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The Five Stages of Sewer Damage Cleanup

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

1. Clean Up Solids and Contaminated Water

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

2. Tear Out Damaged Materials

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

3. Disinfect the Area

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

4. Dry and Dehumidify

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

5. Restore the Area

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

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

Is Your Business Ready for Cold and Flu Season?

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

How to Prepare for Storm Damage Caused by Floods

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

1. You need back up power.

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

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

2. You need to know the risk of flooding.

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

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

3. You need to be prepared.

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

4. You need to evacuate.

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

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

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

Have You Found Mold in Your Home?

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Fact: Mold is common

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

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

Fact: Mold can grow anywhere

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

Fact: Mold is dangerous

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

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

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

8/5/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Categories of Water Damage

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

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

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

Categories Can Change

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

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

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

How to Prevent Mold After Water Damage | SERVPRO® of North Thornton and Brighton

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Because water damage can harm your home and all of its contents, it is a devastating situation for homeowners. In addition to damage from the water, there can also be unique risks and health hazards during the cleanup process.

One of those dangerous health hazards is mold growth. The CDC lists many negative symptoms of mold exposure, and after moisture floods the area, it can begin growing in the first 24 hours. If you’ve experienced water damage and are concerned about mold growth, here are the steps you can take to help stop mold before it starts.

Before You Begin

  • Never re-enter before you are sure officials have deemed it safe and all water has receded.
  • Take photos and video of the damage for insurance purposes, including all damage done to furniture and walls.

Begin Drying Right Away

  • Open windows and doors if weather allows.
  • Before the professional cleanup crew arrives, vacuum up what you can with a heavy-duty, outdoor vacuum.
  • Enlist the help of fans, dehumidifiers and heaters to speed up drying time.

Sort Items Exposed to Floodwater

  • Metal, plastic and glass can often be cleaned, disinfected and reused as they are not absorbent.
  • Any porous material—this includes wood, upholstery and paper of any kind—can trap mold and should be discarded.
  • It is important to note that drying carpet will not necessarily remove mold spores once they begin to grow.

Consult a Professional Right Away

Mold sometimes causes discolorations and foul odors, but more often lurks unnoticed long before it is seen. While carpets damaged from floodwaters can be salvaged in some cases, experts recommend a replacement of the carpet pad in most situations.

While replacing the carpet pad alone is more cost-effective than re-carpeting the entire home, a professional will have to be consulted to make sure this will suffice in your situation.

If you’re concerned about mold growth or need help with water damage cleanup, SERVPRO® of North Thornton and Brighton can help you restore your home back to normal.

What You Can Safely Do Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What You Can Safely Do Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives A vinegar solution can be helpful when machine washing clothing after fire and smoke damage.

Learning you’ve been affected by a home fire can be a sinking feeling. While the damage fires cause can often be mitigated with restoration, as you begin the cleanup process, it’s important to always hire a professional to properly handle the damage.

More than just preventing the hassle of working with your homeowner’s insurance, calling a professional has many benefits, including helping the restoration happen more quickly. However, as you’re waiting for help to arrive, it’s natural to want to do what you can to get started.

While some things should always be left to the professionals, there are processes you can begin on your own to get your life back to normal even faster. If you find yourself needing to start on fire restoration ASAP, here are three tasks you can safely do:

Laundry

As most items will need to be washed several times, if your washer and dryer have not been affected by the fire, starting laundry right away is a great way to help the cleanup process. Any clothing, bedding or other machine washable materials should be washed with an alkaline cleaner or vinegar solution, while delicate fabrics, upholstery and curtains should be left in professional care.

Preliminary Cleaning

Giving cabinets, countertops and any other non-porous surfaces a preliminary scrub with soap and water will cut through the initial layer of grime. Use a mild dish soap or alkaline cleaner to begin, and let the professionals handle the usage of anything more heavy-duty. If you’re unsure, it’s best to wait for the professionals, as cleaning improperly can result in more severe and even permanent damage to your surfaces.

Increased Ventilation

Weather permitting, bring ventilation into the house as much as possible. Open windows and doors to let the smoke smell dissipate, and let them remain open as long as you are able. While the restoration team will bring industrial-grade equipment to air out the home once they arrive, this is a small step you can take toward helping the process along.

If you’ve suffered a fire, SERVPRO®’s team of professionals is faster to any disaster, and can help you get your life back to normal.

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

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Should You Consider Professional Carpet Cleaning? | SERVPRO® of North Thornton and Brighton SERVPRO of North Thornton and Brighton is the highest rated carpet cleaning company!

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!

When Duct Cleaning Should Be On Your To-Do List

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning When Duct Cleaning Should Be On Your To-Do List Dirt accumulation on vent cover is an indication ducts may need to be cleaned by SERVPRO of North Thornton/Brighton.

Though outdoor air is regarded as the main culprit of pollution, indoor air is typically far more contaminated—partially due to the central heating and cooling units that recirculate pollutants.

Because cycling air through the home also cycles all the debris within it, a dirty HVAC system spreads all of its pollutants throughout the home. If you don’t know if your home’s ducts need to be cleaned, below are some common scenarios that might apply to you:

  • Mold: Mold can cause a number of health problems, and should be taken seriously. Mold spores are spread through the air, so if your home has any evidence of growth, immediate cleaning is advised.

  • Allergies: When the air runs through your ventilation system, it picks up every contaminant along the way. If someone is your family has been suffering from unexplained allergies or respiratory problems, debris within the ducts might be to blame.

  • Expensive Energy Bill: The Department of Energy estimates that around 43 percent of a home’s electricity bill is a result of heating and cooling the home. An HVAC system that contains contaminants will experience a decrease in efficiency, as the unit is working harder to distribute out the same volume of air. Therefore, if you’ve noticed a more expensive bill, a dirty HVAC system might be the culprit.

  • Remodeling: If you’ve recently had a remodel in your home, you’re aware of how much dust and debris it can lead to. Ducts are a magnet for this debris—meaning without a thorough cleaning, the dust will continue to cycle through the home’s air.

  • Rodents: Unfortunately, homes are never completely sealed from the outside—and sometimes outside pests will make their way in. If you’ve had signs of animal infestation within your ductwork, calling an exterminator and a professional cleaning service is advised.

  • Routine Contaminants: In addition to special cases, pet hair, debris and general household dust all add up over time.

If you are unsure of the last time the ducts have been cleaned in your home, SERVPRO® can inspect your system and make sure your family’s air is clean.

Stop Water Damage Cold

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Stop Water Damage Cold Broken Pipe Causes Ceiling Collapse

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

What Will Mold Removal Experts Do?

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

1. Turn Off The Air Conditioning And Heat:

Despite the fact that the restoration company will take precautions to prevent spores from being released, some fungus spores are likely to be released during the removal process. However, they are less able to spread if the air conditioning and heating systems are turned off.

2. Inspect The Building:

There are certain areas of a house where fungus growth tends to occur, and mold removal experts will check these areas first. Mold growth tends to occur in areas where there is a lot of moisture. Some examples of areas of a house that mold removal professionals tend to check first are bathrooms, the area around sinks, the basement, and windowsills. In addition, mold remediation experts will check the ducts of the house. Not only is mold growth in ducts common, but the mold is likely to spread exceptionally easily due to air circulation.

Another important part of the inspection is determining the type of mold that you have. It's important to take extra care to thoroughly remove all traces of some species of mold, such as black mold. Black mold is especially problematic. Luckily, it is quite easy for a restoration company to identify black mold.

Inspections of commercial mold damage can be a bit more complex than inspections of mold in home. This is because many commercial buildings have a structure that is very different from most homes.

3. Identification Of The Water Source:

There are two main sources of water that mold remediation experts will look for during the mitigation of mold in home or commercial mold damage. These are plumbing leaks and leaks that allow in rainwater.

4. The Removal Process:

In some cases, the mold and mildew remediation process of mold in home or commercial mold damage may require specialized tools. The restoration company is especially likely to require them if you're dealing with mold growth behind wall or in ducts.

Mold remediation professionals will always use specialized cleaners during the mitigation process of mold in home or commercial mold damage. These cleaners are often much stronger than what is available commercially. Furthermore, they often have fragrances that help with the deodorization of the smelly odor that's often caused by mold and mildew.

5. Intensive Deodorization:

The smelly odor caused by mold is often extremely difficult to get rid of. Even after the restoration company completes the mold mitigation process, it's often necessary for strong deodorization sprays to be used to fully eliminate the smelly odor. In many cases, these deodorization products can replace the smelly odor of mold with a pleasant odor.

6. Prevention Of Future Mold Growth:

In some cases, special paints can prevent mold from coming back. Mold resistant paints can even prevent the growth of highly aggressive forms of mold, such as black mold. Mold growth behind wall can often be prevented by changing the insulation. Certain types of insulation are particularly likely to allow there to be mold growth behind wall.

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

Smoke and Water Damage after Fire

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Smoke Damage

Smoke damage is one of the worst types of fire damage. The smoke and soot that people see on the walls and floors may be just the beginning. That smoke can penetrate inside drywall and hardwood or tiled floors. Even after removing the flooring, fire restoration experts may see signs of the fire trapped inside the walls. Smoke damage will also affect any fabric in the vicinity of the fire too. The smoke can make items stored in a back room or a warehouse smell like they were in the middle of a fire. Commercial fire damage companies know how to clean and remove those smoky odors from any type of material.

Water Damage

Few people think that a utility room fire or an electrical fire will cause water damage, but this damage usually comes from the fire hose attached to a fire truck that a firefighter uses on the scene. That fire hose can completely extinguish the flames and keep the flames from spreading to a neighboring building. The high pressure used by the fire truck with that fire hose though can cause flooding and structural damage. Fire damage professionals can reduce the impact that water has on the building.

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

Water Damage from Fire Sprinklers

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Sprinkler System Damage

The same fire suppression system or fire sprinkler system that puts out the flames can cause some commercial water damage of its own. The residue left behind by the fire suppression can look like a water damage. In the case of a kitchen or utility room fire, the water can prevent appliances in the room from working. Commercial fire damage experts can clean those appliances and reduce the impact that the system had on other things in the building.

Fire restoration professionals know exactly what to do after fire sprinklers go off and the fire damage left behind. They use commercial fire damage and fire restoration techniques designed to cleanup buildings after the first responders have left your building. We treat appliances involved in a utility room fire, repair outlets after an electrical fire and remove the materials produced by a fire suppression system.

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

How can I tell it's time to call a professional?

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Anytime your house is exposed to a sever storm, you may experience ice damage, hurricane damage, or hail damage. These issues can lead to a variety of problems in your home, including a roof leak, flood water, or frozen pipes. If you suspect you have serious ice damage leading to frozen pipes, you need to immediately contact a water restoration expert who can help with storm remediation. Similarly, if your home is in the path of a hurricane, contact a professional who can help with roof repair for a roof leak before another storm strikes.

What should I expect when it comes to home restoration?

Storm restoration is an important part of home maintenance. You want your house to last a long time, which is why you entrust your storm restoration needs to a professional who can utilize a flood pump to remove standing water and perform other important tasks. A flood pump is just one of the tools at a storm restoration expert's disposal. In addition to a flood pump, a professional may use a variety of other tools to restore your home to its former pre-storm glory.

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

What causes a water damage during a storm?

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Preventing Commercial Water Damage

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Holidays can be both a boon and a bane for a commercial property in Thornton, CO especially if you’re dealing with water pipe repair. While the increased crowds can help business growth financially, they can also strain older facilities and place additional stress on your plumbing, leading to the potential for a broken pipe or flooded washroom. Here are four steps you can take to ensure your commercial property is protected against water damage.

1. Track Weather Changes

Environmental hazards and stressors can put your commercial property at increased risk for water damage. Monitor weather reports frequently and communicate with personnel about what to do in the event of a storm or impending freeze. In many cases, knowing the weather ahead of time can enable you to make small changes – such as leaving a faucet dripping in the event of a hard freeze – that can eliminate the need for later repairs.

2. Inspect Pipes Regularly

If possible, plan to inspect the pipes in your facility at least once a season. As staffers or tenants leave on vacation and the crowds swell, you may not have time to walk the property or inspect your plumbing thoroughly during the holiday season, so it’s best to conduct your inspections during slow periods when you can allocate ample time for repairs.

3. Perform Preventive Maintenance

The easiest water pipe repair is the one you can schedule at your convenience. If you notice small leaks beginning to form or damage on the exterior of your pipes during your regular inspection, contact a professional as soon as possible. Just as in medicine, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure for water damage.

4. Prepare for Possibility

Although following these steps can help you prevent water damage from occurring, no plan is foolproof. If your commercial property in Thornton, CO needs a water pipe repair during the holidays, you have options. In addition to reaching out to plumbing professionals, there are specialized restoration outfits that can help stop damage in its tracks and get your property back to its productive best quickly and safely. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorththorntonbrighton.com for more information on commercial water damage.

4 Things That Should Always Happen After Sewage Damage

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

If you experience backed-up sewage in your Thornton, CO home, you may be tempted to try and clean it up yourself. However, doing sewer cleanup on your own can put you at risk. Sewage is full of dangerous bacteria that can cause serious illness if accidentally inhaled or ingested. It’s best to call professionals anytime sewer backup occurs. Here are four things you should always leave to a professional after sewage damage.

1. Water Extraction

Before anything else happens, sewage water must be cleaned up. Water damage cleanup professionals have specialized equipment that can safely and quickly remove water from a flooded toilet or any other source. They wear special safety equipment to keep themselves protected from harmful bacteria and contaminants in the water and will likely recommend that you stay away from the area during the cleanup process.

2. Property Drying

Once sewer cleanup has occurred, professionals use state-of-the-art equipment to dry your property and reduce the chance of mold development. While it’s certainly possible for you to use fans, open windows and air conditioning systems to dry your home, professional equipment is much more effective and can get the job done faster. It can also monitor and measure the drying process to ensure that your home and belongings are completely dry.

3. Damage Restoration

Professionals know how to restore the damage that sewage backups cause. In some cases, belongings may be damaged beyond repair, but flood restoration companies will do everything in their power to salvage your belongings whenever possible. Restoration services may include minor or major repairs to drywall, carpet and other belongings or structures in the home.

4. Sanitizing

Sanitizing your belongings is an important step in the cleanup process. Professionals use special products to clean and sanitize items to remove bacteria and odors.

Sewer cleanup can be a lengthy and challenging process. The good news is that you don’t have to do it on your own. For best long-term results, it’s a good idea to let professionals deal with your flooded toilet sewer backup. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorththorntonbrighton.com for more information on water damage.

Why Does Mold Smell So Musty?

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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

3 Reasons To Seek Water Damage Remediation After a Fire

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Following a fire, you need to hire professionals to handle the smoke cleanup. However, you also need to hire people who know how to address the necessary water cleanup. While smoke and soot will damage various items, water can enter your building in Thornton, CO following a fire, and you need to take care of that, too.

1. Burst Pipes

The high temperatures brought in by a fire can cause the metal of pipes to melt and warp. This causes water to leak out, and if you do not shut off the main water valve during a fire, then it can leak everywhere. The places more prone to this kind of damage include the basement of the building and the bathrooms.

2. Storm Water

Occasionally, fires are caused by storms from lightning strikes. The initial strike can create an opening in your building that storm water pours in from. Part of the water cleanup efforts will involve putting tarps and boards over any exposed area, but until those fixtures can be put into place, a significant amount of water can make its way inside.

3. Extinguishers and Hoses

A severe fire will necessitate bringing in firefighters to put out the flames. Their hoses will douse the flames, but they will also bring in a lot of water. This is a necessary inconvenience. Water can be pumped from a room, but it is difficult to salvage an area that has been exposed to a big fire. Even using a fire extinguisher to put out a small fire will necessitate professional cleanup to ensure the materials are disposed of properly.

Do not delay the fire cleanup efforts. Many items can be salvaged following a fire, but if you wait, then those chances decrease. Find a service to assist you with both fire and water cleanup so that your business gets back up and running in no time. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorththorntonbrighton.com for more information on commercial fire damage.

What You Should Know About Water Damage Following a House Fire

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

House fires can be devastating experiences that leave behind many questions. Homeowners in Thornton, CO are often most concerned with how to cope with the fire damage left behind. This is often an important concern, but these three points should be kept in mind by anyone affected by a recent house fire:

• Homeowners must contend with damage from water and fire.
• Water can ruin many items.
• Restoring a home after water damage may require professional assistance.

Firefighters use a lot of water to extinguish fires, and water may be applied for hours in an effort to thoroughly extinguish a blaze if it got out of control. A fire hose can have a very large capacity and can spray out many gallons of water per second. The result can be that homeowners must deal with extensive damage caused by water, not just fire damage.

Water Harms Many Surfaces

Water can destroy many different parts of your home as well as belongings. Clothing, books, papers, photographs, furniture, and bedding can all be so damaged by water as to be beyond saving. Electronics often do not make it through the blast of heat and water, and may not be repairable.

Water can also damage the home’s structure. Water can soak into beams and timbers as well as dry wall and plaster. Even if water is removed promptly from areas where materials like these are present, destruction can spread as mold and mildew become established.

Damage Can Be Restored

A professional cleaning and restoration service can go a long way toward reclaiming some of your most important belongings. Furniture and other upholstered items can frequently be salvaged with the right restoration processes. In some cases, fire damage and water damage can be virtually undone. This is part of why working with an experienced professional service provider in Thornton, CO can be so important at a time like this. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorththorntonbrighton.com for more information on fire damage.

Three Reasons Why Mold May Grow in Your Home

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Three Reasons Why Mold May Grow in Your Home

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.

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.

2. 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.

3. 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. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorththorntonbrighton.com for more information on mold.

Steps in the Mold Remediation Process

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Steps in the Mold Remediation Process

It’s no secret that black mold can cause extensive, costly damage to your home in Thornton, Colorado if not treated in its early stages. The process of mold cleanup is best left to a restoration and cleanup company for the sake of your well-being. With their extensive knowledge and professional equipment, they know exactly how to win the fight against mold. Here are three steps in the mold remediation process.

1. What You Need to Do

The moment you spot mold, turn off the HVAC system and fans. By doing so, you prevent airflow from spreading mold spores into other, unaffected areas. Should you notice water accumulation around things like toilets, water tank or appliances, turn off the water immediately. That way you might be able to prevent further damage. Don’t touch the mold or go anywhere near it. Call the experts.

2. What the Experts Do – Part One

For personal protection against the harmful effects of black mold, mold cleanup professionals wear protective equipment, such as suits, gloves, goggles and respirators. The next step is containment. It’s vital to seal off the affected rooms to keep mold from spreading around. With specialized chemical solutions and industrial equipment, they being the process of cleaning and disinfecting the affected areas. If dry mold is present, they usually wet the contaminated areas so that the mold can’t travel through the home on dust particles.

3. What the Experts Do – Part Two

Drying of wet materials is another important aspect in the mold remediation process. You are probably aware that mold thrives in moist environments. In order to kill the mold spores, disinfecting moldy belongings and materials is a must. The mold experts clean all porous and non-porous materials. Unfortunately, sometimes it is necessary to tear out or dispose of affected materials, such as dry walls, carpets and textiles, if the mold growth is beyond repair. HEPA vacuums are helpful in removing any residual spores.

Removing black mold is a delicate task and shouldn’t be accomplished by a novice. Experts in the process of mold cleanup and mold remediation can rid your home of mold so you can breathe freely again.
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Getting a Business Back to Normal After a Flood

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Getting a Business Back to Normal After a Flood

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. 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.
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Three Things To Throw Away After a Fire

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Three Things To Throw Away After a Fire

Few disasters are more devastating than a fire. The high heat can damage a structure, and flames can engulf personal belongings, destroying them completely. Smoke leaves behind an acrid odor, penetrating any porous item. When you begin the process of cleaning up your home after a fire in Thornton, Colorado you may try to save as many items as possible after fire damage through dry cleaning and ultrasonic cleaning. While many things can be saved, here are three things that you should throw away after a fire.

Food: Not only can a fire damage items, but it can also cause food to go bad. Flames could engulf food in a pantry or cabinets, and smoke can damage anything the flames don’t. A fire could also cause the electricity to shut off, causing refrigerated foods to spoil quickly. For health reasons, the best idea is to throw out any kind of food after a fire.

Cosmetics: The intense heat of a fire can cause any kind of makeup to go bad. Certain cosmetics may melt, and while some reharden, most are unusable afterwards. The heat could also cause certain types of makeup to change colors. Because high temperatures can change the chemical balance of different cosmetics, and even cause certain products to explode, you should throw away any type of makeup you have after a fire.

Medicine: Different medicines are composed of various ingredients and exposed to different levels of heat to create the desired formula. Because of this, being exposed to intense temperatures could drastically alter the chemical composition of a certain medicine, making it useless for the illness it is intended for. It is entirely too dangerous to try to save medication after a fire, and it should all be discarded as soon as possible.

The task of cleaning up your home after a fire in Thornton, Colorado is a long and difficult process. Fire damage is devastating to witness, and you want to save as many items as you can. The high heat can damage certain items like those mentioned above, so you should throw away any of these immediately to avoid any hazards. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorththorntonbrighton.com for more information on fire damage.

5 Tips for Avoiding Kitchen Fires

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

5 Tips for Avoiding Kitchen Fires

Kitchens are the most popular room for friends and family to gather, and also for fires to start. Cooking is the No. 1 cause of home fires. Here are some important tips, including how to extinguish a grease fire, to lessen the risk of fire damage to your Thornton, Colorado home.

1. Kid-Free Zones

Keep the stove and oven areas “kid-free” by enforcing a three-foot zone around these areas while cooking. If your hands are full and your child wants a drink, make him/her wait until you can help.

2. Stay in the House

Never leave the house while cooking. If you have to grab that mail, turn the stove and oven off first. If you leave for a minute, it won’t hurt the food, and if you stop to chat with a neighbor, you don’t have to worry about burning dinner, or worse.

3. Prevent Grease Buildup

Cooking areas where grease splatters should be cleaned regularly to avoid buildup. If grease catches fire, follow these tips to put it out:

Use a cookie sheet or metal lid to cover flames
Turn off the burner or heat source
Smother small fires with salt or baking soda (flour is no longer recommended)
Spray with a fire extinguisher as a last resort
Do not use water and do not try to move the pan
If you cannot put out the flames, get everyone outside and call 911

4. Remove Flammable Items

Take inventory of everything you store near the stove. Remove wooden spoons, pot holders, aprons and towels, both paper and cloth, that can catch fire.

5. Double-Check Before Bed

Include the kitchen in your nightly check of the premises before you go to bed and double-check it before leaving home. It only takes a second and you’ll rest easier.

Stay alert to your cooking tasks to avoid a grease fire and resulting fire damage. Following these safety tips can help ensure the safety of your Thornton, Colorado home.
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Small Kitchen Changes for Big Fire Safety

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Small Kitchen Changes for Big Fire Safety

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.

What to do After a Supply Line Break

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

What to do After a Supply Line Break

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.

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

Professional Cleanup After a Commercial Fire

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Unlike homes that usually just have a smoke alarm, most commercial buildings feature some type of fire suppression system as well as a fire sprinkler system. When a utility room fire or an electrical fire breaks out, the fire sprinkler system will kick in and put it out. A fire suppression system uses a type of material designed to put the flames out and to keep the flames from spreading. Once the fire truck arrives and workers use a fire hose to extinguish the flames, property owners will need to know how to take care of the commercial fire damage after getting approval to get back inside from a firefighter.

One of the first things a fire damage company will do after getting to the scene of the fire is a full inspection. They want to know how severe the fire was, what they can do to get the building ready for tenants or customers again and how to handle any other issues. These experts will find the source of an electrical fire or a utility room fire and take steps to keep a second fire from breaking out. A firefighter working for a local department can help with this step.

Soot Damage Cleanup

Soot damage cleanup is especially important because the soot can make the smoky odor in the building smell even worse. Fire restoration professionals use cleaning supplies to remove the thick soot from the walls and floors. They use products that regular people do not have access to and products that will keep the soot damage from spreading as they clean. Most building owners will notice thicker or darker soot damage near the source of the fire, but this damage may be visible all the way through the building.

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Professional Storm Damage Home Restoration

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

One of the most common problems homeowners face is ice damming during the winter. Ice damming occurs when an ice dam forms in your gutters or on the edge of the roof. This can lead to water build-up and flooding on your roof, which freezes and causes a roof leak or roof damage. An ice dam is nothing to mess around with, yet many homeowners aren't sure how to minimize roof damage when an ice dam occurs. A home professional can help remove an ice dam and help with roof repair and roof damage.

Another issue facing homeowners is flooding. You may experience river flooding if you live in an area with high rains, or you might experience standing ground water in your home if you experience frozen pipes that burst. River flooding and flood water can cause ground water that leads to mold growth in your home. Flooding can also cause structural damage that requires further storm remediation.

Never try to mess with storm restoration on your own. Water restoration is necessary after you experience storm damage, but flood water and ground water should be addressed by a water restoration expert who can utilize a flood pump.
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What Problems Can Mold Damage Cause?

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold damage can cause serious structural problems

This is because the mold can cause dry rot. Dry rot occurs because the fungus directly damages wood. If dry rot occurs on structures that are necessary for structural stability, the building can be at risk of collapse due to the dry rot.

What Should You Do If You Suffer Mold Damage?

If you suffer from mold damage and mildew growth, it is important to immediately seek professional mold mitigation services. Attempting to perform the mold removal yourself is ill advised. This is because spores of mold and mildew can easily be spread when the growth is disturbed. The spreading of the fungus spores can cause mold growth in areas of the house that were previously unaffected.

Furthermore, you may not be able to access all of the areas where mold is present. This is particularly likely to be true if you're dealing with mold growth behind wall.

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