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How SERVPRO Can Help With Large Disasters

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Air movers placed in a commercial building, plastic covering walls and ceiling Commercial loss in Leadville, CO

Disaster recovery can be a difficult process, especially for small areas that have experienced major storm damage. Frequently, the local restoration services do not have enough technicians and equipment to handle the workload. Fortunately, larger companies, such as SERVPRO, do have the means to help regardless of the size of the affected area.

Skilled Professionals

SERVPRO's Commercial Large Loss Division assists smaller Franchises with storm response after large disasters. This division employs some of the most talented professionals in the industry. They have the skills and equipment to deal with many types of catastrophes, including the following:

  • Hurricanes
  • Floods
  • Wildfires
  • Tornadoes
  • Winter storms

SERVPRO's training school has been approved by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration. This means that SERVPRO technicians are equipped with the proper knowledge of effective, evidence-based techniques to handle any size disaster. Additionally, technicians have access to continuing education so that they are always informed of the industry’s current best practices.

Strategic Organization

Disaster recovery is a complex process, and for larger losses the process becomes even more intricate. There are many people involved, from the local government to individual residents and other restoration services. Therefore, the organization of the Large Loss Division is integral to the overall effectiveness of the teams. A highly-skilled operations manager oversees the process to ensure everything is done correctly and to facilitate communication between all parties. Additionally, the divisions are carefully located throughout the United States to ensure a team is available no matter where disaster strikes. The Large Loss Division frequently works with local Franchises, and the fact that both are part of the larger SERVPRO team ensures smooth interactions.
If a major catastrophe strikes Leadville, CO, a specialized large loss service may be needed to assist with the disaster recovery process. A large company with adequate personnel and resources is often the best approach to large-scale restoration projects.

Commercial Mold - How To Prevent Mold Reoccurrence

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

A warped wall paper with mold Call SERVPRO right away after a water damage to keep mold from growing

Mold growth in your Dillon, CO, commercial building can be a major hassle, especially if it is persistent and recurring. Fortunately, there are several ways to keep mildew from returning after a successful cleanup job.

Invest in Mold-Resistant Products

During the restoration process, you may find yourself repairing and replacing damaged items. There are mold-resistant alternatives available for many products, including the following:

  • Fabrics
  • Carpet
  • Drywall
  • Paint and primer

Remember that paint, even a mold-resistant formula, will not kill the mold. You still need to remove the mildew before painting over it.

Keep the Area Dry

Even after thorough remediation, there will still be mold spores in the area. If the conditions are right, these spores create new hyphae, which in turn release more spores. Moisture, even high humidity, can lead to an infestation, so keep the area as dry as possible. Keep indoor humidity below 50%, and address any water damage or spills immediately.

Check for Signs of Mold Growth

In addition to keeping your building dry, a key factor in preventing mold reoccurrence is routinely checking for new growth. If you catch mold in time, the cleanup process will be much easier. Be sure to check all previously affected areas as well as other mold-friendly locations, such as bathrooms, basements, carpeting and paper goods. In addition to visible mold, there are many other indicators to watch for. These include a musty odor, warped drywall or flooring, peeling paint and other signs of deterioration. If you notice any of these, you may need to hire a professional to locate the infestation. Make sure to keep up with the routine maintenance and inspections of the HVAC system as well. The technician can let you know if there is a mold problem in the ductwork.
If the mold growth does return, you may want to call a certified restoration company. They can restore your business to its pre-mold condition quickly and safely.

Tips for Estimating Fire Damage

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

Hydroxyl generator, smoke odor remover Hydroxyl generator - removing smoke odor

Tips for Estimating Fire Damage

If your business in Gypsum, CO, has suffered in a fire, you may be overwhelmed. Recovering after a blaze can be daunting, but luckily there are experts available to help you efficiently rebuild your property with minimal interruption to your business. The first step you need to take is to contact your insurance company. Your insurance will connect you with specialists in fire and water damage restoration who focus on getting your property back to its pre-fire condition as soon as possible. Here are some steps they will take to estimate the fire damage:

  • Survey the damage
  • Add up the costs of lost or damaged items
  • Calculate the costs for repairs and restoration services

Survey. An adjuster will need to come out to survey your property. How much of the building was affected, the extent of the damage, and the current market value of the property are some of the variables they will consider. These variables apply to the structure only, so it's important to consider belongings and repair costs as well.

Calculate. You will need to add up the cost of items that are damaged or destroyed within your business. A professional restoration company can assist you with this process, as it can be complex. Experts in fire and water damage restoration have the training and experience to know what to look for and how to create a detailed estimate that covers the full scope of the fire damage.

Restore. Your team of professionals should work hard to quickly clean up and restore your property to its pre-fire condition. Some items they will consider include trash disposal, equipment rental, smoke odor removal, reconstruction costs, emergency services, and water damage restoration costs. Experiencing a commercial fire can be stressful, so you need to find a team of professionals who can get to work immediately and make sure you're fully covered.

Getting back on your feet after a fire is crucial to keep your business running. Find the right professional who can correctly assess all of your losses to get the best estimate and recovery plan.

Does Your Commercial Property Have A Mold Problem?

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growing on wood. Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your commercial property.

In the High Rockies, even with low humidity, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (970)949-3235

IICRC Certified Firm

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

IICRC Certified SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties is an IICRC Certified Firm.

SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations off arbitration.

The 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.

About SERVPRO of Summit

SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. 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.

How To Remove Flood Odors From Your Commercial Building

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded building Flooded building in Edwards, CO

How To Remove Flood Odors From Your Commercial Building

When flooding strikes Edwards, CO, your commercial building could be affected in a variety of ways, including weakened or damaged building materials, ruined carpeting and mold growth. This latter issue can be especially troubling, as it can cause a foul odor that could travel throughout the structure. If your property recently experienced a flood, there are a few ways you can reduce and eliminate flood odors, no matter their cause.

Identify the Source of the Smell

Not all water damage odors have the same source. In fact, some can be quite strong and be the result of several different causes that might include:

  • Sewage loss
  • Black mold growth
  • Dirty outdoor floodwaters

Once you identify the cause of the smell, it may be simpler to employ deodorizing techniques.

Lower Indoor Humidity Levels
When indoor flooding occurs, rising flood water levels can also raise humidity levels. As the humidity increases, this can also cause dirty water to smell increasingly worse as well. To prevent this, open windows and use ceiling fans during a flood cleanup to keep air circulating. Remember to ensure the room’s electrical outlets are dry and still functioning if you plan to use large floor fans to reduce humidity levels.

Turn Off the HVAC System
While your building’s heating, ventilation and cooling system might be effective in lowering the humidity during storm cleanup, it might also spread foul odors to other areas of the building and allow mold spores to travel more rapidly. As you assess storm damage, You may want to leave the system off until water remediation technicians arrive to handle the removal of any fungi growth.

Call in a Professional Odor Removal Service
Once a flood occurs inside your commercial building, it can be difficult to eliminate foul smells on your own, especially if it has multiple floors. A flood mitigation and restoration service can help you handle this issue with several different techniques that include ozone machines, air-cleaning units and specialized cleansers that can help to banish odors for good.
When mold growth and dirty flood waters cause unpleasant odors at your Edwards, CO, business, it can be distressing for your employees and customers. Knowing how to eliminate these smells may prevent business loss and give you peace of mind in the aftermath of a flood.

Colorado Ski Country Mold Remediation

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Man in a crawl space underneath a structure. We specialize in mold remediation in Colorado Ski Country homes and businesses. Call us today for 24/7 emergency service.

At SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties, we know that every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution.

We are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and we will begin the mold cleanup and restoration process as soon as you call us. Our representative who answers your call will ask you a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel that we should bring to your property for the remediation.

We Get There Fast and Begin Remediation Immediately

In general, the mold remediation process will stay the same no matter what type of property we are servicing. Because we are locally owned and operate out of Avon and Frisco, Colorado, we are able to arrive very quickly to your Ski Country property and begin the remediation process almost immediately.

See the steps listed below to learn more about our mold remediation process.

  1. Step 1: Inspection and Damage Assessment – We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.
  2. Step 2: Mold Containment – Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.
  3. Step 3: Air Filtration – Our specialized filtration equipment allows our team to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful air scrubbers with HEPA filters and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of mold spores while remediation is in process.
  4. Step 4: Removing Mold and Infested Materials – Our process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.
  5. Step 5: Cleaning Contents and Belongings – We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We’re also trained to remove odors using fogging equipment.
  6. Step 6: Restoration – Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. This step returns your home or business back to normal.

Call Us 24/7 for Emergency Mold Remediation – (970) 949-3235

Commercial Ice Dam and Snow Removal Service

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Home with an ice dam and snow on the roof. Ice dams can cause damage to your shingles and cause leaks if not taken care of properly.

What is an ice dam?

An ice dam is the ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof which prevents melting snow from draining as it should. The water that backs up behind the ice dam can leak into the home and cause damage to walls, floors, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. Most ice dams occur on the lowest edge of your roof. 

There are 6 warning signs for ice dams:

1.     Your home has had ice dams in the past.

2.     You see roof ice– icicles forming on the edge            of the roof, or off the front edge of the gutter.

3.     Ice is coming through the soffit.

4.     Ice is forming behind the gutters (if gutters              are present).

5.     You see ice or water on the exterior wall.

6.     You see water coming through the frame of a          door or window.

Professional Ice Dam Removal

SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties offers safe, professional snow and ice dam removal services for your business. Our experienced team will be onsite within a matter of hours, saving you time, effort and costly repairs later. Don't wait until it's too late. Call us today and have the job done safely and done right. (970) 949-3235. 

Filing an Insurance Claim for Home Water Damage

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

Insurance claim form Your agent can provide a complete list of covered items and help you file an insurance claim

Filing an Insurance Claim for Home Water Damage

If your washing machine leaked or a water pipe burst, your home could sustain significant damage. It can be a stressful time, as you are suddenly called on to organize the cleanup and restoration and research what type of claim to file.
The source of your water damage will determine the type of insurance coverage that applies to your situation. Your homeowner’s insurance will cover many types of home water damage, but it will generally exclude damage related to floodwaters. If severe weather caused floodwater to damage your property, you would file a different type of insurance claim. This discussion about insurance coverage for water damage may help you prepare for that aspect.

What Does Conventional Homeowner’s Insurance Cover?

Most common causes of home water damage will be covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy. If your damage was caused by any of the following, it would be appropriate to file a conventional claim:

  • Leaking toilet or shower
  • Leaking appliances, such as dishwashers or ice makers
  • Broken water pipe
  • Sewer backup
  • Stormwater entering through a roof leak or other structural damage

Coverage limits and deductibles may vary between policies. Your agent can provide a complete list of covered items and help you file an insurance claim.

What Insurance Covers Damage from Floodwater?

Flood insurance is a product issued by the US government and can be purchased through your insurance agent. In order to file this type of claim, you would have had to purchase this policy prior to the incident. Floodwaters generally originate from a severe storm event or an engineering breach, such as a broken water main or blocked municipal culvert. Your insurance agent can assess whether your damage is eligible for coverage.

If water ended up where it doesn’t belong in your Avon, CO, home, you have many unexpected tasks to fit into your busy schedule. You will undoubtedly want some compensation for your damage, and knowing which type of insurance claim to file may help streamline the process of returning your home and your life to normal activity.

What Is IICRC Mold Certification?

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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Mold growth in your home can cause serious damage. Fortunately, there are certified mold specialists that can help you with the restoration process.

What Is Mold Certification?

The Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) publishes standards relating to mold remediation. They devise these standards in conjunction with experienced professionals, including:

Public health officials
Restoration companies
Industrial hygienists

The IICRC standards address everything from removal methods and equipment to legal requirements. These standards are updated every five years, so they are always current with the latest science relating to mold removal. The IICRC assesses mold certification programs on these state-of-the-art standards, so you can be sure a certified mold remediation company has the skills and knowledge to do the job correctly.

What Are the Benefits of Mold Certification?

Certified mold specialists not only know how to remove mold, they will also let you know of any ongoing moisture problems you have that might result in future mold growth. These companies are aware of the best and safest fungicides available and have the knowledge to select the most appropriate one for each unique situation. Additionally, they will address hidden mold. Some companies only clean surface mold, but IICRC standards require elimination of all live mold growth. Because of IICRC's continuing education requirements, you can be sure that these companies are using the most up-to-date methods, regardless of when they received their initial certification. 

Additionally, IICRC certified companies are required to hold liability insurance, so you are ensured another layer of protection against accidents and professional malpractice.

If you experience mold growth, certified mold specialists can help you get your home back to normal quickly and safely. They will also do everything they can to help you prevent future mold infestations.