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9/14/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO provides the unique combination of a nationally known reputation with the singular expertise of locally owned franchises. That makes us perfectly suited to provide the personal touch in the communities we serve.

At SERVPRO of Grand Junction...

We take great pride in reaching out and helping our neighbors when they need us most

We’ve put that dedication to community into practice with a number of activities, including working with the local branch of the American Red Cross to inspect and install smoke detectors in many local homes.

At the same time, we provided important information on fire prevention and emergency evacuation procedures. The ultimate goal is keeping our community safe and we’ll do whatever we can to make that happen.

Safety has taken on a whole new meaning with the COVID pandemic, and SERVPRO is responding to that call as well.

Our “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned” program follows all CDC guidelines for safety and cleaning with a particular focus on addressing viral pathogens.

When we finish a job and apply that “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned” shield, you and everyone else who enters the property can breathe easy knowing it’s completely safe.

When disaster strikes, SERVPRO is ready. We’re proud to have the training, expertise and equipment to handle any size job and we won’t finish until we know you’re satisfied.

We make it our business to get the local community back up on its feet again because that’s what it means to be a good neighbor.

A Water Damage Restoration Checklist For Storms

9/11/2021 (Permalink)

a pile of air movers on a carpet We are ready for any water damage dry out

The Grand Junction area is a nature lover’s paradise, with plenty of hiking and biking trails, several parks including Highline Lake State Park and many other activities to enjoy. It’s no wonder so many visitors are drawn here regularly.

Unfortunately, life here isn’t without its potential problems, among them water damage from storms. With a sudden storm, water can build up quickly and cause plenty of damage to your home or business.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Grand Junction are prepared to handle any water related emergency from any kind of storm with operators standing by to take your call 24/7.

Once we’re on hand, we’ll proceed through our thorough water damage restoration process, following a specific Water Damage checklist for storms to make sure all the bases are covered:

  1. Identify the Source and Type of Water – First and foremost, we’ll check for the source of moisture and make sure it’s stopped. We’ll also determine the type of water involved, either clean, gray or black, as the level of contamination can dictate the specific restoration process that’s required.

  2. Survey the Extent of Damage and Inspect Premises – Before beginning the restoration we’ll perform a thorough inspection to determine the extent of the damage and identify any safety issues.

  3. Identify Signs of Mold Growth – Mold can be a particularly hazardous side effect of water damage. We’ll check for odors, musty smells and any other signs of mold growth and perform complete mold remediation.

  4. Move and Block Furniture – We’ll move any furniture out of the way and block items to prevent rust or furniture stains on wet carpet.

  5. Remove Standing Water – We’ll begin the restoration by using submersible pumps and industrial strength wet/dry vacs to remove standing water.

  6. Check Carpet Pads, Carpeting, Floors and Walls - We carefully inspect all carpet pads, carpeting, flooring and walls to see if any materials should be removed.

  7. Apply Deodorizer or Disinfectant Treatments – Our process includes the use of deodorizers and EPA-registered disinfectants as antimicrobial treatments.

  8. Dispose of Damaged Materials – If anything is deemed unsalvageable by you or your adjuster, we will see that it is safely removed and disposed.

  9. Measure Temperature/Humidity Levels – Throughout the process we will monitor temperature and humidity levels to enable proper drying.

  10. Thoroughly Dry – Finally, we employ industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers to remove all moisture from surfaces and the air.

When water damage occurs from a storm or otherwise, it can be devastating if you don’t act fast. That’s why your first call should be to SERVPRO. We’re guaranteed to respond faster to any disaster and we won’t finish the job until we know you’re satisfied.

We’re part of the local community ourselves and we’re proud to serve our neighbors with the professional quality work that they expect because that’s what we’d want for our own property.

So don’t despair, call SERVPRO and we’ll help you put the pieces together again.

Word Count: 500 Commercial Fire Damage Restoration You Can Trust

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

woman in SERVPRO shirt in front of SERVPRO truck pointing to SERVPRO logo At your service!

SERVPRO of Grand Junction has been serving the Grand Junction area for years and we’re proud to provide the restoration services that our local businesses rely on.

Unfortunately, even in these beautiful surroundings, fire can still strike without warning. When a fire affects your business you need to know that you can get your property restored as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

That’s where SERVPRO can make a real difference.

With staff ready to answer your call 24/7 we’re guaranteed to respond faster to any disaster and provide the professional quality service you expect.

The Special Challenges Of Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Fire strikes suddenly and can cause a tremendous amount of damage, from smoke and soot to water damage from firefighting efforts. When your business is affected that kind of damage can be even more costly as it forces your doors to remain closed.

That’s why a quick response is so critical. Not only is SERVPRO ready to take your call instantly, but we’ll also have someone from our highly trained staff on site within four hours of that call to get the restoration process started.

We are restoration specialists, with the training, experience and equipment necessary to handle fire damage restoration in everything from restaurants to hotels to office buildings.

Our technicians are all IICRC certified with up to the minute training in fire and smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery and fabric cleaning and water damage restoration, so you can rely on us to handle any job.

Professional Service With The Community In Mind

SERVPRO provides a unique combination of national resources with the personal touch of a locally owned company. That means not only can we provide thorough fire damage restoration services but we’ll also treat your property with the utmost care because that’s the way we’d want our own business to be handled.

From employing industrial strength, professional quality equipment to remove standing water, clean all surfaces and ensure that everything is thoroughly dried to providing a complete inventory to help facilitate filing your insurance claim, SERVPRO will have you covered from start to finish.

We’ll even go the extra mile to help rebuild damaged drywall, floors and ceilings. Whatever it takes to get you back in business, we’re there for you.

When fire strikes your commercial property it can be devastating but you don’t have to go it alone. Call the professionals at SERVPRO and we’ll respond immediately to help get the healing process underway.

We want what’s best for Vail and its residents, visitors and businesses so we’re ready to respond when you need us most. That’s what community is all about and SERVPRO is proud to serve our neighbors in their time of need.

Commercial Water Damage Cleanup

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Water can do a great deal of damage and when water accumulates in your business that can be particularly costly. SERVPRO is all too aware of just how important quick cleanup of water damage in a commercial property is, which is why we are guaranteed to respond faster to any disaster.

We don’t want your business affected for a minute longer than necessary.

SERVPRO of Grand Junction is part of the local business community so we know how vibrant and vital this area is and we want it to stay that way.  Grand Junction is a wonderful place to live and its many businesses, from wineries and restaurants to shops like The Robin’s Nest, the largest antiques mall between Denver and Las Vegas, draw thousands of visitors every year.

With so many commercial properties in the area, it’s important that those businesses have a name they can turn to when disaster strikes. With over 1,700 franchises nationwide, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. We have the training and expertise to handle water emergencies in everything from luxury hotels to small office buildings. For the quick and thorough response you need, there’s no better place to turn.

Complete Restoration From Start to Finish

At SERVPRO, we know that you expect the best for your business and that’s why we go out of our way to manage each restoration job to its completion. We won’t sign off on any job until we know that the customer is satisfied. This means you’re an important part of the process too, at every step along the way, because it’s your livelihood that’s at stake.

We also understand that water damage cleanup in commercial spaces can present unique challenges and we’re well equipped to handle them. A large space may require more technicians and industrial size machinery to get the job done right.

We employ submersible pumps and industrial wet/dry vacuums to remove all standing water. For larger jobs, we can use truck mounted extraction units for even more power.

To ensure that all excess moisture is removed from surfaces and air, we use industrial-grade dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers.

We also perform a complete mold remediation paying particular attention to your HVAC and ventilation systems in order to prevent the growth and spread of hazardous mold.

We’ll also perform a thorough inspection of your entire premises to identify and address all water damage. That can include the immediately affected area as well as adjoining areas. No matter how large the building, we’ll make sure that it’s thoroughly covered so you can have results you can trust.

Call The Professionals For Water Damage Cleanup

When a water related emergency strikes your business, call the professionals at SERVPRO for the quick response you need. We are ready to take your call 24/7 and we’ll do everything it takes to restore your property and get you back up and running as soon as possible. 

That’s the SERVPRO guarantee because we know what’s good for business.

FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

For many of us, a home is irreplaceable. Your home is where you make some of your most precious memories. It’s a place that’s special to you and your family, and it’s the place that you feel safe and well. A fire can total home and cause enormous damage. That damage will have to be repaired. While the emotional damage will take time to heal, SERVPRO of Grand Junction has the human resources and the expertise to restore your home and reverse the fire damage.

Although SERVPRO of Grand Junction is more than capable of taking care of any damages from a fire, it’s always best to prevent house fires in the first place. Here are some practical tips to help you prevent a house fire.

Install Smoke Detectors

You should have working smoke detectors installed on every level of your home to help warn you when a fire has started. If something started as a small fire, hearing the alarm from a smoke detector can give you a chance to put the fire out before it grows larger and more dangerous. To prevent false alarms, keep your detectors clean and free of cobwebs and dust. If the fire is already quite large, your focus should be on safely getting yourself and any pets or loved ones out of the house.

It's good practice to charge the batteries during daylight saving time and test smoke detectors monthly to ensure they’re working properly. You should also have an escape plan that you and your loved ones can follow and easily remember should there be a fire.

Install Fire Extinguishers

Install your fire extinguishers high on the wall, so they’re easily accessible and away from children. It would be best to learn how to use your fire extinguishers and how they operate since you won’t have time to use them when a fire breaks out. Call your local fire department to see if they offer any training for homeowners to use a fire extinguisher.

Check Your Wiring

If you live in an older home, the aging wiring in your electrical system should be thoroughly checked by a trained electrician.

If you can’t afford to have the wiring completely overhauled, having a trained electrician check the wiring routinely should eliminate any major problems down the road. More importantly, you won’t be caught off guard by a massive electrical fire. Also, check that you’re not using more electricity than your circuits can handle.

Avoid Candles

To reduce the risk of fire, keep candles a safe distance of 12 inches or more from anything that can burn and never leave an open flame unattended or near children. Extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to sleep. If you love the warm glow candles give your home, use battery-operated flameless candles, which are much safer.

Keep an eye on your cooking.

Unattended cooking equipment is a leading cause of home fires. Using grills on wooden or combustible decks is also a contributor.

When cooking, you should always:

  • Keep cooking appliances clear of combustible materials such as rags, towels, and packaging materials.
  • Keep children away from all cooking areas.

Plan your Escape

A home fire escape plan is essential because when a fire breaks out, every second counts. Before the worst happens, make sure everyone in your family knows how to get out and that there’s nothing to stop that from happening. Identify all possible escape routes from your home and establish a meeting place outside, a safe distance from your house, with your family. Conduct your own fire drills, both during the day and at night, so you’re never caught off guard in an emergency.

Here at SERVPRO Grand Junction, we care about the communities we serve. Therefore, we cooked up these helpful tips. While we’d love to have your business, we sincerely hope that a fire will never damage your home.

Contact SERVPRO of Grand Junction for Fire Damage Restoration and Repairs; we can help. Call us today at 970-949-3235. We are a 24/7 emergency response.

What You Need to Know About Smoke Damage

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Fires can destroy your property and cause irreversible damage. The flames move from item to item burning everything to a crisp char. The heat produced by the flames will radiate and cause surrounding items to melt, crack and even shatter. After the flames have been put out, you are then left with smoke damage. Smoke damage left unaddressed can devastate your home and its contents, and the actual fire does not necessarily have to occur in the same room.

In wildfires, homes and businesses have been completely ruined just from smoke while the buildings remained untouched by flames.

Not all smoke damage is the same. Each of these is caused by different circumstances. The temperature of the fire, fueling materials, and location will all play a role. Depending on what type of damage was done will slightly affect the restoration of the impacted area. Exactly what are the types of smoke damage?

There are four different types of smoke damage:

Protein residue: This type is prevalent in low-temperature kitchen fires. There is minimal smoke, soot, and streaking, but it may permanently discolor any finished surfaces. While hard to see, it’s not hard to smell: if left untreated, the intense, unpleasant odor may permeate the entire home or business.

Dry smoke is produced by fires fueled by paper or wood that burn at high temperatures and spread quickly. A light powdery substance is left on surfaces; thankfully, this is easy to clean compared with denser smoke and thick soot. Dry smoke is light and will easily get into porous surfaces. Even though it might look clean, a smoky smell persists.

Wet smoke: Caused by low heat, smoldering fires that have plastic and/or rubber actively burning. These fires have a distinct smell, and despite the smaller flames, the smoke is extremely thick and full of black soot. This sticky and dense smoke has no trouble fully covering the surfaces throughout homes and businesses. Special equipment is often needed to clean this smoke damage correctly.

Fuel/Oil Also known as petroleum residues, this smoke damage is not very common within homes and businesses because most of us don’t have a ton of gasoline just chilling in our house. The residue from this smoke is sticky, thick, and especially difficult to clean. With a hefty and non-appealing smell, it is easy to notice and will easily destroy upholstered furniture, clothing, curtains, and other materials unless promptly washed and cleaned.

In any situation, avoid touching any of the residues to prevent smearing, and let a certified professional service, like SERVPRO of Grand Junction, clean it up to ensure your safety and your home’s.

If you have any smoke damage that you need to be cleaned, call SERVPRO of Grand Junction for Fire Damage Restoration and Repairs, we can help. Call us today at 970-949-3235. We are a 24/7 emergency response.

Household Appliances That Can Cause Water Damage

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage caused by heavy rain is one thing, but the damage caused by your household appliances is often preventable. To ensure that your appliances are in good working condition, SERVPRO of Grand Junction highly recommends you get all your appliances checked a minimum of once a year, as well as inspect the hoses and connections for your appliances.

 The most common sources of flooding in your home include the following:

Washing Machines

If you find your washing machine leaking, don’t take it lightly. If you see leaks around the clamps in the water hose, stay alert because it’s a warning sign for future failures. We have experienced small pinhole leaks in a water supply line that have broken out into an all-out basement flood. It is recommended to inspect your water hoses twice a year and search for any cracking, leaking, or rusting on the washing machine. It is advised to replace hoses every five years, no matter how exceptional they look from the outside.

Refrigerators

Our SERVPRO crews have had to clean water damages caused by the water line that supplies an ice maker. When the water lines get damaged, they can leak or, worse yet, become completely unattached. For the defrosted drain, thaw the ice and then flush it with hot water. For improper sealing, examine the rubber seal that runs along with the door.

If you don’t take enough precautions, the ice maker can become a mess maker in no time. It is also advised to check the hose and water line to ensure they are connected properly every time.

Dishwashers

This household appliance has a supply line, just like refrigerators and washing machines. If a dishwasher water supply line was to burst, you could guarantee that your kitchen will be filled with water after a wash and rinse cycle. We have seen a dishwasher back up some of our more severe water damages caused by dishwashers. Backup typically occurs when debris has clogged the drain, and the water has nowhere to go but inside your home. Never forget that a dishwasher is designed to work for only 10 years. So, if your dishwasher is nearing this threshold, it may be time to consider replacing it.

Hot Water Heater

Conventional water heaters that have storage tanks are prone to corrosion, age-related wear, and mineral buildup. This can lead to a tank burst or leakage, and then gallons of water could be flooding onto your floor. It is recommended to inspect the water heater annually to minimize the chances of excessive water damage. It is advised to flush the tank every six months to remove the sediments. Be attentive and replace your water heater every 10 years.

 If your home falls victim to a water emergency, time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO of Grand Junction at 970-949-3235 for immediate water restoration assistance. We are a 24/7 emergency response.

Best ways to Keep your Commercial Building Free from Mold

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Mold can be very challenging to deal with. They can sometimes be difficult to spot, they pollute the air, and they can even threaten the structural integrity of your establishment. Once it starts, it can spread very quickly. Not only can it cause damage, but it can affect people’s health.

Mold is primarily caused by uncontrolled moisture and can grow on various surfaces, cloth, carpets, drywall, and wood. With a large commercial building keeping everyone cool or warm, condensation can form and provide the mold the moisture it needs to spread.

Regular cleanings and maintenance inspections will help keep mold from taking over the building areas that are not often used.

  1. Service your HVAC unit

It’s important to ensure that the HVAC system remains clean and in good condition. If your filters are clogged up with mold spores, then every time you turn the AC on, you’ll be blowing them around the building. The vents, ducts, and the rest all need to be maintained.

When the air is not moving through the vents, dust and mold can sit there, so the room fills with it all when you turn it back on. Any amount of hair, dust, dirt, animal hair and waste, and mold can be in the vents.

  1. Minimize moisture

Mold thrives on moisture. The more excess dampness you have around your commercial building, the more chances you have of ending up with a mold problem. Condensation can form during the hot months, during the cold months, at any time, and people can cause condensation.

A dehumidifier will help draw moisture out of the air. It can make a big difference in a very populated building, and turning off the heat or air conditioning is not an option, so put them in areas when moisture is prevalent. Basements, upper floors, kitchens or cafeterias, shower rooms, laundry rooms, and anywhere that has excessive moisture. Remember to check windows and doors for condensation build-up too. If you see a lot of moisture here, this could signify that you need new windows.

  1. Make Repairs fast

Fixing small problems will help them from becoming big problems. Leaks in the roof or foundation, cracks in the walls, gaps around windows, taps, pipes that drip or leak, and faulty thermostats. Unfortunately, the longer that you leave problems unattended, the worse they can become.

These can all allow heat and cold air in or out, making it harder to control the humidity inside the building. Always try to catch water damage and leaks before the added moisture can cause long-term damage.

  1. Stay vigilant

Mold isn’t always obvious straight away. It’s a great idea to have your maintenance team take care of regular checks and repairs but hiring a professional to inspect the building can help. They can spot areas that may be developing mold that you are not aware of.

Dark spots, fuzzy patches, musty smells can all appear anywhere. Carpets, walls, ceilings, floors, and under sinks, behind walls in shower rooms, laundry room, bathrooms, and kitchen areas.

They are also great at finding areas of potential mold too, so you can stop it before it gets a chance to start.

  1. Seek professional support

Finally, remember that every commercial building often has its own unique issues and requirements to consider.

If you find mold, call in a professional team to take care of it right away. You don’t want to try and clean it by yourself. Our SERVPRO team are Professionals who have the right tools, equipment, and products to take care of it. We specialize in mold removal from residential and commercial buildings and can assist with ridding your property of any mold and residual spores.

You can trust SERVPRO of Grand Junction to take care of any mold problems you encounter in your commercial building. We are 24/7 emergency response; call us today at 970-949-3235.

SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning: COVID

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted our lives in several troubling ways. It has led to lockdowns, staff shortages, and inefficiencies that have impacted their bottom lines for business owners.

The virus that causes COVID-19 can land on surfaces. People can become infected if they touch those surfaces and then touch their nose, mouth, or eyes. In most situations, the risk of infection from touching a surface is low. The most reliable way to prevent infection from surfaces is to wash hands or use hand sanitizer regularly.

A Significant Problem for Businesses

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread throughout the country, businesses are grappling with employee shortages due to illness. They are also constantly haunted by the threat of government-mandated shutdowns that can make it difficult or impossible to stay operational. Even if they aren’t mandated, shutdowns can become an inevitable reality if an outbreak affects several employees. Whether they’re worried about being short-handed or ending up on the news, companies want to do everything they can to avoid uncontrolled outbreaks at their facilities.

How Commercial Cleaning Can Help

Commercial cleaning is an essential tool in the collective fight against COVID-19. Tainted work facilities put workers and customers at risk while also increasing the chances of long-term shutdowns due to unmitigated spread. Unfortunately, far too many companies fail to adequately clean and sterilize their facilities after worker tests positive for the virus.

SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive, proactive viral pathogen cleaning program backed by more than 50 years of experience in cleanup and restoration. With an industry-leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes, we're helping businesses across the country open safely. So, commit to keeping your employees and customers safer. Make sure your space is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Benefits our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program offers:

Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned crews are timely. Commercial cleaning can occur at regular, scheduled intervals. This professional ongoing preventative measure can help significantly reduce the risk of widespread viral infections among employees and customers.

We are fully equipped. When you hire our services, you don’t have to worry about whether we’re using the right materials, techniques, or disinfecting chemicals. Our SERVPRO Team knows which disinfectant is EPA-approved to fight COVID-19. They’ve dealt with severe, widespread contamination and know how to eliminate hazardous materials.

Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned crews are thorough and well-trained. Commercial cleaners don’t just wipe down surfaces and fumigate the air. They are seasoned professionals who know how to assess a company’s risky, high-touch areas with a cool eye. They can do this because they’ve been trained to clean and disinfect businesses of every type. From office buildings and restaurants to hospitals and clinics, reputable commercial cleaning companies know how to clean and eliminate hazardous materials, whatever the challenges, whatever the environment.

 Why it’s Such a Good Idea.

Our Certified: SERVPRO Commercial cleaners have years of experience interpreting and following guidelines from the CDC to keep people safe during outbreaks of all kinds.

When odor, grime, and pathogenic challenges go beyond the scope of your company’s regular janitorial staff, contact SERVPRO of Grand Junction for prompt service. Whether it's removing an odor problem or decontaminating your facility, you can rely on us to disinfect your business and make your workspace look it's very best.

Dealing with Fire Damage

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

Facing a fire in your home or business can be overwhelming, to say the least. It’s crucial, though, to start your fire damage cleanup and restoration process as soon as possible to get your life back to normal. If you are dealing with fire damage, the experienced team at SERVPRO of Grand Junction is ready to respond. Immediate action and fast response can limit damage, prevent further damage, and reduce restoration costs.

Our IICRC certified technicians have the knowledge and specialized equipment to handle the job, large or small, residential and commercial. Our emergency response teams are always prepared with emergency equipment. Our helpful office staff will be ready to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

SERVPRO of Grand Junction is part of the SERVPRO corporate National Disaster and Large Loss Response Team. We specialize in fire, water damage, and storm damage restoration. We are Here to Help® and ready to respond to fire, soot, wind, and water conditions.

The residue left behind after fire damage may cause health effects if it’s not handled correctly. Only our SERVPRO trained team of experts with professional equipment can ensure fire damage restoration is done safely and thoroughly.

When it comes to severe house fires, fire damage is only the beginning. There's fire damage; there's often supplemental damage done to wiring, plumbing, and appliances. If the fire causes a pipe to burst, then the water damage may become an issue. Smoke and soot can saturate carpets, furniture, walls, and other surfaces, which will require extensive cleaning.

SERVPRO of Grand Junction professionals are experts at both fire and water damage as well as disaster cleanup, so we've got all the tools and experience needed to tackle even the most pervasive of fires in both commercial and residential buildings.