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Water Damage Tips

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in Arvada living room You can count on SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada to take care of any and all water losses.

Water damage can happen to your Arvada home or business in many different ways.

In this blog, we will outline some of the most common sources of water damage. It's very likely that you have had water damage at one point or another, or may know someone who has. 

If you think about water damaging your home, you might imagine the cause to be from a severe storm.  The unfortunate reality is that most water damages are caused when ordinary household appliances fail.  It's important to know the areas around your home that pose a threat for damage, and what to do after it happens. 

Washing Machines

Washing machine leaks are among the most common causes of flood damage in a home and can result in significant damage not only in the laundry room but also in adjacent rooms and areas.  Some laundry rooms are located on the second floor of homes thus multi-level damage can occur.  Remember to replace rubber and plastic hoses with reinforced steel braided hoses. Check connections periodically to make sure they are secure and replace the hoses every five years.

Sewer and Drain Backups

Sewer water has the potential to cause health issues, not to mention a disgusting smell. This can bring serious issues to the home or business owner. Water that backs up from a sewer is called "blackwater” and can contain all types of harmful contaminants. A professional cleanup company like SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada is highly recommended to help in the event that this happens. Call us!  We will respond immediately to make your home safe again.  

Bathroom Leaks 

Bathroom water leaks cause significant damage to a home. This is especially true if the bathroom is located upstairs. The main culprit is usually a supply line to the shower or toilet. We can't see the copper pipes that carry the water inside the walls, but we can see and inspect the supply line to the toilet. It's a good idea to replace the older line with a stronger braided one. These steel braided hoses are less likely to fail and are a proactive way to lessen the chance of having a leak. 

Frozen Pipes

Colorado has beautiful winters and thankfully, we can enjoy fun outdoor winter activities.  We can also experience extremely low temperatures.  When outdoor temperatures drop and stay low and cold for even a few days, homes and businesses are likely to suffer from frozen pipes that then burst because the water inside those pipes freezes.  As freezing water expands, it causes the pressure inside the pipes to increase which very likely can lead to bursting pipes. There are a few ways to help prevent this from happening: 

Be sure to blow out your sprinkler system and detach garden hoses from exterior spigots.  Insulate pipes, especially those close to outside walls, attics, and crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is greatest. Seal air leaks surrounding pipes and keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.  

The Refrigerator

The copper pipe that brings in water to the ice maker might have a bad or loose connection, or it could be pinched. Like the other appliances in our homes, the fridge has a water supply line with continuous pressure. If that line becomes loose or broken in any way, water will spill out until the source is turned off. It's a great idea to familiarize yourself with where to shut the water off!

Sump Pump Failure

If you have a basement, you understand the importance of a sump pump. Without one, water can seep into your basement and cause lots of damage. One of the most common causes of a flooded basement is a sump pump that stops working. This could be that the pump is old and mechanically broken, but most likely, it's due to a power supply loss. When storms roll through, we can at times lose power to our homes.  That's why it's so important to have a battery backup in place in the event this happens to you. 

Call The Service Professionals 

If you should suffer water damage, whether from a weather-related event or a cracked pipe, overflowing bathtub or toilet, call the water damage experts at SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada!  You can reach us for 24-hour emergency service at: (303)452-9900.  You can also click here to contact us online.

At SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada, we have specialized equipment, professional training, and certifications that allow us to restore your home or business to its pre-water damage condition and make it "Like it never even happened."

Once The Fire Truck Leaves

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage in Broomfield home Fire and smoke damage in Broomfield home after massive house fire.

Once the fire trucks leave, the first step to clean up and restoration is the board-up. This is part of the emergency services provided by SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada. Firefighters will often break windows and cut holes in the roof to help air out the property from all the smoke and heat. The board-up is essential to secure your property from theft and liability.

How The Smoke Travels

Even small-scale fires in a home can result in large amounts of fire and smoke damage. If your HVAC (your heater or A/C) system is on, then the smoke will most likely enter through the return vents and be spread throughout the duct system. This will not only carry the smoke and the smoke damage throughout the house but also cause smoke damage to your ducts.

Your ducts might have dust throughout the system, which can absorb the smoke, meaning every time your air conditioner or heater turns on, you'll smell the residual smoke for weeks and months after the fire.

You won't need to worry about that if you call service professionals at SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada. We will clean the furnace and HVAC system thoroughly to remove the smoke from your ducts.

Get The Water Out As Soon As Possible

SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada responded to a fire damage call that received water damage that nearly equaled the amount of damage from the fire. Sometimes fires are put out by extinguishers, and water is not a factor in the cleanup process. When there is water damage in tandem with fire loss, the water's extraction must happen as quickly as possible.

The water removal process begins almost immediately. It is essential to remove the majority of the water as soon as possible to avoid mold growth. Our technicians use state of the art moisture detection equipment and years of experience to find the water trapped behind the walls and under floors. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Saving Your Belongings

Once our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your Broomfield-area home or business, always in properly marked SERVPRO vehicles and uniforms, we can get to work on mitigation techniques designed to preserve your property and its contents. Processes like pack-outs remove the at-risk furniture and contents from your property to our secured warehouse.

Pack-outs provide a safe place for their storage and specialized attention until it is time to return them to your fully restored home. Separating the two gives us a better opportunity to clean and restore the structure. During their time with our Contents Department, individual items get cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized to be ready for their return to the property.

Our crews hand wrap and protect every large item, such as furniture, tables, chairs, and artwork. Smaller items are sorted and put into boxes. For inventory purposes, we photograph and label each item packed out and removed, and organize these pictures and labels in our proprietary software to keep track of your items during the entire process accurately.

Call The Service Professionals

If you experience a fire in your Boulder-area home or business, call the fire damage restoration specialist at SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada. We will respond immediately to your call, day or night 24/7/365.

We have the knowledge and equipment to remove all the fire and smoke damage and restore your property to how it was before the fire. We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry that business owners and homeowners have turned to for over 50 years to restore and repair their property.

Cleaning smoke damaged homes and businesses requires specialized training, materials, and equipment. Insurance companies trust SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada to get the job done right. If your home experiences a fire or water damage, call the professional restoration at SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada, and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Damaged Building in Federal Heights?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

An office building is shown with new drywall and ready is for paint, one of the last steps in the restoration process after a No commercial restoration job is too big for us in Adams County.

Commercial Damage at 3 am

You get a call at 3:00 am on a Sunday telling you there has been an electrical fire in your office complex. By the time you arrive, the Federal Heights Fire Department has extinguished the flames and they are packing up and getting ready to leave the scene. Although the fire has been put out with damage to only two out of fourteen offices, there is smoke, soot, and water damage to contend with. The smell of smoke permeates the air, even in the offices untouched by the fire. Soot covers the walls and the carpets are dirty and soaking wet. Thankfully SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County is on call 24 hours a day. After answering a few questions, they assembled a team to come out and immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process.

Building and Reconstruction Services

A huge weight was lifted off my chest when I found out they could not only secure the building and clean the fire damage, but they could also oversee the restoration process. This included electrical, drywall installation, painting, carpet replacement, and electronics and furniture restoration. They were also able to restore some damaged documents and get rid of the smoke odor.

Call Us Today

Call us when you need commercial restoration services in Federal Heights. SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond within four hours of your call. Call us today at 303-452-9900.

SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County is independently owned and operated.

Thunderstorms in Federal Heights?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

 A lightning bolt strikes a midnight sky during a thunderstorm. We restore storm damage in Broomfield “like it never even happened.”

Thunderstorms and Lightning, Oh My!

There is nothing more humbling than the sound of rolling thunder and the flash of lightning that follows. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), lightning can kill or seriously hurt someone, and thunderstorms are also dangerous because they can lead to flash floods. SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants residents in Federal Heights to be prepared in the event of a thunderstorm by making sure to build an emergency kit, have a family communications plan, and go indoors if you see lightning and can’t count to 30 before hearing thunder. Here are some more tips from FEMA on what to do during a thunderstorm:

  • Stay inside
  • Don’t use items that plug into electrical outlets
  • Don’t wash your hands, take a bath or take a shower as faucets can conduct electricity
  • Stay away from windows and doors
  • Don’t lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls.
  • Don’t touch anything metal outside – bikes, playgrounds, fences
  • Stay away from open fields, hills, or the beach
  • Don’t stand near “lightning rods,” like tall trees in an open area, or flagpoles

Call Us Today

When you need help with emergency storm damage repairs in Federal Heights, SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants to help. We are on call 24 hours a day and can be on site in four hours to begin the cleanup and restoration process. Call us today at 303-452-9900.

SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County is independently owned and operated.

Tornadoes in Northglenn?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

A tornado is shown touching down onto the earth. Our Disaster Recovery Team is prepared to respond to any size storm emergency in Adams County.

Last May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that four tornadoes touched down in north-central Colorado. Fortunately, they all occurred in areas where there wasn’t much damage. SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants Northglenn residents to know that we are specialty trained to respond to any type of storm scenario. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), wants you to know what to do if you are under a tornado warning:

  • If you can safely get to a sturdy building do so immediately
  • Go to a safe room, basement of storm cellar
  • If there is no basement, get to a small, interior room on the lowest level
  • Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck
  • Watch for flying debris that can cause injury or death
  • Do NOT get under a bridge or overpass

Specialty Trained

We have a team of highly trained storm and water damage specialists on call and ready to respond to any size disaster. We also have a Disaster Recovery Team, and elite group of restoration specialists that are trained to respond to large commercial disasters anywhere in the U.S., serving clients in the hospitality industry, property managers, universities, municipalities and the Pentagon.

Call Us Today

SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants homeowners and commercial businesses in Northglenn to know that we are ready to help you in the event of emergency storm damage event. Call us today at 303-452-9900.

SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County is independently owned and operated.

Flooded Basement in Louisville?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

A person is using a sump pump to drain water out of a flooded basement. We clean and restore storm and water damage in Broomfield.

Storms and Snowmelt Cause Flooding

There are many areas in Broomfield that flood during heavy rainstorms and rapid snowmelt, causing local streets and basements to flood. The city and county of Broomfield, Colorado offers a Citizens’ All-Hazard Preparedness Guide, a compilation of emergency checklists and tips from national agencies in the U.S. Sometimes flood evacuation is necessary, and SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County offers these tips to the residents of Louisville for safely returning home after a flood:

  • Do not turn electricity back on if you smell gas or if the electric system has been flooded
  • Wear sturdy work boots and gloves
  • Do not handle electric equipment in wet areas
  • Use flashlights to check buildings containing natural gas, propane, or gasoline
  • Follow directions from local authorities regarding the safety of drinking water
  • Clean and disinfect everything that was touched by flood waters
  • Throw out any food that came in contact with floodwaters
  • Report broken utility lines to the utility company
  • Keep tuned to your radio or television station for advice and instructions from local authorities on where get assistance

Call Us Today

If you discover storm damage in your home or business, SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants to help. We are on call 24 hours a day in Louisville and can be on site in fours hours of your call to begin the cleanup and restoration process. Call us today at 303-452-9900.

SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County is independently owned and operated.

Property Damage Restoration Training in Adams County?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

A classroom is shown ready to receive students. Initial and continuous training and certification is required for all SERVPRO employees in McKay Landing.

Training is Key to Our Success

What sets us apart from other restoration companies in McKay Landing? Training, training and more training! At SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County, we require our employees to undergo six weeks of initial training when they begin working for us as well as certification programs, ongoing e-learnings, and continuing education classes.

We follow the guidelines and industry standards set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and study the best practices in water and fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses. 

Employee Certification Training and e-Learnings

All of our employees have access to voluntary, web-based training on an ongoing basis. They can work to become certified after the successful completion of course materials and examination in:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • Mold Mitigation

Continuing Education Classes

We also offer credit and noncredit courses that are open to insurance agents and adjusters, real estate professionals and franchise staff. Courses include topics such as water damage restorations, fire damage restoration, understanding mold in the restoration industry, restorative drying for loss control and mitigation awareness response.

Call Us Today

Call us when you need emergency cleanup and restoration services in McKay Landing, SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County. We have a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond. Call us today at 303-452-9900.

SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County is independently owned and operated.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County Works for Westminster

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

white face mask (surgical) on pale blue background SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County Works for Westminster

SERVPRO® of Broomfield/ NW Adams County knows there is never a convenient time for an emergency in Westminster.  Storms, fire, and other disasters happen during pandemics too. That’s why we’re Here to Help® during a crisis that hits all of us.

If water damage or fire threatens your property, call SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County as soon as you can. We are always available. We are always Faster to Any Size Disaster. We are always eager to contribute to Westminster.

(303) 452-9900 or online

Prevention is easier than treatment, and SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County is a recognized expert in cleaning biohazards. Call us for a preventive cleaning. We use hospital-grade cleaners, disinfectants and techniques.

We clean high-touch surfaces such as hand-rails, computers (and other electronics), elevators, and desks. SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County follows all of the guidelines set by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County is independently owned and operated.

Link:

https://www.SERVPRObroomfieldnwadamscounty.com/

Deep Cleaning Can Keep Your Family Safe in Westminster

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

A father is shown holding his baby daughter on top of a kitchen counter while the grandmother puts away the groceries. We provide deep cleaning and disinfecting services for Broomfield residents.

We are Here to Help. ®

According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cleaning and disinfecting our homes has never been more important to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,  National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducted a study to see how long the virus remained infectious on everyday household objects and surfaces. The study concluded that depending on the surface type, the virus can remain infectious for up to three days. SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants residents of Westminster to know that we are ready to respond to any specialty cleaning need you may have, and we have years of experience dealing with viruses similar to COVID-19.

On Call 24 Hours a Day

When you call us, we will discuss your needs and assemble a team to come to your location within fours hours of your call. Our technicians are trained to provide the highest level of service and are ready to respond to any biological cleaning need. We use labeled, EPA-approved, hospital-grade cleaning and sanitization products as recommended by the CDC. 

Call Us Today for a Proactive Cleaning

Family is so important and we want you to know that we have the specialty equipment and training to respond to any specialty cleaning circumstance. SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants homeowners and commercial businesses in Westminster to know that we are ready to help. Call us today at 303-452-9900.

SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County is independently owned and operated.

Biological Cleaning Services for Essential Businesses in Broomfield

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

A bank teller is shown counting out money for a customer in the drive through lane. SERVPRO® professionals are specialty trained to clean and disinfect biological pathogens in Federal Plaza.

COVID-19 Can Live For Days

Did you know that the new coronavirus, COVID-19, can remain on surfaces for days? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,  National Institutes of Health (NIH), scientists found that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can be detected in aerosols for up to three hours and on plastic and stainless-steel surfaces for up to three days. These findings further stress the importance of cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces to protect against infection. SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants commercial business owners in Federal Plaza to know that they have years of experience and are highly trained to address biological contaminants similar to COVID-19.

We Use Specialized Products

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommend the use of hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. We are equipped to transform unhealthy environments back into clean, safe facilities following the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. 

Call Us Today

We are available 24 hours a day to assist you with any biological or specialty cleaning job that goes beyond the scope of routine janitorial services. Our technicians have the specialty equipment and training to respond to any specialty cleaning scenario. SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants commercial businesses in Federal Plaza to know that we are ready to help. Call us today at 303-452-9900.

SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County is independently owned and operated.