Recent Storm Damage Posts

Thunderstorm Preparedness Tips for Denver?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning is lighting up the night sky. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Denver area.

Do you know that SERVPRO® of Denver West responds to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Denver? Colorado experiences lots of thunderstorms each year, even though we are not close to any major bodies of water. According to meteorologist Chris Spears, Colorado’s warm temperatures combined with humidity and Colorado’s terrain create the perfect conditions for thunderstorms. The humidity comes from southeasterly winds from the Gulf of Mexico, and monsoonal moisture comes up from the Gulf of California during the summer.

Here is some information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on thunderstorms:

  • Know your area’s risk of thunderstorms. They can occur year-round and at any hour.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • Identify sturdy buildings close to where you live, work, study, and play
  • Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home
  • Consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system to protect your home, appliances, and electronic devices
  • Secure outside furniture

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business experiences storm damage, SERVPRO® of Denver West is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll restore your storm damage in Denver, “Like it never even happened.” 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Thunderstorms in Denver?

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Thunderstorm and Lightning Safety Tips for Denver

SERVPRO® of Denver West responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Denver. July is the hottest month of the year in Denver and brings with it thunderstorms. In fact, there are more thunderstorms in Denver in July than in any other month of the year.

Here are some thunderstorm safety tips from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

Lightning: What You Need to Know

  • No place outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area
  • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you
  • When you hear thunder, immediately move to a safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up

Indoor Lightning Safety

  • Stay off of corded phones, computers, and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity
  • Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths, and faucets
  • Stay away from windows and doors and stay off porches
  • Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business experiences storm damage, SERVPRO® of Denver West has a team of highly trained restoration technicians ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll restore your storm damage in Denver, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooding in Cherry Creek?

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

A roadway in the Denver, Colorado area is shown flooded. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Denver.

Common Causes of Local Flooding in Denver

The City of Denver, Flood Protection Handbook  cites many reasons for local flooding. SERVPRO® of Denver West responds to flood and storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Cherry Creek, and we know that our fast response time is key to minimizing further damage. Here are some common local causes of flooding from the City of Denver handbook

  • Heavy rains
  • Summer storms
  • Winter snowmelt
  • Overflowing river channels, creeks, and gulches
  • Storm sewers

According to the handbook, flooding can be aggravated by debris blocking the waterway. Hail has also been known to clog storm drains and sewer inlets. Urban developments cause less water to soak into the ground and interrupt the natural flow of water to waterways, causing the draining systems to be overloaded.

Here are some safety tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), on things you can do to prepare for a flood:

Know Your Risk for Floods
Visit FEMA's Flood Map Service Center to know the types of flood risk in your area.  Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Denver West has a team of highly trained storm restoration technicians ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll restore your storm damage in Cherry Creek, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm Damage Emergency in Denver?

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Storm water is shown rushing down the gutter of a street. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Denver area.

At SERVPRO® of Denver West, we know that our fast response time is key to minimizing the cost and time involved with storm damage restoration. Here is a water damage timeline detailing the damage water can do to a structure in a short period of time:

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp

Hours 1 - 24

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain
  • A musty odor appears

48 Hours to 1 Week

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold
  • Paint begins to blister
  • Wood flooring swells and warps
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible

Call Us Today!

You never know when you’ll have a storm damage emergency, but when you do, SERVPRO® of Denver West has a team of highly trained restoration technicians ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll restore your storm damage in Denver, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Blizzard Damage in Denver?

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO of Denver West technician is extracting water from a floor. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Denver area.

Disaster Recovery Team in Denver

In February, we traveled to Texas as part of SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team to help Texans mitigate storm damage after three consecutive severe weather events and power outages caused billions in damages.

In March, we responded to severe weather of our own as Denver and the rest of Colorado experienced the fourth largest blizzard to hit Colorado since we started recording weather events in the 1800s.

At SERVPRO® of Denver West, we respond to storm damage emergencies throughout the year. When we arrive, we will inspect the structure for damage and tarp the roof if there is roof damage and board up any broken windows or doors to secure the structure and minimize further storm damage. If there is water damage, we will extract the water and set up powerful air dryers and blowers to completely dry the area. We document the drying process to ensure the room moisture is returned to normal readings, and we will help you with the insurance paperwork and process.

Call Us Today!

At SERVPRO® of Denver West, our highly trained restoration technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to restore storm damage in Denver, no matter how big the job is. Call us today at 303-576-6868.

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Tornado Survival Tips for Denver?

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

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Tornado Season in Denver?

Did you know that Denver and other parts of eastern Colorado are part of the United States region known as Tornado Alley? On average, Colorado gets about sixty tornadoes a year, and although most of them occur in May, June, and July, tornadoes have been reported nine months out of the year. The last tornado to hit Denver happened in 1988, but others have happened close to the city over the years.

At SERVPRO® of Denver West, we respond to storm damage emergencies of all kinds in the Denver area. Here are some tips from the website, Ready.gov on what to do to survive during a tornado:

  • Immediately go to a safe location that you identified.
  • Take additional cover by shielding your head and neck with your arms and putting materials such as furniture and blankets around you.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
  • Do not try to outrun a tornado in a vehicle.
  • If you are in a car or outdoors and cannot get to a building, cover your head and neck with your arms and cover your body with a coat or blanket, if possible.

Call Us!

At SERVPRO® of Denver West, our highly trained restoration technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to restore storm damage in Denver, no matter how big the job is. Call us today at 303-576-6868.

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Winter Storm Hits Texas

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Winter Storm hit Texas hard. The winter weather that hit Texas February 13-17 paralyzed cities, snarled up roads and wrecked havoc on infrastructure and utility systems. Thousands of homes and apartments have ben affected because of busted pipes in Houston alone

With several hundred storm crews on the ground in Texas, and more on the way, we’re responding as quickly as possible. With historic volume, waitlists are in place and they're being reduced each day. Once off the waitlist and the job is dispatched, the response time varies and is challenging to estimate at this time. We understand this is a very difficult time for many and we’re doing all we can to assist our customers and clients quickly. SERVPRO Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration "Like it never even happened."  

Storm After-effects in Castle Rock?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Frostbitten in Castle Rock?

SERVPRO® of Denver West responds to storm damage emergencies frequently in the Denver and Castle Rock areas during the winter months and offers these winter weather tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for staying healthy after a severe weather event happens:

  • Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers, and toes.
    • Signs: Numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, and firm or waxy skin.
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Soak in warm water. Use body heat to warm. Do not massage or use a heating pad.
  • Hypothermia is an unusually low body temperature. A temperature below 95 degrees is an emergency.
    • Signs: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness.
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head, and groin. Keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck.
  • Call 911 if you need immediate attention. The threat of a winter storm can add additional stress. Follow CDC guidance for managing stress during a traumatic event and managing stress during COVID-19.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Denver West responds to storm damage 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll restore your property damage in Castle Rock, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Worst Blizzard in Centennial.

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

A row of cars are buried in snow in a city. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day.

The Worst Storm in Colorado History

The most recent severe winter storm in Colorado history was recorded in 2006, fifteen years ago. Between December 20 and 21, a blizzard hit Denver just before Christmas, dumping 20.7 inches of snow. The metro area was completely blocked, and hundreds of motorists had to be rescued. The Denver International Airport canceled many flights and affected many people’s Christmas plans across the country.

SERVPRO® of Denver West responds to storm damage in the Denver and Centennial area 24 hours a day. When we arrive, we will assess the damage and immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. If there is structural damage, we will tarp and board up any compromised areas to prevent further damage. We will also extract any water and set up air movers and air blowers to completely dry the area to prevent warping and other water damage.

Call Us Today!

No matter how severe the storm or the storm damage, SERVPRO® of Denver West is Here to Help. ® Our technicians have the advanced training, experience, and equipment to mitigate storm damage, no matter how big the job is.  Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll restore your property damage in Centennial, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm Damage in Englewood?

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Denver in December

I’ll never forget the time I was in Denver for a business trip. We were set to travel to Vail to ski that night, and we got caught in a terrible blizzard. It took us two hours to travel fifteen miles back to the hotel!

December weather in Englewood is cold. The average high temperatures range from 27 degrees to 45 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low temperatures range anywhere from -4 degrees below zero to 23 degrees Fahrenheit. SERVPRO® of Denver West responds to storm damage emergencies during the winter season often, and our team of highly trained restoration technicians can be mobilized night or day to answer your call for help.

When we arrive, we will provide an assessment of the damage and immediately secure the structure by tarping the roof in instances of roof damage, and board up broken windows and doors. We will extract any water and set up air blowers and dehumidifiers to completely dry the damaged area, and after the area is completely dry, we will repair any other damage and clean and restore your property to preloss condition!

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Denver West has a team of storm restoration specialists on call 24 hours a day to respond to any size storm damage emergency. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll take care of your storm damage in Englewood, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

The Different Types of Floods and The Damage They Can Cause

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

From farms to businesses to residential homes, virtually no structure is immune to flood damage. While they can occur almost anywhere, floods come in different forms, depending on the cause and location. Here are the most common types of floods, along with some insight into their destructive power.

Coastal Flooding

Coastal floods are caused by storms and strong winds that move toward coastal regions during high tide. When large waves breach dunes or dikes, the area can rapidly flood. Coastal areas with lower elevations and weak defenses are at the greatest risk. 

Urban Flooding

Urban flooding can occur when a town or city is unable to cope with heavy rain. In most cases, the local drainage system becomes overwhelmed, causing water to flow out onto the streets. Even a few inches of urban flooding can lead to significant structural damage, especially in low-lying neighborhoods. 

River Flooding  (Fluvial Floods)

A river flood, or fluvial flood, happens when the water in a river, stream or lake overflows onto the surrounding shores, banks and/or neighboring land. This can occur due to excessive rain or rapid snowmelt. River floods can cause immense structural and economic damage, especially if they cause dams and dikes to break. 

Pluvial Flooding

These types of floods happen in flat areas where the terrain is unable to absorb or divert rainwater. As the water accumulates atop the surface, puddles and ponds tend to appear. Pluvial flooding is similar to urban flooding; however, it usually happens in rural areas. Agricultural properties can be seriously affected, and crop damage is a common occurrence.

Flash Flooding

Caused by rapid snow thaw or heavy rains, this common form of flooding occurs when fast-moving waters sweep over everything in their path. Flash floods usually occur with little to no notice and cover a relatively small area. Even shallow torrents can move very large objects such as rocks, cars and trees. 

How Floods Damage Homes

From mold outbreaks to loosened floorboards, floods can damage a property in many different ways. They can cause structural damage such as foundation cracks and buckling floors. They can damage electrical systems and expensive appliances. Floods can also damage septic systems by clogging them with debris. Flood water can even contaminate drinking water by polluting it with sediment and pathogenic organisms.

Because they saturate everything they contact, floods can also create ideal conditions that allow toxic mold to proliferate in carpet and behind drywall. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) warns that mold can begin to grow on damp surfaces within only 24 to 48 hours. In addition to building materials, such as drywall, insulation and flooring, clothes and furniture can be ruined by mold. 

Unfortunately, without prompt action, even a small flood can cause serious mold outbreaks. When this happens, businesses and homeowners often have to relocate and wait for expensive remediation processes to restore a structure to its normal state. On the other hand, quick action can often result in a much faster restoration process that can save a lot of time and money.

Quick Action Is Vital

Responding immediately to a flood can seriously reduce the damage to a home or business after storms and floods. Speed is one vital aspect that can reduce financial costs in both residential and business settings.

When flood damage occurs, it’s very important to quickly remove the water, disinfect any flooded areas and thoroughly dry the entire home. To prevent appliances, furniture and personal items from inhibiting restoration efforts, they will often need to be removed. It’s important to work with a reputable restoration company that will carefully move, clean and store your personal items in a safe place during the restoration process. 

Since any delays can result in further damage and higher repair costs, it’s also important to work with a company that has the agility to quickly respond to your emergency. 

At SERVPRO of West Denver, our technicians can rapidly react and restore your home after a flood. using advanced extraction equipment, we will pump out any standing water. We then set up fans and dehumidifiers to thoroughly dry the interior and prevent mold growth.

If floodwaters have entered your home, SERVPRO of West Denver can help. Call us at 303-576-6868 to learn more.

SERVPRO of Denver West Responds to Eastern Iowa Derecho

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

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

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

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.

Is Storm Damage Tax Deductible?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Colorado storms—whether they bring heavy snow, rain, or hail—have the potential to cause millions of dollars in damages for home and business owners. And, because our weather patterns here are so unpredictable, damaging storms are often impossible to prepare for. 

This climatic feature of our state can create a concerning scenario for anyone who has a vested interest in maintaining the condition of any real estate in Colorado, whether commercial or residential. Here among the Rockies, damaging storms are almost always just around the corner. 

To be sure, Colorado roofing firms and general contractors are always hopping busy. It’s clear this is one of the most profitable places for restoration companies to thrive. And, because of the frequency of damaging storms, a common question arises: “Is storm damage a tax deductible loss?”

At SERVPRO of West Denver, we specialize in providing the advanced, comprehensive restoration services that are needed to fix the damage caused by storms in Colorado. We work with both businesses and homeowners, and we’ve seen just about the worst that storms can do (along with the most costly damages you can imagine). 

So, we know a thing or two about the expenses associated with storm damage. 

The Answer Is: It Depends

As you likely know, if you earn money in Colorado, you owe taxes both to the state and to the federal government. 

When you incur a casualty loss—which is the technical, ‘tax term’ for storm damage—your deductions on your state taxes will likely not change. That is, unless you were affected by a national disaster, in which case you’ll want to complete a specific form when you file. More information on this unique kind of state tax deduction can be found here

However, when it comes to filing your federal taxes, there are possible tax deductions for which you might be eligible. A few important conditions must be met, though, in order for your deduction to be legitimate: 

  • Your property must have suffered a loss to its fair market value (FMV) because of a casualty event. This could be much more than a storm, by the way—damage caused by landslides, tornadoes, and even falling aircraft can qualify as casualty losses.
  • If your property was insured, you must complete a timely claim for reimbursement by your insurance company. Uncle Sam wants you to recoup your costs as much as you can before you file for any deductions. Any losses you incur that were not included in your insurance reimbursement would qualify for a deduction, minus a few ‘administrative’ subtractions.
  • You must deduct $100 and 10% of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) from the calculated loss. Let’s say storm damage destroyed your roof and you need a completely new one. But, your insurance company will only pay for $25,000 of the $30,000 bill. You would take the $5,000 difference, reduce it by $100, and then subtract 10% of your AGI in order to arrive at the proper deduction.
  • You must file this deduction during the tax year when the damage occurred. The only exception to this rule is if your property was located in a designated national disaster area, in which case you have other options for what tax year you can file your deduction in.

For some property owners who work from home, it might be tempting to deduct any loss of income you might have experienced because of storm damage. Unfortunately, the federal government doesn’t consider this a qualifying condition for a tax deduction. 

Commercial properties or income properties are treated slightly differently by the IRS, and it’s advisable to consult with a tax professional in the event your business or income property was damaged by a storm and that damage prevented your property from producing an income. Depending on the extent of the damage and how much income was lost, you could qualify for more than one federal tax deduction.

For Storm Damage Cleanup, Go with the Pros 

Even though the tax code may be complex and confusing, working with SERVPRO to restore your storm-damaged property won’t be. We specialize in doing the ‘dirty work’ required to bring damaged property back from dereliction and destruction at the hands of Mother Nature. 

Our team is expertly trained to swiftly and effectively restore damaged property so that the disruption to your life or business is reduced as much as possible. 

Looking for top-tier storm damage restoration? Contact SERVPRO of West Denver today!

Natural Disaster Tips

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

After a natural disaster like a hurricane or a tornado, your first priority will be to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. When the storm passes there will likely be challenges to face, but there are a few things you can do to help make sure you stay protected when it comes to your home and finances.

Before Making Repairs, Document the Natural Disaster Damage

It’s normal to want to start making repairs as soon as you can, but it’s recommended that you document any natural disaster damage first. This will likely help in discussions with your insurance company. Once you’ve protected your home from further damage, take photographs of debris and other natural disaster damages before removing or repairing anything.

If You Have Been Temporarily Relocated, Save Your Receipts

Your homeowner’s insurance policy may cover living expenses if your home has natural disaster damage and you need to leave it temporarily. It’s best to keep a record of all of your expenses during this time so that you have a record of what you spend, and so that you can submit them to your adjuster and insurance company for reimbursement consideration. If you have to leave your home and your address will change temporarily, it is important to update your contact information with your mortgage company. 

Beware of Fraud After Natural Disasters — From Home Repair Scams to Price Gouging

Home repair scams and price gouging efforts increase after natural disasters. Consider finding a contractor through a recommendation from someone who can vouch for their work. Be wary of contractors who ask for large amounts of money upfront or provide very low bids. Get multiple bids, set an agreement in writing, and make sure your contractor is insured. Keep these “red flags” in mind, too:

  • Unsolicited phone calls or visits
  • Fake officials or people impersonating government officials
  • Credentials that cannot be easily checked, such as a contractor address that can’t be verified
  • Price-busting promises, or people who promise a hefty discount without telling you the total cost of the job
  • Scare tactics or high-pressure sales tactics

What Damage Does a Blizzard Cause?

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Snowfall in Colorado can be extreme. Every season here among the Rockies, we hunker down and prepare for the worst. 

Harsh winter weather takes a toll on all of us, regardless of whether we’re a property owner or not. Our commutes are lengthened due to inclement weather, there are road closures, and CDOT snow clearing vehicles often work overtime to keep our urban areas safe for motorists. 

With all of the inconveniences that come with heavy snowfall, one of the chief among them is the damage that it can cause. Blizzards in particular can be the source of extensive exterior and interior damage to residential and commercial buildings.

At SERVPRO of Denver West, we are experts at diagnosing and remediating damage caused by environmental events like blizzards, snow squalls, and hailstorms. Given enough time, virtually every building in Colorado will eventually encounter damage due to destructive winter weather. 

Because blizzards often carry with them a host of unforeseen damage potential, we’re going to explain why it is that these weather events can be so ruinous. With a little preparation and some understanding of what could happen, you can help protect your property and have a better handle on what to do should a Colorado blizzard find its way to your doorstep. 

The Cascading Effect of Big Snow

It’s not unheard of for blizzards to completely shut down entire cities. 

From March 17th to March 19th, 2003, more than 31 inches of snow fell in the metro Denver area. This unprecedented volume of snow caused numerous suburban communities to lose power for long stretches of time, and it was nearly impossible to travel on any of the surface streets or interstates. 

This blizzard was followed by multiple days of freezing weather, which further compounded the problem. As Coloradoans unburied their cars, patio furniture, and storage sheds from underneath all of the snow, they quickly discovered just how damaging blizzards can be. The most significant damage that was caused by this snowfall didn’t even take place on the days when the snow fell.

Rather, it was the days after the blizzard when most of the costliest damage was incurred by home and business owners. 

Here are some of the biggest reasons why the aftermath of a Colorado blizzard is so destructive: 

  1. Snow is heavy. Melting snow is even heavier. When we head out to the front yard to scoop up a snowball, it’s easy to view snow as being a light, fluffy substance. However, when dozens of inches of snow accumulate on the rooftops and trees above, the added weight of it begins to develop pressure.

    As the snow melts during the daytime, it will often refreeze when the sun goes down. This effect causes ‘ice damming’, a potentially damaging phenomenon that is not easily dealt with.

    The aggregated weight of snow, slush, ice, and water runoff is enough to snap large tree branches, cause cave-ins for weaker roofs, and damage RVs, awnings, gutters, and other exterior fixtures.

  2. Large snow volumes impede the progress of utility workers. It’s common for power to go out during exceptionally bad blizzards. This can happen due to tree branches falling onto power lines.

    With utility companies scrambling to restore power, home and business owners are often left in the dark for days on end. This inability to keep buildings warm and habitable can itself cause damage as water pipes freeze, food spoils, and appliances that require electricity cease functioning.

  3. Snowmelt seeps into compromised buildings, often undetected. With as much snow as there can be covering up the entire landscape, it can be impossible to visually detect where melting snow could be making its way indoors.

    Ice damming is often the culprit for water intrusion after a blizzard. But, because it can take so long to even detect the issue, the water can already start causing bigger problems like mold and rot.

Thankfully, there are some things you can do to stay safe before a blizzard hits. Stay tuned to your local news source, stock up on emergency food rations, and apply salt to exterior areas where snow and ice accumulation is likely. 

After the Blizzard, Call the Clean-up Wizards

No matter how bad blizzard damage is, there will always be SERVPRO of Denver West staff available to help with the restoration effort after the fact. 

If your home or commercial building ends up on the receiving end of a particularly nasty blizzard, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Denver West for help restoring your property safely, quickly, and effectively.

House Flood Storm Damage

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Homes Flooded outside When disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Denver West

A Description of Typical House Flood Damages and Cleanup Requirements:

When your house floods, the water can wreak havoc on the structure of the house, your personal belongings, and the health of the inside environment. Flood waters contain many contaminants and lots of mud. High dollar items can get ruined all at once, even with just an inch of water, for example: carpeting, wallboard, appliances, and furniture. A more severe storm or deeper flood may add damage to even more expensive systems, like: ducts, the heater and air conditioner, roofing, private sewage and well systems, utilities, and the foundation.

  • First call your insurance agent, they will let you know if you are covered or not.
  • When we come out to your home or place of business, we start by extracting water, then clean out any mud or debris.
  • After, we clean and disinfect every single surface, and remove any walls that may have gotten wet to help with drying out the area.

Call SERVPRO of Denver West at 303-576-6868

Winter Weather Storm Readiness

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Moisutre building up on window during winter

When the outside temperature drops we start to close up our homes. We close the windows and doors and even start installing different weatherproof products (insulation, weather stripping, spray foam, etc.). The problem often is that we are stagnating the interior and trapping moisture inside the house. This is especially the case if there are many occupants creating moisture by breathing, bathing, cooking and exercising. Also, we create stagnant odors and allow airborne particles to be locked in the house with us (germs, dust, mites, microbes, etc.).

The next thing that usually occurs is we activate the heating system to compensate for the falling outside temperatures. This has the tendency to dry the interior out, but in doing so can encourage expansion and contraction of interior materials and cause cracks in drywall, doors that don't fit, separating wood trim, heaved floors, and other problems. 

If you have a gas forced-air furnace, a benefit is that the furnace and its blower motor and filter help cleanse the interior environment. The concern is that you always need to maintain a balance where there is not too much nor too little moisture being added to the now locked-up house. Too much moisture can cause the formation of mildew and mold, cause the windows to steam up, cause doors to stick and just create a damp, humid environment.

http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/life/2014/12/06/cold-temperatures-can-damage-home/19983299/

If your home is damaged from the winter weather call SERVPRO of Aurora at 720-837-7553

Colorado Storm Response

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

snow storm fallen tree winter storm tree damage

SERVPRO of Denver West specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit your area, we can scale our resources to handle any large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (303) 576-6868

With SERVPRO of Denver West on the job, you know it will be "Like it never even happened."

Storm Readiness

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

fire raging through  pine trees Natural forest fire in California putting smoke and flames into the sky

Preparation and readiness before a natural disaster strikes can make all the difference in losing valuable possessions, and salvaging your property.

Natural fires can spark at anytime. Storm waters can rage and spread quickly. Always make sure to have a flash light, fire extinguisher, and disaster plan in place for your family and business.

These things will allow you to respond quickly and safely if an event was to occur.

SERVPRO of Denver West  provides free Emergency Response Plans for businesses to help identify risk factors, key points in the building, and personnel notifications among many other things. Preparing in advance is Storm Readiness. Call our Development Team at 303-576-6868 for your Business Emergency Ready Plan. An account representative can implement a Emergency Ready Profile for your business at no cost.

Hurricane Recovery for Businesses

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for Quick Response

Thankfully Hurricane Dorian caused less property damage than expected. However, there was still a lot of devastation and setbacks to businesses across the Carolina's and Georgia. Below are 5 key steps to recovery and getting back to your normal day-to-day business operations.

1. Safety is priority

2. Document everything that was damaged and that you did in response

3. Cleanup as quickly as possible

4. Communicate with internal staff, customers, and vendors/suppliers

5. Reach out to others in your local economy

Always remember that safety is the most important concern and should be the first steps taken. Once the people and the structure has been deemed safe, you can go to work inspecting and reviewing the damage caused. This is when it is best to call your local SERVPRO for assistance in cleanup and restoration efforts. Call SERVPRO of Aurora at 303-576-6868 with any questions on how your business can be better prepared when disaster strikes.

Storm Safety

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for Emergency Services

No matter where you live or work, you will experience severe storms at one time or another. It is important that you are prepared and educated in advance of this so you are best able to handle the circumstance. Whether you live in Tornado Alley, along the coasts, on a fault line, or in fire prone locations, the following is a lists of preparation steps you should take.

  • Keep a battery powered radio at your residence
  • Have a flashlight accessible
  • Unplug electrical appliances from your home when gone for extended periods
  • Ensure roof shingles are well secured and nailed down
  • Employ a lightning protection system to avoid strikes on your home
  • Board up windows and doors in advance of a major storm

These are just a few of many important steps to take to be prepared for a storm. Call SERVPRO of Aurora at 303-576-6868 with questions regarding storm safety and preparedness.

Tropical Storm Dorian

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Tropical Storm

Tropical Storm Dorian was barreling toward the Caribbean Monday morning. It could hit Barbados Tuesday and Puerto Rico by late Wednesday.

Forecasters said the fourth tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season strengthened overnight as it moves toward the Lesser Antilles. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Dorian could intensify to near hurricane strength over the eastern Caribbean Sea by Tuesday.

As of 8 a.m. ET Monday, Dorian's center was located about 205 miles east-southeast of Barbados and 315 miles east-southeast of St. Lucia and was moving west at about 14 mph. Maximum sustained winds remained at 60 mph. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center of the storm.

A tropical storm warning was in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A tropical storm watch was issued for Dominica, Martinique, Grenada, and its dependencies.

Forecasters said Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Hispaniola should monitor Dorian's progress.

Several inches of rain are expected in affected areas.

They said Dorian could be near hurricane strength on Tuesday and Wednesday while it's over the Eastern Caribbean Sea.

The National Weather Service office in Tampa Bay tweeted Sunday it's "too early to speculate" if Dorian will impact Florida.

Storm Essentials:

Emergency kit: essential items, all times
Having an Emergency Kit is an important step to prepare for, survive and cope with emergencies.

Know: All householders need to know where your Emergency Kit is kept.

Check: and update the contents of your kit regularly, to ensure everything is in working order and has not expired.

Discuss: your Emergency Kit with all householders and make sure everyone knows what to do in an emergency.

On this page is a list of items which should be in your kit at all times.

There is also a list of extra items which if you do not keep at all times you should add to your kit (PDF, 950KB) during storm or cyclone season.

Food and water
Range of non—perishable food items
Bottled water
Medical and sanitation
First Aid Kit and manual
Essential medications, prescriptions, and dosage
Toilet paper
Toothbrush/toothpaste
Soap/shampoo
Personal hygiene items
Light
Flashlight/torch with extra batteries
Battery-powered lantern
Communications
Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
Traditional wired telephone
Prepaid wired telephone
Prepaid phone cards and coins for phone calls
Clothing and footwear
Warm jumper, waterproof jacket, hat and gloves for everyone
Closed-toed shoes or boots for everyone
Tools and supplies
Whistle, utility knife, duct/masking tape
Plastic garbage bags, ties
Safety glasses and sunglasses.
Miscellaneous
Special items for infants (nappies, formula, etc)
Special items needed by the elderly or people with special needs
Spare house and car keys
Pet food, water, and other animal needs
Diabetes emergency plan (PDF, 406KB)
Important documents
Keep original or certified copies of these documents in your Emergency Kit (PDF, 950KB).

Scan copies of them and save the files on a USB memory stick or CD to include in your kit. Keep all these items in sealed plastic bags.

Insurance papers for your house and contents, cars and for valuable items
Inventory of valuable household goods
Wills and life insurance documents
House deeds/mortgage documents
Birth and marriage certificates
Passports/visa details
Stocks and bonds
Medicare, pension cards, immunization records
Bank account and credit card details
A back—up copy of important computer files
Household Emergency Plan with emergency contact numbers

Are You Prepared for Winter Weather?

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Be Prepared

Prepare Your Business for Winter Weather

  • Check your business property for low hanging tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviated flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect handrails, stairways and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present .
  • Ask our highly trained SERVPRO professionals about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.

Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells this allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets , especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl or crawl space and turn it to “off”.
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage

Hurricane Florence

9/22/2018 (Permalink)

Employees testing Hurricane damaged homes Disaster Recovery Team of SERVPRO of Denver West

Hurricane Florence 

Hurricane Florence made landfall causing major flooding and wind destruction in North and South Carolina. In addition to the 90 local Franchises in the Hurricane Florence affected areas, SERVPRO also has a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country. Our designated Disaster Recovery Teams have been deployed to the affected areas bringing hundreds of crews from across the nation to help.

SERVPRO of Denver West

The Disaster Recovery Team at SERVPRO of Denver West has traveled to the Carolinas to provide restoration and mitigation services for homes and businesses affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. 

The Disaster Recovery team is IICRC WRT certified, and can handle any size job. Our team of dedicated professionals understand that time is crucial, and they will go to great lengths to get your home or business back up and running in a timely manner. 

Services Include: 

Residential Services

With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned.

You can depend on SERVPRO of Denver West for these residential services:

Commercial Services

If fire or water damage sidelines your business, you need a professional restoration company to quickly restore your property. Every hour spent restoring your business is lost revenue and productivity. Commercial restoration presents unique challenges and we have the training, experience, and resources to handle any size disaster.

Learn more about our commercial services:

For more news on Hurricane Florence please visit: https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/19/us/florence-wednesday-wxc/index.html

Hurricane Preparation Tips

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes

         Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over warm ocean waters and move toward land. Potential threats from hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. The Pacific hurricane season runs May 15 to November 30. Hurricanes:

  • Can happen along any U.S. coast or in any territory in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans.
  • Can affect areas more than 100 miles inland.
  • Are most active in September.

IF YOU ARE UNDER A HURRICANE WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • Determine how best to protect yourself from high winds and flooding.
    • Evacuate if told to do so.
    • Take refuge in a designated storm shelter, or an interior room for high winds.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.

Prepare NOW

  • Know your area’s risk of hurricanes.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • If you are at risk for flash flooding, watch for warning signs such as heavy rain.
  • Practice going to a safe shelter for high winds, such as a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room in a sturdy building on the lowest level that is not subject to flooding.
  • Based on your location and community plans, make your own plans for evacuation or sheltering in place.
  • Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the evacuation route, and shelter locations.
  • Gather needed supplies for at least three days. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets.
  • Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves in plumbing to prevent backups. Consider hurricane shutters. Review insurance policies.

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

When Your Home Floods

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

What Will You Do After The Flood?

A Description of Typical House Flood Damages and Cleanup Requirements:

When your house floods, the water can wreak havoc on the structure of the house, your personal belongings, and the health of the inside environment. Flood waters contain many contaminants and lots of mud. High dollar items can get ruined all at once, even with just an inch of water, for example: carpeting, wallboard, appliances, and furniture. A more severe storm or deeper flood may add damage to even more expensive systems, like: ducts, the heater and air conditioner, roofing, private sewage and well systems, utilities, and the foundation.

  • First call your insurance agent, they will let you know if you are covered or not.
  • When we come out to your home or place of business, we start by extracting water, then clean out any mud or debris.
  • After, we clean and disinfect every single surface, and remove any walls that may have gotten wet to help with drying out the area.

Call SERVPRO at 303-576-6868

What Can You Do When Your Home Floods?

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

When Disaster Strikes Call SERVPRO!

A Description of Typical House Flood Damages and Cleanup Requirements:

When your house floods, the water can wreak havoc on the structure of the house, your personal belongings, and the health of the inside environment. Flood waters contain many contaminants and lots of mud. High dollar items can get ruined all at once, even with just an inch of water, for example: carpeting, wallboard, appliances, and furniture. A more severe storm or deeper flood may add damage to even more expensive systems, like: ducts, the heater and air conditioner, roofing, private sewage and well systems, utilities, and the foundation.

  • First call your insurance agent, they will let you know if you are covered or not.
  • When we come out to your home or place of business, we start by extracting water, then clean out any mud or debris.
  • After, we clean and disinfect every single surface, and remove any walls that may have gotten wet to help with drying out the area.

Call SERVPRO at 303-576-6868

The Storm of July 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in Des Moines, Iowa

SERVPRO of Aurora traveled to Iowa, after it excessively rained, causing severe water damage to over 1,500 properties. Owner Nick and his dedicated Storm Team jumped on the opportunity to help the people of Des Moines. During a three week period the Storm Team provided restoration & mitigation services for over 40 properties. 

The Des Moines Register Update

More than 1,500 properties were reportedly affected by the weekend weather that dumped up to 9 inches of rain on central Iowa — a number authorities expect to increase.

Through Wednesday night, 15 properties in Des Moines have been categorized as majorly damaged and 350 received minor damage, Cody Christensen, permit and development administrator for Des Moines, told the Register Thursday.

Many homes and businesses had moderate damage, and others still need to be inspected.

Update: 29 homes suffered major damage, 520 with minor impacts

About 500 homes have been inspected for damage in Des Moines, Mayor Frank Cownie said Thursday, with another 500 inspection requests still needed to be finished.

He predicted tough times ahead for some homeowners if the federal government did not “see this as a national-level disaster.”

In the Fourmile Creek area alone, more than 230 single-family homes, 10 commercial buildings and six apartment buildings were damaged by flooding, Cownie has said.

For more about the flooding in Des Moines please visit the link below.

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2018/07/05/des-moines-flooding-polk-county-dallas-jasper-clive-fourmile-fema-weather-saylorville-iowa-reynolds/759108002/

Winter Storms Can Cause Damage to The Interior of Your Home

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Moisture building up on a window during winter.

When the outside temperature drops we start to close up our homes. We close the windows and doors and even start installing different weatherproof products (insulation, weather stripping, spray foam, etc.). The problem often is that we are stagnating the interior and trapping moisture inside the house. This is especially the case if there are many occupants creating moisture by breathing, bathing, cooking and exercising. Also, we create stagnant odors and allow airborne particles to be locked in the house with us (germs, dust, mites, microbes, etc.).

The next thing that usually occurs is we activate the heating system to compensate for the falling outside temperatures. This has the tendency to dry the interior out, but in doing so can encourage expansion and contraction of interior materials and cause cracks in drywall, doors that don't fit, separating wood trim, heaved floors, and other problems. 

If you have a gas forced-air furnace, a benefit is that the furnace and its blower motor and filter help cleanse the interior environment. The concern is that you always need to maintain a balance where there is not too much nor too little moisture being added to the now locked-up house. Too much moisture can cause the formation of mildew and mold, cause the windows to steam up, cause doors to stick and just create a damp, humid environment.

http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/life/2014/12/06/cold-temperatures-can-damage-home/19983299/

If your home is damaged from the winter weather call SERVPRO of Aurora at 720-837-7553

SERVPRO of Denver West Heads North East

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO green box trucks SERVPRO of Denver West Heads North East

The coldest and most widespread blast of arctic air so far this season will spread across the majority of the United States this week.

Frigid air from the depths of the Arctic will plunge into the United States as the jet stream (a fast-river of air along which storms travel) drops southward.

The coldest days of this week will yield highs and lows generally 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit below normal from the Northwest to the Gulf and East coasts.

Departures from normal will even approach 30 degrees along the eastern slopes of the Rockies, including Billings, Montana, Casper, Wyoming, and Denver, Colorado.

The arctic blast first chilled the Northwest at the start of this week, where pockets of snow and freezing conditions made some roads slippery.

The northern Rockies and northern Plains will face multiple days of highs in the single digits and teens. Subfreezing highs will then spread to the central Plains, Great Lakes and interior Northeast.

“Afternoon high temperatures in cities like Kansas City and St. Louis will be no better than freezing late in the week, while some places in the Dakotas may have a day or two where the temperature does not even get above zero,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson said.

When a Storm hits Aurora, Call SERVPRO!

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Denver West specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit ,we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (303) 576-6868

With SERVPRO of Denver West on the job, you know it will be "Like it never even happened."

Mold After A Storm

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold and Cleanup

  • Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected (such as mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings, and paper products).
  • Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or flood waters.
  • Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, counter tops, appliances, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and laundry or dish detergent.

Call SERVPRO of Denver West at 303-576-6868

We have a dedicated team of Technicians who are ready to provide quality restoration services!

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Denver West Professionals can inspect and assess your property. 

https://www.cdc.gov/mold/pdfs/Homeowners_and_Renters_Guide.pdf

Hurricane Harvey

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Employees drying a flooded home SERVPRO of Denver West in Houston Texas providing restoration services.

The Storm Team from SERVPRO of Denver West  in Houston Texas aiding residents with flood restoration.

Why is Hurricane Harvey such a big deal?

Hurricane Harvey is the country’s first major (Category 3 or higher) hurricane since Hurricane Wilma hit Florida in October 2005. Hurricane Wilma was stronger than Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, both part of the same storm season.

While Super storm Sandy in 2012 was one of the most destructive and costly in U.S. history, it hit the eastern seaboard as a Category 2 storm. Hurricane Matthew, in late 2016, had been downgraded to a Category 1 by the time it made landfall on the East Coast.

While the official death toll from Harvey sits at 40, officials expect it could rise.

The storm—considered a tropical depression with winds measuring about 35 mph—is still alive a week after making landfall over Rockport, Texas, and it’s still expected to dump large amounts of rain through Sunday as is travels northeast through Tennessee and Kentucky. Another storm, Hurricane Irma, is expected to hit Florida this week.

week.https://www.worldvision.org/disaster-response-news-stories/hurricane-harvey#why-care

Tornado Safety

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

If you are at home during a tornado:

  • Go to a windowless interior room on lowest level of your house. Go to a storm cellar or basement if your house has one. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet.
  • Get away from the windows.
  • Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they tend to attract debris.
  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.
  • If you are in a mobile home, get out and find shelter elsewhere.

If you are at work or school during a tornado:

  • Go to the basement or to an inside hallway at the lowest level.
  • Avoid places with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways, or shopping malls.
  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.

If you are outdoors during a tornado:

  • If possible, get inside a building.
  • If shelter is not available or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building. Look out for flood waters which may also fill low areas.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.

If you are in a car during a tornado:

  • Never try to drive faster than a tornado in a car or truck. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it through the air.
  • Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.
  • If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.

https://eo.ucar.edu/kids/dangerwx/tornado5.htm

Flood Safety Tips

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  • Do not drive over bridges that are over fast-moving floodwaters. Floodwaters can scour foundation material from around the footings and make the bridge unstable.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.

  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.

  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

Flood watch

  • Turn on your TV/radio. You will receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

  • Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.

    Prepare Your Home

  • Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.

  • Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.

  • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.
  • Flood warning

    Flood Warning = "Take Action!"  Flooding is either happening or will happen shortly.

    Steps to Take

    • Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.

    • Evacuate if directed.

    • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away

https://www.ready.gov/floods

When Storms or Floods hit your town, SERVPRO is ready!

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

lightning storm When Storms or Floods hit your town, SERVPRO is ready

SERVPRO of Denver West specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit , we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (303) 576-6868

With SERVPRO of Denver West on the job, you know it will be "Like it never even happened."