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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."

We Provide Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services to Mckay Landing

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Four golf ball sized hail stones are shown sitting on a rain-soaked porch railing. We’ll clean and restore your water damage in Adams County “Like it never even happened.”

Did you know that according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Colorado hail storms that occurred last July accounted for an estimated one billion dollars in damage to homes, businesses, and property? SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants home and business owners in Mckay Landing to know that when you experience a water damage emergency, every second counts as the longer water remains standing, the higher the repair costs may be. This is because standing water can seep underneath floors into the subfloor and may cause structural damage that earlier intervention would have prevented. Our advanced water inspection, extraction, and drying equipment will be used to quickly restore your water damage to preloss condition in most cases. All cases are different, but here is an idea of the steps we take in response to a “typical” water damage emergency:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

We hope you never need our emergency water repair services, but if you do SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County is ready 24 hours a day to respond to your water damage emergency and will restore your Ara home or business “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 303-452-9900.

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

Water Cleanup and Restoration Services for Adams County

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

A home is shown engulfed in a massive flood. Water damage cleanup services in Westminster “Like it never even happened.”

Water damage can occur at any time and anywhere. Storms, floods, broken pipes, overflowing toilets, and failed appliances are just some of the many causes of water damage.  SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants commercial and residential property owners in Westminster to know that our team of highly trained technicians will respond to your water damage emergency quickly for any size water loss and will begin the extraction and mitigation process quickly. Here are the steps we take when commercial and residential restoration services are required:

  1. Emergency Contact: We are available 24 hours a day for any size water emergency
  2. Inspection and Damage Assessment: We will help to identify the source of water
  3. Water Removal and Water Extraction: We use pumps and extraction to quickly extract water from your property
  4. Drying: We calculate room size, temperature and relative humidity and install air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home or business
  5. Cleaning and Sanitizing: We will clean the walls and flooring, furniture and other restorable belongings damaged by the water depending on possible bacteria in the water.
  6. Restoration: Depending on the extent of the damage we will repair the damaged walls, drywall and flooring as needed.

We are highly trained water damage specialists who will respond to any water emergency 24/7. SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County provides water cleanup and restoration services to Westminster business owners and residents helping to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 303-452-9900.

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

Water Damage Prevention Tips for Adams County

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

A water leak is shown coming out of a door onto a walkway. Water damage cleanup services in Federal Plaza.

Did you know that waiting one week to repair water damage can drastically increase the cost of the repairs? SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants commercial and residential property owners in Federal Plaza to know that our team of highly trained technicians will respond to your emergency quickly for any size water loss and will begin the extraction process quickly to begin the mitigation process. Once the water is removed, we will install specialized equipment in the damaged areas so building materials can dry as quickly as possible. Here are some tips to follow from the American Red Cross until help arrives:

  • Keep the windows open and run fans – or keep windows shut and run dehumidifiers – to pull moisture out of wood floors and subfloors, beams, doors, etc.
  • From wallboards to rugs, items that are not thoroughly dried can sprout mold and mildew
  • Bring all soft items (such as sofas, clothing, bedding, and throw rugs) outside if possible – sunlight and wind will help them dry faster
  • Throw out items that have absorbed water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected.

We are highly trained water damage specialists who will respond to any water damage emergency within 24 hours. SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County provides water cleanup and restoration services to Federal Plaza business owners and residents “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 303-452-9900.

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

Toilet leaks in Broomfield, CO

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Toilet with water around the bottom of the tank 24/7, 365 we are Here To Help you when disaster strikes.

Toilets can leak or backup for various reasons

  • A wax ring failure
  • A poor connection of the supply line
  • A crack in the tank
  • A clog in the bowl or farther down the line
  • A poor connection of the value in the tank causing water to run and overfill the bowl

Whatever the reason, we can help. Our teams of trained, experienced, knowledgeable, and professional technicians are able to come out and assess the damage with you and walk through the best options for you and your home. Every single property damage is different and we know that every solution needs to be as unique as the family who calls the house home. When property damage like a toilet leak affects your home or office, make sure to call the team that is ready 24/7, 365 to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

What to do when temperatures drop

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen pipe with tips listed out Water damages from frozen pipes.

As temperatures continue to drop the likelihood of water damage in your home or office occurring due to a frozen pipe rises.  

To Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Add caps to outdoor faucets
  • Add additional insulation to water pipes on exterior walls
  • Keep cabinet and cupboard doors open on exterior walls to help warm air circulate around pipes

In the case of frozen pipes

  • Keep the faucet dripping
  • Apply heat to the affected section of pipe with a heating pad or hairdryer
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored
  • If you still have trouble, call a licensed plumber. 

If water damage does occur in your home or office our teams of experienced and knowledgeable crews are ready to respond 24/7, 365 and help you make it "Like it never even happened." 

Prevent Frozen Pipes in Westminster

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

Home covered in ice and icicles  Prevent Frozen Pipes in Westminster

Westminster knows freezing weather. SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County also knows the joys of a freeze are better outdoors than inside. When frozen pipes burst, they bring too much of the great outdoors to the inside. The Federal Emergency Management Association reports that every year, burst pipes damage at least one room in a quarter of a million homes or offices. SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County hopes these tips will prevent water damage from burst pipes.

Preparing the Pipes in Westminster:

• Know the risks: subfreezing weather, exposed pipes, uninsulated areas

• A cold snap is a day or more of temperatures that don't rise above 20 degrees F

• Wrap exposed pipes with several inches of pipe insulation

• Invest in insulation for the areas that have pipes – it will save you money

• Don't worry about wasting energy by keeping the thermostat up – keep the indoor temperature at least 55 degrees F, even if there will be no one at home or at the office

• During a cold snap, cold water dripping through a tap will prevent the pipes from freezing

• There's no need to water the grounds anyway, so remove hoses from the taps

• Keep cabinet doors open in kitchens and bathrooms so the warm air will circulate around the pipes

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County will remediate storm damage or water damage “Like it never even happened”, but strongly believes in the power of prevention.

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

Link: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm/frozen-pipes.html

Kitchen Sinks Overflow in Federal Plaza to Cause Water Damage

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen sink overflowed with water and soap bubbles. Don’t cry over water damage in Federal Plaza – SERVPRO is Here to Help.

We know, as homeowners or business owners, that many things can go wrong. This includes accidental fire, mold problems, and more. One common problem is the kitchen sink. Whether at work or home kitchen sinks can get clogged, pipes can burst, and they can overflow. There are many reasons a kitchen sink may be overflowing. The possibilities behind this are endless. SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County is always on-call and ready to save the day for Federal Plaza! Here are some steps to take when the water starts flowing out of the sink and on to the floor:

  • Use a pitcher or any other type of large cup to get water out of your sink
  • If you have a food disposal connected to the sink, check that and make sure it is not clogged
  • Keep an eye on any water damage because this could lead to mold
  • Shut off the faucet that allows water to flow to your sink
  • If a clog is not solving itself, grab the plunger – they are not just for toilets

Federal Plaza residents and business owners are encouraged to call us at SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County when the job becomes too much and the water is overwhelming and all over the floors. We have highly trained professionals that are ready to head to any home or commercial building when cleanup or restoration is needed after any type of water damage. Do not hesitate to give us a call at any time. We are open 24/7 for your convenience.

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

Link:  https://www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf

Colder Weather means Freezing Pipes in Northglenn

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen with standing water. Call SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County to clean up standing water.

The fall weather is finally approaching which means winter will be here before we know it. Unfortunately for the residents of Northglenn, that means pipes will freeze which can lead to pipes bursting and flooding parts of the residential area. A flooded kitchen is not very fun to deal with, but luckily the trained professionals at SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County know just what to do, and we get it done quickly.

Here are some common guidelines to follow when preventing and thawing frozen pipes:

  • Remove and drain all outside hoses and close the inside valves
  • Add additional insulation to basements, crawl spaces and attics
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines located there
  • During very cold Northglenn nights, keep kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open to allow warm air to flow around the pipes
  • Allow the pipes to have a small drip throughout the night as well

If your pipes are frozen, try the following:

  • Carefully run a small flow of water through the faucet as this will allow the ice to melt while the water is running
  • Apply heat to the frozen section of the pipe using an electric heating pad, a hair dryer, or towels wet with hot water
  • If the pipe ends up bursting, call SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County to help clean up and restore the affected area(s)

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

Link:  https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm/frozen-pipes.html

Don’t let a Wet Floor Stress you out in Mckay Landing

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Man and woman standing on a wet floor wearing rain boots. Call SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County when your home or office experiences water damage.

Any type of damage inside of a house can be frustrating but one of the more stressful situations is a residential flood. In the middle of a disaster such as a flooded home, it can be hard to figure out where to start when it comes to cleaning up and restoring the damaged area. That is where SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County comes in. We are ready to help when called and we are highly trained in property damage restoration and in this case, water damage specifically. Here are some steps that can be taken in the event of a flooded home/room:

  • Make sure the floor is secure before you start walking through the water or wet areas
  • If there is an exposed plug underneath the water, do not walk in that area because electricity can travel through water
  • Call SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County to help clean up the flooded area
  • Wet floors might be slick so walk slowly to avoid falling and sustaining injuries

We want to make this as easy as possible for the homeowner and reduce the amount of stress they may be feeling.

Independently owned and operated by SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County.

Link: https://www.ready.gov/floods

Things to do for Water Damage until Help Arrives in Northglenn

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Furniture floating in a flooded living room. When flooding occurs, don’t panic. Take a deep breath and call SERVPRO.

Walking into a flooded home or business is never a good way to start the day in Northglenn! If you find yourself dealing with wet, soggy furniture, carpeting, etc., give SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County a call at 303-452-9900 and we will begin the restoration process.

While you are waiting for SERVPRO to arrive, there are a few things you can do, if you choose, but first make sure the building or home is safe to enter.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County Wants You to Remember:

  • Wet surfaces are slippery
  • Make sure electrical power is off before you handle devices
  • Make sure you are standing on a dry area before you turn on the electric power
  • Waterlogged materials are heavy

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County suggests you:

  • Remove excess water with mops and/or towels
  • Wipe water from wood furniture or other items
  • Place foil or blocks between furniture and wet carpeting
  • Turn on dehumidifiers or air-conditioning if it is safe
  • Move colored items from wet carpeting
  • Move loose items from the floor or counters
  • Remember that mold starts growing within 24 hours
  • Stay away from rooms that have sagging ceilings
  • Remove wet cushions. Prop them upright to dry
  • Move artwork to a safe, dry place
  • Start drying items ASAP

Links:
https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1529948155493-8856081a8e33ee18394808d47036612d/UHA_FactSheet_Jun18_508_V2.pdf

Commercial Flood Insurance in Broomfield

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial building hall with water damage Protect your Business with Flood Insurance in Broomfield/NW Adams County.

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides flood insurance. The NFIP doesn’t sell insurance. Buy flood insurance from an insurance agent.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County is interested in helping the businesses in our community become more educated on flood insurance. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses do not reopen after experiencing a devastating flood.

Things to know in Broomfield:

Check to see if you might be required to have flood insurance.

Some agencies in Broomfield charge the same for flood insurance

  • Standard commercial insurance doesn’t pay for flood damage
  • The NFIP sets the rates
  • Rates depend on:
    • whether you live in a flood plain
    • flood risk in your area
    • building’s age
    • building’s construction
  • Building property insurance covers the building
  • Personal property insurance covers the building’s contents
  • NFIP suggests you need both types
  • Policies go into effect 30 days after purchase
  • The NFIP help center number is 1-800-427-4661

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County recommends the following:

  • Check whether or not your area participates in the NFIP
  • Check whether or not your area is part of the Community Rating The NFIP might have a discount
  • Talk to your insurance agent when you need to make changes

Make sure your business is protected from the devastation that comes with unwanted flooding in your office.

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Links:

https://www.usa.gov/property-insurance

www.fema.gov

Faster to your Broomfield Water Damage Event

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Broomfield and NW Adams Co. provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Adams County

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Broomfield and NW Adams Co. provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Broomfield and NW Adams Co. arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 303-452-9900

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Broomfield and NW Adams Co.

SERVPRO of Broomfield and NW Adams Co. specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm