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Hurricane: Evacuate or Stay

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

Guy Evacuating with a dog Guy Evacuating with a dog

Always listen to authorities regarding whether you should evacuate or stay at home.

If a hurricane is coming, you may hear an order from authorities to evacuate. Never ignore an order to evacuate. Even sturdy, well-built houses may not hold up against a hurricane.

If you hear an order to stay at home because the driving conditions are dangerous, staying at home might be safer than leaving.

If you need to stay home:

Self-evacuating is stressful and can cause more harm than good, it is also expensive. If you live in a structurally sound home and are not located in a mandatory evacuation zone, Shelter-In-Place in your pre-identified, stocked safe room and take the following precautions:

  • Listen to the radio or TV for updates on the hurricane.
  • Grab your emergency supply kit and only take what you really need with you (cell phone, chargers, medicines, identification like a passport or license, and cash).
  • Move vehicles into a garage or next to a building; avoid trees and utility poles.
  • Unplug your appliances. If you have time, turn off the gas, electricity, and water.
  • Place flashlights and batteries throughout the house and keep one with you (DO NOT use candles).
  • Secure all doors and windows.
  • Stay inside. Even if it looks calm, don’t go outside. Wait until you hear or see an official message that the hurricane is over.
  • Be ready to leave. If emergency authorities order you to leave or if your home is damaged,

If you need to evacuate:

Do not travel until told it is safe to do so from officials. Don’t panic. Move at a steady pace and ensure you leave enough time to get to where you will weather the storm. DO NOT take chances with your life by staying at home or waiting until it’s too late!

  • Grab your emergency supply kit and only take what you really need with you (cell phone, chargers, medicines, identification like a passport or license, and cash).
  • Unplug your appliances. If you have time, turn off the gas, electricity, and water.
  • Notify your host home and family members that you are evacuating.
  • Fill up your vehicle and bring extra gas, if possible (gas stations run out of fuel along evacuation routes). Secure patio/yard furniture.
  • Secure all doors and windows. Have a plan for your pets if you are not taking them with you.
  • Follow the roads that emergency workers recommend even if there’s traffic. Other routes might be blocked or flooded.

Contact SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin at 970-618-1516 

for immediate water restoration assistance. We are a 24/7 emergency response.

Fire Restoration Certification

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

man in mask walking through hallway cleaning wall with cloth After a fire, cleaning soot on the walls of the hallway

The community of Garfield County has so much to offer, from its natural beauty to its location close to the wineries, shops and restaurants of Garfield and Pitkin counties.

It’s peaceful, tranquil and majestic so it’s hard to believe that fire can be reality of life here too.

Unfortunately, fire can strike without warning and that’s where the professionals of SERVPRO can make a real difference.

A Certified Professional Response

SERVPRO focuses on training and skill because our name is on the line with every job that we do. To make sure that every one of our technicians is prepared for anything, we have an extensive ongoing training process.

That includes certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) that covers best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning and other cleaning and restoration processes.

We don’t stop there, though. We offer employee certification training on a self-paced basis, so that each employee can keep up to date on every aspect of the business, including fire restoration. We even offer continuing education classes for all of our staff to help improve their knowledge of emergency mitigation.

The Name You Can Trust

SERVPRO has been the name you can trust for all of your damage restoration and cleaning needs since 1967. Today, we have over 1,700 franchises operating nationwide to provide the personal touch you expect from a local company.

That’s a combination you just can’t get anywhere else and it’s what made SERVPRO the company that so many individuals and businesses turn to in their time of need.

If you’re facing the effects of a fire, call SERVPRO and rest easy knowing you’re getting professional help that’s certified to be the very best.

That’s the SERVPRO difference you can rely on.

Fire Damage: Things to do until we arrive!

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Fires can be devastating, and SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin understands that lives, cherished belongings, and memories are beyond priceless. It is natural to want to clean your property and get life back to normal. Quick action can be great, but improper or delayed action can risk restoration and cause even more damage.

Remember, SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin is ready to assist you after a fire with fire damage restoration and help you get back to normal. Getting your home or business back to preloss condition as quickly as possible is our number one priority. We are 24/7 emergency response; call us today at 970-949-3235.

If you experience fire or smoke damage in your home, here are some things that you can do until the SERVPRO team arrives.

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator, and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Remove pets to a clean environment.
  • Wash houseplants thoroughly.
  • Change the HVAC filter but leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system.

Risks Of Standing Water in Pitkin County

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen at any time and can be caused by various reasons, including cracks in the foundation, leaky basement windows, and sewage backup. Whatever the reason, these problems need to be resolved quickly. Standing water in your home can worsen the problem and pose serious health risks to residents.

SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin always chooses the right approach to treat water damage in your homes. Finding the ideal device for specific standing water concerns can make the process more efficient and help our customers to save both time and money throughout the restoration. Appreciating the urgency in the situation is vital to reducing total property loss, so it is critical to know the risks of allowing standing water to persist in your residence longer than necessary.

1. Structural Degradation

The longer water is left standing in your home; the greater damage will occur. One of the most direct paths that standing water can take to cost a homeowner money in restoration is destroying exposed materials. Porous surfaces can absorb moisture and allow the liquid to alter the molecular design to warp and distort the affected material with direct interaction with walls, flooring, and even ceiling material.

2. Water Migration

Water rarely stops moving and is always looking for a new path to get to another location. After a water loss incident in your house, this behavior of water could mean more and more damage to your residence until the situation gets brought to the attention of our capable SERVPRO restoration professionals.

3. Microbial Threats & Health Risks

Mold bacteria are always a concern when elevated moisture levels exist in an environment. Mold can deteriorate hosting materials for the colonies and present direct health effects to those exposed. The longer water stands in your home without being removed, the higher the risk that you and your household could get sick.

4. Attracts Insects & Rodents

Shallow pools of standing water outdoors are a breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying diseases like malaria, West Nile virus, and Zika. Indoors, standing water in crawl spaces, basements, and garages may attract rodents such as rats, mice, possums, and other vermin. 

Our SERVPRO team of Garfield & Pitkin are Professionals in water damage restoration. We are your best option to efficiently and thoroughly inspect your home and get the standing water cleaned up quickly. 

Give our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin a call today to help avoid these concerns as much as possible. We are 24/7 Emergency Response at 970-949-3235.

Snowmass CO Roof Storm Damage (types of damage)

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

Village houses with damaged roofs and uprooted trees We are here to help

Types of Roof Storm Damage

Storms can hit at any time of year here in Snowmass, CO. 

From the rain and wind of summer to heavy snow and ice in the winter, it can all have a devastating effect on both homes and commercial buildings.

For any property, there is no more vulnerable area than the roof.

You rely on your roof to provide protection but at the same time it is regularly exposed to the elements and can sustain a great deal of damage from storms.

It’s important to understand the potential toll that storms can take on your roof so that you can guard against that damage.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the four most common types of roof storm damage and what you should be looking for so that you can keep your roof in the best possible condition. 

  1. Water

Rain is the biggest threat from most storms and water damage can take a severe toll on your roof.

Not only can water accumulation lead to leaking, but even the smallest damage to roofing shingles can allow that water to seep through into your house.

Trapped moisture can affect ceilings and support structures and it can also provide a rich breeding ground for mold, leading to hazardous infestation that can affect your family’s health.

At the same time, heavy rain can also wear away the protective granules on the surface of shingles, making them less effective at deflecting the sun and cooling your home.

  1. Wind

While hurricanes and tornadoes can cause severe damage, even less powerful storms can still contain heavy winds that may damage shingles and bring tree branches down onto your roof.

An annual roof inspection can help to detect any damaged shingles so that you can replace them and trimming back any trees that overhang your roof can also prevent issues.

  1. Hail

Hail isn’t a common occurrence in every part of the country, but when it does occur it can batter your roof, damaging shingles and leading to potential leaks as well as wearing away those protective granules.

  1. Snow and Ice

Not surprisingly, one of the biggest threats here in Snowmass is roof damage from snow and ice.

Winter storms bring their own hazards, as snow buildup can become quite heavy, leading to cracks and leaks.

Ice can also build up under the flashing, causing a damming effect which traps water and can cause leaking. You can help to prevent these issues by sweeping heavy snow off your roof with a broom and keeping your gutters clean.

When storms take a toll on your roof, you need to call the name you can trust for a quick and thorough response.

SERVPRO are guaranteed storm specialists with the training and equipment to handle all types of damage.

We’re part of this community ourselves so we’ll also go the extra mile to treat your property as if it were our own.

Don’t settle for second best; trust your roof to the experts at SERVPRO.

Redstone CO Know Who To Call When Summer Storms Hit

6/26/2021 (Permalink)

Photo of Lightning Summer storms in Colorado can be beautiful and dangerous

Summer storms can bring a tremendous amount of damage, from flooding to broken trees and downed power lines.

That kind of damage can be devastating to any home but it is particularly costly when it strikes the historical properties that dot the landscape in picturesque Redstone.

This is a community based on history, starting its life as a mining village and continuing to flourish today.

Having served the communities of Garfield & Pitkin Counties for years, SERVPRO is well aware of the historical significance of Redstone and we’re prepared to provide the specialized service that’s necessary to address all kinds of storm damage here.

Whether it’s one of the many Craftsman designed Swiss-style cottage homes or the landmark Osgood Castle, SERVPRO is ready to respond quickly and thoroughly to help preserve the village’s past and secure its future.

The Storm Damage Specialists

At SERVPRO we’re storm damage specialists. We understand the challenges that storms can present and have the training and equipment to address the damage that they can leave behind.

We combine the national resources of the SERVPRO name with the personal touch that you’d expect from a local company since we live and work in this community ourselves.

The result is the best of both worlds, so that you can rest easy knowing your home is in the best possible hands. 

SERVPRO’s Guaranteed Restoration

SERVPRO is dedicated to providing the service you need as quickly as possible because we understand that treating damage quickly can make all the difference.

That’s why we have operators ready 24 hours a day to take your call. With your information in hand, we’ll have a technician at your home within four hours of that initial call to perform a walkthrough and thorough assessment of the damage.

Next we’ll develop a step-by-step plan to address all types of storm damage and ensure that your home is restored to its original condition.

Before we begin, we’ll go over that plan with you so that you know exactly what we’ll be doing at each step along the way. We’ll even be sure to perform a thorough inventory to make it easier for you to file an insurance claim and get the compensation you deserve.

From removing standing water to thoroughly drying all surfaces and performing a complete mold remediation, SERVPRO’s technicians are highly trained in every aspect of storm damage restoration.

Because we’re a local company that cares about our community...

We’ll also stick with every single job until we know that you’re satisfied.

It’s the same approach we’d want for our own homes, so we won’t accept anything less for our customers.

There is so much to love about Redstone and so much history to enjoy and SERVPRO is dedicated to serving this community with care.

When summer storms hit, a quick response can make all the difference.

So don’t take any chances with your home…go to SERVPRO, the company guaranteed to respond faster to any disaster and get you the help you need.

Aspen Co Facing Commercial Water Damage in Aspen

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

Painted water flow with bubbles in bowl Regardless of the situation we can help

Water is more powerful than most people realize and when water damage strikes your business it can have a devastating effect.

From ruined inventory to damaged support structures to potentially hazardous mold infestation, it can all have a serious impact on your bottom line and that’s why you need a name you can rely on for commercial water damage restoration.

In Aspen, businesses have been turning to the professionals of SERVPRO for their restoration needs for years and with good reason...  

We’re a part of this community too, so we understand the kind of toll water damage can take on businesses like the Tyrolean Lodge.

Whether it’s from storm damage, burst pipes or faulty equipment, a sudden buildup of water can bring your entire business to a standstill and the longer it remains that way, the more costly it can be. 

 Restoration Designed Specifically For Commercial Buildings

At SERVPRO we understand the specific challenges involved in addressing water damage in commercial buildings.

While water presents the same general threat to businesses that it does to homes, commercial buildings tend to be much bigger and more complex.

That means they require a particular approach that may involve more expertise and heavier duty equipment.

More importantly, when it comes to your business time is money so the quicker the damage can be addressed and the property restored, the better. 

Rely On The SERVPRO Approach

Your business is valuable so you can’t afford to take chances with it. When it comes to water damage restoration, SERVPRO maintains a carefully designed process that specifically addresses commercial properties.

That process begins with answering your call immediately, 24 hours a day and sending an experienced technician to your property within four hours to begin a full walkthrough and assessment of the damage.

Once we’ve determined the extent of the damage we will work up a thorough plan for addressing it and go over that plan with you so you’ll know exactly what we’ll be doing.

We’ll be sure to cover every part of your property and identify any items that may not be salvageable so that you can determine how to deal with them and have the information you need to file an insurance claim.

We’ll begin our work by boarding up windows and covering damaged roofs with tarps in order to prevent further damage.

Next, we’ll remove standing water and any other hazardous debris and then use our state-of-the-art equipment to thoroughly dry all surfaces, clean and deodorize and perform full mold remediation.

If necessary, we’ll also replace drywall, remove and replace carpeting and replace damaged flooring, whatever it takes to make you whole.

The Aspen business community is important to us because this is our home too.

We are located at 2425 S Grand Ave Suite 2, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

That’s why we treat every property as if it’s our own.

If you’re facing severe water damage in your business, rely on the professionals of SERVPRO.

We are guaranteed to respond faster to any disaster so that you can get back to doing business again.


Water Damage in your Mountian Home

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

  •  Identifying the source

Sometimes the source of water is easy to find. However, sometimes the issue is a pipe in the wall or a slow leak under the sink. Some signs of water damage are standing water, discoloration, musty odors, and in some cases, mold. Knowing where the water is will assist you in where to shut off the water. Some homes have a water shut-off valve in the home, and most homes have a main shut-off valve commonly by the street. It is important that whatever the source of the water is repaired or replaced by a professional.

  • Minimizing the damage

While we cannot plan for when a water loss will happen, we can control what happens after. Water will take the path of least resistance. Shut off the source of water from its source or from the main to your home. Call your insurance company and a water restoration company such as us so that we can inspect the damage and come up with and execute a plan to dry your home. It is always better to have a restoration company come out as soon as possible to start the drying process.

  • Time Frame

Remember, minimizing the damage will not stop the damage. Materials such as wood and drywall will absorb damage. Additionally, avoiding secondary damages depends on the source of water and the time taken to remove said water from the affected materials. Given that we can get to your home and start work promptly, our goal is to minimize any damage and necessary demolition in your home.

Summer Home Maintenance

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Sidewalk with writing on it Summer Home Maintenance

THE TOP 10 OUTDOOR TASKS YOU SHOULD COMPLETE THIS SUMMER.

Now that the sun is shining, home improvement projects are on.

Power-wash the outside of your home.

The heat and humidity can cause mold and mildew to grow faster on your home’s exterior. Use a power washer with a mildew remover compatible with your siding.

Cleaning the Gutters

Gutter-cleaning should be part of your summer and fall checklist, but it’s also wise to clear your gutters out before a heavy summer storm hits to get rid of any clogs that may have built up.

 Sealing the Driveway

Your driveway will last longer if you seal it regularly. When you factor in curing time, this project takes three to four days, so check the forecast before you begin to ensure you'll have a few consecutive days of good weather.

Sealing the Deck

Constant exposure to sun and rain takes a toll on your deck’s appearance. Plan sometime during the summer to spruce up your deck by making any necessary repairs, giving it a good cleaning, and sealing it.

Repaint your Fence

Fence-painting can be tedious and time-consuming, but attending to this outdoor maintenance task will keep your fence looking sharp and make it last longer.

Grease the Garage Door

To keep your automatic garage door running properly, ensure everything is tight and lubricate the hinges, rollers, and other moving parts at least once a year.

Repair your Walkway

Whether your walkway is concrete, pavers, or stepping-stones, take some time to rehab and repair it in summer when you're more likely to have several consecutive days of fair weather.

Schedule a cleaning for your HVAC system

Ensure that the fan is functioning well, the coils are clean, and there isn’t faulty wiring that could cause a fire. Don’t forget to change your filter.

Inspect the roof and your home’s exterior and make repairs

Inspect beneath your eaves for loose debris that might have accumulated there. Whenever you see gunk or leaves, collect, and remove them. Next, inspect your roof’s flashing or metal strips typically found around chimneys, vents, satellite dishes, and skylights. It can loosen during a harsh rainstorm or hailstorm, causing potential water leakage.

Inspect your attic and basement

Check the basement and attic for evidence of pests, insects, water damage, mold, or mildew. Turn off the lights to check for any sign of peeking in daylight.

Source:

Blog: Bob Vila

https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/the-most-important-outdoor-tasks-you-can-complete-this-summer-52937#power-washing-summer-home-maintenance

Carpet Cleaning

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Techs using equipment Are Your Carpets SERVPRO Cleaned?

How DIRTY are your carpets and floors?  Where your children play with their toys and lie down to watch their favorite cartoon.  Even the highest quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time.  IICRC states that 70% of the soil in carpet is dry soil.  Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include:

- Regular vacuuming

- Spot removal

- Pilating the carpet to prevent matting

- Moving furniture to change traffic patterns

- Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

A good rule of thumb would be to clean your carpets every 12 months professionally.

So, If you need your carpets clean, make sure you call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties at 970-618-1516.  When calling, be sure to have the estimated room sizes so they can calculate a price for you.