Recent Water Damage Posts

Sump Pump Problem in Ken Caryl?

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

A flooded basement is shown. We restore water-damaged basements in Jefferson County.

According to a study done by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), a clogged inlet screen or a faulty float switch caused over 40 percent of water damage claims involving a sump pump in the United States. SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has been restoring water damage in Ken Caryl for over forty years, and failed sump pumps caused many basement floods.

Here are some loss prevention and maintenance tips to keep your sump pump in good repair:

  • Open the lid and remove debris that may be blocking the water inlet screen
  • Pour about five gallons of water into the pump and watch the float valve rise
  • As the float valve rises, the pump should turn on, and the water should discharge through the outlet pipe
  • Go outside and inspect the outlet pipe
  • Water should be flowing from the pipe and away from the home
  • Contact a plumbing professional if the sump pump fails to operate during this inspection
  • Install a battery backup system
  • Choose a system with a battery replacement warning
  • Replace batteries every two to three years

Call Us Today!

If your Ken Caryl home or business has a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl can help. Our technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to serve you. Call us today at 303-973-4664.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Damaged Leaking Windows in Ken-Caryl?

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

New hardwood floors and modern windows are shown. We restore water damage in Jefferson County, “Like it never even happened.”

My Ken Caryl home started to have a musty odor, and my hardwood floors started to feel “spongy.” I suspected that the builder may have incorrectly installed my new windows. I called SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl, and they came out and used an infrared camera to identify the water around the new windows and a hygrometer to measure the moisture levels.

Sure enough, the flashing around the windows and the incorrect angling of the facia allowed water to leak over the top of the windows and underneath them. This resulted in damaged, rotting wood and mold growth.

The SERVPRO team remediated the mold, repaired the subfloor and floor joists, and repaired the seals around the windows and replaced the hardwood floors in my house. Now you would never know I had water damage in my home! The professionals at SERVPRO simplified the restoration process because they were able to supervise a full range of rebuilding services, providing me with one person managing the job from start to finish.

Call Us!

Water damage can cause structural damage over time. When you suspect you have water damage but can’t locate the source, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl can help. We have the training, equipment, and experience to restore water damage quickly and efficiently. Call us today at 303-973-4664.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water-Damaged Belongings Restored in Lakewood?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

A stack of water damaged books are shown. We restore water damage in Jefferson County.

Fast Emergency Response Time for Lakewood

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has been mitigating and restoring water damage for Lakewood residents and businesses for over forty years. We typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call. Here is a water damage timeline that describes the damage water can do within minutes and in one week:

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

Call Us Today!

When you need emergency water damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Here to Help. ® 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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/




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  

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

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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