Recent Water Damage Posts

Toilet Overflow in Commerce City?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

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Do you know that sewer water is grossly unsanitary and may carry dangerous bacterial and viruses that could cause serious illness? SERVPRO® of Commerce City’s water restoration technicians are trained to identify the three types of contaminated water and plan the appropriate protocol to safely restore your home or commercial business.  Here are descriptions of the three categories of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet.

  • If left untreated can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow, toilet overflow with some urine but no feces, or dishwasher overflow.

  • It May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested. Any contact should be avoided.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Call Us Today!

When your sewer system fails and contaminates 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 sewage damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are 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.

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.

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.

Flooded Basement in Commerce City?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

The Three Water Categories and What your Should Know

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Background of blue water and on the middle a sign that says water categories The water category will determine what type of contaminated water the flooding in your home contains

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.

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

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

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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.