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SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs voted top place to work in Colorado Springs

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Every year the Colorado Springs Gazette chooses its "Best of Colorado Springs" with various categories like best restaurant, best BBQ, best live music venue, and best places to work. SERVPRO of North Central Colorado Springs won 3rd best workplace for 76-299 employees. We pride ourselves on our company culture and our employees are part of our family, as such they can provide a high level of service to our customers and spread our culture around the city. 

How Can You Prepare Your Business For a Flood?

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

Hand writing an Emergency Evacuation Plan on clipboard beside Exit Door The best time to plan your evacuation route is now

Here Are Some Things You Should Consider When Creating a Storm Preparedness Plan

The last few years have shown that severe inclement can devastate areas quickly, often going places that many thought would not be touched. That means business owners throughout the states and particularly Colorado Springs, CO, should consider how to handle flood water, efficiently and safely. Here are three things that proprietors should consider in creating a storm preparedness plan.

1. Think Ahead
A flooded building poses several major issues. Documents and electronics could be ruined. Titleholders may not be permitted access, and important assets could be harmed. For that reason, don't take chances. Before anything comes your way, sit down and plan out how to help yourself. Locate all paperwork such as titles, contracts, and financial notes. Take photos of them, or scan them. Then, upload them to a cloud. That way, should moisture ruin a computer system or filing area, you can still pull up records. In addition, understand your insurance policy, reviewing any deductibles, clauses and procedures. Do this annually, speaking with your agent about any concerns.

2. Prepare the Building
When watches and warnings are issued, take steps to minimize flood water problems. Have the roof reviewed, covering up any loose shingles or flashing. Then, walk the perimeter, picking up items and branches that could become lifted up by high winds. Your goal is to remove anything that could puncture the roof, walls or windows. Even small objects could become missiles when intense gales occur. Finally, board up windows and doors.

3. Get It Fixed
After the system passes, contact your insurance agency and a water restoration company. They can assess any water damage, determining the extent of repairs. By working closely with your insurance agent and remediation crews, you may be able to expedite the process. Remember to discard anything touched by external water. It could contain bacteria and prove hazardous to you, employees and clients. Then, work as a team to sanitize the rooms and restore the place.
Your company is valuable, and you'll want it up and running as soon as possible. Don't wait for a disaster to happen. Instead, organize yourself now, saving documentation and contacts. Then, work with professionals to fix the shop.

FAQs About Supply Line Changes

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water leaking from refrigerator Leaking refrigerator supply line

Your water supply lines in your home in Colorado Springs, CO, help to bring water into your home, ensuring appliances in your home such as toilets, showers, sinks and bathtubs have adequate water flow. As a homeowner, it's often useful to know about supply line damage and the importance of replacing supply lines.

What Are Signs of Damage to a Supply Line?

A damaged supply line can cause major damage to your home, and homeowners whose homes have sustained excessive amounts of water damage may find it useful to contact water damage restoration experts. There are several common signs that your supply line may be damaged, including:

  • Mold growth near or around your supply line
  • A musty odor in your bathroom
  • A sudden, unexplained spike in your water bills
  • Low water pressure in sinks or showers
  • A bathroom leak

How Often Should You Replace Your Supply Line?

Different types of lines are prone to different types of supply line damage, and therefore, there isn't a set period of time that every line should be replaced. Plastic supply lines generally come with a warranty of about five to eight years; any point after this time, you may need to replace them. However, steel braided supply lines frequently come with a lifetime warranty and generally do not need to be replaced as frequently as plastic supply lines.

Can You Prevent Damage to Your Supply Lines?

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent damage to your supply line. To prevent major damage, know common signs of supply line issues. If you do suspect a supply line leak, it's often important to quickly shut off the water in your home. If older lines or plastic lines need to be replaced, it can also be cost-effective long-term to install durable steel braided supply lines.

As with any element in your home, it can be wise to learn about supply lines. Though supply line damage has the potential to devastate your home, being knowledgeable about signs of damage, when to replace your supply line and how to prevent damage can help you to keep your supply lines functioning at their best.

The Life-cycle of Mold and How to Treat It

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Macro image of mold. Mold spores Mold spores thrive on moisture

Three Things To Remember About Mold

When you have a home in Colorado Springs, CO, you may be considering contacting a local mold remediation service to help prevent spreading mold on your property. However, preventing mold in the first place can require you to understand how this organism works. Here are three things to remember.

1. Mold Starts Small

All mold, including black mold, starts small. That is with a single spore too small to be seen by the naked eye. This is why many remediation services will first test for mold to confirm its presence before beginning the cleanup process. These tests may include taking a physical sample of a material where mold may be growing, swabbing a potential area, or air testing. Doing so can confirm the presence of unseen mold, and help identify what type of spores they are dealing with.

2. Mold Grows in Specific Conditions

There are several conditions that are required for spreading mold. Mold is a fungus which means it first must have organic materials which it can break down for nutrients. These may be wood, drywall, carpeting, or plant matter. Mold spores also require moisture which can come from pooling water, condensation, or even a space of high humidity. Mold also grows better in dark or dim areas.

3. Mold Spreads via Spores

Another thing to be aware of during mold remediation, is the fact that mold spreads by spores. This means that in many cases your remediation service will first contain the area where mold is present before beginning clean up. Doing so can help ensure that spores do not migrate to other areas of the home where they can cause future problems.
When learning how to prevent spreading mold in the home, it’s important to understand the life-cycle of mold and how it grows. Remember, mold starts small with a single spore and then absorbs the nutrients around it until it can create more spores and generate a colony. It prefers dark and wet conditions, and if found should be removed as quickly as possible. It’s best to contact a professional for this task.

What You Need To Know About Ice Dams

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Icicles hanging from a roof Ice dams occur when there are varied temperatures on your snowy roof

What You Need To Know About Ice Dams

You may think that once a winter storm ends, the risk of damage to your Colorado Springs, CO, home is over. However, that is not the case. That’s because an ice dam can develop on your roof.
The dam can block melting water from flowing off the roof. Instead, the water can flow through cracks in the roof and enter your home.

Ice dams occur when there are varied temperatures on your snowy roof. Specifically, if the higher parts of your roof have a temperature above freezing, the snow on that section of the roof will melt. The melted snow will then flow down to the lower section of the roof. If the temperature there is more than 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the water will refreeze, creating the dam.
Warmer temperatures on parts of the roof surface thus can cause an ice dam. This heat can enter the roof in three ways:

  1. Convection
  2. Radiation
  3. Conduction

Convection, Radiation and Conduction

Convection occurs when rising air brings heat to the roof. Air leakage within the home is a common source of convection. Radiation works similarly but occurs when the heat moves via electromagnetic rays. Conduction, meanwhile, is heat transfer through a solid object, such as a pot on the stove.

Preventing and Handling Ice Dams

The best way to stop ice dam coverage from damaging your home is to prevent dams from forming in the first place. You may want to move your exhaust system so it doesn’t end right above the roof. Attics, meanwhile, should be properly insulated to keep heat from escaping. You should also make your ceilings airtight.
If you do notice a dam on your roof, try creating channels in the dam that the blocked water can flow through. You can do this by hosing the roof with tap water.
Still, this may not completely prevent the melted snow from entering your home. Thankfully, even if your house is affected by an ice dam, water damage repair specialists can assist with the restoration process.

3 Things You Should Know About Black Water

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Black water If you have water damage after a storm, whether it is from contaminated water or not, it is important to have it removed right away

3 Things You Should Know About Black Water

After a severe storm in Colorado Springs, CO, you may have experienced damage from a flood. If this is the case, then the water that you are dealing with is different from what you may be used to. The following questions and answers may help you understand it a bit better.

1. What is Black Water?

There are three categories of water with increasing levels of contamination. Black water, or category 3, is the highest. This water contains significant amounts of harmful chemicals, bacteria, sewage and other contaminants. It can cause a lot of damage to your building and can be hazardous to the health of you and your workers as well.

2. Where Does It Come From?

Category 3 water most often comes from backed up sewage or flooding. Water damage that comes from above, such as with a broken pipe, leaks or rain, is often considered to be category 1 or clean water. When water rises up from the ground, it becomes contaminated as it mixes with sewage, dirt and other harmful substances.

3. Can You Clean It On Your Own?

While you may consider cleaning the water damage on your own, this is not recommended. Because this kind of water is highly contaminated, it can be unsafe for you to handle without proper training and safety gear. Instead, it is a good idea to hire a professional. If the area is not thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, it could create additional problems as well.
If you have water damage after a storm, whether it is from contaminated water or not, it is important to have it removed right away. Even water from a clean source can contribute to secondary damage like rotting building materials and mold growth. An emergency cleanup and restoration company will have the necessary equipment and experience to return your building to its previous condition quickly and safely. They can also sanitize and salvage many of your affected belongings.

What to do About Your Noisy Water Heater

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Detail of a technician using a wrench to tighten a fitting Water heater maintenance is one of the best ways to prevent leaks

Your Water heater is the lifeblood of your home. It controls the flow of water to your sinks, tubs, and major appliances while allowing you to regulate the desired temperature for drinking, bathing, and other needs for you and your family. Like any other major appliance, problems can occur over time, and repair and/or replacement costs can skyrocket when not properly maintained. Fortunately, simple observations may be enough to help you diagnose a potential problem as it arises.

Identifying Problems Through Listening

Water heater noises are varied and can stem from several potential problems. Some issues can be small and easy to fix yourself, while others may require professional help. Note the following common occurrences and their sounds:

Partially-closed valves – Water line valves that are partially closed forces water to push through smaller openings, creating a screaming sound. Ensure all valves are completely open when hearing this noise.
Sediment buildup – Sediment naturally forms over time around element tubes and traps water beneath the layers, indicated by a crackling sound. The element should be cleaned, or replaced if the noise persists
Loose sediment – At times, sediment deposits can be stirred inside your tank when water is flowing through, causing a rumbling noise. Using a deliming solution during a water heater flush should solve the problem.

Additional Maintenance Notes

Water heater maintenance is one of the best ways to prevent leaks and premature breakdowns. The buildup of sediments and other minerals are a major cause for issues, particularly if you have hard water. Installing a water softener, and regular flushing and cleaning of the system can help prevent long term issues. If leaking does occur, always consult a water cleanup and mold remediation professional in Colorado Springs, CO, to ensure there is no extensive damage to your heater and the surrounding area. The cost of regular maintenance often pales in comparison to that of a major repair or replacement, so taking the time to observe your heater and keep it clean can save a fortune in the long run.

Keep Dryers Lint Free

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

 Hand cleaning accumulated clothing lint from trap in clothes dryer Lint traps should be cleaned after very load

A dryer seems like a convenient, safe appliance that lets you forget it and go. If you don’t maintain it properly, a lint fire can happen, which can cause sever fire damage to your home in Colorado Springs, CO.

A Surprising Amount of Lint

Depending on your family size or how often you go through clothes, it is likely that you do a lot more laundry than you realize. An average family does approximately eight to 10 loads a week. Every load means small fabric, dust and dirt particles are collecting in your dryer’s int trap, vent and duct work. Lint is highly combustible, making it vital to eliminate.

Cleaning Out the Lint

Instead of dealing with a potential dryer fire and needing expert help in repairing the damage, good habits can go a long way.

Lint traps should be cleaned after very load. Most appliances make this easy. The trap usually slides out and the lint can be lifted off. Any lint that is leftover should be scrubbed off with a brush. Every few weeks, the screen should be rinsed with water. While the screen is out, vacuum in and around its entry point.
Approximately once a year, unplug the dryer and inspect the vent and hose or pipe connected to the dryer. Wipe lint off of the opening and clean any leftover in the hose or pipe. A brush can bused to clean the interior of the vent.
Don’t forget the exterior vent. Ensure the vent flap is still attached and working properly. Vacuum or wipe out the opening. This should be done a few times a year.

Extra Safety Tips

To further avoid a lint fire, ensure your dryer is properly installed. Additionally, avoid drying clothes stained with chemicals, gas, oil or cleaning products, and only operate the dryer while at home.
In most cases, a lint fire happens because of improper cleaning and maintenance. Taking a little extra to be safe is worth it.

Mold 101: The Basics You Should Know

9/28/2019 (Permalink)

Mold in an attic Mold damage in a Colorado Springs, CO attic

Three Things You Should Know About Mold

When dealing with mold prevention in your Colorado Springs, CO, home, there are a few things you may need to know before you can take the proper mitigation steps. Knowing about what mold is and how it grows can allow you to have an in-depth conversation with your local mold remediation service about what to expect in your home. Here are three things you should know about mold.

1. What Mold Is

Mold, at its most basic level, is a fungi. This means that it grows well in damp, dark areas of high humidity. Fungi feed off organic material such as wood, drywall, carpeting, and similar products. They also reproduce by creating spores which can spread and form new colonies.

2. Where it Grows

It's common to find mold growth in darker more humid areas at the home such as basements, attics or bathrooms. It may also grow in areas where water damage has occurred. These are usually the first locations than a mold prevention and remediation professional make check. Even if the mold is unseen, if you suspect growth your local professional can perform a test to help determine its location.

3. How to Remove it

If you do find mold in your home it's always best to contact a professional to have it removed. This way they can properly contain the problem to ensure that they get even the smallest spores to help prevent regrowth of the mold colony. A professional with the ability to quarantine the area can also help prevent the spread of spores to other locations in the house, which may also help mitigate future issues.
Understanding mold growth can help you take the appropriate mold prevention steps to protect your home. Mold is a fungi that grows best in dark humid environments, and can be found in a variety of places around the home. If you believe you may have mold in your home it's best to contact a professional as soon as possible for removal.

Your Rental House, Polybutylene Pipes and Risk Management

9/28/2019 (Permalink)

The hand of someone holding a polybutylene pipe Discovering that your older property has polybutylene pipes can be an ominous sign of the future health of the building

Your Rental House, Polybutylene Pipes and Risk Management

As an owner of a rental property in Colorado Springs, CO there’s no lack of maintenance issues that have to be resolved. Discovering that your older property has polybutylene pipes can be an ominous sign of the future health of the building. Is it time to replace them?

What’s the Problem?

Millions of houses were built with this type of plumbing system from 1978 to 1996 and many of these systems still remain. These pipes are notorious for forming micro-fractures that eventually burst; oxidation and chlorine exposure weakens them over time. These pipes were originally thought to be super durable due to their flexibility, but time has proven otherwise. If you’re still contemplating whether to risk keeping the current pipe system versus replacing it, consider these consequences of keeping the old:

  • Emergency Pipe Leaks
  • Damage to Property
  • Insurance Claims
  • Unhappy Residents

To make things worse, some insurers don’t even cover houses that are fitted with these pipes. And if they do, they may charge higher premiums for these properties. These days polybutylene pipes are usually replaced with either copper or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes. Unfortunately, there’s really no way to repair the old pipes, so the question comes down to replacing them now or flirting with the possible consequences of waiting.

Things to Consider

It’ll most definitely be costly to repipe the house, but it could be way more expensive to wait until there’s a problem. If you don’t get them replaced you could risk being sued by residents, having to invest in expensive remediation services or possibly losing your valuable property completely. Consider it an investment in the future of your business. You and your residents will feel much more confident knowing that your property’s plumbing system will be in good shape for many years to come.
If your property sustains water damage from a leaky or ruptured polybutylene pipe, you can count on remediation professionals to do a quick and thorough cleanup.