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    Denver Cyclones and Disaster Restoration in Denver, CO

    Tornadoes have long been a worry for residents of Denver, and with many examples of damaging vortex storms, they have good reason. Because the Denver-Aurora Metro area is located between the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the western edge of the High Plains, winds from both directions clash over the city and often form dangerous cyclonic vortexes. If you experience building damage from storms this spring and summer, you can rely on ServiceMaster DSI for comprehensive disaster restoration in Denver, CO.

    Most vortexes form in the Denver area when a moist air mass flows northwest from the Plains and meets the Palmer Divide ridge, east of the Colorado Front Range. The ridge pushes the air mass up to meet the winds flowing from the Rockies. The two air masses combine to form conditions that mark the Denver Convergence Vorticity Zone (DCVZ). The DCVZ spreads approximately 50-100 km north to south and has sparked several devastating tornadoes in the Metro Denver area.

    In June of 1981, one of the most destructive tornadic storms in Denver’s history made its way over the city. Multiple tornadoes formed, including a funnel that spread 2 miles across Thornton with wind speeds up to 157 mph. The funnel completely destroyed 87 homes and damaged 600 homes in all. Other buildings affected included shopping centers, restaurants, and commercial buildings.

    In downtown Denver alone, winds outside of the funnels left more than $20,000 in damages. The multiple funnels produced from the tornadic storm also dropped severe hail over the city, leaving even more damage on the unprotected buildings. Additionally, the storm complex produced heavy rains that flooded large areas of the city.

    The damage left after the storm passed was ruinous, and warranted immediate action for water damage, hail and debris damage, wind damage, and some fire damage from electrical failures.

    Though the tornadoes of ’81 were examples of the extreme, milder tornadic storms can easily build when DCVZ conditions rise. From severe thunderstorms to powerful funnels, Denver can experience a range of DCVZ dangers. Don’t hesitate to call the ServiceMaster DSI hotline at 1.800.954.9444 for emergency disaster restoration in Denver, CO after a storm hits.

    Routine and Emergency Water Extraction Aurora, CO

    Water is a vital part of life, but in the wrong place and time, it can wreak havoc on a building. Even the smallest amount of moisture where it doesn’t belong can have an effect on your home or building. Whether it’s a routine extraction or an emergency large scale project, you can rely on ServiceMaster DSI for comprehensive water extraction in Aurora, CO.

    Our IICRC-certified technicians are equipped with state of the art cleaning and extraction technology and expert training to handle projects for both routine extractions and emergency situations.

    Routine Extraction

    During routine and specialty carpet and upholstery cleanings, our cleaning teams often use fluids and water that would damage these materials if allowed to remain. To protect your carpets and upholstery, comprehensive water extraction is vital. Without extraction, the fibers in damp fabric can quickly collect mildew and dangerous types of mold. Bad odors are just the tip of the iceberg with water damaged fabrics; long term effects include health risks from mold spores and spreading infestations.

    Our teams understand the crucial step of water extraction with all our routine cleanings.

    Emergency Extraction

    Large scale water damage must also be treated with our extraction services during the restoration process. Flooding, burst pipes, and heavy rains are common causes of water damage in homes and businesses in the Denver-Aurora Metro area, but there are many other sources of excess water that could damage your building. For example, the water that remains after a building fire is extinguished is an unavoidable, yet devastating source of water damage.

    Our restoration teams are experts in even the most extreme water damage situations. With our 24/7/365 emergency hotline, we can come to your aid in any disaster and provide immediate attention to your recovery.

    For more information about our cleaning and water extraction services in Aurora, CO, contact ServiceMaster DSI at 303.288.2900 today.

    Emergency Resources and Natural Disaster Restoration in Boulder, CO

    Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and lying in the path of Boulder Creek, the city of Boulder is potentially at risk for many natural disasters. From wildfires to flash flooding, these disasters often leave severe building damage and dangerous situations in their wake. If you’re struggling with home or business damage, you can count on ServiceMaster DSI for disaster restoration in Boulder, CO.

    As part ServiceMaster Restore and ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM) network, two of the leading restoration networks in the country, we are able to offer wide variety of emergency services. We offer Boulder residents and businesses a wide range of restoration services, from fire damage to biohazard cleanup.

    There are many emergency local resources available to Boulder residents in the case of any natural disaster. These resources can help home and business owners stay alert to inclement disasters and prepare accordingly.

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    While these resources give helpful information to Boulder residents and businesses, at times there’s no way to stop a natural disaster from damaging a building. If your home or business is damaged during any natural disaster, contact ServiceMaster DSI for disaster restoration in Boulder, CO. Call 303.578.4216 for a service request, or call our 24/7/365 hotline at 1.800.954.9444 for emergency services.

    Incomplete Combustion and Smoke Cleanup in Westminster, CO

    Building fires are a form of combustion: a chemical reaction that thrives on the atmospheric oxygen in the air and whatever fuel is available. A clean combustion produces water vapor and carbon dioxide with little-to-no residue, but in most cases, fires leave behind residue and smoke particles. These corrosives can spread throughout a home or business after a fire, and without proper mitigation, they can damage and poison buildings. For remediation of all effects of fire-residue damage, ServiceMaster DSI offer comprehensive smoke cleanup in Westminster, CO.

    Building fires are so messy largely due to the conditions in which they burn. Synthetic materials like plastics, surface finishes, paints, oils, cleaning products, and adhesives don’t burn well, and with a low supply of oxygen, incomplete combustion during a building fire is common.

    An incomplete combustion can occur with non-synthetic materials if there is insufficient oxygen supply. In the case of an incomplete combustion, a fire will leave behind carbon monoxide, carbon, and water vapor instead of the carbon dioxide and water vapor left with a complete combustion.

    Let’s look at the difference between a complete and an incomplete combustion using only organic materials as fuel:

     Complete:

    (organic fuel) + (sufficient oxygen) = (carbon dioxide) and (water vapor)

    Incomplete:

    (organic fuel) + (insufficient oxygen) = (carbon monoxide), (water vapor), and (carbon residue)

    A complete combustion will only leave behind the gasses and vapor produced in the combustion process, while an incomplete combustion will leave behind higher-toxicity gasses and the carbon residue that we recognize as charcoal, ash, soot, and smoke.

    However, when a fire uses synthetic materials as fuel, even complete combustions can leave behind dangerous gasses, and the byproducts of an incomplete combustion using synthetic materials can be even more toxic. This is because of the different chemicals used in most synthetic materials, which leave behind highly acidic particles when burned.

    Without comprehensive fire damage restoration and professional soot and smoke cleanup, the residues left behind in any home or business affected by a building fire can have a severely negative long term impact, both structurally and environmentally. From corroding electrical systems, discoloring interior decorations, and etching windows to contaminating HVAC systems and compromising clean indoor air, fire residue can continue harming your home long after the initial post-fire cleanup.

    For expert restoration and smoke cleanup in Westminster, CO, contact ServiceMaster DSI at 303.578.4216 for 24/7/365 emergency services.

    Heavy Flood Damage and Solutions with ServiceMaster Recovery Management in Lakewood, CO

    Located on some of the largest flood plains in Colorado, Jefferson County is no stranger to substantial rain and the resulting floods. Despite experience with past floods, large scale water damage is often unavoidable. For disastrous situations like these, you can rely on ServiceMaster DSI’s expert emergency restoration teams and our ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM) in Lakewood, CO.

    Serious floods are often triggered by changes in weather patterns moving from the west coast over the Rocky Mountains. The moisture gathers in these systems and holds until the shock of cold air above the Rockies drops the heavy precipitation over large areas in Colorado and adjacent states. Because Jefferson is among those counties located at the base of the Rockies, it receives rain dropped on the mountains as well as directly over the county boundaries.

    Floods of 2013:

    One of the most devastating natural floods in recent history occurred in 2013. The floods began with rains from warm, humid air from the south colliding with a cold front hovering over Colorado. The heavy rains collected and led to flooding along  the Front Range and spreading north across over 14 counties, including Jefferson, Denver, and Boulder.

    The flooding affected central Colorado from September 9th, 2013 to early 2014. Boulder County was struck the hardest, sustaining almost a full year’s worth of rain in a matter of days. However, surrounding counties still experienced considerable damage. In Coal Creek Canyon, flooding led to multiple road closures, and Evergreen enforced a Level 1 evacuation after Bear Creek reached 9 ft.

    Flood Damage:

     Without comprehensive professional restoration, floods like that of 2013 can lead to severe large scale water damage in residential, commercial, and municipal buildings. Initial structural damage is just the tip of the iceberg where water damage is concerned. Long term damage can also pose severe problems, including mold infestations, swollen and rotting wood, corrosion, paint and plaster discoloration, permanently damaged upholstery, and much more.

    Our expert ServiceMaster Recovery Management in Lakewood, CO can help when it comes to large scale water damage from natural flooding or other sources. Contact us at ServiceMaster DSI for emergency restoration, or call 303.578.4216 for a service request today.