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Fire Damage Insurance Tips: What You Need to Know

12/13/2023 (Permalink)

Exterior of home with fire damage. Dealing with fire damage can be a stressful and overwhelming experience.

Dealing with fire damage can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. In such challenging times, having the right insurance coverage is crucial to help you recover and rebuild. In this blog, we will provide essential tips and information on fire damage insurance to ensure you're well-prepared in case of a fire-related emergency. We'll also help you understand the importance of professional restoration services like SERVPRO® in the claims process.

Review Your Insurance Policy

The first step to understanding your fire damage coverage is to thoroughly review your insurance policy. Familiarize yourself with the terms, limits, and exclusions. If you have questions or need clarification, don't hesitate to contact your insurance agent.

Document Your Belongings

Before disaster strikes, it's essential to document your belongings. Take photos or videos of your possessions and keep an inventory. This documentation can be invaluable when filing a claim with your insurance company.

Contact Your Insurance Company

In the event of a fire, contact your insurance company as soon as it's safe to do so. They will guide you through the claims process and may provide immediate assistance for emergency needs.

Temporary Living Expenses

Your insurance policy may cover temporary living expenses if your home becomes uninhabitable due to fire damage. Keep records of all such expenses, as they are typically reimbursable.

Professional Restoration Services

Consider hiring professional restoration services like SERVPRO® of Commerce City. Experienced restoration companies not only help with cleanup and repairs but also understand the insurance claims process, making it smoother and more efficient.

Obtain Multiple Estimates

Before starting repairs, obtain multiple estimates from reputable contractors. Share these estimates with your insurance company to ensure the cost of restoration is accurately assessed.

Keep Records

Throughout the claims process, keep thorough records of all communication with your insurance company, restoration professionals, and contractors. This documentation can be beneficial in case of disputes or discrepancies.

Understanding your fire damage insurance policy is paramount to a smoother recovery process. Review your coverage, document your belongings, and, in the unfortunate event of a fire, promptly contact your insurance company. Consider enlisting the help of professional restoration services like SERVPRO® for efficient cleanup and repairs. By following these tips and staying informed, you can navigate the challenging aftermath of a fire with greater confidence and security.

If you've experienced fire damage and need professional restoration services, don't hesitate to contact our SERVPRO® of Commerce City team for expert assistance. We're here to help you throughout the restoration and insurance claims process!

How Fire Sprinklers Detect and Combat Fires

8/14/2023 (Permalink)

As a homeowner or property owner, ensuring the safety of your family, tenants, and assets is of utmost importance. Fire accidents can occur unexpectedly, and having an effective fire protection system in place is crucial to mitigate potential damage and save lives. Fire sprinkler systems are a vital component of fire safety, offering a quick and automatic response to combat fires before they escalate. In this blog, we will explore how fire sprinklers detect fires and the mechanisms they employ to combat flames swiftly and effectively.

1. Heat-Activated Sensing

Fire sprinkler systems operate on a heat-activated principle. Each individual sprinkler head is equipped with a heat-sensitive element, typically a glass bulb or metal link, containing a liquid or a substance that expands with heat. These elements are carefully calibrated to respond to specific temperature thresholds.

2. Responding to Localized Heat

Contrary to popular belief, fire sprinkler heads don't activate all at once when a fire breaks out. Instead, they are designed to respond to localized heat. When a fire occurs, the air temperature surrounding the fire rises rapidly, reaching the activation temperature of the heat-sensitive element in the nearest sprinkler head.

3. Individual Activation

Only the sprinkler head closest to the fire is activated due to the localized increase in heat. This targeted response ensures that water is directed precisely where it is needed, minimizing water wastage and maximizing the efficiency of the system.

4. Discharging Water Flow

Once the heat-sensitive element reaches its activation temperature, it triggers a mechanical response. In the case of a glass bulb, it shatters, while a metal link detaches. This action opens a valve, allowing water to flow through the activated sprinkler head.

5. Water Pressure and Spray Pattern

Fire sprinklers are designed to discharge water at a specific pressure and spray pattern. The pressure is optimized to effectively combat the fire while preventing excessive water damage to the surrounding area. The spray pattern is carefully engineered to cover the maximum surface area, extinguishing flames and reducing heat.

6. Controlling Fire Spread

By swiftly delivering water directly to the source of the fire, fire sprinklers play a critical role in controlling fire spread. Their rapid response can suppress or extinguish flames before they have a chance to grow and threaten lives and property.

7. Heat Absorption and Cooling Effect

In addition to quenching flames, fire sprinklers help cool down the surrounding environment, making it less conducive to the fire's spread. This cooling effect is particularly important in preventing re-ignition.

8. Buying Time for Evacuation

The quick response of fire sprinklers provides valuable time for occupants to evacuate safely. Early fire suppression can significantly reduce the intensity of the fire, giving occupants crucial minutes to exit the building and reach safety.

Fire sprinkler systems are a powerful and efficient line of defense against fire emergencies. Their heat-activated mechanism ensures a quick response, containing fires at their inception and preventing catastrophic damage. As a homeowner or property owner, investing in a well-maintained fire sprinkler system can give you peace of mind and, more importantly, protect the lives and well-being of your loved ones or tenants. Remember, regular maintenance and inspections of the sprinkler system are vital to ensuring its optimal performance and reliability in times of need.

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5/8/2023 (Permalink)

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We can be at your location to prevent further damage and help mitigate and restore your property to its preloss condition.

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We offer a wide range of restoration and cleaning services for residential and commercial properties that have been affected by water, fire, smoke, mold, and other types of damage.


  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
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  • Storm damage restoration
    Cleaning services
    (including carpet cleaning,
  • Air duct cleaning, and
  • Biohazard cleanup
  • Building services
    (including reconstruction and remodeling)
  • Commercial cleaning services
    (including COVID-19 disinfection)
  • Document restoration and recovery


We also provided emergency services and 24/7 support to help customers deal with unexpected disasters and minimize damage to their property.


Their team of trained and certified technicians use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to restore properties quickly and efficiently, and we work with customers and insurance companies to help with a seamless and stress-free restoration process.

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You never think you'll have a fire right?

8/12/2022 (Permalink)

fire-damage-in-laundry-room-near dryer- Disasters happen when you least expect them. Let us help

Unfortunately, even with its outstanding climate, Commerce City is not immune to disaster, including the threat of fire.

When fire strikes your commercial property you need a quick and thorough restoration service to help get you back on your feet again. SERVPRO is the most trusted name for commercial fire damage restoration and we make it our business to respond faster to any disaster.

Professional Training In Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Fire can be particularly devastating for a commercial property, with flames, smoke, soot, and even water from firefighting efforts causing a tremendous amount of damage. Every minute that your doors remain closed after a fire can cost you money, which is why a quick response is so important.

SERVPRO understands this and we are ready to take your call 24/7 so the restoration process can get started as quickly as possible.

From resort hotels to office buildings, SERVPRO has the training, experience, and equipment necessary to handle any fire damage restoration job. As restoration specialists, our technicians are all IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified with up-to-the-minute training in fire and smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery and fabric cleaning, and water damage restoration, so you know you can rely on us to treat your business right.

Keeping Community First

At SERVPRO we don’t just stop with expert training, we’re also focused on serving the community. We combine trusted national resources with the personal approach of a locally owned company. That means we can provide our customers with quality fire damage restoration services while treating your property carefully as if it were our own.  That’s something you can’t get from just any restoration company.

From start to finish, SERVPRO is equipped to handle your commercial fire damage restoration needs. We use industrial-strength, and professional quality equipment to remove standing water and thoroughly clean and dry all surfaces and we’ll even provide a complete inventory to help you file an insurance claim. We won’t stop until you’re able to open your doors again because we want what’s best for our community.

A fire in your commercial property can leave you reeling but you can get on the road to recovery quickly with one call to SERVPRO. Our professional staff is ready to respond immediately and help make it “Like it never even happened”. That’s the SERVPRO of Commerce City guarantee and we stand by it proudly. We’re here for the community when they need us most because that’s what good neighbors do.

Smoke Removal

7/23/2022 (Permalink)

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Smoke Taking Over? 

Smoke from a fire can be a nasty problem, and one that won’t easily go away. If you’ve ever found yourself coughing or gagging or opening windows to try and get rid of that stale smoke smell, then you know exactly how bad it can be. Unfortunately, smoke removal isn’t always as easy as simply opening up windows and doors and letting the fresh air in.

The problem with smoke is that it tends to cling to surfaces, especially fabrics and upholstery. Once that smell works its way into fibers it can be nearly impossible to completely remove it. For individuals with respiratory problems, that lingering smell can be a serious health issue. Even the leftover remnants of smoke can trigger asthma attacks, wheezing, and severe discomfort.

Let The Pros Clear The Air

It can be nearly impossible to remove every trace of smoke from your property by yourself. No matter how thoroughly you clean, it still may not be enough.

For thorough smoke removal that you can trust, you need to rely on a professional clean up and remediation company. Here in the Denver area, SERVPRO is the first name in restoration and remediation. We’re ready to respond faster to any disaster and we’ll stay on the job until everything is completely cleaned.

For removing smoke, that includes performing a complete walk through and assessment of the damage and using our expert training and techniques to clean and sanitize all surfaces.

We employ industrial grade equipment including vacuums and air purifiers with HEPA filters so that all smoke particles are removed from both surfaces and the air itself.

Don’t let smoke become an unwanted guest in your home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO and let us clear the air so that you can breathe easier.

Do You Have Fire Damage in Your Todd Creek Kitchen?

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

A person uses a fire extinguisher to put out a kitchen fire. Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires in the United States.

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is a trusted leader in fire damage restoration. Here are some kitchen fire safety tips from Travelers Insurance:

What to Do If a Cooking Fire Flares Up

  • Your safety comes first. If you cannot safely extinguish the fire, leave the scene, call 911 for help, and let the fire department control the fire.
  • If a small fire flares up and you are going to try to extinguish it, call 911 for help first. A fire may grow out of control more quickly than you anticipate.
  • Smother a grease fire – never throw water on a grease fire. The water can be super-heated, change to steam, and cause severe burns. Also, it can cause oil to splash up and spread the fire. If a grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by sliding the lid over the pan while wearing an oven mitt. If safe to do so, turn off the heat source. Do not move the pan; keep the lid on until the fire is out and the pan is completely cool.
  • If a fire starts in your oven, keep the door closed and turn off the heat source. Keeping the door closed will help smother the flames. Do not open the door until the flames are completely out.

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Todd Creek residents and business owners can rely on SERVPRO® of Commerce City to restore fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 720-532-0219.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Home Fire Preparation Tips for Commerce City?

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

Household members are having a meeting. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Adams County.

Have you inspected your smoke alarm system recently? Preparing your household for the possibility of a fire can save lives. SERVPRO® of Commerce City offers these helpful tips from the American Red Cross to help families prepare for a fire emergency:

  • Install the right number of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.      
  • Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one. 
  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
  • Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another
  • Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire“to alert everyone that they must get out.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Commerce City responds to fire damage emergencies for homes and commercial businesses 24-hours a day. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 720-532-0219.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Microwave Fire in Henderson?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

A microwave oven is shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Adams County.

Henderson families are busy. Microwave ovens simplify our lives and make it easy to heat up a meal or quickly defrost dinner. SERVPRO® of Commerce City offers these microwave oven safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • PURCHASE a microwave oven that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Make sure to complete and return the product registration card. This way, the manufacturer can reach you if there is a recall on the product.
  • PLUG the microwave oven directly into the wall outlet — never use an extension cord
  • MAKE sure the microwave oven is at a safe height, within easy reach of all users
  • OPEN food slowly, away from the face. Hot steam or the food itself can cause burns.
  • FOOD heats unevenly in microwave ovens. Stir and test before eating or giving to children.
  • NEVER heat a baby bottle in the microwave. Since a microwave oven heats unevenly, it can create hot pockets, leading to burns. Warm a bottle in a bowl of warm, not hot or boiling, water, or by running it under the tap.

Call Us Today!

When your Henderson home or business needs fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is has a team of technicians on call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 720-532-0219.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Lower Fire Insurance Rates for Commerce City?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of the South Adams Fire Department logo is shown. Adams County.

SERVPRO® of Commerce City responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year, and we often arrive onsite as the South Adams Fire Department is leaving the scene. The Insurance Service Office (ISO) recently awarded them with a prestigious Class 2/2x rating, a significant improvement from the previous Class 6/9 rating. There are only 1,243 United States Fire Departments with a 2/2x rating out of 49,000 fire departments in the country!

Their website notes that this new rating may lower insurance premiums for some residents.  It is important to check with your insurance company to see if the new rating will translate to lower premiums.

The ISO rating is based on three components:

  1. The community’s emergency communications capabilities, including 911 telephone systems, adequacy of telephone lines, operator supervision and staffing, and dispatching systems.
  2. The quality of the fire department, including adequacy of equipment, sufficiency of staffing, level of training and the geographic distribution of fire companies.
  3. The water system supply in that particular region.

Additional benefits to the Fire Department include using the grading criteria to help in planning for training, equipment and the need for future stations and personnel to ensure we maintain our current high level of service

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When your Commerce City home or business needs emergency fire damage restoration, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Grilling Fire in Commerce City?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

An outdoor barbeque is being used to grill food. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration services in Adams County.

Grilling Safety Tips for Commerce City

SERVPRO® of Commerce City responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 10,600 fires are started each year by outdoor grills. Here are some grilling safety tips from the NFPA to keep you and your loved ones safe while enjoying the summer barbeque season:

Propane and Charcoal Grills

  • Propane and charcoal barbecue grills should only be used outdoors
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill
  • Never leave your grill unattended

Propane Grills

·      Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year

·      Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose

·      A propane leak will release bubbles

Call Us!

When your home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Commerce City has a team of technicians ready to respond. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your fire damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Damage Safety Tips for Commerce City?

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

A firefighter is shown spraying water on a home to extinguish a fire. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Adams County.

SERVPRO® of Commerce City responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Commerce City. From the moment you contact us, we can typically be onsite within four hours of your call. When you experience fire damage, it is important to make sure it is safe to remain in the home. Stay in the home only if you know it is safe to do so and be aware of electrical danger and “slip and fall’ hazards. Only perform activities that are safe to perform.

Here are some fire damage safety tips from our website:

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves
  • Change the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) filter
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers

Call Us Today!

When you have fire damage in your home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Damage Safety Tips for Commerce City?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

Dark and dirty soot is shown covering a wall. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Adams County.

Emergency Fire Damage Tips for Commerce City

SERVPRO® of Commerce City witnesses firsthand the damage fire can do to a home or structure. Here are some emergency fire safety tips for things you can do while waiting for help to arrive:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves
  • Change the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) filter
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers

Call Us Today!

When you have a fire damage emergency and you need emergency restoration services, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Damage in Commerce City

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

A closeup of soot from a fire is shown. We provide a full range of fire restoration services in Adams County.

Soot removal calls for specialized equipment and techniques.

This is not a picture of newly discovered planets in outer space, it is actually a picture of soot covering a wall in a house damaged by fire. SERVPRO® of Commerce City has been mitigating fire damage in Commerce City for years, and once we have completely dried the area, we will begin the final steps in the restoration process, including:

Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.


Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms.

Call Us!

When your Commerce City home experiences fire damage, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Key Fire Safety Tips for Commerce City?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

A firefighter is shown using a high-powered water hose to extinguish a fire. We are leaders in fire restoration in Adams County.

At SERVPRO® of Commerce City, sometimes we arrive at the scene of a fire while the South Adams County firefighters are still working to extinguish the flames. Here are some key fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove
  • Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep
  • Ask smokers to smoke outside
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of the reach of children
  • Replace electrical cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or have loose connections
  • Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep
  • Make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than ten years old

Call Us Today!

When you have a fire damage emergency in Commerce City, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219.

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for Henderson?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

A closeup of woman’s hands are shown installing a smoke detector in the ceiling. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Commerce City area.

Smoke Alarm Safety

SERVPRO® of Commerce City responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in the Henderson area. The National Fire Protection Association  offers these important safety messages about smoke alarms:

  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. Smoke alarms should be interconnected.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions yet mitigate false alarms.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.

Call Us Today!

If you experience a fire damage emergency in your home or business, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Here to Help. ® Our fire restoration technicians are on-call and ready to respond 24 hours a day. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your fire damage in Henderson, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

Family Keepsakes Restoration Services in Commerce City?

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

An old family photo album is shown. Henderson residents rely on us to restore fire-damaged keepsakes.

Specialized Restoration Services to Preserve Fire-Damaged Belongings

Did you know that SERVPRO® of Commerce City offers a full range of restoration services to clean and restore fire-damaged keepsakes and belongings? Our fire restoration technicians are specialty-trained to minimize further damage and salvage belongings whenever possible. Soot, smoke, odor, and water from the fire fighting efforts can all cause varying degrees of damage. We pretest items before cleaning to ensure they can be safely cleaned.

Another service we provide is document and photograph drying. Although some documents and photos may not be able to be completely restored, we will save what we can to help minimize any further damage. We use five different options to restore documents and photographs depending on their exposure to fire, smoke, or soot damage:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business has a fire damage emergency of any size, SERVPRO® of Commerce City is on-call and ready to respond 24 hours a day. We offer a full range of restoration services to restore your family keepsakes and belongings to preloss condition. Call us today at 720-532-0219. We’ll restore your fire damage in Commerce City, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Commerce City is Independently Owned and Operated.

2 Important Emergency Plans for Your Business

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

Evacuation plan - first floor Create a map for each floor of your business that shows exits and other important details

When you started your business, you were careful to prepare for any unseen scenario. You even have a contingency plan in place just in case you need to get your workers to safety, but could they execute it? It is important to have emergency plans that are easy to understand and follow if your employees need to get to safety.

Creating a Thorough Emergency Plan

A contingency plan, also known as an emergency action plan (EAP), is put together by a company to create and carry out certain actions during a workplace emergency. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an EAP should include:

  • Emergency reporting methods
  • All emergency evacuation routes
  • A way to account for all employees during and after an emergency
  • Instructions for employees who have action plan duties
  • Contacts that employees can reach for further information on their roles in your EAP

Including cleanup procedures and contacts for emergency restoration services is also beneficial.
Every business is different. To create a thorough EAP, you have to consider all of the possible emergencies that could happen at your specific business and your employees' specific needs. Educate your workers on all procedures so that they are ready if an emergency does happen.

Instilling an Evacuation Plan
An important part of emergency preparation is having an evacuation plan and making sure that your workers understand and can execute it calmly. Clearly marked escape routes and employee procedures are a good start. Exit lighting should be bright and easy to find. Create a map for each floor of your business that shows exits and other important details so that your employees can refer to them regularly. One way to make sure they are seen is to place them in high traffic areas such as main lobbies and elevator corridors.
Having a thorough contingency plan gives you peace of mind because if an emergency does happen, you know that you are prepared and can keep your employees in Todd Creek, CO, safe.

Steps to Recovering from Soot, Smoke and Odor After a Fire

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Burned home Fire damage in a Commerce City, CO home

Steps To Help Your Home Become Home Again

Each year, emergency responders throughout the United States respond to more than 350,000 house fires. From small to big and for many potential reasons, any damage caused by flames in your Commerce City, CO, home goes beyond the char. Lingering smoke damage and water damage from extinguishing the fire are also concerns during the cleanup. To get your home back to "Like it never even happened," count on a fire damage and restoration company. Below are the steps they take to help your home become home again.

1. Inspection and Assessment
The faster action is taken, the quicker a home can get on the mend. With 24/7 service, a certified professional will thoroughly inspect the property, including areas that aren’t seeming affected by smoke damage or flames, and begin developing a restoration plan.

2. Temporary Repairs
Depending on the severity of the fire, it could mean openings in the roof or broken windows. To guard against secondary damage, temporary tarps and boards will be used to protect the interior of the home.

3. Water Removal
Along with the smoke damage, the water used by emergency responders can also cause damage, such as mold growth. Quick removal of water and drying out the home are necessary to prevent that from happening or spreading.

4. Thorough Cleaning and Sanitizing
Soot damage can come in many forms. It can barely noticeable or have a residue that smears as it is being cleaned. The odor fire leaves behind can also linger throughout a home and on belongings. A smoke cleaning service has innovative tools and techniques to salvage many of your belongings and completely eradicate any signs that there was a fire.

5. Restoration
Although often the longest part of the process, minor and major repairs will be made to ensure the integrity of the home, as well as a return to a pleasant environment. Work may include replacing drywall and carpeting or more extensive reconstruction repairs if the damage is severe.
If you experience a fire, you don’t have to live with lingering smoke damage or constant reminders of the disaster. Count on experienced professionals to help you get things back to normal.

What To Expect When Rebuilding After a Commercial Fire

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

There is a lot to consider when a fire breaks out at your business in Commerce City, and you are figuring out the process of rebuilding. A good first step is to get an estimate from a reputable fire restoration company. A full-service company will make several considerations when they send contractors to your property to make a bid.

1. Secondary Damage

When a commercial fire has caused damage to your property, the first job the contractors will do is prevent secondary damage. This will likely start with boarding up the doors, windows, and damaged walls to prevent intrusion, theft, or wandering critters. If there is damage to the roof, then a temporary roof tarp can be put in place to prevent further destruction from weather. If there is concern about theft in the area, then a surveillance system may be installed or a security guard may be dispatched to the property.

2. Removal Services

Before the restoration process can begin, there needs to be a good cleanup of the property. If the fire department was dispatched to the property, the logical first step is to clean out any remaining water and then estimate the level of water damage. The contractors can then assess how much smoke damage and fire odor is left behind and what procedures are needed to correct the problem. Any unsalvageable debris will most likely be removed, which can help eradicate a lot of the smoke smell.

3. Restoration of Salvageable Materials

Any items or materials that can be saved will likely be packed up and sent to cleaning facilities in order to remove any smoke or fire damage. The rest of the items can then be moved to storage facilities for the duration of the restoration process.

Calling a fire restoration company to provide an estimate is a smart first step when your business suffers a fire. The contractors can provide a good accounting for how much it will cost to fix your property and work with your insurance company to make sure you have the best experience getting back into business.

What Is Involved in the Fire Cleanup Process?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

A fire in your home in Commerce City can be devastating, and you are probably likely to want to start the process of cleaning your home. However, there are several steps that are helpful to take when cleaning smoke damage and other forms of damage from a fire in your home.

1. Taking Inventory

After a fire has taken place in your home, one of the first steps in the cleanup process is to take inventory of what damage has occurred. The items in your home as well as the structure of the home itself is examined by restoration professionals. Once you have an idea of what is damaged in your home, it is likely that you will have an estimate of how long the cleanup and restoration will take.

2. Cleaning

Once an assessment of your home has been made, the process of smoke cleaning and removing soot damage and smoke damage can begin. Many of your personal belongings, including clothes, photos and electronics can often be restored. Generally, a restoration company can help to determine the best methods to clean your belongings. If there is not a great amount of structural damage that has occurred, the process of cleaning may not take a great amount of time.

3. Removing Residual Odors

In addition to damaging items in your home, smoke can leave a lingering scent. While masking the odor with sprays or other products may be seen as a short-term solution, the smoke smell is likely to return. Methods to help remove the smell of smoke in your home can include replacing air filters, thoroughly sanitizing carpets, walls and ceilings and replacing the drywall in your home. After items in your home are clean and odors have been removed, reconstruction can begin if necessary.

Understanding the necessary steps to remove of smoke damage and other forms of fire damage can help you feel more at ease as the cleanup process begins in your home. If your home has already been damaged by a fire, it can be helpful to work with fire damage restoration experts.

Can Smoke Cause Damage at Your Commercial Property?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

Visible damage to a commercial building following a structure fire Commercial building fire in Henderson, CO

Recovering from a devastating fire at your business in Henderson, CO, is very stressful. You are likely dealing with extensive fire damage, but fire isn’t the only problem you face. Damage from smoke can also cause significant destruction. A thorough smoke cleaning is required before renovations can occur. Let’s look at the steps involved in smoke restoration.

Assessment of the Damage

The first important step is to have the damage inspected. It is imperative to call a profession as soon as possible to conduct the fire damage assessment. The inspection determines not only the extent of the fire damage, but also investigates the damage caused by smoke.

Removal of the Odor
Smoke permeates the flooring, drywall and ceiling, leaving a foul smell. If the smoke odor isn’t cleaned properly, it can cause further damage to the structure and furnishings.

Mitigation of the Damage
A professional must be employed to handle the smoke cleaning. Industrial equipment and microbial treatments are necessary to clean and disinfect the property safely and thoroughly.
A trained technician can use additional techniques to clean and repair the smoke damage, including:

Dry cleaning - This technique is used as a pre-clean before wet cleaning takes place. It can also be successful with items that have only a small amount of residue.
Wet cleaning - Moderate to heavy silt and smoke can be removed using this method.
Immersion cleaning - Contents are immersed in a cleaning solution using this approach.
Spray and wipe - Any items that cannot get wet can be cleaned with this technique.
Abrasive cleaning - The surface of the item is agitated to help in the cleaning process.
Foam cleaning - This method is used to clean fabrics and upholstery to eliminate the risk of shrinking.

It is critical to call a professional once the fire is extinguished to conduct a thorough smoke cleaning. This can help you get your business back to normal as quickly as possible.

Teach Your Kids To Safely Escape a House Fire

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Young mixed race woman in white dress crawls on ground by trees destroyed by wildfire while covered in ashes Avoid as much smoke and heat as possible by staying at floor level

Teach Your Kids To Safely Escape a House Fire

If your home caught fire tonight, would your family know what to do? A fire escape plan should be well thought out and practiced long before a disaster can occur. Teaching your kids safety procedures for a safe escape can mean the difference between life and death in the wake of a home fire. Make sure to hold fire drills and have your kids practice:

1. Rolling
If you’re in bed, you should roll out of bed onto the floor. Ceiling level temperatures can be several hundred degrees hotter than the floor; sitting up in bed could be too risky. Roll over in bed facing down at the floor. Then, slide yourself down onto the floor.

2. Crawling
Avoid as much smoke and heat as possible by staying at floor level. Get on all fours and then lower your forearms to the floor. Next, put your nose close to the floor and begin crawling to safety.

3. Checking
Opening a door during a home fire can have an explosive effect due to the addition of fresh oxygen into a fire-engulfed area. So, teach your kids safety methods for exiting a closed room. Place the back of your hand on the door. If it’s hot to the touch, keep it closed. If it’s not hot, slowly crack it open and look out; crawl out if the area is clear. If smoke comes in or fire is too close, immediately close the door to slow fire advancement.

4. Escaping
Secondary routes should be included in your plan whenever possible. If you can’t safely get out of the bedroom, you should close the door. Then, open the window and scream for help while waving something to get attention.

5. Waiting
Your kids may not realize how fast fire spreads. Make sure they know to never, under any circumstance, return to the house once they’re out. They should understand that everyone will meet in a designated safe area and that firefighters will handle the rest.
Teach your kids safety measures for dealing with different possible emergencies. If your Henderson, CO, home experiences fire damage, call on fire cleanup experts for your restoration needs.

The Insurance Adjuster Considers It a Partial Loss

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

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You have just had a serious fire. The flames are out, the tarps are in place and the windows are boarded up. Once the building is secured from the elements, it’s time for the insurance adjuster to open the claim, assess the damage and most likely tell you that it is a partial loss. However, when it comes to a serious fire loss, it is important for you to bring in your own expert.

Add a Licensed Professional Engineer to Your Team

The adjuster only represents the interests of the insurance company. You need someone to represent your interests. A licensed professional engineer with fire loss experience and a structural engineering background can help in several ways.

• Evaluate the steel beams and iron components, looking for damage from intense heat.
• Evaluate HVAC and ductwork for fire and smoke damage.
• Inspect the roof, exterior walls and siding for evidence of hidden damage from the heat.
• Identify areas where fire and smoke damage need to be repaired before new walls go up.
• Evaluate water damage and check for the presence of mold in water-damaged areas.

Present the Engineer’s Report of Actual Damage

This is where the fun begins. The engineer identified problems that the adjuster couldn’t or didn’t want to see. If all damage identified by the engineer is repaired, the cost is going to be higher than the adjuster’s estimate. Next comes the negotiation but, when it comes to fire restoration claims, nothing is easy. Hopefully, the negotiation will be a matter of the engineer and adjuster discussing their estimates using language that you probably wouldn’t understand. If they come to an agreement, and if you agree, the work can begin.

Bring in the Contractors and Get Started

When dealing with a fire loss, quality restoration is best handled by skilled professionals and specialized equipment. You are fortunate that a team of fire restoration specialists can be found close by in Commerce City. See how smoothly things go with experts on the job.

How To Avoid Space Heater Fires

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

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A space heater can provide extra warmth. It can also save on heating bills by allowing you to set the thermostat in your home in Commerce City, on low while still heating the specific rooms you are using to a comfortable temperature. A burned space heater doesn't help you, though. To avoid space heater fires, you need to follow a few simple tips.

Give It Space

The heating elements on a space heater give off an impressive amount of heat, but they can turn into a fire hazard quickly if they are crowded. There are several guidelines to make sure you have enough space around your heater:

• Maintain radius of three feet from flammable objects
• Don't use near combustible substances, such as gasoline
• Keep children and pets away from heater
• Set it on a level surface so it doesn't topple over

Turn It Off

To avoid having a burned space heater when you leave the room, remember to turn it off. Space heaters should never be left unattended while they are on, especially if you leave the house altogether. In fact, it's a good idea to unplug the heater when you are not at home. Keep an eye out for a frayed or otherwise damaged cord.

Keep It Clean

Keep your space heater clean to minimize fire risk. Dust and other debris can turn a functioning space heater into an electric fireplace in a hurry. Replace filters regularly according to the manufacturer's recommendation so that dirt does not infiltrate the heating mechanism. Follow maintenance instructions so that it not only lasts a long time but also does not become a safety issue.

A burned space heater can turn convenience into a nightmare. By following these simple guidelines, you can increase your creature comforts while still keeping you and your family safe. To avoid having to call for fire cleanup with a restoration company, choose a space heater that is safe and use it safely.