Recent Fire Damage Posts

Lower Fire Insurance Rates for Commerce City?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Commerce City responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year, and we often arrive onsite as the South Adams Fire Department is leaving the scene. The Insurance Service Office (ISO) recently awarded them with a prestigious Class 2/2x rating, a significant improvement from the previous Class 6/9 rating. There are only 1,243 United States Fire Departments with a 2/2x rating out of 49,000 fire departments in the country!

Their website notes that this new rating may lower insurance premiums for some residents.  It is important to check with your insurance company to see if the new rating will translate to lower premiums.

The ISO rating is based on three components:

  1. The community’s emergency communications capabilities, including 911 telephone systems, adequacy of telephone lines, operator supervision and staffing, and dispatching systems.
  2. The quality of the fire department, including adequacy of equipment, sufficiency of staffing, level of training and the geographic distribution of fire companies.
  3. The water system supply in that particular region.

Additional benefits to the Fire Department include using the grading criteria to help in planning for training, equipment and the need for future stations and personnel to ensure we maintain our current high level of service

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When your Commerce City home or business needs emergency fire damage restoration, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your fire damage, “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

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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.

Fire Damage Safety Tips for Commerce City?

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

A firefighter is shown spraying water on a home to extinguish a fire. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Adams County.

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.

Fire Damage Safety Tips for Commerce City?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

Dark and dirty soot is shown covering a wall. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Adams County.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

Remains of vacant house after a fire Fire damage is no problem for SERVPRO

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.