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Tips to Be Prepared for Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

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Tips to Be Prepared for Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

Most of the time we have advanced warning for some types of severe weather, but there are also those occasions where Mother Nature manages to sneak up on us without warning.

There are steps you can take and safety tips to follow that will give you peace of mind and help you prepare for any circumstance.

Where to Start With Severe Weather Planning

The best way to be prepared for surprise weather occurrences is to create a family emergency plan.

If you have taken this step and your family does have an emergency plan in place, be sure to discuss and review it, as well as practice it, as the various weather seasons change so everyone knows exactly what to do.

Here are some things to consider when creating a family emergency plan if you’ve not yet created one:

1. How will emergency alerts and warnings be received?

Smartphones allow us to receive emergency alerts and warnings rapidly thanks to today’s technologies. If you have a weather app or Google on your smartphone, you will quickly receive emergency alerts, which provides you with valuable time in severe weather situations. But remember, you can still receive warnings and alerts through radio and television broadcasts.

2. What type of storm shelter do you have?

In areas where tornadoes are common, you’ll want to be in the lowest part of your home, preferably a basement if you have one. If that is not an available option for you, find an interior room on the lowest level of your home that is away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls.

There are other situations that require a form of storm shelter, and you can learn more about those situations that call for them by visiting ready.gov.

3. What are your evacuation routes?

Hurricanes, floods and fires can force you to leave your home in a hurry, so you should always have routes mapped out that can serve as an evacuation route. It’s wise to have several routes mapped out in the event one becomes impassable, and it’s also important to find places where you can stay with your pets along the way if you have furry family members evacuating with you.

4. How will you communicate?

Communication with family during an emergency is key. It’s easy to rely on cell phones to keep in touch with your family, but in some circumstances, that just will not be possible. Cell phone towers can be taken out in storms, phones could be lost or left behind, and if there is not power, you will not be able to recharge your phone batteries.

Be sure that your family has an emergency communication plan in place as well as a pre-determined and safe meeting place so that you can all meet there if separated.

If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO® of Pueblo to get the cleanup and restoration process started.

 

Yes, Your Business Does Need a Disaster Plan | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Yes, Your Business Does Need a Disaster Plan | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

Have you noticed how Mother Nature keeps throwing natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and earthquakes at us? The key to being able to fight back is being prepared for a multitude of worst-case scenarios.

Being prepared for those scenarios in your home as well as your business involves creating a natural disaster plan. In this blog, we are going to discuss some aspects to consider when designing a disaster plan for your business.

Why Disaster Planning?

There are many things to factor in when you are putting together a disaster plan for your business.

Included in those considerations are the following:

  1. Keeping your employees protected
  2. Keeping your assets secure
  3. Getting your business back up and running again

Many sources such as the Red Cross, FEMA and Ready.gov have prepared helpful checklists that can guide you in identifying areas that need to be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan. These sources are also useful in measuring just how prepared you truly are.

How to Protect Employees

Protecting the human aspect is the most important consideration if a disaster were to strike without warning. You must have a plan that lays out procedures and safety measures for employees and visitors by making sure evacuation routes and exits from your facility are all properly marked, ensuring that there is a designated area that can serve as a shelter space, possibly considering installation of emergency lighting, and creating a volunteer staff to serve as “safety wardens” who are properly trained and able to guide and assist with all emergency efforts.

When you are picking out a shelter space, a basement or storm cellar is an ideal location in the event of tornadoes or other high-wind situations. If you have no basement space, you may use a small interior room, a closet or an interior hallway on the lowest level of the building for shelter.

Asset Safety Is Key

There are thousands of dollars at risk in assets and merchandise even if your business is located in a strong and sturdy brick and mortar location. You will have to make mindful choices about how to protect the assets on the inside.

It is a good idea to compile a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of these items, and having photographs prior to a disaster whenever possible is always helpful when filing insurance claims. When you have assets that are based on a computer server, take necessary steps to ensure that the regular backups are being performed and look into storage systems such as cloud storage options that cannot be damaged.

Contact a contractor to help you uncover areas that may need structural integrity upgrades if you own your building, and have the contractor walk you through possible safety upgrades and advise on any areas that may not hold up in certain weather situations.

How to Get Back to Work

After a natural disaster occurs, it is quite possible that damages will force you to close your business down while repairs are being made. Every day you remain closed is another day you lose money and profits. It is a good idea to have a “rainy day” fund set aside to help out with any additional costs that are not covered by your insurance.

Compile a list of contractors that you can call on who will be available for rebuilding and needed repairs, and know which cleanup and restoration service will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation.

With SERVPRO® of Pueblo, you can count on us to get to the disaster faster and make it "Like it never even happened." Our training and expertise have prepared us to help with water damage, storm damage, fire damage and mold remediation quickly and effectively.

Knowing what to do when disaster strikes your business is of the utmost importance. When it comes to the cleanup and restoration aspects, depend on SERVPRO® of Pueblo to be there for you.

 

The Importance of Mold Remediation | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

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Mold growth is likely to follow a water damage situation that occurs in a home or commercial property. It is a fact that mold can begin to grow within 48 hours of moisture exposure.

When facing a mold issue, knowing what steps to follow after the incident is vital, which is why we are devoting this blog to an overview of mold remediation.

<h4mold-remediation:993f6d72e1d3ae97e6a29320ec3715b5">Understanding Mold Remediation

You’ve probably seen or heard ads for mold remediation that also promise mold removal, but the latter of the two is misleading. Removing all mold from a home or business is simply not possible. What a qualified restoration company will focus on is mold remediation, with the goal of bringing mold levels back to a normal and natural range.

Yes, mold spores are a natural occurrence and occur almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. They only become a problem when a minor mold problem is not addressed and it then turns into a major infestation.

During mold remediation, technicians isolate all of the contaminated areas. Depending on the level of remediation, this may be done by either closing all doors and windows or effectively sealing off all doorways and openings with a polyethylene sheeting. Dust in the contaminated areas will be suppressed through misting process.

All wet and mold-damaged materials will then be removed and discarded using plastic bags. All areas that have been exposed to and affected by the mold are completely cleaned and thoroughly dried. Technicians may also use a HEPA vacuum in some cases to help with the removal of the contaminated materials and debris.

A biocide is used to treat the mold-affected area, and the crews will leave it to sit and work overnight to destroy the mold spores. The following day, the remediation crew will return to encapsulate all the affected and surrounding areas.

<h4this-if-you-suspect-mold-in-your-home:993f6d72e1d3ae97e6a29320ec3715b5">Do This If You Suspect Mold in Your Home

If you have a suspicion that your home or business may be affected by a mold problem, you’ll need to act quickly. Call a professional mold remediation company if, upon evaluation of the size of the problem, you discover the area involved is larger than 10 square feet.

Be sure that the professionals you call are highly and efficiently trained and certified in areas like:

  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Water damage restoration
  • Applied structural drying

It is always best to leave mold remediation to a professional company to achieve the quickest and most efficient resolution to the problem even though some minor mold issues have been successfully resolved by home and business owners on their own.

At SERVPRO® of Pueblo, our mold damage specialists are trained and certified experts in mold remediation. If your home or business is experiencing a mold issue, contact us to begin the mold remediation process.

Identifying Causes of Residential Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Identifying Causes of Residential Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

In thinking about water damage, severe weather is usually one of the first things that will come to mind for many. Storms and flooding can cause catastrophic water damage, but they are often not the main causes.

Instead, there are various items in and around your home that may be responsible for many situations that result in water damage.

<h4101-on-water-damage:a8f8131ffaa5739239be8686687cc835">The 101 on Water Damage

With water damage being the third most common reason for a homeowners insurance claim between 2011 and 2015, it is something that many homeowners will face, with an average payout per claim of $8,861.

There is a difference between water damage and gradual water damage, which can impact the payout of homeowner’s insurance claims. Examples of gradual damage would be something that has been happening over time, such as cracks in a home’s foundation or unknown plumbing issues in the walls that will cause damage to walls, ceilings or floors. Unfortunately, unlike storm-related water damage, which is covered by homeowners insurance, many cases of gradual water damage are not covered.

<h4issues-and-water-damage:a8f8131ffaa5739239be8686687cc835">Plumbing Issues and Water Damage

According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the leading causes of water damage are:

  • Plumbing supply system failures. This can involve frozen pipes that can burst due to the buildup in water pressure caused by freezing water or when the supply system material fails and results in a leaking or burst pipe. Per IBHS, plumbing supply system failures are the leading source of residential water losses and cost an average of $5,092 per incident after the deductible. It was also found that homes 16 to 40 years of age made up a larger group of supply system material failure claims.

  • Plumbing drain system failures. These occur when a sewer drain backs up and overflows into a home or from material performance issues. In their study, IBHS found that 52% of drain system failures were caused by sewer backups and 37% were related to material performance issues. They also noted that the average drain system failure was more expensive in southern states than in northern states.

  • Toilet failures. Toilets are the second largest cause of residential water damage loss after plumbing supply system failures and can happen due to faulty fill valves or clogged drain lines. Toilet failures that occur on the first floor of a home resulted in higher claims than those that occurred in upper floors or basements, according to IBHS.

  • Water heater failures. As a water heater reaches its life expectancy, it’s normal that the tank will eventually begin to rust and corrode, causing leaking or bursting issues. According to IBHS, 69% of all water heater failures resulted from a slow leak or a sudden bursting of water lines and, on average, cost $4,444 per incident following the deductible.

  • Washing machine failures. Typically caused by supply hose failures, machine overflows and drain line failures, washing machine failures are one of the top 10 sources of residential water losses. Per IBHS, supply hose failures accounted for over half of all washing machine-related losses.

If your home has experienced any water damage, rest assured that the team of professionals at SERVPRO® of Pueblo is available to help with cleanup and restoration and make it “like it never even happened.”

Carpet Cleaning

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

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Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

The SERVPRO carpet and upholstery cleaning service will not only get out the dirt you see, but will also remove the unwanted dust you don’t. A professionally cleaned carpet and furniture may make all the difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home.

A SERVPRO Franchise Professional will listen to your needs and use their experience to recommend the right care and cleaning solution for you and your budget.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use state-of-the-art professional equipment to remove soils from deep within your carpet's pile and backings. 

  1. They will show you what cleaning option would be the best for your carpet's level of soiling.
  2. Give you an estimate of time and cost of the carpet cleaning.
  3. Explain the benefits of soil protection.
  4. Explain the advantages of a clean carpet for good indoor air quality.
  5. Explain how you can help prolong your carpet's appearance with frequent vacuuming.

Odor Removal

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Odor Removal Remove odors and keep your home fresh!

Ask yourself these questions:
1. Do you smoke in your home?
2. Do your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room have adequate ventilation and exhaust fans?
3. Is you gas fireplace and/or gas stove checked yearly for emissions?

If the answers are yes to any of these questions - As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional has the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contacts any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace.

Clean ducts helps reduce the potential for mold growth

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

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Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business. In most cases the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention.  Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

SERVPRO Franchise Professional uses a Portable Ventilation & Air Duct Cleaning System to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime. 

The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins

Crew Member

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

General Crew Member Travis Olguin - SERVPRO of Pueblo's Crew Chief

Name:  Travis Olguin

Details:

Travis has worked for SERVPRO of Pueblo for twelve years.  He is a dedicated and valuable employee. He is always ready to help, teach, and praise other employees for their work.  Travis has exception interaction and communication skills, not only with employees but customers, adjusters and people in the community.  Travis is a positive representative of the SERVPRO Brand!

Travis is a Crew Chief and has completed our rigorous SERVPRO Employee Certification Training Program. This program teaches advanced cleaning and restoration techniques and how to properly use our state-of-the-art equipment. This training program also focuses on listening skills and customer service. Travis has a strong work ethic and is known around our office for his attention to detail. 

  • His certifications include:
    IICRC
    Crew Training
    Water Certification
    Fire Certification
    Carpet and Upholstery Certification

Rain gutters and downspouts

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

As the weather becomes warmer in the Pueblo area, now would be a good time to clean your gutters and downspouts. We all know how spring showers can be or hope to be! Now would be a good time to do the maintenance on the exterior of your home.

Gutters are an integral piece of your home’s well-being. They serve to control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, foundation and landscape.

But when neglected, experts say, gutters can turn from a necessity to a nightmare. A gutter clogged with leaves, sticks and other debris can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. Contractors say gunked-up gutters also make nice homes for pests, rodents, mold and honeycombs from bee infestations.

Importance of Air Duct Cleaning: Ask Professional Company's Help for Best Results

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

We all want to provide a healthy environment for our families and employees. One way to help in doing this is to make sure the air quality inside the residence or business is free of polluting debris in the air ducts. Often when a home or business complex is constructed, everything including the kitchen sink is cleaned before residency, except, yes, you’ve guessed it, the air ducts.

Professional air duct services can make sure that the debris that has collected inside the ducts is dislodged and sucked right into a vacuum system that they use to clean the ducts thoroughly. This should be done about every three to five years on a regular basis to keep your heating and cooling systems running smoothly. Contact a professional air duct service representative and discuss the questions you may have. Find out about the service you will receive and the cost. You are going to be surprised how little it really costs to keep the indoor air quality up to par when you talk to a representative.

Los Angeles and areas that are surrounded by highways, manufacturing plants, and commercial buildings are exposed to bacteria, smog, molds, hazardous petroleum fumes and chemical fumes as well as air borne debris. All of these pollutants are hazardous to our health. Inside buildings in these areas or even on the outskirts of these areas, like the suburbs of Los Angeles, are experiencing polluted indoor air quality.

One way to ensure the quality of air indoors is to keep the air ducts clean. Most people do not realize their ducts can be the breeding ground for all sorts of contaminants such as mold, mildew, rodent droppings and dust mites. This is why it is so important to have a professional duct cleaning service and protect the indoor air quality in your home or business.

The professional air duct service company that you are searching for in Los Angeles are not always the first ones listed in the telephone directories. Doing some research will help you determine the company that will give you the quality service you need at an affordable price. There are many shyster companies out there, so it is a very good idea to really check these companies out.