Recent Storm Damage Posts

Downed Powerlines in Commerce City?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

Downed powerlines cross a road. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Adams County.

After the Power Outage – Safety Tips for Commerce City

The storm has passed, and the power is back on. Although the power is restored, there are still dangers to consider. SERVPRO® of Commerce City restores storm damage in Commerce City every year and offer these tips on what to do after a power outage from the American Red Cross:

Keep away from power lines. Stay at least 35 feet away from fallen power lines and anything they are touching. Call 911 and let them know.

Avoid electrical shock in flood areas. Don’t go into flooded areas or use any electrical equipment or electronics that may have been submerged. Have a qualified electrical inspector check the electrical system.

When in doubt, throw it out. If food is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer, especially dairy and meat, throw it out. Ask your provider about using refrigerated medicines.

Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep generators, camp stoves, and charcoal grills outdoors only in well-ventilated areas at least 20 feet away from windows.

Call Us!

When your Commerce City home or business needs emergency storm damage restoration, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Hail in Commerce City?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Thunderstorms and Hail in Commerce City, Oh My!

Severe weather happens in Commerce City. Tornadoes, thunderstorms, and snow all can cause structural damage to homes and businesses in the area. SERVPRO® of Commerce City responds to storm damage emergencies every year. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), hailstones are classified by comparing them to a known object. Usually, hailstorms drop a mix of different size hailstones, and only the really large ones pose any serious risk to people when they’re caught out in a storm. Here are some hailstone measurements from the NOAA:

  • Pea = 1/4 inch diameter
  • Mothball = 1/2 inch diameter
  • Penny = 3/4 inch diameter
  • Nickel = 7/8 inch
  • Quarter = 1 inch — hail quarter size or larger is considered severe
  • Ping-Pong Ball = 1 1/2 inch
  • Golf Ball = 1 3/4 inches
  • Tennis Ball = 2 1/2 inches
  • Baseball = 2 3/4 inches
  • Tea cup = 3 inches
  • Softball = 4 inches
  • Grapefruit = 4 1/2 inches

Call Us!

When severe weather causes damage to your home or business, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Here to Help. ® 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.

Power Outage Safety Tips for Henderson?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

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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.

Tornado Safety Tips for Commerce City?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

The Cost Difference Between Mitigation and Restoration During a Flood

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Rain pouring off the roof of a house Be prepared for flooding

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.