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The Solution For Commercial Damage Cleanup in Colorado

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

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There is so much to love about the beautiful area that encompasses Summit, Lake, Park, and Eagle Counties in Colorado.

From skiing to hiking to enjoying the incredible natural vistas, there’s no wonder thousands of people are drawn here every year.

There’s also little question why so many businesses have opened here, leading to a wide range of commercial properties throughout the area.

Unfortunately, all of those businesses can also fall victim to fire, water, storm, and other types of significant damage and when that occurs they’ll need specialized commercial damage cleanup services.

That’s where SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park, and Eagle Counties comes in.

With years of service and the expertise that comes with the SERVPRO name, we’re the name you can trust for all of your commercial damage cleanup needs. As a local business ourselves, we understand exactly what is required to treat damage to commercial properties and restore them to their previous condition so that you can get back to business as quickly as possible.

The Specific Challenges of Commercial Cleanup

Whether from fire, water, or storm, any kind of damage that hits your commercial property can be particularly devastating. The longer any business remains closed, the more it can cost in terms of profit, so at times like these, it is absolutely essential to get your business restored and get back on your feet.

SERVPRO understands that all too well, which is why we make it our business to respond faster to any disaster. Our staff is ready to take your call 24/7 and our highly trained restoration specialists will be on-site within four hours of that call to begin the cleanup process.

All of our specialists have the training and certification necessary to handle any kind of commercial property damage, including the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. We are also prepared to handle all types and sizes of business, from small mom-and-pop shops to large corporate buildings, hotels, and other properties.

While fire, water, and storms can wreak havoc on any kind of property, there are particular challenges that are presented by commercial properties:

  • Most commercial properties are larger in size and scale than residential properties, meaning the cleanup process may be much more complex.
  • Because there is more ground to cover and many specialized areas including upholstery repair, complex electrical systems, waterproofing, and other issues, commercial clean-up can require a greater level of skill and experience.
  • Time is a particular concern for commercial properties. Keeping the doors closed can continue to cost you money, so cleanup needs to happen as quickly as possible

Guaranteed To Get You Back To Work Fast

At SERVPRO we put our focus on getting you back to work quickly, which is why we are guaranteed to respond faster to any disaster. That lets you rest easy knowing that your business is in the best possible hands and will be up and running again as soon as possible.

We use industrial-strength, professional quality equipment to address water and smoke damage and thoroughly dry every inch of your property. We understand that commercial properties require special handling and we’re ready to provide all of the support necessary to get the job done right.

Our team of highly skilled technicians has all of the necessary training and certification to handle any size commercial property and we are continually learning and re-certifying to ensure that we are up to date on all of the latest techniques.

We have even taken steps to guard against the spread of viral pathogens with our new program, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. We know how devastating and costly damage to commercial properties can be, so we take nothing for granted when it comes to the cleanup process.

At SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park, and Eagle counties, we combine the resources of a national network of over 1,700 franchises with the small-town feel of a locally owned and operated business.

We’re part of this community too and we’re invested in keeping it healthy and thriving because what’s good for one of us is good for all. That’s why we treat every property with the same care and concern we’d want for our own. Our goal is to restore your business to its previous condition so that there are no lingering signs of damage.

When disaster strikes your commercial property it shouldn’t put you out of business permanently. Fire, storms, and flooding can all cause different types of damage that require a very specific approach, but SERVPRO is up to the challenge. 

Call the professionals of SERVPRO and we’ll provide the thorough commercial cleanup services you expect so that you can quickly put the damage behind you and start serving your customers again.

Authored by: Chafika and James Landers 

Certifications

  • AMRT -Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD  -Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT -Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST -Health and safety Technician
  • OCT -Odor Control Technician
  • RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC -Certified Firm

Affiliations

  • ASBO
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification

Awards

  • Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness

How does Smoke affect your Home?

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

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How Smoke Damage Affects Your Home

Even small home fires can result in significant smoke damage. Taking a noticeable toll on your items and resulting in unseen damage to your home’s structure, the cleanup of smoke and soot is time-sensitive. Acidic in nature, it affects each surface of your house differently, rapidly taking its toll unless quickly and carefully addressed. Smoke affects various materials in different ways. Not only that but the temperature and type of the fire will cause different variations of smoke damage throughout your home. One of the worst ways that smoke can cause harm is by sneaking into small cracks and crevices since the particles are so delicate. They can often go undetected for a long time, leaving a lingering smell of smoke that can last for months. The only way to remove the odor from your home is to remove or clean affected items and clean your home's building materials with agents designed to remove the smell.

Also, the smoke particles put your health and your family at risk because they are toxic. The toxic ingredients are carbon monoxide, soot, tar, carbon dioxide, and harmful chemicals, depending on what burns. The microscopic particles are suspended in air and later settle as soot on whatever surfaces they land on. The soot and particles that settle on the clothes and furnishings severely irritate the skin. Breathing in these toxins over time will lead to health effects.

Remember, SERVPRO of Summit Lake, Park & Eagle Counties is ready to assist you after a fire with fire damage, smoke damage restoration, and help you get back to normal. Getting your home or business back to preloss condition as quickly as possible is our number one priority. We are a 24/7 emergency response. Call us today at 970-949-3235.

Protect your employees and Business from COVID-19

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

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As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread throughout the country, businesses are grappling with employee shortages due to illness. They are also constantly haunted by the threat of government-mandated shutdowns that can make it difficult or impossible to stay operational. Even if they aren't mandated, shutdowns can become an inevitable reality if an outbreak affects several employees. Whether they're worried about being short-handed or ending up on the news, companies want to do everything they can to avoid uncontrolled outbreaks at their facilities.

Whether you're a large retail shop, small physician's office, an industrial facility, or an outpatient clinic, have an expert in commercial cleaning services with coronavirus cleaning know-how.

SERVPRO of Summit Lake, Park & Eagle Counties can mitigate the risk of an outbreak at your facility with routine COVID cleaning services and preventive disinfection to keep your environment safe from an unintentional outbreak.

SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive, proactive viral pathogen cleaning program backed by more than 50 years of experience in cleanup and restoration. With an industry-leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes, we're helping businesses across the country open safely. So, commit to keeping your employees and customers safer. Make sure your space is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Our certified SERVPRO Commercial cleaners have years of experience interpreting and following guidelines from the CDC to keep people safe during outbreaks of all kinds. Call us today at 970-949-3235. We are a 24/7 emergency response.

Winter safety tips for your employees

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

Winter Winter

It’s winter season again. The days are short, the temperatures are dropping, and snow is knocking at the door in many parts of the country. But this winter season will be unlike any we’ve seen before. With the COVID-19 pandemic altering how we work, convene, and communicate, it will be more important than ever to ensure your workplace is prepared for the cold months ahead.

A proactive safety plan that explicitly addresses slips, trips, and falls enhance worker safety and minimizes potential costs from workers’ compensation payments, government fines, or equipment/facility remediation requirements.

There need to be eyes on the parking areas, outside break areas, and walkways at all times.

Keep walkways, stairways, and other work areas clear.

Remove hazards, such as water on floors and snow on sidewalks, immediately.

Avoid carrying heavy loads that may compromise your balance.

Mark hazardous areas. Use temporary signs, cones, barricades, or floor stands to warn passing workers.

Outside, wear footwear with heavy treads for increased traction. Make yourself visible to drivers by wearing a brightly colored jacket or clothes.

Winter preparedness is essential to protecting your people and business, and steps must be taken to prepare your facilities. You can’t prevent all falls, but you can salt the parking lot, sidewalks, and efforts ahead of time. You can also place large, absorbent mats at every entrance to prevent slips once employees are inside the building.

Inspect your facilities (roof, plumbing, etc.) and make sure to perform all required preventative maintenance and repairs.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Summit Lake, Park & Eagle Counties is always ready to assist you. We are a 24/7 emergency response. Call us today at 970-949-3235.

How to Prevent Basement Floods

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement Flooded Basement

Unexpected water in your basement can damage walls and floors, destroy carpeting, ruin furniture, and lead to mold. These spaces are often used for storage; a wet basement can ruin irreplaceable items like photo albums, antiques, and family heirlooms. It is crucial to determine if it is safe to leave things in areas that may flood and take precautions to prevent the risk of flooding.

Whether it's a plumbing leak, roof leak, or a basement filled with water, water damage can require a costly fix. Taking the proper precautions can save you money, time, and headaches in the future, and it may even help protect against large, unforeseen natural disasters. Here are a few home improvements to make water damage less likely:

Add or update drainage. Use gutters and downspouts to make sure water is diverted away from your home and its foundation.

The most straightforward solutions to overflowing gutters are either adding another downspout on that gutter run or increasing the downspout size. The best solution between these two is probably adding another downspout; the second downspout can act as a backup if the first one gets blocked.

If you choose to replace the existing downspout with a larger one, make sure the contractor increases the size of the corresponding hole in the gutter.

  • Install a sump pump. Try this addition if water damage has been a severe problem in your home's lower level. Choose a cast-iron sump pump, which may last longer, and consider buying a battery-powered backup pump if the power goes out.
  • Seal Your Basement. This is a logical step, but many homeowners fail to keep up with it year after year. Sealing openings to your basement means keeping weatherstripping around doors in good condition and making sure windows are caulked.
  • Install a water leak detection system.

An automatic water shut-off valve is a water leak detection system that will shut off the water supply to the home when it detects water on the floor or an irregular flow in the pipe.

  • Check Your Landscaping

Although plants absorb water from the soil, they can also cause water intrusion in your basement. If they're too close to the foundation, roots may penetrate, resulting in cracks or bowing walls that allow water in. Overgrown shrubs may also restrict once-proper drainage and allow water to pool too close to your home.

  • Clean the Gutters

Clean the gutters on your roof to ensure that they don't overflow during a rainstorm. The downspouts carry the water away from your home, and if they aren't clear of debris, the water might flow into your home's basement.

  • Check Your Foundation for Cracks

Check your home's foundation from the inside and outside for any cracks. If you notice small cracks, use caulk to seal them. If the cracks are extensive, you will need the help of a professional to fix them before they cause damage to your basement.

Our SERVPRO team of Summit Lake, Park & Eagle Counties are Professionals in water damage restoration, and we are your best option to efficiently and thoroughly inspect your home of standing water and get it cleaned up quickly. Several potential problems could arise from waiting to address standing water in your house.

Give our SERVPRO of Summit Lake, Park & Eagle Counties a call today to help avoid these concerns as much as possible. We are 24/7 Emergency Response at 970-949-3235.

Water Damage: What to do?

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

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After your home or business experiences water damage, your prompt action can minimize further damage. It is essential to know the source of the damage at the start of the cleaning process. The safe, timely steps listed below can assist you in your home or businesses’ water damage restoration process so that it can be returned to its pre-crisis state. Incorrect actions can be costly mistakes.

  • Call your insurance company.
  • Try to contain the water in the affected area.
  • Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe furniture dry.
  • Place a piece of foil between wet flooring and furniture legs.
  • Protect any furniture or pillows.
  • Open furniture drawers, closet doors, and luggage to start the drying.
  • Move guns, photos, paintings, and art objects to a safe, dry location
  • Lift the drapes off the floor, looping them through a coat hanger and hanging them on the curtain rod.
  • Remove all area carpets.
  • Turn off any electrical items.

If you find water damage on your property, follow some of these helpful tips, and call SERVPRO of Summit Lake, Park & Eagle Counties to start the restoration process right away. We are a 24/7 emergency response.

Preventing Mold in your Commercial Building

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold can be very challenging to deal with. It can sometimes be challenging to spot, pollute the air, and even threaten your establishment's structural integrity.

It gets even more problematic with commercial properties since they can cause business interruption, make you, your employees, and your clients experience health effects, and of course, cost you a lot of money. Follow these tips to prevent mold from growing inside your commercial buildings.

Prevent Mold From Taking Hold in your Office Building.

Mold is not something to take lightly when you own or manage a commercial property. Mold can grow on any organic surface where moisture and oxygen are present. Your commercial property is full of areas that have these perfect conditions. Add in that mold spores are invisible to the human eye, and you have an ideal breeding ground for mold – and you may not even know it.

  1. Stay vigilant: Mold can be sneaky, growing in places you may never have thought. Create a plan and inspect your property regularly. These places include anywhere that has high moisture levels, like basements or crawl spaces. Watch for fuzzy stains on walls, musty smells, and mold marks on carpets and rugs. 
  2. Repair any plumbing issues right away. Bring in a restoration company right away if you notice leaky roofs, leaky pipes, or unsealed windows and door frames. These are all prime areas for mold to grow. 
  3. Use a dehumidifier. Your establishment's humidity must always be maintained and kept at no higher than 50%. We understand how it can be challenging to keep track, so your bet is to install commercial dehumidifiers.
  4. Ensure proper ventilation. Keep HVAC systems clean. HVAC systems are an excellent place for mold to hide; not only can mold hide in the vents, but since they are the perfect way for mold spores to get around the building quickly and efficiently. 
  5. Call in a professional. If you can't find the source of the mold or the problem has spread, it is time to bring in a professional service to assist in mold remediation.

Our SERVPRO team are Professionals who have the right tools, equipment, and products to take care of it. We specialize in mold removal from residential and commercial buildings and can assist with ridding your property of any mold and residual spores. You can trust SERVPRO of Summit Lake, Park & Eagle Counties to take care of any mold problems you encounter in your commercial building. We are a 24/7 emergency response. Call us today at 970-949-3235.

Preventing Water Damage in your Commercial Building

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

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All buildings are different, but each is at risk for water damage. From a minor roof leak to violently destructive hurricanes, any unwanted water intrusion can significantly impact the value of a commercial property.

If your business experiences a water-related incident, you’ll need to act quickly to mitigate the damage. Small business insurance can also play a crucial role in lessening the financial impact. However, it’s best to prevent such occurrences from happening in the first place. Use these tips to protect your business from flooding and freezing damage.

Conduct Regular Inspections

The components of a commercial building are diverse and complex. Unlike residential property, commercial buildings tend to have major external HVAC components, roofs decorated with an array of pipes and fans, and large utility rooms. The best way to keep the harsh weather outside is to hire a professional to conduct frequent and thorough inspections.

Insulate exposed pipes

Exposed pipes during the winter are vulnerable to freezing. Plummeting temperatures can freeze water inside a poorly insulated pipe, causing the pipe to burst. A broken pipe can lead to costly flooding or even structural damage. Ensure the pipes are insulated. The more insulation you use, the better protected your lines will be.

Inspect gutters and drainage

Fallen leaves and other debris in gutters and downspouts can lead to water damage to the exterior and interior walls. Regularly inspect your business’s gutters, downspouts, and drainage system, and remove any debris or buildup.

Locate your shut-off valve

If a pipe breaks, you’ll need to act quickly. That means you should know the location of the main shut-off valve for your building’s water supply. Shutting off the main valve will temporarily cut the water flow to the building, preventing flooding until you can fix the problem.

Seal cracks and gaps

Seal any cracks, holes, or other gaps in your building’s exterior and foundation to ensure that cold air doesn’t penetrate your structure, and warm air doesn’t escape. Caulk, weather stripping, and other sealants can be used to make your building more energy-efficient and reduce the risk of frozen pipes.

Have a Plan B

Ideally, each commercial building should have options for temporary office space and plans to inform clients of quick changes in the case of severe water damage. Additionally, it’d never be a poor use of time to back up critical paperwork electronically.

Protect your business with insurance

It’s essential to have adequate insurance in place if you experience water or freezing damage when it comes to small business insurance—the details of your coverage matter.

Ask your insurer to add a rider or endorsement to extend coverage to hazards that are excluded from your policy to ensure your business is protected.

Quick response to water damage events

Often the speed of response to a water damage event is the most vital key to getting back to normal day-to-day operations quickly.

Remember, SERVPRO of Summit Lake, Park & Eagle Counties is ready to assist you with water damage restoration and help you get back to normal. Getting your home or business back to preloss condition as quickly as possible is our number one priority. We are a 24/7 emergency response. Call us today at 970-457-1449.

Call SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties provides 24-hour emergency service and is Faster to Any Size Disaster in all the counties.  We respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

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

Residential Services

If your home needs emergency flood damage, you can rely on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and can assist in getting your property to the preloss condition. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Biohazard Cleaning
  • Covid Cleaning
  • Sewage Cleaning
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

If water or fire strikes your commercial property. When the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services.  

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration 
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Biohazard Cleaning
  • Commercial Covid Cleaning
  • Commercial Sewage Cleaning
  • Commercial Storm Damage Restoration

Reasons you window is leaking

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Windows leaking isn't a very uncommon issue, and it's difficult for homeowners to determine what the problem may be. Also, this can lead to mold, wrapping, and structural damage. There are many factors to consider when analyzing the cause of a window leak, so before repair can take place, a diagnosis is necessary.

Water on the Windows When There's No Rain

This is a sign of condensation, and it can be easily fixed by adjusting your home's humidity with central air conditioning or a dehumidifier. By lowering the moisture levels in the air, you can reduce the amount of condensation that forms on the window. Excess condensation can lead to mold growth over time.

Water is coming in around the window.

Often, these leaks happen because the caulk or sealant around the window has gotten old and cracked, allowing rain to enter the house. The fix for this situation is simple – peel out the old caulking and replace it with new window caulking.

The window leaking in Around the Top of Your Window
Leaks at the top of the window can be a sign of mistakes made during installation. The flashing might be improperly installed, for instance, or it might be missing altogether. If the house wrap isn't correctly installed, that could cause the window to leak, too.

The window is leaking at the bottom
If the windows have metal or vinyl frames, they have drain holes near the bottom edge of the frame. These holes are designed to allow the water to escape the frame, but they can become clogged. Clean out the jams.
All windows should have a sill pan that allows water to drain to the house's exterior, and the sill needs to slope away from the window. If either is missing or wrong, you may need to reinstall the window to correct the problem.

Water is leaking between the panes of a double-paned window.

The glass seal has deteriorated, and rain is working its way between the panes. However, that gas that's supposed to be between the panes to provide an insulating factor is gone. Installing new windows will increase the home's energy efficiency.

For any water damage in your home or commercial property, SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties' highly trained technicians are ready to help you 24/7. We'll restore the water damage and make it look "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 970-949-3235.