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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.