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Ready for what ever happens in Colorado Springs

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ready for what ever happens in Colorado Springs Storms can do sever damage to your home in El Paso County

When a storm or disaster strikes, is poised and “Ready for whatever happens.” With a network of more than 1,700 Franchises, the SERVPRO® System strives to be faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. 

To be prepared for a storm event your emergency supply kit may be different depending on what disasters you are likely to encounter, but according to ready.gov, a basic emergency kit should contain:

• Water (one gallon of water per person per day) • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply) • Battery-operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
• Flashlight • First aid kit • Whistle to signal  for help • Dust mask • Hygiene items • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Manual can opener • Local maps • Cell phone with chargers • Cash • Important documents • Fire extinguisher • Matches

Should you have encountered a disaster, call SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs with any cleanup you might need help with at (719) 266-0881.

SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs is ready for winter storms

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs is ready for winter storms We are ready for winter

When winter storms hit El Paso County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs is locally owned and operated so we are a part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which enables us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs proudly serves Colorado Springs, Fountain, Security-Widefield, Black Forest, Peyton, Calhan, Woodland Park, Ellicott, and all of Elbert and El Paso County. Call us with your mitigation concerns at (719) 266-0881.

When the severe storms roll in, we roll out

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fall is a colorful season with sometimes unpredictable weather. We at SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs are well prepared for this season and know how to prepare for a storm. Here some tips from your SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs team:

Before the Storm

To begin preparing, you should build  an emergency supply kit and make a  family communication plan. 
-  Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that  could fall and cause injury or damage during a  severe thunderstorm. 
-Postpone outdoor activities.
-  Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go  indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count  to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
-  Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or  cause damage.
-  Get inside a home, building, or hard top  automobile (not a convertible). Although you may  be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are  much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
-  Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires  provide NO protection from lightning. However,  the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.
-  Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If  shutters are not available, close window blinds,  shades or curtains.
- Unplug any electronic equipment well before the  storm arrives.

During the storm

- Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
-  Avoid contact with corded phones. Use a corded  telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and  cellular telephones are safe to use.
-  Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.  Unplug appliances and other electrical items such  as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power  surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
-  Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your  hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures  can conduct electricity.
-  Stay away from windows and doors, and stay  off porches. 
-  Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.
-  Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area. 
-  Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on  the water. 
-  Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated  sheds or other small structures in open areas.
-  Avoid contact with anything metal—tractors, farm  equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs,  and bicycles.
-  If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway  and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the  emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends.  Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that  conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

After the storm

-  Never drive through a flooded roadway.
-  Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep  from putting yourself at risk from the effects of  severe thunderstorms. 
-  Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or  to local radio and television stations for updated  information or instructions, as access to roads or  some parts of the community may be blocked.
-  Help people who may require special assistance,  such as infants, children and the elderly or those  with access or functional needs.
-  Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.

Should you experience storm damage and need help to put you home together again, call SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs, serving all of El Paso county, Woodland Park and Elbert at (719)266-0881.

Spring time is a good time to inspect the water supply lines

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Spring time is a good time to inspect the water supply lines on your appliances. Look for crimps, splits, pin holes and loose connections in supply lines to clothes washers, refrigerator ice/water dispensers, dishwashers, hot water heaters, toilets, etc. Spotting and fixing these conditions early can prevent costly water damages in your home.

If all prevention failed and you need a specialist with your mitigation services call SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs at (719) 266-0881.

Fast Facts on Flooding

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fast Facts on Flooding At least 25% of businesses that close after a flood event never reopen again.

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, out in the country, or even in the desert, there is potential for flooding. Anywhere it can rain, it can flood.

A variety of events can cause flooding, like: heavy rains, when ocean waves come onshore, if snow melts too fast, or when dams or levees break. A flooding event may occur over a long period and could last days, weeks, or longer.

The most dangerous type of flood, a flash flood, happens quickly with little or no warnings. Flash floods are the top weather-related killer in the U.S. since they can roll boulders, tear out trees and destroy buildings of low-lying areas in less than six hours, caused by intense rainfall from a thunderstorm or several thunderstorms.

At least 25% of the business that close after an event like a flood never reopen their doors. As little as one-inch of water can cause costly damage to your property. The average commercial flood claim was is more than $75,000.00.

SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs one of the over 1,700 franchises that have over 40 years of experience remediating flood damaged businesses. If a flood strikes your business, call SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs at (719) 266-0881

The importance of cleaning dryer vents

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning The importance of cleaning dryer vents Dirty dryer vent in Falcon, CO.

According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. To reduce the risk of these fires happening in
your home, SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.

Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a bird’s nest, or other potential obstacles. For more information on cleaning dryer vents, contact your local SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs Professionals.

SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs proudly serves Colorado Springs, Fountain, Security-Widefield, Black Forest, Peyton, Calhan, Woodland Park, Ellicott, and all of Elbert and El Paso County. Call us with your mitigation concerns at (719) 266-0881.

Smoke Alarms: LIFE SAVERS

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Alarms: LIFE SAVERS Smoke Alarms can safe your life!

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level, including the basement. Extra smoke alarms may be needed in large homes.


Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA). If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross. Be sure your home has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills with your family.

For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact your local SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs.

COMMERCIAL CLEANING SERVICES

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call in  SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs Franchise Professional. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs Franchise Professionals to make your workspace look its very best.
Your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will get the job done right and get it done quickly, because the SERVPRO® Advantage includes these benefits:

Award-Winning Training

Exclusive Cleaning Products

Nearly 50 years of Experience

SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs is locally owned and operated—so we’re a part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which enables us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs proudly serves Colorado Springs, Fountain, Security-Widefield, Black Forest, Peyton, Calhan, Woodland Park, Ellicott, and all of Elbert and El Paso County. Call us with your mitigation concerns at (719) 266-0881.

EMERGENCY READY PROGRAM

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial EMERGENCY READY PROGRAM Many businesses have an emergency contingency plan in place, but few have a plan to get back into their buildings following a disaster.

Up to 25% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens” speaks trust to your clients and employees that, in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility. This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • SERVPRO® is a sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating™ program. A free, web-based program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

Ready to get started?

Call SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs locally owned and operated—so we’re a part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which enables us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs proudly serves Colorado Springs, Fountain, Security-Widefield, Black Forest, Peyton, Calhan, Woodland Park, Ellicott, and all of Elbert and El Paso County. Call us with your mitigation concerns at (719) 266-0881.

DISASTERS AT EDUCATION FACILITIES

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial  DISASTERS AT EDUCATION FACILITIES AT SERVPRO® we believe learning shouldn’t be paused or canceled, even in the face of disaster.

Disasters at an educational facility are highly complex and require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a small school campus or an institute of higher education, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area so that normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. Your job is to provide valuable lessons and information to the students, ours is to make sure you have a safe place to do so.


OUR EXPERIENCE


Our experience in handling educational facilities cleanups has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following educational facilities:



  • K-12 Schools

  • Colleges & Universities

  • Dormitories

  • Private Schools

  • Libraries


SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs is locally owned and operated—so we’re a part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which enables us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.


SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs proudly serves Colorado Springs, Fountain, Security-Widefield, Black Forest, Peyton, Calhan, Woodland Park, Ellicott, and all of Elbert and El Paso County. Call us with your mitigation concerns at (719) 266-0881.