All posts by Amanda Friese

Old West Chem-Dry provides excellent water damage restoration services.

carpet cleaningWater damage in your home can be incredible frustrating and expensive to repair. I recently had a personal experience with water damage and I hope to never have one again. I live on the first floor of an apartment building and the neighbor that lives above me is a complete idiot. This past winter temperatures dropped to record lows and pipes all over the city were bursting due to the extremely low temperatures. The guy who lives above me for some reason thought that he didn’t need to turn on his heat when it was negative fifteen degrees outside. On the third day in a row of exceptionally low temperatures I returned home from work to find that a pipe above my apartment had burst and my entire apartment had been flooding with hot water for hours. There was a massive build up of steam that was causing water damage to the ceiling and walls, not to mention the damage that it was doing to my personal belongings. The entire floor was covered in two inches of standing water destroying anything that was on the floor. Thankfully my cat who had been trapped inside was okay, but I couldn’t say the same for the carpets.

My landlord called in a water damage restoration company to remove all of the excess water before repairs could begin. They brought in industrial sized fans and dehumidifiers to dry out everything in my apartment. After a couple of days most of the water was gone but the damage to the carpet was seemingly beyond repair. I demanded that my landlord replace the carpet in my apartment but he insisted in bringing in a carpet cleaning company to try to fix the damage to the carpet before resorting to replacing it all together. I was not convinced that this would work and was a little bit annoyed that he was potentially extending the time that I could not live in my apartment by trying to fix something that was in my opinion, beyond repair. Old West Chem-Dry is a trusted carpet cleaning company in the Denver area that specializes in emergency water damage restoration services. My landlord hired them to try to fix the carpet in my apartment and the next day two very friendly and professional employees showed up to my rescue.

Chem-Dry is the largest carpet cleaning company on the planet and has thousands of locations all over the world. Utilizing state of the art technology and equipment, Chem-Dry assures their clients that if they are not able to clean your carpets to your satisfaction that no one can. Chem-Dry uses powerful cleaning solutions to tackle nearly any carpet cleaning project, including severe water damage to carpets due to leaks or flooding. Chem-Dry uses a system of extraction, which leaves carpets much drier than traditional steam cleaning methods. Using their powerful cleaning methods Old West Chem-Dry was able to clean my carpets that I thought were beyond repair after the flooding in my apartment.

Marketing is a very important aspect of any successful non profit organization.

The internet has greatly changed the way that humans live their lives. I am a part of the final generation to know life before the internet. I have seen the internet grow and evolve over the past twenty years and have seen the various ways that the internet has impacted human life. One of the biggest changes that we have seen with the introduction of the internet is the way in which people search for and gather information. Before the internet was around if you needed to figure out how to care for your pet squirrel, or who the 19th president was, you had to go to the library and search for that information in a book. Now, when you need to figure out how to care for your pet squirrel you just type it in to the search engine on your computer and the information is literally at your fingertips within a matter of seconds. There is truly nothing that you can’t find on the internet; it is an ever-expanding  entity.

non profit seoAnother way that the internet has greatly impacted human life is through social media arenas. Before the internet if you wanted to talk to your friend you had to call them on the phone or walk over to their house. These days you can just type a quick message or have an entire conversation over the internet. Before the internet came around if you needed to send information to another person you had to put it in the mail and wait for them to receive it. Now you can send documents and information across the world in a matter of seconds through e-mail. The internet has completely changed the way that we communicate with each other. This is true for individuals and for businesses and non profit organizations.

The internet has also greatly impacted the way that businesses and other organizations market their brand. Businesses and non profit organization’s marketing strategies have been required to evolve with the growing accessibility of the internet to all people. The internet has become the most popular source for gathering information, which means that businesses and non profit organizations need to market their brand using various digital marketing strategies. One popular digital marketing strategies for non profit organizations is called SEO (search engine optimization). SEO uses specific keywords related to each client’s organization to help promote the traffic through the organization’s website and to help bump the organization’s website to the first page of the search engine results when someone searches for specific keywords on the internet. SEO has become a very popular option for businesses and organizations who have evolved their marketing strategies to fit the needs of their potential clients and donors. Knowing that most people use the internet to gather information, it would be very unwise for an organization not to take advantage of various digital marketing options. It is important that non profit organizations stay on board with the changing times and are sure to market in a way that will keep their name out there.

Commercial roof repairs can be a big undertaking.

roof repairsPart of the responsibility of being a home owner is staying on top of major repairs. If you let things get out of hand what could have been a small and relatively inexpensive project can blow up to be a huge undertaking. This is especially true when it comes to roof repairs. If your roof needs to be patched up it may seem like a big inconvenience or expense but that is nothing compared to the expense it will be if the leak starts to spread and cause water damage to the structure of your home. If you think that a leaky roof is bad, just wait until you have to deal with water damage repairs on top of that. When roof leaks are not attended to in a timely manner they can expand in to an even bigger problem than they already were.

Last autumn in the sate of Colorado there were some very severe floods throughout the state. This was an ironic change from the last summer when there was a terrible drought in the state and much of the state dealt with dangerous wildfires due to the overly dry climate. During the time of the floods there were many homes that where damaged because of the severe weather. I remember that I was doing some work in the coffee shop by my office during a particularly intense rain storm. The coffee shop is locally owned and only a block from my office so I spend a lot of time there. I have come to know the owner of the shop quite well during my frequent visits to his business and I remembered that a few months earlier he had talked about needing to have the roof patched up before the winter came. He must not have done this because that day as I was sitting at a table working on my computer a giant hole burst in the ceiling and water started pouring out of it. One of the employees grabbed a big bucket to catch the water but the hole in the ceiling was slowly growing. A big chunk of the ceiling came down a couple of minutes later and they made everyone leave the coffee shop.

I returned to the coffee shop a couple of days later to see if they were able to make the repairs to the roof and the ceiling. The owner was there dealing with the mess and we were able to talk for a couple of minutes. He told me that he had had a commercial roof repair company come in a couple of days before to patch up the roof. He said he hoped that that would do until he could come up with the money to have the whole roof replaced. Because the coffee shop shares a roof with a couple of other businesses they were going to have to have an owner’s meeting to figure it all out. Apparently there were also major roof leaks in the neighboring businesses.