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4 Effective Ways To Prevent Mold Cross Contamination

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 4 Effective Ways To Prevent Mold Cross Contamination Mold spores by window in a Todd Creek,CO building

How To Prevent Infiltration In Other Parts of Your Building

Under the right circumstances, mold can grow rapidly, resulting in potentially significant contamination. If you discover fungi inside your Todd Creek,CO, property, completing a thorough mold cleanup should be a top priority. However, cross contamination is another serious issue that you should not ignore. Fortunately, there are several precautionary measures remediation experts can employ to help prevent infiltration in other parts of your building.

1. Avoid Power Washing

Spraying a moldy surface may be counterproductive because it can scatter spores throughout the air. For this reason, remediation specialists typically avoid using this technique.

2. Restrict Access to Area

Restricting access to the contaminated zone may also defend against cross contamination. Areas with significant growth usually require a barrier, along with the establishment of negative air pressure. This method keeps particles and dust from leaving the affected site. Your technician may also seal air ducts near the infected area to reduce the risk of mold spores spreading through the HVAC system.

3. Use HEPA Filters

Vacuuming during mold cleanup can also cause infestations to grow. To avoid this, vacuum cleaners and air purifiers utilized during the remediation process should be equipped with a true HEPA filter capable of trapping mold particles. Non-HEPA filters are less effective because they are not certified to capture extremely small contaminants.

4. Clean or Replace Equipment

If not properly cleansed, clothing and equipment can also contribute to cross contamination. To minimize this risk, the cleanup team should promptly wash or dispose of any items worn or used inside the infected area. This includes replacing any existing HEPA filters.

Extensive mold contamination can be extremely challenging to manage. In addition to addressing the source, preventing infestations from spreading should also be a priority. A certified remediation specialist can apply defensive tactics to minimize spore dispersal and help you accomplish a thorough mold cleanup job efficiently and effectively.

3 Solutions for Ice Dams

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 3 Solutions for Ice Dams Ice dams can force the water to enter in your Thornton,CO home

How to Prevent Water Damage

The winter season in Thornton, CO, usually consists of snow, ice, and heated housing. The combination of these elements can create an ice dam on your roof that prevents proper drainage and creates bigger issues for you. Sometimes heat isn’t distributed evenly to your roof and can warm certain areas while leaving other areas to freeze. To prevent water damage and fix any winter storm disasters, here are three solutions you can use.

1. Insulate Your Roof

The best ice dam prevention solution is to properly insulate your roof. Heat escapes through ceilings and rises to the roof where it warms the wood and shingles above. To prevent this, check the depth of your insulation. Anything less than 8 inches is usually not enough to prevent heat from escaping. You can also stop air leaks by using foam or caulk. This will not only stop roof issues, but it will also save you money on your energy bill.

2. Remove the Buildup

If you notice a large amount of snow gathering on your roof, you might want to consider eliminating it. Houses that have poor ventilation can also have poor distribution of heat. By removing the snow with a push broom or shovel, you can clear any potential problem areas.

3. Create Channels in the Ice

Ice dams that are already formed can force the water to enter the house through the attic. You can stop this by creating channels in the ice and draining the water into the gutters. Use a hose with warm water and melt the lower edge of the ridge. This solution is a temporary fix but could prevent a large amount of winter storm damage.

Winter can have many unique challenges, but you can stop problems from growing by being an observant and proactive homeowner. With these methods in mind, you can prevent an ice dam from wreaking havoc on your home.

What To Know About Your Fire Sprinkler System

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What To Know About Your Fire Sprinkler System Install a fire sprinkler system in your Brighton,CO company

Many businesses in Brighton,CO, have installed a fire sprinkler system to protect the company property. However, there are a few misconceptions about what these systems actually do. If you are considering installing a fire suppression system in your own place of work, there are a few things you may want to know beforehand.

Facts To Know

Not understanding how sprinkler systems work has led to a few misconceptions about them. Here are a few facts you may wish to know.

  • The sprinkler heads in most modern fire suppression systems operate independently
  • Sprinkler systems are heat triggered, making them very difficult to accidentally set off
  • In general, the cost of a system is about the same as new carpet
  • A sprinkler system uses only a fraction of the water pumped out by a fire hose

How They Work

A fire sprinkler works by releasing either water or nitrogen gas to suppress the fire. This should suffocate the fire’s source of oxygen causing it to go out. When the fire is hot enough, a metal alloy in the sprinkler nozzle should melt and trigger the release of the fire suppressant.

What To Expect After Usage

While your sprinklers may have saved your business from a lot of fire damage, you may still have some fire sprinkler cleanup to take care of afterward. A water and fire damage restoration specialist may be able to assist you with the process. These professionals are trained to deal with the various damage types that can occur with a fire, including sprinkler system cleanup.

A fire sprinkler system can help to save your company from extensive damage in the event of a fire. These systems are designed to suffocate the fire and help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Not only are they reliable, but because they are heat triggered you shouldn’t have to worry about setting them off accidentally.

How To Put Out a Grease Fire

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Put Out a Grease Fire Kitchen fire damage in Henderson,CO

If a grease fire breaks out in your kitchen, it is important to know how to put it out. Grease fires burn very hot and can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Here are four steps to suppress this type of fire.

1. Turn Off the Heat Source

Try to turn off the burner or element in order to stop the flow of heat. Do not attempt to move the pan or anything else that is on fire, as motion will intensify the fire.

2. Limit the Supply of Oxygen

A fire cannot thrive without air for fuel. Cover a pot with a metal lid, cookie sheet, or another pot. If the fire has already spread, move on to suppression and call the fire department.

3. Suppress the Fire

Use a Class K fire extinguisher containing suppressant formulated for putting out fires fueled by cooking grease. If you don't have this type of extinguisher, dump baking soda and salt on the fire. Baking soda releases carbon dioxide to smother a minor fire as salt draws heat out of the grease to limit its ability to support combustion. If the grease fire is burning too intensely, convection will draw in oxygen and resist smothering and heat-containing effects. Close the doors to the room if you need to evacuate.

4. Make Sure the Fire Is Out

Even if it seems like a fire is out, it may re-ignite. Keep an eye on the area for signs of smoke or flame. Depending on the size of the fire, you may want to have firefighters confirm that the fire is completely extinguished.

You can commence fire cleanup after you are sure that a grease fire is out. If your kitchen has sustained extensive damage, rely on the expertise of residential fire mitigation and restoration specialists located in Henderson, CO.

Why Sand Bags May Not Be the Ideal Flood Deterrent

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Sand Bags May Not Be the Ideal Flood Deterrent Sand bags can help minimize flood damage in your commercial property

When a severe storm threatens to flood your community, a sand bag barricade is often the first defense mechanism that many business owners consider. Although effective, this flood control method has several drawbacks that may make alternative flood deterrents more appealing.

Disadvantages of Sand Bags

When properly deployed, sand-filled bags can help minimize flood damage. However, erecting an efficient barricade and then disposing of wet bags once waters recede can be challenging for several reasons:

  • Filling an adequate number of bags can be time-consuming.
  • Bags are often heavy.
  • Saturated bags hold contaminants and must be properly disposed of.

To erect a 100-foot long sand bag wall that is 12 inches high, you need approximately 600 bags. Accomplishing that task may require extensive manpower. In addition, if you do not receive adequate notice of an approaching storm, you may not have enough time to complete your temporary flood dams, leaving your business vulnerable to flood damage.

Effective, Time-Saving Alternatives

Businesses located in coastal communities typically learn of significant storms, such as hurricanes, well in advance, allowing adequate time to set up flood barricades. However, thunderstorms and other weather phenomena capable of producing excessive rainfall are not always as predictable. Luckily for every business owner in Brighton,CO, many flood control devices exist that require minimal preparation.

Numerous companies offer lightweight or reusable options. For example, you can obtain lightweight bags filled with a water-absorbent polymer that are typically more manageable than traditional sand-filled bags. You can also purchase absorbent or water-filled tubes that you can deploy, drain and reuse, an option not possible with traditional sand bags.

Minimizing Flood Damage

Whether you elect to use a traditional sand bag defense or try an alternative flood deterrent mechanism, the goal is to save your business from devastating water damage and a potentially lengthy flood cleanup. Most business owners would likely agree, however, that time-saving and lightweight alternatives may be advantageous, especially if you have limited manpower or lack sufficient time to safeguard against rising waters.

The Five Stages of Sewer Damage Cleanup

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Five Stages of Sewer Damage Cleanup Call a professional restoration company to clean up a sewer damage in Thornton,CO

A sewer backup can cause primary and secondary damage and pose sanitation risks. If you attempt to clean up this damage yourself, you should wear protective equipment such as coveralls, rubber boots, and gloves, as well as goggles and a respirator in severe conditions. Damage restoration professionals can complete the job quickly using industrial equipment and take measures to ensure that mold does not develop. Amateurs and professionals alike should proceed through all five stages of sewer cleanup.

1. Clean Up Solids and Contaminated Water

Gather up and dispose of solid waste. Cleanup professionals can limit the extent of the damage by quickly pumping out solids and contaminated water and treating the area with a pre-cleaning solution to kill harmful bacteria.

2. Tear Out Damaged Materials

Porous building materials can absorb contaminated water, and this moisture may lead to black mold. These materials should be torn out and replaced.

3. Disinfect the Area

The removal of porous materials can pose a recontamination risk. Disinfect the area to eliminate any microbes. Any exposed contents should also be disposed of and replaced.

4. Dry and Dehumidify

During sewer cleanup, thoroughly dry the area exposed to contaminated water to prevent mold or other secondary damage from developing. Ventilate the area, or use a dehumidifier to draw out moisture.

5. Restore the Area

A homeowner should wait until the affected area is completely dry before replacing any building materials that have been removed. Contents can be returned to the home once the restoration is complete.

Whether you experience a flooded toilet or a major sewer backup at your home in Thornton, CO, you may want to rely on the expertise of a sewer cleanup and damage restoration service. Trained professionals can ensure that the area is completely clean and dry as soon as possible to reduce the risks of sanitation issues and secondary damage.

Is Your Business Ready for Cold and Flu Season?

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that Fall and Winter are the most likely times to contract a cold or flu, with the start of the season beginning in October and peaking by February. While staying home from work and minimizing contact with others while sick will reduce the spread of the virus, it doesn't stop the risk of exposure.

The likeness of contracting a cold or flu increases in confined environments like office buildings and schools. Cold and flu viruses are airborne in nature and therefore easily spread through vents and air ducts. By having your ducts and vents professionally cleaned you are minimizing your exposure, and therefore reducing the risk of getting sick this cold and flu season!

For more information about how cleaning your air ducts and vents can keep your business healthy you can either check out our Air Ducts & HVAC page, or OSHA's (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Indoor Air Quality in Commercial and Institutional Buildings online brochure. For any further questions or to schedule an appointment for cleaning your air ducts and vents this cold and flu season, give us a call at 720-223-8888, we are happy to help! 

How to Prepare for Storm Damage Caused by Floods

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Prepare for Storm Damage Caused by Floods When it rains it pours! Call SERVPRO of North Thornton & Brighton to help resolve damage caused by storms.

The chance of flooding is on the rise, even in areas where flooding was once considered unlikely. To go back to basics, if there’s a chance of rain then there’s a chance of floods.

According to the technical definition, flooding has occurred once two or more acres or properties have been submerged in water.

But this definition won’t matter to you if you’re actually experiencing a flood. The safety of you and your family and your property will be what matters. So for preparation and safety tips in the event of floods or storm damage, keep reading.

1. You need back up power.

A generator is a must for any home. It’s vital that you can generate your own power since it’s impossible to know if the storm will knock out the city power grids or not. The size of your home and electricity needs will determine the generator type you need.

As a safety precautions, move all electrical devices to higher ground if possible. This will hopefully save them from water damage, as well as minimize electrocution risks since water conducts electricity.

2. You need to know the risk of flooding.

Even if you think the risk is low, become familiar with your area’s official flood risk. Good resources for this information can be found with FEMA and the local government. Knowledge is the best prevention. For the North Thornton and Brighton area, start here.

A weather radio is a good way to stay informed and aware of potential flood risks. After you purchase one, be sure that you are familiar with the different NOAA emergency notifications.

3. You need to be prepared.

Do you have an emergency preparedness kit? Is it stocked and ready for a flood? In your kit, include a waterproof container for important documents and medications. Remember to include plenty of fresh water; flood waters are usually contaminated and thus contaminate other water sources. For a list of what to include in your kit, read this.

4. You need to evacuate.

Evacuation requires planning. Does your local government have an official evacuation plan? Start there. Once you have that plan, create a personalized evacuation plan for your family and anyone in your household. This plan should include emergency means of communication. Practice the plan until everyone has it memorized - especially young children.

Floods cause significant damage. Be cautious when returning to a flooded area. Because the area may have become dangerous, it’s important to call for professional help.

After a flood, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is always ready to help.

Have You Found Mold in Your Home?

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Have You Found Mold in Your Home? Mold growth in basement cleaned by SERVPRO of North Thornton & Brighton

Even experienced homeowners and renters can run into mold problems that are too big to deal with on their own. Because mold is a common household pest, most people think a DIY solution always does the trick. Unfortunately, that’s not true. Mold can easily become a very large problem that necessitates hiring professional help.

In this blog, you’ll find helpful information to help you decide if you need expert help to get rid of your mold problem.

Fact: Mold is common

Even the cleanliest house can be a breeding ground for mold. That’s because mold only needs humidity or water to be present to grow. Because of this, mold is very common in bathrooms - especially in places like the bottom of the shower liner.

Other damp places, like the basement, are common areas for mold to be found.

Fact: Mold can grow anywhere

Mold can also grow in less traditional places, like the walls of your home. Untreated drywall is susceptible to mold since it’s porous. Unfortunately, the section of a wall with the mold infestation often has to be removed. If you find am mold colony larger than 10 sq. feet in your wall, this may be the case.

Fact: Mold is dangerous

Did you know that mold can cause health problems? Many people have mold allergies, but it can also cause non-allergic respiratory issues and even skin irritation. Mold spores travel through the air, so mold is rarely contained to just what is visible.

A serious mold problem should always be treated by a professional. Call SERVPRO® of North Thornton and Brighton today for expert mold remediation services to get life back on track.

The Types of Water Damage Pollution | SERVPRO® of North Thornton and Brighton

8/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Types of Water Damage Pollution | SERVPRO® of North Thornton and Brighton SERVPRO of North Thornton and Brighton will get whatever category of water damage cleaned up "Like it Never Happened!"

If you do research on water damage, you’ll likely come across terms such as “black water” and “clear water” to describe the mess left behind. While the implication is that clear water is less dangerous than black water, the reality is that they can both cause extensive disrepair to your home or office.

Because all three categories of water damage have their own cautions and considerations, we’re explaining their differences so you can be educated and prepared.

Categories of Water Damage

Category 1: “Clear water” is the first classification, which covers water that has originated from a clean source. This water will be free from contamination and is normally sourced from a broken water supply or pipe, a faucet leak, or rainwater that’s come directly from a rainfall. While not recommended, category 1 water is not harmful if consumed.

Category 2: The second category, grey water, is a bit more serious. This classification refers to wastewater generated from regular household water sources such as appliance overflow or a flooding of sink or shower drains. Because of the many surfaces this water has come into contact with, category 2 water contains contamination and can cause illness if consumed.

Category 3: The most dangerous category, category 3 water is commonly known as black water. This water originates from sewage overflows, water that has remained stagnant and led to breeding bacteria or rising flood waters. Because it is heavily contaminated, category 3 water should be regarded with extreme caution and can cause illness or death if consumed.

Categories Can Change

Though water categories seem fairly straightforward, water that starts as one category can easily advance to another. Water that comes into contact with surfaces such as soil or contaminated areas will develop higher pollution levels, and water left standing will begin to breed harmful bacteria.

Because this is impossible to determine from looks alone, professional cleanup is essential to peace of mind and a properly restored property.

If your home or office has been affected by water damage of any category, SERVPRO® is staffed with a team of professionals that can help!