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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

 Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry-leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high-frequency touchpoints, foot traffic, and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for the cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties today at  970-618-1516 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision-makers on the first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. A study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Do’s and Don’ts After a Home Flood

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Underwater flooding in a backyard. A flooded home in New Castle, CO

If your house has taken in significant flood water, your most immediate concern is to keep your family safe. It’s tempting to want to rush back after the storm has subsided and start sorting through your belongings to see what can be salvaged, but there are some key safety concerns you need to be aware of before you head back in.

Inspect for Hazards Before Entering

Look around the yard carefully for any downed power lines and avoid them, along with all standing flood water and puddles.
Check for leaks or cracks in the exterior gas line and other utility lines. Leave the premises and call the fire department if you suspect a gas leak.
Inspect for any water damage to the foundation and the roof. If you see any structural damage, have a professional inspect the property before you enter.

Check Appliances and Utilities

If you smell gas or hear any hissing, you likely have a gas leak. Leave and call the fire department.
Check the electrical system and make sure it is turned off. Don't turn it back on until a professional can inspect the system. If there is standing water near the box or if you or your clothes are wet, don’t touch the box. Call an electrician for assistance.

Wear Protective Apparel

When it is safe to start cleaning the premises, protect yourself by wearing safety gear. Knee-high rubber boots and thick work gloves will provide protection against potential electric shock, contaminated water and sewage. Hard hats and goggles will protect your head and face from debris.
Mold can grow quickly in a flooded home, so it needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. Calling a specialist to inspect the property for mold is the wisest and safest solution.
Flood water is devastating for your family. Following safe precautions when re-entering your home in New Castle, CO, will make it easier to get life back to normal.

Effective Ways to Get Ready for a Disaster

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

People escape to exit door Safely evacuate your Silt, CO building

In all likelihood, you'll never have to contend with a flood or storm damage in the workplace. This doesn't mean you shouldn't be ready just in case. Disaster preparedness can give you peace of mind, and it will help you be ready during the most urgent times of need. If you don't currently have an emergency response plan in place, now is the perfect time to get your business in order. The right preparation will keep you and your employees safe. It will also protect your assets.

Revisit Your Insurance Coverage

Your property insurance plan will cover the repair and replacement costs of many types of incidents. You should review your coverage and make sure it meets your needs and accounts for all possible disasters. Do the following as you take a look at your plan:

  • Evaluate your coverage limits.
  • Consider adding flood insurance and earthquake insurance.
  • Be familiar with your plan's exclusions and fine print.

Assemble Emergency Kits
You can minimize the effects of storm damage and flooding, but you can't control the severity of these issues. Part of your business preparedness should include putting together first aid kits and emergency kits. Make these available in various locations of your building so many people can access them. A first aid kit should include bandages and gauze pads in different sizes, antiseptic wipes, disposable gloves, and ice packs. You can also have blankets, flashlights and water bottles in your emergency kit. Include the phone numbers of relevant emergency response groups, including professional flood cleanup companies.

Plan Your Escape
No disaster preparedness plan is complete without a way to safely evacuate your Silt, CO, building. Make sure everyone in your workplace knows where the nearest exits are and how to get out quickly and in an orderly fashion. Assign roles to responsible employees. Also, establish a gathering place outside of the facility.
Take the time to think about disaster preparedness. This could save time, stress, and most importantly, lives.

4 Disaster Preparedness Tips for Your Business

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Word writing text Time To Plan. Business concept for Preparation of things Getting Ready Think other solutions You need a fire preparation plan just in case

Tips For Your Business In Case Of A Fire

You invest a lot of money and time in your business in New Castle, CO, so it logically follows that you want to protect it from a catastrophic event. The extent of your fire preparation strategies can mean the difference between recovery and complete loss. These tips can help get you ready, just in case a fire occurs.

1. Address Risks
As a business owner, you can't just assume that your building is protected from fire; you have to be sure. During your annual inspection, walk the building with the fire marshal to see what needs to be fixed. Don't just settle for the bare minimum standards required to pass inspection but rather invest the necessary expense to ensure your building is unlikely to be completely destroyed in a fire.

2. Protect Important Items
After you have made sure your building is as safe as possible, you must take precautions to protect the items within it from fire damage. Back up every important file on the cloud or in a shared drive in an external location on a regular basis. Elevate electronic equipment off the floor, particularly on lower levels, to help protect it from the flooding that happens when firefighters put out the fire.

3. Develop a Plan
There's no such thing as eliminating the possibility that a fire can break out in your building. Therefore, you need a fire preparation plan just in case. According to fire restoration experts, this plan should include not only a clear path for getting out of the building but also who is in charge of everything that needs to happen during an emergency.

4. Practice the Plan
Even the best disaster preparation plan doesn't do you any good if no one knows what it is. Have regular fire drills so that everyone in the building can walk through exactly what they would do if the building was actually on fire.
You may not be able to avoid a fire at your place of business. By taking these precautions, however, you can help minimize the overall damage.

Understanding Household Mold

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on white background, fungus on white background, bacteria on white surface, mold growth on white surface Black mold is the most common and the easiest to recognize

Moisture, when allowed to remain on structural materials can precipitate mold growth. Likewise, high humidity “wakes up” mold spores that can cause mold damage. You may wonder what types of mold will grow in your home if moisture goes unchecked. The most common type of non-food mold is black mold, although there are others.

Common Household Molds

Several types of mold are found in and around the home, some more prolific than others. It is important to reduce the risk of any of these, which include:

Alternaria – Commonly found in houseplants or outdoor landscaping
Stachybotrys Chartarum – Otherwise known as black mold - grows on almost any damp surface
Aspergillus – Found in decaying outdoor matter and often carried indoors on shoes
Chaetomium – Most often found in damp sheetrock, a damaged roof or near leaky basement pipes
Cladosporium – Can occur in wet cabinets, carpeting, and wooden floors, or any damp areas

How To Recognize Mold

Most of the molds listed have names that are hard to remember, but Stachybotrys Chartarum or black mold is the most common and the easiest to recognize. Black mold growth is black and spotty. You may see only a few small splotches or it may cover a vast area. It also had a damp and musty odor, which is easily recognizable. It thrives in humid areas, such as inside a cabinet, inside wallboard or inside tub surrounds or showers.

Ridding the Home of Mold

In black mold cleanup, it is essential to remove any porous material or any wood that is molded through, as it can spread and weakens the structure. Mediating the problem also includes thorough drying and humidity control. A water damage and mold remediation specialist in Glenwood Springs, CO can perform mold cleanup procedures and take steps to prevent its return.
Black mold growth is fairly aggressive and knows few boundaries. Luckily, it is possible, with proper abatement methods to remove it and put mold prevention measures in place.

Lending a Helping Hand

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

proactive cleaning If your property needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today! (970) 618-1516

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

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Call SERVPRO in Silt When Your Healthcare Facility is Hit with Commercial Flood Damage

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Silt Healthcare Facility Requires Fast Action for Flood Damage Restoration

When you are in charge of a healthcare facility, resuming operations as quickly as possible after a flood loss event is paramount. Flooding impacts businesses of all kinds, including clinics and hospitals. Whether a storm brings in wind rain or a combination of both, you need professionals on your side to address the flooding that may take place. The last thing you want is to close the doors to your facility, so SERVPRO is available to come to the rescue.

Whenever a medical facility like a clinic or hospital suffers from commercial flood damage in Silt, extensive mitigation and restoration work is required. The SERVPRO team works with your administration staff to follow all necessary procedures and guidelines while putting setting up precautions to protect the safety of all workers and occupants. This includes both life safety and building evaluations, paying close attention to microbial activity.

Repairs

We perform a thorough assessment to address the need for repairs to the water supply lines, plumbing, and all electrical systems. We pay close attention to your power system to ensure there is no longer a risk of power surge activity that may harm any essential medical equipment in the building. SERVPRO also puts a well-trained service crew to the task of looking over the HVAC system to make sure that no contaminants become airborne.

Fine Details

Our team works with the staff at your healthcare facility to check over testing kits, medical instruments, and other devices to determine salvageability and safety. We understand that inaccurate test results and soiled medical instruments can be detrimental to the health and safety of your patients. 

Water-damaged items are removed immediately after the flood loss to ensure proper cleaning and sterilization. It is important to note that medical devices do not need to come in contact with contaminated water to become damaged. An increase in humidity throughout the building can lead to malfunctions and also throw off the balance of delicate testing materials.

SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties comes to the rescue when you need help to restore safe, sanitary conditions at your healthcare facility after suffering commercial flood damage. Once you give us a call at (970) 618-1516, we send a team out as quickly as possible to begin an assessment.

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Flooding In Your Silt Home

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Debris removal is an essential step in flood recovery, and our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties team can help.

Debris Removal Services Following Flooding in Silt Homes

Flood losses can introduce debris, mud, sediment, contaminants, and other solids into your Silt home. Much of the recovery work that must occur after natural flooding involves removing these pressing threats and taking exposed materials out of the house until all that remains is undamaged structural elements like framing and subflooring. Before any of the controlled demolition or disinfection processes can occur, however, muck-out services must take place.

The necessary steps to address flood and mud cleanup damage in Silt homes changes from one property to the next. Some homes get more substantial exposure to mud and debris, while outer lying properties might only have light residues and dirt left behind after floodwater recedes or gets extracted by our SERVPRO professionals. As the situation changes from one area home to another, muck-out and debris removal techniques change as well.

Extraction
No debris removal scenario is possible if several inches (or feet) of standing water exists. Extraction must always come before any level of debris removal, as it is impossible to know the extent of cleaning necessary until the surface water has gotten removed with extraction tools.

Shoveling
Debris and solids, along with mud and silt, often get brought into the house along with invading natural flooding. While this also introduces potential contaminants to the property, removing these heaps of debris often falls to shoveling efforts by our SERVPRO team on site.

Wet Vacuuming
Smaller bits of debris, solids, and soils can get pulled from surfaces and flooring with wet vacuums. Because the damaged areas are still damp and compromised, dry vacuuming is not going to work as well to remove the sediment.

Cleaning Lightly Soiled Surfaces
Cleaning is another essential element to the muck-out and debris removal service that our team provides, as it is often a final touch on surfaces that have only gotten lightly impacted by incoming floodwater. Through thorough drying and the application of biocides and antimicrobial agents, we can establish a perimeter on the damaged areas and more efficiently dry and restore them.

Debris removal is an essential step in flood recovery, and our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties team can help. Give us a call today at (970) 618-1516.

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Are You Actually Doing Enough for Fire Damage Remediation in Silt?

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage can affect many of the items in your home. SERVPRO customizes the remediation plan to fit your needs. Call us right away!

My Books Are Covered in Soot!

Taking care of your home is not easy.  There are the general maintenance and landscaping, along with the upkeep of its cleanliness and working order.  Even the most conscientious homeowners find themselves in awkward situations when forces out of their control threaten the home.  For example, a kitchen fire or a burst pipe can leave you seeking help to restore your home and its belongings in short order. Whom you call to help you in this process can make all the difference between a tangle of inconveniences or a fast and effective result.

In Silt, you can refer your fire damage needs to SERVPRO.  Our skilled technicians are available around the clock to arrive at your home and assess the damage.  As we collect information, we draw up a plan that focuses on mitigating your loss of time and money, as well as protecting your most prized possessions.  Our team communicates with you every step of the way so you can make decisions together for the benefit of your home and family.

One of the issues our SERVPRO staff faces often is restoring artwork and books after a fire in the home.  The cleanup process for these items is not straight-forward and requires specialized training and a high level of expertise.  When we consider the restoration of your books, we carefully evaluate their construction, age, exposure to damage, and their intrinsic value.  All this information informs our action plan. When the smoke residue is minimal, we may be able to clean your books and artwork by using dry cleaning techniques such as compressed air and dry sponges.  If the residue is substantial, we may apply cleaning solutions to eliminate the smoke and then carefully sand down the paper to eliminate the residue. Our process is not complete until we apply deodorizing agents, keeping in mind the porous nature of paper.  For pieces of art, we may work in coordination with contractors specialized in art restoration if the piece warrants it. If not, we work with you to dispose of the item with your approval.

SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties is your ally for fire damage and restoration.  Call us at (970) 618-1516 and let our team take care of you. Like you, we want to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Are The Right Choice For Your Silt Water Damage Restoration Services

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

We have the proper techniques to restore your home at a moments notice because we provide 24-hour emergency service, call us right away.

Water Damage Mitigation In Silt Can Require The Use Of Disinfectant Products

Thousands of houses across the country and several in the Silt area, suffer from plumbing failures each day. Once your contents and building materials inside your home get wet, water damage mitigation from a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO could be required. Not every leak occurs in clean water pipes, sometimes a drain line from your sink or tub fails or a sewage line leaks or back up.

When dealing with water damage in Silt that did not come from a clean source, our SERVPRO technicians use different methods. We always take extra measures to prevent your home from being contaminated by harmful bacteria and parasites. For example, any porous materials such as your carpets that come into contact with grey or black water get removed and thrown away in sealed plastic bags.

Once all contaminated items get removed, we can then start decontaminating your structural components using chemical disinfectants. One common product our SERVPRO team utilizes in category two and three damage scenarios is a disinfectant called Vanquish.

Vanquish is an EPA-registered product that has virucidal, bactericidal, and fungicidal properties. This solution has a broad spectrum of killing different types of microorganisms. Vanquish can work both as a cleaning agent and an effective disinfectant. The product works in hard water and can be used to fight HIV-1 or the AIDS virus.

Vanquish is a strong alkaline solution, and it has a pH of 12.4. We mix the solution with two ounces of the chemical to one gallon of water. We then apply it to the affected areas by either using a pump sprayer or a bucket and a towel. Once the product is applied to your contaminated contents and building materials, we allow a contact time of at least ten minutes.

Disinfectants like Vanquish can sanitize water damaged areas by killing the most common types of microorganisms present when a sewage backup occurs. The chemical can also be used to help prevent any mold from spreading to other areas of your house. When using disinfectant products, we always strictly follow the instructions of use provided by the manufacturer.

If you ever have a drain leak or sewage backup, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties at (970) 618-1516. We are available 24/7 and we can help you return your home to the way it was before, "Like it never even happened."

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