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Commercial Restoration Brings Special Challenges In Aspen CO
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While business and commercial buildings can face the same kind of threats from water, fire, and mold that private residences do, commercial restoration holds several unique challenges that can make it more difficult.
In order to perform a complete restoration of commercial properties it’s important to recognize these differences:
- Commercial buildings are large – generally speaking, commercial properties tend to be much bigger than homes and that can make performing restoration services more difficult.
While home restoration can be accomplished using smaller pumps and vacuums, commercial properties may require the use of larger, industrial-grade equipment.
It can also require much more equipment and cleaning supplies and may require a greater amount of personnel to tackle the job properly.
- Commercial restoration may require more expertise- because commercial properties are larger and more complex performing a full restoration may require more extensive expertise and training as well as experience.
Your business is your financial lifeline and you can’t afford to leave it in the hands of a restoration company that isn’t adequately prepared to handle the job.
- Commercial projects can have time constraints – when it comes to business, time can quite literally be money. You can’t afford to have your business shut down any longer than is absolutely necessary.
The best commercial restoration contractor will understand the need to move as quickly as possible so that your business can get back up and running.
Put Your Business In The Best Hands
Because your business is valuable, you can’t afford to trust it to just any restoration company. You need to know that you’ve got a contractor you can trust and that’s where the professionals of SERVPRO come in.
We’ve got specific training to help us handle fire, water, and mold damage in any number of commercial properties, from small or large office buildings to restaurants, shops, and hotels to residential high-rises and even government and military properties.
We’re ready to respond with precision and effectiveness to any job, no matter how large or small, and provide complete restoration services with the quality your business deserves.
Just as we do with our residential services, SERVPRO employs a thorough, step-by-step process for all commercial restoration that is geared toward making your property look “Like it never even happened.”
That starts with having someone ready to answer your call immediately, 24 hours a day. Once we’ve gotten all of the necessary details, we’ll send a technician to your location within four hours to begin a thorough walkthrough so that we can assess the extent of damage and put together an effective plan for addressing it.
We’ll cover every area on your property to ensure that all damage is identified and to determine exactly what type of surfaces we’re dealing with so that we know how best to proceed.
If there are any items that we feel cannot be salvaged, we’ll indicate those immediately so that you can make the final determination and use the information to help file an insurance claim.
In order to mitigate your damages, we’re prepared to board up windows and cover damaged roofs with tarps
Once these initial precautions have been taken, we’ll then begin the process of removing standing water and any other hazardous debris.
Once everything is cleared, we’ll use our state-of-the-art equipment and professional training to thoroughly dry all surfaces, clean and deodorize.
We’ll perform full mold remediation to ensure that you don’t experience a mold infestation that can be hazardous to you, your employees, and your customers.
Of course, we understand the need to get your business functioning again as quickly as possible to help cut your losses, which is why we keep speed in mind through every step of the restoration process.
We know that you can’t afford to be shut down any longer than absolutely necessary so our goal is to get you back in business as soon as we can
We know that making you whole again is also critical, which is why we offer a full range of services for all commercial properties including replacing drywall, removing and replacing carpeting and carpet pads, and replacing damaged flooring.
For any services that are beyond our scope, including roof repair, restoring furniture, electronics, and other items, drying out and preserving important business-related documents, and removing trees, we can make recommendations of other qualified services.
Commercial Restoration You Can Count On
SERVPRO is proud to be a part of the thriving Aspen business community and that’s why we go the extra mile to ensure that your commercial property gets the care that you expect.
We would want no less for our own property, which is why we keep up our training and employ the best possible techniques geared specifically toward commercial restoration.
Our technicians are all Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) certified, which means we’re up to date on all of the standards for the best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet, and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration techniques.
We even offer specialized cleaning services that are particularly important in this day and age when everyone is ultra-sensitive to the spread of pathogens and other contaminants.
We can specifically address the removal of sewage and biohazards, treat fabrics and upholstery including drapes and carpets, and remove any signs of vandalism on your property.
We know how hazardous mold can be, so we are prepared to pay special attention to your HVAC system and air ducts to ensure that mold is not spread throughout your building.
The “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned” shield, which is affixed to your building after we complete our new defensive cleaning program, will allow customers, visitors, and employees alike to enter your building with confidence knowing that it has met our exacting standards for cleanliness, designed to target viral pathogens and provide the safest possible environment.
The SERVPRO Difference For Commercial Restoration
Whenever an emergency strikes your commercial property, you need to know that you’ve got a restoration solution you can count on.
SERVPRO is the expert when it comes to handling water, fire, and storm damage restoration as well as mold remediation.
We’re ready to respond faster to any disaster and we won’t sign off on a job until we know you’re satisfied with the results.
There are so many challenges involved in the commercial restoration and the professionals of SERVPRO are ready to help you meet them.
We want what’s best for our neighbors in the Aspen business community and that’s why we use the latest training and equipment to handle any job, large or small.
Having the best commercial restoration contractor on your side can make all the difference for your business, so when disaster strikes don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO. We’ll get you back in business in no time.
SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle
Authored by: Chafika and James Landers
- 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
- EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
- Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification
- Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness
Is your business protected?
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.
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.
SERVPRO Large Loss Division
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
- 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!
What is a Large Loss?
A disaster has hit your home or business and left behind an excessive amount of damage. In the blink of an eye, you’ve lost your property and belongings. You’re also potentially looking at spending a large amount of money and time on repairs and renovations. Because of the extent of the damage, you will most likely be looking at a large-loss situation. But what exactly does that mean? What steps should you take to start putting your life back together? Fortunately, knowing what to expect and who to contact in a large-loss situation can help you wade through a lot of the unknown.
What is Large Loss?
For the most part, “large loss” is exactly what it sounds like. It’s any situation where there’s been a significant amount of damage to your property. For example, if a home has suffered a fire or several inches of flooding, the damage would most likely be extensive. There may be thousands of dollars worth of damage to the structure of the home and its contents. But determining whether damage constitutes as large loss is not just dependent on the amount of money involved, it varies per situation. Unfortunately, this means that there’s no set of rules or instructions to help you wade through it all. There are, however, several factors that can assist in determining whether or not your damage constitutes as large loss.
Damage can usually be considered a large loss when:
- A significant area or portion of a structure is damaged
- Damage results in a very complex set of repairs to restore things to their original state
- Most of the structure has to be replaced
- A large part of the business is put to a halt because of the damage
When you break it down, a large-loss project can be categorized by one or more of several different factors:
- The cost to restore the use of the structure to a “like new” condition
- The sheer size of a facility
- The specific use or purpose of a facility
While there is no structure or facility that is 100% safe from damage, some are definitely more time-consuming and pose more of a challenge to resolve.
Large Loss and Insurance
When disaster strikes, you need to know that your insurance company has your back. Being confident that you’re taken care of will help you begin the process of clean up, restoration and recovery. When it comes to insurance restoration, the extent of the damage to your structure will determine how your claim is handled and the steps you will need to take to move forward. You could be hit with the daunting task of renovating or rebuilding your property. In many cases, you may also have the added responsibility of replacing or salvaging things like documents, materials, equipment, or memorabilia. Regardless of what your situation looks like, it’s important to know just what your insurance policy covers.
What Will My Insurance Cover?
Before damage hits your home or business, it’s important to understand what your insurance policy does and does not cover. If you aren’t sure what you’re protected from, now might be a good time to call your insurance agent and find out!
Typically, your insurance policy pays to rebuild or repair your home or office building if it is ever damaged or destroyed by things like lightning, hail, a fire, a hurricane, or other disasters or accidents noted in your policy. Keep in mind, however, that many standard home insurance policies do not cover damage caused by an earthquake or flood. Knowing this ahead of time and having clarity on just what is included in your coverage could save you a huge headache in the event that you ever need to file a large loss claim.
What Should I Look For?
When searching for insurance coverage, your policy should cover the cost of clean up and repairs from natural disasters. It should also cover the cost of bringing your building up to code compliance. Remember, codes change over time. If your building was not in compliance at the time the damage occurred, you will want to make sure that gets addressed once you start repairing or rebuilding. Your policy may also cover additional living expenses. This includes things like renting an apartment or paying for your hotel stay while your home is under renovation. To make sure you’re well-covered, search for a policy that will pay to have your home rebuilt, if needed. The more protection you have, the better off you’ll be in the event of a disaster.
Single Structure Loss
Homeowners insurance coverage typically provides financial protection against damage or loss due to accidents, theft, and other disasters. This could include things like flooding and water damage, storm damage and electrical fires. When it comes to suffering large loss, you want to make sure you’re well-covered. We often use $50,000 as a break point of what really constitutes a large loss for a single structure. Other factors could be the number of affected floors of a multi-story building or the size and square footage of the facility itself.
A weather disaster that has destroyed multiple homes, communities, or even a large portion of a city or town is very clearly considered a large loss. Natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and wildfires all tend to do an extensive amount of damage. Some of the more memorable natural disasters over the last few years have resulted in billions upon billions of dollars in damages:
- Colorado Wildfires
- Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas
- Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle and the Gulf Coast
- Northern California Wildfires
- Hurricane Florence on the East Coast, specifically the Carolina's
- Southern California Wildfires
- Hurricane Irma in Florida, Puerto Rico, and Cuba
And so many more
What To Do After a Business Fire
Install a security fence after a fire to protect your business in Edwards, CO
A fire to your Edwards, CO, business can leave your property vulnerable. Fortunately, installing a security fence and taking other safety measures can help keep your property safe from vandals and wildlife.
Securing the Property
After the fire has been extinguished, do not return to the property until the fire department says it is safe to do so. Once you have access to your property, taking the following actions can help you protect your business:
- Install a security fence
- Board up broken windows and other openings
- Tarp over damaged areas of the roof
In addition to damage from the fire itself, the firefighters may have broken windows or created other openings during their fire-extinguishing efforts. Therefore, the building could have several entry points for vandals and wildlife. It is important to board up or tarp over these areas. Installing a fence adds another layer of protection. If damage occurs after the fire has been extinguished and the insurance company determines the damage resulted from the building not being properly secured, they may deny that portion of the claim. If anyone enters the property, even without permission, and gets injured, the business could be held liable.
Restoring the Property
After the property has been secured, it is time to document the damage and begin restoration. Take a detailed photo or video evidence for the insurance company so that they can adequately assess the property. Then remove the water from the fire-suppression efforts. Do this as quickly as possible because mold can begin to grow within 24 hours. Next, clean the smoke and soot from the surfaces. Clean and sanitize affected areas. Throw everything away that cannot be fully dried and cleaned. Finally, begin repairing and replacing damaged items.
From installing a security fence to smoke cleaning, taking care of your commercial property after a fire can be a complicated endeavor. Fortunately, a certified restoration service can help you get your business back to normal quickly and safely.
Storm Damage: Cleaning Up After the Flood
Drying equipment on wooden floor in Silverthorne, CO
Storm Damage: Cleaning Up After the Flood
The hardest part of flood damage restoration is sorting the salvageable things from those that will end up in a landfill. You might have to throw away expensive or sentimental stuff, and that can feel like a waste of money. However, your health and safety depend on the decisions you make at this point.
Here are some of the things you should look out for when content cleaning in Silverthorne, CO:
- Electronics, furniture, and carpets
- Walls and floors
Disconnect Utility Lines
Shut off the power and gas supply as the first thing you do after arriving on site. Still, do not assume the power is off just because you flipped a switch in the circuit breaker box. It is safer to double-check the current using a non-contact voltmeter before doing anything else. If in doubt, call a qualified electrician and have them disconnect the power.
Electronics, Furniture, and Carpets
At this point, you are ready to start content cleaning. Remove everything from the building, including furniture, electronics, and carpets for individual attention and water removal. Then have an electrician attempt to save your most valuable equipment.
You can hose down all non-porous materials such as metals and get away with it, but you might have to throw away any upholstered furniture. Walls and Floors
Sometimes, water might seep through the walls and floors, causing rot, mold and insect infestation. For this reason, it is important to have a restoration company check out the entire building for signs of structural and black water damage. Any issues should be addressed immediately to prevent degradation or something worse.
Content cleaning after a flood can be time-consuming and expensive, but it’s nothing compared to the health and financial implications of not doing it correctly. The general idea is to save as much non-porous stuff as you possibly can, and have all porous things cleaned by an expert.
Commercial Mold - How To Prevent Mold Reoccurrence
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:
- 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.
Does Your Commercial Property Have A Mold Problem?
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
How To Remove Flood Odors From Your Commercial 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.
Commercial Ice Dam and Snow Removal Service
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.
3 Types of Water Found in Commercial Floods
Each incident involves different types of water that a commercial building restoration company will handle in a specific manner
Floods create powerful water damage that can harm your business establishment unless you take quick action. However, not every case is the same. Make the restoration process faster and easier by learning more about the three types of water you might encounter during commercial flooding.
This type of water is also known as clean water because it is essentially free from any polluting agents. This water comes from sources where it avoids the most contaminants.
Even though this is the type of water least damaging to the building, it can still affect the structure and encourage the growth of mold and mildew. You can prevent this by ensuring the water is removed immediately and the affected area is properly dried.
Unlike white water, gray water does include some pathogens that make it more hazardous and more damaging to the structures and objects that touch it. This water may come from a flood started by a malfunctioning toilet, dishwasher or washing machine. Therefore, it may include soap, skin particles or food grease. Water damage caused by this type of liquid can be more difficult to repair and strongly impact anyone cleaning it. You or the people handling gray water may need special equipment to avoid contact.
Perhaps the most dangerous kind of water, it includes more powerful contaminants and toxic chemicals, such as sewage matter, dirt, pesticides and bacteria. This water can be harmful to others and it can greatly damage and taint your building, your appliances and anything else in your business. Experienced restoration specialists can use safety gear and special equipment to clear the dangerous water and repair the location.
The fluids involved in flooding can vary in source and composition. From relatively harmless clear water to the foul black water, you may need to identify it to effectively save your Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties, CO business from water damage.
Storm Damage to Roofs
Some roofs are simply hardier than others.
A serious storm can cause major problems for your Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties, CO business. Roofs are especially vulnerable to damage, and a roof leak can result in damage to other areas of the structure.
Types of Roof Damage
Knowing what to look for after a storm can help you spot any problem areas and repair them quickly. The following are some common forms of roof damage that you may encounter:
Cracked, dented or missing shingles
Peeling or curling shingles
Mitigating Roof Damage
If your business suffers a damaged roof, the problems can compound quickly. A roof leak, in particular, can lead to water damage and mold growth in other areas of the building. After a storm, it is important to inspect the roof of the building. After taking photos of the damage to submit to your insurance company, use plywood or tarpaulin to patch any weak spots in the roof temporarily. Then call a trusted roofing contractor to repair or replace the roof.
Preventing Roof Damage
All roofs are going to be exposed to the elements every day and night for the life of the roof. While a strong storm can damage a roof in a very short period, long-term exposure to heating/cooling cycles and rain will degrade roofing materials over time. As the roof ages, it becomes more vulnerable to storm damage. Regular inspections by a trusted roofer can help keep your roof in good shape for years. Metal roofs, in particular, are very sturdy and may last up to fifty years. Asphalt shingles, however, generally last less than twenty years.
A certified restoration company can help you with all your storm damage needs. In addition to treating any water damage inside the building, they may be able to tarp over your damaged roof and recommend a reputable roofing contractor to help with a roof leak and other damage.
Tips for Restoring Your Company’s Flood-Damaged Documents
Wet documents are vulnerable to permanent damage if they are not addressed right away
Tips for Restoring Your Company’s Flood-Damaged Documents
If your business in Breckenridge, CO, has sustained flood damage, you are undoubtedly concerned about your property. Wet documents are vulnerable to permanent damage if they are not addressed right away. It is recommended that you hire a water restoration specialist with document services to facilitate the cleanup process.
Why Professional Assistance?
Floodwater can cause irreversible damage to your business documents. Because wet paper degrades quickly, time is of the essence. Here’s why hiring a professional cleanup and restoration company is essential to proper document handling.
Trained professionals work quickly to minimize secondary damage that can increase with time.
Experts are trained to safely extract highly contaminated floodwater from your wet documents.
Dangerous contamination is not always visible to the naked eye, and specialized equipment can better ensure complete sanitation.
Turning over your valuable documents to strangers can be unsettling. The more you know about what to expect, the more comfortable you may feel with the process.
What Happens to Your Documents?
Your important papers undoubtedly have significant value for your company. Client files, proposals, books, and other paper documents are often irreplaceable, making them a high-priority. Restoration crews generally use specialized equipment for document freezing as well as document drying and sanitizing. The team will begin by carefully gathering your papers and transporting them to a large freeze-drying facility. Freezing slows the deterioration of the paper and provides time for planning the restoration process.
The frozen documents are generally dried in a warming room equipped with special systems that vaporize the moisture and remove it from the environment. Because flood water causes severe contamination, an irradiation process may also be necessary for sanitization. Security protection is often offered as part of restoring your wet documents. HIPAA certified professionals will usually supervise the process, ensuring your valuable papers are handled confidentially.
Water damage from flooding presents an unsettling situation for you and your company. If your important business documents sustain damage, you will likely benefit from hiring a restoration company with document services. Professionals can provide state-of-the-art methods essential to restoring your irreplaceable documents as well as your peace of mind.
3 Types of Flood Water and How They Can Affect Your Workplace
Every business owner should know these three categories of water damage.
As a business leader, you're concerned about the profitability of your company. You also have responsibility for the safety and well-being of your employees and for the integrity and functionality of your organization. You probably have plans in place to respond to fires and other emergencies, but are you aware of the dangers of flood water? There are different degrees of severity when it comes to flooding. The more you understand these, the better response you can have in your Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties, CO, workplace.
Any number of things could go wrong in your office to start a flood. Sometimes, it could be a simple matter of your building succumbing to age and to wear and tear. Often, the following will introduce water on the floors or into the walls or ceiling of your facility:
-A toilet overthrow
-Backed-up sewer line
-Poorly placed rain gutters and downspouts
-Broken or leaking pipes
Category 1 Flooding
This is the least harmful type of flood water. It consists of clean water, so you can take comfort that it won't have dangerous materials in it. Though the water can still damage electronics, documents, furniture, carpet and walls, it won't pose harm to you or your employees. It can occur as a result of pipe problems or a leaking roof.
Category 2 Flooding, Gray Water
This type of water has moderate health concerns for individuals. A broken dishwasher in your break room or a toilet overflow could bring Category 2 water into your office. You should still exercise caution around this water.
Category 3, Black Water
This water can be lethal to humans, as it contains raw sewage, including fecal matter. You may also find hazardous materials such as silt in black water. Never attempt to clean up black water on your own Instead, call a skilled sewage cleanup team immediately.
Flood water can be a serious matter in your building, regardless of the category. Be aware of what characteristics constitute these three types.
Commercial Restoration in Summit & Eagle County: We Clean & Restore Hotels, Resorts, Stores, and More
If your Summit or Eagle County business needs help with cleaning, contaminated water damage, fire restoration or mold remediation – we’re here to help
At SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties, in addition to offering services to homeowners, we specialize in emergency cleaning and restoration for commercial businesses in these counties, too.
Unfortunately, there's never a convenient time for damage to strike your business. Whether it’s fire, water, or mold damage, every hour you spend cleaning up yourself is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Call the experts – we’re available 24/7 and because we are locally owned and operate in Summit & Eagle Counties – we’ll get there fast and start helping you immediately.
Call Us for Emergencies With Your Business – (970) 949-3235
We specialize in the following types of emergency services:
- Commercial Water Damage Mitigation & Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
- Commercial Mold Remediation
- Commercial Storm Events
We Have What It Takes To Restore Your Commercial Property
At SERVPRO, we know that cleaning and restoring commercial properties requires a unique blend of the right training, hands-on experience, and specialized equipment. We have the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients and your business.
We service the following types of commercial businesses:
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- Manufacturing & Industrial
- High-Rise Residential
- Hotels & Motels
- Small Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
Our Specialty Commercial Cleaning Services
Whether you need to remove a pesky odor problem or you need to deep-clean flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties to get the job done right – the first time. We’ll respond to your call quickly and get to work immediately – making your business look its very best.
We offer a wide range of commercial cleaning services. From removing biohazard contaminants to removing lingering odors like cigarette smoke, SERVPRO has the specialized training and products to get your property back to business as soon as possible. We will help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Some of our commercial cleaning services include:
- Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
- Odor Removal and Deodorization
- Biohazard and Sewage
- Trauma and Crime Scene
- Carpet and Upholstery
- Drapes and Blinds
Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (970) 949-3235
Need Commercial Cleaning Services in the High Rockies? SERVPRO is here to help!
At SERVPRO, we offer commercial cleaning services for your office or business in the High Rockies of Colorado.
Most people don’t have time to worry about the daily wear and tear that soils their office workplace or commercial business. When your regular janitorial staff needs help tackling grime, odor, and moisture challenges, call SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties for fast and efficient service.
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Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your place of business look its very best.
We Specialize in Cleaning Commercial Spaces
SERVPRO offers a wide variety of cleaning services – from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants – we can clean-up almost any commercial space. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.
Some of our specialized cleaning services include:
- Carpet and Upholstery
- Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
- Odor Removal and Deodorization
Commercial Carpet Cleaning
Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. Carpet and upholstery tend to show soiling over time. A great way to protect your investment is to clean and maintain these items. SERVPRO offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.
Here are some of our specialized cleaning methods:
- Bonnet Cleaning – a less aggressive method for short piled carpets
- Hot Water Extraction – a deeper cleaning method for all types of carpet
- Deluxe Precondition and Rinse – helps restore deeply soiled areas.
- Showcase Premier Cleaning – the most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
Your business’s ceilings, walls and hardwood floors may be exposed to dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. The heating and air conditioning system can distribute these contaminants throughout your property. Soils tend to accumulate on these materials over time, and eventually you’ll need professional cleaning to remove this buildup.
At SERVPRO, we have specialized training in time-tested and industry-approved cleaning methods.
Our proprietary cleaning system allows our team members to properly clean and restore your property’s original beauty.
Professional Odor Removal and Deodorization
As experts in deodorization, we are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.
By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contact any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace.
Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.
Need Professional Cleaning? Call Us Today (970) 949-3235
Restoring Your Ski Country Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges
Flooding and water damage events in the High Rockies commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Summit
SERVPRO of Summit specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.