What’s up water damage, Denver friends. It’s been a little bit of a break since you’ve heard my lovely baritone voice. Um, I’ll be, you haven’t missed me too much, but uh, hope everyone is doing a wonderful from their Christmas, from their family time, from their different celebrations. Um, here in Denver we, uh, we’ve had some pretty mild temperatures and tell the last couple of days. So, uh, you may have been dreaming for a white Christmas, but you did not get one if you were in the Metro area. I believe it was his mid-fifties with a blue sky and sun out. Um, my son and his cousins played hockey in my parents’ driveway with t-shirts on Christmas day. So not typically what you would think of, um, for Denver, Colorado in the dead of winter. But uh, that’s part of the character of, of Colorado weather. We have some very mild and actually kind of, um, balmy days during the winter where it can be downright warm.

And uh, then turn around like this week where it’s pretty dang Chile. We had a nice little storm, uh, with some accumulation this weekend. Some pretty low temperature, super low sub-zero overnights. And then, um, even though we have some blue skies and pretty chilly temperatures, uh, yesterday and today, um, all right, I’m sorry. Blue skies and sun. The temperatures remain pretty chilly, especially if you get in the shade, man, is it cold? So, uh, the water damage Denver season is in full effect. Uh, there is a prime opportunity for your plumbing to freeze up if you haven’t, uh, put your proper proper defense mechanisms in place. We’ve talked about some of those things that can be done a good handful of times, uh, throughout the last couple of months. So if you haven’t done those by now, um, you’ve probably experienced some sort of situation. Hopefully not. But you know, when it, when it’s, when the temperatures are is up zero, it’s not really a time that you want to go. Um, checking to see if your pipes are frozen. Um, it, it’s better to wait. Um, at this point, if you have a hose hooked up to one of your exteriors,

ah, spigots, um, not that you shouldn’t disattach that, go ahead and just attach that, but don’t talk. Go trying to turn those on while the, well, it’s still freezing out. Um, best to wait until it gets kind of warm and then have everything in place so that if you do have a leak somewhere in that water starts to run, you can catch it immediately and be able to fix it immediately and minimize damage. So

today, and I think that we’ve talked about this maybe a little bit before, but we’re going to get off the water damage Denver trained for just a minute and we’re going to talk about a little bit of smoke and fire today. Um, this time of year is typical, I guess comparatively speaking, a time when, when things can go a little sideways with respect to losses resulting from smoke or fire. Um, I think I detailed, um, in one of the prior episodes right before Christmas, um, a project that we’re working on and I’ll, I’ll do a follow-up podcast to detail, kind of how that job went. But, um, smoke odor, protein fire, uh, food cooked dry on a stove, a little miscommunication between the homeowner and the babysitter and uh, food cooked dry and smoldered and um, quite a bit of smoke odor throughout the home.

Those things happen. Those are, you know, that sort of thing can happen year-round. Um, but obviously this time of year when it gets pretty chilly, people are looking for ways to heat their homes, um, stay cozy and you know, sometimes just for the ambiance, they’re firing up their fireplace if they have one. And uh, really just enjoying a nice time, you know, by the fire, Christmas, new years, all the different holidays, whatever. And I would say probably at this point in time, you know, 20, 19, more often than not, people are going to have fuel sourced fireplaces. I mean with the technology that’s out there, whether it’s lower end, medium and high-end type stuff, just the convenience of flipping on a switch and having an immediate fire in your fireplace is just one thing that’s personally I find outstanding. I don’t mind building a fire.

A was never in Cub Scouts, so I’m not the most proficient at it. But um, you know, unless you’re just super nostalgic or you know, your bear Grylls daughter or son or grandson and you just can’t start a fire without rubbing sticks together, I would imagine that you’d much prefer to flip a switch, turn the fire on, flip it off when you’re done, not have to worry about cleaning up the fireplace, prepping it with kindling with newspaper to get it going again. So it’s one of those things, it’s super cool to be able to, um, to utilize. However, uh, there are definitely still wood-burning stoves out there. Um, there are pellet stoves, which aren’t the exact same thing, but just introducing, you know, using [inaudible], uh, something that can burn into a fireplace or into a stove to, to get your home heat it up is something that, you know, has inherent risks.

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And we always want people to be super safe and cautious, conscientious when it comes to these things. But you mix in the cold time of year, um, the natural attraction to stoke a fire and have it, um, going while people are hanging out and sitting around. And also a very legitimate possibility of alcohol being a part of the mix. You know, this time of year when people get together to celebrate, things can go a little bit wacky. We have dealt with more than one, uh, situation over the years where a, it’s not a call from the customer right around the holidays with a water damaged Denver loss. It’s a loss with respect to smoke or fire because somebody’s got to open the flu. They started a fire, um, you know, just went outside for a little bit or something came back in and the whole house is, uh, got smoke in it.

Um, you know, this is one that I hope never happens again, but we had a customer years ago, um, you know, maybe have one or two cocktails and decided that, you know, the, the fire was done for the night. So he proceeded to just kind of shovel out all of the hot coals out of the fireplace, put ’em in cardboard and put the cardboard box in his garage, at which time the garage proceeded to catch on fire. So not to judge or to, um, act like anybody’s in, in their own boat when it comes to things that could happen like this, but they do happen. Uh, you know, people get in a rush, they get sidetracked, they’re preoccupied. Maybe they’re a little tipsy and, uh, they just forget maybe a minor detail, maybe a major one. But in any case, a loss is a loss. And whether I mean, we never want anybody’s homes burn down and have some sort of couch catastrophic experience.

But I’ll tell you, it’s no fun to, uh, to have smoke damage throughout a home either. Uh, you might not think it’s a big deal, but trust me, if, if you light a fire and get one going and it starts to roar and you forget to open your flu and for some reason, that fire is left unattended and you don’t recognize that smoke immediately. Like I said before, you maybe go outside or just get preoccupied with somebody you know, outside the home where you wouldn’t notice that or think of it and you go back in. It takes them minutes literally to have a smoke, do some pretty major damage. Um, the odor and you know, the potential kind of residue from smoke can just be a very, very difficult thing to live with. And then also to clean up. But you know, once you do have that present and you get the fire back out and everything, you might think, Oh, we’ll just open up windows and let it, let it air out.

And that helps. But once smoke infiltrates certain substrates and certain types of materials, opening windows is not going to do the trick. So, um, you know, we’ve had, we definitely actually were working with the project right now where the people literally have been in an extended stay facility for three and a half, four weeks because they can’t stand the smell in their home. It’s not that they can’t live there, they just can’t stand the odor. Literally you walk in, um, if you had a, you know, some sort of filtration device on full for full-face respirator, um, and weren’t able to smell the odor, you would probably not even know that there was a smoke loss inside this home. There’s nothing visibly that burned, no structure that was affected. Um, but there’s no doubt when you take one breath, whether you have, if you have a strong sense of smell or not, that it’s not something that you would want to be smelling 24, seven.

So, um, again, for now we’ll just keep it pretty simple and remind everyone to be smart. Think about the details when it comes to, um, making fires, putting fires out, the material that you use to, to get the fire started. Um, just being safe, you know, all the way around, not going to get into a step by step tutorial on how to start a fire, how to maintain it, and then how to properly put it out. I think most people understand the dynamics of that, but we just want people to be safe and overall eliminate any possibility of having to have a restoration company out to be a part of your daily lives while we mitigate and get you back to whole from a smoker fire loss. So if you had have experienced that or you know, somebody who has that needs help, we would love to be a part of that restoration project. So again, um, you know, water damage number, that’s not all that we do. Uh, we would love to help out with any sort of leaks, but just as importantly, smoke, fire and mold are our bread and butter. So please reach out if you needed any assistance along that line. But, uh, with that said, until next time you stay safe.