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Cleaning after the Marshall fire in Boulder, Superior, and Louiseville CO

1/1/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damage caused by Marshall fire in Boulder, Nederland, Superior, and Louiseville causing smoke damage and odor The Marshall fire caused extensive damage to the communities in Boulder County, CO.

As Boulder County and its surrounding areas try to recover after the devastating Marshall fire, some of those in our community may be wondering how to return to their everyday life and restore their property to pre-fire and pre-smoke condition.  If any smoke, soot, or ash entered your home, the sooner clean up starts the better, as the debris from fires can cause lasting damage if left on surfaces.   We care about our community and want you to be able to save the important items in your home or business.  

One of the most effective solutions for removing fire damage and controlling odors left behind is TSP, or tri-sodium phosphate.  TSP can be mixed into different solutions depending on what needs to be cleaned.  TSP is corrosive, so if you choose to use it, make sure to wear rubber gloves to protect yourself and read any warning labels.

Some recommendations from the Red Cross on the usage of TSP

For clothes:

Mix 5 tablespoons TSP in with laundry detergent before washing with warm water.

For walls, floors, and furniture:

Mix 5 tablespoons TSP with 1cup household cleaner into a gallon of water.  After being washed from the floor up to prevent streaking, all areas should be rinsed with warm water then dried.  

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/cleaning-up-after-fire.html

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is here for you!

We are so sorry to those in our community who experienced a loss during this time.  Know that our thoughts are with you and please reach out to us at (303)494-2000 if you are in need of help dealing with the aftermath of the Marshall fire.   



Restore Your Business and Documents After Water Damage Strikes in Boulder, CO

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

water damage on documents in Boulder, Nederland Colordo Act fast when water damage strikes to salvage damaged documents and other important belongings in Boulder, CO.

When water damage strikes it can cause damage to both the property structure and it can also affect the contents of the building including important documentation. When documents and contents for your business get wet from a pipe break or sprinkler system malfunction, the team at SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is here to help you restore not only the structure but also the contents. 

We know that when your business is in need it needs to be fixed the right way, right away. 

When you call SERVPRO of Greater Boulder, we have crews available to respond and begin the water removal and drying process immediately.  We will also begin restoring and cleaning any items that can be salvaged, including important documentation.

tOur goal is to help get things back up and running as quickly as possible so that you can get back to serving your customers.  Call SERVPRO of Greater Boulder day or night 365 days a year for assistance with water damage and mitigation at (303)494-2000.

https://www.SERVPROgreaterboulder.com/water-repair-process

American Family Insurance names SERVPRO as Preferred Partner in Emergency Water Removal Program

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

flooded office in Nederland CO in need of water removal for water damage SERVPRO of Greater Boulder provides emergency water removal so that you can get your home or business back to preloss condition in Boulder, CO.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is one of the leaders in water remediation and we are trusted by our clients to do timely and effective work related to water damage.  

We are proud to have been selected as a preferred vendor for American Family Insurance for their Emergency Water Removal Program. 

From the American Family Emergency Water Removal Program informational page:

“The earlier you begin the water damage mitigation process, the less likely it is that additional damage will occur to your property. Our Emergency Water Removal Program vendors focus on drying affected structural components in place as opposed to demolition — meaning less damage, lower reconstruction costs and generally a shorter period of time necessary to get your home back to preloss condition.

Our preferred contractors are your advocates. They have a common goal to provide a rapid and efficient removal of water problems you might encounter in your home.”

https://www.amfam.com/claims/emergency-water-removal

https://www.SERVPROgreaterboulder.com/water-repair-process

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is committed to providing outstanding service to our clients 365 days a year to make it “Like it never even happened.”  If you are in need of assistance with water mitigation, call (303)494-2000 and we will be there for you quicker than you can say burst pipe! 

Most Common Fires and Ways to Prevent Them in Boulder, CO

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

candle burning in Nederland Colorado that cased fire damage Candle burning in Boulder, CO

House or business fires endanger those around them and can cause thousands of dollars in fire and smoke damage.  Fortunately, the most common causes of fires can be avoided by simple measures to avoid damaging your home.

Cooking

The majority of fires in the kitchen happen when food is left unattended.  Don’t walk away from food especially when using grease or oil.  Also, make sure that any portable appliances like toasters are cooled down before they get stowed away.

Heating

Move any curtains or other combustible fabrics away from portable space heaters and never leave the house with them running.  

Electrical

Have a professional electrician come over to check wiring in your home and make sure that it isn’t outdated or damaged in any way.  Also refrain from performing electrical repairs unless you have extensive experience.  

Smoking 

If you smoke, it’s a good idea to only do so outside and to make sure that a cigarette butt is fully put out before it gets thrown away so that it doesn’t spark a fire inside your house.  

Candles

Remember to always put candles out before you leave home.  Make sure to also keep candles out of reach of children or pets who may knock them over and away from flammable materials. 

If your house is damaged by a fire, SERVPRO of Greater Boulder can help with mitigation and dealing with any odor or smoke clean up. 

Reach out if you need assistance with fire damage at (303)494-2000. 

https://www.SERVPROgreaterboulder.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

Types of Fire Extinguishers and When to Use Them

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

fire extinguisher used for fire damage in Boulder and Louisville Colorado A fire extinguisher is a great safety tool to have on hand in case of emergency.

If a fire happens, you want to be prepared! The best thing that every person can know is how to put out a fire if one happens in their home or place of work.  Fire extinguishers come in five different types (A, B, C, D, and K) and they are each tailored to the materials they are meant to extinguish. 

Types of Fire Extinguishers:

A- The standard fire extinguisher that most people are familiar with. These extinguishers can be used on fires in/on wood, cloth, rubber, paper, and plastics.

B- This type of extinguisher is used for flammable liquids like: gasoline, lacquers, paint, oils, tars, or alcohols.

C- Used fires started by electrical equipment.

D- For fires dealing with combustible metals like titanium, sodium, potassium, or magnesium.

K- These extinguishers are for fires occurring in flammable cooking materials like animal fats and oils.

If you find yourself in a fire situation that you are able to safely manage, make sure you are using the correct fire extinguisher for your specific needs.  Never hesitate to call 911 if you are unable to safely manage the fire yourself.  SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is here for you if you need assistance with fire damage and restoring your space to its former glory.  Call us 24/7 365 days a year at (303)494-2000.

https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/Blogs-Landing-Page/NFPA-Today/Blog-Posts/2021/07/16/Fire-Extinguisher-Types

Checking Your Roof for Damage After a Storm

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

water damage on a roof during a storm in Boulder CO A Thunderstorm Raining on a Roof in Boulder, CO

Rain, hail, snow and wind during a storm can wreak havoc on your home. 

There are a couple of things everyone should do to inspect their roof to check for any signs of damage.

Inspect the Exterior

Look over the entirety of your roof, checking for any cracks in shingles or other roofing materials.  If it is safe to do so, the best way to do this is to physically climb onto your roof and look from as many angles as possible.  Also, make sure that all seals are still in good shape.  

Inspect the Interior

Look for visible Signs of water damage.  See if you can find any water leaking from the ceiling.  Are there any signs of warping on the walls, ceiling, or in the corners? If so there may be a leak causing water damage or even mold.  Make sure to venture into the attic, as well, to see if there are any signs of moisture. 

Storms pass, but damage doesn’t always.  Storms can bring with them water damage and potential issues with mold.  If you find any storm damage affecting your house and need help with water or mold remediation, call SERVPRO of Greater Boulder at (303)494-2000. We are here for you 24/7, 365 days a year. 

Preparing Your Yard for Winter Storms in Boulder

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

snow and ice during a winter storm in Boulder CO that caused water damage to a house Winterize your yard so that snow storms won't cause damage to your home.

Has your yard been winterized yet?

The colder months are looming! It’s that time of year again where Coloradans need to start thinking about freezing temperatures and preparing outdoor spaces for winter storms.  We at SERVPRO of Greater Boulder want to remind you of a couple key areas to prepare to avoid water damage in your yard and home this year. 

  • Gutters

Gutters that are clogged up with leaves and other debris create a barrier for snow and melted water to drain.  If this wet sludge refreezes it creates an opportunity for cracking and water damage.  Remember to clean out your gutters before the first storms arrive.

  • Spigots 

Spigots should be turned off and drained, making sure to remove any hoses and attachments.  If they are left on it creates spaces for water to become trapped and then freeze and expand.  

  • Sprinkler/Irrigation System

Like spigots, irrigation systems run the risk of cracking and creating water damage if any water is left behind in them.  The best way to ensure that your sprinkler system is clear is  to use an air compressor and do the “blow out” method. First, turn off the main water supply and drain the pipe.  Then, making sure that the compressor air flow valve is closed, attach the compressor to the water main.  Slowly open the compressor valve and allow it to push out all of the water from the system until it runs dry. 

We hope that you have a cozy and safe winter season! If anything does happen to any of your outdoor spaces that requires our professional help, SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is always here to help! Call us 24/7 at (303)494-2000.

Buying a New Home in Boulder County

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

New home with mold damage and water damage in Boulder County Colorado Protect your family and friends by having your new home inspected for potential health hazards.

Buying a new house is exciting, but it’s important to do your homework to ensure you are going to be happy and healthy in a new abode! 

A home inspection is a wonderful tool for checking the basics, but did you know that a house inspector is not responsible for checking your new home for mold or asbestos? We at SERVPRO of Greater Boulder can help connect you to the right resources to make sure that you aren’t buying a house without knowing whether or not you are dealing with these common and dangerous issues.

Mold

Black mold, or stachybotrys chartarum, is notorious for being the worst mold that you can find, but there are many other types of mold that can create health issues as well.  If mold damage is found in your house, we recommend leaving the affected areas alone and avoiding that area until our professionals can assist with mold removal.

https://www.SERVPROgreaterboulder.com/black-mold

Asbestos

Our asbestos abatement professionals can help make sure that your future home is safe for family and friends.

https://www.osha.gov/asbestos

We hope that your new home is in perfect condition! However, if you find yourself in a situation where you need to make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is here and happy to help!

Commercial Fire and Water Damage in Boulder, CO

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

fire smoke damage and water damage in commercial office in Boulder Colorado Don't underestimate the impact that smoke damage can have on your office.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is certified to help with commercial fire and water damage restoration in Boulder, CO. 

Some of the many aspects of fire and water damage that our technicians are able to assist with are odor control, removal of smoke and soot, water mitigation and drying, clean up, repair, and restoration.  SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is able to repair the damage from start to finish and leave the area looking “Like it never even happened.” We are available for emergency contact 24 hours a day, seven days a week and want to help our clients to get back to business as quickly as possible!  

From Andrew C. in Boulder:

“We had a small fire in my research facility. The fire was put out relatively quickly by the sprinkler system, but the smoke and water damage permeated throughout the laboratory. The damage was immense. SERVPRO of Greater Boulder was there within a few hours of the fire department leaving the facility. They had the water off the floor that night. Early the following morning SERVPRO was there with an army of personnel to start wiping soot off every surface...SERVPRO led the effort from the initial mop up on the night of the fire through the final painting and finish of the room. It looked great when they were done. They were professional, knowledgeable, efficient and courteous. If you need the job done right and done fast I highly recommend SERVPRO.” 

https://www.SERVPROgreaterboulder.com/commercial-restoration-services

How to Get Flood Insurance in Boulder County

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

House Floating on Water atop life saver Don’t be caught off-guard if you experience a flood. Know your flood insurance coverage.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder knows that most property insurance does not cover flood damage.

While the rules for insurance vary by state, flood insurance is an exception. Most insurance rates vary by company.

Some homeowners’ policies will cover water damage if the damage comes from:

  • Sudden & accidental damage from plumbing, heating systems, or air conditioning
  • Sewer or drain backup

The policy might also cover mold remediation, but not if a flood caused the problem.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder shares how to get flood insurance in Boulder County:

  • Check whether your community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). You can still get flood insurance if you live in a low-risk area. The insurance will cost less if you live in a low-risk area.
  • Find an insurance agent in Boulder County. The NFIP is the only flood-insurance provider, but the government does not sell it. Buy the insurance through an insurance agent. The NFIP sets the rates.  If you need help finding a provider go to FloodSmart.gov/flood-insurance-provider
  • If your insurance agent doesn’t know about the NFIP, call the help center at 877-336-2627.

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Links:

https://www.usa.gov/property-insurance

https://www.fema.gov/flood-insurance