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What To Keep in Your Business's First Aid Kit

5/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What To Keep in Your Business's First Aid Kit Among the most common things to include in a first aid kit are basic medical supplies

There Are a Few Things Every Emergency Kit Should Include

It's important for any business in Lone Tree, CO, to keep a first aid kit handy. Especially when cleaning up after a storm. Not only can one provide the basic necessities for bandaging up cuts and scrapes, but in an emergency a kit can help save valuable time while waiting for a medical professional. 

1. Basic Medical Supplies

Among the most common things to include in a first aid kit are basic medical supplies. These generally include an assortment of band-aids in various sizes and styles, antibiotic ointment, cleansing wipes, gauze, medical tape, scissors, and cotton swabs. They should be neatly organized so that the users can find what they need. You should also inform your employees and storm clean-up crew where the kit is kept so that it is easily accessible.

2. Emergency Supplies

Also included in your emergency kit should be supplies that may become necessary in the event of a true emergency. These may include gloves, an elastic tourniquet, a splint, resuscitation equipment, or elastic bandaging wraps. Having these tools available may help you perform first aid while waiting for the appropriate emergency personnel.

3. Medical Directions and Numbers

Another important thing you may want to include is a list of medical directions or phone numbers. Also include allergy information, the procedures for using the materials inside, and numbers for local doctors or emergency personnel. You may also want to include important numbers such as a storm damage restoration team who may be able to help with safe cleanup procedures in the event your property is damaged. Calling a team with the necessary knowledge, tools and equipment can help prevent your employees from attempting dangerous cleanup activities themselves.

When building a first aid kit it's important to include the basic medical supplies such as band-aids, gauze or an antibiotic cream. But you may also want to include emergency supplies not normally used in basic first aid. These tools may make a difference when waiting for emergency personnel. Additionally, you may want to include emergency medical directions such as allergy information or phone numbers.

How To Check Your Home for Damage After a Late Winter Storm: 3 Steps

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Check Your Home for Damage After a Late Winter Storm: 3 Steps  When storms roll in and cause damage to your home, SERVPRO can get the job done right.

Three Steps To Take After A Late Winter Storm Impacts Your Home 

The arrival of March in Beverly Hills, CO, may bring many things, including a late winter storm. These events can crop up quickly and cause considerable damage to your home, especially if a previous warmup had you preparing it for spring weather. If a late storm brought snow, ice and wind to your area, there are a few steps you can take to check your home for damage.

1. Inspect Your Pipes

Freezing temperatures and blizzard conditions can affect your home’s plumbing pipes, especially if they are not protected. After the storm has passed, check all your outdoor pipes and insulate them by wrapping their lengths in cotton rags or with a spray-on foam. Indoor pipes that run along exterior walls may also be at risk for freezing or bursting, so it is wise to check these as well.

2. Check Your Roof

High winds and heavy snow can cause serious roof damage, so you may want to check for missing tiles, exposed flashing and bent or hanging gutters. While the weather may not allow you to access your roof right away, you can check for leaks via your attic. If heavy snow is causing sagging in any areas, you might want to call your contractor right away to prevent collapse, something that could be dangerous and costly to fix as well.

3. Be Aware of Basement Flooding

A winter storm could be followed by lots of sunshine, which leads to a quick thaw. This could cause basement flooding, so check your sump pump and move stored belongings to higher ground for their safety. A flood damage and storm response service may be able to assist you if your sump pump is not operating properly and you are concerned about an imminent flooding event.

When a late winter storm impacts your Beverly Hills, CO, home, you may be unsure about what kind of damage may have occurred. Knowing where to look in the aftermath can keep your family and property safe until bad weather passes.

How To Care For Contents After Water Damage

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Care For Contents After Water Damage SERVPRO can remove items from the premises for treatment in an off-site facility and arrange for storage until restoration is complete.

The contents of a flooded company or commercial property that has experienced water damage may require specialized treatment. Items may require cleaning and disinfection depending on the level of contamination in water or may simply be dried. Find out more about the treatments that water damage restoration professionals may recommend for water-damaged contents of a building in Lone Tree, CO.

Remove or Discard

The first decision that experts must make is whether to remove wet contents for cleaning or advise that damaged items be discarded and replaced. Several factors impact the ease with which items can be cleaned:

  • Delicacy
  • Porosity
  • Contamination

Delicate or porous contents exposed to contaminated water may need to be disposed of and replaced. This is particularly the case if disinfection will cause further damage, as contaminated items may support bacteria and mold growth.

Clean and Disinfect

Durable porous items or non-porous materials from a flooded company may withstand cleaning. Restoration professionals use several specialized methods:

  • Dry cleaning
  • Foam
  • Immersion (with or without ultrasonic waves)
  • Spraying and wiping
  • Wet cleaning

A commercial restoration service will have access to all of the equipment and cleaning solutions necessary to attempt any of these treatments. Experts can recommend which methods are most likely to restore the condition of contents without causing additional damage.

Dry and Restore

Items exposed to clean water from a broken pipe may simply be dried. Contents that come into contact with contaminated water or become stained should also be dried as soon as cleaning is complete. Dry contents can be restored once the affected area is also dry. Specialized cleaning methods may be necessary to restore the condition of damaged contents at a flooded company or commercial building in Lone Tree, CO. A damage mitigation and restoration service can remove items from the premises for treatment in an off-site facility and arrange for storage until restoration is complete.

How to Know if Your Property Has a Mold Problem

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial How to Know if Your Property Has a Mold Problem Call SERVPRO, equipped to handlle inspectation and mold remediation.

Steps To Know If Your Property Has A Mold Problem

A mold infestation can usually be prevented with routine property maintenance and HVAC Cleaning. However, if you are taking over as the property manager, and you are unaware of your predecessors cleaning practices, then you may be suspicious of an existing mold problem. To put your mind at ease, there are a few steps you can take.

1. Inspect the Property

While it may seem obvious, a general property inspection is the easiest way to find a mold problem. Inspect the ceilings, basement, air ducts and behind objects like water heaters and boilers. Be sure that your general visual inspection is thorough and all-encompassing.

2. Acknowledge Odors

Mold has a distinct odor. It is musty and stale and is typically accompanied by a heaviness in the air. If you notice a scent like this but cannot pinpoint the location, then pay attention to when the smell occurs. Is it only happening when the heating and cooling system cycles on? If so, then you may have mold in your system and should schedule an HVAC cleaning as soon as possible to mitigate any further damage.

3. Look at Vent Covers

If you suspect a mold problem in your ductwork, you can verify it by inspecting the vent covers around the property. Mold in your vents may leave a black substance on your vent covers. While it may look like dust, upon cleaning it, you will likely notice that it smears like grease. Cleaning vents and the duct work just inside may help initially, but a more in-depth and more thorough cleaning may be necessary to eliminate the problem.

4. Call the Professionals

A mold specialist in the Lone Tree, CO, area is better equipped to handle inspection and remediation because they have both experience and certifications in removal and cleaning. Therefore, if you suspect mold, you can call in an expert to verify the problem and present you with appropriate cleaning measures.

Mold removal and cleanup may require thorough property and HVAC Cleaning. However, the first step is to diagnose the problem through a general property inspection. If an inspection warrants further assessment, then you can call in a professional for help.

Water Damage and Vital Business Documents

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Water Damage and Vital Business Documents Water loss in your commercial building? Call SERVPRO

Water Damage and Document Restoration

Water damage is difficult to handle for any type of property owner, but when the paperwork of a business is affected, the timeliness of document restoration is especially vital. It's crucial that business owners take steps to protect tax records, certifications, and other books and papers.

  • Identify your most valuable paperwork.
  • Keep multiple copies, storing one copy in the office and safeguard other copies at a vault or safe deposit box.
  • Make digital copies.
  • Protect the work place from the elements and from natural disasters.

Sometimes, unfortunately, important paperwork is still affected by flooding, mold growth, or other types of moisture. When this happens, a quick response and professional restoration services are necessary.

Insurance Companies Recommend Professionals

Insurance companies generally make recommendations that will minimize their own financial risks. When broken pipes, high humidity levels, or natural disasters lead to water-logged papers, insurance providers may suggest that businesses contact licensed, experienced professionals, such as those at SERVPRO.

Avoid Further Damage

While the bulk of document drying services should only be carried out by certified professionals, there are some steps business owners can take to reduce further damage.

  • Handle documents as little as possible. Even the act of lifting a water-logged page can cause irreparable damage.
  • Remove water from the area immediately. Gently remove water from document storage areas.
  • Do not use blow dryers, heat, or sunlight to dry books and papers.

Some cleanup and restoration professionals are trained and certified to handle document restoration. For example, SERVPRO technicians handle document drying and restoration in their own facilities. This decision keeps costs down for clients and for insurance companies. Keeping the work under one roof also means that books and papers are handled less often, so they face less risk of being further damaged.

Hire Experts With the Right Qualifications

When vital business paperwork is affected by water damage, only professionals with the right training, experience, and equipment should handle document restoration. Anyone else in Carriage Club, CO, may cause irreparable damage to books and papers.

How To Keep Your Home Dry by Being Vigilant

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How To Keep Your Home Dry by Being Vigilant Hire disaster restoration specialist in the Heritage Hills, CO area

How To Keep Your Home Dry by Being Vigilant

A broken pipe can be sudden, leaving water in home that was unexpected, but possibly avoidable. Many people overlook the effectiveness of routine maintenance, especially when it comes to home plumbing. It is easy to neglect elements that are out of sight and out of mind, but these elements, like plumbing, are what make your daily routines possible. While it is impossible to negate every disaster, many potential plumbing issues can be resolved or prevented with regular inspections.

1. Inspect HVAC Seasonally

From poor seals to breaks in lines, HVAC systems are common causes of water damage. These systems require inspections, and while many manufacturers may suggest that annual inspections are enough, it is likely better to inspect these units seasonally. Performing checks at the change of seasons ensure that the unit is operating as expected, providing peace of mind and insurance for impending weather.

2. Check Appliances Routinely

Another contributor to excess water in home is appliances. Dishwashers, washers, water heaters and even refrigerators may be the cause of water issues in your home if not checked routinely. Water lines can break, and connections can loosen. Therefore, check appliances monthly to make sure that everything is working as it should.

3. Improve Ventilation and Use Dehumidifiers

While direct water flow can present a significant problem, moisture buildup can be equally problematic. If exhaust fans are not working correctly or areas of your home are experiencing higher than normal humidity levels, then mold may develop. Therefore, routine inspections of ventilation systems may be necessary as well as the purchase of dehumidifiers.

4. Hire Professionals

Honestly, most thorough inspections should be performed by a licensed and certified plumbing or disaster restoration specialist in the Heritage Hills, CO, area. These professionals not only handle water damage and pipe cleanup, but they also assist in home assessments and disaster prevention.

Water in home belongs in the pipes and plumbing, not running loose in your walls, ceilings and subfloors. Perform regular inspections to ensure the proper functioning of your plumbing and to ensure your home stays dry.

Understanding the Differences Between Mold and Mildew

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding the Differences Between Mold and Mildew Mold can appear in a variety of greens, blacks and yellows

Mold vs Mildew

Mold damage can be costly, and more than that mold can be aggressive and persistent, meaning that while it may appear in one place, it can quickly spread to others. However, it is necessary to note that not every fungal problem is mold. Mold and mildew present in similar ways but one is far less problematic than the other.

1. Aggressiveness

Mildew growth is typically localized, meaning that it does not tend to spread to other areas. However, mold does spread quickly and depending on the ventilation and air circulation of the area, it can travel large distances, invading multiple areas in your home.

2. Harmfulness

Mold damage can present significant health risks. The most dangerous of mold species is likely toxic black mold, which as the name implies is toxic to humans. Mildew, alternatively, is less harmful and can typically be removed without much worry.

3. Appearance

Mold growth can usually be identified by its fuzzy texture. Also, mold is quite colorful when compared to mildew. Mold can appear in a variety of greens, blacks and yellows, usually displaying a gradient of those colors. Mildew, however, is generally flat, appearing in grays and whites. Mold, essentially, is three-dimensional extending over the surface while mildew typically appears as a stain.

4. Remediation

Mildew can be remedied quite simply with an over-the-counter cleaner, and the removal of mildew may be handled by yourself. Mold, however, often requires specialized cleaners and, due to its possible toxicity, should only be managed by a mold remediation specialist in the Castle Pines, CO, area.

While mold damage can be expensive to remedy, it is important to understand if you are actually dealing with mold before panicking. Mold and mildew present in similar ways, but each fungal type is handled differently. Mildew is less dangerous and can be removed easily, but mold may be harmful and requires experienced and certified professionals for removal.

3 Benefits of Electronic Claims Services

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Electronic Claims Service

An electronic claims service can facilitate filing and processing an insurance claim. These services are designed to benefit insured parties, insurance representatives and restoration professionals. There are three major benefits to services such as the SERVPRO Claims Information Center.

1. Easy Access

It should be easy for parties involved in the processing of a claim to be able to view data and track process through an online service. By logging onto an electronic claims service, an insurance agent should be able to access:

  • Collected data on claims, damage and cost
  • Individual claim information
  • Mitigation and restoration company comparisons

All of this information can help an agent or adjuster make sure that a claim is accurate and complete. The ease of accessing an electronic service can also reduce communication-related delays that may otherwise slow down the claim filing process.

2. Extensive Data

In addition to having access to an estimate and claim information for an individual insured party, an electronic claims service should also offer access to other useful data. Specifically, it can be useful to compare:

  • Causes of loss
  • Job file costs
  • Response times
  • Types of claims

This data can help an insurer make sure that the amounts of an insurance claim or estimate are reasonable compared to other claims filed in a county, state, region or nationwide.

3. Expedited Processing

One of the most significant advantages to electronic claims services is the elimination of several common causes of delays in settling a claim. Fewer back-and-forth communications between an insurance agent and mitigation and restoration company should be necessary when information is readily available through an electronic resource.

Every one of these benefits of electronic claims services is available through the SERVPRO Claims Information Center. This resource, combined with the company's all-in-one mitigation and restoration services, allows for faster insurance claim settlements after damage to a residence in Highland Ranch, CO.

Rethinking Infrastructure: An Urban Answer to Flooding

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Rethinking Infrastructure: An Urban Answer to Flooding Flooding can happen anywhere.

An Urban Answer To Flooding

Land development gives an air of progress, opportunity and innovation. A possible byproduct of development in Lone Tree, CO however, could be an increased vulnerability to high water. Many modern cities are putting structures in place that help prevent damaging floods that could cost millions of dollars in repairs. By building these items into their infrastructure, they protect their cities and the businesses within.

Gates

Cities with waterways can benefit from a movable gate system that can be closed when conditions indicate that floodwater could become a threat. These gates may feature certain elements to stop flooding. They include

  • Computerized walls
  • Sensors for automatic closure when water gets too high
  • Hydraulic gates that can operate even if the power goes out

By blocking excess water to the portions of rivers and canals that border the cities’ business and industrial districts, business owners have little need to fear the rise of high water when storm season hits.

Tunnels

Many cities have intricate systems of drainage tunnels that direct water away from structures into areas that can handle it without causing any damage. These tunnels often serve a dual purpose. In addition to redirecting excess floodwater, some of them are part of a hydraulic system that pushes barriers into place to slow or halt the flow.

Barriers

Many buildings in flood-prone areas are built with caution in mind. Flood mitigation experts suggest that, instead of relying on emergency sandbags to keep water away from your building’s foundation, you could have barriers built right into your property. Motorized barriers are not only easier to operate but also easier to put away once flood prevention is no longer necessary.

Low-tech options have historically prevented flood damage to some extent. As engineering innovations improve, however, many cities are beginning to rely on more consistent ways of combating high water. Through a combination of gates, tunnels and barriers built into city infrastructure, as well as individual commercial buildings, major flood issues could become a thing of the past.

5 Things To Include in Your Home’s Emergency Plan

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 5 Things To Include in Your Home’s Emergency Plan Fire extinguishers can be important tools in the event of a small fire in a Lone Tree,CO

5 Things To Include in Your Home’s Emergency Plan

For a homeowner in Lone Tree, CO, having a fire escape plan can be an important aspect of home safety. Many experts, including fire damage restoration services, recommend the following things to include in your plan to help keep your family safe.

1. Where the Fire Extinguishers Are

Fire extinguishers can be important tools in the event of a small fire. Including their locations and instructions for proper use can help ensure everyone is prepared if handling one becomes necessary.

2. Who Is In charge of Pets and Children

One part of fire preparation that many people overlook is planning for someone to be in charge of any pets or small children in the house. This may be a single person in all instances or a plan for clearly communicating with each other at the time.

3. The Location of Exits

Knowing the locations of the exits is also an important point to include in your fire escape plan. It’s best to plan for at least two exits from any point in the building. This can help ensure safe passage in case one route is blocked.

4. A Safe Meeting Location

In the event you face a home fire, it’s wise to have a meet up location for after the evacuation. This should be an easily identifiable place a safe distance from the home.

5. Times To Practice

It’s also important to make time to practice your escape plan. This way, everyone involved can have the opportunity to learn their best routes and responsibilities. You may want to run several drills, pretending there is a fire in different locations.

Including these things in your fire escape plan can make it easier to get your family safely out of the building during an emergency. Remember to ensure that everyone knows where the exits are, where to meet up, and if they’re responsible for a pet or another family member.