understand that the smoke odor from plastic can react differently to specific cleaning products than the odor resulting from wood. Remediation specialists know all of the specific components of the smoke restoration process, and this is why obtaining professional services is so critical.


Although dealing with the aftermath of a fire can be challenging, attaining excellent smoke damage restoration services can help you. Professional fire remediation specialists are your best option when you want to attain fast, effective cleaning and repairing services. When you start looking for the excellent smoke damage restoration company to assist you, set your sights on SERVPRO®.

We possess extensive industry experience and can get your residential property back in pristine condition with lightning speed. Call now to learn more about the amazing services we offer!
Since each removal and restoration is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your home.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO® of Greeley/Windsor is strategically located to respond quickly to your fire emergency event. When smoke damage occurs we have the resources and personnel to help.


When fire damages a home in Greeley or nearby surrounding areas, we can scale our resources to handle the damage. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,800 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.


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


SERVPRO® Greeley/Windsor
can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.  Call us at, 970-353-1388!

Industrial Hygienist Testing Versus DIY Mold Kits

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

Lab technician hold a round test container with mold samples Professional hygienists have the training and qualifications to provide accurate and complete results.

Hygienist Testing Versus DIY Mold Kits

It is easy to recognize a mold problem when there's visible evidence. Unfortunately, mold is often hiding where you can't see it. How can you deal with a problem that you cannot see? If you suspect mold growth, you should contact an industrial hygienist for testing. When you receive the results the hygienist should write a protocol on the cleanup if mold is present.  Once you have the protocol your next step is to set up mold cleaning by a mold mitigation company. It isn't enough to buy a kit at your local home improvement store. Those kits are notorious for providing false results. The only real option is to hire a Greeley/Windsor, CO professional.

What You Need to Know About Air Sampling

You cannot get rid of mold without knowing that it is there. When hygienists arrive at your home to collect air and surface samples, they will determine if the mold carries:

  • Allergens
  • Pathogens
  • Toxins

Sometimes, mold harbors a combination of two or all three of these. After hygienists determine the presence of mold and provide an understanding of the composition of the mold, mold remediation and cleanup professionals determine the type of mold you're dealing with and how widespread the mold growth has become.

Why You Should Not Handle It Yourself

Many homeowners are comfortable handling repairs and minor home disasters on their own. However, attempting to tackle mold cleaning on your own can become an expensive mistake. The handy kits that you can pick up at a store near you do not have the sensitivity to give accurate answers about mold concentrations. If a DIY kit were to give a false negative, you may believe there isn't a mold problem, when mold damage is actually widespread. On the other hand, a false positive could lead to mold remediation costs that were not necessary.

Industrial Hygienists and Mold Cleanup/Remediation Professionals

Professional hygienists have the training and qualifications to provide accurate and complete results. If those professional results show that you do have a problem, mold cleaning/remediation experts can clean the air and surfaces of your home.

SERVPRO Cleaned - a Defensive Cleaning Program

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Two table tents sitting on a table with the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Information Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customer ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor today at 970-353-1388 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision-makers on the first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. A study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What to Do When You Smell Mold but Cannot See It

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

An area of a commercial building's ceiling is dropped down and the back side is covered in mold Mold damage to a Greeley commercial building's ceiling

Mold has a very distinctive fungus smell, meaning that often times its odor makes itself known before the mold itself is found. For a business in Greeley, CO the mold smell can be worrisome. Fortunately, there are a few things that can be done.

Where Mold Grows

Most people associate the musty mildew smell with places like basements, attics or crawlspaces. This is in part because environments like these are a good location for mold to settle in. In fact, there are some environments mold is more likely to grow in than others.

  • Locations with water damage
  • Cool damp areas such as a basement or crawlspaces
  • Locations where condensation may collect
  • Areas with regularly high humidity such as a restroom or pool area
  • Areas where there has been recent flooding
  • Materials that can soak in water such as wood, paper, plaster, cardboard, and/or ceiling tiles

Why Mold Smells

As mold grows it releases a secondary metabolite called a mycotoxin. This is the reason for the musty mold smell. Mycotoxins are common to the fungi kingdom and most fungi, including mold, undergo this process.

Ways to Locate Mold

Many mold remediation professionals have a few tools they can use to locate mold when it’s not visible. Mold tests can be used to test air samples or surfaces for potential growth. An infrared camera may also be used to locate cool area where water may have built up. Because mold grows best in cool, damp environments checking these locations may lead to locating the source of the mildew smell. Once the mold has been located it is important to begin the cleaning process as soon as possible.

Finding mold growth based off of a mold smell is possible, especially when you have the right tools and know where to look. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.  Our team of professionals are available 24/7/365.

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 the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO’s 1-4-8 Response Time

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro water icon, mold icon, and fire icon SERVPRO does Water, Mold and Fire Mitigation/Restoration

Have you heard of SERVPRO's Service Response Guidelines?

Within just 1 hour of loss notification, one of our SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor professionals will contact you to arrange for service. 

Within 4 hours of loss notification, our SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor professionals will be on-site to start mitigation services. 

Within 8 hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to you and your insurance representative, if applicable, by your local SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor professionals. 

What services does SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor provide?

  • Fire smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration
  • Water Removal and De-humidification
  • Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
  • Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning
  • Stain Removal, Stain Resistance Applications
  • Odor Identification and Deodorization

Being timely is important when disaster strikes and it is our priority to be there when you need us!!

Why SERVPRO? Why not!

Call the mitigation professionals at SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388.  One of our employees answers our phones 24/7/365.

Document Restoration with SERVPRO

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Spiral Bound notebook that was damaged by a water loss SERVPRO document restoration image

Document Restoration

A water loss in your business can be a huge disruption to your day to day operations. Depending on the severity, you may have to close down for a short amount of time. On top of damage done to carpets, walls, and office equipment, important documents and records could have gotten damaged as well. If you’ve handled water-logged documents before, you may think there is no recourse. That’s where SERVPRO can help!

SERVPRO is Here to Help

As part of a franchise system, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor has access to SERVPRO’s state of the art document restoration systems. While responding to a water loss in your Greeley/Windsor area business, we can collect any damaged documents and transport them to our corporate headquarters where a devoted team can assess the damage and perform restorative duties as needed.

The Process

We use the latest in vacuum freeze drying techniques to preserve your documents, the same process that is used by the Library of Congress to preserve and restore historical documents. As a water loss can stem from a flood, sewage, or other contaminated water sources, we use Gamma irradiation technology to sterilize your documents.

Safe and Secure

At SERVPRO, your documents will be handled by HIPPA master-certified technicians under 24/7 surveillance to protect the security and confidentiality of your documents. After cleaning and restoring your documents, SERVPRO will also digitize your files for you to better help protect you from loss events in the future.

Types of content SERVPRO can restore:

  • paper documents
  • books and magazines
  • manuscripts and files
  • photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
  • x-rays
  • blueprints and maps
  • parchment

If you have a water loss in your Greeley/Windsor area business, call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388.  Our professional technicians are eagerly waiting to assist you with your loss needs!

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor Your Biohazard Services Cleanup Professionals

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician in a biohazard suit and full face respirator SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is your professional biohazard clean up company.

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor offers fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

If your home or business comes in contact with any kind of biohazard, our team of professionals are trained to handle it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 weeks a year.

SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor is trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations.  Equipped with necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor can turn a unsafe environment into clean, safe home and businesses. SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor can help with:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood borne pathogens
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Mold mitigation and remediation

Call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor at 970-353-1388, we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.