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Flooded Kitchen in Todd Creek?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

A modern kitchen is shown. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Adams County.

My Dishwasher Disaster in Todd Creek

This is what my kitchen looks like after the water damage to my kitchen was restored. My dishwasher failed and flooded the kitchen floor. When I called SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton they gave me some tips from their website on what I could do while waiting for them to arrive:

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place
  • Hang furs and leather goods
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Don't use television or other household appliances
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

Call Us Today!

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

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Sewage Spill in Brighton?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

A clean toilet and sink are shown. We are trusted leaders in biohazard removal in Adams County.

Bathroom Disaster in Brighton

My toilet overflowed in the wee hours of the morning. (No pun intended!) The entire bathroom floor and my closet and hallway carpeting were also contaminated. My neighbor told me to call SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton, and I’m glad I did. Even though it was early morning, the SERVPRO team arrived quickly and immediately began the cleanup and restoration process.

They inspected the toilet and overflow area and immediately cleaned up the mess and extracted the sewer water. They cleaned, decontaminated, and deodorized the bathroom, my closet, and hallway. They documented the drying process to ensure that the area was returned to normal moisture levels. Fortunately, they were able to clear the sewage backup problem and clean and sanitize my carpets, so there is no odor and no worries about the area not being sanitary.

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 “Black Water” is highly unsanitary and can cause severe illness or death if ingested. All contact should be avoided. Sources for black water include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Call Us!

When your home or commercial business has a sewer backup problem, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your sewer backup in Brighton, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial Rebuild Services in Thornton?

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

A repair is being done to a hardwood floor. We are trusted leaders in commercial restoration services in Adams County.

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton offers a full range of rebuilding services to help businesses and homeowners restore their properties to preloss condition after a property damage emergency. Restoration is the final step in this process and may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet or may require major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. Here are some of the rebuilding services we can provide from our website:

Emergency Building Services

When your home has been damaged by a storm or water, the immediate concern may include temporary protective measures to prevent additional damages, like placing a roof tarp.

  • Roof Tarp
  • Board-Up
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Move-Out / Pack-Out
  • Temporary Warehouse Space

The following building and repair services may be necessary to restore your home to pre-water damage condition. 

  •  Drywall Removal and Installation
  •  Hardwood Floor Repair
  •  Tile Floor Repair
  •  Painting
  •  Carpet Repair and Installation

Building Services and Reconstruction

We simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial water damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keep costs low. We can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.

Call Us!

When your commercial business or home needs restoration services, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your property damage in Thornton, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Tornado Siren for Brighton?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

A tornado siren is shown. We are trusted leaders in storm restoration services in Adams County.

Tornado Siren in Brighton?

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Brighton. The City of Brighton uses a tornado siren to warn residents when a tornado has been spotted by trained staff and observers.

  • The tornado siren has monthly tests
  • It is activated most frequently when a tornado has been spotted
  • When the National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for the Brighton area
  • The system uses one siren tone
  • When activated during an emergency, the sirens will be activated for five minutes to get your attention
  • There is no “all clear” signal
  • If the sirens are activated and it is not the monthly test; you should seek shelter immediately and get more information.

NOAA Weather Radio

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio is a dedicated radio that receives real-time weather information direct from the National Weather Service. During severe weather, more frequent updates, and live broadcasts are used to notify listeners of potential hail, flooding, tornadoes, blizzard conditions, and other weather warnings. NOAA Weather Radios can be purchased at many electronic stores and can be battery operated, giving you an option to obtain information sources when your power is out.

Call Us!

When your home or business needs storm restoration services, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your storm damage in Brighton, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Grilling Safety Tips for Thornton Residents?

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

An outdoor grill is shown burning firewood. We are trusted leaders in fire restoration services in Adams County.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more grilling fires happen in July than in any other month. SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton offers these tips from the NFPA to keep you safe while grilling this season:

Safety Tips

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill
  • Never leave your grill unattended
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it

Charcoal Grills

  • Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid
  • Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing of them in a metal container

Call Us Today!

When your home or business needs fire restoration services, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your fire damage in Thornton, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Five-Star Customer Reviews in Brighton?

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

A realtor is showing a home to potential buyers. We are trusted leaders in restoration services in Adams County.

Brighton Realtors Love Us!

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton strives for complete customer satisfaction in all that we do. Here are some recent Google Reviews:

“I'm a realtor and often have clients who need disaster mitigation services. Any time I work with Brian and his team at SERVPRO, they are accountable, priced competitively, and reliable. If you are in the Denver Area and need water, fire, pet, mold, or any other damage mitigated and repaired, look no further.” Bert Gillette

“I was very impressed with the professionalism and the manner in which Brian and his team conduct business. They really took care of my client and went above and beyond with his new home. We needed a lot of work done immediately after closing and prior to my client moving in, and they did an amazing job; plus, Brian really put me at ease that he would take care of our client on top of giving us a great price. I wouldn't use any other company!! Thanks so much!” Jenny Penman

Call Us Today!

When you need property damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your property damage in Brighton, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooding in Thornton?

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Storm water is flowing into a storm drain. We are trusted leaders in storm mitigation in Adams and Weld Counties.

Protect Your Property From a Flood Hazard

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton responds to flood and other storm damage emergencies throughout the year. Flooding can happen at any time. Heavy rain, snowmelt, clogged storm drains, and urban development all contribute to flooding conditions. Here is some helpful information from the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District to help Thornton residents prepare before a flood:

Before a Flooding Event

  • Obtain flood insurance
  • Keep trash and debris out of the drainage channels so they can carry flood flows
  • Ensure that water flows away from your house
  • Report potential problems like blocked culverts, or people dumping debris in the channels
  • Construct barriers around window wells or other building openings to keep floodwater from entering
  • Keep materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber handy for emergency waterproofing
  • Floodproofing buildings can help reduce potential flood damages to structures and their contents. A professional engineer should design structural changes. A building permit may be required for this type of work.
  • Ask your plumber about a valve to prevent sewage back-up

Call Us Today!

When you need storm damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your storm damage in Thornton, “Like it never even happened.”

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

Clothes Dryer Fire in Brighton?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

A person is shown putting clothes into a clothes dryer. We are trusted leaders in fire mitigation in Adams and Weld Counties.

Dryer Safety Tips for Brighton

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), failure to clean clothes dryers is the leading cause of clothes dryer fires. SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton offers these dryer safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry and remove lint that has collected around the drum
  • Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  • Keep dryers in good working order
  • Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed

Call Us Today!

When you need fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your fire damage in Brighton, “Like it never even happened.”

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

Water-damaged Belongings in Thornton?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

A green clothes clip is hanging on a wet clothesline. We are trusted leaders in water restoration in Adams County.

Flooded Home in Thornton?

Now I know that anywhere it rains, it can flood. When my home flooded, it was a devastating experience. Everything that touched the floor was standing in water and smelled awful. My furniture, clothing, carpeting, and books were all affected by the flood. My neighbor told me to call SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton, and that was the best call I ever made.

Aside from mitigating the water damage to my home, they also provide a full range of specialty cleaning services to restore water-damaged belongings, furniture, and household items.

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe - effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product 

Call Us!

When you need water damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your water damage in Thornton, “Like it never even happened.”

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

Mold Mitigation and Remediation Services in Thornton?

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

A closeup of microscopic mold spores is shown. We mitigate and remediate mold damage in Adams County.

Mold Outbreak in Thornton?

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton has been mitigating mold infestations for Thornton residents and businesses for years. In the right conditions, mold can spread quickly and can become visible in as little as forty-eight hours, so it is imperative that mold is addressed as soon as possible to avoid it from spreading to other areas of the structure. Here are some facts from our website about mold:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or air conditioning and heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture
  • Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water
  • Mold colonies may produce allergens and irritants
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed, or the mold may return
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below forty-five percent

Call Us!

When you need help with a mold problem, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll mitigate and remediate your mold damage in Thornton, “Like it never even happened.”

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

Highly Trained Restoration Team in Thornton?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Employees are taking online continuous education classes. Our technicians are highly trained and certified by the IICRC.

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the restoration industry. Additionally, our technicians are required to undergo continuous education and training to stay up to speed with new best practices and industry standards. Here are some of the training tools we provide our employees:

Employee Certification Training

The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Initial Franchise Training

A fifteen-day hands-on course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility is the foundation of the SERVPRO training program. This course is primarily for new Franchise owners and covers many restoration topics:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • Mold Mitigation

e-Learnings

All of our staff have access to web-based training. This voluntary program is designed to be an ongoing, self-paced coaching series for a Franchise's employees. Video presentations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module. This keeps our technicians and office staff up to speed on industry standards and the professional quality you expect.

Call Us!

When you need help with a fire or water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your property damage in Thornton, “Like it never even happened.”

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

Fire-damaged Belongings in Brighton?

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Family heirlooms - pearls and a rose cut diamond wedding band are displayed on a dark blue velvet surface. We offer a full range of restoration services for fire-damaged belongings in Adams and Weld counties.

When your home is damaged by fire, there will be many factors to consider when cleaning and restoring your belongings and keepsakes. SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton fire restoration technicians will pretest every item before cleaning to ensure the item is salvageable. Depending on what is being restored, we may use one or a combination of the following cleaning methods to restore your belongings to preloss condition:

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe -effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

Out technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the restoration industry.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton offers a full range of fire cleanup and restoration services to restore your fire-damaged belongings to preloss condition. Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your  fire damage in Brighton, “Like it never even happened.”

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

Flooded Basement in Brighton?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

An outside entrance to a basement is shown. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Adams and Weld counties.

When a water disaster occurs, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton has a team of water restoration technicians on call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day in Brighton. Every minute matters when mitigating water damage. Here is a water damage timeline from our website that shows the damage water can do in one week:

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp

Hours 1 - 24

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain
  • A musty odor appears

48 Hours to 1 Week

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold
  • Paint begins to blister
  • Wood flooring swells and warps
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton offers a full range of water cleanup and restoration services to keep your home looking its best. Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your water damage in Brighton, “Like it never even happened.”

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

Commercial Cleaning Services in Thornton?

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

A group of cleaners are wearing personal protective equipment. Our commercial deep services keep your Brighton business looking its best.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned in Thornton

Our Thornton offices were closed for almost a year, and we were finally coming back to work. I walked through the building and realized that it needed a deep cleaning from the ceilings down to the floors. I also knew that it would be important to establish more vigorous cleaning protocols to assure the employees that we were doing all that we could to keep the environment pathogen-free.

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton came out and told us about their Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned defensive cleaning program that is designed to help businesses reopen safely across the county.  They provided a free assessment of our needs that took into consideration the size of the business and the type of space. They looked at high-frequency touchpoints, foot traffic, and congestion points and came up with a cleaning plan we agreed on.

They deep cleaned and sanitized the offices, and we established a protocol for further cleanings. Now our employees and customers are reassured that we are taking the steps needed to keep the workspace at the highest level of cleanliness.   

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton offers a full range of commercial cleaning services to keep your business looking its best. Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll deep clean your commercial property  in Thornton, “Like it never even happened.”

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

Commercial Restoration Services in Thornton?

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

A clean warehouse is shown with many shelves filled with boxes of inventory. We are commercial restoration leaders Brighton businesses trust!

Warehouse underwater in Thornton.

You would never know by looking at this picture that this warehouse was flooded recently. That’s because we called the professionals at SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton. The team arrived quickly and used an infrared camera and other moisture detection and measurement equipment to identify the location and source of the water intrusion and the water’s saturation levels. They conducted an assessment of the damage and contacted our insurance adjuster.

It was amazing how quickly and systematically they moved through the warehouse. After they extracted the water, they set up powerful air movers and blowers and documented the drying process to ensure the area was returned to normal moisture levels. They repaired the broken supply line and cleaned and deodorized the area. We were back to normal operations the same day!

SERVPRO Commercial Services

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is on-call and ready to respond to commercial property damage emergencies 24-hours a day. We offer a full range of commercial restoration services to help businesses with any property damage emergency they face. Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your commercial property damage in Brighton, “Like it never even happened.”

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

Fire in Brighton Office Complex?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

A group of employees are sitting in a conference room having a meeting. We respond to commercial property damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Thornton.

Office Fire Statistics

According to a study published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during a five-year period fire departments in the United States responded to over 3340 fires in office properties annually. SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton knows that fires happen at any time of the day or night in Brighton, and we are ready to respond 24-hours a day to help commercial businesses mitigate fire damage quickly and efficiently.

Here are some statistics related to office equipment fires from the NFPA:

  • In a five-year period, there were an estimated 630 reported U.S. non-confined non-home structure fires involving office equipment per year. This includes computers, telephones, and office machines
  • No civilian deaths
  • 11 civilian injuries per year
  • $42 million in direct property damage per year
  • The office was the leading area of origin (39 percent) for non-home structure fires involving office equipment
  • The ignition of wire or cable insulation or appliance housing or casing started half (52percent) of the office equipment structure fires in non-homes

Call Us!

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

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

Broken Water Meter in Thornton?

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Meter Mystery

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton responds to water damage emergencies seven days a week in Thornton, and many of these were small, hidden leaks that turned into bigger problems. The Environmental Protection Agency helps homeowners identify and fix leaks to help conserve water. Here are some tips from the EPA for determining if you have a water leak in your home:

Read your water meter

Find your water meter, which is usually near the curb in front of your home but can be inside your home (e.g., in the basement) in cold climates. Use a screwdriver to remove the lid on your meter, which is heavy and usually marked “water.” Now that you’ve found the meter, take a reading during a period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same after two hours, you probably have a leak.

Check your utility bill

A place to start is to examine your utility bill for January or February. It’s likely that a family of four has a serious leak problem if its winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month. You can also look for spikes—is your water use a lot higher this month than it was last month?

Call Us!

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

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

Happy Families in Brighton?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

A happy family of four is shown sitting together and laughing. We are leaders in the restoration industry that Thornton and Brighton residents trust!

We Value Your Opinion

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton goes to great lengths to ensure our customers are given the best service and support possible. We know how stressful a fire, water, storm, or mold emergency can be, so we make sure to educate our customers about all of the options available so they can make an informed decision. Our best advertising comes from past customers. Here are some customer testimonials from our website:

“Can't say enough good things about Brian and his team. We had a burst pipe that we didn't realize that flooded our kitchen. Brian came over immediately after we mopped up the floors and put in de-humidifiers and fans to contain the damage. We crossed our fingers we didn't damage any drywall or cabinets. Thankfully his dryers worked, and he was honest with us and we didn't have to replace anything! Highly recommend these guys!” Alisa M in Brighton


“I had a great experience working with SERVPRO and will definitely recommend them to friends and family. They responded to my job right away and everything was handled quickly. Brian and his team were on time, friendly, and listened to my concerns.” Jennifer in Brighton


“They came out quickly and were efficient in diagnosing our problem. We highly recommend SERVPRO Thornton/ Brighton!” Tony G in Thornton

Call Us Today!

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

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

Flooded Kitchen in Thorncreek?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

A mother and daughter are unloading a dishwasher. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Brighton!

It was the dishwasher.

I usually run the dishwasher before turning in for the night, but because we had relatives staying with us, I turned it on after dinner. Later that evening, I came into the kitchen to get the coffee ready for the morning and walked onto a flooded kitchen floor. There was about an inch of water covering the whole floor and part of the back hallway. My dishwasher was the culprit. The supply line gasket cracked and caused the water line to fail.

My neighbor used SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton when her basement flooded, so I called them and was pleasantly surprised to speak to a live person so late at night. They asked me some questions over the phone and arrived on site very quickly.

The technicians conducted an assessment of the damage, removed the kitchen furniture, and extracted the water. Then they set up air movers and air blowers to remove the excess moisture from the room. They documented the entire drying process and returned my kitchen to pre-water damage condition in no time!

Call Us!

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

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

Disaster Safety Tips for Thornton Dogs and Cats?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

A dog and cat are shown outside in the snow wearing winter hats. Our pets need help staying safe when a disaster strikes in Brighton.

Pet Safety Tips for Disaster Situations

Being prepared for a disaster is always a good thing, and during a severe storm or a major weather event, our pets will rely even more heavily on us for their safety. SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Thornton and on average, March is the snowiest month in Denver. Here are some winter pet safety tips from the Humane Society of the United States:

  • If pets cannot come indoors, make sure they are protected by a dry, draft-free enclosure large enough to allow them to sit and lie down, but small enough to hold in the pet’s body heat. Raise the floor a few inches off the ground and cover it with cedar shavings or straw. Turn the enclosure away from the wind and cover the doorway with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.
  • Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate a pet’s paws. Wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.
  • Antifreeze is a deadly poison. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze out of reach.

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

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

Mold Infestation in Northglenn Building?

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

The ceiling of a commercial building is shown with mold growing on it. We are leaders in mold remediation and mitigation in Thornton and Brighton.

A real deal killer.

The world of commercial real estate is fast-paced and highly competitive, and with a new client, you only have one chance to make a good first impression. I had previewed this Northglenn office complex a few months back and did not notice any mold or smell anything musty. When I came back to show the building to a potential buyer, I was amazed to see mold growing on the ceiling! So was my client. What a deal-killer!

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton has years of experience mitigating and remediating mold infestations in commercial businesses. Because mold spores float around in the Earth’s atmosphere, waiting for the perfect conditions to land and populate, mold can never be completely eradicated, but it can be contained and remediated.

Our technicians have the specialized training and equipment to safely and effectively manage the situation.

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

Call Us Today!

When your commercial business or home requires mold mitigation and remediation, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll mitigate and remediate your mold damage in Northglenn, “Like it never even happened.” 

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

Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips for Thornton Homeowners?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire Extinguisher Safety

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a fire extinguisher may be useful when dealing with a fire in a small area, but only if everyone is out of the home, the fire department has been called, and the room is not filled with smoke. SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton often arrives to the scene of a fire damage emergency when the first responders are completing their job, and we see the damage even a small fire can do. Here are some fire extinguisher safety tips from the NFPA:

  • To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
    • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
    • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
    • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
    • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
  • For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle.

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

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

Flooded Building in Brighton?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

A burst pipe is shown leaking water. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Brighton and the Thornton area.

Commercial Water Damage Mitigation

Water damage can happen in a commercial building for many reasons, and when it happens, it’s important to mitigate the damage quickly and efficiently to avoid costly repairs due to a water-compromised structure.

Highly Trained Team

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton understand that water damage can happen at any time of the day or night, so we respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Brighton and Thornton areas. Our technicians are certified in water restoration from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry.

Specialized Equipment

We have the equipment, experience, and training to return any water-damaged property to preloss condition with minimal disruption to your employees and customers. So, if a pipe bursts in the middle of the night, or you discover a backed-up sewer, a damaged door or window leak, or a leaking heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit, we are Here to Help. ®

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

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

Basement Water Seepage in Brighton?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Water is seeping through a brick wall in a basement. We mitigate water damage in the North Thornton and Brighton areas!

Minimize Water Seepage

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton responds to water damage emergencies often in the North Thornton and Brighton areas often and sees the damage water can do to a basement or foundation when flooding or other water damage is left unmitigated for too long. Here are some tips from the Insurance Information Institute to prevent water seepage:

  • Reseal your basement. Water in the basement is often caused by cracks in building foundations or floor slabs. If you notice water seepage after heavy rain when you've never had a problem, it may mean that your once-waterproof cement floors and basement walls have deteriorated. Painting vulnerable areas with water sealant can prevent seepage.
  • Make sure water drains away from the building. Seepage is exacerbated by soil that has settled in a way to make water flow toward the building. After a storm, and especially if the ground is already saturated, rainwater that flows towards the building goes down the outside of the foundation wall potentially through any cracks.
  • Install a backwater valve. Though less common than other causes of basement water, sewer backups are messy. Learn more about your sewer responsibilities and install and maintain a backwater valve, which allows sewage to go out, but not come back in.

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If your Brighton home has a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton has a team of water restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to assist you. Call us today at 720-223-8888.

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

Tips to Put Out Fires in the Kitchen Safely in Thornton

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Thornton / Brighton recognizes that over half of home fires start in the kitchen. Some kitchen fires start out small enough that you might be able to put them out easily. By being proactive, you can save yourself and others from fire and smoke injuries in your Thornton home. 

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.

SERVPRO of North Thornton / Brighton has these tips to offer for handling a small cooking fire:

    • If the fire is on the stovetop or in a pot, put a lid on the fire to smother the flames. Turn off the burner  
    • If a cloth on the stovetop is on fire, put a lid on the fire to smother the flames.  Turn off any burners  
  • Do not use water on a gas fire or a grease fire. Pot lids will smother a fire. You can also use (a lot of) baking soda. Pour a box of baking soda on the fire
  • If the fire is in the oven, turn off the heat. Close the oven door.    

IMPORTANT:

Never leave fire-fighting to chance.SERVPRO of North Thornton / Brighton knows that objects can be replaced.  People and pets cannot.

SERVPRO of North Thornton / Brighton is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/ 

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire

Storm Damage Restoration in Thornton?

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Cars are covered in several feet of snow on the side of a street. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Thornton and Brighton areas.

Preparing for Severe Weather in Thornton

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton responds to many storm damage emergencies each year in Thornton, and offer these tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

  • Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
  • Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
  • Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep the gas tank full.
  • Learn the signs of and basic treatments for frostbite and hypothermia. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/ staysafe/index.html.

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

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

Advanced Technology in Lochbuie?

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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

State-of-the-art equipment

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

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment

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

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

Water Extraction Equipment

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

Drying Equipment

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

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

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

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

Fire-Damaged Roof in Thornton?

1/17/2021 (Permalink)

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

Fire Resistive Materials

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

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

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

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

Specialty Cleaning Services for Thornton and Brighton Businesses

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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

Are you Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?

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

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

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

Call Us Today!

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

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

Refrigerator Icemaker failure Flood in Northglenn?

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

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

Ice, ice, maybe.

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

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

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

Call Us Today!

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

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

Do You Need Commercial Flood Insurance?

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Do You Need Commercial Flood Insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 Potential Fire Hazards To Keep Clean in the Workplace

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

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

3 Potential Fire Hazards To Keep Clean in the Workplace

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

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

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

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

Which Commercial Water Losses Are Covered by Insurance?

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

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

Which Type Of Losses Are Covered By Your Insurance Policy

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

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

  • Slow leak
  • Frozen pipe
  • Flood

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

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

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

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Understanding the Water Damage Restoration Process

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

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

Water Cleanup Procedures

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 Places to Find Residential Mold

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

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

Common Locations You Can Find Mold In Your Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 Steps of Fire Restoration

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage to Apartment Complex Board up window of an apartment in Brighton, CO

After a house fire, homeowners in Brighton, CO, can be left feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. While each situation is a little different, companies that specialize in fire restoration have a step-by-step process that takes into account all the aspects of damage. Some of the things a house fire leaves behind include:

  • Soot
  • Ash
  • Smoke
  • Water

What Are the Steps to Fire Restoration?

Inspecting the Damage
During the initial call, specialists ask questions about the event to determine what resources are needed. Team members inspect the property, checking the extent of water, fire, and smoke damage. Then specialists determine a plan of action.

Boarding Up Windows and Covering the Roof
A fire event may compromise the structural integrity of roofs, walls, doors, and windows. A team will board up any broken or missing areas and place a tarp over holes in the roof.

Removing Water and Soot
After the home is secured, water removal begins. Air movers and dehumidifiers are used to dry areas of the house that retain water. Professionals use equipment and techniques designed to clean soot from walls, floors, and furniture.

Cleaning Furniture and Other Belonging
Furniture, rugs, electronics, clothing, and artwork are examples of possessions that may need a thorough cleaning. If necessary, belongings can be moved offsite to make room for any necessary remodeling. Professionals will inspect items and determine the proper cleaning method. In some cases, damage cleaning eliminates the need to replace belongings.

Restoring and Remodeling
Bringing the home back to its previous condition may involve painting walls or replacing drywall, carpet, or flooring. Sometimes areas or rooms in the home must be rebuilt. Doors, windows, or roofs may need replacing.
Whether a house fire is large or small, homeowners can benefit from the help of a professional fire restoration company to return the home in Brighton, CO, back to its previous condition.

Commercial Storm - The Importance of Maintaining the Building Envelope

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Construction details - framing installing the roof truss system A tight building envelope can protect the structure from moisture intrusion

The Importance of Maintaining the Building Envelope

Rain damage to your Thornton, CO, commercial building can cause a variety of problems, including structural damage and mold growth. Fortunately, a tight building envelope can protect the structure from moisture intrusion. 

Envelope Components
The building envelope is composed of all the structures that separate the interior of the building from the outdoors. The following are some of the major components of the envelope:

  • Foundation
  • Roof
  • Walls
  • Windows
  • Sealants

Building envelopes are described as either “tight” or “loose.” Tight envelopes effectively keep out air and water. Such envelopes are more energy-efficient and better at preventing rain damage. Loose envelopes, on the other hand, allow more air and moisture to enter the building which can lead to black mold and other problems.

Envelope Maintenance
There are a variety of reasons that an envelope may be or become loose. The building may have been poorly designed or constructed, or the materials making up the envelope may be defective or inappropriate for the conditions. However, even the best building envelopes will eventually wear out from storm damage or the simple passage of time. Therefore, it is important to perform routine maintenance. An inspection is the first line of defense. Look for cracks in the foundation, deteriorating sealants, shifting building materials, and other signs of wear. This should be done twice a year. If you notice any problems, a contractor can help you determine the best course of action to take. Additionally, a professional inspection should be completed every five years. A professional can do a more thorough evaluation and catch problems the business owner missed.
Although a tight envelope can prevent rain damage and other issues, there may be times when your commercial building does experience moisture intrusion. In these cases, it may be necessary to hire a qualified restoration team to help with the cleanup process, so you can get back to business.

Common Questions About Mold-Related Smells in Your Building

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Woman covering her nose while looking at wall with black mold A powerful mold smell can drive away people from your location

There are times where you or other people might find a musty mold smell inside your Lochbuie, CO, commercial building. However, the mold it originates from can be outright impossible to find. You should not dismiss this situation, as mold can spread and further damage your building. Ask the necessary questions about this situation to find a strong solution.

What Causes the Smell?

The irritating fungus smell that signals the presence of mold is created by the organism's metabolism. It depends on a food source and the right climate to grow and reproduce. The digestive process releases gases known as microbial volatile organic compounds, which cause the distinctive odor. The intensity of the MVOC depends on numerous factors, such as the environment's humidity and the type of material the mold is feeding on.

Where Does Mold Hide?
Because mold requires a combination of small, dark habitats, humidity, and a food source to survive, it is not always in obvious places. The mold smell may originate from the following locations:

  • Behind walls
  • Inside ventilation, heating and cooling units
  • Near plumbing systems
  • Over expired food
  • Areas affected by untreated water damage

The scent created by this organism provides a strong clue towards the location, but it is not always reliable. A commercial mold remediation specialist can detect the mold accurately.

How Is This Problem Resolved?
Once you call the professionals to your commercial building, they will use techniques such as thermal imaging cameras to find the source of the mold or mildew smell. These devices detect areas that are cooler in comparison to the rest of the building, which usually indicates high humidity. This is not a certainty, so the technicians will use tools such as a moisture meter to confirm whether the area has water damage or not.
A powerful mold smell can drive away people from your location and endanger your business. Ask the right questions and bring the right people to effectively eliminate the odor's source.

3 Reasons To Invest in Business Insurance for Water Damage

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

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3 Reasons To Invest in Business Insurance for Water Damage

Your Thorncreek, CO, business might be vulnerable to a variety of water damage from indoor and outdoor flooding. Ruined inventory, electronic systems, and soaked building materials are just a few examples of what might happen during a flood. Investing in business insurance might allow you to safeguard your business, and there are several benefits to creating a policy.

1. Protect Your Company
Your business is likely your greatest investment, and when flooding affects it, you may experience downtime that could seriously damage your profits. Business insurance can help you recover faster in the event of a flood, whether it was caused by broken pipes in your basement or a malfunctioning fridge water line. When you are covered for repair and cleanup services, you may be able to reopen your business in days instead of weeks.

2. Peace of Mind
When you buy flood insurance for your business, you can rest easy if flooding does occur. While some instances of flooding can be prevented, such as keeping your plumbing system in good working order and checking your building’s drainage, other types, like flooding due to powerful storms, cannot. Knowing your insurance policy covers water damage can help you feel more confident about the unknown.

3. Coverage for Cleanup Services
Some types of flooding require the services of a professional water cleanup service, such as those that originate from a sewer backup. The removal of toxic standing water, tear out, and deodorizing affected areas might be covered by insurance, depending on your individual policy. This type of coverage might help you save money and prevent feelings of stress and worry when it comes to the cost of restoring your business.
When your Thorncreek, CO, commercial property is vulnerable to flooding and water damage, investing in business insurance can provide you with coverage to safeguard it and its contents. Understanding its benefits before you sign off on a policy may offer you greater confidence when flooding occurs.

Tips for Successful Mold Prevention

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Air movers placed on floor after flooding from storm Floor flooding in Northglenn, CO

Your home is designed to protect you from outside elements. A particularly nasty storm in Northglenn, CO, however, can damage your home and leave it vulnerable to a flood. Flood damage can easily foster mold growth in a short amount of time. The good news is that there are ways to avoid this.

Take Care of Underlying Issues

Most mold that grows in homes can be traced back to an underlying issue. There are several conditions that can lead to a mold problem:

  • Standing water
  • Damp surfaces
  • High humidity

After flooding, your home has a small window of time before mold can start to grow. If there is a lot of excess moisture, you may see mold patches as soon as 24 hours after the storm. The sooner you can take care of underlying issues, the better chance you have of avoiding a fungus problem.

Mitigate Damage Thoroughly
Another common cause of mold growth is unmitigated water or mold damage. As soon as you realize you have water damage, you need to call certified water restoration specialists so that the mitigation process can start quickly. It's just as important, however, that professional mitigation is done correctly and thoroughly. Any water damage that doesn't get fixed can leave your home vulnerable to mold. Likewise, if mold patches do form, a complete mold removal process is necessary to keep the problem from becoming bigger. Many surfaces are porous, so simply wiping off the mold you can see doesn't actually take care of the issue. Technicians have the expertise to remove moldy materials so that the fungus doesn't resurface later.
In order for your home to protect you and your family from outdoor elements as well as mold problems, you need to protect your home. Proper mitigation after a flood is an essential step for mold growth prevention. Take all the steps needed to minimize moisture and mitigate damage in a timely manner.

What Should You Do With Moldy Bread?

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Bread with mold Bread mold is quite common because of bread’s ingredients

If bread sits out for more than a couple days, it gets stale. Once that happens, bread mold isn’t far behind. Putting bread in the fridge can slow the growth of mold, but eventually, it will invade your food there as well. Let’s look at why mold grows on bread and other foods and examine what you can do about it.

Why Does Mold Grow on Bread?

Believe it or not, mold spores are everywhere. They don't pose a problem in your home in Todd Creek, CO unless the spores begin to grow into larger mold clusters. Mold is a member of the family of fungi, which also includes mushrooms. Since fungi’s energy source is from plants and animals, it thrives in the kitchen. Mold loves many foods, especially those found in warm, moist areas.
Bread mold is quite common because of bread’s ingredients. Yeast, sugar, and flour are all elements that attract mold. Soft fruits, such as berries and peaches, also attract fungus growth because of their sugar content and their soft, fleshy surface.

What Should You Do With Moldy Bread?
To discourage mold from growing, keep bread on the counter for a day or two. It can be kept in the fridge for about another week. To prevent fridge mold, if you don’t plan to eat the full loaf within a week, store it in the freezer.
If the bread is already moldy, do the following:

  • Place the entire loaf of bread in a paper or plastic bag, and throw it in a trash can that is securely covered.
  • Spray the entire area with disinfectant and wipe dry with a discardable rag or paper towel.
  • Inspect any other food nearby and discard it if you see any mold.

Don’t hesitate to call a mold remediation specialist if you suspect that mold has grown on other surfaces.
By staying vigilant, you can keep bread mold away from your kitchen.

3 Tips for Filing a Commercial Fire Damage Claim

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Making a fire claim on a commercial or apartment building nearly requires an expert. It’s easy to get lost in the deductions, exclusions and riders and even easier to overlook coverage that you’re entitled to.
While most insurance agents are really interested in their clients, some will “forget” to tell you about money that’s due to you – or maybe even not know about it. It’s technically in their interest if they can save the insurance company money, so the incentive is always there.
However, by knowing a few simple tricks and techniques, you’ll come well prepared to the table. You can save yourself a great deal of time and stress if you follow these three tips for an easier fire claim.

File the Claim as Soon as Possible

Your first act after a fire should be to make sure everyone is safe. Then, once the fire is out, you need to file the claim immediately.
You can either call the insurance company directly or have a mitigation company help you with the claim. Some fire restoration companies are considered “Preferred Vendors” by major insurance companies. They’re used to working with insurers to get the job done sooner and at a reasonable cost.

Exposed Areas Should Be Tarped Up Quickly

When a building envelope has been opened in Henderson, CO, it allows storms to damage internal construction materials that aren’t weatherized and can cause severe electrical issues. Plywood boards and temporary tarps can be used to protect from unnecessary damage.

Document Everything and Don’t Miss a Payment

Make a list of all your damaged items. Note how much business is lost, especially if you have business interruption coverage. Otherwise, you can often write off the losses.
Above all, don’t miss a premium payment! In the chaos that follows serious fire damage, it’s easy to forget about a due payment – and there’s no worse time to lose coverage!
If you know your rights and act with forethought, the fire claim process can be relatively smooth. SERVPRO is Here to Help you in your time of need.

What To Look for in a Restoration Service

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Four Key Things To Keep In Mind When Looking For A Restoration Service

Storm restoration in Brighton, CO, can be a major hassle. Choosing the right restoration company can help make the process easier. The following are four key things to keep in mind when choosing a restoration service:

1. Certification
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification is an organization that has been certifying restoration companies all over the world for more than 45 years. Being IICRC certified indicates that a company is providing quality restoration services and adhering to the industry's current best practices. SERVPRO is IICRC-certified and also provides continuing education courses to its franchise owners and employees.

2. Equipment
A company needs to have the right materials for the job at hand. For instance, flood damage can require a variety of items, including wet/dry vacuums, pumps, and dehumidifiers as well as tools to tear out damaged drywall and insulation. A company with corporate support will have the equipment to handle everything from a small kitchen fire to a large-scale storm response. All SERVPRO franchises use carefully-selected equipment to ensure every job is done right.

3. Quick Response Time
Regardless of the nature of the disaster, a speedy response can help prevent further damage. For example, water damage cleanup and storm restoration should begin quickly to prevent mold growth. Fire damage should also be addressed as soon as possible to secure the property and to remove soot before further corrosion occurs.

4. Communication
Easy communication among the property owner, restoration professionals, and the insurance company is key to a smooth restoration process. SERVPRO's claims services help keep all parties in the loop. Necessary paperwork, photographs of the damage, a loss inventory, and other essential information is available electronically.
A certified restoration service with over 50 years of experience can help get your commercial property back to normal after a disaster. SERVPRO provides quality service in everything from mold mitigation and storm restoration to claims service.

Why Your Toilet Overflows When You Shower, and What To Do About It

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Bathroom with flooding. If your toilet overflows every time you shower, make sure you take action right away

It's not uncommon for homeowners in Lochbuie, CO, to experience plumbing issues. Many of these problems are minor and take little more than some do-it-yourself ingenuity to fix. However, when the issues are bigger, they may require an expert to do some sewage cleaning. Some people are confused by why their toilet may overflow while they're showering. If this has happened in your home, it's helpful to know the causes and how to overcome it.

An Overview

If you're taking a shower, you certainly don't expect it to cause a toilet overflow. However, it's possible that when you have a clog somewhere in the lines that the toilet will overflow when the shower is running. Here's what happens:

  • Your shower water backs up into the wastewater lines.
  • The water overflows in the first available place.
  • The nearest exit point for the water is the toilet by your shower.

What it Means
Many people have dealt with a toilet clog. You can usually solve this by using a plunger, which will take care of the clogged pipe. However, an overflowing toilet when the shower is running indicates that the clog is much farther down the line, possibly close to the sewer.

What You Can Do
If a plunger or a plumber's snake doesn't do the trick. You'll have to call a professional. A certified sewer cleanup company has the tools, experience, and skill to identify the problem and repair it. The team can also clean up any messes in your home that the overflowing left behind.

What the Pros Do
A technician will inspect your sewer lines and find where the blockage is located. Using special tools and equipment, the technician will handle the sewage cleaning, removing the problem, and repairing the issue.
Leave sewage cleaning to the pros. If your toilet overflows every time you shower, make sure you take action right away and have an expert inspect your sewer line.

Lightning Loves Houses – and Fire May Follow the Flash

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning strike over a home Lightning can be beautiful in the distance, but it sure does cause a lot of damage

Lightning can be beautiful in the distance, but it sure does cause a lot of damage. Not only is it extremely dangerous to life, it’s a major cause of fires – at least 22,000 per year on average – and over $450 million in property damage. Most of the damage – and deaths – were from houses caught in a lightning fire.

Houses Make Great Targets

A lightning fire can happen anywhere there is combustible material, but they are surprisingly common in houses. There are three reasons for that:

  • Many houses are taller than the surrounding area.
  • Houses have conductive wires and pipes in them, forming an easier electrical path.
  • TV antennas and wires above houses make excellent attractors.

Dangerous From a Distance
Normal lightning can easily travel 12 miles from a thunderstorm. Much worse, the dreaded “bolt from the blue” is not only sneaky – from as many as 25 miles away – it’s often positively-charged, making it potentially 10 times stronger than a regular bolt!

A House Fire Is a Frequent Result of a Strike
Lightning has far more electricity in it than your house’s electrical system can safely handle. Once it gets into your wires it’s going to overload them. This will instantly burn the insulation and cause an arc that can set ablaze any nearby dry, combustible materials.
Most – but not all – lightning fires in Thorncreek, CO, will start in the attic since that’s usually the closest point of entry. However, the fire can start anywhere along the electrical lines – or even metal plumbing. Obviously, this blast can seriously damage any electronics plugged in and require major residential electrical repairs.
Once a house fire has started, don’t worry about the cause; get everyone out, call the fire department and, if you can safely do so, attempt to put it out with a fire extinguisher. Even if you can reduce the flames a bit, it’ll buy you time until the fire department arrives.
Next, call a professional fire damage restoration company to tarp and board exposed areas. They’ll work with your insurance company and also get started on clean up as fast as possible.

The Hidden Cost of Small Leaks

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

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The Hidden Cost of Small Leaks

If you have ever dealt with a water emergency at your Todd Creek, CO, business, you are aware of the obvious complications this situation brings. Destroyed floors, walls, and inventory - not to mention the interruption of operations - are some of the big-ticket problems to handle after a water leak. Less obvious, smaller leaks could also be costing you lots of money - here's how.

Underground pipes may develop leaks.
Exorbitant water bills may be your first sign.
High bills due to water loss aren't covered by many insurance policies.

Underground Leaks
If you're surprised with a sky-high water bill, don't panic. It's important to stay calm and know who to contact in order to help resolve the issue. Water leaks that are buried underground can be hard to find, as they are frequently well below the ground's surface. Leaks of this nature can occur when a subterranean water pipe breaks or leaks. Invasive roots, freezing temperatures, shifting ground, or corroded pipes are some of the most common reasons why buried pipes break. You may need to hire a professional leak detector as one popular way to find the problem is a method that involves charging the pipes with nitrogen.

Water Damage Cleanup
When you find a hefty leak, it's time to call professionals in commercial water damage restoration. Take the safety of your business and property seriously and ensure that all of the water, as well as the source of the leak, are remedied as soon as possible. If you've experienced a break in your building's water main, you may be left with no choice but to pay the water bill - but you also need to address the damage the water has caused to lessen additional loss.
Owning a business of your own can be rewarding - and it can also be a lot of responsibility. Diligently attend to maintenance, inspections, and utilities to be best prepared for surprise water leak scenarios.

How Extensive Is a Mold Infestation?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on ceiling Ceiling suffered from Mold

How Extensive Is a Mold Infestation?

The number of square feet in a structure infested with mold will determine the extent of an infestation. A toxigenic species such as stachybotrys chartarum or black mold can increase the severity of a mold problem. Here are several factors a commercial building owner should consider when planning mold remediation.

Visible Mold
Visible mold is a clear indication of contamination. If water damage is not properly mitigated, mold may grow in clear view on any of the following surfaces:

  • Ceiling tiles
  • Damp carpet
  • Painted surfaces
  • Upholstery
  • Wallpaper
  • Wood surfaces

Mold cleanup may be easier when the majority of an infestation is readily visible. In many cases, visible growth is only part of a larger problem. A plumbing or roof leak can also lead to mold growth behind walls, under flooring, or on the upper side of ceiling tiles.

Hidden Mold
An infestation involving mold that is obscured from sight may be more extensive than a building owner realizes. Expert inspection and testing are helpful for locating hidden mold without spreading contamination or risking further exposure to spores and mycotoxin. Specialists may use infrared cameras to detect moisture and a borescope or other specialized detection tools to check behind walls with minimal disruption.

Mold Testing
Mold testing is helpful for monitoring levels of microbial volatile organic compounds or spores in a structure. Air, batch, or surface sampling and lab analysis may be recommended for an infestation that could be toxigenic, such as some varieties of black mold. Testing can also take place after remediation as a verification measure.
A mold remediation service can accurately identify the extent of a mold infestation and provide an estimate and schedule for cleaning and restoring a commercial building in Northglenn, CO. Building owners and managers should rely on trained professionals to minimize the risks associated with exposure to black mold and other types of fungi.

5 Tips To Help Prepare Your Home for a Storm

5/2/2020 (Permalink)

Prise multiple For the safety of you and your family, unplug any electronic devices or appliances

Storm Preparation Recommendations

Storms happen every year in Henderson, CO, and cause water damage. Being prepared could lower the impact that a storm could have on your home. To make sure you are ready, take some time to look at these storm preparation recommendations.
1. Create a Barricade
To help prevent too much flood water from getting into your home, create a barrier by placing sandbags around your place. It can take an hour or more to create this type of blockade, so make sure to take into account how much time you will need to get this in place.
2. Move Items
Any items that can be easily damaged or have a high value should be moved to a location that would be safe in case of a flooded building. This includes items such as furniture, water heaters, televisions, stoves, and furnaces as well as important documents that might be hard to replace.
3. Listen to the News
Keep a radio on hand or use the internet to listen to the weather forecast. Your local weather station and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will provide important updates, including any announcements for any mandatory evacuations in your area.
4. Turn off Electronics
For the safety of you and your family, unplug any electronic devices or appliances. If flood water gets into your home, you could find yourself in a dangerous situation if electronics are still plugged in.
5. Prepare for Damage
As a part of storm preparation, you should be prepared for the possibility of water damage to your home. Having a trusted storm damage cleanup company in your corner can make the restoration process move faster than if you did not have a professional helping you.
A storm can create flooding and cause damage to your home. Get ready for a storm in your area by making a barricade around your home, moving costly items to a safe location, listening to the news to hear important announcements, unplugging electronics, and hiring a storm restoration company to get flood water out of the home.

4 Tips To Make Sure Your Fire Sprinklers Are Always Ready

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Automatic ceiling Fire Sprinkler in red water pipe System Fire sprinklers are one of your commercial property’s best defensive tools

Four Tips Making Sure Your Fire Sprinkler System Is Ready

When it comes to fire suppression, fire sprinklers are one of your commercial property’s best defensive tools. Here are four tips for making sure your fire sprinkler system is ready to activate when you need it most.

1. Hold Regular Inspections
Your entire sprinkler system should be thoroughly inspected once a year by a qualified professional. A visual assessment of the sprinkler heads isn’t enough. All components need to be properly vetted, from the individual sprinklers’ valves to the main drain and fire pump. Additionally, the inside of the system and its pipes should be examined by a trained professional once every five years to ensure that there is no sludge, rust, or other obstruction that may prevent water from being delivered.

2. Fix Damaged Heads Promptly
Accidents happen — even in Brighton, CO. If one of the sprinkler heads in your building becomes damaged, it’s imperative that you have it fixed immediately by an experienced fire suppression contractor. Not only can an impaired fire sprinkler head fail to activate, period, it can also activate at the wrong time, causing considerable water damage.

3. Keep Your Distance
Give your sprinkler heads at least 18 inches of clearance from furniture, shelves, and other items that may approach ceiling height. Additionally, you should never, ever hang anything from any part of your sprinkler system.

4. Check Your Intake Caps
Every time the season changes, head outside and verify that the caps are secure on all of your building’s water intake connections. These contact points are where the fire department will hitch onto your property to give your sprinklers a valuable boost in the event of a fire. If caps are missing or damaged, replace them, and keep the surrounding area clear of obstacles for easy access.
With proper care and regular maintenance, your fire sprinkler system should be ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice. After it does, enlist the help of your local fire damage restoration company for swift fire sprinkler cleanup.

4 Things That Should Always Happen After Sewage Damage

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

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4 Things You Should Always Leave to A Professional After Sewage Damage

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. 

Mold Damage Emergency Tips

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on white wall Mold growth in a Lochbuie, CO home

Emergency Steps You Can take

The idea of having black mold concerns many homeowners because it has the potential to cause adverse health effects. In addition, if mold is left to sit long enough, it can cause property damage by eating away at the material it is on. If you have experienced a flood or water damage in Lochbuie, CO, there are a few emergency steps you can take.

1. Act Quickly

In wet or moist conditions, some species of mold can begin forming in as little as 24-48 hours. The quicker you can dry out the area, the less chance mold has to form. If water has soaked carpets, drywall, or other porous materials, you may need to use industrialized blowers.

2. Determine Whether You Have Mold

You can perform a visual search to check for mold. It can lurk in places that are not obvious, such as underneath carpets or inside of vents. A musky odor is an indication that it present, even if you cannot see it.

3. Vacate the Area

Areas with black mold may be unsafe to enter because you could disturb the spores, causing them to become airborne. It is best to close the door and not disturb the space until proper mold cleanup can begin.

4. Stop Air Flow

Fans and HVAC systems should be turned off and windows closed. If air blows on the mold, it may spread spores to other areas or cause them to get into the ventilation system.

5. Perform Mold Remediation

Mold must be properly cleaned and disinfected so that the roots of the spores are destroyed during the process. Otherwise, it may start to grow back if the moisture problem returns.
If you have experienced water damage in your home, you could have black mold. Your best course of action is to contact a mold remediation specialist to assess the extent of the damage. Professionals can use specialized equipment and products to safely return your residence to its previous condition.

3 Reasons To Seek Water Damage Remediation After a Fire

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Fire in the warehouse of a business After a fire, you'll likely have water damage from firefighting efforts.

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.

 3 Reasons To Seek Water Damage Remediation After a Fire:

  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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

3 Things Renters Should Know About Flood Insurance

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

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3 Things Renters Should Know About Flood Insurance

If you rent a commercial property you may be wondering how your insurance plan can work to help protect your Thorncreek, CO, business. It’s important to note that your renter's insurance covers things a bit differently than your landlord’s property insurance. Knowing what's in your policy can help you be prepared in the event of a disaster.

1. What Your Insurance May Cover

Renters coverage should cover the repair or replacement of any items you or your employees bring into the building if a disaster should occur. These may be office furniture or equipment, inventory, files, or even personal items. It’s important to know what is in your plan so that you can purchase supplemental insurance on high-value items if needed.

2. What Your Landlord’s Insurance May Cover

It’s important to know that your renter's insurance may not cover the cost of building repairs. This usually falls under the property owners' plan. Their insurance may even provide for hiring a local damage restoration service to help with cleanup and restoration of the property. This service may also be able to help with any damaged company items.

3. What May Not Be Covered

In the event of personal liability, you may require separate insurance coverage from your renter's plan. This could happen if some type of neglect occurred that you should have been responsible for as a renter. These types of things typically fall under liability coverage so you may wish to check that is included in your plan. It’s important to know what’s in your insurance policy so it’s best to talk to your agent about what your coverage includes. In most cases, your policy will cover your personal belongings and office equipment in the event of a disaster while your landlord's policy covers the building property. Insurance may not cover events for which you may be at fault, so you may want to add liability coverage to your plan.

It’s important to know what’s in your renter's insurance policy so it’s best to talk to your agent about what your coverage includes. In most cases, your policy will cover your personal belongings and office equipment in the event of a disaster while your landlord's policy covers the building property. Insurance may not cover events for which you may be at fault, so you may want to add liability coverage to your plan.

3 Tips To Know for Wind Damage Mitigation

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

someone trimming bushes with garden scissors Another way to avoid a roof leak is to trim back any trees or bushes

3 Tips To Know for Wind Damage Mitigation

When you face storms in your Thorncreek, CO, business, the weather can lead to wind damage and a possible roof leak, meaning you may need to contact a local storm damage restoration service. However, there are a few things you may be able to do ahead of time to help mitigate potential problems.

1. Keep the Yard Clear of Debris

Poor landscaping maintenance can lead to a damaged roof. Loose debris such as branches, gravel, dirt clods, and other materials can be picked up by the wind and thrown. This can be a hazard for windows, doors, and shutters attached to the building. This debris has the potential to cause damage to the structure.

2. Trim Bushes and Shrubs

Another way to avoid a roof leak is to trim back any trees or bushes so that their branches do not overhang or press against the building. Strong wind can damage these plants and cause loose, dead or damaged branches to fall into the roof or windows creating a possible leak. Trimming trees and hedges beforehand may help prevent these problems.

3. Tighten or Secure Loose Objects

It’s important to tighten or secure any loose object that could be picked up or knocked over by the wind and cause damage to the building. This may include grills, awnings, patio umbrellas, bike racks, and shutters among others. If you have delicate landscaping you may want to protect the plants with a tarp. Company vehicles should be stored in a garage if it’s believed hail may occur. Additionally, if the roof is missing shingles consider covering the space over with a tarp.

If you’re trying to avoid a roof leak caused by wind damage at your place of business consider these mitigation steps. Keep your yard clear of debris, trim back trees, and tighten or secure any loose material. Remember, if damage does occur, a restoration service can help.

Professional Cleanup After a Commercial Fire

4/12/2020 (Permalink)

Abandoned building after a fire Fire damage in a local business.

Professional Cleanup After a Commercial Fire

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.

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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