Recent Storm Damage Posts

Are you Choosing the Right Restoration Company?

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

flood after a storm in adams county co SERVPRO is the right choice to help with storm damage.

Are you Choosing the Right Restoration Company? 

Storms may leave you confused, scared, and frustrated if you’re dealing with damage. You might feel compelled to hire whichever restoration company is recommended by your insurance company. However, you are under no obligation to use your insurer’s choice for disaster restoration services.

Three hallmarks of a reliable and respected restoration company include:

  1. Experienced, local, and licensed: After a natural disaster or storm, Broomfield and Adam’s County Colorado is inundated with out-of-state companies claiming to have restoration experience. It’s best to hire a local company with years of experience in the area and local customer referrals. The company should be fully licensed and certified as proof that they meet the requirements to perform restoration services.
  2. Outstanding customer service: In a time of intense stress, it’s important to work with a compassionate service provider that will outline your options, help through the restoration process, and coordinate with your insurance company. Start by checking out the company’s customer reviews. SERVPRO has numerous 5-star reviews attesting to our customer care.
  3. Certified by IICRC: The IICRC is the leading governing body of the restoration industry. An IICRC certification means that the company has completed rigorous training and testing and provides the highest quality of cleaning and restoration work.

When disaster strikes, trust our team to repair the damage. Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Broomfield /Arvada has served the restoration and remodeling needs of Broomfield/ NW Arvada County for over 40 years.  Our commitment to customer service and quality work has made us one of the fastest-growing companies in the country.

We are IICRC certified and licensed to respond to any storm   with emergency 24/7 service. Trust the experienced and compassionate experts at SERVPRO to take care of you and your property after a crisis. Call us at (303)452-9900 for immediate service.

Stay Safe During Storms in Westminster, CO

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

storm damage in westminster can cause damage to your home Stay safe during storms in Westminster, CO.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada understands that floods are a common natural disaster in the U.S.  Flooding can happen near major bodies of water, but also inland. They can come with no warning which is known as a “flash flood.” They can also develop quickly or slowly near your Westminster home or office.

Floods:

  • Come from rain, snow, hurricanes, tornadoes, and storm surges
  • Can cause power or water outages
  • Damage buildings
  • Make roads impassable
  • Sweep away people, animals, or cars
  • Overflows of dams or other water systems
  • Create landslides

If you are in a flood in Westminster:

  • If you have a warning, get to a safe place
  • Don’t drive around barricades
  • Don’t walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. 
  • Six inches of moving water can knock a person down. Twelve inches of moving water can sweep a car away
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. The water can wash bridges away
  • If your car is trapped in quickly moving water, stay inside. If the water rises inside the vehicle, climb onto the roof
  • If you are trapped in a building, go to the highest level. Do NOT climb into a closed attic. Floodwater can trap you. Go to the roof only if there is no other escape

https://www.ready.gov/floods

https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program

Storms and Snow Melt Can Cause Flooding in and Around Adams County

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

flooded basement in louiseville CO with storm damage Storms can cause flooding and storm damage in Adams County, CO.

This time of year can bring storms and snow melt that could cause flooding in your home or business.

There are many areas in and around Broomfield that flood during heavy rainstorms and rapid snowmelt, causing local streets and basements to flood. The city and county of Broomfield, Colorado offers a Citizen's All hazard Preparedness Guide, a compilation of emergency checklists and tips from national agencies in the U.S. Sometimes flood evacuation is necessary, and SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada offers these tips to the residents of Adams County for safely returning home after a flood:

  • Do not turn electricity back on if you smell gas or if the electric system has been flooded
  • Wear sturdy work boots and gloves
  • Do not handle electric equipment in wet areas
  • Use flashlights to check buildings containing natural gas, propane, or gasoline
  • Follow directions from local authorities regarding the safety of drinking water
  • Clean and disinfect everything that was touched by flood waters
  • Throw out any food that came in contact with floodwaters
  • Report broken utility lines to the utility company
  • Keep tuned to your radio or television station for advice and instructions from local authorities on where get assistance

Call Us Today

If you discover storm damage in your home or business, SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada wants to help. We are on call 24 hours a day and can be on site in fours hours of your call to begin the cleanup and restoration process. Call us today at (303)452-9900.

Tornadoes in Northglenn, CO

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Safety and storm damage in Northglenn Stay safe during a Tornado in Broomfield, CO.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada wants Northglenn residents to know that we are specialty trained to respond to any type of storm scenario. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has some advice on what to do if you are under a tornado warning:

  • If you can safely get to a sturdy building do so immediately.
  • Go to a safe room, basement, or storm cellar. If there is no basement, get to a small, interior room on the lowest level.
  • Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls.
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • Watch for flying debris that can cause injury.
  • Do NOT get under a bridge or overpass

Specialty Trained

We have a team of highly trained storm and water damage specialists on call and ready to respond to any size disaster. We also have a Disaster Recovery Team, and elite group of restoration specialists that are trained to respond to large commercial disasters anywhere in the U.S., serving clients in the hospitality industry, property managers, universities, municipalities and the Pentagon.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada wants homeowners and commercial businesses in Northglenn to know that we are ready to help you in the event of emergency storm damage event. Call us today at (303)452-9900.

Stay Safe During Lightning and Thunder Storms in Westminster, CO

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

lightening storm thunderstorm damage in Westminster CO Stay safe and reach out for help during lightning and thunderstorms.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada wants residents in Westminster to be prepared in the event of a thunderstorm. Making sure to build an emergency kit, have a family communications plan, and go indoors. Remember that if you see lightning and can’t count to 30 before hearing thunder, the storm is too close for comfort!

Here are some tips from FEMA on what to do during a thunderstorm:

  • Stay inside
  • Don’t use items that plug into electrical outlets
  • Don’t wash your hands, take a bath or take a shower as faucets can conduct electricity
  • Stay away from windows and doors
  • Don’t lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls.
  • Don’t touch anything metal outside – bikes, playgrounds, fences
  • Stay away from open fields, hills, or the beach
  • Don’t stand near “lightning rods,” like tall trees in an open area, or flagpoles

Lightning and thunderstorms can cause a safety issue and a risk of flash floods. If you find yourself in need after a storm, SERVPRO is on call 24 hours a day and can be on site in four hours to begin the cleanup and restoration process. Call us today at (303)452-9900.

Be Prepared in Case of a Storm Evacuation in Adams County, Colorado

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

storm damage in arvada CO protect your family Keep your four legged friends in mind when planning for emergencies in Adams County, CO.

Every home should have an emergency kit ready to roll in case of an evacuation due to a storm in the areas around Broomfield, Arvada, and Westminster, CO. SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada suggests having these items prepared and stored in a waterproof container in the event that you would need to leave your home.

  • Copies of medical insurance & Medicare cards
  • Warm blankets
  • Extra clothing, especially socks & undergarments
  • Bottled water
  • A three day supply of non perishable food
  • Batteries for your electronic devices
  • Written contact list
  • A week long supply of prescription medications and other medical necessities 

If you have pets, remember to prepare their emergency kit as well with pet food, toys, beds and other comfort objects, and vet information.  Some shelters will not or cannot allow pets. Ahead of an emergency, find out which ones will allow your 4-legged friends. All shelters allow service animals.

You cannot always prepare for a storm or know how weather may change, but you can make efforts to keep your family protected and safe. Should you need help to clean up after a storm, SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada is here to make it, “Like it never even happened.” Call (303)452-9900 for assistance with storm damage. 

https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20210318/how-build-kit-emergencies#:~:text=Water%20(one%20gallon%20per%20person,Flashlight

What to do if you have anxiety during thunderstorms and lightning in Broomfield

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Man hiding from Broomfield severe storm damage in Broomfield and Arvada Practice calming techniques if you experience anxiety during thunderstorms.

Have you ever experienced Astraphobia? Although Astraphobia has not been officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), it is classified as an extreme fear of thunder and lightning. People who have anxiety in this area may experience panic during thunderstorms. Thunderstorms and lightning can set off a person’s alarm bells.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada offers these guides to Coping with PTSD During Storms:

The Best Strategy is to Be Prepared:

  • Take care of your emotional health. See a therapist. Learn relaxation exercises. When you feel anxious, you can relax yourself
  • Know when a thunderstorm is likely. Plan what you will do during a thunderstorm
  • Take care of your physical health. Eat a healthy diet. Get enough sleep. Do not rely on alcohol or other drugs. Do not smoke or chew tobacco

During a Thunderstorm in Broomfield:

  • Slow down your breathing
  • Look around. Notice where you are. Notice that you are in a safe place
  • Distract yourself from the storm. Wear headphones and listen to music. Sit in a pop-up tent
  • Talk with someone you trust

SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/treatment/cope/coping-traumatic-stress.asp

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/PTSD-overview/epidemiological-facts-ptsd.asp

https://www.healthline.com/health/astraphobia

Bring Your Pets When You Have to Evacuate Your Home

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

take care of your pets during storms or evacuations in Broomfield and Westminster Bring your pets with you when you have to evacuate your home

If storms or other disasters force evacuation from Westminster, the evacuation will be easier if we know that pets and large animals will be safe as well. SERVPRO® of Broomfield/Arvada is sharing these tips from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA). 

Before Westminster Requires Evacuation:

  • Plan for vehicles to evacuate large animals 
  • Consider microchips for all animals, large and small
  • Make sure that the information on tags is correct, and securely attached to a collar or harness
  • Arrange for shelter, food, and water for large animals that cannot be moved to safer places 
  • In case of separation, have a photo of yourself and your pets and other animals
  • Identify pet-friendly shelters and motels
  • Each pet will need a leash or harness and/or a carrier
  • Keep a copy of each pet's required medications (including prescriptions) or special needs
  • Contact information for veterinarian

Pet Emergency Kits:

  • 3-day supply of water and food for each pet
  • First-aid kit
  • Favorite toys and blankets
  • Whatever you find keeps your pets happy
  • Extra treats
  • Medicine as needed
  • Extra litter and litter box
  • Waste bags

SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada has found that Ready.gov is a great resource.

We hope you and your animals stay safe. If water damage or storm damage do strike, call us. We're available all day, every day, and will restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.fema.gov/helping-pets

Have an Evacuation Plan and a Shelter Plan in Place in Northglenn

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Evacuation Plan picture with SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada logo Look over your evacuation plan before a big storm hits in Northglenn.

It is very important to have an evacuation plan in place before a big storm hits. The weather is unpredictable and unexpected damages can occur due to that. These damages can force homeowners and residents in Northglenn to evacuate to a safer area. If a resident does not have anywhere else to go, another option is a disaster shelter. The American Red Cross has a disaster shelter locator on their website. When preparing for a storm, one should always check and see if there are any disaster shelters around the area.  Everyone is welcome at a disaster shelter. There are no qualifications to be met. Service animals are also welcome! What a great resource!

Once the residential home is safe to re-enter, carefully evaluate any damage the home may have and take note of it. SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada has a team of trained professionals that are ready to help when property damage occurs!

Here are some safety tips for the residents of Northglenn who are getting ready to evaluate residential home damage:

  • Stay away from electrical lines and wires, especially if there is water damage nearby
  • Examine the breaker box for any breakers that might have tripped, but DO NOT turn them on yourself – call an electrician to do this safely in case of wire damage
  • Be extremely cautious if cleaning products have spilled – most are flammable so avoid using matches or candles

Again, we are here to help. Do not hesitate to call us if your home needs to be restored after a storm or water damage occurs.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada is independently owned and operated.

Link:  https://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter.html

Be prepared for Power Outages from Storms in Louisville

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Lady holding Lantern in Louisville, CO home Don't let loss of power catch you off guard. Be prepared for storm damage and dealing with no electricity.

Managing Without Power in Louisville

SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada has seen storm damage that leads to power outages. 

A power outage can:

  • Disrupt communication
  • Make transportation difficult
  • Shut down water pipes
  • Close businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, ATMS, other services
  • Lead to food spoilage
  • Lead to contaminated water
  • Disable medical devices

During a power outage in Louisville, be sure to:

  • Keep freezer & refrigerator doors closed. It will reduce the chance of food spoilage
  • Use generators only outdoors and away from windows
  • Disconnect appliances/electronics because power surges can destroy equipment
  • Have a plan in place to refrigerate medicines if needed
  • For people who use power wheelchairs, have a backup battery. You may also need a manual chair.
  • The local power company should already know that someone in your home relies on medical devices, but call and confirm that with them
  • Have candles and other light sources easily accessible so you aren’t moving around in a dark house
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home or business
  • If travel is safe, go to another location for proper heating or cooling
  • Check on your neighbors.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/index.html

Be Prepared for Flooding in Superior and Louisville

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

House sinking in flood in Louisville and Superior Flooding Can Happen Anytime and Anywhere. Are you Prepared?

Since floods are one of the most common natural disasters in the U.S., with an average of 25% of flood claims coming from low-risk areas, SERVPRO of BroomfieldArvada has these tips to offer you to help reduce the amount of flood damage when it occurs.

Lower the Risk of Flood Damage Superior and Louisville:

  • Check your county planning department to see if you live in a flood plain
  • Build barriers to stop flood water from getting into the basement
  • Use waterproofing sealants to avoid water damage
  • Back up computer files and keep them in a safe location
  • Install a drainage system or flood wall in your yard
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that flood insurance is available even in low-risk areas
  • Do not keep important information or possessions in the basement
  • Raise equipment off the basement floor
  • Install a sump pump

SERVPRO of Broomfield/Arvada is here to help remediate flood damage if the unfortunate happens to you.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/floods

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/readiness.html

Storms can cause damage to your home in Adams County

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

A snowstorm in full force falls over houses in a community. Storm damage cleanup and restoration in Federal Heights “Like it never even happened.”

Did you know that the cost of winter storm damage claims in the U.S. was $3 billion in 2018? SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants all home and business owners in Federal Heights to be prepared for storms this winter. Here are some tips from the Department of Homeland Security on how to stay safe when a winter storm is on the way:

  • Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
  • Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. 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.
  • Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.

If you find yourself dealing with storm damage, SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants to help. We are available 24 hours a day and our highly trained technicians have the specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore storm damage for Federal Heights residents and business owners. Call us today at 303-452-9900 to find out about our cleanup and restoration services. We’ll take care of your storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County is independently owned and operated.