Recent Storm Damage Posts

Who Are You Going To Call?

8/31/2022 (Permalink)

storm damage at the University of Colorado Boulder County SERVPRO can help you restore your commercial or residential property after a storm.

Winter is coming. But it’s not here yet! Make sure you’re prepared before you’re in a crisis due to a winter storm. SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is the restoration company you want on your side when you’re in need. 

Winter storms are a common occurrence in Boulder and can happen with little or no advanced warning. Snow and ice buildup on the roof or other building structure can cause water intrusion damage to your home or commercial property. SERVPRO of Greater Boulder wants residents at or near the University of Colorado to know that we are ready to respond to your storm damage call and will begin the cleanup and restoration process immediately. We have the specialized training and state-of-the-art equipment needed to restore your business or home back to pre-storm condition. Here are some of the storm and related services we offer: 

We hope you never experience winter storm damage, but if you do, we want to help. We know that every minute counts when it comes to preventing storm damage repairs from becoming costly. Our team of highly trained professionals is on call 24 hours a day every day. Call us today at 303-494-2000. We’ll take care of your commercial damage or residential damage in University of Colorado “Like it never even happened.”

Are you Choosing the Right Restoration Company?

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

flood after a storm in boulder county co SERVPRO is the right choice to help with storm damage in Boulder, CO.

Are you Choosing the Right Restoration Company? 

Storms may leave you confused, scared, and frustrated if you’re dealing with damage. You might feel compelled to hire whichever restoration company is recommended by your insurance company. However, you are under no obligation to use your insurer’s choice for disaster restoration services.

Three hallmarks of a reliable and respected restoration company include:

  1.   Experienced, local, and licensed: After a natural disaster or storm, Boulder and Superior Colorado are inundated with out-of-state companies claiming to have restoration experience. It’s best to hire a local company with years of experience in the area and local customer referrals. The company should be fully licensed and certified as proof that they meet the requirements to perform restoration services.
  1.   Outstanding customer service: In a time of intense stress, it’s important to work with a compassionate service provider that will outline your options, help through the restoration process, and coordinate with your insurance company. Start by checking out the company’s customer reviews. SERVPRO has numerous 5-star reviews attesting to our customer care.
  1.   Certified by IICRC: The IICRC is the leading governing body of the restoration industry. An IICRC certification means that the company has completed rigorous training and testing and provides the highest quality of cleaning and restoration work.

When disaster strikes, trust our team to repair the damage. Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Greater Boulder has served the restoration and remodeling needs of Boulder County.  Our commitment to customer service and quality work has made us one of the fastest-growing companies in the country.

We are IICRC certified and licensed to respond to any disaster with emergency 24/7 service. Trust the experienced and compassionate experts at SERVPRO to take care of you and your property after a crisis. Call us at (303)494-2000 for immediate service.

Be Prepared in Case of a Storm Evacuation in Boulder County, CO

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

animal emergency kit in Boulder CO to keep safe after storm damage Keep your four legged friends in mind when preparing an emergency kit.

Every home should have an emergency kit ready to roll in case of an evacuation due to a storm in the areas around Boulder, Superior, and Nederland, CO. SERVPRO of Greater Boulder suggests having these items prepared and stored in a waterproof container in the event that you would need to leave your home.

  • Copies of medical insurance & Medicare cards
  • Warm blankets
  • Extra clothing, especially socks & undergarments
  • Bottled water
  • A three day supply of non perishable food
  • Batteries for your electronic devices
  • Written contact list
  • A week long supply of prescription medications and other medical necessities 

If you have pets, remember to prepare their emergency kit as well with pet food, toys, beds and other comfort objects, and vet information.  Some shelters will not or cannot allow pets. Ahead of an emergency, find out which ones will allow your 4-legged friends. All shelters allow service animals.

You cannot always prepare for a storm or know how weather may change, but you can make efforts to keep your family protected and safe. Should you need help to clean up after a storm, SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is here to make it, “Like it never even happened.” Call (303)494-2000 for assistance with storm damage. 

https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210318/how-build-kit-emergencies#:~:text=Water%20(one%20gallon%20per%20person,Flashlight

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.

Emergency Kit for Evacuation for the Deaf, Blind, and Service Animals in Boulder

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

Disable Signs for help when storm damage strikes Boulder and surrounding counties Small preparations can make for life saving results.

Low vision or hearing loss may make a power outage more difficult in Boulder and evacuation more challenging.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder has these tips:

Have an evacuation emergency kit ready.

For people who have low hearing or deafness in Boulder, consider the following:

  • Extra batteries for hearing aids
  • TTY (teletypewriter)
  • If you Sign, have a pen and paper for people who do not know Sign
  • Backup batteries for any augmentative communication devices

For people who have low vision or blindness in Boulder, consider the following:

  • Use large-print or Braille on labels
  • Magnifiers or other assistive devices
  • White cane (if you use one)

Storm damage makes life more difficult for service animals too.

For people who have service animals in Boulder, consider the following: 

  • Food, water, and other supplies
  • Tell emergency responders that your service animal travels with you
  • Shelters and other buildings may not refuse entry to a service animal

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

Plan ahead for Evacuation in the Event of a Storm for You and Your Pets in Greater Boulder

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

Evacuation route sign with SERVPRO of Greater Boulder logo Be prepared for a storm evacuation with these tips.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder has these tips for people with disabilities in our community during an evacuation

During times of flooding, you may want to consider 

  • packing a bag to have ready in case the worst happens
  • plan for backup transportation even if you have your own car because the storm or flood may damage your car

Ask your healthcare provider to suggest what specific devices you might need if you need to evacuate due to an emergency:

  • Where can I get medical supplies?
  • How do I get accessible transportation?
  • If medical help is needed, where would I go?
  • Does this facility have a disability ramp access (if needed)

Items to bring with you:

  • Written list for emergency contacts
  • List of all medications, dosages, and allergies
  • Style & serial number of medical devices
  • Supply of medical equipment
  • Extra battery for a powered wheelchair
  • Any cushions or padding
  • Wheelchairs, canes, braces, etc.
  • Medical bracelets with pertinent info for first responders/helpers
  • Medical insurance cards
  • List and/or supply of prescription medications

Our service animals are also affected by storm damage.  For people who have service animals in Boulder or Boulder county, please consider:

  • Packing extra food, water, & other supplies for your service animal
  • Tell emergency responders that your service animal travels with you
  • Shelters and other buildings may or may not refuse entry to a service animal

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

What To Do If You Have PTSD During Thunderstorms In Superior Colorado

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Man scared hiding under book from lightning and thunderstorm in Superior, CO Don't let a storm throw you into a panic attack. Be prepared.

Did you know that almost 7% of people in the U.S. have suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

People who have PTSD may experience panic during thunderstorms. Thunderstorms and lightning can set off  a person’s alarm bells.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder offers these guides to coping with PTSD during storms: 

The best strategy is to be prepared.

  • Take care of your emotional health. See a therapist. Learn relaxation exercises. When you feel anxious, you can relax yourself
  • Know when a thunderstorm is likely. Plan what you will do during a thunderstorm  
  • Take care of your physical health. Eat a healthy diet. Get enough sleep. Do not rely on alcohol or other drugs.  Do not smoke or chew tobacco 

During a Thunderstorm in Superior, Colorado

  • Slow down your breathing
  • Look around. Notice where you are. Notice that you are in a safe place
  • Distract yourself from the storm. Wear headphones and listen to music. Sit in a pop-up tent
  • Talk with someone you trust

All of this can be compounded if the storm generates damage to your home or office. Sometimes flooding occurs, while other times you may spring a leak. If this happens, give SERVPRO of Greater Boulder a call and we can make the water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Colorado Weather Unpredictable

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Photo of spring flowers in the Colorado Mountains with question marks Are you prepared for Colorado's unpredictable weather?

Much to the chagrin of many Coloradoans, April showers don’t always bring May flowers.  Springtime here in the Rockies means a whole lot of different possibilities when it comes to weather and therefore, we all have to be prepared for radical weather changes at any time.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), every year Americans are forced to cope with: 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods or flash floods, 1,000 tornadoes, and two land-falling deadly hurricanes.  This severe weather can leave us with catastrophic results: around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage!

Don’t wait for a severe weather event to prepare.  Click on the link above for recommendations on how to prepare, to form plans, build an emergency kit, and keep you, your family and your home safe!

Is Your Home Storm Ready?

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Winter Storm in Louisville Colorado Winter is coming! Are you ready?

Is Your Home Storm Ready?

No matter what season, it’s smart to consider storm-proofing your home.  Here are some tips to help you ensure that you are prepared from SERVPRO of Greater Boulder:

  • Protect your property
    • Are your trees and shrubs (especially close to your home) trimmed?
    • Are your gutters clear of debris?
    • Test that your sump pump is working properly.
  • Be sure to report dangerous conditions surrounding your home
    • Contact your local utility company to report any and all downed power lines, trees, or any flooding or ponding 
  • Have an emergency kit readily available and consider adding to it the following:
    • Non perishable food and water
    • Flashlights and batteries
    • First Aid Kit
    • Charged portable charger for cell phone use

In the event that a storm causes any kind of loss in your home, contact us for help!  

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder (303)494-2000.

SERVPRO Ready Plan App

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

Screenshot of SERVPRO Ready Plan App for folks living in Boulder County Download the SERVPRO Ready Plan App Today

Have you heard that SERVPRO offers a *FREE* Emergency Ready Plan App?? 

You can download it from the iTunes store today!!  This SERVPRO Ready Plan “allows for the creation of an emergency ready profile containing critical property information to help speed up response time after fire or water damage.”  

We are sure that whether you are running a business or a household you have a million different decisions to make daily.  This SERVPRO Ready Plan App will help make your life a bit easier by walking you through creating a plan of action if you ever were to have an emergency disaster situation on your business or personal property.   

It's crucial to be prepared and have a plan for your business or home *before* an emergency occurs so that everyone knows what to do if a disaster were to happen.  When water is pouring through the ceiling into your workspace you don't have time to check references or read online reviews of a particular restoration company which is why we strongly encourage you to download this app.  

Remember, SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is ready and here to help make any disaster "Like it never even happened."  24/7/365. 

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder (303)494-2000.

Thunderstorm Safety in the Greater Boulder area

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning in thunderstorm in Boulder If you have storm damage, call SERVPRO of Greater Boulder for help!

Thunderstorms can happen at any time of the day. 

Although they mostly occur in the summer, occasionally they can occur during other seasons.  They are magnificent to watch, but it’s wise to be extremely cautious when around thunderstorms since they are often associated with lightning, flash floods, hail, high winds and sometimes tornadoes which can all be incredibly dangerous.

To help protect yourself, it’s best to follow these suggestions:

  • Trim or remove trees (especially that are dead) that could fall on your home or place of work
  • Install surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system
  • Know the risk for thunderstorms in Boulder County

In the event of a thunderstorm, try practicing these safety precautions:

  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones in office or home
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings
  • If you are playing in water, get to land immediately and seek shelter
  • Get inside your car
  • Avoid flooded roads. It takes only six inches of moving water to knock you over and only one foot of moving water to sweep away your car

Other information here.

Tornadoes

9/12/2020 (Permalink)

walls and windows blown in from massive winds in building of Boulder area gym with debris all over 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.

Be Aware

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.

Storms Can Quickly Become Destructive

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder crews help protect a damaged roof with a tarp 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.

Flooding in Boulder?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding is Common in Boulder

Did you know that the city of Boulder has the highest risk of flooding in the state of Colorado? According to the City of Boulder website, Boulder has the highest flash flood risk due to its geographic location at the base of the Rocky Mountain Foothills and Boulder Creek, and its fourteen tributaries and Boulder Slough. A flash flood can happen anytime with little or no warning.

SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder offers the residents of University of Colorado some tips from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on what to do during a flood:

  • Disconnect electricity and gas
  • Do NOT walk or drive through flood waters
  • Get to higher ground
  • Follow emergency response orders
  • Free cattle and lead animals to a safer place

Call Us Today

No job is too big. SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder is uniquely positioned to respond to any size storm scenario and we have years of experience dealing with storm damage of all kinds. Our Disaster Recovery Team specializes in large commercial losses and are strategically positioned across the U.S. to allow for rapid mobilization and response to any place in the nation. This program was designed to save our customers time and money. Call us today at 303-494-2000. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage in University of Colorado “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder is Independently Owned and Operated.

High Winds Cause Storm Damage to Homes in Boulder

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

A turbulent, dark cloudy sky threatens the city of Boulder, Colorado. We respond to storm damage emergencies within four hours in Greater Boulder.

Extreme Winds Happen in Boulder

Did you know that Boulder has some of the highest peak winds of any city in the U.S.? According the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the two main causes of high winds during the cold season are the air pressure differences between strong low and cold high pressure systems and the Chinook winds developing across the Front Range and other mountain ranges. Wind speeds have been known to exceed 100 miles per hour and the areas around Boulder and Westcliffe are prone to extreme wind episodes. SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants the residents and business owners of Greater Boulder to know that we have years of experience dealing with storm damage and we are Here to Help. ®

Building and Reconstruction Services

Not only will we take temporary protective measures to protect your property from further storm damage, we can also help with the rebuilding process when structural damage occurs. We will provide supervision for a full range of construction restoration services to bring back your building to preloss condition

Call Us Today

When your home or business in Greater Boulder is damaged by a storm, SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants to help. We are on call 24 hours a day and can be site to within four hours to immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. Call us today at 303-494-2000.

SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder is Independently Owned and Operated.

Know what to do do and who to call before you need us.

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

iPhone with SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile on it. TO be prepared for any size disaster, call SERVPRO of Greater Boulder.

When you are running a business, you have a thousand decisions to make every day. We want to help make your life easier by helping you have a plan in place for property damage before you need it. SERVPRO offers a FREE Emergency Ready Profile App that you can download in the iTunes store today to help you be ready for any type of disaster. 

It's important to have a plan in place for your business before an emergency happens and that everyone in your company and team knows what to do when disaster strikes. When water is pouring through the ceiling on to your computers or into your showroom you don't have time to call around for references or check reviews online before calling a mitigation company. We are ready 24/7, 365 to help you make it "Like it never even happened." 

Make sure your Emergency Kit is Stocked and Ready to Go near the University of Colorado

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Flying drone transporting an emergency kit. At the University of Colorado, you may even see a drone delivering an emergency kit!

SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder is no stranger to storms, water damage, etc. The trained professionals there know that the possibilities are endless when it comes to any type of natural disaster or weather emergency, which is why we want to remind everyone at the University of Colorado to have their emergency kits stocked and ready to go.

Here are some items that could be included in an emergency kit:

  • Band-Aids
  • Alcohol pads
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Battery-powered radio and batteries
  • Whistle if needed to signal for help

If pets are involved, tweak the emergency kit a bit to include pet food, a spare leash/collar, and other pet supplies that will be needed. The University of Colorado is full of 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 a residential area/dorm or commercial building is flooded in any way, make sure to stay out of the water because electricity from technology devices can travel through water. That is why SERVPRO of Greater Boulder urges you to have your kit ready if needed.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is independently owned and operated.

Link:  https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2006/09/17/your-family-needs-emergency-supply-kit

How to prepare an emergency kit for a severe storm in Devil’s Thumb

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Dog with first aid kit. Get your emergency kit ready in Devil’s Thumb.

If a community is not prepared for a severe storm, the results can be devastating. SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants to share some of the following tips to keep in mind while putting together an emergency kit in the event of a severe storm approaching. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has stated emergency kits should include some of the following:

  • First aid kit
  • Any medicine currently being taken
  • Extra change of clothes and shoes
  • Pet supplies if you are taking care of an animal
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Emergency food and water

Residents of Devil’s Thumb can add whatever else they may need. There should be an emergency kit in every residential building as well as all commercial buildings if possible. Aside from having an emergency kit ready, a plan should also be in place. If there is a designated storm area inside the office, occupants should head there with the emergency kits. Severe storms cannot be avoided, but with the right tools and resources they can be easier to deal with.  SERVPRO of Greater Boulder wants to make sure that Devil’s Thumb is prepared!

SERVPRO of Devil’s Thumb is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2008/05/19/preparation-best-defense-against-severe-storms-and-tornadoes