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Increasing Fire Safety in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

a person laying another wood log into hot burning fireplace A house fire can occur when you least expect it. SERVPRO of Pueblo is on call 24/7 and will guide you through any fire restoration project.

Restoration work often involves helping families in the community recover after a fire, which has given us perspective on how much a fire can impact someone’s life. While they are always devastating, the good news is that by practicing fire safety, many fires can be prevented.

While there is a plethora of fire safety information, we wanted to assemble the most pertinent tips in one place for ease of reference. By taking the time to increase your fire preparedness, you can dramatically reduce the chances that your family will experience a fire in the home.

Important Tips for Household Fire Safety

Frequently Check Smoke Detectors. Installing and maintaining smoke detectors in every room of the home is a must for anyone hoping to stay safe from fires. Check them every 30 days and replace every 10 years or as recommended by your manufacturer for peak performance.

Have a Fire Escape Plan. Crafting a plan for how to escape once a fire breaks out in your home and practicing it often is one of the best measures to take to ensure your family can quickly get to safety. Make sure everyone is aware of what to do and where to meet outside.

Know How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher. Not all fire extinguishers can handle the same types of fires, so making sure you select the right one and know how to use it is a wise choice. Store it in a convenient location to be sure it is easily accessible if a fire were to begin.

Never Leave Flames Unattended. There are many times around the house that an open flame is present, and it is important to never allow one to go unattended. No matter how small the flame, every fire poses a risk of spreading and it is important to be nearby in case things take a turn.

Keep a Closed-Door Policy. Fires that occur in the night can be some of the most deadly, due to the delay in reaction most people will experience when sleeping. Closing the bedroom doors at bedtime can slow down the spread of the flames, giving everyone a longer lead time to react and escape.

If you’d like to learn more about protecting yourself from a house fire and how our restoration services can help you recover, get in touch today to learn more.

 

Putting a Stop to Water Damage From Appliances | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

frustrated woman on floor looking at broken washer If your home experiences any flooding or other water issue, SERVPRO of Pueblo is here to dry, clean and repair any damage.

No one wants to deal with water damage in any fashion, but when it comes to water damage from appliances, there can be extra headaches to deal with.

Appliance water damage can often remain hidden for long periods of time, leading to a compounding of issues. By knowing what appliances to check and doing so regularly, homeowners can put a stop to this water damage.

Checking Your Appliances for Leaks

Hot Water Heater
A hot water heater can last a long time as a whole, but its individual parts can develop leaks much earlier on in its life. Prevent water damage by checking all of its components often to look out for discoloration, dripping or other signs that water is leaking out where it should not be.

Refrigerator
Though it is a wise practice to move your refrigerator away from the wall often, many people do not do so enough. The water lines behind the refrigerator are not typically made from a durable material and are thus prone to leaks. If your refrigerator is not moved often, these leaks can be allowed to fester for a long period of time and cause serious structural issues.

Dishwasher
In the same vein as refrigerators, making a habit to check behind and under the dishwasher regularly is a wise move. Dishwashers are also prone to leaks, and are often not covered by insurance when damages occur. Make checking behind the dishwasher a routine part of your home maintenance in order to ensure this does not happen to you.

Washing Machine
The hoses that carry water to the washing machine are notorious for leaking prematurely. Their lifespan is about five years, but they should be checked at least every month for any leaks. The washing machine uses a high volume of water and these hoses can often malfunction even if they appear intact, so it is wise to follow these guidelines.

Air Conditioner
The condensation that air conditioners accumulate is typically drained from the system, but occasionally a malfunction can occur. Keeping up with your unit’s regularly scheduled maintenance as well as watching for any issues yourself is the best way to prevent this from causing damage to your air conditioner and the area surrounding it.

If your home has been impacted by water damage or you’d like to put a plan in place in case it happens to you, contact us to learn how we can help.

How Small Business Owners Can Increase Disaster Preparedness | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

12/24/2019 (Permalink)

preparedness and readings sayings in bold lettering with red background Having a disaster plan in place is crucial for any business. SERVPRO of Pueblo is your full service commercial restoration company.

Increasing disaster preparedness as a small business owner may not seem like a large concern, but it is something that is wise to consider.

Natural disaster occurrences have continued to increase, and the extensive damage they can cause can seriously threaten the success of small businesses. For these reasons, preparedness is more important than ever.

One of the major benefits of preparing your business for a natural disaster is the fact that being prepared can help you reopen more quickly after the immediate danger has dissipated. Being aware of what to do during the disaster and how to begin to recover and restore afterward will put you on the right track to reopening.

Preparing for Disasters at Your Small Business

1. Double-Check Your Insurance
Insurance is something that many do not give much thought to until it is needed, but unfortunately, many business owners are surprised when they discover that their coverage falls short after a disaster. Because excessive damages are often not covered in commercial policies, many business owners choose to purchase supplemental coverage policies in case of a disaster.

2. Create Your Action Plan
Having an action plan will help you act quickly if a disaster becomes imminent, especially if evacuation orders are put into place. Evacuation orders are often given on short notice, and by having your actions laid out, you can get to safety much more quickly while being sure you are leaving no task unperformed. Knowing the location of evacuation routes in your building and immediate area, as well as being aware of medical facilities, is an important aspect of this.

3. Rehearse Drills and Prepare Staff
Keeping your staff educated about your action plan and prepared for a disaster is an important part of leadership for the small business owner. Designate time for regular drills that feature emergency scenarios so everyone has the ability to prepare in advance for how to handle a real disaster situation.

4. Choose a Restoration Company to Work With
In the aftermath of a disaster, being able to recover quickly is the most important thing for small business owners in order to preserve their operations and continued success. Researching and deciding on a restoration company in advance is one of the best ways to do this, as you will know exactly who to call after the disaster occurs. Look for a company with a 247 emergency line and extensive expertise in commercial restoration so your business will be in good hands.

If you need to pick a commercial restoration company that’s right for you, call us today! We can tell you all about what sets our process apart.

Prevention Tips for the Peak Season of House Fires | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

snow covered Christmas tree branches Practicing prevention is the best way to reduce the chance of a fire, however if you do experience a loss contact SERVPRO of Pueblo.

Though a fire could occur at any time, winter is the best time to be extra vigilant against fire prevention as it is the peak season for fires to occur. Understanding the causes and prevention strategies for winter fires is important to ensure a season of safety that is free from the complications of a house fire.

Reasons Winter is the Peak Season for House Fires

An Increase in Cooking
Cooking consistently poses the highest house fire risk as reported by the NFPA, regardless of the time of year. However, winter is a time when even the rate of cooking fires increases as there tends to be more kitchen activity. Cooking safety is always important but during the winter months especially.

The Risk of Heaters
Making use of auxiliary heating methods during winter can lead to a lower electricity bill but a higher risk of a house fire occurring. Unsafe heater usage causes the second-most fires in winter, which is why utilizing space heater safety features and fireplace flame guards is an important part of staying safe in colder temperatures.

Candles and Decorations
Though not all decorations pose an increased fire risk, those featuring open flames or electrical components can. Though their flame is small, candles automatically increase the likelihood of a house fire occurring due to having an exposed flame present. For electrical decorations, wear and tear in storage can lead to unsafe electrical wires that can pose an increased fire risk if utilized. Always monitoring open flames and inspecting cords will go a long way in fire prevention.

Top Tips for Winter Fire Prevention

Making use of safety tips throughout the winter months will help you prevent fires from starting and keep your season festive and fun. Practicing safety in the kitchen as well as when heating and decorating your home, in addition to these tips, will help you be protected:

  • Check smoke alarms once every 30 days and replace every 10 years.
  • Always monitor open flames.
  • Select space heaters with automatic shut-offs in case they tip over.
  • Utilize a screen every time you use a fireplace.
  • Draft and practice an emergency escape plan with your household.

If your home has been impacted by a fire, call us right away. We are leaders in restoration and can help you recover quickly after a fire occurs.

A flood Can Happen when you least expect it. If your business experiences any water damage, contact SERVPRO of Pueblo.

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in large room with staircase partially submerged in water A flood can happened when you least expect it. If your business experiences any water damage, contact SERVPRO of Pueblo. We will get you back on track

Though it is not uncommon for floods to be overlooked in disaster planning, the reality is that they are more common than many think. Only 10% of natural disasters do not involve flooding, and floods often affect areas that are not typically prone.

That is why for business owners, planning ahead for flooding is a smart move. Not only will it create a safer work environment, but you will also be able to plan for how to get your business back up and running so there is less of a delay in operations.

Actions to Take to Prepare Your Business

While there are many industry-specific flood preparedness actions to complete, there are also some universal ones every business owner should do such as:

  • Utilize a flood mapping program like the one on FEMA’s website to gain an overview of your historical risks.
  • Store copies of documents in an offsite location where they are less likely to be affected by a flood.
  • Draft an Emergency Action Plan using the OSHA-provided resources so staff have a clear manual about what actions to take.
  • Regularly host disaster drills and be sure everyone knows the evacuation routes.
  • Chat with your agent about insurance coverage and whether or not flooding is built into your policy.
  • Consider stocking emergency supplies in case you become stranded awaiting help.
  • Place computers on high shelves or other elevated areas if feasible.
The Paperwork You Should Copy

As you work toward reopening, having copies of the document on hand even before you’re granted access to your building can cut the timeline exponentially. Here are some documents it is recommended that business owners copy:

  • Your continuity plan for continuing operations
  • Contact information for any group you may need to get in touch with, such as vendors you work with or staff essential to operations
  • Contact information for your insurance agent and a copy of your policy
  • Computer file recovery guides
  • Any other pertinent paperwork such as your bank records or lease agreement

If your business has experienced a flood, we are always here to help. Call us 247 to get our team of professionals to your business quickly so you can get back on track.

A quick response from SERVPRO of Pueblo ensures your Damage Restoration needs are professionally completed.

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pueblo's green work van with SERVPRO logo at clean up site A quick response from SERVPRO of Pueblo ensures your Damage Restoration needs are professionally completed.

It is important for homeowners to be prepared for damages, both by understanding their risks and having a plan for what to do in the aftermath. Picking a restoration company is an important and often overlooked part of this process. It is important to do your research and pick a company that you can trust to restore your home.

What to Look for in a Restoration Company

Finding a restoration company to work with can be difficult, but knowing you made the right decision will provide you with ample peace of mind once the time for restoration comes. In order to make the best decision, it is important to know the details that matter about your restoration company:

The Damages They Can Handle

Because there are many facets to every type of damage, it is important to choose a company with a wide scope of service. By being certified in many types of restoration, we have the competence and the expertise to handle it all. Whether your fire damage also requires air purification or water damage leads to structural issues, we’ll be able to help with every step.

When They’ll be There for You

House damages do not stick to a schedule, so finding a company that will be there for you whenever you need them is very important. That’s why we have an emergency line that’s available 24 hours a day; regardless of when you need to call in, our team will be here for you.

The Quality of Work You Can Expect

In the restoration industry, how technicians are trained has everything to do with the quality of work they complete. Training is an important focus for us, which is why we use the best industry standards to create our qualifications.

What Their Disaster Plan Is

Because we are a franchise that is part of a national chain, we are a local business with national resources. We have 1,700 franchise locations spread across the country, which means that when a large-scale disaster strikes, we have the backup necessary to maintain excellent levels of service.

If you have experienced storm damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts 247 so we can address your damages quickly.

Sneaky Places Water Damage May Hide | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

water damage and flooding on kitchen tile Water damage can happen at any time. SERVPRO of Pueblo will ensure that each water mitigation job is done correctly and completely.

The dangers of water damage can often feel the most intimidating after heavy rains, but that’s not always the clearest indicator that it will occur. Many events can lead to water damage, often having nothing at all to do with the weather.

Discovering water damage can be inconvenient and costly. Many homeowners’ insurance policies do not accept water damage claims—when they do, the typical amount is over $6,000. Knowing the sneaky spots water damage is likely to hide is essential for homeowners to be on their guard no matter the weather.

Where to Look for Water Damage
  • Underneath windows. The installation of windows includes sealing them with the exterior wall, but with time, this can change. Discoloration under windows is a sign water damage has occurred.

  • Underneath siding. Siding panels that overlap or join at corners can often give way for leaks. Check regularly for signs that water is seeping through to the plywood underneath.

  • Underneath door thresholds. Metal door threshold plates are not weather-sealed, so they can let water onto the wood underneath. Indicators of this are if they feel loose or swollen.

  • Underneath exterior paint. Layers of paint applied to porches or exterior doors can often let water through. Swelling or softness when the paint is touched can indicate this.

  • Underneath the dishwasher. Dishwashers have quite a few potential spots for leaking, and they can often go unnoticed for years. Pull yours out regularly to ensure there are no errant drips.

  • Inside interior walls. The pipes that run between walls can often leak, especially around bathrooms or kitchens. Discolored paint or water spots are a common sign of this.

  • Underneath a toilet. The base seal of a toilet can get weaker with time, causing a gradual leak that damages the floor below. The most common sign of this is a toilet that has become unsteady as the wood underneath deteriorates.

If your home has suffered water damage (even in a hidden place like one of these), we are happy to help! Give us a call right away, and we’ll get there quickly.

The Need-to-Know Facts About Lightning | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Stormy sky The Need-to-Know Facts About Lightning | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

Out of all the damages that thunderstorms can cause, the damages from lightning are some of the most complex. Not only can it be deadly if a person is struck, but it can also cause fires, electrical damage and structural damage when it strikes a home or building.

Because lightning is often misunderstood, we’ve compiled some need-to-know facts so you can take proper precautions to protect your home.

Lightning: A Background

Thunder and lightning exist because of the electrical charge that all storms develop as they form. When the storm needs to discharge some of this electrical force, lightning is the product.

Lightning can either strike from one cloud to another or toward the ground, but because the air is such a poor conductor, it typically will pass through an object on its way to earth in order to find something more compatible with electricity. If this object is a house, lightning will travel through wiring and pipes, which is how it can cause severe damage.

Lightning Damages: An Overview

Lightning causes house damage in several ways, which is why the proper precautions are important to be aware of.

It starts fires. Because of how hot lightning gets—sometimes recorded as up to 500,000 degrees—it can ignite a home or building upon impact. Even if this does not occur, the damage it can do as it travels through wires can lead to an outbreak of electrical fires later on. The local fire department can perform tests to assess the condition of the wiring if your home has been struck.

It short-circuits electronics. The electrical charge of lightning is much stronger than the charge that typically flows through wires, so lightning traveling through them can easily overwhelm anything that is plugged in. All electronics should route through a surge protector to be safe.

It harms property. Lightning striking across the clouds produces shock waves that are heard as thunder, but it produces these same waves when it strikes the ground or an object. These waves have enough force to crack foundations and explode cinder blocks, so the home’s foundation should be checked if lightning has struck nearby.

If your home has been affected by storm damages or lightning-related fires, give us a call today! We are experts in damage cleanup and can restore your damage quickly.

Questions to Ask a Potential Restoration Company | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Questions to Ask a Potential Restoration Company | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

Business owners who have experienced a natural disaster affecting their commercial property are in a vulnerable position. Unfortunately, FEMA has found that up to 60% of businesses do not reopen after a disaster strikes in a recent report.

Thankfully, by working with a company that is a leader in the commercial restoration industry, businesses can get their damaged property restored quickly and reopen their doors faster. But how do you know how to choose a restoration company? Here are a few questions to ask:

1. How Do You Ensure Fast Response Time?

If damages are left untreated after a natural disaster, other issues can occur that lead to more money and time for restoration. A company that cannot ensure a fast response time might often end up costing more in the long run when this is considered.

This is exactly why we have an emergency service line that is on around the clock. At whatever hour you discover damage to your business, we can spring into action and let you focus on the other tasks involved in a business’ recovery.

2. How Do You Train Your Technicians?

Working with a company that has well-trained technicians makes all the difference in the speed and quality of work. Being able to trust the team working on your commercial property provides valuable peace of mind, as you can know a good job will be done.

Every one of our technicians is trained in accordance with the standards issued from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). After the initial training, technicians are given access to online learning programs and the ability to enroll in extra certifications to continue to be leaders within the field.

3. How Do You Choose Your Equipment?

With any project, having the right tools makes all the difference in the speed and quality of the completed job. Choosing a company that keeps up with the current technological advancements in restoration means that you will be getting the quality of work you expect.

We make sure we are using the best equipment on the market by following the IICRC standards for machinery we use in commercial restoration. This allows us to be efficient, effective and help you get back to business more quickly.

If you’re in need of commercial restoration, do not hesitate to make the call so you can get your business back faster. Our trained experts are here to help 24/7—contact us today.

 

A Prevention Guide for House Fires | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

A Prevention Guide for House Fires | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

House fires are one of the most common—and the most preventable—accidents that can happen around the home. Though everyone hopes they will never have to deal with a house fire, the chances of not experiencing one rise significantly if you take proper precautions to keep them from starting.

Statistics About House Fires

Because house fires can escalate from smoke to home-engulfing flames in a moment, they are one of the most common reasons for property damage. In fact, a house fire occurs almost three times each minute. This rapid reporting rate shows that there are more fires each year than most might think.

Cooking incidents continue to be the most common cause of house fires, but there are many other things that can cause a flame around the home.

Prevention Tips

It is amazing how quickly a house fire can spread. A small mistake or unattended flame can quickly lead to a raging fire that requires professional attention. That is why preventing fires in advance is key to staying safe. Here are some ways you can prevent house fires:

Test your smoke alarms. Prevent smoke alarm malfunctions by performing battery checks each month utilizing the test button on your unit, and upgrade the entire unit every 10 years.

Remove dryer lint. The inside of the dryer gets hot enough to combust dryer lint if the tray is overfilled, so make it a practice to empty the dryer tray after each load.

Be careful with flames. Open flames from cooking, grills or fireplaces can leap to other surfaces if conditions are right. Never leave a room with an open flame present.

Replace worn wires. Phone chargers and TV cables can often end up in tight spaces, leading to premature fraying. Frayed cords should always be replaced immediately to avoid starting a fire.

Keep chemicals away from heat. It may seem obvious to keep camp stove fluid and gasoline away from heat sources, but everyday household products can also be flammable. Always check the label for instructions on how to keep these substances from combusting.

If your home has suffered damage from a house fire, give us a call. We are certified in fire and soot remediation, and here to help 247.