Water Problems You May Find in Your Office Building
As a business leader, you’ve got enough to worry about with your day-to-day operations that you don’t want to think about problems with your facility. However, it’s not uncommon for Garfield & Pitkin Counties, companies to contend with leaking pipes or other matters that can lead to flooding and water damage. It’s important to identify the causes of these potential disasters and troubling incidents so you can prevent them and more effectively clean them up.
In some cases, something such as a toilet backup or a slow leak in a pipe will only cause minor concerns in a bathroom or break room. However, if these things go undetected, you could face significant financial consequences or even potential interruptions to your business.
- Flooding could damage or ruin the carpet, drywall, ceiling tile, furniture, or electronics.
- Water damage could create an unsafe environment for employees.
- Water damage may not be covered by your insurance.
The Gradual Issues
Leaking pipes could drip water onto floors or into the walls of your office over a long period of time without you even realizing it. Over the course of months or even years, this can rot away the drywall or subfloor. This problem could even encourage the growth of mold or other fungal development.
A Sudden Rush
If your building is aging, you may need to take a look at the plumbing system and make sure the pipes are still in good shape. A pipe break could expel large amounts of water into your facility, which could result in significant flooding. Even if you react quickly to this incident, you could still face heavy costs and loss of equipment and supplies.
A weak roof or poor foundation could be vulnerable if heavy rain hit during a thunderstorm. Leaking pipes will put water on your floor slowly, but severe weather could inundate you with too much to handle.
If any of these events occur in your building, you know where to turn. Contact a commercial water damage specialist immediately.
Smoke and Soot Damage
We are the Restoration Experts
Smoke and soot damage from a fire can almost be as devastating as a fire itself. Luckily you don’t lose your items like in a fire, but the smoke damage caused to the items in your household can and will linger if not taken care of properly. SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties has the proper mitigation tools to take care of this for you. Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties is on-call 24/7 for all your emergency restoration needs if you have a fire on the weekend or at night we are here for you, give us a call at (970) 618-1516
24/7 Fire Damage Company
Fire damage does not have a set time that it occurs. It typically happens when you least expect it. When that does happen, you need a 24/7 fire damage company to come to you and your family’s rescue. That’s what the heroes at SERVPRO of Garfield and Pitkin Counties do on a daily basis. We are available 24 hours of the day (including holidays), 7 days a week for your emergency needs. We’re Here to Help and to make that fire damage at your residential or commercial property "Like it never even happened."®
Have you ever been on vacation, soaking up the rays, playing in the sand, enjoying that quality family time together on the beach? Then, you receive a phone call from your neighbor notifying you of that fire at your place? Or, perhaps, you’re at work, completing all your to-do items, exceeding all your goals, receiving compliments from your boss about the fantastic job you’re doing, telling you you’re a valuable asset? You’re just having a winning day. Then, you go home for lunch and, surprise, a fire in your kitchen. As you can see, fires can happen at the least unlikely time.
When your home or business is hit with a fire, it’s vital you know what to do. Here are some fire damage emergency tips for you:
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Keep hands clean so you don’t 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 HVAC filter.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
Our experienced and qualified heroes are faster to any size disaster and can get your property back to Like it never even happened.® We’re dedicated to responding immediately -- day or night -- to your home or business. A faster response helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce costs.
If you have a fire at your home or business and need a 24/7 fire damage company, you can rely on SERVPRO of Garfield and Pitkin Counties. We are your local professional fire damage repair and restoration specialists. Will you give us your next restoration job? We’re just a click away and/or phone call away. Call (970) 618-1516.
FIRELINE Contents Restoration - Our New System!
Trust the experts at SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties to professionally clean your contents with precision and care!
SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties has recently adopted the FIRELINE system, which has become the most widely used contents restoration production system in the industry. We are always looking for the best tools in the industry to satisfy our customer’s needs and provide them with the best results possible.
What is FIRELINE?
The FIRELINE Contents Restoration cleaning system is designed to thoroughly clean contents affected by soot damage, smoke damage, and other contaminants. This state-of-the-art, stainless steel construction delivers the ultimate in durability and efficiency while utilizing the latest advancements in ultrasonic technology. FIRELINE provides consistent, high-quality cleaning results and high-volume production. It also comes equipped with specifically crafted contents baskets to cut down on damages caused by manually handling contents.
The Four Stations
The FIRELINE production system includes APW 4800 Pre-washer, APC 4800 Ultrasonic Cleaners, and Oversize RDS 4800 Rinse Detail Station. Each of these units can accommodate three contents baskets simultaneously. The system also includes the TD 8000 High Volume Tunnel Dryer. Designed to keep up with FIRELINE’s high flow production rate, the Tunnel Dryer accommodates up to four contents baskets at a time.
After cleaning the affected contents, each item is carefully wrapped and placed in a specifically labeled box to be delivered back to the customer. Trust the experts at SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties to professionally clean your contents with precision and care!
9 Water Damage Prevention Tips Every Homeowners Should Follow
“Water wears away mountains”, so when it enters your home it can cause extensive structural damages, such as wood rot and mold growth.
But by regularly checking appliances and doing basic household chores you can avoid expensive water damage problems that can drain your wallet.
Don’t get flooded with repair bills. Be proactive and follow these easy water damage prevention tips.
1. Regularly Inspect Your Appliances
Any appliance or pipe that’s connected to a water supply line has a chance of springing a leak or bursting.
Since all appliances have a limited lifespan, it’s important to regularly check your fridges, dishwashers, water heaters, ac units, showers, and other related fixtures for signs of failure.
Other than a puddle of water on the floor, here are some other signs that your appliances might be on the fritz:
- Sounds of water running even though nothing is turned on
- Unpleasant odors coming from floors, walls, or drains
- Reduced water pressure
- Mold growing around the appliance
Because many appliances rely on hoses, worn out hoses are a common culprit behind water damage problems. Replace any brittle, rusty, leaking, or damaged hoses as soon as you notice them.
Hoses are relatively cheap, so this is an easy, proactive repair solution that won’t break the bank. You should use the highest quality hose replacements to increase the lifespan of your appliances.
2. Don’t Ignore Leaks
Water doesn’t like to sit in one place. It likes to travel, especially through porous materials like drywall, carpeting, and underneath floorboards.
If a leak is left untreated it can lead to mold growth, staining, and damage to walls and flooring. The faster you address a leak, the less damage there will be and the more likely it will be that your insurance company will accept your water damage claim.
If you have a leaking pipe, apply quick repairs following these steps and then call out a trusted plumber to inspect the problem:
- This is a water supply valve on a toilet. Turn it clockwise to shut off the water supply.
- Most water-based appliances have a water supply valve connected to it that allows you to shut off the water supply at that fixture without turning off the water to the entire house.
- Turn the handle clockwise to shut off the water supply valve.
- Turn on the faucets to release the remaining water that’s left in the pipe.
- Wipe down the pipe and allow it to dry.
- Patch up any cracks using epoxy putty. Wrap the putty up around the leaking area. You can purchase epoxy putty at any hardware store.
A quick fix like this can get you by until you call a plumber to apply permanent repairs, but you shouldn’t rely on it to provide long-term water damage protection.
3. Watch Your Water Bill
Many pipes are hidden in walls and underneath subflooring, making it hard to know if there’s a leak or not.
A 1/8 inch crack in a pipe (for reference, that’s about the size of your pinky nail) can waste up to 250 gallons of water per day!!!
If you get an unusually high water bill, you might have a leaking or malfunctioning appliance in your house.
You can also read your water meter to check for leaks.
Most meters are located near the curb by your house and are typically located within a concrete box marked “water”.
You can pry open the lid by using a screwdriver or pliers.
Before you read it, turn off all the taps in your house. If the dial is still turning then that means you have a leak somewhere.
4. Consider Purchasing a Water Detection Device
A water detection alarm is a device that’s designed to go off when it’s sensor comes into contact with water.
Some of them even come with an auto-shutoff function, that will automatically turn the water supply off if it detects a large amount of water that has escaped.
Install them near pipes or appliances such as water heaters, washing machines, or fridges.
These devices can help prevent little leaks from becoming big water damage emergencies.
5. Know Where Your Water Main Valve Is & Turn It Off Before Leaving Town
Every homeowner should always know where to locate their water main supply valve is in case of a plumbing emergency, such as a burst pipe.
Turning off the main valve will cut off your home’s entire water supply.
The valve location varies on the design of the house. Check out these three places:
- If you have a basement or crawlspace, the valve will be on an outside wall.
- If your house is built on a slab, it will be located on a wall in the garage or near a water heater.
- Your valve might also be located in the water meter box near the curb marked “water”.
If the valve is located within your house, simply turn the valve clockwise to stop the water.
If the valve is located outside your house, use a wrench or a screwdriver to pry open the water meter box. Use the wrench to turn the valve clockwise.
There’s nothing worse than going on a nice vacation only to come home and find your house has been turned into a water park.
If you’re going out of town, turn off the water main to prevent broken faucets and pipes from wreaking havoc on your house while you’re away.
6. Winter Is Coming. Are You Prepared?
Every winter there’s a chance of your pipes freezing, regardless if you live in a colder or warmer region.
When pipes freeze, the water inside them turns into ice and expands. As the ice expands, it creates pressure which causes the pipe to burst.
The pipes most susceptible to freezing are in the low insulated areas of your home, such as the attic or crawlspace. Check this area of the home out and see if you’re pipes are vulnerable.
If you need to add insulation, make sure to follow all directions and wear the necessary protective equipment, especially when dealing with fiberglass insulation.
If you have exposed pipes, consider installing insulation products, such as a “pipe sleeve” or “heat tape”.
During the winter, remember to keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to reach pipes and don’t fiddle with the thermostat. You might be tempted to turn the thermostat down during the night to save on heating bills, but this drop in temperature can cause your pipes to freeze.
7. Roof Maintenance
The roof is your main line of defense against the elements, so it’s important to maintain it.
Get up on the roof every 6 months, and especially after a storm, to check for vulnerabilities or damages.
Here’s what to look for: broken shingles, built-up debris from trees, cracked flashing or roof vents. Roof repair is not a DIY job, especially if the surface is wet or slick. In this instance, it’s best to call a storm damage repair company that has the proper safety equipment and licenses.
8. Do Your Chores & Clean Out the Gutters.
Nobody wants to get up and clean the gunk out of the gutters. We get it. But it’s an important chore, especially if you want to prevent water damage problems.
The gutter’s main purpose is to collect excess water off the roof and direct it away from your property.
When the gutters get clogged, water overflows down the side of your house or into your basement instead of away from your property.
This can lead to foundation damage, yard damage, and roof leaks.
You should clean your gutters once a year or after severe storms.
Get a ladder and use a scoop or shovel to remove debris from the gutters. Dispose of any debris in a trash bag or plastic tarp.
After you’ve cleaned out all the gunk, flush your gutters out with a garden hose.
9. Be Careful When Planting Trees
Know where major pipelines are located before you plant trees. Trees will grow towards the nearest water source and will easily break pipes apart in order to access the water inside.
There are companies that will mark the location of your sewer line if you don’t know how to find it.
Some tree roots grow more aggressively than others and are more likely to damage your sewer lines. Consult with a landscaper to choose a tree that won’t harm your property.
Need Water Damage Help?
Preventing Water Damage is one of the most important investments you can make as a homeowner.
However, sometimes leaks unexpectedly happen and there’s nothing you can really do about it.
If you live in Garfield and Pitkin Counties and need water damage help, contact SERVPRO at (970) 618-1516
Our trained High Rockies crew will respond to your call within immediately to begin the process of drying and repairs.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program
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
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
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
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
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.