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    Trauma Cleanup for Greater Denver and Westminster, CO

    ServiceMaster DSI offers trauma, biohazard, and crime scene cleanup for private homeowners, businesses, and property managers in Westminster, CO, as well as for use in commercially zoned business. A biohazard is any sort of disaster that deals with living organisms, most typically from humans. These hazards can be extremely toxic and require specialized trauma cleaning that shouldn’t be attempted by untrained individuals.

    There are currently four levels of biohazards, ranked by how dangerous they are:

    • Level 1: Non-infectious bacteria, viruses, and minor bacteria that can cause sicknesses such as strep throat, pinkeye, and chicken pox
    • Level 2: Mild bacteria and viruses that are more difficult to contract through human interactions, such as Lyme disease, mumps, and measles
    • Level 3:  Potentially fatal, but thanks to the advances of modern medicine, we have vaccines to prevent. Examples include West Nile, SARS, and Polio
    • Level 4: Left untreated, these are the bacteria and viruses that can cause death, such as Ebola and Marburg

    Being exposed to any of these at any level can be dangerous to humans. Most often, these pathogens are transmitted by human blood, bodily fluids, and tissue. They can often be present at crime scenes or natural or man-made disasters. Some of the biohazard clean up that we offer in Westminster, CO, includes:

    • Death in a home; natural cause, violent crime, or suicide
    • Drug crime scenes including methamphetamine labs
    • Sewage back up, spills, or main sewer pipe breaks or contamination.

    Every case is different and will require a specific trauma clean up protocol to clean and make the home or business safe to inhabit. After the proper authorities are called to secure the scene, your next call should be to ServiceMaster DSI. Our trained technicians have up-to-date training on how to safely capture and remove dangerous biohazards properly and in accordance to all current state and local codes. Please contact us at (720) 452-2842 for professional trauma clean up.

     

    Fire Damage Restoration for Smoke-Damaged Homes in Lakewood, CO

    When it comes to fire damage, you might be surprised to hear that the aftermath of the fire is more damaging to your Lakewood, CO, home than the flames themselves. The best way to deal with fire damage is to remove as much of the damage as possible after the fire as quickly as possible. Fire damage continues long after the flames are out, and if it isn’t remediated properly by experienced fire damage mitigation specialists, it can continue to cause problems and rack up more expenses. While charred remains can be removed easily, smoke can continue to cause more damage down the road.

    After a fire, here are some of the risks you may be dealing with regarding smoke damage:

    The type of fire matters: Every fire has different scenarios that feed it and allow it to spread and grow. High oxygen fires are drier and the residual smoke is easier to remove than a fire that is slow growing and burning with a smoky, oily residue. Kitchen fires often involve a protein or animal base that means the smoke may be especially pungent. Additionally, if water was present in the firefighting efforts, humidity can rise. This will cause the pores of the wood in the structure to open, allowing in more smoke and residue.

    Smoke is corrosive: Given enough time, smoke can damage literally everything in a home. Plastics, leathers, synthetics, and even glass and wall surfaces. Smoke particles are tiny and highly corrosive. The soot particles cling to everything and are very difficult to remove without proper cleaning solutions. Over-the-counter products can acerbate the problem. Having a trained fire damage restoration company like ServiceMaster DSI of Lakewood, CO, is key to helping you save your home. The air and items in a home are highly toxic after a fire and can cause serious health risks to you and your family.
    Damage starts within minutes: The sooner you start the restoration process, the lower the level of damage to your property will be. Here’s what the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certificate tells us about how quickly smoke damage can start and the long terms effects it has on items in a home.

    Within minutes: Acid soot residues cause plastics to yellow, small appliances located close to the source of combustion to discolor, and highly porous materials (such as marble and alabaster) to discolor permanently.

    Within hours: Acid residues stain grout in bathrooms, fiberglass bath fixtures may yellow, uncoated metals will tarnish, counter tops may yellow, finishes on appliances (particularly refrigerators) may yellow, and furniture finishes may discolor.

    Within days: In time, acid residues will cause painted walls to yellow permanently, metal to corrode and rust, wood furniture to require refinishing, vinyl flooring to require refinishing or replacement, clothing to become soot-stained, and upholstery to stain permanently.

    Within weeks: Restoration costs will escalate tremendously, synthetic carpet fibers may yellow or discolor permanently, silver plate is corroded permanently, and glass, crystal, and china may require replacement due to severe etching and pitting caused by prolonged exposure to acid soot residues.

     

    Don’t delay in calling us if your home has suffered smoke or fire damage in Lakewood, CO. We know that the faster we’re on site, the more we can save for you. Contact us at (720) 452-2842.

    Preventing Fires with Routine Dryer Maintenance in Aurora, CO

    Household chores aren’t usually a favorite pastime, but did you know that skipping one important task could cause serious fire damage to your Aurora, CO, home? Clothes dryers are a major cause of household fires, and you might be surprised to find out why.

    Whether it’s due to lint buildup or problems with vent pipes, an overheated dryer can be a serious issue. Blocked airflow from the dryer can trap heat and possibly cause a fire that can lead to serious fire damage, or even death.

    Here’s a look at some key fire safety steps to prevent unexpected fire damage:

    1. Remove lint from the dryer. Make it a routine to clean the lint screen of your dyer before or after each load you dry. Doing this will make it much less likely for lint to accumulate to the point of danger.
    2. Clean the vents, tubing, and exhaust duct regularly. If a vent is clogged or a duct is blocked, the dryer can overheat, causing a fire. Be sure to regularly check the outside dryer vent while the dryer is running to ensure air is coming out and nothing is blocking the outside venting.
    3. Keep the area clean. Lint can accumulate around the area and behind the dryer.  Make it a practice to move the dryer at least once a year to vacuum.
    4. Get the dryer cleaned and checked. Hire a qualified service person to clean the inside of your dryer and minimize lint buildup.
    5. Keep hazardous materials at bay.  Besides the obvious plea to keep anything flammable away from the dryer, make sure your clothing doesn’t have volatile chemicals on it. If your pants get covered with gasoline, it’s better to take them to a professional cleaner or throw them away instead of simply tossing them in the washer and then the dryer.

    Proper maintenance of household appliances will help ensure that your home doesn’t suffer from preventable fire damage. ServiceMaster DSI is here to help if you or anyone you know needs fire damage restoration in Aurora, CO. Contact us at (301) 288-2900.

    When the Fire is Out, the Cleanup Begins: Fire Damage Restoration Services in Denver, CO

    Home fires are the biggest disaster threat that Americans face, and many homeowners admit that they have no plan for how to escape if a fire were to threaten their Denver, CO, home. Furthermore, many people are unaware that the aftermath of the fire is more far-reaching than they know. In terms of fire damage restoration, it doesn’t just involve cleaning up the items that may have been destroyed by smoke or flames. If not properly restored, items that seem to be unharmed during the cleanup process may still suffer damage days, weeks, or even months after the fire. Fire leaves behind smoke damage, ash, and soot, all of which will cause long-term harm on their own.

    The type of soot left behind depends on the materials that caught fire, the duration of the fire, and the amount of smoke generated from the event.  In all cases, these burned materials leave behind varying degrees of soot that can range from a danger to your respiratory system to something more serious. An un-remediated large deposit of soot can re-ignite days later and cause devastating damage again in the home.

    The types of soot that are commonly found after a house fire are:

     

    Wet soot.  Sometimes referred to as wet smoke residue, wet soot comes from fires that smolder unattended for hours at a low and slow temperature. Wet soot is very difficult to remove and causes the strongest of odors since the slow nature of the burn releases organic and inorganic compounds from the item that is affected.

    Oily soot.  Oily soot is caused by fires that are started by grease, fuel, or burning plastic. It is very difficult to remove and smears easily. The chemical components here are what make this type of soot especially insidious and difficult to remove.  Fire damage restoration of this type of soot should not be attempted by yourself as not only can it damage your home and its contents beyond repair, but it can also cause serious health risks.

    Dry Soot.  Powdery, dry soot is present after a fire that burned very fast and had a high flame presence. While it’s the easiest to remove, it also can cause respiratory distress as well as damage to your eyes and nose. Soot particles, technically called “polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons,” are microscopic and not visible to the human eye. They are so small that they float in the air you’re breathing, especially in a home or building where there has been a significant fire or smoke event.

    If you’ve experienced a house fire in Denver, CO, you’ll need help when the fire is over from trained fire damage restoration technicians. Our staff can be on site anytime day or night, armed with the right tools to capture and remove soot and other dangerous fire compounds. Contact ServiceMaster DSI for all your home fire restoration services at (301) 288-2900.

    Stay Safe, Stay Aware, and Recover After Severe Weather With Disaster Restoration in Boulder, CO

    Severe weather such as thunderstorms and hail are common during the spring and fall in Boulder, Colorado. Hail forms within storms that blow in and freezes in the upper level of the storm front. These “stones” can vary from pea- to softball-sized and are, amazingly, kept aloft by strong updraft winds around the mountain areas. They can travel long distances before they drop over unsuspecting homes. If the National Weather Service issues a severe storm warning, you should immediately move to shelter. Severe weather can cause significant damage to your home or business. If your property experiences damage, you may be in need of the disaster restoration services provided by ServiceMaster DSI.

    If you hear thunder or see lightening and you’re outdoors, stop what you’re doing and get to shelter. It doesn’t have to be raining for you to be struck by lightning. Most people struck by lightning had a safe shelter nearby but didn’t think the weather was severe or sought shelter under a tree. If it all possible, shelter should be taken indoors in a basement or lower level as strong winds can turn items into swiftly moving objects that can cause harm. The only safe place to be when lightning is occurring is inside either a building or an enclosed automobile.

    If you love to hike in our beautiful state, it’s important to note that in Colorado, thunderstorms typically develop in the mountains in the afternoon. Plan hikes for the morning, and if thunderstorms are in the forecast, consider planning an alternate indoor activity until the all-clear is given.

    Hail can do tremendous damage to roofs and the subsequent storms that accompany them can damage foundations with floodwaters. It only takes a few inches of standing water to cause significant water damage to a home and one lightning strike can cause house fires and smoke damage. If your home in Boulder, CO, has sustained damage and needs debris cleanup, water damage restoration, or board up services, ServiceMaster DSI can be on site quickly to help restore order. Contact us at (301) 288-2900 when you need help and our disaster restoration technicians can be dispatched anytime, day or night.

    Professional and Compassionate Help With Hoarding Cleanup in Centennial, CO

    Do you have a friend or family member in Centennial, CO, who seems to continuously collect objects with no inherent value and refuses to part with any of them? They may be suffering from a hoarding disorder. Hoarding is a form of obsessive compulsive disorder that many people in the U.S. live with. Because it generally happens gradually, many people are surprised when it goes from bad to worse for a friend or family member. Mostly prevalent in older adults, hoarding is defined as when an individual collects items for the sake of collecting, not because they need them. Hoarding can grow into a more serious and even life threatening condition if those seemingly innocuous papers and rubber bands compromise the health of the inhabitants and the structural integrity of the home.

    When the trash overtakes the home, it can be dangerous in many ways, causing potential trips and falls and a nightmare scenario in the event of a fire.  When animals are involved, the situation can evolve into a biohazard. Each member of our staff at ServiceMaster DSI is trained and certified to handle hoarder cleanup and we work with professionalism and compassion because we understand the sensitivity of the situation and how embarrassed the affected people may be. We begin the hoarding cleanup process by removing the hoarded items while saving valuables and important keepsakes that are noted. After that we’ll clean, sanitize, and deodorize the entire home. If biohazards are present (such as mold, bodily fluids, insects, or dead animals), we have the proper training and equipment to clean them up and dispose of them properly in accordance to the EPA and OSHA.
    Our hoarding cleanup service includes the following processes:

    • Decontamination of the home: Every affected area of the home will be decontaminated to create a safer living condition. We can also provide reconstruction services if necessary.
    • Deodorization of the affected areas: All residual odors will be removed with special deodorizers not found over the counter.
    • Disposal and pack out: We can safely transport and dispose of all trash and biohazardous materials, or donate items to local area shelters and other organizations.

    Hoarding should not be taken lightly, and if you know of a friend or family member in Centennial, CO, who could benefit from having help cleaning their homes, contact us. Our technicians are fully trained and certified to remove large or small hoards from homes in Centennial, CO, and the surrounding areas. We can be reached anytime, twenty-four hours a day at (301) 288-2900 for more information about our hoarding cleanup services.

     

    How to Identify if a Friend or Family Member is a Hoarder in Westminster, CO

    For the past few years, the psychological disorder of hoarding has come to the forefront and out of the shadows. Television shows about people and their hoarding have become a fascination to the American public. Some viewers may recognize a loved one’s traits and habits, or possibly their own. How can you be sure if you, your friend, or family member has the disorder that might require hoarder cleanup services?

    Are counter tops and flat surfaces visible? Hoarders tend to use every single available flat surface to place items they believe they cannot do without. If a kitchen can’t be cooked in because of the debris in it, that is an issue and definitely a hoarding trait.


    Are there excessive possessions they seem to be collecting? People who collect things tend to be organized. Think of your grandmother’s spoon collection or Hummel figurines in a curio cabinet, proudly displayed. Hoarding, on the other hand, often has no pattern, and items will be stashed all over the home.


    Do they avoid inviting you to their home because theyre worried about you cleaning up? The idea of you cleaning up the home may cause serious anxiety for the hoarder. While they have no logical explanation why items cannot be thrown away other than they might need them later, they worry that others will clean up without their consent.

    Instead of cleaning up, do they move items from place to place? For most people, material items tend to come and go. Most people, when they realize something is outdated or not useful, scrap or donate it, but hoarders have a hard time doing this.

    Has the hoarding progressed from physical items to animals? If the home contains more animals than the owner can responsibly care for and/or is filled with feces or urine, a serious stage 4 hoarding situation is indicated. Mental health professionals should be called, along with professional hoarding clean up services.

    Dealing with this highly sensitive issue is stressful for everyone involved. At ServiceMaster DSI in Westminster, CO, we understand the hoarding mentality. Our trained technicians can remediate the home to make it safe and inhabitable with our hoarding clean up services. Please do not hesitate to call us anytime, day or night, for help at (303) 288-2900.

    Why Mold Has Become a Serious Issue in Many Aurora, CO, Homes and Businesses

    You probably don’t think too much about mold until you see a news story or are directly affected by it. The school that was condemned, the reason your neighbor wasn’t able to sell his home, and the mysterious sickness that your kid just can’t seem to shake could all have been caused by a seemingly innocent fungus.

    Mold is a serious health hazard that should be taken seriously. It can grow almost anywhere that has seen moisture in your Aurora, CO, home or business. Drywall, ceiling tiles, roofing, ductwork, carpets, and under flooring or sinks; when the conditions are right, mold takes hold and grows very quickly. Mold is tough to remove, and it is invasive. Don’t waste time or money on home remedies; they don’t work well and the mold will come back, creating an even bigger liability for you.

    Why has mold awareness become so pervasive? Why has mold been viewed as a certified public health issue over the past twenty years? There are several reasons:

    • Modern homes and new construction structures were built to be energy efficient, so less air gets into the building.
    • Asthma and allergic reactions are much better understood these days, and some of these are worsened by mold.
    • New construction utilizes many more organic materials than in previous years and organic material is more likely to house and harbor mold.

    The experts at ServiceMaster DSI are mold removal specialists. If you have mold in your Aurora, CO, home or business, the EPA suggests that you hire a professional mold remediation contractor. Without proper mold removal, the mold can go dormant until the next bit of moisture revives it. If you believe you have mold in your home or business, swift action is required. Call us at (303) 288-2900. We are available 24/7/365 to assess the situation and help prevent the further spread of mold.

    Facts About Home Sprinkler Systems – Is It Worth the Cost in Your Lakewood Home?

    Many people have misconceptions about home fire sprinkler systems. Home sprinkler systems are often thought of as being too expensive, too prone to cause water damage, too ugly, or too likely to go off accidentally. But the true facts of these systems might not be what you expect and they could save your home from extensive fire damage.

    Costs
    If you’re considering building a new home in Lakewood, CO, you can expect to pay anywhere from $0.50 to $2.50 per square foot to have a home fire sprinkler system installed. If you’re thinking about adding one to your current home, that number will roughly double depending on how much drywall will need to be replaced. But here’s the good news: your insurance rates will drop. Most insurers offer a savings of anywhere from 5-15%, which could pay off the cost of the sprinkler system over time. According to the NFPA, homes with sprinkler systems averaged about $2,100 in fire damage restoration cost, while homes without one suffered from about $45,000 worth of damage.

    Water Damage
    Probably the biggest misconception is that sprinkler systems will cause further damage, but the fact is that sprinklers will only go off in rooms where they are triggered. If there is a fire in a second floor bedroom, the sprinkler in the kitchen will not go off. Much of the major damage to homes during a fire is water damage caused by firefighting efforts, and sprinklers use much less water than the tons of gallons produced by hoses.

    Ugly Sprinkler Heads
    Home sprinkler systems do not resemble the ones you see commercially in stores or offices. They can be nearly invisible in the home, and some can recede into the ceiling when not in use. They also spray differently than commercial sprinklers, spraying outward so less are needed in the average home.

    Cleaning up after a fire is a job left to those who specialize in this type of work, and ServiceMaster DSI has trained technicians ready to help anytime, day or night, with fire damage restoration services. General cleaning is not enough and it may make the situation worse. Call us if you need help with any fire damage in Lakewood, CO, or the surrounding areas. Contact us at (303) 288-2900.

    Water Damage Prevention Methods for Fall

    Fall is in the air! The days are getting shorter and now’s the time when people in Boulder, CO, start thinking about preparing their homes and yards for winter. Most people think that water damage in the home comes in the form of burst pipes or sewer backups, but that’s not always the case. Small insidious leaks can cause widespread damage and can be hard to spot. Here are a few fall clean up chores that can help prevent your home from having water damage. Look to ServiceMaster DSI for water damage restoration services.
     
    Clean and check gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters can overfill with rainwater, forcing the water down the side of the house and into the foundation. Over time this can break down the walls, causing small cracks that water can get through, flooding your basement. Downspouts should be placed at least five feet away from the foundation of the building and should direct the water well away from the house.

    Remove overgrown shrubbery. Older plantings that are not as healthy as they once were force their roots down into the soil seeking moisture. In some cases, this could mean they break through your sewer pipe below your home. This can cause sewage backups into your home, requiring sewer damage cleanup, and it’s never a good time for that.

    Check your roof. Snow and ice that accumulates on your roof can cause damage and low spots on your roof that should be repaired before the winter sets in. If left unattended, they can form ice dams, which can cause a lot of damage when they melt in the spring. It’s best to have a professional inspect your roof to maintain its integrity and make any needed repairs.

    ServiceMaster DSI has helped hundreds of people in the greater Boulder, CO, area to restore their homes after water damage. Our trained technicians can be on site quickly, 24/7/365, if your home is invaded by unwanted water damage. Contact us day or night at (720) 452-2842.