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Advanced Technology in Lochbuie?

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

An infrared camera is being used to detect the heat signature inside of a building. We use advanced technology and techniques to mitigate property damage in the Thornton and Brighton areas.

State-of-the-art equipment

In this picture, an infrared camera is being used to measure the heat signature inside of the building.  Technology is also used in the restoration industry to identify the location and the extent of fire, water, and mold intrusions in homes and commercial properties. SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is committed to investing in technological advancements and specialized training for our restoration technicians, and we use a variety of advanced technologies and techniques, including:

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment

We use scientific drying principles and specialized equipment to detect, measure, and monitor moisture levels in walls, ceilings and floors.

  • An infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
  • Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation

Water Extraction Equipment

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water. 
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Drying Equipment

Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

  • High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day to property damage emergencies in Lochbuie. Call us today at 720-223-8888.

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire-Damaged Roof in Thornton?

1/17/2021 (Permalink)

Burning Embers are shown flying up in the air. We respond to fire damage emergencies in the North Thornton and Brighton areas 24-hours a day!

Fire Resistive Materials

Embers from fire pits and chimneys can fly a long way before landing on debris and igniting. SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton responds to fire damage emergencies in the Thornton area throughout the year, and according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), you can minimize the risk of having an ember start a fire on your property by installing fire resistive construction materials as follows:

  • ROOFING AND VENTS Class A fire-rated roofing products, such as composite shingles, metal, concrete, and clay tiles, offer the best protection. Inspect shingles or roof tiles and replace or repair those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration. Box in eaves but provide ventilation to prevent condensation and mildew. Roof and attic vents should be screened to prevent ember entry.
  • DECKS AND PORCHES Never store flammable materials underneath decks or porches. Remove dead vegetation and debris from under decks and porches and between deck board joints.
  • SIDING AND WINDOWS Embers can collect in small nooks and crannies and ignite combustible materials; radiant heat from flames can crack windows. Use fire-resistant siding such as brick, fiber cement, plaster, or stucco, and use dual-pane tempered glass windows.

Call Us Today!

When your home has a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your fire damage in Thornton “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Independently Owned and Operated.

Specialty Cleaning Services for Thornton and Brighton Businesses

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

A man is shown working with a protective face mask on. We offer a full range of commercial restoration services in Brighton.

Are you Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?

Did you know that SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton offers a full range of commercial cleaning services in the Thornton and Brighton areas? Although we are known primarily for fire and water restoration services, we also provide mold remediation services and a full range of specialized cleaning services that exceed the scope of a routine janitorial service.

We understand that having a clean and safe working environment is critical to consumer confidence and employee security. To meet this demand, we implemented a new defensive pathogen cleaning program to fight the new coronavirus, COVID-19. The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program helps our communities get back to business and lets your customers and employees know that you hold your business to a higher standard of cleanliness. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants and are experienced in working with all kinds of businesses, including:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day to commercial property damage emergencies. Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll clean and restore your commercial property in Brighton, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Independently Owned and Operated.

Refrigerator Icemaker failure Flood in Northglenn?

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

A refrigerator with an icemaker option on the front door is shown. We respond to the water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the North Thornton and Brighton areas!

Ice, ice, maybe.

You never know when a kitchen appliance is going to fail and cause a small lake to form in your kitchen, but this happens more often than you think. The refrigerator ice maker shown in this picture caused the kitchen to flood after the supply line hose failed. According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), 73 percent of losses involving an ice maker was caused by a failed supply line hose, and 10 percent were due to improper installation.

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton responds to water damage emergencies 24 hours a day in the Henderson area, and we know that water damage can become a costly repair when it is not dealt with quickly. Here are some loss prevention and maintenance tips from the IBHS:

  • Proper installation of the ice maker supply line hose is important to avoiding water damage.
  • Tightly connect the hose to the valve. Avoid over-tightening. 
  • Ensure the valve is secure and check for kinks.
  • If kinks are present, replace the hose.
  • Leave a 3-to-4-inch space between the back of the refrigerator and the wall to prevent the hose from crimping.

Call Us Today!

If your home has a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your water damage in Northglenn, “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Independently Owned and Operated.

Do You Need Commercial Flood Insurance?

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Flood insurance form on a table with a book. Call your agent to find out if you are covered

Do You Need Commercial Flood Insurance?

According to recent studies, the United States has seen increasing periods of extreme weather over the last 50 years. Severe flooding is a condition that can cause costly damage to your Thornton, CO, business. Being prepared for these events can mean the difference between losing a couple of workdays and total devastation. If you are unsure whether your business needs flood insurance, this discussion may answer some questions.

Flood Risk
If your property lies in a flood-danger zone, you are probably aware of it. Owners of high-risk properties are required to purchase flood coverage. Unfortunately, with increasing flood events, even locations outside the floodplain are being affected. A little research can help you determine your property’s risk level.
Your local planning department can help you determine your risk based on their topographical standards. Your insurance company can generally provide general information about past claims in your area as well as answer your questions about supplemental flood insurance.

Conventional Business Coverage
While your commercial insurance company will not usually cover damage from flooding, they will help you if the water enters the property from above ground level. For example, if a window breaks and heavy rain enters, causing damage to your property, your policy should cover that. Internal water damage from broken pipes or appliance malfunctions would generally also be covered.

Flood Policies
Supplemental flood coverage can be a blessing if you need it. It will usually cover most of your cleanup and restoration costs if a flood does occur. You would need to purchase flood insurance from the US Government. This type of policy will cover the following conditions:

  • Storm surge from severe storms or snowmelt
  • Backed up storm-drainage systems
  • Broken dams or levees
  • Overflowing lakes or rivers
  • Broken water mains

If you decide you want a flood policy, your business insurance agent can outline coverage options and broker the purchase.
With severe storms on the rise, it may be a good time to consider your flood risk. Your commercial insurance agent and city planners are good resources for helping you decide whether you carry high enough risk to need additional coverage for your business.

3 Potential Fire Hazards To Keep Clean in the Workplace

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

Red tank of fire extinguisher. Fire extinguishers should have 36 inches of clearance in all directions and be four to five feet off of the floor

3 Potential Fire Hazards To Keep Clean in the Workplace

The possibility of a business fire is probably something that has crossed your mind when you lock the doors to your building in Lochbuie, CO. Running through your closing to-do list, have you thought about unnecessary clutter creating possible fire hazards? Add these three items to your daily cleaning checklist to make sure they do not spark flames.

1. Combustibles and Flammables
If you have combustibles and flammables, which catch fire easily, then you need to keep them from reaching their flashpoint. A "flashpoint" is the temperature at which these materials will catch fire or explode. Combustibles and flammables should be at least 36 inches or more from a heat source, and the most easily ignited should be kept in a fireproof cabinet. These precautions ensure that they are too far away to be affected by high temperatures.

2. Electrical Panels
When they are not maintained, electrical panels can overheat and catch fire. If there are flammable materials stacked around them, they can cause them to start smoking, too. However, the main reason that electrical panels need at least 36 inches of space around them (or enough room to swing open the panel door) is so that the power can be shut off if there is a business fire or other emergency.

3. Fire Extinguishers
While they are not a fire hazard, fire extinguishers should have 36 inches of clearance in all directions and be four to five feet off of the floor. The reasons for this are easy visibility and reachability. Preventing costly fire damage requires keeping your fire safety gear easily accessible. If a fire broke out and your extinguisher was buried behind other objects, there would be no chance that you could get to it in time. Instead, you would be calling a commercial restoration company to assess the aftermath.
A key part of fire preparation is keeping clutter cleaned up around the workplace. Keeping everything in its place and at a safe distance can help you avoid a business fire.

Which Commercial Water Losses Are Covered by Insurance?

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

air movers placed on affected area, flood cuts. Concept water damage Water damage restoration in Thorncreek, CO

Which Type Of Losses Are Covered By Your Insurance Policy

There are several types of water losses that can harm a Thorncreek, CO, commercial building. Damaged pipes are particularly common. Yet there are other situations that can cause flooding, as well. It thus helps to know which types of losses are covered by your insurance policy.

Coverage Exclusions
There are three main types of water losses that are not part of a standard commercial property policy. If your damage resulted from any of the following, you may have to pay for the repairs on your own:

  • Slow leak
  • Frozen pipe
  • Flood

Insurance companies expect business owners to maintain their property and repair leaking pipes. The insurer thus will not cover damage caused by pipes that continuously leaked for more than two weeks.
Similarly, frozen pipes are often the result of negligence by the property owner. When pipes get too cold, the water inside them freezes. The ice expands and can eventually burst through the pipes. These damaged pipes then spray water throughout the building.
This type of loss typically is not covered. However, if you take steps to prevent the pipes from freezing or bursting, the insurer could still accept your claim.
Finally, any flood or drain backup is also not covered under a commercial policy. You can purchase separate flood and sewer backup coverage.

Insurance Coverage
Your commercial insurance assists you following a sudden water loss in your property. For instance, a broken water heater or a ruptured faucet should be covered. The insurance additionally includes any accidental damage caused by fire sprinklers and suppression systems.
Because many pipes are behind ceilings and walls, emergency restoration professionals often have to tear out parts of the building to reach and repair those pipes. The cost of this service is typically part of an insurance policy.
Not all water losses are covered by insurance. If you neglect damaged pipes and they cause a major disaster, your coverage may not apply. However, your insurance should help you pay for any expenses resulting from a sudden and accidental discharge of water in your commercial property.

4 Ways To Salvage Your Home’s Contents Post-Flood

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water on carpet of a room Carpets and rugs are likely to be unsalvageable after a flood

4 Ways To Salvage Your Home’s Contents Post-Flood

A flood ravaging Northglenn, CO, can destroy your home's contents and the structure itself. You'll need to take action swiftly. Whether clean water or black water, content cleaning will be a necessary part of the process if you're hoping to save damaged items. Here are the best approaches to protecting what is potentially salvageable.

1. Flooring
Carpets and rugs are likely to be unsalvageable after a flood, even if it's relatively clean water. They must be thoroughly dry within 24 hours of water exposure. Otherwise, mold can begin growing. If you're able to dry them in time to save, they'll still require professional cleaning.

2. Furniture
Soaked, upholstered furniture will probably have to be disposed of, as it won't dry quickly enough. Other porous materials such as wooden furniture can experience warping, discoloration and mold growth. Take these items outside to start drying in the fresh air and sun. You can speed drying time by removing drawers and shelves. Non-porous items should be fine once they're dry; just clean and sanitize them properly.

3. Documents and Photographs
Possibly the most delicate type of content cleaning is that of documents and photographs. When they've been affected by floodwaters, there's a chance that at least partial restoration is possible. This work is best left up to water damage restoration experts to limit additional damage. They have the professional equipment required for air-drying, dehumidification, freezer drying, vacuum freeze-drying and vacuum thermal drying.

4. Electronics and Appliances
Any electronics that you suspect have been affected by the water should NOT be turned on. Trying to operate an appliance after water exposure can pose a hazard. It can also ruin the machine. However, with proper cleaning and an inspection by an electronics technician, it might be salvageable.
Time is of the essence when it comes to saving your home and its contents from floodwaters. Putting a disaster plan in place now will be well worth the effort should the unthinkable occur. You'll immediately know who to call for your content cleaning and home restoration needs.

Understanding the Water Damage Restoration Process

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

air movers placed on floor hallway Water damage in Todd Creek, CO

Water Cleanup Procedures

If your Todd Creek, CO, home experiences water damage, the cleanup process can be overwhelming. Understanding the water cleanup procedures will make the restoration period less stressful and more effective. The following steps outline the process.

1. Ensure safety. Water can be dangerous if it comes into contact with electricity. Cut the power to the affected area. If you cannot do this yourself, have a certified electrician do it for you.

2. Assess the damage. Make note of all damaged items. Take video or photos of the affected areas, being sure to capture as much detail as possible. This will make it easier when you file the insurance claim. Call your insurance agent and see if there are any special instructions for documenting water damage.

3. Dry out the property. It is important to act quickly because mold can begin to grow within 24 hours. Use pumps or specialized vacuums to extract the water. You can also use buckets to scoop out the water if necessary. Fans and dehumidifiers can help dry out any remaining moisture.

4. Clean affected areas. The water cleanup process varies depending on the source of the water. If the water is not clean, has been stagnant for an extended period or has come into contact with contaminants in the home, it will be necessary to sanitize all affected items. There are a variety of cleaners available. Choose one appropriate for both the level of contamination and the surface you are cleaning.

5. Repair and replace damaged items. Everything that cannot be fully cleaned and dried should be thrown away. Other items can be repaired. Some homeowners may be able to complete basic repairs, such as painting. Delicate items, including electronics and antiques, will likely need to be professionally restored.
Whether you are dealing with water damage from broken pipes or any other source, quickly and thoroughly completing the cleanup process can help prevent further damage. If you need assistance, a certified restoration company has the experience and expertise to do the job right.

Top 5 Places to Find Residential Mold

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth behind kitchen stove Kitchen mold loss in Henderson, CO

Common Locations You Can Find Mold In Your Home

Indoor mold is an extremely common issue that the majority of homeowners must face at some point. Performing regular mold inspections is one of the best ways to keep your residential property in Henderson, CO, safe from mold damage. Make sure you're carefully checking these common locations in your home during your next inspection.

1. Your Bathroom
Mold thrives in dark, moist environments, making your bathroom the ideal fungal breeding ground. You're most likely to find mildew growth in your shower, especially if you don't take the time to properly dry the bathroom tiles and ventilate the room while you use it.

2. Your Kitchen
There are several places in your kitchen that you can find mold. Thoroughly check underneath your kitchen sink, especially near the pipes. You also have to make sure that you regularly clean out your refrigerator to prevent mold from growing on any not-so-fresh food items.

3. Your Living Room
Many cases of living room mold are found underneath the carpet. Neglecting to properly dry any liquid spills just invites mold to take up residence underneath the carpet and in the floorboards. You can also find mold growing in your household plants, especially if you tend to overwater them.

4. Your Basement
You absolutely need to perform regular and thorough mold inspections in your basement, especially if the room is unfinished. Check near and around any exposed water pipes and near the water heater.

5. Your Laundry Room
Your washing machine is very susceptible to mold growth, especially if you don't take the time to allow the drum to dry completely after each cycle. You can help prevent mold damage by running white vinegar through the machine once a month.
Don't let mold damage wreck havoc on your residential property. Performing regular mold inspections can help you identify the problem earlier so you can stop it before it gets out of hand. Contact mold remediation experts for assistance if you do discover any mold growth.