Why SERVPRO®? The Professional Packout & Content Restoration Company for Your Home or Business
Our new FireLine Contents Restoration System
Why SERVPRO®? We’re the professional pack out and content restoration company for your home or business.
You’ve had a minor fire at your place of residence or establishment. One of the many things that cross your mind is all your sentimental valuables. Everything is affected: your autographed balls, cards, and photos from your favorite sports team, your family heirloom, your framed picture frame that contains all your degrees, and the list goes on. Just ruined. Or so you think.
When you’re faced with something as overwhelming and stressful as that, you need someone to come in to turn that into a stress-free situation. That’s where our heroes here at SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties come in. Our heroes save the day by making it "Like it never even happened."®
When you have fire damage at your home or business, our team can properly pack out your belongings and perform the content restoration. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home or business and belongings with care.
If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties can conduct an organized, efficient move-out/pack-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:
- A quicker remodeling process
- Protecting items from potential damage
- Protecting contents from further on-site damage
When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.
If your belongings are affected by fire damage, we can restore them with content restoration. SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties’ expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to the pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:
- Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
- Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
- Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
- Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
- Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
- Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
If you ever wonder why SERVPRO®, it’s because we’re the professional pack out and content restoration company for your home or business. We have specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment. We can quickly restore your home to the pre-fire condition. Allow us to take on your next fire damage job. Call our One Team MVPs at 970-949-3235.
Why SERVPRO®? We Make the Damage "Like it never even happened." ®
When a bad situation occurs at your home or business, such as water damage, fire damage, storm damage, or mold damage, it can leave you in a bad headspace. It can leave you feeling hopeless. But, there is hope. Your hope can be restored with SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties. So, why SERVPRO®? We make the damage "Like it never even happened." ®
Water damage? "Like it never even happened." ®
SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties is your local professional water damage repair and restoration company. No matter if your home or business has water damage from an internal or external source, we identify the water source, get to the root of the problem, and solve it. Don’t allow that water damage from flooding or leaks cause you a flood of emotions. Our experienced and qualified heroes can get your property back to "Like it never even happened." ®
Fire damage? "Like it never even happened." ®
Our heroes here at SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties specialize in fire damage repair and restoration. We are your local professional fire damage repair and restoration company. Our experienced and qualified heroes can get your property back to "Like it never even happened." ® We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.
Storm damage? "Like it never even happened." ®
We specialize in storm damage cleanup and restoration here at SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties. When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job.
Mold damage? "Like it never even happened." ®
SERVPRO® SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties is your local professional mold remediation and restoration company. Mold damage can do a number on your residential or commercial property. Did you know a mold infestation can quickly arise and spread throughout a home in 48-72 hours? Our team of heroes specializes in mold remediation. Because mold can produce allergens and irritants, you will want a professional who has training and experience to properly resolve the mold infestation. If you suspect that your residential or commercial property has a mold problem, our heroes can inspect, assess, and remediate your property. We fit the “mold!”
The point is, no matter what kind of damage you have, there is no job too big or too small for the heroes at SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties. We have the capacity to take on and handle ANY job. If you ever wonder why SERVPRO®? It’s because we can make the damage "Like it never even happened." ® When you’re ready for those kinds of results, just call 970-949-3235.
24/7 Fire Damage Company
Fire damage does not have a set time that it occurs. It typically happens when you least expect it. When that does happen, you need a 24/7 fire damage company to come to you and your family’s rescue. That’s what the heroes at SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties do on a daily basis. We are available 24 hours of the day (including holidays), 7 days a week for your emergency needs. We’re Here to Help and to make that fire damage at your residential or commercial property "Like it never even happened."®
Have you ever been on vacation, soaking up the rays, playing in the sand, enjoying that quality family time together on the beach? Then, you receive a phone call from your neighbor notifying you of that fire at your place? Or, perhaps, you’re at work, completing all your to-do items, exceeding all your goals, receiving compliments from your boss about the fantastic job you’re doing, telling you you’re a valuable asset? You’re just having a winning day. Then, you go home for lunch and, surprise, a fire in your kitchen. As you can see, fires can happen at the least unlikely time.
When your home or business is hit with a fire, it’s vital you know what to do. Here are some fire damage emergency tips for you:
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Keep hands clean so you don’t further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator, and prop doors open.
- Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
- Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
- Change the HVAC filter.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
Our experienced and qualified heroes are faster to any size disaster and can get your property back to Like it never even happened.® We’re dedicated to responding immediately -- day or night -- to your home or business. A faster response helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce costs.
If you have a fire at your home or business and need a 24/7 fire damage company, you can rely on SERVPRO® of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties. We are your local professional fire damage repair and restoration specialists. Will you give us your next restoration job? We’re just a click away and/or phone call away. Call 970-949-3235.
Wildfire Prevention and Fire Restrictions
Wildfire Prevention and Fire Restrictions
More than 80 percent of wildfires are caused by humans, so each of us plays a role in preventing a wildfire. It’s important to be aware of and abide by current fire restrictions. And it’s important to understand wildfire prevention strategies related to camping, campfires, driving, outdoor equipment use, smoking, shooting and more.
Summit County Fire Restrictions
In January 2020, the Board of County Commissioners and the towns of Blue River, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne approved and adopted a year-round fire code that prohibits non-permitted open fires. Violators are subject to fines of up to $250. The Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest is currently in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Violators are subject to fines of up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail.
Prohibited Activities and Uses
Stage 1 fire restrictions, and Summit County’s year-round fire code, prohibit building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire. An open fire is defined as any outdoor fire, including but not limited to campfires, warming fires, bonfires or prescribed burns of any material.
The following activities are prohibited under Stage 1 fire restrictions and the fire code:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire
- Use of fireworks
- Use of tracer ammunition
- Use of any projectile containing explosive material, incendiary material or other flammable chemical substance
- Use of recreational explosives, including explosive targets
- Disposal of any burning object outdoors, including any cigarette, cigar or match.
Allowed Fire Activities and Uses
Fires: Fires are allowed in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed recreation sites, such as campgrounds and picnic areas. Fires are allowed on private property if contained within a commercially designed and manufactured outdoor fireplace or portable outdoor fireplace (including chimeneas) that is assembled, located and operated in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Any such device must also meet the following criteria:
- The resident or property owner has obtained a valid permit from the local fire district.
- The device must be equipped with a protective screen that reduces the spread of embers.
- The area directly underneath the fire is barren.
- The fire is at least 15 feet from any flammable material or structure.
- The size of the fire is no larger than 3 feet wide and 2 feet tall.
- Only nontoxic fuel sources such as wood or charcoal may be burned.
Natural gas and propane-fueled fire tables and fireplaces that have on/off switches do NOT require a permit from the fire district.
Required Safety Measures: Any of the allowed fire uses and activities must be conducted with the following safety measures in place:
- The fire must be constantly attended by a responsible adult.
- The fire must be extinguished and cool to the touch prior to it being left unattended.
- The supervising adult must have available for immediate use a portable 2A10BC fire extinguisher, 5 gallons of water or a charged garden hose.
Grills: Use of gas, propane, charcoal or wood pellet grills are allowed under Stage 1 restrictions.
Pile burns: Wood pile burns are allowed only with all required permits from the local fire protection district and Summit County Environmental Health. Certain restrictions and precautions apply.
Smoking outdoors is allowed under Stage 1 fire restrictions, and Summit County year-round fire code, as long as the individual is at least 3 feet away from any natural vegetation or flammable materials. On U.S. Forest Service lands, smoking is only permitted within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation.
- Operation of a chainsaw, trimmer, mower or similar internal-combustion-engine-powered equipment is permitted as long as the operator is equipped with a 2A10BC fire extinguisher available for immediate use, and the engine is equipped with an approved spark-arresting device.
- Welding is permitted when the operator has a valid permit, the device is at least 15 feet away from any natural vegetation or flammable materials and a 2A10BC fire extinguisher is available for immediate use.
Restrictions in Other Counties
For information about fire restrictions in other counties, view statewide fire restriction and fire danger information across Colorado.
Wildfire Prevention Strategies
Summit County, in partnership with local towns and the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest, is using a variety of strategies to prevent wildfire. Join us in our efforts by reviewing the info below and taking appropriate action. Help us stop a wildfire before it starts.
- CampfiresVehiclesSmokingShootingEquipmentDebris Burning
Campfire Safety to Prevent Wildfire
- Check For Restrictions: Find out if local fire restrictions are in place: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, and Summit County’s year-round fire regulations, allow recreational outdoor fires only in developed campgrounds, inside permanent fire pits or fire grates; or in commercially manufactured fireplaces on private property for which the owner has obtained a valid permit from the local fire district. Outdoor fireplaces must be placed on barren ground 15 feet from any flammable material or structure and have a protective screen to catch embers. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions prohibit campfires altogether.
- Burn Safely: Keep all recreational fires small, and always have a charged hose, 2A10BC fire extinguisher or bucket of water nearby. A responsible adult should monitor the fire until it is completely out. Unattended campfires are one of the most common causes of wildfires.
- Put Out Completely: Drown the fire with water, and stir with a shovel to wet all ash and coals. Feel them with the back of your hand – they should be cool to the touch. Move some dirt onto the fire site and mix thoroughly to create a cool, wet "soup."
Wildfire Prevention Patrol
Summit County has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to conduct wildfire prevention patrols. A four-person U.S. Forest Service crew is patrolling the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest throughout the summer.
The crew conducts campsite monitoring, visitor contacts and fire-prevention messaging throughout the Dillon Ranger District, which is located entirely within Summit County. Crew members inform visitors about U.S. Forest Service and Summit County regulations that protect natural resources and prevent wildfires. Contact with individuals in undeveloped, dispersed campsites is the top priority. In addition to the USFS crew, personnel from the Summit County Sheriff's Office also conducts fire-prevention patrol work.
The Wildfire Prevention Patrol is a Summit County Strong Future initiative.
Wildfire Evacuation KitBelow is a list of items to consider including in your household's wildfire evacuation kit. The items in your kit may vary depending on the needs and priorities of your household, as well as the circumstances of a given wildfire, such as the scale of the incident and access to food, water and shelter.
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, diapers, baby food)
- Can opener
- Clothing, hats, sturdy shoes
- Duct tape
- Emergency blanket and/or sleeping bags
- Emergency contact information
- Family contact information
- First aid kit
- Food: Non-perishable, 3-day supply
- Games and books
- Glasses and contact lenses
- Hand sanitizer
- Items of sentimental value that could not be replaced
- Keys: House, vehicles
- Medical items, devices, records and information
- Medication: 7-day supply; list of medications
- Personal documents (proof of address, home lease/deed, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Pet supplies: food, leash, carrier, bowl
- Phone, tablet, laptop and power cords
- Rain gear
- Toiletries and personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, moisturizer, razor, soap, sun screen, hair brush)
- Water: 3 gallons/person
- Work gloves
Recovering from Fire Damage: What To Do After A Fire Disaster
1. Get in touch with your insurance agent as soon as possible.One of the first phone calls you need to consider making after a fire disaster should be to your insurance provider.
One of the first phone calls you need to make should be to your insurance provider. Before you start planning ways on how to deal with the damage, inform your agent of the incident so you can go over the details of your insurance coverage.
Be sure to confirm if there are any inclusions in your policy that you may have missed or overlooked – like a living allowance or temporary accommodation assistance, perhaps. You also have to discuss the claims process and what you can do to speed things up.
Most importantly, don’t forget to advise the agent of your immediate fire damage remediation plans. Wait for the insurance company’s go signal before taking any action.
2. Ask for a copy of the fire report.
A fire report contains the critical details surrounding and contributing to the fire incident. It also includes basic information such as the date and time, the location, an account of the damage, and the source of the fire (if known). All this data is essential to your insurance claim.
Fire reports are public documents, so you shouldn’t have any problem requesting a copy.
3. Start the mitigation process.
Fire can continue to endanger lives and cause damage to property even after it has been put out. Weakened structures can cave in, and damaged pipes can burst. There’s also the risk of inhaling toxic chemicals from the smoke residue and complex mix of gasses released into the air.
It’s important to start fire damage mitigation as soon as possible, but this is not something that you should do on your own. Let a local fire damage mitigation company take care of that for you.
4. Keep a record of all the damaged items.
Homeowners insurance usually includes contents coverage, which means your policy will also cover the replacement cost of items destroyed in the fire. Insurers typically ask for an inventory of personal properties damaged during the fire. To ensure that everything is accounted for, create a register of your belongings, and document your losses.
As you secure and mitigate the damage on the property, make a list of all damaged items and photograph them for proof. If possible, include the date of purchase, price, a description of the items on the inventory, and online statements.
If you lost important documents in the fire – driver’s license, passport, birth certificates, deeds, and title, etc. – you’ll have to replace them immediately. Some of these documents are necessary for the claim. Ask your agents which documents are needed, and request for them first.
Preparing a detailed record of your possessions and documentations beforehand will save you time and may help expedite the claim.
4. Clean the property and move undamaged items.
Fire disasters often leave the property looking dark, stained, and scorched. Thus, the fire damage cleanup and restoration crew usually spends the first phase of the clean-up scrubbing soot, smoke, and dust that stuck on the surfaces.
The next phase is water damage restoration. During this part of the clean-up, standing pools of water are removed by using submersible pumps. Afterward, these areas undergo drying and sanitation. Sanitation is vital to prevent any health issues due to water contamination.
Another critical issue that fire damage restoration professionals address is the odor. When smoke enters a room, it usually leaves behind an unpleasant stench that tends to stick on walls, carpets, upholstery, etc. Areas directly affected by the fire and the rooms nearby have to be cleaned and deodorized.
The final part of the clean-up involves segregating the damaged from undamaged items. Allocate storage space for the things that look good enough to keep and set them up for cleaning. Anything that’s badly burned or soaked in water should be disposed of properly – ask the restoration company if they can do that for you.
5. The restoration process.
Rebuilding a home after a fire can be very costly. As such, you need to document all the repair and replacement expenses to prove the extent of your loss and recovery costs. The claims process will move quicker if you’ve got all the requirements ready. Should you any need help with your insurance claims, you can ask your restoration contractor for help.
Restoration brings your home back to its pre-damaged state so you and your family can go back to living your normal lives. Most restoration companies offer a wide range of services. They can help you in almost all aspects of the process, from repairing furniture to installing new walls.
Some fire damage restoration companies, however, can do more than just restore the property. They also offer renovation services, so your home ends up looking even better than it did before.
Preventing Fires at Home
Recovering from a fire disaster is a fulfilling and rewarding feat, but it’s not something you wish to experience or go through again. Preventing house fires can be as easy as installing a smoke detector or keeping a fire extinguisher at home. Even the simplest safety measures can make a big difference.
Many local fire damage restoration companies also provide fire prevention consultation services. Should you need any advice on how to better equip your home against fire risks, ask a pro.
Steps to Take Immediately After a Storm Damage
Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.
Take Safety Precautions
Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health effects. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact a reputable property restoration company to help do basic tasks to secure your property and make it safe to use. If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored to safe living condition.
Photograph the Damage
If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjuster to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.
Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance
The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to normal. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans.
When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, to normal. At SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle , we provide 24-hour emergency disaster service. We specialize in the stabilization and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, fire damage, and smoke disaster.
What is a Large Loss?
A disaster has hit your home or business and left behind an excessive amount of damage. In the blink of an eye, you’ve lost your property and belongings. You’re also potentially looking at spending a large amount of money and time on repairs and renovations. Because of the extent of the damage, you will most likely be looking at a large-loss situation. But what exactly does that mean? What steps should you take to start putting your life back together? Fortunately, knowing what to expect and who to contact in a large-loss situation can help you wade through a lot of the unknown.
What is Large Loss?
For the most part, “large loss” is exactly what it sounds like. It’s any situation where there’s been a significant amount of damage to your property. For example, if a home has suffered a fire or several inches of flooding, the damage would most likely be extensive. There may be thousands of dollars worth of damage to the structure of the home and its contents. But determining whether damage constitutes as large loss is not just dependent on the amount of money involved, it varies per situation. Unfortunately, this means that there’s no set of rules or instructions to help you wade through it all. There are, however, several factors that can assist in determining whether or not your damage constitutes as large loss.
Damage can usually be considered a large loss when:
- A significant area or portion of a structure is damaged
- Damage results in a very complex set of repairs to restore things to their original state
- Most of the structure has to be replaced
- A large part of the business is put to a halt because of the damage
When you break it down, a large-loss project can be categorized by one or more of several different factors:
- The cost to restore the use of the structure to a “like new” condition
- The sheer size of a facility
- The specific use or purpose of a facility
While there is no structure or facility that is 100% safe from damage, some are definitely more time-consuming and pose more of a challenge to resolve.
Large Loss and Insurance
When disaster strikes, you need to know that your insurance company has your back. Being confident that you’re taken care of will help you begin the process of clean up, restoration and recovery. When it comes to insurance restoration, the extent of the damage to your structure will determine how your claim is handled and the steps you will need to take to move forward. You could be hit with the daunting task of renovating or rebuilding your property. In many cases, you may also have the added responsibility of replacing or salvaging things like documents, materials, equipment, or memorabilia. Regardless of what your situation looks like, it’s important to know just what your insurance policy covers.
What Will My Insurance Cover?
Before damage hits your home or business, it’s important to understand what your insurance policy does and does not cover. If you aren’t sure what you’re protected from, now might be a good time to call your insurance agent and find out!
Typically, your insurance policy pays to rebuild or repair your home or office building if it is ever damaged or destroyed by things like lightning, hail, a fire, a hurricane, or other disasters or accidents noted in your policy. Keep in mind, however, that many standard home insurance policies do not cover damage caused by an earthquake or flood. Knowing this ahead of time and having clarity on just what is included in your coverage could save you a huge headache in the event that you ever need to file a large loss claim.
What Should I Look For?
When searching for insurance coverage, your policy should cover the cost of clean up and repairs from natural disasters. It should also cover the cost of bringing your building up to code compliance. Remember, codes change over time. If your building was not in compliance at the time the damage occurred, you will want to make sure that gets addressed once you start repairing or rebuilding. Your policy may also cover additional living expenses. This includes things like renting an apartment or paying for your hotel stay while your home is under renovation. To make sure you’re well-covered, search for a policy that will pay to have your home rebuilt, if needed. The more protection you have, the better off you’ll be in the event of a disaster.
Single Structure Loss
Homeowners insurance coverage typically provides financial protection against damage or loss due to accidents, theft, and other disasters. This could include things like flooding and water damage, storm damage and electrical fires. When it comes to suffering large loss, you want to make sure you’re well-covered. We often use $50,000 as a break point of what really constitutes a large loss for a single structure. Other factors could be the number of affected floors of a multi-story building or the size and square footage of the facility itself.
A weather disaster that has destroyed multiple homes, communities, or even a large portion of a city or town is very clearly considered a large loss. Natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and wildfires all tend to do an extensive amount of damage. Some of the more memorable natural disasters over the last few years have resulted in billions upon billions of dollars in damages:
- Colorado Wildfires
- Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas
- Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle and the Gulf Coast
- Northern California Wildfires
- Hurricane Florence on the East Coast, specifically the Carolina's
- Southern California Wildfires
- Hurricane Irma in Florida, Puerto Rico, and Cuba
And so many more
FIRELINE Contents Restoration - Our New System!
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SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties has recently adopted the FIRELINE system, which has become the most widely used contents restoration production system in the industry. We are always looking for the best tools in the industry to satisfy our customer’s needs and provide them with the best results possible.
What is FIRELINE?
The FIRELINE Contents Restoration cleaning system is designed to thoroughly clean contents affected by soot damage, smoke damage, and other contaminants. This state-of-the-art, stainless steel construction delivers the ultimate in durability and efficiency while utilizing the latest advancements in ultrasonic technology. FIRELINE provides consistent, high-quality cleaning results and high-volume production. It also comes equipped with specifically crafted contents baskets to cut down on damages caused by manually handling contents.
The Four Stations
The FIRELINE production system includes APW 4800 Pre-washer, APC 4800 Ultrasonic Cleaners, and Oversize RDS 4800 Rinse Detail Station. Each of these units can accommodate three contents baskets simultaneously. The system also includes the TD 8000 High Volume Tunnel Dryer. Designed to keep up with FIRELINE’s high flow production rate, the Tunnel Dryer accommodates up to four contents baskets at a time.
After cleaning the affected contents, each item is carefully wrapped and placed in a specifically labeled box to be delivered back to the customer. Trust the experts at SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle Counties to professionally clean your contents with precision and care!
9 Water Damage Prevention Tips Every Homeowner Should Follow
“Water wears away mountains”, so when it enters your home it can cause extensive structural damages, such as wood rot and mold growth.
But by regularly checking appliances and doing basic household chores you can avoid expensive water damage problems that can drain your wallet.
Don’t get flooded with repair bills. Be proactive and follow these easy water damage prevention tips.
1. Regularly Inspect Your Appliances
Any appliance or pipe that’s connected to a water supply line has a chance of springing a leak or bursting.
Since all appliances have a limited lifespan, it’s important to regularly check your fridges, dishwashers, water heaters, ac units, showers, and other related fixtures for signs of failure.
Other than a puddle of water on the floor, here are some other signs that your appliances might be on the fritz:
- Sounds of water running even though nothing is turned on
- Unpleasant odors coming from floors, walls, or drains
- Reduced water pressure
- Mold growing around the appliance
Because many appliances rely on hoses, worn out hoses are a common culprit behind water damage problems. Replace any brittle, rusty, leaking, or damaged hoses as soon as you notice them.
Hoses are relatively cheap, so this is an easy, proactive repair solution that won’t break the bank. You should use the highest quality hose replacements to increase the lifespan of your appliances.
2. Don’t Ignore Leaks
Water doesn’t like to sit in one place. It likes to travel, especially through porous materials like drywall, carpeting, and underneath floorboards.
If a leak is left untreated it can lead to mold growth, staining, and damage to walls and flooring. The faster you address a leak, the less damage there will be and the more likely it will be that your insurance company will accept your water damage claim.
If you have a leaking pipe, apply quick repairs following these steps and then call out a trusted plumber to inspect the problem:
A quick fix like this can get you by until you call a plumber to apply permanent repairs, but you shouldn’t rely on it to provide long-term water damage protection.
- This is a water supply valve on a toilet. Turn it clockwise to shut off the water supply.
- Most water-based appliances have a water supply valve connected to it that allows you to shut off the water supply at that fixture without turning off the water to the entire house.
- Turn the handle clockwise to shut off the water supply valve.
- Turn on the faucets to release the remaining water that’s left in the pipe.
- Wipe down the pipe and allow it to dry.
- Patch up any cracks using epoxy putty. Wrap the putty up around the leaking area. You can purchase epoxy putty at any hardware store.
3. Watch Your Water Bill
Many pipes are hidden in walls and underneath subflooring, making it hard to know if there’s a leak or not.
A 1/8 inch crack in a pipe (for reference, that’s about the size of your pinky nail) can waste up to 250 gallons of water per day!!!
If you get an unusually high water bill, you might have a leaking or malfunctioning appliance in your house.
You can also read your water meter to check for leaks.
Most meters are located near the curb by your house and are typically located within a concrete box marked “water”.
You can pry open the lid by using a screwdriver or pliers.
Before you read it, turn off all the taps in your house. If the dial is still turning then that means you have a leak somewhere.
4. Consider Purchasing a Water Detection Device
A water detection alarm is a device that’s designed to go off when it’s sensor comes into contact with water.
Some of them even come with an auto-shutoff function, that will automatically turn the water supply off if it detects a large amount of water that has escaped.
Install them near pipes or appliances such as water heaters, washing machines, or fridges.
These devices can help prevent little leaks from becoming big water damage emergencies.
5. Know Where Your Water Main Valve Is & Turn It Off Before Leaving Town
Every homeowner should always know where to locate their water main supply valve is in case of a plumbing emergency, such as a burst pipe.
Turning off the main valve will cut off your home’s entire water supply.
The valve location varies on the design of the house. Check out these three places:
- If you have a basement or crawlspace, the valve will be on an outside wall.
- If your house is built on a slab, it will be located on a wall in the garage or near a water heater.
- Your valve might also be located in the water meter box near the curb marked “water”.
If the valve is located within your house, simply turn the valve clockwise to stop the water.
If the valve is located outside your house, use a wrench or a screwdriver to pry open the water meter box. Use the wrench to turn the valve clockwise.
There’s nothing worse than going on a nice vacation only to come home and find your house has been turned into a water park.
If you’re going out of town, turn off the water main to prevent broken faucets and pipes from wreaking havoc on your house while you’re away.
6. Winter Is Coming. Are You Prepared?
Every winter there’s a chance of your pipes freezing, regardless if you live in a colder or warmer region.
When pipes freeze, the water inside them turns into ice and expands. As the ice expands, it creates pressure which causes the pipe to burst.
The pipes most susceptible to freezing are in the low insulated areas of your home, such as the attic or crawlspace. Check this area of the home out and see if you’re pipes are vulnerable.
If you need to add insulation, make sure to follow all directions and wear the necessary protective equipment, especially when dealing with fiberglass insulation.
If you have exposed pipes, consider installing insulation products, such as a “pipe sleeve” or “heat tape”.
During the winter, remember to keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to reach pipes and don’t fiddle with the thermostat. You might be tempted to turn the thermostat down during the night to save on heating bills, but this drop in temperature can cause your pipes to freeze.
7. Roof Maintenance
The roof is your main line of defense against the elements, so it’s important to maintain it.
Get up on the roof every 6 months, and especially after a storm, to check for vulnerabilities or damages.
Here’s what to look for: broken shingles, built-up debris from trees, cracked flashing or roof vents. Roof repair is not a DIY job, especially if the surface is wet or slick. In this instance, it’s best to call a storm damage repair company that has the proper safety equipment and licenses.
8. Do Your Chores & Clean Out the Gutters.
Nobody wants to get up and clean the gunk out of the gutters. We get it. But it’s an important chore, especially if you want to prevent water damage problems.
The gutter’s main purpose is to collect excess water off the roof and direct it away from your property.
When the gutters get clogged, water overflows down the side of your house or into your basement instead of away from your property.
This can lead to foundation damage, yard damage, and roof leaks.
You should clean your gutters once a year or after severe storms.
Get a ladder and use a scoop or shovel to remove debris from the gutters. Dispose of any debris in a trash bag or plastic tarp.
After you’ve cleaned out all the gunk, flush your gutters out with a garden hose.
9. Be Careful When Planting Trees
Know where major pipelines are located before you plant trees. Trees will grow towards the nearest water source and will easily break pipes apart in order to access the water inside.
There are companies that will mark the location of your sewer line if you don’t know how to find it.
Some tree roots grow more aggressively than others and are more likely to damage your sewer lines. Consult with a landscaper to choose a tree that won’t harm your property.
Need Water Damage Help?
Preventing Water Damage is one of the most important investments you can make as a homeowner.
However, sometimes leaks unexpectedly happen and there’s nothing you can really do about it.
If you live in Summit, Lake, Park, Eagle, Salida, Steamboat Springs, and need water damage help, contact SERVPRO at 970-949-3235.
Our trained High Rockies crew will respond to your call within immediately to begin the process of drying and repairs.
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Let us help you get back to business
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- Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high-frequency touchpoints, foot traffic, and congestion points.
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Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation
We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.
Call SERVPRO of Summit, Lake, Park & Eagle today at 970-949-3235.
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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience. Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.