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The Level of Clean Your Customers Now Expect | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

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Hope is on the horizon! After a year and a half of chaos, we’re now seeing positive signs of recovery. Areas that were previously COVID-19 hotspots are now experiencing major turnarounds.

As more and more customers return to in-person shopping and other activities, they will bring with them new expectations. We’re all now more aware of how fragile our health can be—and we will expect businesses to demonstrate that our wellness and safety are important.

How can you show your customers that you prioritize their health? Start with a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

How Does Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Work?

We created SERVPRO’s enhanced cleaning program for multiple reasons. One was to take the stress and pressure of advanced cleaning and sanitation off your plate.

There’s an added benefit of trusting our experts to clean your business. We stay “in the know” about what’s needed to keep things disinfected and sanitized. SERVPRO uses advanced biohazard techniques and technologies that go well beyond your traditional cleaning and janitorial services.

Let’s take a look at the three C’s of a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned:

Consult. Step one is for a SERVPRO specialist to visit with you and learn about the unique needs of your business. This includes factors related to the size of your business, the work you do and who spends time in the facility. Since SERVPRO of Pueblo is locally owned and operated, we know many of the particulars about area-specific needs and guidelines.

Clean. Once your unique needs have been established, our SERVPRO technicians show up on site with proprietary, hospital-grade cleaning solutions you won’t find anywhere else. These solutions meet (or exceed) the CDC standards, and help protect those working at and visiting your business from not only COVID-19 but also conditions such as the common cold and the flu.

Certify. Once our technicians have completed your cleaning, you can proudly display the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield on your business window. This emblem shows customers that you have care about their well-being. You’ll also get digital emblems and other signifiers to place on your website and social media, letting customers know you maintain a high level of clean before they ever enter your doors.

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

Sunrise, Sunset & Fire Safety | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

flames and smoke from a bonfire Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of Pueblo to learn more.

The warmer months offer us cookouts, seasonal celebrations and so much more. But when doing these fun things, do you focus on safety? Let’s look ahead and see what we can do in order to be proactive!

It’s a fact that the warmer months bring a higher risk of safety hazards. In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of the year.

Do you know the risk that your home, or lifestyle, offers? Let’s take a look at the most common fire risk and what you can do to prepare:

BBQ & Cookouts

Barbecuing, cookouts, roasting marshmallows…all fun and necessary for those warmer months…but they can also be risky! Grilling provides a combination of flame, heat, grease and gas, causing it to lead to danger pretty easily. The best thing you can do before grilling is a quick check to make sure everything is in good working condition, make sure it’s away from anything flammable and be sure the grill has been cleaned. While cleaning in between uses seems to be common sense, almost 20% of grill fires are caused by improper cleaning.

Fire Pits

Fire pits, a blanket, kids and marshmallows: Every bit of that says summer! But you can become so enthralled with the beauty of the fire, along with the fun it provides, that you might let safety slip your mind. Make sure you never leave kids unattended around a fire pit, and that you always keep a bucket of water close to the pit.

Chimneys & Dryer Vents

Fireplaces are a focal point in many homes. And while fires make for great scenery as you enjoy friends and family, it is also important to make sure you get the chimney inspected every year. A buildup of ashes can cause some serious damage. In addition, your dryer vents can become clogged with lint and debris, so take the time to clean the pipes while you’re spring-cleaning.

Your local SERVPRO technicians are on hand 247 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

Common Indicators of Basement Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

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The basement is a favorite room of the house for many homeowners and families. It can be spacious for storage, cozy for living or playing or safe for sheltering in a storm.

But because basements are dug into the soil around your home, they often fall prey to moisture leakage, not to mention they become the fall-guy areas for other leaks in the home from plumbing, water heaters and the like.

While there’s certainly no guarantee that you’ll have to deal with water damage in your lower level, the odds are high enough that you should definitely be aware of what to look for. These indicators will let you know that water is coming in from somewhere—and when you see them, your local SERVPRO technicians are awaiting your call.

The Top Indicators of Water Damage in a Basement

Unpleasant, musky odors. Even if water that gets into the basement is clean, whether it comes from rainfall or a burst pipe, it doesn’t take long for it to develop bacteria, which turns into mold on your home surfaces and emits the musty, malodorous smell often associated with basements. This smell shouldn’t be the norm—it only arises when mold and mildew are present in the environment, and even if you can’t yet see mold, the smell lets you know you’ve got a water issue to manage.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. Homeowners sometimes apply so-labeled waterproof paint to their basement interiors, thinking its one-application solution to lock out moisture. While it can help for a while, if a leak is happening behind it, even the thickest paint is going to eventually give way and let the water through. When you see bubbling, cracking and flaking in your paint job, there’s water to be found somewhere.

Foundational cracks. Homes may shift over time, but a crack in the foundation can’t be ignored, and it may be indicative of a serious water leak. On the inside, cracks may show up in the floor, the ceiling or in your walls, telling you that your house’s frame may be succumbing to undue pressure caused by a cracked foundation. There’s no need to worry about minute, hairline-type cracks, but anything larger requires professional help.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.

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The Facts About Thunderstorms

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

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The Facts About Thunderstorms | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

When you think about severe weather, hurricanes and tornadoes may come to mind. If you’re thinking globally, things like cyclones and monsoons may also be thought of.

But you may forget all about thunderstorms.

Thunderstorms occur so frequently that we often fail to think of them as dangerous, which can be a problem in and of itself. While many thunderstorms pass without incident, there are those that do not—and between high winds, lightning, hail, flooding and other issues that thunderstorms can cause, there are many ways that the weather can turn dangerous quickly.

By definition, thunderstorms are any storm that involves thunder. By extension, that also means they include lightning, since the two always go hand-in-hand, even if you don’t see the lightning.

Most of these storms are inconsequential, but they can quickly turn severe in the right conditions. Severe thunderstorms are defined as storms that contain hail that is one inch or larger and straight-line winds of 58 miles per hour or more.

Why Thunderstorms Are Dangerous

Damage and injury from lightning strikes. We mentioned above that lightning always accompanies thunder. It’s also incredibly dangerous, and it is reported that lightning strikes cause around 300 injuries every year. Bodily harm is one key danger, but lightning strikes can also damage property, both directly and indirectly through things like trees falling on homes after a strike.

Property damage due to hail. You probably know what hail is, and you may consider it a danger to your car. But it’s also a danger in other ways. These ice pellets vary in size from tiny to very large. Their size, as well as how quickly they fall, contribute to how dangerous they are. Large hail, propelling quickly, can damage your roof and siding, which may lead to a leak and resulting water damage.

Harm from flash flooding. Flash floods can occur any time there is heavy rain for a plethora of reasons—even if storm drains back up or small ditches become filled with water, heavy rain can quickly turn these things into a life-threatening flooding scenario. This type of flood earned its name; they literally occur in a flash, endangering people around the area. If flash flood conditions are present, stay off the road.

Thunderstorms are dangerous and can cause significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. If you have damage due to a thunderstorm, you can count on us to help. Contact us 247 for more information about our storm restoration practices.

Take the Right Steps to Stop Rain From Damaging Your Home | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

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If you were asked about the most common reasons homeowners had to file water damage claims on their insurance, what would you say?

The most common guesses include damage from storms or floods. Right behind those causes are problems with items in the home, like the plumbing or the sewer.

The reality is that water damage can come from many places.

Homeowners cite a variety of problems when they file water damage claims, including things like severe floods and storms or from problems in the home, like a burst pipe.

Just how common is water damage? Insurance industry experts speculate that as many as one in every 50 American homeowners will file a water damage claim this year.

So if you have to file a claim for water damage this year, you’ll have a lot of company. Statistically, it’s like that someone you know will have to file a water damage claim this year, too.

Preparing Your Home and Family for Wet Weather

Our staff includes a dedicated team of water damage experts, so we have valuable insights into how you can protect your home from suffering water damage now and in the future. The good news is that basic home maintenance can help you stay safe from water damage.

Spend time understanding how drainage can impact your yard. The next time it rains, take a look at your yard. If the water from the rainstorm is draining toward your home, you might have a problem. You might want to connect with a landscaping expert to look for ways to protect your yard.

Use your landscaping as an extra layer of protection. Protective landscaping is real, and you can get it closer to home than you might think. It’s smart to use native plants to add more water protection to your home. Talk to a local expert about native plants or visit a native plant sale.

Seal your roof. According to insurance industry statistics, 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles, which can be prevented with this step. It’s definitely worth considering.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

Advice Pueblo Business Owners Can Use to Rebuild After a Disaster | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Advice Pueblo Business Owners Can Use to Rebuild After a Disaster | SERVPRO® of Pueblo Advice Pueblo Business Owners Can Use to Rebuild After a Disaster | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

What was the most important lesson you’ve learned during the COVID-19 pandemic?

A lot of business owners have a similar answer. It’s that you can’t plan for everything. Sometimes being smart and agile means looking for new ways to reach your customers and continue operating. And it’s impossible to predict what might happen in the future.

These are great lessons to learn, and they can move into other aspects of your business, including being prepared for more predictable natural disasters like severe storms, fires and floods. Many business owners already have disaster plans in place for these (even if they didn’t plan for a pandemic).

If you own a business in Pueblo, we’re here to support you during any time of disaster. We understand that planning for a disaster is one thing, but living through it and continuing to conduct business is something else entirely.

As a way to support you, we’ve pulled together some of the best tips we have to help you deal with moving forward after a storm, fire or flood.

Your Best Next Steps

You can reopen your business quickly and efficiently after a disaster. Here’s how we recommend that you do it:

Work your disaster plan. It’s smart to work on this plan before you need it because you’ll be in a better frame of mind to think things through. For example, some may consider moving to a backup location to continue offering services.

Work as closely as you can with your insurance company. Be ready to provide what your insurer will need to help you move forward. In most cases, that will be photos of the damage (before it’s cleaned up) or an inventory that details lost or damaged items if you can, including their value, too.

Keep your community in the loop. Don’t neglect your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your wider community. They’ll want to know how your business is progressing and any other ways they can support you. You can also share a temporary location using social media or an email list.

Choose reliable partners. Don’t work with any restoration company that doesn’t communicate regularly and uses advanced equipment designed to restore your business to its original state.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damages your business, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

Is Your Home Ready for Spring Thunderstorms? l SERVPRO® of Pueblo

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Is Your Home Ready for Spring Thunderstorms? l SERVPRO® of Pueblo Is Your Home Ready for Spring Thunderstorms? l SERVPRO® of Pueblo

Are you ready for a new season? Most of us are!

As February turns to March, spring is definitely in the air. And many of us are starting to plan new projects and find different ways to brighten up a new season.

Maybe you’re an avid gardener planning your next landscaping project. Or maybe you’re looking for new ways to prepare old favorites on the grill.

Regardless of how you’re planning to spend spring, it’s a good idea to make time for home maintenance now, so you’re protected for one of spring’s weather threats—strong thunderstorms.

We can’t stop storms from hitting our homes and communities. But we can make sure our homes are as safe as possible when it happens.

Projects to Help You Keep Your Home Safe From Storms

It’s worth the effort to add these items to your seasonal to-do list:

Inspect your roof for issues. You want to be sure your roof is in good shape if a storm starts hitting. Check for things like missing shingles and signs of leaks. Repair them to keep your home safer.

Don’t leave items around your home unsecured, either. Don’t let unsecured furniture or other similar items become tools for wind damage. Trim back trees that need it and secure everything you can.

Don’t let tree limbs cause a problem. Tree limbs overhanging your home can fall during heavy winds. You can fix this issue, though. Cut down limbs or branches hanging over your garage and roof.

Ensure your sump pump is working (if you have one). Every homeowner doesn’t need one of these. But if you do need one to regulate water levels in your basement, it’s vital to keep it working. Be sure yours is in good shape before it starts raining.

Keep your gutters clean. This step is vital every season. Clean, clear channels are vital to keeping water around your home flowing the right way, instead of causing water damage.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

We’re Ready if You Need Home Restoration Services in Pueblo | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

We’re Ready if You Need Home Restoration Services in Pueblo | SERVPRO® of Pueblo We’re Ready if You Need Home Restoration Services in Pueblo | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

No two home damage claims are the same—even the claims resulting from the same thunderstorm or hail event can be very different.

But all these claims actually have one thing in common. Want to guess what it is?

No matter what kind of damage your home suffers, getting the restoration process started as quickly as possible is vital to making sure your home can be restored quickly and efficiently to its original state.

Time is of the essence in any restoration emergency, but it’s essential when your home is damaged by water. You can notice the effects of water damage within a few hours, including the tell-tale musty odor that signifies the beginning of a mold problem. Within a few days, wood will start to warp, too.

Why Homeowners Need Restoration Services

Homeowners insurance claims include things like severe weather issues, such as wind, hail and rain. While natural disasters can cause damage to more than one home in a city or neighborhood, accidents and appliance malfunctions are also common reasons individual homeowners need restoration help.

Your SERVPRO Team Is Here 247

Because we understand that it’s vital to get help for your home as soon as possible, we’re available when you need us for emergency restoration services.

That means you can call us on nights, weekends and holidays if you need our assistance. We’ll be here to answer your questions and get your restoration process started.

There are other good reasons to choose SERVPRO, too. Here’s what makes us different:

Our teams are staffed by expert technicians. We have technicians who are highly trained experts. They hold valid certifications in their fields and will bring their wealth of knowledge about water damage to your home.

Our teams have access to the best restoration technology. Our relationship with a trusted national partner like SERVPRO means we can access the latest and greatest in restoration technology. When combined with our technical expertise, that technology gives you an edge when you work with our team.

We’re a locally owned business. We want to serve our community and help our friends and neighbors get great results when they need us the most.

If your home is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Fire Safety Questions That Will Make Your Winter Safer | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Did you know that house fires are more common during the winter months than at any other time during the year? House fires can indeed happen during any season, but they’re more common when it’s colder outside.

Experts estimate that every year about 890 Americans will die in a winter house fire. That number doesn’t include the people who will be injured or the homes and heirlooms lost to these tragic events.

Not every fire is preventable, but many winter house fires are caused by accidents and appliance failures that can be managed by taking some extra fire safety steps.

Do You Know the Answers to These Fire Safety Questions?

Your answers to these questions are a good place to start making your home safer:

Can you safely put out a grease fire? Grease fires are a common kitchen hazard, and thousands happen every year. Many people think water is the most logical way to put out a fire, but it makes grease fires worse. Instead, it would be best if you used a fire extinguisher, baking soda or a metal pan lid to smother the fire. (Cookie sheets can work, too.)

Are you cleaning the ashes out of your fireplace? Wood-burning fireplaces are a nice addition to a family living room. Use yours safely by ensuring you always have a screen covering it. Also, make sure you don’t let ashes and debris build up in your fireplace. Instead, dispose of the ashes correctly.

Are your candles in a safe spot? Many house fires every year are a result of poor candle safety. Candles may seem harmless, but they can start fires and should be used carefully. Please don’t leave them where kids or pets can knock them over. Never leave them burning when you’re not home.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Signs to Look for When You’re Dealing With Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Water damage is a common headache for homeowners. In fact, one out of every 50 American homeowners files a water damage claim on their homes every year.

That’s not just because there are more of all types of claims being filed, either. Other types of claims have been falling in recent years. Water damage claims are growing annually, while claims for fire damage have been falling.

When to Consider Reaching Out for Help

If you’re an Avondale homeowner, you may be wondering when you could need water damage restoration help. Your local SERVPRO team can help answer your questions. And if you need restoration work, we can create a custom damage report for you.

You might notice these signs if you’re dealing with water damage that needs to be evaluated by water remediation specialists:

Fabric upholstery or curtains start to bleed or fade. Contact with water can cause certain fabrics to stain, bleed or fade. If you notice that happening to your drapes or your upholstered furniture, take notice. It can be a sign of water damage.

Wood in your home is starting to warp. Items made of wood can show damage from water only a few days after exposure. So timing is essential if you start to notice wood warping or staining. Call a water remediation technician immediately.

Signs of mold start becoming obvious. Musty odors are among the first signs of mold and mildew. So if you notice that distinctive scent, it’s important to move fast and begin the remediation process. Mold only worsens over time.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.