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SERVPRO is Available Around the Clock to Help you Restore your Colorado Mountain Home After a Fire.

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Loss SERVPRO is Available Around the Clock to Help you Restore your Colorado Mountain Home After a Fire.

Most homeowners in The Colorado High Rockies know that restoring their home after a fire takes time. The flames, smoke, and extinguishing agents left behind by the fire and first responders can leave your home in disarray. Do not let the mess intimidate you; instead, call a company certified to handle these situations.

Only a professional group can help mitigate your loss as it helps you salvage, remove, and restore your home and your personal belongings.

For our Colorado High Rockies neighbors, fire damage restoration is a phone call away. Our SERVPRO team is available around the clock because we recognize that emergencies happen day and night. Our Green Fleet is ready to spring into action, assess the incident's impact, and create an action plan for your home. Our goal is to erase this disruption from your life by doing a conscientious and thorough job of restoring your home.

How do I decide what to keep and what to toss after a fire?

Looking at the soot sitting on your furniture, books, and decor may leave a hopeless feeling in your heart, but don't jump to conclusions until you consult our SERVPRO experts. At its fingertips, our team has different options to restore documents, electronics, and flooring, among others. Fires also leave behind an acrid smell, which our team can address as well. At the core of our restoration process, we focus on the following-

Use of chemical agents to loosen soot and dirt while protecting the surface itself. Once the process of emulsion occurs, removing debris becomes easier.

Use deodorizing agents to neutralize and kill any smell molecules lingering in your home, including those that traveled through your ventilation system.

Use of extraction equipment to remove any remaining water used to extinguish the fire.

Our team at SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle is looking out for you when you need it the most. Call us at (970) 949-3235 when disaster strikes and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened." 

Emergency Sewage Backup? Call SERVPRO

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency Sewage Backup? Call SERVPRO - Image of technician in PPE Emergency Sewage Backup? Call SERVPRO

Sewer backups obviously are a situation we all would like to avoid, yet it can hit at any time. When it does hit, you would agree it is a true and definite emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes. Our team of professionals has specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean sewage backups.

Water damage is classified by Category, depending on the level of contamination, and how it is handled is based on the specific classification.

There are three classifications for a water loss:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on the length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

Category 2: "Gray Water"

Category 2 water is contaminated. Examples include washing machine overflow, toilet overflow with some urine but no feces, or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses.
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated, and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Hour Emergency Service

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. Our team of certified SERVPRO heroes is available day or night and ready for any size disaster. 

Is your business protected?

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO ERP Program Protect your business with SERVPRO ERP Program.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40% of businesses DO NOT  REOPEN after a disaster, and another 25% FAIL WITHIN ONE YEAR. The United States Small Business Administration shows similar statistics indicating that over 90% of businesses fail within 2 years after suffering a disaster.

Most business owners focus on protecting their businesses from earthquakes, floods, and fires. However, the smaller incidents can be just as catastrophic such as burglary or water damage. These can result in immense losses due to damage and lost business.

What can you do to survive?

To survive, business owners must prepare for emergencies and take steps to prevent or, at the very least, minimize the effect of disasters. The first step is to be aware of the condition of your building. Document existing problems such as any wall cracks or plumbing issues and when repairs are made. As the owner, this allows you to keep up with necessary repairs and maintenance before it becomes a problem. This will allow your employees to stay calm and productive, knowing that the building is safe and sound.

The second step is to have a Disaster Preparedness Plan. Have copies of your Plan in areas easily accessible to all employees with a list of emergency contacts, shut-off valves for gas and water, as well, like any other important contacts or documents. SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle can help you prepare an Emergency Ready Program (ERP), which will contain the above necessary information at no cost to you. 

Is your business protected?

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO ERP Program SERVPRO ERP Program

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40% of businesses DO NOT  REOPEN after a disaster, and another 25% FAIL WITHIN ONE YEAR. The United States Small Business Administration shows similar statistics indicating that over 90% of businesses fail within 2 years after suffering a disaster.

Most business owners focus on protecting their businesses from earthquakes, floods, and fires. However, the smaller incidents can be just as catastrophic such as burglary or water damage. These can result in immense losses due to damage and lost business.

What can you do to survive?

To survive, business owners must prepare for emergencies and take steps to prevent or, at the very least, minimize the effect of disasters. The first step is to be aware of the condition of your building. Document existing problems such as any wall cracks or plumbing issues and when repairs are made. As the owner, this allows you to keep up with necessary repairs and maintenance before it becomes a problem. This will allow your employees to stay calm and productive, knowing that the building is safe and sound.

The second step is to have a Disaster Preparedness Plan. Have copies of your Plan in areas easily accessible to all employees with a list of emergency contacts, shut-off valves for gas and water, as well, like any other important contacts or documents. SERVPRO of Grand Junction can help you prepare an Emergency Ready Program (ERP), which will contain the above necessary information at no cost to you. 

Categories of Water Damage

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Types of Water Loss Categories of Water Damage

Not all water is the same when it comes to water damage in the home or office. Water and moisture can significantly affect drywall, plaster, weakening beams and supports, rusting metal surfaces, and more if untreated. SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle is professionally trained to meet IICRC standards to properly assess and devise the best plan for restoration of any water damage category.

Category 1 – Clean Water

As its name states, this category is from a clean source such as faucets, toilet tanks, or drinking fountains. This is the lowest and easiest type to deal with by drying out any affected material if untreated category 1 water can quickly downgrade.

Category 2 – Gray Water

Greywater has a level of contaminants that can cause illness or discomfort if ingested. Sources of greywater include a washing machine, flush from sink drains, and toilet overflow with some urine but do not contain feces. Clean up from gray water requires additional steps, including containment of the affected area and removal of materials that present moisture or damage. Category 2 can downgrade to Category 3 if left untreated.

Category 3 – Black Water

As the name suggests, black water is the worst classification and is grossly contaminated. This water can cause severe illness or death if ingested. Sources of black water include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth. Blackwater should always be avoided. Never try to clean up black water on your own as it can cause severe illness! Clean up from Category 3 water requires a measure of safety precautions for all those involved. This includes containment of the affected area and hazmat suits to protect the technicians from removing contaminated materials. Blackwater, therefore, is the hardest to deal with and the most costly.

Commercial Mitigation

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Sprinkler systems can be a common source of water damage in commercial facilities. While their benefits far outweigh their cons, both properly and improperly working sprinkler systems can contribute to a flooded facility. In this case, a fire in an adjacent building caused the sprinkler system in this building to go off over the weekend. The sprinkler shut-off was eventually found, but not until the damage had affected the facility's 36,000 sq ft. If this was your facility, what would you do?

Choose a Trained Professional

When your facility is affected, it is important to call a commercial drying specialist such as SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle; we understand that every hour closed leads to an hour lost of productivity and potential revenue. Commercial damage restoration produces unique challenges, so it is imperative to choose a trained professional with a proven track record. 

At SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle, we will respond immediately to your damage regardless of size or scope. When your facility is affected, no job is too big or too small. 

Different Types of Water Damage

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Water Damage Different Types of Water Damage

There are several types of storm damage, including wind, flooding, or even fire. Flooding can cause extensive amounts of damage to your home, and lightning can create fires, while high winds can cause many issues to your home structure.

Wind
The damage which results from extremely high winds is quite easy to see most of the time. Nowadays, roof shingles are designed better than their predecessors regarding their resistance to wind and ever-increasing knowledge and standards. There are many times little can be done to prevent damage by the wind in very extreme conditions. Wind-damaged roofs usually appear to be affected only in certain spots. The room's edges or perimeter are affected by high winds easily since the edge of a roof is quite prone to lifting.

Hail
Round dings in metal are clear signs of hail damage. Determining whether your roof has suffered damage from a hail storm, however, could be a bit more challenging. After hail hits the roof, it knocks off the protective granules where the hail has hit, and these areas of damage are the sources of leaks in the roof in the future if it is not fixed within a few years.

Snow
Snow causes most of its damage from its weight, which immensely increases when ice, rain, and sleet are added to it. On an average-sized roof, two feet of snow can weigh the equivalent of thirty-eight thousand pounds or nineteen tons. The obvious sign many times that a roof is about to fail is if it is sagging.

Ice
The functionality of many gutter and roof systems is affected by the temperatures that fluctuate, making the snow melt then refreeze on the edge of the roof. This makes a dam which the water cannot pass through, meaning that as more snow melts off the roof and trickles down, it gets blocked by an ice dam and makes a puddle. Since roofs were not made to handle standing water, especially as the water line and growing puddle move up the roof, the water can seep through small openings in the roof into your home or attic.

Rain and Flood Damage
Water running out of a typical water drainage basin due to overflowing from a storm can wreak havoc on your property. Streams, creeks, rivers or lakes that overflow, flash floods, a storm surge, or a tsunami are all examples of possible flood damage.

Flooding can cause damage to your property, including your foundation and drywall damage. Most of the time, the drywall will need to be removed and replaced. The flooding can also cause mold to grow on the property due to standing or hidden water, such as inside the walls. This should be taken care of as soon as possible, usually by a professional storm damage remediation company, as mold can cause health effects to you and your family.

Call an Expert
At the first sign of damage, contact a professional storm damage restoration company. We use specialized equipment and technology to tackle any storm damage to your property. We will be able to restore your property to normal.

Contact SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle to restore your commercial or residential storm damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Large Loss Division

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Large Loss Large Loss

It's been a while since we've posted a blog about our large loss division. We wanted to share some information we've shared before if you needed a reminder that we are here and ready to handle ANY size disaster. 

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

A commercial operations manager supervises every large loss to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through strategic placement and temporary labor oversight. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

Clients who have trusted SERVPRO and the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

This means that SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle  is a part of a network of franchises across the country to be able to get you and your business back to "Like it never even happened." No job is too large for us. Give us a call today. 

SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (970)-949-3235!

Thunderstorm Preparation

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Ready Storm Damage

Knowing when a thunderstorm is on its way is very key when protecting your home from any damage.  There are a few things to look out for whether it be from water damage or fire damage, or structural damage.  Most people know to batten down the hatches on your patio or deck when we see windy, stormy weather coming, so here are some tips to check off when going around the house.  

  • Unplug appliances and electronic equipment when not in use.
  • Remove dead or overhanging tree branches that could fall on your house if the tree is struck by lightning.
  • Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose. Metal pipes and plumbing can conduct electricity if struck by lightning.
  • Turn off the air conditioner. Power surges from lightning can overload the compressor, resulting in a costly repair job.
  • Draw blinds and shades over windows. If windows break due to objects blown by the wind or large hail, the shades will help prevent the glass from shattering into your home.
  • Flood proof your home by making the foundation watertight with concrete.  

Completing these tasks will help save you costly expenses if storm damage hits the Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle area.  Call us at 970-949-3235 if you ever need our services!

How To Prepare for Natural Disasters

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Ready How To Prepare for Natural Disasters

The best way to prepare for a natural disaster is to have a plan in place for each type of disaster that is likely to occur in your area.  For your basic emergency kit, keep these things in mind when putting it together. 

Pack enough food and water for each person in the household per day.  Have an updated first aid kit, cell phone chargers, important documents, and have cash on hand.  If the power goes out, it may become difficult to access online banking or ATMs.  

Pets need an emergency kit too!  Pack their food and water, important documents, medicine, vaccine information they may have.  Having a crate for your pet would be helpful in case you are relocated to a hotel or shelter.  Keep a photo of you and your pet if at any time you are separated from them.

When hurricanes and flooding are planning to come to your town, keep your gas tank full if you are evacuating from your home.  If you start to have water in your home, turn off your power at the breaker box to prevent damage and electrocution.  Stay out of the floodwater as much as possible and move to higher ground.

Winter storms are also something to plan for each year.  70% of winter deaths are related to automobile accidents in the snow and ice.  During the storm, stay inside as much as possible and make sure you eat regularly and stay hydrated.  In case of power loss, ensure that you have alternative heat sources and that these are in good working order. 

If you have had a disaster strike your home, call SERVPRO of Summit, Eagle, Lake & Park to help! 970-949-3235