Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief
SERVPRO of Golden, Wheat Ridge & Evergreen team on site in Texas
Harvey is the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the contiguous United States. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues (Wikipedia 2017).
Our dedicated crew members drove down to Texas last week and are currently helping with the efforts to get as many homes back to normal as possible.
SERVPRO crews from all over the country work together quickly to dispatch storm teams to help. SERVPRO is a partner of the Red Cross and helps educate people about disaster preparedness.
Our teams, organizations and communities are here to help when disaster strikes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the first responders and people that need help during this time.
Cleaning up Biohazards
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
SERVPRO of Golden, Wheat Ridge & Evergreen specializes in bio hazardous cleanup whether it is a sanitation issue, contaminated foods, animal waste, vandalism or family loss. Bio hazardous materials also include blood borne pathogens, hazardous waste or any substance that can be harmful to humans.
Bio hazardous materials should not be removed without specialized protection and equipment. Personal protective equipment can reduce the risk of accidents, sickness or legalities. Our technicians are trained and certified to handle and dispose of bio hazardous materials.
We pride ourselves in making sure that biohazards are completely removed and not just covered up. We realize how important it is your family or business. Here at SERVPRO our technicians are certified and trained to make it “Like it never even happened.”
You arrive home and your house has been flooded. It can be caused by broken pipes, appliances, toilets, roofing or even rain or ground water. In any case it’s a mess and you need to get the water out of the carpet before it starts buckling, delaminates (the layers come apart), mildews and or molds. Carpet water is an emergency and should be dried out immediately.
Getting the water out of the carpet as soon as possible will preserve the backing and save you time and money in the long run. Make sure you have a professional assess the damage and dry it out properly. Also be sure the carpet is seamed properly, the pad is removed, dried and is stretched back in place properly.
Duct Cleaning Importance
Duct Cleaning Machine after.
Homeowners generally do not think about their ducts until spring when it is time to turn on the air conditioning. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends getting your air ducts cleaned every three to five years (https://nadca.com/). I am amazed at the amount of debris that can come out of a ductwork system.
We recommend checking your system when you change your filter once a year and check for excess dirt. We also recommend doing research and consider cleaning your ductwork if you have pets, you are a heavy smoker, if a fire occurs in your home, suffer from allergies or asthma and after remodeling projects.
SERVPRO of Golden, Wheat Ridge & Evergreen specializes in duct cleaning. For a quote! 303-279-8055.
Vandalism & Graffiti
Tear Gas Cleanup 2016
Deliberate damage to property can cause traumatic or unsettling circumstances. Vandalism can come from police standoffs, drive by shootings and many other unimaginable types of damage and contamination. Vandalism can be spray paint or even disgruntled tenants who intentionally damage property (I have received this very call where the tenant deliberately cut up the carpet among many other things). Broken windows and other destruction can also cause water and or mold damage. Graffiti can be tough to remove without proper resources and expertise.
We recommend that you don’t try to clean it up yourself, especially if you suspect it may be contaminated. In most cases it is covered under your homeowners insurance. Call a professional. We are here to help you in any situation!
Fire and Smoke Damage
This customer forgot to open the flu for the chimney when they started the fire.
Soot and Charring.
Smoke damage causes black marks and discoloration to your walls and ceiling. Soot is the residue left by smoke. Charring is the actual burning of the paint. You should first assess the extent of the damage and determine whether cleaning is a reasonable option.
SERVPRO of Golden, Wheat Ridge and Evergreen has experience in cleaning Smoke and Soot Damage. We have procedures in place that will effectively make it "Like it never even happened."
Cigarette smoke, on walls ceilings and textiles....is an offensive odor that need to be handled by professionals.
Let SERVPRO of Golden, Wheat Ridge and Evergreen be those professionals!
As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Golden, Wheat Ridge and Evergreen are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.
SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.
We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contact any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.
The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.
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Water pipe leaks, bursts and overflows can creep and sink into places you would never imagine. It can damage the sub flooring, drywall and get into crawl spaces. Water can get under vinyl flooring, crawlspaces, and behind walls.
The weather is getting colder and pipes can burst because water expands just before it freezes. Taking precautions before you go on vacation can save precious time and money. Leave the water on just a trickle or tiny drip and keep temperatures at the same level can help.
When a pipe does burst shut the water off immediately. If water damage occurs to your home call us for help. SERVPRO© of Golden, Wheat Ridge and Evergreen, is a proud sponsor of the American Red Cross. For more information go to http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm/frozen-pipes
Does my insurance cover mold?
Photo by Servpro of Golden, Wheat Ridge & Evergreen
I worked for an insurance company for a short time. I can remember so many calls where people waited until it was too late to file a water damage claim.
I would ask them “when did you discover the damage?” customer replies “last month it overflowed and I cleaned up the water, now my floor is molding” I reply “ok, let’s get this filed for you.” I was not allowed to give them advice.
I would guess that the claim would probably be denied. When home floods happen homeowners should always call in a professional to assess whether proper drying is needed. In most cases 99 percent of mold PREVENTION is covered. Mold is often NOT covered because there are resources to help prevent it, such as keeping the space dry, or antimicrobial treatment.
My toilet overflowed what do I do?
Luckily for the majority of homes and businesses overflows and floods do not happen very often. The important thing is knowing how to properly deal with flood disaster situations.
The first thing to do is shut the water off! Many people do not know where or how to do that. The second part is assessing the situation and knowing the severity of the damage.
Water can damage the seal of the flooring especially in your kitchen or bathroom. It is crucial that you have a professional look at the damage to ensure further damage and prevent the walls and floors from molding. Any time there is more than an inch of water caught in a room it can damage seals and wood flooring underneath tile, the moisture can trap itself between the layers of the flooring and sub flooring.
FIRE PREVENTION TIPS
Photo courtesy of Eric BARBEAU
Recipe for Safer Cooking
Follow these tips to protect you and your family when in the kitchen. Whether stirring up a quick dinner or creating a masterpiece four-course meal, here is a recipe for saver cooking you need to use daily. SERVPRO of Golden has restored three Kitchen fires recently.
To prevent a Cooking Fire in Your Kitchen
Keep an eye on your cooking and stay in the kitchen. Unattended cooking is the #1 cause of cooking fires.
Wear short or close-fitting sleeves. Loose clothing can catch fire.
Watch children closely. When old enough, teach children to cook safely.
Clean cooking surfaces to prevent food and grease build-up.
Keep curtains, towels and pot holders away from hot surfaces, and store solvents and flammable cleaners away from heat sources. NEVER keep gasoline in the house.
Turn pan handles inward to prevent food spills.
To Put Out a Cooking Fire in Your Kitchen
Call the Fire Department immediately. In many cases dialing 911 will give you emergency services.
Slide a pan lid over flames to smother a grease or oil fire, then turn off the heat and leave the lid in place until the pan cools. Never carry a pan outside!
Extinguish other food fires with baking soda. Never use water or flour on cooking fires.
Keep the oven door shut and turn off the heat to smother an oven broiler fire.
Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Make sure you have the right type and training.
Keep working smoke detector in your home and test it monthly.
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) https://www.aham.org/