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Water Damage in your Mountain 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.

Putting Our Community First

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

graphics of words on plaque natural disasters No matter what happens we are here for you

SERVPRO is a family owned company and we understand the importance of community. At the worst of moments that’s when communities come together to help each other repair and rebuild. We take pride in being part of that process and we do everything we can to put our customers’ needs first.  We’ve been involved in many recovery efforts across the country, from the California wildfires to the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast.

Here in the Grand Junction area we’ve worked with the local branch of the American Red Cross to inspect and install smoke detectors in many local homes and provide important information on fire prevention and emergency evacuation procedures. Anything we can do to help keep our community safe is worthwhile because what benefits one of us benefits us all.

Today, we’re all facing new challenges from the Covid pandemic, and SERVPRO has stepped up to meet those needs as well.

With the launch of our “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned” program we’ve been part of the effort to safely reopen many of our communities. The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program carefully follows CDC guidelines for safety and cleanliness with a focus on addressing viral pathogens.

At SERVPRO we’ve always put community first and that makes us the name you can rely on when disaster strikes.

With our pledge to make it “Like it never even happened,” we’re ready to step in and work together with our neighbors so that we can all get back to the business of living again.

What To Do When You Discover A Water Heater

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Cartoon Man looking at a Water Heater Water Heater Discovery

If you have a leaking water heater, it can lead to much larger issues within your home. Even a small amount of water can harm your floor or surrounding walls. If you have a large leak, you may see quite extensive damage to your home. Here is what you need to do when you discover a failed water heater with a puddle surrounding it.

Examine the Unit
Puddles in the basement of your Vail, Beavercreek, Summit County, home can form for a variety of reasons, so be sure to take a close look at your unit to be sure that a leaking water heater is the source of the problem. Be sure to check:

  • Pipes above and around the puddle
  • Nearby floor drains
  • Cracks in walls or floors

Disconnect Power
With a leaking or broken water heater, you need to get the power source turned off. An electric water heater can be turned off easily by flipping its designated circuit breaker switch to the off position. A gas version will have an on/off switch on its exterior.

Turn Off the Water Source
If you have a significant amount of water leaking, it is important to get the water supply turned off as quickly as possible. Most water heaters will have a valve located above them. Be careful not to come into contact with the water as you turn it off. If you cannot access the valve safely, you may need to turn off your home's main water supply instead.

Clean Up
Any water leak in your home must be properly cleaned up to avoid substantial damage, mold, and mildew. Clean up water as soon as you can with towels, especially if it is in contact with drywall, carpet, or flooring. For a large leak or a long-term leak that has just been discovered, be sure to contact specialists trained in water damage repair to ensure a thorough cleanup.
Proper care needs to be taken when any water incident happens within your home. Keep a leaking water heater from causing immense harm to your home by following these tips.

Storm Damage Restoration Services in Grand Junction, CO

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro Technicians in Hazmat Suits SERVPRO Technicians in Hazmat Suits

Nestled in the heart of Grand Junction mountain-lovers dream. Hiking, mountain biking, and other sports can all be experienced here. There are many quaint shops to enjoy along with fine dining at our local restaurants.

The storms may be pretty, but they can also be dangerous.

Storms can bring a great deal of damage, from caved-in roofs to downed power lines to flooded basements. When storm damage occurs, residents and business owners need to know where to turn for help. 

For 20 years, SERVPRO has been providing professional storm damage restoration services that Avon residents can trust.

Helping You Recover From Storms

No matter how much you prepare in advance, you can’t always avoid storm damage. After a particularly severe storm, that damage can be devastating to a home or business.

Even though you may feel that you can handle cleanup and restoration by yourself, the fact is that if it’s not done properly, it can be dangerous and costly. That’s why it always makes better sense to rely on professionals.

At SERVPRO, we have both the training and specialized equipment to handle any storm damage restoration. We’re also members of the local community ourselves, so we understand the kind of hazards that Aspen and Avon’s winter weather can present.

That’s why so many Grand Junction residents turn to us to treat their property with care so that they can breathe easier.

We have someone ready to take your call 24/7, and we’ll have a technician on-site within four hours of that call to begin a thorough, careful assessment of all damage and formulate a detailed plan to address it. We’ll inspect everything from the roof to the basement for any sign of damage, and we’ll determine exactly what needs to be done to ensure that your property is fully restored to its previous condition.

Some of the particular issues we look for include ice dams on roofs and snow buildup around foundations, both of which can lead to water damage on the interior of a home or commercial property if they aren’t removed quickly. If water builds up from this kind of winter storm damage, it can compromise support structures and rot flooring, all of which can make a property unsafe. Power outages caused by storms can present a fire hazard if they lead to damaged wires or heating systems.

We understand the potential dangers that storms present, which is why SERVPRO is ready to step in as quickly as possible. Our main focus is always on helping our customers heal, and cleaning up storm damage quickly and thoroughly is a big part of that healing process. It’s the way we’d want our own property treated so that we won’t give you anything less, and we won’t sign off on a job until we know you’re delighted.

The Storm Restoration Experts

SERVPRO technicians are uniquely qualified to help with restoration after any size storm, with ongoing training from The Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We have certification in several areas, including Water Damage Restoration, Applied Structural Drying, Fire and Smoke Restoration, and Commercial Drying, so you can rest assured that we are prepared to handle any situation.

We have industrial-grade equipment, including powerful pumps and vacuums to remove excess water, air movers, and dehumidifiers to thoroughly dry all surfaces and Ultra Low Volume (ULV) and Thermal foggers to remove noxious odors. All of our vacuums are outfitted with HEPA filters to ensure that any irritants or toxic chemicals are filtered out.

As part of treating water damage, we’ll also perform full mold remediation to prevent a potentially hazardous mold infestation.

It’s essential to do this quickly as mold can begin to grow and spread within 24-48 hours after flooding occurs.  The sooner you address the problem properly, the better your chances of avoiding further complications and keeping your property safe and healthy.

We know how stressful it can be to clean up after a storm, which is why we’ll do everything we can to make the process easier on you. That can include everything from painting and replacing flooring to completely rebuilding rooms if we feel it’s necessary. We will even help you to take a full inventory to help expedite filing your insurance claim so that you can get the compensation you deserve.

Even when disaster strikes, SERVPRO is ready to respond with our Disaster Recovery Team. These specialists are trained to handle any size restoration job and have completed recovery work after wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, and major floods. Our Commercial Large Loss Division works with all types of businesses to ensure quick cleanup and restoration so that you can get back up and running again as soon as possible.

Avon winters can be beautiful, but when winter weather goes wrong and storms hit, you don’t have to go it alone. Just call the restoration experts at SERVPRO and trust us to start putting things back together again. We make it our business to respond faster to any size disaster so you can get the help you need when you need it most.

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

5 Ways To Prevent Your Pet From Causing a Fire

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Dog with fireman outfit on Pets should be treated like children.

Pet Preparation Measures

When working to avoid a fire emergency from breaking out in your residence, remember that there are steps you can take to prevent your pet from triggering an inferno. Here are five pet preparation measures that will reduce the chances your fur baby inadvertently sparks ablaze.

1. Reduce Flames
Open fires create pleasant atmospherics but always contain an element of danger. Place candles away from tables that might be jiggled by wagging tails or knocked down during overzealous rounds of fetch. Consider substituting electric candles, which also come with fun features, like dimmers and funky colors. Whatever you do, never leave your pet alone with anything that is burning.

2. Address Cords
Puppies and kittens chewing on electrical wires can cause a fire emergency. Cord protectors help keep temptation at bay. Pet stores also offer bitter sprays that can be applied to inhibit your feline’s gnawing impulses.

3. Take Away Oven Knobs
Despite lacking opposable thumbs, curious canines are capable of switching on stoves. If the dials on yours are removable, set them aside every time you leave home. Safety covers are another option that may prevent wayward paws from switching on burners.

4. Institute Monitoring Technologies
Install a camera to observe Fido in your absence. Using your phone, you can easily see what is going on at any time. Have a responsible neighbor on speed dial in case you detect a threatening situation.

5. Restrict Your Pet’s Movement
Use gates to bar animals from entering rooms where danger resides. Knowing Fluffy’s exact location during a fire also enhances pet safety. Quick access to your dog or cat during a crisis is essential. Leave hiring a residential fire restoration expert to repair your home’s damage until after your creature’s safety has been secured.
A fire emergency threatens your pet as much as it does the rest of your family. Inhibit your beastie from triggering a blaze in Grand Junction by observing the above precautions.

Why Choosing a Qualified Preferred Vendor Matters

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Three adults Reviewing a Contract SERVPRO a Preferred Vendor for many Insurance Companies

Why Choosing a Qualified Preferred Vendor Matters

A client calls your office to report that they have an insurance claim in Grand Junction, CO. Like most business owners facing a disaster, they're anxious to get the cleanup and restoration process completed as quickly as possible. As an insurance agent, you have a responsibility to help your client get the help they need while keeping costs down for your company. Luckily, you have a list of preferred vendors, and you inform your client that the names on that list are truly the best. Here's why it matters to you and your client that they choose a preferred vendor.

1. Qualified
To participate in the vendor program, a company has to verify that they are qualified to complete the services that they say they provide. Vendors who value their business will keep good records of certifications. Still, it's even more important to know that the staff receives regular continuing education to stay on top of the latest best practices. A company like SERVPRO has a set of twenty-one guidelines that employees of each franchise must meet to remain on preferred vendor lists.

2. Compliant
In addition to qualified staff, a preferred vendor who wants to be recommended by an insurance agent must maintain compliance with all industry standards. This means that the tools they use, the standards to which they complete jobs, and how they maintain project paperwork all have to be above board. The easiest way to ensure that these things happen is to work with a company with consistent expectations for every franchisee.

3. Professional
The last thing that your client wants to deal with is a vendor who doesn't keep in touch. SERVPRO has the reach to ensure that calls are answered and the resources to keep every project organized.
As an insurance agent, you want your clients to be confident when choosing a restoration company after a disaster. Encourage your clients to use the preferred vendor list to be confident that they are working with the best in the business.

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 Grand Junction 970-241-8181.  When calling, be sure to have the estimated room sizes so they can calculate a price for you.

Fire Cleanup Services – Grand Junction, CO

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

burnt out shed with trash at the door Big or small we will help you

There is so much to love about Grand Junction but unfortunately a fire can quickly change things for the worse.

The aftermath of a fire can be just as devastating as the fire itself, as you’re left feeling frustrated, helpless and overwhelmed.

At times like these, when you’re faced with repairing the damage from flames, smoke and water, you need to know that there are professionals you can count on to help get you back on your feet.  That’s where SERVPRO can make all the difference.

We’re part of the Grand Junction community ourselves and we know how beautiful this area can be, from the miles of hiking and biking trails along the Grand Mesa to the breathtaking vistas of the Colorado Wine Country. In the downtown area you can find many quaint shops and plenty of opportunities for fine dining in Bin707 Foodbar and many other local restaurants. 

Unfortunately, even this beautiful part of Colorado isn’t immune from the potential damage caused by fire. That’s why SERVPRO offers complete fire damage cleanup and restoration services that make it “Like it never even happened,” so that you can get back to enjoying everything you love so much about Grand Junction.

Fire Cleanup From Top to Bottom

Fires can cause a lot of damage, from the burning and charring of flames to the pervasive covering of soot and smoke and even the after effects of the water used in firefighting. All these types of damage require a multi-pronged approach to cleanup to ensure that everything is addressed quickly and thoroughly. At SERVPRO, we’ve got a carefully structured process that begins the moment you first call for help and uses state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to ensure that everything is done right.

Speed is so important when it comes to fire cleanup, to ensure that damage is stopped in its tracks and SERVPRO is guaranteed to arrive faster to any disaster so that the cleanup can begin as quickly as possible. That’s why we’ve got agents ready 24/7 to take your call and get a technician to your home within four hours of that call so the process can get started.

Once on site, the technician will perform a thorough inspection, including not just the affected room but any adjoining rooms that may also have been damaged. When this initial assessment is done, we can give you a detailed explanation of what will be involved in the cleanup and restoration process so you know exactly what to expect.

The process itself begins with closing up or covering any broken windows or roofs to prevent further damage from the elements and then addressing any standing water. Because water can lead to mold growth within 24-48 hours, it’s essential that the drying process begin as soon as possible. We’ll use professional grade equipment to remove all moisture and prevent the growth and spread of potentially hazardous mold.

Of course, fire cleanup is about more than just water damage. 

Smoke and soot can permeate surfaces and be very difficult to remove if you don’t act quickly. SERVPRO uses Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers and Thermal Foggers to remove all signs of smoke and soot and neutralize noxious odors. At the same time, the ULV Fogger can apply fungicides and disinfectants to ensure that all surfaces are thoroughly sanitized.

Restoring Your Peace of Mind

At SERVPRO we believe in restoration and that means making every effort to return your home to its pre-fire condition. That includes replacing drywall, painting, laying new carpeting and even rebuilding if it’s necessary.  We’ll also perform a thorough inventory using Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) technology before we begin cleanup. This can help us to determine which items are salvageable and which cannot be restored. With our inventory results in hand, it will be easier for you to file a claim with your insurance company.

We understand how emotional the entire experience can be and how overwhelming it may feel, and that’s why we’ll be with you through every step of the cleanup. We’ll do everything we can to help make the process of filing your insurance claim easier so that you can have the peace of mind you need.

By relying on the professionals of SERVPRO you can save yourself time and money and ease your stress knowing that you don’t have to go through it alone.

Proudly Serving Our Community

As part of the Grand Junction community ourselves, we know that what affects one of us can have an effect on us all. That’s why we make it our business to be there any time our neighbors need us. We understand the threat that fire can present in this area and the kind of damage it can leave in its wake and we’ve got the training and equipment necessary to tackle it all.

At SERVPRO we’re all about getting there quickly and getting you back on your feet again, but we also want every customer to feel as if they’re getting the attention they deserve. We treat your property with care and we’ll be sure to keep you up to date on our progress and let you have the final say about what items to keep and what to discard.

We’re proud to stand by our neighbors when they need us most, so for fire cleanup services you can trust call SERVPRO to help you and your home start healing.

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 Fire Cleanup – Grand Junction, CO

5/22/2021 (Permalink)

Starting a commercial kitchen fire Commercial fires are dangerous...

Fire can strike without warning and when it hits your commercial property it can have a devastating impact on your business and your family. At times like this, you need someone you can count on to help get your business up and running again as quickly as possible. For many business owners in Grand Junction, SERVPRO has been the name they can trust for all of their commercial fire cleanup needs.

There is so much to draw people to the Grand Junction area, from the beautiful red rock landscape of the Colorado National Monument, to the shopping and cultural attractions in downtown Grand Junction, including the Avalon Theatre and the Museum of the West.

It’s no wonder that so many families have made this area their home. It’s a wonderful place to raise a family but it’s not without its potential hazards, including the threat of fire.

As part of the Grand Junction community ourselves, SERVPRO understands the importance of acting quickly when fire strikes your commercial property. We’re ready to respond faster to any disaster and provide the quality restoration service you need to get your business back on its feet.

Fighting Fire Damage

Fire damage is particularly devastating for any commercial property. There are so many ways that fire can damage a property, from the burning of flames to the pervasive covering of smoke and soot. Perhaps the worst damage of all comes from the water used in firefighting efforts, which can lead to ruined surfaces and property as well as a mold infestation.  When you’re facing this kind of damage, you need trained professionals like SERVPRO who know how to handle commercial property restoration.

While the heat from flames can destroy almost everything in its path, smoke clings to surfaces and can produce noxious odors.

It may be necessary to use industrial strength cleaners and specialized techniques to remove smoke and soot, which can find its way into even the smallest of openings.

Water damage is another challenge in commercial fire cleanup. Not only can the water used by firefighters damage surfaces, it can also weaken structures that have been damaged by flames. If standing water remains for any length of time it can compound the problem and even worse, it can lead to a mold infestation which can cause health effects. 

Giving Your Business The Care It Deserves

Your business is important since it provides for your family, so you can’t afford to trust it to any random restoration company. You need to be sure that you’re relying on the best, and that means calling the trusted professionals at SERVPRO. We’ve got the training required to provide commercial fire cleanup and as members of the Grand Junction community, we’ll be sure to give your business the care it deserves.

That care begins when you place your call. We have someone ready to answer immediately, 24 hours a day because we know that when disaster strikes you can’t afford to be left waiting. Once we have your details, we’ll have a technician arrive at your business within four hours to perform a thorough walkthrough and put together a comprehensive plan that will help make your business look “Like it never even happened.”

We’ll board up windows and cover damaged roofs with tarp in order to mitigate any continuing damage and then asses the existing damage. Any items that we feel cannot be salvaged will be pointed out to you so that you can make the final determination about their disposal and file your insurance claim. Once these initial steps are taken, we’ll then address any standing water or other hazardous debris, making sure it is removed and disposed of safely. 

Next, we’ll use our state-of-the-art equipment and professional training to ensure that all surfaces are thoroughly dried, cleaned and deodorized. Once standing water is removed, we’ll also perform a full mold remediation, paying particular attention to the HVAC system, to prevent the spread of potentially hazardous mold throughout your property.

Since we understand how important your business is to you, we go the extra mile by replacing drywall, removing and replacing carpeting and carpet pads and replacing damaged flooring. We’ll also make recommendations for any services such as roof repair or restoration of business documents that are beyond our scope.

Commercial Fire Cleanup You Can Count On

At SERVPRO we’re proud of our reputation as the top commercial restoration experts in the Grand Junction area. In order to maintain that reputation, our technicians remain up to date on all of the standards for best practices in fire restoration, water restoration, mold remediation and other techniques. They also receive regular certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC).

You can’t afford to cut corners when it comes to your business, especially when it comes to commercial fire cleanup.

With SERVPRO you can rest easy knowing your business is being taken care of by neighbors who care as much about this community as you do. We’ll respond faster to any disaster and we won’t be satisfied with the results until you are.

Grand Junction is a beautiful area, a wonderful place to raise a family and home to many thriving businesses.  With so much to offer, it makes sense to have the best possible protection when disaster strikes. SERVPRO are the commercial fire cleanup professionals you can count on and we’re ready to help when you need us most.

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

Mold, Water, Fire Damage Restoration Technology in Grand Junction

4/4/2021 (Permalink)

servpro evacuation air fans We always come prepared :-)

The most difficult problems require the most sophisticated and tactically sound technology to solve them. 

SERVPRO of Grand Junction has always been here when a disaster occurs in Grand Junction, Colorado as a result of water, fire, mold, and storm damage.  

We have a lot of EXPERIENCE in the restoration industry, and we have the technologies to do the job properly.  

We are removing the water as well as the mold, making informed decisions to help deter any further return of mold caused by water damage.

In addition to air duct cleanings in Grand Junction, we also provide bio-hazard cleanups in the entire Aspen area.

Whenever there is an issue in the field, we work hard to resolve it with a rapid response so as to reduce the loss on your property. 

 Our goal is to bring back the normality of your family and home life by using the proper methods of remediation.

SERVPRO of Grand Junction

925 4th Avenue

Grand Junction, CO 81505

Phone: (970) 241-8181

Fax Number: (970) 241-8182

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