How to Select a Fire Extinguisher
Tips to remember when using a fire extinguisher
One of the surest safeguards against a residential or commercial fire is a well-placed fire extinguisher. However, different types are required to put out different kinds of fire. Keep in mind the following facts when purchasing a fire extinguisher.
The first type of extinguisher rating is the “A” classification, which means that it is an effective fire suppressant against ordinary combustibles. A typical home fire in a garbage can or wood pile is of this type. A water-based extinguisher will usually only be rated for this type of fire.
Oil-based fires comprise the “B” classification. It is important not to use a water-filled fire extinguisher on an oil fire, as this can cause it to spread laterally while the flaming oil floats on top of the water.
The “C” classification involves combustible fumes, such as those from gasoline or aerosols. Carbon dioxide, foam and power-based extinguishers are the most common types rated to deal with these fires.
An extinguisher rated to put out an electrical fire is also C Rated and is essential for fire suppression. Most of the above powder and foam types of extinguishers can put out an electrical fire, since these materials coat the surface of the appliance and prevent oxygen from reaching the burning components. Any electrical fire that gets out of hand should be abandoned.
Remember that many smaller and more affordable fire extinguisher models are only designed for a single use. Larger ones with a capacity indicator on the handle can be used multiple times, but they must be refilled. Many extinguishers are rated to handle multiple fire types, so choose one with the versatility necessary for your home or business.
SERVPRO of Denver West is a full fire restoration company and we can bring the affected area back to its original condition.
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Emergency Water Damage Tips
Emergency Water Damage Tips
Here are some helpful tips prior to the arrival of SERVPRO® of Denver West
Emergency Water Damage Tips
- Shut off the water source if possible.
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
- Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
- Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
- Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.
Water Damage Services provided by SERVPRO of Denver West
- Emergency Response, we Reduce Loss Severity by Pretesting for Restorability.
- Contents Cleaning Specialists available On-Site or for your Move Out.
- Structural Restoration Services.
- Large Loss Completion with IICRC Trained Crew Leaders.
Highly Trained Technicians in Aurora?
We employ some of the most highly trained restoration technicians in the Denver area!
Did you know that at SERVPRO® of Denver West, we employ some of the most highly trained and certified restoration technicians in the Aurora area? Our award-winning franchise has fourteen certifications in:
- AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
- ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
- CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
- CDS - Commercial Drying Specialist
- ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
- FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
- IICRC Certified Firm
- MSI - Marble and Stone Inspector
- OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
- OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
- RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
- RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
- UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
- WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
All of our employees are required to undergo initial and continuing training and education. Restoration technicians and staff members are encouraged to keep up to speed on industry standards and best practices. After completing each module, the employees are given a knowledge test!
Call Us Today!
SERVPRO® of Denver West is committed to ongoing training, and we are proud of our team and the dedication they demonstrate by taking advantage of the continuous education opportunities we provide. Our team of highly trained technicians is on call 24 hours a day to respond to any property damage emergency you have. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll take care of your property damage in Aurora, “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.
Commercial Restoration Services in Parker?
We have the experience, licenses, and equipment to provide a wide range of restoration services in the Denver area!
Commercial Restoration Specialists
Did you know that SERVPRO® of Denver West is one of the most highly certified SERVPRO franchises in Colorado? On top of the many certifications we hold from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, we also have a General Contractor License. This means that when your commercial business experiences damage from a storm, fire, or water damage emergency, we can supervise a full range of building services and see your job through to completion, giving you one point of contact throughout the restoration process. Building services include:
- Board up
- Document Drying
- Drywall installation and removal
- General Contracting
- HVAC Services
- Move out
- Roof tarp
- Scalable resources
- Temporary warehouse space
- Carpet Repair and installation
- Dry cleaning
- Electronics restoration
- Hardwood floor repair
- Marble floor repair
- Portable power
- Roofing services
- Temporary fencing
- Tile floor repair
SERVPRO® of Denver West is available 24 hours a day to respond to your call for emergency restoration services in Parker and the surrounding areas. Our team of highly trained technicians has the experience and equipment necessary to clean and restore any property damage emergency with minimal disruption to your customers and employees. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll take care of your property damage, “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.
How Much Does It Cost to Repair Fire Damage?
When your home suffers a fire, there are all sorts of ways damage can occur. In addition to the actual flames, you have to worry about damage related to smoke, soot and the water and chemicals used to extinguish the blaze.
In many instances, your homeowner’s policy will cover much of your costs. That said, you may have to pay for some of the cleanup yourself. Whatever the case, it’s important to know the costs associated with restoring a home after a fire, so you can make smart decisions as you approach what can often seem like an overwhelming project.
While extinguishing a fire is far superior to allowing its spread, the process comes with some serious drawbacks. Extinguishing a fire requires water and/or chemicals that can result in additional destruction. For instance, floors and carpeting are especially susceptible to mold growth if not dried shortly after being soaked. A heavy-duty fire hose can ruin all sorts of materials in your home and, in certain instances, even destroy some of its walls.
Depending on the extent and nature of the fire extinguishing process, you can expect to pay from $1,000 and $4,000 to repair water damage. To repair any chemical contamination, you will typically have to pay from 1,000 to $2,500. After a fire has been extinguished, you will need professional dehumidification as soon as possible. For chemical damages, you may require chemical sealers to prevent further contamination from residues down the line.
Whatever the case, it’s important to work with a licensed professional who can determine the exact category and class of the damage, and provide the correct mitigating solution.
Once you deal with the water, you will need to turn your attention toward any soot leftover from the fire. Soot is a black flaky substance largely composed of amorphous carbon, which results after the incomplete burning of organic matter such as wood.
Unfortunately, it can penetrate and damage all sorts of interior items, including carpets, draperies and walls.
There are two basic types of soot, and each requires a different cleanup method.
- Dry soot: Cleaned with dry sponges and low-alkali detergent
- Oily soot - Cleaned with high-alkali detergents and an extensive rinse.
The longer soot is left in place, the harder it will be to restore your home. It’s important to know that improper cleaning techniques can spread soot around a home and make it even harder to clean. What’s more, you will need to have your air ducts and furnace/air conditioning filters cleaned to prevent them from spreading soot throughout your home.
Professional soot removal and cleaning will generally cost from $2,000 and $6,000. It’s generally best to consult a professional to find out if it might be cheaper to simply discard and replace some affected items. While textiles and certain other items may be salvageable; others may need to be replaced entirely.
Smoke Damage Restoration
Restoring smoke damage shouldn’t begin until water and soot destruction has been addressed. This vital step will include eliminating any harmful or unpleasant odors. Similar to soot, smoke damage worsens the longer it is left untreated. Smoke can penetrate furniture, clothing, carpets and many other items in a home, resulting in a foul smell that seems almost impossible to remove. Eliminating it requires deodorizing furniture, performing ozone smoke removal and cleaning your HVAC system.
Smoke damage restoration will typically range from $200 to $1,000, depending on the extent of the damage and the affected materials.
Textile and Furniture Deodorizing
Only professional deodorizing can eliminate the smoke smell from carpets, furniture, clothing and other home textiles. Thermal fogging is one effective method used to eradicate odors. Using the same physical properties the smoke used to permeate the fabric, this technique relies on chemicals to reliably remove foul odors for good.
The size of your home and the number of affected items will determine the cost, which typically ranges from $200 to $600.
Working with a Professional
When it comes to restoring your home after a fire, there are a lot of nuances that go into the process. Improper, delayed or inadequate cleaning can worsen the problem and turn an affordable process into a major operation requiring tens of thousands of dollars. This is why it’s so important to quickly contact a professional service who has the knowledge and agility to respond to your needs in a timely, efficient manner.
SERVPRO of Denver East specializes in flawless fire and water damage restoration. Empowered by extensive training, modern equipment and expert personnel, we can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. Contact our team to learn more.
Will Insurance Pay for Mold Remediation?
Insurance policies often come with vague wording about mold, making it difficult for homeowners to determine if they actually have coverage. Here’s when you can expect your insurance company to pay for mold remediation, along with some tips for improving your chances of getting a claim approved.
When Does Home Insurance Pay for Mold Damage?
Insurance providers usually have a list of “covered perils” that are included in your homeowners policy. If damage occurs due to one of these “perils,” you can usually expect your claim to be approved. Since the main cause of mold is water seeping into your home, you need to know which water-related perils are included in your insurance policy.
In most cases, homeowners insurance will pay for mold damage if it is caused either directly or indirectly by a covered peril such as:
- Falling objects
- Damage caused by vehicles
- Vandalism or malicious mischief
- Weight of snow, ice or sleet
- Frozen pipes
- Accidental overflow or discharge of steam or water from heating, plumbing, sprinkler systems, air conditioners or household appliances
On the other hand, your insurance provider may not pay for mold that results as a result of water damage from outside forces, including flood waters, hurricanes or another act of nature. In most cases, you would need a separate flood insurance policy to cover any mold damage resulting from flood waters.
Insurance will also refuse to pay for mold damage resulting from negligence. This means you should not expect coverage for mold damage if you ignored home repairs or maintenance to the extent that mold was allowed to develop.
- The pipes in your basement freeze and burst and you don’t notice it for a few weeks.
- Your aging roof allows water to leak into the attic, where it saturates insulation and leads to mold.
- Mold develops in your shower, and you don’t take steps to address it until it becomes unsightly.
In these instances, an insurer isn’t likely to pay for the damage. This is because the company expects you to replace your old roof, inspect your basement regularly, ventilate your bathroom and properly take care of your home.
How Much Will My Insurance Cover?
Depending on the extent and location of the mold damage, remediation costs can fall between $15,000 and $30,000. To reduce their financial risk, insurance companies will typically state a maximum limit for mold remediation. Depending on your policy, this could run from $1,000 to $10,000. If you would like to purchase broader mold coverage, you may be able to add it as an optional rider. If you live in a mold-prone state, however, this can be expensive to obtain.
How to Improve Your Chances of Coverage.
There are certain things you can do to prevent mold and improve the chances of having your claim approved if mold develops.
If you need to file a claim:
- Properly document the mold damage with video and photos.
- Provide maintenance records to show you’ve been taking care of your home.
- Follow your insurance company’s instructions to help process the claim.
- Work with approved mold removal companies to remove the mold and clean up any damage.
On the prevention side, you can:
- Install dehumidifiers in areas that tend to get damp
- Regularly check pipes and fittings to identify potential leaks.
- Adequately ventilate laundry rooms, bathrooms and kitchens.
- Clean gutters to prevent ice dams from forming during the winter.
- Regularly inspect your roof for leaks and caulk cracks to keep water from leaking in.
- Properly insulate exterior and interior pipes in the winter.
- Regularly check hot water heaters and appliances for signs of leaks.
Cleaning Up a Mold Problem.
Whether you have insurance coverage or not, you need to fix any mold problems before they get worse with time. Not only can mold cause structural damage to your home, it can lead to health effects, especially for people with asthma and other existing medical issues.
At SERVPRO of Denver West, our emergency contact team is standing by 24/7 to assess your mold situation and respond accordingly. For a stress-free claims process, we can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. If you aren’t approved for coverage, we can provide expert remediation services and a price that will fit your budget. Contact our team to learn more.
How to Avoid Home Restoration Scams After a Natural Disaster
Natural disasters can create opportunities for unscrupulous people who seek to profit off the misfortunes of others. Here’s how you can protect yourself from home restoration scams.
Watch for Red Flags
Natural disasters can bring out the very best in people. It’s not uncommon to see neighbors and strangers respond to a disaster by rolling up their sleeves and opening their wallets to help victims recover. Unfortunately, disasters can also create a perfect opportunity for scammers who use the opportunity to make a quick buck. Sadly, the restoration industry is not immune to scams. There are plenty of unscrupulous providers who are all too happy to take your money and run after providing shoddy work or, what’s worse, no work at all.
While restoration scammers can approach homeowners with unique tactics; most share some common traits that make them easy to identify. These include:
- They use high-pressure tactics that often include limited-time offers.
- They demand that consumers sign documents immediately to acquire a now-or-never deal.
- They ask for up-front cash for the entire amount of the job.
- They won’t provide a written estimate for the restoration project.
- They can’t or refuse to provide local references.
- They ask the homeowner to obtain the building permit.
These red flags are typically a sure sign that you are dealing with a disreputable home restoration contractor. Fortunately, you can protect yourself by asking a few targeted questions.
Questions You Should Ask
Anytime you are hiring someone to repair your home, you should take the time to properly vet the company. Before agreeing to anything, be sure to:
- Ask the service provider to show evidence that they are licensed in your state.
- Ask for references and follow through by contacting each one.
- Make sure the company can provide a written estimate with detailed job specifications on the labor, materials, timeline and total charges for the work.
- Obtain a written contract that clearly states exactly what will be done, material quality, warranties, the total cost of the job and start and completion dates.
- Do not sign a contract that has any blank spaces, and make sure you understand your cancellation rights
- Protect yourself by demanding that the contractor, subcontractor and any suppliers complete and sign a "waiver of lien" form. This will help protect you if the contractor or company doesn't pay its bills and a subcontractor or material supplier decides to place a lien on your home. Unfortunately, this can happen even if you paid the primary service provider in full.
- Be sure your service provider is fully insured and also carries worker's compensation, personal liability and property damage coverage. Always ask for copies of insurance certificates. If the provider is not properly insured, you could be held liable for damages or injuries that occur during the project.
- Always check with your home insurance provider to determine the extent of your coverage.
- Avoid paying for the project with cash. Instead, pay by credit card or check and always get a receipt.
- Maintain thorough records, including copies of the contract, as well as any correspondence and change orders.
While it may seem like a headache, doing your due diligence will help ensure that you are getting quality work from a reputable restoration company. By asking some direct questions and following up with some light research, you can identify less reputable service providers before you open your wallet.
Go with a Recognizable Name
To protect yourself from a disaster restoration scam, it’s a good idea to choose a national brand with a recognizable name. This will help ensure that you are working with a trustworthy provider with the ability to meet your needs and the agility to respond quickly to the scene.
With more than 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted name in the restoration industry. Whether you need immediate help with emergency flood damage or assistance with cleaning, you can depend on our experienced technicians.
SERVPRO of Denver East specializes in flawless water damage restoration. Empowered by extensive training, modern equipment and an experienced team of professionals, we can quickly restore your home to its original condition. Contact our team to learn more.
SERVPRO of Denver West Responds to Eastern Iowa Derecho
On August 10, a powerful inland storm--also known as a derecho--blew through Eastern Iowa, bringing with it 140 mph winds that are typically only seen in hurricanes. The storm ravaged 10 million acres of local corn crops and tore apart structures in popular Iowa communities like Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Marshalltown.
In Cedar Rapids alone, more than 800 businesses, homes, and apartment buildings had partial roof collapses, with uprooted trees strewn across yards and roads. The derecho’s powerful winds also tore off siding and brought down power lines, leading to nearly 600,000 Iowans without power.
While Iowa is no stranger to these storms, this particularly powerful and destructive derecho came with little warning. A key difference between derechos and hurricanes is that hurricanes form over the ocean and are typically tracked days in advance before making landfall. Derechos, however, are much more difficult to predict; less than an hour after thunderstorm warnings were issued, the storm hit, giving residents little to no time to prepare for the destruction it would bring.
The sum total of the damage caused by this storm is yet to be determined, but it’s highly probable to be in the billions of dollars. One facet of derechos makes them particularly destructive: once they’ve destroyed roofs, they leave the affected structures extremely vulnerable to torrential rains that almost always accompany these types of storms. Home and business owners unlucky enough to have experienced this will likely be devastated to learn of flood and water damage in addition to structural damage. For those lucky enough to pull through the storm with no immediate damage, the possibility of flood water damage due to rising river waters becomes a hazard as well.
SERVPRO’s mission has always been to provide relief to the fullest extent possible when natural destruction of this magnitude hits. Our disaster cleanup team is specially trained to deal with severe flood and storm damage as a result of severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes.
After the Iowa derecho ravaged Cedar Rapids and nearby areas, the SERVPRO of Denver West team went to the scene almost immediately to provide relief, performing inspections, debris cleanup, water removal / extraction and drying procedures. Our team will continue to provide assistance in Iowa as 30,000 residents remain without power, doing our part to help restore the countless properties destroyed by this event.
This storm hits especially close to home for SERVPRO of Denver West, as our founders once called Iowa their home, and have personally witnessed the destruction that’s been caused by increasingly violent weather patterns in the midwest.
Despite these trying times, we at SERVPRO believe that challenges of this size and scope, while disheartening to face, ultimately build character and community. As a family-owned business, we understand the emotional weight that such an event can carry. As we continue to provide storm damage relief in Iowa, we hope to also instill compassion, understanding, and care in those affected, to lift that weight as much as possible.
Winter Storm Preparation
When the mercury drops in Colorado, it’s often a mad dash to batten down the hatches and prepare for the worst.
Winter storms in our state can be brutal. Between the high winds, freezing rain, hailstorms, and big-time snowfall, both home and business owners do themselves a favor by taking steps to prevent damage to their property.
What can be done to help stem the damage caused by inclement winter weather in Colorado? Quite a bit, actually. The team at SERVPRO—the fire and water cleanup professionals serving West Denver and the surrounding area—is here to help with some tips.
Actions to Take Before
As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. To prepare for the worst that Colorado weather has to offer, do these five things now:
- Sign up for alerts from local news or weather agencies. The National Weather Service or your favorite news outlet are great places to start. Make sure you are a part of whatever email or text-based alert programs they have available. This way, you’ll be made aware of potentially damaging weather before it gets here.
- Insulate pipes in your home or business. This can be tricky, as many of the pipes that serve water throughout a building can run behind walls and along difficult-to-reach crawl spaces. Locate whatever sections of pipe you can, and use things like old newspapers or insulation material to help protect them from freezing.
Another great preventative measure is to allow taps to slowly drip the day before an expected freeze.
- Cover windows with plastic sheeting. Large, plastic sheets with enough surface area to cover windows are available at your local hardware store. This measure can help to insulate the home or business, as windows are often the ‘Achilles heel’ for most buildings encountering freezing weather.
- Ensure that your property insurance coverage is up-to-date. Check with your insurance provider to make sure that you have adequate insurance coverage in the event that winter weather does cause damage this season.
- Stock up on supplies that might be necessary in the event of a power outage. Things like batteries, lanterns, blankets, and ready-to-eat food will make periods of power interruption much more bearable. Try to avoid using things like generators or propane heaters as these can be causes for fires.
Even though the public utility companies in Colorado do a fantastic job of getting to work after a winter storm has hit, taking the above-listed actions will go a long way in preempting property damage caused by such a storm.
Actions to Take After
Even though you might have done all you can to prepare for a bad winter storm, sometimes, the brunt of it can be too much for your property to stand.
Do these things after the storm has hit:
- Conduct a safety check of your building and land. In the aftermath of a strong winter storm, it’s not uncommon for there to be large accumulations of ice, snow, and slush. These hazards can post a significant post-storm danger. Walk your property and look for any potential safety risks.
- Document any damage and contact your insurance company as soon as possible. The best time to begin taking account of damage done by a storm is immediately after it has passed. Get your camera out, start taking pictures, and begin the claim process sooner than later.
- Monitor news sources for emergency information and/or alerts about more weather coming your way. Often, bad weather in Colorado is followed up with—you guessed it—more bad weather. Make sure you’re kept informed about whatever might be coming your way even after the worst of it seems to have passed.
- Contact SERVPRO to get a jumpstart on fixing damages. Remember that your SERVPRO team is standing by to help restore your property to pre-storm condition. We are experts at working with insurance companies, too, making the entire process much less of a headache than it has to be.
Whatever winter weather Mother Nature decides to send our way this season, it will pay to be prepared for the worst. Implement the advice contained in this article, and you’ll be doing your part to ensure that you ‘weather the storm’ the best you can.
Stay safe this winter season, and don’t hesitate to contact your local SERVPRO office to schedule an on-site evaluation of damage caused by inclement weather.
Remember that, when harsh weather strikes, you always have a restoration resource available to you, no matter the damage and no matter the cause.