Recent Storm Damage Posts

Record-Breaking Hailstorm in Lakewood?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Back windshield shattered from hail storm We are leaders in storm damage restoration services in Jefferson County.

Our Golden, Wheat Ridge and Evergreen team responds to storm damage throughout the year in Lakewood. In May of 2017, a supercell thunderstorm formed in the foothills west of Denver.

The National Weather Service reported that the supercell thunderstorm moved from the western suburbs to the northern suburbs and produced large damaging hail, strong winds, heavy rain, and flash flooding. Baseball-sized hail was reported, causing extensive damage to cars, homes, and businesses. Property damage occurred in many parts of Denver and the western suburbs, including Arvada, Lakewood, and Wheat Ridge. This May 8 storm is still the most expensive insured catastrophe in Colorado’s history. According to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Agency Association (RMIAA), the storm amounted to about $2.3 billion in damage. The RMIAA estimated more than 150,000 auto insurance claims and 50,000 homeowner insurance claims had been filed.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration measure hailstones by comparing them to the size of known objects:

  • Pea = 1/4 inch diameter
  • Mothball = 1/2 inch diameter
  • Penny = 3/4 inch diameter
  • Nickel = 7/8 inch
  • Quarter = 1 inch — hail quarter size or larger is considered severe
  • Ping-Pong Ball = 1 1/2 inch
  • Golf Ball = 1 3/4 inches
  • Tennis Ball = 2 1/2 inches
  • Baseball = 2 3/4 inches
  • Tea cup = 3 inches
  • Softball = 4 inches
  • Grapefruit = 4 1/2 inches

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Our Golden, Wheat Ridge and Evergreen team is Here to Help ® when you need storm damage restoration services. Call us today at 303-279-8055.

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April Bomb Cyclone in Evergreen?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Road conditions after a 2021 spring snowstorm. We are trusted leaders in storm damage restoration in Jefferson County!

In March of 2019, the perfect conditions presented themselves to create “bombogenesis,” or a bomb cyclone that hit the Central United States from the Rockies across all of the Plains into the Upper Mississippi Valley that brought blizzard conditions, severe thunderstorms, and isolated flooding.

Our Golden, Wheat Ridge, and Evergreen team has been restoring storm damage for Evergreen residents for many years. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), bombogenesis occurs when:

  • A mid-latitude cyclone, or a “bomb cyclone,” rapidly intensifies over a 24-hour period
  • Most of the time, they accelerate and strengthen over the ocean as its central pressure drops at least 24 millibars in 24 hours
  • Bombogenesis causes high, intense winds that can cause power outages
    • They can cause blizzard conditions with heavy, blowing snow and white-out conditions
    • Rainfall on snow that can cause river flooding

April may bring more severe weather, so make sure you’re prepared.

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You never know when inclement weather may wreak havoc and damage your property. If a storm causes damage to your Evergreen home or commercial business, our local team in Golden, Wheat Ridge, and Evergreen will clean and restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 303-279-8055.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

March Thundersnow Storm in Wheat Ridge Area?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning strikes in the sky above Colorado foothills. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County!

Colorado thundersnow is a thing?

Yes, it is. My neighbor referred me to the restoration team in Wheat Ridge after a tree fell on my house after it was struck by lightning during a thundersnow storm. The team arrived quickly and removed the tree and tarped the roof, and boarded up the broken windows to prevent secondary damage from occurring from exposure. The next day they came back and repaired the roof damage and replaced the broken glass. Now you would never know there was any storm damage to my home!

March is a big snow month for Colorado, and thundersnow occurs here when there is a strong instability pattern in the atmosphere combined with moisture from a warm front. Although thundersnow is rare in most parts of the world, it is pretty common in Colorado. Thundersnow storms are similar to thunderstorms, except lightning occurs when it is snowing rather than when it is raining. Thundersnow storms are so unusual that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration monitors this weird weather via satellite!

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When your Wheat Ridge home or commercial business has storm damage, our restoration team in Wheat Ridge will  restore your damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 303-279-8055.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Winter Weatherization Tips for Golden?

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

A car is covered by deep snow. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

Golden residents know a thing or two about severe weather. Storms can be unpredictable, and snow and strong winds can cause property damage at any time. SERVPRO® of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Jefferson County. The Insurance Information Institute offers these helpful tips for protecting your home from storm damage: offers these helpful tips for protecting your home from storm damage:

Exterior Inspection and Repair

Water can be prevented from entering a structure’s exterior through routine inspection and maintenance and making repairs as needed.

  • Caulk and seal windows
  • Inspect the roof for missing and aging shingles
  • Check rain gutters and drainage systems and remove any debris
  • Check downspouts and clear any clogs and make sure they are draining away from the structure
  • Make sure water drains away from the building.Water is invasive and will quickly find its way into a home or building when water is allowed to pool around the foundation. After a storm, or when the ground is already saturated by rainwater, the water may enter into the foundation wall through any cracks.

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

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Alternate Power Safety Tips for Wheat Ridge?

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

Snow is falling outside a window. Our technicians respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

SERVPRO® of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen wants everyone in Wheat Ridge to stay safe during a winter storm. Here are some tips from the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for using alternate methods for lighting, and generator and other appliances safely:

Light your home safely.

Use generators and other appliances safely.
  • Generators should be located at least 20 feet from any window, door, or vent and in a space where rain and snow will not reach them
  • Protect yourself from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by installing a battery-operated CO detector
  • Never use generators, gas or charcoal grills, camp stoves, or similar devices inside your home, in basements, in garages, or near windows. The fumes are deadly.
  • Plug in appliances to the generator using individual heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cords
  • Do not use the generator or appliances if they are wet
  • Do not store gasoline indoors where the fumes could ignite

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

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Winter Preparation Tips for Evergreen?

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency supplies lay on a countertop. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

SERVPRO® of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen’s technicians have the training and experience to restore storm-damaged properties quickly and efficiently. Here are some tips for preparing for winter weather from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

Preparing for Winter Weather

Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups. Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Remember the needs of your pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights. If you cannot afford your heating costs, weatherization, or energy-related home repairs, contact the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for help.

In Case of Emergency

Be prepared for winter weather at home, at work, and in your car. Create an emergency supply kit for your vehicle. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep a full tank of gas.

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

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Tornado in Golden?

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

A tornado warning sign is posted. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

Tornado safety tips for home.

The risk of tornado damage in Golden is higher than the Colorado average and is higher than the national average. On average, Golden gets three tornadoes a year, and there have been 156 tornadoes reported since 1950.

SERVPRO® of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year and offer these tornado safety tips from The City of Golden:

  • Prepare a tornado plan. Make sure everyone knows where to go in the event of a tornado. Conduct periodic tornado drills.
  • The greatest threat from tornadoes is windblown debris.
  • Have a supply kit. Include a first aid kit, battery-powered radio and flashlight with extra batteries, canned or dried food and can opener, and bottled water.
  • Learn where to get weather information and the meaning of tornado watches and warnings
  • The safest spot is in your basement if you have one
  • Get under a sturdy workbench, table, or under the staircase
  • Stay out of the corners because that is where debris can collect
  • If you do not have a basement, then go to the lowest floor in an interior small room or hallway
  • Bathrooms and closets are good examples of places to go to for shelter
  • Get away from windows! Strong winds with a tornadic thunderstorm can shatter your windows and severely injure you.

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When your Golden home or business needs storm damage restoration services, SERVPRO® Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 303-279-8055.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Tornado Safety Tips for Golden?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

A tornado is shown. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Jefferson County.

Tornadoes are a common occurrence in Colorado. Colorado averages forty-six tornadoes a year, the eighth-most in the country. SERVPRO® of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen has been responding to storm damage emergencies in Golden for many years, and offer these tips from the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on tornadoes and what to do if you are under a tornado or severe weather warning:

Tornadoes

  • Can happen anytime and anywhere
  • Bring intense winds, over 200 miles per hour

If you are under a tornado or severe weather warning

  • Go to NOAA Weather Radio and your local news or official social media accounts for updated emergency information. Follow the instructions of state, local and tribal officials. 
  • Go to a safe shelter immediately, such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or a small interior room on the lowest level of a sturdy building
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls
  • Do not go under an overpass or bridge. You’re safer in a low, flat location.
  • Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck
  • If you can’t stay at home, make plans to go to a public shelter

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

Franchises are 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.

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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.

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. 

Natural Disasters in Wheat Ridge Affect your Pets, too – Have a Plan in Place

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

If a severe storm in Wheat Ridge is forcing a residential area to evacuate, not only does there need to be a plan in place for the residents but there needs to be a plan in place for the family pets as well. That part of the plan is often overlooked when forming the evacuation plan, to begin with but not for lack of caring about the pet; it is often forgotten because most assume they will just grab the pets and leave but it is not that simple. Pet safety plans are just as detailed as human safety plans. SERVPRO of Golden / Wheat Ridge / Evergreen wants to share the following pet evacuation tips with you:

  • Know which hotels accept pets and which ones do not – this is critical for your evacuation route planning
  • Do some research and find out which shelters, veterinarian offices, boarding facilities, etc. will take in pets during an emergency or evacuation situation
  • When practicing evacuation drills, include your pets so they have a sense of normality when the time comes
  • If your pets will be transferred in portable pet carriers, make sure they are comfortable being in one – practice helps with this
  • Grab a free rescue sticker from the ASPCA and mark how many animals you have inside the home as this allows rescue workers to know they should look for animals as well

When it is safe to re-enter the Wheat Ridge home, take note of any damage the house may have attained during the storm (including water damage) and when you are ready, call SERVPRO of Golden / Wheat Ridge / Evergreen to come help with the cleanup and restoration process. We are here to help! 

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

Thunderstorm preparedness in Evergreen

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms are beautiful, but they can also be dangerous.  They can cause severe damage to your home and property in Evergreen. Thunderstorms include lightning and can:

  • Include winds over 50 MPH
  • Create hail
  • Cause flash floods
  • Cause tornadoes

In most places, a thunderstorm can happen at any time of the year and at any time of the day.

SERVPRO of Golden / Wheat Ridge / Evergreen knows you cannot prevent a thunderstorm, but you can prepare:

  • Know the risk for thunderstorms in Evergreen
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system 
  • Cut down or trim trees that may fall on your home or office
  • Install surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system

SERVPRO of Golden / Wheat Ridge / Evergreen repeats the warning, “When thunder roars, go indoors”.  You don’t have to wait for the thunder. If there is a thunderstorm warning, go inside. Once there:

  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones in office or home
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings

If you can’t get inside a building:

  • If you are swimming or in a boat, get to land immediately.  Find shelter
  • If you are in a car, don’t touch anything metal
  • “Turn around. Don’t Drown. '' Avoid flooded roads. 6 inches of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep away your car. 

A lightning strike during a thunderstorm can leave a wake of destruction in its path. This can range from minor electrical issues to fire damage. Lightning is also a major cause of injury or death from weather-related dangers.  Most people survive being hit by lightning, but they often have long-term problems. 

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

Storms Strike

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Trucks Storm Trucks of SERVPRO Golden Wheat Ridge Evergreen

Storms Strike

Golden may be out of reach of hurricanes, but it is often in the path of major hail storms. Wheat Ridge might dodge tornadoes but can get it’s share of flood waters. Who can forget the 8-foot snowfall or the September flooding in Evergreen? Storms can affect our communities with or without warning, a small event can escalate to catastrophic in moments. When Mother Nature has her way with your home or commercial building, make one of your first calls to SERVPRO of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen! We are local and ready to help clean up what nature left behind. No need to wait for the morning or Monday to call, our phones are answered 24/7 by a member of our staff, our trained and experienced crews are ready to answer your call!

Why Choose SERVPRO of Golden / Wheat Ridge / Evergreen?

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

When a storm hits your Golden home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

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We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

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We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO of Golden / Wheat Ridge / Evergreen can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events. 

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Golden / Wheat Ridge / Evergreen is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major storm or flood event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.



When a Storm Hits

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Basement Flood Basement Flood in Lakewood area.

When a Storm Hits

When a storm strikes our area of Lakewood Ken-Caryl, flood damage can be the aftermath.  Hail storms can ruin roofs.  Heavy rains can cause basements to flood.  A storms potential for disaster is exponential.  So, when a storm hits our area and causes disaster in your home or office building, what do you do?  You call your local SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl for help.

We are faster to any size disaster. A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night, to help Quincy business owners and residents. 

            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 ground water.
  1. Mold
    1. Mold can start to grow and spread within 48-72 hours after water enters the home. Allergens and irritants 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 follow 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 crawlspaces.  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 effect 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 Lakewood Ken-Caryl

            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) 973-4664

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

Storm Troopers

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Stormy Sky SERVPRO is a local and traveling storm restoration team specializing in fire and flood restoration.

Storm Troopers

            Thunder! Nah-nah nah-nah nah-nah nah-nah nah! Thunder!

            Don’t those words pump you up? They sure get our SERVPRO of Evergreen/Wheat Ridge/Golden team jazzed.  But not because we are about to watch a sporting event, because we are a storm disaster team.  When mother nature slam dunks, we are the guys and gals that go into the aftermath to fix it up.  Whether it be a hurricane that ravished homes with flood and wind damage, or a blizzard that did the same, we make it "Like it never even happened.”  No storm job is too small or too large for this team! And when disaster strikes our nation, we gather up our forces and travel out.  We don’t only serve our local community, but the entire nation when it calls for such action. 

            We are the fastest to any size disaster. A fast response is critical to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces other damage and restoration costs from secondary sources. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night, to help foothill business owners and residents. 

            Pre-storm condition is a phone call away for your property with our highly trained specialist always on standby. Using advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready.

           In addition to our own resources, we can access equipment and personnel from over 1,700 Franchises across the country. We can even call upon strategically located 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 Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen 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 ground water.
  1. Mold
    1. Mold can start to grow and spread within 48-72 hours after water enters the home. Allergens and irritants that may be harmful to human health 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 follow 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 crawlspaces.  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 effect 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     

When Winter Weather Strikes, STRIKE BACK!

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Ready to help you when things get icy in Golden.

Unlike hail storms in the summer that appear out of nowhere and wreak havoc in an instant, winter storms can be prepared for. This year take the bite out of winter with a little preparation.

Steps can be taken to help your home or business survive winters worst. Pipes along exterior walls can be insulated, cabinets under sinks can be left open on the coldest of nights to help prevent frozen pipes.

Gutters can be cleared of debris to ensure easy run off when the snow and ice melt. Clear running gutters help prevent ice dams. Ice dams can cause water to backflow under shingles and into the interior of your home or business.

Furnaces and ducts can be cleaned to prevent damage from furnace puffbacks and to cut down on airborne dust and contaminants affecting your indoor air quality.

Exteriors can be inspected with an eye toward safety in icy situations and proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.

If winter manages to get the better of you despite these precautions, call SERVPRO Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen               303-279-8055 for prompt help with your emergency. Our phones are answered 24/7 and our crews are ready to help night and day.

Waiting for the Call

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Ready to travel to where help is needed

Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm but that doesn’t mean much to the folks in North Carolina, they are still wet. Though the storm may have ‘passed’ the effects have not. All that rain and standing water must go somewhere. It will become run off which will fill rivers to over flowing and the flooding continues. Then the flooding will move on, down river, affecting more and more communities. Some areas hit hardest by Florence are still not accessible due to the flooding.

The clean up begins once the waters recede. Homeowners will finally be able to assess the damage and SERVPRO will be ready to help them. SERVPRO Teams across the U.S. are on alert, ready to travel in case they are needed and SERVPRO GOLDEN, WHEAT RIDGE, EVERGREEN is one of those teams. Our crew will load the trucks with as much equipment and supplies as we can, filling any extra space with donations for those flooded communities and then head east.

SERVPRO is dedicated to helping those in need as quickly as possible to help minimize the damage from such a catastrophic loss. SERVPRO Storm Teams are already in place, now the SERVPRO crews across the country wait for the call, to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Team

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Golden crew in Texas after Hurricane Harvey

Weather patterns, climate change and changing ocean currents have all been in the news lately and all point to an increase in catastrophic storms.

In preparation for such occurrences SERVPRO of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen has attended Storm University. At Storm University we learned the protocols that are in place for the movement of hundreds of nationwide SERVPRO teams to assist when disaster strikes. Once teams have arrived at the community in need there are daily meetings to help keep every team working toward the same goals.

SERVPRO designated Storm Teams have semi-trailers full of equipment ready to move to the site of catastrophic loss. Here at SERVPRO Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen part of our hiring process is screening applicants for their willingness to travel when called on to do so. As we roll into our next season rest assured SERVPRO is ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Oh Hail!!

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Hail damages Wheat Ridge home

Colorado Front Range summer storms often mean hail. While we may know the storm is coming, there is not much we can do to protect our homes from hail damage. Hail storms are essentially ice cubes hurtling toward your home. Sometimes they are tiny, sometimes they grow to golf ball size, always they land with surprising force, hail can fall at speeds of 20 to 110 mph! Your homes windows are not built to withstand such a pounding.

When mother nature decides to break into your home…make a phone call to SERVPRO Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen at 303-279-8055. We answer all our calls personally, and our crews arrive quickly to your personal disaster.

Trained technicians will clean up the broken and shattered glass, board up your windows and leave your home safe from the elements. Once your home is secure you can contact your insurance agent and begin the search for replacement windows.

Spring Storms in Evergreen

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

When the warm weather of spring hits we often want to get a jump on summer repairs to our home. It may seem a great time to work in the yard and use the outside spigots again. We may find it the perfect chance to do some repairs to our roof, but Colorado weather in the springtime can be fickle.

Spring storms, they appear seemingly out of nowhere. 75 degrees all week then we wake to a foot of snow. The snow is soft and lovely and we all know it will melt quickly but there in lies the problem.  Water, unlike snow, has a way of finding its way into even the smallest opening. Water will then run along a surface undetected until it reaches the lowest point and begins to drip, drip, drip onto the surface below. Those drips continue until you find you have a wet ceiling, water in a light fixture, discolored walls.

Extreme fluctuations in temperatures can lead to burst pipes. When water in a pipe begins to freeze it begins to expand, as more water comes to that frozen spot, something must give. Usually that ‘thing’ is the pipe, bursting. Now the water can move freely, under your sink, under your floor, along your walls, down to your basement or crawlspace even.

When you find our spring storms have gotten the better of you call SERVPRO Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen! 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we are ready to arrive quickly and help clean up what nature has caused. 303-279-8055

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

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.