Recent Commercial Posts

Biohazard Spill in Lakewood Business?

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

A crew in hazmat suits are cleaning a spill. We restore biohazardous spills in Jefferson County 24-hours a day.

When the accident happened and the chemicals spilled onto the warehouse floor, my foreman told me to call SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl.  Their technicians have been restoring chemical spills and other biohazards for over forty years in the Lakewood area. They have the experience, equipment, and protective gear required to clean and dispose of dangerous biohazards.

Biohazard Restoration Services

  • Chemical spills
  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

Here are some tips from our website on what to do and NOT do while waiting for help to arrive:

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated
  • Turn off the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) if there is sewage damage

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors
  • Don’t use your vacuum to remove water
  • Don’t use television or other electrical appliances
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

Call Us Today!

When your Lakewood home or business has a biohazard emergency, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl can help. We have the training, equipment, and experience to safely clean, restore, and dispose of biohazard contaminants. Call us today at 303-973-4664.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Deep Cleaning Services for Ken Caryl Businesses?

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

A clean, modern office setting is shown. Our cleaning services keep your business looking its best in Jefferson County.

You get one chance to make a great first impression.

Now our offices look and smell great! Clients were coming to visit our home offices, and our offices were beginning to look kind of tired. Our office manager called SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl. They came out and cleaned from top to bottom: light fixtures, millwork, blinds, drapes, upholstery, carpets, floors – you name it, they cleaned it.

Is your workplace beginning to look dull and dingy? Over time, the cleaning products janitorial services use can build up and leave a film that requires professional help to remove. SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl provides a variety of specialty cleaning services to keep your business looking its best. Our services exceed what a routine janitorial service can do.

Commercial Cleaning Services

  • Air Ducts and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

We have over forty years of experience working in all kinds of business settings and buildings:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial
  • Government/Military

Call Us!

When you need commercial cleaning services, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 303-973-4664. We'll make your Ken Caryl business sparkle and shine, "Like it never even happened."

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial Property Damage in Ken Caryl?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Water-damaged ceiling tiles lay on the floor of a hallway in a commercial building. We are trusted leaders in commercial property damage restoration in Jefferson County.

Ken Caryl Businesses Have Been Relying on Us for Over Forty Years!

Although we are better known for emergency fire and water restoration, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has been providing a full range of commercial cleaning, restoration, and rebuilding services for Ken Caryl businesses for over forty years! Our commitment to putting the customer first and providing the highest level of service and support is a testament to our continued success.

Commercial Services

  • Certified SERVPRO Cleaned
  • Commercial Restoration
  • Commercial Water Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events
  • Disaster Recovery Team
  • Commercial Cleaning
  • Building Services

We work on all kinds of businesses and buildings, including:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial
  • Government/Military

Highly Trained Team

Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl responds to commercial and residential property damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Lakewood. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your property damage in Ken Caryl, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial Water Damage Prevention Tips for Ken Caryl?

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

The carpeted hallway of a commercial office building is shown. We are trusted commercial water damage restoration specialists in Jefferson County.

New Lake in Ken Caryl?

You would never know by looking at this picture that this hallway had been underwater a day ago. A plumbing valve failed over the weekend in our Ken Caryl offices, and water ran its course through the building until the water main was shut off two days later. What a mess. There was water up to the baseboards in the hallway!

My insurance adjuster told me to call SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl. Their team arrived quickly and immediately began extracting the water from the building using powerful industrial-grade extraction machines. After the water was extracted, they set up air movers and blowers and documented the drying process to ensure the area was restored to normal moisture levels.

They replaced the failed valve and cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized the building. Now you would never know there had been a tiny lake in the building!

Call Us!

You never know when you may have a water damage emergency, but when you do, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Here to Help. ® We respond to commercial and residential water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Ken Caryl. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your commercial water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Vandalism and Graffiti Damage in Lakewood?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

A broken window is shown. We respond to vandalism emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

This picture looks like some rare plant species, but it is actually what is left of a window after this business was vandalized. It is important to repair property damage quickly to keep your business looking its best and to protect the structure from the elements.

Lakewood business owners know they can rely on SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl to respond to property damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Lakewood area. We offer a full range of vandalism and graffiti cleanup and restoration services, including:

  • Spray paint removal from exterior and interior walls
  • Building reconstruction services
  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal
  • Glass, plastic, wood, metals, masonry, and asphalt cleaning

Additionally, we offer a full range of commercial deep cleaning services that exceed the scope of a routine janitorial service, including:

Call Us Today!

When your commercial business experiences vandalism or graffiti damage, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is on-call 24-hours a day and is ready to respond. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your vandalism damage in Lakewood, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Water-damaged Business in Lakewood?

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Water is shown covering a floor in a room. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

Is Your Lakewood Business Underwater?

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has been serving the business community of Jefferson County for forty years and we know how fast mitigation saves our customers time and money. We know that every minute your business is closed due to a water damage emergency represents lost revenue and reduced productivity, so we work to get your business back up and running quickly, efficiently, and with minimal disruption to your customers and employees.

We follow the one, four eight, hour rule which means:

  • We will respond to your call within the first hour of your call
  • We will arrive onsite within four hours or less
  • We will contact your insurance adjuster within eight hours

Water Restoration Certification

Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, the nonprofit certifying body for the restoration industry. Water restoration certifications include:

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business has a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is on-call 24-hours a day and is ready to respond. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your commercial water damage in Lakewood, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

OSHA Guidelines for Fire Extinguisher Usage in Lakewood

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl knows that owning a fire extinguisher is not enough. Knowing the proper use of fire extinguishers can prevent fire from destroying lives in Lakewood.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers train their employees how and when to use fire extinguishers. OSHA does not allow untrained employees to use a fire extinguisher.  They must provide the training shortly after the employee is hired, and then every year thereafter. OSHA also requires monthly inspections for fire extinguishers.

Fire extinguishers have to be placed where they cannot be moved or damaged. The carrying handle should be 3-1/2 to 5 feet above the floor.

Employees must know when to use fire extinguishers.

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl suggests asking yourself these questions regarding fire extinguishers in your Lakewood  business:  

  • Have I pulled the fire alarm?
  • Can everyone get out?
  • Is the fire extinguisher easy to reach?
  • Do I know how to use it? 
  • Is the fire contained in a small area?
  • Is the smoke non-toxic?
  • Do I have an escape route?

If you can answer “yes” to all of the questions, it is reasonable to use the fire extinguisher.



SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl reminds you that fire is fast. If you cannot contain it within 30 seconds, get everyone out of the area. Call 9-1-1 once you are outside.

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is independently owned and operated.

Commercial Flood Insurance in SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides flood insurance. The NFIP doesn’t sell insurance. Buy flood insurance from an insurance agent. 

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is interested in helping the businesses in our community become more educated on flood insurance. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses do not reopen after experiencing a devastating flood. 

Things to know in Lakewood. Check to see if you might be required to have flood insurance.

  • All agencies in Lakewood charge the same for flood insurance
  • Standard commercial insurance doesn’t pay for flood damage
  • The NFIP sets the rates
  • Rates depend on:
    • whether you live in a flood plain
    • flood risk in your area
    • building’s age
    • building’s construction
  • Building property insurance covers the building
  • Personal property insurance covers the building’s contents
  • NFIP suggests you need both types
  • Policies go into effect 30 days after purchase
  • The NFIP help center number is 1-800-427-4661

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl recommends the following: 

  • Check whether or not your area participates in the NFIP
  • Check whether or not your area is part of the Community Rating System. The NFIP might have a discount
  • Talk to your insurance agent when you need to make changes

Make sure your business is protected from the devastation that comes with unwanted flooding in your office.

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Rental Property Mold in Lakewood

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl understands mold and we want to educate our community about the best ways to prevent and treat your Lakewood property to avoid costly repairs. 

Mold:

  • grows from mold spores
  • spores are too small to see unaided
  • spores can survive harsh environments for many years
  • can grow almost anywhere 
  • needs to have only
    • above-freezing temperatures
    • protein, such as in animal dander, skin cells, wood, plaster, carpet
    • moisture (high humidity is enough)
  • grows rapidly
  • damages property
  • has a bad smell
  • is unsightly

If you have a small amount of mold on a dish, you can clean it. You can even throw it away. However, if you have a large amount of mold, you need licensed mold remediation from an industry professional. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a “large amount” as 10 square feet or more. 

If you suspect your apartment or office building might have mold, you need to have a certified mold inspector out to examine the area.SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl cannot identify what kind of mold you have, but we are licensed in mold remediation and we can repair the damage caused by mold.

When you have a concern about mold damage in your apartment or condominium, speak with your landlord or property manager if you think he/she should hire licensed professionals. Whatever the disaster, remember that SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Here to Help.

Warehouse Flood in Littleton?

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

A clean warehouse with white shelving units holding shipping supplies is shown. We mitigate commercial water damage in the Denver area.

Flooded Floor in Littleton

My supply warehouse in Littleton flooded over the weekend, so I didn’t realize there was any water damage until I came in to work on Monday. There was a huge shallow lake covering the entire warehouse floor. Evidently, a water line broke and caused the flood. What a mess!

Commercial Water Mitigation Services

I called SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl, and they arrived quickly, assessed the damage, and immediately began the cleanup and restoration process. The team used powerful water extraction equipment to remove the water from the warehouse floor. They worked methodically, moving every piece of equipment, furniture, and inventory, ensuring every item in the room exposed to the water was dried. They used dehumidifying equipment and air blowers to remove any excess moisture from the air and documented the entire drying process. They also supervised the repair of the damaged pipe.

Once the room was entirely dry, they thoroughly cleaned and sanitized the shop. Now, you would never know there had been any water damage.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is ready to respond to commercial water damage emergencies 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your water damage in Littleton, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

School Fire in Ken Caryl?

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks are shown loading fire restoration equipment onto a truck. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Denver area.

Commercial Fire Mitigation

This is a picture of our restoration technicians loading fire mitigation equipment onto the truck in response to a fire damage emergency at a local private school. The fire damage was contained to the boy’s bathroom, and we were able to completely clean and return the fire-damaged area to preloss condition within three days. School resumed as planned with no disruption to classes.

Highly Trained Team

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl responds to commercial fire damage emergencies throughout the year in the Ken Caryl area. Our highly trained team uses advanced technology and equipment to restore commercial fire damage quickly and efficiently. Our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. Our certifications include:

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • LCT - Leather Cleaning Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Call Us Today!

When your business needs commercial fire restoration services, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your fire damage in Ken Caryl, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial Water Loss

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Air Movers used in the Drying Process Air movers used in the drying process after a commercial water loss or flood.

Weekend Disaster on a Commercial Level



"Bye! Have a nice weekend" you shout to your co-workers as you leave work on a Friday afternoon.  You turn off the lights and lock the door behind you.  You won't be returning until Monday the next week.  Seems normal, but the weekend has huge temperature swings.  Saturday night it freezes until Sunday comes to thaw the ice.  The temperature swings caused a pipe to burst in the office plumbing and when you open the door and turn on the lights Monday morning, you are greeted with a pool of water at your feet.  The carpet is soaked through and through and all of your files, computers, and printers have been hit by the flood.  Now what do you do?

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl considers no job  too big or too small for our team.  We have worked on everything from small toilet backups in apartments, to a hailstorm wrecking the entire Golden mall.  We are highly trained and professional. 

How SERVPRO Can Help

            While every water, fire, biohazard, or mold mitigation situation is unique, the general process stays the same.  SERVPRO follows 6 basic steps when handling your loss.  Below are the 6 steps taken from call to complete restoration.

            In the event of a commercial loss, it is essential that you call professional help as quickly as possible.  SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl is available 24/7 365 days a year.  After the initial call, we are required to arrive at your residence within 4 hours by franchise standards.  However, our team averages less than an hour for arrival time.  Our response time reduces harm, limits further damage, and reduces cost, and eases headache and responsibility from the building owner.  

Why Choose SERVPRO

            SERVPRO is an industry leader in restoration. We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!

            We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the building owner.

            Please give us a call for any of your commercial restoration needs! 

(303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com/ 

 Whether you need help with an emergency water loss or use of our professional cleaning services, call SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl 303-973-4664 for efficient, professional assistance.

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

SERVPRO Stoping the Spread of COVID-19

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

The Virus SERVPRO helps to stop the spread of COVID-19 with professional cleaning.

SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl Helps Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

SERVPRO and the Virus

            Coronavirus, or Covid-19 hit the United States and turned our realities upside down.  The most recent update stated 131 cases of Coronavirus in Colorado alone, and one of those cases resulted in death.  People are gutting grocery stores, buying out the food, sanitizing materials, and buying toilet paper.  Thousands have canceled travel, sporting events have been canceled for spectators, as well as many events around Denver and throughout Colorado under cancellation.  As spring quickly approaches people are not coming out of hiding in their homes after the long winter, but planning on staying in. 

            This outbreak is ever evolving and continually under investigation.  As we all huddle in our homes it is an effort to flatten the curve of Covid-19.  We as individuals try to do our part, and all of us here at SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl are doing our part to stop the spread as well.  As a cleaning and restoration team, we are trained to the highest standards of cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.  We have specialized equipment, industrial strength products, and strict protocol.  As the situation has increased in severity, we have gone out to clean and sanitize schools, homes, and businesses.

             The following blog explains what SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl is doing to stop the spread of this virus and how you can utilize our services to keep you and your families healthy during this outbreak.  It talks about our safety measures, our 3 levels of cleaning, and some high touch surfaces to consider when cleaning and disinfecting.

A Quick Note About Covid-19

            According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which has now (as of this publication) been detected in 60 locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). The CDC has setup a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary page to provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.

PPE: Personal Protective Equipment

            When SERVPRO arrives on the scene, the technicians will be decked out in personal protective equipment, or PPEs.  This will include ventilators, full-body suits, eye protection, and gloves.  They will look like ghostbusters, but you can call them Covid-19 busters.  The PPEs are worn to protect our employees from potential hazards during the job.  Likewise, they prevent any transfer of germs from the tech to the facility.  Proper disposal of the protective gear is also done with a sharp protocol. 

The 3 levels of clean: Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

            After we arrive fully wrapped up in protective gear, we start cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.  When people think of a cleaning team, they don’t realize there are varying levels of “clean”.

  1. Cleaning: Cleaning is defined by physically removing visible dirt, viruses, fungi, and bacteria. General surface cleaning is accomplished with water, detergent, and physical scrubbing of the surface itself.  The guiding principle is to remove microbes from the surface rather than killing them. Thoroughly cleaning a surface can drastically reduce the need to disinfect because without the nutrients and moisture needed to survive and multiply, most microbes cannot live on a clean and dry surface for very long.  This level of cleaning would take place in a normal spring clean around the house without the worry of serious virus infection.
  1. Sanitizing: Reduces but does not necessarily eliminate all bacteria on a treated surface. Think of the phrase “kills 99.9% of germs”. Sanitizers do not actually have claims for viruses or fungi.  To be a registered sanitizer, the test results for the product must reduce each type of bacteria by at least the 99.9% on non-food-contact surfaces.  Examples of these would be carpet sanitizers, air sanitizers, laundry additives, and in-tank toilet bowl sanitizers.
  1. Disinfecting: Works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces.This does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. Disinfecting destroys or irreversibly inactivates infectious or other undesirable microbes, but does not necessarily kill the spores of bacteria and fungi.

            During cleaning of facilities at this time, all three levels of cleaning with be diligently implemented by our technicians.

What Surfaces to consider Cleaning and Disinfecting

            At SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl, we have a list of areas and items to clean in a facility that are considered high touch. Whether the facility is a house, a restaurant, classroom, office, etc. here is a good reference list when doing your own cleaning and disinfecting.  The list may seem extensive, but it is all of the areas and items we would hit when servicing an area at minimum. 

Kitchen/Food Areas

  • tables and chairs
  • cabinets and pulls
  • doorknobs
  • floors-hard surfaces/wood
  • mats
  • food contact surfaces
  • light switches
  • paper towel/napkin dispensers
  • push doors
  • salt and pepper shakers
  • sink hardware
  • soap dispensers
  • tabletops
  • bathroom stalls
  • countertops

Bathrooms

cabinets/vanities and pulls

  • doorknobs
  • floors-hard surfaces/wood
  • handrails
  • light switches
  • paper towel/napkin dispenser
  • sink hardware
  • sinks
  • soap dispensers
  • toilets
  • diaper changing station

Classrooms

  • book covers and binders
  • chairs
  • computer equipment
  • countertops
  • doorknobs
  • floors- hard surfaces/wood
  • small hard surface items
  • light switches
  • mats
  • carpet
  • paper towel/napkin dispensers
  • sink hardware
  • sinks
  • soap dispensers tabletops/desktop

Offices

  • chairs
  • telephones
  • computer equipment
  • countertops
  • doorknobs
  • floors- hard surfaces/wood
  • light switches
  • shared office equipment
  • tabletops/desktops
  • water fountains
  • carpet
  • rugs

Our Promise

            Our entire staff has been briefed on the new protocol when handling potential Covid-19 affected areas.  They are highly trained and professional.  Not only are we a cleaning business, but we are your friends and neighbors as well.  We too want to do all we can to stop the spread of this virus and be a bit of hope in this scary time.  We are still open 24/7 for the pubic.  Please call us with any questions you may have or to inquire on our services.  Stay healthy, stay positive, and know we are doing our best to aid the pandemic. 

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at  https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com  

Commercial Water Loss

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Flood Loss Flood can strike your commercial building at anytime. Be protected, or call SERVPRO.

Commercial Water Loss

“Just another day at the office.” It's an expression that is widely used for the mundane work day.  We often get up, do our morning routine and expect a fairly routine day at work.  We are creatures of habit after all. But, what happens when we get to our commercial building and find it completely flooded with water?!  It becomes not just another day at the office, it becomes a stressful, unproductive, revenue-sucking day. 

For most businesses, the commercial building is only populated from 9-5.  That means all of the little things are only being monitored for about 8 hours out of the 24 we are given in a day.  The commercial building is at risk during those remaining 16 hours and it can result in a burst pipe, back flow, or basement flood.  While it may cause some initial headache and heart race, our team at SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”  We are a fast-acting 24-hour response team that specializes in commercial water loss.  No job is too big for us to handle. 

In the following blog, we talk on how water losses happen in a commercial building, the dangers of the water loss, how to prevent a commercial flood, and how SERVPRO is here to help. 

How Water Gets in

            Water has a sneaking way of finding its way into many Lakewood, Ken-Caryl, and other Colorado businesses and structures.  It can seep in through cracks and holes in basement walls, framing, floorboards, trim, and up through the foundation.  These cracks and holes become larger issues when there is improper drainage around your basement, especially for buildings in the Foothill areas where there is sloping topography.  If you find your office or commercial building at the bottom of a hill, or at any position where water may run down, you are at higher risk for a basement flood.

The Dangers

            There are many dangers to flood waters in a commercial setting.  Even though the water pooling in your basement or crawl space may look clean and clear, it is likely to contain many harmful toxins to human health.  When water comes in from the ground, it pulls anything in its path along with it.  The contaminants in the water create risk to human health as well as harm to the commercial space. The following is a list of these dangers.

  • The Bad Stuff
    • Ground water contains metals such as manganese and iron from the soil in high concentrations. Pesticides and fertilizers used in yards and gardens can soak into the water. Chemical spills or leaking fuel tanks may also find its way in.  Animal feces and many other natural and human-induced chemicals can be found in ground water.
  • Mold
    • Mold can start to grow and spread within 48-72 hours after water enters the building. These molds can produce allergens and irritants that are harmful to the health of you and your family.  Any source of the water must be fully addressed before the mold can be remediated because it is likely to come back if any moisture remains. 
  • Water is Heavy
    • When water soaks furniture, blankets, fabrics, or other common office items, it adds its weight to that item. Therefore, picking up or moving any item that is wet poses a risk to the person moving it.  It may not look as heavy as it truly is, and the right force may not be applied resulting in bodily injury. 
  • Electrical Hazard
    • Water that has come into contact with electrical outlets, cords, or appliances may become charged. It is important that you do not touch or walk through this water in order to avoid electrocution.   The electricity needs to be turned off first.
  • Slip and Fall
    • Water can also cause surfaces to become slippery. It is important to take every precaution into consideration before entering a room that is potentially slippery in order to avoid bodily injuries. 

It is important to handle everything timely and professionally in order to eliminate the risk of disease, the start of mold, or further damage to the building and its belongings.

How to Prevent a Flood

            There are several ways in which you can help to protect your commercial building from a flash flood and sneaky water.

  • Assessing risk
    • Know the flood level and potential for your space. Your local insurance agent should have this information for you.
  • Inspect for foundational cracks
    • Visually look at the exterior of your home for any cracks. Many can be filled in and fixed with epoxy, but if leaking continues, it may be a larger foundational issue that would require professional assistance.  
  • Keep gutters and downspouts clean
    • Be sure to position downspouts away from your home or away from any area where pooling can occur. They should be directing water at least 10 feet away from your building.  Also, keep gutters free of debris such as fallen leaves and sticks to ensure good flow.
  • Landscape for flood prevention
    • If there is slope in the property that is causing water to come into your space, you will want to landscape to combat this. This is not always the easiest task as it requires digging trenches, regrading, placing flood barriers, or even installing a French drain.  
  • Anchor and elevate equipment such as fuel tanks, air-conditioners, and generators
    • Supply lines can tear free in the event of a basement flood and this type of equipment can leak oil into your home. Even a tank that is buried can be pushed by flood waters and affect the safety of your home.
  • Install an interior and exterior back flow valve for your sewer system
    • When a municipal city drainage system or sewer overflows, it can send contaminated water into your home. A normally functioning system allows waste water to flow from your home to the city sewer.  In the case of a back flow, the opposite occurs.  Installing the valves can prevent a back flow when the systems become overloaded.

The Do’s and Don’ts Before Help Arrives

Even if you follow all of the preventative tips, you still may fall victim to a large storm.  Your back flow valves may still fail, you may miss some foundational cracks, the septic system may back up, and a host of other possibilities, especially with large spaces such as commercial buildings.  If you find yourself ankle deep in basement water, here are a few things to do before SERVPRO arrives.  Acting quickly before professional help can arrive will lessen the damage to your office, shop, or commercial building.

Do’s:

  • Remove as much water by mopping and soaking up.
  • Wipe down wooden furniture.
  • Remove cushions, pillows, and upholstery.
  • Separate furniture legs from the wet floors by placing blocks underneath them.
  • Take out colored rugs
  • Gather all loose items.

            Additionally, there are a few things to take careful note not to do in the event of a commercial flood.  Avoiding these key things will ensure your safety and lessen the damage to your property.

Don’ts:

  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or colored papers, or colored office supplies on wet carpet, floors, or furniture.
  • Do not use electrical items such as televisions, printers, or computers.
  • Do not vacuum up any water.
  • Do not remove heavy items as water often makes them heavier.
  • If the ceiling is wet, keep ceiling fixtures off and remain out of the room if it is sagging.

How SERVPRO Can Help

            While every water damage situation is unique, the general process stays the same.  SERVPRO follows 6 basic steps when handling your water damage.  Below are the 6 steps taken from call to complete restoration.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection of the damage
  3. Water removal and extraction
  4. Drying and Dehumidification
  5. Cleaning and Sanitizing
  6. Restoration

            In the event of a commercial flood, it is essential that you call professional help as quickly as possible.  SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl is available 24/7 365 days a year.  After the initial call, we are required to arrive at your residence within 4 hours by franchise standards.  However, our team averages less than an hour for arrival time.  Our response time reduces harm, limits further damage, and reduces cost, and eases headache and responsibility from the building owner.  

Why Choose SERVPRO

            SERVPRO is an industry leader in flood restoration. We use advanced equipment and techniques to get the water removed quickly and efficiently.  The equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and deep clean and dry your commercial building and its contents. We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!

            We provide extensive training to our employees and are highly specialized in flood restoration putting great emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.

            We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the building owner.

            Please give us a call for any of your commercial restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at

https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com