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    Water Damage Prevention Methods for Fall

    Fall is in the air! The days are getting shorter and now’s the time when people in Boulder, CO, start thinking about preparing their homes and yards for winter. Most people think that water damage in the home comes in the form of burst pipes or sewer backups, but that’s not always the case. Small insidious leaks can cause widespread damage and can be hard to spot. Here are a few fall clean up chores that can help prevent your home from having water damage. Look to ServiceMaster DSI for water damage restoration services.
    Clean and check gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters can overfill with rainwater, forcing the water down the side of the house and into the foundation. Over time this can break down the walls, causing small cracks that water can get through, flooding your basement. Downspouts should be placed at least five feet away from the foundation of the building and should direct the water well away from the house.

    Remove overgrown shrubbery. Older plantings that are not as healthy as they once were force their roots down into the soil seeking moisture. In some cases, this could mean they break through your sewer pipe below your home. This can cause sewage backups into your home, requiring sewer damage cleanup, and it’s never a good time for that.

    Check your roof. Snow and ice that accumulates on your roof can cause damage and low spots on your roof that should be repaired before the winter sets in. If left unattended, they can form ice dams, which can cause a lot of damage when they melt in the spring. It’s best to have a professional inspect your roof to maintain its integrity and make any needed repairs.

    ServiceMaster DSI has helped hundreds of people in the greater Boulder, CO, area to restore their homes after water damage. Our trained technicians can be on site quickly, 24/7/365, if your home is invaded by unwanted water damage. Contact us day or night at (720) 452-2842.

    Fire Causes Widespread Damage to Homes and Businesses in Centennial, CO

    According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency), $237 million in property damage was caused by structural fires in 2014. That’s roughly 1,298,000 fires causing not only widespread damage across the US, but also a staggering loss of life. It’s estimated that almost three thousand deaths occurred as a result of these fires. The facts are sobering. While these statistics represent severe damage to structures, we know that even the smallest fire can cause havoc in a home or commercial building.

    ServiceMaster DSI has been there for residents and business owners in Centennial, CO, providing disaster restoration services,no matter how big or small the job. Our highly trained technicians are uptodate on the latest restoration techniques, not only for fire and smoke restoration, but also hoarding situations, mold remediation, and water mitigation. Our strong commitment to education in all these areas means that your restoration crew is the best in the business. We offer a variety of services, including:

    • Pack out services for all damaged and non-damaged content
    • Cleaning and restoration of items
    • Water removal
    • Reconstruction services
    • Odor removal
    • Smoke removal
    • Mold remediation
    • Floor covering and carpet restoration

    From the project manager to every member of our cleanup crew, we employ the best of the best, providing training for our professionals to prepare them for any situation. We are also armed with a full resource of electricians, plumbers, and any other trade professionals or service specialists you may require. There’s no need to go to multiple companies; we can handle it all. We understand disasters don’t occur on a schedule; our dedicated 24/7 oncall services mean that we are here for all of your disaster restoration and cleanup needs at any time.

    For more detailed information about our disaster restoration services in Centennial, CO, contact our personable and knowledgeable staff at (303) 288-2900.

    Don’t Let Standing Water Turn Into Damaging Mold Growth After a Flood

    If you’ve had flooding in your home or business in Westminster, CO, we can’t say this strongly enough: time is of the essence to get that water removed before mold growth starts. Mold can start growing as soon as the microscopic spores attach to an item. It begins to grow within 24 hours and can colonize in as little as two days. Mold especially likes to grow where temperatures are 68°F, where the lighting is dim, and where there is very little air circulation.

    Mold and mold spores are literally everywhere, but to activate mold growth requires moisture. If you’ve experienced a flood caused by a burst pipe or an act of nature, know that mold goes to work quickly. It can sometimes be visibly seen, but more often it hides behind drywall or under surfaces such as carpets, where it begins to spread. Also found in these damp conditions can be bacteria, dust mites, and breakdown products. Left unattended, these will continue to grow into VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), which are where that “musty” smell comes from.

    Mold growth isn’t just limited to areas that have been flooded. Mold can grow quickly in the aftermath of fires and plumbing leaks. Oftentimes these plumbing leaks are undetected, occurring behind walls and under sinks, until the damage is done. Our trained technicians know how to remove mold safely and extract any standing water.

    Mold can be extremely harmful to people, especially those with compromised immune systems such as in children or the elderly. Many of the symptoms related to mold resemble those of a common cold or allergy condition, causing itchy eyes, runny noses, and the feeling of a chest cold. Left untreated, mold can cause serious health concerns.

    Don’t delay. If you have experienced flooding or see any signs of a moisture problem in your home or business, contact ServiceMaster DSI in Westminster, CO, for water damage restoration services quickly. Our trained staff will be on site quickly to begin remediation work and keep mold and other harmful toxins at bay. Contact us at (303) 288-2900.