Recent Commercial Posts

Prepare for the Unexpected: Protect Your Business from Natural Disasters

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

In this blog, we will cover steps you can take to prepare your business for the unexpected so that you can reduce your downtime and losses.

Protect Your Data

If you are like most businesses, you have a lot of data or information saved on your computers. You may have billing, contacts, payroll, taxes, and other documents saved on your computers. You may have CAD files or photos or other data for your clients’ projects. Needless to say, you probably would lose some money and perhaps lots of money if the data on your computers were destroyed.

While you may not be able to save everything that you and your staff do on your computers, you can save and recover most of it if you save your data in the cloud at an offsite server facility. There are many companies out there that provide backup and recovery services for businesses. It’s important that once you do choose a backup provider, that you use it. Many businesses learn too late that they aren't backing up their data on a regular basis.

Plan for Loss of Power

Is your business capable of operating if you lose power? It’s not uncommon for Indiana businesses to lose power after big storms. If your business requires power to operate, you may want to have generators available to provide emergency power. You may just need them for lights or you may need them to power heaters or air conditioners in order to protect your inventory from extreme temperatures.

It’s important to create a plan of what to power in order to ensure you have enough generators and enough fuel to keep the emergency power going for a few days. You don’t want to not have enough power or run out of fuel after 6 hours.

Plan to Work Off Site

If your business is flooded or destroyed by a tornado, can it operate elsewhere? If your business works mainly online, then operating your business from laptops at home or elsewhere may not be too much of an inconvenience. If you rely on equipment or materials that are stored at your business, operating remotely may be a little more difficult. Still, it is a good idea to consider creating a contingency plan in the event that your business site is inaccessible. Are there other locations that your business could operate in an emergency? Are there jobs that can be done while your business site is closed? Having these plans planned in advance can help your business avoid any long down times.

Develop An Emergency Plan

As discussed in the previous section, having an emergency plan can save you time and money. Your emergency plan should be available and shared with all of your employees. It needs to contain phone numbers and/or a phone tree so everyone can be kept up to date. It needs to include what to do in case the office is closed. It should include what steps to take if your business is damaged. If you are a large business, you may want to delegate critical recovery roles to certain team members. An effective emergency plan should be thorough and precise and leave no one guessing what to do next.

After The Storm - Hire the Commercial Restoration Pros

One of the first steps you should take after your business has been damaged by flood waters, storms, and/or a tornado is to call the commercial restoration professionals at SERVPRO® of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties. We have the tools and expertise to handle any size disaster. Whether it is water damage, fire damage, or other storm damage, they can get to work right away so you can get back to business as usual as soon as possible. Give them a call the next time your business suffers the unexpected from a natural disaster.

SERVPRO® of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any type of damage and restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

Commonly Preventable Workplace Accidents

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Wet Floor Signs Help Workplace accidents account for thousands of injuries and even deaths each year. Stay aware and be safe!

Many of us who work in offices may not think as much about workplace safety compared to a roofer or someone working an oil rig. And although some professions are on average much more dangerous than others (1 in 5 of all private workplace deaths occur in the construction industry, for instance) it's no reason to disregard the things that are most likely to injure you or those around you at work. You don't need to work on scaffolding to be badly injured by a trip and fall; stairs exist in many commercial buildings, and I guarantee you that soft drink dispensers and swivel chairs injure many more people per year than you might think. So to make sure that the shocked look on your boss's face isn't the last thing you'll ever see, here is a list of the most common workplace accidents as compiled by OSHA, the National Safety Council and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:

1) Slip and Fall

Not surprisingly, the slip and fall is a very common workplace accident and takes place across all industries. Anything from a wet floor to an uneven boat deck to out-of-code stairways can cause a fall, which in many cases could be more serious than you would think. Even small falls from chairs can result in serious head or neck injuries. 

2) Struck by Object

Number two is almost the opposite of the first, as instead of falling on the object the object falls on you! These objects may have been set in motion by gravity by being improperly stacked or secured, or thrown by another person or piece of machinery. These incidents can again be very serious, as many "struck by object" accidents involve a head injury. Always be aware of your surroundings and remember to look up when entering new spaces. 

3) Entanglement

Especially in heavy industry, entanglement can lead to a variety of accidents and injuries. Moving rollers, cables, or conveyor belts can easily snag clothing or jewelry, leading to workers being trapped, cut or crushed by machinery. Less seriously, workers can also become entangled in exposed cords or wiring which could also lead to a fall.

4) Repetitive Motion

Anyone who has ever had carpal tunnel can tell you this is true. Though these "cumulative trauma" injuries rarely result in anything as serious as a head injury or broken bones, they can very negatively affect the life of workers both at home and in the office. Education of ergonomic work techniques can greatly reduce repetitive motion injuries, and can even help prevent other accidents such as falling objects dropped by work-weakened hands. 

5) Electrocution

Since electricity is used in most every business in the country, it should come as no surprise that many people are hurt or killed by it each and every year. Workers in the construction industry are again more likely to experience this, though electrocution-related accidents can happen anywhere at anytime. Like many other accident types on this list, shocks and electrocutions can be greatly reduced by safety training and identifying all electrical hazards.

6) Overexertion

Any action involving physical activity can lead to injury. Overexertion accidents can either occur all at once or be the product of years-worth of strain that eventually manifests in some type of chronic pain. Proper instruction on how to safely lift or carry, along with ample break time given to workers who need it, will help guard against these accidents that can be so debilitating. 

7) Violence

Workplace violence is a main contributor to workplace accidents every year and can take a number of different forms. Sometimes the violence may occur between employees, between employees and family members, or (especially in the case of retail) between the employee and a member of the public. Deescalation techniques can be helpful before these situations, and having sufficient security if needed is also important. Also, creating anonymous communication channels can help employees voice their concerns about workplace violence without being singled out.

In many cases, accidents happen with seemingly no cause, as if nothing could have been done to prevent them. Even if it may seem that way, though, there are very likely a number of things that could have been done to make the accident less severe or to stop it altogether. Next time you're in your office or standing on your loading dock, look around and try to isolate any number of things that could lead to an injury. Sometimes something as simple as picking up a wet rag from the floor could prevent a life-changing injury, or something as easy as posting a "high voltage" sign could save a life. Being aware of our surroundings and looking out for those we work with could bring these accident numbers down and create a safer world for us all to live in.

SERVPRO® of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties hope your business remains accident free and we are here to help you 24/7/365 with any commercial restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

Why SERVPRO should be your Commercial Restoration choice

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

As a commercial business owner, you want to choose a company who is not only going to provide your clients quality services but also fast services. That's why customers call us, SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan Counties as their trusted provider because when they call, they know that we are quickly arriving on scene and working long days to get the job done for them.

We have serviced many different commercial clients across Southwestern Colorado from warehouses, churches, libraries, to insurance offices, and much more.

We will offer direct billing to your insurance company, including all the photos, moisture maps, and estimates to allow you to focus on your job.

We'd love to help you and your business in your time of need.

SERVPRO® of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any commercial restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

Is your business prepared?

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Surviving a big commercial property loss successfully takes planning. Sadly a fire, storm, or water damage can occur without warning and being prepared is critical.

SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan Counties is here with a plan to get your business prepared. 

ERP - The Emergency Response Plan 

We make an Emergency Response Plan for your specific buildings. The plan permits us to collect information before a disaster strikes your business. Having this in place permits SERVPRO  to mitigate the damage fast and expeditiously.

SERVPRO will come  to your business and see all areas of weakness and help to make your business prepared for a loss.  SERVPRO  can get to your business and start the job ASAP with all the equipment we need based on what we found during the inspection.

You are our Emergency Response Plan (ERP) Client. This makes you our 1st priority whether it is a big weather event like a forest fire or a gas explosion or a water loss. Our crew will be on-site fast.

SERVPRO® of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any commercial restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned signage Window emblems & other signage ensure your customers know that your business is using best practices cleaning methods & supplies to combat Coronavirus

While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, SERVPRO is here to help keep your customers and employees safe, and also let everyone know you've chosen a higher standard of clean.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive, proactive viral pathogen cleaning program backed by our more than 50 years of experience in cleanup and restoration. With an industry-leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes, we're helping businesses across the country open safely. So make the commitment to keep your employees and customers safer. Make sure your space is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

CONSULT

A tailored cleaning program to meet your needs.

  • We will assign you a Cleaning Protocol Specialist who understands your business.
  • Programs are based on a range of factors: type of industry, business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touch points, foot traffic and congestion points.

CLEAN

Proactive and COVID-19 emergency response cleaning program.

  • Trained and experienced in biohazard cleaning and decontamination for porous and non-porous surfaces - always adhering to the highest standards set by the CDC.
  • EPA-approved products, including our proprietary cleaning agent SERVPROXIDE, a hospital-grade disinfectant that is NSF certified for direct food contact surface use.

CERTIFY

A commitment to clean for your employees and consumers. 

  • Leverage SERVPRO's trusted brand to reassure your customers and employees that you are taking the steps needed to keep your space at the highest level of clean.
  • Communication touchpoints include a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned window emblem, signage, marks for your digital footprint and more. 

SERVPRO® of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with your Coronavirus cleaning needs.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

Prepare Your Durango, CO Business for a Storm with 3 Simple Ideas

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

3 Ways for your Business to Prepare for a Storm

Most work days are normal. But living in the Four Corners extreme environment, your establishment is at risk of getting hit with a severe storm during the spring & summer seasons. Disaster preparedness is critical for minimizing the financial, aesthetic and emotional effects of any storm damage.  Here are three easy tips to implement that can be lifesavers in an emergency.

  1. Plan in Advance

Advanced planning can come in handy when time is tight. A carefully crafted game plan should include the following:

  • Emergency payroll and accounting procedures to track costs during an unexpected event
  • An alternative succession of management with at least one person who isn’t at your company’s headquarters
  • Emergency plan of action for all employees on what to do when a storm hits

There are private consultants who are knowledgeable about business preparedness if you feel the need to speak with one. Planning in advance can bring you peace-of-mind when dark clouds start to gather.

  1. Stock Up on Supplies

A storm in Durango, CO can cause extensive flood damage to your property. Physical damage can be repaired, but the cost to human lives is much more traumatizing. Therefore, it’s a good idea to store essentials such as water, food, blankets, and flashlights. Advanced disaster preparedness can also mean making portable kits that are customized for each employee and their needs.

  1. Know Who To Call

The first few hours after a damaging storm can be hectic. It’s helpful to have commercial property restoration experts on speed dial so that they can get to work as soon as possible. Research companies in your area that can respond quickly to any size disaster so that you don’t have to struggle through storm cleanup alone.

The few seconds that a hurricane sweeps through your location can change the course of your business. Disaster preparedness can help you understand what actions to take for storm damage cleanup and how to keep your staff safe.

SERVPRO of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any storm damage and restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184

Call SERVPRO for all your commercial needs

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

We are committed to handling our customer's emergency needs 24/7.

In the event of a commercial loss, it is important to know in advance who you can trust to mitigate your damage in a timely and effective manner. Here are 7 reasons you should choose SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan Counties for your commercial property's cleanup and restoration:  

  1. 24 Hour Emergency Response. In any type of loss, whether it be due to fire, water, mold, or biohazard, timely mitigation is vital to controlling damage and recovery costs. You can count on SERVPRO’s nationwide coverage and full line of restoration services to help your company make a speedy recovery.
  2. Communication. SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan Counties will keep you informed from start to finish. You’ll know what’s happening every step of the way. From the first notice of loss until the job is complete, we are dedicated to effectively communicating with property owners and managers. Jobs are documented extensively as well to ensure timely mitigation and communication with our customers.
  3. Reduce Recovery Time. When damage occurs in a business, it affects everyone from the owner, the managers, the employees, the tenants and even the customers. Our team at SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan Counties understands the importance of mitigating damage to the structure and contents in a timely manner to help reduce recovery time and lessen business interruption.
  4. Lower Recovery Costs. As an independent franchise ourselves, SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan Counties understands the importance of frugality. This is why we teach our technicians to employ similar concepts when working with our customers. The following are ways that the SERVPRO System can help your business save money during mitigation:
    • Emergency mitigation services help minimize your secondary damages.
    • Proper restoration versus replacement of contents is less expensive.
    • Faster recovery lessens loss.
    • We use pre-approved  pricing and procedures.
    • Comprehensive cleanup and restoration services help prevent further problems and potential liability risks.
  5. Emergency Response Profile. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan Counties can help you plan for recovery before disaster even strikes.
  6. Full Line of Services. SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan Counties crews are trained extensively to utilize the right equipment and supplies to handle all of your cleanup needs. 

Just call SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan Counties for all your Commercial needs at 970-259-6184.. We are here for you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.



Business Contingency and Evacuation Planning for a Fire in Durango, CO

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Be prepared for the unthinkable like a fire in your commercial building.

Have an evacuation plan in case of a fire in your business to ensure safety of your employees

You never want to think of a fire breaking out at your Durango, Colorado business, but it’s better to plan for the worst and never see a moment’s danger than it is to hope for the best and face catastrophe without a plan. That’s why you need a fire contingency plan and safe evacuation strategy for your business – to protect yourself, your property, your employees, and your customers.

Steps to Create a Contingency Plan

It’s not enough to just have a contingency plan in place. Your contingency plan needs to be executable not just by you, but by everyone in your business.

• Establish a designated evacuation plan and alternate routes. Determine the fastest, safest way to leave the building. Chart the route as part of documented procedures, but also ensure that each route has an alternate route in the event that others are blocked by fire or falling debris.


• Post evacuation and safety procedures near all exits and thoroughfares. Employees and customers alike should be able to immediately find a map of the safest evacuation route no matter where they are on your premises. Ensure that easy graphical instructions are available; most don’t have time or presence of mind to stop and read written instructions during a fire.


• Designate evacuation leaders. Your business should have two or more employees per shift who are designated as evacuation leaders, preferably more for backups. Your evacuation leaders are tasked with taking control of the situation and guiding others, especially customers who may not be familiar with drills.


• Ensure all employees have a handout with contact information for emergency personnel and documented safety procedures. Provide this information immediately on hire, and periodically reiterate.


• Conduct safety training drills. At least once per month, do random safety training/fire drills to reinforce protocols in an emergency.


• Periodically test all sprinklers and fire safety equipment. Smart planning will safeguard your people. Smart protections will safeguard your inventory and property. Make sure all fire extinguishers, sprinklers, and other fire safety equipment are operational and functioning up to spec.

SERVPRO of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any pre-season water pipe inspections or any water damage issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184.

What To Do When You Lose Power in Durango, CO

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm season means an increased chance of power outrage in Durango, Colorado

Ice, snow and high winds can wreak havoc upon power lines. Storm season means an increased chance of a power outage. Losing power at your business in Durango, Colorodo doesn't have to mean losing valuable data or working hours, though. There are a few things you can do to make sure all your files are saved and accessible for workers.

Have a Generator

Every building should have at least one portable generator that can keep the power going when the municipal supply is cut off. A backup generator can help maintain electricity to various items:

  • Basement sump pumps
  • Office equipment
  • Lights
  • Computers
  • Heating system
  • Fire system

A generator not only keeps your business running but also keeps your building protected from certain hazards that may accompany the storm. If the basement floods, for example, remediation experts can resolve your problem faster if you have a working sump pump to remove most of the water before they arrive. You can save a lot of money on repairs and lost revenue if you can maintain basic functions after a power outage.

Seek Alternate Sources

Between the time when the power goes out and the generator kicks in, it's helpful to have sources that can help employees save what they're working on. Plugging each computer into an uninterrupted power supply does just that. The UPS lets the device run on its battery until another power source can take over. Because it's difficult to predict how long you may be without power, especially if you don't have a generator, it's important to make sure that the battery is strong and that employees only use their computers for essential functions so that it can last as long as possible.

A power outage doesn't have to spark widespread panic as employees lament the loss of documents they worked hard to create. By taking a couple of precautions, you can implement solutions that outlast the blackout.

SERVPRO of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any storm season damage issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184.

Ultimate Solution to Getting Your Hospital Setting Clean After a Fire in Durango

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

When an area of your hospital suffers from fire damage, contact SERVPRO to mitigate the situation.

Overcoming Fire Damages to Your Durango Hospital

Even with the substantial maintenance and custodial staff that you have at your Durango hospital, the workload for this team rarely wavers. When the building gets threatened with a more considerable disaster like a fire, even the experienced staff maintaining the building lack the experience and the specialized equipment to overcome the effects.

Fire damages in Durango can spread quickly throughout your facility and prove particularly challenging to overcome to even the most experienced of restoration technicians. Our SERVPRO team has the industry-leading equipment and expertise to handle every facet of fire restoration for your building and can do our job efficiently to reduce the amount of time that areas of your facility are inaccessible.

From the moment that our team arrives at the hospital, we can get to work in assessing the full scope of the damage throughout the affected areas. This process helps to determine what personnel and equipment are necessary to overcome the effects of the fire through the building. Mitigation work also begins at this time, assessing what can be done immediately to reduce the continued damage to the structure as restoration work prepares to begin.

Our SERVPRO technicians not only seek to address the primary effects of the fire quickly but also set in motion the steps to overcome secondary effects as well. Extinguishing the flames, for example, can often lead to water damages throughout affected areas as well as structural holes where first responders required immediate access to the blaze. Our complete approach to restoration overcomes all of the obstacles to fully restoring your facility back to its top form for the health and wellness of area residents.

Fire damages can present themselves in various ways throughout your facility from immediate structural weaknesses to smoke and soot damages. Our SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan Counties restoration technicians can help you to overcome these effects and return your building to preloss conditions quickly. Give our rapid response team a call anytime you need us at (970) 259-6184.

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Fast Resolution Of Water Damage In Your Durango Hotel

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

If your lodgings experience a water emergency, our professional water damage experts can resolve the issue with little disruption to your guests.

Water Damage In Your Hotel

Visitors might come to Durango for a water adventure, but when they check into your hotel, they expect a cozy, dry respite from all that whitewater action. If your lodgings experience a water emergency, our professional water damage experts can resolve the issue with little disruption to your guests. Our technicians armed with high-efficiency equipment and effective products make this happen.

Water damage potential is everywhere in your Durango hotel. From kitchens and beverage services to fitness and spa spaces, water-using appliances can malfunction, and pools can overflow. Add in laundry facilities and the many guest rooms with showers, tubs, and whirlpools and your property are threatened on all fronts. We have seen it all.

Building materials, fixtures, and furnishings at risk include drywall, ceilings, subflooring, grout, carpeting, beds, tables, linens, chairs, and many more. Multi-level hotels see tremendous potential for water migration during a crisis from floor to floor. SERVPRO technicians assess the situation from all angles and aspects to be sure we remove all water and dry out every structure affected.

We contain our water removal efforts to the hallway or wing affected. Our SERVPRO green vehicles have pumps and heavy-duty water extractors onboard, so once the crew lead devises a plan, the team gets to work getting rid of the water and drying the structure. We pledge to remove all water as any lingering moisture can cause secondary damage.

Once the standing water exits the hotel, SERVPRO employees use air movement, heat, and lowered humidity in an equilibrium that forces water out of structures and fixtures into the dehumidified air. It is a law of physics that water migrates to dryer areas and we use that tendency to pull moisture out of your rooms and common areas. We position air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers per IICRC recommendations to achieve fast and complete drying.

A pack out of furnishings is often an option, permitting our contents technicians to dry out those items at our facility or in another dry area on your site. SERVPRO completes a careful inventory and uses techniques like building smaller drying areas surrounded by plastic sheeting to speed drying.

SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma & San Juan Counties has the training, certification, experience, and tools to set things right after water damage in your hotel. Contact us 24 hours a day at (970) 259-6184 because water damage cannot wait.

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Why Cleaning your Air Duct System is Important

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Before & After professional air duct cleaning.

Reasons to keep your Air Ducts Clean

The air quality in your building is important. Keeping dust, pollen, pet dander, and other irritants out of the air you breathe involves more than changing the air filter. What about the air ducts? Contaminants collect in the duct system too, and regular cleaning of the air channel is important.

Energy Consumption

Dirty HVAC systems consume more energy than clean ones. Older ductwork starts leaking and not only do irritants enter through cracks, but air escapes too. Dirty ductwork also impedes airflow that drives up energy bills as much as 20 percent. Plus, dirt stresses your system causing frequent breakdowns. Clean ductwork helps lower your utility bill and helps your HVAC unit last longer.

Smelly Air

If someone in your building smokes, that cigarette or cigar odor hangs not only in the air but in the ductwork. Likewise, if you burned something on the restaurant stove top, the smoke must go somewhere. These smells and other commercial/manufacturing odors collect in the ductwork and get circulated five to seven times per day, on average. Odors continue to plague your building long after you remove the offensive item.

More Reasons

Mold and mildew grow in your duct system especially if your building suffered recent water damage from flooding or foundation cracks. Tenant renovations and repair often lead to contaminants settling in your air system, and newly built properties need the air ducts cleaned before occupancy.

Call the Professional

Air duct cleaning is not an easy job. It needs special vacuum hoses and tools to reach throughout the system. This is not a do-it-yourself task.  

Another helpful idea is to buy a high-quality air filter like the ones sold at home improvement stores. Look for pleated filters costing around $15. Not only do these last a longer, these filters also catch more debris, including bacteria and viruses, before you breathe it in.  

SERVPRO of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any air duct cleaning service you may need.

Please call us at 970-259-6184.

Commercial Fire Preparedness

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

A fire can break at in your commercial building at any time. Are you prepared as possible?

Commercial business owners everywhere know they must keep their fire protection systems up to code, but what happens when they don't?

A fire can break out at any time.  Whether it is faulty equipment or a careless employee, you must be prepared.  Maintaining your fire suppression system, as well as planning ahead, can save your business from extended closure and lost revenue following a fire.

There are many cases every year in which a lack of properly installed fire safety equipment leads to extensive damage from fires.  If your business isn't up to code on all of your sprinklers, suppression systems and alarms, your business could face disastrous consequences.

You also should address the issue that businesses don't always prepare for - employee fire safety training.  An employee who has been trained can avoid the fire hazard, and possibly even fight the fire, using an extinguisher properly. 

Next, it is best to prepare for the aftermath of a fire.  Call your SERVPRO representative and have them perform a FREE Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) and you be well prepared for a fire incident.  This ERP profile will expedite the cleanup and restoration services provided by SERVPRO. 

SERVPRO of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any fire damage preparedness or restoration issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184.

Southwest Colorado Winter Resorts Turn to SERVPRO for Help Dealing with Seasonal Water Damage Issues

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Winter resort operations can be heavily impacted by a water damage incident.

Winter weather can be a common cause of damage in Southwest Colorado ski area resorts

As the snow begins to fall from the skies, resorts throughout Southwest Colorado are preparing for seasonal guests and need to ensure that all services, locations, and attractions function properly. SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties is here to help with a team of qualified professionals who are dedicated to helping your business flourish.

Our technicians specialize in providing a variety of emergency services, not the least of which includes locating frozen pipes on your resort property. We can repair any resulting water damage and prepare your pipes to combat future issues that often lead to delays or closure of facilities and attractions offered to resort guests. 

Here at SERVPRO we understand how important it is to meet deadlines and expectations. With all of the attractions such as lodging, shopping, nightlife, wedding, and dining services offered at your resort, a single water damage problem can lead to catastrophic issues. You need your property running at peak efficiency, and we are here to make water problems disappear, "Like it never even happened."

With extreme fluctuations in temperature, it is common for piping to experience severe stress, which leads to burst or frozen pipes. The obvious thing to do under these circumstances is to shut the water off to whichever building has the break. However, this also means shutting services off to the building in question. You can work with SERVPRO professionals to help ensure costly repairs associated with frozen pipes on your snow resort are a thing of the past.

Give SERVPRO's IICRC Industry Certified Technicians the opportunity to inspect at risk areas of your property including basements, crawl spaces, unheated utility rooms, and outside walls for proper weatherproofing. Our technicians can provide you with unique solutions that keep operations moving forward, should a pipe freeze or burst. 

We have all of the personnel, equipment, and resources necessary to tackle any size emergency. Our staff is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to respond and provide you with quality solutions you can count on to keep your resort running smoothly.

SERVPRO of Archuleta, Montezuma, La Plata & San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any pre-season water pipe inspections or any water damage issue.

Please call us at 970-259-6184.

Rico, Colorado City Hall Building has Bats in the Belfry

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Bats roost in the attic of the City Hall Building in Rico, CO.

SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties was recently contacted by officials from the town of Rico, CO inquiring about pest mitigation.  Bats have been roosting in the attic space of the City Hall building for years and they were becoming a nuisance due to noise and the bat guano odor.

Zac Fosco, our production manager, went onsite to investigate this batty situation. Zac has previous bat eradication experience from a job we performed at a historic church in Vallecito, CO several years ago.  While bats scare a lot of people there is very little risk of actually getting bitten or attacked by the bats.  The most pertinent risk is exposure to Histoplasmosis, a leading cause of lung infections around the world.  Histoplasmosis is a disease that results from inhalation of spores of the fungus Histoplasma Capsulatum. The fungus is found naturally in the environment, and breathing in the microscopic, airborne spores from the fungus can cause lung infections.  Based on this knowledge, Zac decided to wear full Personal Protective Equipment including a MultiGuard coverall suit and a Full Face Powered Air Purifying Respirator to investigate the attic space.

When Zac entered the dark attic space and pointed his flashlight toward the ceiling, he was met with hundreds of pairs of shining eyes reflecting back at him! Undaunted by the peering eyes and occasional fly by, Zac completed a full survey and assessment of the attic space and cleanup project.

SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties was recently awarded the project and will begin mitigation next week. 

The bats are federally protected so there is no option to use any type of poison.  Bat exclusion techniques, such as sealing all openings, installing spring loaded one-way doors that allow the bats to exit but not return, ozone deployment and other methods will be utilized to rid the bats from the belfry before cleanup begins.

We will post additional blogs on this batty project as it progresses.

SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties can help with any pest eradication and cleanup issue you may have.  Please call us 24/7 at 970-259-6184.