Will materials be removed on your water loss?
Water damaged ceiling in Wheat Ridge
Some water losses are a few gallons of water that soak your carpet and pad, some are 40,000 gallons of water flowing through your house like an indoor river, MOST water losses are somewhere in-between.
When water has prolonged contact with drywall, particle board, or wood flooring, the materials can act as sponges and absorb large quantities of water. The water then causes the materials to swell and deform. Once dried, these materials do not return to their previous shape or strength. Additionally, when these materials hold onto that excess water there is an increased threat of mold growth. These are a few reasons such materials might need to be removed.
Carpet pad often has a vapor barrier built in to it, once excess water becomes trapped under such a pad, the pad must be removed for the subfloor to dry and not become further damaged.
When dirty water comes in contact with carpeting and pad, drywall, or wood/engineered wood, the materials are generally removed due to gross contamination and material damage.
Trust the crew at SERVPRO of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen to know when materials must be removed and to explain the drying process to you every step of the way. Your home will be left dry, decontaminated and ready for repair. Call 303-279-8055 when water invades your home or busines
What to expect once we are working on your water loss.
A water catastrophe just affected your home or business and shook up your day to day life – you’ve contacted your insurance company and SERVPRO Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen is on the job. Now what?
During our initial phone conversation, we will gather as much information as possible so we can send the appropriate equipment to begin work. Our crews are on call 24/7 and will arrive as quickly as possible to assess the damage. Technicians will use moisture meters to determine the spread of water so drying equipment can be placed effectively. Once the damage is assessed a member of our team will go over what needs to be done to bring your structure back to a dry standard.
Depending on the amount of water absorbed and the extent of water damage, drywall and trim may need to be removed to facilitate drying. When the damage is great these materials will need to be replaced. Carpeting, carpet pad and wood flooring can also be greatly damaged by a water loss. If the water loss is a CAT 3, damaged materials are often removed due to contamination. Water trapped under flooring materials can also mean removal.
It will be crucial that once placed our equipment be allowed to run 24 hours a day, even if it is thought to be noisy. Our industrial air movers and dehumidifiers work quickly to dry your home or business.
From start to finish our technicians and office staff are in communication with insurance adjusters and home/business owners alike, keeping everyone informed and processing your file as quickly as possible to help make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”
To call SERVPRO of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen or to clean it yourself, that is the question…
Locally owned and operated, ready when you call!
While tis nobler to fend for oneself in home emergencies, (with apologies to Mr. Shakespeare) there are instances where tis wiser to call on the professionals at SERVPRO of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen.
A sink that over flows and get tile wet is easy to clean without help, as is carpet that gets a bit wet. However, when the volume of water flowing into your home increases so does the scope of possible damage. When that water is contaminated, improper handling and drying methods can lead to contamination throughout the home. Contamination is also a MAJOR concern when it comes to downed drywall, be it from fire damage or water damage, if that wall or ceiling contains asbestos or mold, improper removal methods could compromise your entire home.
A call to SERVPRO of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen will eliminate the worries of ‘is it really dry?’ or ‘is this safe for my family?’. Our technicians are IICRC trained in the latest industry standards of water, fire or mold restoration. You can trust them to assess damaged building materials, properly contain contamination and bring your home back to normal quickly and efficiently thus limiting excessive damage and possible growing repair costs. Call SERVPRO Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen at 303-279-8055 today for peace of mind and professional assessment of your loss.
Wildfire ready...a Public Safety Reminder
With warmer weather, the threat of wildfire danger in the front range will be greater. We at SERVPRO of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen urge everyone in our community to be cautious and aware of their surroundings. Practicing basic fire safety is a must for everyone, from proper disposal of fire place ash and being aware of local fire restrictions to not tossing cigarette butts out of car windows. The other piece of the fire danger puzzle is being prepared for an emergency. Last years catastrophic fires in California are a prime example of the speed at which one’s escape can be cut off. Having an understanding of what is needed to remain safe can make a difference in the outcome of such an emergency. The following is a Fire Evacuation Check List that may prove helpful:
Attire and Equipment
- Wear only cotton or wool clothes
- Wear long pants, long sleeved shirt or jacket and boots
- Carry gloves, a handkerchief to cover your face, water to drink and goggles
- Keep a flashlight and portable radio with you at all times
- Tune in to a local radio station and listen for instructions
- Evacuate all family members
- Make sure to designate a safe meeting place and contact person
- Relay your plans to the contact person
- Evacuate pets
- Place vehicles in the garage, pointing out with keys in the ignition
- Roll up the windows
- Close the garage door, but leave it unlocked
- Disconnect the electric garage door opener so that the door can be opened manually
Inside the House
- Close all interior doors
- Leave a light on in each room
- Close fire-resistant drapes, shutters and venetian blinds
- Turn off pilot lights
- Move overstuffed furniture (couch/chair) to the center of the room
Outside the House
- Place combustible patio furniture in the house or garage
- Shut off propane at the tank or natural gas at the meter
- Close all exterior vents if possible
- Prop a ladder against the house to provide firefighters access to the roof
- Make sure that garden hoses are connected to faucets, nozzles set to ‘spray’
- Close all exterior doors and windows, leave exterior door unlocked
- Turn on outside lights
- If you have an emergency water source (pool/pond) clearly mark it
Essentials (to place in the car)
- Important documents (bank, IRS, trust, insurance, birth certificates, etc)
- Credit and ATM cards
- Prescription glasses
- Driver’s license
- Computer backup files
- Inventory of home contents (photograph all rooms and contents of drawers, closets, cupboards)
- Address book
- Cell phone and charger
- Personal toiletries
- Change of clothing
- Family photo albums and video/DVD’s
- Family heirlooms
- Pet food, water and bowls
This is a sample and fairly simple evacuation list; more detailed lists can be found online. Part of your evacuation plan should be to identify routes to safety from your home. If you live in a mountain community with limited access remember that also means limited escape routes. Please plan accordingly for traffic when all your neighbors reach the same conclusion to evacuate at the same time.
If possible and space allows many of these ‘emergency items’ could be packed in bins placed for easy access and quicker evacuation. The more organized the plan, the quicker it can be put into action.
From all of us at SERVPRO of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen to you, have a safe and fun summer!
No one PLANS for a disaster to happen…..
The phone rings and you walk away from running water filling a sink FOR JUST A SECOND…
You warm the oven for dinner and find a plastic cutting board was too close to the heat… AFTER it has begun to burn, melt and fill your home with smoke…
You went out of town for a week and walked back into a flooded home because a line to a toilet burst, now you are standing in 4 inches of running water and EVERYTHING is soaked …
No one plans for these personal disasters! When life sends one your way, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen at 303-279-8055 for fast reliable help. We understand the need for prompt attention and our crews work quickly and thoroughly so damage doesn’t spread further than necessary.
SERVPRO here to help with water, fire, mold and more
SERVPRO ...helpful in so many ways
In February our crew was on site in Wheat Ridge, CO for a water loss. Materials had already been removed and drying equipment set, this was ‘just’ a monitoring visit. Our clients were an older couple, the wife was home while her husband ran errands. While communicating progress details to the wife, our technician noticed she looked unwell. Before he could ask if she needed help, she began dropping to the floor. Our quick reacting techs caught her before she fell and helped her to a nearby couch. Upon further questioning they realized she needed more help than just a couch. While one tech called 911 for EMT assistance, the other tech reached out to her husband. Our customer arrived safely at the hospital, her husband was able to meet her there and both were home the next day. SERVPRO of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen saving homes from water damage and saving lives.
SERVPRO ….Your First Choice in Mitigation Companies
We are ready to answer your call!
SERVPRO of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen is your local answer to life’s surprises.
Burst pipes? Kitchen fire? Over flowing sink? Backed up sewer pipe? Lurking mold? Dirty Carpets?
All in a day’s work for us!
We are on call 24 ours a day, 7 days a week, even on Holidays! We personally answer each call, ready to respond to your emergency.
SERVPRO of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen is a family owned, neighborhood business that takes pride in taking care of your home or office.
Each member of our team is an IICRC certified Water Restoration Technician, knowledgeable of the industries standards for water loss mitigation. Our crew has experience and training when it comes to safely and properly handling your water, fire, smoke or mold damaged home or business.
Don’t delay, call 303-279-8055 for help with your emergency!
Don’t wait to call for help
24 hours a day we are just a call away!
A pipe burst Friday evening in Evergreen-
A sewer back up Saturday morning in Wheat Ridge-
A washing machine overflow Sunday afternoon in Golden-
While you may not need to panic in these scenarios, it is best if SERVPRO of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen is called to action as soon as possible.
Prompt attention to a water loss can often help keep repair costs down. The longer water is in contact with drywall, wood, carpeting or tile, the more likely those materials will need to be removed and the more mold development is possible. Our specialized equipment can extract more water than an everyday shop vac, household fans and dehumidifiers are often not as effective as our industrial units.
When the water comes from outside or sewer and main lines the possibility of contamination is high.
Our crews understand containing the damage to as small an area of your home as possible. Damaged drywall carries the possibility of asbestos contamination. Bringing in trained professionals right away can help limit damage, worries and the spread of contaminates into your home.
Don’t delay, call for help today! 303-279-8055 24 hours a day/7 days a week!
After the fire…..
Flames and smoke cause different damage. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Golden, Wheat Ridge, Evergreen to help!
After you hang up with your insurance company, after the fire trucks pull away and you stand there looking at a charred room and realize your entire home smells of smoke thinking “Now what?”
Pick up the phone and call SERVPRO of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen as soon as possible.
The first 48 hours after a fire loss can make the difference between being able to salvage materials and starting over from zero. Our seasoned team can start by boarding up windows or holes if necessary, to secure your structure.
We understand there is the loss from fire, loss from smoke and soot, and the loss from water and chemicals used to extinguish the blaze. We understand each of these losses have their own remediation protocols and are trained and experienced in handling all these varied issues. Our crew will remove damaged building materials, clean remaining surfaces, eliminate odors and pack out your damaged belongings. We will then assess and, if possible, clean each remaining item and communicate with your insurance when belongings cannot be saved.
When we are finished your home or business will be ready for reconstruction, fresh paint and finally, your move back in to reclaim your space “Like it never even happened.”
Its warming up along the Front Range
Now that winter is on its way out of Colorado, it’s time to look at your yards and building exteriors.
Many of us live in the mountains or near expanses of open space parks or forests that make the Front Range such a lovely home. Home owners in such areas should be aware of fire prevention measures that can be take BEFORE summer hits and everything starts to dry.
It is advised that those who live in so called ‘wildland urban interface’ areas take steps to give their homes ‘defendable space’ in case of encroaching wild fires. Precautions should include:
- Moving firewood stacks at least 30 ft from nearest structure
- Clean gutters and roof lines of pine needle, leaves and debris
- Rake fallen leaves or pine needles from the yard
- Keep a garden hose hooked up and readily available
- Move combustible propane and gas tanks away from structures
- Remove dead trees or shrubs from property
Planning multiple escape routes could also be part of your precautions. Yes, plural routes, if possible. In the event of an emergency, when everyone else is also trying to leave the area, roads can become jammed with worried neighbors. A little planning might alleviate some of that traffic.
Local fire departments may have more detailed lists on line of preventative measures you can take. SERVPRO of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen wishes all of our neighbors a safe summer!