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Mold, Water, Fire Damage Restoration Technology in Grand Junction

4/4/2021 (Permalink)

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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
  • Flood and Water Damage Repair and Restoration Services in Grand Junction, CO

    3/22/2021 (Permalink)

    graphic of water damage restoration SERVPRO Grand Junction Water Damage Restoration 24x7

    The destructive power of water is unlike that of any other natural element, yet so many people tend to underestimate it.

    If you’ve ever been faced with a sudden surge of water, whether from a burst pipe or raging storm, then you know just how overwhelming it can be.

    The residents and businesses in Grand Junction and the surrounding area are not immune to that kind of damage and that’s why they need a name they can trust for water damage repair and restoration.

    For many in Grand Junction there is no one better to turn to than the professionals at SERVPRO.

    When you consider the beautiful natural surroundings of the Grand Junction area, complete with picturesque mountains, ski trails and resorts, it can be difficult to imagine the threat of water related emergencies.

    There are many thriving businesses here like the Aspen Science Center and the many outdoor activities draw in thousands of tourists every year.

    Unfortunately, the winter weather also brings with it the danger of storms and flooding. As part of this vibrant community, SERVPRO understands the challenges presented by winter storms as well as other unforeseen water related emergencies and we’re ready to respond 24/7 to help get the restoration process started as quickly as possible.

    We have cutting edge training and use the latest techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to tackle every water damage restoration job so that the customer can breathe easier.

    Our restoration and repair process is thorough and we make sure to keep you informed at every step along the way so that you always feel a part of it.

    That’s important to us since we go out of our way to treat every property as if it were our own.

    With that in mind, while every individual situation presents its own unique challenges, we employ the same basic restoration process for each job:

    1. Initial Contact – The process always begins with your initial call. We have operators ready to take your call 24/7 because we know that disaster can strike at any time and speed is essential. We also understand that that initial call can be traumatic and stressful and we’ll do everything we can to make it easier on you. We’ll ask specific questions that will help us to determine the equipment and resources we’ll need to handle your job so we won’t have to waste any time in responding and getting the restoration underway.

    2. Inspection and Water Damage Assessment – We’ll have a technician on site within four hours of your call and they’ll begin by performing a thorough inspection of your property. We’ll need to determine the source of the problem and ensure that it has been stopped, then we’ll examine the water to identify the type and the extent of the damage. It’s important to understand that not all water is the same and the level of contamination can determine the exact steps that will be needed to complete the restoration. We’ll also check for any safety concerns that may need to be addressed before work can begin and we’ll move any furniture or other items to prevent rust or stains on carpeting and flooring.

    3. Removal/Extraction – Once the amount of damage has been determined, the process of removing or extracting the water can begin. If the restoration process will be extensive, SERVPRO can help you to perform an organized and efficient moving process in order to protect your belongings from any further damage. With the area cleared, we can then remove any standing water using submersible pumps and industrial grade wet/dry vacuums. Other equipment, including moisture detectors and hygrometers, can be used to measure the extent of moisture both on surfaces and in the air while infrared cameras are used to detect any “hidden” water behind walls or in ceilings. It is extremely important that every bit of moisture be detected and removed in order to mitigate damage.

    4. Drying/Dehumidification – Removing the water is only the first step. Once it is gone, we’ll use industrial grade air movers and dehumidifiers to ensure that all moisture is completely removed from the affected area and surrounding rooms. This part of the process is also important to help avoid warping of floors, walls and furniture. Using moisture meters, we’ll carefully monitor the progress until we are satisfied that the humidity and moisture levels have returned to a safe level.

    5. Cleaning/Sanitizing – Water can leave behind a dirty mess, especially if it is determined to be heavily contaminated. Once everything has been thoroughly dried, we’ll clean the entire structure as well as any furniture, upholstery, clothing or restorable belongings that have been damaged by the water. Our cleaning services are part of our “restore” vs. “replace” mentality, geared toward saving you money in the long run. Of course, water damage can also result in unpleasant and sometimes hazardous odors, so we’ll also use air scrubbers and fogging equipment to help remove any lingering odors while simultaneously applying antimicrobial, antibacterial and disinfectant treatments to sanitize all surfaces. We’ll also help to dispose of any items that you or your insurance adjuster deem to be unsalvageable.

    6. Restoration – Some repair and reconstruction may be necessary to complete the process of returning your property to its previous state. This may include drywall removal and installation, hardwood or tile floor repair, painting or carpet repair and installation. At SERVPRO, we understand that having one company perform the entire process can be both time and cost saving and that’s why we’re prepared to take you through every step with the quality services you expect.

    Don’t Settle For Second Best

    No matter what the cause, water damage to your property can be traumatic and if you find yourself dealing with this type of situation you want to be sure you’re getting the best help possible.

    You might think you can handle bailing out and drying off on your own, but it’s always a good idea to trust the professionals, especially when you consider all of the potential dangers that water can contain.

    The professionals of SERVPRO understand those dangers and we’re prepared to deal with them in an efficient and timely manner.

    Our thorough, step-by-step process is designed to ensure that your property is fully restored to its previous condition and handled with the utmost care so that you can rest easier knowing you’re in good hands. 

    We’ll even go the extra mile to help you prepare to file your insurance claim so that you can get the compensation you deserve.

    We know that the immediate aftermath of an emergency can be stressful and that the healing can only begin once the restoration process is over, so we’ll be there with you every step of the way to make it as easy as possible for you.

     Ready To Make You Whole Again

    SERVPRO always takes a “restore first” approach because we understand how important it is for you to feel whole again after disaster strikes.

    But it’s about more than just restoring your property.

    We’re part of this local community ourselves so helping our neighbors means everything to us. Restoring one part of the community helps to make us all stronger and that’s the most important thing we can do.

    We also know how far reaching that water damage can actually be and trying to replace everything you lost in a flood or other water emergency can be an extremely costly prospect. In order to maximize your compensation, you’ll need to provide a thorough inventory to your insurance company, which can be an overwhelming job.

    SERVPRO can help you there too by taking a thorough inventory as we go along, so that you have the basis you need to file your claim.

    When water starts flowing it can be impossible to stop the surge, but you don’t have to be in over your head if you know who to call for help.

    The professionals at SERVPRO are trained to handle any type of water damage restoration and make your property look "Like it never even happened."

    So don’t feel that you have to battle the flood or its aftermath by yourself.

    Call SERVPRO today and we’ll get you on the road to 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

    What Do Fire Restoration Companies Do?

    3/17/2021 (Permalink)

    Fire graphic SERVPRO Grand Junction You need a team that responds fast SERVPRO Grand Junction - You need a team that responds fast

    Nothing is more devastating than having to deal with the aftermath of a fire.

    That’s because fires strike without warning and can completely destroy a room, a floor or even a whole building in an instant.

    The damage caused by flames, smoke and soot is only part of the equation.

    Water damage caused by broken pipes, rain or firefighting efforts can do even more harm, and in fact usually accounts for the greatest percentage of overall damage to a building after a fire.

    All of this can leave you reeling, trying to figure out where to start and how to put your life back together. In emotional, stressful times like these you can take comfort in knowing that fire restoration companies are ready to help you when you need it most.

    Here in the Colorado area, SERVPRO has a long history of providing thorough, professional fire restoration for home and business owners alike.

    What Fires Leave Behind

    When most people think about fire damage, they consider things like furniture, belongings and building structures being consumed by flames.

    While this is obviously a big part of the equation, it’s actually only the beginning of the overall damage that a fire can ultimately do. Smoke can be equally damaging, clinging to many surfaces, particularly fabrics and upholstery, and causing noxious, unhealthy odors.

    The soot left behind after the fire is put out can also be extremely hazardous.

    Not only can it adhere to many surfaces but more importantly it can become airborne, which allows it to spread even further and to become a breathing hazard.

    Even walking through the charred remains of a room or building after a fire can expose you to any number of potentially harmful toxins.

    On top of this is the damage caused by water, which can not only weaken structures, destroy furniture and other belongings and potentially rot wood and other surfaces, but also lead to mold infestation if it is not addressed quickly and thoroughly.

    How Can The Professionals Help?

    Facing this kind of damage can seem like a daunting task, especially when all you can think about is getting your life back to normal as quickly as possible.

    At SERVPRO we understand that frustration and that’s why we offer fully trained professional fire restoration services to help walk you through the restoration process so that you don’t have to face it alone.

    Specifically, there are several steps to the fire restoration process and we’re uniquely equipped to take on every single one.

    1. Initial Response – This is probably the most important step in the entire process, because the sooner restoration begins the better your chances of avoiding further problems that can complicate matters and cost you even more money. SERVPRO is ready to respond 24/7 and we’ll get to your property as quickly as possible to begin the process and start giving you peace of mind.
    2. Assessing the Damage – We’ll inspect your entire property, not just the immediate scene of the fire, because often adjacent areas can be affected as well and all damage needs to be identified and addressed. Once all the damage is identified, we can give an estimate of the work that’s needed and how much it will cost.
    3. Covering with Tarps and Other Protection – Often, the destruction from fires can leave areas of your home exposed to the elements and if that issue isn’t properly addressed right away it can lead to further damage. We’ll make sure to cover any holes in roofs or walls with tarps or other forms of protection so that your home is secured through the rest of the restoration process.
    4. Water Removal and Drying – Again, water can often do more damage than the fire itself and we’ll employ our specialized, state-of-the-art equipment to help remove all standing water. Once the moisture has been removed, we’ll ensure that everything is thoroughly dried using dehumidifiers and air movers.
    5. Removing Soot and Smoke – We are trained in the most effective techniques for removing soot and smoke damage from any surface. We’ll ensure that your home is safe from any of the toxins contained in soot and all affected areas are completely cleaned.
    6. Cleaning and Sanitizing – Once all water and any contaminants like soot are removed, we’ll employ specialized cleaning and sanitizing processes to ensure that everything is returned to its pre-fire condition. We’ll also use industrial air scrubbers and foggers to remove all potentially harmful odors.
    7. Restoration – This is the final step, but it is also the most important because this is really where the healing process begins. The motto for our fire restoration services is “Like it never even happened,” and that’s what this step is all about. We’ll do whatever is necessary to return your home or business to its previous condition, from replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpet to completely rebuilding rooms if that’s what is required.

    Restore Vs. Replace For Your Peace of Mind

    At SERVPRO we take the health and safety of the community very seriously, because it’s our community too. We understand how devastating a fire can be, whether it affects your home or business, and that’s why we take a “restore first” approach to every emergency.

    Replacing everything lost to fire can be extremely costly and that only increases your stress level even more. That’s why we’ll work with you to help to restore everything we possibly can so that you and your family can get back to normal and begin to feel whole again.

    The professionals at SERVPRO have the training and equipment to handle the delicate and often complicated fire restoration process and we are ready to respond 24 hours a day because we know how important it is to get back on your feet as soon as possible.  When fire hits your home or business, you can trust us to be there and treat you with care. 

    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 Is Fire Damage Restoration?

    2/27/2021 (Permalink)

    graphic half circle over picture of a small town at night with SERVPRO phone number We are your fire cleanup experts

    When any kind of natural disaster strikes it can leave behind a path of destruction and devastation.

    That’s never more true than after a fire.

    Fires have many different elements that can all cause their own particular kind of damage, from the unbearable heat of the flames to the acrid smell of smoke and even the water used by firefighters. 

    Unfortunately, putting the fire out isn’t the end of the problem;

    it can just be the beginning as you still have to deal with what’s left behind.

    The aftermath of a fire can be just as difficult to handle as the fire itself and you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed by it all.

    The professionals of SERVPRO understand that feeling all too well, which is why we offer complete fire damage restoration services so that you don’t have to go through the whole process on your own.

    When you consider the beautiful, natural landscape of the Aspen area, with: 

    • breathtaking mountain peaks,
    • challenging hiking trails and
    • some of the best fishing anywhere in the state

    It can be hard to imagine fire being a part of that life.

    It’s an environment that draws thousands of tourists every year and has become a thriving area for businesses like the Roaring Fork Club, LLC, which offers prime restaurants and lodging as well as angling and golfing on its private 18 hole Jack Nicklaus signature course.

    While nature may have plenty to offer it can also present many challenges, including the looming threat of wildfires.

    As part of this community, we at SERVPRO understand how destructive fire can be and that’s why we make it our business to help you rebuild and restore your property when fire strikes.

    We know how important it is to get back on your feet so our policy is to stick with every job until it looks back to normal.

    With the latest techniques, professional training and state-of-the-art equipment...

    We can tackle any job, no matter how big or small

    We’re prepared to guide you through each step of the restoration process so you can breathe easier and know your property is being taken care of properly.

    You’ll make all of the important decisions about what to save and what to discard and we won’t sign off on the job until we’re sure you’re satisfied.

    Understanding The Restoration Process

    The process of fire damage restoration is really a two-pronged approach.

    First, there’s the damage from flames, smoke and soot and there’s the additional damage caused by the water used to put out the fire.

    Each of these types of damage can have their own unique challenges and they all need to be thoroughly addressed in order to ensure that your property is fully restored to its pre-fire state.

    Addressing the damage caused by smoke and soot residue begins with understanding the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns, which can affect surfaces in your home differently:

    • Wet Smoke is caused by burning plastics and synthetics, which usually have low heat and will smolder for a long period of time and leave behind a pungent odor and sticky, smeary residue.
    • Dry Smoke comes from burning wood and paper. These materials are fast burning at high temperatures and leave behind dry, powdery and non-smeary residue.
    • Protein – when substances that contain protein burn the smoke is virtually invisible and has an extremely pungent odor and the flames will result in discolored paints and varnishes.
    • Fuel Oil Soot – this is darker and more pervasive than normal soot and generally results from furnace puff backs.

    The type of soot that is present will determine the precise type of restoration that is required.

    Besides these general types of soot, there may be other residue left in a property from tear gas, fingerprint powder or fire extinguisher chemicals.

    SERVPRO takes all of this into consideration when making our initial assessment of your property so that we can write up a detailed plan for restoration.

    That restoration process actually begins with your initial call

    Since we understand how important it is to start restoration quickly, we’re ready to answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we’ll send someone out to make that initial assessment within four hours of receiving your call.

    Once on site, we’ll not only determine the exact type of damage, we’ll also determine the extent of damage by thoroughly examining not only the area that was directly affected but any adjoining areas that may also have sustained damage.

    We’ll pre-test any damaged surfaces to determine whether they can be restored and make expert recommendations, but the final decision will always be up to you.

    After we’ve carefully explained what we’re going to do, we’ll begin the painstaking process by employing our professional training and using state-of-the-art equipment such as industrial vacuums with HEPA filters, foggers and air scrubbers, to ensure that all soot, smoke and water is removed and every surface is thoroughly dehumidified and sanitized.

    Because we understand the added damage that water can do, we’ll take particular care to address any water related damage and to inspect air ducts to prevent the growth and spread of mold.

    We have expert training in mold remediation as well as fire damage restoration, which is what makes SERVPRO specifically qualified to handle any type of job. 

    We’ll also take every precaution with delicate items such as electronics, artwork and precious metals, all of which can require specialized cleaning techniques.

    If we feel that something is beyond our expertise, such as the restoration of fine art, we’ll recommend a professional service to handle that aspect of the restoration process for you.

    We’ll Work Hard To Make You Whole Again

    A fire can leave you feeling as if your home or business has been torn apart.

    At SERVPRO, our goal is to do everything we can to make you whole again, as quickly and smoothly as possible.

    We also understand how expensive the restoration process can be so we’ll also make every effort to help keep those costs down.

    One of the best ways you can mitigate your expenses is by relying on professionals

    While the do it yourself approach may be tempting, it can actually end up costing you more in the long run.

    By taking a “restore first” approach, SERVPRO can ensure that you’ll get back into your property quickly.

    We’ll also do whatever it takes to put everything is back to its pre-fire state, even if that means replacing drywall, painting, installing new carpeting or rebuilding damaged rooms. 

    Restoring Your Peace of Mind

    As part of the local community, SERVPRO knows just how devastating fire damage can be and that’s why we go out of our way to make sure that you’re well taken care of when you need it most.

    It’s the same way we’d want to be treated ourselves and it can make all the difference in the world.

    That’s because our business is about more than just restoring your property, it’s also about restoring your peace of mind.

    Replacing everything you’ve lost in a fire can seem truly overwhelming, but we’re here to ensure that you don’t have to go through this alone.

    We’ll even help you to develop a thorough inventory of all your damaged items and anything that can’t be repaired so that you’ll have an easier time filing a claim with your insurance company.

    Though we work hard to restore as much as we can we know that everything won’t be salvageable and this way you’ll be able to get the compensation you need.

    Fire damage restoration can be a challenging prospect, but the most important thing to remember when fire strikes is that you should reach out for help.

    The professionals at SERVPRO are ready to answer your call and get the restoration process underway as quickly as possible with the training and equipment required to do the job right. 

    We’ll guide you through each step and we won’t be satisfied with the results until we know that you are.

    The aftermath of a fire may be heartbreaking but SERVPRO can help you to start healing again.

    A Few of Our Restoration Certifications

    • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
    • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
    • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician

    We are here to help answer any questions (970) 241-8181

    About the Authors

    Chafika & James Landers

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    We are a women-led business. My husband James and I have been in the real estate business for 35+ years in both residential and commercial.


    That's why we understand the challenges that can happen 1st hand and how we can help you get things back to normal.


    We are affiliated with: ASBO, EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification.

    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

    SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties
    P: (970) 949-3235

    140 Metcalf Road, Unit 6
    Avon, CO 81620

    We are prepared to tackle any type of damage from storms, fire or other emergencies

    2/24/2021 (Permalink)

    Inside SERPRO truck filled with cleaning equipment We are always prepared... 24/7/365

    At SERVPRO we take your restoration needs seriously, which is why we strive to be experts in the industry.

    We know that the Aspen weather can bring many challenges and all of our team members receive the latest training in restoration and mitigation techniques.

    We are prepared to tackle any type of damage from storms, fire or other emergencies

    We take our training seriously because our name is on the line with every job we do. 

    Every team member undergoes training and receives Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). 

    The IICRC sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries and their intensive training covers every angle of the business including water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation and carpet and upholstery cleaning.

    SERVPRO also offers a range of in-house training for all employees, from employee certification to a 15-day, hands-on franchise training course at the SERVPRO corporate training facility.

    The company also encourages continuing education with a variety of web-based programs designed to keep our technicians and office staff up to date on the latest innovations in the industry.  

    With extraordinary dedication and training as well as the latest in equipment and techniques, SERVPRO is the name you can trust for all of your restoration needs.

    We’re available 24 hours a day and we’re prepared to respond faster to any disaster so that you can get the help you need when you need it most

    When disaster strikes, don’t feel as if you have to go it alone. Call the industry experts in restoration and mitigation and breathe easier knowing that your home or business is in the best possible hands.

    SERVPRO is Available Around the Clock to Help you Restore your Colorado Mountain Home After a Fire.

    12/1/2020 (Permalink)

    Fire Loss SERVPRO is Available Around the Clock to Help you Restore your Colorado Mountain Home After a Fire.

    Most homeowners in The Colorado High Rockies know that restoring their home after a fire takes time. The flames, smoke, and extinguishing agents left behind by the fire and first responders can leave your home in disarray. Do not let the mess intimidate you; instead, call a company certified to handle these situations.

    Only a professional group can help mitigate your loss as it helps you salvage, remove, and restore your home and your personal belongings.

    For our Colorado High Rockies neighbors, fire damage restoration is a phone call away. Our SERVPRO team is available around the clock because we recognize that emergencies happen day and night. Our Green Fleet is ready to spring into action, assess the incident's impact, and create an action plan for your home. Our goal is to erase this disruption from your life by doing a conscientious and thorough job of restoring your home.

    How do I decide what to keep and what to toss after a fire?

    Looking at the soot sitting on your furniture, books, and decor may leave a hopeless feeling in your heart, but don't jump to conclusions until you consult our SERVPRO experts. At its fingertips, our team has different options to restore documents, electronics, and flooring, among others. Fires also leave behind an acrid smell, which our team can address as well. At the core of our restoration process, we focus on the following-

    Use of chemical agents to loosen soot and dirt while protecting the surface itself. Once the process of emulsion occurs, removing debris becomes easier.

    Use deodorizing agents to neutralize and kill any smell molecules lingering in your home, including those that traveled through your ventilation system.

    Use of extraction equipment to remove any remaining water used to extinguish the fire.

    Our team at SERVPRO of Grand Junction is looking out for you when you need it the most. Call us at (970) 241-8181 when disaster strikes and lets us leave your home, "Like it never even happened." 

    Sewage Backups? Call SERVPRO

    12/1/2020 (Permalink)

    Sewage Backup - image of employee in PPE Sewage Backups? Call SERVPRO

    Sewer backups obviously are a situation we all would like to avoid, yet it can hit at any time. When it does hit, you would agree it is a true and definite emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes. Our team of professionals has specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean sewage backups.

    Water damage is classified by Category, depending on the level of contamination, and how it is handled is based on the specific classification.

    There are three classifications for a water loss:

    Category 1: "Clean Water"

    Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on the length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

    Category 2: "Gray Water"

    Category 2 water is contaminated. Examples include washing machine overflow, toilet overflow with some urine but no feces, or dishwasher overflow.

    • May contain bacteria and viruses.
    • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

    Category 3: "Black Water"

    Category 3 water is grossly contaminated, and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

    • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
    • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

    24 Hour Emergency Service

    Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. Our team of certified SERVPRO heroes is available day or night and ready for any size disaster. 

    Categories of Water Damage

    12/1/2020 (Permalink)

    Types of Water Loss Categories of Water Damage

    Not all water is the same when it comes to water damage in the home or office. Water and moisture can significantly affect drywall, plaster, weakening beams and supports, rusting metal surfaces, and more if untreated. SERVPRO of Grand Junction is professionally trained to meet IICRC standards to properly assess and devise the best plan for restoration of any water damage category.

    Category 1 – Clean Water

    As its name states, this category is from a clean source such as faucets, toilet tanks, or drinking fountains. This is the lowest and easiest type to deal with by drying out any affected material if untreated category 1 water can quickly downgrade.

    Category 2 – Gray Water

    Greywater has a level of contaminants that can cause illness or discomfort if ingested. Sources of greywater include a washing machine, flush from sink drains, and toilet overflow with some urine but do not contain feces. Clean up from gray water requires additional steps, including containment of the affected area and removal of materials that present moisture or damage. Category 2 can downgrade to Category 3 if left untreated.

    Category 3 – Black Water

    As the name suggests, black water is the worst classification and is grossly contaminated. This water can cause severe illness or death if ingested. Sources of black water include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth. Blackwater should always be avoided. Never try to clean up black water on your own as it can cause severe illness! Clean up from Category 3 water requires a measure of safety precautions for all those involved. This includes containment of the affected area and hazmat suits to protect the technicians from removing contaminated materials. Blackwater, therefore, is the hardest to deal with and the most costly.

    Commercial Mitigation

    12/1/2020 (Permalink)

    Sprinkler systems can be a common source of water damage in commercial facilities. While their benefits far outweigh their cons, both properly and improperly working sprinkler systems can contribute to a flooded facility. In this case, a fire in an adjacent building caused the sprinkler system in this building to go off over the weekend. The sprinkler shut-off was eventually found, but not until the damage had affected the facility's 36,000 sq ft. If this was your facility, what would you do?

    Choose a Trained Professional

    When your facility is affected, it is important to call a commercial drying specialist such as SERVPRO of Grand Junction; we understand that every hour closed leads to an hour lost of productivity and potential revenue. Commercial damage restoration produces unique challenges, so it is imperative to choose a trained professional with a proven track record. 

    At SERVPRO of Grand Junction, we will respond immediately to your damage regardless of size or scope. When your facility is affected, no job is too big or too small. 

    Different Types of Storm Damage

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    Storm Damage Different Types of Storm Damage

    There are several types of storm damage, including wind, flooding, or even fire. Flooding can cause extensive amounts of damage to your home, and lightning can create fires, while high winds can cause many issues to your home structure.

    Wind
    The damage which results from extremely high winds is quite easy to see most of the time. Nowadays, roof shingles are designed better than their predecessors regarding their resistance to wind and ever-increasing knowledge and standards. There are many times little can be done to prevent damage by the wind in very extreme conditions. Wind-damaged roofs usually appear to be affected only in certain spots. The room's edges or perimeter are affected by high winds easily since the edge of a roof is quite prone to lifting.

    Hail
    Round dings in metal are clear signs of hail damage. Determining whether your roof has suffered damage from a hail storm, however, could be a bit more challenging. After hail hits the roof, it knocks off the protective granules where the hail has hit, and these areas of damage are the sources of leaks in the roof in the future if it is not fixed within a few years.

    Snow
    Snow causes most of its damage from its weight, which immensely increases when ice, rain, and sleet are added to it. On an average-sized roof, two feet of snow can weigh the equivalent of thirty-eight thousand pounds or nineteen tons. The obvious sign many times that a roof is about to fail is if it is sagging.

    Ice
    The functionality of many gutter and roof systems is affected by the temperatures that fluctuate, making the snow melt then refreeze on the edge of the roof. This makes a dam which the water cannot pass through, meaning that as more snow melts off the roof and trickles down, it gets blocked by an ice dam and makes a puddle. Since roofs were not made to handle standing water, especially as the water line and growing puddle move up the roof, the water can seep through small openings in the roof into your home or attic.

    Rain and Flood Damage
    Water running out of a typical water drainage basin due to overflowing from a storm can wreak havoc on your property. Streams, creeks, rivers or lakes that overflow, flash floods, a storm surge, or a tsunami are all examples of possible flood damage.

    Flooding can cause damage to your property, including your foundation and drywall damage. Most of the time, the drywall will need to be removed and replaced. The flooding can also cause mold to grow on the property due to standing or hidden water, such as inside the walls. This should be taken care of as soon as possible, usually by a professional storm damage remediation company, as mold can cause health effects to you and your family.

    Call an Expert
    At the first sign of damage, contact a professional storm damage restoration company. We use specialized equipment and technology to tackle any storm damage to your property. We will be able to restore your property to normal.

    Contact SERVPRO of Grand Junction to restore your commercial or residential storm damage "Like it never even happened."