From the time you’re little, adults are always telling you what to do in dangerous or scary situations. Stop, drop, and roll. Put your head down. Don’t go anywhere with strangers. But when disaster strikes your home in Denver, CO, you may be feeling woefully unprepared. Even the most prepared person has told us that the process of disaster restoration on their home was emotional and stressful. It’s so easy to get misguided advice and make wrong choices, so we want to help save you from that scenario. Here are some things not to do when disaster hits:
- Waiting to call a disaster restoration specialist. It’s human nature to want to sort through the damage and save what you can and to try and work out how the home can be saved. But the longer you put off calling us; the more damage will occur. The water used to save your home encourages rapid mold growth. Smoke damage ruins your grandmother’s china. Fire damage weakens the supports of your home. We can’t state this more emphatically; the sooner you call, the
- Deciding to DIY your restoration. It’s said that the average American has less than $1000 in savings for a disaster scenario, so it’s no wonder that many people immediately begin to worry about money and how they will pay for services. We work with all insurances, and our project managers will lead you through how the disaster restoration process works for you. Sadly, many DIY jobs don’t go well, and we end up having to re-do the work, which causes distress for the homeowner.
- Choosing a company that doesn’t specialize in disaster restoration. Just because a dentist holds a medical degree doesn’t mean he can fix your foot problems. We specialize in disaster restoration and have the right technicians for each job that needs to be done. Our technicians are highly trained, highly skilled and highly competent in disaster restoration.
If your home has suffered from disaster and needs restoration in Denver, CO or the surrounding area, contact us for help. We’re available 24/7/365 for your call. Contact us at (720) 452-2842
Fire can cause a tremendous amount of destruction in a short period of time. The result can be traumatic, and while you’re dealing with that you’re also trying take care of family members. After the flames are out, don’t trust an inexperienced firm to deal with your fire damage restoration services on your home in Aurora, CO.
Contact us as soon as possible after the fire is extinguished as delays will increase the amount of property damage. We’re available for you 24/7/365 for just that reason. We know how important it is to get on the scene quickly and start restoration as soon as we get the go-ahead from the emergency crews and insurers.
When we arrive at your home, our fire mitigation team will be looking at several challenges that almost all fires bring:
- Determining the Type of Fire – Fire damage remediation starts with figuring out what kind of fire caused the damage. High-oxygen fires burn bright and fast and leave a dry smoke residue, while a low-oxygen fire produces a smoky, wet residue. All of this information plays into what methods we use for fire damage restoration.
- Water Damage – If water was used in the firefighting efforts, it adds another layer of restoration as the humidity level in what remains in the home will be high. Water also means that the smoke had something to cling to, which results in a greater amount of smoke residue.
- Odor Removal – Next, we work on removing the source of the odor, be it on-site or off-site if needed. We clean using a variety of methods included thermal foggers and ozone treatments. We then sanitize and seal all porous surfaces that may have been affected by the smoke. We know how important full cleanup and restoration is to you and your family!
If your home in Aurora, CO has been damaged by fire and you need immediate help with fire damage restoration, contact us at (720) 452-2842.
Every year children are injured in Lakewood, CO from fire and burn injuries. While you can’t prevent every accident, many of these mishaps could have been avoided with more vigilant childproofing. When little fingers get into trouble, it can mean a painful experience for them, and a possibility of fire damage for your home. To prevent scary accidents and costly fire damage restoration, ServiceMaster DSI recommends these preventative measures:
- Keep pot handles turned towards the back of the stove and don’t leave flammable items like towels and pot holders near an open flame
- Keep kitchen matches and flammable liquids well out of reach and away from the heat of the stove
- Keep space heaters at least three feet away from draperies and bedding, and make sure that children don’t get near them
- If you have a fireplace or wood stove, install baby gates around it to keep little hands from touching the hot surface
- Keep smoke alarms installed and tested in every room in the house
- Childproof all sockets to keep kids from poking fingers or other objects into them
- Check extension cords for fraying, make sure they’re not underneath rugs or nailed into surfaces
- Don’t overload outlets with power strips and extension cords
- Make a family emergency plan for fires, and how/where to exit the home
- Never use lockable doorknobs inside children’s rooms
- Show your kids how to “stop, drop, and roll”
- Instead of wax or paraffin candles, get “flameless” candles that operate on battery power. No more worries about forgetting to extinguish
- If you have an outdoor BBQ or fire pit, teach children to respect the area, and for very little children, install fencing or baby gates
- Don’t let children have sparklers without supervision
Keeping children safe in the home helps prevent heartache and fire damage. Even a small fire can cause a lot of damage in your Lakewood, CO home! We have the most experienced technicians in the area and are available to help you quickly. We’re available 24/7/365 to take your call and can be on site to assess the damage and begin fire damage restoration. Call us at (720) 452-2842.
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