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Contents Restoration Services in Evergreen?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

A fancy silver jewelry box with a pearl necklace is shown. We are leaders in water damage restoration in Jefferson County.

When the basement of my Evergreen home flooded, the damage wasn’t discovered for a few days and many of my precious family heirlooms were damaged. A couple of inches of water was covering the basement floor and the furniture and cardboard boxes stored down there were standing in water. My insurance adjuster told me to call SERVPRO® of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen.

The SERVPRO technicians arrived quickly and immediately began the cleanup and restoration process. They were able to clean and restore most of the items from my basement and return them to preloss condition. Here are the cleaning methods they used:

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe - effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen has a team of highly trained technicians with specialized training and experience to clean and restore your keepsakes. Call us today at 303-279-8055. We’ll restore your water damage in Evergreen, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen is Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm Damage

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Snow on a window Storms can cause a lot of damage to your homes and personal belongings. We are here to help.

Snow, Rain, Hail, and Fire Danger: All in One Day

Snow, rain, hail, and fire danger all in one day.  That is Colorado weather for you in a nutshell.  In fact, it was the reality Colorado experienced just this week!  High country was hit with snow, lower elevations received rainfall, in the east they experienced hail, high winds, and thunderstorms causing threat to the area.  But, that is nothing new to Colorado residents.  Spring is volatile and has many mood swings.  That's why we here at SERVPRO of Golden, Wheat Ridge, Evergreen want you to always be prepared, which is why we have created this blog.  

We are highly trained storm damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition. Using advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready.

         We have resources to handle storm disasters. In addition to our own resources, we can access equipment and personnel from over 1,700 Franchises across the state and country. We can even call upon strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams for catastrophic storms and major events.  We truly are ready at any moment.  Day or night. 

         The remainder of this blog explains what water damage can do to your home.  We chose to highlight water because it is most often the culprit of storm damage.  We talk about basement flooding, water damage to your personal items, what to do before we arrive- including prevention tips, and how we at SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl can completely restore your home or business to pre-damage condition. 

What are the Dangers of Basement Floods?      

         There are many risks to having unwanted water in your home.  Even though it may seem harmless, often the water is clean and clear looking, it is likely to contain yuckies that are harmful to you and your family.  As water makes its way over the ground and into your basement, it pulls along with it anything within its path.  The dirties in the water pose the greatest menaces, but there are many that are involved with a flooded basement.  The following is a list of these possibilities.

  1. Pulled in yuckies
    1. Manganese and iron are two heavy metals that are found in high concentrations of ground water. Yards and gardens often contain fertilizers and pesticides that can soak into the water.  Chemical spills or leaking fuel tanks can also get into the traveling water. Animal feces and many other natural and human-induced chemicals can be found in groundwater.
  1. Mold
    1. Mold can start to grow and spread within 48-72 hours after water enters the home. Health effects are produced by molds.  Any source of the water must be fully addressed before the mold can be remediated because it is likely to come back if any moisture remains. 
  1. Water Adds Weight
    1. When water soaks furniture, blankets, fabrics, or other household items, it adds its weight to that item and they become heavy. Therefore, picking up or moving any item that is wet poses a risk to the person moving it. It may not look as heavy as it truly is, and the right force may not be applied resulting in bodily injury. 
  1. Electrical
    1. Water that has come into contact with electrical outlets, cords, or appliances may become charged. It is important that you do not touch or walk through this water in order to avoid electrocution.   The electricity needs to be turned off first.
  1. Slippery Surfaces
    1. Water can also cause surfaces to become slippery. It is important to take every precaution into consideration before entering a room that is potentially slippery in order to avoid bodily injuries. 

Prevention

         There are many ways in which you can protect your home from a potential flood.  The following are the key ways to help mitigate your risk.

  • Be sure to have a functional sump pump in your home. A sump pump is a common household tool that is installed underneath the floors of basements or crawl spaces.  It collects water that tries to enter the home and redirects it back out.  Check your sump pump on a regular basis to make sure that it is working optimally, and always check to see if it is plugged in.  If you do not have a sump pump in your home, consider installing one. 
  • Know the flood level potential for your home. Every home is different depending on its particular structure and location. Your local insurance agent should have and provide this information for you. 
  • Look out for any foundational cracks and repair them. Most foundational cracks can be resolved by filling in with epoxy that you can pick up at your local hardware store such as Home Depot.  However, if it continues to leak after epoxy has been applied, it is likely a larger problem that would need professional assistance. 
  • Anchor and elevate equipment. In the event of a basement flood, supply lines can be torn free from things such as fuel tanks, generators, and air-conditioners.  Oil from these can leak into the home.  Even a tank that is buried can be pushed by flood waters and affect the safety of your home. 
  • Maintain your gutters and your downspouts by regularly cleaning them.Debris such as leaves and twigs can clog the gutters and downspouts creating blockages.  Your downspouts should be directing water at least 10 feet away from the home so pooling cannot occur near it. 
  • Landscaping your yard is also essential for flood prevention.Watch for areas that are directing water towards your home such as a small hill.  Once you have identified the areas of work, you can proceed to do things such as digging trenches, regarding the land, placing flood barriers in appropriate areas, and even installing a French drain can help.
  • Interior and exterior backflow valves for your sewer system is also a simple yet effective line of prevention. When there is flooding in your area, municipal city drainage systems and sewers are also at risk of overflow.  They can send contaminated water back into your lines and into your home. Installing valves can prevent this type of backflow when the public systems become overloaded.

What to do before help arrives

         Even if you follow all of the preventative advice to a T, you still may find yourself with a flooded basement. We cannot always prevent disaster from striking, so it is good to know what to do if you fall victim to creeping water.  You will always want to call in the professionals, as we have described in the dangers category of this blog.  Before they can arrive at your home, here is what you can do to help mitigate the damage.

         Mop and soak up as much water as you possibly can.

         Wipe off all of the wooden furniture so they cannot be further damaged.

         Upholstery, cushions, pillows, and blankets should be removed from the area.

         Put blocks between the legs of furniture and the floor.

         Removed colored rugs carefully.

         Gather loose items that may be in the way or cluttering the affected area.

Additionally, there are things you do not want to do before the help arrives.  Avoiding these key things with help to keep you safe and limit the damage to your home and its belongings.  Always leave the hard stuff or anything you are not comfortable with for the professionals. 

         Do not leave colored items out in the wet area.

         Do not use household items that use electricity such as TV’s.

         Do not remove anything that is too heavy for you.

         Do not go into a room with a wet and sagging ceiling.

What we do

         We follow 6 basic and standard steps when dealing with a water damage situation.  Following the 6 steps ensures a quick and uniform process, so the homeowner and the team at SERVPRO know what to expect each time.

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

Why SERVPRO of Golden, Wheat Ridge, Evergreen

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

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

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

         Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 279-8055

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

Commercial Property Damage in Golden?

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

A view of downtown Golden is shown at night. We are leaders in commercial damage restoration in Jefferson County.

Water damage happens in Golden.

You never know when your commercial business could have a water damage emergency, but when it happens, you’ll need to act fast. Water is invasive, and it will seep into floors and into the subfloors causing a lot of damage, equating to costly repairs if not mitigated quickly. SERVPRO® of Golden /Wheat Ridge /Evergreen has been proudly serving the business community of Golden for years, and we understand how important it is to get your business back to normal as soon as possible after a water damage emergency.

Our technicians have the advanced training, specialized equipment, and experience to mitigate any size water damage emergency quickly and efficiently and with minimal disruption. We follow the industry standards set by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, the nonprofit certifying body for the restoration industry.

Training Certifications

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

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Golden /Wheat Ridge /Evergreen has a team of highly trained technicians on call and ready to restore your commercial damage 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-279-8055. We’ll restore your commercial damage in Golden, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Golden /Wheat Ridge /Evergreen is Independently Owned and Operated.

Severe Weather in Golden?

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

A man is inspecting his roof for storm damage. We are leaders in storm damage restoration in Jefferson County.

Colorado Blizzard

The blizzard that hit Colorado in March was the fourth largest blizzard in Colorado’s history, dropping 24.1 inches of snow in a two-day period. The snow was wet and sticky, making driving impossible. According to Skyler McKinley of AAA roadside emergency services, four of their trucks got stuck trying to rescue people, and there were eight calls for every emergency vehicle on the road on March 14.

SERVPRO® of Golden /Wheat Ridge /Evergreen has been responding to storm damage emergencies for years in Golden and know that severe weather is unpredictable and storm damage happens no matter how well prepared we are. Now that spring is here, it is a good time to inspect your roof for storm damage and make repairs as needed.

Storm Damage Roof Inspection

Look for obvious signs of damage to the roof, including damaged roof shingles, damaged roof gutters, and downspouts. Check roof vents and look for cracks in weather stripping around doors and windows. Replace damaged materials as necessary.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Golden /Wheat Ridge /Evergreen has a team of highly trained technicians on call and ready to restore your storm damage 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-279-8055. We’ll restore your storm damage in Golden, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Golden /Wheat Ridge /Evergreen is Independently Owned and Operated.

V-belt Fire in Wheat Ridge?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

A broken v-belt is shown. We are leaders in fire restoration in Jefferson County.

Washing Machine Fire in Wheat Ridge?

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires involving clothes dryers and washing machines account for an estimated 15,970 home fires each year, resulting in:

  • 13 civilian deaths
  • 440 civilian injuries
  • $238 million in direct property damage

Between 2010 and 2014, eleven percent of home fires involving washing machines were caused by a conveyor belt, drive belt, or v-belt. SERVPRO® of Golden /Wheat Ridge /Evergreen often arrives on the scene when the West Metro Fire Rescue firefighters are leaving, and there is always a lot of fire, smoke, soot, and water damage left from the firefighting efforts, no matter what kind or size of fire occurred.

When we arrive, we will provide an assessment of the damage, tarp and board up any areas of the home that are exposed to the elements and immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. We pretest every fire-damaged item before cleaning, and we treat your belongings with great care.  

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Golden /Wheat Ridge /Evergreen has a team of highly trained technicians on call and ready to restore your fire damage 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-279-8055. We’ll restore your fire damage in Wheat Ridge, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Golden /Wheat Ridge /Evergreen is Independently Owned and Operated.

Sump Pump Failure in Golden?

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

A sump pump is shown in a basement. We are leaders in water restoration in Adams County.

According to a study published by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IIBHS), power outages were the cause of 18 percent of water damage incidents involving a sump pump, and another 40 percent of the incidents were caused by a clogged inlet screen or a faulty float switch. SERVPRO® of Golden /Wheat Ridge /Evergreen responds to flooded basement water damage emergencies often and offer these loss prevention and maintenance tips from the IIBHS:

  • Open the lid and remove debris that may be clocking the water inlet screen.
  • Pour approximately five gallons of water into the pump and watch the float valve rise.
  • As the float valve rises, the pump should turn on and the water should discharge through the outlet pipe.
  • Go outside and inspect the outlet pipe.
  • Water should be flowing from the pipe and away from the home.
  • If the sump pump fails to operate during this inspection, contact a plumbing professional.
  • Install a battery backup system.
  • Choose a system with a battery replacement warning.
  • Replace batteries every two to three years.

Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for sump pump maintenance. These vary from running the sump pump every two to three months to a yearly cleaning before the rainy season.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Golden /Wheat Ridge /Evergreen has a team of water restoration technicians on call and ready to restore water damage 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-279-8055. We’ll restore your water damage in Golden, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Golden /Wheat Ridge /Evergreen is Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooded Floor in Applewood?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

A person is shown repairing a water supply line. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Adams County.

Flooded Floor Fiasco

Walking through an inch of water and spongy, water-saturated carpeting is never a good feeling in socks, but this is what happened to me when a water supply line in my kitchen failed in my Applewood home and caused the downstairs to flood overnight. It was overwhelming, but my neighbor told me to call SERVPRO® of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen. I’m glad I did. Their team arrived quickly and immediately conducted a thorough assessment and immediately began the cleanup and restoration process.

They moved all of the furniture, and once all of the water was extracted out of the kitchen floor and family room carpeting, they set up air blowers and air movers to remove the excess water from the air and to prevent warping of any baseboards. They repaired the supply line and cleaned and sanitized the room and all of the furniture. In no time, my home was returned to preloss condition. Here is the process they used for my restoration:

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen has a team of water restoration technicians on call and ready to restore water damage in Applewood 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-279-8055. We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Golden /Wheat Ridge /Evergreen is Independently Owned and Operated.

Advanced Technology in Wheat Ridge?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

An industrial-grade dehumidifier is being used to dry a shoe store that experienced water damage. We are leaders in fire and water restoration in Jefferson County.

We Use Advanced Technology and Techniques

Did you know that SERVPRO® of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen uses advanced moisture detection equipment when restoring water-damaged property in Wheat Ridge? We keep up with the latest technological advancements, best practices, and techniques as set forth by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry.

Moisture Detection Equipment

In this picture we are using an industrial-grade dehumidifier to remove the excess moisture from the air in a water-damaged store. Some of the moisture detection equipment we use includes:

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, and walls.
  • Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate moisture readings that enable the SERVPRO® Franchise Professional to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers are used to measure both temperature and relative humidity. Capturing these two readings, a SERVPRO® of Golden /Wheat Ridge /Evergreen franchise professional using a psychrometric chart can calculate specific humidity, dew point, and vapor pressure.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen use advanced equipment and techniques to quickly and efficiently restore property damage in Wheat Ridge. Call us today at 303-279-8055. We’ll restore your damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Golden /Wheat Ridge /Evergreen is Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooded Bridge in Golden?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of a bridge in Golden, Colorado is shown. We respond to storm damage 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

Floods Happen in Golden

Unpredictable weather is common for Colorado, and flooding is no stranger to the City of Golden. According to a publication prepared by The Jefferson County Historical Commission, there have been many floods in the twenty-first century, including:

  • Arapahoe Gulch, Deer Creek, Massey Draw, June 27, 2004
  • Leyden Creek, August 3, 2006
  • Apex Gulch, September 9 to 12, 2013
  • Clear Creek, December 7 to 18, 2013

SERVPRO® of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen has been responding to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day for years. When we arrive, we will assess the damage and immediately tarp and board up any areas of the structure that may be exposed to the elements. Once the structure is secured, we will begin the cleanup and restoration process.

Here are some tips from our website on what to do after flooding occurs:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business experiences storm damage, SERVPRO® of Golden /Wheat Ridge /Evergreen is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 303-279-8055. We’ll restore your storm damage in Golden, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Golden /Wheat Ridge /Evergreen is Independently Owned and Operated.

How to prepare an emergency kit for a severe storm in Wheat Ridge

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

Wheat Ridge is no stranger to severe storms. If a community is not prepared for a severe storm, the results can be devastating. SERVPRO of Golden / Wheat Ridge / Evergreen wants to share some of the following tips to keep in mind while putting together an emergency kit in the event of a severe storm approaching. FEMA has stated that emergency kits should include some of the following:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Any medicine currently being taken
  • Emergency food and water
  • Extra change of clothes and shoes
  • Pet supplies if you are taking care of an animal

These are just a few examples of what an emergency kit should contain. Residents can add whatever else may be needed. There should be an emergency kit in every residential building as well as all commercial buildings if possible. Aside from having an emergency kit ready, a plan should also be in place. If there is a designated storm area inside the home or office, occupants should head there with the emergency kits. Severe storms cannot be avoided, but with the right tools and resources they can be easier to deal with. SERVPRO of Golden / Wheat Ridge / Evergreen wants to make sure City is prepared! 

SERVPRO of Golden / Wheat Ridge / Evergreen is independently owned and operated.