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A tornado siren is shown.

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

A tornado siren is shown. We respond to commercial storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Adams County.

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

There have been 361 tornadoes in Commerce City since 1951. Commerce City is at high risk for tornadoes, averaging about six tornadoes each year. SERVPRO® of Commerce City responds to commercial storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Commerce City, and we are prepared to mitigate and restore any size loss, no matter how big the job is. We can do this because we are part of a national network of over 1700 franchises nationwide. By pooling our resources, teams can be mobilized to respond to disasters and large commercial losses anywhere in the United States quickly.

  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Our Commercial Large Loss Division is a team of specialists that can handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager who oversees the entire job. The Commercial Large Loss Division supports clients from these industries:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Call Us Today!

When your commercial business or home needs storm damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Commerce City has a team of technicians ready to respond. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your storm damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Power Outage Safety Tips for Henderson?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

A dark room is shown lit by a lantern. We are trusted leaders in storm damage restoration services in Adams County.

SERVPRO® of Commerce City responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Henderson. Power outages can happen for many reasons, so it is always a good idea to be prepared for one. Here are some tips from the American Red Cross for preparing for a power outage:

  • Stock food and water. Store non-perishable food and water supplies for at least two weeks. Plan to use coolers and ice to extend food refrigeration and keep a thermometer in the fridge, freezer, or cooler to monitor the food temperature.
  • Know and plan for your personal and medical electrical needs. Take an inventory of your electrical needs. Consider both backup and non-power alternatives for lighting, communication, medical devices, and refrigerated medicine, cooking, garage doors, locks, and elevators. Discuss a plan with your primary care or medical device providers for your medical needs.
  • Prepare a pet emergency kit for your companion animals.
  • Plan for heating or cooling your home. Use methods such as sealing around windows to insulate your home. If the weather is very hot or very cold, plan to go to a location with air conditioning or with heat. Never use a generator, outdoor stoves, or heaters indoors.
  • Plan for surge protection. Make sure that you have current surge protectors for household electronics.

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business needs storm damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Commerce City has a team of technicians ready to respond. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your storm damage in Henderson, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Grilling Fire in Commerce City?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

An outdoor barbeque is being used to grill food. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration services in Adams County.

Grilling Safety Tips for Commerce City

SERVPRO® of Commerce City responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 10,600 fires are started each year by outdoor grills. Here are some grilling safety tips from the NFPA to keep you and your loved ones safe while enjoying the summer barbeque season:

Propane and Charcoal Grills

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

Propane Grills

·      Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year

·      Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose

·      A propane leak will release bubbles

Call Us!

When your home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Commerce City has a team of technicians ready to respond. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your fire damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial Cleaning Services for Henderson?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Deep Cleaning Services for Henderson Businesses

Colorado is getting back to business as usual, and it is more important than ever to have a clean and contaminant-free commercial space. Although we are better known for our fire and water damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Commerce City also offers a full range of deep cleaning, decontamination, and deodorization services. Whether you need deep cleaning and deodorization for your carpeting and upholstery, or you need your restaurant hood degreased, we are Here to Help. ®

  • Air Ducts and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Units (HVAC)
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

We have experience working on all kinds of commercial buildings, 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 and Industrial
  • Government/Military

Call Us Today!

Over time, grime can build up, leaving your business looking tired. Odors get trapped in carpeting and upholstery. You can rely on us to keep Henderson businesses looking their best. When you need commercial deep cleaning services, SERVPRO® of Commerce City has a team of technicians ready to respond. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll deep clean your commercial property, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Mold Problem in Commerce City Office?

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold Mitigation and Remediation for Commerce City Businesses

When I came into work on Monday, there was a musty smell I could not place. I finally tracked it down to underneath the sink in the breakroom. When I opened the cabinet, a waft of musty odor hit me. When I looked inside, I saw mold had colonized inside the cabinet. There was a small leak in the plumbing that probably was encouraging the mold to grow.

I called SERVPRO® of Commerce City and they sent a team out quickly to inspect and assess the damage. They have been mitigating and remediating commercial mold damage for years. First, they identified the source of the moisture as a loose pipe fitting under the sink and repaired the leak. Then they contained the area and began the remediation process. They explained that because mold is always present in the Earth’s atmosphere, it can never be 100 percent eradicated, but it can be mitigated and remediated.

Call Us Today!

When your commercial business or home has mold damage, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll mitigate and remediate your mold damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Tornado Safety Tips for Commerce City?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

A tornado is forming overhead. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Adams County.

Tornado Safety for Commerce City Residents

Did you know that Commerce City is a very high-risk area for tornadoes in Colorado?  SERVPRO® of Commerce City responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Commerce City. From the moment you contact us, we can typically be onsite within four hours of your call. The National Center for Environmental Health offers these tips for staying safe during a tornado:

Be Prepared

The best way to stay safe during a tornado is to be prepared with the following items:

  • Fresh batteries and a battery-operated TV, radio, or internet-enabled device to listen to the latest emergency weather information
  • A tornado emergency plan, including access to a safe shelter for yourself, your family, people with special needs, and your pets
  • An emergency kit (including water, non-perishable food, and medication)
  • A list of important information, including telephone numbers

Be sure your children know what a tornado is, what tornado watches and warnings are, what county or parish they live in (warnings are typically issued by county or parish), and what makes a location a safe shelter, whether at home or school.

Call Us Today!

When you have storm damage in your home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Damage Safety Tips for Commerce City?

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Commerce City responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Commerce City. From the moment you contact us, we can typically be onsite within four hours of your call. When you experience fire damage, it is important to make sure it is safe to remain in the home. Stay in the home only if you know it is safe to do so and be aware of electrical danger and “slip and fall’ hazards. Only perform activities that are safe to perform.

Here are some fire damage safety tips from our website:

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves
  • Change the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) filter
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers

Call Us Today!

When you have fire damage in your home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

More Happy Customers in Commerce City?

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Five-Star Reviews!

At SERVPRO® of Commerce City, we strive for five-star reviews in all that we do. Here are some reviews from our customers on Google Reviews:

“A few months ago, we had a flood at our business. It was a difficult time due to COVID and slow business and we were unsure how to proceed. Luckily SERVPRO made the entire experience incredibly seamless and efficient. They were here within a few hours and not only did a great job cleaning up all the water, they also left it looking as if it had never even happened. I would certainly recommend SERVPRO to anyone in need of water damage or restoration help!” Guest Advisor

“They are professional and insanely quick to get the job done. I thought when they saw the mess they were dealing with at my place that they would be overwhelmed but they handled it quickly and smoothly to get it taken care of in a matter of hours. Thanks for the great service!” Cameron Smith

Call Us Today!

When you have a property damage emergency and you need emergency restoration services, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll clean and restore your property damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Damage Safety Tips for Commerce City?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

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Emergency Fire Damage Tips for Commerce City

SERVPRO® of Commerce City witnesses firsthand the damage fire can do to a home or structure. Here are some emergency fire safety tips for things you can do while waiting for help to arrive:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves
  • Change the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) filter
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers

Call Us Today!

When you have a fire damage emergency and you need emergency restoration services, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooded Kitchen in Commerce City?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Water is pouring out of a ceiling and is flooding a kitchen. We are trusted leaders in water damage restoration in Adams County.

Water Damage Tips for Commerce City

SERVPRO® of Commerce City knows that our fast response time helps our customers save time and lowers the cost of repairs. Water is invasive and can become a costly repair if it goes unmitigated for too long. Here are some water damage tips from our website:

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!

When you experience a water damage emergency and you need emergency restoration services, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll clean and restore your water damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Mold Outbreak in Commerce City?

5/29/2021 (Permalink)

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Musty Smell in Commerce City?

My kitchen had a musty, mildewy smell that I couldn’t place, but then I found the mold. One of my kitchen windows leaked, and water had been seeping behind the wood paneling onto the base of the wall. Yikes!

Thankfully, my neighbor told me about SERVPRO® of Commerce City and I’m glad she did. They located the source of the moisture that was causing the mold growth and came up with a plan to mitigate and remediate the mold. They explained to me that because mold is always present in the Earth’s atmosphere, it can never be completely eradicated, but it can be contained and remediated.

Understanding Mold

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed, or the mold may return
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or air conditioning and heating systems
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture
  • Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth
  • Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent to discourage mold growth

Call Us Today!

When you have a mold problem in your home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll mitigate and remediate your mold damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fast Emergency Response Time in Commerce City?

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Faster to Any Size Disaster in Commerce City

SERVPRO® of Commerce City knows that our fast response time helps our customers save time and lowers the cost of repairs. For instance, water is invasive and can become a costly repair if it goes unmitigated for too long. Here is a water damage timeline from our website:

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!

When you experience property damage and need emergency restoration services, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll clean and restore your property damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Intrusion in Henderson?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Intrusion Happens

SERVPRO® of Commerce City has been helping Henderson residents mitigate storm damage for years. With spring comes the opportunity for water intrusion, and now is a good time to inspect your basement and crawl spaces and plumbing and drainage systems for signs of leaks or moisture collection. Here are some tips from at Home Colorado for ways to protect your home from water intrusion:

Basements and Crawl Spaces

There should not be any moisture in basements or crawl spaces. Moisture can be an indicator of a cracked and/or leaking foundation wall. A moisture meter can be used to check the moisture content of finished basement walls. Readings should be relatively consistent throughout a basement. Large variations in moisture content of finished walls could indicate a leaking foundation behind.

Inspect Plumbing and Drainage Systems

Check for leaking plumbing fixtures, dripping pipes, clogged drains, and defective water drainage systems. Regularly clean off, then dry all surfaces such as windowsills where moisture can collect. Expansion joints between bricks, pipes and other building materials that absorb movement should be in good condition, or water intrusion can occur. Storage areas should be kept clean. Allow air to circulate to prevent potential moisture accumulation.

Call Us!

When your Henderson home experiences storm damage, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Damage in Commerce City

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

A closeup of soot from a fire is shown. We provide a full range of fire restoration services in Adams County.

Soot removal calls for specialized equipment and techniques.

This is not a picture of newly discovered planets in outer space, it is actually a picture of soot covering a wall in a house damaged by fire. SERVPRO® of Commerce City has been mitigating fire damage in Commerce City for years, and once we have completely dried the area, we will begin the final steps in the restoration process, including:

Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms.

Call Us!

When your Commerce City home experiences fire damage, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Water-damaged Family Photos in Henderson?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

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Photo Restoration in Henderson

When water damages the contents of your home, every minute counts when mitigating the damage. We follow the one, four, eight, hour rule, meaning:

  • One hour – we will respond to your call within one hour
  • Four hour – we will arrive onsite within four hours
  • Eight hour – we will contact your insurance adjuster within eight hours

SERVPRO® of Commerce City provides a full range of cleaning and restoration services to return your belongings and precious keepsakes to preloss condition. We take great care when handling your belongings and treat them as if they were our own.  

Photograph and Document Drying

We use extreme caution when restoring water-damaged photographs and important documents. Although we may not be able to restore some documents to pre-water damage condition; we can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of documents:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Call Us!

When you have water damage in Henderson and need restoration services, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll dry and restore your water-damaged photographs and important documents, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Criminal Activity in Commerce City?

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

A police car is shown sitting at the scene of a crime at night. We provide crime scene cleanup and restoration services in Adams County.

When I came home and discovered my home was burglarized, I was in shock. The burglars had tossed my whole house, and there was broken glass all over the kitchen floor. They pulled out all of my dresser drawers and dumped the contents on the floor. My home looked like a war scene. I immediately called the Commerce City Police Department, and they sent detectives out to investigate and take fingerprints.

After I was able to determine what was stolen, I called my insurance adjuster and she told me to call SERVPRO® of Commerce City. After the investigation was completed, the SERVPRO technicians came in and quickly and systematically went through each room and cleaned the fingerprint residue and other evidence gathering chemicals from my home. They helped me put things back in place, cleaned up the broken glass, and replaced the glass in my kitchen window. By the time they were through, my home was completely cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized and looked like it did before the burglary. 

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Call Us Today!

When you have crime scene damage, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll clean and restore your Commerce City home, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooded Building in Commerce City?

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Soggy surprise in Commerce City.

When I came to work on Monday, I never expected to see water on my desktop. One of the overhead sprinklers malfunctioned in my area of the building and water covered all of the desks, furniture, computer, phone equipment, and the carpeting was saturated.

We called SERVPRO® of Commerce City, and they arrived quickly and immediately began the mitigation process. They inspected the area, determined the cause of the damage, contacted our insurance adjustor, and immediately began the mitigation process. They brought in powerful water extraction equipment and went through the area systematically, moving, drying, cleaning all the furniture and desks, and sending the electronics out to be professionally dried and restored. They set up air blowers and documented the entire drying process. In no time we were operational again. SERVPRO of Commerce City provides a full range of commercial services to get your business and running no matter how big the job is. Our teams have the equipment, training, and experience to work on any size and type of building, 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!

When you have a commercial damage emergency in Commerce City, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219.

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Key Fire Safety Tips for Commerce City?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

A firefighter is shown using a high-powered water hose to extinguish a fire. We are leaders in fire restoration in Adams County.

At SERVPRO® of Commerce City, sometimes we arrive at the scene of a fire while the South Adams County firefighters are still working to extinguish the flames. Here are some key fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove
  • Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep
  • Ask smokers to smoke outside
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of the reach of children
  • Replace electrical cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or have loose connections
  • Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep
  • Make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than ten years old

Call Us Today!

When you have a fire damage emergency in Commerce City, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219.

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Intrusion in Henderson?

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Intrusion

SERVPRO® of Commerce City has been helping the residents of Henderson with water damage emergencies for years and has seen many circumstances where water intrusion was the cause of the damage. Water intrusion is defined as water that moves into an area of a building where it can cause damage.

Some common causes of water damage include:

  • Leaking roofs
  • Clogged rain gutters and downspouts
  • Cracked foundation
  • Leaking water seals
  • Leaking seals around door frames
  • Water pipes breaking
  • Poor drainage around the structure’s foundation
  • Clogged drainage pipes
  • Flooding around the outside of the structure

When you call us, we will ask you some questions over the phone to determine the number of technicians to send and the type of equipment to bring. Although every water damage emergency is unique, but this is the typical process we follow for most water damage emergencies:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

When you have a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day.  Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your water damage in Henderson, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Satisfied SERVPRO Customers in Commerce City!

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Commerce City Customer Testimonials

SERVPRO® of Commerce City has been responding to fire and water damage emergencies in Commerce City for years. Taking care of our customers’ needs during very stressful times is important to us. Here are some comments from our customers from our website:


“They are professional and insanely quick to get the job done. I thought when they saw the mess they were dealing with at my place that they would be overwhelmed but they handled it quickly and smoothly to get it taken care of in a matter of hours. Thanks for the great service!” Cameron Smith, Commerce City


“We recently had a few days of heavy rains and to my surprise, my basement had over an inch of water on the ground by the end of it! I was freaking out, but SERVPRO of Commerce City were quick to help get rid of all the pesky water, and it was back to normal in no time.  Highly recommend this company.” Corey Cade, Commerce City

“We noticed mold growing in our bathroom and the smell was awful! SERVPRO came out soon after we called and now our bathroom is as good as new!” Julianna B., Commerce City

Call Us Today!

When you have a property damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day.  Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your property damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooded Basement in Commerce City?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

A basement is shown flooded with water. We are trusted leaders in water mitigation in Adams County!

Commerce City Basement Blues

When a sprinkler in my basement malfunctioned in the middle of the night and caused the room to flood, I was overwhelmed. There was an inch of water covering the floor, and my storage boxes were saturated along with other furniture and miscellaneous items I had stored there. Thankfully, SERVPRO® of Commerce City answered the phone and sent a team out quickly.

Detailed Assessment

The team conducted a thorough inspection of the premises and shut off the water. Then they verified the water classification as “clean water” and determined the extent of the damage and traced how far the moisture had traveled and penetrated. They moved the boxes and furniture and blocked the furniture to prevent rust and stains. This is the six-step process they used to dry and restore my basement to preloss condition:

Call Us Today!

When your basement floods or you have another water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day.  Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your commercial water damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Warehouse Fire in Henderson?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

Billowing black smoke is shown coming out of a warehouse. We restore commercial fire damage 24-hours a day in Commerce City

Fast Response Time Saves Warehouse from Major Damage

Our warehouse in Henderson was damaged by fire when an appliance malfunctioned. Although the overhead sprinkler system contained the fire to one part of the warehouse, the entire space was exposed to soot and smoke.

SERVPRO® of Commerce City arrived on the scene quickly and immediately began the mitigation process. Their powerful water extraction equipment removed the standing water from the floors, and they installed air movers and air blowers to remove the excess moisture from the air. They methodically worked from the damaged area out and moved and cleaned every floor, wall, and piece of furniture and equipment. By the time they completed the restoration job, you would never know there had been a fire!

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, fires in nonresidential buildings occur most frequently between the hours of 1 pm and 7 pm and account for thirty-four percent of the fires. The report states that nonresidential fires occur more frequently during the months of January, March, and April.

Call Us!

When your business has a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day.  Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your commercial fire damage in Henderson, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Snow Damage in Commerce City?

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

Snow is falling at night and is being amplified by an outside light. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day Henderson.

March Temperature Extremes

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the coldest temperature ever recorded for Denver in March was -11 degrees on March 28, 1886. The hottest recorded temperature for Denver in March was 84 degrees on March 26, 1971. The NOAA reports that Denver began recording temperatures in 1872.

March is the snowiest month in Denver when the city gets about five inches or more of fresh snow on average and is usually the last month of severe winter weather. SERVPRO® of Commerce City has been responding to storm damage emergencies in Commerce City for years and our technicians have the equipment, advanced training, and experience to restore your damage quickly and efficiently.

When we arrive on-site, we will tarp and board up any areas exposed to the elements and will immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. When there is water damage, we use powerful water extraction equipment to quickly remove the water, and we document the drying process to ensure all of the excess moisture has been removed. If structural repairs are needed, we can supervise a full range of building and reconstruction services so you will have one convenient point of contact throughout the restoration process.

Call Us!

When you are faced with storm damage, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24 hours a day.  Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your storm damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Supply Line Leak in Commerce City?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

A closeup of water leaking out of a supply line is shown. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Commerce City and Henderson areas.

Leaky Suspicion 

When I came home from walking the dog, I heard some funny sounds that I couldn’t place. I went upstairs to investigate and found the supply line to my toilet had a bad leak, and water covered the entire floor and hallway. The hall carpeting was drenched, and the entire bathroom floor was covered with water. I called SERVPRO® of Commerce City. They asked me some questions and told me how to turn off the water to stop the leak. They arrived quickly and immediately began the water restoration process.

Water Extraction and Drying Equipment

They used powerful water extraction equipment to remove the water from the hallway carpeting and the bathroom floor. Once the water was extracted, they set up air movers and air blowers to eliminate any excess moisture from the air. They replaced the faulty supply line, documented the entire drying process, and helped me with the insurance process and paperwork. Thanks to their quick response time, there was no structural damage. Phew!

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Commerce City responds to water damage emergencies 24 hours a day for emergencies of all kinds. No job is too big or too small. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your water damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for Henderson?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

A closeup of woman’s hands are shown installing a smoke detector in the ceiling. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Commerce City area.

Smoke Alarm Safety

SERVPRO® of Commerce City responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in the Henderson area. The National Fire Protection Association  offers these important safety messages about smoke alarms:

  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. Smoke alarms should be interconnected.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions yet mitigate false alarms.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.

Call Us Today!

If you experience a fire damage emergency in your home or business, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Here to Help. ® Our fire restoration technicians are on-call and ready to respond 24 hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your fire damage in Henderson, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Faster to Any Size Disaster in Commerce City?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

The headlights of a vehicle flood the road while driving at night. We respond to property damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Commerce City and Henderson areas.

Every Second Counts in an Emergency

You never know when disaster will strike, so when your home or commercial business experiences a property damage emergency, it’s important to know that you can rely on SERVPRO® of Commerce City to respond to your emergency 24-hours a day in the Commerce City and Henderson areas. In many cases, we can arrive within four hours of your call.

Customized Service from Start to Finish

When you contact us, we will ask you a series of questions so we can determine the number of technicians and the type of equipment to send to immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. We can also help you with the insurance paperwork and process.

Highly Trained Team

Our restoration technicians have the advanced training, experience, and equipment to mitigate any fire, water, or mold damage and quickly return your property to preloss condition with minimal disruption to your home or business.

Call Us!

When you have a fire, water, storm, or mold damage emergency in Commerce City, SERVPRO® of Commerce City has a team of highly trained restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to mitigate the damage. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Commerce Fire Damage in Henderson?

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke is shown billowing out of a commercial building. Business owners rely on us to mitigate fire damage in Commerce City and Henderson.

Structure Fires by Property Use

Seeing smoke billowing out of this commercial building was a scary sight. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), there were 499,000 structure fires in 2018, and 112,000 of them were commercial property fires. SERVPRO® of Commerce City are leaders in the commercial fire restoration industry, and we respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Henderson and Commerce City areas. Here is the breakdown on structure fires by type of use from the III:

Property Use

  • Public assembly 15,500
  • Educational 4500
  • Institutional 6500
  • Residential 387,000
  • Apartments and other 110,500
  • Stores and Offices 18,000
  • Industry, utility, defense 11,000
  • Storage in structures 27,000
  • Special structures             29,500

We offer a full range of commercial restoration services to return your business to preloss condition with minimal disruption to your employees and customers including. We are part of a network of over 1700 franchises nationwide, so we can mobilize quickly no matter how big the job is. Our team is certified in:

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

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24 hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your commercial fire damage in Henderson, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Commerce City Storm Damage?

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

A street is blanketed in snow from a winter storm. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Commerce City and Henderson.

Winter storms can last a few hours or many days in Colorado. Severe storms can impact older adults, children, and those who are ill, placing them at greater risk. SERVPRO® of Commerce City responds to property damage calls due to storms often during the winter months, and we offer these survival safety tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on how to survive during a storm:

  • Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
    • Be sure to have several clean masks to use in case your mask becomes wet or damp from snow. Cloth masks should not be worn when they become damp or wet. Be sure to wash your mask regularly.
  • Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
  • Reduce the risk of a heart attack by avoiding overexertion when shoveling snow and walking in the snow.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia and begin treatment right away.
  • If it is safe to do so, check on neighbors while following the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for social distancing.  

Call Us Today!

When your home is damaged during a storm, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24 hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your storm damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooded Bathroom in Commerce City?

1/17/2021 (Permalink)

The ceiling has been removed to reveal a leaking water pipe from the upstairs bathroom. We are water damage restoration specialists serving the Commerce City area.

Commerce City bathtub disaster averted.

We came back late from a weekend at the cabin and noticed a damp, musty smell. I followed my nose and looked up and saw the freshwater stain on the ceiling. I knew by the location of the water stain that there was a leak in the upstairs bathroom pipes that needed to be repaired immediately. Thankfully the bathtub didn’t fall through the ceiling!

It’s a good thing that SERVPRO® of Commerce City responds to water damage emergencies 24 hours a day. When I called them, they asked me a series of questions and sent a team of water restoration technicians out within four hours of my call. They used an infrared camera to pinpoint the location of the water leak and quickly mitigated the damage. After the area was completely dry, they repaired the plumbing and the ceiling and got rid of the musty odor, and now you would never know there had a been a leak to begin with!

Call Us!

When your home or commercial business has a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is on-call and ready to respond day and night. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your water damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Family Keepsakes Restoration Services in Commerce City?

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

An old family photo album is shown. Henderson residents rely on us to restore fire-damaged keepsakes.

Specialized Restoration Services to Preserve Fire-Damaged Belongings

Did you know that SERVPRO® of Commerce City offers a full range of restoration services to clean and restore fire-damaged keepsakes and belongings? Our fire restoration technicians are specialty-trained to minimize further damage and salvage belongings whenever possible. Soot, smoke, odor, and water from the fire fighting efforts can all cause varying degrees of damage. We pretest items before cleaning to ensure they can be safely cleaned.

Another service we provide is document and photograph drying. Although some documents and photos may not be able to be completely restored, we will save what we can to help minimize any further damage. We use five different options to restore documents and photographs depending on their exposure to fire, smoke, or soot damage:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business has a fire damage emergency of any size, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is on-call and ready to respond 24 hours a day. We offer a full range of restoration services to restore your family keepsakes and belongings to preloss condition. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your fire damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Advanced Technologies in Henderson?

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

A technician is holding a hygrometer up to a wall to measure moisture levels. We use advanced technology to restore property damage in the Commerce City and Henderson areas.

Advanced Technologies Used in the Restoration Industry

SERVPRO® of Commerce City invests heavily in technology and specialized training for our restoration technicians, allowing us to restore residential and commercial properties in the Henderson area to preloss condition faster and more efficiently.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the national non-profit organization that sets the standards and best practices that we follow. The standards the IICRC has established incorporate the field of psychometry, allowing our technicians to become proficient in the manipulation of temperature and relative humidity through the use of moisture detection and measurement equipment. This is important because excess moisture can cause further damage to a structure and encourage mold and other microbial growths to populate.

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment Used

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

Call Us Today!

When you have a fire, water, storm, mold, or other property damage emergency in Henderson, SERVPRO® of Commerce City has a team of highly trained restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to mitigate the damage. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Can a Business Use a Portable Generator In an Emergency?

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Electric generator, used in the rain on the ground. Fuel motor A portable or standby generator could be the right emergency equipment for a business during a power outage

Find Out Which Equipment Will Meet The Needs Of A Business

Frequent or prolonged power outages can damage critical systems at a commercial building in Commerce City, CO. A business owner or facility manage can invest in an emergency backup power source. Commercial standby generators are costly, which might make a portable generator seem like a better solution for the occasional power outage. 

Emergency Power Backup Requirements
Choosing the right emergency power backup calls for calculating total kilo-volt-ampere and kilowatt requirements. The following guidelines are helpful for calculating general power usage:

  • 50 kW plus 10 watts per square foot for retail space
  • 30 kW plus 5 watts per square foot for general commercial space
  • An additional kW allowance based on usage

The most wattage is necessary to produce a surge during startup. A generator should then provide sufficient power during a power outage.

Portable Generator Functions and Features
Most portable generators produce less power than commercial standby generators and are not designed to function continuously. Portable models can be relocated to where power is needed most in the event of storm damage during an outage.
Portable generators should always be run in open, well-ventilated areas to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Most portable generators are gasoline powered, which is easy to acquire, but needs to be stored in large quantities and may require the addition of stabilizer.

The Benefits of Commercial Standby Generators
A commercial standby generator is a more reliable and permanent power backup. A standby generator starts automatically as soon as the power goes out and most commercial models supply more power than portable generators. Standby generators also offer business owners a choice of fuel sources.
A portable or standby generator could be the right emergency equipment for a business during a power outage in Commerce City, CO. Business owners should factor in power needs and plan for likely outage durations.

2 Important Emergency Plans for Your Business

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

Evacuation plan - first floor Create a map for each floor of your business that shows exits and other important details

When you started your business, you were careful to prepare for any unseen scenario. You even have a contingency plan in place just in case you need to get your workers to safety, but could they execute it? It is important to have emergency plans that are easy to understand and follow if your employees need to get to safety.

Creating a Thorough Emergency Plan

A contingency plan, also known as an emergency action plan (EAP), is put together by a company to create and carry out certain actions during a workplace emergency. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an EAP should include:

  • Emergency reporting methods
  • All emergency evacuation routes
  • A way to account for all employees during and after an emergency
  • Instructions for employees who have action plan duties
  • Contacts that employees can reach for further information on their roles in your EAP

Including cleanup procedures and contacts for emergency restoration services is also beneficial.
Every business is different. To create a thorough EAP, you have to consider all of the possible emergencies that could happen at your specific business and your employees' specific needs. Educate your workers on all procedures so that they are ready if an emergency does happen.

Instilling an Evacuation Plan
An important part of emergency preparation is having an evacuation plan and making sure that your workers understand and can execute it calmly. Clearly marked escape routes and employee procedures are a good start. Exit lighting should be bright and easy to find. Create a map for each floor of your business that shows exits and other important details so that your employees can refer to them regularly. One way to make sure they are seen is to place them in high traffic areas such as main lobbies and elevator corridors.
Having a thorough contingency plan gives you peace of mind because if an emergency does happen, you know that you are prepared and can keep your employees in Todd Creek, CO, safe.

How To Prevent Plumbing-Related Business Losses

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

dehumidifiers placed inside a commercial building. Concept water damage restoration Water cleanup services in Northglenn, CO

Lower The Risk Of Preventable Losses At A Commercial Property

Water leaks are the source of most business losses. Building owners and managers can take measures to fix damaged pipes or address other plumbing problems at a building located in Northglenn, CO. Here are several ways stakeholders can lower the risk of preventable losses at a commercial property.

Schedule Plumbing Inspections
An annual inspection can greatly reduce a structure’s risk of preventable water damage. All of the following checks take place during a commercial inspection:

  • Backflow testing
  • Flow rate testing
  • Looking for leaking pipes
  • Valve checks

These measures identify issues that could result in damaged pipes, gradual leaks or sewer backups. A proactive approach to commercial plumbing is almost always more affordable than footing bills for emergency repairs, damage cleanup and restoration.

Maintain Appliances and Systems
Several commercial appliances and systems may be connected to the water supply. These connections often employ valves and other hardware that can fail or wear out and require replacement. Doing so in advance has the potential to prevent leaks that involve Category One clean water or contaminated Category Two gray water.

Consider Plumbing Upgrades
In some cases, a plumber may recommend that a building owner foot the bill for costly upgrades to a commercial plumbing system. The owner of a building may want to seek more than one professional opinion, as there may be more than one approach to solving a recurring plumbing problem. Some solutions may be more affordable and only require minor fixes.
Inspections and maintenance can identify minor issues before major problems ensue. From pointing out damaged pipes that could be prone to burst and cause flooding to fixing problems that might shorten the operational lifespan of critical appliances and systems, strictly preventative measures can go a long way to protect a property in Northglenn, CO. Having damage fixed, mitigated, cleaned or restored by professionals reduces the risk of further losses.

3 Ways To Spend Less On Maintenance

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Sealant gun crack covers the crack in the floor of the wall tile concrete It’s a good idea to start small when it comes to maintenance

Three Ways To Keep Service Costs Low

Home maintenance costs can add up to a considerable sum. The best way to lower maintenance cost for any structural system or appliance is to handle issues sooner than later and anticipate potential problems. Most systems, such as HVAC or plumbing, can be maintained for years without major emergency incidents as long as homeowners schedule routine upkeep. Here are three of the best ways to keep service costs low and maximize the operational life of every system in a home.

1. Fix Minor Problems
It’s a good idea to start small when it comes to maintenance. Addressing issues that seem minor when they arise can help to prevent serious issues from developing down the road. In general, scheduled or preventative maintenance is more affordable than emergency repairs in terms of the cost of parts, labor and incidentals.

2. Do Preventative Maintenance
Homeowners should schedule periodic inspections of the structural systems, appliances and other aspects of a residence. Inspections may draw attention to issues that require maintenance. Cleaning components and getting the parts necessary to prevent problems from occurring down the line tends to have a lower maintenance cost than fixing broken parts and restoring damage.

3. Get Jobs Done Right
It is important to have trained professionals install, service and repair home appliances and systems such as HVAC and plumbing. Maintaining high facility management standards may cost a little more per job, but the risk of experiencing major problems that prove very costly is significantly reduced. Bonded and insured professionals also typically guarantee their work.
The longer a problem persists, the more severe it may become and the higher the maintenance cost. When it comes to structural systems and appliances at a home in Henderson, CO, regularly scheduled inspections, maintenance, preventative measures and timely repairs can help homeowners avoid costly emergency fixes for major problems that can cause major damage.

How To Handle a Flood in Your Kitchen

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in luxurious kitchen interior. 3d creative illustration Kitchen flooded in Commerce City, CO

Steps To Minimize The Damage In Your Home

For many homeowners in Commerce City, CO, subtle leaks beneath a kitchen sink or an appliance can go unnoticed until they lead to extensive damage. Flooding not only causes inconvenience; it can lead to:

  • Loss of Property
  • Expensive Repairs
  • Formation of Mold

After discovering a leak, it is necessary to take the following steps to minimize the damage and liability resulting from water in home.

Cut off the Water Supply.
Immediately locate and turn off the water supply as soon as possible after discovering a leak. If a broken pipe valve makes this impossible, find the house's primary water supply valve and turn that off.

Contact Your Insurance Company.
Pipe and appliance leaks can potentially lead to a devastating amount of water in home. As soon as you turn off the water supply flooding your kitchen, contact your insurance provider for advice about proceeding. Many homeowner policies cover damages resulting from sudden, unexpected pipe bursts or defects as long as reasonable measures have been taken to address ongoing problems. Coverage may also apply to damages caused by appliances but not the repair or replacement of appliances. Contacting your insurance provider is the most reliable way to know what is and is not covered.

Arrange for Professional Help.
Your insurance carriers will recommend professional services to help during a flood's aftermath. The necessary first step toward recovering from a kitchen flood is isolating the cause. Common culprits include corroded sink pipes, faulty refrigerator ice makers and defective dishwasher doors. After addressing the flood's source, homeowners can commence kitchen repair with the help of a flood restoration company that provides various services including, water extraction and the prevention or removal of mold in the air, under floorboards and on furniture and cabinets.
When unexpected flooding in your kitchen causes damage requiring extensive cleanup and repairs, a local Commerce City, CO flood restoration team can bring your kitchen back to normal.

How SERVPRO Helps Companies After Basement Floods

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

A basement flood can cause lots of damage to a commercial building in Commerce City. Your clients will use their insurance coverage to pay for emergency restoration services. However, it is up to you to decide which cleanup company your clients use.
You should choose a restoration business with both corporate reach and local franchises that understand the challenges of a particular city. SERVPRO fits this description. In fact, it is a preferred vendor for most insurance agencies.
SERVPRO experts have the necessary experience to remove water from a flooded basement safely and efficiently. Here are the steps they follow:
1. Drain the Water
SERVPRO professionals know that a basement flood can be dangerous if it is not handled properly. If the water is higher than the outlets in the basement, electrocution could occur. The experts use a vacuum or pump to remove the water while staying outside the basement until it is safe to do so.
2. Remove, Replace and Restore Items
SERVPRO experts will do what they can to clean and restore the items in the basement. However, they also know that not everything is salvageable after a flood. They will help your clients remove and discard any mechanical or electrical equipment in the basement. They can also repair or replace carpet, wood trim and drywall affected by the water.
3. Implement Prevention Strategies
Once the cleanup is complete, your clients should take steps to prevent future floods. SERVPRO experts can provide helpful tips and guidelines for securing the property against water. For starters, clients should install foundation drains and properly discharge gutter downspouts.
The professionals from SERVPRO know the proper way to handle a basement flood. They will remove the water, dry damaged items and help your clients prevent future disaster. Follow the lead of other insurance agencies and use SERVPRO as the restoration company for your clients.

Focus on Water Damage To Prevent Mold Growth

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

Digital temperature and humidity control High moisture levels encourage mold growth

Mold Preventions Steps 

Nature may not be able to be controlled, but it can be monitored. Homeowners in Henderson, CO, can take preventative measures against frustrating and costly fungus growth. The spores become problematic when they interact with moisture. This source acts as a catalyst, kicking off swift reproduction; thus, by concentrating on minimizing the water exposure, residents gain some command of the development. The following mold prevention steps should be used to maintain a dry environment.

1. Lower the House's Humidity Level
High moisture levels encourage mold growth. That isn't always visible. Sometimes, it's in the air. When the saturation is above 60%, the dampness can trigger mold spores to begin feeding on any organic matter it encounters. People can battle this concern by taking several actions. Run the air conditioner regularly. It encourages cool circulation and pulls out excess wetness. If that isn't enough, then purchase dehumidifiers for locations that can't be controlled.

2. Inspect Plumbing Often
Another tactic in mold prevention is to remain vigilant about your pipes. Small leaks can become major problems when they linger for longer periods of time. It permits for saturation. Look for signs of trouble. Open cabinet doors, and inspect under sinks. Signs of rust, stains and discoloration indicate issues. Call out plumbers to make repairs. Also, look behind your appliances, checking the utility lines.

3. Tend to Flooding Immediately
If an overflow happens, don't let the water damage fester. Call out a mold remediation team to evaluate the premises, determining the extent of restoration. The area requires immediate drying, and some sections may need to be torn out, avoiding excess levels of spores. Then, the crew can apply antimicrobial spray, and rebuild anything that was ruined.
Proactive owners can thwart major reconstruction tasks. It takes making mold prevention a priority. Have a thorough understanding of how the contamination begins and how to stop it in its tracks.

What To Do Before Turning Sprinklers On

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Once the last freeze of winter has thawed, the sprinkler system on your commercial property in Commerce City, needs to be readied for spring. If you turn the sprinklers on without making sure they're ready, you risk breaking your water lines or flooding your lawn. Here are a few irrigation maintenance steps to check off your list before you run the sprinklers for the first time.
Inspect Sprinkler Heads
One busted sprinkler head can cause major water issues. Take the time to inspect them properly by completing the following tasks:

Clean each nozzle with a toothbrush.
Check each head for damage.
Make sure every valve except the on farthest from the source is closed.

Sprinkler flooding is easy to avoid; it just takes time. By checking each sprinkler head, you can be confident that they will work once the system is turned on.
Switch on Control Panel
You won't know if your irrigation maintenance plan is successful until you test it by turning on the control panel. After cleaning it off and making sure the backup battery is new, switch it on so that you can set the correct date and time.
Open the Main Valve
Once the control panel is activated, you can open the water valve. Start slowly so that if anything is wrong, you won't have a big mess on your hands that only water remediation specialists can fix. Allow the water to flow into each branch and slowly open the valve more until it is fully functional.
Check Zones
You should be able to control which zones get water at which time intervals through your control panel. Alternate zones so that you can see that the system is actually doing what you are telling it to do.
Once you have completed this checklist, you are ready to set your automatic watering times. Performing regular irrigation maintenance throughout the season helps you make sure that it is continuing to work as it should.

Steps to Recovering from Soot, Smoke and Odor After a Fire

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Burned home Fire damage in a Commerce City, CO home

Steps To Help Your Home Become Home Again

Each year, emergency responders throughout the United States respond to more than 350,000 house fires. From small to big and for many potential reasons, any damage caused by flames in your Commerce City, CO, home goes beyond the char. Lingering smoke damage and water damage from extinguishing the fire are also concerns during the cleanup. To get your home back to "Like it never even happened," count on a fire damage and restoration company. Below are the steps they take to help your home become home again.

1. Inspection and Assessment
The faster action is taken, the quicker a home can get on the mend. With 24/7 service, a certified professional will thoroughly inspect the property, including areas that aren’t seeming affected by smoke damage or flames, and begin developing a restoration plan.

2. Temporary Repairs
Depending on the severity of the fire, it could mean openings in the roof or broken windows. To guard against secondary damage, temporary tarps and boards will be used to protect the interior of the home.

3. Water Removal
Along with the smoke damage, the water used by emergency responders can also cause damage, such as mold growth. Quick removal of water and drying out the home are necessary to prevent that from happening or spreading.

4. Thorough Cleaning and Sanitizing
Soot damage can come in many forms. It can barely noticeable or have a residue that smears as it is being cleaned. The odor fire leaves behind can also linger throughout a home and on belongings. A smoke cleaning service has innovative tools and techniques to salvage many of your belongings and completely eradicate any signs that there was a fire.

5. Restoration
Although often the longest part of the process, minor and major repairs will be made to ensure the integrity of the home, as well as a return to a pleasant environment. Work may include replacing drywall and carpeting or more extensive reconstruction repairs if the damage is severe.
If you experience a fire, you don’t have to live with lingering smoke damage or constant reminders of the disaster. Count on experienced professionals to help you get things back to normal.

Can You Salvage Wet Building Materials After a Flood?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

When water comes into your Commerce City, home from a broken bike, sewer backup, foundation problems or anything else, your first thought should be about the safety of everyone inside. Then, you probably start worrying about the integrity of the structure and what you can repair or salvage. Swelling wood, for example, is a typical result of flooding. Luckily, you can use many of your building materials again once crews clean up the water.
Where's the Damage
There's a lot at stake when flood waters find their way into your house. Besides worrying about issues such as water pipe repair, there are a host of other areas of your property that may need attention from a flood restoration company. Some of these include:

Carpet and wood floors
Subfloor
Drywall
Cabinets
Furniture
Electronics

When Wood Swells
Swelling wood indicates an excessive amount of water in building materials and other areas. When this occurs, professional crews will have to tear out and replace the items. This usually happens with swelling in the sub-floor and with kitchen cabinets. Fortunately, expert restoration companies have the skill and experience to help get your home back into shape in a timely manner so you can feel comfortable resuming your regular daily activities.
Wet Wood
Supply line problems are a common cause for flooding in homes and buildings. If this happens where you live, there's a good chance that the drywall and areas of your home with wood will be wet. In many cases, crews can dry out and reuse the wood. The team will thoroughly sanitize the materials to reduce or even eliminate the risk of mold growth.
After water troubles, you don't have to give up hope that wet and swelling wood in your home will require complete replacement. If you hire a skilled company, the professional technicians can salvage much of the wet materials.

A Weak Garage Door Can Cause A Severely Damaged Roof

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

A Weak Garage Door Can Cause A Severely Damaged Roof

Heavy thunderstorms often create high-wind conditions in Henderson, CO. Severe weather produces large hail, strong winds, and even potentially tornadoes – all of which can cause a damaged roof.
The National Weather Service closely monitors local weather and issues all official storm alerts. A severe thunderstorm is defined as one that develops one or all of these signs:

  • Hail that is at least 1 inch in diameter or larger.
  • Wind gusts of 58 mph or greater.
  • A tornado of any size.

One of the more surprising causes of a roof leak is a weak garage door. It’s often neglected, so it’s a potential soft spot in the building envelope.

The Weak Links
Any area in a business that isn’t reinforced is a possible weak link. Windows are the most obvious of these. Not only are they structurally weak, but the broken glass is also a serious hazard to property and an extreme hazard to humans.
Doors can be weak points, depending on how they were built. Roofs that are missing shingles or have received previous debris strikes are likely to develop a roof leak. But garage doors are a special case: they have a huge surface area compared to their frame and can buckle in under certain wind conditions.

Under the Roof
Once the garage door is gone, wind can become concentrated in the garage if it’s blowing straight in. This creates a great deal of lift under the garage roof. It’s common in these circumstances for the roofing structure to be damaged beyond simple repair.

Inspect the Frame
If you suspect your garage door frame is weak or that you have a roof leak, you can have it inspected by a local storm damage remediation company. A garage door that wiggles back and forth is clearly a candidate for inspection. If any of the framing is not secured to the wall, it should be repaired immediately, especially when severe weather is expected.
Once the storm passes, your remediation company can use plywood and tarps to secure exposed areas. This prevents further water damage or mischief by curious humans.

What Storm Insurance Coverage Do You Need?

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that your business could be affected by storm damage no matter where you live?

• Hurricane season affects the East Coast between June 1 and November 30.
• The Eastern Pacific has to worry about hurricane season from May 15 to November 30.
• In 2018, the southern states experienced many deaths because of storm-related flooding.
• Severe weather may lead to hail as much as 2 inches across and winds as fast as 75 miles per hour.

How will your Commerce City, business do if it's hit by any of these storm conditions? Are you prepared with the right storm insurance?

Standard Exclusions for Building Insurance

When you have insurance coverage, you can expect to be covered in the event of fires, theft, vandalism, and windstorms. However, standard property insurance doesn't cover earthquakes, flooding, or hurricanes. You need to add the right policies to get this coverage. Standard commercial coverage is vital for your business, but it isn't enough to protect you from storm-related losses. That standard coverage may also have exclusions for

• Specialized equipment
• Expensive gear
• Inventory stored out of the building

If you run a business out of your home, there may be issues reconciling commercial property coverage and storm insurance for private property.

Replacement-Value vs. Actual-Cash-Value Coverage

Research the difference between replacement-value and actual-cash-value coverage. If your property is damaged or lost, you want to be sure your storm damage insurance will cover the replacement costs of that property. You'll probably pay more for the coverage, but if you're hit by storm damage, you'll be glad for the extra protection. Actual-cash-value coverage takes depreciation into account, so even if you purchased equipment new, you'll get less money after you've owned and used it.

Before your business is affected by storm damage, make sure you have the right storm insurance. If you have more questions, ask local storm damage remediation professionals for area-specific answers.

4 Steps to Take Before a Storm

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

If you are expecting a storm in Commerce City, and want to protect your home and family, there are several steps that you should follow. Flood water can cause quite a bit of damage and can compromise your safety, so keep these tips in mind during bad weather.

1. Have a Safety Plan

One of the most important things to do before a storm is to create a plan. You should know what you will do if the power goes out or, if the storm is severe, what you will do in the case of a flooded building. Consider all possibilities and be prepared.

2. Check Doors and Windows

To protect your home from water damage, you should make sure all of your doors and windows are properly sealed. A loose or broken seal can allow water to get inside, and even a small amount can cause problems. It is a good idea to perform regular maintenance on your home to prevent this.

3. Inspect the Outside of the House

If you have cracks in the exterior of your house, moisture can build up inside of the walls and damage the structure of the building. It can also contribute to the growth of mold. This fungus spreads quickly in dark, moist environments and can cause both discoloration and a musty odor.

4. Create an Emergency Kit

Depending on the type and severity of the storm, the contents of your emergency kit may vary. Some useful items to include are flashlights, radios, batteries, canned foods, and bottled water. Flood water can cause contamination, so you shouldn’t consume anything it touches.

Being prepared can help keep both your family and your home safe. However, if you do experience damage from a storm or flood water, a water damage remediation specialist can help get your home back to its previous condition. They can perform remediation, make repairs and restore damaged belongings.

What To Expect When Rebuilding After a Commercial Fire

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

There is a lot to consider when a fire breaks out at your business in Commerce City, and you are figuring out the process of rebuilding. A good first step is to get an estimate from a reputable fire restoration company. A full-service company will make several considerations when they send contractors to your property to make a bid.

1. Secondary Damage

When a commercial fire has caused damage to your property, the first job the contractors will do is prevent secondary damage. This will likely start with boarding up the doors, windows, and damaged walls to prevent intrusion, theft, or wandering critters. If there is damage to the roof, then a temporary roof tarp can be put in place to prevent further destruction from weather. If there is concern about theft in the area, then a surveillance system may be installed or a security guard may be dispatched to the property.

2. Removal Services

Before the restoration process can begin, there needs to be a good cleanup of the property. If the fire department was dispatched to the property, the logical first step is to clean out any remaining water and then estimate the level of water damage. The contractors can then assess how much smoke damage and fire odor is left behind and what procedures are needed to correct the problem. Any unsalvageable debris will most likely be removed, which can help eradicate a lot of the smoke smell.

3. Restoration of Salvageable Materials

Any items or materials that can be saved will likely be packed up and sent to cleaning facilities in order to remove any smoke or fire damage. The rest of the items can then be moved to storage facilities for the duration of the restoration process.

Calling a fire restoration company to provide an estimate is a smart first step when your business suffers a fire. The contractors can provide a good accounting for how much it will cost to fix your property and work with your insurance company to make sure you have the best experience getting back into business.

A Few Facts About Black Mold

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Black mold on wall with the words STRACHYBOTRYS ATRA Black mold usually refers to the strain known by its scientific name as Strachybotrys chartarum

The world is full of mold. Microscopic spores exist just about everywhere and no doubt inhabit your commercial building in Commerce City, CO, in small numbers. By some estimates, more than 100,000 types of mold are present on Earth. Many of them are not harmful. Some types of mold, though, cause property damage and even health effects. Black mold has a sinister reputation and is not something you would welcome on your property, especially if it is growing rapidly. In this situation, your best move is to contact a mold restoration company for a professional cleanup. In a matter of days, an experienced company can handle a mold outbreak and make your facility look "Like it never even happened."

Mold Facts

Black mold usually refers to the strain known by its scientific name as Strachybotrys chartarum. It has the following characteristics:

  • It has a dark greenish or black appearance
  • It thrives in damp conditions
  • It grows on a variety of surfaces
  • It is commonly found in bathrooms, attics and basements
  • It can be controlled with professional means
  • It has the ability to spread rapidly

Many types of mold cause damage by growing into materials, making the growth hard to remove. Mold typically penetrates deeper into porous surfaces than does mildew.

Mold Remediation
Mold cleanup involves specialized techniques and equipment. Trained and certified technicians can test for the presence of mold and develop a plan to wipe out mold colonies. In most cases, it is not especially important whether it is black mold or some other strain of fungus. The process is the same for all forms of destructive mold. Powerful and safe cleaning agents are used to clean the surfaces where mold has taken root. These disinfectants make it less likely that mold will return. Workers will also make sure any problems with excess moisture will be addressed. The goal is to return your building to its original state as quickly as possible.

Flooding at Your Business: When To Call a Restoration Company

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Entrance of a building flooded Flooded entrance of a Henderson, CO building

When To Call a Restoration Company

Flooding at your Henderson, CO, business can come from many sources and cause widespread damage throughout the building. While you may be able to clean up smaller water incidents with a mop and a wet/dry vacuum, from pipe burst cleanup jobs to sewer flooding, there are certain types of incidents that require the assistance of a flood damage and restoration service.

Sewer Backups
Sewer floods can cause black water to enter your building, resulting in what is known as a Category 3 flood. This type of floodwater can contain a variety of toxins, including:

  • Solid waste
  • Sewer Chemicals
  • Contaminated mud and silt

Only a sewer cleanup company has the tools and know-how to remove black water from your business, remove damaged building materials and replace them to ensure a lower risk of secondary flood damage occurring.

Widespread Flooding
A broken pipe can cause serious flooding at your business, especially if the break happens over a weekend or holiday. When this happens, a pipe burst cleanup job may be too big for you to handle on your own. A water damage and restoration service can help ensure that wet items are salvaged and dried properly and that you are given restoration options that might help you reopen your business sooner.

Mold Growth
When indoor flooding occurs, the humidity caused by standing water could encourage rapid mold growth. Mold thrives in moist conditions and can grow inside interior walls, under carpeting and on drywall. Water damage and restoration company technicians can target and eradicate mold after a flood, as well as replace affected building materials and deodorize your building so no lingering moldy smell remains.
When floodwaters invade your Henderson, CO, business, the aftermath can feel overwhelming. Whether you face a pipe burst cleanup or a sewer problem that caused your toilets to overflow, calling in a water damage and restoration service can help safeguard your greatest investment.

What Is Involved in the Fire Cleanup Process?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

A fire in your home in Commerce City can be devastating, and you are probably likely to want to start the process of cleaning your home. However, there are several steps that are helpful to take when cleaning smoke damage and other forms of damage from a fire in your home.

1. Taking Inventory

After a fire has taken place in your home, one of the first steps in the cleanup process is to take inventory of what damage has occurred. The items in your home as well as the structure of the home itself is examined by restoration professionals. Once you have an idea of what is damaged in your home, it is likely that you will have an estimate of how long the cleanup and restoration will take.

2. Cleaning

Once an assessment of your home has been made, the process of smoke cleaning and removing soot damage and smoke damage can begin. Many of your personal belongings, including clothes, photos and electronics can often be restored. Generally, a restoration company can help to determine the best methods to clean your belongings. If there is not a great amount of structural damage that has occurred, the process of cleaning may not take a great amount of time.

3. Removing Residual Odors

In addition to damaging items in your home, smoke can leave a lingering scent. While masking the odor with sprays or other products may be seen as a short-term solution, the smoke smell is likely to return. Methods to help remove the smell of smoke in your home can include replacing air filters, thoroughly sanitizing carpets, walls and ceilings and replacing the drywall in your home. After items in your home are clean and odors have been removed, reconstruction can begin if necessary.

Understanding the necessary steps to remove of smoke damage and other forms of fire damage can help you feel more at ease as the cleanup process begins in your home. If your home has already been damaged by a fire, it can be helpful to work with fire damage restoration experts.

5 Ways To Upkeep a Commercial Roof

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Roof damage or deterioration can be very costly. In addition to the price of materials and labor for repairs or replacing a roof, this damage can also damage building materials and contents. Property owners can follow five simple steps to preserve the condition of a commercial roof.

1. Inspect the roof at least twice a year. Make sure you know about potential issues and all of your upkeep options to extend the life of a roof. Do this by having experts perform annual inspections. If you know what to look for, you can do at least one of these inspections yourself.

2. Trim trees with overhanging branches. Reducing the number of branches and leaves that accumulate on the roof can help to keep drainage systems clear. Tree maintenance can also prevent heavy limbs from falling in the event of high winds or adverse weather conditions.

3. Clear drainage systems regularly. Water that cannot drain may pool and work its way under roofing materials, resulting in leaks. Make sure that leaves and other debris are not blocking downspouts, drains, or gutters, and that drainage is routed away from the foundation.

4. Regularly repair minor roofing issues. Extend the amount of time before a roof rebuild by addressing roof damage as soon as it occurs.

5. Have your roof waterproofed. Waterproofing can help to prevent cracks and leaks. A roofing service can help you determine the right methods and materials for your property.

A regular maintenance schedule can help property owners address roof damage and wind damage in a timely manner. Keeping an eye on the condition of your roof can extend the life of this part of your building and prevent costly leaks. If a roof sustains damage or deteriorates to the point where the interior suffers water damage, property owners should contact a company in Commerce City, that specializes in commercial damage restoration.

4 Things Not To Do After a Flood

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Floodwaters in the entrance of a home Flood damage in a Henderson, CO home

4 Things Not To Do After a Flood

During a storm, flood water can invade your home and cause considerable damage to your property. However, your main priority should always be to get yourself, your family members, and your pets to safety. Once the storm has passed, you can return to assess the damage and begin the cleanup process. Here are four things you should not do when returning to the site of a flood.

1. Make Contact With the Water
Floodwater can contain many different types of contaminants including bacteria, viruses, chemicals, and debris. Help protect your skin from harmful water by wearing rubber boots and gloves and keeping your hands and face from making contact with the water. If contact occurs despite your best efforts, wash immediately with soap and clean water.

2. Enter Standing Water 
After a flood, homes, yards, streets, and other areas can be covered in standing water. Powerful winds often accompany heavy storms, so it is not uncommon to find downed powerlines after a storm. Since water from a flood is usually murky, you cannot always tell what lies beneath the surface. If the water has been electrically charged, you could experience an electric shock if you enter a flooded home. Rubber boots will help protect against the risk of electrocution.

3. Let the Water Sit
The longer water sits, the more time bacteria have to multiply. When items are left to sit in water for long periods of time, the structural integrity of those items can begin to break down. The water should be safely extracted as soon as possible. By cleaning the water faster, you can help to lessen any water damage to your home. Since mold can begin forming in as little as 24 to 48 hours, it is important to begin the drying process as soon as the water has been extracted.
By following a few precautions, you can help keep yourself safe from the dangers of floodwater. If you have experienced a flood in Henderson, CO, a professional flood restoration company can help get your home back to its pre-flood condition.

Understanding Secondary Damage

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

When you have a flood in your commercial building in Commerce City, it's hard to know what the extent of the damage will be until you get a remediation team in there for an inspection. This crew can help you do the following:

• Assess the damage.
• Create a repair plan.
• Initiate cleanup.

As the professionals are assessing your damage, you may hear them talk about primary and secondary damage. Here's what you need to know about damage that's caused indirectly by the waters.

What It Doesn't Include

This secondary form of destruction can include a wide range of damage, but it doesn't include everything done to your building. The primary damage is anything done when the pipe burst or the roof leaked. For example, black mold growth wasn't caused directly by the flooding, but damaged walls and ceilings may have been.

How It's Formed

Because this type of damage only includes the harm done after the flooding has ceased, how is the damage done? Often slow reaction time, improper cleanup and hidden problems cause what the professionals consider to be nonprimary damage. For example, black mold growth does not happen the instant a flood starts. Instead, it takes 24 to 48 hours to begin. High humidity may also be a secondary type of damage because it takes place when the water is allowed to sit for too long or is not completely removed from the building.

What It Does Include

Because it's caused by slow reactions, this damage can include mold growth, unsalvageable furnishings, water contamination and the spread of the flood. If a pipe bursts on the second floor, the water may start to travel to lower levels if it is not caught soon enough. The path of the water may be considered secondary or primary damage depending on what caused the travel.

Mold growth, including black mold, is often considered a type of secondary damage. However, your commercial space could by affected by other types of secondary destruction if you don't properly address water issues right away.

How To Dry Out a Building After a Pipe Burst

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

When a pipe bursts in your building, you need to think quickly and stay on your toes to avoid more problems. The best way to go about restoring the property after water intrusion is to first ensure that your building is as dry as possible. While you are waiting for experts to arrive, there are things you can do that will speed up the drying process. Here are some damage tips to keep in mind when drying out your Commerce City, building.

1. Assess the Damage

Following a pipe burst, the first thing you’ll want to do is to mindfully walk around your property and document any problems. Although diving into cleanup will increase your chances of salvaging parts of your property, there will likely already be some things that are beyond minor repair. Accurate documentation will aid you when you speak with your insurance company about these damages.

2. Let In the Breeze

Natural air is often the best way to dry out your building. One of the best damage tips you can follow is to immediately open the windows in any of the rooms that have been affected by the water. You can also bring in fans, which will offer additional circulation in places that outside air may not be able to reach.

3. Get Rid Of the Water

You can tackle standing water with a wet/dry vacuum to ensure that some of the moisture is removed from the building right away. Other important cleaning tips are to grab any soaked furniture or rugs and place them outside. They can dry in the fresh air, and the water in your building will evaporate faster without the added moisture of wet fabric.

A burst pipe most definitely warrants a visit from a professional water removal specialist to help with the cleanup. In the meantime, these damage tips can help you jump-start the drying process.

Does Your Air Purifier Remove Mold Spores?

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Air purifier in a living room, woman working with laptop with filter for clean room Using proper air filtration can help make sure your home remains free from mold

Using proper air filtration can help make sure your home remains free from mold. If your residence in Commerce City, CO, already has a filtration system in place, have you checked to see that it removes mold? If it does not, you need a replacement that will.

Best Purifiers to Remove Mold Spores

These spore-removing purifiers are some of the highest-rated around:

AeraMax’s Large Room Air Purifier, which can also get rid of all sorts of odors, including pet smells and cigarette smoke
Guardian Technologies’ GermGuardian AC92000WCA, which uses an incredible UV-C light filter
SilverOnyx’s Air Purifier for Home, which gets the job done for an ultra-affordable price
Alen’s T500 HEPA Air Purifier, which features WhisperMax Technology to keep things as quiet as possible
Levoit’s LV-PUR131S, which is easy to install and has a sleep mode that reduces energy consumption

When choosing a purifier, consider matters such as design, ease of use, type of air filtration technology, cost of maintenance, price, and, of course, whether it can remove mold spores. Selecting the right purifier for your household might seem like a daunting task, but a little simple research can help make you comfortable with your selection.

Mold Spore Checking and Removal
If you have not already purchased a purifier, you may be at risk of mold growth and should have your home inspected as soon as reasonable. In the case that fungus is discovered, you need to hire a mold removal company that can fully eradicate the issue. Using a professional service remains the best way to make sure the burden of removal is handled safely and thoroughly.
Reduce the likelihood of your house becoming infested by checking that your air filtration solution removes mold spores. Once you are able to declare yourself free from this fungal intruder, acquire a quality air cleaner that can assist in keeping your home permanently absent of mold.

How To Prepare for Storm Season

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

"Heavy storms can be unpredictable, but one thing you can predict is how you will respond if they affect your building in Commerce City. You may not be able to prevent all flood water from invading your place of business. Instead, plan what you will do if such an event occurs.
Have an Emergency Plan
Every business owner should have a plan for dealing with a flooded building. There are several questions your plan needs to answer:

Who makes the decision to start emergency protocol?
How do people evacuate the building?
What are the necessary tasks that need to be accomplished, and who is in charge of each one?
How do employees communicate with you and one another during the emergency?

When you know that flood water is an imminent danger, an emergency plan can help you keep the people in your building safe and help you minimize damage to the building. 
Back Up Vital Data
It's always important to back up vital data, but it is especially necessary during storm season. The main threat to the items in your building during a storm is probably water damage. Equipment that cannot be repaired can be replaced fairly easily, but this is not the case with important documents. If the information is lost, it could set your business back. A digital backup may end up saving you money and time.
Set Mitigation Process in Motion
If your building is damaged by a storm, you don't want to wait to call in repairs. A water cleanup company can assess the damage to your building, provide an estimate of the cost of remediation and give you a timeline for how long the process is likely to take. Make sure you have the number of a trusted company readily available in case you need it.
You may not be able to avoid storms, but you can prepare for them. By planning ahead, you may be able to minimize the impact that impending flood water has on your business."

How SERVPRO Helps Companies After Basement Floods

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

A basement flood can cause lots of damage to a commercial building in Commerce City. Your clients will use their insurance coverage to pay for emergency restoration services. However, it is up to you to decide which cleanup company your clients use.
You should choose a restoration business with both corporate reach and local franchises that understand the challenges of a particular city. SERVPRO fits this description. In fact, it is a preferred vendor for most insurance agencies.
SERVPRO experts have the necessary experience to remove water from a flooded basement safely and efficiently. Here are the steps they follow:
1. Drain the Water
SERVPRO professionals know that a basement flood can be dangerous if it is not handled properly. If the water is higher than the outlets in the basement, electrocution could occur. The experts use a vacuum or pump to remove the water while staying outside the basement until it is safe to do so.
2. Remove, Replace and Restore Items
SERVPRO experts will do what they can to clean and restore the items in the basement. However, they also know that not everything is salvageable after a flood. They will help your clients remove and discard any mechanical or electrical equipment in the basement. They can also repair or replace carpet, wood trim and drywall affected by the water.
3. Implement Prevention Strategies
Once the cleanup is complete, your clients should take steps to prevent future floods. SERVPRO experts can provide helpful tips and guidelines for securing the property against water. For starters, clients should install foundation drains and properly discharge gutter downspouts.
The professionals from SERVPRO know the proper way to handle a basement flood. They will remove the water, dry damaged items and help your clients prevent future disaster. Follow the lead of other insurance agencies and use SERVPRO as the restoration company for your clients.

5 Facts About Mold Remediation

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

When you own commercial property in Commerce City, there are a few basic things you need to know to keep your building safe and in good working order. Understanding how mold growth happens is a vital part of managing your property well. Here are a few facts that every building owner needs to understand about the dreaded fungus.

1. You cannot remove all mold from your building. Mold spores travel inside every time the door opens. It attaches to shoes, clothes, bags and hair. It doesn't necessarily become a problem until it starts to form patches.

2. You may smell mold before you can see it. When mold begins to collect on surfaces, it gives off a musty odor. Even if it's hidden under carpet or in air ducts, you may know it's there because of the smell.

3. Mold needs moisture to thrive. Mold growth can happen anywhere there is excess moisture in your building. Spores from the air land and start to form fuzzy patches.

4. Humidity can trigger a mold problem. Even moisture in the air can lead to a mold problem. The indoor humidity should stay below 50% at all times in order to deter growth. Keep high humidity at bay by using dehumidifiers and keeping your building well ventilated.

5. Mold can start growing on damp materials in as little as a day. Water damage specialists respond quickly to calls for repair because they know that even the smallest delay could lead to secondary damage such as mold. The faster they repair the damage caused by flooding, the less likely a mold problem is to develop.

Good management of your commercial property entails knowing all the problems that could befall it. Knowing how to recognize and even prevent mold growth can help you keep your building in good shape and help you train employees or tenants how to assist in the preventative maintenance process.

3 Common Causes of Water Damage in Your Home

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

When Mother Nature has a bad day in Commerce City, sometimes you do too. Many different natural disasters can lead to flooding inside of your home. Unfortunately, even on a sunny day you can experience a pipe burst or water line break that causes the same result. Be aware of three common causes of residential water damage and what to do if it happens to you.

1. Natural Disasters

Torrential downpours are not the only event in nature that can cause flooding in your house. Hurricanes, snowstorms, ice or hailstorms can be sources of water damage, and even fires can be a potential threat due to firefighting efforts. In any of these emergency situations, consider your safety first. After you and your family are out of danger, contact a storm damage and water restoration company that specializes in emergency services. From tarping a roof to prevent further damage to removing the excess flood waters, professionals can walk you through the steps needed to return your home to preloss condition.

2. Broken Pipe or Line Break

When a pipe burst or water line break occurs, your house can become flooded with clean, uncontaminated water. In this situation, take action immediately to reduce the risk of secondary water damage. A water restoration specialist can inspect the damage and remove the standing water, and they can also dry, dehumidify and restore your home and its contents.

3. Sewage Backup

A sewer backup is an emergency situation due to the level of contamination in sewage. Immediately leave your home and do not touch the contaminated water. Specialists typically arrive within a few hours with the appropriate equipment to safely remove the water and debris. Your home and possessions will be dried, sanitized and restored.

Whether the cause is from nature or a man-made source, flooding at your home in Commerce City, should be addressed promptly. When a rainstorm or pipe burst ruins your day, take action by calling in professional water restoration experts. Also, check with your homeowners insurance agent to see if water damage is covered under your policy.

Making Sure You Are Covered for a Commercial Flood

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

Weather events that cause flooding are occurring with increasing frequency. If your Commerce City, location is at risk for flooding or your property has been water damaged, this discussion about commercial insurance coverage may answer some of your questions. Will your business insurance cover flood cleanup and restoration at your commercial facility? The answer is, it depends. Most types of commercial flood damage are excluded from your conventional insurance policy but would be covered under a special flood insurance policy.
Government-Issued Insurance
Commercial flood policies are purchased separately from the government’s insurance program. The source of the flooding determines which type of coverage applies. If any of the following caused your business to flood, a government insurance policy would generally cover you:

Overflowing rivers or streams
Blocked storm drainage systems
Storm surge from hurricanes, severe storms or snowmelt
Broken dams or levees
Broken municipal water mains

You may be required to purchase a government-issued policy if your property is in a high flood-risk area. Your insurance agent will generally be able to help you evaluate and purchase flood insurance.
Commercial Insurance
Storm-related water damage will be covered by your conventional insurance policy if the damage came from above ground level. For instance, if hail or a tree branch breaks your skylight and heavy rain causes damage to your property, your commercial policy would be responsible. Most types of internal water damage, such as broken pipes and leaking appliances, would also be eligible for coverage by your business policy.
Flood Risk
Even if your property is not in a designated high-risk flood area, you could still bear some flood risk and benefit from purchasing flood coverage. If you are located in an area known for heavy snowmelt or significant rainstorms, you bear some risk. Water can back up behind a clogged storm drain and quickly lead to rising floodwaters.
Flood damage is often quite costly, and it’s important to understand your coverage options for various scenarios. Then you can decide whether to pursue government-issued insurance, rely on your commercial insurance policy, or purchase additional flood insurance.

Can Smoke Cause Damage at Your Commercial Property?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

Visible damage to a commercial building following a structure fire Commercial building fire in Henderson, CO

Recovering from a devastating fire at your business in Henderson, CO, is very stressful. You are likely dealing with extensive fire damage, but fire isn’t the only problem you face. Damage from smoke can also cause significant destruction. A thorough smoke cleaning is required before renovations can occur. Let’s look at the steps involved in smoke restoration.

Assessment of the Damage

The first important step is to have the damage inspected. It is imperative to call a profession as soon as possible to conduct the fire damage assessment. The inspection determines not only the extent of the fire damage, but also investigates the damage caused by smoke.

Removal of the Odor
Smoke permeates the flooring, drywall and ceiling, leaving a foul smell. If the smoke odor isn’t cleaned properly, it can cause further damage to the structure and furnishings.

Mitigation of the Damage
A professional must be employed to handle the smoke cleaning. Industrial equipment and microbial treatments are necessary to clean and disinfect the property safely and thoroughly.
A trained technician can use additional techniques to clean and repair the smoke damage, including:

Dry cleaning - This technique is used as a pre-clean before wet cleaning takes place. It can also be successful with items that have only a small amount of residue.
Wet cleaning - Moderate to heavy silt and smoke can be removed using this method.
Immersion cleaning - Contents are immersed in a cleaning solution using this approach.
Spray and wipe - Any items that cannot get wet can be cleaned with this technique.
Abrasive cleaning - The surface of the item is agitated to help in the cleaning process.
Foam cleaning - This method is used to clean fabrics and upholstery to eliminate the risk of shrinking.

It is critical to call a professional once the fire is extinguished to conduct a thorough smoke cleaning. This can help you get your business back to normal as quickly as possible.

What Makes SERVPRO Such an Outstanding Business

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

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When it comes to disaster cleanup, you need the best help possible. You can't afford anything less than quick action and thorough, reliable work during your time of need. Whether there is a fire, flood, or mold growth in your office building, you can trust a local SERVPRO franchise to come to the rescue. These experienced professionals can successfully handle even the most devastating disasters.

Your First Call

As soon as you discover an emergency in your Commerce City, CO, building, don't hesitate to call a SERVPRO franchise. On your first contact, you'll discover that the team can offer the following:

  • The team will respond to your call within an hour.
  • The team can be on-site within four hours of your request.
  • The team can handle your needs on the weekends, holidays and after hours.

A Local Touch
When you work with SERVPRO, you're not only getting a team of skilled professionals, but you won't go through hassles. Instead, you'll communicate directly with a locally owned company that understands your needs. You'll speak to the same technicians who'll come to your office and assess the situation. When you rely on a local company, you know you'll have effective communication and a responsive team.

Help From the Home Office
At the same time, SERVPRO can always call in help from the corporate office if the emergency is widespread. Local technicians can ask the home office for more equipment and supplies. If necessary, the team can request additional technicians.

The Right Credentials
SERVPRO is licensed, insured, and certified in handling all of your cleanup needs. The team is well trained to remove water, clean up smoke damage, and eliminate mold from your building. The company is reputable and well-respected.
When you need to clean up after a disaster, call a SERVPRO franchise. You'll get excellent customer services and the top professionals in the industry.

The Three Water Categories and What your Should Know

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

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The Three Water Categories and What your Should Know

After flooding in your Commerce City, CO, home, you may be concerned about the possibility of contaminated water. A local water damage restoration service can help with repairs, but the methods they will use will depend on which category of water they are dealing with. Here’s what you should know.

1. White Water

White water is the first water category flooding can be categorized in. this water comes from a source that is uncontaminated and safe for consumption, such as a supply line. In most cases, as long as this type of flooding is cleaned up quickly there shouldn’t be any need for major concern.

2. Greywater

The second category contains lightly contaminated water and is often referred to as grey. This is water that has been used for things such as cooking or cleaning. Sources of greywater flooding often include flooded sink drains or pipes, or leaking appliances such as a washing machine. This type of flooding can cause minor irritation if it comes into contact with the skin, so safety gear should be worn.

3. Black Water

The third category is called black water. This is a term that is used any time there’s a chance that the water may have been contaminated by harmful chemicals or bacteria. In most cases, this is water that has come into contact with sewage material. Stormwater falls into this category because it is difficult to determine the path of flow. If the flooding is determined to fall into this third category then extra safety precautions may be taken during clean up, as well as additional cleaning steps to sanitize the area.

The water category will determine what type of contaminated water the flooding in your home contains. White water is considered safe for consumption where as grey water may have mild contaminants such as soap of food particles. Blackwater may have come in contact with sewage and may require additional cleaning steps during the restoration process.

Teach Your Kids To Safely Escape a House Fire

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Young mixed race woman in white dress crawls on ground by trees destroyed by wildfire while covered in ashes Avoid as much smoke and heat as possible by staying at floor level

Teach Your Kids To Safely Escape a House Fire

If your home caught fire tonight, would your family know what to do? A fire escape plan should be well thought out and practiced long before a disaster can occur. Teaching your kids safety procedures for a safe escape can mean the difference between life and death in the wake of a home fire. Make sure to hold fire drills and have your kids practice:

1. Rolling
If you’re in bed, you should roll out of bed onto the floor. Ceiling level temperatures can be several hundred degrees hotter than the floor; sitting up in bed could be too risky. Roll over in bed facing down at the floor. Then, slide yourself down onto the floor.

2. Crawling
Avoid as much smoke and heat as possible by staying at floor level. Get on all fours and then lower your forearms to the floor. Next, put your nose close to the floor and begin crawling to safety.

3. Checking
Opening a door during a home fire can have an explosive effect due to the addition of fresh oxygen into a fire-engulfed area. So, teach your kids safety methods for exiting a closed room. Place the back of your hand on the door. If it’s hot to the touch, keep it closed. If it’s not hot, slowly crack it open and look out; crawl out if the area is clear. If smoke comes in or fire is too close, immediately close the door to slow fire advancement.

4. Escaping
Secondary routes should be included in your plan whenever possible. If you can’t safely get out of the bedroom, you should close the door. Then, open the window and scream for help while waving something to get attention.

5. Waiting
Your kids may not realize how fast fire spreads. Make sure they know to never, under any circumstance, return to the house once they’re out. They should understand that everyone will meet in a designated safe area and that firefighters will handle the rest.
Teach your kids safety measures for dealing with different possible emergencies. If your Henderson, CO, home experiences fire damage, call on fire cleanup experts for your restoration needs.

4 Plumbing Problems Most People Experience

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a copper pipe Plumbing issues can lead to water damage

When it comes to plumbing, there are numerous issues that can come up. Before your Commerce City, property is subjected to potential water damage or skyrocketing water bills, it's a good idea to get to know the four most common plumbing problems and their warning signs. After all, knowledge is power — even when it comes to a clogged toilet.

1. A Leaky Faucet

One of the most common issues is a leaky faucet. This may not be one of the more serious problems, but a leaking or dripping faucet is not only incredibly irritating to listen to, but it can also make your building's water bill go through the roof.

2. Clogged Drains

For those who are experiencing any type of clogged drain, whether it is a clogged toilet or a clogged sink, it is a good idea to contact a professional to come out and inspect it. Many retail drain cleaners can actually end up making the problem worse, so it is wise not to delay in calling the pros.

3. A Running Toilet

A running toilet can waste a great deal of water per day, making it a minor problem that can quickly become incur major costs. While this is not quite as serious as having a blocked toilet or stopped-up drain, it usually requires need a plumber’s expert advice to fix.

4. Low Water Pressure

While low water pressure often occurs in older buildings, there is typically a reason why it begins happening. If your property has showers, it might be time for new shower heads, or there could be a hidden leak somewhere in the building. No matter the cause, there is usually a way to restore normal water pressure.

These are just a few of the most common plumbing problems that indicate something more serious might be going on under the surface. Whether you have a faucet in the building that is leaking, a clogged toilet or drain, a sudden drop in water pressure, or constantly running toilets, most issues can be resolved quickly with the help of experienced commercial plumbing specialists.

The 5 Most Effective Smoke Odor Remediation Methods

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

Sprinkler system in the ceiling 5 methods for odor removal

The smell of smoke may linger long after fire or smoke damage in a home in Commerce City. Here are five effective smoke cleaning methods for getting rid of every trace of smoke odor.

1. Ozone Machines

These machines release ozone molecules that follow the same paths as smoke and work to neutralize odors. This treatment is fast and highly effective, but requires that occupants evacuate a residence.

2. Thermal Foggers

A thermal fogger fills an area with fog, which is allowed to stand for about thirty minutes. Evacuation is necessary and the treated area must be ventilated and allowed to dry before occupants can return. This treatment should be administered by smoke damage cleanup professionals.

3. HVAC Air Scrubbers

An HVAC air scrubber connects to the central air system and filters air as it circulates. These smoke cleaning mechanisms filter out particles and do not neutralize any odors. It may be helpful to combine this treatment with a deodorization method.

4. Hydroxyl Generators

A hydroxyl generator is an alternative to an ozone machine that does not require evacuation. This odor neutralization method relies on ultraviolet light to produce radicals that destroy smoke particles. Although this treatment can be effective, it is likely to take three to five times as long as an ozone treatment.

5. Vapor Modification

Vapor modification relies on aromatic compounds and a blower or fan to neutralize the odor of smoke. This treatment can take place while occupants remain in a home, but it is also slower than more intensive treatments.

The best smoke cleaning method depends on the severity of smoke odor in a residence and whether temporary evacuation is possible. Ozone machines and thermal foggers are fast and effective treatments that call for temporary evacuation. Air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and vapor modification take longer, but allow occupants to remain at home in Commerce City.

3 Steps for Reducing Water Damage After a Flood at Your Business

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

Black water flooding in parking garage Help reduce damage by being prepared

When your Commerce City, commercial building is damaged by flooding, it can be difficult to know where to begin with cleanup efforts. Waterlogged drywall, ruined carpeting and damaged machinery may only be a few issues you have to deal with. However, there are a few steps you can take to begin the recovery process, and knowing some helpful damage tips may give you peace of mind as you work to restore your business.

1. Reduce Humidity Levels

After a flood, the humidity levels in your building may spike due to increased water vapor in the air. This may accelerate mold growth, especially in the case of black mold. Because this type of fungus can spread quickly, it is wise to lower humidity any way you can. Open the windows, run fans and turn on your building’s air conditioner if you have been told it is safe to do so. These damage tips may help you keep the threat of mold at bay until help arrives.

2. Call for Professional Flood Mitigation

If a pipe burst in your employee restroom and caused a flood, you may believe there is no hurry in calling for cleanup because the damage has already been done. However, calling in a flood damage and restoration company as soon as you can may reduce the risk of long-term problems, such as mold growth and structural weakness. Flood technicians might also be able to prevent the spread of flood waters to other areas of your building and prevent them from reaching major systems, such as electrical fuse panels.

3. Sort and Set Aside Items for Restoration

Flood technicians may be able to offer you cleaning tips and restoration options for your inventory or office equipment. While not all items may be salvageable, having assistance during this process can help you feel more confident about recovery.

Facing a flood at your Commerce City, business can be a stressful experience. However, being aware of a few helpful damage tips can give you the peace of mind you need to begin cleanup and restoration efforts.

Understanding Secondary Damage

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

A Business impact plan What is secondary damage?

When you have a flood in your commercial building in Commerce City, it's hard to know what the extent of the damage will be until you get a remediation team in there for an inspection. This crew can help you do the following:

• Assess the damage.
• Create a repair plan.
• Initiate cleanup.

As the professionals are assessing your damage, you may hear them talk about primary and secondary damage. Here's what you need to know about damage that's caused indirectly by the waters.

What It Doesn't Include

This secondary form of destruction can include a wide range of damage, but it doesn't include everything done to your building. The primary damage is anything done when the pipe burst or the roof leaked. For example, black mold growth wasn't caused directly by the flooding, but damaged walls and ceilings may have been.

How It's Formed

Because this type of damage only includes the harm done after the flooding has ceased, how is the damage done? Often slow reaction time, improper cleanup and hidden problems cause what the professionals consider to be nonprimary damage. For example, black mold growth does not happen the instant a flood starts. Instead, it takes 24 to 48 hours to begin. High humidity may also be a secondary type of damage because it takes place when the water is allowed to sit for too long or is not completely removed from the building.

What It Does Include

Because it's caused by slow reactions, this damage can include mold growth, unsalvageable furnishings, water contamination and the spread of the flood. If a pipe bursts on the second floor, the water may start to travel to lower levels if it is not caught soon enough. The path of the water may be considered secondary or primary damage depending on what caused the travel.

Mold growth, including black mold, is often considered a type of secondary damage. However, your commercial space could by affected by other types of secondary destruction if you don't properly address water issues right away.

The Cost Difference Between Mitigation and Restoration During a Flood

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Floods continue to be the most prevalent and expensive natural disaster in America. While preventative measures provide quicker and less expensive alternatives to the cost of hiring a flood cleanup company, many property owners do not mitigate against flood damage. This results in high costs and a lengthy restoration process.

Flood Prevention

One of the best preventative recommendations for flood damage is flood insurance, which property owners may purchase through the National Flood Insurance Program, managed by the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), for an average of $700 per year.

Some other preventative methods include the following:

• Sealing basement walls with compounds that are waterproof
• Installing reflux valves to prevent drains from backing up
• Moving heat and electrical sources to higher levels
• Backing up data to the cloud
• Making a flood plan, including work-from-home opportunities

Once in place, these measures offer protection, year after year. Even better, property owners can usually have the cost partially or fully covered by FIMA.

Flood Cleanup

In contrast, property owners who did not take preventative measures must hire a flood cleanup company out of pocket. Every day the business is closed is a day of income lost, while the company may have salaried staff to pay.

Drying out the business may take the restoration company a few days, and this can only begin after the flood waters recede. Restoration to pre-flood conditions may only require an additional few days, but in worst case scenarios, it may take a business a while to completely rebuild. Not surprisingly, FEMA estimates that 40 percent of small businesses, many of which do not invest in preventative measures, fail to recover from natural disasters.

When it comes to flood damage, prevention is always better than a cure. Sure, a reputable flood cleanup company may restore your place of business in a matter of days, but investing in proactive measures is the best approach to natural disasters in Commerce City.

Why Does the Sewer Back Up After a Storm?

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning in the sky Don't let storms stop your business

As a commercial building owner in Commerce City, you are responsible for taking care of your property after a storm. You have to know who to call to take care of a problem. When you first enter your building, you may notice a foul, sewer smell. Sewer backup during a storm does not always happen, but it can. You may have to deal with this problem for the following reasons:

• Excess water
• Blockages
• Breaks

No matter why you have sewage seeping into your building, you may want to call in a commercial storm remediation team right away.

Excess Water

Storms are often associated with rain water. When there is a lot of water falling at once, the ground may not be able to hold it all. As the water table rises, flooding happens all over the area. Not only does the rising water table push water into basements and low-lying areas, but it also causes the sewer to run out of space. When the sewer cannot go down, it must come up.

Blockages

Storms can also lead to blockages in your pipes or in other parts of the sewer system. When rocks and other debris are washed into the sewer, it may block up some of the piping. This again leaves the traveling sewage with few options. Because it cannot go forward, you may have to deal with a sewer backup.

Breaks

When trees and powerlines are downed, sewer lines can get broken. When these lines are broken, you may have to deal with contaminated, black water seeping into your commercial building. A break may take a while to take care of, so your sewage may have to be turned off until the problem can be properly addressed.

It is never fun to deal with a sewer backup. When this issue is accompanied by other storm damage, you may feel overwhelmed and worried without the help of a team of experts.

The Insurance Adjuster Considers It a Partial Loss

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

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You have just had a serious fire. The flames are out, the tarps are in place and the windows are boarded up. Once the building is secured from the elements, it’s time for the insurance adjuster to open the claim, assess the damage and most likely tell you that it is a partial loss. However, when it comes to a serious fire loss, it is important for you to bring in your own expert.

Add a Licensed Professional Engineer to Your Team

The adjuster only represents the interests of the insurance company. You need someone to represent your interests. A licensed professional engineer with fire loss experience and a structural engineering background can help in several ways.

• Evaluate the steel beams and iron components, looking for damage from intense heat.
• Evaluate HVAC and ductwork for fire and smoke damage.
• Inspect the roof, exterior walls and siding for evidence of hidden damage from the heat.
• Identify areas where fire and smoke damage need to be repaired before new walls go up.
• Evaluate water damage and check for the presence of mold in water-damaged areas.

Present the Engineer’s Report of Actual Damage

This is where the fun begins. The engineer identified problems that the adjuster couldn’t or didn’t want to see. If all damage identified by the engineer is repaired, the cost is going to be higher than the adjuster’s estimate. Next comes the negotiation but, when it comes to fire restoration claims, nothing is easy. Hopefully, the negotiation will be a matter of the engineer and adjuster discussing their estimates using language that you probably wouldn’t understand. If they come to an agreement, and if you agree, the work can begin.

Bring in the Contractors and Get Started

When dealing with a fire loss, quality restoration is best handled by skilled professionals and specialized equipment. You are fortunate that a team of fire restoration specialists can be found close by in Commerce City. See how smoothly things go with experts on the job.

How To Avoid Space Heater Fires

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

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A space heater can provide extra warmth. It can also save on heating bills by allowing you to set the thermostat in your home in Commerce City, on low while still heating the specific rooms you are using to a comfortable temperature. A burned space heater doesn't help you, though. To avoid space heater fires, you need to follow a few simple tips.

Give It Space

The heating elements on a space heater give off an impressive amount of heat, but they can turn into a fire hazard quickly if they are crowded. There are several guidelines to make sure you have enough space around your heater:

• Maintain radius of three feet from flammable objects
• Don't use near combustible substances, such as gasoline
• Keep children and pets away from heater
• Set it on a level surface so it doesn't topple over

Turn It Off

To avoid having a burned space heater when you leave the room, remember to turn it off. Space heaters should never be left unattended while they are on, especially if you leave the house altogether. In fact, it's a good idea to unplug the heater when you are not at home. Keep an eye out for a frayed or otherwise damaged cord.

Keep It Clean

Keep your space heater clean to minimize fire risk. Dust and other debris can turn a functioning space heater into an electric fireplace in a hurry. Replace filters regularly according to the manufacturer's recommendation so that dirt does not infiltrate the heating mechanism. Follow maintenance instructions so that it not only lasts a long time but also does not become a safety issue.

A burned space heater can turn convenience into a nightmare. By following these simple guidelines, you can increase your creature comforts while still keeping you and your family safe. To avoid having to call for fire cleanup with a restoration company, choose a space heater that is safe and use it safely.

3 Steps for Reducing Water Damage After a Flood at Your Business

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Basement flooded after heavy rains Call us for your water damage remediation needs

When your Commerce City, commercial building is damaged by flooding, it can be difficult to know where to begin with cleanup efforts. Waterlogged drywall, ruined carpeting and damaged machinery may only be a few issues you have to deal with. However, there are a few steps you can take to begin the recovery process, and knowing some helpful damage tips may give you peace of mind as you work to restore your business.

1. Reduce Humidity Levels

After a flood, the humidity levels in your building may spike due to increased water vapor in the air. This may accelerate mold growth, especially in the case of black mold. Because this type of fungus can spread quickly, it is wise to lower humidity any way you can. Open the windows, run fans and turn on your building’s air conditioner if you have been told it is safe to do so. These damage tips may help you keep the threat of mold at bay until help arrives.

2. Call for Professional Flood Mitigation

If a pipe burst in your employee restroom and caused a flood, you may believe there is no hurry in calling for cleanup because the damage has already been done. However, calling in a flood damage and restoration company as soon as you can may reduce the risk of long-term problems, such as mold growth and structural weakness. Flood technicians might also be able to prevent the spread of flood waters to other areas of your building and prevent them from reaching major systems, such as electrical fuse panels.

3. Sort and Set Aside Items for Restoration

Flood technicians may be able to offer you cleaning tips and restoration options for your inventory or office equipment. While not all items may be salvageable, having assistance during this process can help you feel more confident about recovery.

Facing a flood at your Commerce City, business can be a stressful experience. However, being aware of a few helpful damage tips can give you the peace of mind you need to begin cleanup and restoration efforts.

3 Parts To Check When a Commercial Toilet Keeps Running

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Your Commerce City, commercial building’s toilets need to run efficiently for the comfort of your employees and customers. However, when a plumbing issue like a toilet overflow happens, it can be unpleasant for everyone. This problem may be caused by a variety of issues, but some can be fixed without the assistance of a plumber. If a toilet keeps running, there are several parts you can check before you call in a flood damage and cleanup service to ensure your bathrooms are properly dried and deodorized after an overflow.

1. The Gasket

Once you turn off the water, the first step to take is to open the winter flushometer. This is the part that causes a commercial toilet to flush efficiently. Use a screwdriver and a wrench to remove this unit’s lid. The gasket is usually located directly under the lid. If it contains a lot of debris or buildup, carefully remove and clean the gasket thoroughly.

2. The Weep Hole

A commercial toilet’s weep hole controls its suction, so when it gets clogged, this may affect water flow and cause a continuous flush. When you remove the toilet’s gasket, take a close look at this small hole. Clean it carefully with a slim tool and ensure all the sediment and other debris is cleared out. This may stop a toilet from flushing constantly and prevent a future toilet flood.

3. The Flange Cover

If this part is loose or corroded, it may be affecting the unit’s proper operation and contribute to a toilet overflow. Note how much water you find under the cover. If there is enough to run over when you remove it, there may be a leak in the gasket or the cover might be faulty, and one or both could need replacing.

When your Commerce City, commercial building experiences a toilet overflow, it can be embarrassing and unpleasant. However, you may be able to repair it by checking and cleaning a few important parts inside the unit to prevent future floods.

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