Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.