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    Fixing Summer Storm Damage with Professional Reconstruction Services in Denver, CO

    As Colorado moves away from the chilly, snowy weather, the Denver-Aurora Metro area will finally see some steady, warmer temperatures. As the spring and summer progresses, however, the risks of storm damage increases. If you find yourself coping with storm damage this summer, contact ServiceMaster DSI for professional reconstruction services in Denver, CO.

    The dangers of summer storms, from the smallest thunderstorms to severe tornadoes, come in many forms, including:

    • Lightning: A necessary evil of thunderstorms, lightning can be one of the most detrimental aspects of most summer storms. Lightning strikes can split walls, destroy roofs, cause power outages, and strikes close to buildings can start house fires, damage plumbing, and ruin electrical systems.
    • Strong Winds: Winds stronger than 15 mph have the potential to damage trees, loosen building materials, and scar roofs. Stronger winds can inflict significant damage on entire homes and businesses, yards, and cars. Tornadoes, while rare, are not unknown to Denver residents, and northeast parts of the metro area can experience small tornadoes during the spring and summer. The debris carried and dropped by high winds are one of the commonest causes of building damage during most storms.
    • Heavy Rain: The Denver-Aurora Metro area itself does not experience heavy rainfalls often, but that does not eliminate flooding as a danger. Rainfall over the Rocky Mountains and the Front Range can fill the South Platte River and its tributaries to dangerous levels, causing flooding and water damage throughout the urban areas of Denver County. The occasional heavy rainfall over the city can cause pooling around foundations and basement flooding.
    • Hail: Denver is ranked among the top 10 large cities in the U.S. susceptible to experiencing hail storms. The relentless hammering force of hail can severely damage roofs, windows, cars, and more. Melted hail can flood roads, pool around homes and businesses, and leave severe water damage in buildings.

    Denver is often considered one of the best U.S. cities to live in, but with all the outstanding qualities to be enjoyed comes the dangers of summer storm damage. You can always count on ServiceMaster DSI for comprehensive reconstruction in Denver, CO. Contact us at 303.288.2900 to place a service request.

    Mycotoxins and Why Mold Removal in Boulder, CO is Important

    Everyone hears about the horrors of black mold as one of the most toxic forms of mold, and while there is truth to this, there is also a certain amount of glancing over the details of why black mold is so toxic. Generalizing the anatomy of black mold also leaves out the wide variety of other types of mold that are just as dangerous. In any case of mold infestation, contacting a professional like ServiceMaster DSI for mold removal in Boulder, CO is the best way to eliminate mold in your home or business for the long term.

    The gravity of a mold infestation can only truly be realized with an understanding of why mold is so toxic and how prevalent “black mold levels” of toxicity actually are within the world of mold.

    Why is mold toxic?

    Because most types of mold and fungi are aerobic, they take in oxygen to function, which, along with organic matter and moisture, is consumed metabolically. In return, mold produces toxic substances called mycotoxins. The larger the mold colony and the better the conditions for the consumption of oxygen, organic matter, and water, the greater the quantities of mycotoxins produced.

    Black mold produces a highly toxic group of mycotoxins called Trichothecene Mycotoxins. However, these mycotoxins make up a very large group of toxins that can be produced by many different species of mold, including Fusarium, Myrothecium, Stachybotrys, Trichoderma, Trichothecium, Verticimonosporium, and Cephalosporium.

    To put this in perspective, “black mold” is a general term for the 50 species of Stachybotrys. The six other genuses of Trichothecene Mycotoxin-producing molds have an even greater number of different species.

    What do mycotoxins do?

    Ok, so there are a lot of different molds that produce Trichothecene Mycotoxins, but why should business owners and homeowners take immediate action when a mold infestation begins to colonize?

    The bottom line is that this particular brand of mycotoxin is extremely harmful to human health. When these mycotoxins come into contact with animal cells, they react with the ribosomes, inhibiting the synthesis of proteins at the cellular level. Because protein synthesis is vital for all cellular function, exposure to these mycotoxins can lead to a wide range of health problems, from allergic symptoms to lung cancer.

    If you see signs of mold growth in your home or business, don’t hesitate to call ServiceMaster DSI at 303.288.2900 for immediate mold removal in Boulder, CO.

    Hazardous Materials in Industrial Spills and Trauma Cleanup in Centennial, CO

    Manufacturing facilities and industrial plants undergo rigorous and frequent inspections for a very good reason. Without consistent monitoring of operations and safety procedures, what are usually effective methods of chemical containment can pose dangers to the people, communities, and buildings in the region. Industrial spills do happen, as much as manufacturers do their best to avoid them. When industrial accidents and spills occur, contact ServiceMaster DSI for professional trauma cleanup in Centennial, CO.

    When hazardous waste and chemicals are uncontrolled, the cleanup must be handled with care. Only trained experts and technicians with the right protective and cleanup equipment should approach these situations. The dangerous materials involved in industrial spills often include the following:

    Biohazards: Organisms and microorganisms that pose a danger to human or animal health are considered biohazards. Medical or pharmaceutical facilities regularly produce biohazardous waste, and if containment fails in any way, pathogens and other biohazards could pose significant dangers to those exposed in the area.

    Chemical waste: Most industrial plants handle volatile or otherwise toxic chemicals, and many create chemical waste in the process of manufacturing. These chemical waste products are often contained successfully, but in the case of containment failure or inadequate storage, these materials can contaminate the surrounding environment. When this happens, the waste should be cleaned and treated with professional care.

    Other Industrial waste: Some natural byproducts can be considered toxic when stored in large or concentrated quantities. While these byproducts may be unavoidable in certain types of manufacturing, they should be contained with procedures similar to chemical or biohazardous waste materials. In the case of spills or leaks, these materials should also be treated with similar care.

    Debris: Even if materials like construction or manufacturing debris are not directly toxic to human and animal health, they can still pose some dangers to the community and those exposed. In the event of uncontrolled or widespread debris, our technicians and cleanup experts can treat the scene correctly and safely.

    For more information about industrial hazardous materials and our trauma cleanup in Centennial, CO, contact ServiceMaster DSI at 800.954.9444.

    Health Benefits from Soot Removal and Fire Damage Restoration in Lakewood, CO

    As 2016 leaves winter behind, thoughts of spring cleaning may start to appear on company agendas in and around metro Pittsburgh. While spring cleaning is an important annual ritual, some cleaning requirements rest more heavily on a company’s shoulders. Western Pennsylvanian businesses can rely on ServiceMaster DSI for cleanup and recovery from large-scale losses. Of our services, our fire damage, restoration and soot removal services in Lakewood, CO are some of the most trusted in the country.

    When a building fire is put out, the remainder of the building is saved, but potential damage still remains. Even with bulk debris cleanup and reconstruction, lingering soot poses significant dangers to the health of those exposed to airborne particles.

    Health Risks

    Soot is the result of materials that did not fully combust—that is, the materials in your building that did not fully burn. Soot is primarily composed of carbon, but it can also contain acids, chemicals, metals, dust, and other substances when a fire burns synthetic building materials. Both carbon and other toxic materials in soot are released into the air as liquids or micro-particles. Both forms easily enter the lungs and the blood stream when a person is exposed to soot in the air.

    This exposure can cause a number of health risks including these top three conditions linked to soot exposure:

    Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death in the United States. Lung cancer is commonly linked to cigarette smoke, but similar carcinogenic particles found in cigarette smoke are also found in the soot left after building fires. Find more information about lung cancer here.

    Developmental problems in children are well-recognized dangers of soot exposure. Children and infants exposed to toxic soot can suffer for the rest of their lives from respiratory damage, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and damaged reproductive organs. Learn more here and here.

    Coronary heart disease is another leading cause of death in the U.S., and exposure to the carbon residues and pollutants in soot can only increase the risk of developing heart disease. Learn more about coronary heart disease here.

    Soot removal after a building fire should never be neglected. Even if restoration seems complete, there may be lingering dangers. Contact ServiceMaster DSI for comprehensive fire damage restoration in Lakewood, CO, or call 303-288-2900 for a service request.

    Blood-Borne Pathogens at Crime Scenes and the Importance of Trauma Cleanup in Westminster, CO

    Homicides, suicides, and similar crime scenes are tragedies to begin with, but without proper mitigation, these sites could pose even further physical dangers to those exposed. Blood is one of the most prevalent contaminants found at murder scenes and the sites of violent crimes. While blood is a necessity of life, it can also carry deadly pathogens. ServiceMaster DSI provides professional trauma cleanup in Westminster, CO for crime scenes with biohazards like blood.

    The most common bloodborne pathogens that pose danger to human health are well-known to many, and most can say their lives have been affected in some way by these pathogens. The bloodborne diseases caused by these common pathogens include:

    Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV): HIV is well known for being a warning signal leading to AIDS, one of the deadliest, most vicious diseases prevalent in the U.S. today. Even without developing into AIDS, HIV can cause serious damage to the body. HIV weakens the immune system and those infected can easily fall victim to other bacteria and viruses. HIV has no known vaccine and the virus will stay in a body until death.

    Hepatitis B (HBV): This strand of Hepatitis is a milder form of the virus, but it can still wreak devastating havoc on the human body in some cases. HBV attacks the liver over time and causes liver cancer, cirrhosis, and liver failure. There is a vaccine available, but crime scenes involving exposure to foreign blood should still be treated with caution.

    Hepatitis C (HCV): A common bloodborne disease, HCV is highly chronic in the U.S. and is easily transmitted through open wounds, sexual contact, used needles, or other bodily fluid contact. HCV also targets the liver, but it’s far deadlier than its HBV counterpart.

    Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF): The bloodborne pathogens causing VHFs are lesser-known to most in the U.S., but with no available vaccine, these illnesses can be just as deadly as HIV, and often faster-acting. VHFs affect multiple organs and bodily systems, causing hemorrhaging and internal bleeding. Ebola and Marburg are two of the deadliest current strains of VHFs.

    These bloodborne pathogens have caused enough havoc and pain in the world. Containing them at a crime scene is one way to prevent bloodborne diseases from necessarily spreading. ServiceMaster DSI provides comprehensive crime scene and trauma cleanup in Westminster, CO to contain the potential damage these pathogens could have. Call us at 800.954.9444 today.