Knowing when a thunderstorm is on its way is very key when protecting your home from any damage. There are a few things to look out for whether it be from water damage or fire damage, or structural damage. Most people know to batten down the hatches on your patio or deck when we see windy, stormy weather coming, so here are some tips to check off when going around the house.
- Unplug appliances and electronic equipment when not in use.
- Remove dead or overhanging tree branches that could fall on your house if the tree is struck by lightning.
- Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose. Metal pipes and plumbing can conduct electricity if struck by lightning.
- Turn off the air conditioner. Power surges from lightning can overload the compressor, resulting in a costly repair job.
- Draw blinds and shades over windows. If windows break due to objects blown by the wind or large hail, the shades will help prevent the glass from shattering into your home.
- Flood proof your home by making the foundation watertight with concrete.
Completing these tasks will help save you costly expenses if storm damage hits the Grand Junction area. Call us at 970-241-8181 if you ever need our services!
24/7 Fire Damage Company
In the course of your day-to-day operations at work, you may not think much about what you would do in case of a fire. Of course, if this terrible ordeal were to occur, would you know what processes to follow to ensure safety and recovery? Develop a fire restoration plan today so a fire won’t derail your Grand Junction business.
Your first response to a fire should be the safety and welfare of your employees. You then need to contact the appropriate people to aid in putting out the fire and taking care of the aftermath.
- Contact 911 and report the fire.
- Implement your emergency plan and get everyone out of the building.
- Call your fire insurance company.
- Contact a professional fire restoration company to help get your building back to working condition.
As tempting as it may be, you should never re-enter your office building during or after a fire. Nothing inside is more important than your own life. Crews can salvage many items, and you can replace other equipment. Touching damaged materials can make things worse or cause injury or harm.
Work With Your Insurance Company
Hopefully, your organization has reliable fire insurance to cover the damages from the fire. This coverage should take care of fire damage, even if the fire started in a neighboring building. Your insurance representative will walk through the area and will make note of the extent of the damage and what losses you have incurred.
The Experts on the Scene
An experienced, skilled restoration company will come to your rescue to ensure you can safely return to work. The team will use high-powered equipment to do smoke cleaning and to sanitize all affected areas of the building. Stay in communication with the company so you know what completion timelines look like.
Fire restoration is a thorough process when you work with a reputable group of professionals. If you follow these guidelines, you can have peace of mind during an otherwise traumatic ordeal.
Being storm-ready is an important part of owning a SERVPRO franchise. We know that disaster can strike anytime and anywhere without any notice. We have survived disastrous storms in our own service area and with the help of SERVPRO Large Loss and Disaster Recovery teams, no job is too big or too small for us to handle. Our entire staff stands ready at any time to respond to these types of disasters. And whether an employee is boots on the ground in the disaster recovery area or still here back at home, we all support each other and our neighbors in helping put communities back together. When we do respond to storm jobs across state lines, we do so representing the SERVPRO brand proudly with trained, IICRC certified technicians, experience, and big hearts to do what needs to be done quickly, efficiently, and compassionately. We hope that you never experience this type of loss but we know just what to do if it happens to you.
ERP-DO YOU HAVE A PLAN?
How quickly your company can get back to business after a hurricane, fire or flood often depends on the emergency planning done beforehand. The regular occurrence of natural disaster demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. Only 50% of businesses never reopen following a disaster. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies.
Basic measures business owners and managers can take to begin preparing.
Develop a Business Continuity Plan
Begin by identifying operations that are critical to survival and recovery. Then carefully assess your internal and external functions to determine which staff, material, procedures, and equipment are absolutely essential to keep the business operating.
Review of Insurance Coverage
Understand what your policy does and does not cover. Check with your provider about things such as physical losses, flood coverage, and business interruption. Inadequate coverage can lead to major financial loss.
Prepare Your Emergency Plan
Communication with your employees is central before, during, and after a disaster. Be sure to share emergency information with your staff.
Practice the Emergency Plan
The ability to evacuate workers and customers effectively can save lives. Establish evacuation producers and ensure your staff knows the route.
Secure Your Facility and Equipment
Install exit signs, fire extinguishers, and smoke alarms and detectors in appropriate areas.
Improve Cyber Security
By using anti-virus software, firewalls, and secure passwords, this will better protect your business’s data and information.
Locally Owned, with National Resources
SERVPRO of Grand Junction is locally owned and operated so we are part of the Grand Junction community too. When you have a fire, flooding, or water emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help.
As fire and water damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly. Please call (970) 241-8181
SERVPRO of Grand Junction now offering Reconstruction!
Rob Helmling joins our team as the new General Manager. Rob has a long history as a real estate developer. Rob's expertise knowledge will help lead our Reconstruction Division, and he has completed our rigorous SERVPRO's Hero Ready Training. This program teaches advanced cleaning and restoration techniques and how to use our state-of-the-art equipment properly. This training program also focuses on listening skills and customer service. Rob has been working diligently to learn and grow within our company. Rob brings 30+ years of construction and industry experience to SERVPRO!
SERVPRO of Grand Junction specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services,
helping to remediate damage, making it "Like it never even happened," for both commercial and residential customers. When fire, water, or mold disrupt your life, Rob and his team are there to help make the process as stress-free as possible for you and your family. For more information on SERVPRO of Grand Junction, please contact
FIRELINE Contents Restoration - Our New System!
Trust the experts at SERVPRO of SERVPRO, Grand Junction TO professionally clean your contents with precision and care!
SERVPRO of Grand Junction has recently adopted the FIRELINE system, which has become the most widely used contents restoration production system in the industry. We are always looking for the best tools in the industry to satisfy our customer’s needs and provide them with the best results possible.
What is FIRELINE?
The FIRELINE Contents Restoration cleaning system is designed to thoroughly clean contents affected by soot damage, smoke damage, and other contaminants. This state-of-the-art, stainless steel construction delivers the ultimate in durability and efficiency while utilizing the latest advancements in ultrasonic technology. FIRELINE provides consistent, high-quality cleaning results and high-volume production. It also comes equipped with specifically crafted contents baskets to cut down on damages caused by manually handling contents.
The Four Stations
The FIRELINE production system includes APW 4800 Pre-washer, APC 4800 Ultrasonic Cleaners, and Oversize RDS 4800 Rinse Detail Station. Each of these units can accommodate three contents baskets simultaneously. The system also includes the TD 8000 High Volume Tunnel Dryer. Designed to keep up with FIRELINE’s high flow production rate, the Tunnel Dryer accommodates up to four contents baskets at a time.
After cleaning the affected contents, each item is carefully wrapped and placed in a specifically labeled box to be delivered back to the customer. Trust the experts at SERVPRO of SERVPRO, Grand Junction TO professionally clean your contents with precision and care!
9 Water Damage Prevention Tips Every Homeowners Should Follow
“Water wears away mountains”, so when it enters your home it can cause extensive structural damages, such as wood rot and mold growth.
But by regularly checking appliances and doing basic household chores you can avoid expensive water damage problems that can drain your wallet.
Don’t get flooded with repair bills. Be proactive and follow these easy water damage prevention tips.
1. Regularly Inspect Your Appliances
Any appliance or pipe that’s connected to a water supply line has a chance of springing a leak or bursting.
Since all appliances have a limited lifespan, it’s important to regularly check your fridges, dishwashers, water heaters, ac units, showers, and other related fixtures for signs of failure.
Other than a puddle of water on the floor, here are some other signs that your appliances might be on the fritz:
- Sounds of water running even though nothing is turned on
- Unpleasant odors coming from floors, walls, or drains
- Reduced water pressure
- Mold growing around the appliance
Because many appliances rely on hoses, worn out hoses are a common culprit behind water damage problems. Replace any brittle, rusty, leaking, or damaged hoses as soon as you notice them.
Hoses are relatively cheap, so this is an easy, proactive repair solution that won’t break the bank. You should use the highest quality hose replacements to increase the lifespan of your appliances.
2. Don’t Ignore Leaks
Water doesn’t like to sit in one place. It likes to travel, especially through porous materials like drywall, carpeting, and underneath floorboards.
If a leak is left untreated it can lead to mold growth, staining, and damage to walls and flooring. The faster you address a leak, the less damage there will be and the more likely it will be that your insurance company will accept your water damage claim.
If you have a leaking pipe, apply quick repairs following these steps and then call out a trusted plumber to inspect the problem:
- This is a water supply valve on a toilet. Turn it clockwise to shut off the water supply.
- Most water-based appliances have a water supply valve connected to it that allows you to shut off the water supply at that fixture without turning off the water to the entire house.
- Turn the handle clockwise to shut off the water supply valve.
- Turn on the faucets to release the remaining water that’s left in the pipe.
- Wipe down the pipe and allow it to dry.
- Patch up any cracks using epoxy putty. Wrap the putty up around the leaking area. You can purchase epoxy putty at any hardware store.
A quick fix like this can get you by until you call a plumber to apply permanent repairs, but you shouldn’t rely on it to provide long-term water damage protection.
3. Watch Your Water Bill
Many pipes are hidden in walls and underneath subflooring, making it hard to know if there’s a leak or not.
A 1/8 inch crack in a pipe (for reference, that’s about the size of your pinky nail) can waste up to 250 gallons of water per day!!!
If you get an unusually high water bill, you might have a leaking or malfunctioning appliance in your house.
You can also read your water meter to check for leaks.
Most meters are located near the curb by your house and are typically located within a concrete box marked “water”.
You can pry open the lid by using a screwdriver or pliers.
Before you read it, turn off all the taps in your house. If the dial is still turning then that means you have a leak somewhere.
4. Consider Purchasing a Water Detection Device
A water detection alarm is a device that’s designed to go off when it’s sensor comes into contact with water.
Some of them even come with an auto-shutoff function, that will automatically turn the water supply off if it detects a large amount of water that has escaped.
Install them near pipes or appliances such as water heaters, washing machines, or fridges.
These devices can help prevent little leaks from becoming big water damage emergencies.
5. Know Where Your Water Main Valve Is & Turn It Off Before Leaving Town
Every homeowner should always know where to locate their water main supply valve is in case of a plumbing emergency, such as a burst pipe.
Turning off the main valve will cut off your home’s entire water supply.
The valve location varies on the design of the house. Check out these three places:
- If you have a basement or crawlspace, the valve will be on an outside wall.
- If your house is built on a slab, it will be located on a wall in the garage or near a water heater.
- Your valve might also be located in the water meter box near the curb marked “water”.
If the valve is located within your house, simply turn the valve clockwise to stop the water.
If the valve is located outside your house, use a wrench or a screwdriver to pry open the water meter box. Use the wrench to turn the valve clockwise.
There’s nothing worse than going on a nice vacation only to come home and find your house has been turned into a water park.
If you’re going out of town, turn off the water main to prevent broken faucets and pipes from wreaking havoc on your house while you’re away.
6. Winter Is Coming. Are You Prepared?
Every winter there’s a chance of your pipes freezing, regardless if you live in a colder or warmer region.
When pipes freeze, the water inside them turns into ice and expands. As the ice expands, it creates pressure which causes the pipe to burst.
The pipes most susceptible to freezing are in the low insulated areas of your home, such as the attic or crawlspace. Check this area of the home out and see if you’re pipes are vulnerable.
If you need to add insulation, make sure to follow all directions and wear the necessary protective equipment, especially when dealing with fiberglass insulation.
If you have exposed pipes, consider installing insulation products, such as a “pipe sleeve” or “heat tape”.
During the winter, remember to keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to reach pipes and don’t fiddle with the thermostat. You might be tempted to turn the thermostat down during the night to save on heating bills, but this drop in temperature can cause your pipes to freeze.
7. Roof Maintenance
The roof is your main line of defense against the elements, so it’s important to maintain it.
Get up on the roof every 6 months, and especially after a storm, to check for vulnerabilities or damages.
Here’s what to look for: broken shingles, built-up debris from trees, cracked flashing or roof vents. Roof repair is not a DIY job, especially if the surface is wet or slick. In this instance, it’s best to call a storm damage repair company that has the proper safety equipment and licenses.
8. Do Your Chores & Clean Out the Gutters.
Nobody wants to get up and clean the gunk out of the gutters. We get it. But it’s an important chore, especially if you want to prevent water damage problems.
The gutter’s main purpose is to collect excess water off the roof and direct it away from your property.
When the gutters get clogged, water overflows down the side of your house or into your basement instead of away from your property.
This can lead to foundation damage, yard damage, and roof leaks.
You should clean your gutters once a year or after severe storms.
Get a ladder and use a scoop or shovel to remove debris from the gutters. Dispose of any debris in a trash bag or plastic tarp.
After you’ve cleaned out all the gunk, flush your gutters out with a garden hose.
9. Be Careful When Planting Trees
Know where major pipelines are located before you plant trees. Trees will grow towards the nearest water source and will easily break pipes apart in order to access the water inside.
There are companies that will mark the location of your sewer line if you don’t know how to find it.
Some tree roots grow more aggressively than others and are more likely to damage your sewer lines. Consult with a landscaper to choose a tree that won’t harm your property.
Need Water Damage Help?
Preventing Water Damage is one of the most important investments you can make as a homeowner.
However, sometimes leaks unexpectedly happen and there’s nothing you can really do about it.
If you live in Grand Junction and need water damage help, contact SERVPRO at 970-241-8181.
Our trained Grand Junction crew will respond to your call within immediately to begin the process of drying and repairs.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program
Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.
Let us help you get back to business
As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
Extensive training and specialized products
As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.
From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.
3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify
When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.
- Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
- Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials. In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible.
- Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.
Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation
We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.
Call SERVPRO of Grand Junction today at 970-241-8181 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.
* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision-makers on the first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. A study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience. Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.
What To Know About Covering Interruptions to Business
Facility flood in Clifton, CO
Most people purchase various types of insurance to cover their losses due to a particular event. For example, homeowner’s insurance can cover losses or damages to your home in the event of a fire or other natural disasters. Flood insurance can cover your home or business due to damages from flooding, but as a business owner, what protections do you have to cover the interruption in your business in the same situation? If your operations in Clifton, CO, were halted after experiencing large water damage, how can you cover the lost income as you repair and recover? It is strongly recommended that you purchase interruption insurance coverage.
What Does Business Interruption Insurance Cover?
As part of a property insurance policy, business interruption coverage helps you cover loss of income as you repair and recover from damages due to flooding or a broken pipe. This coverage usually includes:
- Lost profits that would’ve been made, usually calculated based on past financial statements
- Expenses still being incurred, such as certain utility bills
- Costs associated with temporary relocation (If you can relocate for the time being, your policy would cover expenses associated with moving and working in the interim location, such as rent.)
- Costs to provide training and commission, including costs to train for use of replacement equipment
- Reimbursement for miscellaneous operations costs above any fixed expenses during restoration
- Losses associated with government-enforced closures, including curfews and location closures that impact how you do business during this recovery period
How Can I Lower My Interruption Insurance Claim?
You can shorten the time it takes to recover from flooding or other major water damage by reaching out to a team of professionals who can respond immediately with the right equipment and proven techniques. The sooner the water cleanup operations is complete, the sooner your organization can get back to work, lowering your overall business income insurance claims.
Cross Contamination is a Concern: Here's How You Can Prevent It
Turn off fans and AC units if you see visible mold in your home
Use the Following To Prevent Additional Contamination
Mold cleanup requires careful attention to detail. In fact, business owners in Palisade, CO, should be aware that spores spread very quickly. In fact, if they are not controlled, the infestation spreads further, making remediation more extensive and pricey. Therefore, it's best to work with a reputable mold restoration company to identify the full extent of damage. Furthermore, to keep your premises as safe as possible, use the following to prevent additional contamination.
1. Test the Building
Because mold spores reproduce within 24 to 48 hours, the number of microbes can expand from a small area to an entire structure much sooner than you'd believe. With that in mind, you'll want to find out exactly how much of the property is impacted. Experts can use various assessments to conclude where fungal growth has gone.
2. Establish Barriers
Once you know the hazardous territory, you can work to create a boundary. No one should go into these zones unless authorized from by the specialists. Mold cleanup, then, becomes focused on specific spaces. Be very aware that it's easy to relocate a growth. Spores can be picked up on shoes or clothes and then dropped onto carpet or tile as you enter another space. With that in mind, stay out as much as possible. If you must, post signs to warn others.
3. Turn Off the AC
Part of mold contamination includes cutting off the air circulation. Microorganisms such as fungus transport via the airways. Thus, the vent system is a serious concern, allowing for unnecessary movement. The crew can set up negative air chambers, keeping the infected air from entering other rooms. In addition, the ac unit should be shut off.
Remain on your toes. Mold cleanup isn't just spraying something with cleaner. It's an awareness of how easily something can become a major issue. Cut off contact with the location, and allow the specialists to tend to the problem.