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Preparations for Homes in Flood Zones

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Whether you are buying a new home, or already have a home, it is a good idea to know your flood risk. Much of this information is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The FEMA NFIP is a source of flood insurance. One important document is the Flood Insurance Rate Map, or FIRM, which shows the actual flood hazards for your community in Fort Collins, Colorado. You can also find the same information in your local community. The flood zone map is usually located at the office of the floodplain administrator or at the planning and zoning office for your area.

Preparing for Flood Risk

If you find your home is located in a flood zone, it is smart to prepare for the possibility of a flood. The National Flood Insurance Program or the FEMA NFIP provides affordable flood insurance for homeowners. This insurance pays out claims for policy holders whose home is damaged by a flood. Actions a homeowner can take to limit flooding damage include the following:

Proper maintenance of storm drains and gutters
Improved landscaping of yard features

Advance contact with a storm mitigation company in your area

Professional repair of a cracked or crumbling foundation

Preparation can reduce both the financial impact of a disaster and the degree of property damage. It can also pave the way for a faster and easier recovery.

Learning About Floods

To find out more about floods in your area, the FEMA NFIP is a valuable resource. A Flood Insurance Study also provides a wealth of information about flooding events that have happened in certain locations, as well as the source of the flooding. This document provides both written material on floods and graphic presentations of data. The material in the study goes into the identification of flood zones. Educating yourself about floods, purchasing insurance and preparing ahead of time are ways to avoid or minimize the dangers of flood waters. The services of a storm mitigation franchise can help you clean up after a flood.

Why Quick Flood Water Removal is Necessary for Homes in Fort Collins

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

What Happens Without Fast Flood Water Removal in Fort Collins?

You should always prioritize finding a fast flood water removal service like SERVPRO to help after flood damage your home. Without immediate attention from professional damage mitigation technicians, costly consequences and complications can start to arise in your home. We respond Faster to Any Size Disaster to make sure that all of our customers receive the most high quality and cost-effective damage mitigation and restoration service possible. Without our 24/7 readiness and ability to get people on the job site within four hours of an initial call, we would have to contend with these problems much more often.

Structural Damage

Without immediate flood water removal, homes in Fort Collins can sometimes see significant structural damage occur to the foundations and building materials of their home. Water naturally degrades most construction materials with long-term exposure, but in the colder months of the year, a much stronger threat may damage your home. As temperatures drop overnight and water starts to freeze, any moisture soaked into the microscopic cracks and crevices of your home can begin to expand, potentially causing significant permanent damage.

Mold Growth

Mold and other fungi can start to proliferate after a flood hits your home. Removing flood waters and any excess moisture from your home cuts off any potential infestations before they can even begin to grow and spread. SERVPRO technicians are also trained to identify and take care of fungal growth early in a colony's life cycle, thereby preventing most potential damages.

Spreading Moisture

The longer flood water remains in your home without professional removal work, the more likely it is that moisture spreads to nearby rooms and areas in the building. We can help to combat these effects by implementing rapid and thorough drying processes and monitoring nearby areas with digital moisture detection tools that help us determine when a problem may be likely to form.

SERVPRO of Fort Collins can help you to recover faster and easier from the effects of flood damage in your home. Call us 24/7 at (970) 493-6335.

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Our Fast Response Can Restore Your Fort Collins Commercial Property To Pre-Damage Condition

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage In Fort Collins Requires Fast Action To Minimize Loss

When you have commercial fire damage in a retail store, the key to lessening the loss is to get professional help for the cleanup as soon as possible after the event. We understand that when your business cannot be open, it causes hardship and our staff works as quickly as possible to get your business back on track.

Commercial fire damage in a Fort Collins retail store often has multiple layers for our technicians to address. First, there is the fire damage, then residue from a fire extinguisher, and finally odor left behind. When a fire is limited to a single area, our technicians quickly contain it upon arrival to stop cross-contamination and the spread of foul odors.

Charred building materials and unrestorable contents are removed. They bring nothing but odors. SERVPRO technicians then carefully remove the fire extinguisher residue with handheld vacuums with HEPA filtration attached. This is a fine powdery substance that can spread odors if it is not picked up quickly.

Our technicians hand clean all surfaces and non-porous contents with our EPA-registered solutions to remove all traces of soot, smoke residue and eliminate odors. Often this is enough to neutralize odors left behind by a fire. Smoke can penetrate porous objects deeply and sometimes more robust odor elimination methods are necessary. We are certified in odor control, and sometimes applications of one or more techniques are required to neutralize lingering odors left behind by a fire entirely.

One go-to method for neutralizing deeply rooted fire odors is thermal fogging. It uses a solvent that is heated and delivered as a fog. It behaves much like smoke and is very useful for the elimination of odors that have penetrated upholstery, window treatments or carpeting. Our goal is to get your store reopened as quickly as possible, looking like new with no reminders of the fire.

If commercial fire damage has happened to your property, contact SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335 immediately. Our emergency response teams are available 24/7 to mitigate your fire loss and make it “Like it never even happened.”

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What to Know About the Three Water Damage Categories

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Background of blue water and on the middle a sign that says water categories Flooding is often divided into three categories

Three Things You May Want To Know About The Water Damage Categories

When dealing with water damage at your Fort Collins, CO, place of business it’s important to understand which category the flooding falls under as black water may require some extra cleaning steps. Here are three things you may want to know about the water damage categories.

1. What These Categories Are

Flooding is often divided into three categories to help those performing the cleanup and restoration know what type of contaminants may be present, and what cleaning steps may be required. Category 1 is called white water and is safe for consumption. Category two contains minor contaminants such as food particles or mild chemical cleaners. This is referred to as greywater. Category 3 is often referred to as black and includes any water that may have come in contact with sewage or other harmful substances.

2. What Type of Damage They Can Cause

All of the water categories, including black water, can cause long term damages if left unattended. These can include mold, swelling wood, crumbling drywall, cracks in stone or concrete, loose tiles, and peeling paint among others. Fortunately, with a little work your restoration team can soon have the place looking “Like it never even happened.”

3. What May Be Required for Cleaning

A water damage restoration service, such as SERVPRO, is trained to help with a variety of flooding including sewage cleanup. The grey and black categories may require extra safety steps during the water removal process and well as special cleaning after the area is dry. For this reason, it’s best to allow these restoration professionals to take care of the job.

It’s important to understand that flooding is broken into the white, grey, and black water categories as these can directly influence what cleaning methods are used. Additionally, black and grey water has the chance for carrying chemical or bacterial contaminants which may require some additional restoration steps. If you have any questions a professional can help.

Our Experts Discuss Wall Cleaning In Your Fire Damaged Fort Collins Home

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Green telephone with Hello speech bubble If you ever suffer from a fire at your house, call SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335 any day of the week.

Fire And Odor Damage Technicians In Fort Collins Discuss Wall Cleaning

If something ever burns inside your Fort Collins home, the smoke and flames created can cause you many problems with your building materials and contents. Even minor burns can cause extensive fire and odor damage to your residence. Any time you have a fire ignite inside your home, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. As soon as we arrive at your house, we begin inspecting your entire building to see how many of your structural components and personal items got affected. We bring test cleaning kits with us so we can get a good idea of what techniques will be best for your particular fire and odor damage situation.

During the initial inspection, we figure out how far the problems with smoke traveled through your house, and we determine how bad the issues are. As a result of the first inspection, our SERVPRO team comes up with a preliminary estimate for your fire and odor damage project in Fort Collins. The first estimate lists each affected item and whether or not we think we can clean or restore the item to its preloss condition. In more severe situations, there could be several items we cannot save; therefore, we are forced to remove and replace them. During all restoration projects, we try to clean and refinish as many affected items as we can to reduce the overall cost.

During many situations where there are smoke-related problems, one main thing our fire and smoke damage technicians (FST) at SERVPRO do is clean soot residues off of your walls. Many times, wall cleaning is more complex than just washing the wall with a basic detergent. We use different cleaning techniques depending on whether your walls are painted or not and what time of paint they contain.

For example, if your walls are coated with latex paint, we often use dry methods such as using a dry sponge or dry brushing. However, if your walls contain oil-based or enamel paints, dry methods will not work as well, and wet or damp cleaning methods can get utilized.

Sometimes odors can exist after all burnt items are removed, and soot residues are cleaned. In these situations, our odor control technician (OCT) can use an ultra-low volume fogger or an ozone machine to further deodorize your structure. If you ever suffer from a fire at your house, call SERVPRO of Fort Collins at (970) 493-6335 any day of the week.

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Fort Collins Fire and Smoke Damage! Yikes! Call SERVPRO

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Close up of too many plugs in a socket SERVPRO Says Electrical Overloads Can Burn Your Fort Collins Home

Why SERVPRO is the Right Choice for Fire Damage Remediation in Your Fort Collins Home

Homeowners in Fort Collins can sometimes take electricity for granted. There are so many electric devices we use in our homes today, that it might be a surprise when you have an electric overload. They can, unfortunately, happen, however, and even though there are precautions like fuses and circuit breakers to keep these overloads from starting a fire, there are some things you can also do to help prevent it from happening in the first place.
If an electrical overload has left fire damage in your Fort Collins home, you need the professional assistance of a remediation company. At SERVPRO, our staff is trained and experienced in cleaning up damages from fire, including smoke and soot and we work quickly so you can get your life back in order. Therefore, it is easy to see why SERVPRO is the right choice for your remediation needs.
When the current of electricity going through a circuit is too much for it to handle, an electrical overload can happen. Usually, it occurs when you have too many devices plugged into a single circuit, but it can happen with older homes if you are trying to run an appliance that uses much energy. When the circuit overloads, it trips a breaker or blows a fuse. These are safeguards to stop your system from overheating and causing severe damage. However, they can malfunction, spark and create a blaze.
To avoid overload, knowing the amperage of your fuses or circuit breakers is a must. They should only be loaded to eighty percent of their amperage rating, and if you have a breaker that keeps tripping, you are going past this eighty percent. SERVPRO believes in providing information to our neighbors to always prevent fires and water damage. We live here, too.
When you call us for help because of a fire from an overload, our first step is to assess the damages. Even a small blaze produces acidic smoke and soot that needs to be cleaned up. Depending on how much smoke damage there is, there are various methods we can use to clean up the surrounding walls and ceiling.
Dry cleaning for ceilings with light-to-medium soiling that is non-grease based can be used, and the dry cleaning sponge is also utilized to pre-clean excess soils before we wet clean. Wet cleaning is used on metal, painted, or wood with heavy dry ash or soot residue or oil-based residues that are light to heavy. Alternatively, peroxide active cleaning can be used on acoustical or other porous and nonporous surfaces, especially if they have heavy soiling.  The always standing by HEPA filtered vacuums do a great job of suctioning up loose particles on surfaces.
SERVPRO of Fort Collins can assist you in restoring your home in Fort Collins or the surrounding areas after fire damage from a circuit overload. Reach out to us at (970) 493-6335 as soon as the flames are out; so we can get to you before the settled soot does more damage.

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4 Tips to Minimize Water Damage in Your Home

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Swelling wooden floor Standing water and swelling wood are situations that should be taken seriously

How To Minimize Water Damage In Your Home 

If you have experienced water damage in your home, you may be wondering what should be done to minimize harm and damage. Personal harm includes electrical and fall hazards. The building materials in your home can also suffer damage, such as swelling wood. Here are four tips to minimize water damage in your home.

1. Act Quickly
If you have a flood or major leak in your Fort Collins, CO, home, the most important step is to take immediate action. If it is safe for you to stay in your home, try to remove excess water by mopping or using a wet-dry vacuum. Remove any rugs, cushions, art items, and valuable objects to a dry place. Turn on air conditioning in the summer to help maximize drying. Even if you act quickly, some items, such as cabinets and subfloor, may need to be replaced.

2. Fix the Water Problem
If your water damage wasn’t caused by an external source, you need to identify the water problem. You may have a broken supply line or bursting pipe that needs water pipe repair. Your next step is to find the source of the problem and fix it. If you need help finding and fixing the problem, consult a water damage expert.

3. Replace Damaged Building Materials
If you’ve determined that you have swelling wood, it needs to be replaced. Damaged wood can continue to cause problems; therefore, it’s best to remove the wood and completely clean around and underneath it. In addition to wood, you may need to replace insulation and carpet padding. Some types of wood, like real wood or waterproof flooring, may not need to be replaced.

4. Contact Professionals
When it comes to safely restoring your home, contact professionals who have experience with water damage. A professional can inspect and clean your home so that there are no long-lasting, negative effects from the water damage.
Standing water and swelling wood are situations that should be taken seriously. Act quickly to minimize water damage in your Fort Collins, CO, home.

How To Avoid a Home Fire When Grilling

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Hot Empty Charcoal BBQ Grill With Bright Flames On The Black Background. Cookout Concept. A grill fire that spreads to a home in Fort Collins, CO, can be a devastating event

Avoid a Disaster When Cooking Outdoors

Grilling at home is something that nearly everyone enjoys and that can be done safely with a few precautions. Now and then a grill fire breaks out and more often than not the only casualty is the food on the grill. However, if a person is not careful or does something unwise, the fire can get out of control and involve the home. Keeping the following things in mind should avoid a disaster when cooking outdoors:

  • Do not cook too close to the home
  • Do not operate the grill near flammable items such as a gas can
  • Never operate a faulty grill
  • Secure the connections from the gas tank to the grill
  • Never leave the grill unattended

It is a good idea to clean the grill on a regular basis. This keeps oils and fats to a minimum and avoids the flaring up of flames.

What To Do During a Barbeque Fire
It is important to keep calm. Panic only makes things worse. So long as you are not too close to your home and there is nothing combustible nearby, the grill fire should stay contained. If it is not too hot, turn off the burners and then turn off the line from the gas tank. In a short time, the fire will simply go out. It is a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case the fire gets serious. You might ruin your food, but you could save your home.

What To Do After a Home Fire
A grill fire that spreads to a home in Fort Collins, CO, can be a devastating event. Calling in a professional fire remediation company can help you recover quickly. A trained team will have the experience and the resources to put your home back together again. Fire, soot, and smoke damage will soon be a thing of the past. The repair and restoration process is completed with as little disruption as possible to your family.

We Can Restore Your Fort Collins Commercial Property To Pre-Damage Condition

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration for Your Fort Collins Business

There is nothing more devastating to your dry-cleaning business in Fort Collins then a fire going through and destroying all that you have worked so hard to build. Therefore, it is essential that you focus on ways to keep your business and employees protected and safe. There are procedures you can take to help protect your business from fire.

It should be comforting to know that if you do experience a fire and commercial fire damage in your Fort Collins business, SERVPRO can help you restore your structure to the way it was. We are a professionally trained and experienced remediation company, and we do not waste time in restore and cleaning your building after a fire so you can open your doors to the public again.

Our goal in restoring your property is first to secure it to stop any more damage from occurring. Cleaning your structure focuses on removing the smoke residues and deodorizing odors that are given off by those residues. It does no good for SERVPRO techs to repair the damage from the fire and not get rid of the odors left behind from the smoke. Lingering smells are not something you want your customers to be greeted by when bringing their clothes to be cleaned.

The initial step to protecting your business from fire is to ensure you have the right equipment. Fire alarm systems, a fire sprinkler service, and essential contact information are vital things to have. You also need to have fire extinguishers available and a safety plan in place in case of the need for evacuation. You should keep track of your inventory as well. In case of a fire, you need to know everything that you lost for insurance reasons.

Have your building assessed for fire hazards. You can reach out to a fire marshal to come and inspect your location for more peace of mind. Make certain your employees know to call 911 in case of an emergency. Doing monthly drills, so everyone knows how to exit the building in an emergency is a good idea as well. Teach them how to use the fire sprinkler service and fire alarm designs.

SERVPRO of Fort Collins can thoroughly clean and restore your damaged business after a fire. Reach out to us by dialing (970) 493-6335 as soon as the fire is out so we can prevent additional damage from occurring.

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Does Your Business Struggle With Commercial Water Damage in Fort Collins?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Extraction Strategies for Your Fort Collins Bookstore

Your Fort Collins bookstore has a great deal of traffic and customers throughout the year, and you work hard to ensure that this does not change. One thing that you cannot account for is the possibility of a water loss incident that could threaten your business or your customers. Water damages can spread quickly throughout your building, threatening not only your stock of books and publications but also potentially allowing secondary effects such as mold growth to occur.  

Substantial incidents that require water extraction for your Fort Collins bookstore is something that you must address immediately to prevent irreparable damage and considerable loss in your investments in the works that you sell. Our SERVPRO technicians can arrive quickly with the resources and tools to help you remove the excess water effectively and to protect the contents of your shop from further harm.

From the time that our technicians arrive at your business, we have a finite window to remove this excess water to prevent overexposure and oversaturation of construction materials. It is our focus to preserve building materials whenever possible to avoid unnecessary tear out and reconstruction, and responding quickly to an emergency water loss incident can provide the opportunity to get the affected areas dried and restored with minimal material removal.

Our SERVPRO team has many pieces of extraction equipment that can help to remove this water quickly while our contents department relocates at risk novels, publications and other stock that could get threatened by excessive moisture, mold, or saturation. We can begin with the use of gas-powered pumps to remove much of the pooling water, but also utilize advanced equipment like our ROVER weighted extractor to force moisture and saturation from carpeted areas and subflooring.

While there are many ways that your bookstore could potentially face a water loss incident, make sure that you have the right professionals on your side to clean up the mess and make it “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Fort Collins water restoration specialists a call today at (970) 493-6335.

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