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What is Construction Cleanup?

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

After significant home renovations like room additions and wall knock-downs, the aftermath of the construction job isn’t always pretty. 

Debris resulting from construction work needs to be removed before interior design concepts can be realized and furnishings can be added. What’s more, the industrial refuse left over after the work crew has finished can sometimes present an unsafe environment. 

SERVPRO of Aurora specializes in providing post-construction cleanup services, from removing potentially dangerous construction debris to deep-cleaning carpets and upholstery. If you’ll be transitioning from the construction phase of a remodeling project to the finishing phase, you’ll need SERVPRO to come in and perform a comprehensive clean. 

We Go Beyond the Obvious

Did you know that during many residential construction projects, the interior of the home is often subjected to high amounts of moisture and humidity?

For especially time-intensive construction projects, this moisture-trapping effect can promote the growth of mold. Unfortunately, mold can establish itself and begin propagating without any visible signs whatsoever, making mold remediation a problem that often goes undetected until it’s too late. 

Eliminating mold, mildew, and accumulated moisture is one of the many ways that SERVPRO of Aurora restores interior areas after a construction project. 

While many other cleanup companies may perform cleaning services that take care of the ‘obvious’ (visible debris like dirt, sawdust, and scrap), SERVPRO goes the extra mile. We completely recondition both residential and commercial interiors and restore them to their cleanest, most presentable possible status. 

SERVPRO restoration technicians pay extra-close attention to many aspects of interior areas that often go overlooked, including:

  • Resilient and non-resilient floor preparation.  Are you getting ready to put carpet, tile, or engineered flooring in? Need the professionals to ensure that the subfloor is prepared? We’ve got you covered.
  • Extensive cleaning of walls, ceilings, and fixtures. It takes specialized equipment and trained staff to effectively clean surfaces like walls, partitions, and ceilings. SERVPRO can remove built-up residue, whether due to construction or years of accumulation.

    This deep clean results in a fresh, beautiful inside space that is more welcoming to live or work in.
  • Advanced deodorization. How do you know a construction area has been cleaned by a SERVPRO team? When the air smells fresh and there aren't any lingering odors.

    Using state-of-the-art deodorization formulations and application techniques, SERVPRO restoration technicians can significantly reduce the smell of smoke, mold, adhesives, paint, or other odors.
  • Cleaning of air ducts and vents. Did you know that your local SERVPRO can help to improve indoor air quality after a construction job?

    When woodworkers, a demo crew, or masons do the work they need to in order to complete a construction job, the amount of fine particulate matter that is released into the air can become a real problem for the HVAC system.

    SERVPRO can perform a thorough air duct cleaning procedure that solves this problem, allowing your furnace and AC to function optimally and for you to breathe easier. .
  • Total window cleaning. An interior space isn’t completely clean until the windows have been cleaned by SERVPRO. Our team cleans all accessible windowed surfaces, both interior and exterior.

    We’ll even clean the drapes and blinds, too!

Because SERVPRO of Aurora is able to provide such a broad array of post-construction cleanup services, our customers enjoy the convenience of dealing with a single point-of-contact for all of their cleaning needs.

And, because of our commitment to communication and customer service, you’re always kept informed on the status of your cleaning project. After our crew has left the building, you can be sure it will be its cleanest, ready for paint, carpet, furniture, or appliances. 

When It Has to Look the Very Best, Put SERVPRO to the Test

We’re only so confident that we’re the best post-construction cleanup company in the area because our customers tell us we are! 

If you need fast, affordable, efficient cleanup after a residential or commercial construction project, your local SERVPRO is here to help. 

Contact SERVPRO of Aurora today, and inquire about having a member of our team meet with you to go over your options. We’ll conduct a thorough appraisal of the area and provide you with a quote for all the cleaning work that will be required to bring the interior space to its best possible condition. 

Don’t forget that we’re available 24 hours a day! Call us now at (303) 576-6868. Regardless of how chaotic your post-construction area is, our team of certified, professional staff is looking forward to cleaning it for you!

Top 10 Disasters That Can Occur While You're on Vacation

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

When you’re not home, your house instantly becomes more vulnerable to disasters. And, when you’re away for an extended period of time—say, for a week-long vacation at the beach—that risk is compounded even further. 

While there are some measures you can take to help mitigate this risk, disasters can strike at any time and for a multitude of reasons. In this blog post, we’re going to examine the top ten disasters that can occur while you’re away on vacation. 

Disaster #1: A House Fire

This could be the most commonly feared disaster among them all. More than ¼ of all reported structure fires involve residential buildings like single-family homes and duplexes. 

The causes of house fires vary widely. Anything from an unattended candle to a lightning strike can start a house fire. This is why it’s especially important to complete a comprehensive inspection of your home, looking for things like activated appliances or exposed flammables, before locking the front door and heading out for your vacation. 

Disaster #2: Burglary

Forced entry by a thief is, unfortunately, a risk for anyone living virtually anywhere in the US. When you’re gone on vacation and a thief sets his sights on your home, there had better be some defense mechanisms in place, or else you could be greeted by an empty home upon your return. 

Disaster #3: A Landslide

Wherever there is heavy rain combined with loose, sloping ground, landslides will be an inevitability. Thankfully, landslides that damage residential buildings are fairly rare in the United States, but they do happen. 

Disaster #4: A Mold Invasion

Returning from a long, restful vacation is one of the most inconvenient times to learn that you have a mold problem. The reality is that mold can overtake entire areas of a home if it is left untreated. 

Disaster #5: An Unwanted Guest Invasion (rodents, bats, etc.)

While you were out catching some rays on that beach in Florida, a colony of bats decided to post up in your attic. Now, there’s guano everywhere and remediation is required to get things back to normal. 

Alternatively, word among rats spread that your house was warm and empty. So, they moved in and started chewing the place up. Both of these scenarios are very real possibilities when a home is left unattended for a long stretch of time. 

Disaster #6: Falling Debris Strikes the Home

Tree branches. Blown over telephone or utility poles. An especially heavy hail storm. 

All of these things can seriously damage a home. The good news is that falling debris is covered by most homeowners insurance policies, but it’s probably worthwhile to double-check before starting your vacation. 

Disaster #7: Flooding

Flooding is absolutely catastrophic for most buildings. The reason is because flood water is never just water—it brings in pathogens and detritus from everything it has come into contact with. This leaves flood-affected buildings in a state of significant disrepair. What’s more, flood insurance coverage is rarely ever included with most homeowners insurance policies, leaving many homeowners ‘up a creek’ after a flood (no pun intended). 

Disaster #8: A Burst Water Heater

Most water heaters that are installed in single-family homes hold at least 40 gallons of water in them. Older water heaters that might have compromised internal components can burst, sometimes seemingly out of nowhere. 

If this happens while you’re away, the resulting water damage can compound for every day it is left unresolved. 

Disaster #9: The Lawn or Garden Dies

While this may not seem like a disaster per se, it can be if your lawn or garden involves a significant investment of your time and money. Bringing a lawn or garden back to life after it has died off completely can take months. 

Disaster #10: Vandalism

Wherever there are criminals with too much time on their hands, there is likely to be vandalism. This can take the form of destroyed mailboxes, graffiti-painted siding, and broken windows or other structural damage. It’s hard to protect yourself against this kind of disaster—it’s best to know what you’ll do after it happens instead of trying to avoid it altogether. 

Vacations should be restful, enjoyable, and relaxing. You shouldn’t have to worry about what’s going on back home. If disaster does strike, however, and you need help restoring your home to the condition it was in before you went on vacation, contact your local SERVPRO office. We know disaster recovery. 

Now get out there and enjoy your vacation!

SERVPRO Tips to Avoid Furnace Repair During Winter

12/24/2019 (Permalink)

Furnace repair damage Avoid Furnace Outages

Nobody likes being uncomfortable, especially when it’s -8 degrees and your furnace goes out. Then you have to make that painful call to your expensive repair man, who can only work on the furnace while you’re at home. Oh, let’s not forget those pesky Holiday or after hour fees they charge. So now you’re stuck in a freezing house in the middle of winter with no heat, which is not only uncomfortable, but can also be dangerous. Everyone says hindsight is 20/20, so here are a couple of tips you could have used to help prevent this unfortunate situation.

  • Keep An Eye On Your Furnace’s Air Filter

The air filter for the furnace is there for just that, to filter out the dirt, dust and debris from your home, and when this filter gets over used, it reduces the amount of air flowing into your system. In turn, this causes a negative impact on your system and starts to make it work harder, making it more vulnerable to those costly breakdowns and running up your energy bill. It’s always smart to change your furnace filter every one to three months.

  • Make Sure You're Keeping Your HVAC System Free of Debris

As previously mentioned, dirt and debris can block airflow and can cause a system to shut down. So making sure the area around your furnace is clean and clear is a must. Also, occasionally checking your air vents to make sure they are open and unblocked by furniture that can impede the heat coming into rooms is a good habit to get into. Contact SERVPRO of Aurora to schedule your HVAC system cleaning now.

  • Have Your HVAC System Maintained Regularly

Having your HVAC system maintained by a professional who can spot and stop problems not only saves money by avoiding major issues, but also allows your system to run more efficiently ending up with lower energy bills. Ultimately, the visit of the maintenance visit will pay for itself through less money towards bills, fewer repairs and a longer lasting furnace.

Boarding Up Broken Windows

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Vandalism Board-Up

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will act quickly to remove broken glass from inside & outside  your home or business and effectively board up all windows securing the inside of the building.

What About Other Types of Vandalism?

 In addition to boarding up, SERVPRO professionals can remove spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, they can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. Their highly trained technicians can offer the following services:

What to Expect When SERVPRO Professionals Provide Board-Up for Your Home or Business  

  • Temporary secure enclosure  
  • Roofs will be temporarily secured with tarps
  • Fencing can be provided as an extra measure
  • All openings will be temporarily secured 

Call us at 303-576-6868 if you have any questions or concerns.

SERVPRO Offers Many Services

Commercial Services

If fire or water damage sidelines your business, you need a professional restoration company to quickly restore your property. Every hour spent restoring your business is lost revenue and productivity. Commercial restoration presents unique challenges and we have the training, experience, and resources to handle any size disaster. Learn more about our commercial services:

Residential Services

With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO of Aurora for these residential services:

SERVPRO Professional Knowledge

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Pipe leak Leaking pipes

Whenever you have a problem with your home, the first impulse is usually to tackle the problem yourself. Sometimes this can be the right choice, and the problem’s easy enough to solve on your own. Other times it’s much safer and smarter to call in the pros from the beginning.

Tracking down tricky leaks is one of those times. Sure, some leaks are easy to track down, but water has a way of traveling odd paths. So once finding a leak gets tough, then it’s time to call in some help. And here’s why:

They Know Where to Look

Water can travel strange paths before it finally comes out into your home, and you might be surprised how far it can come. That discolored spot on your basement ceiling could actually be caused by a leak in your roof, or your wall on the opposite side of the house.

Professionals have tracked down hundreds, even thousands of leaks over the years. That experience gives them a wide variety of usual suspects to check, and a good number of unusual ones, too.

They Know What to Look For

That slight, turquoise line along your copper pipe? That’s where water has run along the outside and caused the copper to oxidize. It’s a sure sign that a leak is sending water traveling on the wrong side of the pipes.

Pros know these and dozens of other signs. What looks like a bit of dirt to you might indicate a serious leak in your roof, foundation, or wall. Or it might just be some dirt. A professional will be able to know the difference for certain.

They’ve Got the Right Equipment

Most of us can only use our eyes or sense of touch to lead us to water, but not the professionals. They have a wide variety of specialized equipment that can sense moisture and humidity through walls or probe underground for water deposits using ground penetrating radar.

This equipment can be expensive to buy and tricky to use. They have years of experience using the equipment, and know how to put it to good use.

By using a professional in the first place, you remove that step from the process, saving you money and getting the leak repaired sooner.

Local SERVPRO Tips

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

safety tips Winter Safety Tips

When you live in Colorado, you can usually count on one thing - there will always be at least one blizzard during the winter season. Everyone knows the standard checklist when preparing for old man winter, including the dreaded run to a crowded grocery store to stock up on milk, bread and eggs. But here at SERVPRO we have a few tips for things you may have forgotten or not thought of: 

  • Keep all electronics you may need, including cell phones, tablets and entertainment for the kids fully charged when you know a storm is coming. This way if the power goes out, you still have a full 100% instead of starting at 25%.
  • Keep one or more portable battery packs fully charged for when the juice runs out on your electronics. If you are in a pinch and need to charge an electronic device, remember that most can be charged in an automobile - Just remember to start it and let it run while charging so you don't drain the battery in your automobile. 
  • Keep extra coolers and empty your ice maker into large storage bags for a few days before the storm. This way if you lose power you can keep your refrigerator or freezer items cold as long as possible. 
  • Keep books, playing cards and board games easily accessible in case boredom sets in. 
  • Make sure to check your supply of items such as pet food, formula and diapers for children, toiletries and medications. 

Stay safe and remember that we are always here to help!

Emergency Holiday Disaster Response

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Holiday Emergency Response Holiday Presents

Behind their charming facades, our homes hide an inner holiday Grinch. Flickering candles? Fire hazard. Snow-dusted walkway? Think slip and fall. Pyramid of presents? Burglary bait.  Here's how homeowners insurance helps you recover financially.

House fires

From dehydrated Christmas trees to overworked outlets, the halls are decked with fire hazards this time of year. Candle fires, in particular, hit their annual peak on Christmas, New Year's Day and Christmas Eve, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Allstate's median home fire claim during the holiday season is about $70,000, says Glenn Shapiro, the company's chief claims officer.

Covered by: Within homeowners insurance, dwelling coverage pays for home repairs and personal property insurance covers belongings.

Wrap it up: Ask your insurer for help pinpointing your home's rebuilding cost. "It could be years since you bought the policy, and building costs may have increased," Shapiro says. If the reconstruction cost exceeds your dwelling insurance amount, boost your limits accordingly.

Stolen presents

Theft is a common source of holiday homeowners insurance claims, Shapiro says. In some cases, our own behavior fuels the problem. For instance, two in three people have gifts delivered despite not being home to receive them, according to a 2015 Allstate survey.

Covered by: Personal property insurance covers stolen items. This can include packages plucked from your stoop, says Chris Hackett, senior director of personal lines at trade group Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. To make a claim, you'll need to file a police report.

However, if only a couple of items go missing you might not benefit from a claim, Hackett cautions, because the payout could be less than your deductible.

Wrap it up: Consider lowering your personal property coverage deductible. Although your rates would increase, your insurance would stretch further if you need to make a claim.

Injured guests

Say you undercook dinner and send relatives to the hospital. Or maybe someone breaks a hip on your icy walkway. You could end up on the hook for medical costs when you host holiday get-togethers.

Covered by: The medical payments coverage within home insurance pays for injuries that guests sustain on your property. You also have liability insurance in case you're sued, Shapiro says.

Wrap it up: Insurance limits for medical payments are usually low when you buy your policy, Hackett says. A bare-minimum policy pays about $1,000 per person, making this good coverage to beef up before welcoming the holiday herd.

Water damage from frozen pipes

Leaving home can be as problematic as playing host. As an example, Shapiro points to insurance claims involving frozen pipes. If an unoccupied house gets too frosty, water freezes and expands inside the pipes, increasing chances of a burst.

Covered by: Water damage from burst pipes is covered by standard home insurance, Hackett says, including damage to your house and soaked belongings.

Wrap it up: Check the fine print in your policy regarding frozen pipes. You might need to take certain preventive action before vacations to make a claim, such as shutting off your water or leaving the heat on.

What to do When a Disaster Strikes

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency Water Mitigation Call SERVPRO When in Need

It happens when you least expect it. You take the steps to the basement, and when your foot hits the floor, you step onto wet carpet. Yuck. You have no idea where the water is coming from, or how long it’s been there.

After the initial shock and confusion, you may find yourself asking, “What do I do now?”. The following steps can help you navigate the process of managing a water loss in a quick, effective manor, reducing the amount of damage to your home, and keeping overall cost to you as low as possible.

Stopping The Source

Stopping the flow of water is the first step to getting on the right track. Shutting off the water to the appliance or area that is leaking is important to being able to fix the leak. If you are able, shut the water off to this area, or to the whole house if you are unsure of where the water is coming from.

Once the leak is identified, or even if you are unsure of the cause, calling a Licensed Plumber to identify and fix the problem is highly advisable. This ensures that the leak is fixed correctly, and/or that the appliance in question is properly repaired or replaced.

Keeping Damages to a Minimum

Once any amount of water has leaked into your home, there will be damage. However, you can keep this damage to a minimum by calling SERVPRO as soon as possible. The sooner we arrive, the sooner we can begin to clean up and minimize the damage, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in home repairs.

Also, the less time the water spends saturating the materials in your home, the lower the likelihood is that your home will develop mold and microbial growth.

Sewage

Water leaking into your home is never desirable. Sewage leaking into your home can be considered a nightmare, especially when it affects a large area or multiple levels in your house. Exposed Sewage can create a risk of mold and microbial growth, as well as illness for those in the home. Prompt clean up and neutralization of contaminates is the first priority.

When sewage backs up through drains or toilets, the first thing to do is call a Licensed Plumber, or your city Water and Sewer Provider. Finding the source, and ensuring that there is not another sewage loss in your home is key to preventing multiple mitigations from being needed, and ultimately keeps the cost to you to a minimum.

Mitigation

Once SERVPRO is on site, an initial assessment will be made of the damages and projected time needed to dry the structure. Also, an assessment will be made of the materials affected, and it will be determined if those materials can be dried, or will need to be removed.

If your contents, such as furniture, boxes, clothing, and decorative items cannot remain in place while drying, SERVPRO provides moving and pack out services for on site or off site storage while mitigation is taking place.

The average mitigation takes about 3 days, but could take less or more time depending on the level of saturation and the scale of the loss.

SERVPRO Technicians and Crew Chiefs use a variety of equipment and tools to ensure proper drying, included but not limited to Dehumidifiers, Air Mover Fans, and Non-Invasive Moisture Monitors.

After Mitigation

Once ensuring that your home has met dry standard, SERVPRO Crew Chiefs and Technicians will remove all equipment and remove any items brought into your home. If materials have been removed, SERVPRO will be happy to refer you to a Contractor for rebuild services.

If no rebuild is needed, you should be able to return to normal life in a clean dry home.

 These steps can help guide you through the stressful time of water loss in your home.

Feel free to call SERVPRO at any times with questions about mitigation, water damage, or clean up services.

303-576-6868

Water damage is never pleasant, but with SERVPRO you can assure a professional and quality cleanup.

SERVPRO Smoke & Soot Removal

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Denver Smoke and Soot damage Smoke and soot damage can cause an odor throughout the building

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Aurora will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (303) 576-6868

Call to discuss our ERP on your Commercial Property Today!

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Property Damage Repair SERVPRO ERP helps your property recover and stay in business

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW. As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”