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Storm Preparedness Tips for Business Owners

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning striking over a city at night Be prepared for the worst

Any commercial property owner in Northglenn, CO, knows that hurricane damage is devastating. Even businesses further from the coast are susceptible to the impact of high winds and severe storms. Unfortunately, you cannot prevent Mother Nature from inflicting mayhem. Here are some storm preparation steps to protect yourself and your investment.

Have a Safety Plan

In an emergency, the priority is the safety of your employees and yourself. Prepare ahead of time by setting and practicing evacuation and shelter-in-place procedures. Always have these items accessible:

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Basic tools, including flashlights
  • Emergency numbers
  • First aid kit
  • Bottled water and non-perishable food
  • Blankets

Protect Important Records

Hurricane damage can involve high winds and flooding. Water may destroy papers and electrical equipment, such as computers. Prior to a storm threat, take the time to safeguard critical business documents.

  • Back up data files regarding employee records, tax information, insurance policies, customer information, and inventory. Keep backed up material secure at an off-site location.
  • When possible, house on-site paper records in water- and fire-resistant containers.

Prepare Your Structure

During a hurricane, winds can blow at speeds of 74 mph to 215 mph. It is difficult for a building to withstand such weather. Before a tropical storm or another event, put measures in place to prevent and mitigate damage, should it occur.

  • Maintain the property year-round. Have the roof inspected and clear overgrown foliage.
  • When a storm is imminent, board the windows, move electronics and valuables to a higher floor, sandbag the area and secure furniture.
  • After the weather event has ended, contact a storm restoration specialist as soon as possible to evaluate the damage and begin the mitigation and restoration process.

Hurricane damage at your business in  Northglenn, CO, can be devastating. However, you can minimize the impact by being prepared. Have a safety plan, protect your documents, stormproof your property and contact a restoration professional immediately in the aftermath.

How to Prepare for Storm Damage Caused by Floods

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning in the sky Being prepared is the best thing you can do

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 backup 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.

Should You Consider Professional Carpet Cleaning? | SERVPRO® of North Thornton and Brighton

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Carpet after being cleaned by SERVPRO Let us give your carpets a deep clean

If you ask most homeowners, they’ll probably tell you that carpet cleaning isn’t on their list of regular chores. Many assume that vacuuming will suffice—however, there are a lot of messes that vacuuming can’t tackle.

Not only do carpet companies typically require regular cleaning to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty, but there are several other reasons why carpet cleaning is a wise choice. By improving air quality, helping banish bugs and mites and even making your personal cleaning routine easier, carpet cleaning is a smart choice for any homeowners looking to extend the longevity of their floors.

Still not convinced? Here are some reasons that carpet cleaning is a smart choice:

Improve indoor air. We all know that carpet contains dirt, but there are also more dangerous pollutants and bacteria lurking within the fibers. Every time outside air is let into the home, contaminants come right along with it. Since vacuuming only handles surface-level debris, the chances are good that there are deeper factors hurting indoor air quality.

Extend your carpet’s life. Many homeowners rip out carpet that looks “tired,” but sometimes that just means they’ve been too dirty for too long. Dirt acts like sandpaper to the delicate carpet fibers, becoming more deeply embedded and shortening the lifespan every time dirty carpet is walked on.

Remove mites and bugs. Just as with other soft surfaces in the home, plush carpet fibers are the perfect place for mites and bugs to live. A thorough cleaning will make the carpet an inhospitable living environment for the critters, and maintaining a regular schedule will keep them from coming back.

Have easier floor maintenance. While vacuuming serves as a surface-level solution to a deeper carpet problem, the two can be quite complementary! Carpets that are cleaned regularly by a professional will be easier for a homeowner to vacuum because the heavy-duty dirt and debris have already been eradicated.

Still not sure if carpet cleaning is for you? Our team of carpet cleaning professionals is happy to discuss how it can benefit your home!

The Types of Water Damage Pollution

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Bathroom supply line that has been worn Don't let water damage get you down

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!

How To Avoid a Fire in Your Home

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Ashtray with used cigarettes If you choose to smoke indoors, always use an ashtray

It's every homeowner's biggest nightmare: seeing the house going up in flames. You can't imagine this ever happening to you. Unfortunately, this scenario is not unheard of. You can protect your loved ones and property and significantly reduce your risk of having a fire at home. Some fire preparation will go a long way in giving you the peace of mind you need.

Inspect Your Home

Certain areas of the house are more prone to causing fires than others. If you keep an eye on these systems and components, you'll make sure they're in good working order. At least annually, have a professional inspect the following to make sure there are no risks for a home fire:

  • Your furnace and water heater
  • Your electrical system
  • Your dryer (including cleaning out the lint filter after each use)

Be Aware of Candles

Candles can put out a pleasant scent and create a comfortable ambiance. They are also big enemies of fire safety. If you burn candles in your Todd Creek, CO, home, make sure you never go too far away without putting them out. Keep them out of reach of small children and pets. Don't let the candle burn down too far before replacing it.

Dispose of Cigarettes Properly

If you or someone in your home smokes, it's best to do so outside whenever possible. If you choose to smoke indoors, always use an ashtray. Never keep ashtrays or cigarette butts in places where they could get knock off onto something flammable.

Be Careful in the Kitchen

For fire preparation, wise kitchen practices are essential. Never leave a pan on the stove unattended. Also, don't forget to turn off the oven and stove once you have finished. To avoid grease fires, don't add too much oil to your pans while they're on the stove.
These fire preparation tips can avoid you a lot of grief and heartache. If you have a fire, a professional cleanup team can help, but you're better off staying away from a disaster.

Dealing With Category 2 Water Damage

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded floor in a white kitchen -  Text on image that says CATEGORY 2 If you have category 2 damage, it's important that you don't try to do the water pipe repair or water cleanup on your own.

If you've suffered water damage at your Henderson, CO, business, it's important to know exactly what you're dealing with. Whether it's from a broken pipe or a severe storm, professionals categorize water damage based on the type of water involved. In the case of Category 2 water damage, it's advisable to contact a professional water mitigation company to take care of any needed water pipe repair and to clean up damage to the flooded area.

What Is Category 2 Water Damage?

Category 2 water damage is defined by the presence of a significant amount of the following contaminants:

  • Chemical
  • Biological
  • Physical

Common sources include:

  • Dishwasher water
  • Toilet bowl water containing urine
  • Flood damage from sump pumps

Water from these sources is known as "gray water," and can contain harmful microorganisms. Exposure to this water can cause discomfort or sickness. If Category 2 loss has occurred, it's important to make sure workers or tenants leave the building until professional water mitigation can be completed.

Cleanup Process

When the water mitigation professionals arrive, they first carry out emergency repairs, which may include sump pump or water pipe repair, and removal of any standing water. Next, they assess the problem to determine the exact nature of the damage to the property. Based on this assessment, the technicians then decide which specialized techniques and equipment to use. Any affected areas of the structure that cannot be salvaged, such as drywall and carpeting, is removed. The same applies to any office equipment, furniture and or other items that have been severely damaged.

Once this is done, the water restoration professionals will thoroughly dry, clean and disinfect the remaining areas and items, using water extractors, dehumidifiers, and specialized agents to eradicate any mold and microbes. The next phase includes any necessary repairs to the structure, along with cosmetic restoration such as wallpapering and painting.

If you have category 2 damage, it's important that you don't try to do the water pipe repair or water cleanup on your own. A professional water restoration company has the experience and know-how to make the necessary repairs, making sure your business gets back to normal quickly and safely.

What to Do After Flooding

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Water gauge pressure, hand shut off main valve, close-up. Shutting off the water supply is the first thing to do

Common Causes of Water In a Home

Flooding is the most common disaster in Todd Creek, CO, and there’s no doubt it is a stressful ordeal. Most spills are the result of a pipe burst, a drain backup or a natural event, and they all point to expensive home restoration in the end.
Common causes of water in home include:

  • Heavy rains
  • Overflowing rivers
  • Broken dams
  • Melting snow and ice

1. Shut off Water

Shutting off the water supply is the first thing to do after discovering a plumbing accident in your home. It will temporarily stop the water flow to the leaking fixture, reducing the impact of water damage significantly. To shut it off, find the main valve that runs water into the house and turn it counterclockwise till it stops. You should also consider switching off the power if there’s water in the wall.

2. Call Insurance

Next, call insurance and let them know about the situation, specifying if it’s a water or flood damage claim. Some policies cover only one of these possibilities, especially those operating in the regions prone to flooding. Also, keep in mind that they won’t cover gradual deterioration, like a leaking shower pan. They prefer dealing with accidental events.

3. Call Restoration

After settling with insurance, call a restoration service to help with water removal. The company should send a team to assess the situation, classifying it in one of 4 categories. The removal process starts soon after that, and it covers every inch of the affected area. Once that’s done, they should also do the bathroom and kitchen repair, leaving your home habitable.
Generally speaking, flooding is a risk that every homeowner has to take. However, only those who know what to do can bounce back on their feet fast. The idea is not to let the mess affect your decision making, no matter how bad the situation may seem.

Getting a Business Back to Normal After a Flood

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded street in a residential area - Text in picture that says FLOOD DAMAGE As waters rise, your primary concern must be your safety and the wellbeing of your employees and customers.

Whether you do business in a floodplain, operate in an area that experiences severe weather, or are the unlucky recipient of a plumbing mishap, you may find yourself in the middle of a potentially devastating flood. As waters rise, your primary concern must be your safety and the wellbeing of your employees and customers. After the flood recedes, though, your attention must turn to getting your business back to normal. A content cleaning and building restoration specialist in Thornton, Colorado can help you preserve important company property and inventory.

Commercial Flood Restoration Steps

Here are four things to expect:

1. Water Removal

The first thing you must do to address unwanted water in or around your business is to have the water immediately removed. You also must identify the cause of water buildup and work to remedy it. Generally, a restoration company will not assist with draining extra water. Instead, it will remove water from your office, warehouse, or professional building after the deluge has been contained.

2. Damage Assessment

Before a content cleaning specialist can restore your business’s belongings to their pre-flood condition, he or she must assess damage. Typically, this requires examining each unit. Porous items may have to be discarded, while non-porous ones are usually savable.

3. Item Cleaning

Floodwaters can be filthy, and they often contaminate your company’s property with soil and other debris. After developing a cleaning plan, restorers use special skills, equipment and procedures to remove dirt from your content.

4. Safety Preservation

Finally, the restoration company must work to ensure your salvaged company belongings aren’t dangerous. Since black water contains germs and bacteria, restorers use sufficient cleaning products to kill hazardous microbes.

Instead of leaving the post-flood comfort and value of your business to chance, take time to understand the steps a restoration company takes to clean your company. Then, by contracting with a content cleaning specialist in Thornton, Colorado you can help return your business to a state of normalcy following an excess of water in your building.
Visit http://www.SERVPROnorththorntonbrighton.com for more information on flood damage.

How To Put Out a Grease Fire

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Flames coming out from a gas burner Grease fires burn very hot and can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time.

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.

What To Do About Water Damage to a Commercial Building

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded building entrance Flooded entrance of a building in Todd Creek, CO

Flooding to your Todd Creek, CO, business can be caused by a variety of circumstances, from damaged pipes to inclement weather. Understanding the causes, preventive measures and cleanup process can help protect your business from water damage.

Causes of Water Damage

There are many reasons your commercial building may flood. The following are some common causes:

  • Roof leaks
  • Leaking pipes
  • Malfunctioning appliances
  • Heavy rains

It is important to know which losses are covered by your insurance policy. Generally, a specialized flood policy is required for damage caused by heavy rains and springtime snow melt. Talk to your insurance agent to make sure you are fully covered.

Preventing Water Damage

Unfortunately, some causes of flooding are beyond your control. However, performing routine maintenance on appliances and the building itself can minimize the potential for damage. Make sure that gutters are cleaned out and the sump pump, if the building has one, is properly maintained. Fix roof leaks promptly. Additionally, check for damaged pipes and repair them immediately. If you have any pipes that are exposed to freezing temperatures, insulate them to ensure they do not rupture.

Cleaning Up Water Damage

It is important to dry the affected area as soon as possible because mold can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours. Specialized pumps and vacuums should be able to remove most of the standing water. Then you can use dehumidifiers and fans to dry out the remaining moisture. Be sure to sanitize all surfaces that came into contact with the flood water. The source of the water will determine the type of cleaner that you should use. Throw away all items that cannot be fully cleaned and dried.
With a little preparation, you may be able to prevent flooding to your business. However, if you do experience water damage, whether from damaged pipes, a roof leak or any other cause, a certified restoration team can help get your business back to preloss condition.

How Does General Liability Insurance impact a Mold Claim?

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Black mold growth on ceiling Mold growth on Henderson, CO

Here Are 3 Things to Know About Your Insurance Coverage

Many landlords in Henderson, CO, must consider how to protect their assets from a potential lawsuit. After all, it could only take one suit to drain a business's financial resources. For many agencies, the answer is purchasing general liability insurance, a policy that offers coverage for many unsuspected, potentially crippling issues. Does it cover everything, or do landlords still need to worry about mold insurance claims? Here are three things to know about your insurance coverage.

1. What Does the Policy Include?

Mold remediation companies work hard to cleanup a space, but it costs. It's natural then to turn to insurance to help cover costs. General liability is intended to handle certain trouble. If something on your property endangers the neighboring store, this pays to repair the damages. In the same regard, if a visitor becomes harmed while on your premised, this would pay compensation for pain and damages. Mold, though, may or may not be included.

2. What Is Pollution Exclusion?

Many suits may argue that mold poses an environmental hazard. Agencies are fighting this argument by writing in pollution exclusion clauses. This removes them from accountability in mold insurance claims, especially when lawyers argue that the fungus established a contamination that created a harmful atmosphere.

3. What Is a Business Risk Exclusion?

Was a faulty part to blame? If so, a mold claim can be denied under the business risk exclusion. Insurance companies do not want to pay when the contractor's part failed to do its job or poor construction allowed for the complications. This clause could allow denial.
You may expect that mold insurance claims can be handled quickly under a general liability policy; however, agencies often have clauses that prevent payment. Both pollution and business risk clauses undermine the general arguments made by legal counsel, leaving a company capable of refusing to pay the remediation bills.

Why Preferred Vendors of Insurance Companies Have Qualifications

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Business Communication Connection People Concept Did you know that we are a Preferred Vendor for many insurance companies

Why Preferred Vendors of Insurance Companies Have Qualifications

If your Todd Creek, CO, business has suffered fire, water or mold damage you may need to talk to your insurance agent about a local damage restoration service, such as SERVPRO, to help with repairs. Many insurance companies keep a list of preferred vendors to contact for various needs for several reasons. These include

1. Set Guidelines

There are 21 guidelines an insurance vendor must agree to in order to become a preferred vendor. This includes the IICRC standards among others. Following these guidelines ensures that clients can expect a high quality job completion from any vendor recommended by their insurance provider, as well as the ability to know what to expect in the restoration ahead of time.

2. Complete Record Keeping

Another reason your insurance agent may recommend a preferred vendor for your business's restoration needs is that fact that in many cases these vendors have the ability to help the agent with the documentation needed to file a claim. For example, SERVPRO offers an electronic claims inventory system that can be used to keep track of photographs, item inventory lists, and track restoration progress. These types of systems help ensure that everything is properly documented which can be very useful to your insurance company.

3. Safety Standards

Another reason your insurance may recommend working with a member of their vendor program, is the fact that they know their preferred vendors will follow proper safety standards. In addition to correct use of equipment this may also include how to properly quarantine an area for mold removal, use of personal protection equipment, and material handling.
If your business has suffered damage it’s a good idea to consult your insurance agent about working with a preferred vendor. These professionals have been trained to follow national standards in order to ensure quality service, and can help document the damage and repairs for your agent. Preferred vendors also follow safety standards to help ensure that the job is completed correctly with everyone's health and safety in mind.

Types of Damage Related to Fire

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Types of Damage Related to Fire

A fire at your Brighton, CO, commercial property can be a huge hassle. In addition to restoring damage caused by the fire itself, you will often have to do water cleanup as well. Understanding the different types of damage can help you prepare for a business fire.

Water Damage

The fire department will likely use a large amount of water to extinguish the fire. If you have a sprinkler system, the fire is usually contained more quickly so that less water can be used. In either case, though, you will need to work quickly to prevent mold growth. The following are some tools you may find helpful in drying out your property:

  • Wet/dry vacuum
  • Submersible pump
  • Dehumidifier
  • Fan

If you do not have the above items, you may be able to rent them from a hardware store before beginning water cleanup.

Smoke and Soot Damage

After the property is fully dry, you will need to tend to the smoke and soot. Because the residue can be corrosive, it is important to act quickly. The type of fire determines the type of residue you are left with. There are a variety of types of smoke and soot and different cleaners and techniques for each. Using the wrong approach can compound damage, so you may decide to seek professional help in determining the best soot and smoke cleanup method for your business.

Fire Damage

When picturing a building after a fire, the fire damage may be what pops into your mind most quickly. This type of damage includes burned and charred objects, ashes, etc. Severely charred items should be thrown away, but less damaged objects may be salvageable. Cleaning up ashes can be particularly tricky because you do not want them to end up in the atmosphere. You may be able to sweep them up and dispose of them in a trash bag. However, more severe fire damage may require professional fire cleanup.
The damage resulting from a business fire may seem overwhelming. Fortunately, there are experienced restoration professionals that can help you with fire, smoke and water cleanup and get your business back to normal quickly and safely.

Winter Storms can Cause Flood Damage too

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

Snow storm Flooding can be caused by winter storms as well

When you think of a flooded basement or storeroom, you may think of the type of mess that comes from storm damage. Your commercial building in Thornton, CO can be in just as much danger of flood damage from internal sources such as a burst pipe. Flooding can be caused by winder storms as well. Sub-zero temperatures can cause your pipes to burst with a great amount of pressure from the expanding ice inside.

How To Prevent Frozen Pipes

Low temperatures can cause just as much water damage as a flood from outside if the situation is not quickly dealt with. A burst pipe can produce gallons of water spilling out into the room or filling up the space inside of walls. A frozen pipe can be prevented by doing the following.

Keep the ambient temperature in rooms with plumbing inside the walls warm
Open cabinets below sinks to allow room air to warm the pipes
Run a slow trickle through faucets to keep pipes open
Disconnect outside hoses from the faucets
Insulate around water pipes that go through crawl spaces or attics

Thawing Frozen Pipes
If the pipes do freeze, they need to be thawed slowly to prevent problems and leaks. Open all of the faucets and leave them open. Slowly warm the area with a space heater or by holding a blow dryer on the pipe. Do not apply heat from more severe sources such as a blowtorch or propane heater. Allow it to take it’s time to thaw until the water flows freely. Do an intermediate check on all of the pipes to see if there are other leaks.

Clean Up
If you end up with standing water, get some help with the flood cleanup. Even clean water can become contaminated if it sits long enough and would be more complicated to clean, just like storm cleanup. A qualified water and flood cleanup and restoration company in Thornton, CO, can help with the water extraction and drying things out.
Don’t let a winter storm get the better of you. Take steps to prevent a burst pipe and to thaw frozen pipes carefully. You can avoid flood damage to your building and enjoy greater peace of mind.

Small Kitchen Changes for Big Fire Safety

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke pours into a stairwell Be prepared for any emergency by preparing ahead of time.

Looking for tips on how to make your home kitchen in Thornton, Colorado safer? Although a fire extinguisher and fire safety plan should be at the top of your list, you don’t have to make big changes to get big rewards. Here are four simple and cost-effective tips for reducing the risk of fire damage in your culinary domain.

1. Ditch the Dish Rag

Hand towels might shine at multitasking, but they can also significantly heighten fire risk. Consider upgrading to silicone-based pot holders and trivets to make your kitchen safer. 

Just a few reasons you’ll love the upgrade include:

Higher heat tolerance than cotton

Durable and long-lasting

Easy to clean and nonstick

Cost-effective and versatile

Attractive and stain-resistant design

2. Clear Space for Handles

Even the biggest kitchens can become cluttered when you’re preparing multiple dishes. While tips for juggling kitchen challenges vary, most experts recommend paying close attention to the placement of pot handles. Ideally, each handle should be turned towards the side, providing a wide enough chasm for you to reach one without touching the other.

Not only can this suggestion help mitigate the chances of burn injuries, it can also make it easier to respond to smoke or fire by providing a clearer line of sight.

3. Keep Salt Near Stove

Consider keeping an easy-open container of salt near the stove for a convenient and safe option for treating small grease fires. At the first sign of a grease fire, douse the pan with a heavy helping of salt to smother the flames. 

Alternatively, you can also use baking soda on a grease fire, but avoid using flour, which can quickly become explosive in the right conditions.

4. Display Emergency Contacts Prominently

Prepare your kitchen with well-placed information as your last small change for big rewards. Keep a laminated list of suggestions and contacts, including the fire department, family and nearby fire damage specialists, in an easily accessible area. By having this information handy, your household’s crisis response – and recovery – can only go that much smoother in the future. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorththorntonbrighton.com for more information on fire damage.

Fire Restoration Is the Science of Turning Chaos Into Order

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

Building exterior burned out partially - Text in picture that says IN NEED OF A CLEANING Smoke damage is often the most difficult to mitigate.

Cleanup Process After Fire Damage

You will never forget how your home looked after the last firefighter left. It was a disaster. Everything was burned, charred or soaked. Your beautiful hardwood floors were starting to buckle, the water was leaking into the rooms below, and everything smelled like smoke. You wondered how you could recover from this. The following three steps will help you understand the cleanup process.


1. Your New Enemies Are Water and Time
The fire is out, but your disaster continues to grow in slow motion. Now, the culprit is water. It is slowly working its way through your home. It is also setting the stage for mold to move in and make the cleanup more difficult. The objective here is to get the moisture out of your home quickly. This stage of fire restoration involves removing:

  • Standing water
  • Carpets, if not salvageable in place
  • Fabrics
  • Furniture
  • Wallboard, flooring and anything else that is not salvageable

Once the room is empty, it’s time to bring in fans and dehumidifiers. Now might also be an excellent time to apply mold-suppression products to wet areas, if appropriate.

2. Remove Everything That Is Burned and Not Restorable
Think of this as the demolition phase. Remove everything that the fire touched. If you decide to leave some charred wood in place, seal it. If you don’t, you will never get the smoky burnt smell entirely out of your home.

3. Eliminate the Smoky Smell That Permeates Your Home
Smoke damage is often the most difficult to mitigate. In extreme cases, it can require:

  • Air filtration to remove the smell from the air
  • Intense treatment by ozone generators
  • Deodorization by special thermal foggers

Damage Cleaning Is Not for the Do-It-Yourselfer
The average person does not have the knowledge or equipment to do the fire restoration process quickly and thoroughly. Consider bringing in fire damage mitigation experts located in the Brighton, CO, area if you face this type of cleanup. When you see the results, you will be glad you did.

3 Maintenance Tips for Your Irrigation System

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

a sprinkler with water coming out Irrigation maintenance can keep your business's watering system in optimal condition.

Once the weather in Thornton, CO becomes sunny and warm, it can be an excellent time to activate the sprinklers and water your plants and landscape. However, it might be a good idea to check these devices before starting. Turning on a defective irrigation system can create several problems, such as improper water distribution, water damage and high costs from the water bill and damage repairs. The following irrigation maintenance practices can prevent these problems:


1. Inspect the System Often


A common habit you can adopt is checking on your sprinkler system before activating it. Between freezing conditions and other environmental hazards, there are several factors that can damage your watering devices. Take the time to check each component whenever you can.

Sprinkler heads
Hoses
Pipes
Backflow

Cracks, obstructions and other problems with the system can lead to sprinkler flooding. This may damage your property and require commercial building restoration services.


2. Schedule the Watering


As the year progresses, the weather changes. When planning your irrigation maintenance, you may need to adjust the watering patterns for your business's landscape. Every season will bring different temperatures and precipitation, so measure how much water you need, the time it can take and the locations where it is necessary. Proper scheduling can ensure the area is watered just right, with no drought or flooding.


3. Upgrade the System


No matter the current state of your irrigation system, it is just a matter of time until it malfunctions or becomes antiquated. You will need to replace old sprinklers, pipes and hoses with new ones when repairing them is not an option. Also, consider integrating new technology to the system. For example, rain and freeze sensors can automatically shut down sprinkling when necessary, leading to more efficient water use.


Perform the necessary inspections and improvements to prevent building damage and the waste of resources.

Do I Really Need Mold Remediation?

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

green discoloration on a yellow wall It is important to remember that not all mold is black.

Mold can be present in your home for many reasons, and even if you think you can perform the mold cleaning on your own, it is often much tougher than it appears. If you believe that your home in Thornton, CO may have mold damage, it is important to consider mold remediation. Here are a few easy ways to help you decide if you need mold cleanup in your home.


1. There's a Musty Odor in Your Home


If you can't see any signs of mold but there is a musty odor, it may be time for someone to perform professional mold cleaning. Only an environmental hygienist is certified to check for mold, so ensure that the mold remediation specialists you hire are able to perform the job.


2. You've Had Recent Water Intrusion


If you've had any type of flooding in your home, it's a good idea to have someone with experience take a look. Mold can grow within 72 hours of a flooding event, and is especially common in dark areas that stay damp, such as basements or attics. Carpets, drywall and even some upholstered furniture take time to dry, and can all be breeding grounds for mold.


3. Stained or Discolored Ceilings or Walls


Sometimes, ceilings will show water marks or brownish-orange stains, indicating that there may have been a leak and some water damage. Showers or bathtubs can also become discolored, and even if they do not look moldy, they may still require professional black mold cleanup.


If you recognize any of the above signs of mold growth, the best solution is to call a mold remediation specialist to help with mold cleaning and to get your home back to normal as soon as possible.

Everything You Need To Know About Ice Dams

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

snow on a roof Ice dams can cause significant harm to your home.

An ice dam is a frequent cause of winter storm damage to the home. Yet many people do not understand what ice dams are.


Ice dams are ridges of ice that form at the end of a roof. This blocks the melting snow on the roof from draining onto the ground. Instead, the water backs up on the roof and can leak into your home’s walls or ceiling.


This moisture doesn’t just cause water damage to your home, either. It can also lead to the growth of mold within your house.


Ice dams form due to uneven temperatures on the surface of the roof. This can result from excessive heat traveling to the roof through:

Chimneys
Air leakage
Exhaust systems

How To Prevent Ice Dams


Preventing an ice dam starts when your home is being built. Make sure that the roof and ceiling are insulted according to Thornton, CO building codes. You should also avoid skylights, recessed lights or attic heating ducts.


Similarly, you need to keep the ceiling of your home air-tight to limit the flow of warm air into the attic. This warm air can heat the roof, leading to ice dams.


What To Do During a Storm


When a winter storm arrives, the best way to prevent ice dams is to remove snow from the roof as soon as possible. Keep in mind, however, that some cleaning tools such as push brooms and rakes can also damage the roof.


If the ice dam does cause water to leak into your home, you can try to mitigate the damage. Hosing the roof with tap water creates channels for the roof water to drain through. However, this only works on a warm day, and the effect only lasts for a few days. To truly address the problem, you should contact a storm damage restoration company. You should also see if your insurance policy includes ice dam coverage.


Yet you can limit the amount of destruction by reducing the amount of heat that travels to the roof.

What Will or Won't Your Insurance Cover After Water Damage?

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Document of Homeowners Insurance Policy for background Homeowners' insurance coverage can protect you from paying out of your own pocket when disaster strikes

You purchase homeowner's insurance as an investment. You hope to never make a claim, but it's nice to know that if significant damage does occur, you've can rely on your insurance provider to pay for repair and restoration costs. If you have a flood at home, it's important to know what your policy will cover.

What the Insurance Will Cover

Homeowners' insurance coverage can protect you from paying out of your own pocket when disaster strikes. For water damage, this policy should take effect in the following cases:

  • An appliance such as a washer, dishwasher or water heater suddenly breaks, expelling water over your floors and walls
  • A broken pipe unexpectedly bursts, causing severe flooding
  • If severe weather results in water damage to your home
  • If an act of vandalism leads to flooding

What the Insurance Won't Take Care Of

There are some instances where your flood claim will be denied. Homeowner's policies in Thorncreek,CO, don't cover water damage due to a backed-up sewer or mainline water break. You also should not expect coverage from your policy if you ignore routine maintenance of appliances and plumbing systems. For example, if you know you should fix broken pipe but put it off, your provider won't pay for any damage that results. Intentionally causing a flood will also disqualify you from any financial help from the insurance company.

Additional Insurance

If your homeowner's insurance denies your claim, you don't have to give up hope. You can turn to supplemental flood insurance. These policies will pick up repair costs for sewage issues and main water lines damage or breaks. If you live in an area prone to floods, you should consider purchasing one of these plans. It is also wise to get familiar with a professional flood cleanup team. The insurance company and flood remediation crew will work closely during the claims process.
You should review your insurance policies to verify what your plan covers. If you don't have flood insurance, think about your needs and purchase a policy today.

Which Air Purifiers Are Most Effective at Removing Mold Spores?

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

black spots on a white wall The longer mold has to work, the more of your home it will consume, allowing it to spread ever faster.

Surprisingly, outdoor air is often cleaner and healthier than indoor air in Brighton, CO. A lot of man-made pollutants eventually leech into the air from virtually everything indoors, and mold spores can actually be more numerous inside – even in a thoroughly clean house. One way to combat this problem is with the right air filtration system.

What Kind of Purifier Works Best to Remove Mold?

The simplest answer is to always choose one with a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. These create air channels smaller than the size of mold spores that traps them. Other considerations would include


What size purifier will you need to adequately filter air for the space?
What special features will you need?
How often do you need to maintain the system?


It may sound terrifying, but you are literally surrounded by millions of mold spores. The fight against indoor mold is a battle of numbers, and reducing the count to safe levels is a complete victory.

Which Air Filtration Systems Are Best

While this answer depends on the factors above, there are a few standouts that most experts seem to like. The Oransi Max HEPA Air Purifier removes over 99% of airborne particles, are lightweight and include an activated charcoal filter to eliminate odors. Their EJ120 Air Purifier does the same, but is more expensive and designed for tobacco smokers. The Austin Air Healthmate Air Purifier filters viruses and bacteria and includes a 4-stage medical-grade HEPA filter. The Alen BreatheSmart 75i Purifier uses a HEPA-Pure filter and customizable designer panels to match your décor as it may change.

With the right HEPA air filtration system, you’re well on your way to helping prevent mold damage to your home. However, incidents, such as storm damage or a burst pipe, can cause a massive mold flare-up that no purifier can fix. Once you’ve gotten to that point in Brighton, CO you need a top-notch mold cleanup company to identify the source, eliminate it and repair the damage. 

Choosing The Right Candle Alternative

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

3 white candles Be proactive in fire prevention.

Candles offer not only a bit of subtle light, but they can also provide a soothing atmosphere and subtle aroma; however, as a homeowner in Brighton, CO you have to look beyond the immediate satisfaction and consider the safety concerns. Something so small could actually be destructive, acting as a catalyst for a larger blaze. Rather than take a risk, consider using candle alternatives to create a similar calming ambiance.


Why Should You Eliminate Candles?


According to the National Fire Protection Agency, between 2012 to 2018, candles caused the following average annual losses:

80 deaths
8200 home fires
770 injuries
over 200 million in property damage

While beautiful and soothing, the open flames, when left unattended or forgotten, can lead to candle fire. Light a candle when you plan to remain in the room, capable of watching it at all times.


What Other Options Are Available?


Is it possible to achieve the same effects from other products? Yes, it is. The commercial market carries numerous items that supply similar effects. Take lighting for example. People often use the little wax sticks when they desire a dim hue. Battery and electrical candle alternatives are available, disbursing a romantic, old-fashioned feel without the danger of the sparks flying. Use a remote to control it, and you can leave the room with it on. Small lamps may also satisfy your need. Look for small ones and use a low watt bulb. For a little fun, fairy lights offer a sparkle to the room, exuding childlike wonder. Are you worried you'll miss the pleasant aroma? Purchase reed and stick diffusers that use oil, yet carry a scent throughout the vicinity. These flameless options might just save you from experiencing a home fire and the needs for a fire restoration company.


Think about your habits and consider whether the act is worth the risk. A home fire could be devastating. Decide whether candle alternatives might work for your home, eliminating one additional danger.

Creating an Effective Office Fire Escape Plan

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Every worker should know where the fire alarms are located

Creating an Effective Office Fire Escape Plan

With the hectic daily operations of any business in Lochbuie, CO, it’s often difficult to carve out time to prepare for emergencies. This is particularly true with smaller companies that don’t have mandated drills or contingency plans. However, it’s essential for any business owner to have an emergency escape plan in place to protect workers and assets. The following steps will help make sure you are prepared.

1. Assign Roles

The first step in creating a fire escape plan is to assign various workers to be in charge. A coordinator needs to be accountable for fire drills, extinguisher training and evacuation route planning. Every worker should know where the fire alarms are located so all employees can be immediately alerted to a problem. If your office has various floors, each floor should have a person designated to clear it and ensure workers are not left behind. It’s also a good idea to plan help for any employee who may have difficulty getting down the stairs.

2. Create a Chain of Command

Once employees are safe and the fire department is in control, there should be a person in charge to communicate protocols. This involves having updated contact information for all employees, so that instructions on contingency plans can be quickly sent out via a call tree or mass email. The supervisor or designee should have an offsite checklist with contact information to call the insurance company and a competent fire restoration company.

3. Prevent Problems

Although a good fire escape plan is essential, you always hope you won’t need it. The fire department will do an annual inspection of your property, so use this as a tool to identify areas of concern. Consider moving essential equipment or files into fire proof rooms and safes. Finally, make sure all exits are clearly marked and easily accessible.
Every business should have a detailed fire escape plan. It involves designating particular employees to be in charge of training and evacuation routes. If you have a clear chain of command, you will be prepared for potential fires and have the peace of mind that you are keeping your employees safe.

How to Handle Water Contamination at a Commercial Building

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial office clean up in Northglenn, CO

How to Handle Water Damage at a Commercial Building

Water damage that occurs at a commercial building in Northglenn, CO can create a precarious situation for a business owner and employees. If a flood occurs in an office, it’s important for building occupants and employees to understand the severity of the situation and to know what to do about it. Flood water may not be clean water. The water may be (or become) contaminated, and it’s vital that individuals in the building are prepared. Here are three examples of how to handle water damage at a commercial building.

1. Explain Water Contamination to Employees

Water damage can happen at any time, and often without warning. Damage may result from a natural disaster that strikes, or it could occur due to something like a toilet overflow in a restroom, a broken pipe, or a broken supply line, for instance. It may be advantageous to prepare employees for the possibility of an emergency like a flood. Explaining water contamination may be a great place to start.
There is a classification system that is used to explain the level of contamination in water, and there are three categories of contaminated water. These categories range from clean water (category one), to moderately contaminated water (category 2), and highly contaminated (category three). Taking time to explain water contamination and providing examples about the three-category system of contaminated water to employees may help to facilitate the cleanup of a flood, as well as help prevent individuals from becoming ill.

2. Make an Emergency Plan

Creating an emergency plan may help prevent employees from becoming ill due to any contaminated water. While category one water poses no health risks, category two and category three contaminated water can be very dangerous. It may be beneficial to have a plan in place for an emergency. This plan may include requiring employees to report any damage and to avoid contact with flood water.

3. Call a Professional

In the event of a flood, professionals who handle water damage should be called for assistance. Professionals are trained and qualified to make repairs, as well as properly assess whether there is clean water or contaminated water in the commercial building.

Identifying and Mitigating Secondary Water Damage

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Loose tiles due to water damage in a Todd Creek, CO home

No one likes dealing with flooding. Damage from a flood in your home in Todd Creek,CO, can be devastating enough, but if left unattended, it can get worse, turning into secondary water damage such as rot or black mold. Here are a few facts about residual damage and how you can avoid it.

What Does It Look Like?

When you find damage in your home from a leak, you may notice that the surface of the area needs replacing. Secondary damage can leave additional signs:

  • Saturated, sagging drywall
  • Peeling linoleum
  • Loose tiles
  • Mold growth

If you see any damage, you should have it mitigated. The more damage that occurs, the longer and more expensive restoration is going to be.

Where Does It Come From?

A common cause of secondary damage is the high humidity that lingers after a flood. Even if all the excess water is gone, moisture in the air can still cause problems. Black mold can grow on moist surfaces even if the surface has been repaired or replaced. Hidden damage is often exacerbated by water that stays where it doesn't belong. If the remediation process was delayed or not completed properly, the water problem has not been solved and thus more damage is likely.

How Do You Stop It?

The best way to keep more damage from happening is to fix the problem quickly. To do that, you need to call certified water mitigation specialists as soon as you suspect there is a problem. They can stop the issues that are causing the problem, assess the damage that has been done, remove material that cannot be salvaged and restore your building so that no more damage occurs.

Avoiding a problem doesn't fix it. Quick remediation is the key to stopping secondary water damage such as black mold and weakened walls or flooring. Your home can be back to normal in a shorter amount of time if the initial damage is mitigated in a timely manner.

The Cost of Mold Damage in Homes

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

black spots on a white ceiling Mold in a Henderson, CO home

Mold Remediation Process

Finding mold in your home in Henderson, CO, can be incredibly stressful, and not knowing the cost of mold removal can add to your stress. There are various steps in the mold remediation process and knowing an approximate cost of each step can be useful to homeowners.

1. Assessments

Assessments are often one of the least expensive parts of the mold remediation process. During an assessment, an inspector will thoroughly assess your home and will search for signs of damage. When mold is identified, an inspector will take a sample to send to a lab in order to determine the type of mold in your home. Generally, the overall cost of an assessment is less than one thousand dollars.

2. Structural Damage and Loss of Items

The cost of restoring the structure of your home can be a costly expense. Mold removal may be possible for some personal belongings that have been damaged in your home, and the cost of restoration is generally less than the cost of replacing items. Although the restoration process of your home and the costs of restoring or replacing your belongings can be expensive, some insurance policies may cover part of the damage depending on the cause.

3. Remediation

Removing the mold in your home can be a time-consuming process depending on the extent of the damage that has occurred. For example, black mold removal can be a lengthy process due to the hazardous nature of the mold. During the process, mold remediation specialists will contain the mold to one area in order to mitigate the damage and prevent the spores from spreading to other locations in your home. Then, specialists will sanitize and clean the area until the level of mold spores present is safe.

The cost of mold removal can vary depending on the type of mold present and the amount of damage. However, having an estimate of how much an assessment, replacement, restoration and remediation will cost can help you feel more prepared for the process of mold remediation.

5 Easy Steps to Cleaning a Gas Stovetop

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Remove the grates

Five Steps and Your Range Will be Clean and Ready

Cooks are master mess-makers. If you don’t believe that, look at your stovetop. After a busy day of cooking, the stovetop of your gas range can look like a disaster area. Eventually, you will decide that it’s time for some serious range cleaning. Follow these five steps and your range will be clean and ready to crank out more culinary masterpieces.

1. Remove the Grates

Lift them from the stovetop and submerge them in hot soapy water. They are most likely ceramic-coated and will clean easily. Soak them until it is time to reassemble the stovetop.

2. Remove the Burner Caps

The burner caps of a gas range are small round discs that sit atop each burner. These will receive the same cleaning treatment as the grates. Soak them in the hot soapy water until reassembly time.

3. Clean the Stovetop

At this point, you are looking at a dirty stovetop with burners sticking up through the holes. You can see evidence of everything you cooked since the last cleaning. Every time you cook, some of that mess burns off creating the familiar smoke smell. You can clean the stovetop with equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. This solution will remove the cooked-on food and eliminate the odor.

4. Wash the Grates and Burner Caps

At this point, the grates and caps are probably clean from soaking. Go over them with a brush, give them a quick rinse and dry them.

5. Reassemble the Stovetop

Put the burner caps back in place followed by the grates. If the parts are still wet, turn the burners on for a few seconds to dry them off. Now, you are ready to start cooking again.

A gas range is great for cooking, but open flames can set the stage for a variety of problems. If you have a bad cooking day that requires a visit from a Brighton,CO, area fire department, know that there are damage restoration experts nearby, ready to help with the cleanup.

What to Know About Protecting Your Company from Flooding

5/11/2019 (Permalink)

Back up your files in case a storm occurs

For a company in Thornton, CO, it’s important to protect against flood damage. Doing so can help you get your company back in working order after a large storm. Many storm damage restoration professionals recommend taking the following steps in order to mitigate possible damage.

Regularly Inspect and Maintain Company Property

When preparing for storm damage it's important to inspect and maintain any company property that may be at risk. Some things you may want to look for include

  • Damage to the roof
  • Cracks in the foundation
  • Areas of landscaping where water may pool
  • Leaks around windows and doors
  • Secure storm shutters
  • Trimming branches of trees that could fall into the property
  • Loose landscaping or yard furniture that could be picked up by the wind

Have a Flood Plan Ready

Another way to help mitigate flood damage is to have a flood plan ready for your business. This may include the location of any supplies, how to backup files, evacuation routes, and emergency contact numbers. It's important to share this information with your employees as well. You may also want to include the number of a storm restoration company, such as SERVPRO, in this plan.

Prepare Before the Storm Occurs

Another way to help avoid flooding is to prepare before the storm occurs. This may include tarping or bordering over areas that are at risk of damage, securing storm shutters, clearing debris from the drainage areas, backing up your files, and moving paper documents and furniture away from doors and windows.

If you're trying to mitigate flood damage at your Thornton, CO, business, you may want to consider the following. Regularly inspect and maintain your company property including the roof of your business, create a flood plan and ensure your employees know what it contains, and be ready to prepare when you know a storm is coming. If you have any questions a professional might be able to help.

3 Types of Mold Damage Your Home May Experience After a Flood

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth on ceiling in a Todd Creek, CO home

Mold Damage After a Flood

Whether the source was rising outdoor water levels or from a backed-up toilet, flooding can cause serious problems for your Todd Creek,CO, home. One result of flooding may be spreading silently and causing considerable damage: mold growth. If you are working to recover from a flood, being able to spot the warning signs of fungi could help you prevent serious and costly problems later on.

1. Ceiling Stains

Mold often grows where you cannot see it, which means you may not be aware of its presence until it has already taken hold on your home. However, ceiling stains may indicate the presence of moisture and mold, as spores often attach where there are humid, moist conditions. If you notice these stains, you might want to have your ceiling opened and checked for mold as soon as possible.

2. Damaged Interior Walls

Drywall and other porous building materials tend to absorb standing water after a flood, making the interior walls a perfect environment for mold growth. Once fungi start to form, they can eat insulation and ruin any wiring that might be present behind the walls. Even if you experienced a minor flood in a room with drywall, you might want to ask storm damage and flooding technicians to perform a flood cut, which opens a section of wall above the flood line and can alert you to the presence of any mold.

3. Stubborn Musty Smells

The formation of black mold is often common after a flood, especially if the floodwaters were contaminated with sewer products and other bacteria. Because this type of fungi tends to grow quickly, it can create stubborn musty odors that may be difficult to eliminate. A flood mitigation and cleanup service will likely be able to give you a variety of options for odor removal.

The aftermath of a flood in your Todd Creek,CO, home can be a considerable cause for worry. However, learning to spot possible signs of mold growth and the damage it may be causing could help you prevent future problems.

What Does Business Insurance Cover?

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Contact you insurance company to see if you are covered.

If your building in Henderson, CO, suffers water damage, you don't want to have to pay the entire cost of the repair and restoration out of pocket. Business insurance is necessary to cover the costs of certain accidents that occur suddenly and cause damage to your building. A good property policy can protect you after a wide variety of accidents happen.

Accident Types

While property insurance doesn't usually cover large-scale flooding caused by major natural disasters, it typically can help pay for damages caused by issues such as broken pipes or HVAC leaks. Some of the damage covered by most business insurance packages include:

  • Fire
  • Vandalism
  • Theft
  • Leaks

If you live in an area that floods frequently, it may be helpful to add flood insurance to your package. This can help make sure your water cleanup costs are fully covered.

Items Included

When many people think of property insurance, they often assume it covers water damage remediation to the building itself. The average policy covers more than that, though. It also covers the items in your building as well as a few structures directly outside it. Office supplies, equipment, furniture and inventory can be restored or replaced. The landscaping, signage and fencing outside may also be covered.

Premium Factors

Your monthly premium can vary according to several factors. If your area is prone to frequent or seasonal storms, your premium may be higher than in other regions. Your industry can also have an effect. A restaurant, for example, carries significantly more risk than a general office building, so the premiums may be higher. Finally, your commitment to safety plays a role. If you are in compliance with fire codes and have a working security system, your premiums are likely to be lower. If you upgrade to fireproof materials or the latest, safest plumbing and electrical system, you may save some money on insurance.

Fire and water damage don't have to break the bank. With a good business insurance policy, you can rest assured that most of your remediation costs are covered.

What’s That Smell? Understanding Why Mold Stinks

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

The team at SERVPRO has professional cleaning techniques to treat mold properly.

Stale, musty, stuffy – whatever words you use to describe it, we all know the telltale aroma associated with mold smell. While it’s frustrating to face that smell, it’s even more frustrating to smell it and not see mold anywhere. But rest assure, if a mold aroma is in your Thornton, CO building, the fungus is thriving and it’s up to you to find it. Learn more about what causes mold to smell and what options you have for finding it when you can smell it but can’t see it.

Understanding the Stink

Mold is a collection of fungal organisms that replicate via spores. Wherever those spores land, they can potentially thrive particularly if the environment is warm, dark and moist such as you might find in:


   • an attic
   • a crawlspace
   • a bathroom
   • beneath a sink


Basically, anywhere a leak, condensation or the like is continuous, mold can grow. As it grows, mold releases microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs). These gasses are responsible for the mold smell. Over time, poor ventilation as well as an increase in mold growth, can make the musty smell stronger and even harder to get out of clothing, upholstery, carpets and other porous surfaces.

How Do I Find It?

Oftentimes the fungus smell will be the only clue that there’s mold afoot – a frustrating reality for someone trying to get rid of the odor. Fortunately, there are a few things you and professionals can do. On your own, you can start by investigating areas where water may be gathering. Try window sills, areas near your water heater and refrigerator, beneath sinks and throughout the bathroom.


Next, a mold remediation specialist can help by using an infrared camera to find heat radiation – a signature that points to moisture inside of walls.
Mildew smell and mold smell is bad enough when you can see the fungus and even more frustrating when you can’t. Contact a mold remediation expert to learn more about your options to detect hidden mold and get your building smelling refreshed.

Water Never Sleeps

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial office clean up after water damage

Ask anyone whose business has experienced flood, fire or storm damage. They will tell you how much they hate water. Struggling with water damage is a 24 hour per day job. You can turn off the water, but it will continue causing trouble by:

  • Spreading beneath floors, behind walls and into other hidden areas
  • Damaging furniture, woodwork and walls
  • Rusting and corroding machinery and other metal items
  • Damaging electronics
  • Setting the stage for mold

Your Water Problem Needs Immediate Attention

If your water problem starts at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday, at least it happened during business hours. People are at on the job, and there is at least a chance that someone can begin dealing with it.

If the problem starts at 2 a.m. on a Sunday over a long holiday weekend, you have a huge problem. With most businesses, the best you could expect is to leave a voice mail and hope that someone calls you back.

When you have a water problem, you need a fast response. You need a company that treats water damage remediation as a 24 hour per day job.

The Solution to Your Water Problem Is Closer Than You Think

A company in the Brighton,CO, area comes with a built-in commitment to solving your water problem. Call them at any time of day or night, and you can expect:

  • A response within one hour
  • An on-site evaluation within four hours
  • A verbal briefing within eight hours

While the rest of the world is still sleeping, a plan to solve your water problem is already in motion. The fast response results in less damage and less downtime for your business. An event that could have been a catastrophe may only end up being an inconvenience.

This Damage Restoration Company Is Always Open for Business

There are nearby water damage remediation specialists ready to solve your water problem. Their business operates on a 24 hour day basis, and they are waiting for a phone call from you.

What causes a water damage during a storm?

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy rains caused water damage in a home

If you're a homeowner, you understand exactly how important taking care of your property is. Not only does proper care increase your property value, but it ensures your home lasts as long as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes unforeseen circumstances, such as river flooding, wind damage, hurricane damage, or hail damage, can require the assistance of a home restoration expert. The right home restoration expert will be able to help you with a variety of issues that may arise out of no fault of your own, such as river flooding, storm damage, or ice damming. Make sure you contact a home restoration expert as soon as you notice flood water or hail damage at your home so you can get fast help with storm remediation.

What Can a Professional Help With?

A water restoration professional can help with a variety of flooding and home restoration issues, including:

  • Ground water
  • Frozen pipes
  • Ice damming
  • Wind damage
  • Roof damage
  • Ice damage
  • Roof repair
  • Hurricane damage

As you can see, regardless of the problems you're experiencing at your home, the right professional can help you quickly with storm remediation.

If you live in an area with frequent storms, your house may also get wind damage, hail damage, or hurricane damage. Storm damage can occur regardless of how big the storm is. Even a small storm can cause wind damage or ice damage that can lead to a roof leak requiring roof repair.

Visit http://www.SERVPROnorththorntonbrighton.com for more information on storm damage.

Shower Flooding Your Toilet: How To Restore Order to Your Morning Routine

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Restored bathroom in Thornton, CO

Shower Flooding Your Toilet

The shower and the toilet typically share a drain path, and while this common path is far down the line, it can sometimes clog resulting in toilet overflow. You will have to use an auger in the drain, performing some minor sewage cleaning to remove the clog and allow water to flow freely again.

1. Use a Snake

To clear the drain, you will likely need an auger – more commonly referred to as a snake – that is at least 25 feet long. While it is possible that the clogged pipe is blocked closer to bathroom, a long auger ensures that you can meet the drain intersection. However, this does depend on the size of your home and the location of the connections.

2. Clear From the Toilet

While you may wish to work from the shower, it is better to come at the clog from the toilet. Some people find it more accessible, when using an auger for sewage cleaning, to remove the toilet and put the snake into the floor drain, rather than forcing it through the toilet trap. Whichever way you decide, it is necessary to test the drain afterward. If you feel that the clog has been cleared, then turn the shower on to see if the toilet is still overflowing.

3. Access the Drain Cleanout

If the auger didn’t work, then you will have to find the cap for the drain cleanout. This is likely located in the basement or a crawlspace. You will need a pipe wrench to remove the cap. It is necessary to work slowly and cautiously at this point because the pipe may be filled with sewage that’ll spill out once the cap is removed.

A plumbing specialist in the Thornton, CO, area can offer assistance. These individuals know the appropriate safety measures to take to get your home functioning properly again.

Showers leading to overflowing toilets are common. However, to fix the issue, you may need to perform some sewage cleaning with an auger or hire a professional.

Controlling Potential Mold Problems in Your Home

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

a piece of wood with black spots on it Mold can grow in many places, all it needs is a little moisture

Controlling Potential Mold Problems in Your Home

A common component of mold development is water damage. While some instances of moisture damage are obvious, there are possible minor leaks that go unnoticed, leading to mold infestations in your home’s ceiling, walls, and crawlspaces. These types of leaks may make it difficult to combat mold growth, but not impossible. The fact is, potential mold problems can be averted, and while some of this prevention may cost, it is likely far less than having to renovate your home due to a large infestation.

1. Home Inspections

While much mold growth occurs in dark, damp spaces, a home inspection is an excellent way to find problems before they evolve. However, the key here is routine inspections. This means scheduling for annual inspections at a minimum. These inspections should cover your roof, foundation, and plumbing ensuring that every inch of your home is looked after.

2. Ventilation

While water damage may be the number one contributor to mold development, ventilation is a close second. While bathroom, laundry room and kitchen fans may seem like extra bonuses, these tools are essential to reducing the concentration of moisture in specific areas. Therefore, ensuring that all tools for ventilation are working properly minimizes the threat of mold.

3. Moisture Control

Moisture control is in line with ventilation. Venting rooms prone to higher than average moisture levels mean keeping interior spaces dry and mold free. However, some areas are more easily vented than others. Basements and crawlspaces are two places notorious with mold. For these spaces, you may require dehumidifiers to help combat excessive moisture and humidity levels.

4. Professional Assessment

Beyond inspections and moisture control, mold prevention may depend on the assessments of a disaster restoration specialist in the Thorncreek, CO, area. Sometimes mold may already exist, and other times you may need assistance in coming up with a preventative plan. In each of these instances, a professional can help.

Water damage is unquestionably the leading cause of mold infestations. However, it is not the only contributing factor. Homes with inadequate ventilation or less than optimum moisture levels are prone to mold infestations and can benefit from assessments from remediation experts.

Stop Water Damage Cold

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Broken Pipe Causes Ceiling Collapse

The Following 4 Steps Can Help You Limit The Extent of Water Damage

 Worried about bursting pipes at your commercial property in Thornton, CO? If so, you’re not alone. Water damage is the most common type of environmental damage encountered by small business owners, and it can put a serious strain on both budget and patience. Although dealing with a broken water pipe can be daunting for first-timers, the following four steps can help you limit the extent of water damage in Thornton and get on the road to recovery faster.
1. Cut Power

Water is highly conductive and can transfer electricity well, which means even a small amount of moisture near live electricity can present a potentially serious health hazard. Before you inspect the water damage, turn off the power by flipping the breakers for all affected areas. 

2. Locate Source

After you’ve ensured the electricity is off, you’ll want to find the source of the water damage next. If the bursting pipes are still being fed water, and you’re on location, follow the pipe until you come across a valve or twist knob. Typically, these switches are low to the ground and do not require special tools to manipulate.

Note that if you’re unable to locate a valve, your water supplier should be your next call. In most cases, your water company will have a designated emergency hotline and can deploy someone to cut the water off at the property’s primary pipeline. 

3. Contact Help

Once you’ve had a chance to stop the damage and assess the situation, your next step should be contacting your insurance company and water damage specialists. It’s vital that you begin coordinating recovery efforts as quickly as possible, as delays can lead to costly complications later in the form of secondary moisture damage and mold growth.

4. Start Repairs

Whether you need to fix broken pipe junctions or replace whole pipelines, begin repairs and cleanup as quickly as you can. The sooner you can put bursting pipes behind your business and stop water damage in its tracks, the sooner you can get back to using – and enjoying – your property. 

Why Does Mold Smell So Musty?

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

Molds can hide out of plain view, but their stink gives them away. A musty odor escapes from behind walls where colonies grow and gives you your first clue you’ve got a problem. You’re smelling the evidence of a mycotoxin in your air.

Why Does Mold Smell So Musty?

How Molds Work

Mold is a microscopic fungus that grows just about everywhere in Thornton, CO. It spreads when its spores land in an environment suitable for supporting growth:

  • Wet, damp, or humid climates
  • Organic materials like wood, dust particles, or drywall
  • Undisturbed areas

In the natural environment, molds help to break down organic material and speed the decomposition process. In your home, they destroy the host material and degrade your air quality.

How Your Nose Works

Many mistakenly believe the moldy odor comes from the spores themselves. It’s a reasonable assumption, but that is not how the human sense of smell works.

The olfactory nerves in your nose send sensory signals to your brain when gasses evaporate close to them. Mold spores are not gasses, and like rocks or metal, they do not themselves have a smell. Your nose smells the esters in the air.

How Molds Release Gasses

During different stages of growth, a mold colony digests food, reproduces, and expires. These natural processes produce byproducts. The mold releases a foul gas along with its mycotoxin.

Your nose picks up on those gasses, and your brain interprets the information as a musty odor. Humans instinctively know to separate harmful odors from pleasant scents. The smell of the mold tells you something is wrong even if you aren’t specifically aware mycotoxins are present.

How Experts Respond to Mold

By the time you detect the musty odors, it’s likely you have an infestation on your hands that requires professional mold remediation services. An expert should evaluate the condition of the mold to determine how far it has grown and what steps are necessary to remove it.

Three Reasons Why Mold May Grow in Your Home

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

Mold may be a constant worry for homeowners or business owners. If it does start growing in a building you own, it can signify extensive restoration, lowered property value, especially if you see black mold. Of course, mold cannot just grow anywhere. The only way mold can grow is if you have a moisture problem. Learn more about the causes of mold growth and keep in mind that if you need mold cleanup services in Thornton, Colorado you should call a restoration company.

Three Reasons Why Mold May Grow in Your Home

  1. Something Is Broken

If you see mold growing and you do not have any idea what could be the cause, it is most likely that something is broken inside your home. In most cases a pipe could have ruptured, causing water to soak into your walls or floors or ceiling. This may be subtle, without any accompanying noise or noticeable moisture on surfaces. In some cases, a pipe may simply be leaking. Just persistent dripping may be enough water to encourage mold to grow. Keep in mind that moisture has a bad habit of spreading. The broken pipe may be nowhere near where the mold begins growing.

  1. High Humidity Levels

The subtlest way that mold can start developing in your home is simply high humidity. This can be infuriating because there is very little that you can do about it, short of buying a dehumidifier. Perhaps the best thing you can do is be on the lookout for black mold or other kinds of fungus if you know the humidity is abnormally high.

  1. Flooding

While there is no way it could happen without you realizing it, flooding is a major cause of mold. Even if your area experienced a minor flood months ago, black mold could have been growing slowly and only revealed itself now. Investigate mold cleanup if you have had a moisture problem.

What to do After a Supply Line Break

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

After a supply line break, water in a home will build up.

Though your home features a number of different pipes and plumbing components, one of the most important of those lines is the supply line. You might see one of these on your dishwasher, washing machine or any other appliance or object that needs access to the water line. After a supply line break, water in a home will build up. Instead of trying to fix the problem yourself, there are several key reasons to call a water cleanup or restoration company to do that work.

What to do After a Supply Line Break

Shut Off the Water

Very few people know how to turn off the water to their homes. Most supply lines have some type of valve or handle that allows an individual to shut off the water just to that item and not the whole home. With a pipe break problem though, you may not remember which way to turn the valve. The water that keeps coming out can eventually lead to you dealing with a flooded home or with water in a business. The main reason to call a water damage company is because that company can turn off water to that line as well as shut off the water to your home.

Dry the Floor

The next reason to choose professional restoration help is because those professionals can dry the floors and any other surfaces impacted by the flood damage. Using the wrong drying methods is potentially dangerous because those methods can dry the home too quickly or too slowly. When you use a drying method that works too slowly, you leave your home susceptible to both mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can thrive whenever there is water in a home or water in a business. Drying things too quickly can warp your floorboards and cause other problems too, but mitigation companies know exactly which drying methods to use on every type of surface and material.

Pumping Out a Flooded Home or Business

When flood damage causes water in a business or water in a home, you need to use a pump as part of the flood damage restoration process. The pump sits on a lower level of the home or business and uses hoses and tubes to slowly suck up any water in the area. This is a little similar to how a vacuum cleaner works. Removing water in a home or water in a business is important because it allows the building to dry faster.

Checking for Water Damage

Water restoration and mitigation professionals working for a restoration company will also look for water damage after a supply line break to ensure that the flooded home does not suffer any additional damage. Depending on how long the pipe break ran before you sought help, you may find yourself dealing with rotten floorboards or rotten joists that support the flood. Water cleanup professionals can get in between the walls and floors of the home to see how deep the flood damage went.

Paying for water damage restoration and mitigation after a supply line break is important because the restoration company you hire can reduce the flood damage that occurs. Not only can they turn off the flow of water to the pipe break, but they can replace the broken supply line. They also take other steps to ensure that the water damage you see doesn't go too deep inside your home and that you can use your bathroom, kitchen or utility room again.

Some of the water cleanup restoration and mitigation procedures that these workers use include thorough drying of surfaces, removal of standing water and mold inspections. If you have a supply line break on an appliance or a pipe break inside the wall, don't hesitate to call. Get professional help from a restoration company with experience dealing with a flooded home just like yours at any time of the day or night.

SERVPRO Storm Restoration Services: 3 Benefits They Offer During an Insurance Claim Filing

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Storm Restoration Services

When storm damage and flooding affect your Lochbuie,CO, home, it can be difficult to know where to begin with cleanup efforts. Filing an insurance claim can be an effective first step, but even this can be difficult if you are not sure how to describe or evaluate the problems. Working with a storm damage restoration company like SERVPRO can help you communicate more effectively with your claim services and get the process started quickly.

1. Experienced Technicians Will Inspect and Catalog Damage

When multiple rooms in your home are damaged by a major storm, gauging to the extent of the damage may be a challenge due to the presence of flood water and other debris. Experienced flood technicians can survey each room and begin the remediation process, and what they report to you may help you file an insurance claim with more confidence and speed.

2. They Respond Quickly

Once your home is damaged by a storm, getting in touch with claim services right away can help expedite the filing process, and they can send an emergency response restoration team out to help kick start the cleanup process. The faster the techs reach you, the sooner you can receive detailed information about the likely total amount of your claim.

3. The Cost of Restoration for Some Items Will Be Clearer To You

After a storm damages your home, you will probably have questions about the cost of restoring valuables and keepsakes and how you might file a claim to cover this service. Restoration experts from SERVPRO can discuss your options with you and help you understand what services your items require, as well as the cost of each, so you can file a claim right away.

When storms and flooding damage your Lochbuie,CO, home, starting the cleanup process can be a daunting task. Calling your insurance claim services and a restoration company before you try to salvage your belongings can make the filing process simpler and give you peace of mind during restoration.

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