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July 12, 2018

6 Steps for Proper Water Extraction & Home Restoration

proper water extraction Project X Restoration DenverWhen you experience water damage, there’s no time to waste when it comes to proper water extraction.

That’s why Project X Restoration in Denver is available for any water or flood emergency 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Our goals are to stop the water damage before it spreads and get your home or business back to its original condition with our water extraction services.

Shut Down the Source of Water

The first step in proper water extraction is to find the water source and shut it down. Next is an assessment of the entire situation, including all damages and safety issues like asbestos. At Project X, we develop a customized restoration plan and provide a free, detailed estimate. 

Protect Against Health Issues

Standing water from flooding or a burst pipe can cause health problems, and sometimes in severe cases, even death. That’s why it’s best to allow the experts to retrieve and salvage your possessions. It may be possible to restore damaged papers, books and photographs if you get them soon enough. We can also salvage and recycle materials or dispose of them properly.

Remove All Standing Water

Clean-up starts with proper water extraction services. This typically utilizes safety gear for all technicians and specialized equipment such as submersible pumps, truck-mounted vacuums, and other apparatus as necessary. Extracting the majority of standing water from an affected area will help stop water damage from spreading and mold from growing.

At Project X, we also use infrared cameras to assess saturation and find any water that may have gotten behind your walls or in the ceiling. With the extraction complete, we’ll decide whether it’s necessary to remove your carpet and carpet pad to keep the integrity of your subfloor.

Dry Out the Area and All Materials

Once the water is removed, it’s time to completely dry your floors, walls, and other items. This is a crucial step in water extraction services, especially if you want to avoid warping, swelling, mold, and other ongoing issues that will undermine restoration efforts.

Using industrial-strength fans and dehumidifiers, the process reduces the humidity and dries out your carpet, furniture, drywall, wood, and other materials. And highly specialized instruments will be used to assess moisture levels in the floors, walls, and other areas until they reach a proper level.

Dehumidification enables you to salvage and repurpose as much of the original materials as possible. This reduces your costs while restoring the interior of your home to its pre-flood condition.

Cleaning

Once everything is dried out using proper water extraction methods, returning your home or business back to normal will take a lot of cleaning. At Project X, this is one of our specialties. We provide the necessary cleaning techniques, equipment and tools needed to restore as many items as possible.

Remove Any Lingering Odors

Finally, a portable filtration system (air scrubber) can be used to remove any offensive odors that may linger after water extraction services. We sanitize and disinfect using industrial-grade cleaning agents, as well as discard any damaged items with your approval and according to insurance guidelines.

Standing water can be devastating. It can cause damage and disease that only gets worse the longer you wait. So, call Project X Restoration in Denver 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Our professionals can be on-site anywhere in the Denver metro area in an hour or less.

And proper water extraction services can get your home or business back to its original condition. Give us a call, we’re here to help.

July 2, 2018

6 Simple Ways to Prevent Basement Flooding

Prevent Basement Flooding Project X Restoration DenverThere’s no guaranteed way to protect your home and prevent basement flooding. One nasty storm or a burst pipe, and it’s game over.

That’s where Project X Restoration in Denver comes in to save the day with expert restoration services.

So, make us your first call if your basement floods, and we’ll respond no matter the day or time.

Our experts will stop the water damage before it spreads and get your home or business back to its original, pre-loss condition.

How to Prevent Basement Flooding

While we all know that basements can flood, many of us don’t take the precautions necessary to reduce our risk. Here are six great ways to keep your basement dry or lessen the damage.

#1 Clean Out Your Eaves and Downspouts

To protect your home from basement flooding, make sure you have good drainage from your roof. If you don’t clean your eaves and downspouts, clogs can cause water will fill up and spill over. In winter, pooled water may freeze, causing breaks and water to run down, which can collect at the foundation.

#2 Don’t Pour Oils, and Grease Down the Drain

Oils and grease should be thrown away. Don’t pour them down your drain because they can back up your pipes. They solidify when they cool and can cause a backup that could flood your basement.

#3 Fill Cracks in Your Foundation

If the groundwater level around your home gets high, it may be able to get into foundation cracks and cause a leak. If you have cracks in your home’s foundation or walls, seal them up.

#4 Check Your Sump Pump

A sump pump in your basement collects groundwater and pumps it away from the house. If you don’t have one, you should absolutely get one. If you do have a sump pump, make sure it’s sized properly, maintained, and has backup power.

#5 Keep Catch Basins Clear of Debris

Storm sewer grates located on the street are responsible for storm runoff drainage to the storm sewer. These grates can get covered with debris and prevent water from draining, which can then cause or worsen flooding. Keep the debris away from the drainage grates.

#6 Address Areas Around the House

There are several things that can be done around your home to make a flood less likely. While these projects might be beyond the abilities of a handy homeowner, it may be worth bringing in help. These are also great things to look for when buying a new home!

  • Foundation Drainage System – There are a variety of types, such as the French Drain, all of which direct water away from the home and its foundation.
  • Lot grading – Make sure the slope of your yard allows the water to flow away from your home.
  • Backfill – You should fill and grade any settled backfill areas close to your foundation so it will allow water to drain away from the home.
  • Fix Reverse-Slope Driveways – A reverse-slope driveway is one that goes downhill towards the home, rather than downhill toward the road. These driveways increase your chance of flooding. Think about changing your driveway slope.

We hope you find these suggestions to prevent basement flooding helpful. Of course, be sure to keep our number handy just in case. Project X Restoration in Denver, is available 24/7 with a team of experts who will mitigate damage and start the process of restoring your property right away.

June 15, 2018

What to Do if You Find Asbestos After a Fire

Find Asbestos After a FireThere is nothing more gut-wrenching than a double disaster. Experiencing a fire in your home or commercial space is devastating enough. 

But, what if you also find asbestos after a fire?

With many older homes here in the Denver area, this is a significant risk that customers of Project X Restoration face every day.

To assist in these types of situations, we offer both fire and smoke damage restoration, as well as asbestos abatement. You'll work with a single team to restore your home or business to its pre-loss state. 

And with Project X, you'll experience our commitment to honesty, integrity and professionalism. We are locally owned and operated, taking pride in serving our neighbors and community.

Whether you call us in the middle of the day or at 2 AM, we'll put together an action plan to address all fire damage, remove the asbestos and remodel any space to better than new shape. 

To better understand what to do if you find asbestos after a fire, let's break down everything you need to know.

What is Asbestos?

This is the general term for a group of minerals that were once lauded for their heat resistance and insulating properties. Before the dangers of asbestos were known, asbestos was used in acoustic ceilings, roofing materials, vinyl flooring, plaster walls, duct insulation and more.

The types of asbestos that are regulated are Anthophyllite, Crocidolite, Tremolite, Chrysotile, Amosite, and Actinolite. Asbestos deposits can be found throughout the world and are still mined in Australia, South America, Canada, and South Africa.

In the mid-1970s, the EPA banned asbestos due to concerns over the health effects of exposure to carcinogenic asbestos fibers. Issues that were found to be linked to asbestos include cancer, lung disease, and mesothelioma.

Asbestosis is a lung disease that causes scarring of the lungs. Eventually, this scarring reduces the function of the lungs. The latency period (the time between the exposure and the onset of the disease) is often 25-40 years.

Another devastating health issue attributed to asbestos is mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung, chest and abdominal wall.  The latency period is often 15-50 years.

Asbestos exposure can also cause lung cancer. If you smoke and you are exposed to asbestos, you have a much greater chance (50 to 84 times greater) of developing lung cancer. In addition, cancer of the gastrointestinal tract can also be caused by asbestos exposure. The latency period for these cancers is often 15-30 years.

Many older homes and commercial buildings still contain extremely dangerous asbestos fibers.

So, if your property is damaged by flood, fire, any type of other emergency situation, or you are doing remodeling or renovation work, you’ll likely need asbestos abatement and removal from Project X. It's the only way to ensure your property is completely safe again.

When and How is Asbestos a Hazard?

Asbestos is made up of microscopic bundles of fibers that may become airborne if and when they’re disturbed – whether due to renovation construction or something more catastrophic like a fire.

If these fibers get into the air, you can inhale them into your lungs where they may cause dangerous health issues.

Researchers still have not determined a safe level of exposure but the higher the concentration of fibers and the longer the exposure, the greater the risk of contracting an asbestos-related disease.

Asbestos-containing materials in your home should not pose a hazard to people if it’s in good condition. The asbestos should be left alone and its condition monitored.

But if the asbestos is disturbed or the materials become damaged, then it can quickly become a hazard when the fibers separate and become airborne.

What Happens to Asbestos in a Fire?

If asbestos is exposed to extremely high heat like a fire, it can become brittle, break apart and go airborne, creating a very serious health hazard.

This is why it is important to only work with experienced professionals to handle the cleanup if you find asbestos after a fire. Again, only licensed fire damage asbestos removal professionals have the training and equipment to complete the job safely and correctly.

What happens is that once the fire causes the asbestos to be broken and airborne, the fibers can be inhaled by your family, employees, first responders, cleanup workers and anyone else who might be exposed to the site of the fire. This can cause severe issues and as described above.

We know that the smoke from fires is highly dangerous because it contains a mix of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, water vapor, fine particulate matter, hydrocarbons and non-organic and organic substances.

But if there are asbestos fibers added to the mix it is especially harmful.

You should stay at least 1,000 feet away if you find asbestos after a fire, especially if it's still smoldering and producing smoke. Protective gear will help, but you really need to be trained to know how to handle this situation. That’s where our professionals come in.

Once the fire has been extinguished, the asbestos and burned material residue need to be removed by cleanup crews.

Our Project X experts will examine the site, including roofing materials, ceiling tiles, insulation, asphalt, and flooring as they are the areas where you're most like to find asbestos after a fire.

If You Find Asbestos After a Fire, Hire the Pros

At Project X, we are committed to our community and you. We’re locally owned and operated, have an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and we back all work with a guarantee.

We’re proud to be Denver's trusted choice for cleanup, restoration, and remodeling, as well as fire damage asbestos removal. To get the job done right, we only work with licensed, certified and insured professionals.

From estimate to completion, we'll manage and coordinate everything for you, giving you peace of mind that your home or commercial space will be safe and free of asbestos

If you find asbestos after a fire, don’t hesitate to call Project X Restoration. We take on all jobs, big or small. We’ll take care of you from start to finish.

April 9, 2018

7 Must-Know Signs of Dangerous Mold In Your Home

signs of moldMold is not only smelly and disgusting, it can also be dangerous. And when spores get into the air in your home, they can be nearly impossible to remove.

If you see the signs of mold in your home, it's easy to get disheartened or even overwhelmed. But there are ways to get your home back.

The key is to catch the problem early on and take immediate action. If you are living in a home with signs of mold and you don't take action, the problem can grow out of control quickly.

Keep reading to learn the warning signs so that you can clear mold from your home before it becomes a serious problem.

1. That Horrible Odor

One of the most distinctive signs of mold is its horrible odor. The pungent smell takes over a space making it almost impossible to be in.

If you notice a persistent odor in your home, then mold could be at the root of your problem. You should hire someone to come inspect to see if there is any present.

2. Visible Signs of Mold

You may find it obvious that visible growth is one of the signs of mold, but many people don't notice small amounts until its too late.

They may mistake the mold for soot or dirt or just ignore it until it becomes a bigger issue.

If you can see any mold growing in your home or business, even if it's only a little bit, you should call for an inspection immediately.

A small patch of mold will spread quickly if the conditions are right. What's now a small annoyance can turn into a major problem seemingly overnight.

In fact, if you have visible mold, it can be a signal of a much larger colony growing out of sight on the other side of your walls.

Sometimes it's difficult to distinguish if a stain is a mold since there are so many different kinds. It can be white and thread-like or black and blotchy. It can appear in small clusters of spots or cover a surface.

3. A Known Moisture Source

Many people let problems continue until they get out of hand. If you have a known moisture source in your house like a bathtub or shower leak, then this can quickly lead to the development of mold.

If you know that you have a leaking pipe, you should do something about it immediately. Mold will go quickly in the area around the leak, even if its initial growth is out of view.

4. Respiratory Problems

Mold is known to cause serious health problems.

They include:

  • Shortness of Breath
  • A Chronic Cough
  • Sinus Congestion
  • Skin Inflammation
  • Irritation of Mucous Membranes
  • Internal Organ Damage
  • Nausea
  • Hemorrhage
  • Immune System Suppression

There is no way to relieve these problems without getting all the signs of mold out of your home. Once it has been eradicated, your body will start to recover and your symptoms will subside.

But if you are exposed to black mold for a prolonged period of time, then you can experience permanent lung damage. Make sure you get help restoring your home when you see the first signs of mold.

5. Past Flooding

If your home or business has ever flooded in the past, there is a really good chance that you will have a mold issue down the line.

It's nearly impossible to get all of the moisture out of your floor and walls after massive water damage.

6. Discolored or Stained Walls

Even if you don't see mold itself, discolored or stained walls are a sign that it may be lurking.

To determine if your stains are one of the signs of mold, you should have your home or business inspected, especially if the discoloration occurs in an area that is prone to moisture.

They will be able to tell you if your problem is mild, or something more serious.

7. Fatigue and Trouble Concentrating

Toxic mold doesn't just affect your body's physical health, it can also play tricks on your mind.

You may experience problems with concentration or even memory loss. These effects take place after a few weeks of exposure.

Mold is also a cause of chronic fatigue. It is more likely to occur on humid days. You'll know the fatigue you are experiencing is coming from the mold if you feel relief from an air conditioner or by taking a step outside.

Choosing a Mold Inspector

If you are seeing any of the signs of mold that have been mentioned then you need to hire an inspector. They can provide you with the information you need to identify the cause of your problem and tell you the steps it will take to clear it up.

A good inspector will know all about the psychometrics of mold. These are the measurements of humidity, temperature, and dew point that contribute to the growth of a colony.

They will also have the extensive biological knowledge to help you get this living organism out of your home. They should be able to gather samples and perform tests on your mold and interpret the lab results to analyze how best to attack your issue.

They will also provide you with an inspection report that documents their visual findings, environmental observations, lab results, and recommendations.

Before you choose an inspector, make sure that they have all the right credentials. Shop around and find a company that makes you feel comfortable.

If someone tries to get you off the phone quickly or doesn't seem interested in hearing about your problem, then you should look for another provider. Their attitude in the initial phone call is an indication of the kind of work they will do.

Where to Go for Restoration

If you suspect that there is a mold problem in your home or business, then you should contact us today.

Project X Restoration in Denver offers comprehensive mold removal services. We will give you a free inspection to find out the extent of your issue and let you know what it will take to correct it.

 

March 30, 2018

Signs That Someone You Know is a Hoarder

flood trash Project X Restoration DenverToday, Project X Restoration in Denver wants to share the signs that someone you know is a hoarder. Most people have days when their house is cluttered or messy, but for a hoarder, it’s not just an occasional problem but a deep psychological issue that interferes with their day-to-day lives. For these people, intervention may be necessary and professionals brought in to assist with a hoarding cleanup.

Hoarders Defined

If someone you know is a hoarder, they will typically have a hard time getting rid of items with no value. They might keep newspapers, magazines, broken appliances, and garbage. And it’s not just that they keep these items but that the amount they keep starts to interfere with their daily lives, creating problems with their family, friends, and relationships. It can also lead to financial and even legal problems for those who suffer from hoarding.

If you or someone you know needs help cleaning up a hoarder’s home, contact us here at Project X Restoration. We are experienced, understanding and ready to help.

Warning Signs

Not every hoarder has the same issues and not every messy person is a hoarder. Here are a few of the warning signs:

  • Inability to throw away stuff, particularly items with no value. Hoarders often cannot be convinced that they need to throw stuff away or clean. Often discussing the problem can make them defensive and emotional.
  • Throwing stuff away causes high anxiety. When items are discarded, it can cause a high level of anxiety. Hoarding shares a number of characteristics with obsessive-compulsive disorders.
  • Denial there is a problem. Hoarders often have difficulty recognizing that their living conditions are creating trouble. They see themselves as “collectors”.
  • Hoarders exhibit obsessive actions and thoughts. Hoarders often fear not having an item in the future. They worry about throwing out items accidentally. They may even go through the garbage to ensure that nothing they want has been put there.
  • Hoarders often compulsively purchase items. Hoarders frequently purchase more than they planned. They often have purchased items that remain unopened and they will take free items regardless of whether they really need them.
  • Parts of the home become unusable. Sometimes rooms in a hoarders home cannot be used. There are sometimes pathways that are lined with stuff or stuff is piled very high in rooms.
  • Often a hoarders home is unhealthy. Hoarder homes are often unsanitary. Dishes and laundry are unwashed for very long periods. Sometimes sinks, bathrooms, and other areas become unusable.
  • Have a collection of pets. Often hoarders have a number of pets who are not properly cared for. These pets often contribute to unsanitary and unhealthy living conditions of the home.
  • A hoarder’s home affects daily activities. Hoarders often lose important items. They are chronically late and frequently have trouble getting through their days because they are surrounded by stuff.

Here at Project X Restoration in Denver, our team can help with hoarding cleanup. We are discreet, respectful and able to assist in with emptying the home, cleaning and restoring it to livable conditions. If someone you know is a hoarder, please contact us for information.

 

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