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My Roof Has Been Damaged by Fire - What Do I Do Next?
Building fire can be a devastating loss
If your building in Danbury, CT, has caught on fire, there is a good chance that the building itself, along with your belongings, has been damaged not only by fire, but by water used to extinguish the fire, as well as smoke. The roof may be damaged by fire, or firefighters may have cut holes in the roof to allow for ventilation. Recovery from a fire and fire cleanup may be unpleasant and tedious, but the following steps will guide you in completing the task and enable you to return to normal business as soon as possible.
1. Report a claim for fire damage to your insurance company.
Your insurance company can be a valuable resource during the fire cleanup process. The insurance agent or claims representative will document details of the loss and tell you what is covered under your insurance policy. Your insurance company can also make recommendations for roof repair or tarp services.
2. Enter a fire-damaged building only after you are advised it is safe to do so.
Pieces from a damaged roof can fall and cause injury. Fires can also reignite, causing more damage. At the time of the fire, the fire department determined if the water, gas and electric utilities were safe to use and had them disconnected if they were unsafe. You should not try to reconnect the utilities yourself. Follow any instructions the fire department gives you about going back into the building.
3. Contact a fire restoration service to secure the building.
To prevent further damage, a fire restoration service can come to your building, board up windows and place a tarp on the roof. The last thing you would want is for rain or wind to cause further damage to your building. A tarp on the roof goes a long way toward preventing additional damage.
A building fire in Danbury, CT, can be a devastating loss, but taking the appropriate steps for fire cleanup and recovery can save you time and money. This can help your business return to normal in a reasonable amount of time.
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Mitigation VS. Restoration: What You Need To Know
Flood Damage clean up in Danbury CT
The best way to prepare yourself and your business premises in Danbury CT, for disasters and disaster cleanup is to know what you’re up against in terms of work that needs to be done. When it comes to cleanup, that usually means knowing the difference between mitigation and restoration. The basic facts you should always keep in mind are that:
• Mitigation comes first, and can be very quick
• Restoration follows mitigation, and can be lengthy
• Both are necessary in order to get your business back in order after a flood, fire or other disaster, and should be performed by a professional flood cleanup company
When you call up your flood cleanup company to take care of an issue, they’ll typically perform a few mitigation measures before getting to work on cleanup. Mitigation efforts are meant to prevent further damage and loss from occurring due to the existing threat, thus increasing the overall amount of work that needs to be done during the restoration itself. When dealing with flooding, this often means removing affected furniture from a home and drying out carpets and rugs to prevent them from damaging your subflooring. This is typically the quickest part of a cleanup project.
After mitigation is done, it’s time for restoration. Restoration is performed on items that could not be saved by mitigation efforts, and items that were damaged before the restoration company arrived. This step is often much larger and much lengtheir, and may involve the complete replacement of floors, roofs, walls and other portions of your business that have been too damaged to save.
Knowing the difference between these two services is crucial, especially when it comes to submitting insurance claims and dealing with the financial aftermath. Your flood cleanup company can often offer more information on the subject, and explain its mitigation techniques and restoration times in a more in-depth manner if needed.
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Break Room Fires
The break room is a hub at the office. It can be a place to pass light conversation with coworkers over coffee and a place of contention over burned popcorn. Like many community rooms, this room tends to get more use and abuse than a normal kitchen. Employees aren’t always respectful of the equipment or offensive odors their food might create, and cleaning is often subpar. These things alone can lead to some rather offensive smells emanating from the area, but there may be more serious problems as well.
Break Room Fires
Break room fires are not uncommon. If you consider the appliances present in most common areas, this should not be much of a surprise. Even a small fire can leave smoke damage and other bad smells like burned popcorn. Here are some ways to reduce the likelihood of a fire:
• Provide outlets with overcurrent protection
• Avoid hot plates and open flames
• Don’t use extension cords for appliances
• Regularly clean and dust appliance areas
An office building or retail space is the first impression many clients and customers have of your business. You want it to always smell fresh and clean. Bad odors can be frustrating for employees and clientele alike. Don’t let the smell of burned popcorn ruin a productive day. These odors can permeate a building and sink into furniture and walls.
Break room smells aren’t the only offensive odors in your building. Mold, a failed refrigerator or a dead animal in the wall can all make a space inhospitable. For some of these, a professional's special equipment is needed to get to the root of the problem.
If your office building or retail store is getting a little stinky and you can’t seem to alleviate the problem, it might be time to call in the professionals. Smoke cleanup and building deodorization specialists in Germantown, CT, can help get your office back to looking fresh and clean so visitors stay content and employees can better focus on their work.
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What Not To Do After a Pipe Breaks
Panic: It's the one thing that business owners around Danbury, CT need to stop doing when they see bursting pipes on their property. That doesn't mean that you should take it easy if you have water damage in Danbury. Wet conditions are the precursors to all kinds of nasty problems, including:
• Black mold
• Unpleasant smells
• Rotting material
Don’t Put Off Cleanup
Act quickly to reduce your risk of falling prey to these persistent undesirables. If there's even a sliver of a doubt regarding the completeness of your cleanup and drying processes, take a second or third look at your site to prevent these issues.
Don’t Forget to Check Everywhere
Unfortunately, black mold is one of the trademark issues with flooded buildings. Even after you fix a broken pipe and dry up the area, this mold can pop up seemingly out of nowhere. The issue with black mold is that it requires very little moisture to propagate its spores and create massive toxic colonies. Bursting pipes spray, drip and soak, creating a larger footprint than you might imagine. All affected materials should be removed to avoid mold. It is also prudent to dry any crawlspaces or wall cavities thoroughly, by cutting ventilation holes if necessary. Most good water cleanup companies will know just how much needs to be done to get you back to business as usual.
Don’t Ignore Odors
The issues surrounding most secondary water problems pale in comparison to the health hazards and persistence of black mold. Nasty smells can be just as damaging to businesses, however: driving away customers and making workers uncomfortable or unhappy. Rotting material, apart from producing odor, also provides habitats for pests and potentially weakens your building's structure.
The bottom line is that it's better to get your water issues cleaned up as soon as you have a chance. Secondary damage from bursting pipes is costly, both in terms of cleanup invoices and diminished stakeholder confidence.
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Do you Own Commercial Property? Here’s what you should know About Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
Do you Own Commercial Property? Here’s what you should know About Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
Commercial fire damage is an accident that could easily happen to anyone that runs a business. Regardless of the extent of the fire damage, it is advisable to look for fire restoration services. The possibility is quite high that once an electrical fire hits your business premises, there will be fire, smoke, and soot damage. This could eventually lead to massive structural damage. Moreover, water damage is inevitable because the firefighters fire suppression attempts are done with water from a fire truck. The water goes through a fire hose to put out the fire.
Commercial fire damage ought to be looked into immediately because delays could lead to secondary damages. Extensive fire damage results to sky high fire restoration costs. Anything to do with a fire disaster requires immediate response. This is also the reason why firefighters across the world respond quickly with a fire truck ready with all the necessary equipment such as a fire hose for successful fire suppression.
In case of an electrical fire, the fire restoration experts you call should be highly skilled to avoid further damages. They should also have an extensive experience in appropriate methods of the restoration process in the best way possible. The fire restoration is a crucial process after commercial fire damage and they require expert care. Firefighters are the first people at the scene after a fire breaks out. With the help of their fire trucks and fire hoses, they are able to carry out the fire suppression successfully.
After the successful fire suppression, hidden fire-related damages must be handled. These mostly include smoke damage and soot damage. Soot damage can pose serious danger to your commercial property while the smoke damage tarnishes the building’s surfaces. The restoration company experts should come up with the necessary equipment to deal with the smoke and soot damage in your property.
Fire damage on your property can be minimized a great deal by installing a fire sprinkler system. This is especially advisable for utility rooms to have you prepared in case of a utility room fire. If important items on your property are damaged by a utility room fire, the results can be devastating. That is why experts advise business owners to install a fire sprinkler system to prevent grievous outcomes from a utility room fire incident. The fire sprinkler system delivers the water through a fire hose to put off any utility room fire.
The general process for restoring your commercial property to excellent shape after a fire damage follows similar steps regardless of the cause of the fire. It does not matter whether the fire and smoke damage resulted from an electrical fire or a utility room fire. To restore your premises, you will need to follow the steps below:
I. Emergency contact
Most restoration companies are available 24/7. In case of a fire damage, you can call the skilled professionals who respond as soon as possible to remedy the fire and smoke damage.
II. Fire damage inspection
Qualified professionals examine your home to determine the damaged areas. After identifying them, the experts choose the right strategy and begin the restoration process immediately.
III. Water removal and drying
After firefighters suppress a fire with water obtained from the fire truck or a fire sprinkler system puts the fire out, water damage is bound to occur on your property. It is the duty of the restoration company to remove and dry the water.
IV. Smoke and soot elimination from the surfaces
The ceilings, walls, and windows may have smoke and soot damage after a fire incidence and it is crucial to eliminate these damages.
V. Cleaning and deodorization
After an electrical fire, a foul odor is left behind. The smell can be eliminated through air scrubbing equipment and deodorization.
This step involves repairs, and if the damage is immense, renovation.
Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on fire damage.
Commercial Fire Damage Services
SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield takes pride in assisting building owners and property managers in cleanup efforts are a fire or water damage emergency. Whether you sustain a fire or water damage, SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield stands ready to help businesses affected get back operational as quickly as possible. There's never a convenient time for fire 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.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, as many as one in four businesses that suffer some kind of major disaster do not reopen afterward. It’s true, overcoming a major loss is extremely difficult, but with the right restoration company and team on your side, working hand-in-hand with your insurance company, the chance of your company surviving is pretty high!
Depending on the size of the fire, and the amount of damage, some businesses that have hired SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield for help have reopened just days after the fire happened. Thanks to innovations in smoke odor removal, fire damage restoration, and cleaning in general, it is possible for crews to start working shortly after the fire department clears the scene, and have things back up and running. Although, again, that all depends on the severity of the fire. But no matter the severity, recovery is possible!
Commercial Duct Systems- Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Dirty Return Ductwork in a Commercial Property
Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.
If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:
- Dirt and debris
- Other contaminants
SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.
Indoor air quality, inefficient air filtration and ductwork leaks can all result in dust entering the duct system. This dust can accumulate to the point that it starts to break off and re-enter your air. When this happens, you may notice your workspaces become dusty faster.
High humidity in the building or water leaking into the ducts provides the moisture needed for mold to develop. Mold in the ductwork releases tiny spores that will end up circulating through your whole building. In addition to aggravating allergies and asthma, exposure to mold spores can increases risk of upper respiratory infection.
Pest infestations are another reason to SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield professionally clean your duct system. It's not uncommon for mice, squirrels, bees, and other pests to find their way into a duct system. Once inside, they leave behind nesting material, hair, and dead insects. Particles of these are then blown out into your rooms.
However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. At least once every three or four years, have your duct system professionally inspected to check if it's due for a cleaning. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.
The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
- Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
- May help to eliminate offensive odors.
- Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (203)-791-0920
Reducing Business Interruption After a Disaster
Fire Extinguisher Powder After a Small Fire
Did you know that SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield has a dedicated team to handle commercial emergencies? 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.
Our commercial response team has the experience and knowledge to help guide our client through the claims process, while performing services around the clock if necessary to bring the business back to operational status as quickly as possible. Even a small fire can shut your business down for several days or weeks if not taken care of properly. Contact SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield today for an appointment for a free assessment and Emergency Ready Profile.
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
Commercial Flood Damage in Danbury, CT
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?
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.
Flood Damage in Danbury, CT Businesses
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.
Emergency Readiness- How Ready Are You?
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
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.
Warning Signs of a Possible Electrical Fire
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.
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.
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.
Bethel High School
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.