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A flood Can Happen when you least expect it. If your business experiences any water damage, contact SERVPRO of Pueblo.

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in large room with staircase partially submerged in water A flood can happened when you least expect it. If your business experiences any water damage, contact SERVPRO of Pueblo. We will get you back on track

Though it is not uncommon for floods to be overlooked in disaster planning, the reality is that they are more common than many think. Only 10% of natural disasters do not involve flooding, and floods often affect areas that are not typically prone.

That is why for business owners, planning ahead for flooding is a smart move. Not only will it create a safer work environment, but you will also be able to plan for how to get your business back up and running so there is less of a delay in operations.

Actions to Take to Prepare Your Business

While there are many industry-specific flood preparedness actions to complete, there are also some universal ones every business owner should do such as:

  • Utilize a flood mapping program like the one on FEMA’s website to gain an overview of your historical risks.
  • Store copies of documents in an offsite location where they are less likely to be affected by a flood.
  • Draft an Emergency Action Plan using the OSHA-provided resources so staff have a clear manual about what actions to take.
  • Regularly host disaster drills and be sure everyone knows the evacuation routes.
  • Chat with your agent about insurance coverage and whether or not flooding is built into your policy.
  • Consider stocking emergency supplies in case you become stranded awaiting help.
  • Place computers on high shelves or other elevated areas if feasible.
The Paperwork You Should Copy

As you work toward reopening, having copies of the document on hand even before you’re granted access to your building can cut the timeline exponentially. Here are some documents it is recommended that business owners copy:

  • Your continuity plan for continuing operations
  • Contact information for any group you may need to get in touch with, such as vendors you work with or staff essential to operations
  • Contact information for your insurance agent and a copy of your policy
  • Computer file recovery guides
  • Any other pertinent paperwork such as your bank records or lease agreement

If your business has experienced a flood, we are always here to help. Call us 247 to get our team of professionals to your business quickly so you can get back on track.

A quick response from SERVPRO of Pueblo ensures your Damage Restoration needs are professionally completed.

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pueblo's green work van with SERVPRO logo at clean up site A quick response from SERVPRO of Pueblo ensures your Damage Restoration needs are professionally completed.

It is important for homeowners to be prepared for damages, both by understanding their risks and having a plan for what to do in the aftermath. Picking a restoration company is an important and often overlooked part of this process. It is important to do your research and pick a company that you can trust to restore your home.

What to Look for in a Restoration Company

Finding a restoration company to work with can be difficult, but knowing you made the right decision will provide you with ample peace of mind once the time for restoration comes. In order to make the best decision, it is important to know the details that matter about your restoration company:

The Damages They Can Handle

Because there are many facets to every type of damage, it is important to choose a company with a wide scope of service. By being certified in many types of restoration, we have the competence and the expertise to handle it all. Whether your fire damage also requires air purification or water damage leads to structural issues, we’ll be able to help with every step.

When They’ll be There for You

House damages do not stick to a schedule, so finding a company that will be there for you whenever you need them is very important. That’s why we have an emergency line that’s available 24 hours a day; regardless of when you need to call in, our team will be here for you.

The Quality of Work You Can Expect

In the restoration industry, how technicians are trained has everything to do with the quality of work they complete. Training is an important focus for us, which is why we use the best industry standards to create our qualifications.

What Their Disaster Plan Is

Because we are a franchise that is part of a national chain, we are a local business with national resources. We have 1,700 franchise locations spread across the country, which means that when a large-scale disaster strikes, we have the backup necessary to maintain excellent levels of service.

If you have experienced storm damage, we are always here to help! Call our restoration experts 247 so we can address your damages quickly.

Sneaky Places Water Damage May Hide | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

water damage and flooding on kitchen tile Water damage can happen at any time. SERVPRO of Pueblo will ensure that each water mitigation job is done correctly and completely.

The dangers of water damage can often feel the most intimidating after heavy rains, but that’s not always the clearest indicator that it will occur. Many events can lead to water damage, often having nothing at all to do with the weather.

Discovering water damage can be inconvenient and costly. Many homeowners’ insurance policies do not accept water damage claims—when they do, the typical amount is over $6,000. Knowing the sneaky spots water damage is likely to hide is essential for homeowners to be on their guard no matter the weather.

Where to Look for Water Damage
  • Underneath windows. The installation of windows includes sealing them with the exterior wall, but with time, this can change. Discoloration under windows is a sign water damage has occurred.

  • Underneath siding. Siding panels that overlap or join at corners can often give way for leaks. Check regularly for signs that water is seeping through to the plywood underneath.

  • Underneath door thresholds. Metal door threshold plates are not weather-sealed, so they can let water onto the wood underneath. Indicators of this are if they feel loose or swollen.

  • Underneath exterior paint. Layers of paint applied to porches or exterior doors can often let water through. Swelling or softness when the paint is touched can indicate this.

  • Underneath the dishwasher. Dishwashers have quite a few potential spots for leaking, and they can often go unnoticed for years. Pull yours out regularly to ensure there are no errant drips.

  • Inside interior walls. The pipes that run between walls can often leak, especially around bathrooms or kitchens. Discolored paint or water spots are a common sign of this.

  • Underneath a toilet. The base seal of a toilet can get weaker with time, causing a gradual leak that damages the floor below. The most common sign of this is a toilet that has become unsteady as the wood underneath deteriorates.

If your home has suffered water damage (even in a hidden place like one of these), we are happy to help! Give us a call right away, and we’ll get there quickly.

The Need-to-Know Facts About Lightning | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Stormy sky The Need-to-Know Facts About Lightning | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

Out of all the damages that thunderstorms can cause, the damages from lightning are some of the most complex. Not only can it be deadly if a person is struck, but it can also cause fires, electrical damage and structural damage when it strikes a home or building.

Because lightning is often misunderstood, we’ve compiled some need-to-know facts so you can take proper precautions to protect your home.

Lightning: A Background

Thunder and lightning exist because of the electrical charge that all storms develop as they form. When the storm needs to discharge some of this electrical force, lightning is the product.

Lightning can either strike from one cloud to another or toward the ground, but because the air is such a poor conductor, it typically will pass through an object on its way to earth in order to find something more compatible with electricity. If this object is a house, lightning will travel through wiring and pipes, which is how it can cause severe damage.

Lightning Damages: An Overview

Lightning causes house damage in several ways, which is why the proper precautions are important to be aware of.

It starts fires. Because of how hot lightning gets—sometimes recorded as up to 500,000 degrees—it can ignite a home or building upon impact. Even if this does not occur, the damage it can do as it travels through wires can lead to an outbreak of electrical fires later on. The local fire department can perform tests to assess the condition of the wiring if your home has been struck.

It short-circuits electronics. The electrical charge of lightning is much stronger than the charge that typically flows through wires, so lightning traveling through them can easily overwhelm anything that is plugged in. All electronics should route through a surge protector to be safe.

It harms property. Lightning striking across the clouds produces shock waves that are heard as thunder, but it produces these same waves when it strikes the ground or an object. These waves have enough force to crack foundations and explode cinder blocks, so the home’s foundation should be checked if lightning has struck nearby.

If your home has been affected by storm damages or lightning-related fires, give us a call today! We are experts in damage cleanup and can restore your damage quickly.

Questions to Ask a Potential Restoration Company | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Questions to Ask a Potential Restoration Company | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

Business owners who have experienced a natural disaster affecting their commercial property are in a vulnerable position. Unfortunately, FEMA has found that up to 60% of businesses do not reopen after a disaster strikes in a recent report.

Thankfully, by working with a company that is a leader in the commercial restoration industry, businesses can get their damaged property restored quickly and reopen their doors faster. But how do you know how to choose a restoration company? Here are a few questions to ask:

1. How Do You Ensure Fast Response Time?

If damages are left untreated after a natural disaster, other issues can occur that lead to more money and time for restoration. A company that cannot ensure a fast response time might often end up costing more in the long run when this is considered.

This is exactly why we have an emergency service line that is on around the clock. At whatever hour you discover damage to your business, we can spring into action and let you focus on the other tasks involved in a business’ recovery.

2. How Do You Train Your Technicians?

Working with a company that has well-trained technicians makes all the difference in the speed and quality of work. Being able to trust the team working on your commercial property provides valuable peace of mind, as you can know a good job will be done.

Every one of our technicians is trained in accordance with the standards issued from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). After the initial training, technicians are given access to online learning programs and the ability to enroll in extra certifications to continue to be leaders within the field.

3. How Do You Choose Your Equipment?

With any project, having the right tools makes all the difference in the speed and quality of the completed job. Choosing a company that keeps up with the current technological advancements in restoration means that you will be getting the quality of work you expect.

We make sure we are using the best equipment on the market by following the IICRC standards for machinery we use in commercial restoration. This allows us to be efficient, effective and help you get back to business more quickly.

If you’re in need of commercial restoration, do not hesitate to make the call so you can get your business back faster. Our trained experts are here to help 24/7—contact us today.

 

A Prevention Guide for House Fires | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

A Prevention Guide for House Fires | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

House fires are one of the most common—and the most preventable—accidents that can happen around the home. Though everyone hopes they will never have to deal with a house fire, the chances of not experiencing one rise significantly if you take proper precautions to keep them from starting.

Statistics About House Fires

Because house fires can escalate from smoke to home-engulfing flames in a moment, they are one of the most common reasons for property damage. In fact, a house fire occurs almost three times each minute. This rapid reporting rate shows that there are more fires each year than most might think.

Cooking incidents continue to be the most common cause of house fires, but there are many other things that can cause a flame around the home.

Prevention Tips

It is amazing how quickly a house fire can spread. A small mistake or unattended flame can quickly lead to a raging fire that requires professional attention. That is why preventing fires in advance is key to staying safe. Here are some ways you can prevent house fires:

Test your smoke alarms. Prevent smoke alarm malfunctions by performing battery checks each month utilizing the test button on your unit, and upgrade the entire unit every 10 years.

Remove dryer lint. The inside of the dryer gets hot enough to combust dryer lint if the tray is overfilled, so make it a practice to empty the dryer tray after each load.

Be careful with flames. Open flames from cooking, grills or fireplaces can leap to other surfaces if conditions are right. Never leave a room with an open flame present.

Replace worn wires. Phone chargers and TV cables can often end up in tight spaces, leading to premature fraying. Frayed cords should always be replaced immediately to avoid starting a fire.

Keep chemicals away from heat. It may seem obvious to keep camp stove fluid and gasoline away from heat sources, but everyday household products can also be flammable. Always check the label for instructions on how to keep these substances from combusting.

If your home has suffered damage from a house fire, give us a call. We are certified in fire and soot remediation, and here to help 247.

 

The Case Against Water Damage at Home | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

The Case Against Water Damage at Home | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

We’ll always need water for life, but one thing that we could do without is the damage that water can do to our homes and property.

Know that there are many driving forces behind the various types of water damage.

Water Damage and Its Causes

From 2009 to 2015, The Travelers Companies Inc. found that the five most common causes of homeowners insurance claims were:

  • Exterior wind damage
  • Non-weather-related water damage
  • Hail
  • Weather-related water damage
  • Theft

Water damage takes up two of those five slots, meaning that it is a very common issue. It’s best to thing of water damage in terms of being weather-related and non-weather-related.

Non-weather-related damage is the most common factor at home, often coming from plumbing or appliance issues. While just as trying, weather-related water damage is not as common and can stem from rain and snow.

At home, the top five causes of water damage are plumbing issues, washing machine leaks, busted water pipes, aging water heaters and bad weather.

Keeping Your Home Dry

The price of water damage may be high, but it would be much higher if not covered by your homeowners insurance plan. In most cases, the following damages are covered by a standard policy:

  • Damages caused by from weight of ice, snow or sleet
  • Discharge and overflow of water, even by accident
  • Tearing apart, cracking, burning or bulging of a steam or hot water heating system
  • Freezing of plumbing and pipes

While water damage can be highly stressful, there are ways to help stave off certain water-related issues.

You can use these preventive fixes and routine maintenance suggestions to keep your home safe from some water damage situations:

  • Applying water sensors and automatic shut-off valves
  • Installing metal mesh connection hoses on the washer and dryer
  • Making sure your gutters and downspouts are free of debris
  • Ridding the hot water tank of buildup by flushing it every six months
  • Keeping grease out the kitchen sink and drain

These tips can help make sure you avoid some rather costly water damage at home.

Water damage can be a nightmare to deal with, but fortunately, you will always have SERVPRO® of Puebloon your side to help with the cleanup and restoration process.

 

Thunderstorms and the Damage They Bring | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms and the Damage They Bring | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

When we are in the spring and summer seasons, thunderstorms can happen any day. These storms can also bring a chance for property damage.

How much do you know about the different types of damage that is caused by thunderstorms?

How They Form

Across the world, approximately 16 million thunderstorms occur annually. The United States can account for approximately 100,000 of those storms, with 10% of them falling into the severe category.

In order for a thunderstorm to develop, there are certain conditions necessary—such as moisture and rising unstable air that is accompanied by a “lifting” mechanism caused by either hills or mountains that force air to rise, or where warm/cold or wet/dry air bump together, causing a rising motion.

Thunderstorms go through three stages during their life cycle: the developing stage, the mature stage and the dissipating stage. The mature stage is the stage that will produce hail, heavy rain, frequent lightning, strong winds and tornadoes.

Thunderstorms & Types of Damage

While there are many different dangerous aspects that thunderstorms can produce, one of the greatest risks is the chance for flying debris due to high winds.

It is possible for wind speeds to reach 57.5 mph or more in strong thunderstorms, and these speeds can be responsible for much damage.

Any item that is loose in your yard, even those that seem harmless, can turn into dangerous projectiles. Take special care to see that potential threats, like fencing, potted plants, garbage cans and tree branches, are secured before a thunderstorm comes around.

Other types of damage besides wind damage can be caused by thunderstorms:

Lightning. Besides being a fire risk, lightning strikes can cause much damage to your home’s electrical systems. As it can pass through wiring, anything plugged in could be damaged.

Tornado. With the possibility of reaching wind speeds of 200 mph, tornadoes are highly destructive. The ability to move quickly over large amounts of land means they can do much damage in a small amount of time.

Hail. Small hail can damage crops, while larger hail can damage vehicles, roofing and windows. In total, the NOAA estimates that hail causes $1 billion in damage each year.

Flood. With strong storms come heavy rains, and those rains can cause flooding. Flash flooding is often able to damage structures, sweep things away and tear trees from the ground.

If a thunderstorm has resulted in damage to your home or business, know that the team at SERVPRO® of Pueblo is available 247 to help with cleanup and restoration.

 

Protecting Your Home Against Flood Damage | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Protecting Your Home Against Flood Damage | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

Worrying about flooding in your home may seem counterintuitive if you are not in an area prone to flooding, but with natural disasters involving flooding around 90% of the time, it would be unwise for homeowners to not prepare their homes in case of a flood.

Ways Homeowners Can Protect Against Flood Damage

While there is no way to practice prevention for floods, there are steps homeowners can take to limit the damage a flood may cause:

Know your risk. Use the FEMA Flood Map Tool or call the local branch of your emergency management office to better understand your risk and the precautions to take.

Discuss emergency procedures. Keep the entire family aware of the emergency and evacuation plan for the house. Teach every adult how to turn off the electricity main and make sure emergency supplies are easily accessible.

Elevate valuables. Important documents pertaining to the household, such as insurance papers, should be kept in a place that would be easily accessible and protected should you need to file a claim following the flood.

Prepare appliances. In the case of a shallow flood, appliances such as washers and dryers can be elevated on bricks or stands to protect the internal workings from water damage.

Turn off electricity. Even if you feel it’s unlikely that the waters would reach electrical appliances or outlets, prevent the risk of shock or electrocution by turning off the electricity supply to rooms that are at risk.

Raise hazardous materials. By elevating things such as oil, paint and cleaning supplies, you can prevent dangerous substances from spilling into the floodwater.

Anchor propane and fuel tanks. A tipped propane or fuel tank can pollute floodwaters or pose an explosion risk. Fuel tanks should be securely anchored.

Disasters such as floods are devastating, but a bit of pre-planning can go a long way in protecting your valuables and keeping your family safe.

If you’ve experienced water damage due to a flood or other causes, SERVPRO® of Pueblo is here to help. Our technicians are fully trained in water remediation, and our 247 Emergency Line means we’ll be there for you when you call.

 

Successfully Avoiding Fire Hazards in the Kitchen | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Successfully Avoiding Fire Hazards in the Kitchen | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

The kitchen can be a multifunctional place—a place for family and friends to gather, a place to spend quality time over a cup of coffee or tea and a place to gather for a meal after some delicious eats have been prepared. Unfortunately, without proper precautions, the kitchen can also be a dangerous place where many home fires can occur.

The No. 1 cause of home fires and injuries is cooking fires, and the leading cause of these kitchen fires is unattended cooking.

State Farm paid out over $130 million in homeowners insurance claims related to grease and other cooking fires in 2017. According to the insurance company, these are the worst states for kitchen fires:

  • North Carolina
  • Texas
  • Pennsylvania
  • California
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
Safety Tips for the Kitchen

Remaining in the kitchen while cooking is not the only fire safety tip you should be following. Here are some other helpful tips to observe while cooking:

1. Are you wearing clothes safe for cooking? Does your outfit have long, flowing sleeves or is it big and baggy? It could catch on fire if you aren’t careful while cooking over the stove; even grease splatters can ignite clothing material. It’s best to wear short or close-fitted sleeve shirts and make sure any baggy shirts are tucked in or tied back.

2. Are you careful about what you place by the stovetop? Make sure you don’t have kitchen towels, oven mitts, appliance cords or even curtains too close to the stovetop when cooking. Ideally, anything flammable will be moved away from it.

3. Where is your fire extinguisher? Hopefully you have at least one fire extinguisher located in your home, ideally one that is near your kitchen. Make sure you know how to properly use the extinguisher, just in case it is ever needed.

4. How are you disposing of your hot grease? The grease may not be on fire, but it could be hot enough to cause something in the trash to burn. You should let the grease cool a bit and then dispose of it in an old coffee can. Also, know the smoke points of the oils you cook with. Be sure to never subject a low-smoke point oil to high heat when cooking, as it could catch fire.

5. Do you have a fire escape plan established? Thinking about the worst-case scenario is never fun, but it’s better to be prepared rather than unprepared if an emergency were to occur. Go over exit routes and designated meeting points with your family, making sure that everyone knows what to do.

Fire safety in the kitchen is an absolute necessity, as it can help prevent dangerous and destructive cooking fires. If your home has experienced damage from a cooking fire, know that SERVPRO® of Pueblo is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”