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    Blood-Borne Pathogens at Crime Scenes and the Importance of Trauma Cleanup in Westminster, CO

    Homicides, suicides, and similar crime scenes are tragedies to begin with, but without proper mitigation, these sites could pose even further physical dangers to those exposed. Blood is one of the most prevalent contaminants found at murder scenes and the sites of violent crimes. While blood is a necessity of life, it can also carry deadly pathogens. ServiceMaster DSI provides professional trauma cleanup in Westminster, CO for crime scenes with biohazards like blood.

    The most common bloodborne pathogens that pose danger to human health are well-known to many, and most can say their lives have been affected in some way by these pathogens. The bloodborne diseases caused by these common pathogens include:

    Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV): HIV is well known for being a warning signal leading to AIDS, one of the deadliest, most vicious diseases prevalent in the U.S. today. Even without developing into AIDS, HIV can cause serious damage to the body. HIV weakens the immune system and those infected can easily fall victim to other bacteria and viruses. HIV has no known vaccine and the virus will stay in a body until death.

    Hepatitis B (HBV): This strand of Hepatitis is a milder form of the virus, but it can still wreak devastating havoc on the human body in some cases. HBV attacks the liver over time and causes liver cancer, cirrhosis, and liver failure. There is a vaccine available, but crime scenes involving exposure to foreign blood should still be treated with caution.

    Hepatitis C (HCV): A common bloodborne disease, HCV is highly chronic in the U.S. and is easily transmitted through open wounds, sexual contact, used needles, or other bodily fluid contact. HCV also targets the liver, but it’s far deadlier than its HBV counterpart.

    Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF): The bloodborne pathogens causing VHFs are lesser-known to most in the U.S., but with no available vaccine, these illnesses can be just as deadly as HIV, and often faster-acting. VHFs affect multiple organs and bodily systems, causing hemorrhaging and internal bleeding. Ebola and Marburg are two of the deadliest current strains of VHFs.

    These bloodborne pathogens have caused enough havoc and pain in the world. Containing them at a crime scene is one way to prevent bloodborne diseases from necessarily spreading. ServiceMaster DSI provides comprehensive crime scene and trauma cleanup in Westminster, CO to contain the potential damage these pathogens could have. Call us at 800.954.9444 today.

    Denver Cyclones and Disaster Restoration in Denver, CO

    Tornadoes have long been a worry for residents of Denver, and with many examples of damaging vortex storms, they have good reason. Because the Denver-Aurora Metro area is located between the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the western edge of the High Plains, winds from both directions clash over the city and often form dangerous cyclonic vortexes. If you experience building damage from storms this spring and summer, you can rely on ServiceMaster DSI for comprehensive disaster restoration in Denver, CO.

    Most vortexes form in the Denver area when a moist air mass flows northwest from the Plains and meets the Palmer Divide ridge, east of the Colorado Front Range. The ridge pushes the air mass up to meet the winds flowing from the Rockies. The two air masses combine to form conditions that mark the Denver Convergence Vorticity Zone (DCVZ). The DCVZ spreads approximately 50-100 km north to south and has sparked several devastating tornadoes in the Metro Denver area.

    In June of 1981, one of the most destructive tornadic storms in Denver’s history made its way over the city. Multiple tornadoes formed, including a funnel that spread 2 miles across Thornton with wind speeds up to 157 mph. The funnel completely destroyed 87 homes and damaged 600 homes in all. Other buildings affected included shopping centers, restaurants, and commercial buildings.

    In downtown Denver alone, winds outside of the funnels left more than $20,000 in damages. The multiple funnels produced from the tornadic storm also dropped severe hail over the city, leaving even more damage on the unprotected buildings. Additionally, the storm complex produced heavy rains that flooded large areas of the city.

    The damage left after the storm passed was ruinous, and warranted immediate action for water damage, hail and debris damage, wind damage, and some fire damage from electrical failures.

    Though the tornadoes of ’81 were examples of the extreme, milder tornadic storms can easily build when DCVZ conditions rise. From severe thunderstorms to powerful funnels, Denver can experience a range of DCVZ dangers. Don’t hesitate to call the ServiceMaster DSI hotline at 1.800.954.9444 for emergency disaster restoration in Denver, CO after a storm hits.

    Routine and Emergency Water Extraction Aurora, CO

    Water is a vital part of life, but in the wrong place and time, it can wreak havoc on a building. Even the smallest amount of moisture where it doesn’t belong can have an effect on your home or building. Whether it’s a routine extraction or an emergency large scale project, you can rely on ServiceMaster DSI for comprehensive water extraction in Aurora, CO.

    Our IICRC-certified technicians are equipped with state of the art cleaning and extraction technology and expert training to handle projects for both routine extractions and emergency situations.

    Routine Extraction

    During routine and specialty carpet and upholstery cleanings, our cleaning teams often use fluids and water that would damage these materials if allowed to remain. To protect your carpets and upholstery, comprehensive water extraction is vital. Without extraction, the fibers in damp fabric can quickly collect mildew and dangerous types of mold. Bad odors are just the tip of the iceberg with water damaged fabrics; long term effects include health risks from mold spores and spreading infestations.

    Our teams understand the crucial step of water extraction with all our routine cleanings.

    Emergency Extraction

    Large scale water damage must also be treated with our extraction services during the restoration process. Flooding, burst pipes, and heavy rains are common causes of water damage in homes and businesses in the Denver-Aurora Metro area, but there are many other sources of excess water that could damage your building. For example, the water that remains after a building fire is extinguished is an unavoidable, yet devastating source of water damage.

    Our restoration teams are experts in even the most extreme water damage situations. With our 24/7/365 emergency hotline, we can come to your aid in any disaster and provide immediate attention to your recovery.

    For more information about our cleaning and water extraction services in Aurora, CO, contact ServiceMaster DSI at 303.288.2900 today.

    Emergency Resources and Natural Disaster Restoration in Boulder, CO

    Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and lying in the path of Boulder Creek, the city of Boulder is potentially at risk for many natural disasters. From wildfires to flash flooding, these disasters often leave severe building damage and dangerous situations in their wake. If you’re struggling with home or business damage, you can count on ServiceMaster DSI for disaster restoration in Boulder, CO.

    As part ServiceMaster Restore and ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM) network, two of the leading restoration networks in the country, we are able to offer wide variety of emergency services. We offer Boulder residents and businesses a wide range of restoration services, from fire damage to biohazard cleanup.

    There are many emergency local resources available to Boulder residents in the case of any natural disaster. These resources can help home and business owners stay alert to inclement disasters and prepare accordingly.

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    While these resources give helpful information to Boulder residents and businesses, at times there’s no way to stop a natural disaster from damaging a building. If your home or business is damaged during any natural disaster, contact ServiceMaster DSI for disaster restoration in Boulder, CO. Call 303.578.4216 for a service request, or call our 24/7/365 hotline at 1.800.954.9444 for emergency services.

    Incomplete Combustion and Smoke Cleanup in Westminster, CO

    Building fires are a form of combustion: a chemical reaction that thrives on the atmospheric oxygen in the air and whatever fuel is available. A clean combustion produces water vapor and carbon dioxide with little-to-no residue, but in most cases, fires leave behind residue and smoke particles. These corrosives can spread throughout a home or business after a fire, and without proper mitigation, they can damage and poison buildings. For remediation of all effects of fire-residue damage, ServiceMaster DSI offer comprehensive smoke cleanup in Westminster, CO.

    Building fires are so messy largely due to the conditions in which they burn. Synthetic materials like plastics, surface finishes, paints, oils, cleaning products, and adhesives don’t burn well, and with a low supply of oxygen, incomplete combustion during a building fire is common.

    An incomplete combustion can occur with non-synthetic materials if there is insufficient oxygen supply. In the case of an incomplete combustion, a fire will leave behind carbon monoxide, carbon, and water vapor instead of the carbon dioxide and water vapor left with a complete combustion.

    Let’s look at the difference between a complete and an incomplete combustion using only organic materials as fuel:

     Complete:

    (organic fuel) + (sufficient oxygen) = (carbon dioxide) and (water vapor)

    Incomplete:

    (organic fuel) + (insufficient oxygen) = (carbon monoxide), (water vapor), and (carbon residue)

    A complete combustion will only leave behind the gasses and vapor produced in the combustion process, while an incomplete combustion will leave behind higher-toxicity gasses and the carbon residue that we recognize as charcoal, ash, soot, and smoke.

    However, when a fire uses synthetic materials as fuel, even complete combustions can leave behind dangerous gasses, and the byproducts of an incomplete combustion using synthetic materials can be even more toxic. This is because of the different chemicals used in most synthetic materials, which leave behind highly acidic particles when burned.

    Without comprehensive fire damage restoration and professional soot and smoke cleanup, the residues left behind in any home or business affected by a building fire can have a severely negative long term impact, both structurally and environmentally. From corroding electrical systems, discoloring interior decorations, and etching windows to contaminating HVAC systems and compromising clean indoor air, fire residue can continue harming your home long after the initial post-fire cleanup.

    For expert restoration and smoke cleanup in Westminster, CO, contact ServiceMaster DSI at 303.578.4216 for 24/7/365 emergency services.

    Heavy Flood Damage and Solutions with ServiceMaster Recovery Management in Lakewood, CO

    Located on some of the largest flood plains in Colorado, Jefferson County is no stranger to substantial rain and the resulting floods. Despite experience with past floods, large scale water damage is often unavoidable. For disastrous situations like these, you can rely on ServiceMaster DSI’s expert emergency restoration teams and our ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM) in Lakewood, CO.

    Serious floods are often triggered by changes in weather patterns moving from the west coast over the Rocky Mountains. The moisture gathers in these systems and holds until the shock of cold air above the Rockies drops the heavy precipitation over large areas in Colorado and adjacent states. Because Jefferson is among those counties located at the base of the Rockies, it receives rain dropped on the mountains as well as directly over the county boundaries.

    Floods of 2013:

    One of the most devastating natural floods in recent history occurred in 2013. The floods began with rains from warm, humid air from the south colliding with a cold front hovering over Colorado. The heavy rains collected and led to flooding along  the Front Range and spreading north across over 14 counties, including Jefferson, Denver, and Boulder.

    The flooding affected central Colorado from September 9th, 2013 to early 2014. Boulder County was struck the hardest, sustaining almost a full year’s worth of rain in a matter of days. However, surrounding counties still experienced considerable damage. In Coal Creek Canyon, flooding led to multiple road closures, and Evergreen enforced a Level 1 evacuation after Bear Creek reached 9 ft.

    Flood Damage:

     Without comprehensive professional restoration, floods like that of 2013 can lead to severe large scale water damage in residential, commercial, and municipal buildings. Initial structural damage is just the tip of the iceberg where water damage is concerned. Long term damage can also pose severe problems, including mold infestations, swollen and rotting wood, corrosion, paint and plaster discoloration, permanently damaged upholstery, and much more.

    Our expert ServiceMaster Recovery Management in Lakewood, CO can help when it comes to large scale water damage from natural flooding or other sources. Contact us at ServiceMaster DSI for emergency restoration, or call 303.578.4216 for a service request today.

    Compulsive Hoarding and When Hoarder Cleanup Services in Centennial, CO Can Help

    Compulsive hoarding—also known as syllogomania or disposophobia—is a very real condition affecting many people across the world. While the roots of hoarding should be addressed by a psychiatrist or therapist, the effects on a home should also be

    dealt with by a specialist, both for health and safety reasons. At ServiceMaster DSI, we offer professional services for hoarder cleanup in Centennial, CO to restore homes after the symptoms of compulsive hoarding have affected the interior space.

    Understanding why hoarding can be so detrimental to a home requires a basic understanding of the psychology behind it. For example, compulsive hoarding is not the same thing as collecting. In fact, hoarding is a mental illness and it can affect a home in negative ways, compromising cleanliness, health, and even the structural integrity of a building.

    Compulsive hoarders feel strong anxiety when they throw away items that they believe they may need to use in the future. This seems logical, but it can become extreme, and most of the items hoarded are of little-to-no value. Newspapers, cleaning supplies, plastic bags, old clothing, books, food, and animals are common hoarded items.

    Why Hoarding?

    The psychological reasoning for compulsive hoarding can be linked to several other disorders, including clinical depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Prader-Willi syndrome, eating disorders, pica (eating non-food materials), psychosis, and dementia.

    Because hoarding is most often related to another disorder, the reason for the emotional and psychological distress behind hoarding should be sought out to fix the problem before it severely compromises the affected person’s quality of life, relationships, and mental stability.

    Damage From Hoarding:

    Over time, compulsive hoarding can have a negative effect on the home,on the person afflicted, and on others in that person’s life.

    Large quantities of seemingly innocuous materials can become breeding grounds for bacteria, mold, and gross filth. This means that compulsive hoarding can render a home uninhabitable.

     Animal hoarding can also accumulate toxic waste. At the very least, animal waste can damage surface finishes, upholstery, carpets, hardwood floors, and even electrical systems.

    Without professional cleanup and restoration assistance, compulsive hoarding can permanently damage a building.

    If you know someone who is dealing with hoarding damage in their home, call 303.578.4216 ServiceMaster DSI to learn more about hoarder cleanup in Centennial, CO.

    ServiceMaster DSI Provides Expert Fire Damage Restoration in Denver, CO

    When a fire hits a home or business it can take a big toll on individuals. The disruption to work and family life can be stressful. There are insurance companies to deal with and finding temporary shelter is a main priority. That’s why the team of trained professionals at ServiceMaster DSI provide the best in fire damage restoration for residents in Denver, CO and the surrounding area.

    Dealing with the after effects of a fire requires the removal of furniture, carpeting and floor coverings, and any materials damaged by fire, smoke, soot and water. Any property that can be salvaged will be. Carpet will be restored and cleaned then returned to the home.

    The first phase of the process of repairing fire damaged property will occur as soon as it is safe to do so. Inspectors will assess the damage to determine what can be salvaged and what must be replaced. Drying equipment and dehumidifiers will also be brought in. The next phase will be the cleaning and deodorizing of the carpets as well as reinstallation. New carpet padding will also be installed. Damaged upholstery must also be cleaned. The third phase consists of structural repairs to walls, floors and ceilings.

    After the blaze has been extinguished a lot of water remains in the structure which must be removed. The affected areas need to be thoroughly dried. Any moisture that is left in floors, ceilings and walls can contribute to a mold problem. Mold can grow and spread throughout the building causing respiratory issues for the occupants.

    In the event of a fire, ServiceMaster DSI is there for the people of Denver, CO. With a dedicated a team that is committed to providing the highest caliber of fire damage restoration, we can get any business back up and running at their previous levels of production. We will get you and your family safely back in your home where you belong.

    ServiceMaster DSI Provides Water Damage Restoration Solutions to Denver, CO

    If the weather so far this winter is any indication of how the rest of the season will progress, we’re in for several more months of unpredictable patterns brought on by El Niño. Unseasonably warm temperatures coupled with plenty of precipitation may very well result in the flooding of homes and business in the Denver, CO area. When a natural and unavoidable disaster such as this occurs, ServiceMaster DSI is here to provide water damage restoration services to those in need.

    El Niño is brought about when the temperature of the Pacific Ocean’s surface is raised to above normal levels. This occurs about every two to five years and directly affects the North American continent, with the Denver area expected to feel the effects warm moisture pushing across from the Pacific Ocean during the winter months. This has resulted in above average snowfall, but when temperatures reach above freezing, excess rainfall and rapid snowmelt could also result.

    Of course, it’s not possible to forecast exactly what will happen. However, in the event of natural flooding, or flooding caused by burst pipes in homes or business, a water damage restoration service gets the water removed from structures quickly. With 24/7 response times to these emergency situations, the team at ServiceMaster DSI ensures that the impact to businesses and family life is kept to a minimum.

    Restoration services include inspection of furniture and carpeting to determine if it can be salvaged. Cleaning and reinstallation of these items is performed and repairs to floors, baseboards, and walls are undertaken. Affected areas are thoroughly dried to prevent mold from forming.

    ServiceMaster DSI works quickly and professionally to limit the impact that severe weather has on our lives. We get families back safely into their homes and we get businesses back up and running with water damage restoration services throughout the area of Denver, CO. We are a dedicated team of experienced professionals who have earned the trust of the community by helping them in times of need.