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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.

Health care facilites in Colorado Springs

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Health care facilites in Colorado Springs Medical facility in Colorado Springs was affected by flood.

We understand that time is crucial for both your operations and your patients. Our employees know how to handle regulated medical waste and undergo special training to work in operating rooms and other restricted areas, always adhering to HIPPA regulations. We also coordinate with environmental and infection control teams to monitor progress and make sure that all necessary health certifications are obtained prior to completing any job. Our number one priority is to quickly and safely take full responsibility of your cleanup needs so that you are free to focus on your number one priority: the patients.

At SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs our professionals are trained in adhering to the highest sanitation standards.

OUR EXPERIENCE

Our experience in the healthcare industry has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following healthcare facilities:

  • Hospitals 
  • Assisted Living Centers
  • Outpatient Surgical Centers 
  • Electronics and Machine Restoration
    Hospice Facilities
  • Senior Living Facilities
  • Medical Office Buildings
  • Document Drying and Restoration

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.

Electrical in the Office and at Home In El Paso County

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electrical in the Office and at Home In El Paso County Electrical Fire can happen anywhere in El Paso county

Consumer electronic products are more
prevalent than ever. Research indicates that
the average household owns more than
twenty-five consumer electronic products.
With all of today’s technology, it can prove
challenging to safely maintain power to all
of our electronic devices. Electrical outlets
are easy to overload and as a result, may
become hazardous. While adding a power strip
or extension cord seems like an easy solution to
a lack of electrical outlets, the wiring in some
buildings often isn’t capable of supporting too
many high-powered electronic appliances.

Older office buildings and homes, in particular,
often suffer from lack of electrical outlets. The
temptation is to simply add a power strip or plug
in an extension cord from across the room. Even
in newer office buildings and homes, it can be all
too easy to overload a single outlet with power-hungry machines such as computers, printers,
scanners and monitors.

When an employee or resident overloads an
electrical outlet, that means more current is
running through the outlet than it can handle.
This causes the outlet to overheat, which may
lead to an electrical fire. According to a 2008
National Fire Protection Association study,
electrical distribution and lighting equipment
are involved in more than 24,000 home structure
fires per year. These fires resulted in an average of 320 deaths per year and an estimated $700 million in property damage per year.1

If an electrical fire should occur, get safely away
from the fire and call your fire department. If you
choose to use an extinguisher on the fire, never
let the fire get between you and a safe exit, and
never use water to extinguish an electrical fire. The risk of electrical shock is far too great. Class C fire extinguishers use a non-conductive extinguishing agent and should not cause electrical shock.

To help prevent this and other electrical hazards,
refer to the list below (provided by Electrical
Safety Foundation International).


  • If you must use a power strip, use a name brand
    product from a reputable retailer.
    Low-quality or counterfeit power strips
    may contain wiring that isn’t adequate to
    carry the load.
    
  • Place power strips where there is plenty
    of air circulation to disperse the heat.
    
  • Never attempt to plug grounded (three prong)
    cords into an ungrounded (two prong)
    outlet.
    
  • Do not bind, kink or knot electrical cords.

Should you encounter the aftermath of an electrical fire, call SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs at (719) 266-0881 to help you get your life to normal again.

What to do until help arrives

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to do until help arrives Water damage can happen to anybody in Colorado Springs.

After learning more about the hazards
of flooding, you may be curious
about what to do in the event of an
actual flood in your home or business. These
emergency tips will help you take proper action
until SERVPRO of North Central Colorado
Professional arrives on the scene. These tips can
help reduce damage and increase the chances of
a successful restoration.

Water Damage from Clean Water:


  • Shut off the water source if possible or
    contact a qualified party to stop the
    water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the
    building, if access to power distribution
    panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture
    after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery
    cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks
    between furniture and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings,
    art objects, computers, documents and
    other materials that are valuable or sensitive
    to moisture.
  • Do not enter affected areas if electrical
    outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical hazards.
  • Don’t use a household vacuum to remove
    water. This could cause electrical shock or
    damage to the vacuum.

Water Damage from Contaminated Water:


  • Avoid all contact with sewage and any
    items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact
    with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through damaged or wet
    areas. This could increase the possibility of
    spreading contamination.
  • Do not use the HVAC system or fans to
    dry the structure, as this could spread
    contaminated air.
  • Do not use any products for personal
    hygiene or cleanliness if exposed to the
    contaminated area.

If you or anyone in your workplace are exposed
to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical examination. 

Should you have any mitigation needs call SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs proudly serving 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.

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.