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5/17/2022 (Permalink)

You never know when water damage will strike your company; be prepared with SERVPRO!

Commercial and Residential properties, at any time, can be affected by water damage. However, some steps can be taken as preventative maintenance to assist in reducing the chances of water loss. Therefore, it is always better to have a strategy in place before dealing with the damage.

You can stay a step ahead of unexpected events by having a plan of action in place before you need it with SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Plan. 

Water damage, especially for businesses, maybe disastrous if not managed properly. SERVPRO of Grand Junction recognizes the need to act promptly and efficiently to help a company's overall bottom line. When it comes to commercial losses, our top priority is to minimize company disruption.

Know that SERVPRO of Grand Junction specializes in creating the proper mitigation plan for your business that will help your production get right back on track.

Our highly trained technicians at SERVPRO of Grand Junction are ready to assist you 24/7. Call us today at 970-241-8181

We are Always here to HELP in Grand Junction

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Grand Junction has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial Fire Damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

We provide:

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1950 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

We have a wide range of experienced technicians:

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

When your business has been damaged by fire, SERVPRO of Grand Junction has a team of commercial Fire Restoration technicians ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 970-241-8181.

Authored by: Chafika and James Landers 

Certifications

  • AMRT -Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD -Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT -Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST -Health and safety Technician
  • OCT -Odor Control Technician
  • RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC -Certified Firm

Affiliations

  • ASBO
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification

Awards

  • Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness

Preventing a Flooded Basement in your Whitewater Home

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

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HOW TO PREVENT A FLOODED BASEMENT

Unexpected water in your basement can damage walls and floors, destroy carpeting, ruin furniture, and lead to mold. As these spaces are so often used for storage, a wet basement can ruin irreplaceable items like photo albums, antiques, and family heirlooms. It is important to determine if it is safe to leave items in areas that may flood and also take precautions to prevent the risk of flooding.

Whether it's a plumbing leak, roof leak, or a basement filled with water, water damage can require a costly fix. Taking the right precautions can save you money, time, and headaches in the future, and it may even help protect against large, unforeseen natural disasters. Here are a few home improvements to make water damage less likely:

Add or update drainage. Use gutters and downspouts to make sure water is diverted away from your home and its foundation.

The easiest solutions to overflowing gutters are to either add another downspout on that run of gutter or to increase the size of the downspout. The best solution between these two is probably adding another downspout; the second downspout can act as a backup if the first one gets blocked.

If you choose to replace the existing downspout with a larger one, make sure the contractor increases the size of the corresponding hole in the gutter.

  • Install a sump pump. Try this addition if water damage has been a serious problem in your home's lower level. Choose a cast-iron sump pump, which may last longer, and consider buying a backup battery-powered pump in case the power goes out.
  • Seal Your Basement. This is a very logical step, but one many homeowners fail to keep up with year after year. Sealing openings to your basement means keeping weatherstripping around doors in good condition and making sure windows are caulked.
  • Install a water leak detection system.

An automatic water shut-off valve is a water leak detection system that will shut off the water supply to the home when it detects water on the floor or an irregular flow in the pipe.

  • Check Your Landscaping

Although plants absorb water from the soil, they can also cause water intrusion in your basement. If they’re too close to the foundation, roots may penetrate, resulting in cracks or bowing walls that allow water in. Overgrown shrubs may also restrict once-proper drainage and allow water to pool too close to your home.

  • Clean the Gutters

Clean the gutters on your roof to ensure that they don’t overflow during a rainstorm. The downspouts carry the water away from your home and if they aren’t clear of debris, the water might flow into your home’s basement.

  • Check Your Foundation for Cracks

Check your home’s foundation from the inside and outside for any cracks. If you notice small cracks, use caulk to seal them. If the cracks are extensive, you will need the help of a professional to fix them before they cause damage to your basement.

 Our SERVPRO team of Grand Junction are Professionals in water damage restoration, and we are your best option to efficiently and thoroughly inspect your home of standing water and get it cleaned up quickly. Several potential problems could arise from waiting to address standing water in your house.

Give us a call today to help avoid these concerns as much as possible. We are 24/7 Emergency Response at 970-241-8181.

Authored by: Chafika and James Landers 

Certifications

  • AMRT -Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD -Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT -Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST -Health and safety Technician
  • OCT -Odor Control Technician
  • RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC -Certified Firm

Affiliations

  • ASBO
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification

Awards

  • Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness

Risks Of Standing Water in Mesa County

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

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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. For example, standing water in your home can worsen the problem and pose serious health risks to residents.

SERVPRO of Grand Junction 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; therefore, 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. 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.

2. Structural Degradation

The longer water is left standing in your home, and 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. With direct interaction with walls, flooring, and even ceiling material, porous surfaces can absorb moisture and allow the liquid to alter the molecular design to warp and distort the affected material.

3. Microbial Threats & Health Risks

Mold bacteria are always a concern when elevated moisture levels exist. 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 that could carry 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 Grand Junction are Professionals in water damage restoration. We are your best option to efficiently and thoroughly inspect your home of standing water and get it cleaned up quickly. Several potential problems could arise from waiting to address standing water in your house. Give us a call today to help avoid these concerns as much as possible. For example, we are 24/7 Emergency Response at 970-241-8181.

Authored by: Chafika and James Landers 

Certifications

  • AMRT -Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD -Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT -Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST -Health and safety Technician
  • OCT -Odor Control Technician
  • RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC -Certified Firm

Affiliations

  • ASBO
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification

Awards

  • Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness

Common Causes of Window Leaks in your Palisade house

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

Window leaks Window leaks

Windows leaking is particularly common, and they also make it difficult for homeowners to determine what the problem may be. However, there are many factors to consider when analyzing the cause of a window leak, so before repair can take place, a diagnosis is necessary.

Main reasons that windows leak and what you can do about them.

The window is leaking at the bottom.

If the windows have metal or vinyl frames, they have drain holes near the bottom edge of the frame. These holes are designed to allow the water to escape the frame, but they can become clogged. Clean out the jams.

Water on the Windows When There's No Rain

Water droplets that form on the inside of the glass that doesn't correspond to the outdoor weather are a sign of condensation. It can be easily remedied by adjusting your home's humidity with central air conditioning or a dehumidifier. By lowering the moisture levels in the air, you can reduce the amount of condensation that forms on the window. Excess condensation can lead to mold growth over time.

Water is coming in around the window.

Often, these leaks happen because the caulk or sealant around the window has gotten old and cracked, allowing rain to enter the house. The fix for this situation is simple – peel out the old caulking and replace it with new window caulking.

The window leaking Around the Top of Your Window

Leaks at the top of the window can signify mistakes made during installation. For instance, the flashing might be improperly installed, or it might be missing altogether. However, if the house wrap isn't correctly installed, that could cause the window to leak, too.

Water is leaking between the panes of a double-paned window.

The glass seal has deteriorated, and rain is working between the panes. However, that gas that's supposed to be between the panes to provide an insulating factor is gone. Installing new windows will increase the home's energy efficiency.

 For any water damage in your home or commercial property, SERVPRO of Grand Junction's highly trained technicians are ready to help you out 24/7. We'll restore the water damage and make it look "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 970-949-3235.

Authored by: Chafika and James Landers 

Certifications

  • AMRT -Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD -Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT -Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST -Health and safety Technician
  • OCT -Odor Control Technician
  • RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC -Certified Firm

Affiliations

  • ASBO
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification

Awards

  • Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness

What To Avoid After A Flood in your Fruita Property

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Houses Flooded Houses

During a storm, flood water can invade your home and cause considerable damage to your property. However, your main priority should always be to get yourself, your family members, and your pets to safety. Once the storm has passed, you can return to assess the damage and begin the cleanup process. Here are four things you should avoid doing when returning to a flood site.

Make Contact With the Water

Floodwater can contain many different contaminants, including bacteria, viruses, chemicals, and debris. Help protect your skin from dangerous water by wearing rubber boots and gloves and keeping your hands and face from contact with the water. If contact occurs despite your best efforts, wash immediately with soap and clean water.

Enter Standing Water

After a flood, homes, yards, streets, and other areas can be covered in standing water. Powerful winds often accompany heavy storms, so it is not uncommon to find downed powerlines after a storm. Since water from a flood is usually murky, you cannot always tell what lies beneath the surface. If the water has been electrically charged, you could experience an electric shock if you enter a flooded home. Rubber boots will help protect against the risk of electrocution.

Use appliances

Use extreme caution when returning to your home after a flood. Appliances that may have been flooded pose a risk of shock or fire. Do not use any devices, heating, pressure, or sewage system until electrical components have been thoroughly cleaned, dried, and inspected by a qualified electrician. By following a few precautions, you can help keep yourself safe from the dangers of floodwater.

Let the Water Sit

The longer water sits, the more time bacteria have to multiply. When items are left to sit in water for long periods, the structural integrity of those items can begin to break down. Therefore the water should be safely extracted as soon as possible. By cleaning the water faster, you can help lessen any water damage to your home. Since mold can begin forming in as little as 24 to 48 hours, it is essential to start the drying process as soon as the water has been extracted.

If you have experienced a flood or water damage in Redlands, Colorado, a professional flood restoration company can help get your home back to its pre-flood condition. Give SERVPRO of Grand Junction a call at 970-241-8181.

Authored by: Chafika and James Landers

Certifications

  • AMRT -Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD -Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT -Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST -Health and safety Technician
  • OCT -Odor Control Technician
  • RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC -Certified Firm

Affiliations

  • ASBO
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification

Awards

  • Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness

What to do before a Flood

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

Flood Sign Flood Sign

Flooding is the most common and most destructive type of natural disaster. Although floods are often associated with overflowing rivers and sea swells accompanying tropical storms, they can happen in areas far from a body of water. As a result, cities can become flooded during periods of heavy rain. Therefore, if you live in an area prone to flooding, preparing for a flood should be part of your preparedness plan.

Here are our suggestions on how to prepare for a flood.

Get Flood Insurance

Many people find out they are at risk for flooding too late, and, even worse, their property insurance does not cover flood damage.

In fact, according to the National Flood Insurance Program, flooding occurs in every state, and 25% of all floods occur in low-to-moderate risk areas.

Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. Homeowner's insurance policies do not cover flooding. Instead, it typically takes up to 30 days for an approach to effect, so the time to buy is well before a disaster.

Know Your Risk for Floods

To be protected against floods, it is essential to know your area's risks. Visit FEMA's Flood Map Service Center to learn the types of flood risk in your area. You can also sign up for your community's warning systems like EAS & NOAA.

Prepare for a Flood

Make a plan for your household, including your pets, so that you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what you will need to protect yourselves from flooding. Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response. Gather supplies, including non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, and water for several days if you must leave immediately or services are off in your area. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

 Make a household inventory.

Save copies of birth certificates, passports, medical records, and insurance papers in a safe, dry place. Keep original documents in a watertight safety deposit box—store valuables where they won't get damaged. 

Our SERVPRO team of Grand Junction is prepared for any storm damage emergency. Our highly trained restoration technicians are ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 970-241-8181. We'll restore your storm damage in The High Rockies, and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Authored by: Chafika and James Landers

Certifications

  • AMRT -Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD -Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT -Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST -Health and safety Technician
  • OCT -Odor Control Technician
  • RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC -Certified Firm

Affiliations

  • ASBO
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification

Awards

  • Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness

Commercial Fires in Mesa County

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

Building on Fire Building on Fire

Even with the best fire prevention training and protocols and fire suppression systems, fires can still happen. Fire can pose a severe threat to human life, property, and assets in commercial spaces. 

SERVPRO of Grand Junction wants to share the following information about commercial fires and how safety equipment helps to lessen the damage and can assist in preventing any bodily injury. According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), one of the most common causes of commercial fires is electrical and lighting equipment. This type of fire is not easily predicted, as the lighting equipment can look excellent outside your place of business.

  • There should always be a fire extinguisher in reach inside of a commercial building, and they must be checked annually to ensure they are in working order.
  • If there is a lot of smoke inside the building, cover your mouth and nose and do your best not to inhale any of it.
  • Building sprinklers should be examined and tested every five years.
  • If an office building is on fire, exit the building immediately and do not try to fight the fire yourself.
  • Wet pipe sprinklers installed in the ceilings of commercial buildings are very effective in helping to fight fires.

If a commercial building in Mesa County does catch fire, rest assured that SERVPRO of Grand Junction is prepared to help clean up any fire damage the building/area has sustained and make it "Like it never even happened''. Contact us today at 970-241-8181.

Authored by: Chafika and James Landers

Certifications

  • AMRT -Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD -Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT -Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP -Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT -Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST -Health and safety Technician
  • OCT -Odor Control Technician
  • RRRP -Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC -Certified Firm

Affiliations

  • ASBO
  • EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification

Awards

  • Emergency Ready Plan Preparedness

Signs of a Busted Water Pipe in your Loma home

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

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While the most obvious sign of a burst pipe is a massive water leak, there are symptoms of a burst pipe that homeowners may notice before severe water damage occurs. Watch out for common signs of a pipe burst, which include:

If you notice any of the following signs of a busted water pipe, call a professional SERVPRO of Grand Junction.

Fluctuating Water Pressure

When water pressure begins to fluctuate, it might be a busted pipe somewhere in the house. Pressure changes are complex on your home's plumbing system, and they can damage pipe fittings.

Noises in the Walls

If it isn't running somewhere in the house, you shouldn't hear the water. If you notice hissing or gurgling noises inside the walls, you probably hear water reacting to fluctuating pressure in leaky pipes. The sounds tend to be louder in lines with small diameters.

Discolored, Smelly Water

When water pipes burst in the ground, dirt and other contaminants can get into the water. Over time, an undiscovered burst pipe will rust. The rust particles give the water a brownish tint. Additionally, the rust sets up a breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause significant health issues. If the water smells like rotten eggs, that could be a sign of leaking sewage.

Water Marks

Most pipes run behind the walls, and if they're leaking or burst, they can leave marks on the wall. You may also notice the dampness on the walls or squishy parts.

Mold

Excess moisture caused by a burst pipe can cause mold problems. However, if you notice an excessive amount of mold or mildew, it's time to call a professional to investigate and diagnose the problem.

Your water bill is suddenly spiking.

Small drips from faucets can waste more than 100 gallons of water a year. If your water bill is suddenly out of control without significant shifts in use, you may have a pipe leaking into your home's ground or another area.

If your home falls victim to a water emergency, you must act quickly to limit the damage done. Time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO of Grand Junction at 970-241-8181

Steps to Follow After a House Fire

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

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What to Do After a House Fire

There are so many emotions and questions following a house fire that it’s hard to know what to do next - who do you call, where do you begin, and when is it safe to reenter your home? There is hope for recovery, a new life, and a restored house, and SERVPRO of Grand Junction is here to help. We understand 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.

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

  • Stay out of fire-damaged homes until local fire authorities say it is safe to re-enter.
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from 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 completely 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.
  • Let friends and family know you’re safe.

Remember, SERVPRO of Grand Junction is ready to assist you after a fire with fire damage restoration and help you get back to normal. Our number one priority is getting your home or business back to preloss condition as quickly as possible. We are a 24/7 emergency response. Call us today at 970-241-8181.