It’s National Preparedness Month, Do You Have A Plan in Case of Fire?
Do you have access to a good-quality flashlight?
Severe weather and fires are dangerous, but when you make a plan, it can help you feel safer because you’re more prepared.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, even the smallest of flames can turn into a disastrous fire in a matter of only 30 seconds. Did you know that there are risks for fire when there’s severe weather? The U.S. Fire Administration sites the following as potential hazards and can contribute to a possible fire: lightning, portable generators, leaking gas lines, damaged propane tanks and leaking vehicle gas tanks, water-damaged appliances or vehicles, debris near electrical wires and transformers, damaged or downed utility lines, exposed electrical outlets and wiring.
We at SERVPRO of Greater Boulder want you to Be Prepared!
Please consider the following fire safety recommendations by the U.S. Fire Administration:
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms regularly.
- Make sure your smoke alarm has a backup battery.
- Use surge protectors.
- Consider unplugging appliances.
- Disconnect motor vehicle batteries in flood-prone areas, Boulder has a lot of low-lying areas.
- Take steps to prevent pipes from freezing in the winters! (Even just a couple of days when the outdoor temperatures remain below freezing can cause pipes to freeze).
Review your home fire escape plan.
The destruction that 150+ winds can do
Tornadoes, rotating columns of air that occur during a severe thunderstorm, can strike without much warning and can destroy homes and buildings within our Colorado communities. Usually, we identify a tornado by it’s conical shape that is visible once it has started accumulating water droplets, dust and other kinds of debris and can have wind speeds reach up to 300mph.
Watch for a rotating funnel-shaped cloud whenever thunderstorms are present. People often describe hearing a loud roar similar to a train when a tornado has touched down. Know your community's warning system and understand the difference between a tornado watch and warning.
Generally, a warning means a tornado is already on the ground or soon will be. Get to a safe place immediately. A watch means conditions are favorable, and a tornado is possible. NOAA Weather Radio or your local station are great resources for emergency information.
Assemble An Emergency Kit
Assemble and have ready an emergency kit for you and your family. Recommendations:
- one gallon of water per person for at least three days
- 3-day supply of non-perishable food per person
- battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- flashlight, first aid kit, and extra batteries
Where To Go
Ideally, in the event of a tornado, you want to get to low ground or below ground: basement or storm cellar, an interior hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest level. Go underneath a heavy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck. Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls.
Understanding The Risk
Even though Colorado isn’t actually in the infamous “tornado alley”, we definitely get them so it’s important to remain vigilant to help keep you and your family safe.
If You Have Storm Or Tornado Damage
We can help! Call SERVPRO of Greater Boulder. We offer emergency restoration services after a storm has passed. Some of these services include roof tarping, covering broken windows, water removal, and structure dry out. We're always available 24/7/365. You can expect an immediate response day or night. (303)494-2000.
24 / 7 / 365
Shower line drain back up led to water leaking all over onto carpet in Superior home.
Did you know that SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year for any water emergency (disastrous or minor) that you might experience? In dealing with water damage, time is of the essence! Even a delay of just a few hours can allow the damage to increase exponentially!
We Answer and are Ready to Help
When you call, know that we will do our best to help you as fast as possible, understanding that you are likely upset and stressed! Be rest-assured that we will guide you through the crisis. SERVPRO of Greater Boulder has specific water damage training, experience and ultimately, expertise to help you as you navigate - you might even say that water damage restoration is in fact the cornerstone of our business!
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO pros may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is an IICRC Certified Firm
Have you noticed this logo before and wondered what it stands for?
The IICRC, which stands for The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, is a not-for-profit organization that offers a certification program and set of standards for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries to adhere to. These standards exist not only to protect consumers, but also the professionals who work in these various industries. Because many customers look for the certifications that the IICRC provides, it was crucial for us at SERVPRO of Greater Boulder to be a certified IICRC firm. As one of their certified firms, we have the right to display their logo and you can find us on their Global Locator here.
About SERVPRO of Greater Boulder
SERVPRO of Greater Boulder specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Greater Boulder can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.
Our Denver Metro area local response consists of three franchises positioned throughout the Denver/Boulder area ready to react quickly to the needs of our clients. With two locations and a multitude of resources locally, our teams have been ready to help make it "Like it never even happened," since 1980.
- AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
- ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
- CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
- FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
- IICRC Certified Firm
- OCT - Odor Control Technician
- OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
- OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
- OSHA - Other Training
- RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
- WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
- More recently, our professionals received additional training certifications regarding COVID-19 decontamination.
What Our Customers Are Saying About Us
Our SERVPRO of Greater Boulder air movers and dehumidifiers help to dry out Andrea's home after major water damage from a severe storm.
“We found out that the main floor water damage had seeped into my home office and our floors and the ceiling were pretty wet, so more demo had to be done.
After over a 12 hour day for our amazing SERVPRO [of Greater Boulder] friends, demo is done and drying is in progress. They wanted to make sure the demo was done before they left so the machines could spend the night drying out the floor...they got the job done. These people are THE BEST.
I can’t say enough positive things about this amazingly compassionate crew. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We will forever be grateful.”
We pride ourselves on excellent customer service.
Without happy customers, there is no SERVPRO of Greater Boulder. Going the extra mile to make you smile is what we do and why reviews like the one above are so heartwarming! Our teams are highly trained in water and fire cleanup and restoration all while providing the best customer service. Call us for any help you might need: SERVPRO of Greater Boulder: (303)494-2000.
Tips to Prevent Water Damage
We have the right equipment to help dry your home/business out in the event of a water emergency!
Water damage can happen to your Boulder home or business in many different ways.
In this blog, we will outline some of the most common sources of water damage. It's very likely that you have had water damage at one point or another, or may know someone who has.
If you think about water damaging your home, you might imagine the cause to be from severe storm. The unfortunate reality is that most water damages are caused when ordinary household appliances fail. It's important to know the areas around your home that pose a threat for damage, and what to do after it happens.
Washing machine leaks are among the most common causes of flood damage in a home and can result in significant damage not only in the laundry room but also in adjacent rooms and areas. Some laundry rooms are located on the second floor of homes thus multi-level damage can occur. Remember to replace rubber and plastic hoses with reinforced steel braided hoses. Check connections periodically to make sure they are secure and replace the hoses every five years.
Sewer and Drain Backups
Sewer water has the potential to cause health issues, not to mention a disgusting smell. This can bring serious issues to the home or business owner. Water that backs up from a sewer is called "blackwater” and can contain all types of harmful contaminants. A professional cleanup company like SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is highly recommended to help in the event that this happens. Call us! We will respond immediately to make your home safe again.
Bathroom water leaks cause significant damage to a home. This is especially true if the bathroom is located upstairs. The main culprit is usually a supply line to the shower or toilet. We can't see the copper pipes that carry the water inside the walls, but we can see and inspect the supply line to the toilet. It's a good idea to replace the older line with a stronger braided one. These steel braided hoses are less likely to fail and are a proactive way to lessen the chance of having a leak.
Colorado has beautiful winters and thankfully, we can enjoy fun outdoor winter activities. We can also experience extremely low temperatures. When outdoor temperatures drop and stay low and cold for even a few days, homes and businesses are likely to suffer from frozen pipes that then burst because the water inside those pipes freezes. As freezing water expands, it causes the pressure inside the pipes to increase which very likely can lead to bursting pipes. There are a few ways to help prevent this from happening:
Be sure to blow out your sprinkler system and detach garden hoses from exterior spigots. Insulate pipes, especially those close to outside walls, attics, and crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is greatest. Seal air leaks surrounding pipes and keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
The copper pipe that brings in water to the ice maker might have a bad or loose connection, or it could be pinched. Like the other appliances in our homes, the fridge has a water supply line with continuous pressure. If that line becomes loose or broken in any way, water will spill out until the source is turned off. It's a great idea to familiarize yourself with where to shut the water off!
Sump Pump Failure
If you have a basement, you understand the importance of a sump pump. Without one, water can seep into your basement and cause lots of damage. One of the most common causes of a flooded basement is a sump pump that stops working. This could be that the pump is old and mechanically broken, but most likely, it's due to a power supply loss. When storms roll through, we can at times lose power to our homes. That's why it's so important to have a battery backup in place in the event this happens to you.
Call The Service Professionals
If you should suffer water damage, whether from a weather-related event or a cracked pipe, overflowing bathtub or toilet, call the water damage experts at SERVPRO of Greater Boulder! You can reach us for 24-hour emergency service at: (303)494-2000. You can also click here to contact us online or use our live chat option.
At SERVPRO of Greater Boulder, we have specialized equipment, professional training, and certifications that allow us to restore your home or business to its pre-water damage condition and make it "Like it never even happened."
Once The Fire Truck Leaves
Massive fire in Louisville home resulting from an appliance catching fire.
Once the fire trucks leave, the first step to clean up and restoration is the board-up . This is part of the emergency services provided by SERVPRO of Greater Boulder. Firefighters will often break windows and cut holes in the roof to help air out the property from all the smoke and heat. The board-up is essential to secure your property from theft and liability.
How The Smoke Travels
Even small-scale fires in a home can result in large amounts of fire and smoke damage. If your HVAC (your heater or A/C) system is on, then the smoke will most likely enter through the return vents and be spread throughout the duct system. This will not only carry the smoke and the smoke damage throughout the house but also cause smoke damage to your ducts.
Your ducts might have dust throughout the system, which can absorb the smoke, meaning every time your air conditioner or heater turns on, you'll smell the residual smoke for weeks and months after the fire.
You won't need to worry about that if you call service professionals at SERVPRO of Greater Boulder. We will clean the furnace and HVAC system thoroughly to remove the smoke from your ducts.
Get The Water Out As Soon As Possible
SERVPRO of Greater Boulder responded to a fire damage call that received water damage that nearly equaled the amount of damage from the fire. Sometimes fires are put out by extinguishers, and water is not a factor in the cleanup process. When there is water damage in tandem with fire loss, the water's extraction must happen as quickly as possible.
The water removal process begins almost immediately. It is essential to remove the majority of the water as soon as possible to avoid mold growth. Our technicians use state of the art moisture detection equipment and years of experience to find the water trapped behind the walls and under floors. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Saving Your Belongings
Once our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your Boulder-area home or business, always in properly marked SERVPRO vehicles and uniforms, we can get to work on mitigation techniques designed to preserve your property and its contents. Processes like pack-outs remove the at-risk furniture and contents from your property to our secured warehouse.
Pack-outs provide a safe place for their storage and specialized attention until it is time to return them to your fully restored home. Separating the two gives us a better opportunity to clean and restore the structure. During their time with our Contents Department, individual items get cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized to be ready for their return to the property.
Our crews hand wrap and protect every large item, such as furniture, tables, chairs, and artwork. Smaller items are sorted and put into boxes. For inventory purposes, we photograph and label each item packed out and removed, and organize these pictures and labels in our proprietary software to keep track of your items during the entire process accurately.
Call The Service Professionals
If you experience a fire in your Boulder-area home or business, call the fire damage restoration specialist at SERVPRO of Greater Boulder We will respond immediately to your call, day or night 24/7/365.
We have the knowledge and equipment to remove all the fire and smoke damage and restore your property to how it was before the fire. We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry that business owners and homeowners have turned to for over 50 years to restore and repair their property.
Cleaning smoke damaged homes and businesses requires specialized training, materials, and equipment. Insurance companies trust SERVPRO of Greater Boulder to get the job done right. If your home experiences a fire or water damage, call the professional restoration at SERVPRO of Greater Boulder, and we will make it "Like it never even happened."
Storms Can Quickly Become Destructive
SERVPRO of Greater Boulder crews help protect a damaged roof with a tarp from the most recent derecho storm that blew through the midwest.
Storms can quickly become not only dangerous, but extremely destructive, especially when the right conditions all line up.
Just as recently as a couple of days ago, the midwest suffered tremendous damage from a “derecho” that blew through. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) a derecho is “a widespread, long-lived wind storm associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms... and...while derecho winds typically are less than 100 mph, gusts as high as 130 mph have been recorded --- equivalent to those with strong EF2 tornadoes.”
SERVPRO of Greater Boulder was pulled in to help provide aid and relief to homeowners suffering from punctured rooftops and significant water losses inside their homes since the need is so vast!
Storm damage most typically leads to water damage, but fires can also result if the electricity is left on.
Be safe after storm damage while you await our arrival and take these precautions:
- Shut off the source of damage.
- Turn off electrical panel/electricity
- Try to get up as much of the standing water as possible
- Do NOT go into any area of your home where electricity and water have mixed
- Pick up magazines/newspapers that can cause stains on carpet
- Do NOT use your household vacuum cleaner since it could result in electrical shock or ruin your vacuum.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program
Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredeness.
Let us help you get back to business
As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
Extensive training and specialized products
As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.
From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.
3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify
When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.
- Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touch points, foot traffic and congestion points.
- Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials. In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible.
- Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.
Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation
We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.
Call SERVPRO of Greater Boulder today at (303)494-2000 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.
* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience. Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.
Broken Window and Damage to Your Store in University of Colorado?
We clean and restore property damage in Boulder.
You never know when a projectile is going to break the window of your store and do some damage to the building. Property damage happens all the time and for many different reasons. We’ve seen tornadoes, hailstorms, flooding, car accidents, bike accidents, and damage caused by theft. The good news is that no matter what time of day, or what kind of damage you have experienced, SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder has a team of highly skilled technicians ready to respond in University of Colorado.
No Job is Too Big
In the event of a large commercial loss, we are uniquely positioned to mobilize our Disaster Recovery Team that is comprised of an elite group of large-loss specialists that are prequalified and strategically located across the nation to respond to any size disaster. Our Commercial Large Loss program clients include:
- The Hospitality Industry
- Property Managers
- The Pentagon
Call Us Today
No matter what size or type of emergency property damage you face, SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants to help. We are on call 24 hours a day and can be onsite within four hours of your call. We’ll provide commercial or residential restoration services for your home or business in University of Colorado “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 303-494-2000.
SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder is Independently Owned and Operated.