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We were happy to have our Fall Cookout! Food was great and the team was lively. Awards and prizes were given out and games were also enjoyed.
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On August 22, the 2012 Walk Like MADD Awards Reception will take place!
Over $123,000 was raised this year to keep our communities safe and support victims and survivors of drunk and drugged driving.
To celebrate the best Walk Like MADD yet, the MADD organizers would like to invite you and your team to come to the 2012 Walk Like MADD Awards Reception. The evening will feature the presentation of award plaques to our top participants and teams as well as light refreshments and our 2012 Walk Like MADD highlight video.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Fran Lanzer at 303-425-5902 or email@example.com. If members of your team will be attending, please let me know how many plan to attend.
What: 2012 Walk Like MADD Awards Reception
When: Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
Time: 6:30 to 7:30PM
Where: 1899 Wynkoop Street, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80202
RSVP: Fran Lanzer at 303-425-5902 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Help put on by: The Law Firm of Bachus & Schanker
Big thanks to Lucy (Dierdre Fye’s dog) for raising over $100!
Structures that were not totally destroyed will need to be cleaned of smoke damage, soot and odor. For the cleaning, we have assembled a few pointers to help start the process.
Smoke, Soot and Odor Removal Tips
Before you get started removing anything, you should use a video or digital camera to document the damage as soon as possible. By recording all of the fire damage, it makes it easier for yourself, your insurance company and your property restoration company to have a record of the damage.
- Safety first! Avoid skin or lung irritation. Wear plastic or rubber gloves, an N95 mask, and goggles during cleanup.
- Get started promptly. The longer soot or ash sits on a surface, the more damage it does.
- Pressure wash/scrub/disinfect all exterior surfaces including walls, walks, drives, decks, window and deck screens, etc.
- Wash and disinfect all interior walls and hard surfaces with mild soap or other appropriate cleaning solutions or products and rinse thoroughly. Don’t forget inside cabinets, drawers and closets.
- Launder or dry clean all clothing.
- Wash, dust or otherwise clean all household items like picture frames and knick-knacks, etc.
- Clean all carpets, window coverings, upholstered furniture and mattresses with steam or other appropriate equipment to clean, disinfect and deodorize.
- Upholstery, fabric window treatments, etc. can be spray treated with deodorizing products available at most supermarkets. Do not use odor-masking sprays.
- Have HVAC and all ductwork professionally cleaned to remove soot, ash and smoke residue. Change HVAC filters when you first return and at least once a month for the first year.
- If aerial fire retardant or firefighting foam residue is present on the house and/or automobiles, use a mild detergent and brushes to scrub and dilute the dried residue and flush it from the surfaces, and rinse with clean water. A follow-up with pressure washing may be beneficial, but will not replace scrubbing to remove the residue.
For professional fire and smoke damage restoration companies that guarantee 100% odor removal, here are the procedures you can expect:
- Ozoning – Restoration companies use ozone machines which are capable of destroying molecules, bacteria and spores that cause the odors. As the ozone molecule is released and attached to other molecules, it chemically changes the structure of the odor-producing molecules resulting in eradicating the smell.
- Hydroxyls – With a hydroxyl generator, restoration companies are also able to destroy odors. These generators harness the power of UV light which then reacts with ambient moisture in the air to create Hydroxyl. Hydroxyls molecules eliminate odor-producing bacteria, airborne particles and other elements that cause odors.
- Thermal Fogging – A thermal fogging chamber uses a special solvent-based deodorizer that is heated and applied as a dry fog. The particles are capable of penetrating the porous surfaces harboring the odor molecules. There are a variety of scented fogging agents to combat different odors ranging from fire, food or cigarettes.
- Ash and soot on the ground and vegetation in the vicinity will continue to generate smoke odors and airborne particles when disturbed by air movement. Until the ash and soot are diluted and absorbed by the environment, indoor mechanical air filtration (HEPA air filter) may help minimize the uncomfortable and potentially health-threatening impact of these pollutants.
The quicker you start the cleaning process after a fire, the better. The longer you wait, the more difficult it can be to remove the odor from smoke and fire.
For your fire damage restoration needs or questions, contact NuBilt Restoration & Construction. NuBilt has been restoring properties since 1994 and offers full property restoration services. NuBilt offers a 100% guarantee on odor removing services.
- Some Treasures Can Be Saved From Soot and Ash Damage
- After the Fire! Returning to Normal (PDF)
It was the summer of 2010 when I received a frantic call from my mom. “Issa, how can you schedule work at my house without telling me?”
“Mom,” I answered, “What are you talking about? I haven’t scheduled any work at your house.”
“Well, I am looking at five guys on top of my roof and they are very busy tearing it off,” she replied. I dropped what I was doing and rushed to her house. Sure enough, there was a full crew atop her roof tearing off and throwing down shingles into a dump truck in the driveway. I called one of them down, and after firing questions his way, he realized he had gotten the address wrong.
After assurances, promises and apologies by the company’s owner, I was given the guarantee that the roof would be fully replaced and in better condition than its original state. Part of the confusion, he explained, may have to do with the fact that they are from another state and they simply had the address recorded incorrectly. A year earlier, Colorado had experienced wide-spread hail damage resulting in an onslaught of out-of-state roofing contractors (aka storm chasers).
I am the owner of NuBilt Restoration & Construction in Denver, CO and have been fortunate to serve the community for nearly 18 years now. In this capacity, I have had a great deal of exposure to the roofing industry trade and took the promises from this unfamiliar, out-of-state company claiming years of experience with a pretty sizable grain of salt.
For numerous reasons, roofing had always been NuBilt’s albatross. With the management of subcontracted trades to meet our clients’ needs in conjunction with water intrusion, the difficulty in engaging the service of the roofing specialty companies available to us was always a challenge. After all, it was our name and reputation on the line if the roofing company failed to meet the needs of our clients.
It was often that NuBilt was on-site mitigating water damage from a leaking roof while a roofing contractor was working on the roof repair, or we found ourselves in the position of fielding client inquiries for roofing services to have the roof repaired. I became very motivated to solve a problem which we were facing with great regularity.
As an entrepreneur, many discussions had been had regarding other services the company might offer to clients who would ask for home remodeling and basement finishing services. While these were services we were well positioned to perform, operating a division dedicated to it and marketing it seemed disjointed and not complimentary to our focus, our passion and what we simply excel at, which is property restoration of all materials related to its preservation. Roofing is different and the company began the research and development phase to our roofing division. I also had the perfect opportunity with the re-roofing project at my mom’s own home.
I called a roofer friend of mine who had recently retired and asked if I could hire him to supervise this roof installation. For almost 10 days, both him and I struggled with these “professional roofers” who broke every rule you could imagine in trying to put back my mom’s roof. Not unlike past observations with other roofing contractors, there was a tendency toward sub-standard material usage, workers who lacked experience, an absence of quality control, insufficient safety protocols and a minimum of code requirements being adhered to.
For the next 12 months, I absorbed the various manufacturer performance qualities, but also the esoteric preference toward various water intrusion prevention methodology. Once we secured HAAG certification, our roofing division was born.
NuBilt began marketing to our already solid relationships within the insurance industry and furthered our reputation as a full service restoration general contractor by offering single trade roofing services. Clients who now called us to mitigate water damage due to a roof leak were now secured for roof repairs or full replacements.
As with the restoration business, my intention was to grow the business slowly, be the best but not necessarily the biggest. We have found roofing to be a very complimentary business and we are currently hiring support staff for this newly developed division.
My intent is not to paint a picture with nothing but sunshine and rainbows. We experience some real growing pains. With roofing material costs skyrocketing, tremendous competition and counteracting negative public perception of roofing contractors, we sometimes need reminding that having this added service truly serves as a benefit in meeting our clients’ needs.
Roofing really is a different animal but one complimentary enough to the very different beast of restoration and reconstruction.
About the Author
Issa Ashour is Founder & President of Nubilt Restoration & Construction, Inc in Denver, CO. He has been actively engaged in water, fire and smoke damage restoration and mitigation, structural damage and repair and reconstruction since 1995. Issa can be reached at 303-368-4688 or email@example.com.
With great pleasure, we’re happy to announce that we received a BBB Gold Star Award for no complaints for the past 3 years. Actually, our record for no complaints from the BBB starts back in 2007–so much longer than 3 years.
We want to congratulate our team and subcontractors. We could not achieve such favorable results with such a caring team of people. Keep up the good work!
The annual American Red Cross Breakfast of Champions took place on March 15, 2012. The event is dedicated to celebrating the heros who’ve demonstrated courage and compassion in the line of duty.
This year’s theme was on forest fires and raising awareness on their causes and distructive capabilities. NuBilt was involved in creating the forest fire simulation. Here are some photos from the events:
Finding the answers isn’t always easy and that is why Community Associations Institute – Rocky Mountain Chapter (CAI-RMC) is reaching out to the community at large. In fact, CAI-RMC has teamed up with NBC’s Channel 9 News to answer your HOA concerns. They’re calling this segment the “HOA Line 9″.
Members of CAI-RMC will be taking calls from viewers and then provide answers to the questions. So, be sure to start gathering up your questions and see if you can stump the experts!
The event will be televised on KUSA Channel 9, on Tuesday, February the 7th at 3:45pm-5:00pm.
For more information, visit CAI-RMC’s website.
The Colorado Home Owners Association Law has posted a synopsis of the findings from the HOA Information Center on complaints (PDF) . The report discusses the types of complaints that HOAs receive from members/residents.
In Colorado, there are over 8,000 registered HOAs which includes over 830,000 units. The Division of Real Estate, has received nearly 500 HOA complaints as of December 2011.
The information comes from the Colorado Real Estate News.
The Fire Leadership Challenge was held on November 30 – December 2 in Keystone, Colorado. This is the 20th annual challenge put on by the Colorado State Fire Chiefs Association. The aim is to distinguish between Leadership vs. Crisis Management. Officials from all over the state attended this educational event. Here are some photos from Lance, NuBilt Account Executive: