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Thunderstorm Warning in Lakewood?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Huge Cumulonimbus thunderstorm clouds are shown. We mitigate and restore storm damage in Jefferson County.

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has been mitigating and restoring storm damage for Lakewood residents and businesses for over forty years. Thunderstorms occur throughout the year, and we offer these helpful tips for staying safe during a thunderstorm from the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

  • When thunder roars, go indoors. A sturdy building is the safest place to be during a thunderstorm.
  • Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of thunderstorms. Be ready to change plans, if necessary, to be near the shelter.
  • When you receive a thunderstorm warning or hear thunder, go inside immediately
  • If indoors, avoid running water or using landline phones. Electricity can travel through plumbing and phone lines.
  • Protect your property. Unplug appliances and other electric devices.
  • If boating or swimming, get to land and find a sturdy, grounded shelter or vehicle immediately
  • If necessary, take shelter in a car with a metal top and sides. Do not touch anything metal.
  • Avoid flooded roadways. Turn Around Don’t Drown®. Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl responds to commercial and residential storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Lakewood. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Hoarding Fire in Ken Caryl?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

A home is on fire. Jefferson County residents trust us to restore fire damage.

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl’s technicians are trained to handle hoarding situations with empathy and respect for all concerned. We understand that hoarding is a condition where a person has persistent and difficulty discarding personal possessions. These living conditions become unsafe because of the amount of clutter. This clutter can make rooms unusable and create health and safety concerns. Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association on how to reduce the risk of fire injury in a hoarding situation:

  • When talking about a person who hoards, focus on safety rather than the clutter. Be empathetic. Match the person’s language. If they call it hoarding, then you can call it hoarding.
  • Help the residents make a home safety and escape plan. Stress the importance of clear pathways and exits. Practice the plan often. Exit routes may change as new items are brought into the home.
  • Install working smoke alarms in the home. Test them at least once a month.
  • Reach out to community resources. Talk to members of the fire department to alert them of your concerns. They may be able to connect you with members of a hoarding task force for additional help.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl responds to commercial and residential fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Ken Caryl area. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Contents Restoration Services in Ken Caryl?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

An upholstered chair is being cleaned. Our team is trained and certified to restore water-damaged contents in Jefferson County.

Water is invasive, and when it is allowed to stand unmitigated, it can damage everything in its path. For over forty years, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl’s water restoration technicians have been helping people put their lives back together after a water damage emergency. We have the advanced training, specialized equipment, and experience to clean and restore your home or business from top to bottom.

When your belongings require restoration, we pretest every item to determine the best cleaning method to use. Our technicians are trained to use a variety of cleaning methods and may use one or a combination of cleaning techniques to restore water damaged belongings to pre-damage condition:

Contents Restoration Services

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe - effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl responds to commercial and residential water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Ken Caryl. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll clean and restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Restoration Professionals in Ken Caryl?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

A wall and ceiling are shown covered in smoke and soot residue. Our team is trained and certified to restore fire damage in Jefferson County.

Our job begins after the West Metro Fire Rescue firefighters put out the fire and leave the scene. This is when SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl’s technicians begin the cleanup and restoration process. Even rooms not burned in the fire will have smoke and soot damage, like the room in this picture.

Our fire restoration technicians have the experience, advanced training, and equipment to clean and restore fire-damaged walls and ceilings quickly and efficiently. We pretest every wall and item in the home before cleaning to determine the most effective cleaning modality to use in each case.

While you are waiting for help to arrive, there are some things you should NOT do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl responds to commercial and residential fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Ken Caryl. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Highly Trained Restoration Professionals in Lakewood?

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

A training room is shown with people interacting with the instructor. Our team is trained and certified to restore property damage in Jefferson County.

IICRC Trained and Certified Team in Lakewood?

It’s important to hire the best team when you need emergency restoration services. SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl technicians are trained and certified by the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. Our professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses. All employees are required to undergo initial and continuous training and education to stay current with industry best practices and technological advancements in the cleaning and restoration industry.

Training Courses

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Certifications

  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC-Registered Firm
  • LCT - Leather Cleaning Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl responds to commercial and residential property damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Lakewood. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial Property Damage in Ken Caryl?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Water-damaged ceiling tiles lay on the floor of a hallway in a commercial building. We are trusted leaders in commercial property damage restoration in Jefferson County.

Ken Caryl Businesses Have Been Relying on Us for Over Forty Years!

Although we are better known for emergency fire and water restoration, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has been providing a full range of commercial cleaning, restoration, and rebuilding services for Ken Caryl businesses for over forty years! Our commitment to putting the customer first and providing the highest level of service and support is a testament to our continued success.

Commercial Services

  • Certified SERVPRO Cleaned
  • Commercial Restoration
  • Commercial Water Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events
  • Disaster Recovery Team
  • Commercial Cleaning
  • Building Services

We work on all kinds of businesses and buildings, including:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial
  • Government/Military

Highly Trained Team

Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl responds to commercial and residential property damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Lakewood. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your property damage in Ken Caryl, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Wildfires and Smoke Safety Tips for Lakewood?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Wildfire smoke is seen creating a yellowish haze over the terrain.  We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Jefferson County.

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has been responding to fire damage emergencies for over forty years in Lakewood. The Jefferson County website has a section on Wildfires and Smoke. Here are some tips to avoid smoke exposure:

Pay Attention to Local Air Quality Reports

Listen and watch for news or health warnings about smoke. Citizens can call 303-758-4848 or check today's air quality online to learn whether a "red" advisory is in effect.

Stay Indoors to Avoid Smoke

Keep indoor air as clean as possible. Keep windows and doors closed unless it is extremely hot outside. Run an air conditioner if you have one, but keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside. If you do not have an air conditioner and it is too warm to stay inside with the windows closed, seek shelter elsewhere.

Do Not Add to Indoor Pollution

When smoke levels are high, do not use anything that burns, such as candles, fireplaces, or gas stoves. Do not vacuum because vacuuming stirs up particles already inside your home. Do not smoke because smoking puts even more pollution into the air.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl responds to residential and commercial fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Lakewood. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Shower Problem in Ken Caryl?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

A shower is shown with the water turned on. We have trusted water damage restoration specialists in Jefferson County.

Have you inspected your shower stall lately? According to a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IIBHS), homes more than twenty years old were 37 percent more likely to have water damage involving a shower, and more than half of these claims involved a damaged shower stall.

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has been responding to water damage emergencies for over forty years in the Ken Caryl area, and many of these emergencies may have been prevented by inspection and maintenance. Here are some tips from the IIBHS for maintaining your shower pan:

Inspect tile and grout every six months, paying attention to loose or cracked tiles or cracked and crumbling grout lines, and repair as needed.

Test the shower pan annually by:

  1. Blocking the drain
  2. Fill the shower stall with about one inch of water
  3. Use a pencil to mark the waterline
  4. Leave the water standing in the shower pan for eight hours
  5. If the water level decreases, contact a plumbing professional

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl responds to residential and commercial water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Ken Caryl. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Advanced Drying Techniques for Lakewood?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

A kitchen is shown being professionally dried after being damaged by water. We have trusted water damage restoration specialists in Jefferson County.

Faster to Any Size Disaster in Lakewood

My insurance adjuster told me to call SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl when my dishwasher flooded my kitchen and family room. I was amazed at SERVPRO’s fast response time. Their team arrived within four hours of my call and immediately began extracting the water from the kitchen using powerful industrial-grade extraction machines. After the water was extracted, they installed powerful air movers and blowers and documented the drying process to ensure the area was restored to normal humidity levels.

Water extraction equipment

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal

Drying equipment

  • High-speed air movers cause the moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

SERVPRO technicians follow the guidelines and cleaning and restoration best practices established by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and are required to undergo initial and continuous training to stay current with technological advancements in the restoration industry.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl responds to commercial and residential water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Lakewood. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial Water Damage Prevention Tips for Ken Caryl?

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

The carpeted hallway of a commercial office building is shown. We are trusted commercial water damage restoration specialists in Jefferson County.

New Lake in Ken Caryl?

You would never know by looking at this picture that this hallway had been underwater a day ago. A plumbing valve failed over the weekend in our Ken Caryl offices, and water ran its course through the building until the water main was shut off two days later. What a mess. There was water up to the baseboards in the hallway!

My insurance adjuster told me to call SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl. Their team arrived quickly and immediately began extracting the water from the building using powerful industrial-grade extraction machines. After the water was extracted, they set up air movers and blowers and documented the drying process to ensure the area was restored to normal moisture levels.

They replaced the failed valve and cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized the building. Now you would never know there had been a tiny lake in the building!

Call Us!

You never know when you may have a water damage emergency, but when you do, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Here to Help. ® We respond to commercial and residential water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Ken Caryl. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your commercial water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Damage Prevention Tips for Ken Caryl?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

A view of the underneath of a kitchen sink is shown. We have trusted water damage restoration specialists in Jefferson County.

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has years of experience restoring water damage in Ken Caryl and offer these tips from the Insurance Information Institute to maintain your indoor plumbing systems:

  • Inspect appliance hoses and faucets.  Check hoses leading to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines, and refrigerator ice makers. Immediately replace any hoses that have cracks or leaks and replace them all every five to seven years.
  • Inspect showers and tubs. Check the seal and caulking around showers and tubs to make sure they are watertight and reseal if necessary.
  • When away on vacation, shut off the water supply to the washing machine and never leave the house while the washer or dishwasher is running
  • Know the location of the main water shut-off valve in your home. Being able to locate and shut off the main water supply quickly will save stress, money, and time.
  • Install an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system. This will protect against the increased pressure caused by freezing pipes and can help prevent your pipes from bursting.
  • Check plumbing and heating pipes. Look closely for cracks and leaks and have any necessary repairs made immediately.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl responds to commercial and residential water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Ken Caryl. Call us today at 303-973-4664.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Damage Prevention Tips for Lakewood?

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

A basement is shown with water seeping into it. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl responds to water damage emergencies throughout the year in Lakewood and offer these tips from the Insurance Information Institute to prevent water seepage into a basement:  

  • Reseal your basement. Water in the basement is often caused by cracks in building foundations or floor slabs. If you notice water seepage after heavy rain when you've never had a problem, it may mean that your once-waterproof cement floors and basement walls have deteriorated. Painting vulnerable areas with water sealant can prevent seepage.
  • Make sure water drains away from the building. Seepage is exacerbated by soil that has settled in a way to make water flow toward the building. After a storm, and especially if the ground is already saturated, rainwater that flows towards the building goes down the outside of the foundation wall potentially through any cracks.
  • Install a backwater valve. Though less common than other causes of basement water, sewer backups are messy. Learn more about your sewer responsibilities and install and maintain a backwater valve, which allows sewage to go out, but not come back in.

Call Us Today!

When you have a water damage emergency,  SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your water damage in Lakewood, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

High Customer Satisfaction in Ken Caryl?

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

A person is selecting the “happy face” emoji to rate his customer satisfaction. We respond to property damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has been serving the restoration needs of Ken Caryl residents and businesses for over twenty years. Here are some recent Google Reviews:

“I have had the chance to work with SERVPRO twice recently, and both times was impressed by their professionalism, speedy arrival at my home, and careful work. While I hope our basement never needs their attention again, I will definitely recommend this team moving forward.” Jennifer Zinn

“Can't say enough about this company! Mike Humin was the utmost professional when our basement flooded. He explained the process thoroughly, was very knowledgeable and reassuring. His coworkers John and Ross were very polite and thorough as well. You can believe them when they say, "Like it never even happened.” Teresa Salvia

“Chris, Matt, and Isaac are very prompt and professional. Great communication, answered all of my weird questions. Communicated with my insurance company and provided everything need. Would recommend these guys anytime.” Jenna T

“These guys were 100% on top of it. They dried out my condo after my dishwasher leaked. Very fast response time, and extremely thorough. Amazing professionalism, skill, and quality of work. I would absolutely recommend them all day every day.” Stephanie Fodrey

Call Us!

When you have a property damage emergency,  SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your damage in Ken Caryl, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooded Home in Lakewood?

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO technician is shown extracting storm water from a floor. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

Did you know that floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States? Flash floods can happen at any time and with very little warning. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floods result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water systems. SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has been mitigating storm damage for Lakewood residents for many years. Here is some information from FEMA to help you prepare for a flood:

Preparing for a Flood
Make a plan for your household, including your pets, so that you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what you will need to protect yourselves from flooding. Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response. Gather supplies, including non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, and water for several days, in case you must leave immediately or if services are cut off in your area.

In Case of Emergency
Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies. Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

Call Us Today!

When your Lakewood home experiences storm damage,  SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

House Fire in Ken Caryl?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

The interior of a fire-damaged home is shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

Fire Damage in Ken Caryl Home

For over twenty years SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has been mitigating and restoring fire damage for Ken Caryl residents and businesses. As you can see by this picture, fire damage is devastating. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration, and we will always treat you and your family with empathy and respect. Here are some emergency fire damage tips for things you should not do while waiting for help to arrive:

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet as the wiring may be damaged
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor

Call Us Today!

When your Ken Caryl home or commercial business is damaged by fire, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooded Basement in Lakewood?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

The framework of a basement being converted into living space is shown. We mitigate water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

Lake in Lakewood Basement?

I was in the middle of a basement conversion when a powerful storm came through, and my sump pump failed. Water covered the entire basement floor, and I knew I had to act fast before the water did any permanent damage to the wooden framework. I called SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl, and they arrived quickly and immediately began the mitigation process.

They used powerful, industrial-grade water extraction equipment to quickly remove the standing water from the floor. Then they installed air movers and air blowers to remove the excess moisture from the basement, and they documented the entire drying process to ensure the basement was restored to normal moisture levels. They cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized the basement, and by the time they completed the job, you would know my basement had flooded!

Water Damage Restoration Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business has a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is on-call 24-hours a day and is ready to respond. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll clean and restore your water damage in Lakewood, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Mold Problem in Ken Caryl?

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is shown growing on a wall. We mitigate and remediate mold damage 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

Mold in Ken Caryl?

Did you know that a strong, musty scent can be an indicator of hidden mold living behind drywall or underneath carpeting? SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has been mitigating and remediating mold infestations for years in the Ken Caryl area. Under the right, warm and moist conditions, mold can colonize in as little as forty-eight hours, and it can quickly spread to other areas. Mold can travel into a structure on clothing and pets, too! Mold spores are microscopic and are always present in the Earth’s atmosphere, so mold can never be completely eradicated, but it can be mitigated and remediated.

Here are some tips from our website on what to do until help arrives:

What to Do

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business has a mold problem, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is on-call 24-hours a day and is ready to respond. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll mitigate and remediate your mold damage in Ken Caryl, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Vandalism and Graffiti Damage in Lakewood?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

A broken window is shown. We respond to vandalism emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

This picture looks like some rare plant species, but it is actually what is left of a window after this business was vandalized. It is important to repair property damage quickly to keep your business looking its best and to protect the structure from the elements.

Lakewood business owners know they can rely on SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl to respond to property damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Lakewood area. We offer a full range of vandalism and graffiti cleanup and restoration services, including:

  • Spray paint removal from exterior and interior walls
  • Building reconstruction services
  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal
  • Glass, plastic, wood, metals, masonry, and asphalt cleaning

Additionally, we offer a full range of commercial deep cleaning services that exceed the scope of a routine janitorial service, including:

Call Us Today!

When your commercial business experiences vandalism or graffiti damage, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is on-call 24-hours a day and is ready to respond. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your vandalism damage in Lakewood, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Pet Emergency Plan in Ken Caryl?

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

A closeup of a small dog is shown.  We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

Disaster Planning for Pets

Ken Caryl residents know the importance of being prepared in the event of severe weather wildfire, or a flooding emergency. SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl knows how important pets are to their owners and offer this list of items from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to include a pet’s emergency kit:

  • Food, several days’ worth, stored in an airtight and waterproof container
  • Water, several days’ worth, and a water bowl
  • Medicine your pet may take on a regular basis, stored in a waterproof container
  • First aid kit
  • Collar with ID tag and a harness or leash, a backup leash, and a copy of your pet’s registration and any other relevant documents
  • A traveling bag, crate, or sturdy carrier for each pet
  • Grooming items
  • Sanitation needs like kitty litter, newspapers or paper towels, plastic trash bags, chlorine bleach
  • A picture of you and your pet together, in case you get separated and need help identifying your pet
  • Familiar items like favorite toys treats, or bedding to reduce stress

Call Us Today!

When your home experiences storm damage, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is on-call 24-hours a day and is ready to respond. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your storm damage in Ken Caryl, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Electronic Cleanup Services in Lakewood?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke damage on a computer circuit board is shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

Fire Damage Happens

When my Lakewood home was exposed to a fire next door, smoke and soot came into my house. I called SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl, and they sent a team out to clean my fire-damaged belongings. Here are the cleaning methods they used:

  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe - effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

Electronic Cleanup

They explained that my fire-damaged contained smoke residues that could contain acids that corrode metal surfaces, and the residues would have to be removed, or corrosion could cause electronic failure in the device. They had my electronics cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business has a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is on-call 24-hours a day and is ready to respond. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your commercial fire damage in Lakewood, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Snow, Rain, Hail, and Fire Danger: All in One Day

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Snow on a car window Snow building during a storm can be trouble. Call SERVPRO for any storm damage needs.

Snow, Rain, Hail, and Fire Danger: All in One Day

Snow, rain, hail, and fire danger all in one day.  That is Colorado weather for you in a nutshell.  In fact, it was the reality Colorado experienced just this week!  High country was hit with snow, lower elevations received rainfall, in the east they experienced hail, high winds, and thunderstorms causing threat to the area.  But, that is nothing new to Colorado residents.  Spring is volatile and has many mood swings.  That's why we here at SERVPRO of Golden, Wheat Ridge, Evergreen want you to always be prepared, which is why we have created this blog.  

We are highly trained storm damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition. Using advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready.

         We have resources to handle storm disasters. In addition to our own resources, we can access equipment and personnel from over 1,700 Franchises across the state and country. We can even call upon strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams for catastrophic storms and major events.  We truly are ready at any moment.  Day or night. 

         The remainder of this blog explains what water damage can do to your home.  We chose to highlight water because it is most often the culprit of storm damage.  We talk about basement flooding, water damage to your personal items, what to do before we arrive- including prevention tips, and how we at SERVPRO of Lakewood/Ken-Caryl can completely restore your home or business to pre-damage condition. 

What are the Dangers of Basement Floods?      

         There are many risks to having unwanted water in your home.  Even though it may seem harmless, often the water is clean and clear looking, it is likely to contain yuckies that are harmful to you and your family.  As water makes its way over the ground and into your basement, it pulls along with it anything within its path.  The dirties in the water pose the greatest menaces, but there are many that are involved with a flooded basement.  The following is a list of these possibilities.

  1. Pulled in yuckies
    1. Manganese and iron are two heavy metals that are found in high concentrations of ground water. Yards and gardens often contain fertilizers and pesticides that can soak into the water.  Chemical spills or leaking fuel tanks can also get into the traveling water. Animal feces and many other natural and human-induced chemicals can be found in groundwater.
  1. Mold
    1. Mold can start to grow and spread within 48-72 hours after water enters the home. Health effects are produced by molds.  Any source of the water must be fully addressed before the mold can be remediated because it is likely to come back if any moisture remains. 
  1. Water Adds Weight
    1. When water soaks furniture, blankets, fabrics, or other household items, it adds its weight to that item and they become heavy. Therefore, picking up or moving any item that is wet poses a risk to the person moving it. It may not look as heavy as it truly is, and the right force may not be applied resulting in bodily injury. 
  1. Electrical
    1. Water that has come into contact with electrical outlets, cords, or appliances may become charged. It is important that you do not touch or walk through this water in order to avoid electrocution.   The electricity needs to be turned off first.
  1. Slippery Surfaces
    1. Water can also cause surfaces to become slippery. It is important to take every precaution into consideration before entering a room that is potentially slippery in order to avoid bodily injuries. 

Prevention

         There are many ways in which you can protect your home from a potential flood.  The follow are the key ways to help mitigate your risk.

  • Be sure to have a functional sump pump in your home. A sump pump is a common household tool that is installed underneath the floors of basements or crawlspaces.  It collects water that tries to enter the home and redirects it back out.  Check your sump pump on a regular basis to make sure that it is working optimally, and always check to see if it is plugged in.  If you do not have a sump pump in your home, consider installing one. 
  • Know the flood level potential for your home. Every home is different depending on its particular structure and location. Your local insurance agent should have and provide this information for you. 
  • Look out for any foundational cracks and repair them. Most foundational cracks can be resolved by filling in with epoxy that you can pick up at your local hardware store such as Home Depot.  However, if it continues to leak after epoxy has been applied, it is likely a larger problem that would need professional assistance. 
  • Anchor and elevate equipment. In the event of a basement flood, supply lines can be torn free from things such as fuel tanks, generators, and air-conditioners.  Oil from these can leak into the home.  Even a tank that is buried can be pushed by flood waters and effect the safety of your home. 
  • Maintain your gutters and your downspouts by regularly cleaning them.Debris such as leaves and twigs can clog the gutters and downspouts creating blockages.  Your downspouts should be directing water at least 10 feet away from the home so pooling cannot occur near it. 
  • Landscaping your yard is also essential for flood prevention.Watch for areas that are directing water towards your home such as a small hill.  Once you have identified the areas of work, you can proceed to do things such as digging trenches, regarding the land, placing flood barriers in appropriate areas, and even installing a French drain can help.
  • Interior and exterior backflow valves for your sewer system is also a simple yet effective line of prevention. When there is flooding in your area, municipal city drainage systems and sewers are also at risk of overflow.  They can send contaminated water back into your lines and into your home. Installing valves can prevent this type of backflow when the public systems become overloaded.

What to do before help arrives

         Even if you follow all of the preventative advice to a T, you still may find yourself with a flooded basement. We cannot always prevent disaster from striking, so it is good to know what to do if you fall victim to creeping water.  You will always want to call in the professionals, as we have described in the dangers category of this blog.  Before they can arrive at your home, here is what you can do to help mitigate the damage.

         Mop and soak up as much water as you possibly can.

         Wipe off all of the wooden furniture so they cannot be further damaged.

         Upholstery, cushions, pillows, and blankets should be removed from the area.

         Put blocks between the legs of furniture and the floor.

         Removed colored rugs carefully.

         Gather loose items that may be in the way or cluttering the affected area.

Additionally, there are things you do not want to do before the help arrives.  Avoiding these key things with help to keep you safe and limit the damage to your home and its belongings.  Always leave the hard stuff or anything you are not comfortable with for the professionals. 

         Do not leave colored items out in the wet area.

         Do not use household items that use electricity such as TV’s.

         Do not remove anything that is too heavy for you.

         Do not go into a room with a wet and sagging ceiling.

What we do

         We follow 6 basic and standard steps when dealing with a water damage situation.  Following the 6 steps ensures a quick and uniform process, so the homeowner and the team at SERVPRO know what to expect each time.

  1. Emergency contact
  2. Inspection of the damage
  3. Water removal and extraction
  4. Drying and dehumidifying
  5. Cleaning and Sanitizing
  6. Restoration

Why SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl

         SERVPRO is an industry leader in flood restoration. We use advanced equipment and techniques to get the water removed quickly and efficiently.  The equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and deep clean and dry your home and its contents.  We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!

         We provide extensive training to our employees and are highly specialized in flood restoration putting great emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.

         We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the homeowner.

         Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at  https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com

Water-damaged Business in Lakewood?

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Water is shown covering a floor in a room. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

Is Your Lakewood Business Underwater?

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has been serving the business community of Jefferson County for forty years and we know how fast mitigation saves our customers time and money. We know that every minute your business is closed due to a water damage emergency represents lost revenue and reduced productivity, so we work to get your business back up and running quickly, efficiently, and with minimal disruption to your customers and employees.

We follow the one, four eight, hour rule which means:

  • We will respond to your call within the first hour of your call
  • We will arrive onsite within four hours or less
  • We will contact your insurance adjuster within eight hours

Water Restoration Certification

Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, the nonprofit certifying body for the restoration industry. Water restoration certifications include:

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business has a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is on-call 24-hours a day and is ready to respond. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your commercial water damage in Lakewood, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm Preparedness for Ken Caryl

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

A home with a clogged downspout is shown. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

Are you ready for the next storm in Ken Caryl?

At SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl we know that weather can be unpredictable in Colorado and we want Ken Caryl residents to be prepared for any type of weather. Now that winter is over, it’s a good time to make any repairs and be aware of water intrusion possibilities as the snow begins to melt.

Inspect for Water Intrusion Issues

Take a walk around your property and look for any damage to the home’s siding and seals and weather stripping around doors and windows. If you have a basement, be sure to inspect any window wells and look for water pooling next to the house. Make sure your sump pump is in good shape and replace batteries if needed. Look closely at the foundation and look for water coming into the house. Once you’ve looked around the home’s perimeter, inspect the roof and replace any broken or missing shingles and clean out the rain gutters and downspouts.

Call Us!

When your Ken Caryl home experiences storm damage of any kind, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is on-call 24-hours a day and is ready to respond. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Lakewood Kitchen Fire?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

A white kitchen is shown with butcher block counters. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

Home Cooking Safety Tips for Lakewood

No matter when you call us with a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl will respond quickly. We know that home fires can be a devastating experience for families, so when we arrive, we take great care to answer your questions and walk you through the process and the options for restoration. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) home cooking fires are the top cause of fires in the United States, so we offer these cooking safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop

Call Us Today!

When your Lakewood home or commercial business experiences fire damage of any kind, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is on-call 24-hours a day to respond. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Hidden Water Leaks in Ken Caryl?

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

A bathroom is shown with a claw foot tub. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

Detecting Water Leaks Can Save Money in Ken Caryl

At SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl we respond to water damage emergencies often throughout the year in Ken Caryl and many of these emergencies started as small, hidden leaks. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers some great tips for detecting water leaks. Here are some EPA tips for detecting water leaks in the bathroom:

  • Toilets: Listen for running water and conduct the food coloring test described on the first page.
  • Faucets: Listen for drips and turn on the tap to check for water going the wrong direction.
  • Showerheads: Turn on and look for drips or stray sprays that can be stopped with tape.
  • In the tub: Turn on the tub, then divert the water to the shower and see if there’s still a lot of water coming from the tub spout; that could mean the tub spout diverter needs replacing.
  • Under the sink: Check for pooling water under pipes and rust around joints and edges.

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business experiences water damage, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is on-call 24-hours a day to respond. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your water damage in Ken Caryl, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Make sure your Emergency Kit is Stocked and Ready to Go in (City or County).

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is no stranger to storms, water damage, etc. Our trained professionals know natural disasters cannot be avoided and when they do strike, we want to help others be prepared, which is why we want to remind everyone in Lakewood to have their emergency kits stocked and ready to go. 

Here are some items that could be included in an emergency kit:

  • Whistle
  • Alcohol pads
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Battery-powered radio and batteries 
  • BandAids
  • Flashlight

If you have a pet, you may want to consider including things your pet would need such as food, a spare leash or collar, a blanket and even a toy. Lakewood more than likely has tech-savvy people who could probably call for help if needed, but it is important to be prepared for when technology fails, especially when water is involved. If you experience a flood in any way in a residential area/dorm or commercial building, make sure to stay out of the water because electricity from technology devices can travel through water.  Before disaster happens, SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl encourages you to be prepared with your emergency kit. 

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is independently owned and operated.

OSHA Guidelines for Fire Extinguisher Usage in Lakewood

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl knows that owning a fire extinguisher is not enough. Knowing the proper use of fire extinguishers can prevent fire from destroying lives in Lakewood.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers train their employees how and when to use fire extinguishers. OSHA does not allow untrained employees to use a fire extinguisher.  They must provide the training shortly after the employee is hired, and then every year thereafter. OSHA also requires monthly inspections for fire extinguishers.

Fire extinguishers have to be placed where they cannot be moved or damaged. The carrying handle should be 3-1/2 to 5 feet above the floor.

Employees must know when to use fire extinguishers.

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl suggests asking yourself these questions regarding fire extinguishers in your Lakewood  business:  

  • Have I pulled the fire alarm?
  • Can everyone get out?
  • Is the fire extinguisher easy to reach?
  • Do I know how to use it? 
  • Is the fire contained in a small area?
  • Is the smoke non-toxic?
  • Do I have an escape route?

If you can answer “yes” to all of the questions, it is reasonable to use the fire extinguisher.



SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl reminds you that fire is fast. If you cannot contain it within 30 seconds, get everyone out of the area. Call 9-1-1 once you are outside.

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is independently owned and operated.

Disaster Recovery Team in Lakewood?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

A menacing storm is brewing over the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Ken Caryl area.

Storms Happen in Lakewood

Anyone that has lived in Colorado for long knows that the weather can be unpredictable, and storms are known to roll in when least expected. SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has been serving the Ken Caryl and surrounding communities for over forty years, and we have responded to many storm damage emergencies.

The National Weather Service has a website where you can find information by zip code in Jefferson County for weather events like weather watches, warnings, and advisories, flash flood warnings, winter weather updates, high wind potential, fire weather, hourly forecasts, and current radar and warnings for lightning, thunderstorms, and tornadoes.

Disaster Recovery Team

As part of a national network of over 1700 franchises, when there is a catastrophic storm or major weather event, we can mobilize quickly to respond to any size disaster.

  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business experiences storm damage, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is on-call 24-hours a day to respond to your emergency, no matter how big the job is. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage in Lakewood, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial Flood Insurance in SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides flood insurance. The NFIP doesn’t sell insurance. Buy flood insurance from an insurance agent. 

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is interested in helping the businesses in our community become more educated on flood insurance. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses do not reopen after experiencing a devastating flood. 

Things to know in Lakewood. Check to see if you might be required to have flood insurance.

  • All agencies in Lakewood charge the same for flood insurance
  • Standard commercial insurance doesn’t pay for flood damage
  • The NFIP sets the rates
  • Rates depend on:
    • whether you live in a flood plain
    • flood risk in your area
    • building’s age
    • building’s construction
  • Building property insurance covers the building
  • Personal property insurance covers the building’s contents
  • NFIP suggests you need both types
  • Policies go into effect 30 days after purchase
  • The NFIP help center number is 1-800-427-4661

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl recommends the following: 

  • Check whether or not your area participates in the NFIP
  • Check whether or not your area is part of the Community Rating System. The NFIP might have a discount
  • Talk to your insurance agent when you need to make changes

Make sure your business is protected from the devastation that comes with unwanted flooding in your office.

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

When the Waters Recede in Lakewood

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Even though the phrase “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” exists, it is not always true. Sometimes what you don’t know can and will hurt you in North Pensacola.  After storms damage our property, many times we cannot see the whole picture to know what all is really damaged? From hidden foundation compromises to the beginning stages of mold growth under a tub, costs can begin to mount quickly and before you know it, you are in the middle of a spending spree that was never meant to be. 

After the waters recede and the damage becomes visible, we are often left overwhelmed with the stresses associated with insurance claims and subcontractor costs and errors.  It doesn’t take a psychic to see you need relief. If or when this happens to you, call SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl and in a short amount of time, a friendly crew of professional cleanup and restoration personnel will quickly assess the damage and start the process of making your disaster look “Like it never even happened.” 

Pet Safety in Case of a Fire in Ken Caryl

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage can harm animals just as it can harm people in City or County. At SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Cary, we love our pets as much as you love yours. We could not stand to see them injured or killed in a house fire. 

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Cary shares these ideas with you:

  • When you design your fire escape plan, practice with your pets
  • If there are fires outside, bring pets inside. If you have to evacuate, you will be ready to bring the pets with you
  • Know where your pets hide. You may not have time to hunt for them in an emergency
  • Animal-rescue groups and other organizations have pet stickers that you can put on your windows and doors. The stickers tell firefighters how many pets you have, and what kinds
  • Prepare evacuation kits for the pets. These kits can be large plastic bins. Put in copies of their vet records, extra leashes and collars, toys, and food

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Cary reminds you to call the fire department once you are safely outside the City or County home.

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Cary is independently owned and operated. 

Biohazard Disaster in South Alameda?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Large white industrial-sized fertilizer bags sit on a trailer inside a warehouse. We respond to biohazard emergencies 24-hours a day in the Ken Caryl area.

Biohazards and Occupational Safety in South Alameda

When this load of fertilizer left the warehouse early in the morning, it never made it off the property. The rear axle of the truck snapped, and the whole load of fertilizer scattered and burst onto the driveway of the plant by the main road. Fortunately, we called SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl, and they came out and immediately began the cleanup process, and before noon they had the area completely cleaned, sanitized, and we were back to business as usual.

Every minute counts when mitigating chemical spills and other biohazards as exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can be dangerous for your health and the environment. Our technicians have the advanced training, protective gear, and equipment necessary to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them following Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines and health regulations.

Call Us Today!

When dangerous chemicals, like fertilizer or any form of biohazard material, compromises your home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is ready to respond. We are on-call 24-hours a day to clean and restore biohazard emergencies, no matter how big the job is. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll clean and restore your biohazard spill in South Alameda, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Tips to Stay Safe During a Storm in Lakewood

3/14/2021 (Permalink)

Floods in Lakewood:

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S.  Flooding can happen near major bodies of water, but also inland. 

Floods can develop slowly or quickly. Floods that come with no warning are known as flash floods.

Floods:

  • Come from rain, snow, hurricanes, tornadoes, and storm surges
  • Overflows of dams or other water systems
  • Can cause power or water outages
  • Damage buildings
  • Create landslides
  • Make roads impassable
  • Sweep away people, animals, or cars

If you are in a flood in Lakewood:

  • If you have a warning, get to a safe place
  • Don’t drive around barricades 
  • Don’t walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters. SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl likes the warning, “Turn around! Don’t Drown!”
  • 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down. 12 inches of moving water can sweep a car away
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. The water can wash bridges away
  • If your car is trapped in quickly-moving water, stay inside. If the water rises inside the vehicle, climb onto the roof
  • If you are trapped in a building, go to the highest level. Do NOT climb into a closed attic. Floodwater can trap you. Go to the roof only if there is no other escape

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Smoke Detectors can Save Lives in Lakewood

3/14/2021 (Permalink)

Fire spreads fast once it is started so SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl wants to remind you that smoke detectors (smoke alarms) can help save lives in your Lakewood home. An alarm alerts you that danger is present giving you time to get out.

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl wants you to remember:

  • Closed doors can slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.  That is good for reducing smoke damage and fire damage. That is also why you should have a smoke alarm in every sleeping room in the home
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home
  • Large homes might need extra smoke alarms
  • Some companies make alarms that are interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound
  • Do not turn off smoke detectors when cooking
  • Test the smoke alarms at least once a month.  There is a test button on the alarm
  • When the alarm sounds, get everyone outside and stay outside
  • Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years

If your Lakewood home is not properly protected by a smoke detector, please install one. If you experience a fire, immediately vacate the home and then contact your fire department once you are outside the home.

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is independently owned and operated. 

Staying Healthy around Standing Water in Lakewood

3/13/2021 (Permalink)

Staying Healthy Around Standing Water in Lakewood:

Standing water of any kind in Lakewood can be a powerful source of disease. Floods can be worse due to the amount of water involved. Even small puddles can pose a risk. 

Different kinds of debris can be found in floodwaters such as dead animals, rotted plants, and sewage, to name a few. If you have water damage inside your home, watch for debris in the home as well to include rotted food and electrical problems. 

Viruses and bacteria can cause illnesses. To reduce your chances of catching something, SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl suggests:

  • Washing dirty clothes and towels in hot water. Use bleach if possible
  • Remember that you can shake hands with an infected person and get infected. 
  • Do not allow children to play in the flood water
  • Wash children’s hands before meals
  • Disinfect toys before letting children play with them
  • Use bleach or other disinfectants on hard surfaces
  • Keep your hands washed

Cuts and rashes can become infected. Protect yourself and others in Lakewood:

  • Avoid floodwaters if you have an open rash or a cut
  • Clean cuts or rashes. Cover them with a waterproof bandage
  • Clean cuts with soap and clean water
  • If a cut becomes red, swollen, or is oozing, get medical attention

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Burst Pipe Problem in Deer Creek?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

A copper pipe has burst, and water is streaming out of the hole in the pipe. We respond to water emergencies 24-hours a day in the Lakewood area.

Severe Cold Snap Damages Pipes Around Deer Creek

The mid-February cold snap brought single-digit temperatures and frigid weather to Denver and Deer Creek inhabitants and caused many pipes to burst. A new record low of minus fourteen degrees Fahrenheit happened on February 14, beating the 1903 record of minus ten degrees.

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has been responding to water damage emergencies for over forty years and has witnessed many cold snaps that have caused frozen and burst pipes. On the American Red Cross website, they offer tips on how to thaw frozen pipes. They say that if you can locate the frozen area of the pipe, turn on the water faucet and apply heat to the section of pipe that is frozen by using one of these methods below and continue to apply heat until the full water pressure is restored:

  • An electric heating pad around the pipe
  • An electric hairdryer
  • A portable space heater
  • By wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is ready to respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day. We have a team of highly trained water restoration technicians on-call and ready to assist you. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your water damage in Deer Creek, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Rental Property Mold in Lakewood

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl understands mold and we want to educate our community about the best ways to prevent and treat your Lakewood property to avoid costly repairs. 

Mold:

  • grows from mold spores
  • spores are too small to see unaided
  • spores can survive harsh environments for many years
  • can grow almost anywhere 
  • needs to have only
    • above-freezing temperatures
    • protein, such as in animal dander, skin cells, wood, plaster, carpet
    • moisture (high humidity is enough)
  • grows rapidly
  • damages property
  • has a bad smell
  • is unsightly

If you have a small amount of mold on a dish, you can clean it. You can even throw it away. However, if you have a large amount of mold, you need licensed mold remediation from an industry professional. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a “large amount” as 10 square feet or more. 

If you suspect your apartment or office building might have mold, you need to have a certified mold inspector out to examine the area.SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl cannot identify what kind of mold you have, but we are licensed in mold remediation and we can repair the damage caused by mold.

When you have a concern about mold damage in your apartment or condominium, speak with your landlord or property manager if you think he/she should hire licensed professionals. Whatever the disaster, remember that SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Here to Help.

Recognizing Different Mold Types in Ken Caryl

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has guidelines about mold. SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl would like to share these guidelines.

Question- What Causes Mold to Grow:

  1. Moisture
  2. Warmth
  3. Protein-Protein is in building materials like drywall
  4. It is also in wood and in many paints
  5. Skin cells (we shed them all the time)
  6. Dog and cat dander

How to identify mold:

  1. Only a licensed professional can identify what kind of mold you have. SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl does not identify mold types
  2. You need to know what kind of mold you have

How to eliminate a mold problem AFTER an inspector has identified the type of mold:

  1. Call a licensed professional. SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is licensed in mold remediation. We know how to clean up the different mold types
  2. Be aware, there can be much more mold than you see. Mold spores are tiny
  3. Without proper training, equipment, and safety measures, you should NOT try to resolve the problem yourself

Warehouse Flood in Littleton?

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

A clean warehouse with white shelving units holding shipping supplies is shown. We mitigate commercial water damage in the Denver area.

Flooded Floor in Littleton

My supply warehouse in Littleton flooded over the weekend, so I didn’t realize there was any water damage until I came in to work on Monday. There was a huge shallow lake covering the entire warehouse floor. Evidently, a water line broke and caused the flood. What a mess!

Commercial Water Mitigation Services

I called SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl, and they arrived quickly, assessed the damage, and immediately began the cleanup and restoration process. The team used powerful water extraction equipment to remove the water from the warehouse floor. They worked methodically, moving every piece of equipment, furniture, and inventory, ensuring every item in the room exposed to the water was dried. They used dehumidifying equipment and air blowers to remove any excess moisture from the air and documented the entire drying process. They also supervised the repair of the damaged pipe.

Once the room was entirely dry, they thoroughly cleaned and sanitized the shop. Now, you would never know there had been any water damage.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is ready to respond to commercial water damage emergencies 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your water damage in Littleton, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

When the Waters Recede in Lakewood

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

stormy sky with warning sign We are here to make it "Like it never even happened."

Even though the phrase “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” exists, it is not always true. Sometimes what you don’t know can and will hurt you in Lakewood.  After storms damage our property, many times we cannot see the whole picture to know what all is really damaged? From hidden foundation compromises to the beginning stages of mold growth under a tub, costs can begin to mount quickly and before you know it, you are in the middle of a spending spree that was never meant to be.

After the waters recede and the damage becomes visible, we are often left overwhelmed with the stresses associated with insurance claims and subcontractor costs, and errors.  It doesn’t take a psychic to see you need relief. If or when this happens to you, call SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl and in a short amount of time, a friendly crew of professional cleanup and restoration personnel will quickly assess the damage and start the process of making your disaster look “Like it never even happened.” 

Tips to Put Out Fires in the Kitchen Safely in Lakewood

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl recognizes that over half of home fires start in the kitchen. Some kitchen fires start out small enough that you might be able to put them out easily. By being proactive, you can save yourself and others from fire and smoke injuries in your Lakewood home. 

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has these tips to offer for handling a small cooking fire:

    • If the fire is on the stovetop or in a pot, put a lid on the fire to smother the flames. Turn off the burner  
    • If a cloth on the stovetop is on fire, put a lid on the fire to smother the flames.  Turn off any burners  
  • Do not use water on a gas fire or a grease fire. Pot lids will smother a fire. You can also use (a lot of) baking soda. Pour a box of baking soda on the fire
  • If the fire is in the oven, turn off the heat. Close the oven door.    

IMPORTANT:

Never leave fire-fighting to chance.SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl knows that objects can be replaced.  People and pets cannot.

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is independently owned and operated. 

When storms are brewing, SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl will be there

2/28/2021 (Permalink)

When storms are brewing, we may not think destruction is headed our way but sometimes the inevitable happens in Lakewood. While storms can be beautiful, they can turn deadly in just moments. Being prepared will help minimize harm to people and bring less damage to your property. If you find yourself in the aftermath of a storm, let SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl turn your chaos back to normal.

A few ways to prepare for a storm with strong winds are:

  •     Have a flashlight readily available in case of a power outage
  •     Board up windows and doors ahead of time, if possible
  •     Secure loose items
  •     Have an emergency kit ready including non-perishable foods and water
  •     Make a plan ahead of time so your family will know what to do

Your local meteorologists will monitor the weather conditions in your area keeping you informed on what type of storm is happening. A storm Watch indicates they are watching for formations of specific types (flooding, severe thunderstorms, hail, tornadoes, etc.)  A Storm Warning means there are property and life-threatening conditions occurring so you should take precautions.

Once the storm has subsided in Lakewood, please continue to be careful walking about your structure as there could be loose debris, and compromised structures, etc. Wear boots, and gloves to help protect yourself but above all call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl to make your loss “Like it never even happened.”

When storms are brewing, SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl will be there

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

When storms are brewing, we may not think destruction is headed our way but sometimes the inevitable happens in Lakewood. While storms can be beautiful, they can turn deadly in just moments. Being prepared will help minimize harm to people and bring less damage to your property. If you find yourself in the aftermath of a storm, let SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl turn your chaos back to normal.

A few ways to prepare for a storm with strong winds are:

  •  Have a flashlight readily available in case of a power outage
  • Board up windows and doors ahead of time, if possible
  • Secure loose items
  • Have an emergency kit ready including non-perishable foods and water
  • Make a plan ahead of time so your family will know what to do

Your local meteorologists will monitor the weather conditions in your area keeping you informed on what type of storm is happening. A storm Watch indicates they are watching for formations of specific types (flooding, severe thunderstorms, hail, tornadoes, etc.)  A Storm Warning means there are property and life-threatening conditions occurring so you should take precautions.

Once the storm has subsided in Lakewood, please continue to be careful walking about your structure as there could be loose debris, and compromised structures, etc. Wear boots, and gloves to help protect yourself but above all call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl to make your loss “Like it never even happened.”

How to prepare an emergency kit for a severe storm in Lakewood

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

broken window SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Here to Help.

Lakewood is no stranger to severe storms. If a community is not prepared for a severe storm, the results can be devastating. SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl wants to share some of the following tips to keep in mind while putting together an emergency kit in the event of a severe storm approaching. FEMA has stated that emergency kits should include some of the following:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Any medicine currently being taken
  • Emergency food and water
  • Extra change of clothes and shoes
  • Pet supplies if you are taking care of an animal

These are just a few examples of what an emergency kit should contain. Residents can add whatever else may be needed. There should be an emergency kit in every residential building as well as all commercial buildings if possible. Aside from having an emergency kit ready, a plan should also be in place. If there is a designated storm area inside the home or office, occupants should head there with the emergency kits. Severe storms cannot be avoided, but with the right tools and resources, they can be easier to deal with. SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl wants to make sure City is prepared! 


SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is independently owned and operated.

Candle Fire in Lakewood Home?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Several white candles are burning on a wooden shelf. We are the fire restoration leaders Lakewood resident’s trust!

Candle Safety Tips

My roommate left some candles burning on a wooden shelving unit in her bathroom in our Lakewood home that caught the bathroom on fire. Although the fire was contained to the bathroom and extinguished before it caused any major damage, the entire house was covered in soot, and everything smelled like smoke.

We called SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl, and they cleaned and restored our home quickly and efficiently. By the time they completed the job you would never know there had been a fire.

Here are some candle safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Keep candles at least 1 foot away from anything that can burn.
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy and won’t tip over easily.
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
  • Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.

Call Us!

When your home or commercial business is damaged by fire, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl  is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your fire damage in Lakewood, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

School Fire in Ken Caryl?

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks are shown loading fire restoration equipment onto a truck. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Denver area.

Commercial Fire Mitigation

This is a picture of our restoration technicians loading fire mitigation equipment onto the truck in response to a fire damage emergency at a local private school. The fire damage was contained to the boy’s bathroom, and we were able to completely clean and return the fire-damaged area to preloss condition within three days. School resumed as planned with no disruption to classes.

Highly Trained Team

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl responds to commercial fire damage emergencies throughout the year in the Ken Caryl area. Our highly trained team uses advanced technology and equipment to restore commercial fire damage quickly and efficiently. Our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. Our certifications include:

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • LCT - Leather Cleaning Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Call Us Today!

When your business needs commercial fire restoration services, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your fire damage in Ken Caryl, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial Water Loss

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Air Movers used in the Drying Process Air movers used in the drying process after a commercial water loss or flood.

Weekend Disaster on a Commercial Level



"Bye! Have a nice weekend" you shout to your co-workers as you leave work on a Friday afternoon.  You turn off the lights and lock the door behind you.  You won't be returning until Monday the next week.  Seems normal, but the weekend has huge temperature swings.  Saturday night it freezes until Sunday comes to thaw the ice.  The temperature swings caused a pipe to burst in the office plumbing and when you open the door and turn on the lights Monday morning, you are greeted with a pool of water at your feet.  The carpet is soaked through and through and all of your files, computers, and printers have been hit by the flood.  Now what do you do?

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl considers no job  too big or too small for our team.  We have worked on everything from small toilet backups in apartments, to a hailstorm wrecking the entire Golden mall.  We are highly trained and professional. 

How SERVPRO Can Help

            While every water, fire, biohazard, or mold mitigation situation is unique, the general process stays the same.  SERVPRO follows 6 basic steps when handling your loss.  Below are the 6 steps taken from call to complete restoration.

            In the event of a commercial loss, it is essential that you call professional help as quickly as possible.  SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl is available 24/7 365 days a year.  After the initial call, we are required to arrive at your residence within 4 hours by franchise standards.  However, our team averages less than an hour for arrival time.  Our response time reduces harm, limits further damage, and reduces cost, and eases headache and responsibility from the building owner.  

Why Choose SERVPRO

            SERVPRO is an industry leader in restoration. We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!

            We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the building owner.

            Please give us a call for any of your commercial restoration needs! 

(303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com/ 

 Whether you need help with an emergency water loss or use of our professional cleaning services, call SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl 303-973-4664 for efficient, professional assistance.

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Holiday Disasters: SERVPRO has Your Back

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree with Lights and Gifts SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl can clean up your fire or flood disaster even on the holidays

SERVPRO of Lakewood Kec-Caryl on the Holiday 

    The Holidays are here.  Many of us are busy buying last minute gifts, curating our dinner menus, and frantically cleaning the house for the few guests we may be having over this season.  We never expect a disaster to strike on a holiday.  But the truth is, we are even more vulnerable to a fire or flood in our home during this time.  

Consider, you are cooking roasted veggies in the oven for Christmas dinner.  While you wait for the carrots, onions, brussel sprouts, and potatoes to soften and brown you decide to have a few glasses of eggnog.  One glass leads to two, leads to three, leads to you completely forgetting you were cooking in the first place.  The butter from the pan spills over and poof! The oven is roaring with flames.  Or how about your 4 year old niece decides to flush the vegetables she doesn't want to eat down the toilet and causes a sewer back up in the basement.  

    Additionally, we use more electricity and more water during the holidays, with guests in the home, christmas lights strung all along the roof, and the massive amount of cooking we do for celebration.  Disasters do not wait for a better time to come.  Thankfully, SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl is a 24/7 365 day team.  We understand that a fast response is critical in a fire or flood situation. We are dedicated to responding immediately, day or night, to your Lakewood area home.  A fast response helps to minimize secondary damage to your home.  

We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

There is no substitute for training and experience. As fire and water damage specialists, our business is built upon fire and water restoration expertise. We have the knowledge and the specialized equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Our 7 Step Process

            Our process was creatively described in the story of Lisa’s house, but the following is a list of our 6 step process.  We follow 6 basic and standard steps when dealing with a water damage situation.  Following the 6 steps ensures a quick and uniform process, so the homeowner and the team at SERVPRO know what to expect each time.

  1. Emergency contact
  2. Inspection of the damage
  3. Water removal and extraction
  4. Drying and dehumidifying
  5. Cleaning and Sanitizing
  6. Restoration

Why Choose SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl

            SERVPRO is an industry leader in restoration. We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!

            We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the homeowner.

            Please give us a call for any of your commercial restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at  https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com/  

 Whether you need help with an emergency water loss or use of our professional cleaning services, call SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl 303-973-4664 for efficient, professional assistance.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is locally owned and operated—so we’re a part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which enables us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

We are proud to serve our local communities.

The Crying Water Heater

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

Basement Water Heater A basement water heater could flood your home. Call SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl for help.

The Story of the Forgotten Water Heater

Once upon a time, in the hilly landscape of Ken-Caryl Colorado, there sat a charming little house by a creek.  The house was frequented by wildlife visitors everyday.  Elk, deer, squirrel, and stellar blue jays drank from the creek as they passed the small and inviting home.  On the inside, every room was warm and bright.  That is, every room but one.  The utility room was at the very last level of the home, deep down in the basement.  There were no windows in this room, only a single light bulb with a string attached poked down from the ceiling to illuminate the cement floors and metal inhabitants.  No one in the house ever visited this room.  There seemed to be no point.  Every other room was so much better and soon the utility room was all but forgotten.  

Now, inside this utility room sat a silver cylinder that was getting very old.  It was the water heater.  It finally got so old and neglected that it started to cry, or I suppose you could say, it started to leak.  The leak grew larger and larger and the water heater cried more and more as the days and weeks and months passed without anyone noticing.  That water heater cried so much it flooded the entire basement! There were several inches of water covering the floor that could no longer be ignored. 

One day, one of the occupants, Lisa, needed to go down into the basement to gather christmas decorations from out of storage.  She turned on the light and walked down the stairs and saw the pool of water.  She immediately called SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl who came out within a snap of the finger.  

SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl quickly assessed the damage.  They protected and removed all of the furniture and content that was in the area and started on extracting the water from the flood. After that was complete, the team whipped out drying equipment and dehumidifiers that were set up all around the basement to dry it. After some time, it was all dry and the cleaning was able to take place.  Mold was remediated, dirt was removed, and everything was sanitized to sparkling clean conditions. The restoration process had begun and before long, the basement was like new again.  

Unfortunately the water heater had to be replaced with a new one, but the new one was never ever neglected.  Lisa regularly checked on her little water heater in the utility room.  She understood the importance of paying attention and caring for the little silver cylinder.  And her basement never flooded with water heater tears again. 

Ok, ok, ok.  This story may have been a bit silly, but it is a parable.  After reading it, you might think about your own water heater and how you can prevent a basement flood from occurring due to an old or neglected one. The best part about this blog is it is not only a parable, but a guide into the steps you may take if you find yourself caught in a story like Lisa.  



Prevention

    First things first.  We want to prevent a basement flood due to a water heater leak.  This is done by regularly checking your water heater. Regularly check for leaks or condensation on or around the system, as well as in the piping. 

    Also be sure you are replacing your water heaters when they are getting too old.  Most water heaters are not built to last beyond 10-12 years. 

What to do if your basement floods...before SERVPRO arrives

    Even if you follow all of the preventative advice to a T, you still may find yourself with a flooded basement. We cannot always prevent disaster from striking, so it is good to know what to do if you fall victim to creeping water.  You will always want to call in the professionals, as water damage can get ugly fast.  Before they can arrive at your home, here is what you can do to help mitigate the damage.

            Mop and soak up as much water as you possibly can.

            Wipe off all of the wooden furniture so they cannot be further damaged.

            Upholstery, cushions, pillows, and blankets should be removed from the area.

            Put blocks between the legs of furniture and the floor.

            Removed colored rugs carefully.

            Gather loose items that may be in the way or cluttering the affected area.

Additionally, there are things you DO NOT want to do before the help arrives.  Avoiding these key things with help to keep you safe and limit the damage to your home and its belongings.  Always leave the hard stuff or anything you are not comfortable with for the professionals. 

            Do not leave colored items out in the wet area.

            Do not use household items that use electricity such as TV’s.

            Do not remove anything that is too heavy for you.

            Do not go into a room with a wet and sagging ceiling.

What we do

            Our process was creatively described in the story of Lisa’s house, but the following is a list of our 6 step process.  We follow 6 basic and standard steps when dealing with a water damage situation.  Following the 6 steps ensures a quick and uniform process, so the homeowner and the team at SERVPRO know what to expect each time.

  1. Emergency contact
  2. Inspection of the damage
  3. Water removal and extraction
  4. Drying and dehumidifying
  5. Cleaning and Sanitizing
  6. Restoration



Why SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl

            SERVPRO is an industry leader in flood restoration. We use advanced equipment and techniques to get the water removed quickly and efficiently.  The equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and deep clean and dry your home and its contents. We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!

            We provide extensive training to our employees and are highly specialized in flood restoration putting great emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.

            We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the homeowner.

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com/




Cleaning With SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

Wall of Cleaning Products SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl uses top of the line and environmentally friendly cleaning products. We safely and effectively clean Covid-19.

In the United States, we have been dealing with Covid-19 since the Spring 2020.  The spread of the virus and its affects look like they are going to leak into next year and beyond as scientists explore vaccine options.  What once turned our lives upside down has now become the new normal.  We all wear masks when out in public.  We stay home more.  There are no large gatherings of any type.  However, businesses have re-opened and people are trying to go out and about which means there is still risk of infection.  

            This outbreak is ever evolving and a continual process.  We as individuals try to do our part, and all of us here at SERVPRO of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen are doing our part to stop the spread as well.  As a cleaning and restoration team, we are trained to the highest standards of cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.  We have specialized equipment, industrial strength products, and strict protocol.  As the situation has increased in severity, we have gone out to clean and sanitize schools, homes, and businesses.

This blog features one of our top preforming cleaning products called SERVOxide.  Here is a bit about the product.

Here at SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl we carry top of the line, specialized, and environmentally friendly cleaning products.

SERVPROxide is a product we use for cleaning and disinfecting.
It gets rid of bacteria, virus’s (including Covid-19) and mold.
It is EPA registered and carries the lowest toxicity rating, making it safe for everyday use.
And it is 100% biodegradable! That’s pretty impressive.

You can have peace of mind when we cleanup after Covid-19, water damage, mold damage, or any general cleaning need. We are safe on your homes, families, and pets, while fighting off the bad stuff.

Our Promise

            Our entire staff has been briefed on the new protocol when handling potential Covid-19 affected areas.  They are highly trained and professional.  Not only are we a cleaning business, but we are your friends and neighbors as well.  We too want to do all we can to stop the spread of this virus and be a bit of hope in this scary time.  We are still open 24/7 for the public.  Please call us with any questions you may have or to inquire on our services.  Stay healthy, stay positive, and know we are doing our best to aid the pandemic. 

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at  https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com  

Mold Vs. Mildew: What's the Difference

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

Mold and Mildew Mold and Mildew growing on a pumpkin. SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl can help eliminate mold in your home or office.

Mold Vs. Mildew: The difference

Home is where the heart is, and where the health should be too.  After a long day at the office, on errands, or out on vacation, coming home to our own clean, comforting, healthy environment can’t be beat.  The last thing we want to worry about is mold in the home negatively affecting our wellbeing.  This is especially true the more time we spend in our homes, working, social distancing, and the like.  Even if you are not a home body, we spend about 8 hours sleeping in our homes each night.  That amount of time adds up fast over the weeks, months, and years.  If there is mold in the home, you are exposing yourself to that mold every minute you are at home. It is important to identify if there is mold in your home, office, or anywhere you spend a significant amount of time.  So, that brings us to telling the difference between mold and mildew. 

Mildew is a relatively harmless substance that grows on plants and wet materials such as leather or wood.  It is white or light gray in color distinguishing it from its harmful relative mold.  Typically, mold is black, pink, green, blue, yellow, or essentially any color but that mildew white.  

Types of Common Household Molds

Now that you can tell what is mold and what is mildew, it's time to pick out the different molds that may be growing in the home. While there are more than 10,000 different types of molds, here are our top 5 to spot in your Lakewood Ken-Caryl home. 

Alternaria: This type of mold can be found both indoors and outdoors.  It's commonly in damp areas like sinks, showers, tubs, and in dark damp areas outside the home.  

Aureobasidium: This mold can be found around windows, in caulk, wooden furniture and surfaces, and painted or wallpapered walls.  

Chaetomium: This mold is very common to see in our line of work.  It shows up in drywall after a water loss has occurred.  

Penicillium: A mold found in insulation, furnishings, furniture that has been damaged by water, carpeting, and more.  It is particularly known for spreading quickly throughout the home.

Stachybotrys Chartarum or “Black Mold”: One of the most dangerous household molds due to its extreme toxicity. It can be found in crawl spaces, air ducts, and basements. It is known for its color (black) and its earthy, musty odor.



Removing Mildew

Removing mildew from your home does not require professional help.  It can easily be eliminated using a cleaning solution such as vinegar, and a scrubber.  However, mold should be handled by a restoration professional since it is a trickier substance to get rid of and the spores spread easily without proper care.  Containment methods are vital to put in place so that millions of airborne particles do not spread from the growing mold. 



Our 7 Step Process for removing Mold in your Foothills Home

Step 1: Emergency Contact (303) 279-8055

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call our 24-hour team. Our specialist will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

Our Technicians at SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl will carefully inspect your property for signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. They use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.  

Step 3: Mold Containment

They use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. They may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

Step 4: Air Filtration

Their specialized filtration equipment allows their Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. They utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO cleans your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl

            SERVPRO is an industry leader in fire restoration. We use advanced equipment and techniques to remediate the damage quickly and efficiently. We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!  Heck, we might even be your neighbor. 

            We provide extensive training to our employees and are highly specialized in fire damage restoration putting great emphasis on monitoring and documenting the entire process until completion.

            We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the homeowner.

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at  https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com

Smoke all Around

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke in the air Know the dangers of smoke and soot to your Lakewood/Ken-Caryl home after a house fire. SERVPRO of Lakewood/Ken-Caryl can help to restore.

Smoke and Fire

This past month, fires have been devastating our state of Colorado.  Four fires are currently burning in different areas swallowing up thousand and thousands of acres in its wrath.  Fire fighters diligently work to stop the flames and contain them to 100%.  

While these wildfires are only in those 4 distinct locations, all of Colorado has been affected by their smoke.  From Fort Collins to Denver, Steamboat to Colorado Springs, we have been blanketed with a grey haze. Air quality has been poor and in some areas miles and miles away from the fires, it has reached levels that are deemed to be "very unhealthy". 

Many of us are now becoming aware that fire isn't the only danger in that disaster, but smoke is a huge factor as well.  So, what if you have a fire in your own home?  The fire fighters come and they put it out fairly quickly.  Only your kitchen, for example, has been affected by flames.  But, while that fire rolled, so did the smoke....all over your home.

Soot and smoke can be very invasive and can penetrate various areas of your Lakewood/Ken-Caryl or surrounding Denver home.  Smoke travels up and to the coolest part of a room or home. It travels alongside piping, getting into the holes as it goes from room to room. It causes hidden damage to the naked eye and can leave a nasty odor.  Even if the fire was contained in the microwave, the traveling smoke can affect your entire house, potentially leaving every room damaged. 

            There are 2 types of smoke that fire creates, wet smoke and dry smoke.  Each one varies in odor and level of damage.  It also great affects the restoration process.  The two require different measures in order to restore the damaged area to like new again.  Our SERVPRO team pretests the smoke to determine the type and course of action. 

            Wet Smoke

                        This type of smoke usually comes from a fire that was left unattended or unnoticed.  It comes from a slow burning fire that is of lower heat and from its smoldering.  An example of a wet smoke fire would be from an iron that was left on after you left the house.  During a slow burn fire, fewer air currents are created.  With less air currents, the smoke has more time to enter into cavities around the home.  Often times these crevices are harder to reach and therefore, harder to remediate. The odor it leaves behind is very pungent.  The smoke itself is sticky and smeary on surfaces.

            Dry Smoke

                        This type of smoke comes from a very hot quick burning fire often wood or paper being the primary source.  This type of smoke occurs when there are sufficient amounts of oxygen present, unlike a wet smoke situation where the fire was oxygen starved.  Since this smoke is dry, it carries with it less deposits and aerosols, and is easier to clean.  Additionally, the odor from a hot fire is less pungent and requires less aggressive cleaning methods.

            While we cannot fix a dining table that has turned into ash, we can fix almost everything that the smoke it produced damaged. Even your remaining furniture can be restored.  Restoring items after the damage of smoke is far less expensive than replacing it.  Plus, it can help to save a family heirloom.

3 Areas in Fire Damage Restoration

            Structural Cleaning

                        The first step in the remediation of a fire is structural cleaning.  After fire and smoke has made its mark on your home, ceilings, walls, flooring, and woodwork will need a thorough cleaning.  After the pretest, our SERVPRO team of Lakewood/Ken-Caryl will use the appropriate cleaning chemicals for the type of smoke and specific surface it is on.  Often times, our specifically designed chemicals can completely remove the damaging smoke from the structure so that repainting or refinishing is not necessary, saving you money.  If we cannot clean the surface completely, we will restore it to a “prepare for paint” condition.  This process deodorizes and ensures that the new coat of paint will adhere properly.

            Content Cleaning

                        Area rugs, furniture, draperies, upholstery, and all restorable personal items in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. Some items can be cleaned onsite, but many are packed up and cleaned in-house.  The type of cleaning will be determined upon a pretest and an inventory list of all items will be made so our franchise and the home owner can keep track of them. 

            Deodorizing

                        After the structures and contents of the home have been cleaned, the home itself will also be deodorized.  We do not merely mask the smells, we seek the source and eliminate it.  SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors, and our specialized equipment cannot be beat.

The 7 Step Process

Each fire situation is unique and will require its own specific steps in restoration. However, we follow a 7-step process for a typical fire damage emergency.  Here it is below so you may better understand what will take place.   

Step1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Repair

Step 7: Restoration

Why Choose SERVPRO of Lakewood/Ken-Caryl For Fire Damage Restoration

            SERVPRO is an industry leader in fire restoration.  We use advanced equipment and techniques to remediate the damage quickly and efficiently. We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!  Heck, we might even be your neighbor. 

            We provide extensive training to our employees and are highly specialized in fire damage restoration putting great emphasis on monitoring and documenting the entire process until completion.

            We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the homeowner.

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at   http://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com  

Cleaning and Covid-19 Why SERVPRO Lakewood/Ken-Caryl

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a surgical mask SERVPRO of Lakewood/Ken-Caryl is doing our best to clean up after Covid-19 and help prevent the spread of the virus.

Cleaning in a Time of Covid

   In the United States, we have been dealing with Covid-19 since the spring.  The spread of the virus and its affects look like they are going to leak into the fall and possibly even into next year.  What once turned our lives upside down has now become the new normal.  We all wear masks when out in public.  We stay home more.  There are no large gatherings of any type.  However, businesses have re-opened and people are trying to go out and about which means there is still risk of infection.  

            This outbreak is ever evolving and a continual process.  We as individuals try to do our part, and all of us here at SERVPRO of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen are doing our part to stop the spread as well.  As a cleaning and restoration team, we are trained to the highest standards of cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.  We have specialized equipment, industrial strength products, and strict protocol.  As the situation has increased in severity, we have gone out to clean and sanitize schools, homes, and businesses.

           The following blog explains what SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl is doing to stop the spread of this virus and how you can utilize our services to keep you and your families healthy during this outbreak.  It talks about our safety measures, our 3 levels of cleaning, and some high touch surfaces to consider when cleaning and disinfecting.

A Quick Note About Covid-19

            According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which has now (as of this publication) been detected in 60 locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). The CDC has setup a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary page to provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.

PPE: Personal Protective Equipment

            When SERVPRO arrives on the scene, the technicians will be decked out in personal protective equipment, or PPEs.  This will include ventilators, full-body suits, eye protection, and gloves.  They will look like ghostbusters, but you can call them Covid-19 busters.  The PPEs are worn to protect our employees from potential hazards during the job.  Likewise, they prevent any transfer of germs from the tech to the facility.  Proper disposal of the protective gear is also done with a sharp protocol. 

The 3 levels of clean: Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

            After we arrive fully wrapped up in protective gear, we start cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.  When people think of a cleaning team, they don’t realize there are varying levels of “clean”.

  1. Cleaning: Cleaning is defined by physically removing visible dirt, viruses, fungi, and bacteria. General surface cleaning is accomplished with water, detergent, and physical scrubbing of the surface itself.  The guiding principle is to remove microbes from the surface rather than killing them. Thoroughly cleaning a surface can drastically reduce the need to disinfect because without the nutrients and moisture needed to survive and multiply, most microbes cannot live on a clean and dry surface for very long.  This level of cleaning would take place in a normal spring clean around the house without the worry of serious virus infection.
  1. Sanitizing: Reduces but does not necessarily eliminate all bacteria on a treated surface. Think of the phrase “kills 99.9% of germs”. Sanitizers do not actually have claims for viruses or fungi.  To be a registered sanitizer, the test results for the product must reduce each type of bacteria by at least the 99.9% on non-food-contact surfaces.  Examples of these would be carpet sanitizers, air sanitizers, laundry additives, and in-tank toilet bowl sanitizers.
  1. Disinfecting: Works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces.This does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. Disinfecting destroys or irreversibly inactivates infectious or other undesirable microbes, but does not necessarily kill the spores of bacteria and fungi.

            During cleaning of facilities at this time, all three levels of cleaning with be diligently implemented by our technicians.

What Surfaces to consider Cleaning and Disinfecting

            At SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl, we have a list of areas and items to clean in a facility that are considered high touch. Whether the facility is a house, a restaurant, classroom, office, etc. here is a good reference list when doing your own cleaning and disinfecting.  The list may seem extensive, but it is all of the areas and items we would hit when servicing an area at minimum. 

Kitchen/Food Areas

  • tables and chairs
  • cabinets and pulls
  • doorknobs
  • floors-hard surfaces/wood
  • mats
  • food contact surfaces
  • light switches
  • paper towel/napkin dispensers
  • push doors
  • salt and pepper shakers
  • sink hardware
  • soap dispensers
  • tabletops
  • bathroom stalls
  • countertops

Bathrooms

cabinets/vanities and pulls

  • doorknobs
  • floors-hard surfaces/wood
  • handrails
  • light switches
  • paper towel/napkin dispenser
  • sink hardware
  • sinks
  • soap dispensers
  • toilets
  • diaper changing station

Classrooms

  • book covers and binders
  • chairs
  • computer equipment
  • countertops
  • doorknobs
  • floors- hard surfaces/wood
  • small hard surface items
  • light switches
  • mats
  • carpet
  • paper towel/napkin dispensers
  • sink hardware
  • sinks
  • soap dispensers tabletops/desktop

Offices

  • chairs
  • telephones
  • computer equipment
  • countertops
  • doorknobs
  • floors- hard surfaces/wood
  • light switches
  • shared office equipment
  • tabletops/desktops
  • water fountains
  • carpet
  • rugs

Our Promise

            Our entire staff has been briefed on the new protocol when handling potential Covid-19 affected areas.  They are highly trained and professional.  Not only are we a cleaning business, but we are your friends and neighbors as well.  We too want to do all we can to stop the spread of this virus and be a bit of hope in this scary time.  We are still open 24/7 for the pubic.  Please call us with any questions you may have or to inquire on our services.  Stay healthy, stay positive, and know we are doing our best to aid the pandemic. 

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com  

Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl House Fires

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

Person near a fire When your house has a fire, SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl is here to help clean up the mess.

House on Fire

            When someone has a fire in their house, garage, she-shed, or commercial building, they can relate to that falling feeling.  Fire can be scary and can leave an alarming amount of damage.  However, SERVPRO is never afraid of a damaging fire, and we have seen it all.  That is why we wanted to write this blog to better inform you, the reader of what to expect from a fire.  Knowledge is power, and we want to equip you with the strength so that if you ever fall victim to its damaging effects, you can feel secure that it will be OK!

            In the following blog, we will explain how and where fires begin in your home, how fire damages beyond its flames, the three main areas to clean, our process, and why you would choose SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl for your fire restoration team.

How Fires Happen in the Home

            A house fire can start just about anywhere in your home, and from the smallest of sparks.  However, there are the five most common places in your home that you can come to know and take special attention to. 

            First off, the kitchen.  This is the number one place where house fires occur.  Nearly half of all house fires start in the kitchen.  This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering most all of the cooking is done in the kitchen and most household appliances are located here. Among kitchen fires, grease fires are the most common, and that is due to neglect.  Hot pans of grease are left unattended on the stove and become too hot.  Once the oil is too hot, it will catch fire.  If the cook is not there to see this happen, the fire builds and spreads.  To help prevent kitchen fires take the following into consideration:

  • Maintain all appliances, keeping them clean and in good condition.
  • Unplug electrical appliances such as coffee makers and toasters when not in use.
  • Install a working smoke detector in the kitchen and keep a fire extinguisher.
  • Always use caution when lighting a piolet burner or gas stove.
  • Never put metal in the microwave.
  • Keep an eye on what you are cooking at all times.
  • Do not over fill pots and pans with oil.
  • Keep oven mitts, towels, and the like away from the stove.

            Next up on the list is the bedroom.  This is the location where electrical meets plush. The bedroom is full of plush items such as pillows, blankets, drapes, and a bed of course. A bed is especially prone to fire if it is not a new one.  Any bed before 2007 is not likely up to fire code.  The following are tips for preventing fires in the bedroom:

  • Install a working smoke alarm in the bedroom and have a fire extinguisher near.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Replace mattresses prior to 2007.
  • Keep lit candles away from bedding, drapes, papers, or anything flammable.
  • Do not run electrical cords underneath the bed or trap them against a wall.(Heat can build in this way).
  • Do not overload extension cords.
  • Only use lab-approved electrical blankets.

            The chimney is number three on our list. This one may seem like the obvious, but neglect to your chimney can result in a damaging house fire.  Often, the fire place itself is serviced regularly because it is in sight.  However, the chimney is forgotten.  Whatever you are burning in the fireplace will travel up and stick to the inside of the chimney, whether it be ash from paper or sap from the wood.  The coating on the chimney is flammable, especially if it is too thick.  Clean out your chimney.  It is recommended to clean out our chimney at least once a year or after 50 uses. 

            Fourth is the living room.  This is another place for an electrical fire.  The living room is often home to fire places, electronics, and like the bedroom, many plush items.  Many of the same rules from the bedroom apply to the living room such as, installing a smoke detector, not running electrical cords underneath furniture, keeping lit candles away from flammable materials, etc.

            Lastly, the laundry room. The main culprit here being lint in the dryer.   Lint can get caught in the vents and filters of your dyer machine and the heat can cause the lint to flame.  Additionally, the laundry room is often left unattended due to its passive work.  Be sure to regularly clean out the filters and vents in the laundry room and avoid leaving the house if you have a load running.

Smoke

            Fire can completely destroy whatever is in its path. It can turn an entire dining table into ash, but that is only the beginning of a fires destruction.  Soot and smoke can be very invasive and can penetrate various areas of your Lakewood, Ken-Caryl, or surrounding home.  Smoke travels up and to the coolest part of a room or home.  It travels alongside piping, getting into the holes as it goes from room to room. It causes hidden damage to the naked eye and can leave a nasty odor.  Even if the fire was contained in the microwave, the traveling smoke can affect your entire house, potentially leaving every room damaged. 

            There are 2 types of smoke that fire creates, wet smoke and dry smoke.  Each one varies in odor and level of damage.  It also great affects the restoration process.  The two require different measures in order to restore the damaged area to like new again.  Our SERVPRO team pretests the smoke to determine the type and course of action. 

            Wet Smoke

                        This type of smoke usually comes from a fire that was left unattended or unnoticed.  It comes from a slow burning fire that is of lower heat and from its smoldering.  An example of a wet smoke fire would be from an iron that was left on after you left the house.  During a slow burn fire, fewer air currents are created.  With less air currents, the smoke has more time to enter into cavities around the home.  Often times these crevices are harder to reach and therefore, harder to remediate. The odor it leaves behind is very pungent.  The smoke itself is sticky and smeary on surfaces.

            Dry Smoke

                        This type of smoke comes from a very hot quick burning fire often wood or paper being the primary source.  This type of smoke occurs when there are sufficient amounts of oxygen present, unlike a wet smoke situation where the fire was oxygen starved.  Since this smoke is dry, it carries with it less deposits and aerosols, and is easier to clean.  Additionally, the odor from a hot fire is less pungent and requires less aggressive cleaning methods.

            While we cannot fix a dining table that has turned into ash, we can fix almost everything that the smoke it produced damaged. Even your remaining furniture can be restored.  Restoring items after the damage of smoke is far less expensive than replacing it.  Plus, it can help to save a family heirloom. 

Damage Restoration

  • Structural Cleaning
    • The first step in the remediation of a fire is structural cleaning.After fire and smoke has made its mark on your home, ceilings, walls, flooring, and woodwork will need a thorough cleaning.  After the pretest, our SERVPRO team of Lakewood Ken-Caryl will use the appropriate cleaning chemicals for the type of smoke and specific surface it is on.  Often times, our specifically designed chemicals can completely remove the damaging smoke from the structure so that repainting or refinishing is not necessary, saving you money.  If we cannot clean the surface completely, we will restore it to a “prepare for paint” condition.  This process deodorizes and ensures that the new coat of paint will adhere properly.
  • Content Cleaning
    • Area rugs, furniture, draperies, upholstery, and all restorable personal items in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. Some items can be cleaned onsite, but many are packed up and cleaned in-house. The type of cleaning will be determined upon a pretest and an inventory list of all items will be made so our franchise and the home owner can keep track of them. 
  • Deodorizing
    • After the structures and contents of the home have been cleaned, the home itself will also be deodorized.We do not merely mask the smells, we seek the source and eliminate it.  SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors, and our specialized equipment cannot be beat.

The Process

Each fire situation is unique and will require its own specific steps in restoration. However, we follow a 7-step process for a typical fire damage emergency.  Here it is below so you may better understand what will take place.  

Step1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Repair

Step 7: Restoration

Why Choose SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl For Fire Damage Restoration

            SERVPRO is an industry leader in fire restoration. We use advanced equipment and techniques to remediate the damage quickly and efficiently. We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!  Heck, we might even be your neighbor. 

            We provide extensive training to our employees and are highly specialized in fire damage restoration putting great emphasis on monitoring and documenting the entire process until completion.

            We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the homeowner.

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at  https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com  

Basement Floods in Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

flooding surrounding a basketball hoop SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl is here to help when flooding hits your basement or home.

Foothills Flooding

            Its that time of year again! Spring!  And with it comes a lot of moisture (or so we always hope).  If you open up your weather app, you will be sure to see a lot of little clouds with lightning symbols coming out of it.  We have rain ahead of us and rain behind us as well.  With the potential dangers of a basement flood always a possibility, you want to be sure that you are protected.  

             Colorado weather can be very unpredictable, and our area of Lakewood is often subjected to flash floods and heavy rains in the spring and summer months.  Many of us are fortunate enough to have homes that protect us from such storms, but your home itself may not be as protected as you think.  The following article will explain risk factors for basement floods, what we can do to prevent them, and how to help if you become a victim to storm waters in your home. 

Water Gets in

            Water has a sneaking way of finding its way into many Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl, and other Colorado homes.  It can seep in through cracks and holes in basement walls, framing, floorboards, trim, and up through the foundation of your home.  These cracks and holes become larger issues when there is improper drainage around your basement, especially for homes in the Foothill areas where there is sloping topography.  If you find your home at the bottom of a hill, or at any position where water may run down, you are at higher risk for a basement flood.

Risks

            There are many dangers to flood waters in your home.  Even though the water pooling in your basement or crawl space may look clean and clear, it is likely to contain many harmful toxins to human health.  When water comes in from the ground, it pulls anything in its path along with it.  The contaminants in the water create risk to human health as well as harm to your home. The following is a list of these dangers.

  • The Yuckies
    • Ground water contains metals such as manganese and iron from the soil in high concentrations. Pesticides and fertilizers used in yards and gardens can soak into the water. Chemical spills or leaking fuel tanks may also find its way in.  Animal feces and many other natural and human-induced chemicals can be found in ground water.
  • Mold
    • Mold can start to grow and spread within 48-72 hours after water enters the home. These molds can produce allergens and irritants that can cause health effects to you and your family.  Any source of the water must be fully addressed before the mold can be remediated because it is likely to come back if any moisture remains. 
  • Water is Heavy
    • When water soaks furniture, blankets, fabrics, or other household items, it adds its weight to that item. Therefore, picking up or moving any item that is wet poses a risk to the person moving it.  It may not look as heavy as it truly is, and the right force may not be applied resulting in bodily injury. 
  • Electrical Hazard
    • Water that has come into contact with electrical outlets, cords, or appliances may become charged. It is important that you do not touch or walk through this water in order to avoid electrocution.   The electricity needs to be turned off first.
  • Slip and Fall
    • Water can also cause surfaces to become slippery. It is important to take every precaution into consideration before entering a room that is potentially slippery in order to avoid bodily injuries. 

It is important to handle everything timely and professionally in order to eliminate the risk of disease, the start of mold, or further damage to your home and its belongings.

Basement Flood Prevention

            There are several ways in which you can help to protect your home from a flash flood and sneaky water.

  • Assessing risk
    • Know the flood level and potential for your home. Your local insurance agent should have this information for you.
  • Maintaining a functioning sump pump
    • A sump pump is a tool that is installed underneath the floors of basements and crawlspaces. It is designed to collect water that tries to enter the home and redirects it back out. Check your sump pump regularly to make sure it is working and plugged in.  If you do not have a sump pump, you may want to consider installing one in your home.
  • Inspect for foundational cracks
    • Visually look at the exterior of your home for any cracks.Many can be filled in and fixed with epoxy, but if leaking continues, it may be a larger foundational issue that would require professional assistance.  
  • Keep gutters and downspouts clean
    • Be sure to position downspouts away from your home or away from any area where pooling can occur. They should be directing water at least 10 feet away from your home.  Also, keep gutters free of debris such as fallen leaves and sticks to unsure good flow.
  • Landscape for flood prevention
    • If there is slope in your yard that is causing water to come into your home, you will want to landscape to combat this. This is not always the easiest task as it requires digging trenches, regrading, placing flood barriers, or even installing a French drain.  
  • Anchor and elevate equipment such as fuel tanks, air-conditioners, and generators
    • Supply lines can tear free in the event of a basement flood and this type of equipment can leak oil into your home. Even a tank that is buried can be pushed by flood waters and effect the safety of your home.
  • Install an interior and exterior backflow valve for your sewer system
    • When a municipal city drainage system or sewer overflows, it can send contaminated water into your home. A normally functioning system allows waste water to flow from your home to the city sewer.  In the case of a backflow, the opposite occurs.  Installing the valves can prevent a backflow when the systems become overloaded.

Do's and Dont's

Even if you follow all of the preventative tips, you still may fall victim to a large storm.  Your sump pump may still fail, you may miss some foundational cracks, the septic system may back up, and a host of other possibilities.  If you find yourself ankle deep in basement water, here are a few things to do before SERVPRO arrives.  Acting quickly before professional help can arrive will lessen the damage to your home. 

Do’s:

  • Remove as much water by mopping and soaking up.
  • Wipe down wooden furniture.
  • Remove cushions, pillows, and upholstery.
  • Separate furniture legs from the wet floors by placing blocks underneath them.
  • Take out colored rugs
  • Gather all loose items.

            Additionally, there are a few things to take careful note not to do in the event of a basement flood.  Avoiding these key things will ensure your safety and lessen the damage to your property.

Don’ts:

  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or colored papers on wet carpet, floors, or furniture.
  • Do not use electrical household items such as televisions.
  • Do not vacuum up any water.
  • Do not remove heavy items as water often makes them heavier.
  • If the ceiling is wet, keep ceiling fixtures off and remain out of the room if it is sagging.

How SERVPRO Can Help

            While every water damage situation is unique, the general process stays the same.  SERVPRO follows 6 basic steps when handling your water damage.  Below are the 6 steps taken from call to complete restoration.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection of the damage
  3. Water removal and extraction
  4. Drying and Dehumidification
  5. Cleaning and Sanitizing
  6. Restoration

            In the event of a basement flood, it is essential that you call professional help as quickly as possible.  SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl is available 24/7 365 days a year.  After the initial call, we are required to arrive at your residence within 4 hours by franchise standards.  However, our team averages less than an hour for arrival time.  Our response time reduces damage, limits further damage, reduces cost, and eases headache and responsibility from the homeowner.  

Why Choose SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl

            SERVPRO is an industry leader in flood restoration. We use advanced equipment and techniques to get the water removed quickly and efficiently.  The equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and deep clean and dry your home and its contents. We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!

            We provide extensive training to our employees and are highly specialized in flood restoration putting great emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.

            We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the homeowner.

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at   http://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com  

Did You Clean That Water Damage Well Enough?

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

a sink drain leading to the leak below When you have a leak in your pipes, it can create mold.

Got Mold?

            What is that smell?  Gosh, it smells like wet and sitting food.  Where is it coming from? Under the sink? Yes.  Oh yes.  Oh shoot, there is a leak from the sink pipe! You fix the leak no problem, but now there is black mold growing underneath.  This won't be as easy as replacing the P-trap.  Cleaning mold requires special technique, cleaning products, and care.

            Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold when water is introduced to the environment.  Things such as roof leaks, basement floods, plumbing leaks (see above description), and other things of this nature can spread mold in as little as 48-72 hours! It is so important to mitigate any water in your home or business at first sight so harmful molds cannot grow and thrive. 

            In this blog, we will discuss what mold is, how it can grow in your home, how to prevent mold from growing, what we can do to help in a mold situation, and more.

What is Mold?

            Mold is a general term for fungi that comes in many forms.  There are countless forms of mold, possibly tens of thousands of differing strains, but no one knows for sure the exact count.  It can grow indoors or outdoors and be black, brown, yellow, pink, or green in color. Often it is fuzzy and can smell quite offal.  Moisture is required for mold to grow actively, and when it does, it damages whatever it may be growing on.  That could mean your carpets, floors, walls, furniture, shower, or other materials.  These items with actively growing mold are being structurally damaged by the growth. 

            Not only is mold detrimental to structures, but it can cause health effects as well.  For the sensitive group especially. 

Common Areas for Mold Growth in the Home

            First off, a small amount of mold in your everyday life is inescapable.  Tiny microscopic mold spores are present everywhere indoor and outdoor.  You are probably breathing in those tiny itty-bitty spores right now.  Getting rid of all of these spores is impossible.  They are a part of our nature.  So, if a company ever claims to remove all mold from the home, that is a fallacy! A good restoration company knows they just need to remediate the big and harmful molds. 

            So, how do you know if you have mold in your home? You will be able to see it! Often, you can smell it as mentioned before. However, it may be hiding, so checking the common areas and the not so common areas for mold will help ensure you are spotting it all. 

            The Shower or Tub: continual use of these areas makes them damp majority of the time.  The obvious places to look for mold would be the corners of the showers, ceilings, and walls.  The not so obvious places to look would be on shampoo bottles, washcloths, loofas, the shower curtain, and the shower head.

            Sink and Toilet: the wet nature of these areas makes them prone to mold.  Surface areas are the obvious places to check for mold.  The not so obvious are the toothbrush caddies, tank of the toilet, all of the pipes, and behind or underneath the sink.

            The kitchen: water, food, grease, etc. all live in the kitchen which means mold can too.  Check in, on, and under the kitchen sink, the refrigerator and pantry, microwave and stove.  The not so obvious would be the bottom of your trashcans, wooden cutting boards, window sills, and anywhere food may fall through a crack.

            The Bedroom: ceilings, walls, and window sills, may be the more obvious areas for this room.  The not so obvious would be heating and cooling systems and on your mattress!

            Other Places: chimneys and fireplaces, indoor plants, couches, curtains, upholstery, and anywhere where moisture may have been.

How to Prevent Mold Growth

             Keep humidity to a minimum.  It is recommended to keep them no greater than 50% at all times. However, changes in moisture levels and temperatures change throughout the day, so the levels will need to be checked and managed throughout. 

            Ventilate!Makes sure your home and each room has enough ventilation so moisture doesn’t stay.  Use exhaust fans and be sure that your dryer is vented outside of your home.

            Fix leaks.  Look for leaking on your roof, walls, or plumbing systems. Without water, mold cannot grow.

            Clean up and dry out homeusing your local SERVPRO franchise after water damage (within 24-48 hours).

            Add mold inhibitorsto paints before painting.

            Remove or replace any carpets or upholstery that have been soakedand cannot be dried in time.  Also consider not using carpets in areas with a lot of moisture such as bathrooms. 

What to do in the Event of Mold

  • Stay out of the affected area.
  • Turn off HVAC and fans.
  • Call SERVPRO of Lakewood and Ken-Caryl.

What not to do in the Event of Mold

  • Do not touch or disturb the mold.
  • Do not blow air on any surface that contains mold.
  • Do not dry the area yourself.
  • Do not bleach or disinfect the mold.

Our Remediation Service

            Our team at SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl has the skills, training, experience, and specialized equipment needed for mold mitigation and remediation. Our techniques are approved by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification).        

                        Direct Spraying:

                                    We use hand pumps or power sprayers to apply specialized chemicals and disinfectants to the affected areas in your Lakewood, Ken-Caryl, or surrounding homes. This method will wet the area, so we are sure to only use this method on surfaces that cannot be discolored.

                        Wet Fogging:

                                    ULV (ultra low volume) foggers are used to disperse disinfectants and deodorizers to the area.  These foggers create tiny particles that can penetrate into just about anything.  However, this creates additional moisture, so the technicians at your home, office, or she-shed, will remove all furniture and other items that could be damaged by this method. If there are some items that cannot be removed, drapes will be placed over them for protection.

                        Dry Fogging:

                                    This technique, also called thermal fogging, is used when there is mold, but little to no water damage.  This uses solvent based cleaners and deodorants that are heated and pushed through a vaporizer. This process changes the particles into so they are small enough to penetrate almost any surface.  Since there is no moisture added, this is the preferred method we use whenever it is possible. 

                        Ventilation and Air Scrubbing:

                                    As the different methods of cleaning are underway, the rooms and other affected areas must be ventilated.  Our team has high velocity exhaust fans, called box fans, that blow out mold particles.  This is done so that the mold particles that release in the cleaning process are captured and removed. This reduces the amount of time the area needs to be vacant and allows occupants into their homes quicker.

                                    Not only do the walls, ceilings, personal items, or whatever was affected need to be cleaned, but the air does too!  HEPA (high-efficiency particle air) filters are used to aid in the removal of mold spores and its odor from the air.  They work extremely well in the removal of the dirty air and filtering back clean air to the room. 

Our Process in 7 easy steps

            Each mold situation is unique and will require its own specific steps in the remediation process. However, we 7 simple steps for a typical mold damage job.  Here it is below so you may better understand what will take place and when.

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact (303) 973-4664
  • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Mold Containment
  • Step 4: Air Filtration
  • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Step 7: Restoration

Why Choose SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl

            SERVPRO is an industry leader in fire restoration. We use advanced equipment and techniques to remediate the damage quickly and efficiently. We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!  Heck, we might even be your neighbor. 

            We provide extensive training to our employees and are highly specialized in fire damage restoration putting great emphasis on monitoring and documenting the entire process until completion.

            We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the homeowner.

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at  https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com  

What is That Smell?

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growing on a wall When you have mold, call the professionals for help! SERVPRO of Evergreen/ Wheat Ridge/ Golden are here to help.

What's That Smell?

            What is that smell?  Gosh, it smells like wet and sitting food.  Where is it coming from? Under the sink? Yes.  Oh yes.  Oh shoot, there is a leak from the sink pipe! You fix the leak no problem, but now there is black mold growing underneath.  This won't be as easy as replacing the P-trap.  Cleaning mold requires special technique, cleaning products, and care.

            Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold when water is introduced to the environment.  Things such as roof leaks, basement floods, plumbing leaks, and other things of this nature can spread mold in as little as 48-72 hours! It is so important to mitigate any water in your home or business at first sight so harmful molds cannot grow and thrive. 

            In this blog, we will discuss what mold is, how it can grow in your home, how to prevent mold from growing, what we can do to help in a mold situation, and more.

The Low Down on Mold

            Mold is a general term for fungi that comes in many forms.  There are countless forms of mold, possibly tens of thousands of differing strains, but no one knows for sure the exact count.  It can grow indoors or outdoors and be black, brown, yellow, pink, or green in color. Often it is fuzzy and can smell quite offal.  Moisture is required for mold to grow actively, and when it does, it damages whatever it may be growing on.  That could mean your carpets, floors, walls, furniture, shower, or other materials.  These items with actively growing mold are being structurally damaged by the growth. 

            Not only is mold detrimental to structures, but it may cause health effects as well.  For the sensitive group especially.

Where Does Mold Grow in Your Home?

            First off, a small amount of mold in your everyday life is inescapable.  Tiny microscopic mold spores are present everywhere indoor and outdoor.  You are probably breathing in those tiny itty-bitty spores right now.  Getting rid of all of these spores is impossible.  They are a part of our nature.  So, if a company ever claims to remove all mold from the home, that is a fallacy! A good restoration company knows they just need to remediate the big and harmful molds. 

            So, how do you know if you have mold in your home? You will be able to see it! Often, you can smell it as well as mentioned before. However, it may be hiding, so checking the common areas and the not so common areas for mold will help ensure you are spotting it all. 

  • The Shower or Tub: continual use of these areas makes them damp majority of the time. The obvious places to look for mold would be the corners of the showers, ceilings, and walls.  The not so obvious places to look would be on shampoo bottles, washcloths, loofas, the shower curtain, and the shower head.
  • Sink and Toilet: the wet nature of these areas makes them prone to mold. Surface areas are the obvious places to check for mold.  The not so obvious are the toothbrush caddies, tank of the toilet, all of the pipes, and behind or underneath the sink.
  • The kitchen: water, food, grease, etc. all live in the kitchen which means mold can too. Check in, on, and under the kitchen sink, the refrigerator and pantry, microwave and stove. The not so obvious would be the bottom of your trashcans, wooden cutting boards, window sills, and anywhere food may fall through a crack.
  • The Bedroom: ceilings, walls, and window sills, may be the more obvious areas for this room. The not so obvious would be heating and cooling systems and on your mattress!
  • Other Places: chimneys and fireplaces, indoor plants, couches, curtains, upholstery, and anywhere where moisture may have been.

Preventing Mold Growth

  • Keep humidity to a minimum. It is recommended to keep them no greater than 50% at all times. However, changes in moisture levels and temperatures change throughout the day, so the levels will need to be checked and managed throughout. 
  • Ventilate! Makes sure your home and each room has enough ventilation so moisture doesn’t stay. Use exhaust fans and be sure that your dryer is vented outside of your home.
  • Fix leaks. Look for leaking on your roof, walls, or plumbing systems.  Without water, mold cannot grow.
  • Clean up and dry out home using your local SERVPRO franchise after water damage (within 24-48 hours).
  • Add mold inhibitors to paints before painting.
  • Remove or replace any carpets or upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried in time. Also consider not using carpets in areas with a lot of moisture such as bathrooms. 

What to do When You Have Mold

  • Stay out of the affected area.
  • Turn off HVAC and fans.
  • Call SERVPRO of Golden/ Wheat Ridge/ Evergreen

What Not to do When You Have Mold

  • Do not touch or disturb the mold.
  • Do not blow air on any surface that contains mold.
  • Do not dry the area yourself.
  • Do not bleach or disinfect the mold.


SERVPRO of Golden/ Wheat Ridge/ Evergreen Remediation Service

            Our team at SERVPRO of Golden/ Wheat Ridge/ Evergreen has the skills, training, experience, and specialized equipment needed for mold mitigation and remediation. Our techniques are approved by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification).              

                        Direct Spraying:

                                    We use hand pumps or power sprayers to apply specialized chemicals and disinfectants to the affected areas in your Golden/ Wheat Ridge/ Evergreen, or surrounding homes. This method will wet the area, so we are sure to only use this method on surfaces that cannot be discolored.

                        Wet Fogging:

                                    ULV (ultra low volume) foggers are used to disperse disinfectants and deodorizers to the area.  These foggers create tiny particles that can penetrate into just about anything.  However, this creates additional moisture, so the technicians at your home, office, or she-shed, will remove all furniture and other items that could be damaged by this method. If there are some items that cannot be removed, drapes will be placed over them for protection.

                        Dry Fogging:

                                    This technique, also called thermal fogging, is used when there is mold, but little to no water damage.  This uses solvent based cleaners and deodorants that are heated and pushed through a vaporizer. This process changes the particles into so they are small enough to penetrate almost any surface.  Since there is no moisture added, this is the preferred method we use whenever it is possible. 

                        Ventilation and Air Scrubbing:

                                    As the different methods of cleaning are underway, the rooms and other affected areas must be ventilated.  Our team has high velocity exhaust fans, called box fans, that blow out mold particles.  This is done so that the mold particles that release in the cleaning process are captured and removed. This reduces the amount of time the area needs to be vacant and allows occupants into their homes quicker.

                                    Not only do the walls, ceilings, personal items, or whatever was affected need to be cleaned, but the air does too!  HEPA (high-efficiency particle air) filters are used to aid in the removal of mold spores and its odor from the air.  They work extremely well in the removal of the dirty air and filtering back clean air to the room. 

7 easy steps

            Each mold situation is unique and will require its own specific steps in the remediation process. However, we 7 simple steps for a typical mold damage job.  Here it is below so you may better understand what will take place and when.

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact (303) 973-4664
  • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Mold Containment
  • Step 4: Air Filtration
  • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Step 7: Restoration

Why Choose SERVPRO of Golden/ Wheat Ridge/ Evergreen

            SERVPRO is an industry leader in fire restoration. We use advanced equipment and techniques to remediate the damage quickly and efficiently. We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!  Heck, we might even be your neighbor. 

            We provide extensive training to our employees and are highly specialized in fire damage restoration putting great emphasis on monitoring and documenting the entire process until completion.

            We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the homeowner.

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 279-8055

Or visit our website at  https://www.SERVPROgoldenwheatridgeevergreen.com  

SERVPRO Stoping the Spread of COVID-19

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

The Virus SERVPRO helps to stop the spread of COVID-19 with professional cleaning.

SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl Helps Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

SERVPRO and the Virus

            Coronavirus, or Covid-19 hit the United States and turned our realities upside down.  The most recent update stated 131 cases of Coronavirus in Colorado alone, and one of those cases resulted in death.  People are gutting grocery stores, buying out the food, sanitizing materials, and buying toilet paper.  Thousands have canceled travel, sporting events have been canceled for spectators, as well as many events around Denver and throughout Colorado under cancellation.  As spring quickly approaches people are not coming out of hiding in their homes after the long winter, but planning on staying in. 

            This outbreak is ever evolving and continually under investigation.  As we all huddle in our homes it is an effort to flatten the curve of Covid-19.  We as individuals try to do our part, and all of us here at SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl are doing our part to stop the spread as well.  As a cleaning and restoration team, we are trained to the highest standards of cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.  We have specialized equipment, industrial strength products, and strict protocol.  As the situation has increased in severity, we have gone out to clean and sanitize schools, homes, and businesses.

             The following blog explains what SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl is doing to stop the spread of this virus and how you can utilize our services to keep you and your families healthy during this outbreak.  It talks about our safety measures, our 3 levels of cleaning, and some high touch surfaces to consider when cleaning and disinfecting.

A Quick Note About Covid-19

            According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which has now (as of this publication) been detected in 60 locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). The CDC has setup a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary page to provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.

PPE: Personal Protective Equipment

            When SERVPRO arrives on the scene, the technicians will be decked out in personal protective equipment, or PPEs.  This will include ventilators, full-body suits, eye protection, and gloves.  They will look like ghostbusters, but you can call them Covid-19 busters.  The PPEs are worn to protect our employees from potential hazards during the job.  Likewise, they prevent any transfer of germs from the tech to the facility.  Proper disposal of the protective gear is also done with a sharp protocol. 

The 3 levels of clean: Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

            After we arrive fully wrapped up in protective gear, we start cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.  When people think of a cleaning team, they don’t realize there are varying levels of “clean”.

  1. Cleaning: Cleaning is defined by physically removing visible dirt, viruses, fungi, and bacteria. General surface cleaning is accomplished with water, detergent, and physical scrubbing of the surface itself.  The guiding principle is to remove microbes from the surface rather than killing them. Thoroughly cleaning a surface can drastically reduce the need to disinfect because without the nutrients and moisture needed to survive and multiply, most microbes cannot live on a clean and dry surface for very long.  This level of cleaning would take place in a normal spring clean around the house without the worry of serious virus infection.
  1. Sanitizing: Reduces but does not necessarily eliminate all bacteria on a treated surface. Think of the phrase “kills 99.9% of germs”. Sanitizers do not actually have claims for viruses or fungi.  To be a registered sanitizer, the test results for the product must reduce each type of bacteria by at least the 99.9% on non-food-contact surfaces.  Examples of these would be carpet sanitizers, air sanitizers, laundry additives, and in-tank toilet bowl sanitizers.
  1. Disinfecting: Works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces.This does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. Disinfecting destroys or irreversibly inactivates infectious or other undesirable microbes, but does not necessarily kill the spores of bacteria and fungi.

            During cleaning of facilities at this time, all three levels of cleaning with be diligently implemented by our technicians.

What Surfaces to consider Cleaning and Disinfecting

            At SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl, we have a list of areas and items to clean in a facility that are considered high touch. Whether the facility is a house, a restaurant, classroom, office, etc. here is a good reference list when doing your own cleaning and disinfecting.  The list may seem extensive, but it is all of the areas and items we would hit when servicing an area at minimum. 

Kitchen/Food Areas

  • tables and chairs
  • cabinets and pulls
  • doorknobs
  • floors-hard surfaces/wood
  • mats
  • food contact surfaces
  • light switches
  • paper towel/napkin dispensers
  • push doors
  • salt and pepper shakers
  • sink hardware
  • soap dispensers
  • tabletops
  • bathroom stalls
  • countertops

Bathrooms

cabinets/vanities and pulls

  • doorknobs
  • floors-hard surfaces/wood
  • handrails
  • light switches
  • paper towel/napkin dispenser
  • sink hardware
  • sinks
  • soap dispensers
  • toilets
  • diaper changing station

Classrooms

  • book covers and binders
  • chairs
  • computer equipment
  • countertops
  • doorknobs
  • floors- hard surfaces/wood
  • small hard surface items
  • light switches
  • mats
  • carpet
  • paper towel/napkin dispensers
  • sink hardware
  • sinks
  • soap dispensers tabletops/desktop

Offices

  • chairs
  • telephones
  • computer equipment
  • countertops
  • doorknobs
  • floors- hard surfaces/wood
  • light switches
  • shared office equipment
  • tabletops/desktops
  • water fountains
  • carpet
  • rugs

Our Promise

            Our entire staff has been briefed on the new protocol when handling potential Covid-19 affected areas.  They are highly trained and professional.  Not only are we a cleaning business, but we are your friends and neighbors as well.  We too want to do all we can to stop the spread of this virus and be a bit of hope in this scary time.  We are still open 24/7 for the pubic.  Please call us with any questions you may have or to inquire on our services.  Stay healthy, stay positive, and know we are doing our best to aid the pandemic. 

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at  https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com  

A Storm is Brewing

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a Storm in the works SERVPRO of Lakewood/Ken-Caryl is a storm disaster team specializing in fire and flood restoration. We travel out to storm locations and help locally.

A Storm is Brewing

            Thunder! Nah-nah nah-nah nah-nah nah-nah nah! Thunder!

            Don’t those words pump you up? They sure get our SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl team jazzed.  But not because we are about to watch a sporting event, because we are a storm disaster team.  When mother nature slam dunks, we are the guys and gals that go into the aftermath to fix it up.  Whether it be a hurricane that ravished homes with flood and wind damage, or a blizzard that did the same, we make it "Like it never even happened.”  No storm job is too small or too large for this team! And when disaster strikes our nation, we gather up our forces and travel out.  We don’t only serve our local community, but the entire nation when it calls for such action. 

            We are faster to any size disaster. A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night, to help Quincy business owners and residents. 

            We are highly trained storm damage specialistswho get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition. Using advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready.

            We have resources to handle storm disasters. In addition to our own resources, we can access equipment and personnel from over 1,700 Franchises across the state and country. We can even call upon strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams for catastrophic storms and major events.  We truly are ready at any moment.  Day or night. 

            The remainder of this blog explains what water damage can do to your home.  We chose to highlight water because it is most often the culprit of storm damage.  We talk about basement flooding, water damage to your personal items, what to do before we arrive- including prevention tips, and how we at SERVPRO of Lakewood/Ken-Caryl can completely restore your home or business to pre-damage condition. 

What are the Dangers of Basement Floods?          

            There are many risks to having unwanted water in your home.  Even though it may seem harmless, often the water is clean and clear looking, it is likely to contain yuckies that are harmful to you and your family.  As water makes its way over the ground and into your basement, it pulls along with it anything within its path.  The dirties in the water pose the greatest menaces, but there are many that are involved with a flooded basement.  The following is a list of these possibilities.

  1. Pulled in yuckies
    1. Manganese and iron are two heavy metals that are found in high concentrations of ground water. Yards and gardens often contain fertilizers and pesticides that can soak into the water.  Chemical spills or leaking fuel tanks can also get into the traveling water. Animal feces and many other natural and human-induced chemicals can be found in ground water.
  1. Mold
    1. Mold can start to grow and spread within 48-72 hours after water enters the home. Allergens and irritants that are harmful to human health are produced by molds.  Any source of the water must be fully addressed before the mold can be remediated because it is likely to come back if any moisture remains. 
  1. Water Adds Weight
    1. When water soaks furniture, blankets, fabrics, or other household items, it adds its weight to that item and they become heavy. Therefore, picking up or moving any item that is wet poses a risk to the person moving it. It may not look as heavy as it truly is, and the right force may not be applied resulting in bodily injury. 
  1. Electrical
    1. Water that has come into contact with electrical outlets, cords, or appliances may become charged. It is important that you do not touch or walk through this water in order to avoid electrocution.   The electricity needs to be turned off first.
  1. Slippery Surfaces
    1. Water can also cause surfaces to become slippery. It is important to take every precaution into consideration before entering a room that is potentially slippery in order to avoid bodily injuries. 

Prevention

            There are many ways in which you can protect your home from a potential flood.  The follow are the key ways to help mitigate your risk.

  • Be sure to have a functional sump pump in your home. A sump pump is a common household tool that is installed underneath the floors of basements or crawlspaces.  It collects water that tries to enter the home and redirects it back out.  Check your sump pump on a regular basis to make sure that it is working optimally, and always check to see if it is plugged in.  If you do not have a sump pump in your home, consider installing one. 
  • Know the flood level potential for your home. Every home is different depending on its particular structure and location. Your local insurance agent should have and provide this information for you. 
  • Look out for any foundational cracks and repair them. Most foundational cracks can be resolved by filling in with epoxy that you can pick up at your local hardware store such as Home Depot.  However, if it continues to leak after epoxy has been applied, it is likely a larger problem that would need professional assistance. 
  • Anchor and elevate equipment. In the event of a basement flood, supply lines can be torn free from things such as fuel tanks, generators, and air-conditioners.  Oil from these can leak into the home.  Even a tank that is buried can be pushed by flood waters and effect the safety of your home. 
  • Maintain your gutters and your downspouts by regularly cleaning them.Debris such as leaves and twigs can clog the gutters and downspouts creating blockages.  Your downspouts should be directing water at least 10 feet away from the home so pooling cannot occur near it. 
  • Landscaping your yard is also essential for flood prevention.Watch for areas that are directing water towards your home such as a small hill.  Once you have identified the areas of work, you can proceed to do things such as digging trenches, regarding the land, placing flood barriers in appropriate areas, and even installing a French drain can help.
  • Interior and exterior backflow valves for your sewer system is also a simple yet effective line of prevention. When there is flooding in your area, municipal city drainage systems and sewers are also at risk of overflow.  They can send contaminated water back into your lines and into your home. Installing valves can prevent this type of backflow when the public systems become overloaded.

What to do before help arrives

            Even if you follow all of the preventative advice to a T, you still may find yourself with a flooded basement. We cannot always prevent disaster from striking, so it is good to know what to do if you fall victim to creeping water.  You will always want to call in the professionals, as we have described in the dangers category of this blog.  Before they can arrive at your home, here is what you can do to help mitigate the damage.

            Mop and soak up as much water as you possibly can.

            Wipe off all of the wooden furniture so they cannot be further damaged.

            Upholstery, cushions, pillows, and blankets should be removed from the area.

            Put blocks between the legs of furniture and the floor.

            Removed colored rugs carefully.

            Gather loose items that may be in the way or cluttering the affected area.

Additionally, there are things you do not want to do before the help arrives.  Avoiding these key things with help to keep you safe and limit the damage to your home and its belongings.  Always leave the hard stuff or anything you are not comfortable with for the professionals. 

            Do not leave colored items out in the wet area.

            Do not use household items that use electricity such as TV’s.

            Do not remove anything that is too heavy for you.

            Do not go into a room with a wet and sagging ceiling.

What we do

            We follow 6 basic and standard steps when dealing with a water damage situation.  Following the 6 steps ensures a quick and uniform process, so the homeowner and the team at SERVPRO know what to expect each time.

  1. Emergency contact
  2. Inspection of the damage
  3. Water removal and extraction
  4. Drying and dehumidifying
  5. Cleaning and Sanitizing
  6. Restoration

Why SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl

            SERVPRO is an industry leader in flood restoration. We use advanced equipment and techniques to get the water removed quickly and efficiently.  The equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and deep clean and dry your home and its contents.  We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!

            We provide extensive training to our employees and are highly specialized in flood restoration putting great emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.

            We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the homeowner.

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at  https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com  

More Than a Restoration Team: A Story

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Image shows firemen putting out a fire Firemen can put out flames, but so can your local hero. Our team at SERVPRO of Lakewood and Ken-Caryl has our own set of heroes.

More Than Just Restoration: A Story

            Dark gray clouds roll over the mountains and the wind begins to whip.  All of the animals have sensed the oncoming storm and have taken to hiding.  The land is empty beyond its rustling trees and long grasses.  Finally, the rain begins to spit down and lightening streaks the sky.  It’s an ordinary day in Golden, Colorado, and it’s not a particularly bad storm.  Residents and passerby wouldn’t think much of the event.  In fact, everyone was going cheerfully on with their day knowing the storm would soon pass quickly, as they all do in the Front Range.  However, the one thing no one expected was to have that bright lightening find its way to the ground and strike a lonely tree off of Rooney Road.  But, that is precisely what happened. 

            Now, on this ordinary day, the SERVPRO Team of Lakewood/Ken-Caryl was out on a job.  They were headed to a fire loss in Golden when they stumbled upon a burning tree. The two SERVPRO employees didn’t hesitate a beat when they saw this.  They quickly pulled over to the side of the quiet road and sprang into action. They ran to the back of the bright green truck, extracted two shovels, and ran straight towards the flaming pine.  The two young men had no fear of the situation at hand.  Their instinct was save the tree and save the land.  They began digging into the hard earth to pull up as much dirt as they could muster and throw it onto the flames.  They worked vigorously and fast! And in no time, the flames were diminished.  All that was left was the hot smoke billowing into the darkened sky.  The SERVPRO employees put out the fire before the fire department or the Jeffco Sheriff could make it to the scene.  The fire was not able to spread beyond those piney branches and the young men drove away as hero’s.  Now, that is a whole new type of fire specialization! 

            What happened that day taught all of us here at SERVPRO of Lakewood/Ken-Caryl a lesson on integrity.  How you do anything is how you do everything.  The boys could have passed the tree and simply called the fire department to take care of it. They wouldn’t have spent any of their time on the situation and could get their required job done and out of the way faster.  That would have been the easy way out.  But, they didn’t do that.  They did everything they possibly could, put out the fire, waited for the professionals to show up, and then went on their way to work. It was impressive and inspiring.

            After that day, we all started to look for things we could improve beyond the typical work routine.  If the snack section started to get messy, someone would clean it up. Customer service went through the roof, and all of the small things made for an improved work environment. Everyone felt good about doing their best and helping others.  SERVPRO was no longer just a restoration team.  We are so much more than that.  We are heroes!

            We take scary situations and turn them into a positive experience for people.  Having your Lakewood or Ken-Caryl home catch fire or flood is a horrifying event.  A lot is lost in destructive flames or damaging waters.  SERVPRO comes in to save as much as we can.  We have done it so many times we are comfortable in our expertise, and customers find a solace in our help.  It has become our civic duty to help when disaster strikes!

            In the remainder of the blog, we would like to highlight some of our restoration processes, whether it be mold mitigation, fire restoration, or flood restoration, we have your back!

Fire

            Damage Restoration

  • Structural Cleaning
    • The first step in the remediation of a fire is structural cleaning.After fire and smoke has made its mark on your home, ceilings, walls, flooring, and woodwork will need a thorough cleaning.  After the pretest, our SERVPRO team of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl will use the appropriate cleaning chemicals for the type of smoke and specific surface it is on.  Often times, our specifically designed chemicals can completely remove the damaging smoke from the structure so that repainting or refinishing is not necessary, saving you money.  If we cannot clean the surface completely, we will restore it to a “prepare for paint” condition.  This process deodorizes and ensures that the new coat of paint will adhere properly.
  • Content Cleaning
    • Area rugs, furniture, draperies, upholstery, and all restorable personal items in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. Some items can be cleaned onsite, but many are packed up and cleaned in-house. The type of cleaning will be determined upon a pretest and an inventory list of all items will be made so our franchise and the home owner can keep track of them. 
  • Deodorizing
    • After the structures and contents of the home have been cleaned, the home itself will also be deodorized.We do not merely mask the smells, we seek the source and eliminate it.  SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors, and our specialized equipment cannot be beat.

Flood

            When your Lakewood home has water damage from flooding or leaks, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Our highly trained technicians will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal.While every water damage situation is unique, the general process stays the same.  SERVPRO follows 6 basic steps when handling your water damage.  Below are the 6 steps taken from call to complete restoration.


Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

            In the event of a basement flood, it is essential that you call professional help as quickly as possible.  SERVPRO of Golden/ Wheat Ridge/ Evergreen is available 24/7 365 days a year.  After the initial call, we are required to arrive at your residence within 4 hours by franchise standards.  However, our team averages less than an hour for arrival time.  Our response time reduces damage, limits further damage, reduces cost, and eases headache and responsibility from the homeowner.  

Mold

            Our team at SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl has the skills, training, experience, and specialized equipment needed for mold mitigation and remediation. Our techniques are approved by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification).        

                        Direct Spraying:

                                    We use hand pumps or power sprayers to apply specialized chemicals and disinfectants to the affected areas in your Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl, or surrounding homes. This method will wet the area, so we are sure to only use this method on surfaces that cannot be discolored.

                        Wet Fogging:

                                    ULV (ultra low volume) foggers are used to disperse disinfectants and deodorizers to the area.  These foggers create tiny particles that can penetrate into just about anything.  However, this creates additional moisture, so the technicians at your home, office, or she-shed, will remove all furniture and other items that could be damaged by this method. If there are some items that cannot be removed, drapes will be placed over them for protection.

                        Dry Fogging:

                                    This technique, also called thermal fogging, is used when there is mold, but little to no water damage.  This uses solvent based cleaners and deodorants that are heated and pushed through a vaporizer. This process changes the particles into so they are small enough to penetrate almost any surface.  Since there is no moisture added, this is the preferred method we use whenever it is possible. 

                        Ventilation and Air Scrubbing:

                                    As the different methods of cleaning are underway, the rooms and other affected areas must be ventilated.  Our team has high velocity exhaust fans, called box fans, that blow out mold particles.  This is done so that the mold particles that release in the cleaning process are captured and removed. This reduces the amount of time the area needs to be vacant and allows occupants into their homes quicker.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl

            SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl is a locally owned business. We serve Genesee, Lakeside, Applewood, Lakewood, Conifer, Bailey and Kittredge as well as Evergreen, Wheat Ridge and Golden. We have traveled to Winter Park, Breckenridge, Jefferson and the greater Denver/Boulder metro area. We live where we serve.  Heck! We might even be your neighbor.  That is why we take personal pride in offering you professional, quality, reliable and trustworthy service when it comes to water, mold or fire damage to your home or commercial space. We are local and dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. Our phones are personally answered 24/7 and our technicians are on call 24 hours a day. when disaster strikes there is no need to wait till morning for help to arrive. Whether you are experiencing a flood due to a burst pipe, a kitchen fire, have found mold or need emergency services in the metro or mountain areas, don’t wait! Call SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl today. And remember, we are so much more than just a restoration team!

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at:  https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com    

Commercial Water Loss

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Flood Loss Flood can strike your commercial building at anytime. Be protected, or call SERVPRO.

Commercial Water Loss

“Just another day at the office.” It's an expression that is widely used for the mundane work day.  We often get up, do our morning routine and expect a fairly routine day at work.  We are creatures of habit after all. But, what happens when we get to our commercial building and find it completely flooded with water?!  It becomes not just another day at the office, it becomes a stressful, unproductive, revenue-sucking day. 

For most businesses, the commercial building is only populated from 9-5.  That means all of the little things are only being monitored for about 8 hours out of the 24 we are given in a day.  The commercial building is at risk during those remaining 16 hours and it can result in a burst pipe, back flow, or basement flood.  While it may cause some initial headache and heart race, our team at SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”  We are a fast-acting 24-hour response team that specializes in commercial water loss.  No job is too big for us to handle. 

In the following blog, we talk on how water losses happen in a commercial building, the dangers of the water loss, how to prevent a commercial flood, and how SERVPRO is here to help. 

How Water Gets in

            Water has a sneaking way of finding its way into many Lakewood, Ken-Caryl, and other Colorado businesses and structures.  It can seep in through cracks and holes in basement walls, framing, floorboards, trim, and up through the foundation.  These cracks and holes become larger issues when there is improper drainage around your basement, especially for buildings in the Foothill areas where there is sloping topography.  If you find your office or commercial building at the bottom of a hill, or at any position where water may run down, you are at higher risk for a basement flood.

The Dangers

            There are many dangers to flood waters in a commercial setting.  Even though the water pooling in your basement or crawl space may look clean and clear, it is likely to contain many harmful toxins to human health.  When water comes in from the ground, it pulls anything in its path along with it.  The contaminants in the water create risk to human health as well as harm to the commercial space. The following is a list of these dangers.

  • The Bad Stuff
    • Ground water contains metals such as manganese and iron from the soil in high concentrations. Pesticides and fertilizers used in yards and gardens can soak into the water. Chemical spills or leaking fuel tanks may also find its way in.  Animal feces and many other natural and human-induced chemicals can be found in ground water.
  • Mold
    • Mold can start to grow and spread within 48-72 hours after water enters the building. These molds can produce allergens and irritants that are harmful to the health of you and your family.  Any source of the water must be fully addressed before the mold can be remediated because it is likely to come back if any moisture remains. 
  • Water is Heavy
    • When water soaks furniture, blankets, fabrics, or other common office items, it adds its weight to that item. Therefore, picking up or moving any item that is wet poses a risk to the person moving it.  It may not look as heavy as it truly is, and the right force may not be applied resulting in bodily injury. 
  • Electrical Hazard
    • Water that has come into contact with electrical outlets, cords, or appliances may become charged. It is important that you do not touch or walk through this water in order to avoid electrocution.   The electricity needs to be turned off first.
  • Slip and Fall
    • Water can also cause surfaces to become slippery. It is important to take every precaution into consideration before entering a room that is potentially slippery in order to avoid bodily injuries. 

It is important to handle everything timely and professionally in order to eliminate the risk of disease, the start of mold, or further damage to the building and its belongings.

How to Prevent a Flood

            There are several ways in which you can help to protect your commercial building from a flash flood and sneaky water.

  • Assessing risk
    • Know the flood level and potential for your space. Your local insurance agent should have this information for you.
  • Inspect for foundational cracks
    • Visually look at the exterior of your home for any cracks. Many can be filled in and fixed with epoxy, but if leaking continues, it may be a larger foundational issue that would require professional assistance.  
  • Keep gutters and downspouts clean
    • Be sure to position downspouts away from your home or away from any area where pooling can occur. They should be directing water at least 10 feet away from your building.  Also, keep gutters free of debris such as fallen leaves and sticks to ensure good flow.
  • Landscape for flood prevention
    • If there is slope in the property that is causing water to come into your space, you will want to landscape to combat this. This is not always the easiest task as it requires digging trenches, regrading, placing flood barriers, or even installing a French drain.  
  • Anchor and elevate equipment such as fuel tanks, air-conditioners, and generators
    • Supply lines can tear free in the event of a basement flood and this type of equipment can leak oil into your home. Even a tank that is buried can be pushed by flood waters and affect the safety of your home.
  • Install an interior and exterior back flow valve for your sewer system
    • When a municipal city drainage system or sewer overflows, it can send contaminated water into your home. A normally functioning system allows waste water to flow from your home to the city sewer.  In the case of a back flow, the opposite occurs.  Installing the valves can prevent a back flow when the systems become overloaded.

The Do’s and Don’ts Before Help Arrives

Even if you follow all of the preventative tips, you still may fall victim to a large storm.  Your back flow valves may still fail, you may miss some foundational cracks, the septic system may back up, and a host of other possibilities, especially with large spaces such as commercial buildings.  If you find yourself ankle deep in basement water, here are a few things to do before SERVPRO arrives.  Acting quickly before professional help can arrive will lessen the damage to your office, shop, or commercial building.

Do’s:

  • Remove as much water by mopping and soaking up.
  • Wipe down wooden furniture.
  • Remove cushions, pillows, and upholstery.
  • Separate furniture legs from the wet floors by placing blocks underneath them.
  • Take out colored rugs
  • Gather all loose items.

            Additionally, there are a few things to take careful note not to do in the event of a commercial flood.  Avoiding these key things will ensure your safety and lessen the damage to your property.

Don’ts:

  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or colored papers, or colored office supplies on wet carpet, floors, or furniture.
  • Do not use electrical items such as televisions, printers, or computers.
  • Do not vacuum up any water.
  • Do not remove heavy items as water often makes them heavier.
  • If the ceiling is wet, keep ceiling fixtures off and remain out of the room if it is sagging.

How SERVPRO Can Help

            While every water damage situation is unique, the general process stays the same.  SERVPRO follows 6 basic steps when handling your water damage.  Below are the 6 steps taken from call to complete restoration.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection of the damage
  3. Water removal and extraction
  4. Drying and Dehumidification
  5. Cleaning and Sanitizing
  6. Restoration

            In the event of a commercial flood, it is essential that you call professional help as quickly as possible.  SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl is available 24/7 365 days a year.  After the initial call, we are required to arrive at your residence within 4 hours by franchise standards.  However, our team averages less than an hour for arrival time.  Our response time reduces harm, limits further damage, and reduces cost, and eases headache and responsibility from the building owner.  

Why Choose SERVPRO

            SERVPRO is an industry leader in flood restoration. We use advanced equipment and techniques to get the water removed quickly and efficiently.  The equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and deep clean and dry your commercial building and its contents. We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!

            We provide extensive training to our employees and are highly specialized in flood restoration putting great emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.

            We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the building owner.

            Please give us a call for any of your commercial restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at

https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com  

Why SERVPRO

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire, water, and mold restoration Flood damage, smoke damage from a fire, and mold mitigation is no match for our team here in the Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl area.

Why SERVPRO for your Restoration Needs

            Fire damage, water loss, mold, oh my! These things, like the Tin Mans lions, tigers, and bears, are lurking around, waiting to attack your home or business.  The unfortunate statistics state that one in 50 insured homes will experience water damage each year, a structure fire happens every 63 seconds, a house will catch flames every 88 seconds, and 4.6 million cases of lung and breathing related illnesses happen from mold exposure in the home.  Thus, it is likely that you or someone you know will suffer from one of these this coming year.

            However, you do not have to be like the Tin Man in the way of anxiety because SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl has your back! It can be scary falling victim to any of the above scenarios, especially if it is your first time encountering them.  Our team has seen it all, and the biggest loss is no match for our expertise, professionalism, equipment, and care.  We personally have taken on the small jobs such as a little mold clean up in a shower, carpet cleaning, smoke damage to a small room, and more. We have also taken on the large jobs such as entire home fires, a burst pipe to an entire office building in downtown Arvada, and remediating the water damage to the entire Colorado Mills Mall after the hail damage a few years back.  These are just a few examples.

            In the following blog, we will highlight the three main restoration services we preform that are fire, flood, and mold damage. We will talk on the three types of cleanings we do for fire and smoke damage, our process when handling a water loss, and our 4 methods of cleaning up a mold job.   

Fire

            Damage Restoration

  • Structural Cleaning
    • The first step in the remediation of a fire is structural cleaning.After fire and smoke has made its mark on your home, ceilings, walls, flooring, and woodwork will need a thorough cleaning.  After the pretest, our SERVPRO team of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl will use the appropriate cleaning chemicals for the type of smoke and specific surface it is on.  Often times, our specifically designed chemicals can completely remove the damaging smoke from the structure so that repainting or refinishing is not necessary, saving you money.  If we cannot clean the surface completely, we will restore it to a “prepare for paint” condition.  This process deodorizes and ensures that the new coat of paint will adhere properly.
  • Content Cleaning
    • Area rugs, furniture, draperies, upholstery, and all restorable personal items in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. Some items can be cleaned onsite, but many are packed up and cleaned in-house. The type of cleaning will be determined upon a pretest and an inventory list of all items will be made so our franchise and the home owner can keep track of them. 
  • Deodorizing
    • After the structures and contents of the home have been cleaned, the home itself will also be deodorized.We do not merely mask the smells, we seek the source and eliminate it.  SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors, and our specialized equipment cannot be beat.

Flood

            When your Lakewood home has water damage from flooding or leaks, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Our highly trained technicians will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal.While every water damage situation is unique, the general process stays the same.  SERVPRO follows 6 basic steps when handling your water damage.  Below are the 6 steps taken from call to complete restoration.


Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

            In the event of a basement flood, it is essential that you call professional help as quickly as possible.  SERVPRO of Golden/ Wheat Ridge/ Evergreen is available 24/7 365 days a year.  After the initial call, we are required to arrive at your residence within 4 hours by franchise standards.  However, our team averages less than an hour for arrival time.  Our response time reduces damage, limits further damage, reduces cost, and eases headache and responsibility from the homeowner.  

Mold

            Our team at SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl has the skills, training, experience, and specialized equipment needed for mold mitigation and remediation. Our techniques are approved by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification).        

                        Direct Spraying:

                                    We use hand pumps or power sprayers to apply specialized chemicals and disinfectants to the affected areas in your Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl, or surrounding homes. This method will wet the area, so we are sure to only use this method on surfaces that cannot be discolored.

                        Wet Fogging:

                                    ULV (ultra low volume) foggers are used to disperse disinfectants and deodorizers to the area.  These foggers create tiny particles that can penetrate into just about anything.  However, this creates additional moisture, so the technicians at your home, office, or she-shed, will remove all furniture and other items that could be damaged by this method. If there are some items that cannot be removed, drapes will be placed over them for protection.

                        Dry Fogging:

                                    This technique, also called thermal fogging, is used when there is mold, but little to no water damage.  This uses solvent based cleaners and deodorants that are heated and pushed through a vaporizer. This process changes the particles into so they are small enough to penetrate almost any surface.  Since there is no moisture added, this is the preferred method we use whenever it is possible. 

                        Ventilation and Air Scrubbing:

                                    As the different methods of cleaning are underway, the rooms and other affected areas must be ventilated.  Our team has high velocity exhaust fans, called box fans, that blow out mold particles.  This is done so that the mold particles that release in the cleaning process are captured and removed. This reduces the amount of time the area needs to be vacant and allows occupants into their homes quicker.

Other Services

            The above are the three main restoration services we offer to our local Colorado friends and neighbors.  However, we have a long list of services we offer every day that include:

  • Residential Cleaning
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard
  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
  • Ceiling, Floors and Wall Cleaning
  • Drapes and Blind Cleaning
  • Odor Removal
  • Sewage and Toilet Overflow
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism and Graffiti
  • Storm and Emergency Cleanup

Why Choose SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl

            SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl is a locally owned business. We serve Genesee, Lakeside, Applewood, Lakewood, Conifer, Bailey and Kittredge as well as Evergreen, Wheat Ridge and Golden. We have traveled to Winter Park, Breckenridge, Jefferson and the greater Denver/Boulder metro area. We live where we serve.  Heck! We might even be your neighbor.  That is why we take personal pride in offering you professional, quality, reliable and trustworthy service when it comes to water, mold or fire damage to your home or commercial space. We are local and dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. Our phones are personally answered 24/7 and our technicians are on call 24 hours a day. when disaster strikes there is no need to wait till morning for help to arrive. Whether you are experiencing a flood due to a burst pipe, a kitchen fire, have found mold or need emergency services in the metro or mountain areas, don’t wait! Call SERVPRO of Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen today.

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at  https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com  

Got Mold?

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth Mold can grow on walls, floors, ceilings, and more. All it needs is a little moisture and a minimum of 48 hours to start growing.

Got Mold?

            Yum! Mold! Blue cheese, brie, gorgonzola, and Roquefort are a few cheeses with delicious inlays of edible mold. And when it comes to a fine charcuterie board, these molds are essential.  However, when it comes to your Evergreen, Wheat Ridge, Golden home, office, or she-shed, mold is the last thing you want to see.   

            Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold when water is introduced to the environment.  Things such as roof leaks, basement floods, plumbing leaks, and other things of this nature can spread mold in as little as 48-72 hours! It is so important to mitigate any water in your home or business at first sight so harmful molds cannot grow and thrive. 

            In this blog, we will discuss what mold is, how it can grow in your home, how to prevent mold from growing, what we can do to help in a mold situation, and more.

What is Mold?

            Mold is a general term for fungi that comes in many forms.  There are countless forms of mold, possibly tens of thousands of differing strains, but no one knows for sure the exact count.  It can grow indoors or outdoors and be black, brown, yellow, pink, or green in color. Often it is fuzzy and can smell quite offal.  Moisture is required for mold to grow actively, and when it does, it damages whatever it may be growing on.  That could mean your carpets, floors, walls, furniture, shower, or other materials.  These items with actively growing mold are being structurally damaged by the growth. 

            Not only is mold detrimental to structures, but to your health as well.  For the sensitive group, mold can cause stuffiness, throat and eye irritation, difficulties breathing, coughing, and skin irritations.  People with mold allergies may have worse symptoms, and those with lung diseases or compromised lungs may be the most effected when exposed to mold. 

Common Areas for Mold Growth in the Home

            First off, a small amount of mold in your everyday life is inescapable.  Tiny microscopic mold spores are present everywhere indoor and outdoor.  You are probably breathing in those tiny itty-bitty spores right now.  Getting rid of all of these spores is impossible.  They are a part of our nature.  So, if a company ever claims to remove all mold from the home, that is a fallacy! A good restoration company knows they just need to remediate the big and harmful molds. 

            So, how do you know if you have mold in your home? You will be able to see it! Often, you can smell it as well as mentioned before. However, it may be hiding, so checking the common areas and the not so common areas for mold will help ensure you are spotting it all. 

            The Shower or Tub: continual use of these areas makes them damp majority of the time.  The obvious places to look for mold would be the corners of the showers, ceilings, and walls.  The not so obvious places to look would be on shampoo bottles, washcloths, loofas, the shower curtain, and the shower head.

            Sink and Toilet: the wet nature of these areas makes them prone to mold.  Surface areas are the obvious places to check for mold.  The not so obvious are the toothbrush caddies, tank of the toilet, all of the pipes, and behind or underneath the sink.

            The kitchen: water, food, grease, etc. all live in the kitchen which means mold can too.  Check in, on, and under the kitchen sink, the refrigerator and pantry, microwave and stove.  The not so obvious would be the bottom of your trashcans, wooden cutting boards, window sills, and anywhere food may fall through a crack.

            The Bedroom: ceilings, walls, and window sills, may be the more obvious areas for this room.  The not so obvious would be heating and cooling systems and on your mattress!

            Other Places: chimneys and fireplaces, indoor plants, couches, curtains, upholstery, and anywhere where moisture may have been.

How to Prevent Mold Growth

            Keep humidity to a minimum.  It is recommended to keep them no greater than 50% at all times. However, changes in moisture levels and temperatures change throughout the day, so the levels will need to be checked and managed throughout. 

            Ventilate!Makes sure your home and each room has enough ventilation so moisture doesn’t stay.  Use exhaust fans and be sure that your dryer is vented outside of your home.

            Fix leaks.  Look for leaking on your roof, walls, or plumbing systems. Without water, mold cannot grow.

            Clean up and dry out homeusing your local SERVPRO franchise after water damage (within 24-48 hours).

            Add mold inhibitorsto paints before painting.

            Remove or replace any carpets or upholstery that have been soakedand cannot be dried in time.  Also consider not using carpets in areas with a lot of moisture such as bathrooms. 

What to do in the Event of Mold

  • Stay out of the affected area.
  • Turn off HVAC and fans.
  • Call SERVPRO of Lakewood and Ken-Caryl.

What not to do in the Event of Mold

  • Do not touch or disturb the mold.
  • Do not blow air on any surface that contains mold.
  • Do not dry the area yourself.
  • Do not bleach or disinfect the mold.

Our Remediation Service

            Our team at SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl has the skills, training, experience, and specialized equipment needed for mold mitigation and remediation. Our techniques are approved by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification).        

                        Direct Spraying:

                                    We use hand pumps or power sprayers to apply specialized chemicals and disinfectants to the affected areas in your Lakewood, Ken-Caryl, or surrounding homes. This method will wet the area, so we are sure to only use this method on surfaces that cannot be discolored.

                        Wet Fogging:

                                    ULV (ultra low volume) foggers are used to disperse disinfectants and deodorizers to the area.  These foggers create tiny particles that can penetrate into just about anything.  However, this creates additional moisture, so the technicians at your home, office, or she-shed, will remove all furniture and other items that could be damaged by this method. If there are some items that cannot be removed, drapes will be placed over them for protection.

                        Dry Fogging:

                                    This technique, also called thermal fogging, is used when there is mold, but little to no water damage.  This uses solvent based cleaners and deodorants that are heated and pushed through a vaporizer. This process changes the particles into so they are small enough to penetrate almost any surface.  Since there is no moisture added, this is the preferred method we use whenever it is possible. 

                        Ventilation and Air Scrubbing:

                                    As the different methods of cleaning are underway, the rooms and other affected areas must be ventilated.  Our team has high velocity exhaust fans, called box fans, that blow out mold particles.  This is done so that the mold particles that release in the cleaning process are captured and removed. This reduces the amount of time the area needs to be vacant and allows occupants into their homes quicker.

                                    Not only do the walls, ceilings, personal items, or whatever was affected need to be cleaned, but the air does too!  HEPA (high-efficiency particle air) filters are used to aid in the removal of mold spores and its odor from the air.  They work extremely well in the removal of the dirty air and filtering back clean air to the room. 

Our Process in 7 easy steps

            Each mold situation is unique and will require its own specific steps in the remediation process. However, we 7 simple steps for a typical mold damage job.  Here it is below so you may better understand what will take place and when.

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact (303) 973-4664
  • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Mold Containment
  • Step 4: Air Filtration
  • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Step 7: Restoration

Why Choose SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl

            SERVPRO is an industry leader in fire restoration. We use advanced equipment and techniques to remediate the damage quickly and efficiently. We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!  Heck, we might even be your neighbor. 

            We provide extensive training to our employees and are highly specialized in fire damage restoration putting great emphasis on monitoring and documenting the entire process until completion.

            We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the homeowner.

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at  https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com  

Turn up the heat; is your Lakewood, Ken Caryl furnace and ductwork clean?

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Dirty heating duct interior Ken Caryl heat dict in need of cleaning.

Have you changed your heaters filter and found an unusual amount of dirt and dust in it?
Do you have indoor pets that shed, a LOT?

Have you had a recent construction/remodel project completed in your home?
Has there been a heavy smoker in your home?

Has there been a fire in your home?

Have you had your furnace and ductwork cleaned in the past 5 years? Ever?

Are you a new tenant in a previously occupied space?

 Cleaning your heating system of excess dust and debris can increase the systems efficiency, and has the potential to lower your heating and cooling bills.

Cleaning your system can help to prolong the life of your heating and cooling system.

Cleaning your system can help eliminate odors from your home.   

Cleaning your system may be helpful for those who suffer allergies.

 Now that the seasons have changed and we are all looking at spending more time indoors, it’s a good time to schedule having your heating and ductwork cleaned.

Call SERVPRO of Lakewood/Ken Caryl to schedule your appointment today! 303-973-4664

  At SERVPRO of Lakewood/Ken Caryl we will use brushes to knock debris loose in your vents while we clear the debris away with a high-powered truck mount vacuum system.  We will clean your heating unit of dust and debris and clean your coils, drains, humidifiers, fans, registers and grills. We take every precaution to limit the release of dust into your home as we clean. No chemicals will be used without prior explanation and your permission.

House of Fire

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

House of Fire

            “I fell into a burnin' ring of fire
I went down, down, down
And the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns
The ring of fire, the ring of fire”

            If you are a fan of classic rockabilly music you no doubt recognize the above lyrics from Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire. The opening lines illustrate the singer locked into a ring of fire, hurtling down further and further with no sign of coming out.  When someone has a fire in their house, garage, she-shed, or commercial building, they can relate to that falling feeling.  Fire can be scary and can leave an alarming amount of damage.  However, SERVPRO is never afraid of a damaging fire, and we have seen it all.  That is why we wanted to write this blog to better inform you, the reader of what to expect from a fire.  Knowledge is power, and we want to equip you with the strength so that if you ever fall victim to its damaging effects, you can feel secure that it will be OK!

            In the following blog, we will explain how and where fires begin in your home, how fire damages beyond its flames, the three main areas to clean, our process, and why you would choose SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl for your fire restoration team.

How Fires Happen in the Home

            A house fire can start just about anywhere in your home, and from the smallest of sparks.  However, there are the five most common places in your home that you can come to know and take special attention to. 

            First off, the kitchen.  This is the number one place where house fires occur.  Nearly half of all house fires start in the kitchen.  This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering most all of the cooking is done in the kitchen and most household appliances are located here. Among kitchen fires, grease fires are the most common, and that is due to neglect.  Hot pans of grease are left unattended on the stove and become too hot.  Once the oil is too hot, it will catch fire.  If the cook is not there to see this happen, the fire builds and spreads.  To help prevent kitchen fires take the following into consideration:

  • Maintain all appliances, keeping them clean and in good condition.
  • Unplug electrical appliances such as coffee makers and toasters when not in use.
  • Install a working smoke detector in the kitchen and keep a fire extinguisher.
  • Always use caution when lighting a piolet burner or gas stove.
  • Never put metal in the microwave.
  • Keep an eye on what you are cooking at all times.
  • Do not over fill pots and pans with oil.
  • Keep oven mitts, towels, and the like away from the stove.

            Next up on the list is the bedroom.  This is the location where electrical meets plush. The bedroom is full of plush items such as pillows, blankets, drapes, and a bed of course. A bed is especially prone to fire if it is not a new one.  Any bed before 2007 is not likely up to fire code.  The following are tips for preventing fires in the bedroom:

  • Install a working smoke alarm in the bedroom and have a fire extinguisher near.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Replace mattresses prior to 2007.
  • Keep lit candles away from bedding, drapes, papers, or anything flammable.
  • Do not run electrical cords underneath the bed or trap them against a wall.(Heat can build in this way).
  • Do not overload extension cords.
  • Only use lab-approved electrical blankets.

            The chimney is number three on our list. This one may seem like the obvious, but neglect to your chimney can result in a damaging house fire.  Often, the fire place itself is serviced regularly because it is in sight.  However, the chimney is forgotten.  Whatever you are burning in the fireplace will travel up and stick to the inside of the chimney, whether it be ash from paper or sap from the wood.  The coating on the chimney is flammable, especially if it is too thick.  Clean out your chimney.  It is recommended to clean out our chimney at least once a year or after 50 uses. 

            Fourth is the living room.  This is another place for an electrical fire.  The living room is often home to fire places, electronics, and like the bedroom, many plush items.  Many of the same rules from the bedroom apply to the living room such as, installing a smoke detector, not running electrical cords underneath furniture, keeping lit candles away from flammable materials, etc.

            Lastly, the laundry room. The main culprit here being lint in the dryer.   Lint can get caught in the vents and filters of your dyer machine and the heat can cause the lint to flame.  Additionally, the laundry room is often left unattended due to its passive work.  Be sure to regularly clean out the filters and vents in the laundry room and avoid leaving the house if you have a load running.

Smoke

            Fire can completely destroy whatever is in its path. It can turn an entire dining table into ash, but that is only the beginning of a fires destruction.  Soot and smoke can be very invasive and can penetrate various areas of your Lakewood, Ken-Caryl, or surrounding home.  Smoke travels up and to the coolest part of a room or home.  It travels alongside piping, getting into the holes as it goes from room to room. It causes hidden damage to the naked eye and can leave a nasty odor.  Even if the fire was contained in the microwave, the traveling smoke can affect your entire house, potentially leaving every room damaged. 

            There are 2 types of smoke that fire creates, wet smoke and dry smoke.  Each one varies in odor and level of damage.  It also great affects the restoration process.  The two require different measures in order to restore the damaged area to like new again.  Our SERVPRO team pretests the smoke to determine the type and course of action. 

            Wet Smoke

                        This type of smoke usually comes from a fire that was left unattended or unnoticed.  It comes from a slow burning fire that is of lower heat and from its smoldering.  An example of a wet smoke fire would be from an iron that was left on after you left the house.  During a slow burn fire, fewer air currents are created.  With less air currents, the smoke has more time to enter into cavities around the home.  Often times these crevices are harder to reach and therefore, harder to remediate. The odor it leaves behind is very pungent.  The smoke itself is sticky and smeary on surfaces.

            Dry Smoke

                        This type of smoke comes from a very hot quick burning fire often wood or paper being the primary source.  This type of smoke occurs when there are sufficient amounts of oxygen present, unlike a wet smoke situation where the fire was oxygen starved.  Since this smoke is dry, it carries with it less deposits and aerosols, and is easier to clean.  Additionally, the odor from a hot fire is less pungent and requires less aggressive cleaning methods.

            While we cannot fix a dining table that has turned into ash, we can fix almost everything that the smoke it produced damaged. Even your remaining furniture can be restored.  Restoring items after the damage of smoke is far less expensive than replacing it.  Plus, it can help to save a family heirloom. 

Damage Restoration

  • Structural Cleaning
    • The first step in the remediation of a fire is structural cleaning.After fire and smoke has made its mark on your home, ceilings, walls, flooring, and woodwork will need a thorough cleaning.  After the pretest, our SERVPRO team of Lakewood Ken-Caryl will use the appropriate cleaning chemicals for the type of smoke and specific surface it is on.  Often times, our specifically designed chemicals can completely remove the damaging smoke from the structure so that repainting or refinishing is not necessary, saving you money.  If we cannot clean the surface completely, we will restore it to a “prepare for paint” condition.  This process deodorizes and ensures that the new coat of paint will adhere properly.
  • Content Cleaning
    • Area rugs, furniture, draperies, upholstery, and all restorable personal items in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. Some items can be cleaned onsite, but many are packed up and cleaned in-house. The type of cleaning will be determined upon a pretest and an inventory list of all items will be made so our franchise and the home owner can keep track of them. 
  • Deodorizing
    • After the structures and contents of the home have been cleaned, the home itself will also be deodorized.We do not merely mask the smells, we seek the source and eliminate it.  SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors, and our specialized equipment cannot be beat.

The Process

Each fire situation is unique and will require its own specific steps in restoration. However, we follow a 7-step process for a typical fire damage emergency.  Here it is below so you may better understand what will take place.  

Step1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Repair

Step 7: Restoration

Why Choose SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl For Fire Damage Restoration

            SERVPRO is an industry leader in fire restoration. We use advanced equipment and techniques to remediate the damage quickly and efficiently. We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!  Heck, we might even be your neighbor. 

            We provide extensive training to our employees and are highly specialized in fire damage restoration putting great emphasis on monitoring and documenting the entire process until completion.

            We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the homeowner.

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at  https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com  

Ankle Deep in Rain Water

9/2/2019 (Permalink)

Flash Flooding SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is here to help prevent flash flooding from wreaking havoc on your basement.

Bad Weather

            Here in Colorado, we take life to the extreme.  There are the mountains to ski in the winter and hike in the warmer months.  Rivers spit kayakers and rafters downstream.  There are rocks to climb and boulders, and so much more here in our state.  However, living in Colorado also means living in sometimes extreme weather.  In the spring and summer months rains fall heavy onto our soils.  One minute it is a healthy shower and the next it turns into a flash flood.

            Being in the foothills here in Ken-Caryl, Lakewood, and beyond means sloping topography.  If your house is situated in any position where water is directed towards it, whether that be your house is at the bottom of a hill, or your yard may just have some slope to it, your house is at greater risk of flooding.  The following article will explain risk factors for basement floods, what we can do to prevent them, and how to help if you become a victim to storm waters in your home. 

The Flow of Water

            Water will always follow the path of least resistance. It will flow down with gravity, and into any small crack or hole it embarks on.  It can drip its way into basement walls, framing, floorboards, and up through the foundation of homes that are not well protected or that have improper drainage systems.  During rains and especially during flash floods, water sneaks its way into many Lakewood and Ken-Caryl homes and turns nice, dry basements into flood zones. 

What are the Dangers of Basement Floods?          

There are many risks to having unwanted water in your home.  Even though it may seem harmless (often the water is clean and clear looking), it is likely to contain toxins that are harmful to the health of you and your family.  As water makes its way over the ground and into your basement, it pulls along with it anything in its path.  The contaminants in the water pose the greatest danger, but there are many that are involved with a flooded basement.  The following is a list of these dangers.

  1. Pulled in Toxins
    1. Manganese and iron are two heavy metals that are found in high concentrations of ground water. Yards and gardens often contain fertilizers and pesticides that can soak into the water.  Chemical spills or leaking fuel tanks can also get into the traveling water.  Animal feces and many other natural and human-induced chemicals can be found in ground water.
  1. Mold
    1. Mold can start to grow and spread within 48-72 hours after water enters the home. Allergens and irritants that are harmful to human health are produced by molds.  Any source of the water must be fully addressed before the mold can be remediated because it is likely to come back if any moisture remains. 
  1. Water Adds Weight
    1. When water soaks furniture, blankets, fabrics, or other household items, it adds its weight to that item and they become heavy. Therefore, picking up or moving any item that is wet poses a risk to the person moving it. It may not look as heavy as it truly is, and the right force may not be applied resulting in bodily injury. 
  1. Electrical
    1. Water that has come into contact with electrical outlets, cords, or appliances may become charged. It is important that you do not touch or walk through this water in order to avoid electrocution.   The electricity needs to be turned off first.
  1. Slippery Surfaces
    1. Water can also cause surfaces to become slippery. It is important to take every precaution into consideration before entering a room that is potentially slippery in order to avoid bodily injuries. 

Prevention

            There are many ways in which you can protect your home from a potential flood.  The following are the key ways to help mitigate your risk.

  • Be sure to have a functional sump pump in your home. A sump pump is a common household tool that is installed underneath the floors of basements or crawlspaces.  It collects water that tries to enter the home and redirects it back out.  Check your sump pump on a regular basis to make sure that it is working optimally, and always check to see if it is plugged in.  If you do not have a sump pump in your home, consider installing one. 
  • Know the flood level potential for your home. Every home is different depending on its particular structure and location. Your local insurance agent should have and provide this information for you. 
  • Look out for any foundational cracks and repair them.Most foundational cracks can be resolved by filling in with epoxy that you can pick up at your local hardware store such as Home Depot.  However, if it continues to leak after epoxy has been applied, it is likely a larger problem that would need professional assistance. 
  • Anchor and elevate equipment. In the event of a basement flood, supply lines can be torn free from things such as fuel tanks, generators, and air-conditioners.  Oil from these can leak into the home.  Even a tank that is buried can be pushed by flood waters and affect the safety of your home. 
  • Maintain your gutters and your downspouts by regularly cleaning them. Debris such as leaves and twigs can clog the gutters and downspouts creating blockages.  Your downspouts should be directing water at least 10 feet away from the home so pooling cannot occur near it.  
  • Landscaping your yard is also essential for flood prevention. Watch for areas that are directing water towards your home such as a small hill.  Once you have identified the areas of work, you can proceed to do things such as digging trenches, regarding the land, placing flood barriers in appropriate areas, and even installing a French drain can help.
  • Interior and exterior back flow valves for your sewer system is also a simple yet effective line of prevention. When there is flooding in your area, municipal city drainage systems and sewers are also at risk of overflow.  They can send contaminated water back into your lines and into your home. Installing valves can prevent this type of back flow when the public systems become overloaded.

What to do before help arrives

            Even if you follow all of the preventative advice to a T, you still may find yourself with a flooded basement. We cannot always prevent disaster from striking, so it is good to know what to do if you fall victim to creeping water.  You will always want to call in the professionals, as we have described in the dangers category of this blog.  Before they can arrive at your home, here is what you can do to help mitigate the damage.

            Mop and soak up as much water as you possibly can.

            Wipe off all of the wooden furniture so they cannot be further damaged.

            Upholstery, cushions, pillows, and blankets should be removed from the area.

            Put blocks between the legs of furniture and the floor.

            Removed colored rugs carefully.

            Gather loose items that may be in the way or cluttering the affected area.

Additionally, there are things you do not want to do before the help arrives.  Avoiding these key things with help to keep you safe and limit the damage to your home and its belongings.  Always leave the hard stuff or anything you are not comfortable with for the professionals. 

            Do not leave colored items out in the wet area.

            Do not use household items that use electricity such as TV’s.

            Do not remove anything that is too heavy for you.

            Do not go into a room with a wet and sagging ceiling.

What we do

            We follow 6 basic and standard steps when dealing with a water damage situation.  Following the 6 steps ensures a quick and uniform process, so the homeowner and the team at SERVPRO know what to expect each time.

  1. Emergency contact
  2. Inspection of the damage
  3. Water removal and extraction
  4. Drying and dehumidifying
  5. Cleaning and Sanitizing
  6. Restoration

Why SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl

            SERVPRO is an industry leader in flood restoration. We use advanced equipment and techniques to get the water removed quickly and efficiently.  The equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and deep clean and dry your home and its contents. We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!

            We provide extensive training to our employees and are highly specialized in flood restoration putting great emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.

            We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the homeowner.

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com 

When Storms or Floods hit Lakewood, SERVPRO is ready!

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Lakewood

SERVPRO of Lakewood specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Lakewood, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams ] that are strategically located throughout the United States. Storm Damage Cleanup Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 303-973-4664

Faster to your Lakewood Water Damage Event

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lakewood provides 24 hour water damage restoration services in Lakewood Ken-Caryl

Emergencies never wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lakewood provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Lakewood arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 303-973-4664

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Lakewood

SERVPRO of Lakewood specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program

For Immediate Service in Lakewood, Call SERVPRO

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

Lakewood Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Lakewood provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Lakewood. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 –303-973-4664

Residential Services

Whether your Lakewood home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Lakewood commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: Commercial Restoration Services

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Stay Warm, Stay Safe

5/10/2016 (Permalink)

It is no secret the weather in Colorado can be fickle. With these late season freezes and snow storms, the heat is bound to be turned on in your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating is the second leading cause of residential fire deaths and is responsible for $893 million in property damages every year. Not to mention that 50% of all residential fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.

Here are a few ways to keep you and your family safe and warm through these variable weather spells:

-Keep anything flammable 3 feet away from any heating equipment
-Turn off portable heaters before leaving or going to bed
-Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned every year by a qualified professional
-Test smoke alarms monthly

Stay safe while staying warm out there!

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