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    Tackling Black Water Flood Damage in Westminster, CO

    flood damageHaving a flood in Westminster, CO is bad enough, but when the floodwater has contaminants in it, it’s even worse. This kind of flooding is called black water, and it can cause serious damage to your home, facility, or building. Many factors can contribute to the unwelcome appearance of black water including sewage backflows, floods from streams or rivers, or any other time that water exposed to organic elements enters a building. Remediating black water contamination and flood damage should never be done by someone inexperienced in water damage restoration. A water damage restoration professional knows how to accurately assess the flood  damage, sanitize the area, and restore the building.

    If you encounter flooding and you’re unsure if the water is black water, err on the side of caution and assume it is and contact us immediately at (720) 452-2842. We’re available to take your call 24/7/365.

     

    ServiceMaster DSI’s steps to water damage remediation include:

     

    • Ensuring the Safety of all Who Are in the Building. Every person who enters the building will be provided with protective equipment such as gloves, hats, boots, eye protection, and, if needed, respirators
    • A Thorough Inspection of the Property. We carefully inspect every area to determine what can or cannot be restored. From this inspection we move forward with a plan of action and remediation
    • Removal of Excess Water. To prevent damage from spreading we remove the contaminated water, any items that are contaminated, sewage waste or any other biohazards present, and dispose of it properly and safely. Surfaces are cleaned, deodorized, and sanitized with disinfectants
    • Drying and Dehumidifying the Area. With professional-grade air movers and dehumidification systems, we establish a safe level of moisture to the air and continually monitor it to keep it safe

    For professional flood damage restoration, mold removal and abatement, and biohazard cleanup in the Westminster, CO area, contact us to help.

    Protecting Children From Fire Damage and Burns in Lakewood, CO

    fire damageEvery 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.

    Cleaning Up After the Storm: Biohazard Cleanup in Aurora, CO

    biohazard cleanupUnstable atmospheric conditions around Aurora, CO can cause severe weather to bear down on us quickly. Whether it’s heavy winds, hail, or even a tornado, damage can range from annoying to significant. Broken items like glass, tree limbs, siding from homes, or broken concrete may seem more of a pain than a hazard, but there could be unknown pathogens these items may have been exposed to that you haven’t even considered. When it comes to cleaning up after a storm, call a disaster restoration specialist you can trust. In Aurora, CO, that specialist is ServiceMaster DSI.

     

    First, let’s break down and understand what’s classified as a biohazard:

    • Blood
    • Deceased animals or pests
    • Feces
    • Vomit
    • Saliva
    • Brain matter
    • Chemical Spills
    • Sewage

     

    If you’re dealing with cleanup and any of the above are present, your life could be in danger. Viruses can live for days, even when exposed to the elements. A downed tree could contain dead, diseased animals hidden within. You need more than gloves and strength to handle biohazard cleanup.

     

    It’s also imperative to know that the faster biohazard cleanup is done, the less likeliness there is of contamination or cross-contamination. For example, a flooded basement with minimal amounts of water may seem like a nuisance, but in fact, it could be a breeding ground for pathogens, dangerous microorganisms, mold, and more.

     

    Mishandling of biohazards can make you ill, and in some cases, it can be fatal.

     

    ServiceMaster DSI is fully trained in biohazard removal and disposal. As part of the ServiceMaster Recovery Management network, we can help with any size of a biohazard disaster you should need help with in Aurora, CO. Our technicians are fully trained, available 24/7/365, and will be on site quickly to help.

     

    If you need help with residential or commercial biohazards after a storm or loss, contact us at (720) 452-2842. We’ll work in tandem with your insurance company to help restore your losses while keeping you safe.

     

    5 Facts About Trauma Cleanup Services in Boulder, CO You Need to Know

    trauma cleanupAccidents can happen to anyone, no matter how careful you are in your Boulder, CO home. If an accident occurs your first thought should go to the survivors to make sure they’re physically and mentally okay. Your second thought should be to get help from trained trauma cleanup specialists to clean up any sad or disturbing remains left behind.

    1. Blood Contains Pathogens and Disease

    Even if you know the victim well, you don’t always know about their medical history. Blood can carry dangerous diseases such as hepatitis, HIV, and other pathogens that can spread dangerous viruses. Biohazards are not visible to the naked eye. Cleaning up trauma scenes should only be conducted by professional biohazard cleanup specialists.

    1. Police Do Not Handle Trauma Cleanup

    Most of the general public assumes that it’s the job of law enforcement to clean up a trauma scene, however, that’s not the case. After the scene is investigated and the reports filled, it’s up to the homeowner to take care of the mess.

    1. Proper Disposal of Biohazards is the Law

    To prevent health-related risks, Boulder, CO requires specialized disposal of blood, bodily fluids, and body tissue. Our trained technicians have the knowledge, training, and equipment to clean, sanitize, and dispose of the aftermath safely and lawfully.

    1. Begin to Heal

    Tackling cleanup on a gruesome scene is difficult and can seriously impact the ability to process the loss and begin to heal. Get help with cleaning up trauma scenes with our experienced, capable trauma service technicians and begin to heal from the loss.

    1. Professional Trauma Cleanup Available 24/7/365

    Because trauma never comes at a convenient time, we’re always available to take your call for trauma cleanup services. We’ll dispatch our trained technicians to the scene and begin the cleanup so you can breathe easy and begin the healing process with your loved ones.

    We service all of Boulder, CO and the surrounding area with our specialized and discreet trauma cleanup services. For professional, thorough, and compassionate assistance, contact us immediately at (720) 452-2842.

    Reality TV Shows: The Reality of Hoarding Cleanup in Denver, CO

    messy bedroom

    Hoarding behavior in a family has brought drama and a sense of shame to many people in Denver, CO. However, with the growth of reality television over the past few years, hoarding has been thrust into the spotlight. While it can still be difficult to understand this disorder, loved ones of hoarders now understand that there is help out there. ServiceMaster DSI provides professional, compassionate, and discreet hoarding cleanup.

    Here are some signs of hoarding:

    Hoarders Are Often Socially Isolated

    It’s not unusual for hoarders to recuse themselves from society and eventually stop allowing human interaction. The effort of socializing may be very difficult for them, and they may feel very judged by their living conditions. If the idea of cleanup is broached with them, they may be very agitated or defensive, which is difficult to deal with.

    Hoarders Feel Distress About Parting With Anything

    One of the most difficult parts of the disease is that hoarders seem to find everything impossible to part with. Their homes soon become overrun with refuse, expired food, old mail and magazines, broken household items, and in the case of people who collect animals, feces and biohazards. Their desire to collect is a way to make the chaotic world make sense to them.

     Dangers of Hoarding

    A hoarder’s home is often a death trap. Due to the amount of debris, if a fire brakes out it can escalate rapidly and can be very dangerous for the occupant and the firefighters. It can contain biohazards and pathogens that can put the health of anyone nearby at risk.

    When we’re called to do hoarding cleanup in Denver, CO we do so with the utmost amount of respect for the inhabitant of the home. We can assist with hoarding cleanup services including donating items to local charities, cleaning and repairing the home, and returning the home to pre-loss conditions. To speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members about hoarding cleanup, please contact us at (720) 452-2842.

    Recover Your Carpeting After a Flood With Carpet Cleaning in Centennial, CO

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    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

    Extension Cords Can Cause Fire Damage in Homes in Westminster, CO

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    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:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. Don’t nail extension cords up and around door frames. Nails could accidently puncture the insulation, contact the wiring, and cause a short circuit.
    6. 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.

    Toilet Malfunctions Can Cause Flooding and Water Damage in Lakewood, CO

    toilet tank

    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:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    1. 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.

    3 Reasons Why Trauma Cleanup in Denver, CO Should Be Left to the Professionals

    trauma cleanupServiceMaster 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.

    Does Your Loved One Need Hoarding Cleanup in Aurora, CO?

    hoarding

    Some people recognize the signs of a loved one who has a hoarding issue right away, and other people may ignore it, hoping that the situation resolves itself or that their family member sees the light. The fact is, hoarding is a difficult and complex condition that can range from having lots of clutter in the home to it being potentially dangerous for someone to live in the home in Aurora, CO.

    If you suspect you need help with hoarding cleanup, then it’s time to look around the home and evaluate. Here are some of the signs of a severe hoarding problem:

    • Piles of items that are no longer of use, but the hoarder won’t dispose of
    • Rooms that are blocked off or unsafe to enter
    • Unusable appliances
    • Structural damage to the frame or flooring of the home
    • Piles of mail or boxes that are unopened
    • Presence of pet feces
    • Presence of insects or infestations
    • Standing water that has molded
    • Electrical problems
    • No running water
    • Broken toilets or showers
    • Sanitation violations posted

    When you have a hoarder in the family, it can certainly cause distress and worry. Very often the hoarder has a greatly diminished quality of life and doesn’t want help, which compounds the problem. This is a clear sign of mental health issues, and you need help!  We’re here for your hoarding cleanup needs in Aurora, CO, and the surrounding area.

    The sooner you can call us, the better. Every day that goes by is a risk to the health and welfare of your loved one. Hoarding homes not only are dangerous to live in, but they’re also highly susceptible to flooding, fires, and being overrun by pests. If left un remediated, your family member could trip and fall, get trapped in the home, or be seriously injured.

    Hoarding is a compulsion, and not much is known as to why it affects some people and not others. Often the hoarder feels a great deal of shame, and we understand how hard this situation is for families. We’re here to offer support while we pack out, clean, and sanitize the hoarding condition to make the home livable again.

    Let us help your family member get a new start with a home that has been cleaned and sanitized with our professional hoarding cleanup. Contact us, and we can help assess the situation and give you information on the process of hoarding cleanup services. In Aurora, CO, contact us at (720) 452-2842.