Recent Water Damage Posts

Flooding

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech cleaning out flooded basement in Louisville SERVPRO of Greater Boulder tech cleaning out basement in Louisville

Standing water from floods and even smaller puddles in your Boulder area home can become a source of disease and possible electrocution.  All kinds of things can be found in standing water such as animal waste, rotted plants, downed power lines, household waste, sewage and even wild animals.  If the water damage is inside your home, immediately turn off the electricity to your home and watch for any sources that might be contributing to accumulating debris, especially in bathrooms and kitchens.

To help reduce your risk to certain hazards associated with floods, SERVPRO of Greater Boulder suggests:

  • Don’t drive in flooded areas
  • Stay out of floodwater to prevent yourself from getting sick.
  • If you come into contact with floodwater,
  • Wash the area with soap and water as soon as you can
  • Use alcohol-based wipes or sanitizer
  • Wash clothes in hot water and detergent
  • If you must enter floodwater, try to protect yourself by wearing rubber boots and gloves
  • Be wary of sharp objects in floodwater.  
  • If you are wounded, see a medical professional to determine whether or not you might need a tetanus booster
  • Do not eat or drink anything contaminated by floodwater
  • Do not let children play in floodwater

If you find yourself dealing with any type of water damage, contact SERVPRO of Greater Boulder right away at (303)494-2000.  We will be there and make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”

For further information, click here.

24 / 7 / 365

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage on Superior carpet 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

303-494-2000

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)?

Tips to Prevent Water Damage

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder air mover drying out hallway 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 Machines

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 Leaks 

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. 

Frozen Pipes

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 Refrigerator

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."

Flooded Kitchen Floor in Devil’s Thumb?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

A kitchen floor is flooded with water, covering the entire floor. We clean and restore water damage in Boulder.

Water Damage Happens Anytime

It wasn’t a typical morning in Devil’s Thumb. I woke up, went downstairs to start the coffee and stepped into a small shallow lake of water in my kitchen. Evidently while we were asleep, my dishwasher decided to break down and flood my first floor. The water was left standing all night and it had time to go beneath the kitchen linoleum, into the subfloor and travel into my family room and absorb into my carpet and carpet pad and subfloor and even seeped behind my baseboards into the drywall. What a catastrophe! SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants the residents of Devil’s Thumb to know that we have years of experience dealing with many water damage scenarios and are ready to respond to any size water damage emergency.

We Are Water Damage Restoration Specialists

From the moment you call us we can be on site within fours hours to immediately begin the water extraction and drying process. We can help with the insurance process and paperwork and will follow the repairs through to the successful restoration and return to pre-damage condition.

Call Us Today

When you have a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants to help.  We are on call 24 hours a day every day. We’ll clean provide water damage cleanup and restoration to your home or business in Devil’s Thumb “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 303-494-2000.

SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder is Independently Owned and Operated.

Storms Causing Water Leaks in Ara?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

A pot sits on a windowsill to catch drips of rainwater. We provide water damage restoration services in Boulder.

Storms Bring Water Damage

Water intrusion caused by a window leaking during a rainstorm can happen with older windows, but many times it is not the window leaking that is the source of the water. It may be due to roof damage causing the water to seep in around the window frame. Water damage, if left unmitigated, can become a costly repair as the water can seep into drywall and the framing structures hidden behind the walls. SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants the residents of Ara to know that we have years of experience dealing with water damage and we are Here to Help. ®

Specialized Dehumidification and Drying Equipment

After the water has been extracted and removed from the damaged area, we will begin the drying and dehumidification process. We use specialized equipment and industrial-grade dehumidifiers to help prevent water damage such as swelling and warping of floors, walls and furniture. Using room measurements, temperature and relative humidity readings, we will determine the type of equipment to use and will track the drying process using specialized monitoring equipment.

Call Us Today

When you have a water damage emergency in your home or business, SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants to help.  Our team is specialty trained to provide the highest level of  water damage cleanup and restoration. Call us today at 303-494-2000. We’ll clean and restore your home or business in Ara “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder is Independently Owned and Operated.

Prevent Frozen Pipes in Devil's Thumb

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

pipes in a misty field Prevent Frozen Pipes in Devil's Thumb

Cold weather is great for winter fun in Devil's Thumb, but not so great for the pipes. SERVPRO of Greater Boulder will remediate water damage “Like it never even happened”, but life is better if you can prevent the damage in the first place. Every year, over a quarter of a million homes and businesses suffer water damage from frozen pipes that burst (Federal Emergency Management Association). SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is sharing these tips to prevent frozen pipes that may lead to water damage.

Keeping Pipes from Freezing in Devil's Thumb:

• Check for exposed pipes, especially in unheated areas

• Wrap uninsulated pipes with pipe insulation

• Add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces to keep cold drafts from freezing the pipes

• Keep indoor temperatures at 55 degrees F, even when no one will be at home or in the office

• If you will have several days of temperatures at or below 20 degrees F, let cold water trickle through an open tap

• Remove outside hoses from their taps

• Open cabinet doors in bathrooms and kitchens to let warmer area circulate around the pipes

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder wishes you a winter free from water damage or storm damage.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm/frozen-pipes.html

Document Restoration

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Stack of important documents with water damage and SERVPRO logo. We get to work so you can get back to your work.

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

When you call SERVPRO of Greater Boulder, no matter the time of day, even 2 AM on a holiday weekend we have crews available to respond and begin the mitigation project because we know that when your business is in need it needs to be done right away. Our goal is to help get your business back up and running as quickly as possible so that you can get back to serving your customers. 

Staying Healthy Amidst Water Damage and Standing Water in Ara

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Two-story Ara home surrounded by flood waters. SERVPRO of Greater Boulder wants you to be safe when dealing with standing water in Ara.

Standing water of any kind in Ara can be a powerful source of disease. Floods can be worse due to the amount of water involved. Even small puddles can pose a risk. If you find yourself dealing with any type of water damage, feel free to contact SERVPRO of Greater Boulder and we will be there to make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Different kinds of debris can be found in flood water such as dead animals, rotted plants, and sewage, to name a few. If you have water damage inside your home, watch for fragments in the home as well to include rotted food and electrical problems.

Viruses and bacteria can cause illnesses. To reduce your chances of catching something, SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder suggests:

  • Washing dirty clothes and towels in hot water. Use bleach if possible
  • Remember that you can shake hands with an infected person and get infected.
  • Do not allow children to play in the flood water
  • Wash children’s hands before meals
  • Disinfect toys before letting children play with them
  • Use bleach or other disinfectants on hard surfaces
  • Keep your hands washed

Cuts and rashes can become infected. Protect yourself and others in Ara:

  • Avoid flood waters if you have an open rash or a cut
  • Clean cuts or rashes. Cover them with a waterproof bandage
  • Clean cuts with soap and clean water
  • If a cut becomes red, swollen, or is oozing, get medical attention

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods-standingwater.html

How to Get Flood Insurance in Devil’s Thumb

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Photo of small house floating in flood waters inside an inner tube. 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 Devil’s Thumb:

  • 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 Devil’s Thumb. 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 your insurance agent doesn’t know about the NFIP, call the help center at 1-800-427-4661

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Links:

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

www.fema.gov

Tips for Standing Water in Boulder

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Woman in business attire sitting on a rooftop avoiding flooded waters Stay safe when flood waters are present.

Did you know that flood water can take up to eleven days to disappear in Boulder?  A flood doesn’t end just because the storm ends. All of the standing water still has to be dealt with.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder suggests that if you have to evacuate your office to not go back until you have been told it is safe.

Be careful driving in Boulder.  Remember to “Go around. Don’t Drown!” The water may still be too deep for safe travel.

Floods are not natural swimming pools

  • Sewage, debris, and other unpleasant things can be in the storm water leftovers
  • Swimming, wading, or rafting can make you sick
  • Don’t drink the water
  • Water conducts electricity. Underground power lines can give you a dangerous shock

Flood waters vs. Animals in Boulder:

  • Snakes and other animals may get into your building. Wear work boots and heavy gloves when you clean up
  • Some animals might find your office a cozy place to live
  • If tap water is unsafe for you to drink, it is unsafe for your pets

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/floods

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods-standingwater.html

Possible Causes for Water Damage in Devil’s Thumb

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Woman calling for help as her dishwasher is overflowing SERVPRO is ready when the unfortunate happens!

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder understands the different causes & categories of water damage in Devil’s Thumb:

An old poem has the line, “water, water, everywhere”. When you need to say this in your home or office, you know there is trouble. You may very likely be looking at water damage. There are several different possible causes of water damage in Devil’s Thumb.

Causes can include:

  • Leaky dishwashers or washing machines
  • Clogged pipes
  • Leaking roofs
  • Broken toilet pipes
  • Heavy rain
  • Snow or ice

The amount of water damage depends on the amount of water and on the cause of the damage.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder knows it is imperative to start the cleanup process as soon as possible. The longer your home or business is waterlogged, the more damage you will see (and the more expensive it will be to repair after cleanup has been completed).

Categories of Water Damage in Devil’s Thumb:

  1. Clean water. It might come from an overflowing sink or a broken appliance. The water does not pose a threat to people. Keep in mind that any water will become contaminated after it stops flowing.
  2. Gray water. This water is contaminated from the get-go. It comes from broken toilets or sump pumps. It might not look dirty, or it might be brown.
  • Black water. Like gray water, it might not look dirty. One major source of black water is broken sewage pipes. Another source is any water that has been standing still.

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Links:

http://www.thewaterpage.com/water-damage-effects.htm

Boulder 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Boulder

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 303-494-2000

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Greater Boulder has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's 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 Professionals 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)?

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 event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm