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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  

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 

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