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    Fire Damage Restoration for Smoke-Damaged Homes in Lakewood, CO

    When it comes to fire damage, you might be surprised to hear that the aftermath of the fire is more damaging to your Lakewood, CO, home than the flames themselves. The best way to deal with fire damage is to remove as much of the damage as possible after the fire as quickly as possible. Fire damage continues long after the flames are out, and if it isn’t remediated properly by experienced fire damage mitigation specialists, it can continue to cause problems and rack up more expenses. While charred remains can be removed easily, smoke can continue to cause more damage down the road.

    After a fire, here are some of the risks you may be dealing with regarding smoke damage:

    The type of fire matters: Every fire has different scenarios that feed it and allow it to spread and grow. High oxygen fires are drier and the residual smoke is easier to remove than a fire that is slow growing and burning with a smoky, oily residue. Kitchen fires often involve a protein or animal base that means the smoke may be especially pungent. Additionally, if water was present in the firefighting efforts, humidity can rise. This will cause the pores of the wood in the structure to open, allowing in more smoke and residue.

    Smoke is corrosive: Given enough time, smoke can damage literally everything in a home. Plastics, leathers, synthetics, and even glass and wall surfaces. Smoke particles are tiny and highly corrosive. The soot particles cling to everything and are very difficult to remove without proper cleaning solutions. Over-the-counter products can acerbate the problem. Having a trained fire damage restoration company like ServiceMaster DSI of Lakewood, CO, is key to helping you save your home. The air and items in a home are highly toxic after a fire and can cause serious health risks to you and your family.
    Damage starts within minutes: The sooner you start the restoration process, the lower the level of damage to your property will be. Here’s what the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certificate tells us about how quickly smoke damage can start and the long terms effects it has on items in a home.

    Within minutes: Acid soot residues cause plastics to yellow, small appliances located close to the source of combustion to discolor, and highly porous materials (such as marble and alabaster) to discolor permanently.

    Within hours: Acid residues stain grout in bathrooms, fiberglass bath fixtures may yellow, uncoated metals will tarnish, counter tops may yellow, finishes on appliances (particularly refrigerators) may yellow, and furniture finishes may discolor.

    Within days: In time, acid residues will cause painted walls to yellow permanently, metal to corrode and rust, wood furniture to require refinishing, vinyl flooring to require refinishing or replacement, clothing to become soot-stained, and upholstery to stain permanently.

    Within weeks: Restoration costs will escalate tremendously, synthetic carpet fibers may yellow or discolor permanently, silver plate is corroded permanently, and glass, crystal, and china may require replacement due to severe etching and pitting caused by prolonged exposure to acid soot residues.


    Don’t delay in calling us if your home has suffered smoke or fire damage in Lakewood, CO. We know that the faster we’re on site, the more we can save for you. Contact us at (720) 452-2842.

    Preventing Fires with Routine Dryer Maintenance in Aurora, CO

    Household chores aren’t usually a favorite pastime, but did you know that skipping one important task could cause serious fire damage to your Aurora, CO, home? Clothes dryers are a major cause of household fires, and you might be surprised to find out why.

    Whether it’s due to lint buildup or problems with vent pipes, an overheated dryer can be a serious issue. Blocked airflow from the dryer can trap heat and possibly cause a fire that can lead to serious fire damage, or even death.

    Here’s a look at some key fire safety steps to prevent unexpected fire damage:

    1. Remove lint from the dryer. Make it a routine to clean the lint screen of your dyer before or after each load you dry. Doing this will make it much less likely for lint to accumulate to the point of danger.
    2. Clean the vents, tubing, and exhaust duct regularly. If a vent is clogged or a duct is blocked, the dryer can overheat, causing a fire. Be sure to regularly check the outside dryer vent while the dryer is running to ensure air is coming out and nothing is blocking the outside venting.
    3. Keep the area clean. Lint can accumulate around the area and behind the dryer.  Make it a practice to move the dryer at least once a year to vacuum.
    4. Get the dryer cleaned and checked. Hire a qualified service person to clean the inside of your dryer and minimize lint buildup.
    5. Keep hazardous materials at bay.  Besides the obvious plea to keep anything flammable away from the dryer, make sure your clothing doesn’t have volatile chemicals on it. If your pants get covered with gasoline, it’s better to take them to a professional cleaner or throw them away instead of simply tossing them in the washer and then the dryer.

    Proper maintenance of household appliances will help ensure that your home doesn’t suffer from preventable fire damage. ServiceMaster DSI is here to help if you or anyone you know needs fire damage restoration in Aurora, CO. Contact us at (301) 288-2900.

    When the Fire is Out, the Cleanup Begins: Fire Damage Restoration Services in Denver, CO

    Home fires are the biggest disaster threat that Americans face, and many homeowners admit that they have no plan for how to escape if a fire were to threaten their Denver, CO, home. Furthermore, many people are unaware that the aftermath of the fire is more far-reaching than they know. In terms of fire damage restoration, it doesn’t just involve cleaning up the items that may have been destroyed by smoke or flames. If not properly restored, items that seem to be unharmed during the cleanup process may still suffer damage days, weeks, or even months after the fire. Fire leaves behind smoke damage, ash, and soot, all of which will cause long-term harm on their own.

    The type of soot left behind depends on the materials that caught fire, the duration of the fire, and the amount of smoke generated from the event.  In all cases, these burned materials leave behind varying degrees of soot that can range from a danger to your respiratory system to something more serious. An un-remediated large deposit of soot can re-ignite days later and cause devastating damage again in the home.

    The types of soot that are commonly found after a house fire are:


    Wet soot.  Sometimes referred to as wet smoke residue, wet soot comes from fires that smolder unattended for hours at a low and slow temperature. Wet soot is very difficult to remove and causes the strongest of odors since the slow nature of the burn releases organic and inorganic compounds from the item that is affected.

    Oily soot.  Oily soot is caused by fires that are started by grease, fuel, or burning plastic. It is very difficult to remove and smears easily. The chemical components here are what make this type of soot especially insidious and difficult to remove.  Fire damage restoration of this type of soot should not be attempted by yourself as not only can it damage your home and its contents beyond repair, but it can also cause serious health risks.

    Dry Soot.  Powdery, dry soot is present after a fire that burned very fast and had a high flame presence. While it’s the easiest to remove, it also can cause respiratory distress as well as damage to your eyes and nose. Soot particles, technically called “polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons,” are microscopic and not visible to the human eye. They are so small that they float in the air you’re breathing, especially in a home or building where there has been a significant fire or smoke event.

    If you’ve experienced a house fire in Denver, CO, you’ll need help when the fire is over from trained fire damage restoration technicians. Our staff can be on site anytime day or night, armed with the right tools to capture and remove soot and other dangerous fire compounds. Contact ServiceMaster DSI for all your home fire restoration services at (301) 288-2900.

    Stay Safe, Stay Aware, and Recover After Severe Weather With Disaster Restoration in Boulder, CO

    Severe weather such as thunderstorms and hail are common during the spring and fall in Boulder, Colorado. Hail forms within storms that blow in and freezes in the upper level of the storm front. These “stones” can vary from pea- to softball-sized and are, amazingly, kept aloft by strong updraft winds around the mountain areas. They can travel long distances before they drop over unsuspecting homes. If the National Weather Service issues a severe storm warning, you should immediately move to shelter. Severe weather can cause significant damage to your home or business. If your property experiences damage, you may be in need of the disaster restoration services provided by ServiceMaster DSI.

    If you hear thunder or see lightening and you’re outdoors, stop what you’re doing and get to shelter. It doesn’t have to be raining for you to be struck by lightning. Most people struck by lightning had a safe shelter nearby but didn’t think the weather was severe or sought shelter under a tree. If it all possible, shelter should be taken indoors in a basement or lower level as strong winds can turn items into swiftly moving objects that can cause harm. The only safe place to be when lightning is occurring is inside either a building or an enclosed automobile.

    If you love to hike in our beautiful state, it’s important to note that in Colorado, thunderstorms typically develop in the mountains in the afternoon. Plan hikes for the morning, and if thunderstorms are in the forecast, consider planning an alternate indoor activity until the all-clear is given.

    Hail can do tremendous damage to roofs and the subsequent storms that accompany them can damage foundations with floodwaters. It only takes a few inches of standing water to cause significant water damage to a home and one lightning strike can cause house fires and smoke damage. If your home in Boulder, CO, has sustained damage and needs debris cleanup, water damage restoration, or board up services, ServiceMaster DSI can be on site quickly to help restore order. Contact us at (301) 288-2900 when you need help and our disaster restoration technicians can be dispatched anytime, day or night.

    Professional and Compassionate Help With Hoarding Cleanup in Centennial, CO

    Do you have a friend or family member in Centennial, CO, who seems to continuously collect objects with no inherent value and refuses to part with any of them? They may be suffering from a hoarding disorder. Hoarding is a form of obsessive compulsive disorder that many people in the U.S. live with. Because it generally happens gradually, many people are surprised when it goes from bad to worse for a friend or family member. Mostly prevalent in older adults, hoarding is defined as when an individual collects items for the sake of collecting, not because they need them. Hoarding can grow into a more serious and even life threatening condition if those seemingly innocuous papers and rubber bands compromise the health of the inhabitants and the structural integrity of the home.

    When the trash overtakes the home, it can be dangerous in many ways, causing potential trips and falls and a nightmare scenario in the event of a fire.  When animals are involved, the situation can evolve into a biohazard. Each member of our staff at ServiceMaster DSI is trained and certified to handle hoarder cleanup and we work with professionalism and compassion because we understand the sensitivity of the situation and how embarrassed the affected people may be. We begin the hoarding cleanup process by removing the hoarded items while saving valuables and important keepsakes that are noted. After that we’ll clean, sanitize, and deodorize the entire home. If biohazards are present (such as mold, bodily fluids, insects, or dead animals), we have the proper training and equipment to clean them up and dispose of them properly in accordance to the EPA and OSHA.
    Our hoarding cleanup service includes the following processes:

    • Decontamination of the home: Every affected area of the home will be decontaminated to create a safer living condition. We can also provide reconstruction services if necessary.
    • Deodorization of the affected areas: All residual odors will be removed with special deodorizers not found over the counter.
    • Disposal and pack out: We can safely transport and dispose of all trash and biohazardous materials, or donate items to local area shelters and other organizations.

    Hoarding should not be taken lightly, and if you know of a friend or family member in Centennial, CO, who could benefit from having help cleaning their homes, contact us. Our technicians are fully trained and certified to remove large or small hoards from homes in Centennial, CO, and the surrounding areas. We can be reached anytime, twenty-four hours a day at (301) 288-2900 for more information about our hoarding cleanup services.