MME – Non-profit charities List

Brittany’s story – Judi’s House

My favorite charitable organization is Judi’s House.  It is an amazing organization, founded by former Broncos QB Brian Grease, that helps families with children who have lost someone special in their lives.  My ex-husband and father of my 2 young kids passed away about 2 years ago and we had the privilege of going to Judi’s House.  I can not begin to tell you the amount of support they offer and the way that it helped my family, and hopefully the other families that were there.  We met every week and they fed us dinner and then we broke into our groups.  They break the children up into groups by age and do age appropriate therapy with them.  Everyone there is dealing with the same type of pain or feelings, so it makes it easier to talk it.  We never had to pay a dime for our experience there.  It was a phenomenal experience and place to be after dealing with something so traumatic.  I would highly encourage anyone and everyone to support this organization….it makes a difference.

Habitat for Humanity

Meals On Wheels

United Way

Larry Silver Memorial Golf Tournament

ACS Community LIFT

NBRAN – National Brittany Rescue & Adoption Network

MaxFund

Every Creature Counts

GreenLeaf

Kindred Heart Transport Connection

Boy Scouts of America

Ralston House

Alzheimers

United Way

Guide Dogs for the Blind

National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors

CASA

St. Jude

A Precious Child

USO

Streets Hope

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Kaiser and Delta Dental offer free health services for children

The Gathering Place

The Adoption Exchange

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

American Red Cross

Children’s Hospital

High Country Basset Rescue

Freedom Service Dogs

Bonfils Blood Bank

Highline Community Church

Cherry Hills Community Church

 

Denver Samoyed Rescue

Denver Rescue Mission

Make A Wish Foundation

American Cancer Society

 

 

 

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OnMay 1, 2016, posted in: Blog by

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Mold…. It happens

Mold…. It happens

We’ve all heard April showers bring May flowers.  This may be a new one, May & June floods bring Mold in July!!  It doesn’t even rhyme!  These last months have been very challenging for people all over the Metro Denver area.  Unusually high levels of rain in places  where the ground was already saturated created flooding in many area basements.  Homes that had not ever had water issues were flooding and some had water coming in over the course of days and weeks.

Unfortunately, if the water damage is not dealt with quickly and professionally, often times the result is mold!  Molds are a very large group of fungi.  Mold is found everywhere.  Most homes have some mold, but unhealthy levels of mold can damage a home or business and can pose serious health concerns to those live or work there.  People at high risk are the very young or very old, individuals that suffer with pre-existing respiratory ailments or those that are ill with a compromised immune system.  Often people that have not presented with any of these conditions can become reactive after prolonged exposure.

 

Mold needs only three things to grow:

  1. An organic food source such as wood, paper or dirt 2
  2. An agreeable temperature range with minimal air movement
  3. A moisture source, such as a leaking pipe or ground water

So, despite efforts to try and remove water and dry out the property some have not been successful.  It can be difficult to tell if there is moisture without the use of a moisture meter or a FLIR camera.  So, how can you tell if there is an issue, especially if you cannot see anything visible on your floors, walls or ceilings?

In many cases, the very first indication that mold is growing somewhere in the home is odor. The distinctive “musty odor” is the result of Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds. These are gasses that are released into the air whenever mold is growing and digesting food sources.  A very little mold can give off a lot of odor. It is important to find the mold and to properly remediate the problem and to be sure the underlying water problem is resolved.  Mold should not be ignored.

People will often attempt to remove mold themselves.  Not only are they putting themselves at risk, they can also create a bigger issue in the property.  The best way to proceed is to call a professional, certified firm.  The IICRC has created standards for mold mitigation that should be followed to ensure the best possible outcome and a healthy living environment.

 

If you suspect mold in your home either because there is visible growth or you smell it:

  1. Call a professional to have an assessment done.  They may recommend air testing to determine if mold exists and how much and what kind.
  2. If a wall cavity has been opened and mold has been discovered, cover the opening with a heavy plastic to prevent mold spores from spreading.
  3. Close the door and limit access to a room that has mold
  4. Do NOT use bleach to clean mold.  It can create a bigger problem
  5. Address the water source as soon as possible.

NewSeason Restoration has lots of experience in dealing with mold in homes and businesses.  It’s much more common in Colorado than some would expect.  We are a certified firm that handles all mold situations with care.  You can expect a thorough inspection and a common sense recommendation.

 

Call 720-210-9200 to discuss any property damage concerns you may have.

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OnJuly 13, 2015, posted in: Blog, Mold, Water Damage by

How to Prevent Ice Dams on your Roof

How to Prevent Ice Dams on your Roof

This is the time of year, when ice dams can become a problem.  The cycle of snow accumulation, variation in temperatures between melting and freezing can potentially cause ice dams.  Especially if there is an area on your roof that doesn’t get enough sun.  Ice dams can cause damage to structures that can be very severe.  Two key factors can interact to cause problems: the outside air temperature and the temperature of the inside of your attic.

The warmer your attic is, the more melting will occur. Normally, the resulting water would flow off the edge of the roof. Under certain conditions, though, when outside air temperature is very low, the edge of the roof stays below freezing and the water refreezes when it gets to that point. This ice then forms a line, or “dam,” at the edge of the roof. As more snow melts, it also refreezes when it gets to the “ice dam,” and the dam keeps getting bigger. Once this dam gets large enough, the melted snow that pools up behind it can force its way back under the roof shingles and then leak into your home!

 

How can ice dams be prevented in the first place?  In many instances, the answer is… insulation and ventilation!

Insulation

Since the main cause of ice dams is an overly warm attic, a good start in preventing ice dams is to lower the attic temperature. Installing additional insulation in the attic area is as easy as laying additional layers across the existing ones, or having more insulation blown in. However, there are limits to the usefulness of this procedure (diminishing returns), and a professional roofer or insulation person should be consulted if you have any questions.

If you notice bare sections on your roof while the rest of the roof has snow, it is an indication there may be insufficient insulation under the bare areas and an inspection of the attic area should be made to confirm this – and then to remedy the situation if necessary.And, finally, you should also inspect the weather-stripping and/or insulation on attic stairways or hatchways to be sure it is in good shape and seals well. This will help seal the warmth out of the attic area and help prevent ice dams.

And, finally, you should also inspect the weather-stripping and/or insulation on attic stairways or hatchways to be sure it is in good shape and seals well. This will help seal the warmth out of the attic area and help prevent ice dams.

 

Ventilation

Even with optimal insulation, there is still heat leakage into the attic. This is when the value of attic ventilation becomes apparent. Without adequate ventilation, heat will build up regardless of the amount of insulation.  First of all, inspect your attic to be sure that the existing vents have not been covered by insulation or other materials or objects. If this has occurred, it is necessary to remove the insulation (or other material) from the soffits so air can move through them freely. The usual recommendation for venting is 1 square foot of vent for every 150 feet of attic floor area. If your home does not have that ratio (many older homes do not), then you should contact a Contractor to remedy the problem.

If your home does not have vents, consider adding a ridge vent. Again, a professional Roofer or Contractor can give sound advice on the procedure.  If you are not sure about the condition of your roof, you should contact a professional Roofer in your area for advice or assistance.
What are the indicators of an ice dam?

If you notice water damage (marks, drips or lines) on ceilings or exterior walls, it can be an indication that an ice dam has formed, and ice and water have forced their way into your attic area. In addition to fixing the cause of the ice dam, it is important to recognize that this is a true water damage situation that should be remediated by trained professionals, such as NewSeason Restoration, to prevent additional damage to the structure (such as rotting), and to prevent the development of mold – a health hazard to people inside of the structure.Regardless of the circumstances – if water damage occurs from freezing or other sources, call  NewSeason Restoration. For all water damage, or damage from fire or smoke, NewSeason Restoration professionals will mitigate the loss to prevent further damage and then provide restoration services to return the property to a pre-loss condition as quickly as possible. All NewSeason Restoration offices have professional, well-trained and certified Technicians who provide the latest state-of-the-science services to all property damaged from water, fire, smoke, mold, and other disasters.

Regardless of the circumstances – if water damage occurs from freezing or other sources, call  NewSeason Restoration. For all water damage, or damage from fire or smoke, NewSeason Restoration professionals will mitigate the loss to prevent further damage and then provide restoration services to return the property to a pre-loss condition as quickly as possible. All NewSeason Restoration offices have professional, well-trained and certified Technicians who provide the latest state-of-the-science services to all property damaged from water, fire, smoke, mold, and other disasters.

All NewSeason Restoration offices have professional, well-trained and certified Technicians who provide the latest state-of-the-science services to all property damaged from water, fire, smoke, mold, and other disasters.

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OnFebruary 26, 2015, posted in: Blog, Water Damage by

PREVENTING WATER DAMAGE IN YOUR HOME

PREVENTING WATER DAMAGE IN YOUR HOME

There are many different ways to find water leaks in your home. The following are popular appliances and places that can cause water damage in your home.

Refrigerator Water Damage

If you believe the leak is coming from the back, it may be from the icemaker valve. When the fridge is sending water to the ice machine, you should be able to tell if water is leaking from the hose. If this is the case, a simple valve replacement should do the trick.

Icemaker gears can also break. You can notice this if there is a large amount of ice buildup in your tray.

Condensation is also a common problem with refrigerators, this can be caused by extreme temperatures in either the fridge or freezer. The trim or gasket may need replacing as well. If your fridge isn’t closing properly, then temperatures cannot regulate, causing your fridge to leak.

Bathroom Water Damage

Bathtubs can be prone to water leaks. Make sure your tub is thoroughly caulked to ensure that no water gets between the tub and wall.

Leaks from sinks can be easily detected as well. Condensation can start to accumulate below your sink. Make sure your personal items are not crowding pipes, which could cause further problems.

You should also check valves. Tightening you water pipes should ensure leaks don’t come back.

Washing Machine Water Damage

First, you need to make sure you are never over stuffing your washing machine. This will create uneven loads, causing water to leak from the top or hoses. Keep in mind the excess amounts of soap can cause leaks as well.

Your supply hose may be rusty or old. You can fix these by turning off your water supply and unscrewing them from the back. You then can pry out the old washers and replace them.

Inside hoses can be a problem as well. Remove the back panel and assess the hoses while your machine starts a load. This will allow you to figure out which hose is causing the leak.

Keep in mind that keeping a tray under your washing machine will help by protecting your floors from excess water.

If you have experienced large amounts of water damage to your home, call NewSeason Restoration at 720-210-9200

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OnNovember 17, 2014, posted in: Blog, Water Damage by