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    In the Event of a Disaster, ServiceMaster is Here With Pack Out Services in Aurora, CO

    DSI_Denver_4.2One of the worst feelings after discovering that water or a fire has damaged your home or business in Aurora, CO is realizing you have absolutely no idea what to do next. Once the fire is out and the water has stopped, what should your next steps be?

    1. Contact Your Insurance Agent. Your agent should be able to quickly bring you up to speed on what your policy covers and your next steps to file a claim.

    1. Do Not Attempt to Remove or Remediate Any Items. Trying to dry out the house yourself after water damage or attempting to remove youritems from your home can cause more harm than good. A licensed, experienced disaster restoration team can be dispatched quickly to begin this process for you, saving you grief, and possibly, money down the road.

      3. Pack Out Services Can Be Provided. In the case of severe damage, we may have to remove everything in your home. We perform all of our remediation carefully and you’ll always know what we are working on every step of the way. Some of your furniture and belongings may need to be removed to be restored and prevent further damage. We have a proven process that will inventory all your items, pack them up safely, and transport them to a climate-controlled area for restoration. You’ll be provided a printed copy of the inventory and be able to track the progress of the restoration.

    It can be very disconcerting, frightening, and overwhelming to go through a disaster. That’s why ServiceMaster DSI in Aurora, CO is here to do—to help you through this difficult process at a time when you might be feeling very vulnerable. We work with local law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, and local and state authorities to take as much of the burden off you that we can. If you need help with fire damage, water damage, or any kind of pack out services, please contact us at (720) 452-2842 as soon as possible. We’re available for you in the greater Aurora, CO area 24/7/365.

    3 Signs of Compulsive Hoarding in Denver, CO

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    The phrase “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” speaks to the fact that an item that may be useless to you can be a prized possession to another. You’ve probably also been asked if you’re a “glass half-full or a glass half-empty” person. Your ability to see the world in a certain way is the product of your upbringing, experiences, social customs, and the state of your mental health.

    People with compulsive hoarding complex don’t have the capacity to determine if something is important or not based on their experiences and beliefs; they believe everything is important. They exhibit anxiety, poor social skills, procrastination, and avoidance in their attempt to contain their world to their home, often shutting out friends and loved ones. If you suspect a hoarding situation in Denver, CO, here are three signs to look for:

    • Collecting Items of Little or No Value. It’s one thing to be a collector of items that interest you, but hoarders take it to an extreme level, often spending much more than they can afford on items to have a “complete” collection. From this spawns the need to collect items that have no value such as empty containers, newspapers or magazines, broken items, and sometimes pets. This can lead to dangerous living situations as the house fills up with items that can cause bacteria and mold to grow
    • Attachment to Useless Items. Hoarders often attach great value to items that are useless, damaged, or broken. To them it may represent a happier time in their life, or they believe there will come a day they can use the item again. As the hoarding increases, they no longer can distinguish the difference between a playbill from the theatre they went to long ago from the wrappers from the hamburgers from last night’s dinner. Everything has an attachment that is warped by their compulsive disorder
    • Inability to Discard Items. Because they cannot discern items of importance from trash, they become almost paralyzed with fear when it comes to getting rid of anything. It can be very difficult to convince them to allow for cleanup of the hoarded items, and it can be very frustrating

    ServiceMaster DSI provides hoarding cleanup for residents in Denver, CO who have been affected by hoarding to help bring their homes back to safe and livable conditions. Our trained technicians understand the unique needs of a person with this unusual illness and can help with the process of organizing, sorting, and decluttering the home. If needed, we can provide resources for mental health officials and state and local authorities for proper disposal of items. Finally, we can help rebuild and restore the home if it has suffered structural damage from the hoarding.

    For professional, reliable, and compassionate hoarding cleanup in Denver, CO, contact us at (720) 452-2842.

    Trauma Cleanup Services in Boulder, CO

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    At a time when you’re enduring a trauma in your life, it can be emotionally devastating. Cleaning up the scene is not the responsibility of the police, and attempting to do it yourself can be dangerous and heartbreaking. In Boulder, CO, our trained and compassionate crews can be on site quickly for any type of trauma cleanup.

    Unattended Deaths
    At the scene of an unattended death, the body can be in many stages of decomposition.  This process happens very quickly, so surrounding areas near the body may be affected. Because the body releases pathogens and bacteria, this can quickly turn into a biohazard scene in which careful practices must be followed. Our ServiceMaster trauma cleanup specialists are trained to deal with disposal and cleanup, and we carefully follow all state and local ordinances.

    Crime scene

    Violent crimes, suicides, or accidents require specialized training to remediate properly if the home is to be inhabitable again. Crime scenes usually contain blood, bodily fluids, and other body matter, as well as the investigative methods used to catalog them. This isn’t an easy scene to take in as a loved one—it can be a rather unsettling final memory. However, hiring a professional trauma cleanup service will save you undo grief during this difficult time.

    Vehicular accidents

    After an accident in a car, blood and bodily fluids may be present, leaving behind dangerous blood borne pathogens and bacteria. We can make sure that your car is cleaned properly, including the upholstery and floors so that the vehicle is safe to drive again.  

    Hoarding cleanup

    In a hoarding situation, empathy and skilled cleaners are key. Our trained staff can clean, sanitize, and rebuild areas of a home that has suffered from hoarding. There are many stages of hoarding; however, our crew has the training and resources to restore any home to pre-loss condition from hoarding.

    If you need any trauma cleanup services in Boulder, CO, ServiceMaster is here to help you through this difficult time. We have the experience and the right people to help. Contact us anytime, day or night for help with trauma cleanup at (720) 452-2842.

    Commercial Carpet Cleaning Recommendations in Centennial, CO

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    Spring is giving way to summer’s heat, and now’s the perfect time to invest in commercial carpet cleaning for your Centennial, CO, business. With diminished rains and no threat of tracking ice and snow into your facility, your carpeting will look great for months, and possibly even into the New Year. There are some specific steps recommended by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) to keep your carpet properly maintained. By following these easy steps, you can feel good that your customers and staff are seeing your business at its best while decreasing the need for replacement floor coverings over the years.

    Vacuum Daily. Vacuuming is one of the best ways to keep carpet looking great, and one of the most often overlooked. It’s not necessary to vacuum wall-to-wall every day. Vacuum the high traffic areas daily, then do a thorough vacuum once a week. The CRI recommends these certified commercial grade vacuums.

    Clean Up Spills Immediately. If a stain sets into the fiber of the carpeting, it can be difficult to remove, even with commercial carpet cleaning solutions. Be sure to cleanup spilled coffee, juices, or anything with a dark pigment as quickly as possible. ServiceMaster DSI will spot-clean those trouble areas before performing our complete carpet cleaning, but a bit of prevention can make a big difference in the outcome.

    Use Walk-Off Mats.  Any area that has high traffic means your carpet is taking a battering with ground in dirt, bacteria, and even pathogens. Walk-off mats will help prevent dirt, allergens, and other harmful particulates from coming in on shoes.

    Schedule Regular Carpet Cleaning Services.  Putting off cleaning carpets causes major damage to fibers and the integrity of the carpeting. We can help you come up with a carpet cleaning schedule that meets the needs of your company and helps put your best foot forward with appearances with your customers.

    ServiceMaster DSI is the leader in carpet cleaning services in the Centennial, CO, area, and we’d be happy to speak to you about the specific needs of your company. Contact us today at (720) 452-2842.

    4 Grill Safety Tips to Help You Avoid Fire Damage Restoration in Westminster, CO

    DSI_Denver_4As the warm weather finally rolls into Westminster, CO, people are getting out of the kitchen and firing up their grills! While grilling is indeed a great American pastime, the National Fire Incident Reporting System reports that grill fires on residential properties result in 37 million dollars in property loss each year.  Even the most delicious burger isn’t worth the need to have extensive fire damage restoration performed, so here are four important tips to help you practice safe grilling:

    1. Handle Propane Safely:  Propane is a highly flammable, volatile gas in a pressurized tank. Do not store propane tanks in garages or outdoor sheds where high temperatures could cause the tanks to leak, possibly explode, and cause a fire.
    2. The 3 Foot Rule: Maintain a three-foot distance from homes, garages, fences, sheds, or trees when grilling. The heat or spark from the grill could inadvertently start a fire.
    3. Maintain your Grill: When you dust-off the grill for the summer, check and replace any broken or brittle fuel hoses, and ensure no insects or critters are making a home in the grill. Sand or repair rusted areas, and keep the grill clean to avoid grease fires and flare-ups.
    4. Don’t Leave the Grill Unattended: Never allow a grill to be unattended, even during slow cooking scenarios. Also, keep pets and small children well away from the grill so tender fingers and noses don’t get burned!

    Even a small grill fire can create the need for extensive fire damage restoration. If a grill fire affects your Westminster, CO home, contact us immediately at (720) 452-2842, anytime, day or night, for help.  Don’t let time pass, as fire damage can continue to occur long after the flames have been extinguished! We offer professional fire damage restoration in Westminster, CO and the surrounding areas.

    Emergency Board Up Services After Water Damage in Lakewood, CO

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    Board up services are necessary after major disasters such as tornados, but something as seemingly innocent as a heavy downpour can also cause significant damage. When water damage occurs, ServiceMaster DSI of Lakewood, CO, can be onsite quickly to provide emergency board up services so your property doesn’t sustain further damage.

    Protect your flooring.  No matter if your flooring is wood, concrete, or vinyl, sustained contact with water will mean bad news. The water will break down adhesives, weaken the structure, and, if not remediated quickly, total replacement of the flooring will be needed. Once the water is removed and the area dried, protecting it from damage from the elements is crucial to reconstruction.

    Keep Interior Walls Dry. The structure and the walls of any building quickly degrade when exposed to water. It takes only a few hours of sustained wetness to destroy sheetrock, wear away at drywall, and put a wooden structure at risk. The chances for mold greatly increased with each hour that passes, especially in the case of waterlogged insulation. Board up services will allow for reconstruction while keeping the area dry.

    Protect the Property. Vandals, looters, and even animals can take advantage of an unsecured property. We can provide quick and efficient board up services as well as other barricades such as fencing, cones, and temporary walls.

    When your home or business in Lakewood, CO, suffers from water damage due to any accident, natural or otherwise, we can be onsite quickly to help. We offer full-service water damage restoration as well as pack out services, board up services, and reconstruction. You can trust a company who’ll be onsite from start to finish to return your building to its pre-loss condition. Contact us immediately when you need help with board up services in the Lakewood, CO, area at (720) 452-2842.

    Animal Hoarding and Cleanup in Aurora, CO

    Animals are a commitment and a responsibility in any home. In the case where they’re kept by people who suffer from compulsive hoarding, the situation can be very dangerous to not only the animal’s health, but to the people who live in the home.

    Hoarding is a very complex and difficult disorder to understand. There’s not a lot known about why certain people suffer from it, but it does seem to afflict the aging often. Linked closely to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), people who suffer from hoarding need to be treated with kindness and compassion. ServiceMaster DSI has extensive knowledge and training on dealing with hoarding in Aurora, CO, and can help if you know of a home that needs hoarding cleanup.

    Because hoarders often have a compulsive need to collect items, they can become obsessed with owning lots of pets so they have what they feel is a full collection. This desire often means a home with more pets than can safely live in a space, and dangerous amounts of waste from the animals. The high level of ammonia from urine can not only damage the house, it may even create a situation where the air itself is so noxious that it’s unsafe. Feces, rodents and other pathogens can further exacerbate the situation, leaving the hoarders in an untenable situation.

    Hoarding cleanup is specialized and takes trained, skilled, and sympathetic technicians. ServiceMaster DSI can sort through the home and remove salvageable items to save or donate. Our pack out and storage services are available if the home needs major disinfecting, cleaning, and structural restoration. Proper remediation of a home affected by animal hoarding is imperative, as the home is often affected by mold damage and water damage as well as structural damage.

    We have the training and expertise to restore homes deeply affected by animal hoarding in Aurora, CO. For quick and compassionate service for hoarding cleanup, contact us at (720) 452-2842.

    Industrial Accident Cleanup in Denver, CO

    Never planned and never welcomed, industrial accidents can be difficult to deal with because of the complexity of the chemicals and the space in which they are spilled.  ServiceMaster DSI can be on site quickly to help your business deal with industrial accidents to reduce damage and help with remediation in your Denver, CO, business.

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    About Hazardous Materials

     Hazardous materials in the United States are required to be marked with an easy to read classification symbol developed by the National Fire Protection Association. Before any substances are used in the workplace anyone who works around them should be required to read the MSDS, or Material Data Safety Sheet, to familiarize themselves with the makeup of the chemicals, how they react with other substances, and the potential hazards they could cause or create. Reading these materials is very important because if you are working with materials that are combustible there should be clear company procedures on how to protect yourself. Cleaning any substance that is flammable should be left to professional biohazard cleanup crews with proper training and equipment. Corrosive or oxidation risk materials are also commonplace chemicals found in industrials, and if handled incorrectly, can cause serious burns or irritation of skin or lungs. If mixed incorrectly, a large amount of heat can be generated.

    Compliance is Key to Avoiding Serious Disasters

    All our ServiceMaster DSI Denver, CO, based crews adhere to best practices and OSHA standards for proper eyewear, clothing, and removal techniques for biohazard and chemical cleanup. They can safely identify the types of substances spilled or leaked during the industrial accident and determine the best course of remediation, leaving you to deal with other important issues at hand. Our trained professional staff will provide the most thorough and complete cleanup of the biohazard scene safely and quickly and we can also provide restoration services if necessary.

    While a trauma and biohazard cleanup in your Denver, CO, workplace is never welcomed, we are here for your business if things go wrong. Trust ServiceMaster DSI to properly remediate any industrial accident cleanup. Contact us by phone at (720) 452-2842 or online here.

    A Trauma Can Be Devastating— Trust the Experts at ServiceMaster DSI with Trauma Scene Cleanup in Aurora, CO

    No one ever wakes up in the morning expecting to be affected by a trauma that day. Trauma always arrives without warning and the after effects can be devastating. Sadly, they happen every day in our community of Aurora, CO. When your home or business becomes home to a traumatic event you need help quickly from experienced trauma cleanup experts, like those at ServiceMaster DSI. We can help with any kind of trauma cleanup including accidents, loss of life, or crimes.

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    Trained and Respectful Professionals

    We understand the emotional and logistic difficulties of dealing with a trauma. That’s why our professionals exhibit respect and efficiency when confronted with trauma scene cleanup. After a traumatic event, our trained technicians arrive on site and begin the plan for remediation. They have the knowledge and the ability to clean, sanitize, and dispose of anybiohazards. Treating the site of a trauma yourself can be both a serious health hazard and emotionally damaging. Because trauma scenes often contain blood or bodily fluids, strict protocols need to be followed for safety and to abide by all state and federal laws. During the cleanup, we are focused on restoring the area to its pre-loss condition. You’ll find our technicians are knowledgeable, caring, and discreet.

    Recovery 

    If a workplace trauma occurs, the disruption can cause a ripple effect throughout the company. During this difficult time, you may be dealing with the authorities, Human Resources, the media, and other agencies. If it is a home-based trauma, a family may need support from mental health specialists. In any case, the last thing you should be dealing with is trauma cleanup. In Aurora, CO, there is no company better trained to handle your crisis than ServiceMaster DSI.

    Contact Us

    When the unthinkable strikes your home or business, trust the trauma cleanup experts at ServiceMaster DSI. We will be there as quickly as possible, anytime day or night.  Contact us at (720) 452-2842.

    Vacuuming Is Not Enough to Care for your Carpet in Denver, Co

    Do you vacuum your carpets every single day? You might be surprised to hear that according to major carpet manufacturers, you should be vacuuming once a day, especially if you have pets or high traffic areas. Like most Americans, you probably only vacuum your carpets once or twice a week. During this time, pollutants, allergens, and dirt are working their way into your carpet fibers. The only way to make sure your carpet is fully cleaned and sanitized is to hire professional carpet cleaning services.

    Ideally, homes with high traffic and activity should have their carpets cleaned twice a year to keep the carpet looking great and to comply with the manufactures warranty if there are issues with the structure of the carpeting.

    Why Have your Carpeting Professionally Cleaned?

    Carpets that are cleaned more often harbor fewer pollutants, dander, skin cells, and even insects. No matter how heavy duty your vacuum is, it can’t extract every little bit of grime ground deep into the fibers of the carpeting. With our high-grade, industrial strength extraction systems, we can clean and extract allergens and dirt that can be harmful to your family’s health. Microscopic pests and their excrement that are trapped in your carpeting can cause respiratory issues, allergies, and are especially dangerous to children and the elderly.

    Dirt and moisture are common in any home. When this moisture sinks into your carpeting it can make an ideal breeding ground for mold. Regularly scheduled professional carpet cleaning can help prevent mold and mildew growth

     Quality Carpet Cleaning Services with ServiceMaster DSI in Denver, CO

    We provide trained technicians to expertly clean your Denver, CO, carpeting in a fraction of the time it would take to do it yourself, and with better results than a rental machine.  We use only the most advanced equipment with the correct pressure, products, and extraction methods to remove not only soil and stains, but the unseen mites, allergens, and polutants that could be harmful to your health. To schedule your home carpet cleaning contact us at (720) 452-2842.