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The North Thornton and Brighton Water Damage Cleanup Experts

8/12/2022 (Permalink)

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There is so much to do here in the North Thorton/Denver area. Sometimes life here can be a challenge, though, especially when water damage occurs.

That’s when you need to rely on the water damage cleanup experts at SERVPRO of North Thornton.

Water Can Be A Challenge

Water is much more powerful than most people realize, and even a small amount can cause a lot of damage, especially if it’s allowed to sit for any length of time.

At SERVPRO, we understand how important it is to act quickly when it comes to water damage and we’re guaranteed to respond faster to any disaster.

We have staff ready to take your call 24/7 and we’ll send a highly trained technician to your location within four hours of that call.

It’s especially important to act quickly to address mold, which can begin to grow and spread within 24-48 hours after water damage occurs.

If it reaches your HVAC system, mold can quickly spread throughout your home or business, becoming a serious health issue.

The professionals of SERVPRO are trained to handle mold remediation and we’ll be sure to pay particular attention to your HVAC system.

Rely On The Experts

With a proven reputation and over 40 years of experience, SERVPRO is the name you can trust for water damage cleanup. We’ll do everything we can to make your property look “Like it never even happened”.

From boarding and tarping damaged windows and roofs to removing standing water and thoroughly drying all surfaces, we have the equipment and training necessary to handle any size emergency.

Our goal is to help get you on your feet again, so we won’t stop until we know you’re satisfied.

That can mean removing and replacing drywall, removing and replacing damaged carpet and flooring, and even performing a complete inventory to help you file your insurance claim.

Call The Pros When It Matters Most

When water damage occurs, call SERVPRO of North Thornton/Brighton and rest easy knowing you’re in good hands.

We’re more than just professionals; we’re also part of the local community which is why we treat every property as if it’s our own. So don’t get in over your head, call SERVPRO for water damage cleanup that will give you peace of mind.

Have a small leak?

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damage Small Leak

One slow, tiny leak can turn parts of your Denver-area home into a swamp before the damage gets severe enough that you can’t ignore it. At SERVPRO® of North Thornton & Brighton, we hope that the damage makes itself known before it turns any part of your home into a refuge for frogs or herons. When you do notice the damage, the first thing you must do is shut off the water that is supplying the leak. While you’re looking for the correct valve, get ready to dial us. Because excess water always leads to water damage, and water damage is always an emergency, our on-call emergency services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Call us to remove all the excess water, clean up and disinfect after even the most contaminated mess, and remediate the damage. We provide the full range of property restoration services that may be needed to help restore your home and other property to their pre-water-damage conditions.

SERVPRO of North Thornton & Brighton

Whether a hail-damaged roof allowed leaks to rain in your bedroom, a clogged toilet let its cargo ruin your carpet, or a slow leak has turned drywall into mush, our extensively trained professionals at SERVPRO of North Thornton & Brighton are ready to load our green trucks with the right people and the most advanced equipment, then drive straight to your home to start protecting your property.

Frozen Pipes in Brighton Home?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

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January is the coldest month in Colorado. Overnight temperatures average 15.2 degrees Fahrenheit this time of year. SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton’s technicians respond to many water damage emergencies in Brighton during the winter months and offer these tips from the Insurance Information Institute on what to do if your pipes freeze:

  • If you discover that pipes are frozen, don’t wait for them to burst. Take measures to thaw them immediately or call a plumber for assistance.
  • If your pipes burst, first turn off the water and then mop up spills. You don’t want the water to do more damage than it already has.
  • Call your agent or company as soon as you can. An insurance adjuster doesn’t need to see the spill before you take action. However, they will want to inspect any damaged items.
  • Make temporary repairs and take other steps to protect your property from further damage. Remove any carpet or furniture that can be further damaged from seepage.
  • Make a list of the damaged articles and save your receipts for insurance reimbursement
  • Save the receipts for what you spend—including additional living expenses if you must leave your home until repairs are completed—and submit them to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Call Us Today!

When you have frozen pipes or any water damage emergency in your Brighton home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton will restore the water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 720-223-8888.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Basement Flood in Thorncreek?

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton has been restoring water damage in the Thorncreek area for many years. Flooded basements and basement seepage can cause damage to items if they are not properly stored. Here are some tips from the Insurance Information Institute for protecting your possessions from water damage:

  • Store your off-season and other bulk belongings in waterproof bins. This is especially important in areas where there are plumbing pipes or areas prone to dampness, such as basements and attics.
  • Never store valuables or memorabilia where there is a risk of destruction from water. Water and dampness also bring with it the threat of mold damage.
  • Keep belongings stored on shelving off the floor in basements. In case of water seepage or sewer backup, they’re less likely to get damaged.
  • Keep an up-to-date home inventory. Having a comprehensive list of your possessions will save time, trouble, and stress in case of loss from water damage.

Call Us Today!

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

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Leaking Dishwasher in Northglenn?

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

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

Unbeknownst to me, my dishwasher had a small leak that had been there for some time. The small water leak was slowly rotting away the wood floor and subfloor underneath. When we located the leak, the damage was extensive, and we had to replace the flooring and part of the subfloor and joists below! Who knew a tiny leak could cause so much damage?

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton has been restoring water damage in the Northglenn area of Denver for many years. By routinely inspecting your household appliances, some forms of water damage may be prevented. If your appliances are older, you run the risk of rusted pipes and weakened hoses. Some of the more common causes of dishwasher leaks are:

  • Worn gaskets
  • Broken doors
  • Clogged drains
  • Weak or leaking hoses
  • Failed pipes

Highly Trained Team

Our water restoration technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We have the equipment, training, and experience to mitigate and restore any water damage emergency, no matter how big the job is.

Call Us!

When you need water damage restoration services for your Northglenn 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.

Sump Pump Maintenance Tips for Thornton?

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

A flooded basement is shown. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Adams County.

Have you inspected and maintained your sump pump lately? According to a study done by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), 18 percent of sump pump failures were due to power outages, and another 40 percent of incidents involving sump pumps were due to clogged inlet screens or faulty float switches. 

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton responds to water damage emergencies in Thornton and other parts of Adams County, and we have restored many flooded basements over the years.

Here are some sump pump maintenance tips from the IBHS:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for sump pump maintenance. These vary from running the sump pump every two to three months to a yearly cleaning before the rainy season.
  • Inspect the pump by opening the lid and remove any debris blocking the water inlet screen
  • Pour about five gallons of water into the pump and watch the float valve rise
  • As the float valve rises, the pump should turn on, and water should discharge through the outlet pipe
  • Go outside and inspect the outlet pipe. Water should be flowing away from the home.
  • Contact a professional if the sump pump fails to operate during the inspection

Call Us!

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

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooded Kitchen in Todd Creek?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

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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.

Water-damaged Belongings in Thornton?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

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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.

Flooded Basement in Brighton?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

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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.

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.

Flooded Kitchen in Thorncreek?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

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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.

Basement Water Seepage in Brighton?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

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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.

Call Us!

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.

Refrigerator Icemaker failure Flood in Northglenn?

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

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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.

Understanding the Water Damage Restoration Process

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

The Types of Water Damage Pollution

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.