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

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

"large image of red, yellow and orange flames House fires trend to peak during the winter. SERVPRO of Pueblo are available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

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)

white wall with water damage spots and peeling paint Do you have any water damage to your walls or ceiling? Contact SERVPRO of Pueblo, we will help guide you through the restoration process.

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.

Pueblo Residents Can Benefit from the SERVPRO Difference l SERVPRO® of Pueblo

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

firefighter with water hose trying to put out large flames engulfing brick If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO of Pueblo to fully restore your home.

No one likes to think about dealing with the aftermath of a house fire, but millions of them happen here in the U.S. every year. And that number could include members of the community here.

People living in Pueblo and the surrounding communities can rely on a team of local experts if your home ever needs fire damage restoration or repairs. We’re prepared to work with you to remediate and repair in the aftermath of a fire.

Why Choose SERVPRO

Want to know why so many families in the Pueblo area trust our team? Here’s what we offer our customers:

We are locally owned. SERVPRO locations are everywhere—all across the United States. But this location is locally owned. Because we’re a SERVPRO location, we can use the resources, equipment and training you would find at a leading-edge company with the advantage of choosing a partner here in the community.

We’re available 247. Beginning the restoration process quickly is an important step in getting your home back to its original state and ready for you to make good memories in once more. When it’s an emergency, we’re available at any time.

We can help with any of your restoration needs. House fires can damage your walls, your furniture’s upholstery and more. Issues resulting from water and smoke are common problems, too. We have the tools and resources to remediate these issues.

We believe in restoration. Our team helps families recover from fire damage in a way that’s both logical and economical. Experts help through each step of the process, working to save your family time and money on the repair process and insurance premiums.

Winter Is a Riskier Season for Fires

More fires happen during the colder months of the year, and many of them are caused by the ways we heat our homes or celebrate the holiday season.

Christmas tree accidents are a leading cause of house fires over the holiday season..

If you’re using a space heater without an automatic shutoff mechanism, it can topple over and cause a fire. Broken furnaces and mishaps with other appliances happen sometimes.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Preventing Winter Water Damage at Home | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a gutters due to heavy rain If you have water damage in your home due to a leaky roof or another cause, contact us right away. SERVPRO of Pueblo is available 24/7.

Insurance experts say roughly one in every 50 American homeowners will file a water damage claim every year.

These claims vary in severity. Some homeowners are unfortunate enough to sustain flood damage from major storms. But other claims are from smaller issues that can be avoided with regular maintenance.

Some causes of water damage vary by season. Winter presents unique challenges to homeowners, thanks to the colder weather, snow and ice.

The Power of Regular Maintenance

Taking care of your home is the most effective way to protect your investment against the dangers of water damage.

What should you do before the weather gets colder? Experts have some advice about places to look when you’re getting your home ready to weather winter’s unique home maintenance needs.

Preserve your home’s pipes. Frozen, busted pipes are the most common reason homeowners file claims during the cold winter months. You don’t have to be one of them. How can you keep your pipes intact? If there’s a winter storm or particularly cold night coming, leave the faucets in your home dripping. It doesn’t have to be much. All you need is water flowing to protect your plumbing.

Clean your gutters before it gets cold. It’s smart to keep your gutters cleaned out—and something worth adding to your seasonal home maintenance list. Keeping them free of debris and flowing can help stop water from pooling or flowing in ways that can damage your home. And if there’s no standing water in the gutters, you’re much less likely to have to deal with damage from ice there.

Check your foundation. Water damage in basements is a common reason homeowners need remediation services. Additionally, water can seep into cracks during the winter, and freezing can cause cracks to widen. That happens because water expands when it freezes. You can stop the process by ensuring your foundation doesn’t have cracks that can allow for leaks.

Find spots that need to be sealed. Like checking the foundation, this step is important because water expands when it freezes. If your window panes, shingles and siding aren’t secure enough, they can water into your house.

If a busted pipe, leaky gutter or other winter hazard damages your home, our team is here to help you restore your home. You can get in touch with us 247.

Celebrate with Peace of Mind This Holiday Season | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

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It’s time to start planning for the holiday season! While things may look a little different this year, many Americans will still be planning family meals, decorating their homes and trying to make the most of this festive time.

While you’re preparing for the holidays, don’t let these tips slip your mind. They’ll help you keep your home safe from fire risks—and allow you to enjoy the season.

Fire Risks to Watch for This Thanksgiving

According to a leading insurance provider, 47% of all home fires start while cooking.

These tips from the National Fire Protection Association can help you keep your kitchen safer while you’re preparing Thanksgiving dinner.

Keep an eye on the stove. We’re all tempted to let pots simmer and turkeys roast while we catch up with friends or family members. But the truth is that fires can start on the stove or in the oven if they’re not being monitored. Not only will watching the stove help you serve a tastier meal, but it will also help you prevent kitchen fires.

Be mindful of where you’re burning candles. Lots of people love the warm, pumpkin-scented candles that have recently become synonymous with fall. While keeping a few lit during a meal can delight guests, be sure you’ve placed them somewhere small children can’t reach them. Also, please don’t leave them burning unattended.

Check your cords and appliances. Your kitchen works overtime to prepare for Thanksgiving. Place your cords in ways that don’t pose a tripping hazard to children darting into the kitchen or busy cooks working on completing their dishes. These appliances can be a fire hazard if they’re pulled off the counter or malfunction.

Celebrate Christmas Safely

When it’s time to decorate your home, be sure you keep fire safety at the top of mind. By just being intentional about how you place your decorations (and continuing to keep an eye on your kitchen), you can go a long way toward reducing your house fire risk.

Stay smart in the kitchen. Many families enjoy a large Christmas meal, too. Be sure you watch boiling pots and the ham in the stove carefully.

Keep your tree away from heat sources. As a general rule, you’ll want to be sure your tree is several feet away from heat sources in your home. These can include fireplaces (wood-burning or gas), vents and space heaters.

Turn the lights off when you leave. Holiday lights look inviting from your window at night, but leaving them on when you’re not home can raise your house fire risk.

We’re Here to Help

Even the most diligent homeowners can sometimes have an accident or an unforeseen circumstance regarding a house fire. If it happens to your home, we’re available any time day or night to help you start repairing the damage and restoring your home.

Our team is available to help 247 when you have a fire emergency, so don’t hesitate to call us if you need us.

Tips for Choosing a Cleaning Service for Your Small Business | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Pueblo’s small business owners are among the busiest people in town.

If you’re one of them, you’re likely spending your time balancing books, greeting customers and creating plans for the future of your business. You probably know what it’s like to do all the work it takes to build your business and succeed. Odds are, you have your hands in every aspect of your business.

But as your business continues to flourish and it’s time to grow, you’ll probably start adding to your team. And finding the right fit—the best help—is vital to building a successful future.

For example, if your business needs commercial cleaning support, it’s good to reach out to experts in that area for help.

Hiring a cleaning service has a lot of similarities to hiring a new employee. You want to check out their references (or in the case of a cleaning company, the online reviews), see proof of the quality of their work and feel confident that they can do the job well.

These tips can help you choose a cleaning service.

Be sure it fits your budget. Meeting your budget is the difference between a successful month and a difficult one. Talk to the company you’re considering to get an estimate for their services. But remember that quality remediation and cleaning work now can save you money on more extensive damages later. Plus, it can help keep your insurance premiums reasonable.

Read through the customer reviews. The cleaning companies you’re considering likely have an online presence. Invest some time in seeing how past clients viewed their experiences.

Review their credentials. Hiring licensed and certified cleaning companies can help you feel better about your decision.

Explore the services they offer. You’ll want to choose a cleaning company that provides the cleaning services your business needs and can create an individualized plan to meet those needs—whether that’s for a restoration project or a deep cleaning after virus exposure.

Make sure they’re accessible when you need them. You might need professional cleaning services outside of regular business hours or on the weekend. Commercial cleaning services that are accessible 247 can help you get started fast. That’s especially important when you’re dealing with time-sensitive issues like water damage.

How SERVPRO Can Help

When you choose SERVPRO® for your commercial cleaning needs, you’ll have help from experts who are available any time you need them if you have an emergency need. Just reach out to our team 247, and we’ll be sure you get certified clean results.

Our team is equipped with the latest technology. They use leading-edge techniques and personalized cleaning plans to ensure your needs are met—and that your business is ready to welcome customers back.

Want to learn more about what it means to be certified clean? Get in touch with us. We’re always here to help business owners.

We’re Here 24/7 Because Minutes Matter I SERVPRO® of Pueblo

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

parquet light brown wood flooring popped up from water damage Have you sustained property damage and feeling overwhelmed? We are here to help, contact SERVPRO of Pueblo.

The SERVPRO® team takes water damage seriously. That’s why you can get help from experts 247 to begin the process of repairing water damage to your home.

Any time you need us, we’re here to start the process of repairing your home and ensuring you have a safe space for your family. Our team and ownership are local, and they’re here to be sure neighbors and community members get the help they need when their home needs our emergency services.

In a water damage emergency, time is of the essence. But having an expert team is important, too. SERVPRO team members have the latest training in how to deal with water damage issues. They also use the newest technology on the market and advanced drying techniques.

When you move quickly against water issues and choose a company that prefers restoration over replacing, you can save both time and money. Letting water damage sit too long or repairing it improperly can lead to costly issues like mold and mildew, as well as additional repair costs and rising insurance premiums.

Time Is Money

Here’s something important for homeowners to think about. The longer water damage is left unevaluated and treated by experts, the more expensive repairing it becomes. The damage that could be remediated early on for a few hundred dollars could become a major repair that could cost thousands of dollars.

That’s why it’s important to reach out to a qualified team as soon as you notice water damage in your home.

Water Damage Works Fast

Standing water in your home can move quickly through your home and cause problems within hours. Those issues grow with time, and can eventually lead to major problems in your home.

Here’s a timeline of how water damage goes through your home:

In a few minutes

Water absorbs into your walls, floors, carpets and things made of paper (like books and photos). Water can cause furniture to bleed.

Within 24 hours

Water causes drywall to begin swelling and breaking down. Things made of metal to begin to tarnish. A musty odor can be noticed.

Within 1 week

Things start to swell and crack, including doors, windows, furniture and wood flooring. Paint starts to blister. Metal begins showing signs of rust. Mold and mildew begin to grow and spread.

After 1 week

Structural and safety issues (like warping and mold) continue to grow.

Our team is always ready to help if water damages your home. We’re here to talk with you 247 if you need to learn more about our water restoration process.

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

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

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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)

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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.