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Causes of Water Damage in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

a leak in ceiling creating water lines running down an interior wall A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of Pueblo team if you are dealing with any water damage.

When you have water damage in your home, your mind starts racing and you have no idea where to begin with the cleanup. With water, it seems that it can always find its way into your home, through any open crack or crevice.

Being prepared can save you both time and money in the long run. By being proactive and prepping your home or staying on top of maintenance, you can possibly reduce your risk of being affected.

Let’s look at some common causes water damage—in other words, where you should look!

Toilets. Toilets can easily leak or overflow, and that can be quite disgusting. Beyond the ick factor, whether it results from problems with the toilet seals or cracks in the tank or pipes, the water damage can be quite substantial.

Appliances. These luxury items, like dishwashers and washing machines, help make our world a little easier to live in. But like most things, it doesn’t come without a chance of problems. Because many appliances need a source of water, it’s common for them to leak. This often occurs because of the corrosion that can occur on metal items. With a water heater, this degrading of metal can even cause an explosion.

HVAC units. AC is an essential in many parts of the country during the steamy summer months. But the AC can also spring leaks. It’s important to have it inspected and cleaned on a regular basis.

Pipes. When it comes to the plumbing in your home, what can seem like a small leak can quickly turn into a flooding of your home. Whether it’s from old pipes that finally gave way or weather that has caused your pipes to thaw or bust, the water damage can start in your walls without you ever even knowing it. Tree roots are also a common cause of pipe problems that develop into leaks.

Clogged gutters. Gutters perform an essential function, helping water drain efficiently from the roof of your home, which can help prevent leaks in the ceiling or walls. Inspect the gutters regularly and after storms, and remove any debris found inside to clear a pathway for water.

Maintaining your appliances, roof or pipes can not only help protect your home from disasters, but it will also help your things have a longer life. Some simple actions can save some big money.

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.

What to Know About Summer Storms | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike in a dark stormy sky If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Pueblo is on the line, ready to make things right.

Sweet summertime always reminds us of family events, mostly outdoors!

It may also seem that summer can bring more thunderstorms than any other time of the year, and it’s totally true. In most parts of the country, there are atmospheric conditions that create moisture and warm air, which helps create thunderstorms.

Here in Pueblo, from mid-July to mid-August, the rain chances double.

Alert and Aware

While thunderstorms are quite common for almost every place, they should never be taken lightly. Make sure you’re always aware and prepared by getting storm alerts or making other arrangements for outdoor activities.

In case you lose power, it might be smart to purchase an NOAA Weather radio so that you can receive weather alerts.

Flooding is rarely predictable and always possible.

You should make preparations to stay off the roads. “Turn around don’t drown” is a common saying because water along the roads can easily sweep your car off the road.

Dozens of people die every year because of storm-related accidents. Never ignore a simple thunderstorm, because it can easily become dangerous without much warning.

Playing It Safe

If lighting presents itself, stay indoors. It’s not safe to go back outside until you haven’t heard thunder in at least a half hour.

During these stormy events, stay away from windows and avoid bathing or showering.

Here in Pueblo, we get a lot of flash flood warnings or watches, so it’s smart to keep an emergency kit prepared and ensure that you know the evacuation route for your area.

If flooding occurs, make sure to stay off the roads, by vehicle or foot. Flood waters can present many dangers, either sweeping your car away or causing electrical issues.

There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.

The Services You Need, Right When You Need Them | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

damaged furniture and other home items sitting outside of red brick house When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Pueblo is your local restoration expert.

Most of us, at home or work, work hard to make sure things go smoothly. The smoother things are, the better the morale for everyone. And as we all know, this is not an easy task.

So, if disaster strikes, keeping things running smoothly seems to go out the window. You become more focused on the new emergency at hand, and this affects everyone in what could be a negative way.

Here at SERVPRO, we are equipped to help take the pressure off you. Disaster recovery is what we excel in.

The easiest decision you can make for yourself is to hire us, and here’s why:

We’re Always Available

We are here to answer your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week in case you or anyone else calls and needs assistance. When disaster strikes, time is not your friend.

When disasters happen, we are ready and waiting for you to call.

We Offer a Fast Response

Being in the disaster recovery industry, we know better than anyone that when disaster hits, every second counts.

For every second that accrues, there is a chance of more mold growth or the need for additional costly repairs. A fast response is crucial, and we are locally owned and operated so that we can reach our Pueblo customers quickly.

We’re Trained for Both Home & Business Restoration

When disaster strikes, we’re prepared to help. Our technicians have undergone extensive training to handle the unique needs and challenges of both commercial and residential restoration.

We Evolve When Needed

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, disease prevention has become a top priority for everyone, especially business owners. Because of that, we now offer a cleaning service that is certified and goes above and beyond traditional janitorial services.

It’s now essential to let your customers know that your business is clean and sterilized. That’s why we make it our job to offer you peace of mind with a hyper-clean space for your employees and customers.

So when disaster strikes, no matter the cause or the size, you know you have SERVPRO on your side ready to make everything “Like it never even happened.”

Regardless of the what, where or why, SERVPRO has the tools, technicians and training to get your situation under control. When you’re ready to let us tackle the hard stuff, get in touch with SERVPRO of Pueblo.

Understanding Wildfires & Defensible Space | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

a gated long brown pebble driveway tucked next to a large brick home If your home is damaged by fire or any other reason, SERVPRO of Pueblo is ready and able to repair any damage.

Did you know that wildfires are a more common cause of property damage than you are led to believe? Wildfires can spread at incredible rates, and it’s in part because of the combustible materials our world is made up of.

There are many steps you can take to help protect your property from wildfire, and one key step is as simple as being more careful. But defensible space is also a good strategy.

Let’s Talk About Defensible Space

If you’re like most, you can’t help but wonder what “defensible space” is. Well, it’s a buffer area you can create around your home by removing potential wildfire fuel, including things like dead trees and leaves. You can also add a layer of protection with things like flame-resistant gravel landscape close to your home.

Defensible space is essentially an invisible barrier of protection, designed to protect your home from wildfires, either by slowing or stopping the spread of fire as it draws nearer. This defensible space also gives firefighters their best chance of stopping a wildfire before it reaches your home.

Defensible space is so important that some states require you have it. Our state doesn’t require it, but it’s still a good idea to practice.

Wildfires Are on the Rise

When thinking of wildfires, we often see California as the main culprit, but wildfires can happen anywhere. There were over 59,000 wildfires across the United States in 2020.

Even if you take California out of the mix, the average number of wildfires per state in 2020 was right under 1,000. Here in Colorado, we had 1,080 wildfires last year, burning 625,357 acres of land.

In Pueblo, we see our fair share of wildfires, so it’s essential that we do everything we can to help prevent them. Defensible space is one way that we can do our part.

If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today to get the pros on your team.

The Impact of Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

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The year 2020 will be one for the books to say the least. In addition to the drama that ensued, it was also a record-setting year for weather and climate disasters. Of all the years in history for which we have data, 2020 was the most financially destructive.

During 2020, there were 22 official weather disasters, which are defined as events that cause at least a billion dollars in damages.

There were also many other damaging storms that weren’t accounted for in that statistic. In fact, there were so many named hurricanes and tropical storms that for only the second time in history, the NWS had to dip into the Greek alphabet just to be able to name them all.

Just How Severe Are We Talking?

Hurricanes can do some mass destruction and in turn cost large monetary amounts in damages, but crazily enough, it’s not only the hurricanes that are doing this.

In fact, the most expensive disasters of 2020 in the contiguous United States were thunderstorms and tornadoes.

In 2020, it was reported that 14 of the official weather disasters were severe thunderstorms, and some of which unleased ravaging tornadoes as well. Thunderstorms don’t discriminate, they happen anywhere and during all seasons of the year.

In Nebraska in August 2020, a single storm system became extremely damaging. A seemingly typical line of thunderstorms exploded into a derecho (something like a tornado but with straight-line winds instead of swirling ones) and impacted more than 10 million acres of corn fields, that’s over 11% of the entire country’s corn fields.

In Pueblo, hail and flooding are no strangers to the area. People often talk about the storm that “reshaped Pueblo.” In early June 1921, torrential rains swelled the Arkansas River to a mile wide and 15 feet deep in some places. There was talk that the death toll took many lives, including telephone operators who stayed at work to send out warnings.

Is This the New Normal?

When it comes to weather nowadays, it seems that 2020 hasn’t really been an outlier, but in fact it’s becoming the new normal.

2020 was the 10th consecutive year with at least eight billion-dollar disasters. For 2018 and 2019, we saw a combined total of $136 billion in damages, and in 2017, the damage total was over $300 billion.

Storms are normal—what’s changed is that their frequency and intensity are showing no signs of diminishing. That’s why as a home or business owner it’s important to take whatever precautions are possible.

No matter the precautions you take, it’s important to know that things are beyond your control at times. So remember you’ve got a friend in the restoration industry whose goal is to recover your valued items and restore your property "Like it never even happened."

When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO today to see how we can help.

The Level of Clean Your Customers Now Expect | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

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Hope is on the horizon! After a year and a half of chaos, we’re now seeing positive signs of recovery. Areas that were previously COVID-19 hotspots are now experiencing major turnarounds.

As more and more customers return to in-person shopping and other activities, they will bring with them new expectations. We’re all now more aware of how fragile our health can be—and we will expect businesses to demonstrate that our wellness and safety are important.

How can you show your customers that you prioritize their health? Start with a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

How Does Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Work?

We created SERVPRO’s enhanced cleaning program for multiple reasons. One was to take the stress and pressure of advanced cleaning and sanitation off your plate.

There’s an added benefit of trusting our experts to clean your business. We stay “in the know” about what’s needed to keep things disinfected and sanitized. SERVPRO uses advanced biohazard techniques and technologies that go well beyond your traditional cleaning and janitorial services.

Let’s take a look at the three C’s of a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned:

Consult. Step one is for a SERVPRO specialist to visit with you and learn about the unique needs of your business. This includes factors related to the size of your business, the work you do and who spends time in the facility. Since SERVPRO of Pueblo is locally owned and operated, we know many of the particulars about area-specific needs and guidelines.

Clean. Once your unique needs have been established, our SERVPRO technicians show up on site with proprietary, hospital-grade cleaning solutions you won’t find anywhere else. These solutions meet (or exceed) the CDC standards, and help protect those working at and visiting your business from not only COVID-19 but also conditions such as the common cold and the flu.

Certify. Once our technicians have completed your cleaning, you can proudly display the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield on your business window. This emblem shows customers that you have care about their well-being. You’ll also get digital emblems and other signifiers to place on your website and social media, letting customers know you maintain a high level of clean before they ever enter your doors.

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

Sunrise, Sunset & Fire Safety | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

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The warmer months offer us cookouts, seasonal celebrations and so much more. But when doing these fun things, do you focus on safety? Let’s look ahead and see what we can do in order to be proactive!

It’s a fact that the warmer months bring a higher risk of safety hazards. In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of the year.

Do you know the risk that your home, or lifestyle, offers? Let’s take a look at the most common fire risk and what you can do to prepare:

BBQ & Cookouts

Barbecuing, cookouts, roasting marshmallows…all fun and necessary for those warmer months…but they can also be risky! Grilling provides a combination of flame, heat, grease and gas, causing it to lead to danger pretty easily. The best thing you can do before grilling is a quick check to make sure everything is in good working condition, make sure it’s away from anything flammable and be sure the grill has been cleaned. While cleaning in between uses seems to be common sense, almost 20% of grill fires are caused by improper cleaning.

Fire Pits

Fire pits, a blanket, kids and marshmallows: Every bit of that says summer! But you can become so enthralled with the beauty of the fire, along with the fun it provides, that you might let safety slip your mind. Make sure you never leave kids unattended around a fire pit, and that you always keep a bucket of water close to the pit.

Chimneys & Dryer Vents

Fireplaces are a focal point in many homes. And while fires make for great scenery as you enjoy friends and family, it is also important to make sure you get the chimney inspected every year. A buildup of ashes can cause some serious damage. In addition, your dryer vents can become clogged with lint and debris, so take the time to clean the pipes while you’re spring-cleaning.

Your local SERVPRO technicians are on hand 247 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

Common Indicators of Basement Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

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The basement is a favorite room of the house for many homeowners and families. It can be spacious for storage, cozy for living or playing or safe for sheltering in a storm.

But because basements are dug into the soil around your home, they often fall prey to moisture leakage, not to mention they become the fall-guy areas for other leaks in the home from plumbing, water heaters and the like.

While there’s certainly no guarantee that you’ll have to deal with water damage in your lower level, the odds are high enough that you should definitely be aware of what to look for. These indicators will let you know that water is coming in from somewhere—and when you see them, your local SERVPRO technicians are awaiting your call.

The Top Indicators of Water Damage in a Basement

Unpleasant, musky odors. Even if water that gets into the basement is clean, whether it comes from rainfall or a burst pipe, it doesn’t take long for it to develop bacteria, which turns into mold on your home surfaces and emits the musty, malodorous smell often associated with basements. This smell shouldn’t be the norm—it only arises when mold and mildew are present in the environment, and even if you can’t yet see mold, the smell lets you know you’ve got a water issue to manage.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. Homeowners sometimes apply so-labeled waterproof paint to their basement interiors, thinking its one-application solution to lock out moisture. While it can help for a while, if a leak is happening behind it, even the thickest paint is going to eventually give way and let the water through. When you see bubbling, cracking and flaking in your paint job, there’s water to be found somewhere.

Foundational cracks. Homes may shift over time, but a crack in the foundation can’t be ignored, and it may be indicative of a serious water leak. On the inside, cracks may show up in the floor, the ceiling or in your walls, telling you that your house’s frame may be succumbing to undue pressure caused by a cracked foundation. There’s no need to worry about minute, hairline-type cracks, but anything larger requires professional help.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.

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The Facts About Thunderstorms

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

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The Facts About Thunderstorms | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

When you think about severe weather, hurricanes and tornadoes may come to mind. If you’re thinking globally, things like cyclones and monsoons may also be thought of.

But you may forget all about thunderstorms.

Thunderstorms occur so frequently that we often fail to think of them as dangerous, which can be a problem in and of itself. While many thunderstorms pass without incident, there are those that do not—and between high winds, lightning, hail, flooding and other issues that thunderstorms can cause, there are many ways that the weather can turn dangerous quickly.

By definition, thunderstorms are any storm that involves thunder. By extension, that also means they include lightning, since the two always go hand-in-hand, even if you don’t see the lightning.

Most of these storms are inconsequential, but they can quickly turn severe in the right conditions. Severe thunderstorms are defined as storms that contain hail that is one inch or larger and straight-line winds of 58 miles per hour or more.

Why Thunderstorms Are Dangerous

Damage and injury from lightning strikes. We mentioned above that lightning always accompanies thunder. It’s also incredibly dangerous, and it is reported that lightning strikes cause around 300 injuries every year. Bodily harm is one key danger, but lightning strikes can also damage property, both directly and indirectly through things like trees falling on homes after a strike.

Property damage due to hail. You probably know what hail is, and you may consider it a danger to your car. But it’s also a danger in other ways. These ice pellets vary in size from tiny to very large. Their size, as well as how quickly they fall, contribute to how dangerous they are. Large hail, propelling quickly, can damage your roof and siding, which may lead to a leak and resulting water damage.

Harm from flash flooding. Flash floods can occur any time there is heavy rain for a plethora of reasons—even if storm drains back up or small ditches become filled with water, heavy rain can quickly turn these things into a life-threatening flooding scenario. This type of flood earned its name; they literally occur in a flash, endangering people around the area. If flash flood conditions are present, stay off the road.

Thunderstorms are dangerous and can cause significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. If you have damage due to a thunderstorm, you can count on us to help. Contact us 247 for more information about our storm restoration practices.

Take the Right Steps to Stop Rain From Damaging Your Home | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

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If you were asked about the most common reasons homeowners had to file water damage claims on their insurance, what would you say?

The most common guesses include damage from storms or floods. Right behind those causes are problems with items in the home, like the plumbing or the sewer.

The reality is that water damage can come from many places.

Homeowners cite a variety of problems when they file water damage claims, including things like severe floods and storms or from problems in the home, like a burst pipe.

Just how common is water damage? Insurance industry experts speculate that as many as one in every 50 American homeowners will file a water damage claim this year.

So if you have to file a claim for water damage this year, you’ll have a lot of company. Statistically, it’s like that someone you know will have to file a water damage claim this year, too.

Preparing Your Home and Family for Wet Weather

Our staff includes a dedicated team of water damage experts, so we have valuable insights into how you can protect your home from suffering water damage now and in the future. The good news is that basic home maintenance can help you stay safe from water damage.

Spend time understanding how drainage can impact your yard. The next time it rains, take a look at your yard. If the water from the rainstorm is draining toward your home, you might have a problem. You might want to connect with a landscaping expert to look for ways to protect your yard.

Use your landscaping as an extra layer of protection. Protective landscaping is real, and you can get it closer to home than you might think. It’s smart to use native plants to add more water protection to your home. Talk to a local expert about native plants or visit a native plant sale.

Seal your roof. According to insurance industry statistics, 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles, which can be prevented with this step. It’s definitely worth considering.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.