Flooding of any kind is never welcomed inside a Centennial, CO home, but many people are surprised to find out that even when the flood waters are high, carpets in the home can often be cleaned and restored. The type of flooding is key to determining if carpet cleaning after the flood waters are removed is possible.
The most common flood problems in a home are caused by faulty home appliances such as an ice maker in a refrigerator leaking, a faulty water heater or washing machine, or a dishwasher that springs a leak. For that reason, we recommend never running appliances when you’re not home. While it may seem tempting to throw in that load of wash while you run to the grocery store to save time, if your washer starts spewing water all over your basement then you may not be able to save anything at all. Even just a few inches of standing water can cause a lot of damage and can permanently ruin carpeting.
If the flood waters contain any water that has been contaminated by sewage, then the risks are high, and only professional water damage restoration technicians should be involved. Because these waters contain microbes and dangerous pathogens, the cleaning and disinfecting must be complete, and carpeting is often best replaced, as even professional carpet cleaning may not be enough to save the floorcovering.
When your carpeting is damaged by water, the best practices are as follows:
- If possible, cut the electricity to your home. If you have to wade through flood waters to do this, make sure that you have the proper gear such as waders or high boots, and use a wooden stick to turn off the water
- Contact ServiceMaster DSI immediately at (720) 452-2842 anytime, day or night. We can have technicians dispatched quickly to help
- If you have draperies that have touched the floor, loop them over the rods and allow them to dry
- Don’t attempt to remove any heavy items or floorcovering such as carpets that are permanently in place
- Open doors and windows if the weather allows to increase airflow
Once we arrive on the scene, we’ll assist with water removal and assessment to determine if carpet cleaning is possible. Until that time, limit any walking on the carpeting that you can so that the structure of the fibers and the underlying padding is not compromised.
Flooding is never pleasant to have to deal with in your Centennial, CO home, but with the help of trained water damage experts and carpet cleaning technicians, your damage can be minimized. Contact us for help! (720) 452-2842
The number of electrical appliances we use has increased significantly in the last two decades. It’s crazy now to think about the fact that home computers and cell phones were not a part of most people’s lives back then! As we add more and more gadgets and appliances, it’s not uncommon to run out of outlets, especially in older homes that don’t have as many outlets as newer homes. Outlet extenders and extension cords are a convenient solution, but they can cause fire damage in Westminster, CO.
When it comes to using outlet extenders and extension cords safely to prevent fire damage restoration, here are some ‘Don’ts’ to keep in mind:
- Don’t connect a series of extension cords together. Extension cords are rated to handle specific voltage and wattage. Combining older and newer and differently rated cords is a recipe for disaster. Instead, purchase a new cord that has the Underwriters Seal on it and is the appropriate length.
- Don’t use extension cords when you don’t need to. It’s always safer to plug a device or appliance directly into an outlet.
- Don’t use cords that are broken or frayed. Check them often to make sure there’s no wear and tear, especially if you have animals in the home that may gnaw on them.
- Don’t run cords under carpeting or throw rugs. Friction between the cord and the carpet fabric can cause fraying which can result in a short circuit.
- Don’t nail extension cords up and around door frames. Nails could accidently puncture the insulation, contact the wiring, and cause a short circuit.
- Don’t plug extension cords into surge protectors. They can overheat and cause the insulation to melt and the wires to become exposed.
The good news is that many new appliances, phones, and other household items such as printers now offer Bluetooth technology which can reduce the number of cords in your home. The more you stay on top of cord failures and short circuit issues, the less likely you are to have to deal with fire damage in your Westminster, CO home.
If your home does suffer fire damage due to an electrical fire, we can be on the scene quickly to help. For experienced fire damage restoration services including smoke and soot damage, contact us immediately at (720) 452-2842.
You probably don’t give your toilet much thought until it causes you trouble. One of the common causes of water damage and flooding we see in Lakewood, CO is because of a toilet that wasn’t working properly. There are some fixes you can do if you’re a little bit handy, but others may require the attention of a plumber. In any case, letting the water run in a toilet is asking for a disaster because it’s a precursor to water damage and mold damage in the future.
If your toilet is constantly running, it’s doing more than just making an annoying sound. That water could be leaking out of the tank and down into your subfloor where it can weaken the floor and provide a breeding ground for mold damage. If you have a septic system, that constant flow can overflow your system and cause your drain field to saturate and fail. Here are a few simple fixes you can try on your own:
- Check the Fill Valve
The fill valve is also called the ballcock, and it’s designed to shut off the toilet once the water has reached a certain level in the tank. If the fill valve is not moving correctly, the water may spill over into the overflow tube. You may be able to fix this by readjusting the amount of water that goes into the tank.
- Check the Flapper
As toilets age, the seal around the flapper can fail. The flapper creates a seal around the flush valve and sometimes it gets off center. You may be able to adjust it and correct the problem or it may need to be replaced completely.
- Replace the Flush Valve and Lever
The flush valve and lever can corrode over time, or the handle can break. There are many easy tutorials on YouTube that will show you the easy fix. If you feel uncertain, a call to your local plumber will have it fixed very quickly.
ServiceMaster DSI helps Lakewood, CO area residents and businesses recover from water damage, flood damage, mold remediation, and any other man-made or natural disaster. We’re available 24/7/365 to help, so don’t hesitate to call us at (720) 452-2842.
ServiceMaster DSI of Denver, CO provides trusted, professional services for emergency trauma cleanup. This is a much-needed service when you or a loved one has been struck by tragedy, and you want to be sure to choose a company with experience, integrity, and longevity in the industry.
When tragedy strikes and there is a loss of life, processing that information is very difficult. At this challenging time, there are three very important reasons why you should call in an expert of trauma cleanup rather than attempting to do it yourself.
1. Physically Dangerous
It might shock you to know that even entering a room where there is blood or bodily fluids around can immediately put your life in danger. In all bodily fluids there are dangerous pathogens, biohazards, and other diseases. By exposing yourself to them you could be compromising your own health without even realizing it.
2. Emotionally Overwhelming
Trauma scenes can be extraordinarily distressing. Our ServiceMaster DSI professional crime scene and trauma cleanup technicians will discreetly and compassionately help remediate the scene, so you can deal with contacting family members, friends, and dealing with the immediate problems at hand.
3. The Right Tools and Equipment
Professional crime and trauma cleanup technicians have the most up-to-date tools and techniques to properly remediate trauma scenes. We have the right resources to capture, remove, and safely dispose of contaminants. We’ll also completely clean and deodorize the area, so unpleasant odors don’t remind you of unpleasant times. If you aren’t properly trained to do trauma cleanup, it’s easy to miss items that can harbor germs and pathogens that will cause odors and can also contribute to mold growth.
After a trauma, you need quick, professional help. That’s why we’re available in Denver, CO 24/7/365 to take your call and dispatch technicians to help you with the cleanup. Contact us today at (720) 452-2842.