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    After Severe Storms in Lakewood, CO, Contact ServiceMaster DSI for Water Damage Restoration Services

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    Late summer is prime season for severe thunderstorms in Lakewood, CO, and these storms can wreak havoc. When rainfall comes in hard and fast the ground may not be able to keep up, and you may find yourself with a flooded basement. Flooded basements are serious, even with just a few inches of water. This can be a threat to your health and safety. If water damage isn’t remediated properly, the sitting water can damage your foundation, causing a whole new set of problems. It can also lead to mold and mildew in the home, which can also be a serious threat to health.

    At ServiceMaster DSI, we provide professional water damage restoration services by trained IICRC technicians. We follow the best practices for water damage restoration including:

    • Extracting all water and sewage from the area
    • Safely discarding and disposing of waterlogged and damaged carpet, flooring, drywall, sheetrock, or any other item that isn’t restorable
    • Completely ventilating and drying out the area
    • Decontaminating to prevent the spread of mold and mildew

    If you find water in your basement follow these steps before calling the professionals:

    • Turn off the power
    • Unplug all appliances
    • Contact your insurance company
    • Keep children and pets away from the area

    Water damage in your home can be upsetting and devastating. You may be worried about the health of your family and whether insurance will cover everything. During this difficult time, work with trusted and knowledgeable vendors to help you through the restoration process. ServiceMaster DSI is the premier water damage restoration specialist in Lakewood, CO, and we’re here to help. We’re ready to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and on any day of the year. It’s crucial to have a quick response to help save your belongings and to reduce your stress—trust us to help you! Contact us at (720) 452-2482.

     

    4 Fire Safety Tips to Prevent Fire Damage Restoration for Self-Employed Workers in Aurora, CO

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    An increasing number of companies are now seeing the advantage of hiring remote workers for customer service jobs and freelance and professional consultation services. This has proven to be profitable for them and an advantage to a growing workforce who prefers to work from home rather than battling a daily commute in Aurora, CO.

    Maintaining an office in your residence can present other challenges, one of which is fire safety. When your home goes up in flames, it’s certainly devastating, but if the losses include your business or sensitive business matters for another company or person, then the damage can be significantly compounded.

    Fire Safety Recommendations:

    1. Don’t Smoke in Your Office. Treat your home office just as you would expect in a professional building; smoke-free. A forgotten cigarette can result in a fire in your home office which can require fire damage restoration
    2. Secure Electronic Equipment. Keep cords tidy and free of obstructions. If you allow children or pets into your home office, the cords will be less of a temptation to chew or play with. Use sufficient power sources including surge protectors, and keep computers away from open windows
    3. Clean Up Paper Goods. Piles of paper, takeout containers, and other refuse can provide just the right tinder should a spark ignite. Make it a practice to clean off your desk every day before you’re done. Not only has it been proven that a clean desk improves productivity, but it also reduces the likelihood of a fire spreading as quickly
    4. Install Smoke Alarms. Just like any other room in your house, your home office should have working smoke alarms. Replace the battery twice yearly and test the alarms monthly to be sure they’re in working order

    Fires don’t have to be large to be devastating, and fire damage restoration can put a dent in your productivity, not to mention your income. Be sure to protect your home and office from fire damage.

    ServiceMaster DSI provides fire damage restoration services for Aurora, CO, and the surrounding area. For more information, contact us at (720) 452-2842 today.

    Professional Disaster Restoration Services for Fire, Smoke, and Water Damage in Denver, CO

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    Have you ever used the word “disaster” to describe something that went wrong? Maybe you’ve said your dirty house is a “disaster” or that your appearance is a “disaster.” However, when a true disaster hits you in Denver, CO, such as a fire or flood, you might be overwhelmed trying to rebuild your life. ServiceMaster DSI takes disaster restoration seriously and can be on-site quickly to help restore your home or business.

    Being on-site quickly is important to help mitigate any further losses. That’s why our trained technicians are on call 24/7/365 to help you in the Denver, CO, area if a disaster befalls you. Disaster doesn’t care if it’s the middle of the night, a weekend, or a holiday. So, when you need help fast, we’ll be there.

    We can help with:

    • Fire damage and smoke damage after a fire in residential and commercial buildings
    • Water damage restoration after a fire and flooding caused by a natural or man-made disaster
    • Mold mitigation, removal, and remediation
    • Water extraction services to remove standing water
    • High-powered drying equipment to remove water and moisture
    • Odor removal
    • Pack out services
    • Thermal imaging to see into walls and structures to assess damage
    • Sanitizing and microbial application for damaged or moldy items

    If your home or business in Denver, CO, has sustained disaster damage, the best chance of getting your place to its pre-loss condition is to call in the experts early. Our on-site manager and technicians will be dispatched quickly to help you and to get to work on your home or place of business.

    You can trust that when it comes to a disaster like fire, smoke, or water damage, ServiceMaster DSI uses the most up-to-date techniques and will work quickly and efficiently to help you with your disaster cleanup. Contact us as soon as you need help at (720) 452-2842.

     

    Hoarder or Collector? How to Tell If Your Loved Ones Need Hoarding Cleanup in Boulder, CO

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    As the baby boomer generation moves into the role of caretaking for their elderly parents, many find that they’re having trouble getting their parents to let go of years of accumulation in the home. Some have even discovered that the accumulation was much more than they thought it would be, and this is presenting a problem when it comes to cleaning out their homes. While some homes are naturally full of clutter, some have moved beyond that into hoarder status, and living conditions in the home may be dangerous. ServiceMaster DSI provides cleanup services for any home that has hoarding problems. How can you know if your parents are hoarding?

    Areas of the home are uninhabitable. If the home has items stacked to the ceiling, pathways between rooms, or rooms that are full of items then you’re likely dealing with a hoarding situation. Your parent may also feel shame or embarrassment to let you see the home in that condition.

    They can’t let things go. Objects that have no real value are often important to someone with a hoarding condition. They’ll often say they are saving things for “later” but don’t have any real sense of why or what they might be used for later. Suggesting that they get rid of the stuff will often cause them distress or will make them retreat deeper into hoarding.

    The home is dangerous. Hoarding is closely linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder, and it makes the person who suffers from it exhibit panicked behaviors when they can’t control a situation. Unfortunately, they control their fears by packing their homes with items that may not only be cluttering up their home but they could also be unsanitary. Animals, pests, and rodents may be present as well as biohazardous waste from them.

    If you need help with your aging parents or loved one’s home with hoarding cleanup in Boulder, CO, ServiceMaster DSI can help. No matter the conditions of the home, we can help customize a cleanup plan to restore the home to pre-loss condition. We can assist with cleaning and sanitation, recycling, donating, and hazardous waste removal services.  Our services are discreet, and we handle all cases with sensitivity and care. Contact us at (720) 452-2842.

     

    Trust ServiceMaster DSI When Unexpected Trauma Cleanup is Needed in Centennial, CO

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    Disturbing trauma sites can devastate people, and in fact, cause them ongoing trauma throughout their lives. When you’re not trained to deal with trauma scenes such as a natural death, suicide, unattended death, or a serious car accident you run the risk of carrying these scenes in your head, causing great mental distress. Physically, the risk of hurting yourself is also very high at a trauma scene. You may injure yourself or carry away biohazards and other pathogens from the scene that can affect you or others later.

    When someone dies, the police or emergency workers at the scene are on hand to make sure everything is safe and that no crimes have been reported. However, removal or cleanup of the trauma scene isn’t their responsibility. It can be emotionally devastating to find out that at the time of your deepest grief, it’s your responsibility to make sure the body is removed and that the cleanup of the area is taken care of. Amid the various emotions you may be having, making arrangements for a burial, and contacting friends and family, the last thing you want to be doing is the cleanup. This is where ServiceMaster DSI of Centennial, CO can help.

    We can arriveromptly to trauma scenes fully equipped to restore the area to its pre-loss condition. Our trained professional crew will work carefully to remove any matter or bodily fluids that need to be attended to. At the scene of trauma, there’s often blood, urine, body matter, brain matter, and other bodily fluids present that are considered biohazards and must be handled with great care. Our crew can not only remove and sanitize the area, but we’ll dispose all biohazardous waste in accordance with the city and state laws.

    Privacy and discrepancy are always at the forefront of our crew’s mind when helping remediate a trauma cleanup scene. You can trust that our ServiceMaster crew will arrive with the right training, the right equipment, and a sincere desire to help you with your trauma cleanup.

    If you have experienced a great loss and are in need of quick, compassionate, and professional trauma cleanup services in Centennial, CO, please contact us at (720) 452-2842. We’re available 24/7/365 and can be on the scene quickly to help.

    Check Your Garden Hoses in Westminster, CO to Prevent Water Damage

    As summer heats up and you’re outside watering those plants and vegetables, you may not be aware that your home could be in danger of water damage from a simple garden hose. If there are unseen leaks, the water from the hose must go somewhere, and the last place you want it to go is into the foundation of your home.

    The best practice to protect your Westminster, CO home from water damage is to be sure to check garden hoses for leaks, especially if they’ve been put away for the long winter months. Tiny cracks can form in the plastic that can turn into leaks quite easily.  When you attach the hose for the first time, put a shut-off valve on the end of the hose, turn it to the “off” position, and turn the outdoor faucet all the way on. Inspect the hose by hand and by eye to pinpoint any leaks, and then repair or replace as needed. It’s a good practice to keep hoses indoors in a climate controlled area in the winter. Any freezing and contracting of the rubber weakens it and your hoses will not last as long and be prone to leaking.

    Another easy way to protect your home from water damage is to make sure you turn the faucet off when you’re done watering. Leaving the faucet on but the shut-off valve at the end of the hose in the “off” position may give you a false sense of security that the water is contained when it could be leaking into your yard and home.

    When you have a leaking hose, you’re spending money on wasted water and creating the perfect situation for that water to saturate the ground and then cause structural damage to your home. Since most of us keep our hoses near the foundation of the home, the water can begin to wear away the grading next to the home, allowing it to seep into the foundation. The tiny holes or cracks in the foundation, combined with the slow trickle of water, means it can find its way in. Once water finds a way into your home, it creates a perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. Suddenly you’ve got thousands in water damage repairs which could’ve been avoided simply by replacing a leaky hose.

    If your Westminster, CO home has water damage, regardless of the cause, call the experts at ServiceMaster DSI as soon as possible at (720) 452-2842.

    Superior Service for Fire Damage Restoration in Lakewood, CO

    When you become a homeowner, you’ll probably only think of the ramifications of a fire or flood when you’re filling out insurance applications. Putting safeguards in place in case of a fire disaster is important, but we all hope we never have to use them. If you and your family find yourselves the victims of fire or water damage in Lakewood, CO, it’s important that you begin the restoration process as soon as possible by calling the experts at ServiceMaster DSI.

    Benefits of Professional Fire Damage Restoration by ServiceMaster

    1. Specialized Equipment for Fire Damaged Homes. Most homeowners don’t have the right equipment, nor do they have the know-how to properly restore a home from fire damage. We attack the fire damage quickly with state-of-the-art dryers, dehumidifiers, and pack-out services to get you back in your home as soon as possible. Attempting a do-it-yourself fire damage restoration can actually worsen the situation, and it can end up costing much more than you may realize.

    1. Timely Service. Consistency, reliability, and high standards of service are what we specialize in. When you contact ServiceMaster DSI, we arrive on the scene quickly. Our 24/7 rapid response means that less damage can be done after the flames are out and the all clear has been given to enter the building by the fire marshal. We will begin our cleaning, sanitizing, deodorizing, and water removal services for your home. If items need to be removed from your home for further restoration or storage purposes, we provide pack-out services for you so you can rest assured your items are safe. Finally, we make sure that during construction, your home is protected from the elements and vandals with our board up services or fencing around the property.
    1. Experience. Our branch of ServiceMaster in Lakewood, CO is backed by the ServiceMaster Recovery Management and ServiceMaster Restore brands, both are part of the larger ServiceMaster network. We have the connections, skill, and superior technicians in the area to restore your home to pre-loss condition faster than other fire damage restoration services. You can feel good about hiring the experts in Lakewood, CO.

    For more information about fire damage restoration services such as smoke damage, soot damage, or water damage from a fire, contact us at (720) 452-2842.

    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.