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Avoiding Health Effects After Flood Damage in Denver

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Avoiding Health Effects After Flood Damage in Denver SERVPRO suggests supplying your emergency flood kit with watertight dressings to keep contaminated water out of wounds when needed.

SERVPRO Can Safely Mitigate Flood Damage and Help Keep You Safe 

Flood damage is a real risk for many homeowners in Colorado. Some terrible weather has blasted through the state this year, bringing to mind just how easy it is for mother nature to wreak havoc on communities. Being caught up in flooding is a frightening experience, even if you have prepared well. However, it is a good idea to think ahead and plan what to do in the event of a flood in Denver.

One thing SERPVRO recommends all homeowners to be aware of is the cause of health effects following flood damage in the Denver area. It is not a pleasant topic but it is an important one, and having some foreknowledge now could help you in the future.

Floodwaters have the potential to cause health effects. It is vital that you not expose injuries to contaminated water.

One way to protect yourself is by covering any scratches, cuts or rashes with a waterproof bandage. Include watertight dressings as part of your emergency flood kit, so you have them on hand if needed.

It is also important to keep wounds as clean as possible. Wash abrasions regularly with clean water (preferably bottled water) and unscented soap.

If you notice signs of health effects please seek medical attention straight away.

Do not attempt to tackle flood water removal on your own. We recommend calling SERVPRO as soon as you can – We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our staff is on hand to help with flood water removal and damage cleanup.

Our IICRC-certified technicians have access to truck-mounted and free-standing pumps to get as much water as possible out of your property. We help you decide which possessions to save and which to discard. We clean all surfaces and disinfect where necessary, and can even help with odor removal after cleaning is complete.

For help with flood damage mitigation in Littleton, Columbine, Bow Mar, Denver and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of West Littleton / Sheridan at (303) 593-1374 today.

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Fire Damage From a Burning Candle in Denver Homes

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage From a Burning Candle in Denver Homes Homeowners should always be cautious when there are lit candles in their home.

Candles Can Easily Cause Fire Damage in Denver Homes

When the lights go out, it is common for people in Denver to use candles for lighting. One of the disadvantages of this source of light is its ability to cause a fire without warning. A lit, abandoned candle in the bedroom, for instance, could set the curtains and upholstery ablaze, leading to immense property losses. If the fire spreads to other rooms, it can compromise the structural integrity of the building.

The days, weeks, and even months following the fire disaster can be overwhelming. One way SERVPRO can help ease the tension is dispatching fire damage restoration experts from our Denver branch to salvage your property. We have industry standard tools and equipment and follow IICRC guidelines in every restoration process. We're Faster to Any Disaster, and our reputation precedes us in our dedication to restoring fire-damaged homes to preloss conditions quickly and efficiently.

A good way to avoid fire damage when using candles is by exercising safety precautions. Keep candles at least twelve inches from anything that might burn, including tablecloths, books, magazines, and other combustible materials, and always keep an eye on burning candles. Remember to blow them out if you are going to sleep or leaving the room.

At SERVPRO, we have encountered several instances of fire damage that were caused by unstable bases. Be sure to place the candle on a sturdy surface and, if possible, use a flashlight instead of a candle in the event of a blackout. In some cases, fires occur due to the fact that many people believe that candles are safe.

Jar candles, in particular, are set in a glass container that provides a false sense of security. People assume that they are foolproof just because they are in a glass. However, the wick can heat up the glass as the wax burns off, causing it to fail and explode. The flaming wick could result in tremendous fire damage. Candles contained in a tin jar are equally susceptible to fire damage. The candle tends to heat up the tin as it bums down, and it may light up whatever it is sitting on.

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If your bedroom, living room, or other space in your home sustains fire damage from a burning candle, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of West Littleton / Sheridan. Our team of professional restoration experts is available 24/7, every day of the week. You can reach us at (303) 593-1374.

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Complete Water Removal Protects Littleton Homes after Overflows and Backups

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Complete Water Removal Protects Littleton Homes after Overflows and Backups Call our SERVPRO team to take care of your water woes!

SERVPRO Can Tackle Any Type Of Littleton Water Damage

Having a problem with water overflowing from a forgotten tub or a clogged toilet can cause problems with damage in your Littleton home. Removing the water must begin almost immediately after to prevent water from spreading any further. As water spreads out, it becomes increasingly harder to extract.

Residents in Littleton can protect their dwellings by using professional water removal services. The process can seem complicated, but in reality, we match our equipment and techniques to the factors of the situation. The amount, location, and degree of contamination all help to decide the necessary procedures and methods.

When large areas become saturated with standing water, we use a truck-mounted pump that quickly removes all water. Afterward, we can then proceed with smaller units. These are highly portable and easily operated by hand. Working our way down to smaller levels of saturation, we soon can concentrate on increased moisture and humidity.

To save flooring and protect it from warping due to exposure to moisture, our SERVPRO technicians use heated mats. As these mats heat the area, the rate of evaporation increases. We then remove the moisture via an attached extraction unit that holds the condensed moisture in a tank.

Saving lower areas of walls from moisture is aided by air blowers directed at an angle toward the walls. Ceilings can also experience problems in lower floors, and we extract the water from ceilings by drilling tiny holes. Without these holes, water remains trapped and hidden, able to seep into the material slowly. This can eventually cause the ceiling to collapse. These holes can prevent this from ever happening and save a ceiling that might otherwise fail.

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The professional technicians at SERVPRO of West Littleton / Sheridan want to help you keep your home in excellent shape. Water removal can save your home from damage and protect your family from exposure to the effects of water damage. Serving our community 24 hours a day, every day of the year, you can contact us by calling our local number, (303) 593-1374.

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Mold Damage in Your Pets' Area can Spread Throughout Your Denver Home Unless Prevented

9/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in Your Pets' Area can Spread Throughout Your Denver Home Unless Prevented Pet bowls with water can readily spill and cause water damage in part of your house. If you have water damage or mold spreading, contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Mold Infestations in Your Home as Well as Offer Deterrents to Mold Forming in an Area

Family pets in Denver provide joy and the chance to enhance the responsibilities of your children. Pets and their care sometimes create problems, though, when spills from water bowls and potty accidents seep fluids into the floor's cracks. This can lead to moisture build-up and eventually other problems, including weakened floors.

Homeowners with pets should be aware of the possibility of mold damage in Denver around their pets' area in their homes. Because pets already produce bad smells and stains, the addition of mold growing, which can cause similar odors, can cause fungal growth to be overlooked.

The technicians at SERVPRO know that mold spores can help mold colonies to start in other locations in your home, and the key to this is prevention via control of the indoor environment of your home. Cleaning up spills after they happen is rarely enough to prevent microbial activity. Leftover dampness can promote growth in even the smallest locations, and this can spread later, possibly causing more pronounced growth and subsequent damages.

When we treat a set-aside location for your pets' water and food bowls, as well as their sleeping area, with Concrobium, mold can not grow. This is a very strong mold-inhibitor that is safe for use around both pets and children. It encapsulates any mold present and crushes it during the drying process. We can apply this like paint, or as a spray. The application is a straightforward process that provides long-lasting protection.

When microorganisms have taken hold of your home after spreading out from pet bedding, we can assist you in making your home “Like it never even happened.” Mold and other microbes damage structures inside your home by actually eating the materials contained in those structures. This consumption breaks things down at the molecular level, where the molecular framework determines the strength of the item. Visible signs of deterioration include crumbling, bulging, and peeling, although many others exist.

When a home suffers from mold damage, we assist homeowners by using state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology in tools and measuring devices. Readings for moisture help detect hidden mold that might have remained hidden otherwise. Safely removing damaged materials prevents the spread of mold spores, protecting areas with normal microbial activity in the home from contamination. Spraying the interiors of walls where one side remains unaffected can inhibit the future growth of mold effectively.  

Cleaning hard materials such as stone and concrete can often suffice in controlling microbes, but overall humidity plays a major role in how well-protected your home becomes. Installing a dehumidifier can spell success for you in your fight against microbes, creating a healthier environment for both your family and your pets.  

SERVPRO of West Littleton / Sheridan can provide you with the services needed to restore your home and keep it protected. Call (303) 593-1374 to speak with us about mold damage can afflict your home, and how we can put a stop to the damage.

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Make Sure Your Denver Salon’s Water Removal Plan Includes These Key Points

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Make Sure Your Denver Salon’s Water Removal Plan Includes These Key Points Denver Businesses Benefit from Using the SERVPRO ERP Plan

Use SERVPRO's ERP Plan to Help Prevent and Mitigate Losses

Water has the potential to damage any business. A broken pipe or leaking faucet in your Denver salon could lead to temporary closure or water damage to equipment or furnishings such as your carpet or drapes. Any closure or destruction is bad news for your business because not only do you lose money when you are closed, but you also have to pay to replace any damaged items. That is why SERVPRO recommends salons have a water removal plan in place to guide you should the worst happen.
 
Your Denver salon might need water removal at any time. You cannot always prevent leaks or spills from occurring, but you can draw up an emergency plan so that you and your staff know what to do and whom to call in the case of an emergency. We recommend including these key points.
 
Who to call in an emergency: Make sure everyone knows whom to call when something happens. Include managers, emergency services if necessary, and of course, do not forget to add SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians have free standing and truck mounted pumps and a range of extraction tools on hand to deal with any water removal needs.
 
The chain of command: Your staff needs to know whom to call and who is responsible for each aspect of the cleanup and water removal operation.
 
Insurance details: Ensure everyone knows how to contact your insurers and has all the insurance details to hand. Not all business insurance covers water removal so make sure you have the right coverage in place before anything happens.
 
Action steps: Set out a list of action steps to take, for example moving items to a higher position, or stopping the flow of water until the emergency services arrive, if possible.
 
Plan for reopening: The idea is to get your salon up and running again as fast as possible. Have a plan in place to make the process smoother and easier.
 
The SERVPRO Ready Profile Plan is easy to use app that makes it easy for salon owners to plan for water removal and other incidents. You get the guidance you need to assess your premises and draw up an emergency plan, and also receive downloadable forms and plans you can use in an emergency.
 
For help with water removal in Columbine, Bow Mar, Sheridan and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of West Littleton / Sheridan at (303) 593-1374 today.

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An Answer to Flood Damage That May Occur on Your Denver Area Property

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage An Answer to Flood Damage That May Occur on Your Denver Area Property If you live in a flood prone area, talk to the technicians at SERVPRO for prevention tips. Contact us if flooding already occurred for remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Damage After a Flood AND Help Prepare Your Home for Possible Flooding

Continuous rainfall, hail storms, and high winds can lead to some pretty significant damage to your Denver home. It takes a trained professional to spot all of the problems and help limit any losses you might experience as a result.  

If you are looking for help preparing your home to combat flood damage in Denver that may occur after a storm, it can be beneficial to have a pre-existing relationship with a quality restoration company. Having qualified professionals take a first-hand look at your property can save you from having to deal with many problems down the road.

In the past, most homeowners called a roofer, plumber, or electrician to handle problems in their specific fields. However, restoration companies, like SERVPRO, make it possible to gain access to highly trained professionals who are well versed in different types of repair, all in one place. This offers you full-service solutions to any problems that exists in your home.

Since it is no longer necessary to call and schedule multiple contractors to perform various services, you save time and get the most for your money. SERVPRO technicians are fully IICRC certified, which means that we have the training and experience to perform quality restoration services in your home. We handle everything from roof damage to yard grading, keeping your home safe and secure from top to bottom while also limiting any damages you might experience.

Our SERVPRO technicians can perform a full inspection of your property to help you search for potential problems and be there for you when disaster strikes. We respond, “Faster To Any Size Disaster,” and make damage disappear, “Like It Never Even Happened.” These might sound like simple statements to you. However, each of our employees makes every effort to deliver quality services to our customers, and we show it in everything we do for you.  

Give SERVPRO of West Littleton / Sheridan the opportunity to provide you with cleanup and restoration services you can trust. We look forward to being your answer to emergency situations that occur on your property, call today. (303) 593-1374

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Mold Damage Prevention Tips as Summer Comes to a Close in Denver

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Prevention Tips as Summer Comes to a Close in Denver Mold Remediation in Denver Needs Professional Services for Cleanup and Disinfecting. Try SERVPRO

Denver Homes Grapple with Mold and Call on SERVPRO for Remediation

School is soon to begin for another year, while new activities and school sports replace summertime fun. While homeowners in Denver put things away until the Spring, there are a few things to keep in mind, so the extended time in storage poses little risk.
 
Denver families can minimize the possibility of mold damage happening to their belongings. These organisms are interesting to learn about, and knowing the facts can be helpful in preventing microbial growth.
 
Mold is everywhere. Microbes live everywhere in your home. The most common location to find them is on a shaded windowsill. This shows that while they are everywhere, they also travel from the outdoors to the inside of your home rather easily, even without any help other than a gentle breeze.
 
All organism need water to live. If plants drank water as fungi do, the most forgetful person would never kill a plant. Mold can get adequate water intake from elevated moisture in the surrounding air and nearby surfaces that collect condensation. Continual sources of water help mold colonies to flourish.
 
Natural sunlight is better at killing mold than bleach. Sunlight disrupts the chemical processes mold must carry out to survive. When exposed to sunlight, mold slowly dies off. Bleach bottles contain much higher concentrations of water than bleach. Bleach molecules are too large to penetrate into the same materials that the hyphae or roots of the mold grow into for anchorage. Placing items outside on a sunny day is more effective than using bleach as an antimicrobial cleaning agent. SERVPRO strongly recommends never to use bleach to exterminate mold.
 
When packing things up, use plastic containers instead of cardboard boxes and only fill them with items that have been cleaned and then allowed to dry out completely. If plastic boxes are unavailable, use sturdy plastic bags and secure them tightly before placing them inside cartons. Items that have suspicious stains should air out in the sunlight, if possible, and then packed separately from other items.
 
SERVPRO trains our technicians in IICRC methods, including how to restore your home through remediation. Knowing the normal ranges for mold activity helps us determine where your home's mold spores and colony population rest, and which methods are most appropriate for your situation.
 
Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) can discuss your specific mold situation with you. Assuring you that your home remains protected from mold damage is much easier, and also much less expensive, intrusive, and time-consuming, then restoration through remediation at a later time.
 
You can contact SERVPRO of West Littleton / Sheridan at (303) 593-1374 for any concerns about mold damage in your home. We are always ready to answer when you call, regardless of the hour or day of the week.

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Denver Fire Damage Restored By SERVPRO

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Denver Fire Damage Restored By SERVPRO Trust SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Cleanup in Your Denver Home

A Misbehaving Grill Causes Smoke and Fire Problems Needing Cleanup and Restoration

During the summer months, many residents enjoy relaxing on patios and decks. Dinner cooked al fresco is a welcome change of pace, and even small outdoor areas feature compact grills that may on rare occasions cause a wooden deck or roof to catch on fire. SERVPRO assists with both indoor and outdoor fire damage fast so summer fun can continue at your Denver BBQ.
 
You planned to end a leisurely day with a delicious meal from the grill with friends and family. An unexpected flare up caused fire damage when it set your Denver townhouse’s second-floor deck ablaze. Exterior siding and the wooden awning burned, while smoke and soot drifted through the open French doors into your living area. Once the fire department completes its final inspection, we arrive to set things right both outdoors and indoors.
 
Our SERVPRO project manager assesses the deck area for safety and to view the damage before work begins. An inspection of the interior of your home is essential even if no actual burning occurred inside. Any hot air, full of smoke and soot, pulled into your home through the deck doors possibly spread smoke residues. Smoke, ashes, and soot are extremely corrosive and discolor, etch, and otherwise, deteriorate surfaces and contents within your townhouse.
 
The SERVPRO crew gets to work, cleaning off charring outside and determining whether any structural pieces need to be removed and replaced. We scrub and refinish salvageable areas, quickly returning your deck to usable condition. Our mission is always to restore as much as possible, saving you money and minimizing the disruption to your place. We work with your insurance to maximize benefits to you through paid claims.
 
If fire damage did invade the interior, we use a range of products to clean surfaces. Light ash and soot respond well to vacuums with HEPA filters and dry sponging. Stickier coatings may need a spray and wipe technique, or an abrasive approach in some cases. SERVPRO has immersion tanks and even ultrasonic methods available if larger and detailed items need specialized cleaning. Clothing and window coverings launder out smoke and soot damage, although dry cleaning may be necessary for delicate or non-washable fabrics.
 
If dinner plans go up in smoke, SERVPRO of West Littleton / Sheridan is ready to help you get through the aftermath of a deck fire. Call us at (303) 593-1374 as soon as the fire fighters depart from your Denver, Sheridan, or Littleton property so we can get on the job quickly.

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When Water Damage Hinders Homeowners on the Denver Real Estate Market

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Water Damage Hinders Homeowners on the Denver Real Estate Market SERVPRO Keeps Unwanted Water Out of Denver Properties

SERVPRO Helps Restore Damages Caused by Water and Other Factors in Denver Properties

The Denver real estate market experiences the same ups and downs as any other market in America, but because of the permanent nature of houses in general, the market is geared more toward buyers and their needs. Small problems, though, that seem inconsequential can lose a sale.
 
Home buyers might not be specifically on the lookout for water damage signs in Denver homes they view, but they have become more educated about the hidden problems to look for in a prospective home. When a home reaches the market, the sellers have most likely made any visibly needed repairs, small improvements, and manicured the lawn. Even if these are all immaculate and indicative of a well-maintained home, stains on surfaces, bubbled wallpaper, warped trim or other millwork, and uneven flooring spell damage from water.
 
Damaged areas within a home can happen anyplace, and these can be minor to severe in how much they affect a home's appeal and safety. IICRC certified technicians from SERVPRO work together, using their training and previous experience while restoring all of a home's specific damage issues simultaneously. Structural soundness is highly important to home buyers, but excluding the aesthetics is never advisable, either.
 
Peeling paint is not merely ugly to look at, but it can pose choking hazards and other health risks. Some homes are required to have a disclosure notice regarding hidden flaws that sellers are aware of, including any lead paint content. Exposure to humidity and other sources of moisture over time can exacerbate the problem of flaking paint, just as it can affect other aspects of a home.
 
Although lead is a heavy metal, it can still find its way into other areas of a home when the lead paint has been sanded away from surfaces, leaving them contaminated and unsafe. When paint contains lead, government regulations require removal in an approved manner only. Unauthorized work can increase the risk of exposure to lead for future occupants while placing home sellers at risk of law suits from buyers who later discover the reality of the situation. SERVPRO has experts certified in RRRP, qualifying them to renovate areas covered in lead paint.
 
Due to the complications that these and other problems create for homeowners, SERVPRO technicians receive training in many different aspects of home restoration. We can help you in preparing your home for the market, even if your home suffers from severe water damage problems.
 
SERVPRO of West Littleton / Sheridan is ready to take your call and answer any concerns you might have about water damage or other problems your home has that might make your home less safe. Contact us, 24/7, at (303) 593-1374.

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Leave Mold Remediation to Us

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Leave Mold Remediation to Us A close-up image of microbial growth.

Finding mold in your home can be anywhere from an annoyance to a scary occurrence. People react differently, but one thing is for certain: most everyone wants to get rid of it. We've heard all sorts of do-it-yourself methods, such as painting over it, spraying bleach on it, or even removing the material if possible (ex: drywall or baseboard). The truth is that anytime it comes to dealing with mold remediation, you should always hire a professional and here's why: mold spores. Anytime you disturb any material containing mold, you could be releasing spores into the air. Our technicians are trained with special techniques to contain any spores that may be exposed in the air. They can also make sure that all mold spores are safely removed from the area and not spread to other areas in the home. When it comes to the air quality in your home, don't take any chances. Call the professionals at SERVPRO.