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Tips for Fixing a Leaky Toilet

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips for Fixing a Leaky Toilet A leaking toilet can have many causes, and each has its own solution.

A leaking toilet can alter the course of your day. It seems like such a small problem until it happens in your home. The good news is that a toilet is a fairly simple apparatus, so there are only so many things that can cause the leak. Here are some tips on locating the source of the leak and fixing it.

Simple Solutions

Your toilet leak may be a simple fix. Many toilet repair jobs do not involve actually removing the toilet but rather fixing one of the following problems:

• Leaky supply line
• Loose closet bolts
• Malfunctioning shutoff valve
• Condensation on the bowl

If you cannot fix these problems yourself, it is best to call a plumber in Denver, CO, to fix it. Tackling a problem you're not equipped to handle is a surefire way of making it bigger, and then you will need water restoration specialists to fix your water damage.

Replacement Solutions

If the water looks like it's coming from the base of the leaking toilet and tightening the closet bolts doesn't resolve the issue, you probably need to remove the old toilet. The first thing you do is drain all the water out by pressing the handle after shutting the water off. Loosen the closet bolts that hold the toilet to the floor, and then gently rock it back and forth to loosen it so you can lift it away. Once it is removed, scrape the wax gasket off the flange. Apply a new wax gasket and press the toilet into it using your whole body weight. Tighten the closet bolts, reconnect the supply lines and turn the water back on.

A leaking toilet can have many causes, and each has its own solution. Whether you are simply tightening a bolt or replacing your old toilet with a new one, it's a good feeling to fix a leak before it causes a lot of water damage. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdenvereast.com/.

Why Do Fire and Water Damage Go Hand-in-Hand?

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

When you walk through your Denver, CO home after a fire has been put out, you may be surprised to see the amount of damage. Common types of damage in your home in addition to fire damage may include:

• Water
• Smoke
• Odor

The smoke and odor damage usually aren't that surprising because they are a byproduct of the flames, but why is there so much water in your space?

The Extinguishing Factor

The number one reason for excessive water damage after a fire is how the flames where dampened. Firefighters use large amounts of water to ensure the flames are fully extinguished. If they don't use water, your entire house may end up being burned to a crisp. Other extinguishing techniques, such as ventilation, cause different types of damage to your home. Fires are dangerous, and therefore need to be put out even if it means adding to the repair list.

The Elements

Not only can the fire hose add water to your home, but so can the weather. If it's raining during a fire, moisture may make its way into your home through holes in the roof or walls. Shattered windows could be another weak spot for the elements.

If it takes your fire restoration team a few days to get to your house after the damage has been done, the weather over those couple of days could also affect the damage done to your home. Rain and wind may increase the need for repairs.

The Time

Depending on how quickly you can start the repair process, fire damage can start to get worse. After the flames have been extinguished, some of your plumbing may be in disrepair. This can cause flooding in your home if professionals are unable to come out right away.

When flames erupt in your home, you expect there to be fire damage. You should also know that this travesty can cause odor, smoke and water damage too. Visit http://www.SERVPROdenvereast.com for more information on fire damage. 

How To Protect Your Home During the Roof Mitigation Process

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

After storm damage takes its toll on your home in Denver, CO high winds, hail or torrential rains are likely to have left the structure of your roof compromised. One of the first things you should think about is how to prevent further roof damage. Storm restoration experts can help you safeguard your home as one of the first steps of the mitigation process.

What Are You Protecting It From?

Storms cause harm in several ways. Your home may suffer wind damage when trees fall onto the roof or objects are hurled through windows. Heavy rains can cause leaks, and if those leaks aren't remediated in a timely manner, mold can start to grow. After a storm has damaged your home, you need to protect it from additional issues:

• More rainwater
• Debris
• Animals
• Other people

Your roof may not be the first place you think of when you imagine a breach of your home, but unwanted objects, substances and guests can sneak in wherever there is a hole.

How Do You Protect It?

Roof damage is not always a quick fix. Because the mitigation process could take a while, it is important to protect the interior of your home by covering any holes in the roof, windows, siding or skylights. Broken skylights and windows can often be covered with industrial transparent plastic. This still allows a little natural light to get through but protects your home until the glass can be replaced. If your roof is leaking, the restoration professionals will most likely use tarps to cover the holes and keep more water from getting in. Larger holes may have to be boarded up until they can be repaired.

If a storm leaves your home with roof damage, mitigation professionals may have their hands full with all the work in the area, which means your home may not get repaired as quickly as you would like. In the meantime, it's important to protect it by blocking off the damaged areas to keep more damage from occurring. Visit http://www.SERVPROdenvereast.com for more information on storm damage. 

Finding Mold in Denver, CO

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Finding Mold in Denver, CO A containment set up for mold damage.

A number of homeowners in Denver, Colorado often enjoy having a property that provides them with lots of space and a great quality of life. However, there are times when homeowners in Denver Colorado face problems that need to be resolved. One of the most common problems that homeowners in Downtown Denver, CO encounter is a buildup of mildew and fungus. This is largely due to a lot of microbial growth in the home and therefore can potentially ruin the house. However, there are solutions for homeowners in Downtown Denver, CO to use when looking to eliminate this microbial growth such as fungus and mildew. They will benefit by hiring a company that specializes in getting rid of and preventing this buildup from occurring in the future.

Whenever a homeowner encounters a buildup of microbes in any area of the house, they will benefit by first contacting an environmental hygienist. This type of professional will evaluate the extent of the growth of microbes and then look for ways to best remove them. An environmental hygienist will not only evaluate the growth but also tell the homeowner what they need to do in order to best deal with it. They will also give the homeowner instructions on how to stay safe and avoid contact with the microbe growth. Once this preliminary evaluation and advice is given, the hygienist will then recommend that you hire a company to eliminate the growth of microbes from your home and begin the process of restoring it.

Homeowners who have a buildup of mold will need to work with a specialized company that performs mold cleanup and mold restoration. During the first step of getting rid of mold, the company will engage in mold cleanup which entails using equipment and chemicals to get rid of the mold. After this task is completed, the company will then engage in mold restoration. This process entails cleaning the area once the microbe buildup is removed and sanitizing it. Once this is all done, your home will be free of any undesirable microbes.

After getting rid of microbes, the service company will then give you tips on how to prevent this from happening again. The first thing they will tell homeowners is to keep all areas of their home clean and sanitary at all times. This will prevent bacteria from building up in areas of the home that are likely to have buildups. It will also be necessary for homeowners to make sure that all areas of the home stay dry and avoid moisture. Keeping areas dry will allow them to prevent buildups in the future. As well as keeping the home sanitary and dry, homeowners will be advised to regularly inspect areas of the home and constantly be on the lookout for any microbe buildup. If they find a buildup, then it will be important to contact a restoration company to eliminate it immediately. Following these steps will ensure that homeowners keep their homes in the best possible condition at all times. Visit http://www.SERVPROdenvereast.com if you suspect mold in your home or business.

A Homeowner Briefing: Broken Pipes and Insurance

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage A Homeowner Briefing: Broken Pipes and Insurance Give SERVPRO a call if you experience water damage.

Having a homeowner's insurance policy is necessary to protect your investment, but it takes some work on your side to know what is included or not. Most people know that rising waters types of floods are not covered by traditional policies, but what about water damage from a broken pipe? Would that be covered by your plan?

Insurance Coverage for Unexpected Breaks

Each policy should be read carefully for details, but water damage from a pipe that breaks suddenly and without neglect should be covered most insurance policies. Damage can be mitigated by immediately responding to the flood with the use of a professional restoration company. Services such as water removal, drying and restoration may also be included in your insurance coverage.

Denied for Negligence

Homeowners have a lot of responsibility for routine maintenance around the home, including maintenance for plumbing. Make sure you keep up with maintenance of your pipes so that you don't end up with damage from negligence, which may be denied by your insurer. Here are common examples for denials:

• A homeowner ignored a chronic leak and failed to fix broken pipe, which resulted in a full break and damage to home.
• Homeowners were not maintaining a warm enough temperature in the home to keep the pipes from freezing during the winter.

Be Your Own Maintenance Manager

A flood is the last thing you want in your home in Denver, CO. You don't have to be a plumber in order to take care of your plumbing system. You can keep your home reliable and safe by educating yourself about care and routine maintenance for your pipes. Most importantly, never shut off your heat during the winter months, even if you go on vacation, and inspect your system of pipes regularly. These actions will help with prevent breaks and all complications of water damage in your home. Visit http://www.SERVPROdenvereast.com for more information on water damage. 

3 Causes of Secondary Damage

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Causes of Secondary Damage Give SERVPRO a call if you experience water damage in your business.

When you enter your commercial building to find a waterfall streaming down a back wall, you need to react quickly. The water can do a lot of damage as it makes its way into your Denver, CO building. If you let it sit there, the damage may be even greater. Damage not caused by the initial downpour of water is considered secondary damage, but it can cause as much, if not more, problems than primary damage.

1. Hidden Leaks: When a pipe bursts in your building, your focus will go to that problem. However, there could be other minor leaks in your walls that go unnoticed. These missed problems could leak to black mold growth or extra structural problems as the water continues to build after your primary problem is taken care of.
2. Down Time: Finding the right restoration team may take some time. You want to work with a professional you can trust. However, too much down time between the incident and the cleanup can lead to extra damage. Depending on the water source, mold can start to grow in a space in as little as 24 to 48 hours if the water is not removed promptly.
3. Improper Cleanup: If you try to take on the cleanup on your own, you may not properly remove the water contaminants, which can lead to black mold growth. You may also struggle to control the high humidity caused by the water problems. An improper cleanup, whether done by you or a hired hand, can allow the water damage to get worse.

Black mold and other fungal growth is a common form of secondary damage. If you don't react properly to water damage right away, you may be inviting mold growth into your commercial space. Quick responses and fast cleanup initiation can help reduce the excessive damage done by a burst pipe, flooded toilet or other water problem. Visit http://www.SERVPROdenvereast.com for more information on commercial water damage. 

What To Do About Black Water

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What To Do About Black Water Give SERVPRO a call after storm damage!

When you own a business, you’ve invested significant financial resources, hard work and effort into building it into a viable organization. You hate the thought of anything compromising its success and growth. Sometimes, physical forces can threaten your business. Unwanted invaders such as flood water can cause severe damage and interrupt your daily operations. Black water, as it’s called, is something every business owner should dread.

How It Starts

Flooding can occur due to a variety of issues. Often, floods start in the basement of a building after a large storm. Other times, an old or damaged pipe may break, expelling tremendous amounts of water on the ground of any part of your Denver, CO building.

What To Do

If storm damage or other issues have caused flooding at your place of business, it’s important to follow the right steps if you want to minimize negative effects.

• Take action immediately and call trained professionals to help mitigate any damage.
• Get your employees to safety.
• If it’s safe, remove any important materials from the affected area.

Black Water

You may have heard some people refer to flood water as black water. It is considered category 3 and poses the highest risk of any flood water. This type of water may carry bacteria and viral diseases because it may have mixed with raw sewage. It is black in color because of contamination of toilet water and feces. It is potentially fatal to people, so no one in your office should come into direct contact with it.

Why Call the Pros

A professional will come to your workplace with the proper protective equipment and the right cleanup supplies. The technicians will determine the fastest and most effective course of action to make your building safe once more.

Flood water can cause serious issues in your building, especially if it’s black water. Educate your staff on these risks and choose a skilled company to respond to this disaster. Visit http://www.SERVPROdenvereast.com for more information on storm damage. 

Disaster's can happen any time of year.

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Whether it is an unexpectant water or fire loss, it can leave you with lots of decisions of what to do next. 

One thing that SERVPRO of Denver East recommends is creating a disaster plan for your home or business. This can simply be a plan that documents all of your critical contact information in case of an emergency. Also it is important to locate all of your shut off valves in your home or business as well. 

A few years ago SERVPRO created an app that helps you document all of these critical shut offs by pictures and document your important phone numbers. You can call our office directly to schedule an appointment and we can send someone out for no cost to help set the app up for your home or business. 

As another note be sure to understand your insurance policy with your agent. Many times homeowners or business owners in Denver, do not understand their coverage and can create issues when something happen. 

If you have any questions on how to be better prepared, do not hesitate to contact our office at anytime. 

Water Damage Restoration in Denver Colorado

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration in Denver Colorado Denver Flooding in Commercial Building

Water damage is the most common type of homeowners insurance claim in Denver, Colorado and nationwide. Whether it's caused by busted pipes, heavy rain, storms, a large snow melt or flood, the key is to take quick action. The first thing to do if you have water in home or water in business is to contact your insurance company. The next move is to begin the water cleanup and drying process as quickly as possible. The longer the water remains in a building the more damage it will do and there's a greater chance it can cause people that frequent the structure to develop health problems.

Calling your insurance company as soon as you realize you have water damage or flood damage is crucial. They can let you know what is covered and what isn't. The adjuster can also perform a walk through and let you know what must be discarded and what can be saved. Your homeowners insurance company can also recommend water mitigation companies that do a good job. The key to dealing with water damage and flood damage is to begin the drying process within 24 hours. If you wait longer than that mold and mildew may begin to grow and make it even more dangerous to be in the building.

Air movement is paramount in making a structure damaged by water habitable. If air can move freely through the building it will help it to dry faster and eliminate pollutants that can make the indoor air toxic after a water event. It's also wise to test the air quality to ensure it's safe to go back inside. The cleanup company must also have the appropriate disinfectants to kills germs and leave the structure smelling fresh and clean. It must also have the technology to identify places where moisture may be hidden and have the tools to remove all of it. Visit http://www.SERVPROdenvereast.com for more information on water damage and cleanup.

Choosing the Right Flood Company

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Choosing the right water cleanup and water restoration company is very important. Though cleanup of a building inundated with water requires special equipment, trained staff and a complete understanding of the process. The company must know it's vital to remove damp rugs, paddings, the baseboards and other finishings to allow for proper air movement within the structure. This helps the drying process and helps to improve the air quality within the home or business that has been damaged by water.

No matter where in Denver, Colorado you live or do business, having water in home or water in business can be a serious problem. One that costs thousands of dollars to fix. That's why it's essential to get the insurance company involved as quickly as possible. In addition to recommending water cleanup and water restoration companies, having them involved from the beginning makes it easier to get the needed work approved and the claim paid. You don't have to use the water mitigation company the insurance company recommends, but the company you choose must be experienced, licensed and insured and have the necessary equipment and expertise.

Call SERVPRO of Denver East for all your flooding needs.