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

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

a man with blue shirt opening oven filled with smoke Our team is available to 24/7 when you have a fire emergency. SERVPRO of Pueblo is here to help.

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.

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.

 

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

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

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

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.

 

Crew Member

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

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.

For Immediate Service in Pueblo, Call SERVPRO

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pueblo provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Pueblo. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 719.544.7165

Residential Services

Whether your Pueblo home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Pueblo commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: click here.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Pueblo Home

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pueblo is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Pueblo

SERVPRO of Pueblo specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

American Red Cross Ready Rating

2/3/2014 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Franchise system is teaming up with the American Red Cross to help business and homeowners across the nation get READY for any disaster. 

The American Red Cross Ready Rating program is a free, web-based program designed to help business, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies. Through the Ready Rating program website, readyrating.org, property owners complete a 123-point self-assessment of their level of preparedness for weather-related or other emergencies. The Ready Rating assessment also offers tips and best practices to help improve their level of preparedness. 

"Through the generosity of SERVPRO, the Red Cross will help empower workplaces to reopen more quickly after natural or man made disasters such as water main breaks, medical emergencies, power outages, tornados, floods and hurricanes through the Ready Rating Program," said Tom Heneghan, manager of Business Continuity Programs for Red Cross. 


"Up to 40% of business never re-open their doors after such disasters; SERVPRO'S partnership will enable more businesses, schools and organizations to become better prepared. We are excited to have SERVPRO join us in community outreach efforts to educate and highlight the importance of community preparedness in neighborhoods across the country."

"This partnership just makes perfect sense," said rick Isaacson, Executive Vice President of SERVPRO Industries, INC, "and truly completes the readiness equation of business and other property owners. The Red Cross Ready Rating Program allows individuals to assess their readiness for a disaster, so they can take all necessary steps before disaster strikes to protect their property from damage and loss. But, when disaster does strike, knowing what to do and who to call saves time and fast response is, key to minimizing damage and downtime. That's where SERVPRO'S Emergency READY Program can help. Together, these two programs offer maximum peace of mind to businesses and other organizations."

With SERVPRO's Emergency READY Program, your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional will establish an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your facility. Their ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. 

The time to prepare for disaster is before it happens. Taking steps to make your property as secure as possible, then having a plan to deal with the after math if disaster does strike is just good business sense. For more information about SERVPRO's Emergency READY Program, visit

Servpro.com/ready. Call your local SERVPRO of Pueblo for your business and BE READY .