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Tips to Reduce Risk of Furnace Malfunction

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

A puffback is a messy furnace malfunction that occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout the interior of a home. It can happen all at once, covering the interior in grimy soot, or it can leak soot more gradually.

Initially, many people mistake soot for dust and simply wipe it away. However, once cleaned, this “dust” often reappears and can sometimes be accompanied by a strong, oily odor. There are several steps your clients can take to prevent damage to their home. Remind them to:

  • Have the oil-burning furnace professionally checked and cleaned annually.
  • Keep an eye out for traces of soot around their home.
  • Install a carbon monoxide monitor. Puffbacks (and the soot they create) will increase the carbon monoxide levels in their home. A carbon monoxide monitor can help to detect the puffback in its early stages.

If soot begins accumulating on objects or walls within their home, they should turn off the heating system immediately. Contact a heating professional to service the heater and restore it to proper working order.

Fortunately, if your client does experience a puffback, SERVPRO has the knowledge and experience to complete a thorough cleaning and removal of any soot and odors. Our Fire Restoration Team will respond immediately and make it look Like it never even happened®.

After the Storm Has Passed, What's Next?

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

CONTACTING YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY
(WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE CALLING AN INSURANCE AGENT)

There are several things you’ll want to know before calling your insurance company. Before calling your insurance agent or insurance company it is always a good idea to contact a reputable storm restoration contractor for a full property damage inspection. SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield is a reputable storm restoration contractor in the Fairfield County area. Your inspector will provide you with a full report detailing the total storm damage done to your property and an estimated cost to fully restore your property to its original condition before the storm hit.

Depending on the type of storm, you’ll want to make sure your inspector takes a careful look at your roof, windows, paint, siding or exterior, gutters, vents, air conditioning units, concrete, including driveways and pool decks, and any downed or damaged electrical wires or other utilities. Check for leaking, flooding and water damage. Make note of any fallen tree branches on your property and damage from flying debris, including dents, dings and damage from hail.

If your inspector confirms your property has sustained damage, you’ll want to hire a reputable storm restoration contractor right away. Exposure to the elements may increase the amount of damage and your personal liability. Make sure your contractor has experience repair storm damage and working through the complex insurance claims process. When selecting a contractor, it is always a good idea to get several estimates before making your final choice. When filing an insurance claim, it is in your best interest to hire the best possible contractor and use the highest quality materials your insurance company will pay for. You have paid your insurance premiums, so it is not in your best interest to accept a reduced settlement.

It is important to remember that many insurance policies limit your time to file a claim, so don’t wait until you have water dripping through the ceiling, mold in the attic, or your roof caves in to think about getting it fixed.

Insurance Claim Tips

  • Don’t Delay! Most insurance policies limit your time to file a claim
  • Always hire the best contractor, not the cheapest
  • Always do your homework and understand your rights

Small Kitchen Fire? Leave the Cleanup to the Professionals

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Small Kitchen Fire? Leave the Cleanup to the Professionals Kitchen Fire in Danbury, CT

Quickly assessing the damage caused by fire is a property owner’s number one priority.  Many items within a home or business may be overlooked when determining the full scope of the damage.  The following items should be carefully inspected or evaluated by a fire damage restoration provider before integrating them back into a restored home or business:

  • Food
  • Dishes/Utensils
  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Upholstery
  • Carpeting

Food, dishes, and eating utensils are some of the most commonly overlooked items when assessing damage.  Eating contaminated food or eating off of contaminated dishware or utensils can cause severe illness.  These items must be properly inspected by a fire restoration specialist.  If the items are not able to be restored, they must be disposed of properly.

While flames can cause the most visible damage to a property during a fire, smoke and soot are silent and sometimes invisible hazards that could cost lives.  Smoke inhalation is the leading cause of death amongst victims of a fire. Smoke and soot damage must never be overlooked when evaluating the damage caused by fire.

Unlike certain types of smoke, soot is a very visible threat.  Soot is a coating of fine, black dust created when wood, coal, or oil-based substances are burned.  These carbon particles are disbursed into the air and settle anywhere.  If inhaled, soot can caused severe lung deficiencies or even death.  If soot contaminates items in the home or office, a fire restoration service provider must assess the damage to see if restoration is possible.

If you have sustained even a small kitchen fire, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield at (203)-791-0920 to perform a free inspection and assessment of scope of cleaning services required.

Tips to Help During Flooding Events

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips to Help During Flooding Events Flooded Basement in Ridgefield, CT

Flooding is a temporary overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry. Flooding may happen with only a few inches of water, or it may cover a house to the rooftop. There are many possible causes of floods including heavy rain or snowmelt, coastal storms and storm surge, waterway overflow from being blocked with debris or ice, or overflow of levees, dams, or waste water systems, Flooding can occur slowly over many days or happen very quickly with little or no warning, called flash floods.

Flooding can occur during every season, but some areas of the country are at greater risk at certain times of the year. Coastal areas are at greater risk for flooding during hurricane season (i.e., June to November), while the Midwest is more at risk in the spring and during heavy summer rains. Ice jams occur in the spring in the Northeast and Northwest. Even the deserts of the Southwest are at risk during the late summer monsoon season.

Safety Tips

Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.

Do not drive over bridges that are over fast-moving floodwaters. Floodwaters can scour foundation material from around the footings and make the bridge unstable.

Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down

1 foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

If there is a chance of flash flooding, immediately move to higher ground.

If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.

Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little/no warning.

Once the floodwaters recede, if your home or business has sustained any flood damage contact the water and flood damage experts at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield at (203)-791-0920.

The Steps of Water Damage Restoration

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

The Steps of Water Damage Restoration


Restoring a property that has suffered water damage
Whenever a supply line breaks, a pipe breaks or any other flood event befalls a home, it is a potentially serious issue. Water damage is one of the leading causes of property loss and repair costs in the United States today. In order to maximize the chances of a successful restoration to the property, it is critical that water damage be contained and reversed as quickly as possible. Only a qualified water damage restoration company has the ability to properly handle a flooded home, completing its restoration to the state it was in before the flooding event occurred.


Luckily, there are a set of well-established protocols in dealing with water damage. Over the years, a proven and effective series of steps for the restoration and mitigation of flood damage have been developed. In this article, we go over a general outline of what these steps entail and how they're able to successfully restore a flooded home.


Every sizable city throughout the United States has at least one professional flood damage restoration company. Any time there is a pipe break or supply line break that leads to water in the home or water in the business, the first and most imperative step that a property owner can take is to immediately call in a professional restoration company.

The sooner a team of professionals can be sent out, the higher will be the chance of a completely successful mitigation of the flood damage. If a professional water cleanup team can be deployed to the property within the first five hours, the chance of a complete resolution of the flood damage is near certainty. However, after the first 24 hours, if the flooded home is left without proper mitigation beginning, the chances of permanent damage begin rise with ever passing hour.


The next step in returning the flooded home to normal comes with the arrival of the water cleanup team. Upon entering the site, the water cleanup team will use sophisticated instruments, such as hygrometers and infrared detection units, to determine the extent of the water in the home or water in the business. If water has begun to seep into places that are not visible to the naked eye, they will be noted and a plan formulated on how best to remove the water.

Also, at this stage any active leaks coming from a pipe break or supply line break will be shut off and fixed, including doing welding and torch cutting, if necessary.


At this stage, any standing water in the home or water in the business will be removed. The area next to the supply line break or pipe break will likely contain the most standing water. This area will be focus on first, then other areas of the home, including subflooring and internal wall spaces will be examined. Using advanced, powerful pumping machines and specialized vacuum systems, the cleanup team will be capable of removing up to 2,000 gallons of water in the home or water in the business.


At this point, the thorough drying of the home will begin. The drying process is usually the longest of the five steps, taking anywhere from a few hours to an entire day. By the end of the drying process, the property will appear to be nearly restored. At this stage, there will be no further risk to the property of incurring lasting damage from the flooding event.


The final stage involve sanitizing and cleansing items, such as furniture, pictures, books and carpeting. This will prevent the further growth of any mold that may have began to form. It will also eliminate any smells that may have resulted from water logging.
Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on water damage.

5 Fire Damage Restoration Questions Answered

7/25/2017 (Permalink)


5 Fire Damage Restoration Questions Answered

After fire damage, homeowners and business owners seek to restore their property and get back to the life they once knew, at least as normally as they can after such occurrence. Fire damage restoration companies provide thorough services for commercial fire damage and residential damage, ensuring that a fire doesn't impact your life any longer than necessary. If you've endure a fire in home or a fire in business, you probably have many questions. Five common questions are answered below. These questions and answers provide a bit of insight into fire damage restoration and cleanup, giving you assurance and confidence after the unthinkable happens.

1. Can I Safely Inspect My Business/Home After a Fire?

It is natural that you want to return to your business or home to examine the damage and begin salvaging any items left behind, and begin the fire cleanup process. But, doing so may be risky as residential and commercial fire damage still exists even when the flames are gone. Re-enter after a fire in home or fire in business when fire or building officials say it is okay. Once they give the thumbs up, remember it is up to you to stay safe. Wear protective clothing, including face masks, while inside the building. Although the flames are gone, soot damage and smoke damage have potential to cause breathing problems, and the smoke smell isn't pleasant.

2. What is a Board Up?

When fire damage causes destruction in a home or business, the fire department might recommend a board up of the property. A board up is a service a restoration company can perform if such a request is made after residential or commercial fire damage. A board up places air-tight boards over all openings of the home or business, preventing the smoke smell from spreading, preventing people from entering the building, and otherwise securing the location.

3. Can I Clean Fire Damage Myself?

Fire cleanup might seem like a simple task from the outside looking in, however, a plethora of dangers exist when you attempt to remove smoke damage, soot damage, etc. after a fire in home or a fire in business. As mentioned, the smoke smell itself is hazardous to breath, not to mention the soot damage, smoke damage, and other particles created after a fire. A residential or commercial fire damage restoration company is equipped with the safety equipment, tools, cleaning products, etc. needed to clean the unit after a fire efficiently and effectively. When the professionals from the restoration company handle fire cleanup, there's less worry and more confidence in the job.

4. What Can I Save After a Fire?

Obviously, salvaging as many of your belongings as possible after a fire in home or fire in business is desirable. While most items can be cleaned of soot damage, smoke damage, and smoke smell by a professional, water damage may leave other belongings unusable. It is best to let a restoration company evaluate the damage before throwing your belongings away. Food is also deemed unusable after a fire and should be thrown away. Smoke from fire causes the food to taste bad, but also contains harmful carcinogens that can transfer onto the food. Don't take any risks when you're consuming these items! Many of the appliances and electronics involved in the fire will likely need replacing, and furniture may or may not be salvageable, depending upon the extent of the damage.

5. How Long Does Fire Damage Cleanup Take?

The length of time involved in a fire cleanup project varies from one situation to the next as several factors influence this time. This includes the size of the home (or commercial fire damage,) and the extent of the damage. The sooner that a restoration company is contacted, the quicker the restoration is complete. Commercial fire damage restoration often takes longer than residential, although this varies considerably as well.
Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on fire damage.

Professional Mold Remediation Strategies

7/25/2017 (Permalink)


Professional Mold Remediation Strategies

The presence of mold in your home or business can have serious consequences on a number of fronts. Mold damage, left unchecked, can have serous consequences and can be costly.

With all of this in mind, you need to be aware of some basic factor when it comes to mold removal and remediation. This is true whether you are facing mold removal and remediation in a residential or commercial setting.

Mold Removal, Remediation, and Restoration Company

When it comes to a mold removal, remediation, and restoration company, there are some key considerations to bear in mind. First, a mold removal, remediation, and restoration company must have a team with specific experience in addressing mold in home or commercial mold damage, depending on your specific set of circumstances. You need to bear in mind that there are enterprises that focus on addressing mold in home or commercial mold damage, but not necessarily both types of situations.

Price considerations are also important when it comes to engaging a restoration company. In this regard, you do not necessarily want to go the cheapest route. By doing so, you may not access the best mitigation services. On the other hand, you do not need to overspend when it comes to engaging mitigation assistance. Rather, finding a reasonable priced mold in home or commercial mold damage mitigation service is the responsible course.

You also need to look at the team maintained by a restoration service. A restoration team's members need to be suitably trained as well as licensed, bonded, and insured.

Taking a Proactive Approach to Mold Damage

One factor that you need to consider is taking a proactive approach to mold damage. There are mold damage services that assist home and business owners in taking a proactive approach to dealing with mold. This includes assistance in preventing mold growth, including mold growth behind wall. These services that preempt mold growth, including mold growth behind wall, truly give meaning to the concept that an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Mold, Smelly Odor, and Deodorization

One of the many negative aspects associated with mold is an associated smelly odor and the need for deodorization. When seeking a mold mitigation specialist, it is important to determine how a company addresses mold, fungus, mildew and associated odor. The conversation needs to include a discussion of what a provider does to provide appropriate deodorization of a home of business. This necessitates a consideration of the chemicals and equipment potentially used in the deodorization process to address a smelly odor. In the end, you want a permanent solution to a smelly odor, and not something that is temporary.

Fungus and Mildew as Warning Signs

If you experience fungus or mildew in your home or business, these growths can be warning signs of something more serious in the offing, including black mold. When fungus or mildew is detected, a professional should be consulted. Although it might be theoretically possible to address fungus or mildew on one's own, that coursed of action may not provide a lasting solution. In addition, as noted, the presence of fungus or mold may be indicative of a more serious situation, including black mold or mold growth behind wall. At a business, these problems could be harbingers of more extensive commercial mold damage.

Dealing with Dry Rot

Left unaddressed, mold can lead to situations like dry rot. Dry rot can causes expensive, permanent damage to a structure. The prospect of dry rot underscores the need for prompt, professional assistance with a mold condition. However, it also underscores the need for a professional that is adept at addressing dry rot when it occurs.

The Unique Dangers of Black Mold

In exploring the possibility of mold growth, including mold growth behind wall, black mold may be discovered. Therefore, when black mold is discovered, immediate professional remediation is strongly recommended.
Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on mold.

Benefits Of Professional Mold Removal and Remediation

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Benefits Of Professional Mold Removal and Remediation

Are you looking for a residential or commercial mold damage professional? Need a reputable company that can help you with mold in home problem? When you find yourself dealing with a mold in home or commercial mold damage, you need to seek expert assistance right away.

Mold thrives wherever there is moisture and little ventilation: under floor covering, behind walls, in crawl spaces, attics, and basements. Mold can be present in dry wall, insulation, and ducts.

Removing mold or smelly odor can be an extremely complex task. If you are dealing with mold that covers a large surface area, or if you there is mold in the HVAC system in your home or business, it is imperative that you hire a mold removal company to address the situation. It’s advisable to hire a reliable company to ensure safe and effective removal of mold in home, fungus or mildew.

Mold removal comprises of identifying and resolving mold problems in a structure, such as a home or commercial building. To prevent the spread of mold and reestablish a healthy environment, it is crucial to isolate damaged areas, remove affected material, eliminate moisture sources and apply deodorization.

Mold Removal Process

Mold remediation entails mold clean up and removal by professionals to address the damage caused by mold. Using bleach and water to clean mold will not kill it.

The process of getting rid of mold involves removing the affected material and reconstructing the damaged area. Therefore mold elimination is best handled by a professional who has the training to handle hazardous material. Expert mold remediation includes:

. Assessment

A mitigation professional will come into your location to identify moldy areas and the source of the problem. The mold damage expert will then create a plan to remove mold, fungus, mildew and smelly odor.

. Containment

It is crucial to set up containment, so that other areas of the building are not contaminated. The source of the moisture issue is addressed and appropriate steps are taken to avoid spreading mold spores during the removal process.

. Removal

Personal belongings and building materials can be affected. Keep in mind, mold ingrains itself into materials, so it is advisable to get rid of all porous materials. The safest way to make sure that mold does not return is to dispose of all affected materials. Sealants can be applied to treated areas to make them more resistant to mold, and also to help with smelly odor. Nonporous materials may be cleaned with antimicrobial cleaning products. It is important to have air conditioning and heating systems professionally cleaned.

. Drying

Cleaned items must be thoroughly dried. Remember, excessive moisture is what started the problem. As a result, a reliable professional will likely utilize moisture management techniques to ensure your property doesn’t encounter future problems.

. Repair

After all contaminated materials are removed, the reconstruction process begins. Some mold mitigation companies or professionals also do repair and restoration work. Restoration can usually be more costly than the mitigation depending on factors such as the style of residential or commercial structure or building materials used.

. Testing

In some cases, testing is necessary in order to be sure there is no mold in home. Following remediation, professionals search for any indications of recurrent water damage, smelly odors or visible mold to make sure the cleanup, deodorization or restoration has been successful.

Considerations

If you require residential or commercial mold damage service, including deodorization, it is advisable to hire an experienced company to ensure that the job is done right. Mold remediation is best left for trained technicians.

Reputable mold damage restoration companies often provide free estimates for mildew, fungus and mold removal. Both residential mold damage experts and commercial mold damage technicians are available to handle your mold removal or remediation projects. Be sure to find out about their prices and guarantee on all mold damage or mitigation services provided, including mildew mitigation, fungus removal and deodorization. Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on mold damage.

Advantages of Hiring Fire Damage Restoration Services

6/30/2017 (Permalink)


Advantages of Hiring Fire Damage Restoration Services

When a fire damage or smoke damage happens in a residential or commercial building, most homeowners and business managers get overwhelmed. Most of them start thinking that the building will never look the same again with the apparent fire damage to the walls, ceilings and smoldered surfaces.

The biggest mistake of addressing a fire or smoke damage is trying a DIY project, which in most cases may aggravate the extent of the soot damage. Furthermore, in order to salvage most of the damaged personal possessions from the fire debris, it's important to hire a professional fire damage restoration service provider to help out. Here are some of the benefits of considering hiring a professional to get the job done right the first time.

Availability of enough personnel

The commercial fire damage mitigation companies have enough trained contractors who can handle the fire cleanup process within a short time. The fire cleanup crew will be dispatched to the afflicted home or commercial building and commence an immediate smoke smell cleanup process to help alleviate the damage before it escalates. This will help the homeowner free up enough time to focus on other matters such as contacting lawyers or insurance companies as the professional handle the fire cleanup exercise.

Experience and qualification

Handling of a commercial fire damage or smoke damage is quite technical and requires professionals with the right skill set. The contractors know how to handle technical situations like cleaning up a soot damage or smoke damage that requires a certain set of skills and training.

Tools and equipment

Dealing with soot damage with lots of smoke smell and trying to salvage valuable possessions from a building that has been damaged by a fire requires some specific equipment or tools that might be too expensive for a homeowner to invest in for personal use. The contractors have the right lanyards, helmets, gloves, and other protective gear suitable for handling smoke smell that might actually be harmful to the occupants. Homeowners and commercial building managers should be careful when choosing the right commercial fire damage restoration professionals to avoid falling prey to some handy men carrying a few tools in a truck and masquerading as professional fire in home or fire in business cleanup contractors. Professionals are licensed and bonded contractors who have the necessary certifications in handling fire in a home or fire in a business.

Insurance coverage for fire damage

A fire damage restoration after a fire in a home or a fire in a business can pose a potential danger to the surroundings. In case a homeowner or commercial building manager hires a fire damage restoration company that is not licensed, he or she will carry the liabilities of any accidents that may occur during the execution of the project. Therefore, it's only prudent to settle for professionals who are insured against any liabilities. Remember, personal injury cases can be very costly in the long run, especially if it causes permanent disability or causes death. The company's insurance policy will cover everything in case of any unexpected eventualities while doing the smoke damage restoration project.

Get better settlement after a commercial fire damage

If the owner of the damaged building decides to work with an attorney experienced in handling fire in a home or a fire in a business after conducting the fire damage mitigation project, then chances are they will get a good settlement. Although most people think that the commercial fire damage mitigation companies recommended by insurance companies are cheaper and inadequate options, they might influence getting a better settlement. If an insurance company recommends a fire or soot damage restoration company, then it means they are in a good working relationship.

Salvage valuable personal belonging after fire cleanup

Trying to salvage personal belongings such as vital documents and jewelry from the rubble can lead to more damages. The contractors from a fire or soot damage company have the right equipment and experience in handling smoke smell and other technicalities at the site to help the homeowner salvage as many possessions as possible.
Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on fire damage.

The Tricks And Tips of Restoration After Water Damage

6/30/2017 (Permalink)


The Tricks And Tips of Restoration After Water Damage

Once you encounter the flood damage in your home, you might not know where to start. The experts advise starting with the salvageable materials if you are looking to cut your losses. Once you have worked on the salvageable materials, start removing the materials that can cause expensive damage to your home. For example, the wooden products can encourage the mold to develop fast.

Pump The Water

A pump is instrumental if you are drying the water in home basements as well. Drying is instrumental since the water in home basements can cause immense pressure on the walls. Once you have pumped out the water, you should start replacing the damaged items. For example, you need to remove the rotten wooden materials from your home since they will only escalate the mold development process. However, you should not install the new materials before drying the surfaces. For example, if the invasive roots of some trees are weakening your foundation and causing your house to flood, you need to undertake the necessary repairs. You also need to check the drain system to ensure that it is working properly. If necessary, install some backflow preventers to ensure that the storm water does not flow toward the house of blockages occur. Backflow preventers also stop the sludge from an overflowed sewer from coming to the house.

Water Cleanup and Drying

Drying and water cleanup are vital during restoration and mitigation. Cleaning a home after water damage is a daunting task since you might not estimate the level of contamination. Since the dirt from the drains and sewers might have entered your home, you must use the appropriate disinfectants. The water in business sewers can introduce some germs in the office. When dealing with the water in business drainage systems, ensure that the pollutants do not come to the offices. If the carpet is not damaged, you need to contact a professional carpet cleaner. Muddy water might be difficult to remove if you do not have the necessary equipment. Remember that the muddy water can damage your pump, meaning that you will have to remove it manually.

Flood Damage Mitigation

Flood mitigation, water cleanup, and restoration are vital processes when dealing with the flood damage in your home. Some of the popular mitigation measures include building some embankments, installing some trenches on the perimeter, or raising the electrical supply systems. Flood damage mitigation can save you a lot of money on home repair. In addition, you should substitute the wooden products with metal in the handrails and staircases. You can minimize the effect of water in home surfaces by eliminating the wood that is likely to warp. The water in business reservoirs should not mix with the flood waters if you are looking to prevent contamination.

Mold Prevention

Flood water in business and residential properties require special treatment and extreme care during restoration and water cleanup. If water damage affects your home, restoration is vital since the mold and mildew might start to develop. The goal is to address the water damage as soon as possible since the spores can begin to germinate in a few days. If you have some electrical parts in your home, you have to start thinking about the repair. For safety reasons, you must shut down the power supply to avoid the risk of electrical shocks. Do not begin the repair work without confirming whether you are at risk of shocks from your home or the neighboring properties. Eliminating the water in home foundations is not easy. Since the water in business appliances can transmit power from a neighboring property, you must be careful. While you might lose several hours in the process, you had better be safe than sorry. If your furnishings are still the house, remove them to stop the absorption of water. Carpets can absorb a considerable amount of water. Once you remove the carpet pump the water to prevent the further seepage into the floor.
Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on water damage.

Reducing Storm Damage in Danbury, CT

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Reducing Storm Damage in Danbury, CT Flooded Basement in Brookfield, CT due to Sump Pump Failure

SERVPRO Tip for Fairfield County Homeowners--Reduce Water Damage By Inspecting Sump Pumps Regularly

Sump pumps are pretty common throughout the area. If you have a basement, you are likely somewhat familiar with these devices. Homes placed in low-lying areas have flooding issues, where sump pumps and backflow valves help ease exposure experienced during an event.     Sadly Fairfield County sump pump failures happen quite often. If your home has one installed, there are a few things you can pay closer attention to that may help prevent these failures from happening when you need the device to be most effective.  

SERVPRO technicians often find that power outages or power surges caused by storms lead to a majority of sump pump failures. You can have an alternative source of energy and surge protection installed to help prevent this type of failure. Small backup generators or battery backup devices can truly save your home during an emergency.    

Next, if your sump pump is the wrong size or incorrectly installed, problems can occur. When a sump pump is too big, it is forced to work harder, leading to abnormal wear and tear, limiting the lifespan of the device. If your sump pump is too small, it may not have the ability to fill your needs adequately. Installing a backflow valve, or check valve into drain lines to prevent water from returning. Ushering excessive water through proper drain pipes, to avoid damage to your home.    

If installed incorrectly, sump pumps can accumulate dirt or gravel, causing interference with the pump’s float valve or on/off switch, resulting in malfunctions of the unit. Switch problems occur most often when the float arm becomes damaged. SERVPRO technicians recommend performing regular maintenance on installed sump pumps to verify proper operation. Running the pump every three months or during major seasonal changes gives you a heads-up, should problems occur.     

Sump pumps can become clogged or frozen, often requiring maintenance before working correctly. Having someone out to inspect the operation of your sump pump, drainage, and valves once a year can mean the difference between flooding your basement or safely weathering the storm.    

SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield stands ready to assist you with preparing your home for combatting common issues found in our area. Call today; we can help. (203) 791-0920.

What To Do After You Sustain a Fire in your Fairfield County Residence

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do After You Sustain a Fire in your Fairfield County Residence Soot contaminated HVAC filter.

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

If you have central air (HVAC) system the unit should be turned off to prevent further soot contamination. Soot is very corrosive and even if you believe the soot contamination is minimal, preventing further damage should be top priority. The HVAC system can distribute the soot into rooms that were previously unaffected by the initial fire. Once our technicians arrive onsite we immediately inspect the unit to determine if any soot has penetrated into the system. Our crews are trained in HVAC system cleaning and deodorizing after water, fire or mold emergencies. HVAC systems are routinely overlooked after a fire damage emergency however SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield has the experience to properly identify and clean fire damage.

Are Odors Affecting Your Fairfield County Home?

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield in Fairfield County, CT can address problematic smells in the home, but it’s important to understand that eliminating them goes beyond spraying a fresh scent. The difference between removing and masking scents can have a big impact on your home when the problem is more than a passing stink.

Odor removal and deodorization targets the source of the smell. Whether it’s from mold, leaks, or whatever might give off a smell around your home. This can be inside or outside, and there can be multiple spots and sources involved. This will often call for special training or equipment if the source is serious. A few home staples like vinegar and baking soda can help, but the more powerful and long-lasting the smell, the more likely you’ll need a professional to tackle the issue. Our team utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to eliminate odor.

Lingering stenches, as described above, are usually indicative of a bigger problem. Masking smells with air fresheners can mean missing a dangerous health risk to your home and family. Additionally, air fresheners can’t eliminate the smell. It might make an area smell nicer for a while, but unless the source is removed, air fresheners simply deposit a scent that won’t last. Overpowering the bad smell won’t clean any affected surfaces, either, so it’s better to address whatever is causing the issue.

Air fresheners offer a quick fix when you can’t identify the source of a smell, but they can end up mixing smells instead of eliminating the bad one. There’s usually more to a stench than the odor itself, so careful consideration of the problem can spare you a lot of unpleasant stinking. In short, if the odor is coming from a place like your garbage can or dirty laundry, air fresheners can offer a temporary improvement. However, when the problem is larger, older, or worse, seek out professional removal and deodorization to get rid of the smell for good. SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield has numerous techniques to remove odors from your Fairfield County home or business. Contact our office today at (203)-791-0920 to speak with a member of our team who can assist you.

Commercial Water Damage Response Unit in Fairfield County, CT

5/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Commercial Water Damage Response Unit in Fairfield County, CT Emergency Response Truck loaded with Equipment and Supplies

SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield takes pride in responding to emergencies as quickly as possible. Whether its 8:00am on Monday morning or 3:00am on New Years Day we have crews available to respond to residential and commercial emergencies. SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield has invested in a new box truck that will be loaded with equipment and supplies to respond to emergencies at a moments notice. With the truck pre-loaded we are able to reduce our response times to our clients. We take pride in being able to respond faster to any disaster, and comforting our clients in their time of need by being onsite quickly with the equipment required to service their needs. With our extensive inventory of equipment, supplies and vehicles on-hand at our Danbury, CT warehouse we are prepared to respond in your time of need. In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

Commercial Water Damage Drying Services in Fairfield County, CT

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Commercial Water Damage Drying Services in Fairfield County, CT Desiccant dehumidifier trailer in action in Fairfield County, CT

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

Did you know that SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield has equipment on-hand dedicated to commercial water damage restoration? We have a desiccant dehumidification trailer with on-board generator that is capable of drying complex structures and multiple layers of building materials. This unit allows SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield to reduce business interruption and down-time by decreasing time required to dry materials and/or drying materials that might otherwise need to be removed.

Groundwater Infiltration into your Danbury, CT home

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Groundwater leaks are the problem that homeowners encounter most commonly. Due to the significant amount of rain we have experienced over the past week, as groundwater pressures build in a basement, they can add a special type of pressure- known as hydrostatic pressure- against foundation walls in a basement or crawl space.

This water will enter the basement or crawl space through any opening it can find, including any gaps or cracks along the foundation walls. While basement flooding is most common through the joint where the foundation wall meets the floor, it's also common for water to leak in through cracks, around pipes leading out of the home, around windows, and through the basement floor. Each of these problems is unique- below are many of the most common sources of groundwater leakage.

Basement Wall Cracks
A crack in the basement wall is leaking, allowing water to flood into the home. They can also be a potential indicate of a foundation issue, especially if the cracks are not vertical. Whether horizontal, diagonal, or vertical, this is a major potential problem that should be looked at right away.

Pipe Penetration Leak
A gap around a pipe that penetrates through the basement wall is allowing water to run from the earth outside into the home. If not a pipe, it could also be a cable or electrical wire, a sewage line, or some other opening. These lines can be much more challenging to seal than a typical wall crack, and because they expand and shrink with temperature, seals can easily work loose.

Basement Leaks on the floor or at the Wall/Floor Joint
Water is seeping upwards from cracks running along the floor, or it's leaking in from the corners of the floor, where the basement walls and floors meet. Often, water will also leak through the walls, especially in cases where field stone walls are present. In the case of block walls, the cavities in the blocks will fill with water, which will then seep through the bottom of the walls.

Leaking Basement Windows
Water is coming in around your windows and leaking down to the basement floor. This is sometimes made worse by window wells that are filling with water, snow, and debris. Basement window leaks are often also caused or intensified by rotting or rusting window frames, which is common with steel and wood framed basement windows.

 

Water Leak in your basement? Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield today to speak to a Mitigation Specialist at (203)-791-0920

Removing Snow From Around Your Home to Prevent Water Damage

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removing Snow From Around Your Home to Prevent Water Damage Snow melt causing flooding

The large snow depth this year holds lots of water. Each cubic foot of drifted, piled or compacted snow contains 2 to 3 gallons of water. Actions taken now can minimize future water damage problems in your Danbury residence.

Eave-trough down-spouts should carry the water several feet from a house to a well drained area. About 2,500 gallons of water will come from a 1,000 square foot roof with one foot of snow depth across the roof. This much water may cause problems if allowed to drain next to the house.

Move snow on the ground away from the house. Snow melt water may cause a wet basement if allowed to run down along the basement wall. If the ground is sloped 1 inch per foot near the house, moving the snow just 3-5 feet from the house will reduce problems.

Examine and clean both the sump pump and pit. Test your sump pump by pouring water into the pit. Make sure the discharge hose carries the water several feet away from the house to a well drained area. Also make sure that the pipe is on sloped ground so it drains to prevent it from freezing.

Remove snow from around rural yards to minimize soft, wet soil conditions. Remember that a 20 foot diameter 10 foot high pile of snow contains about 2,600 gallons of water. Move the snow to well drained areas.

Time is of the Essence After a Water Damage in Danbury, CT

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 203-791-0920

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

? Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

? Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

? Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

? Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

? Drywall begins to swell and break down.

? Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

? Furniture begins to swell and crack.

? Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.

? A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

? Mold and mildew may grow and spread.

? Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.

? Metal begins to rust and corrode.

? Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.

? Paint begins to blister.

? Wood flooring swells and warps.

? Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

? Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

? Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Commercial Flood Damage in Danbury, CT

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Fairfield County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. We take immediate action to help minimize business interruption and prevent any secondary damages.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Damaged Documents in Your Commercial Property?

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

It can be overwhelming when unexpected fire or water damage affects your school, business, home, or facility. It is important to first make sure everyone is safe when a disaster happens. Once safety is insured and the damage is done….it’s time to assess and work towards restoring the property.

 

When it comes to assessing damage, some of the most valuable items may just be documents, photos, or books. These items aren’t always lost, we can help. Document Restoration is another service SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield can provide.


The SERVPRO® Document Restoration Facility Offers:

  • Innovation: we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing
  • Secure: managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians, under 24/7 surveillance
  • Digital: we use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents
  • Flexible capacity - we can accommodate large commercial losses or small residential jobs
  • Full Service: we offer a range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization

If you or your facility is in need of Document restoration services please contact us today and we would be happy to help you restore your valuable documents.

Is Mold Hiding in Your Attic?

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

In our experience, 95% of all mold problems in attics go completely unnoticed for a long time because most people seldom spend any time in their attic.

The attic mold might be discovered during a home inspection or by the homeowner who is not even selling their home but notices it one day after going into the attic for the first time in many months or even years.

That’s why it’s so important to be proactive. You have to check your attic for mold periodically, then fix the problem in the early stages when it’s far easier and lighter on your wallet. But the good news is that the type or color of the mold you have is pretty much irrelevant. Why? Because all visible mold regardless of the color, type, species etc should be approached in the same manner.

The approach is simple: if you see visible mold, it should be removed.

Water Damage- Restore vs. Replace in Fairfield County

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage- Restore vs. Replace in Fairfield County Swollen baseboard and paneling

It is our goal at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield to restore a water damaged property back to preloss condition. Whenever possible our technicians will restore water damaged materials instead of removing and replacing. Despite the incredible technology and training our crews have there are items that despite our best efforts cannot be salvaged after sustaining water damage. These materials include particle board and press-board materials along with some engineered wood products. These materials swell after contact with water which is irreversible and need to be replaced. During our initial inspection of your water damage we will identify items that will not be salvageable, decreasing drying time and reducing claim costs. If you notice that items in your home or business are swollen that might indicate a hidden moisture issue. Contact us at 203-791-0920 for an evaluation and moisture inspection.


It is our goal at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield to restore a water damaged property back to preloss condition. Whenever possible our technicians will restore water damaged materials instead of removing and replacing. Despite the incredible technology and training our crews have there are items that despite our best efforts cannot be salvaged after sustaining water damage. These materials include particle board and press-board materials along with some engineered wood products. These materials swell after contact with water which is irreversible and need to be replaced. During our initial inspection of your water damage we will identify items that will not be salvageable, decreasing drying time and reducing claim costs.

Air Scrubber Installed in a flooded basement in Brookfield, CT

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

What are air scrubbers?
An air scrubbeis a portable filtration system that removes particles, gasses, and/or chemicals from the air within a given area. These machines draw air in from the surrounding environment and pass it through a series of filters to remove contaminants. The size and complexity of an air scrubber system will depend on the size of the space being serviced, as well as the range, type, and size of contaminants that must be removed from the area.

Benefits of Using an Air Scrubber
Air scrubbers are especially important on restoration jobs where airborne contaminants are present or will be created/disturbed during the restoration process, such as mold, dust, asbestos, lead, chemical fumes, etc. These hazardous particles can settle on carpet, upholstery, and furnishings, or be drawn into the HVAC system and contaminate other parts of a building.

If these contaminants are not removed, they will have a negative effect on the indoor air quality (IAQ) of the worksite. While naturally occurring particles, such as human skin cells, animal hair, and dirt, are nearly always present, toxic gases released by sewage-borne bacteria and mold spores can cause adverse human health effects when inhaled. In short, these contaminants can compromise the quality of the entire restoration job.

Air scrubbers help protect the health of workers and building occupants by providing a clean and healthy environment. They also help protect contractors from costly liability claims resulting from damage caused by hazardous airborne materials.

Pack-out of contents of a New Fairfield fire damage

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Pack-out of contents of a New Fairfield fire damage Contents inventoried and packed at our warehouse in Danbury, CT

SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
     

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Commercial Fire Damage in Danbury, CT

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Commercial Fire Damage in Danbury, CT Commercial fire damage

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business. A fire breaks out and it’s a hectic situation, trying to coordinate your departments and keep employees update takes its toll. SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield has a program to assist building owners and business managers after a disaster happens. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is a free service that helps collect valuable data for the building owner/manager and store in a secure location in case of emergencies. If you feel your business is not adequately prepared in the case of emergency, contact our office at 203-791-0920 for a free assessment.

Fire Extinguisher Power in a Fire Damage

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are generally looked upon as being a safety device, so not many people think about the potential dangers they hold. As with anything you bring into a home or workplace, it’s important to fully understand the devices used. While fire extinguisher powder is non-toxic, it is not entirely safe. The chemicals used are considered appropriate for home use, but you should take precautions to avoid touching or inhaling too much of the powder. After a fire, the residue left by a fire extinguisher needs to be cleaned up. Many areas do not permit phosphates or sulfates to be added to the water table. Since the vast majority of fire extinguishers contain ammonium phosphate and/or ammonium sulfate, you need to be careful about cleaning up. The chemicals can irritate skin, so use gloves and avoid inhaling by using a dust mask.  If you have sustained even a minor fire contact our office immediately at 203-791-0920 to begin the cleanup process.

Roof Collapse in Danbury

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

High winds and heavy snow caused a tree to fall on our clients’ house, collapsing the roof and causing significant structural damage. Once the tree was removed SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield was contacted to perform emergency board-up services. SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield specializes in board-up and securement services for homeowners and business owners including:

  • Initial assessment of your property after storm or fire
  • Initiate board up plan to prevent further damage
  • Pre-planning board up to prevent hurricane or storm damage

Along with our boarding services, we also provide tarping for damaged roofs. Simply put, we can secure and enclose any unwanted opening on your house or commercial building. Before restoration begins, you need to protect your home, as well as the people and possessions inside. By taking advantage of their skills and expertise, you are better able to take control of your situation and start putting your life back together. They will prepare you and help you answer many of the questions you have right now and some questions that may have not yet come to mind.

Commercial Mold Remediation in Ridgefield, CT

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Whether its your home or business that is contaminated with toxic mold, SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield has the equipment and expertise to handle both small mold remediation projects. The first step in the mold remediation process is having an industrial hygienist perform mold testing to determine the extent of contamination. Mold spores are microscopic in size, so the spores are invisible to the naked eye. Testing determines the concentration of mold spores in the areas which provides SERVPRO a plan for remediation. Utilizing H.E.P.A. filtered vacuums, air scrubbers and disinfectants our technicians clean all affected areas. Once all areas are cleaned testing is performed to verify that the air quality has returned to a normal environment. Contact SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield at (203)-791-0920 to setup an inspection.

After the blizzard is over, the concern for ice dams begin

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After the blizzard is over, the concern for ice dams begin Ice Dam in a Danbury residence.

On February 9, 2017 the tristate area was hit with a significant snow storm dropping 10-15" of snow. Now that the snowstorm is over, the concern is the formation of ice dams on your roof. As heat rises from a home, it melts the accumulated snow on the roof. That melted snow travels down the roof in liquid form until it reaches the eave line and gutter, where it refreezes due to colder temps. This ice ridge continues to expand, blocking the flow of subsequent snow melt. As water continues to melt higher up the roof, it collects behind the ice dam in the form of a puddle. Because that water sits over the warmer portion of the roof, it doesn’t freeze. Homeowners suffering the effects of an ice dam — or those who fear a leak is imminent — can hire a roofing company to remove the ice buildup. Rather than employ hammers, chisels, and salt, which can damage the roof and gutters, technicians will steam away the ice and remove any remaining snow. If you experience any water infiltration into your home or business due to ice dams, please contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield immediately to help assess and mitigate the damages.

Flood Damage in Danbury, CT Businesses

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

During a flood, it isn't just the roads and homes that are overcome with excess water in the area. Businesses, factories, clinics, hospitals, schools and everything in between can find themselves soaked with brackish water, as well. No building is immune to flooding. Depending on the kind of business you're engaged in will determine what kind of losses your business will have.
 
Danbury, CT area companies that need commercial flood damage restoration and repairs can return to normal only after the flood waters have receded, the damaged interiors are repaired, and then sanitized. Pathogens found in flood water, and then left behind on soft and hard surfaces, can be extremely harmful to human health. Businesses in the services industry can find themselves without the end-user items needed to carry out day-to-day operations. Retail operations can return after a flood to discover their inventory is not only water-logged, but covered in sediment and jumbled up.

Clinics and hospitals have patients to care for, as well as the items required for providing that care. In addition, there is also the federal requirement for safe record keeping of patient files. Restaurants will need to ensure that all food in jars, cans, and boxes have been disposed of to protect patrons' health. Kitchen equipment will need to be cleaned and sanitized. Flood waters can wipe out much of this, but we can help with the restoration process. Removing silt can be tedious but must be done to remove hidden pathogens and also the destructive grit that would ruin many pieces of equipment, regardless of the type of business.

When you've had a flood and need commercial flood damage assistance, call us at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield (203)-791-0920.

Bird Droppings Affecting Your Health- Useful Information

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

The most serious health risks arise from disease organisms that can grow in the nutrient-rich accumulations of bird droppings, feathers and debris. Not only are bird droppings an unsightly mess that can be difficult to remove and cause slip-and-fall accidents, they also harbor numerous human pathogens.  How dangerous are bird droppings to human health?  The question seems simple but quantifying a human’s risk of acquiring disease from a bird or its droppings is difficult since exposure to the pathogens does not always result in disease and most bird-related zoonotic diseases are not reportable to health authorities.

Examples of transmissible bird diseases associated with pigeons, geese, starling and house sparrows:

  • Histoplasmosis is a respiratory disease that may be fatal. It results from a fungus growing in dried bird droppings. It is a dimorphic fungus that can be either in yeast form or in filamentous form.
  • Candidiasis is a yeast or fungus infection spread by pigeons. The disease affects the skin, the mouth, the respiratory system, the intestines and the urogenital tract, especially the vagina. It is a growing problem for women, causing itching, pain and discharge.
  • Cryptococcosis is caused by yeast found in the intestinal tract of pigeons and starlings. The illness often begins as a pulmonary disease and may later affect the central nervous system. Since attics, cupolas, ledges, schools, offices, warehouses, mills, barns, park buildings, signs, etc. are typical roosting and nesting sites, the fungus is apt to found in these areas.
  • St. Louis Encephalitis, an inflammation of the nervous system, usually causes drowsiness, headaches and fever. It may even result in paralysis, coma or death. St. Louis encephalitis occurs in all age groups, but is especially fatal to persons over age 60. The disease is spread by mosquitoes which have fed on infected house sparrow, pigeons and house finches carrying the Group B virus responsible for St. Louis encephalitis.
  • Salmonellosis often occurs as “food poisoning” and can be traced to pigeons, starlings, sparrows and other rodents.  The disease bacteria are found in bird droppings; dust from droppings can be sucked through ventilators and air conditioners, contaminating food and cooking surfaces in restaurants, homes and food processing plants.
  • E.coli  infection: It is one of the common infection caused by an enteric bacteria. This bacteria often traced in the fecal matters. When some bird or rodent visit such sites they carry these and spread to humans. Such as when birds peck on cow manure, the E. coli(O157:H7) go right through the birds and the bird droppings can land on or in a food or water supply. 
  • Bird fecal matter and feathers can have devastating effects on the heating and cooling components and indoor air quality of a commercial facility.  Pigeon problems can affect employees, maintenance personnel and potentially customers. If you come across any bird droppings at your home or business contact the trained professionals at 203-791-0920 to properly remediate the issue.

Emergency Readiness- How Ready Are You?

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

For a property owner, a worst-case disaster scenario involving fire or water damage can seem unthinkable and then suddenly become a reality. In the aftermath of a disaster, quick response time by a disaster recovery and restoration specialist can help minimize property damage as well as inventory or home contents loss. To provide home and business owners with a quick and convenient way to call in the experts when disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield has the SERVPRO Ready Plan Mobile Application. In the confusion and panic that often surround a disaster, a property owner or manager can reach out for expert help right from the scene, using their cell phones."

Our “ERP” application allows both residential and commercial property managers and owners to create an Emergency Ready Profile that contains critical facility information that can help speed up response time after fire or water damage occurs. In addition to property details, the application tracks prior loss history, utility shut off locations, and key contacts; stores photos of the damage; and integrates local weather forecasts and more, including the address and contact information for our franchise.

Through the application, the user can quickly call SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield or submit an electronic "First Notice of Loss" (FNOL), setting the wheels of recovery in motion. Rapid response from a disaster cleanup and restoration specialist can help the property owner evaluate options, start the insurance process and take the right steps from the beginning to bring their property back to normal, "Like it never even happened."

For more information about SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield, please visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com/.

SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield Commercial Response Trailer

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield has a commercial response trailer which is pre-loaded and ready to respond to any commercial fire or water damage emergency in Danbury, CT and surrounding areas. This trailer is loaded with equipment and supplies to handle commercial losses. Most times an emergency fire or water loss occurs is after normal business hours, that is why SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield has this trailer ready to respond at a moments notice. Unlike our competition when you call our office for an emergency we are able to respond immediately, saving time loading equipment and tools. This helps mitigate damage by being on-scene faster as we take great pride in responding rapidly to commercial fire and water damage emergencies. If you need assistance please contact our office anytime at 203-791-0920.

Crime Scenes and the Importance of Professional Cleaning

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning up a crime scene is grisly work, but it needs to be done. It should be done by professionals no matter what. You may be wondering why that is, so we’re here to explain. There are actually several reasons why you should always call in a professional to clean scenes of murder, drug-related damages, or any other major crime. Are you ready to learn more? Well, let’s get started!

Crime Scenes carry sensitive information.

Once the police force has thoroughly investigated the crime scene, the area may be covered in residues specific to a crime scene. Tear gas residue, fingerprint gathering dust, and other police specific things may remain once the investigation is over. Cleaning them is not always as simple as a little scrub either. Cleaning up a fire extinguisher’s remains is also no picnic. These things are better left to the professionals.

Crime Scenes can be dangerous.

A crime that resulted in major injury or death can often leave behind hazardous waste that can pose a danger to you. Blood can carry many pathogens and should never be handled by anyone who doesn’t know what they are doing. Not to mention the fact that blood stains are difficult to clean. There are also special protocols for the removal of many crime scene elements including blood and harmful chemicals. We can also handle any leftover meth lab issues. These are particularly dangerous scenes, so please let us handle it. It’s for your safety.

Crime Scenes can be emotional.

Whether or not someone you know was involved in the crime scene doesn’t necessarily indicate whether or not it will have an emotional impact. These circumstances tend to be difficult for all people involved. So, when it comes time to clean the area, you may be better off allowing a third party to come in and take away some of your burden.

SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield

Contact SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield if you ever do need crime scene or biohazard cleaning. We offer a full range of cleaning services for jobs of all shapes and sizes. We follow OSHA and EPA codes so that we can take your mess and make miracles happen. For more information on SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield's Services, call 203-791-0920

Mold Tips & Facts

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

Some customers try to handle the project themselves and find that the mold comes back a few weeks later. Here are some myths & facts about mold and the dangers. Although if you think you have mold, you should contact SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield to discuss the plans of actions.

MYTH NO. 1 BLEACH KILLS MOLD?

Liquid bleach is a solution of chlorine in water, usually 6 percent sodium hypochlorite, thus 94 percent water. Smearing bleach on mold may appear to kill it, but the effect is superficial and very temporary. Once the chlorine is gone - and it evaporates rapidly - what's left is all that water, feeding the mold.

There are many chemicals that kill mold. They're called biocides. That means they kill life. (Bio = life + cide = kill.)


MYTH No. 2  
 'Toxic' Mold is the only dangerous type of mold.

"Toxic" mold or "black" mold is often touted by the hucksters in the mold industry as being the one that makes people sick, the one you must eliminate. This is pure scare tactic. 

Yes, there are some strains of mold that seem to be more toxic than others. But there is no such thing as good mold, or even tolerable mold, unless you like stinky cheese. Mold in your home is a problem, because it signifies a moisture problem. Moisture inside your home enables mold growth, and it can also lead to rot, threatening the structure itself.

On top of that, any mold problem that's allowed to continue often will pave the way for the dreaded "black mold." The most infamous "black mold," stachybotrys chartarum, is what's known as a tertiary mold. It's very slow to develop and usually follows earlier mold growths, actually feeding off the previous mold colony.

MYTH No. 3, Homeowners can property remediate mold themselves?

Homeowners are not trained or knowledgeable about mold enough to properly remediate the damages, most times homeowners cause more damage when they don’t hire a professional. Most of the errors are in the contamination process. Not using vapor barriers or the proper equipment to clean the air during removal stages. When it’s not properly sectioned off, they can cross contaminate mold threw other area of the home that previously did not have mold spores.


Fact No. 1 :  
Mold is everywhere and mold problems exist indoors in every climate.

Mold is, literally, everywhere on the planet, in every climate. A house in the Mojave Desert can have a mold problem as easily as one in Florida or New Orleans. 

Mold needs three things to thrive: moisture, food, and the right temperature. Moisture can collect in walls, attics and crawl spaces in the driest of climates with a little help, such as a roof or siding leak, plumbing flaw, and pressure differentials created by air conditioning, or even a poorly vented bathroom.

Food for mold is pretty much everything we build with and everything we own. Mold loves household dust... even in the kitchen sink. And the warmth mold needs is the same temperature range humans prefer.

Bottom line: Every home has mold but not every home has a mold problem. If you think you might have a mold problem, don't ignore it. Get help.

Sewage Backup in a Danbury business

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

This commercial property in Danbury, CT sustained a sewage backup affecting the exercise area in the basement. Our crews responded on a holiday weekend to begin emergency extraction and mitigation services. Containment barriers were setup to prevent cross contamination along with H.E.P.A. filtered air scrubbers to remove air-borne particulate. Carpeting was removed due to possible bacteria contamination  and all areas were cleaned and disinfected.

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today –(203) 791-0920

There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup
  • SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield is Hiring!

    8/24/2016 (Permalink)

    Crew Chiefs



    • Manage and complete jobs according to SERVPRO processes per work order.

    • Respond to service calls when needed.

    • Set up and establish efficient job flow, coordinate requirements for the job, complete job documentation, perform and supervise production work, and monitor assigned jobs from start to finish.

    • Follow and enforce all safety procedures on the job site.

    • Resolve problems quickly as they arise.

    • Monitor all assigned jobs to ensure customer needs are met.


    Production Technicians



    • Respond to service calls as needed.

    • Perform services as assigned, following SERVPRO production guidelines.

    • Communicate with crew chief to make sure all customer needs are met.

    • Support crew chief and other production personnel, as needed.

    • Clean and maintain vehicles, equipment, warehouse, and office areas, as needed.


    SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield is always looking for great candidates to add to our team. We strive for a team oriented workplace and pushing our team to consistently learn and grow.

    Helping Reduce Mold Contamination in your Ridgefield Home

    8/24/2016 (Permalink)

    If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

    What to Do:

    • Stay out of affected areas.
    • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
    • Contact SERVPRO of Boise for mold remediation services.

    What Not to Do:

    • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
    • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
    • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
    • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

    About Our Mold Remediation Services

    SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (203) 791-0920

    Storm Damage Remediation in Danbury, CT

    8/24/2016 (Permalink)

    Thunderstorms are frequent in July and August. Damage from them is nearly as common as the storms themselves. 

    Despite everyone's best efforts, storm damage in Danbury, CT does happen. Removing the flood water isn't the end; cleanup is just getting started. On top of the flooring and walls, every bit of furniture, clothing and other items exposed to the storm will have to dried, cleaned, deodorized and sanitized. 
    SERVPRO utilizes a variety of cleaning equipment and chemicals to return your carpets and floors to a usable state. Depending on the size, material, and color-fastness, the options range from simple spray and wiping to immersion cleaning. 

    Storm damage can leave odors as well as a damp carpet. We use industrial grade air scrubbers and specialized fogging equipment to remove the musty smell and not just cover it up. While removing the odor is important, getting rid of the mold which causes it is even more so. The application of a variety of antibacterial and antimicrobial agents is necessary. Our personnel is trained to use the product that will not only restore your property but do so in a manner that is safe for your family and employees as well as the environment. 

    Once the mold has been remediated, each item should be either disinfected or sanitized depending on its function. Kitchen, breakroom, and bathroom equipment must be sanitized to ensure the health of anyone who may use them. Standard office spaces such as conference rooms would not need that level of cleaning unless the contaminated water affected the flooring and walls. Our IICRC certified technicians can be relied upon to provided the highest level of professionalism and courtesy.

    SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield does its best to help you restore your home or business to its pre-storm damage condition as quickly as possible. As a locally owned franchise, we value our customers as neighbors and not just a job to be completed. If you want to schedule a free inspection or believe you may need our restoration services, please call us today at (203)-791-0920

    Getting your tile and grout cleaned in Ridgefield, CT

    8/24/2016 (Permalink)

    Professional Tile & Grout Cleaning

    SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield offers tile & grout cleaning. Deep cleaning your tile & grout will revitalize and rejuvenate your floor with outstanding results.

    Grout is Porus and Cleaning it is a Difficult DIY Project

    Grout in particular is naturally a very porus material. All of the grease, soil, and contaminants in the grout andon the tile need to be suspended using the right balance of material specific cleaning chemicals as well as hot water and high pressure extraction. Mopping and scrubbing just aren't enough to get the hidden deep down grime.

    How Do We Clean Your Tile & Grout

    We use a high pressure rotary tool with dual rotating jets. This is combined with the same truck-mounted steam/pressure cleaning we use to deep clean your carpet. We use tile and grout specific cleaners that strip away any waxy build-up and remove the dirt embedded in the grout lines.

    What to do following a Danbury house fire

    8/24/2016 (Permalink)

    House fires are a disaster that no one wants to experience. Here are some steps to help limit further damage to your home after a fire.

    • Ask when it is safe to enter a house or building after a fire. Do not enter a house or other building that has been affected by a fire until you have listened to the professionals telling you that it is okay to do so.
    • Know who to contact after a fire. Contact family members that may not have been with you and let them know what happened as well as that you're okay. Contact a professional fire restoration expert such as SERVPRO to assist with the cleanup and restoration of fire damage.
    • Secure the property. If you have not already done so it is important to secure your property to prevent possible looting. Talk to emergency services on how to best go about this.
    • Consider the clean-up requirements. If your house has been damaged rather than destroyed, interior clean up will be required. Keep in mind that damage to the property often goes beyond what the eye can see. (Removal of a destroyed house should only be done by professionals.) Call SERVPRO to assess the damage.
    • If water hoses were used to put out your fire, drying your home is VERY important. It is best to hire professionals to do fire/ water damage restoration and clean-up. Water damage can lead to more damage or even mold if not dried properly.

    DYI tips to have your A/C running efficient

    8/24/2016 (Permalink)

    Join us as we continue our series of essential summer maintenance tips with great notes on how to keep your air conditioning unit functioning properly courtesy of Jeff Wilson at DIY Network!

    Obviously with the heat raging through Danbury, citizens want to turn the air conditioner up to keep the home infernos down! However, with any appliance, unit or tool that is primarily used seasonally, it is important to ensure nothing damaging occurred during the “offseason”. Luckily, this can be completed in 10 easy steps according to Wilson.

    Step 1 - Shut off the power. An easy and often overlooked step. Don’t skip it or you could risk not being around for steps 2 through 9!

    Step 2 - Clean away debris. Grab some work gloves and a screwdriver to remove the top enclosure. Dig out the the dead leaves and any offending material.

    Step 3 - Spruce the fins. Once the top is removed, use a garden hose to spray the fins from the inside to the out. Not a pressure washer - just a hose - otherwise the fins will spray all over the lawn like a failed fishing trip.

    Step 4 - Check the fins for damage. If you didn’t heed our advice in Step 3 (see above), this step will take longer. If the fins need to be straightened use a blunt butter wife.

    Step 5 - Clean around the unit. Once everything is reinstalled, sweep away debris and growth around your unit.

    Step 6 - Ensure the unit is level. There is one exception: “Service Experts’ Moody adds this exception: “If you have a heat pump system, it’s okay for the pad to be slightly sloped away from the home’s foundation to allow for defrost run-off during the winter.”

    The last few steps require cleaning inside the unit. If you are not comfortable with these steps, please call a professional.

    Step 7 - Clean the evaporator coil with a no-rinse coil cleaner.

    Step 8 - Check the evaporator drain.

    Step 9 - Change the blower air filter. This should be checked twice a year. Once for summer and once for winter. See that’s easy to remember.

    Step 10 - Turn the power back on. This is essential for the unit to work, otherwise all of your hard work will be for naught. If you skipped Step 1, you’re probably not still reading this.


    So, with these 10 easy steps you can beat the heat this summer and ensure a cool happy season!

    Tips to Help Prepare for the Fall Beauty

    8/24/2016 (Permalink)

    Summer is still in full swing in the Danbury, CT area but autumn will be here soon. These long hot days and nights will give way to cooler temperatures. Every season brings change and a different set of items to stay on top of with your house. Since it is never too early to start thinking about getting your home ready for a changing season, let's start with a quick list of recommended items.

    1. Have the roof inspected for leaks or damaged shingles. This summer seems to bring torrential downpours and sweltering heat in alternating amounts. Heat builds up in the attic causing temperatures to rise. It becomes more of a problem when the attic is not vented. If the heat has no place to escape, it can cause your shingles to blister and crack while making it’s way out. Let's avoid that!

    2. Power wash any siding. Many HOA maintained communities mandate the cleaning of house siding. Muck and grime can accumulate and leave a horrid green grime stain.

    3. Check for wood rot near window seals. Moisture in wood creates an environment conducive to fungal growth and causes the wood’s fibers to deteriorate. So, when water contacts an unprotected wood surface for a long enough period of time, the wood begins to rot.

    4. Test your smoke detectors! (Buy them if you own none!) This is important because besides having a hot house, a fire won't warn you on its own. Having these installed may bring down your home insurance as well.

    Have Mice Invaded Your Danbury, CT Home or Business?

    8/23/2016 (Permalink)

    Mice may carry bacteria, viruses and other diseases. As a result, cleaning efforts following an infestation must be cautiously attempted. It is important not to disturb dust particles or rodent feces in affected areas. Nest materials should also be left undisturbed during this time. Sweeping or vacuuming these materials may lead to the further release of harmful airborne particles.

    Deer mice are the primary transmitters of hantavirus, although other rodents such as white-footed mice, cotton rats, and rice rats may also be carriers. This virus can be fatal and is found within the deer mouse’s feces, urine and saliva. Hantavirus is transmitted to humans through airborne particles, and symptoms are similar to those of the common flu. However, individuals with this virus must seek medical attention immediately upon recognition

    If you have a rodent problem contact our exterminator immediately, and once the problem has been rectified the trained technicians at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield can perform all the proper cleaning and disinfecting required to bring your home or business to a safe environment.

    General Cleaning in a Danbury, CT Commercial Property

    8/23/2016 (Permalink)

    You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call in your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield Franchise Professionals to make your workspace look its very best.


    Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional will get the job done right and get it done quickly, because the SERVPRO Advantage includes these benefits:



    • Award-winning training

    • Over 40 years’ experience in the industry

    • More than 100 exclusive cleaning products


    SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield has the experience to perform commercial cleaning projects, including areas that require lifts to access the areas. If your commercial property needs a thorough cleaning contact SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield at (203)-791-0920 for a free inspection and estimate.

    Historic Flooding in Louisiana

    8/23/2016 (Permalink)

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the recent flooding in Louisiana, along with the cleanup crews that have been dispatched to assist all the victims. In mid- August, prolonged rainfall in southern parts of the U.S. state of Louisiana resulted in catastrophic flooding that submerged thousands of houses and businesses in under as much as 8 feet of water. Louisiana's governor called the disaster a "historic, unprecedented flooding event" and declared a state of emergency. Many rivers and waterways, particularly the Amite and Comite rivers, reached record levels, and rainfall exceeded 20 inches in numerous parishes.

    Because of the large number of homeowners without flood insurance that were affected, the federal government is providing disaster aid through FEMA. The flood has been called the worst US natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. As of August, a total of 13 deaths have resulted from the flooding. SERVPRO has a national storm response team that assists in time of natural disasters, traveling across the United States to help those in need. With more manpower, vehicles and equipment SERVPRO is able to respond faster than our competitors.

    Preventing your Heating/ Cooling Units from Starting a Fire

    8/23/2016 (Permalink)

    Check the air conditioning and heating unit in your home. These systems operate with electric motors and air moving equipment which requires periodic maintenance.

    • Clean, or have your interior AC coils cleaned, and replace your return air filters regularly. This will prevent the fan motor from being overworked, and also save money on your energy bill. For window air conditioners, never use extension cords!
    • Lubricate belt drive pulleys (where applicable), boss bearings on drive motors, and other equipment as needed.
    • Have the resistance coils or furnace burners cleaned and serviced at the beginning of the heating season, since debris may accumulate there while the system is off during the summer.
    • Listen to the system when it is operating. Squealing sounds, rumbling noises, or banging and tapping sounds may indicate loose parts or bearings which are seizing up.
    • If you have access to a snap-on amp meter, you may check the amperage draw on the high amperage circuit to your heating coils to make sure they are in the normal operating range. Higher than normal amperage draw on a circuit indicates unusual resistance, and in an electrical circuit, resistance is what causes heat, and ultimately, fires.
    • Always defer to a professional when checking the electrical demands of the units to ensure proper results.

    Tips to reduce a fire in your home in Brookfield, CT

    8/23/2016 (Permalink)

    Check the condition of your home's electrical system.

    • Look for improperly grounded receptacles. Many modern appliances require a "three pronged" (grounded) receptacle, but people will sometimes use an adapter to bypass this safety feature, or even break a ground prong off an appliance cord. Changing existing circuits to provide grounding is a job that is best left to a professional electrician.
    • Look in the attic and crawl spaces for wiring which has been damaged by pests or insects. Some old wiring is insulated with a material which insects eat or chew on, and squirrels or other rodents will often chew the thermoplastic insulation off of modern nonmetallic cable (Romex).
    • Look for overloaded circuit breakers, panel boxes, or fuse boxes. Check for breakers or fuses which may have circuits "piggy-backed" on them. These are rated for single circuit protection, but sometimes in outdated or undersized panel boxes, people will put two or even more wires in the terminal of a single breaker or fuse.
    • Notice flickering lights, or intermittent power surges. These conditions may be caused by outside influences, but if they occur often, they may indicate a bad connection or a short in the circuit.
    • Note breakers which trip, or fuses that blow frequently. This is almost always a sign of an overloaded circuit or other wiring problem, usually of a most serious nature.
    • Look at the individual breaker connections, especially in outdoor panel boxes, for corrosion, signs of thermal damage (smut or smokey residue near terminals) splices which are poorly taped or wire nutted, or abraded or damaged wire insulation.
    • Check the ground cable. A failure in the building grounding system and bonding can be dangerous in regard to electrical shock, as well as fire. Look for loose split bolts, clamps, or other connecting devices, and corrosion.
    • Be especially careful to notice any connections in wiring other than copper. Installed correctly, and with tight connections, aluminum wire is not excessively dangerous, but when connections are made to copper wires, an electrolytic reaction may occur, causing increased resistance in the connection which will generate excessive heat. If you are able to apply an antioxidant compound to aluminum connections, it will help decrease the risk of oxidation causing a short circuit at these locations.

    Commercial Carpet Cleaning in Danbury, CT

    8/23/2016 (Permalink)

    When it comes to carpet cleaning SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield has over 30 years of experience. Carpet has many advantages as a flooring material, but spills can leave stains and daily traffic takes its toll. SERVPRO wants you to know the methods of cleaning to help your carpets look better and last longer.

    Regular Vacuuming provides the first line of defense against soil and grit that can damage the carpet fibers. But carpets also need regular professional cleaning to keep them looking their best. We recommend planning to thoroughly clean your carpets every 12 to 18 months, more often in high-traffic areas. If you have light-color carpet and/or kids or pets, you may need to clean more often per year. Always follow the carpet manufacturer's cleaning guidelines.

    SERVPRO offers several methods of cleaning:

    Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.

    Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.

    Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.

    Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.

    Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

    When you hire a professional you have so many companies to choose from, however SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield maintains training and teaching our staff on the kinds of carpets, best methods available and best equipment for the job. Not only does a professional have far more powerful equipment than you're likely to buy or rent, they have far more experience removing stains. If you would like a free estimate please give us a call. 

    Insurance Carrier and your Water Damage in Danbury, CT

    8/23/2016 (Permalink)

    For many homeowners, the fear of discovering Water Damage somewhere in their home is among their top concerns. This is because water damage can happen quickly, and can be expensive and challenging to fix.

    Most homeowners assume that because Water Damage is commonplace, that it is covered as part of their homeowner’s insurance. However, there are different kinds of water damage, which may or may not be included, depending on your insurance policy. Below is an overview of different kinds of water damage, and what you can expect from your insurance. 

     General Water Damage

    Most homeowner’s insurance covers sudden or accidental water damage inside your home, which includes water line leaks, burst pipes, and if your appliances or sinks begin to overflow or leak. In many cases, burst pipes and appliances are covered by residential insurance policies, but there are often stipulations that must be taken into consideration. 

    For example, most insurance companies consider “water damage” to refer to water which hasn’t entered your home through the ground or your sewer lines, so if your problem is a result of these factors it may not be covered. 

    Additionally, if you are planning to be away from your home for more than a day, consider shutting off the main water supply, and coordinate to a friend or neighbor to check up on the state of your home while you are away. If you don’t take these precautions before going away, your insurance company may reject your insurance claim. If you’re traveling for business or taking a vacation, make sure to coordinate accordingly to ensure that your home is safe while you’re away.

     Sewer Line Backups

    If “clean water” insurance claims refer to water, which has entered your house through your plumbing, then “dirty water” refers to the water found in your sewer line, drains, septic tank, downspouts, and eaves troughs.

    In most cases, sewer backup isn’t a standard feature and it may not included in your property insurance. However, it can usually be added as optional coverage, and is especially useful if you live in a rural area which is prone to flooding, or which requires you to have a septic tank or sump pump. 

    Protect your Home

    Your home is arguably your most valuable asset, and as a result, it’s important that you stay informed about how to protect it. If your home has encountered water damage and is in need of emergency services call SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield at 203-791-0920. .

    Safety Recommendations for Smoke Detectors

    8/3/2016 (Permalink)

    According to “Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires,” a recent report published by the National Fire Protection Association, 3 out of every 5 home fire deaths are the result of a lack of working smoke alarms in the home. This is why current national building codes require smoke alarms in residential and commercial properties. Your locally owned and operated SERVPROof Danbury/Ridgefield wants to remind our community in the greater Danbury area that smoke detectors really do save lives and are an essential piece of safety equipment to prevent harm to your family and fire damage to your home.

    Types of Smoke Alarms

    There are two main types of smoke alarms/detectors on the market today—photoelectric and ionization. Ionization alarms detect smoke and are triggered when smoke enters the testing chamber, disrupting an electrical current. They are the older generation of smoke alarms and are known to trigger easily, often resulting in false alarms. In contrast, photoelectric alarms use a light sensor; when smoke enters the chamber, the light is disrupted, triggering the alarm. The ionization alarm is better at detecting flash fires, when small amounts of smoke are produced early in the burn cycle. Photoelectric sensors are better at detecting fires early, during the smoldering stages.

    It is worth noting that while there are dual sensor smoke detectors available on the market today, they have received hit-and-miss reviews. So which should you use in your home to prevent fire and smoke damage? It depends. Many local fire departments have outreach programs and educational events to help you select the right smoke detector and alarm for your home. These outreach programs will also provide important details on requirements for the placement of smoke alarms in your home, and these should be followed.

    Another factor to consider is whether to choose hard-wired or wireless smoke alarms. Each has its benefits, and the ideal solution for your home may even be a combination of the two. Wireless smoke detectors can be placed virtually anywhere in the home. They are battery operated and reasonably priced. Hardwired smoke detectors often require an electrician for proper installation; however, the benefit is they can be linked to one another as a network so that when one alarm is triggered, the rest of your alarms also trigger.

    Placement of Smoke Alarms

    Your fire department and code enforcement offices can provide you with exact details for your area and type of home. Also be careful to adhere to local building codes. However, here are some general recommendations for smoke alarm placement:

    First, there should be a minimum of one smoke detector on each level of your home; this includes your basement and attic. Second, a smoke detector in the kitchen is required in most areas. The National Fire Protection Association recommends positioning it about 10 feet away from the stove, to prevent false alarms. Third, each and every bedroom and sleeping area should have a smoke detector, and each hallway leading to sleeping areas should also have a smoke detector.

    In addition to the above minimum standards, most safety professionals recommend the following additional installations:

    ·        Rooms with fireplaces

    ·        Rooms with space heaters

    ·        Garages

    ·        Workshops

    ·         Storage sheds

    In the last 20 years, recommendations for smoke detectors and alarms—as well as the technology used—have changed dramatically. Once, it was believed that one smoke alarm per floor was enough. Today, it is safe to say that considerably more than two smoke detectors are recommended in homes to prevent fire damage and loss of life, although local jurisdictions vary to some degree in building codes and requirements. Smoke alarms are an essential part of your overall fire protection plan, which should also include an escape plan and routine fire safety checks.

    Safe Boating Tips for Summer Fun!

    8/3/2016 (Permalink)

    All of us here at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield want to wish you a happy summer vacation. Our technicians enjoy boating on local lakes including Candlewood Lake. We always strive for safe boating practices and encourage you to join us! No matter how much experience you have, it’s always a good idea for everyone to review boating safety rules before departures. Below you will find 10 basic boating safety tips to help you stay safe:

    Be Weather-Wise

    Always check local weather conditions before departure; TV and radio forecasts can be a good source of information. If you notice darkening clouds, volatile and rough changing winds or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water.

    Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist

    Proper boating safety includes being prepared for any possibility on the water. Following a pre-departure checklist is the best way to make sure no boating safety rules or precautions have been overlooked or forgotten.

    Use Common Sense

    One of the most important parts of boating safety is to use your common sense. This means operating at a safe speed at all times (especially in crowded areas), staying alert at all times and steering clear of large vessels and watercraft that can be restricted in their ability to stop or turn. Also, be respectful of buoys and other navigational aids, all of which have been placed there to ensure your own safety.

    Designate an Assistant Skipper

    Make sure more than one person on board is familiar with all aspects of your boat’s handling, operations, and general boating safety. If the primary navigator is injured or incapacitated in any way, it’s important to make sure someone else can follow the proper boating safety rules to get everyone else back to shore.

    Make Proper Use of Lifejackets

    Did you know that the majority of drowning victims are the result of boaters not wearing their lifejackets? Make sure that your family and friends aren’t part of this statistic by assigning and fitting each member of your onboard team with a life jacket prior to departure. Wear it!

    Avoid Alcohol

    Practice boating safety at all times by saving the alcohol for later. The probability of being involved in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved and studies have shown that the effects of alcohol are exacerbated by sun and wind.

    Learn to Swim

    If you’re going to be in and around the water, proper boating safety includes knowing how to swim. Local organizations, such as the American Red Cross and others, offer training for all ages and abilities. Check to see what classes are offered in your area.

    Take a Boating Course

    Beginning boaters and experienced experts alike need to be familiar with the boating safety rules of operation. Boater education requirements vary by state; however, some require validated completion of at least one boating safety course. Regardless of your individual state's requirements, it's always important to be educated and prepared for every circumstance that might arise. You can learn boating safety rules by taking a local community course or online course to help educate yourself.

    Consider a Free Vessel Safety Check

    Take advantage of a free vessel safety check from the US Coast Guard. They offer complimentary boat examinations to verify the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required by state and federal regulations. Free of charge, they’ll provide a specialist to check out your boat and make helpful boating safety tips and recommendations. They also offer virtual online safety checks as well.

    Summer Grilling Tips!

    8/3/2016 (Permalink)

    Summer is in full swing, and that means most of us are firing up that backyard grill. If you are shying away from grilling, or just want a refresher course on the basics of grilling, then keep reading.  Here are my top 10 tips for excellent summer grilling.

    1. Start with a clean grill. Don’t let last night’s salmon skin impart a fishy-char flavor to tonight’s chicken breasts. Use a sturdy metal brush to clean off the grates in between uses. (This is easiest when the grill is hot.)

    2. Don’t move the food around. In general, the fewer times you flip something, the better (once is ideal for most meats). If the meat is stuck to the grill, let it cook more — it will unstick itself when it’s ready for flipping.

    3. Don’t squeeze or flatten meats. Yes, I know that burst of sizzling flame that comes from squishing a burger with spatula is tempting. But you know what is creating that flame burst? Fat. And you know what fat is? Juicy flavor. Don’t squish meat, because you will squeeze out the taste and moisture.

    4. Keep a spray bottle handy for flare-ups. Flames are not your food’s friends — they will char it unpleasantly. Keep a spray bottle filled with water handy; this will allow you to dampen flare-ups without interfering with heat.

    5. Buy a meat thermometer. Unless you are a very experienced cook, it is hard to tell meat’s temperature merely by touching it. (Although if you are interested, here’s how to do it: Touch the meat. If it’s soft like the flesh between your index finger and thumb, it’s rare. If it’s soft like your cheek, it’s medium-rare, and if it’s firm like your forehead it’s well-done.) More accurate for most of us: A quick check of temp from a thermometer. Your confidence in grilling will skyrocket with this one $10 purchase.

    6. Avoid putting cold foods straight on the grill. Letting meat come to temperature on the counter for 30 minutes before grilling will help it cook more evenly. (If you are looking for a rare sear, however — like if you’re grilling tuna, for example — then chilled is the way the go!)

    7. Undercook foods, just slightly. Carryover cooking is a real thing — food continues to cook after it leaves the grill. You can expect food temperature to go up about 5 degrees after leaving the grill, so plan accordingly.

    8. Rest all meat! Allow the meat to sit undisturbed (and unsliced!) for five to 15 minutes after cooking, as this will allow the juices to redistribute. The bigger the piece of meat, the longer the rest time. Resting meat is an important key to juicy results.

    9. Don’t over-char to cook through meat with bones. No one wants to eat meat covered in thick, black char. If you have thicker meats with bones, such as chicken thighs or legs, cook them on high heat to get a nice crust, and then move to lower, indirect heat on the grill. This will allow the meat to cook through more slowly without overcooking the outside. Or, consider par-cooking the chicken in an oven for 15 to 20 minutes before grilling. Also great to precook: ribs!

    10. Keep it simple when serving a crowd. Managing numerous cook times for different proteins and veggies can easily become stressful, and it can result in errors and overcooking. Keep the protein options down as much as possible, and offer variety in some interesting side dishes, sauces or condiments.

    Summer Carpet Cleaning Services

    8/3/2016 (Permalink)

    Preventative Maintenance

    Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

    IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

    Preventative maintenance actions include: 
    • Regular vacuuming
    • Spot removal
    • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
    • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
    • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

    Professional Cleaning

    Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

    We will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today.

    Warning Signs of a Possible Electrical Fire

    8/3/2016 (Permalink)

    Small office buildings, apartment buildings,restaurants, hotel/motels, manufacturing and industrial plants and small retailstores are all commercial establishments that people frequent on a regular basis.These codes are designed to ensure these buildings are safe for employees, customers and other visitors to occupy. Even though some buildings do meet these standards, problems can still occur at one point in time. One of the most notable involves electrical fires. In fact, electrical fires can cause quite a bit of fire damage if it is not caught in time. So, for those of you who own or rent these types of commercial structures, here are some symptoms of an electrical fire that need to be recognized in order to minimize the damage. 
     
    Circuit breaker problems 
     
    Circuit breakers are usually located in a business where they are relatively easy to find, especially in case they are tripped by an electrical overload. Therefore, if a problem with a fire damage issue does exist, the owner or one of their employees can shut the circuit breaker off. It is important to note, however, if the problem occurs occasionally, it normally indicates that it is a simple problem and nothing major is happening. On the other hand, if someone has to go to the circuit breaker frequently to cut it off, there could be a major problem that will require service from a professional in this industry. 
     
    Hot ceiling fixtures 
     
    The owner and their representatives should always take a little time out to check out the areas around the light fixtures in the ceiling to see how warm they are getting. If the person feels too much heat, there could be exposure to a fire hazard. 

    Flickering lights 

    Another common symptom of a potential fire hazard is flickering lights. If the light flickering cannot be tracked back to the light bulb, it is essential to call a professional in for a diagnosis. 
     
    Problems with the circuit breaker, hot ceiling fixtures, and flickering lights are only a few symptoms that indicate that there is a possible fire hazard. So, it is best to pay close attention to prevent or minimize the fire damage. In some situations, you may have to deal with the aftermath of an electrical fire in the building. When this occurs, you should always contact someone who works with fire damage restoration to help get things back and in order. Because we at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield have the expertise and knowledge needed to help commercial owners with these problems, you can contact our office at 203-791-0920.

    SERVPRO is trained in the latest procedures to handle mold

    8/3/2016 (Permalink)

    Microscopic mold spores naturally grow both indoors and outdoors. Controlling indoor moisture will control the growth of indoor mold. Mold can and will eat whatever it grows on. The water or moisture source must be corrected immediately. The longer mold remains on any surface, the more damage it can inflict. It can also cause structural damage. A few causes for the growth of mold can include leaks, damaged gutters, high humidity, improper ventilation, fire, water, and flooding. 
     
    Any mold damage to Danbury, Connecticut  residential or commercial environments, would be devastating to our Fairfield County communities. If you think you have mold because you smell a musty odor or if you see just a small mold area, call SERVPRO immediately. 
     
    Our mold remediation technicians are highly trained and IICRC certified. We are locally owned and operated. This means that as soon as you contact us, we can begin our remediation process. Remember, a faster response lessens additional mold damage and reduces additional remediation costs. 
     
    We use the latest inspection techniques to locate and identify mold colonies in and around your home or business. Before we begin our remediation process, first the source of water or moisture must be found. If the source is not addressed, the mold may return. 

    New Equipment!

    8/3/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield is pleased to announce a new acqusition to our equipment stock. The Hygenia ATP tester is utilized to determine contamination and utilized for post-cleaning verfification. This unit will provide a verification that affected materials have been restored to pre-loss condition. The situations where this piece of equipment will be utilized are:

    Initial water loss evaluations

    · Investigative testing of building and contents

    · Determination of water loss category (1-3)

    · Flood situations

    · Mold contamination

    · HVAC cleaning verification

    · Trauma/crime scene bio-testing

    · Carpet cleaning verification

    · Post-remediation verification

    · Equipment decontamination verification

    When ATP comes into contact with the unique liquid stable luciferase/luciferin reagent in the Ultrasnap testing swab, light is emitted in direct proportion to the amount of ATP present. The higher the reading the more contamination present.

    ATP meter hygiene monitoring provides accurate and traceable verification of the hygienic status of a surface, which is a key component of a good hygiene program. After cleaning, all sources of ATP should be significantly reduced.

    Designed with state of the art electronics the Hygiena SystemSURE PLUS ATP Meter is easy to use, extremely sensitive, and very affordable. Consistent use of this tool helps result in faster product turn-around times, safer environments, and reduced liability.


    Document Drying/Processing

    8/2/2016 (Permalink)

    General Document Drying/Processing SERVPRO's Document Drying Chamber

    Did you know that SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield can perform freeze-drying and document cleaning after your fire damage or water damage emergency? 

    Vacuum Freeze drying

    - Process in which an item containing moisture is frozen and dried using various vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation.

    - Sublimation

    • The direct conversion of a solid (Ice) into a gas (water vapor), without passage through a liquid stage. Take dry ice for example. Dry ice is made of carbon dioxide, not water. When dry ice is exposed to normal atmospheric conditions it begins to sublimate, it turns directly from its sold stage into its gaseous stage bypassing the liquid stage.

    -Digitizing 

    -With the new age of technology digitizing records and documents has become a standard practice in most industries. This eliminates the need to have massive file storage rooms and allows us to access records at the click of a button. If your file room was damaged by water, or smoke, and need to be cleaned, dried, or decontaminated, digitizing might be a good choice to eliminate the need to have 100’s or even 1000’s of documents and records in storage.

    Gamma Radiation

    - High-energy photons are emitted from an isotope source (Cobalt 60) producing ionization (electron disruptions throughout aproduct. In living cells, these disruptions result in damage to the DNA and other cellular structures. These photon-induced changes at the molecular level cause the death of the organism or render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma process does not create residuals or impart radioactivity in processed products. Gamma irradiation is a process that is used for cleaning/disinfecting, and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods.

    Infrared Camera Technology

    6/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Infrared Camera Technology Water damage in ceiling.

    SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield prides itself on having state of the art technology to help our technicians more efficiently help our clients. The infrared camera is a tool that we utilize to help identify temperature differences that are invisible to the naked eye. When water evaporates, it cools surface temperature. Infrared cameras identify temperature differentials to locate potential water damage. Infrared technology visually displays qualitative thermal differences often caused by water damage. This tool helps our technicians rapidly identify areas of concern when inspecting a water damaged structure. SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield utilizes this technology to help provide the customer with a picture of the damage. Now although infrared cameras are a great tool, our technicians still utilize moisture meters to confirm that the temperature differences is elevated moisture and not an unrelated condition.

    Restore vs Replace

    6/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Restore vs Replace Wall cavity drying system

    Restore vs Replace

    Imagine you come home for lunch on a Wednesday afternoon and you walk into your living room covered with water and your ceiling has collapsed.

    What do you do?

    Who do you call?

    Do you call your family friend local contractor or Water Restoration Company?

    What is the difference?

    There are many differences between contractors and Water Restoration Companies. Here are a few:

    • A contractor’s job is to replace everything that is affected. This will include all flooring, walls, cabinets and even furniture. SERVPRO is certified in drying water damage to industry standards. We will not remove materials unless it is necessary. This prevents further interruption to your daily life.
    • A contractor will have to replace all of the materials they took out of your home. This can take weeks waiting for material decisions, insurance approval, shipping, and installation time. SERVPRO’s average drying time is only 3 days. We have crews available 24/7/356 and someone to monitor your job daily.
    • Replacing flooring, drywall, and all of your furniture is expensive. Restoring your home is a lot less expensive than replacing everything in your home.

    When you call SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield you can expect a First Responder on site within two hours and your home to be restored quickly by certified, professional technicians.  

    Mold Remediation in Danbury, CT

    6/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation Mold Remediation in Danbury, CT Mold Remediation Danbury, CT

    Mold Damage in Danbury is a very severe emergency that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. It also needs professional service to effectively get rid of the occurrence. Therefore, if you have mold, then you should get in touch with us at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield. We are available 24/7 for any emergencies.  It could take as little as 48 hours for the mold to spread throughout the property. Also, it takes a particular type of technique to clean the mold while preventing cross contamination. 
     
    The staff here at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield have everything that is necessary to take care of every occurrence of mold. When left alone, mold could even cause health problems. Therefore, it is crucial to get in contact with us so that we can quickly find the mold damage and professionally remediate it.  We can provide effective mold remediation services because we have an understanding of mold and how it can cause many problems in the home. We have relationships with Industrial Hygeinists who can perform mold testing to determine the extent of contamination, and which strain of mold we are dealing with. 
     
    Each mold remediation is unique and requires a different solution. We are equipped for many different types of mold infestations. If you have or suspect you might have a mold issues, then give us a call at (203)-791-0920.

    Are you prepared in case of an emergency?

    6/15/2016 (Permalink)

    As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

    By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

    Contact SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield today to begin your Emergency Ready Profile at 203-791-0920.

    Duct Cleaning in Action!

    6/15/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield Duct Cleaning

    Have you ever seen the professionals at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield clean ductwork? If not, here is a short video of a return plenum that the technicans at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield shot during a recent cleaning.

    With winter right around the corner, now is the time to get your HVAC system inspected and cleaned. The trained technicians have the experience to handle any HVAC system. From small residential to large commercial HVAC units SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield is ready to help improve your indoor air quality. 

    In the 1970s, sick building syndrome became apparent as groups of people displayed similar symptoms after having spent extended periods of time in buildings with poor air quality. Good judgment and immediate attention can correct the situation and save you money in the event of litigation. When addressing air quality, inspecting the ductwork is our technicians first order of business. Dirty ducts can work to circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout the building.

     If you suspect that your ducts are dirty and in need of cleaning please contact our office at 203-791-0920 to schedule the free, no-obligation inspection to determine if cleaning is necessary.

    Hardwood floor drying in Connecticut

    5/27/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Hardwood floor drying in Connecticut Hardwood Floor Drying System

    Hardwood Floor Drying

    Here is a photo of a water damage we just finished up for a client. They had 1,000 square feet of hardwood flooring affected by water damage due to a broken pipe. This system dries the flooring by removing moist air through negative pressure. By pulling air through the flutes of the hardwood flooring we are able to evaporate moisture underneath.The goal of trapped moisture drying is the removal of moisture from an area of entrapment. Negative drying can usually accomplish the air exchanges necessary to dry. Air movement, whether positive or negative, supplies a transport vehicle for moisture. Absent an airflow through the trapped area, the ambient humidity within the space can rise to saturation. With suction applied to the airspace, the wet air can be drawn out of the airspace. The results will be lower humidity air acting as an absorbent sponge to which the moisture can move from the wet materials By utilizing the drying mat systems we were able to salvage all the hardwood flooring with minor cupping in a few areas. This saved the homeowner time and inconvenience during the reconstruction phase. SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield has the equipment and experience to help restore instead of replace, helping you get back to normal as quickly as possible.

    May 4th- International Firefighters Day

    5/5/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield celebrates International Firefighter's Day

    May 4th is the International Firefighters Day in which all around the world people are celebrating their local firefighters bravery, commitment, dedication and sacrifices on International FireFighters' Day. Together we share their celebrations but we also remember those working and fighting right now amidst a massive battle to protect lives & property, particularly our brethren fighting a raging wildfire in Alberta, Canada.

    Let's send them strength in their battle, let them know you're thinking of them and share images created for IFFD this year. Firefighters dedicate their lives to the protection of life and property, Sometimes that dedication is in the form of countless volunteer hours over many years, or even decades. In others it is many selfless years working in the industry, helping those in need. In all cases, it risks the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter's life.

    Stay safe brave firefighters, we wish we were fighting by your side.

    Red Cross Ready Rating

    5/4/2016 (Permalink)

    Are you a member of the Red Cross Ready Program? If not, now is the time to join the free ready program which helps rate your business and its preparation for an emergency or disaster. "Organizations understand the need for being prepared and ready for disasters, but often consider the process for getting better prepared as cumbersome and complicated. Since its inception in 2008, the Ready Rating program has been recognized by preparedness experts as the much needed, easy to understand and not intimidating solution for helping an organization take the steps to become prepared to respond to and successfully withstand a disaster and other emergencies" 

    At SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield we are dedicated to being prepared for the next disaster, and we recommend that you join in the training and preparation! SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield has an emergency ready plan that helps business owners respond in the event of an emergency. If you would like more information on the free SERVPRO ERP please feel free to contact our office at 203-791-0920.

    Soon Spring Begins!

    3/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Soon Spring Begins! Concrete wall covered in soot and oil

    Although spring and the warm weather are right around the corner, please do not forget to have your furnace maintained before the end of heating season. The cleanup team at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield recommends having your furnace serviced to prevent a malfunction and "puff-back" which can contaminate your house with smoke and soot. Here is a photo of a puff-back we are completing. Soot can travel throughout your house or building, causing staining and odor issues that are difficult to remove. Soot damages in your home can create unpleasant and permanent problems if not properly addressed. As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the home leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in those hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in periodically resurfacing odors. Unfortunately, such damages are often made more severe when unprepared homeowners attempt to perform the cleanup themselves. 

    SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefields' Team

    3/13/2016 (Permalink)

    Our team is always here to help! Trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield to help make your disaster "like it never even happened". SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly help make it "Like it never even happened."

    Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield.

    SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield Disaster Recovery Team

    3/13/2016 (Permalink)

    Another large loss comes to an end, the customer and all parties involved commended SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield and Team Shelley for their attention to detail and quick response. A special thanks to the management team that made this mitigation project a success.

    SERVPRO® has answered your call for help in storm situations. We have developed a specialized storm team and large loss response network to provide the resources you need - management, crews and equipment to get service to your property when others can’t.

    As a leader in water damage restoration, SERVPRO® knows fast mitigation is the key to limiting business interruption. With an unmatched national footprint of over 1,500 Franchises, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team can provide trained crews faster to any size disaster and can be on-site within a few hours to help reduce the future damage that water can cause. SERVPRO® has the right equipment, procedures and training to help ensure the structure is dry the first time, saving you time and money.

    What is lurking in your ducts?

    11/17/2015 (Permalink)

    Cleaning What is lurking in your ducts? Before/After HVAC cleaning

    With winter right around the corner, now is the time to get your HVAC system inspected and cleaned. The trained technicians have the experience to handle any HVAC system. From small residential to large commercial HVAC units SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield is ready to help improve your indoor air quality. 

    In the 1970s, sick building syndrome became apparent as groups of people displayed similar symptoms after having spent extended periods of time in buildings with poor air quality. Good judgment and immediate attention can correct the situation and save you money in the event of litigation. When addressing air quality, inspecting the ductwork is our technicians first order of business. Dirty ducts can work to circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout the building.

     If you suspect that your ducts are dirty and in need of cleaning please contact our office at 203-791-0920 to schedule the free, no-obligation inspection to determine if cleaning is necessary.

     

    Helping Prevent Holiday Disasters

    12/17/2014 (Permalink)

    For all those families going away for the holidays, everyone here at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield recommends that you maintain adequate heat in your residence and turn off the main water supply to prevent significant damage in the event of a water leak.  

    Danbury Fire Prevention Day 2014

    10/7/2014 (Permalink)

    Community Danbury Fire Prevention Day 2014 Live Fire Demonstration

    SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield was honored to be asked to participate in the 2014 Danbury Fire Prevention Day on 10/4/2104 held at the Home Depot in Danbury. This event highlighted the importance of fire prevention and even featured a live burn demonstration. Thank you to the Danbury Fire Department, Home Depot and the other sponsors for a wonderful event. 

    Disaster Recovery Drying Trailer

    8/10/2014 (Permalink)

    Commercial Disaster Recovery Drying Trailer Dehumidifier trailer for large water losses.

    SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield is excited to announce the addition of a desiccant dehumidification-drying trailer to our fleet. This dehumidification trailer can handle large residential and commercial water losses. With low specific humidity this unit is able to dry faster than conventional dehumificiation equipment, reducing downtime and reconstruction costs. 

    Lower Your Risk of Water Damage

    12/10/2013 (Permalink)

    When the temperatures drop below freezing make sure that all garden hoses have been disconnected from the spigots and if available turn valves off. Also when going away on vacation turn your water main off and turn off the well pump if you are not on city water. 

    Bethel High School

    10/11/2013 (Permalink)

    On 10/9/2013 SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield responded to an odor issue in the center of the building. SERVPRO technicians worked quickly to setup equipment to allow for school the following day. The odor was eliminated and school resumed the following day.

    Fire Prevention Day

    10/11/2013 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield was proud to be invited to the Danbury Fire Prevention Exhibit on 10/5/2013 held at the Home Depot on Federal Road. SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield showcased its newly wrapped pickup truck at the event.

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