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What Is the Best Way To Drain a Flooded Basement?

11/12/2022 (Permalink)

water seeping under door If you have a flooded basement, it's important to turn off the power first.

Fixing a Flooded Basement

When you have a flooded basement, it is important to take action as soon as possible. There are several steps that you can take to help mitigate any damage caused by a flooded basement.

Shut Off the Power and the Water Supply

If you have a flooded basement, it's important to turn off the power first. This will prevent electric shock as well as avoid triggering any heating systems. You can also use this time to shut off the water supply in your home by turning off the valve at the top of your main water line or calling an emergency plumber.

Once these two steps are taken care of, you can begin cleaning up your basement and removing all damaged materials from it. Remember not to touch anything with wet hands or feet just yet—you don't want any mold spores spreading throughout your home!

Remove Damaged Items

After your basement has been flooded, it is imperative to remove any damaged items. If you have any items that are salvageable, they should be removed at this time and placed in a safe location. Any items that are not salvageable should be discarded. Do not attempt to repair anything at this point as it could cause further damage to your home and result in mold growth. If you are unsure whether an item can be repaired or if you need to contact an insurance company for advice on how best to dispose of the item, please do so immediately.

Pump Out the Water

To get water out of the basement, use a sump pump. A wet/dry vacuum, shop vac, or bucket and mop will not work effectively to remove excess water from your basement.

A sump pump is designed specifically for pumping water out of your home's lowest level. These pumps are very effective at removing large amounts of standing water efficiently and quickly. They're also easy to install--you can purchase one that's pre-packaged with all necessary attachments or hire an electrician to install it for you.

Use a Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier can help remove moisture from the air and make your basement more comfortable to live in. You may want to place it on one of your basement’s walls or near a window, as long as there is at least four feet of space between the unit and any wall. This will allow adequate airflow around both sides of the device so that it can properly function.

Dealing with the Carpet

Unless you can get your carpeting and padding removed, cleaned and replaced before the water damage sets in, you may want to consider pulling it up. If you don't do this now, it may be too late when the time comes for a replacement. You'll be faced with a choice between discarding your old carpet or paying for expensive restoration work that's still not guaranteed to yield satisfactory results.

The good news is that many types of carpets are designed for easy removal and reinstallation—even if they've been soaked through by flood waters. If yours is one of them, there will probably be some adhesive backing left behind after removal that needs to be scraped off with a putty knife before you can install your new flooring (or roll out an affordable temporary option like paper or plastic). Just remember: even after cleaning and drying has occurred, mold can grow beneath these materials—so make sure they're completely dry before putting anything back down on top of them!

Use Fans

The more fans you have in the area, the faster it will dry. The trick is to put the fans in different areas of your basement so they can reach all its corners and walls. You want a fan blowing on every wall and corner of your basement and any outlets or light switches that may be wet.

If you only have one fan and it isn't powerful enough to dry out your entire basement, then set up two or three smaller appliances—a dehumidifier, an air conditioning unit—and place them around other parts of your home (like a bedroom). This will help draw moisture away from the floor where it's causing damage.

When using multiple devices like this at once, be sure not to overload any circuits because it could cause electrical fires!

Handle it Properly

A flooded basement can cause damage to your home and personal property, if not properly handled. Water can get into the walls, floors, and furniture. This is especially true for older homes where there has been a lot of moisture in the soil around the structure for years. Because of this, mold will grow on any surface that has been exposed to water from a flood.

Mold spores are everywhere—in our homes and outside in nature—and we breathe them in every day without even knowing it. Mold can also cause electrical damage as well as structural damage if left untreated long enough

The best way to handle a flooded basement is by calling a professional at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado/Tri-Lakes, who will pump out the excess water and dry out your home. You can also call us if you have any other questions about how to handle flooding.

How Do I Keep my Building Secure After a Fire?

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

Board up windows and doors of a commercial building A board-up is a temporary covering for a broken window or door.

When a fire happens, you want to get the building boarded up as soon as possible. This helps prevent looting and protects your property from further damage. But how do you know what type of boarding-up is best for your situation?

What is a Board-up?

A board-up is a temporary covering for a broken window or door. It's usually made of plywood or other wood products, and it's used to keep intruders out and preserve the crime scene. A board-up isn't meant to be a permanent repair; it serves as a sort of security fence until you can get your building repaired.

Boarding Up After a Fire

To secure a building after a fire, you'll need to place board-ups on the windows. These are usually temporary. They'll be removed when you repair the damage and reoccupy your building.

In addition to securing your property after a fire, board-ups are also used to keep looters out of your business. After any major disaster such as Hurricane Katrina or 9/11 in New York City, many people attempted to break into abandoned buildings with the hope of finding valuables inside—and some were successful! Boarding up offers one way for owners looking for protection against theft after an event like this happens within their communities.

Are Board-ups Covered by Insurance?

If your building is covered by insurance, the cost of covering up windows and doors may be covered. If your building is not covered by insurance, it may still be possible to have some or all of these costs reimbursed through a claim. This is usually done if the fire was caused by an accident that could have been prevented and resulted in significant damage to your home or property.

Insurance companies will not generally pay for board-ups after a certain amount of time has passed since the fire occurred (usually three months). This means that you must submit any requests for reimbursement within this time period. If you want to make sure that everything goes smoothly with your claim, hire an experienced professional who knows how insurance companies operate so they can help guide you through each step of the process as efficiently as possible

What Is Involved in a Board-up?

Board up all the openings in your building with a wood frame to secure them from the outside. It's important that you board up your door as well, so no one can get in or out of your building by going through it. Remove all broken glass and other debris from the building before boarding it up.

If you have a garage, make sure that its doors are also secure with a wooden frame to hold them shut.

If you don't know what to do with your damaged property, remember that it is essential to protect the scene from tampering by looters or vandals. After all, the purpose of boarding up is to prevent people from entering your property and stealing items belonging to you or others who may have been in the building at the time of the fire. If you're concerned about protecting your neighborhood's property values as well as preventing further damage to your own building, consider hiring someone who has experience in securing crime scenes.

We hope this post has helped you understand the basics of boarding up after a fire. If you have any questions, please contact us at our 24-hour hotline.

What is the Process of Water Cleanup and Restoration?

9/23/2022 (Permalink)

Drying equipment in warehouse. If you’re trying to make sense of water cleanup, the process can seem overwhelming. But don’t worry—there are professionals who can help you!

If you've ever been through a water loss, you know how stressful it can be. You need to deal with insurance companies and contractors, leaving you without the time or energy to manage all of the emotional aspects of dealing with such an event. What's worse is that most people don't really understand the process of water damage restoration until they've experienced it firsthand—and even then it can seem overwhelming! If this describes your situation, read on for a crash course in understanding what happens when your home is damaged by flooding or some other form of a water disaster.

Assess the damage

Water cleanup and restoration begins with assessing the damage and deciding what can be restored. If you are not sure, it's better to contact a professional rather than risk making the situation worse.

Don't underestimate water damage—even if your home doesn't look like it sustained much damage, there could still be hidden issues lurking beneath layers of flooring, insulation, and drywall that need addressing before you move back in.

A reputable restoration company will be able to assess all aspects of your property so they can determine which areas need immediate attention and which ones can wait until after other repairs are made or purchased items have been replaced.

Extract and dry

Extraction is the next step in water cleanup. Water extraction removes water from your home, which allows for faster drying and helps prevent mold growth.

It's important to extract both liquid and water-soaked materials so they can be properly dried out of the air with dehumidifiers. If you have mold or mildew growing on these items, you'll need to clean them separately using an antimicrobial cleaner or disinfectant solution before drying them thoroughly in a well-ventilated area (such as outside).

A wet/dry vacuum is used to remove liquid from carpets, rugs, walls, furniture, and similar items—but it's not always effective at removing all traces of moisture from hard surfaces like wood floors or drywall because it doesn't reach into crevices or corners very well without causing damage to those surfaces themselves.

Cleaning and sanitizing

Next, it is time for cleaning and sanitizing. This process includes removing items that can't be salvaged, cleaning walls and floors, and disinfecting every surface.

The water cleanup and restoration process is a must for any homeowner who has experienced water damage to their home or business property. It's important to understand that this type of cleanup involves professional services from experts with experience in the industry - such as SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes.

Restoration

Restoration is the final stage, and it involves returning your home to its pre-disaster condition. Depending on the extent of damage and the type of restoration needed, this can take time. Restoration does not necessarily mean repair or rebuilding; it means bringing back what was lost or damaged through cleaning, repairing, and replacing damaged building materials. A professional flood restoration company like SERVPRO will be able to determine how much work is necessary for your home and guide you through the entire process, from drying out your belongings with dehumidifiers to replacing flooring, drywall, and other affected areas in your home with new ones that match perfectly.

Understand the process to know what to expect when dealing with it.

When you’re dealing with a water emergency and need help, it’s important to understand what to expect from the cleanup process. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most companies that specialize in water damage restoration have crews that work 24/7 during emergencies like yours. This means you won’t have to wait long before they arrive at your home or business.

If you’re trying to make sense of water cleanup, the process can seem overwhelming. But don’t worry—there are professionals who can help you every step of the way. They’ll be able to assess your situation, extract and dry out any remaining moisture from your home or business, and clean and sanitize everything from walls and floors to high-risk surfaces like carpeting or furniture before restoration begins. Don't wait until it's too late; contact us today!

How can SERVPRO Help Your Business After a Fire

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

Servpro of Southeast Colorado Springs. Emergency Board-up and Fire Mitigation 24/7/365

After a fire at your business in Colorado Springs, CO, you want to resume normal operations as soon as possible. Choose a fire damage restoration service capable of handling the following tasks to ensure your business's full recovery.

Immediate Attention
Disaster can strike at any time, but you should not delay the recovery process. Reputable restoration services ensure their teams of experts arrive at the scene of a commercial fire to offer assistance at any time of day or night.

A Thorough and Formal Property Inspection
Before restoration teams can begin fire, mold, soot and smoke cleanup, they should thoroughly inspect each aspect of your physical property to determine the extent of the damage. After completing this step, you should receive a formal written assessment discussing the findings with a work recommendation.

Assistance With Your Insurance Provider
A fire restoration company can help you document and convey evidence your insurance provider needs to process your claim, including:

  • Photographic evidence 
  • Official fire department reports
  • Witness statements

Mold Mediation
The consequences of a fire at your business extend beyond damage from flames. For example, firefighters at the scene must use hoses that douse the fire with large volumes of water, soaking your business's walls, ceilings, furnishings, electronics, paper records and other property. In addition, a fire damage restoration company should undertake urgent drying measures to prevent mold spores from developing and spreading through your space. 

Property Security
Your business remains vulnerable to theft, vandalism and trespassing until you reoccupy it. First, however, you should look for a restoration company that can erect security fencing to prevent further damage that your insurance provider will not cover.

Cleaning and Restoration
A critical aspect of fire restoration involves soot and smoke cleanup. Experienced restoration crews employ specialized methods and treatments to remove lingering smoke odors and soot particles that attach to porous surfaces and fibers. 
Choose a fire damage restoration service capable of providing the vital assistance you need to continue operating your business in Colorado Springs