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FIRELINE Contents Restoration - Our New System!

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

The FIRELINE Contents Restoration cleaning system i 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 damagesmoke 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

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

“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

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

 Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. 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

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

Air movers placed in a commercial building. Drying equipment in a commercial building 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

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

Finger of a woman turning off an air conditioning 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.

Fire Loss

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen after a fire in Grand Junction, Colorado. Special losses require special care, and we understand that caring for them is your first priority.

Every 90 seconds a residential or commercial fire occurs in the US. 

Fire and smoke damage in any sort of structure has hidden damage and odors.  A fire loss is very complex because of the unique behavior of smoke.  This fire started in the kitchen of a local restaurant here in Grand Junction.

Our Fire specialists here at SERVPRO of Grand Junction have the experience and expertise to take care of any fire damage you may have no matter how big or small it might be. Special losses require special care, and we understand that caring for them is your first priority. 

SERVPRO of Grand Junction is always available 24 hours a day 365 days a year for you Fire loss. Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call us today- (970) 241-8181  

Don’t Forget These Things if Your Home Floods

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Wet carpet on hallway. Standing water from floodwaters Storm damage in Clifton, CO

Here Are Some Cleaning Tips To Keep In Mind

If your home has flooded, it probably feels like you’re in the middle of a nightmare. Not only do you have to get rid of the floodwater, but then you have to figure out how to clean up the mess. It’s important to do it right, for the sake of your family’s health and the safety of your home. Here are some oft-forgotten (but important) cleaning requirements and tips to keep in mind.

Before You Enter Your Home
When you return to your residence after a flood, take the following precautions:

  • Make sure that electricity and gas are turned off before entering.
  • Wear protective clothing, including eye protection.
  • Watch out for snakes or other creatures that may have moved in with the flood waters.

Hidden Damage
While the water itself is hard to miss, it can cause destruction in unseen places. Even if tile flooring looks all right, for example, the subfloor should be checked for damage. Walls on the inside of the home should be opened up, and damp insulation should be removed. Any appliances that came into contact with flood waters should also be checked by a professional for damage before you use them again.

Cleaning Requirements
Once you start flood clean up, remember the following:

  • Don’t hesitate! As soon as the water recedes, cleanup should begin. A reputable water damage repair company in Clifton, CO, should be contacted to ensure it is done correctly and with the proper flood disinfectant.
  • As heartbreaking as it may be, there are some items that you won’t be able to clean and save. Whatever you are discarding, keep it until an insurance adjuster can look at it.
  • Carpet padding cannot be cleaned and should be discarded.
  • Exterior walls will have to be either pressure washed or replaced, depending on what they are made of.

Cleaning up after a flood can seem like a daunting task, but it is something that has to be done right. Make sure you know all the cleaning requirements so that you can get your home back to normal as soon as possible.

How To Prevent Flood and Storm Damage

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Carton boxes with stuff in empty room. Office move concept If possible, move documents, electronics, and other important items to higher ground

Four Ways You Can Keep Your Business Safe

Flood damage to your Fruita, CO, business can cause serious problems. Fortunately, there are ways to protect your building and employees from flooding. The following are four ways you can keep your business safe.

1. Create an emergency plan. Long before heavy rains or other storms are predicted, it is important to devise an emergency plan for you, your employees and your customers. Employees should know the location of emergency supplies and safe shelter-in-place spaces as well as evacuation routes. Make sure you have a way to communicate with your employees and customers so that everyone stays safe. Go over the plan and make sure everyone knows what to do. Practice emergency drills if necessary.

2. Perform routine maintenance. Keeping your building in good condition can minimize storm damage. Repair roof leaks as soon as you can, and secure any loose shingles. Make sure your gutters are clean and secure. Grade the lawn away from the building to ensure proper runoff. Remove dead limbs from trees to ensure they do not fall during a storm.

3. Install sandbags or other barriers. When heavy rain is on its way, attach plastic tarps to any area of the building you think may incur flood damage. Then place sandbags against the tarps. Make sure they are close together. Instead of sandbags, you can also use inflatable dams or other commercially-available barriers. Do not completely surround the building with sandbags or other barriers, as this could result in flood waters becoming trapped between the barrier and the exterior walls of the structure.

4. Address individual items. If possible, move documents, electronics, and other important items to higher ground. Keep digital copies of all important documents. If you have loose items outside, tie them down or bring them in.
Unfortunately, even the most well-prepared businesses can suffer flood damage. If you need help getting your business back to normal, an experienced restoration service can help.

How To Handle Furnace Puffback in Your Commercial Building

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Puffback. Soot webs on ceiling Puffback damage in Clifton, CO

If your Clifton, CO, business uses an oil furnace, there is a chance it might go through puffback, or soot discharge throughout the area. This situation creates massive puffback damage you will need to remedy fast. Protect your clients, your staff and your property by learning more about this type of incident, how to deal with it and why only professionals can handle it.

What Is Furnace Puffback?

A furnace system's puffback occurs when oil fumes or debris build up excessively before ignition. This effect creates an explosion that spreads soot all over your property, especially if you use a hot air system in your location. The collection of fumes often occurs because the oil burner fails to ignite on time. This is usually caused by a defective piece or filter that can be replaced to ensure the system functions properly.

How Is Puffback Handled?
You will need assistance and patience when handling this situation. The device needs to be fixed before handling the residue.

  • Inspect the malfunctioning furnace and puffback damage
  • Contact the insurance company and report the incident
  • Call a certified and insured technician to repair the furnace
  • Summon emergency restoration services to clean the affected area

No matter the size of the damage, furnace puffback requires careful assessment and multiple professionals on the case. Do not hesitate to ask for help when needed.

Why Is Puffback Cleanup Not a DIY Task?

The soot discharged after a puffback is not any ordinary substance you usually clean inside your business. Soot is an oily and sticky material that spreads very easily over surfaces yet is very difficult to remove. It can cover every object inside the location with an unpleasant black color. Restoration specialists have the necessary experience and equipment to target soot safely and effectively.
Large property damage affecting your business must be handled with care and professionalism. Investigate and summon assistance when dealing with puffback damage.

How and Why Mold Grows on Bread

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on bread Bread mold is common and nothing to be alarmed over

Four Reasons Why Mold Loves Bread

Not every fungal occurrence needs a mold remediation expert in Grand Junction, CO. Food mold, especially bread mold, is a common phenomenon, and it only requires a garbage bag. Although, the constant and rapid molding of food can be a sign of a more significant issue. However, there are four typical reasons mold loves bread.

  • Ingredients
  • Porous Surface
  • Temperature
  • Light

Ingredients

While many people like to avoid bread because of the carbs and gluten, it is still food. Mold is a type of fungus growth, but it is also a living organism that requires nutrients to survive. Bread is a good source of nutrients because of the yeast and other common ingredients.

Porous Surface

Bread mold starts as a spore, and that spore cannot just set up a home anywhere. Mold spores need to root into a surface, which means the surface must be porous. If you have ever looked at a piece of bread, then you know that its surface is full of pours.

Temperature

Beyond nutrition and a place to take root, mold needs a cool space to grow. Many people believe that putting bread in their fridge will prevent mold, but fridge mold is very real. Placing bread in the refrigerator might actually reduce its lifespan and make it more susceptible to fungal growth.

Light

Mold is sensitive to light, which is why it prefers dark spaces. However, that does not mean you should put your bread on the counter or in the window. Drawers and bread boxes are preferred because they help limit the exposure to mold spores, which are everywhere. Although, you should also keep your bread in a sealed bag or container to further reduce exposure.
Bread mold is common and nothing to be alarmed over. Although, if you are experiencing rapid fungal growth on multiple food items, then you might want to call a specialist to inspect your home for signs of a fungal infestation.