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Winter Weather Advisory for Brighton?

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton has been restoring storm damage in the Brighton area for many years. Storms can be unpredictable and are known to happen with little advanced warning.  Here are some definitions of winter weather terms from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

Winter Storm Warning

These are issued when hazardous winter weather in the form of heavy snow, heavy freezing rain, or heavy sleet is imminent or occurring. Winter Storm Warnings are usually issued 12 to 24 hours before the event is expected to begin.

Winter Storm Watch

Alerts the public to the possibility of a blizzard, heavy snow, heavy freezing rain, or heavy sleet. Winter Storm Watches are usually issued 12 to 48 hours before the beginning of a Winter Storm.

Winter Weather Advisory

A winter weather advisory is issued for accumulations of snow, freezing rain, freezing drizzle, and sleet will cause significant inconveniences and, if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.

Call Us!

When you need storm damage restoration services for your Brighton home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton has a team of storm restoration technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 720-223-8888.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Tornado Safety for Lochbuie Pets?

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

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The American Red Cross suggests that pet owners have an emergency kit prepared for their pets in a tornado or other severe weather emergency. SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton responds to storm damage emergencies in Lochbuie every year. Here are some tips for assembling an emergency kit for your pets:  

Keep items in an accessible place and store them in sturdy containers so that they can be carried easily.

Your kit should include:

  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that they can’t escape
  • Food, drinking water, bowls, cat litter, and litter pan, and a manual can opener if your pet eats canned food
  • Medications and copies of medical records stored in a waterproof container
  • A first aid kit
  • Current photos of you with your pet(s) in case they get lost. Since many pets look alike, this will help to eliminate mistaken identity and confusion.
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets
  • Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable

Call Us!

When you need storm damage restoration services for your Lochbuie home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-223-8888.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Wind Damage in Northglenn?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton witnesses firsthand the damage high winds can do to a structure in Northglenn. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration explain wind safety and wind categories:

High Wind Warning: Take Action! Sustained, strong winds with even stronger gusts are happening. Seek shelter. If you are driving, keep both hands on the wheel.

High Wind Watch: Be Prepared! Sustained, strong winds are possible. Secure loose items and adjust plans as necessary so you’re not caught outside.

Wind Advisory: Take Action: Strong winds are occurring but are not so strong to warrant a High Wind Warning. Objects that are outdoors should be secured, and caution should be taken if driving.  

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! A thunderstorm is happening or is imminent in the warning area. Severe thunderstorms have wind gusts of 58 miles per hour and or hail one inch or larger. Seek shelter inside a sturdy building.

Preparing for High Winds

  • Remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures
  • Remove loose objects outdoors, on patios, roofs, or balconies that could blow away.
  • Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors
  • Bring in unsecured objects from outside and secure items that could blow away and cause damage or injury

Call Us Today!

When you need storm damage services for your home or business, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton has a team of storm restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your storm damage in Northglenn, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm Damage Prevention Tips for Brighton?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

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Rain Gutter Cleaning Tip from Bob Villa

Have you ever seen a house with saplings growing out of the rain gutter? Dirt and debris, when left in a rain gutter system, creates the perfect environment for seeds to germinate and grow. SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton responds to storm damage emergencies in Brighton throughout the year. Rain gutters are designed to carry rain away from your home, and when they are cleared of debris, they are very efficient. But when they are clogged, they can cause water damage to your home by directing the water into, instead of away, from your roofline and foundation. Here is a tip from the home expert, Bob Villa on cleaning your rain gutters using a wet/dry vacuum:

Wet/Dry Vacuum

If you have heavy debris in your rain gutters you can use a wet/dry vacuum. You can purchase special attachments at a local home improvement store. Long hoses and curved attachments will allow you to use your wet/dry vacuum while standing on the ground. You may have to moisten stubborn material so the vacuum can extract it. After vacuuming the gutters use the garden hose to flush the gutters and downspout.

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

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Power Outage in Thornton?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Sitting in the dark again in Thornton?

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton responds to storm damage emergencies each year in Thornton. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), extended power outages may impact communities and the economy. Here are some power outage tips from FEMA:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed
  • Use a generator, but only outdoors and away from windows
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges
  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines for using power-dependent medical devices
  • Check with local officials about heating and cooling locations open near you

Preparing for a Power Outage

  • Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity
  • Plan for batteries and other alternative power sources to meet your needs when the power goes out, such as a portable charger or power bank
  • Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long the battery backup will last

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business has a storm damage emergency, 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.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Tornado Siren for Brighton?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

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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.

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.

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.

Call Us Today!

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.

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.

Call Us!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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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:

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 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 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.

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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.