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    When Pinterest Can’t Solve all of Your Problems, Call ServiceMaster in Boulder, CO, for Your Reconstruction Needs

    Reconstruction seems to be in style in today’s culture. People are reconstructing t-shirts into pillows, pallets into tables, old into new. Yet one thing that will never be in style is having to reconstruct your home due to a disaster. ServiceMaster DSI knows how to make the best of the worst to restore your house to your home in Boulder, CO.

    While we can’t handle your Pinterest projects for you, we can offer a few tips to approach reconstruction:

    • Read all of the instructions before jumping into a project
    • Always be willing to consult with someone who has done the job before
    • Ask questions
    • Make sure you have the right tools and supplies before starting
    • Check your timeline and multiply it by two – just in case
    • Be patient and give yourself a break if things don’t go as planned

    What we can handle for you is the task of rebuilding your home. Whether it’s water damage, wind damage, or fire damage, we’re able to bring in our trained professionals to assess the situation and mitigate any additional destruction. Our construction crews and trades-people will get the job done right at a lower cost than hiring your own contractor. Ease your headache by consulting with ServiceMaster DSI.

    You may not need a permit for those smaller Pinterest projects, but you will definitely want one for your home or business repairs. We’re here to use our extensive knowledge to help you reconstruct your home-life as you knew it before. Licensing to framing, roofing to painting, flooring to interior design, and even the finishing touches of custom window coverings, ServiceMaster DSI offers full service contracting.

    Following a disaster, Pinterest projects are far from you mind. Allow ServiceMaster DSI to take care of your reconstruction needs and you can get back to the finishing touches and updates. Boulder, CO, and beyond, give ServiceMaster DSI a call today at (720) 452-2842.

    Enjoying the Smoky Taste of the Grill Without the Need for Smoke Cleanup in Centennial, CO

    There are a few things you want smoky, and even more things you do not want smoky. While you’re grilling there are a few ways to create the perfect fire to achieve that desired smoky taste for meats and veggies. While we’re at it, we’ll include a few tips on how to avoid an unintentional fire and thus a smokefilled home. For those times when things are beyond your control and your home furnishings get smoky, ServiceMaster DSI is here to offer smoke cleanup in Centennial, CO.

    • Use a clean cooking grate If you start on a dirty cooking grate you’re bound to add a bit of leftover filth to your fresh meal. Avoid the char and grunge by taking the time to scrub the grate before or after each use.
    • Try flavored wood chips – If you like a smoky flavor, add some natural flavoring with fresh wood chips. You can get wood chips with added flavoring, or keep it simple. (Pro tip: for cooking, not eating!)
    • Keep artificial smoke as a last resort – Cooking indoors or wanting an extra kick? Add artificial smoke, but do so sparingly.
    • Take your time Don’t rush the process. Whether it’s the preheating of charcoal or the slow cooking of a medium steak, have patience!

    In order to keep the smoke confined to your delicious food, follow these quick tips:

    • Keep your grill away from your home If it’s too close to your home sparks can rise up and catch your roof on fire, and a flareup can ignite siding or deck railings. Do not use the grill beneath any type of overhang.
    • Don’t use an excessive amount of lighter fluid – It might be fun to soak the coals to boost the flame, but that also makes an unpredictable fire. That flare-up can surprise you, causing you to get burned or even knock over the grill.
    • Keep it clean! – As mentioned above, keep your grill clean. When it’s dirty, those dry, charred particles catch fire easily.
    • Have a fire extinguisher nearby Be prepared for a worse case scenario by keeping a fire extinguisher nearby.
    • Never walk away from your grill – Always have an adult watching the grill to avoid any accidents.

    ServiceMaster DSI is here for you when things go wrong and your nightmare becomes your reality. If you’ve faced a fire recently, our trained professionals are able to restore your property and rekindle your dreams. Contact us for smoke cleanup in Centennial, CO today.

    Because you Can’t put Your House in a Washing Machine: Smoke Cleanup in Westminster, CO

    Campfires are a common summer pastime as friends and families gather to converse and roast s’mores. Once the evening is done, you throw your clothes in the washing machine and leave that campfire smell behind. But what do you do when your home or business catches fire? ServiceMaster DSI offers smoke cleanup in and around Westminster, CO, to help you leave the fire and nasty stench of smoke behind you.

    Whether it’s a fire in your building or next door, the effects of smoke can linger unless properly handled. Even as the smell may fade, smoke can continue to wreak havoc on your personal belongings. You can trust our professionally trained staff to clean and restore you home before things get worse.

    What types of cleaning can ServiceMaster DSI handle?

    • Carpet and upholstery – The initial impact of smoke damage is likely seen in the harm it has on your belongings. The items that fill your home demonstrate more than the hard work it took to get them, and many hold fond memories or even family history.
    • Wall and ceiling cleaning – It’s overwhelming to walk into a room and see the damage surrounding you. Walls and ceilings are covered with ash and soot, but not for long with ServiceMaster DSI.
    • HVAC cleaning Have you considered where else the smoke has traveled? It’s likely a thought that haunts you. That’s why our trained staff goes above and beyond by addressing every possible location the smoke can linger and eliminating all concerns.
    • Reconstruction – Some things may be beyond cleaning. When structures are destroyed, we have the experts to reconstruct them and help your home look as it did before disaster struck.
    • Odor removal – Throughout smoke cleanup, ServiceMaster DSI takes every step required to remove all signs of smoke, including the odors.
    • And more!

    ServiceMaster DSI thinks beyond the visible by checking those hidden spaces and taking care of the invisible toxins. Smoke cleanup services are crucial to restore your home to a pre-fire state. Call ServiceMaster DSI today to learn more about the extent of our training and how we can best serve your needs in Westminster, CO.

    ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM) and what it can do for you in Lakewood, CO

    In the present day and age, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with acronyms. Whether it’s a common phrase, a new business, or a friend just trying to be funny, it seems that you’re constantly trying to decipher something. That’s why we want to clarify for you just what SRM is and how it’ll help you in Lakewood, CO.

    SRM is ServiceMaster Recovery Management, and it provides emergency restoration services in the Lakewood, CO area. ServiceMaster is able to assist you in restoring your business with as little interruption as possible. As part of a nationwide network, we are able to work together to provide aid as soon as a crisis arises. Whether it’s a natural or man-made disaster, our team is here when you need us. SRM can provide a wide variety of services, and we’re ready to lay out a plan to keep your staff and clients safe while recovering your property.

    Imagine a worst case scenario: A severe storm with heavy rains and high winds has ripped through your neighborhood and inflicted devastating damage. SRM can respond quickly to provide emergency power and lighting, which helps aid in our work to extract water from your business. We’ll board-up your building and provide a temporary roof to help prevent further damage. In an attempt to dry out their house, the neighbor builds a fire in their damaged fireplace, which causes smoke and fire damage to not only their home, but also your business. We can handle that too. We will dry out your space, eliminate odors, clean all areas and surfaces, remove debris, and eliminate mold and corrosion. We’re also able to help restore your heating and air conditioning, industrial equipment, electronics, books, and more. We’ll reconstruct your property and manage it so you don’t have to.

    Not there yet? Allow us to help you with pre-emergency planning. Call ServiceMaster DSI to learn more about SRM in Lakewood, CO.

    What is Soot? And Where do I Even Begin With Soot Removal? ServiceMaster has you Covered in Aurora, CO

    Soot. It’s a term you’ve likely heard but may have little experience with. To sum it up, it’s that nasty, smeary, sticky, dark colored residue caused by smoke.

    Your first experience with soot may have been the wispy smudge of a dark streak from a candle burning too close to a wall, or a tacky and splotchy coating around a fireplace. Worse yet, you may have experienced it from a house fire. No matter the cause, soot removal is important for maintaining the health and wellbeing of anyone who may come into contact with it. ServiceMaster Restore has professionally trained staff ready to provide the most thorough and efficient soot removal in and around Aurora, CO.

    The reality: soot is dangerous.

    The damage from smoke and soot and the lasting impact it leaves if it isn’t immediately and properly remediated is tremendous. Soot is a pollutant, exceptionally toxic, and contains carcinogens. It may look harmless, but it’s hazardous stuff. In fact, soot can cause “coronary heart disease, asthma, bronchitis, and many other respiratory illnesses.

    Soot may not be noticeable at first, but overtime it can wear on your health as well as your home. Smoke and soot are corrosive and will continue to eat at your home and health for years to come. Whether it has been days, weeks, or months, the damage will continue if you don’t have your home or business immediately and properly cleaned.

    Rather than living with soot, you can take care of small patches of soot on your own. There are plenty of doityourself guides on the internet, but for a guaranteed and effective method, contact ServiceMaster Restore in Aurora, CO.

    Seek help from our trained professionals and allow us to restore your home or business with professional soot removal – a side effect might just be restored health!

    Growing Concern with Wildfires and Fixing the Destruction with Fire Damage Restoration in Boulder, CO

    Over the past 30 years, most wildfires in Colorado and the surrounding areas have increased in severity, including destruction to both rural and urban regions. This increase has not gone unaddressed, however, as more and more fire safety resources and protection plans have been established in Colorado communities. For the businesses and homeowners, ServiceMaster DSI offers comprehensive fire damage restoration in Boulder, CO and the surrounding Denver-Aurora Metro area.

    Why Colorado’s Wildfires Have Increased in Devastation

    Climate Change: Since 2010, scientists and climate specialists have delved into the links between global warming and the increase in wildfires. Climate changes include year-round increased temperatures in combination with decreased precipitation.

    History of Wildfire Suppression: Wildfires are dangerous, so it’s natural that over the years humans have attempted to suppress the spreading of forest or grass fires. In actuality, wildfires are a vital part of the Colorado ecosystem. Because they have been suppressed for many years, the ground cover that wildfires would normally keep in balance has instead accumulated in dry, thick layers. As such, any fires that ignite are more likely to reach higher levels of spreading and destruction.

    Urban Growth: As Colorado becomes more and more populated, urban settlements are spreading deeper into regions where wildfires are most prevalent. This leads to increased risks of building damage and human-related causes of wildfire.

    Decreasing the Risk of Wildfire on Your Property

    Wildfire Basics: Wildfires move in several directions: horizontally across flat, grassy areas; vertically up trees and buildings; or diagonally jumping from horizontal spaces to varying vertical heights.

    Fuels: Wildfires are able to move in these ways depending on the fuel provided. For example, a fire can move horizontally, burning the pine needles and brush on the ground, while simultaneously moving diagonally and vertically up the surrounding trees, creating dangerous crown fires at the tree tops.

    Defensible Space: Every property has an area of defensible space surrounding it. This space is a section that can be cleared, trimmed, dug, or otherwise altered to create a fuel-free break between the potential wildfire space and a structure.

    Structural Ignitability: The “ignitability,” or ability of a structure to catch fire depends largely on it buildings materials and the regularity of exterior maintenance. For example, a home with wood panels and an accumulation of pine needles on the roof has a higher ignitability than a concrete home with a well-maintained defensible space.

    Find out more about defending your home or business against a wildfire.

    Fire Safety Resources for Boulder
    Home Safety Survey
    Boulder County Wildfire
    Wildfire Partners
    Community Wildfire Protection Plan
    Denver Fire Weather Forecast
    Boulder Fire-Rescue
    Preparing for a Wildfire

    Contact ServiceMaster DSI for 24/7/365 emergency fire damage restoration in Boulder, CO and neighboring cities, and use the wildfire prevention and protection resources available.

    5 Ways to Have a Safe and Enjoyable Bonfire and Prevent the Need for Fire Damage Restoration in Denver, CO

    During the summer months, it’s easy to dream of nights by the fire, s’mores roasted just right, and stories told as the moon rises. Less common are thoughts of a loose fire wreaking havoc on your home, neighborhood, business, and beyond. Here are five key steps to have a fun and safe fire with friends, but for those times when a rogue fire does affect your home or business, contact ServiceMaster DSI for fire damage restoration and smoke cleaning in Denver, CO.

    1. Keep it containedFirst and foremost, always build your fire in a proper fire pit.
    2. Keep it small By keeping the fire at a manageable scale, the possibility of wood tipping out of the pit or sparks spreading diminishes greatly.
    3. Keep it cool In keeping the fire small, you also help keep the temperature down. However, this also applies to the outdoor temperature; always check the local fire status to ensure the conditions are safe for a bonfire.
    4. Keep a watchful eye Never leave a fire unattended, even for a moment. If you’re headed in for the night, douse the fire with water until there is no possibility of it reigniting itself.
    5. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand With the off-chance for any bonfire to spread, always have a response ready. A bucket of water, a fire extinguisher, and a cell phone are just a few safety measures you can put in place.

    Even when these five steps are taken, fires are quick to spread, especially in the dry summer weather. In the devastating event of a fire, Denver has a fast response team to implement fire damage restoration efforts as soon as possible to help prevent further damage to your home or business.

    ServiceMaster DSI will help get your space back in working order. Starting with emergency pre-cleaning, climate control, content removal and storage, a complete assessment of damage, water removal and dehydration, wall cleaning, reconstruction, odor removal, vent clearing, and carpet and fabric restoration.

    No matter the extent of the damage, ServiceMaster DSI is here for all your fire damage restoration needs in Denver, CO.

    2013 Floods and the Necessities of Water Damage Restoration in Centennial, CO

    Floods are rarely considered to be an imminent threat to the Denver-Aurora Metro area. Normally, only minor flooding occurs each year during the spring, summer, and fall. There are some years, however, that have proved this weather pattern wrong. In some cases, a combination of circumstances has led to extreme flooding and damages across Colorado. This level of devastation from flooding is not easily fixed, but ServiceMaster DSI is on call to help with emergency water damage restoration in Centennial, CO and other Denver-Aurora Metro areas.

    Freshest in the minds of Denver-Aurora area residents is the flooding in 2013 that affected over 14 counties along Colorado’s Front Range. Nearly 200 miles running north to south were covered with flood waters, leaving over $1 billion in property damages.

    The floods of 2013 began on September 9th when warm air flowing from the south met with the eastern movement of a large cold front. The two air masses stopped above Colorado and began dropping large quantities of rain between Colorado Springs and Fort Collins.

    The heavy rain accumulated quickly, hitting several counties with almost a year’s worth of rain in a matter of days. Boulder County experienced the severest rains, and by September 15th, at least 17 inches of rain—only three inches less than the county’s average annual amount—had flooded the rivers, streets, and buildings of the area.

    Even by October of 2013, communities were still struggling to recover from the damages left after the summer floods. 8 deaths were recorded, several individuals were reported missing, and more than 11,000 people were evacuated. With nearly 19,000 homes damaged and 1,500 destroyed, the floods of 2013 are considered to be one of the deadliest natural disasters in Colorado history.

    26% of Centennial’s yearly precipitation is light and moderate rain. 36% of the annual precipitation comes from thunderstorms causing heavy to severe rains leading to flooding across the county. From June to September, there is a 50% average chance each day that some form of precipitation will fall, making the summer months some with the highest risks of urban flooding causing water damage.

    Don’t hesitate to call our 24/7/365 emergency hotline at 303.288.2900 this summer if flash floods, heavy rains, or other cases of flooding leave your home or business damaged and in need of professional care. Our technicians are prepared to help with expert ServiceMaster DSI water damage restoration in Centennial, CO,and surrounding metro areas.

    Warning Signs of Compulsive Hoarding and When Professional Hoarder Cleanup is Needed in Westminster, CO

    The medical and social awareness of the reality and severity of mental illnesses in the U.S. is growing steadily each year. New organizations and communities designed to help those struggling with mental illnesses are cropping up across the globe at an impressive rate. However, certain mental illnesses still go largely unaddressed, both socially and politically. One of these illnesses so often unmentioned is a form of OCD, depression, and/or anxiety that leads to compulsive hoarding. If you or a loved one suffers from compulsive hoarding, ServiceMaster DSI can help restore the affected home or workspace with our professional hoarder cleanup services in Westminster, CO.

    Understanding and helping a loved one who suffers from compulsive hoarding is difficult in its own right, but when you’re charged with handling a hoarder’s space, it can add greatly to the hardship on your shoulders. Our hoarder cleanup services can tackle this aspect of recovery for you, but understanding the signs of compulsive hoarding can help prevent significant damage in the long run.

    Signs of Compulsive Hoarding

    Your loved one has been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder or anxiety in the past, both conditions that have hoarding linked to them as a symptom or subtype.

    Your loved one has experienced severe paranoia or experiences some form of post-traumatic stress disorder that could lead to superstitious thoughts or a fear of social situations, forms of contamination, or emotional or physical loss.

    Your loved one has exhibited addictive behaviors in the past, such as addictions to sex, substances, exercise, shopping, or eating.

    Your loved one has exhibited obsessive behaviors concerning the collection of items, food, or digital files.

    Your loved one does not view their behaviors as abnormal or illogical, instead they liken them to an animal storing food for the winter or simply as collecting these items for future use.

    These signs address a more psychologically based history for your loved one that could lead to compulsive hoarding, but there are other, more direct signs as well. If you notice an increase in clutter around your loved one’s house or if they’re having difficulty cleaning and organizing a space, you should take note. Learn more about understanding compulsive hoarding here.

    If you are struggling with a space affected by compulsive hoarding, contact ServiceMaster DSI at 303.288.2900 for comprehensive hoarder cleanup services in Westminster, CO.

    Temporary Weatherization and Emergency Board Up Services in Lakewood, CO

    Coping with a disaster affecting your home or business is often a difficult process in itself, but handling an exposed building during a restoration can make that process even more difficult. When fire, floods, or other disastrous circumstances leave your building exposed to the elements, the damage can quickly accumulate. ServiceMaster DSI teams are experienced and well-equipped to handle all your restoration needs. When it comes to a comprehensive recovery, there is no replacement for our emergency board up services in Lakewood, CO.

    Any open areas in your home or business, such as broken windows, structure wounds, or roof damage, can compromise the safety of untouched areas in your building. While vandals and thieves can play a role in further damaging your property, wind and weather are the primary concerns for buildings undergoing restoration. In cases of long-term restoration or severe damage, any exposed areas in a building must be sealed immediately.

    Our board up services act as a way of temporarily weatherizing your home, protecting it against rain, wind, severe temperatures, humidity, and more. While most cases of weatherizing buildings are designed to make energy consumption more efficient, many methods of weatherization also work to seal a damaged or vacant building against the dangers of the elements.

    These methods can include:

    • Insulating and protecting exposed pipes
    • Installing building wrap and temporary protective siding
    • Securing proper ventilation to protect interiors
    • Installing storm doors and windows
    • Adding insulation where needed
    • Sealing cracks in doors, windows, and other entryways
    • Adding drains and waterproofing unprotected areas
    • Sealing non-functioning air ducts and ventilation passages to the exterior
    • Boarding up damaged areas
    • Securing entire building against trespassersWeatherizing a building is beneficial in many situations, whether its purpose is energy conservation or emergency board up. Our board up teams can quickly secure your home or business, making it ready for a comprehensive recovery.

      For more information about our restoration and emergency board up services in Lakewood, CO,contact ServiceMaster DSI at 303.288.2900 today.