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Get Ready for Fall With These Fire Safety Tips | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

a handful of logs burning in a hot fireplace If you experience any property damage due to a fire, we are here for you. Contact SERVPRO of Pueblo to learn more.

Fall is one of the best seasons to be in Colorado. With pleasant days and cool, crisp nights coming soon, many residents are already planning for the cooler days.

For you that might mean sipping a pumpkin latte, going on a hayride or relaxing in front of a roaring bonfire. Whatever your plans, don’t neglect taking simple steps to protect your home from a common fall safety threat—house fires.

House fires can happen at any time, but the reality is that most happen in the fall and winter months. So, with that in mind, it’s smart to be sure you’re taking the steps you need to take to protect your home and family.

Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries

Having reliable smoke detectors in your home is one of the best ways to protect your family. It’s smart to keep smoke detectors in every bedroom, and to check them regularly so that they’re ready and working in case of an emergency.

If you have problems remembering when you need to change the batteries in your smoke detectors (and many people do), a good rule of thumb is to switch them every spring and fall when you change your clocks.

Keeping Fall Fun and Safe

If you’re looking forward to a mug of hot apple cider in front of your fireplace, then the upcoming cooler temperatures are just what you need. But before you light your first fire of the season, be sure to have your fireplace and chimney checked out by a professional. You want to know they’re safe and working properly before you enjoy a fire.

While you’re having your chimney and fireplace inspected, ask your inspector to check your furnace and any other heating system in your home. If they’re working well, they are less likely to cause a fire.

Depending on where you live, bonfires can be a big part of the fall tradition—and a great way to roast hotdogs or make s’mores. If you’re planning a bonfire, be sure to do it safely.

One of the best ways to ensure your bonfire doesn’t become an emergency is to keep an eye on it. Don’t leave a burning fire unattended in your yard.

We’re Here if You Need Us

If an accident happens at your home this fall and you need help restoring fire or smoke damage, you don’t have to look far.

Our team is always ready to help you if a fire damages your home. Local experts can guide you through the fire restoration process and help get your home back in top shape.

We’re here to talk with you 247 if you need to learn more about our fire restoration process.

Don’t Leave Your Home Vulnerable to Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

white ice maker leaking water Our team is always ready to help you after busted pipes or other water related issues. SERVPRO of Pueblo is the water restoration experts.

Some of the most common causes of water damage are the appliances we use at home every day to make life easier.

What are they? And what how can you take steps to protect your home? These tips can help.

Advice for Maintaining Your Appliances

Regular home maintenance - and knowing what signs to look for in case of problems—is your best defense against water damage.

Busted pipes can cause flooding. It’s a good idea to know exactly what type of pipes you have in your home because different materials have different lifespans. (Copper, for example, can last up to 50 years.) You can also purchase a water leak detector. If you don’t have it in your budget to buy a new piece of equipment right now, then just watch your water bill. Spikes and surges can indicate a leak.

Water heaters are one of those appliances that no one wants to live without. Who doesn’t love a hot shower? A busted water heater is a common cause of water damage, though. Keep up with your unit’s age, and familiarize yourself with how often it needs to be replaced.

Your kitchen appliances, like your ice maker and dishwasher, can cause water damage when they break or leak. Sometimes even a slow leak can cause problems in your home over time. Check both of them regularly to be sure they’re functioning and there aren’t any loose water lines.

Putting a Number to the Damage

It might shock you to learn that these appliances (and the non-weather related water damage they cause) are the second most common type of insurance claims homeowners make. In 2017, these claims accounted for $13 billion in damages to homes and property.

You can thank researchers and insurance companies for this surprising fact. iPropertyManagement, a company that advises property owners, looked into these claims and found that most of these claims were caused by appliances, pipes, and water heaters malfunctioning.

Keep in mind that doesn’t account for things some families lose to water damage that can’t be replaced. Family heirlooms like photographs don’t come with a price tag.

What happens if you can’t catch the leak?

Even the most diligent homeowners can sometimes miss a leak. Accidents happen. And when they do, it’s important to have your home professionally cleaned to protect you and your loved ones from mold and other issues that can arise after a water leak. That’s where our team of experts can help you.

Our team is always ready to help you after busted pipes, water heater leaks, or appliance malfunctions damage your home. We’re here to talk with you 247 if you need to learn more about our water restoration process.

Is Your House Ready for Severe Weather? | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

severe roof damage from a large tree landing on white house SERVPRO of Pueblo is here to provide you with a rapid response. Contact us right away if you experience any storm damage.

Let’s be honest—no one wants to think about what could happen if a severe storm hits their home.

While it isn’t a pleasant thought, it’s still smart to plan for the possibility of severe storms. And by doing so, you may be able to help your home and family whether these unexpected events.

Where’s one place to start? By getting your family prepared.

According to Ready.gov, one of the smartest things families can do is be sure there’s a disaster plan in place before you need it.

You can make a plan in just a few hours. Just sit down with your family and talk over what you’ll do in case of severe weather. You’ll want to make sure everyone knows where to gather in the event of the emergency and where your vital records and first-aid kit are located.

Another great way to prepare your family is to download the app for ready.gov on your smartphone. You can find it on their website or your phone’s app store. It will let you know any time there’s a severe weather alert in your area.

Protecting Your Home

The National Weather Service recommends taking a few steps to keep the exterior and interior of your home safe:

Clean out your gutters. Gutters that are full of debris can put your home at risk for water damage.

Trim your trees. Healthy trees with no overhanging branches lower the risk of damage from limbs.

Make sure your home is secure. Loose items should be fastened down or brought inside. Close your doors and windows, too.

Life is unpredictable, and you may find yourself with storm damage despite your best efforts. If that’s the case, our team can get your home clean and safe for you again.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. We’re here to talk with you 247 if you need to learn more about our storm restoration process.

How to Tell if You Are Choosing a Good Restoration Company | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

large downed tree laying on top of light brown house Choosing the right restoration company is crucial to getting things back to normal. Call SERVPRO of Pueblo to set up an appointment.

Experiencing severe weather is bad enough, but if you experience damage from it, the situation can be positively overwhelming. The damages that storms cause is serious and getting more severe with each passing year—that is why we always recommend making sure you have a plan in place for who to call in case damage does occur.

Working with the right restoration team can make all the difference in how stressful your overall experience is. You are trusting this team with your most expensive investment, so choosing one you can put your faith into is so important. To help you make sure you are, we have some tips to consider.

Tips to Consider When Picking a Restoration Company

Make sure you check out their credibility. When large parts of an area are damaged by severe weather, there will often be ample amounts of companies that are trying to take advantage of it. Make sure you do not fall victim to these scams by doing your research on a company’s credibility, making sure they carry both a local and a national reputation in the industry.

Determine they can handle high demand. The damages done by a storm can be both severe and widespread, causing the restoration industry to experience a huge surge in demand during the aftermath. Thankfully, we have a nation of SERVPRO® partners on our side that we can call upon for backup if needed. This allows us to guarantee a high level of service regardless of how much of the area sustains damage at one time.

Be sure you can get in touch when you need to. Storms somehow seem to know when the least convenient time to cause damage is, and they always manage to arrive right about then. For that reason, you can count on us to be here any time you need it, day, night or weekend. Our 247 emergency line means whenever you call, we will answer and get right down to business setting your restoration plans into motion.

When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.

Taking Precautions Can Go a Long Way in Preventing Grill Fires | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

a person grilling chicken and hot dogs on an outdoor grill SERVPRO of Pueblo are the fire restoration experts. To learn more give us a call or contact us online.

We love the idea of making the most of summer evenings by cooking a fresh, grilled meal with your family—there is really nothing better! While grilling is something many of us do regularly, it is important to not discount safety concerns out of habit. The best habit to be in is one that actively lowers your chances of experiencing a grill fire so you can continue to have summer fun.

Grilling accidents lead to many more fires than people realize—nearly 6,000 a year according to the U.S. Fire Administration. No one wants their cookout ruined by an emergency, so these prevention tips are a must to keep in mind.

Be in the Habit of Preventing Grill Fires

Create a safe zone around your grill. It is understandable to want to locate your grill in a spot that is convenient, but this can pose a huge hazard depending on your patio’s construction. It is recommended to leave at least three feet of open space around your grill free from anything flammable in case a sudden flare-up occurs.

Clean your grill grates often. You have likely heard that you should regularly clean your grill grates for the consistency of your cooking, but this is also an important part of fire safety. When things are allowed to build up on the grates, they can heat up over time and lead to a fire that starts suddenly. By scraping down your grill grates after every use, you can reduce the likelihood of this happening.

Never leave the grill unattended. Just like you would not leave a bonfire without supervision, you should never leave a grill without it either. Even with the lid closed, a fire can start in the blink of an eye, so always having someone stationed nearby with a fire extinguisher is a must to avoid a disaster.

Inspect the grill regularly. No matter how often you use the grill, it is really best to check for issues every time before you light it. Gas leaks can be sneaky, and if your hose or connectors become worn, they can create a serious flare-up when you go to light your grill. A quick visual inspection can alert you to any issues before they become a disaster.

If you have a grill fire that does damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us any time, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.

Protect Yourself From Summer Storms Anywhere You Go | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

lighting striking hillside during storm at night Have you been affected by a storm event? SERVPRO of Pueblo is available 24/7 and ready to assist you with any storm damage.

Gorgeous summer days do not often lend themselves to thinking about thunderstorms, but regardless of how clear the skies seem, they are something to be aware of. Humidity can give rise to thunderstorms seemingly in an instant, any of which have the ability to cause serious damage to those who are unprepared.

Staying safe, even when a storm catches you away from the house, is easier with these tips.

Stay Safe When Storms Catch You Away From Home

Know your options for shelter. If you are at home when a storm warning is issued, you can safely stay put and seek shelter in the most secure part of the house. Unfortunately, if you are running errands or traveling, you may not have this luxury. Experts have guidelines for how to shelter in your car in case of an emergency, and as long as you follow the guidance, it can be a safe place to be.

Practice electrical safety. A lightning strike can travel through a building rapidly, often using the home’s wiring system to do so. This can lead to a power surge, an event that can harm electronics and cause sparks. If you have plenty of time before the storm hits, unplugging everything is the safest thing you can do—but in case you don’t, also install surge protectors at home and at your office.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. Concrete is known for its integrity, but part of what supplies this integrity are the metal reinforcements within the walls and floor. This metal can attract lightning strikes and then disperse the electrical charge throughout the concrete—if you must shelter in a concrete structure, it is advised to not come into contact with the floors or walls directly.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. When you are interrupted by a thunderstorm, you will likely want to resume whatever you were in the middle of right away. It is important to note that this is not always the safest answer. Lightning has been found to travel nearly 30 miles away from storm clouds to strike, so it is recommended that you wait at least 30 minutes before resuming an activity outdoors.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Tips for Navigating the Aftermath of a House Fire | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

woman with hands covering face upset with burnt house in background If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Pueblo is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

Having a plan for the moment a house fire starts is essential—you will want to make sure that you and everyone in your family is well-equipped to get themselves to safety in the event that flames start. Once this planning is in place, it is recommended that you begin to plan for the period after a house fire as well.

Because it can be an overwhelming time, making sure you know what to do can help you feel much more in control and capable of handling the situation.

Plan for the Period After a House Fire

Prepare yourself for what to expect. There is no way to know exactly what state your home is in until you are inside, but it is important to prepare yourself for what to expect in order to lessen the shock. Fire can damage homes in seemingly nonsensical ways—smoke and soot can travel far, and structural issues can also be present. Expecting this and being prepared for it will help you be ready when it is time to go inside.

Wait to enter your home. While wanting to jump in and get started on the recovery process is a common reaction, you should not do so at the expense of your safety. It is important to check with officials before re-entering the home, as structural damage can be a result of fire and can cause serious hazards to anyone in the home prematurely.

Contact your insurance company. Every insurance has their own guidelines for fire damage processes, so calling early on in the process is the best way to be informed.

Document the damages. Keeping thorough records of everything that is damaged can feel tedious, but it will definitely come in handy once your restoration team determines what needs to be replaced versus what can be restored. A good inventory list is also often required by insurance to process your claim so there is clear documentation of what has been damaged.

Contact your restoration company. A house fire is a traumatic thing for your family to experience, so recovering quickly is a great way to emotionally heal from the process. To make it as smooth as possible, we always recommend working with a reputable, well-trusted restoration company that is based locally, so you can be certain the job will be done right.

If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick response.

What to Know Regarding How Rain Can Lead to Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

heavy rainfall on top of metal roof of yellow house Heavy rains can cause serious water damage. SERVPRO of Pueblo has the trained technicians to fully restore your home.

So many types of water damage are caused by small amounts of water, and while dramatic incidents might be the first thing that comes to mind, any amount of moisture can lead to issues. Heavy rain showers are persistent enough to cause serious damage, simply because they can work their way into minuscule openings that may have been overlooked.

Knowing the facts about how this can happen and where you are likely to see it can help homeowners prepare as well as they can for an incident like that to occur.

Be Aware That Water Damage Is a Possibility After Heavy Rain

Backup of clogged gutters. Your twice-yearly gutter cleaning is more than just a general chore—it is actually a great defense against water damage to your home. Clogged gutters can lead to pools throughout the system, and if the water is allowed to sit for too long it can eventually begin seeping into the home instead.

Leaks around windows and doors. The weatherproofing measures taken to seal windows and doors can deteriorate with time, letting rainwater in through microscopic cracks in their seals. This can lead to damage of the vulnerable wood underneath and may go unnoticed for a while if you do not know to look for it.

Poor drainage around the foundation. Installing proper drainage and water-routing landscaping is a smart preventive measure in regard to water pooling up around the foundation. If it is allowed to sit for a long time, it can begin to seep inward on your home instead.

Leaks in and around the roof. No matter how new a roof is, leaks are still a possibility—especially after heavy rain showers come through. Shingles go missing or come loose and create a vulnerability that should be repaired as quickly as possible to prevent this.

Malfunctioning of a sump pump system. For those with basements or crawl spaces, a sump pump is a great water damage defense, as long as it is maintained. Sump pump malfunctions due to inadequate maintenance can lead to serious damages on their own.

Leaks around chimneys and skylights. Any feature on your roof that must be sealed against the elements can eventually deteriorate enough to cause a problem. Regular inspections are the best thing you can do to be aware of any potential problems that could develop with time.

If you’ve experienced water damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us 247 to have our trained technicians respond quickly and begin your restoration.

We Have a 6-Step Process for Water Restoration | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

interior wood floor partially submerged in water When dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. Contact SERVPRO of Pueblo for prompt & dependable service.

Discovering that you have sustained water damage is not enjoyable, but it is important to act quickly if it happens to you.

When you choose us for restoration, you can rest assured that you will receive an answer no matter when you call and that we will set our six-step process in motion. Here’s how we do it:

6 Steps to Water Damage Restoration

1. Initial Emergency Contact
Water damage could strike any home at any time, which is why we are always at the ready. When you call us to report damage, we will always answer and gather all the details we can about your damage situation to craft a comprehensive response plan and get to you soon.

2. Inspection and Damage Assessment
Inspecting the area for safety hazards and additional leaks is what we do first when we arrive on the scene. Once things are secured, we will do a full inspection to understand the scope of the damage and create your custom action plan for restoration.

3. Moisture Extraction
Pulling out standing moisture from the impacted area is key to decreasing the overall restoration time, which is why we have ample amounts of equipment to do so. We will work tirelessly to vacuum and pump out all the water we can before moving onto more fine-tuned methods.

4. Dehumidifying and Drying
Following the removal of standing moisture, we will then begin to extract water from the air and impacted surfaces. We will dehumidify and dry all impacted areas completely so they do not continue to deteriorate due to the water damage and to prevent them from becoming vessels for mold growth.

5. Cleaning Belongings
The proper sanitizing and deodorizing of items that are affected is important to keep your home free of contaminants and odors in the future. We will fully treat the belongings that have been exposed to the water damage so you can be certain that they are safe to use.

6. Restoration and Repair
You can count on us for a complete restoration process, which means we will even apply the finishing touches your job requires. We can apply paint or replace carpets to make the area feel exactly as it did before any water damage ever impacted it.

If your home has been water-damaged, you can count on us to help. Call us 247 to get the process started.

Taking the First Steps Toward Flood Recovery | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

three large houses in a neighborhood with home and street flooded If you’re experiencing any water damage from flooding, SERVPRO of Pueblo is available 24/7 to assist you with any repairs.

Having your home damaged in a flood is a devastating experience, and a quick post-flood recovery is generally the top priority for those affected.

While it is understandable that this is important, it is also essential to be sure you are taking the right first steps and prioritizing your safety during the process. By making yourself aware of what steps to take, you can better prepare for and react to a flooding event in your area.

The First Steps for Flood Recovery

Avoid further safety hazards. It is logical to want to immediately return home and get to work after a flood, but waiting for local officials to deem it safe is essential. Floodwaters can hide many lurking dangers, and returning to impacted areas prematurely can expose you to many hazards you may not be aware of.

Air out the home. In addition to the damage from the flood specifically, impacted homeowners must also deal with the possibility of mold growth in their homes. Mold is an airborne fungus, and it thrives in areas that are moist with stale air. Circulating fresh air through your house is a good preventative for this—while it will not stop the growth entirely, it can significantly reduce it and make the air healthier to breathe as you begin the cleanup.

Document the damages. Most homeowners want to start their cleanup process right away in a flood’s aftermath, but it is important to do your due diligence in the documentation before you begin removing items or cleaning up. Take ample photos of every room that has been impacted and make a detailed inventory list of all the items that have been damaged before you get started.

Contact your restoration and insurance companies right away. If you have purchased flood insurance for your home, you will want to start the process of filing a claim right away to expedite it. Another thing to expedite is the restoration—leaving flood damage untreated can cause it to get worse, so call your restoration company right away after you discover the damage.

If your home has been damaged in a flood, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to receive a quick response and set the restoration process in motion.