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Decontamination Services for Brighton Businesses?

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

Chemicals are spilling out of a container. We provide biohazard cleanup and restoration services in Adams County.

Biological and chemical contaminants pose serious potential health effects for your employees and customers. SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton responds to biohazard emergencies 24-hours a day. We follow local, state, and federal laws and guidelines to transform these unhealthy environments into safe spaces. Here are some tips from our website on things you can do while waiting for help to arrive:

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening
  • Treat all  bodily fluids as if they are contaminated
  • Turn off the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system if there is sewage damage

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place
  • 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!

When you need biohazard cleanup and restoration services for your business or home, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton has a team of technicians on-call 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your biohazard damage 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.

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.

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.

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. ®

Call Us!

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.